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->''You see? Never be late for a plane with a girl. 'Cause a girl runs like a girl, with the little steps and the arms flailing out... You wanna make this plane, you gotta run like a '''man'''! Get those knees up!''
-->-- '''Jerry''' to '''Elaine''', ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', "The Airport"

A gait particular to female characters (and sometimes used to mock effeminate males).

In the most exaggerated Girly Run, the upper arms are pressed against the sides in order to control [[{{Gainaxing}} "bounce"]]. The lower arms do not swing freely, and her hands are held high in a delicate, open position, rather than in fists or the stiffly pointed position favored by proper athletes. Often she will flex her wrists. The thighs are held together, but the calves may windmill out slightly, giving her a knock-kneed look, and her feet are lifted straight up, as though she were marching. Additionally, she carries her back straight up from the hips to the shoulders, rather than bent forward into the run. In extreme cases, she may even lean ''back'' slightly.

Variants include wildly-flailing arms rather than tightly-clenched arms; carrying the arms down and slightly out along the sides, not really bringing them up at all; running only on the toes rather than striking on the front of the foot (the way a barefoot person runs) or on the heel (as someone wearing running shoes does); and flapping hands.

Obviously, this is not very efficient from a biomechanical perspective. Game characters with girly runs will often seem unreasonably slow. It puts the character at very high risk of [[BrokenHeel breaking a heel]].

You may notice that very few girls run this way in real life if they are actually trying to get somewhere fast, [[TruthInTelevision but there are a handful out there.]]

This is similar to AirplaneArms, but whereas AirplaneArms conveys exuberance and confidence, this conveys exaggerated femininity and lack of confidence.

Girly Run is often a component of TwinkleToesSamurai.

Contrast PowerWalk, UnflinchingWalk.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Azaka Kokuto from ''Literature/KaraNoKyoukai'' noticeably ran like this when she did a FoeTossingCharge, although it might be because she was running on the backs of pews to get directly to her target.
* The opening credits of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' give Hyatt an exaggerated version of this, alongside a loose-limbed Excel.
* Mikuru in ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'', especially in the student film shown in the first episode. It doesn't control her {{Gainaxing}}, though.
** Further exemplified in the opening of Haruhi's second season, Super Driver. She clearly stands out from the rest of the SOS Brigade.
* Momomiya Ichigo from ''TokyoMewMew''. As [[MagicalGirl Mew Ichigo]], she seems to lose the reflex completely, her movements visibly shifting from [[{{Joshikousei}} schoolgirl]] to {{catgirl}}.
* During the ending credits of ''BlueDrop'' the silhouettes of Hagino and Mari are shown running in this manner. This is a bit weird, since in the series they run normally and generally don't behave overly girly.
* Ryuubi from ''IkkiTousen'' runs like this, when she is not [[spoiler: tearing up the place in her dragon form]].
* Lynette does this in episode 12 of ''StrikeWitches''. Maybe that's why she was [[spoiler: the last one to arrive at the base]].
* For some reason, Nanoha routinely did this in the first season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Fortunately for anyone taking her seriously she could and did fly more often than not when in costume.
* Gilbert from ''PandoraHearts'' does this in the first omake.
* Kagome of ''Manga/InuYasha'' does a bit of this throughout the show.
* Madoka Kaname in Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica, especially in the opening.
** Mami does this while leading Madoka through Charlotte's barrier in episode 3.
** [[spoiler:''Homura Akemi'' does this back when she has Moemura in the [[MentalTimeTravel first timeline]], and, recovering from a heart condition, she'd just come from a 6-month long stint in a hospital bed]].
* Nova / Yuki in ''StarBlazers / SpaceBattleshipYamato'' runs this way.
* Emporio Ivankov's paramilitary legion of crossdressing men in ''OnePiece'' run like this.
* Komachi/Cure Mint of ''YesPrecure5'' and ''YesPrettyCure5GoGo'' runs like this.
