Created By: rjung on September 24, 2013 Last Edited By: rjung on October 13, 2013
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We Will All Fly In The Future

Settings in the future will have people effortlessly flying.

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One way to establish a setting as occurring in the future is to show everyone — or at least a nontrivial portion of the population — flying about. Whether it is by personal jetpacks, mass transit aircars, or simply letting everyone flit around like birds, the power of flight will be as effortless and casual as walking on the grass. People flying for the shortest and most frivolous reasons will be commonplace, and may even qualify as idle recreation for some.

Might be justified if the characters are in a low- or zero-gravity environment without Artificial Gravity.

Oddly enough, this trope is seldom ever crossed with Big Fat Future, perhaps because the visual appeal of a flying populace requires future folks who are fully fit.

If a visible means of flight is used, it will probably be either a Jet Pack or a Helicopter Pack.

Also see I Believe I Can Fly.


Examples:

Comic Books

Film - Animated
  • Not quite flying, but everyone aboard the Axiom in Pixar's WALL•E lives their lives in hoverchairs, which were originally intended for the elderly and infirm. Any human who needs something done for them must summon a robot to do it for them, including exercise.

Film - Live-Action
  • Once The Last Mimzy has returned to the future with a sample of Emma Wilder's DNA, humanity is brought back from the brink of extinction, and the future looks bright as children float through the air to assemble on a grassy knoll for their school lessons, which last about three minutes. Everyone then floats away like dandelion seeds.
  • In Meet the Robinsons, floating bubbles are used as public transportation.
  • Not a future but a futuristic another universe, but in the Star Wars series, everyone and their mom owns a flying car, motorcycle, speeder, etc.

Literature
  • In the Time Warp Trio book "2095" personal anti-gravity discs the size of large lapel pins are commonplace, and worth only a few cents (when a slice of pizza is over a hundred dollars).

Live-Action TV
  • A borderline example: On the third season of Heroes the Bad Future has literally everyone having superpowers after apparently a superpower-granting serum becomes commonplace. Peter only realizes he is in the future by how many people on their normal daily routines started to fly around or teleport, or use superspeed in their business suits, with briefcases.

Pinball
  • In the futuristic setting of Xenon, everyone flies around just because they can.

Tabletop Games
  • Warhammer 40,000 has numerous units with flight capabilities, usually either via a Jet Pack or by flying wings.
  • Iron Crown Enterprises' Cyberspace RPG had ubiquitous jet packs, though they were usually limited to police, military, and corporate use.

Video Games
  • Required in Shattered Horizon, which takes place entirely in zero gravity.
  • Everyone flies in Tribes, due to ubiquitous nature of jet packs in the series. These are built into every single suit of Powered Armor ever produced, effectively giving every notable character flight capabilities.

Western Animation
  • In The Jetsons, the predominant forms of movement are either moving walkways or flying around using aircars or jet packs.
  • Most incarnations of Transformers feature numerous flyers. The original idea was that only the Decepticons could fly, but that was quickly dispensed with, and flying characters regularly form a significant number of any faction.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • September 24, 2013
    Unknown Troper
    Film
    • Once The Last Mimzy has returned to the future with a sample of Emma Wilder's DNA, humanity is brought back from the brink of extinction, and the future looks bright as children float through the air to assemble on a grassy knoll for their school lessons, which last about three minutes. Everyone then floats away like dandelion seeds.

    This.
  • September 24, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    I thought it was just the Legionnares themselves who had flight rings, not everyone in the 30th century. (But I was never a regular reader, so I may be wrong on that.)
  • September 25, 2013
    Koveras
    • There is a short story by Robert Sheckley, where everyone on Earth has learned to levitate efficiently, and then the protagonists gets infected with a Mind Virus that disrupts his levitation and spreads quickly onto others, so The Government comes after him.
  • September 25, 2013
    DAN004
    Maybe just shorten it to We Will Fly In The Future.
  • September 25, 2013
    KarjamP
  • September 25, 2013
    Ekuran
  • September 25, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
  • September 25, 2013
    reflaxion
    Is this common enough to be a trope?
  • September 25, 2013
    DAN004
    Lol @ how Karjam P always points out about dialog-sounding titles here. :P
  • September 25, 2013
    thewriter
    A borderline example: On the third season of Heroes the Bad Future has literally everyone having superpowers after apparently a superpower-granting serum becomes commonplace. Peter only realizes he is in the future by how many people on their normal daily routines started to fly around or teleport, or use superspeed in their business suits, with briefcases.
  • September 26, 2013
    rjung
    ^^^ I think it is — after all, there are lots of different ways to show a setting is the future, and giving everyone flight seems to be popular enough in many works.

    How about We Will All Fly In The Future?
  • September 27, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ That's good too
  • September 28, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ ^^ It's still a "Sounds like a line of dialog" title that violates No New Stock Phrases. If it's launched with that title it will be Cut Listed faster than lightning.
  • September 29, 2013
    TonyG
    In Meet The Robinsons, floating bubbles are used as public transportation.
  • September 29, 2013
    aurora369
    Not a future but a futuristic another universe, but in Star Wars, everyone and their mom owns a flying car, motorcycle, etc.
  • October 1, 2013
    rjung
    I'm not sure how the title is a problem, given we already have several other "We Will... In The Future" tropes, such as We Will Use Manual Labor In The Future, We Will All Be History Buffs In The Future, and We Will Not Use Stage Make Up In The Future. But if someone has a better title suggestion, the floor's open.
  • October 1, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • In the Time Warp Trio book "2095" personal anti-gravity discs the size of large lapel pins are commonplace, and worth only a few cents (when a slice of pizza is over a hundred bucks).
  • October 2, 2013
    Paradisesnake
  • October 2, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ Due to ubiquitous nature of Jet Packs in the Tribes series, these are built into every single suit of Powered Armor ever produced, effectively giving every notable character limited flight capabilities.
  • October 2, 2013
    DAN004
    There's also Big Fat Future which doesn't use the "We will X in the future" format. Just for an insight. :P
  • October 4, 2013
    rjung
    Bump. Examples? Hats? Trope name ideas?
  • October 8, 2013
    m8e
  • October 8, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ That's... a bit too unclear.
  • October 9, 2013
    rjung
    Bump numero two-o. Any more thoughts, examples, or suggestions?
  • October 9, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Not quite flying, but if hovering counts, then:

    Western Animation
    • Everyone aboard the Axiom in Pixar's Wall E lives their lives in hoverchairs, which were originally intended for the elderly and infirm. Any human who needs something done for them must summon a robot to do it for them, including exercise.
  • October 13, 2013
    casualobserver
    in Western Animation/Futurama they do not even know what a wheel is because all cars have been floating, flying, and/or hovering for so long that wheels are too ancient to remember. And if that doesn't fit the bill, they also have tubes that wind through the city of New New York that people hop into and are whisked away in to whatever destination they need to get to in the city. And if that is still not enough to qualify, they also have every other means of insta flight available to them. Such as rocket boots, antigrav belts, and jet packs. Want to fly in Futurama-verse? Pick your poison.
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