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"Flipping the Bird", or "the Finger" as it is also known (among other names), is the act of raising one's middle finger upwards while keeping the rest of the fingers bent at the first joint or curled tight into the palm of the hand. For added expression, the participant should extend the arm to its full length and raise slightly above the shoulder line, perform this movement in a one sharp movement to add complete indignation to the gesture. Its name comes from the way the hand forms the shape of an upward-turned bird, but its obscenity comes from the way it resembles a phallus. For added effect, one can DualWield the gesture in what is sometimes called the "Double Deuce."

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"Flipping the Bird", or "the Finger" as it is also known (among other names), is the act of raising one's middle finger upwards while keeping the rest of the fingers bent at the first joint or curled tight into the palm of the hand. For added expression, the participant should extend the arm to its full length and raise slightly above the shoulder line, perform this movement in a one sharp movement to add complete indignation to the gesture. Its name comes from the way the hand forms the shape of an upward-turned bird, but its obscenity comes from the way it resembles a phallus. For added effect, one can DualWield {{Dual Wield|ing}} the gesture in what is sometimes called the "Double Deuce."



* In an ad for Wild Turkey Kentucky Bourbon, a group of guys are contemplating whether the woman at the end of the bar likes one of them, when suddenly she flips them off. Apparently not, right? Turns out, in this bar, the finger means "order that person a Wild Turkey on the rocks." As reflected in the tagline, [[IncrediblyLamePun "Give 'em the bird."]]

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* In an ad for Wild Turkey Kentucky Bourbon, a group of guys are contemplating whether the woman at the end of the bar likes one of them, when suddenly she flips them off. Apparently not, right? Turns out, in this bar, the finger means "order that person a Wild Turkey on the rocks." As reflected in the tagline, [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} "Give 'em the bird."]]



* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': Jolyne Kujo can do this [[http://nas.unixmanga.com/onlinereading/JoJo%206%20Stone%20Ocean/JoJo%206%20Stone%20Ocean%20c661/0006.jpg in several]] [[http://nas.unixmanga.com/onlinereading/JoJo%206%20Stone%20Ocean/JoJo%206%20Stone%20Ocean%20c661/0007.jpg different languages.]]
* In episode 9 of Manga/TerraFormars,[[PsychoElectricEel Adolf]] delivers one to the Roaches,Before [[ShockAndAwe Raining Thunder From Above]] all while [[RuleofSymbolism Quoting epic Bible Lines]]

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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Jolyne Kujo can do this [[http://nas.unixmanga.com/onlinereading/JoJo%206%20Stone%20Ocean/JoJo%206%20Stone%20Ocean%20c661/0006.jpg in several]] [[http://nas.unixmanga.com/onlinereading/JoJo%206%20Stone%20Ocean/JoJo%206%20Stone%20Ocean%20c661/0007.jpg different languages.]]
* In episode 9 of Manga/TerraFormars,[[PsychoElectricEel ''Manga/{{TerraforMARS}}'', [[PsychoElectricEel Adolf]] delivers one to the Roaches,Before Roaches, before [[ShockAndAwe Raining Thunder From Above]] raining thunder from above]] all while [[RuleofSymbolism Quoting quoting epic Bible Lines]]lines]].



* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''': Jan Valentine enjoys this and does it to [[LadyofWar Integra]] just before he dies.

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* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''': ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Jan Valentine enjoys this and does it to [[LadyofWar Integra]] just before he dies.



* In ''Comicbook/GoldDigger'', the universe's equivalent of [[VideoGame/TombRaider Lara Croft]] accidentally unleashes a SealedEvilInACan, also getting the creature's mind in her head. To take it out, she gets down to its body, then gets it to look at her, thus forcing it to see itself through her eyes, and [[TakenForGranite turning them both to stone]]. So she decides the last thing either of them will see is her flipping it off.

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* In ''Comicbook/GoldDigger'', the universe's equivalent of [[VideoGame/TombRaider [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] accidentally unleashes a SealedEvilInACan, also getting the creature's mind in her head. To take it out, she gets down to its body, then gets it to look at her, thus forcing it to see itself through her eyes, and [[TakenForGranite turning them both to stone]]. So she decides the last thing either of them will see is her flipping it off.



* In the ''StarTrek'' ParodyFic ''[[http://fiction.entstcommunity.org/viewstory.php?sid=3703 Farce Contact]]'', Captain Kirk shows his contempt for temporal agent Daniels by flipping him the [[Creator/GeneRoddenberry Great Bird of the Galaxy]].

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* In the ''StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ParodyFic ''[[http://fiction.entstcommunity.org/viewstory.php?sid=3703 Farce Contact]]'', Captain Kirk shows his contempt for temporal agent Daniels by flipping him the [[Creator/GeneRoddenberry Great Bird of the Galaxy]].



