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* From ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the Author/[[spoiler:Ford Pines]] likes to keep his hands folded behind his back. This is because [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope he was frequently bullied because of his polydactily, and he is used to hide them]]]].

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* From ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** The
Author/[[spoiler:Ford Pines]] likes to keep his hands folded behind his back. This is because [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope he was frequently bullied because of his polydactily, polydactyly, and he is used to hide hiding them]]]].
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'''11th Doctor:''' (''gesturing emphatically'') Yes! [[IResembleThatRemark No...]]

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'''11th Doctor:''' (''gesturing emphatically'') ''[gesturing emphatically]'' Yes! [[IResembleThatRemark No...]]



** Oliver Hardy]] twiddles his tie whenever he is frustrated.

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** Oliver Hardy]] Hardy twiddles his tie whenever he is frustrated.



* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'': Andros, the Red Space Ranger] keeps his hair untied and often unknowingly tucks a strand behind ear.

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* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'': Andros, the Red Space Ranger] Ranger keeps his hair untied and often unknowingly tucks a strand behind ear.



** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Man Trap," Nancy Crater the salt vampire has a habit of putting the knuckle of her index finger in her mouth. Then we see [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Dr. McCoy doing the same gesture]]...

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** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Man Trap," Trap", Nancy Crater the salt vampire has a habit of putting the knuckle of her index finger in her mouth. Then we see [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Dr. McCoy doing the same gesture]]...



*** Characters in this and later series tended to touch their communicator badge when making or receiving a call. It wasn't strictly necessary, as saying "[X] to [Y]" or "[Y] here" would open the channel. It was probably force of habit on the part of the characters ("picking up the phone", as it were).

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*** Characters in this and later series tended tend to touch their communicator badge when making or receiving a call. It wasn't isn't strictly necessary, as saying "[X] to [Y]" or "[Y] here" would open the channel. It was is probably force of habit on the part of the characters ("picking up the phone", as it were).



*** Odo's businesslike nod in , which is usually a kind of nonverbal shorthand for "consider it done".

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*** Odo's businesslike nod in , nod, which is usually a kind of nonverbal shorthand for "consider it done".



** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Dark Frontier", Chakotay notes that Captain Janeway always fiddles with her comm badge when she's plotting something, a character tic that had never been seen before or since in the series. More accurately, Janeway has a tendency to place her hands on her hips, which unfortunately turned out to be the worst insult imaginable for one alien species that communicated through body language.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' :

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** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Dark Frontier", Chakotay notes that Captain Janeway always fiddles with her comm badge when she's plotting something, a character tic that had never been seen before or since in the series. More accurately, Janeway has a tendency to place her hands on her hips, which unfortunately turned turns out to be the worst insult imaginable for one alien species that communicated communicates through body language.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' :''Series/StargateSG1'':



* From VerboteneLiebe we have [[http://vl-discuss.livejournal.com/430157.html Christian fingerpointing]].

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* From VerboteneLiebe ''Series/VerboteneLiebe'' we have [[http://vl-discuss.livejournal.com/430157.html Christian fingerpointing]].



* Magus from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has a habit of readjusting his gloves. He usually does it when focusing a spell

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* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'':
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Magus from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has a habit of readjusting his gloves. He usually does it when focusing a spellspell.



* Squall of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' adjusts his weight. A lot. Standing still on the World Map lets you watch him constantly adjusting his standing position.
** He also faceplams. A lot.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'':
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Squall of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' adjusts his weight. A lot. Standing still on the World Map lets you watch him constantly adjusting his standing position.
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position. He also faceplams. A lot.



* Zidane of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' bends over slightly to scratch his butt, which makes him seem very monkey-like when combined with the fact that he also has a tail.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'':
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Zidane of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' bends over slightly to scratch his butt, which makes him seem very monkey-like when combined with the fact that he also has a tail.



* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] would often [[HairFlip flip]] his [[GoingThroughTheMotions hair]] whenever he did or said something cool or wanted to show off. It became such an iconic gesture that it even carried over to 3D during his appearences in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the first Kingdom Hearts]] and [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories RE:Chain of Memories]] (To the point where, in RE:COM, he even does it after he is [[SummonMagic summoned in battle]])

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* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud Strife]] would often [[HairFlip flip]] his [[GoingThroughTheMotions hair]] whenever he did or said something cool or wanted to show off. It became such an iconic gesture that it even carried over to 3D during his appearences in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the first Kingdom Hearts]] and [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories RE:Chain of Memories]] (To the point where, in RE:COM, he even does it after he is [[SummonMagic summoned in battle]])



* In the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, there would be at least one scene per-game where Sora would place his hands behind his head. It's quite common in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', where he does this in almost every single world (where his form is unaltered).
** [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Ventus]] is also prone to do this, [[spoiler:which partly justifies this trope for Sora]].

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
**
In the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, there would be at least one scene per-game where Sora would place his hands behind his head. It's quite common in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', where he does this in almost every single world (where his form is unaltered).
** [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Ventus]] ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'': Ventus is also prone to do this, [[spoiler:which partly justifies this trope for Sora]].



* [[WrenchWench Tali'Zorah]] from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has a habit of wringing her hands when nervous. Also, quarians in general (if Veetor is any indication) seem to have a habit of bouncing on their toes when idle.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
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[[WrenchWench Tali'Zorah]] from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has a habit of wringing her hands when nervous. Also, quarians in general (if Veetor is any indication) seem to have a habit of bouncing on their toes when idle.



* Revolver Ocelot from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has such a distinctive pistol-twirling motion that HideoKojima once didn't bother to refer to him by name in an interview - he merely imitated the twirl.

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* Revolver Ocelot from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has such a distinctive pistol-twirling motion that HideoKojima once didn't bother to refer to him by name in an interview - -- he merely imitated the twirl.



* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': Spoony, thanks to his LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria 2}}, now involuntarily slaps himself whenever he makes a terrible pun.

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* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': Spoony, thanks to his LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria 2}}, 2}}'', now involuntarily slaps himself whenever he makes a terrible pun.



* Hank Hill from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' will rub the back of his neck when he's nervous or embarrassed, his older Japanese half brother Junichiro also shares this tic.

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* Hank Hill from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' will rub the back of his neck when he's nervous or embarrassed, his embarrassed. His older Japanese half brother half-brother Junichiro also shares this tic.



** {{Adorkable}}, obsessive-compulsive Twilight Sparkle has a few, slightly bigger ones when she's panicking. She'll pace around, and sometimes TeleportSpam around the room (usually at least once she'll appear right in the face of whoever she's talking to/at.)

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** {{Adorkable}}, obsessive-compulsive Twilight Sparkle has a few, slightly bigger ones when she's panicking. She'll pace around, and sometimes TeleportSpam around the room (usually at least once she'll appear right in the face of whoever she's talking to/at.)to/at).



** Pinkie Pie bounces around when she walks (it's called "pronking" or "stotting" when actual animals such as horses do it.)

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** Pinkie Pie bounces around when she walks (it's called "pronking" or "stotting" when actual animals such as horses do it.)it).
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* From ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the Author/[[spoiler:Ford Pines]] likes to keep his hands folded behind his back.

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* From ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the Author/[[spoiler:Ford Pines]] likes to keep his hands folded behind his back. This is because [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope he was frequently bullied because of his polydactily, and he is used to hide them]]]].
** Shown in 'Sock Opera', Dipper chews pens when he is frustrated, and eventually starts chewing his own shirt.
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* [[WrenchWench Tali'Zorah]] from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has a habit of wringing her hands when nervous. Also, quarians in general (if Veetor is any indication) seem to have a habit of bouncing on their toes when idle.
** The Council as a whole have a habit where two of them look to the third; if that third person nods, they agree with Shepard's plan, with refusal following from the [[CommanderContrarian vastly more common]] head-shake. Shepard does the same thing with Anderson, and is also prone to doing a ReverseArmFold when receiving orders.



* Wheatley from ''{{VideoGame/Portal 2}}''. The most obvious is his eye sparking after GLaDOS crushed him, but he also waves his handles around a lot while talking, like a human would with their hands. Oh, and the side-to-side blink whenever he's self conscious, the loopy spin thing he whenever he's happy, relieved, or telling you to turn around, the flaring-out thing [[spoiler: when he's in GLaDOS's body]] he'll do when he's angry...



* [[WrenchWench Tali'Zorah]] from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has a habit of wringing her hands when nervous. Also, quarians in general (if Veetor is any indication) seem to have a habit of bouncing on their toes when idle.
** The Council as a whole have a habit where two of them look to the third; if that third person nods, they agree with Shepard's plan, with refusal following from the [[CommanderContrarian vastly more common]] head-shake. Shepard does the same thing with Anderson, and is also prone to doing a ReverseArmFold when receiving orders.
* Wheatley from ''{{VideoGame/Portal 2}}''. The most obvious is his eye sparking after GLaDOS crushed him, but he also waves his handles around a lot while talking, like a human would with their hands. Oh, and the side-to-side blink whenever he's self conscious, the loopy spin thing he whenever he's happy, relieved, or telling you to turn around, the flaring-out thing [[spoiler: when he's in GLaDOS's body]] he'll do when he's angry...



* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': Novik chewing his thumbnails.

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* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': Novik chewing Bunbun from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has a habit of cleaning himself during conversations, particularly when its parts he's apathetic to.
* Emil of ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' has a habit of ruffling
his thumbnails.hair whenever he's insecure about his situation.



* Bunbun from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has a habit of cleaning himself during conversations, particularly when its parts he's apathetic to.
* Emil of ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' has a habit of ruffling his hair whenever he's insecure about his situation.

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* Bunbun from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has a habit of cleaning himself during conversations, particularly when its parts he's apathetic to.
* Emil of ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' has a habit of ruffling
''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': Novik chewing his hair whenever he's insecure about his situation.thumbnails.



* When she's annoyed and is trying to find the right words to say, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick talks with her hands a lot more.



* When she's annoyed and is trying to find the right words to say, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick talks with her hands a lot more.



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Mr. Burns has one of the most obvious ones: his tendency to hold his hands in front of him like a praying mantis [[ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive with his fingers steepled]] (often as he says his {{catchphrase}}, "Eexxxxcellent...").

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** Whenever Eddy is annoyed, disgusted, or just plain bored, his eyebrows would be shown connected.
** The trio also has distinct ways of running, Double D knitting his arms and back straight, Eddy doubled over with his arms extended (and more often than not, his big discolored tongue sticking out), and Ed sort of loses control of his upper body, causing it to hang backwards as he runs, his arms extended.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** [[Creator/CarlosAlazraqui
Mr. Burns Crocker]] goes into violent spasms whenever he says [[strike:"fairies"]] '''"FAIRY GODPARENTS!!!"''' He'll also sometimes spazz whenever he says other things as well. For example, in the episode ''Mr. Right'', he has one of a spasm while saying "HAVE A NICE DAY!"
** Poof either waves his arms or bounces when he's super happy or excited.
* From ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'',
the most obvious ones: his tendency Author/[[spoiler:Ford Pines]] likes to hold keep his hands in front of him like a praying mantis [[ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive with folded behind his fingers steepled]] (often as he says his {{catchphrase}}, "Eexxxxcellent...").back.
* Arnold's cousin Arnie from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' after he's done talking he'll snort then blink one eye at a time.



* Robin's habit of punching his palm whenever he gets angry in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. He does this so often that if he took his glove off, viewers might see permanent knuckle prints there. Amusingly, this trait of his is [[MythologyGag carried over from the]] original ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.

