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From left to right, Womp, Steve, Mephisto, and Rod.

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Steve Foxx

Double the Fist is an AFI Award winning Australian TV Series. The show was a self proclaimed mixture of Jackass and The Goodies, combining outrageous stunts with unusual, scripted plots.

More specifically, the show followed the adventures of The Fist Team, a group lead by Steve Foxx on a mission to save the world from the growing epidemic of Weakness. Each episode would see the Fist Team tackle a different problem relating to Weakness, whether it be comfort, education, or being a small child. The team consisted of:

  • Steve Fox: the short tempered, super strong leader who yells a lot.
  • Rod Foxx: Steve's younger, sportier brother.
  • Womp: A chubby, child-like ex-wrestler who idolises Steve.
  • Mephisto: An unhinged former security guard.
  • Panda: A panda that often acts as the team's assistant.

They spread the word of Fistworthiness, a way of life that crushes Weakness and basically make everyone into a Badass Normal. Whenever a character got a achieved something, they would get awarded Full Fist, failure to do so would award No Fist. Episodes would usually end with someone winning a prize of some sort, usually another Full Fist. Series Two introduces Man of Fist, which is awarded to the most outstanding show of Fist Worthiness per episode.

The series was infamously low budget, but managed to get an audience with plentiful special effects and being absolutely bizarre. For example, one episode had a marathon that included such feats as climbing an electric fence, running through traffic, and successfully jumping over a Rift in Time.

After it's initial eight episodes, the series took a break for four years before being revived due to support from fans. The second series had significantly increased special effects and a much bigger budget. However, the ongoing story, while well written, divided fans for almost entirely dropping the show's original format, and turning the Fist Team into outright Villain Protagonists.

This show provides examples of:

