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22nd Feb '17 11:24:45 AM Randomwaffle23
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** Archen, one of the two fossil Pokemon in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', is based on ''Archaeopteryx'' and other maniraptoran dinosaurs, and true to form it has fully feathered wings. However, it is observed throughout the franchise that Archen is unable to fly. Double subverted when it becomes Archeops--Archeops ''can'' fly, but it's not very good at it at all, illustrated by its ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' sprite, [[http://www.pkparaiso.com/imagenes/xy/sprites/animados/archeops.gif which is visibly struggling to stay aloft]].

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** Archen, one of the two fossil Pokemon in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', is based on ''Archaeopteryx'' and other maniraptoran dinosaurs, and true to form it has fully feathered wings. However, it is observed throughout the franchise that Archen is unable to fly. Double subverted when it becomes Archeops--Archeops ''can'' fly, but it's not very good at it at all, illustrated by its ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' sprite, model, [[http://www.pkparaiso.com/imagenes/xy/sprites/animados/archeops.gif which is visibly struggling to stay aloft]].aloft]].
** When Absol Mega Evolves, its fur bristles and gives the appearance of a pair of majestic wings. The Pokédex states that these "are not true wings" and don't allow it to fly.
21st Feb '17 11:48:32 AM Dvandemon
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** Absol gains angelic wings when it [[SuperMode Mega Evolves]]. But its new ability is [[AttackReflector Magic Bounce]], not Levitate, and its 3D model is still standing firmly on the ground in all animations.
31st Jan '17 4:58:41 PM CJCroen1393
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** Torchic, a tiny chicken-like Fire-type, has wings that are really short and fluffy, making them useless for flight. As it matures, it loses the wings entirely, replacing them with a pair of long and powerful arms.
** Archen, one of the two fossil Pokemon in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', is based on ''Archaeopteryx'' and other maniraptoran dinosaurs, and true to form it has fully feathered wings. However, it is observed throughout the franchise that Archen is unable to fly. Double subverted when it becomes Archeops--Archeops ''can'' fly, but it's not very good at it at all, illustrated by its ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' sprite, [[http://www.pkparaiso.com/imagenes/xy/sprites/animados/archeops.gif which is visibly struggling to stay aloft]].
23rd Jan '17 9:15:16 PM calculator
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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.
2nd Jan '17 7:34:38 AM Taxima
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* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' has shown two WingedHumanoid monster girls who had useless wings. The devil Lilith's wings are far too small for her body to grant any sort of flight, and the dragonet Draco's wings aren't strong enough to support her weight.
30th Dec '16 5:13:15 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' and ''DCUniverseOnline'' all allow for a character to have or lack wings entirely separate of the ability to fly. They at least flap when they jump.

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* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' and ''DCUniverseOnline'' ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' all allow for a character to have or lack wings entirely separate of the ability to fly. They at least flap when they jump.
6th Dec '16 6:03:40 AM Ion288
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* Many species of Deinonychosaur dinosaurs (the [[RaptorAttack "raptors"]]) could glide or fly, and even species that are considered to be flightless, such as ''Velociraptor'' itself, have quill knobs, something that doesn't exist in flightless birds. One theory is that they used their wing feathers like modern raptors do, flapping them for stability as they clung to and attacked prey. Others suggest they used their feathers for Wing Assisted Incline Running, or in other words, ''flapping their wings so hard they can run vertically''.

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* Many species of Deinonychosaur dinosaurs (the [[RaptorAttack "raptors"]]) could glide or fly, and even species that are considered to be flightless, such as ''Velociraptor'' itself, have quill knobs, something that doesn't exist in flightless birds. One theory is that they used their wing feathers like modern raptors do, flapping them for stability as they clung to and attacked prey. Others suggest they used their feathers for Wing Assisted Incline Running, or in other words, ''flapping their wings so hard they can [[WallRun run vertically''.vertically]]''.
11th Oct '16 11:01:32 PM PaulA
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* In one of Creator/BruceCoville's [[Literature/MagicShop Book of Magic]] anthologies, the story provided by Coville is about a teenager who wanders into Elives' Magic Shop and ends up purchasing a home magic kit thematically inspired by the metamorphosis trick of stage magic shows. Rather than switching places with an assistant, he finds that it gives him wings--which don't work. He continues to follow the instructions, but grows increasingly agitated as it's becoming harder and harder to hide them from his abusive uncle, and they still don't let him fly, so his dreams of getting away from said uncle are as kaput as ever.[[spoiler: Fortunately for our protagonist, he manages to keep them under wraps until he's finished the process, after which they fill out and do let him fly, and by the time his uncle finds out, he's already headed out the window.]]

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* In one of Creator/BruceCoville's [[Literature/MagicShop Book of Magic]] anthologies, the story provided "Literature/TheMetamorphosisOfJustinJones" by Coville Creator/BruceCoville is about a teenager who wanders into [[Literature/MagicShop Elives' Magic Shop Shop]] and ends up purchasing a home magic kit thematically inspired by the metamorphosis trick of stage magic shows. Rather than switching places with an assistant, he finds that it gives him wings--which don't work. He continues to follow the instructions, but grows increasingly agitated as it's becoming harder and harder to hide them from his abusive uncle, and they still don't let him fly, so his dreams of getting away from said uncle are as kaput as ever.[[spoiler: Fortunately [[spoiler:Fortunately for our protagonist, he manages to keep them under wraps until he's finished the process, after which they fill out and do let him fly, and by the time his uncle finds out, he's already headed out the window.]]
2nd Oct '16 2:31:58 PM Someoneman
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* ZigZagged in ''VideoGame/{{Cataclysm}}: Dark Days Ahead''. Drinking mutagens has a chance of giving your character wings. Bird wings protect you from falling damage and insect wings let you run faster, so they're aversions. Meanwhile, butterfly wings just make your character pretty, but prevent wearing shirts, and bat wings do nothing except make shirts fit you badly.
21st Sep '16 5:16:43 PM nombretomado
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* Everyone in the world of ''BatenKaitos'' has wings, which allow them all to fly. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation In battle]]. Outside of battle, they still use stairs, ladders, etc, and most buildings are one or two stories. This is subverted in ''Baten Kaitos Origins'', where characters fly around with wings outside of battle, and the main character uses them to dash about and jump over large gaps.

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* Everyone in the world of ''BatenKaitos'' ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' has wings, which allow them all to fly. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation In battle]]. Outside of battle, they still use stairs, ladders, etc, and most buildings are one or two stories. This is subverted in ''Baten Kaitos Origins'', where characters fly around with wings outside of battle, and the main character uses them to dash about and jump over large gaps.
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