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** VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia has [[CuteBruiser Nan]] of the Hunting Blades use a boomerang that is the same size as her. The fact it returns to her is annoying in a battle as if a character is in the way, they get hit again by it.
9th Jul '16 3:07:01 PM StFan
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* There's also Marvel's (just plain) Boomerang (who's basically Capt. Boomerang with jet boots).
** Marvel's Boomerang, like the ComicBook/GreenArrow[=/=]ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, also carries an arsenal of different boomerangs for different jobs, including razorangs, gasarangs, etc...

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* There's also Marvel's (just plain) Boomerang (who's basically Capt. Boomerang with jet boots).
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boots). Marvel's Boomerang, like the ComicBook/GreenArrow[=/=]ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, also carries an arsenal of different boomerangs for different jobs, including razorangs, gasarangs, etc...



** Soon after Cap was thawed out, IronMan put gadgets into the shield. By using controls in his gloves, Cap could control the shield in flight. He soon took them out, for they messed up the shield's balance. So it can be done, he just doesn't like to do it.

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** Soon after Cap was thawed out, IronMan ComicBook/IronMan put gadgets into the shield. By using controls in his gloves, Cap could control the shield in flight. He soon took them out, for they messed up the shield's balance. So it can be done, he just doesn't like to do it.



* [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor's]] hammer Mjolnir is enchanted by Odin to always return when thrown, among other things.

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* [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor's]] Comicbook/TheMightyThor's hammer Mjolnir is enchanted by Odin to always return when thrown, among other things.



* In ''Comicbook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise'' [[spoiler:we see Sokka has the boomerang he lost in the finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' (or a very similar one) again, apparently having recovered it offscreen.]]

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* In ''Comicbook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise'' ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise'' [[spoiler:we see Sokka has the boomerang he lost in the finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' (or a very similar one) again, apparently having recovered it offscreen.]]



* [[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik]]'s Extransformer Shield. {{Justified}} by the hi-tech nature of the shield.

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* [[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik]]'s ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': Paperinik's Extransformer Shield. {{Justified}} by the hi-tech nature of the shield.



* Several characters in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' (most commonly, Eldar) use variations of this trope. Maugan Ra, an Eldar hero armed with a shuriken-launching BFG can cause his projectiles to ricochet off walls, depriving his enemies of the benefits of cover.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
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Several characters in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' (most commonly, Eldar) use variations of this trope. Maugan Ra, an Eldar hero armed with a shuriken-launching BFG can cause his projectiles to ricochet off walls, depriving his enemies of the benefits of cover.



* ''{{Exalted}}''

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* ''{{Exalted}}''''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':



* In ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'', the Disc Primitive is just what it was in the film, and is the main non-energy-weapon. No self-guidance, but can be manually "corrected" through the flight. It ricochets off nearly any surface and will always return sooner or later -- though it can be forced to return in case you need to use it as a shield. Ricocheting [[VideogameCrueltyPunishment can be a problem]], if you're using disc near "civilian" programs.
* The Guardian and Nomad bloodlines from ''BloodlineChampions''. The former has an "Axe of Zechs" ability, while practically half of the latter's abilities consist of this. The former does it with a ''two-handed axe'', while the latter at least really uses a boomerang.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'', ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'', the Disc Primitive is just what it was in the film, and is the main non-energy-weapon. No self-guidance, but can be manually "corrected" through the flight. It ricochets off nearly any surface and will always return sooner or later -- though it can be forced to return in case you need to use it as a shield. Ricocheting [[VideogameCrueltyPunishment can be a problem]], if you're using disc near "civilian" programs.
* The Guardian and Nomad bloodlines from ''BloodlineChampions''.''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions''. The former has an "Axe of Zechs" ability, while practically half of the latter's abilities consist of this. The former does it with a ''two-handed axe'', while the latter at least really uses a boomerang.



* In the doujin fighter game ''EternalFighterZero'', Mizuka Nagamori throws her ''cello bow'' as a boomerang for one of her attacks. Her bow will hone in on her position on its return voyage, remaining airborne until she regains it. Mizuka can also control its direction by waving a conductor's baton.

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* In the doujin fighter game ''EternalFighterZero'', ''VideoGame/EternalFighterZero'', Mizuka Nagamori throws her ''cello bow'' as a boomerang for one of her attacks. Her bow will hone in on her position on its return voyage, remaining airborne until she regains it. Mizuka can also control its direction by waving a conductor's baton.



* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' has a couple, surprisingly enough.

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* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a couple, surprisingly enough.



* ''TyTheTasmanianTiger''

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* ''TyTheTasmanianTiger''''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger''



* In the ''KateModern'' animated episode "The Wedding Video", Ninja!Charlie {{throw|ingYourSwordAlwaysWorks}}s a bent {{katana|sAreJustBetter}} at a group of enemies. It slices straight through them all and arcs around, coming to rest embedded in the wall next to where Charlie is standing.
* In the Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Anniversary Video, That Aussie Guy whips out "The Stereotype of Doom", throwing a boomerang that knocks down [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], Handsome Tom, MarzGurl, and Ma-Ti, before he effortlessly reclaims it, spouting a menacing "Oi" at the end.

