"Whose hand is that?"
"I've got just the thing! Now, huddle up boys, and make that old whispering sound!"
WE NEED A DESCRIPTION! TROPER HUDDLE!
Planning a Zany Scheme
? Huddle! Organizing an infiltration
? Huddle! Have to get your team fired up
for the game-winning Hail Mary toss? Huddle! Want to discuss whether or not you should let The Mole back on the team
? Huddle! Huddles solve everything!
The huddle comes in two variations, where either the audience is part of it, or the audience isn't.
If the audience is a part of it, there will be a Huddle Shot
. We will hear everyone's concerns as they whisper back and forth.
If the audience is not
privy to the huddle, we will instead see a far shot of everyone squished together. There will be indecipherable whispering
. Occasionally, especially in cartoons, one person will look up at whoever/whatever it is they're all talking about, before being dragged down by a fellow huddler. This version of the huddle follows the Unspoken Plan Guarantee
— that is, because the audience doesn't know what's about to happen, the plans will go smoothly.
May be accompanied by a Team Hand Stack
Got that? BREAK!
Anime and Manga
- Every football movie ever. Actually, every sports movie ever. Actually, just every sport. Actually, you know what? This happens all the time in Real Life.
- Fun fact: the huddle was invented by a football team from Gallaudet University, a college for deaf students, allowing the players to plan the next play without telegraphing it to the other team via hand signals.
- Bleach anime episode 146. When Nel and her friends think that Ichigo and the others are bad guys, they go into a huddle to decide what to do.
- For a manga about football, this is actually inverted in Eyeshield 21; in order to win the Christmas Bowl, the Deimon Devil Bats decide that they need to go the entire second half without a huddle so their opponents, the undefeated Teikoku Alexanders, won't have time to think.
- Played with against their last fight against the White Knights. With only less than a second on the clock, the Devil Bats are on the receiving end of a kick. In order to make one last touchdown, Hiruma yells for a huddle during the middle of a play for Taki, Monta, and Sena. There, he passes the ball to one of them, leaving the White Knights too confused. The enemy quarterback realizes who has the ball, but a moment too late - Sena scores the winning touchdown.
- The heroes in the MST3K-featured Time of the Apes do this at one point, prompting Crow to state their plan as "We'll bang our heads together and walk around in a daze!"
- Families conferring for an answer to steal on Family Feud.
- In the classic Mork and Mindy episode, "Mork's Mixed Emotions," as a inversion of it. Mork, whose emotions are each presenting themselves as separate personalities, leans down as to confer with them in a one person huddle.
- The New Directions on Glee do this before a competition.
- Nightwish does one of these with their band members before every concert. It took on a much darker turn when they did one after a concert instead, and fired lead singer Tarja Turunen while in it.
- The Supreme Court goes into a football-style huddle in Of Thee I Sing when asked to decide between corn muffins and justice.
- Final Fantasy VIII: Rinoa and the Forest Owls have a variation where they squat down on the floor while constructing plans. Lampshaded by Squall.
Squall: How serious are you...? Really...? The three of you plop down on the floor to discuss strategy? On top of that, you can't make a decision without our input, right? How do you think we feel, working for such an organisation?