[-[[caption-width-right:320:''Ask Me No More'' by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema]]-]

A male character takes the hand of a woman (often his LoveInterest) and kisses it as a mark of respect. Used to portray the man as particularly romantic, [[KnightInShiningArmor chivalrous]], [[FunnyForeigner foreign]], or [[BornInTheWrongCentury just]] [[GoodOldWays old-fashioned]].

In modern times this can come across as rather creepy, especially if the guy doesn't know the woman very well. For this reason, it is sometimes done by sleazy villains in order to show up the less 'cultured' hero. In such cases, a GenreSavvy lady will occasionally be seen to withdraw her hand before it can be kissed or even making it awkward for the man to try by offering her hand palm sideways, thumb up, fingers straight as if to insist on only a handshake.

The etiquette and protocol for the handkiss is a laundry list longer than the rules for the game of [[Recap/StarTrekS2E17APieceOfTheAction Fizzbin]]. For example, [[CaptainObvious one may only kiss the hand of a woman who specifically offers her hand for this purpose.]] One may only kiss the hand of a married woman and never outdoors. There are also different ways to kiss a lady's hand based on whether or not you're meeting her for the first time. A gloved hand may not be kissed (unless it is an opera style arm length glove). Also, the lips are not supposed to actually even touch her hand at all. Some mention that the gentleman is allegedly supposed to kiss his own thumb where it is gripping her hand. As confusing and inconsistent there rules are, it's no surprise that they are seldom, if ever followed in fiction (or even real life for that matter), unless absolute historical accuracy (or just the [[DidTheResearch appearance of it]]) is a priority. Historians debate as to whether these rules were ever consistently followed. It's unlikely since Europe is a fairly big and diverse place. And unless one is a member of the SocietyForCreativeAnachronism (which itself is known for [[ShownTheirWork allegedly being historically accurate]] [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory except where it's inconvienent]]), you may not have realized that there were any rules at all.

Does not usually qualify as a FirstKiss (or a LastKiss for that matter), but may if the character is depicted so reserved this is the deepest expression of emotion he will allow. May therefore be a case of AnywhereButTheirLips.

When a character kisses his own hand, it's a KissingWarmUp. When the hand is only the ''beginning'', it's KissUpTheArm. Contrast with IKissYourFoot.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* A non-romantic example occurs in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' when Fay pledges to serve Sakura in Infinity country. Despite initially appearing romantic, the actual intent of this gesture is a lot darker: Fay's actually distancing himself from his TrueCompanions.
* Another non-romantic CLAMP example, Eriol kisses Sakura's hand (in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'') after helping her finish a teddy bear. Because Eriol is an English exchange student, this comes off as very chivalric and gentlemanlike -- and pisses the ''hell'' out of Syaoran, [[CanNotSpitItOut Sakura's would-be love interest]].
* Yet ''another'' CLAMP example! This time somewhat romantic, in a [[MindGameShip horrible screwed-up kind of way]]: In ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' [[spoiler:Seishirou Sakurazuka kisses Subaru's hands when he first meets him, leaving the mark of the Sakurazukamori on the backs of his hands.]]
* ''[[OverlyLongGag Again]]'' in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' with Ferio and Fuu. CLAMP ''really'' loves this trope.
* Mytho from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' kisses the title character's hand before asking her "what do you think of me?"
** And in the second season, the foppish and delusional Femio does this to [[DarkMagicalGirl Kraehe.]]
* Done by the [[LargeHam ridiculously over the top]] Tamaki in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. In episode 9 Benio does this to Haruhi as well.
* Kon ([[GrandTheftMe in Ichigo's body]]) pulls the whole "gentleman" act on Orihime in an early episode of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', and kisses her hand, which prompts everybody in the classroom to flip out. He makes things worse by kissing Tatsuki ''on the cheek'', which [[{{Tsundere}} causes her]] to start throwing heavy objects at him.
* Played with in the ''Manga/GetBackers'' manga. Amon goes to kiss Kazuki's hand... but nobody told him [[DudeLooksLikeALady Kazuki was a guy]] until Juubei had already skewered him.
* Each of the ''Anime/RozenMaiden'' dolls has a rose ring. Mediums pledge to serve them by kissing the ring, which causes an identical ring to appear on their finger, marking them as a Medium. To release the Medium from their service, the doll must kiss the ring the Medium wears.
* Subverted in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'': Queen Henrietta offers Saito her hand to kiss, but Saito -- being [[DeliberateValuesDissonance from modern Japan]] (though this [[WhatAnIdiot really shouldn't be an excuse]]) -- misunderstands what is meant by "kiss" and instead sweeps the queen off her feet in a deep embrace and kiss that leaves her stunned.
