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Two people who have just come to some sort of agreement both spit in their palm and then shake hands with the wet hand.
Basically, this is the "lite" version of a Blood Oath
. However, it still conveys utter seriousness that is many steps above a Pinky Swear
. Plus, it avoids the horrors of showing an actual Blood Oath
. And finally, it happens in real life
, so it's hardly unrealistic. It's often used by children, country "bumpkins" or members of certain cultures, like Roma and Irish Travellers.
A popular comedy trope is to have the resident Neat Freak
act disgusted or shocked at having to do this in order to seal a deal.
Not to be confused with Spit Take
- Happens in Free Willy 2 between Jessie and a female friend, then later, an adult who helps him out.
- In Mud, a fugitive named Mud gives a spit handshake to Arkansas boy, Neckbone, who agreed to help him fix a boat in exchange for his pistol.
- David is originally repulsed by the idea of a spit handshake at the beginning of Newsies, but he comes around by the end.
- In Shanghai Noon, Roy tries doing this to make friends with Wang, but Wang, unused to Western customs, spits on Roy's palm instead of his own. The scene is reversed towards the end of the film.
- Occurs several times in The Quiet Man between characters doing business.
- A variation happens in the film of The Spiderwick Chronicles when Hogsqueal offers to shake with a booger on his finger. When Jared acts repulsed, Hogsqueal eats the booger before shaking. "What? It's good!"
- A habit of Uncle Jesse and Boss Hogg in Dukes Of Hazzard. It's apparently the only oath that Boss Hogg will never break.
- In the pilot episode of Misfits, Nathan attempts to initiate a pact with Curtis to each get one of the two girls doing community service with via one of these (he discounts the shy third boy, Simon, which is ironic in retrospect). Curtis declines, but the four of them do sort of pair off the way Nathan intended, at least at first.
- In an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, an uptight scientist flinches when a farmer from a nearby colony offers one of these (they were agreeing to terms on a merge of their colonies for mutual benefit).
- Paranoia supplement Acute Paranoia, adventure "Me and My Shadow Mark IV". After the PCs finish guarding Markie, the Computer orders them to spit on their palms and shake hands with the R&D representative as part of the transfer procedure.
- In Tales of the Questor, Sam tries this with Quentyn, an anthropomorphic raccoon, but he refuses to do something so unsanitary without need.
- In Pacificators, the pirate Ferdinand and the renegade Shiva sealed a deal this way. Shiva's teammates Enlil and Aphrodite certainly didn't enjoy the sentiment.
- Was used in Peter Pan 2: Return To Neverland, when Peter Pan and the Lost Boys used this as their group handshake. Jane at first shows her disgust at it, but ends up participating in it herself later in the movie.
- On The Simpsons, Bart and Milhouse do it to be "spit brothers" when the Simpsons have to move away.
- Rita and Roddy on Flushed Away. City Mouse Roddy has to be reminded to spit in his own hand.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Applejack and Rainbow Dash do this throughout "Fall Weather Friends". Applejack attempts one with Rarity in "Look Before You Sleep", but Rarity is disgusted by it and doesn't go through with it.
- The "shake" part is a little different as well, since they're ponies, and as such, don't have hands. What they do is push their hooves together in what the fandom calls a "brohoof" (so named because it greatly resembles the "brofist").
- Done by Jimmy and Beezy on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Kankers seal a deal with Jimmy like this, much to his disgust.