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Chase: Sorry, I didn't realize putting your hand in a pile was some sort of legally binding contract.
Alex: It's symbolic.

In order to show solidarity, camaraderie, or friendship, a group of people will put their hands together, one on top of the other. Often accompanied with some kind of cheer. This tactic is a favorite of True Companions.

See also Circle of Friendship. Compare and contrast Huddle Shot and Huddle Power.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • First episode of Yu-Gi-Oh!, lampshaded in the Abridged series.
  • One Piece:
    • A variation between arcs: Back when The Straw Hat Crew was a Five-Man Band, (Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Sanji, Ussop) they did this with their feet.
    • There's also one in the 11th opening with the eight Straw Hats.
  • Naruto: Team Guy gets everyone together after Gai's big speech and puts his hand out for a hand stack. Lee puts his in after a grunt from Gai. Tenten puts hers in, resignedly, after more Gai grunts. Neji refuses. Grunt. No dice. Grunt. Cut to shot of forest as the grunting continues until Neji relents and completes the circle.
  • Frequently done by the kenkyuusei in AKB49 – Renai Kinshi Jourei before important performances.
  • In the anime Eyeshield 21, Many of the Devil Bats' huddles during football games break with a cry of "Crush them! YA-HA!" "YA-HA!", while in the manga they did the same, but used "kick their asses!" instead. Many of their opponents have similar hand stack cries.
  • In Bleach, after the heroes infiltrate Las Noches, Renji calls for a Hand Stack — something he never got the stoic captain of his squad to do.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam's second opening caps off with the Five-Man Band doing a hand stack, then turning around in time to face the Devil Gundam as it erupts from the ground nearby.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 10 episode 5, the heroes do this after they've defeated the monster who was carrying the gun Careless S. really liked.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Smart Dodging'' episode 29, the goats do a team hand-stack with Wilie when they agree to help him during his training.
  • In the Simple Samosa episode "Spa Wars", Samosa, Dhokla, Jalebi, and Vada do a hand stack right before they go inside Appa Spa to stop its rivalry with Amma Spa.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Fiction 
  • In The Return-Remixed, just before they fight DEAR in the climax, the Diva Army does one that combines it with To Absent Friends, as each member names a Diva that got taken out by DEAR earlier in the story as they put their hand in.

    Films — Animation 
  • Done in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls when the Humane Five vow to make Twilight Sparkle princess of the Fall Formal.
  • Done by the protagonists in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree, twice:
    • First, when the Humane Five gather together and psych themselves up to fight Gaea Everfree.
    • Later, after Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer have joined them, when they decide to arrange a fundraiser for Camp Everfree.
  • In one of the Tinker Bell movies, the other fairies do this with a call of "Faith, trust, and pixie dust" when they prepare to go find Tink.
  • Played for Laughs in animated version of the The Hobbit as seen here.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In a recently retired AMC pre-show clip, three guys in costumes of snack foods (Popcorn, Soda Drink, and a Candy Bar?) give an encouraging pep talk before their skit. They finish with a hands in and cheer "Concessions!" They then proceed to do a showtune that presents common theater rules.
  • The protagonists in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen do this before entering the Fantom's factory/fortress.
  • All the heroes do this at the end of Spy Kids and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.
  • Ocean's 11 — the original with Frank Sinatra — might hold the record for the total number of hands in the stack.
  • Ghostbusters (1984): The Ghostbusters do this just before entering the building to fight Gozer. They do another one when they think they've won, until Egon tells them that things are about to go From Bad to Worse.
  • In the first Scooby-Doo live action movie this comes up twice: once when Shaggy tries to get the gang to join but only Scooby complies (the others being angry with the rest of the gang at the time), and again at the end when they finally all do it.
  • Super Sentai (see below) occasionally uses this in team-up movies.
  • The Mighty Ducks, complete with quacking.
  • McFarland, USA: "Uno, dos, tres... McFarland!"
  • In the unreleased 1994 Fantastic Four movie, the title characters do this when they all decide to go after Doctor Doom together.
  • Happens at the end of Batman & Robin between Bruce, Barbara and Dick, affirming their crime-fighting partnership.
  • Dungeons & Dragons. At the end of the movie the four remaining protagonists do a hand stack over the Eye of the Dragon gem and are teleported away.
  • Done by Alan, Fermat and Tin-Tin twice in Thunderbirds.
  • In The Princess Bride, Fezzik, Inigo, and Westley do this just before their attack on the castle. Of course, Westley has to work a little harder at it.
  • In the 1980's movie, Band of the Hand, the five protagonists are led in one by their mentor, Joe, to symbolize that the five are all part of each other now, "like fingers on a hand".
    • Later, after Joe gets killed, they do another one as they prepare to take on the guys who killed him.
  • Done in the original Jumanji, by Alan, Sarah, Judy, and Peter as they agree to stick it out to finish the game.

