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''The limit of the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief for a given element is directly proportional to its awesomeness.''

Stated another way, all but the most pedantic of viewers will forgive liberties with reality as long as the result is wicked sweet or awesome. This applies to the audience in general; there will naturally be a different threshold for each individual. Also known in some circles as a "[[TotallyRadical rad]] [[RedHerring herring]]", in which something doesn't make sense within the guidelines of the story's reality, but it's too cool ''not'' to include it.

The Rule Of Cool is another principle that seeks to dispel arguments among fans over implausibility in fiction. It has been cited by animation director Steve Loter (of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', ''[=Tarzan=],'' and ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'') in response to questions from fans attempting to justify temporary breaches in logical consistency. It is a complement to BellisariosMaxim and the MST3KMantra.

Of [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness scientific laws]] that this trope circumvents, the [[LawOfInverseRecoil third law of motion]] is probably the most frequently revoked, with the [[SquareCubeLaw square-cube law]] probably a close second. The Second Law of Thermodynamics is third and a mention has to go to the laws of relativity, which prevent us from attaining FasterThanLightTravel and [[CasualInterstellarTravel going to a distant planet in just a few hours]].

Note that you only get to invoke the Rule of Cool if the end product is, in fact, cool. Note also that different opinions on what is "cool" create [[FlameWar the most arguments]] over this. The Rule of Cool is very subjective. Failure to properly use this trope can cause [[PunchAWall collision damage with walls]].

Since it's subjective, it doesn't have to be cool in the sense of "Grim reaper on a mountain playing an electric guitar". [[GunsAreUseless The protagonist might not use guns]] because it's cooler to have them fight vampires with knives and stakes. You might have Missing Parent Syndrome because it would be weird to have parents with you on a road trip across the country. Basically, Rule of Cool works differently for whichever genre you're writing for.

There are no instances of this trope being justified, nor can there be -- after all, the entire point is that it's about things that don't make sense but we still gladly accept just because they're cool.

You will need to refer to TheUtterlyAndCompletelyDefinitiveGuideToCool.

A SubTrope of ArtisticLicense.

SisterTrope to RuleOfFun!

Compare ThePowerOfIndex, CoolOfRule, RuleOfFunny, RuleOfScary, RuleOfDrama, RuleOfRomantic, RuleOfCute, MasculinityTropes, GarnishingTheStory.

Contrast ViewersAreMorons.
!!A SuperTrope to:
* AbsurdCuttingPower
* AbsurdlyCoolCity
* AbsurdlySharpBlade
* AbsurdlySharpClaws
* AnimalBattleAura
* AntiGravityClothing
* ArtisticLicenseMartialArts
* ArtisticLicensePhysics
* ArtMajorBiology
* AwesomeButImpractical
* AwesomeMcCoolname
* AwesomenessIsAForce
* AwesomenessIsVolatile
* BadassBaritone
* BadassCape
* BadassLongcoat
* BattleBallgown
* BeamOWar
* {{BFS}}
* BladeRun
* BlingBlingBang
* CarloadOfCoolKids
* ChainsawGood
* ChainsawGripBFG
* ClothFu
* ClothingCombat
* CoatCape
* CoolAirship
* CoolBike
* CoolButInefficient
* CoolButStupid
* CoolCar
* CoolChair
* CoolGuns
* CoolHorse
* CoolKey
* CoolPet
* CoolPlane
* CoolShip
* CoolSword
* CoolTrain
* CoolVersusAwesome
* CraterPower
* CrazyAwesome
* CrystalSkull (in that it doesn't matter that they were hoaxes; it's still cool to have these)
* CutTheFuse
* CutlassBetweenTheTeeth
* CuttingThroughEnergy
* DissonantSerenity
* DivingKick
* DramaticDangling
* DramaticWind
* DreamTeam
* ElectricSlide
* EnergyWeapon
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies
* EvilIsCool
* ExplosionPropulsion
* FauxSymbolism
* {{Fiction 500}}
* FighterLaunchingSequence (in that they can be done a lot faster in fiction than in real life)
* FlamingSword
* FloatingWater
* FlyingOnACloud
* {{Flynning}} (sword fights that are meant to look cool, not be realistic)
* FreeFallFight
* FreakyIsCool
* FrickinLaserBeams
* GratuitousNinja
* GrindBoots
* GunFu
* GunKata
* HarbingerOfAsskicking
* HollywoodFire
* HomingLasers
* HorsebackHeroism
* HotBlade
* HumanPincushion
* HumongousMecha
* IHaveTheHighGround
* ImplausibleFencingPowers
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon
* ImprobableAimingSkills
* ImprobableSportsSkills
* ImprobableUseOfAWeapon
* IncendiaryExponent
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha
* IntimidationDemonstration
* IronWoobie (it doesn't matter that they are TheWoobie; as long as the good guys still stand, despite their many misfortunes, it's still cool and amazing.)
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery
* KnockbackSlide
* LaserBlade
* LavaAddsAwesome
* LightningGun
* MacrossMissileMassacre
* MadeOfExplodium
* MadeOfIncendium
* MagnusMeansMage
* MarkedChange
* MegaMawManeuver
* MoreDakka
* MundaneMadeAwesome
* NameTron
* NewRulesAsThePlotDemands
* NiceHat
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot
* OutrunTheFireball
* OverlyCoolPlaySpace
* ParryingBullets
* PipeMaze
* PiratesVersusNinjas
* PlasmaCannon
* PowerDyesYourHair
* PowerEchoes
* PowerFist
* PowerFloats
* PowerGivesYouWings
* PowerGlows
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow
* PowerMakesYourVoiceDeep
* ThePowerOfRock
* PummelDuel
* PurpleIsPowerful
* RapidFireFisticuffs
* RayGun
* ReadingsBlewUpTheScale
* RearingHorse
* RecursiveAmmo
* RentAZilla
* RevolversAreJustBetter
* SavedByTheAwesome
* ScaryImpracticalArmor
* SchizoTech
* SciFiNameBuzzwords
* SciFiFlyby
* SerialEscalation
* SharpenedToASingleAtom
* SheFu
* ShoulderSizedDragon
* SimpleYetAwesome
* SkyPirate
* SnapToTheSide
* TheSomethingForce
* SquatsInAName
* StabTheSky
* SteppingStonesInTheSky
* StuffBlowingUp
* ThemeMusicPowerUp
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill
* TrenchcoatWarfare
* TwinkleInTheEye
* TyrannosaurusRex
* UnscientificScience
* TheUtterlyAndCompletelyDefinitiveGuideToCool
* WalkingArmory
* WalkOnWater
* WeaponsKitchenSink
* WingedUnicorn
* WingsDoNothing
* XMakesAnythingCool
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld
!!Series that exist because of this rule


* Some of the items sold by such catalogues as ''Skymall'' and ''The Bradford Exchange'' would never exist were it not for this trope. Here are a few examples:
** The wall-sculpture [[http://www.collectiblestoday.com/ct/product/prdid-103040001.jsp?_/_prod/_88/_/_60/_1070/_/_Y&endeca=true&abbr=wl ''Night Flight'']]. Depending on your point of view, it's either awesome on top of awesome or actually kind of impressive in terms of sheer ridiculousness.
** They have some other Eagle-themed wall art. Even a Thomas Kinkade painting looks awesome when reproduced [[http://www.collectiblestoday.com/ct/product/prdid-900184.jsp?_/_prod/_120/_/_72/_1062/_/_Y&endeca=true&abbr=tk on the outstretched wings of a large Eagle sculpture]].
** [[http://www.collectiblestoday.com/ct/product/prdid-901127001.jsp?_Fantasy/_prod/_682/_/_36/_/_/_Y&endeca=true&abbr=fan# dragon on a motorcycle]]
* There's an Orbitz commercial where a guy is watering his lawn, and a scientist-type from an earlier spot floats down in a hovercraft. Getting out, he strides over to the guy and removes an envelope from his coat.
-->'''Scientist:''' Hi! You booked a flight and the price went down, so here's an Orbitz Price Assurance check for the difference.
-->'''Guy:''' Thanks! But why didn't you just mail it?
-->'''Scientist:''' (looks confused, points backward) [[MundaneUtility We have a hovercraft.]]
* The Droid phone commercials are all about the visually impressive TechnologyPorn. It is relevant? No, but it makes a big statement.
* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbD0sV5KZlU Hahn Super Dry advertisement]]: "Super goes in, ''Super Dry'' comes out."

