When a character demonstrates a rather odd way of walking, often involving deliberate contortions.
Watch out for this after someone says Walk This Way
. Also recall that one does not Silly Walk into Mordor
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Anime and Manga
- In Death Note, L Lawliet's distinctive way of walking while slouching forward with his knees slightly bent is another one of the traits that Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba incorporated to his design(along with other strange quirks like sitting in a crouched position and holding objects with only his thumb and index)in order to make him the perfect rival of Light: As brilliant as him but the total opposite of his perfect image.
- One Piece: Outrageous character designs are a noticeable part of Eiichiro Oda’s style, so silly walk isn’t a rare phenomenon. There are Jango (moonwalk ŕ la Michael Jackson), Doflamingo (who walks like a flamingo), Perona (who seemingly has pigeon toes), Miss Doublefinger (who sways her hips so hard that her legs zigzag in front of one another as she walks) and everyone from Long Leg Tribe.
- The "Black Hats"/Wogs in Robert A. Heinlein's The Number Of The Beast have an extra joint in each limb, and without sophisticated prosthetics, they have a very odd shambling gait. Even with the prosthetics, they have a slightly detectable strange way of walking.
Live Action TV
- Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Trope Namer is the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch.
- Because of the sketch's extreme popularity among fans, it's been requested of John Cleese so many times by fans that he's reportedly entirely sick of it and has started to politely refuse.
- Frank Zappa has a memorable role as a hunchback in "The Boy Who Left Home to Learn About the Shivers," an episode of Faerie Tale Theatre. His bizarre walk has to be seen to be believed.
- Kryten of Red Dwarf is particularly strange, but not lampshaded till Series 7.
- Robert Llewlyn, Kryten's actor, came up with the walk during the audition... and when he learned Doug Naylor has a false leg, left the audition lamenting about how he'd blown his chance.
- LazyTown's Robbie Rotten's trademark walk involves flailing his arms and swaying his hips far harder than any person should deem necessary.
- One Foot in the Grave: "Oh no, here it comes, the Ministry of Silly Walks!"
- The serial killer Sqweegel, from CSI, employs an extremely creepy style of walk while sneaking around his intended victims' homes, going on all fours and alternately moving one hand and the opposite foot. Together with his black leather bodysuit and lithe build, it creates the visual impression of a crawling spider.
- Pitagora Suicchi: The Algorithm March.
- Invoked in the I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again 25th aniversary Reunion Show, which portrayed the post-Python John Cleese as obsessed with silly walks, and constantly attempting to work them into his film roles. ("In Silverado they wouldn't even let me hop! The part of the sheriff was crying out for it, but they wouldn't even let the horse do it!") He agrees to rejoin the Prune gang on condition he is allowed to use "the comedy legs", only for this to prove terrible radio.
- Batman Arkham Asylum: The Joker in the DLC has a very unusual default walk — Milking the Giant Cow upstairs, Saturday Night Fever pimp-strut downstairs with more than a hint of Cockney / Madchester swagger thrown in. All part of the plan, of course.
- Similarly, in Injustice Gods Among Us while most characters either charge, jump attack or fly into a clash, the Joker instead does an exaggerated stride with a crowbar in hand.
- Wario in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Inspector Cabanela of Ghost Trick.
- The runner in QWOP runs like he has spasms. This is because the player is controlling his leg muscles individually, and likely not very well.
- Castlevania: Most of the members of the Belmont family in the series walk in a very peculiar way that has since been dubbed the "Belmont walk" or "pimp walk," depending on whom you ask.
- In Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Deadpool has a sliding shuffle when walking forward (he looks like he's walking backwards) and moonwalks backward.
- Bonne Jenet of Mark of the Wolves walks with hands on her hips, swaying her ass. She runs more normally, except for the part where she waves. All part of being an Attention Whore.
- Frank West of Dead Rising has a rather unusual gait. Somewhat justified in that he jumped out of a helicopter at the start of the game.
- In Team Fortress 2, crouching interacts with the standard animation cycle in strange ways, resulting in very silly walks. To wit:
- Spy Crabbing◊ - as Spy, take out your disguise kit. Crouch, aim upwards, and walk. You won't be able to see anything, it looks like you're imitating a crab.
- Pimp walk: As Demoman, have your melee weapon out, crouch, and look up. This gives the Demoman a very silly looking strut.
- Disco Sniper: Crouch and then zoom in and out rapidly on your rifle. Sniper will then proceed to gyrate his hips rapidly.
- Crazy Legs Scout: Crouch-double jumping as Scout would "break" the joints in his legs, causing it to rotate beyond the usual limb rotation. Has since been fixed and given a send-off by Valve.
- The protagonist of Treasure Master doesn't walk so much as exaggeratedly strut everywhere.◊
- In Messiah, when you possess a pimp, you walk with, well, an exaggerated pimp strut.
- The main character in Not Stanley walks sideways in a crab-like manner with no arm movement.
- Looney Tunes: Marvin the Martian's distinctive shuffling walk.
- Classic Disney Shorts: Goofy had a distinctive walk in the 1930s, with his knees bending backward and his feet swiveling nearly all the way around. It carried over into Kingdom Hearts. It's particularly noticeable in the Timeless River.
- Cow and Chicken: The Red Guy often 'walks' on his buttocks when crossing large distances. When he's in a hurry, he's just rolling.
- Zoidberg from Futurama. Justified in that he's basically a crab with an octopus for a face.
- The Cold Open of the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "The Sponge Who Could Fly" pulls a shameless Big Lipped Alligator Moment in which SpongeBob walks in very silly ways down a Conspicuous CGI street.
- King Rollo never goes anywhere without flailing his arms wildly.
- Ed in Ed Edd N Eddy runs with his body bent 90 degrees to the ground. Edd attempts it while imitating him but just falls backwards.
- The Bushwhackers are known for their odd manner of walking: holding their arms at right angles and swinging them up and down with each step. The Iron Sheik did a similar (albeit less exaggerated) version.
- When Vince McMahon makes his entrance, he likes to walk with his chest pumped out, swinging his arms back and forth. This is usually referred to as his "power" walk.
- Santino Marella speed walks to the ring as a parody of the Power Walk.
- The guards at the Government Palace in Lima have a rather bizarre walk, as seen during the changing of the guards. Having them march in time to "O Fortuna" makes it all the more surreal.