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-->'''Helix:''' Is command presence also why people do the Sam Salute when they recognize you?
-->'''Sam:''' Sam Salute. That's not [[FlippingTheBird the gesture with the finger]], is it?
-->'''Helix:''' No, I mean the one where people put their hand over their wallet.
-->'''Sam:''' Oh, that one. I'm pretty sure that's a sign of respect.
--->--''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''
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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, a StrangeSalute is simply an idiosyncratic greeting gesture featured in a piece of fiction. While understandably most common in MildlyMilitary series, a StrangeSalute can pop up anywhere, at any time, provided that it is both common and codified enough to go beyond a mere single oddity.

Note that this {{trope}} covers only strictly fictional salutes, saluters and/or ''salutees''. If ThoseWackyNazis set their right arms straight at a 45-degree-angle above the horizontal (and slightly to the right) to greet AdolfHitler in a WartimeCartoon, it's certainly ''a'' salute - one some might even find ''strange'' - but ''not'' a StrangeSalute. Now, on the other hand, if it were ScaryDogmaticAliens doing the same thing to the BigBad in a SpaceOpera, [[PuttingOnTheReich well, well]]...

For the more general version, see MemeticHandGesture.

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[[folder:Anime]]
* In ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' and its sequels, Abh uses the Polish-style two-fingers salute, except that in this version, the palm is facing downward.
* The Hige-Hige salute in ''Anime/BombermanJetters'' is about as absurd as it can get: one extends both arms, hands folded into fists, to the right, draws a full circle with them in the vertical plane, and finishes by bending one's left leg. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hige-hige-salute.jpg You should end up with something like this.]]
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', the ZAFT troops have a distinctive salute wherein the right hand (if present) is raised to one's temple, open palm facing inwards, towards the face, while the elbow stays directly below it, almost touching one's side. There is even a brief scene in ''SEED'' where Lacus coaches Kira how to do it properly. Don't try it at home unless you have an anime character's waist.
** Which ''may'' be yet another of numerous shout outs to earlier Franchise/{{Gundam}} and Gundam-related HumongousMecha series, in this case, to ''SpaceRunawayIdeon'', whose Buff Clan military personnel salutes each other exactly the same way.
* Agents of the AEGIS Network in ''GateKeepers'' salute by putting their right fists over the left side of their chests, and then moving their arms back to the right side as they form an inward-facing V sign. Yes, a ''V sign''.
** [[WinstonChurchill V for Victory]], eh?
* A couple of these appear in ''OnePiece.'' The White Berets of Skypeia make an odd hand gesture on their foreheads. Marines salute palm-inwards. Though, according to Oda, the latter is an actual sailor salute used to avoid showing tar-stained hands to your superiors.
* In ''Starblazers'' (''Space Battleship Yamato''), the regular military has the typical American salute, but the Star Force salute is fist over heart, palm down.
* Throughout the entire opening to ''Manga/ElfenLied'', the protagonist is depicted making a curious one-handed sign: With the back of her hand outward, middle and ring finger held together and the rest apart. Never seen or explained in the actual story. Hint: [[spoiler: Compare with the Vulcan Salute depicted above. Very [[VillainProtagonist in-character]].]]
* In ''Anime/{{Interstella5555}}'' alien's soliders place closed fist over the heart.
* From ''{{tsuritama}}'', Akira's crew hold up cards emblazoned with a "D", strike a [[Manga/DragonBall Ginyu Force]]-esque pose, and shout "Duck!"
* The military in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' have a distinctive salute, with the left arm crossed over the small of the back and their right hand clenched in a fist over their heart. A DrillSergeantNasty explains the symbolism of the pose, stating the fist over their heart signifies their devotion to [[RedshirtArmy sacrifice]] themselves for their King.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In Franquin's ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' series, the dictator Zantafio of Palumbia invents a salute where people have to move their hand, thumb upside down, over their head.
