Created By: DAN004 on November 6, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on August 31, 2015
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Human Hammer Throw

Grabbing some part of your opponents body, spinning around one or more turns, and then letting go!

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Grabbing some part of your opponents body, spinning around one or more turns, and then letting go!

This is a popular move due to its sheer impressiveness, though it's more than a little impractical. Usually, it's the legs or feet that are grabbed, but in some cases it's the arms, the heads, or the tail (if present).

May be combined with Grievous Harm with a Body (either hitting other people on the turns or with the throw) or A Twinkle in the Sky. Compare also Metronomic Man Mashing and Spinning Piledriver. It can be done with an ally, as a physically slightly more believable way to do a Fastball Special when the hurlee is heavy.

A subtrope of Wrestler in All of Us, though it's seldom seen in wrestling (which should tell something of how practical the move really is). There it often is called a "Giant Swing". The name "Hammer Throw" refers to the one of Olympic Games' events; this trope is when someone replaces the "hammer" as the thing being thrown.

The hurler pretty much has to have Super Strength, Charles Atlas Superpower, or at least be very, very angry.


Examples

Anime
  • In Attack on Titan, The Rogue Titan accomplishes this by grabbing an opponent's neck with its teeth.
  • In Dragon Ball, Goku does this to Freeza by grabbing his tail, and in the fighting videogames it's his standard "grab" attack, though he goes after the opponent's leg there instead.

Film
  • Superman II. During the battle with the three Kryptonian supervillains, Superman grabs General Zod by an arm and a leg and swings him around in a circle. When he releases him, Zod flies away at great speed and hits an advertising sign.
    • As a nod to this, in Man of Steel, in the final fight, Zod grabs Supes by the cape, then spins him around a few times before throwing him across multiple buildings.
  • In Airplane! it's used as a dance move.
  • In Kung Fu Hustle, the Landlord uses a variant of this where he grabbed the twin blind musicians, one on each hand, then grind them along the ground while spinning and then throw them away. It's revealed that he draws a taijitu on the ground in the process.
  • Up to Eleven in Pacific Rim, as the tosser in this case is a Kaiju and the tossee a Humongous Mecha. Gipsy Danger ends up flying for the better part of a mile before crashing into a harbor, thanks to the massively strong Leatherback.

Literature

Professional Wrestling
  • WWE wrestler Antonio Cesaro grabs both of his opponent's legs and swings them around for a numerous rotations. It pretty much is his Signature Move.

Video Game
  • In Tekken, there is a special throw known as the "Giant Swing/Spinning Throw", which operates under the basic principles of this trope. It is usable by King, Armor King, Roger/Alex, and Roger Jr., either as a standalone throw or as the end of a particular throw chain. King II also possesses a faster variant of the throw ("Swing Away") which can be performed when the opponent is on the ground.
  • Colossus in Capcom's crossover titles has this kind of move, named "Giant Swing".
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Sasquatch in Darkstalkers series grabs enemy's body before doing the same.
  • In Super Mario 64, Mario defeats Bowser by grabbing him by the tail, spinning him around, and then tossing him into one of several explosives that surround the battle arena.
  • In Wario World, one of Wario's attacks involves picking up the enemies and then spinning them around in circles. He can do this to almost every enemy in the game, including the massive dinosaur that acts at the first world's boss.
  • In every version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, the Turtles have the ability to spin mooks around and hurl them into the player's screen.
  • Wolf Hawkfield of Virtua Fighter uses it.
  • In Dead Rising Frank West uses this against zombies. He also uses it in one of his hyper combos in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3.
  • In Suikoden V, Faylon does this to his sister, Faylen, seen at 2:05 here, during their unite attack; which has him approach her from behind and grab her legs. Then spins her around a few times before launching her at the enemy!
    • This usually causes them to become unbalanced afterward, but you can get around it if you equip each of them with an equilibrium rune. That way, you can spam their unite attack without having to wait for them to recover.
  • Dead or Alive, Tina Armstrong's "Texas Twister" has her grab downed opponents by their legs, then spin and toss them. Bass's lower leg counter, "Giant Swing", is even more impressive in terms of it's speed, power, and most especially of all... distance!
  • Bloody Roar: Primal Fury Ganesha also has one of these. After grabbing the victim's legs, he slams them once, then whips 'em around and tosses them across the ring. Shina has one too, except hers is used on crouching opponents, and has her hook them by their arms, spin, and launch them vertically into the air. The victim lands headfirst.
  • Soul Calibur II, Astaroth's "Poseiden Tide" is one of the most visually impressive throws of this nature. He uses his battle axe to whip the opponent around at high speed before launching them high into the air and quite nearly the opposite side of the arena!
  • Mario's throw in Super Smash Bros. looks just like the aforementioned Bowser throw from Super Mario 64.
  • This is an advanced HEAT Action in the Yakuza series. With the HEAT Gauge full, Kazuma Kiryu can throw a grappled enemy for very high damage, as well as clearing out enemies surrounding him.
  • In Batman: Arkham City, Robin has a special combo move where he grabs a foe and swings them around a couple times before throwing them.
  • A couple of Mario's throws in the Super Smash Brothers series are these in homage to Super Mario 64.

