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Wondering how villainous a character is? Sometimes you have to wait for them to [[KickTheDog kick some canines]], but sometimes [[ObviouslyEvil you can tell right off the bat]] when they stamp themselves with a logo that displays their contempt for humanity by either depicting the Earth (or any other beloved symbol of the free world) being [[SublimeRhyme squeezed, seized, nabbed, grabbed]] or suffering any other kind of torment. Sometimes, they end up doing this literally (usually with a globe). If the latter, you can sometimes expect them to play with the planet/globe as if it were a toy in order to hint that the villainous character is a PsychopathicManchild.

At least they didn't decide to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow it up]].

See also EarthShatteringPoster.

The TropeNamer is a spiritual children's song called "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands", referring to {{God}}. As such this trope may be used as a subtrope of RuleOfSymbolism. What better way to show that [[GodTest you ARE God]] than to instantly grow to ginormous size and just grab the Earth like a marble out of a bag?


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kokage Kuga from ''Manga/{{Sketchbook}}'' says at one point that a terrestrial globe makes her think of this trope. It's so easy to grab, right?
* One picture of Friend from ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' has the world floating in front of his outstretched hands.
* One of the volume covers of ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'' has Samidare eating the planet with a spoon.
* Saiou in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a shot of him doing this.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Light Yagami, [[AGodAmI 'God]] of the [[VisionaryVillain New World']].
* Kokopelli in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'''s opening theme song.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'''s second anime opening has a gigantic Toyotomi Hideyoshi lifting Japan out of the sea with a single hand.
* At one point in the Frieza Saga of ''Manga/DragonBall'', when Vegeta's life flashes before his eyes while dying from Frieza's blast, one of the images has Frieza "holding" Planet Vegeta as if it were a beach ball while cackling.
* Inverted in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. [[spoiler: The DVD case for the third disc shows Madokami with one hand on either side of the globle. In this case, it represents that a divine HopeBringer is watching over the people below.]]

* Creator/RaphaelSanzio:
** In ''The School of Athens'', Ptolemy and Zoroaster are holding globes of the heavens and the Earth to demonstrate their mastery over the science of astronomy.
** {{God}}, as depicted in ''Disputation of the Holy Sacrament'', casually holds the planet in his left hand as he towers over the throne of Heaven.

