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8th Feb '17 9:50:26 PM Gamermaster
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* In the second opening for ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', Nanoha and her daughter Vivio (who had been kidnapped) are shown reaching for each other.
2nd Jan '17 7:44:12 AM ExSlacker
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* In the cliffhanger to [[Recap/TheFlash2014S3E8Invasion Part I]] of the "Invasion" event in the ''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}'', several key members of the ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' cast are kidnapped by the Dominators. Barry/The Flash is running towards Oliver/Green Arrow to try and save him, only for the aliens' teleportation beam to beat his SuperSpeed.
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17th Dec '16 2:10:50 PM eroock
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* Merida in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', while locked into her room by her father, symbolically reaches from her window towards her mother as the latter flees the castle.
15th Dec '16 1:39:54 AM X2X
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* At the very beginning of ''VideoGame.MetroidOtherM'', we are taken back to the battle against Mother Brain at the very end of ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', with the Baby Metroid shielding Samus as it uses the life energy it stole to recharge her Power Suit and bring her back from near death. Just as Mother Brain is about to unleash a Hyper Beam, the Baby lets go of Samus and charges forward, taking the entirety of the blast. As Samus enters a SlowMotionFall she reaches her hand up towards the Baby, only to see it explode before her eyes.

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* At the very beginning of ''VideoGame.MetroidOtherM'', ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', we are taken back to the battle against Mother Brain at the very end of ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', with the Baby Metroid shielding Samus as it uses the life energy it stole to recharge her Power Suit and bring her back from near death. Just as Mother Brain is about to unleash a Hyper Beam, the Baby lets go of Samus and charges forward, taking the entirety of the blast. As Samus enters a SlowMotionFall she reaches her hand up towards the Baby, only to see it explode before her eyes.
15th Dec '16 1:39:09 AM X2X
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* In ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'', in the ending of Chapter 4, [[spoiler:Phoenix reaches out and screams "MAAYYAAAAAA!!" as Maya is dropped down into the raging fire, just like what was done to other convicted witches.]]
* In the true ending of ''[[NightsIntoDreams Nights: Journey of Dreams]]'', Will and Helen desperately reach out toward [[spoiler: [=NiGHTS=] as s/he smiles, takes a bow, and DisappearsIntoLight.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'', in the ending of Chapter 4, [[spoiler:Phoenix reaches out and screams "MAAYYAAAAAA!!" as Maya is dropped down into the raging fire, just like what was done to other convicted witches.]]
witches]].
* In the true ending of ''[[NightsIntoDreams Nights: ''[[VideoGame/NiGHTSIntoDreams NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams]]'', Will and Helen desperately reach out toward [[spoiler: [=NiGHTS=] as s/he smiles, takes a bow, and DisappearsIntoLight.]]



* At the very beginning of ''[[MetroidOtherM Metroid: Other M]]'', we are taken back to the battle against Mother Brain at the very end of Super Metroid, with the Baby Metroid shielding Samus as it uses the life energy it stole to recharge her Power Suit and bring her back from near death. Just as Mother Brain is about to unleash a Hyper Beam, the Baby lets go of Samus and charges forward, taking the entirety of the blast. As Samus enters a [[SlowMotionFall Slow Motion Fall]] she reaches her hand up towards the Baby, only to see it explode before her eyes.
* Happens several times in ''Videogame/MassEffect3'' where [[TheHero Shepard]] has a recurring nightmare about a little boy s/he failed to save on Earth, and at the end tries to reach the boy as he bursts into flames. Depending on your choices, this can also happen on [[spoiler:Rannoch]] if [[spoiler:you fail to solve the Geth and Quarian's conflict, so Tali is forced to watch as the Migrant Fleet gets blasted out of the sky, and starts to walk off a cliff to her death]]. Cruelly, right then you have a Paragon interrupt where you can reach out, but [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption it doesn't work]].

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* At the very beginning of ''[[MetroidOtherM Metroid: Other M]]'', ''VideoGame.MetroidOtherM'', we are taken back to the battle against Mother Brain at the very end of Super Metroid, ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', with the Baby Metroid shielding Samus as it uses the life energy it stole to recharge her Power Suit and bring her back from near death. Just as Mother Brain is about to unleash a Hyper Beam, the Baby lets go of Samus and charges forward, taking the entirety of the blast. As Samus enters a [[SlowMotionFall Slow Motion Fall]] SlowMotionFall she reaches her hand up towards the Baby, only to see it explode before her eyes.
* Happens several times in ''Videogame/MassEffect3'' ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' where [[TheHero Shepard]] has a recurring nightmare about a little boy s/he failed to save on Earth, and at the end tries to reach the boy as he bursts into flames. Depending on your choices, this can also happen on [[spoiler:Rannoch]] if [[spoiler:you fail to solve the Geth and Quarian's conflict, so Tali is forced to watch as the Migrant Fleet gets blasted out of the sky, and starts to walk off a cliff to her death]]. Cruelly, right then you have a Paragon interrupt where you can reach out, but [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption it doesn't work]].



* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' has Elizabeth silently reaching out for Booker's hand [[spoiler:as the Songbird swoops away with her in its grasp. He reaches back but misses, and both Elizabeth and the Songbird disappear through the hole in the tower. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And then Booker gets to his feet and charges right after them]].]]
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the opening of ''VideoGame/GarouMarkOfTheWolves''. The backstory shows Terry having beaten Geese Howard, to the point where he's hanging off the balcony at the very top of Geese Tower. Terry reaches out and grabs his hand...and then Geese spitefully yanks his hand away, staring up at an aghast Terry as he willingly falls to his death.

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* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' has Elizabeth silently reaching out for Booker's hand [[spoiler:as the Songbird swoops away with her in its grasp. He reaches back but misses, and both Elizabeth and the Songbird disappear through the hole in the tower. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome And then Booker gets to his feet and charges right after them]].]]
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] {{Invoked|Trope}} in the opening of ''VideoGame/GarouMarkOfTheWolves''. ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]''. The backstory shows Terry having beaten Geese Howard, Howard at the end of ''Real Bout Fatal Fury'', to the point where he's hanging off the balcony at the very top of Geese Tower. Terry reaches out and grabs his hand... and then Geese spitefully yanks his hand away, staring up at an aghast Terry as he willingly falls to his death.
6th Oct '16 6:51:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* The titular character in ''[[Film/HarryPotter Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', towards young Hagrid in a PensieveFlashback in which he was shown to have been hiding a monster which he thought was the monster of the chamber.

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* The titular character in ''[[Film/HarryPotter Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', towards young Hagrid in a PensieveFlashback in which he was shown to have been hiding a monster which he thought was the monster of the chamber.
6th Oct '16 6:50:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* Luke pulls one on Hoth after Obi-wan appears to him in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', Batman's use of this is used by the Penguin to make the populace think that he pushed the Ice Princess off a building to her doom.
* In ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer'', Reed does this towards Sue after [[spoiler: Sue gets stabbed by Doom. She recovers.]]

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* Luke pulls one on Hoth after Obi-wan appears to him in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', Batman's use of this is used by the Penguin to make the populace think that he pushed the Ice Princess off a building to her doom.
* In ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer'', Reed does this towards Sue after [[spoiler: Sue gets stabbed by Doom. She recovers.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''. Tigress does a Futile Paw Reach as Po is blasted by Lord Shen's cannon. Later it happens again, but [[TakingTheBullet Tigress shoves Po aside in time and takes the impact herself]]. All the heroes are blown into the harbour, and Po swims up to Tigress, who is clinging to wreckage, to check that she's still alive. He gently pushes Tigress out of harms way and swims off to confront Lord Shen's fleet single-handed. Tigress can be seen in the background, [[TearJerker feebly reaching out to stop him]].
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* Luke pulls one on Hoth after Obi-wan appears to him in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', Batman's use of this is used by the Penguin to make the populace think that he pushed the Ice Princess off a building to her doom.
* In ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer'', Reed does this towards Sue after [[spoiler: Sue gets stabbed by Doom. She recovers.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''. Tigress does a Futile Paw Reach as Po is blasted by Lord Shen's cannon. Later it happens again, but [[TakingTheBullet Tigress shoves Po aside in time and takes the impact herself]]. All the heroes are blown into the harbour, and Po swims up to Tigress, who is clinging to wreckage, to check that she's still alive. He gently pushes Tigress out of harms way and swims off to confront Lord Shen's fleet single-handed. Tigress can be seen in the background, [[TearJerker feebly reaching out to stop him]].
29th Sep '16 5:02:58 PM AriRockefeller
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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the opening of ''VideoGame/GarouMarkOfTheWolves''. The backstory shows Terry having beaten Geese Howard, to the point where he's hanging off the balcony at the very top of Geese Tower. Terry reaches out and grabs his hand...and then Geese spitefully yanks his hand away, staring up at an aghast Terry as he willingly falls to his death.
8th Aug '16 9:53:44 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350: [[JustifiedTrope Well, when you're about to go up in a massive explosion, warning others away only works from a distance.]]]]

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* In ''{{Naruto}}'', Sakura reaches out and runs to the middle of the first fight between Sasuke and Naruto. Those two had their hands out as well, but in their hands were special techniques they were trying to use to fight each other.

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* In ''{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Sakura reaches out and runs to the middle of the first fight between Sasuke and Naruto. Those two had their hands out as well, but in their hands were special techniques they were trying to use to fight each other.
15th Jun '16 9:01:40 PM Doug86
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* In an ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''/''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' crossover in a 1980s comic, Cyclops does this towards Jean (in her Dark Phoenix form) as Darkseid takes control of her.

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* In an ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''/''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' ''ComicBook/XMen''/''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' crossover in a 1980s comic, Cyclops does this towards Jean (in her Dark Phoenix form) as Darkseid takes control of her.
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