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Intertwined Fingers is a particular way of HoldingHands that indicates a more than close relationship between two people. This is commonly done by lovers, or whenever a creator wants to [[ShipTease indicate a pair are more than friends]] without going out and saying it.

This is in particular, a staple of [[GirlsLove lesbian related works]] and scenes. Intertwined fingers can often [[LesYay indicate lesbian relationships]] [[HideYourLesbians without getting explicit about it]]. In fact, see the GirlsLove and SchoolgirlLesbians articles for two other good illustrations of this trope.

BoysLove comics and other forms of {{Yaoi}} will also occasionally use this trope, often as a subtle HoYay or DiscretionShot to turn their relationship up a notch.

Has absolutely nothing to do with FingerTenting or {{Fingore}}--probably.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Near the [[CutShort end]] of ''Manga/DoubleArts'', this was the default position of [[TheHero Kiri]] and [[TheChick Elraine]] during combat. Considering the titular style [[BattleCouple they created]] is based on [[DanceBattler synchronized duet dancing]], this is kinda understandable. Somewhat necessary since they are [[CantLiveWithoutYou struck hand to hand by default]].
* Rose and Ryuuji in ''LightNovel/DragonCrisis'' do this fairly often, since it's used to kick off their [[BattleCouple Engage]] abilities.
* Used as ShipTease in ''SoraNoWoto'' between Filicia and Rio shortly before Filicia sacrifices herself... in an [[MundaneMadeAwesome alcohol-fueled watergun war]].
* Aimi and Kaoruko of ''Anime/AkahoriGedouHourLovege'' do this as part of their InTheNameOfTheMoon-speech.
* Najimi and Yell do this in episode 7 of ''LightNovel/{{Akikan}}''. This may be part of the summoning process which also includes kissing.
* [[CreepyTwins Hansel and Gretel]] do a [[{{Twincest}} very delicate]] [[ToyShip and sensual version]] of this in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. It's a bit unnerving.
* When Mari and Hagino from ''BlueDrop'' start holding hands in this fashion it's quite obvious what happened between them.
* Kanade and Yukino from ''CandyBoy'' do this a lot. Yes, they are sisters--but it is hinted that [[{{Twincest}} there's more to it]].
* In the last episode of ''ChronoCrusade'', Chrono and Rosette intertwine their fingers right before they [[spoiler:[[TogetherInDeath breathe their last]]]]. [[TearJerker *sob*]]
* Ryou and Nagisa in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' do this when the latter "confesses" to the former, much to [[YuriFan Sunohara]]'s excitement.
* Occurs between [[spoiler:C.C. and Lelouch]] near the end of ''[[Anime/CodeGeass Code Geass R2]]'' while they sit back-to-back. Notable due to the two characters' [[spoiler:mutual asexual behavior and/or untrusting natures]] toward each other and everyone throughout the series, but completely understandable when you consider all the crap they've been through together at this point.
* ''[[Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid]]''. Xia Yu Fang and Xia Yu Lan do this after one of them gets a PistolWhipping from BadBoss Gates. It hints at their {{twincest}} relationship, as if the earlier LesYay ShowerScene wasn't evidence enough.
* This happens once in ''GundamSEED'' with two Gundams. Considering the context, it likely wasn't meant to show anything more than friendship.
* ''HaruWoDaiteita'': When Iwaki declares his love, he entwined his fingers with Katou and held them to his heart - awwwwwww.
* Sae and Hiro in the OP for ''Manga/HidamariSketch [[OddlyNamedSequel x365]]'' come to mind. Sae quickly pulls away with a blush.
* Kyoko and Sayaka in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' for a sweet, quick moment before it gets [[MomentKiller killed]].
* The second season of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' (Kai) has Hanyuu and Rika do this in the ending credits.
** In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' Lambda and Bern do this once.
* Taki and Klaus do this before kissing in ''[[HyakujitsuNoBara Maiden Rose]]'', as least, when their relationship is going smoothly.
