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- Mr. Clean.
- Much as the Dreamworks Face 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.
- Jean-Claude Van Damme in the "Epic Split" ad for Volvo. While doing his signature full leg split. Suspended between a pair of trucks.
Anime & Manga
- Vegeta is prone to doing this in Dragon Ball Z.
- Mazinger Z: 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.
- Great Mazinger: Tetsuya Tsurugi used this position more often than Kouji due to him being less light-hearted and more serious and angry than Kouji.
- UFO Robo Grendizer: Duke also used the position every now and then.
- There is a reason why Roronoa Zoro is the page image for Made of Iron...
- Saint Seiya: Taurus Aldebaran in the original series and the Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas spin-off. He even fights multiple opponents (and wins!) in this position.
- Volfogg is prone to this in GaoGaiGar. Considering he's a ninja policecar robot, well, it's certainly justified. His VA then went on to do Kamina.
- Getter Robo: This pose is THE signature pose of Getter Dragon, the first Humongous Mecha to use it.
- Subverted in the OVA of Super Robot Wars Original Generation. 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 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 "Weird Al" Effect. Gunbuster is a mish-mash of references to Kamen Rider and other super robots, with that pose being a nod to the signature pose of Getter Dragon.
- Lordgenome from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann 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 the series' most famous scene.
- Cranked Up to Eleven in the finale with the entire cast pulling this as Simon saves Nia from the Anti-Spiral. Then in the second movie: this is the pose first assumed by the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (a Humongous Mecha just over half the size of the universe) in the film's climax.
- In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, 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 Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask often does this as he delivers his prebattle speeches. Makoto and Rei also demonstrate this.
- Izumi and Sig Curtis from Fullmetal Alchemist.
- 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 Pokémon anime (and man is it badass).
- Ash's Buizel has this, no matter if it's serious or relaxed.
- In Pokémon Special, all of Chuck's Pokemon (And Chuck himself) do this, even while fighting. They're quite badass too.
- In Digimon Savers: Commander Sampson
- Two more Words: Master Asia
- Lyrical Nanoha
- Voltaire of has a tendency to do this, as shown during the final mission in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. Considering its size and black color scheme, maybe it's a subtle Gunbuster reference?
- Dearche, the Large Ham leader of the Dark Materials in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT, does this pose so often that even the Super-Deformed computer-controlled avatar based on her does it when it's on standby.
- Naruto has a habit of doing this when he's feeling particularly confident, or after having accomplished a Big Damn Heroes moment.
- This is often Gaara's default position. Justified, as his absolute sand defense and sand armor prevent much of anything from touching him.
- 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 Negima! fights in that position. He still has two hands free, though.
- Several characters from Yu-Gi-Oh!, 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 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's.
- All three Team Shots in the first three anime season openings feature Zelgadis of Slayers doing this.
- Space Pirate Captain Harlock does this from time to time, especially when he's behind the Arcadia's ship's wheel.
- Ranma ˝: In the manga, Ranma Saotome does this on a regular basis.
- Kirino's pose on the cover of the first volume of Oreimo is more tsun-tsun than badass, but it's enough to undergo Memetic Mutation as seen here (NSFW).
- One-Punch Man: This is King's default pose in battle, and many fear what would happen if he ever uncrossed his arms. He's actually standing like this because with his arms crossed, it's easier for him not to flip out and run away.
- Space Patrol Luluco: Luluco does this in episode 12 while standing on the bow of her mother's Cool Starship in a clear Shout-Out to GunBuster.
- Doctor Doom does this all the time.
- Green Lantern Guy Gardner complains that he isn't able to do to this when he is turned into a woman (with a physical trait common with most comic superheroines) in an issue of Guy Gardner: Warrior.
- The Silver Surfer did this to Mephisto.
- Several characters in the X-Wing Series comics do this, including Wedge while pondering The Chains of Commanding.
- 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 Superman, this is really effective.
- Supergirl does this every so often.
- In the Red Daughter of Krypton arc, in which she was a Kryptonian Red Lantern (one of the most obscenely overpowered possible combinations in The DCU), she did this pose several times. One of those times happened during a battle: she flew in the battlefield, punched an enemy across the city, folded her arms and glared.
- In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, Supergirl crossed her arms across her chest when she confronted Batgirl for first time. Captain Marvel and Big Barda also do this when they argue with Batgirl after arriving on Gotham.
- In Convergence #6, pre-Crisis Kara folds her arms as she stares down at the enemy army◊.
- In Many Happy Returns, Kara folds her arms across her chest and stares Rebel down after warning that if he attacks her, she will hurt him.
