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15th Jun '17 5:56:43 PM Mullon
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* ComicBook/TheMightyThor swings {{Mjolnir}} 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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* Creator/StanLee hated superheroes, specifically Franchise/{{Superman}}, who could fly just because, and created superheroes who found other ways to get around quickly even if did not make any more sense than flying.
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ComicBook/TheMightyThor swings {{Mjolnir}} 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.
** [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Susan Storm]] can jump around on invisible platforms into the sky.
** Before losing his powers, Marvel's ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} could "fly" for short distances by flapping his arms or "vibrating" his legs.
** The Comicbook/IncredibleHulk can use his powerful leg muscles to leap miles and miles at a time.
** Franchise/SpiderMan sometimes uses his webbing to create glider-wings, parachutes, bungee chords, and other means to send himself through the air when there are no convenient tall buildings or trees to swing from.



* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Susan Storm]] can jump around on invisible platforms into the sky.



* Before losing his powers, Marvel's ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} could "fly" for short distances by flapping his arms or "vibrating" his legs.



* Franchise/SpiderMan sometimes uses his webbing to create glider-wings, parachutes, bungee chords, and other means to send himself through the air when there are no convenient tall buildings or trees to swing from.



* The Comicbook/IncredibleHulk can use his powerful leg muscles to leap miles and miles at a time.
14th Jun '17 4:20:53 PM ANTMuddle
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** Scootaloo, despite being a [[pegasus]], has trouble flying, which is attributed to the size of her wings. She compensates by using her wings [[MundaneUtility to propel herself when riding her scooter.]] She can use this to catch some major air when jumping and can hover a short height above ground.

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** Scootaloo, despite being a [[pegasus]], {{pegasus}}, has trouble flying, which is attributed to the size of her wings. She compensates by using her wings [[MundaneUtility to propel herself when riding her scooter.]] She can use this to catch some major air when jumping and can hover a short height above ground.
14th Jun '17 4:20:00 PM ANTMuddle
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** Scootaloo, despite being a pegasus, has wings that are too small to support her weight. She compensates by using her wings [[MundaneUtility to propel herself when riding her scooter.]] She can use this to catch some major air when jumping and can hover a short height above ground.

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** Scootaloo, despite being a pegasus, [[pegasus]], has wings that are too small trouble flying, which is attributed to support the size of her weight.wings. She compensates by using her wings [[MundaneUtility to propel herself when riding her scooter.]] She can use this to catch some major air when jumping and can hover a short height above ground.
1st Jun '17 7:51:38 PM DarthWalrus
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** One should remember, however, that the Wright Brothers are not acknowledged as the first to actually pull off manned flight everywhere. France and Brazil both disconsider their efforts, having Santos Dummont as the inventor of the airplane. However, this is largely due to nationalistic reasons - it is uncontested that the Wright Brothers flew the first fixed-wing aircraft, the French and Brazilians merely claim that it [[MovingTheGoalposts didn't count because the Wright Brothers' planes used rails and skids instead of wheels.]]

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** One should remember, however, that the Wright Brothers are not acknowledged as the first to actually pull off manned flight everywhere. France and Brazil both disconsider their efforts, having Santos Dummont as the inventor of the airplane. However, this is largely due to nationalistic reasons - it is uncontested that the Wright Brothers flew the first fixed-wing aircraft, the French and Brazilians merely claim that it [[MovingTheGoalposts didn't count because the Wright Brothers' planes used rails and skids instead of wheels.]]]] France has later retracted such claims. Brazil, not so much.
21st May '17 4:49:50 PM TrollMan
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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 [[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''.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', there are only a small handful of VoluntaryShapeshifting-based Devil's Fruit powers that can grant flight. However, [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower many characters have learned to use their Devil Fruit abilities to achieve this trope]].
** Among the Straw Hat Pirates,
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.her and therefore only lasts a few seconds. 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]].know]] because he's only bones, so his body is very light. Franky can [[{{Squick}} launch himself using gas.]] ]]
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The [[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]]. TimeSkip]].
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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).
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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. crashes.
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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.
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Doflamingo can use his strings in a similar way as Usopp, except he can use ''clouds''.''clouds''.
** The minor character Gold Lion Shiki has the ability to levitate inanimate objects, which he can use to float, so he can become airborne by touching something and then standing on it, and because of this power, he was the first person to ever escape from [[TheAlcatraz Impel Down]].
** Momonosuke (a kid who has the Devil Fruit power to turn into an Eastern dragon), can through some mechanism produce small clouds which he can then use to climb into the air. However, this useful ability is hampered by the fact [[HowDoIShotWeb he doesn't know how to activate it]], and the one time he did use it, it was by accident and he didn't even remember doing it when asked about it afterwards.
14th May '17 10:24:49 AM nombretomado
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* The novel ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}: Ghost: Nova'' reveals that very powerful telepaths are able to use their [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]] to lift their own bodies, although it takes great concentration. In-game, Protoss High Templars are shown constantly levitating, presumably using this method.

