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"Bend over, let me see you shake your tail feather!"
The Five Du-Tones, "Shake a Tail Feather"

This is the trope where a character moves their buttocks around, which can be done in a few variants — sexual arousal, cockiness, or celebration.

  • Sexual arousal: A character does this to sexually arouse another character. Note that the sex-appeal of the male body usualy comes from the upper body, therefore when a male character invokes this trope for this particular reason, it's seen as being either jarring or humorous, unless he's Mr. Fanservice (and sometimes even then). Since the female body's sex-appeal often comes from the lower body, female examples of this are commonly intriguing, especially if the female is Ms. Fanservice.
  • Cockiness: A character does this as a way of being, well, cheeky to another character, particularly when they're annoying or taunting them. This is commonly done by unruly and/or childish characters, showing that because insulting people isn't enough, then moving the buttocks in front of the character will do the job.
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  • Celebration: A character does this as a part of celebrating their success or achievements, although this can overlap with the second variant if winning means the character is arrogant enough to rub it in on other competitors.

Compare Belly Dancer, which is someone who shakes their belly and hips and will often incorporate this trope. Taking this trope too far would also overlap with Mooning. Related to Sexy Walk and possibly also Three Minutes of Writhing. May also overlap with Joke of the Butt, when Played for Laughs rather than for Fanservice.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Crayon Shin-chan's trademark "butt dance" involves him pulling his pants down and shaking his butt to taunt someone.
  • In Fairy Tail, when Lucy, Wendy and Flare are fighting a trio of rather sexist treasure hunters, they say that as women they should be shaking their butts for them instead of fighting. Virgo quickly complies, and with a smile on her face, no less!
    • In an anime exclusive arc, Team Natsu faces off against a gang of men in bodysuits who shake their butts at people, in a later episode, Erza, Wendy, Cana and comically Carla dress up in these suits shaking their butts at the camera while having a picnic. Natsu also participates in this when he meets the gang in prison and they have a group huddle.
  • In a rare example of this trope being used for Female Gaze, Satoshi Isshiki from Food Wars! often does a routine where he dons a Naked Apron and shakes his bare butt in front of his dorm mates. What's even funnier is that none of them find this strange at all—In fact, they all cheer him on as he does so, even the male ones!
  • Everyone in the opening theme of Galaxy Angel Rune.
  • High School D×D has the character Koneko performing a rump-shaking pole-dance as the credits roll.
  • In Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama, the titular Cocotamas shake their butts whenever they cast their magic.
  • Kazumi is implied to be doing this on the cover of the 12th manga volume of Negima! Magister Negi Magi.
  • In Pokémon:
    • Misty's Psyduck's tail whip attack consists of him just moving his butt complete with him blushing.
    • Sun & Moon, Ash does this as a training exercise with Rockruff, and the camera even zooms in on his butt as he does it!
    • In one episode of Journeys, when Mimey tries (and fails) to hitchhike so that a car stops as to get Mimey and Pikachu a ride back to Pallet Town, Pikachu has a shot at hitchhiking...which involves Pikachu shaking his rear. And it actually gets a car to stop.
  • The opening sequence of Potemayo starts with Potemayo herself shaking her butt, followed by the rest of the main cast in the background.
  • From Soul Eater, Kim does this in order to turn it into a portal to another world in Chapter 98, using the motion of her butt to spell out the kana for the word "Majou" (witch). She's not particularly thrilled to have to do this, as apparently the witch in charge of setting up the portal had a rather twisted sense of humor.
  • Yo Kai Watch:
    • Jibanyan does this in Episode 9.
    • Also, Katie has done this several times.
  • Plastic Nee-san:
    • In Episode 12, Nee-san's imagination leads to Okappa and Makimaki trying to seduce the same boy. It quickly goes from an innocent confession on Okappa's part to both Okappa and Makimaki stripping down to their lingerie and literally shaking their asses in front of their "target".

