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When a character demonstrates a rather odd way of walking, often involving deliberate contortions.

Watch out for this after someone says Walk This Way. Also recall that one does not Silly Walk into Mordor.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Death Note, L's distinctive way of walking while slouching forward with his knees slightly bent is another one of the traits that Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba incorporated to his design (along with other strange quirks like sitting in a crouched position and holding objects with only his thumb and index) in order to make him the perfect rival of Light: as brilliant as him but the total opposite of his perfect image.
  • Hitoribocchi no OO Seikatsu: When Bocchi is told to jump the hurdles, she takes it literally and jumps in regular interval while running. Later combined with her Human Hummingbird movements she does to prevent cramping up. One of her classmates ends up joining in.
  • One Piece: Outrageous character designs are a noticeable part of Eiichiro Oda’s style, so silly walking isn’t a rare phenomenon. There are Jango (moonwalk à la Michael Jackson), Doflamingo (who walks like a flamingo), Perona (who seemingly has pigeon toes), Miss Doublefinger (who sways her hips so hard that her legs zigzag in front of one another as she walks) and everyone from Long Leg Tribe.
    • Brook can run on water by wildly flailing his legs.
  • Edward from Cowboy Bebop seems incapable of walking normally, she will get around by either dancing, sauntering, rolling, crawling, or anything else. Heck, even when she does walk around somewhat normally, she tends to kick her feet forward in her stride while noodily waving her arms before her body.
  • Satotz from Hunter × Hunter can seemingly run long distances and climb stairs with his knees and elbows locked.

    Films — Animated 
  • The Incredibles: Syndrome's walk was based on a person's deliberate attempt to cure a strange walk.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Captain Jack Sparrow has a rather odd gait based on that of Keith Richards. He also has a silly run, known as "The Lizard Run" because he waves his hands around while he does it.
  • Robin Williams in The Birdcage and other times he's playing a homosexual character does a rather exaggerated mincing walk. Compared to Nathan Lane it's downright manly though.
  • Torgo in Manos: The Hands of Fate has an odd gait meant to imply that he's a satyr with goat-like legs whose knees bend the wrong way.
  • Anyone playing Igor in a work based on Frankenstein does this, notably Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein.
  • Charlie Chaplin had an iconic wobbly walk. Probably one of the oldest and most iconic examples is the waddling gait of his Little Tramp, often accompanied by a twirl of his cane.
  • Groucho Marx has a distinctive walk, bending down low at the knees and taking large steps. This was an exaggeration of an outdated fad at the time. Groucho's walk was so distinctive that any gait requiring a low stance, such as for exercising or shooting, is called a "Groucho Walk" or similar term.
  • At the end of Austin Powers in Goldmember Scott Evil had one of these.
    Dr. Evil: I'd just like to point out that no one else in my gene pool runs like a girl.
  • Life Is Beautiful: Guido, the hero, often performs a comically exaggerated and slowed-down goose-step as a mockery of Mussolini's Fascists and the Nazis. Used to poignant effect when Guido says good-bye to his son as the death camp guards lead him off to be shot.
  • Randal's "wrangle" into the Quick Stop in Clerks. Thereafter referred to by many fans as "the Randal strut".
  • Mickey Blue Eyes has a scene where the eponymous protagonist and his Mafia Princess love interest are running; she collapses in laughter, telling him to "stop doing the funny run" and he's embarrassed to admit that he wasn't doing it for comic effect; that's just how he runs.
  • Discussed, but not shown, in Grizzly Man when one of the interviewees mentions how Timothy Treadwell got into trouble at the restaurant he once worked at for doing one of these in front of customers.
  • In Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams encourages each student to find his own walk, some of which are rather silly. One even exercises his right to not walk.
  • Eddie in To Have And Have Not walks with a limp that makes it look like he is desperately trying to make it to the toilet before he has an accident.
  • Curly Howard had a limp caused by an accident as a child in which he shot himself in the foot. It did add comedic effect during scenes where he walked or ran, to whoever doesn’t know the reason behind the silly walk.

