Playing With / Wings Do Nothing

Basic Trope: A character has wings, but cannot fly.
  • Straight: Bob has wings coming out of his back, but cannot fly.
  • Exaggerated: Bob has huge wings that are almost as big as the rest of his body, and cannot fly.
  • Downplayed: Bob can use his wings to glide short distances.
  • Justified: As with flightless birds, Bob's wings are too small to carry his weight.
  • Inverted: Bob can fly even though he has no wings or other body part that could let him fly, and is explicitly stated to have no supernatural powers.
  • Subverted:
    • After practice, Bob learns how to fly.
    • Bob cannot use his wings to fly, but it's because his wing was injured.
    • Bob's wings are functional... for something other than flight.
  • Double Subverted:
    • At least he thinks so, but it was All Just a Dream.
    • Even before they were injured, Bob's wings didn't work.
  • Parodied: Bob can fly, but frequently picks up the Idiot Ball and forgets this.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob has wings, but is unable to fly, while Alice can fly despite having no wings.
  • Averted:
    • Bob can use his wings.
    • Bob has no wings.
  • Enforced: Bob is a character in a Video Game which uses the Insurmountable Waist High Fence. His wings are an iconic part of his appearance, but letting him truly fly would bring up even more Fridge Logic.
  • Lampshaded: "No, I can't fly. I somehow grew wings not too long ago, but boy, was I disappointed when I found out that they don't work."
  • Invoked: Bob gets a non-working pair of wings grafted on.
  • Exploited: Bob may be unable to fly, but he can use his wings to fan himself and his friends on hot days.
  • Defied: Bob realizes his wings could, theoretically, be used to fly, and so with practice, and perhaps some surgery and magic, learns to do so.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Why don't Bob's wings work? They certainly look like they should, and he's never mentioned any sort of injury to them."
  • Implied: Bob has wings, but is never shown flying; instead, he walks everywhere.
  • Played For Laughs: Other characters hang their coats on Bob's wings, often against Bob's will.
  • Played For Drama: Bob falls to his death thinking his wings will work.

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