It is human nature to celebrate when a victory is achieved.
At the end of a battle, the victorious character or characters will almost always perform an action to celebrate their success. It may be small (thrusting one arm up) or elaborate (jumping for joy and shouting) depending on the character or the circumstance. You may even see a full-on Happy Dance
. Stab the Sky
and Bicep-Polishing Gesture
is often a victory pose.
A common form of the Role-Playing Game
version is when, after the battle is done, the camera rotates around to the heroes, who put their weapons away with a flourish
and / or a pithy Victory Quote
. For extra badass, it may be done Atop a Mountain of Corpses
. Sword-wielding heroes
may also Swipe The Blade Off
or Stab the Sky
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Anime and Manga
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Judai/Jaden has a Victory Pose on winning a duel — he extends his middle and index fingers and gives a quick salute, saying, "Gotcha!" (or "That's game" in the English).
- During the Legendary Heroes arc of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the heroes overcome a powerful enemy in the virtual world they're exploring. There's then a cut to the villains monitoring their progress via a viewscreen... which shows the heroes as 16-bit sprites doing a "jump up and down" Victory Pose. One of the stingers in Yu-Gi-Oh The Abriged Series set that clip to the victory music from Final Fantasy VI.
- Ash in Pokémon invokes a Zelda-ish, spinning Victory Pose pose after receiving gym badges. There's also a relatively long music sting (relative, because most of the leitmotifs in the games are four or five notes - this one's a classic victory horns that takes about six times as long).
- Ash also has one whenever he catches a Pokemon. One episode has Tracey trying to invoke it after he catches a Scyther, and Ash trying to teach him how to properly pose with his pokeball.
- In Cardcaptor Sakura, Meta Guy Tomoyo insists that Sakura come up with a pose because every Magical Girl has one.
- While playing a MMORPG in the Lucky Star OAV, Konata suggested to the rest of her party members that they should create a Victory Pose for themselves. Naturally, Konata chose to recreate the finishing pose of Suzumiya Haruhi's Hare Hare Yukai.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters, Joey and Tristan celebrate victories with a silly song and dance.
- Yatterman has the titular character and his partner announce the pose and do an entire victory Happy Dance. It usually ends in an actual pose (pushing their arms together and kicking out one leg) and a "Three cheers" type of chant.
- In the James Bond movie Golden Eye, Boris the Russian computer specialist does this when he cracks a system or performs another feat of coding mastery. 'I am inwincible!' are his final words, uttered while in this pose, just before a tank of liquid nitrogen exploded and froze him solid still in his pose.
- Rocky raises his arms at the end of the Training Montage, and does a little boxing dance after climbing the Philadelphia Museum of Art stairs, aka the Rocky steps. His real life statue reflects this.
- The movie version of Street Fighter included a closing scene wherein all the "good" characters were celebrating the destruction of the Big Bad's hideout — the freezeframe at the end catches them all in their Victory Poses, which, as it turns out, is not as awesome in live action.
Live Action TV
- Some Power Rangers and Super Sentai series get a synchronized post-finishing procedure (to go with the morph pose and the roll call pose), though it's far from all. However, turning around and looking cool as the Monster of the Week goes boom in the background is a time-honored tradition. (Like all of 'em, it's subject to Lampshade Hanging. Once in Power Rangers Dino Thunder, the team does this... but the monster survives and blasts the Rangers from behind. In Power Rangers Samurai, a monster-hosted Clip Show had more than one bad guy complain about the Rangers adding insult to injury with the turn-and-pose.)
- Tomica Hero Rescue Force has Kyosuke and Hikaru deciding that they need a new victory pose because their new Combining Mecha is just that awesome. There's even an episode where they spend their free time trying to synchronize their Victory Poses.
- Doctor Who: In the Fourth Doctor's first story, "Robot", after killing the robot, the Fourth Doctor cruises towards UNIT, standing up, arms raised wide, scarf flapping, and looking up to the sky in ecstasy. It's notable for a couple of reasons - first, that it's virtually impossible to imagine the Third Doctor doing that after killing the Monster of the Week and serves to play up their contrast, and secondly because he says in the following scene that killing the monster was Dirty Business and seems suitably sombre about it.
- Appropriately enough, the Rocky pinball shows Stallone taking his victory pose on the backglass.
- The playfield for Bally's Xenon shows a woman with her back to the player, arms upraised.
- Usain Bolt has a victory pose where he pretends to hurl a lightning bolt◊. Bolt has dubbed it the 'To Di World' pose.
- Distance runner Mo Farah has 'the Mobot'◊.
- Mixed Martial Arts fighters and boxers get their hand raised by the referee when their victory is announced. Fighters will also usually raise their hands after the final bell, before the verdict is rendered, in hopes of influencing the judges with their confidence.
- Sebastain Vettel is infamous for his "one-finger salute" out which he sticks his pointer finger whenever he gets a pole position or a win.
- RPG World spoofed this. Hero throws his fist in the air, Eikre folds his arms all cool-like, Diane bends over and makes the victory sign with her hands, and Cherry raises one finger while looking annoyed and bored.