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The character considers taking their crush's hand, reaches out, but ultimately doesn't grab it

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
dalekdragon on Jun 1st 2011 at 4:57:52 AM
Last Edited By:
XFllo on 2 hours ago
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

Up for grabs. Maintained by X Fllo.

Aw, a character considers taking the hand of a crush, sometimes reaching out, but decides not to. Standard way to show there is some attraction between the characters, at least one way, and usually it's a case of Unresolved Sexual Tension.

There are many ways this trope can come about. Perhaps the characters were interrupted by a ringing phone, a knock on the door or a thunderstorm. Perhaps the character is unsure how the other will react, and perhaps they are confused and unsure of their own feelings. Perhaps they remembered their deceased beloved one whom they had promised never to forget, or the thought of a Relationship Upgrade became just too frightening.

Whatever is the reason, it's without a doubt connected to Status Quo Is God, just like an Almost Kiss.

A Body Language trope.


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     Films — Animated 
  • An element of WALLE-E's crush on a sexy female robot EVE in WALL•E. He considers grabbing her hand, but doesn't.

     Films — Live-Action 

     Live-Action TV 

     Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic: The Nostalgia Critic tries to hold The Nostalgia Chick's hand in their awkward date, but chickens out and looks he's about to cry.

     Western Animation 
  • The Dragon Prince: Callum arranges his hand, watching the shadows, so that he appears to be holding that of his crush, Claudia. She looks at him, and he quickly moves his hand away.

Feedback: 11 replies

Mar 4th 2012 at 1:01:36 PM

Bump. I now this has examples... in fact there's a picture for it on the UST page...

Mar 4th 2012 at 1:06:37 PM

The Nostalgia Critic tries to hold The Nostalgia Chick's hand in their awkward date, but chickens out and looks about to cry.

Mar 6th 2012 at 10:55:40 PM

Mar 7th 2012 at 6:04:08 PM

Related to UST, definitely. The female version of this trope occurs in the Recursive Fanfiction Lost In Time Series story Lost in Time: Destiny with Sam and Terry in chapter six after they had had an arguing match upon first meeting, but as they make their way over to the buses for the refugees Sam extends her hand as if to grasp Terry's and then draws it back quickly.

Mar 19th 2012 at 1:18:05 AM

An element of WALL-E's crush on EVE in WALL-E.

Mar 19th 2019 at 12:29:50 AM

@OP: I feel you've missed an opportunity somewhere to link to Holding Hands...

Mar 19th 2019 at 1:22:31 AM

^ Suggestions welcome. This was dug up in the TLP salvage/discard project. I'll add it somewhere...

Feedback also welcome. Do we need this as a page?

Mar 19th 2019 at 3:22:16 AM

^ Suggestion implemented.

4 hours ago

The image on the Unresolved Sexual Tension page would work well here if launched.

3 hours ago

^ Yeah, it's a great picture. But I think it works well on that page.