  • The "Black Hats"/Wogs in Robert A. Heinlein's The Number of the Beast have an extra joint in each limb, and without sophisticated prosthetics, they have a very odd shambling gait. Even with the prosthetics, they have a slightly detectable strange way of walking.
  • The War Against the Chtorr.
    • Captain McCarthy is saddled with Major Bellus who accidentally walks near a grove of shambler trees: Man Eating Plants hosting an entire ecology of carnivorous symbiotes that swarm when they sense the vibrations of nearby prey. McCarthy points out that these vibrations are relayed by the creeper vines lying all around them, and the only way not to trigger them is to walk out of range at five meters per hour. Cue a Silly Walk that (as McCarthy enjoys pointing out to Bellus) is being relayed via cameras to an extensive internet audience hoping they'll die in an interesting and horrible fashion. Eventually Bellus breaks down under the strain and begs for his life, so to conclude this Humiliation Conga McCarthy walks out normally, saying they weren't in any danger as the shambler grove was uninhabited. This stunt destroys Bellus career; unfortunately it also earns McCarthy the ire of his superiors who try to get rid of him with an Uriah Gambit.
    • During Rage For Revenge, McCarthy gets suicidally stoned and wanders into a Chtorran nest where he has a weird dream in which Ted (a male former Love Interest who joined the Telepathy Corp) helps him back to his helicopter where he'll be safe. When McCarthy looks at the camera footage the next day to find out what happened, all he sees is himself doing a Silly Walk like someone else is controlling his body. McCarthy just puts this down to the drugs and doesn't consider the possibility that he's been secretly implanted by the Telepathy Corp.
  • In one of the Otto Stahl novels, our German anti-hero is being trained to impersonate a US soldier prior to the Battle of the Bulge. His instructor apparently believes that Americans Are Cowboys and encourages Stahl to adopt a hip-swinging saunter, causing Stahl to gripe that he feels like a male prostitute selling his ass on the Reeperbahn.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Trope Namer is the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch.
    • Because of the sketch's extreme popularity among fans, it's been requested of John Cleese so many times that he's reportedly entirely sick of it and has started to politely refuse. In an episode of the miniseries The Human Face talking about fame, he has an Indulgent Fantasy Segue of shooting a fan who requests it.
      • Even if he wanted to do it, he can't anymore due to age and hip replacement surgery.
      • In the Monty Python farewell show, the entire sketch was turned into a dance routine, but lacked John Cleese.
  • In Fawlty Towers, Basil, played by John Cleese, evokes part of it and calls it "a funny walk" when he infamously tries to stop mentioning the war but performs a goose step in front of some German guests.
  • Frank Zappa has a memorable role as a hunchback in "The Boy Who Left Home to Learn About the Shivers," an episode of Faerie Tale Theatre. His bizarre walk has to be seen to be believed.note 
  • Kryten of Red Dwarf is particularly strange, but not lampshaded till Series 7.
    • Robert Llewellyn, Kryten's actor, came up with the walk during the audition... and when he learned Doug Naylor has a false leg, left the audition lamenting about how he'd blown his chance.
  • LazyTown's Robbie Rotten's trademark walk involves slouching heavily while flailing his arms and swaying his hips far harder than any person should deem necessary.
  • One Foot in the Grave: "Oh no, here it comes, the Ministry of Silly Walks!"
  • The serial killer Sqweegel, from CSI, employs an extremely creepy style of walk while sneaking around his intended victims' homes, going on all fours and alternately moving one hand and the opposite foot. Together with his black leather bodysuit and lithe build, it creates the visual impression of a crawling spider.
  • Pythagora Switch: The Algorithm March.
  • Schitt's Creek: Bob has the most peculiar shuffling walk that is his character's signature trait.
  • Arby the assassin from Utopia has a very peculiar, waddling gait, usually with his gun hanging carelessly at his side.
  • In Cycle 2 of America's Next Top Model Camille was criticized for her weird wobbly runway walk. She insisted it was her "signature walk" and that she would not change it.
  • When George Jefferson (The Jeffersons) was in a cocky mood he had a rather silly way of walking where he would stick out his chest and swing his arms behind him. Sherman Hemsley would later reuse the walk for his character Deacon Frye in Amen.
  • Married... with Children gave us the famous "Peggy Bundy Walk." Katey Sagal later explained that it was the only way she could walk in the heels Peggy would wear.


    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Bushwhackers are known for their odd manner of walking: holding their arms at right angles and swinging them up and down with each step. The Iron Sheik did a similar (albeit less exaggerated) version.
  • When Vince McMahon makes his entrance, he likes to walk with his chest pumped out, swinging his arms back and forth. This is usually referred to as his "power" walk.
  • Santino Marella speed walks to the ring as a parody of the Power Walk.
  • Kairi Hojo's open handed march away from her opponent (preferably tied up in the corner) after which she returns backwards.

  • Invoked in the I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again 25th aniversary Reunion Show, which portrayed the post-Python John Cleese as obsessed with silly walks, and constantly attempting to work them into his film roles. ("In Silverado they wouldn't even let me hop! The part of the sheriff was crying out for it, but they wouldn't even let the horse do it!") He agrees to rejoin the Prune gang on condition he is allowed to use "the comedy legs", only for this to prove terrible radio.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • In one of stand-up routines, Bill Cosby talks about how every boy in his neighbourhood had to have their own "cool walk". He demonstrates his and, while the full effect is lost on the recorded version, the audience's reaction gives a good indication of exactly what this looked like.
  • One routine by Larry the Cable Guy, when he talks about visiting Wal-Mart late at night and comments on the peculiar ambulation of the people found there, "It looked like the Department of Silly Walks in there!"