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* The novel ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}: ''VideoGame/StarCraft: Ghost: Nova'' reveals that very powerful telepaths are able to use their [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]] to lift their own bodies, although it takes great concentration. In-game, Protoss High Templars are shown constantly levitating, presumably using this method.
2nd May '17 5:30:22 PM Yozzy
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* Technically ''inverted'' by pre-sixth-edition fliers in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', which were classified as "skimmers" (vehicles that could leave the ground in short hops, or floated just above the surface) with a lot of special rules attached. In a similar vein, flying creatures (such as many flavors of [[BugWar Tyranid]]) were classified as "[[JetPack jump infantry]]". Finally, fed up with the number of special rules they had to add to make fliers act like actual dogfighters and bombers, GW decided to simply make a "flier" class in Sixth Edition, with its own standardized rule set.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''
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Technically ''inverted'' by pre-sixth-edition fliers in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', which were classified as "skimmers" (vehicles that could leave the ground in short hops, or floated just above the surface) with a lot of special rules attached. In a similar vein, flying creatures (such as many flavors of [[BugWar Tyranid]]) were classified as "[[JetPack jump infantry]]". Finally, fed up with the number of special rules they had to add to make fliers act like actual dogfighters and bombers, GW decided to simply make a "flier" class in Sixth Edition, with its own standardized rule set.set.
** Similarly, any unit with the [[JumpJetPack "Jump"]] and [[JetPack "Jet Pack"]] template. Jump units accomplished this by jump packs, jet packs, hoverbikes, a flying biology, [[HorseOfADifferentColor riding the previous]], or wings, these units could jump across the field and over terrain and other units. They also have a host of special rules that account for [[CrashCourseLanding crashing]], entering the battlefield [[ItsRainingMen from the vertical]], and impact attacks. Jet pack units are similar, but have a few additional rules that to quantify that the [[FlyingFirepower some more mobility and provide firing platform]]. Lastly some units have these units without fulfilling this particular trope, such as Eldar [[{{Teleportation}} Warp Spiders]].
** Flying Monstrous Creatures ZigZags this trope, being cully capable of {{Flight}}, but have the option of moving along the ground as a Jump Monstrous Creature. Usually, the player will have to choose the tradeoff of being safer and more mobile in the air but prone to [[CrashCourseLanding crashing]] and risking death or more grievous injury, or being on the ground and being more prone to enemy fire and better able to bring firepower or musclepower onto the field.
** The psychic power of "Levitation" can allow the user or a nearby unit to make a short hop across the field, hopefully to be in a better position to shoot or assault.
18th Apr '17 11:36:56 AM ChronoLegion
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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. The show does have actual flying metahumans (e.g. Firestorm) and PoweredArmor (e.g. Atom).

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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. The show does have actual flying metahumans (e.g. Firestorm) and PoweredArmor (e.g. Atom).Atom), not to mention flying aliens from [[Series/{{Supergirl}} a parallel Earth]] (both Kara and J'onn have no problem flying on Earth-1).
18th Apr '17 11:34:07 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/ForgingHephaestus'', the one power Ivan doesn't have in his [[ComboPlatterPowers combo platter]] is flight. While he ''could'' cast a flight spell on himself, it takes too long and leaves him vulnerable in a fight. Instead, he uses his InASingleBound ability to hop around, creating temporary magical surfaces in the air for him to leap off, which has the added benefit of allowing him to change direction mid-leap. Tori herself learns to sort-of levitate by directing her [[ManOnFire flames]] downward, but she's not even close to being as nimble with it as [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]]. This is one of the reasons she wants to make her PoweredArmor fly [[spoiler:she manages to do it, when Ivan gives her a gravity-reducing device, allowing her suit's jump thrusters to keep it aloft for extended periods]].
18th Apr '17 11:15:09 AM TheHeroHartmut
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* After receiving the Paraglider in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Link can use it to glide through the air (at least, so long as he has enough stamina to retain his grip on it). He can catch updrafts to gain height with it, such as from open flames or from the use of the Revali's Gale power.
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