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->''"My generic set of superhero abilities include enhanced vision."''
--> -- '''The Captain''', ''Comicbook/{{Nextwave}}''

There's a [[StockSuperpowers whole lot of superpowers]] out there, and many different [[JustForFun/HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers ways to get them.]]

Despite this variety, many heroes frequently end up with the Flying Brick set, an assortment of abilities including but not limited to: {{Flight}}, SuperStrength, SuperToughness, and usually at least one of SuperSpeed, EyeBeams, SuperSenses, or SuperBreath.

These powers seem to be compatible with any given {{backstory}} and SuperHeroOrigin, which also conveniently explains why any given hero's powers are ''[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial vastly]]'' different from every other hero's [[IBelieveICanFly flight]], [[MusclesAreMeaningless super strength]], and SuperToughness.

Occasionally comes with a [[FlightStrengthHeart lesser, embarrassing power]] or a WeaksauceWeakness to "make up for" their incredible power. A common manifestation of the LightningBruiser type. Not to be confused with BrickJoke. Replace SuperStrength and {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le with the power to shoot/cast {{Fireballs}}, {{Hand Blast}}s or the like and you get FlyingFirepower.

Part of the reason for the popularity of this power set is that it allows for a flexible variety of story situations that are easy to set up within relatively normal human definitions, albeit to a superhuman degree.

''[[TropeCo/FlyingBrick This item]] is available in the TropeCo/TropeCo catalog.''

%%If you have time, please take time to put examples in alphabetical order. This page Administrivia/HowToAlphabetizeThings should help you with that.


[[folder:{{Comicbooks}}: The DC Universe]]
* {{Franchise/Superman}}:
** Clark Kent is the TropeCodifier here, along with the rest of the Kryptonian race under a [[ThePowerOfTheSun yellow sun]]. Varied for taste, though: Superman, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, and ComicBook/PowerGirl also get supersenses, heat vision, and super breath (including freezing breath). Superboy's powers were actually rooted in "tactile telekinesis", and it was shown that eventually, he'd develop the ability to use full-on telekinetic powers. Twist: Everyone knows 'em, but hey, why not?
** However, as of New52, Kryptonians do gain one additional power, and that's to release a massive burst of solar energy (in fact, it's implied the heat vision is an extension of this) for colossal damage and power, but leaves them pretty dried up (i.e. vulnerable like a human) for 24 hours, presumably because they use all of the solar energy stored in their cells.
** The writers made Superboy's tactile telekinesis very clear by [[LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe mentioning it every 5 minutes]] in the ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' comic, presumably because anyone who didn't know about it would just assume he had the same powers as Superman, being Superboy and all. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Impulse [[OverusedRunningGag complaining about it]] every time he mentions it.
** ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'' In addition to the heroes -Superman, Supergirl and Krypto-, most of the villains found in this story count: Protector, Radion and the J'ai aliens are pretty strong and can fly.
** In ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', Superman and Supergirl fly across the galaxy faster than light and withstand the impact of explosions that can obliterate a planet.
* Superman's cousin ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' has the full Kryptonian pack: super-strength, super-speed, flight, invulnerability, super-senses, heat vision, several breath weapons... and some versions are an ActionBomb.
** In both versions of ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', Kara arrives on Earth and she promptly discovers in quick succession she is invulnerable, super-strong and can fly.
** In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', Kara gets a [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern ring]] temporarily. She gains the ability to vomit burning plasma, and her ring gives her an extra set of powers: creation of light constructs, force-fields, space warping...
** In the first issue of ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth'' Kara shows her flying brick skills: she survives being hurled into the Sun, flies back to Earth in a matter of seconds, and wrestles a super-strong werewolf.
** In ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'', Kara Zor-El and Linda Danvers fight Rebel, an one-time villain who is super-strong and can fly.
** In ''Comicbook/SupermanBrainiac'', Kara demonstrates her Flying Brick skills when she chases a missile that Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} shoots at the Sun.
* Their counterparts SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}} and ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}} have their same powers, although usually they come with a twist.
* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'':
** While very tough, Wonder Woman is ([[DependingOnTheWriter usually]]) not bulletproof, but has bracelets that deflect bullets, as well as the ability to react at super-speed. Then again, if you can take punches from ''Superman''... Occasionally, she is explicitly bulletproof and deflects bullets solely as an intimidation thing. Another explanation of the bracelets/bullets thing is that she is your standard example invulnerable except against specifically piercing attacks (like bullets, spears, arrows, etc.), while the bracelets are the reforged Aegis of Zeus, which can stop any such attack.
** The same powers are possessed by both ComicBook/{{Wonder Girl}}s Donna Troy and Cassandra Sandsmark. These days, the main difference is what happens if you get caught in their lassos. Diana can make you tell the truth, Cassie can channel her anger into lightning, and Donna can use MindControl on you.
** Also, for a while, she had an "invisible jet" that she used to fly. This got retconned out down the line, though. And then got reintroduced because (A) it's iconic, and (B) it serves useful story purposes (taking people with her on her travels).
* The {{ComicBook/Shazam}} Captain Marvel ([[IAmNotShazam who was not himself named Shazam]]... [[ContinuitySnarl but now is]]) and the rest of the Marvel Family. Twist: His secret identity is actually powerless, [[HenshinHero he must transform into Captain Marvel]] by [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull speaking a word of power]], and he can use magic lightning as an offensive weapon. Furthermore, to differentiate from Superman, the fact that the Marvel Family's powers are based on magic and the gods means that they can resist magic/supernatural attacks better than Superman ever can (and Superman's explicit weakness, or at least non-resistance, to magical attacks means that if it ever comes down to a fight, [[LetsYouAndHimFight as it often has]], Marvel has an edge).
** Later versions added a second twist: Captain Marvel's power is [[ConservationOfNinjutsu diluted among active Marvel Family members]]; the more members of the Marvel Family that use their powers at once, the weaker each of them become. Presumably, this was added when the producers realized multiple Captain Marvels running around would be too strong. In most stories it doesn't seem to apply to their arch-enemy ComicBook/BlackAdam, who has the same powers, but is powered up by the Egyptian Gods instead so he's always slightly stronger than the Marvels when they're all powered up.
* In addition to members Superman and Supergirl, the ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' has a few:
** Mon-El, a CaptainErsatz of Superman with the exact same powers, though as he is a Daxamite, (a genetic offshoot of Kryptonians) with his weakness is lead, not kryptonite. Andromeda, a CaptainErsatz for Supergirl and fellow Daxamite, is also vulnerable to lead.
** Ultra-Boy, with the caveat that he can only use one power at a time. Although when using a Legion Flight Ring instead of his own flight power, he pretty much fits the trope.
** Because ''every'' Legionnaire can fly because of their flight rings, Blok, the rock-man, is a ''literal'' flying brick. His postboot equivalent, Monstress, also qualifies.
** Star Boy also had the "basic package" in the postboot continuity, plus gravity-altering powers.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Justice League 3000}}'', which replaced the legion in the New 52, their version of Superman is similar to the original, but lacks most of the original's "bonus" powers like heat vision. Implicitly this is because he's not Kryptonian.
* ComicBook/MartianManhunter. Twist: An alien (not unlike Superman), whose other powers include shapeshifting (which also confers on him density control, invisibility (every now and then) and {{intangibility}}) and {{telepathy}}. The other twist: he's [[WeaksauceWeakness afraid of fire]]. (Depending on the era, it's either a psychological weakness or an actual physical frailty.) Even though he has heat-vision.
* Sodam Yat, a member of the ''[[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lantern Corps.]]'' Prophesied to be the "ultimate Green Lantern", he was briefly possessed by the spirit called Ion, meaning he didn't need a power ring. However, what makes him so dangerous - and a flying brick - is the fact that he's also a Daxamite (Kryptonians that immigrated to the planet Daxam who would evolve differently, gaining a weakness to lead)... meaning that even without the power of Ion, when he's exposed to yellow sun energy, he's pretty much Superman. During the ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar, he went toe-to-toe with Superboy-Prime (who has [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] level powers) and actually kept him busy for more than a few seconds. Added Twist: during said fight, Superboy-Prime stabs Sodam Yat with lead rods. His power ring now keeps the lead poisoning in check: if the ring is ever removed, he will die a slow, painful death.
* The Afterburner, one of the heroes generated by the [[ComicBook/DialHForHero HERO Dial]]. The twist? He isn't invulnerable at all, which the person who had turned into him found out the hard way. For that matter, the world's first superhero, a caveman who discovered the HERO Dial, who killed mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers before eventually flying to the moon.
* ComicBook/{{Starfire}} from the Comicbook/TeenTitans, though her superhuman strength is often downplayed in favor of her energy blasts and [[MsFanservice babe status]]. She's tough, but not outright invulnerable, so she straddles the line between this and FlyingFirepower.
* Kate Spencer, Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}. [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Her supersuit gives her the strength and near-invulnerability, and her staff allows her to fly]]. She is also the granddaughter of Iron Munro (a {{Retcon}} CaptainErsatz of the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Superman, though he couldn't fly) which helps with the near invulnerability part.
* The third ComicBook/BlueBeetle, Jaime Reyes. With his armor, he can fly, is near-invulnerable, he can locate almost anyone in the world, his senses are enhanced, and he can carry a large amount of weight. (His practical limits in this capacity haven't really been demonstrated yet.) On top of that, the armor can generate practically any weapon imaginable. For that matter, Dan Garret, the original Blue Beetle in his [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] post-scarab power set.
* ComicBook/BoosterGold. His costume gives him superstrength, forcefields, and time travel; his goggles provide supersenses; his gauntlets let him shoot energy blasts; and he has a Legion flight ring.
* ComicBook/CaptainAtom, along with his [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands loosely-defined]] "atomic" powers.
* Thundermind of the Great Ten. He's even referred to as "China's Superman". Though he himself notes that "some of my ''siddhas'' are obvious -- flight, strength, invulnerability...", and goes on to list the ones that ''aren't'' so obvious, including his ability to be in multiple places at once, invisibility, and telepathy.
* The battlesuits of the Rocket Red Brigade are effectively mass-produced Flying Bricks, giving their wearers armor, superstrength, jet-powered flight and energy blasts.
* ComicBook/PowerGirl, the cousin of the Golden Age Superman and sole survivor of Earth 2. For a long time, the twist was that her powers were in flux but eventually they stabilized and she has the same powers and weaknesses as Superman.
* Like Sodam Yat above, certain other Green Lanterns have super strength and toughness with their rings granting them flight to round out this trope. Kilowog is the first notable Lantern like this we see, but there are others. Even an ordinary human with one of the rings could qualify, as the ring can create any effect they want. Only a Green Lantern who doesn't think of using it to get the flying brick combo platter would go without, and even then probably only until they witness another Green Lantern doing it.
* One storyline in ''Justice League'' subverted this tragically. Franchise/{{Superman}} was in the middle of a rescue operation saving people trapped in a burning building and was stuck between trying to hold up a huge gas tank and saving a bunch of people at the same time. A new hero appeared and offered to hold up the gas tank while Superman got the people out. It worked, but the new hero realized too late that he lacked the NighInvulnerability part of the package---or more specifically, he wasn't ''fireproof''-- when the gas tank ruptured. Worse, the new guy had a family [[spoiler:who all shared the same powers since they all encountered the same power giving meteorite]] and they blamed Superman for his death. Superman blamed himself too because he just ''assumed'' that the other guy also had NighInvulnerability since this is so common in Franchise/TheDCU.
* To sum up, all Kryptonians and Daxamites in yellow sunlight, all Martians, anyone given power by Shazam, all Green Lanterns (and members of every other Lantern Corps), the Rocket Reds (via PoweredArmor) and so on. DC uses Flying Bricks a lot more often than Marvel does.
* Milestone Comics [[CanonImmigrant immigrants]] ComicBook/{{Icon}} (a superpowered alien) and his protege Rocket (who uses a piece of alien tech called an "inertia belt" to fly and generate forcefields).
* Orion of the ''ComicBook/NewGods''. His strength and HealingFactor are inborn, and his Astro Harness allows him to fly as well as fire his Astro Force.

