Posing is one of the major tropes in anime. Some poses are silly, others weird, and some are just downright awesome. Certain characters have their own signature stances, while other poses can be seen in different anime series being used by various characters as parodies or homages.
Poses can go hand-in-hand with a character’s signature move, but they don’t have to be overly dramatic to be cool. It could just be someone standing with their arms crossed or pointing their finger. Striking a pose can be fun, and by imitating them, fans can share and express their fondness for a certain character or series.
10 Tsubasa’s Drive Shot Pose Inspired A Soccer Legend (Captain Tsubasa)
Spanish soccer legend Andrés Iniesta watched Captain Tsubasa before school as a kid. It’s likely he was inspired by Tsubasa’s Drive Shot pose. This is the pose titular protagonist Tsubasa Ozora makes when he prepares to deliver his most iconic shot.
With his arms stretched out and fists clenched, Tsubasa pulls his leg back in preparation to shoot. Judging by how popular the series is, not to mention that it’s been going since 1983, it’s fair to say that this pose has inspired a fair amount of kids across Japan to get into soccer.
9 Yusuke’s Spirit Gun Pose Is Easy To Copy (Yu Yu Hakusho)
in the Yu Yu Hakusho anime, Yusuke Urameshi uses his hand as a Spirit Gun that emits a concentrated blast of spiritual energy. Yusuke uses the Spirit Gun on supernatural entities to protect the human world.
So much energy is emitted through Yusuke’s fingertip that he often needs to use his other hand to steady his aim. The fact that fans don’t need a prop of any kind to imitate this pose makes it an easy one to copy. Just by pointing their finger, fans can pretend that they themselves are spirit detectives, just like Yusuke.
8 Spike Spiegel Is The Master Of Laidback Posing (Cowboy Bebop)
Spike Spiegel makes posing look effortless. He’s often seen standing with one leg against a wall and smoking a cigarette, as if he doesn’t have a care in the world despite having no money and being hunted by a dangerous crime syndicate.
Other times, Spike’s holding his gun with one hand while the other is in his pocket, looking both prepared for action and relaxed at the same time. No one quite pulls off the “hand-in-the-pocket” look like the apathetic, noodle-loving bounty hunter Spike Spiegel.
7 Rintaro Okabe’s Mad Scientist Pose Creates An Air Of Mystery (Steins;Gate)
The self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintaro Okabe is so into his invented persona that he created a special pose for it. First, he crosses his arms in front of him, leaving a space between them. One arm covers his chest while the other covers his face, alluding to the mysterious nature of his work.
The pose is one a magician might adopt, giving the impression that Okabe’s manipulating time or energy with his hands. It could also be viewed as a protective movement, the kind made in the face of an explosion, for example. But the steely, focused eyes show that he isn’t scared, which is what makes it such a cool pose.
6 Tanjiro’s Water Breathing Poses Are Mesmerizing (Demon Slayer)
Water Breathing is a beautiful fighting technique, but it’s also really cool. There are eleven forms of the technique that create a variety of shapes and undulations. The breathing style was taught to him by Sakonji Urokodaki, who cultivated the technique, and relies on the user imitating the flow of water.
Tanjiro taking on demons with swirls of water surrounding him is one of the quintessential sights in Demon Slayer. His poses as he prepares to unleash attacks are filled with anticipation and his trademark determination.
5 The Kamehameha Has Been Imitated Countless Times (Dragon Ball)
The Kamehameha is the most prominent finishing move in dragonball. Invented by Master Roshi, the move unleashes a powerful energy beam from the hands, which are connected at the wrists with palms open and arms stretched out in front of the body.
Several of the coolest characters in the series have learned the technique, and it’s easy for fans to copy as well. The idea of charging up a ball of energy before expelling it is just too cool not to try at least once.
4 Ash Posing With A Poké Ball Is Iconic (Pokémon)
Starting back in the late ’90s, Ash Ketchum has been the envy of children across the world. A big part of that is watching him throw a Poké Ball at the start of battle or to catch a Pokémon, and it’s easy to see why when considering how cool Ash looks.
Ash’s backwards hat, pitcher-like throw, and victorious pose with the Poké Ball that contains a freshly caught Pokémon have been mimicked since they first debuted. Each element is cool in its own right, and when put together, they make for one of the most iconic poses in anime history.
3 Sailor Moon Has Several Cool Poses (Sailor Moon)
Sailor Moon has a number of poses at her disposal, and they’re all pretty cool. During her Moon Prism Power, Make Up transformation from regular school girl Usagi Tsukino to Sailor Moon, she strikes several poses as her outfit gradually changes.
Perhaps the most well-known of her poses happens once her transformation is complete. Holding a wide stance, she has one hand on her hip and the other on her forehead with two fingers and thumb splayed. Sailor Moon’s iconic poses have been imitated by cosplayers for decades.
2 Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Is A Pose Paradise (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Seemingly every character in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has their own cool, signature pose. The show’s blend of brutal fighting and stylish posturing is part of what makes it so unique. The use of poses was inspired by yo-yos creator Araki’s trip to Italy in his 20s.
One of the more memorable poses belongs to Josuke right after he steals his father’s wallet in Diamond is Unbreakable. With one hand on his waist and the other clutching a bag that’s slung over his shoulder, Josuke juts his hip out and bends his back in a way that seems impossible to replicate in real life.
1 The Gainax Pose Is One Of The Most Recognizable In Anime (Gainax Series)
Given that Hideaki Anno is one of Gainax’s founders, it’s no surprise that his creations feature plenty of posing — so much so, in fact, that the term “Gainax Pose” was coined to reflect a particular pose. The industry legend likes to strike a pose himself, with Ultraman’s pose being a particular favorite.
As seen in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Gurren Lagann, the poser crosses their arms and adopts a wide stance and fierce expression, emitting a commanding and intimidating aura. It first appeared in the mecha OVA gunbusterreleased in 1988. The Gainax Pose has been used plenty of times in various shows and has become one of the most recognizable poses in all anime.