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Standard Power-Up Pose

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Kiai optional, but encouraged.

As the power flows through your body and 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 make use of this trope to add that extra layer of badass 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, or pulling out the stops.

Compare Meditation Power Up which is a more sedate posture that serves the same purpose.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • From the Kaio-Ken technique to the Super Saiyan, this pose is done all the time.
    • Ultra Instinct, possibly Goku's final transformation, notably doesn't do this. Rather eerily Goku simply stands, making his extreme calmness in the face of more power than ever before striking.
  • 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.
  • In My Hero Academia Midoriya does this pose on top of a pile of rubbish once he has finished cleaning a polluted beach. He gains 'One for All' a few minutes later, and him striking the pose symbolized him completing the training that allowed him to receive All Might's power. Mostly averted when Midoriya actually activates his powers, though he is still early in his development and this might change as he can access more of his abilities.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman usually adopts a pose like this when he flies into the atmosphere to supercharge on solar energy. Probably helps the surface area for better absorption.
  • Several times when The Mighty Thor brings down a powerful storm he's done this.

    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.

  • The cover of the Ed Greenwood's Forgotten Realms novel Crown of Fire shows the main character Shandril Shessair using the title ability. See it here.

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    Western Animation 
  • 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.


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Avengers Infinity War

Thanos getting the final infinity stone and feeling all the power of the universe.

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