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When SiegeEngines are loaded with people rather than rocks/bombs/plague victims. Usually in the context of a siege, so as to get attackers on a walltop quickly, or to give particularly tough characters a DynamicEntry. See also FastballSpecial, HumanCannonball, AbnormalAmmo.

Title comes from a Website/{{Darwin Award|s}} ([[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1994-21.html that isn't]] [[ThisIndexIsNotAnExample about this]], but a TreeBuchet-induced death).



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Knight Sabers of ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis 2040'' launch into battle via a magnetic mass driver in their base.
* This is the main way of transportation of the Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats, and they do this OncePerEpisode.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': "With my Catapult Turtle, I launch my Dragon Champion at your castle..."
* ''Anime/{{Zoids}}'' Van was shot from the Gravity Cannon in his Blade Liger in order to take out the Death Saurer.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* Very common in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', especially [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=45467 with]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4821 goblins]] (and giants, who are always happy to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=140183 help them fly]]).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'':
** ''Recap/AsterixAndCleopatra'' has this twice: once as an accident, a Roman soldier lands on the boulder loaded in the catapult just as it fires, the second is deliberate, Asterix loads himself into one to escape from the Romans.
** Asterix does it again in ''Recap/AsterixAndCaesarsGift'', launching himself from a catapult to escape a Roman camp while he's out of magic potion.
* ''ComicBook/{{Lanfeust}}'': Lanfeust uses this method to get a troll onto a wall quickly.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'', the Elbonians use giant slingshots instead of planes.
* In the [[http://www.oregonlive.com/comics-kingdom/?feature_id=Hagar_The_Horrible&feature_date=2013-03-26# March 26th strip]] of ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'', Hagar is about to use a catapult to send some of his warriors over the wall of an enemy castle.
* One ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' strip featured a knight being flung from the catapult on a castle's parapet. The chief engineer is calmly berating the others by saying "I told you to slow down or something like this would happen".

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Used as part of the ludicrous RubeGoldbergDevice transportation method in ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}''.
* A variation occurs in ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' when Stitch uses an ''exploding tanker truck'' to launch himself at Gantu's spaceship.
* At the climax of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', Joy manages to launch herself and Sadness back to Headquarters with the unlikely combination of [[spoiler:a human tower formed from a BagOfHolding full of clones of Riley's [[GirlfriendInCanada imaginary boyfriend]] and a giant trampoline.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Robin and Azeem do this as part of a BigDamnHeroes in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''.
* And then parodied in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' with the Sheriff of Rottingham, who gets catapulted into a very ''eager'' Latrine's bedroom.
* Done by Creator/DouglasFairbanks in the classic silent movie ''[[Film/TheThiefOfBagdad1924 The Thief of Baghdad]]''.
* ''Film/YoungEinstein'' has the [[YoungFutureFamousPeople titular]] [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein character]] launch himself from a homemade catapult to test Newton's second law.
* Mathyas in ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' stumbles into the EvilOverlord's captive scientist's laboratory during his first attack on the palace. When he asks if there is any other way out of the room, the scientist offers his newly invented catapult as an option. Apparently, he designed it for this purpose explicitly (but never really worked out the landing aspect) and he expresses regret that his boss plans to use the "transportation" device for war.
* In ''Film/SuckerPunch'', during the {{Mordor}} sequence, two orcs are launched by catapult toward the girls' plane. One misses, the other is quickly shot and goes through the TurbineBlender.
* Madmartigan against the two-headed dragon... thing in ''Film/{{Willow}}''.
* ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain''. With the help of a goat, Inspector Clouseau is inadvertently launched into a castle's window via catapult and lands on Professor Fassbender's DisintegratorRay device, disabling it and saving the day.
* A giant slingshot is one of the increasingly desperate measures the Lost Boys use in ''Film/{{Hook}}'' to try to rekindle Peter's ability to fly.
* ''Film/{{Willow}}'' plays this straight when Madmartegan uses a catapult to launch to a rampart to get into the thick of a fight.

* A Creator/BernardWerber short story is set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, when pollution of any kind is banned (the ozone layer is barely there anymore), and catapults are in development as a rapid transit method.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Used as a ''death trap'' in an episode of the live-action ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series ("Penguin Is a Girl's Best Friend"). Penguin has Batman and Robin strapped upon a catapult, with movie cameras strapped to their calves to record their flight and hard landing. The catapult will be released when a taut rope is burned through. The Dynamic Duo do manage to escape this trap through their own technology.
