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25th Jan '17 2:50:20 PM Moonstreak
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So there's this character who can go fast. Really fast. So fast in fact, that they couldn't quite stop in time. It may be because they're going a lot faster than they usually go. It may be because the speed is due to a recent upgrade. It may be because they suddenly lost control after hitting a rough patch/some turbulence/a wave depending on their mode of transport. It may be because the character only knows how to go fast but never bothered to learn how to brake.

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So there's this character who can go fast. Really fast. So fast fast, in fact, that they couldn't quite stop in time. It may be because they're going a lot faster than they usually go. It may be because the speed is due to a recent upgrade. It may be because they suddenly lost control after hitting a rough patch/some turbulence/a wave depending on their mode of transport. It may be because the character only knows how to go fast but never bothered to learn how to brake.
3rd Jan '17 8:35:49 AM Kirayoshi
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "The Pirate Planet" the Captain's henchmen make use of corridors that cancel out inertia, allowing them to travel long distances very fast and then stop suddenly without any injury. At one point the Doctor and Romana utilize one corridor, with the Captain's mooks on their heels. When they reach the end of the corridor, the Doctor sabotages the inertia neutralizer, sending their pursuers shooting out of the corridor where they land against a far wall hard enough to lose consciousness.
-->'''Doctor''': You know, I think the conservation of momentum is a very important law in physics, don't you?\\
'''Romana''': Yes.\\
'''Doctor''': I don't think anyone should tamper with it, do you?\\
'''Romana''': No.\\
'''Doctor''': No, nor do I. ''[THUD]'' Newton's revenge.
23rd Dec '16 6:37:37 AM GhostOfAGeek
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* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', Dot Dash is normally in full control... unless something [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=88846 knocks her off balance]].

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* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', Dot Dash is normally in full control... unless something [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=88846 [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1895750/follow-the-instructions/ knocks her off balance]].
8th Dec '16 5:03:19 PM ultimomant
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* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'': In "World's Finest", a crossover with ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Barry uses an experiment device to enhance his speed. He runs fast enough to warp into Supergirl's universe by accident, then when he catches Kara who had been falling out a window, he accidentally runs them into the desert.

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* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'': In "World's Finest", a crossover with ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Barry uses an experiment experimental device to enhance his speed. He runs fast enough to warp into Supergirl's universe by accident, then when he catches Kara who had been falling out a window, he accidentally runs them into the desert.desert and sets Kara's shirt on fire from friction.
8th Dec '16 5:02:21 PM ultimomant
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* There is an episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' where Clark's powers start going haywire. When his mother calls him in for lunch, he tries to get back in the house, only to find himself at Lake Tahoe. When he tries to run back, he only makes it to Colorado Springs before his powers shut off, forcing him to take the bus home. In another episode, Clark mentions a time when he was 6. He was playing tag with his friends, but when he tried to run after them, he suddenly found himself all the way in the woods.

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* There is an episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' where ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In "Perry",
Clark's powers start going haywire.haywire due to solar flares. When his mother calls him in for lunch, he tries to get back in the house, only to find himself at Lake Tahoe. When he tries to run back, he only makes it to Colorado Springs before his powers shut off, forcing him to take the bus home.
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In another episode, "Transference", Clark mentions a time when he was 6. He was playing tag with his friends, but when he tried to run after them, he suddenly found himself all the way in the woods.


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* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'': In "World's Finest", a crossover with ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Barry uses an experiment device to enhance his speed. He runs fast enough to warp into Supergirl's universe by accident, then when he catches Kara who had been falling out a window, he accidentally runs them into the desert.
12th Nov '16 5:55:47 AM StFan
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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom – Part 2]]", after Twilight Sparkle receives the power of four alicorns, her flying speed puts Rainbow Dash's to shame, but she has a hard controlling it. Stopping involves leaving long gouges in the earth, and one time she ends up bumping against BigBad Tirek's hooves. Oops.

