A Wronski Feint is a maneuver where a pursued character feints at an obstacle in order to get their pursuer to follow. They pull up at the very last second, and the split second of confusion, or their enemy's inferior piloting skills, causes the enemy to crash into the obstacle.

This trope allows the work to show off what a skilled pilot the hero is -- he can take out the enemy with only his piloting skills. It also shows the audience his level of fearlessness and ability to keep cool under pressure.

Note that while the obstacle is ''usually'' a cliff, the ground, or a similar immobile object, it's not unheard of to pull this off with missiles, other vehicles, or other mobile targets.

[[TropeNamer Named]] after the [[Literature/HarryPotter Quidditch]] technique where one team's Seeker will pretend to see the Snitch near the ground and go into a dive to attempt to lure the opposing Seeker into crashing into the ground. The Wronski Feint is first mentioned in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', and again in ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'' by [[Creator/JKRowling Kennilworthy Whisp]], wherein it was revealed to have been named after famed Polish Seeker Josef Wronski (Józef Wroński).

Often used with a vehicle-themed DefensiveFeintTrap. Sometimes peppers and ends a longer TryAndFollow sequence or AerialCanyonChase.

Subtrope of TryAndFollow. Compare DodgeByBraking, DeadlyDodging. BuzzingTheDeck is a similar move done just for the hell of it. A GameOfChicken can cause one or both participants to fall victim to this.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'' this is attempted by Goku as a way to hit Frieza using his own controllable Kienzan discs. Frieza nearly falls for it the first time, but is obviously privy to the second attempt. It turns out to be a ruse as Goku predicted Frieza's dodge and pummels him as soon as he jumps into the air.
* ''Gundam Evolve 7'', a computer-generated short based on ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', has Heero use the colony cannon he's attempting to destroy for a Wronski Feint.
* Early in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', Quattro and his team take advantage of their Rick Dias suits' superior manoeuvrability to pull the basic 'fly at the ground and swerve away at the last minute' version on a squadron of pursuing [=GMs=]. Made rather more plausible by the fact that the Federation GM II, to be blunt, steers like a cow.
* Tails tries the missile maneuver with one of Eggman's missiles in the last episode of the second ''Anime/SonicX'' season. It doesn't work.
--> '''Eggman:''' This isn't your typical anime weapon!
* Fiendishly ''[[InvertedTrope Inverted]]'' by the [[spoiler: Anti-Spiral termination forces]] in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. The machines attempt to fake out their opponents with sluggish movement and feeble attacks, tricking them into thinking they have the upper hand. Said opponent might let up on the attackers just long enough to realize he's in the middle of a sudden ZergRush, or mount a counterstrike and charge forward- racing toward their '''''doom.''''' As soon as the enemy falls for the bait-and-switch tactic by dropping their guard, the mecha equally drop the charade and '''IMMEDIATELY''' go for the kill- with ''[[KilledOffForReal very deadly]]'' results.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Kotetsu actually manages this against [[spoiler:Barnaby]] without flight -- his opponent didn't take in account his GrapplingHookPistol when following him off a skyscraper.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheDesertPeach'', Rosen does this to a pursuing British pilot. Rosen's in a Stuka--a dive bomber that's made to deal with the G-forces and stresses of pulling up out of a very steep dive--and the British pursuer ''isn't.'' TruthInTelevision; see RealLife below.
* In the "Wrecking Havoc" story in ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'', a human fighter pilot actually manages to pull this off on Cyclonus.
* This is essentially done a few times in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' in which a character lures one or more cop cars into Old Town where cops are not allowed. This ends with the cops turning and leaving... usually. The cop cars unfortunate enough to land in the neighborhood get blasted apart.
* In "The Power of Point Dread" (a ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' pack-in minicomic), He-Man manages to defeat Skeletor, who was piloting the faster and more heavily-armed Talon Fighter, and Beast-Man who is using the guns of Point Dread itself by taking advantage of the superior maneuverability to the Wind Raider to slam the Talon Fighter ''into'' Point Dread itself.
* In ''ComicBook/AthenaVoltaire'', Athena seems to favour this tactic for disposing of attackers. The fight in ''The Brotherhood of Shambalha'' is typical; she's out-gunned by two Japanese fighter planes, but thanks to being a better pilot, is able to arrange matters so that one fails to pull out of a dive and hits a river, while another doesn't turn quickly enough to avoid a cliff.
* Played with in ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' #104 (Oct. 1972) - Quicksilver runs full-speed into a wall while being chased by a Sentinel. The Sentinel thinks that he is playing this trope. He wasn't--instead he was gambling that he would survive hitting the wall at speed, but the far more massive Sentinel wouldn't.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Dude Hennick pulls one against a Japanese fighter in ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates'' when the heroes are escaping from Temple Rock prison, causing the fighter to crash into a lake.
* One ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' comic strip had the titular feline chasing a bird at ground-level, at full speed, only to have the bird pull up sharply (90° angle!) at the base of a tree. Garfield did not dodge.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Manga/Evangelion303'': [[TheHero Shinji]] [[AcePilot Ikari]] did this in chapter 2, using ''himself'' as an obstacle during [[OldSchoolDogFight his duel]] with his BattleCouple [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] [[{{Tsundere}} Langley]] [[AcePilot Sohryu]]. As she was chasing after him, he abruptly braked in midair, forcing her to dodge him and letting him tag her jet fighter.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Elastigirl tries this move to cause pursuing missiles to hit the ocean. It doesn't work.
* Appears in the movie of ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. It helps that [[spoiler:the Red Death's wings were shot full of holes so it ''can't'' pull up]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', Nigel the pelican pulls this to get away from a swarm of seagulls that are after Marlin and Dory (who are riding in Nigel's mouth) by flying through the space between the mast and sail of one of the many sailboats in the harbor. [[TooDumbToLive The]] ''[[TooDumbToLive entire]]'' [[TooDumbToLive flock of seagulls fall for it]] and get their beaks stuck in the sails.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/FantasticFour2005'', the Human Torch uses the Wronski Feint to dispose of a missile, when his attempt to lure it with flares proved ineffective.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' uses a Wronski Feint combined with a game of chicken (while trailing a huge swarm of magnetic mines) to destroy the BigBad alien's flagship.