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • In The Land Before Time V, Cera shakes her tail at a sharptooth after the log connecting both sides of the chasm falls...until it jumps over the gap.
  • The first Shrek movie has Dragon shaking her rear end while Donkey is singing "Baby Got Back" in the Shrek Karaoke Dance Party.
  • Linda does it briefly in Rio.
  • We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story: During the song "Roll Back the Rock", Rex briefly leans forwards with his butt high in the air and vigorously twerks. At the same time, the kids do the same and effortlessly match his movements.
  • Starship Troopers: Invasion, Two of the male troopers are discussing the need to watch each other's ass in combat. Two female troopers then enter in their scanty underarmor, and their asses get a lot of attention when they're walking past.
  • The Lorax, During the song, "How Bad Can I Be?", the Once-Ler sings, "Shake that bottom line" while his aunt wiggles her butt with a dollar sign painted on the back of her dress.
  • Two Disney examples in The Aristocats and Robin Hood (1973) - in The Aristocats, Duchess (during the song "Everybody Wants To Be a Cat") briefly (and seductively) shakes her booty at the camera. This animation is recycled for Maid Marian in Robin Hood due to the studio's budget.
  • Ursula from The Little Mermaid (1989) does this while explaining to Ariel how she will attract Eric without her voice, exclaiming “BODY LANGUAGE! HA!” as she does it. It’s extremely noticeable because of how much she has to work with. This use is an odd combination of Ursula’s usual flirtatious mannerisms around Ariel, cockiness (how confident she is that Ariel will take her deal), and actual explanation.
  • Turning Red:
    • Mei does this at the beginning of the movie when the title is displayed and is dancing around it.
    • The climactic scene at the end of the movie has Mei doing this to get a rise out of her mother after Ming has become a raging giant red panda; her friends cheer her on as she does it.
      Miriam: Shake that money-maker!
      Abby: Destroy her with your big butt!

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In Hank the Cowdog: The Case Of The Raging Rottweiler, Hank sees the titular rottweiler unable to get out of his owner's truck. His response? He makes fun of him and even waves his butt at him, much to Drover's dismay and the rottweiler's outrage. They even sing a song about it, basically Bullying a Dragon, the song: "It's Not Smart To Show Your Heiny To A Bear".
  • In one of the Ramona Quimby books, Picky-Picky shakes his rear end while planning to jump. Truth in Television-he's a cat, and cats do that.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Deputy Chief Johnson of The Closer (s4e2) gets carried away while leaving a flirty phone message for her cohab Fritz.
  • In That '70s Show, Eric is upset that Donna mooning Jackie during a school event made it into the yearbook. Donna's response is to shake her ass during their "circle." The Stinger involves everybody engaging at this as they shake it at the camera.
  • Between the Lions: Leona and Lionel are seen doing this in the intro.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • Averted by Harmony in "Crush" when she breaks up with Spike, saying that the only thing Spike will see of her from now on is her ass walking away — unwilling to give him even that pleasant sight, she decides to back away instead.
    • In the Angel spin-off, Harmony becomes Angel's Sexy Secretary after he becomes CEO of Wolfram & Hart. In the Day in the Life episode "Harm's Way", the audience is gifted with a Male Gaze close-up of Harmony's behind in a tight skirt as she bustles about in her daily routine.
    • In "Killed by Death", Cordelia is jealous of the way Xander is obsessed with Buffy. Xander says he's just watching Buffy's back, which Cordelia turns round on him by claiming Xander is always checking out Buffy's butt. When Xander denies this, she says, "Fine, watch my back" and walks off. Xander obediently checks out her behind.
    • When Wesley first meets Cordelia in "Bad Girls", he notes that she's quite "cheeky" after watching her walk away from him.
  • Done in the Orange Is the New Black episode "Fucksgiving", where Piper and Alex happily shake their butts to "Milkshake" at Taystee's goodbye party, even grinding on each other towards the end. As it occurs late in Season 1, it's one of the signs of Piper putting aside her distrust of Alex and rediscovering her feelings for her.
  • The X-Files. In "First-Person Shooter" an entire police precinct is all over Ms. Fanservice stripper Jade Blue Afterglow, including Mulder. As she leaves the interrogation room, Mulder leans sideways out of his chair to check out her ass as she walks down the corridor. An amused Scully leans sideways in unison, to block his view.
  • UFO. Our first view of the 1980's is a mini-skirted dolly bird sashaying away from the camera, which is positioned at hemline level.
  • Dark Matter. The men on the ship are well aware of Two's Sexy Walk (that's only accentuated by her twin thigh holsters and Bare Your Midriff outfit). In the second episode she's walking away from One and without turning round tells him to "stop staring at my ass."
  • In the Doctor Who episode "Aliens of London" Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen, compressed within the skin of Margaret Blaine, does this whilst letting off some gas, quite literally.
    Blon: I'm... shaking my booty!