* One of the Silver Age Justice League/Justice Society team-ups had all of them trying to find the Seven Soldiers of Victory -- who had the know-how to stop a giant nebular hand from literally crushing Earth-Two.
* ''ComicBook/XMen''
** One cover shows ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} crushing a model of the Earth.
** One story arc involved a {{Yakuza}} group whose symbol, a disc surrounded and partly overlapped by four triangles, was said to represent the world held in the claws of a dragon.
* The [[VillainTeamUp Superman Revenge Squad's]] first appearance depicts stabbing knives into the {{Superman}} logo.
* Hyperion holding his arm up to shield his eyes from the sun as he viewed Earth after flying into orbit as a boy (and in so doing inadvertently "grasping" the earth in his hand) proved to be one of the major formative experiences of his childhood in ''Supreme Power''
* Monarch's flag in ''Series/{{Countdown}}''.
* [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/pep-comics/27-1.jpg Pep Comics #27]] features a hand brandishing two rings, one with the Nazi Swastika and the other with the Japanese Sun Emblem punching a hole through the Bill Of Rights!
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Comics #1 shows us [[http://goldenagecomics.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/ca3.jpg The Red Skull crushing an American airplane with his bare hands!]]
* [[http://bullyscomics.blogspot.com/2010/06/ten-of-kind-hes-got-whole-world-in-his.html This "Ten of A Kind" countdown.]]
* Multicorp from ''ComicBook/BruteForce''. As [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] put it [[http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com/2010/08/others-1-and-brute-force-1.html "they're either giving the world a hug or saying we've got the world, don't screw with us!"]]
* ComicBook/TheSpectre has done this on multiple occasions, both in literal and figurative senses. However, he's an odd heroic example of the trope, shown to be protecting Earth rather than dominating it.
* In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', one of the covers shows Supes himself holding (well, it's sorta floating there) the Earth. Benign example though, as he is fondly observing it.
* In ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', Kaizen Gamorra attempts to carve the mark of Clan Gamorra (a circle with three knots) into the earth itself by destroying Moscow, London and Los Angeles.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The United Underworld in ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' has a emblem of the Earth being [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/UUW_emblem.jpg squeezed to death by a giant octopus]].
* The soulless Insuricare company from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' has a logo of a hand holding the world.
** Their slogan is "Your Life is in Our Hands".
* The Logo for ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' featured [[http://www.vidiot.com/st-nem/images/nemesis_large.jpg a bird of prey clutching a pair of globes representing the planets Romulus and Remus]]
** A less stylised version had been established as a Romulan symbol in ''The Next Generation''.
* The logo for corrupt company "Engulf+Devour" in ''Film/SilentMovie''.
** It was a parody of the conglomerate Gulf+Western, who at the time owned Paramount Pictures. Hey, it's a Mel Brooks movie!
* The aliens do this to Earth in the movie poster for the Spielberg remake of ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
** They did it even earlier in the 80's ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'' TV series.
* Subverted in ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch''. Part of the set up to make us think Daniel Clamp is a CorruptCorporateExecutive is that his corporate logo is a big "C" squeezing the globe like a vise. It turns out, however, that Clamp is really just TheWonka, while his assistant is really the bad one.
* The Tagruato logo in the ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' universe is a pair of hands holding up a world. Probably a vestige of the company's older incarnation, 力の手 (''Chikara no Te'' or "Hands of Power" if you were wondering, because the ARG for whatever reason aggressively enforces this BilingualBonus).
* The HolyHandGrenade of Antioch from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' is actually a parody of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign%27s_Orb Sovereign's Orb of the United Kingdom]], one of the British Crown Jewels, which in turn is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globus_cruciger globus cruciger]]. European monarchs are traditionally depicted holding such a globe as a symbol of their dominion over the world.
* The company from ''Film/TheLosers'' features a logo with the Earth being gripped by the ends of the letter "G".
* ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe'' plays with this trope when Dr. Evil picks up a giant globe and starts dribbling it like a basketball. Given the fact that he was on ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'' at the time he did it, it's likely that he did this [[RefugeInAudacity mostly to be crass]], especially when his words right before dribbling it is shouting "The World is Mine! The World is Mine, you [bleep]!"
* In an early example of this trope, Charlie Chaplin's Hynkel, ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' (1940), dances with an inflatable globe. When Hynkel squeezes it too much... the globe explodes.

* The cover of the Creator/LRonHubbard book ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9b/Mission-earth-1-the-invaders-plan.jpg The Invaders Plan]]'' from the ''Literature/MissionEarth'' series.
* A variation appears in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Time Paradox'': The Extinctionists' logo features a big, muscular arm surrounding the globe rather than a hand.
* The cover of ''[[http://www.opencourtbooks.com/books_n/supervillains.htm Supervillains and Philosophy]]''.
* The Literature/{{Micromegas}} implies there are creatures in the universe capable of doing that literally.
* ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'': Dr. Impossible's fortress includes a statue of himself holding the world underfoot.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Forrester Family Crest (pictured above) in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' depicts a hand squeezing the Earth.
** In the intro to Season 8 and 9, Pearl is stuffing a balloon Earth into her purse, and Season 10, squeezing a foam Earth in the same manner as the crest.
* The Crest for the Terran Empire in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[MirrorUniverse Mirror]], [[EvilTwin Mirror]]" depicts a knife through the Earth.
* On ''Series/FallingSkies'', when Jimmy is being attacked by the Skitter in the school, he throws a globe at the Skitter's head. The Skitter catches it, [[http://falling-skies.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Skitter-Globe.jpg in a semblance of this trope]], examines it momentarily... then crushes it and tosses it aside.

* The [[http://www.robbierocks.ch/LP%20Cov%20SM/1970/34.a%20question%20of%20balance.jpg cover]] of Music/TheMoodyBlues' album "A Question of Balance" uses an unusual "hand through Earth" variant combined with DesignStudentsOrgasm.
* The cover for Music/{{KMFDM}}'s single "Godlike."

