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[[caption-width-right:332:ThePowerOfFriendship, visualized.]]

->'''Chase''': Sorry, I didn't realize putting your hand in a pile was some sort of legally binding contract.\\
'''Alex''': It's ''symbolic.''
-->-- ''Series/Runaways2017''

In order to show solidarity, camaraderie, or friendship, a group of people will put their hands together, one on top of the other. Often accompanied with some kind of cheer. This tactic is a favorite of TrueCompanions.

See also CircleOfFriendship. Compare and contrast HuddleShot and HuddlePower.




[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* First episode of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', lampshaded in the [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Abridged series]].
** [[Anime/YuGiOh Yugi]], [[Anime/YuGiOhGX Jaden]], and [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei]] do it at the end of the tenth anniversary movie.
* A variation on ''OnePiece'', between arcs: Back when The Straw Hat Crew was a FiveManBand, (Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Sanji, Ussop) they did this with their feet.
** There's also one in the 11th opening with the eight Straw Hats.
* ''{{Naruto}}'': Team Guy gets everyone together after Gai's big speech and puts his hand out for a hand stack. [[HotBlooded Lee]] puts his in after a grunt from Gai. [[OnlySaneMan Tenten]] puts hers in, resignedly, after more Gai grunts. [[TheComicallySerious Neji]] refuses. Grunt. No dice. ''Grunt.'' Cut to shot of forest as the grunting continues until Neji relents and completes the circle.
* Frequently done by the kenkyuusei in ''Manga/AKB49RenaiKinshiJourei'' before important performances.
* In the anime ''Anime/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', Many of the Devil Bats' huddles during football games break with a cry of "Crush them! YA-HA!" "YA-HA!", while in the manga they did the same, but used "kick their asses!" instead. Many of their opponents have similar hand stack cries.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', after the heroes infiltrate Las Noches, Renji calls for a Hand Stack -- something he never got the stoic captain of his squad to do.
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''[='s=] second opening caps off with the FiveManBand doing a hand stack, then turning around in time to face the [[BigBad Devil Gundam]] as it erupts from the ground nearby.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''. Parodied/homaged in ads for ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10340937/39/The-Return-Remixed The Return-Remixed]]'', just before they fight DEAR in the climax, the Diva Army does one that combines it with ToAbsentFriends, as each member names a Diva that got taken out by DEAR earlier in the story as they put their hand in.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' when the Humane Five vow to make Twilight Sparkle princess of the Fall Formal.
* Done by the protagonists in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'', twice:
** First, when the Humane Five gather together and psych themselves up to fight Gaea Everfree.
** Later, after Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer have joined them, when they decide to arrange a fundraiser for Camp Everfree.
* In one of the ''[[Franchise/DisneyFairies Tinker Bell]]'' movies, the other fairies do this with a call of "Faith, trust, and pixie dust" when they prepare to go find Tink.
* PlayedForLaughs in animated version of the ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit'' as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiKb4FUiiyE here]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In a recently retired AMC pre-show clip, three guys in costumes of snack foods (Popcorn, Soda Drink, and a Candy Bar?) give an encouraging pep talk before their skit. They finish with a hands in and cheer "Concessions!" They then proceed to do a showtune that presents common theater rules.
* The protagonists in ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' do this before entering the Fantom's factory/fortress.
* All the heroes do this at the end of ''[[Film/SpyKids Spy Kids 3D: Game Over]]'', and at the end of the first movie.
* ''Film/Oceans11'' -- the original with Frank Sinatra -- might hold the record for the total number of hands in the stack.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'': The Ghostbusters do this just before entering the building to fight Gozer. They do another one when they think they've won, until Egon tells them that things are about to go FromBadToWorse.
* In the first Film/ScoobyDoo live action movie this comes up twice: once when Shaggy tries to get the gang to join but only Scooby complies (the others being angry with the rest of the gang at the time), and [[CallBack again]] at the end when they finally all do it.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' (see below) occasionally uses this in team-up movies.
** Used in ''Film/MahouSentaiMagirangerVsDekaranger'' before the final fight scene.
** [[Film/GokaigerGoseigerSuperSentai199HeroGreatBattle The Gokaiger and Goseiger]] do this after settling their differences, although poor Gosei Knight is left out (either it's humans-only or because [[SixthRanger Gai]] hadn't shown up yet).
* ''Film/TheMightyDucks'', complete with quacking.
* ''Film/McFarlandUSA'': "Uno, dos, tres... [=McFarland=]!"
* In the unreleased 1994 ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' movie, the title characters do this when they all decide to go after Doctor Doom together.
* Happens at the end of ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' between Bruce, Barbara and Dick, affirming their crime-fighting partnership.
* ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons''. At the end of the movie the four remaining protagonists do a hand stack over the Eye of the Dragon gem and are teleported away.
* Done by Alan, Fermat and Tin-Tin twice in ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}''.
* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', Fezzik, Inigo, and Westley do this just before their attack on the castle. Of course, [[ResurrectionSickness Westley]] has to work a little harder at it.
* In the 1980's movie, ''Film/BandOfTheHand'', the five protagonists are led in one by their mentor, Joe, to symbolize that the five are all part of each other now, "like fingers on a hand".
