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->''"{{Gasp}}! My theory was true! Spike'' can ''fly! FLY DOG! FLY!"''
-->-- '''Rob''', ''WebAnimation/{{Siblings}}'', "Dog Daze of Boredom"

This is a creature that flies using an organic propeller instead of wings. Though [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagellum some bacterial life forms]] in RealLife really do move this way, it is impossible in more complex organisms, because such a structure requires at least two separate parts and there'd be no way for their nerves, veins, ''et cetera'' to make it from one to the other. It does tend to show up in [[SpeculativeFiction fiction]], though, largely due to the RuleOfCool and because [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning everything is better with spinning.]]

Often a subtrope of BizarreAlienLocomotion, always a SubTrope of InstantFlightJustAddSpinning. See also HelicopterHair, EarWings.

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!!Examples
%% No human examples, please, unless they wear animal costumes. They go to HelicopterHair.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the GrandFinale of ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'', The Big Cheese is seen using his tail as a helicoptor propeller. ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fans find it hillarious in hindsight, considering that he was a Fox in the Japanese version.
* ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'': Sneagator's frill-necked lizard form allows him to fly by spinning the neck frill like a propeller. He also uses it like a buzzsaw.
* Goku does this in ''Manga/DragonBall'' a few times by spinning his tail.
* Mocchi of ''Anime/DearS'' does this in omake with its ears.
* In ''Anime/DiGiCharat'', Rabi~en~Rose uses the ears of her bunny costume to fly.
* Funnily enough, [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Flying_Buizel.png at least one Buizel actually does copy Tails' flight method]] in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, complete with identical aerial posture and helicopter-tails.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* FrancoBelgianComics example: ''[[http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Flagada Le Flagada]]'', created by Charles Degotte. A weird yellow bird who flies not through wings but with his rotor-like tail.
* Flagada makes a couple of cameos in ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'', as a disguise (which doesn't fly) or a fancy desk fan (which ''does'' fly, and [[RunningGag wrecks De Mesmaeker's contracts]]).
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Snoopy from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is sometimes seen using his ears as a propeller.
-->'''Linus:''' That's the first time in my life I've seen a whirlydog!\\
'''Lucy:''' You mean whirlybird -- not whirlydog!\\
''(Snoopy zooms by; Lucy looks shocked)''\\
'''Linus:''' I think if I had ''meant'' whirlybird, I would have ''said'' whirlybird!
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the fanfic ''Fanfic/TailsOfTheOldRepublic'', a crossover/ FusionFic between ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' and the videogame ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', Tails the fox has two tails like in the games and other media he regularly features in, and he can [[HeliCritter fly]] with them, [[BewareMyStingerTail fight]] with them, and even [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]] himself with them. In here, he has two basic flight modes: a general-purpose 'helicopter mode' that has great versatility and a top speed of about 200 MPH, and a much faster and energy-intensive 'turbofan mode' (similar to a jet engine) that can propel him up to 600 MPH or higher.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'', Sir Hiss floats by using [[AllBalloonsHaveHelium a bag of air around his head]] and his tail as a propeller.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', Japeth -- [[CursedWithAwesome who can ONLY sing]] -- survives he and Red's mine cart by using a set of his [[SwissArmyAppendage interchangeable horns]] to do this -- to a set with rotors. Red's reaction to seeing this is a disbelieving, "What?"
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The fan lizard from Creator/JamesCameron' ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. The lizard spins with its fan, so it is slightly more plausible than some other examples.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Billywig, a magic insect from Australia, as detailed in ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', a {{defictionaliz|ation}}ed textbook from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* ''Literature/KarlssonOnTheRoof'' by Swedish author Astrid Lingren, about a male person of [[VagueAge indeterminate age]] with a propeller on his back and a button on his stomach to turn it on.
* The biological impossibility of ''wheels'' is [[{{Reconstruction}} reconstructed]] in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', where the wheel are giant seed pods from tree that grow around the animals in question.
* One of Keith Laumer's ''Literature/{{Retief}}'' novels was all about a planet where basically every living creature had spinning parts as basic anatomy. Flying creatures all had propellers, swimming creatures all had turbines, and land-dwellers all had wheels.