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Sasuke can start a fire with his eyes. Instead of just setting fire to the Juubi, he throws it, combining it with Naruto's Rasenshuriken, creating "shakutonkourinshuippukokuyari zero shiki" (a.k.a. throwing star shaped like a windmill and arrow blacker than liqueur) to set fire to the Juubi.
* ''LightNovel/NinjaSlayer''. Everything and [[WorldOfHam everyone]] is so over the top that it has to be seen to be believed. Just think "American 80s and 90s ninja movies" meets [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]], and ''then'' turned UpToEleven.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': There is a in-universe reason for all the strange awesomeness but why would you care with so hammy hot blood and HumongousMecha?
** ''Everything'' the characters or mechs do, and even the laws of physics themselves, are subject to Rule Of Cool. The fight scenes especially make absolutely no logical sense whatsoever, but it really doesn't matter because they're so awesome.
** Throwing galaxies like ninja stars.
** Kamina, resident badass draws his [[KatanasAreJustBetter trusty katana]], and it keeps coming out of the sheath for ten feet, for no reason other than it looks cool while battling someone wielding a meat cleaver. The length of Kamina's sword seems directly proportional to the length of the speech he is making while drawing it.
** In the same vein, ''Webcomic/DoubleK'', the buddy cop version of the anime, combines how Rule Of Cool driven both types of shows are.
* ''Mazinger'': Creator/GoNagai [[WordOfGod explicitly said]] that this is the reason ''Anime/MazingerZ'' (and as a result the SuperRobotGenre) is what it is. He DID his research about science and technology, but ultimately he did what he thought seemed cooler.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Thus, we've got a MadeOfIndestructium eighteen-meter-tall humanoid war machine [[spoiler:and EldritchAbomination]] created by a MadScientist, piloted from within, powered with AppliedPhlebotinum, equipped with {{Rocket Punch}}es that can be thrown at the enemy, [[EyeBeams optical weaponry]], [[BreathWeapon corrosive gusts of wind]] and [[ChestBlaster heat blasts]] capable of melting within seconds a monster made of metal, that can [[IfItSwimsItFlies fly, swim]] and withstand a nuclear blast. [[ButWaitTheresMore It is also capable of]] being dunked in magma for a short while, and [[MonsterOfTheWeek constantly fights]] robotic gladiators able to [[ShockAndAwe shoot lightning bolts]] and make 3-D mirages in thin air without a screen, flying medieval knights, whales loaded with nukes, three-headed dragons, giant crabs that set off earthquakes, TransformingMecha that turn into giant landmines, {{Ninja}}s, archers, snipers and humanoids that can fly at Mach 6 speed. And that is without getting into some of the first {{Action Girl}}s in anime, the HomeBase equipped with a BeehiveBarrier, the zombie cyborg {{Mook}}s, the [[AbusivePrecursors ancient civilizations]] that [[LostTechnology built superweapons]], one of the CoDragons that is a half-tiger cyborg, or the SuperVillainLair that in reality is a humongous HumongousMecha disguised like an IslandBase.
* ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Great Mazinger has twin swords for DualWielding, ArmedLegs, [[ShockAndAwe shoots lightning bolts]], and its RocketPunch rotates relentlessly to increase the punching strength (combining the trope with ThisIsADrill and EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning). TheProfessor is a The HomeBase's upper part can detach off the main building and fly, and the lower part can also detach off and swim through the ocean. The BigBad is a GodEmperor, ruler of an ancient civilization BeneathTheEarth, the DragonInChief is a giant CapedMecha with a sword can cleave a mountain in half, and the {{Robeast}}s resemble beasts, ancient warriors or evil spirits. And one of their bases is a mobile IslandBase that is a blooding volcano can erupt at will.
* ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': The main character is an alien prince that pilots the mechanical embodiment of his planet's god of war, that is armed with a double-edged scythe that emerges out of its shoulders, and it can be combined with devices allow it bury underground, swim or fly in space. When the main character wants to ride Grendizer, he leaps since a tall hatch and shouts loudly his name, transform his clothes into his LatexSpaceSuit as airborne.
* Just how ''did'' [[BlackBox mercurion work]] in ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry''? What ''is'' it? All we know is it's {{Green|Rocks}}. Why was the special ship pink, and what was with the big arm... Well, it looked cool.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' can be very confusing if taken on surface value, with only five episodes needed to tell the full narrative. Despite this fact, the entire twenty-six episodes remains a standard of great anime for it's smoothness, filmic style, well choreographed action sequences. This is only one element that enabled the show to succeed.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' has little to no narrative and is often too weird or silly to be taken seriously. Fans like the show for it's devil may care attitude and breakdancing samurai battles. ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' television series was heavily inspired by ''Samurai Champloo'' and is one of the main reasons it was made in the first place.
* In ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Kazuki as the motivating reason behind many of Captain Bravo's odd mannerisms . "Because it looks cool that way!"
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' relies on this to set itself apart from the rest of the Anime/MobileSuitGundam franchise.
** Among the concepts that walk the infamous thin line between "clever" and "stupid" are a [[McNinja German ninja]], a giant robot mummy, and a martial arts master who takes off his sash and [[ImprobableWeaponUser uses it to slash an enemy robot in half]].
** The fact that the main character's special technique is called "[[PowerGlows Shining Finger]]" is also helped by this rule.
** Everyone [[CallingYourAttacks yells the name of their techniques]] as they use them, and the two main characters use ThePowerOfLove to [[spoiler:defeat the BigBad by summoning the physical incarnation of the King of Hearts to blast a heart-shaped hole through it]].
** The entire series is a TournamentArc ''with HumongousMecha''. The winner of which rules the world until the next tournament.
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''.
** What else can you say about a series where a cyborg combines with an alien robot lion, a bullet train, a drill car, and a stealth fighter to form a [[HumongousMecha Humonguous Robot]] that uses a space-warping screwdriver and a HyperspaceMallet capable of turning whatever it strikes into light particles? And of course, the series features a rather famous MemeticMutation to [[LampshadeHanging explain it all]]: "With courage, 1% becomes 100%!"
** The HyperSpaceMallet came with several by virtue of being a transforming tank. Then it becomes a transforming [[spoiler:''triad of spaceships'']].
* Played with in ''Anime/MetalFighterMiku''. Early in the series, the team's mentor asks the girls to explain the purpose of the robot-like metal suits used in their wrestling league. After one team member gives a detailed explanation of the various computer systems and sensors built into the outfits, he dismisses it all with a simple "Because it looks cool!" In the end, it is revealed that his overarching goal has been to convince everyone to do away with all the pseudo-futuristic glitz and return the sport to the muscle-and-technique competition that wrestling is supposed to be.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' --
** An anti-heroine who is able to backflip seven feet into the air, shoot three people dead mid-jump and has the vision range of a chameleon.
** A torpedo boat performing a joust against a gunship -- and winning by using a boat-wreck as a ramp and torpedoing it ''mid-air''!
** A one-eyed seventy year old nun who runs a gun-smuggling [[CorruptChurch 'church of violence']] and whose weapon of choice is [[HandCannon a golden Desert Eagle she fires one handed]]?
** An invincible terminator ''[[{{meido}} maid]]'' with a [[ParasolOfPain shotgun umbrella]].
* In an episode of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', the Major one-handedly fires a enormous .50-caliber sniper rifle and reloads the bolt-action by using her knee and the force of the recoil. Why one-handed? Because she's ''missing her other arm.'' Even considering the fact that she is a full-on cyborg, the scene borders on absurd but is it jaw-droppingly ''awesome''? Yes, oh yes, oh yes....
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', if examined with a critical eye, would collapse under the weight of its FridgeLogic... if not for how it essentially ''created'' the Rule Of Cool-based {{Shonen}} series. It's hard to complain about the implausibility of the premise when you're trying to retrieve your jaw following the fight scenes.
* ''Manga/GiantRobo''. Giant mechas, supernaturally gifted fighters in [[BadassInANiceSuit sharp clothes]] and all rounded up by a pompous Wagnerian soundtrack.
* ''Anime/{{Karas}}'': How else can you explain the ludicrously overpowered kick-arse hero who can transform into a jet and a car to combat the rise of blood-drinking ConspicuousCG cyborg demons?
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Erecting a sprawling civilian metropolis directly atop a military base that is ''certain'' to be attacked by aliens wielding doomsday weapons is just Saddamesque enough to be cool.
** Skyskrapers slide down underground to hang from the roof of the Geofront whenever one of the aforementioned aliens turn up. This ends poorly but seeing them rise back above ground after a fight with ''that music'' is a CMOA.
** The ''entire reason'' Hideki Anno decided to go with the name isn't because of [[FauxSymbolism religious symbolism]], but because he thought the words ''sounded cool''.
* ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing''. The plot involves cards that become dinosaurs (or dinosaurs that are cards) and an evil gang who wants to use them for world domination. Makes no sense? Watch one of the dinosaur fight scenes. All your complaints will be blown away by the sheer awesomeness of dinosaurs attacking each other with elemental powers.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Jack Rakan based his entire fighting style on this. His moves include summoning a building-sized sword, [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v25/c226/13.html surfing on a sword]], and ''shattering a magical pocket dimension just by being awesome.'' It's repeatedly lampshaded by other characters.
-->'''Chamo:''' This shouldn't be physically possible.
-->'''Jack:''' It just takes a little spirit.
-->'''Kotomi:''' He just ignores the laws of magic.
** The Negi vs. Rakan fight. The ridiculous lengths that it goes to ([[spoiler:Negi reveals that [[IAmNotLeftHanded he is not left handed]] ''five times'']] in a single chapter) would just be overkill if it weren't so freaking awesome.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis''
** The Tezuka Zone, wherein Tezuka Kunimitsu doesn't move one step from wherever he is standing, and all balls, no matter how they are hit, are attracted to him.
** Atobe Keigo's World of Ice, which attacks his opponent's weak spot... and takes the form of flying shards of ice. Yes, this is still about tennis.
** Synchro is the ultimate doubles technique, during which doubles partners enter a trance-like state and are perfectly in tune with each other... and their eyes become swirling vortexes of color.
** Tooyama Kintaro's Super Ultra Great Delicious Daisharin Yamaarashi is about as realistic as you would imagine from the name.
* ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'': Monou Fuuma destroys Ebisu Garden Plaza with empty soda cans and the power of his own awesomeness.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** Lelouch constantly uses Rule Of Cool to his advantage. He lampshades it saying that people don't give a damn about reason, but they can't resist miracles. However, this is more a case of WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief among characters than among the audience.
* ''Manga/HaventYouHeardImSakamoto''
** Essentially the entire premise for the show. Sakamoto frequently performs unlikely, or sometimes, outright impoossible acts.
* ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' the fight scenes in second CGI movie ("Appleseed Ex Machina"), which opens and closes with combat sequences that would make a Cirque du Soleil-trained Green Beret turn flushed with jealousy and admiration.
* ''Anime/BurstAngel'': Jo, an awesome fighter, even if not sociable at all, can pilot a mecha as if it was her own body, do incredible stunts with weapons, and save her DamselInDistress.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' is set (theoretically) in the Sengoku Period but it features a [[HumongousMecha Mecha Samurai]] who is twenty feet tall with a drill, JetPack and miniature treads on his feet, as well as a horse outfitted with [[MyHorseIsAMotorbike motorcycle handlebars and a tailpipe]].
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' has characters DualWielding guitars and a giant hand that is actually a giant spider cowboy robot whose arms are the hand's fingers.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'''s character designs are chock-full of martial arts, scythe-spinning and slicing through things at just about every given opportunity.
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'':
** Several characters specifically invoke this trope, such as Luffy gaining power from a FunnyAfro or Garp bursting through a wall because it's cooler than using the door.
** ''One Piece'' ignores all laws of physics except when realism ''makes it more awesome,'' such as its treatment of HarmlessFreezing.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo''. Nothing, not even the [[HotbloodedSideburns sideburns]], are realistic. No one notices because their heads are exploding from the [[HolyShitQuotient incredible amount of]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome moments]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
** The beginning of the Arrancar arc has the first 'fighting in mid-air' battles. It has a justification (soul reapers can walk on spirit particles) but it still counts because it's damn cool.
** A specific example in soul society of bending the rule that meant they couldn't 'fly' in the first place - the DynamicEntry into the cells where Rukia is held is assisted by a giant winged device that is ONLY useful in the Seireitei. A giant wing comes from nowhere while Ichigo radiates his badass aura, to the surprise of two captains, before discarding it and landing next to Rukia.
* In ''Manga/{{Biomega}}'', for its special forces [[MegaCorp Toha Heavy Industries]] makes a ''folding'' gun that shoots ''hypersonic'' projectiles using ''brain waves''. With this thing, Zoichi takes out a handful of intercontinental ballistic missiles within a few minutes of launch.
* ''Manga/BlackJack''. Tezuka does not [[ArtisticLicenseBiology fail biology]] but that didn't stop him from making up crazy new stuff for the titular hero to deal with. For example, extracting a parasite from his intestines ''while under attack by dingoes''.
* Lampshaded in ''Anime/BravePoliceJDecker''. Three of the main robots eventually combine to form a [[HumongousMecha bigger robot]] called Build Tiger -- which, appropriately enough, has a large tiger face in its chest. When asked why, the designer states: "Because it looks cool!"
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' plays this for laughs. When ever a character wants to appear cool or impressive they ArtShift into a Kenshiro clone complete with BattleAura.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': It's hard to question the plot when bishonen in cosmic armor and [[EightiesHair eighties multicolour hair]] are beating the ever-loving stuffing out of each other for every reason under the sun, and with every attack under the sun too (from MindRape to SomethingAboutARose) whilst running up stairs and visiting Hades in time for tea. It's so much fun you just HAVE to go along with it!
* The anime adaptation of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has this to thank for at least one difference from the original visual novel. In the game's Fate storyline (which the anime is primarily based on), one of the main villains of the series, Gilgamesh, approaches Saber and Shiro. After severely wounding Shiro, Saber launches a series of attacks at Gilgamesh, which he shrugs off with his armor, thereby averting ArmorIsUseless. In the anime, this is replaced by Gilgamesh summoning swords from his Noble Phantasm, the Gate of Babylon, so that they block the path of Saber's swings, a method much more visually appealing than just having him stand there and take it.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', if something doesn't follow game mechanics, this is why, and no, we don't need ''humans'' getting directly involved in our Pokémon battles, up close and personal with the danger, but things sure do get a lot more awesome that way.
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited'':in relation to Kaze and his extremely long Magun summoning sequences. In RealLife it would be impractical but in the show it looks so cool!
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' Anime school girls with big knockers? Been there, done that. Anime school girls with big knockers...fighting hordes of zombies? SIGN ME UP!
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'': How else do you explain a duel around a star on motorcycles or a duel flying under a [[ColonyDrop colossal floating city that was about to crash into another city]]?
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': EldritchAbomination [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] [[WhoYouGonnaCall serving the descendants of Abraham van Helsing]] [[CoolVersusAwesome versus]] [[StupidJetpackHitler a souped up exiled battalion of]] {{Ghostapo}} Nazi vampires who [[WarForFunAndProfit wage war for fun]] led by an AxCrazy [[ThoseWackyNazis SS]]-[[ChaoticEvil Major]] versus a secret [[AnimeCatholicism catholic]] [[DoomTroops organisation]] and their [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity crazy]] [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholic]] [[ChurchMilitant paladin]].
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': When Mustang fights Envy he [[spoiler:continuously snaps to continue burning him to death. However, he ignites Envy with the first attack, making the snap unneeded due to how his alchemy functions, by changing the explosive gas concentration in the air. The snaps are added purely to make Mustang look cool as he roasts Envy alive]].
* In ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', the fight sequences (long enough that you can consider the other scenes "non-fight sequences") consist entirely of "cool", and little to no realism. Just a few examples:
** During one of the motorcycle fights, Loz leans over, digs his ''piston-powered gauntlet'' into the pavement, then swings around on it, with his bike clamped between his legs, to ''throw the whole bike'' at the hero with beyond-lethal velocity.
** The hero is ''thrown several hundred feet into the air'' by his friends (one of which is a GHOST) in order to ''slice a dragon god in half with his sword''.
** Part of the final fight has the hero and the BigBad swordfighting while ''jumping and balancing on slabs of a falling building'', to a soundtrack of ''hammering electric guitar with a [[OminousLatinChanting chanting Latin chorus]].''
** Nomura has gone on record by saying he told TheTeam to ignore the laws of physics and just do what looked coolest.
** ''Advent Children'' is what happens if you take a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' game and make ''every'' attack a LimitBreak. Alternatively, it's an answer to the question, "Just what would it really look like to have level 99 characters who can kill just about anything?" In a game, much of that is covered by numbers increasing, but the movie shows that kind of personal power in practice.
* ''Anime/TransformersCybertron''. Half Rule of Cool, half very long commercials for the toyline. 100% [[TropesAreNotBad ''awesome''.]]
* ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]'': A huge sea/air/spaceplane turning into a giant bird of flame. To take down giant mecha. Hinotori or Firey Phoenix or Firebird mode, it is awesome. And then there was the episode with the ''Icebird''.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': You have a race of space pirates that transform into giant apes or golden haired Gods battling slug people that can regenerate limbs and materialize anything using their antenna, a pink Djinn that can turn anything candy, an intergalactic, racist real estate speculator and giant humanoid cicada created from stolen DNA because... why not!
** Zen-o evokes the rule in his tournaments. If it is cool, he's okay with it.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': 3DMG in reality would encounter much the same problem jetpacks do, not enough fuel. And operating one safely, forget it. Damn if it doesn't look cool though.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'': Happens InUniverse with the title character, who can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]] instantly with just a thought, but deliberately gave herself a full-fledged TransformationSequence into her combat form entirely because she's a massive {{Otaku}} who thinks that sort of stuff looks awesome. This is also the reason her combat form resembles a combination of the [[VideoGame/WildArms2 Knight Blazer]] and a Franchise/KamenRider, rather than anything more [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]].
%%* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': ...narrow it down to ''one'' example? Um.

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* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/star-wars-rock-out.jpg Star Wars Rocking Out]].
* ''[[http://io9.com/5492977/the-most-self+explanatory-painting-in-human-history Batman fighting a shark with a lightsaber.]]''
* [[http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m53/nightmaj/stephen_colbert_paladin_by_todd_loc.jpg This piece]] of Creator/StephenColbert fanart. Until his producers nixed it, this was going to be a ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' card. It's the little details that make it: notice the microphone and eagle talon in the hilt of the flaming sword. All that's missing is him riding a flaming unicorn/pegasus while wielding a flaming laser chainsaw and fighting Hitler and UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden on a Hydra, who is also on fire. Someone please draw that.
* A [[http://i.annihil.us/u/prod/marvel/i/mg/9/70/5356c8b5d43db.jpg drawing]] of Colbert as the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk stabbing a bear through the head with the American flag.

* This was also Denis Leary reacting to his new super-hi-tech stereo system on the ''Lock And Load'' album.
-->"...and the other stuff where you don't even know what it does but it looks fuckin' great! It's ''reeeeally shinyyy''."

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* The reason for the existence of superheroes in general. Franchise/{{Superman}} became Mr. NewPowersAsThePlotDemands during the forties and fifties because it fulfilled Rule Of Cool for the target demographic. This is also the reason Franchise/{{Batman}} will always have a [[TyrannosaurusRex T. Rex]] and a giant penny in the Batcave even as he shifts between DarkerAndEdgier and LighterAndSofter. Damn near every superpower or fantastic element needs Rule Of Cool to shield it from an onslaught of [[FridgeLogic logic-wielding refrigerators]], although a few hits will get through, usually aimed at Superman's [[ClarkKenting disguise]] or how Franchise/SpiderMan can stick to surfaces.
* ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' with its [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Zombie Lantern Superheroes]], Franchise/{{Superman}} suddenly being the general of a 1000+ Kryptonian army, and so on. [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] influences have crept into UsefulNotes/{{the Modern Age|of Comic Books}}.
* The premise of ''ComicBook/{{Godyssey}}'' would not work from a theological perspective but there's no denying that it's really really cool. It is thus; The Greek pantheon appears before Jesus on the cross and demands that he stop mocking divinity by renouncing the low and filthy mortals he serves. Jesus responds by removing himself from the cross and '''[[http://www.comicsbulletin.com/rage/111195363490019.htm beating the shit out of them all]]'''.
* ''ComicBook/RexTheWonderDog'':
** We're talking a dog who kills dinosaurs with atom bombs here.
** The One World Government will take away your guns with ninja dogs!
* ComicBook/RedHulk punched a Watcher during one of his "sworn only to watch, never interfere" speeches to the reader. Why? Creator/JephLoeb.
%%* ''ComicBook/SinCity''
* This is the ''canonical'' explanation for the name of the Marvel Superhero Team Comicbook/TheAvengers. What are they avenging? Nothing, ComicBook/TheWasp just thought the word "Avengers" sounded cool.
* Comicbook/{{Hitman}}: How else do you describe a plot about a professional killer from Gotham City who got superpowers after being bit by an alien parasite having to deal with everything from demons with magic guns to [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombified zoo animals]]?
* ''ComicBook/SuperDinosaur'': How else can one explain a series about a T-rex who wears battle armors to fight dinosaur mutants armed with {{BFG}}s or {{BFS}}s?
* ComicBook/CadillacsAndDinosaurs is lampshading this from its very title. Caddillacs and Dinousarurs are cool.
* ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' is a gritty, realistic look at a fantastic situation. Then the Amish ninja assassin and her equally-Amish ninja assassin tween daughter appear to kick ass and take names. Only the flimsiest explanation is offered: [[spoiler:she was born Amish, got pregnant, got stabbed by a ninja, got better, then the ninja trained her.]]

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%%* [[http://fav.me/d4a27sp Super Milestone Wars]] .
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fan fic ''Fanfic/{{PRIMARCHS}}'', Everything the titular Primarchs do: using skyscrapers as swords? Drop kicking the moon on someone? Using the [[Franchise/StarWars Death Star]] as a baseball bat? PoweredArmor which doubles as a ChainMailBikini? Dissing the authors of the work? All of it!
* ''[[Fanfic/ThirtyHs HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH]]'' freely dispenses with both the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' canon and narrative logic wherever it can conceive of something ten times more awesome.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' changes the simple mood of [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes the original strip]] to a decidedly more [[ActionizedSequel action-packed]] one with a lot of [[BetterThanABareBulb lampshades]] concerning its use of this trope.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': This is how Jade picks all her [[OperationBlank plan names]], regardless of the actual content of the plan, leading to some nonsensical names.
* Most of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' runs on this with a generous topping of DarkerAndEdgier and [[{{Gorn}} graphic violence out the wazoo]]. From battlestations the size of ''stars'' to [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon six-necked demonic guitars that can blast warships apart]] to murderous killer androids to ''DragonBall''-esque Chaos powers, it's here. According to WordOfGod, most of the physics and science run on this too.
* The ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11085119/1/Heaven-Smiting-Masked-Magician Heaven-Smiting Masked Magician]] is about BlackMage Guile going to outer space without supporting equipments to destroy an incoming meteor that lies beyond the Moon. He gets past the Earth's atmosphere without getting fried up by flying as fast as a rocket (with of course, a massive speed boost by blasting the ground with a KamehameHadoken). He then reaches the meteor by using the thrust resulted from blasting the surface of the moon with a KamehameHadoken (similar to how he gets past the atmosphere safely). He finally returns to Earth by using the recoil from the energy blast he fires at the meteor, destroying the meteor as well.