* The backglass for ''[[VideoGame/ProPinballTheWeb Pro Pinball: The Web]]'' shows the Dark Queen clutching the world in both hands.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In early 2014, the Wrestling/TheWyattFamily (a heel stable in the WWE) began using the song "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" during their feud with Wrestling/JohnCena to accentuate the Wyatt stable characters' gimmicks as a psychopathic cult leader intending to rule the WWE by fear and brute force. Multiple times, Wyatt Family leader Bray Wyatt would begin singing the lyrics to the spiritual in an evil manner; other times, [[CreepyChildrenSinging a children's chorus]] – all dressed in brown cloaks and wearing lamb masks – was brought out to sing the song, in an attempt to intimidate Cena before his matches against Wyatt.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The 3.5 edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''Expanded Psionics Handbook'' shows the world in a Mind Flayer's mouth on page 222.
* The cover to the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds [[http://www.greenronin.com/store/product/grr2526.html Handbook]]''
* [[GeneralFailure Abaddon the Despoiler]] does this in some ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' art.
** [[http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/World_Eaters The World Eaters]] have a similar logo with a world in metal jaws instead of a hand.
* The World Domination agenda card in ''TabletopGame/{{Netrunner}}'' shows two hands holding the earth.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The best example of this ever is in ''VideoGame/WildArms'', specifically, the [[VideoGame/WildArms3 3rd game]]; the BigBad has an attack called "Nightmare" wherein [[spoiler: she]] is shown as this gigantic being that can literally palm the planet in one hand. Does this attack do massive damage? Cause all status effects? Lower your MP? No. It causes you to ''fall asleep''. Which you are probably immune to at this point in the game. Wonderful!
* A hand grabbing the Earth is shown in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' as the symbol of Majestic Twelve. It features prominently in the introduction cinematic. In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', a statue of this symbol is displayed in the [[spoiler: basement of the Picus building]], with one employee email saying that it looks like "something out of a Bond movie."
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'', the 'barracks' of the Brotherhood of Nod was the 'Hand of Nod', a monumentally impractical building resembling a huge hand grasping the planet. In the sequels, they downgraded to something more... practical.
** In ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun Tiberian Sun]]'' (the first sequel), the barracks instead resembled a hand grabbing the ground itself. It's back to being a hand holding a globe in ''Tiberium Wars''.
** In ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade Renegade]]'', the symbol of the Black Hand, the elite corps of the Brotherhood, is a, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you guessed it]], black hand tightly grasping a red-tinted planet Earth.
* ''VideoGame/StarControl 2'' had a poster with two different hands grasping Earth as if fighting over it.
* The Combine's insignia in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' vaguely resembles an Alien claw clamped around the world.
* There's a piece of promotional art for ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' featuring [[LegionsOfHell Legionlord]] [[BigBad Archimonde]] grasping a world in his hands. One of the [[Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse Warcraft RPG]] books by Creator/WhiteWolf has a picture of Sargeras (Archimonde's boss) doing the same.
* A nice example is the ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' series, where it is a logo for the Kreegan... that does not actually appear as their symbol in-game. It is also a RL logo of NWC.
* In ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial 2 Music Video Clips: Circus de Aimashou'', [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney Mei]] [[TakeOverTheWorld Ijuin]] does the "world floating in front of her outstretched arms" variant in a sequence of her Music Video Clip.
* In ''VideoGame/LastAlert'', the evil syndicate ruling over the world has an insignia of this sort.
-->'''[[WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} slowbeef]]''': Jesus' skeleton is crushing the Earth!
* Andross does this on the Game Over screen in ''VideoGame/StarFox''.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsGalaxies'' has a painting, "Portrait of the Emperor" that is unlockable by attending the 2006 SWG Fan Fest. The painting in question depicts Emperor Palpatine [[SlasherSmile smiling evilly]] as he is holding in his left hand two planets and a moon, with one of the planets, an orange one, being blasted with force lightning being discharged with his index finger.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'', shortly after [[spoiler:Lumine]] is revealed to be TheManBehindTheMan to [[spoiler:Sigma]] and [[spoiler:his]] first form is defeated, [[spoiler:Lumine]], during [[spoiler:his]] MotiveRant, will [[spoiler:reach up to the Earth and then close his fist,]] implying that [[spoiler:he plans to grind the old world into dust]].
* In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' [[spoiler: Asura's gigantic final form, Asura the Destructor, is said to be so big he can wrap his arms around the entire planet earth with ease.]]