* One of the earliest examples of this in a mainstream film would be ''Film/TheMiracleWoman'', a Creator/FrankCapra drama made in 1931 (in other words, prior to the implementation of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode), which has a scene where the chauffeur of BarbaraStanwyck's title character does this to their boss.

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* One of the earliest examples of this in a mainstream film would be ''Film/TheMiracleWoman'', a Creator/FrankCapra drama made in 1931 (in other words, prior to the implementation of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode), which has a scene where the chauffeur of BarbaraStanwyck's Creator/BarbaraStanwyck's title character does this to their boss.



* In a deleted scene in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', Max Patel cheerfully flips the bird at Parker Selfridge, just before [[spoiler:ripping through the command center's windows with a titanic slash cutter, letting in the rogue avatar team.]] Dileep Rao does get a second shot at bird-flipping villains before doing something awesome in ''Inception''.

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* In a deleted scene in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', Max Patel cheerfully flips the bird at Parker Selfridge, just before [[spoiler:ripping through the command center's windows with a titanic slash cutter, letting in the rogue avatar team.]] team]]. Dileep Rao does get a second shot at bird-flipping villains before doing something awesome in ''Inception''.



* Wrestling/RoddyPiper does this in ''Film/TheyLive'' as he [[spoiler:lies dying, having exposed the true, unpleasant form of the [[NotQuiteHuman aliens]].]]
* ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''. Tamara does this to her [[spoiler:now ex-boyfriend who had tried to leave her dead, as she climbs into a secret compartment of the ship, now leaving him for dead in return.]]

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* Wrestling/RoddyPiper does this in ''Film/TheyLive'' as he [[spoiler:lies dying, having exposed the true, unpleasant form of the [[NotQuiteHuman aliens]].]]
aliens]]]].
* ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''. Tamara does this to her [[spoiler:now ex-boyfriend who had tried to leave her dead, as she climbs into a secret compartment of the ship, now leaving him for dead in return.]]return]].



* In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', Robo himself offers a version of The Finger when a technician insists that Robocop is not allowed in the computer records room. Granted, [[spoiler: it was only a data probe, but its position on Robocop's hand gives it a dual-purpose role.]]

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* In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', Robo himself offers a version of The Finger when a technician insists that Robocop is not allowed in the computer records room. Granted, [[spoiler: it was only a data probe, but its position on Robocop's hand gives it a dual-purpose role.]]role]].



* In probably one of the more extreme moments of GettingCrapPastTheRadar in children's television, Alec Baldwin does this while playing a character in ''[[WesternAnimation/ThomastheTankEngine Thomas the Tank Engine and the Magic Railroad]]''. Yes, you read that right.

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* In probably one of the more extreme moments of GettingCrapPastTheRadar in children's television, Alec Baldwin does this while playing a character in ''[[WesternAnimation/ThomastheTankEngine Thomas the Tank Engine and the Magic Railroad]]''.''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad''. Yes, you read that right.



* Early in ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', Clark has an on-the-road disagreement with a pickup truck, so as the truck passes alongside, he points the other way and says, "Look, a deer!" While everyone else is distracted, he gives the truck the Highway Salute. They don't take it well, and HilarityEnsues.

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* Early in ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', Clark has an on-the-road disagreement with a pickup truck, so as the truck passes alongside, he points the other way and says, "Look, a deer!" While everyone else is distracted, he gives the truck the Highway Salute. They don't take it well, and HilarityEnsues.



* The 1997 film ''Film/Titanic1997'', Rose gives the middle finger to Lovejoy. This led to some complaints of AnachronismStew by viewers who thought the gesture wasn't in common use in 1912. As noted in the intro, however, it's actually OlderThanDirt.

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* The 1997 film In ''Film/Titanic1997'', Rose gives the middle finger to Lovejoy. This led to some complaints of AnachronismStew by viewers who thought the gesture wasn't in common use in 1912. As noted in the intro, however, it's actually OlderThanDirt.



*** This is almost certainly true in Britain; Of course, given the worldwide release nature of the book and the DarkerAndEdgier tone of the later books, it's possible that Rowling (or at least the translators) purposely left the gesture up to interpretation so each country's readers could insert their own analogous gesture.

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*** This is almost certainly true in Britain; Of of course, given the worldwide release nature of the book and the DarkerAndEdgier tone of the later books, it's possible that Rowling (or at least the translators) purposely left the gesture up to interpretation so each country's readers could insert their own analogous gesture.



* The opening credits of ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Back & Forth'' show a member of the Blackadder clan as a UsefulNotes/WW2 soldier flipping the bird to UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill in response to his V sign.

