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Bicep-Polishing Gesture
Bruce Ironstaunch shows off his forearm.

A common Japanese gesture when preparing to take on a difficult task is to "make a muscle" and rub one's bicep, emphasizing strength. "Yoshi!" ("OK!", or "Alright!") is frequently said with a determined expression when doing this, whereas Westerners usually just grunt. Compare to the "Rosie the Riveter" image from World War II.

The gesture is frequently misinterpreted in other places, as it looks very similar to the rude "up yours" gesture, equivalent to Flipping the Bird, used in many parts of Europe and Mexico, among other places.

See also Flexing Those Non-Biceps, Gloved Fist of Doom.


Examples

Anime and Manga

Film
  • In the Street Fighter live action movie, Guile does it to Bison on camera. The jury's out on whether he intended this in its Western interpretation or its Japanese interpretation, but given Guile's general animosity toward Bison...
  • In Big Tits Zombie, two female characters sumo wrestle one another. The main character can be briefly seen making this gesture, although she does so while facing her opponent which could easily be interpreted as the Western version since both girls did not get along.

Live Action TV
  • Worked its way into an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 'Crow's Feet'. Only, Nick did it because Catherine asked him to.
    Catherine: Make a muscle, Nicky.

Professional Wrestling
  • Scott Steiner is obsessed with his biceps, often polishing and even kissing them.

Video Games
  • Bowser had this as his victory pose in the Japanese edition of Super Mario RPG. However, since the gesture isn't very common in the west and looks a lot like slap-the-crook-of-your-elbow (which means the same thing as Flipping the Bird), it was changed to a double fist clench for the USA and PAL releases.
  • Similar to Bowser, the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers fighting game for the Sega Genesis has the Green Ranger doing this as his victory pose.
  • Frog from Chrono Trigger rubs his (surprisingly huge) bicep and grins smugly as his post-battle victory pose.
  • Bart from Xenogears does this from time to time, usually when showing his determination or when he does something awesome
  • Kanji from Persona 4 does this in his victory pose. The way he executes it gives the impression he has both meanings in mind.
  • Gene from God Hand does this as a taunt.
  • Dan from Street Fighter. Becomes more apparent in IV.
    • Ken sometimes does it too as first round victory pose.
  • Both Marina and Theo do this during the intro to Mischief Makers

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