* George De Sand of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' does this to his princess Marie-Louise a lot. She returns the favor in the finale by giving him a kiss... ''on the cheek''. He also does that to Rain once, before they leave the Guyana Highlands.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', this is [[HandsomeLech Mikado Sanzen'in's]] opening move on any (attractive) woman he meets; since he's charming and handsome, most girls consider it romantic. [[{{Tsundere}} Akane's reaction]] when he tried it on her (if Ranma hadn't interrupted) would have been to [[CuteBruiser sock him in the jaw]].
* Jack Atlas of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' does this with his adoptive mother, Martha, to put an amusing spin on his obvious king complex.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', before Helios has to return home, he kisses Chibi-Usa's hand while on his knees in a true gentleman fashion.
* Raphael in ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' does this. Often. It tends to give him the results he wants, too, until he ends up in TriangleRelations, that is.
* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''
** In the first episode, when being introduced to the Marchioness, Albert kisses her hand.
** In the eighth episode, the Count does this to Albert's mother as a greeting.
* When he tells Taki he is leaving with him, Klaus kisses Taki's hand for the first time at the beginning of ''Manga/MaidenRose''. Afterwards it becomes an outward symbol of Klaus' fealty as a knight and a pretty thinly-veiled way of secretly acknowledging their relationship.
* Gender-flipped in ''Anime/DearS'', where Ren kneels before Takeya, kisses his hand, then kisses his lips. [[spoiler:No, it's not for romantic reasons. Ren is giving herself to Takeya as a slave.]]
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', Viscount Druitt kisses Ciel's hand when he meets him at the party, mistaking him for a girl. Ciel was crossdressing and wore a wig at the time, so it was an easy mistake to make.
** Sebastian kisses Ciel's hand in a flashback from the manga.
* In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' Touga once does this to the eponymous Utena.
* ''Manga/ReimeiNoArcana'': Caesar to Nakaba in Chapter 13.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Judas does this as obeisance to Zeus.
* In ''Manga/HaouAiren'', [[spoiler: Hakuron and Fuuron's]] first meeting has them sealing their alliance via [[spoiler: Fuuron]] going down on one knee and kissing [[spoiler: Hakuron's]] hand. It's not exactly romantic, but there ''is'' quite a bit of HoYay-tastic vibes.
* In ''Manga/SweetGuiltyLoveBites'', Mayu delivers this to Nina, to the latter's embarrassment.
* In ''Manga/OniisamaE'', Mariko does this to Fukiko during the Sorority initiation ceremony. Apparently, it's a part of the etiquette during said acts; when [[spoiler: Nanako]] doesn't do anything similar due to [[spoiler: being distracted after the {{Fingore}} incident involving Rei]], Fukiko says nothing, but it's clear that she's pretty angry and surprised. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, Nanako has a nightmare in which she ''does'' kiss Fukiko's hand... and then is maimed by her with a pointy ''kenzan''.]]
* Dong-ha kisses Je-Hyang's in ''Manhwa/ImAtEndOfYourSight'' hand after the latter calls him up after an argument.
* During a bout of teasing in ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' Lawrence kisses Holo's hand and says, "Now you're under ''my'' spell." A reaction shot revealed she was indeed charmed.
* In an early episode of ''Anime/GoLion'', the Earth pilots kiss Princess Fala's hand to pledge allegiance to Altea and join the fight against the Galra Empire.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Ollie Queen (ComicBook/GreenArrow) does it from time to time -- but as he's basically ErrolFlynn crossed with Abbie Hoffman, he pulls it off.
* Played with in the ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' album ''Calamity Jane'', where Jane must learn to behave like a lady, so she gets provided with a good-manners teacher. As soon she meets with him, she whacks him (off panel), and then explains: "This one wanted to lick my hand!"
* Subverted in the second ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'' comic book series, with Christine Spar as the title character. She meets Tujiro IVX, who takes her hand as if to kiss it, then extends a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic tongue]] to lick her palm. [[spoiler: He's a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Chinese Vampire]] and tracks his prey using a variation of clairvoyance based on taste.]]
* ComicBook/{{Rogue}} of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, occasionally finds herself the recipeint of a kiss on her hand. Gambit, Nightcrawler, and a few other good friends have been known to do this for her. Unfortunately, because of her dangerous mutant ability, Rogue still has to leave her gloves on. But to her, it's the thought that counts.
** It should be mentioned that this used to be a signature move for ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} with most women he met. It disappeared during his priesthood days for obvious reasons.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip, Frieda tells Linus that she thinks that his security blanket is a good idea. He's so grateful that he kisses her hand. Frieda attributes this to her naturally curly hair.
* In a series of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strips, Calvin loses Hobbes. When Susie finds him, Calvin kisses her hand out of gratitude, despite his firm belief that GirlsHaveCooties. And also to hide the fact that he's stealing her cookies.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', Garfield refuses to do it for Arlene:
-->'''Arlene:''' It is customary, in human circles, to kiss a lady's hand.\\
'''Garfield:''' You're not a human. And that's not a hand. That's a hairy paw.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2038305/chapters/4425591 Your Servant, Mistress]]'', an all-human ''Maleficent'' fanfic, Maleficent gracefully allows Diaval to kiss her hand. He is a submissive in the fic, ''and'' she doesn't like to be touched, so it's something of a mixture of reasons.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': In chapter Kaji 4 kissed Ritsuko's hand when he met her. In reaction she laughed and withdrew her hand.