[[folder:{{Comicbooks}}: The Marvel Universe]]
* Namor the ComicBook/SubMariner: He was one, about a year and a half before Superman. Namor's {{fr|iendlyEnemy}}enemy team the ComicBook/FantasticFour has an interesting inversion of this in The Thing. Ben Grimm was an ace pilot and even astronaut before he became a Brick.
* ComicBook/TheSentry. Makes Silver Age Superman look reasonable, in both raw power and power set. A weakened version was easily beating ComicBook/{{World War|Hulk}} [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] before he lost control - and that loss of control pretty much leveled Manhattan.
** Also has a lot of subconscious PsychicPowers such as giving the entire world LaserGuidedAmnesia about himself, and turning his headquarters--a tower on top of a Manhattan skyscraper--InvisibleToNormals.
** Also has complete control over every molecule in the universe and may or may not be either God himself or the Angel of Death. Or... something.
** [[MultipleChoicePast No one has any idea what the hell the Sentry is. Current theories include one that he subconsciously rewrites history to make his origin... whatever it is at the moment.]]
** Despite having all this power, he's practically useless as a hero since he has a lot of psychological problems and a SuperPoweredEvilSide. Which says a lot about the difference in tone between the Marvel and DC universes.
* [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]]: Twist: He's a '''supersoldier''' among his kind. The Kree typically only posess twice the strength, endurance, stamina and with some invulnerability. However, various scientific experiments along with cosmic powers increased his capabilities to greater amounts while gaining his "cosmic awareness" (letting him know where he is needed in the universe) along with being able to absorb and manipulate energy (he usually relies on solar, but can do so with others.) Other neat tricks include some form of telekinesis, faster healing and at one point, ''changing size'' after overabsorbibg massive amounts of energy through a wrecked star.
* Carol Danvers aka the current Captain Marvel ([[IHaveManyNames formerly]] ComicBook/MsMarvel), before her powers were permanently leeched by Rogue. But then she became Binary after being experimented on by the Brood, gaining a whole new set of powers including manipulation of the entire electromagnetic spectrum and some gravity control. And then got her old powers back with some new energy powers. She has flight, super-strength, resistance to injury, and the MostCommonSuperpower. Twist: She can absorb ambient and directed energy, and project energy blasts from her fists (though she also had a sort of "[[SpiderSense seventh sense]]"/[[BornLucky luck power]] for a while), but despite her impressive power level she has always been something of a second-stringer. This was played with in the ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'' event, where in that AlternateUniverse she was the greatest non-mutant superhero in the world. And since people [[RippleEffectProofMemory kept their memories]] of the House of M reality, her knowledge that she ''could be'' that good has spurred her to new heights, her own monthly title, and leadership of Comicbook/TheAvengers.
* Blue Marvel (no relation to Ms. or Captain) is another Superman {{Expy}} with a similar basic set of powers. He doesn't appear quite as overpowered as Sentry or [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Supes - though he managed to hold his own with the former for a while, but is still probably one of the most powerful [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] in terms of raw strength. Blue Marvel had the misfortune of starting his superhero career in a time when the public didn't like the idea of a black superhero. When he was accidentally unmasked, the public uproar resulted in the President asking him to retire. He got back in the game in modern times. Twist: In addition to the standard flying brick package, he is also a living '''antimatter reactor'''. He can manipulate negative matter energy from antimatter to fire energy blasts and creat energy constructs. He can also manipulate matter on the molecular level, which he is more than intelligent enough to do so.
* Gladiator, from the Shi'ar empire. Twist: His actual level of power [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve depends on his confidence]]. It's implied (though the specific term isn't used) that his powers come from "tactile telekinesis" like the later version of Superboy, and he may or may not actually be aware of how his powers work.
** At full power, he's easily matching high level Thor.
** His son has the same powers, with the added caveat that he's a {{Teen|sAreMonsters}}ager. Nothing, not even briefly being turned into a Brood (which he thought was awesome to the point that he didn't want to be turned back to normal), can shake up his confidence.
* The Captain in ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'' not only has these standard powers, which he [[LampshadeHanging refers to]] as his "generic set of super-hero abilities" at one point, but he also mentions the addition of telescopic sight. Twists: the first thing he did with his superpowers was beat the crap out of the [[TouchedByVorlons aliens who gave them]] to him. Once called himself "Captain ☠☠☠☠" for lack of a better name; got seven kinds of it beat out of him by ComicBook/CaptainAmerica for using that language.
** The original joke to The Captain was that he had been all of the obscure "Captain ____" flying brick heroes in the Marvel universe, of which there are several. Did you know there was a Captain Rectitude? There is. This was somewhat recharacterized in the actual comic.
* For a time, ComicBook/{{Rogue}} of the ''ComicBook/XMen'' was a Flying Brick, drained from Ms. Marvel as mentioned above. The only time her other power got used during this period tended to be when she literally took off the kid gloves. Twist: Rogue has only one natural power--that of being to temporarily drain the powers (and memories, and LifeEnergy) of others. If she holds on too long, though, it can become permanent...Her ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' counterpart was also a Flying Brick, though in that continuity it was the result of a very specific application of the magnetic abilities she had stolen from Polaris. As of ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers'', Rogue is once again a Flying Brick thanks to her absorption of Wonder Man's essence.
* [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], the God of Thunder. Though rarely displayed, he's got SuperSpeed coming out the wazoo, being able to easily fight at faster than light speeds when the situation demands. Twist: Can't actually fly. Instead, he throws his hammer, which he can do with unerring accuracy for almost any distance... but doesn't let go. When he wants to stay in one place in mid-air, he spins his hammer around above his head like a helicopter. (His hammer, if you're wondering, can also float.) Also extraordinarily long-lived and has all the powers one would expect of a [[PhysicalGod God of Thunder]].
** His flying brick status is roughly on a par with that of Superman, as shown in the JLA Avengers crossover, when they each won alternating fights, the implication being their powers are equal. Supes briefly goes dramatically above this into a sort of super flying brick, when Thor lends him Mjolnir and Captain America hands over his shield.
** His inability to fly depends entirely on who happens to be writing him at the moment. It's possible that they might still stick with the "I throw my hammer!" bit but the way it's portrayed there's no way it could be anything BUT true flight.
** And then you have to factor in his vast array of other powers. Elemental control, energy absorption - of all kinds - several varieties of Galactus busting attacks (notably the God Blast), one shot from which sent a well fed Galactus running for his life.
* Though ComicBook/IronMan himself is powerless (aside from being [[GadgeteerGenius a genius]], billionaire, playboy philanthropist), all his superhuman powers are, naturally, in his high-tech PoweredArmor, which lets him fly and at least hold his own against, if not overpower, supervillains and other superheroes alike. Tony's allies Rhodey and Pepper have also donned PoweredArmor designed by Tony to become Flying Bricks as War Machine and Rescue. War Machine was equipped with a lot of firepower, while Rescue had electromagnetic abilities.
* ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer''. Granted but a portion of the Power Cosmic that is ComicBook/{{Galactus}}' to wield, he is incredibly strong, fast, and tough. Twist: Can fly himself, but also has a high-tech "surfboard" that allows him to do so without expending his own energy, enhances his maneuverability, and seems to increase his potential top speed beyond the speed of light. Similarly, all other Heralds of Galactus, though SS is the only one with a surfboard.
* M, of ''ComicBook/GenerationX'' and now ''Comicbook/XFactor''. Twist: In addition to those powers, also possesses telepathy, the ability to [[spoiler:FusionDance with her siblings, [[RetCon sort of]]]], arrogance, and fashion sense. (Only M could have "arrogance" as a fully-fledged superpower.)
* ComicBook/CaptainBritain. Twist: Only while in Britain or in costume. More recently, though, he's lost the geographical/costume-based weaknesses, and his strength is now dependant on his self-belief, much like Gladiator. The impact is that he's now potentially stronger than ever, but the minute his self-belief fails, he becomes powerless. [[FridgeBrilliance A bit like Britain itself, really]].
** His alternate universe teenage self Kid Britain introduced in ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'' has the same confidence based powers, which he fuels by being a JerkJock bully at the Braddock Academy. [[spoiler:He meets his end when the triple whammy of realizing he was manipulated by his girlfriend, being insulted by the girl with whom he cheated on his girlfriend, and actually being hurt by the guy he used to bully often weakens him enough that he gets his head cut off.]]
* Centennial, from ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight.'' Twist: He's [[CoolOldGuy 97 years old]], and shows his age. He's also got the ''other'' powers that sometimes come with the package, like heat vision.
* ComicBook/TheEternals are an entire race with this power set, in addition to {{Immortality}} and other assorted individual powers that each develops through millenia of practice and training.
* This trope was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in volume 1 of ''Astonishing X-Men'', where a young mutant with flight describes how he broke his legs the first time he landed because he assumed he was invulnerable too.
* ComicBook/{{Nova}} (the male one from the ComicBook/NewWarriors) got his powers from an entire Nova Corps of HumanAliens with Flying Brick powers. They were kind of like the Green Lanterns, but then they were wiped out, all but him...[[AllYourPowersCombined and he got all their powers combined]], catapulting him to a top-level hero (in power, if not in fame).
* Hyperion of the ComicBook/SquadronSupreme, as an atomic-powered CaptainErsatz of Superman. From the same comic, Princess Zarda, the CaptainErsatz of Franchise/WonderWoman with twists and limitations similar to Wonder Woman's above (and one version of her is AxCrazy.)
* Cannonball from the ComicBook/NewMutants. His mutant power literally IS flying brickitude: he's invulnerable, but only when flying. And a good thing, since he ''steers'' like a brick, too. He can't hover at all and has very little control over his speed or direction.
* [[ComicBook/XMan Nate Grey]] can, or could before his depower, achieve this by channelling his telekinesis through his body, allowing him to tank punches from Captain Britain and Colossus without being more than pissed off and [[BareHandedBladeBlock catch Ares' axe]]. among other things. With his psionic armour, he actually managed to hurt Thanos (or one of the Thanosi).
* Longtime Avenger ComicBook/WonderMan is super strong, can fly, and even shoots beams from his red eyes. Twist: After falling into a coma due to the side-effects of the procedure that empowered him, his body converted itself into ionic energy. While he still looks human, he's an {{Energy Being|s}}. This granted him energy-based powers and [[TheNeedless removed the need for air, food, or water]].
* Ethan Edwards, otherwise known as Virtue or The Tiller, is basically a skrull version of Superman. As such he posses this power set along with the standard skrull shape-shifting ability. And apparently now he has the power of intangibility. The end of his arc with Spider-Man also has him gain HealingHands.
* Captain Ultra can fly, has ultra-strength and endurance, and will faint at the slightest sign of a fire.
* One of the Avengers most dangerous foes, Count Nefaria, has this power set after being imbued with the ionicly charged powers of Powerman, Whirlwind, and The Living Laser. Needless to say it takes an entire Avengers team to even slow him down.
* ComicBook/AmericaChavez, aka Miss America, has super-strength, super-toughness, super-speed (the level of which [[DependingOnTheWriter varies significantly]]), and flight. Twist: she also has the ability to [[ThinkingUpPortals create portals]] (often by kicking them open), which allows her to transport herself and others anywhere from a few miles away, to one of Marvel's many {{Alternate Universe}}s, to other dimensions and planes of existence ''outside'' the multiverse.
* ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'' had the Liberators invade the United States with ''thousands'' of Flying Bricks. The twist? Their [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman super-suits]] had to be bonded to their bodies, and shortened their lifespan to mere months. The European heroes the Liberators presumably stole the designs from have nonlethal removable suits that give them similar powers.

