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[[caption-width-right:350:To infinity and beyond!]]

->''"Put your arms forward, like Franchise/{{Superman}}!"''
-->-- '''Hogarth Hughes''', ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''

The classic {{Fl|ight}}ying pose: stretched out, with one or both arms forward of/above the head. In both cases, this creates the illusion of 'obvious' aerodynamicness, as the resulting shape looks vaguely bullet or gooselike, since the human body tends to look very silly in flight otherwise.

From Franchise/{{Superman}}'s catch phrase, originated [[Radio/TheAdventuresOfSuperman on radio]] to indicate to the audience when he was taking off, in his earlier cartoons and comics.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/AstroBoy'': It's an iconic pose of The Mighty Atom.
* The ''Franchise/DragonBall'' series has flying poses of all kinds: hands extended (curled into fists or kept straight), hands back, one hand stretched, etc.
* Tsuna from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' uses his flames as a propellant, like the IronMan example below, as such depending on where he needs his thrust he will point his hands in that direction.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': The titular HumongousMecha almost always assumes this position when it flies, curling its hands into fists or keeping them straight.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Starbrand, from Marvel's ComicBook/TheNewUniverse, subvert this once or twice. Once while depressed the character was flying while in a classic moping pose, legs crossed as if sitting 'indian style', elbows on his knees and his cheeks resting on his hands.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} himself, of course.
** Golden and early Silver Age Superman artist Wayne Boring's flight style for Superman was quite unique: he would draw flight scenes with Superman standing completely upright and in a running/jogging pose, like [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NUdgGpabVy8/UNmpWV8m6BI/AAAAAAAABoE/1YHPTE_PHnQ/s1600/Superman125-33.jpg so]].
** In ''Comicbook/WarWorld'' both Superman and Supergirl stretch one or two arms forward when they fly across the galaxy, searching Warworld.
** In ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'', Superman flies stretching his left fist upwards in the first page.
** Creator/ChristopherReeve flew gliders as a hobby and used that experience to make Superman's flying feel more believable in his films.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** Kara has been doing this since the late fifties. In the cover of ''Comicbook/ActionComics #252'' -her first appearance- [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/marvel_dc/images/3/33/Action_Comics_252.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20060811145127 she is flying upwards with her left arm above her head]].
** [[https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-LQOcV1ZLfJs/TWz2fqAamrI/AAAAAAAALRg/2nn2JcNkFYo/s1600/sm+307-07.jpg Two]] [[https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Ytwc1m68pC8/TW0EOd8TGcI/AAAAAAAALSg/vdcJDsZLYAk/s1600/sm+309-03.jpg examples]] from ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'' respectively.
** ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} Her second solo book]]'''s first issue's [[http://i4.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article4290163.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/supergirl-comic.jpg cover]]
** [[http://www.idoc.co/files/ab4575f06493c1dd10-1.jpg Kara]] in ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns''.
** Post Crisis Supergirl in the cover of ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2005}} Supergirl (Vol. 5)]]'', [[http://www.comicbookbrain.com/_imagery/2016-06-27/supergirl-20-2007.jpg issue #20]]''
** Kara puts an arm forward while she flies to hospital in ''Comicbook/YoungLove''
* Kryptonian clones/counterparts SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}} and ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'' also fly putting both fists forward.
* Makuta performs a villainous example in one of the ''ComicBook/{{Bionicle}}'' comics, as he blasts off into space in Mata Nui's HumongousMecha body.
* Spoofed in the "Paradise" part of ''La Divina Commedia a Fumetti'' (a comic book parody of ''Literature/TheDivineComedy''), where Beatrice instructs Dante to assume this pose, Dante does so and asks why, and she replies it's because it looks cooler as you fly-and that's when Dante notices he's been flying.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* Subverted two times in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. John wouldn't dare pose like this in flight; he'd probably drop right out of the sky. He usually hooks his thumbs in the waistband or belt loops of whatever pants he's wearing. And Paul, just after receiving SuperStrength and thinking he's been turned into Franchise/{{Superman}}, leaps into the air yelling the phrase--only to discover, several thousand feet up, that he can't actually fly. Good thing he's NighInvulnerable.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', Kara Zor-El deliberately puts both arms forward when she streaks towards Sunnydale.
-->Supergirl surveyed the town with her infra-red and X-ray vision, found a few anomalies (such as a graveyard that looked like itd been disturbed repeatedly), but nothing more out of the order than cops stopping speeders and the occasional drunk. So she checked out the street signs with telescopic vision until she found the right one, and pointed herself downward, arms pointed before her in a V.\\
At a speed still too quick to be seen, the Argo City Amazon flew barely over the trees and housetops until she found the address Willow had given her.

