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Reaching Towards the Audience

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This is an instance where, on a cover, poster, or something of the sort, a character's arm is stretched out towards the audience, with the character's hand in full focus. Typically this is done to make the cover more action packed and intense, while also not requiring any form of real motion, explosions, or anything else that could potentially make it harder to read.

It's not enough for a character to simply have their hand slightly ahead in the picture. The hand needs to be either the dominant focus point, or one of the dominant focus points, of the image. Otherwise, it's just rather inconsequential.

A Sister Trope to Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You. Can be related to an Ass Kicking Pose, but not always. Compare Film the Hand, which can use a similar pose, but functions very differently in the story.



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    Comic Books 
  • Jack Kirby was famous for drawing characters with their hands outstretched toward the readers. Typically, if you're looking at a comic form the 60's or 70's and you see this, it's a good chance Kirby did it.
  • She-Hulk: On the cover of issue #22 of the 2005 series She Hulk reaches out of the cover and pulls the reader's arm.
  • Marvelman Classic: The first issue of Marvel Comics' reprint series shows MM floating in space, reaching a hand out towards the reader.
  • One of the covers for Cage Vol. 2 # 1 is almost entirely his fist.
  • The cover for Flashpoint #12 has the Flash running towards the cover, hand outstretched ahead.
  • Transformers character art created in the Dreamwave house style was typically in a squatting pose with one arm outstretched toward the reader - a pose known in the fandom as "_____ is about to snatch your purse"


  • Isaac Asimov's The Complete Robot: The only artwork on the Science Fiction Book Club cover merges with the title; a robotic claw coming from the side and forming the 'C' in "COMPLETE".

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Doctor Who promotional image for the 12th Doctor's outfit has his actor, Peter Capaldi, reaching towards the camera, exactly like this trope describes.
  • Many official posters and DVD covers for Merlin have Merlin's hand in the foreground, lighting up with magic.
  • It's practically a rule at this point to have Eleven extending her hand in nearly every Stranger Things poster or promotional image. Justified in that extending her hand is often how she uses her powers In-Universe.

  • Rea from Reamonn does this gesture in the music video for "Through the Eyes of a Child" when he sings the line "please take my hand".

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    Web Comics 
  • Sleepless Domain: The cover of the first print volume, The Price of Magic, features Undine Wells reaching out with one hand towards the audience, as she falls through the crumbling background and into a purple abyss.

    Western Animation 
  • Certain box art for Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • One version of the movie poster for Don Bluth's Titan A.E. has protagonist Cale Tucker reaching into the foreground with his right hand. Visible within the palm of that hand is the star map which will guide them to the Titan, a world-building spacecraft built by Cale's father.
  • The DVD art for Beware the Batman.

    Real Life