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->''"Pose as a team, 'cause [[LetsGetDangerous SHIT JUST GOT REAL]]."''
-->-- ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth''

This is performed by a team, usually involving a high degree of synchronization or symmetry and often both. As the name suggests, the Franchise/PowerRangers and Franchise/SuperSentai teams may be the UrExample. Tends to look awesome, even if it should -- by all rights -- look silly. Generally speaking, you need at least five people to pull this off, though more is better -- and some have managed to pull it off with as few as three.

The trope originated with {{Sentai}} and is never played straight outside of a {{Sentai}} work; examples outside {{Sentai}} works are almost always [[AffectionateParody Affectionate Parodies]]. Even within works, it's {{Lampshaded}} sometimes. For fun, is usually coupled with InTheNameOfTheMoon.

Compare: AsskickingPose, AngelsPose, VFormationTeamShot and AttackPatternAlpha.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' spearheaded the female variant.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** The Ginyu Force is a rare villainous [[strike:example]] parody. They got pissed when they realized that the heroes had killed off too many of their numbers to pull it off anymore. And they've earned something of an EnsembleDarkhorse fandom because of it, despite (or quite possibly because of) the fact that they were supposed to look genuinely stupid.
** Meanwhile, Gohan tries to pull off something similar as the Great Saiyaman, but since he only has one partner and he's a massive dork to begin with, it just ends up looking ridiculous. The only one who think he looks cool is his little brother.
* The ending theme of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' ends up with the cast in such a pose, closing the Hare Hare Yukai choreography.
* The Baka Rangers in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' had a way of doing this for fun. If that weren't enough, the SchoolFestival arc had a group of entertainers called the Mahora Sentai who did this during their shows.
* The ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' parody this, of course.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Kon has to become Karakuraizer (in Ichigo's body, of course) in two {{Filler}} episodes. And he even gets a FiveManBand to back him up consisting of [[{{Bokukko}} Tatsuki]], [[LipstickLesbian Chizuru]], [[ThoseTwoGuys Keigo]], [[WaifFu Ururu]], and [[FakeUltimateHero Don Kanonji]].
** The Great Desert Brothers/Three Brothers/Neldonde Bandits (Nel, Pesche and Dondochakka)
* Tomo gets Chiyo to strike one of these in the third supplemental chapter of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''
* The several victory poses Kogarasumaru pulls off in ''Manga/AirGear''. Parody examples of course.
* The five dream-warriors of ''Anime/{{Yumeria}}'' did this as well, in a moment of GenreSavvy, with the Red Ranger commenting that [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat she's always wanted to be]] a [[Franchise/SailorMoon Bishoujo Senshi]].
* The Children of ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'' absolutely love doing this. They even include multicolored smoke in the background! Now THAT'S dedication.
* ''Manga/KoiKoi7'' has one by the AmazonBrigade it shares its name with. Though according to [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]] Akio, the team was formed minutes before they appeared, so how they managed to work out such a synchronized pose is another matter entirely.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a slightly curious case with the rather zany Heart Pirates, led by [[TheStoic Trafalgar Law]], who are often seen decked in matching boiler suits and striking sentai poses behind their captain.
** The Vinsmoke Family makes for a rare antagonistic example. It's appropriate considering how they blatantly take inspiration from sentai shows and comics, with high-tech, colorful suits and separate elemental-themed powers.
* ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'', Daddy and Fuuka strike one of these at the beginning of the [[http://koiwai.biz/eng/v5/ch34/34_01120x175_jpg.htm second part]] of the [[BeachEpisode Beach Episode]]
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Death the Kid and his twin guns Patti and Liz will often go into a symmetrical formation (given Kid's SuperOCD) in which Kid will be on his knees with his arms low to the ground, Patty will be standing over him with her hands behind her head and Liz above both of them with her arms outstretched like wings. Sometimes, whenever this formation is less symmetrical (such as one point during their debut episode, when Patti was off to one side), Kid would get mad and shout at them.
-->'''Kid:''' Just look, Patti! Your stance is off again!
* [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:DP133.png This image]] from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' qualifies as this combined with VFormationTeamShot. (from left to right: ([[DarkIsNotEvil Gliscor]], [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Monferno]], [[TheHero Ash Ketchum]], [[{{Sidekick}} Pikachu]], [[BadassArmFold Buizel]], [[NobleBirdOfPrey Staraptor]] and [[TurtlePower Grotle]]). [[TerribleTrio The main Team Rocket trio]] also uses this trope during the recital of their motto. [[http://www.angelfire.com/anime3/Teamrocket/r63.jpg Case in point]]
* Parodied in ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', where entrance to the LXE headquarters requires both a password AND the people seeking entrance to strike a pose. When the heroes attempt to get in, they do the same thing (to Tokiko's great reluctance)... only to realize that even if they did know the password, it'd be rather stupid for the LXE to just let any random people into their secret headquarters (leading to a flustered Tokiko to just get pissed and bust the door down.)
* While the Super Sentai Stance is utilized within the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise (combined with BackToBackBadasses when a team is made of [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure just two]] [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar girls]]), ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars DX 2'' lampshaded this when [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure five]] [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar teams]] [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo of]] [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Pretty]] [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Cures]] pull this off when they're all first gathered. Cure Blossom and Cure Marine are more than a little awkward (more Blossom than Marine) by it all. ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' takes it one step further -- when the united five strike their first Super Sentai Stance... the monster hits them with a soda missile. ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' has an episode where Iona, once the AloofAlly, putting her new teammates onto a training camp and most of the stuff she wants to train for ''is this''.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' had a [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SRCVk2JWiZo/UbqpCyBsrVI/AAAAAAAAKpg/sA_kHCTSFjE/s1600/nyaruko_w_ep_9_eyecatch_b.jpg title card]] in its second season where Nyarko, Cuuko, and Hasta do one of these. For bonus points, it's part of a ShoutOut; they're posed as Series/SpaceSheriffGavan, [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger Kyoryu Red]], and Series/KamenRiderWizard, together forming a nod to the crossover movie ''[[Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiXSpaceSheriffSuperHeroTaisenZ Super Hero Taisen Z]]''

