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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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mif5ya4JUy0 was first observed]] in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games ([[FanNickname 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 UnflinchingWalk when it's coupled with StuffBlowingUp. PowerWalk is when the heroes all do one together. A little bit faster than the SlowWalk.
!! Examples:


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Cell from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' practically oozes evil as he walks.
* [[Anime/GhostInTheShell Major Motoko Kusanagi]]. It helps that she ''can'' walk through walls and anyone stupid enough to stand in her path.
* Jyu Viole Grace from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' from time to time.
* As part of his thrill in screwing with every single person's head, Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' tends to do this instead of just rushing forward and ending a fight instantly. Even when [[GoodThingYouCanHeal being shot by about 10,000 bullets]] he barely [[UnflinchingWalk breaks stride]]. Bonus points for once doing it down the side of a high-rise hotel.

* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, in her various incarnations.

* This, in addition to their larger size, is what separates soldiers from the workers in the [=Kalash93=] story, ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation You Obey.]]''
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the Shades of Anhk-Morpork are a place where normally no woman would dare to walk alone by night. [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6093110/16/Clowning-is-a-Serious-Business Given sufficient reason and fired by anger]], Miss Alice Band conveys via body language that of all the dangerous scary things that could be encountered by night in a dark badly-lit villanous hive, a Lady Assassin with vengeance on her mind and anger to burn off is pretty much the scariest. Other denizens of the night notice this and give her a wide berth and lots of personal space.

%%* [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Barbossa.]] Captain Jack Sparrow, not so much.
* The various models of Franchise/{{Terminator}} can pull this off even when buck naked. Robert Patrick was even cast [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay as the T-1000]] for his ability to do this at a very brisk pace.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7gIpuIVE3k Used narmfully]] in the already SoBadItsGood ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNightPart2''.
** Due to his poor (but surprisingly strong) physical condition, Ricky can only walk in a Menacing Stroll in ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNightIIIBetterWatchOut''.
* Michael Myers of the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series' highest level of speed, at least when the [[OffscreenTeleportation 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 MenacingStroll.
* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} by ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon'', 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 ''Film/IronMan2'' has a moment like this in the beginning, moseying on over to Tony Stark in his Whiplash rig [[UnflinchingWalk while racecars crash and explode behind him]].
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', the Winter Soldier often walks like this, most notably during the highway ambush.
* ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'': 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 ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' has this down pat.
* Darth Vader from ''Film/StarWars'' is a master of this, even before he puts on the dark helmet.
* ''Film/{{Logan}}'': ''[[Comicbook/{{X 23}} Laura]]'' pulls an ''epic'' one combined with DecapitationPresentation, TheGlovesComeOff, and KubrickStare. After Pierce sends a couple mooks into Logan's home to retrieve her, Laura emerges alone and tosses the head of one of the Reavers at Pierce's feet. Then she throws away the cuffs the guy had been carrying. And casts aside her backpack. ''Then'' the claws come out All while stalking towards Pierce and an army of men ''twice her size'' with murder in her eyes. It's made even ''more'' badass by the fact it's being done by an ''eleven year-old girl'', and that her actress, Creator/DafneKeen, ''completely sells it''.

* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' calls this "Cat Crossing The Courtyard". In ''[[{{Prequel}} New Spring]]'', Lan does one of these unconsciously when agitated called "Leopard in High Grass". A horse groom who sees this [[OhCrap runs]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere away]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': 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.

[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
* Spike from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''... and Buffy developed one too, for that matter.
* Sylar's done it once or twice on ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* Done very well multiple times in the miniseries ''The Deliberate Stranger'', about the exploits of SerialKiller 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 ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'''s Richard Harrow.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Simon Belmont and his kin from ''{{Franchise/Castlevania}}''. Also, rather than change into some nasty form, Dracula does this in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''.
* Altair in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''. It's genetic - Ezio, Connor, and Desmond walk the same way. Altair's traditional robes make it the most obvious out of the four though.
** 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 [[TheAnimeOfTheGame The Game of the Anime]] ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
* The Menacing Stroll is almost always part of the repertoire of an SNKBoss.
* Dante from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''.
* Commander Shepard in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Particularly notable when Shepard walks into the Shadow Broker's lair despite knowing that he is "[[LargeAndInCharge 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.
* [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Arcueid]] in ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'', in both vanilla and SuperpoweredEvilSide modes.
** Also, Nanaya.
* How we are introduced to the Pyro of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' in the video ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUhOnX8qt3I Meet The Pyro.]]'' His menacing stroll sends the others running. [[spoiler: Of course, s/he assumes [[InnocentInaccurate s/he's just skipping]] in a SugarBowl world.]]
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has [[BigBad Master Xehanort]] and [[MesACrowd his various selves]]. When he's not invoking PowerFloats, he's usually just walking slowly. ''[[SNKBoss And it's terrifying.]]''
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', 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 PowerFloats.
* The Burnt Ivory King from ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' is introduced as an ominous silhouette quickly walking out of the massive {{Hellgate}} that appears in the middle of your fight against the Charred Loyce Knights in the Old Chaos. As soon as he completely emerges from it, his boss theme starts blaring and he joins the fray by sprinting towards you and your allies. He is by far the biggest threat in this boss battle.
* [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Wesker]] moves with a menacing, confident stride when he isn't {{Flash Step}}ping in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''[='s=] The Mercenaries mode.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[BigBad Amon]] in the first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' where he comes off like someone from a slasher movie.
* Megatron of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. Constantly.
* ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'': One of Tesler's trademarks. Dyson also has one, albeit slightly understated.
* [[MadGod Nightmare Moon]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' does a brief one in the second half of the season 4 premier episode.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[Creator/CharlizeTheron Charlize Theron]] explains how to do it: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2cUtdv99ig "You have to come from your core really tight, shoulders down, neck long... and then just think 'murder,' and walk."]]