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->''"Beep-beep! Zip-TANG!"''
-->-- Kid watching a [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner Road-Runner]] cartoon (''[[RecursiveReality in]]'' a Road-Runner cartoon)

Any character who is about to dash off on a high-speed run inevitably takes -- just for a moment -- a pose that looks like they're winding up for a pitch in a baseball game: one leg raised, the other bent slightly, the body twisted at the waist away from the direction of travel, with arms raised and bent at the elbows and often canted at an angle. Although their entire upper body is turned away from the direction they'll be running in, their head is always facing that way.

This posture is held for a moment, just long enough to be seen, and then the character is off and running, accompanied by a sound not unlike that of a ricocheting bullet. The "Charge" Fanfare would be a StandardSnippet.

Note that, depending on the level of "cartooniness," this can even be extended to vehicles, which will bend into an S-shape to mimic this behavior before taking off.

Compare RunningOnTheSpot, WheelOFeet and SpeedEchoes.


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* Mashiro responds to an opportunity to mock Arika in episode 5 of ''Anime/MaiOtome'' by running off in a classic OffLikeAShot.

* The title hero of ''Film/TheMask'' often gets going with that kind of gesture. Furthermore, it was referenced in a little comic scene of Clark Kent in ''Series/LoisAndClark'' getting dressed and leaving the same way, complete with the same self compliment, "Smokin'!"
* Averted in ''Film/IronMan'', in which he takes off and lands in the Mark II armor in a fairly stupid pose. This is fixed for the Mark III.
* The Landlady in ''Film/KungFuHustle''
* Neo in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' does a version of this before he starts flying.

* This was one of ''Jackie Gleason'''s trademark shticks, accompanied with the CatchPhrase "And away we go!". Often led to a [[ThePratfall pratfall]] of some kind.
* Christopher Reeve almost did this when he appeared on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', leaving Veterinarian's Hospital "Faster than a speeding bullet"
* Starships going into warp in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' will rarely do a running start, instead seeming to stop, orient themselves in the preferred direction, and then snap off into the distance.

* Con Smith in ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' takes exactly this pose when he activates his extra-speed power.
* Some depictions of ''SonicTheHedgehog'' use this.

* Most any Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon. Snagglepuss always used this pose to deliver his {{catchphrase}} ("Exit, stage left!").
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' by the titular character ending the stance by running at normal speed with hands extended in a superhero-in-flight pose and voicing a 'whoosh' sound. The parody is furthered whenever Freakazoid proves he really ''can'' move with super speed. There is little regard given as to why he does the first or how he does the second.
** [[RuleOfFunny Because it's funny.]]
* Wile E Coyote chasing the Roadrunner tends to start off this way in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
* This is done quite often in ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', most often by but not limited to the two chipmunks.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', particularly when the Warners ran from Ralph.
** In the first video game, you had to press a button twice to dash; the first press would get you in this position.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]], of all ponies, strikes this pose just before attempting to catch up to a brainwashed Rainbow Dash in the second half of the two-parter "The Return of Harmony."