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"I'm telling you, the fish was THIS big...!"

"He stood in the center of the room, his head thrown back in silent laughter, his arms raised above his head, his fists clenched in that famous, overly dramatic gesture known to theatre students everywhere as 'milking the giant cow'. Yes, it was hokey and clichéd, and Voltmeter knew it, but he loved doing that gesture anyway, the quintessential stance of a man mad with power."

Among drama students, "Milking the Giant Cow" is a term that refers to the practice of holding your hands skyward (or merely gesticulating wildly) to show emotion. May be accompanied by a Skyward Scream.

If they fall to their knees while doing so, they are contractually obligated to raise their hands to the heavens, grasp the invisible teats tightly, and pull down a few times, as if milking an oversized bovine.

This also occurs when a character just can't sit still. A character may pump their hands up and down theatrically while speaking... "for emphasis". If played for laughs, they may do so while holding a beverage, or some sort of blunt object — which will, of course, go flying everywhere.

If it is done in order to Chew the Scenery, it may be necessary to Milk The Cow. Not to be confused with Ham and Cheese. Unless the actor chooses to milk while ordering Ham and Cheese to chew. Or other dairy products.

A critical part of being a Large Ham. See also Big "NO!", Angry Fist-Shake, Futile Hand Reach, Gloved Fist of Doom, Got the Whole World in My Hand, and Skyward Scream, as well as particularly over-the-top cases of Italians Talk with Hands. In a World of Ham, everyone does this. Often part of Going Through the Motions. If one tries to dial back on this, they might go Finger-Tenting instead.

Not related to milking a franchise or the trope about actually milking cows.


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  • Jeff Goldblum's gesticulations (on and offscreen) have been affectionately described as "floating hands" by his fanbase, and Sofia Boutella admitted that she was disappointed not to be able to watch his hands in action when shooting their one scene together in Hotel Artemis because his character was strapped to a gurney. He's also admitted to taking any opportunity to smack a table to emphasize a point in a scene (both The Fly and Jurassic Park having him doing this).
  • Leslie Nielsen perfected the "wildly gesticulating while holding a drink" version.
  • Both Kevin Michael Richardson and Mark Hamill did this while voicing their respective versions of The Joker. This is usually carried over into the animation.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Code Geass: Lelouch Lamperouge, being a Large Ham, does it all the time. Even when simply removing a contact lens, which coincidentally unlocks his Geass power, but that's details. At some point, C.C. asks him why he needs to be so theatrical when he uses his Geass, and he tells her to shut up. It should be obvious to C.C. and the audience; if he's only exposing his eye during the instant of one command, a flourish would draw the required attention to that eye.
  • Light Yagami indulges in this a few times over the run of Death Note when the central conflict has had a dramatic shift and he's not compromising himself to anyone present. Because, and this cannot be emphasized enough, the guy is really, really crazy under all that suave manipulation.
  • Dragon Ball: Vegeta has a tendency to raise his clenched fists and gesticulate when he gets enraged.
  • Itsuki Koizumi has been shown doing this from time to time in the Haruhi Suzumiya anime, perhaps most notably when he's actually cast as Guildenstern in a high school performance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Kyon also does this at one point during the last episode of the Endless Eight arc.
  • Nobody in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure will ever turn down the chance to make an overly dramatic pose when hamming it up. Infamously, Caesar and Joseph from Battle Tendency are very prone to this.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid: Lutecia Alpine does this in her first scene. Doubles as a sign of her Character Development since she had been an Emotionless Girl in previous seasons.
  • Mazinger Z: Big Bad Dr. Hell was prone to make this when he was monologuing, mainly in the original manga and Mazinkaiser. Especially when night had fallen and he was outdoors. Evil Is Hammy, indeed.
  • Duke Red often does this while monologuing about his various mad science schemes in various Osamu Tezuka productions, especially Metropolis. It's actually rather effective there since he's supposed to be completely unhinged.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury: The normally coy and soft-spoken Lady Prospera lifts both hands high over her head as she describes her ultimate goal, the end result of a plan that's required over two decades to bring to this point. One gets the impression she's delighted to finally have someone to exposit to.
  • Tenya Iida has this My Hero Academia. He never seems to know what to do with his hands, so they always go in every known direction as he makes big speeches, which is often. Even Tsuyu points it out to him.
    Tsuyu: Those are some interesting moves there.
  • Mattis in the anime version of Ronja the Robber's Daughter leaves no giant cow unmilked.
  • Stellvia of the Universe: The Stellvia's captain does an epic arm flourish when ordering to fire the last remaining laser shot that can save Earth from imminent destruction in the final episode.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Kamina makes a frequent habit of waving his arms wildly when delivering his bombastic speeches (aside from his heaven-bound dramatic pointing), whether in a mecha or not, even disregarding that he's in the middle of a heated battle, completely ignoring the enemy's presence, much to the annoyance of everyone (save Simon, Nia, or Kittan).

