Created By: TheHandle on June 11, 2013 Last Edited By: Pichu-kun on July 13, 2016

The Teapot Pose

One of the recurring Stock Poses for feminine and effeminate characters

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I'm a little teapot, honey! Short, stout, and va-voom!

The character stands jauntily with one arm perched on their hip, and the other raised and bent, looking much like, well, a sassy teapot; the raised arm vaguely resembles the pouring spout of a teapot while the lowered arm resembles its handle. Curving or bending the hips and legs is optional.

This pose is a "limp-wristed", sexier, version of Akimbo. It's related to Talk to the Hand, Finger Wag, the infamous duckface, and quite often the default pose of, like, the Valley Girl as well as Camp Gay, Camp Straight, Sassy Black Woman, The Ojou, and other famous and self-important people. You'll catch at least one celebrity striking this pose, or slight deviations, on any boardwalk or runway.

This pose is so common in fiction that it even appears with female superheroes or action heroines in exaggerated and out-of-place extremes, not unlike the Boobs-and-Butt Pose.

When adding examples, it is encouraged that you link to pictures or videos demonstrating the pose. Within the limits of fair use, of course.


Examples:

Anime And Manga

Video Games

Web Comic
  • In Niels, the new guy who was hired into Niels' crime syndicate has some very set mental representations on what a gay person should look and act like. He knows that Neils is bisexual; that is enough for him to classify him as "fag" and dress him up in his mind as a stripper, complete with pink, see-through, skimpy outfit, makeup, jewelry, and an extra-hammy, hip-thursting version of this pose. When he finds out that the guy who hired him, Neils' second-in-command, whom he thought was pretty cool, sleeps with Neils, his mental image of him instantly shifts into a variation of the same stereotype.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 60
  • June 11, 2013
    TonyG
    Your description needs work. I assume you mean the pose with the hand on one hip, but without a proper description or a page image we can't tell.
  • June 11, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Neither your description nor title do anything to actually clarify what this is at all.
  • June 11, 2013
    TheHandle
    How about now?
  • June 11, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Limp wristed implies palm down. Change that to "Open-Palmed."

    Still don't think this is really... tropable but at least it's clear.
  • June 11, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    That Red Link should probably say Boobs And Butt Pose (or Over The Shoulder Pose).
  • June 11, 2013
    XFllo
    I think this might be a Stock Pose. We have been dealing with them a lot in Image Pickin' forum lately.

    Could anyone post a link to a picture? That would help a lot.
  • June 11, 2013
    lexicon
    None of the examples say anything about how the character is sassy, making each a Zero Context Example. Rarity and Twilight Sparkle look like a good example of how the pose doesn't necessarily mean sassy.
  • June 11, 2013
    TheHandle
    No, see, the pose connotes sassiness, but doesn't necessarily mean the character is always sassy, all the time.
  • June 11, 2013
    jbrecken
    There's probably some overlap with Talk To The Hand, as this is frequently the pose accompanying such an expression, and it is also a sign of sassiness.
  • June 12, 2013
    TheHandle
    bunp
  • June 13, 2013
    TheHandle
    bump
  • June 13, 2013
    XFllo
    @ The Handle: Better than YKTTW Bump is to "zero edit the article". It also moves the draft to the first page and the discussion stays clean.
  • June 13, 2013
    lexicon
    You haven't added context to any of the examples. How does it denote sassiness, "know-it-all" ness, homophobia, and where it is in panty and stocking with garter belt?
  • June 16, 2013
    TheHandle
    A smile denotes happiness, both hands on your hips denote annoyance and bossiness, and this pose denotes a form of effeminate arrogance that I call "sassiness" for lack of a better word. How they denote that, I have no idea, I just know that they do.

    Nowhere did I say that it denoted homophobia, I said that a character, knowing that another character was gay, envisioned him in such a pose (and stereotypical drag queen attire); the fact that the character imagined him that way denotes homohphobia, but the pose itself is synonymous, in the character's mind, with homosexuality, specifically traits associated with it such as foppiness and camp.

    The picture with PSG is linked right there, and it's the page image for the work on this wiki, so what are you asking about?
  • June 17, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Changed the MLP example because that pic came from Equestria Girls
  • June 18, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    Based on the description, I thought it was this:

    picture

    The Panty Stocking image will help clarify.
  • June 18, 2013
    KingZeal
    I agree with the above. The name makes this seem like a different (but equally tropable) pose.
  • June 18, 2013
    TonyG
    There must be a name for this pose. Maybe someone in the modeling industry knows something.
  • June 18, 2013
    TheHandle
    ^^^Oh, yeah, that pose, it's so... dainty... ugh...