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* Robin's habit Hank Hill from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' will rub the back of punching his palm neck when he's nervous or embarrassed, his older Japanese half brother Junichiro also shares this tic.
* For ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', one word sums it up: ''[[LoudGulp Gulp]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** {{Adorkable}}, obsessive-compulsive Twilight Sparkle has a few, slightly bigger ones when she's panicking. She'll pace around, and sometimes TeleportSpam around the room (usually at least once she'll appear right in the face of whoever she's talking to/at.)
** Rainbow Dash's tic is being in the air at all times. She's rarely seen with all fours on the ground.
** Pinkie Pie bounces around when she walks (it's called "pronking" or "stotting" when actual animals such as horses do it.)
** There's also Apple Bloom's favorite cousin Babs, who frequently blows her bangs out of her eyes. Initially, because she had been bullied for her lack of a cutie mark, she would nervously cover her blank flank with her tail at the mere mention of marks.
** [[AllThereInTheScript Ms. Peachbottom]] from the episode "Games Ponies Play". She is extremely claustrophobic, and whenever her phobia kicks in, she starts stretching and "limbering up" in an attempt to distract herself.
** Doctor Hooves, as revealed by the episode "Slice of Life", will violently shake his head back and forth for a second or so
whenever he gets angry needs to focus.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Blink or you'll miss, Candace blinks erratically when excited (to the point of being seen as a psycho) when she believes the boys are about to get busted.
* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', Gretchen has a habit of adjusting her glasses during a few scenes.
* General Rinaker
in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. He does this so ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies'' has a set of keys that he constantly twirls.
* ALL of the characters in any of Creator/SethMacFarlane's shows, including [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed celebrities]],
often raise their hand(s) at chest level. Possibly homage to the same tic that if he took is used in several Creator/HannaBarbera shows that Seth grew up watching.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Mr. Burns has one of the most obvious ones:
his glove off, viewers might see permanent knuckle prints there. Amusingly, this trait of tendency to hold his is [[MythologyGag carried over from the]] original ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.hands in front of him like a praying mantis [[ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive with his fingers steepled]] (often as he says his {{catchphrase}}, "Eexxxxcellent...").



* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** Whenever Eddy is annoyed, disgusted, or just plain bored, his eyebrows would be shown connected.
** The trio also has distinct ways of running, Double D knitting his arms and back straight, Eddy doubled over with his arms extended (and more often than not, his big discolored tongue sticking out), and Ed sort of loses control of his upper body, causing it to hang backwards as he runs, his arms extended.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** [[Creator/CarlosAlazraqui Mr. Crocker]] goes into violent spasms whenever he says [[strike:"fairies"]] '''"FAIRY GODPARENTS!!!"''' He'll also sometimes spazz whenever he says other things as well. For example, in the episode ''Mr. Right'', he has a spasm while saying "HAVE A NICE DAY!"
** Poof either waves his arms or bounces when he's super happy or excited.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Blink or you'll miss, Candace blinks erratically when excited (to the point of being seen as a psycho) when she believes the boys are about to get busted.
* ALL of the characters in any of Creator/SethMacFarlane's shows, including [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed celebrities]], often raise their hand(s) at chest level. Possibly homage to the same tic that is used in several Creator/HannaBarbera shows that Seth grew up watching.
* For ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', one word sums it up: ''[[LoudGulp Gulp]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** {{Adorkable}}, obsessive-compulsive Twilight Sparkle has a few, slightly bigger ones when she's panicking. She'll pace around, and sometimes TeleportSpam around the room (usually at least once she'll appear right in the face of whoever she's talking to/at.)
** Rainbow Dash's tic is being in the air at all times. She's rarely seen with all fours on the ground.
** Pinkie Pie bounces around when she walks (it's called "pronking" or "stotting" when actual animals such as horses do it.)
** There's also Apple Bloom's favorite cousin Babs, who frequently blows her bangs out of her eyes. Initially, because she had been bullied for her lack of a cutie mark, she would nervously cover her blank flank with her tail at the mere mention of marks.
** [[AllThereInTheScript Ms. Peachbottom]] from the episode "Games Ponies Play". She is extremely claustrophobic, and whenever her phobia kicks in, she starts stretching and "limbering up" in an attempt to distract herself.
** Doctor Hooves, as revealed by the episode "Slice of Life", will violently shake his head back and forth for a second or so whenever he needs to focus.
* General Rinaker in ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies'' has a set of keys that he constantly twirls.
* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', Gretchen has a habit of adjusting her glasses during a few scenes.
* Arnold's cousin Arnie from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' after he's done talking he'll snort then blink one eye at a time.
* From ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the Author/[[spoiler:Ford Pines]] likes to keep his hands folded behind his back.



* Hank Hill from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' will rub the back of his neck when he's nervous or embarrassed, his older Japanese half brother Junichiro also shares this tic.

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* Hank Hill from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' will rub the back Robin's habit of punching his palm whenever he gets angry in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. He does this so often that if he took his glove off, viewers might see permanent knuckle prints there. Amusingly, this trait of his neck when he's nervous or embarrassed, his older Japanese half brother Junichiro also shares this tic.is [[MythologyGag carried over from the]] original ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.
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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'''s Kurt Hummel almost always fixes his hair while singing a high note, and always sits with his legs crossed.
* ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' did it with Dick's famous "now I'm drunk, now I'm sober" schtick.
* ''Series/Series/CSIMiami'' must be eligible for Horatio Caine's habit of putting his hands on his hips while wearing sunglasses. And his habit of [[GlassesPull putting on sunglasses for dramatic pronouncements]]. Or, if he's already wearing them, adjusting them. Or ''taking them off, and putting them on again a moment later''. And let's not forget that he never kneels like a normal person; he always gets down on one knee, as if to propose. (Granted, it's an easier position to get up from when you're only going to be kneeling for about five seconds, but Horatio kneels a ''lot''.)
* British educational documentaries presented for the BBC by Dr Jonathan Miller, such as ''The Body in Question'' and ''Your Life in Their Hands'' were made compulsive viewing by Miller's vastly exaggerated hand movements when speaking. So much so that radio comedy show ''Series/TheBurkissWay'' opened their sound parody with
--> We now present ''Their Hands in Your Life'', presented by Doctor Jonathan Miller, the only man whose hands are too loud for the deaf.
:: Magnus Pyke was known for his enthusiastic gesticulating as well and he, too, gets spoofed on several occasions.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Giles from had a tic related to his glasses. He would [[TheGlassesComeOff take them off or put them on]] with essentially ''every'' emotional "beat" (eventually, this was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when Buffy worked out he did this to avoid having to see whatever was going on).
** Warren has a distinctive downward chopping gesture that he makes with both hands when he's annoyed. [[spoiler:This is used for a meaningful moment when Willow is being taken over by him in "The Killer Inside Me".]]
** The Buffy eye-roll, given whenever someone (usually Xander or Spike) does something comically annoying.

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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'''s Kurt Hummel almost always fixes his hair while singing ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': John Cage, a high note, and always sits brilliant but weird lawyer, had lots of tics, along with strange personal habits. The ones that were mentioned and exhibited most often were his legs crossed.
* ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' did
whistling nose (he could whistle it with Dick's famous "now I'm drunk, now I'm sober" schtick.
when he wanted but at times he couldn't stop it whistle) and he was preparing his closing arguments barefoot.
* ''Series/Series/CSIMiami'' must be eligible for Horatio Caine's habit Buster of putting ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has a tendency to rub his hands on over his hips while wearing sunglasses. And his habit of [[GlassesPull putting on sunglasses for dramatic pronouncements]]. Or, if he's already wearing them, adjusting them. Or ''taking them off, and putting them on again a moment later''. And let's not forget that he never kneels like a normal person; he always gets down on one knee, as if to propose. (Granted, it's an easier position to get up from ears, usually when you're only going to be kneeling for about five seconds, but Horatio kneels a ''lot''.)
* British educational documentaries presented for the BBC by Dr Jonathan Miller, such as ''The Body in Question'' and ''Your Life in Their Hands'' were made compulsive viewing by Miller's vastly exaggerated hand movements when speaking.
he is nervous. So much so that radio comedy show ''Series/TheBurkissWay'' opened their sound parody with
--> We now present ''Their Hands in Your Life'', presented by Doctor Jonathan Miller, the only man whose hands are too loud for the deaf.
:: Magnus Pyke was known for his enthusiastic gesticulating as well and he, too, gets spoofed on several occasions.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Giles from had a tic related to his glasses. He would [[TheGlassesComeOff take them off or put them on]] with
he essentially ''every'' emotional "beat" (eventually, this was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d [[ShrinkingViolet perpetually rubs at his ears]].
* Ally from ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' chews her hair
when Buffy worked out he did this she gets nervous.
* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', both Londo and G'Kar had a tendency
to avoid having tug on their lapels when giving speeches or when generally being pompous. Possibly a coincidence, but it also served as a subliminal reminder that the characters are [[NotSoDifferent more alike]] than they'd like to see whatever was going on).
** Warren
admit.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Leonard
has a distinctive downward chopping gesture that he makes with both habit of wringing his hands when he's annoyed. [[spoiler:This is used for a meaningful moment nervous, usually when Willow is being taken over by him in "The Killer Inside Me".]]
** The Buffy eye-roll, given whenever someone (usually Xander or Spike) does something comically annoying.
he's talking to women.



* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Simon is good at this. One of the best was when River told Jubal, "I don't think your intentions are honorable" and Simon squinted (saying "Oh, really?")
** Also, Jayne is frequently seen curiously touching things, such as Simon's birthday cake and the hologram in the hospital.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Dr Cox's habit of touching his nose. According to actor John C. [=McGinley,=] this is an homage to Paul Newman's character in ''Film/TheSting''. Also how he puts his hands behind his head when he's upset -- this was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at some point in Season 7. Also, whenever he takes off a pair of medical gloves, he always uses the elastic to ping them away. That last one is actually the way you're supposed to take off gloves to minimize exposure.
** ''Scrubs'' also features [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Todd]], whose signature high-fives are always followed by him snapping his fingers and pointing at the recipient.
** Elliot blowing hair out of her face, which emphasizes her neuroticism.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Man Trap," Nancy Crater the salt vampire has a habit of putting the knuckle of her index finger in her mouth. Then we see [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Dr. McCoy doing the same gesture]]...
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
*** Picard's habit of straightening his uniform whenever he stands up. Nicknamed "the Picard Manoeuvre" by the production staff, it was given a ShoutOut on the show as a battle tactic the character invents also called the Picard Manoeuvre. He also often made a little flicking motion with his hand when he said "Engage", which is something Kirk used to do.
*** Then there's Lore's facial tic, which comes in handy when you [[EvilTwin need to distinguish him from Data]].
*** Data has a few of his own, such as tilting his head to one side or the other when he is confused. It's apparently the body language equivalent of a hard drive clicking. This is lampshaded in "Hero Worship" where Data is tending to a human boy who is trying to act just like Data [[note]]The boy was suffering from severe trauma and latched onto Data[[/note]] and Data cannot get him to hold still to brush the boy's hair. Data realizes this tic could be distracting to others.
*** Characters in this and later series tended to touch their communicator badge when making or receiving a call. It wasn't strictly necessary, as saying "[X] to [Y]" or "[Y] here" would open the channel. It was probably force of habit on the part of the characters ("picking up the phone", as it were).
*** Q would snap his fingers to invoke his powers. Another Q, named Quinn, had a two fingered swirl-and-raise thing that served the same function.
*** Riker has two notable tics: [[CaptainMorganPose leaning on top of different objects (e.g. tables and consoles)]], and sitting down by stretching his leg over the chair (much like mounting a horse), both due to Creator/JonathanFrakes' height and problems with back pain.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
*** Odo's businesslike nod in , which is usually a kind of nonverbal shorthand for "consider it done".
*** Garak widens his eyes in a distinctive fashion when he's being [[SincerityMode very sincere,]] [[SarcasmMode very sarcastic,]] or attempting to disguise one as the other.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Dark Frontier", Chakotay notes that Captain Janeway always fiddles with her comm badge when she's plotting something, a character tic that had never been seen before or since in the series. More accurately, Janeway has a tendency to place her hands on her hips, which unfortunately turned out to be the worst insult imaginable for one alien species that communicated through body language.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' :
** Daniel Jackson tends to subtly furrow his eyebrows and lips when frustrated (although that's probably more Michael Shanks). Although this lessened later in the series, for at least the first two seasons, Daniel had a habit of [[OralFixation licking his lips]] or biting them when he was thinking or was interrupted. Late in the show, he also has the tendency to let his head drop forward whenever he's frustrated or bemused.
** Teal'c falls victim quite frequently to the [[FascinatingEyebrow Spock Eyebrows]] -- so frequently that it's been {{lampshade|Hanging}}d on multiple occasions. Once, Teal'c interrogated a prisoner simply by raising his eyebrows. He also clenches his jaw when he's irked.
** Col. Carter's momentary grimace anytime she either does something wrong, or bad things are about to happen.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Rodney [=McKay=] snaps his fingers when he's trying to remember something, and shakes his finger (like he's scolding you) when he's thinking really hard. The actor once snapped his fingers at his girlfriend by mistake when he'd been playing [=McKay=] all day. As [=McKay=] is an asshole, this didn't go down too well. According to David Hewlett, his then-girlfriend/now-wife gives him a 10-minute grace period after he comes home to shed his [=McKay=]-isms. After that...

