This is performed by a team, usually involving a high degree of synchronization or symmetry and often both. As the name suggests, the Super Sentai team (and the adapted Power Rangers) are the Trope Codifier and Trope Namer. Tends to look awesome, even if it should — by all rights — look silly. Generally speaking, you usually need three to six people to pull this off.
The trope originated with Sentai and is never played straight outside of a Sentai work; examples outside Sentai works are almost always Affectionate Parodies. Even within works, it's Lampshaded sometimes. For fun, is usually coupled with In the Name of the Moon.
The Ur-Example and Trope Maker of the Super Sentai stance is the Japanese TV show Kamen Rider, where it has appeared as the "Henshin" (transform[ation]) stance since 1971. In Japan, the stance is still known as the "Henshin" to this day. The Trope Codifier and Trope Namer is Super Sentai, which began in the '70s. It later became known to Western audiences in the '90s through the American Super Sentai adaptation, the Power Rangers, and several popular Japanese Anime shows including Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z.
In recent years, the Henshin/Sentai stance been culturally appropriated as the "dab" or "dabbing" dance move in contemporary American Hip-Hop culture. In contrast to how contemporary Japanese culture routinely mocks or parodies the Henshin/Sentai stance as something that looks old/uncool/silly, contemporary Western youth culture generally sees the "dab" as something new/cool/trendy.
- Sailor Moon spearheaded the female variant.
- Dragon Ball Z:
- The Ginyu Force is a rare villainous
exampleparody. They got pissed when they realized that the heroes had killed off too many of their numbers to pull it off anymore. And they've earned something of an Ensemble Dark Horse fandom because of it, despite (or quite possibly because of) the fact that they were supposed to look genuinely stupid.
- Meanwhile, Gohan tries to pull off something similar as the Great Saiyaman, but since he only has one partner and he's a massive dork to begin with, it just ends up looking ridiculous. The only one who think he looks cool is his little brother.
- The Ginyu Force is a rare villainous
- The ending theme of Haruhi Suzumiya ends up with the cast in such a pose, closing the Hare Hare Yukai choreography.
- The Baka Rangers in Mahou Sensei Negima! had a way of doing this for fun. If that weren't enough, the School Festival arc had a group of entertainers called the Mahora Sentai who did this during their shows.
- The Samurai Pizza Cats parody this, of course.
- Tomo gets Chiyo to strike one of these in the third supplemental chapter of Azumanga Daioh
- The several victory poses Kogarasumaru pulls off in Air Gear. Parody examples of course.
- The five dream-warriors of Yumeria did this as well, in a moment of Genre Savvy, with the Red Ranger commenting that she's always wanted to be a Bishoujo Senshi.
- The Children of Zettai Karen Children absolutely love doing this. They even include multicolored smoke in the background! Now THAT'S dedication.
- Koi Koi 7 has one by the Amazon Brigade it shares its name with. Though according to Ascended Fangirl Akio, the team was formed minutes before they appeared, so how they managed to work out such a synchronized pose is another matter entirely.
- One Piece is a slightly curious case with the rather zany Heart Pirates, led by Trafalgar Law, who are often seen decked in matching boiler suits and striking sentai poses behind their captain.
- The Vinsmoke Family makes for a rare antagonistic example. It's appropriate considering how they blatantly take inspiration from sentai shows and comics, with high-tech, colorful suits and separate elemental-themed powers.
- Yotsuba&!, Daddy and Fuuka strike one of these at the beginning of the second part of the Beach Episode
- In Soul Eater, Death the Kid and his twin guns Patti and Liz will often go into a symmetrical formation (given Kid's Super OCD) in which Kid will be on his knees with his arms low to the ground, Patty will be standing over him with her hands behind her head and Liz above both of them with her arms outstretched like wings. Sometimes, whenever this formation is less symmetrical (such as one point during their debut episode, when Patti was off to one side), Kid would get mad and shout at them.
Kid: Just look, Patti! Your stance is off again!
- This image◊ from Pokémon qualifies as this combined with V-Formation Team Shot. (from left to right: (Gliscor, Monferno, Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, Buizel, Staraptor and Grotle). The main Team Rocket trio also uses this trope during the recital of their motto. Case in point.◊
- Parodied in Buso Renkin, where entrance to the LXE headquarters requires both a password AND the people seeking entrance to strike a pose. When the heroes attempt to get in, they do the same thing (to Tokiko's great reluctance)... only to realize that even if they did know the password, it'd be rather stupid for the LXE to just let any random people into their secret headquarters (leading to a flustered Tokiko to just get pissed and bust the door down.)
