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"Everyone was wearing fingerless gloves..."

Basically, a pair of gloves with their fingers cut off at varying lengths. The standard is cutting the glove at the second knuckle, but sometimes the entire finger of the glove is removed. Sometimes called half-gloves. On occasion, only a certain number of fingers will be cut.

A character wearing a pair usually indicates:

  • Badassitude, if they're black leather with studs and spikes (Badass Bikers, Ninjas, generic goons);
  • Snobbery, if they're tan leather, black leather without studs or metalwork of any kind, or tan knit backs with leather palms (fingerless driving gloves);
  • Poverty, if they are entirely knit with no leather, especially if ragged — these are referred to as "Bum Gloves" or "Hobo Gloves" in some regions of the U.S.;
  • "Rough-and-ready"ness — the character is willing to jump straight into the action. In this sense, may overlap with Boots of Toughness;
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  • That they just look cool.

On a practical note, fingerless gloves combine the full tactile sensitivity of bare fingers with warmth and protection for the rest of the hand. As such they are common in cycling, sailing, and many other activities. Some people find they allow typing while reducing painful symptoms of arthritis, tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. They are also good for mixed martial arts, giving the knuckle protection that boxing gloves do while still allowing the finger freedom that grappling requires. They've also picked up speed on college campuses, where libraries need to keep their libraries cool for the preservation of books (or possibly it's just difficult to heat a room that big) yet students still need finger dexterity for the sake of typing on computers. Similarly, they're rising in popularity for that reason in the rest of the world with the rise of cell phones and touchscreens (that and ‘tech compatible’ full finger gloves tend to be finicky).


Archers should not use these — fingerless gloves would do nothing to protect one's draw hand, and the constant pressure of the bowstring cutting into one's fingers will cause damage. See the example on Green Arrow for more details.

Gloves are not common in competitive weightlifting and should not be used, as they decrease the stability and security of one's grip and make lifting more difficult.

These gloves are recommended, but not necessary, for firing target rifles. They are not, however, recommended for using pistols, although wearing them while using pistols is probably not a problem. Note that the glove is worn on the hand used for steadying the rifle, not the hand used for the trigger.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Sword Art Online most characters wear these.
  • Bleach:
    • Rukia can knock the "spirit" out of people with a magical fingerless glove. She later gets the same type that Byakuya wears (see below).
    • Nemu wears gloves that lack fingers and a palm, and don't seem to do anything.
    • Byakuya wears them, and they're expensive.
  • Ōkami-san: Ryoshi's weapon of choice is a slingshot mounted on one of these.
  • Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop wears them on occasion, as does the first bounty. Leather to represent badass in both cases.
  • Part of the Kogarasumaru team uniform in Air Gear, complete with uncomfortable-looking openings on the palm.
  • Chilchuck from Delicious in Dungeon wears them.
  • Pokémon:
    • The anime:
      • Ash Ketchum. (Except in the Sun and Moon and Journeys arcs, where he goes barehanded.)
      • Todd Snap, who appeared in three of the Indigo League episodes.
      • Pokémon Hunter J and her Mooks wear an interesting variation of these where the thumb, pointer, and middle fingers are all removed and the ring and pinkie fingers are left intact.
    • Pokémon Adventures:
      • Red, Ash's manga counterpart, also wears them but his have a story. He took them from Lieutenant Surge after beating him. They're insulated against electricity, and he uses them to handle Electric Pokémon safely. This cost Giovanni a prospective lieutenant. But as it turns out, Red's gloves aren't really fingerless; the fingers are covered with a clear, almost invisible material.
      • Ruby also wears them, although his don't have a story.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • The duel gloves from Duelist Kingdom don't have fingers.
    • Mai Valentine wears a pair of these with every outfit. In Duelist Kingdom, she wears a dueling glove. In Battle City, she wears a white opera-length pair with a more elegant look. In Waking the Dragons, she wears the short, black leather kind as part of her Evil Costume Switch.
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Kaiser Ryo wears a studded pair when he reaches the Pro League.
    • As a matter of fact, it might be easier to list the gloves in these shows that are not fingerless.
  • Saint Seiya:
    • Many of the female saints wear fingerless gloves. It gives a slightly creepy effect with those long fingernails.
    • And, generally, every Cloth features them.
  • Madlax wears them all the time.
  • Kazuma from Scryed has one on his right hand. There are several theories on why he wears it, from hiding a deformity brought on by his alter, to protecting his hand from getting scraped by his metal alter, although most people think he does it because it looks cool.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha:
    • A common Barrier Jacket accessory. Approximately half the cast sports them, including, but not limited to, post-Season 1 Nanoha, Signum, Hayate, and Subaru.
    • Caro uses a Device that takes the form of a pair of fingerless gloves, with large, crystalline half-orbs on the back of the hand.
  • Domon Kasshu of Mobile Fighter G Gundam.
  • Hikari from Digimon Adventure 02. Pure Rule of Cool, because there's no other possible explanation; she's a sweet girl-next-door type.
    • Likewise, her Digimon partner Gatomon wears clawless gloves.
  • Gunsmith Cats: Bean Bandit uses a pair of bulletproof gloves like these as his riding gear.
  • Ginji and Juubei from Get Backers.
  • The whole cast of Bakugan.
  • Revy from Black Lagoon wears a pair.
  • In Ghost in the Shell, Motoko Kusanagi wears them frequently.
  • Worn frequently by members of Section Nine in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. In one scene, the major uses a glove with large electrified metal attachments. That's right, a fingerless taser glove.
  • In Black God, Kuro wears a pair on her hands and feet.
  • Ling's two guards, Lan Fan/Ran Fan and Fu wear these in Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Naruto:
    • Kakashi has a pair of the black leather variety, with metal plates on the backs.
    • Zabuza also has a pair but his are elbow-length and knitted. They don't detract from his badassitude, though; if anything they actually enhance it.
    • Other wearers of fingerless gloves include Kankuro, Temari, and Sai. The things Killer Bee wears on his upper arm and wrist straddle the line between fingerless gloves and detached sleeves.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi has Chachamaru occasionally wearing them after her Mid-Season Upgrade.
  • Belldandy and Peorth's signature goddess outfit/uniform from the Ah! My Goddess anime have these. Urd, Belldandy's Cool Big Sis, sometimes wears them as well.
  • Minai from Corpse Princess.
  • Adam Blade from NEEDLESS sports a pair that have a thick cross pattern cut into them. How they retain their perfect shape is a mystery though.
  • Black*Star from Soul Eater. Until he joins Spartoi, then he wears Handwraps of Awesome.
  • Éclair from Kiddy Grade favours them.
  • Musubi from Sekirei uses them. She fights hand-to-hand.
  • Lavi from D.Gray-Man wears a pair to wield his hammer.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Part of Mami's Magical Girl outfit. Sensible, given her Weapon of Choice is magically-summoned single-shot rifles.
  • The main characters from Love Live! have been wearing these before.
  • In The Seven Deadly Sins Diane and Hendricksen use them as part of their role armor.
  • Along with the unkempt hair and boilersuit, Joe from Gatchaman Crowds regularly wears these in his casual clothes after leaving work (where he keeps up a well-groomed appearance).
  • Fingerless gloves are a part of Cerberus' outfit in Today's Cerberus. Unlike her headphones and collar, the gloves don't change with her different personalities.
  • Yoko Littner wears a pair in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Lots of people in All Rounder Meguru. Justified as they do it during Mixed Martial Arts matches, and MMA gloves are indeed fingerless (when boxing and kickboxing matches appear, the combatants wear the appropriate gloves).

