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One of the few ways to indicate that you are a {{Badass}} or at least hellishly ambitious. {{Badass}}es tend to fold their arms in front of them. When you see one doing such pose, you know they are {{Badass}} or hellishly powerful, or so calm they got the situation in control or at least harbors a GREAT ambition. It is also a symbol of cockiness. Bonus points if they have impressive muscles.

So basically, if you see people folding their arms, this is a good indication to see that they are {{Badass}}. Even if they're not, they're still showing determination/stubbornness/toughness.

Note that crossing arms below the ribcage speaks a whole other body language, and involves bringing shoulders forward defensively. This tends to denote sulkiness or defensiveness. To cross arms over your chest, one must spread shoulders back, which juts out the chest and straightens the spine, making the figure stand slightly taller, and raises the chin. It's also "closed off" body language, indicating resistance to influence. Each of these elements alone convey confidence, the total posture sums them up to a Badass Arm Fold. If you wanted to add, say, the KubrickStare you would have to consciously lower the chin, but this tends to net more {{Badass}} points than it gives away.

This trope goes ''excellently'' with MultiArmedAndDangerous, although more than six arms tends to ruin the effect.

See also ReverseArmFold. Sometimes combined with IHaveTheHighGround. Often leads to RebelRelaxation, but this [[SisterTrope is when they aren't leaning]].