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Simon is good at this. One of
British educational documentaries presented for the best was when River told Jubal, "I don't think your intentions are honorable" and Simon squinted (saying "Oh, really?")
** Also, Jayne is frequently seen curiously touching things,
BBC by Dr Jonathan Miller, such as Simon's birthday cake ''The Body in Question'' and the hologram ''Your Life in the hospital.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Dr Cox's habit of touching his nose. According to actor John C. [=McGinley,=] this is an homage to Paul Newman's character in ''Film/TheSting''. Also how he puts his hands behind his head
Their Hands'' were made compulsive viewing by Miller's vastly exaggerated hand movements when he's upset -- speaking. So much so that radio comedy show
* Jerry from ''Series/BostonLegal'' would stomp, purr, hop, and make popping noises when he got upset; and in later episodes pull out a wooden cigarette as a crutch. This is, of course, ignoring his characteristic hands-on-your-knees style of walking and general social awkwardness.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Giles from had a tic related to his glasses. He would [[TheGlassesComeOff take them off or put them on]] with essentially ''every'' emotional "beat" (eventually,
this was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at some point in Season 7. Also, whenever when Buffy worked out he takes off did this to avoid having to see whatever was going on).
** Warren has
a pair of medical gloves, distinctive downward chopping gesture that he always uses the elastic to ping them away. That last one makes with both hands when he's annoyed. [[spoiler:This is actually the way you're supposed to take off gloves to minimize exposure.
** ''Scrubs'' also features [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Todd]], whose signature high-fives are always followed
used for a meaningful moment when Willow is being taken over by him snapping his fingers and pointing at the recipient.
** Elliot blowing hair out of her face, which emphasizes her neuroticism.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode
in "The Man Trap," Nancy Crater Killer Inside Me".]]
** The Buffy eye-roll, given whenever someone (usually Xander or Spike) does something comically annoying.
''Series/TheBurkissWay'' opened their sound parody with
---> We now present ''Their Hands in Your Life'', presented by Doctor Jonathan Miller,
the salt vampire has a only man whose hands are too loud for the deaf.
** Magnus Pyke was known for his enthusiastic gesticulating as well and he, too, gets spoofed on several occasions.
* ''Series/CSIMiami'' must be eligible for Horatio Caine's
habit of putting the knuckle of her index finger in her mouth. Then we see [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Dr. McCoy doing the same gesture]]...
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
*** Picard's
his hands on his hips while wearing sunglasses. And his habit of straightening his uniform whenever he stands up. Nicknamed "the Picard Manoeuvre" by the production staff, it was given a ShoutOut [[GlassesPull putting on the show as a battle tactic the character invents also called the Picard Manoeuvre. He also often made a little flicking motion with his hand when he said "Engage", which is something Kirk used to do.
*** Then there's Lore's facial tic, which comes in handy when you [[EvilTwin need to distinguish him from Data]].
*** Data has a few of his own, such as tilting his head to one side or the other when he is confused. It's apparently the body language equivalent of a hard drive clicking. This is lampshaded in "Hero Worship" where Data is tending to a human boy who is trying to act just like Data [[note]]The boy was suffering from severe trauma and latched onto Data[[/note]] and Data cannot get him to hold still to brush the boy's hair. Data realizes this tic could be distracting to others.
*** Characters in this and later series tended to touch their communicator badge when making or receiving a call. It wasn't strictly necessary, as saying "[X] to [Y]" or "[Y] here" would open the channel. It was probably force of habit on the part of the characters ("picking up the phone", as it were).
*** Q would snap his fingers to invoke his powers. Another Q, named Quinn, had a two fingered swirl-and-raise thing that served the same function.
*** Riker has two notable tics: [[CaptainMorganPose leaning on top of different objects (e.g. tables and consoles)]], and sitting down by stretching his leg over the chair (much like mounting a horse), both due to Creator/JonathanFrakes' height and problems with back pain.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
*** Odo's businesslike nod in , which is usually a kind of nonverbal shorthand
sunglasses for "consider it done".
*** Garak widens his eyes in a distinctive fashion when
dramatic pronouncements]]. Or, if he's being [[SincerityMode very sincere,]] [[SarcasmMode very sarcastic,]] or attempting to disguise one as the other.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Dark Frontier", Chakotay notes
already wearing them, adjusting them. Or ''taking them off, and putting them on again a moment later''. And let's not forget that Captain Janeway he never kneels like a normal person; he always fiddles with her comm badge when she's plotting something, a character tic that had never been seen before or since in the series. More accurately, Janeway has a tendency to place her hands gets down on her hips, which unfortunately turned out to be the worst insult imaginable for one alien species that communicated through body language.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' :
** Daniel Jackson tends
knee, as if to subtly furrow his eyebrows and lips when frustrated (although that's probably more Michael Shanks). Although this lessened later in the series, for at least the first two seasons, Daniel had a habit of [[OralFixation licking his lips]] or biting them when he was thinking or was interrupted. Late in the show, he also has the tendency to let his head drop forward whenever he's frustrated or bemused.
** Teal'c falls victim quite frequently to the [[FascinatingEyebrow Spock Eyebrows]] -- so frequently that
propose. (Granted, it's been {{lampshade|Hanging}}d on multiple occasions. Once, Teal'c interrogated a prisoner simply by raising his eyebrows. He also clenches his jaw an easier position to get up from when he's irked.
** Col. Carter's momentary grimace anytime she either does something wrong, or bad things are
you're only going to be kneeling for about to happen.
five seconds, but Horatio kneels a ''lot''.)
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Rodney [=McKay=] snaps his fingers when he's trying to remember something, and shakes his finger (like he's scolding you) when he's thinking really hard. The actor once snapped his fingers at his girlfriend by mistake when he'd been playing [=McKay=] all day. As [=McKay=] is an asshole, this didn't go down too well. According to David Hewlett, his then-girlfriend/now-wife gives him a 10-minute grace period after he comes home to shed his [=McKay=]-isms. After that...''TheDickVanDykeShow'' did it with Dick's famous "now I'm drunk, now I'm sober" schtick.



* Benton Fraser of ''Series/DueSouth'' has at least two. When he's nervous he'll either rub his eyebrow with his thumbnail or tug gently at his left ear.



* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'':
** Al Bundy slips his hand into the waistband of his trousers when he's relaxing in front of the TV. His daughter Kelly temporarily adopts this along with her father's personality in the episode "The Good-Bye Girl" after a rough day at her new job at a TV-based tourist attraction. Al also puts his hands in his pockets and smirks in a sanctimonious fashion when he feels someone else is about to get their comeuppance.
** Marcy had a tendency to shake her finger when admonishing someone, especially Al.



* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has a lot of these: neck-crinking, fingers steepled, hands in front when examining crime scenes... it's compounded by his obsessive-compulsive tendencies. It's eventually revealed that the finger-steepling is something he got from his father. That is what appears in the page image.
* Jerry from ''Series/BostonLegal'' would stomp, purr, hop, and make popping noises when he got upset; and in later episodes pull out a wooden cigarette as a crutch. This is, of course, ignoring his characteristic hands-on-your-knees style of walking and general social awkwardness.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', Agent Mulder is always putting things in his mouth--usually [[TrademarkFavoriteFood sunflower seeds]], but in the first season especially, he can also be caught munching on paper clips.

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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has a lot ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Simon is good at this. One
of these: neck-crinking, fingers steepled, hands in front the best was when examining crime scenes... it's compounded by River told Jubal, "I don't think your intentions are honorable" and Simon squinted (saying "Oh, really?")
** Also, Jayne is frequently seen curiously touching things, such as Simon's birthday cake and the hologram in the hospital.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'''s Dr Harrison Wells has quite a few tics, including gesturing with
his obsessive-compulsive tendencies. It's eventually revealed hands, keeping a hand near his chin when thinking and shifting his jaw and lower lip. Most noticeable is his habit of taking his glasses off when prodding Barry about his past or giving him tips on how best to use his speed. He also takes his glasses off whenever he's [[spoiler: no longer pretending to be Wells.]] Additionally, he rubs the back of his neck a lot, especially [[spoiler: when he has recently stood up out of his wheelchair.]]
* Both Niles and Frasier Crane on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had a habit of mouthing wordlessly whenever they were surprised, confused, or offended. They also adopted a near-identical raised-eyebrow sideways glare whenever they were suspicious, among other tics. Given
that the finger-steepling characters are brothers, this is something a) FridgeBrilliance, and b) almost certainly an intentionally communicated agreement between Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce.
** Kelsey Grammer has also openly stated that
he got swiped several of Frasier's tics from JackBenny, Jackie Gleason and BetteDavis.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler flails
his father. That is what appears in the page image.
* Jerry from ''Series/BostonLegal'' would stomp, purr, hop, and make popping noises
hands when he got upset; and in later episodes pull out a wooden cigarette as a crutch. This is, of course, ignoring his characteristic hands-on-your-knees style of walking and general social awkwardness.
he's nervous or excited.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', Agent Mulder is ''Series/{{Glee}}'''s Kurt Hummel almost always putting things in fixes his mouth--usually [[TrademarkFavoriteFood sunflower seeds]], but in the first season especially, he can also be caught munching on paper clips.hair while singing a high note, and always sits with his legs crossed.



* Buster of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has a tendency to rub his hands over his ears, usually when he is nervous. So he essentially [[ShrinkingViolet perpetually rubs at his ears]].



* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' has a really [[CringeComedy cringeworthy]] one with "blinky dork" Ben Swain. Jamie calls his nervous blinking "epilepsy of the eyes."