    Comic Books 
  • The Punisher wears them.
  • X-Men's Gambit wears gloves that are missing fingers, perhaps as a nod to his past as a thief. Also, his mutant ability to kinetically charge (i.e. blow up) objects depended on him touching the object. If he wore full gloves, he would only be able to blow up his gloves.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW): Tangle the Lemur wear black fingerless gloves but when looked closely, she wears black sportstape around her hands barring her fingers.
  • Most archer superheroes, when they should be using archery gloves. For the uninitiated, archery gloves are the exact opposite of these. They cover the tips of the bowstring fingers as far as the second knuckle on the palm side but leave the rest of the hand exposed. For beginner or casual archers, there is also a tab finger guard as an alternative. That being said most professional archers (recurve, compound use release aids) prefer a finger tab due to the more consistent release of the arrow, a fingerless glove is perfectly good for the bow hand (the one that doesn't hold the string) and in cold weather can be helpful, a fingerless glove may also be combined with a finger-tab if the cut-out is low enough.
    • Marvel's Hawkeye. They were handwaved by the fact that for a time, he labeled and selected his trick arrows by touch.
  • The second Hawkeye, Kate Bishop of the Young Avengers, wears gloves with only the pinky and ring fingers cut off. Her teammates Wiccan and Hulkling wear more traditional fingerless gloves.
  • In the comics version of W.I.T.C.H., the girls gain stronger versions of their powers in the "New Power" arc, thus, new costumes. All but Cornelia gain fingerless gloves as part of their new costumes (Cornelia has what could be considered normal gloves).
  • In his civilian identity, Rorschach from Watchmen wears the hobo variety of these. Green ones, specifically.
  • Lady Death usually wears black opera-length fingerless gloves, sometimes with the middle finger intact.
  • Flare wears fingerless gloves with her white cape.
  • During his stint as Commander of S.H.I.E.L.D., Steve Rogers wears fingerless gloves, and kicks ass with 'em, of course.
  • Knife wears a pair in Batwoman (Rebirth).
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise, Kori likes to wear them; she owns a black pair for her ninja assassin outfit and a red pair for her civilian clothes.
  • The rather dangerous version of Dionysus from Wonder Woman (2011) wears a pair of black leather fingerless gloves to go with his sort of punk new aesthetic.