* ''Film/SixStringSamurai''. After the Russians nuke everything, Music/{{Elvis|Presley}} becomes King of the remains of Lost Vegas. A samurai Music/BuddyHolly battles [[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]] to claim his throne. "Only one man can kill so many Russians. Bring his guitar to me!"
* ''Film/{{Crank}}'': Near the end of the first film [[spoiler:after Chase is disarmed, he makes a gun out of his finger and thumb, points it at a guy, goes "Bang" ''and it kills him.'' It turns out to be his backup, but for a few seconds everyone watching the movie went "''Mind bullets''...?! Okay, mind bullets, let's go with that."]]
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': The premise involves robots imprisoning humans into a computer generated PlatonicCave. However, most of the series involves [[ThePhilosopher rebellious philosophers]] in {{Badass Longcoat}}s fighting [[TheMenInBlack artificially-intelligent Agent programs]] [[BadassInANiceSuit in corporate attire]], all through [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting Martial Arts]]. ''[[BulletTime In Slow Motion]]''. It also helps that the Wachowski sisters' inspiration for creating the trilogy was Anime.
** The famous lobby scene. There was no reason for them to be there except for a cool shootout.
** Neo draws his sunglasses ''before he starts to fight Smith''. THAT is the Rule Of Cool in action.
** This trope is the sole reason the "Burly Brawl" scene in ''Reloaded'' exists. It's ten minutes of Neo fighting endless clones of Smith for no real plot-enhancing reason. It just looks cool.
** When Neo kicks Agent Smith and then instead of taking his foot down, he moves it in air and then put it down. Totally Frigging Cool.
** The Agents (and later Neo's) ability to [[DodgeTheBullet dodge bullets]] is never replicated to dodging much slower punches and kicks. This is due to Rule Of Cool, because if they did the fights would last all of five seconds.
* ''Film/GoldenEye'': The ChaseScene. Yes, [[TankGoodness that chase scene]].
* ''Film/{{Transformers|FilmSeries}}'': There is no other reason for these films to exist or for anyone to watch them except that [[TransformingMecha Giant Transforming Robots]] are inherently cool. It could be argued that Creator/MichaelBay's career rests on taking a premise and making it cool.
* In the second ''Film/{{Austin Powers|The Spay Who Shagged Me}}'' movie, Basil Exposition turns to the camera and tells the audience [[BellisariosMaxim not to get upset]] about any [[TimeyWimeyBall contradictions]] in the TimeTravel plot of the story. Why? Because we have a secret agent using a time machine to go back to the sixities and fight a evil mastermind in his secret volcano lair.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise has many:
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has impenetrable force-fields that turn on at the most dramatically convenient times.
** Why does Darth Maul use a polearm lightsaber? Why not?
*** Similarly, Kylo Ren's saber from the sequel trilogy. What's even better than a lightsaber? A lightsaber with two other lightsabers shooting out of the handle perpendicular to the blade, making it look like a medieval longsword. Justified in that the design requires plasma to be vented out due to the damaged crystal within, it offers more hand protection than the traditional saber, and that Ren uses the crossguard to injure his opponents while in a BladeLock.
** The revelation in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' that R2-D2 had the ability to fly was cheered enthusiastically, even though he never showed this ability in the original trilogy.
** General Grievous would not exist were it not for this trope. An [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot evil alien cyborg general]] with [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four arms]] who hunts Jedi for sport? Hell yes!
** ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars Clone Wars]]'': you once see the same weapon on the Millennium Falcon being carried around by ''[[{{BFG}} a single ARC trooper]]'', and instead of using four arms, Grievous juggles four light-sabers around between his hands and prehensile feet (albeit as an "unwelcome surprise"), making for some of the best fights in ''Franchise/StarWars'' history.
** Lightsabers, themselves. They're swords ''and'' lasers. They cut through most everything.
** Basically, all forms of combat featured in ''Franchise/StarWars'' are glowy sci-fi futuristic space versions of some form of RealLife combat that was (and is) considered to be extremely cool. Lightsaber duels? Swordfighting. Starfighters? {{Old School Dogfight}}ing. Starship battles? Naval battles. The Clone Wars? Huge armies tearing each other apart. TheForce and Force-based PsychicPowers only add more awesome to the mix.
** The reason why Darth Vader is still in his suit by the time the original trilogy rolls around is obviously because of how cool he looks in his suit.
** The AT-AT Walkers' practical problems include: high center of gravity, multiple fully-exposed points of failure, extremely poor visibility, severe weakness in that they can be easily tripped up and disabled, offensive weapons which only point forward, no way to defend against an attack from below... the list goes on and on. In a nutshell, these machines would be far less effective in battle than a modern tank but they are undeniably cool.
** Why is the planet Crait in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' a red mineral planet covered with a layer of white salt? Because the visual of geysers of red earth exploding from beneath the white surface looks FREAKIN' AWESOME!
* Anything Creator/QuentinTarantino is involved in. For instance:
** The end of ''Film/FourRooms'', has the most understated rule of cool bet ever. [[spoiler:For a $1000 tip, the bellboy wields the ax in a car-or-pinky-finger bet about whether or not one of the guys can start his lucky Zippo lighter 10 times. Chop, snatch and strut out the door]].
** ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. It's [[HollywoodTactics not tactically smart]] to try guerrilla warfare when you don't have the home advantage, but is it badass? Hell yes and especially when you put Creator/EliRoth in a wifebeater and give him a baseball bat.
%%* film version of ''[[Literature/AlexRider Stormbreaker]]''
* ''Film/ThreeHundred''. If you're bothered by the fact that Xerxes' army did not, in fact, include cave trolls, ninjas and rhinos, and that Spartans wore armor and had backup, you should recite the MST3KMantra. Even in-universe there's an explanation. The story of the 300 is being told by a lone survivor, [[spoiler: leading an army of Greeks about to fight the Persians]], so ''of course'' it runs on Rule Of Cool
* The Martial Arts genre wouldn't exist without this trope and the {{Wuxia}} genre absolutely thrives on it. How else can you explain somebody jumping 30 feet in the air, and then ''jumping off of their sword in midair to gain more altitude?'' The Flying Guillotine was made infamous because of these movies. It's a nasty little contraption that consists of a basket with blades and a chain. You throw the basket onto somebody's head, pull the chain, the blades go to work, and it's OffWithHisHead!
* ''Film/ShootEmUp'': There is a shootout ''while skydiving''. This isn't a movie, it's a religious experience.
* {{Flynning}} looks cooler than real fencing. Just ask [[Film/ThePrincessBride Mandy Patinkin and Cary Elwes]].
* In the commentary for ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', Creator/JossWhedon discusses the scene where [[spoiler: the good guys come through the opaque and sensor-killing "ion butt" followed by an army of Reavers to back them up against the Alliance. Because my butt kept the Alliance from seeing them coming, it was a perfect cavalry-coming-over-the-hill moment]]: 'I don't know what an "ion butt" is, we just made that up but I would have sold all my knowledge of science to get that scene.' (paraphrased)
* ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' had the working title of ''The J & J Project''. ([[spoiler: [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny The whole point of which was to make the Jet Li vs. JackieChan dream fight ''finally'' happen on camera]]]]).
* The entirety of ''Film/{{Doomsday}}'':
** A detachable bionic eye/camera? Rule of Cool. Foam grenades? [[AwesomeButImpractical Rule of Cool]]. ''Glasgow!?'' Rule of Cool. The entire thing is an exercise in attaching balls to walls.
** Supposedly the director had a dream about a showdown between a medieval knight and a modern soldier, and decided to write a movie around it.
** [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Scottish cannibal ninja stripper punks]]!
* ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' as well as the director's previous films, ''Film/NightWatch'' and ''Film/DayWatch'', where things exist for no other reason than because they're cool. Example: Let's drive a car across a building. Why? Why not? You get the feeling that when they were thinking of the concept for this movie, someone said, "What would happen if you took all the cool stunts from ''Film/TheMatrix'', and turned them UpToEleven?"
* The ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' films rely heavily on this as well as the RuleOfFunny.
** One example, pointed out by Bob Gale on a DVDCommentary, occurs in the [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII third film]]. Doc and Marty try to get the [=DeLorean=] up to eighty-eight miles per hour by pulling it with horses. Gale pointed out that the Doc would know horses don't run that fast and the Doc even ''points that out in the scene''. However, the filmmakers ''had'' to do that shot with the [=DeLorean=] being ridden across Monument Valley like a covered wagon because it would look ''cool''.
** The fact that the time machine itself is a [=DeLorean=] is Rule Of Cool in itself. What self-respecting geek hasn't fantasized about having a time-traveling [=DeLorean=]? This is specifically invoked as one of the reasons Doc chose the [=DeLorean=]. He starts to give a practical reason, but is interrupted and doesn't revisit it.
---> '''Doc:''' ''The way I see it, if you're going to build a time machine, why not do it with some'' style?
* ''Film/{{Tron}}''. This movie has become a cult movie, heavily enjoyed by geeks and people into computers, even though it's obvious to any such person, or for that matter, anyone above the age of seven, that computer programs are not glowing people running around inside a computer. It's just so much fun that this doesn't matter.
* This notion was the central focus of ''Film/{{Underworld}}''. This is [[FurAgainstFang a world where vampires are at constant war with werewolves.]]
%%* ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Trilogy]]''
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'':
*** The jungle swordfight between Mutt and the bad girl. Realistic? Not in the least. Supremely friggin' awesome? Hell yes.
*** The fridgenuking! What if that was the writers saying "Dr. Jones is badass enough that you can't kill him with nukes, or whatever is immediately surrounding him"?
** The scene in the original ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', where Indy shoots the giant, black-draped swordsman in the Cairo marketplace, was originally to have been a complex whip-and-sword duel. It was cut due to a general ailment among the cast and crew that day.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16256_near-misses-6-worst-movies-hollywood-almost-made.html 6 funny examples]] how Rule Of Cool can mingle with something and get rabies. "...should be pretty cool. Right?"
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock [[InvokedTrope invoked this trope]] when he made ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''by answering the question "Why would someone use a crop duster as a murder weapon?" with the understanding that the audience would be too engrossed in watching the next pass to care.
* ''Film/JamesBond'': The gadgets, the {{Evil Plan}}s, some of the more improbable (and more awesome) fight/chase scenes... all the stuff Agent 007 does is governed by this trope.
* The climactic fight scene in [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movie version]] of ''Film/VForVendetta''. It's an overblown ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' ripoff given that in the comic [[spoiler:V just lets Finch shoot him]], but still completely awesome. Considering that it was directed by the Wachowski brothers, it's not surprising. They made The Matrix too.
* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise. Giant robots? Check. Radioactive dinosaurs? Check. Awesome {{Fight Scene}}s? Check and double check. [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Great music?]] Check! This is the trope namer for JustHereForGodzilla. You better believe it's cool.
* Creator/RogerEbert says in his [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080601/REVIEWS/467306179/1023 review]] of the ''Film/IronMan1'' movie that military weapons tend not to look nearly as cool as Iron Man, but also that "It wouldn't be nearly as much fun to see a fight scene between two refrigerators crossed with the leftovers from a boiler room."
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': You got your pirates, your undead, your curses, your sea monsters, your totally impossible swordfights and [[InsistentTerminology Captain]] Jack Sparrow.
%%* ''Film/The13thWarrior'' is loaded with this.
* ''Film/TheItalianJob1969''. Minis that would normally collapse with that much gold jump across gaps, drive on the roof of a building and then off again.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' features a PoweredArmor CarChase through Paris, an underwater dog fight, and Snake Eyes. In the "making of" commentary on the DVD, one crew member attributes the mantra (loosely paraphrased) "overdo everything; then make it even bigger" to director Stephen Sommers, and says that they were reminded of this policy daily during the production of the film.
* ''Film/{{Postal}}'' the movie. From a notoriously bad director, based on a non-politically correct game, starring unknowns and having a ridiculous plot, all of which is redeemed by a constant onslaught of "how in the hell did they get away with this; this is unbelievably cool".
%%* ''Film/SpeedRacer'':
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', due to Tolkien's terminology ("wings of shadow") describing the [[EldritchAbomination Balrog]], nobody on the production team was quite sure whether the wings were literal or metaphorical. Creator/PeterJackson later admitted they added the wings just because it looked cool.
* In ''Film/JurassicPark'', why does the [[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]] [[AlwaysABiggerFish show up in the nick of time]] to save Grant, Ellie and the kids from becoming Raptor chow? Because the T. rex is ''awesome'' and the animators wanted to show it off some more.
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'':
** The creation of the ''Indominus Rex'' is a deconstruction of this trope. They wanted a bigger, badder, tougher, and smarter dinosaur than ''T. Rex'' or ''Velociraptor''...but what they got was a psychotic hybrid hell-bent on destruction, and ItCanThink as well!
** The finale is over the top, and their solution could have easily put them into additional danger (and it's never really explained why ''it didn't''), but at least it was awesome to watch.
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'': The battle between the Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex could never have happened, given that the species were separated by 20 million years at the very least. That's not to mention a few anatomy errors of both. But no one's complaining. Wicked music, great animation, incredible synchronization? Sit back and relax.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
** Despite eschewing SpaceOpera tropes, it's hard to deny that the film is built around the idea of three-meter-tall blue quasi-Algonquian catpeople fighting mecha from space, and it plays fast and loose with the laws of physics and probability to make that happen.
** Anyone with even the tiniest bit of knowledge in basic botany or zoology would know that Pandora's flora and fauna primarily evolved to look visually impressive to moviegoers. How would a giant species with impenetrable armor plating and no apparent predators not quickly overpopulate? Why the extra legs and bio-luminescence when they serve no function and could even be a liability? Cuz' they ''look'' cool, now less thinky, more watchy!
** It's also the only justification for some of the tactics depicted. Even if the hero knows nothing of his own world's history, common sense should tell him that having lightly armed cavalry charge armour and machine guns is suicide but it's such cool, heroic suicide that he does it anyway.
* ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''. Why would you go to an amusement park and turn all the lights on, turning your location into a gigantic target? Why would you jump ''out'' of the car and let it sink into the river, instead of hitting the brakes suddenly? Why would you try to con the first signs of life instead of going with them, then why would you leave? Why would you take a motorcycle or a shovel to fight zombies? Why? Why? ''Because it's awesome.''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g54Ee07wOI&feature=player_embedded This song]] from the film ''Sivaji: The Boss''. As [[http://www.scifiwright.com/2010/07/zen-and-the-art-of-napping-on-motorcycles/ this blog post]] puts it, "the waycool approach is to ride up, while napping, on a motorcycle that you drive with your feet, dismount by means of wheelie on the front tire, and shoot the bad guys with a machinegun hidden in your guitar. Then the stunningly attractive Bollywood actress will sing and dance with you."
* [[http://pics.livejournal.com/mkthudsons/pic/00029x75 This promo poster]] from ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''. True, he could be lighting the cigar purely from the {{convection|Schmonvection}} of heat, or off the barrel of the flamethrower, but you do NOT want to taste a cigar that's been lit off a kerosene flame.
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' : Why do all of Ramona's evil exes meet some requirement of video game boss style, explode into coins when defeated, and everyone naturally is just that good at martial arts? So that when Scott wins the girl, it's really cool.
* The entire ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'', especially the wolf characters. Unlike most people who believe this is a mistake. A majority of the wolves have AnimeHair and a few have eye colors discommon to actual wolves. This also includes wolf society portrayed on this movie.
* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' series features this trope in abundance, but it really reaches its apex in the climax to ''Film/FastFive''. The heroes steal a 10-ton vault by attaching it via steel cables to two souped up Dodge Chargers, then use the cars to tear the vault from the building. They then proceed to drag the vault all over the city in a huge car chase, with the vault careening all over the place and causing massive destruction while still going fast enough to outrun police cars. Anyone with the most basic knowledge of physics knows that this is impossible, but it's so cool that few people complain about it.
* ''Film/PacificRim'':
** Why Creator/GuillermoDelToro helped to make this movie. It's giant mecha vs giant monsters. Therefore, it's cool.
** The only reason why the [[ImprovisedWeapon tanker]] didn't buckle under its own weight when used as a melee weapon against a Kaiju or why the Jaeger and the Kaiju don't [[SquareCubeLaw buckle]] either.
** Gypsy Danger's pilots don't use their sword until halfway through the movie. If they had pulled it out right away, they couldn't have used the very cool tanker, and they couldn't have used the sword in midair!
** Are those flaming chainsaw blade weapons of the BigBad Jaeger in ''Film/PacificRimUprising'' impractical? You bet they are, but they're wonderful to look at.
* ''Dynamite Warrior'' is a Thai movie about cowboys (well, buffalo traders and buffalo thieves, technically) who either have extraordinary Muay Thai skills, have magical powers, or (in the case of the titular character, the protagonist) fight using primitive rockets. In one scene two characters escape pursuit by using some of the rockets to propel their cart away from the people chasing them.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' is generally considered at its best when it remembers that it's about Hugh Jackman running around stabbing people in the face.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': It's unlikely that a functional interior room like a kitchen at the Pentagon would be designed with a circular shape like, but it makes Quicksilver's WallRun look cooler, so who cares?
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': Gazelle's prosthetic legs serve as her weapons of choice. Also features lots of cool gadgets ''Film/JamesBond'' style like an umbrella that serves as both a shield and a gun or a detonator in the shape of a lighter. Lots and lots of slow motion action, dynamic editing and impossible choreography too.
* The feats of strength Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger's characters tended to display, outside of fight scenes, cross this trope over with CutscenePowerToTheMax. Examples include his casually lugging around trees in ''Film/{{Commando}}'' and his ripping a bolted-down bed out of the floor, one-handed in ''Film/TheRunningMan''. About the only time that kind of StrongAsTheyNeedToBe factor makes a difference in the actual plot is his freeing himself from the [[StrappedToAnOperatingTable Mind-Wipe Chair]] in ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'': Special mention has to go to the Coma-Doof Warrior. An insane, blind guitarist, wearing his dead mother's face for a mask, rocking out in front of a massive wall of speakers, careening through the desert at high speeds, with a team of drummers bringing up the rear, and the guitar shoots fire. Not only is it awesome, it's also practical; Immortan Joe uses the music for morale and to relay commands to the rest his convoy, like a next-level drummer boy.
* ''Film/TheWall'': This is a film based on a Music/PinkFloyd album, which is one of their most popular alongside ''Music/WishYouWereHere'' and ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon''.
** Special mention goes to how some of the songs were re-done specifically for the movie. Namely, "Another Brick In the Wall, Part III", which rerecorded at a faster pace, and "In the Flesh" (A DarkerReprise of "In the Flesh?"), which was redone with an entire orchestra for the Hammerskin Rally scene.
** The walking hammers in the animated parts of "Waiting for the Worms".
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' and ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'' both contain scenes with characters with no driving experience whatsoever some how managing to successfully drive vehicles on busy roads to their destination by working together despite being a assortment of ''living toys'' in the former, and a ''fish'' and a ''octopus'' in the latter. The audience is supposed to accept these scenes because of this trope and RuleOfFunny, and judging by how successful both films are, it worked, or at least was tolerated by most people despite being completely ridiculous scenes.
* The growing trend of classic movies being screened with the recorded soundtrack replaced by a live orchestra's rendition.
* ''Film/FemaleAgents'': Rather than {{Action Girl}}s, AmazonBrigade or {{Femme Fatale Sp|y}}ies, female SOE agents were more likely to be used for the BoringButPractical work of wireless operator (because it didn't look suspicious for a woman to stay at home all day, whereas a man would be out working) or courier (because women were less likely to be searched, or rounded up for forced labour in Germany).

