Created By: ZeWoot on May 20, 2011 Last Edited By: Ekuran on June 3, 2011

Heroes Don't Stretch

No one ever stretches when they should

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"You should actually, limber up as well especially, if you're going down that hill its very important."
"I don't believe in it. You ever seen a lion limber up before taking down a gazelle?."
Columbus and Tallahassee in Zombieland

Do We Have This One?

It seems in just about every single work of fiction with even one action scene in it, no character ever gets the inclination to limber up a little bit before they start kicking ass and taking names. While one could chalk it up to Willing Suspension of Disbelief, some works of fiction (like Dragonball) do it fairly unobtrusively, if not on an entirely consistent basis. In reality, the characters should end up being tired, sore, and even getting cramps in the middle of their awesome martial arts poses.

Examples Just about any shonen manga ever, with the exception on those with a martial arts focus, where the characters will usually stretch before a match. Any American action movie ever.

Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • May 20, 2011
    Eh... Don't think this one's especially necessary. Either characters don't do it, and we've got way too many examples of people limbering up, or the characters do, and we get examples pretty much all saying "Averted by Dragon Ball when Goku limbers up before fighting Recoome", with no real effect on the plot.
  • May 21, 2011
    Just because it's universal doesn't mean it isn't a convention. People Don't Sit On Chairs seems pretty tropeable. We have one for not going to the bathroom, after all...
  • June 1, 2011
    Probably because it would inevitably be used - and instantly recognized - as overt Fan Service?
  • June 1, 2011
    I'm pretty sure this is really just an effect of Rule Of Cool or Rule Of Fun, in that they leave off the stretching because it's rather boring and uncool, as things go. It's not left off for a special reason, but just because it's not really worth spending time on.

    Now, in the case where they don't stretch and they should have - that is, their failure to stretch causes a problem - it might be a trope.
  • June 2, 2011
  • June 3, 2011
    Averted in Way Of The Dragon as both Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris stretch & warm up before fighting each other.
  • June 3, 2011
    This would have to be limited to cases where the fight is either a sporting event, a duel, or some other sort of fight with rules. The way the description is written, it sounds like Batman and the Joker should be taking a few minutes before they go at it.

  • June 3, 2011
    Quite averted in One Piece, where Luffy stretches more than once.