* The Lightcycles in ''Film/{{TRON}}'' use a unique variant, creating their own walls for their pursuers to crash into. They use the standard version when there's a wall already in place.
* In ''Film/TronLegacy'', the 4x4 Light Runners do the same, as do the aerial Light Bombers and Fighters, but improvements in digital technology allow them to create ''curved'' walls instead of the straight angles of the ENCOM Lightcycles. Light Bombers are especially dangerous to pursuers because they produce ''two'' light walls in midair, trailing twisting and turning constructs as the plane corkscrews and barrel-rolls.
* In the movie ''Film/BlueThunder'', the hero (flying the titular BlackHelicopter) dodges two heat seeking missiles fired at him by military F-16s by luring them into, respectively, the heat from a Japanese barbecue shop and the sun reflecting off a skyscraper. Under the circumstances, he had no real choice, but the film rather jarringly avoids [[NoEndorHolocaust dealing with the consequences]].
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', Steven Hiller uses the canyon ploy to escape from the alien dogfighters. He then uses the actual Wronski Feint on his last pursuer, ejecting and deploying his plane's drag chute, causing both plane and alien fighter to crash. Mostly justified since the chute obscures the alien's sight, and by the time it slides off the alien craft, it's too close to the canyon wall to pull up in time.
* ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'': Harry actually does this when he and the Slytherin Seeker are both going for the Snitch. A subversion in that the Snitch actually is in sight and the Slytherin player gets skittish and cautiously pulls up well before he would collide with the ground, leaving Harry alone to finish the maneuver and snatch the orb.
* In a variation without canyon walls, the heroes of ''Film/PearlHarbor'' do this by flying their planes directly at each other, and then swerving at the last minute, causing their pursuers to crash into each other.
* Terrestrial variant: ''Film/BatmanForever'' shows the Batmobile accelerating into a brick wall before using a combination of rocket boosters and a grappling hook to drive ''up the wall.'' The pursuers drive right into it.
* ''Film/TheIncredibleMrLimpet''. The Nazis develop a torpedo that can follow Henry Limpet's "thrum" sound. He uses this to lure the torpedoes into following him. He moves in front of the U-boats that fired the torpedoes, makes the "thrum" sound and moves away before the torpedoes hits the subs.
* This was the entire point of Han Solo flying the ''Millennium Falcon'' into an AsteroidThicket in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. All four TIE fighters pursing him get smashed by asteroids.
** Also done in ''Film/ANewHope'' when Luke is being pursued by a TIE fighter. He pulls to the side suddenly, allowing [[MemeticBadass Wedge Antilles]] to come at it from the front and blow it away.
** The Falcon does it again in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' using the ruins of a wrecked Star Destroyer in the Jakku desert.
** And one more time in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' through a crystal cavern on the planet Crait.
* Captain Ramius in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' pulled this when a torpedo locks on to the sub while it is in its canyon run - he purposefully delayed a turn by several seconds, then turned very hard (for a sub, anyway), causing the torpedo to impact into a canyon wall.
** Repeated by Captain Mancuso late in the movie, with one difference: the torpedo [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hit the Alfa sub that originally fired it]].
-->'''Mancuso''': The hard part about playing chicken is knowing when to flinch.
* Upwards variation in ''Film/TheWolverine'': the TraintopBattle has Wolverine and the Yakuza mooks jumping and ducking to avoid the overhead signs above the train. At a certain point, Logan makes it like he's going to jump... so the other guy does so and gets struck by a higher up sign.
* ''Film/TheGreatWaldoPepper'': Kessler attempts to use this against Waldo during their final flight.
* ''Film/{{Condorman}}'': At the end of the speedboat chase, Woody's boat is damaged and out of gas. [[TheDragon Morovich]], whose weapons are also disabled, elects to [[RammingAlwaysWorks ram him]] in a final attempt to finish the hero off. Unfortunately for Morovich, the speedboat is airlifted away just in time, causing him to crash spectacularly into the rocks.
* ''{{Film/Outbreak}}'': Colonel Daniels and Major Salt manage to pull this off on two UH-1 Hueys while flying a OH-6 Loach. Both Hueys survive, but it distracts them long enough for the Loach to fire some missiles into the forest, keeping them even further distracted while they work on a cure for the virus.
* In ''Film/{{Stealth}}'', [[SapientShip EDI]] does this to [[spoiler:Henry]] when both are flying in a canyon. The sequence ends with EDI using the smoke from the pilot's missile to hide a cliff and the latter crashing against it.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', Falcon finally gets rid of the [[MacrossMissileMassacre dozen or so]] heat-seeking missiles behind him by flying directly toward the glass frame of [[spoiler:the Project Insight helicarrier's targeting core]], then suddenly retracting the suit's wings and shutting off the jets. He immediately drops out of the way and the missiles slam into the glass, leaving him totally unharmed and now with a convenient way in.
* In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', Hawkeye advises Iron Man that this is the way to get rid of the Chitauri bogeys on his six, because "they can't bank worth a damn."
* In the ActionPrologue of ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', James Bond does this to destroy some missiles fired at him by a pursuing fighter, though the fighter itself manages to pull away in time. Pretty ordinary for Bond, right? Only at the time he was piloting by holding the joystick with his knees, because he was trying to stop himself from being garotted by the mook in the rear seat of his own fighter.
* ''Film/JasonBourne'' does a CarFu version; while [[HeroStoleMyBike riding a motorcycle]] down some narrow streets in Athens during a riot, Bourne drives down a dead-end street and then suddenly turns and rides the bike up a stairway, causing his pursuer to crash. However the car's airbags absorb the impact and [[TheDeterminator he's soon after Bourne on foot]].
* In the climax of ''Film/SpiderMan1'', when Spider-Man manages to overpower the Goblin, the latter reveals himself as Norman to halt the fight. He begs for forgiveness, but at the same time programs his glider to impale his foe from behind. Sensing the danger, Spider-Man instinctively dodges, and the glider impales Norman, killing him.

