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Happy Dance
aka: Victory Dance
SUPPERTIME!

"Scuse me while I do my happy dance!"
Oghren, Dragon Age: Origins

This trope is, well... a dance that a character does when they're happy. Maybe it's time to celebrate. Maybe it's time to make themselves feel better. Maybe their excitement just overflows into action. Maybe they just want to pat themselves on the back. Whatever the reason may be, they quickly bust a couple of moves. The Happy Dance! Also known as a victory dance.

May even be a signature moment for the character (for example, this picture may seem awfully familiar). See also Victory Pose.

Contrast Angry Dance.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Dragon Ball Z, Captain Ginyu performs a Dance of Joy for Frieza. He tried. All things considered we shouldn't blame Frieza for refusing this *ahem* generous offer.
  • Yotsuba&!: "What's goin' on!? It's the Daddy Dance!" Performed when Koiwai finished a big work project (see chapter 11).
  • One Piece's Chopper has a trademark happy dance which he burst into every time someone gives him a compliment. He tries to act like he doesn't want their praise, and calls them assholes while wiggling his hips and grinning ear-to-ear.
  • Death Note: Ryuk + apple = Happy Dance. In the second intro.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters, Joey and Tristan do a silly victory dance a couple of times.
  • In Get Backers, Ginji occasionally does a happy-happy dance by going chibi and waving victory fans.
  • Pokémon:
    • Ash's Totodile always seemed to be in a Happy Dance sort of mood.
    • Misty's Togepi.
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, Russia does this after he defeats Poland and Lithuania.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Fic 

    Film 
  • Koskov's Narm-inducing dance in a fabulous sunhat and bathrobe in The Living Daylights once he learns that he's successfully manipulated the British government into using 007 to kill his rival.
  • George C Scott as Scrooge does a happy dance in A Christmas Carol (1984) after he realises that he still has time to change his course of life. Characteristically, Scott's intensity of portrayal helps to make the scene heartwarming.
  • Walter Huston's dance from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, echoed and parodied repeatedly in City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold.
  • The Party has an entire group of people do this when the Russian ballet troupe arrives, though Peter Sellers' character (who has just saved a girl from her creepy Hollywood agent) exhibits the most excellent example.
  • Done to very disturbing effect by Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs.
  • Do the Dance in Evan Almighty.
  • The "Tequila" dance in Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
  • The 2010 Alice in Wonderland: " I shall futterwacken... vigorously.
  • The Mamushka from the Addams Family movie. As crazy as you would expect any tradition of that family to be and utterly awesome.
  • In Baseketball, Coop is forced to do the happy dance when depressed.
  • Les Grossman has one at the end of Tropic Thunder after the documentary of of the making of Tropic Thunder becomes a successful film in its own right.
  • In Tangled, Rapunzel starts dancing in the city once her hair is braided, and draws people into the Dance Line.
  • If You Believe: Susan Stone is an editor. She performs a Happy Dance when she phones Dilly, her biggest star among her writers. She learns that he finally overcame his Writer's Block. That's quite a reason to celebrate, right?
  • In The Last Boy Scout, Joe Hallenbeck tells Jimmy Dix that if he survives their adventure, "I'm gonna dance a jig." After he defeats The Dragon, that's exactly what he does.
  • [[Franchise/Godzilla Godzilla]], in Invasionof Astro Monster. It has to be seen to be believed.

    Jokes 
  • Subverted in the following joke:
    • An unlucky man just had his right arm amputated, and this upsets him. He is thinking he'll not do without and never have a good life again. Right as he leaves the hospital, he sees another man who is missing both arms, but still dances happily around as if he's never felt better. The first man wants to find out why the other man is so overjoyed despite his lack of arms, so he asks him what makes him so happy that he is dancing. The other man replies angrily: "I'm not dancing! My ass is itching, and I can't scratch it!".

    Literature 
  • It's mentioned at the end of Isard's Revenge that Wedge was so happy to find that Wes Janson hadn't died at around the book's midpoint that he performed an "Ewok dance of joy".
  • Nikki does a "Happy Snoopy Dance" in The Dork Diaries.
  • Harry, Hermione, and the Weasley kids are all said to break into a group happy dance when Harry is acquitted of underage wizardry charges in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Referenced in Jeeves and Wooster a couple times; Bertie tends to be rather demonstrative when sudden joy hits him.

