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10th Feb '16 11:04:34 AM MasterGhandalf
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* The [[WolfMan Canim]] from the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' salute by tilting their head to the side and baring their throat; they don't react well to human forms of showing respect such as bowing, because a Cane who bows is about to ''charge'' and they interpret the gesture as a threat.
27th Jan '16 6:54:24 AM LondonKdS
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** In the episode ''Inferno'', the fascist army of an alternate-history UK had a salute sort of like the Vulcan one, but without the split fingers.
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** In the episode ''Inferno'', the fascist army of an alternate-history UK had a salute sort of like the Vulcan one, but without the split fingers. This is actually the gesture that UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler himself often personally used instead of the usual Nazi salute.
23rd Jan '16 11:29:34 AM ProdigalDaughter
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Peridot salutes to her Diamond by crossing her arms over her chest, hands bent back to form a diamond shape.
14th Jan '16 11:47:52 AM rjung
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** Subsequently used (and infamously mocked) on ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': "Put your arms down, Kaminski. You look like a West Texas cheerleader at a pep rally."
29th Nov '15 8:22:23 PM merotoker
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->'''Sam:''' Sam Salute. That's not [[FlippingTheBird the gesture with the finger]], is it?
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->'''Sam:''' Sam Salute. That's not [[FlippingTheBird the gesture with the finger]], finger, is it?

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, a StrangeSalute is simply an idiosyncratic greeting gesture featured in a piece of fiction. While understandably most common in MildlyMilitary series, a StrangeSalute can pop up anywhere, at any time, provided that it is both common and codified enough to go beyond a mere single oddity. Note that this {{trope}} covers only strictly fictional salutes, saluters and/or ''salutees''. If ThoseWackyNazis set their right arms straight at a 45-degree-angle above the horizontal (and slightly to the right) to greet UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in a WartimeCartoon, it's certainly ''a'' salute - one some might even find ''strange'' - but ''not'' a StrangeSalute. Now, on the other hand, if it were ScaryDogmaticAliens doing the same thing to the BigBad in a SpaceOpera, [[PuttingOnTheReich well, well]]...
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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, a StrangeSalute strange salute is simply an idiosyncratic greeting gesture featured in a piece of fiction. While understandably most common in MildlyMilitary series, a StrangeSalute strange salute can pop up anywhere, at any time, provided that it is both common and codified enough to go beyond a mere single oddity. Note that this {{trope}} covers only strictly fictional salutes, saluters and/or ''salutees''. If ThoseWackyNazis set their right arms straight at a 45-degree-angle above the horizontal (and slightly to the right) to greet UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in a WartimeCartoon, it's certainly ''a'' salute - one some might even find ''strange'' - but ''not'' a StrangeSalute.strange salute. Now, on the other hand, if it were ScaryDogmaticAliens doing the same thing to the BigBad in a SpaceOpera, [[PuttingOnTheReich well, well]]...

** Which ''may'' be yet another of numerous shout outs to earlier Franchise/{{Gundam}} and Gundam-related HumongousMecha series, in this case, to ''SpaceRunawayIdeon'', whose Buff Clan military personnel salutes each other exactly the same way. * Agents of the AEGIS Network in ''GateKeepers'' salute by putting their right fists over the left side of their chests, and then moving their arms back to the right side as they form an inward-facing V sign. Yes, a ''V sign''. ** [[WinstonChurchill V for Victory]], eh?
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** Which ''may'' be yet another of numerous shout outs to earlier Franchise/{{Gundam}} and Gundam-related HumongousMecha series, in this case, to ''SpaceRunawayIdeon'', ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'', whose Buff Clan military personnel salutes each other exactly the same way. * Agents of the AEGIS Network in ''GateKeepers'' ''VideoGame/GateKeepers'' salute by putting their right fists over the left side of their chests, and then moving their arms back to the right side as they form an inward-facing V sign. Yes, a ''V sign''. ** [[WinstonChurchill [[UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill V for Victory]], eh?

* In the MarxBrothers film ''DuckSoup'', the soldiers of Freedonia salute by placing their arm horizontally, with a down-facing open palm, across their chest.
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* In the MarxBrothers Creator/MarxBrothers film ''DuckSoup'', ''Film/DuckSoup'', the soldiers of Freedonia salute by placing their arm horizontally, with a down-facing open palm, across their chest.