* Two creatures are seen in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' that use wheels. Actual, biological wheels, that are part of their body. They are owned by [[BigBad Visser Three]], and each of them could split into two creatures, one wheeled, one flying. They were like organic [[TheEighties 80's]] action figure accessories. The unlikeliness of such creatures [[LampshadeHanging does not pass without mention.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' episode "The Whirling Derfish", Bronson swallows a rare whirling derfish and discovers he now has the ability to swim incredibly fast by using his penis as a propellor.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' features a green parrot-like enemy that flies using four spinning blades around its neck. A plant enemy has a similar feature at its underside.
* Miles "Tails" Prower, the young fox from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', uses his two tails to fly and hover like a helicopter.
** While she usually flies by flapping them, in ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'', Cream the rabbit flies with her ears like the page image.
* Peahats, a species of monstrous plants from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' introduces the marine Seahats.
** The Deku Scrubs in ''MajorasMask'' use flowers this way. Link himself gains this power when he transforms into one.
* One of the abilities VideoGame/{{Rayman}} gains in the first game and keeps (averting the BagOfSpilling) in the later ones.
* The Flying Fowl family of enemies in ''VideoGame/ShirenTheWanderer'' have these.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Hoppip and Skiploom with leaves and a flower, respectively.
** An aquatic Pokémon named Buizel, partly based on Tails. It doesn't fly, however, but uses its tails as a propeller in water. Though it can create a stream of water to "fly" through when using Aqua Jet. This also applies to its evolved form, Floatzel.
** An unlicensed game for the SNES lets you play as a Chikorita [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woE7zZj4nIk who can fly using the leaf on its head.]]
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''
** Dixie Kong from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' uses her ponytail as a propeller.
** Tiny Kong from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' uses her pigtails as a propeller.
** The epynomous Helibirds from DonkeyKongJungleBeat
* Conker the squirrel uses his tail this way in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', in the move he dubbed "[[BuffySpeak Helicoptery Tail Thingy]]".
* Possibly the trope namers are flying Critters from ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' which move that way.
* Some of the small ones can be seen in the background of Wii version in ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob'' on Blob's home planet.
* VideoGame/EarthwormJim is able to do this with his... upper body, or whatever would be roughly equivalent to that on a cartoon worm. In the sequel, the manual jokes that due to back strain, he can't do this anymore, and instead he uses Snot to glide.
** Evil the Cat can also do this with his tail in the second game to attack you from above.
* [[UndergroundMonkey Light-blue slimes]] in ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'' have propellers that pop-out when they leap.
* The snipes (small, spherical bird-like creatures) in ''VideoGame/SpiralKnights'' move by twirling their wings around their midsection.
* In ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarisaLand'', Marisa using the Reisen suit gains limited flight from spinning her bunny ears. It's more of a double jump technique but because it can be used to reverse a fall it's technically flight.
* The Really Flying Mouse enemy from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', which is a {{Cyborg}} mouse that has had a propeller and a jetpack grafted onto it by the Pigmasks.
* Rocket Raccoon in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' can use his tail to hover for a short time.
* The rabbits in the ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit'' games would use their ears as a propeller to float.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter 3 Ultimate'' gives us Duramboros and its subspecies, who can launch themselves into the air simply though spinning using their heavy tails. If in [[TurnsRed rage mode]] they only need one swing to launch themselves into the air.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE'' has Helipaths, tentacled creatures who fly using this method.
* An ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' strip depicts [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Doduo]] using Fly by spinning its two heads (and necks).
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Muttley from ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' sometimes uses his tail as a propeller.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** The short ''Go Fly a Kit'' is about a kitten who was raised by an eagle and learns to fly by spinning its tail.
** Bugs Bunny sometimes uses his ears as a propeller.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts''
** DonaldDuck also uses his tail as a propeller in ''Alpine Climbers''.
** As with a seagull seen in the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' short ''Mickey and the Seagull''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Ralph Wiggum's ImaginaryFriend uses his tail (in some unspecified manner) to fly.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox "The Cutie Pox"]], Apple Bloom gets herself airborne with her tail. It's a lesser example in that she doesn't it just with her tail, but by spinning a hula hoop at high speed.
* Marlon the mynah bird from ''WesternAnimation/TheBradyKids'' would fly by spinning his tail feathers like a rotor.
* The title character of ''Animation/TheRabbitWithTheCheckeredEars'' can spin said checkered ears like a propeller to fly to the aid of the human cast, as they are longer than the rest of its body.
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