|“||I've done some research, and I believe it means the person cares SO little that the last droplets of care spirit are being sucked out of their body, through their arms, and out of the tips of their fingers, and into the outer reaches of interstellar space to be lost forever.||”|
Arm fluttering is a common gesture used in BFDI. It is usually used by a character to express extreme excitement, panic, or anger.
The gesture went unnamed until Getting Teardrop to Talk, when Lollipop first coined the term. However, Pillow's research concludes that the gesture is a way of showing extreme disinterest in a topic. She claims that it allows one's "care spirit" to be sucked out of their body, though their fingers, and into Space. This is obviously not true, of course, especially when Barf Bag tried to convince Lollipop that her brain wasn't dead from barf molecules.
In "Getting Teardrop to Talk", Teardrop flutters her arms when she is interested in Eggy's story. She also did the gesture (off-screen) when Lollipop tried to sell her Fork Repellent, which she probably wanted considering she was stabbed with a fork earlier in the episode. Coiny does the gesture when he begs Four to bring back Pin after he disfigures her. Barf Bag also did the gesture when she got mad at Lollipop and Pillow for undermining her, and Firey also did it when talking to Loser.
In "Return of the Rocket Ship", Death Pact flutters their arms to Black Hole, Black Hole says he's Appalled by this gesture.
Characters who arm fluttered
- Barf Bag