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One of the few ways to indicate that you are a badass or at least hellishly ambitious is to fold your arms straight in front of your opposition. When you see one doing such a pose, you know that they are badass or remarkably powerful, or so calm that they have the situation under control or at least harbor ''great'' ambition. It is also a symbol of cockiness. Bonus points if they have impressive muscles.

So basically, if you see people folding their arms, this is a good indication to see that they are badass. Even if they're not, they're still showing determination, stubbornness or toughness.

Note that crossing arms below the ribcage speaks a whole other body language, and involves bringing shoulders forward defensively. This tends to denote sulkiness or defensiveness. To cross arms over your chest, one must spread shoulders back, which juts out the chest and straightens the spine, making the figure stand slightly taller, and raises the chin. It's also "closed off" body language, indicating resistance to influence. Each of these elements alone convey confidence, the total posture sums them up to a Badass Arm-Fold. If you wanted to add, say, the KubrickStare you would have to consciously lower the chin, but this tends to net more badass points than it gives away.

This trope goes ''excellently'' with MultiArmedAndDangerous, although more than six arms tends to ruin the effect.

This can be one of the ModelingPoses if the product is meant to convey strength and determination.

See also ReverseArmFold and DynamicAkimbo. Sometimes combined with IHaveTheHighGround. Often leads to RebelRelaxation, but this [[SisterTrope is when they aren't leaning]].



* Mr. Clean.
* Much as the DreamworksFace is seemingly mandated by law to be on every animated movie poster, attempts at a Badass Arm-Fold now seem to pop up on EVERY print ad for reality television, even if the subject matter is something like digging up meteorites or running a pawn shop.
* Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7FIvfx5J10 "Epic Split" ad for Volvo]]. While doing his signature full leg split. Suspended between a pair of trucks.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Many rival characters are very prone of this. Namely, Tenshinhan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Hit and Jiren. All of them are also very serious dudes.
** Vegetto combines this with ExtremityExtremist.
** Freeza and Cell. The former combines this with ExtremityExtremist on one occasion, too, until he loses his cool.
** Among the spectators of the Tournament of Power, some of the cooler Gods of Destruction, e.g. Bermod and Geene do this a lot.
* ''Mazinger'':
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Kouji Kabuto sometimes does this. A good example in an episode in which Mazinger-Z is nearly completely depleted from energy during a battle, the control deck is smoking and giving off sparks due to the strain, the weapons don't work, Prof. Yumi is ordering--''repeatedly''--for Kouji to retreat because he'll die otherwise... and Kouji simply folds his arms across his chest as he calmly waits for one chance to blast the Beast down! It is hard to convey how badass he seemed right then.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Tetsuya Tsurugi used this position more often than Kouji due to him being less light-hearted and more serious and angry than Kouji.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': Duke also used the position every now and then.
* There is a reason why [[Manga/OnePiece Roronoa Zoro]] is the page image for MadeOfIron...
** For those lacking context: [[spoiler: Imagine all of the pain from your captain was transferred to you while you were already clinging to Death's Door. [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments ZORO.]] [[{{MadeOfIron}} SURVIVED.]] [[NightmareFuel THAT.]] The armfold was the cherry on top.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': Taurus Aldebaran in the original series and the ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' spin-off. He even [[UpToEleven fights multiple opponents (and wins!) in this position]].
** This is the signature stance of [[Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega Harbinger]], [[Manga/SaintSeiya Aldebaran]], [[Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas Rasgado]] and [[Manga/SaintSeiyaNextDimension Ox]]; all different incarnations of the [[LightningBruiser Taurus Saint]].
* Volfogg is prone to this in ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''. Considering he's a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ninja policecar robot]], well, it's certainly justified. His VA then went on to do [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]].
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'': This pose is THE signature pose of Getter Dragon, the first HumongousMecha to use it.
* Subverted in the OVA of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars OriginalGeneration''. Only Lamia Loveless have the gall to wait for an exhibition to begin all while folding her arms in front of her. Amongst her group, she probably is the calmest and most badass (but not the most between the whole cast). Unfortunately, for the rest of the OVA, she ''never'' gets to show her badass qualities.