[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' does this as an (in-universe) tribute to Superman. The rocket-powered giant really doesn't need to do this, but Hogarth insists for style purposes.
* Metroman usually uses this pose when flying in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. When [[spoiler:Hal Stewart]] is given Metroman's powers, he initially flies like he's driving a car, until [[spoiler:Megamind]] admonishes him to "be more like Metroman." Given his inexperience, though, he spends a good bit of his airtime spinning and flailing around.
* Disney's ''Disney/PeterPan'' doesn't give a second thought to aerodynamics and is able to fly backwards, upside down, or while pretending to run on clouds.
* A variant in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', when the titular character [[spoiler:attempts his HeroicSacrifice: Ralph is actually in freefall, but with his fist extended towards the ground,]] making him assume the classic ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' pose.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'': Rainbow Dash takes the classic pose after she "ponies up" during the motocross race and gains her wings, flying toward the monstrous plants to fight them.


[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* There is a Creator/DisneyChannel Original Movie [[Film/UpUpAndAway with this title]], about a family of African-American superheroes. Those who can fly generally assume this position.
* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''Film/IronMan'', who keeps his hands back to use his palm-mounted repulsors as flight stabilizers.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' is the adaptation that really gives you the sense that Superman doesn't do this just because, but because it ''helps him.'' He actively flies in this pose almost every time he needs to really pick up speed. It also seems to help him guide his flight path as well as stabilize his flight similar to a rudder. Since in this movie Superman flies evidently by some sort of gravity/telekinesis field, it's possible that the outstretch arms help keep this "field" stable.
* Averted in much of ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' film trilogy, as [[spoiler: Neo generally "does his Superman thing" with arms to his side.]] Later, in ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', [[spoiler: Neo and Smith exchange their flight poses to meet the need for fighting.]]
* Before that ''Film/TheRocketeer'' flew the same way, for roughly the same reason (although he lacked the hand-mounted stabilizers).
* And of course the original Rocketman -- Commando Cody. Spoofed in the GagDub "Commando Cody and the Hatless Planet".
-->"My nails are almost dry. I'll be right down."
* In 1984's ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'', director Jeannot Szwarc deliberately tried to avoid making the flight scenes similar to those in the Creator/ChristopherReeve [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman movies]], opting instead for a more "feminine" ballet-inspired take. Nevertheless, [[http://www.newsarama.com/images/i/000/157/780/i02/Her-First-Great_Adventure_And_her_Last.jpg some promotional images]] featured [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] flying with a fist stretched out.
* Oddly averted in ''Film/PumaMan''- Puma Man flies in an odd crouching position presumably meant to be reminiscent of a puma in mid-pounce.
--> ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 "Pu-ma Man. He flies like a moron!"]]''


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Creator/DaveBarry wrote about Superman in one of his columns, wondering why Superman always flew in this pose. Why not fly in a sitting position and read a newspaper while you go?
* Literature/PeterPan doesn't say it straight, but it is strongly implied that you can't fly with one hand bound behind your back.
** That, and it's hard to have happy thoughts while being fed to a crocodile.
* ''Literature/FancyApartments'' has Herbert, a vampire, parodying this by flying through Vrotheus superman-style.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The first time in ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' that Ralph Hinkley tries to use his alien-powered supersuit to fly, a young bystander helpfully explains to him that he has to adapt this pose to get airborne. It works, sort of.
* ''Series/KamenRiderSkyrider''
* The Ninja Megafalconzord from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Nightman}}'', who uses an anti-gravity belt to fly. He flies in a mostly vertical pose (sometimes at a 45-degree angle).
* In a parody sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', a superhero was chastised by her SuperTeam for, among other things, failure to assume the "proper" flying position; she flew while standing upright.
* Unsurprisingly, ''Series/Supergirl2015'' features [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} the lead character]] [[http://i0.wp.com/moviehole.net/img/supergirlposter.jpg flying with her fists stretched out]].
* ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' and his [[Franchise/UltraSeries relatives]] tend to fly with both hands forwards, or whatever emphasizes their streamlined alien look. The fist-raised pose and its variants come in when they [[Main/TransformationSequence transform]], like they're punching [[Main/{{Sizeshifter}} upwards in scale]].


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* [[Wrestling/GregoryHelms Hurricane Helms]] and Captain Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}} fly in the arm bent way in their video packages.


