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 (Game Boy) by throwing barrels at DK. Most enemies can also be picked up and thrown at each other.
- Both Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers (NES) games are full of miniature crates that the protagonists lift and throw.
- Goofy and/or Max in Goof Troop (SNES) 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.