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->''"He stood in the center of the room, his head thrown back in silent laughter, his arms raised above his head, his fists clenched in that famous, overly dramatic gesture known to theatre students everywhere as 'milking the giant cow'. Yes, it was hokey and clichéd, and Voltmeter knew it, but he loved doing that gesture anyway, the quintessential stance of a man mad with power."''
-->-- ''Literature/HeroicsForBeginners''

Among drama students, "Milking the Giant Cow" is a term that refers to the practice of holding your hands skyward (or merely gesticulating wildly) to show emotion. May be accompanied by a SkywardScream.

If they fall to their knees while doing so, they are contractually obligated to raise their hands to the heavens, grasp the invisible teats tightly, and pull down a few times, as if milking an oversized bovine.

This also occurs when a character just can't sit still. A character may pump his hands up and down theatrically while speaking... "for emphasis". If played for laughs, he will be holding a beverage (or some sort of blunt object) -- which will of course go flying everywhere.

An artifact of stage acting ([[TropesAreNotBad with the intent that granny in the back row could see what was going on]]), generally [[DiscreditedTrope deprecated]] amongst modern actors.

If it is done in order to ChewTheScenery, it may be [[RuleOfCool necessary]] to Milk The Cow. Not to be confused with HamAndCheese. Unless the actor chooses to milk ''while'' ordering HamAndCheese to chew. [[{{Metaphorgotten}} Or other dairy products.]]

A critical part of being a LargeHam. See also BigNo, AngryFistShake, FutileHandReach, GlovedFistOfDoom, GotTheWholeWorldInMyHand and SkywardScream, as well as particularly over-the-top cases of ItaliansTalkWithHands. In a WorldOfHam, ''everyone'' does this. Often part of GoingThroughTheMotions.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not related to]] [[{{Sequelitis}} milking a franchise]].



* Creator/LeslieNielsen perfected the "wildly gesticulating while holding a drink" version.
* Both Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson and Creator/MarkHamill did this while voicing their [[WesternAnimation/TheBatman respective]] [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries versions]] of ComicBook/TheJoker. This is usually carried over into the animation.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Kamina makes a frequent habit of waving his arms wildly when delivering his bombastic speeches (aside from [[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger his heaven-bound dramatic pointing]]), whether in a mecha or not, even disregarding that he's in the middle of a heated battle, completely ignoring the enemy's presence, much to the annoyance of everyone (save Simon, Nia, or Kittan).
* Duke Red often does this while monologuing about his various [[MadScientist mad science]] schemes in various Creator/OsamuTezuka productions, especially ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}''. It's actually rather effective there, since he's supposed to be completely unhinged.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Vegeta has a tendency of doing this.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Lelouch Lamperouge, being a LargeHam, does it all the time. Even when simply removing a contact lens, [[spoiler:which coincidentially unlocks his Geass power, but that's details]]. At some point, C.C. asks him why he needs to be so theatrical when he uses his Geass, and he tells her to shut up. It should be obvious to C.C. and the audience; if he's only exposing his eye during the instant of one command, a flourish would draw the required attention to that eye.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': BigBad Dr. Hell was prone to make this when he was monologuing, mainly in the original manga and Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}. Especially when night had fallen and he was outdoors. EvilIsHammy, indeed.
* ''Anime/StellviaOfTheUniverse'': The ''Stellvia'''s captain does an epic arm flourish when ordering to fire the last remaining laser shot that can save Earth from imminent destruction in the final episode.
* Itsuki Koizumi has been shown doing this from time to time in the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' anime, perhaps most notably when he's actually cast as Guildenstern in a high school performance of ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead''. Kyon also does this at one point during the last episode of the Endless Eight arc.
* Light Yagami indulges in this a few times over the run of ''Manga/DeathNote'', when the central conflict has had a dramatic shift and he's not compromising himself to anyone present. Because, and this cannot be emphasized enough, the guy is really, really crazy under all that suave manipulation.
* Mattis in the anime version of ''Literature/RonjaTheRobbersDaughter'' leaves no giant cow unmilked.
* ''Nobody'' in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' will ever turn down the chance to make an overly dramatic pose when hamming it up. Infamously, Caesar and Joseph from Battle Tendency are very prone to this.
* Lutecia Alpine does this in her first scene of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid''. Doubles as a sign of her CharacterDevelopment since she had been an EmotionlessGirl in previous seasons.
* Tenya Iida has this ''Anime/MyHeroAcademia''. He never seems to know what to do with his hands, so they always go in every known direction as he makes big speeches, which is often. Even Tsuyu points it out to him.
--> '''Tsuyu:''' Those are some interesting moves there.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** Supergirl does [[http://abload.de/img/supergirl28-40ejz9.jpg this]] in the beginning of ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' right after pummeling ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}''.
** In ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'' villain Nightflame gestures her left arm skywards while she demands to know Supergirl's location.
** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Linda throws her hands up when she becomes fed up with her schoolmates' bullying.
* ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'': IQ, card-carrying ham, has one of these moments in church.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' comic, we get a long series of panels showing Jeremy "dance" by jumping up and down while pumping his fists. Hector says he looks like he's milking a kangaroo.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Downplayed example. In chapter 8, while having lunch with his friends, Touji is so frustated with being not allowed seeing his girlfriend while she spends time in the hospital that he stretched his hands out and "nervously grasped at nothing".

