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Sliding Bike Stop

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And that's how you save a Pikachu with style!
I customized that bike for myself! It's too wild for you to handle.
Shotaro Kaneda to Tetsuo Shima, AKIRA

You are a Badass Biker and you want to enter with style with your two-wheeled monster. Want to stop it with style and look as cool as possible? An easy way to do so is slamming on the brakes so your bike skids away from the camera until it stops (and if the slide includes lightning, much better). This is what this trope is about: a bike slide stopping with style, a way to cement your driving skills or your status as The Hero of your show.

The Trope Codifier is the AKIRA shot during the bike gang fight scene, when after Kaneda defeats the leader of the Clowns and makes this sliding stop. This is more known as the "Akira bike slide", which was the previous name of this trope. Even when the bike slide was a resource used before, it wasn't until this anime movie that the shot became homaged/parodied in more ways than you think. This shot also serves as the main image in AKIRA's Awesome page.


Sub-Trope of Stock Shout-Outs and Homage Shot. If you can do this, then you're a Badass Biker, or even a Badass Driver if you can make it in four wheels as well. Also, this is a good Dynamic Entry and/or Big Entrance if you're on two wheels. Bonus points if your cool stop is done with a Cool Bike. Of course, this is made as a Rule of Cool for fictional works only and doesn't take any issues of Motorcycle Safety, so Don't Try This at Home!



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    Anime and Manga 
  • AKIRA is the obvious Trope Maker and Codifier of this trope with The Movie, but this was made way before this, being part of the same scene in the 1982 manga, which is a part of a panel instead a complete shot as seen in the anime.
  • In the Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl episode "Stealing the Conversation!", a looser than usual Officer Jenny goes at full speed with her motorcycle, jumps from it, takes Pikachu from the hands of Team Rocket and lands in her bike, making the slide with style.
  • In the episode 17 of You're Under Arrest!, there's a scene where an old Badass Biker called Daimaru Nakajima claimed to be the best biker out there, and makes this bike slide to demonstrate it.
  • There's a debatable bikeless scene being made in the first episodes of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, where Action Girl Yoko Litter brakes in her own feet, making a pose with her BFG very similar to the one Kaneda does.
  • The scene also was homaged in the episode 3 of Nisemonogatari when Araragi makes this slide with his bicycle instead of a motorcycle.
  • In Madlax, the title character introduces herself to Vanessa by riding a sports bike in-between her and a bunch of goons sent to kill her, then gunning them all down one-handed — all while side-sliding to a stop.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • In episode 10 of Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, Asakusa and Hanamori ride their bikes, but then Hanamori overtakes Asakusa and stops in front of her with this slide. As the "love letter" to anime industry this series is, Hanamori's slide is a clear homage to this scene, with her bike being red and even having the lightning when she brakes.
  • As one of the biggest parody series been made, Gintama can't be out of this fad, having at least one shot of this slide in his scooter. IN MEDIEVAL JAPAN.
  • There's a scene in Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon where Ouka Ootori makes this bike slide in the city at night.
  • Kurozuka homages the bike slide during an action scene in episode 10, where Kuro, wielding a sword while on his motorcycle battles one of Hasegawa's gunship during a chase scene, which leads from a highway overpass to the top of a collapsing building, with Kuro sliding down the building's side before hitting the asphalt, skidding sideways across the road where Kuro is prominently featured in the center of the screen.
  • In the fourth OVA of Shonan Jun'ai Gumi!, Yasha does this when sliding to a halt after leading Ryuji on a motorcycle chase, just before he hits a tripwire.

    Fan Works 
  • Being the definitive homage to AKIRA and The Simpsons ever made, the Real Trailer, Fake Movie animation of BARTKIRA from 2015 can't be out of references for both franchises. Inspired by this animation, many artists made a lot of fanarts, and one of them made this scene with Bart (as Kaneda) in noneless than into the living room as a Couch Gag.
  • There's an animated gif from Adventure Time where Finn was mounting Jake as a motorcycle making this pose, even appearing on Crunchyroll's article. However, it's confirmed this is a fanart gif instead of coming from the series.

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    Film — Live-Action 
  • Even Wolverine pays tribute to this scene in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where during the "fight" against the helicopter, he stops his bike in moving and changes the way with his claws on the ground, making this iconic pose for the movie.

    Web Original 
  • A lot of pages discusses about this shot, including famous websites as Kotaku and The Avocado, where you can find a lot of examples and even obscure references to this bike slide.
  • The German animation studio Unter freiem Himmel made SHOWREEL 2019, an anime opening of themselves as well a little showcase of their studio portfolio, with one of the animators making the famous bike slide in the opening (and even with a "making of" video of this).

    Western Animation 
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003): The opening refences the Akira scene via Raphael launching out of the Turtlemobile on his bike and skidding to the side.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: In "Robin's Reckoning", Robin arrives at the pier on his bike just in time to save Batman from Tony Zucco, power sliding to a stop as he does so in a very clear homage to the AKIRA anime. It is famous for being one of the first (if not the first) references to this shot, at least outside Japan.
  • Another bikeless example can be seen with Marceline in Adventure Time in the episode "Go With Me" where she and Finn go running with wolves, and when hey stop, Marceline does a pose that pays homage to this trope.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi also pays tribute to this pose during the first short series of Star Wars: Clone Wars, making a stop like this in his speeder with his lightsaber turned on and the clones armor.
  • In one episode of Gargoyles, Brooklyn goes in a motorcycle (with a complete biker look) and makes a Badass Biker demonstration by skidding his bike in this pose.
  • In The Fungies, there's a scene when Pascal goes with Seth and the other Fungies in a kind of motorcycle making a landing that ends well with that slide shot.
  • In the Big City Greens episode "Hurt Bike", Cricket finishes a dangerous ramp jump by sliding his bike.


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