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26th Dec '16 10:56:12 AM Tron80
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* Although Franchise/{{Superman}} was likely the ur-example of this Trope, oddly enough, he could ''not'' fly in his earliest appearances. He could leap several city blocks in one jump, however. (Possibly where the phrase "leap tall buildings in a single bound" originally came from.) After several issues of CharacterDevelopment, this was changed and he was able to use actual flight. When Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} was introduced several years later, she could fly from the beginning.

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* Although Franchise/{{Superman}} was likely the ur-example of this Trope, oddly enough, he could ''not'' fly in his earliest appearances. He could leap several city blocks in one jump, however. (Possibly where the phrase "leap tall buildings in a single bound" originally came from.) After several issues of CharacterDevelopment, this was changed and he was able to use actual flight. flight.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
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When Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara Zor-El was introduced in the Superman books several years later, later after her cousin's debut, she could fly from since the beginning.beginning. Most of her enemies also can fly using magic (Nightflame), technology (Reactron), psychic powers (several mutants) or mad science (Blackstarr).
** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', {{Flight}} is the first super-power she tests once she arrives on Earth.
26th Dec '16 10:50:58 AM Tron80
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This trope describes when there are multiple characters with a wide variety of different abilities, but [[{{Flight}} the ability to fly]] [[NotQuiteFlight is surprisingly common.]] Even if the ability to fly comes from different sources for different people (e.g. gravity-manipulation versus "[[{{Superman}} I'm from Krypton]]"), they all seem to be able to fly in more or less the same manner.

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This trope describes when there are multiple characters with a wide variety of different abilities, but [[{{Flight}} the ability to fly]] [[NotQuiteFlight is surprisingly common.]] Even if the ability to fly comes from different sources for different people (e.g. gravity-manipulation versus "[[{{Superman}} I'm from "[[Franchise/{{Superman}} I'm]] [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} from]] [[Comicbook/KryptoTheSuperdog Krypton]]"), they all seem to be able to fly in more or less the same manner.



* Amongst the big names of Franchise/TheDCU, you pretty much only have Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, and {{the Flash}} ([[{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} usually]]) incapable of flight. Which makes ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} and Hawkgirl pretty lame, considering it's their featured ability. To give them more of a reason to be around, focus has started to shift to their skill at bashing villains with AntiMagic [[DropTheHammer maces]].
* Although Franchise/{{Superman}} was likely the ur-example of this Trope, oddly enough, he could ''not'' fly in his earliest appearances. He could leap several city blocks in one jump, however. (Possibly where the phrase "leap tall buildings in a single bound" originally came from.) After several issues of CharacterDevelopment, this was changed and he was able to use actual flight.

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* Amongst the big names of Franchise/TheDCU, you pretty much only have Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, and {{the Flash}} Franchise/TheFlash ([[{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} usually]]) incapable of flight. Which makes ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} and Hawkgirl pretty lame, considering it's their featured ability. To give them more of a reason to be around, focus has started to shift to their skill at bashing villains with AntiMagic [[DropTheHammer maces]].
* Although Franchise/{{Superman}} was likely the ur-example of this Trope, oddly enough, he could ''not'' fly in his earliest appearances. He could leap several city blocks in one jump, however. (Possibly where the phrase "leap tall buildings in a single bound" originally came from.) After several issues of CharacterDevelopment, this was changed and he was able to use actual flight. When Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} was introduced several years later, she could fly from the beginning.
13th Nov '16 8:28:19 PM hipopotamo
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* ''Webcomic/M9Girls'': Clau can levitate as part of her [[MindOverMatter telekinetic]] powers.
31st Jul '16 5:22:08 PM nombretomado
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* Amongst the big names of the {{DCU}}, you pretty much only have Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, and {{the Flash}} ([[{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} usually]]) incapable of flight. Which makes ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} and Hawkgirl pretty lame, considering it's their featured ability. To give them more of a reason to be around, focus has started to shift to their skill at bashing villains with AntiMagic [[DropTheHammer maces]].

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* Amongst the big names of the {{DCU}}, Franchise/TheDCU, you pretty much only have Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, and {{the Flash}} ([[{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} usually]]) incapable of flight. Which makes ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} and Hawkgirl pretty lame, considering it's their featured ability. To give them more of a reason to be around, focus has started to shift to their skill at bashing villains with AntiMagic [[DropTheHammer maces]].
28th Jul '16 9:26:11 AM Willbyr
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* The ''TokyoMewMew'' anime sometimes gives everyone the power to levitate for no apparent reason. In episodes centered around Mew Mint, the birdgirl, however, only she can fly. The manga is more consistent on the matter.