* Sometimes, Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse comic books have some variant of American or British salutes. Sometimes they don't. There are a couple of cases where Imperials used something like the Roman salute, which the Nazi one is based on. And in one comic where Luke greets a superior his palm is turned outwards in what really looks like some kind of salute - since it's one panel and we see it from the superior's POV, it's hard to tell.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The Idris in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' have a head-heart-hand salute.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8186071/14/Harry-Crow Harry Crow]]'' Flitwick put his right fist over his heart and bowed his head when Harry, who was raised by goblins, announced that he'd just been awarded the rank of Centurion.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'', Dul'krah, Clan Korekh, a member of an alien culture who isn't fully assimilated into Starfleet's less formal stylings, uses his species' salute when talking to his captain (the viewpoint character). It consists of pressing your forearm to your chest and bowing slightly.
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[[folder:Film]]
* There's the infamous "crossed arms" from ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:PlanNine_03.jpg screenshot]]).
** [[Podcast/RiffTrax Annnnd... Cover nipples!]]
* The Spaceball fleet in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' has a couple. First we have Lord Helmet's minions covering their groins whenever they speak to him (though this might be a purely practical defensive action, given his [[GroinAttack preferred method]] of dealing with [[YouHaveFailedMe sub-par performance]]). Then there's President Skroob's salute: make a rude hand sign, then immediately pretend to wave politely; perfectly appropriate for a two-faced backstabbing organization.
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the salute is for a fist to be placed over the heart, accompanied by saying "Never give up, never surrender."
* In the MarxBrothers film ''DuckSoup'', the soldiers of Freedonia salute by placing their arm horizontally, with a down-facing open palm, across their chest.
* In the 1984 film version of ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', soldiers marching on parade and the Outer Party members at a frenzied "Two Minutes Hate" wave both clenched fists overhead with their wrists crossed. A very similar gesture is seen in ''Music/PinkFloyd: Music/TheWall'', but there the wrists are repeatedly banged together.
* In [[TheFilmOfTheBook the films based on]] Tolkien's fantasy novel ''TheLordOfTheRings'', the soldiers of the hosts of Minas Tirith in Gondor salute by holding their right hand in a fist over their heart with the enclosed palm facing inwards. This is often accompanied by a half bow or a tip of the head forward. In the book, they put both hands on their chest and bow their heads.
* In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', members of the People's Front of Judea (Officials) salute each other by holding the right hand in a fist to the right temple, thumb down.
* The air guitar riff in ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', thanks to the idiot protagonists' historical influence, becomes the standard salute of the future.
* In ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (the 2005 film), the Oompa-Loompas salute by crossing their arms over their chests -- possibly inspired by the ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' example mentioned above.
* In ''MoonChild'', Sho, Kei and Toshi have a private friendship salute that involves placing their index and middle fingers at the bridge of their noses, sticking their thumbs out (sort of like a gun, but the fingers are more spread) and saluting in an outwards curve.
* In ''The Last Castle'', Robert Redford's character, a three-star general is put into a military prison. When the other inmates begin to respect him, they aren't permitted to salute, so they raise the right hand to the right temple-- and then run the fingers through the hair.
* In the german movie ''Film/DieWelle'' (remake of ''Film/TheWave'') the salute of the titular student organisation was a sea-wave hand motion.
* In ''Morons from Outer Space'', Griff Rhys Jones guiltily claps a hand over the breast pocket of his stolen uniform to hide the name tag (in case someone realises it's not his) this is mistaken for a salute by visiting politicians who return it, then use it to a colonel, who returns it also.
* In the 2011 CaptainAmerica film, the members of Red Skull's Hydra organisation give a fist-clenched double Nazi salute (identical to the one from the comics). This gives an effect not dissimilar to pantomime hang-gliding.
* The "Zoltan!" gesture in ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar''.
* The red martians have one in ''Film/JohnCarter''.
