Created By: aurora369 on April 2, 2013 Last Edited By: Larkmarn on May 8, 2013

We are the Adjective Hand

A naming theme for organizations called Whatever Hand

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Supertrope of Power of the God Hand (YKTTW)

It appears that a hand is a body part that can be used to name all kinds of cool organizations. Simply slap an adjective on the word "Hand", and you've got a name for The Order, an Ancient Tradition, a State Sec or anything else, really.

Other adjectives:

  • White Hand is the name of Saruman's budding empire in Lord of the Rings, also a moniker of the wizard himself.

Needs more examples and adjectives!
Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • April 2, 2013
    XFllo
    Oh, cool trope. I'd really like sorting example according to media. I have one black hand for you.

    Live Action TV
    • On Murdoch Mysteries, a Mafia organization called "Black Hand" appears in several episodes. They operate in the USA and in Canada, and smuggle things from Europe.
  • April 2, 2013
    Larkmarn
    The Hand is the name of a ninja clan in the Marvel Universe.

    The primary antagonists in early seasons of Jackie Chan Adventures is an organization called "The Dark Hand."
  • April 3, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    The Black Hand was quite popular in Victorian Melodrama, and was basically an exaggerated precursor of the Mafia. It was usually depicted as employing most of the Italians in Britain (and as you can probably guess, carried a ton of Unfortunate Implications). Mr. Justice Raffles takes on the gang in The Fate of Faustina and The Last Laugh, and Count Fosco from The Woman in White is a renegade member of the gang who is ultimately killed by his former associates.
  • April 3, 2013
    aurora369
    There was also a Serbian terrorist organization called the Black Hand. The guys who shot Archduke Ferdinand.
  • April 3, 2013
    Astaroth
    What about 'Hand of...' examples? Baldurs Gate Dark Alliance II has the Hands of Glory, a thieves guild backed by the Zhentarim.
  • April 3, 2013
    DunDun
    It's just a name of an organization in a work? I can see that there are examples for this and that it's tropeable; it's just that the description gives no reasoning as to why a group might be called x hand--why that group would want that adjective in their name. Note that Power Of The God Hand does explain why a group would want to use the adjective "God" in their name...
  • April 3, 2013
    MorganWick
    First and second person pronouns are frowned upon in trope names for sounding like dialogue, or in this case, being unnecessary word cruft.
  • April 3, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    Needs a new name because of the No New Stock Phrases policy.
  • April 3, 2013
    StarSword
    The Adjectival Hand, to go with The Adjectival Man? (Or is that a bad snowclone?)
  • April 3, 2013
    aurora369
    It's not a stock phrase. It isn't meant for anyone to say that. The trope isn't about anyone saying this as a phrase.
  • April 4, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ It doesn't matter if the trope isn't about someone using it as a phrase. If the title sounds like a line of dialogue it violates No New Stock Phrases, period.
  • April 4, 2013
    BanditF150
    ^Dun Dun, I believe the "hand" part is a reference to either a form of control (a governing body) or performing a particular action on a broad scale (Silver Hand killing werewolves), which are things actual hands can do on a smaller scale.
  • April 4, 2013
    DunDun
    ^I agree that that's a good reason for a writer to name their antagonistic group (or whatever) a [something] Hand. But it doesn't say that in the description of this trope. More to the point, I meant the adjectives themselves; I see in the description for "Black Hand" there's a reason given for why the group would want "Black" to be in their name, but "Silver Hand" doesn't (which, in my honest opinion, could either be about werewolves, magic in general, or other mystical creatures).

    I second Adjectival Hand and also would like to propose Power Of The Adjetival Hand or whatever since this is a Super Trope of Power Of The God Hand (unless the God Hand trope is renamed).
  • April 4, 2013
    aurora369
    Does They Are The Adjectival Hand seem to you to be less a dialogue?
  • April 5, 2013
    StarSword
    Not really. Good rule of thumb for No New Stock Phrases is "does it make a complete sentence?"
  • April 5, 2013
    acrobox
    This could easily be broadened to just being like 'The Body Part Gang' There are plenty of organizations called the something Fang,or the something Hand, or the Foot
  • April 5, 2013
    Andygal
    The Wheel Of Time has the Band of the Red Hand.
  • April 5, 2013
    KZN02
    BIONICLE: The Hand of Artakha
  • April 5, 2013
    nlpnt
    It's a job title, not an organization but what about the Hand of the King in A Song Of Ice And Fire/Game Of Thrones? Makes for a pretty good page quote too.
  • April 5, 2013
    DunDun
    ^This is about a group of individuals with "[adjective] Hand" or "Hand of the [adjective]" as their name, not individuals with "hand" as their name or their title.
  • April 6, 2013
    Surenity
    Real Life: The Black Hand was the name of a Serbian secret society that was responsible for assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand and causing World War One.
  • April 6, 2013
    XFllo
    I kind of like the name currently a part of laconic: Whatever Hand. I'd probably like something like Whatever Hand Mafia or Organization Whatever Hand.
  • April 8, 2013
    Larkmarn
  • May 5, 2013
    DunDun
    Bump
  • May 5, 2013
    Hodor
    • Red Country has a band of horrible mercenaries called the elegant sounding "Company of the Gracious Hand".
  • May 5, 2013
    MonaNaito
    If it's being changed to Whatever Hand Organization, I presume the term preceding "Hand" no longer has to be an adjective:

  • May 6, 2013
    aurora369
    Adjective Hand Organization is better, since Whatever is too clumsy a placeholder.
  • May 7, 2013
    BOFH
    Literature
    • In The Stone Canal, "Invisible Hand" is the name of a legal advice service operated by an AI.
  • May 7, 2013
    arbiter099
    The Invisible Hand is a term used to personify market forces in a free economy, originating with Adam Smith's On The Wealth of Nations and reffered to in media and Real Life since.

    It's dropped in this sense as one of the names for the Illuminati in Deus Ex
  • May 7, 2013
    arbiter099
    What about Hand Of The Trope?
  • May 7, 2013
    Laevatein
    The Black Hands in Knights Of The Dinner Table.
  • May 8, 2013
    DunDun
    ^^Trope being used as a variable (i.e. in place of a better word such as "adjective") are frowned upon nowadays.

    This is a supertrope to Power Of The God Hand, so why not just name this Power Of The Adjective Hand?
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