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23rd Mar '18 5:02:33 AM Diask
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[[WingedHumanoid Wings]] themselves have a particular pattern during flight, and once you give them to creatures who really aren't built for them, the motions just don't jibe. It can also be visually distracting, meaning simply being able to [[PowerFloats hover]] requires an intrusion to the viewing angle. This is also hard to do mechanically in live-action without looking fake, as well as added motion in animation.

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[[WingedHumanoid Wings]] {{Wing|edHumanoid}}s themselves have a particular pattern during flight, and once you give them to creatures who really aren't built for them, the motions just don't jibe. It can also be visually distracting, meaning simply being able to [[PowerFloats hover]] requires an intrusion to the viewing angle. This is also hard to do mechanically in live-action without looking fake, as well as added motion in animation.



This can even apply to [[TheFairFolk fairies]], who really seem to float about despite it being somewhat easier to draw the insect-like blur of wings. In fact, '[[PowerGivesYouWings energy wings]]' are done much in the same vein, as wings that don't ''[[PureEnergy physically]]'' exist naturally don't have to move anyway.

If you do see a character who does flap their wings, rest assured it's someone ''[[TastesLikeDiabetes cute,]]'' as motionless soaring is always seen as cooler.

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This can even apply to [[TheFairFolk fairies]], who really seem to float about despite it being somewhat easier to draw the insect-like blur of wings. In fact, '[[PowerGivesYouWings energy wings]]' are done much in the same vein, as wings that don't ''[[PureEnergy physically]]'' ''{{p|ureEnergy}}hysically'' exist naturally don't have to move anyway.

If you do see a character who does flap their wings, rest assured it's someone ''[[TastesLikeDiabetes cute,]]'' ''cute,'' as motionless soaring is always seen as cooler.



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* The various [[ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} Hawkmen]] never flap their wings. They're rudders used to steer them and the flight is actually propelled by antigravity devices.

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* The various [[ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} Hawkmen]] ComicBook/{{Hawkm|an}}en never flap their wings. They're rudders used to steer them and the flight is actually propelled by antigravity devices.



* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Guards! Guards!'', a dragon is able to fly gracefully with the barest flap of its wings despite being a house-sized behemoth. It turns out that copious amounts of magic are required to make this work, and even the ability of flight itself is magic-based, as it is explained in some detail [[SquareCubeLaw that simply making things bigger without altering the proportions wouldn't work]].

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* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Guards! Guards!'', ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', a dragon is able to fly gracefully with the barest flap of its wings despite being a house-sized behemoth. It turns out that copious amounts of magic are required to make this work, and even the ability of flight itself is magic-based, as it is explained in some detail [[SquareCubeLaw that simply making things bigger without altering the proportions wouldn't work]].



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* ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'' is a mixed bag; units such as the WingedHumanoid Elvish Shyde and Sylph have more stationary, insectoid wings. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in those cases by them mainly flying using [[AWizardDidIt magic]].

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* ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'' is a mixed bag; units such as the WingedHumanoid Elvish Shyde and Sylph have more stationary, insectoid wings. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] JustifiedTrope in those cases by them mainly flying using [[AWizardDidIt magic]].



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12th Jul '17 3:33:07 AM QuirkyRabbit
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** She does a decent amount of flapping in the first few episodes, then it seems the animators got lazy. (Compare Secret Origins to, say, the scene with her and Copperhead from Only a Dream.)
14th May '17 1:04:35 PM Gamermaster
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* Reinforce and Hayate's [[DarkIsNotEvil black wings]] and Nanoha's Flier Fins in ''[[LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'' rarely ever move even in flight. Considering how [[IBelieveICanFly every other mage flies without wings]], these seem to be purely decorative.

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* Reinforce and Hayate's [[DarkIsNotEvil black wings]] and Nanoha's Flier Fins in ''[[LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'' ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' rarely ever move even in flight. Considering how [[IBelieveICanFly every other mage flies without wings]], these seem to be purely decorative.
11th Apr '17 6:22:09 PM nombretomado
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* All of Amu's character transformations in ''ShugoChara'' seem capable of limited flight but her character transformation with [[spoiler:Diamond]] gives her what appear to be wings as part of her dress. Both she and Utau fly without flapping much at all when Utau is transformed with [[spoiler:El]].

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* All of Amu's character transformations in ''ShugoChara'' ''Manga/ShugoChara'' seem capable of limited flight but her character transformation with [[spoiler:Diamond]] gives her what appear to be wings as part of her dress. Both she and Utau fly without flapping much at all when Utau is transformed with [[spoiler:El]].
19th Feb '17 5:27:38 PM nombretomado
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* Flying [[HumongousMecha Knightmares]] in ''CodeGeass'' have energy wings that don't flap. The [[AceCustom Lancelot's]] wings also double as laser guns.

