Attacking your foe directly using feathers from your wings, instead of using other ranged attacks.
Works like that: a winged creature flaps its wings, a bunch of feathers come out, turn into blades and fly at exceptional speed, trying to pierce the foe.
Exceptionally popular among Winged Humanoids
Of course, physics doesn't get in the way, because you want your feathers to be very light. Expect magic or just plain Rule of Cool
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- Stymphalian Birds may or may not be the Trope Maker, but they are Older Than Dirt Ur Example.
- Used in Law Of Ueki: an interesting case becuse the actual superpower of the man using it was flying, so apparently, attacking with feather blades was considered somehow natural for winged creatures.
- Also used by Archangel from X-men.
- Variation: the stormwings in the Immortals Quartet are covered with razor-edged metallic feathers, but they don't attack by throwing or shooting them. They do swipe at things with their wings.
- Suigintou from Rozen Maiden loves doing this. Then again, she's a talking doll.
- Bleach. When in her released form, Arrancar #105, Cirucci Sanderwicci, can fire the feather-like blades (which vibrate at high speeds) in her wings at her opponents. The blades can return and re-attach to her wings at will, making them Precision Guided Boomerangs.
- Harpies in Warcraft are explicitly said to hurl pinfeathers at enemies.
- Griffins in FFVII: Crisis Core have a skill called "feather shots." They don't look metal or anything, but they do hurt.
- Claymore: in the anime, one of Priscilla's Awakened Forms allows her to do this.
- Literal in the case of Pokémon's Skarmory.
- Dyna Blade does this in Kirby Super Star.
- Kirby also does this himself in Super Star. His Wing form and the Wing partner cause damage when they flap their feathers.
- Harpies in the various Castlevania games.
- Elemental Hero Avian in Yu-Gi-Oh GX does this, either for his regular attack or using a spell card, I'm not sure which.
- Konan of Naruto can do this, due to the fact that her "feathers" are are actually sheets of paper.
- One of the bosses in Bomberman Tournament could do this, if I'm not mistaken.
- Falcon in The Super Hero Squad Show. I'm pretty sure they lifted that from Archangel, and the comics version can't.
- A recent Generator Rex episode had a flying EVO use this trope.