- Black Adam uses this all the time. 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.
- The Mighty Thor does this (or something very similar) when he is facing down Tony Stark on the subject of Ragnarok (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.
- Kate Kane does this fairly often, whether in uniform as Batwoman or not.
- One of The Phantom's standard poses.
Films — Animation
- Nod on the cast poster for Epic.
- Jafar from Aladdin can pull this of well, like the scene where Prince Ali visits. In the sequel, Jafar comes out of the lamp as a huge red genie, folds his arms, hovers hugely and ominously, then leans in really close, scaring the living crap out of Abis Mal, who babbles incoherently in utter terror.
- Chernabog's awakening in Fantasia. Seriously, that's what criminals see when Batman emerges from the shadows.
Films — Live-Action
- Snow in Lockout. In spite of being under arrest, seating around men of authority standing over him, and being dictated the terms of his suicide mission, Snow just sits there with his arms crossed, unimpressed.
- The end of Star Wars Episode III "Revenge of the Sith" sees the newly minted Darth Vader join the side of Emperor Palpatine as they survey the initial building of the Death Star. Vader's arm-crossing amply displays not only his utter badassery, but his contempt for the nascent "technological terror" being constructed.
- Inspector Javert's default pose in Les Misérables. When he stops doing it he's in trouble...
- Visser Three from Animorphs makes use of this on the cover of VISSER.
- In The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, on those occasions when 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.
- In Dark Lord—The Rise of Darth Vader, Vader, getting used to his armor, is learning which poses are most intimidating. He folds his arms often, and also plants his fists on his hips.
- Top Gear: 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 Doctor Who, the Ninth Doctor was fond of doing this.
- Captain Jack Harkness often folds his arms in Torchwood, usually when he's in the Torchwood hub.
- Just take a look around the Stargate wiki. Weir summoning this trope simply reeks of awesome◊.
- Kamen Rider Ryuki: Kamen Rider Odin tends to be in this pose most of the time.
- Xena: Warrior Princess, especially effective when combined with her Kubrick Stare.
- Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: 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 SH Figuarts figure of Gokai Red even comes with the option to replace his poseable arms with folded ones.
- The opening credits sequence for Iron Chef America shows all of the program's chefs assuming this pose, in a visual Mundane Made Awesome gag.
- Dr. Perry Cox from 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 Pawn Stars in an attempt to make a couple of chubby, ordinary men look cool.
- Constable Odo from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is exceptionally fond of this trope, in keeping with his image as a stoic, badass frontier lawman. If he's not doing one of these, then he's usually rocking its counterpart, the Reverse Arm-Fold.
- Star Trek: Voyager. In "Distant Origin", Captain Janeway tells her alien captor to hold onto something as his spaceship is about to be attacked. He defiantly does this trope instead.
- In Pokémon Live!, Giovanni does this in "You Just Can't Win" after pushing Ash away from him.
- Borf, the evil alien commander from Space Ace does a Badass Arm-Fold and a Cheshire Cat Grin during his "You cannot win!" taunting of the player after the player makes a bad move.
- Ryu from Street Fighter 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 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 Guilty Gear XX, whenever Sol Badguy fights a certain people (e.g.: Dizzy, I-No, Slayer), he folds his arms and fire comes out around him. Justice loves doing these as well.
- Amongst the three rulers in Dynasty Warriors, 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 Arcana Heart 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, Take Over the World.
- There's two variants of this in City of Heroes. Your character does this during his/her/its idle animation every cycle. The other is a slightly wicked take, with your legs together and your character staring slightly downward. Look GREAT if you're hovering! It fits, because you play as a Comic-Book style Superhero.
- Shadow from the Sonic the Hedgehog series folds his arms on a regular basis. Sonic does the same thing when he's bored.
- In Chrono Trigger, Magus does this on the world map if the player waits too long.
- Final Fantasy
- Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII frequently poses like this.
- Montblanc from Final Fantasy XII always does this fold. If not he only lets his arms open for a few seconds, then he does it back. He is The Captain of Clan Centurio after all...
- And in Final Fantasy X, 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 Final Fantasy IV does this for his Victory Pose in Dissidia Duodecim.
- Yuffie in Kingdom Hearts II and Final Fantasy VII.
- Bang Shishigami, the hot blooded Ninja turned superhero from BlazBlue does this.
- Hotsuma in the PS2 Shinobi folds his arms when standing or walking. As does his successor, Hibana.
- Falco in the Super Smash Bros. games.