  • Done by the playfield Tube Dancer toy in Big Bang Bar.
  • Tee'd Off:
    • The game starts with a close-up of the golfer shaking his rear, limbering up for the tee-off.
    • Gunther dances on top of the backbox during the game to distract the player.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Shawn Michaels used to do this back in the 90's as a part of his "Sexy Boy" gimmick. This dissipated in his 2002-2010 run.
  • Rikishi did this frequently. This is the first of many reasons why his Face–Heel Turn was an utter failure. It's hard for people to buy you as a "bad man" when even your jumbo tron clips feature your ass prominently.
  • The reason Pitbull's Culo and Shakira's My Hips Don't Lie used to be used during Black Rose's entrances; she always does this.
  • Frankie V did this in a show of how seriously he wasn't taking World Xtreme Wrestling's Elite 8 in 2003, while making an "entrance" into a battle royal he wasn't even allowed in.
  • In WWE Taboo Tuesday 2004, Trish Stratus does this cockily after retaining the Women's Championship in the Fulfill Your Fantasy Battle Royal.
  • TNA's Velvet Sky always does it in her entrances, especially between the apron. As Taz would say "Let the pigeons loose!" When entering the ring during the 2012 WWC Anniversario, Melina Perez mimed smelling something terrible, which caused Velvet to go back to the second rope and keep shaking her rump over it until Melina spanked her.
  • The phrase "There's nothing wrong with showing off if you can back it up." took on new meaning thanks to Dolph Ziggler's gyration.
  • Radiant Rain did so when Homicide called out the WSU roster for a challenge (he wanted to be in Queen and King Of The Ring), which generated giggles even from Jessicka Havok.
  • Ryusuke Taguchi had a tendency to taunt his opponents by shaking his money maker in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, something his rival Low Ki would eventually turn back on him.
  • Taya Valkyrie of Los Perros Del Mal is prone to doing so, in annoyance to some of her more "serious" stablemates.
  • This is one of Eve Torres' signature moves. She pops her butt up and down in a squatted position right before performing a moonsault on her opponent. In WWE '13, this is called the "Booty Popping Moonsault".
  • At TNA's Genesis Pay Per View, rather than brag about how well Bad Influence would wrestle or how badly they would beat their opponents, Christopher Daniels decided to return the company's roots and promised to shake his rump.
  • Seleziya Sparx has been known to bounce her butt while making an entrance, as well as on people's heads.
  • Initially subverted at Vintage End Of The Line Where Brittney Savage tried "twerking" but ended up falling on her butt while trying to pop it. Aforementioned La Rosa Negra was there to play it straight though.
  • On the unauthorized ROH A Night Of Hoopla, Davey Richards shook his butt while holding Silas Young in a reverse Indian death lock.
  • "Portugal's Perfect Athlete" Shanna took to "twerking" after it became a dirty word to much of America, following a certain someone's performance (and resolved to kicking La Rosa Negra's "derriere" when she proved "better" at it).
  • Jaider Lee, to the delight of many fans attending New Xtreme Order's shows.
  • The New Day always gyrate their hips during their entrances and whenever they celebrate their wins.
  • Faye Jackson's rump shaking can prove hazardous, as Solo Darling and Sumie Sakai learned the hard way after being accidentally ejected from the ring by the rookie on the first Women Of Honor live show.
  • Sonny Kiss usually follows his forced ass to face scissor hold by twerking for the crowd.
  • Aja Perera took no selling to it's logical extreme when she did a handstand while "caught" in a head scissor by Kimber Lee at SHINE 63 and then twerked upside down in front of Lee's face.