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Jafar milks the giant cow quite a few times. Even on the cover art!
* Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'': LargeHam Honest John waves frantically and points with his walking stick at every opportunity. [[SissyVillain The wrist motions can make one wonder what the artists were going for here.]]
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': Vinny, being Italian, gestures with his hands whenever he speaks.
* Ralph Bashki's ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' movie had Gandalf and Boromir doing this a lot. Gandalf does it, oh... ''so''... ''MUCH''! Complete with clutching fingers!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'':
** Mrs. Brisby does this at least once, mainly as a way for the animators to underline her anxiety.
** [[BigBad Jenner]] counts as well, at least during the scene where he shares his {{Evil Plan}} with Sullivan.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'':
** Syndrome does this with hilarious results as he wears an ArmCannon shooting a beam of energy that suspends his target in mid-air.
--->'''Syndrome:''' I am '''Syndrome!''' Your '''nemesis!''' And... ''[throws his arms up, hurling Mr. Incredible out of sight]'' Oh, ''brilliant''.
** Later Syndrome [[EngineeredHeroics stops a fuel truck falling on a woman and her child]]. Once again he does his dramatic introduction, sending the fuel truck flying over his shoulder where it explodes in a ball of flame.
* Pretty much every character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Foodfight}}'' uses dramatic arm movements while talking, likely in an attempt to make up for the lack of quality facial animation. Particularly notable when Dex twirls around once like a ballerina during TheReveal for no apparent reason.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'': Gaea Everfree makes lots of emphatic gestures, especially during her VillainSong. Sometimes it goes along with using her magic, but most often it's completely gratuitous.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* A staple of silent film in general, thanks to the lack of dialogue to convey thoughts.
** Rotwang in ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', as seen in the page image. The evil robot Maria does this when rousing the workers to revolt.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQqiwIgTUHA#t=2m30s Dr. Mabuse]] in ''Film/DrMabuseTheGambler''. Played by the same actor who played Rotwang.
** ''Film/TheCurseOfQuonGwon'': The young wife does this in the scene where her nasty in-laws throw her out of the house.
* In ''Film/TheRoom'', Tommy Wiseau wildly throws his arms downward while uttering the film's most famous line, "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', young Tom Riddle does this.
* Since the actors of ''Film/BitterLake'' performed the entire movie in fursuits with largely immobile faces, they resorted to overacting the body language in a desperate attempt to sell the flat vocal acting.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Darth Vader wears a face mask, his range of body postures is limited to "loom", and his voice is intended to be machine-like (and was added in post-production anyway). About the only remaining means of expressing the character is hand gestures. Creator/DavidProwse (the man in the Darth Vader suit) rises to the challenge, milking the proverbial cow like he's getting a bonus for every hand gesture he makes.
* During his incredible and hilarious speech Arthur Jensen of ''Film/{{Network}}'' milks the giant cow like a cross between Hitler and a television evangelist.
* Doc Brown of ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' wildly gesticulates whenever he speaks. In the Making Of, director Robert Zemeckis said Christopher Lloyd was taking inspiration from the conductor in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' (Leopold Stokowski), and described him as "conducting the world".
* In ''Music/{{Evita}}'', Eva Peron gesticulates during her speeches, especially the inaugural speech. It's likely a stage direction in the original musical as well. The real Eva Peron was actually a big fan of this gesture when she spoke, so it is, at least, historically accurate. Look up pictures of her speaking and you're sure to see her doing this gesture.
* The movie of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' is a WorldOfHam, so it's not surprising that there's a bit of this going on. Especially from Piter de Vries.
* Creator/JeremyIrons is having a helluva lot of fun with [[BigBad Profion]] in ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons''.
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''. The Collector does this while delivering exposition on the MacGuffin, for which he is immediately mocked by Rocket.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': It's a wonder the poor cow has any milk left after Captain Barbossa is finished with his "Begun by blood, by blood undone!" speech.
* ''Film/TheRightStuff''. The man introducing [[PunctuatedForEmphasis AMERICA'S...MERCURY...ASTRONAUTS!]]

