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->''"I'm a little airplane; nyow.\\
I'm a little airplane; nyow, nyow,\\
And wangeddy-wang,\\
I'm a little airplane now."''
--> -- '''Jonathan Richman''', "I'm a Little Airplane"

A strange position where a character in a generally good mood runs with their arms fully outstretched to the sides like the wings of an airplane. (Try it, it's fun!)

A cooler, more aerodynamic variant, with the runner's body leaning foward and the arms swept farther back, like the wings on an F-14 Tomcat, is also often used to indicate a very fast and agile runner. {{Ninja}} are frequently portrayed running this way, though they now tend to prefer the NinjaRun. [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai Samurai]] also run in a similar manner, usually while keeping one hand grasped onto their katana. In a more (apparently) realistic series this may have something to do with the runner having a reduced profile and thus being harder to hit with ranged weaponry, but it's generally just the RuleOfCool. In modern Japan, this pose is known as [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=list&tags=bu-n "buun."]]



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]

* Episode 8 of ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' shows Lisa Vanette running off in this manner after an exchange with Nene.
* Ed from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' does this quite frequently.
** Complete with sound effects!
* This is often done by younger characters, or characters who act much younger than they really are, and shows up in many an anime, including ''Manga/GoldfishWarning'' and ''[[Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow Strawberry Marshmallow]]''
* {{Shinigami}} in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' use a variant of this running style, especially in combat or hurrying to the next scene/encounter.
* Rin from ''Manga/PleaseSaveMyEarth''
* Souga in ''Manga/CheekyAngel'' chases after Megumi in a Bird Run, and Fujiki imagines himself doing so across a field of flowers.
* The ending credits to ''Anime/MaiOtome'' follow Arika as she does a Bird Run across an endless field of stars.
* Koshi Rikdo of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' does this in the opening credits. Excel herself does it quite often too.
* For some reason, when Kanzaki Akari from ''Anime/BattleAthletes'' does this, she goes super fast.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''
** This is parodied in a track episode. Chiyo, inspired to catch up, goes into this pose and promptly ends up running even slower.
** Osaka tries a variant to keep people from passing her. It fails, mostly because her arms aren't twelve feet long.
* Son Gohan and others in ''Manga/DragonBall''.
* As you'd expect from the mention of Ninja above, pretty much ''everyone'' in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' does this, either by running on the ground or by jumping and gliding from one rooftop/branch to another.
* Taken a step up in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', where Haku is able to swiftly hover inches above the ground by running this way.
* Kitsune does this in ''Manga/LoveHina'' while looking for her drill in Episode 13.
* Lucario does this in the ''Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew'' movie.
* Kuu in ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' does this a lot. The bird-impression is enhanced since she actually has wings on her back.
* Arale from ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' is perhaps not only the first manga/anime character to ever do this, but she's also probably responsible for the name, since she does it to pretend she's flying and makes a sound like a jet engine.
-->'''Arale:''' [[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud KIIIIIIIIN]].
* Misuzu often runs around like this in ''VisualNovel/{{Air}}'', which is likely a hint about her background. That she falls down a lot may also be very symbolic in the show's context.
* Manga/InuYasha, whenever he's in a hurry.
* Sayoko (a NinjaMaid) does this in ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', [[GenkiGirl Puru]] was really fond of doing this while saying "[[PokemonSpeak Puru puru puru puru!]]". It's a recurrent gag in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' and other Gundam related videogames.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Moble Suit Gundam's]]'' Lala Sune loves doing this. Light glows around her when she's doing it.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam's]]'' Four Murasame and her {{Expy}}, Stella Loussier, from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny''.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam V Gundam]]'' has Usso running like this during an intro.
* Kana from ''Manga/MinamiKe'' does this sometimes. In a desperate situation in episode 5 of ''Okawari'', she Bird Runs all over town. (Unsurprisingly, she skins both knees in the process.)
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' villain Schwarzwald plays this straight. After he initially discovers his flying giant robot he's so excited he can't help but run through the hangar with his arms outstretched.
* ''Everyone'' runs with their arms trailing behind them aerodynamically in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', at least past the Sanctuary arc. This new style coincides with the updated, wispy character designs. Averted in ''[[Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas The Lost Canvas]]''.
* Mugen does this in an episode of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''. That this is done during the Edo period is due to AnachronismStew.
* Mihoshi does this a lot in ''Manga/SoraNoManimani''.
* In the sixth ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' OVA, the Nazi vampires run this way.
* ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel'': Noelle loves this pose, especially when she is about to glomp Yuusuke.
* Basically any major character who play soccer in ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven''. Yes, even [[TheHero Endou]] the goal keeper.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': While piloting [[HumongousMecha Unit 01]], Shinji skips past airplane arms and goes straight to ''jet'' arms. 'Jet' specifically because he's breaking the sound barrier.
* ''Anime/DaphneInTheBrilliantBlue'': Child!Maia in a flashback, used to highlight how carefree she was back then.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** CheerfulChild Sealand does this quite a bit.
** The entire Italian army does this while running away from lookout duty.
* Satsuki and Mei in ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro''
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', at least all members of the Survey Corps. run this way.
* [[CheerfulChild Vivio]] does this in episode 15 of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' as she runs to [[HasTwoMommies Nanoha and Fate]]... before promptly falling flat on her face.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Luke Pearson's ''ComicBook/{{Hilda}}'' often times does this, normally when springing into action.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The Mayor in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' runs like this, due to his body's size and shape compared to his small feet.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Anna does this pose at the end of "For the First Time in Forever", and Elsa does it in the middle of "Let it Go".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the dramatic Japanese story ''Film/TheHiddenBlade'', a minor subplot is made about Japan's industrialization and revision of its military forces. An instructor comes to oversee the various samurai learn of the new ways to fight and quickly grows frustrated in their refusal to take his advice seriously. It hits its peak when they feel they can run fast enough in a way similar to a bird run (lean forward a bit, hands on the sheathed sword to quickly draw it) and laugh at the instructor's Western style. So he races and beats them. ''Badly''.
* In ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', Nathan does this for a moment during the song "Thankless Job".
* In ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', Giselle and a little girl (and eventually others) do this.
* In ''Film/LocalHero'' Danny does this at one point when he runs off down the street.
* In ''Film/VForVendetta'' a young girl does this after receiving the costume.
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': "I'm the king of the world!"