    Comic Books 
  • All Fall Down: IQ, card-carrying ham, has one of these moments in church.
  • A common pose for Supervillains, given Evil Is Hammy. Darkseid and Doctor Doom in particular stand out, as the former's page image and the latter's illustration here show.
  • Superman:
    • Supergirl does this in the beginning of Red Daughter of Krypton right after pummeling Lobo.
    • In Demon Spawn, villain Nightflame gestures her left arm skywards while she demands to know Supergirl's location.
    • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, Linda throws her hands up when she becomes fed up with her schoolmates' bullying.
    • How Luthor Met Superboy: Teen Lex Luthor gesticulates wildly when he thinks he has been slighted, raising his fist heavenwards and yelling Superboy will regret "betraying" him.
    • In Reign of Doomsday, Cyborg Superman lifts his clenched fists upwards when he gleefully shouts Luthor has put in place "The Reign of the Doomsdays!"
    • The Earthwar Saga: Villain Lightning Lord crosses his arms over his head, clenches his fists and delivers a loud, bombastic speech because his little sister dares to call him stupid.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): At first Ares has quite the flair for the dramatic, and doesn't seem capable of speech at all if he's not making large grandiose gestures. He becomes more subtle after his encounter with Wonder Woman shows him the downsides of all-out war in the nuclear age. He can still ham it up on occasion but it's a sign he's up to something and the cheesiness is a misdirection.

    Comic Strips 
  • In one Zits comic, we get a long series of panels showing Jeremy "dance" by jumping up and down while pumping his fists. Hector says he looks like he's milking a kangaroo.

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust: Downplayed example. In chapter 8, while having lunch with his friends, Touji is so frustrated with being not allowed seeing his girlfriend while she spends time in the hospital that he stretched his hands out and "nervously grasped at nothing".

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • A staple of silent film in general, thanks to the lack of dialogue to convey thoughts.
  • The 39 Steps. In the scene where he's mistaken for a guest speaker while on the run from the police, Richard tries to do this during his Rousing Speech, only to quickly hide his hands because they're handcuffed together.
  • Doc Brown of Back to the Future wildly gesticulates whenever he speaks. In the Making Of, director Robert Zemeckis said Christopher Lloyd was taking inspiration from the conductor in Fantasia (Leopold Stokowski), and described him as "conducting the world".
  • Battle Beyond the Stars. Caymen of the Lambda Zone does this a lot, especially in his introductory scene. He's a reptilian humanoid so his actor probably felt his facial features weren't articulate enough, but it also fits his Large Ham nature.
  • Billion Dollar Brain. Midwinter at the conclusion of his Motive Rant, talking of how he wants to make his country STRONG! STRONG! STRONG!
  • Since the actors of Bitter Lake performed the entire movie in fursuits with largely immobile faces, they resorted to overacting the body language in a desperate attempt to sell the flat vocal acting.
  • The movie of Dune is a World of Ham, so it's not surprising that there's a bit of this going on. Especially from Piter de Vries.
  • Jeremy Irons is having a helluva lot of fun with Profion in the first Dungeons & Dragons movie.
  • In Evita, Eva Peron gesticulates during her speeches, especially the inaugural speech. It's likely a stage direction in the original musical as well. The real Eva Peron was actually a big fan of this gesture when she spoke, so it is, at least, historically accurate. Look up pictures of her speaking and you're sure to see her doing this gesture.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: The Collector does this while delivering exposition on the MacGuffin, for which he is immediately mocked by Rocket.
  • In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, young Tom Riddle does this.
  • Parodied in Hercules Returns, an Australian Gag Dub of an Italian sword-and-sandal movie. Whenever the actor playing Hercules does this, the voice actor pretends he's about to burst into song. In fairness Hercules is usually appealing to the god Zeus at the time, so he at least has an excuse for gesturing upwards.
  • During his incredible and hilarious speech Arthur Jensen of Network milks the giant cow like a cross between Hitler and a television evangelist.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: It's a wonder the poor cow has any milk left after Captain Barbossa is finished with his "Begun by blood, by blood undone!" speech.
  • The Right Stuff. The man introducing AMERICA'S... MERCURY... ASTRONAUTS!
  • In The Room, Tommy Wiseau wildly throws his arms downward while uttering the film's most famous line, "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"
  • Star Wars: Darth Vader wears a face mask, his range of body postures is limited to "loom", and his voice is intended to be machine-like (and was added in post-production anyway). About the only remaining means of expressing the character is hand gestures. David Prowse (the man in the Darth Vader suit) rises to the challenge, milking the proverbial cow like he's getting a bonus for every hand gesture he makes.
  • Hawk the Slayer. Voltan (played by an overacting Jack Palance) as he goes to meet the dark wizard.
    Voltan: You promised me ALL, in retuuurn for myyyyyyy.... SWORD ARRRRMMM!