  • Accentuate the Negative: The concept of Weakness demonizes anything easy or comfortable, so this is inevitable.
  • Accidental Suicide: A magician inspired to be more Fistworthy ends up killing himself while trying to perform an elaborate escape from a burning metal container. In real life, magicians have their equipment rigged to both let them escape, and minimise or eliminate any actual danger.
  • Action Girl: Tina T in Series One, taken up to eleven with Tara in Series Two.
  • Actor Allusion: The Umbilical Brothers both appear in Series Two. Dave fittingly appears as a mime, while Shane appears as a pair of twins who guard a door. Neither appear on screen together.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Womp, though things are somewhat cleared up in the Series Finale. Also Mephisto, as shown in a Mephisto Knows Segment.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: Steve's use of the Fist turns out to be inferior to the peace loving monks who trained him. Brute force does nothing to them.
  • Badass Pacifist: The Monks of the Fist, who trounce the Fist Team in combat without ever fighting back.
  • Bad Boss: Steve zigzags through this through Series One, but in Series Two, The Fist Team are his punching bags.
  • Bad Future: Technically subverted in that within the rules of the show, this dystopian and destructive society is actually a good thing.
  • Badass Normal: Pretty much the entire cast, though the second season final suddenly reveals Steve pretty much has The Force. However, A song sung by Rod's actor in the final episode refers to The Fist Team as a team of Superhumans.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call Steve weak. If you do, you will be dead twenty minutes ago. As a matter of fact, do not call any of them weak.
    • Do not do anything to irritate Mephisto. And I mean ANYTHING!
  • Big Budget Beef-Up: Series II obviously had a lot more money poured into it, with more elaborate sets, better production value, more effects, and more guest stars.
  • Black Comedy Rape: After losing his mojo, Rod attempts to make Tara sleep with him by turning it into an order. It turns out she has an attachment for that sort of thing, and he immediately changes his mind. Unfortunately the coins used to control her are destroyed, so she he can't take it back.
  • Butt-Monkey: Womp takes a fair bit of damage, and Rod's unsavory behaviour rarely goes unpunished. Kanangra.
  • Breaking Speech: Steve gets one by the German Terrorist in Episode 7, and kills him viciously. Mephisto does this to him after becoming the Big Bad in Series Two.
  • Call-Back: While freezing to death near World Mountain, Rod starts hallucinating that he is still looking fort he Terrorists from Episode 7.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Rod, though he eventually garners fangirls.
  • Catchphrase: For Steve we have the Title Drop "Double the Fist!" as well as, "You make me sick!" and "Never watch this show again!" Womp is given, "Aw Yeah, pretty good," and "Sure thing, Steve."
  • The Cavalry: In The Final Battle, the ghosts of Panda and Mime bring Steve the shows legions of fans to fight Mephisto along side him.
  • Clip Show: Parodied in Special Edition, where all the clips are completely original.
  • Cloning Blues: In Fistathalon, Womp repeatedly falls down a portal in time and makes numerous copies of himself. They all are dead by the end of the episode. The next episode reveals a survivor, Blue Womp, who is a an absolute Jerkass.
  • Cloudcuckooland: The world around the Fist is mostly normal, but anywhere where they get away with half the stuff they do, the Local Council is made up of zombies and pilot a giant robot, video games cause people to become ninjas, time portals are treated as regular wells, and gravity is controlled by the world constantly rotating around World Mountain, just ain't normal.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Yet again, Mephisto.
  • Cool Chair: When Steve invents Fist Furniture, one particular product is a line of chairs and couches with jets attached to them.
  • Cool Shades: Indeed cool. Cool enough to give you levitation powers.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Well, more like Corrupt Mayor. Not only is he a baby eating, shapeshifting snake man, but the rest of the Council are apparently zombies. He also pilots a giant robot. All this is put to use just to evict the Fist Team from their new headquarters. And it doesn't work.
  • Crossover: With Good Game of all things. Steve ended up declaring the host Bajo Weak, and replaced him with a robot.
  • Death Is Cheap: Dying is a mild inconvenience for these guys. Averted with Panda in Series Two, and possibly Womp.
  • Death of a Child:
    • Womp's protege in Fist Makeover is hit by a car and not seen again.
    • A student gets her head pulverised by a lawnmower as punishment for failing a maths quiz in High School Challenge.
    • Lizard men eating babies is a recurring plot point in Local Council. The same episode has a baby bomb.
    • Tara's 'sidekick' form is killed after merrily skipping away into a battlefield.
  • Demonic Possession: Mephisto is possessed by an Aztec Demigod in Fear Factory, and subsequently vanishes for an episode before returning as a villain in Bush Bash...commanding an army of pandas.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In Series Two, Steve creates Fist Furniture, a company that specializes in dangerous, Fistworthy furniture. Not only does Steve have to deal with the difficulties of managing a business, but also finds that ordinary consumers will complain about furniture intended to maim them. The business fails, and Steve becomes a drunken wreck.
  • Downer Ending: The Fist Team set in motion a horrible Bad Future where Steve rules the world. Of course, to them, it's a good thing.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe, when Steve and Blue Womp fight, they start out with a circle of kids around them jeering them on. When it finally devolve into Steve just violently pummeling the defeated Blue Womp, they leave in disgust.
  • Eat the Dog: In the last episode, Rod is seen playing with a dog with a bit too much enthusiasm. We cut back later to find that he is eating it.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first episode Vertical Challenge has Steve using sound logic and reason to rebuff the Fist Team's insane strategies, and he fearfully flees when Mephisto whips out a grenade.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: "Eating babies is Un-Australian!"
  • Everything Is Even Worse With Sharks: Especially when they can fly!
  • Fist Cannot Comprehend Weakness:
  • Evil Twin:
    • While not evil per se, Blue Womp is a time displaced copy with none of the original's better qualities.
    • The website listed an otherwise unseen character named Steve Goxx, who can either be assumed to be a coincidental lookalike, or a cosplayer.
  • Explosive Leash: Steve equips his slaves with this in Series Two. A scene in which they are all activated was cut. Though we still see some heads blow up.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The final episode remixes the theme tune with an expository rap song.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Steve and Blue Womp's schoolyard fight starts out with an excited audience of rowdy students, all of who slowly leave in disgust as Steve continues to brutally beat Blue Womp while he's down.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Pretty much everyone in Series Two. Mephisto does so again and becomes the Series Big Bad.