-->''"Ah, Ritsuko, as beautiful as ever," said Kaji smoothly. He took her hand in his and kissed it.''
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' Kyon, wearing a Victorian-style suit, plays along with Yuki's, wearing an ElegantGothicLolita outfit, offer of tea making this gesture. His lips don't actually touch Yuki's hand, though.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': In the redux Kaworu kissed Asuka's hand as soon as he met her, believing he was being chivalrous. However he came across as decidedly creepy, and Asuka felt very freaked out and repulsed. She withdrew her hand, warning him to not touching her again.
* ''Fanfic/MidnightGreen'': Zebra Mask kisses the hoof of, of all ponies, Pinkie Pie.
* ''FanFic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'': In the epilogue, [[spoiler: [[AceCombat04ShatteredSkies Mobius]] kisses Rainbow Dash's hoof. Sky Eye explains that it means Mobius considers Rainbow his ''equal'']].
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7847254/29/Time-Heals-All-Wounds Time Heals All Wounds]]'' Bill Weasley kisses Fleur Delacour's hand when he sees her in the hospital wing after the third Triwizard task.
* In an untitled ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' [[http://therealjaunearc.tumblr.com/post/102068322794 drabble]], Jaune does this to Pyrrha as a symbol of his respect for [[TheMentor her]]. The kiss is chaste and gentle[[spoiler:, unlike the next one]].
* In ''Fanfic/OpeningDangerousGates'':
** Lyon kisses Juvia's hand while hitting on her, pissing Gray off.
** After the redwood tree demon is defeated, an old man from the village they saved enthusiastically thanks them and kisses Erza and Laxus' hands, to Laxus' disgust.
** When his work is done, Urahara gives some comforting words to Levy and kisses her hand before departing. Gajeel doesn't take it well.
* Used in a non-romantic way in ''FanFic/ShadowAndRose'', when the companions are saying farewell before the penultimate battle. Alistair is tongue-tied for what to say to Wynne, his mother figure, so he does this instead.
* [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/4034221 Meeting Someone New]] has a romantic female-on-male example.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Disney/RobinHood and [[BoisterousBruiser Little John]] make do with this trope and a little flattering to take the jewels off [[KingOfBeasts Prince John's]] rings. Prince John learns from his mistake and pulls his hand away the next time Little John tries kissing it.
* It's easy to miss, but at the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', [[spoiler:when the clans are returning to their homes, one of the clan leader's sons can be seen kissing Merida's hand as they prepare to leave. Given that Merida and all three of the sons agreed that they weren't ready to be married, it likely was meant as a sign of friendship or respect (she's still, after all, the king's daughter).]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess''--when Derek and Odette, [[ArrangedMarriage who are betrothed]], meet as children, Derek's mom forces him to kiss Odette's hand. She looks like [[TomboyPrincess she might punch him]] for trying, and afterwards he [[GirlsHaveCooties immediately wipes his mouth in disgust]].
-->"If you make me kiss her hand again I swear I'm gonna be sick."

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheGayDivorcee,'' the lyrics of "The Continental" call for the dancers to kiss, as demonstrated by dozens of chorus members. When Guy and Mimi reach this point in their dance, [[AnywhereButTheirLips he kisses her hand instead.]]
* George kisses Mary's hand while walking her home from the high-school dance in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife.''
* Dr. Frank N. Furter in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' does this to Janet.
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''
** Jack kisses Rose's hand when he meets them in the first class dining room for dinner, followed by the impish grin and the confession: "I saw that in a nickelodeon once and always wanted to do it."
** A {{Gender Flip}}ped example happens at the end of the movie. But then, the guy just died.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', after the suspicious death of the previous emperor, Marcus Aurelius, Lucilla kisses the hands of the next emperor, Commodus, right after slapping him in a pledge of loyalty. The gesture of kissing the hand derives from ancient pledges of fealty, so it is appropriate in that context.
* ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'': Lando Calrissian's greeting to Princess Leia, establishing just how smooth and charming he can be, especially compared to his old friend Han Solo.
* ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'': Bill the Butcher kisses the hand of an uptown girl visiting the sleazy Five Points, complimenting her perfume. He's a corrupt murderous gang leader with class.
* Preston Preston, the villain of ''Film/YoungEinstein'', does this to Marie Curie. It's played for creepiness here.
* In the 2009 ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' film, Holmes does this to Watson's wife-to-be Mary upon meeting her. It's probably intended on his part to be a bit unsettling, given that he spends the entirety of their meeting trying to drive her and Watson apart.