    Fan Works 
  • Try to find a Wicked Lovely fan image that doesn't make either Seth wear them (as part of his punk/alternative/goth/rebel/something-ness) or Irial (as part of his badassness.) Go on, try.
  • The fingerless gloves in Decks Fall Everyone Dies emit holograms.
  • Talies in The Motley Two wears a pair of these, with these characteristic holes in the back. There's actually a point to them: as a Writer-Mage, he's got a special rune etched into his hand which makes him sensitive to the flow of magic, but is also painful to touch.
  • Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox: Tenten wears a pair of these in combat.
  • In Queen Of Sorrow, Ike wears a pair, as in canon. They, of all things, ultimately get him and the Greil Mercenaries killed when Elincia touches his exposed fingertips with Lehran's Medallion, driving him berserk.
  • In Pokémon Master, grown-up Ash Ketchum wears a pair of jet-black fingerless gloves meant to highlight both his badassery and his more somber temper.

    Film — Animated 
  • Anastasia's purple gloves in snowy Russia.
  • Jiminy Cricket wears bum gloves at the beginning of Pinocchio. Honest John and Gideon also wear them.
  • The title character wears these in Sintel.
  • Captain Joseph Korso wears leather ones in Titan A.E..
  • Costumed vigilante Casey Jones wears fingerless gloves as part of his souped-up vigilante outfit in TMNT (2007).

    Film — Live-Action 

  • In one of her BSC books, Stacey McGill tells the reader that once in NY she got away with wearing fingertip-less red lace gloves for two weeks.
  • Bob Crachit wears these in some adaptations of A Christmas Carol as he's working in a cold office, but still needs his fingers free.
  • Pratchett's Discworld:
    • Lieutenant Blouse from Monstrous Regiment wears them. Later, they're named after him.
    • Albert is described in Mort as "one of those stick-thin, raw-nosed old men who always look as if they are wearing gloves with the fingers cut out even when they're not". In Paul Kidby's illustrations, he frequently is.
    • Also, it is mentioned in Men at Arms that, had Edward De'Ath chosen another path in life, he would have become one of those old men who live in libraries, talk to themselves and wear gloves with the fingers cut off, or something to a similar effect.
  • In The Hunger Games, Katniss cuts holes in Rue's spare socks to keep her hands warm on her way to the feast.
  • In The Lonely Winds books, Nails wears fingerless gloves with big silver spikes mounted on them.
  • In The Machineries of Empire, it used to be that army commanders who came from factions other than Kel, the Hexarchate's military caste, would mark themselves as "immigrants" by wearing fingerless gloves (the Kel wear full gloves). The most famous of those imported commanders, Shuos Jedao, made them his Iconic Item, so after the Hellspin Massacre (when he massacred his subordinates), the tradition was dropped because of the association.
  • Fagin from Oliver Twist.
  • In The Red Vixen Adventures Alinadar wears fingerless gloves weighed with buckshot for additional force behind her punches, and the exposed fingers allow her to use her claws as well.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • It's mentioned in The Krytos Trap that traditional Twi'lek warrior garb includes a bandoleer, leggings, a Loincloth, and fingerless gloves. Wedge puts on a modified version when trying to convince them to help.
  • In The Strain, Abraham Setrakian uses them since he escaped a Nazi death camp, where he developed arthritis after The Master breaks his hands, and Setrakian didn't have time to set them because he was busy killing Nazis, vampires, zombies, and Nazi-Vampire-Zombies.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Liza in Beakman's World always wears cut-offs. (That would be the assistant they decided not to show in the recent syndicated cycle...)
  • Mitchell from Being Human: wooly ones. In real life, it's because the set of their flat was apparently freezing and Aidan Turner wanted to pile on as many layers as possible. In-universe? While Mitchell's the kind of vampire who can go out in the sunlight he's still sensitive to it, so he covers up as much as he can. Obviously, it just became his signature style after a while — there are plenty of scenes where Mitchell is shown wearing his gloves alongside a tight sleeveless shirt (and looking awesome) so it's as much Rule of Cool as anything.
  • They are almost always worn by Billy and Ricky on Billy the Exterminator.
  • Cosmos
    • Edwin Hubble rocks a pair in the 1980 version, which makes sense for someone doing telescope work in a chilly building.
    • One animated segment from the 2014 reboot has Michael Faraday wearing knit fingerless gloves as a young man. They're the "poverty" variant; he's a bookbinder in Victorian England before becoming a lab assistant to Humphry Davy at the Royal Institution (after which he no longer wears them).
  • Max from Dark Angel.
  • Mason from Dead Like Me owns a variety of knit fingerless gloves. The point is apparently to make him look scruffy.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The First Doctor (as played by Richard Hurndall) wears them throughout the twentieth-anniversary special "The Five Doctors" — despite never actually wearing them in the 1960s (as played by William Hartnell). The behind-the-scenes explanation for this was that the First Doctor wore a distinctive jewelled ring, and the production team had been unable to locate a suitable prop before filming.
    • "Planet of the Dead": UNIT scientist Malcolm Taylor wears a pair of ratty black knit ones.
    • The Twelfth Doctor briefly wore them in "Deep Breath".
  • In the Fraggle Rock Christmas Episode "The Bells of Fraggle Rock", Cantus the Minstrel wears a pair of fingerless gloves (which, for some reason, are called mittens).
  • Belker in Hill Street Blues.
  • Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes (2008): Gene Hunt and his fingerless leather driving gloves. He's just that badass.
  • Connor from Primeval.
  • Lister from Red Dwarf wears the black leather variety in Series V, VI, and VII.
  • Colonel Jack O'Neill frequently wears them as part of his uniform in the early seasons of Stargate SG-1.
  • Star Trek: Picard: They're part of Seven of Nine's ensemble in "Stardust City Rag", and they visually project that she's a steely Action Girl you don't want to mess with.
  • "Old Man" Albert Steptoe of Steptoe and Son frequently wore a ratty old pair of woolen ones.
  • Super Sentai
  • In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Cameron finds a way to include these in just about every outfit. This is a nod to the pair worn by the T-800 in the original movie, as noted above.
  • Frohike of The X-Files and The Lone Gunmen.

