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In fiction, the spring coil is a guaranteed way to reach high places, among other things such as a powerful attack. A Rubber Man may be able to reshape himself/herself into a spring coil. Sometimes part of Tricked-Out Shoes.
Often accompanied by a notable Stock Sound Effects from string instruments.
- Played with in One Piece, Bellamy's Devil Fruit Power is having springs for legs, 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.
- 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.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?: after Judge Doom is revealed as a Toon, he uses Toon springs on his feet to jump after Eddie Valiant.
- The mysterious figure Spring Heeled Jack was given that name due to his incredible jumping ability.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rob Cockerham from Cockeyed.com built a real-life pair of spring shoes out of mattress springs and Chuck Taylors.
- Wario Land: Wario can turn into a spring that allows him to reach high areas.
- Banjo Tooie had 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 fall damage.
- Super Mario Galaxy: the Spring Mushroom. That encases Mario's whole body in a spring.
- In the first Commander Keen game you can only jump, until you find the pogo stick. Then you can "jump" while on the pogo stick to jump really high. You get to keep the pogo stick in future games.
- Spring Man from Mega Man 7.
- Coily in Q*bert.
- In the final stage of Plok, the "Secret Super Weapon" you have to fight the Flea Queen with a helmet, a can of Flea spray and a pair of spring boots. While they do boost your jump height, they have the problem of turning every step into a jump.
- One of the powerups in Serious Sam II found in one of the boss stages has them.
- Pokémon: Spoink
- Thing On A Spring: An obscure Commodore64 platformer featuring a little frog-headed slinky toy thing. Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- One of the tools your gruntx could get in 'Gruntz
- Donkey Kong Country 2 features Rattley the Rattlesnake, an animal buddy who utilizes this.
- 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'a 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 Superfriends (1973) episode "The Ultra Scam", one of the villain's has shoes with springs in the sole that he uses to bounce around.