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Whenever a video game character uses his LimitBreak, a portrait of him or close-up of his face is flashed on the screen just before he proceeds to beat the crap out of his enemy. This allows us to see the determination on the attacker's face that would otherwise be difficult to convey on the character's in-game sprite or model. If the model ''is'' detailed enough to convey emotion, then an alternate option is to have the camera temporarily zoom in on the attacker.

When used with an image, this trope is frequently referred to as a "cut-in."

See also {{Eyedscreen}}, VersusCharacterSplash.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Fighting Game]]
* The ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' games.
** Its predecessor ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'' has a Super Move '''Sound Effect''': a deep "'''X!'''" for X-Men (a holdover from ''X-Men: Children of the Atom'') or "'''Infinity!'''" for other characters (which also carries over into [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfSuperHeroes the first MvC game]] for the returning cast from MSH).
** ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'' and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' show close-up animations of the characters which changes for each Hyper Combo.
* Quite a few ''{{MUGEN}}'' characters, though it's mostly in an attempt to stay true to the games they come from.
** Shadow Kouma, an edit of [[MeltyBlood Kishima Kouma]], has a LITERAL ONE.
* Used in the ''GundamVsSeries'' series of {{Fighting Game}}s. The installments centered around ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', ''ZetaGundam'', ''GundamSEED'' and ''GundamSEEDDestiny'' flash the character's portrait when the player activates their SuperMode, while ''Gundam Vs. Gundam NEXT'' shows a cut-in of your character if you land the final attack. ''Gundam Extreme Versus'' brings back {{Super Mode}}s, but this time portraits only appear if it's especially critical (ie, if you're low on HP and/or it's the last 30 seconds of a match).
* ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture'' shows this for supers and "custom combo" inputs; in the latter case the portrait lingers for a second or two and the character's facial features twitch to give some semblance of not being just a still image. There are also "defeated" portraits when a super move [=KO=]s a combatant.
* In ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle'', Heart Heat Attacks ([=HHAs=]) zoom in on the character launching the move. Great Heat Attacks ([=GHAs=]) show a momentary cutaway in the style of manga panels as the character winds up.
* Done in the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' {{Fighting Game}}s. Taken further, unleashing [[LimitBreak Bankai]] causes a short cutscene of their personal activation method to play.
* Final Smashes in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl'' tend to zoom in on the character using it immediately before the effect.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown V'' had a variation. Portraits appeared not when a character used a super attack, but when they activated "[[DesperationAttack Mu no Kyouchi]]" [[SuperMode mode]] (which dramatically slows down the opponent).
* The ''Mahjong Fight Club'' series has in-game AI-controlled avatars of real life {{Mahjong}} professional league players. Whenever one of them wins a hand, a cut-in of the pro's face flashes on their opponents' screens right before declaring the win. The pros themselves also have special user accounts that allow them to play as their in-game avatars (with a "real-life person" tag in place of the usual "CPU"), which will have the same effect, though the pro will see his/her own facial cut-in on his/her own screen as well.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' and ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' both use the zoom-in, screen freeze, flashy lights variant when a Super Art is activated. ''[=SFIV=]'' goes one step further, and uses full motion zoom-ins for Ultra Moves, to enhance that OhCrap feeling.
* ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses'' uses this whenever any wrestler performs one of her two finishing moves.
* ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'', as of ''Actress Again Current Code''.
** Also happens in earlier games for EX and Arc moves.
* Based on the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANTj2PpyXS0 trailers]], ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'' has added these to accompany the Full Drive super moves.
* ''VideoGame/NarutoClashOfNinja'' and in the Ultimate Ninja series has a portrait of your character appear briefly in the background when activating your special attack.
** ''VideoGame/NarutoShippuddenUltimateNinjaStorm3'', you get a scene from the anime and a PreAsskickingOneLiner when finishing an opponent with an ultimate.
* [[TheKingOfFighters The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match]] did this with the character's MAX2 supers.
