Outside of being default poses in animation software, T-poses are typically used as placeholders for animations not yet completed, particularly in 3D animated video games. In some motion capture software, a T-pose must be assumed by the actor in the motion capture suit before motion capturing can begin. There are other poses used but this is the most common one.
As an Internet meme
Starting in 2016 and resurfacing in 2017, the T-pose specifically has become a widespread Internet meme due to its bizarre and non sequitur appearance, especially in video game glitches where there would otherwise be an animation.
In a prerelease video of the game NBA Elite 11, the demo was filled with glitches, notably one unintentionally showing a T-pose in place of the proper animation for the model of player Andrew Bynum. The glitch later gained fame as the "Jesus Bynum glitch". Publisher EA eventually cancelled the game due to finding it unsatisfactory. A similar occurrence happened with Cyberpunk 2077.
Another context for the usage of the T-Pose is to "assert dominance," This intimidates people because of the strange occurrence and dominance coming from that person. This shows fear and lets the person to establish dominance.
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