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Vine Swing
Swinging from a tree on a vine
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(permanent link) added: 2013-09-11 06:24:08 sponsor: Snicka (last reply: 2013-10-05 00:55:54)

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The usual way of transportation of a Nature Hero: grab a conveniently placed, always available vine on a tree, and swing on it to the next one. Very common in Jungle Opera settings or in Jungle Japes levels of video games.

In fiction, these vines will usually be portrayed as flexible as ropes. In Real Life, those that are strong enough to carry the weight of a human are much more stiff.

Often used as a Stock Shout-Out to the Trope Codifier, Tarzan; the character swinging on the vine often makes the ape-man's unique yell.

Compare Building Swing, which is this done in a more man-made environment, usually with ropes, and Chandelier Swing.

When you do it, you need to Watch Out for That Tree!.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

Film - Animated
  • The lemurs in Disney's Dinosaur swing from vines as a way to choose mates: when one male lemur and one female lemur end up on the same vine, they climb to the top and "get busy." Poor Zini always ends up unmatched.
  • Simba does during the "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" song in The Lion King when he jumps in the water. Since he doesn't have hands, he grabs the vine with his mouth.
  • Torzonborz in the sequel of Cat City. He's pretty much a Funny Animal version of Tarzan.

Film - Live Action

Literature
  • Surprisingly, Averted in the original Tarzan books.
  • Mentioned as a means of transport in the book How To Be A Superhero, where it is said not to be suited for urban superheroes, as the closest thing cities have to vines is power lines.

Music

Newspaper Comics
  • Parodied in a Far Side comic, where an ape swinging on a vine over the savanna is said to have left Tanzania behind, having caught the ultimate vine.

Toys
  • BIONICLE: Lewa and the Le-Matoran do this in Le-Wahi on the island of Mata Nui.

Video Games
  • In Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic and Shadow can swing across vines in the Green Forest and White Jungle levels, respectively.
  • Donkey Kong often does this.
  • Featured in the first Kingdom Hearts in the Tarzan world. There's even a Mini-Game revolving around this.
  • In the iOs Game Buddy & Me, being set in a child's dream, the forest has tire swings hanging from the trees to do this with. In addition, your flying companion sometimes clings to a tree and positions his tail so you can grab it and swing across a gap.
  • In Spongebob Squarepants Battle For Bikini Bottom, one of the levels features Spongebob doing this.
  • Doing nothing but this is the first level of an old arcade game named Jungle King.

Western Animation
  • George of the Jungle does it a lot, usually with disastrous results.
  • In the first act of the Mr. Bogus episode "Hipster Tripster", Bogus does this in the monkeys' habitat at the zoo when envisioning himself as a Tarzan-esque wildman. Unfortunately, he winds up accidentally swinging into the habitat of a gorilla who grabs him up and starts tickling him.
  • At least once in the Looney Tunes short Gorilla My Dreams. There's even a traffic signal in the jungle to let a Tarzan lookalike swing by, complete with the vocal call!
  • This is gets done a lot (sometimes with audience participation) in Dora the Explorer to get around forests. The spinoff Go, Diego, Go! featuring her brother has the guy do it even more. It's probably what you get for literally hanging out with a Monkey-in-Boots.

Real Life
  • Orangutans sometimes travel like this.
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