* Starting around 2002, the Wrestling/{{WWE}} series of games (formerly WWE Smackdown or WWE Smackdown Vs Raw) began adding more cinematic touches to the fights, typically dramatic zoom-ins, slow-mo, camera pans and/or [[RepeatCut repeating replays]] of successful finishing moves. In previous games you could invoke this trope in singles matches.
* {{VideoGame/Dead Or Alive 5}} does this with power blows.
* ''{{Skullgirls}}'' uses black-and-white portraits of characters behind fast-moving film reels, in keeping with the game's film noir aesthetic.
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Aquapazza}} Aquapazza]]'' has this for each of the characters' Splash Arts.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Ougon Musou Kyouku]]'', characters' portraits swoop in when they make meta-declarations or counter-declarations, and they get one or more for their meta super attacks. Even support characters' portraits appear for their assists.
* ''GuiltyGear Xrd'' goes the ''SFIV'' route and has cinematic startups to certain supers.
* ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' has ''multiple'' cut-ins appear during the animations for certain SP Skills.
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[[folder:Hack And Slash]]
* If it's been a {{Koei}} hack and slash franchise, it's used this trope. They seem to favor extreme close ups over still portraits, but that's mostly dependent on the franchise. Almost all of the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' and ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' games have used extreme close ups of the character model, often from multiple dramatic angles.
** Most characters in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam'' use the standard artwork of the character in an action pose for their True Musou attack, but certain characters like [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Domon Kasshu]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Kira Yamato]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna F. Seiei]] feature them in their respective SuperMode.
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[[folder:Mecha Game]]
* ''VideoGame/GotchaForce''
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[[folder:{{MMORPG}}s]]
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'', when a Dungeon Fighter uses their classes "Awakening" skill (or certain high level normal skills), a portrait of their subclass appears on screen
* ''VideoGame/GrandChase'' does this during special attacks.
* Special Actives in {{VideoGame/Elsword}} also work like this.
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[[folder:Party Game]]
* ''VideoGame/MarioParty 3'' does this on the duel boards when one player's partner attacks the opposition.
** ''Mario Tennis'' uses a "VS" version of this.
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[[folder:Platform Game]]
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape 3'' has the bosses do this. Usually before doing a hard to dodge or powerful move.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'', when initiating a Dual Crush attack, the portraits of the two protagonists will flash on screen in a brief time-stop moment, accompanied by the characters shouting the incantation.
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[[folder:Rhythm Game]]
* Even ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' started doing this in [=SuperNOVA 2=], flashing a portrait of the dancer in the background whenever the player gets high {{Combos}}. (20 or higher, with another portrait flash for every 50 combo)
** Hottest Party 3 took this up another notch and made it more awesome. Starting from 50 combos the character will make a move on screen, and from 100 to 200 combos, so on, they'll continue to make a fancy celebrating move for it. And better yet, if you end off with a full combo, they'll have a finishing move while "Full Combo Finish!!" flashes on screen. Distracting for easily distracted players, but it's still very awesome.
* ''EliteBeatAgents'' and ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'' have the portrait of the lead member appear whenever the player completes a particularly good string of beats or hits a specific number of combos.
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[[folder:Role Playing Game]]
* The ''TalesSeries'' uses this for its strongest attacks, known as Mystic Artes (Hi-Ougis) or Blast Calibers, depending on the game.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has two grades of Mystic Arte, one which gets a little portrait of the character and the strongest ones, which [[spoiler:you can't get in the first playthrough and]] show a full pic of the character in dramatic combat pose.
** If you're on a ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' New Game +, you have a chance to see Kunzite's Mystic Arte use a different portrait from normal - specifically, with his helmet off.
** The UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' gives all the main characters new Mystic Artes, and just to show how awesome and powerful they are, the accompanying new {{Super Move Portrait Attack}}s are ''animated''. (Because nothing quite says "power" like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Zy8LUZ1kzM boobie bounce]].)
** The Link artes in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' briefly display a face portrait of the two participating characters whenever they're used.
* ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Harmony]]'' adds a SuperMovePortraitAttack LimitBreak system to the normal skills of the game. This makes the game rather easy for half the game, since Luna's move restores all hp and mp.
** LunarLegend did it first.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' shows a close-up of the hero every time you use a fusion power. Portraits of the Personas involved will appear to his sides.
** It also randomly shows a cutaway of the character's face when their Persona either hits a weakness or gets a critical hit (and the first time they summon in battle, regardless of how it hits). It applies both to the party members as well as enemy Persona users (and the optional superboss.)
** Finally, when you've knocked all enemies down, a character will remind you (via portrait pop-up and a voice-over) to initiate an [[BigBallOfViolence All-Out Attack]]. Agree, and the screen will throw up the portraits of all characters participating in the attack.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' features your party's portraits when they perform one of their follow-up attacks. In addition, the random face cutaways are still present.
* The PSP remake of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'' added these to fusion spells. Everyone participating in the spell appears on the screen, usually with some loose bit of clothing or their hair flapping about as a [[DramaticWind side effect of summoning their Personas]].
* Fusion attacks in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'': Level 1 Fusions have Neku's portrait on the bottom screen, and his partner's portrait on the top screen, each in a colored horizontal bar. Level 2 Fusions have the two portraits side-by-side, in colored vertical bars that stretch across both screens; this one of both characters with their eyes closed, opening them simultaneously. Level 3 fusions have full-body, non-bar portraits of the two characters in fighting poses circle each other once or twice before the attack starts.
* From the [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire third]] generation of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games onward, Pokémon using a move outside of battle (Cut, Fly, etc.) flash across the screen and cry before performing the action.
** It also happens when you're challenged by a Gym Leader.
* ''RivieraThePromisedLand'' does this for characters' Level 3 Over Skills and enemies' Max Rage attacks.
* The final battle of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' manages a sprite-based variant. When Kefka begins charging his [[AwesomeButImpractical Forsaken]] attack, a small sprite representing his laughing face will appear on the battlefield. When he appeared in ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' the same attack reappears as his LimitBreak and a more traditional close-up of his face is used before pulling back to show the attack.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' made the most of its newfangled 3-D graphics to give the final boss a dramatic face close-up when he performed his [[OverlyLongFightingAnimation infamous]] Supernova attack.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'': ''EndlessFrontier'' has two cut-ins for each character: one "normal" one and one showing part of the attack in progress - Harken turning his super revolver into a beam cannon, Aschen removing her personality limiters (and [[{{Fanservice}} significant chunks of spandex]]), and so on. They also pop up whenever you switch characters or summon in support characters to join in on the beatdown, and the second game makes them even more elaborate and increases their number greatly as well because of all the support-only characters. It also cranked up the ammount of [[MaleGaze butt-shots and]] [[FanService bouncy breasts]].
* ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'' with its Trinity Acts and Excel Trinity Acts.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' and its sequels: Not in the games themselves, but one of the online Dream World minigames, named [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/List_of_Pok%C3%A9mon_Dream_World_mini-games#Open_the_Treasure_Box "Open the Treasure Box"]], featured this when beating the minigame.
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[[folder:Shoot Em Up]]
* Spell card declarations in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''
** Taken [[UpToEleven up a few notches]] with Utsuho's, wherein the portrait is accompanied by large, yellow, radiation-symbol-spammed "CAUTION!" text scrolling across the screen as well as a blaring klaxon. Reason for this being that she is a ''[[PersonOfMassDestruction living thermonuclear weapon.]]''
* Characters in ''VideoGame/{{Otomedius}}'' flash their portraits when using a P-Burst or D-Burst attack. The portrait is different depending on which Burst is used.
* In ''Wolf of the Battlefield: VideoGame/{{Commando}} 3'', the M-Crash special attack is accompanied by a cut-in portrait.
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[[folder:Turn Based Strategy]]
* [[CombinationAttack Team attacks]] in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''.