* Mr. Clean.
* Much as the DreamworksFace is seemingly mandated by law to be on every animated movie poster, attempts at a Badass Arm Fold now seem to pop up on EVERY print ad for reality television, even if the subject matter is something like digging up meteorites or running a pawn shop.
* Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7FIvfx5J10 "Epic Split" ad for Volvo]]. While doing his signature full leg split. Suspended between a pair of trucks.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Vegeta is prone to doing this in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
** So is Piccolo.
** Vegetto combines this with ExtremityExtremist.
** Frieza and Cell. The former combines this with ExtremityExtremist on one occasion, too, until he loses his cool.
* ''{{Mazinger}}'':
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Kouji Kabuto sometimes does this. A good example in an episode in which Mazinger-Z is nearly completely depleted from energy during a battle, the control deck is smoking and giving off sparks due to the strain, the weapons don't work, Prof. Yumi is ordering - ''repeatedly'' - for Kouji to retreat because he'll die otherwise... and Kouji simply folds his arms across his chest as he calmly waits for one chance to blast the Beast down! It is hard to convey how {{Badass}} he seemed right then.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Tetsuya Tsurugi used this position more often than Kouji due to he was less light-hearted and more serious and angry than Kouji.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': Duke also used the position every so often.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': Taurus Aldebaran in the original series and the ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' spin-off. He even [[UpToEleven fights multiple opponents (and wins!) in this position]].
** This is the signature stance of [[SaintSeiya Aldebaran]], [[SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas Rasgado]] and [[SaintSeiyaNextDimension Ox]]; all different incarnations of the [[LightningBruiser Taurus Saint]].
* Volfogg is prone to this in ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''. Considering he's a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ninja policecar robot]], well, it's certainly justified. His VA then went on to do [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]].
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'': This pose is THE signature pose of Getter Dragon, the first HumongousMecha in using it.
* Subverted in the OVA of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars OriginalGeneration''. Only Lamia Loveless have the gall to wait for an exhibition to begin all while folding her arms in front of her. Amongst her group, she probably is the calmest and most {{Badass}} (but not the most between the whole cast). Unfortunately, for the rest of the OVA, she ''never'' gets to show her {{Badass}} qualities.
* The title mecha of ''Anime/GunBuster'' is famous for it.
** ''{{Gunbuster}}'' is associated with this trope enough that anime fans tend to refer to it, when combined with the proper leg positioning and facing forward, as the Gunbuster Pose.
** Which is a case of the WeirdAlEffect. Gunbuster is a mish-mash of references to Kamen Rider and other [[SuperRobot super robots]], with that pose being a nod to the signature pose of ''[[Manga/GetterRobo Getter Dragon]]''.
* Lordgenome from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' pilots his mecha this way. Also how the [=SuperGalaxy=] Gurren Lagann is introduced, in a ''{{Gunbuster}}'' homage. Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann also does the pose.
** This pose is Kamina's default stance when he's not sitting down, or in his heaven piercing pose.
** Not to mention what Simon does in what's arguably [[HesBack the]] [[ThemeMusicPowerUp series']] SugarWiki/{{mo|mentOfAwesome}}st [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments famous]] [[TearJerker scene]].
** [[spoiler:Cranked UpToEleven in the finale with the entire cast pulling this as Simon saves Nia from the Anti-Spiral.]]
* In JoJosBizarreAdventure, a variation of this (legs almost closed and leaning back a fair bit, because the standard pose is clearly not fabulous enough) is Dio Brando's signature pose.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', Tuxedo Mask often does this as he delivers his prebattle speeches.
** Makoto and Rei also demonstrate this.
* Izumi and Sig Curtis from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist.''
** Ed does it a few times when he's sulking, but he's still just as {{Badass}} as the others.
** Special mention goes to Greed/Ling (Greed being dominant) while he descents slowly in the elevator of the government's central building; about to destroy the Amestris' soldiers below.
* Treecko/Grovyle/Sceptile does this often in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime (and man is it badass).
** Ash's Buizel has this, no matter if it's serious or relaxed.
** In ''PokemonSpecial'', all of Chuck's Pokemon (And Chuck himself) do this, even while fighting. They're quite badass too.
* TwoWords [[Anime/DigimonSavers Commander Sampson]]
* Two more Words: [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Master Asia]]
** And the ''actual'' King of Hearts that appeared [[spoiler: as part of the ''[[HeartBeatdown Sekhia Love-Love Tenkyoken]]'']] in the finale. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Who cares what it was, it rocked all the same]].
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Voltaire]] of has a tendency to do this, as shown during the final mission in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''. Considering its [[{{Kaiju}} size]] and black color scheme, maybe it's a subtle ''Gunbuster'' reference?
** Dearche, the LargeHam leader of the Dark Materials in ''Manga/MagicalGirllyricalNanohaInnocent'', does this pose so often that even the SuperDeformed computer-controlled avatar based on her does it when it's on standby.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a habit of doing this when he's feeling particularly confident, or after having accomplished a BigDamnHeroes moment.
** [[spoiler:Madara in the Fourth Great Shinobi War also holds this as his default stance when he's not in combat. He also enters this when using his Susano'o, as he no longer ''needs'' to move his body at all to fight.]]
* Dynamis from ''[[MahouSenseiNegima Negima!]]'' ''fights'' in that position. He still has [[MultiArmedAndDangerous two hands free]], though.
* Several characters from ''Manga/YuGiOh'', especially Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba and Yami Marik, all of them do this most of the time. The three of them do it even on the same screen once (and Jonouchi being only one on the screen who doesn't do it).
** Every {{Expy}} of Kaiba.
** The machine-monster Jinzo is usually seen doing this.
* Stardust Dragon does this in the fifth opening of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''.
* All three {{Team Shot}}s in the first three anime season openings feature [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Zelgadis]] of ''{{Slayers}}'' doing this.
* [[SpacePirates Space Pirate]] ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'' does this from time to time, especially when he's behind the Arcadia's ship's wheel.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': In the manga, Ranma Saotome does this on a regular basis.
* Kirino's pose on the cover of the first volume of ''LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai'' is more [[{{Tsundere}} tsun-tsun]] than badass, but it's enough to undergo MemeticMutation as seen [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post?tags=can%27t_be_this_cute&searchDefault=Search here]] ({{NSFW}}).