Web Animation

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons: When the clan go to a 50s themed diner, first Homer spins Marge around by the hair, then Marge spins Homer by one leg.
  • In The Little Rascals short "Rushin' Ballet" Butch & Worm do this to Alfalfa while they're onstage at a ballet recital, Alfalfa having been Disguised in Drag in order to escape their clutches (it didn't work).
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  • November 6, 2011
    X2X
    Video Game
    • In Tekken, there is a special throw known as the "Giant Swing/Spinning Throw", which operates under the basic principles of this trope. It is usable by King, Armor King, Roger/Alex, and Roger Jr., either as a standalone throw or as the end of a particular throw chain. King II also possesses a faster variant of the throw ("Swing Away") which can be performed when the opponent is on the ground.
  • November 6, 2011
    nitrokitty
  • November 6, 2011
    TheChainMan
    In Dragon Ball, Goku does this to Freeza by grabbing his tail, and in the fighting videogames it's his standard "grab" attack, though he goes after the opponent's leg there instead.
  • November 6, 2011
    KZN02
    See also Fastball Special.
  • November 6, 2011
    Insignificant
    • In Super Mario 64, Mario defeats Bowser by grabbing him by the tail, spinning him around, and then tossing him into one of several explosives that surround the battle arena.
    • In Wario World, one of Wario's attacks involves picking up the enemies and then spinning them around in circles. He can do this to almost every enemy in the game, including the massive dinosaur that acts at the first world's boss.

    SIDE NOTE: Your OP needs a Rolling Updates tag.
  • November 6, 2011
    AP
    Video Games

  • November 6, 2011
    TBTabby
    Wolf Hawkfield of Virtua Fighter uses it.
  • November 6, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    Frank West uses this against zombies. He also uses it in one of his hyper combos in Tatsunoko Vs Capcom and Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3.
  • November 7, 2011
    DAN004
    @ AP: the second example is Not An Example.
  • November 7, 2011
    MiinU

    Video games

    • In Suikoden V, Faylon does this to his sister, Faylen, seen at 2:05 here, during their unite attack; which has him approach her from behind and grab her legs. Then spins her around a few times before launching her at the enemy!
      • This usually causes them to become unbalanced afterward, but you can get around it if you equip each of them with an equilibrium rune. That way, you can spam their unite attack without having to wait for them to recover.

    • Dead Or Alive, Tina Armstrong's "Texas Twister" has her grab downed opponents by their legs, then spin and toss them. Bass's lower leg counter, "Giant Swing", is even more impressive in terms of it's speed, power, and most especially of all... distance!

    • Bloody Roar: Primal Fury Ganesha also has one of these. After grabbing the victim's legs, he slams them once, then whips 'em around and tosses them across the ring. Shina has one too, except hers is used on crouching opponents, and has her hook them by their arms, spin, and launch them vertically into the air. The victim lands headfirst.

    • Soul Calibur II, Astaroth's "Poseiden Tide" is one of the most visually impressive throws of this nature. He uses his battle axe to whip the opponent around at high speed before launching them high into the air and quite nearly the opposite side of the arena!
  • November 7, 2011
    LiberatedLiberater
  • November 7, 2011
    AP
    @ AP: the second example is Not An Example.

