Created By: thewriter on December 25, 2012 Last Edited By: thewriter on December 31, 2012
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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.

Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • December 25, 2012
    JonnyB
    Mr. Miyagi does it with chopsticks.
  • December 25, 2012
    nitrokitty
    • Part of Arnold's training to defeat a bus-riding bully.
  • December 25, 2012
    StarSword
    @thewriter: That Aeon Flux example is straight out of the original cartoon. I think the idea was to show off how much control Aeon has over her body.
  • December 25, 2012
    randomsurfer
    @Jonny B: Do you mean the original or the remake? In the original, Mr. Miyagi has been trying to do it for years without success, but Daniel gets one right away.
    You beginner luck!

    • 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.
  • December 25, 2012
    JonnyB
    ^ I meant the original. I thought Miyagi did it.

    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.

    This is often a subtrope of Improbable Chopsticks Skill, obviously.
  • December 26, 2012
    Arivne
    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.
  • December 26, 2012
    Chernoskill
    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.
  • December 26, 2012
    TonyG
    In Home On The Range, Rico catches a fly with his hand and shushes it. The fly apologizes.
  • December 26, 2012
    Larkmarn
    • Subverted in the original Karate Kid. Mr. Miyagi has been attempting this with chopsticks for years, Daniel succeeds on the first try through luck.
  • December 26, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    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.
  • December 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    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.
  • December 27, 2012
    Lawman592
    Real Life
    • President Barack Obama once did this during an interview.
  • December 27, 2012
    Dawnwing
    • 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.
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