* In ''Film/TheQueen'', TonyBlair is depicted as actually kissing Her Maj's hand. This is a faux pas, since the custom is supposed to be done symbolically, by holding her hand and bowing over it. None of this has anything to do with real life.
* In ''Film/TheGodfather'', the Don's men kiss his hand.
* Gender-flipped in the film ''Literature/TuesdaysWithMorrie'', when he was struggling to breath and the EMS were tending to him, his wife kissed his hand to assure him that things will be all right.
* In ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063005/ Le Gendarme se marie]]'' (part of ''Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez'' movie series), when Cruchot (Creator/LouisDeFunes) kiss the hand of his future wife Josépha, [[LoveAtFirstSight electric sparks fly off]] -- twice. Puzzled, Adjudant Gerber wonders whether Cruchot is full of static electricity, and commands him to kiss his own hands to test it out, to no result. [[NotWhatItLooksLike That's when the colonel walks in...]]
* In ''Film/{{Daens}}'', Priest Ponnet is more than eager to kiss Bishop Stillemans' ring. Leads to Stillemans taking the ring off and giving it to Ponnet for a week, so he can kiss it as much as he wants.
* ''Film/{{Thor}}''
** Anytime Thor kisses Jane's hand. Particularly the first time, since it was after Thor was causing nothing but trouble for Jane and Jane decides she can't be involved anymore and apologizes for being unable to take him where he wants to go, he thanks her for everything she's done for him and just kisses her hand.
** And also in [[spoiler: TheBigDamnKiss]] where Thor and Jane lean forward [[AlmostKiss to kiss]], only for Thor to hesitate and kiss her her hand instead. [[spoiler: Jane pulls him into a kiss anyways.]]
* A non-romantic version in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', with adoptive siblings Charles Xavier and Raven/Mystique when [[spoiler: Mystique has decided to leave with Magneto and the injured Charles kisses her hand in farewell.]]
* ''Film/{{Congo}}''. When [[BadassBookworm Dr Karen Ross]] holds out her hand for a handshake Captain Wanta raises it to his lips, [[KissDiss only for her to yank back her hand]].
* In ''Film/{{Troy}}'', as a peace offering, King Priam kisses both of Achilles' hands, then remarks, "I have endured what no man has endured before. I kissed the hands of the man who killed my son."
* In ''Film/CityLights'', a slightly punch-drunk [[Creator/CharlieChaplin Tramp]] does this to his trainer in a boxing match thinking he's the [[LoveInterest blind flower girl]].
* ''Film/MadchenInUniform'': Done by Manuela towards Fräulein von Bernburg and done when she performs in the school play (the film is set in an all-female Prussian boarding school).
* ''Film/{{Bullshot}}''. The ComedicHero and the DamselInDistress fall in LoveAtFirstSight the moment they lay eyes on each other in a restaurant. Orchestra music swells as Bullshot bends down to kiss her hand...[[MomentKiller only to have a waiter shove a menu in front of his face]].
* Manages to pull at least quadruple duty at the end of DawnOfTheDead2004. Newly-widowed nurse Anna and now-childless TV salesman Michael obviously don't meet under the most [[ZombieApocalypse romantic of circumstances,]] but they begin to connect over the course of the film, making the fact that he's bitten saving her life a last second gut punch. When their group makes it to a boat to sail for possible safety, [[HeroicSacrifice he reveals the bite and opts to stay behind despite her protests,]] knowing the certain danger he'd pose if he stayed. As he helps make ready to shove off, he grabs her hand for a final kiss, before taking in the sunrise and putting one through his chin. This is also an example of:
** TearJerker: The two had just started getting to know each other and hadn't even shared a kiss yet.
** FridgeBrilliance: The infection could possibly have been spread mouth to mouth so Michael [[AnywhereButTheirLips sidestepped that]] while still [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming showing some final affection]].
* Gender-inverted once again in ''Film/MoonriseKingdom'', when Suzy kisses Sam's hand during their "wedding".
%% * ''Film/TheWolfman2010''
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''. The Collector does this to Gamora on first meeting her. It's only a light peck, but it adds to the creepy vibe.
* In ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' Diaval is seen doing this to [[spoiler: Aurora, when she comes to visit the moors.]] This is quite likely a moment that caused people to ship these two, and also one that established that Diaval is cultured. Even though he's actually a bird.
* ''Film/MrKruegersChristmas'': As some carolers are coming down Mr. Krueger [[ImagineSpot imagines himself]] as a wealthy gentleman in a BigFancyHouse greeting his guests by kissing the lead singer’s hand, leading to an awkward moment when it snaps back to reality and he’s actually doing it!
* A HoYay version in ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' when Sir Uryens swears allegiance to King Arthur, he kisses both of Arthur's gauntlets, overwhelmed by the bravery of this young king and his CoolSword.

* Many works set prior to the 20th century, such as TV/film adaptations of Creator/JaneAusten's novels.