[[folder: {{Comicbooks}}: Other]]
* ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** [[spoiler:Buffy herself]] gets flying brick powers due to a power-up in Season Eight.
* ComicBook/{{Incandescence}} has the full set of brick powers with an energy topper. She regularly crashes into things while landing.
* ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' himself, as well as all Viltrumites (including Omni-Man and Anissa), his brother Oliver, the Immortal, Black Samson, Martian Man, the Shapesmith (and basically every Martian), Bolt of Capes, Inc., Bulletproof, Allen the Alien, later versions of D.A. Sinclair's Re-Animen, and briefly, Monster Girl. Twists: Allen also has telepathy, although it's unclear what that includes; he's never used it for anything but communicating with people in outer space. Martians also have shapeshifting and intangibility. Also, most if not all Viltrumites are significantly stronger and tougher than all other Flying Bricks in this universe, although there's variation among them.
** Later [[spoiler:a whole army of Alternate Invincibles, and Conquest]].
* ''ComicBook/PS238'' deconstructs this power in the form of identifying metahumans with this power as having the F.I.S.S (Flying, Invulnerability, Strength, Speed) package -- it is the most common power by far (and yes, in fact more common than the MostCommonSuperpower in that 'verse). Julie, one of the [=PS238=] students, is the 84th person to be identified as possessing this combination, and the lack of uniqueness -- combined with the fact that most people with F.I.S.S end up being CListFodder at best or just get civilian jobs because it's hard for them to catch a break due to this -- does not help her self-esteem.
** She's feeling a bit better about that after a couple of adventures, to the point that she has now adopted "84" as her superhero name, with an appropriate symbol on her new costume. Of course, she still has to deal with other people who look down on her power set because it's so common.
** There're also Atlas and Captain Clarinet, who are distinctive from normal F.I.S.S metahumans because they're not humans but [[LastOfHisKind the last Argonian]] and his [[HalfHumanHybrid son with a human woman]], respectively. In case you weren't guessing, Atlas is a CaptainErsatz of Superman and therefore has those powers naturally.
*** This later turns to be a part of a ''second'' deconstruction: [[spoiler:Not all Argonians are Flying Bricks. Like Earth, superpowers of all kinds developed naturally amongst some of their population. At one point the Flying Bricks, being the most numerous and powerful superhero type, took over and established noble houses to preserve the Flying Brick lineages. All non-powered Argonians became an oppressed underclass, [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide and all non-flying brick superhero abilities were "culled"]]. Atlas turns out to [[ThereIsAnother not]] be the LastOfHisKind, but an exiled scion of the royal house--and they are ''not'' thrilled about his half-blood son]].
* Referred to as a "Powerhouse" in ''WebComic/{{Magellan}}.''
* Apollo, of the Wildstorm universe, is the powerhouse of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''. He's a semi-AffectionateParody of Superman. Twist: He ''literally'' gets his power from the sun--his body is a solar battery. He can run out of juice if he over-taxes himself, at which point he needs to recharge.
** Also from ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', The Engineer. Twist: see Iron Man, but sexier, and she's never really without the suit.
*** At times Iron Man has had his armor partly built in too and, knowing Tony, would probably dispute the 'sexier' part.
** And Swift, who while not as strong or fast or tough as Apollo, can survive a small explosion to the face with nothing worse than a bloody nose, has razor-sharp talons, {{wing|edHumanoid}}s, and is the world's greatest huntress.
** The Authority's first storyline had them fighting a clone army of Flying Brick terrorist {{Mooks}}.
** Also from Wildstorm: the ''ComicBook/WildCATS''' Mr. Majestic, a Flying Brick with EyeBeams, microscopic vision, [[SuperBreath ice breath]], superintelligence, [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]], and a [[{{Immortality}} limitless lifespan]]. Much like Superman is the standard against which DCU characters' power levels are measured, Majestic is the standard for Wildstorm. (In fact, the first StoryArc with ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' features Jenny Sparks citing a superhero ranking system in reference to how powerful a forcefield is. Apollo, for example, is a "''Majestic''-class" superhero.)
* ComicBook/{{Supreme}}, particularly when written by Creator/AlanMoore as homage to the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Superman.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'':
** Samaritan, who is routinely depressed due to the fact that he spends too much time saving people to even bother living a normal life. In particular, he never gets a chance to do what he most loves to do--fly just for the sensation of flying.
** Winged Victory combines this with LadyOfWar.
** Beautie, the life-sized [[ArtificialHuman doll]], as well.
** The Gentleman
** Supersonic, American Chibi, Starbright...
** The generic nature of these powers is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when a character describes another superhero, Roustabout, as having "real vanilla powers".
* Prime of ''ComicBook/UltraForce'' in ComicBook/TheUltraverse is a classic Flying Brick whose twist is that he's really a skinny thirteen-year-old who generates a mass of pseudo-organic tissue around himself to appear as a muscular adult. Basically, he's ''Captain Marvel'', but DarkerAndEdgier. Another twist: his superpowered form's appearance is based on his idea of what a hero should be like. His first form looked like a standard Cape. After a run of bad luck and encounters with various antiheroes, his Prime form took a DarkerAndEdgier appearance. After regaining some of his original idealism tempered with maturity, his third and final form looks like a mix of the previous two though it looks more like the first one. All of his forms also have a face that strongly resembles his father.
* Agent M/Miracle of Fred Perry's ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'', the [[CaptainErsatz Superman-equivalent]] of that universe. A flying brick who, in addition to flight and strength, also has the ability to briefly [[TimeStandsStill freeze time around him]] in a twist on superspeed.
* Marvelman[=/=]Comicbook/{{Miracleman}} and family. A CaptainErsatz of the DC [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], with the twist that he and his family and his enemies were {{retcon}}ned as [[spoiler:deliberately created this way after his creator was inspired by a discarded [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] comic]]. He's very much the Flying Brick with speed, flight, strength and invulnerability, but the series indicates that his powers are mentally based, and he could develop new powers. At the time he was revamped into his modern form, for him to be so far along the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism was also an innovative twist.
* ''ComicBook/{{Zenith}}'', a British Creator/GrantMorrison series, has a spoiled popstar named Zenith who has these powers, ''most'' of the time-- they fade on a regular basis based on his body's biocycles. All the Cloud Nine "heroes" including his parents have this power set, although all of them can also develop PsychicPowers up through [[RealityWarper Godhood]] with training and discipline, sort of like Marvel's Eternals turned UpToEleven.
* Deconstructed in the AlternateCompanyEquivalent loaded ''ComicBook/SupremePower,'' which is an UltimateUniverse Version of the ComicBook/SquadronSupreme, who are themselves a Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica homage. Oddly enough, though, Michael Redstone can't fly despite possessing all of Hyperion's other powers.
* Matthew Bright and Patriot of Creator/JMichaelStraczynski's ''ComicBook/RisingStars''.
* The Plutonian from ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}''. Twist: he's a [[spoiler:full-fledged RealityWarper subconsciously rewriting reality around himself to make it appear he has flying brick powers, he just isn't aware of it for most of his life]].
* Threshold from ''ComicBook/{{DV8}}'', who also has telepathy.
* Rayek in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' is the only elf to get the basic set: He develops his innate telekinesis into flight (self-lifting), super-strength (other-things-lifting) and nigh-invulnerability (shielding). Additionally, he was born with hypnosis (cool eye beams) and telepathy. Most other elves have to make due with one or two SuperpowerLottery skills at best.
** During the period where he was supercharged with a bunch of other dead elf souls, he managed enough Force Beams from his hands to put a giant canyon in the ground.
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', this is what Sophie becomes after absorbing the powers of every other superhero or supervillain in the world.
* ''ComicBook/{{Femforce}}'' has Miss (later Ms.) Victory. Her daughter, who originally was called Ms. Victory and now goes by Rad, has the same powers.
* Played with in ''ComicBook/PowerAndGlory'': A-Pex may be super-strong and invulnerable, but he's also TerrifiedOfGerms to the point where he is incapable of fighting ''anyone.'' It's up to his partner/handler to take care of things from behind the scenes.
* The ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics have the Super Goof, that is Goofy with the powers of {{Superman}}. He's surprisingly good with them, and actually causes less collateral damage than most.
* The title character of ''ComicBook/{{Plutona}}'' was one in her superhero form. Her invulnerability gave out in her last fight before the comic begins since the kids find her dead in the woods.
* Creator/JackKirby's ''Silver Star'' (Pacific Comics, later Topps, now Creator/DynamiteComics) is a genetically engineered "Homo Geneticus", with the standard package plus Weird Dimensional Stuff. In the Topps version, unfortunately, he's only invunerable to outside forces, not his own powers causing his body to decay.