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'' and ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'', and their adaptations ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' use a variation where they run partially bent over with their arms out in what is apparently intended to be a [[PrimalStance ready-to-strike-savagely position]]. [[RuleOfCool It's not as practical as it sounds.]]
** Miratrix of ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' seems to have pulled her Airplane Arms straight from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
* Barney on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' does a lovely airplane-armed run to see the mysterious girl in Ted's bed in the Pineapple Incident.
* Colbert whips his shirt off and does this in ''Series/GenerationKill'' for no readily apparent reason, much to the bemusement of everyone watching.
* The song in the page quote was used on ''Series/SesameStreet''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5wOkfHwweo Watch it]], in all its EarWorm goodness.
* Sailor Venus does this often as part of her fighting style in early episodes of ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon''. She also does it in the opening sequence.
* In the closing credits of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' Laura runs down a hill with airplane arms extended. And airplanes weren't even invented yet!
%%** According to an article I read, Melissa Gilbert did it to steady herself. [Which article?]
* The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Lakertyans]] of ''Series/DoctorWho'' run like this, though with their arms very close to their bodies. Apparently the intention was to make their species and culture more alien: it worked very well.
* Happens fairly frequently in ''Series/HorribleHistories'' songs, especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65Cy4-rfd24 Shakespeare's song.]]

