For whatever reason, in promotional art/stock art/what-have-you, anyone depicted on a vehicle is depicted in mid-air, perhaps catching some radically awesome air
if they're meant to be "cool".
Note that cars are generally an exception to this rule, unless the image is for an action series.
This follows simple logic - a picture of someone on a skateboard would be realistic but boring, right? You have to capture the attention of those looking with edgy poses!
Nothing sells a stunt sports game like a shot of someone in midair.
Anime and Manga
- Attack on Titan has a photo fad that involve people jumping on "giants".
- In-series, Eren gets a Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame (sans the pastel chalk, this pops up a lot in key scenes in the anime, kinda like ThreeHundred's "pause-slomo" gimmick) moment in the 1st opening.
- another occurs in episode 3 where we are shown that Eren can finally proficiently use the 3DMG by having him swing around the woods a bit using the 3DMG boosters the entire time then having him swing to the treetops for a shot of him in midair Against the Setting Sun.
- Justified in ET The Extra Terrestrial and the Amblin Entertainment logo that the film inspired. The bike really is flying!
- Played with in the movie version of Ella Enchanted: Ella was "blessed" with obedience, so she must do what she's told. When Ella is ordered by someone to "stop!" during a leap over a barrel, Ella is stopped in mid air in a split.
- In a body-painting challenge on Face/Off, one of the backgrounds in front of which a team's models posed depicted an elephant on a skateboard in mid-jump.
- In B.C., the wheels are shown as hovering to suggest motion.
- Calvin's wagon in Calvin and Hobbes. The family's car is sometimes shown hovering as well, mostly in the earlier strips.
- Fred's bowling ball sometimes does this on The Flintstones. Moreover, a lot of Hanna-Barbera toons do this with cars.
- Kick Buttowski, being a pint-sized cartoon daredevil and all, poses practically stuck in the air quite often.
- Rocket Power was very fond of this trope, with it showing up in the title sequence and in shots within episodes themselves. Considering the show was about a group of kids that loved pretty much every Totally Radical extreme sport in existence, it lended itself well to this (sometimes it was even invoked by the resident magazine publisher in training or the resident videographer in training).
- The Trope Maker is the series of photographs "Sallie Gardner at a Gallop" taken by photographer Eadweard Muybridge in 1878, which demonstrated for the first time that horses have all four hooves simultaneously off the ground at one point while galloping.
- Sean White, the "Flying Tomato", was shown on NBC's Olympic coverage to get at least a good two feet or more of air above other contestants on the halfpipe.