  • Parodied in The Lonely Island's "Boombox". "Wooooow, everyone was wearing fingerless gloves/I saw a Spanish guy doing the Bartman."
  • Michael Jackson circa 1987.
  • Inverted in Lady Gaga's video for "Telephone" — she appears to be wearing the fingers of a glove, but not the glove itself.
  • Inverted even earlier in Rachel Stevens's video for "So Good". They covered her fingers and part of her palm but didn't reach the wrist. They apparently became a minor meme in the UK.
  • Chrissie Hynde wears them on the cover of the Pretenders' self-titled debut album.
  • Madonna is frequently fond of these.
  • Mandy Rain wore a pink glove for one of her hands when she was a member of the School Gyrls.
    • Same thing with Lian Ross in her video for "Fantasy", except that she wears a light green glove for her other hand.
  • Ivana Spagna had a pair of these in her "I Wanna Be Your Wife" video.


  • During the Shmanners episode about gloves, Travis starts getting excited about the possibility of gloves making a comeback in the future, when we all have robot butlers, but then realizes that he couldn't show off his colourful manicures. He first suggests fingerless gloves, then fingertip-less gloves, then, "Actually, couldn't you just have gloves with the nails on them?" Theresa gently lets him know that drag queens already kind of invented that.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The Undertaker wears gloves like these in WWE. The word "primetime" can be seen on each of them (a brand of MMA gloves).
  • Kane wore one on his right hand from his unmasking in 2003 up until his re-masking in 2011.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Draconomicon supplement to the 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons states that dragon's gloves don't have fingers to allow for their claws.
  • A lot of Ork models from Warhammer 40,000 appear to wear black leather mittens.

