Created By: MasterheartsXIII on December 3, 2012 Last Edited By: MasterheartsXIII on January 18, 2013

Wind Lines

Lines of wind drawn in to show that wind is blowing, usually hard.

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When media allows the viewer to see the wind. This is done by adding lines, usually white,but sometimes other colors, moving in a direction. Partially Truth in Television, as sometimes when the wind is strong enough, it will pick up rain and move it in a way that looks like you are seeing the wind. Mainly limited to visual media that is not live action. Related to Razor Wind. A form of Briffits and Squeans. When used in an elemental powers setting, it is very likely that Wind Is Green. Does not apply to times when a flag or banner of some sort is blowing a certain direction to show wind.

Examples:

[[folder:Film]]
  • Pocahontas has some during the Colors of the Wind number. Interestingly, this film colors the wind purples, reds, and pinks.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Ōkami has you control the wind. When you do, little green lines cross the screen.
  • The Kingdom Hearts series had the Aero Spell which makes white lines of wind surrounding Sora. Also in KHII when Sora gets blown off the Black Pearl in Port Royal.
  • Ape Escape 3 had this in one level where a giant snow monkey head is blowing wind.
  • The Pictochat stage of Super Smash Bros. Brawl has a strong wind represented by black lines being blown by a giant drawn face.
  • As part of its cartoony feel, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker shows the wind as white streamers of sorts. This comes in very handy when gliding with the Deku Leaf since you can easily tell which direction the wind is blowing.
  • In the Final Fantasy series:
    • The Aero series of spells is drawn with either green or gray lines.
    • In Final Fantasy VII, visible wind is the point in one location, the Northern Crater. You watch the winds and have to jump over chasms when they are the weakest.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • Airbenders in Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel The Legend of Korra usually have the air they bend be visible to the viewers. The main exception is when they use their bending to fly; neither Air Nomads using gliders nor sky bisons seem to create any kind of visible signature of their powers while airborne.
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Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • December 3, 2012
    MasterheartsXIII
    For those who helped with this earlier, I had to recreate it due to Executive Meddling.
  • December 4, 2012
    DRCEQ
    you had to restart it because a business was telling you how to run it?
  • December 4, 2012
    Arivne
    Fixed some problems with the OP Examples section (italicizing of work names, Namespacing, category names).
  • December 4, 2012
    MasterheartsXIII
    How did you do that? Especially for Film? And while I am asking questions. I cant seem to nuke the old one. I keep clicking nuke it, but it still exists.
  • December 5, 2012
    Arivne
    ^ If you click on the pencil icon above (on the line just below the Laconic) you can look at the formatting I used (and make changes to the YKTTW). For example, for Pocahontas it's:

    [[AC:{{Film}}]]

    * ''{{Disney/Pocahontas}}'' has some during the Colors of the Wind number. Interestingly, this film colors the wind purples, reds, and pinks.
  • December 10, 2012
    troacctid
    Fixed the folders for you. AC is deprecated.

    This is a type of Briffits And Squeans, yes?
  • December 11, 2012
    MasterheartsXIII
    ^ This has already been noted in the description.
  • December 11, 2012
    MasterheartsXIII
    However, if one takes the time to read Briffits And Squeans, then one would see that there is nothing about the wind in there. Keep in mind that, with a few exceptions, this is talking about moving lines of wind.
  • December 11, 2012
    elwoz
    They can still be a type of Briffits And Squeans even though Mort Walker didn't make up a word for them. That's our name for all Comics visual conventions for representing things that wouldn't normally be visible but the audience should be informed of, except for Speech Bubbles. Note that Motion Lines redirects to Briffits And Squeans.
  • December 11, 2012
    MasterheartsXIII
    I didn't want to name it Wind Lines. Other people wanted it named that. And this is different. Look at the examples i have. Most of them are video game examples. For the most part that's what I am going for. Where you can see the wind moving to plan accordingly in a game.
  • December 11, 2012
    elwoz
    There is nothing in your description that implies that this is supposed to be limited to video games, nor (IMHO) should there be. This is quite common in animation and print comics.
  • December 13, 2012
    MasterheartsXIII
    my point is i am not going for still lines. They are supposed to be moving.
  • December 13, 2012
    elwoz
    Then I think you're defining the trope too narrowly.
  • December 13, 2012
    MasterheartsXIII
    I think you are trying to hard to turn it into Briffits And Squeans when that is not what i am going for
  • December 13, 2012
    elwoz
    Please explain why you feel that still lines (in non-animated visual art) should be excluded.
  • December 14, 2012
    MasterheartsXIII
    Because as previously mentioned, that would be an example of Briffits And Squeans. When i first thought of this, i thought of Okami, Kingdom Hearts, and Wind waker, where the wind is doing something, and you may need to account for it.
  • December 14, 2012
    elwoz
    We seem to be talking past each other. Let me try again. Why do you feel it is inappropriate for this to overlap with Briffits And Squeans? Why do you feel that still lines should not be this trope?

    From where I'm sitting, you seem to be trying to insist that two visual conventions should not be defined as the same trope, even though they serve exactly the same storytelling purpose, they are different only in that one involves motion and the other doesn't, and most importantly, which one gets used depends strictly on the medium (if motion is possible in a particular medium, the lines move; if it isn't, they don't). That doesn't seem to me like a useful distinction to make.
  • December 17, 2012
    MasterheartsXIII
    I said it overlaps with Briffits And Squeans. (I am so tired of typing that.) What i don't wanting to happen is this trope gets shoved into a corner just because it has similarities with Briffits An.. B.A.S.
  • December 17, 2012
    Cider
    f
  • January 10, 2013
    MasterheartsXIII
    Can we get back to adding examples please.
  • January 18, 2013
    elwoz
    Bump for examples. Non-video-game examples would be nice.
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