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Jeff: Can we stop walking in slo-mo now?
Abed: 20 more yards.

The Power Walk is a wide shot of the main cast, shoulder to shoulder, suited up for battle and looking cool/determined/fierce as they walk towards the camera and often in slow motion. The Power Walk is mostly used in order to convey the unity of the group, as they walk in an orderly fashion in a single line. Traditionally the characters are ordered in their importance in the party, the most important in the middle and decreasing outwards.

It's typically shot from a slightly lower than normal angle to add stature to the characters in the shot. Slomo is often used to give the images additional weight. Extra power can be gained from a dramatic backdrop, especially flames or explosions. The walk often continues until the characters are out of frame, and is often followed by an Act Break. Alternatively, it can be preceded by a slow build-up of the group, with just the lead walking at first, then others noticing and hurrying to his/her side one by one.


Sometimes (especially when used in the opening credits) called a Hero Shot (although there can be other types of hero shots — e.g. a shot from a low angle to make a character look larger than life).

Can be combined with an Unflinching Walk for extra badassitude. If they're standing still, it's the V-Formation Team Shot. A similar walk, commonly performed by the Alpha Bitch and her Girl Posse, is Make Way for the Princess. Sometimes a key part of the Opening Credits Cast Party, in which you're not sure whether it's the actors or the characters who are gathered together so artificially.

Often used as a Modeling Pose if the product is meant to make one feel strong and confident.

Commonly used as an intro shot of an ensemble cast in TV dramas, e.g. procedurals. It's starting to become a Discredited Trope due to "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny and the difficulty of actually getting a group of people to do this outside of a parade or a military exercise.


Because the characters are usually just walking somewhere, this is a subtrope of Mundane Made Awesome.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The Matsuno brothers do this near the end of Episode 10 of Osomatsu-san.
  • The protagonists of Junji Ito's Black Paradox are seen doing this at the very end of the manga, after Marusou determines that humanity is endangering itself by drawing energy from souls.
  • The anime of One Piece has used several Power Walks during its long run:
    • During the dramatic reunion of the True Companions with Robin in the Enies Lobby arc.
    • The first has its own fan name: The Walk to Arlong Park. One pan shot of Zoro, Luffy, Sanji and Usopp marching to avenge Nami is so wide, it'd probably still require a pan if done in letterbox.
    • Another example would be the walk to the Franky House after Usopp is beaten to a pulp. The monster trio a.k.a Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, and then Chopper are shown from behind doing this with Usopp on the ground behind them.
  • Parodied in the live-action movie of Cromartie High School. The pre-finale power walk is intercut with trucking shots of the actors simply walking in place. Taken to a ridiculous level in the opening of the anime, which has two groups of students walking right through, among other things, a tank.
  • Done in 20th Century Boys and in The Movie thereof, as Kenji and his friends head out to fight the giant robot. Definitely of Hero Shot variety.
  • Sent up in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: There is a Power Walk right in the second season opening credits...performed by the characters in the series with the least impact on the plot.
  • Norris Packard in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team does a power walk with his Gouf Custom power walking beside him.
  • The S-Team pulled it off in the first episode of Sonic X.
  • In Season Zero of Yu-Gi-Oh, the main cast does this in the beginning of the opening.
    • The trading card game also has March of the Monarchs.
  • Done very well in the second season intro of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
    • That particular shot is also very often parodied in anime fanart, to the point where this trope is more commonly known as "the GITS lineup" in otaku slang.
  • Done at the end of the Lock-and-Load Montage of the first YuYu Hakusho Movie.
    • Also done at the beginning of Episode 54 ("The Beginning of the End", when Team Urameshi heads to the final match of the Dark Tournament.
      Yusuke: It's time to kick some ass.
      Kuwabara: Right!
  • Happened in Pokémon: The First Movie, after Ash rescued the captured Pokémon from Mewtwo's cloning room and entered back into Mewtwo's arena for the final showdown against him and his clones.
  • Many OPs of Case Closed show many of the cast doing this.
  • Happens before almost every match in Slam Dunk.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Akemi Homura does this while the universe is being rewound after she failed to save Madoka in the previous time line. Her internal monologue make it even more badass.
  • The start of episode 11 of Gunslinger Stratos has the main characters' alternate selves doing this before the opening sequence.
  • Lenka, Lindow, and Alisa do this in Episode 3 of God Eater.
  • Tekkadan does this in the second OP for Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
  • Done in the opening sequence of Puzzle & Dragons X.
  • The start of the opening of Digimon Universe: App Monsters has Haru, Eri, Astra, and Rei doing this.
  • In Aggretsuko, Washimi and Gori walk through work in a strut that Gori describes as the "baddest-bitch-in-the-room walk". Both Washimi and Gori also readily admits in private that it actually is murder on your back to walk like that, but they both have a public image to maintain.
  • The second ending of the 2018 GeGeGe no Kitarō anime ends with Kitaro and his companions doing this.

    Comic Books 
  • Played with on the cover to the first issue of the X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back miniseries. All the other girls on the cover (Blindfold, X-23, Mercury and Armor) have the standard determined expression of a normal power walk. Pixie, by contrast, is smiling happily and her head is turned to one side sort of jauntily.
    • Power Walking is how The X-Men roll.
  • Performed in The Thanos Imperative by Quasar, Beta Ray Bill, Gladiator, Nova, the Silver Surfer and Ronan the Accuser.
  • Played straight in Nextwave.
  • In Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons, this is how Hera, and the rest of the Goddesses, are introduced in the first scene in issue #1. Hera getting an entire splash page to herself doing this going to confront Zeus and the other male Olympians.

