Created By: atheist723 on November 9, 2012 Last Edited By: atheist723 on December 6, 2012
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Tornado Move

A character generating a tornado to protect or destroy.

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Tornados are frightening natural phenomena, and characters may use them in combat. They are usually created by moving in circles (or spinning) with Super Speed or air-controlling powers.

Films-Animated Western Animation
  • The Flash, all the time. He usually uses it to shield others from harm, but he once froze a battalion of demons just with the icy winds.
  • Red Tornado could ride on tornados and generate them with his hands. One memorable episode had him doing a Beam-O-War with three Wind Dragon clones.
  • Aang sometimes does this in Avatar: The Last Airbender, using it to directly assault opponents, levitate himself or shoot rocks like a cannon.
Video Games
  • In RuneScape, players may cast the spell "Storm of Armadyl" to conjure a tornado, which counts as a powerful air attack. There is also its weaker version "Divine Storm".
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  • November 9, 2012
    Arivne
    Please add this to Stock Superpowers when it's launched.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • Both air elementals and djinn would turn themselves into whirlwinds (small tornadoes) to attack opponents.
      • The 1st Edition magic item called the Cyclocone allowed its user to create a small tornado.
      • The Weather Summoning spell could create real tornadoes.

    Video Games
    • Heretic. The monsters known as Iron Liches can create tornadoes to attack you. The tornadoes sweep you up into the air and do a great deal of damage besides.

    Western Animation
    • Ralph Bakshi's The Mighty Heroes. Tornado Man could turn himself into a tornado. He would suck villains into his vortex and shoot them into the nearest wall.
  • November 9, 2012
    Chabal2
    Warcraft III: The Cyclone spell creates a tornado under a unit that propels it into the air, unable to move, attack or be attacked. The Tornado spell channels a large, slow moving tornado that does large amounts of damage to buildings it passes over, and randomly casts the aforementioned Cyclone on units that get too close.

    See also Spin Attack.

  • November 9, 2012
    AP
    Comics

    • Torpedo was the name given to two different characters who mostly appeared in the New Warriors as members.
    • Whirlwind is an old villain from The Avengers who, as the name implies, can generate whirlwinds by spinning around. Sometimes, he can simply launch them or ride on top of them while his upper body remains stationary.
  • November 9, 2012
    m8e
  • November 9, 2012
    TBTabby
    In Awesomenauts, one of Froggy G's special moves is a tornado made of water. It can damage enemies and, with the right upgrades, shield or reflect enemy fire.
  • November 9, 2012
    Chabal2
    Berserk: the Kushan sorceror attacks Vritanis during a storm, so waterspouts are already forming naturally. He manipulates one to take the form of a giant watersnake.
  • November 9, 2012
    WaxingName
    Used by Sonic The Hedgehog in some games. In Sonic Heroes, he and the other Speed characters can even whip up a tornado by rapidly moving in a circle.
  • November 9, 2012
    StarSword
    Video Games
    • Multiple moves in Pokemon are depicted as this, including Gust, Twister, and Whirlwind. These moves do double damage to Pokemon that are on their first turn of Fly.
    • Aero in Final Fantasy is usually a tornado. Final Fantasy Tactics A 2 adds the Illusionist spell Tornado.
  • November 10, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Shall we brainstorm titles? When I see "Tornado Move" my mind keeps trying to interpret the word "tornado" as a metaphor for something, instead of literally.
  • November 10, 2012
    DracMonster
  • November 10, 2012
    StarSword
    ^Nice.
  • November 10, 2012
    Stratadrake
    A little clunkier, though. What about Tornado Power?
  • November 10, 2012
    atheist723
    "Weaponized Whirlwind" sounds too much like Weaponized Weakness which is completely unrelated. The title originally came from Meteor Move.
  • November 11, 2012
    miru
    Blaze the Cat does this in Sonic Rush
  • November 11, 2012
    DRCEQ

    (btw, I'm kinda surprised these two haven't been listed yet.)
  • November 11, 2012
    MorganWick
    Homestuck's "Windy Thing".
  • November 12, 2012
    Tuckerscreator