- While the Super Sentai Stance is utilized within the Pretty Cure franchise (combined with Back-to-Back Badasses when a team is made of just two girls), Pretty Cure All Stars DX 2 lampshaded this when five teams of Pretty Cures pull this off when they're all first gathered. Cure Blossom and Cure Marine are more than a little awkward (more Blossom than Marine) by it all. Smile Pretty Cure! takes it one step further — when the united five strike their first Super Sentai Stance... the monster hits them with a soda missile. Happiness Charge Pretty Cure has an episode where Iona, once the Aloof Ally, putting her new teammates onto a training camp and most of the stuff she wants to train for is this.
- Haiyore! Nyarko-san had a title card◊ in its second season where Nyarko, Cuuko, and Hasta do one of these. For bonus points, it's part of a Shout-Out; they're posed as Space Sheriff Gavan, Kyoryu Red, and Kamen Rider Wizard, together forming a nod to the crossover movie Super Hero Taisen Z.
- Kung Fu Panda:
- The Furious Five take a pose at the tournament to choose the Dragon Warrior. Accompanied by a gust of wind from Crane.
- In the sequel, they do this only for Po to be facing in the wrong direction.
- In Hulk Vs. Wolverine, Deadpool tries making the bad guys join him in doing one of these. It does not work.
- Trope Namer: Super Sentai, its American adaptation Power Rangers and all their countless variants, of course. At least Once per Episode. note
- At the end of several Super Sentai series, the last episode inevitably involves the rangers having one last pose together out of uniform for one reason or another, (sometimes their powers are completely lost, sometimes they just feel like doing it out of uniform, sometimes they do it helmetless, etc.) and then finishing the Big Bad off for good. The feeling of Screw Destiny and True Companions in some of these cases is so powerful it's downright moving.
- Interestingly, when different teams of Rangers team up, they do their roll call poses but the final team shot is of all 10-12 with their arms at their sides (as there's a big explosion in the background, followed by Ranger-colorcoded smoke clouds. Well, PR gets the smoke clouds.)
- Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger arguably pokes fun at this with Gokai Green, who (as the Plucky Comic Relief) tends to do very odd poses like giving himself bunny ears. Even this was lampshaded in one episode where the team fought Evil Twins and, upon seeing his own role call pose, Green complains that it looks like he's wiping his hands on his pants after peeing; Yellow and Silver say that it's always looked like that. Don also has a hard time pulling off some of the more complex poses; look closely when the team is doing another Sentai's pose and you can often see him stumbling around.
- Ressha Sentai Toqger even once had all of their Humongous Mecha do the pose!
- While other teams tend to look cool in group posing, Mashin Sentai Kiramager literally had the most exaggerated group stance ever.
- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon does this alot once all the scouts were introduced. Each one in a group would start their In the Name of the Moon speech and pose, and then cut away to a group shot with them all finishing it in sync.
- Lampshaded in Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger. Every time the characters try to do their pose, it goes wrong in some way (somebody trips, explosions go off at the wrong time, etc...).
- Spoofed with "Biouman," a sketch from French comedic trio "Les Inconnus" parodying Choudenshi Bioman. Their three-man, final Sentai Stance results in an accidental Groin Attack.
- Michael Jackson incorporated these with his backup dancers in his live shows. It looks cool, and it's a good time for him to catch his breath.
- Sometimes used◊ by K-Pop girl group Crayon Pop.
- The Power Raiders of AAA and the Hustle Kamen Rangers of Fighting Opera HUSTLE, being Super Sentai send ups, performed such poses before and after matches.
- Billie Kay and Peyton Royce do this◊ as The Iiconics, designed to be as over-the-top as possible. Doing said pose has informally been called "IIconicing".
- In circuses, at the beginning and the end, the members of an act usually come up and make a pose. (And if their act IS a difficult pose, then their starting pose is often a simple one, not related to the pose that is actually their act.)
- Among the many, many Shout-Outs to classic Japanese series, Ralf and Clark from The King of Fighters used to have a special intro pose mirroring the Cross Changer from Choujin Sentai Jetman.
- Even in a franchise (Metal Slug) parodying Super Sentai elements, Mars People Rangers from Metal Slug Attack took a spot of this trope in this artwork. Yes, alien example, but the "Rangers" is in the team name.
- The YuRiPa team of Final Fantasy X-2 engage in this a few times during the course of the game, most notably in the intro sequence, and often involving the Angels Pose.
- The Meatball Brigade does this in .hack//ROOTS.
- In Katamari Damacy, cousin Kuro regularly attempts a solo version of this. He's a huge Sentai fan and an Ineffectual Loner.
