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 obscene "bras d'honneur" gesture, equivalent to Flipping the Bird, used in much of Eastern and Southern Europe and Latin America.

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


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     Anime and Manga 

  • 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, '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.
  • The Sailor trainer class does this in Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. Due to the aforementioned cultural miscommunication, the international versions of Ruby and Sapphire edited the sprite to put the hand below the elbow.
  • 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.
  • Street Fighter:
  • Both Marina and Theo do this during the intro to Mischief Makers.
  • The Inkling Girl originally used this gesture in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It ended up removed in the 1.10 update and was replaced with a fist-bump.

     Western Animation 
  • Hefty was seen with this pose as he was preparing for the Mr. Smurf Contest in The Smurfs episode of the same name.