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I snap my glove and SCARE MYSELF!
"But if I weren't a scout, a doctor I would be! Bend down, touch your toes, this won't hurt a bit!"
— "If I were not a... scout", campfire song.
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When the Mad Doctor is ready to "operate", this almost always includes shoving his hands into big latex gloves with a thrusting motion while tugging on the back of the glove with the other hand; then there's a loud snap at the end when the back of the glove is released. Usually done with the forearm facing upward, though downward-facing variations exist too. Pretty much a Mad Doctor and Medic staple, and also pretty common in cartoons. Usually meant to inspire fear or to startle; usually part of the Creepy Physical.

Compare Gloved Fist of Doom. Also see Ass Shove, which frequently uses this as a family-friendly suggestion. Not to be confused with the Glove Slap.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • In one scene in Superior Foes of Spider-Man, First-Person Smartass Boomerang describes Chew Toy fellow villain Mirage as not talking despite undergoing lots of "probing" by more fearsome villains Chameleon and Owl. The illustration shows Chameleon clad in surgical garb and sporting a Slasher Smile as he snaps a glove (labeled "genuine latex") onto his wrist.

    Comic Strips 
  • Dilbert has a comic where Dilbert opens a package, and by doing so agrees to a full cavity search at any time. Enter woman with the glove snap.
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    Fan Works 
  • In the Super Power Beat Down match "The Joker & Harley Quinn vs. Deadpool & Domino", when Joker is about to finish off Deadpool with acid, he puts on rubber gloves and makes them snap.
    Joker: But don't worry, you're in good hands with Uncle Joker...

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Latex glove snap done by a fearsome large nurse in Armageddon.
  • Fletch. A proctologist does this before giving Fletch an examination, as shown here.
  • Missing in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle when the gynecologist, right before performing a vaginal exam, holds his hand up high enough for the patient, already in the stirrups, to see him put on his glove. As he brings his hand down and out of view, he slips the glove off and pockets it, so he can do the exam with his bare hand. He was a bad man.
  • Implied in one scene in Kung Pow! Enter the Fist:
    Master Tang: As you know, I am a man of special needs. One of you will now receive... the Fist of Fury!
    (cut to students looking anxious)
    Master Tang: Prepare... the long rubber glove. (sound of latex snapping) Eeny... meeny... miney... moe... I wonder where... my glove will go...
  • Polar. Mr. Blut is torturing the protagonist every day for four days, and does this with latex gloves in the opening montage that begins every torture session. As we see him applying skin cream to his hands on several occasions, it would make sense that he would look after his hands.
  • The infamous glove-snapping scene in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Rush Hour 3: The two protagonists have been detained by security in a French airport.
    Carter: Can we go now?
    Detective: (glove snap) This will just take a moment.
    ("This" turns out to be a cavity search...)
    Lee: Oh shit!
  • Jim Carrey's Count Olaf does this in his herpetologist disguise in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • Undercover Brother. One of Mr. Feather's minions does this repeatedly, greatly to Mr. Feather's annoyance.
  • Played for Laughs in Wayne's World, when the Big Bad is being "searched for drugs".
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Judge Doom does this before putting a Toon shoe in "the Dip."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Tony of NCIS; though it's more comedic than sinister.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles has used it for comedic affect, even more so in that it was the Geek that did the snapping.
  • In The X-Files, Mulder accuses Scully of enjoying doing this.

    Music 
  • The pose of the nurse on the cover of blink-182's album "Enema of the State".

    Tabletop Games 
  • One of the miniatures for Malifaux's resident Mad Scientist Dr. Douglas McMourning is posed mid-glove snap.

    Video Games 
  • Some marketing material for Black Closet features Elsa tugging at the base of her white gloves in a way clearly meant to reference this trope.
  • Team Fortress 2:
    • The Medic does it with his Syringe gun taunts.
      "Anuhza successful procedure!"
      "Woops! Zat was not medicine."
      "Did zat sting? Sorry!"
      "Zat, vas doctor-assisted homicide!"
    • He also does it in the Meet the Medic video, before he and the Heavy return to the battlefield. Notably, what he had been doing previously — open thoracic cavity surgery to implant an ÜberCharge module — he did without benefit of gloves.

    Web Animation 
  • In the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games short "The Science of Magic" it is downplayed, but Sunset does indeed snap a latex glove on her hand while explaining the experiments she has planned. While the gesture isn't too threatening, Applejack doesn't look overly confident.
  • In one Red vs. Blue PSA, Simmons and Grif go on vacation while Sarge and Caboose are off camping. Grif twice invokes the wrath of the cavity search at travel security and we hear this just as the scene cuts away.

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    Western Animation 
  • Cyborg does this once in Teen Titans, on Beast Boy's suggestion that they "check" Robin to see if he's a robotic duplicate. He also sticks up one finger. Naturally, Robin's terrified and screams out that he's real.
  • Dr. Drakken definitely did this in Kim Possible.
  • Peter Griffin's doctor in Family Guy does this just before giving him a prostate exam.
  • Happens a couple times in American Dad!
    • One early episode has Stan being overly paranoid about some new neighbors of Iranian (but born American) decent, and holds a block party in order to please Francine as well. When Bob Memari bends down to look into the soda cooler, Stan puts on the glove, and Bob notices.
      Stan: What? It's a quirk, indulge me.
    • It become a Running Gag in another episode when Roger constantly puts one on in order to offer someone else a hand job.
  • In an episode of The Loud House, Lincoln and his father have to go through the airport in their underwear after losing a bet. Three TSA agents then run up to them saying they broke about ten rules, then do this while saying they need to "talk" to them.
  • Happens several times in Spongebob Square Pants
    • In the episode "House Worming," after Prickles the worm and his residents start living in Spongebob's head and it gets him fired from his work, he meets Plankton who agrees to get rid of the worms in exchange of a deed (getting the Krabby Patty secret formula, of course). Spongebob agrees and Plankton pulls on a large glove that snaps to somehow fit his little stubby arms (that have no visible digits or fingers, mind you) before making a lousy joke and entering inside Spongebob's head... only to get the living daylights battered and beaten out of him by the worms and is left crippled and gives up on the extermination, telling Spongebob that he's on his own to get rid of the worms.

    Real Life 
  • During the 2008 American presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had the spectacularly bad luck/judgment to have this picture taken of him.

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