* Yuichi does this to Wataru in ''LightNovel/OnlyTheRingFingerKnows'', in the midst of their SlapSlapKiss banter. Since Yuichi's acted like a {{jerkass}} to Wataru (and Wataru only, because [[LoveMakesYouCrazy apparently the best way to deal with loving someone of the same gender is to be nasty to them]]), it only reinforces Wataru's belief that Yuichi is just playing around with him, and leaves him even more steamed (and [[AmIJustAToyToYou depressed]]).
* HerculePoirot often does this, ever the charming Frenchman [[MistakenNationality (oops, Belgian!)]]
* The Fool in Robin Hobb's ''[[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings The Tawny Man Trilogy]]'' does this to the heir of a family -- with tongue -- in order to get himself thrown out of their house. Combined with a suggestion that the young man and his fiancée might join him for a little... fun... later.
* Not quite the same thing, but hand-kissing between people of any sex is a common greeting custom in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}''. One character ecstatically greets an old friend he thought was dead by saying "I kiss your hands! I kiss your feet!" and doing the former, but not the latter; while another does the full ritual to one who has literally given his life to save her from [[AFateWorseThanDeath defilement]] among other things.
* Also seems to be a [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Vorkosigan family]] trait. Aral does it to Cordelia a few times, Miles kisses a ''lot'' of hands and even Mark gets in on the action with Kareen. And it apparently passes to foster family members, as Emperor Gregor Vorbarra kisses the hand of Laisa, his future wife.
* Used both straight and subverted in the ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' books, which are set in the 18th century. On a good day, you get Lord John Grey. On a bad day, you get the creepy fop guy who was following Claire around trying to get into her pants.
* Played with in ''[[Literature/TheElminsterSeries Elminster in Myth Drannor]]''. On the one [[IncrediblyLamePun hand]], it helps to weaken MedievalStasis and show it was an "old" setting. On the other hand, [[spoiler:El experimentally discovers that elves ''don't'' know such a gesture]]...
* Yuri does this to a (male) black-ops agent in ''[[Literature/WarchildSeries Cagebird]]''. He means to kiss the guy's hand to get a rise out of him. When that doesn't work, he proceeds to ''lick it.''
* In one of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels, the Doctor does this [[HoYay to]] [[HeterosexualLifePartners Fitz]] as an oddly casual greeting:
-->''The Doctor took Fitz's hand, kissed it delicately, then shoved him aside. "Now, out of my way!"''
* In Louise May Alcott's ''Literature/LittleWomen'', Laurie goes to kiss Amy's hand. She, feeling homesick, would rather stick to a handshake, since kissing her hand is European.
* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's first ''[[Literature/AcornaSeries Acorna]]'' book, Baron Manjari makes a point of actually kissing Acorna's hand at her social debut instead of miming it as expected. [[spoiler: He's just dosed her with a contact poison applied to his lips (he wipes them clean immediately afterward and [[CarryingTheAntidote takes the antidote]], claiming it's his daily medication.) Too bad he didn't know about Acorna's ability to neutralize toxins.]]
* In a short story by SherwoodSmith, the FishOutOfTemporalWater villain does this to be polite to a young woman he conned into helping him. When the girl he's kidnapped accuses him of emotional manipulation, he is surprised to learn that people do not do that anymore.
* In ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', the heroine, Elinor, has this done to her by one Colonel Brandon. [[{{Anticlimax}} He then proceeds to marry her younger sister.]] It was really a gesture of gratitude and respect because she heard him compassionately when he related to her his DarkAndTroubledPast.
* ''Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth'' inverts the genders, with Hook's love interest kissing ''his'' hand.
* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''{{Elenium}}'' and ''Tamuli'', kissing a woman's palms is a standard greeting among the Styric ethnicity.
* Peeta does this to Katniss in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/DoubleStar'' the Great Lorenzo's opinion of a fellow actor was "But that popinjay was so conceited that - well, if the role called for him to kiss a lady's hand, Trowbridge would fake it by kissing his own thumb instead."
* Played seriously as a sign of respect in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''. When Weatheral asks permission to treat the legendary Lazarus as a grandparent, Lazarus (who is lying down) agrees and extends his hand. Weatheral kneels and kisses it, only for Lazarus to insist on a hug and a kiss on the mouth - Lazarus is fine with intimacy but not with hero-worship.
* In Creator/AletheaKontis's ''Literature/{{Enchanted}}'', Rumbold, just changed back from a frog, can't speak yet. A woman helps him, giving him clothes, and he kisses her hand.
* Harry to Molly in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', after [[spoiler:she agrees to help him die.]] This foreshadows their later relationship [[spoiler:as LadyAndKnight]].
* In an affectionate [[HoYay male to male example]], ''Literature/TheWoundedName'' by Creator/DKBroster has a scene where [[HeroicBSOD Aymar]] kisses [[TheChampion Laurent's]] hand as an apology for his ill temper and a thank you for Laurent's care.