    Yeah, LOL. I have no idea why I went with that one. Brain fart, I guess.
  • November 8, 2011
    DAN004
    @ Liberated Liberater: Well, that's a good trope to point out as well.
  • November 8, 2011
    randomsurfer
    According to The Other Wiki the wrestling term is "Giant Swing."
  • November 8, 2011
    Chabal2
    Mario's throw in Super Smash Bros looks just like the aforementioned Bowser throw from Super Mario 64.
  • November 9, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Superman 2. During the battle with the three Kryptonian supervillains, Superman grabs General Zod by an arm and a leg and swings him around in a circle. When he releases him, Zod flies away at great speed and hits an advertising sign.
  • November 9, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • In Airplane it's used as a dance move.
    • Also in The Simpsons when the clan go to a 50s themed diner. First Homer spins Marge around by the hair, then Marge spins Homer by one leg.
  • November 11, 2011
    DAN004
    Bump?
  • November 14, 2011
    DAN004
    Sorry, but bump.
  • November 14, 2011
    troacctid
    So the title should be Human Hammer Throw, not Human Hammer Hurling, since Hammer Throw is the existing term, yes?
  • November 15, 2011
    DAN004
    Oh alright then. I made "Hammer Hurling" for the sake of alliteration, but yeah.
  • November 16, 2011
    TBeholder
    Is it limited to humans? No living wyvern-bats and hoary marmots?
  • November 16, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    This is how Wolverine and Collosus perform the classic Fast Ball Special in Xmen The Last Stand. It's a case of Pragmatic Adaptation since Hugh Jackman is much bigger than Logan.
  • November 17, 2011
    LiberatedLiberater
    • Done as a gag in Carnival Phantasm -- Berserker gains a new "Noble Phantasm" by grabbing Lancer by the limb and hurling him towards Archer. It's called "Boomelancer" and is apparently super effective against Archer.
  • December 3, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Final Fantasy VII Advent Children. This is done to Tifa Lockhart by her opponent Loz in a fight. He grabs her by the ankles, spins around several times and throws her into a wall.
  • December 3, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Never seen it, but from what I understand in one of the Friday The Thirteenth films Jason kills someone by spinning them while they're in their sleeping bag, then splatting them against a tree.
  • December 3, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
  • December 3, 2011
    Generality
    Calvin once had Hobbes do this with him. He flew into a tree, and Hobbes remarked that "human discus" might not catch on.
  • December 5, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Matrix Reloaded. Neo does it to one of the Agent Smiths just before the end of the Burly Brawl. He grabs a Smith by the legs, spins around and throws him into a group of other Smiths, knocking them down with a "ball hitting bowling pins" sound.
  • December 7, 2011
    keplek
    Oh alright then. I made "Hammer Hurling" for the sake of alliteration, but yeah. Celebrity Biography
  • December 24, 2011
    Prfnoff
  • December 25, 2011
    oztrickster
    Naruto uses this as an attack, normally throwing a clone of himself at an enemy who is out of range or blocking all his close range attacks.
  • December 25, 2011
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • Bleach episode #219. While Lieutenant Hisagi is fighting the Arrancar Findor Carias, Carias grabs him by the arm, spins around a couple of times and throws him away. Then Carias fires a cero blast after him for good measure.