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The Otome in ''Anime/MaiOtome'' are mass produced by empowering women with nanotech devices called GEMs. The twist: Most "common" Otome only have the Flying Brick powerset but most Meister ranked GEMs come with summonable melee weapons called Elements. These can grant additional powers including RazorFloss, FlyingFirepower abilities and invisibility. Extra twisty lemon: Otome are AlwaysFemale and have a WeaksauceWeakness in the form of VirginPower. They are also schooled in formal etiquette and ballroom dancing of all things since they are also meant to be [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery members of a royal court]] or [[OfficerAndAGentleman high-ranking military officials]].
* After its MidSeasonUpgrade, the titular HumongousMecha from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' has most of the set: Mazinger-Z flies, it is super strong, incredibly tough, and it has EyeBeams (introduced the trope in mecha shows, in fact) and a form of SuperBreath (Rust Hurricane). It successors, ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' also count.
%%* Most HumongousMecha, especially in {{Super Robot|Genre}} anime, would fall in this trope, in fact:
%%** ''Anime/{{Raideen}}''
%%** ''Anime/CombattlerV''
%%** ''Anime/VoltesV''
%%** ''Anime/{{Daimos}}''
%%** ''Anime/{{Gunbuster}}''
%%** ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''
%%* ''Manga/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin''... except she also turns into a talking pig.
* Most of the cast of ''Franchise/DragonBall''.
* Akio's cyborg powers in ''Manga/KoiKoi7'' boil down to this set. However, she's a {{Sentai}} fan, and thus even the most basic power set stands as reason for over-the-top superheroism.
* Princess Nene in ''Anime/KiramekiProject'' has power of flight, super strength, and near invulnerability when she wears the powered suit created for her by her WrenchWench sister Princess Kana. Strangely enough, Nene's suit also serves to make her a FanService object.
* Technically Zelgadiss in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', though his Flying Brick power set does not come from a single source: NighInvulnerability (being headshot from a cannon only knocks him out) and strength from him being a [[HeinzHybrid chimera]] of human, demon and golem, and flying from his mastery of magics (he also knows offensive magic spells, so that's close enough to the eye beams/breath mold). He is also a literal flying brick, having a body of living stone.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'''s Ryoko in most versions is this: pretty tough, hyper strong, flight capable. And has the MostCommonSuperpower too.
* A lot of Shinigami in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', although they more walk on air than fly, this still functionally works the same, and they usually have super strength to go along with it.
* Several ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', Like Wargreymon, Magnamon, and Omnimon qualify. A large majority of Ultimate and Mega level digimon (including those mentioned) can fly, and almost all of them are [[SuperToughness extremely durable]] and [[SuperStrength strong]]
* Alucard of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is super-strong, very hard to kill, can fly and is either very fast or a {{teleport|ation}}er.
* Although FlyingFirepower is more common, several of the more powerful [[MagicKnight close combat oriented mages]] in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' such as Signum, Vita, Zest, and especially [[spoiler:Vivio with the powerup from the Saint's Cradle]] fit this trope.
* The superheroes of ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' each can fly and each have a super powerful punch and kick (that they can strengthen by powering it in sync). The rest becomes fair game for additions to their power arsenal (Currypanman can spit out burning-hot curry, Creampanda has a powerful headbutt, Melonpanna uses love to immobilize enemies, and Rollpanna also uses a gymnastics ribbon as a weapon).
* Despite being a {{Homage}} to and a show all about superheroes, ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' is a notable {{aver|tedTrope}}sion. No one hero has the entire package.
* ''[[Anime/ProjectAKo Project A-ko's]]'' titular character has the basic power set, minus the power of flight, but makes up for it with excessive speed and leaping ability.
* It might not be obvious, but Lala of ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' has all of the Flying Brick powers. She stronger, faster, and tougher than an Earthling, and her costume allows her to fly. She's also a GadgeteerGenius. Lala doesn't often show these powers, because she's in a HaremAnime, so she usually doesn't need to fight.
* The titular character of ''Manga/OnePunchMan'' is noteworthy InUniverse for his bizarrely simple power set; after three years of simple but strict strength training he lost all of his hair and gained the ability to kill damn near anything in one punch, as well as SuperSpeed, [[InASingleBound enhanced jumping]] that mimics {{Flight}}, and [[NighInvulnerability toughness that let him shrug off a strike that sent him to the Moon]]. [[spoiler:Later revelations point out that it wasn't necessarily the training that gave him his powers, but his sheer determination to become the strongest that allowed him to overcome a universal limiter set on growth potential. Basically, Saitama trained so hard and consistently that he ''weaponized'' HeroicResolve and used it to gain physical abilities that are greater than any being in the entire universe.]]
* Anime/GoldenBat, who debuted in Japanese [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamishibai Kamishibai]] (Paper Theater) in 1930, was the UrExample. He was the first with all the Flying Brick ingredients of the modern superhero, including StockSuperpowers such as SuperStrength and SuperSpeed, {{Flight}}, TheCape, XRayVision, and BatSignal. He was later adapted into a {{Manga}}/{{Anime}} character, and was the {{Trope Maker|s}} for manga/anime superheroes.
* [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150104164648/www.animevice.com/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma]], a Kamishibai character from the early 1930s, had the superpowers of SuperStrength, invulnerability, and {{Flight}}.
* The manga version of the [[Manga/SailorMoon Sailor Soldiers]], all having some degree of SuperStrength (especially Sailor Jupiter, who is noted as being incredibly strong even when untransformed, and Sailor Venus, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower who trains a lot]]) and the toughness that goes with it, and have flown in multiple occasions (even if they rarely bother).
* ''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'':
** Athena and her daughter, Clara, are parodies of Power Girl and Supergirl respectively and have most (if not all) their basic powers. {{Justified}}, since Athena is later revealed to be the actual Greek goddess of legend [[PhysicalGod in physical form]] (chapter 9); making Clara a demigoddess, since her father was a mortal.
** Chapter 9 also introduces Athena's younger sister, Artemis. She has the same powers as her sister and niece, with the added ability to create blades of pure energy from her golden wristbands.
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', [[TheCape All Might]]'s Quirk, "One for All" grants him enhanced strength, speed and durability and is considered the greatest hero of his time. However, thanks to a GameBreakingInjury he can only currently maintain his powers for a limited time before being reduced to an emaciated version of himself. He also has the ability to [[SuperEmpowering pass on his powers]], but the person who gains said powers will only be able to handle said powers after undergoing intense physical training and even then will require additional time and training to use said powers without putting serious strain on their body.

* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Asuka’s [[TransformingMecha Red Whirlwind]] has flight capabilities and it is extra-strong, amazingly fast, capable to withstand the impact of several nukes, and equipped with defensive shields and an array of firearms, including a plasma arm cannon.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'': The fic blends ''Literature/HarryPotter'' with the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' (albeit with significant input from the main ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'') and elements of the ''Franchise/DCUniverse'' among [[MegaCrossover many]] others, so naturally it has several.
** Thor, naturally, with the additional FlyingFirepower abilities.
** Loki, when he wants to be, though he doesn't like flying and much prefers teleporting - which is, in any case, faster.
** Iron Man and War Machine.
** [[spoiler: Diana Herculeis a.k.a. pre-teen Wonder Woman.]]
** Warren Worthington III a.k.a. Archangel is a low level version of this - he's mentioned as being able to bench press a troll, likely regarding being hit by a speeding car as an inconvenience and irritation and he has RazorWings that enable him to fly at mach speeds. When HYDRA [[spoiler: attack Hogwarts]], he demonstrates just how terrifying this combination can be.
** Captain Mar-Vell.
** [[spoiler: A certain Mister Clark Kent - though he hasn't yet learned to fly.]]
* Lampshaded by the otherwise [[SuperStrength super-strong]], {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le Paul in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. He finds himself helplessly watching John be chased through the sky by robotic laser-eyed bats (ItMakesSenseInContext), unable to do anything useful, and he says in frustration, “Why couldn't they have made me be able to fly!” (He's referring to the Dalns gods from ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', [[TouchedByVorlons who empowered him]]. [[spoiler: Or so he believes.]]
** As far as other powers goes, he keeps developing new ones, to the point where Ringo says “Who knows what power you'll get next time you blow your nose!” Absorbing and releasing energy is the least of it. He certainly hopes he develops flight some day!
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': In this crossover Shinji is ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''. He has the whole package: super strong, super fast, invulnerable, flier, and has EyeBeams and a BreathWeapon.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': Asuka is ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' in this history, with all it entails: she flies, she has super strength, super speed, invulnerability, heat vision and freezing/super breath.
* ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}'': The powers of Vicky (a. k. a., Glory Girl) include SuperStrength, NighInvulnerability and Flight... which made her the perfect cannonball when their team needed a projectile to smash a tank.
* Lampshaded in ''FanFic/TalesOfTheMonkeyQueen'' when Suno tells Goku to follow standard safety rules (such as not walking into traffic and wearing her seatbelt) because she'll hurt anyone she collides with.

* The title character of ''Film/MySuperExGirlfriend''. She has pretty much every power Superman has.
* Neo, in ''Film/TheMatrix'', whose other powers within the Matrix include, oh, ''[[RealityWarper godhood]]''.
* The title character of ''Film/{{Hancock}}'', he also has a HealingFactor in case something does hurt him. [[spoiler: Mary has the same powers as well, but they both lose them if they spend too much time together.]]
* [[spoiler:Will Stronghold]] in ''Film/SkyHigh2005''. (Which hardly needs to be spoilered since [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil they used it in the ad campaign]], but let's leave it anyway.)
* The Space Shuttle was referred to as such in ''Film/SpaceCowboys''. (See its entry in the Real Life section, below.)
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel'' film serial of 1941 had the eponymous Captain Marvel, who is perhaps the first example in film.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', Metroman - an analog to Superman - has the powers of flight, invulnerability and heat vision. [[spoiler:Titan acquires all of these powers when injected with his DNA.]]
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' features the TropeCodifier, as well as the other Kryptonians on Earth.
* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' marks the film premier of ComicBook/TheVision, and he is by far the most straight-forward example in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Rather than requiring [[Characters/MCUIronMan powered armor]], [[Characters/MCUThor a magic hammer]], or [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier wings]] to fly, he literally comes straight out of the box with the ability despite having no visible means of propulsion, [[spoiler:and his "[[OrganicTechnology flesh]]" is bonded with [[NighInvulnerability Vibranium]] at a cellular level]].

* [=CoreFire=], Damsel and Galatea from ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible.''
* 'Mazing Girl in ''Literature/TalesOfAnMazingGirl'' has the classic Superman powers, and Twice the snark.
* Justice and Uberman from Creator/PerryMoore's ''Literature/{{Hero}}''. [[spoiler: The main character, Thom, also develops these powers near the end]].
%% * Every one of the heroes in the ''Literature/MaximumRide'' series
* ''Literature/WildCards''' Starshine, in addition to his vast light-based powers. The later incarnation of The Radical has this among his array of powers. Modular Man had these powers to start with; he's since lost his flight module.
* Literature/{{Magnus}}, in addition to immortality, heightened senses, super speed, has Flight, Super Strength, Nigh Invulnerability, and a sonic voice.
* Literature/CaptainUnderpants, after [[spoiler:he is given some Extra-Strength Super Power Juice to save his life]].
* Lestat de Lioncourt in ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' series eventually gains most powers available to only the oldest vampires by [[spoiler:drinking the blood of Akasha, the first vampire]]. Besides his original power of telepathy (the Mind Gift) and the usual physical strength and speed of all vampires, this includes flight (the Cloud Gift), spirit walking, and the ability to kill humans with a thought (a variation of the Mind Gift). Besides this, he also becomes as close to immune to sunlight as a vampire can get (i.e. his skin tans and it hurts like hell, but he does not die).
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: Daniar's use of this trope is justified: She is a dragokin, a human blessed by a dragon god with dragon-like powers, and what are dragons know for besides flying, breathing fire, and being very strong?
* In ''Literature/TheGirlWhoWouldBeKing'', Bonnie and Lola start with super strength, super speed, and super senses; later on, they learn how to fly.
* Emma from ''Literature/AstralCafe'' has all the standard super powers. She can fly, has super strength, super speed, super senses, is invulnerable, and can fire blasts of energy from her hands. Her cousin, Ultimate Man also has the same powers.
* Monica Jarvis-Reed from ''Literature/TheRook''.
* ''Literature/UltimateHero'' has Ultimate, the world's only superhero.
* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'': Generic Girl is an extremely powerful hero with flight, strength, invulnerability, and speed. She earned her name because she refuses to talk to anyone or grandstand; she just stops crime and leaves. The other heroes simply didn't know what else to call her.
* ''Literature/{{Archvillain}}'': Mighty Mike has flight, invincibility, super speed, super strength, freeze breath, and laser vision are among his powers. The Blue Freak as well, although he only has flight, super strength and super speed.
* These are called "Atlas types" in ''Literature/WearingTheCape''. Atlas himself is one, of course, and so is Astra.
* ''Literature/SuperheroesAnonymous'' has Blaze and War Hammer for two. Chelsea is an example of the villainous version.
* In ''Literature/{{Sanctioned}}'', Glorious has flight, invulnerability, and superstrength. [[spoiler:Somehow, she was still stabbed to death just before the story begins.]]
* ''Literature/{{Mistborn|TheOriginalTrilogy}}'': The titular people, as long as they have proper metals to burn, have sort-of flight ability (Pushing and Pulling agains metal sources), are stronger and tougher than regular humans, have heightened senses and can also control others' emotions to an extent.
* ''Literature/FightingFantasy'': In ''Literature/AppointmentWithFEAR'': It's one of the four superpowers you can choose from, and the one that makes the game easier to beat. [[spoiler: However you are not at a Superman level of invulnerability - you can be shot dead by an ordinary handgun with a single shot or roasted by a vehicle mounted flamethrower or killed by a laser cannon.]]