* Creator/JohnMoore's humorous fantasy novel ''Literature/HeroicsForBeginners'' specifically cites this term, as seen in the page quote.
* Mrs. Shimerda apparently does this gesture in ''Literature/MyAntonia'' when Jake and Jim come to retrieve a harness they lent to the Shimerdas. They have a fight because Ambrosch doesn't want to give it back and actually tries to give them a shabby one.
-->''"Mrs. Shimerda threw her hands over her head and clutched as if she were going to pull down lightning. 'Law, law!' she shrieked after us. 'Law for knock my Ambrosch down!'"''
* In his autobiography, Creator/SpikeMilligan recalls auditioning for military talent shows during [=WW2=], and marvelled at the eternal optimism of men with limited talent who genuinely believed their singing, comedy or acting talent would entertain and raise morale for their fellows. He was taken with the tendency of really bad singers, with the stage presence of planks of wood, to milk the giant cow to add pathos or dramatic intensity to whatever ballad they were murdering.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': The Forum newsreader played by [=Ian McNeice=] punctuates his [[LargeHam hammy]] news bulletins with stylized gestures and poses that were actually used by professional speakers and politicians at the time. At one point Lucius Vorenus tries to use them during his brief attempt at politics, but completely fails to make them seem impressive.
* Baron Vladimir Harkonnen of the ''Series/{{Dune}}'' mini-series, also played by [=Ian McNeice=]. Just watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay3bCW3F3QU this]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** TheMaster is EvilIsHammy personified, but [[http://i45.tinypic.com/2r2pumo.jpg hasn't entirely got the hang of this]].
** Speaking of the Master, he drives [[https://38.media.tumblr.com/9d7bc234ea2860dbf934f7a4998360c2/tumblr_nqsj5mWKM21ssuoa0o4_250.gif the Seventh Doctor]] to do it.
** Creator/MattSmith delves into this consistently as the Eleventh Doctor, though considering what type of character he's playing, it really, really works. Lampshaded in "The Day of the Doctor":
--->'''War Doctor:''' Are you capable of speaking without flapping your hands about?\\
'''Eleven:''' ''[[[IResembleThatRemark while flapping hands about]]]'' Yes! No...
** The Eighth Doctor in the TV Movie does this as well.
** In "Survival", Creator/SylvesterMcCoy overclocks the [[LargeHam ham]], making a serious line sound very, very, ''very'' melodramatic:
-->''(arms are outstretched above him; starts gesturing with his eyes shut, and [[MilkingTheGiantCow shaking wildly]])''
** The Twelfth Doctor, as much of a ham as any of his predecessors, gets to do this in ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]],'' while parodying the usual BiggerOnTheInside speech and taking it UpToEleven.
-->'''The Doctor:''' "Oh... my... '''GOD!!!''' Ah... it's bigger... on the inside... than it is... on the outside? My entire understanding of physical space has been ''transformed!'' [[MilkingTheGiantCow Three-dimensional Euclidean geometry has been torn up, thrown into the air, and snogged to death!]] My grasp of the universal constants of physical reality has been changed... forever. Sorry. (While literally and metaphorically LeaningOnTheFourthWall) I've always wanted to see that done properly."
* In ''Franchise/PowerRangers,'' suited characters often kick the wild gesturing UpToEleven. It's especially noticeable when still suited outside fight scene (like figuring out device, etc.) In the early years, these gestures would be accompanied [[MundaneMadeAwesome by the same swishing-through-air sound]] as martial arts strikes.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Along with his oddly placed vocal pauses and emphasis on unusual syllables, this is a key element to the Creator/WilliamShatner acting style, famously perfected as Captain Kirk on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Indeed, one filk song ("Star Trek Rhapsody") even name-checks it:
--->'''[=McCoy=]:''' [[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder I'm a doctor!]]\\
'''Kirk:''' [[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder ...not an actor.]]\\
'''[=McCoy=]:''' Not a ''[[TakeThat milkman]]''!\\
'''Kirk:''' What does ''that'' mean?\\
'''[=McCoy=]:''' And I'm sorry, HesDeadJim.
** This was quite common on [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]] in general. Many of the actors were originally trained for the stage, where overemphasised actions were expected; on screen, this translated to hokey action scenes and sometimes hilariously overdone body language.
** The Doctor on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' does this on occasion, as he's the hammiest character on the ship. It's also seen in guest stars who aren't used to playing RubberForeheadAliens and therefore [[ActionFigureSpeech feel they need to gesture more to compensate]].
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. In "Fredless", Wesley does this while spoofing the melodrama of the Buffy/Angel romance.
-->'''Wesley:''' "Oh Buffy, I love you so much I almost forgot to brood!"
* From ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
-->'''Creator/WilWheaton:''' Do you really think we're going to fight?\\
'''Sheldon:''' My fists are not up because I'm milking a giant invisible cow.
* Joe as a horoscope reader on ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'' eventually devolved into cartwheels and somersaults.
%%* Just pick any HenshinHero series from the Showa era, both heroes and villains loves doing this.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' has a number of EvilIsHammy villains, so this trope comes up on several occasions.
** As a MadScientist, Egrorian from "Orbit" does the appropriate scenery chewing.
--->"[[ThisCannotBe How? HOW?]] There's no ''way'' for them to escape!"
** In "Rumors of Death", a politician is rehearsing a grandiose speech in honor of President Servalan, with plenty of emphatic gestures.
--->'''Chesku:''' What do you think?\\
'''Sula:''' I think it's crude and obvious.\\
'''Chesku:''' [[IResembleThatRemark Thank you.]]
** In the season 3 finale Servalan finally gets her hands on the Liberator, so does an open palm version when ordering [[TimTaylorTechnology "Maximum Power!"]] The perils of excessive hamminess are then demonstrated when the Liberator tears itself apart and blows up.
** In "Cygnus Alpha", Creator/BrianBlessed also explodes after demonstrating this trope, though due to being {{Tele Frag}}ged rather than an overload of ham.
** In "Headhunter", an android [[CranialProcessingUnit loses his head]] and starts [[ActionFigureSpeech gesturing dramatically to compensate]].