    Watch it here.
  • December 25, 2011
    LiberatedLiberater
  • January 2, 2012
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • Hanaukyo Maid Tai La Verite. In episode 2 Ryuuka grabs Taro by the neck, spins around several times and throws him into the sky.
  • January 2, 2012
    KyleJacobs
    Anime And Manga
    • In one of the Carnival Phantasm OVAs, Berserker treats Lancer like this, up to the point that "Boomelancer" becomes Berserker's new Noble Phantasm
  • January 2, 2012
    LiberatedLiberater
    ^ I already added that. Speaking of which, what happened to the other examples on the OP?
  • January 28, 2012
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • Bleach anime episode 214. While infiltrating the Hollow fortress, Tatsuki grabs a Hollow by the tail, spins around and throws it into a wall.
  • March 16, 2012
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • Pokemon episode "Trouble's Brewing". During a battle with Team Rocket, Chikorita uses its Vine Whip attack on Victreebel, spins around a couple of times and throws Victreebel into a cage.
  • May 4, 2012
    MiinU
    bump.
  • May 4, 2012
    Dacilriel
    Web Original: I'm pretty sure Handsome Tom and 8-Bit Mickey did this in Suburban Knights.
  • May 11, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day. During their first fight inside the Galleria the T-1000 grabs the T-800, spins around and throws him through a window.
  • June 26, 2012
    Alucard
    In Playstation All Stars Battle Royale, Fat Princess uses this as her sideways throw, using the ankle-grab variety.
  • June 26, 2012
    partner555
    In The Order Of The Stick Tarquin grabbed Durkon by the beard and spinned around before tossing him.
  • June 27, 2012
    Cider
    The wrestling term is giant swing, why not call it giant swing? I'm in support anyway if we don't have it already.
  • November 22, 2012
    Arivne
    Web Animation
    • Dead Fantasy 2. During the big fight on the ice, Rachel catches Rikku by the head with her axe, swings her around a couple of times and throws her away.
  • November 22, 2012
    MiinU
    Correction to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles example, (6th from the top): TMNT IV: Turtles in Time was the only game that allowed you to do that.

    ^@Arivne - Rachel does that while they're fighting on the lava stream (not on the ice) to keep Rikku from rejuvenating Tifa with the ether and X-potion she was carrying.
  • November 23, 2012
    Arivne
    ^ @MiinU: As you can see by watching this part of Dead Fantasy II, Rachel does indeed use this maneuver against Rikku while they're fighting on the ice.

    As you can see by watching this part of the video, Rachel does not swing Rikku around while they're fighting on the lava stream. Rather, Rikku grabs hold of Rachel's weapon and swings herself around it. It is thus not an example of this trope.

    Also, it wasn't Rikku trying to rejuvenate Tifa, it was Yuna, as shown here.
  • August 11, 2013
    Bisected8
    • In Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter, Jesus does this to a vampire at the beach to throw her into the surf (which had just been blessed into holy water by some priests).
  • August 11, 2013
    Binarystep
    Grievous Harm With a Body?
  • August 13, 2013
    oztrickster
    ^ That is when you hit someone with a body part or another person, this is throwing your opponent away.
  • August 13, 2013
    DAN004
    YKTTW owner speaking...

    I kinda want to change the title into Giant Swing since that's the formal name of the move (in Professional Wrestling). Thoughts?

    Should I put a crowner?
  • August 17, 2013
    DAN004
    Bump...
  • August 17, 2013
    spacemarine50
    Simpsons example was misplaced in Film. Moved it to the right genre.
  • August 17, 2013
    kjnoren
    On the other hand, hammer throwing might be better known as a term. Human Hammer Throwing also sounds more evocative than Giant Swing to me.
  • August 17, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Okay I guess. I'm still waiting for someone to say that we need a crowner though.

    BTW I don't really watch much Professional Wrestling to know better, but I wanted to know someone there who uses this move.
  • August 28, 2013
    DAN004
    Bump...
  • September 14, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    hmm... "Limb Shot Put"? shotputs are thrown this way right?
  • September 23, 2013
    reflaxion
    That's the hammer throw, not the shot put.
  • September 23, 2013
    reflaxion
    Added: because every new YKTTW needs an Attack On Titan example.
  • September 23, 2013
    Larkmarn
    • This is an advanced HEAT Action in the Yakuza series. With the HEAT Gauge full, Kazuma Kiryu can throw a grappled enemy for very high damage, as well as clearing out enemies surrounding him.
  • September 23, 2013
    dalek955
  • September 24, 2013
    KantonKage
    • WWE wrestler Antonio Cesaro grabs both of his opponent's legs and swings them around for a numerous rotations. It pretty much is his Signature Move.

