A common Japanese gesture when preparing to take on a difficult task is to "make a muscle" and rub one's bicep, emphasizing strength. "Yoshi!" ("OK!", or "Alright!") is frequently said with a determined expression when doing this, whereas Westerners usually just grunt. Compare to the "Rosie the Riveter"◊ image from World War II.
The gesture is frequently misinterpreted in other places, as it looks very similar to the obscene "bras d'honneur" gesture, equivalent to Flipping the Bird, used in much of Eastern and Southern Europe and Latin America.note
- Kanna does this frequently in the Sakura Wars OVAs and TV series.
- Fumio Usui in Karin does this in job interviews, declaring that she has faith in her body. Given that she is a mom who suffers from So Beautiful It's a Curse, this is definitely a mistake.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- Armstrong does this constantly. Perhaps his tendency to do this WAS PASSED DOWN THE ARMSTRONG FAMILY LINE FOR GENERATIONS...
- Ed also does it occasionally, when showing off his mechanical arm.
- Promotional artwork for the 2003 anime had Winry and her grandmother doing this, seemingly as a nod to Rosie the Riveter.
- Random crowd member Bruce Ironstaunch (not his real name) in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. He was most likely doing it for the original Japanese meaning, but other parties figured he was just giving Rossiu an up-yours when he announced he was executing Simon. His dour expression, on the other hand, doesn't really look all that supportive, which is why his gesture was interpreted as "Up Yours!" in the first place.
- Koizumi does this in the Haruhi Suzumiya episode where the SOS Brigade logo causes a breakdown of reality.
- Agito does one as a proxy for Signum during the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS "After Days" manga special. Probably because having Signum herself do one would look really weird.
- Ryouga tends to do the "up yours" variety in Ranma ½. One time, in the OVAs, he combined it with a middle-finger.
- This is a signature pose for Monkey D. Luffy of One Piece
- Shirley and Milly does this from time to time in Code Geass.
- A lot of pics in BioMeat shows Banba-kun doing this.
- In the anime version of Jojos Bizarre Adventure, as Joseph peeks on the bathing Lisa Lisa and admiring this pose, he does this pose to 'the audience' as he exclaimed "Niiiiice!" Which also goes for extra hilarity when you realize that Joseph was actually peeking on his bathing mom
- In one chapter of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Karatsu does this towards a villain, in a context that suggests he's going for a deliberate double meaning of both the Japanese gesture and the bras d'honneur.
- In Transformers: Super-God Masterforce, one is used by Minerva, of all people, when she talks about how good she is at making salad.
- In the Street Fighter live action movie, Guile does it to Bison on camera. The jury's out on whether he intended this in its Western interpretation or its Japanese interpretation, but given Guile's general animosity toward Bison...
- In Big Tits Zombie, two female characters sumo wrestle one another. The main character can be briefly seen making this gesture, although she does so while facing her opponent which could easily be interpreted as the Western version since both girls did not get along.
- Worked its way into an episode of CSI, 'Crow's Feet'. Only, Nick did it because Catherine asked him to.
Catherine: Make a muscle, Nicky.
- Scott Steiner is obsessed with his biceps, often polishing and even kissing them.
- Bowser had this as his victory pose in the Japanese version of Super Mario RPG. However, due to the above mentioned cultural miscommunication, it was changed to a double fist clench for the international releases.
- The Sailor trainer class does this in Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. The international versions of Ruby and Sapphire edited the sprite to put the hand below the elbow.
- The Inkling Girl originally used this gesture in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Unlike the above Nintendo examples, this managed to stick for the international releases for a while before eventually getting replaced in the 1.10 update with a fist-bump.
- Similar to Bowser, the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers fighting game for the Sega Genesis has the Green Ranger doing this as his victory pose.
- Frog from Chrono Trigger rubs his (surprisingly huge) bicep and grins smugly as his post-battle victory pose.
- Bart from Xenogears does this from time to time, usually when showing his determination or when he does something awesome
- Kanji from Persona 4 does this in his victory pose. The way he executes it gives the impression he has both meanings in mind.
- Gene from God Hand does this as a taunt.
- Street Fighter:
- Both Marina and Theo do this during the intro to Mischief Makers.
- The King of Fighters: Ralph of Team Ikari Warriors sometimes does this as a taunt before or after a round. In his case it's just showing off the muscles that power his megaton punches.
- Hefty was seen with this pose as he was preparing for the Mr. Smurf Contest in The Smurfs episode of the same name.