* The title mecha of ''Anime/GunBuster'' is famous for it. ''Anime/GunBuster'' is associated with this trope enough that anime fans tend to refer to it, when combined with the proper leg positioning and facing forward, as the Gunbuster Pose. Which is a case of the WeirdAlEffect. Gunbuster is a mish-mash of references to ''Kamen Rider'' and other {{super robot|Genre}}s, with that pose being a nod to the signature pose of ''[[Manga/GetterRobo Getter Dragon]]''.
* Lordgenome from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' pilots his mecha this way. Also how the [=SuperGalaxy=] Gurren Lagann is introduced, in a ''Anime/GunBuster'' homage. Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann also does the pose.
** This pose is Kamina's default stance when he's not sitting down, or in his heaven piercing pose.
** Not to mention what Simon does in what's arguably [[HesBack the]] [[ThemeMusicPowerUp series']] SugarWiki/{{mo|mentOfAwesome}}st [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments famous]] [[TearJerker scene]].
** [[spoiler:Cranked UpToEleven in the finale with the entire cast pulling this as Simon saves Nia from the Anti-Spiral. Then in the second movie: this is the pose first assumed by the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (a HumongousMecha just over half the size of the universe) in the film's climax.]]
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', a variation of this (legs almost closed and leaning back a fair bit, because the standard pose is clearly not fabulous enough) is Dio Brando's signature pose.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', Tuxedo Mask often does this as he delivers his pre-battle speeches. Makoto and Rei also demonstrate this.
* Izumi and Sig Curtis from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist.''
** Ed does it a few times when he's sulking, but he's still just as badass as the others.
** Special mention goes to Greed/Ling (Greed being dominant) while he descents slowly in the elevator of the government's central building; about to destroy the Amestris' soldiers below.
* Treecko/Grovyle/Sceptile does this often in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime (and man is it badass).
** Ash's Buizel has this, no matter if it's serious or relaxed.
** In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', all of Chuck's Pokemon (And Chuck himself) do this, even while fighting. They're quite badass too.
* In ''Anime/DigimonSavers'': Commander Sampson
* Two more Words: [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Master Asia]]
** And the ''actual'' King of Hearts that appeared [[spoiler: as part of the ''[[HeartBeatdown Sekhia Love-Love Tenkyoken]]'']] in the finale. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Who cares what it was, it rocked all the same]].
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Voltaire]] of has a tendency to do this, as shown during the final mission in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. Considering its [[{{Kaiju}} size]] and black color scheme, maybe it's a subtle ''Gunbuster'' reference?
** Dearche, the LargeHam leader of the Dark Materials in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent'', does this pose so often that even the SuperDeformed computer-controlled avatar based on her does it when it's on standby.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a habit of doing this when he's feeling particularly confident, or after having accomplished a BigDamnHeroes moment.
** This is often Gaara's default position. Justified, as his absolute sand defense ''and'' sand armor prevent much of anything from touching him.
** [[spoiler:Madara in the Fourth Great Shinobi War also holds this as his default stance when he's not in combat. He also enters this when using his Susano'o, as he no longer ''needs'' to move his body at all to fight.]]
* Dynamis from ''[[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima Negima!]]'' ''fights'' in that position. He still has [[MultiArmedAndDangerous two hands free]], though.
* Several characters from ''Manga/YuGiOh'', especially Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba and Yami Marik, all of them do this most of the time. The three of them do it even on the same screen once (and Jonouchi being only one on the screen who doesn't do it).
** Every {{Expy}} of Kaiba.
** The Machine-Type Monster Jinzo is usually seen doing this.
* Stardust Dragon does this in the fifth opening of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''.
* All three {{Team Shot}}s in the first three anime season openings feature [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Zelgadis]] of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' doing this.
* {{Space Pirate|s}} ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'' does this from time to time, especially when he's behind the Arcadia's ship's wheel.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': In the manga, Ranma Saotome does this on a regular basis.
* Kirino's pose on the cover of the first volume of ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'' is more [[{{Tsundere}} tsun-tsun]] than badass, but it's enough to undergo MemeticMutation as seen [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post?tags=can%27t_be_this_cute&searchDefault=Search here]] ({{N|otSafeForWork}}SFW).
* ''Manga/OnePunchMan'': This is King's default pose in battle, and many fear what would happen if he ever ''uncrossed'' his arms. [[spoiler:He's actually standing like this because with his arms crossed, it's easier for him not to flip out and run away.]]
* ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'': Luluco does this in episode 12 while standing on the bow of [[spoiler: her mother's CoolStarship]] in a clear ShoutOut to ''Anime/GunBuster''.
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'': Kanade Tachibana does this in episode 4 when she's wearing her baseball couch clothes.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/DoctorDoom'' does this all the time.
* Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner complains that he isn't able to do to this when [[GenderBender he is turned into a woman]] ([[MostCommonSuperPower with a physical trait common with most comic superheroines]]) in an issue of ''Guy Gardner: Warrior''.
* The ComicBook/SilverSurfer did this to Mephisto.
* Several characters in the Comicbook/XWingSeries comics do this, including Wedge while pondering TheChainsOfCommanding.
* Commonly done by Franchise/{{Superman}}, who stands and/or floats with arms crossed with a derisive look on his face after his opponent's attacks have failed to even make him flinch. Also done whenever he's chiding a crook for acting like a {{Jerkass}}, usually with a "I'm not mad, I'm just ''disappointed''" attitude. Being [[NiceGuy Superman]], this is [[ShamingTheMob really effective]].
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' does this every so often.
** In the ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' arc, in which she was a Kryptonian Red Lantern (one of the most obscenely overpowered possible combinations in Franchise/TheDCU), she did this pose several times. One of those times happened ''during a battle'': she flew in the battlefield, punched an enemy across the city, folded her arms and ''glared''.
** In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', Supergirl crossed her arms across her chest when she confronted ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' for first time. Captain Marvel and Big Barda also do this when they argue with Batgirl after arriving on Gotham.
** In ''Comicbook/{{Convergence}} #6'', pre-Crisis Kara [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-H4TEDswpasA/VVSRiY45AoI/AAAAAAAAkFs/qVTGnStVQlU/s1600/conv%2B6-12.jpg folds her arms as she stares down at the enemy army]].
** In ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'', Kara folds her arms across her chest and stares Rebel down after warning that if he attacks her, she will ''hurt'' him.
* Comicbook/BlackAdam uses this all the time. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis All. The. Time.]] Normally while hovering a few inches off the ground. Alexander Luthor one time called him on it, saying that his constant hovering was creeping people out.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} is prone to this when he's doing the Team Leader bit. Also, he has that "impressive muscles" part down to an absurd degree.
** The genocidal supervillain ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} can often be seen looking superior in this pose.
* ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' does this (or something very similar) when he is facing down [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] on the subject of Ragnarok ([[FanNickname aka Clor]]) and the superhuman registration act. Tony wildly underestimates how powerful Thor actually is, and hits him with the full power of his repulsors when Thor refuses to play ball. When the dust clears, Thor is shown unharmed, and a mix of angry and disappointed with Tony. He then proceeds to beat the crap out of Tony while chiding him for not acting as a friend should.
* Kate Kane does this fairly often, whether in uniform as ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} or not.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* One of ComicStrip/ThePhantom's standard poses.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* All of the four except Ringo do this a few times in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', particularly the NighInvulnerable Paul, who likes to do it when he's quietly daring someone to attack him.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* Jafar from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' can pull this of well, like the scene where Prince Ali visits. In [[Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar the sequel]], Jafar comes out of the lamp as a huge red genie, folds his arms, hovers hugely and ominously, then leans in ''really'' close, scaring the living crap out of Abis Mal, who babbles incoherently in utter terror.
* Nod on the cast poster for ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.
* Chernabog's awakening in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''. Seriously, that's what criminals see when Franchise/{{Batman}} [[OffscreenTeleportation emerges from the shadows]].

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* Snow in ''Film/{{Lockout}}''. In spite of being under arrest, seating around men of authority standing over him, and being dictated the terms of his suicide mission, Snow just sits there with his arms crossed, unimpressed.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The end of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' sees the newly-minted Darth Vader join the side of Emperor Palpatine as they survey the initial building of the Death Star. Vader's arm-crossing amply displays not only his utter badassery, but his contempt for the nascent "technological terror" being constructed.

* Inspector Javert's default pose in ''Literature/LesMiserables''. When he stops doing it [[DrivenToSuicide he's in trouble...]]
* Visser Three from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' makes use of this on the cover of [[VillainEpisode VISSER]].