* Music/{{Gackt}} must have a clause in his contract that requires him to do this at least once per [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B4ylyRLu-Q music video]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v12i6vJj988 stage performance]].
* The video for Music/{{Disturbed}}'s "Indestructible" uses this several times. Hell, every Disturbed video contains a little of this, as do the live shows. The singer is [[LargeHam one great big ham]].
* The director for the MusicVideo to Music/EltonJohn's song "I Want Love" accused Creator/RobertDowneyJr of doing just this. Her solution? Taping his hands in his pockets to remind him that understatement worked more for this concept (the idea was just Downey walking and lip-synching to the song in a cold 'institutional' building). Works, too.
* Vocalist and LargeHam Kamijo has always been [[ChewingTheScenery partial to a nice piece of stage]], but he takes his wild dramatic gesturing UpToEleven in the last couple of minutes of the music video for Music/{{Versailles}}' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne423XWtjf4 "Ascendead Master"]]. The rest of the band join in as well--if they can get away with taking their hand away from their instrument for a minute, they do just that and make it worth it.
* Music/ShirleyBassey does this every time a song has a big finish. And most of her numbers have big finishes.
* Music/KingDiamond [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tl-N9FJMpY shows us how it's done]].
* Music/MaryJBlige.
* Creator/KevinHart mocked R&B singers' tendencies to do this when giving "tips" on how to be a singer:
-->'''Kevin''': All you need to know how to do is open your hands, close em, and point.
* Alas, Music/BonnieTyler's acting ability is inversely proportional to her singing, as witnessed in her plea for help in the video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWcASV2sey0 "Holding out for a Hero"]].
* If [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM4CDLmDx_Y the video for "Ten Thousand Strong"]] by Music/IcedEarth video is any indication, Ripper Owens is a fan of this move.
* When Music/TomJones is not doing a finger snap with the hand not holding the microphone, you bet it's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpsGh4Amt44 a grand]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxJCKPsj08Q gesture]].
* Music/{{Sabaton}} frontman Joakim Broden does this all the time during shows. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgmzlvUAB2w Example from their 09/19/2016 performance in Atlanta, GA.]]