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy is this after getting a power-up in Season 8.
* ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero''. When he's not a ''falling'' brick.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Peter Petrelli (who by the end of season one, had acquired SuperStrength from Niki, Flight from Nathan, and, while not Nigh Invulnerable, absorbed a HealingFactor from Claire), and Sylar/Gabriel Gray (who can now fly, has a HealingFactor, and can use his [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]] to enhance his strength). Both are basically unstoppable. [[spoiler: Although in Season 3 they decided it would be funny to completely nerf Peter by leaving him powerless while Sylar goes on a killing spree and becomes one of the [[InvincibleVillain most broken villains ever created]], especially when you look at the rest of the cast of this show.]]
* ''Series/MySecretIdentity''. The main character gets the super powers of super speed, invunerability and flight (sort of, more like weightlessness as he uses aerosol cans to propel himself as he floats). In later seasons he gets super strength, making him a floating brick.
* ''Series/TrueBlood''. [[spoiler:Eric Northman]]
** Or [[spoiler:pretty much any vampire old enough. Godric, Russel Edgington, possibly many others..]].
* ''Series/MutantX'': Gabriel Ashlock (AKA Patient Zero), one of the only two New Mutants (the other being the Child) who combines all four categories of mutants in this setting: Elemental (fires energy balls), Feral (catlike speed and enhanced strength), Molecular (regeneration), and Psionic (empath). This turns out to be a case of [[spoiler:BlessedWithSuck]], as he eventually [[spoiler:explodes from the sheer energy of these combined powers]].
* Angels in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' have flight, SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, and invulnerability, as well as the ability to smite or heal with a touch, time travel, and dream walking. Talk about the SuperpowerLottery.
* The Ghost in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Return of Doctor Mysterio". Justified, since Grant was a huge fan of comic books, especially ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'', so the wish-granting gemstone gave him many of those powers: flight, speed, strength, endurance, hearing, and X-ray vision.

* Hanuman from the Myth/HinduMythology tale of Literature/{{Ramayana}}, which makes this OlderThanFeudalism.
** From Literature/{{Mahabharata}} further down the timeline, Ghatotkacha takes over from his uncle (Hanuman and Bhima were both Vayu's sons; Ghatotkacha was Bhima's son).

