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[[caption-width-right:158:Taking the phrase "monkey wrench" to a whole new level.]]

Remember how your mom always said to stand up straight? ''This is why...''

A stock pose used to show how feral a character is. They are hunched over, and walk slightly like a gorilla. Used to show the character has regressed to a primal, wild state.

This is not that easy to do. Too many times, the "primal" part is left out, and the actors just end up sneering, hissing, and hopping about like a kid trying to be a kangaroo.

If done right, this can strike fear into our hearts either by the character doing the stance looking intimidating or by falling into the UncannyValley. This may be due to suffering a nervous breakdown and showing an animalistic side. However, this often this falls short and strikes {{Narm}} into our hearts.

Compare LimpAndLivid, ThreePointLanding, and RunningOnAllFours. Has nothing to do with PrimalScene.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Viral does this while fighting Kamina. Justified in that he's part cat, and fights like one when he's on foot.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and its [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion new film series]], a hunched body posture, with the rarer bouts of quadrupedal locomotion, are used with Evas and humanoid Angels to amplify the sense that we're dealing with primal, nigh-unstoppable forces. More notable examples are when Eva-01 goes [[UnstoppableRage berserk]] against Zeruel in the TV series, and when [[spoiler:Eva-02 enters "Beast Mode" in ''Eva 2.0'']].
* This is [[Manga/DeathNote L's]] modus operandi when [[GeniusDitz not sitting in uncomfortable positions on staring at a computer screen for hours on end]].
* Be ''very, very afraid'' if you see a Diclonius in ''Manga/ElfenLied'' walking like this.
* Ed from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' does this, though more because she's the TeamPet (even though the crew also has Ein, an actual dog); she also hisses and jumps around when pissed off.
* You know [[Franchise/DotHack Haseo's]] pissed when he sports three tails, [[SpikesOfDoom spiky armor]], hunches like a wolf, has very sharp claws, and can friggin summon thousands of swords just for one target. [[spoiler: This comes with a mental state like an animal, in which he is soundly defeated thanks to better tactics]]
* Yammy from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' does this sometimes.
** Whereas Grimmjow does it constantly.
* Shmion from the first season of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''.
* The [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Jinchuriki]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' do this when they go [[UnstoppableRage berserk]], and Naruto himself in particular is strangely similar to Eva unit 01 in this regard.
* Orson from ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' when he enters his UnstoppableRage.
* Negi Springfield of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' whenever his monstrous side starts to take over.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/JackKirby loved this pose. Usually with more "primal" characters, like [[ComicBook/NewGods Kalibak]] or ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk.
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} often uses this as his "pre-asskicking pose". Coupled with his extended claws, naturally.
* [[ComicBook/XMen The Beast]], as well.
* Nightcrawler too, [[DependingOnTheArtist sometimes]].
* Franchise/SpiderMan does this from time to time, usually symbolizing that the villain isn't dealing with their Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man anymore.
** Or otherwise doing a nimble variation of this trope to show he's ready to spring to action at any moment.
* Radgoll, a member of the ''{{ComicBook/Secret Six}}'' is usually depicted like this due to his extreme flexibility, but on the rare occasion he elects to stand up straight everyone [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness pays attention]].