* Mythological gods and heroes in general are full of this. That's half the ''point'' of most of them. Hercules, Gilgamesh, the entire cast of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''... all fuelled by Rule of Cool. Where else are you going to hear that an Eight Headed Snake was defeated by ''Sake'' of all things[[note]]Besides ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', which is based on this sort of thing[[/note]]. In fact, most mythological heroes weren't necessarily heroic in the modern sense. A lot of the time, all it took to be a "hero" was strength and daring, not morality.
* ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': InUniverse example: Prince Vladimir riding techniques and tricks. Tristan finds them unnecessarily pompous.
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'': Tom Sawyer decides that [[spoiler:freeing Jim from the plantation simply by getting the key and letting him out of his cell]] isn't romantic enough and wants to make an elaborate plan with Rope Ladders, a journal made of leaves, and food poisoned with sleep medicine, just like in the books. [[spoiler: The "cool" swashbuckling achieves nothing except getting him shot.]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** This is the nature of witchcraft. A witch is simply someone GenreSavvy enough to take advantage of this rule.
** There exists an order of monks known as the Monks of Cool, who seek ultimate coolness instead of zen enlightenment. An acolyte has achieved this when his master takes him into a room full of all types of clothing and asks, "Yo, my son, which of these is the most stylish thing to wear?" and he responds, "Hey, whatever I select." [[TotallyRadical Cool, but not necessarily up-to-date]].
* ''Literature/SnowCrash''. A Mafia-controlled pizza delivery company, chaingun battles with aircraft carriers, ninja skateboard couriers, and intersections being shut down by sniper fire from rival road construction companies are just the beginning. Eventually you get to the part with the supersonic attack dogs and the BadassBiker who has a nuclear torpedo in his motorcycle's sidecar. ''Then'' you get to the supersonic motorcycle swordfights....on the ''internet.''
* Author Creator/ChristopherMoore lampshades his use of this in the afterword to ''[[Literature/LambTheGospelAccordingToBiff Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal]]''. At one point in the story Jesus goes to China and studies both Buddhism and martial arts at a Shaolinesque temple. Moore admits the temples wouldn't have been around at the time, but then adds this: "But to remain historically accurate, I would have to leave out an important question that I felt needed to addressed, which is, '[[KungFuJesus What if Jesus had known kung fu]]?'" Because Josh [[TechnicalPacifist doesn't believe in using weapons]], he and Biff make up their own unarmed martial art called the "Way of the Jew." Or, "[[{{Pun}} Jew Do]]."
* Creator/GarthNix' ''The Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'' is Nix trying to see how much cool magic stuff and mythology he can put into one series. Answer: ''a lot''.
* In one of the books of the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' [[Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch relaunch novels]], an interstellar portal (which, mind you, could have led to anywhere in the galaxy) just happens to lead to a Malon garbage scow that had been taken over by a Hirogen hunter. Why? So that Taran'atar, their local Jem'Hadar character, could fight with him, of course!
* In ''Literature/{{MEG}}'', [[TheProtagonist Jonas Taylor]] is swallowed by a 40 ton shark and he cuts through the stomach lining to get into the heart chamber. Then he rips the heart and goes back through the stomach and reach the surface with only a broken escape pod, an air tank, a mask and a 200 million year old tooth. Logical? HELL NO! Awesome? Yeah!
* While most animal-themed GladiatorGames involve tigers, bears and the like, ''[[Literature/GentlemanBastard The Lies of Locke Lamora]]'' features gladiator equivalents who stand on platforms over water and fight ''sharks''.
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials '': Iorek Byrnison and the Panserbjorne. No, {{bears are|BadNews}}n't [[AvertedTrope always bad news]], especially if they're sentient and armored and ''blacksmiths''.
* The last book of the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', ''Starfighters of Adumar'', gives us [[AwesomeButImpractical awesomely implausible]] personal weapons, the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Blastsword blastsword]]. It exists solely because it's cooler than dueling with normal swords.
-->'''Wes Janson''': "So it's like a blaster you have to hit someone with. I've got to have one."
%%* Creator/MatthewReilly's books. ''All'' of them.
* Why is Literature/HarryPotter's scar shaped like a lightning bolt?
--> '''Creator/JKRowling''': "To be honest, because itís a cool shape. I couldnít have my hero sport a doughnut-shaped scar."
* Creator/GeorgeEliot noted in ''Literature/SillyNovelsByLadyNovelists'' that stories trying to do it via "let's throw it in" method
--> ...remind us of the pictures clever children sometimes draw "out of their own head," where you will see a modern villa on the right, two knights in helmets fighting in the foreground, and a tiger grinning in a jungle on the left, the several objects being brought together because the artist thinks each pretty, and perhaps still more because he remembers seeing them in other pictures.
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudiceAndZombies'' (and its various sequels and imitators) has no real reason to exist except for this rule; zombies are cool and seeing [[ProperLady proper ladies slaughter them]] is even cooler.
* Scourge of ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is a cat who wears a collar with dog teeth sticking out of it. It's uncomfortable, but he wears it because he knew it was awesome.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is, by the admission of [[Creator/JimButcher its author]], constructed out of this. When the main character magically blasts werewolves through walls, fights vampires alongside mob bosses, running into the middle of a [[TheFairFolk faerie]] {{apocalypse|How}}, [[spoiler:reanimating a ZOMBIE]] [[TyrannosaurusRex T-REX]] and PUNCHING OUT SANTA CLAUS (who is also [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin)]] you KNOW it's this trope.
* ''Literature/TheForeverWar'' is hard on the MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness but author Joe Haldeman has no problem in creating a make-believe [[AppliedPhlebotinum "stasis field"]] that makes it impossible for anything to move faster than 26m/s so he can have [[RecycledInSpace swordfighting IN SPACE!!]]
* This seems to be one of Willy Wonka's guiding principles in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' -- why make ''ordinary'' ImpossiblyDeliciousFood when you can make ''awesome'' sweets such as sugar eggs that dissolve in your mouth and leave a little pink sugar baby bird on your tongue? It's not enough that he has a subterranean river of melted chocolate running through his factory -- he also loves to travel down it via a boiled-sweet boat that looks like a Viking longship. Many of the inventions mentioned only in passing are absolutely ridiculous-sounding, but also sound like great fun: fizzy lemonade swimming pools, marshmallow pillows, toffee apple trees that can be planted in backyards! Also, the Great Glass Elevator he uses to zip through the factory? It turns out to be equipped for ''space travel'' in [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the sequel]].
* ''Literature/ThursdayNext''. The hero, Next, can visit inside books. The mechanics of this are explained as, 'If it works, it works'. Which leads to the Chesire Cat manifesting a Kraken to defeat what is essentially a toast-based dictatorship.
* ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' is based on one very simple concept: medieval knights riding dinosaurs into battle. How do you tame a dinosaur? ''Can'' you tame a dinosaur? If you tamed it, could you ride it? Would it even want to charge into battle? It does not matter - what matters are ''medieval knights riding dinosaurs into battle''.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Why would anyone build a clockwork map of the world? Because it looks really really cool, that's why. The little-cogs-in-a-larger-machine effect satisfies the RuleOfSymbolism as well.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', being a Franchise/{{Superman}} show that ran for ten years, and with one of the producers a fan of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} madness, sure has its moments.
** The "[[BulletTime Clark time]]" effect. They love it so much they give SuperSpeed to dozens of villains that usually don't have them, because it looks so blasted cool.
** Lana Lang with the [[spoiler:Prometheus armour. It is "armour" that gives not the slightest trace of being worn, and gives kryptonian level speed and strength. Oh, and you need to start some fires... over a water tank... containing the test subject... and there is no energy input... Yes, it makes no sense but it is all forgiven when Lana bursts out of the lab like a phoenix from the flames and does a BulletCatch]].
* Early seasons of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower really had her pushing the limits]] of BadassNormal. She could fight one-on-one with a PhysicalGod or solo against armies and win. As a specific example: In one scene, she jumps from a cliff and horizontally spins hundreds of feet onto a passing ship. She could do this because she was Just That Cool. Her [[ThemeMusicPowerUp blood-quickening theme music]] sung by the Bulgarian Women's Choir always accompanied such feats. Later seasons had plot-devices and {{Flashback}}s explaining various powers.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' features this due to the creator's desire to include cool-looking SpaceWestern themes whether they [[FridgeLogic really made sense or not]]. From the DVD commentary:
--> "Nice floating train. Floating trains are cool."
--> "And I'll tell you for why, it's because they're floating, and also, trains."
* ''Series/MythBusters''
** TheTeam usually follows up a "busted" myth (and plausible and confirmed myths too) with an over-the-top experiment under improbable circumstances just to see how cool it looks like when it explodes. After all, [[CatchPhrase "we've replicated the circumstances of the myth, now let's replicate the results"]], and [[CatchPhrase "if it's worth doing,]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill it's worth overdoing"]].
** While testing to see if small amounts of dynamite can clean the inside of cement trucks of solidified cement, they fill one up with FBI-provided high explosives and blow it up to smithereens. Why would this be considered important information in the busting of this myth? The correct answer is: Who cares?
---> '''Jamie:''' [[LampshadeHanging This has got nothing to do with the myth;]] [[StuffBlowingUp it's just a big boom.]]
** It boggles the mind that they made a cannon entirely out of duct tape. The damned thing ''worked''.
* {{Toku}}satsu shows in ''general.''
** The sole reason that the monsters [[DefeatEqualsExplosion explode into fireballs]] upon defeat. It's a flashy way to get rid of a monster without more expensive post-editing effects.
** Why do the bad guys send monsters one by one?
** How are HumongousMecha, let alone CombiningMecha and TransformingMecha possible?
** What's with those wacky villain getups and PeopleInRubberSuits?
** How the heck does spandex deflect fireballs?
** How do you summon suits from thin air anyway?
** ''Why'' would you pose dramatically before doing so, and often after?
** Why doesn't the monster just attack you while you're still posing?
** How do they do those poses their first time out as if they'd practiced them, ''in unison'' in the case of teams transforming together?
** Why does posing sometimes cause ''giant explosions'' in the background?
** How do fists cause sparks?
** Not only do monsters explode, but why the ''hell'' would you turn ''away'' from the monster when you think it's going to explode, since they don't ''all'' die with the first use of a FinishingMove?
** The answer to these questions is another question: would it be as much fun if they didn't?
* One of the key selling points of ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' is the authenticity of the wardrobe and the skill of the costume department at making it so. Then Arthur has a trenchcoat. Why? Because it looks cool.
* ''Series/TopGear'': Why race a Bugatti Veyron against an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon? Why attempt to turn a Reliant Robin into a space shuttle? Why do any of the things they do? Because they're cool, dammit!
* Nothing in ''Series/DoctorWho'' makes any sense at all. Not the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Nine Hundred And Three Years Old]] [[TheNthDoctor regenerating]] HumanAlien who travels around time and space in a police box, not the {{Technobabble}} he [[MotorMouth delivers at a hundred kilometres an hour]] to justify the latest ReversePolarity, not the [[ContinuitySnarl perpetually vague or contradicting continuity]], ''definitely'' not the TimeyWimeyBall, not the OmnicidalManiac motorised pepper pots armed with a whisk and a toilet plunger, and absolutely not the screwdriver that gets NewPowersAsThePlotDemands. There is also, however, not a single person that cares.
-->'''RedShirt''': "What you gonna do, sucker me to death?"
-->'''Dalek''': ''[[NightmareFuel (Promptly suckers him to death)]]''
** [[DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]] features MURDEROUS ALIEN TIN SANTA CLAUSES who shoot FIRE OUT OF THEIR TUBAS and a swordfight to the death between the Doctor and a Sycorax for planet Earth. Just 'cause.
** The 2008 Christmas special features a [[spoiler:GIGANTIC [[SteamPunk STEAMPUNK]] [[HumongousMecha CYBERMECHA]].]] Sure, it was ridiculous, but... [[spoiler: gigantic steampunk cybermecha]]!
** In the climax of "Tooth and Claw", the Tenth Doctor uses [[spoiler: a telescope and diamond to fire a beam capable of lifting a werewolf, easily weighing 3-400 lbs, into the air, using only moonlight]].
** Planet of the Dead. Flying alien stingrays! On a desert planet! And a flying bus!
** Victory of the Daleks. [[CoolPlane Spitfires]] InSPACE!
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A flying shark pulling a sled.]]
** A [[LizardFolk Silurian lady]] fighting crime in Victorian England with her human maid/lesbian lover? [[KatanasAreJustBetter WITH A KATANA??]] Admit it, you want to watch that episode now.
** Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong Balloon powered cars floating around a 'modern' London with flying-lizards, Roman soldiers on the underground, Charles Dickens on early-morning TV to talk about his latest book and Winston Churchill riding into parliament on his personal mammoth.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship Dinosaurs!]] ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship On a space ship!]]'' What more could you want?
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** The premise of a computer being downloaded into a guy's mind makes no sense whatsoever, and when that computer is upgraded to make him magically learn kung fu, all plausibility goes flying right out the window but Chuck can kick people in face, so who really cares?
** Sarah's knife-throwing [[ImprobableAimingSkills exploits]] fall firmly into this trope.
** If Casey is coming to the rescue, why bother with making him take the door when you can have him parachute in through a glass ceiling with a team of Special Ops commandos?
** The tricked-out Nerd Herder has hidden passenger-side controls, a remote control, a hidden central console, handcuffs that come out of the steering wheel to detain prisoners, and a driver's seat that can be ejected out the door. Why? Because it does, that's why.
** Within canon, when Morgan can't think of a way to pick the Buy More's new assistant manager, he finally decides to go with a bouncy harness cage match. Not that anything involving Jeff and Lester can be terribly cool, but it's the principle of the thing.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': The Fonz can channel this trope [[PercussiveMaintenance through his fist and into a jukebox to activate it to impress chicks]].
* The creators of ''Series/{{Rome}}'' admitted they ignored the date the real Atia died simply because they loved the character and wanted to keep her on. Most fans agreed.
* Creator/StephenColbert on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' uses this trope when he was protecting the identity of a former employee deployed in Afghanistan - "For security reasons I can't show his photo, and for cool reasons I will refer to him as '[[AwesomeMcCoolname Tank Gunbullet]]'."
* The ''Franchise/TheFutureIsWild'' BBC miniseries, a followup to the ''Walking with ___'' series, focuses on what life might be like millions of years in the future. It's got elements of evolutionary biology, but most of it is rule of cool all over.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': You could fill a hundred encyclopedias with all the technical and narrative inaccuracies; two dimensional space, clear contradictions in the standard operating procedures of Starfleet, glaringly inefficient ship designs, unrealistic scale of space, unrealistic equipment, convoluted timeline of events, the list is infinite. However....when ''Trek'' fires on all [[strike: cylinders]] warp nacelles, NOBODY gives a damn.
* In the season four premiere of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', the Enterprise's targeting sensors are disabled, requiring the ship to get close enough to the target to eyeball it. This serves no plot purpose but the target happened to be a facility in Nazi-occupied New York. The result was the Enterprise flying over New York City, fighting [[StupidJetpackHitler Stukas with plasma cannons]].
* ''{{Series/Primeval}}'': It's implausible and silly half the time, but it's about crazy scientists fighting '''[[TimeTravel time-traveling]] [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs DINOSAURS]]'''. The development team [[ShownTheirWork does their research]], but they don't apply it at all and instead take ArtisticLicenseBiology in heedless abandon. One episode even featured a [[RaptorAttack raptor]] chase through a shopping mall. On motorbikes.
* In the GrandFinale of ''{{Series/Fringe}},'' [[MadScientist Walter]] has developed AbnormalAmmo that will not only kill their typically-ImmuneToBullets enemy, but cause the bodies to float in the air due to [insert TechnoBabble here]. When Peter asked why they'd need them to float them if it could kill them, Walter says, as if he'd been asked the painfully obvious, "Because it's '''cool.'''"
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The episode "Buffy vs. Dracula" had [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Buffy fighting Dracula]]. In adapting the Count for their show, the writers let him keep all his most memorable traits (sleeping in a coffin, hypnotizing people, turning into a bat, etc.) even though [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Buffyverse vampires don't normally work that way]]. He even got to dwell in a BigFancyCastle, despite the show being set in California, where castles are rare to nonexistent (and, [[LampshadeHanging as Riley points out]], you'd think the MainCharacters would have noticed their town had a giant castle in it before now). This is all excused because, without those things, he just wouldn't feel like Dracula, and [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Buffy vs. Dracula]] would never have happened.
** Joss has specifically cited this as the reason why, in the final episode of Season 7, all of the Ubervamps suddenly start dying easier than regular vampires seem to, even when being fought by normal humans.
* The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise got its success by being practically fueled by this trope, the premise alone involving a small group of teens doing martial arts and [[SuperSentaiStance making awesome if slightly goofy team poses]] while wearing motorcycle helmets and fighting giant monsters by piloting [[HumongousMecha transforming giant robots]] might seem very silly, but if you tell it to any Power Ranger fan, you'll likely get the response "Who cares? it's freaking awesome!"
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** Following the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', Coulson has taken steps to avert S.H.I.E.L.D.'s SigilSpam, removing the emblem from the cars and many other obvious places. He couldn't bring himself to remove the giant symbol on the top of the plane, though, because it's just too cool.
** Coulson has Fitz make him a device that projects an energy shield for the sole reason that they both agreed it would be cool for the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. to have a shield. For bonus points, it's in the shape of Captain America's shield, though with the S.H.I.E.L.D. symbol rather than his star.
* ''Series/AguilaRoja'' pretty much lives on the Rule of Cool. For starters, the titular hero is a [[GratuitousNinja Gratuitous]] McNinja in the 17th century Madrid. This means that AbsurdlySharpBlade and KatanasAreJustBetter often come into play.