    Live Action TV 
  • Balki's Dance of Joy from Perfect Strangers.
  • Scrubs:
    • Turk has many of these (including the "you are so getting a piece of this" dance, the "there's a sale on lotion" dance and the "I'm gonna cut you open" dance). At one point, JD is shown to have a Happy Dance coach.
    • Elliot has, on two occassions, displayed her "I Told You So" dance.
  • Two and a Half Men: Five, Six, Seven, Eight! No more alimony! No more alimony! No more alimony! No more alimony!
  • Angel:
    • Numfar! Do the Dance of Joy!
    • At the end of "Disharmony", Wesley makes a speech about how time and space are the only things that can fix the recent rifts in Team Angel...only for Cordelia to come bounding in, squeeing over the new clothes Angel bought her. It gets funnier when Angel joins in.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • There's Anya's "Dance of Capitalist Superiority."
    • Xander once does the "Snoopy Dance" for Willow.
  • Maury: You are NOT the father!
  • Ellen Degeneres may secretly be the Anthropomorphic Personification of the Happy Dance.
  • Chandler Bing from Friends has one after they had a heart-to-heart talk with Monica, reassuring each other that they feel serious about their secret relationship. When Monica leaves, she senses that he's doing it and she says without looking back: "Don't do the dance."
  • Martin Short's character Ed Grimley, on SCTV and Saturday Night Live, often does one upon receiving good news: "I'm going mental!"
  • James May on Top Gear does an "ancient victory dance" when he bests the others in a challenge.
  • MythBusters:
    • After Kari finished constructing a pole for an experiment, she celebrated by doing her "pole dance". It turned out to be a Happy Dance.
      Kari: Not what you expected, huh?
    • In the episode where the guys tested Latex Perfection, Adam did a lot of Happy Dances while disguised as Jamie in order to have fun with his image as The Comically Serious.
  • Parker did a version of this after getting the dagger in "The Rashomon Job" on Leverage.
  • On The Late Late Show, whenever Craig Ferguson brings out Secretariat, EVERYBODY dances!!!
  • Monk: Monk does the jig after solving the case in "Mr. Monk Gets Fired".[1]
  • In Phil of the Future, Phil and Keely each do one of these after they make plans to go to the dance together in "Get Ready To Go Go".
  • Malcolm in the Middle: The show has one in Sarcasm Mode. "Happy dance, happy dance, we love to do the happy dance." "Happier!!"
  • LazyTown: "Bing Bang DIGGARIGGADONG!"
  • Spaced has a standard Happy Dance routine that crops up a few times to the exact same tune — walk jauntily down the street, click heels, head a football that flies out of nowhere, hug bewildered stranger. Tim does it, later in the episode Brian tries but manages to mess up every step. In a later episode, Tim and Bilbo do it side by side.
  • Ba Wool from Flower Boy Ramyun Shop does a happy dance after he gets a kiss on the cheek from Soo Yi. Eun Bi smacks him around the head for being stupid.
  • On Sherlock, Sherlock does one of these — literally leaping into the air, whirling about the room, shouting "It's Christmas!" and kissing Mrs Hudson — when he's called in to investigate a fourth mysterious serial suicide.
  • In an episode of How I Met Your Mother, it's revealed that Marshall does happy dances so often that he got "dancer's hip", an injury common among ballerinas.
  • On Saturday Night Live's Church Lady sketches by Dana Carvey, the character would go into a strutting "Superior Dance" whenever she thinks she has proven her superiority over anybody.
  • Squacky from The Pajanimals is known for breaking into one and one of the show's songs is all about happy dances.
  • Family Feud: Steve Harvey sometimes does this whenever a contestant's family-unfriendly answer isn't on the board.

    Music 
  • Lindsey Stirling sings about how "We're in Europe! We're here in Europe right now, gonna be awesome, so excited!" whilst doing some kind of dance across the screen and back again.
  • During Duke Ellington's 1956 performance at Newport, the 15-minute rendition of "Dimenuendo and Crescendo in Blue" slowly started getting the crowd riled up during Paul Gonsalves's legendary 27-chorus tenor sax solo, after an inauspicious beginning to the program. When a platinum blonde in one row spontaneously jumped to her feet and started one of these, the audience exploded, and pandemonium ensued in one of the most awesome single moments in the history of jazz.