* In [[TheFilmOfTheBook the films based on]] Tolkien's fantasy novel ''TheLordOfTheRings'', the soldiers of the hosts of Minas Tirith in Gondor salute by holding their right hand in a fist over their heart with the enclosed palm facing inwards. This is often accompanied by a half bow or a tip of the head forward. In the book, they put both hands on their chest and bow their heads.
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* In [[TheFilmOfTheBook the films based on]] Tolkien's fantasy novel ''TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', the soldiers of the hosts of Minas Tirith in Gondor salute by holding their right hand in a fist over their heart with the enclosed palm facing inwards. This is often accompanied by a half bow or a tip of the head forward. In the book, they put both hands on their chest and bow their heads.

* The air guitar riff in ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', thanks to the idiot protagonists' historical influence, becomes the standard salute of the future.
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* The air guitar riff in ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', thanks to the idiot protagonists' historical influence, becomes the standard salute of the future.

* In the SaveOurStudents parody ''High School High'', a student does a throat-slitting gesture on seeing the idealistic white teacher, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint who mistakes it for this trope and responds with the peace sign]].
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* In the SaveOurStudents parody ''High School High'', ''Film/HighSchoolHigh'', a student does a throat-slitting gesture on seeing the idealistic white teacher, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint who mistakes it for this trope and responds with the peace sign]].

* This is, in fact, OlderThanPrint, with Dante's ''DivineComedy'' having an example with Malacoda and the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Malebranche]]: One of the demons salutes his cohorts by ''farting''.
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* This is, in fact, OlderThanPrint, with Dante's ''DivineComedy'' ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' having an example with Malacoda and the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Malebranche]]: One of the demons salutes his cohorts by ''farting''.

* Dr. Seuss's ''TheBirthdayBook'' has a special birthday salute that involves standing on one foot. This being Dr. Seuss, it also has a fun name. ** TheMovie of ''Horton Hears A Who'' also has the Whos salute by pressing their foreheads with their thumbs and holding their hands sideways.
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* Dr. Seuss's Creator/DrSeuss ** ''TheBirthdayBook'' has a special birthday salute that involves standing on one foot. This being Dr. Seuss, it also has a fun name. ** TheMovie of ''Horton Hears A Who'' TheFilmOfTheBook for ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'' also has the Whos salute by pressing their foreheads with their thumbs and holding their hands sideways.

* In the ''SwordOfTruth'' series, the D'Haran salute has the soldier in question place a fist to their heart.
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* In the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, the D'Haran salute has the soldier in question place a fist to their heart.

* [[XenaWarriorPrincess The TV series Xena: Warrior Princess]] has the traditional greeting/gesture of submission utilized when entering Amazon territory consisting of raising one's arms and crossing one's wrists above one's head, wrists inward. This is, presumably to attest to one's lack of access to weapons. [[WonderWoman William Moulton Marston]] might just have [[FreudWasRight something else to say]] about that, however. Additionally being as most characters we see performing the gesture are female--and considering the orientation of many Amazon warriors... * display* might not have been excluded entirely from the equation, either, shall we say...
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* [[XenaWarriorPrincess The TV series Xena: Warrior Princess]] ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' has the traditional greeting/gesture of submission utilized when entering Amazon territory consisting of raising one's arms and crossing one's wrists above one's head, wrists inward. This is, presumably to attest to one's lack of access to weapons. [[WonderWoman [[Franchise/WonderWoman William Moulton Marston]] might just have [[FreudWasRight something else to say]] about that, however. Additionally being as most characters we see performing the gesture are female--and considering the orientation of many Amazon warriors... * display* might not have been excluded entirely from the equation, either, shall we say...