- The Prism Rangers of Disgaea, being a straight (except for Prism Violet) Super Sentai parody, made good use of this trope.
- Parodied in God Hand with the Mad Midget Five (a parody of sentai teams, of course). Their pose is to lie on the ground in a V-shaped formation... with their legs sticking up in the air in a V-shape. When defeated, they go into "Formation... C!" Which is turning to the side and grabbing each other's hips.
Gene: ... douchebags!
- killer7: "D- did you see that? A real Handsome Pose!"
- The main character of Suisei Tenshi Primaveil Zwei, the captain of a parody super sentai team, exults in the first ever defeat of the Magical Girl senshi parody, unconsciously strikes a Victory Pose as he cheers. His subordinates enthusiastically join him in turn. They never speak of this again.
- Mother 3 has the Barrier Trio, whose weakness depends on WHICH "Super Sentai" Stance they're in and which of the Trio is leading the Stance. When they're defeated, exhaused, they strike one last Barrier Pose. It is spectacular.
- One optional Quest in Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga has a group of people in rags approaching the PC, instantly switching into armor and weapons and striking such a pose. By the way the camera focuses on each one as their armor appears in a beam of light and they shout their names, you know it's a parody of this trope.
- A song in Just Dance 3 is an affectionate parody of sentai theme songs, complete with all four members dancing pulling off stances!
- In Pokémon X and Y, members of Team Flare occasionally strike such a pose when preparing to do battle.
- In Pokémon Sun and Moon, using a Z-Move apparently requires you to do this, starting with a short dance based on hula movements before striking a dramatic pose.
- Buzzwole in a nutshell. The Pokedex even guesses they communicate exclusively through posing.
- The Super Sentai Stance Shenanigans continue in Dragon Ball Fighterz, as both grown-up Gohan and the Ginyu Force are in. For Gohan, it's mostly something he finds fun (calling "the Great Saiyaman" lame is a good way to piss him off), but the Ginyus are taking it as seriously as ever: Captain Ginyu heaps honors on Gohan over his knowledge and appreciation of proper asskicking poses, and the Force itself will try to challenge their own clones to a pose-off and be absurdly offended that they don't actually pose.
- As Ryuuseitai from Ensemble Stars! is a Sentai themed, they naturally have a few cards of the unit members doing this. However, as Ryuuseitai is also a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, the expressions are generally a little atypical, with Midori looking awkward and tired, or Kanata grinning like a child.
- The opening of Mega Man 5 shows the game's 8 Robot Masters performing this behind Proto Man. They strike the same poses in the corresponding manga chapter, as well.
- All over the place in Chroma Squad, which makes sense considering it's a game about running a Sentai studio. Not only will your actors pose when they change to Sentai mode, but while in costume they will randomly pose during battle while idle, or whenever they speak during a cutscene. Each role has its own unique pose when they pose solo.
- Happens in Bravest Warriors when the Memory Donk attacks
Danny: What do we do now?!?
Chris: I don't know! It just felt right to pose like this!
- France Five, naturally, being an Affectionate Parody of the Sentai genre, features this. Most notably in an animated Eye Catch starting episode 2. Although for the second part of the Eye Catch, the France Five screw up the Sentai Stance, and most of them end up sprawled while Red Fromage face-palms.
- For The Nostalgia Critic's review of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, the Nostalgia Ranger is soon doing a one-man version of this once he suits up. Though he spices it up a bit with some hands-on-knees Charleston moves and a crotch grab.
- Xiaolin Showdown uses this trope, in the form of "Dragon Ex Kumai Formation" (and later, "Wudai Orion Formation").
- Early episodes of Transformers: Prime had the Autobots doing this almost every time they came through a ground bridge portal. They've since (mostly) gotten over it.
- The acclaimed Futurama episode "Godfellas" has a sect of four unassuming astronomy monks suddenly take on a Sentai Stance when Fry threatens to use their telescope without permission.
- The Loud House: In "Kernel of Truth", when Lincoln and his friends decide to start up the middle school news show again, they come up with a action news team pose.
- Done in a decidedly non-battle context at the end of the opening to My Little Pony Tales, with the ponies in the back of the formation waving to make the whole thing look more friendly.
- A 5-minute webisode for Nexo Knights shows the Knights going into one of these poses when they're supposed to be saving a village. Lampshaded in-universe by the following conversation:
Lance: Uh, what are we doing?Clay: We're posing. Heroically.Macy: Shouldn't we be getting on with the saving-the-town part?Clay: *clears throat* Right. Let's go!