  • Subverted with an utterly straight face by the newly-infamous local commercial for Cullman Liquidators of Cullman, Alabama when the walk starts out including a preschooler and ends up, after a couple of quick cuts, as more of a jog.


    Film - Animated 
  • Sully, Randall and the other Scare Floor monsters do this when starting their shift in Monsters, Inc.. In the "blooper reel" playing during the closing credits, Sully trips and knocks over the other monsters. In slow-motion.
  • Mad Madam Mim and Merlin Power Walk out to a sinister-looking heath for their "wizard's duel" in Disney's The Sword in the Stone, complete with a snare drum inexplicably playing in the background. It's diminished somewhat by Wart and Archimedes talking over them.

    Film - Live Action 
  • The Right Stuff. This is probably the single most-parodied (or ripped off) power walk ever.
    • A "Right Stuff Walk" is almost obligatory in anything involving astronauts or space flight:
      • Armageddon (1998). Slightly subverted as someone in the background complains, "Talk about the 'wrong' stuff", during the thuggish heroes' power walk. Also, at the end of the mission, it's contrasted by the heroic lineup being about 60% thinner than at the beginning.
      • As the crew of Apollo 13 are walking down the gangway into the spacecraft, the music swells and the film speed slows.
      • Phineas and Ferb did a parody of this in one of the episodes where the duo went to space.
      • Parodied in The Simpsons episode "Deep Space Homer". When Homer gets close up during his power walk and sees the shuttle, he gets cold feet and runs all the way back down the hall (...out of the building, and across the street) to call his wife.
      • Also parodied in Futurama, wherein, during their Power Walk, Fry and Leela hold their space helmets while Bender holds his own head.
      • Monsters, Inc., as the monsters enter the power company, and then again in its blooper reel as the monsters stumble and bowl each other over in slow motion.
      • Monsters University, does a Call-Back to its chronological successor's power walk, this time, appropriately, in the eyes of a child monster.
      • Terry Pratchett might have had this trope in mind when he says that Twoflower and Rincewind (disguised as astronauts in The Colour of Magic) weren't "walking like heroes" as they make their way through cheering crowds to the Discworld's first spacecraft, the Potent Voyager. They're just kind of...waddling.
      • One online video made by a group of US Air Force Second Lieutenants mixes parody with Self-Deprecation when a Butter Bar power walk is interrupted by one of them stumbling, causing a chain reaction as the others all trip over each other in turn. In slomo, naturally.
      • In the Community episode Basic Rocket Science, Abed has the entire group do one in slow motion walking towards a space simulator. (Except for Pierce, who doesn't realise that the others are walking in slomo.) They end up being very late because Abed keeps making them redo it until it's sufficiently dramatic.
  • 300: As with everything else in 300, beaten into the ground and kicked a few times for good measure.
  • Averted (at least in part) in the film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. The end credits roll features Team Banzai gathering together (even the member who died during the film) and marching in unison to the peppy "Team Banzai March".note  Not a true power walk in that the team walks across the screen from right to left, there is not a dramatic shot of the team walking towards the camera, much of the sequence focuses in on individual members of Team Banzai, and the tempo of the entire sequence is a bit too peppy to be as dramatic as a power walk should be. Hell, several members of Team Banzai start spontaneously dancing, including Buckaroo himself.
  • In Blade II, we have Blade and the Bloodpack walking into the House of Pain, with Massive Attack blaring on the soundtrack.
  • Bubba Ho Tep: Once Elvis and Jack (as in JFK) decide to challenge the titular soul-sucking monster, they do a power walk of sorts through the corridor of their rest home. Kinda. Elvis needs a walker, and Jack rides a powered wheelchair. But it's still badass.
  • Chappie had one towards the end with Ninja, Visser, and Yankee walking towards the camera. Walking in to join them on the right side is Chappie.
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971), with a twist: the power walk suddenly degenerates into a fight, while everything is still in slow motion and cool music keeps playing (and is synchronized with the fight for added coolness).
  • The shots of Fender and his pirates in the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie Cyborg (1989) as most viewers will agree that the Big Bad Fender actually stole the show.
  • In Deadpool (2016), Colossus, Warhead and Deadpool do this to the sound of "X Gon' Give it To Ya" before the final showdown. It's parodied in that Negasonic Teenage Warhead ends up noticing Deadpool forgot his gun cache, causing the power walk to abruptly stop as Deadpool tries to retrieve it. After giving up on it, Deadpool resumes the power walk from the point it left off.
  • Deliver Us From Eva: When Ray and the Dandridge sisters do the chick flick version of the power walk with their very angry boyfriends trailing behind.
  • A rare villainous example in Django Unchained, done by the surviving members of Calvin Candie's entourageStephen, Lara Candie, Billy Crash, Cora, Sheba, and two other nameless enforcers — as they walk back to the Plantation for the climax. In silhouette, no less.
  • The entire government do this when they invade Elliott's home in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
  • In Fanboys, the main cast do this as they prepare to break into the Skywalker Ranch. Quickly descends into parody as Hutch purposefully shoves Windows out of the line-up for no reason.
  • Dominic Toretto and his crew do this in Fast Five.
  • Gangs of New York opens with a mob of Dead Rabbits strolling toward the front door to the Old Brewery, psyching themselves up for their street battle against the Nativists in Paradise Square. Throw in some tribal greasepaint, fetishistic bondage gear, weapons straight out of a medieval torture den, a rabbit impaled on a pike, a crucifix, and the surreal march tune "Shimmy She Wobble", and you've got one of the most menacing Power Walks imaginable.
  • When the Ghostbusters (1984) confront Gozer they stand shoulder-to-shoulder, marching towards her as they ready their proton guns.
    Peter: Grab your stick.
    Egon, Ray, and Winston: Holdin'!
    Peter: Heat 'em up!
    Egon, Ray, and Winston: Smokin'!
    Peter: Make 'em hard!
    Egon, Ray, and Winston: Ready!
    Peter: Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown. THROW IT!
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra does this briefly, before Ripcord turns and says "Damn, we look good!"
  • Chow Yun-Fat makes the simple act of walking into a high stakes poker game epic in God of Gamblers.
  • In one scene of Hard Core Logo the band Power Walks towards the camera in slow motion with The Ramones handling the music.
