Created By: Jordan on November 20, 2011 Last Edited By: 69BookWorM69 on August 13, 2013
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Conspicuous Gloves

A character always wears a glove or gloves for a plot relevant reason

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Gloves are a curious accessory. For participants in some occupations (medicine, construction, gardening) and sports (boxing, riding), gloves are essential or at least recommended. They're also commonly worn in cold climates or seasons, and in some historical periods, social customs require people to wear gloves. Most of the time, however, the wearing of gloves is unusual, and it's even more unusual for a person to wear only one glove.

When this trope is operating, a character is depicted wearing a pair of gloves (or a single glove) without the excuses of occupational demands, low temperatures or social custom. If the glove is worn only on one hand, it is always the same hand. Wearing the gloves will set the character apart from others in the work, and there's generally plot-relevant reason for their presence. Most often, the gloves serve to conceal something about the wearer, though occasionally they're worn for protection and/or style. The gloves might be worn to conceal a Red Right Hand, hide an injury, cover a prosthesis, disguise a social stigma, or simply to indulge personal preference.

Similar to Sunglasses at Night, wearing a glove or gloves at all times is both cool and conspicuous.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gendo always wears gloves, and they cover burns he receives in an early episode rescuing Rei. He later has an embryo Eldritch Abomination implanted in one of his hands, which make the gloves even more necessary.
  • Hell Teacher Nube always covered his left hand with a black glove. It's to hide the hideous deformation of the hand, because an Oni is sealed within it.
  • Naruto:
    • In a variation, Danzo covers his whole right arm in a metal contraption, which is covered further by having his arm tucked into his kimono. It hides a multitude of transplanted Sharingan on said arm, alongside the fact that he injected The First Hokage's DNA into said arm, making it look hideous (with Hashirama's face seemingly grafted on his shoulder).
    • Danzo has a Sharingan beneath his bandaged eye.
    • Kakashi has a Sharingan left eye that he covers with his headband (because opening it eats up his chakra reserve)
    • Ao from the Mist Village has a Byakugan right eye covered by an eyepatch.
  • In Darker Than Black, Kirihara's superior always wears gloves. Turns out he has prosthetic hands.
  • Mentioned twice in Jojos Bizarre Adventure in relation to a certain antagonist:
    • After Polnareff is saved from the flesh bud in his head, he asks Joseph about whether or not he has two right hands. Joseph reveals that he just has a prosthetic hand from his adventures. He also reveals the antagonist he's looking for here.
    • When the team enter a hotel, they find the manager as a little old lady who bandaged her left hand because of a burn. It's really a cover-up and the covered hand is also a right hand, revealing her as also the mother of the man Polnareff was looking ofr and killed before this incident.

Comic Books
  • DC Comics' Heroic Fantasy hero Claw the Unconquered had a literal demonic hand, hidden under a red glove to reduce its evil influence on him.
  • Several X-Men characters wear gloves associated with their powers.
    • In his early appearances, Wolverine had his claws attached to his gloves. Once they were said to come out of his hand, his gloves had slits to accommodate their extension.
    • Rogue wears gloves so as not to accidentally touch anyone, since touch with her skin causes her to absorb others' powers, often harming or potentially killing them.
    • Gambit also wears gloves. His touch allows him to change the potential energy of objects he touches into kinetic energy; his gloves have a few fingers open or missing so he can "charge" and manipulate his cards (one of his weapons of choice). That said, the gloves' design is also cool.

Film - Animation
  • Wybie (and the Other Wybie) in the film adaptation of Coraline. In Real Wybie's case it may be down to the fact he's seen riding a bike most of the time. That and there's a poison oak bush near the Pink Palace. Later in the film Other Wybie removes his glove to show Coraline he's just sawdust.