* ''JunjouRomantica'': Usagi and Misaki on occasion.
** Pretty much all three couples are eventually shown this way (plus the opening theme has them HoldingHands as well).
* In ''KannazukiNoMiko'', Chikane and Himeko do this after confessing their feelings for each other.
* Intertwined hands are part of the DiscretionShot in ''KareKano'' during their love scene.
* Sachiko and Yumi hold each others' hands this way in the second season finale of ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru''.
** As do [[spoiler:Yumi and Touko]] in the finale of season 4.
* This trope pops up even in older GirlsLove works like ''Manga/MayasFuneralProcession''.
* Setsuko and Yukino do this in ''Manga/{{Octave}}''.
* The first three seasons of ''PrettyCure''. That is all.
* [[spoiler:Ayato and Haruka]] of ''RahXephon'' are a heterosexual example, which occurs once during the series and twice in the movie.
* In the manga version of ''RODTheTV'', Anita and Hisami do this ever so often, clearly showing [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship the intensity of their friendship]].
* In ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', Saki and Nodoka hold hands like this quite a bit.
* [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus]] do this quite a few times throughout the series.
** Most notably during the "I like your hands" scene, on the morning that they [[spoiler:go to the Marine Cathedral expecting to have to [[TheseHandsHaveKilled kill an innocent person]]]] and again [[spoiler:while they're dying/fading out of existence at the end of Stars]].
* Sumika and [[GenkiGirl Ushio]] do this in the first chapter of ''SasamekiKoto''. They are JustFriends, even though both are identified as SchoolgirlLesbians early on -- and Sumiko has a major crush on Ushio. The fact that Ushio heavily favors cute, petite girls causes Sumika enormous angst over Ushio's [[ObliviousToLove obliviousness]] to [[CannotSpitItOut her feelings]].
* Done rather overtly in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0AcKA2-dwE ending credits]] of ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic''.
** Also done by Shizuma and Nagisa before and during their UnderwaterKiss.
* In ''TheFiveStarStories'', Amaterasu & Lechesis hold hands this way after defeating Juba and his goons with the [[HumongousMecha Knight]] [[BlingBlingBang Of Gold]]. Not exactly Yuri, as this Amaterasu isn't a Shinto goddess, but rather the hermaphroditic god-king of an entire planet. Yeah, it's that kind of manga.
* This happens between Makoto and her younger sister Miyuki in ''TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime'', when Miyuki thinks that her sister wants to jump out of the window because she ate Makoto's pudding.
* In ''Manga/KingOfThorn'', twin sisters Kasumi and Shizuku intertwine their fingers during a flashback FuroScene. Kasumi was a ShrinkingViolet and very dependent on emotional support from Shizuku.
* It's used between Hikari and Akari in the opening of ''ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld'', though that doesn't really have romantic overtones (unless you choose to interpret it like that...)
* Actually a valid piloting input in ''{{Vandread}}''. Done only by Hibiki and Dita though.
* Lucia and Sumire from ''VenusVersusVirus'' do this a lot in the anime, perhaps as a [[{{Subtext}} hint]] that there might be more going on between than {{just friends}}hip.
* ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' has this between [[LesYay Utena and Anthy]] at times.
** Also Akio and Utena do this during their sex scene.
* Shown between the eponymous pair of Sumi and Kina in the first chapter of the SliceOfLife manga series, ''Manga/WifeAndWife'' (aka ''Fu~fu''.)
* Haku and Chihiro in ''SpiritedAway'' do this as [[spoiler: they are free-falling from the sky after Haku transforms back from his dragon form into his human form.]]
* At the end of ImmortalGrandPrix [[spoiler: Takeshi and Liz]] are seen holding hands and, when [[spoiler: Liz]] gets flustered and tries to pull away, [[spoiler: Takeshi]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming re-grabs her hand and entwines her fingers.]]
* Female!Yuki and Luka do this in ''UragiriWaBokuNoNamaeWoShitteiru''.
