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14th Nov '17 5:14:03 PM Saber15
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* In ''Videogame/XRebirth'', the [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece archaic]] Terran capital ships used by the Republic of Cantera all mount elaborate fins and wings near their engines, in contrast to the flying box StandardHumanSpaceship used by the majority of the factions. The wings have absolutely no impact on their performance or handling, which ''would'' be handy for their Sucellus battleship with its massive FixedForwardFiringWeapon.

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* In ''Videogame/XRebirth'', the [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece archaic]] Terran capital ships used by the Republic of Cantera all mount elaborate fins and wings near their engines, in contrast to the flying box StandardHumanSpaceship used by the majority of the factions. The wings have absolutely no impact on their performance or handling, which ''would'' be handy for their Sucellus battleship with its massive FixedForwardFiringWeapon.FixedForwardFacingWeapon.
14th Nov '17 5:13:38 PM Saber15
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* In ''Videogame/XRebirth'', the [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece archaic]] Terran capital ships used by the Republic of Cantera all mount elaborate fins and wings near their engines, in contrast to the flying box StandardHumanSpaceship used by the majority of the factions. The wings have absolutely no impact on their performance or handling, which ''would'' be handy for their Sucellus battleship with its massive FixedForwardFiringWeapon.
19th Sep '17 12:17:37 AM Doug86
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* ''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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* ''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 TabletopGame/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.
31st Aug '17 7:35:11 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'', the Haibane have small wings. They can move a little, but never fold or really flap. The wings are always held stiffly behind them or to their sides.
** The series' trailer has an extremely quick flash of an X-ray of a Haibane wing, which indicates that only half of the wing bones are outside their body; the other half, required to fold them, lays flat in their backs. A fan theory suggests that they break out all the way when the Day of Flight arrives.

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* In ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'', the Haibane have small wings. They can move a little, but never fold or really flap. The wings are always held stiffly behind them or to their sides.
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sides. It's even mentioned that Haibane can't fly. The series' trailer has an extremely quick flash of an X-ray of a Haibane wing, which indicates that only half of the wing bones are outside their body; the other half, required to fold them, lays flat in their backs. A fan theory suggests that they break out all the way when the Day of Flight arrives.
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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* 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]].
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