* In an episode of ''Series/NorthernExposure'', Chris builds a trebuchet as an art project, and is looking for something to "fling" from it. First he wants to fling a cow, but Ed tells him Creator/MontyPython [[ItsBeenDone already did it]]. Chris finally settles on a piano ruined by fire, saying, "It's not the thing you fling, it's the fling itself." Then in a later episode, his mentor (who died) sends Chris his corpse...[[http://home.comcast.net/~mcnotes/44.html]]
* The Series/MythBusters tested a myth regarding using this technique via a portable slingshot to illegally cross the U.S. border. Unfortunately, as Jamie put it, "humans are big, heavy things", and any slingshot powerful enough to accomplish the distances state in the myth (300 yards) wouldn't be even ''remotely'' portable; the [=MythBusters=]' use of ''radio towers'' wasn't enough to do ''that''. Not to mention the likely injuries suffered when landing after travelling that distance.
* One series of sketches on ''Series/SorryIveGotNoHead'' involved a mother and son pair who tried increasingly bizarre means of transportation in an attempt to beat the traffic while getting the son to school. One of there attempts involved using a giant slingshot.

* In ''Pinball/{{Hook}}'', activating the kickback shows Peter Pan being launched into the air with a giant slingshot.
* ''Pinball/{{NBA}}'' has the Free Throw saucer, which kicks the pinball through the air and towards the playfield basketball hoop; a magnet in the backboard grabs the ball and drops it through the hoop.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** The Doom Diver Catapult from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' is a slingshot or ballista that fires [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent goblins/grots]] with pointed helmets and crude wings. These strange war machines are surprisingly effective as the ammo is able to use its wings to guide itself onto the target.
** ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
*** Orks utilize a high-tech variant in the form of [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent gretchin-]][[CrossesTheLineTwice guided missiles]] and one possible malfunction for the Shokk Attack Gun ("move the Big Mek into base contact with the target squad and resolve as if he had charged them"). The ''intended'' function of the shokk attack gun is to fire a tiny goblin into the target via [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace The Warp]], but that's more of a TeleFrag.
*** The fan-created Angry Marines have a vehicle class called the Angrinator, which fires Angry Marines directly into combat. Guns that launch Angry Marines (or giant cannons that launch vehicles filled with Angry Marines) are pretty much the only kind of ranged weapon the Angry Marines will use, as they prefer melee combat.
* Even appears in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', in ''The Book of Marvelous Inventions''. RealityEnsues, however, and the Manapult almost always kills its pilot.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' adventure ''Alpha Complexities'', [[MadScientist R&D]] offers a gigantic human slingshot as the only way the [[PlayerCharacter Troubleshooters]] can possibly get to their mission location on time. Given that even ''toothbrushes'' from R&D are usually fatal, the Troubleshooters are expected to insist on walking, especially after talking to the suspiciously nervous tech. [[spoiler:Anyone who uses the slingshot passes out from the G-forces, but then wakes up lying on a [[RefugeInAudacity giant mattress]], perfectly unharmed.]]

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* At Ride/UniversalStudios:
** In the beginning of the former ''Ride/TheFuntasticWorldOfHannaBarbera'', the vehicles are propelled forward when they get shot from a rubber-band slingshot.
** The ending of ''Ride/PopeyeAndBlutosBilgeRatBarges'' has Popeye getting rid of Bluto via slingshotting him away (by using his suspenders as the rubber band).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* There are at least three places in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' where you can do this:
** One is in the first bossfight of the Ulduar raid, where the players get to control siege vehicles and fight against a giant steam-tank. A passager of the catapult-like siege vehicle can load himself in the catapult and be fired onto the boss, where he can destroy some turrets and temporarily immobilize the boss.
** Another is in the Isle of Conquest battleground, which also features vehicles, one of which is a catapult specifically designed to do this. It has low health and no weapons, but it can be used to launch people over the walls of the enemy keep or onto their keep towers.
** And finally, a quest in the Worgen starting zone involves hijacking a Forsaken Catapult and using it to launch yourself onto their invading ships.
* The Soviet amphibious transport vehicle from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' is capable of launching (with parachutes) any infantry (which includes {{bears|AreBadNews}}) through a cannon. There isn't any saner way to exit the craft, though.