* The Rule of Cool most likely explains why people usually portray phoenixes as birds of prey. Granted, herons and ibises (which phoenixes were historically based on) are effective predators in their environments, but they're just not as cool as hawks or eagles. Heck, showing phoenixes as birds [[IncendiaryExponent made of fire]] when the original myths just said they were regular birds reborn in fire is an example of this trope.
%%* This rule is the ''raison d'etre'' for the most of the {{Steampunk}} genre.

* This is the basis of the Lemon Demon song, "The Music/UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny" (which inspired a [[http://www.ultimateshowdown.org/ well-known Flash video]]), in which Neil Cicierega describes a battle royale started by Franchise/{{Godzilla}} and Franchise/{{Batman}}. As the fight went on, more pop culture icons join in, including Shaquille O'Neal, Abraham Lincoln, [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]], Creator/JackieChan, Franchise/IndianaJones, the Franchise/PowerRangers, Creator/ChuckNorris, [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]], Comicbook/{{Superman}}, UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, and countless others:
-->''The fight raged on for a century,'' \\
''Many lives were claimed, but eventually'' \\
''The champion stood, the rest saw their better:'' \\
''[[spoiler:Mr. Rogers in a blood-stained sweater]].''
* Music/{{Muse}}: Rule of Cool is the reason for Muse's existence. Considering how their stuff is crazy-awesome NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly with generous heaps of operatic flamboyance, who cares if the concepts don't entirely make sense at times?
** The video ''Music/KnightsOfCydonia'' features cowboys, androids, birds of prey, seduction, kung fu, rayguns, dirtbikes, execution, Soviet imagery, holographic band members, a unicorn and a [[EarthAllAlong half-submerged Statue Of Liberty]], and is set in a goldrush town named after the Martian region of Cydonia. It doesn't make a great deal of sense, but it is still awesome!
** Another song is about "superstars sucked into the supermassive", with huge riffs and piano's that would make an appropriate soundtrack to [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]]. Oh, and the live shows are truly awesomely epic, with extended improvised jams and the theatricality turned up to eleven. ThePowerOfRock, indeed.
* The video for "Music/ShineOnMe" by Chris Dane Owens. It's every fantasy movie imaginable fed through a wood chipper and shaken up, spliced with shots of a Legolas lookalike strumming a guitar.
%%* The reason anyone likes Music/DragonForce.
* CaptainDan. More specifically, ''Captain Dan and the Scurvy Crew,'' a group of rapping pirates with song titles like "Hook it up," and "Keel Haul 'Em."
* Seasick Steve is a folk singer who used to be a hobo. He plays a three-string guitar.
* Music/{{Rush}}'s 2112 is 20 minutes long and the vocals account for less than 10 of them. Does most of the rest of the song have anything to do with the story it tells? For the most part, no, but that's not going to stop it from being awesome.
* ''Liquid Tension Experiment''; when Music/DreamTheater members gave up any semblance of composition and just dazzled everyone with their unbelievable instrumental prowess.
* "Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Eats UsefulNotes/LasVegas". It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
%%* Michael Angelo Batio. The Double and Quad guitar. Look it up in Youtube.
%%* Music/FrankZappa's "Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar" series and "Black Page Pt. 2"
* The album cover of ''Painkiller'' by Music/JudasPriest has a silver angel riding a motorcycle with buzzsaw blades for wheels, and a chassis that is a dragon. This shiny angel rides his impossible motorcycle through the air over a bunch of skyscrapers slowly sinking into lava.
* Music/NinjaSexParty's song "Dinosaur Laser Fight". It's about dinosaurs having a laser fight in space with sharks and robots because a tyrannosaurus couldn't get a high-five.
* Music/{{Bananarama}}. With fire, a woman dressed as the devil, a woman with huge bat-like wings, a woman in a beret pushing a man from one table to another, the band dancing and singing, and all those different women being worshipped by men, and a woman in a wedding dress coming out of a casket, and with none of these different elements acknowledging each other, the video for "Venus" runs on this.
* French band Music/NouvelleVague made a career out of playing popular tunes from TheEighties in a bossa nova style.
* Former Music/HollywoodUndead member and current solo rapper, Deuce, has a music video for "Let's Get it Crackin" where he spends most of the video dancing with hot girls in typical rap star fashion, but then takes out a gun and nonchalantly shoots them all dead for no apparent reason. Despite the sheer randomness of this, fans still liked the video a lot, possibly for two reasons. First, because the video started out so typical, and then had a never-before-done twist. Secondly, randomness aside, it's still sex and violence. Which is almost always a win.
* Why is The 1812 Overture, a piece commemorating a Russian victory over French forces, prominently featured in many ''American'' Independence Day celebrations? It has cannons in it.
* Music/{{Gloryhammer}}: The plot to Their two albums is as follows: Undead unicorns invade dundee, their leader Zargothrax the EvilSorcerer is imprisoned in ice, then released by the Chaos Wizards, and the second album ends with Korviliath the Elder God from the 18th Hell Dimension being prevented from being unleashed by the [[EarthShatteringKaboom earth being destroyed by a neutron star powering a cyborg exploding.]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Some wrestling moves (especially the more elaborate finishers) fall into this category. The effectiveness of every move used in pro wrestling is directly proportionate to how cool it looks.
** Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s Petey Williams' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov1rNg0wsIg Canadian Destroyer]]", a flip piledriver that [[ArtisticLicensePhysics would break the laws of physics]] if the opponent weren't helping -- but it looks incredibly awesome, so it doesn't matter too much.
** The People's Elbow could finish anyone off, despite being done from a standing position, as well as [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] bouncing off the ropes twice for no reason.
* Surely, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot wrestling grave-digger zombie biker]] would be a laughable gimmick, but surely enough, Wrestling/TheUndertaker has been alive (undead?) and kicking for about 20 years now, and has become one of the most iconic figures in all of wrestling.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'', the things requiring most suspension of disbelief are also the coolest; dinosaurs on Venus, Victorians in Space, supertough Martians riding on big scary birds, canals of Mars and flying ships. There are rather detailed and reasonably plausible explanations for these, if you accept slightly different natural laws, though. Perhaps the most blatant example of greater need for suspension of belief for extra cool stuff is two prototype giant steam robots in the adventure Tom Fleet and his Steam Colossus in Challenge 61 - yes, of course they end up having a cool giant robot on giant robot fight, do you even need to ask?
* Several Creator/WhiteWolf games have a literal Rule of Cool called Stunting.
** This is ''the'' central rule of the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. Not only do many, many things in the setting exist solely because they're cool, but it's an ''actual rule'' -- although it doesn't use that name, it's a mechanical manifestation of it in spirit -- where giving a cool description to accompany an action grants a Stunt bonus to perform it. The more awesome it sounds, the bigger the bonus.
** Case in point for the ''Exalted'' Rule of Cool outside of the Stunt mechanic: ''{{chain|sawGood}}klaves''. Then the Alchemicals had to go and beat it with the gyroscopic chakram: for when ComicBook/CaptainAmerica needs to get in on the ChainsawGood.
** Stunting also makes it into ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', in the specific context of Dream Combat, and with some caveats appropriate to that.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' uses the same "stunting" rule as ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''.
* The open-source game [[http://wiki.saberpunk.net/Wushu/HomePage Wushu]] thrives on a stunting rule, giving you dice for every detail that you hammer down for a given action and everything you describe happens unless the other players veto it.
* The indie ''TabletopGame/LegendSystem'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is published by]] ''Rule of Cool Games''.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' campaign setting in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. For one thing, there's a [[DungeonPunk magic train]] that exists for the sole purpose of players fighting on its roof. Then there's the LostWorld continent, the modular magic-powered robots known as the Warforged (who are a PC race!), the [[HorseOfADifferentColor dinosaur-riding]] halflings...
* The small RPG company Atomic Sock Monkey Press has a particular obsession with the Rule of Cool. At least one of their games ("[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Monkey, Ninja, Pirate, Robot]]") relies entirely upon the principle behind the Rule to exist. Most games from the company incorporate a rule called "Being Badass," where if the player describes something he does in a particularly cool or effective way, the attempt gets a + 2 on the dice roll (and in a game that uses only two six-siders, even + 2 is a worthwhile bonus).
* The RPG ''TabletopGame/FireBorn'' from Fantasy Flight Games was built on this trope, featuring as it does reincarnated dragons. Who fight the forces of darkness in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture near-future London]]. [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting With kung fu]]. As the game progresses, they get flashbacks to when they ruled the [[{{Atlantis}} ancient world]] as full-size dragons.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Physics ''is'' the Rule Of Cool, and it's [[NightmareFuel fueled by abyssal nightmares]].[[OurTrollsAreDifferent The Orks]] can change the laws of physics through [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve blithering ignorance]], while the Ruinous Forces of [[EldritchAbomination Chaos]] have a whole [[HyperSpaceIsAScaryPlace dimension]] that lets them grow extra bits of ''[[BodyHorror everything]]'' by way of literal OffscreenVillainDarkMatter.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' the Rule of Cool is neatly quantified for {{Game Master}}s wishing to run cinematic campaigns: ''"The "cinematic" campaign is one where realism doesn't rule because if it did, it would constantly get in the way of the story. In a cinematic campaign, swashbuckling heroes can defeat dozens of foes because the story calls for it. Spacecraft whoosh or roar in the silence of space because fast things whoosh and powerful engines roar. Rightness always overrules mere correctness."''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has been described thusly: "Say your mission was to get a can of coke from a vending machine. Step four can be 'pull out rocket launcher' and nobody will blink."
** With the proper min/max techniques, it is possible to acquire an ECM-equipped armored stealth helicopter equipped with a long-range armor-piercing missile launcher with 36-hour operational endurance and a secondary heavy machine gun as a basic starting character. Whether your game master will ''let'' you, on the other hand...
** A certain selection of Adept powers boost your character's unarmed combat ability. If you boost your Magic attribute high enough, it is easily possible to create a character who can punch through an armored battle tank without breaking into a sweat.
** Misuses of the Restricted Gear quality could fill pages. Want a helicopter with a heavy laser cannon? Go ahead. 5 kilometer range remote-guided armor-piercing missile launcher? Sure. Power-armored troll with an assault cannon? It would take two applications of the quality to get military-grade armor ''and'' the assault cannon, but yes.
* ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury'', besides having [=PCs=] able to pull off basically anything they've ever seen in a movie, fight gorillas on top of a zeppelin, ride dinosaurs, etc., asks the GM to stop and think, before declaring any rule, "What happens if the [=PCs=] succeed, and what happens if they fail?" and is expected to come up with a sufficiently interesting answer for both, just to guarantee every roll will have cool enough results either way to be worthwhile. The game also encourages things like taking gangsters and making them zombie gangsters, or making their leader a talking gorilla, etc.
* ''TabletopGame/StarWarsSagaEdition'' has the Second Wind mechanic, Force Points, and Destiny Points, which work as ''Rules FOR Cool''. The Second Wind ability allows a heavily beaten character to pull himself back on his feet and return to the fight for a short duration. The rare Force Points significantly increase the chances for success in critical situations, while the even rarer Destiny Points can almost guarantee success when it is vital for everything he fought for. (Like having only one single shot left before the Death Star blows all your friends up.)
* This is an explicit rule of design in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. Anything can see print if it's cool enough.
* The independent game ''TabletopGame/{{Cosmopol}}'' only exists because of this rule; ''UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt'' having four terms as president and ''Buckminster Fuller'' designing an entire city!
* Champions and the TabletopGame/HeroSystem invoke this rule repeatedly. The rules emphasize "dramatic realism" but we all know what they mean by that. Combine it with the fact they have strength tables high enough to permit a PC to lift a castle.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Torg}}'': Humanoid dinosaurs? Check. Oppressive cyberpunk theocracy? Check. Two-fisted archeologists? Check. Ninjas fighting megacorporations? Check. Ancient astronauts? Check. Lovecraftian horrors in the jungle? Check.
* "Infinity": you can (with some minor list restrictions) pick any models from a faction you like "because they look cool" and be able to win with them. One faction is made up of the most bad ass French to ever exist, Russians, British and US Special Forces, Scotsmen in Kilts waving broadswords and assault rifles AND werewolves. That is one single faction.
* What ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' runs on. Players even get Story Points that allow them to pull off the craziest things and alter the plot.
* Basically, any time a player makes an investment in something for their character that is strictly *not* optimal in terms of game mechanics yet appeals to a player's wants/sense of style, they are opting to follow the Rule of Cool (if only in a small way).

* ''WesternAnimation/DinoRiders'': {{time travel}}ing humans and alien monsters, some with [[ThreateningShark sharks]] for heads fighting each other while riding on dinosaurs outfitted with space age armour missile launchers and laser cannons. ''Dinosaurs equipped with [[{{BFG}} thumping great guns]] and laser cannons battling each other!'' How did that not catch on? These days, they're mostly remembered through pictures shared as "most-awesome-thing-ever" {{meme|ticMutation}}s. Thankfully it was continued by Imaginext Dinosaurs.
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' qualifies with such things as giant-sized, biomechanical tigers that can extend their neck and have caterpillar tracks instead of back legs; robotic heroes surfing on lava or riding on rock slides with buzz saws attached to their feet; humongous insects with powerful blasters implanted onto their bodies; desert bandits riding on dinosaurs; and all kinds of warriors/villains/monsters you can [[BuiltWithLego build out of Lego sets]] with the most bizarre powers you can imagine. Even such mundane things as transportation were cool when the setting called for it. Nowadays, the story tends to focus less on these aspects and more on the actual plot -- that is why the introduction of cybernetic dinosaurs with laser targeting-systems was so welcomed.