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* In the ''KateModern'' ''WebVideo/KateModern'' animated episode "The Wedding Video", Ninja!Charlie {{throw|ingYourSwordAlwaysWorks}}s a bent {{katana|sAreJustBetter}} at a group of enemies. It slices straight through them all and arcs around, coming to rest embedded in the wall next to where Charlie is standing.
* In the Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Anniversary Video, That Aussie Guy whips out "The Stereotype of Doom", throwing a boomerang that knocks down [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], Handsome Tom, MarzGurl, WebVideo/MarzGurl, and Ma-Ti, before he effortlessly reclaims it, spouting a menacing "Oi" at the end.



'''[[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} Randall Munroe:]]''' Aerodynamics aside, Iím curious what tactical advantage youíre expecting to gain by having the high explosive fly back at you if it misses the target.

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'''[[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} Randall Munroe:]]''' Aerodynamics aside, Iím I'm curious what tactical advantage youíre you're expecting to gain by having the high explosive fly back at you if it misses the target.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':



* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''
** Yumi's tessen fans act like this. It helps that she can use telekinesis to control them.
*** Though in an episode she and Odd switched bodies, Odd was unable to make them return.
** And Ulrich's {{katana|sAreJustBetter}} veers into this a few times [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks when thrown]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''
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** Yumi's tessen fans act like this. It helps that she can use telekinesis to control them.
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them. Though in an episode she and Odd switched bodies, Odd was unable to make them return.
** And Ulrich's {{katana|sAreJustBetter}} veers into this a few times [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks when thrown]].



* TheTick's most colorful apprentices from "The Tick vs. Education": the Babyboomerangotan! A man [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys in an orangutan costume]]... throwing baby dolls which returned to him. Except for the doll dubbed "the middle child", which ''exploded''.

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* TheTick's WesternAnimation/TheTick's most colorful apprentices from "The Tick vs. Education": the Babyboomerangotan! A man [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys in an orangutan costume]]... throwing baby dolls which returned to him. Except for the doll dubbed "the middle child", which ''exploded''.



* In the classic Disney short ''Mickey Down Under'' (1948), {{Mickey|Mouse}} uses a boomerang that's borderline self-willed. It barely needs to be thrown and just flies in circles at the slightest touch. Pluto struggles for a while with it, and both he and Mickey end up chased by the boomerang at the end.
* In both ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', the Batarangs are much more often just bladed throwing weapons that may or may not curve. And sometimes they're not. However, ''The Batman'' might also be a justified case, since here the Batarang is equipped with the same kind of [[AppliedPhlebotinum weird technology]] found within the GrapplingHookPistol, [=the BatWave=], etc. -- remember that strange zinging noise the Batarang makes.
** In WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond, they were shown to be much less precise without the processing power of Terry's PoweredArmor.

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* In the classic Disney short ''Mickey Down Under'' (1948), {{Mickey|Mouse}} WesternAnimation/{{Mickey|Mouse}} uses a boomerang that's borderline self-willed. It barely needs to be thrown and just flies in circles at the slightest touch. Pluto struggles for a while with it, and both he and Mickey end up chased by the boomerang at the end.
* In both ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', the Batarangs are much more often just bladed throwing weapons that may or may not curve. And sometimes they're not. However, ''The Batman'' might also be a justified case, since here the Batarang is equipped with the same kind of [[AppliedPhlebotinum weird technology]] found within the GrapplingHookPistol, [=the BatWave=], etc. -- remember that strange zinging noise the Batarang makes.
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makes. In WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond, ''Batman Beyond'', they were shown to be much less precise without the processing power of Terry's PoweredArmor.



* [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote]] and a boomerang. I think you can figure out the rest.
* [[WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce Skysurfer]], Soar Loser has a total of five boomerangs at his disposal and throughout the course of the show, they always came back.

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* [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'': Wile E. Coyote]] Coyote and a boomerang. I think you You can figure out the rest.
* [[WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce Skysurfer]], ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'': Soar Loser has a total of five boomerangs at his disposal and throughout the course of the show, they always came back.



4th Jul '16 6:43:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* In a comic book of ''TheTick'' (not the original comics, a licensed-from-the-cartoon version), The Tick invents a "Tick-arang". With [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} typical Tick logic]] he believes it will return because he's written his name and address on the side, with the phrase "Return Postage Guaranteed." The amazing thing is... ''it works.''

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* In a comic book of ''TheTick'' ''ComicBook/TheTick'' (not the original comics, a licensed-from-the-cartoon version), The Tick invents a "Tick-arang". With [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} typical Tick logic]] he believes it will return because he's written his name and address on the side, with the phrase "Return Postage Guaranteed." The amazing thing is... ''it works.''
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.
TV history.
** 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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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."
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