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"When I put my finger on your lips it means you stop talking."
Abby, Primeval

Bob is either already talking or about to say something, but Alice wants to playfully silence him. So what does she do? Why, put the finger muzzle over his mouth of course!

Like a regular muzzle prevents dogs from opening their mouths, the Finger Muzzle prevents another person from opening his/her mouth by placing a finger over his/her mouth. It's used by both men and women, but more often than not, it's an intimate gesture. Sometimes, a kiss will follow the gesture, or an Indirect Kiss by touching the finger to their own lips. Or it will just be a means for a character to act flirtatious.

Not to be confused with Finger on Lips (censuring swear words by putting a finger over one's mouth) or Finger Gun. Related to the "Shut Up" Kiss and Hand Gagging. Compare Finger in a Barrel.


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  • In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf", the Imaginarium version of Papa Smurf's wife does this to him when they're alone with each other.
  • The Palaververse: Second Sun: Twilight's silenced with a gentle hoof at her mouth:
    She was cut off then. One of Celestia’s hooves pressed gently against her mouth.

    Films — Animation 
  • In the animated version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Esmeralda shushes a hurt Phoebus with a finger to his lips.
  • In Turning Red, Miriam does a variation where she shushes Mei by making a pinching gesture with her hand and tutting.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In the sixth Haruhi Suzumiya light novel, Mikuru shuts a mumbling Kyon up with her finger, which she then brings to her own lips.
  • In Tales of MU, Amaranth does this to Mackenzie regularly. Unfortunately, she is prone to doing this when Mackenzie is trying to tell her something important, which leads to several serious situations that would have been easily prevented had she just let Mac speak.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Ally McBeal: Larry Paul shushes Ally with his index finger when she thinks he's going to break up with her because his ex wants him back and they have a kid together. Nah, we knew that Ally is his number one girl.
  • Batwoman (2019). In the pilot episode, Kate Kane as the title character pulls a dramatic falling rescue of her ex-girlfriend Sophie Moore that ends with them crashing through a roof onto a bed with their faces really close to each other. When Sophie expresses shock that the 'Batman' isn't a man, Kate hushes her with this trope. Kate uses the trope on Sophie again in a later episode when she's not wearing the batsuit, further fueling Sophie's suspicion that they're the same person.
  • Blake's 7. In "Sand", Tarrant and Servalan are trapped on a Death World together, have Sex for Solace and forgo a mutual opportunity to kill each other. At the end of the episode, Tarrant is about to teleport up and starts to say something to her, but she silences him with this trope before he vanishes under her fingers.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Towards the end of "Surprise" Buffy and Angel start kissing passionately, and Angel makes a half-hearted attempt to forestall the inevitable.
    Angel: Maybe we shouldn't--
    Buffy: Don't. (finger on lips) Just kiss me.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Fear Her": The Doctor makes a group of arguing people do this to themselves to get them to shut up.
    • The Eleventh Doctor can enforce this with his Psychic Powers, though he notes it only works on less intelligent lifeforms (which, admittedly, from his perspective is almost everyone), and It Only Works Once for each individual.
  • Game of Thrones: Margaery Tyrell does this to her husband Renly Baratheon; he's quoting philosophy, but she wants him to shut up and focus on consummating their marriage.
  • Subverted in Primeval when Abby puts her finger on Connor's lips in episode 5.5, he keeps talking.
    Abby: When I put my finger on your lips it means you stop talking.
    Connor: Sorry.

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  • Daily JoJo: In the "Executioner" arc, when A-yeong catches Mijo and Macho being romantic in the stairwell, she brings her finger to Josh's lips so he won't say anything they can hear. In the "Acting Different" arc, she says in her POV that she doesn't know what came over her (she obviously has a crush), but her finger only grazed his lips anyway.
  • Exiern: Tiffany brings Denver's existential despairing speech to an end with one of these, followed by the obligatory kiss.
  • In El Goonish Shive, this is done to Sarah in her mind by the aspect of herself that want to build a vampire based card deck.
  • Rusty and Co.: Y.T. the lamia silences Madelin the Paladin as The Ditz starts blurting out the very reason of their mission. Although she doesn't uses her finger for this, but the tip of her snake tail.
  • Yumi's Cells: When Yumi enters a relationship with her coworker, she wonders why he's being cold in the office. He shushes her when she asks because their relationship is supposed to be a secret.

    Web Videos 
  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Lydia covers her sister Jane's lips with a finger when Jane doesn't go along with Lydia's improvisation in episode 20 "Enjoy the Adorbs".
  • When Bennett the Sage is reviewing Battle Angel on Anime Abandon, his character Suave starts cracking bad jokes, only for Sage to reach up and do this to Suave...from his chair, across the room.
    Suave: [Beat] have a very long arm.
  • A favorite Running Gag of the Game Grumps, in games which involve a cursor shaped like a pointing hand, is to move it over a character's face or mouth and coo out a soft "Shhhhhh..."

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