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10th Jan '17 5:39:03 AM Sibire
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*** Simple: The asteroid already has velocity towards the path of the Earth, which means you're adding to its momentum, rather than taking away from it. The same principle is used for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberth_effect Oberth maneuvers]].
15th Dec '16 12:59:31 AM CRay
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': In ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'', 20000 Wildlings are sieging Castle Black and the Wall, when a few rangers from the Night's Watch arrive to attack the Wildlings' flank. The Wildlings blindly follow the quickly retreating ranger scouts into the woods and are met with Stannis' 1000 charging soldiers. As Stannis killed their scout, the Wildlings have no idea how many men they actually face, and are being overwhelmed by Stannis' pincer movement, leaving them only one way to escape. So instead of regrouping to stand their ground and fight, the Wildlings throw away their weapons and run away in the only direction Stannis left them, which allows Stannis' men to kill and capture thousands of fleeing Wildlings and win the battle, despite being outnumbered 1:20.
15th Dec '16 12:56:22 AM CRay
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* Averted in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'', where the Technical Boy is able to run down Bilquis with his limo because she was trapped on a road with a sheer, muddy climb up on one side and a sheer drop off a cliff on the other. She tried to get out of the way, but the surroundings themselves had her trapped.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': In ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'', 20000 Wildlings are sieging Castle Black and the Wall, when a few rangers from the Night's Watch arrive to attack the Wildlings' flank. The Wildlings blindly follow the quickly retreating ranger scouts into the woods and are met with Stannis' 1000 charging soldiers. As Stannis killed their scout, the Wildlings have no idea how many men they actually face, and are being overwhelmed by Stannis' pincer movement, leaving them only one way to escape. So instead of regrouping to stand their ground and fight, the Wildlings throw away their weapons and run away in the only direction Stannis left them, which allows Stannis' men to kill and capture thousands of fleeing Wildlings and win the battle, despite being outnumbered 1:20.



* Averted in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'', where the Technical Boy is able to run down Bilquis with his limo because she was trapped on a road with a sheer, muddy climb up on one side and a sheer drop off a cliff on the other. She tried to get out of the way, but the surroundings themselves had her trapped.

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* Averted in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'', where the Technical Boy is able to run down Bilquis with his limo because she was trapped on a road with a sheer, muddy climb up on one side and a sheer drop off a cliff on the other. She tried to get out of the way, but the surroundings themselves had her trapped.
18th Oct '16 7:05:19 AM Baggytrousers23
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* Averted in [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier Winter Soldier]], where the eponymous soldier flips Fury's SUV with a [[Main/SmartGun smart mine]], causing it to slide toward him at speed. He [[Main/NonchalantDodge casually steps to the side]] and watches it careen past.

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* Averted in [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier Winter Soldier]], Soldier]] where the eponymous soldier flips Fury's SUV with a [[Main/SmartGun smart mine]], causing it to slide toward him at speed. He [[Main/NonchalantDodge casually steps to the side]] and watches it careen past.
18th Oct '16 7:04:18 AM Baggytrousers23
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* Averted in [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier Winter Soldier]], where the eponymous soldier flips Fury's SUV with a [[Main/SmartGun smart mine]], causing it to slide toward him at speed. He [[Main/NonchalantDodge casually steps to the side]] and watches it careen past.
27th Aug '16 1:42:01 AM Silverblade2
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* A lot of aimed abilities, or "skillshots" in MultiplayerOnlineBattleArena games move faster than players, but as they (usually) don't follow you they can be avoided by simply moving out of the way of them. Smite takes this a bit further since almost everything in that game (including basic attacks) is a skillshot and can be avoided as such.