Film - Live Action
  • The Invisible Man (starring Claude Rains) is set in winter, so gloves don't really look that odd until he goes indoors and doesn't take them off, or later on when he's also wearing pajamas and a robe. The Vincent Price sequel (1940's The Invisible Man Returns ) is set in warmer weather, so it looks a bit stranger for him to wear them in most instances. The title character of The Invisible Woman (also released in 1940) can get by with it more considering the social customs of the period included women wearing gloves (and hats, for that matter), so it doesn't stand out so much.
  • In Son of Frankenstein (1939), Inspector Krogh has a prosthetic arm (having lost his right arm when a child, the Monster tearing it off the boy) and he wears a glove on it indoors and out. He does remove the left glove in some indoors scenes There's a bit of black comedy when the actor (Lionel Atwill) sets the position of his right arm with his left hand to "demonstrate" the right arm is prosthetic.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom wears black leather gloves all the time, but he puts on a larger rubber glove in his first appearance to Dip some poor Toon. Later it turns out they also hide the fact that he's a toon himself.
  • The protagonist in V for Vendetta wears gloves and a mask at all times because he was tortured and disfigured as a prisoner.
  • In Funny Games, two clean-cut young men wear white gloves, making them look a little like golfers. The wife asks about them because they didn't take them off inside of the house, and Paul claims he has eczema. They wear them to hide their fingerprints.

Literature
  • Gloves, together with the bandages, are the most conspicuous parts the title character's disguise in H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man.
  • In the Dorothy L. Sayers novel Have His Carcase, the fact that the victim was wearing gloves is a clue to his haemophilia, which figures in the plot.
  • Judge Dee: a character keeps his gloves on to hide the fact that he badly injured it by touching a freshly-lacquered table after murdering a woman.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • While it would make sense to wear gloves often anyway, since he's in the cold North, Jon Snow wears gloves at all times anyway, because in the first novel, he got a burn on one of his hands.
    • The smuggler turned knight Davos also wears gloves at all times, because in the interest of "justice", Stannis rewarded him by knighting him, but also felt it necessary to chop off all of his fingertips on one hand as punishment for his earlier crimes.
  • Serpine from the first Skulduggery Pleasant book wears one glove, which does in fact cover his Red Right Hand.
  • In Making Money, Cosmo Lavish wears gloves to hide the ring he wears, both because it's stolen property and because it's made of stygium, a metal that glows white-hot in sunlight.
  • In the Ciaphas Cain novels, Cain wears gloves. Technically they're part of his uniform, but they also serve to hide his prosthetic fingers.
  • In The Curse Workers, as the powers can only have an effect through skin to skin contact, so everyone in this world wears gloves.
  • Curly in Of Mice and Men wears a glove full of Vaseline on one hand, supposedly because he's keeping that hand soft for his wife. This has no plot-relevant reason, but does make the theatrical adaptation easier to stage when his hand gets crushed.

Live-Action Television
  • In an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show Rob & Laura are about to go to a formal dinner on behalf of his boss Alan Brady to accept an award from a black group, but they both accidentally dye their hands black. They decide to wear gloves to the event, but Rob 'fesses up during his speech. The audience at the dinner find it funny rather than offensive.
  • In the Outer Limits episode "Demon with a Glass Hand" the man with the glass hand wears a glove over it, only removing it to speak to it or add a finger as he finds them.
  • In addition to their badges, Babylon 5: PsiCorps telepaths wear black gloves as a reminder that they must be constantly on guard against invading the privacy of others with their powers, effectively isolating themselves from those around them. While most of them do sincerely try to take that to heart, many of the Psi Cops, powerful telepaths tasked with hunting rogue telepaths and ensuring that the others follow the rules, give the impression that they really don't care.
  • In the 2006 Granada-WGBH co-production of Agatha Christie's Towards Zero, a character named Thomas Royd (played by Julian Sands) wears a glove on his useless right hand. He's asked about it at a dinner, and he explained that he got caught in a doorway during an earthquake when he was a child.
  • In one episode of Alphas the villain wore a glove to conceal his deformed hand, which could upon contact control minds.
  • Jasmine in Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger wears gloves to control her powers.
  • Bridge in Power Rangers S.P.D. wears gloves most of the time, only to take them off to use his powers (the real world reason is to cover up the actor's tatoos).
  • Dexter: Serial-Killer Killer Dexter sometimes uses rubber gloves when he searches for evidence in his future victims' places, but at times he uses ordinary gloves. Once somebody sees him coming home with the gloves on and points out that Miami is little too hot for wearing them.
  • In Downton Abbey, Thomas intentionally gets his hand shot through with a sniper's bullet, earning him a deferment. He returns to the Abbey wearing a black glove to hide the scarring.

