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24th Apr '16 5:00:39 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Mark Mardon/Weather Wizard reveals in "Running to Stand Still" that he's learned how to use his wind control on himself to soar through the air. Cisco insists by a scientific perspective, what Mardon is doing isn't flying. Everyone ignores him and says Mardon can fly.
16th Apr '16 9:08:34 AM Thunderchin
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* Samus Aran of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' has a rather unorthodox method of flying: [[JumpPhysics jumping while already airborn.]] Her Space Jump upgrade goes far past double jumps, allowing Samus to spin jump ''infinitely.'' With the right timing, Samus will never touch the ground.

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* Samus Aran of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' has a rather unorthodox method of flying: [[JumpPhysics jumping while already airborn.]] Her Space Jump upgrade goes far past double jumps, allowing Samus to spin jump ''infinitely.'' With the right timing, Samus will never touch the ground. The well-timed use of Bombs allows her Morph Ball form to cross this trope over with RocketJump.


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* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' as of Version 1.9 has the Elytra. When worn in the chest armor slot, it trades protection for the ability to glide, much like a hang glider.
11th Apr '16 8:53:36 PM JustCause
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* In ''VideoGame/{{InFamous}}'' despite flight being one of the more common Conduit powers, Cole can't fly [[spoiler: until his EleventhHourSuperpower]]. Instead he has jumping, gliding and grappling hook powers which are admittedly slower and less cool (and less gamebreaking in the series that focuses on roof hopping and parkour).
29th Mar '16 3:28:23 PM Eievie
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For those without any of these means of recourse, well... there's always RoofHopping. SkySurfing is a subtrope. See also PowerFloats and IBelieveICanFly.

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For those without any of these means of recourse, well... well… there's always RoofHopping. SkySurfing is a subtrope. See also PowerFloats and IBelieveICanFly.



* The ninja in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' make good use of InASingleBound combined with hopping between giant tree branches to get air travel done. [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Taijutsu specialists]] are especially good at high jumps, and [[FastballSpecial launching others]]. Temari glides very well by riding her giant steel fan. For "by their own bootstraps," there's the occasional ninja whose summon or other type of creation can fly - these are often large enough to ride, as in the case of [[MadBomber Deidara's]] and Sai's bird mounts. Gaara can also levitate sand, and stand on it. Deva path Pain can use his gravity power to launch himself long distances. Jugo can make a rocket with his body and fire chakra out of it to greatly extend the speed and distance of his jumps.

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* The ninja in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' make good use of InASingleBound combined with hopping between giant tree branches to get air travel done. [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Taijutsu specialists]] are especially good at high jumps, and [[FastballSpecial launching others]]. Temari glides very well by riding her giant steel fan. For "by their own bootstraps," there's the occasional ninja whose summon or other type of creation can fly - these fly--these are often large enough to ride, as in the case of [[MadBomber Deidara's]] and Sai's bird mounts. Gaara can also levitate sand, and stand on it. Deva path Pain can use his gravity power to launch himself long distances. Jugo can make a rocket with his body and fire chakra out of it to greatly extend the speed and distance of his jumps.



* ComicBook/TheMightyThor swings his hammer around his head and then releases it with it still attached to his wrist. The momentum then carries him half way across the world. Sure, that would work... no, really, it would work. It would take some epic deltoids though or maybe [[AWizardDidIt a magic hammer.]] Thor has both. Though his inability to fly depends entirely on who happens to be writing him at the moment. It's possible that they might still stick with the "I throw my hammer!" bit but the way it's portrayed there's no way it could be anything BUT true flight. In some other media he's shown to be able to achieve true flight, though normally by summoning wind or the power of Mjolnir to levitate him.

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* ComicBook/TheMightyThor swings his hammer around his head and then releases it with it still attached to his wrist. The momentum then carries him half way across the world. Sure, that would work... no, really, it would work. It would take some epic deltoids though or maybe [[AWizardDidIt a magic hammer.]] Thor has both. Though his inability to fly depends entirely on who happens to be writing him at the moment. It's possible that they might still stick with the "I throw my hammer!" bit but the way it's portrayed there's no way it could be anything BUT ''but'' true flight. In some other media he's shown to be able to achieve true flight, though normally by summoning wind or the power of Mjolnir to levitate him.



* Franchise/WonderWoman was originally unable to fly directly in the manner of Superman but (as with original Superman) they simplified all the handwaves to just give her flight. In UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, and possibly UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, Wonder Woman used to "glide on air currents" -- which somehow always seemed to be going in the right direction unless it became a plot point (like one story in which the villain encased a city in ice, which apparently meant that there were only downdrafts). This was retconned into full flight in the 1986 revamp, thanks to magic sandals donated by the god, Hermes, and has remained so ever since.

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* Franchise/WonderWoman was originally unable to fly directly in the manner of Superman but (as with original Superman) they simplified all the handwaves to just give her flight. In UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, and possibly UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, Wonder Woman used to "glide on air currents" -- which currents"--which somehow always seemed to be going in the right direction unless it became a plot point (like one story in which the villain encased a city in ice, which apparently meant that there were only downdrafts). This was retconned into full flight in the 1986 revamp, thanks to magic sandals donated by the god, Hermes, and has remained so ever since.



