A burning plane comes soaring toward the ground in the direction of three friends.
Two of the friends run for their lives, the burning plane skidding along the ground right behind them.
Friend 1: Wait – we lost Ann!
Friend 2: There’s no time, keep running!
The two friends gasp for breath in front of the motionless wreckage. A ways behind them, Ann stands several paces to the side of the skid marks. She looks at her friends, bewildered.
Ann: Why didn’t you just step to the side?
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*Prometheus flashback intensifies*
YES GOD DAMMIT YES !!! Finally a character using their brains ! That comic instantly healed all the frustration from this trope.
Honestly, that’s something I ask myself every second time such a scene comes up. I mean, there are some where it makes sense (like the boulder scene from the first Indiana Jones movie), because there’s no space to step aside. Most of the time, though? Perfectly possible.
Good one again, Bunny and Chris.
That comic was a real kicker, I gotta say. It gives some good laughs.
Ha! So true. I think this every time in Jurassic Park when the jeep is falling down the tree.
Honestly, running forward is not as impossible as it might looks. I and my mother had situation when a tree fell down on us. And I did three steps to the side but my mother run forwad as two heroes of this comics. Fortunately we were lucky and get no serious injuries. Later my mother could not explain why she run forward, it just decision your brain in one moment.
Huh, interesting. Maybe the instinctual reaction is based on the idea of running away from a predator, where stepping to the side wouldn’t help.
Though I hope media doesn’t ever trot that out as an excuse since most of the examples of the trope are extended sequences. I can buy people running forward as a split-second decision, not continuing to do it while having plenty of open area to the sides.
It took Nintendo 22 years to answer this question, and it turns out the answer is,
“It would signal the decline of Paper Mario”.
Same thing with spaceships running away from a two dimensional shockwave…
I love the comic, and love the rainbow shirt. :D Two for one!