Theatre

Video Games
  • In Mitsumete Knight, Raizze Haimer, one of the winnable girls, wears a pair of red gloves at all times (to the point one of the other characters, the young Laury Callwell, affectionately calls Raizze "Tebukuro no Onee-chan", i.e. "Gloved-Big Sis"). There's a reason behind this: She's one of the eight enemy generals of the game acting as The Mole, so she has to wear them in order to hide the bedsores and scars her hands have due to constant sword-training. The red color of the gloves is also a Foreshadowing, as the symbolic color of those generals is red.

Western Animation
  • In Aladdin: The Series, the Evil Sorceror Mozenrath wears a magical gauntlet that stripped the skin and flesh from his hand as a price. Under the gauntlet, his hand is just bone.
  • In Dexter's Laboratory, Dexter's mom always wears gloves due to being a germaphobe. This was explained in one episode.
  • Kiff in Futurama. In one episode, he ends up accidentally touching Leela when his gloves come off and gets impregnated by her (his species reproduces by touch). Although the wearing of gloves is simply down to part of the uniform he and Capt. Brannigan wear.

Real Life
  • Harold Lloyd lost a finger in an on set accident early in his career and had to wear a prosthetic glove for the rest of it.
  • Michael Jackson is famous for wearing a single white glove.

Community Feedback Replies: 86
  • November 20, 2011
    chiyaa
    Literature:
  • November 20, 2011
    aurora369
    After The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker wore a single glove to hide his prosthetic hand.
  • November 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • In an episode of Get Smart 99 dated a man who always wore gloves. Right now I don't remember exactly why though.
    • In the Outer Limits episode "Demon with a Glass Hand" the man with the glass hand wears a glove over it, only removing it to speak to it or add a finger as he finds them.
  • November 21, 2011
    AFP
  • November 21, 2011
    AceNoctali
    • In Mitsumete Knight, Raizze Haimer, one of the winnable girls, wears a pair of red gloves at all times (to the point one of the other characters, the young Laury Callwell, affectionately calls Raizze "Tebukuro no Onee-chan", i.e. "Gloved-Big Sis"). There's a reason behind this: She's one of the eight enemy generals of the game acting as The Mole, so she has to wear them in order to hide the bedsores and scars her hands have due to constant sword-training. The red color of the gloves is also a Foreshadowing, as the symbolic color of those generals is red.
  • November 21, 2011
    kenshinta
    In the second episode of Angels Friends, despite the rest of his outfit, a fellow devil criticizes Sulfus' fingerless glove on one hand, which covers a star-shaped blemish he got after he touched his angel counterpart.
  • November 21, 2011
    Katana
    • In the Pokemon anime, Ash consistently wears fingerless gloves.
  • June 10, 2012
    captainpat
    YKTTW bump
  • June 10, 2012
    Unknown Troper
    • In Full Metal Alchemist Mustang wears gloves made of ignition cloth, that he uses to start fires. He then uses a transmutation circle on the back of the glove to control the direction of the fire. Edward also wears gloves to hide his automail right arm.
  • June 10, 2012
    TonyG
    In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom wears rubber gloves in case he has to Dip some poor Toon. Later it turns out they also hide the fact that he's a toon himself.
  • June 10, 2012
    johnnyfog
    • In Downton Abbey, Thomas intentionally gets his hand shot through with a sniper's bullet, earning him a deferment. He returns to the Abbey wearing a black glove to hide the scarring.
    • Agent 47 of the Hitman series wears black gloves as part of his ensemble.
    • Rogue of X Men commonly wears gloves due to being a Poisonous Person.
  • June 10, 2012
    chicagomel
    I'm not sure if Uther from Merlin counts or not. He's never seen without his black leather gloves, but we were never told why. Behind the scenes,it may have been to cover Anthony Head's odd hand (three fingers are the same length),but there was never a plot reason. Unless it was just part of his kingly garb.
  • June 10, 2012
    Marmaduke0717
    In one episode of Alphas the villain wore a glove to conceal his deformed hand, which could upon contact control minds
  • June 10, 2012
    Bisected8
    • In Aquila Tom has to wear gloves to hide a green exoskeleton he accidentally gets put over his hand by the eponymous ship in one episode. Played For Laughs when the fact that he's wearing gloves for no apparent reason doesn't go un-noticed.
  • June 10, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Live Action TV: In the Pilot of The Powers Of Matthew Star (which was actually the last episode broadcast) his guardian always wears one glove because his hand is robotic and looks nothing like a real hand.
  • June 12, 2012
    Ryuuma

    Literature

    • In the of Shannara series, The Big Bad Rimmer Dall is always described wearing a large, black glove on his arm. To cover the fact that its red and made of pulsating energy.

