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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', during your sparring match with Hercules, he'll sometimes taunt you by saying, "Hey, give up yet?" while posing and flexing, leaving himself open to attack.

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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'', during your sparring match with Hercules, he'll sometimes taunt you by saying, "Hey, give up yet?" while posing and flexing, leaving himself open to attack.


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* Cyber Jenny and Ultra Mechabun in ''VideoGame/IttleDew2'' have a posturing step in their AI cycle.

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It's not uncommon for video game bosses to grab hold of the VillainBall, just to make things easier for the player. Sometimes they'll [[TacticalSuicideBoss use attacks that either tire them out or leave them open to counterattacks]], sometimes they'll [[BossArenaIdiocy stock their battle arenas with weapons that can be used against them]]...

...and sometimes they'll completely let their guard down just to taunt you.

Enemy Posturing refers to any boss who takes time out of the battle to taunt you, laugh at you, strike a pose or wave to the crowd, leaving themselves defenseless in the process. In some cases, this will be the ''only'' time the boss is vulnerable, and the taunting is used to let the player know that it's time to attack. Otherwise, it's just to make the battle easier, and reward the player if they can react quickly enough.

Subtrope of BossVulnerability. See also BraggartBoss. Compare TheComputerShallTauntYou, EvilGloating and SuicidalOverconfidence. Compare and Contrast IShallTauntYou, when the enemy uses taunts to goad ''you'' into letting your guard down.

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[[folder:Action-Adventure]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''
** You fight Poison Ivy while she's encased in a protective glass pod, but occasionally she'll open it just to laugh at you. You can hit her with a batarang when she does this.
** During the final battle with [[spoiler:Titan-infused Joker]] on the roof, he'll sometimes climb up one of the towers to taunt one of the police helicopters flying overhead. When he does this, you have to use the batclaw to pull him down.
* During the fight against Hercules in ''Videogame/GodOfWarIII'', he will use an attack which stuns Kratos, then turn his back on him and start bragging towards Hera, who's watching the fight from a nearby balcony. Kratos recovers from the stun, takes the opportunity to sneak attack Hercules and steals his [[PowerFist Nemean Cestus]].
* ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'': During the first boss fight against Chauncey the baby, after he completes his attack pattern, he'll just giggle at you and wave his rattle around. That's when you vacuum up one of his bouncy balls, launch it at his face, stun him and begin the capture process.
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[[folder: Beat 'Em Ups]]
* ''[[VideoGame/AlteredBeast Project Altered Beast]]'': the Weretiger boss would occasionally stop to FingerWag you or cross his arms and tap the ground in boredom if you get knocked down. You can quickly attack him during this.
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[[folder:Fighting Games]]
* The FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'', Shao Kahn, will occasionally stop fighting just to point at you and insult you.
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[[folder:Party Games]]
* ''Videogame/CrashBash'': After you beat his [[FlunkyBoss flunkies]], Papu Papu will have a time to laugh and be open to the player's attacks. Especially since he was protected by a shield that dissipates when he starts gloating.
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[[folder:Platformers]]
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3'':
*** Bleak the snowman will sometimes stop launching snowballs from his hat cannon to laugh at you, providing a brief window to throw a snowball at the flashing weakspot on his chest.
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'':
*** Army-Dillo can only be attacked when he comes out of his shell just to laugh at you. That's your cue to hit him with the exploding barrel [[BossArenaIdiocy that he was courteous enough to leave in the middle of the stage for you.]]
*** The final battle against King K. Rool has the five Kongs taking turns fighting him in a boxing ring. When it's Donkey Kong's turn, you have to jump into a barrel launcher, wait for K. Rool to start waving to the crowd, and nail him.
* In ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'', the first fight against the Black Knight has him occasionally pausing to laugh at you.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSpongebobMovieGame'', if you get harmed, all enemies in the room start laughing at you, leaving their defenses down and allowing an easy counter.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures: Babs' Big Break'', the boss of the second level is [[TheAhnold Arnold the Pit Bull]]. You must attack him when he is making poses. If you try to attack him while he is running, he will [[BeTheBall shape you into a basketball and bounce you around the court]].
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[[folder:RPG]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', during your sparring match with Hercules, he'll sometimes taunt you by saying, "Hey, give up yet?" while posing and flexing, leaving himself open to attack.
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[[folder:Sports Games]]
* Several of the boxers from the Wii version of ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' will engage in enemy posturing, essentially giving you a free hit. You can also fill up your star meter if you hit them right when they're blinking yellow.
** Disco Kid is a particularly shameless example, in that he strikes a pose at you right at the beginning of the first round. And then, when you rematch him in the Title Defense mode, he starts the first round ''the exact same way''.
** [[GuestFighter Donkey Kong]], the TrueFinalBoss, is a less straightforward example. During the fight, he spends a lot of time making faces at you, dancing, scratching himself, etc. You can try to attack him while he's taunting, but you have to get the timing just right, or else he'll dodge and counter-punch.
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[[folder:WideOpenSandbox]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising'':
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Brock Mason]], the final boss from the first game. He starts the fight by laughing at you, but you're not actually supposed to attack him when he does; if you try, he'll preempt your attack with a shoulder block. Instead, you have to wait for him to come at you, sidestep him, and ''then'' attack him.
** In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', if Randy Tugman manages to hit you, sometimes he'll celebrate by doing a [[PelvicThrust victory dance]]. You can counterattack him while he's doing this.
** In ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'', the bodybuilding psychopath Jherii will sometimes stop to admire herself in the mirror, giving you plenty of time to get some licks in.
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[[folder:Other]]
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'': Sigvald the Magnificent is a [[TheFightingNarcissist Fighting Narcissist]] whose men carry mirror-polished shields so he can admire himself at a moment's notice. This explains why he has the Stupidity rule, usually reserved for large, slow-thinking beasts of battle to make them waste a turn.
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