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->''"The old yawning trick. Watch his arm."''
-->-- '''Film/{{Hellboy}}'''

This is when a guy puts his arm around a woman's shoulders while pretending to yawn, in an attempt to look smooth and nonchalant. This trope only applies when this is a romantic gesture, rather than a comforting thing. If they're boyfriend and girlfriend, this is widespread--in TV and in RealLife. If not, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity is likely to ensue]].



[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* In the ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'' comic book, the BoisterousBruiser character Fat Cobra attempts to do this to the martial artist Tiger's Beautiful Daughter as they're sitting next to each other at dinner. For his troubles, she stabs him in the hand with one of her hairpins.
* Pulled off successfully in ''ComicBook/AmericanBornChinese''. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity still ensues]], though, as the boy realizes that by draping his arm over his love interest, he had rubbed some of the (very visible) soap bubbles on his hand onto her shoulder, and spends a good deal of time agonizing over whether she noticed or not.
* Mac Gargan/Venom tries to pull this on Daken in ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers'', but chickens out at the absolute last second. Daken responds by reaching between Mac's legs... and taking a handful of popcorn from the bag Mac is holding in his lap.

[[folder: Film ]]
* Lampshaded in the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' movie.
--> (As they watch Hellboy's crush, Liz, and [[TheNewGuy John]] sitting on a bench)
--> '''Kid On Rooftop''': Look at him! He's yawning! He's ''bored!''
--> '''Hellboy''': Yeah, yeah, the ol' "stretch-and-yawn" trick. Watch and learn, kid.
* ''Film/{{Grease}}'', in the drive-thru scene [[spoiler: (it fails)]].
* ''Film/KingKongLives''... done by ''Kong'' to Lady Kong.
* Doug from ''Film/ANightAtTheRoxbury'' does this. The girl moves his hand from her shoulder, to her breast.
* In the Creator/SteveMartin film, ''Film/LonelyGuy'', Larry tells the story of how he tried this on a girl and apparently everything went better than expected. Up to the point where he spent the majority of the movie with his hand on her breast. Until the lights came up and he realised his hand was actually on her purse...
* In the sequel to the film version of ''Film/CheaperByTheDozen'', Creator/SteveMartin and Creator/EugeneLevy's feuding characters follow one of Levy's sons and one of Martin's daughters into a movie theatre, and when the son goes for, as Martin calls it, "The Move," Martin demonstrates it on Levy (who doesn't know about it), much to the bemusement of the InUniverse movie audience.