    Video Games 
  • Counter-Strike: The first-person model has these, regardless of the third-person model.
  • Both Mag and Chain in Evolution Worlds.
  • Mega Man:
    • Geo Stelar and Sonia Strumm from Mega Man Star Force.
    • Also Vent, Aile, Grey and Ashe from Mega Man ZX.
    • Invoked with Zero in his Mega Man Zero form. He's a robot, but his hands are black with white fingers. Might actually be gloves of a sort, as most Reploids usually have fabric over their joints to keep out dirt.
    • Neige also has these in Zero 4.
  • The titular Crash Bandicoot in most of his games.
  • Devil May Cry:
    • Lucia from DMC2 wears a pair as part of her default costume.
    • Both Dante and older twin brother Vergil wear the traditional fingerless gloves in DMC3.
    • In DMC4, Dante wears a pair that lacks the index finger and thumb.
    • In DMC5, Nero wears a regular fingerless glove on his left hand, V wears one on his right hand, and Lady wears a pair on both hands.
  • The assassins in Assassin's Creed wear fingerless gloves over slightly fingerless hands.
  • Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny loves this trope. Five out of six party members (Felt, Viese, Noin, Fee, and Poe) have fingerless gloves.
  • In Kingdom of Loathing, one sidequest involves fingerless gloves as part of a Chain of Deals.
  • They appear a lot in S.T.A.L.K.E.R., to the point of Informed Equipment. Sure, you might be wearing a full-body biohazard suit with a closed-circuit breathing system or a full set of Powered Armor in Shadow of Chernobyl, but somehow you always still had fingerless gloves on. This was partially fixed in Clear Sky and completely fixed in Call of Pripyat (although in all three games starting and early-game gear still always features these).
  • Faith from Mirror's Edge wears a glove like that on her right hand, since she needs all the agility she can muster (yes, that includes fingers) but also needs a way to protect her palms e.g. during long rope slides (do not try that trick at home without gloves).
  • Wario in WarioWare.
  • Sniper Bills in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
  • Orphen from Orphen Scion of Sorcery wears them. (Zap.)
  • Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, Billy, Rolly, and Bantam wear fingerless gloves.
  • Tomb Raider: Lara Croft frequently wears these.
  • Dragon Age II has a few variations - for some reason, the local Chantry has priests wearing gloves with the index finger and thumb missing. Sebastian (team archer) and Isabela (Pirate Girl) also wear them, and they're featured in some of the player character's outfits.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Sora wears fingerless gloves. As none of the reasons given equate to puppyishness, this is largely an example of practicality - the body of the gloves serves for protection, while the lack of fingers gives him the dexterity he uses in his fights. They also function as a cooler alternative to Mickey's White Gloves, as his original outfit was a Shout-Out to Mickey's iconic outfit.
    • Aqua wears these as well; some of her Command Styles have more dexterity than Sora could ever dream of. Terra also wears one on his left hand, although that's a side effect of his Keyblade Armor's inactive mode being a full gauntlet rather than a subtle pauldron.
  • Tales Series:
    • Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia has one on his right hand. It's practical since it works as his sub-weapon. His later ones have nasty-looking spikes on them, and several of his moves involve punching an enemy.
    • Senel Coolige from Tales of Legendia also sports a pair. Most likely practical since he fights with martial arts.
    • Most of the party in Tales of Phantasia wears them. Possibly Rule of Cool is involved.
    • Luke, Van, and Legretta from Tales of the Abyss wear them for no particular reason (though Luke might have picked it up from Van since he admires him).
  • The disk-shooter glove used by Jade in Beyond Good & Evil is designed like this.
  • A few characters from Advanced Variable Geo not only wear fingerless gloves but also toeless/heelless boots as well.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: Niko wears them in screenshots and on the CD itself, but you cannot find them anywhere in the game. Hilariously, this was one of the most common fan complaints about the game, and they've since become a Running Gag on sites like GTA Forums. The fingerless gloves ARE in the games' code — with a little tweaking, one can get the fingerless gloves on the PC.
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, Trevor wears a pair in the prologue. You can get the outfit back, complete with the gloves, after the final mission if Trevor survives it. The Online Protagonist can also buy several pairs of fingerless gloves.
  • Fingerless gloves are one of many costume options in City of Heroes. Just about every NPC who doesn't have full gloves or gauntlets has fingerless gloves. Street punks, mutants, hardened mercenaries, evil magic clowns — Paragon City apparently has a strict "no bare hands" dress code.note 
  • They're also an option in Rock Band. This makes some sense, as playing guitar while wearing gloves over the fingers somewhat kills the sound quality.
  • Team Fortress 2:
    • The Heavy Weapons Guy.
    • The Sniper as well, but only on his left hand. Curiously, his view-models show them on both hands.
    • Several mods also give the Spy fingerless gloves.
    • An accessory for the Scout replaces his Handwraps of Awesome with a pair of these.
  • Practically every other character in the Resident Evil series.
  • Various characters in the Sakura Wars series.
  • Half-Life:
    • Adrian Shepard of Half-Life: Opposing Force wears as such. With a gas mask. Of course, we're not going into the hows and whys.
