Instant Flight Just Add Spinning
Making a rotor-based flying machine from anything that isn't supposed to act as one.


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The staff wielding Kung-Fu monk follows his Ninja enemy, but suddenly they stand in front of a cliff. The Ninja pulls out some type of parachute and jumps down and our monk is not Made of Iron or at least not enough to shrug of the fall. What is he to do? Add spinning of course! By spinning his staff above his head he'll generate the uplift needed to gently glide down the cliff or, if he is strong enough even to levitate or fly!

Basically this is whenever a character spins something above his or her head to slow a fall or even hover or fly. This trope excludes anything made to be used like that, since that would just be a flying machine with an odd look or functionality. The same goes for MacGyvering something, since that just constitutes a weird, but still made for that purpose flying machine.

Sub-Trope of Everything's Better with Spinning, Super Trope to Heli Critter and Helicopter Hair. Contrast Helicopter Blender, where there is improvisation with an actual helicopter.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Dragon Ball a young Son Goku uses his tail to fly and avoid touching the ground outside the ring in the first Tournament Arc. He also used his Staff as a rotor repeatedly.
  • One Piece
    • Miss Valentine's Kilo Kilo Fruit power allows her to make her body lighter. While being light, she can spin her umbrella to fly.
    • Buffalo of Donquixote Pirates uses Spin Spin Fruit power to spin things on his body, allowing him to fly. He notably spins his odd dreadlock hair and the juttings on his shoes to make himself a biplane.

Comic Books
  • In older comics, The Mighty Thor flew by throwing his hammer and holding on. To hover he'd spin his hammer around over his head.
  • A few Cow And Boy strips involved Billy inventing a flying technique called "Man-Copter", which involves him attaching some slabs of wood to his arms and wrapping a piece of string around himself, which Cow then pulls, which allows Billy to take off like a helicopter.

Film

Live-Action TV

Video Games
  • Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong from the Donkey Kong series hover by whipping their hair.
  • Kirby
    • The title character's whip ability has an attack that makes him spin the whip around, elevating him, but unlike the lance variation he doesn't have much control over his movement.
    • In Kirbys Return To Dreamland, Waddle Dee can use his lance for this effect by spinning it rapidly above him, using it to hover for a little time. Kirby can do the same if he has the lance copy ability.
  • In Chrono Trigger the staff-wielding mooks in the Kingdom of Zeal could use their staves as rotors to hover.
  • In Super Smash Bros., all the different Links use their spin slash attack as a recovery move, making them go upwards when performed in the air.
    • Almost every character with a spinning move uses it either as their official B-Up third jump or can at least use it to hover, Mario Tornado, Spinning Kong, Spin Attack, Whirling Fortress etc.
  • Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog flies by spinning his signature two tails.
  • Yoshimitsu from Soul Calibur can do this to set up a Sword Plant.
  • In games based of off the 2003 series and the 2007 movie, Michelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can hover by spinning his nunchakus.
  • Deku Link from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask can fly using propeller-like flowers.
  • The titular Earthworm Jim can spin his worm head to slow his fall or extend his jumps.

Web Comics
  • Awkward Zombie has a take on how Doduo, a flying Pokemon with no wings, can fly using this trope.

Western Animation
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • Aang has the added advantage of airbending, but he uses his Gliderstaff for this purpose numerous times.
    • Played with in Sokka's Master. Sokka tries out different weapons and spins a lance above his head. It flies away after a short time.
  • Apple Bloom of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic can twirl a Loop De Hoop on her tail fast enough to turn it into a helicopter. She doesn't do the trick without the hoop, and it may have been a one-off due to "The Cutie Pox."
  • Classic Disney Shorts
    • In "Chef Donald", Donald Duck has to deal with waffle mix that has rubber cement in it, making it all rubbery. As he tries to stir the spoon just twists the mix, and when it unwinds the whole bowl takes off and dives after Donald.
    • In "How To Play Baseball", pitcher Goofy spins his arm too fast during the wind-up and takes off like a helicopter.
  • The Flash used his arms as a helicopter in an episode of Justice League Unlimited.
  • Japeth the Crazy-Prepared Goat in Hoodwinked has a pair of spinning horns that he uses as helicopter rotors to escape from an off-the-rails mine cart.

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