Super Fly Reflexes
A character snatches a fly out of the air
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A staple of action and superhero movies, Super Fly Reflexes is showcased when a character grabs a fly or other flying insect, with their bare hands.

Film

  • In The Whole Nine Yards, Jimmy "the Tulip" Tudeski does this as a first sign of his former job as a contract killer. He even puts the fly in his mouth, too.
  • In The Amazing Spiderman, a newly spider-bitten Peter Parker naturally catches a fly between two fingers.
  • Subverted and then played straight in the original Karate Kid. Mr. Miyagi has been attempting to catch flies with chopsticks for years and Daniel succeeds on the first try through luck.
  • In The Karate Kid Reboot, Jackie Chan parodies the original; Chan follows a fly in front of him with the chopsticks - only to hit it with a fly swatter he's holding in his other hand.
  • In Home on the Range, Rico catches a fly with his hand and shushes it. The fly apologizes.
  • In the film of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ron comments that Cormac McLaggen has a build more suited to a Beater than a Keeper, saying that Keepers must be quick and speedy and have good reflexes. Cormac catches a fly between two fingers and says he thinks he'll be fine.

Live-Action TV

  • On Everybody Loves Raymond, Raymond witnesses one of Robert's brief love interests catch a fly in midair between her two hands, and shortly after eat it. He humorously plays The Cassandra in trying to warn Robert about this freaky quirk. While not a woman of super powers per se, we later find out that she rather strangely associates herself with frogs and thus shares their fly-consuming behavior.
  • Happy Days: Fonzie's cousin does this, establishing his superior reflexes even as he is despondent that there is nothing special about him. He goes on to set a world record for catching quarters flipped off his own elbow.

Literature

  • Donald Keith's Mutiny in the Time Machine (1962). The villain Peters (AKA The Widgett) has an ability called "nerve speed" that allows him to move faster than normal human beings. He demonstrates it by grabbing a fly out of the air.

Theater

  • Depending on the production, this is often done by Renfield in Dracula films and plays. He catches flies and eats them, or else he feeds them to spiders - then eats the spiders.

Western Animation

  • Ĉon Flux has the main character do this with her eyelashes. The movie steals this straight out of the original cartoon. The idea was to show off how much control Aeon has over her body.

Real Life
  • President Barack Obama once did this during an interview.

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