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[[caption-width-right:300:"Verily, we are too awesome to exchange handgrips, my brother!"]]

When two people meet formally for the first time, it is customary for them to shake hands. The handshake is initiated when the two hands touch, immediately. It is commonly done upon meeting, greeting, parting, offering congratulations, expressing gratitude, or completing an agreement. In sports or other competitive activities, it is also done as a sign of good sportsmanship. Its purpose is to convey trust, balance, and equality.

This trope is about when, instead of the usual handshake as a greeting gesture, the characters use a variation, each of which has its own connotations. Most of these variations are less formal than a handshake, but some retain the formality. While mostly a Western Media trope, it has found its way into eastern media on occasion.

'''Handshake substitutes that have their own tropes:'''
* [[ManHug Pound Hug]]
* CrossCulturalHandshake
* SecretHandshake

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!Forearm Clasp
''"You are my equal, sir, and I honor/greet/salute you."''

This is the variation closest to an actual handshake, and is quite possibly its precursor. Instead of exchanging handgrips, the two clasp each others' forearms, just below the elbow. It is considered [[GoodOldWays archaic]] and often '[[KnightInShiningArmor knightly]]', the kind of greeting warriors of old gave each other, supposedly to prove they didn't have [[HiddenWeapons a knife up their sleeve]].

[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/BenHur'', Ben and Massala exchange grips, which really doesn't help to quench the HoYay rumors. [[TestosteronePoisoning But it does look so manly...]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In JamesSwallow's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} story "The Returned" when Thryn tells Tarikus that he is [[IncorruptiblePurePureness completely untainted]], he then offers Tarikus his hand. Tarikus shakes it in the [[GoodOldWays old way]], palm to wrist.
* Elaine Cunningham's ''Elfshadow'' describes this as a traditional greeting exchanged between Harpers in the ''ForgottenRealms''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The double-handed Centauri hands of friendship gesture from ''Series/BabylonFive''
* Used in ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''{{Xena}}'' all the time.
* The Jaffa sometimes perform this action as a greeting in the ''Franchise/StargateVerse''.
* Occasionally used by the Klingons in various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series.
* The Ventara Riders on ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' often use this.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Often used in [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]] plays.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', this is how Wrex will greet Shepard if he's around, while happily shouting "My friend!"
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Seen in ''QuestForCamelot'', when the Knights of the Round Table greet each other during their "Charming Singalong".
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', this Is the Southern Water Tribe standard greeting.
* Often seen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' although sometimes the animation made it look like they were grabbing each other's wrists.
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!Fist Bump
''"Hey, man, how's it going?" "Pretty cool, bro, pretty cool."''

A less excitable version, this substitute is decidedly casual. It's somewhere in between a handshake and a high-five in meaning, combining greeting with familiarity and victory. Two people pump their fists against each other, but like with a too-strong grip in a handshake, bumping too hard is considered rude and needlessly confrontational. Bumping other parts of the arm together instead of the fist is also acceptable, such as in the trope picture.