* The cover image of Creator/ChoiceOfGames' ''The Fleet'' shows a giant scaled hand clutching a blue world.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfMassmouth Massmouth 2]]'': In one of the endings, the protagonist, having gained immense power and ambitions of conquest, is shown grabbing the entire galaxy.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', Akihiko Sanada's Persona Caesar invokes this motif: it carries a broadsword in one hand and a model of the Earth in the other. Unlike most examples, though, Akihiko is never depicted as anything other than unambiguously heroic, if obsessed with becoming the best he can at what he does. "[[ToBeAMaster The Man who Lusts for Power]]," indeed.
* For his victory pose in ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]'', Dormammu creates a small model of Earth from thin air, and then crushes it in his hand before laughing.
* After starting up the original ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame, you're presented with [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130529072714/strider/images/6/60/MeioArt1.png this artwork]] of [[BigBad the Grandmaster]] scrolling upwards while holding the Earth in his hands and [[EvilLaugh laughing evilly]]. This image became representative of him, and has been recreated in some of his later cameo appearances (like his card in ''Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3''.
** From the 2014 version of ''Strider'', in [[MakingASplash Juroung]]'s introduction cutscene, he's seen creating a small Earth made out of water in his palm and then crushing it. This was possibly a nod to the intro above.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'', the logo of the [[FunWithAcronyms Galactic League of Extraterrestrial Exploration]] resembles this, or a globe.
* A literal and heroic example appears in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[spoiler: Jade made a bargain with her denizen in which her side of the bargain was helping all the denizens escape the Scratch. She achieves this is the End of Act 5, where she uses her newfound Witch of Space powers to shrink all of the lands and the battlefield. While she doesn't physically hold them, she does have them floating around her.]]
* The original logo for FurNation was [[https://e621.net/post/show/110324 the globe being held in a clawed anthro paw, and animal eyes behind it.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "[[ChezRestaurant Chez]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypus Platypus]]": Dr. Doofenshmirtz pops an Earth-Patterned Balloon while on his "evil" date.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In one episode, Homer wears a shirt that depicts Uncle Sam holding the globe in both hands and taking a large bite out of it, with the motto, "Try and stop us."
* The opening to ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' shows our heroes picking up puzzle pieces left behind by the title thief; when put together, they form a 3D handheld model of a globe...which Carmen ends up holding in her hand during the opening's final scene.
* The logo for ''Anime/TransformersArmada's" "Unicron Battles" arc has the titular villain cradling Cybertron. Granted, it's less effective here because Unicron is slightly smaller than Cybertron, but still.
* Taken literally in one of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' shorts. An alien being named Colossus is a giant who looks like a Viking -- a Viking who's taller than the planet Jupiter. He picks up the Earth between thumb and forefinger, and puts it in a bottle as a souvenir. (Apache Chief has to defeat Colossus by saying "Inekchok" over and over until he grows to be the same size, then wrestling with him. While thus distracted, Superman lifts the Earth out of the bottle and puts it back in its proper orbit.)
* At one point in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInArabianNights'', Haman ''literally'' has the whole world in his hand.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': When the League ends up in a dictatorial Earth in "The Savage Time", one of the things that's immediately different -- besides big posters about the LEADER and stormtroopers asking for papers -- is how the Daily Planet newspaper headquarters has gone from having a rotating globe at the top to a big hand ''holding'' the globe.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globus_cruciger globus cruciger]], a globe with a cross on its top to represent Christ's dominion over the world, is a traditional symbol of royalty in Europe since the Middle Ages. Christ, angels and monarchs are depicted holding the globe (ergo the world) in their hands as a symbol of authority. (See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globus_cruciger#Gallery the pictures in the other wiki]].)
* Sherwin Williams paint stores feature a globe being covered in (''red!'') paint and the slogan: "Cover the Earth!". Frickin creepy.
* [[http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Principles-Microeconomics-Tyler-Cowen/dp/1429202483/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441923198&sr=1-1&keywords=Modern+Principles%3A+Microeconomics++first+edition Modern Principles of Microeconomics]] used this on its cover in the first edition. Later additions have more hands. They're not fooling anyone. It's still a textbook on supervilliany.
* The US government's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_Information_Awareness "Total Information Awareness" project]] logo featured a globe bathed in rays emanating from an eye-in-the-pyramid. The way this symbolism highlighted the [[BigBrotherIsWatching Orwellian overtones]] of the project [[NotHelpingYourCase turned into something of an embarrassment]], and the program was ended (though with most of its functions continuing under different names).
* The [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4529116/Twitter-erupts-memes-Trump-s-orb-Saudi-Arabia.html photo]] taken of Donald Trump, King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi grasping at a globe does not provide a… ''comforting'' feeling when you see it…