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[[caption-width-right:330:The scary part? He's concentrating on ''limiting'' his powers.]]

Lots of HotBlooded heroes like to power up by doing something violent. Whether it's PunctuatedForEmphasis while yelling their InTheNameOfTheMoon speech, tearing off a PowerLimiter, shouting as they charge up a {{Ki Attack|s}}, flexing as they invoke the DangerousForbiddenTechnique, or even bleeding. Not [[TheStoic this guy though]]; he expresses his enhanced combat ability by entering the [[UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} Lotus Position]].

Rather than express violence with violence, he pauses mid battle (or pre-battle) and meditates. It doesn't have to be a twenty minute session, usually all he needs is five seconds, closed eyes, even breathing, mentioning a SurvivalMantra or {{Koan}} to enter a state of near perfect calm (or murderous TranquilFury), and then [[LetsGetDangerous the bad people fall down.]]

In video, this usually comes accompanied with a sudden hush of whatever ambient sounds there might be (whether cheering crowds or noisy explosions). You can bet their opponent will be really confused and probably insulted worse than if their honor had been {{Trash Talk}}ed. Cue a "surprise attack" at this [[DefensiveFeintTrap obviously helpless target]] which will result in a [[BarehandedBladeBlock blocked]] or even [[AttackReflector reflected attack]].

This is usually used by those with EnlightenmentSuperpowers like the WarriorMonk, KungFuWizard, and many [[PsychicPowers Psychics.]] In VideoGames, this may manifest as a form of ChargedAttack which is [[InvulnerableAttack also invulnerable]].



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Virgo Shaka of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' is an inversion, in that he meditates to ''limit'' his powers. Even his peers among the Gold Saints ''dread'' having to fight him for fear of him stopping his meditation to open his eyes. In the Hades arc, [[CrowningMomentofAwesome he fights three resurrected Gold Saints at the same time]][[spoiler: and he loses only because [[ThanatosGambit he allows them to.]] By the end of the fight, the Gold Saints have [[CurbStompBattle each lost four of their five senses and gotten beat up pretty bad.]]]]
** In the Poseidon Saga, and after his invincible Golden Spear is destroyed, Chrysaor Krishna also assumes a meditating position to draw energy from the Kundalini. The point is driven even further when his Chakras manifest and Shiryu must destroy them with Excalibur in order to defeat Krishna.
* The serene state of mind in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' works exactly like this.
* The titular character of ''{{Naruto}}'' can pull this after learning senjutsu; however, he doesn't have any way to defend himself during the meditation so its uses are limited.
** [[spoiler:Kyuubi]] does this as well in order to restore his chakra after unleashing his full power for the first time.
* Possibly Manga/{{Toriko}} himself. He stated once that every time he places his hands together in prayer for the meal he's about to receive (ie. whatever animal is going to be eaten and killed by him), he's imagining the winning blows.
* Played absolutely straight with [[HotBlooded Ken]] in the ''[[Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie Street Fighter II]]'' movie. Having (just barely) shaken off Bison's Psycho Power control, Ken finds himself [[GameBreakingInjury broken and battered]] and unable to help Ryu defeat the monstrous dictator. After a few desperate attempts to get on his feet, he recalls a meditation technique from his master and stands in a perfect, serene guarding pose. The background fades to black and all sounds but his chanting stop while his spirit flickers in small blue flames around his body. After a few minutes, he opens his eyes, having regained his calm, his center, and his strength [[BigDamnHeroes to go and save]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship his friend]].
* Byakuya Kuchiki of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is a good example as well. Most characters have a bright flash of energy surrounding a Zanpakutou's release, shouting the name of their release as they do so. Byakuya defies this for his [[EmpathicWeapon Shikai]] by almost whispering his release command as the blade unassumingly disintegrates. His Bankai is a perfect example, as the whole room tends to go quiet, save for a soft harmonic hum, when his sword pierces the ground, and there's no gigantic explosion like nearly every other Bankai in the series.
* When Worst Buddhist Priest Ever Genjyo Sanzo from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' stops cursing and shooting at you and starts chanting and glowing like he really is an emissary of the gods? Your ass is about to get kicked seven ways to Sunday by a dusty old scroll.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Demon King Dabura spends some time meditating in order to prepare himself for a fight. When in an actual fight though, he's quite HotBlooded.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Jiren the Grey of Universe 11 is first shown meditating in his preparation for the Tournament of Power.
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' we see the chairman of the Hunter Association, Netero, do this to prepare for his big battle against the Chimera Ants.

* Bagger in ''Film/TheLegendOfBaggerVance'' is able to induce one of these in Junuh (making every spectator seemingly disappear) by talking about the beauty of golf and onness with nature over a WhoopiEpiphanySpeech.
* In ''StarWars Film/ThePhantomMenace'' Qui-Gon Jinn took this route during a break in the fight against Darth Maul on Naboo. When those energy-shields-whose-purpose-is-never-clearly-defined come up, Maul paces and glares, Obi-Wan looks anxious, but Qui-Gon drops to his knees and closes his eyes. When the shields go down, he's back on his feet in a second. [[spoiler:It helped, but wasn't enough.]]
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', [[spoiler: Rey uses one after Kylo Ren taunts her during their duel, closing her eyes and holding her breath while maintaining a blade lock with him. Then she opens her eyes and dominates Ren for the rest of the fight.]]

