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18th Jun '16 12:43:56 PM erforce
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Pitfall}}: The Mayan Adventure''. Boomerangs are one of three weapons in the game, follow an improbably far-reaching curved path, and float around in the air upon return. They do disappear if you don't grab them again, however... and they ''don't'' return if they hit an enemy.

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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Pitfall}}: The Mayan Adventure''.''VideoGame/PitfallTheMayanAdventure''. Boomerangs are one of three weapons in the game, follow an improbably far-reaching curved path, and float around in the air upon return. They do disappear if you don't grab them again, however... and they ''don't'' return if they hit an enemy.
16th May '16 8:04:03 AM Ulysses21
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** Lampshaded in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', when Spider-Man comments that Cap's shield appears to not obey the laws of physics.
7th May '16 9:00:58 PM DesertDragon
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A real-life boomerang is simply a stick carved in such a way as to get some rotor lift when thrown turning end-over-end. Thrown properly, the boomerang will curve back on its course and return to its point of origin. It was designed as a hunting tool. If it missed, it would come back for another shot; if it hit, the hunter would have to retrieve the kill anyway. Some boomerangs allow for more complex trajectories, though these are more for sport than hunting.

In fiction, however, a boomerang is virtually a living creature possessed of the single goal of returning to the thrower's hand, come hell or high water. This results in boomerangs doing things that are flatly impossible, such as continuing to fly after [[PinballProjectile striking multiple targets]] then returning to the user. It becomes humorous in older video games, where boomerangs are crudely programmed to return to TheHero after being thrown, even if he's still moving and it has to chase him all over the screen until he stops to catch it.

This trope covers all weapons that can perform this trick, not just boomerangs. Many of the examples below involve weapons that aren't even meant to be thrown. Does it really have to be stated that the RuleOfCool is involved? See also BoomerangComeback (for when the boomerang initially seems to miss and then catches the target by surprise) and PinballProjectile (for objects that adjust their course by bouncing off things rather than aerodynamic maneuvering).

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A real-life boomerang is simply a stick carved in such a way as to get some rotor lift when thrown turning end-over-end. Thrown properly, the boomerang will curve back on its course and return to its point of origin. It was designed as a hunting tool. If it missed, it would come back for another shot; shot, and if it hit, the hunter would have to retrieve the kill anyway. Some boomerangs allow for more complex trajectories, though these are more for sport than hunting.

In fiction, however, a boomerang is virtually a living creature possessed of the single goal of returning to the thrower's hand, come hell or high water. This results in boomerangs doing things that are flatly impossible, such as continuing to fly after [[PinballProjectile striking multiple targets]] then returning to the user. It becomes humorous in older video games, where boomerangs are crudely programmed to return to TheHero the player character after being thrown, even thrown. Even if he's you're still moving and it has to moving, it'll chase him you all over the screen until he stops you stop to catch it.

This trope covers all weapons that can perform this trick, not just boomerangs. Many of the examples below involve weapons that aren't even meant to be thrown. thrown, like shields or escrima sticks. Does it really have to be stated that the RuleOfCool is involved? See also BoomerangComeback (for for when the boomerang initially seems to miss and then catches the target by surprise) surprise, and PinballProjectile (for for objects that adjust their course by bouncing off things rather than aerodynamic maneuvering).maneuvering.



** Its ability to selectively bounce off of a surface or become lodged within it for use as a stepping stone/grabbing point/etc. as demanded by the plot was also highly questionable. Consider the FridgeLogic at work when Xena once threw the chakram into a rock and then proceeded to use a whip to grab onto the chakram to pull herself out of some quicksand (somehow without cutting the whip). Even if you accept the magical laser precision of the chakram, the mere physics of that makes your head hurt. All said and done, Xena's chakram may very well be the biggest piece of AppliedPhlebotinum in existence.
** An AlternateRealityEpisode version of Xena who was some kind of slutty socialite accidentally performed the exact same chakram trick by throwing a [[CombatStiletto high-heeled shoe]], but this was PlayedForLaughs.

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** Its ability to selectively bounce off of a surface or become lodged within it for use as a stepping stone/grabbing point/etc. as demanded by the plot was also highly questionable. Consider the FridgeLogic at work when Xena once threw the chakram into a rock and then proceeded to use a whip to grab onto the chakram to pull herself out of some quicksand (somehow without cutting the whip). Even if you accept the magical laser precision of the chakram, the mere physics of that makes your head hurt. All said and done, Xena's chakram may very well be the biggest piece of AppliedPhlebotinum in existence.
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** An AlternateRealityEpisode version of Xena who was some kind of slutty ditzy socialite accidentally performed the exact same chakram trick by throwing a [[CombatStiletto high-heeled shoe]], but this was PlayedForLaughs.
5th May '16 8:36:58 AM FF32
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* Subverted [[http://campcomic.com/comic/279 here]] in ''Webcomic/CampWeedonwantcha'': when Malachi says it comes back, he means his friend Seventeen will retrieve it for him.
27th Apr '16 5:44:36 PM SteveMB
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This trope covers all weapons that can perform this trick, not just boomerangs. Many of the examples below involve weapons that aren't even meant to be thrown. Does it really have to be stated that the RuleOfCool is involved? See also: BoomerangComeback.