* Another British comedy to feature the continual use of salutes is Garth Marenghi's ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace''. This [[SatireParodyPastiche spoof]] [[HorrorTropes horror]] 1980s television show contains the main protagonist, Dr. Rick Dagless M.D., utilising dramatic salutes in several situations; for example, he salutes his fellow doctors after a successful mission or children patients after he's saved their lives. * In ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'', the High Commander salutes The Big Giant Head by hitting the palm of his right hand onto his forehead, rotating the hand. The rest of the aliens salute by holding their right hands towards their foreheads with the palm facing upwards and fingers pointing to the right.
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* Another British comedy to feature the continual use of salutes is Garth Marenghi's ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace''. This [[SatireParodyPastiche spoof]] [[HorrorTropes horror]] {{horror|Tropes}} 1980s television show contains the main protagonist, Dr. Rick Dagless M.D., utilising dramatic salutes in several situations; for example, he salutes his fellow doctors after a successful mission or children patients after he's saved their lives. * In ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'', ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', the High Commander salutes The Big Giant Head by hitting the palm of his right hand onto his forehead, rotating the hand. The rest of the aliens salute by holding their right hands towards their foreheads with the palm facing upwards and fingers pointing to the right.

* ''Camp Cariboo'' did a segment on funny handshakes, from lumberjacks to foot doctors (described as "corny") and farmers ("[[IncrediblyLamePun "udderly ridiculous"]]). * An episode of ''Welcome Freshmen'' had a very long salute done by the new militaristic Hall Monitors that involved using both hands and a full spin, accompanied by drumbeats. Each monitor had to give the full salute every time he was given an order, which gave the offending student time to just walk away without being apprehended.
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* ''Camp Cariboo'' did a segment on funny handshakes, from lumberjacks to foot doctors (described as "corny") and farmers ("[[IncrediblyLamePun ("[[{{Pun}} "udderly ridiculous"]]). * An episode of ''Welcome Freshmen'' ''Series/WelcomeFreshmen'' had a very long salute done by the new militaristic Hall Monitors that involved using both hands and a full spin, accompanied by drumbeats. Each monitor had to give the full salute every time he was given an order, which gave the offending student time to just walk away without being apprehended.

* In Series/PowerRangersSPD and in ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', the SPD salute consists of clenching your right hand into a fist over your left shoulder, then drawing it over your heart. * In the "Clown Virus" episode TheGoodies are trying to sneak onto a US military base when they're confronted by a soldier. They brazen it out with a dramatic salute and end up thumping themselves on the nose. The soldier's return salute causes his helmet to [[RuleOfFunny spin around on his head]].
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* In Series/PowerRangersSPD ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' and in ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', the SPD salute consists of clenching your right hand into a fist over your left shoulder, then drawing it over your heart. * In the "Clown Virus" episode TheGoodies Series/TheGoodies are trying to sneak onto a US military base when they're confronted by a soldier. They brazen it out with a dramatic salute and end up thumping themselves on the nose. The soldier's return salute causes his helmet to [[RuleOfFunny spin around on his head]].

* [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Show Me Your Moves!]] This is Captain Falcon's taunt phrase accompanied by the salute.
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* [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'': Show Me Your Moves!]] This Moves! is Captain Falcon's taunt phrase accompanied by the salute.

* Cloud in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', asked by some soldiers to come up with a "special move" with which to salute Rufus, teaches them a very StrangeSalute: a straight adaptation of his VictoryPose.
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* Cloud in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', asked by some soldiers to come up with a "special move" with which to salute Rufus, teaches them a very StrangeSalute: strange one: a straight adaptation of his VictoryPose.

* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': The prayer of the Yevon religion is, to Tidus' suprise, the same as the mundane blitzball victory gesture he always used in Zanarkand: hold hands before torso as if holding a blitzball, then bow. [[spoiler:The blitzball victory sign became the real Zanarkand's act of defiance against Bevelle in the war 1000 years ago, and when Yu Yevon subdued them, he had Bevelle adopt the victory sign as their prayer to show their obedience to him.]]
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': The prayer of the Yevon religion is, to Tidus' suprise, surprise, the same as the mundane blitzball victory gesture he always used in Zanarkand: hold hands before torso as if holding a blitzball, then bow. [[spoiler:The blitzball victory sign became the real Zanarkand's act of defiance against Bevelle in the war 1000 years ago, and when Yu Yevon subdued them, he had Bevelle adopt the victory sign as their prayer to show their obedience to him.]]

* The [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Brotherhood of Nod's]] salute is downright tame compared to some other video game examples: just thrust your fist to your heart, and there you go. Bowing your head or reciting Nod's mantras is optional, but fully welcomed.
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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'': The [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Brotherhood of Nod's]] Nod's salute is downright tame compared to some other video game examples: just thrust your fist to your heart, and there you go. Bowing your head or reciting Nod's mantras is optional, but fully welcomed.