Colloquially known as the '''''brofist''''', though this term has a relatively different significance. A brofist is better defined as a light touch of the fists or the knuckles, and it is used more frequently as a commemorative or celebratory gesture [[strike:in any situation that appeals to the two bros' sensibilities]] of one (or both) of them having scored/scoring.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Nanoha and Fate do the reassuring brofist ("sisfist"?) towards the end of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [=StrikerS=]'', just before they go separate ways (Nanoha, after the Cradle and Fate, to Scaglietti's bunker). They do it [-IN FLIGHT!-]
* The example pictured above is from ''{{Berserk}}'', specifically Owen greeting Laban after he manages to rescue a city full of people.
* Manga/{{Naruto}} and Sasuke share one of these in the first opening sequence. Notably, these two characters never do so in canon, seldom being on good enough terms with one another.
** Meanwhile, in the actual series, Killer Bee is fond of these.
* Numerous times in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', but the penultimate chapter's [[http://www.mangareader.net/116-51515-2/full-metal-alchemist/chapter-107.html cover spread]] takes it UpToEleven.
* Armbumps are the order of the day in ''{{Eyeshield 21}}''.
* Black*Star and ''Manga/SoulEater'' does this with the back of their fists. Black*Star later does the same with Kilik (because he was wearing large gauntlets) and Soul does this to Kid, [[SuperOCD who insists that they do the same with each's other hands.]]
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' has arguably the most epic brofist in the whole ''Gundam'' franchise. '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIZ3iXQlLrU#t=1m46s LOOK! THE EAST IS BURNING RED!!]]'''''
** Made even more epic and hilarious in ''DynastyWarriorsGundam'', where [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Elpeo]] [[GenkiGirl Puru]] successfully convinces [[HotBlooded Domon]] '''and''' [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs]] [[TheStoic Merquise]] to do it together before they go their separate ways.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'': Mr. Legend and a young Kotetsu T. Kaburugi exchanged a fist bump after the former thwarted a bank robbery in which the latter was a hostage who awakened to his NEXT powers. Later, after Kotetsu becomes the hero Wild Tiger and helps a young boy who also awakened his NEXT powers, he gives that kid a fist bump as well.
* In the fifth ''KaraNoKyoukai'' movie, Enjou and Kokutou exchange a fistbump before [[spoiler:splitting up to go rescue Shiki from Araya]].
* In ''HighSchoolDXD'', Issei and Kiba do this before separating to go to their separate positions.
* This is how Mao and Harisugawa say their hellos with each other in ''HarisugawaInMirrorWorld''.
* Senji offers one of these to Ganta after their fight in ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland''.
* Negi and Kotaro start doing this during ''{{Negima}}'s'' Magic World arc. Only with supersonic punches that create ''shockwaves'' when they meet.
* Ash does this with [[spoiler:Charizard]] in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Best Wishes''.
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* SpiderMan and {{Wolverine}} fist-bump each other after [[http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa116/Cyberman1985/Spider-Man595GreenGiant010.jpg Logan makes an off-hand comment about the end of President George W. Bush's second term in office.]][[/folder]]