* In the SaveOurStudents parody ''High School High'', a student does a throat-slitting gesture on seeing the idealistic white teacher, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint who mistakes it for this trope and responds with the peace sign]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* This is, in fact, OlderThanPrint, with Dante's ''DivineComedy'' having an example with Malacoda and the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Malebranche]]: One of the demons salutes his cohorts by ''farting''.
* also OlderThanSteam - in the Aubrey - Maturin novels and film, sailors salute officers using a gesture involving touching their forehead with one knuckle of a loosely clenched fist. This was a variation of an older, civilian gesture indicating that the sailor would have doffed their hat, if they had one ( although the wearing of a hat, or not, was disregarded for the purpose ). Note that officers saluted each other by various hat-doffing and hand-shaking formalities.
* Dr. Seuss's ''TheBirthdayBook'' has a special birthday salute that involves standing on one foot. This being Dr. Seuss, it also has a fun name.
** TheMovie of ''Horton Hears A Who'' also has the Whos salute by pressing their foreheads with their thumbs and holding their hands sideways.
* When [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Detritus the troll]] first joins the Night Watch, he can't get the hang of saluting, and tends to knock himself out.
* Apprentice Postman Stanley Howler of the Ankh-Morpork Post Office in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' is introduced while standing to attention with "one side significantly more at attention than the other." According to Junior Postman Groat, Stanley was raised by peas and tends to turn towards the sun.
* In ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', book 5, Trials of Death, the vampires Darren passes on the way to his trials do a strange sign, placing their hand in front of their face with the middle finger on their forehead, with the index and ring fingers placed on the eyelids. This is called the Death's Touch, which is meant to mean "even in death, may you be triumphant". [[spoiler: Becomes a MeaningfulEcho later in the book.]]
* In the ''SwordOfTruth'' series, the D'Haran salute has the soldier in question place a fist to their heart.
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series, the alien Kzinti salute by raking their claws horizontally in front of their eyes.
* In Walter Jon Williams' ''Literature/DreadEmpiresFall'' series, the standard salute is to lift your chip up and to the side, symbolically baring your throat to your superior.
* Creator/KimNewman puts one into his ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' story "Literature/{{Swellhead}}", for comic effect. Swellhead's troopers salute him by placing a closed fist on their forehead; One character, observing this, struggles not to laugh (which would probably get her killed) as it's what kids use to say "knobhead".
* In the StarTrekNovelVerse, the Kinshaya flare their wings as their version of a salute - this also serves to display the wing colours that signify family lineage, reinforcing the hierarchy in more ways than one.
* The Literature/VorkosiganSaga has the '[=ImpSec=] Analyst's Salute', which is a two-fingered wave in the general direction of the forehead. Analysts, MildlyMilitary desk jockeys that they are, can't be bothered to salute with the proper Ops-style precision.
* In Literature/TheHungerGames, District 12 has a salute - touching the middle three fingers of the left hand to their lips and holding it out - that means thanks, adoration, and goodbye to someone you love.
** The three finger salute has transcended into reality, as people in Thailand are now using it [[http://qz.com/215631/thai-coup-protesters-have-adopted-the-hunger-games-three-fingered-salute/ to protest against the country's military government]].
* The Tribe in the Literature/WarriorCats series has a greeting gesture, which the Clan cats find strange: extending a paw while bowing the head.
* Literature/BillTheGalacticHero, having two right arms, is the only man in the military able to salute with both arms at once.
* In the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series, the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] salute by crossing their arms in front of their chests and planting their fists on opposite shoulders. [[ActionGirl Tahiri]], who is half-Yuuzhan Vong, is depicted as performing the gesture on the American version of the cover of the penultimate novel, ''The Final Prophecy''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[XenaWarriorPrincess The TV series Xena: Warrior Princess]] has the traditional greeting/gesture of submission utilized when entering Amazon territory consisting of raising one's arms and crossing one's wrists above one's head, wrists inward. This is, presumably to attest to one's lack of access to weapons. [[WonderWoman William Moulton Marston]] might just have [[FreudWasRight something else to say]] about that, however. Additionally being as most characters we see performing the gesture are female--and considering the orientation of many Amazon warriors... * display* might not have been excluded entirely from the equation, either, shall we say...
