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Intertwined Fingers is a particular way of Holding Hands that indicates a more than close relationship between two people. This is commonly done by lovers, or whenever a creator wants to indicate a pair are more than friends without going out and saying it.

This is in particular, a staple of lesbian related works and scenes. Intertwined fingers can often indicate lesbian relationships without getting explicit about it. In fact, see the Yuri Genre and Schoolgirl Lesbians articles for two other good illustrations of this trope.

Yaoi Genre comics and their other forms will also occasionally use this trope, often as a subtle Ho Yay or Discretion Shot to turn their relationship up a notch.

Has absolutely nothing to do with Finger-Tenting or Fingore—probably.



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    Fan Works 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Italy intertwined his fingers with Japan even before either confessed, hinting at his feelings for Japan.
  • Used for massive feels in A Pleasant Surprise. Fluttershy and her lover hold hands like this during the Relationship Upgrade, and also when she takes his virginity.
  • Some Shipping fics in the Star Trek fandom do this, not only because it's romantic, but also because Vulcans have very sensitive fingers.
  • Advice and Trust: Shinji and Asuka linked hands and interwined their fingers as they explained their relationship to Misato:
    Together they brought their hands between them up from below the level of the table and let them rest on the table. Asuka's left hand was on top of Shinji's right, fingers interlaced in a tight grasp.
  • The Child of Love: Shinji and Asuka entwined their fingers shortly after their kiss during the Obon festival in chapter 5:
    Asuka takes one of Shinji's hands in her right one and clasps it so that their palms are against each other and their fingers weave together.
  • Enoby and Draco do this in My Immortal, while simultaneously sticking their middle fingers up.
  • RE-TAKE: This is the last image of the End of Evangelion Shinji and Asuka in volume 4.
  • A Growing Affection, chapter 17, Hinata puts her hand on Naruto's, and as a sign of his growing feelings towards her, he intertwines his fingers with hers in response.
  • Two Halves: After a pretty rough beatdown from his master (Naruto tried to use a forbidden jutsu he just read about 2 minutes ago. His master was displeased at his recklessness.), Hinata is tending to Naruto's wounds and places her hand on his forehead. He reaches for her hand and intertwines them after a brief heart-to-heart.
  • In the Miraculous Ladybug fic Spots Off, Marinette takes Chat Noir's hand like this right before she takes his ring off to find out who he is (with his permission). They stay like this for most of the following chapter and she gives Adrien's hand a squeeze a couple of times to show her appreciation for his support during her unmasking.
  • Subverted in the Gunslinger Girl fanfic "Porcupine Love". When cyborg Triela and assassin Pinnochio do this, it's to tie up each other's hands so they can't easily kill the other while going to have sex.
  • In Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfic Walking in Circles, Solas and Evelyn are often specifically described to do this and not just simply holding hands. In fact, it's rare for them not to do this when they're with each other.
  • In Supergirl fanfic Hellsister Trilogy, Kara Zor-El and Dev-Em hold hands in this fashion when they fly back to the present time after getting together.
  • In chapter 23 of A Prize For Three Empires, Carol Danvers tells Gladiator about human courtship customs and the importance of touching as a sign of intimacy. As their conversation gets more intimate, they end up entwining hands.
    "My God, I really cannot believe I’m having a conversation about American mating customs with a dad-blamed alien from the Shi’ar system. And I mean that in the most complimentary way, Glad. Really I do." She lay a hand gently on his wrist. "Really," she repeated.
    He looked into her eyes. "And is the touch usually a sign of a wish for intimacy?"
    "Often, it is," she said. "Just as... the right look... can be an even greater sign."
    He entwined the fingers of his hand with hers. "Would this also be a sign of some significance? In this context, that is?"
    "In this context, it would often be significant, indeed," she said.

