Created By: Knight9910 on March 12, 2013 Last Edited By: Knight9910 on March 12, 2013
Nuked

Not So Perfect Stance

The characters assure us this martial arts stance is perfect, but we're not so sure.

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I'm not sure if this should be added so I won't make a big description yet. I'll explain it first and see if people like it.

Most often this occurs when a fighter is supposed to be just PERFECT, but the problem is that the animator or choreographer (depending on whether it's live action or animated) doesn't actually know martial arts. As a result we get crazy "perfect" poses that are awkward as Hell. Alternately, we might find the character just standing there, not in a stance at all, yet the other characters assure us that their stance is absolutely flawless.

Differs from Artistic License Martial Arts, because that trope is all about flashy moves like spinning kicks and flying punches, whereas this is specifically about the character's stance.

A few examples:

  • In Dragon Ball, when Goku fights the mummy in the Baba arc, his opponent keeps insisting that "his stance is perfect" and "I can't find a single opening anywhere on his body." When the camera pans over to show us Goku he's just standing there with his hands at his sides, completely undefended.

  • And an example of Type 1: Death the Kid's truly awkward "Mortal Sin Stance" from Soul Eater. Doubles as Gun Fu, but we do see him use it without his weapons as well.
Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • March 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    This is still a subtrope of Artistic License Martial Arts. As such I'm not sure this is tropable. And your two examples are pretty disparate, it sounds like the Goku one is Played For Laughs while Kid is more a result of Confusion Fu. And is never said to be perfect, but it does work for him.
  • March 12, 2013
    Knight9910
    I thought it was a subtrope too. Thing is, issues related to stances are never brought up on ALMA, which seems to be intentional.
  • March 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    There's a couple stance examples on ALMA (the Crane stance from Karate Kid comes to mind) but I think it's more that bad stances are a lot less overt.
  • March 12, 2013
    Knight9910
    So then, question is, do people think this trope should exist, or do people think that ALMA is fine for this? If people think it should be discarded feel free to tag motion to discard
  • March 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I personally think it's fine just to include this trope in ALMA, but I'm not putting a motion to discard until more people chime in. ALMA doesn't explicitly leave it out, so I think it would be fine.
  • March 12, 2013
    WackyMeetsPractical
    My personal stance is that it's better to have a few broad tropes than to have many hyper-specific tropes. In this case, it seems likely that poorly researched martial arts stances go hand in hand with badly researched martial arts moves. It doesn't seem likely that one would occur without the other, so I see no reason to have this as two different tropes.
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