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'', the perennial MildlyMilitary SpaceOpera, of course featured a gazillion of these.
** The best known is probably the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcan_salute Vulcan salute]] - pictured above - which is also based on a Jewish blessing gesture.
** Then there's the Romulan salute, based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_salute Roman salute]], [[LouisCypher as you may have guessed from the name]].
** The MirrorUniverse's [[TheEmpire Earth Empire]] salute is functionally identical to the Romulan salute, except that you hit your chest right above your heart beforehand.
* Occupants of The Village in ''Series/ThePrisoner'' bid farewell by saying the phrase "Be seeing you" after forming a monocle over one's eye with the thumb and the forefinger, with the rest of the fingers extended diagonally above the forehead.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** The Psi Corps use a salute that's an homage to the salute in ''Series/ThePrisoner'' above, except that the "monocle" is formed over one's forehead, to symbolize a "[[PsychicPowers third eye]]".
** The Narns cross their arms across their chest, hands balled up as fists, as a salute.
** Members of the Minbari Warrior Caste hold their right fist in front of the chest, with the open left palm pressed against the right fist (think the standard "tough guy" pose), while half-bowing. The Minbari Religious Caste has a relatively simple bow while steepling the fingers.
* [[SatireParodyPastiche Parodied]] in ''Series/RedDwarf'', with Rimmer inventing his own ridiculously complicated salute. He's actually ''injured'' himself performing the more complicated variants of this salute.
** Further explored in the books, where the 'Double Rimmer' is joined by the "Full Rimmer" and the "Single Rimmer," three rotations of the wrist before a salute "for emergencies." That's the ''simplified'' one.
** The full service one shows up in one of the later episodes. It's contrasted with Lister's less than military friendly wave to the captain.
* Another British comedy to feature the continual use of salutes is Garth Marenghi's ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace''. This [[SatireParodyPastiche spoof]] [[HorrorTropes horror]] 1980s television show contains the main protagonist, Dr. Rick Dagless M.D., utilising dramatic salutes in several situations; for example, he salutes his fellow doctors after a successful mission or children patients after he's saved their lives.
* In ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'', the High Commander salutes The Big Giant Head by hitting the palm of his right hand onto his forehead, rotating the hand. The rest of the aliens salute by holding their right hands towards their foreheads with the palm facing upwards and fingers pointing to the right.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Paradise Towers'' the caretakers saluted by holding up their hand horizontally under their nose!
** In the episode ''Inferno'', The fascist army of an alternate-history UK had a salute sort of like the Vulcan one, but without the split fingers.
** The New Cybermen acknowledge orders by placing their fists over their "C" chest-logos.
** In "Genesis of the Daleks," we learn that a Kaled salute is a quick stamp of the heels. In "Remembrance of the Daleks," Ratcliffe greets someone in this manner. Given Ratcliffe's fascistic tendencies, it's entirely intentional.
* Parodied in "The Architect's Sketch" on ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', which features a number of increasingly bizarre secret Masonic handshakes.
* ''Camp Cariboo'' did a segment on funny handshakes, from lumberjacks to foot doctors (described as "corny") and farmers ("[[IncrediblyLamePun "udderly ridiculous"]]).
* An episode of ''Welcome Freshmen'' had a very long salute done by the new militaristic Hall Monitors that involved using both hands and a full spin, accompanied by drumbeats. Each monitor had to give the full salute every time he was given an order, which gave the offending student time to just walk away without being apprehended.
* The humans of the Pegasus galaxy in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' lean their foreheads against each other. The Jaffa in ''Series/StargateSG1'' have a few of these as well.
* In Series/PowerRangersSPD and in ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', the SPD salute consists of clenching your right hand into a fist over your left shoulder, then drawing it over your heart.