** Later, [[spoiler:after Joe gets killed, they do another one as they prepare to take on the guys who killed him.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ex-TropeNamer was not the [[UrExample first example]] of this trope, but perhaps the [[TropeCodifier most iconic example]] is the "Whoa Bundy!" call from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.
* ''Series/FortBoyard'': Used in this French game show when the single team wants to motivate itself to take on the against the game. Seen in many other game team-based game shows too.
* A key scene in the second opening of ''Series/KamenRiderBlade''.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** Used more than once on ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', combined with a YeahShot of everyone jumping in the air. This was homaged in the 10-year ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Forever Red]]'' special with a team fistbump, the 15-year special in [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Overdrive]], and the premiere episode of ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
** ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' had a unique variant originating from [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger the sentai]]: typical stack, then put the other hands on top for a thumbs-up.
** ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'' had an actual plot-driven example - after Cam was promoted to SixthRanger, the six of them joined hands to open an urn the other five's powers had been sealed in.
* In the old-school Sentai show ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'', the four main heroes had a finishing move (JAKQ Hurricane) performed by grasping forearms and running in a circle.
* Subverted in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', where the team does the hand stack over [[spoiler:the Greatest Treasure in the Universe]] after they resolve to use it to [[spoiler:rewrite reality to eliminate [[TheEmpire Zangyack]]]]. However, before they do, Don interrupts to point out that there has to be some kind of catch; TheReveal quickly puts them through a big moral debate.
* A regular occurrence on ''Series/ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition;'', always accompanied by "Let's do it!"
* Done plenty of times on ''Series/SavedByTheBell'', but possibly the most memorable case was towards the end of "Jessie's Song" when the gang (sans Slater) were doing one and Lisa refused get in the stack if her hand was touching Screech's! Ultimately, his ended up on the ''top'' of the stack while she placed her's ''at the very bottom.''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', the DebutQueue the heist makes up the bulk of the story, and each time a new member is added to the Cooper Gang, we see a quick shot of the hand stack, with the new member placing their hand on top of the others (with the exception of Dimitri, who only gives a thumbs-up).
* At the end of ''VideoGame/JakXCombatRacing'', the TrueCompanions does this right before the final race, which will determine whether they'll defeat Mizo, and whether they'll all live or die.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', at the end of the second episode, Phoenix and Maya handshake while Mia [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100119063417/aceattorney/images/7/7e/Maya_and_Phoenix.png contributes the hand stack.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', the Aurochs are seen doing this in game as well as in [[http://www.ffodyssey.com/wallpapers/ff10/ffx_wakka1024.jpg this]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', Snow starts one in Chapter X.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', Team Sonic does one right before they use their EleventhHourSuperpower. Rouge also forces Team Dark to make one in their opening cutscene.
* The western generals (Kanbe, Yoshihiro, Muneshige) do this after they form an alliance in ''[[VideoGame/SengokuBasara Sengoku Basara 3]]''.
* At the climax of ''[[{{Yakuza}} Yakuza 4]],'' when [[spoiler:Akiyama, Tanamura, Saejima, and Kiryu agree on the plan to use Akiyama's remaining fortune to lure out the villains to the top of Millennium Tower, Akiyama enthusiastically tries to initiate this. Tanamura finds it corny, but eventually joins in anyway.]]
* Before the final battle in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' Story Mode, Ken, Karin and Dhalsim do this over a handshake between Chun-Li and Ryu, symbolizing their determination to take Shadaloo and Bison down together.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when the Be Sharps are putting their hands together. Former member Wiggum tries to sneak his hand into the stack and is met with angry stares.
* A mixed team of heroes and villains does it in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Hate Floats".
* Used with the main six in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', as well as with the Ashleys.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' had this after paranoia regarding an alien among the team caused all but four members to quit.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', the Autobots do this around the beginning and end of season one.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'':
** The Turtles do this as they prepare for [[StormingTheCastle an all-out assault on the Shredder's base.]]
-->'''Leo:''' We're gonna be a four-turtle wrecking crew.\\
'''Splinter:''' ''(joins in)'' Five.
** ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' includes an eight-turtle handstack.
* ''WesternAnimation/WonderPets'' do this after every rescue.
* The premiere episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' ends with the heroes doing this as they decide to form a permanent team.
* The Spectral Knights do this a couple of times in ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}: Knights Of The Magical Light'' when uttering their sacred cry:
-->"May the Light shine forever!"
* In the opening of their 1967 show and in the debut episode, WesternAnimation/{{The Fantastic Four|1967}} do this.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' do this at the end of the first episode in the series, immediately after they have decided to pool their various talents in order to fight Ming's forces.
* Frequently done in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', usually after the team that has focus comes up with a plan to defeat the latest threat to ThePowerOfFriendship.