Created By: Vir on May 8, 2018 Last Edited By: Vir on May 16, 2018

Inverse Rotation

A rotating object like a propeller or drill bit is held in place, causing what it's attached to to spin around instead.

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A Comedy Trope. An object that's supposed to rotate stays in place while the larger object that it's attached to spins around instead, often in defiance of the larger object's greater mass. The standard formula for this is that a mechanical device with a rotating outer component, usually a propeller or drill bit, has its rotation stopped when it's held in place by someone or something, and with nowhere else for the built-up energy to go the device itself spins around instead, usually along with the person operating it, though other variations exist that follow the same basic concept.

Film — Animated
  • In The Powerpuff Girls Movie, one of Mojo Jojo's genetically-enhanced primates is Killa Drilla, who drives a drilling vehicle. When the Girls return to Townsville after their self-imposed exile and battle Mojo's army, one of them grabs the drill bit and the car spins around.

Film — Live-Action
  • In Sleeper, Miles Monroe escapes from the Security police by using a Helicopter Pack. He ends up high in a tree, with the helicopter blades stuck in the branches and him spinning in circles below it.

Western Animation
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Stop, Look and Ed", the Eds are building a satellite to track the locations of jawbreakers in the cul-de-sac. An overzealous Ed spins the satellite's propeller around and Edd tells him to grab hold of it; he grabs it with his teeth, causing the rest of the satellite to spin around with Edd and Eddy on it and take off prematurely.
  • In the Family Guy episode "The Courtship of Stewie's Father", Stewie attempts to kill an unsuspecting Lois using a hovercraft with a drill bit affixed to the front, but it gets stuck in the wall and repeatedly slams his head into the floor. Naturally, Brian comes up and does nothing to help, instead bouncing bottle caps off him.
  • Happens on the Looney Tunes short "Robin Hood Daffy", during Daffy's second attempt at showing off his quarterstaff skills. As he spins the staff, Porky stops it and Daffy spins and falls into the creek.
  • In The Simpsons' tenth Treehouse of Horror episode, one of the things going haywire from the Millennium Bug is Arnie Pye's news copter, which has landed upside-down and the body of the copter is spinning around while Arnie hangs onto the tail.
  • Exaggerated in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Home Sweet Pineapple" when SpongeBob and Patrick are rebuilding SpongeBob's house. When SpongeBob turns a bolt on a pipe, the whole world rotates around him, causing Patrick to fall into the sky when the world is turned upside-down and fall back to the ground when it's turned back to its starting point.
  • Wallace & Gromit:
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