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* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' has Characters in KeepingUpAppearances have a really [[CringeComedy cringeworthy]] one with "blinky dork" Ben Swain. Jamie calls his nervous blinking "epilepsy tendency to repeat phrases over and over. In fact, all of the eyes."Roy Clarke's characters tend to repeat phrases over and over. They do. They repeat things. Over and over.



* Benton Fraser of ''Series/DueSouth'' has at least two. When he's nervous he'll either rub his eyebrow with his thumbnail or tug gently at his left ear.
* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', both Londo and G'Kar had a tendency to tug on their lapels when giving speeches or when generally being pompous. Possibly a coincidence, but it also served as a subliminal reminder that the characters are [[NotSoDifferent more alike]] than they'd like to admit.
* Characters in KeepingUpAppearances have a tendency to repeat phrases over and over. In fact, all of Roy Clarke's characters tend to repeat phrases over and over. They do. They repeat things. Over and over.
* Both Niles and Frasier Crane on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had a habit of mouthing wordlessly whenever they were surprised, confused, or offended. They also adopted a near-identical raised-eyebrow sideways glare whenever they were suspicious, among other tics. Given that the characters are brothers, this is a) FridgeBrilliance, and b) almost certainly an intentionally communicated agreement between Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce.
** Kelsey Grammer has also openly stated that he swiped several of Frasier's tics from JackBenny, Jackie Gleason and BetteDavis.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Leonard has a habit of wringing his hands when he's nervous, usually when he's talking to women.
* From VerboteneLiebe we have [[http://vl-discuss.livejournal.com/430157.html Christian fingerpointing]].
* Ally from ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' chews her hair when she gets nervous.
* Castiel from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' [[QuizzicalTilt tilts his head to the side when he's confused.]] It seems to be a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent species-wide trait,]] but he [[LiteralMinded displays it]] [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm the most.]]
* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'': Andros, the Red Space Ranger] keeps his hair untied and often unknowingly tucks a strand behind ear.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler flails his hands when he's nervous or excited.
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': John Cage, a brilliant but weird lawyer, had lots of tics, along with strange personal habits. The ones that were mentioned and exhibited most often were his whistling nose (he could whistle it when he wanted but at times he couldn't stop it whistle) and he was preparing his closing arguments barefoot.
* ''Series/MondayMornings'': Dr Buck Tierney has a habit of pulling himself up and down and making a squeaky sound with his shoes.

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* Benton Fraser ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'':
** Al Bundy slips his hand into the waistband
of ''Series/DueSouth'' has at least two. When his trousers when he's nervous he'll either rub his eyebrow relaxing in front of the TV. His daughter Kelly temporarily adopts this along with her father's personality in the episode "The Good-Bye Girl" after a rough day at her new job at a TV-based tourist attraction. Al also puts his thumbnail or tug gently at hands in his left ear.
* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', both Londo
pockets and G'Kar smirks in a sanctimonious fashion when he feels someone else is about to get their comeuppance.
** Marcy
had a tendency to tug on their lapels shake her finger when giving speeches or when generally being pompous. Possibly a coincidence, but it also served as a subliminal reminder that the characters are [[NotSoDifferent more alike]] than they'd like to admit.
* Characters in KeepingUpAppearances have a tendency to repeat phrases over and over. In fact, all of Roy Clarke's characters tend to repeat phrases over and over. They do. They repeat things. Over and over.
* Both Niles and Frasier Crane on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had a habit of mouthing wordlessly whenever they were surprised, confused, or offended. They also adopted a near-identical raised-eyebrow sideways glare whenever they were suspicious, among other tics. Given that the characters are brothers, this is a) FridgeBrilliance, and b) almost certainly an intentionally communicated agreement between Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce.
** Kelsey Grammer has also openly stated that he swiped several of Frasier's tics from JackBenny, Jackie Gleason and BetteDavis.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Leonard has a habit of wringing his hands when he's nervous, usually when he's talking to women.
* From VerboteneLiebe we have [[http://vl-discuss.livejournal.com/430157.html Christian fingerpointing]].
* Ally from ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' chews her hair when she gets nervous.
* Castiel from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' [[QuizzicalTilt tilts his head to the side when he's confused.]] It seems to be a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent species-wide trait,]] but he [[LiteralMinded displays it]] [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm the most.]]
* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'': Andros, the Red Space Ranger] keeps his hair untied and often unknowingly tucks a strand behind ear.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler flails his hands when he's nervous or excited.
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': John Cage, a brilliant but weird lawyer, had lots of tics, along with strange personal habits. The ones that were mentioned and exhibited most often were his whistling nose (he could whistle it when he wanted but at times he couldn't stop it whistle) and he was preparing his closing arguments barefoot.
* ''Series/MondayMornings'': Dr Buck Tierney has a habit of pulling himself up and down and making a squeaky sound with his shoes.
admonishing someone, especially Al.



* Stefan Salvatore from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' frequently points (with his hand in what could be considered a relaxed version of the American Sign Language sign for "I love you") while working out logical puzzles or trying to determine someone's motives. Also, when attempting to appear more menacing--or flirtatious--his brother Damon does what is [[FanNickname sometimes referred to]] as "[[BuffySpeak the eye thing]]" where he alternately bulges and squints his eyes for emphasis.

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* Stefan Salvatore from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' frequently points (with ''Series/MondayMornings'': Dr Buck Tierney has a habit of pulling himself up and down and making a squeaky sound with his hand in what could be considered a relaxed version of the American Sign Language sign for "I love you") while working out logical puzzles or trying to determine someone's motives. Also, when attempting to appear more menacing--or flirtatious--his brother Damon does what is [[FanNickname sometimes referred to]] as "[[BuffySpeak the eye thing]]" where he alternately bulges and squints his eyes for emphasis.shoes.



* ''Series/TheFlash2014'''s Dr Harrison Wells has quite a few tics, including gesturing with his hands, keeping a hand near his chin when thinking and shifting his jaw and lower lip. Most noticeable is his habit of taking his glasses off when prodding Barry about his past or giving him tips on how best to use his speed. He also takes his glasses off whenever he's [[spoiler: no longer pretending to be Wells.]] Additionally, he rubs the back of his neck a lot, especially [[spoiler: when he has recently stood up out of his wheelchair.]]

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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'''s Dr Harrison Wells ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has quite a few tics, including gesturing with his hands, keeping a hand near his chin lot of these: neck-crinking, fingers steepled, hands in front when thinking and shifting examining crime scenes... it's compounded by his jaw and lower lip. Most noticeable obsessive-compulsive tendencies. It's eventually revealed that the finger-steepling is something he got from his habit of taking his glasses off when prodding Barry about his past or giving him tips on how best to use his speed. He also takes his glasses off whenever he's [[spoiler: no longer pretending to be Wells.]] Additionally, he rubs father. That is what appears in the back of his neck a lot, especially [[spoiler: when he has recently stood up out of his wheelchair.]] page image.



* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'': Andros, the Red Space Ranger] keeps his hair untied and often unknowingly tucks a strand behind ear.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Dr Cox's habit of touching his nose. According to actor John C. [=McGinley,=] this is an homage to Paul Newman's character in ''Film/TheSting''. Also how he puts his hands behind his head when he's upset -- this was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at some point in Season 7. Also, whenever he takes off a pair of medical gloves, he always uses the elastic to ping them away. That last one is actually the way you're supposed to take off gloves to minimize exposure.
** ''Scrubs'' also features [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Todd]], whose signature high-fives are always followed by him snapping his fingers and pointing at the recipient.
** Elliot blowing hair out of her face, which emphasizes her neuroticism.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Man Trap," Nancy Crater the salt vampire has a habit of putting the knuckle of her index finger in her mouth. Then we see [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Dr. McCoy doing the same gesture]]...
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
*** Picard's habit of straightening his uniform whenever he stands up. Nicknamed "the Picard Manoeuvre" by the production staff, it was given a ShoutOut on the show as a battle tactic the character invents also called the Picard Manoeuvre. He also often made a little flicking motion with his hand when he said "Engage", which is something Kirk used to do.
*** Then there's Lore's facial tic, which comes in handy when you [[EvilTwin need to distinguish him from Data]].
*** Data has a few of his own, such as tilting his head to one side or the other when he is confused. It's apparently the body language equivalent of a hard drive clicking. This is lampshaded in "Hero Worship" where Data is tending to a human boy who is trying to act just like Data [[note]]The boy was suffering from severe trauma and latched onto Data[[/note]] and Data cannot get him to hold still to brush the boy's hair. Data realizes this tic could be distracting to others.
*** Characters in this and later series tended to touch their communicator badge when making or receiving a call. It wasn't strictly necessary, as saying "[X] to [Y]" or "[Y] here" would open the channel. It was probably force of habit on the part of the characters ("picking up the phone", as it were).
*** Q would snap his fingers to invoke his powers. Another Q, named Quinn, had a two fingered swirl-and-raise thing that served the same function.
*** Riker has two notable tics: [[CaptainMorganPose leaning on top of different objects (e.g. tables and consoles)]], and sitting down by stretching his leg over the chair (much like mounting a horse), both due to Creator/JonathanFrakes' height and problems with back pain.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
*** Odo's businesslike nod in , which is usually a kind of nonverbal shorthand for "consider it done".
*** Garak widens his eyes in a distinctive fashion when he's being [[SincerityMode very sincere,]] [[SarcasmMode very sarcastic,]] or attempting to disguise one as the other.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Dark Frontier", Chakotay notes that Captain Janeway always fiddles with her comm badge when she's plotting something, a character tic that had never been seen before or since in the series. More accurately, Janeway has a tendency to place her hands on her hips, which unfortunately turned out to be the worst insult imaginable for one alien species that communicated through body language.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' :
** Daniel Jackson tends to subtly furrow his eyebrows and lips when frustrated (although that's probably more Michael Shanks). Although this lessened later in the series, for at least the first two seasons, Daniel had a habit of [[OralFixation licking his lips]] or biting them when he was thinking or was interrupted. Late in the show, he also has the tendency to let his head drop forward whenever he's frustrated or bemused.
** Teal'c falls victim quite frequently to the [[FascinatingEyebrow Spock Eyebrows]] -- so frequently that it's been {{lampshade|Hanging}}d on multiple occasions. Once, Teal'c interrogated a prisoner simply by raising his eyebrows. He also clenches his jaw when he's irked.
** Col. Carter's momentary grimace anytime she either does something wrong, or bad things are about to happen.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Rodney [=McKay=] snaps his fingers when he's trying to remember something, and shakes his finger (like he's scolding you) when he's thinking really hard. The actor once snapped his fingers at his girlfriend by mistake when he'd been playing [=McKay=] all day. As [=McKay=] is an asshole, this didn't go down too well. According to David Hewlett, his then-girlfriend/now-wife gives him a 10-minute grace period after he comes home to shed his [=McKay=]-isms. After that...
* Stefan Salvatore from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' frequently points (with his hand in what could be considered a relaxed version of the American Sign Language sign for "I love you") while working out logical puzzles or trying to determine someone's motives. Also, when attempting to appear more menacing--or flirtatious--his brother Damon does what is [[FanNickname sometimes referred to]] as "[[BuffySpeak the eye thing]]" where he alternately bulges and squints his eyes for emphasis.
* Castiel from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' [[QuizzicalTilt tilts his head to the side when he's confused.]] It seems to be a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent species-wide trait,]] but he [[LiteralMinded displays it]] [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm the most.]]
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' has a really [[CringeComedy cringeworthy]] one with "blinky dork" Ben Swain. Jamie calls his nervous blinking "epilepsy of the eyes."
* From VerboteneLiebe we have [[http://vl-discuss.livejournal.com/430157.html Christian fingerpointing]].
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', Agent Mulder is always putting things in his mouth--usually [[TrademarkFavoriteFood sunflower seeds]], but in the first season especially, he can also be caught munching on paper clips.