** Reiko/Cure Beauty of ''SmilePrettyCure'' does this as well.
* Izaya from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' lapses into this occasionally. Also skipping. He's also one of the most dangerous characters in the series.
* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' has [[ButtMonkey Furuichi]] ([[RunningGag as well as several other characters as of late]]) [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/49241/beelzebub_ch127_by_red-hawk-scans/17 running like a bitch]].
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': Mio and Haruka run like this in the OP.
* Episode 6 of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' features the rather surreal scene of a Titan running this way.
* In ''Manga/LoveLab'', Maki, Suzune, and Eno run this way. The tomboyish Riko and Sayori run normally.
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'': Momo briefly runs this way while fleeing a horde of fans in episode 2.
** Hiyori also runs this way in episode 4.
* Cecilia in ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' runs like this, most noticable in the ending.
* In Act 1 of ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'', Sailor Moon makes her public debut while yelling at MonsterOfTheDay Morga assertively, but then enters the scene with arms upraised and unsteady gait, along with the SloMo effect usually reserved for an UnflinchingWalk. It underscores that, while Usagi's heart's in the right place, she's ''really'' green at the MagicalGirlWarrior thing.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Wayne Boring, the definitive Franchise/{{Superman}} artist in the early SilverAge, seemed very fond of drawing women with their arms in this position, even when they were just standing around.
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[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* Deliberately averted for the eponymous heroine of ''Anime/MillenniumActress'' according to WordOfGod. Director Creator/SatoshiKon felt it was important that Chiyoko's gait be as elegant as possible (since she spends so much time on-screen -- and in a figurative sense, almost the entire movie -- just ''running''.)
** However, in his film ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'' Kon plays this trope for all its worth with Hana the transvestite. Especially effective when Hana girly-runs past a surprised pedestrian while thundering, "''She's a baby thief!''"
* Paprika from ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'' breaks into this at multiple points in the film. [[JustifiedTrope It makes sense]], given her [[spoiler: nature as hyper-feminized libido incarnate]].
** And used effectively near the end of the film: when [[spoiler: Atsuko]] transforms in Paprika to fight the [[spoiler: dream-creatures intruding into the real world]], she starts running like a normal person, then you see her running like Paprika, then you see Paprika.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* Parodied and lampshaded in the third ''Film/AustinPowers'' movie where Scott Evil, who's previously been just an everyday teenager is suddenly revealed to run in an exceedingly girly fashion. He's also sobbing madly.
** The above quote, by Dr. Evil, is said immediately after the above. What makes this even funnier, is that not even ten minutes later, after formulating a plan [[spoiler:with his brother, Austin Powers]], he can be seen [[HypocriticalHumor running like a girl.]]
* In ''Film/StandByMe'' it was used as an acting technique. WilWheaton was required by the plot to lose a foot race to River Phoenix, but discovered that he couldn't do it naturally. He found that by flailing his limbs about, it slowed him down enough to lose but at the same time he looked like he was actually trying harder to win.
* The dressmaker in ''Film/KungFuHustle'' runs a bit like this. [[CampGay He's a guy]]. [[spoiler:Not to mention a [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass highly skilled martial artist]].]]
* StevenSeagal especially in ''Film/HardToKill'' has the girliest run ever used by an action movie star. He seems to lose control of his arm while sprinting.
** This is a problem for Seagal in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkskuSXqUD0 all his films.]]
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Captain Jack Sparrow uses the "arms flailing wildly" variant of a girly run; see it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUkRatOSxaI here.]] It's particularly noticeable in comparison to the much more efficient running style of the cannibals.
** This is eventually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the fourth film (it went more or less like this):
--> '''Jack:''' You run like a girl.
--> '''Angelica:''' And you don't?
* Captain Jack's run was inspired by the way el Tuco ran through the cemetery in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93s5nKZ_iVs This video compares them.]] Tuco's run differed in that he didn't flail his arms, he tended to keep them down and slightly out from his sides.
