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A typical hand gesture for handing over important objects

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
eroock on Apr 16th 2018 at 4:34:49 PM
Last Edited By:
JohnBenccsonn on Apr 20th 2018 at 8:45:34 PM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: trope

When a character passes on an important item, they will place it into the palm of the other character's stretched out hand and close the palm with their own hand.



  • In Moana, the dying grandmother hands Moana the Heart of Te Fiti this way.
  • The Force Awakens opens with Lor San Tekka handing a data thing to Poe in his way and saying "This will start to make things right." — The item turns out to be part of a map to find Luke Skywalker. Watch the scene here.

Western Animation

  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "The Winter Solstice Part 1: The Spirit World", Katara places an acorn into Aang's hand and closes it with both of her's. The acorn symbolizes nature's rebirth after the destruction of a nearby forest by firebenders. Watch the scene here.

Feedback: 4 replies

Apr 17th 2018 at 3:42:15 AM

MacGuffin has a specific meaning on TV Tropes. It's not just "important object/item".

If this ends up being titled its current name MacGuffin Hand Clutch, anyone who reads the title will assume it's only about MacGuffins, even though that isn't the case.

This makes MacGuffin Hand Clutch not clear, so it Needs A Better Name.

I should also point out that this is not done just to give someone an important item. It's also done to try to stealthily pass someone something that you don't want anyone else to know about, such as a secret note. The closing of the recipient's fingers over the object is done to conceal it from view.

Apr 17th 2018 at 8:12:13 AM

^ Title adjusted. Don't know of any examples with that secrecy angle. Let's see how this develops.

Apr 19th 2018 at 4:46:37 PM

^^ this probably mean everything in Macguffin Snowclones need their name changed...

By the way, what's the trope about something that is as desired as a Macguffin, but can actually do something?

Apr 20th 2018 at 8:45:50 PM

^ Ask in Trope Finder.

The current name is unclear to me. Maybe work the word "transfer" somewhere in?