    Except for her lack of any actual hips, I'm almost certain Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time must have done this pose.
  • June 18, 2013
    luvaddict77
    Videogames: Shiki from The World Ends With You. She even says it a couple times.
  • June 19, 2013
    ryanasaurus0077
    Ironically, this is the henshin pose assumed by Haruka Teno/Sailor Uranus in Sailor Moon.
  • June 20, 2013
    TheHandle
    ^ pics or it didn't happen[[hottip:*:would you link a picture please?

    ^^ a videoclip or pic would be nice.
  • June 20, 2013
    ryanasaurus0077
  • June 20, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Sassy waitress Flo often took this pose on Alice1976. (Sorry, no pic.)
  • June 21, 2013
    TheHandle
    ^^She looks damn cool!
  • July 29, 2013
    KingZeal
    I just found out the name for this. It's called the "Teapot" pose.
  • January 8, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    Can we get a rename to Teapot Pose?
  • January 8, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ that makes even less sense.
  • January 8, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    But King Zeal did his research, didn't he? Otherwise, he wouldn't have found out the name.
  • January 8, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    Any hats? Any names? Any page images?
  • January 8, 2014
    KingZeal
    Yes, the actual name for this pose is called Teapot Pose.
  • January 8, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    But Shanghai Slave said it don't make sense. I don't know why.
  • January 8, 2014
    DAN004
    I'd ask for the source for the name "teapot".
  • January 8, 2014
    CrypticMirror
    I think it is from the song "I'm a little teapot" where this pose is one of the various poses you have to make to follow the lyrics.
  • January 8, 2014
    KingZeal
    Yeah, the raised arm vaguely resembles the pouring spout of a teapot while the lowered arm resembles its handle.
  • January 8, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    okay fine. I googled it. it's correct but quite a few of the pics don't include the "raised arm" part for some reason.

    it still doesn't make sense at a glance, hard to associate it with a teapot, honestly.

    also, I know ths as "arms akimbo", or at least, the two hands on waist one.
  • January 8, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    It looks Up For Grabs at this point; the sponsor doesn't seem to have been around for half a year. The only question is, is it really Up For Grabs?
  • January 8, 2014
    KingZeal
    The Handle is still around. We can send him/her an invite back.
  • January 8, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    That would be wonderful, as this obviously still needs work to be done.
  • January 14, 2014
    TheHandle
    Here I am. What do you suggest?
  • January 14, 2014
    lakingsif
    I think you need to use the adjective jaunty somewhere. Maybe when referring to the hips.

    When paired with an exasperated or concentrated pout, you have completed Modelling 101.
  • January 14, 2014
    TheHandle
    ^Or disgusted/contemptuous, that works too. :P
  • January 14, 2014
    TheHandle
    I think one half of this picture does a perfect job of presenting the pose.

    It should be noted that the Downplayed Trope verion of this pose is with just one arm akimbo, the other down. But wouldn't that just be "semi-akimbo"?
  • January 15, 2014
    Snicka
    • The Brain does this involuntarily in the Animaniacs episode "Pavlov's Mice", due to Pavlov conditioning him to sing "I'm a little teapot" when he hears the sound of a bell.
  • January 15, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    As The Handle would say: Pics or it didn't happen. Would you link a pic please?
  • January 15, 2014
    Snicka
    I'll rather link the video: [1]. And my memory slipped: it wasn't a bell but a gong.
  • January 15, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    So far we have examples from Sailor Moon and Animaniacs with linked-to pictures or videos. The Handle, could you please add them in?
  • January 15, 2014
    TheHandle
    Where's the Sailor Moon example? Can't find it...
  • January 15, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    "Ironically, this is the henshin pose assumed by Haruka Teno/Sailor Uranus in Sailor Moon."

    Then you asked for an image, and I gave you one.
  • January 15, 2014
    TheHandle
    Why is this ironic?
  • January 15, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    Notice the pothole to Bifauxnen over her name? That's why.
  • January 16, 2014
    TheHandle
    My description needs help ;_;
  • January 16, 2014
    KingZeal
    Awww, don't cry. I can do some editing, if you'd like.
  • January 16, 2014
    TheHandle
    Well, you're a pro writer. Showmeyamoo.
  • January 16, 2014
    KingZeal
    lol, sometimes that hurts rather than helps

    But yeah, let me take a crack at it.
  • January 16, 2014
    KingZeal
    Done. And I saved a copy of the old version if you prefer it.
  • January 16, 2014
    DAN004
  • January 17, 2014
    StarSword
    Video Games:
  • January 27, 2014
    TheHandle
    Nah, I prefer the new version, thanks King Zeal
  • July 13, 2016
    Kartoonkid95
    Many Hanna Barbera female characters do this, especially if designed by H-B artist Iwao Takamoto.
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