* The pilots of Manta Squadron in ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' run like girls, for the excellent reason that they ''are'' girls.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the Creator/TomClancy novel ''Literature/RedStormRising'', one of the protagonists (an intelligence officer in the US Navy Reserve, at that point), comments that the protagonist character in a Soviet film he's watching runs like a girl when coming ashore from a boat. The other person watching the film with him, a Marine with amphibious landing experience, retorts that the other should try running through the surf to shore, and see how he looks.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* On ''{{Seinfeld}}'', Elaine showed herself to have a girly run criticized by Jerry. Later, Kramer complains George is running the same way.
* Malcolm Tucker from ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' and ''Film/InTheLoop'' is an aggressive, foul-mouthed, violent alpha male... who runs like a girl.
** Peter Capaldi already ran like a girl, back when he was Danny in ''Film/LocalHero''. It came across as rather [[CuteClumsyGirl adorable]] then.
* Probably not intentional, but Avon from ''Series/BlakesSeven'' gets a bit... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWv2WWNZzhw flaily]] when he runs.{{Justified|Trope}} in that he's a computer technician. The same excuse can be used for Blake, an engineer. [[AxCrazy Bodyguard Travis]] on the other hand, is occasionally shown virtually skipping due to the small size of the sets, despite his AxCrazy tough guy character.
* ''NewsRadio'' - at a Halloween party, Dave, dressed like a girl, gets in an argument with Lisa, who runs off. Dave sighs and runs after her, in heels, with no trouble. His ''KidsInTheHall'' background served him well...
* On ''Series/BurnNotice'' Michael Westen runs like a girl while posing as a nerdy chemist so that he will be caught by a gang of drug thieves and be ''forced'' to infiltrate them.
* ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger''. The [[CombiningMecha DaiBouken]] does this when [[GenkiGirl Natsuki]] is behind the wheel.
* On one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', while investigating a suspicious business woman, the team had reason to believe her rather ... ''[[CampGay effeminate]]'' assistant was hiding important information for her, and chased him down in the parking lot. The chase scene involved the terrified assistant running like a girl in a B horror movie from [=DiNozzo=], until Gibbs cut them off and caught him. When Gibbs questions his inability to end the chase, a breathless [=DiNozzo=] can only defend himself by saying that the assistant's running style was "surprisingly efficient."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Kairi and Namine from ''KingdomHearts''. Xion and Aqua, however, have normal looking runs, which might have something to do with the fact that they're playable characters.
** Actually, Kairi has a normal looking run for most of ''Kingdom Hearts II'', but when she gets a girly run with Namine in one scene, let's just say the animators didn't do things by halves.
* Mio from ''FatalFrame 2''. Miku and Rei from ''Fatal Frame 3'' are even worse than Mio. Even Kei and Mafuyu have a girly run.
* The main character of ''ShadowOfTheColossus'' even though it's a guy who kills 50 foot stone monsters by stabbing them all for [[LoveMakesYouCrazy love]]. Although he is holding stuff.
** To clarify, Wander doesn't do a "dainty" girly run -- he's more of the "wild arm-swinging" variety of girly run. Of course, this could be perceived as clumsiness rather than effeminacy.
* The ''FinalFantasy'' series is fond of this trope
** Aerith in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: CrisisCore'', though she moves with a lot more ladylike dignity when she's older. This gets amusing in the 'escape from Shinra tower' cutscene in the original game, where (likely due to the graphical hurdles posed by her long dress) everyone else is running out of the tower, while Aerith is simply daintily walking at ''the same speed''.
** Selphie of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' does this, which makes her stick out a bit when she's [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguised as a]] [[SweetPollyOliver male Galbadian soldier]]...
** Rinoa ''walks'' normally, but while running has a subdued version of a girly run.
** Princess Garnet in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX IX]]'' goes all out with this, especially when you control her. But then again, she ''is'' a princess.
** Rikku and Yuna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. Lulu holds up her skirt just a little bit.
*** Justified with Lulu, since her skirt is literally [[TooManyBelts made entirely of interwoven belts]].
** Particularly noticeable in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' where Yuna is your controllable character and seems to put so much extra movement into running that she should be dead tired after five minutes.