* One of ComicBook/ThePhantom's standard poses.
* DoctorDoom does this all the time.
* Comicbook/GreenLantern Guy Gardner complains that he isn't able to do to fold his arms when he turned in a woman ([[MostCommonSuperPower with a physical trait common with most comic superheroines]]) in an issue of issue of Guy Gardner: Warrior.
* The ComicBook/SilverSurfer did this to Mephisto.
* Several characters in the XWingSeries comics do this, including Wedge while pondering TheChainsOfCommanding.
* Commonly done by {{Superman}}, who stands and/or floats with arms crossed with a derisive look on his face after his opponent's attacks have failed to even make him flinch.
** Also done whenever he's chiding a crook for acting like a {{Jerkass}}, usually with a "I'm not mad, I'm just ''disappointed''" attitude. Being [[NiceGuy Superman]], this is [[ShamingTheMob really effective]].
** BlackAdam uses this all the time. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis All. The. Time.]] Normally while hovering a few inches off the ground. Alexander Luthor one time called him on it, saying that his constant hovering was creeping people out.
* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'':
** ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} is prone to this when he's doing the Team Leader bit. Also, he has that "impressive muscles" part down to an absurd degree.
** The genocidal supervillain ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} can often be seen looking superior in this pose.
* ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' does this (or something very similar) when he is facing down Tony Stark on the subject of Ragnarok ([[FanNickname aka Clor]])and the superhuman registration act. Tony wildly underestimates how powerful Thor actually is, and hits him with the full power of his repulsors when Thor refuses to play ball. When the dust clears, Thor is shown unharmed, and a mix of angry and disappointed with Tony. He then proceeds to beat the crap out of Tony while chiding him for not acting as a friend should.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Nod on the cast poster for ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.
* Jafar from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' can pull this of well, like the scene where Prince Ali visits.
** In ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', Jafar comes out of the lamp as a huge red genie, folds his arms, hovers hugely and ominously, then leans in ''really'' close, scaring Abis Mal.
* Chernabog's awakening in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''. Seriously, that's what criminals see when Franchise/{{Batman}} [[OffscreenTeleportation emerges from the shadows]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Downplayed by CIA Agent Snow in ''Film/{{Lockout}}''. When being asked to perform the movie's main mission (go into space, save the president's daughter, yadda yadda yadda), Snow sits with his arms crossed, badass style, as he enumerates why the plan is stupid. It would be quintessentially badass, except he is in some ways powerless in the situation. He is seated, under arrest, surrounded by standing men who tower over him and are demanding that he perform a mission that he "would rather castrate myself with blunt rocks" than do. As such, Snow's badass pose (combined with his couldn't-give-a-shit demeanor) are the only things indicating bad-ass in a scene full of other potential bosses. HOWEVER, this ties into the entire movie in that Snow himself is somewhat incongruous to the world he finds himself in, and he doesn't give a shit.

* Inspector Javert's defeault pose in ''Literature/LesMiserables''. When he stops doing it [[DrivenToSuicide he's in trouble...]]
* Visser Three from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' makes use of this on the cover of [[VillainEpisode VISSER]].
* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', on those occasions when [[BigBad Lord Foul]] takes on a physical or partially physical form, his default pose is generally to stand with his arms folded while regarding his enemies with profound contempt.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TopGear'': When not driving, The Stig is only ever seen with his arms crossed over his chest or with his hands on his hips.
** {{Lampshaded}} in the episode where he was forced to take public transport. They wheeled him on using one of those Hannibal Lecter gurneys so he wouldn't break his cooler-than-thou pose.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Ninth Doctor was fond of doing this.
* Captain Jack Harkness often folds his arms in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', usually when he's in the Torchwood hub.
* Just take a look around the Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}} [[http://stargate.wikia.com/wiki/Atlantis_Season_3 wiki]]. Weir summoning this trope simply [[http://stargate.wikia.com/wiki/File:Atlantis_season_3.jpg reeks of awesome]].
* [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Kamen Rider Odin]] tends to be in this pose most of the time.
* ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', especially effective when combined with her KubrickStare.
* [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Captain Marvelous']] default stance.
** Leads to a great moment in the first episode: Everything is exploding, the scenery is falling apart, and the rest of the team is ducking for cover. Marvelous? Standing unfazed, not giving a damn.
* The opening credits sequence for ''IronChef America'' shows all of the program's chefs assuming this pose, in a visual MundaneMadeAwesome gag.
* Dr. Perry Cox from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has a tendency to do this whenever he's about to kick some ass or go off on a rant. Amusingly enough, it is paired with a quick nose rub which actor John C. [=McGinley=] admits he borrowed from Robert Redford.
* Everyone does this in the opening of ''Series/PawnStars'' (it's not quite as impressive when Chumlee does it, though).