    • The resistance members in Half-Life 2 wear them as well, as does Alyx.
  • Haken Browning from Endless Frontier has these. Ironically, despite him being a badass, he gets MOCKED for these, albeit by a Bratty Half-Pint villain.
  • Crash Bandicoot always wears these, up until Crash of the Titans.
  • So do Jak and Daxter.
  • Several characters from the Final Fantasy series. Most of them are swordsmen or Bare Fisted Monks.
  • Very common in the Fire Emblem series.
  • Many characters in Fighting Games. Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter are some of the most prominent.
  • Artyom, the player character of Metro 2033, starts off wearing a pair of fingerless knit gloves. The stealth suit upgrade gives you a set of (full-finger) black leather gloves, while the heavy armor suit upgrade gives you a pair of fingerless, olive green combat gloves.
  • Nowe from Drakengard 2 wears them.
  • Matt Engarde from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All.
  • Fingerless leather looking gauntlets are a common element of the "Adult Link" design from The Legend of Zelda, younger Links have simpler designs that don't feature gloves.
  • Blackwatch soldiers in [PROTOTYPE] wear them...oddly enough, considering that they're a biohazard unit.
  • Scary Black Man James Heller wears these in [PROTOTYPE 2].
  • Wolf O'Donnell for his outfit in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Fingerless baseball gloves are an option at the clothing shop you visit as part of the prologue of Saints Row 2. You can also choose to wear them on just one hand.
    • Thy remain a clothing option in Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV as well, now called "Hobo Gloves" and available at Leather & Lace. On the flip side, Matt Miller always wears a pair, and Morningstar Specialist hitmen wear them as well; both of which are clothing options in IV and the latter of which is also available in The Third with the right DLC packs.
  • Brink has a huge number of possible outfits you can give your character, but you can't not wear fingerless gloves.
  • Duke Nukem started wearing these in Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project. Duke Nukem Forever retained them, giving him custom gloves that are red on the palms and black (with stitched-in nuclear symbol) on the backs.
  • The Orbital Drop Shock Troopers in Halo 3: ODST wear these. Interestingly, ODST suits are intended to be sealed to allow the wearer to survive exposure to vacuum. Presumably, the undersuit tightens against the body to keep pressure on the wearer, and exposed fingers are considered a minor trade-off to allow for digital dexterity.
  • Cole McGrath from inFamous. His best friend, Zeke Dunbar, wears this in the sequel. Justified in that are or at least were bike couriers (yes, Zeke too). Ipso facto cycling gloves.
  • In Lightning Legend: Daigo no Daibouken, both badass Bishounen Terrific Forelock, and Cute Bruiser Mayu Uzaka, wear these.
  • Ari in Okage: Shadow King wears these.
  • Scorpion from Mortal Kombat, sometimes.
  • Kate in Syberia II gets one with her warm outfit before setting off to her journey.
  • Metal Gear:
  • Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury.
  • Several outfits in both Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas feature fingerless gloves. The most common outfit to feature it is the leather armor, which most players will usually find within the first 20 minutes of play.
  • In Rune Factory 4 the male protagonist Lest wears fingerless gloves that go up past his elbow, though female protagonist Frey doesn't. Eligible bachelors Doug and Leon wear arm/hand guard things that resemble fingerless-and-palmless gloves.
  • Carol Tea from Freedom Planet.
  • Sydney wears these in PAYDAY 2. Notable in that she's a wanted criminal, and the rest of the crew wears normal, fingered gloves to hide their fingerprints. However, given her personality and the fact that the FBI already knows her identity, it's likely she just doesn't care about leaving fingerprints behind.
  • In the prologue and epilogue cutscenes of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Prima Illuminatus Lucius DeBeers wears an aristocratic black leather pair of these.
  • Pokémon has these as a fairly common accessory for Pokémon trainers, particularly Fighting-type specialists.
    • Pokémon Red and Blue:
      • Player character Red is depicted with these in some official artworks.
      • Electric-type Gym Leader Lt. Surge wears a black military-style pair in most appearances, although he goes barehanded in HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black 2 and White 2, and Masters.
    • Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire:
      • Player character Brendan wears a pair in the original GBA games. He goes barehanded in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
      • Fighting-type Gym Leader Brawly wears a pair in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
    • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl have Fighting-type Gym Leader Maylene wear a blue pair.
    • Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 have Fighting-type Elite Four member Marshall, who wears orange MMA-style fingerless gloves.
    • Pokémon X and Y have Fighting-type Gym Leader Korrina wear white rollerskating gloves.
    • Pokémon Sword and Shield have the members of Team Yell wear a black pair. With the Isle of Armor DLC purchased, you can buy a pair for yourself in Circhester, where they are known as the Punk Gloves.
    • Pokémon Ranger:
      • These are a standard part of the Ranger uniform.
      • In Shadows of Almia, a grey pair is part of the Ranger School uniform.
    • Pokémon GO has these as a default accessory for the player character.

