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[[caption-width-right:292:May be a symptom of advanced stages of a VillainousBreakdown.]]

Sometimes, when a character is sufficiently angry and deranged, or just about to snap, they adopt this pose: head down, everything limp, lurching as if they were a marionette that's had its strings cut. KubrickStare, and [[{{Angrish}} inability to form coherent sentences]] optional. This is sometimes taken as the start of UnstoppableRage -- any character that dares to get close risks serious injury, especially if the character is also [[SwordDrag dragging a large weapon across the ground.]]

Probably taken from Western horror flicks, where it's associated with zombified/possessed characters. Compare with PrimalStance, MarionetteMotion and ZombieGait.

May also be that the rage is the only reason they're still standing if it's toward the end of an UnstoppableRage and they're completely exhausted, not wasting energy on posture.



[[folder:{{Anime}} & {{Manga}}]]
* Occurs a few times in ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
* Guaranteed in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' with Louise every time her and Saito's relationship gets rocky.
* Since the two main female leads of ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' are {{Yandere}} for Makoto, they do this towards the end.
* Done by the more {{Woobie}} characters in ''{{Naruto}}''. Namely Sasuke, Gaara, and Naruto.
** Maybe ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds that]]'' kind of Woobie.
* ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' - when Saki gets called an otaku by Ogiue.
* ''Manga/TheWallflower'' - Sunako cracks after her chocolate is destroyed by the InstantFanClub.
** She also does this when the four main {{Bishonen}} characters first meet her.
* Non-aggressive example: in the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' TV series, Maggie is forbidden to go into any bookshops in a town full of them, despite her being a total bibliomaniac. Cue lurching from shopfront to shopfront.
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', whenever Nyuu flips over to Lucy her head drops so her hair covers/shades her eyes.
* When brutally questioned by TheMenInBlack about her family, Lain from ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' does this. [[spoiler:And then reverts to her Wired persona and chews him out.]]
* After [[spoiler:his]] FreakOut, [[spoiler: [[ButtMonkey Shinji]]]] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' does this. He also strangles [[spoiler: [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]]]] in this pose.
** The Evangelions themselves could be considered to ''always'' be assuming this pose.
* Most of the main cast in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' tend to do this eventually, but Satoshi and Keiichi usually bring their WeaponOfChoice, the [[BatterUp baseball bat]] with them.
** [[{{Yandere}} Shion]] walks around like this whenever she's pacing about the Sonozaki Theater and Torture Chamber during Maekashi-hen.
* In ''Manga/MinamiKe'', Chiaki does this briefly when Kana challenges her to decide who goes out for drinks in the rain.
* Kuro, an early villain from ''Manga/OnePiece'', goes like this and sways back in forth in order to put himself into a blind trance where he slashes up everything around him.
** Luffy himself does it in [[TheMovie Movie]] 6, after [[spoiler:Lily eats his friends, turns into millions of arrows, and shoots them all into his skin]]. It's one of the creepiest things in OnePiece history.
* Mai in ''Anime/MaiHime'' does this for a little in the midst of her TraumaCongaLine.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Crona and Maka when they use the black blood.
** The 'marionette' description is particularly apt for Crona's first appearance. Firstly, they look as though being dragged by Ragnarok rather than wielding him, secondly they're being at least provoked into killing Maka by Medusa, if not physically controlled by her.
** Madness personified, the Kishin Asura moves this way all the time, primarily due to having been skinned alive and sealed in a bag for hundreds of years, meaning he has to learn how to walk upright again.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' uses this in the first [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]], ''Trust & Betrayal'', when Kenshin is chasing after Tomoe and is increasingly worn down by his attackers.
* Noa briefly in ''Anime/YuGiOh''.
* Sumire in ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus'' gets this when fighting Luca. Her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Berserker mode]] gets shot with [[ShockAndAwe lightning]] to [[ShootingSuperman no effect]].
* Ginias from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' ends up like this once he goes over the edge towards the end of the series.
** It's worth noting it could stem from the fact that he seems two steps away from falling on the floor and going into cardiac arrest at this point, presumably due to neglecting even his most basic health needs in favor of working on his pet project.
* {{Invoked}} by Haruko in the first episode of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', while attacking Naota in the hospital.
* If memory serves, [[Franchise/DragonBall Goku]] struck this pose when Frieza killed Krillin. [[UnstoppableRage And the rest]], [[SuperMode as they say]], [[CurbStompBattle is history]].
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[LoveFreak Juvia Loxar]], after her ImpliedLoveInterest Gray Fullbuster's life is threatened.
* In ''Anime/CasshernSins'', this pops up from time to time - primarily from Casshern himself during his UnstoppableRage freakouts early on, but mook robots sometimes do it too.
* [[LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD Issei]] confronts Raynare like this. The limp is because he just took two holy spears through the thighs, the livid is because [[spoiler:she just killed Asia]].
* Yuu in ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'' does this when giving into his SuperpoweredEvilSide.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'': Kisshu does this after getting rejected by Ichigo and loosing his sanity as a result. He tries to then [[IfICantHaveYou kill Ichigo]], [[SpurnedIntoSuicide himself]] and [[MurderTheHypotenuse her love interest]].
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': [[TheBerserker Guts]] sometimes does this when in the grip of UnstoppableRage. Usually right before his enemies die a very messy death.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Kaneki and Mutsuki are NotSoDifferent with their respective roles as one eyed ghouls who initially couldn't control their powers and attracting admirers of the AxCrazy variety, and Kaneki even garners one in Mutsuki himself. When Mutsuki shows up to attack Touka out of jealousy she stabs him in self defense with her kagune and he pushes himself up with his kagune while bleeding making this stance. Kaneki does this at times when going into his centipede kakuja form which is obtained by eating other ghouls and comes with SanitySlippage attached.
* The Berserk Fury in ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury'' pulls this off during its final battle with the Liger Zero, after its pilot has been knocked unconscious and the Fury is relying purely on its feral instincts to fight.