* Post-{{Dracula}}, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] tend to embody this trope, often by means of a HealingFactor. When they ''can'' fly, that is.
* [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] almost universally qualify, the occasional non-flying or thin-scaled dragon aside.
* The Toa Nuva in Toys/{{Bionicle}}, with the masks of speed, levitation, and strength. Most Makuta qualify as well. Twist: The power is in their masks, not their own strength, and none of the Toa Nuva have all of the Nuva masks, though they can apply the effects as a team. They need to combine their power to become true flying bricks.
* [[LiteralMetaphor The original]] BrickJoke.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Captain Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}} has videos that make him look like one, soaring around the worlds and above the clouds. When it comes to matches, [[TheWorfEffect not so much]].[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', the archetype for a character with this power grouping is called the "Paragon".
** In the ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting, Centurion, his EvilCounterpart Superior, and Captain Thunder (with a side order of ShockAndAwe) use this archetype.
** ''TabletopGame/HaltEvilDoer'' has Divinos and other Mithrans (AlternateCompanyEquivalent Kryptonians) as well as Ultimatum and Valkyrie, the setting's version of the Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Family.
* This template is appropriately called The Archetype in ''TableTopGame/GURPSSupers'' and is the only sample template that is built on the D-scale (able to destroy a modern tank). There is also a martial art named after this trope in one of the issues of ''Pyramid''. Its main tactic is to speed up, then [[RammingAlwaysWorks crash into the target]]. Practitioners have to provide their own flight and ability to survive such a collision.
* The name probably comes from ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'', which refers to characters whose primary powers are strength and toughness as "bricks".
** An extremely literal example from that game was a character who was a seemingly ordinary yet nigh-indestructible red clay brick, complete with miniature cape. Other than telepathy (for communication), its only powers were a ton of Flight and Armor; like the entry from ''Pyramid'', its primary combat maneuver was what ''Champions'' calls a "Move Through."
** "Brick" characters are relatively common in ''Champions'' -- including among its cast of more or less canon {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs -- because buying up ''strength'' to at least some moderately superhuman level is relatively cheap (especially in superheroic campaigns where normal human stat maxima by default don't apply) and obviously has multiple practical applications, so that's one half of the trope right there. Adding flight as one of the actually less exotic and more flexible movement modes the game has to offer can then quickly become a bit of a no-brainer after that.
* From the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' setting of ''Innistrad'', [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=239961 Avacyn, Angel of Hope]] is a good example of one. Although she's no faster than the average creature, she's really strong, capable of flight, and {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le. Twist: she also has the ability to turn the rest of your creatures Nigh Invulnerable as well.
** In theory, any creature in Magic with high power and toughness, and the abilities flying and haste, would fit the Flying Brick trope. If they have to be humanoid to count, angels like [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193871 Akroma, Angel of Wrath]] are probably the best example.
* Legacy in ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'' has this as his powerset, with his additional power being an enhanced danger-sense. His powers are all genetic, passed down from his ancestors, and his daughter (who is another playable character) gain EyeBeams as her power. The SuperStrength aspect of his powers is downplayed, though he has access to some attack cards that let him do a lot of damage. The SuperToughness is played up more, though, as his role in the team is to serve as the leader and damage-taker, and he even has cards that let him redirect attack to him, as well as shrug off damage or even ignore an entire damage type. His EvilCounterpart, Iron Legacy, however, dispenses with the whole notion of holding back; he uses all his powers to deal horrendous amounts of damage to everyone as well as shrugging off most attacks and healing damage.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In order to be a part of the 8 Guardian Generals from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' you need to have these powers as a part of your base powerset. Certain ones have different powers to distinguish themselves, but all of them (with the possible exception of [[MadScientist Kalrow]] and that's possibly only due to his age) are this to some degree. However, few of them can actually fly but they can either [[InASingleBound jump really well]] or punch the ground hard enough to propel them into the air.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' lets you build toward this model--start with the Tanker (hero) or Brute (villain) archetype, and the Super Strength and Invulnerability powersets. At level six, add the Flight power pool (and don't forget to take Flight itself at level 14). To really come dangerously close to Superman, take the Body Mastery epic power pool when your security level gets into the 40s, and you'll get your eye beams and a few other goodies. But really any powersets taken by those two archetypes work about the same, with different quirks and special effects. Of course the game's signature hero, Statesman, has the typical Flying Brick powers. (His twist? Lightning powers, since he's the Incarnate of Zeus.)
** There's also the Stone Armor set. If you take flight, you can literally become a flying brick.
*** Twist: In order to fly, a character using Stone Armor needs to deactivate some or all of their protective powers. You can fly, or be a brick, but not both at once.
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' actually makes it easier to create this powerset - simply cherry pick between Might and other power sets (mostly Powered Armor), and choose Flight when it's time to pick your travel power after the intro.
* ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'' actually averts this trope: Characters cannot use melee attacks while flying, making flying bricks essentially useless. You can either fly ''or'' be a brick. Man-Bot himself is more of an [[PureEnergy Energy Projector]] than a brawler, though he does have a high defense stat and strong melee attacks.
* Franchise/{{Metroid}} gives us Samus Aran, whenever she has [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman her suit]] upgraded fully. Especially in the 2D games where the Space Jump lets her somersault indefinitely. Except then she's more of a flying buzzsaw.
* Any Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog character in SuperMode has this as part of their power set.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Mario and Luigi, minus the actual flying. SuperStrength, and InASingleBound are their standard powers, and they can gain (somewhat limited, depending on the game) flight through certain power-ups. Notably, they gain the ability to permanently fly while in possession of [[TheCape a cape.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/PastelDefenderHeliotrope'', Heliotrope is a sex doll brought to life by ImportedAlienPhlebotinum; in addition to animation and sentience, she gains Flying Brick powers.
* in ''Fellowship of Heroes'', the lead hero, Crusader, is a Christian-themed Flying Brick who regards his powers as both a natural mutation and a god-given gift (Lord works in Mysterious ways and such), and the comic itself takes the time to explain the (pseudo)science behind his super-strength aura and it's relation to his flight powers. In short, his aura lets him fly through the air by working like an inside-out jet engine. Without the plane attached.
* ''Webcomic/{{Energize}}'' is a flying brick plus energy-based powers. [[spoiler:Subverted, when it's revealed it's only a part of his true power, omnipotence-sorta thing.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheCrossoverlord'' lampshaded this when it's two female flying bricks, Webcomic/TheGreenAvenger and Webcomic/{{Dasien}}, found the similarities in their powers interesting.
* Many charcters from the ''Webcomic/HeroesUnite'' universe fits this trope. Not only Energize and Webcomic/{{Dasien}}, as mentioned above, but also ''WebComic/TheBlondeMarvel'', who combines it with a parody of MostCommonSuperpower, SHELL, who's just a Japanese ComicBook/IronMan equivalent in a term of powers, and Relik, who has this set plus many other abilities, as long, as his armor is activated. Other flying bricks include Tazer (also has energy powers), Nebulon (also has energy blasts from hands), Amalgam, L.E.G.E.N.D. (a robot) and Comet Kid (essentially [[GreenLantern Green Lantern]]'s powerset).
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Bob once got these powers, briefly. Ironically, he's usually pretty effective against bad guys when he's just himself. With powers, he discovered he was a dangerous klutz.
* [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Elliot]] of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a spell that turns him into this. He was already uncommonly strong thanks to his [[SupernaturalMartialArts Anime-Style Martial Arts]] classes, but after using a powerful magical artifact to try to cure himself of a {{Magitek}}-induced GenderBender, he developed the ability to [[SuperGenderBender transform into a female superhero]] with accelerated healing, flight, and the MostCommonSuperpower.
** [[GirlyBruiser Nanase]] also has elements of this trope. Thanks to her magical potential, she has above-average (if not necessarily superhuman) [[SuperStrength strength]] and [[SuperToughness durability]], and, [[MesACrowd among]] [[VoluntaryShapeshifting other]] [[SuperSenses abilities]], has a spell that allows her to fly. However, what takes the cake is her [[SuperMode Guardian Form]], which has [[SuperReflexes enhanced reflexes]] and SuperSpeed on top of flight and Nanase's already strong physical attributes. Said Guardian Form is also a Deconstruction of this trope, as Nanase has to sacrifice her other abilities as long as she stays in that form, and the massive magic cost to use it inevitably [[DePower de-powers]] her, if only long enough to recharge.
* Webcomic/{{Magellan}} has several of these, including Epoch on the main superhero force, Captain Victoria of the Australian superhero force, and two of the cadets (Charisma and Bill). Justified in that it's mentioned that the eponymous academy tries to recruit as many of these as possible.
* Maxima of ''Webcomic/GrrlPower''. She even has golden-colored skin which may or may not be related to her nigh invulnerability.
** [[spoiler: Turns out? She's a superhero given ADDITIONAL powers by an alien artifact.]]
** Main character Sydney "The Mighty Halo" Scoville technically also has the powerset, with with the caveat that its spread among her seven orbs and she can only use two at a time. Her shield gives her the invulnerability, one of the orbs is dedicated to flight, the lighthook can lift up to 16 tons, resulting in practical superstrength. The Pew-Pew Orb and unnamed Yellow Orb also add the common energy blaster and a variation on the supersenses as well.
* Webcomic/{{Superbitch}} has this power set. Her sidekick, the art hobo, not so much.
* Most of the tournament fighters in ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse''.
* ''Webcomic/StrongFemaleProtagonist'': Alison Green, aka Mega Girl, has SuperStrength and NighInvulnerability; while she can be stunned by blunt-force trauma, the only thing (so far) that's actually hurt her are a former villain's [[SharpenedToASingleAtom microns-thin]] [[BladeBelowTheShoulder blade-arms]]. Also, she can [[InASingleBound make enormous jumps]] [[spoiler:and accidentally discovers how to [[http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/issue-5/page-111/ levitate]], which eventually progresses to full-on flight]]. She's actually something of a {{Deconstruction}} of the trope, as she genuinely wants to help change the world for the better, but realizes that being able to beat up the bad guys isn't enough on its own to do that.
* Paragon of ''Webcomic/{{Supermom}}'' has Super Strength, Nigh Invulnerability, and Flight.
* Webcomic/{{Iron Violet|TheShyTitan}} has superhuman strength, invulnerability, flight and enhanced agility.
* In ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'', when they play a superhero {{Deconstruction}} RPG, Shawn's character is actually ''called'' the Flying Brick. Unfortunately, he can't actually use his powers without causing massive destruction and probably killing people.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has too many of these to list them all on one page. This being a roleplaying game based on comic book heroes, the trope is as common as you might imagine.
** Ultra-Man, Golden Marvel, Centennial, Empyrion, Thunder, Champion, Dharma, Kismet, Shaktimaan, Scanner, Protonik, Paladin, El Grifo Rojo, The Aryan (a white supremacist NPC crimefighter who most of the players hated to deal with), Khof (imaging Franchise/{{Superman}} if he'd been raised in Muhammar Khadafi's Libya), Phenom, Independence, Captain Hammer, Lady Liberty, Gladiadora, Shining Dawn, Ulkataranara, Ultra, Relampago, and Armageddon Girl, just to name a random twenty-five.
* Destorm and Mike Diva portray a pair of these in their three part ''Heroes And Villains'' Music Video series. Said powers are acquired from sleeping with Mike's girlfriend.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': It's not an uncommon power set:
** Lancer of Team Kimba plays this completely straight, being a 'telekinetic brick' with super-strength, flight, and a forcefield that he's learned to extend a bit to cover weapons he uses, but no ranged powers other than picking things up and throwing them thus far.
** Tennyo arguably has this as a ''subset'' of her powers, though it's easy to overlook underneath her flashy energy blasts/sword and reality-rending 'death blow'.
** Note that there are several ways to get the same basic set of effects, including psychokinesis (as in the case of Lancer), density warping (e.g., Phase), gravity control (e.g., Superchick, G-Force), space/time warping combined with the Exemplar powerset and regeneration (e.g., Tennyo), and several others. This means that it is crucially important to know ''which'' kind of Flying Brick one is to use the powers well, and both information and ''dis''information about others' powers are no less factors than with other powers.
** Just as important, because these powersets are fairly common combinations with equally well-known limitations, and given that your typical Flying Bricks have been living in the proverbial "{{World Of Cardboard|Speech}}" since manifesting and thus rarely use their full strength, there are several known ways of taking most of them out - for all its power, it is one of the easiest powersets to overcome through superior training and planning. This is the favorite trick [[OldMaster Ito-soke]] uses in his introductory demo for Basic Martial Arts classes, with him getting the better of one such brick in four or five classes on the first day of school each year. To say that seeing an elderly baseline human doing this leaves a lasting impression (in the students minds, of not necessarily the dojo walls) is an understatement.
* In ''Literature/FineStructure'', the Powers gain this set of abilities, plus the ability to move in BulletTime. Each new Power is specifically twice as strong as the last: Arika is 256 times faster and stronger than a normal human, while Jason is 512 times faster and stronger. It is of some concern that, if the trend continues, there will soon be Power ''millions'' of times stronger than ordinary humans.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** Capes with this power or some variation are referred to in-universe as having "The Alexandria Package", Alexandria being one of the most famous flying bricks in that universe. Alexandria has almost total invincibility except for needing to breathe, and she also has SuperIntelligence and a PhotographicMemory on top of her physical abilities. The real source of Alexandria's powers is [[spoiler: her body's cells are all locked in time at the moment she gained her powers, meaning it's functionally impossible to effect them in any way. [[NighInvulnerability The Siberian]] is the only being that's ever been able to bypass this]].