    Videogame

    • Samanosuke in the Onimusha series, as the Oni Gauntlet is his most trusted weapon and source of powerful demon-slaying powers.
  • June 12, 2012
    Exxolon
    Real Life: Harold Lloyd lost a finger in an on set accident early in his career and had to wear a prosthetic glove for the rest of it.
  • July 7, 2012
    captainpat
    Since more than two months have pasted since to OP made any alterations, this is now Up For Grabs.
  • July 7, 2012
    TBTabby
    In Making Money, Cosmo Lavish wears gloves to hide the ring he wears, both because it's stolen property and because it's made of stygium, a metal that glows white-hot in sunlight.
  • July 7, 2012
    JonnyB
    In Metropolis, Rotwang wears gloves, partly because he's a scientist but partly to hide the fact that one of his hands is prosthetic.
  • July 8, 2012
    GeminiSparkSP
    @Ryuuma: About your Video Game entry, I think it's about gloves that hide the Red Right Hand, not gloves that have special powers.
  • July 9, 2012
    NightNymph
    • Rogue from X Men wears gloves so as not to accidentally touch anyone, since touch with her skin causes her to absorb others' powers, often harming or potentially killing them.
      • Gambit also wears gloves (at least in the original X Men cartoon he does). His gloves have a few fingers open so he can manipulate his cards (which he makes blow up). Whether the gloves are worn for the cool or to limit his explosive affect on objects, I am not sure.
  • July 9, 2012
    triassicranger
    • Jasmine in Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger wears gloves to control her powers.
    • Bridge in Power Rangers SPD wears gloves most of the time, only to take them off to use his powers (the real world reason is to cover up the actor's tatoos).
  • July 9, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Marvel's New Universe, DP7 member Lenore's skin exudes a "fatigue-inducing bioluminescence" which basically makes anyone who sees any of her exposed skin fall asleep, so she wears a full body coverup including gloves. Although I suppose her gloves aren't quite as conspicuous as her facemask.
  • July 9, 2012
    kjnoren
    Literature:

    • Jame in Chronicles Of The Kencyrath have retractable claws instead of nails, and always wears slitted gloves. Gloves to hide the claws, and with slits since her claws shredded them.
  • July 9, 2012
    kjnoren
    Edited the description. Any ideas for a better name.
  • July 9, 2012
    AgProv
    Cosmo Lavish in the Discworld novel Making Money. His gloves conceal a light-sensitive ring made out of the element Stygium - if exposed to the sun for too long it sublimates at a very intense heat.
  • July 10, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Originally, Wolverine's claws weren't supposed to be retractable into his skin, they were atached to/part of his gloves.
  • July 10, 2012
    kjnoren
  • July 10, 2012
    Arivne
  • July 10, 2012
    GeminiSparkSP
  • July 10, 2012
    Blubble
    added the film category and one film example
  • July 10, 2012
    kjnoren
    Another alternative: Always A Glove At Hand? Or simply A Glove At Hand

    I think I like that construction best from the wittiness and idiomatic standpoint from the alternatives so far.
  • July 11, 2012
    Blubble
    aurora369 mentioned Skywalker, I think we could also add the V for Vendetta protagonist and Darth Vader.

    There's also the fact that any boxer and many martial artists will have gloves as part of their job.
  • July 11, 2012
    kjnoren
    Write up the examples, noting their reason for wearing gloves. Though I doubt Darth Vader would count as this trope, since his clothing covers everything else as well.
  • July 11, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Film: In Son of Frankenstein (1939), Inspector Krogh has a prosthetic arm (having lost his when a child, the Monster tearing it off the boy) and he wears a glove on it indoors and out. (I think he removes the left glove in some indoors scenes, but it's been a while since I've seen it.) There's a bit of black comedy when the actor (Lionel Atwill) sets the position of his right arm with his left hand to "demonstrate" the right arm is prosthetic.

