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Thing T. Thing, often referred to as just Thing,[1] is a fictional character in The Addams Family series. Thing was originally conceived as a whole creature (always seen in the background watching the family) that was too horrible to see in person. The only part of it that was tolerable was its human hand (this can be seen in the 1964 television series). The Addams' called it "Thing" because it was something that could not be identified. Thing was changed to a disembodied hand for the 1991 and 1993 Addams Family films, a depiction retained throughout subsequent adaptations. It is known as "Cosa" (Thing) in Spain and "Dedos" (Fingers) in Hispanic America.

The Addams Family character
Thing (played by the right hand of Christopher Hart) as shown running on his fingertips in the 1991 feature film
First appearanceHomebodies (1954)
Created byCharles Addams
Portrayed byTed Cassidy (1964)
Christopher Hart (1991, 1993, 1998)
Steven Fox (1998)
Victor Dorobantu (2022)
In-universe information
Full nameThing T. Thing
SpeciesUnknown; later a human hand
GenderPossibly male
FamilyThe Addams Family


In The Addams Family media

Thing was the creation of Charles Addams, who drew the Addams Family cartoons in The New Yorker magazine, beginning in the 1930s. He first appeared in Addams's 1954 book Homebodies. One Addams cartoon shows the Addams mansion with a sign at the front saying "Beware of the Thing". Additionally, Thing has been in the original television series (1964–66), the revived series The New Addams Family (1998), in the related films The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993) and Addams Family Reunion (1998), and the 1992 animated series.

In the 1960s television series, Thing—strictly speaking, a disembodied forearm, since it occasionally emerged from its box at near-elbow length—was usually played by Ted Cassidy, who also played the lugubrious butler Lurch. The two characters occasionally appeared in the same scene (in which case Thing would be played by a crew member, notably assistant director Jack Voglin). Thing customarily emerged from a series of boxes, one in each room in the Addams' mansion, and the mailbox outside. It occasionally emerged from behind a curtain, within a plant pot, the family wall safe, or elsewhere.

Since Cassidy was 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) tall,[2] using him to depict Thing caused great technical difficulties on the set of The Addams Family. In many scenes he lay on his back on a wheeled trolley, below the line of sight of the cameras, and inserted his arm through the bottom of the box. Thing was usually a right hand, but Cassidy sometimes played it as left, simply to see if anyone would notice. Thing is credited as "Itself" at the end of each episode.

In the later films, thanks to advances in special effects, Thing (played by Christopher Hart) is able to emerge and run on its fingertips, much like a spider. In Addams Family Values, Thing is shown driving a car into Debbie in order to rescue Uncle Fester. After this, Fester gets into the car and Thing drives them off to the Addams Family Mansion, albeit erratically, frightening Fester in the process. This is also true for the 1998 series The New Addams Family where Thing was played by the hand of Canadian magician/actor Steven Fox. Its classic box only appears in one episode of the series (the remake of "Thing's Romance"); in others, it is revealed that he lives in a closet that has been modified as its own "house-within-a-house".

In the musical, Thing only appears in the beginning, when he opens the curtain. He is played by a member of the ensemble. In the tour version, Pugsley carries Thing on a pillow at Wednesday and Lucas's wedding, while Thing holds the ring.

Thing appears in the 2019 animated film. He appears as a disembodied hand and wears a watch with an eye on it (perhaps used to see) in some scenes, he is also shown to have a foot fetish. Thing also appears in the 2021 animated film sequel, again with a "watch" with an eye, which is used at various times to express Thing's feelings, such as exasperation with an eye roll.

Thing appears in the 2022 live-action Netflix original series Wednesday.

In other media

In December 2021, Thing appeared in advertisements for British furniture retailor DFS, as part of their "find your thing" campaign.[3]

Role in the series

Thing's many useful roles included fetching the mail, handing cigars to Gomez Addams and then lighting them, changing the channel on the Addams TV set, holding Morticia Addams's wool while she knits, turning grapes into wine in under a single minute, and turning over records on the phonograph (particularly when Gomez and Morticia dance the tango). It accompanies the family on drives by riding in the glove compartment, and in one episode, where Gomez appears in court, it emerged from Gomez's briefcase. Thing and Grandmama are fond of arm-wrestling. In a flashback episode on how Gomez and Morticia met, it is revealed that Thing has been with the Addams family since Gomez himself was a child, suggesting Thing is the son of an earlier generation of hand-servants (see below).

Morticia is always very appreciative of Thing's services, and her frequent "Thank you, Thing" is one of the best known lines of the series; Wednesday takes after her mother in courteously expressing gratitude for Thing's assistance, also. Thing cannot talk, but it does sometimes snap its fingers to attract attention, and is also able to communicate by signaling in Morse code, writing, or with the help of the manual alphabet. This can be very disconcerting to visitors to the Addams' mansion; in a running gag in some episodes, a visitor to the Addams home, profusely grateful for some kindness of the Addamses', enthusiastically shakes hands with everyone present—"Thank you, Mr. Addams! Thank you, Mrs. Addams!"—and is then offered a handshake by Thing. "And thank you..." begins the visitor, before realizing who and what he has been confronted with, recoiling in inarticulate shock, and fleeing the premises.

In one episode, Morticia gets goosed, and initially suspects Thing, who had been nearby moments earlier. However, Gomez immediately appears and admits responsibility, explaining: "Thing just likes to hold hands".

Despite being a severed hand who communicates through gestures, Thing, overall, acts as the straight man of the show.

Other hands

On the 1960s TV series, two similar hands were introduced in the episode "Morticia Meets Royalty":

In the episode "Thing Is Missing", Gomez and Morticia find a portrait of Thing's parents, a male hand and a female hand. The 1990s revived series implied the existence of other hands as well.


  1. "The New Addams Family - The Characters". Retrieved Oct 13, 2020.
  2. "Ted Cassidy". IMDb. Retrieved Oct 13, 2020.
  3. Small, Jennifer (13 December 2021). "Pablo reveals first DFS creative to help nation find their 'thing'". Campaign. Retrieved 30 December 2021.

На других языках

- [en] Thing (The Addams Family)

[it] Mano (La famiglia Addams)

Mano (The Thing[1] in originale, letteralmente "La Cosa"), il cui nome completo è Mano Mano (Thing T. Thing), noto anche come Cosino, è un personaggio immaginario creato da Charles Addams nel 1938[1] come parte della famiglia Addams. In origine si tratta di una presenza non bene identificata, di cui si scorgono solo testa e braccia, che diventa una mano che svolge il ruolo di un servitore tuttofare a partire dalla serie televisiva degli anni sessanta.

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