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2nd Feb '16 9:17:53 PM Karxrida
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* [[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 [[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 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 [[KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories RE:Chain of Memories]] (To the point where, in RE:COM, he even does it after he is [[SummonMagic summoned in battle]])
1st Feb '16 10:17:10 AM pavelbronco42
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:: Magnus Pyke was known for his enthusiastic gesticulating as well and he, too, gets spoofed on several occasions.
1st Feb '16 12:36:53 AM BrokenEye
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* In ''{{Film/Metropolis}}'' Robot!Maria's jerking her shoulders, whiplashing her neck and squinting her left eye a bit. Rotwang has a habit of raising his left eyebrow whilst thinking, Freder grabs hold of anybody who happens to be nearby when he rants, and Joh Fredersen grabs his hair with his hands on the rare occasions that he gets scared.
28th Jan '16 4:54:53 PM Lolapola
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** Lightman also has a habit of hunching over, tilting his head, and peering intently at someone when he's being scrutinizing or irritable. His head is tilted a lot, even when he's not doing this, which distracts from the fact that his right eye is slightly higher than his left.
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** Lightman also has a habit of hunching over, tilting his head, and peering intently at someone and getting really uncomfortably close to them when he's being scrutinizing or irritable.irritable. It's implied he does this on purpose to psych them out and make them easier to read. His head is tilted a lot, even when he's not doing this, which distracts from the fact that his right eye is slightly higher than his left.
21st Jan '16 4:28:06 AM Adept
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* The heroine of ''{{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.
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* The heroine of ''{{Gokusen}}'' ''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.
21st Jan '16 4:27:21 AM StFan
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->'''War Doctor:''' Are you capable of speaking without flapping your hands about? ->'''Eleventh Doctor:''' ''(gesturing emphatically)'' Yes! [[IResembleThatRemark No...]]
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->'''War Doctor:''' Are you capable of speaking without flapping your hands about? ->'''Eleventh about?\\ '''Eleventh Doctor:''' ''(gesturing emphatically)'' (''gesturing emphatically'') Yes! [[IResembleThatRemark No...]]

->'''War Doctor:''' Are you capable of speaking without flapping your hands about? ->'''Eleventh Doctor:''' ''(gesturing emphatically)'' Yes! [[IResembleThatRemark No...]]

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]] * Gendo Ikari's so-called "[[FingerTenting Gendo Pose]]" in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': 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.
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[[folder:Anime and & Manga]] * ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': ** Gendo Ikari's so-called "[[FingerTenting Gendo Pose]]" in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': 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). ** below). Thereby saving the animators from having to draw his lips. *** 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' "...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.

* Miki of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' 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]].
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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': ** Miki of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' 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]].

* Haruhi from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' has her famous "hairflick". This is only portrayed in the anime.
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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': ** Haruhi from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' has her famous "hairflick". This is only portrayed in the anime.

* Klahadore (Captain Kuro) from ''Manga/OnePiece'' had a rather distinctive way of adjusting his glasses. Most characters wrote it off, but his old crewmate Jango understood exactly why he [[RetiredBadass still pushed his glasses up with the palm of his hand]].
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': ** Klahadore (Captain Kuro) from ''Manga/OnePiece'' had has a rather distinctive way of adjusting his glasses. Most characters wrote it off, but his old crewmate Jango understood exactly why he [[RetiredBadass still pushed his glasses up with the palm of his hand]].

** 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.
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** 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.

* Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' 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.
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': ** Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' 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.

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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]* Roland from ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' likes to twist one his curls between his fingers in order to show off how good-looking he is. * ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': ** Adding the to list of Twilight Sparkle's tics, when she's human in this film series, she often keeps her hands bent at the wrists with her fingers coiled at the first knuckles, as if she still have hooves. ** Sunset Shimmer gets a HandBehindHead habit after the first movie.

* Dr. Evil from ''AustinPowers'' raising his pinky finger to his mouth. * In ''TheCaineMutiny'' Captain Queeg has a nervous habit of rolling around some glass beads in his hand. When he does this at a court martial hearing, it pretty much guarantees that he'll be released for being mentally unstable.
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* Dr. Evil from ''AustinPowers'' ''Film/AustinPowers'' raising his pinky finger to his mouth. * In ''TheCaineMutiny'' ''Film/TheCaineMutiny'' Captain Queeg has a nervous habit of rolling around some glass beads in his hand. When he does this at a court martial hearing, it pretty much guarantees that he'll be released for being mentally unstable.

* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Marty [=McFly=] sleeps on either his side or his stomach with an arm behind his back.
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* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': ** Marty [=McFly=] sleeps on either his side or his stomach with an arm behind his back.