* The Flying-type Gym in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' games requires the player to shoot himself out of cannons through the gym to reach the Leader. And the last one ''smashes him/her against the wall''.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has used this a few times.
** This is how Link infiltrates the Forsaken Fortress in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck He's not happy about it,]] [[FunnyMoments though.]]
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', the sole transportation method between the ground and the air city is via a pair of big cannons.
** Used again in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' so that Link could reach an in-flight boss.
** Tetra, the PirateGirl responsible for Link's example in ''Wind Waker'', enters the fray this way in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors Legends''.
* There's an ad for ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline'' showing an Orc doing this to clear a castle wall. Orcs being the PluckyComicRelief race of Warhammer, he goes too low and splatters against the wall before landing on a pile of dead orcs who had no doubt tried the same thing.
** In-game, you ''can'' fire yourself out of a Rock Lobber to get to the top of a dam in ''Warhammer Online'''s Greenskins campaign. Fortunately, the crew has had time to correct their aim.
** In the second cinematic trailer for the game, in a real blink and you'll miss it moment, you see another Orc smash into a rooftop, presumably being fired too high this time.
* Some multiplayer maps in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' have [[http://www.halopedia.org/Man_cannon Man Cannons]] as an alternative to teleporters; they also show up in some of the later games' campaigns.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' sees this done a couple of times throughout the series. In ''[=GoW=] 2'', Kratos launches himself from a catapult so he can get up close and personal with the animated Colossus of Rhodes. In ''[=GoW=] 3'', he hitches a ride on the boulder launched instead.
* This is how Sir Dan escapes [[spoiler:the castle he is dropping into lava]] in ''VideoGame/MediEvil''.
* Franchise/SlyCooper has done this on rare occasion; the one that comes to mind is in [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]], when preparing to fight the Black Baron by sabotaging his armed blimps. You of course have to GET to the blimps..
* ''VideoGame/SheepRaider'' (or ''Sheep Dog and Wolf''), being based on WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and [[strike:Wile E Coyote]] Ralph Wolf, naturally has these.
* ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' is all about this. On one side, birdbrained birds and a sling. On the opposed side, evil pigs hiding in elaborate-but-not-unbreakable structures. You must smash the pigs.
* ''VideoGame/BurritoBison'' similarly uses this as its core mechanic. Bison launches himself off the wrestling ring rather than a real catapult, though.
* The dramatic ending to the tutorial zone for VideoGame/ChampionsOnline features your character carving a path through the Qular invasion into the Hall of Champions. Once there, you finally pound through to the controls for the massive cannon outside. BUT WAIT, you're [[SarcasmMode undoubtedly thinking]] to yourself, "We've established that nothing we've tried can penetrate the mothership's shields!" Well that's when [[NighInvulnerable Ironclad]] climbs into the cannon... And he [[RuleOfCool one-shots the entire mothership]].
* In ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander2'', the UEF side can build a giant artillery cannon that is also a giant factory. It builds a small army (more quickly and more cheaply than regular factories do) and fires them across the map where they parachute to the ground. It's useful for parking a force right inside an enemy base.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'', this is one of the more amusing applications of the Reality Shift function, it being used to load Pete and Beagle Boys into a cannon and fire them out of it; first blasting the latter into the former to get him to come down from his perch, then launching the former into a wall as a finisher.
* Though a fan-made piece by Zack Weinersmith of ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'', the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' map [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/smbcastle/ cp_smbcastle]] features a catapult for attacking teams to fling themselves over enemy walls. It's appropriately nonsensical and every bit as funny as it sounds to send a [[HuskyRusskie fat Russian man]] flying over a castle wall with [[GatlingGood his minigun spinning]].
* ''Videogame/SengokuBasara'' has ballistas in certain stages that can be used to launch the player across the stages, either for shortcuts or to hidden areas.
* In the third ''VideoGame/{{Monster Hunter}}'' game, one of the masks your two Shakalaka companions can use is the Artillery Mask, which will produce a cannon that fires one of them at a nearby monster. It does a massive amount of damage, but completely depletes the health of whoever serves as the ammo.
* While nigh-impossible to achieve, it is possible in ''VideoGame/BoardGameOnline'' to get a random event that makes you able to launch yourself out of a catapult, and land on another player, killing them and ensuring you get away scot-free.