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* The opening credits of ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Back & Forth'' show a member of the Blackadder clan as a UsefulNotes/WW2 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII soldier flipping the bird to UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill in response to his V sign.



-->'''Charlie:''' Aww... you wanna flip me the bird, but the the poor little fellow can't fly.

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-->'''Charlie:''' Aww... you wanna flip me the bird, but the the poor little fellow can't fly.



* Music/CobraStarship's "Middle Finger". [[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin It's exactly what you think it's about]].

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* Music/CobraStarship's "Middle Finger". [[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It's exactly what you think it's about]].



* Taking {{Wrestling/Madusa}} by the hair, Wrestling/SherriMartel [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKG04rJY3Ns#t=410s flipped off]] the crowd before delivering a fatal knee shot. This was late in her {{Wrestling/AWA}} reign.

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* Taking {{Wrestling/Madusa}} by the hair, Wrestling/SherriMartel [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKG04rJY3Ns#t=410s flipped off]] off the crowd before delivering a fatal knee shot. This was late in her {{Wrestling/AWA}} reign.



* Upon elimination from the 2004 Diva Search, [[Characters/WWEDivas Maria]] gave the finger to [[EliminationHoudini Carmella]].

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* Upon elimination from the 2004 Diva Search, [[Characters/WWEDivas Maria]] Wrestling/{{Maria|Kanellis}} gave the finger to [[EliminationHoudini Carmella]].



** Similar to this incident, the late newscast for UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Creator/{{ABC}} station KGO following SuperBowl XIX (won by the hometown 49ers) shows a clip of some Miami Dolphins fans in a hotel to support the defeated Dolphins and one fan on an escalator flips the bird briefly ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TanoA3QTp8Q around the 1:51 mark]]).

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** Similar to this incident, the late newscast for UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Creator/{{ABC}} station KGO following SuperBowl UsefulNotes/SuperBowl XIX (won by the hometown 49ers) shows a clip of some Miami Dolphins fans in a hotel to support the defeated Dolphins and one fan on an escalator flips the bird briefly ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TanoA3QTp8Q around the 1:51 mark]]).



* Nero flips off Dante in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' as [[spoiler:he's being absorbed by a huge, animated stone giant.]]

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* Nero flips off Dante in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' as [[spoiler:he's being absorbed by a huge, animated stone giant.]]giant]].



* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'', [[AxCrazy Agria]] gleefully does this to Leia [[spoiler:as she falls to her doom after rejecting the latter's attempt to save her.]] Though only in the Japanese version of the game.

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'', [[AxCrazy Agria]] gleefully does this to Leia [[spoiler:as she falls to her doom after rejecting the latter's attempt to save her.]] her]]. Though only in the Japanese version of the game.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', Kiel'ndia gives [[EldritchAbomination Khaless]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8878 both barrels at once]] to show that she's [[ShutUpHannibal less than impressed]] by her BreakingSpeech. Two pages later [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8887 her demon friends respond in turn]] (which, given how they represent the fans, proved to be an accurate depiction of the forum response).

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', Kiel'ndia gives [[EldritchAbomination Khaless]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8878 both barrels at once]] to show that she's [[ShutUpHannibal less than impressed]] by her BreakingSpeech.[[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]]. Two pages later [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8887 her demon friends respond in turn]] (which, given how they represent the fans, proved to be an accurate depiction of the forum response).



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', Homer flips off the AngryMob with both hands as he escapes down a sinkhole. Then he gets stuck and tries to use the fingers to dig himself out. This wasn't digitized on the FX airings of the movie.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', Homer flips off the AngryMob [[TorchesAndPitchforks Angry Mob]] with both hands as he escapes down a sinkhole. Then he gets stuck and tries to use the fingers to dig himself out. This wasn't digitized on the FX airings of the movie.



* When "[[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]] [[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/E.T._Returns_Home Returns Home"]] on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' he is teased by bullies for only having a single finger glow while they can do the same with all of them. They don't appreciate it when he responds by flipping that one finger.

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* When "[[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]] [[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/E.T._Returns_Home [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0AOEj_JKOQ Returns Home"]] on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' he is teased by bullies for only having a single finger glow while they can do the same with all of them. They don't appreciate it when he responds by flipping that one finger.



* Dee Dee does this on the title card of the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "[[MissingEpisode Rude Removal]]".
** Also, in one episode where she goes to get a tattoo, one of the tattoos shown at the parlor is of a hand doing this.

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* Dee Dee does this on the title card of the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "[[MissingEpisode Rude Removal]]".
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Removal]]". Also, in one episode where she goes to get a tattoo, one of the tattoos shown at the parlor is of a hand doing this.