    Speaking of Taz Maniac...
  • November 12, 2012
    MiinU

    Anime and Manga

    Video games

    • Fatal Fury/King of Fighters: Joe Higashi's moves set includes multiple attacks of this nature. Beginning with his "Hurricane Upper" and "Twin Hurricane", which are two of his basic attacks. Followed by his HDMs "Screw Upper", and "Exploding Screw Upper". He first gained "Malestrom", which unleashes two Screw Uppers at once, in Capcom Vs SNK 2. And last, but certainly NOT least, there's his NEO MAX, "Screw Straight"! They call him "The Human Storm" for a reason.
  • November 12, 2012
    MiinU
    deleted.
  • November 12, 2012
    Tallens
    Tornado Attack?

  • November 13, 2012
    MiinU
    Some of the examples being submitted basically amount to 'X from [......] shoots a tornado', with hardly any context. Like the Sonic Rush and Mega Man entries, and the Homestuck and Ranma 1/2 examples have no context at all.
  • November 13, 2012
    Stratadrake
    For Mega Man, Air Man fires swarms of miniature tornados at the player, pushing them backwards against the wall in the process; Tornado Man launches miniature tornadoes upwards from the floor, which also boosts the player's jump height due to the updrafts.

    • In Skylanders, the character Warnado was reportedly born and raised in a tornado, acquiring air-based powers in the process. One of his skills is launching a small tornado at enemies, while another is to spin himself into a tornado to fly around.
  • November 16, 2012
    KarjamP
    A recurring Copy Ability in the Kirby series is one called "Tornado", which allows Kirby to turn into a tornado for a short while. Meta Knight also has a attack called "Mach Tornado", which allows him to create a huge tornado from his sword.
  • November 16, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    Wouldn't the Tasmanian Devil fit in here?
  • November 16, 2012
    JonnyB
    In Mystery Men, Dr. Heller has invented a "Tornado in a Can". He uses one to get the group's attention when they have decided he was a crackpot and go to leave.
  • November 16, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^^ Note that Taz isn't an actual tornado, it's mostly just a metaphor for how crazy he spins.
  • November 16, 2012
    MiinU

    Video games

  • November 16, 2012
    MorganWick
    Re: Homestuck, Cascade is the only time I'm aware of that John uses it as a weapon, though his very first use puts out a fire, and he also uses it as a drill. Oh, and to drive a car. Although Tavros is also a hero of Breath, it's not clear that he's able to do the same thing, as class has as much of an effect on players' abilities as aspect. So really, it's more "John's Windy Thing" than anything.
  • November 22, 2012
    flamemario12
    Web Animation
    • Dead Fantasy II. During the fight on the ice Rinoa Heartilly creates a huge tornado that sucks all of her opponents into itself.
  • December 1, 2012
    flamemario12
    Video Game
  • December 2, 2012
    miru
  • December 2, 2012
    ToxicInfinity
    All the Jupiter adepts of Golden Sun have access to a trio of spells called Whirlwind, Tornado, and Tempest. Also available to Venus and Mars adepts are the spells Gale, Typhoon, and Hurricane. All six of these spells attack the enemy with electrified tornados.

    In addition, the third-level Jupiter summon sucks enemies up in a tornado before a bird-like goddess beats the snot out of them.
  • December 2, 2012
    atheist723
    Note: Please put your own examples onto the page after this is launched, as I have no idea of how accurate they are and whoever posted them are responisible, not me.
  • December 2, 2012
    WaxingName
    @Miin U: You mean Barbariccia (better-translated name)?
  • December 2, 2012
    MorganWick
    ^^ Technically, I think we're trying to encourage people to edit their examples directly into the draft, but no one actually does.
  • December 3, 2012
    atheist723
    Well, this is one of my first attempts.
  • December 4, 2012
    Stratadrake
    You should be able to tell whether a suggested example is consistent with your definition. If you can't, ask the person to describe it better.
  • December 5, 2012
    MorningStar1337
    Please make subtrope to Blow You Away.
  • December 6, 2012
    MorganWick
    ^The pothole to Mundane Utility I mentioned probably belongs better there.
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