    This might be arguable in terms of the Invisible Man/Woman works. The Claude Raines version is set in winter, so gloves don't really look that odd until he goes indoors and doesn't take them off, or when wearing pajamas and a robe. The Vincent Price sequel is set in warmer weather, so it looks a bit stranger for him to wear them in most instances. The Invisible Woman can get by with it more considering the social customs of the period included women wearing gloves (and hats, for that matter), so it doesn't stand out so much.
  • July 13, 2012
    TBeholder
    • Labyrinths Of Echo has Shurf Lonli-Lokli almost always wearing gloves. Usually he wears Death Gloves and another pair on top which prevents instant destruction of everything he touches. To protect himself, he covers fingernails with indelible runes, so when incognito he wears simple thin gloves, as being a quaint provincial is much less conspicuous than pretty much having "I'm a man who needs his fingers magic-armored during the Ban On Magic" written on his hands.
  • July 13, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show Rob & Laura are about to go to a formal dinner on behalf of his boss Alan Brady to accept an award from a black group, but they both accidentally dye their hands black. They decide to wear gloves to the event, but Rob 'fesses up during his speech. The audience at the dinner find it funny rather than offensive.
  • July 14, 2012
    Blubble
    added v for vendetta and boxing example.
  • July 14, 2012
    triassicranger
    Wybie (and the Other Wybie) in the film adaptation of Coraline. In Real Wybie's case it may be down to the fact he's seen riding a bike most of the time. That and there's a poison oak bush near the Pink Palace. Later in the film Other Wybie removes his glove to show Coraline he's just sawdust.
  • July 14, 2012
    HawkofBattle
    • In WITCH, season 2 villain Nerissa wore a single metal gauntlet on her left hand whenever she confronted anyone directly. Why? She was also masquerading as The Mage, an ally to the protagonists, who wears a ring which is the source of her power. She concealed the ring beneath the gauntlet to not blow her cover.
  • July 14, 2012
    robinjohnson
    Curly in Of Mice And Men wears a glove full of Vaseline on one hand, supposedly because he's keeping that hand soft for his wife. This has no plot-relevant reason, but does make the theatrical adaptation easier to stage when his hand gets crushed.
  • July 14, 2012
    Achitha
    • Justified in The Curse Workers, as the powers can only have an effect through skin to skin contact, so everyone in this world wears gloves
  • July 15, 2012
    triassicranger
    Kiff in Futurama. In one episode, he ends up accidentally touching Leela when his gloves come off and gets impregnated by her (his species reproduces by touch). Although the wearing of gloves is simply down to part of the uniform he and Capt. Brannigan wear.
  • July 15, 2012
    kjnoren
    Any comments on the name? Right now the trope name and the trope description are mostly incidental.
  • July 15, 2012
    Blubble
    How about "Glove Love"? It's hard to come up with a good phrase with the word glove in it.
  • July 15, 2012
    kjnoren
    I think A Glove At Hand or Always A Glove At Hand are the best options that have come up so far. Gloves Of Necessity also works. Glove Love would open the field for misinterpretations, I'm afraid.
  • July 15, 2012
    LordCirce
    I think A Glove On Hand would make a bit more sense.

    I don't know if anyone mentioned it, but Mickey Mouse is always wearing gloves.
  • July 16, 2012
    kjnoren
    ^ Mickey Mouse falls under White Gloves, which is an out-of-world reason for the gloves.

