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"Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything."
Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984), just before Daniel catches the fly on his first try

While chopsticks are a staple tool for eating in many Eastern cultures, certain characters take the ability to manipulate things with their chopsticks to an incredible extreme. One common trick is to treat the chopsticks like darts, embedding them into the target. Other improbable uses tend to be feats of dexterity and speed; easily doing something that is considered difficult with even normal hands. Can overlap with Fork Fencing (optional; use both chopsticks instead of just one each).


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     Anime And Manga  
  • In GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class, the girls are sketching a tissue box, when a fly is going to the tissue and is feared to change the shape of it so the girls have to start over. Noda then find a set of chopsticks and suggest that Tomokane use them against the fly. She actually manages to catch it.
    • Later when they are eating they have a game where they have to do different things. Tomokane gets "don't use chopsticks". But since the Japanese word for chopsticks, "hashi", is also how you read the kanji for "the ends", she figure out that she can just use the middle parts of the chopsticks in stead of the ends. It however turn out to be to hard for her to eat rice that way. Kisaragi get her a spoon.
  • Inverted For Laughs in Sgt. Frog: Garuru's only weakness is that he can't eat with chopsticks unless he resorts to spearing his food.

     Films — Animated  
  • Part of Po's training (and the first part to go well) in Kung Fu Panda involves fighting over the last dumpling with chopsticks, complete with Fork Fencing (except with chopsticks) and throwing said chopsticks with such force that they stick into a nearby tree like a throwing-knife would.

     Films — Live-Action  
  • Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984) has been attempting to catch flies with chopsticks for years. Daniel succeeds on the first try through luck.
  • Subverted and Played for Laughs in the Jackie Chan remake of The Karate Kid (2010). He looks like he's about to perform that feat, but instead takes out a swatter and swats the fly. He then picks the fly up with his chopsticks, then continues eating with said chopsticks, to which Dre remarks, "That's nasty."
  • The trope of catching flies with chopsticks actually predates The Karate Kid by nearly 30 years! The film, Samurai 3: Duel on Ganryuu Island has a scene where thugs are making trouble/picking fights, they head to where Musashi is sitting, and he is literally picking flies from the air. They stop, watch, then don't both him, figuring he is probably skilled enough to take all of them on. The actual scene, for reference.
  • Toned down in Kill Bill: one of Pai Mei's tests for his students is for them to be able to graciously eat rice with chopsticks after a full day of Training from Hell. (I.E. trying to break a board only a finger length away by BASHING YOUR KNUCKLES AGAINST IT.)

     Live-Action TV  
  • One documentary about unusual weapons had a section about shuriken and related weapons. One of the people shown was an Asian martial artist who could throw normal chopstick with enough force to make it stuck in a piece of wood like a dart.
  • In The Japanese Tradition: Chopsticks,note  demonstrations of chopstick use range from inept to animated sculpture.
  • In True Blood, Sookie stakes a vampire with chopsticks.

     Newspaper Comics  
  • The Garfield strip from January 5th, 1988:
    Jon: Still haven't mastered those chopsticks, huh, Garfield?
    Garfield: Mastered? No ... *Holds up the entire contents of the takeout box between his chopsticks* Perfected? Yes ...

     Video Games  
  • Lo Wang from Shadow Warrior is fond of doing this if you leave him idle for too long.
  • In an early cutscene in True Crime: Streets of L.A., Nick deals with a mafia henchman who is shaking down the owner of the restaurant he's currently eating at by flinging a chopstick at him, apparently with enough force to thoroughly lodge it in his ear. From across the room.

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