Standard Powerup Pose
your hair glows and your Battle Aura burns brightly, how are you gonna react physically? Usually doing this classic pose, body arched back, arms at sides at an angle facing outwards, legs at full extension about 20 degrees from each other. If the power-up is making you float, you may as well point those toes. Hands in fists or curled are optional, as is screaming at the top of the lungs. It is highly recommended to add that extra layer of Bad Ass to any transformation and it's shorter than a full Transformation Sequence too. This trope often serves as a visual indicator of someone becoming their Super Mode. Compare Meditation Power Up which is a more sedate posture that serves the same purpose.
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Anime And Manga
- Dragon Ball Z. From the Kaio-Ken technique to the Super Saiyan, this pose is done all the time.
- Used often in Mobile Fighter G Gundam whenever someone entered their Super Mode.
- When Ash's Infernape used his Blaze Ability in Pokémon, he did this as he powered up. And yes, Super Saiyan jokes have been done.
- All over in Transformers: Robots in Disguise, being a Transformers anime.
Live Action TV
- Often used in many Sentai works during the Transformation Sequence.
- Doctor Who: Used for practically all the times we've seen Time Lords or partial Time Lords regenerate on-screen since 2005.
- Some demons on Supernatural do this when the black smoke which is their essence leaves the meat suit they're currently wearing.
- When anyone goes into their Super Mode in Sonic the Hedgehog they usually adopt this pose.
- In In Famous 2, Cole does this really awkward pose when he absorbs a Blast Core.
- Dante in Devil May Cry entering his Super Mode tends to strike a pose like this.
- God of War: Kratos adopts this pose when he uses his Poseidon's Rage spell.
- If Zero becomes "Awakened" in Mega Man X5, he adopts this pose along with a red glowing aura.
- Advanced V.G. II: Used as a special attack and as a victory pose for The Material Twins, during which, they levitate and flare their psychic-kinetic energy around their bodies. Miranda Jahana has the same ability, but on a far greater scale. Material's version is seen at 7:13-7:16, while Miranda's is seen at 7:29.
- Shana and Dart do this in The Legend of Dragoon during their Transformation Sequence.
- Several animations in MS Saga: A New Dawn use this, most notably the physical weapon lines.
- Asura adopts this pose in Asura's Wrath when entering Unlimited form and other forms.
- The usual pose done whenever a Ground based Devastator is performed in [PROTOTYPE].
- Gene does this during several of his Limit Breaks in God Hand.
- The Guardian of the Balance assumes this pose (but with his legs together) upon ascending to the top of the Tower of the Balance in The Longest Journey and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey.
- Hazama of BlazBlue does this whenever he activates his Azure Grimoire.
- Collector Mooks in Mass Effect 2 enter this pose when Harbinger assumes direct control over them, complete with Battle Aura from their skin lighting on fire. Naturally, should you be of that bent, this is a great time to nail them with sniper fire.
- The player characters in DC Universe Online do this briefly whenever they Level Up.
- Mega Evolution, introduced in Pokémon X and Y, will have many of the Mons strike a pose similar to this while they transform.
- The titular Prince has a similar pose in Prince of Persia: Warrior Within when he uses a time portal (which often gives him new abilities) or gets his health bar extended.
- In Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi, if playable character Ashikaga Yoshiteru successfully targets an enemy with "Muken no Tobira" skill (lit. "Infernal Gateway"), that enemy gets stuck in a moment for a bit, as Ashikaga warps behind the target to deliver massive damage with a Diagonal Cut, taking time to dramatically sheath the blade afterwards.
- Appears in Super Mario Bros. Z befitting to the inspiration source. Notable in that in Mario's characters case it involved modified sprites from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga to achieve this pose.
- Parodied like many other tropes in College Saga.
- In El Goonish Shive, Greg tries to invoke a Super Mode transformation a la Dragon Ball Z by striking this pose. Unfortunately for him the rules of magic in his verse don't quite work that way.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- This pose is adopted by some of the mane six when they use the power of the Elements of Harmony.
- When Twilight was transformed into an Alicorn she took this pose when the power entered her.
- In Birdman cartoons, the title character adopts this pose when he recharges his solar energy by bathing in sunlight.