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22nd May '16 7:05:07 PM SkyHavenPath13
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', there are only a handful of VoluntaryShapeshifting-based Devil's Fruit powers that can grant flight. However, Luffy can use elastic tension to launch himself into the air, and suck in/blow out air to propel himself somewhat. [[spoiler:His "Bounce Man" SuperMode can do this in mid-air too.]] Robin can sprout many arms, then woven into wings, to glide, but it's incredibly tiresome for her. Usopp has a belt with a grappling-hook feature used mostly for BuildingSwing or a variant. Brook (and one of Chopper's forms) can leap tall buildings [[InASingleBound in a... well, you know]]. Franky can [[{{Squick}} launch himself using gas.]] The CP9 villains have Geppou and its faster advanced form Kamisori, which are essentially [[DoubleJump extra jumps]], or "kicking off the air" [[spoiler: a skill Sanji learns over the TimeSkip]]. Buggy the Clown can make any part of his body fly around detached as long as his feet are on a solid surface within [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081231204939/onepiece/images/0/0b/Bara_range.PNG an unspecified range]] of his other parts (the author [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum stated]] the range to be a sphere "200 Bara Bara" in diameter, but what he didn't say is how far ''that'' is). Vander Decken has the power to toss anything and make it go towards a designated target by itself, so he gets around by tossing something big, then hopping onto it and getting off before it crashes. Most impressive are the majority of [[ElementalPowers Logia]] users. They can manipulate their element, and turn themselves into their element, so they can move in something similar to flight and energy-based Logias can move around in a manner similar to teleporting. Doflamingo can use his strings in a similar way as Usopp, except he can use ''clouds''.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', there are only a handful of VoluntaryShapeshifting-based Devil's Fruit powers that can grant flight. However, Luffy can use elastic tension to launch himself into the air, and suck in/blow out air to propel himself somewhat. [[spoiler:His "Bounce Man" SuperMode can do this in mid-air too.]] Robin can sprout many arms, then woven into wings, to glide, but it's incredibly tiresome for her. Usopp has a belt with a grappling-hook feature used mostly for BuildingSwing or a variant. Brook (and one of Chopper's forms) can leap tall buildings [[InASingleBound in a... well, you know]]. Franky can [[{{Squick}} launch himself using gas.]] The CP9 [[SecretPolice CP9]] villains have Geppou and its faster advanced form Kamisori, which are essentially [[DoubleJump extra jumps]], or "kicking off the air" [[spoiler: a skill Sanji learns over the TimeSkip]]. Buggy the Clown can make any part of his body fly around detached as long as his feet are on a solid surface within [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081231204939/onepiece/images/0/0b/Bara_range.PNG an unspecified range]] of his other parts (the author [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum stated]] the range to be a sphere "200 Bara Bara" in diameter, but what he didn't say is how far ''that'' is). Vander Decken has the power to toss anything and make it go towards a designated target by itself, so he gets around by tossing something big, then hopping onto it and getting off before it crashes. Most impressive are the majority of [[ElementalPowers Logia]] users. They can manipulate their element, and turn themselves into their element, so they can move in something similar to flight and energy-based Logias can move around in a manner similar to teleporting. Doflamingo can use his strings in a similar way as Usopp, except he can use ''clouds''.
15th May '16 2:22:10 AM Emperor_Oshron
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* In ''AssassinsCreedII'' and its sequel ''Brotherhood'', Ezio gets to use Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine. Despite the name, it's really a glider and all use of it requires Ezio to use large fires to create upward drafts of air to keep flying (though ''Brotherhood'' has the flying machine equipped with incendiary weapons to make your own while, in the previous game, you're stuck on a linear path). It's briefly revisited in ''AssassinsCreedIII'' for RuleOfFunny: the carpenter at Davenport Homestead finds the designs for the flying machine and makes one, which Connor decides to take for a test drive and immediately crashes it into the sea.
* ''VideoGame/Carnivores'': in Debug Mode, the player has two options of motion--either actually activate the flying cheat, or combine the fast-motion movement of Debug Mode in general with the jump button to go leaping around the map like [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]].
14th May '16 9:02:30 PM Emperor_Oshron
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* Similar to the Hulk, (see below) Saitama from ''OnePunchMan'' can't actually fly, but he ''can'' leap so far, high, and fast and land unscathed that you may as well call it flying. He even used this to get from the top of a building to a spaceship above the city. It might even be more impressive than Hulk's jump-flying since Saitama is such an unassuming figure compared to him.
3rd May '16 11:57:39 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/MutantX'', Brennan's electricity-throwing power turns into an ion engine coming out of his hands after the MidSeasonUpgrade.

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* In ''Series/MutantX'', Brennan's [[ShockAndAwe electricity-throwing power power]] turns into an ion engine coming out of his hands after the MidSeasonUpgrade.



* 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.

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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. Barry also learns to sort-of fly by rapidly spinning his arms and directing the resulting twister downward. It's only really used once, when he has to get out of a building about to explode with all the doors locked.
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.
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