  • September 24, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    reflaxion — didn't really google hammer throw, so don't know what exactly that is before saying that. but now that i did it's fits perfectly.

    aa~nd editing the Ao T example. that guy don't need to be that spoilerific.
  • September 24, 2013
    reflaxion
    Good call on changing the name. I'm used to messing with the Attack On Titan page, where pretty much everything is spoiler marked anyway - sometimes it doesn't occur to me that there are non-spoiler ways of referring to things from that show.
  • September 24, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    haha. that's natural.

    everywhere else in the internet people throw terms from there like they aren't spoilers.

    i've rarely seen anyone refer to the Rogue Titan as well, the rogue titan. especially in youtube. i doubt anyone new to Attack On Titan can watch/read it these days without getting spoiled.
  • October 12, 2013
    DAN004
    Bumpity.
  • November 5, 2013
    kjnoren
    Good name, good examples, though I think the description need some editing. More specifically:

    Make the first sentences of the trope into a clear definition on what is happening, not about where, which media, or why it's popular.

    It should get a redirect from Giant Swing (or possibly Cesaro Swing) after launch.
  • November 5, 2013
    Larkmarn
  • November 5, 2013
    troacctid
    • In Batman Arkham City, Robin has a special combo move where he grabs a foe and swings them around a couple times before throwing them.
  • November 5, 2013
    kjnoren
    New proposal for description, with the focus on keeping things easily readable and structured.


    Grabbing some part of your opponents body, spinning around one or more turns, and then letting go!

    This is a popular move due to its sheer impressiveness, though it's more than a little impractical. Usually, it's the legs or feet that are grabbed, but in some cases it's the arms, the heads, or the tail (if present).

    May be combined with Grievous Harm With A Body (either hitting other people on the turns or with the throw) or A Twinkle In The Sky. Compare also Metronomic Man Mashing and Spinning Piledriver. It can be done with an ally, as a physically slightly more believable way to do a Fastball Special when the hurlee is heavy.

    A subtrope of Wrestler In All Of Us, though it's seldom seen in wrestling (which should tell something of how practical the move really is). The hurler pretty much has to have Super Strength, Charles Atlas Superpower, or at least be very, very angry.
  • November 5, 2013
    DAN004
    Edited description from kjnoren's suggestion.
  • November 5, 2013
    kjnoren
    You missed the first paragraph, which contained the actual definition.
  • November 5, 2013
    kjnoren
    Edited in the first sentence into the description with the actual defintiion (the laconic is not part of the description), and did some other editorial changes.

    Added hat.
  • November 6, 2013
    DAN004
    I put the first sentence in the laconic... Thought it'd be redundant to put it again in the description. :/
  • November 6, 2013
    kjnoren
    Saw that, but the laconic isn't visible on the trope page once it's launched.
  • November 6, 2013
    CM302
    Giant Luigi does to Giant Bowser in the final giant battle of Mario And Luigi Dream Team, in much the same way that Mario did in Super Mario 64.
  • November 8, 2013
    DAN004
    Added Man Of Steel example.
  • November 11, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In The Little Rascals short "Rushin' Ballet" Butch & Worm do this to Alfalfa while they're onstage at a ballet recital, Alfalfa having been Disguised In Drag in order to escape their clutches (it didn't work).
  • November 11, 2013
    DAN004
    Any suggestions for trope pic?
  • November 11, 2013
    kjnoren
    Better to launch and put the image choice into the Image Picking forum.
  • November 12, 2013
    troacctid
    It's bad manners to go into Image Pickin without a suggestion.

    That said: [1]
  • November 12, 2013
    kjnoren
    Easily done: Cesaro Swing

    Google Picture search find oodles in this case.
  • November 13, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The Little Rascals is not animated. They're live action films, specifically short subjects.

    Well, to be fair it appears that there are some derivative works which are animated; but "Rushin' Ballet" isn't one of them. It's one of the original film shorts.
  • November 13, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    • Up To Eleven in Pacific Rim, as the tosser in this case is a Kaiju and the tossee a Humongous Mecha. Gipsy Danger ends up flying for the better part of a mile before crashing into a harbor, thanks to the massively strong Leatherback.
  • November 13, 2013
    KarjamP
  • November 18, 2013
    DAN004
    One last bump
  • November 19, 2013
    kjnoren

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