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-> ''"The best thing about alcohol hand gel in hospitals isn't the hygiene, but that everyone walks around like they're hatching a dastardly plan."''
-->-- '''Katie''', ''Website/{{Facebook}}'' comment

Hand Rubbing is the act of rubbing the palms of your hands together. The friction of the gesture can be used to provide heat in a cold environment, or it can simply convey excitation or expectation. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand-rubbing whole article]] on the subject, but here, we will focus on rubbing hands as a trope.

There is an eerie specificity in fiction to reserve this gesture for SmugSnake type villains. [[HonestJohnsDealership Used car salesmen]], lower-end {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s and the DastardlyWhiplash will gleefully rub their hands when things are going their way, but a true MagnificentBastard always opts to [[FingerTenting clasp his hands]] instead. Even when otherwise positive characters do this, there's nearly always a sinister undercurrent.


* ComicBook/{{Asterix}} villain Tullius Destructivus (In English, Tortuous Convolvulus), pictured at right, had a habit of this.
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} had a strip where Odie is plotting something, as evidenced by his HandRubbing. Garfield then clarifies that he's plotting to rub his hands together.

[[folder:{{Film}} -- Live Action]]
* In ''Film/AdeleHasntHadHerDinnerYet'', two sinister characters are seen rubbing their hands.
** An unnamed DepravedDwarf, the Gardener's minion, rubs his hands when Nick Carter (TheAce of a GreatDetective) brings Adele, a mysterious plant to his hotel room, and he's pleased that he can get it back for their boss. He also rubs his hands when he moved a carpet and made police commissioner Ledvina fall down. It's always accompanied by hilariously ominous giggling.
** The Gardener rubs his hands when his final revenge has just started. One of his mortal enemies is about to get eaten by Adele, the carnivorous plant from the title.
* In ''Film/LemonadeJoe, or Horse Opera'', gunman Grimpo rubs his hands when he and his "kids" Coyote Kid and Pancho Kid are going to torture Lemonade Joe. Fortunately for Joe, ColdBloodedTorture gets spoofed as any other trope in this movie, so he only gets his clothes destroyed and he gets mighty dirty, however, he really looks like he suffers a lot.
* In ''Safety Last!,'' Harold Lloyd is in a jewelry shop, fretting over a selection of engagement rings under the watchful eye of a Jewish jeweler, who is rubbing his hands together. Distressed by his indecision, Lloyd absent-mindedly starts to mimic the shop-owner's hand rubbing.

* The TropeCodifier is almost certainly Uriah Heep in ''Literature/DavidCopperfield.''
* ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'': Bush is rubbing his hands together when he's pleased, but he's not obsequious or sinister like the other examples here--it's just a CharacterTic.

[[folder:{{Live-Action TV}}]]
* Sheldon does this in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Raiders Minimization" while plotting his revenge against Amy for ruining his favourite movie. When Amy sees him doing this and inquires about it, he passes it off as 'applying moisturiser'.

* This is the trademark pose of rapper Birdman, as seen in several music videos.

* Creator/PhilFoglio's ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' comic. In ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine #53 (September 1981), Phil shows us how it's done [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070204 in panel #4]].
-->'''Phil:''' Do with it? Why -- I know exactly what we can do with it! Heh! Heh! Heh!

* In ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'', as the base of operations for players are released, there is a special message for villains.
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Calculator]]''': [[CardCarryingVillain It occurred to me that you're lacking one of the best parts about being a villain. The evil hideout.]] I mean, what kind of villain are you if you don't have a place to rub your hands maniacally and make with the [[EvilPlan evil plotting]]?
* Dr. Fred, the MadScientist from ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'', has a sprite whose static animation consists of this.
** Although in Fred's case, there's nothing particularly sinister about it-he's just jittery from the permanent caffeine high he submits himself to so as to avoid sleepwalking (by avoiding sleeping).
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney''
** Frank Sahwit's default sprite has him pulling this constantly. Given the ReverseWhodunnit nature of the case involving him, it's just one of the many features that show he's the bad guy.
** Colias Palaeno from the last case of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' also does this constantly. Given his overly chipper attitude, it seems like a clue that he's hidding something; but nope, he's one of the most helpful secondary characters in the entire series.
* This is one of [[WrenchWench Tali's]] CharacterTics in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2.'' If you watch her closely during her trial, you'll notice she is nervously twisting her hands and fingers together. If romanced, she almost does this during the final romance scene, but consciously restrains herself from doing so.
* This is a habit of the CIA mole in ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' due to having OCD.

* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': ...and suddenly the captain is rubbing his hands together and affirming that "We're not pirates. He didn't count."
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Ellen does it [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-09-06 here]] as she thinks about her plan for getting Elliot in trouble.

* Mr. Burns does this on occasion in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. WordOfGod is that this is supposed to be like a praying mantis.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' 1973/74 season episodes.
** "The Androids". Dr. Rebos rubs his hands together after he captures Superman using artificial kryptonite.
** "The Balloon People". Dr. Noah Tall rubs his hands together when he thinks he's about to capture the title characters.
* Phantom Limb attempts to perform this gesture in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. The effect is diminished somewhat by the fact that his arms and hands are invisible.
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Megamind}}'', there is a large crowd of children clappin in the finale. One of them is Hand Rubbing, trying to be like the titular hero.