In many cartoons, especially ones by Creator/HannaBarbera, whenever a character starts running, they usually run on the spot for a few seconds before running away. It doesn't matter what they're running from, or why, but they always do this. A WheelOFeet is usually applied to this. It's common for this animation to be accompanied by about four seconds of "wacky" percussive sound effects followed quickly by a "slingshot" zip (perhaps best onomatopoeized as [[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud "Whamma-lamma-bamma-ramma-zamma-whamma-lamma-bamma-ramma-zamma-zamma - ZING!")]].

Compare OffLikeAShot.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The "Super Peel-Out" move of Videogame/SonicTheHedgehog in ''Videogame/SonicCD'' is this, in video game form.
* Appears in a few cutscenes of ''Videogame/SuperMarioRPG'', such as Mario's first venture into Bowser's Keep.
* Also the standard action when running from battle against minor {{Mook}}s in the later ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' games.
* Also happens whenever there's a dash button in a 3D Mario game. If you try to dash while standing still, Mario/Luigi/whoever will run in place, and then shoot off, identical to Sonic's Super Peel-Out mentioned above.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' did this many times, with Shaggy and Scooby being the worst offenders. Often Fred would catch them and pull them back whilst they were running on the spot - but they still did it every time.
** ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] this in their [[XMeetsY Scoody Doo meets Jason]] sketch, where Scooby is found by the killer and does this (the killer catches him and slaughters him).
* This trope is also [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in the animated ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' series. King Koopa, Hip and Hop do this when they are found by a giant Piranha Plant only for said plant to [[SwallowedWhole swallow them whole]].
* Monterey Jack from ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' often runs on the spot at the beginning of a cheese attack. If he doesn't float in the air, that is.
** Sometimes even then. And it does propel him, yes.
* In the movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalympics}}'', a sight gag compares the hundred-yard dash to drag racing; the racers suit up in auto-racing suits, the "Christmas tree" countdown lights replace the starting pistol and the racers morph into actual Top Fuel cars during the sprint, burning out during the countdown and even using WheelOFeet.
* Fred Flintstone's car on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' was ''powered'' by this.
** Parodied on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', where Fred is being chased by police. As he runs in place, the officers catch up to him and starts moving right when they're near him.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Griffon the Brush-Off". Granny Smith does this when she's spooked by Gilda's prank, only to end up "running" away at a snail's pace.
** Played straight in "The Ticket Master" with Twilight Sparkle and in "Boast Busters" by Trixie.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode where the Eds "break" physics, Eddy uses this to get rid of Sarah by running in place, hopping out of the "foot wheel" and sticking her into it, which forces her to run away at high speeds.

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* Invoked in TerryPratchett's ''The Unadulterated Cat', in the section on identifying what type of cat you own.
--> If, when it starts to run, its legs pinwheel in the air for a humorous few seconds making binka-binka-binka noises, it is a Cartoon cat.

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* In the CommediaDellArte style of Renaissance street theater, the stock character Il Capitano, a boastful coward, traditionally attempted to flee at the first sign of danger by doing a live-action version of this trope.

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* Startled animals (cats in particular) on smooth surfaces that they can't dig claws into.
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