* ''MetroidOtherM'' has soldiers giving a thumbs up after a briefing. It's not clear whether this is a universal salute or just used to indicate understanding. Samus herself gives a thumbs down. * ViewtifulJoe has 'The Airplanes'. Bend your ring and index fingers, and stick your little finger and thumb out to the sides. Turn your palm towards yourself if you're the one being awesome, otherwise point your middle finger at the recipient. [[http://www.nineinchsandwich.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Viewtiful-Joe.jpg This is what it should look like]]. * [[ProudWarriorRace Turian]] soldiers in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' salute by holding their weapons upright, parallel to the body. When unarmed, they repeat the gesture sans gun instead.
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* ''MetroidOtherM'' ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' has soldiers giving a thumbs up after a briefing. It's not clear whether this is a universal salute or just used to indicate understanding. Samus herself gives a thumbs down. * ViewtifulJoe ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' has 'The Airplanes'. Bend your ring and index fingers, and stick your little finger and thumb out to the sides. Turn your palm towards yourself if you're the one being awesome, otherwise point your middle finger at the recipient. [[http://www.nineinchsandwich.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Viewtiful-Joe.jpg This is what it should look like]]. * [[ProudWarriorRace [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Turian]] soldiers in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' salute by holding their weapons upright, parallel to the body. When unarmed, they repeat the gesture sans gun instead.

* WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} salute is FlippingTheBird and "up yours" both at the same time. [[{{Pun}} Kick ass!]]
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* The WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} salute is FlippingTheBird and "up yours" both at the same time. [[{{Pun}} Kick ass!]]

* MAD agents from ''InspectorGadget'' essentially punch themselves in the temple to salute their superiors. It's accompanied by a hollow knocking sound effect, and it looks like it hurts(on more than one occasion, an agent salutes at the end of a conversation and ''knocks themselves out''). More than likely, Dr. Claw made it up so his minions would injure themselves for his amusement. Though his agents repeatedly concussing themselves probably [[SurroundedByIdiots isn't doing their intelligence any favors]].
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* MAD agents from ''InspectorGadget'' ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' essentially punch themselves in the temple to salute their superiors. It's accompanied by a hollow knocking sound effect, and it looks like it hurts(on more than one occasion, an agent salutes at the end of a conversation and ''knocks themselves out''). More than likely, Dr. Claw made it up so his minions would injure themselves for his amusement. Though his agents repeatedly concussing themselves probably [[SurroundedByIdiots isn't doing their intelligence any favors]].

* In Imperial China, Chinese military officers and martial arts practitioners salute each other in the now-famous [[http://singaporewushu.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Wushu-Salute.jpg fist-in-palm salute]]. The fist means the strength and courage of the wielder, while the palm symbolizes the wisdom and temperance that controls said strength.
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* In Imperial China, ImperialChina, Chinese military officers and martial arts practitioners salute each other in the now-famous [[http://singaporewushu.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Wushu-Salute.jpg fist-in-palm salute]]. The fist means the strength and courage of the wielder, while the palm symbolizes the wisdom and temperance that controls said strength.

** StephenColbert infuriated knowledgeable fans when he accidentally used the British variant on screen. Although he claims not to read the forums ("they scare me") he has always used the proper American salute since. * Due to its visible similarity to the Nazi salute (as both were derived from the Roman salute), the Bellamy salute was dropped from the United States flag code during WorldWarTwo, replaced with the now familiar hand-on-heart salute. * During TheVietnamWar, an Australian Colonel was assigned to a U.S. Marine unit. Apparently every time he walked through the camp, Marines would purposely cross his path to make him salute in the Aussie fashion (same as the British one above -- Palm forward, arm rotates out sideways and up, then snaps straight down).
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** StephenColbert Creator/StephenColbert infuriated knowledgeable fans when he accidentally used the British variant on screen. Although he claims not to read the forums ("they scare me") he has always used the proper American salute since. * Due to its visible similarity to the Nazi salute (as both were derived from the Roman salute), the Bellamy salute was dropped from the United States flag code during WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, replaced with the now familiar hand-on-heart salute. * During TheVietnamWar, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, an Australian Colonel was assigned to a U.S. Marine unit. Apparently every time he walked through the camp, Marines would purposely cross his path to make him salute in the Aussie fashion (same as the British one above -- Palm forward, arm rotates out sideways and up, then snaps straight down).