    Visual Novels 
  • Kishima Kouma in Kagetsu Tohya. He's the guy who killed Shiki's father when the Tohno family attacked. He's described as the perfect blend of demon and human blood. Since he's so badass, despite having inverted he remains rather rational.
  • In Scandal in the Spotlight, Kyohei Rikudoh's stage costume includes fingerless gloves with diamond-shaped cutouts over the knuckles, probably to contribute to a slightly more bad-boy image than that of his bandmates.
  • Reko Yabusame wears a pair of these in Your Turn to Die. This becomes significant when one slips off her hand while fleeing from the Room of Lies and subsequently becomes a clue that there's something fishy about the Reko who catches up with Sara wearing a complete pair.
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony: A pair of these contribute to Miu Iruma's design, alongside other accessories like chokers and bondage gear.

    Web Animation 
  • Hank from Madness Combat ends up wearing a pair.
  • They're a fairly common accessory in RWBY; the most notable wearers are Yang and Nora, both of whom are the big girls on their respective teams. Ruby herself also puts on a pair during Volume 7.

  • In Autumn Bay, these are a fashion staple for several characters.
  • Worn briefly by CK in Commander Kitty after he receives an unwanted makeover, to go with all the other Badass cliches that Zenith threw in at Nin Wah's behest.
  • Contrasts: Just like canon, Ahsoka wears these kind of gloves.
  • From The Dark Intruder, Smart Girl wears the badass kind.
  • Gorro of The Dragon Doctors wears a pair.
  • Sleipnir O'Hara of Girl Genius gained a pair of fingerless gloves long enough to be considered detached sleeves as part of her Adrenaline Makeover. Presumably, they offer her some protection while she's doing mechanic work while still allowing her fingertips to be free for tactile discrimination in order to more quickly tell materials apart and perhaps for extra dexterity not offered by full protective gloves.
  • Addie Finch from Griefer Belt wears an ever-so-slightly ragged pair for the whole of Chapter 1.
  • Dave's Bro, Cans, Nepeta, and Equius from Homestuck (all close-range/melee specialists, note) wear these.
    • Bro's alt-universe self, Dirk, is also shown occasionally wearing them, and his God Tier outfit includes them (the "ass-kicking gloves" are one of the few aspects of his otherwise sissy-looking Prince outfit that Dirk actually likes). Roxy's (much cooler) God Tier Rogue outfit includes similar gloves.
  • Richard the Warlock from Looking for Group. It sure is a part of his overall "evil" allure, especially since his fingers look like claws.
  • George and Trixabelle wear some in Mokepon.
  • The title character of Mushroom Go wears these, at least in the beginning.
  • Gloves of Dexterity in Our Little Adventure. Angelika and Julie each have a pair right now.
  • Mortimer and Spinelthorn of Splitting Image wear fingerless gloves often, aiding with the gestures they do to cast magic in place of wands.
  • The cover of Book One: The Hunted of Uncommon Animals features a man wearing a pair.
  • Monica of Wapsi Square wears these as part of a roller derby costume during a Halloween filler strip.

    Web Original 
  • Penny in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog has a pair of the knit variety, presumably to emphasize her link to the homeless population.
  • SCP Foundation: Without a doubt one of the stranger examples, SCP-494. Holding a different object in each hand causes the matter composing each to reverse. For example, when a mouse was held in one hand and a penny in the other, the mouse turned into a little copper figurine of a mouse, while the penny turned into a tiny, furry, living disc, which, according to the article responded to light and pain.
  • Lancer of the Whateley Universe tried a superhero costume with fingerless gloves, camo pants, and other "urban badass" motifs. Since he can hit with five tons of force, the gloves are not exactly needed.
  • A Picnic Face sketch on YouTube uses this trope to connote poverty, with a pair of orphans:
    Orphan #1: All I have are these fingerless gloves.
    Orphan #2: And all I have are these gloveless fingers.
  • The Unusual Suspect wore these in his early reviews.
  • In the The Thrilling Adventure Hour Moonshine Holler episodes, Banjo Bindlestuff searches for his beloved Hobo Princess. He carries with him a fingerless glove belonging to her, which he puts hands on the women he meets to try and confirm Cinderella-style if they are indeed his Hobo Princess.
  • The Call of Warr: Befitting her impoverished state of traveling with the soldiers, Ashes has white, fingerless gloves.

    Western Animation 
  • The driving glove-variety is seen on the driver of the Lincoln hired to run Archer's stepfather off the road.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • Sokka wears fingerless gloves for practical reasons, mostly so he can catch his boomerang without cutting his hand while still having the dexterity to use it. He's also just cool like that.
    • Mai also wears some badass fingerless gloves.
    • And so does Katara in Season 3.
    • The Legend of Korra: Pro-bending armor and Mako's normal outfit both include fingerless gloves.
  • Callum from The Dragon Prince wears a brown pair, matching his boots.
  • Beetlejuice: Long fingerless black gloves lend Goth gal Lydia Deetz a touch of class.
  • Code Lyoko
    • Ulrich has this as part of his Lyoko outfit from the start.
    • So do Yumi, Aelita, and William with their new avatars in Season 4.
  • Cybersix wears these.
  • Gravity Falls: A few characters wear or have worn them.
    • Robbie Valentino wears them with his regular attire, and if "The Love God" is any indication, he gets quite defensive whenever someone implies that they don't look cool.
    • Creggy G. of Sev'ral Timez wears a pink pair.
    • Wendy dons them during Weirdmageddon.
  • Peep on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
  • Mr. Cat and Stumpy from Kaeloo both wear dark purple fingerless gloves.
  • In an episode of The Looney Tunes Show, Bugs is forced to replace his White Gloves with fingerless gloves, which change his personality to that of a gruff, ruffian biker.
  • The Smurfs wear fingerless gloves during winter in the animated feature The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol .
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: In "Envoys", K'orin and the Klingon woman selling gagh sport these because it's standard Klingon fashion.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Ahsoka has them in red to match the rest of her clothes.
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • The only time Kanan isn't wearing these is when he's disguised as a stormtrooper.
    • Sabine's season 3 outfit swaps out her workman's gloves for these, courtesy of a new body glove.
  • The SWAT Kats wear them.
  • Several characters in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) series wear these, most notably Casey Jones in his movie-inspired Back to the Sewer look.
  • Speedy gets to wear these in Teen Titans, entirely because they look cool. As the archery example in the Real Life folder notes, fingerless gloves are NOT the same as real archery gloves, since they wouldn't protect your fingertips from the bowstring. (However, archery gloves are still technically "fingerless" in that they only cover three fingers.)
  • Evangelyne from Wakfu, another archer, also wears long fingerless black gloves as part of her season 2 outfit.
  • Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? — the 1990's Carmen Sandiego had her mooks wearing gloves that were missing the index fingers and pinkies... also flared sleeves, driving caps and goggles, but somebody somewhere seems to think they looked cool.

