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Walk Like an Egyptian
They walk the line like Egyptians.

Slide your feet up the street, bend your back
Shift your arm, then you pull it back
Life is hard you know (oh whey oh)
So strike a pose on a Cadillac
The Bangles, "Walk Like an Egyptian"

A stance or style of walking meant to resemble ancient Egyptian murals. Common in animation (especially as it's hard to twist your limbs this way in Real Life), often in Knife Outline scenes.

It should be noted that real ancient Egyptians did not walk like this, it was only a centuries-long artistic style.


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    Advertising 
  • Dogs in the old King Kuts dog food commercials.

    Comic Books 
  • In the album Astérix and Cleopatra, we see the latter discussing her latest portrait:
    Cleopatra: It's quite good, but I'm tired of being painted in profile. Can't you do it in a three-quarter view?
    Artist: Oh, you know how I feel about these modern arts...
    • When seen in other books, they keep up this style, such as when crossing the street in single file.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, the second Astérix live movie, the Big Bad loses a fight and ends slammed into a mural in this pose.

    Literature 
  • In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout's brother, Jem, insists on walking like an Egyptian after a school assignment on them causes an Egyptian obsession. According to him, though, that's how they actually walked.
  • Discworld
    • Pyramids has a scene where the people are described as walking like this.
    • The Art of Discworld features, of all people, Havelock Vetinari doing this in artwork for Jingo. (Note that the book itself does not describe him doing this.)
  • Surprisingly, the children in The Egypt Game do this at one point.

    Live Action TV 

    Music 

    Video Games 

    Web Original 
  • When reviewing The Last House on the Left, The Cinema Snob takes exception to a transition going from a rather dark moment to a humorous one and vows to react with comedy the next time someone gives him bad news. When his wife tells him her great-grandmother died, he reacts by doing this trope naked on his front porch.

    Western Animation 

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The BanglesImageSource/MusicThe Beatles
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