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Taz|z}} did this during in-ring introductions in Wrestling/{{ECW}}, not so much in Wrestling/{{WWE}}.).
* [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] used to do this, combined with never speaking. It helped her stand out as a badass at a time when WWE pushed women purely on how sexy they were.

* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Giovanni does this in "You Just Can't Win" after pushing Ash away from him.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Borf, the evil alien commander from ''[[VideoGame/SpaceAce Space Ace]]'' does a [[BadassArmFold Badass Arm Fold]] ''and'' a [[CheshireCatGrin Cheshire Cat Grin]] during his "You cannot win!" taunting of the player after the player makes a bad move.
* Ryu from ''StreetFighter'' gives us the classic 'wind blowing' win pose, which involves this. M. Bison is also fond of this pose, as is Sagat.
* Kazuya Mishima from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' likes folding his arms in front of him, whether it's opening sequence, or it's winning pose. He's been doing this since his debut.
* In ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear XX'', whenever Sol Badguy fights a certain people (eg: Dizzy, I-No, Slayer), he folds his arms, fire comes out around him.
** And let's not forget that Justice loves doing these as well.
* Amongst the three rulers in ''DynastyWarriors'', Cao Cao is the most ambitious. Thus, he is prone to be portrayed in this pose (especially his DW 5 official art).
* Kira Daidouji from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' is also highly ambitious and condescending and her fighting stance has her striking this pose. Her ambitions comes from her desire to, you guessed it, TakeOverTheWorld.
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', [[PlayerCharacter your character]] does this during his/her/its idle animation every cycle. It fits, because you play as a [[ComicBooks Comic-Book]] style {{Superhero}}.
* Shadow from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series folds his arms on a regular basis.
** Sonic does the same thing when he's bored.
* Vincent Valentine from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' frequently poses like this.
** Montblanc from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' always does this fold. If not he only lets his arms open for a few seconds, then he does it back. He ''is'' TheCaptain of Clan Centurio after all...
** And in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', both Kimahri and Bahamut, a seven-foot-tall lion-man and a twelve-foot tall metallic dragon respectively, do this when standing in place, radiating Badassery. Wakka too, sometimes.
** Kain from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' does this for his VictoryPose in ''Dissidia Duodecim''.
* Yuffie in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
* Bang Shishigami, the hot blooded Ninja turned superhero from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' does this.
* Hotsuma in the PS2 ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}'' folds his arms when standing or walking. As does his successor, [[VideoGame/NightshadeKunoichi Hibana]].
* [[VideoGame/StarFox Falco]] in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games.
* Both Franziska von Karma and her father Manfred do this in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. As does [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney Apollo]].
* Commander Shepard in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is rather prone to doing this. During the first game, they tend to switch to a ReverseArmFold when speaking to superior officers or the Council however.
* During the Dark Side ending to VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic [[spoiler:Revan]] does this while looking out over the assembled Sith armies.
* As mentioned earlier in the anime and manga section, Master Asia is fond of this, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioAAx0z_2jo as seen here in]] ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam 2'' even domon indulges in it.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fighting games, this is the neutral stance of Gensokyo's resident TimeMaster NinjaMaid, Sakuya. Considering she is a walking [[JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]] reference, it makes sense.
** Amusingly, it's also the neutral stance of the [[CannonFodder fairy]] Cirno; no doubt an attempt to look stronger than she is.
* Legendary {{ninja}} Fuma Kotaro's default stance in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. Takeda Shingen does it too, when he means business. And Date Masamune [[CrazyAwesome rides his horse]] sitting like this.
* [[{{Badass}} Kratos]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Aurion]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' does this quite often.
** Succeeding him in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' is Gaius, who's almost always doing this when he's idle. He even does it in battle while he's participating in Rowen's Dual Capriccio link arte (Which has him take a short ride atop a magically produced air glider).
* Ansem (or [[spoiler:Xehanort's Heartless]]) has this as his battle pose in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, mainly because he lets his Guardian Heartless do all the work. His previous persona Terra-Xehanort also had a badass arm fold. To add they also both examples of {{Power Floats}}
* [[EvilTwin Liquid Snake]] did this a lot in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''.
* It's ''[[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Disgaea]]'''s very own main character's default pose. [[Characters/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl]] seems to be quite aware of its indication, as the trope description suits him really well.
** Kurtis is doing one in his ''Disgaea 3'' and 4 character portrait, and in his cut-in portraits starting from 2. Despite being a [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Prinny]], it's still effective.
* Duke's IdleAnimation in ''VideoGame/TheKingofFighters Maximum Impact'' is to slowly fold his arms. He's an SNKBoss.
* [[MarvelComics Shuma-Gorath]] is known to bust out a Badass Armfold with ''tentacles'' ever so often in the ''VideoGame/MarvelvsCapcom'' series.
* Doctor Doom has this as his idle pose in ''VideoGame/MarvelvsCapcom3: Fate of Two Worlds'' along with his [[BadassLongcoat signature cape]]. And it is awesome.
--> "Turn and run now, and I will mercifully pretend ''this never happened.''"
* In ''{{Rift}}'', this is the default idle pose for a [[TheBigGuy male bahmi character]] on a {{t|urtlePower}}artagon mount.
* There's two variants of this in CityOfHeroes. One is a sort of casual random pose your character will perform if you leave the controls alone for a while. The other is a slightly wicked take, with your legs together and your character staring slightly downward. Look GREAT if you're hovering!
* As might be expected from the large number of badasses in the franchise, ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'' has quite a few of its characters do this, especially after [[LimitBreak Musou attacks]]. Most notable is [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Souther/Thouzer]], whose Badass Arm Fold and EvilLaugh are both weaponized as part of his Nanto abilities.
* Luigi of the SuperMarioBros series does this as a victory pose. Granted, he grins happily when he does it.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has a few characters that do this, like Yasha, Augus, and Asura himself. Asura even does this when in outer space , very similar to [[{{Diebuster}} Nono]] and even does it on the tip of his personal flagship similar to The [[{{Gunbuster}} Original gunbuster]].
* In ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'', Lance makes a pose like this in resurrection scenes [[spoiler:and in the final confrontation, showing that he is brave in the face of certain death]].
* Izanami default pose when fighting her first form in ''VideoGame/{{Persona4}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'', Supreme Overlord Jergingha does this in the first portion of his final fight segment.
* Albedo from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' in one image. You can find it in the Image Links.

