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The Menacing Stroll
is the lithe, athletic walk of the perennial Badass
. Not quite a strut, it is a subtle, confident gait that lets everyone know that the walker could kick the collective ass of everyone in the room without breaking a sweat, because they are just that awesome
. The Menacing Stroll
was first observed in the Castlevania
games (dubbed the Pimp Walk by fans
), but it can also be found in assassins, thieves, and the leaner species of badass. It's all in the shoulders.
Compare Unflinching Walk
when it's coupled with Stuff Blowing Up
. Power Walk
is when the heroes all do one together. A little bit faster than the Slow Walk
Anime and Manga
- Cell, from Dragon Ball Z practically oozes evil as he walks.
- Major Motoko Kusanagi. It helps that she can walk through walls and anyone stupid enough to stand in her path.
- Jyu Viole Grace from Tower of God from time to time.
- As part of his thrill in screwing with every single person's head, Alucard from Hellsing tends to do this instead of just rushing forward and ending a fight instantly. Even when being shot by about 10,000 bullets he barely breaks stride. Bonus points for once doing it down the side of a high-rise hotel.
- This, in addition to thier larger size, is what seperates soldiers from the workers in the Kalash93 story, You Obey.
- Captain Barbossa. Captain Jack Sparrow, not so much.
- The various models of Terminator can pull this off even when buck naked. Robert Patrick was even cast as the T-1000 for his ability to do this at a very brisk pace.
- Used Narmfully in the already So Bad, It's Good Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2
- Michael Myers of the Halloween series' highest level of speed, at least when the camera isn't on him. Even when his victims are running away from him, Michael manages to keep up with them with nothing more than a Menacing Stroll.
- Deconstructed by Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, where Leslie reveals that he runs full-tilt when the victim isn't looking and switches to a power walk when they are. He does a lot of cardio to make the illusion work.
- Ivan Vanko in Iron Man 2 has a moment like this in the beginning, moseying on over to Tony Stark in his Whiplash rig while racecars crash and explode behind him.
- In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Winter Soldier often walks like this, most notably during the highway ambush.
- The Grand Budapest Hotel: Dmitri attempts this while stalking Agatha down a hotel hallway, but when he rounds a corner he realizes that she started running as soon as she was out of sight, forcing him to start frantically sprinting after her.
- Lockdown of Transformers: Age of Extinction has this down pat.
- The Wheel of Time calls this "Cat Crossing The Courtyard". In New Spring, Lan does one of these unconsciously when agitated called "Leopard in High Grass". A horse groom who sees this runs away.
- The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden walks like he's "heading to tear someone's face off" when he is in a bad neighborhood to avoid looking like a good target for some mugger. Granted, he most certainly is not a good target for mugging, usually being outfitted with a variety of magical defenses, but having a gun shoved in his face is still a liability.
- Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer... and Buffy developed one too, for that matter.
- Sylar's done it once or twice on Heroes.
- Done very well multiple times in the miniseries The Deliberate Stranger, about the exploits of Serial Killer Ted Bundy. A happy-go-lucky unsuspecting victim would walk past, the camera would pan down to the ground, and the viewer would get a shot of Bundy's feet as he slowly stalked her.
- John Reese practically owns this trope on Person of Interest.
- Boardwalk Empire's Richard Harrow.
- Simon Belmont and his kin from Castlevania.
- Altair in Assassin's Creed. It's genetic - Ezio, Connor, and Desmond walk the same way.
- Alternatively, it's only Desmond that has the walk, and he's projecting it into the others when he's in the Animus.
- Jotaro in The Game of the Anime Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure.
- The Menacing Stroll is almost always part of the repertoire of an SNK Boss.
- Dante from Devil May Cry.
- Commander Shepard in Mass Effect. Particularly notable when Shepard walks into the Shadow Broker's lair despite knowing that he is "very large" and that anyone who has gone in there has never come back out. And then Shepard points a gun at the Broker's head from 10 feet away.
- Arcueid in Melty Blood, in both vanilla and Superpowered Evil Side modes.
- How we are introduced to the Pyro of Team Fortress 2 The Pyro in the video Meet The Pyro. His menacing stroll sends the others running. Of course, s/he assumes s/he's just skipping in a Sugar Bowl world.
- Kingdom Hearts has Master Xehanort and his various selves. When he's not invoking Power Floats, he's usually just walking slowly. And it's terrifying.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, during the Fade portion of the Circle quest, the Spirit transformation engages in this when you're walking. It's a very slow way of moving, but damn if it doesn't look awesome. When you move faster or enter combat, it switches over to Power Floats.