* Wrestling/CMPunk twisting his wrists as a warmup before his match.



* Wrestling/TheUndertaker points to someone or something during promos with the hand holding the mic. Always.



* When on the mic, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels will always work in the words "the fact of the matter is..." or "I got news for ya!". Often both.



* Wrestling/CMPunk twisting his wrists as a warmup before his match.



* Wrestling/TheUndertaker points to someone or something during promos with the hand holding the mic. Always.
* When on the mic, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels will always work in the words "the fact of the matter is..." or "I got news for ya!". Often both.



* Fighting Games in general give each character a trademark pose (or even more than one) that he or she assumes upon winning. ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' and ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' are good examples, but far from the only ones.



* Magus from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has a habit of readjusting his gloves. He usually does it when focusing a spell
** Robo has one too, after doing something that takes a bit of effort, his casing opens up and a hissing sound is heard. This is definitely a JustifiedTrope, as he's venting out heat since he's, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a robot.]] Done to sinister effect when [[spoiler:it's done by his brothers, the rest of the R-Series, after they beat the crap out of him. All six of them do it. Then, one of them picks up his battered body and throws it down a disposal shoot, which is a simple task, but he does it again, showing how trivially they think of disposing one of their own.]]
** Lucca moves her glasses up and down, possibly adjusting them, as a substitute for raising unseen eyebrows. She does it when she takes notice of something, and usually doesn't stop until something else happens.



* Revolver Ocelot from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has such a distinctive pistol-twirling motion that HideoKojima once didn't bother to refer to him by name in an interview - he merely imitated the twirl.
** Also, in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' he has a hand gesture similar to Star Trek's Picard.
** Otacon pushing his glasses up at the bridge of his nose as a nervous tic is so persistent that he makes the motion even when he's not wearing glasses.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. Sol Badguy popping his neck.
* Magus from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has a habit of readjusting his gloves. He usually does it when focusing a spell
** Robo has one too, after doing something that takes a bit of effort, his casing opens up and a hissing sound is heard. This is definitely a JustifiedTrope, as he's venting out heat since he's, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a robot.]] Done to sinister effect when [[spoiler:it's done by his brothers, the rest of the R-Series, after they beat the crap out of him. All six of them do it. Then, one of them picks up his battered body and throws it down a disposal shoot, which is a simple task, but he does it again, showing how trivially they think of disposing one of their own.]]
** Lucca moves her glasses up and down, possibly adjusting them, as a substitute for raising unseen eyebrows. She does it when she takes notice of something, and usually doesn't stop until something else happens.

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* Revolver Ocelot from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has such a distinctive pistol-twirling motion that HideoKojima once didn't bother ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
** Laharl tends
to refer to him by name in an interview - he merely imitated the twirl.
** Also, in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' he has a hand gesture similar to Star Trek's Picard.
** Otacon pushing
have his glasses up arms folded across his chest, no matter what his mood is at the bridge of time. This applies both to his nose as a nervous tic in-game sprite and his cutscene portraits.
** Valvatorez from ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' likes to sweep his cape whenever he
is so persistent that he makes the motion even being dramatic. [[LargeHam Which is often]].
* In ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', Allegretto tends to be very expressive with his hands
when he's not wearing glasses.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. Sol Badguy popping his neck.
* Magus from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has a habit of readjusting his gloves. He usually does it when focusing a spell
** Robo has one too, after doing something that takes a bit of effort, his casing opens up and a hissing sound is heard. This is definitely a JustifiedTrope, as he's venting out heat since he's, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a robot.]] Done to sinister effect when [[spoiler:it's done by his brothers, the rest of the R-Series, after they beat the crap out of him. All six of them do it. Then, one of them picks up his battered body and throws it down a disposal shoot, which is a simple task, but he does it again, showing how trivially they think of disposing one of their own.]]
** Lucca moves her glasses up and down, possibly adjusting them, as a substitute for raising unseen eyebrows. She does it when she takes notice of something, and usually doesn't stop until something else happens.
talking.



* Ghirahim from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' really likes to wiggle his fingers around a lot, even when he's not MilkingTheGiantCow.
** Each of the [[LegacyCharacter Links]] has their own quirks, to set them apart from one another. ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Majora's Mask'' Link have a habit of brandishing the things he drinks in front of him and cocking a hand on his hip and swaying while listening to someone; ''Wind Waker'' Link has his mouth in an O almost constantly; and ''Twilight Princess'' Link twirls his sword when targeting enemies.
* SonicTheHedgehog has a couple of tics: his smirk with accompanying finger-wag, and placing his hands at his sides while impatiently tapping his foot, both of which established his "[[MascotWithAttitude Dude with the 'Tude]]" persona.
* Mondo Zappa, from ''VideoGame/KillerIsDead'', has a habit of slicking his hair back with his left ([[ArtificialLimbs cybernetic]]) hand, usually before starting his missions.
* Red from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' seems to have a character tic of adjusting his hat to cover his eyes, before a battle. He does that in his ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HGSS]]'' sprite, a [[TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon Trading Card Game]] statue, and the first [[WhatCouldHaveBeen trailer for]] ''Battle Revolution''.
* Fighting Games in general give each character a trademark pose (or even more than one) that he or she assumes upon winning. ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' and ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' are good examples, but far from the only ones.



* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] would often [[HairFlip flip]] his [[GoingThroughTheMotions hair]] whenever he did or said something cool or wanted to show off. It became such an iconic gesture that it even carried over to 3D during his appearences in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the first Kingdom Hearts]] and [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories RE:Chain of Memories]] (To the point where, in RE:COM, he even does it after he is [[SummonMagic summoned in battle]])



* From ''VideoGame/{{Tales Of Graces}}'' [[TheHero Asbel]] tends to do a quick HandBehindHead where he quickly ruffles his hair, [[TheIngenue Sophie]] tends to cock her head to the side, [[TeamMom Cheria]] angrily leans forward when scolding someone and has a habit of placing her hands placed in front of her when walking. [[GenkiGirl Pascal]] does this... rather weird gesture where she raises her hand looking like she's falling sideways before she catches herself and stands like normal and tends to answer with "Y'okay".
* [[WrenchWench Tali'Zorah]] from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has a habit of wringing her hands when nervous. Also, quarians in general (if Veetor is any indication) seem to have a habit of bouncing on their toes when idle.
** The Council as a whole have a habit where two of them look to the third; if that third person nods, they agree with Shepard's plan, with refusal following from the [[CommanderContrarian vastly more common]] head-shake. Shepard does the same thing with Anderson, and is also prone to doing a ReverseArmFold when receiving orders.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] would often [[HairFlip flip]] his [[GoingThroughTheMotions hair]] whenever he did or said something cool or wanted to show off. It became such an iconic gesture that it even carried over to 3D during his appearences in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the first Kingdom Hearts]] and [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories RE:Chain of Memories]] (To the point where, in RE:COM, he even does it after he is [[SummonMagic summoned in battle]])
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
** Laharl tends to have his arms folded across his chest, no matter what his mood is at the time. This applies both to his in-game sprite and his cutscene portraits.
** Valvatorez from ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' likes to sweep his cape whenever he is being dramatic. [[LargeHam Which is often]].
* In ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', Allegretto tends to be very expressive with his hands when talking.

to:

* From ''VideoGame/{{Tales Of Graces}}'' [[TheHero Asbel]] tends to do a quick HandBehindHead where he quickly ruffles his hair, [[TheIngenue Sophie]] tends to cock her head to the side, [[TeamMom Cheria]] angrily leans forward Claude from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' would sway and nod almost absent-mindedly when scolding someone and listening to someone, as if in exchange for [[SilentProtagonist being able to talk]].
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. Sol Badguy popping his neck.
* Mondo Zappa, from ''VideoGame/KillerIsDead'',
has a habit of placing her hands placed in front of her when walking. [[GenkiGirl Pascal]] does this... rather weird gesture where she raises her hand looking like she's falling sideways before she catches herself and stands like normal and tends to answer with "Y'okay".
* [[WrenchWench Tali'Zorah]] from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has a habit of wringing her hands when nervous. Also, quarians in general (if Veetor is any indication) seem to have a habit of bouncing on their toes when idle.
** The Council as a whole have a habit where two of them look to the third; if that third person nods, they agree with Shepard's plan, with refusal following from the [[CommanderContrarian vastly more common]] head-shake. Shepard does the same thing with Anderson, and is also prone to doing a ReverseArmFold when receiving orders.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] would often [[HairFlip flip]]
slicking his [[GoingThroughTheMotions hair]] whenever he did or said something cool or wanted to show off. It became such an iconic gesture that it even carried over to 3D during his appearences in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the first Kingdom Hearts]] and [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories RE:Chain of Memories]] (To the point where, in RE:COM, he even does it after he is [[SummonMagic summoned in battle]])
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
** Laharl tends to have his arms folded across his chest, no matter what his mood is at the time. This applies both to his in-game sprite and his cutscene portraits.
** Valvatorez from ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' likes to sweep his cape whenever he is being dramatic. [[LargeHam Which is often]].
* In ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', Allegretto tends to be very expressive
hair back with his hands when talking.left ([[ArtificialLimbs cybernetic]]) hand, usually before starting his missions.



* Ghirahim from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' really likes to wiggle his fingers around a lot, even when he's not MilkingTheGiantCow.
** Each of the [[LegacyCharacter Links]] has their own quirks, to set them apart from one another. ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Majora's Mask'' Link have a habit of brandishing the things he drinks in front of him and cocking a hand on his hip and swaying while listening to someone; ''Wind Waker'' Link has his mouth in an O almost constantly; and ''Twilight Princess'' Link twirls his sword when targeting enemies.
* X from ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' has a distinctive gesture of crossing his arms in front of his face, then throwing them back. This is usually associated with him switching armors, but he often does this for dramatic effect, notably whenever [[AssKickingPose he appears as a boss.]] In ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'' he gains a new tic, reacting to nearly every situation by planting his feet and pointing his ArmCannon.
* Revolver Ocelot from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has such a distinctive pistol-twirling motion that HideoKojima once didn't bother to refer to him by name in an interview - he merely imitated the twirl.
** Also, in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' he has a hand gesture similar to Star Trek's Picard.
** Otacon pushing his glasses up at the bridge of his nose as a nervous tic is so persistent that he makes the motion even when he's not wearing glasses.



* Claude from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' would sway and nod almost absent-mindedly when listening to someone, as if in exchange for [[SilentProtagonist being able to talk]].

to:

* Claude Red from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' would sway ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' seems to have a character tic of adjusting his hat to cover his eyes, before a battle. He does that in his ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HGSS]]'' sprite, a [[TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon Trading Card Game]] statue, and nod almost absent-mindedly the first [[WhatCouldHaveBeen trailer for]] ''Battle Revolution''.
* SonicTheHedgehog has a couple of tics: his smirk with accompanying finger-wag, and placing his hands at his sides while impatiently tapping his foot, both of which established his "[[MascotWithAttitude Dude with the 'Tude]]" persona.
* From ''VideoGame/{{Tales Of Graces}}'' [[TheHero Asbel]] tends to do a quick HandBehindHead where he quickly ruffles his hair, [[TheIngenue Sophie]] tends to cock her head to the side, [[TeamMom Cheria]] angrily leans forward
when listening scolding someone and has a habit of placing her hands placed in front of her when walking. [[GenkiGirl Pascal]] does this... rather weird gesture where she raises her hand looking like she's falling sideways before she catches herself and stands like normal and tends to someone, answer with "Y'okay".
* [[WrenchWench Tali'Zorah]] from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has a habit of wringing her hands when nervous. Also, quarians in general (if Veetor is any indication) seem to have a habit of bouncing on their toes when idle.
** The Council
as a whole have a habit where two of them look to the third; if in exchange for [[SilentProtagonist being able that third person nods, they agree with Shepard's plan, with refusal following from the [[CommanderContrarian vastly more common]] head-shake. Shepard does the same thing with Anderson, and is also prone to talk]].doing a ReverseArmFold when receiving orders.



