Not So Perfect Stance
The characters assure us this martial arts stance is perfect, but we're not so sure.
Tropeworthy?

(permanent link) added: 2013-03-12 06:51:20 sponsor: Knight9910 (last reply: 2013-03-12 13:00:48)

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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.
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