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This trope covers all weapons that can perform this trick, not just boomerangs. Many of the examples below involve weapons that aren't even meant to be thrown. Does it really have to be stated that the RuleOfCool is involved? See also: BoomerangComeback.also BoomerangComeback (for when the boomerang initially seems to miss and then catches the target by surprise) and PinballProjectile (for objects that adjust their course by bouncing off things rather than aerodynamic maneuvering).
6th Apr '16 9:40:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''SinCity'' has Miho who occasionally uses her manji-shaped shuriken in this manner.

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* ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' has Miho who occasionally uses her manji-shaped shuriken in this manner.
27th Mar '16 10:31:22 AM DaibhidC
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* At one point in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' Captain America breaks up a fight between Thor and Iron Man by throwing his shield in such a way that it bounces off both of their heads and returns to him.

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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
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At one point in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' Captain America breaks up a fight between Thor and Iron Man by throwing his shield in such a way that it bounces off both of their heads and returns to him.



* Averted in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', a ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel, where the eponymous continent's Creator is described as having a boomerang "that does not return to the thrower, typically because it's stuck in the ribs of whatever he threw it at."

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Averted in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', a ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel, where the eponymous continent's Creator is described as having a boomerang "that does not return to the thrower, typically because it's stuck in the ribs of whatever he threw it at."
27th Mar '16 9:55:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheRoadWarrior'' has the Feral Kid's sharp metal boomerang. It slices off fingers and returns to him without a problem. Subverted when his intended target [[TheDragon Wez]] dodges it, and it keeps going and kills Wez's lover instead.

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* ''TheRoadWarrior'' ''Film/TheRoadWarrior'' has the Feral Kid's sharp metal boomerang. It slices off fingers and returns to him without a problem. Subverted when his intended target [[TheDragon Wez]] dodges it, and it keeps going and kills Wez's lover instead.



* TheBeastmaster inherits a "caber," a pivoted, curved, bladed throwing weapon. He usually hits with it, but it also curves around and at least once homes in on a mook. How he catches the spinning bladed without losing fingers is an open question.

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* TheBeastmaster ''Film/TheBeastmaster'' inherits a "caber," a pivoted, curved, bladed throwing weapon. He usually hits with it, but it also curves around and at least once homes in on a mook. How he catches the spinning bladed without losing fingers is an open question.
19th Mar '16 8:21:52 PM SSJMagus
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'' introduces [[EnergyWeapons beam boomerangs]], which sound absurd, but might be {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that they're mechanized weapons, potentially with their own thrusters and guidance systems. And safety shutdown mechanism, since they are Beam-edge Boomerang -- it's not safe to hold them or ridiculously catch them, even for a Gundam.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'' ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' introduces [[EnergyWeapons beam boomerangs]], which sound absurd, but might be {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that they're mechanized weapons, potentially with their own thrusters and guidance systems. And safety shutdown mechanism, since they are Beam-edge Boomerang -- it's not safe to hold them or ridiculously catch them, even for a Gundam.Gundam.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' has the detachable backpack of the ∞ Justice Gundam (yes, the infinity symbol is part of its name). Among its various purposes is to serve as ludicrously large beam boomerang, with beam blades on the front of each wing.
26th Nov '15 4:54:52 PM nombretomado
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* Cham Cham out of ''SamuraiShodown II'' has one of these as her primary ''melee'' weapon (her heavy slash is basically to toss it about a metre in front of her). This actually makes it one of the best projectiles in the game, since it will plow through and disrupt all but a few other projectiles in the game: it can't destroy other melee weapons, and some projectiles escape just by not being where the boomerang goes. And it always returns, even while she's being grappled and pummelled. "Oh! How dangerous a boomerang is!"

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* Cham Cham out of ''SamuraiShodown ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown II'' has one of these as her primary ''melee'' weapon (her heavy slash is basically to toss it about a metre in front of her). This actually makes it one of the best projectiles in the game, since it will plow through and disrupt all but a few other projectiles in the game: it can't destroy other melee weapons, and some projectiles escape just by not being where the boomerang goes. And it always returns, even while she's being grappled and pummelled. "Oh! How dangerous a boomerang is!"
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