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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom – Part 2]]", after Twilight Sparkle receives the power of four alicorns, her flying speed puts Rainbow Dash's to shame, but she has a hard time controlling it. Stopping involves leaving long gouges in the earth, and earth with all four hooves, in one time she ends instance ending up bumping with a bump against BigBad Tirek's hooves.legs. Oops.
12th Nov '16 5:54:25 AM StFan
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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom – Part 2]]", after Twilight Sparkle receives the power of four alicorns, her flying speed puts Rainbow Dash's to shame, but she has a hard controlling it. Stopping involves leaving long gouges in the earth, and one time she ends up bumping against BigBad Tirek's hooves. Oops.
12th Nov '16 4:59:14 AM StFan
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When a character {{invoke|dTrope}}s TooFastToStop to cause someone else to crash, it's the WronskiFeint. This is one of the reasons why the DoorJudo works. Some {{Bullfight Boss}}es can be like this. Compare with InertiaIsAHarshMistress.

Often a subtrope of RequiredSecondaryPowers, see that trope for other examples of superpowers being trumped by physics -- Including the other obvious SuperSpeed RequiredSecondaryPowers: The ability to react fast enough to control yourself in super speed, the toughness required to keep your feet from turning into bloody stumps at 250+ MPH, skin that can survive the heat from the air friction, etc etc.

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When a character {{invoke|dTrope}}s TooFastToStop Too Fast to Stop to cause someone else to crash, it's the WronskiFeint. This is one of the reasons why the DoorJudo works. Some {{Bullfight Boss}}es can be like this. Compare with InertiaIsAHarshMistress.

Often a subtrope of RequiredSecondaryPowers, see that trope for other examples of superpowers being trumped by physics -- Including the other obvious SuperSpeed RequiredSecondaryPowers: The ability to react fast enough to control yourself in super speed, the toughness required to keep your feet from turning into bloody stumps at 250+ MPH, skin that can survive the heat from the air friction, etc etc., etc.



* In the ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'' manga, [[spoiler:Sloth]] is very easy to set traps for: you just get out of the way when he charges [[FlashStep ludicrously fast]], and he'll run straight into whatever was behind you. Just make sure you're not in-between or you won't exist any longer.

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* In the ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'' manga, [[spoiler:Sloth]] is very easy to set traps for: you just get out of the way when he charges [[FlashStep ludicrously fast]], and he'll run straight into whatever was is behind you. Just make sure you're not in-between or you won't exist any longer.



* In Manga/CardCaptorSakura, Sakura is rollerblading her way to school and dodges some guys moving furniture into a new house. Problem is, she's going so fast that now she can't stop and is in serious danger of crashing into the first person that comes. [[spoiler: Said person is Kaho, but she simply extends her hand to grab Sakura's own and allow her to stop a bit more safely.]]

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* In Manga/CardCaptorSakura, ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'', Sakura is rollerblading her way to school and dodges some guys moving furniture into a new house. Problem is, she's going so fast that now she can't stop and is in serious danger of crashing into the first person that comes. [[spoiler: Said person is Kaho, but she simply extends her hand to grab Sakura's own and allow her to stop a bit more safely.]]



* Angel/Archangel of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} often performs an aerial variant on his enemies. Specifically, Archangel isn't nearly as fast as most airborne people in the MarvelUniverse, but he is ''far'' more agile, and sometimes it's hard to see the incoming wall with those big wings in your vision...
* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'': The cause of Lucas Lee's demise when Scott dares him to skateboard grind down a long flight of steps. Lucas accepts the challenge but the speed is too much for him. And he can't dismount in time when he reaches the bottom, exploding as a result. The caption even lampshades it as "Too Fast To Live".

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* Angel/Archangel of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen often performs an aerial variant on his enemies. Specifically, Archangel isn't nearly as fast as most airborne people in the MarvelUniverse, Franchise/MarvelUniverse, but he is ''far'' more agile, and sometimes it's hard to see the incoming wall with those big wings in your vision...
* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'': The cause of Lucas Lee's demise when Scott dares him to skateboard grind down a long flight of steps. Lucas accepts the challenge but the speed is too much for him. And he can't dismount in time when he reaches the bottom, exploding as a result. The caption even lampshades it as "Too Fast To to Live".



* Paul in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. He calls it “cannonballing.” Don't stand in his way when he does it. He will [[NighInvulnerable bounce up unhurt]]. You, on the other hand....

