Limp and Livid
May be a symptom of advanced stages of a Villainous Breakdown.

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. Kubrick Stare, and inability to form coherent sentences optional. This is sometimes taken as the start of Unstoppable Rage — any character that dares to get close risks serious injury, especially if the character is also dragging a large weapon across the ground.

Probably taken from Western horror flicks, where it's associated with zombified/possessed characters. Compare with Primal Stance, Marionette Motion and Zombie Gait.

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


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Occurs a few times in Code Geass.
  • Guaranteed in The Familiar of Zero with Louise every time her and Saito's relationship gets rocky.
  • Since the two main female leads of School Days are Yandere for Makoto, they do this towards the end.
  • Done by the more Woobie characters in Naruto. Namely Sasuke, Gaara, and Naruto.
    • Maybe that kind of Woobie.
  • Genshiken - when Saki gets called an otaku by Ogiue.
  • The Wallflower - Sunako cracks after her chocolate is destroyed by the Instant Fan Club.
    • She also does this when the four main Bishōnen characters first meet her.
  • Non-aggressive example: in the Read or Die 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 Elfen Lied, whenever Nyuu flips over to Lucy her head drops so her hair covers/shades her eyes.
  • When brutally questioned by The Men in Black about her family, Lain from Serial Experiments Lain does this. And then reverts to her Wired persona and chews him out.
  • After his Freak Out!, Shinji from Neon Genesis Evangelion does this. He also strangles Asuka in this pose.
    • The Evangelions themselves could be considered to always be assuming this pose.
  • Most of the main cast in Higurashi: When They Cry tend to do this eventually, but Satoshi and Keiichi usually bring their Weapon of Choice, the baseball bat with them.
    • Shion walks around like this whenever she's pacing about the Sonozaki Theater and Torture Chamber during Maekashi-hen.
  • In Minami-ke, Chiaki does this briefly when Kana challenges her to decide who goes out for drinks in the rain.
  • Kuro, an early villain from One Piece, 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 Movie 6, after Lily eats his friends, turns into millions of arrows, and shoots them all into his skin. It's one of the creepiest things in One Piece history.
  • Mai in Mai Hime does this for a little in the midst of her Trauma Conga Line.
  • Soul Eater: 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.
  • Rurouni Kenshin uses this in the first OVA, Trust & Betrayal, when Kenshin is chasing after Tomoe and is increasingly worn down by his attackers.
  • Noa briefly in Yu-Gi-Oh!.
  • Sumire in Venus Versus Virus gets this when fighting Luca. Her Berserker mode gets shot with lightning to no effect.
  • Ginias from Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team 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 FLCL, while attacking Naota in the hospital.
  • If memory serves, Goku struck this pose when Frieza killed Krillin. And the rest, as they say, is history.
  • In Fairy Tail, Juvia Loxar, after her Implied Love Interest Gray Fullbuster's life is threatened.
  • In Casshern Sins, this pops up from time to time - primarily from Casshern himself during his Unstoppable Rage freakouts early on, but mook robots sometimes do it too.
  • Issei confronts Raynare like this. The limp is because he just took two holy spears through the thighs, the livid is because she just killed Asia.
  • Yuu in Seraph of the End does this when giving into his Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew: Kisshu does this after getting rejected by Ichigo and loosing his sanity as a result. He tries to then kill Ichigo, himself and her love interest.
  • Berserk: Guts sometimes does this when in the grip of Unstoppable Rage. Usually right before his enemies die a very messy death.
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Kaneki and Mutsuki are Not So Different with their respective roles as one eyed ghouls who initially couldn't control their powers and attracting admirers of the Ax-Crazy 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 Sanity Slippage attached.
  • The Berserk Fury in Zoids: New Century 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 Stardust after Lamia kills him and uses him as a puppet.
  • Silva at the end of Skyfall. After 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's exhausting."

    Live Action TV 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • 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.


    Video Games 
  • Riot of the Blood Iori's (The King of Fighters) default stance is this, complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom and steam coming out of his mouth.
    • Leona too. Also Vice in her KOF 98 fighting stance.
  • Zappa from Guilty Gear adds some additional horror into his version.
  • In 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 Sonic R isn't overtly malevolent, but the way it remains almost constantly limp has given it a legendary reputation.
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy does this to Terra in the Onion Knight's storyline. However, it doesn't quite work due to the limited expressive range of the character models used, and she ends up looking hung over more than anything.
  • Persona 4 In the battle against Adachi.
  • Oichi in the third Sengoku Basara 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.
  • Way of the Samurai:
  • Asura from Asura's Wrath does this when in Wrath Form. Goes into a Primal Stance occasionally, too.
  • Dark Souls: In the Prepare to Die Edition content, 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 dragging his signature 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 Dark Souls, 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 Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 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 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 Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Zinnia leans forward and sways to the side with a manic look on her face at the beginning of a battle with her.
  • In Yandere Simulator, this is one of the signs that Yandere-Chan is visibly insane, as well as anyone completely mindbroken by Cold-Blooded Torture.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Ghirahim briefly does this during the final confrontation with him once Link exposes the weak spot in his abdomen.
  • In Fire Emblem Fates Conquest, the Final Boss uses their wounded animation during the cutscene before the fight to give off this impression.

    Western Animation