A gesture of greeting and respect, typically a hand raised in the air.
Official national forms vary from country to country:
- American: forearm at 45° angle to the forehead, blade hand with palm towards face.
- British: similar to American, but with palm facing outward.
- Nazi Germany: straight arm extended forward and upwards.
Stylized forms appear in many magical girl titles:
- Sailor Moon in particular popularized the "V" hand held sideways, partially framing the eye. This was later inherited by Asamiya Athena from KOF 96 onwards.
- In Final Fantasy VIII, Rinoa Heartilly gestures with an upward pointing index finger.
Other well-known forms:
- Kung fu: a closed fist wrapped in an open palm, often with a slight bow
- Peace/Victory: outward palm with index and middle finger extended, arm extended forward
- Love: opposing thumbs and index fingers join at the fingertips in the shape of a heart; other fingers may suggest wings