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In Cat Bountry's ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fanfic ''Surrogate'', Medic ends up so overwhelmed by the disgusting and horrible things he's just witnessed that he can't stand up and has to crawl on all fours.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': The Beast at first stands and walks like this, but gradually begins to stand and walk upright as the film progresses to show the fact that he is gradually becoming more civilized; and Gaston, who stands and walks upright, until near the end of the film, he reveals his evil self and starts to stand and walk like this. The curse is also at fault here, because it turned him both in spirit and mind, more and more into an animal.
* ''Franchise/KungFuPanda'':
** In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', Lord Shen's wolf soldiers are always in a primal stance. Even when they're not on all-fours, they're constantly hunched over.
** BigBad Kai from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is also hunched and may charge on all fours.
* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', the title character often uses his knuckles as front limbs, walking on all fours like the gorillas that raised him. This is mostly to show his savage upbringing, since otherwise he's a pretty NiceGuy without any ferocity.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Hulk in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' assumes a hunched, almost gorilla-stance. He even slams both fists into the ground and grunts at one point.
* Creator/JackNicholson in the first film of ''Film/TheShining'' as he's going mad.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' has the Joker doing a subtle version of this.
* Coolio as TheDragon in ''Dracula 3000''.
* The two evil sons taunting Lavinia after they mutilate her in the 1999 film ''Titus''.
* In the ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' franchise the apes walk like this, supposedly to make them more, well, apelike. It was more pronounced in the sequels, especially 'Film/ConquestOfThePlanetOfTheApes', where they were supposed to be more primitive.
* The Creator/PeterJackson ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films:
** Played straight with the Moria orcs and goblins and averted in the design of the Uruk-Hai and Mordor orcs. According to the behind-the-scenes features, quite a bit of time went into training the stunt actors portraying orcs to ''not'' walk like monkeys due to the possibility of making them more {{narm}}-inducing than fearsome.
** Gollum, who is permenently hunched over and often lopes on all fours when running. One orc describes him as "rather like a spider himself, or perhaps like a starved frog."
** Trolls walk in a hunched stance, and fittingly, they are more savage and primitive than orcs (most of them are unable to talk). WordOfGod says they were supposed to move like a bipedal rhinoceros. In ''Film/TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies'', a few trolls go even further: they carry catapults on their back, and stand on all fours like a gorilla to stabilize themselves when the catapult is launched.
* Dominic Greene in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' uses a very subtle version of this, betraying his sinister nature over his high society, charitable facade. After his VillainousBreakdown, it becomes far more obvious when he [[{{Narm}} screams like a demonic monkey]] while [[AxeCrazy attacking Bond with an axe.]]
* ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'': Vampires usually turn inhuman--demonic and beastly--when they are about to feed. You rarely see one stroll across the ceiling; usually they go on all fours when they're skirting across the ceiling. Lestat and Louis, repeatedly.
* [[CombiningMecha Devastator]] from ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' actually stands and walks like this.
* The skeletons in Creator/RayHarryhausen's ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'' stand at attention when they first emerge, but when Aeetes exerts them to [[LargeHam "KILL KILL KILL THEM ALL!"]], they all hunch over. ''In unison.''
* Kayako Saeki from ''Film/TheGrudge'' and Sadako Yamamura from ''Film/{{Ringu}}'' do this when crawling down the stairs and out of a TV, respectively.
* Seth Brundle develops a very noticeable version of this at later stages of his [[PartialTransformation transformation]] in ''Film/TheFly1986''. Justified as not only is he mentally regressing (and becoming increasingly egotistical), but [[BodyHorror his skeletal structure has actually shifted]].

[[folder: {{Literature}}]]
* [[spoiler: Rochester's first wife, [[MadwomanInTheAttic Bertha]]]] in ''Literature/JaneEyre'' walks like this: "What it was, beast or human, one could not, at first sight, tell; it grovelled, seemingly, on all fours..."
* The woman in the wallpaper, [[NightmareFuel creeping and creeping]], from Charlotte Perkins Gilman's ''Literature/TheYellowWallpaper''. [[spoiler: [[ParanoiaFuel And, eventually, the narrator.]] [[FridgeLogic How she manages to finish writing the story while creeping is another question]].]]
* The Shadow King in Creator/WalterMoers's ''Literature/TheCityOfDreamingBooks'' walks on all fours like a gorilla when he's angry.
* Roger Chillingworth in ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' by the end.
* [[spoiler: Wes Maggs under the Chaos witch's control]] in the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Blood Pact''.
* ''{{Twilight}}'': Whether they're centuries old or [[SuperPoweredEvilSide freshly transformed]], if vampires feel threatened or upset in any way they crouch as if to spring on their opponents, make their hands into claws, and hiss like cats.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Ferengi in their first episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. People laughed so hard at them, they were later turned into [[PlanetOfHats a race of]] PluckyComicRelief [[HonestJohnsDealership conniving merchants]].
* The savage people in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Utopia".
** In a variation from a later episode, the CameBackWrong [[JokerImmunity resurrected]] [[spoiler: [[TheMaster Master]]]] has become much more feral than he was before, and often hunches forward into a gargoyle-like pose while sitting down, but usually stands up straight (though there are a few points when he adopts this position while standing, too).
* The First Slayer in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. [[NightmareFuel Done a little too well, perhaps.]]
* Wild-animal-themed ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' teams ''[[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman Gingaman]]'' and ''[[Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger Gaoranger]]'' use this instead of the typical SuperSentaiStance.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/RandyOrton will occasionally do this when he's about to hit someone with an RKO...although he normally Averts this, considering the fact that he goes into a psycho state before he does the move, which involves him getting on his knees and slamming the ground repeatedly with his fists, or just dropping down completely and punching the ground slowly. Although this is used to evoke the feeling of a viper.
* A lot of hardcore wrestlers adopt a stance similar to this, whether willingly adopted (like Wrestling/AlSnow when he was in full J.O.B Squad swing with "Head") or as a result of taking too many bumps over the length of a career (like Wrestling/MickFoley, although it could be argued that most of the gimmicks he had benefited from a more deranged looking stance and gait).
* Funnily enough, completely averted by both Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon and Wrestling/KingKongBundy.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Venusians in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' all walk like this, understandable given they are essentially intelligent gorillas. Theirs is also a culture of tribal warfare and the hunt.