** Vanille in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''
** Serah in ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}'' runs with an exaggerated prance with arms swinging at her side.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra Branford]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'':
** Heather, the protagonist of ''SilentHill3'', has a rather girly run.
** Henry, from ''[[VideoGame/SilentHill4 Silent Hill 4: The Room]]'' runs almost exactly like Heather whenever he's holding a weapon he needs to carry with both hands.
* Ash from ''StreetsOfRage 3''. He's an [[VillainousCrossdresser evil transvestite]].
* Colette from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
** Cheria from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''.
** Outside of battle, Elise from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Totori|The Adventurer of Arland}}'''s titular main character has a particularly blatant example. The huge trails from the bow she wears doesn't help, nor does the fact that she's the on-screen character.
* Surprisingly, Ganondorf in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl''.
* The default female walking/running animation in ''SecondLife'' is a sort of mincing waddle with the forearms flailing stiffly at the sides. (Well, the male default animation isn't really any better.) It looks frankly ridiculous; getting an animation override for this at the earliest opportunity is strongly recommended.
* Most characters in ''EternalSonata'' run this way if they have long sleeves or a big skirt/dress to avoid the models touching. This gets to the point where characters continually are holding their arms out to the side.
** Polka not only runs like this - she ''stands still'' like this; her arms never rest against her body but are held out in a feminine way.
* The protagonist of ''Des Blood 4'', Esk Anderson, does this as well.
* Hinako, fom ''TheKingOfFighters'' runs almost exactly as it's mentioned in the trope description.
* In ''MyWorldMyWay'', the princess does this whenever she's walking through a dungeon.
* It's not ''grossly'' exaggerated, but in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', despite being a legitimate ActionGirl, Jill swings her forearms horizontally left and right while running in a decisively non-badass manner (although wearing a miniskirt and heels in the middle of the ZombieApocalypse may have something to do with it). She improves significantly in the sequel, though.
* Subverted and then played straight in the form of a Girly WALK in ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''. She runs in a somewhat feminized version of the normal action-hero run, but when she walks... wow. Her pelvis basically dislodges with each step.
* Edge Maverick from ''StarOceanTheLastHope'' runs like this in the scene when you have to save Sarah from Tamiel and his gang.
* Roger Wilco starts running like this when he crossdresses in ''SpaceQuest IV''.
* Many female civilians will flee from a gun-wielding player in ''SaintsRow2'' in a very exaggerated Girly Run.
* In ''NeoSteam'', female characters that aren't of the Pom race tend to do the lower body half of this when they're not carrying a two handed weapon. It's somewhat jarring out of elves and lyell(catgirls), since you would associate such races with gracefulness.
* Leanne from ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'' runs this way when carrying a single handgun or [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielded guns]]. When running with healing items, grenades, or a single machinegun her run looks much more natural.
* Marion Wolfe of ''VideoGame/{{Outcast}}'' does not run. She flounces.
* Thomas Maclaine of ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has one, as befitting his naturally timid nature. [[spoiler:It also become something of Foreshadowing to his status as a DepravedHomosexual.]]
* Zhen Ji of ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' runs like this, except one hand is held slightly lower to carry her [[ImprobableWeaponUser flute]]. So do the Qiao Sisters.
** Enterprising fans have hacked at least one version of the game to swap out character models while retaining the same animation, so any of the characters can be given girly runs.
* In the first ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' game, the party's WhiteMagicianGirl, Xelha, has a downright hilarious run.
* This trope is somewhat present in ''Franchise/DragonAge'' - females of all races hold their arms up close to the body with minimal swing and loose hands as they appear to ''hop-jog'' in their intended direction, whereas males pump their arms and run like, you know, ''normal people do''.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and its sequel, fem![=PCs=] move their hips overmuch when they run. Like, really overmuch. [[FetishFuel Not that anyone's complaining...]]
