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    Copy Victory Poses FAQ by DChan

    Version: 0.3 | Updated: 09/18/95 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    VF2 "Copy Victory Poses" Trick v0.3 (18/09/95)
    by Don Chan
    
    Abstract
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    To be brief, what happens in the CVP trick is when a round ends
    with a time over, the loser stumbles out of the ring and copies
    the winner's animation.
    
    The "Copy victory poses" trick
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         "It's really quite simple, in a complicated sort of
         way." - Micky Marriott, _Piece of Cake_ by Derek Robinson
    
    Know, O Readers, that at the end of a round, unless it's a draw,
    the winning character does one of four victory animations:
    Excellent, Guard (G), Punch (P), or Kick (K). (See the "VF2 Taunts
    FAQ" for details.) Normally, when the winning character does
    his/her victory animation, the losing character's either prone on
    the ground or doing his/her time over animation. The "Copy victory
    poses" trick makes the losing character copy the winning
    character's pose. (Duh.)
    
    To perform this trick, we need two player characters. CPU
    characters are notoriously uncooperative. The winning character, or
    winner, is the one with more energy. The losing character, or
    loser, is the one with less energy. (Duh.)
    
    The loser must be standing with his/her leading foot on the edge
    of the ring, such that when the announcer declares "Time over,"
    the loser stumbles out of the ring as he/she starts his/her
    time over animation. Outside the ring, as the loser recovers
    his/her balance, the loser copies the winner's animation, instead
    of the loser's normal time over animation. (I think Kage, Lion, and
    Sarah aren't appropriate as the loser, but they can be the
    winner.) (NOTE: "Kage" is pronounced as "kah-geh", not "cage" or "kah-gay".)
    
    Start with the loser standing near and facing the edge of the
    ring. The loser's back is towards the winner's front. To achieve
    this attitude, the loser can (if able) do a turn-around move; or
    the loser can jump over the winner, and the winner turns around.
    Make sure both characters' feet are in the parallel stance (// or
    \\), instead of the "eight" or divergent stance (/ \). The winner
    then _carefully and slowly_ pushes the loser towards the edge
    until the front half of the loser's leading foot is outside the edge.
    
    It takes some practice and a shipload of patience to know whether
    the loser's leading foot is far enough outside the ring. For
    instance, the pink Pai-chan's foot has a black band across its top.
    Imagine extending this black band to the bottom of her foot and it
    should intersect the edge.
    
    It helps if the characters are perpendicular to the edge, instead
    of at an acute angle. If the loser is Shun, Shun should hold Guard
    to stabilise Shun's feet, or Shun will tilt from side to side.
    
    Also, a stiff stick (ahem) makes life easier. For instance, the
    sticks on the VF2 at Funland (334 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario,
    Canada) are too soft, thanks to the hundreds (yeah right) of Akira
    players who play there. A strong tap forward (F) can cause the
    characters to dash forward (F,F).
    
    If the loser is correctly placed, simply _wait for the timer to
    reach zero._ When the announcer declares "Time over," the loser
    stumbles out of the ring as he/she starts his/her time over
    animation. Outside the ring, as the loser recovers his/her
    balance, the loser copies the winner's animation, instead of the
    loser's normal time over animation. If the winner stands too far
    behind the loser, the loser still copies the winner's animation,
    but the loser will be off-screen.
    
    The digitised voices will be screwed up too. The loser will speak
    his/her winning quote, while the winner will speak his/her losing
    quote. (See the "VF2 Taunts FAQ" for details.) The characters speak
    at the same time, and their quotes overlap.
    
    If the winner has 100% energy, the winner will do his/her
    "Excellent" pose. Else, the winner may do a random (G, P, or K)
    pose. To make the winner do his/her P or K pose, the winner
    should press P or K without hitting the loser, when the loser is
    waiting near the edge. Hold the button while the winner pushes the
    loser. Press P or K too close to the loser or too late, and the
    winner will hit the loser, or punch/kick the loser out of the ring.
    The winner can hold G anytime. Don't release the G/P/K button until
    the victory animation starts.
    
         "I admire a man who's not afraid to show his emotional
         side, even if it makes him look like a weenie." -
         Harriet Parker to her husband, _The Better Half_
    
    It's fun to make the male characters copy the female characters'
    feminine poses, and vice versa. (This will likely excite
    Sociology students.) For instance, it's sickeningly amusing to
    watch the ugly Jeffry or Wolf copy Pai-chan's "Kyahaha!" giggle-
    and-dance pose.
    