  • Referenced by name in Harrow the Ninth:
    Mercy threw her hands in the air, milking an invisible and gigantic cow in order to assuage her feelings.
  • John Moore's humorous fantasy novel Heroics for Beginners specifically cites this term, as seen in the page quote.
  • Mrs. Shimerda apparently does this gesture in My Ántonia when Jake and Jim come to retrieve a harness they lent to the Shimerdas. They have a fight because Ambrosch doesn't want to give it back and actually tries to give them a shabby one.
    "Mrs. Shimerda threw her hands over her head and clutched as if she were going to pull down lightning. 'Law, law!' she shrieked after us. 'Law for knock my Ambrosch down!'"
  • In his autobiography, Spike Milligan recalls auditioning for military talent shows during WW2, and marveled at the eternal optimism of men with limited talent who genuinely believed their singing, comedy or acting talent would entertain and raise morale for their fellows. He was taken with the tendency of really bad singers, with the stage presence of planks of wood, to milk the giant cow to add pathos or dramatic intensity to whatever ballad they were murdering.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel: In "Fredless", Wesley does this while spoofing the melodrama of the Buffy/Angel romance.
    Wesley: "Oh Buffy, I love you so much I almost forgot to brood!"
  • From The Big Bang Theory:
    Wil Wheaton: Do you really think we're going to fight?
    Sheldon: My fists are not up because I'm milking a giant invisible cow.
  • Blake's 7 has a number of Evil Is Hammy villains, so this trope comes up on several occasions.
  • The Boys: Homelander does this during his Bastardly Speech at the end of "The Female of the Species". It's played more for chills than Large Ham, as he's promising America's vengeance on the terrorists who brought down an airliner when they actually died because of a bungled hostage rescue by Homelander and Queen Maeve.
  • The Brittas Empire: One of the Character Tics of Gordon Brittas is to emphasise anything he says with exaggerated hand movements. Lampshaded in "Two Little Boys"; it is apparently possible to earn points for managing to get Brittas to do one of a series of specific gestures in the "I-Spy Brittas" game.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "Survival", Sylvester McCoy overclocks the ham, making a serious line sound very, very, very melodramatic:
      [arms are outstretched above him; starts gesturing with his eyes shut, and shaking wildly]
    • The Eighth Doctor does it in the TV movie.
    • Matt Smith delves into this consistently as the Eleventh Doctor, though considering what type of character he's playing, it really, really works. Lampshaded in "The Day of the Doctor":
      War Doctor: Are you capable of speaking without flapping your hands about?
      Eleven: [while flapping hands about] Yes! No...
    • The Twelfth Doctor, as much of a ham as any of his predecessors, gets to do this in "The Husbands of River Song", while parodying the usual Bigger on the Inside speech.
      The Doctor: Oh... my... GOD!!! Ah... it's bigger... on the inside... than it is... on the outside? My entire understanding of physical space has been transformed! Three-dimensional Euclidean geometry has been torn up, thrown into the air, and snogged to death! My grasp of the universal constants of physical reality has been changed... forever. Sorry. [while literally and metaphorically Leaning on the Fourth Wall] I've always wanted to see that done properly.
  • Baron Vladimir Harkonnen of Frank Herbert's Dune, also played by Ian McNeice. Just watch this.
  • Parodied in Glee. Blaine's brother Cooper considers himself an accomplished dramatic actor, and he attempts to give a "masterclass" to the Glee club. He advocates for ignoring your scene partner and always pointing to the person you are talking to and shouting your lines.
  • Joe as a horoscope reader on Impractical Jokers eventually devolved into cartwheels and somersaults.
  • Kamen Rider Build: The Prime Ministers of Seito and Hokuto are well-known for Chewing the Scenery because the Artifact of Doom made them into Card-Carrying Villains. Acting civil would be more conductive to their plans, but they simply can't stop themselves from putting on the grand gestures and Obliviously Evil speeches. It doesn't make them any less dangerous because they're still backed up by armies and states.
  • In Power Rangers, suited characters often kick the wild gesturing up. It's especially noticeable when still suited characters act outside a fight scene (when figuring out a device, etc.). In the early years, these gestures would be accompanied by the same swishing-through-air sound as martial arts strikes.
  • Rome: The Forum newsreader played by Ian McNeice punctuates his hammy news bulletins with stylized gestures and poses that were actually used by professional speakers and politicians at the time. At one point Lucius Vorenus tries to use them during his brief attempt at politics but completely fails to make them seem impressive.
  • Star Trek:
    • Along with his oddly placed vocal pauses and emphasis on unusual syllables, this is a key element to the William Shatner acting style, famously perfected as Captain Kirk on Star Trek: The Original Series. Indeed, one Filk Song ("Star Trek Rhapsody") even name-checks it:
      McCoy: I'm a doctor!
      Kirk: ...not an actor.
      McCoy: Not a milkman!
      Kirk: What does that mean?
      McCoy: And I'm sorry, He's Dead, Jim.
    • This is quite common in The Original Series in general. Many of the actors were originally trained for the stage, where overemphasized actions were expected; on screen, this translated to hokey action scenes and sometimes hilariously overdone body language.
    • Randy Spears does this while playing Captain Quirk in the Sex Trek parodies.
      "I'm losing my ship! I'm losing my crew! And my ability to act!"
    • The Doctor in Star Trek: Voyager does this on occasion, as he's the hammiest character on the ship. It's also seen in guest stars who aren't used to playing Rubber-Forehead Aliens and therefore feel they need to gesture more to compensate.