* Tsuruhime from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' runs like this, holding her bow in one hand. It's a wonder how anyone can run so fast with their knees bent at such an angle. Her IdleAnimation also has her sway mincingly from side to side for no apparent reason other than to look girly.
* Jennifer from ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' runs like this. She also fights in extremely stereotypically girly manner - she covers her eyes while she stabs the enemies!
* Florian, Niko's CampGay former Army buddy, runs like this in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''.
* Rain from the ''VideoGame/FearEffect'' series definitely runs like this. Hana does not. This serves as a contrast between the two characters, with Hana being more masculine and Rain being more feminine.
* The carpenters got a very girly run in the 3DS remake of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''.
** And it was already extremely girly in the N64 original!
* VideoGame/BlazBlue: Amane Nishiki doesn't just [[DudeLooksLikeALady look like a girl]]. He runs like a girl too.
* Alice from ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' definitely runs like this.
* ''[[VideoGame/MOTHER3 Mother 3]]'': Kumatora's run animation has her doing this. Which is funny considering her [[RebelliousPrincess usual]] [[TomboyPrincess persona]].
* If you put your player character in a dress or skirt in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing: New Leaf'', they do this. Yes, even if [[WholesomeCrossdresser you're using a male character that you put a dress on]].
* Princess Peach runs like this in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld''.
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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic does it while freaking out about Linkara in his review of ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection''. And it's ''adorable''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the final few moments of a flashback sequence in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' season 9 episode "The City of New York Versus Homer Simpson" that explains Homer's undying hatred of and why he took an oath never to go back to New York City, we see him, through a series of cosmic circumstances, cross ill paths with a pimp, who chases young Homer for miles out of the city. The pimp, due to his elongated limbs and flowing attire at first seems to have only a slightly exaggerated walking pattern. But a closer examination of the pimp's arms and elbows reveals that it's an exaggerated version of this gait.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "Forever Phantom", the title character is physically unable to resume his secret identity as a human. He has his friends Sam and Tucker cover for him by dressing up in his clothes, and when it is Sam's turn to distract Danny's parents she runs off in plain sight of them, at which point Danny's father comments that Danny "runs like a girl".
** Curiously, Sam does not do a girly run--she runs 'normally,' and is actually quite athletic and fast.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy.'' Edd runs like this. Sorta. No wonder some fans thought he was a girl at first.
* [[RobotBuddy Larry 3000]] from ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' started doing this in season 2, when his effeminate gestures became exaggerated.
* Velma and Daphne in ''ScoobyDoo'' would both run like this in the original series.
* Something of a weird inversion in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', when Stewie states he hates Meg's "manly walk".
** Played by straight however, by Peter when he thought Dr. Hartman sexually violated him (he really was trying to give him a prostate exam).
* In [[BlinkyBill The Adventures Of Blinky Bill]], Shifty Dingo is shown skipping like this in the Mother's Day episode. About the only masculine things about Shifty are the fact he owns a skateboard and red baseball cap.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "The Spirit of Competition," Bolin, of all characters, does this with bonus InelegantBlubbering while fleeing the deeply hurtful sight of [[spoiler: his friend Korra (who he'd taken on a date ''the night before'') kissing his brother Mako.]]
** Mako's run as he goes after Bolin to calm him down, while less exaggerated, isn't as macho as you might expect either.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Hank and Dean each has a very... ''peculiar'' running style, as seen during the opening credits. The opening credits of episode 2x01 shows that their father has a third one.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Apparently, Japanese women really do run like this. Must be all that running they do.
* [[FormulaOne Adrian Sutil]] pulled this trope off in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkRgUcP_rM 2008 Canadian Grand Prix]].
* Happens quite a bit in women's football/soccer.
* AJJacobs describes barefoot running in his book ''Drop Dead Healthy'' as having a "prancing tenor" to it.
* Peter Capaldi, as noted elsewhere on this page, does this. Given [[Series/DoctorWho who he just got cast as]], and how much running that character does ''every single episode'', Whovians are going to be in for a ''very'' entertaining time.
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