  • Hot Rod has one with Rod and his crew to the music of John Farnham's "You're The Voice". It starts off playing it straight (well, as straight as Andy Samberg plays anything), and becomes slightly over-the-top once hundreds of townspeople start following them before it's subverted once a mass riot starts.
  • In The House Bunny, after the girls get their makeovers.
  • Parodied in Jackass: The Movie. After the credits there was a fake trailer for a sequel sixty years from now called Son of Jackass, with all of the star are incredibly old. What happens is... you know, it's best just to watch it for yourself
  • Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker has a nineteen-man Power Walk at the beginning of the climatic battle featuring nearly every Kamen Rider hero at that point (the Double Riders and Kamen Rider V3 led the power walking on their bikes to Decade and Diend who were already getting their asses whooped on the battlefield, Kamen Rider Kuuga was Brainwashed and Crazy when the battle began, and Kamen Rider Double and Kamen Rider J had their separate moments at the end).
  • Kelly's Heroes: In classic Western-showdown form, Kelly, Big Joe, and Oddball step out into the street one by one, adjust their guns, and approach the German tank. But they're not there to fight, they want to make a deal.
  • Kill Bill, Vol 1 (2003): O-Ren Ishii and members of the Crazy 88 Power Walk in the House of Blue Leaves to the song Battle Without Honor or Humanity.
    • Yu Yu Hakusho Abridged did a parody of this — the characters freeze at the end of their power walk (set to the same tune) and Hinageshi screams "Again!" Hiei shuts her down by bluntly saying "No."
    • The World Police team in Team America Power Walk into Kim Jong-Il's lair while the same song plays. YMMV if it's homage, parody, etc., since the entire film is a parody of action movies.
  • The title character and his Cowboy Cop partner from John Woo's The Killer get one of these at the end of the church shootout before the action is taken outside the church.
  • Kingdom of Heaven: Saladin after the Muslim capture of Jerusalem.
  • William and company do one in A Knight's Tale as they go to the London tournament, just before William gets arrested.
  • The titular seven of The Magnificent Seven (1960)
  • Charlie Sheen does an epic solo power walk near the end of Major League, as his character's theme music plays over the stadium loudspeakers and the crowd goes wild.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Captain America: The First Avenger: Parodied during the propaganda film that Steve was participating in. Later, it was played straight (also as a Call-Back) when Steve liberates the POW camp.
    • In The Avengers, we get a great shot of Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow walking with purpose just before the final battle.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Parodied when the Guardians do this after the Lock-and-Load Montage as they prepare for the assault on the Dark Aster. Unfortunately Peter Quill takes the time to pick his nose, Rocket to keep his outfit from riding up his crotch, and the slow-motion pacing makes Gamora actually yawn.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: This trope is played straight, courtesy of Rocket and Yondu shortly after Yondu reacquires control of his yaka arrow..
    • This occurs again in Avengers: Endgame with the surviving Avengers walking towards the Quantum Tunnel with their Quantum Tunnel suits on.
  • An exceptionally moving power walk occurs just before the USA/Soviet Union match in Miracle, depicting the 1980 Olympic "Miracle on Ice", as the underdog US team leaves their locker room and heads to the ice, where they will face off the greatest hockey team on Earth.
  • Played with in both Miss Congeniality and the sequel. Gracie has one in a crowd and then the reveal of how She Cleans Up Nicely. Subverted when she trips on her high heels.
    • The sequel then revisits this when she and her partner dress down in their FBI dark, plain suits and sensible shoes.
  • 1999's Mystery Men also parodies the Power Walk, with one character (Mr. Furious) suddenly turning around and trying to flee only to be grabbed by his fellows on either side and forced to continue to walk with them. Their facial expressions never change.
  • Nutty Professor II: The Klumps has the Klumps walking in this fashion as they head to the all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant.
  • The Socs do this prior to the final showdown in The Outsiders.
  • This scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, complete with Western music.
    • In the first film, we have the undead pirates' underwater march. While it's not of the main cast, it definitely fits this trope.
  • The title sequence of Reservoir Dogs, as the criminals all walk out to their cars to begin the heist, with "Little Green Bag" playing on the soundtrack. This scene is often parodied.
  • Parodied in Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th: while the main characters dramatically Power Walk, background extras move through the frame at a normal pace.
  • Sorority Row: Done by the surviving girls at the end of the film. Bonus points for walking away from a burning mansion.
  • Done twice in This Is England. The first time is very light-spirited, highlighting Shaun's acceptance into Woody's gang of skinheads. This was in the '80s, just before neo-Nazism and racism infiltrated the skinhead movement. The second time is much darker in tone, when Shaun joins Combo's gang of skinheads, who are much more violent and racist than Woody's.
  • Tombstone (1993): The Earps with Doc Holliday walking towards the O.K. Corral to confront the cowboys. The image of Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Kurt Russell, and Bill Paxton in Badass Longcoats has been used in posters and video covers for the film. It even replays a more badass version of the walk during the end credits. Since the Earp crew really did walk halfway across town to confront the Clanton crew, every movie featuring the O.K. Corral includes such a scene.
  • Comes up in Transformers (2007). Strictly speaking, it's a bunch of cars driving in a straight line, but the way Michael Bay directs it...
  • It's not the main cast, but the scene of thousands of V's converging on the Houses of Parliament in the film version of V for Vendetta is awesome.
  • The film adaptation of Warm Bodies features one where a group of zombies do the slow-motion version of this. Except that the shot isn't actually done in slow motion.
  • The Wild Bunch (1969) "Let's go!" as the aging outlaws decide to rescue their comrade, walking through a Mexican village they will shortly massacre. Fun fact: It wasn't in the script at all, Sam Peckinpah just decided he wanted to do it. It's recognised today as one of the movie's most iconic scenes.
  • Oh so subverted in The Wizard of Oz especially the way Dorothy keeps having to haul Scarecrow back on his feet and keeping Tinman oiled and Cowardly Lion from running away... Really more of an Un-Power Walk.
  • Happens on several occasions in The World's End, especially notably when the five men are walking through Newton Haven to the next pub trying to act natural after discovering the Alien Invasion.
  • The Hazing: In a parody of Reservoir Dogs, the five pledges leave the frat house on their mission dressed in Halloween costumes, doing a slo-mo strut to "Little Blue Dog" rather than "Little Green Bag".