* In the "Clown Virus" episode TheGoodies are trying to sneak onto a US military base when they're confronted by a soldier. They brazen it out with a dramatic salute and end up thumping themselves on the nose. The soldier's return salute causes his helmet to [[RuleOfFunny spin around on his head]].
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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* In the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Imperium of Man]], a common way to salute is to form the "aquila" symbol, by crossing your hands over your chest, fingers outstretched, so that your hands form the symbolic wings and the thumbs intertwined to form the double head of the eagle.
** It's also an expression of piety roughly equivalent to crossing yourself.
** And if you're a member of the Cult Mechanicus, the "sign of the cog" is basically the same, just curve the fingers to shorten the wings to gear teeth. Convenient!
** The old, pro-Unity salute was a single clenched fist to the chest. Creator/DanAbnett has a very old Space Marine use it instead of the aquila in ''Horus Rising''.
*** That's actually the standard Space Marine salute by the 41st millennium.
** There's also a single handed variant mentioned in the Literature/CiaphasCain series, known as "thumbing the palm": fingers slightly splayed, with the tip of the thumb resting just between the start of the index and middle fingers
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', Lucy Stillman identifies herself as a friend of Desmond by holding her right hand open to her chest and curving in her ring finger (think "the shocker"). This identifies her as an Assassin, and therefore an ally of Desmond. Whether this is a Assassin salute or simply a coded gesture she hopes Desmond will understand is up for grabs - it represents Altair's loss of his ring finger to make room for the hidden blade.
* The Windurstian salute in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' is pretty bizarre - you hold your arms before you diagonally, with your fingertips nearly meeting up top. The San d'Orian and Bastokan salutes are more normal - stand at attention and pound your forearm and fist to your chest, and step forward with your left foot while holding your right arm (with balled fist) out before you horizontally as though to guard, respectively. There are also cutscene-only Jeunoan and Aht Urghanian salutes; Aht Urghan's is also pretty weird - with a flattened hand, start at the top of your head and trace a three-quarter circle to your side.
** Obviously, the last Star Sybil was [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari.]]
** Then there's the salute from the followers of the church of Altana. Raise both hands, open and palms up, while bowing your head.
* The 12 playable races in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' each have their own unique salute.
* In the ''VideoGAme/QuestForGlory'' series, the Thieves' Sign (a type of salute for thieves to covertly make themselves known to other thieves) changed slightly throughout the games, but involved something similar to crossing your eyes while wiggling the fingers on one hand and rubbing your belly with the other. It had a few practical uses for progressing in the game, but mostly it just made people think you were a little loopy.
* [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Show Me Your Moves!]] This is Captain Falcon's taunt phrase accompanied by the salute.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', the X-Nauts salute by crossing their arms in an x over their chests.
* Cloud in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', asked by some soldiers to come up with a "special move" with which to salute Rufus, teaches them a very StrangeSalute: a straight adaptation of his VictoryPose.
* The [=SeeD=] salute in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' consists of raising the right hand, palm turned inward, to partially cover the face. This becomes a minor plot point later in the game, when Selphie uses the wrong salute when disguised as a Galbadian soldier. Another point has Rinoa pretending to be a [=SeeD=], and is shown mimicking it with a slight delay, as she was never taught it.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': The prayer of the Yevon religion is, to Tidus' suprise, the same as the mundane blitzball victory gesture he always used in Zanarkand: hold hands before torso as if holding a blitzball, then bow. [[spoiler:The blitzball victory sign became the real Zanarkand's act of defiance against Bevelle in the war 1000 years ago, and when Yu Yevon subdued them, he had Bevelle adopt the victory sign as their prayer to show their obedience to him.]]
** There's also a Crusader salute, which consists of a clenched left fist held directly in front of your heart.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', the Youth League members salute with their arm horizontal across their chest, and their open palm facing down.