[[folder: Tabletop Games]]

* Solar Exalted are required to keep at least one arm extended to fly. Other types of Exalted have different limitations.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/SprintVector'', being a VR game, has the ''player'' make a two-fisted pose to glide through the air.
* When ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' added flight poses, one was the classical one knee bent, one fist forward UpUpAndAway pose, and another was the both hands forward "high dive" one.
* The characters of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' typically don't fly in this manner, but in ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'', the ever flashy LargeHam [[BoisterousBruiser Levi]] once decided to adopt [[http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g386/laith_rem/Extra/snap106.jpg the one arm outstretched]] pose when she joins her fellow [[ArtificialHuman Material]] [[TheSpock Stern]] in her flight [[spoiler:towards a SuicideMission against the [[HumanoidAbomination Unbreakable Darkness]]]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. The flight power from the Red Stars seems to be centered in Mario's hands, and he needs to hold them outward to fly or hover.
** Of course, arms-out is ''his'' standard flight pose in games with flight power-ups.
** One theory is that this is because one-arm-up is already taken for his jumping pose, and his arms are too stubby to look aerodynamic or [[RuleOfCool cool]] if he holds them both over his head.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'': when an operative uses the {{Grappling Hook|Pistol}} to reach a higher ground, they sometimes quip "Up, up, and away!" while being pulled up--with their right hand naturally outstretched, because said hook is built into their PoweredArmor's arm.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' as Neo does the one-arm pose when taking off ''once'', but for actual flight it's arms to the side like in ''Film/The Matrix'' example above.
* Sanae in ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Touhou]]'', and only rarely. Notable because in a series with [[Main/LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters over a hundred]] flying characters, nobody else seems to do it. [[Main/JustifiedTrope Justified]] since she is one of the few who'd [[Main/OtakuSurrogate know and be into the trope]].


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'' has a variation on this: in order to fly, he has to clench one hand and leave the other open. According to WordOfGod, this is because some superheroes fly with closed hands and some fly with open ones, so Axe Cop does both at once.
* [[http://www.cheshirecrossing.net/page.php?issue=1&pagenum=17 This page]] in ''Webcomic/CheshireCrossing'', with flying monkeys. And [[http://www.cheshirecrossing.net/page.php?issue=1&pagenum=19 two pages later]], with the same monkeys and Wendy.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', while Nanase never felt the need to assume this pose while flying, [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-13 Elliot certainly did.]] It may have had something to do with the SuperHero spell.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Sergeant Schlock goes so far as to grow a third arm to look cool in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20010122.html this strip]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Supermom}}'', Paragon uses the one-fist version as her standard flying pose.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Parody superhero blog 'Sliced Bread 2' devotes some thought to flying poses [[http://slicedbread2.blogspot.com/2004_09_30_archive.html here]]. Among the types he identifies are 'classic superman', 'I'm an airplane' and 'braced on barstools'.
* In "Ayla and the Tests" of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Phase (after a couple months of having powers) is ''still' learning how to fly without having serious steering and angular momentum problems. He gets major grief from some other students because he's seen flying in the 'Supergirl' posture.
** In keeping with the series' love for [[LampshadeHanging metahumor]], at one point Generator tries out several different flying poses, including the two-fisted "Franchise/{{Superman}}" style and the one-arm-forward "Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}" posture.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Optimus Primal did this a lot in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', before he got proper flight modes.
** Season three had his flight mode stuck in the "both arms forward" position, replacing his head with G1 Prime's spark cockpit.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' does this.
* Danny from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' who does it often. The same rule applies to his OppositeSexClone and the BigBad. Not a lot of ghost baddies do this though, must be more of a hero thing.
** Or a half-human thing.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' subverts this. He attempts this pose, but gets told "Freakazoid, you can't fly!" This is followed by Freakazoid running around (often completely aimlessly) with both arms stretched over his head and making "whoosh" sounds to simulate flying anyway.
* In the first ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' animated episode, the novice Clark Kent is brought to the future. As he has been keeping everything under wraps, he hasn't flown yet -- but the Legion needs him at full capacity. He spends most of the episode careening about and crashing -- until Brainiac 5 tells him to adopt the traditional pose -- for aerodynamic reasons. It takes him a while to get the hang of it, though. And his own flight ring.
* Even though they're miniature winged horses rather than humanoids, pegasus ponies (usually Rainbow Dash) in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' often do this when flying fast.
* Peter from ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'' would frequently fly forwards, backwards, in a sitting position, sideways, upside-down....as characters go, Peter just loves to show off, in any incarnation!
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', Powdered Toast Man inverts the trope by flying backwards in the pose. At least once, he did it while ''upright.''
* ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' uses this constantly.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* This pose (more or less) is briefly assumed at the end of the recovery phase of swimming the butterfly stroke, which is coincidentally sometimes called "fly" for short.
* In the sixties, some ski jumpers used to use a pose rather like this in the air, with both arms up.
* When otherwise ''hurtling face-first through the air'', under your own volition or not, keeping your arms out and in front of your body is a good idea for warding off concussion.