Touch is a mightily important sense, and with it comes all sorts of nonverbal communication. Few sensations are as enduring, controversial, or diverse as reaching out and grabbing somebody by their shoulder.
The Shoulder Grab - The act of placing one's hand (or both) on the shoulder(s) of another, usually to enhance the mood of a scene, no matter the context of it.
This trope is a suitable way for characters to depart before a serious situation is about to go down (as Will Smith demonstrates). The fun doesn't stop there!
The Shoulder Grab can also be used to gain someone's attention during a moment of panic, usually resulting in a scene of awkward MG physical contact.
Sometimes a character is about to hear news that is too difficult to bear. Interestingly enough, the bearer of this bad news tends to double as the shoulder grabber.
The Shoulder Grab can be used in a many variety of ways, from the serious, comical, or romantic angles. And if the shoulder grab is unwanted by the recipient, it can open a few unexpected doors of tension for any character (perfect for awkward creeper moments).
The most common usage of this trope is to show endearment, to give support, and to let the other character know that everything's gonna be all right.
It is also a popular choice for a man to show affection to another man - if they are not the hugging type ...
Who hasn't used The Shoulder Grab? Did it enhance the mood of your scene? Has this ever happened to you?
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