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A popular visual trope often associated with martial arts. After performing a particularly cool move, or dropping from a great height, the character lands on the ground in a crouching position, feet wide apart and supporting their weight with one hand on the floor while the other hand is outstretched away from their body, usually pointed diagonally upwards. Extra coolness points are added if said hand on the floor is [[GroundPound a fist]] that actually causes [[GroundShatteringLanding damage to the ground you land on]].

A common variation of this features a head snap, where the character will land looking downward and after a [[{{Beat}} brief pause]], suddenly look up just in time for [[StuffBlowingUp something to blow up]] behind them, and/or sending a {{Badass}} DeathGlare to the enemy up front, or a KubrickStare for the camera.

Very common in manga, anime, and video games, but can also be seen in movies -- especially those with visual styles inspired by them.

A pun on "three-point landing", an aircraft landing in which both the main gear (the wheels further back on tricycle gear aircraft like airliners) and the nosewheel/tailwheel touch down on the runway at the same time, which is seen as a mark of skill among pilots. Also not to be confused with the ''skydiving'' three-point landing, where you land on your feet and then fall on your ass.[[note]]Not as bad as it sounds, and a common way of teaching people how to land without hurting themselves: Feet hit the ground first, then immediately transfer the force of the landing to other parts of your body by falling over in a controlled fashion, letting your hips take the hit instead of your weaker ankles and knees.[[/note]]

Watch the [[http://youtu.be/mgOtPXDyKjA SuperCut version!]]

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/KuroganePukapukaTai'', Commander Kuki lands like this after sliding down a rope to repel boarders, just before kicking ass overboard.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' uses this twice on one page in volume 3; when Asuna face-kicks Evangeline on the bridge, both of them execute a three-point landing. Asuna with rotation pivioting around her right foot, while Evangeline has to [[KnockbackSlide bleed off momentum]]. And this was a few pages before Asuna enters the probationary pacto with Negi.
* [[VigilanteMan Juliet]] from ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'', after bursting through a prison skylight to free one of her friends.
* Subverted in Asuka's debut episode in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Unit 02 destroys an Angel while underwater (an environment the EVA is not designed to handle), launches itself into the air via the resulting explosion, does a perfect three-point landing onto an nearby aircraft carrier... and then collapses into a useless heap as its power supply runs out.
* Subverted in ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'': Amelia tries to perform acrobatics, but ''accidentally'' lands head down, and it hurts.
* In ''Manga/{{Change 123}}'', when [[HotBlooded Hibiki]] [[spoiler:(merged with [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Zero]])]] chases Sora, at one point she does a spectacular three-point landing (presented on a double page spread, no less) after jumping off from a moving truck.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' You're on a soon-to-explode artificial island, running for your life towards the blimp that is your only means of escape, but your MoralityPet kid sibling can't keep up. What do you do? If you're Seto Kaiba, the answer is: pick him up and throw him onto the blimp's ramp with one hand, then jump clean over him and land like so. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGjBqQM87uo Seriously.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', Sena unintentionally pulled this off as he was thrown into the air and thus making his BigEntrance against the first game of the tournament against the Cyborgs.
* Kirito pulls this off in his BigDamnHeroes ascent to the entrance of the World Tree in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline''. Dressed in a black BadassLongcoat, it almost seemed more of an homage to TheMatrix. His sudden ground-shaking landing caused other players nearby to wonder if a special game event was in progress.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' does this frequently.
* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'': Nightcrawler too.
* As do almost all of the [[PrimalStance "animalistic"]] characters like {{Wolverine}}, Beast, Creeper, Sabretooth, X-23 and so on...
* ComicBook/IronMan does this so often it is his signature pose, although unlike most characters, his legs aren't widely spread apart. And his fist usually ends up ''in'' the ground as opposed to on top of it, since Iron Man usually does this at high speed and wearing heavy, durable armor.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' uses this, in particular ''Final Flight of the Osiris''.
* Major Kusanagi does it when she's pursuing a guy in the first ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' movie.
* Tifa does it [[RuleOfCool against a wall]] in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''.
