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Basic Trope: A character makes wild and grandiose gestures with his/her hands to show emotion.

  • Straight: Bob makes puts his hands up when he talks about himself.
  • Exaggerated:
    • In every sentence he says, Bob raises his hands up and never puts them down.
    • Bob doesn't just do this whenever he makes a sentence, he does it even when he is asleep, or he attacks his enemies.
  • Downplayed: Bob moves a finger or two only.
  • Justified: Bob is full of emotional energy justified by the situation, and the hand motions are for the purpose of expending his excess energy.
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  • Inverted: Bob never moves his hands which are rigidly in one place
  • Subverted: It turns out he just needs to grab a few things while talking
  • Double Subverted: But then he makes the motions after getting what he needs with them
  • Parodied: Bob keeps needing to grab things on high shelfs the whole time he's talking, so he keeps raising and lowering his arm while the pile of stuff on the table grows ever higher.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob milks the giant cow when he's angry, but not when he's excited.
  • Averted: Bob doesn't move his hands excessively.
  • Enforced: It's a stage production. If the gestures weren't exaggerated, the people all the way up in the cheap seats wouldn't know what's going on.
  • Lampshaded: "Must everytime he makes a speech be this gesture heavy?"
  • Invoked: Bob is trying convince people he's crazy, and so he gesticulates wildly, like a man drunk with power.
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  • Exploited: Another character drives Bob to make a speech while he is standing next to brittle antiques, causing him to break them.
  • Defied: Bob takes pride in keeping his body language reserved in all situations, and thinks the entire idea of this is stupid.
  • Discussed: "He's gonna start ranting and raving, all while waving his hands around like he was giving semaphore signals."
  • Conversed: "Where did he learn how to act, in old gore movies or what?"

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