* This is Septimus' fighting style in ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' after [[spoiler:Lamia kills him and uses him as a [[PeoplePuppets puppet]]]].
* Silva at the end of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. After [[spoiler: Bond's manor and his own helicopter]] blow up practically in his face, he loses both his posture and what remains of his sanity. He spends the rest of his screentime stumbling around with only willpower keeping him vertical.
--> "Do you see what comes of all this...running around, Mister Bond? All this jumping and fighting...it's ''exhausting''."

* In the final video of the [[{{Series/Firefly}} R. Tam Sessions]], River is shown sitting behind a table with her head bowed....right before she [[ThePenIsMightier stabs her interrogator in the throat with a pen.]]

* Randy Orton tends to do this as part of the setup for his finisher, the RKO. He also tends to just move like this overall, especially when acting as a {{Heel}}, as part of his "viper-like" persona.

* Most stage portrayals of ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' have the title character do this after the most decent character in the play royally bollixes up his revenge.

* Riot of the Blood Iori's (''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'') default stance is this, complete with GlowingEyesOfDoom and steam coming out of his mouth.
** Leona too. Also Vice in her KOF 98 fighting stance.
* Zappa from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' adds some additional horror into [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters4/zappa-a.html his version]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} 2'', a certain type of skeletal enemy fits this trope to a T. They shamble around dragging enormous broadswords, but if a player gets too close they can swiftly attack.
* The Tails Doll from ''[[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic R]]'' isn't ''overtly'' malevolent, but the way it remains almost constantly limp has given it a legendary reputation.
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' does this to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]] in the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Onion Knight]]'s storyline. However, it doesn't quite work due to [[GoingThroughTheMotions the limited expressive range]] of the character models used, and she ends up looking hung over more than anything.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' In the battle against [[spoiler:Adachi.]]
* Oichi in the third ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' game, due to being little more than a living puppet animated by malevolent shadows. Mitsuhide, Mitsunari and Matabe also have tendencies towards acting like this, highlighting their mental instability.
* ''VideoGame/WayOfTheSamurai'':
** Kyojiro Kagenuma in ''VideoGame/WayOfTheSamurai 2'' stands neutral with her sword to the side, but her combat style [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkvOnEwpC5k#t=4m54s most assuredly fits]], underlying her bloodthirsty nature.
** Also [[PlayerCharacter you]] in ''[[VideoGame/WayOfTheSamurai WOTS]] 2'' and ''3'', if you obtain [[BerserkButton Okyo's]] sword,
* Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' does this when in [[spoiler: Wrath Form]]. Goes into a PrimalStance occasionally, too.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': In the [[UpdatedRerelease Prepare to Die Edition content,]] [[FallenHero Abysswalker Artorias]] spends the entirety of the fight in this posture. The reason he does it is one of his arms is horribly broken and mangled, and the other one is [[SwordDrag dragging]] his signature [[{{BFS}} greatsword]]. True to form for this trope, he manages to be perhaps one of the single most relentless bosses in the game (considering that this is ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', that's saying something), lunging forward abruptly over impossible distances and somersaulting through the air and crashing down on you repeatedly.
* The Gangrel player character in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' does this when he or she is using the Protean discipline. For bonus points they grow elongated claws from their hands and run in a loping, beast-like fashion.
* Tira in ''[[{{VideoGame/SoulSeries}} Soulcalibur]]'' does this in her "Gloomy" personality. Her voice is deeper and more guttural, her idle stance has her head pointed down, her weapon hanging around her neck, and she barely moves. Her attacks in said state are mostly more savage-looking and ignoring the thought of hurting herself, such as attacking with her weapon still hanging around her neck. In contrast, her "Jolly" personality speaks with a higher-pitched and childish voice, her idle stance is just shy of a dance, and her attacks are much more acrobatic, even playful.
* In the remakes of ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', Zinnia leans forward and sways to the side with a manic look on her face at the beginning of a battle with her.
* In ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'', this is one of the signs that Yandere-Chan is visibly insane, as well as anyone completely mindbroken by ColdBloodedTorture.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Ghirahim briefly does this during the final confrontation with him once Link exposes the [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak spot]] in his abdomen.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Conquest'', the FinalBoss uses their wounded animation during the cutscene before the fight to give off this impression.

* Azula goes like this during her final battle with [[spoiler: Zuko]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', in the advanced stages of her VillainousBreakdown. Along with her LaughingMad persona and perfectly-working [[PlayingWithFire firebending]], she becomes a really creepy opponent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[spoiler:Korra encounters a hallucination of herself multiple times that moves like this.]] Like with Azula's breakdown in the example above, it's very unsettling.