    Video Games 
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum: The Joker in the DLC has a very unusual default walk — Milking the Giant Cow upstairs, Saturday Night Fever pimp-strut downstairs with more than a hint of Cockney / Madchester swagger thrown in. All part of the plan, of course.
    • Similarly, in Injustice: Gods Among Us while most characters either charge, jump attack or fly into a clash, the Joker instead does an exaggerated stride with a crowbar in hand.
  • Wario in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Amy Rose from Sonic Adventure is pigeon-toed, giving her a short stride and bouncy run which make her the least agile of the hedgehogs.
  • Inspector Cabanela (and quite a few other characters) of Ghost Trick.
  • The runner in QWOP runs like he has spasms. This is because the player is controlling his leg muscles individually, and likely not very well.
  • Castlevania: Most of the members of the Belmont family in the series walk in a very peculiar way that has since been dubbed the "Belmont walk" or "pimp walk," depending on whom you ask.
  • In Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Deadpool has a sliding shuffle when walking forward (he looks like he's walking backwards) and moonwalks backward.
  • Bonne Jenet of Mark of the Wolves walks with hands on her hips, swaying her ass. She runs more normally, except for the part where she waves. All part of being an Attention Whore.
  • Frank West of Dead Rising has a rather unusual gait. Earlier plans for the game would have him hurt his ankle when he jumps out of the helicopter at the very beginning; the plot point was dropped but the odd, gimpy walk was kept.
  • In Team Fortress 2, crouching interacts with the standard animation cycle in strange ways, resulting in very silly walks. To wit:
    • Spy Crabbing - as Spy, take out your disguise kit. Crouch, aim upwards, and walk. While you won't be able to see anything except the ceiling, to everyone else it looks like you're imitating a crab.
    • Pimp walk: As Demoman, have your melee weapon out, crouch, and look up. This gives the Demoman a very silly looking strut.
    • Disco Sniper: Crouch and then zoom in and out rapidly on your rifle. Sniper will then proceed to gyrate his hips rapidly.
  • The protagonist of Treasure Master doesn't walk so much as exaggeratedly strut everywhere.
  • In Messiah, when you possess a pimp, you walk with, well, an exaggerated pimp strut.
  • As part of the deep character customization in the Saints Row games, you can choose your walking style, and some of them are really out there. All running and jumping looks roughly the same.
  • All playable characters in Rogue Legacy walk by goosestepping around with their sword over their head.
  • "Stupid Walking" can be unlocked in West of Loathing from the start. The perk cycles your character through a whole variety of silly walks.

    Web Animation 
  • Baman Piderman: The title characters walks like a baby taking its first steps. That said, they rarely even do anything that can be called walking.
  • The main character in Not Stanley walks sideways in a crab-like manner with no arm movement.


    Web Video 

    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes: Marvin the Martian's distinctive shuffling walk.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • Goofy had a distinctive walk in the 1930s, with his knees bending backward and his feet swiveling nearly all the way around. It carried over into Kingdom Hearts. It's particularly noticeable in the Timeless River.
    • Donald Duck has a distinctly duck-like waddle, which also carried over into Kingdom Hearts.
  • Cow and Chicken: The Red Guy often 'walks' on his buttocks when crossing large distances. When he's in a hurry, he's just rolling.
  • Zoidberg from Futurama does a kind of scuttle, albeit during his more quirky moments. Justified in that he's basically a crab with an octopus for a face.
  • The Teaser of the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "The Sponge Who Could Fly" pulls a trolling moment on Patchy, passing off an animation in which SpongeBob walks in very silly ways down a CG-rendered street as a complete new episode, before letting him know and moving on to the episode proper.
  • King Rollo never goes anywhere without flailing his arms wildly.
  • The titular characters in Ed, Edd n Eddy. In fact, the first teaser for the series consisted of the Edds just walking and running around:
    • Ed runs with his body bent 90 degrees to the ground and leaning backward.
      • Edd attempts it while imitating him but just falls backwards.
    • Edd runs with bolt upright posture, with his arm hooked inward.
      • One would assume, with Edd's scientific mind, he does this to lower wind resistance. But this posture actually would maximize his wind resistance.
    • Eddy runs at a 90 degree angle like Edd, except leaning forward.
  • Alejandro in Total Drama All Stars moves by using his hands, until it's revealed that his legs are healed after all, although he still does that in order to keep Heather's guard down and to avoid letting his fellow villians see him as a threat in order to vote him off as part of a Wounded Gazelle Gambit up until Nobody Egg-spects the Spanish Opposition.
  • Kaeloo: In the episode "Let's Play Hot-Cold", Mr. Cat attempts to teach Stumpy how to impress girls. Part of his act involves strutting around like a deranged rooster with a ridiculous smile on his face.

    Real Life 
  • The guards at the Government Palace in Lima have a rather bizarre walk, as seen during the changing of the guards. Having them march in time to "O Fortuna" makes it all the more surreal.
  • Tiptoeing is a very silly way to stealthily move (as opposed to a more Boring, but Practical crouch walk).


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