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', on those occasions when [[BigBad Lord Foul]] takes on a physical or partially physical form, his default pose is generally to stand with his arms folded while regarding his enemies with profound contempt.
* In ''Literature/DarkLordTheRiseOfDarthVader'', Vader, getting used to his armor, is learning which poses are most intimidating. He folds his arms often, and also plants his fists on his hips.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Ninth Doctor was fond of doing this.
* The opening credits sequence for ''Series/IronChef America'' shows all of the program's chefs assuming this pose, in a visual MundaneMadeAwesome gag.
* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'': Captain Marvelous' default stance. Leads to a great moment in the first episode: Everything is exploding, the scenery is falling apart, and the rest of the team is ducking for cover. Marvelous? Standing unfazed, not giving a damn. The Toys/SHFiguarts figure of Gokai Red even comes with the option to replace his poseable arms with folded ones.
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'': Kamen Rider Odin tends to be in this pose most of the time.
* Everyone does this in the opening of ''Series/PawnStars'' in an attempt to make a couple of chubby, ordinary men look cool.
* Dr. Perry Cox from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has a tendency to do this whenever he's about to kick some ass or go off on a rant. Amusingly enough, it is paired with a quick nose rub which actor John C. [=McGinley=] admits he borrowed from Robert Redford.
* Just take a look around the Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}} [[http://stargate.wikia.com/wiki/Atlantis_Season_3 wiki]]. Weir summoning this trope simply [[http://stargate.wikia.com/wiki/File:Atlantis_season_3.jpg reeks of awesome]].
* In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration,'' this week's InsaneAdmiral orders Worf to put Captain Picard under arrest. Worf simply glares at him and crosses his arms.
* Constable Odo from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', is exceptionally fond of this trope, in keeping with his image as a stoic, badass frontier lawman. If he's not doing one of these, then he's usually rocking its counterpart, the ReverseArmFold.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
** In "Distant Origin", Captain Janeway tells her alien captor to hold onto something as his spaceship is about to be attacked. He defiantly does this trope instead. His confidence is justified when the attack is a NoSell.
** Subverted when the holographic Doctor does this in "Revulsion". It just leaves the [[ProjectedMan mobile emitter]] on his shoulder exposed to a blind swipe, shutting down his program when it's struck.
* ''Series/TopGear'': When not driving, The Stig is only ever seen with his arms crossed over his chest or with his hands on his hips. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode where he was forced to take public transport. They wheeled him on using one of those Hannibal Lecter gurneys so he wouldn't break his cooler-than-thou pose.
* Captain Jack Harkness often folds his arms in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', usually when he's in the Torchwood hub.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', especially effective when combined with her KubrickStare.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Taz|z}} did this during in-ring introductions in Wrestling/{{ECW}} (not so much in Wrestling/{{WWE}}.)
* [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] used to do this, combined with never speaking. It helped her stand out as a badass at a time when WWE pushed women purely on how sexy they were.

* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Giovanni does this in "You Just Can't Win" after pushing Ash away from him.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Borf, the evil alien commander from ''VideoGame/SpaceAce'' does a Badass Arm-Fold ''and'' a CheshireCatGrin during his "You cannot win!" taunting of the player after the player makes a bad move.
* Ryu from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' gives us the classic 'wind blowing' win pose, which involves this. M. Bison is also fond of this pose, as is Sagat.
* Kazuya Mishima from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' likes folding his arms in front of him, whether it's opening sequence, or it's winning pose. He's been doing this since his debut.
* In ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear XX'', whenever Sol Badguy fights a certain people (e.g.: Dizzy, I-No, Slayer), he folds his arms and fire comes out around him. Justice loves doing these as well.
* Amongst the three rulers in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', Cao Cao is the most ambitious. Thus, he is prone to be portrayed in this pose (especially his DW 5 official art).
* Kira Daidouji from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' is also highly ambitious and condescending and her fighting stance has her striking this pose. Her ambitions comes from her desire to, you guessed it, TakeOverTheWorld.
* There's two variants of this in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. [[PlayerCharacter Your character]] does this during his/her/its idle animation every cycle. The other is a slightly wicked take, with your legs together and your character staring slightly downward. Look GREAT if you're hovering! It fits, because you play as a [[ComicBooks Comic-Book]] style {{Superhero}}.
