Created By: BlueGuyJuly 28, 2012 Last Edited By: BlueGuyNovember 28, 2013
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Midair Motion Shot

Photos of bicycles, skateboards, and such, shown in mid-air.

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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.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

Film
  • Justified in ET 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.

Live Action TV
  • 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.

Newspaper Comics
  • In BC, 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.

Video Games
  • Jump Start 5th Grade's cover art. Most noticeable in the deluxe edition.
  • The cover of Tony Hawks 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.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • 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).

Real Life
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • July 29, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Bad Title. Not to be confused with actual hover-boards.
  • August 2, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Ditto.
  • August 4, 2012
    TonyG
    I think it should be broadened to vehicles in general, not just skateboards.
  • August 5, 2012
    polarbear2217
    Jump Start 5th Grade cover art. Most noticeable in the deluxe edition.
  • August 5, 2012
    Stratadrake
    I agree this can probably be broadened to vehicles in general, or at least including stunt bicycles. Nothing sells a stunt sports game like a shot of someone in midair.
  • August 5, 2012
    MrInitialMan
    Heck, in BC, the wheels were shown as hovering to suggest motion.
  • August 5, 2012
    Stratadrake
  • August 6, 2012
    TonyG
    Calvin's wagon on Calvin And Hobbes. The family car is sometimes seen hovering as well.
  • August 22, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Does it have to be still shots? Like, on The Flintstones when Fred is bowling his ball tends to bounce down the lane - sometimes it's rolling on the wood and other times it's flying through the air. I've Seen It A Million Times on Hanna Barbera cartoons where the wheels of a car are sometimes on the ground and sometimes off it too, usually to represent high speed (instead of normal car-speed).
  • September 2, 2012
    cygnavamp
    • Justified in ET and the Amblin Entertainment logo that the film inspired. The bike really is flying!
  • September 3, 2012
    NightNymph
    • 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.
  • August 4, 2013
    hevendor717
    The cover of Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 and many other extreme sports video games. Highly justified in the case of THPS, as the crazy unrealistic physics may have you in the air for 15 seconds, and that's without cheats.
  • August 4, 2013
    hevendor717
    Kick Buttowski, being a pint-sized cartoon daredevil and all, poses practically stuck in the air quite often.
  • August 4, 2013
    JoeG
    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.
  • August 13, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    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).

    Also I removed a hat...in the very least the examples need to be sorted by media type.
  • August 13, 2013
    Tallens
    Real life examples?
    • 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.
  • August 24, 2013
    kjnoren
  • August 24, 2013
    SharleeD
    • 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.
  • September 2, 2013
    Tallens
    ^^ ET's already up there.
  • September 8, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    would people count? God Of War's Kratos is often pictured in his "Kratos is about to stab something huge" pose. and Attack On Titan has a photo fad that involve people jumping on "giants". also, Eren gets a Pastel Chalked Freeze Frame (sans the pastel chalk, this pops up a lot in key scenes in the anime, kinda like ThreeHundred's "pause-slomo" gimmick) moment in the 1st opening.

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