* X from ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' has a distinctive gesture of crossing his arms in front of his face, then throwing them back. This is usually associated with him switching armors, but he often does this for dramatic effect, notably whenever [[AssKickingPose he appears as a boss.]] In ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'' he gains a new tic, reacting to nearly every situation by planting his feet and pointing his ArmCannon.
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Gendo Ikari's so-called "[[FingerTenting Gendo Pose]]": sitting with his elbows on a table, fingers interlaced and hands in front of his mouth (thereby preventing anyone from seeing his expression unless looking from below). Thereby saving the animators from having to draw his lips. Also couples with his shiny glasses hiding his eyes. Hiding the lips hides pretty much all chance of reading his expression. Not that he's particularly expressive under normal circumstances.
** Gendo also pushes up his glasses, as if to add a non-verbal "...dumbass" to the end of his sentence. This also has the side-effect of making him seem more suspect; in a real life example of this trope, many people will cover their mouths somewhat when lying (without knowing it), and many other people will pick up on that (usually subconsciously). Of course, some people just scratch their nose from time to time, unintentionally invoking this.
** Also, Shinji has a habit of clenching and unclenching his hand when anxious. It's possibly a tic in the actual psychological sense, due to [[spoiler:the very real pain and trauma caused to him when his HumongousMecha had its arm ripped off]].
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Inspector Lunge's most distinguishing feature is his habit of moving his fingers as though he were typing, which (he claims) helps him memorize information [[PhotographicMemory verbatim]].
* Pretty much anything L does in ''Manga/DeathNote'', Near's hair-twirling and playing with toys, and Mello's maniacal chocolate-eating.



* In the manga version of ''Manga/BattleRoyale'', [[MartialPacifist Hiroki Sugimura]] has a tendency to tap his nose when he doesn't know what to say. Lampshaded by his friend Takako Chigusa.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Grimmjow comments that Ulquiorra has a habit of striking "prey" in the same location as his own hollow hole. He speculates that Ulquiorra does it subconsciously and may not even be aware of what he's doing.
** [[PantheraAwesome Grimmjow]] has a habit of flexing his fingers like claws whenever he's [[BloodKnight getting excited]] about a fight or challenge.
** Nnoitra had a habit of sticking his tongue out when excited or cocky. His Espada number was also tattooed on his tongue, so his character tic is also what reveals his rank.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Lelouch is well-known among anime fans for his propensity for dramatic poses, but he seems particularly fond of hand gestures that draw attention to his left eye (the one that holds his MagicalEye powers). A good example of this can be seen in the first opening for the show's second season.
** C. C. can often be found noshing on [[TrademarkFavoriteFood pizza]] or lying down, oftentimes cradling her stuffed Cheese-kun doll.
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', Mitsuo Yamaki is constantly seen flicking the lid of his lighter open and shut. He's never actually seen smoking though.



* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'':
** Miki and his seemingly random stopwatch usage. He did it so often that fans had asked [[WordOfGod Ikuhara]] just why the hell did Miki keep timing things? Naturally, Ikuhara gave one of his infamous [[ShrugOfGod non-answers]].
** Also, the protagonist is an athletic girl who will do random stretches in the middle of conversations.

to:

* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'':
** Miki
The heroine of ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}'' is a [[MafiaPrincess Yazuka Princess]], and his seemingly random stopwatch usage. He did it so often that fans had asked [[WordOfGod Ikuhara]] just why thus while she isn't a TattooedCrook herself, has picked up the hell did Miki keep timing things? Naturally, Ikuhara gave one gesture of his infamous [[ShrugOfGod non-answers]].
** Also, the protagonist is an athletic girl who will do random stretches
raising her sleeve to show (nonexistent in the middle of conversations.her case) tattoos when aggravated.



* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Klahadore (Captain Kuro) has a rather distinctive way of adjusting his glasses, using the point where his hands meet his wrists to push them up. Most characters wrote it off, but his old crewmate Jango understood exactly why he still pushed his glasses up with the palm of his hand: his WeaponOfChoice, gloves with long blades at each fingertip, meant adjusting his glasses normally would cause him to kill himself with his own WolverineClaws. The fact that he still did this unconsciously is what alerts Jango to the fact Captain Kuro is as dangerous as he ever was, even as a RetiredBadass.
** The odd little dance Chopper does whenever he's denying feeling pleased with being praised. WordOfGod says it was based on a RealLife comedy routine.
** Camie the mermaid's distinctive face fault. It's... hard to describe. Her eyes bug out, her teeth jut out, her jaw seems to unhinge, and her tongue looks huge and hangs out.
** Bon Clay has a unique facial expression, a wide grin with one eye squinting and the other wide, which gives him away when disguised.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Lelouch is well-known among anime fans for his propensity for dramatic poses, but he seems particularly fond of hand gestures that draw attention to his left eye (the one that holds his MagicalEye powers). A good example of this can be seen in the first opening for the show's second season.
** C. C. can often be found noshing on [[TrademarkFavoriteFood pizza]] or lying down, oftentimes cradling her stuffed Cheese-kun doll.

to:

* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Klahadore (Captain Kuro)
''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'''s Oreki Houtarou has a rather distinctive way habit of adjusting his glasses, using the point where his hands meet his wrists to push them up. Most characters wrote it off, but his old crewmate Jango understood exactly why he still pushed his glasses up with the palm of his hand: his WeaponOfChoice, gloves with long blades at each fingertip, meant adjusting his glasses normally would cause him to kill himself playing with his own WolverineClaws. The fact that he still did this unconsciously is what alerts Jango to the fact Captain Kuro is as dangerous as he ever was, even as a RetiredBadass.
** The odd little dance Chopper does whenever
forelock when he's denying feeling pleased with being praised. WordOfGod says it was based on a RealLife comedy routine.
** Camie the mermaid's distinctive face fault. It's... hard to describe. Her eyes bug out, her teeth jut out, her jaw seems to unhinge, and her tongue looks huge and hangs out.
** Bon Clay has a unique facial expression, a wide grin with one eye squinting and the other wide, which gives him away when disguised.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Lelouch is well-known among anime fans for his propensity for dramatic poses, but he seems
thinking particularly fond of hand gestures that draw attention to his left eye (the one that holds his MagicalEye powers). A good example of this can be seen in the first opening for the show's second season.
** C. C. can often be found noshing on [[TrademarkFavoriteFood pizza]] or lying down, oftentimes cradling her stuffed Cheese-kun doll.
hard about a case.



* The heroine of ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}'' is a [[MafiaPrincess Yazuka Princess]], and thus while she isn't a TattooedCrook herself, has picked up the gesture of raising her sleeve to show (nonexistent in her case) tattoos when aggravated.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash in some parts of the series would flip his NiceHat from front to back whenever he gets serious in a battle.
** Drew has a very noticeable habit of flicking his bangs out of this face. He probably does this about twice an episode when he appears.

to:

* The heroine of ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}'' is a [[MafiaPrincess Yazuka Princess]], and thus while she isn't a TattooedCrook herself, has picked up ''Anime/{{K}}'''s Fushimi Saruhiko clicks his tongue an awful lot. He does it to his subordinates, his ''superiors'', people that annoy him, things that annoy him, situations that annoy him, to avoid answering...the gesture list is endless. He even does it to Misaki, or at least when he's not in his [[AxCrazy special]] [[StalkerWithACrush mode]].
* In the anime version
of raising ''Manga/KOn'', Mio always holds her sleeve to show (nonexistent guitar pick in her case) tattoos when aggravated.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash in some parts of the series would flip his NiceHat from front to
mouth and flips her hair back whenever he gets serious in a battle.
** Drew has a very noticeable
over her shoulder before she starts playing her bass.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Inspector Lunge's most distinguishing feature is his
habit of flicking moving his bangs out of this face. He probably does this about twice an episode when fingers as though he appears.were typing, which (he claims) helps him memorize information [[PhotographicMemory verbatim]].



* In the manga version of ''Manga/BattleRoyale'', [[MartialPacifist Hiroki Sugimura]] has a tendency to tap his nose when he doesn't know what to say. Lampshaded by his friend Takako Chigusa.

to:

* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Gendo Ikari's so-called "[[FingerTenting Gendo Pose]]": sitting with his elbows on a table, fingers interlaced and hands in front of his mouth (thereby preventing anyone from seeing his expression unless looking from below). Thereby saving
the manga version animators from having to draw his lips. Also couples with his shiny glasses hiding his eyes. Hiding the lips hides pretty much all chance of ''Manga/BattleRoyale'', [[MartialPacifist Hiroki Sugimura]] reading his expression. Not that he's particularly expressive under normal circumstances.
** Gendo also pushes up his glasses, as if to add a non-verbal "...dumbass" to the end of his sentence. This also has the side-effect of making him seem more suspect; in a real life example of this trope, many people will cover their mouths somewhat when lying (without knowing it), and many other people will pick up on that (usually subconsciously). Of course, some people just scratch their nose from time to time, unintentionally invoking this.
** Also, Shinji has a habit of clenching and unclenching his hand when anxious. It's possibly a tic in the actual psychological sense, due to [[spoiler:the very real pain and trauma caused to him when his HumongousMecha had its arm ripped off]].
* Pretty much anything L does in ''Manga/DeathNote'', Near's hair-twirling and playing with toys, and Mello's maniacal chocolate-eating.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Klahadore (Captain Kuro) has a rather distinctive way of adjusting his glasses, using the point where his hands meet his wrists to push them up. Most characters wrote it off, but his old crewmate Jango understood exactly why he still pushed his glasses up with the palm of his hand: his WeaponOfChoice, gloves with long blades at each fingertip, meant adjusting his glasses normally would cause him to kill himself with his own WolverineClaws. The fact that he still did this unconsciously is what alerts Jango to the fact Captain Kuro is as dangerous as he ever was, even as a RetiredBadass.
** The odd little dance Chopper does whenever he's denying feeling pleased with being praised. WordOfGod says it was based on a RealLife comedy routine.
** Camie the mermaid's distinctive face fault. It's... hard to describe. Her eyes bug out, her teeth jut out, her jaw seems to unhinge, and her tongue looks huge and hangs out.
** Bon Clay has a unique facial expression, a wide grin with one eye squinting and the other wide, which gives him away when disguised.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'':
** Miki and his seemingly random stopwatch usage. He did it so often that fans had asked [[WordOfGod Ikuhara]] just why the hell did Miki keep timing things? Naturally, Ikuhara gave one of his infamous [[ShrugOfGod non-answers]].
** Also, the protagonist is an athletic girl who will do random stretches in the middle of conversations.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash in some parts of the series would flip his NiceHat from front to back whenever he gets serious in a battle.
** Drew has a very noticeable habit of flicking his bangs out of this face. He probably does this about twice an episode when he appears.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' makes use of this trope, with several characters making distinct mannerisms.
** Yamori has a rather unique and disturbing method of cracking his knuckles, a habit he picked up from the human that tortured him. His second-in-command, Naki, does it in imitation of his beloved "Big Bro".
** Kaneki
has a tendency to tap adopt the tics of people that had a strong influence on his nose life. From his mother, he picked up the habit of touching his chin with his left hand whenever he tells a lie to spare someone's feelings. After being tortured for 10 days by Yamori, he picks up the habit of cracking his knuckles when irritated or about to do something violent. Finally, in the sequel, [[spoiler: he doesn't know what to say. Lampshaded by has begun placing his friend Takako Chigusa.hand against his ear while deep in thought -- a habit borrowed from his best friend, Hide]].



