Created By: Plastiware on August 21, 2012 Last Edited By: Someoneman on September 12, 2016

Lift-And-Throw Combat

Lifting and throwing things is your primary attack.

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For some video game characters, picking up objects from the environment and throwing them is their only method of self-defense. Alternatively, they may have other methods of attack, but this is their primary. Sometimes combined with the Goomba Stomp. Common in older games and popular with characters in licensed games who don't usually fight in the source material.


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  • All four playable characters in Super Mario Bros. 2 attack by uprooting vegetables, bombs, Koopa shells, and other items to throw at enemies. Enemies themselves can be thrown as well.
  • Mario fights most of the boss battles in Donkey Kong '94 by throwing barrels at DK. Most enemies can also be picked up and thrown at each other.
  • Both Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers games are full of miniature crates that the protagonists lift and throw.
  • Goofy and/or Max in Goof Troop pick up and throw nuts, vases, potted plants, barrels, bombs, and fallen stalactites throughout the game.
  • George Jetson in The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper (NES) fights mainly by throwing metal-looking packing crates, but also sometimes apples, cogs, rocks, and anything else he can find lying around.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • August 21, 2012
  • August 21, 2012
    Silver from the Sonic The Hedgehog series.
  • August 21, 2012
    If this is a trope, then you can't just only have names of games like what you're doing.

    Those would be "Zero Context Examples". Zero Context Examples are bad trope-writing practise.
  • August 22, 2012
    Yes, yes. The examples as I wrote them weren't meant to be final. How come there isn't an "Examples Need Help" tag?
  • August 22, 2012
    In The Incredible Hulk TV series this became the Hulk's main thing, because by and large he couldn't actually hurt anyone. He just threw a crab (the bodybuiling pose, not an actual crab) at the bad guys, and lifted & threw stuff to show how strong he was. And lots & lots of roaring.
  • August 22, 2012
    Isn't/wasn't there a "Hulking Hurler" class in some RPG system?

  • August 22, 2012
    I believe it was a Prestige Class for Dungeons And Dragons 3E or 3.5.
  • August 22, 2012
    I think Obelix from the Asterix comics would qualify.
  • August 22, 2012
    Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!! does this with trash cans, vending machines and highway road signs although he claims to abhor violence. Ironically, his name translates literally to "serene man" and "peaceful island" respectively.
  • August 23, 2012
    Could someone lend a hand with this? I'm not entirely sure how this all works, and I'd like to see to it that this is a proper trope.
  • September 30, 2015
    • Kir By: in a variant, his main modus operandi is to suck enemies (or stars) into his mouth and then spit it towards other enemies.
    • Crash Bash: one of the game types, Crate Crush, is all about this: characters picking up & throwing (or kicking) crates to hurt each other.
  • September 30, 2015
    ^^^^ I don't think Obelix would fit here — he throws menhirs, yes, but his primary attack in the albums I own is to wade in and start punching.
  • October 1, 2015
    In the cartoons, He-Man wasn't allowed to use his magic sword to defeat enemies; he mostly resorted to wrestling moves, especially body throws.
  • October 2, 2015
    • Solatorobo: the core mechanic is to grab and lift enemies (or catch their projectiles and wing them right back), either tossing them into enemies or the ground.
    • Wario World: The only way to defeat Giant Mooks is to punch them into semi-consciousness, then throw, spin or pile-drive them. Warior can even do it with one boss, a dinosaur the size of a building.
  • October 2, 2015
    I believe there's at least one character in Dynasty Warriors or Sengoku Basara who fights by hurling a mook into another...

    Btw Throw The Mook At Them is related
  • October 2, 2015
    This is Klonoa's primary method of attacking. He uses his Blow You Away powers to inflate enemies, then picks them up and throws them. He can also use inflated enemies to double jump by throwing them downwards.
  • October 5, 2015
    Tazz's Red Baron was "The Human Suplex Machine," due to his expertise in and frequent use of suplexes in his arsenal.
  • October 6, 2015
    • While the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong is listed, the original arcade version counts as well. The titular ape fights Mario by throwing barrels at him. A later stage has him switch to bouncing jacks.
    • Guts Man from Mega Man 1 doesn't have a projectile attack like the other robot masters. Instead, he picks up boulders and throws them at Mega Man. After defeating him, Mega Man himself can use this ability.
  • October 6, 2015
    1. I don't see how this should be limited to just video games - there are other media where picking someone up and then throwing them is used.

    2. I generally find phrases like "they may have other methods of attack, but this is their primary" to invite all sorts of characters who simply happen to do X for inclusion. Better to say "X is the only thing they do" or "they do X" than trying to hedge things - it can lead to arguing later on.

    3. See also Fastball Special, Grievous Harm With A Body, and especially Human Hammer Throw.
  • October 6, 2015
    ^ well, this trope isn't limited to throwing other people around... Sometimes they throw items on-stage instead.

    And I don't think op is around.
  • September 12, 2016
    Might be grabbing this