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'', the Dark Scorpions, a gang of thieves, do this on the card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Mustering_of_the_Dark_Scorpions Mustering of the Dark Scorpions]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'':
** The Furious Five take a pose at the tournament to choose the Dragon Warrior. Accompanied by a gust of wind from Crane.
** In the sequel, they do this only for [[ComedicHero Po to be facing in the wrong direction]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/HulkVs Wolverine'', ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} tries making the bad guys join him in doing one of these. It does not work.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/VampiresSuck'', the werewolves do it in a very gay way.
* ''Film/StreetFighter'' uses it as a MythologyGag at the end, by having the heroes pull their {{Victory Pose}}s from the game together in the final shot.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* TropeNamer: ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', its American adaptation ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and all their countless variants, of course. ''At least'' OncePerEpisode.
** At the end of several ''Super Sentai'' series, the last episode inevitably involves the rangers having one last pose together out of uniform for one reason or another, (sometimes their powers are completely lost, sometimes they just feel like doing it out of uniform, sometimes they do it helmetless, etc.) and then finishing the BigBad off for good. The feeling of ScrewDestiny and TrueCompanions in some of these cases is so powerful it's downright moving.
** Interestingly, when different teams of Rangers team up, they do their roll call poses but the final team shot is of all 10-12 with their arms at their sides (as there's a big explosion in the background, followed by Ranger-colorcoded smoke clouds. Well, PR gets the smoke clouds.)
** ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' arguably pokes fun at this with Gokai Green, who (as the PluckyComicRelief) tends to do very odd poses like giving himself bunny ears. Even this was lampshaded in one episode where the team fought {{Evil Twin}}s and, upon seeing his own role call pose, Green complains that it looks like he's wiping his hands on his pants after peeing; Yellow and Silver say that it's always looked like that. Don also has a hard time pulling off some of the more complex poses; [[FunnyBackgroundEvent look closely when the team is doing another Sentai's pose and you can often see him stumbling around]].
** ''Series/ResshaSentaiToqger'' even once had their {{HumongousMecha}}s do the pose!
* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' does this alot once all the scouts were introduced. Each one in a group would start their InTheNameOfTheMoon speech and pose, and then cut away to a group shot with them all finishing it in sync.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger''. Every time the characters try to do their pose, it goes wrong in some way (somebody trips, explosions go off at the wrong time, etc...).
* Spoofed with [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Biouman "Biouman,"]] a sketch from French comedic trio "Les Inconnus" parodying ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman''. Their three-man, final Sentai Stance results in an accidental GroinAttack.