     Newspaper Comics  
  • The current page image is Snoopy's iconic Happy Dance from Peanuts. One time, Charlie Brown celebrates getting the better of the dog with a mocking happy dance of his own.
  • Dilbert: Dilbert and Wally have done "victory dances" at work, incorporating such moves as Russian-dancing kicks and "turbo mooning."
  • Garfield: Garfield does the Happy Dance occasionally, like when he hears the automatic can opener.

    Sports 
  • These are very much employed by NFL players (often called Endzone Dances), despite the heavy fines that are handed down from the No Fun League...err...National Football League.
  • Tennis star Serena Willams did the 'Crip Walk' after winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games.
  • The Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA and their fans dance to Sugar Hill Gang Apache's "Jump On It" after home wins.

     Stand-Up Comedy 
  • When Steve Martin was doing stand-up, he would get frequent attacks of "Happy Feet".

     Video Games  

  • In Sonic Adventure, the Chao combine a Happy Dance with some G-Rated Sex.
  • Kirby does one of these at least once per game when he accomplished something (and often temporarily spawns duplicates during the dance).
    • In Kirbys Return To Dreamland, Bandanna Dee, King Dedede, and even Meta Knight will join in on the dance if they're present when it happens.
  • Many characters do this when they make a touchdown in Backyard Football.
  • Crash Bandicoot in some of his games when he gets a gem or relic.
  • A Hollow Man in Fable II yearned to have one of these but got instead the "Hollow Dance of Ur'Cyrandorandorander". Even he can't pronounce it right.
  • Some Final Fantasy games had this upon winning a battle, especially the older ones.
  • Whenever your captain in Spore: Galactic Adventures completes an adventure succesfully, this is what he'll do. He sometimes even moonwalks. As anyone can create an adventure, this has been lampshaded more than once in adventures that have been made.
  • Tales of Legendia: Moses Happy Dance! YEEEHAW!
    • also:
    Moses: Victory Dance! Come On!!!
    Senel and Chloe: (in stereo) Shut up Moses.
  • Donkey Kong Country:
    • Donkey and Diddy Kong will do a short dance whenever the player completes a level in this game (SNES version only).
    • Then the two of them, along with three other Kongs, do a dance whenever the player beats a mini game or gets a Golden Banana in Donkey Kong 64.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: Link will dance with joy when he beats a boss. Also when he's winning an auction.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Luigi is known far more than Mario for his Happy Dance, especially in the Mario & Luigi series where it reaches hilarious levels of Narm Charm.
  • Dragon Age: Origins: One of Ogh ren's random battle quotes at the end of a successful battle. (He doesn't actually dance though)
  • Raz of Psychonauts has one in which he "walks like an Egyptian" while bobbing his head all the while singing a little tune. He got it off a bully, with the first time he does the dance being when he knocks said bully off grind rails.
  • Multiple exist in the Jak and Daxter series:
    • In Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy the titular heroes do an elaborate victory dance after they've defeated the Big Bad. Daxter will do various dances (including the robot, pirouettes and a butt-waggle) after they've collected a powercell.
    • In Jak II: Renegade Daxter starts to do one after they've completed their first mission, but is interrupted when the place crumbles.
    • At the end of Jak 3: Wastelander Daxter does another one when he finds out that he's a Precursor.
  • One of Pearl Fey's portraits in the Ace Attorney series has her bouncing up and down Happy Dance-style. And it's adorable.
  • Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.
    • It features the Minions, whose job it is to dance like this for the player if they can land more than 2 kills at once or very close together. They happen to be Super-Deformed PlayStation characters, tied to someone on the roster.
    • Left in the Idle Animation long enough, Jak and Daxter will perform the dance seen at the end of the first Jak and Daxter, mentioned above.
  • In Pokemon Xand Y, numerous Pokemon will do a brief one as an idle animation and/or happy animation in Pokemon Amie. It's not just the cute ones, either, as Garchomp and Hydreigon among others will demonstrate (But especially Hydreigon).
  • Rockman 4 Minus Infinity: Mega Man does one when he defeats Omega in The TRUE Arena.