* Manic sketch show ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'' skewered TheSeventies TV presenter Doctor Jonathan Miller, a RenaissanceMan who at one time appeared to be the BBC's go-to presenter for ''anything'' scientific or cultural. Miller's TV work was visually punctuated with lots of flamboyant hand gestures including at least an udder inspection of the giant cow when he got ''really'' into his subject. Leading to the classic line;
-->Presented by Dr Jonathan Miller, the only man whose hands are too loud for the deaf.

* Microsoft 3D Movie Maker: Because of the fairly cartoonish style, many of the actions are MilkingTheGiantCow. The limitations of the graphics technology at the time play a part in this too. For instance, since there was no way to animate a person convincingly speaking over recorded dialogue, the action for talking was for the characters to lean forward, nod their heads, and wave their arms around.

* This is pervasive enough that Creator/WilliamShakespeare ranted about it in a CharacterFilibuster in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Yes, [[JustForFun/ZerothLaw Shakespeare troped it first]].
-->''Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus; but use all gently...''
::In the same dialogue: [-Be not too tame neither:... ''[but]'' [[TropesAreNotBad suit the action to the word, the word to the action]]; with this special o'erstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end ''[is to hold]'' the mirror up to nature... Now this overdone, or come tardy off, though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve... O, there be players that I have seen play, and heard others praise... ''[that]'' have [[LargeHam so strutted and bellowed]] that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men and [[UncannyValley not made them well]], they [[TakeThat imitated humanity so abominably]].-]
* In the Creator/ReducedShakespeareCompany play ''The Complete History of America (abridged)'', Reed tries to mime steering a car, but his gestures are off enough that Austin tells him, "Stop milking that cow!"
* In Andrew Lloyd Webber's ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', depending on the actor (although this is usually done by the actors) Erik (The Phantom) does this so often he could be considered the Giant Cow Dairy Farmer.
* Subtly lampshaded in ''Theatre/{{RENT}}''; when Maureen is doing her protest, she raises her arms dramatically--but she's ''actually'' milking a cow when she does it.
-->''"And I lowered myself beneath her giant udder... and sucked the sweetest milk I have ever tasted."''
* In tradition Japanese noh theatre the main (usually) actor will pause in exaggeration pose for dramatic effect.
* In ''Theatre/ThePlayThatGoesWrong'', some of the cast of ''The Murder at Havisham Manor'' have a tendency to indulge in this, with Max and Sandra being the worst offenders.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Justified trope for games that use a SuperDeformed art style -- since the character's face is often just a very tiny rectangle with even tinier dots for eyes, extremely exaggerated body language is necessary to get the emotion across. Even motion capture has not escaped this trope. Given the limits of technology, it's not (yet) possible for mo-cap to pick up subtle gestures and facial expressions, so many actors are [[GoingThroughTheMotions encouraged to unleash]] their inner LargeHam.
* Done in early-90s {{Adventure Game}}s of the [[PointAndClick point-and-click]] variety. The graphics were just advanced enough to animate body movements to go along with the MouthFlaps, which can get tiresome when the player had the option of full audio in games like ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'', since the wild gesturing (on a loop) was a lot less noticeable in the time it takes to simply read the dialogue on-screen.
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' Stan the Salesman and its sequels parodies this by flailing his arms wildly no matter what he's saying. It also serves to draw attention to his UnmovingPlaid jacket, making it even more amusing.
* In ''VideoGame/ApeEscape 3'', Specter and Dr. Tomoki have a tendency to do this in FMV cutscenes, making them look like mad puppets.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Xehanort, the franchise BigBad, tends to over-exaggerate with his hands throughout the series, but his earliest incarnation as [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Master Xehanort]] takes milking the giant cow ([[ChewingTheScenery of]] '''[[LargeHam darkness!]]''') to a fine art. The man is seemingly unable to make speeches without making clutching/grasping motions of some sort.
** Justified with his Nobody counterpart, Xemnas. As Nobodies are (in theory) incapable of emotion, Xemnas uses this exaggerated gestures as part of his overall ColdHam persona.
* Old Snake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', complete with SkywardScream. "liquiiid!" Also, [[LargeHam Liquid Snake]] in [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid The Twin Snakes]]. He seems to have graduated top of his class from the [[Creator/WilliamShatner William Shatner School of Acting]]. Also from Metal Gear Solid 4 is Liquid Ocelot, who really enjoys clenching his fist whenever he can.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDIGames'': The cut scenes: "Gee, it sure is boring around here!"