** Both Banshee and his daughter Siryn can fly by screaming really loud -- no clue given as to how this is supposed to work, as they're clearly not shouting at the ground when they do this. Or, you know, moving backwards. It's explained as them projecting soundwaves off of the ground, except, you know, [[ArtisticLicensePhysics sound waves don't work that way]]. Sometimes they seem to be able to speak while doing this because TalkingIsAFreeAction. Presumably it's just because banshees are supposed to fly as well as scream.

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** Both Banshee and his daughter Siryn can fly by screaming really loud -- no loud--no clue given as to how this is supposed to work, as they're clearly not shouting at the ground when they do this. Or, you know, moving backwards. It's explained as them projecting soundwaves off of the ground, except, you know, [[ArtisticLicensePhysics sound waves don't work that way]]. Sometimes they seem to be able to speak while doing this because TalkingIsAFreeAction. Presumably it's just because banshees are supposed to fly as well as scream.


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*''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'': Olive Abroholos Elephanta levitates--it's her peculiarity. She's lighter than air, and floats up, but can't ''fly'' per se. Her peculiarity lifts her up, but any sideways motion must be provided manually.
20th Mar '16 6:10:32 AM EDP
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* Originally, Hay Lin of ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' didn't fly but simply used her power over air to lift and propel herself-rather notable because she and the other Guardians of Kandrakar ''[[PowerGivesYouWings did]]'' [[PowerGivesYouWings have wings in their transformed forms]], [[WingsDoNothingbut they were useless]] until the power-up of the New Power Saga (Hay Lin can still fly higher and faster thanks to the wind). {{Averted}} in the [[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} animated adaptation]], where the wings give them flight abilities since the start.

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* Originally, Hay Lin of ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' didn't fly but simply used her power over air to lift and propel herself-rather notable because she and the other Guardians of Kandrakar ''[[PowerGivesYouWings did]]'' [[PowerGivesYouWings have wings in their transformed forms]], [[WingsDoNothingbut [[WingsDoNothing but they were useless]] until the power-up of the New Power Saga (Hay Lin can still fly higher and faster thanks to the wind). {{Averted}} in the [[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} animated adaptation]], where the wings give them flight abilities since the start.
16th Mar '16 5:14:53 AM Gamermaster
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* In the third season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', when we're finally introduced to major characters who are not inherently powerful enough for proper flight, Subaru (and her sister Ginga) turns out to be able to rollerblade on magical tracks/pathways that can extend indefinitely and don't appear to need to anchor to anything. (They anchor in the first episode, but seem to have discarded that limitation in subsequent episodes.)
** Also, Caro can summon (more specifically ''enlarge'') and ride her pet dragon, and Elio's [[BladeOnAStick spear]] has a [[SwissArmyWeapon jet-propelled form]]. A fancomic has Teana wondering if she's the only new major cast member without a means of flight.

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* In the third season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', when we're finally introduced to major characters who are not inherently powerful enough for proper flight, Subaru (and her sister Ginga) turns out to be able to rollerblade on magical tracks/pathways that can extend indefinitely and don't appear to need to anchor to anything. (They anchor in the first episode, but seem to have discarded that limitation in subsequent episodes.)
** Also, Caro can summon (more specifically ''enlarge'') and ride her pet dragon, and Elio's Erio's [[BladeOnAStick spear]] has a [[SwissArmyWeapon jet-propelled form]]. A fancomic has Teana wondering if she's the only new major cast member without a means of flight.
3rd Mar '16 9:33:00 PM Qube
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** ''SaintsRowGatOutOfHell'' improves upon this by giving you wings and [[WesternAnimation/Gargoyles gargoyle-esque]] gliding which you can extend the duration of by diving to gain momentum and a limited number of wing flaps. It is tied to your stamina meter, so infinite flight isn't really a possibility, but this can be mitigated through upgrades.

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** ''SaintsRowGatOutOfHell'' improves upon this by giving you wings and [[WesternAnimation/Gargoyles [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} gargoyle-esque]] gliding which you can extend the duration of by diving to gain momentum and a limited number of wing flaps. It is tied to your stamina meter, so infinite flight isn't really a possibility, but this can be mitigated through upgrades.
3rd Mar '16 8:41:45 PM Qube
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** ''SaintsRowGatOutOfHell'' improves upon this by giving you wings and [[WesternAnimation/Gargoyles gargoyle-esque]] gliding which you can extend the duration of by diving to gain momentum and a limited number of wing flaps. It is tied to your stamina meter, so infinite flight isn't really a possibility, but this can be mitigated through upgrades.
20th Feb '16 10:38:53 PM NozzDogg
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* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Lunans seem to have been a lot like bats, having winglike membranes, but appear to have been unable to truly fly.
7th Feb '16 2:05:48 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', the eponymous magical barrier (''kekkai'') users can use airborn magical barriers as stepping stones or standing platforms.

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* In ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', the eponymous magical barrier (''kekkai'') users can use airborn airborne magical barriers as stepping stones or standing platforms.


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* In ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', Miyu can create tiny energy platforms beneath her feet to stand in midair. In spite of this talent, she looks down on herself because she cannot truly fly like Illya can.
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