* In ''VideoGame/SpaceRangers'', the Maloqs are a ProudWarriorRaceGuy, whose salute is punching the one being saluted in the shoulder. If you wish to show great respect for the saluted, you punch them in the jaw. Because Maloqs are physically very strong, diplomacy with other races can be bit iffy; in one quest, a Maloq purposefully holds himself back in order to not kill you with his punch.
* The [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Brotherhood of Nod's]] salute is downright tame compared to some other video game examples: just thrust your fist to your heart, and there you go. Bowing your head or reciting Nod's mantras is optional, but fully welcomed.
* ''CityOfHeroes: Going Rogue'' introduced the [[MirrorUniverse Praetoria]] salute: Feet together, right hand outstretched, palm down, then bend elbow, placing hand over heart, then bow head.
* ''MetroidOtherM'' has soldiers giving a thumbs up after a briefing. It's not clear whether this is a universal salute or just used to indicate understanding. Samus herself gives a thumbs down.
* ViewtifulJoe has 'The Airplanes'. Bend your ring and index fingers, and stick your little finger and thumb out to the sides. Turn your palm towards yourself if you're the one being awesome, otherwise point your middle finger at the recipient. [[http://www.nineinchsandwich.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Viewtiful-Joe.jpg This is what it should look like]].
* [[ProudWarriorRace Turian]] soldiers in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' salute by holding their weapons upright, parallel to the body. When unarmed, they repeat the gesture sans gun instead.
* In ''VideoGame/TheOldRepublic'', Republic soldiers use a more-or-less standard American salute, but Imperial soldiers don't actually have one -- instead, drawing oneself to attention and then relaxing serves the same purpose.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* DoctorSteel - In several of his propaganda posters, Dr. Steel is shown saluting with his fist over his heart, looking up and (usually) to his right (toward a better future?). This has become the RealLife ''de facto'' salute of his fan club, the [[Website/ToySoldiersUnite Army of Toy Soldiers]].
* WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} salute is FlippingTheBird and "up yours" both at the same time. [[IncrediblyLamePun Kick ass!]]
* The minions of [[WebVideo/DiamandaHagan Diamanda Hagan]] hold their left hand up, extend the thumb, touch it with their other thumb and point their right hand down. [[DontExplainTheJoke It's a bit like an H, you see]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Fire Nation in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a universal fist-against-palm salute the characters find themselves in need of picking up on.
* The DOOP in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' have their own salute. The story behind this one is apparently that one of the writers asked his son "How do they salute in the future?".
** In "The Wild Green Yonder", the [[StrawFeminist Feministas]] adopt one that involves a two-fisted double-breast-pat-and-salute.
* MAD agents from ''InspectorGadget'' essentially punch themselves in the temple to salute their superiors. It's accompanied by a hollow knocking sound effect, and it looks like it hurts(on more than one occasion, an agent salutes at the end of a conversation and ''knocks themselves out''). More than likely, Dr. Claw made it up so his minions would injure themselves for his amusement. Though his agents repeatedly concussing themselves probably [[SurroundedByIdiots isn't doing their intelligence any favors]].
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Imperial China, Chinese military officers and martial arts practitioners salute each other in the now-famous [[http://singaporewushu.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Wushu-Salute.jpg fist-in-palm salute]]. The fist means the strength and courage of the wielder, while the palm symbolizes the wisdom and temperance that controls said strength.
** This follows protocol, however. Its not always your right hand that forms the fist. If you're left handed, then that hand becomes the fist, as it is where your strength is focused.
** Corollary, if you're saluting with a weapon, ensure that your palm covers the hand that holds the weapon, [[http://cottqa.com/images/protocol.gif as shown here]]. This retains the "wisdom controlling strength" message of the salute
* Using the ''actual'' British military salute in an American drama, or vice-versa, can essentially function as an example of this trope in terms of exotic-ness. While both salutes are identical in function, the palm is turned outward in a British salute, whereas in an American salute the palm is turned downward and slightly towards the body.
** And in the Royal Navy, just turn the palm inward! This is an old tradition from the days of sail, where sailors would hide their tar-stained hands from an officer when they saluted.
