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Glove Snap
(permanent link) added: 2010-05-24 09:25:49 sponsor: Jonny B (last reply: 2010-05-26 10:56:50)

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I see you shiver with antici... pation.

I've Seen It a Million Times... When the Mad Doctor wants to "get down to business", he dons his evil apparel, and this almost always includes shoving his hands into big latex gloves with a (usually upward) thrusting motion while tugging on the back of the glove with the other hand; then there's a loud snap at the end when the back of the glove is released. Pretty much a Mad Doctor and Medic staple, and also pretty common in cartoons. Usually meant to inspire fear or to startle; usually part of the Creepy Physical.

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Is This Tropable?? Needs More Examples. Split from Gloved Fist of Doom.


  • The infamous glove-snapping scene in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Latex glove snap done by a fearsomely large nurse in Armageddon.
  • Implied to be happening off-screen in one scene in Kung Pow! Enter the Fist:
    Master Tang: As you know, I am a man of special needs. One of you will now receive... the Fist of Fury!
    (cut to students looking anxious)
    Master Tang: Prepare... the long rubber glove. (sound of latex snapping) Eeny... meeny... miney... moe... I wonder where... my glove will go...
  • Undercover Brother. One of Mr. Feather's minions does this repeatedly, greatly to Mr. Feather's annoyance.
  • Fletch. A proctologist does this before giving Fletch an examination, as shown here.
  • Jim Carrey's Count Olaf does this in his herpetologist disguise in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Rush Hour 3 - The two protagonists have been detained by security in a French airport.
    Chris Tucker: Can we go now?
    Detective: *Glove Snap* this will just take a moment.
    "This" turns out to be a cavity search...
  • The Mad Doctor in The Rescuers Down Under does this. "All right, girls, let's snap to it!" *snap* Oh! That smarts..."

Live-Action TV
  • In The X-Files, Mulder accuses Skully of enjoying doing this.
  • Tony of NCIS; though it's more comedic than sinister.

Video Games
"Anuhza successful procedure!"
"Woops! Zat was not medicine."
"Did zat sting? Sorry!"
"Zat, vas doctor-assisted homicide!"

Web Comics

Western Animation

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