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Pelvic Thrust

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With your hand on your hips, you bring your knees in tight.
But it's the pelvic thrust that really drives you insa-a-a-a-a-ane.
Let's do the Time Warp again!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, "The Time Warp"

Stock Pose where a character thrusts his or her pelvis outward. It is like the Pelvis Pose, but its implications tend toward the lewd or Jerkass side of the spectrum.

A character who does pelvis thrusts is usually crass or forward, and the motion tends to offend other characters, commonly of the female persuasion.

The pelvis thrust can manifest in a variety of ways. The character can do a single thrust for emphasis; several slow thrusts in a flirtatious or come-hither manner; or a series of pelvis thrusts or circular revolutions as a form of mockery, celebration, or taunting.

The pelvic thrust is also a dance move popularized by the likes of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. Some musicians or characters can use this dance to entice onlookers successfully; it may be accompanied by a hand over the crotch. Many musicians do pelvic thrusts to simulate sexual intercourse while performing a song that's about Intercourse with You. However, outside of music, pelvic thrusts will typically be off-putting.


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    Film — Animation 
  • The Chipmunk Adventure has Alvin, Simon, and Theodore pulling this move at one point during their Battle of the Sexes performance of "The Girls of Rock n Roll". Otherwise, at other moments throughout other projects in the franchise, many have complained that Brittany, "Shakes her ass way too much" for an eight-year-old girl chipmunk.
  • The Little Mermaid (1989) has Ursula doing a pelvis thrust to remind Ariel of the importance of body language.

    Film — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • A Bit of Fry and Laurie: Fry playing Michael Jackson performs a song "Move It On Out Girl". He does Micheal Jackson's signature "grab-crotch-pelvic-thrust".
  • World's Dumbest...: In one clip from "World's Dumbest Performers 12", a puppeteer on an Angolan talk show brings out his marionette, which he then proceeds to perform in a rather suggestive manner, including plenty of pelvic thrusts... which he even has the puppet do to the host's face while he lies on the floor. Some of the commentators are understandably confused, and even disturbed by this.

  • In Miley Cyrus's now-infamous MTV performance, she makes a real show of doing repeated pelvis thrust in front of the audience and Robin Thicke's general pelvic region.
  • Michael Jackson is famous for his various dance moves involving pelvis thrusts. He also pairs this with pelvic poses where he places a hand over the crotch.
  • Miguel does this a lot in his videos and stage performances. One such performance evolved/devolved into a show of public sex-mimicry.
  • Elvis Presley was one of the first to do this dance move on-stage. It was rather shocking for its time and was obviously controversial.

    Music Videos 

  • In the dance live part of SQS, Solids' performance of their song "Game is Mine" includes a few, as do many of their other songs. They're that kind of unit.

    Video Games 
  • The titular Crash Bandicoot has a few crotch chops and pelvic thrusts as a part of his iconic victory dance.
  • Fable: One of the expressions available throughout the series is Vulgar Thrust (pelvic thrusting), which is classified as evil or rude.
  • Waluigi in Mario Strikers has his crotch chop victory pose, which is exactly what is sounds like.
  • Incineroar, the Heel Pokémon, the final form of the fire starter Litten in Pokémon Sun and Moon, with a 'belt' made of flames, does a pelvic thrust whenever it does a special fire attack.
  • One of the Skullmonkeys sings about doing this (and even demonstrates it on-screen) in the ending cutscene of their game during the victory song.
  • Unreal Tournament has this as one of several animations that can be activated at will by the player.
  • The infamous Mr. Libido from Yakuza 0 has a pelvic thrusts as a part of his very odd dance. If that wasn't enough Majima can even do the dance himself in one of the substories!

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • When Rita Moreno was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the SAG Awards, she came onstage and danced around with presenter Morgan Freeman, then gave a couple of pelvic thrusts which Freeman joined in on.


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Eminem arrested for streaking

In "Just Lose It", Eminem wakes up in jail, having been arrested for forgotten drunken antics including streaking and nakedly pelvic thrusting at an old lady (who responded by hitting him with her purse).

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