    I can't say I have that much like for A Glove On Hand - it sounds forced to me.
  • July 16, 2012
    Chabal2
    Judge Dee: a character keeps his gloves on to hide the fact that he badly injured it by touching a freshly-lacquered table after murdering a woman.
  • July 16, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Live Action Television: Taurons, in Caprica, wear gloves during mourning for religious reasons.
  • July 17, 2012
    LordCirce
    Movies:
  • July 17, 2012
    SharleeD
    • In Simon Hawke's Wizard of novels, Kira wears a glove on her right hand to hide the runestone embedded in her palm.
  • July 17, 2012
    SharleeD
    Nearly all of these examples involve the glove(s) being worn to conceal something. Would this one work better as a trope if it were made specifically about that, rather than just wearing gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints or for reasons of fashion or custom?
  • July 17, 2012
    kjnoren
    Good call. Gloves Of Concealment maybe? Many of the examples given right in comments are pretty low quality anyway. Maybe better to start a new YKTTW with that name?
  • July 18, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    ^^ I think wearing gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints is really just a specific form of concealment, but YMMV.

    That said, I agree that concealment is key. I also think the fashion/custom aspect can help the glove wearer get by with the concealment somewhat; it tends to become noticeable only in certain circumstances (like warm weather, or when viewed by people with different customs).
  • September 23, 2012
    TBeholder
    Glove Of Secrets?
  • September 23, 2012
    KevinKlawitter
    French crime director Jean-Pierre Melville's Signature Style involves his characters putting on white gloves before they make a kill. This is particularly noticeable in Le Samourai.
  • September 24, 2012
    aurora369
    Update on my previous comment about Star Wars. Anakin Skywalker in Episode III and The Clone Wars series: his glove conceals a prosthetic hand. After he becomes Darth Vader, it's more of We Can Rebuild Him. In the original trilogy, Luke Skywalker also often wears a glove covering his prosthetic hand post-Episode V, as I commented before, but his is more life-like and he is sometimes seen without the glove.
  • September 24, 2012
    Chabal2
    Judge Dee: One of the clues the judge picks up is a rather convoluted one: the murderer injured his hand when he brushed it against a newly-lacquered table at the murder scene. To hide the injury, he wears thick gloves, but in order to avoid the gloves being noticed by the judge at a banquet he's holding, he holds the banquet outside, during winter.
  • September 24, 2012
    XFllo
    another Live Action Tv example

    Dexter: Serial Killer Killer Dexter sometimes uses rubber gloves when he searches for evidence in his future victims' places, but at times he uses ordinary gloves. Once somebody sees him coming home with the gloves on and points out that Miami is little too hot for wearing them.

    I think it was in season 5 or 6 and the one who asked might have been Quinn or the new guy from masuka's aka intern puppy dog.
  • July 15, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    Bump.
  • July 15, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Literature
  • July 15, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    The Who Framed Roger Rabbit example is a halftruth. Doom wore black leather gloves all the time, but he puts on a larger rubber glove in his first appearance to handle the dip.
  • July 16, 2013
    DAN004
    • Hell Teacher Nube always covered his left hand with a black glove. It's to hide the hideous deformation of the hand, because an Oni is sealed within it.
    • Naruto: In a variation, Danzo covers his whole right arm in a metal contraption, which is covered further by having his arm tucked into his kimono. It hides a multitude of transplanted Sharingan on said arm, alongside the fact that he injected The First Hokage's DNA into said arm, making it look hideous (with Hashirama's face seemingly grafted on his shoulder).
      • On a related note, he also has a Sharingan beneath his bandaged eye. Meanwhile Kakashi has a Sharingan left eye that he covers with his headband (because opening it eats up his chakra reserve), and Ao from the Mist Village has a Byakugan right eye covered by an eyepatch.
  • July 28, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    Live-Action Television
    • In the 2006 Granada-WGBH co-production of Agatha Christie's Towards Zero, a character named Thomas Royd (played by Julian Sands) wears a glove on his useless right hand. He's asked about it at a dinner, and he explained that he got caught in a doorway during an earthquake when he was a child.
  • July 28, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    I've revised the description, and I'm in the process of incorporating the examples that fit. I need more info on Get Smart, and I'm not sure which category to place Full Metal Alchemist.

    I'm also looking for a good pic...maybe Claude Rains in the pajamas and gloves would make it obvious visually.
  • July 28, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    To me that martial arts example seems a bit weird. What conspicuous is there about wearing boxing gloves?
  • July 28, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^ I'm thinking of removing it; I just haven't gotten that far, and I'm headed for bed. I'm also thinking of putting the Merlin example there, but I don't know enough about it. I saw a few episodes of that series, and it did seem like Uther's character wore gloves more often than the others, but I don't know the reason behind it. Was a reason given in one episode?