* The ''Film/HarryPotter'' films
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* The ''Film/HarryPotter'' films films:

** Hermione's eyebrows dancing up and down with every syllable, sometimes getting out of sync with each other. EmmaWatson even does this when she's not acting, making it more of an actor tic, though she has managed to tone it down somewhat in the later films. ** And there is also Crouch Jr's lip-licking, which is what made his father realize that his son is impersonating Mad-Eye Moody. *** This trait is shared by [[Series/DoctorWho another]] of the [[Creator/DavidTennant actor's]] characters.
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** Hermione's eyebrows dancing up and down with every syllable, sometimes getting out of sync with each other. EmmaWatson Creator/EmmaWatson even does this when she's not acting, making it more of an actor tic, though she has managed to tone it down somewhat in the later films. ** And there is also Crouch Jr's lip-licking, which is what made his father realize that his son is impersonating Mad-Eye Moody. *** Moody. This trait is shared by [[Series/DoctorWho another]] of the [[Creator/DavidTennant actor's]] characters.

* In the ''OceansEleven'' movies, Rusty is eating something in almost every scene.
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* In the ''OceansEleven'' ''Film/OceansEleven'' movies, Rusty is eating something in almost every scene.

* In ''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... * Captain Jack Sparrow of the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' films runs with his arms in the air, flailing them as he runs. This has been dubbed "the lizard run" by fans of the series. Captain Barbossa widens his eyes when he emphasizes things in speech.
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* In ''RoadToPerdition'', ''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 of the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' films runs with his arms in the air, flailing them as he runs. moves. This has been dubbed "the lizard run" by fans of the series. series. ** Captain Barbossa widens his eyes when he emphasizes things in speech.

* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker 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. * And 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. * [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Oliver Hardy]] twiddles his tie whenever he was frustrated. Stan Laurel would fiddle with his hair from the top and whimper when upset.
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker 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. * And in ** 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. ** 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. * [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Creator/LaurelAndHardy: ** Oliver Hardy]] twiddles his tie whenever he was frustrated. is frustrated. ** Stan Laurel would fiddle fiddles with his hair from the top and whimper whimpers when upset.

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

* ''{{Friends}}'': Chandler flails his hands when he's nervous or excited.
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* ''{{Friends}}'': ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler flails his hands when he's nervous or excited.


* Grace of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a habit of holding her hands in front of her, a bit like a squirrel. Also, several characters will touch their index fingers together when nervous or embarrassed. ** Grace's squirrel hands make her recognisable even when she's transformed into a duplicate of someone else.
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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': ** Grace of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a habit of holding her hands in front of her, a bit like a squirrel. Also, several characters will touch their index fingers together when nervous or embarrassed. ** Grace's squirrel hands make her recognisable even when she's transformed into a duplicate of someone else.else. ** Also, several characters will touch their index fingers together when nervous or embarrassed.

* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]], thanks to his LetsPlay of Phantasmagoria2, now involuntarily slaps himself whenever he makes a terrible pun.
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* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]], ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': Spoony, thanks to his LetsPlay of Phantasmagoria2, ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria 2}}, now involuntarily slaps himself whenever he makes a terrible pun.

* On ''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 ''TheSimpsons'', ''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...").

* From ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', we have [[AllThereInTheManual 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. ** 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. ** There's also Rainbow Dash, whose 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.)
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* From ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', we have [[AllThereInTheManual 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. ** 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. ** There's also Rainbow Dash, whose 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.)''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':

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* From ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', we have [[AllThereInTheManual 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. ** 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. ** There's also Rainbow Dash, whose 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' "pronking" or 'stotting' "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.
20th Jan '16 10:07:12 AM Kartoonkid95
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Sorry, didn't know Babs was already listed.
*** 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.

** Babs Seed, who initially had cripplingly low self-esteem due to being picked on for having no cutie mark, instinctively coverd her flank with her tail whenever the subject of cutie marks is brought up.
20th Jan '16 10:07:12 AM Kartoonkid95
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Sorry, didn't know Babs was already listed.
*** 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.

** Babs Seed, who initially had cripplingly low self-esteem due to being picked on for having no cutie mark, instinctively coverd her flank with her tail whenever the subject of cutie marks is brought up.
20th Jan '16 4:03:05 AM Adept
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* Histoire plays with this trope in the original ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia'', as she likes to use emoticons when she speaks [[spoiler:in her fairy form]]. To name a few in [[HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2 Mk-2]], Nisa tends to strike a heroic pose now and then while speaking, Compa touches her finger to her cheek when thinking, and IF facepalms when distressed.
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* Histoire plays with this trope in the original ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia'', as she likes to use emoticons when she speaks [[spoiler:in her fairy form]]. To name a few in [[HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2 [[VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2 Mk-2]], Nisa tends to strike a heroic pose now and then while speaking, Compa touches her finger to her cheek when thinking, and IF facepalms when distressed.
19th Jan '16 9:35:52 PM Kartoonkid95
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** Babs Seed, who had been targeted by bullies for her lack of a cutie mark, instinctively covers her flank with her tail whenever the subject of marks is brought up.
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** Babs Seed, who initially had been targeted by bullies cripplingly low self-esteem due to being picked on for her lack of a having no cutie mark, instinctively covers coverd her flank with her tail whenever the subject of cutie marks is brought up.
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