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* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''
** Most of the technology exists either to be unnecessarily cool or to be unnecessarily complicated, and often both.
** There is not a single creature in the series that is not ArtMajorBiology in one way or another.
** In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' there's Luminoth Script. It's a three-dimensional array of lit and unlit nodes, linked by lines, with the shape and which nodes are lit or unlit conveying the message. This array is impossible to read or write in two dimensions, needlessly complicated, and likely can't convey the amount of information it's shown to... but it ''looks'' awesome.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'': The core basis of the gameplay is beating shit up and making it look good like rocking on a guitar bearing the soul of a lightning succubus for crowd control.
** If you don't think that Dante's motorbiking up the vertical walls of the Temen-ni-Gru was cool, your definition might be unnecessarily strict. The bike had ''flamethrower attachments.''
** Nero's sword ''revs like a motorbike''.
%%* All of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''.
* Creator/{{Suda51}}: Many of their games runs off the Rule of Cool.
** ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' has a paraplegic assassin whose manifested alternate personalities do his bidding while fighting evil spirits,
** ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' stars an otaku who won a lightsaber on an Internet auction and went on to become an assassin so he can get laid,
** ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' shows a cheerleader using a chainsaw to survive a zombie apocalypse,
** ''VideoGame/KillerIsDead'': An assassin who fights cyborg mooks with a katana and a cybernetic arm while not hitting on ladies...
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''
** This trope and intentional {{Zeerust}} are the only things that can explain the giant scorpions, the radiation hanging around after 200 years and keeping things a wasteland, and the fact that that many buildings are still there after being nuked then left to rot for over 200 years, cars that explode in mushroom butts and most of all... [[spoiler: Liberty Prime. A giant, bipedal robot with Gort's laser eyes and a backpack of miniature nuclear missiles, which it throws like footballs and is voiced by Peter 'Optimus Prime' Cullen.]]
** Is it possible to blow someone's head apart by launching a teddy bear at them? Probably not. When you get the Rock-it Launcher and manage to do just that, will you care about the previous question? No.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''
** The opening sequence of [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the first game]] counts. Yes, it's a tutorial level, but does it really matter when Sora is navigating a black void, walking on stained-glass floors of Disney characters, and it all culminates in a battle against a ''giant Heartless with a hole in its chest in the shape of a heart symbol''?
** The final battle in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', where Sora and [[spoiler:Riku]] fight [[spoiler:Xemnas]]. They're floating in space and you can ''slice buildings flying at you in half and send them flying back without moving''. This is so impossible the only explanation is that the laws of physics were breaking. Considering what was happening at the end of the game, it's not too far-fetched.
** A lot of the combination attacks with world-specific partners fall into this area, as do the Drive Forms. Where did Donald and Goofy go? Why does Sora's roar with Beast kill everything? Why does Auron's sword do more damage when he's got Sora [[BackToBackBadasses attached to his back]]? Where did Sora and Mulan get all those fireworks? Better question. Who cares!? It's ''freaking awesome!''
** Flowmotion from ''VideoGame/{{Kingdom Hearts 3D|DreamDropDistance}}'' also runs off of this. Bouncing off walls, spinning around lampposts, dashing from building to building, and all of it can be used to fight enemies. It's given no explanation whatsoever, Sora just sees another character do it and suddenly he can too.
* ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'': Why is one of the bosses an enormous zombie[=/=]FrankensteinsMonster? Why do your weapons include a [[SwissArmyWeapon divine weed whacker with a laser grapple, a shotgun that can fire freezing blasts, a combined rotary cannon and rocket launcher, and a strange weapon that fires shurikens and lightning]]? Why can your character [[SuperMode turn into a demon]], becoming invincible, killing nearly everything in one hit with blasts of inexplicable force, and slowing down time? Because it's cool.
* This is even more true of the GaidenGame ''Painkiller: Overdose''. Why is your character a angel/demon hybrid who makes pop-culture references his backstory couldn't possibly let him know? Why are your first three weapons a disembodied demon head with dangling spine, a redesign of the aforementioned shotgun as a weapon that fires bone shards and petrifying sludge, and a redesign of the aforementioned weed whacker as a magical puzzle cube? Because it's cool.
* ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' and ''Serious Sam: Second Encounter''. Hordes of enemies rushing at you for no reason in locales so vast, grandeur and glorious that the only real explanation is to look cool and make you feel like the coolest player ever. [[NintendoHard Which you are.]] [[DifficultyLevels Sometimes.]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' was probably created with this rule specifically in mind. It's the only logical explanation for why you're playing as the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking President of the United States battling a coup by the Vice President]] in a [[HumongousMecha heavily-armed mech]], the giant robotic spider the Vice President unleashes on Manhattan, the huge ray-gun on Alcatraz Island and much else.
* Ragnell in the 10th ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' is said to be indestructible, but in the ending cutscreen it is shown heavily nicked for no other reason than to look cool.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'': There is no other way to justify scenes such as a crossdressing ninja punching a hole through a fighter jet to fight its anthropomorphic fox pilot. Following this, both fighters are stopped by being offered tea by a princess. All of them are ''on top of a moving airship that is currently engaged in combat''. The storymode in ''Brawl'' is built on "that would look cool".
* One of the settings for battle is a spacecraft that flies out of the atmosphere, climbs into space, goes into hyperdrive, weaves through asteroid debris, hyperdrives back to the planet, re-enters the atmosphere. This is just as a backdrop.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' Red Alert has armored paratrooper bears.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock|1}}''. No, they didn't have automated turrets or flying unmanned machinegun robots in the 60s, and the technology to build an entire city on the bottom of the ocean wasn't even feasible in the late 1940s but that's terribly irrelevant when one considers that you also have a [[BeeBeeGun Magical Hand That Shoots Bees]] and can set people on fire by snapping your fingers.
* For ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' you get the magic to sic a murder of crows on people. Even so, how does the flying city of Columbia carry enough fuel to stay airborne, or to lift all those stone buildings, marble statues, cobbled streets and parks at all? Through ''awesomeness''.
* ''VideoGame/GodHand'': a {{Meme|ticMutation}} about the game goes from "These levels look bland" to "HOLY SHIT THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME I'M THE MOTHERFUCKING Manga/{{FIST OF THE NORTH STAR}} JESUS CHRIST" in three panels. And it doesn't even mention the Luchadore Gorilla.
* ''VideoGame/{{God of War|Series}}''. You play as a large Spartan wearing little but a tunic, wielding blades attached to chains that are sheared into his arms, and you kill monsters 10 times bigger than you in brutal over the top ways. Also, you get to kill a god. Several times. Hell, half the stuff Kratos does would seem appalling if they weren't so damn ''awesome''.
* Fighting games in general lean heavily on this one but Yoda and Darth Vader are in ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur 4]]''. There is no other possible explanation and if the developers try to provide one, they are lying bastards.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''. There is an entirely logical explanation as to why your UsefulNotes/{{Pettanko}} brawler can punch her enemies into the sun: Because it's awesome looking.
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' indulged in this from time to time, but ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden II'' for 360 revels in it. There are zombies with {{chainsaw|Good}}s and [[ArmCannon cannons for arms]], six-limbed werewolves with [[SinisterScythe giant scythes]], flying battleships, ninja special ops forces with rocket launchers, and a boss fight on the Statue of Liberty. Then ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Sigma 2'' makes you ''fight the goddamn Statue of Liberty itself''.
* ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' features units that operate by this trope, such as the experimentals. The Fatboy, Czar, and Megalith are {{Military Mashup Machine}}s par excellence, the Galactic Colossus is a textbook example of AwesomeButImpractical, the Monkeylord is just kind of the Monkeylord... the list goes on.
* ''VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures'': stars a heavily armored anthropomorphic opossum who flies around with a rocket pack and wields a sword that can generate RazorWind. It's utterly saturated with SteamPunk HumongousMecha, {{Airborne Aircraft Carrier}}s, and {{Military Mashup Machine}}s, and your enemies do things like deliberately blowing a hole in the side of their own spaceship to try and kill you or following you down through re-entry into the planet's atmosphere.
* ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' went from possible though infeasible acrobatics in Jordan Mechner's original games, to Creator/{{Ubisoft}}'s disregard for the laws of physics relative to human motion. Could a man jumping twelve feet out into space at a sheer stone wall grab an eight-inch, ninety-degree angle stone ledge with anything resembling enough grip to keep himself from falling? Try doing it ten times within a minute's span, with your life on the line each time, in addition to running along or up walls for anything more than three steps at most. Why does it all work? ''Because it's cool as hell.''
* ''VideoGame/DantesInferno''. You start off by killing the grim reaper, stealing his scythe, descending into hell and eventually killing the lord of hell himself. Along the way you also fight a giant naked woman throwing babies out of her boobs. Everything this game does is examine sections of the original poem and make them as cool as possible.
* From ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'', it's worth mentioning the final confrontation, the ClimaxBoss battle of the game. It's a fistfight between two guys biologically clearly over fifty and both are perfectly capable of kicking your ass. The battle is on the top of a submarine. Why? ''Because it's cool.''
* A [[http://fromearth.net/LetsPlay/Persona3/index.html Let's Play]] series for ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' calls attention to this when it mentions who the main character's ultimate Persona is: "Messiah is... well, he's that guy. Yeah. THAT guy. We're going to battle against the incarnation of Death by summoning '''that guy'''. I don't think this game could possibly be any more metal."
* Chie's ultimate Persona in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' looks like [[Franchise/StarWars a samurai Darth Vader with Darth Maul's lightsaber.]] The game also gives you Kintoki-Douji. It carries a Tomahawk MISSILE. Alas, it is a magic-oriented Persona, so it doesn't throw it.
* ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents''. The game's plot revolves around an organization of TheMenInBlack and CoolShades who appear to help people out with their problems ''while dancing to pop songs''. Helping a white blood cell fight off a virus just in time for the Olympics to Ashlee Simpson's ''La La''? No problem. Assisting a coffee-addicted taxi driver in driving a pregnant woman to the hospital to the song ''Sk8er Boi''? That's nothing for the EBA. Helping a diver find treasure while ''YMCA'' is blaring in the background? That's not even trying! How do you save a down-on-his-luck baseball player? By helping him win his next game? No! Clearly, the solution is to help him save a small boy from a giant lava-spewing rock monster in an amusement park! ''With baseball!''
* EBA's predecessor, ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'', ran on this trope too - Japanese-style male cheerleading is used to encourage a buddy cop pair to fight back against an invading army of battery-like aliens. An overworked salaryman to protects his city and his daughter in Ultraman fashion and the ''entire planet to blast an oncoming meteor with concentrated willpower''
** In the sequel, Earth's population is called upon again, this time to ''turn the sun back on'' through ThePowerOfRock.
* ''{{VideoGame/Contra}} 3: The Alien Wars'' for SNES had one level almost entirely composed of the player ''riding on in-flight missiles''.
* ''{{VideoGame/Contra}}: Rebirth'' game for Wiiware attempts to one-up this by having the character [[spoiler:ride down the flaming remains of a space station ''during reentry'', and jump from one to the other]] while fighting a boss.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'': heroes and villains of the first ten ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games all beat the crap out of each other.
** [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Sabin]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'''s ability to [[FantasticFightingStyle Suplex the Train]] was actually due to a coding error, where the "Too large to Suplex" tag wasn't turned on. Why do you think this "bug" has been left alone in every subsequent release?
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has one case where a giant interstellar entity hurtles your enemies into a galaxy going supernova. Bahamut's got a long history of destroying things from orbit.
** ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', Bahumut's signature move, Exaflare, involves the giant dragon surrounding the MOON with crystals, blowing half of it up, and turning it into a GIANT LASER which is pointed towards the planet, thus taking out a good amount of HP.
* In the original ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' if a boss comes close to dying, then using a demolition shot as the killing blow causes Grave to activate the "Graveyard Special" (FinishingMove), where his coffin launches a super-charged attack (which usually combines two or more his normal demolition shots). While this is not required to kill any boss, the demolition shot is so over the top that it looks awesome. [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Your player character is the reanimated corpse of a hitman with Guns Akimbo and a large coffin on his back that shoots rockets and can semi-morph into a machine gun]]. In the sequel, the original character gains allies. One is a blind samurai with [[GunBlade swords that are also guns]], and a ghost who uses a guitar with a dynamo in it to shoot arc lightning at his enemies. The ghost who defeats his enemies with ''ThePowerOfRock'' is named [[AwesomeMcCoolname Rockabilly Redcadillac]].
* The makers of ''VideoGame/DeadlyCreatures'' said the game was built upon this. "In real life, tarantulas don't go web swinging from area to area but wouldn't it be cool?"
* ALL of [[Franchise/RatchetAndClank Ratchet's]] guns are powered by this except the most basic ones (sometimes not even them). Let's consider a few:
** The RYNO: a MacrossMissileMassacre gun [[{{BFG}} so large Ratchet can barely lift it]]. The later versions get even ''more'' excessive.
** The Morph-O-Ray and related weapons: stated in the fourth game, [[strike: ''Gladiator'']] ''Deadlocked'', to be based on [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells "Heisenberg uncertainty particles"]]. In ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Up Your Arsenal]]'', it can turn your opponents into '''[[KillItWithFire phoenix ducks from hell]]'''. With an ''infinite ammo supply''.
** The Glove [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of Doom]] and related weapons: At first, it simply summons kamikaze walking [[AttackDrone robots]]. Then, things go insane, with a "gold" version that throws robots ''the same size as Ratchet'' (with an ammo capacity of 40 robots, released in groups of four), and the higher levels of the Agents of Doom, which produce flying drones with rocket launchers...
** Even the basic [[MoreDakka rapid-fire weapon]] in ''Up Your Arsenal'' develops Rule Of Cool powers after a while - not only does each shot ricochet an ungodly number of times, they also discharge red lightning when they hit.
** RYNOCIRATOR. Disintegration grenade, for all intents and purposes and the most expensive weapon to get your hands on and keep ammo for... [[AwesomeButImpractical But hey, who cares when you can disintegrate 99% of everything in one shot?]]
* The Karmic Transformers in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''. Sure, they don't serve any other purpose than making Amaterasu look different, but there's something ''awesome'' about seeing a [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/Japspitzpup.jpg Japanese]] [[http://www.dogslife.com.au/__data/page/5948/Japanese_Spitz.jpg Spitz]] beat up enemies and bosses.
* ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'': In real life, taxicabs wouldn't be allowed to break every traffic law in existence in an effort to get their customer to their destination as fast as possible. Thank goodness this isn't real life.
* Diviner Maros in ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains''. He's a seer who can see an entire section of time at once and spends his time forgetting what week it is and creating time paradoxes. At one point he starts to send you on a mission, only to realize you did that two missions ago and then pauses to remember when he is. He frequently sends you to places he only knows about because you told him where they were when you got back, or gives you advice based on stuff you told him in the future, because he gave you that advice. How can he do this? Because he's cool.
* ''VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar'': ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''VideoGame/MischiefMakers'':
** Sequences in the game include outrunning a tidal wave on a tricycle, riding giant bees, and a stage literally called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Missile Surf.]]
** As for the boss fights, one of them has the main character riding on the back of a giant cat and fighting an anthropomorphic sentai wolf on a transforming motorcycle. The cat can also do the aforementioned missile surf while the main character ''grabs giant lasers'' out of the air and throws them back at the wolf.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'': You can punch your enemies to death, but why do that when you can achieve the same result by shoryukening them, punching them thrice in midair, then slamming them into the ground like a rail spike? Then [[GrievousHarmWithABody you can use his corpse to down a military helicopter]], grab the now-plummeting helicopter in mid-air and chuck it down at a tank and finish off with a ground-pound, taking out any infantry stragglers.
* ''VideoGame/LittleRedRidingHoodsZombieBBQ''. Little Red Riding Hood may not be the definition of cool. We've seen zombies in media a million and a half times. [=BBQs=] are what middle age men do to show off their cooking skills while keeping their testicles intact. Put them all together and there is nothing uncool about a grown Little Red Riding Hood in skimpy clothing using a flamethrower on the undead.
* ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}''. Why make a game where you can make God fight Cthulu? Why make a game where you can ''travel back in time, ride a dinosaur through the time machine, and then kill robot zombies.'' Because you can.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}} III, Return of the Ninja Master'': Ninjas on surfboads? Check. Ninjas on kites? Check. Climbing your way to the top of a cliff on falling rocks while fighting flying ninjas? Hell yes, check.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has Marisa, who mentions that spellcards aren't made to be overwhelmingly powerful, but to have beautiful patterns and look cool in both Silent Sinner in Blue, and her own Grimoire of Marisa. That isn't to say there aren't spell cards that worry more about pure power rather than style, but as a whole, you could sell tickets to an audience to see a spellcard lightshow if you were so inclined. The fact that you can't use a card that can't be beat shows that power isn't the main focus, and the point of the system in the first place was so that youkai would ease up on the power and allow competition between themselves and humans.
** ''The entire premise of the games run on this'': it is stated that Reimu has the ability to "escape from reality" in order to effectively make herself invincible against the opposition, but then there wouldn't be much of a game to play.
* ''Naruto: Ultimate Ninja'': Using an Ougi (or Ultimate) triggers a cutscene of your character using his powers with all almighty coolness.
* ''VideoGame/CrimsonSkies''. The PC version: received this line in a review.
-->''These things could never get off the ground in real life. But who cares? They. Look.'' '''Cool'''.
* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'': Court proceedings aren't anything [[MundaneMadeAwesome like that]] in real life, but after you've played a bit, ''you'll wish they were''.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': So it comes time to update the most overpowered and controversial class in the game with a new weapon, what do you give him? Valve gave him a claymore sword that decapitates on killing blows, a shield that resists fire and explosions, AND makes him run faster than any other class in the game. All of this for seemingly no reason other than the fact that the demoman is Scottish, and it makes a pretty cool ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' reference.
* ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' does things with the Force that were so cool it blew your mind away. Fighting a forty-story tall alien tentacle monster? Throwing Darth Freakin' Vader into the wall? Crashing a low-flying STAR DESTROYER into a major city!
* There is a part on ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'''s intro cutscene showing Shadow doing Chaos Control quickly, then punching an alien. Rinse and repeat for 10 to 20 seconds. That part of the cutscene does look pretty cool, and has no effect on any aspect of the game at all, so the use of chaos control here is justified by this rule (Normally, you need a Chaos Emerald and charge up the chaos control to do it, you cannot do it instantly).
** On Shadow's intro on ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', Shadow is shown running through snow while avoiding many robots shooting him. He then runs through the robots. The robots blow up, and then he bounces on a single robot to get past a big door. That's a full use of this rule. However, the Chaos Control he proceeds to use is unjustified because it doesn't look as cool as it should... especially after what he just did.
** The first level of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', Sonic escapes [[MistakenForTerrorist wrongful capture]] from a G.U.N. (Military organisation similar to NATO) Helicopter, and surfs down the hilly city streets on a chunk of the wing. Then at the end of the level, G.U.N. chases him with a truck-truck-truck, a 4 story tall semi so wide it barley scraped along the sides of the buildings and [[TheJuggernaut sends everything in the street flying on impact]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJIZ0PHyyCI]]
** The truck came back for ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''. It now chases Modern Sonic for far longer, has buzzsaws at the front and even chases Sonic UP A BUILDING. Yes, that thing can now fly.
* ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!]]''. Why else would a four-foot-tall, 107 lb, 17-year-old kid from The Bronx be travelling around the world, fighting circus freaks, competing for the World '''Heavyweight''' Boxing Championship? ''Because it's cool.'' In the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} version, why else is MikeTyson replaced as the final challenger by '''''[[spoiler: VideoGame/DonkeyKong]]'''''?
* Pick any ShootEmUp. Firing FrickinLaserBeams larger than your fighter could handle isn't cool enough...
* This is why Grenade Launcher exists in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2''. As Valve said, they and many people wanted to see more stuff blow up, so they threw in the weapon. Combine the weapon with fire bullets and you got a gun of awesome.
* ''VideoGame/NeedForMadness'': On the loading screen, the following is displayed: "The following game is really mad, because unlike other games it does not try to [[ArtMajorPhysics obey or emulate any rules of physics correctly]]. In fact it was programmed on the basis of ''if it looks cool and feels cool, then it's cool''." .
* ''VideoGame/HybridHeaven''. It's your typical "aliens plotting to take over the world and only you can stop them" plot, but you beat the aliens ''by performing wrestling moves on them''.
* ''VideoGame/JustCause2'' 's programmers stated that they tried to set the game so that the laws of physics would seem to be drunk, to encourage the players to do more crazy things because it would be cool It worked.
* ''VideoGame/UltimaI''. Just Ultima I. After spending much of the game fighting in a standard RPG setting you must upgrade your weapon to a Phazor, buy a space shuttle and fight TIE Fighters to become a Space Ace so a princess will give you the location of a time machine that you can use to stop the BigBad before he reaches OneWingedAngel form. The game seems to combine aspects from TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons, Franchise/StarTrek, Series/DoctorWho and a wide range of other sources.
* ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' has a scene where you have to defend yourself on a rock stage (in the middle of a farm field) while a [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome kickass metal song]] plays and pyrotechnics explode around you. Why? Because '''''fuck yeah'''''.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': Epona gets an upgrade from the "X" in [[ABoyAndHisX a boy and his horse]] into a bona fide [[HorsebackHeroism war horse]] in this game, complete with a few RearingHorse moments. EverythingsBetterWithSpinning applies to the Spinner and the trusty spin attack. You can do some cool SpiderMan moves with the Double Clawshot, walk on walls because of the [[SchizoTech electromagnets]] in the Goron Mines and when fighting bosses there is almost always a moment of ThemeMusicPowerUp when you've exposed an enemy's vulnerabilities.
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' involves this trope because it's based in the land of ActionHero movies . Upon entering Movie World, Joe becomes a martial arts expert, capable of taking tank shells to the face, and [[MundaneMadeAwesome can kill enemies just by striking a pose.]] After you defeat Fire Leo by burning at temperatures over 1000000 degrees, you join a planet-dwarfing mech-battle.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaider'': Where else can you play as a daring female archaeologist that is packing heat as she fends off enemies from [[EverythingTryingToKillYou wolves, to henchmen, and even a freaking Tyrannosaurs Rex]] while performing acrobatics to either evade enemy attacks or to get from one place to another. Things get even crazier once Lara Croft gets on a vehicle and can run enemies over or make insane jumps over a chasm. Even the traps are taken to the extreme, such as poison darts, rolling boulders, spikes, fire traps, and many more as the series progressed, yet they still remained awesome.
* The trope is lampshaded by the developers in the remake ''VideoGame/TombRaiderAnniversary'' when they discuss the Uzi wielding teenager. In the original game, the kid was fought in what appeared to be an underground skateboard park and he fought Lara by shooting at her ''while he was skateboarding'' (the area had a ton of pits with lava in them in case you weren't in enough danger) and giving the line "You firing at me? You firing at me? There's no one else here so you must be firing at me!" The developers admitted that looking back on the level design for the boss fight now, it looked pretty damn silly, but at the same time, it was too cool.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Espgaluda}}'' series features characters can slow down bullets and power up their attack by using Kakusei ("Awakening"). Not only does activation [[SuperGenderBender instantly change their gender]], but they also inexplicably change into a different set of clothes. [[WordOfGod The character designer]] said that it was just to look cool.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara.'' Samurai DualWielding spears, scythes, chainsaws or six swords at once. Riding horses like circus freaks. Shit blowing up. {{Engrish}}. Ninjas. Pirates. Zombies. Gundams. A Creator/NorioWakamoto -voiced villain. All historically accurate, of course.
* The UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube WrestlingGame ''WWE Wrestling/WrestleMania XIX'' has a story mode of sorts called "Revenge Mode" where you wrestle to complete various objectives in different locations, such as a Harbour and Shopping Mall. What does this feature? Chokeslamming security guards down a storey or two? Check. Throwing people down several feet into the sea? Check. Wanton destruction for the sake of sabotaging [=WrestleMania=] after you've been fired by Wrestling/VinceMcMahon? Check. A Create A Superstar which lets you add gear that would never be seen in a real life wrestling match? Check. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick A finishing move that involves people getting knocked out from a getting a good look at your wrestler's ass?]] Check. Yep.
* The PoweredArmor in ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}'''s main function is the ability to get on your knees and ''jet around the battlefield at 50 miles per hour''. Plus you can slow down everything around you and mark targets in BulletTime. It makes no sense and would be extremely unwieldy and impractical in real life but in the game it's as cool as they come.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'' tasks the player with trying to cook up the most outrageous kills they possibly can to [[ScoringPoints score points]]. To facilitate this, you have a leash you can use to toss hapless enemies around and your kicks can send foes flying great distances. It's nonsensical but it's all in good fun. Having to willfully suspend your disbelief will be a non-issue once you drag that enemy in front of a big Venus flytrap to get eaten alive and your score goes up.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''. Bail out of a plane amidst {{lampshade|Hanging}}d implausible quantities of stuff which also fell out. Kill enemies ''in free-fall''. Catch a girl and deploy a parachute. See the plane ''coming back to ram you'', ''drop the girl, shoot out the plane's windscreen, fly through it shooting everything in sight, fall out the back, more midair combat, catch Shaundi again...''
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' starts you as a special operative trying to stop a nuclear missile, which you do by dismantling the missile '''in flight''', then you cut to being the President of the United States, then aliens invade, then you get put in the Matrix where you have superpowers.
* The Rule of Cool rules supreme in ''any'' game developed by ''Creator/PlatinumGames'':
** ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' deals with a guy mauling his opponent with a giant [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] ''attached to his arm'' in the most over-the-top and goriest manners possible. Just that is enough already.
** The ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' series as a whole, with a {{Stripperific}} witch wielding a double GunsAkimbo (two in hands, two on feet) brutalizing Angels and demons alike, killing two supreme gods and delivering some of the most stylish over-the-top battle in video game history.
** ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'' has the player control 101 superheroes on their way to protect the Earth from gigantic aliens, occasionnally piloting [[HumongousMecha Humongous Mechas]] [[spoiler:and culminating with an AstralFinale during which they fight a MechanicalAbomination almost as big as the Earth itself]].
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'': Raiden has taken multiple [[TookALevelInBadass levels in badass]] since his debut as the ReplacementScrappy in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' along with a huge amount of {{Angst}}, and now has a super-strong [[UnwillingRoboticisation cybernetic body]] and [[AbsurdlySharpBlade ridiculously sharp]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]. At his disposal are ImplausibleFencingPowers such a ParryingBullets and the ability to [[CleanCut cut through practically anything]] including {{walking tank}}s, aircraft, and entire HumongousMecha. Every boss has some impractical but cool weapon such as a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw tail]] or pair of [[ShearMenace scissor-swords]], and each gets their own HotBlooded Rock [[AutobotsRockOut theme music]].
** It is finally worth noting that Platinum devs were behind several games that warranted entries on this page before Platinum games was created, namely ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' and ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'': Sure, having a shotgun that shoots missiles or a machine gun that can electrocute people doesn't make much sense, but ''damn'' if it isn't awesome. The DLC goes even further with it; ''Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep'' has a gun that shoots ''swords''. Which then explode into ''more swords.''
* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'': could ''any'' of the planets you can visit in the game be as close together as they are in RealLife and be ''anywhere'' as viable or possible as they are in-game? Of course not; though you're not likely going to care when they make for some truly ''breathtaking'' {{alien sk|y}}ies and {{scenery|Porn}}.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' is the single coolest fighting game ever. The playable cast includes a PirateGirl wielding an anchor as big as she is, a blind assassin who kills people with the demonic entity living in his shadow, a drug dealer turned ninja turned politician, a trash-talking half-dragon bounty hunter who likes Music/{{Queen}}, and a British time-traveller ala Series/DoctorWho plus a kusarigama and fire magic. That last guy is possibly the ''most normal'' character in this game.
** Saying that, it's SpiritualSuccessor VideoGame/{{Blazblue}} comes close. It has a man with a massive sword and a replacement arm that allows him to go [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyen]], a girl who can pull gatling guns out of thin air [[spoiler:who is also a robot that can rewrite the universe]], a smooth talking intelligence agent with an infinite chain [[spoiler:who screwed up the entire world and is actually God]], a squirrel girl who can punch you into outer space, a suit of armour [[spoiler:possessed by one of the character from another timeline]], and a cat person with duel katanas.
* ''VideoGame/ResovoirDogs'': Striking a real cool pose/doing something neat with your business suit allows you to slay your enemies in bullet time. Why? Why not.
* ''VisualNovel/FleuretBlanc'' has an in-universe example. The bouts run on this; even if you're the first to tap out, you can still win if you have enough style points. As such, many of the techniques are very flashy and impressive while being impractical in terms of actual combat -- such as allowing your opponent to hit you so you have time to play a song for the judges.
* Basically what ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' is built on. A [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft murlock]] and [[VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} Zeartul]] driving a mech made by [[VideoGame/{{Overwatch}} Volskya Industries]] and using it to beat up [[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} the Lord of Terror]]? Yes plase.