  • The first book in the Left Behind series features four of the main characters walking like this, with their arms around each other's shoulders. The shoulder-thing makes it a bit less impressive than it could have been.

    Live Action TV 
  • 7 Yüz: In "Hayatın Musikisi", Pınar does a solo power walk when she enters the nightclub after her first session with Oşa, throwing off her coat, exposing her shoulders, and Shaking Her Hair Loose to "Bambaşka Biri".
  • Ace, Sparx and Random Virus get one of these in the last episode of Ace Lightning.
  • Many, many times in Alias. "Passage Pt. 1" has two Bristow Family Power Walks, the first out of the CIA on their way to India, and the second set to U2's "Walk On" when they set out for the border to Kashmir.
  • Anne Shirley-Cuthbert and her friends do this after sneaking into Charlottetown in Anne with an E season 2 episode 10, complete with heavy "rock"-ish music.
  • American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson: The Dream Team perform a version of this when they first walk into the courtroom for OJ's trial, led by Johnny Cochran, and set to Above the Law's "Black Superman".
  • Happened often on The A-Team, usually with a slight edge of parody because of Murdock. For example, when he was being the Range Rider and wearing a ridiculous paper mask and six-shooters. While doing the power walk.
  • Given new meaning in Baywatch.
  • Done quite a bit with Boston Legal, although the number and importance of the characters in the lineup (besides Denny Crane front and center) will vary depending on the case.
  • Played with in the opening to Breakout Kings. The power walk starts with the five leads walking together, but then prison doors slam shut in front of the three Boxed Crooks.
  • The opening credits of Brooklyn Nine-Nine end in one, probably as a parody of police procedurals.
    • Also frequently parodied in many episodes; a Running Gag involves several characters doing what would otherwise be a cool badass slow-mo Power Walk with a hip-hop soundtrack, only for something (a background event, one or all of the characters being ludicrously dressed, etc.) to undercut the potential badassery and drama of the moment, often completed with Diaz's famous eye-roll. For example, in one episode Jake and Captain Holt attempt to do this to arrest a suspect in a case... except they're both suffering from the mumps, are dressed in absurdly ineffectual "biohazard suits", and just happen to be moving agonisingly slowly due to all the pain instead of the footage being in slow motion.
  • Happens in Charmed, in the season six premiere.
  • In the Community episode "Basic Rocket Science", Abed has the entire group do one in slow motion walking towards a space simulator. (Except for Pierce, who doesn't realise that the others are walking in slomo.) They end up being very late because Abed keeps making them redo it until it's sufficiently dramatic.
  • An episode of the BBC's Coupling parodied the Power Walk, with the leading men strutting slowly down the sidewalk in dark suits, narrow ties, and sunglasses... because they're going to a funeral. It's only when Sally tells them to hurry up that we see they're actually walking in slow motion, at which point Susan tells them to "stop playing Reservoir Dogs!"
  • In CSI's season 6 premiere, the team does this to signify that they are unified and together once again after being split up in the previous season.
  • In an episode of the show Dharma & Greg, we see two of these, first a straight one of the male characters (who have gotten fairly drunk and decided the manly thing to do is go bobsledding), and then one of the females... who have decided to go to a bar full of Navy men pretending to be bimbos. Identical shot and music... but rather different effect.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Christmas Invasion": After defeating his first alien adversary, the Tenth Doctor's Power Walk is coupled with the dialogue — in classic Western-showdown form — "No second chances. I'm that sort of a man."
    • "The Day of the Doctor": The War, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors do this during their big dramatic exit from the 3D painting Gallifrey Falls No More.
    • The February 2017 teaser for Series 10 has the Doctor, Bill and Nardole doing this down a hallway in some sort of library while the lights explode around them.
  • In the penultimate episode of the sixth season of The Expanse, the Secretary-General of the UN, Chrisjen Avasarala (aka "the Queen of the World" to fans) does one all by herself, flanked by UN troops, to meet with Camina Drummer. If anyone can pull off a solo powerwalk, it would be her.
  • The Season 2 intro for Frankie Drake Mysteries features the main cast doing one of these.
  • The Japanese cop show G-Men '75 did this in the opening, complete with Framed Face Openings of every character, plus the names of their actors/actresses written in Japanese and English below. They also had to end up re-shooting the sequence several times during the show's run (and the sequels) when the cast got updated.
  • Gotham has one in the second season episode, complete with smoky backlighting, when Jim Gordon, Det. Bullock, Cat, The Penguin and a few of Penguin's goons go to take down Theo Galavan.
  • House and his team in the opening credits. Worth mentioning that House does a power walk with a cane.
  • The second episode of Hustle featured the main cast doing a power walk combined with an Orbital Shot at the end just before the credits.
  • Kamen Rider Build: The heroic riders get a dramatic shot of them walking toward the tower that they are going to enter in order to defeat the Big Bad in the final battle.
  • Law & Order does this towards the end of the opening credits, with the main detectives and prosecutors walking through some kind of hallway or chamber. It's quite an interesting glimpse at how the series evolved beyond the frequent cast changes; in the very early years, a group of rather schlubby guys are ambling through a slightly grubby corridor bickering amongst themselves about something the audience isn't privy to. Over the years, the cast gets more attractive, the locales they're walking through get more glamourous and impressive and the power-walks get more determined and focused.
    • Though the Special Victims Unit cast eventually became so large that they opted for just a shot of them standing in their office.
  • In the Legends of Tomorrow episode The Magnificent Eight, the team arrives in the old West, and does an epic Slow Motion walk into the town.
  • Mac and his team do this in the MacGyver (2016) episode “Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship”.
  • Happens often in Married... with Children. Usually preceded by Al's Catchphrase "Let's Rock." Sometimes results in a fight, or has music over it.
  • The Title Sequence of The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo has The Sheriff doing a one-man Power Walk between his deputies who are lined up on either side with their squad cars. Unfortunately it becomes a Failed Attempt at Drama when the deputies crash into each other after Lobo orders them to drive off.
  • Parodied in Misfits during the pseudo Misfit Mobilization Moment in episode 6, and made particularly ridiculous by the fact that the team were all wearing rubber gloves at the time.
  • This visual idiom is also put to repeated use on Joss Whedon's Mutant Enemy shows, including parodies:
    • In one episode of Angel, "Smile Time", the doors to Angel's office open and Wesley, Gunn, and Fred walk out in slow-mo... and then the camera pans downward, revealing Angel as a puppet walking in front of them.
    • In another, "Dad", the cast power walk out of a hospital with a baby carriage.
    • In yet another, "Disharmony", Angel, Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn power walk with deadly seriousness on their way to confront a vampire cult leader. The camera starts with a group shot, then focuses on each of their intense expressions in turn, suddenly revealing Cordelia's ditzy friend-cum-vampire Harmony skipping along beside them.
    • Done straight in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Fool for Love". After Spike kills the Chinese slayer, we get several shots of him, Angel, Drusilla and Darla walking, tall and hard, with lots of fire in the background (presumably caused not by them but by the Boxer Rebellion). Spike even skips over a random piece of debris, adding a sadistic child-like glee to his triumph.
    • Lampshaded with a song (Walk Through the Fire) in "Once More, With Feeling".
    • Buffy, Angel, and Xander do a power walk to the school in the season one finale, "Prophecy Girl". Unusual in that the accompanying music is fast-paced, and that Buffy is wearing a beautiful evening gown.
    • Played straight by the Hyena gang in "The Pack".
    • The title sequences for both Buffy and Angel ended with a clip of one of the power walks that happened during the show, updated for seasons with major cast changes. It would be at the end, after the cast had been introduced and as the intro song was ending, for exceedingly cool effect.
  • When "the gang" got together in the My Name Is Earl Season 1 episode "Stole P's HD Cart". Quickly subverted when Randy's lunch box full of beers opens and they roll out.
  • The episode of MythBusters broadcast on 2 March 2005 shows Jamie, Adam and the Build Team doing a power walk down an abandoned runway.
    • August 27, 2008, the "NASA Moon Landing" episode, shows Jamie and Adam power walking to one of the tests.
  • Parodied in the Odd Squad episode "Rise of the Hydraclops", where Oscar, Olive, Otto, Ms. O and Olaf all do one, but the stench of the sock that Oscar is holding is so powerful that everyone, barring Oscar and Ms. O, all hold their noses.
  • Parodied in an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, where Penn and Teller deliberately give a group of ghost hunters a power walk to show that they're not trying to make them look silly.
    • I believe that Michael Shermer and his crew of skeptics once used the same technique for the same reason as a show of good faith to their hopefuls of the week.
  • Person of Interest: In "Pretenders", Heroic Wannabe Walter Dang enthuses that John Reese and his friends are like superheroes. Reese denies this with some irritation, whereupon Shaw and Fusco pull up in Cool Cars and do a Slow Motion power walk.
  • Parodied in Power Rangers Dino Thunder where the ¡Three Amigos! Power Walk as they head out to rescue Tommy from the Big Bad's lair. Haley wishes them luck while inexplicably telling them they most likely won't survive. They stop and turn around in slow motion.
  • Power Rangers Operation Overdrive's Anniversary team up Once a Ranger does this with the anniversary cast immediately prior to the morph sequence, as well as Wild Force's Forever Red before they enter their spaceship.
  • Power Rangers in Space had a villainous example with the Psycho Rangers once they drop the disguises they used to lure the real rangers out. Even more epic since they punctuate it with a collective Badass Boast as they walk towards them:
    Psycho Red: We're the Psycho Rangers.
    Psycho Black: We're faster than you.
    Psycho Blue: Smarter than you.
    Psycho Yellow: Stronger than you.
    Psycho Pink: But we're evil!
  • In Pretty Little Liars, the four main characters commonly walk in a row sometimes known as a "Liar Wall". Most notably when arriving at Wilden's funeral. If one girl is not in line with the others it pertains to the plot as to why.
  • The opening credits of The Professionals ended with one of these, with Bodie and Doyle flanking Cowley as he literally walked into the camera.
  • Used in the very first episode of Shadowhunters to show off the power trio Jace, Alec and Izzy as badass demon slayers. A little synchronized Jump Physics is included to show the audience that they are more than ordinary humans.
  • The last scene of A Study in Pink from Sherlock: "Sherlock Holmes...and Doctor Watson."
  • The Argentinian series Los Simuladores has this in the opening credits and commercial breaks.
  • Smallville:
    • Seen in the episode "Justice" where the proto-Justice League of Clark Kent, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Cyborg and Bart Allen do the power walk away from one of Lex Luthor's secret bases. Complete with the slo-mo, the explosions in the background, dramatic music and a dramatic double close-up — starting off with a shot of all 5, zooming in to show the middle 3 (with a sound effect cue), then repeating to zoom in on Clark alone.
    • Lex does his own Power Walk through 33.1 in Season 6's "Subterranean" after imprisoning a mutant there, dooming him to life as a lab rat. Lex strides unremorsefully down a hallway to leave as AFI's "Prelude 12/21" plays in the background. All the while, prisoners stretch out their hands to try and grab their captor, but cannot reach him. Lex, unfazed, continues his exit calmly. This scene underlined just how far to the dark side Lex had fallen.
  • Spooks has also done this in its closing shot.
  • Stargate-verse:
    • The cast of Stargate SG-1 frequently enters the Stargate (and exits the other side) in this manner. In fact, the times they don't Power Walk usually indicate that something is wrong.
    • Stargate Atlantis season two teasers had this. Yes, the one with the poor cast wading through the water.
  • In "Spectre of the Gun", the O.K. Corral-centered episode of Star Trek: TOS, the Earps and Doc Holliday perform one as they walk to the gunfight. This is a subversion, though, since they're filmed from the side, it's presented in a surrealistic manner, and they're actually the villains of the story.
  • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, "Badda Bing, Badda Bang", the main cast does one of these while walking down the promenade into the holosuite, dressed in their mock-1960s sharp suits, to perform a heist that composes the episode's main event. The bartender notices and shrugs as they walk by.
  • The guys get one in Season 6 of That '70s Show, as they walk into their former high school with Music/ACDC's "TNT" playing.
  • Torchwood has this as its opening shot for the first two series.
  • In True Blood season four episode "Burning Down the House" the episode ends with a four-vampire power walk in '80s clothes. With a rocket launcher.
  • The Unit. With business suits. And not the rifles they generally carry.
  • Aaron Sorkin (and later John Wells) abused it a bit in The West Wing. Sorkin's iconic shot of President Bartlet's Redemption in the Rain in "Two Cathedrals" is immediately followed by the Senior Staff power-walking to the motorcade, and then into the State Department, set to the Dire Straits song "Brothers in Arms".
  • Played straight in The Wire, when Avon Barksdale and his posse march through the projects glowering at people.
  • Played at the end of the opening of T.J. Hooker.