* In the anime version of ''Manga/KOn'', Mio always holds her guitar pick in her mouth and flips her hair back over her shoulder before she starts playing her bass.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Grimmjow comments that Ulquiorra has a habit of striking "prey" in the same location as his own hollow hole. He speculates that Ulquiorra does it subconsciously and may not even be aware of what he's doing.
** [[PantheraAwesome Grimmjow]] has a habit of flexing his fingers like claws whenever he's [[BloodKnight getting excited]] about a fight or challenge.
** Nnoitra had a habit of sticking his tongue out when excited or cocky. His Espada number was also tattooed on his tongue, so his character tic is also what reveals his rank.
* ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'''s Oreki Houtarou has a habit of playing with his forelock when he's thinking particularly hard about a case.
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', Mitsuo Yamaki is constantly seen flicking the lid of his lighter open and shut. He's never actually seen smoking though.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'''s Fushimi Saruhiko clicks his tongue an awful lot. He does it to his subordinates, his ''superiors'', people that annoy him, things that annoy him, situations that annoy him, to avoid answering...the list is endless. He even does it to Misaki, or at least when he's not in his [[AxCrazy special]] [[StalkerWithACrush mode]].
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' makes use of this trope, with several characters making distinct mannerisms.
** Yamori has a rather unique and disturbing method of cracking his knuckles, a habit he picked up from the human that tortured him. His second-in-command, Naki, does it in imitation of his beloved "Big Bro".
** Kaneki has a tendency to adopt the tics of people that had a strong influence on his life. From his mother, he picked up the habit of touching his chin with his left hand whenever he tells a lie to spare someone's feelings. After being tortured for 10 days by Yamori, he picks up the habit of cracking his knuckles when irritated or about to do something violent. Finally, in the sequel, [[spoiler: he has begun placing his hand against his ear while deep in thought -- a habit borrowed from his best friend, Hide]].



* Franchise/{{Batman}} tends to... ''loom'' at every available opportunity.
* Superhumanly agile characters like Franchise/SpiderMan and [[ComicBook/XMen Nightcrawler]] will often [[http://www.just-marvel-x-men.com/image-files/uncanny-x-men-411-nightcrawler-teleports-1-50k.jpg crouch]] or even drop to [[http://ps2media.ign.com/ps2/image/spidey_crouch_640w.jpg all-fours]] for no reason other than because it looks [[RuleOfCool dynamic]] and to show off how flexible they are.



* Superhumanly agile characters like Franchise/SpiderMan and [[ComicBook/XMen Nightcrawler]] will often [[http://www.just-marvel-x-men.com/image-files/uncanny-x-men-411-nightcrawler-teleports-1-50k.jpg crouch]] or even drop to [[http://ps2media.ign.com/ps2/image/spidey_crouch_640w.jpg all-fours]] for no reason other than because it looks [[RuleOfCool dynamic]] and to show off how flexible they are.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} tends to... ''loom'' at every available opportunity.



* Jack in ''Fanfic/CaveStoryVersusIMMeen'' has a ''serious'' habit of vomiting, but it is more or less justified by [[NauseaFuel the shit that he goes through.]]
* ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'':
** Naomi is constantly pushing her glasses up her nose.
** The trope is actually discussed by Kumiko in Chapter 6, mentioning that these could be used to figure out the mastermind's identity. [[spoiler: Which they do. Takara remembers Monokuma's tendency to use theater references and terminology which points her to figuring out it's Saemi.]]



* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': The nervous tic that Shinji displayed in the series, the clenching/relaxing of his left hand, shows up again just before the battle with [[EldritchAbomination the 12th angel]]. However, in another example of character growth, Shinji actually notices this and makes himself stop (and also mentally lampshades how "old habits are hard to break".)



* ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'':
** Naomi is constantly pushing her glasses up her nose.
** The trope is actually discussed by Kumiko in Chapter 6, mentioning that these could be used to figure out the mastermind's identity. [[spoiler: Which they do. Takara remembers Monokuma's tendency to use theater references and terminology which points her to figuring out it's Saemi.]]
* Jack in ''Fanfic/CaveStoryVersusIMMeen'' has a ''serious'' habit of vomiting, but it is more or less justified by [[NauseaFuel the shit that he goes through.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': The nervous tic that Shinji displayed in the series, the clenching/relaxing of his left hand, shows up again just before the battle with [[EldritchAbomination the 12th angel]]. However, in another example of character growth, Shinji actually notices this and makes himself stop (and also mentally lampshades how "old habits are hard to break".)



* Roland from ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' likes to twist one his curls between his fingers in order to show off how good-looking he is.



* Roland from ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' likes to twist one his curls between his fingers in order to show off how good-looking he is.



* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'':
** Marty [=McFly=] sleeps on either his side or his stomach with an arm behind his back.
** His father George has the habit of shaking his hand in the air.
** Doc Brown often makes grandiose gestures with his arms. WordOfGod says that Creator/ChristopherLloyd had based his portrayal of Doc in part on famed conductor Leopold Stokowski, i.e. Doc is conducting the world.
* In ''Film/TheBigSleep'', PhilipMarlowe rubs his earlobe when his concentrating. Carmen also bites her thumb, which irritates Marlowe.



* Franchise/RoboCop has several trademark gestures:
** The gun twirl, trademark of ShowWithinAShow character T.J. Lazer, which is how his partner recognized him after his death and cyborg makeover in ''Film/RoboCop1987''.
** The driving style. Robocop's pull out scrapes the bottom of his car as it did before his cyborg makeover.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Bond's infamous hypnobrow of doom.
** Boris Grishenko, EvilGenius for the BigBad of ''Film/GoldenEye'', had a habit of constantly twirling his pens and clicking on them when he's working or nervous. Bond has a pen that operates as a grenade, armed by clicking three times, disarmed by clicking three times. [[ChekhovsGun You do the math]].
** In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', Le Chiffre tends to place his fingers on his temple when he lies or bluffs, to still his nervous twitch [[spoiler:(a minor plot point).]] Also, when particularly stressed, his medical condition -- leaking blood from his left tear duct -- kicks in.
** Elliot Carver, of ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', tends to outstretch his arms in a "You See" motion when making his grand speeches.

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* Franchise/RoboCop has several trademark gestures:
Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy:
** The gun twirl, trademark of ShowWithinAShow character T.J. Lazer, which is how Joker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' licks his partner recognized him lips while he talks a lot. WordOfGod states that this was a result of Creator/HeathLedger being annoyed by the feeling of the scar prosthetics and unconsciously licking at them because of it and after his death seeing him do it a few times with the full make-up and cyborg makeover in ''Film/RoboCop1987''.
** The driving style. Robocop's pull out scrapes
finding it seriously creepy, they decided to just make it part of the bottom of his car as it did before his cyborg makeover.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
character.
** Bond's infamous hypnobrow of doom.
** Boris Grishenko, EvilGenius for the BigBad of ''Film/GoldenEye'', had a habit of
In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' Bane constantly twirling his pens and clicking on them when is grasping the lapels of whatever outfit he's working or nervous. Bond has a pen that operates as a grenade, armed by clicking three times, disarmed by clicking three times. [[ChekhovsGun You do currently wearing. This is seen when Selina looks back at him before deciding to jump into the math]].
** In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', Le Chiffre
Bat, and also when he and his mercenaries are holding the Wayne Enterprises board hostage, among others. As with the Joker, this is also a case of ThrowItIn; Tom Hardy does this to let in some air around his collar, as the mask causes his face to heat up.
* Calvin Candie of ''Film/DjangoUnchained''
tends to place his fingers bang on his temple whatever hard surface is in front of him (or clap if there isn't one) for emphasis when he lies or bluffs, to still his nervous twitch [[spoiler:(a minor plot point).]] Also, when particularly stressed, his medical condition -- leaking blood from his left tear duct -- kicks in.
** Elliot Carver, of ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', tends to outstretch his arms in a "You See" motion when making his grand speeches.
speaking.



* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': Sir Bedivere habitually lifts up the visor of his helmet.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'':
** Marty [=McFly=] sleeps on either his side or his stomach with an arm behind his back.
** His father George has the habit of shaking his hand in the air.
** Doc Brown often makes grandiose gestures with his arms. WordOfGod says that Creator/ChristopherLloyd had based his portrayal of Doc in part on famed conductor Leopold Stokowski, i.e. Doc is conducting the world.

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* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': Sir Bedivere habitually lifts up Hilbert of ''Film/FermatsRoom'' would correct the visor of his helmet.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'':
** Marty [=McFly=] sleeps
other characters' grammar when they wrote on either his side or his stomach with an arm behind his back.
** His father George has
the habit of shaking his hand in chalkboard, adding accent marks (particularly over the air.
** Doc Brown
letter 'o').
* In many of the older ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies, Godzilla
often makes grandiose gestures with slams his arms. WordOfGod says that Creator/ChristopherLloyd had based fist into his portrayal of Doc in part on famed conductor Leopold Stokowski, i.e. Doc is conducting the world.palm as he walks.



* In ''Film/TheSting'', Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) has many tics, including the way he holds a cup of coffee and the way he throws one shoulder back.
* In the ''Film/OceansEleven'' movies, Rusty is eating something in almost every scene.

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* In ''Film/TheSting'', Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Bond's infamous hypnobrow of doom.
** Boris Grishenko, EvilGenius for the BigBad of ''Film/GoldenEye'', had a habit of constantly twirling his pens and clicking on them when he's working or nervous. Bond
has many tics, including a pen that operates as a grenade, armed by clicking three times, disarmed by clicking three times. [[ChekhovsGun You do the way math]].
** In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', Le Chiffre tends to place his fingers on his temple when
he holds a cup lies or bluffs, to still his nervous twitch [[spoiler:(a minor plot point).]] Also, when particularly stressed, his medical condition -- leaking blood from his left tear duct -- kicks in.
** Elliot Carver,
of coffee and the way he throws one shoulder back.
* In the ''Film/OceansEleven'' movies, Rusty is eating something
''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', tends to outstretch his arms in almost every scene.a "You See" motion when making his grand speeches.