* Believe it or not, Creator/MisterRogers did this not only with one finger. He did it with two... count 'em... [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/14-photographs-that-shatter-your-image-famous-people/ TWO fingers!]] It [[MakesSenseInContext makes much more sense in context]].[[labelnote:Explanation]] He was singing the children's song "Where is Thumbkin" (same tune as "Frère Jacques"). When he got to Tall-Man, he realized what he was doing and tried his absolute best not to {{corps|ing}}e.[[/labelnote]]

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* Believe it or not, Creator/MisterRogers did this not only with one finger. He did it with two... count 'em... [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/14-photographs-that-shatter-your-image-famous-people/ TWO fingers!]] It [[MakesSenseInContext [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes much more sense in context]].[[labelnote:Explanation]] He was singing the children's song "Where is Thumbkin" (same tune as "Frère Jacques"). When he got to Tall-Man, he realized what he was doing and tried his absolute best not to {{corps|ing}}e.[[/labelnote]]



* Anytime at some ordinary concert, when a drunken heckler says yelling, "Play some [[LynyrdSkynyrd Freebird]], man!", sometimes the lead guitarist would show them their "A-chord"!

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* Anytime at some ordinary concert, when a drunken heckler says yelling, "Play some [[LynyrdSkynyrd [[Music/LynyrdSkynyrd Freebird]], man!", sometimes the lead guitarist would show them their "A-chord"!
20th Jun '16 1:58:15 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* Early in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', a prison guard lashes at the hands of prisoners reaching up through a floor grate. After he walks away, their hands pop back up to give him the 1-finger salute.
20th Jun '16 10:57:18 AM longWriter
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* Unintentionally in ''Film/RatRace'', when Randy burns his finger in the cigarette lighter of Hitler's car and holds it up while next to a biker. His wife [[StopHelpingMe tries to explain while wagging hers]]. He next tries explaining the situation to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veterans.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blKUlHGSNBU]]

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* Unintentionally in ''Film/RatRace'', when Randy burns his finger in the cigarette lighter of Hitler's car and holds it up while next to a biker. His wife [[StopHelpingMe [[UnwantedAssistance tries to explain while wagging hers]]. He next tries explaining the situation to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veterans.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blKUlHGSNBU]]
11th Jun '16 9:55:25 PM JackG
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* In the Amtrak Wars series, Steve Brickman demonstrates his Mute disguise by washing the bodypaint off his finger and raising it to be examined by the Shogun's herald, Toshiro Hase-Gawa. Given the Iron Master's taste for ColdBloodedTorture, it's fortunate that Toshiro doesn't understand the meaning of the gesture.
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* Anthony Williams from VideoGame/BadDayLA does this to some rude drivers on the highway he's trying to collect food on.

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* Anthony Williams from VideoGame/BadDayLA ''VideoGame/BadDayLA'' does this to some rude drivers on the highway he's trying to collect food on.


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* Choking Hands in ''VideoGame/{{Blood}} II: The Chosen'' flip Caleb off when they see him. Every time. Even if you just hide around a corner and pop out again.
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* At ''Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} Volume 80'', Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa smiled and waved to the crowd while holding Candice [=LeRae=] in a kondo clutch, so more eyes would be looking when she flipped them off. Being more "[[LighterAndSofter family friendly]]" than most of the other shows running that weekend, it was met with gasps and admonitions of "that's not nice".

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* At ''Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} Volume 80'', Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa smiled and waved to the crowd while holding Candice [=LeRae=] in a kondo clutch, so more eyes would be looking when she flipped them off. Being more "[[LighterAndSofter family friendly]]" than most of the other shows running in Dallas that weekend, it was met with gasps and admonitions of "that's not nice".
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* At ''Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} Volume 80'', Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa smiled and waved to the crowd while holding Candice [=LeRae=] in a kondo clutch, so more eyes would be looking when she flipped them off. Being more "family friendly" than most of the other shows running that weekend, it was met with gasps and admonitions of "that's not nice".

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* At ''Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} Volume 80'', Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa smiled and waved to the crowd while holding Candice [=LeRae=] in a kondo clutch, so more eyes would be looking when she flipped them off. Being more "family friendly" "[[LighterAndSofter family friendly]]" than most of the other shows running that weekend, it was met with gasps and admonitions of "that's not nice".
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* At ''Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} Volume 80'', Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa smiled and waved to the crowd while holding Candice [=LeRae=] in a kondo clutch, so more eyes would be looking when she flipped them off. Being more "family friendly" than most of the other shows running that weekend, it was met with gasps and admonitions of "that's not nice".
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* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/82162 Stars from Home]], frequently. Usually done by Scott and Alex, and attributed to them if it isn't--Doug mimics Alex by doing this, and it's mentioned that Ororo learned it from Scott.
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