Rebel Relaxation
Shadows without a cause.

Hobbes: What are you doing?
Calvin: Being cool.
Hobbes: You look more like you're being bored.
Calvin: The world bores you when you're cool.

Leaning slightly against something, arms folded, and one foot resting against the wall. Often the standard pose of the Aloof Ally, or the Hooker with a Heart of Gold. Cigarette and/or toothpick optional.

Why? Say you're not the Big Bad, and you can't pull off the Slouch of Villainy. But you're also not The Cape; you're a hero, but you want to rebel against something, because rebels are cool. Why not good posture?

Often used as a Modeling Pose.

A Sister Trope to Badass Arm-Fold, Edgy Backwards Chair-Sitting.

Compare Leaning on the Furniture, Captain Morgan Pose, Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose.


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     Anime and Manga  

  • Naruto
    • Sasuke does this fairly often.
    • Kakashi, when not fighting the current baddy, often adopts this position - even when not actually leaning against anything. He is also a master in the art of sudden appearances, and generally pulls them off with a comfortable slouch.
    • Shino and Shikamaru are also prone to this.
  • In Wedding Peach, Angel Salvia does this once, while scouting things up in a tree.
  • In Gunnm, Gally has one of those in her flashback of when she was still Yoko.
  • Dragonball Z
    • Any scene featuring Vegeta where he wasn't fighting, training, monologuing, or boasting had him doing this. He even pulls it off while sitting.
    • Piccolo manages to pull this off every time he arrives on the battlefield in a movie, often while standing on a pole or floating in the air (in a relaxed fashion). Occasionally does so in the series as well.
  • Ash's/Satoshi's Treecko/Grovyle/Sceptile from Pokémon does this all the time whenever the group relaxe outside of battle. Rebellious and badass.
  • Yes! Pretty Cure 5: The exact position Syrup was in when the Five Girl Band first sees him in the first episode of GoGo. Complete with strangely elaborated lighting and cherry blossoms petals showering by.
  • Joe Asakura aka Jason; Dirk, Joe Thax of the many dubbed Science Ninja Team Gatchaman franchise.
  • Heero Yuy does this in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
  • Cowboy Bebop: Spike Spiegel is frequently seen leaning and slouching, much like a cowboy.

     Comic Books  

  • Wolverine. If there isn't a fight going on, he's usually seen leaning on the wall, lying back in a chair, hands clasped behind his head, bootheels on the table, cigar stuck in his mug, etc.
  • Marvel Comics fans have often joked that Gambit's mutant power is leaning against a wall and smoking a cigarette because he's so often seen doing that.
  • X-Wing Series character Plourr Ilo lounges in a more spread-legged casual way than her teammates. While they're all Rebels, she's the one with the most confidence.



  • Haplo had a text description of that when he was on the water world, in The Death Gate Cycle.
  • This position is described at length in the book Spud Sweetgrass.
  • Vimes from the Discworld does this, even though (or because?) he's a duke.

     Live Action TV  

  • Angel: Spike did this a lot. When you're a ghost, there's not much else to do but kick back and annoy the hell out of Angel.note 
  • The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors are masters at this.
  • JD Smith of The Dakotas does this everywhere; standing, sitting - he can even do this while perching on a windowsill.
  • Breatt and Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords after styling their hair with gel, and suddenly becoming really cool.
  • Cal Lightman of Lie to Me, especially around the poker table in "Fold Equity."
    • In the first season finale, someone referred to him as "a human question mark" because he slouched so badly. Actor Tim Roth is bowlegged in real life, according to IMDb.
    • This probably also is why Lightman seems to be shorter than most of his staff, despite there not being a wide range of heights among the cast. Note that the rest of the characters all have exceptionally good posture (except for Loker when he's sitting down).
    • The cast apparently calls it the Lightman Lean.
  • Doctor Who. After the Doctor has regenerated into Tom Baker and the Brigadier convinces him to come and investigate the Monster of the Week, we have a shot of the Doctor sitting in the car with his feet up on the dashboard, showing this Doctor is going to be a lot more informal and anti-establishment than his predecessor.

     Newspaper Comics  

  • Peanuts: Joe Cool.
  • Calvin once did this for a while, as indicated in the page quote. Hobbes didn't seem to grasp the concept very well.
    Hobbes: I got a sombrero! Now we can be 'cool' together! (leans against a tree)
    Calvin: Are you crazy? Cool people don't wear sombreros!
    Hobbes, stalking away:' What's the point of being 'cool' if you can't wear a sombrero?


  • Many productions of Hamlet and/or Fortinbras feature Prince Hamlet in this pose at some point or another.

     Video Games  

  • Rose from The Legend of Dragoon
  • Doc, Kaliyo Djannis, and Andronikus Revel in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
    • A Smuggler player character will often do this in cutscenes, as well.
  • Chrono Trigger: Magus pulls this off once, during a certain camping scene.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Cloud does this a ridiculous amount of times. Vincent does it even more, and in Dirge of Cerberus it reaches comical proportions.
  • Irvine Kinneas of Final Fantasy VIII is fond of the cowboy silhouette pose found on the page picture. He also looks like a cowboy.
  • If Iji runs into Ansaksie again in the very last room before the Final Boss, she's leaning against the wall in of these poses. She even lampshades it if the player continues to pester her:
    Ansaksie: Figures. That Soldier sold me a malfunctioning translator, now I'm babysitting a human with people-poking issues. Might as well keep practicing this cool pose...
  • Zaeed, the first DLC character from Mass Effect 2, seems to spend all his non-mission time leaning against the wall in his room. He's still doing it in the briefing before the final mission.
  • Stocke of Radiant Historia during the Mimel Sidequest.
  • Ace Attorney: Simon Blackquill is fond of doing this at the prosecutor's bench, often with his back to the courtroom to express his disdain.
  • Blazblue: Chronophantasma has Kagura do this against his own BFS planted into the ground.
  • Jake Muller of Resident Evil 6 is rather fond of standing this way in the background while Sherry does all the talking, whenever the duo encounter the BSAA or Leon's team.

     Web Original  

  • In The Gamer's Alliance, several people tend to fold their arms and lean against a wall while chatting, one of the more recent examples being the sometimes ruthlessly pragmatic half-elven thief Raul.
  • Homestar Runner: The Strong Bad Email "origins" has Strong Bad lounging against Bubs' Concession Stand with his fellow "On-Point Kings".

     Western Animation  

  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends referenced it in an episode where Bloo tried to make Mac cooler.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Jet and Toph often do this.
  • Parodied hilariously in The Weekenders, when Carver decides to hang out with a pair of "cool kids". When he asks them what they do for fun, they tell him fun is for losers and that they mostly "just lean against stuff". He proceeds to join them in idle Rebel Relaxation, mocking random passersby.
  • Danny does this after punching a ghost at the end of his theme song, complete with a cocky grin...
  • Grizz tries leaning on stuff to look cool in the We Bare Bears episode "Panda's Sneeze".

     Real Life  

  • Those "cowboy silhouette" yard decorations (pictured).