    Music Videos 
  • The music video for the Captain Bogg and Salty song Pieces of 8ight begins and ends with power walks, though the voice-over of Salty whining provides a counterpoint to their visual awesomeness.
  • A music video made by the creators of 'Demyx Time' titled 'Consign to Oblivion' has all of Organization XIII(thirteen cosplayers in this case) doing a Power Walk near the end of the video.
  • The music video for "Staying Alive" has The Bee Gees doing this when they’re not posing in abandon buildings.
  • Richard Cheese and Lounge Against The Machine do it in their video to their cover of Music/SnoopDogg's "Gin and Juice."
  • The video for Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" starts with the band forming up into a Power Walk through a city street at night before they reach their set and continue playing the song.
  • Beastie Boys' music video for their song 'Sabotage' ends with the cops power walking.
  • Momoiro Clover Z's Animated Music Video for Sailor Moon Crystal's Opening Theme "Moon Pride" features the CGI Sailor Senshi joining each other one-by-one in a synchronized walk towards the camera, stopping to form a V-Formation Team Shot.
  • The music video for Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood".
  • The video for Rammstein's "Du Hast" has a couple of them, one in the middle and one at the end.
  • Big Audio Dynamite in the video for "Bottom Line". It starts with just Mick Jones and the others join in.
  • Korn do slow-motion one at the end of the video for "Got The Life".
  • As the gangs head to the warehouse that the rumble will take place in, the gangsters in Michael Jackson's "Beat It" do a LOT of power walking.