  • Four of the titular birds do this at the end of the first commercial for Fairy Tails. It's celebratory and gives an opportunity to show off their tails.

    Video Games 
  • In The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, this was done by some of the women in the "Beat It and Eat It" level.
  • In BlazBlue, Platinum the Trinity has an attack where she'll shake her butt at the enemy tauntingly. If the enemy attacks, she'll counter-attack with a doll.
  • Crash Bandicoot:
    • One of Koala Kong's animations during his boss battle in the original Crash Bandicoot is to turn around and do this, likely to show off his assets.
    • In Crash of the Titans, Crash does a little shaking routine left and right when he holds up Aku Aku for protection.
  • The Huntress from Dungeon Defenders does a butt-shaking dance which is one of the qualities that goes well with her status as the game's Ms. Fanservice.
  • Granblue Fantasy: Whether Medusa readies a skill or her charge attack, she will be doing this in her playable version.
  • In Heavy Rain, Madison does this when Paco forces her to strip at gunpoint. She does it to distract him so that she can club him with a lamp, though.
  • Jak and Daxter: One of Daxter's various dance animations when he and Jak find a Power Cell is to turn around and shake his butt at the camera. Humorously, a cowbell can be heard in the background.
  • In Kirby games, recurring mini boss Mr. Frosty shakes his butt when he is preparing for an attack, and he wears assless chaps to boot!
  • In Miitopia, there are turkey-like enemies named Twerkey, Twergull and Twerkpea. Their name do include the word "twerk" for a reason.
  • In Multiversus, Reindog has a taunt that involves him wiggling his rear end at the other competitors.
  • Persona 5 Royal: Ann Takamaki does this in the opening cutscene.
  • Vanessa Z. Schneider from P.N.03 does this while firing semi-auto and automatic blasts. The Aegis Suit she wears is connected to her spine and central nervous system, so one can theorize she is generating energy. More cynically of course, she's probably doing it for the player, or perhaps her client.
  • Pokémon Stadium:
    • Flareon does this when called into battle.
    • Quagsire and Aipom in the second game do this as an attack animation, and Quilava also does it before attacking.
  • Project Spark: Conker (of Conker's Bad Fur Day fame) does this in a fanmade game created by Invisibledoogey and Zztarg called "Conker Multiplayer Arena". Conker performs the move when chosen on the character select screen.
  • Ratchet & Clank (2016): Big Al will do this when under the influence of the Groovitron.
  • Shantae: In every game, Shantae sees fit to do this in conjunction with a glare whenever she's crouching. Maybe she thinks it's intimidating.
  • In Snowboard Kids, when someone uses the rare Rat Face item, a rat appears to steal everyone else's coins, while doing a dance that ends with it shaking its rump.
  • Summertime Saga:
    • If MC completes Miss Dewitt's route, she'll reward him by giving him a private lapdance in her office, shaking her curvy behind before having sex with him.
    • Consuela does the same thing while cleaning MC's beach house, dancing to a Spanish song.
  • Super Robot Wars X-Ω has this happen during a few Super Move Portrait Attack cut-ins and is part of the Fanservice present in the game.
  • Super Smash Bros.:
    • One of Wario's taunts has him mockingly shaking his rump at the camera.
    • Yoshi has recently taken to doing it, too.
  • In Team Fortress 2, if the Demoman taunts while holding the Scottish Resistance, he turns around and shakes his posterior while squeaking noises are heard.
    • Players can also abuse animation quirks to have the Sniper to a rump-shake/hip thrust by repeatedly squatting and zooming in on the sniper rifle at the same time.
  • This is one of Anna Williams from Tekken taunts towards an enemy, not to mention this also goes along with her butt attack in Tekken 6.
  • Wario Land: This has become a sort of signature trait for Wario, who will often shake or slap his butt as either a taunt or victory pose.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Double Homework, when the protagonist and Lauren run into Ms. Walsh at a nightclub, their teacher is doing a booty-shaking dance for which Lauren is quick to express disgust.

