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16th Jul '17 6:16:32 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* Many games with VirtualPaperDoll features (e.g. ''VideoGame/GuitarHero 5'' and ''[[TonyHawkProSkater Tony Hawk's Underground 2]]'') have wings as character creation items. Even ''MortalKombat Armageddon'', which had characters that could ''fly'', gave your character the possibility to add wings to their design, but not a move to put them to work (not even a mo-capping from Sindel, who can fly without wings).

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* Many games with VirtualPaperDoll features (e.g. ''VideoGame/GuitarHero 5'' and ''[[TonyHawkProSkater Tony Hawk's Underground 2]]'') have wings as character creation items. Even ''MortalKombat Armageddon'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'', which had characters that could ''fly'', gave your character the possibility to add wings to their design, but not a move to put them to work (not even a mo-capping from Sindel, who can fly without wings).wings).
** And speaking of ''MKA'', Nitara ''used'' to avert this trope in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance'' until playing it entirely straight in ''Armageddon''.


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* While ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' has Azazel as an aversion to this trope, fellow playable character Apollyon has small feathery wings that offer nothing but decoration.
8th Jul '17 6:43:11 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winged_cat Winged cats]]: as stated in TheOtherWiki, the origin of such "wings" is either matted fur for longhaired cats, a skin disease or conjoinment/birth defect.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winged_cat Winged cats]]: as stated in TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the origin of such "wings" is either matted fur for longhaired cats, a skin disease or conjoinment/birth defect.
26th Jun '17 5:19:30 AM StFan
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* Perhaps a borderline example but in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' neither Tyldak's flesh-wings nor Windkin's leather-and-wood wings do anything to hold either aloft, since their flight is powered by levitation "magic." The wings do however help them to direct their flight.

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* Perhaps a borderline example but in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' neither Tyldak's flesh-wings nor Windkin's leather-and-wood wings do anything to hold either aloft, since their flight is powered by levitation "magic." "magic". The wings do however help them to direct their flight.



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* [[Toys/{{Bionicle}} Hahli Mahri]] has wing for fins that she used underwater to great effect, but became useless after she turned into an air-breather again.
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* [[Toys/{{Bionicle}} Hahli Mahri]] has wing for fins that she used underwater to great effect, but became useless after she turned into an air-breather again.
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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': Hahli Mahri has wing for fins that she used underwater to great effect, but became useless after she turned into an air-breather again.
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* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''

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* PlaneScapeTorment has an NPC ally named Fall-From-Grace, who is a puritan succubus priestess (ItMakesSenseInContext) with large bat wings she never uses. Odd, since as a DungeonsAndDragons setting, Planescape succubi could always fly. There are also EliteMook devils called Abishai that don't use their obvious wings, which (again) could happen in the table top game.

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* PlaneScapeTorment ''VideoGame/PlaneScapeTorment'' has an NPC ally named Fall-From-Grace, who is a puritan succubus priestess (ItMakesSenseInContext) with large bat wings she never uses. Odd, since as a DungeonsAndDragons setting, Planescape succubi could always fly. There are also EliteMook devils called Abishai that don't use their obvious wings, which (again) could happen in the table top game.



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* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', when a member of the Troll alien race reaches [[SuperMode God-Tier]] they gain a pair of butterfly/insectoid-esque wings. However, as shown when the normal human players also enter God-Tier and ''don't'' get wings but are still capable of flight, the Troll wings are pretty much assumed to be completely superfluous.

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* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', when a member of the Troll alien race reaches [[SuperMode God-Tier]] they gain a pair of butterfly/insectoid-esque wings. However, as shown when the normal human players also enter God-Tier and ''don't'' get wings but are still capable of flight, the Troll wings are pretty much assumed to be completely superfluous.



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* The {{DCAU}} version of the Thanagarians had them as [[WingedHumanoid winged humanoids]], and yet Hawkgirl's wings never flap while she flies.

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* The {{DCAU}} Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse version of the Thanagarians had them as [[WingedHumanoid winged humanoids]], and yet Hawkgirl's wings never flap while she flies.



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8th Jun '17 10:10:59 PM nombretomado
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* Peregrine in the ''WildCards'' series while often called an Ace is actually a Joker-Ace, i.e. someone who was both physically mutated by the disease and gained superpowers as a result. Her wings would allow her limited flight, or at least gliding, but she actually uses specialized telekinesis to fly. She avoids the stigma of Jokerhood because her wings are pretty, unlike most Joker mutations.

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* Peregrine in the ''WildCards'' ''Literature/WildCards'' series while often called an Ace is actually a Joker-Ace, i.e. someone who was both physically mutated by the disease and gained superpowers as a result. Her wings would allow her limited flight, or at least gliding, but she actually uses specialized telekinesis to fly. She avoids the stigma of Jokerhood because her wings are pretty, unlike most Joker mutations.
16th May '17 9:51:21 AM nombretomado
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{UsefulNotes/Poland}} A Polish Winged Hussar]], [[BlatantLies preparing to provide air support against]] TsaristRussia.]]-]

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4th May '17 9:33:07 PM TheDocCC
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* PlaneScapeTorment has an NPC ally named Fall-From-Grace, who is a puritan succubus priestess (ItMakesSenseInContext) with large bat wings she never uses. Odd, since as a DungeonsAndDragons setting, Planescape succubi could always fly. There are also EliteMook devils called Abishai that don't use their obvious wings, which (again) could happen in the table top game.
** Justified in the case of Trias, an angel whose wings were burned off by fiends [[spoiler: or so he says]].
4th May '17 3:04:34 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', one of the types of CosmeticAward items you can get as random drops is wings. They don't let you fly or glide but hey, they [[RuleOfCool look cool]].
13th Apr '17 1:04:06 AM Jappus
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* ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'': The Sphinx has wings, but walks everywhere. Justified in this case as she have to file flight plan each time, and she didn't want to file each time she went somewhere.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'': The Sphinx has wings, but walks everywhere. Justified in this case as she have has to file a flight plan each time, and she didn't does not want to file each time she went do that, just to go somewhere.
13th Apr '17 1:02:11 AM Jappus
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* ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'': The Sypix has wings, but walks everywhere. Justified in this case as she have to file flight plan each time, and she didn't want to file each time she went somewhere.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'': The Sypix Sphinx has wings, but walks everywhere. Justified in this case as she have to file flight plan each time, and she didn't want to file each time she went somewhere.
6th Apr '17 6:00:20 AM Mooncalf
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* ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'': Stargazers - Avian priests - wear ceremonial wings (which you may obtain for yourself) which are rigid and do nothing. There's also a rare set of articulated wearable wings you can find, which flap impressively when you jump and run... but do not let you actually fly.
** Averted with some fan-made mod races. The Wasp Hives can fly and glide in brief bursts, while the Avali's wings reduce their falling speed enough that they can fall from any height without taking damage.
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