* ''Videogame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy:'' In all three games, Samus takes advantage of her ability to become cannonball-shaped to use various types of "Kinetic Orb" cannons as transportation.
* In ''VideoGame/PropCycle'' the player character and his flying bicycle is shot to the final level in a sky with a giant slingshot.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/MiscellaneousError'', Jack attempts to catapult himself over a pool filled with [[ThreateningShark sharks]]. ForScience
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': During the siege of Azure City, Redcloak loads the catapults with Titanium elementals (just as strong as Earth Elementals and 40% lighter).
** Later in the same siege, Belkar suggests that the Order do the same thing to reach the throne room, after flinging the [[RedHerringShirt two nameless soldiers]] first to adjust their aim. Predictably, [[HeroicComedicSociopath no one agrees]].
* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' the Patoodines do this as punishment, the severity of the crime determines distance thrown and therefore the likeliness of survival.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', while playing a CollectibleCardGame parody of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', Mr. Tensaided plays a combo which is depicted as [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-09-13 a dragon being shot out of a cannon]].
-->Pay one energy, activate: Attack with a monster from your hand. That monster then dies because, well, ''cannon''.
* Takes a lot of things coming together to make it work in ''Webcomic/{{Middleways}}'' but this eventually becomes the model of rapid deployment by the heroes.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* It is not acceptable to do this to Dwarves in Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG.
* In a famous ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' [[http://www.funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/50850/catapult+in+2+mordor/ series of animated GIFs]], Boromir's plan for the ring becomes this after a failed first attempt.
-->'''Boromir''': ...and tell them Boromir sent ya!
* In ''Roleplay/UnnaturalSelection''[='s=] Belenosian interlude, [[MindHive Unity]] is trapped in a besieged building while their enemy is jumping the last legal hoops to storm it. To escape, they build a [[{{Unobtainium}} jetalium]] ''railgun'' that spans the whole building's height, catapulting themselves into orbit.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knighty_Knight_Bugs Knighty Knight Bugs]]'', the Black Knight (Yosemite Sam) uses a catapult to try to launch himself into the window of a castle, but hits the castle instead.
** Wile E. Coyote tries this in one of the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Road Runner shorts, [[HilarityEnsues with predictable results]].
* of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Used in one episode as punishment for illegal alcohol distilling.
** In an episode where Lisa was UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc, she persuaded the French army to use rocks instead of people in their catapults.
-->'''Man in a catapult''': I don't know how to feel right now.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'':
** There was a superhero named the Human Bullet. His gimmick was to be fired out of a giant cannon - something which usually failed to help with whatever problem was at hand.
** The cannon even became a ChekhovsGun (heh) in "The Tick vs The Bread Master" when it was used to generate a sonic boom large enough to detonate the villain's doomsday weapon (a giant soufflé). Naturally, The Tick himself had to be fired to generate the blast as it would have killed anyone else.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the MoralGuardians protest the ToiletHumour ShowWithinAShow "Terrance and Phillip" by catapulting themselves against the headquarters of the network.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''. Heffer thought it a good idea for Rocko to use a catapult over public trasportation so he wouldn't be late for work.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Jimmy once punished Samy this way.
* The animated ''WesternAnimation/{{Ivanhoe}}'' had one episode about a Creator/LeonardoDaVinci -like character, who built one to test his gliding apparatus. However, his sponsor Prince John was only interested in the catapult itself, so the inventor eventually sabotaged it, buried his plans in a secret crypt, and fled the country by gliding from a cliff instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Batman again, this time in the famous episode "Almost Got 'Im", where Two-Face straps Batman to a giant penny, with the intention of catapulting it high into the air. Batman escapes, captures Two-Face, and even gets to keep the penny.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Apparently [[CrazyAwesome some people do this for fun]].
* While live victims were a historical rarity, its far from unheard of to catapult dead things into cities in order to spread disease, particularly if aforementioned corpse died of something infectious. The most famous example is the use of this trope by the Mongols to attempt to weaken a European city they were besieging by lobbing their own dead of bubonic plague. It worked too well--thus began the Black Death in medieval Europe, which ended up wiping out somewhere between a third and a half of the continent's population. The thing is, the besieging Mongols were themselves so ravaged by the disease, [[WhatASenseLessWasteOfHumanLife they didn't even manage to capture the city]].
* There were instances of inmates using improvised catapults (see-saws, actually) to jump out of a prison yard. A few were even able to run away after the landing.