* Near the middle to end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn6-c223DUU&ob=av2e "Airplanes"]]
* Music/{{Weezer}}'s video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkroIXktjgE&ob=av2e "The Good Life"]] has Matt Sharp and Patrick Wilson briefly doing a slo-mo airplane run across the studio together during the instrumental bridge of the song - appropriately enough, this is cut to when the pizza delivery driver from the ConceptVideo segments is watching an actual plane skywrite the word "DELIVER".
* Most of the fan-made MMD videos for the [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]] song "Popipo" have Miku do this.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* King Trode in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' always runs like this. It may have something to do with how he's cursed to look like a little green troll for most of the game...
** In the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS remake of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'', Maribel runs with her arms outstretched behind her.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' has run this way ever since Sonic CD, his SuperMode also flies like this.
** Parodied by one the many UncannyValley [=NPCs=] of ''Sonic 2006''. A man with Sonic hair and a familiar dress style will challenge Sonic to a race, claiming to be the real Sonic, and he reenacts this style of running. He's really, really slow, though, and it's almost impossible to lose against him.
** Tails (whether he's flying or not), Knuckles, Amy, Cream, and Eggman all do this when running full speed.
* Aigis (the robot) in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. This looks especially funny when she has her sundress on. In [[ExpansionPack FES's]] "The Answer" mode, she moves less like a jumbo jet and more like a quail -- less stiff, but even more birdlike.
* [[CuteBruiser Sakura]] from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' runs into her matches this way and almost overbalances before assuming a fighting stance.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] has been doing this in the 2D platformers since ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''.
** And if he has the right item (such as the Cape in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''), he ''can'' take flight, making this almost a literal case of a Bird Run.
** Also, when he first appears in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', Mario is seen running towards the Star Festival with his arms out, just because he's such a happy-go-lucky guy. Also, he can run like this in-game in [[InvincibilityPowerUp Rainbow form]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/MarioStrikers Mario Strikers Charged]]'', Luigi runs around and does this as one of his animations when his team scores a goal.
** Interestingly, while Peach does this while running in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'', Mario and Luigi ''don't'', instead tucking their arms in while running.
* Vincent Valentine of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' does this during running animations. Since his character concept and design was basically the RuleOfCool personified, it's justified.
* The [[spoiler:Majestic 12]] Commando in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' does something similar to this while aiming and firing its ArmCannon-like machine-guns. It looks silly but they can and will mess you up six ways 'til Sunday.
* Rumia and Suika from the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series do this, with two different justifications: Rumia does it for FauxSymbolism reasons (it helps that she keeps the pose while standing still), and Suika is always drunk.
* [[VideoGame/StarFox Falco Lombardi]] runs in variations of this manner depending on the game. In the credits of ''VideoGame/StarFox64'', he is seen running exactly this way. Probably appropriate, since he is essentially an anthropomorphic bird...
** ... And in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', it's actually ''Fox'' that sprints at a full-on BirdRun. Huh. Falco goes for more of a NinjaRun for this game.
* Also in VideoGame/SuperSmashBros, Ness, Mega Man, Kirby, and the aforementioned Sonic all run like this with their arms swept behind them. Meanwhile, Lucario uses the ninja variant, and Marth and Lucina use the samurai variant, with Mewtwo evoking the former as he floats.
* Ghirahim does this in his running animation from ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors''.
* Harle in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.
* VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} in the opening for ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom''.
* One of [[VideoGame/SplosionMan 'Splosion Man's]] running animations
* Altair and Ezio from the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series do this whenever they're running on something narrow like a wire, wall or a fence.
** Justified in that the outstretched arms help with balance.
* Taokaka from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' does this in her forward dash.
* Kainé from ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'' runs this way, holding her huge serrated knives out to the side.
* Recette and Charme of ''VideoGame/{{Recettear}}'' do this when running through dungeons. Charme uses a dangerous variant, dual wielding knives that she holds out as if to cut things just by running by them. (Unfortunately, that doesn't actually work in the game.)
* TheRemake of ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa'' has Jamil and most of the thieves/rogues/amazons running like this.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Udyr being in his Phoenix Stance changes his run animation to running with airplane arms, tilting slightly to either side with each step like he's actually pretending to fly. Also Zed, a ninja champion, changes his run animation to airplane arms at high movement speeds.
* The Acrobatics travel power in ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' also has the character running in this position. Therefore, the power is often mocked and (incorrectly) nicknamed NinjaRun.
* [[GenkiGirl Kunoichi]] in ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' runs this way. Justified as she carries two large, very sharp knives in each hand, and running as fast as she does while keeping then close to her body may not be the best idea in the world. Ironically, [[TeamMom Nene]] in the sequel keeps her arms much closer to her body, despite carrying an even larger pair of blades.
* DualWielding and sprinting in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' will result in this. With the right perks, you can go from this to a power attack that nobody will walk away pretty from.
* [[StarfishAliens Ceph Grunts, Captains and Stalkers]] will do this in ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 2'' when they charge to engage in melee combat. Stop them dead or go into armor mode, or you will be in for a world of hurt.
* [=Zer0=] in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' does this if he's sprinting without any guns equipped.
* When she's not teleporting, Nix in ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS 2}}'' gets around with a fast, low-to-the-ground Airplane Run. The Harpies in the DLC ''Festival of Blood'' do the same, suggesting that they use some of Nix's code.
* ''VideoGame/{{Blacklight Retribution}}'': The 'Airplane' taunt, complete with sound effects.
* [[{{VideoGame/Bubsy}} Bubsy the Bobcat]] does this when he glides.
* Occasionally Miis do this in their apartments in ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'', either by themselves or with someone else. No repercussions occur if they collide, however.
* Ninjas in "VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIV}}" have this as a unique running animation.
** This is shown most in the Lalafellin race due to their short arms.
* An early ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' bug resulted in AirplaneArms, which some players found hilarious (as shown in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CunHb3TJsg this]] video). Years later for their April 1. joke they brought it back with airplane arms for every player, a pilot's cap, a vintage filter and the PC constantly making airplane noises (even appropriate ones during falling).
* Maria in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' actually does this, though it's more of a blink and you'll miss it in the ending (since Maria is only visible in ''one'' shot for a few seconds).