* Creator/{{Disney}}, [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] (especially ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'') and WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts are not only blatant offenders, but the prime subverters. You know the shorts where the big, hulking bad guy is running full bore towards an oblivious (or waiting) good guy, and the good guy just steps aside, and it takes the bad guy running a good long while to notice? This is often accompanied by a freight train [[StockSoundEffects sound effect]], complete with Doppler effect when the bad guy whizzes past. On the other hand, a character running from a falling tree will only run in the same direction the tree is falling and thus get hit, or he may get stuck running in place and never clear any distance at all. Of course, due to OffscreenTeleportation, moving a few feet to one side -- or even ''behind'' the falling object -- would have resulted in getting hit just the same. Really, it all depends on what the writer thought would be [[RuleOfFunny funnier]].
17th Aug '16 4:21:20 PM StFan
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->'''Azusa''': Wait! Why are we running away in a straight line!?\\
'''Karina''': Oh, right! (steers the M3 to the side)
-->--''Anime/GirlsUndPanzerDerFilm''

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->'''Azusa''': ->'''Azusa:''' Wait! Why are we running away in a straight line!?\\
'''Karina''': '''Karina:''' Oh, right! (steers ''[steers the M3 to the side)
-->--''Anime/GirlsUndPanzerDerFilm''
side]''
-->-- ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzerDerFilm''



TruthInTelevision: In real life, many animals (including humans) have a natural 'herding' response to danger, so having a terrified character run directly ''away'' from an approaching threat may not be tactically sound, but it does make sense psychologically. (And if the threat is a predatory animal, simply leaping to the side wouldn't help in the first place because the predator would take note.) Savvy military conquerors have exploited this fact for centuries to herd panicked civilian crowds to where they want them, although they need to keep the crowd in a state of panic so that no one has a chance to consider the tactical advantages of veering off to the side. And it is the way to maximize the distance between you and the object; if you veer off, the pursuer can follow the straight line to cross less space than you can.

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TruthInTelevision: In real life, many animals (including humans) have a natural 'herding' "herding" response to danger, so having a terrified character run directly ''away'' from an approaching threat may not be tactically sound, but it does make sense psychologically. (And if the threat is a predatory animal, simply leaping to the side wouldn't help in the first place because the predator would take note.) Savvy military conquerors have exploited this fact for centuries to herd panicked civilian crowds to where they want them, although they need to keep the crowd in a state of panic so that no one no-one has a chance to consider the tactical advantages of veering off to the side. And it is the way to maximize the distance between you and the object; if you veer off, the pursuer can follow the straight line to cross less space than you can.



-->'''Azusa''': Wait, why are we running away in a straight line!?\\
'''Karina''': Oh, right! ''[makes a sharp turn out of danger's way]''

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-->'''Azusa''': -->'''Azusa:''' Wait, why are we running away in a straight line!?\\
'''Karina''': '''Karina:''' Oh, right! ''[makes a sharp turn out of danger's way]''



* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Kristoff and Sven would have had a much easier time escaping the ship capsizing upon them on the frozen fjord just by swerving a bit to the right; it would have barely slowed them down from reaching Anna. Instead, they ride at full speed in a straight line, right along the ship's length, barely avoiding being crushed.



* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' is the first and probably only FightingGame franchise in which you can lie down on the floor to dodge a horizontal swipe or a projectile.
** It is possible (sometimes) in VideoGame/SuperSmashBros as well.

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* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' is the first and probably only FightingGame franchise in which you can lie down on the floor to dodge a horizontal swipe or a projectile.
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projectile. It is possible (sometimes) in VideoGame/SuperSmashBros ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' as well.
9th Aug '16 11:26:21 PM PaulA
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* One of the {{Dragaera}} novels makes reference to the Street of the Nine Pleasures in old Dragaera City's red-light district. One of the Pleasures there is the chance to see two Dzurlords -- a highly-combative branch of the nobility, with much the same attitude about veering aside as Seuss's Sneetches -- confront one another in a street that's too narrow for them to pass by each other easily.
9th Aug '16 4:26:52 PM sonicsuns3
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* One of the (many) plans to prevent Earth from being hit by a civilization ending asteroid is not to slow it down or divert it, but accelerate the rock so it crosses Earth's orbit long before the planet does. Mass is much easier to manipulate if you have inertia on your side.

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* One of the (many) plans to prevent Earth from being hit by a civilization ending civilization-ending asteroid is not to slow it down or divert it, but accelerate the rock so it crosses Earth's orbit long before the planet does. Mass is much easier to manipulate if you have inertia on your side.
25th Jul '16 1:34:04 PM DarkHunter
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* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzerDerFilm'', when Rabbit Team's tank is running away from [[spoiler:a giant Ferris Wheel]].
-->'''Azusa''': Wait, why are we running away in a straight line!?\\
'''Karina''': Oh, right! ''[makes a sharp turn out of danger's way]''
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