    Webcomics 

     Web Original  
  • Both John and Hank Green of the VlogBrothers have their own happy dances. They are generally performed when good things happen, as is to be expected.
  • The online community Nerdfighters has a signature happy dance, actually called, "the happy dance." See it here.
  • Doctor Steel jauntily dances at the end of Episode 1 of The Dr. Steel Show. There is also a section on his website where you can make him do several dance moves to some old-timey music. In Caleb Allen's Fan Vid of "Lament for a Toy Factory", the actor playing Dr. Steel breaks into these dance moves as the helicopter spotlight hits him - and the music from the website begins to play.
  • On a Donation Drive video, The Nostalgia Critic gleefully victory dances after he got Christopher Lloyd to say "I was frozen today". It's ridiculously adorable.
  • The Nostalgia Chick does this too after she decides she enjoys doing movies other than girly ones, and hers is the "frolicking in a field" variety.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged's Captain Ginyu not only has the Dance of Joy, under orders from King Cold to perform every successful mission, but also the Daddy's Little Princess Dance, under Cooler's orders, the Dance of Cheering You Up for when Frieza's attempt to use the Dragon Balls fails, and finally, the Dance of Solitude!
  • The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Jane is doing a happy dance — mainly waving her arms — when she tells her viewers that she's got a reply from a prospective employer, Grace Poole. See it here.
  • A non-example from WW2 propaganda when footage of Hitler stamping his foot in joy was edited together to make it look like he was dancing.

     Western Animation  

  • Family Guy:
    • In the episode where Peter finds out his father has died, Lois and Brian calmly walk outside and break into a quick Happy Dance before coming back inside to console him.
    • Lois's (insanely rich) aunt died, and when he finds out they were left something in her will, Peter pulls her corpse out of the casket and ballrooms with it.
  • Teen Titans: "Go Beast Boy, go Beast Boy, you're probeless, no probes now, go Beast Boy, go Beast Boy, get funkyyy..."
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: "But the most wonderful thing about tiggers... is I'm the only one! I'M the only one!!"
  • Andy mimics the Snoopy dance at the end of one Mission Hill episode after Ron's car rolls off a bridge.
  • Bridgette does a particularly odd one in Total Drama World Tour during her song to Geoff, even calling it her "happy, happy dance".
  • Ren and Stimpy danced to "The Happy Happy Joy Joy Song" in an early episode.
  • In IAM Weasel, I.R Baboon used to have one before it got phased out.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Manjula went to see a divorce lawyer who danced happily on his desk after she told him she had eight kids.
    • In one episode, sport stars discovered that Homer had talent for inventing the craziest of dancing routines. They kept paying him for ideas because it was magnet for attention.
  • Dora the Explorer: "We did it! We did it! We did it! Yay! note  We did it!"
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: "Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog!"
  • The Boondocks: "Booty dance, unh, booty dance! Booty dance, unh, booty dance!"
    Huey: Granddad, Riley's doing the celebratory booty dance.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode, "The Mom Attractor", Candace does a victory dance while declaring that she's awesome. Phineas and Ferb join in on the dance as well.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Twilight Sparkle, when very happy, does an Adorkable jump-in-a-circle dance in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles".
    • Discord does one complete with cheering and chanting when he learns Twilight Sparkle is willing to stick her neck out for him, actually proving that their friendship is genuine, if not a little caustic.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: When Spongebob's pineapple house was eaten by nematodes he has to move back with his parents. Squidward was dancing happily on the ground where his house use to be, but it grew back on when Spongebob planted it and landed on Squidy.

     Real Life  
  • Rabbits do a happy dance called a binky. They jump into the air, and kick out their legs while in the air, with or without a butt waggle.
  • Ferrets do an adorable dance when excited. Fans have dubbed this the "Weasel War Dance", after a line from a Dilbert comic. They also use it to disorient prey while hunting.
  • Most owners of Pembroke Welsh corgis (the tail-less kind) could probably tell you all about the happy corgi butt wiggle dance.
  • George Takei. Oh my.

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