    Music Videos 
  • Shirley Bassey does this every time a song has a big finish. And most of her numbers have big finishes.

  • Manic sketch show The Burkiss Way skewered The '70s TV presenter Doctor Jonathan Miller, a Renaissance Man who at one time appeared to be the BBC's go-to presenter for anything scientific or cultural. Miller's TV work was visually punctuated with lots of flamboyant hand gestures including at least an udder inspection of the giant cow when he got really into his subject. Leading to the classic line;
    Presented by Dr. Jonathan Miller, the only man whose hands are too loud for the deaf.

  • Microsoft 3D Movie Maker: Because of the fairly cartoonish style, many of the actions are Milking the Giant Cow. The limitations of the graphics technology at the time play a part in this too. For instance, since there was no way to animate a person convincingly speaking over recorded dialogue, the action for talking was for the characters to lean forward, nod their heads, and wave their arms around.

  • In the Reduced Shakespeare Company play The Complete History of America (abridged), Reed tries to mime steering a car, but his gestures are off enough that Austin tells him, "Stop milking that cow!"
  • This is pervasive enough that William Shakespeare ranted about it in a Character Filibuster in Hamlet. Yes, Shakespeare troped it first.
    Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus; but use all gently...
    In the same dialogue
    Be not too tame neither:... [but] suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special o'erstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end [is to hold] the mirror up to nature... Now this overdone, or come tardy off, though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve... O, there be players that I have seen play, and heard others praise... [that] have so strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
  • In Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, depending on the actor (although this is usually done by the actors) Erik (The Phantom) does this so often he could be considered the Giant Cow Dairy Farmer.
  • In The Play That Goes Wrong, some of the cast of The Murder at Havisham Manor have a tendency to indulge in this, with Max and Sandra being the worst offenders.
  • Subtly lampshaded in RENT; when Maureen is doing her protest, she raises her arms dramatically—but she's actually milking a cow when she does it.
    "And I lowered myself beneath her giant udder... and sucked the sweetest milk I have ever tasted."

    Video Games 
  • Justified trope for games that use a Super-Deformed art style — since the character's face is often just a very tiny rectangle with even tinier dots for eyes, extremely exaggerated body language is necessary to get the emotion across. Even motion capture has not escaped this trope. Given the limits of technology, it's not (yet) possible for mo-cap to pick up subtle gestures and facial expressions, so many actors are encouraged to unleash their inner Large Ham.
  • Done in early-90s Adventure Games of the point-and-click variety. The graphics were just advanced enough to animate body movements to go along with the Mouth Flaps, which can get tiresome when the player had the option of full audio in games like Gabriel Knight, since the wild gesturing (on a loop) was a lot less noticeable in the time it takes to simply read the dialogue on-screen.

  • After the War: Both Dr. Z and Holeman seems to do this a lot. They're both hams after all.
  • In Ape Escape 3, Specter and Dr. Tomoki have a tendency to do this in FMV cutscenes, making them look like mad puppets.