* Knuckles and especially Shadow from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series fold their arms on a regular basis. Sonic does the same thing when he's bored.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Magus does this on the world map if the player waits too long.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** Vincent Valentine from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' frequently poses like this.
** Montblanc from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' always does this fold. If not he only lets his arms open for a few seconds, then he does it back. He ''is'' TheCaptain of Clan Centurio after all...
** And in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', both Kimahri and Bahamut, a seven-foot-tall lion-man and a twelve-foot tall metallic dragon respectively, do this when standing in place, radiating Badassery. Wakka too, sometimes.
** Kain from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' does this for his VictoryPose in ''Dissidia Duodecim''.
* Yuffie in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
* Bang Shishigami, the hot blooded Ninja turned superhero from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' does this.
* Hotsuma in the UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2 ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}'' folds his arms when standing or walking. As does his successor, [[VideoGame/NightshadeKunoichi Hibana]].
* [[VideoGame/StarFox Falco]] in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games.
* Both Franziska von Karma and her father Manfred do this in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. As does [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney Apollo]].
* Commander Shepard in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is rather prone to doing this. During [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the first game]], they tend to switch to a ReverseArmFold when speaking to superior officers or the Council however.
* During the Dark Side ending to ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' [[spoiler:Revan]] does this while looking out over the assembled Sith armies.
* As mentioned earlier in the anime and manga section, Master Asia is fond of this, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioAAx0z_2jo as seen here in]] ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam 2'' even Domon indulges in it.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fighting games, this is the neutral stance of Gensokyo's resident TimeMaster NinjaMaid, Sakuya. Considering she is a walking [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]] reference, it makes sense. Amusingly, it's also the neutral stance of the [[CannonFodder fairy]] Cirno; no doubt an attempt to look stronger than she is.
* Legendary {{ninja}} Fuma Kotaro's default stance in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. Takeda Shingen does it too, when he means business. And Date Masamune [[CrazyAwesome rides his horse]] sitting like this.
* Kratos Aurion in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' does this quite often. Succeeding him in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' is Gaius, who's almost always doing this when he's idle. He even does it in battle while he's participating in Rowen's Dual Capriccio link arte (Which has him take a short ride atop a magically produced air glider). The rest of the cast [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this and one victory pose even has a few of them ''copying'' him while he looks on in bafflement.
** [[BadassNormal Yuri]] [[BreakoutCharacter Lowell]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' does this in a skit pose.
* Ansem (or [[spoiler:Xehanort's Heartless]]) has this as his battle pose in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, mainly because he lets his Guardian Heartless do all the work. His previous persona Terra-Xehanort also had a badass arm-fold. To add they also both examples of PowerFloats.
* [[EvilTwin Liquid Snake]] did this a lot in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''.
* It's ''[[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Disgaea]]'''s very own main character's default pose. [[Characters/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl]] seems to be quite aware of its indication, as the trope description suits him really well.
** Kurtis is doing one in his ''Disgaea 3'' and 4 character portrait, and in his cut-in portraits starting from 2. Despite being a [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Prinny]], it's still effective.
* Duke's IdleAnimation in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Maximum Impact'' is to slowly fold his arms. He's an SNKBoss.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom''
** [[Characters/DoctorStrange Shuma-Gorath]] is known to bust out a Badass Arm-Fold with ''tentacles'' ever so often.
** Doctor Doom has this as his idle pose in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3: Fate of Two Worlds'' along with his [[BadassLongcoat signature cape]]. And it is awesome.
---> "Turn and run now, and I will mercifully pretend ''this never happened.''"
* In ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'', this is the default idle pose for a [[TheBigGuy male bahmi character]] on a {{t|urtlePower}}artagon mount.
* As might be expected from the large number of badasses in the franchise, ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'' has quite a few of its characters do this, especially after [[LimitBreak Musou attacks]]. Most notable is [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Souther/Thouzer]], whose Badass Arm Fold and EvilLaugh are both weaponized as part of his Nanto abilities.
* Luigi of the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series does this as a victory pose. Granted, he grins happily when he does it.
** [[BigBad Bowser]] does this constantly in artwork for the games and he hits most of the notes in the description.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has a few characters that do this, like Yasha, Augus, and Asura himself. Asura even does this when in outer space , very similar to [[Anime/DieBuster Nono]] and even does it on the tip of his personal flagship similar to The [[Anime/GunBuster Original gunbuster]].