* Madison in ''Film/{{Splash}}'' tends to bite her lower lip when thinking or embarrassed.
* In ''Film/RoadToPerdition'', psychopathic hitman Harlan Maguire (Jude Law) has a habit of twirling a coin over his fingers in boredom or frustration. Pretty tame when you consider his other hobbies...
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Captain Jack Sparrow runs with his arms in the air, flailing them as he moves. This has been dubbed "the lizard run" by fans of the series.
** Captain Barbossa widens his eyes when he emphasizes things in speech.
* In many of the older ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies, Godzilla often slams his fist into his palm as he walks.
* Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy:
** The Joker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' licks his lips while he talks a lot. WordOfGod states that this was a result of Creator/HeathLedger being annoyed by the feeling of the scar prosthetics and unconsciously licking at them because of it and after seeing him do it a few times with the full make-up and finding it seriously creepy, they decided to just make it part of the character.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' Bane constantly is grasping the lapels of whatever outfit he's currently wearing. This is seen when Selina looks back at him before deciding to jump into the Bat, and also when he and his mercenaries are holding the Wayne Enterprises board hostage, among others. As with the Joker, this is also a case of ThrowItIn; Tom Hardy does this to let in some air around his collar, as the mask causes his face to heat up.

to:

* Madison in ''Film/{{Splash}}'' tends to bite her lower lip when thinking or embarrassed.
* In ''Film/RoadToPerdition'', psychopathic hitman Harlan Maguire (Jude Law)
Sergius from ''Film/TheLastCommand'' has a habit of twirling non-stop head twitch. He explains that he "suffered a coin over his fingers in boredom or frustration. Pretty tame great shock once." It turns out that the head twitch dates from when you consider his other hobbies...
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Captain Jack Sparrow runs
he saw a train plunge off a bridge and into a river, with his arms in the air, flailing them as he moves. This has been dubbed "the lizard run" by fans of the series.
** Captain Barbossa widens his eyes when he emphasizes things in speech.
* In many of the older ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies, Godzilla often slams his fist into his palm as he walks.
* Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy:
** The Joker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' licks his lips while he talks a lot. WordOfGod states that this was a result of Creator/HeathLedger being annoyed by the feeling of the scar prosthetics and unconsciously licking at them because of it and after seeing him do it a few times with the full make-up and finding it seriously creepy, they decided to just make it part of the character.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' Bane constantly is grasping the lapels of whatever outfit he's currently wearing. This is seen when Selina looks back at him before deciding to jump into the Bat, and also when he and his mercenaries are holding the Wayne Enterprises board hostage, among others. As with the Joker, this is also a case of ThrowItIn; Tom Hardy does this to let in some air around his collar, as the mask causes his face to heat up.
lover aboard.



* Hilbert of ''Film/FermatsRoom'' would correct the other characters' grammar when they wrote on the chalkboard, adding accent marks (particularly over the letter 'o').
* In ''Film/SecretWindow'', Mort's habit of opening his mouth and clicking his jaw, [[spoiler:which occurs more and more often as he becomes more and more unhinged. [[GeniusBonus This is an actual symptom of schizophrenia]].]]
* Calvin Candie of ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' tends to bang on whatever hard surface is in front of him (or clap if there isn't one) for emphasis when speaking.
* In ''Film/TheBigSleep'', PhilipMarlowe rubs his earlobe when his concentrating. Carmen also bites her thumb, which irritates Marlowe.
* Sergius from ''Film/TheLastCommand'' has a non-stop head twitch. He explains that he "suffered a great shock once." It turns out that the head twitch dates from when he saw a train plunge off a bridge and into a river, with his lover aboard.



* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': Sir Bedivere habitually lifts up the visor of his helmet.
* In the ''Film/OceansEleven'' movies, Rusty is eating something in almost every scene.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Captain Jack Sparrow runs with his arms in the air, flailing them as he moves. This has been dubbed "the lizard run" by fans of the series.
** Captain Barbossa widens his eyes when he emphasizes things in speech.
* In ''Film/RoadToPerdition'', psychopathic hitman Harlan Maguire (Jude Law) has a habit of twirling a coin over his fingers in boredom or frustration. Pretty tame when you consider his other hobbies...
* Franchise/RoboCop has several trademark gestures:
** The gun twirl, trademark of ShowWithinAShow character T.J. Lazer, which is how his partner recognized him after his death and cyborg makeover in ''Film/RoboCop1987''.
** The driving style. Robocop's pull out scrapes the bottom of his car as it did before his cyborg makeover.
* In ''Film/SecretWindow'', Mort's habit of opening his mouth and clicking his jaw, [[spoiler:which occurs more and more often as he becomes more and more unhinged. [[GeniusBonus This is an actual symptom of schizophrenia]].]]
* Madison in ''Film/{{Splash}}'' tends to bite her lower lip when thinking or embarrassed.
* In ''Film/TheSting'', Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) has many tics, including the way he holds a cup of coffee and the way he throws one shoulder back.



* Anastasia of ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' is prone to flushing and blushing.
* In ''Literature/TheBigSleep'', Carmen sucks her thumb, despite being about 20 years old, showing that she's got some screws loose.
* In the book ''Literature/ChildrenOfDune'', the late Baron used to tap his fingers in a certain way. This is ''not'' genetic, and when one of his descendants does it, it's significant.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, Lord Vetinari raises one eyebrow when he's faced with something ''particularly'' stupid, usually in conjunction with a deeply ironic remark. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', where Vetinari-wannabe Cosmo Lavish ''practices'' his eyebrow raising.
* Sarene from Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''{{Literature/Elantris}}'' taps her cheek with her index finger when she is deep in thought.
* ''Literature/FlightOfTheIntruder'' gives us Lt. [[IronicNickname Cool Hand]] Grafton, who suffers from stress-related palsy when he's not flying.
* Garrett of Glen Cook's ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series does a Spock-like eyebrow trick when interviewing clients.



* ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'':
** Bush tends to rub his hands together when pleased.
** In ''Commodore Hornblower'', Mound has his hands in his pockets. Rather, he keeps ''starting'' to put his hands in his pockets, remembers he's in the presence of the Commodore, and desists. Hornblower is distracted enough by this that he eventually orders the kid to just do it and quit fidgeting.
* Cecile from ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' has a tendency to bite the inside of her cheeks when she is thinking, especially if she's conflicted about an issue.
* Aomamae in Haruki Murakami's "Literature/OneQEightyFour" is described as having beautiful facial features that, upon frowning or grimacing, make a "shocking transformation [that] terrified anyone who saw it..." She even uses this as a psychological weapon against men whom she wants to leave her alone.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''[[Literature/IRobot Powell and Donovan]]'' stories, Powell tends to pull at his mustache when he's nervous, whereas Donovan [[MessyHair runs his fingers through his hair]]. In "Catch That Rabbit!" Powell even reaches for the mustache while wearing a space suit.
* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Violet always ties back her hair when she's inventing something.
* In the first book of the ''SwordOfTruth'' series, both Richard and Darken Rahl have their ticks. Richard runs his hands through his hair when gets nervous or exasperated, while Rahl licks his fingers and runs them over his lips and eyebrows habitually. Richard's tic [[spoiler:clues Zedd in that the "Darken Rahl" they see is not, in fact, Darken Rahl, but he realizes it a moment too late.]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Arya often chews on her lip, a habit the Faceless Men try to stop her doing, as it's distinctive.
** Stannis Baratheon keeps his jaw clenched and grinds his teeth.
** After an incident in the first book, Jon frequently flexes his wounded hand. This was advised by the maester who treated the injury, to stop his tendons binding up.
* Narrator HuckleberryFinn remarks that TomSawyer, in the lesser-known MarkTwain novel ''Tom Sawyer, Detective'', has a habit of tracing the letter V on his cheek or chin when he's thinking deeply.
* Bella Swan from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' often bites her lower lip, a trait she shares with KristenStewart.



* Also from Creator/BrandonSanderson Marasi from ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'' has a tendency to blush furiously. She is well aware of it and feels this does not fit her image of a constable. And then there comes a moment when she realises she ''did not'' blush, which she takes as a sign that she's changed.



* In the book ''Literature/ChildrenOfDune'', the late Baron used to tap his fingers in a certain way. This is ''not'' genetic, and when one of his descendants does it, it's significant.
* Bella Swan from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' often bites her lower lip, a trait she shares with KristenStewart.
* Narrator HuckleberryFinn remarks that TomSawyer, in the lesser-known MarkTwain novel ''Tom Sawyer, Detective'', has a habit of tracing the letter V on his cheek or chin when he's thinking deeply.
* In the first book of the ''SwordOfTruth'' series, both Richard and Darken Rahl have their ticks. Richard runs his hands through his hair when gets nervous or exasperated, while Rahl licks his fingers and runs them over his lips and eyebrows habitually. Richard's tic [[spoiler:clues Zedd in that the "Darken Rahl" they see is not, in fact, Darken Rahl, but he realizes it a moment too late.]]
* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Violet always ties back her hair when she's inventing something.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''[[Literature/IRobot Powell and Donovan]]'' stories, Powell tends to pull at his mustache when he's nervous, whereas Donovan [[MessyHair runs his fingers through his hair]]. In "Catch That Rabbit!" Powell even reaches for the mustache while wearing a space suit.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, Lord Vetinari raises one eyebrow when he's faced with something ''particularly'' stupid, usually in conjunction with a deeply ironic remark. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', where Vetinari-wannabe Cosmo Lavish ''practices'' his eyebrow raising.
* ''Literature/FlightOfTheIntruder'' gives us Lt. [[IronicNickname Cool Hand]] Grafton, who suffers from stress-related palsy when he's not flying.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Arya often chews on her lip, a habit the Faceless Men try to stop her doing, as it's distinctive.
** Stannis Baratheon keeps his jaw clenched and grinds his teeth.
** After an incident in the first book, Jon frequently flexes his wounded hand. This was advised by the maester who treated the injury, to stop his tendons binding up.
* Aomamae in Haruki Murakami's "Literature/OneQEightyFour" is described as having beautiful facial features that, upon frowning or grimacing, make a "shocking transformation [that] terrified anyone who saw it..." She even uses this as a psychological weapon against men whom she wants to leave her alone.
* Anastasia of ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' is prone to flushing and blushing.
* Garrett of Glen Cook's ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series does a Spock-like eyebrow trick when interviewing clients.
* In ''Literature/TheBigSleep'', Carmen sucks her thumb, despite being about 20 years old, showing that she's got some screws loose.
* ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'':
** Bush tends to rub his hands together when pleased.
** In ''Commodore Hornblower'', Mound has his hands in his pockets. Rather, he keeps ''starting'' to put his hands in his pockets, remembers he's in the presence of the Commodore, and desists. Hornblower is distracted enough by this that he eventually orders the kid to just do it and quit fidgeting.
* Sarene from Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''{{Literature/Elantris}}'' taps her cheek with her index finger when she is deep in thought.
* Also from Creator/BrandonSanderson Marasi from ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'' has a tendency to blush furiously. She is well aware of it and feels this does not fit her image of a constable. And then there comes a moment when she realises she ''did not'' blush, which she takes as a sign that she's changed.
* Cecile from ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' has a tendency to bite the inside of her cheeks when she is thinking, especially if she's conflicted about an issue.
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* In ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Violet always ties back her hair when she's inventing something.

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* In ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Violet always ties back her hair when she's inventing something.
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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': The nervous tic that Shinji displayed in the series, the clenching/relaxing of his left hand, shows up again just before the battle with [[EldritchAbomination the 12th angel]]. However, in another example of character growth, Shinji actually notices this and makes himself stop (and also mentally lampshades how "old habits are hard to break".)
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* Hank Hill from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' will rub the back of his neck when he's nervous or embarrassed, his older Japanese half brother Junichiro also shares this tic.
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* Alsofrom Creator/BrandonSanderson Marasi from ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'' has a tendency to blush furiously. She is well aware of it and feels this does not fit her image of a constable. And then there comes a moment when she realises she ''did not'' blush, which she takes as a sign that she's changed.

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* Alsofrom Also from Creator/BrandonSanderson Marasi from ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'' has a tendency to blush furiously. She is well aware of it and feels this does not fit her image of a constable. And then there comes a moment when she realises she ''did not'' blush, which she takes as a sign that she's changed.changed.
* Cecile from ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' has a tendency to bite the inside of her cheeks when she is thinking, especially if she's conflicted about an issue.
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