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Gently moving aside a weapon pointed at you.
Maybe the hero was caught completely off-guard, or he's being menaced by someone he can't simply strike back against, and is now backed against the wall, with something very sharp in his face. So he'll place one finger on the tip of the weapon and nonchalantly guide it out of his face. If it's really sharp and he doesn't want to risk poking himself, grasping the flat part between finger and thumb is also an acceptable method. It works equally well with a gun, perhaps better because of the lack of cutting parts.
Alternately, this could be done to the hero, if he's confronting a potential ally who he doesn't trust. This trope also covers use of the line as a Stock Phrase.
May be related to Barehanded Blade Block. Not to be confused with Artistic License Gun Safety or I Just Shot Marvin in the Face, although the people listed under those tropes should Point That Somewhere Else.
Anime & Manga
- Happens in Monster, by Inspector Lunge on a random mook with a gun. He simply walks up to him and pushes the gun down, and demands to speak to his boss.
- Mahou Sensei Negima: During their big fight, Negi has Setsuna's magic daggers hovering at Jack Rakan's throat. He decides to bit down on a couple, and the others get nervous.
Films -- Animation
- It's played straight near the beginning of the fight between Cloud and Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, where he points it in Cloud's face while he's laid out.
Films -- Live-Action
- Trope Namer: In Return of the Jedi, Han Solo says this to a spear-wielding Ewok.
- In the less common villainous usage of this, Chauvelin to Sir Percy Blakeney in the 1934 film, The Scarlet Pimpernel. (Things turn a bit ugly for Sir Percy after that.)
Blakeney: The password -- do we have to use force?
Chauvelin: (waving aside Blakeney's accomplice's pistol) Not at all, Sir Percy. The password is "The Channel is free."
- Doesn't work in Pans Labyrinth. Captain Vidal aims his pistol at a wounded revolutionary, who weakly pushes it away once, twice, then rests his hand over the barrel. Vidal shoots him in the head, through his hand.
- During Cloud and Sephiroth's second battle in Dissidia Final Fantasy, Cloud points the Buster Blade at Sephiroth when he becomes angry at him for something he said. Sephiroth just smirks and calmly moves it aside.
- An audio taunt in Age of Empires II is "Don't point that thing at me!" Emphasis is on the word "thing" not the word "me," though, so it sounds kind of strange.
- Order of the Stick, strip #722. During Elan's first encounter with General Tarquin, the latter bends Elan's silver rapier away from his face with the tip of a finger.
- In Rusty and Co, Plaidbeard the pirate pushes away Madeline the Paladin's hoe from under his nose with two fingers.
- Bugs Bunny often does this in his encounters with Elmer Fudd. In Rabbit Fire, he and Daffy Duck move the rifle back and forth between the two during the Rabbit Season Duck Season routine.