* Kirito and Asuna do this when they are finally reunited in the hospital in ''Sword Art Online''.
* In the second new chapter of MorinagaMilk's YuriGenre manga ''Kisses, Sighs, And Cherry Blossoms Pink'', Nana and Hitomi hold hands on the bus like this. When more people come on, Nana gets embarrassed and suggests they stop, which Hitomi agrees to...only to covertly ''kiss'' her.
* In ''{{No6}}'' chapter 13 Sion is nervous about going to rescue Safu and Nezumi calms him down by grabbing his hand and [[HoYay intertwining his fingers with Sion's]].
* [[{{Manga/Berserk}} Pre-eclipse Guts and Casca]] did this occasionally, most notably during their love scene. Unusual in that they were now an OfficialCouple, so the ShipTease aspect was not present.
* [[LesYay Sharon intertwines her fingers with Alice's]] in one scene in ''PandoraHearts''.
* Yuno and Yuki during their sex scene in ''Manga/MiraiNikki''.
* At the end of the second ''{{Patlabor}}'' movie, after Nagumo slaps the handcuffs on her former lover Yukihito Tsuge. Goto sees this and [[AllLoveIsUnrequited has a mournful expression on his face]].
* Souseiseki and Suiseiseki, two of the closest characters in the series ''RozenMaiden'' do this in the second opening and elsewhere in the manga.
* An unromantic example from ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' in Suruga Monkey. While Senjougahara intertwines their fingers Kanbaru confesses her love. Senjougahara's response is to reply that she knows and that she can't see Kanbaru as anything but a friend.
* This shows up reasonably frequently in ''Manga/SakuraTrick''. It's exactly the kind of series where this is reasonable.
* Kenshin and Kaoru intertwine their fingers when they make love in ''Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection''.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* The ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' short story "Truth or Dare" ends with Karolina and Nico entwining their fingers and [[LesYay looking even more friendly than usual]]. Sadly, Victor spoils the moment by insisting that they finish the titular game.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Used for massive feels in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/93809/a-pleasant-surprise A Pleasant Surprise]]''. Fluttershy and her lover hold hands like this during the RelationshipUpgrade, and also when she takes his virginity.
* Some {{Shipping}} fics in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fandom do this, not only because it's romantic, but also because Vulcans have [[FantasticArousal very sensitive fingers]]
* Enoby and Draco do this in ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'', while simultaneously [[FlippingTheBird sticking their middle fingers up]].
* ''Manga/ReTake'': This is last image of [[spoiler: the ''End of Evangelion'']] Shinji and Asuka in volume 4.
* ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'', chapter 17, Hinata puts her hand on Naruto's, and as a sign of his growing feelings towards her, he intertwines his fingers with hers in response.
* ''Two Halves:'' After a pretty rough [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beatdown]] from his master (Naruto tried to use a [[TooDumbToLive forbidden jutsu he just read about 2 minutes ago]]. His master was displeased at his recklessness.), Hinata is tending to Naruto's wounds and places her hand on his forehead. He reaches for her hand and intertwines them after a brief heart-to-heart.
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'', as a plot point, no less.
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[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* Corky and Violet's final scene together in ''Film/{{Bound}}'' -- an especially nice touch considering what [[{{Fingore}} other things]] happened to fingers in ''that'' movie.
* Mathesar sees Laliari and Fred doing this towards the end of ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', and realizes she intends to return to Earth with the humans.
* Secretary Dee does this to her boss Mack in ''Film/GrandCanyon''. It helps establish that Dee and Mack have had some kind of romantic involvement before the main action of the film. See SleepingWithTheBoss.
* In HighSchoolMusical, this can be interpreted as the moment of the RelationshipUpgrade between Troy and Gabriella.
* Used in the scene where Eli crawls into Oskar's bed in ''LetTheRightOneIn''. It's probably for the best that that's where the focus is, as Eli's naked and bloody, Oskar sleeps in his underwear, and both are 12 years old. Nevertheless, the scene is [[ToyShip painfully sweet]].