* The track art for [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/lifdoff "Lifdoff"]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Vol. 7'' features John doing this.
* In ''Webcomic/KiwiBlitz'', robots run with their arms swept back. In TheRant, Mary Cagle explains that this is because their locomotion is quite different from a human's.
-->Since they donít have a humanís muscular system, itís actually efficient for these gals to run NINJA STYLE. Unlike actual humans and/or narutos.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* This was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ollHKfSKKw brought up]] in an episode of ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' when the grumps were playing ''Manga/{{Naruto}} Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations'' (Jon as Sasuke, Arin as Shikamaru).
-->Creator/{{Egoraptor}}: Everybody knows the runs-faster by wiggling your arms around behind you.
-->WebVideo/JonTron: Look at him, he's like "I'm a worm, I'm flying through the air!" [high-pitched] Superman with broken arms!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The teenage [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep23/ep23-65.html shuriken specialist Mai]] on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** Toph does [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep38/ep38-141.png her own version sometimes, as well]].
** Ty Lee does this when she runs on wires.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the {{Ninja}}-like [[AntiMagicalFaction Equalist]] [[MageKiller chi-blockers]] occasionally display this trope. In Book Two, Korra appears to have adopted it herself.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'': In the beginning of "Doug Flies a Kite", after Doug mentions flying a kite, his father, Phil, runs around the room imitating an airplane, which leads Doug to convince himself that his father has gone insane.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' extends his arms above his head [[UpUpAndAway ala Superman]] and makes wooshing noises to pretend he's flying. He ''can'' run super fast. He ''chooses'' to keep himself amused.
* Goo from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' does this, along with stumbling around off-balance.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Happy!Raven does this when Beast Boy and Cyborg enter Raven's mirror in "Nevermore". It's their first hint that she isn't the Raven they're used to.
* Cody does this in ''[[Disney/TheRescuers The Rescuers Down Under]]'' after being taken on an epic ride by a giant eagle.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' ''Brother Brat'', an aircaft worker leaves her son for Porky to babysit, enthusiastically telling him "We hafta build those planes!" and heading out with arms outstretched - and then seen ''flying off'' in the distance!
* Numbah 2 from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' runs like this sometimes. fitting because he's the teams pilot. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This a fairly common celebratory dance for various sports, most notably scoring a goal in soccer
** Former Italian striker Vincenzo Montella (pictured above) was nicknamed "L'Aeroplanino" ("The Little Aeroplane") for his tendency to celebrate in this manner.
** Former Israeli soccer player Alon Mizrahi was nicknamed "Ha'Aviron" ("The Airplane") for the same reason as Vincezo Montella (though he was also known for [[TheDitz saying stupid stuff]]).
** Jason Eugene Terry, nicknamed JET from his initials, of the NBA's Boston Celtics (and previously Dallas Mavericks), often does this after making a big shot.
* One of the common house rules for Ultimate Frisbee mandates this trope. It's much harder than you'd think! Try throwing without using your elbow or shoulder, for example.
* Some [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]] can be seen doing this. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H23bCGYElj0 And yes, it is just as adorable as it sounds.]]
** Not just penguins either. Other ground-dwelling and/or flightless birds will do this to balance themselves as they run. Ostriches and secretary birds are good examples.
* Common in small children as an attempt to balance.
** Or when they're pretending they're an airplane. Duh.