History Main / FutileHandReach

13th Apr '18 4:37:45 PM Hjortron18
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* The titular character in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' reaches for his brother Loki as the latter [[DrivenToSuicide lets himself fall from the Bifrost bridge into the void below it]].
13th Jan '18 9:06:38 PM erforce
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[[quoteright:350:[[Film/SherlockHolmes http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dramatic_hand_reach1.jpg]]]]

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* The page image is from Guy Ritchie's ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', but is not quite an example of the trope in that rather than being a futile emotional reaction, it's a rather clear-headed attempt at protecting his colleagues: Watson realises he has triggered a grenade and in the few seconds before it explodes has the presence of mind to remember Holmes and Irene Adler will be on his heels, and turns to warn them with a gesture and a shout to keep back. Holmes promptly obeys the gesture and is therefore standing several meters away from the centre of the explosion when the grenade goes off. If the film was less... muddled... about the effects of what standing at the centre of (several) grenade blasts will do to you, Holmes' distance would have meant the difference between life and death for the detective (and a very practical, but very final act of heroism for a very deceased Watson). Admittedly, a series of further explosions triggered by the first mean ultimitely Holmes is little better off where he is than if he'd run right up to Watson, but Watson wasn't to know that would happen.

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* The page image is from Guy Ritchie's ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'', but is not quite an example of the trope in that rather than being a futile emotional reaction, it's a rather clear-headed attempt at protecting his colleagues: Watson realises he has triggered a grenade and in the few seconds before it explodes has the presence of mind to remember Holmes and Irene Adler will be on his heels, and turns to warn them with a gesture and a shout to keep back. Holmes promptly obeys the gesture and is therefore standing several meters away from the centre of the explosion when the grenade goes off. If the film was less... muddled... about the effects of what standing at the centre of (several) grenade blasts will do to you, Holmes' distance would have meant the difference between life and death for the detective (and a very practical, but very final act of heroism for a very deceased Watson). Admittedly, a series of further explosions triggered by the first mean ultimitely Holmes is little better off where he is than if he'd run right up to Watson, but Watson wasn't to know that would happen.



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7th Dec '17 9:20:32 PM ArbyWorks
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'': [[spoiler:Done brutally after the Leviathan battle wherein Ardyn stabs Luna. Noctis, in a dream sequence, desperately reaches out to Luna as she bids farewell, mere inches from her hand symbolizing how he never quite got to reach her after 12 years.]]
15th Oct '17 1:15:29 PM sugaricequeen
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** He does it again at the end of ''Twilight Princess'', as Midna prepares to sacrifice herself to take out Ganon. She warps him and Zelda to safety before he can get to her.
15th Jun '17 11:04:11 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "Doomsday", the Doctor does this while Rose is about to be dragged into [[VoidBetweenTheWorlds the Void.]]
24th May '17 6:34:54 AM TomS98
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* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''. When Riley runs away, Family Island starts collapsing in her mind world. The collateral damage it causes to long term memory leads to Joy and Bing Bong falling into the memory dump while Sadness futilely reaches out to help them.
18th May '17 12:23:58 PM Anddrix
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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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* In the cliffhanger to [[Recap/TheFlash2014S3E8Invasion Part I]] of the "Invasion" event in the ''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}'', ''Series/{{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.
2nd May '17 1:35:51 PM Menarker
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It happens quite a lot in action and scifi movies, though shows and movies based on comic books seem to like this trope quite a lot. Also a common Anime Opening trope. It is somewhat common in a fantasy setup with magic or psychic powers to have someone perform this trope straight only for their latent abilities to trigger thus subverting the "futile" part of this trope.

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It happens quite a lot in action and scifi movies, though shows and movies based on comic books seem to like this trope quite a lot. Also a common Anime Opening trope. It is somewhat common in a fantasy setup with magic or psychic powers to have someone perform this trope straight only for their latent abilities to trigger thus subverting the "futile" part of this trope.
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2nd May '17 1:35:17 PM Menarker
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It happens quite a lot in action and scifi movies, though shows and movies based on comic books seem to like this trope quite a lot. Also a common Anime Opening trope.

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It happens quite a lot in action and scifi movies, though shows and movies based on comic books seem to like this trope quite a lot. Also a common Anime Opening trope. It is somewhat common in a fantasy setup with magic or psychic powers to have someone perform this trope straight only for their latent abilities to trigger thus subverting the "futile" part of this trope.
7th Mar '17 4:39:43 PM Cools-The-Calm
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* In a shot noticeably absent from the manga, [[spoiler:Rohan]] of ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Diamond is Unbreakable]]'' reaches out in the anime just before [[spoiler:he's blown up in Bites The Dust's first loop.]]
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