* Jim from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' does this when the ship sets sail into space. There's a few seconds where he and the rest of the crew start to float in the air, before Captain Amelia has the gravity turned on and everyone gets a quick drop to the ground. Jim's the only one who does it, while most everyone else just lands on their feet, unfazed (and Dr. Doppler [[CrowningMomentOfFunny lands on his head with a loud crash, because of the clunky space suit he was wearing]])
* [[ActionGirl 7]] [[{{Pun}} of]] ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'' finishes her proper introductory scene with one of these, showcased on her [[http://www.scifiscoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/9_poster_7.jpg character poster]]. It is ''incredibly'' badass.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheMatrix''
** Trinity does this a few times, most notably [[spoiler:when she spectacularly makes this landing in front of a small building, having just backflipped off a motorcycle moving at an extreme speed through the air. As she lands, the motorcycle smashes into the building and [[EveryCarIsAPinto explodes]].]]
** Agent Brown, at the very beginning of the first ''Matrix'' movie, jumps over a city street while chasing Trinity over rooftops. He lands perfectly in the pose, complete with [[HandCannon Desert Eagle]] in his free hand.
** Neo, himself, does this at least once, from flight, landing atop a building in search of the Oracle.
* The Bride does this at one point in ''Film/KillBill''.
* Chun-Li does this in ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi''
* ''Film/IronMan''
** Iron Man does this basically whenever he lands at high speed (and at one point, hovering at head level before cutting thrust and literally dropping himself into this pose).
** Black Widow does it in ''Film/IronMan2'', as seen in the page image, but it's not a landing; she's actually getting up from a slide along the ground.
** In ''Film/IronMan3'', [[spoiler:the CreativeClosingCredits feature a montage of shots of three-point landings from throughout the series]].
* Jet Li does it a lot, but hell he and Vicent Zhao ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amjjD18lFbE who also does it]]) have a whole fight scene almost entirely crouching in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBs4VpNcV5o Fong Sai Yuk]]''.
* Donnie Yen and almost everyone in ''Film/DragonTigerGate''.
* Whenever the girls from ''Film/SuckerPunch'' land from leaping out of their transport during the dream sequences. Also, after Baby Doll kills off a samurai.
* ''Film/TheManFromNowhere'' features a three-point landing onto the hood of a fleeing car.
* Over the run of ''Film/TronLegacy'', this is seen being performed by Quorra, Sam, and Rinzler. This seems to be carried over to ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising''.
* ''Film/SpiderMan2'': Peter spider-senses a getaway car coming up behind him while he's on his bike. He leaps straight off the bike and over the car, three-point landing in the middle of the road -- all in plain view of two stunned boys.
-->'''Kid:''' How'd you do that?\\
'''Peter:''' Uh... work out, plenty of rest, y'know, [[{{Adorkable}} eat your green vegetables.]]\\
'''Other Kid:''' That's what my mom is always saying! I just never actually believed her!
* In ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', Matthew Patel does this during his battle with Scott.
* ''Film/PacificRim''; [[HumongousMecha Gipsy Danger]] pulls this off [[spoiler:after killing Otachi]]. Notable as this is done from ''fifty thousand feet in the air''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian does this from time to time since he'd rather hit the ground a bit harder than be disarmed.
* Lara and her sisters from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' does this on one occasion in ''Turn Coat''. From a helicopter. Without descent lines. It was flying above treetops before it reach the drop zone.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
** In "Salvation", Zod does one when he lands with great force in front of Clark.
** In "Luthor", [[spoiler:[[EvilCounterpart Clark]] [[ForWantOfANail Luthor]]]] does this. Comes with a ShockwaveStomp.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''
** Dante does this at the beginning of ''Devil May Cry 2''.
** In ''Devil May Cry 4'', both Dante and Nero land this way every time an enemy knocks them off their feet.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', while fighting the Storm Rider in {{Disney/Mulan}}'s world, one can perform an reaction command which will stun the Storm Rider. Afterwards, Sora lands in the described way. It can be seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyj0Ce_5Nb0#t=2m08s this video]].