    Films — Animation 
  • WALL•E: Having spent seven centuries alone on Earth After the End with only a tape of Hello, Dolly! to keep him company, the titular robot comes to associate holding hands with companionship and longs to do so with the probe bot he falls in love with, EVE.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Corky and Violet's final scene together in Bound (1996) — an especially nice touch considering what other things happened to fingers in that movie.
  • Mathesar sees Laliari and Fred doing this towards the end of Galaxy Quest, and realizes she intends to return to Earth with the humans.
  • Secretary Dee does this to her boss Mack in Grand Canyon. It helps establish that Dee and Mack have had some kind of romantic involvement before the main action of the film. See Sleeping with the Boss.
  • In High School Musical, this can be interpreted as the moment of the Relationship Upgrade between Troy and Gabriella.
  • Used in the scene where Eli crawls into Oskar's bed in Let the Right One In. It's probably for the best that that's where the focus is, as Eli's naked and bloody, Oskar sleeps in his underwear, and both are 12 years old. Nevertheless, the scene is painfully sweet.
  • The first part of Hou Hsiao-hsien's art-house movie Three Times ends on a close-up of the boy and the girl holding hands that way. It's a very heartwarming moment.
  • Tropic Thunder: In the parody trailer for Satan's Alley (Brokeback Mountain set in a 12th century monastery), it showed Kirk and Tobey Maguire's characters standing there with their fingers intertwine showing their commitment towards each others.
  • In En kärlekshistoria (A Swedish Love Story), young teenage lovers Per and Annika walk through the woods holding hands with their fingers interlinked, swinging their hands between them. It's very natural and touching, like the rest of their love scenes.
  • Used for Unresolved Sexual Tension in The Lover. The Chinaman gives The Girl a lift in his chauffeured car. As they sit in the back seat, his finger lightly touches hers. When she doesn't object, they silently move to this trope in the course of their journey into Saigon.
  • Used for the love scene in The Terminator. As Sexy Discretion Shot is averted, it's meant to show the moment of climax when their entwined fingers relax, given that Sarah Connor being impregnated is a crucial plot point.

  • In #8 of the Animorphs series, Ax makes a point of noting Cassie and Jake doing this in his observations of human culture.
  • Anne and Diana do this when making their vow of friendship in Anne of Green Gables.
  • Tavi and Kitai do this on occasion in Codex Alera.

    Live-Action TV 
  • This is a well-used trope in most Korean Drama, as a showing of romantic feelings.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Willow and Tara hold hands this way as part of their Les Yay Subtext before their Relationship Reveal.
    • Subverted in "Tough Love". Tara has had a fight with Willow and is sitting alone on a bench when a women entwines fingers with hers. Tara turns with a big smile...only to find herself facing Glory who proceeds to torture her for information by crushing Tara's fingers until they bleed.
    • In "I Only Have Eyes For You", Buffy realises James and Grace are having a Student Teacher Romance because they do this while one hands the other a book.
    • Buffy and Spike do this in "Chosen" even when Spike's hand bursts into flame, during his Heroic Sacrifice that collapses the Hellmouth.
  • Ditto for Brittany and Santana in Glee, though they prefer linking pinkies. Though, they do intertwine fingers in "Hold On To Sixteen".
  • In Doctor Who, the Doctor and Rose do this all. The. Time.
    • And now there was the Eleventh Doctor and Clara; who couldn't seem to keep their hands off each other for five seconds.
    • The Twelfth Doctor found himself with a Hates Being Touched persona, so it takes more than a season before he and Clara are back to the point of holding hands again. As far as intertwined fingers, there is a key moment in "Hell Bent" where, in an attempt to calm the Doctor down (due to him undergoing a major sanity slippage - long story) not only intertwines her fingers with his, but specifically and deliberately grasps his ring finger, which led to much discussion in fandom over the symbolism given the long-term Ship Tease involved in their on-screen relationship.
  • A heartbreaking one in an episode of Farscape, where John and Aeryn do this across one of Moya's grates as they're about to be separated from each other.
  • Friends Monica and Chandler do this a lot. Not a big deal for much of the series when they're dating and later Happily Married, but they did it before hooking up as well when quite a few scenes had them cuddling together or playing with each other's fingers. No one seemed to find it strange despite the implications of interwined fingers.
  • Heroes: Claire told Gretchen she wants to hold her hand.
  • Stefan and Elena from The Vampire Diaries intertwine their fingers and hands together when they make love for the first time in season one.
  • The L Word uses this all the time, even focusing directly on it during lovemaking scenes. Of course, one would speculate that hands are of larger significance in lesbian sex, given that women tend to be much more tactile than men and have slightly fewer useful appendages. Plus, it gives the camera something to look at that might get past the radar.
  • Torchwood has Captain Jack Harkness and the real Captain Jack Harkness intertwine fingers in "Captain Jack Harkness".
  • A very sweet one in Star Trek: Voyager, when Janeway and Chakotay realise that they have no choice but to spend the rest of their lives together. Chakotay gets there quicker than Janeway, and tells her an "ancient legend" about an angry warrior who only ever finds peace after being forced to work with a wise and beautiful female warrior. Janeway finally gets it, and the resulting hand grasp is just about the most heartwarming thing ever.
    Janeway: Is that really an ancient legend?
    Chakotay: No...but that made it easier to say.
  • Pepa and Silvia in Los Hombres De Paco usually intertwine their fingers when Holding Hands.
  • Emma: Emma and Mr. Knightley do this behind her back when they break the news of their engagement to her father.
  • Game of Thrones. In "The Kingsroad" Daenerys' bed-slave Doreah instructs her on the importance of this (along with Held Gaze) during her Les Yay-filled sexposition on the art of making love to a man.
  • Supernatural. In "Fan Fiction", Dean isn't happy when he sees the two actresses playing Dean and Castiel doing this, and is informed that yes, they are a gay couple.
  • Person of Interest. Another lesbian version between Root and Shaw in "The Day the World Went Away". Given that their Homoerotic Subtext usually involves Belligerent Sexual Tension, it's an oddly sweet gesture.
  • Daredevil (2015): Matt Murdock and Karen Page tend to be intertwine their hands after they start dating.
  • NCIS: After listening to recordings from the Vietnam War, Gibbs and Sloane (both of whom are Shell Shocked Veterans — him from Desert Storm, her from Enduring Freedom) are visibly shaken by the memories. Sloane reaches out to put her hand on his arm in comfort, and he responds by taking her hand in his and lacing their fingers together. They aren't dating... yet.