* In ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'', Lance makes a pose like this in resurrection scenes [[spoiler:and in the final confrontation, showing that he is brave in the face of certain death]].
* Izanami default pose when fighting her first form in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'', Supreme Overlord Jergingha does this in the first portion of his final fight segment.
* Albedo from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' in one image. You can find it in the Image Links.
* The FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'''s single-player mode, being an octopus, keeps two of his arms folded while using another pair to operate his HumongousMecha-slash-[[InstrumentOfMurder turntable]].
* As her default mugshot sprite and non-battle {{Idle Animation}}, [[VideoGame/{{TheLegendaryStarfy}} Snips]] tends to do this.
* This is VideoGame/{{Strider}} Hien's idle pose in ''Strider 2'', in contrast of Hiryu's battle-ready stance. Hiryu himself later borrows it as his idle pose in the 2014 ''Strider'' game.
* A lot of characters do this in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' but this is hilariously parodied in the sequel ''Brave New World'' where [[VideoGame/VirtuaFighter Kage Maru]] does this while Akira Yuuki is rowing the boat all by himself.
* [[VideoGame/MortalKombat Mortal Kombat's]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/Kintaro/Gallery?file=Kintaro_%281%29.png Kintaro]] takes up this pose. This is also Stryker's winning pose in Mortal Kombat 3.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PerfectDark Perfect Dark]]'', one of Trent Easton's men takes this pose as he accompanies him to a meeting in the G5 Building.
* In the old Creator/DataEast medieval-themed wrestling/fighting game ''MutantFighter'' (aka ''Death [[{{Engrish}} Brade]]''), This was Pazuzu the Demon's default pose. He even did it while performing his super attack.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/UnionOfHeroes'': The Evil Wittener [[http://www.unionofheroes.com/comic/377-episode-7-page-14.html does this]] when The Master finds out that [[spoiler:he is in fact the former hero named "The Man From The Booth"]]
* Kamina pulls one of these [[http://doublek.thewebcomic.com/comics/1359081/chapter-1-017/ while standing on a car full of whores]] in the early pages of ''Webcomic/DoubleK''. The author notes that he simply ''had'' to do it, since he never did in [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann the main series]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Firebrand pulls it at the end of the 11/11/12 livestream video in ''WebVideo/TribeTwelve''. [[spoiler: "YOU'RE FUCKING WELCOME."]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Its Melissa's default pose, and reflects her arrogance.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' does this at the end of the theme song. Once in a while he'll do it in the show as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In "Let's Play Streetball", the gang makes their own rap music video and Mr. Cat, Stumpy and Quack Quack do this.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron Stoppable does this at the end of "So The Drama", when Dr. Drakken remembers his name.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** This pose is favored by Avatar Korra, and is [[http://i.imgur.com/yiDNk.jpg the stock pose]] she sports on her character page at nick.com, all the better for her to showcase that SleevesAreForWimps.
** [[spoiler:Toph Beifong]] does the behind-the-back version for most of her "[[CurbStompBattle fight]]" with Korra. Note that bending normally requires sweeping arm gestures, she's just that good.
* On ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Mordecai folds his arms at Rigby to show that he is pissed off at him. He even does it slowly just to show he means business.
-->'''Rigby:''' Don't you dare!\\
'''Mordecai:''' Too late. It's already in motion.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' this is [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad PC]] [[JerkJock Principal]]'s default stance, when he's not beating up politically incorrect people (or [[AIIsACrapshoot sentient Advertisements]]), or ranting about Social Justice.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[StateSec Agent Kallus]] has a tendency to do this from time to time.
* Robin and Cyborg from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' do this from time to time.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is the typical stance of the bouncer, making them look more intimidating and impassive to your puny attempts to scam your way inside.
* Athletes such as UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts fighters and Rugby players' pictures are often taken in this style.
* Played with in psychology. This stance denotes one of two things: (a) the person is in a state of deep thought[[note]]an aversion[[/note]] or (b) the person is in a state of insecurity.[[note]]an inversion[[/note]] The actual badass (and intimidating) pose would have [[DynamicAkimbo good posture and hands on the hips]] denoting the person is purposefully opening themselves up for attack but they're confident enough with themselves to do it anyway.