[[folder:Fanfic]]
* In ''Fanfic/NoGodsOnlyGuns'', during Gaige's interlude, she rebuilds the platform of a certain collection of geth into a hulking juggernaut of destruction, which they approve of. Shortly afterward, she dubs the new construction "Gethtrap", and her RobotBuddy Deathtrap shows its approval by raising a mechanical fist. Gethtrap bumps mechanical knuckles in what is dubbed a "robrofist."
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[[folder:Film]]
* Jack Sparrow and Gibbs share a form of this (Gibbs' knuckles touch to the underside of Jack's palm) at the end of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: At World's End''.
* ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger [[ReunionShow Vs.]] Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'': Takeru (Shinken Red) and Sosuke (Go-On Red) after becoming friends at the end of the movie.
* Captain Marvelous of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and Retsu Ichijouji, a.k.a. ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'', before the big brawl in ''Film/KaizokuSentaiGokaigerVsSpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie''. Marvelous just isn't the type to shake hands; in the traditional ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' hand-off between the outgoing and incoming Red Rangers, rather than shaking hands with or saluting [[Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters Red Buster]], he throws a punch which Hiromu catches. Hiromu looks at his hand for a moment, then turns and bows to Marvelous, who's walking off into the metaphorical sunset.
* JossWhedon's ''MuchAdoAboutNothing''; when they see Benedick admiring a photo of Beatrice, confirming that their scheme to get him to realize that he was in love with her was working, Claudio and Don Pedro fist bump each other.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Fairly ubiquitous in ''Series/TheWire''. In particular, when Avon is in prison, he and Stringer both fist-bump the plexiglass as a substitute.
* Adam Savage used elbow bumps to greet some volunteers involved in a ''Series/MythBusters'' experiment. However, the experiment was to see if he could avoid "infecting" them with his fake cold -- normally, he's a hand shaker.
* Gus and Shawn on ''{{Psych}}'' do this ALL THE TIME. Usually when they solve a case, or agree on some point, or just want to reaffirm their friendship. There's even a three-way fist bump in one episode.
* The Doctor and companion Mickey Smith in ''Series/DoctorWho''. As the Doctor never has a problem hugging anyone in sight, this is presumably because ''Mickey'' is too manly to hug.
* Howie Mandel in ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' always greeted contestants with a fist-bump. He has misophobia (fear of contamination/germs) and is too uncomfortable to shake hands.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Kripke wants to do "fist bump" with Sheldon. But Sheldon doesn't get that and just grabs Kripke's fist and tries to shake hands.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* For the Toa in ''{{Bionicle}}'', this is a standard greeting. They may have been doing it before it became popular in RealLife.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In many of the games that take place after ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'', if Ryu and Ken are battling each other in a VS. match, they will fist bump each other before the start.
* ''PlaystationMoveHeroes'' features one of the most adorable brofists ever in its ending, between [[BadassAdorable Ratchet and Clank]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', [[GentleGiant Edgar]] goes to fist bump [[TheHero Raz]], and Raz jumps back, thinking he's about to attack. He pauses and then returns the fist bump.
* Roxas and Hayner exchange one of these early on in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''
** Sora and Riku do so as well after using Riku's Eternal Session LimitBreak.
* ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2: Saisei-hen'' has one between {{Dancougar}} and DancougarNova at the end of their CombinationAttack; fans quickly dubbed it the [=DanKuu=] Brofist.
** The PSP version of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'' had the [[CombinationAttack Sekiha]] [[KamehameHadoken Kyuukyoku]] [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Tenkyoken]] animated like a gigantic brofist of energy with the hapless target smashed in between them.
* In ''CreaVures'', after Bitey helps Pokey to swing over a pit, the pair bump fists.
* An absolutely [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] example happens in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''. [[spoiler: Yasha, Asura's rival, [[DiedStandingUp dies standing up]], mid-punch, and before he DisappearsIntoLight, Asura does this.]]
* It takes a game and a half for brothers Asbel and Hubert to repair their relationship in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces,'' but the brofist at the end is so worth it.
* Some players in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'''s multiplayer do this when playing as batarians. Since the batarians' heavy melee attack is a strong punch, and melee doesn't harm your teammates, two batarian players will occasionally punch each other during downtime to simulate the gesture. It's known as the "batarian brofist".
* During Makoto's gag reel in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', Valkenhayn (playing the role of Makoto's clumsy brother) claims he did this with another guy, except he missed his mark. The result:
-->'''Makoto''': You punched through a guy's head? WTF bro?!
* SuperSmashBros for Nintendo 3DS, [[BigBad Master]] [[FinalBoss Hand]] and [[AxCrazy Crazy]] [[BonusBoss Hand]] both fist bump each other before the battle begins.
* This is Kanji Tatsumi's Instant Kill attack in Persona4Arena. He tosses his opponent into the air before doing a fist bump with his Persona, Take-Mikazuchi. The opponent gets sandwiched in between the two on the way down.
* VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}} has Bayo fist-bump with Madama Butterfly... the several-stories tall demon who assists in combat by slamming her limbs through portals.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/03/07 shows us how it's done]].
* While [[Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon Jack and Max]] are fighting, they punch each others fists. Max interprets this as the greatest fist-bump ever.
* ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'' features several instances of the girls sharing a bropound.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Dave Strider gives brofists a few times, usually to Li'l Cal (until the latter started to creep him out too much). Eridan and Feferi also give each other a fistbunp (note spelling) to symbolize their moirallegiance relationship.
* ''Webcomic/DoubleK'' [[http://doublek.captainosaka.com/comic/chapter-5-page-131/ shows us how it's done.]]
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* In episode 23 of ''WebVideo/EmmaApproved'', [[http://youtu.be/wM4GRIJygJc?t=3m36s Emma and Ryan Weston exchange a fist bump at the office party's photo booth. They both finish it off by making sizzling sounds.]]
* ''WebVideo/WelcomeToSanditon'': Beau Griffiths is fond of using fist bump.
** Intergenerational misunderstanding happens when young Beau tries to bump his fist with mayor Tom Parker. Tom Parker takes Beau's fist and shakes it. [[http://youtu.be/upFwBkN0SpU?t=1m45s Can be seen here.]]
** Beau uses it to end video phone conversation with Ed. Ed repeats the gesture, and adds the Vulcan salute for good measure, because he's a sci-fi geek.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''MegasXLR'', Coop and Jamie combine this with a Dap Greeting and "The Horns" whenever a battle is won.
* Since the ponies in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' don't have hands, they do something that's somewhere between this and a high-five, which some fans have taken to calling the "brohoof". Pinkie Pie refers to it as a "hoof bump" in "A Friend In Deed."
** Pegasi may instead slap each others' wings together.
* The fist bump in the intro for ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is probably the most epic part, given the sound effect accompanying it.
* {{Sealab2021}} gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYGuQlQseHU Respek Knuckles!!!]]
* Disney/WreckItRalph: [[spoiler:When Vanellope (as Moppet Girl's avatar) wins a race, and poses on the screen with the trophy in one arm and her other held high in a fist, [[Heartwarming/WreckItRalph Moppet Girl fist-bumps her]].]]
** Earlier on, Vanellope jumps up to fist-bump Ralph... whose fist is nearly as big as her.
* ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'': Among [[TheAce his many, many accomplishments]], Mr. Peabody claims to have invented the fist-bump.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Boxers do it before the match, because their boxing gloves make handshaking practically impossible.
** Batsmen in cricket acknowledge each other similarly, given their padded gloves are only marginally more dexterous than boxing gloves.
* Obama's "terrorist fist jab" - Barack Obama and his wife Michelle share a fist bump, Fox News host freaks out that it's a sign they support terrorism. Said host is fired, surprising some.
* [[http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2013/11/doctors-encourage-fist-bump-over-handshake-to-prevent-illness.html This article]], and the medical journal article linked in it, make a serious argument for fist-bumping instead of hand-shaking in hospitals, to reduce the transmission of bacteria.
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!Dap Greeting
''"You know who I am, right?" "Yeah, I know."''

