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Want to have incredible jumping powers without having any superpowers in the first place? Why, look no further than wearing the good old spring coil.

In fiction, the spring coil is a guaranteed way to reach high places, among other things such as a powerful attack or pushing back enemies. A Rubber Man may be able to reshape himself into a spring coil. Sometimes part of Tricked-Out Shoes.

Often accompanied by a notable Stock Sound Effects from string instruments.

See also Springs, Springs Everywhere for when springs are part of the background, Spring Jump, and Hopping Machine.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • Played with in One Piece, Bellamy's Devil Fruit Power is being able to turn his body into springs, which he uses to jump around and increase the power of his attacks.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Lagann used springs from its legs in the first episode to move around quickly. They seem to be drills stretching.

     Comic Books 
  • The Flying Smurf tears another Smurf's couch to tie the springs under his shoes in one of his several (failed) attempts to fly.
  • Spring boots are one of the trademark gadgets of Donald Duck's Italian superhero identity Paperinik.

     Film 
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: after Judge Doom is revealed as a Toon, he uses Toon springs on his feet to jump after Eddie Valiant.
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     Folklore 
  • The mysterious figure Spring Heeled Jack was given that name due to his incredible jumping ability. Fortean Times has revisited these stories frequently.

     Live Action TV 
  • In The Three Stooges short "Hoi Polloi" (1935), Curly gets a spring stuck on his rear end while he's dancing. Every time one of the other dancers would bump into him and knock him down, he'd spring back to his feet again.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 ran the institutional short "A Case of Spring Fever" featuring Coily the Spring Sprite who...pretty much does nothing but admonish some poor shlub about the importance of springs.

     Newspaper Comics 
  • In a couple of issues of Heathcliff, an experimental cat treat allows Heathcliff to become the incredibly bouncy and flexible Elasticat! A springy coil is, of course, one of the things he shapes himself into.

     Theme Parks 

     Video Games 
  • Wario Land: Wario can turn into a spring that allows him to reach high areas.
  • Banjo-Tooie has spring boots used for jumping.
  • Portal: The protagonist, Chell, has a different type of spring (linear-flex) attached below her knees (via a brace). Rather than assist with jumping, these are meant to explain why the player never takes Falling Damage.
  • Jevil of Deltarune has a spring instead of a neck attaching his head to his body, which is only revealed when he takes damage.
  • In Portal 2, these springs have been incorporated into her boots, highlighted by this advertisement.
  • Splatter Master have imps with spring coils in place for feet in later levels, who bounces all over the area.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Super Mario Galaxy has the Spring Mushroom, which encases Mario's whole body in a spring. Notably, while it's active, Mario's only way of moving is bouncing around.
    • Mario Party 8: Upon being eaten, the Springo Candy turns a character's lower body into a spring that allows them to bounce in one huge leap onto another character's location.
  • In the first Commander Keen game, Marooned on Mars, you can only jump normally until you find the pogo stick. Then you can "jump" while on the pogo stick to jump really high, at the cost of horizontal mobility. You get to keep the pogo stick in future games.
  • Mega Man:
    • Spring Man from Mega Man 7. In the Japanese version, when you get Spring Man's weapon, Auto makes a joke about attaching the coils to his feet so that he could be "Super Auto".
    • The first Mega Man Legends game has the hero use a set of coils on his leg armor to power up his jump.

     Web Original 
  • DSBT InsaniT: This is one of the power-ups in the game Frog and Andy play in 'VRcade'.

     Western Animation 
  • One of the many Acme Products used by Ralph Wolf (Wile. E. Coyote's progenitor in Looney Tunes), in the cartoon "Ready, Woolen and Able."
  • "Coil Man" from Hanna-Barbera's The Impossibles.
  • In the Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon, a cosmetics robot had springs built into her ankles.
  • Spring coils from the shoes, legs, and hat are some of the many, many gadgets in the arsenal of Inspector Gadget.
  • In the Super Friends (1973) episode "The Ultra Scam", one of the villain's has shoes with springs in the sole that he uses to bounce around.
  • Tigger's tail has a spring inside, enabling him to bounce on it.
  • And then there's Wubbzy from Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, who can coil his Prehensile Tail like a spring and bounce on it, quite similar to Tigger.

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