    What with all the title suggestions, it looks like we'll need a title crowner as well.
  • July 28, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Crowner plz.
  • July 28, 2013
    MrRuano
    Mentioned twice in Jojos Bizarre Adventure in relation to a certain antagonist:
    • After Polnareff is saved from the flesh bud in his head, he asks Joseph about whether or not he has two right hands. Joseph reveals that he just has a prosthetic hand from his adventures. He also reveals the antagonist he's looking for here.
    • When the team enter a hotel, they find the manager as a little old lady who bandaged her left hand because of a burn. It's really a cover-up and the covered hand is also a right hand, revealing her as also the mother of the man Polnareff was looking ofr and killed before this incident
  • July 28, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^^^^I noticed that the Get Smart example hadn't been rolled in, possibly because there wasn't enough. So I tried looking it up. There's no youtube video of it but I managed to find a transcript. The episode is titled "Kisses for Kaos;" based on an admitedly quick skim of the transcript we are never told why he wears gloves, the only thing we really find out is that he only takes them off while eating or bathing. Max & 99 need to get his fingerprints, so 99 invites him over for an intimate late-night supper.
  • July 28, 2013
    Marz1200
    ^^^^^^Fullmetal Alchemist would fall under Anime/Manga.
  • July 29, 2013
    Chernoskill
    About the V for Vendetta example:

    The reason he wears gloves and a mask is not because he was tortured but rather because his body was badly burned in the chemical fire while escaping the prison/laboratory test site.
  • July 29, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    @ randomsurfer Thanks for the research; I'll take a look when I have more time.

    @ Marz1200 Thanks for the clarification. I wasn't sure which adaptations had the gloves, so i wasn't sure where to put it.

    @ Chernoskill Thanks for that clarification. The entry has been fixed.

    @ DAN004 Title crowner open, per your request.

    I tried to take out the last example in the Real Life section, but it's still there. I've been having some trouble from time to time making edits stick (additions, deletions, changes), and I cannot tell if it's my elderly computer or a glitch in the YKTTW.

    I found an old still from The Invisible Man, but I wonder if the head bandages distract from the visual oddity of a guy wearing pajamas, a robe and gloves. This trope could be hard to show in a small still image; showing other people gloveless for contrast is tough to do given image size constraints. Suggestions?
  • August 1, 2013
    kjnoren
    The example of Jame from Chronicles Of The Kencyrath is still missing in the trope write-up.

    I think a picture from The Invisible Man would distract from the real trope. It's not about being covered in clothing everywhere, it's about (nearly) always wearing gloves. Perhaps a character wearing only a single glove?
  • August 1, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^ I tried to add that (and the Dexter example) but I'm having trouble making edits stick again. I've changed browsers and it still happens. Does this happen to anyone else?

    I did put in the still for the time being (partly to see the how the description text looks with it). The gloves with that robe do look odd to me, but YMMV. Perhaps a caption would help?
  • August 4, 2013
    peccantis
  • August 4, 2013
    Bisected8
    • In the Ciaphas Cain novels, Cain wears gloves. Technically they're part of his uniform, but they also serve to hide his prosthetic fingers.
  • August 5, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^ Thanks. It went in first time, too!

    Current name is in the lead and three ahead of the second choice. Do we need another crowner to leave the name as is?

    Any suggestions for a different picture?

    Would like more hats, but I'm willing to launch this with only three, since it has so many examples.
  • August 5, 2013
    XFllo
    • In Funny Games, two clean-cut young men wear white gloves, making them look a little like golfers. The wife asks about them because they didn't take them off inside the house, and Paul claims he has eczema. They wear them to hide their fingerprints.

    I added my hat as the draft looks good. The image could be chosen in Image Pickin' forum.
  • August 5, 2013
    DracMonster
  • August 6, 2013
    InTheMirror
    This could be a page image. Link

  • August 6, 2013
    kjnoren
    ^^ I really like that one!
  • August 12, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^^ Yes, I agree, what with him wearing gloves and shorts. I'll switch it.

    Current title is the big leader, and we have five hats. I'm ready to launch, if there are no objections.
  • August 12, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
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