    Web Animation 
  • The Neurotically Yours episode "The Jiggly Butt" has Germaine shaking her butt, watching it jiggle to see if she gained weight and she does it again happily after Foamy encouraged her to be proud of being a Fat Bastard. Foamy soon regrets this and wonders who wrote this episode.
  • Homestar Runner:
    • Homestar's character video ends with him randomly doing a "butt-dance"
    • Homestar later interrupts the ending of the Strong Bad Email "bottom 10" to show Strong Bad his "bottom", which makes SB so sick that he throws up.
      Homestar: Butt-dance again, like the rhythm's down your pants, now!
    • The music video for "Trogdor Was a Dragon Man" features a lot of gratuitous booty-shaking.
  • HFIL gives us the Ginyu Force Twerkarena, which combines this trope with the macarena. Both Cell and Frieza are disturbed by it.
  • In the third video of The Vampair series, Missi Spiderwebs sways her hips a lot during her song to show just how confident and in control of the situation she feels, gleefully dancing as she takes further revenge on the Duke.

  • ''Girl Genius: Zeetha does the cocky version of this to mock Agatha over the convoluted sitution that ended up with Agatha being named ambassador to a bunch of face-blind Fish People who think Agatha is a Mermaid, she suggests rump shaking to help nail down the similarity. It just annoys Agatha.
  • Meadowhawk has Drizzle doing this to attract more views to her and Tater's Youtube channel. She comes to regret it later.

    Web Original 
  • The mail box segment from the first episode of Medaka MENT has Medaka, who is wearing bra and panties, sings the mail song from Blue's Clues while shaking her butt to emphasis herself "waging her tail".

    Western Animation 
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series:
    • Lucky and Rolly do this to taunt a Sheriff. Lucky, Rolly, Cadpig and Spot later do this together.
    • In the episode "It's My Party" Dolly briefly shakes her butt while dinging about her and Destiny winning the bet that they will have the best birthday party.
  • One episode of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog shows Sonic shaking his butt on Dr. Robotnik's monitor screen, looking over his shoulder.
  • The "Macarena" parody "Macadamia Nut" from Animaniacs features booty shaking from some characters doing the Macarena dance, especially from Hello Nurse and Minerva Mink.
  • Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender taunts General Zhao by shaking his butt at him, which ends up in Zhao burning his own ship.
    Aang: Ahoy! I’m Admiral Zhao!
  • One scene from the "Bad Little Boy" episode from Adventure Time has Cake morphing her body into a voluptuous one and proceeds to shake her butt at the camera for a couple of seconds during Marshall Lee's song.
    • Marshall Lee himself also wiggles his bum seductively at Fiona during the same scene. Fiona is not amused and quickly shoves him away.
  • In The Boondocks episode "The S-Word", Granddad tells Huey how "traumatized" Riley is for being called a "nigga" by a third-grade teacher, but what Riley is really doing is what Huey believes to be the "celebratory booty dance" due to the fact Granddad will sue the teacher for restitution.
  • In the The Cramp Twins episode "Pantaloonacy", towards the end when Wayne finds out that he is wearing the same kind of yellow pants that Miss Hissy is wearing, Miss Hissy comments on how good they feel while shaking her butt.
  • The Cuphead Show!: During the Devil's Villain Song in "Carn-Evil", he wears a hat and tuxedo and does his dance routine, including his twerking. Henchman, however, manages to interrupt the dance routine to tell him about the Spanner in the Works...
  • Glomgold does this to Scrooge's casket in order to mock his pretending to be dead enemy as part of his Last Disrespects in the DuckTales (2017) episode "The 87 Cent Solution!"
  • Dragon Tales, the Dragons, along with pretty much every other character in the show, does this during the song "Shake Your Dragon Tail".
  • In the end credits sequence of an Evil Con Carne episode, General Skarr and crew are in a traffic jam (which they were in an episode earlier in that particular program). Next to him is a car with Billy and his family. Billy continually taunts Skarr, and in one instance, Billy drops trou and waves his bare fanny at Skarr.
  • The Ewoks episode "A Warrior and a Lurdo" has Wicket taunt the Blog by shaking his behind at it.
  • In the The Fairly OddParents, episode "Smarty Pants", A.J. mocks Timmy by doing this after receiving yet another A+, and after wishing to be the smartest kid in the world, Timmy does this in front of A.J. in return after teaching the class about the Alamo and the state of Texas, in which he receives an A+ for it.
  • In one episode of Family Guy, Peter does it as a part of his goofy impression of Winston Churchill, much to the annoyance of Lois and the other flight attendance.
    • Everyone at a beach party that Quagmire brings Chris to. There's even a close-up of one woman's bikini butt during the number.
  • In Famous Fred, Fred the cat does this while trying to do a dance.
    Kenneth: Wiggle your belly - not your bum!

