incredible jumping powers without having any superpowers in the first place? Why, look no further than wearing the good old spring coil. In fiction, the spring coil is a guaranteed way to reach high places, among other things such as a powerful attack or pushing back enemies. A Rubber Man may be able to reshape himself/herself into a spring coil. Sometimes part of Tricked-Out Shoes. Often accompanied by a notable Stock Sound Effects from string instruments. See also Springs Springs Everywhere for when springs are part of the background, Spring Jump, and Hopping Machine.
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Anime and Manga
- Played with in One Piece, Bellamy's Devil Fruit Power is being able to turn his body into springs, which he uses to jump around and increase the power of his attacks.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Lagann used springs from its legs in the first episode to move around quickly. They seem to be drills stretching.
- The Flying Smurf tears another Smurf's couch to tie the springs under his shoes in one of his several (failed) attempts to fly.
- Spring boots are one of the trademark gadgets of Donald Duck's italian superhero identity Paperinik.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit: after Judge Doom is revealed as a Toon, he uses Toon springs on his feet to jump after Eddie Valiant.
- The mysterious figure Spring Heeled Jack was given that name due to his incredible jumping ability.
Live Action TV
- In The Three Stooges short "Hoi Polloi" (1935), Curly gets a spring stuck on his rear end while he's dancing. Every time one of the other dancers would bump into him and knock him down, he'd spring back to his feet again.
- MST3K ran the institutional short "A Case of Spring Fever" featuring Coily the Spring Sprite who...pretty much does nothing but admonish some poor shlub about the importance of springs.
- In a couple of issues of Heathcliff, an experimental cat treat allows Heathcliff to become the incredibly bouncy and flexible Elasticat! A springy coil is, of course, one of the things he shapes himself into.
- Wario Land: Wario can turn into a spring that allows him to reach high areas.
- Banjo Tooie has spring boots used for jumping.
- Portal The protagonist, Chell, has a different type of spring (linear-flex) attached below her knees (via a brace). Rather than assist with jumping, these are meant to explain why the player never takes fall damage.
- In Portal 2, these springs have been incorporated into her boots, highlighted by this advertisement.
- Super Mario Galaxy has the Spring Mushroom, which encases Mario's whole body in a spring.
- In the first Commander Keen game you can only jump, until you find the pogo stick. Then you can "jump" while on the pogo stick to jump really high. You get to keep the pogo stick in future games.
- Mega Man:
- Coily in Q*bert.
- In the final stage of Plok, the "Secret Super Weapon" you have to fight the Flea Queen with a helmet, a can of Flea spray and a pair of spring boots. While they do boost your jump height, they have the problem of turning every step into a jump.
- One of the powerups in Serious Sam II found in one of the boss stages has them.
- The Pokémon Spoink has this as its tail. Taken Up to Eleven in its Pokédex entry; in that the bouncing regulates its heartbeat. In other words, if it doesn't keep bouncing all the time, it will die. Its evolution Grumpig has one as its tail as well.
- Thing On A Spring: An obscure Commodore64 platformer featuring a little frog-headed slinky toy thing. Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- In Gruntz, this is one of the tools your gruntz can get. It allows them to jump over small obstacles.
- Donkey Kong Country 2 features Rattley the Rattlesnake, an animal buddy who utilizes this.
- Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time: the Spring Bean bounces a zombie back once before needing to recharge. In the Pirate Level, it is able to launch zombies into the water to instantly kill them depending on their position.
- One of the many Acme Products used by Ralph Wolf (Wile. E. Coyote's progenitor in Looney Tunes), in the cartoon "Ready, Woolen and Able"
- "Coil Man" from Hanna-Barbera's The Impossibles
- In the Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon, a cosmetics robot had springs built into her ankles.
- Spring coils from the shoes, legs, and hat are some of the many, many gadgets in the arsenal of Inspector Gadget.
- In the Super Friends (1973) episode "The Ultra Scam", one of the villain's has shoes with springs in the sole that he uses to bounce around.
- Tigger's tail has a spring inside, enabling him to bounce on it.
- Rob Cockerham from Cockeyed.com built a real-life pair of spring shoes out of mattress springs and Chuck Taylors.