Created By: allnaturaltrans4 on November 23, 2012 Last Edited By: allnaturaltrans4 on November 29, 2012
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Handshake Refusal

Someone repels to shake hands due to lack of trust, anger, or guilt

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Someone wanting to shake hands to call a truce or say goodbye but the other refuses to or says he can't.

Examples

  • Toy Story 3: Woody refused to shake hands with Buzz as he was leaving Sunnyside.
  • Epic Mickey: Oswald suggest that him and Mickey shake and start over. But Mickey holds back and confesses to causing the Thinner Disaster.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius:
    • "The Eggpire Strikes Back'' Jimmy refused to shake hands with King Goobot after he disapproves of a picnic he's hosting.
  • In Harry Potter, Harry does this to Draco when they meet on the train in the first book (rejecting his offer to help show Harry the "right sort" of wizard).
  • In L.A. Noire, during the first investigation with the Arson desk, a patrolman shows a reluctance to shake Cole's hand since Cole was recently involved in a scandal after having an affair with a nightclub singer. Cole's partner Herschel rebukes the patrolman for his attitude, telling him 'Cole's name might be dogshit, but his hand isn't covered in it.
  • Babylon 5:
    • "Passing Through Gethsemane", Sheridan hesitates to shake the hand of a recent murderer who had since been "mindwiped" (had his personality and memories removed and replaced as punishment for the capital crime) and joined Brother Theo's monastic order, until Brother Theo reminds him of the value of forgiveness.
  • Frasier:
    • In one episode, the artist Frasier invites over always wears a smock so she doesn't have to shake hands.
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • November 23, 2012
    Bisected8
    • In Harry Potter, Harry does this to Draco when they meet on the train in the first book (rejecting his offer to help show Harry the "right sort" of wizard).
  • November 23, 2012
    lexicon
    Okay, so you've got a laconic, but what does it mean so it's not just People Sit On Chairs?
  • November 23, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Doing a handshake would be People Sit On Chairs. Refusing to shake an extended hand is generally the exception rather than the rule, and there's usually a reason for it--as the laconic said, often due to lack of trust in the other person, anger (or contempt) at the other person, or guilt. Or there could be other reasons. Seems pretty obvious to me that this is an exception to normal social convention, so it's not People Sit On Chairs.
  • November 23, 2012
    dvorak
    In one episode of Frasier, the artist Frasier invites over always wears a smock so she doesn't have to shake hands.
  • November 23, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Germophobia can be another reason. The eponymous character on TV's Monk often evades shaking a hand extended to him, for fear of germs.
  • November 24, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    And in real life, a person may refuse to shake the hand of someone who had just sneezed or coughed into it (not just the clinically germophobic would do this). There are probably examples of this in media, but I can't recall any specifically.
  • November 24, 2012
    Surenity
    In WWE, Kurt Angle refused to shake Chris Benoit's hand when they were part of a tag team, because "tag team partners...gotta hug". Cue Angle hugging and snuggling a very bewildered Benoit.
  • November 24, 2012
    Astaroth
    In LA Noire, during the first investigation with the Arson desk, a patrolman shows a reluctance to shake Cole's hand since Cole was recently involved in a scandal after having an affair with a nightclub singer. Cole's partner Herschel rebukes the patrolman for his attitude, telling him 'Cole's name might be dogshit, but his hand isn't covered in it.'
  • November 24, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    In the Babylon 5 episode "Passing Through Gethsemane", Sheridan hesitates to shake the hand of a recent murderer who had since been "mindwiped" (had his personality and memories removed and replaced as punishment for the capital crime) and joined Brother Theo's monastic order, until Brother Theo reminds him of the value of forgiveness.
  • November 24, 2012
    Astaroth
    We already have Hand Off.
  • November 24, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Wow, who'd have thunk a trope named "Hand Off" meant this, though. I would have thought it meant passing an item (often discreetly) to another person, hand-to-hand--like in (American) football, or a small-scale drug deal. Or not discreetly, as in a relay race. These are instances where this phrase is actually commonly used. Handshake Refusal would certainly be a better title for, well, refusing a handshake.
  • November 24, 2012
    Arivne
    I agree that Hand Off should be changed to Handshake Refusal or something similar.
  • November 24, 2012
    CarrieVS
    So if I understand this right, we already have the trope, but think this name is better? In that case, we should discard this and take the discussion about the title to Hand Off.
  • November 25, 2012
    Arivne
    Before discarding this, please move all examples that aren't already on Hand Off to that page.
  • November 25, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    This was done in an episode of Co Ach set in a sperm bank. Hayden Fox ran into one of his fans coming out of one of the private rooms, who promptly recognized him and held out his hand for a shake.

    One would probably be wise to be leery of shaking hands with Captain Hook as well.
  • November 25, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Interesting subversion here--probably should have refused the apparent "handshake"....
  • November 28, 2012
    CarrieVS
    ^^^I've added all the examples that weren't already there to Hand Off.
  • November 28, 2012
    Psi001
    • A variant in American Dad episode "Tears Of A Clooney", after Stan befriends George Clooney, he later refuses to fistpump him because has to inform George he is "leaving" him to move back to his old home.

    @Surenity: Repeated by Batista right down to dialogue with Eddie Guererro.

    This is likely a reference to a very common tactic with heels, offering a handshake to the face before using it to blindsight them. The more Genre Savvy faces often use this trope in response (when The Miz tried it on Kofi Kingston, the latter responded with a boot to the face, commentors labelled as likely just a "preemptive strike").

    In addition this trope is often used by heels or tweeners for heat and to show their lack of respect. When in Bad Boss mode for example, Vince Macmahon often refuses to shake the hands of face associates, and sometimes even sneers at them for suggesting such a thing.
  • November 28, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Started a discussion for the Hand Off page, proposing that the trope be renamed to Handshake Refusal, or similar that is actually more descriptive of the trope.
  • November 29, 2012
    Skoinks
    In Howard Stern's Private Parts, his new employer - Moti, refuses to shake Howard's hand.
  • November 29, 2012
    CarrieVS
    People are still adding examples here. Does anyone disagree that this trope is essentially the same as Hand Off? If not, new examples should be added to that page, and this should probably be discarded. Not that it was a bad idea, but it makes more sense to edit the existing one than to create another.

    I've added the new examples to Hand Off.
  • November 29, 2012
    Arivne
    Yes, this is Hand Off. It can be discarded when all of the examples are moved over.
  • November 29, 2012
    CarrieVS
    ^All the examples that weren't already there have been moved over. Should I discard it? I was waiting for the original sponsor to do it or at least say something.
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