  • In "Horton Hears a Who! (2008)". After Horton finishes crossing the bridge, he proceeds to bounce his butt around while he's observing it. A few moments later he starts to vigorously twerk to hip hop/techno music, while jumping closer and closer to the camera.
  • The Loud House:
    • From "Come Sale Away", the sisters (including Lucy and Lisa) all imitate Lincoln's victory dance as they all proceed to shake their booties right on the spot in the living room, until their parents also join in to show them how it's really done! Lincoln notes that it's definitely hereditary.
    • During her initial round of Unsportsmanlike Gloating in "Lynn-er Takes All", Lynn repeatedly thrusts her ass in Leni's face. As this behavior is typical of Lynn, her sister is just annoyed at having to see this again.
  • The eponymous character of Kaeloo does this frequently while chanting "Booty booty booty dance!"
  • King Julien in Madagascar and its spin-off cartoon, The Penguins of Madagascar shakes his "royal booty" a lot.
    • Gloria from the movies also tends to do this, one notable example being right in the beginning of the second movie (along with the rest of the main characters) and during the Dance Party Ending.
  • Martha Speaks: Martha the dog lists "shaking your fanny" as part of a greeting ritual.
  • The Mickey Mouse (2013) short "Good Sports" has a football player Goofy taunt the opposing team by shaking his rear in front of them.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Sweetie does a bit of this during her singing and cleaning up routine in "The Show Stoppers".
    • From the season 2 finale "A Canterlot Wedding", this is part of Twilight Sparkle and Cadence's Secret Handshake involving with both ponies shaking their rumps together.
    • "Apple Family Reunion" has Apple Bottom do a bit of this as dancing.
    • The season 4 episode "Filli Vanilli" sees Fluttershy do this a few times, dancing along with the music she's singing.
    • In Equestria Girls, we see that Human Rarity is quite fond of this dance.
    • In season 4 episode "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies", at one point Fluttershy dresses up like a bee and asks a swarm of them if it "brings to mind any images" for them while wiggling her butt at them. note 
    • In "Baby Cakes", "wiggling your rump" is listed in Pinkie Pie's "Piggy Dance" song.
    • Applejack does a bit of this while showing off her fancy outfit in "Simple Ways".
    • Part of Sapphire Shores' dance routine in "For Whom the Sweetie Bell Tolls".
    • In "Ponyville Confidential", Snips and Snails do it a bit to show of their shaved rears after being stuck together by gum.
  • My Little Pony: Pony Life:
    • In The Great Collide, Rainbow and Twilight do this in a dog-like way as they prepare to compete in Buckball.
    • In Sportacular Spectacular Musak-ular, Twilight pretty much twerks as part of her dancing for the big show.
  • My Little Pony: A New Generation: Izzy Moon teaches her friends how to shake their unicorn butts in the song "Fit Right In"
  • Phineas and Ferb
    • An unintentional example when Candace shakes her rear all because she has squirrels in her pants. The extended version of the song has extra ass shaking action!
    • In "Bee Story", the Fireside Girls learn to communicate with bees by doing the "Waggle Dance".
  • In The Powerpuff Girls, Professor Utonium makes fun of HIM and starts taunting him, shaking his rear and everything.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (2016):
    • Blossom and Bubbles do it with Allegro the panda in the episode "Painbow", much to Buttercup's disgust.
    • Bubbles also briefly does it in "Somewhere Over The Swingset" with one of Allegro's minions.
    • Bubbles shakes her rump at a sabertooth tiger while turned into a mouse with her aura powers in "15 Minutes Of Fame".
  • In the Quack Pack episode "Hit the Road, Backwater Jack", Donald Duck taunts a beetle that can't get to him after he's put on a protective suit by shaking his butt at the beetle. Unfortunately for Donald, the suit's pants begin to sag, which enables the beetle to retaliate by flying into his suit and then stinging him.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode "Sean's Neptune Tune", Sean briefly shakes his butt at the camera during the "Neptune Kind of Day" song.
  • Rick and Morty: Rick, Morty and Summer do such a dance at the end of season 1. The song they're dancing to is even titled "Shake That Ass, Bitch".
  • Sabrina: The Animated Series: In the episode "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" Quigley does it when he's trying to adjust his camera to take a picture of his plant.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer walks in on Lisa shaking her butt and is not amused by it, but then sees the girls on TV doing the exact same thing, which Lisa was copying.
    • A more humorous example occurs during a discussion about an ad featuring Marge that makes her butt look big because it supposedly sells, to which Bart claims it works for the 'Lumber King'. Cue an animatronic sign featuring nothing but (aha) a builder shaking his ass at the viewer.
      Homer: (Mesmerised) "Lumber... We need lumber..."
    • The Stupid Sexy Flanders incident in "Little Big Mom", when Ned Flanders shakes his ass as he's wearing a tight ski suit.
      Ned: Feels like I'm wearing nothin' at all! Nothin' at all! Nothin' at all!
      Homer: (screams, cringes) Stupid sexy Flanders...