** That game also features Sora's [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Anti Form]], which relegates itself to a feral stance. As a result, ''any'' landing ends up like this, since it's his default pose.
* [[{{Badass}} Mace]] [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Windu's]] jump attack in ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront 2'' looks like this, except that the hand in question is holding a lightsaber. And it does area damage.
* Samus Aran from ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' does this several times, usually after a spinning jump in the air. Kind of the ''only'' way for her to land, given that one of her suit's hands is an ArmCannon and therefore lacks a hand.
* The VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents do this often.
* Blood Elves in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' do this after jumping.
* ComicBook/IronMan does this when landing at high speed in the 2008 Game of the Movie.
* Snake, Raiden, Drebin, and just about everyone from the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games do this all the time.
* Vincent does this a few times in the cutscenes from ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''.
* ''VideoGame/CrisisCore''
** Zack does this twice in the intro train cutscene -- once when he jumps out of a helicopter onto the roof of a speeding train, and once when he dismounts from the train after it stops.
** Sephiroth also finishes his [[SpamAttack Octaslash]] attack with this.
* In fact, Sephiroth starts this habit back in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', although blocky polygons make it hard to see. He floats down and lands this way behind Tseng or in front of Cloud several times during the Temple of the Ancients sequence.
* The Prince from ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'' lands like this after finishing a mid-air combo.
* Captain Falcon in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros Brawl]]''. Heck, most athletic characters in the game do this, but Falcon tends to be a more obvious example.
* Kasumi from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' lands with one of these after disabling [[spoiler:Donovan Hock's Mantis gunship's shields.]] Funnily enough, this is less impressive than the moves she pulled to get onto the gunship just before.
* Satele Shan from ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' performs one, complete with area of effect damage, during her [[BigDamnHeroes big damn heroes]] moment in the Return cinematic.
* Link does this from long falls in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', like going to the ground from the sky, or entering [[FloatingContinent Skyloft]].
* Ryu, the player character of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', can be seen in this position frequently.
* The characters of ''VideoGame/{{Section 8}}'' will do this if, while dropping in from low orbit in nothing but your PowerArmor, you think "You know what? I don't need airbrakes." As awesome as it looks, it does leave you immobile for a second while your character and his armour recovers from the landing, which isn't always a good thing in a multiplayer shooter.
* In [[UpdatedRerelease Persona 4 Golden]], after an ill-fated attempt at a crowd surf, Yosuke and Kanji land flat on their faces while [[TheAce the Protagonist]] performs one of these.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'': Isaac Clarke manges this [[spoiler: after being fired from a rocket ejector seat, flying though space, crashing though a vent and firing his rocket boots to slow his descent.]] Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOzJYm0YPmw here]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDQ2Kwz4 here]] for context.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 2'', whenever someone falls for a long but not quite fatal distance they do this, especially while in Armor Mode.
** This is expanded on with the [[GroundPound Air Stomp]] ability in Crysis 2 and 3. After falling from a set height, you can bring your fist down to create an ground-shattering shockwave, dealing lethal damage to all enemies unfortunate enough to be nearby your landing point.
* ''VideoGame/{{Oni}}'''s Konoko lands like this after jumping from an airplane to infiltrate the [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Big Bad's base]]. Without a parachute. Bonus points for {{ground shatter|ingLanding}}.
* The second opening cutscene of ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations Assassin's Creed: Revelations]]'' has the protagonist Ezio Auditore freefall ''from several stories up'' only to land like this ''[[MadeOfIron with no negative physical effects]]''.
* Adam Jensen of ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' falls into this stance every time he uses the [[http://deusex.wikia.com/wiki/Icarus_Landing_System Icarus Landing System]].
* Player Characters in ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' do this after drops from great heights, including a proper spray of dust and debris.
* Spidey does the punch variant in Spider-Man 3, complete with a cracked floor and sound effect.
* [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] lands this way whenever he power stomps in ''[[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed Unleashed]]'', ''[[VideoGame/SonicColors Colors]]'', or ''[[VideoGame/SonicGenerations Generations]]''.