- Both Franziska von Karma and her father Manfred do this in the Ace Attorney series. As does Apollo.
- Commander Shepard in Mass Effect is rather prone to doing this. During the first game, they tend to switch to a Reverse Arm-Fold when speaking to superior officers or the Council however.
- During the Dark Side ending to Knights of the Old Republic 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, as seen here in Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 even Domon indulges in it.
- In the Touhou fighting games, this is the neutral stance of Gensokyo's resident Time Master Ninja Maid, Sakuya. Considering she is a walking Dio Brando reference, it makes sense. Amusingly, it's also the neutral stance of the fairy Cirno; no doubt an attempt to look stronger than she is.
- Legendary ninja Fuma Kotaro's default stance in Sengoku Basara. Takeda Shingen does it too, when he means business. And Date Masamune rides his horse sitting like this.
- Kratos Aurion in Tales of Symphonia does this quite often. Succeeding him in Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2 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). The rest of the cast lampshade this and one victory pose even has a few of them copying him while he looks on in bafflement.
- Ansem (or Xehanort's Heartless) has this as his battle pose in the Kingdom Hearts 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.
- Liquid Snake did this a lot in Metal Gear Solid.
- It's Disgaea's very own main character's default pose. 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 Prinny, it's still effective.
- Duke's Idle Animation in The King of Fighters Maximum Impact is to slowly fold his arms. He's an SNK Boss.
- Marvel vs. Capcom
- In Rift, this is the default idle pose for a male bahmi character on a tartagon mount.
- As might be expected from the large number of badasses in the franchise, Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage has quite a few of its characters do this, especially after Musou attacks. Most notable is Souther/Thouzer, whose Badass Arm Fold and Evil Laugh are both weaponized as part of his Nanto abilities.
- Luigi of the Super Mario Bros. series does this as a victory pose. Granted, he grins happily when he does it.
- Asura's Wrath has a few characters that do this, like Yasha, Augus, and Asura himself. Asura even does this when in outer space , very similar to Nono and even does it on the tip of his personal flagship similar to The Original gunbuster.
- In Brain Dead 13, Lance makes a pose like this in resurrection scenes 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 Persona 4.
- In The Wonderful 101, Supreme Overlord Jergingha does this in the first portion of his final fight segment.
- Albedo from Xenosaga in one image. You can find it in the Image Links.
- The Final Boss of Splatoon's single-player mode, being an octopus, keeps two of his arms folded while using another pair to operate his Humongous Mecha-slash-turntable.
- As her default mugshot sprite and non-battle Idle Animation, Snips tends to do this.
- This is Strider Hien's idle pose in Strider 2, in contrast of Hiryu's battle-ready stance. Hiryu himself later borrows it as his idle pose in the 2014 Strider game.
- A lot of characters do this in Project X Zone but this is hilariously parodied in the sequel Brave New World where Kage Maru does this while Akira Yuuki is rowing the boat all by himself.
- Mortal Kombat's Kintaro◊ takes up this pose. This is also Stryker's winning pose in Mortal Kombat 3.
- In Perfect Dark, one of Trent Easton's men takes this pose as he accompanies him to a meeting in the G5 Building.
- In the old Data East medieval-themed wrestling/fighting game Mutant Fighter (aka Death Brade), This was Pazuzu the Demon's default pose. He even did it while performing his super attack.
- Union of Heroes: The Evil Wittener does this when The Master finds out that he is in fact the former hero named "The Man From The Booth"
- Kamina pulls one of these while standing on a car full of whores in the early pages of DOUBLE K. The author notes that he simply had to do it, since he never did in the main series.
- Firebrand pulls it at the end of the 11/11/12 livestream video in Tribe Twelve. "YOU'RE FUCKING WELCOME."
- Kim Possible: Ron Stoppable does this at the end of "So The Drama", when Dr. Drakken remembers his name.
- Robin and Cyborg from Teen Titans do this from time to time.
- In The Legend of Korra this pose is favored by Avatar Korra, and is the stock pose◊ she sports on her character page at nick.com, all the better for her to showcase that Sleeves Are for Wimps.
- On Regular Show, 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 Danny Phantom does this at the end of the theme song. Once in a while he'll do it in the show as well.
- In South Park this is PC Principal's default stance, when he's not beating up politically incorrect people (or sentient Advertisements), or ranting about Social Justice.
- Kaeloo: In "Let's Play Streetball", the gang makes their own rap music video and Mr. Cat, Stumpy and Quack Quack do this.
- 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 Mixed Martial Arts fighters 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 thoughtnote or (b) the person is in a state of insecurity.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.