hbi2k on Jan 19th 2010 at 1:39:59 PM
Page Type: Trope
Do you need to lean in closer to examine something, demonstrate that you are paying close attention to a coworker, or physically express your interest in a lady friend, but don't want to give up your freedom of movement by sitting or kneeling? Do you want to appear casual and relaxed, but not bored or inactive? Do you often find yourself at the bow of a ship, gazing forthrightly toward adventure? Or do you just have a compulsive desire to not-so-subtly demonstrate your virility by puffing out your chest and thrusting your crotch forward while simultaneously bringing it nearer to eye level, especially if the person you're talking to is sitting down? Then you need the Riker Pose.
The Riker Pose is a dramatic pose that is struck by planting one foot forward on an upraised object or surface, leaning forward, and resting one hand or forearm on your knee. It is often used in paintings to give an impression of boldness, heroism, and leadership. It is also useful in photography, television, and film to allow a standing actor to more easily share a shot with a sitting one, or a taller actor with a shorter one.
Contrast Leaning on the Furniture, where the emphasis is on an air of insouciance and relaxation rather than heroism and manliness. If done when seated, this is just a chin-handrest away from the Thinker Pose. May be combined with other types of poses to form a "Super Sentai" Stance or Angels Pose.
- Captain Morgan. They also had a series of television advertisements where everyday people in random places would strike the pose, finishing with "There's a little Captain in all of us."
- In One Piece, Luffy and the crew of the Going Merry do a group Riker Pose on a barrel just before entering the Grand Line.
- George Washington is depicted in this pose in the famous 1851 oil painting, "Washington Crossing the Delaware."◊ Notable in that, while dramatic, this would be a highly unsafe pose to strike aboard a rowboat (as opposed to, say, aboard a starship).
- The unsafe-in-a-rowboat aspect is lampshaded in one Animorphs when they travel back in time to the Delaware crossing, noting that George was hunkered down and shivering like the rest of his troops.
- This painting◊ by fantasy RPG artist Clyde Caldwell.
- Used as less of a pose and more of a theme in You Dont Mess With The Zohan.
- The Giant Gila Monster uses this pose to a ridiculous degree. When it was featured on MST3K, they dedicated a whole host segment to pointing out how many times the pose was used, complete with a compilation of still shots.
- The Trope Namer is Commander William T. Riker of Star Trek The Next Generation, who was known for striking this pose ad nauseam with little or no provocation, particularly in the early seasons. This may have been as much to keep the 6'4" Jonathan Frakes in frame when speaking to shorter actors as anything.
- This is one of the things that the actors get The Prince Regent to do in Blackadder The Third when they are training him in public speaking.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway had a game called Sit, Stand, Bend in which the player charged with bending or leaning often wound up in something resembling a Riker Pose.
- Happens on The Drew Carey Show, in one episode his boss does this while wearing spandex shorts, noooot a pretty sight...
- The third-to-last pa
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