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* The ''TokyoMewMew'' ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' anime sometimes gives everyone the power to levitate for no apparent reason. In episodes centered around Mew Mint, the birdgirl, however, only she can fly. The manga is more consistent on the matter.
20th Apr '16 5:28:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in ''Film/SkyHigh2005''. Only Will's mom Josie (and a few unnamed background students) are known to fly, and for those who do it's generally their only power. Will [[spoiler: being [[TheReveal revealed]] as a FlyingBrick]] is treated as unheard of and spectacular.
* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' is the type of movie where flying (among other supernatural abilities) is a standard martial arts technique.


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* Played with in ''Film/SkyHigh2005''. Only Will's mom Josie (and a few unnamed background students) are known to fly, and for those who do it's generally their only power. Will [[spoiler: being [[TheReveal revealed]] as a FlyingBrick]] is treated as unheard of and spectacular.
* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' is the type of movie where flying (among other supernatural abilities) is a standard martial arts technique.
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20th Apr '16 5:27:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in ''Film/SkyHigh''. Only Will's mom Josie (and a few unnamed background students) are known to fly, and for those who do it's generally their only power. Will [[spoiler: being [[TheReveal revealed]] as a FlyingBrick]] is treated as unheard of and spectacular.

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* Played with in ''Film/SkyHigh''.''Film/SkyHigh2005''. Only Will's mom Josie (and a few unnamed background students) are known to fly, and for those who do it's generally their only power. Will [[spoiler: being [[TheReveal revealed]] as a FlyingBrick]] is treated as unheard of and spectacular.
30th Jan '16 9:12:38 PM nombretomado
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* Amongst the big names of the {{DCU}}, you pretty much only have Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, and {{the Flash}} ([[{{Superfriends}} usually]]) incapable of flight. Which makes ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} and Hawkgirl pretty lame, considering it's their featured ability. To give them more of a reason to be around, focus has started to shift to their skill at bashing villains with AntiMagic [[DropTheHammer maces]].

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* Amongst the big names of the {{DCU}}, you pretty much only have Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, and {{the Flash}} ([[{{Superfriends}} ([[{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} usually]]) incapable of flight. Which makes ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} and Hawkgirl pretty lame, considering it's their featured ability. To give them more of a reason to be around, focus has started to shift to their skill at bashing villains with AntiMagic [[DropTheHammer maces]].



* When Angel was introduced as a member of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, it was alongside the very flightless ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and Beast, while Iceman's ice slides didn't offer the same level of maneuverability and Comicbook/JeanGrey couldn't levitate herself very far. But as the roster has expanded with characters who have flight as a side effect of their powers - ComicBook/{{Storm}}, ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, Rogue (after absorbing the right abilities), Mystique, Cannonball, ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}, and so on - being stuck with huge feathered wings as a mutation must be annoying. In response, Angel has gained (and sometimes lost) a lot of other powers over the years, such as vision on par with a hawk's, being ''physically'' capable of flight i.e. being both lighter and stronger than normal humans, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic and recently universal donor blood with regenerative properties]] that, for ''some,'' can heal otherwise-doomed characters from fatal damage. And even when his power of flight was more exclusive, he always made it look like a lot of ''fun'', like every childhood daydream you've had but better.

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* When Angel was introduced as a member of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, ComicBook/XMen, it was alongside the very flightless ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and Beast, while Iceman's ice slides didn't offer the same level of maneuverability and Comicbook/JeanGrey couldn't levitate herself very far. But as the roster has expanded with characters who have flight as a side effect of their powers - ComicBook/{{Storm}}, ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, Rogue (after absorbing the right abilities), Mystique, Cannonball, ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}, and so on - being stuck with huge feathered wings as a mutation must be annoying. In response, Angel has gained (and sometimes lost) a lot of other powers over the years, such as vision on par with a hawk's, being ''physically'' capable of flight i.e. being both lighter and stronger than normal humans, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic and recently universal donor blood with regenerative properties]] that, for ''some,'' can heal otherwise-doomed characters from fatal damage. And even when his power of flight was more exclusive, he always made it look like a lot of ''fun'', like every childhood daydream you've had but better.
26th Jan '16 3:48:17 PM Redaka
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[[caption-width-right:350:Wait a second, since when could ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} fly?]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Wait a second, since when could ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} fly?]]
[[IfItSwimsItFlies fly?]] ]]
21st Dec '15 3:50:00 AM SSJMagus
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has NotQuiteFlight by means of creating platforms of spirit particles underfoot as a basic skill for most of the major factions. I quickly becomes far easier to list the characters with notable spirit power who ''can't'' do this.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has NotQuiteFlight by means of creating platforms of spirit particles underfoot as a basic skill for most of the major factions. I It quickly becomes far easier to list the characters with notable spirit power who ''can't'' do this.this. It turns out this is, oddly enough, much ''harder'' to in areas that already have high concentrations of spirit particles.
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