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' has the Hordika doing this, though you wouldn't have known if you hadn't seen the movie or read the books.
** The Toys ''do'' have to do this to fire their Disk launchers at something though.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon Adult Alma]].
* The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' are exactly like this.
* Wolf from ''VideoGame/StarFox'' assumes one in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.
** Also Franchise/DonkeyKong, which isn't surprising considering he's an ape.
** Bowser has a monstrous, hunched-over stance in ''Melee'' and ''Brawl''. His stance becomes much more humanlike in the fourth installment, which reflects a change in his moveset from primal, reptilian movements to a surprisingly agile wrestler-type fighter.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'':
** Riot of the Bood Iori and Leona. Also combined with blood-red hair, pure white eyes, unearthly howling, double the normal amount of speed, and gouts of smoke/steam from the mouth. Fun stuff.
** King of Dinosaurs (Tizoc in a PaperThinDisguise) in KOF XIV, as fitting for his new status as a Heel. Also with a more brutal fighting style and, of course, a dinosaur themed costume in place of his old Griffon costume.
* With the exception of the [[OurElvesAreBetter Blood Elves]] and tauren, all the male models for the Horde races in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' exhibit this.
** And on the Alliance side, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Worgen]].
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear X2'''s Robo-Ky had this stance before he was completely overhauled into a LethalJokeCharacter in the [[CapcomSequelStagnation later versions of the game]]. He crawls on the ground as his walking animation. This, combined with his distorted theme song, made him seem a little more threatening than his later incarnation...
* Devil Jin of ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' has been known to do this.
* As do the Yakuza depicted in ''VideoGame/WayOfTheSamurai''.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s aptly-named Brutes, described by Creator/{{Bungie}} as bear-gorillas, will go ''berserk'' if you break their shields or kill their allies, with the ones in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' taking up this stance.
* Lizardman in the ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]]'' series, for obvious reasons. Also any ''Soul Calibur IV'' created character with his style, which just looks stupid on a human.
* [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] has this pose when he gets his blades out.
* [[VideoGame/Left4Dead HUNTER!]]
** The Tank is even more hunched over, walking with its huge arms.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'''s Alex Mercer has exceedingly bad posture, and that's before he shifts his biomass into his arms, making them heavy enough to smash tanks. Among other things.
* Blanka from ''Franchise/StreetFighter''.
** During his V-Trigger, Necalli from StreetFighterV moves like this.
* SpiderMan is always bent over in the ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' games, which seems a little more fitting than the heroic poses he usually strikes in the comics.
** Lampshaded by [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]].
---> Ryu: Your stance is weak!
* Raziel starts out walking relatively upright in ''[[VideoGame/LegacyOfKain Soul Reaver 1]]'', but by the time ''Defiance'' rolls around, he's adopted a noticeably more hunched posture.
* Most enemy vampires in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. A Gangrel PC can do it too by using Protean to give themselves claws, which are then used with this stance.
* The newly-designed hurlocks of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' utilize this trope. They tend to shamble rather than walk or run.
** Taken UpToEleven with the new genlocks, who are constantly hunched over and prone to RunningOnAllFours.
*** [[MagicKnight Fenris]] is a mild example, but there's still a noticeable difference between his posture and that of the other companions. Get him to stand near, say, [[BlackMagicianGirl Merill]] or [[KnightInShiningArmor Sebastian]] and you can clearly see a difference, as Fenris stands with his shoulders hunched forward, like he's constantly ready to pounce into action in an instant.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, the [[ProudWarriorRace Krogan]] have shades of this, due to the large hump on a typical Krogan's back, along with [[BloodKnight their general temperment.]] The Elcor even moreso, naturally walking on all fours, although in their case they are some of the calmest beings in the galaxy. The Yahg, meanwhile, adopt this stance even more than the Krogan do, and are ''much'' more aggressive. And then there are the [[BodyHorror Brutes.]] [[spoiler: After Saren dies and Sovereign takes over his cybernetics, he starts moving like this, which makes sense, given that Sovereign-Saren is a substantially harder fight than regular Saren - it's actually entirely possible to skip the fight with Saren by [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talking him into killing himself.]]]]
* Monkey in ''VideoGame/EnslavedOdysseyToTheWest''. He even runs in this position sometimes - and manages to make it look cool.
* Cipher Admin Gorigan of ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' adopts a pose similar to an ape's pose at all times (as seen above). He also bangs his fists against his chest when angered.
** Also Dakim in the [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum first game]].
* Keats in ''VideoGame/{{Folklore}}'' takes on this stance in combat, especially while in his [[SuperMode Transcended form]].
* [[spoiler: Adachi]] of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' enters this stance during his boss fight.
* Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' does this in his [[spoiler: Wrath Form]] on occasion, especially when he's in greater pain. Also does LimpAndLivid as well.
* Cole in ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}'' usually has this posture, even while sprinting or dodging. He even keeps his head hunched forward while climbing.
* Bonkers as a helper was portrayed as moving like a gorilla in ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'', unusual since Bonkers usually inverts it (he's a gorilla who walks like a human). Not even the remake portrays Bonkers as a helper that way. It's not until ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamland'' where he's not only again portrayed as moving like an actual gorilla, but also stands like one.
* [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Ridley]]'s default posture is this in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', which makes him seem gorilla-like. This, along with his sudden change in bulk in comparison to his earlier incarnations in the series, has led to fans giving him the nickname "Roidley".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 5}}'', Usalia is normally depicted riding her obese yellow Prinny. However, if she ever enters this stance, then she's gone without curry for too long or she uttered a [[LimitBreak Murmur of Rage]]. Either way, the advice is the same: '''RUN.'''
* The Goliath in ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' stands with a hunched posture. This emphasizes its bestial nature while still giving it a semblance of intelligence, as well as creating a body structure that justifies its ease of movement when it walks on all fours.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this is a trait of Scamps, the [[TheGoomba weakest]] and [[FunSize smallest]] known form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]]. While they stop short of walking on all fours, Scamps have very hunched over postures. They're also among the less intelligent of the sentient Daedra.


