For whatever reason, in promotional art/stock art/what-have-you, anyone depicted on a vehicle is depicted in mid-air, perhaps catching some radically awesome air
if they're meant to be "cool".
Note that cars are generally an exception to this rule, unless the image is for an action series.
This follows simple logic - a picture of someone on a skateboard would be realistic but boring, right? You have to capture the attention of those looking with edgy poses!
Nothing sells a stunt sports game like a shot of someone in midair.
Anime and Manga
- Justified in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Amblin Entertainment logo that the film inspired. The bike really is flying!
- Played with in the movie version of Ella Enchanted: Ella was "blessed" with obedience, so she must do what she's told. When Ella is ordered by someone to "stop!" during a leap over a barrel, Ella is stopped in mid air with one leg stretched out in front and the other stretched behind her.
- In a body-painting challenge on Face/Off, one of the backgrounds in front of which a team's models posed depicted an elephant on a skateboard in mid-jump.
- In B.C., the wheels are shown as hovering to suggest motion.
- Calvin's wagon in Calvin and Hobbes. The family's car is sometimes shown hovering as well, mostly in the earlier strips.
- JumpStart 5th Grade's cover art. Most noticeable in the deluxe edition.
- The cover of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 and many other extreme sports video games. Highly justified in the case of the former, as the crazy unrealistic physics may have you in the air for 15 seconds, and that's without cheats.
- God of War's Kratos is often pictured in his◊ "Kratos is about to stab something huge" pose.
- Fred's bowling ball sometimes does this on The Flintstones. Moreover, a lot of Hanna-Barbera toons do this with cars.
- Kick Buttowski, being a pint-sized cartoon daredevil and all, poses practically stuck in the air quite often.
- Rocket Power was very fond of this trope, with it showing up in the title sequence and in shots within episodes themselves. Considering the show was about a group of kids that loved pretty much every Totally Radical extreme sport in existence, it lended itself well to this (sometimes it was even invoked by the resident magazine publisher in training or the resident videographer in training).
- The Trope Maker is the series of photographs "Sallie Gardner at a Gallop" taken by photographer Eadweard Muybridge in 1878, which demonstrated for the first time that horses have all four hooves simultaneously off the ground at one point while galloping.
- Sean White, the "Flying Tomato", was shown on NBC's Olympic coverage to get at least a good two feet or more of air above other contestants on the halfpipe.