A classic move for the [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant-monster]] genre, from Film/KingKong to Film/{{Clover|field}}, this is when a gigantic creature or similar menace lashes out and destroys a helicopter or other low-flying aircraft. The aircraft might be attacking the monster, circling too close to capture footage of the creature (news crews, beware this trope!), or simply passing by and/or trying to get the hell away from it. One of the many hazards of being an AcrophobicBird, and a standard tactic for filmmakers to justify a monster ''not'' simply being blown away by an air-to-ground missile. Of course if the threat is groundbased, and the pilots would logically know it possessed no ranged weaponry, this may be a case of TooDumbToLive.

Often overlaps with HellishCopter. Bonus points if we see someone reporting from the helicopter as it gets swatted, making it DeadlineNews as well.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'', Asuka drop-kicks a VTOL craft using Unit-02.

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[[folder: Board Games ]]

* The board game ''TabletopGame/TheCreatureThatAteSheboygan'', which simulates an AttackOfThe50FootWhatever, includes rules for having the monster destroy helicopters that fly too close.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/KingKong'' swats at attacking aircraft at the climax of the movie. He manages to take down three, but unfortunately it's not enough to save him.
* Near the end of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', the monster takes down a helicopter full of evacuees [[spoiler:the protagonists]].
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} and his kaiju colleagues do this all the time.
** In the 1998 ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' movie, the titular 'zilla does this to a helicopter that's tracking him though the city by sneaking up on it from below.
** Especially notable in ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'', in which Godzilla THROWS Baragon into a news chopper. What a way to die.
* ''Film/MegaSharkVsGiantOctopus'' uses the standard version when the octopus swats a fighter plane, and takes it far beyond credibility when the shark ''leaps 30,000 feet up to nom an airliner''.
* ''Film/PacificRim'' shows the first kaiju doing this to the fighter jets attacking it.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The human protagonist of Creator/StephenKing's ''Battleground'' swats one of the attacking mini-choppers out of the air barehanded (suffering appropriate injuries to his hand), then throws a blanket over the other and stomps on it.
* The 50-foot Ginger that climbed up the Tower of Art in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' tried to play out this trope when two wizards started strafing it from a flying broomstick.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* This is actually in ''music''. The intro to ''Arockalypse'' by ''Music/{{Lordi}}'' is a spoken news bulletin about a zombie invasion, including a snippet from a reporter who gets knocked out of the sky by a monster climbing a building.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The monsters in the ArcadeGame ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}'' could do this to attacking helicopters.
* Can be done in ''VideoGame/CrushCrumbleAndChomp'', though it's actually somewhat difficult. The helicopter units are fairly good at keeping their distance from the monster, and good at evading the monster's "grab" attack.
* The T-Rex in ''DinoCrisis'' does this to Regina's extraction chopper.

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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': HellishCopter vs. GiantEnemyCrab: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p84/ 0-1]] As the AltText says: "Helicopters only exist in this comic to get exploded. They serve no other purpose."

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', Ginormica does it by accident, [[NotHelpingYourCase while trying to explain how she's not dangerous at all.]]
* Parodied in the opening scene of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtheadDoAmerica''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': In "Taz in Keeweeland", Taz becomes a giant atop a skyscraper, swatting at the Kiwi in a biplane.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Thirty Minutes over Tokyo" the plane that the Simpsons are on going home gets attacked by Godzilla.
-->'''Pilot:''' Uh, folks, we're experiencing some moderate Godzilla-related turbulence at this time, so I'm going to go ahead and ask you to put your seat belts back on. When we get to 35 thousand feet, he usually does let go, so from there on out, all we have to worry about is Mothra, and, uh, we do have reports he's tied up with Gamera and Rodan at the present time. Thank you very much.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'', Batman does this with small radio-controlled choppers in a miniature diorama of Gotham City. Justified: This is the old "Gotham of the Future" monorail display, which now serves as the Joker's home base.

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* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is the now-famous tweet joking about using a flyswatter to get rid of an annoying helicopter that was flying around town in the middle of the night. The town was Abbottabad, Pakistan, and the helicopters were carrying [=Navy SEALS=] on their way to take down OsamaBinLaden. One of them did crash during the raid, but so far there have been no reports that giant monsters were involved.

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