* The first part of Hou Hsiao-hsien's art-house movie ''ThreeTimes'' ends on a close-up of the boy and the girl holding hands that way. It's a very heartwarming moment.
* In the trailer for [[Film/TropicThunder Satan's Alley]], it showed Kirk and Creator/TobeyMaguire's characters standing there with their fingers intertwine showing their commitment towards each others.
* In ''En kärlekshistoria'' (''A Swedish Love Story''), young teenage lovers Per and Annika walk through the woods holding hands with their fingers interlinked, swinging their hands between them. It's very natural and touching, like the rest of their love scenes.
* Used for UnresolvedSexualTension in ''Film/TheLover''. The Chinaman gives The Girl a lift in his chauffeured car. As they sit in the back seat, his finger lightly touches hers. When she doesn't object, they silently move to this trope in the course of their journey into Saigon.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In #8 of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, Ax makes a point of noting Cassie and Jake doing this in his observations of human culture.
* Anne and Diana do this when making their vow of friendship in ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables''.
* Tavi and Kitai do this on occasion in ''Literature/CodexAlera''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* This is a well-used trope in most KoreanDrama, as a showing of romantic feelings.
** Seung Jo and Han Ni in ''Series/PlayfulKiss'' when he announces the engagement to both their parents.
** Han Kyul and Eun Jo do this while he's driving in ''Series/TheFirstShopOfCoffeePrince''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Willow and Tara hold hands this way as part of LesYay {{Subtext}} before their RelationshipReveal.
** Subverted in "Tough Love". Tara has had a fight with Willow and is sitting alone on a bench when a women entwines fingers with hers. Tara turns with a big smile...only to find herself facing [[BigBad Glory]] who proceeds to torture her for information by crushing Tara's fingers until they bleed.
** Buffy and Spike do this in "Chosen" [[spoiler:even when Spike's hand bursts into flame, during his HeroicSacrifice that collapses the Hellmouth.]]
** In "I Only Have Eyes For You", Buffy realises James and Grace are having a StudentTeacherRomance because they do this while one hands the other a book.
* Ditto for Brittany and Santana in ''Series/{{Glee}}'', though they prefer linking pinkies. Though, they do intertwine fingers in "Hold On To Sixteen".
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor and Rose do this [[UnresolvedSexualTension all.]] [[WillTheyOrWontThey the.]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt time.]]
** And now there's the Doctor and Clara; who can't seem to keep their hands off each other for five seconds.
* A heartbreaking one in an episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', where John and Aeryn do this across one of Moya's grates as they're about to be separated from each other.
* ''{{Friends}}'' Monica and Chandler do this a ''lot''. Not a big deal for much of the series when they're dating and later HappilyMarried, but they did it ''before'' hooking up as well when quite a few scenes had them [[{{NoSenseOfPersonalSpace}} cuddling together]] or playing with each other's fingers. No one seemed to find it strange despite the implications of interwined fingers.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Claire told Gretchen she wants to hold her hand.
* Stefan and Elena from TheVampireDiaries intertwine their fingers and hands together when they make love for the first time in season one.
* ''TheLWord'' uses this all the time, even focusing directly on it ''during'' lovemaking scenes. Of course, one would speculate that hands are of larger significance in lesbian sex, given that women tend to be much more tactile than men and have slightly fewer useful appendages. Plus, it gives the camera something to look at that might [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get past the radar]].
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has Captain Jack Harkness and the real Captain Jack Harkness intertwine fingers in "Captain Jack Harkness".
* A very sweet one in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', when Janeway and Chakotay realise that they have no choice but to spend the rest of their lives together. Chakotay gets there quicker than Janeway, and tells her an "ancient legend" about [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove an angry warrior who only ever finds peace after being forced to work with a wise and beautiful female warrior]]. Janeway finally gets it, and the resulting [[HoldingHands hand grasp]] is just about the most [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming thing ever]].