A more 'fun' version. Though it can refer to many kinds of greetings involving hand contact, dap is best known as a complicated routine of shakes, slaps, snaps, and other contact that must be known completely by both parties involved. Often includes a Pound Hug.

A SecretHandshake usually takes this form.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', [[BoisterousBruiser Major Armstrong]] and [[BruiserWithASoftCenter Sieg Curtis]] perform the most awesome greeting ever, complete with pec flexes and BishieSparkle, done while beating up [[LightningBruiser Sloth]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* All over the place in ''Film/EightMile''.
* Shaun and Milky do this in ''Film/ThisIsEngland'' after the skinheads drive Shaun home.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/UndercoverBrother'', where the password for getting into the BROTHERHOOD headquarters is doing this with a mechanical arm.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Done between Solid Snake and Otacon in ''MetalGearSolid2''.
* Perfect the handshake expression in ''VideoGame/{{Fable III}}'' and the hero does one of these.
--> ''"SLAP SLAP PUNCH"''
* Leia and Alvin in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' perform one of the most complicated handshakes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnzMH92-K8s&feature=feedf ever.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Call of the Cutie", the two [[AlphaBitch snooty girls]] Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon do something like this. "Bump, bump, Sugarlump Rump!"
** Twilight Sparkle and Princess Cadance have their own version: "Sunshine! Sunshine! Ladybugs awake! Clap your hooves and do a little shake!" [[spoiler:It becomes a plot point when the fake Cadance doesn't recognize it, tipping Twilight off that something is wrong; the real Princess Cadance performs this to prove to Twilight that she's the real one.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[TruthInTelevision In the French suburbs,]] the staple teenager salute is a small sideways tap followed by a light fist bump.
* Also common in America, though it's much more common among non-white males than any other group.
** It's also quite prevalent among junior high and high school girls. Often accompanied with a rhyme.
** Common in the Massachusetts area, though it very simple compared to other versions.
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!Peace Sign
''"Hi! Aren't you happy? I'm happy!"''

Falling heavily out of favor recently, the Peace Sign is a leftover from the 'hippie days'. It involves making a V with one's index and middle finger while curling the remaining digits, and then holding the hand up near the shoulder. The "[[VSign V for Victory]]" variation--in which the hand is held out triumphantly, similar to GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger--is far more common in Anime than in western media.

Please note, if you are visiting England, always perform this gesture with the palm facing ''OUT'' -- if you give this sign with the palm facing towards yourself, you are essentially giving the person the British equivalent of FlippingTheBird.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' From the first season episode "Game Night":
--> '''Suit:''' Dude, that your g-friend? All right, high five!
--> '''Young Barney:''' Sorry, I only give high twos.
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