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"Thas cold, Obiwan."
Charles Barkley, Clerks: The Animated Series

A character makes a joke or comment and holds up their hand for someone to high-five. "Am I Right?" they may say. No one takes them up on the offer to high-five. Typically indicates that the other character finds the statement obnoxious or unfunny and won't bother dignifying it with a response. In other words, it's a way of saying "No, you aren't right." Also works with other gestures of approval such as fist-bumps.

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Compare Lame Pun Reaction and Handshake Refusal.


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    Film — Animated 
  • Toy Story 4: One of the Combat Carls gets left hanging twice in the same scene, first by the other Combat Carls when they report to Bo about a kid's birthday party for the lost toys to attend, and then later by Woody. He finally gets his high five with Duke Kaboom in an after credits gag.
  • Hercules: After Herc defeats the centaur Nessus, Pegasus offers him a high-five, but Hercules is too distracted by the sight of Megara to acknowledge him.
  • In Zootopia, Officer Judy Hopps, at her first day in the Zootopia Police Department, attempts to fist-bump a rhinoceros police officer. The rhino first rolls his eye, seemingly rejecting the gesture - then changes his mind and pushes Judy away with his fist instead.

    Film — Live Action 
  • In The Waterboy, Bobby doesn't get any respect from the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits he plays with at first. After the Mud Dogs score a touchdown, Bobby asks them to "slap hands!" To which they just walk away, leaving him hanging. Later in the film, during the Bourbon Bowl, Bobby gets his "slap hands" as the Mud Dogs start mounting their comeback.
  • In Justice League (2017), when Barry discovers that he and Cyborg have something in common, in that both gained their powers through a lab accident, he offers a fistbump, but quickly pulls back when realizing that Cyborg isn't in the mood.

    Live Action TV 
  • How I Met Your Mother: In the episode "I Heart NJ", Barney tells a bad joke and asks for a fistbump, but no one in the gang wants to. Through the rest of the episode, Barney refuses to lower his fist until he gets that bump. By the end of the episode after witnessing Robin quitting her job with another pun, Lily bumps him back, and Barney sighs with relief, but not before Barney makes another bad joke and asks for a high five, to which Lily refuses. Barney only lowers his hand when Robin announces that she's moving to Japan.
  • Joey:
    • In "Joey and the Taste Test", Lauren, who is Terrified of Germs to the point of avoiding skin-to-skin contact, questions Joey about his relationship with his co-star:
      Lauren: So, you and Katie- what's going on there?
      Joey: Oh, well, I'm a gentleman, so let's just say I'm still circling the airport, but I have been given permission to land. [holds up hand for a high five]
      Lauren: I'm going to leave you hanging on that one.
    • In "Joey and the High School Friend", as Joey is describing his relationship with the high school friend:
      Joey: I mean, we hit on all these girls together except for each other's sisters. That was our code. Okay, which was really hard because his sisters were hot and my sisters were slutty. [holds up his hand to Michael]
      [pause]
      Michael: What? I'm not gonna high-five that.
      Joey: Okay, I may have just made an offensive comment about your aunts and mother, but you never leave me hanging.
      Michael: Okay, whatever. [smacks his hand]
    Later that episode, Joey holds up his hand for another high five after making an inappropriately timed comment. Michael stares at him in disbelief, and he admits, "All right, that was a bad one, but you gotta do it!" Michael just walks out of the room.
  • Veronica Mars: In "The Rapes of Graff", just before Logan breaks up with Hannah, he's shown walking through a crowd and high fiving people. Then Hannah comes up to him, hand extended for her own high five, to which he doesn't respond.
  • Doctor Who: In "Under the Lake", while the Doctor and Clara are investigating the mess hall, she makes a comment and holds out her hand for a high five. He gives her a look and walks out of the room.
  • Degrassi: Next Class: In "#WorstGiftEver", Winston offers Goldi a high five during a game of charades, but she turns it down, saying it's against her religion to touch boys.
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    Music 
  • Ninja Sex Party: In "Orgy For One", Danny and Ninja Brian are both relaxing and talking in bed. While there, Danny tries to have a high-five with Brian, who is watching him intently. Danny smiles gleefully as he raises his hand, only for Brian to have no reaction, and for Danny to immediately and awkwardly turn away. Subverted later, as another shot shows them having an actual high-five.

