->''"Silence you insolent Dirtlings!" Unable to articulate its rigid mouth, the alien had to wave its claws about just to let them know it was talking.''
-->-- '''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'''

When your character doesn't have lips or a mouth, or sometimes even any part out of which sound could possibly issue, in order to display the character is speaking, they will move their whole body around. Sometimes they just move once to indicate this, sometimes they're flailing wildly the whole time they're talking.

Named after, of course, the tendency to do this when playing with dolls and action figures, since their mouths have no moving parts.

Broader version of the HeadBob. If the character only talks through body language, see HeWhoMustNotBeHeard or SilentBob.



[[folder: Film]]
* Speaking of not being very menacing (at all), there's the titular aliens from the 50's classic (and [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S01E07RobotMonster MST3K ep]]) ''Film/RobotMonster''. The Ro-Men, looking for all the world like a guy in a gorilla suit wearing a space helmet flailed around wildly while speaking.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E7TheWheelInSpace The Wheel In Space]]", the Cybermen indicate they are speaking by rocking their entire upper bodies back and forth. Their air of menace rather suffers as a result.
** The Daleks are prone to this at times. At its best, the rocking is barely noticeable; at its worst, it makes them look rather incontinent.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E4TheGreatestShowInTheGalaxy The Greatest Show In The Galaxy]]" the three Gods of Ragnarok indicate which of them is talking by raising and lowering their arms. Unlike the Daleks and Cybermen, however, the Gods have noticeably different voices.
* ''Series/TheAdamAndJoeShow'' featured Toymovies - parodies of films or television series acted out with toys so naturally this was used.
* Most {{Tokusatsu}} shows, especially ''Franchise/KamenRider'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', do this with the heroes and the villains.
* ''Series/NewZooRevue'' did this when their human size owls, frogs, etc. talked.

[[folder: Other]]
* The character performers in the Ride/DisneyThemeParks. Though Disney eventually made elaborate puppet heads for certain shows.
* Most Traditional puppets (without a moving mouth) bob up and down when they talk; for specific example, Kukla of Kukla, Fran and Ollie (Fran was a human and Ollie had a moving mouth).

[[folder: Video Games]]
* The video game version of ''ThePhantomMenace'' did this whenever anyone talked. Including characters who were ''lying on the ground dying''.
* The models in ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' do this, though their gestures are actually rather sensible. [[TheHero Arkantos]] in particular spends a lot of time [[FacePalm facepalming]] at [[TheBigGuy Ajax's]] stupidity.
* Movies made with Microsoft's ''[[VideoGame/ThreeDMovieMaker 3D Movie Maker]]'' had all characters doing this, since the technology wasn't good enough in 1995 to allow lip syncing. Much MilkingTheGiantCow action ensues.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* All the time on ''[[WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC I'm A Marvel And I'm A DC]]''. Then again, most of the cast are action figures...
* Most all {{Machinima}} resorts to this in some way.
** It's lampshaded in ''RedVsBlue''.
--> Do we really bob our heads up and down all the time when we talk? God, that looks stupid.
* Since nearly the entire cast of ''[[http://www.gearandclip.com The Adventures of Mr. Gear and Clippy]]'' (with the exceptions of a few 'humanoid' characters) are a bunch of anthropomorphic objects with InvisibleAnatomy, the characters tend to shake when they speak, though usually there are speech bubbles to let us know they're talking anyway. Mr. Gear sometimes even turns when he's not speaking, often at times during pauses in the dialogue (after which he will say something in response to Clippy's latest antics, or the villain's crazy behavior).
* The ''WebAnimation/{{EQUESTRIA GIRLS}}'' parody videos, which uses stock art and fan-art of the characters, has this.
* The characters in ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals'' are made to bob up and down and wiggle about when talking for comedic purposes, even though each has a very distinctive voice. This is made more visible by the puppets' arms, which are sewn to their bodies by the shoulders and flap around comically when the character moves.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNOW Action League NOW]]''. Again, justified in that the cast is all action figures.
* Some sketches on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' use this [[ToyTropes (which is appropriate)]]. Others will paste animated mouths onto the characters.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', Woody talks like this during a scene where Woody and Buzz are disguised as a drink cup and a burger box.