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When embarrassed or reluctant, [[TheDitz ditzy]] or [[ShrinkingViolet shy]] characters frequently touch their forefingers' tips together in front of them and twiddle them up and down, often accompanied by a "toiktoik" sound, and some tiptoe twiddling to boost. It's also done by [[ShrinkingViolet shy characters]] when speaking to the object of their affection.

While this trope is most prominent in [[{{Animesque}} anime and manga-influenced]] works, it's occasionally found in western works with an anime-inspired esthetics.

Often seen in anime in a CannotSpitItOut or "please don't embarrass me" situation. Not to be confused with FingerTenting. In RealLife, psychologists and readers of body language would call this ''displacement activity''.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Usagi from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' does this a lot.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Hinata Hyuuga frequently did this, especially in the anime, until her CharacterDevelopment caused her to become more self-confident. (That's her, pictured at right. It's also ''[[EstablishingCharacterMoment the very first image of her we see in the anime.]]'')
** Naruto himself does this too from time to time, usually when Sakura or Kakashi is scolding him.
** Jiraiya did this in the anime when asking Naruto to remain transformed into a sexy girl whenever they were together (after Naruto did it to get his perverted mentor's attention).
* And Yuzu from ''Manga/AsagiriNoMiko''.
* In the first episode of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Kaorin does this after catching a glimpse of a cat logo somewhere on Sakaki's person as Sakaki is changing into her gym shorts.
-->'''Kaorin:''' I thought I saw something incredibly cute just now...
** In the manga, the logo was on Sakaki's panties, and in the manga, Kaorin doesn't twiddle, she just stares in bemusement, wondering if she really saw that.
* Negi of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' when he brought up the idea of sharing his childhood and, by extension, his reason for doing just about everything he does to Asuna since they recently became partners. She agrees to hear him out without a second-thought.
* Nozomi in the very first episode of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', as she explained her disastrous attempts at joining various clubs.
* Many characters in the ''Anime/PrettySammy'' series do this, but mostly Sasami.
* Shinobu from ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'' does this a lot in front of her beloved Kaede.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': This was done by one of the ''Zentradi'' -- yes, a hulking male giant-- when he was nervous about interrupting his commander's demonstration (to a female Zentradi) that humans ''did'' have ''some'' customs worth borrowing -- in this case, kissing.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** May/Haruka does this once when her rival of the day confronts her about her feelings for Drew.
** And also when Ash wanted to visit the Petalburg City Gym [[http://serebii.net/anime/pictures/houen/279.shtml as shown here.]]
* Tamaki does this when talking to Haruhi episode four of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Ranma Saotome often does this when placed in a serious, romantic situation with [[ArrangedMarriage his fiancée]], Akane.
** [[http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/30/bscap0001xd4.jpg Ryouga]] as well.
* Various characters in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''.
* Celty Sturluson, [[BadassBiker of all people]], does this in ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' when Shinra's father asks her if she's in love with Shinra.
* Lala the [[HeadlessHorseman dullahan]] from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' does this sometimes, usually when confronted by Ms. Smith.

* Just in case you didn't think she was already cute as a button, Molly from ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' does this when she discovers she's the only one who came up with a super-hero costume.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Michikyuu Kanae in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero''.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' does the robotic equivalent, which does not involve as much twiddling as the human type.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[Wrestling/TheRock Boxer Santaros]] does this a lot in ''Film/SouthlandTales'', nervously tapping his fingers together in a somewhat odd manner. This is because [[spoiler:he is having constant schizophrenic breaks into the character of Jericho Cane.]]
* Oliver Hardy often did this when nervous or embarrassed. That is, when he wasn't fiddling with his necktie.

* Done by Thompson and Thomson in the ''{{Tintin}}'' story ''Red Rackham's Treasure''.
* In ''Howl's Moving Castle'' (original book), you could tell that Sophie's sister Martha was lying when she stopped twiddling her thumbs. While not a plot point per se, this information did let Sophie confirm that Michael was talking about the right sister.