** Aegis isn't invincible or super-strong, per se. Instead, his power gives him numerous redundant systems; for example, his lungs can adapt to continue pumping blood should his heart stop working. His "strength" comes from constantly being able to access the sort of adrenaline that allows mothers to lift cars off of their children and people to throw punches hard enough to break their own hands.
** Like Aegis, Glory Girl only legitimately has access to the flight part of this power-set. Her strength and toughness comes from a personal force-field that magnifies her physical attributes greatly, but whenever she takes or gives a big hit, the field shorts out for a few moments, temporarily deactivating her powers.
** [[BigGood Scion]] has this as his one of his primary powers, the other being able to manipulate PureEnergy for ranged attacks. He's also by far the biggest winner of the SuperpowerLottery in the series- unlike the other examples above, his Flying Brick abilities have no notable drawbacks, and he also [[spoiler: has access to [[AllYourPowersCombined every single superpower ever documented and then some]], since he's the one that gave the human race powers in the first place]].
* The titular vigilante in ''Film/TheFlyingMan.''
* ''Literature/LightningDust'''s Crystal Eye has this power set.
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' has Splendid the Flying Squirrel, who has all the powers mentioned in the trope description with the possible exception of SuperBreath.
* Parodied in ''WebAnimation/TheDementedCartoonMovie''. Super Blah, in his climactic confrontation with Evil Blah, swats away hordes of attacking {{Mooks}} by flexing his arms a bit, but shares the really stupid weakness of every other Blah. In an earlier scene he flies into space in an attempt to stop a meteor on collision course with the Earth, only for it to crash into him and then the Earth, which explodes ''again''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
** The Powerpuff Girls, who are the most powerful heroes in their world, and they're all about five years old.
** Also their [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]], the Rowdyruff Boys, whose leader is incidentally ''named'' Brick.
* Several ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' doubtlessly qualify, and being ''[[HumongousMecha giant]], [[TransformingMecha transforming]], [[MechanicalLifeforms living robots]]'', they also tend to boast incredible ''firepower'' and other skills and abilities. In G1, ''every'' Decepticon could fly in robot mode, whether they turned into a jet or a gun or a cassette player.
** It goes double for the ''Autobot'' Superion. Yes, he's made up of five jet-bots, but put 'em all together and you get something that looks about as aerodynamic as an office tower. The counterparts' engines wings are neither large enough nor placed properly on Superion that you get the idea that they're responsible at all for his flight. It's clear the writers thought "he's made of jets, so he flies. RuleOfCool, man." and never asked themselves "what makes him fly?"
** As all Decepticons fly, so do Decepticon gestalts. Including the hulking-even-by-gestalt-standards Devastator, made of ''construction vehicles.'' In ''all'' these cases, they just levitate into the air like Superman, and fly as far and as fast as the plot requires today.
** At least Bruticus, and therefore his ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' repaint Ruination, has ''one'' component that's a helicopter. It's kinda hilarious to see Ruination fly around by the tiny propeller on its shoulder.
** This goes for [[WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGobots Gobots]] as well.
* WesternAnimation/WordGirl's powers are like this, aside from her [[strike:powers of literacy]] immense vocabulary.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' once met up with Comet Guy, a Flying Brick who wanted to train with the universe's greatest hero. Twist? Comet Guy is as [[DumbMuscle smart as a brick]]. Oh, and the sound of a bell causes him to dance uncontrollably (until he hears a whistle), injuring friend and foe. He also shoots little comet bolts and has to hide in his hat to travel between planets. Later Comet Guy takes Darkwing to his homeworld, a [[PlanetOfHats Planet of Flying Bricks]]! Who are all only ''slightly'' less stupid than Comet Guy.
* Hawkgirl, as portrayed in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. (The comicbook versions of the Hawkfamily are a case of ClothesMakeTheSuperman.) Her edge is that she fights with an Energy Mace, which, in addition to [[DropTheHammer smashing things]], is very useful for deflecting lasers, disrupting energy fields, and [[AntiMagic negating magic]].
* WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}, along with his ElementalPowers.
* Perhaps the oldest example in Western Animation, aside from Superman himself, is the great ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse''; who apparently got his powers from some sort of magic cheese, and as a result, has strength, speed, invulnerability. flight, and in at least one cartoon, magnetic/telekinetic powers as well.
* The classic TV Superhero ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' also deserves a mention here.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' featured Ultimos, an alien superhero with powers of super strength, flight, and laser vision. He isn't explicitly stated to have Nigh Invulnerability, though.
* Strong Man from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyHeroes''.
* Silver Sentry, the [[CaptainErsatz Superman analogue]] from ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', naturally contains this power set.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAtomAntShow'''s main character was a flying ant with superhuman strength.
* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'': Captain Atomic was a classic flying brick - superhuman strength, supersonic flight, and lightning-fast reflexes. Naturally, he passed it on to Joey when he got turned into a sock puppet.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PlasticMan'' show featured Mighty Man. The twist? He's a flying brick who is also [[PintsizedPowerhouse smaller than an average brick in his powered form]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The alicorn Princess sisters Celestia and Luna have the strength of Earth ponies, the magic of unicorns, and the flight of pegasi, plus many other magical abilities [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands depending on the requirements of the episode]]. The first time these are shown is with Luna's SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon, who banishes her sister, brings about TheNightThatNeverEnds, and demonstrates shapeshifting and teleportation abilities as well. The princess ranks are expanded in later seasons with Cadance, whose most powerful magic draws from ThePowerOfLove, and Twilight Sparkle, who ascends from unicorn to alicorn with ThePowerOfFriendship and SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic.
** Villains of two-parter season premieres and finales, like the [[EmotionEater Changeling]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]], [[RealityWarper Discord]], and [[TheDreaded King Sombra]], tend to be Flying Bricks as well.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* One of the nicknames of the F-4 Phantom II is "Flying Brick". Although it has enough "powers" to qualify, the nickname in this case was because if one or both of the engines suffered a "malf", this thing surely will NOT be able to fly.
** Also known as "The Triumph of Thrust Over Aerodynamics" and "[[BadassBoast The World's Leading Distributor of MiG Parts]]", [[IHaveManyNames among other things]]. The reason for the weird shape of the wings and the tailplanes is that the entire design was a huge mess, but instead of scrapping the whole project it was decided to experiment with the angle of the wings until the whole construction is somehow able to fly.
** The F-117 Night Hawk is sometimes referred to as a "Flying Brick" because, were it not for an advanced flight control computer that continuously adjusts the control surfaces of the plane, it would fall right out of the sky. (Similarly, its ugly appearance and speculation on how it would fly led to the nickname "The Wobblin' Goblin".)
* Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik could well be the {{Trope Namer|s}}. Nicknames like ''Betonflugzeug'' (Concrete Airplane), ''Maatalouskone'' (Agricultural Machine), ''Eiserner Gustav'' (Iron Gustav) and ''Schwarzer Tod'' (The Black Death, after the disease) describe it well.
* The Vickers Wellington subverted this, it was actually an incredibly weak construction, and the skin could be pierced with a ballpoint pen, or even a very strong punch to it. On the other hand, it had a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geodesic_airframe geodesic airframe]], so its ''airframe'' was so durable that it could come home with most of the fuselage shot away.
* The Space Shuttle is also sometimes called a "Flying Brick", because its return-to-Earth "glider" configuration is so heavy that it has, as one NASA engineer put it, "all the aerodynamic properties of a pair of pliers" and "the glide-slope of a brick". It doesn't so much as ''glide'' as it "falls out of the sky, gently". Indeed, this is more like an {{inver|tedTrope}}sion; without the giant External Tank to provide fuel, the Shuttle engines are powerless; and as events have sadly shown, it is always quite vulnerable.
** The shuttle is also often known as the "Flying Brick''yard''", based on the brick-like appearance of the insulating tiles.
* Many military planes are far more durable than they would seem. For example, the F-22 is designed to have multiple load paths across several heavy-duty titanium bulkheads to spread out loads and forces, increasing survivability. An Israeli pilot once managed to safely land an F-15 whose entire right wing had been torn off by a mid-air collision, and the infamous A-10 is darn near as close to a tank with wings as could actually fly.
** The A-10's spiritual predecessor, the P-47 (nicknamed the "Thunderbolt" or "Juggernaut") was in its time the largest and heaviest single-engine fighter ever built. It was also built to withstand ridiculous amounts of damage. On one occasion, a German fighter ace emptied all of his guns into a lone damaged P-47. The American pilot, Robert S. Johnson, hunkered down in his armored seat and remained relatively uninjured, and was able to fly his aircraft back to base. When he inspected his aircraft, he found at least a few ''hundred'' bullet holes in it.
*** Note: Johnson counted a hundred bullet holes without even moving. Needless to say, he gave up at that point.
*** The P-47 actually had fine aerodynamics and the introduction of the new paddle blade propeller turned it into a LightningBruiser. The late war P-47N with its longer wingspan and lighter wing load actually ''could out-turn'' most Japanese airplanes, and it was far faster than those it couldn't. It could also stay in the air 7 hours. A true flying brick in the not-yet-existent tradition of superhero comics.
*** Caveat: the P-47 could only out-turn them at ''high speeds''. But so could pretty much every other American fighter of the war.
*** And pretty much ''every'' American aircraft in WWII could be considered a flying brick. American design philosophy called for lots of firepower and airframes that could soak up tremendous amounts of damage. The [=F4U=] and [=F6F=] were every bit as tough as the P-47, the P-40 was legendary for its ability to absorb damage, and pound for pound the [=F4F=] may have been tougher than any of them. Then there's the B-17, which while [[MightyGlacier not particularly fast]] may as well be the poster child for the ability of American aircraft to still be able to fly after having the hell shot out of it.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_81_class_locomotive New South Wales 81 class diesel locomotive]] was strong and fast enough it could be used on any type of train, and was nicknamed "The Flying Brick" for its very square lines and original brick-red paint.
* The Shelby Cobra was called a "flying brick" by some, although it was faster than the Ferraris of the time.
* On the first test flight of the X-15, the plane was flown unfueled to glide in for testing. The heavy stubby-winged aircraft glided/fell in 3:58. Test Pilot Scott Crossfield was awarded a trophy by the Southern California Soaring Society for the world record shortest [[NotQuiteFlight glide]] from 38,000 feet: a brick ground into an aerodynamic shape.
* The Soviet Mi-24 "Hind" has been given the name "The Flying Tank" by Russians and was nicknamed "Shaitan-Arba" ([[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Satan's Chariot]]) by Afghan rebels during the Soviet-Afghan War. The Hind is a heavily armed and armored attack helicopter capable of taking incredible amounts of punishment. The Mujahedin had great difficulty taking these helicopters down, even with heavy machine guns and anti-aircraft cannons, until the United States supplied them with Stinger anti-aircraft missiles. It isn't without its problems, though. It has difficulty making tight turns, can't hover if it is fully loaded (a fully loaded "Hind" needs a runway to take off) and the tail [[AttackItsWeakPoint is not as well armored, and is especially vulnerable]].
** Modern military helicopters are highly durable. Despite the highly publicized losses of MH-60 Black Hawks in Mogadishu in 1993, what often isn't mentioned is that two other Black Hawks were also struck by [=RPG=]s. However, these didn't hit the [[AttackItsWeakPoint tail rotor]], so they managed to fly back to safe ground.
** Tail rotors are a weak point for most helicopter designs, since a damaged rotor may not be able to counteract the immense torque generated by the main rotor. A few helicopter designs have used other methods of countering torque, including two main rotors stacked on top of each other rotating in opposite directions, or even routing the exhaust of the turbine powerplant through the tail boom to replace a complicated tail rotor with a relatively simple angled jet exhaust.