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->''"When {{Literature/Carrie}} started to get really good at telekinesis, I noticed she used her hands a lot. She was gesturing with them like a music conductor. You know who does that when they use telekinesis? People who aren’t telekinetic. Magicians and crap."''
-->-- Film.com, [[http://www.mtv.com/news/2771196/telekinetic-teenage-girl-carrie/ "We Asked a Telekinetic Teenage Girl with a Crazy Mother to Fact-Check ‘Carrie’"]]

Whenever characters with energy-projecting MagicAndPowers want to make a big impact crater, they'll follow the sweep of a clock when firing. Much like throwing a baseball, they will raise their arms straight up at 12, start SuckingInLines, then lower one or both arms to 3 (or whatever angle their target is at) and let loose. If the character is very fast, he or she may even "chain throw" KiAttacks by alternating charging and throwing between arms, much like a swimmer's strokes.

Similar to the PstandardPsychicPstance, this [[StockPoses pose]] is meant to give motion and direction to what would normally be intangible forces and liven up dull scenes. In the story itself, this is probably {{justified|Trope}} as being necessary for the FullContactMagic, [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinesis]] or CombinedEnergyAttack to be properly executed, in which case immobilizing the arms effectively stops the attack or forces a misfire.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Goku's [[CombinedEnergyAttack Spirit Bomb]] adapts the straight up then bomb position, while the [[KamehameHadoken Kamehameha]] used start with the arms spread wide at approximately 2 and 10 before cupping the gathered energy at the waist (though later they skipped that part and went straight to cup-and-fire); Vegeta, meanwhile, is more adept at chain blasting. Vegeta also has the Final Flash, in which he holds his arms out to his sides while charging up the attack and then brings his arms forward with hands cupped together (horizontally rather than the Kamehameha's vertical alignment) to fire the attack.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'':
** Camus and later Hyoga do the double drop as part of Aurora Thunder and Aurora Execution. The former, anime only, technique executes it quickly, so that the Saint tosses several blasts in succession. For the latter, raising your hands is part of a near-ritualistic stance, rather than a gathering of power.
** Subverted by the film version of Gemini Saga's Galactic Explosion. He will raise ''one'' hand high over his head... while his ''other'' hand, held close to his side, grasps a steadily-engorging globe of naked power. The TV version follows a more standard approach. Also subverted in the manga, as he just throws his hands up. However, most of its uses happen in a different way, sometimes resembling a '' KamehameHadouken''.
* "Blasting" spells in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', from the basic Fireball to the [[SphereOfDestruction Dragon Slave]] are often cast this way, with the mage in question raising her hands as she recites the incantation. Quite justified because the FunctionalMagic of ''Slayers'' is basically {{Theurgy}}, with black magic in particular requiring calling upon the power of the resident {{God of Evil}} or some of his almost-as-powerful spawn; it's basically a praying gesture.
* A few times in the ''Anime/RanmaOneHalf'' animation, though more often than not they will gather energy in their hands by holding them to the ''side'' rather than above. In the case of Ryouga's the Shishi Hokodan, the manga depiction will usually have him cross his arms over his chest, and he will only push his palms forward to channel the ki at the last second.
* Performed by the titular character of ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'' while momentarily transformed into a full oni due to his RedRightHand. In order to defeat a vicious, nigh-invincible enemy, oni-Nube raises his hand and gathers [[CombinedEnergyAttack the love and trust of his students]] into a sphere that he then flings down at the enemy, blasting a sizable hole through it.
** Minki, a female oni, also attempts this. But her PowerIncontinence often makes her drop the ball of hellfire on top of ''herself''.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'': In episode 31, [=OmegaShoutmon=] performs an anticlockwise version of this when unleashing a [[ChestBlaster Heavy Metal Vulcan]] on the mass of [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dorbickmon's minions]] [[FoeTossingCharge through which he had just torn]].
* An odd variant: when [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]] invokes his TimeStandsStill power, he raises his arms and sweeps them down and around before throwing them out to his sides on the shout of "''The World!''"
* During the climax of ''Anime/SummerWars'', Natsuki does this with [[MundaneMadeAwesome a Hanafuda card]].
* Variation in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. Nanoha does this with [[EmpathicWeapon Raising Heart]] when casting [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]], but the ball of condensed energy forms in front of her. When it's done charging, she slams Raising Heart into the ball, setting off the beam.
* In ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV'', Ryu spins his arms before cupping his hands for a Hadoken.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''The Big Comicbook/{{Fables}} Crossover'', Fantasy (as in the Genre [[AnthropomorphicPersonification given physical form]]) would routinely lob magical blasts this way.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013'': After materializing a {{fireball|s}} between her palms, Sunset Shimmer in demon form throws it by raising her arms above her head before bringing it down the Humane Six.

* Exploited as a plot-point to defeat the BigBad in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': Makuta Teridax has to raise his arms to use his gravity-powers, with which he wants to fold the planet onto itself and make Mata Nui, the hero, watch his people and his friends die. [[spoiler:The latter uses this opening to lunge at Makuta, crushing his head against a moon/asteroid/planet chunk (depends on the medium) that's been attracted by their combined gravity-powers.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Sabin's [[KamehameHadoken Aura Bolt]] technique shows him raising his hands above his head to suck in a ''massive'' sphere of spiritual power, then he'll aim his hands forward and release it as a gigantic beam.
* In a rather obvious parody of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the [[CombinedEnergyAttack Oni Spirit Bomb]] used by Ibuki Suika in the VideoGame/{{Touhou}} fighting games.
** Patchouli's "Saint Elmo's Pillar" also uses the Spirit Bomb pose.
* Most [[FireIceLightning nature-oriented]] Mages in the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series use this form while casting spells. Shamans (dark spellcasters) do it in reverse - holding their hands in front of themselves to charge the power up before raising them to unleash it.
* ''Videogame/SuperMarioRPG'':
** Mario's special attacks animations start with him raising his hands, power animation and then attacking in
** The same goes for Geno, who would do this in the opposite of normal order--pointing at the enemy first, then raising his hands with his powerup animation before using his special attack.
* Prevalent in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games. Characters will raise their hands, conjuring massive [[{{Fireballs}} fire]] or {{energy ball}}s, and then throw them at their targets.
* A few attacks in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'' use this animation, most notably Ionic Judgement (raise arms to gather lightning, release bolt), Neutron Bomb (charge up glowy orb, throw) and Thunderous Blast (shakily charge up electricity, release electrical bolt).
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'': The Blood Mage's spellcasting animation has him wave his arms around then bring them up. Most notable on his Flame Strike spell, which conjures up pillar of fire just as he brings his arms down.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', using mana attacks is sometimes done with this motion.
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-01-01 Terra]] in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' apparently likes flashy, though less power-efficient magic.