Created By: featherwings on June 7, 2011 Last Edited By: SpiderRider3 on July 6, 2014

Flight Montage

A character gains the ability to fly and several minutes are spent showing off the joys of flight.

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Do We Have This One? ? I've searched quite a bit and have been looking out for a while now..

A character suddenly gains superpowers, or wings, a fantastic flying steed, or convinces someone who can fly to give them a ride. Cue a dramatic montage of said character whipping across a fantastic landscape, complete with flips and barrel rolls, an obligatory cresting through the clouds moment, and exciting, wondrous music. Expect "oohs" and "ahhs" from both the audience and the characters.

Flight montages serve to capture the joy in a character having attained one of humanities desires, as well as give a light moment and introduce a new power. They also help show off the media: they are popular with animated works and are almost always gorgeously animated, with amazing background scenery and aforementioned cloud effects.

Possibly due to their place as an emotional high point, they are prone to getting interrupted.

(alternate title: gratuitous flight scene - in a Just for Pun variation of gratuitous fight scene.)

Examples:

  • In How to Train Your Dragon, after Astrid winds up on Toothless with Hiccup, a Flight Montage results, ending in them discovering the Red Death.
  • Avatar is similar to the above, when Jake finally tames his banshee and explores the floating islands with Neytiri.
  • WallE contains two flight montages: First on earth, when Eve demonstrates her flying abilities, and a second time in space, with the aid of a fire extinguisher.

Early Development Phase
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • June 9, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    It's in a comic book instead, but Love And Capes has one, where Mark's girlfriend gets superpowers so she can see what it's like before she marries him. They get a WHOOSH! speedline panel, a splash page, and then a few more panels before hitting a gag about airspeed friction burning off clothing.
  • June 9, 2011
    Generality
  • June 10, 2011
    featherwings
    @Generality; Basically yeah, these scenes almost always count as instances of The World Is Just Awesome , only the emphasis is on the action (flight) and the background is a secondary effect.
  • June 10, 2011
    Koveras
    Clark Kent does in an early episode of Superman The Animated Series.
  • June 10, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the comic book Bizzare New World a man gains the power of flight. Just flight, and only slightly faster than walking. He still revels in it though, taking pages of just flying for the sake of flying.
  • June 12, 2011
    cocoy0
    Sweet videogame example in Call of Duty: Black Ops. You can't actually control the plane, but you get to watch your character stride up to the cockpit, get a salute and an assist, then experience the first few seconds of takeoff in first-person.
  • June 13, 2011
    SpiderRider3
    Spider Riders: Hunter does this after partnering up with Shadow.
  • June 14, 2011
    arrowyn
    In Iron Man, Tony Stark flies up into the stratosphere when he's developed his Iron Man suit to that point.

  • June 15, 2011
    featherwings
    Cutting rolling updates because I'm not quite that active... Also; for the iron man example, was this where he first escaped? His suit sort of arced.. and fell apart. This trope, as I see it, is about a particular type of flight that is pretty much purposeless (except for the viewer's effects) whereas the first Iron man bit was quick and crude.

    Unless you mean a later scene, because I swear this trope happened in iron man; I just can't remember where. Oi.
  • June 15, 2011
    arrowyn
    Re Iron Man, my recollection is a scene where he zoomed up and it was a total thrill for him and the audience. Then he went too high and had a problem with the suit. But prior to that it is exactly what is described in the trope-- joy in a character having attained one of humanity's desires. And the description does say that such moments are prone to interruption!

    But whatever. I'm sure there are keen fans of the film who could correct us on the sequence, and if it doesn't fit, it doesn't fit.
  • June 17, 2011
    Ardiente
  • June 17, 2011
    Duncan
  • June 17, 2011
    Aethix
    Done in the first episode of Narutaru.
  • June 17, 2011
    FaxModem1
    Supergirl also does this in an episode of Superman The Animated Series. I personally think its done better than the Clark Kent one from the same series.
  • June 17, 2011
    Chariset
    I think this is tropable. You do feel a bit cheated if you don't get to see this, and of course the potential for subversion is huge.
  • June 22, 2011
    TBeholder
  • June 27, 2011
    featherwings
    uh.. can I bump this? I'm dang sure it's tropable; I just don't have the kind of memory to populate it properly.
  • July 7, 2011
    TBeholder
    I propose to call it Hey, I Can Fly
  • July 8, 2011
    MiinU
    ^I'd propose 'Flight Fantastic'.

    Video games

    • A possible example from Super Mario 64: Mario is adorned with the wing cap immediately upon entering the red switch palace, and spends the entire level reveling in his newly aquired power of flight.
  • July 11, 2011
    TheWeirdo
    What about Flight Porn?
  • July 13, 2011
    TheThirdSet
    For a picture I propose a picture of the Game Overthinker floating on puffy cloud (episode 53)
  • July 16, 2011
    TBeholder
  • July 4, 2014
    DAN004
    • Happens in Man Of Steel when Clark tests his flying power for the first time.
    • Spongebob Squarepants: In one double-length episode (forgot which), Spongebob is inspired to find a way to fly by the floating jellyfishes. Then we get a montage of him suffering repeated humiliating failures until he accidentally becomes able to fly (by inflating his pants). And then we get another short montage of him enjoying it.
  • July 4, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • After Tom Cat goes crashing through an attic, he tumbles out the far window along with a lady's corset in the Tom And Jerry cartoon "The Flying Cat." Tom decides to wear the thing like bat's wings, and it does indeed give him the power of flight. Tom looks at the audience with a Cheshire Cat Grin before crashing into a mailbox. Instead of Circling Birdies, however, Tom has little flying cats circle his head.
  • July 4, 2014
    JonnyB
    When Peter first learns to fly in Hook, there is a flight montage as he flies over Neverland.
  • July 5, 2014
    Surenity
    ^ I'm pretty sure most Peter Pan adaptations have this trope at least once.
  • July 6, 2014
    Arivne
    Film
    • Disney's Peter Pan. After Peter gives Wendy, John and Michael the ability to fly they zoom low over a pond, through the sky and over cloud banks. Watch it here.
    • Disney's Aladdin has a delayed version of this. Aladdin gains a flying carpet in the Cave of Wonders, but it isn't until later when he takes Princess Jasmine on a Magic Carpet Ride that we see scenes of them zooming across the world. Watch it here.
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