* Music/MichaelJackson incorporated these with his backup dancers in his live shows. [[JustifiedTrope It looks cool, and it's a good time for him to catch his breath]].
* [[http://static1.allkpop.com/upload/2013/11/content/Bora_1383857704_FEMALE2a.jpg Sometimes used]] by K-Pop girl group [[Music/CrayonPop Crayon Pop]].

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The Power Raiders of Wrestling/{{AAA}} and the Hustle Kamen Rangers of Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE, being Super Sentai send ups, performed such poses before and after matches.

* In circuses, at the beginning and the end, the members of an act usually come up and make a pose. (And if their act IS a difficult pose, then their starting pose is often a simple one, not related to the pose that is actually their act.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Among the many, many [[ShoutOut Shout-Outs]] to classic Japanese series, Ralf and Clark from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' used to have a special intro pose mirroring the Cross Changer from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman''.
* The [=YuRiPa=] team of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' engage in this a few times during the course of the game, most notably in the intro sequence, and often involving the AngelsPose.
* The Meatball Brigade does this in ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//ROOTS]]''.
* In ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'', cousin Kuro regularly attempts a solo version of this. He's a huge {{Sentai}} fan and an IneffectualLoner.
* The Prism Rangers of ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'', being a straight ([[IncrediblyLamePun except for]] [[CampGay Prism Violet]]) ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' parody, made good use of this trope.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/GodHand'' with the Mad Midget Five (a parody of sentai teams, of course). Their pose is to lie on the ground in a V-shaped formation... ''with their legs sticking up in the air in a V-shape''. When defeated, they go into "Formation... C!" Which is turning to the side and grabbing each other's hips.
-->'''Gene:''' ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny ... douchebags!]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}'': "D- did you see that? A real Handsome Pose!"
* The main character of ''Suisei Tenshi Primaveil Zwei'', the captain of a parody super sentai team, exults in the first ever defeat of the MagicalGirl senshi parody, unconsciously strikes a VictoryPose as he cheers. His subordinates enthusiastically join him in turn. They never speak of this again.
* ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'' has the Barrier Trio, whose weakness depends on WHICH SuperSentaiStance they're in and which of the Trio is leading the Stance. When they're defeated, exhaused, they strike one last Barrier Pose. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome It is spectacular]].
* One optional Quest in ''VideoGame/DivinityIITheDragonKnightSaga'' has a group of people in rags approaching the PC, instantly switching into armor and weapons and striking such a pose. By the way the camera focuses on each one as their armor appears in a beam of light and they shout their names, you know it's a parody of this trope.
* A song in ''VideoGame/JustDance 3'' is an affectionate parody of sentai theme songs, complete with all four members dancing pulling off stances!
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}:
** In ''Videogame/PokemonXAndY'', members of Team Flare occasionally strike such a pose when preparing to do battle.
** In ''Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', using a Z-Move apparently ''requires'' you to do this, starting with a short dance based on hula movements before striking a dramatic pose.
** Buzzwole in a nutshell.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Happens in ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' when the Memory Donk attacks
-->''[everyone poses]''\\
'''Danny:''' What do we do now?!?\\
'''Chris:''' I don't know! It just felt right to pose like this!

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'': "[[RunningGag Pose as a team, 'cause SHIT JUST GOT REAL.]]"

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/FranceFive'', naturally, being an AffectionateParody of the Sentai genre, features this. Most notably in an animated EyeCatch starting episode 2. Although for the second part of the Eye Catch, the France Five screw up the Sentai Stance, and most of them end up sprawled while [[TheLeader Red Fromage]] [[FacePalm face-palms]].
* For WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's [[Recap/TheNostalgiaCriticS6E11 review]] of ''Film/TurboAPowerRangersMovie'', the Nostalgia Ranger is soon doing a one-man version of this once he suits up. Though he spices it up a bit with some hands-on-knees Charleston moves and a crotch grab.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' uses this trope, in the form of "[[AttackPatternAlpha Dragon Ex Kumai Formation]]" (and later, "Wudai Orion Formation").
* Early episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' had the Autobots doing this almost every time they came through a ground bridge portal. They've since (mostly) gotten over it.
* The acclaimed ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Godfellas" has a sect of four unassuming astronomy monks suddenly take on a Sentai Stance when Fry threatens to use their telescope without permission.
* Done in a decidedly non-battle context at the end of the opening to ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'', with the ponies in the back of the formation waving to make the whole thing look more friendly.