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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''
** The inclusion of raptor-riding banditos alone proves the point here, but if that doesn't convince you, there's also Dracula, who happens to have a ''moon base'' with a ''moon laser.'' He hangs out with Paul [=McCartney=], the real Michael Jackson, and Tupac.
** See also [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=23&issue=14 this strip]] and the one directly following it. No other webcomic features a ninja MD flying a private jet into a thunderstorm where he will be attacked by missile volleys and [[strike:pterodactyls]] [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology birdosauruses]], which he will subsequently defeat in a single minute so that he may continue on to the apocalyptic Aztec tennis temple to save the world's greatest tennis champion who must play a game of tennis against the avatar of the Aztec god of destruction in order to save the world from imminent doom. The only reason any of the above makes any sense, at all, is because it is ''so goddamn cool''.
** King Radical comes from Radical Land, which is even more like this; ''everything'' there is based on the Rule Of Cool. Not just almost every plot point like in the normal setting of the comic, but everything else too. Even the Sun wears sunglasses. Given the general nature of the comic, it makes perfect sense when he reveals (in "A Cumberland Ninja in King Radical's Court") that [[spoiler: the world of the comic is halfway between Radical Land and a boring universe like ours, influenced by the energies of both, which is why it looks like the world we know with the addition of the occasional ninja doctor or vengeful astronaut ghost or an ogre running a supermarket]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' uses this mixed with RuleOfFunny to make its [[FantasyKitchenSink bizarre and frequently absurd mythology]] work. As an example, the "Holiday Wars" arc. Bun-bun, a [[KillerRabbit murderous]] [[TalkingAnimal talking rabbit]] with the stolen powers of Halloween and the Easter Bunny, leads an army of ghouls in battle against a mutated, alien Santa and his own army of black ops elves. Santa and Bun-bun have their final showdown where they fight each other at SuperSpeed using the same ability that lets them deliver presents/hide eggs all over the world in a single day. Eventually [[spoiler:Bun-bun performs a CoupDeGrace on Santa using a Nerf gun]]. [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/031221 Take a look for yourself]].
* In ''Webcomic/MixedMyth'', this is treated as one of the laws of the universe (under the name of Cynmatics). It causes anything that looks awesome to be inherently more powerful, such as how a gold wand with crystals in it is more powerful than a wooden wand. The GenreSavvy characters take advantages of this.
* [[Webcomic/AnsemRetort This comic]] [[http://www.ansemretort.org/ansemretort/index.html?comic=516 brought to you by a man on a shark fighting a]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Werepire]]
* [[http://www.badkarmaproductions.com/jc/?p=35 In the Name of the Gun]]. Jesus is fed up with God's inaction and comes back to Earth circa 1940. He proceeds to kill Nazis with the help of other celebrities, like Ernest Hemingway.
* ''Webcomic/RockPaperCynic'' espouses wisdom such as the following: [[http://www.rockpapercynic.com/index.php?date=2009-08-21 "At some point we must all chose between what is right and what is awesome"]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Rule of Cool is regularly invoked by the local bard, Elan. He deliberately pushes a self destruct button so he can jump away from the explosion 'like a Vin Diesel movie'.
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' states that all good webcomics needs pirates because pirates are cool.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Snowflakes}}'', Wray's logic and knowledge of history, and even her grip on reality, are often come into question. But who cares if Erik the Red never piloted the Enterprise, or whether there are wraiths? It's awesome.
* In ''Webcomic/MobTies'', there is a clan of time traveling yakuza monkeys.
* Invoked by the protagonist of ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' in-comic [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00037.html here.]]
-->'''Plotya Foreshadow''': But why did you fire a salvo of photon torpedoes to detonate it? A remote self-destruct command would have done the job...
-->'''Quentyn Quinn''': Well yeah, but this way looked cooler.
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'': The t-rex with CoolShades has chainguns for arms and can breathe fire and can turn into a dragon with rocket wings. [[http://axecop.com/index.php/acepisodes/read/episode_52/ Seen here]].
* ''Webcomic/TheThrillingAdventuresOfLovelaceAndBabbage'': The premise is "wouldn't it be a lot cooler if Charles Babbage had completed his Difference Engine, then gone on {{Steampunk}} adventures with Ada Lovelace?" (He's an engineer, she's a mathematician, TheyFightCrime! And street music!)
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': in the (hugely spoilerific!) [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007138 [S] Dirk: Synchronise]], why does Dirk do a handplant while he's flying around on a rocket board? Because it's ''goddamn cool''. Why does he ride through space on a rocket-powered skateboard, high-five an alien while in motion, carry around a robot just so he can fist-bump it later, and save all of his friends lives by kissing them and decapitating himself? Because it's ''goddamn cool''.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Broly was found unconscious and transformed (powered-up) at the same time, which does not happen in DBZ. The authors stated they did that for the coolness, and the readers didn't approve.
* ''Webcomic/DeepDiveDaredevils'': It's a DieselPunk webcomic about a CoolBoat, with a {{Cyborg}} captain, two characters wearing an EyepatchOfPower (only because it's cool), a [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Were-whale]], {{Dracula}} (who wants to TakeOverTheWorld) and a [[ChekhovsVolcano volcano about to blow its' top]]. Yeah, it's cool.
* In the nondescript space future of ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' wars are literally FOUGHT on the Rule of Cool: the point of it is to get the public to think you have the coolest army. Case in point: CommanderBadass wants to punch his superior officer. Any other army: that'd get him immediately punished, probably demoted, and lucky not to get kicked out. In an army running on this trope: they decide it could be 'mad bitching' and set ground rules to give the Commander one free no-strings-attached sucker punch on the Admiral (preferably in public). However, the concept is also deconstructed and averted: sometimes Rule of Cool isn't the best option: red jackets may look cool, but make the wearer a big target. And the military has no problem emotionally manipulating their soldiers to make them be 'more like Batman', which is what actually led to the case in point. (And by the way, no, the Commander hasn't punched the Admiral yet. It's not about punching him, it's about him knowing he's getting punched.)
** On a smaller scale, Angel's survival derby is decided by who has the raddest team/base. They technically didn't say who won the most recent one, but considering the Commander made a DynamicEntry on a {{Megalodon}} wearing a sweater (the megalodon, not the Commander), it's reasonable to guess his team did.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/ChuckNorrisFacts is all about this; Chuck Norris can do X because it would be cool.
* Creator/MontyOum lived by this rule, tending to go with what looks cool rather than what looks realistic:
** ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy''. The characters of ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' beat the crap out of each other with no regards for little things like the laws of physics.
** Action in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is built on cool. For instance, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt9vl8iAN5Q the White trailer]] involves a girl duelling a GiantMecha with her elementally-powered rapier by jumping off SteppingStonesInTheSky.
* ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'': A ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''[=/=]''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' crossover done with ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' physics. It also features an [[HolyShitQuotient HSQ]] that approaches ''one'' during some fight sequences that quite frankly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDrukfontFg=related have to]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It2Sn5IiXBM&feature=related be seen]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zDuJxM99IQ&feature=related to be]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMyPYwHKnmo&feature=related believed]]
* Parodied in the [[Website/TheOnion Onion News Network]] video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyph_DZa_GQ&feature=channel Supreme Court: Death Penalty Is 'Totally Badass']]. See also [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/nation-demands-tax-dollars-only-be-wasted-on-stuff,17704/ this]] article from ''Website/TheOnion'', in which the Rule Of Cool is applied to federal government.
* 4chan, particularly in /m/, the section devoted to HumongousMecha, often generally has any argument about...well, just about anything, really, solved by using this as the defining factor.
* In a [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick NChick]] class on how to spot evil, Nella says that black leather coats are bad, unless you're a post-apocalyptic AntiHero. Then it's cool.
* ''WebAnimation/KingsOfPowerFourBillionPercent'': There's not much logic behind the animation, but when it looks that cool, does it need any?
* Flash games New York Shark, Sydney Shark and Miami Shark. It's about sharks eating fishes, humans, boat, baseballs, planes, Spider-Man, etc. and then destroying the Earth with a meteor.
* Creator/MatthewMercer [[ConversationalTroping talks about how to use this trope]] in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWZDuFIYkf0 an episode]] of his series about GameMaster tips on the ''Geek & Sundry'' web channel. His main point is that you should allow the players to try interesting things, but also be careful to not do it too often, since that can mess up the structure and cohesiveness of the game.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DinoRiders'' is about people from the future riding into battle on dinosaurs ''with FrickinLaserBeams [[Film/AustinPowers attached to their heads!]]''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0AiN8vrn9Y Be Prepared]], Scar's [[VillainSong song]] from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has the ground lifting up to the moon while Scar and the Hyenas are standing on it to make a menacing tower, in addition to lots of green lighting and smoke coming out of the ground. Why? Because it's COOL!
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Several commercials for the [[Film/{{Transformers}} 2007 movie]] were constructed of the robots appearing onscreen and onlookers standing around saying "cool."
** ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]'' takes it to new extremes. For starters, Optimus Prime has ''a rocket-powered axe.''
** Prowl is an alien ninja robot. Who turns into a motorcycle. Why would giant alien robots have ninjas, you ask? Stupid question.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6unfoqFkB4 Optimus Prime and Soundwave getting into a rock-off?]]
* Much of the AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is built between the Rule Of Cool and the RuleOfFunny, resulting in varying controversy. Many recurring questions that [[Headscratchers/TeenTitans linger in the fandom]] are the identity of Red X, the identity of Slade and the fuel behind his motives, and which of the Robins Robin is. Glen Murakami on the other hand has openly expressed that he couldn't care less about any of these things, so long as the [[AnimationAgeGhetto kids]] liked it and found it cool. In one interview, he uses the word "[[TotallyRadical cool]]" a good fifteen times to answer just about every other question. Inevitably, the series concluded with [[KudzuPlot more unresolved plotlines than you can count on your hand]]. Invoked In-Universe with the HIVE Five's name.
-->'''Kid Flash''': If you're called the HIVE Five, why are there six of you?
-->'''See-more''': Because...it sounds cool?
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', where the VirtualGhost of a Martian justifies their embarking on a pointless project that drove their race into extinction with "Because it's cool." He proved himself right, too. [[spoiler: They turned their entire planet into one giant moveable spaceship]]. That's pretty dang cool!
* ''WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom'': Demonstrates the caveat listed in the description: You can only use the rule of cool when the result is, in fact, cool. Highlights of this show include Rambo wrestling a panther ''under water'', driving a motorcycle ''on top of a train'', and jumping out of a burning aircraft with a rocket launcher and somehow managing to turn around and ''blow up several missiles headed straight for his ally's helicopter with it''. It's just cringe-worthy how ridiculous it all is, the flawed animation and complete insanity of the idea of basing a cartoon for children on an ultra-violent action hero making it impossible to take seriously.
* The creators of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', the ContinuityReboot to ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', were looking for a way to set their series apart from the rest. So, they made a spin-off movie entitled, ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman... [[WesternAnimation/TheBatmanVsDracula versus]] {{Dracula}}''. '''Batman. Versus. Dracula.''' The bat-imagery crossover lets it make a twisted kind of sense. The movie lives up to the concept. [[spoiler:Yes, Batman finds a cure for vampirism at the end, and all the citizens of Gotham who were vamps go back to normal]]. The Penguin becomes TheRenfield. Oh, and as if it wasn't cool enough already, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is turned into a vampire [[spoiler:for a while]]. VAMPIRE. JOKER.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeShrinks'', Becky asks George why his ghost catching machine requires bells and horns. His answer: "they're cool!".
* In one episode ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' jumped off a plane without a parachute. Even while she was falling towards her doom, she didn't panic and just by sheer luck was she saved by a blimp. While asked why Kim would do such a deadly stunt, the director answered that it was cool.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''
** Enzo's birthday party. During the festivities, [[EvilOverlord Megabyte]] crashes the party, and brings out... a guitar? With a [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap dial turned to 11?]] Megabyte begins jamming. Then Bob steps up to face him, seemingly angry at him for crashing the party. Then he commands his [[SwissArmyWeapon keytool]] to turn into a guitar and thus begins a rocking '''guitar duel''', between [[GoKartingWithBowser the Hero and the Big Bad!]] The whole thing ends with Megabyte giving Enzo his guitar, "I've always wanted to do that" and then leaving. Sure, it could've been a trap, or just about anything, but those thoughts never crossed ANYONE'S mind because it was just that freaking AWESOME.
** Near the end of the third season of [[spoiler: with the system crashing, "User" characters from every game seen prior to the episode suddenly begin appearing in Mainframe]]. This is [[HandWave explained]] by the instability of the system releasing "undeleted RAM" -- but it seems more like a thinly-veiled excuse for a battle royale between the cast and every User at once. Nobody complained.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' was inspired by the glorious lunacy of [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Creator/DCComics so ''of course'' it focuses on coolness above all else.
-->'''Aquaman''': Outrageous!
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNu6_dxWbNo badass opening theme song]], a giant robot ''with a car for a head'' that's piloted with a video game system. Coop can pull off amazing and special moves because he played video games all his life. It can all be summed up by these two lines, from the episode where Coop enters Megas into a car show:
-->'''Coop''': Man, there's some tough competition this year.
-->'''Jamie''': Competition? Dude, you have a ''giant robot from the future'', with a '''car for a head.'''
* Tried, but failed, in the ''WesternAnimation/MisterT'' animated series. [[note]] (If it managed to fail at the Rule Of Cool despite having Creator/MrT as the main character, you know it failed big-time).[[/note]] While a few moments (most notably ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Mister_T/Mystery_of_the_Golden_Medallion.aspx spinning an alligator over his head]]'') managed it, the [[{{Anvilicious}} punctuating thuds of anvils landing]] got in the way.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** Sokka has a ''space sword.'' A '''sword''' made from '''meterorite.''' Suddenly being the TeamNormal became a much cooler position.
** The giant drill - that could have been done so many other less cool ways.
* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'': How did they build a serviceable jet fighter from parts in a salvage yard? One better than the official military's jets? After building a secret hangar? Many of their Special Missiles violate logic ''and'' physics. Their jet crash into the water with stalled engines ''and they get the engines restarted '''underwater''' and fly away''. Who cares? It's [[IncrediblyLamePun RADICAL]] and plays to an awesome electric guitar soundtrack.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has this as a guiding principle when writing the setting. It was all but outright stated in a featurette that Rule of Cool dictated the writing sessions for Tartakovsky and his creative team. They would sit down and ask: What cool thing can we invoke this episode that we saw on TV when we were kids? Why are there robotic Celtic demons, cowboys riding jet-powered horsebots, robotic Viking warriors, boisterous Highlanders with machine-guns for legs, Spartan warriors with rocket spears, immortal monks and magical portals? Because ''awesome''.
* An in-story example appears in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': Almost no-one calls out Buzz Lightyear on his delusion about being a real space hero as opposed to a toy, because he's just that cool.
* The ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' episode "The Mandalore Plot" featured a villain with a lightsaber and not just any lightsaber but one with a ''[[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon black blade]]'' shaped like a {{katana|sAreJustBetter}}. WordOfGod said that this was a case of ExecutiveMeddling on Lucas's part, who didn't allow the [[MadeOfIndestructium kortosis]] [[{{Vibroweapon}} vibrosword]] to be used against a lightsaber..... [[CaptainObvious which was planned to be used for this trope's sake in the first place.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': The stuff that happens on a typical episode would be laughable anywhere else, but the fans overlook that little detail because it has 10-year-old secret agents with homemade weapons and vehicles.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'', the climax consists of [=SpongeBob=], seemingly doomed because of Plankton's EvilPlan, singing about the Goofy Goober using a visor and microphone from nowhere to distract Plankton, and when Plankton finally instructs his minions to attack [=SpongeBob=], the microphone and visor are gone just as easily as they appeared and [=SpongeBob=] now has a ''wizard costume with a peanut pattern'' as well as a Goofy Goober guitar which he uses to play a solo which involves lasers fired from the guitar destroying Plankton's mind-controlling helmets. Despite the blatant, out-of-nowhere DeusExMachina, this sequence is too cool to question.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'': nukes, tornado stunts, tanks, and car chases that basically says "SCREW YOU" to physics. Think a more child-friendly Anime/{{FLCL}}, except with cars instead of guitars.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse'' and ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' and its sequels. A wrist-mounted device that shapeshifts the wearer into ten (or more) forms with varied superpowers? Having it means meeting alien heroes, beating down bad guys, and being able to do your chores in a hurry? Oh heck yeah.
* As to be expected, ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' takes ArtisticLicenseMartialArts and runs with it. The Furious Five fighting Tai Lung on a robe bridge, Tai Lung fighting Shifu with his paws on fire, and Po using tai chi to redirect cannonballs is just the tip of the iceburg.

