Air-Aided Acrobatics

Forms of fictional media have physics which differ from Real Life. As such, it's not uncommon for there to be places where the main character must cross gaps which can barely be surpassed with a well-timed jump.

However, sometimes a character's ability isn't great enough to let them cross a gap. Luckily, there just happens to be gusts of strong wind coming straight up! As the character jumps, the wind pushes enough force on our hero to let them cross the otherwise-uncrossable gap.

And thus, the character has just performed Air-Aided Acrobatics. Note that the air does not need to be coming directly from the gap, as Acrobatics can also be aided by air pushing from behind the character.

See also Jump Physics (especially Double Jump) and Vent Physics.

Almost guaranteed to show up in a Gusty Glade. Compare Rocket Jump, in which explosions aid the jump instead of wind.


Examples:

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    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus. Parodied in the "First man to jump the English Channel" sketch, where Ron Obvious hopes to jump from Dover into Calais with the help of (among other things) "a gust of breeze over the French coast".

    Video Games 
  • Played straight in the mobile game Early Bird.
  • Never Alone has this as a core mechanic. The movement of falling snow helps you predict when a big gust is about to come along. Most of the time it's a hazard, and you have to brace yourself to avoid being bowled over, but sometimes there are jumps you can't make unless you time your jump to coincide with the wind.
  • In Knytt Stories, there are sometimes updrafts Juni can float along on to reach otherwise inaccessible places and avoid floors and walls covered in spikes, but only if she uses her umbrella.
  • Snake Pass has updrafts in Bloh-Wee's realm that allows Doodle the hummingbird to carry the protagonist snake Noodle across large gaps.

    Western Animation 
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, airbending can be used to blow yourself around just as easily as other things/people.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Top Bolt" has Twilight and Rainbow Dash try to solve a friendship problem at the Wonderbolts Academy. It involves a pair of pegasus recruits with one of them creating gusts of wind with her wings to boost the other in the air for impressive stunts, without the latter knowing.

    Real Life 
  • Truth in Television in athletics, of course, although overly-tailwindy marks may be discounted.

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