-->'''Janeway:''' Is that really an ancient legend?\\
'''Chakotay:''' No...but that made it easier to say.
* Pepa and Silvia in ''Series/LosHombresDePaco'' usually intertwine their fingers when HoldingHands.
* ''Film/{{Emma}}'': Emma and [[spoiler:Mr. Knightley]] do this behind her back when they break the news of their engagement to her father.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. In "The Kingsroad" Daenerys' bed-slave Doreah instructs her on the importance of this (along with HeldGaze) during her LesYay-filled {{sexposition}} on the art of making love to a man.
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[[folder:Music]]
* LadyGaga and {{Beyonce}} do this at the end of the music video of "Telephone". It goes with the fact that in the video, they're heavily implied to be a LesYay version of Film/BonnieAndClyde.
* The [[http://i568.photobucket.com/albums/ss123/cosplaymoe/Magnet/d0061859_14375298.jpg?t=1265246066 picture]] made for the {{Vocaloid}} song "magnet" speaks for itself
* Tarja and Sharon den Adel do this at the end of WithinTemptation's "Paradise" music video. As a bonus, two other girls (the main focus of the video) do this too.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* This is an important moment in We Will Rock You when Scaramouche and Galileo end up holding hands like this during 'Who Wants To Live Forever' and they realise that actually they've been falling in love since they first met.
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[[folder:Video Game]]
* Used as part of the Yukari and Yuyuko's fairly LesYay [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u1PUdhMeaM combination save]] in ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Touhou Soccer]]''. Similarly used with the guys Rinnosuke and Ehrlich with their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD_XK7cbRvA combination attack]] which is made even more [[HoYay homoerotic]].
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', Princess Shine and Latooni also do this as the finale to the Royal Heart Breaker, in the same way as the above.
* Used in ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' between Shion and KOS-MOS before [[spoiler:they are forced to separate by the plot, most likely for thousands of years.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', Fang and Vanille do this [[spoiler:at the end of the game, when both of them are in crystal stasis]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'': [[spoiler: Jude and Milla]] first hold hands before intertwining them [[spoiler: when Milla chooses to become the new Maxwell.]]
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The GirlsLove series of {{Visual Novel}}s, '' Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo'' loves to use this trope often with its various couplings.
** Referenced in the seventh game between Runa and Takako:
-->'''Takako:''' Wawawah, o-our fingers...our fingers are intertwined!
-->'''Runa:''' This is how lovers are supposed to hold hands.
* Used in Shizune's route in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' to help show the relationship between three characters. In one picture Hisao holds hands with both Shizune and Misha. He's very close to both, but the difference between the relationships is made apparent by how his fingers are intertwined with the former, but not with the latter.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Happens between Jordi and Jeremy in [[http://tf2.skyscrapersoup.com/?p=186 this page]] of ''Webcomic/CuantaVida'', right before Jeremy [[spoiler:confesses to Jordi that he's in love with him]].
* SlightlyDamned: Kazai does this with his fellow warrior angel. His sister reacts accordingly.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Seems to be a regular occurrence in [[http://underthevangogh.blissful-madness.com Under the Van Gogh]], at least in the early acts.
* Mille and Iriana in ''IlivaisX'' do this all the time. They have a joined scar/ RedStringOfFate on their pinkies, so they keep those joined while all the rest intertwine. It's notable that this particular hold is a symbol for their relationship as a whole- it wants to fit, and it should fit, but it's definitely strained and it takes a bit of awkward fidgeting to get it right. Go on. Try it.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mentioned in the ''AsToldByGinger'' episode "Stealing First", as the popular girls ask Ginger how far she has gone with a boy. She held hands once, but since it was "hands cupped" rather than "fingers interlocked", it counts for less.
* In ''StevenUniverse'', Pearl does this with hologram! Rose, apparently reenacting the moment she decided to fight for her cause on Earth.
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