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* Paul in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. He calls it “cannonballing.” "cannonballing". Don't stand in his way when he does it. He it: he will [[NighInvulnerable bounce up unhurt]]. You, unhurt]]; you, on the other hand....



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'': The first time we see Rainbow Dash using SuperSpeed, she bursts into the kitchen and slams against the opposite wall. She also mentions that she involuntarily ended up in town earlier upon discovering her new power.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'': The first time we see Rainbow Dash using SuperSpeed, she bursts into the kitchen Camp Everfree's mess hall and slams against the opposite wall. She also mentions that she involuntarily ended up in town earlier upon discovering her new power.



* One of the Drizzt books has him facing a drow warrior with enchanted bracers that make his arms move impossibly fast. Unfortunately, he'd apparently never really learned to fight with them, so his footwork and other positioning suffer, and his arms move too fast for him to stop a move he'd started. Drizzt kills him and took the bracers... and after figuring out that even with his training he can't overcome the drawbacks, lamenting that [[EurekaMoment a warrior wins with his feet, not his hands]]. So he [[TakeAThirdOption put them around his ankles.]]

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* One of the Drizzt books has him facing a drow warrior with enchanted bracers that make his arms move impossibly fast. Unfortunately, he'd apparently never really learned to fight with them, so his footwork and other positioning suffer, and his arms move too fast for him to stop a move he'd started. Drizzt kills him and took takes the bracers... and after figuring figures out that even with his training he can't overcome the drawbacks, lamenting that [[EurekaMoment a warrior wins with his feet, not his hands]]. So he [[TakeAThirdOption put puts them around his ankles.]]



* This seems to happen a lot with Rainbow Dash from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. It would explain where she got the [[InSeriesNickname nickname]] "Rainbow Crash".
* [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Michelangelo]] once beat speedster mutant by dropping a bureau in his way mid-dash, leading to FragileSpeedster crashing through it.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': The titular characters invent supersonic shoes and Candace decides to use a pair of those to be able to be at two places at practically the same time. Unfortunately, hers are "unstable prototypes" and she crashed on the memorial her boyfriend's family erected to a LongLostRelative. ''Twice''. [[spoiler:Fortunately, she accidentally found the relative on the way to the second crash and the Johnsons were too happy to be upset]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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This seems to happen a lot with Rainbow Dash from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Dash. It would explain where she got the [[InSeriesNickname nickname]] "Rainbow Crash".
Crash". Inverted by the Sonic Rainboom which seems to allow her to turn on a dime at over Mach 1.
** Derpy Hooves is another pegasus that has trouble with decelerating before landing, as seen in "To Where and Back Again – Part 1". Part of TheKlutz package.
* [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Michelangelo]] ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'': Michelangelo once beat a speedster mutant by dropping a bureau in his way mid-dash, leading to the FragileSpeedster crashing through it.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': The titular title characters invent supersonic shoes and Candace decides to use a pair of those to be able to be at two places at practically the same time. Unfortunately, hers are "unstable prototypes" and she crashed on the memorial her boyfriend's family erected to a LongLostRelative. ''Twice''. [[spoiler:Fortunately, she accidentally found the relative on the way to the second crash and the Johnsons were too happy to be upset]].



* Spacecraft have it even worse in some respects, as "relative to what" becomes a major issue. Spacecraft speeds are often extremely high relative to other objects and as such have a difficult time braking, especially given that the only thing they can use is their own thrusters - space is essentially a vacuum, and entering an atmosphere at orbital speeds is suicidal.

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* Spacecraft have it even worse in some respects, as "relative to what" becomes a major issue. Spacecraft speeds are often extremely high relative to other objects and as such have a difficult time braking, especially given that the only thing they can use is their own thrusters - -- space is essentially a vacuum, and entering an atmosphere at orbital speeds is suicidal.
12th Nov '16 4:31:06 AM StFan
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[[caption-width-right:350:Give her a [[{{Pun}} brake]]--{{ahem}}--break, it's the first time she tries this.]]
23rd Oct '16 12:13:45 AM BattleMaster
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* Happens to Shirley in ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' after her Striker Unit malfunctions (due to Francesca having been tampering with it), leading to an accidental case of RammingAlwaysWorks when she plows headlong into a Neuro.
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