** Also during the video game trailer for ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'', Amy lands like this, whereas the boys hit the ground in less dignified manners [[labelnote:*]]Sonic and Tails on their faces, Knuckles on his back[[/labelnote]].
* [[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid Vivio's]] [[LimitBreak Full Drive Burst]] in ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'' begins with one, before she dashes in for a melee combo that ends with a point-blank [[KamehameHadoken Sacred Blazer]].
* The [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Pokémon]] Frogadier and its evolution Greninja have this as their standard pose. Diggersby also makes use of this in its entrance animation, with one of its ears substituting for the hand.
* In [[VideoGame/MarioStrikers Mario Strikers Charged]], several characters make their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rj34RSTqBE home entrances]] in this manner.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* [[http://www.weebls-stuff.com/songs/Stephen+Fry/ Stephen Fry]] jumps down the loft.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Freelancers often like this landing. [[TheAce Tex]] gets an album cover for the Revelation season's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrN0q7Gej1Q soundtrack]] from one, complete with explosions in the background.
* Done by Ruby in episode 5 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', complete with head snapping up showing her determined face. Pyrhha later does it in an almost picture perfect copy maneuver shared with ''[[Machinima/RedVsBlue Red Vs. Blue]]'''s Carolina; [[{{Expy}} another red-haired, green-eyed]] [[ActorAllusion action girl]] voiced by Jen Brown.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Kareem of ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}''. Ciro [[http://www.centralcitytower.com/2010/12/project-0-page-210-sunrise-falling.html opts out]].
* Elliot of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' performs one of these [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-07-26 while sneaking into PTTAPUTASF]].
* Dan's CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_939.php here]] in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', although the wings probably helped.
* [[TheBigGirl Tiren]], of ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', jumps off the airship, does several flips and lands this way [[YouShallNotPass between]] a cornered [[DistressedDamsel Sal]] and advancing [[TheDragon Izor]]. Too bad the acrobatics gives her motion sickness and [[VomitDiscretionShot ruins]] the [[BigDamnHeroes moment]].
* In ''Webcomic/MoonCrest24'', Derek does this when he's first seen by the girls up close.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''
** Minmax landing on top of the tower in the Maze of Many's final room.
** Tempts Fate lands like this after blowing up several demons in ''Tempts Fate 11''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' episode "Flippin' Burgers", Flippy does this after his [[AxCrazy burger joint massacre]]
* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls often do this.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' episode "The Revengencers", when the band manager Charles is thrown out of a third story window, he lands in a perfect three-point landing.
* Aang, from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', sometimes lands this way.
** [[WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra Korra]] gets in on this as well and combines it with a GroundShatteringLanding.
* True to the comic, film, and video game examples, Iron Man pulls this off fairly often in ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', too.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Perry the Platypus is quite fond of this pose.
-->'''Doofenshmirtz:''' Nice landing, by the way, [[LampshadeHanging that would really kill my knees.]]
* Yumi of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' can end up in this pose after some acrobatics, or when just virtualized.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' is utterly in love with these. Every opportunity for any character to land this way is gleefully taken.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiCuGJD1u58&feature=PlayList&p=298A9A6DA98393C9&playnext=1&index=37 guy]] does it a lot in his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_0XqZqxCaQ presentations]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwegzn92_i0 competitions]].
* It exists in real Wushu and could be a variation of the [[http://www.yangsandover.com/membersarea.shtml?page=terminology "ZUO PAN BU" stance.]]
* Quest Crew did this at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lR96t4TRaY this performance]].
* If you have forward momentum, jump down as little as six or seven feet, you'll put at least one hand out to help slow your landing. Try it by running and then jumping down about a dozen stairs -- though for safety's sake, try it with smaller numbers of stairs first so when you land badly and fall, you won't break yourself.
* If you have a ''lot'' of forward momentum, then you might be forced into a roll on landing, in which case having one hand out on landing would be more or less necessary to stop you from just splaying out instead. You probably don't want to try this at home.
* Some toy review sites, like [[http://www.collectiondx.com/search/node/%22iron%20man%20pose%22 Collection DX]], use the "Iron Man pose test" to judge a toy's articulation.
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