** In the newer games, the Magichange ability also does this (As shown in the trope picture).
** Some normal moves do this, as well, the Prism Rangers' Prism Justice (Squeezes the portraits of all seven of them onto the screen), and Mid-Boss' Adonic Buster and Super Adonis (A four person team attack and magichange respectively, both using copies of himself) being particularly noteworthy.
*** ''[[VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten Disgaea 4]]'' takes this UpToEleven with the Prism Rangers ultimate attack. It shoves 13 portraits on screen at once!
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games in general absolutely abuse this, sometimes using cut-ins of the pilot, the mecha itself preparing the attack (or the next part of it), or both. In some of the games, everything from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dcALByDqAs the most basic attack]] is precipitated by at least a pilot cut-in. Considering [[OverlylongFightingAnimation the length of the more powerful attacks]], they almost affect the StoryToGameplayRatio.
* Simillary, ''SDGundamGGeneration'' post [[GundamSeed SEED]] uses this in anything stronger than vulcan and punch attacks. This is because you're basically create your own robot army, so cut-ins are used to show who is in your mech. Story-based G Generation games uses cut-in to show the character's pulling out ID Commands.
* ''AdvanceWars'' shows a portrait of the CO whenever they use their CO-Power.
* ''LaPucelle''
* Team/Group Attacks in ''VideoGame/ChaosWars'' show face cut-ins of all the characters participating in the combo. When a unit performs a Realize Special, a larger portrait of the unit is shown, and during the attack, just before landing the final blow, a face-cut in appears.
* Pretty much every [[LimitBreak Flash Drives]] in the ''LuminousArc'' [[LuminousArc2 series]], with the [[LuminousArc3 third]] game also bringing in [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 Unison Strike]] combo attack between [[TheHero Refi]] and his [[DatingSim partner]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' pulls this when characters execute special skills or critical hits.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'', a brief portrait of both the Pokemon and the Warrior commanding it will appear when attacking with a super-effective move or activating a Warrior Skill.
* ''ValkyriaChroniclesIII'': When certain characters use their super special powers, such as [[CombinationAttack Kurt]], [[MacrossMissileMassacre Imca]], and [[SuperMode Riela]]. [[spoiler:Also, [[GuestFighter Alicia and Aliasse]].]] The use of Order in the game may also be counted as this.
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[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* Even the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series does it, a close up of the Attorney/Prosecutor appears in the screen, generally when doing an Objection!
** The beginning of the cross-examination, when the ''samurai eye shots'' of the prosecutor and the defense attorney are shown glaring at each other ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome with gusto]]!''
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!!Non-video game examples:

[[folder:{{Manga}} and {{Anime}}]]
* This happened in the ''[[Anime/NegimaSecondSeason Negima!?]]'' second series during the {{Omake}} involving Chao's super glove and her 2-D fighting game-esque battle with Ku Fei.
* [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha]] does this sometimes. Especially in the movie, when she calls out her WaveMotionGun attack.
* Used in ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'' for the last episode CombinationAttack.
* ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm'' contains a callback to the ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' games in which Akiha's portrait appears during a very violent volleyball game.
* ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' carries this over from the original game, particularly when characters are about to get serious.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{Bunnykill}} 4'' has the battle in the Dragon Shrine, where both main characters and the BigBad get one such attack each.
* ''WebAnimation/BananaNanaNinja'' uses these extensively, usually to add emphasis to Baninja's fits of overly dramatic dialogue, but also in action and fight scenes.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* As a parody of various video game tropes, ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' made [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=000993 liberal]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=001072 use]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=001133 of]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=001137 these]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=001736 shots.]]
* As an obvious ShoutOut to ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'', the entire cat family does one in the 663rd strip of ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}''.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://l.j-factor.com/misc/anime.gif That animated GIF]] where a stick figure tries to [[spoiler:[[DoorJudo open a door.]]]]
* [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/File:Zidanecombo.gif One take]] on [[WorldCup Zidane's]] UseYourHead moment.
* Done in ''WebVideo/CollegeSaga'' with Jesús's "Hallelujah" special.
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