[[folder: Literature ]]
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold calls it the "I'm-just-resting-my-arm-on-the-back-of-this-chair technique". It's her young-lothario character, Ivan, that does it, in ''Literature/{{Cetaganda}}''.
* In ''The Hob's Bargain'' by Creator/PatriciaBriggs, Caefawn the hob sits next to Aren and rests his tail on her other side. She moves it, only for him to slowly work it over back to her other side again.
* Subverted in ''Literature/KushielsLegacy''. Phedre reaches for a knife on a nightstand, to assassinate Waldemar Selig. Her movement wakes him, and so she plays it off as this trope, instead.
* Part of Yavain's "how to mooch up girls" crash course to Scout in ''Literature/{{Anachronauts}}''.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Marcia's boyfriend doing this to her on ''Series/TheBradyBunch''.
* In the ''Series/UglyBetty'' episode "Something Wicked This Way Comes", Gio has to pretend to be Betty's boyfriend. When he puts his arm around her, his acting becomes a little too convincing for Henry.
* ''Series/{{iCarly}}'': Freddie uses one of these to try and bust a move on Carly in ''iDon't Want to Fight''. Freddie fails, not just because he's JustFriends, but because he's interrupted by a toilet flushing (Spencer saying goodbye to a goldfish he killed). He also arguably started off too far away for a really effective move.
* Richie attempted this on ''Series/HappyDays'', but he needed to use a certain arm, and so he actually asked the girl to switch places before attempting it.
** When Joanie had a date in one episode. Fonzie taught her a countermove to such an action: elbowing your date in the gut.
* Howard Moon does this in ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' to Precious Lilywhite, who is a woman made out of a coconut and some sticks. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/precious.jpg Yes, really]], and it's quite charming, too.
** [[HenpeckedHusband "He's a good influence on me, actually."]]
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
** One variation that served the same basic purpose: stopping-short. While a man's driving a car with a woman in the passenger seat, he brakes suddenly and puts his arm out in front of her, supposedly to make sure she doesn't slam into the dashboard, but actually so her breasts will slam into his arm instead.
** Also happened to George. [[spoiler:It failed]]
* From ''Series/That70sShow'', [[GenderFlipped Donna does it to Eric]].
* Used and lampshaded in ''Series/HermansHead'' when Herman is dating a TV star who had the trope used on her character. At the end of the episode, she uses the technique herself on Herman.
* Zack tried a version of this while on a movie date in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', his excuse being that it was "chilly".
* Tom demonstrates this technique to B'Elanna in a holographic movie theater on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* A very early ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' has Michael pulling this on JJ, successfully. He also tries to put his hand on her leg but manages to get a handful of ice from her soda instead.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' with Jon. [[spoiler:It fails]].
* Knute teaches Gunther about the proper Yawn And Reach technique in a ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}'' arc.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims1'', when you sit on the couch with someone and select "cuddle", this is what happens.
** This returned as a new interaction called "make move" in ''VideoGame/TheSims3: Late Night'' expansion and ''VideoGame/TheSims4''.
* In ''VideoGame/LuckyRabbitReflex'', if you're at a high affection level with Marius and Shuppin and go on a date to the cinema with both of them, they attempt to do this with you. Simultaneously. HilarityEnsues.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* [[http://www.thewotch.com/?epDate=2005-06-03 Rule]] number [[http://www.thewotch.com/?epDate=2005-06-08 Two]] in ''Webcomic/TheWotch''. Used more successfully [[http://www.thewotch.com/?epDate=2008-03-18 later]].
* http://hail-nekoyasha.deviantart.com/art/Better-Luck-Next-Time-19848758
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' provides the current page image [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2010-09-22 here]]. Ash is not impressed.
* In ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'', Drake [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=652 starts pulling it on Prism]], but seeing her expression change, he hesitates... until she grabs his arm and sets it on her shoulders.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* The infamous "yawn technique" from ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'', as memorably demonstrated by Bree in "My First Kiss". Also seen in "Rockin' the Boat" (probably as a ContinuityNod or in-joke)
* Crossing over with CaptiveDate, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick tries to do this with WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows when she has him tied up at her house.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Homer tries to teach Grampa this technique, complete with an explanatory song.
** Also used with Principal Skinner and Patty, though she catches on and tells him off when he does it.
** And in the episode where Homer and Marge tell the story of how they met as children, except it's [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] as it causes Marge to worry that she's boring Homer.
** Also in the WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror episode "Starship Poopers" with Kang attempting to crossbreed with Marge.
-->'''Kodos:''' Initiate fertilization procedure.
-->'''Kang:''' ''(Yawn and reach)''
* Used by Fry toward Leela in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' with zero success.
-->'''Leela:''' Take it off or I'll break it off.
** Kif does this to Amy ''with'' success.
* Dale Gribble tells his son Joseph to do this on a girl he likes (Connie) when she is tutoring him in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. "Don't forget to yawn-and-stretch!"
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'':
** Used when Nutty imagines dating a gumball machine and does this when he is in movies with the said gumball machine.
** The Mole does this to Lumpy on their [[BlindMistake literal]] blind date. At this point, a bird pulls on Lumpy's exposed brain, making Lumpy's hand slap The Mole in the face.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode, when Peter wants to be a redneck, he does this...''[[ParentalIncest with Meg]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' has a boyfriend/girlfriend example in the episode "The People's Choice", where Casey does it to April while hanging out at his grandmother's farm.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'''s first season finale, Flash Thompson attempts this on Mary Jane Watson, with predictable results.
* Jonesy on ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' explains this to Wyatt when giving him his dating training.
** Darth Mall also attempted this on Nikki, only to fail spectacularly.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', when [[JerkAss Mr. Cat]] pulls this manuever on [[TheWoobie Quack-Quack]] on a couch in order to punch him in the face.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers'', Mickey pulls this move on Minnie during their Falling In Love Montage, although we don't actually see/hear him yawn.
* A really cute version in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': In one of his dreams, Raimundo and Kimiko are watching a compilation of Raimundo's best moments of the series and in the shadows [[ShipTease you can see him stretching out his arm...]][[spoiler:only to have it fail because he ends up putting his arm around Hannibal who is manipulating his dreams. He doesn't react well.]]

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Creator/DaveBarry once described doing this on a date as a youth. The joke comes as he says that his arm went numb because he had to keep it a molecule away from her actual body.