History Main / GiantRobotHandsSaveLives

15th Jan '16 9:45:28 AM Anddrix
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* Happened at least twice during ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the first time to a girl, the second time to Bulk and Skull who were in a bus. Interestingly, there are actually two "Megazord hands" used in the series. Normally it's metal, but it was a black glove in the scenes when someone needed to not smack into solid steel after falling a few hundred feet. Apparently, the viewer [[ViewersAreMorons was expected to not notice]]. Even as kids, everyone did.
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* Happened at least twice during ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the first time to a girl, the second time to Bulk and Skull who were in a bus. Interestingly, there are actually two "Megazord hands" used in the series. Normally it's metal, but it was a black glove in the scenes when someone needed to not smack into solid steel after falling a few hundred feet. Apparently, the viewer [[ViewersAreMorons was expected to not notice]].notice. Even as kids, everyone did.
26th Dec '15 8:58:53 PM erforce
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* ''Film/HellboyII''. Okay, he's not a robot, but the principle is still the same; Hellboy throws a baby in the air and catches it with his hand. You know, the one that's made of solid rock. And not just a few feet, either, we're talking a good three to five meters, enough to wind up the firing mechanism on his custom {{BFG}}. [[LampshadeHanging The public calls him out for being reckless with the baby once he's dispatched the monster.]]
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* ''Film/HellboyII''.''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy''. Okay, he's not a robot, but the principle is still the same; Hellboy throws a baby in the air and catches it with his hand. You know, the one that's made of solid rock. And not just a few feet, either, we're talking a good three to five meters, enough to wind up the firing mechanism on his custom {{BFG}}. [[LampshadeHanging The public calls him out for being reckless with the baby once he's dispatched the monster.]]

* Though not a robot, the Hulk does this in ''Film/TheAvengers'' for [[spoiler: Iron Man. This one is actually justified as he has survived some high impact collisions in that suit. If a jet hitting it didn't kill him being caught by The Hulk wouldn't either]].
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* Though not a robot, the Hulk does this in ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' for [[spoiler: Iron Man. This one is actually justified as he has survived some high impact collisions in that suit. If a jet hitting it didn't kill him being caught by The Hulk wouldn't either]].
11th Oct '15 10:53:13 AM kome360
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* Justified in CometLucifer: it's not the dense robot's hands that save them, but the antigravity power that it uses.
11th Sep '15 9:42:55 AM MechWarrior
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* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''{{Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar}}'', where the super robot has an inflatable airbag that comes out of the palm of its hand.
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* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''{{Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar}}'', ''{{Anime/Shinkon Gattai Godannar}}'', where the super robot has an inflatable airbag that comes out of the palm of its hand.

** Done slightly more realistically in the third one. Bumblebee flips through the air and grabs Sam and Lennox, and then continue to flip through the air until he lands. Only then does he let them go.
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** Done slightly more realistically in the third one. Bumblebee flips through the air and grabs Sam and Lennox, and then continue continues to flip through the air until he lands. Only then does he let them go.
10th Sep '15 11:40:06 PM shawnvw
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Music: note about original artwork
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** The cover was done by artist FrankKellyFreas, based on one he did for ''AstoundingScienceFiction''.
15th Aug '15 4:00:54 PM R1ck
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Usually, falling on metal from a great height would be as bad as falling on [[strike:concrete]] ''anything'' from a great height. At the absolute best, getting caught by a giant robot should just subtract the robot's height from the total distance the person is falling, which is only useful if falling off something barely taller than the robot itself. But Humongous Mecha seems to throw that element of momentum out the window. [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality For the best, perhaps]] - the rate of {{Heroic BSOD}}s would probably skyrocket if would-be heroes had to spend their time cleaning the bodies of innocent women and children off of their robot's hands.
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Usually, falling on metal from a great height would be as bad as falling on [[strike:concrete]] ''anything'' from a great height. At the absolute best, getting caught by a giant robot should just subtract the robot's height from the total distance the person is falling, which is only useful if falling off something barely taller than the robot itself. But Humongous Mecha seems to throw that element of momentum out the window. [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality For the best, perhaps]] - the rate of {{Heroic BSOD}}s would probably skyrocket if would-be heroes had to spend their time cleaning the bodies of innocent women and children off of their robot's hands.
1st Aug '15 2:44:52 AM LinTaylor
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*** Inverted in Creator/YoshiyukiTomino's original novelization of ''Mobile Suit Gundam''. After killing her brother Gihren, Kycilia Zabi has Char take her into Zum City (Zeon's home colony) with his Rick Dom. She stands in its hand and announces that she's in charge...at which point Char tips his Dom's hand, which makes Kycilia splat against the ground below.
31st Jul '15 5:33:45 AM MechWarrior
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* Suzaku in ''CodeGeass'', as seen [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vlcsnap-561040.jpg here]].
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* Suzaku in ''CodeGeass'', ''Anime/CodeGeass'', as seen [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vlcsnap-561040.jpg here]].

* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''{{Godannar}}'', where the super robot has an inflatable airbag that comes out of the palm of its hand.
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* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''{{Godannar}}'', ''{{Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar}}'', where the super robot has an inflatable airbag that comes out of the palm of its hand.

** The ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' novelizations make a point of describing just how insane the maneuver was and the difficulty of matching her velocity and maneuvering in relation to her in freefall.
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** The ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' novelizations make a point of describing just how insane the maneuver was and the difficulty of matching her velocity and maneuvering in relation to her in freefall.free-fall.

* ''{{MAR}}'': In an example that crosses over between this and SoftWater, Snow saves herself from a fall which the watching characters clearly expect her to go ''splat'' from, by calling on her giant snowman and landing safely in it's hand. * ''RahXephon'' also plays with the trope: rather than touch a person directly, the Xephon is capable of encasing them in a spherical energy field that hovers slightly above the mech's hand. Thus it is able to safely grab and carry people without causing them harm.
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* ''{{MAR}}'': ''{{Manga/MAR}}'': In an example that crosses over between this and SoftWater, Snow saves herself from a fall which the watching characters clearly expect her to go ''splat'' from, by calling on her giant snowman and landing safely in it's hand. * ''RahXephon'' ''Anime/RahXephon'' also plays with the trope: rather than touch a person directly, the Xephon is capable of encasing them in a spherical energy field that hovers slightly above the mech's hand. Thus it is able to safely grab and carry people without causing them harm.

* One episode of StarDriver has Takuto in his Tauburn saving [[spoiler:a comatose]] Sugata like this after he gets caught in the crossfire and his protective sphere (or whatever it's supposed to be) breaks.
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* One episode of StarDriver Anime/StarDriver has Takuto in his Tauburn saving [[spoiler:a comatose]] Sugata like this after he gets caught in the crossfire and his protective sphere (or whatever it's supposed to be) breaks.

* The third issue of the ''{{Bionicle}}'' comics had Onua save Tahu from a fall this way. Possibly justified by the fact that ''both'' participants are MechanicalLifeforms.
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* The third issue of the ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''{{Franchise/Bionicle}}'' comics had Onua save Tahu from a fall this way. Possibly justified by the fact that ''both'' participants are MechanicalLifeforms.

* Averted in ''TheIronGiant''. While he uses his hard iron hand to keep them from hitting the ground, he matches velocity then slows them down first. * In ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' Optimus Prime catches Sam when he falls from a building. In this case, at least, he seems to be lowering his hand as he catches him to slow him down.
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* Averted in ''TheIronGiant''.''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. While he uses his hard iron hand to keep them from hitting the ground, he matches velocity then slows them down first. * In ''[[TransformersFilmSeries ''[[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' Optimus Prime catches Sam when he falls from a building. In this case, at least, he seems to be lowering his hand as he catches him to slow him down.

* Done quite literally in ''RealSteel'', though much more feasibly than most - Max is sliding out of control, about to go over the edge of a cliff, and his belt gets caught on the hand of a buried robot.
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* Done quite literally in ''RealSteel'', ''Film/RealSteel'', though much more feasibly than most - Max is sliding out of control, about to go over the edge of a cliff, and his belt gets caught on the hand of a buried robot.

