Two characters hold an object together, showing their affection for another to the audience
Alice picks up her sword, often in a hesitant or visibly exhausted way. She may then attempt to strike at an enemy, only to realize that her blow was not strong enough, or she might just hesitate, looking at the foe. Then, suddenly, her companion Bob steps up and wraps his hands around the hilt of the sword alongside hers and they strike together, usually successfully (Not that they'll keep fighting like this, as it's very impractical). While the sword example is common, this trope does not necessarily have to involve swords. The point is two people gripping an object together, usually in a dramatic moment, to show camraderie and affection, as well as The Power of Friendship or The Power of Love, as it's frequently used as Ship Tease. Other forms may include pulling a lever to some important machine together, holding up a MacGuffin, or even using the gear shift of a car. Compare Team Hand-Stack.
ExamplesAnime and Manga:
- At the end of Princess Mononoke, Ashitaka and San hold up the Forest God's head together to return it to him as they brace themselves for the incoming curse-flood.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Zelda aids Link by gripping the hilt of his sword alongside him and piercing the final boss.
- In Fate/stay night, at the end of Fate route's climactic battle with Berserker, Shiro manages to project Caliburn and Saber joins her hands to his grip of the blade as they strike Berserker down together, finishing him off. This is a bit more justified than similar examples, as Caliburn is both Saber's sword and she has much more combat skill and strength than Shiro, actually improving their chances.
- In Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, a CG shows Ephraim and Eirika holding up the last Sacred Stone together in order to seal the Demon King.
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