  • Similarly, the Joy gesture from Bloodborne has you raising your both hands in happiness.
  • In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the Lord of the Necromancers spends five minutes pacing around Gabriel and communicating entirely through his hands during his Motive Rant, possibly because his face isn't visible.
  • Because player characters in Dark Souls may be covered in a wide variety of armors, many of which obscure the face, the gestures made to communicate with others players tend to be extremely broad and flamboyant. The most famous is one exclusive to members of the Warriors of Sunlight called "Praise the Sun", where you raise your arms above your head in a "V" shape.
  • The animation for the "Rally" combat action in Dragon Age: Origins is this; Loghain, already a Large Ham, is particularly fond of this action. In the sequel, loose cannon party member Anders does this while casting Firestorm, accompanied with "MY MAGIC WILL DESTROY YOU!" or wordless screams of rage for maximum ham potential.
  • Cloud's signature shrug in Final Fantasy VII involves way too much air-clutching for a gesture that's supposed to suggest not caring — which is the joke. He does the same gesture in a trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake, though it's toned down (not by much).
  • In the in-game cutscenes in Heroes of Might and Magic V, the characters have a very small pool of body language expressions, almost all of which are highly overblown and Hammy.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Xehanort, the franchise Big Bad, tends to over-exaggerate with his hands throughout the series, but his earliest incarnation as Master Xehanort takes milking the giant cow (of darkness!) to a fine art. The man is seemingly unable to make speeches without making clutching/grasping motions of some sort.
    • Justified with his Nobody counterpart, Xemnas. As Nobodies are (in theory) incapable of emotion, Xemnas uses this exaggerated gestures as part of his overall Cold Ham persona.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Metal Gear:
    • Old Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, complete with Skyward Scream. "liquiiid!" Also, Liquid Snake in The Twin Snakes. He seems to have graduated top of his class from the William Shatner School of Acting. Also from Metal Gear Solid 4 is Liquid Ocelot, who really enjoys clenching his fist whenever he can.
    • Skull Face in Metal Gear Solid V, being Evil Is Hammy incarnate, is also a profligate user of this trope. When introducing the Sahelanthropus as he stands in the palm of its hand he cheerfully flourishes his arms in the manner of a game show host's lovely assistant showing off the fabulous prizes. Bonus points for using the same tone of voice in which the host himself might say "a brand new car!"
  • Monkey Island: Stan the Salesman parodies this by flailing his arms wildly no matter what he's saying. It also serves to draw attention to his Unmoving Plaid jacket, making it even more amusing.
  • Team Skull members in Pokémon Sun and Moon often gesture wildly when walking or speaking.
  • In Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army and Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon, Dr. Victor is made incredibly awesome by his abuse of this.
  • In Silent Hill 3, Vincent is never able to keep his hands still while talking.
  • Megumi Kitaniji of The World Ends with You has something of a flair for this, as seen in two of his dialogue sprites. Turns out later he's not just gesturing, he's checking the timer on his palm, just like the one the Players have.
  • Xenosaga: Virgil is seen doing this in Episode One when lecturing about the expendability of realians.