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'': Virgil is seen doing this in Episode One, when lecturing about the expendability of realians.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Cloud's [[CharacterTic signature shrug]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' involves way too much air-clutching for a gesture that's supposed to suggest ''not caring'' - which is the joke. He does the same gesture in a trailer for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake'', though it's toned down (not by much).
** The characters of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' indulge in this a fair bit.
* The lawyers on the stand of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series are entirely animated in dramatic gestures -- including on the cover art; made all the more hilarious in various "[[GagDub Phoenix Wrong]]" gag dubs.
** This is actually how court cases are handled in Japan. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Guess real life really ''is'' stranger than fiction, huh.]]
* In ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' and ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon'', [[LargeHam Dr.]] [[MadScientist Victor]] is made incredibly awesome by his abuse of this.
* In the in-game cutscenes in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagicV'', the characters have a very small pool of body language expressions, almost all of which are highly overblown and [[LargeHam Hammy]].
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', the Lord of the Necromancers spends five minutes pacing around Gabriel and communicating entirely through his hands during his MotiveRant, possibly because his face isn't visible.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'', Vincent is never able to keep his hands still while talking.
* Ghirahim, the main villain of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', does this to keep in line with his [[EvilIsHammy FABULOUS]] persona while expressing his anger over Zelda being snatched from his grasp.
* The animation for the "Rally" combat action in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is this; Loghain, already a LargeHam, is particularly fond of this action. In [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII the sequel]], loose cannon party member Anders does this while casting [[KillItWithFire Firestorm]], accompanied with "MY MAGIC WILL DESTROY YOU!" or wordless screams of rage for maximum [[LargeHam ham potential]].
* Because player characters in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' may be covered in a wide variety of armors, many of which obscure the face, the gestures made to communicate with others players tend to be extremely broad and flamboyant. The most famous is one exclusive to members of the Warriors of Sunlight called "Praise the Sun", where you raise you arms above you head in a "V" shape.
* Similarly, the Joy gesture from ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' has you raising your both hands in happiness.
* ''VideoGame/AfterTheWar'': both Dr. Z and Holeman seems to do this a lot. They're both hams after all.
* Megumi Kitaniji of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has something of a flair for this, as seen in two of [[http://www.spriters-resource.com/resources/sheets/47/50297.png his dialogue sprites]]. [[spoiler: Turns out later he's not just gesturing, he's checking the timer on his palm, just like the one the Players have.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Rather Dashing does this in the ''Peasant's Quest'' movie trailer.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Characters in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' do this occasionally to represent despair, surprise, or just to emphasize a point. Of course, it's because ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' is a SpriteComic of an 8-bit game, and thus has few sprites to express any emotion. Occasionally, it's lampshaded. ("Put your hands down!")
* Although not new, genuflexing is on the rise in ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' It's happened twice in the arc "Jungle Fever"; one by Fido in reaction to Sabrina explaining the return of a foreign old flame, and one by Maxwell when he's begging Kevin to help him beef up to impress Grape.
* Actual giant cows are involved in ''Webcomic/BotchedSpot'''s [[http://botchedspot.com/2012/10/19/what-i-think-about-whenever-i-see-rybacks-entrance/ explanation]] of {{Wrestling/Ryback}}'s entrance.
* The court messenger Masahiro from ''Webcomic/BeneathTheClouds'' is quite fond of this. It ends badly for him.
* In ''Webcomic/MyLifeAsABackgroundSlytherin'', Severus Snape constantly makes over-the-top poses and gestures, with his hands above his head.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* According to Creator/{{Nigahiga}}, hand motions accompanied with ClusterFBomb are the first lesson to being Gangster.