    Professional Wrestling 

     Puppet Shows 
  • Parodied in The Muppets (2015) episode "Got Silk?", in which Pache the brand guru buys Gonzo, Rizzo and Pepe new suits, and they're shown walking into the studio in slow motion, complete with "Little Green Bag" on the soundtrack ... and then Chip walks past normally.

    Video Games 
  • Anachronox ends with a Power Walk cutscene on an obvious Sequel Hook. A sequel that has no chance of happening.
  • Solid Snake, Raiden, and Otacon have a Power Walk scene near the end of Metal Gear Solid 2.
    • Snake does a very good one after murdering Raven in Metal Gear Solid, walking silently as Raven talks about how 'the path he walks on is paved with the corpses of his enemies'. Wonderfully melodramatic, creepy stuff.
    • The beginning of Act 5 of Metal Gear Solid 4 has Snake, Meryl, Johnny Sasaki, and Otacon doing one before they attempt to board Outer Haven. The twist here is that Snake is lagging behind the others due to his physical injuries, and Otacon is walking next to him out of dedication, where the original power walk in Metal Gear Solid 2 had Otacon and Snake at the front.
    • The end of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's chapter one has Venom Snake, Miller, Eli, Quiet, Huey, and your best Diamond Dogs soldiers dramatically walking alongside each other on a Mother Base platform.
  • The Mass Effect game cover shows Shepard flanked by Ashley and Garrus.
  • The AI in Knights of the Old Republic is set up in such a way that your two party members will try to stay right behind you and a little off to the side. Toggle the walk function and there's nothing stopping you walking up to a group of enemies that outnumber you 3-to-1 and proceeding to utterly demolish them. Want bonus points? Walk away.
  • In the opening trailer of Final Fantasy XII, the Judges Magister get one of these, with airships taking off beside them. This never actually happens in-game.
  • Done during the ending of Saints Row 2 after defeating Dane Vogel with the Boss, Pierce and Shaundi power-walking to the high-altitude helipad.
    • Done again in Saints Row: The Third when the Boss, Shaundi, and Pierce arm up and head out to give Loren what's coming to him. If The boss is dressed ridiculously this causes a great amount of bathos.
    • Done one last time in Saints Row IV during the game's climax, when the Boss and two homies walk through the Steelport simulation, preparing to tear it down. Once again, this can be done with Pierce and Shaundi.
  • Shadow the Hedgehog features a Power Run, with Sonic and most of the supporting cast tearing down the street.
  • Tales from the Borderlands Episode 4 contains a glorious Right Stuff-esque example, set to Twin Shadow's 'Back to the Top', as an opening credits scene... during which they blast a converted camper into space.
  • Guitar Hero: Metallica had this in the opening cutscene.
  • When you first see the villains in Dissidia Final Fantasy, they are doing this. While walking out of an active volcano, hundreds of feet above the heroes. It ends in a panning V-Formation Team Shot and then their boss, their god, a titan made of lava, rearing up out of the crater. The villains in Dissidia don't dick around.
  • In World of Warcraft, Memetic Badass High Overlord Saurfang does one of these as his corrupted son comes charging out to face you and your group and issues his challenge to the group and his father. Overlord Saurfang then calmly and unflinchingly walks forward in defiance of his son's wishes (this only happens if you're on the Horde). The fact that he remains calm and collected until he (hopelessly) charges in just adds to the amount of badass points this guy has racked up in his life for members of the horde.
    High Overlord Saurfang yells: Kor'kron, move out! Champions, watch your backs. The Scourge have been...
    Deathbringer Saurfang yells: Join me, father. Join me and we will crush this world in the name of the Scourge — for the glory of the Lich King!
    insert power walk here
    High Overlord Saurfang says: My boy died at the Wrath Gate. I am here only to collect his body.
  • Lance has a pretty badass one in Brain Dead 13, when entering Dr. Neurosis's quarters.
  • Team Fortress 2's Mann Vs Machine Trailer has Red's Heavy, Scout and Engineer and Blu's Demoman, Soldier and Medic doing a heroic power walk when they are about to fight Grey Mann's army of robot Mercenaries.
    • To elaborate, it starts with the Heavy, who gets the Scout to join in, then the Engineer comes with two shotguns and gives one the Heavy. They catch the Demoman and Soldier playing cards and offer one of the shotguns to them, a sign of peace. While the five power walk, the Medic comes in. In short, the entire video is one long power walk.
  • Final Fantasy XIII: The party perform this when walking into Orphan's domain just before the final confrontation.
  • Done epically in Red Dead Redemption II, when almost the whole gang walks side-by-side towards Braithwaite Manor to get Jack back.

