Finger Muzzle

"When I put my finger on your lips it means you stop talking."
Abby, Primeval

Bob is either already talking or about to say something, but Alice wants to playfully silence him. So what does she do? Why, put the finger muzzle over his mouth of course!

Like a regular muzzle prevents dogs from opening their mouths, the Finger Muzzle prevents another person from opening his/her mouth by placing a finger over his/her mouth. It's used by both men and women, but more often than not, it's an intimate gesture. Sometimes, a kiss will follow the gesture. Or it will just be a means for a character to act flirtatious.

Not to be confused with Finger on Lips or Finger Gun. Related to the "Shut Up" Kiss and Hand Gagging. Compare Finger in a Barrel.


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     Anime and Manga 

  • In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf", the Imaginarium version of Papa Smurf's wife does this to him when they're alone with each other.


     Live Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones: Margaery Tyrell does this to her husband Renly Baratheon; he's quoting philosophy, but she wants him to shut up and focus on consummating their marriage.
  • Happens in Episode 13 of Season 1 in Glee.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Towards the end of "Surprise" Buffy and Angel start kissing passionately, and Angel makes a half-hearted attempt to forestall the inevitable.
    Angel: Maybe we shouldn't--
    Buffy: Don't. (finger on lips) Just kiss me.
    • That incident leads to the return of Angelus, so it Book Ends the scene where a spell restores Angel's soul, only for the portal to Hell to form behind an unknowing Angel's back, watched by a horrified Buffy.
    Angel: What's happening?
    Buffy: Shhh... (finger on lips) Don't worry about it. Close your eyes.
    (Buffy gives Angel a final kiss, then rams a sword through his chest)
  • Ally McBeal: Larry Paul shushes Ally with his index finger when she thinks he's going to break up with her because his ex wants him back and they have a kid together. Nah, we knew that Ally is his number one girl.
  • Subverted in Primeval when Abby puts her finger on Connor's lips in episode 5.5, he keeps talking.
    Abby: When I put my finger on your lips it means you stop talking.
    Connor: Sorry.
  • The Eleventh Doctor has this as a super-power.
  • Blake's 7. In "Sand", Tarrant and Servalan are trapped on a Death World together, have Sex for Solace and forgo a mutual opportunity to kill each other. At the end of the episode, Tarrant is about to teleport up and starts to say something to her, but she silences him with this trope before he vanishes under her fingers.


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  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Lydia covers her sister Jane's lips with a finger when Jane doesn't go along with Lydia's improvisation in episode 20 "Enjoy the Adorbs".

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