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* Flying [[HumongousMecha Knightmares]] in ''CodeGeass'' ''Anime/CodeGeass'' have energy wings that don't flap. The [[AceCustom Lancelot's]] wings also double as laser guns.
27th Jan '17 3:39:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* Angels in WizardsOfWaverlyPlace have wings that don't move.

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* Angels in WizardsOfWaverlyPlace ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' have wings that don't move.
28th Dec '16 3:35:30 PM Quanyails
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** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' justifies this troupe in continuity, possibly for the entire franchise; Basically, in a close up of Grani taking off we are shown air being accelerated along the surface, which explains why digimon without wings can fly; whatever their shape may be, and provided the have [[PowerFloats enough power]] they can simply create thrust by using their skin (of sorts) to accelerate the air around them! This not only justifies why some digimon have many wings (more wings = more surface area = better thrust = quicker and better flying ability), it enter FridgeBrilliance considering that in this series the titular mons live in a digital world with gravity; the simplest way to instruct movement in something is to have it literally move the world around it, with or without direct physical contact.

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** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' justifies this troupe trope in continuity, possibly for the entire franchise; Basically, in a close up of Grani taking off we are shown air being accelerated along the surface, which explains why digimon without wings can fly; whatever their shape may be, and provided the have [[PowerFloats enough power]] they can simply create thrust by using their skin (of sorts) to accelerate the air around them! This not only justifies why some digimon have many wings (more wings = more surface area = better thrust = quicker and better flying ability), it enter FridgeBrilliance considering that in this series the titular mons live in a digital world with gravity; the simplest way to instruct movement in something is to have it literally move the world around it, with or without direct physical contact.
4th Oct '16 3:26:09 PM Dark_Lord_
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* Almost every winged character in a {{Tokusatsu}} show has this. Since most characters are portrayed by PeopleInRubberSuits, it's hard to portray realistic moving wings. Especially with the low budget these shows normally receive.



* ''PowerRangers:'' Pretty much any time a winged Zord is used as a MechaExpansionPack, due to the limitations of the props/suit. The Falcon Zord flaps its wings (waaaay too slowly that they'd keep its massive weight aloft. And when it hovers while ''firing its wingtip missiles,'' all bets are off.) but not when it attaches to the Ninja Megazord, allowing it to fly.

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* ''PowerRangers:'' ''Franchise/PowerRangers:'' Pretty much any time a winged Zord is used as a MechaExpansionPack, due to the limitations of the props/suit. The Falcon Zord flaps its wings (waaaay too slowly that they'd keep its massive weight aloft. And when it hovers while ''firing its wingtip missiles,'' all bets are off.) but not when it attaches to the Ninja Megazord, allowing it to fly.
21st Sep '16 5:01:20 PM nombretomado
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* In an amusing inversion, you can give your characters wings in ''DCUniverseOnline''. They'll flap when flying or hovering, but they'll also flap when gliding, when one'd expect them to be outstretched and still.
* ''BatenKaitos'' plays this straight all the way through. At some points in ''Origins'', you can see people ''take off'' without ever flapping their wings.

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* In an amusing inversion, you can give your characters wings in ''DCUniverseOnline''.''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline''. They'll flap when flying or hovering, but they'll also flap when gliding, when one'd expect them to be outstretched and still.
* ''BatenKaitos'' ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' plays this straight all the way through. At some points in ''Origins'', you can see people ''take off'' without ever flapping their wings.
25th Jun '16 11:49:31 AM nombretomado
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* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'' a flying mount chooses when to flap its wings seemingly at random. You can go up, do loops, turns or anything without the wings so much as twitching, and then you pitch down and suddenly the wings go FLAP FLAP. Oh, and the wings only go up and down. They don't actually appear to pull you along. Acceptable break there, wing animations are never really done accurately.
* ''BattleForWesnoth'' is a mixed bag; units such as the WingedHumanoid Elvish Shyde and Sylph have more stationary, insectoid wings. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in those cases by them mainly flying using [[AWizardDidIt magic]].

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* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' a flying mount chooses when to flap its wings seemingly at random. You can go up, do loops, turns or anything without the wings so much as twitching, and then you pitch down and suddenly the wings go FLAP FLAP. Oh, and the wings only go up and down. They don't actually appear to pull you along. Acceptable break there, wing animations are never really done accurately.
* ''BattleForWesnoth'' ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'' is a mixed bag; units such as the WingedHumanoid Elvish Shyde and Sylph have more stationary, insectoid wings. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in those cases by them mainly flying using [[AWizardDidIt magic]].
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