    • In "Team Homer", Mrs. Krabappel does this blatantly while adjusting her desk to taunt Bart, who's wearing a uniform that forces him to behave and not shoot her butt with his slingshot.
    • This trope was also referenced by Homer in "Brother from the Same Planet", though he wasn't allowed to go through with it.
      Homer: Marge, when kids these days say "bad", they mean "good". And to "shake your booty" means to wiggle one's butt. Permit me to demonstrate...
      Marge: No.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Squidward does it on a few occasions, particularly when he mocks SpongeBob's mishaps. "Christmas Who?" and "Club SpongeBob" are common examples.
    • SpongeBob also does it to Sandy when he wants her to chase him to the Krusty Krab in "Texas".
    • The earliest example is in "Pizza Delivery" where SpongeBob jiggles both cheeks independently while he freestyles his song.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: In "School Spirit", Brittney Wong and the other cheerleaders for the Echo Creek Awesome Opossums plan to distract the Silver Hill Warriors with their "booty-shaking dance moves" during the big game. Star, under the impression that football game is an actual battle, is a bit distracted when they throw in a demonstration but still reprimands them for their plan.
    Star: Do you know nothing of combat?! No warrior is going to be distracted by Chantelle's booty!
    Chantelle: (affronted) Wha?
    • When it's time for the actual game, Star turns out to be right, as that the Warriors aren't distracted whatsoever. Fast-forward a few episodes though, and the joke comes back as a background gag where Chantelle walks by with groupies who are indeed enraptured by her booty.
  • In the Steven Universe episode "Giant Woman", Amethyst does this during her Fusion Dance with Pearl, to the latter's disgust.
  • Supernoobs: This is one of Roach's dance moves in "Noob Kids on the Block."
    "Shake your booty-butt! Shake, shake, shake it!"
  • The Sym-Bionic Titan episode "Lessons In Love" has the infamous "Booty Quake" scene where Kimmy, annoyed by his attempts to make her actually study, tries to get Octus to just do her homework for her by doing a enticing dance. Octus isn't impressed and glares at her for the attempt.
  • Happens frequently in Teen Titans Go!:
    • In the episode "Legs", Starfire does this in front of Raven, who isn't that keen on joining along to dance with the other Titans. However, Raven, whose cloak was taken away from Robin, does a little hip shaking after renaming herself "Lady Legasus", and later when all of the Titans are dancing again.
    • In "Nose Mouth", Cyborg does this which is part of the "You were wrong" dance to Raven, who stated that using her dark magic to stop Robin from disturbing people's sleep can cause some issues.
    • In "The Fourth Wall", Beast Boy does this while wearing his underwear in front of the fourth wall, only for an annoyed Raven to smash his head on it.
    • Robin doing this became a Running Gag for a few seasons. The episodes "Hey You, Don't Neglect Me in Your Memory", "Bee Money", "Mr. Butt", "Operation Tin Man", and "Arms Race with Legs" are just a handful of the many instances where he twerked his behind for any of the three reasons listed in the trope description.
  • Total Drama:
    • Gwen and Bridgette spend much of "X-treme Torture" sleuthing around for the identities of the writer and the addressee of the love letter they found. It turns out that the letter is for Leshawna. She notes that they could've deduced that themselves by turning around and gyrating her behind while asking either who else has a "booty as luscious as an apple" (Canada) or who else has a "kick-butt attitude" (America).
    • While Duncan goes wild to the music at the party in "Total Drama Drama Drama Drama Island", Courtney sees no cause for celebration because she didn't win. Partly to tease her, he shakes his rear in her direction longer than any other dance move while she rants away.
    • Courtney tries to bond with her shark buddy in "Top Dog" by performing a cheer with it. The cheer includes a moment in which she turns around and bounces her butt. It doesn't have the intended effect of getting the shark to cheer along, but it does catch Duncan's attention.
    • Blaineley turns her back to the camera for a little lower shake at the start of her "I Am Great!" Song "Blainerific" in "Niagara Brawls". Her motivation is three-fold: she's sexy and she knows it, she arrogantly establishes herself to the veteran contestants, and she celebrates joining Total Drama for a shot at the grand prize.
  • Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race: Don announces the challenge to make a carnival-worthy costume in "Brazillian Pain Forest" by donning a flashy outfit himself and lightly shaking his cheeks at the camera.
  • The Transformers: Animated short "Starscream Heckles Megatron" has Starscream make fun of Megatron behind his back while he's giving a speech to the other Decepticons, acting innocent whenever his boss turns around. The mocking gesture Starscream performs that gets him caught is shaking his butt in Megatron's direction.
  • The Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy episode "Metal Munchers" had Boulder shake his rear to get the attention of the scraplets.
  • While the song "Yellow" by French DJ 20syl plays during the credits of Yellowbird, Karl, Sam, Delf, and Anton incorporate some tail feather shaking into their dance routines.