* In ''Literature/HeartOfSteel'', Alistair frequently kisses Julia's hand to show his affection, in line with his steampunk set of values. Considering that they are barely acquainted, Julia is distinctly weirded out by the gesture.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', overly warm and affectionate boss Sam Saperstein loves giving his employees physical warmth when he's happy with them. In one episode after Eliza and Henry do a great presentation, he hugs Henry and then kisses Eliza's hand, before pulling her close and giving her a ballroom dance-style dip.
* A subversion as with the ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' example above was done by Ellie May from ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'', both in the show and in the movie.
* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', Sheridan kisses Delenn's hand at the end of [[WhamEpisode "Severed Dreams"]], partly in thanks for saving the station and partly as a romantic gesture. In another episode, Londo does it with his mostly-estranged wife after she asks why he chose her as the one of three not to divorce. "With you, I always know where I stand."
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''. "Tish! You spoke French!" (Of course, after kissing her hand, Gomez would work his way up Mortitia's arm.)
* On ''TheVampireDiaries'', Damon kisses Elena's hand just a couple of minutes after they have an [[AccidentalKiss Accidental]] AlmostKiss.
** Season two also shows us {{Noble Demon}} Elijah's encounter with the lovely {{Spirited Young Lady}} Katerina. They even have a moment of {{Held Gaze}}.
* The overenthusiastic Italian major in ''Series/AlloAllo'' does this with most women he meets.
* Happens a few times between Mulder and Scully on ''Series/{{The X Files}}'', notably in "Redux II" and "The Truth".
** In the opening of "First Person Shooter" a game player encounters the avatar known as Maitreya, who has the body of [[MsFanservice Krista Allen in a leather fetish outfit]]. Unsurprisingly he drops to one knee and kisses her glove. Surprisingly for him, her glove morphs into a flintlock pistol that shoots him in the face.
* Sayid, of all people, does this to Kate in the eighth episode of ''Series/{{LOST}}'' as he departs the beach in shame after torturing Sawyer, saying "I hope we meet again."
* Lancelot kisses Gwen's hand during their first meeting in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.
** It happens quite often on the show: Valiant kisses Morgana's hand in greeting, Uther kisses Lady Vivian's hand (also in greeting), and Arthur kisses Princess Elena's hand in farewell.
* ''TheTudors'' is filled with hand-kissing. Most of it is non-romantic.
* At the end of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Daleks'' one of the Thals that the heroes have been working with kisses Barbara's hand. She then kisses him on the lips.
** In 'Bad Wolf', Jack insists that he's not flirting with Lynda - then kisses her hand when she says she's not complaining.
** On ''The Angels take Manhattan'', the Doctor kisses River's hand after [[spoiler:burning up a bit of his life to heal her broken wrist]]. She responds by [[{{Tsundere}} slapping him hard]], but not for the kiss, but for [[spoiler:wasting his regeneration energy on her]].
** The Tenth Doctor kisses Clara's hand towards the end of "The Day of the Doctor".
** "Face The Raven" has the Twelfth Doctor kissing Clara's hand as [[spoiler:they say goodbye before she walks to her death]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. When Angel [[WithThisRing presents Buffy with her claddagh ring]], she responds by kissing the identical ring on Angel's hand.
* In episode 2x05 of ''Series/CallTheMidwife'', Dr Turner cleans up Sister Bernadette's hand after she cuts herself, and then closes his eyes and [[UnresolvedSexualTension kisses her palm]] with a look on his face that says he is so in love he honestly just couldn't help himself. Because Sister Bernadette [[CaptainObvious is a nun]], this opens up a whole can of worms that resonate through the rest of the series.
-->'''Turner''': I'm sorry. That was unforgivable.
-->'''Bernadette''': Who is it who decides what is forgivable and unforgivable?
-->'''Turner''': I think you know that better than I do.
-->'''Bernadette''': At this moment I only know that I’m not turning my back on you because of you. I’m doing it because of Him.
-->'''Turner''': And if I didn't accept that, I wouldn't deserve to live.
** Three episodes later, [[spoiler:he does it again -- this time after she says 'yes' to marrying him]].
* When Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby-Ashe) in ''Literature/NorthAndSouth'' can't find words to explain to John Thornton (Creator/RichardArmitage) that she is, in fact, desperately in love with him, she passionately kisses the back of his hand instead.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''
** In "Baelor", [[DirtyOldMan Lord Walder Frey]] gives a very sloppy and disgusting one to Lady Catelyn Stark.
** In "The Children", Cersei kisses Jaime's golden hand when seducing him back to her side. Previously she'd shunned being touched by this reminder of his mutilation.
** In "The Dance of Dragons", a distraught Ellaria Sand kisses Prince Doran's ring in an act of submission after her rebellion fails.
