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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 
  • Total Drama World Tour features a two-part episode titled, "Walk Like an Egyptian"... During which nobody walks like one. Not even the people dressed like ancient Egyptians.
  • The Simpsons: In "Simpsons Bible Stories", Pharaoh Skinner dictates a letter:
    Skinner: All right, read me back what I have so far, Mrs. Krabapatra.
    Krabappel: Bird, bird, giant eye, pyramid, bird.
    Skinner: Mmm-hmm, very good. Uh, giant eye, dead fish, cat head, cat head, cat head, guy doing this...
  • The Bugs Bunny cartoon A Hare Grows in Manhattan (1947). Bugs tries to hide from a bulldog by becoming part of an animated advertising sign with such images.
  • In an Egyptian-themed ChalkZone episode (where Rudy and Penny enter ChalkZone through an ancient Egyptian artifact that happens to be a chalk surface — It Makes Sense in Context), all the Egyptian chalk drawings (and, to fit in, Rudy, Penny, and Snap) walk like this. And we only see the profiles of their faces, like on (stereo)typical carvings in Egyptian temples.
  • In the prequel movie for Totally Spies!, there is a montage of Sam, Clover, and Alex doing this — to the song — while ducking the strict principal.
  • Bender from Futurama dances this way after being Pharaoh of an Egypt-themed planet.
  • During an Arthur Imagine Spot to Ancient Egypt, Arthur's Mom and Dad are walking this way. Also, Arthur knocks off the Sphinx's nose.
  • In the Tom and Jerry short "The Lonesome Mouse", Jerry does this dance to taunt Tom after he gets thrown out of the house and a mop lands on his head making him look like the Sphinx.
  • Bobby occasionally does this in his comedy routines in King of the Hill. Hank also did it in an old video of his highschool football state championship after scoring a touchdown.
    Bobby: I didn't know people walked like Egyptians back then!
  • Tintin: In the animated Nelvana adaptation of the album The Cigars Of The Pharao Professor Sarcophagus is seen walking like an Egyptian after going crazy. This is an addition of the animation crew, not Hergé.

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