"This is my victory pose!"
It is human nature to celebrate when a victory is achieved. And so it is with video game characters.
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 (Ryu in Street Fighter
thrusting an arm up) or elaborate (Chun Li in the same game jumping for joy and shouting "YATTA!") depending on the character or the circumstance. Stab the Sky
is often a victory pose.
Every Fighting Game
and Role-Playing Game
since the earliest days of video gaming has done this to some extent. The poses grew more elaborate as technology advanced, to the point where you may actually see a full-on Happy Dance
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
Video Game Examples:
Non-Video Game Examples:
Anime and Manga
- In the James Bond movie GoldenEye, 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.
- RPG World, of course, 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.