* In ''Series/TrueBlood'', Eric Northman tells Russell Edgington he forgives him for killing his family and hopes Russell will forgive him for killing his lover Talbot. Eric then kisses Russell's hand.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
** [[EmperorScientist Dr Chaotica]] does this to Queen Arachnia is his usual LargeHam manner after she strides majestically into his throne room. As Arachnia is being played by Captain Janeway, she's not impressed. When he tries it again later, [[KissDiss she walks off just as he's bending down to kiss]].
** Inverted from the usual in "Counterpoint". Kashyk gives Janeway a passionate NowOrNeverKiss, then finishes up by kissing the palm and fingers of the hand she's holding him with.
** In "Heroes and Demons" the Doctor is HoldingHands with wounded shieldmaiden Freya, and kisses her hand after she dies.
** In "The Cloud" Harry Kim is introduced to the owner of holodeck French bistro Chez Sandrine. She offers her hand for a kiss, but [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Harry awkwardly shakes it instead]].
** At the end of "Concerning Flight" an affectionate version is done by the Leonardo di Vinci hologram to Janeway after their mutual adventure.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. The normally crude and unsentimental Marc Antony kisses Atia's hand the last time he sees her before departing for Egypt, as [[WindowLove there's a row of soldiers keeping them from getting any closer]].
* In ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'', the eponymous hero, being an Edwardian gentleman, is accustomed to kiss ladies' hands. The ladies themselves, mostly being 1960s [[FemmeFatale Femmes Fatale]], tend to be slightly thrown by this.
* On ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'', Jake is bandaging Theresa's hand. The sexual tension that's been simmering all season heats to the boiling point. He leans in to kiss her, but she gently rebuffs him, explaining, "I am still in mourning" (her husband was killed at the beginning of the season). He nods, understanding, then gently kisses her uninjured hand.

* The song "I Kiss Your Hand, Madame".
* In the Love Story music video, "Romeo" kisses Taylor Swift's hand.
* In the music video "WebAnimation/OnYourMark" (animated by Creator/StudioGhibli), one of the soldiers kisses the angel's palm before she flies away.
* Parodied, like so many other things, by Music/TomLehrer in "I Hold Your Hand In Mine:"
-->I hold your hand in mine, dear,\\
I press it to my lips.\\
I take a healthy bite\\
From your dainty fingertips.

[[folder:Professional wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys The Dudley-ahem-Team 3D]] kissed Wrestling/BookerT's ring and proclaimed him royalty in TNA.
* At ''Night of Champions 2014'', Wrestling/{{Paige}} ordered Wrestling/AJLee to kiss her hand. AJ hit her instead.

* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': Cyrano kisses the [[SmittenTeenageGirl Buffet-Girl's]] hand after she offered him all her food. Justified because the play is a PeriodPiece at TheCavalierYears, and Cyrano is romantic and chivalrous, but after some FridgeLogic, it's also justified because given Cyrano's MommyIssues this is the deepest expression of emotion he will allow.
-->'''The buffet-girl:''' Take something else!\\
'''Cyrano:''' I take your hand to kiss. ''(he kisses her hand as though she were a princess)''\\
'''The buffet-girl:''' Thank you, kind Sir! ''(she courtesies)'' Good-night. ''(she goes out)''
* In ''Theatre/HenryV'', Henry works very, very hard to woo his soon-to-be wife Katherine, who he "won" by conquering France. After finally getting through to her (she doesn't speak English, he doesn't speak French) he gallantly moves in to kiss her hand (he actually says, "I kiss your hand"), to which she strenuously objects. A little confused, he offers to kiss her on the lips, and she freaks out because "it is not the fashion of the maids in France to kiss before they are married." His artful response, which starts with, "Oh, Kate. Nice customs curtsy to great kings" is charming enough that she eventually lets him kiss her on the lips.
* ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'': Benedick, with [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] effect, to Beatrice after she [[spoiler:begs him to kill Claudio and, after her sobbing, impassioned monologue, he agrees]]. Possibly the saddest use of this trope ''ever''.
* Done by Oscar to Charity in ''Theatre/SweetCharity'', followed by a TitleDrop. Charity asks her friends if it counts as a pass; they seem to doubt it.
* Inverted in ''Theatre/AnneOfTheThousandDays'', where Henry asks Anne for a kiss, and she kisses his hand. "It was not such a kiss I meant, my dear," he says.
* In ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo'', when Rosa begs Jack to kiss her mother, she demurs and offers her hand for him to kiss instead. He kisses it loudly.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}''
** In an optional scene in ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' the Zexen Knights have sworn fealty to their (beautiful, female and eligible) Knight Captain Chris upon their swords, each in turn. Chris's young page expresses a desire to do the same but complains that he lacks a sword, instead he just kneels down and kisses her hand. The other Knights proceed to react with a mixture of rage, amusement and deep respect for his guts.
** In ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'', the ridiculously foppish Euram Barows attempts this with Princess Lymsleia. Said Princess' bodyguard reminds him that her father and brother are the only men allowed to touch her until she marries, and threatens to violently enforce this rule, in the first of [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain many,]] [[ButtMonkey many]] humiliations for the unfortunate Euram.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', if [[KnightInShiningArmor Frederick]] is the chosen love interest for a female Avatar, [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:Frederick_confession.jpg his confession scene]] will have him getting ready to kiss her hand.