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'': Captain Hammer does this in [[IncomingHam his first scene]], while [[CrowningMomentOfFunny standing on top of]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome a moving van]].
* Creator/MasakoX, an anime reviewer at Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, does this so often that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks8hcDdFZIw&feature=sub there's a dance]].
* Music/DoctorSteel combines this with a SkywardScream in ''The Dr. Steel Show'' Episode 1.
* ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'': Agent Isaiah does this in the nightmare where he turns into a MartyStu.
* In Unicode emoticon form: ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Grim does a 3-way combination of this, a BigNo, and a SkywardScream after Billy tells him that he flushed Li'l Porkchop down the toilet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the resident cow-milker is Dr. Orpheus; he'll gesture wildly [[MundaneMadeAwesome even if saying rather mundane things]]. Phantom Limb does it too, although he has to tell people he's doing it because his arms and hands are invisible.
-->"I'm wringing my hands... MENACINGLY!"
* In the crossover episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'', everyone celebrates by ''lifting their arms up and down''.
* Daffy Duck in "The Great Piggybank Robbery" and other WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons.
* Hexadecimal in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' very often, though it's justified: her mask changes off-screen with every swipe of her hand.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Katara, while mocking Sokka for his big ears, decides it is necessary to mime "elephant ears" using her hands, along with pointing dramatically as if she has an [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney objection]]. Apparently this is a genetic trait: later, in season two, Sokka gets a little... intense while cheering and booing during the earthbending tournament.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Rarity is prone to this, as per her LargeHam tendencies.
** Parodied in "Hearts and Hooves Day": when Apple Bloom gets overexcited during an ImagineSpot, [[MemeticMutation her forelegs start flailing all over the place, much to the confusion of her friends.]]
** In "Slice of Life", Dr. Whooves flails his hooves in the air when his "flameless fireworks" go off with ThePowerOfLove.
* ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'': Prime Evil did this pretty much all the time.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler [[TruthInTelevision had a tendency to do this while giving speeches]]. His Website/IMDb page lists "dramatic hand gestures" under [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0386944/bio#trademark trademarks]].
* It was very common to gesticulate like that in Central European rhetoric at the time; speeches from people opposed to Hitler feature similar gesturing (though much less froth-mouthed screaming).
* This is actually a good way to get over shyness during a speech or public performance to an extent (though not so much that you look silly; everything in moderation).
* Some people with Asperger's Syndrome who have a difficult time [[PerpetualExpression showing emotion with their face]] may resort to this to convey their emotions to others.
* Michele Bachmann [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fRxO_Yx99I#t=6m14s in her response to the 2011 State of the Union address]].
* MMA fighter Anderson Silva has a tendency to do this at extremely emotional moments.
* When the terms of the Arab Maghreb Union (a common market treaty between Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya) were being read out, UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi [[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ozNAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=O1kMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5058,5224658&dq=gaddafi+tunisia&hl=en started waving his fists in the air]] with a smile (he was known for having been particularly ''obsessed'' with a Pan-Arabian/Pan-African union).
* Valdis Pels, the host to the popular Russian game show ''Ugadai Melodiyu'' (''Guess the Melody'') is known for waving his hands around whenever a song was playing. Russian comedians ''loved'' to poke fun at him for that. One joke involves a cop trying to unsuccessfuly trying to handcuff him while a song is playing.
* Taking a bow at the end of the [[TearJerker gutwrenching tragedy]] ''Pagliacci'' at the Metropolitan Opera, EnricoCaruso once grabbed the tassels on the Great Gold Curtain and did this, throwing some MoodDissonance in there. The audience thought it was cute. Some newspaper critics admonished him the next day for not being dignified enough.
* One column by political sketchwriter Matthew Parris was a study of the different gestures that Paddy Ashdown (then the leader of the Liberal Democrats) made whilst giving a speech. This included the ''dead spider'': holding one hand aloft, upturned, as if grasping a pearl of great price.