    If the winner is Shun, when he drinks from his wine flask, an
    identical wine flask will materialise in the loser's hand! IMO it
    was (ahem) charming to watch Pai-chan copy Shun's poses.
    
    Knowing the hostile relations between these characters, when the
    winner/loser combination is Jacky/Sarah or Lau/Pai-chan, it's
    also fun to see them behave so harmoniously.
    
    Uncertainty
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    Currently, my mates and I have trouble with Shun's victory
    animations where he relaxes on the ground. So far, we can
    satisfactorily copy his standing pose. It seems when Shun does his
    prone poses, the camera shows only Shun when his enemy is nearby,
    but the camera unzooms and includes Shun's enemy in the screen when
    his enemy is faraway. Our theory is, to keep Shun's enemy on-screen
    after the time over, he must be some distance from, and maybe with
    his back towards, his enemy. (To all: Help?)
    
    "Kyoui na phenomena"
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         "I'm bored with my job. I'm ready for something new and
         exciting. How much do ninjas make?" - Stanley Parker to
         his wife, _The Better Half_
    
    The "Copy victory poses" trick is one of several, to quote Gamest,
    "Kyoui na phenomena" ("Frightfully strange phenomena"). These are
    tricks that VF2 masters can do when they are bored because they
    can do Akira's HouGekiUnShinSouKoShou (known in r.g.v.a as "SPOD")
    to Dural before breakfast. Other known VF2 weird phenomena include:
    
    - By somehow controlling Akira's attacks, he and his enemy can
    levitate up and down the screen as if they are standing on
    invisible floors in the air. (I haven't witnessed this, but my
    friends have.)
    
    - During a Replay, the player can do a K,G-cancel to pause the
    Replay. The on-screen characters will become mangled during the
    pause. (I haven't witnessed this.)
    
    - In a Jeffry vs Shun fight, Shun sits with his back towards
    Jeffry. When Jeffry throws Shun, Jeffry teleports to in front of
    Shun. This is similar to the old bug with Akira's TetsuZanKou. (I
    haven't witnessed these, but my friends have.)
    
    - In Jacky's stage, after the CPU Jacky knocks out (K.O.) the
    player character inside the ring, hold UP the player character's
    stick while the "Continue" countdown is counting down. When the
    countdown reaches 0, the player character stands, holds his hands
    to his head, shakes his head, speaks his losing quote, and
    tumbles down like an idiot. This is all seen from high above the
    ring. All player characters do this same pop-up motion.
      If the player character is rung out and has more energy than
    the CPU Jacky, hold UP the player character's stick while the
    "Continue" countdown is counting down. The bird from the
    background will appear over the player character. Then the player
    character struggles with the bird before it carries him away. If
    the bird's flight path intersects the edge of the ring, the
    player character's legs hit the edge of the ring, and he falls
    down again. (BTW, the bird has no shadow.)
      If the player character is rung out and has less energy than
    the CPU Jacky, the bird does _not_ come out, but the player
    character still struggles and then falls down.
      If the player character loses by time over, the bird does _not_
    come out, but we get a chance to see exactly what the player
    character is doing when he's struggling. (Yupa suspects that the
    animation is from Jeffry's face grab (D+P against a croucher). It
    looks like the player character is struggling with an invisible
    bird because he's actually lifted off the ground at the time.)
      Everything seems to work as normal if the bird is present
    during the fight. (But Yupa hasn't lost by time over yet to verify
    that situation and see where the bird actually is while the
    character is struggling. If the player character has less energy
    than CPU Jacky, the bird flies away without the player character
    after he's finished struggling and fallen down.)
      This trick doesn't work in ranking mode, in the other CPU
    characters' stages, or when the player character is Sarah.
      On some VF2 machines, after a two-players fight, a "Continue"
    countdown will appear on the losing player's side of the screen.
    This trick doesn't work with this extra countdown. (I've
    witnessed this trick.)
    
    - In Kage's stage, when Wolf stands at one corner of the ring, he
    can use his Giant Swing (HCF+P) to throw his enemy into the torch
    in the background. The lighting in the stage then dims. (I haven't
    witnessed this, but my friends have.)
    
    (To all: If you've witnessed the above tricks, can you describe the
    conditions and details?)
    
    History
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    v0.1      31 August 1995. First draft.
    v0.2      9 September 1995. 17% bigger. Rearranged layout.
    v0.3      18 September 1995. 10% bigger. More about the weird
              phenomenon in Jacky's stage.
    
    Don "I have a life, I just don't have a job" Chan
    (Pai/Kage/Sarah/Wolf/Akira/Shun)