** I was under the impression that Foreign Legion types were [[MemeticBadass by default hardcases]]. * The Polish army has a very specific two-finger salute, one very similar to the one used by the Scouts, which was so exotic to some foreign officers during the WW2, that they had some of the troops arrested, thinking they were being mocked.
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** I was under the impression that Foreign Legion types were [[MemeticBadass by default hardcases]]. * The Polish army has a very specific two-finger salute, one very similar to the one used by the Scouts, which was so exotic to some foreign officers during the WW2, UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarII}}W2, that they had some of the troops arrested, thinking they were being mocked.

* The "Vanilla Ice" salute (though he likely didn't invent it), which is the exact opposite of the "Devil Horns"; i.e. the middle and ring fingers are extended while the index and pinky fingers are curled. ** This is almost identical to Dane Cook's Superfinger, a Strange Obscene Gesture.
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* The "Vanilla Ice" salute (though he likely didn't invent it), which is the exact opposite of the "Devil Horns"; i.e. the middle and ring fingers are extended while the index and pinky fingers are curled. ** curled. This is almost identical to Dane Cook's Superfinger, a Strange Obscene Gesture.

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10th Nov '15 1:50:30 PM hamza678
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10th Nov '15 1:50:29 PM hamza678
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* also OlderThanSteam - in the Aubrey - Maturin novels and film, sailors salute officers using a gesture involving touching their forehead with one knuckle of a loosely clenched fist. This was a variation of an older, civilian gesture indicating that the sailor would have doffed their hat, if they had one ( although the wearing of a hat, or not, was disregarded for the purpose ). Note that officers saluted each other by various hat-doffing and hand-shaking formalities.
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* also Also OlderThanSteam - in the Aubrey - Maturin novels and film, sailors salute officers using a gesture involving touching their forehead with one knuckle of a loosely clenched fist. This was a variation of an older, civilian gesture indicating that the sailor would have doffed their hat, if they had one ( although the wearing of a hat, or not, was disregarded for the purpose ). Note that officers saluted each other by various hat-doffing and hand-shaking formalities.
10th Nov '15 1:49:51 PM hamza678
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* In the german movie ''Film/DieWelle'' (remake of ''Film/TheWave'') the salute of the titular student organisation was a sea-wave hand motion. * In ''Morons from Outer Space'', Griff Rhys Jones guiltily claps a hand over the breast pocket of his stolen uniform to hide the name tag (in case someone realises it's not his) this is mistaken for a salute by visiting politicians who return it, then use it to a colonel, who returns it also. * In the 2011 CaptainAmerica film, the members of Red Skull's Hydra organisation give a fist-clenched double Nazi salute (identical to the one from the comics). This gives an effect not dissimilar to pantomime hang-gliding.
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* In the german German movie ''Film/DieWelle'' (remake of ''Film/TheWave'') the salute of the titular student organisation was a sea-wave hand motion. * In ''Morons from Outer Space'', Griff Rhys Jones guiltily claps a hand over the breast pocket of his stolen uniform to hide the name tag (in case someone realises realizes it's not his) this is mistaken for a salute by visiting politicians who return it, then use it to a colonel, who returns it also. * In the 2011 CaptainAmerica film, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', the members of Red Skull's Hydra organisation give a fist-clenched double Nazi salute (identical to the one from the comics). This gives an effect not dissimilar to pantomime hang-gliding.
15th Oct '15 7:53:13 PM FordPrefect
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** This follows protocol, however. Its not always your right hand that forms the fist. If you're left handed, then that hand becomes the fist, as it is where your strength is focused.
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** This follows protocol, however. Its It's not always your right hand that forms the fist. If you're left handed, then that hand becomes the fist, as it is where your strength is focused.
15th Oct '15 7:52:44 PM FordPrefect
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** In the episode ''Inferno'', The fascist army of an alternate-history UK had a salute sort of like the Vulcan one, but without the split fingers.
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** In the episode ''Inferno'', The the fascist army of an alternate-history UK had a salute sort of like the Vulcan one, but without the split fingers.
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