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    Web Animation 
  • FreedomToons: Bernie Sanders is often portrayed as waving his hands around with every word he says; it also sometimes extends to his supporters.
  • Homestar Runner: Rather Dashing does this in the Peasant's Quest movie trailer.
  • TIE Fighter: Commander Gaunt throws his arm forward while commanding the crew of the Star Destroyer and other capital ships to open fire on the Rebel fleet.

  • Characters in 8-Bit Theater do this occasionally to represent despair, surprise, or just to emphasize a point. Of course, it's because 8-Bit Theater is a Sprite Comic of an 8-bit game, and thus has few sprites to express any emotion. Occasionally, it's lampshaded. ("Put your hands down!")
  • The court messenger Masahiro from Beneath the Clouds is quite fond of this. It ends badly for him.
  • Actual giant cows are involved in Botched Spot's explanation of Ryback's entrance.
  • Although not new, genuflexing is on the rise in Housepets! It's happened twice in the arc "Jungle Fever"; one by Fido in reaction to Sabrina explaining the return of a foreign old flame, and one by Maxwell when he's begging Kevin to help him beef up to impress Grape.
  • In My Life as a Background Slytherin, Severus Snape constantly makes over-the-top poses and gestures, with his hands above his head.

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    Real Life 
  • Adolf Hitler had a tendency to do this while giving speeches. His IMDb page lists "dramatic hand gestures" under trademarks.
  • It was very common to gesticulate like that in Central European rhetoric at the time; speeches from people opposed to Hitler feature similar gesturing (though much less froth-mouthed screaming).
  • This is actually a good way to get over shyness during a speech or public performance to an extent (though not so much that you look silly; everything in moderation).
  • Some autistics who have a difficult time showing emotion with their face may resort to this to convey their emotions to others.
  • Michele Bachmann in her response to the 2011 State of the Union address.
  • MMA fighter Anderson Silva has a tendency to do this at extremely emotional moments.
  • When the terms of the Arab Maghreb Union (a common market treaty between Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya) were being read out, Muammar Gaddafi started waving his fists in the air with a smile (he was known for having been particularly obsessed with a Pan-Arabian/Pan-African union).
  • Valdis Pelšs, the host to the popular Russian game show Ugadai Melodiyu (Guess the Melody) is known for waving his hands around whenever a song was playing. Russian comedians loved to poke fun at him for that. One joke involves a cop unsuccessfully trying to handcuff him while a song is playing.
  • Taking a bow at the end of the gutwrenching tragedy Pagliacci at the Metropolitan Opera, Enrico Caruso once grabbed the tassels on the Great Gold Curtain and did this, throwing some Mood Dissonance in there. The audience thought it was cute. Some newspaper critics admonished him the next day for not being dignified enough.
  • One column by political sketchwriter Matthew Parris was a study of the different gestures that Paddy Ashdown (then the leader of the Liberal Democrats) made whilst giving a speech. This included the dead spider: holding one hand aloft, upturned, as if grasping a pearl of great price.
  • Donald Trump's signature hand gesture during speeches has been called "playing the invisible accordion/concertina": he holds both hands out in front of him, like he's about to applaud, but then moves them away from each other, then back towards each other, and repeats this over and over. It's also been noted as one of the many Trump tics that Florida governor Ron DeSantis has adopted in his public appearances.


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Sabaton frontman Joakim Broden has a habit of beating on his right knee during performances. According to bassist Par Sundstrom, he's occasionally ended up with bruises. - From Swedish Empire Live, filmed at Woodstock Festival Poland (now Pol'and'Rock Festival) in 2012.

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