  • Lady Gaga and Beyoncé do this at the end of the music video of "Telephone". It goes with the fact that in the video, they're heavily implied to be a Les Yay version of Bonnie and Clyde.
  • The picture made for the Vocaloid song "magnet" speaks for itself.
    • This is also a popular pose for the Kagamine Twins, both fanon and canon wise.
  • Tarja and Sharon den Adel do this at the end of Within Temptation's "Paradise" music video. As a bonus, two other girls (the main focus of the video) do this too.

  • This is an important moment in We Will Rock You when Scaramouche and Galileo end up holding hands like this during 'Who Wants To Live Forever' and they realise that actually they've been falling in love since they first met.

    Video Game 
  • Used as part of the Yukari and Yuyuko's fairly Les Yay combination save in Touhou Soccer. Similarly used with the guys Rinnosuke and Ehrlich with their combination attack which is made even more homoerotic.
  • In Super Robot Wars, Princess Shine and Latooni also do this as the finale to the Royal Heart Breaker, in the same way as the above.
  • Used in Xenosaga between Shion and KOS-MOS before they are forced to separate by the plot, most likely for thousands of years.
  • In Final Fantasy XIII, Fang and Vanille do this at the end of the game, when both of them are in crystal stasis.
  • Tales of Xillia: Jude and Milla first hold hands before intertwining them when Milla chooses to become the new Maxwell.

    Visual Novels 
  • The Yuri Genre series of Visual Novels, Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo loves to use this trope often with its various couplings. Referenced in the seventh game between Runa and Takako:
    Takako: Wawawah, o-our fingers... our fingers are intertwined!
    Runa: This is how lovers are supposed to hold hands.
  • Used in Shizune's route in Katawa Shoujo to help show the relationship between three characters. In one picture Hisao holds hands with both Shizune and Misha. He's very close to both, but the difference between the relationships is made apparent by how his fingers are intertwined with the former, but not with the latter.

    Web Comics 
  • Happens between Jordi and Jeremy in this page of Cuanta Vida, right before Jeremy confesses to Jordi that he's in love with him.
  • Slightly Damned: Kazai does this with his fellow warrior angel. His sister reacts accordingly.
  • Sun Jing fantasizes about doing this with her crush Qiu Tong in Their Story.

    Web Original 
  • Seems to be a regular occurrence in Under the Van Gogh, at least in the early acts.
  • Mille and Iriana in Ilivais X do this all the time. They have a joined scar/ Red String of Fate on their pinkies, so they keep those joined while all the rest intertwine. It's notable that this particular hold is a symbol for their relationship as a whole- it wants to fit, and it should fit, but it's definitely strained and it takes a bit of awkward fidgeting to get it right. Go on. Try it.

    Western Animation 
  • Mentioned in the As Told by Ginger episode "Stealing First", as the popular girls ask Ginger how far she has gone with a boy. She held hands once, but since it was "hands cupped" rather than "fingers interlocked", it counts for less.
  • In Steven Universe, Pearl does this with a hologram of Rose, apparently reenacting the moment she decided to fight for her cause on Earth.
    Pearl: (talking about Rose's sword and scabbard, but intertwining her own hands alluding to this) Nothing could fit so perfectly inside...
    • Steven holds hands with Connie this way in "Nightmare Hospital" while searching for Rose's sword in aforementioned dark, creepy hospital.


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