* When she first debuted in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Galatea would sometimes run hunched over with her hands curled back in a "bestial" pose, emphasizing that she'd been raised as an animal. Subverted later, as now she tries to act very sophisticated at all times.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Played with by Bumi of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' who is always hunched over: most of the time it just makes him look more feeble and decrepit, but this trope comes into play when he [[WalkingShirtlessScene takes his shirt off]] to [[LetsGetDangerous start fighting]] as when combined with all that muscle is quite intimidating.
* SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' uses this for [[EnemyWithout Evil Korra]]. This carries over in motion as well: bending usually uses [[SupernaturalMartialArts elegant martial arts movements]] to work, but Evil Korra uses wild swings and {{Flash Step}}s to manipulate the elements.
* Nightcrawler in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' is often seen sitting or standing hunched over, but usually only when he's not wearing his holographic human disguise. This is because, like in the comics, he walks on his toes rather than the soles of his feet which changes his posture.
* Timber Wolf in ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'' sometimes adopts this stance when in combat, fittingly seeing he's the Legion's feral member.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' has a variation in the first season finale: while fighting the Shredder and [[TheGlovesComeOff taking off the gloves]], Splinter runs around on all fours and claws at the Shredder like an actual rat in between more disciplined martial arts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' Carnage tends to have this posture. Also add in the fact that Carnage screeches rather than talk, he comes off as rather feral.
* The animated Kratt Brothers sometimes pose like this on ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' when they're taking on or shutting down their creature powers, although they smile cheerfully while doing it so it's clear that they're ''heroically'' feral. Chris even crouches like this at the end of the opening theme song of every episode.
* This is basically the natural pose of Sticks of ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* "Gorilla Posture" is a real problem for bodybuilders who neglect proper form and don't equally work their chest and back muscles to keep them in balance, resulting in a posture with the shoulders constantly turned inwards towards the chest.
** Can happen to members of the military, too, due to all those punishment pushups without corresponding upper back workouts.
* Compare old depictions of the TyrannosaurusRex to newer ones. The old ones are all in kangaroo-esque positions, tails dragging along the ground, while the newer ones have the entire body more or less parallel to the ground.
* Some people hunch over [[LimpAndLivid when livid]]. They start seething and hissing.
* Rock music has always though it was cool to have your guitar slung low. Naturally HeavyMetal musicians tend to take to its natural evolution by assuming this stance whenever possible.
* The [[SemperFi US Marines]] claim their nickname of "Devil Dogs" to be a result of this during the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Battle of Belleau Wood]]. [[CommonKnowledge So the story goes]], the Germans were dug in on the highground, and the terrain was so steep that the assaulting Marines had to crawl on all fours to make their way to the German positions. Due to the risk of chemical attack, [[GasMaskMooks the Marines were wearing gas masks]], and the heat and exertion caused the masks to be frothing at the edges with spit and sweat. Thus, the Germans were faced with a seeming pack of attacking [[GratuitousGerman Teufelshunde]], or Devil Dogs.[[note]] Never mind that there is no corresponding German version of this story, nor that "Teufelshunde" [[YouMakeMeSic is grammatically incorrect.]][[/note]] Another nitpicky note: [[note]]"Teufelshunde" is the correct nominative form - the "Teufelshunden" variant, however is not, being the dative form.[[/note]]