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What are the reasons, artistically and in-universe, that so many super heroes angle one of their knees when flying?

Asked by ragingloli (52002points) February 5th, 2021

It clearly increases their drag coefficient, so why do they do it?

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chyna's avatar

So you know they have 2 legs?

chyna's avatar

To protect their men parts from flying birds.

Jeruba's avatar

More graceful, balletic, heroic. More dynamic looking, implying movement. Maybe also diagonal symmetry, offsetting the extended arm on the other side. See ancient Greek sculptures of gods and heroes for the same sort of balance.

Also probably modesty.

canidmajor's avatar

Gee, I do that when I fly, but I have a bad knee.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

For a sexier physic ?
Why do women wear high heeled shoes ,when they obviously can’t be comfortable?
The only answer I can come up with it makes the legs,butt, and boobs look sexier.
But any women reading this please correct me if I am wrong.

Yellowdog's avatar

Not just superheroes—The Bugaloos (Sid and Marty Croft, the creators of H.R. Puffinstuff in the early 1970s) did this, too. I always wondered why.

smudges's avatar

The only thing I can think of is that in real life, it might be helpful for balance, like a bird’s tail. Otherwise, I think I might just spin horizontally.

flutherother's avatar

You might as well ask why they wear underpants over their trousers.

filmfann's avatar

It’s like a rudder.
either that, or it helps them control their bladder.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Mighty Mouse does it, too, and he has really short, stubby legs.

kritiper's avatar

Do you ever find yourself standing on one leg? Same thing.
And they may all be self-conscious about their pubic bulges, and other bulges, them being super heroes and all…

kritiper's avatar

“Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… will you look at the bulge in that guy’s pants!”

elbanditoroso's avatar

If the male superhero gets an erection while flying, it could be dangerous to things below, so the bent knee is for self-protection.

doyendroll's avatar

They’re all dressed in drag.

Darth_Algar's avatar

To signal that they’re open for gay sex.

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