* In [[http://ounomachi.tumblr.com/post/127235932650/ilustraci%C3%B3n-de-fire-emblem-shadow-dragon this really cute]] [[FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon]] picture, Prince Marth goes on one knee and kisses the hand of his fiancée Princess Caeda.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'', Alexander kisses Beatrice's' hand [[http://thedreamercomic.com/comic.php?id=240 in the fifth panel]].
* Arlen in ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'' does this to Marelle [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=352 when introduced to her.]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=667 Jolly Elfsberry certainly has the hang of it.]]
* General Tarquin to Haley in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0726.html strip #726]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. She still stays wary of his AffablyEvil manners, though.
* In ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', Lucas is gentleman enough to do this with Princess Ibkis, even though she's a female orc.
* It takes a turn for the weird in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', where it's a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120831 giant dragon construct]] who kiss the hand of a MiniMecha manned by the new Heterodyne as sign of respect.
* As a mark of being courteous, Rolan of ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' does this when greeting people. After he [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/295 kisses Tanna's hand]], he looks at her and realises she's the person he crashed into; she promptly jerks her hand away.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Vincent Sharpe in ''Literature/GrandmasterOfTheft'' uses this during his debut towards Cassidy.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In just about every episode of ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'', although it may not count because it was the 1700s. It ''is'' played for laughs at times, though.
* Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} does this to Sally towards the end of ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', a gesture which is generally unlike him. Think of it as a MomentOfAwesome for him, after the several times that Antoine has relentlessly been giving Sally kisses on the hand throughout the series. Sonic's kiss was genuine too.
* When Arnold in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' finds out that his date isn't whom she said she was, he does this to her to show that no matter what he genuinely liked the date. Of course it was Helga all along...
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Princess Celestia has received the occasional grateful kiss on the hoof. One was from Rarity, another that happened far earlier was from Granny Smith's father. In this case the action earned an irritated look from his wife.
** In "Luna Eclipsed", Princess Luna holds out her hoof, expecting her subjects to kiss it. They're too intimidated by her dramatic entrance and [[NoIndoorVoice ROYAL CANTERLOT VOICE]] to attempt it, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'': Mr. Peevly kisses Hair Bear's hand but only as a bargaining chip to have him help find the missing zoo animals before the superintendent's visit in the episode "Raffle Ruckus."
* [[WackyRaces Muttley]] will kiss [[DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Dick Dastardly's]] hand only to suck up to him after uttering his patented {{Angrish}} at him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' cartoon "Thank You Girl" has the boys trying to weasel a free lunch out of a cooking school after their manager (an unseen Brian Epstein) locks them in their hotel room and keeps their wallets, putting them on a collective diet. At the school, John kisses the hand of the secretary, Margarite.
-->'''John:''' Dear, sweet lady...may we sing for our supper? (''kisses Margarite's hand'')\\
'''Margarite:''' (''demurely'') Ooh...M'sieur Lennon!

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The gesture of kissing the hand derives from ancient pledges of fealty. The more classical example is "kissing the ring" as a sign of submission, still practiced in audiences with the Pope and some royalty and Mafioso. One assumes it made its way into romantic gesture territory through [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courtly_love Courtly Love]].
* Taken to the point of ridiculousness in France in one period, where kissing someone's hand was considered a gesture of respect to them. In an effort to upstage the other person with politeness, there were reports of competitions to kiss someone's hand without your own being kissed, culminating when two people greeted each other, and one of them kept moving her hand so the other man couldn't take it to kiss. Apparently he gave up and they started talking less formally, only for him to suddenly grab her hand mid-sentence and kiss it.
* Speaking of France, in a political meeting, the then French President Jacques Chirac greeted the German Chancellor Angela Merkel by kissing her hand, showing off his old-fashioned ways. In contrast, his successor Sarkozy greeted her casually with a hug.
* In Turkey, kissing the hands of the elderly (both male and female) is an important sign of gesture and a fairly common custom, especially from children to their grandparents. Doing it to a younger person (middle-aged and below), while acceptable in some cases, is much less common and may even be a serious faux pax. Kissing the hand of a younger woman in such manner tends to send the message that you think she is old and... yeah...
** There is a way to differentiate the romantic version from the one for reverence, however, as the latter is nearly always done with both hands of the kisser, and requires touching the kissee's hand to the kissee's forehead. Doing the former is still unusual, but not necessarily insulting.
* On the other hand, in Indonesia, kids commonly kiss their parents' hand before going to school. Nevermind if you're well into the college age and "going to school" means "going to another country to school". Neither romantic nor overly for exaggerated respect.
* In Austria, the older generation still tends to take this very seriously, and the generation just after them -- people between 50 and 70 -- sometimes likes to affect it.