* Yoona from Music/GirlsGeneration does this in the music video for "Gee."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Micky from ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' does this. Being a purple, four-armed demon general that's the upper part of a three-bodied monster who is the overlord of its own netherworld, it is a good sign that Micky isn't, by their standards, very good at being an overlord.
* Tali, a normally confident and fiery Quarian engineer from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy, has a habit of wringing her hands whenever she's nervous, which is usually any romance scene between her and the player's male Commander Shepard.
* In the ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'' expansion, "Plague of Shadows", if Plague Knight learns how to dance from the Troupple King, he does this instead if he's near Mona when you try to make him dance for her.
* Pascal, of all people, does this a couple times in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', most notably when [[spoiler: Hubert confesses his feelings for her.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial 2'', this is Akane Ichimonji's standard sprite pose when she's in [[RelationshipValues Tokimeki State]].
* Done by Sayori from ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub''.
* Detective Bobby Fulbright from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' does this sometimes.
* There is joke animation gif of Annaliese from ''VisualNovel/MissingStars'' doing this.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Reika from ''Webcomic/RedString'' does this occasionally.
* Karla from ''Webcomic/M9Girls'' does it when her mentor discovers she has been "borrowing" funds to make the girls' super-hero costumes.
* Characters in the webcomic ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' do this when nervous or embarrassed.
* Hannelore from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' does this in a recent strip, while actually asserting herself for once.
* ''Webcomic/{{Spamusement}}'' brings us [[http://spamusement.com/index.php/comics/view/132 an elephant approximation.]]
* The Medic in [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/94 this]] ''Webcomic/NerfNow''
* Heather from ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'', usually with her middle pair of arms while she makes ''other'' expressive gestures with her upper and lower sets.
* Peanut from ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' is prone to this.
* Rumisiel from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' is seen doing this [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1507 here.]] Missi does the western version [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1605 here.]]
* Stinky the sea monster from ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' demonstrates [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/a-few-miles/ tentacle twiddling.]]
* [[Webcomic/BlackAdventures N]] does this when he's feeling distraught.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': ''General Krizhan'', of all people, does it in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120528#.VP1gOvnF-So this panel.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Eridan in [[http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2015/008/9/2/eridan_x_reader__please_stop____by_fanfic_queen-d8d58rj.png [S] Kanaya: Return to the Core.]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Rain}}'': Rain does this when even [[http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-p265-So-True-337638687?q=gallery%3AJocelynSamara%2F27273884&qo=264 more]] [[http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-p631-Favorite-Person-530137862?q=gallery%3AJocelynSamara%2F27273884&qo=581 nervous]] than usual. So does [[http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-p292-Blushing-349050083?q=gallery%3AJocelynSamara%2F27273884&qo=289 Chanel.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'' the god Hyperion, one of the main deities of the story, does this on occasion when he starts feeling uneasy.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Oneshot character Meng from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' does this as she admits she's "[[StalkerWithACrush kind of been stalking]]" Aang.
* Bolin from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', who is actually not shy at all, has done this.
* Beast Boy of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' sometimes does this, usually when he's being reprimanded for something.
* Bumblebee does this in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' when Prowl asks him exactly where he was keeping that iPod. Hint: he wasn't in car mode and robots don't have pockets.
* Butters from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' tends to do a motion similar to wringing his hands when he is flustered about something. The animation style makes it semi-ambiguous as to whether it is full out hand-wringing or finger twiddling.
* Ben Tennyson from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' does this once as Humongosaur after his then LoveInterest Julie informs him that the explosion he was shielding her from is over and that he does not need to keep holding her.
** In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', Attea does this when Ben ([[spoiler:as Bullfrag]]) [[DatingCatwoman flirts with her]].
* Gonard in ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'', most famously accompanied by a sheepish "Not really."
* [[TheBigGuy Booster]] from ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' does this a lot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': In episod 2 of season 4, when the girls accidentally travels 20 years into the future, they go to their old villa. Alex gets excited when learning that their future selves still live together, but Clover replies: "Ugh! More like pathetic. I mean, hello! 30 something and still single?", and all three proceed to twiddle their finger in embarrassing realization. Clover is also shown doing this in episode 9 of season 6 when being asked about what the WOOHP training handbook has to say about locked doors, which she never read.