** However, in an aversion of the physics-breaking part of this trope, he ''is'' shown using the Dizer to catch falling objects- such as, say, Fourze himself- then spinning with the momentum and slowing them down as opposed to just a straight-up catch.
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** However, in an aversion of the physics-breaking part of this trope, he ''is'' shown using the Dizer to catch falling objects- such objects-such as, say, Fourze himself- then spinning with the momentum and slowing them down as opposed to just a straight-up catch.

* The ''SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise usually has the giant robot hand attacking you, but there are exeptions: ** The Gaia Colossus does one of these after the final battle in ''SonicUnleashed'', but [[JustifiedTrope it is justified]] in that Sonic's fall is decelerated before impact. ** In ''Sonic 2'' and ''Sonic & Knuckles'', Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles all fall ''from orbit'', only to land on the wing of the Tornado while it's still moving. This also occurs at the end of ''SonicAdvance''.
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* The ''SonicTheHedgehog'' ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise usually has the giant robot hand attacking you, but there are exeptions: exceptions: ** The Gaia Colossus does one of these after the final battle in ''SonicUnleashed'', ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', but [[JustifiedTrope it is justified]] in that Sonic's fall is decelerated before impact. ** In ''Sonic 2'' and ''Sonic & Knuckles'', Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles all fall ''from orbit'', only to land on the wing of the Tornado while it's still moving. This also occurs at the end of ''SonicAdvance''.''VideoGame/SonicAdvance''.

* Not a robot hand, but in an episode of ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', John Jameson turned Colonel Jupiter rescues a mother and her son from a burning building by catching them in his arms after they fall for ''several'' stories.
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* Not a robot hand, but in an episode of ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', John Jameson turned Colonel Jupiter rescues a mother and her son from a burning building by catching them in his arms after they fall for ''several'' stories.

* In ''RugratsInParis'', Chuckie, controlling a giant Reptar robot, catches Angelica after she falls from a spot just above the Eiffel Tower.
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* In ''RugratsInParis'', ''WesternAnimation/RugratsInParis'', Chuckie, controlling a giant Reptar robot, catches Angelica after she falls from a spot just above the Eiffel Tower.
12th Jul '15 5:50:07 PM Kiwanuki
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9th Jul '15 4:48:22 PM nombretomado
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* Super Dimensional Fortress ''{{Macross}}'' and ''{{Robotech}}'' which its based from both have a version of this, with a giant VF-1 Valkyrie hand taking hold of a girl to 'catch' her while the pilot tried to match her fall. The hand gets blown off and he has to get her into the cockpit from it as well. ** The ''{{Robotech}}'' novelizations make a point of describing just how insane the maneuver was and the difficulty of matching her velocity and maneuvering in relation to her in freefall. ** ''Macross Frontier'', being the 25th anniversary milestone series, has a shout out to this scene. ** ''Macross DYRL'' when Hikaru catches a falling Minmei with the hands of his Valkyrie after matching velocity, and great care is put into the animation of how the Valkyrie's hand closes around her ''very very gently'' before starting to slow down. But because he didn't have ''that'' much room to slow down, and he wasted a lot of it matching speeds in the first place, Hikaru then proceeds to crash at terminal velocity into an abandoned portion of the Macross.
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* Super Dimensional Fortress ''{{Macross}}'' ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' and ''{{Robotech}}'' ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' which its based from both have a version of this, with a giant VF-1 Valkyrie hand taking hold of a girl to 'catch' her while the pilot tried to match her fall. The hand gets blown off and he has to get her into the cockpit from it as well. ** The ''{{Robotech}}'' ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' novelizations make a point of describing just how insane the maneuver was and the difficulty of matching her velocity and maneuvering in relation to her in freefall. ** ''Macross Frontier'', ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', being the 25th anniversary milestone series, has a shout out to this scene. ** ''Macross DYRL'' ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' when Hikaru catches a falling Minmei with the hands of his Valkyrie after matching velocity, and great care is put into the animation of how the Valkyrie's hand closes around her ''very very gently'' before starting to slow down. But because he didn't have ''that'' much room to slow down, and he wasted a lot of it matching speeds in the first place, Hikaru then proceeds to crash at terminal velocity into an abandoned portion of the Macross.
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