Created By: Cantomirlo on May 27, 2011 Last Edited By: Cantomirlo on December 16, 2014
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Crushing Handshake

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We've all seen it somewhere. A character (usually male) shakes the hand of another (usually male) character in supposed friendship only to try and crush the character's fingers. Usually done when the crusher either a) intensely dislikes, b) wishes to intimidate, c) is competing over a girl with or d) is just that mean to the chrush-reciever.

Can be subverted in when the crusher's fingers get hurt instead, either to do with the other character being stronger than they look or made of steel.
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  • May 27, 2011
    jaytee
    Also sometimes due to not knowing their own strength.

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  • May 27, 2011
    JonnyB
    Superman does this in Superman 2.
  • May 27, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Sometime both characters try to crush each other's hands as well.
  • May 27, 2011
    Paragrin
    They do this in one of the Harry Potter books, it's Wood and the other captain, I can't remember where though.
  • May 27, 2011
    SalamanderIke
    It happened on the I Love Lucy episode where John Wayne guest starred.
  • May 28, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • In Will Of The Empress from the Circle Of Magic series, when the mages in Berenene's court introduce themselves to Briar, they play macho games by trying to knock him over with their magic as they shake his hand, which is essentially meant to parallel this trope.
  • May 28, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    In Predator Dutch and Dillon basically try to do this to each other it goes on for about a minute before Dillon concedes defeat.
  • May 28, 2011
    SKJAM
    • Dick Tracy: The Brow does this to the Summer Sisters, actually cracking their wristbones to establish the pecking order in his gang. And also because he kind of gets off on cruelty.
  • May 30, 2011
    kentdyson88
    Spider-Man does this in Spiderman The Animated Series. Norman Osborn(Green Goblin) tries to crush Peter Parker's hand while they are both in civilian identies. Peter realizes that he'd crush his hand if not for his spider strength and that Norman seems to also be invoking a I Know You Know I Know.

    Also in Superman The Animated Series, Superman is working with a cop in Powered Armor. He shakes hands with Superman and tries to crush his hand. It doesn't hurt but Superman looks annoyed when he does this and it helps set up the cop's character.
  • May 30, 2011
    TheBlankMage
    See, Mahou Sensei Negima just did this one, too. In this case, though, Fate isn't trying to crush Negi's fingers; instead he clamps onto Negi's hand, immobilizing him while he readies his biggest attack. Negi decides to accept this challenge, and both are now locked in an epic handshake showdown.
  • June 1, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Done in Kajko I Kokosz, when the two knight are sent to meet the duke's big brother, Wojmil. Woimil and Kokosz are both examples of Stout Strength and squeeze each other to a standstill. Kajko, being much smaller, saves himself from injury by kicking Wojmil in the sheen. (I have noticed that the names make no sense to English speakers, due to differences in how some letters are pronounced in Polish. Should I leave it like this, or change the names to "Kayko", "Kokosh" and "Voimiw", to match the English pronunciation?)
  • October 3, 2011
    TBeholder
  • October 4, 2011
    ArtFever
    Bernie Mac's character in Oceans Eleven does this to a car salesman in order to get a discount.
  • January 1, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In the Pilot Movie of Lois And Clark Clark does this accidentally to Perry White at the end of his first (failed) job interview. After Clark comes back with a well-written story and Perry hires him, Clark offers his hand again but Perry doesn't take it this time, patting Clark on the back instead.
  • January 1, 2012
    Ryuuma
    In High Anxiety, Charles Montague does this to Mel Brook's character while revealing at the same time that he used to be the one in charge of the asylum before his arrival. Complete with teeth-clenched tone of voice and forced smile.
  • January 1, 2012
    TonyG
    • On the Droopy cartoon "Droopy's Double Trouble", Droopy's stronger twin brother crushes the butler's hand when he shakes it.
    • In one Popeye The Sailor cartoon, Bluto's hand literally turns into a vise when he does this to Popeye.
  • January 1, 2012
    Specialist290
    Literature
    • Major Broklaw of the Ciaphas Cain books apparently does this partly to intimidate and partly to test the recipient's reactions. He tries it on Cain in their first meeting, but the latter uses his augmetic fingers to do it right back to Broklaw, which genuinely surprises the man.
  • January 1, 2012
    Stratadrake
    It's not always out of malice. Sometimes it's Played For Laughs.
  • January 13, 2012
    TBeholder
    Obviously, related to Bear Hug
  • January 13, 2012
    CharacterInWhite
  • January 13, 2012
    robybang
    • The Flintstones: Fred's mother-in-law does this to Fred when she comes over for a visit.
  • January 13, 2012
    Generality
    Eddie Izzard did a bit on this. He called it the 'I've-got-a-small-dick' handshake.
  • January 13, 2012
    SKJAM
    In an issue of the Dell Comics Ben Casey comic book, an intern's brother accidentally does this to Dr. Casey, foreshadowing that he's not just some random guy in a loud suit. At the end, he offers to shake again, but Dr. Casey wants to be able to operate soon.
  • January 13, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In animated works, expect the victim's hand to be red and pulsing afterwards. Probably also squeezed like a tube of toothpaste: the palm area is basically empty and all the volume has migrated to the fingertips.
  • January 14, 2012
    LondonKdS
    • Parodied in the film The Quiet Man, where what is meant to be a friendly handshake after a fight between John Wayne's and Victor Mc Laglen's characters turns into each of them openly trying to crush the other's hand for ages, at the end of which they start fighting again.
  • August 7, 2013
    InTheMirror
  • August 7, 2013
    SharleeD
    We already have this.
  • August 7, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    Crushing Handshake is already on the site.
  • December 16, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    Salvaged some stuff into the Crushing Handshake, and discarding this.
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