    Real Life 
  • There's actually a word for it in France: "mitaines". However, it's rather a feminine accessory and an old-fashioned type of glove, though it's beginning to come back into fashion. It's stereotypically the kind of wool-based clothes grandmothers knit for their grandchildren. Badass enough for you?
  • German designer Karl Lagerfeld was never seen without a pair of these.
  • Sailors often wear them on modern ships to prevent rope burn while retaining the ability to tie knots.
  • There are special fingerless gloves purpose-made for owners of manual (non-motorized) wheelchairs to improve one's grip on the hand-rims of the main wheels.
  • The knitted variant are extremely useful for people who like to draw and write outside because they keep the hands warm while allowing the fingers freedom of moving.
  • Fingerless gloves apparently made with a fair amount of either Lycra or Spandex are generally available among needlework supplies and do offer good hand/wrist support when doing delicate work for an extended period.
  • If a guitarist is playing outdoors (at a music festival for example), fingerless gloves are practical ways to keep one's hands warm while still retaining the ability to play as the cloth would get caught on the strings if they were to wear regular gloves.
  • Many gloves used for shooting (guns, not bows) will have at least 1 finger cut out. Particularly common for gunners aboard bombers in World War II. They were fighting at altitudes of 20,000 or 30,000 feet up, so it was punishingly windy and cold, and the machine guns were not designed with the thick gloves in mind, so they'd cut off the index finger so they could work the trigger. Archery gloves cover the three middle fingers with heavy pads to keep the string from chafing the fingers used to draw but don't cover the other fingers. This is becoming less common, as more and more archers use releases rather than pulling the bowstring by hand, but three-finger gloves can still be found in any archery or hunting shop. Hunting gloves have no fingers for the same reason as shooting gloves, but often have a mitten-like flap that folds down over the fingers to keep them warm. When shooting the flap velcros to the back of the hand leaving fingers free to operate the trigger.
  • In marching bands, clarinets, flutes/piccolos, and some brass players will often be played with fingerless gloves, if gloves are worn at all, because of the mechanics of the instrument needing bare fingers.
  • In Japan, they're associated with otaku culture, which apes the style from media.
  • Studded leather fingerless gloves are also very popular with the metalhead community; often worn with studded wristbands and other spiky clothing.
  • Open-fingered gloves are standard in Mixed Martial Arts; they protect the fists and prevent head cuts from strikes while leaving the fingers free for gripping.
  • Rifle and sabre spinners in color/winterguard often wear these on one (usually the right) or both hands to reduce the pain of catching their weapons.
  • Savvier roller coaster operators are occasionally seen with biking gloves, as they reduce the chances of injuring one's hands while checking restraints.
  • Fingerless gloves with padded palms are popular with bodybuilders because heavyweights can press uncomfortably against the bones in your palms.
  • Professional pencil artists often usually modified archivist's gloves - thin cotton gloves with the tips of the thumb, fore and middle finger cut off, the rest intact. This allows tactile sensitivity for holding a pencil or pen while preventing skin oil from getting into the paper and making the smudges impossible to erase.
  • Similar gloves exist for digital artists using tablets or touchscreen computers, covering only the pinky and ring fingers while leaving the rest free. This keeps the screen clean of skin oil and dirt, and allows for easier gliding across the screen's surface.
  • Padre Pio of Pietrelcina covered his stigmata by wearing fingerless gloves, as shown in this photo.
  • Bicyclists wear fingerless gloves with thick padding on the inside of the knuckles and the inner side of the palm because that's where the bicyclists' hands rest on the handlebars.
    • Motorcyclists' gloves are similar, but especially reinforced on the inner side of the wrist, because this is one of your body parts you instinctively brake with when you fall from a bike at high speed, and without the gloves, your flesh and bone will be ground and rubbed off by the tarmac.
      • Quality motorcycling gloves are never fingerless, and often carry hard armour over the knuckles as well. As motorbikes are designed with gloves in mind, and full fingers offer greater protection in a crash, the only real advantage of fingerless gloves in this case is Rule of Cool.
  • "Texting gloves", as the name implies, allow you to text on your phone without removing them. There are multiple styles of texting gloves, due to there being multiple methods of accomplishing this task, but the one that fits this trope is the kind with removable caps on the fingers and/or thumbs that let you expose just the needed digits without taking the rest of the glove off.
  • A favourite of Chinese private military contractors. Also standard issue for People's Liberation Army soldiers.
  • Snowboarders wear fingerless wrist guards underneath their thick, fingered gloves in order to sustain impacts on their hands when falling.
  • For reasons known only to those who write the rules, rugby allows gloves to be worn during play if a player chooses, but they must be fingerless.


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