Rule of Cool
Yes people, your head is humming and you won't go, because you don't know the master piper is calling you to join him. Dear lady of wealth can hear the wind blow, as she carries you every which way but right. You don't know, because your stairway lies on the whispering wind, which does not go to heaven. You can not buy your way in. Of scientific laws that this trope circumvents, the third law of motion is probably the most frequently revoked, with the Square-Cube Law probably a close second. The Second Law of Thermodynamics is third and a mention has to go to the laws of relativity, which prevent us from attaining Faster-Than-Light Travel and going to a distant planet in just a few hours.
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The limit of the Willing Suspension of Disbelief for a given element is directly proportional to its awesomeness. Stated another way, all but the most pedantic of viewers will forgive liberties with reality as long as the result is wicked sweet or awesome. This applies to the audience in general; there will naturally be a different threshold for each individual.
Also known in some circles as a " rad herring ", in which something doesn't make sense within the guidelines of the story's reality, but it's too cool not to include it. The Rule of Cool is another principle that seeks to dispel arguments among fans over implausibility in fiction.
It has been cited by animation director Steve Loter of Kim Possible , Clerks: The Animated Series , Tarzan, and American Dragon: Jake Long in response to questions from fans attempting to justify temporary breaches in logical consistency.
Of scientific laws that this trope circumvents, the third law of motion is probably the most frequently revoked, with the Square-Cube Law probably a close second. The Second Law of Thermodynamics is third and a mention has to go to the laws of relativity, which prevent us from attaining Faster-Than-Light Travel and going to a distant planet in just a few hours. Note that you only get to invoke the Rule of Cool if the end product is, in fact, cool.
Note also that different opinions on what is "cool" create the most arguments over this. The Rule of Cool is very subjective. Failure to properly use this trope can cause collision damage with walls. Since it's subjective, it doesn't have to be cool in the sense of "Grim reaper on a mountain playing an electric guitar". The protagonist might not use guns because it's cooler to have them fight vampires with knives and stakes.
You might have Missing Parent Syndrome because it would be weird to have parents with you on a road trip across the country. Basically, Rule of Cool works differently for whichever genre you're writing for. There are no instances of this trope being justified, nor can there be Ч after all, the entire point is that it's about things that don't make sense but we still gladly accept just because they're cool.
A Sub-Trope of Artistic License. Sister Trope to Rule of Fun! Contrast Viewers Are Morons. Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes. You need to login to do this. Get Known if you don't have an account. Death playing an electric guitar with a piece of his shattered scythe as the pick. Do you really need to question anything here? Population: Us! Also see: Badass Tropes. Some of the items sold by such catalogues as Skymall and The Bradford Exchange would never exist were it not for this trope.
Here are a few examples: The wall-sculpture ''Night Flight''. Depending on your point of view, it's either awesome on top of awesome or actually kind of impressive in terms of sheer ridiculousness. They have some other Eagle-themed wall art. Even a Thomas Kinkade painting looks awesome when reproduced on the outstretched wings of a large Eagle sculpture. Getting out, he strides over to the guy and removes an envelope from his coat.
Scientist: Hi! You booked a flight and the price went down, so here's an Orbitz Price Assurance check for the difference. Guy: Thanks! But why didn't you just mail it? Scientist: [looks confused, points backward] We have a hovercraft.
Anime and Manga. Naruto : Sasuke can start a fire with his eyes. Ninja Slayer. Everything and everyone is so over the top that it has to be seen to be believed. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann : There is an in-universe reason for all the strange awesomeness but why would you care with such hammy hot blood and Humongous Mecha?
Everything the characters or mechs do, and even the laws of physics themselves, are subject to Rule Of Cool. The fight scenes especially make absolutely no logical sense whatsoever, but it really doesn't matter because they're so awesome. Throwing galaxies like ninja stars. Kamina, resident badass draws his trusty katana , and it keeps coming out of the sheath for ten feet, for no reason other than it looks cool while battling someone wielding a meat cleaver.
The length of Kamina's sword seems directly proportional to the length of the speech he is making while drawing it. The end of the anime is also a deconstruction of the Rule Of Cool via the Spiral Nemesis, the theoretical end of the universe via an overuse of Spiral Power which is functionally the Rule Of Cool in Applied Phlebotinum form.
Simply put, being able to bend the laws of physics, probability and reality itself just because it'd be awesome would eventually cause reality itself to come undone. By the end of the anime, Simon resolves to prevent the Spiral Nemesis, starting with abandoning Spiral Power altogether not even using it to resurrect Nia after her death even though he probably could to Walk The Earth as his allies go on to use it more responsibly.
He DID his research about science and technology, but ultimately he did what he thought seemed cooler. Mazinger Z : Thus, we've got a Made of Indestructium eighteen-meter-tall humanoid war machine and Eldritch Abomination created by a Mad Scientist , piloted from within, powered with Applied Phlebotinum , equipped with Rocket Punches that can be thrown at the enemy, optical weaponry , corrosive gusts of wind and heat blasts capable of melting within seconds a monster made of metal, that can fly, swim and withstand a nuclear blast.