  • Fan Disservice: In one behind the scenes featurette, upon hearing that their paychecks have finally come in, Bryan (Rod) suddenly strips off and runs around excited, completely unblurred.
  • Friendship Moment: Mephisto telling Rod about the TV show he's secretly put together without Steve's knowledge. Rod is so impressed by his view count (200) that he asks if he can join in. Too bad Rod decides to tell Steve when it looks like Mephisto is going to be Man of Fist.
  • Good is Not Nice:
    • The Fist Team claim to be a force for good, but throughout the series they kidnap people, hold slaves, kill people, mug people and eventually conquer the world.
    • The Monks of the Fist from Series II seem nice enough (at least compared to Steve), but they still lied to Ballistic Man so he'd waste his life as their guard.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Odin, a wrestler who assists the team in Fist Furniture.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Ballistic Man joins Mephisto after he shows him a picture of a Dolphin. Mephisto is accepted back into the Fist Team after Steve deems him loyal.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Everyone, in season 1. In season 2, they're more Villain Protagonists. Exept Womp.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Captain Cook is a polarising figure in Australian culture, but he most certainly didn't have laser guns, force fields or any of the other future tech he's seen with here.
  • Humongous Mecha: Depot, the ultimate weapon of the corrupt Council seen in Series Two, made up of numerous council owned vehicles. The guy is begging to become a toy.
  • Hypocrite: What qualifies as weak seems to change depending on Steve's mood, or what's funnier.
  • I Am a Humanitarian: In Series Two, Mephisto finds two Community Wellfair Officers invading the Fist Team HQ's laundry. We cut back a while later and he is chewing on their flesh.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: The time saw, AKA 'The Ultimate Weapon' is a chainsaw that can cut through the fabric of time and space. Too bad Steve destroyed it with a lightsaber (another Impossibly Cool Weapon by coincidence).
  • Informed Attribute: After his Face–Heel Turn Steve claims he has relinquished all Weakness from his body. He becomes a lot more prone to violence, but suffers two emotional breakdowns afterwards, making him seem even Weaker than before.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Mephisto is prone to this.
    • He believes that athletes are less impressive because they claim to run nine meters, when really they're running ten with the added distance to slow down afterwards.
    • In Fear Factory Rod is the only member of his team left, mostly because his showboating got them all killed. Steve asks if he feels he's let them down. He decides that they let him down by dying.
  • Jerkass: Most of the team has their moments. Womp is generally the nicest, but he ends up bullying Tara over not being a real person to make himself feel better.
  • Killed Off for Real: Numerous One-Shot characters, Blue Womp, Tara, Panda, The Mime, and technically Orange Womp, as a third series is unlikely, and the last thing he did on the show was get shotgunned in the head.
  • Large Ham: Steve and Mephisto are particular scenery chewers.
  • Manchild:
    • Womp is very naive and trusting, easily distracted and so forth.
    • His clone, Blue Womp exaggerates this greatly without quite becoming a Psychopathic Man Child. Best shown when he pulled a prank on Womp when they were locked in a life or death situation. This resulted in Womp shooting at him several times at point blank range; Blue Womp didn't even notice.
  • Mooks: Pandas, Medieval Recreationists, Ninjas, and Ballet Dancers have all played this part from time to time.
  • Mundane Solution: Mephisto ultimately decides to combat terrorism by doing absolutely nothing and getting on with his life. He is not feeling terrorized, and therefore terrorism has no effect on him.
  • Mysterious Past: Mephisto used to be a security guard, but is now apparently on the run for tax evasion. Something had to make him snap, as we meet a former colleague of his in one episode, who seems to remember him being a nice guy. Mephisto kills him and uses his face as a mask.
  • No Fourth Wall: The show is presented as a Show Within a Show, so Steve will frequently address us and report on the Fist Team's progress. Series Two has this at the start, but the change in format pretty takes away from the Show Within a Show aspect and it is featured less and less.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Panda, who is also apparently in Steve's family. And technically Tara.
  • Our Time Machine Is Different: Season 2 had the Timesaw, a chainsaw which saws holes in spacetime.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Specifically, snarling naked beasts who use their capes to glide. Originally Mephisto was intended to be a vampire. You can still find references to it throughout the series, such as his Batsuit. Had this had happened, their vampires would have also had their own cult, and aids.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The team encounter a city council which is made up of various horror monsters, including zombies.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • The early series hadn't established Steve as the enormous Jerkass we know him as now, and these occurred a few times:
      • The Fist Team save a forest from loggers. A forest could easily be considered week for representing nature, but Steve genuinely cares about the forest. One could say he's just trying to prove how weak the protesters are, but this is dashed away when the Fist Team (or specifically, Mephisto) happily plants a small tree at the end of the episode.
      • A few times, Steve seemed to genuinely care when someone got killed or hurt, such as Womp in Vertical Challenge.
      • In Episode 7, Steve drives by Rod and reminds him to drink plenty of liquids.
    • Mephisto gives Tara a handmade device to cut through Steve's safe so she can get the tokens used to control her, when he had nothing to gain from it.
  • Power Fist: Steve is covered in smouldering metal in the final episode, and manages to use it to his own advantage and gain fists of steel. Craig Anderson (Steve) is interested in having Steve's hands like that permanently if they make another Series.
  • Sequel Hook: At the end of Episode 7, Steve uses a spaceship to destroy a meteor headed for Earth, apparently killing him. Later on, we see his trademark Cool Shades have survived. The first episode of Series Two had Steve grabbing said glasses and rocketing his way back to Earth.
  • Rain Dance: Womp once performed a rain dance that summoned... hamburgers.
  • Running Gag: Kanangra. Dolphins. Lakemba Auto Barn. The ABC being jerks.
  • Shout-Out: The rap song at the end of the final episode is a reference to Sci-Fi movies with Will Smith, where he would often produce a single based on the movie.
  • Sixth Ranger: Tina T replaces Mephisto when he is possessed. In Series Two, we get Tara, a badass android chick who can transform into a plethora of devices (most prominently, a Vending Machine). She was actually on par with Steve in combat ability.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Played with. Steve is constantly referring to the show as a television phenomenon and boasting about their huge ratings. Within the context of the show, where they are huge celebrities, this is averted. In real life, they didn't do so well.

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