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* The act of taking Luke Skywalker's prop lightsaber and Creator/GeneRoddenberry's ashes up on the space shuttle.
%%* The only reason for the existence of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugatti_Veyron Bugatti Veyron]].
* Parkour and Freerunning, when performed by professionals. This applies to Freerunning especially, since Parkour is usually more concerned with efficiency.
%%* Concorde. An experiment in engineering that was the epitome of cool. Such it was that running in the red didn't matter. It just had to fly.
* They ultimately settled on [[SimpleYetAwesome just kicking down the door and shooting him in the face]], but check out this plan the Pentagon received for catching Osama bin Laden: Parachute in BEARS who would track him down with their "Excellent sense of smell."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBydVCF4DrY This]] physics experiment. If you want your students to remember waves, the answer is "Flaming Heavy Metal"
* Related to the meteorite sword mentioned above: legend has it that the first copy of Jim Bowie's eponymous knife was made from iron derived from a meteorite. Creator/TerryPratchett's sword is as well.
* A lot of science (especially medical science) worked this way for most of history, regardless of what reality had to say on the subject. Mercury was reckoned to be a cure-all for centuries just because ''oh my God look at that that is so fucking awesome''.
* Quartz watches are not just a lot cheaper than mechanical; they're also a lot more accurate. Why do people buy mechanical at all? A combination of conspicuous consumption and Rule Of Cool. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Drive Seiko Spring Drive]] is a hybrid mechanical, electric and magnetic watch movement that provides a really cool solution to... no actual problem that can't be solved cheaper by a conventional quartz watch.
* There are quite a few instruments and objects used as instruments which may or may not have practical advantages, but are undeniably Cool, such as:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_neck_guitar Multi-necked guitars]], of course.
** The {{Theremin}}, a box that generates a magnetic field, which the user interrupts to create sound.
** The [[http://youtu.be/yCM-WBqDZ-Q Haken Continuum]], a three-dimensional continuous keyboard.
** The [[http://youtu.be/GQGptfFWZRE laser harp]], an instrument that substitutes [[FrickinLaserBeams lasers]] for strings.
* This Rule now has [[http://apple.slashdot.org/story/12/07/09/1510224/uk-judge-galaxy-tab-not-cool-enough-to-infringe-ipad legal meaning]].
* The only reason anyone would create a DysonSphere, since the level of engineering required to construct a shell around a star means that any race capable of actually building one, ''wouldn't'' need to.
* Queen Elizabeth II was shown jumping from a helicopter after being escorted by James Bond as part of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. If a British Monarch wants to make a BigEntrance, that is the only way to do it.
** Many rumours point to the Queen driving oddly in order to terrorize passengers/nearby people. She actually was trained in operating large, military vehicles back during WWII
* This is the point of concept cars. Believe it or not, they were even more over-the-top way back when than they are now.
* Part of John F Kennedy's justification for going to the Moon: "No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind"
* Firing guns GangstaStyle makes them extremely difficult to aim and control, is dangerous enough to quickly get someone kicked off a shooting range if they're seen doing it, and has gotten several criminals killed in shootouts with police, either through not hitting anything, or [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard causing their own gun to jam]]. This trope is why so many novices insist on using GangstaStyle anyway, and the third strike against it is why police and self-defense experts don't do anything to discourage its use among the criminal element.
* The F-117 is painted black, supposedly for stealth. Some designers on the project have acknowledged that dark grey would be a better color, but the decision was essentially handed down because black would look cooler.