It is also capable of being dunked in magma for a short while, and constantly fights robotic gladiators able to shoot lightning bolts and make 3-D mirages in thin air without a screen, flying medieval knights, whales loaded with nukes, three-headed dragons, giant crabs that set off earthquakes, Transforming Mecha that turn into giant landmines, Ninjas , archers, snipers and humanoids that can fly at Mach 6 speed.
And that is without getting into some of the first Action Girls in anime, the Home Base equipped with a Beehive Barrier , the zombie cyborg Mooks , the ancient civilizations that built superweapons , one of the Co-Dragons that is a half-tiger cyborg, or the Super Villain Lair that in reality is a humongous Humongous Mecha disguised like an Island Base.
The Professor is a The Home Base 's upper part can detach off the main building and fly, and the lower part can also detach off and swim through the ocean. The Big Bad is a God-Emperor , ruler of an ancient civilization Beneath the Earth , the Dragon-in-Chief is a giant Caped Mecha with a sword can cleave a mountain in half, and the Robeasts resemble beasts, ancient warriors or evil spirits.
And one of their bases is a mobile Island Base that is a blooding volcano can erupt at will. UFO Robo Grendizer : The main character is an alien prince that pilots the mechanical embodiment of his planet's god of war, that is armed with a double-edged scythe that emerges out of its shoulders, and it can be combined with devices allow it bury underground, swim or fly in space.
When the main character wants to ride Grendizer, he leaps since a tall hatch and shouts loudly his name, transform his clothes into his Latex Space Suit as airborne. Just how did mercurion work in Str. What is it? All we know is it's Green. Why was the special ship pink, and what was with the big arm Well, it looked cool. Cowboy Bebop can be very confusing if taken on surface value, with only five episodes needed to tell the full narrative.
Despite this fact, the entire twenty-six episodes remains a standard of great anime for it's smoothness, filmic style, well choreographed action sequences. This is only one element that enabled the show to succeed.
Samurai Champloo has little to no narrative and is often too weird or silly to be taken seriously. Fans like the show for its devil may care attitude and breakdancing samurai battles. The Boondocks television series was heavily inspired by Samurai Champloo and is one of the main reasons it was made in the first place. Buso Renkin : Captain Bravo freely admits that his odd mannerisms and Large Ham public persona due to his belief that things are "cooler that way! Series director Imagawa said that by the second episode, he'd decided not to worry about whether or not anything made sense, just so long as it looked cool.
Among the concepts that walk the infamous thin line between "clever" and "stupid" are a German ninja , a giant robot mummy, and a martial arts master who takes off his sash and uses it to slash an enemy robot in half.
The fact that the main character's special technique is called " Shining Finger " is also helped by this rule. Everyone yells the name of their techniques as they use them, and the two main characters use The Power of Love to defeat the Big Bad by summoning the physical incarnation of the King of Hearts to blast a heart-shaped hole through it.
The entire series is a Tournament Arc with Humongous Mecha. The winner of which rules the world until the next tournament. GaoGaiGar : What else can you say about a series where a cyborg combines with an alien robot lion, a bullet train, a drill car, and a stealth fighter to form a Humonguous Robot that uses a space-warping screwdriver and a Hyperspace Mallet capable of turning whatever it strikes into light particles?
Then it becomes a transforming triad of spaceships. Played with in Metal Fighter Miku. Early in the series, the team's mentor asks the girls to explain the purpose of the robot-like metal suits used in their wrestling league.
After one team member gives a detailed explanation of the various computer systems and sensors built into the outfits, he dismisses it all with a simple "Because it looks cool! Black Lagoon : An anti-heroine who is able to backflip seven feet into the air, shoot three people dead mid-jump and has the vision range of a chameleon. A torpedo boat performing a joust against a gunship Ч and winning by using a boat-wreck as a ramp and torpedoing it mid-air! A one-eyed seventy year old nun who runs a gun-smuggling 'church of violence' and whose weapon of choice is a golden Desert Eagle she fires one handed?
An invincible terminator maid with a shotgun umbrella. Why one-handed? Because she's missing her other arm. Even considering the fact that she is a full-on cyborg, the scene borders on absurd but is it jaw-droppingly awesome? Yes, oh yes, oh yes Fist of the North Star , if examined with a critical eye, would collapse under the weight of its Fridge Logic It's hard to complain about the implausibility of the premise when you're trying to retrieve your jaw following the fight scenes.
Giant Robo. Giant mechas, supernaturally gifted fighters in sharp clothes and all rounded up by a pompous Wagnerian soundtrack. Karas : How else can you explain the ludicrously overpowered kick-arse hero who can transform into a jet and a car to combat the rise of blood-drinking cyborg demons?
Neon Genesis Evangelion : Erecting a sprawling civilian metropolis directly atop a military base that is certain to be attacked by aliens wielding doomsday weapons is just Saddamesque enough to be cool. Skyskrapers slide down underground to hang from the roof of the Geofront whenever one of the aforementioned aliens turn up.