Blackadder: Either that or "Here are my genitals, please kick them."
This one is Older Than Feudalism.
The Dynamic Akimbo Pose is used so often in media that it's considered something of an Undead Horse Trope. It's something so Campy, so over-the-top ridiculous, that it's typically only used as satire or for characters saved by the Grandfather Clause.
The pose itself is used to draw attention to the upper body, to indicate how large, imposing, or confident the subject is. Once upon a time, this trope was Always Male, but female characters later began using it as well. In either case, the trope usually invokes an impressive, or large, chest along with powerful shoulders, biceps and abs. Sometimes, the trope may be done from the back to demonstrate that the character is so awesome or mysterious that their focus is on something or someone other than you. Women typically get a gender-specific variation of that which may be combined with Boobs-and-Butt Pose, where she does this pose, but at an angle where you can see her sexy parts.
Expect to see lots of this for any Superman Substitute. It should be noted, however, that villains often like to pull off this pose, too, when they're confident or intimidating enough to do so.
- In Dragon Ball, the pose is both played straight and satirized.
- Powerful characters, such as the Z-Fighters, often pull off the pose in true dramatic fashion.
- Comedic characters such as Mr. Satan/Hercule, Captain Ginyu, and the Great Saiyaman all do this in a satirical, over-the-top manner as well.
- Superman codified this in the Superhero genre. This is the standard pose he takes when Shooting Superman is invoked.
- The titular heroine pulls this off once in a while. She doesn't often do this, though, because she's impatient and more concerned with stopping criminals than looking good.
- In Supergirl Volume 2 #17 Kara pulls the pose off.
- In Bizarrogirl, Kara poses like this◊ after defeating her Bizarro counterpart.
- Shazam: Shazam/Captain Marvel, the rest of the Marvel Family, and even Black Adam like to pull this off.
- Iron Patriot and Venom (Mac Gargan) of Dark Avengers do it in a team shot.
- The Incredible Hercules, being a Boisterous Bruiser with a huge ego uses this trope very often, as seen in his profile pic on this very site.
- The Cyberdemon does this in the Doom comic as "Doomguy" tries to "RIP AND TEAR" his guts out. Tries.
- Star Wars: Darth Vader, the most iconic and imposing villain in the franchise, is sometimes depicted in this pose.
- Supergirl: The titular heroine poses like this sometimes◊.
- Superman: The Movie: Christopher Reeve often posed in this fashion◊.
- Kick-Ass. Red Mist takes this stance the first time he meets Kick Ass. Then he sprains his ankle leaping off the dumpster he's standing on. A Justified Trope as he's a comic book fan and Heroic Wannabe.
- In Hook, Peter momentarily strikes this pose when he returns to Wendys house, foreshadowing his true identity. Later, when he remembers hes Peter Pan and goes to confront Hook, he cuts out a silhouette of himself in this pose and then floats above Hooks ship in this stance.
- Blackadder mocks this trope when some actors teach the Prince Regent to stand thus while giving a Rousing Speech. See page quote.
- Supergirl (2015): Kara Danvers is depicted like this fairly often.
- In Wolf Hall, Henry VIII (Damian Lewis) often takes the hands-on-hips, legs akimbo stance that the real Henry struck in the most famous portrait of him.
- In Guiding Light and One Tree Hill, the teenage Reva clone, Michelle Santos, and Haley all have their hands glued to their hips constantly. It's actually an example of Real Life Writes the Plot as all three characters are played by Bethany Joy Lenz, who always has her hands on her hips.
- Star Trek: Voyager. Our first sight of Captain Janeway has her standing this way, and it becomes one of her Character Tics. In "Macrocosm" she creates a diplomatic incident because standing that way is a great insult to an alien race.
- Farscape. In "Scratch N Sniff", John Crichton stands this way in defiance of a crowd of alien gawkers, then a Reveal Shot shows he's dressed in suspenders and stockings. When this is pointed out to him, John Screams Like a Little Girl and flees.
- Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes: This is Amingo's blocking animation. That is, he does the pose and blocks attacks with it. He also assumes an increased musculature. The thing is pretty much played for Rule of Funny.
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3: This is Mike Haggar's Victory Pose in the crossover fighting game.
- Mortal Kombat:
- Injustice: Gods Among Us:
- In Injustice 2, Supergirl does this when starting a match◊.
- The Pokémon Popplio, who debuts in Pokémon Sun and Moon, puffs up its chest and strikes this pose with a rather haughty expression on its face during battle. Since it's a cute, tiny seal, it's more funny and adorable than impressive.
- Dungeons & Dragons Online uses a silhouette of this pose for its Heroism and Greater Heroism spell icon and visual effect, complete with superhero cape.
- In EarthBound and Earthbound Beginnings, this is the normal pose of the Starman enemies.
- Freakazoid! villain Arms Akimbo has arms that are permanently in this position due to his work as a model. One might well wonder how he manages to dress himself.
- In the title sequence of T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kitty Katswell is seen doing this pose.
- The Renaissance era copied the muscular style of Ancient Grome and cemented this visual.
- Circus strongmen were often posed like this on posters in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.
- Apparently, Truth in Television. Doing this pose often enough will boost your testosterone.
- This is a stock bodybuilding pose to show off one's lats and pectoral muscles.
- Il Duce himself, Benito Mussolini, adopted this pose at least once◊ during the March on Rome. Given that Italian Fascism was built around male machismo, this isn't surprising.
- Bethany Joy Lenz of Guiding Light and One Tree Hill has her hands on her hips all the time. Seriously. When standing, walking, sitting, even running her hands her glued to her hips. This trait has been passed down to her characters as well. The normally agreeable Joie Lenz (as she's known to fans) once refused to wear a costume that would prevent her from posing this way during a taping of One Tree Hill. Her character, Haley, was given a different costume to wear that allowed her hands to rest on her hips.
- One time during an interview before an awards ceremony, some of her hair blew in her face and she kept tossing her head and blowing her hair, trying (and failing) to get it out of her face, never once taking her hands off her hips to do so. You could tell the interviewer was clearly getting increasingly annoyed with her and cut the interview short.
- Another time when asked by David Letterman if she ever took her hands off her hip, she said "no" and laughed, eliciting awkward laughter from Dave.