* ''Webcomic/UnionOfHeroes'': The Evil Wittener [[http://www.unionofheroes.com/comic/377-episode-7-page-14.html does this]] when The Master finds out that [[spoiler:he is in fact the former hero named "The Man From The Booth"]]
* Kamina pulls one of these [[http://doublek.thewebcomic.com/comics/1359081/chapter-1-017/ while standing on a car full of whores]] in the early pages of ''DoubleK''. The author notes that he simply ''had'' to do it, since he never did in [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann the main series]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Firebrand pulls it at the end of the 11/11/12 livestream video in [[WebOriginal/TribeTwelve Tribe Twelve]]. [[spoiler: "YOU'RE FUCKING WELCOME."]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron Stoppable does this at the end of "So The Drama", when Dr. Drakken remembers his name.
* Robin and Cyborg from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' do this from time to time.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' this pose is favored by Avatar Korra, and is [[http://i.imgur.com/yiDNk.jpg the stock pose]] she sports on her character page at nick.com, all the better for her to showcase that SleevesAreForWimps.
* On ''RegularShow'', Mordecai folds his arms at Rigby to show that he is pissed off at him. He even does it slowly just to show he means business.
-->'''Rigby:''' Don't you dare!
-->'''Mordecai:''' Too late. It's already in motion.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' does this at the end of the theme song. Once in a while he'll do it in the show as well.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is the typical stance of the bouncer, making them look more intimidating and impassive to your puny attempts to scam your way inside.
* Athletes such as MixedMartialArts fights and Rugby players' pictures are often taken in this style.
* Played with in psychology. This stance denotes one of two things: (a) the person is in a state of deep thought[[note]]an aversion[[/note]] or (b) the person is in a state of insecurity.[[note]]an inversion[[/note]] The actual {{badass}} (and intimidating) pose would have good posture and hands on the hips denoting the person is purposefully opening themselves up for attack but they're confident enough with themselves to do it anyway.