    Theatre 

    Video Games 
  • Initiating a melee attack on Claptrap in Borderlands 2 will prompt him to hold his hand out so you can high-five it with a melee attack. You can leave him hanging if you want.
  • Claptrap has a skill in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! where he offers a massive buff to his teammates to reciprocate his high-five offer. If nobody responds, he gains a massive buff himself instead.
  • Spider-Man (PS4): In the Silver Lining DLC, after Spiderman and Silver Sable take down a bunch of Hammerhead's thugs, Spidey tries to solicit a victorious high five from Sable twice. She relents on the third attempt and gives him a pretty hard high five.
  • At the beginning of Saints Row 4, one of the people you run into asks for a high five and you're given the options of following through or leaving them hanging.
  • In the final ending of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, after Oxide finally gives up antagonising Earth and retreats, an ecstatic Coco gestures for a high five from Crash, though has to prod for his attention first.

    Visual Novels 
  • In season 2 of Atlas' route in Starship Promise, this exchange occurs:
    Atlas: I'm going to my quarters. Nobody bother me.
    With that, he leaves. After a few minutes, I stand, closing out the diagnostics.
    MC: I'm gonna go bother him.
    Jaxon: More like get him hot and bothered, am I right?
    Jaxon holds up a hand for Orion to high-five. Orion just gives him a hard stare in return.

    Web Video 
  • In the Dragon Ball Z Abridged version of the Lord Slug movie, after Piccolo dishes out a Curb-Stomp Battle on Doradabo, (Lord Slug's Brute) Doradabo tries to instead befriend Piccolo and offers a high five. Piccolo briefly acts like he's going for it and then turns it into a finishing blow that kills Doradabo.
    Doradabo: Look, all right. I know we both said some things, but I bet if we just talk to each other a little, we can become friends. Whattaya say, high five? [extends arm slightly]
    Piccolo: [also extends hand slightly, but high up and beyond Doradabo's reach] Down low.
    Doradabo: [confused] Uh...
    Piccolo: Too slow. [Does an energy blast to Doradabo's face]
  • In The Reward, Vito tries a high-five with Wilhelm as they find their weapons and gear, this trope as the result.
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    Western Animation 
  • In one episode of The Simpsons, Homer and Reverend Lovejoy are interviewed by Kent Brockman on the subject of gay marriage, Homer having become a minister to get money from marrying same-sex couples from out of town. Lovejoy points out Homer marrying anyone who asks immediately will lead to a bunch of divorces. Homer replies that's just more business, cheerfully requests a high five from Lovejoy, and Lovejoy refuses to accept it.
  • Discussed in Gravity Falls episode "Weirdmageddon Part 2: Escape from Reality" where Mabel's mental version of her brother Dipper, aka Dippy Fresh, offers the real Dipper and Soos a high five. Dipper tries to stop Soos from accepting it, but Soos can't "leave him hanging" and does it anyway. Dipper then declares Soos "dead to me".
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Pressure", Sandy is going on about the things land creatures can do better than sea creatures. Squidward makes a snarky comment about them being better at drowning, and SpongeBob offers a high-five. Squidward just stands there and says "Not on your life, sport."
  • In one episode of Samurai Jack, in order to spare his hometown, a scientist creates a group of robotic assassins for Aku that Jack should be unable to kill or fight off. When Aku destroys the scientist's hometown anyway, the scientist instead joins Jack and they try to destroy the assassins together. At various points throughout the episode the scientist tries to get Jack to do a high five, but Jack doesn't know the gesture and doesn't respond. At the very end of the episode he finally does the high five.
  • Futurama: In "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back'', the new bureaucrat, Morgan, gives Fry the position of "Executive Delivery Boy" to the disdain of his co-workers. Fry tries to get Bender to hi-five him, but he initially refuses until Morgan orders him to. Though Fry goes for the down low, Bender kicks him in the leg.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: In the first episode, when the penguins find Maurice to take him back to the zoo, they high five each other, then Skipper offers a high five to Maurice, who rejects it since he doesn't want to go back.
  • A running gag on Clerks: The Animated Series is NBA star Charles Barkley being shunned everywhere he goes, usually accompanied by an owl hooting. In one episode, he appears as a ghost, in a spoof of the ending of Return of the Jedi. He says, "High five," gets denied by the other ghosts, and responds, "Thas cold, Obiwan."
  • Happens often to Dr. Billy Quizboy on The Venture Bros.. This may be because Billy has a metallic cybernetic hand. Occasionally subverted and Billy gets his high five or Go Team Venture salute.

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