Created By: Snicka on September 11, 2013 Last Edited By: Snicka on October 5, 2013
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Vine Swing

Swinging from a tree on a vine

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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.
Community Feedback Replies: 40
  • September 11, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Anime and Manga
  • September 11, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    • In Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic and Shadow can swing across vines in the Green Forest and White Jungle levels, respectively.
  • September 11, 2013
    CaveCat
  • September 11, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Donkey Kong often does this.
    • 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.
  • September 11, 2013
    KZN02
    BIONICLE: Lewa and the Le-Matoran do this in Le-Wahi on the island of Mata Nui.
  • September 11, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    oops, duplicate. nm.
  • September 12, 2013
    foxley
    Tarzan never actually does this in the original novels. It's an invention of the movies.
  • September 12, 2013
    kjnoren
    See also Chandelier Swing. Scratching my head over that we don't have it.
  • September 13, 2013
    Snicka
    ^^^^ Which version of Bionicle? The original toys, the comics, an animated version, or any other adaptation?
  • September 13, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ As far as I've seen, BIONICLE examples always go under Toys.
  • September 13, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    Film
  • September 13, 2013
    Snicka
    ^ Well, George Of The Jungle is already listed under Western Animation, since the cartoon series is the original. Is there any point in adding the live action film too?
  • September 13, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Fixed the example identation in the BIONICLE example.
  • September 13, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ yet another spot check failed. just put it as a bullet point i guess. adaptations don't have to be loyal to what it's adapting.
  • September 13, 2013
    CaveCat
    OMG, I just thought of another example to add to this trope!

    Western Animation
    • 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.
  • September 13, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • 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.
  • September 13, 2013
    TrueShadow1
  • September 26, 2013
    Snicka
    Any further examples?
  • September 26, 2013
    SquirrelGuy
    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!
  • September 27, 2013
    foxley
    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.
  • September 28, 2013
    Snicka
    Image suggestions? I think the best would be a stock image of Tarzan (or a Tarzan expy).
  • October 2, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    i couldn't find a good shot of tarzan swinging on a vine with a google. but somehow, this turned up...

    /pub/images/dora_the_swinger_3392.jpg

    ...
  • October 2, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Please don't put pictures in your posts. They really screw up the page, and it's against the YKTTW Guidelines anyway. Just link them instead.
  • October 2, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
  • October 2, 2013
    Snicka
    Pictures I can think of: [1]; [2]; [3].
  • October 2, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ I like the first one. We can't use the second one because of the watermarks, and the third one is more fit for a work page.
  • October 2, 2013
    Snicka
    Image added. Also, thanks for the hats!
  • October 2, 2013
    Snicka
    Also, is the Dora The Explorer picture from an actual episode? If it is, it should also be added to the examples.
  • October 2, 2013
    hbi2k
    • Tarzan's predilection for this was one of the inspirations for Spider Man.
  • October 2, 2013
    Snicka
    Spider Man doesn't actually swing on vines, does he? He fits Building Swing much better (even providing the trope image).
  • October 3, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ it's still worth a mention for being inspired by this, IMO.

    and adding the Dora example, yes, it happens a lot in the show. but it's more associated with Diego.
  • October 3, 2013
    DracMonster
    • In the iOs Game Buddy And 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.
  • October 4, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
  • October 4, 2013
    Snicka
    Five hats, yay! Any final suggestions before launch?
  • October 4, 2013
    MrMous
    Is Tarzan well-known enough to justify calling it a Tarzan Swing?
  • October 4, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Tarzan Swing sounds like a more general trope (one that would also cover Building Swing). I think it's better to go with Vine Swing to avoid potential misunderstandings.
  • October 4, 2013
    grapesandmilk
    In Spongebob Squarepants Battle For Bikini Bottom, one of the levels features Spongebob doing this.
  • October 4, 2013
    KingZeal
    Doing nothing but this is the first level of an old arcade game named Jungle King.
  • October 4, 2013
    hbi2k
  • October 4, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    EDIT: Nevermind, I just checked and the animation actually didn't avert this trope, although it's not as prevalent as in most Tarzan adaptations.
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