  • Maximum Ride and her Flock have a team fist stack, holding out the one fist and stacking them one on top of the other, then the other hands tap each other's fists twice.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Day of the Doctor": The War Doctor, Ten and Eleven stack their hands on the Big Red Button of the Moment as they consider pressing it. Fortunately, they don't.
    • At the end of "Arachnids in the UK", the Doctor, Yaz, Ryan and Graham stack their hands on the TARDIS lever, having decided to travel together long-term.
  • A regular occurrence on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition;, always accompanied by "Let's do it!"
  • Fort Boyard: Used in this French game show when the single team wants to motivate itself to take on the against the game. Seen in many other game team-based game shows too.
  • In the old-school Sentai show J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai, the four main heroes had a finishing move (JAKQ Hurricane) performed by grasping forearms and running in a circle.
  • Subverted in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, where the team does the hand stack over the Greatest Treasure in the Universe after they resolve to use it to rewrite reality to eliminate Zangyack. However, before they do, Don interrupts to point out that there has to be some kind of catch; The Reveal quickly puts them through a big moral debate.
  • A key scene in the second opening of Kamen Rider Blade.
  • The ex-Trope Namer was not the first example of this trope, but perhaps the most iconic example is the "Whoa Bundy!" call from Married... with Children.
  • Power Rangers:
  • Done plenty of times on Saved by the Bell, but possibly the most memorable case was towards the end of "Jessie's Song" when the gang (sans Slater) were doing one and Lisa refused get in the stack if her hand was touching Screech's! Ultimately, his ended up on the top of the stack while she placed her's at the very bottom.

    Video Games 
  • In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, the Debut Queue the heist makes up the bulk of the story, and each time a new member is added to the Cooper Gang, we see a quick shot of the hand stack, with the new member placing their hand on top of the others (with the exception of Dimitri, who only gives a thumbs-up).
  • At the end of Jak X Combat Racing, the True Companions does this right before the final race, which will determine whether they'll defeat Mizo, and whether they'll all live or die.
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, at the end of the second episode, Phoenix and Maya handshake while Mia contributes the hand stack.
  • In Final Fantasy X, the Aurochs are seen doing this in game as well as in this.
  • In Final Fantasy XIII, Snow starts one in Chapter X.
  • In Sonic Heroes, Team Sonic does one right before they use their 11th-Hour Superpower. Rouge also forces Team Dark to make one in their opening cutscene.
  • The western generals (Kanbe, Yoshihiro, Muneshige) do this after they form an alliance in Sengoku Basara 3.
  • At the climax of Yakuza 4, when Akiyama, Tanamura, Saejima, and Kiryu agree on the plan to use Akiyama's remaining fortune to lure out the villains to the top of Millennium Tower, Akiyama enthusiastically tries to initiate this. Tanamura finds it corny, but eventually joins in anyway.
  • Before the final battle in the Street Fighter V Story Mode, Ken, Karin and Dhalsim do this over a handshake between Chun-Li and Ryu, symbolizing their determination to take Shadaloo and Bison down together.

    Western Animation 
  • Done in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode "The N Men", as Jimmy, Carl, Sheen, Cindy and Libby decide to use their newly acquired superpowers to fight crime as a superhero team.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! had this after paranoia regarding an alien among the team caused all but four members to quit.
  • Done by Blaze, Starla, Zeg and Darington in the Blaze and the Monster Machines episode "Truckball Team-Up", as they talk during the Truckball Tournament's timeout and again when they win the game.
  • The Defenders of the Earth do this at the end of the first episode in the series, immediately after they have decided to pool their various talents in order to fight Ming's forces.
  • In the opening of their 1967 show and in the debut episode, The Fantastic Four do this.
  • The premiere episode of Justice League ends with the heroes doing this as they decide to form a permanent team.
  • Frequently done in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, usually after the team that has focus comes up with a plan to defeat the latest threat to The Power of Friendship.
  • Used with the main six in Recess, as well as with the Ashleys.
  • Used in The Simpsons when the Be Sharps are putting their hands together. Former member Wiggum tries to sneak his hand into the stack and is met with angry stares.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003):
    Leo: We're gonna be a four-turtle wrecking crew.
    Splinter: (joins in) Five.
  • In Transformers Animated, the Autobots do this around the beginning and end of season one.
  • The VBirds do a variant of this occasionally where instead of laying their hands flat they each form a V-sign.
  • A mixed team of heroes and villains does it in The Venture Bros. episode "Hate Floats".
  • The Spectral Knights do this a couple of times in Visionaries: Knights Of The Magical Light when uttering their sacred cry:
    "May the Light shine forever!"
  • Wonder Pets do this after every rescue.


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