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, meditation is key to [[FunctionalMagic channeling the True Source]]. The form of meditation [[GenderRestrictedAbility differs between women and men]], and channeling reliably is impossible without knowing the method.
* Justified in ''Literature/{{Swellhead}}''. Psychic detective Roger Jeperson is battling a reality-warping supervillain, gets into a LotusPosition and starts chanting (which he admits is a bit corny these days, but effective). However the goal is not to tap into his own power, but to shake the confidence of his enemy, who has an innate belief that Jeperson is a WorthyOpponent [[ArchNemesis with skills to match his own]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Rokugani {{samurai}} [[TheBerserker berserkers]] in ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' use this to enter a kind of TranquilFury martial trance in which they can slaughter their way through dozens of opponents without breaking a state of calm.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter'', halfway through the battle against Elyon, he "begins meditating", with a very large targetting circle locked onto one party member. After three turns, lightning strikes that character and anything nearby, inflicting [[OneHitKill quadruple-digit damage]].
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, Mewtwo is said to spend its time meditating to increase its mental powers.
** The "Meditate" move (which is called "Yoga Pose" in Japan) raises the user's Attack by one stage.
** The "Calm Mind" technique (which in Japan is appropriately called "Meditation") raises the user's Special Attack and Special Defense by one stage each.
** The "Amnesia" move, which is said to have the Pokémon willingly clear its mind, raises the user's Special Defense by two stages.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Factions'', final boss [[spoiler:Shiro Tagachi]] has the attack "Meditation of the Reaper". He goes into a meditative state and nullifies the next 500 damage he takes while in that state. He stays in the stance for 30 seconds, or until he's taken that 500 damage, whichever is shorter. You do ''not'' want him to spend the full 30 seconds in meditation, because as soon as the stance ends, he steals 20 health from each party member for each second he was in the stance. For those of you playing at home, that's ''600 damage'' to ''everyone in the party'' if he stays in it for 30 seconds.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', and ''VideoGame/TheSims4'', Sims who spend long enough meditating begin to levitate, then eventually gain the ability to teleport. In ''The Sims 2'',meditating also freezes a Sim's need decay. Also in ''The Sims 4: Vampires'', Vampires can recharge their Vampire Energy through "Dark Meditation" rather than sleeping.
* [[{{Videogame/Tekken}} Yoshimitsu]] has a move where he sits down in the lotus seat position. The longer he stays in it, the more health he restores.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', Bastila's "battle meditation" is a used as a plot device; it is a rare Force ability that affects the morale and combat skills all of her allies in a given area.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'', using the Sky Fish soul will make Soma sit down and pray. Doing so boosts his attack and luck for a short period -- the longer you use the soul, the larger the boost.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', robotic monk Zenyatta's ultimate is him floating around while meditating, healing all nearby allies enormously.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'', Nyx assumes this pose when using her ultimate power, Absorb, which creates a whirling vortex of energy around her that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin absorbs]] all incoming fire; the more damage she absorbs, the greater the resulting explosion once Absorb ends.

* In [[Webcomic/BadMachinery John Allison]]'s ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' side-strip ''Giant Days'', Esther's new friend Daisy [[http://scarygoround.com/gd/index.php?date=20101110 flops down into Lotus position (sort of) during a fight]] and then [[http://scarygoround.com/gd/index.php?date=20101111 unleashes the awesome power of Yogic Flying.]] Music/GeorgeHarrison does not approve.
* In ''Webcomic/LaserFeet'''s [[http://www.thelaserfeet.com/comic/005/ 5th]] comic, one man meditates in order to gain the power to fly using his eyebrows.
* In ''Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay'' the guru can power up by meditating when he [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/225/ fights the tyger.]]
* Gunther in ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' [[http://collar6.com/archive/collar-6-348 takes out a massive vault door]] with his bare hand, and all he needs to do it is a few seconds of focus.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This is how Aang in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is supposed to activate [[LetsGetDangerous the Avatar State]]. The first time he does this, [[spoiler:he gets one-shotted in the back mid-transformation by a clever Azula]]. The second time he does this [[spoiler:is the beginning of one of the greatest asskickings ever, directed towards Fire Lord Ozai at the end of the series]].
** His successor, [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Avatar Korra]], also uses meditation at times (it's actually part of her airbender training) to connect to the Avatar spirit. In an inversion, though, she doesn't get (or need) more power; instead, it helps foster her ''spiritual'' connection to the world, which she has always lacked, unlike Aang.
* In "The End: Part One" of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Raven goes into a meditation position before entering her energy raven attack to blow apart Plasmus. Though she spends a lot of time in the series meditating, this is the only time she does so during a battle.
* Ahsoka in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' sheaths her lightsabers and meditates during a lull in her fight with the Inquisitors. It allows her forcibly shut down a lightsaber and ShockwaveClap the Seventh Sister