** StephenColbert infuriated knowledgeable fans when he accidentally used the British variant on screen. Although he claims not to read the forums ("they scare me") he has always used the proper American salute since.
* Due to its visible similarity to the Nazi salute (as both were derived from the Roman salute), the Bellamy salute was dropped from the United States flag code during WorldWarTwo, replaced with the now familiar hand-on-heart salute.
* During TheVietnamWar, an Australian Colonel was assigned to a U.S. Marine unit. Apparently every time he walked through the camp, Marines would purposely cross his path to make him salute in the Aussie fashion (same as the British one above -- Palm forward, arm rotates out sideways and up, then snaps straight down).
* The French military salute with palms facing out, almost flat against the brow. In the old days, Foreign Legion hardcases would have insulting or obscene things tattooed on the blade of their hands, so they'd automatically insult any officer they saluted.
** I was under the impression that Foreign Legion types were [[MemeticBadass by default hardcases]].
* The Polish army has a very specific two-finger salute, one very similar to the one used by the Scouts, which was so exotic to some foreign officers during the WW2, that they had some of the troops arrested, thinking they were being mocked.
* The 'Devil horns' heavy metal salute. Extend index and pinky fingers, fold thumb over middle and ring fingers. Can be displayed in either direction. There is also a variation that combines this with the crossed arms across the chest. It has another form where one extends only the pinkies on both hands and places both fists together.
** Known to ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' readers as the "Holy Horns of Om", Om being the god honoured by the salute. Serves roughly the same purpose as a Christian crossing himself.
** Similarly used as the symbol of the winter god Ulric in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}.
** Also seen as the "Hook 'Em Horns" of the University Of Texas (Pres. George W. Bush flashed them at a game, causing some people who didn't recognise the salute to think he was flashing Satan/gang signs).
** According to the satirical movie that accompanies a segment in the Music/{{Blue Man Group}}'s concert, it's a tribute to Floppy The Banjo Playing Clown, whose history and influence on rock and roll they go into. The two fingers represent his hairdo.
** And also seen as an extremely insulting Italian (or maybe pan-European?) gesture meaning "cuckold." The UT marching band went on tour once, and almost caused an incident.
* The "Vanilla Ice" salute (though he likely didn't invent it), which is the exact opposite of the "Devil Horns"; i.e. the middle and ring fingers are extended while the index and pinky fingers are curled.
** This is almost identical to Dane Cook's Superfinger, a Strange Obscene Gesture.
* The salute described above for ''Series/ThePrisoner'' was originally known as the "Sign of the Fish", and was used by early Christians in the Roman Empire (before it converted, naturally) as a [[SecretHandshake means of identifying one another]].
* The Young Pioneers in U.S.S.R. saluted by raising an inclined arm in front of their forehead (as if they tried to cover their eyes from sun but with an outstretched hand).
* Competitive marching bands and drum corps normally have elaborate salutes given by the drum major/field commander at the start of the performance to signal the band's readiness to begin. These usually, but not always, include an American military-style hand to the forehead in the midst of some complicated arm movements. Some bands devise a new salute each year that goes with the theme of their show, while others, especially world-class drum corps such as the Cavaliers, have an iconic salute used every year. These salutes are judged as part of the performance.
--> '''Announcer:''' Field Commander [name], is your band ready? *salute* [Name of band], you may take the field in competition.
* [[ScoutOut The Scout salute]] - cover the tip of your little finger with your thumb as if you're about to flick something with it, extend the other three fingers and raise your hand until they're vertical. Easier to describe than to do.
* Gag salutes designed by soldiers for the various units of the military. The "tanker salute" involves twisting your hand up close to your body (as if squeezing it through a turret hatch), then the same in reverse. The "paratrooper salute" is made normally, but the hand is then lowered by forming a downward-facing cup which slowly drifts down to waist level. Engineers prop their palm beside their head and 'hammer' it in place with the other hand.
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