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Team Handstack

In order to show solidarity, camaraderie, or friendship, a group of people will put their hands together, one on top of the other. Often accompanied with some kind of cheer. This tactic is a favorite of True Companions.

See also Circle of Friendship. Compare and contrast Huddle Shot and Huddle Power.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • First episode of Yu-Gi-Oh!, lampshaded in the Abridged series.
    • Yugi, Jaden, and Yusei do it at the end of the tenth anniversary movie.
  • A variation on One Piece, between arcs: Back when The Straw Hat Crew was a Five-Man Band, (Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Sanji, Ussop) they did this with their feet.
    • There's also one in the 11th opening with the eight Straw Hats.
  • Naruto: Team Guy gets everyone together after Gai's big speech and puts his hand out for a hand stack. Lee puts his in after a grunt from Gai. Tenten puts hers in, resignedly, after more Gai grunts. Neji refuses. Grunt. No dice. Grunt. Cut to shot of forest as the grunting continues until Neji relents and completes the circle.
  • Frequently done by the kenkyuusei in AKB49 - Renai Kinshi Jourei before important performances.
  • in the anime Eyeshield 21, Many of the Devil Bats' huddles during football games break with a cry of "Crush them! YA-HA!" "YA-HA!", while in the manga they did the same, but used "kick their asses!" instead. Many of their opponents have similar hand stack cries.
  • In Bleach, after the heroes infiltrate Las Noches, Renji calls for a Hand Stack — something he never got the stoic captain of his squad to do.
  • G Gundam's second opening caps off with the Five-Man Band doing a hand stack, then turning around in time to face the Devil Gundam as it erupts from the ground nearby.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • In an recently retired AMC pre-show clip, three guys in costumes of snack foods (Popcorn, Soda Drink, and a Candy Bar?) give an encouraging pep talk before their skit. They finish with a hands in and cheer "Concessions!" They then proceed to do a showtune that presents common theater rules.
  • The protagonists in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen do this before entering the Fantom's factory/fortress.
  • In one of the Tinker Bell movies, the other fairies do this with a call of "Faith, trust, and pixie dust" when they prepare to go find Tink.
  • All the heroes do this at the end of Spy Kids 3D: Game Over.
  • Played for Laughs in animated version of the The Hobbit as seen here.
  • Ocean's Eleven — the original with Frank Sinatra — might hold the record for the total number of hands in the stack.
  • Ghostbusters - The Ghostbusters do this just before entering the building to fight Gozer.
  • In the first Scooby-Doo live action movie this comes up twice: once when Shaggy tries to get the gang to join but only Scooby complies (the others being angry with the rest of the gang at the time), and again at the end when they finally all do it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Fort Boyard: Used in this French game show when the single team wants to motivate itself to take on the against the game. Seen in many other game team-based game shows too.
  • A key scene in the second opening of Kamen Rider Blade.
  • Used more than once on Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
    • Referenced in the 10-year Forever Red special with a team fistbump, the 15-year special in Overdrive, and the premiere episode of Power Rangers Samurai.
    • Ninja Storm had an actual plot-driven example - after Cam was promoted to Sixth Ranger, the six of them joined hands to open an urn the other five's powers had been sealed in.
  • In the old-school Sentai show J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai, the four main heroes had a finishing move (JAKQ Hurricane) performed by grasping forearms and running in a circle.
  • A regular occurance of Extreme Makeover Home Edition;, always accompanied by "Let's do it!"
  • Subverted in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, where the team does the hand stack over the Greatest Treasure in the Universe after they resolve to use it to rewrite reality to eliminate Zangyack. However, before they do, Don interrupts to point out that there has to be some kind of catch; The Reveal quickly puts them through a big moral debate.
  • Done plenty of times on Saved by the Bell, but possibly the most memorable case was towards the end of "Jessie's Song" when the gang (sans Slater) were doing one and Lisa refused get in the stack if her hand was touching Screech's! Ultimately, his ended up on the top of the stack while she placed her's at the very bottom.

    Video Games 
  • In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, the Debut Queue the heist makes up the bulk of the story, and each time a new member is added to the Cooper Gang, we see a quick shot of the hand stack, with the new member placing their hand on top of the others (with the exception of Dimitri, who only gives a thumbs-up).
  • At the end of Jak X Combat Racing, the True Companions does this right before the final race, which will determine whether they'll defeat Mizo, and whether they'll all live or die.
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, at the end of the second episode, Phoenix and Maya handshake while Mia contributes the hand stack.
  • In Final Fantasy X, the Aurochs are seen doing this in game as well as in this.
  • In Final Fantasy XIII, Snow starts one in Chapter X.
  • In Sonic Heroes, Team Sonic does one right before they use their Eleventh Hour Superpower. Rouge also forces Team Dark to make one in their opening cutscene.
  • The western generals (Kanbe, Yoshihiro, Muneshige) do this after they form an alliance in Sengoku Basara 3.
  • At the climax of Yakuza 4, when Akiyama, Tanamura, Saejima, and Kiryu agree on the plan to use Akiyama's remaining fortune to lure out the villains to the top of Millennium Tower, Akiyama enthusiastically tries to initiate this. Tanamura finds it corny, but eventually joins in anyway.

    Western Animation 
  • Used in The Simpsons when the Be Sharps are putting their hands together. Former member Wiggum tries to sneak his hand into the stack and is met with angry stares.
  • A mixed team of heroes and villains does it in The Venture Bros. episode "Hate Floats".
  • Used with the main six in Recess, as well as with the Ashleys.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes had this after paranoia regarding an alien among the team caused all but four members to quit.
  • Wonder Pets do this after every rescue.
  • The premiere episode of Justice League ends with the heroes doing this as they decide to form a permanent team.
  • The Spectral Knights do this a couple of times in Visionaries: Knights Of The Magical Light when uttering their sacred cry:
    May the Light shine forever!
  • In the opening of their 1967 show and in the debut episode, The Fantastic Four do this.

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