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"I customized that bike for myself! It's too wild for you to handle."
Shotaro Kaneda (to Tetsuo Shima), AKIRA
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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, perpendicular to the direction of the skid and angled so that both the side and top of the vehicle are visible 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.

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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!note 

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    Anime & 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.
  • There's a scene in Anti Magic Academy The 35th Test Platoon where Ouka Ootori makes this bike slide in the city at night.
  • Bakemonogatari: The scene was also homaged in episode 3 of Nisemonogatari when Araragi makes this slide with his bicycle instead of a motorcycle.
  • As one of the biggest parody series made, Gintama can't be out of this fad, having at least one shot of this slide in his scooter. IN MEDIEVAL JAPAN.
  • In the fourth OVA of GTO: The Early Years, Yasha does this when sliding to a halt after leading Ryuji on a motorcycle chase, just before he hits a tripwire.
  • 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 the 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In episode 17 of You're Under Arrest!, there's a scene where an old Badass Biker called Daimaru Nakajima claims to be the best biker out there and makes this bike slide to demonstrate it.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:

    Fan Works 
  • 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.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Nope has a reference to the scene via Emerald Haywood using a motorcycle with banners attached to it in order to lure Jean Jacket to the Jupiter's Claim theme park.
  • TRON: Legacy uses this a couple times in the lightcycle fight. The villains of the piece use this as a form of intimidation and showing off for the blood...er, voxel-hungry crowd.
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • Mortal Kombat 11: A sliding bike stop is part of one of the Terminator's fatalities.
  • Persona 5: Most cutscenes featuring Johanna show Queen stopping her in this way.
  • Street Fighter 6: The trailer for Juri has her stop her bike this way.

    Web Animation 
  • 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.
  • Happens twice one after the other in DEATH BATTLE!'s "Link vs. Cloud (2021)". During their Fenrir vs Master Cycle Zero Chase Fight, first Cloud does the stopping pose in a forward direction whilst firing some Lightning Materia while Link does the traditional AKIRA bike slide stop at the end of the tunnel to face his opponent, before eating the Lightning spell.
  • 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).
  • Appears in the middle of the What If Cyberpunk 2077 Was An Anime? parody video by French animator Malec, as part of the general homage to 1980s anime aesthetic.

    Websites 
  • A lot of pages discuss this shot, including famous websites such as Kotaku and The Avocado, where you can find a lot of examples and even obscure references to this bike slide.

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    Western Animation 
  • 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 they stop, Marceline does a pose that pays homage to this trope.
  • 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.
  • In the Big City Greens episode "Hurt Bike", Cricket finishes a dangerous ramp jump by sliding his bike.
  • 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 one episode of Gargoyles, Brooklyn goes on a motorcycle (with a complete biker look) and makes a Badass Biker demonstration by skidding his bike in this pose.
  • 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.
  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!: In the episode "Shadow Over Shuggazoom", Chiro does one of these to dodge a sudden attack from Nova and Gibson, who were turned into evil zombies along with everyone else in the city. This makes particular sense with how Animesque the show is as a whole.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003): The opening references the Akira scene via Raphael launching out of the Turtlemobile on his bike and skidding to the side.
  • TRON: Uprising: This is also used frequently with lightcycles, mostly as a way to try and block roads or trap fleeing characters.

 
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