    Real Life 
  • Many dances involve shaking one's butt in a provocative or enticing manner.
  • "Twerking" is a phenomenon that started in urban and African-American communities that involves taking a squatted (or any other posterior-emphasizing) position and twisting the buttocks up and down. On a butt that is sufficiently round or fat, it will wobble up and down. The appeal is both in how much flesh moves and how fast, and in fantasizing about those same hip movements during sex.
    • The word really entered the mainstream after Miley Cyrus' infamous performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013. Which is bizarre, because it's not what she was doing. The bit the media focused on where she rubbed up against Robin Thicke would more accurately be described as "grinding".
  • Some bird-of-paradise species use rump-shaking as a component of their elaborate courtship dances.
  • Many "rump shaking" dances are actually based on or inspired by various dances native to African countries and tribes. While such dances may be considered vulgar or sexual in certain Westernized or conservative societies, they are culturally significant to the natives who practice them and are performed for celebratory purposes (i.e., engagements, weddings, new births, etc.)
  • Some Welsh Corgis do not have tails, so instead they wag their whole butt.
  • By contrast, when a cat's butt starts to wiggle, it's about to pounce.
  • Dogs sometimes do this after shaking themselves off, particularly if they are wet, or the dog is feeling excited or playful.
  • This is also a fairly common taunt.


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Plankton's dance

Plankton is indeed a genius. Have ya seen this?

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