  • The poster for the Axe Cop-Doctor McNinja crossover has them doing a Power Walk (which is also an Unflinching Walk).
  • The M9 Girls do a power walk the first time they wear their costumes for battle, complete with accompanying Theme Song.
  • The main characters of Daughter of the Lilies do this while moving to face a powerful Drath. Thistle isn't so much as "power walking" than being pushed along by Orrig, though.

    Web Original 
  • On his Top Eleven Coolest Cliches, The Nostalgia Critic brought up this trope, saying how badass it makes your team look. In the special Kickassia, he and the rest of the people on the site even did it when they were about to take over Molossia. And they looked badass doing it until... until the president pulled out a gun and they wound up fleeing.
  • In The Grossery Gang webseries, during "The Grossery Gang Movie", it us used by the powered up Grosseries and lampshaded, calling it "the heroic slo-mo walk".
    Ricardo: Why are we walking so slowly, my crusty friend?
    Pizza Face: I don't know, but it feels amazing! Just go with it!

    Western Animation 
  • Parodied in American Dad! with that group of cheating housewives walking into the supermarket. They really do walk that slow and a child on a tricycle is faster than them.
  • The Season 2 Finale of Ben 10: Alien Force has the team Ben assembles for the attack on the La Soledad base doing this.
  • In Central Park, Season 1 finale "A Fish Called Snakehead", when Owen, Elwood, and Fran are ready to catch the snakehead in the lake, they walk while carrying their fishing rod in slow motion while triumph music plays in the background. It gets cut short when Owen notices Elwood and Fran's fishing line somehow got tangled together and they try to untangle it while they're both panicking about seeing a snakehead.
  • Both of BRB Internacional's Funny Animal literary adaptations series, Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds and Around the World with Willy Fog, have the major characters doing a head-on Power Walk at the end of the opening sequence.
  • They parodied this, along with Baywatch, in The Fairly Oddparents: "They're slow, but they look good!"
  • Final Space: In episode 7, this is done by KVN, Gary, Little Cato and Mooncake, all armed to the teeth, as they set out to kill the Lord Commander.
  • Lampshaded in the Futurama episode "Lethal Inspection": "He did it! And he's not looking back at that cool explosion! He's a hero!"
  • The intro for Justice League plays this completely straight. But then, how can you NOT, when you've got Superman walking in the middle?
    • And yet they do — in the Unlimited episode set in the Old West. Not only do the heroes stride down the deserted Main Street of the town — (along with the phony Heel–Face Turn Chronos) — but the music playing is a Morricone-style take on the original theme music.
  • J and K do this in the opening sequence of Men in Black.
  • Parodied in The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Launchtime." The penguins power-walk on the way to their rocket ship with dramatic music playing. Then Skipper says: "Well, we'll never get to the moon at this rate. Let's pick up the pace." They, and the music, speed up.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode "Mindy's Meteorite Stand", the kids do this type of walk on the way to Jet's garage. Even the music that plays during that scene is awesome.
  • The Real Ghostbusters animated series feature this in the ending credits sequence.
  • Parodied in the Storm Hawks episode "Stratosphere" as the group power-walk on their way to their seats for the launch of their airship-turned-rocket-ship to reach the enemy base in the stratosphere. It starts out all serious, but then Stork walks into a pole and falls to the ground with a yell, all still in slow-motion.
  • Total Drama: Parodied in "2008: A Space Owen". The five remaining contestants stand side by side in front of the gate of a studio. As it opens and daylight pours in, they begin walking in slow-motion while the camera goes from behind them to their feet, to a low sideways view, to a panning frontal shot. At this point, Chris hastily walks past them and tells them to get a move on.
  • The X-Men do this, along with a V-Formation Team Shotnote  in the Japanese dub's second opening.

  • This video featuring Arsenal footballers Andrey Arshavin, Bacary Sagna, Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott doing a Power Walk — while wearing furry animal costumes.
  • The music video for Kanye West's "Power", appropriately enough — the uncensored version shows Kanye animated instead of a still shot.
  • Just to show that this happens in Real Life, this is a picture of the Swiss Federal Council in 2003. Somehow, the Swiss cross on the floor makes it even better.
  • And this is the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with his entourage in the corridors of the UN headquarters.
  • And here's a picture of a disgruntled brass band from a local newspaper.
  • The BBC series The Planets (about, surprisingly enough, the planets), has a shot of several planetary geologists before they talk about some of Mars's features.
  • For some reason, string quartets, especially if they're under 40 or so, are very fond of having themselves photographed doing power walks, either with or without instruments.
  • The Duterte family does the power walk inside one of the Malacañan halls. Cue the composite images, especially the Game of Thrones reference.
  • The Fourth Estate, a famous picture painted by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo in 1901, originally entitled The Path of Workers.
  • Reeve Aleutian Airways Flight 8 lost a propeller, which left behind a massive gash in the fuselage as it flew away into the ocean and made a total mess of their flight controls. Still, Captain James Gibson and his crew successfully landed the wrecked aircraft without so much as anyone getting injured. According to Captain Gibson, he ordered his flight crew to put on their coats and hats before leaving the cockpit so they could perform this as they left the plane, since he figured they deserved to look awesome.
  • History says that the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday actually did this on the way to the shootout at the OK Corral.


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