* As mentioned above, it was demonstrated quite effectively in the Quidditch World Cup by Viktor Krum in the book ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. And several ''Literature/HarryPotter'' {{Fanfic}}s have Harry ''himself'' performing it, as in the book he thought after seeing it that he couldn't wait to try it. Unfortunately, later events (the Quidditch cup being called off due to [[spoiler:The Triwizard Tournament]] in his fourth year, getting [[spoiler:banned from Quidditch by Umbridge]] in his [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix fifth year]], getting [[spoiler:weekly detentions for the end of the season]] in his [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince sixth year]], and [[spoiler:skipping his [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows seventh year]])]] conspire to prevent him from ever trying it.
** He does perform a similar move in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban third book]], where he fakes seeing the snitch to cause Cho to fly in the wrong direction (it lacks the large solid object to truly be considered this trope). His tactic against [[spoiler: the dragon]] in Goblet of Fire was similar as well.
* Skandranon, the hero of the Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon novel ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar The Black Gryphon]]'' does this in the first chapter of the book, when he's being pursued by enemy fliers. It's subverted by the fact that he promptly runs straight into a tree himself shortly thereafter. Of course, it was a tree on ''his'' team's side of the warzone, which is what he was really worrying about.
** Lackey refers to the Feint again in ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms One Good Knight]]''. One of the creatures native to Arcadia is the Kyryxes, a bloodsucking insect the size of a bird, and with barely enough brainpower to tell which potential meal is closer.
---> More than one hero of the Wars had turned the tide by leading a swarm of the wretched creatures into the enemy's side of a battle.
* In the Literature/XWingSeries, Corran Horn uses this trope. A wing of [[MightyGlacier Y-Wing bombers]] can't get close enough to a [[MoreDakka Lancer-class frigate]] to get a missile lock without getting blown away. So Corran, in his much more agile X-wing, tells the bombers to have the proton torpedoes lock on to ''him'', with the [[InvokedTrope express intent]] of using a WronskiFeint to deliver the ordnance to target. It works.
** Corran ends up on the wrong side of this during ''The Bacta War'', when Imperial pilot Erisi Dlarit dodges his last pair of missiles by forcing them to crash into a moon. Unfortunately for her, the second impact (against a ridge she is sheltering behind) kicks up a colossal dust cloud that prevents her from seeing him bearing down on her position.
** Wedge pulls off a variation in ''Solo Command'' against a [[FragileSpeedster frail, but agile]] TIE Raptor. The Raptor is adept at dodging his attacks, and with the high winds he finds he can't get an accurate shot off. The two find themselves flying at high speed over the ocean, with Wedge still unable to bring his weapons to bear. So he fires directly over the Raptor, causing the pilot to dodge out of reflex -- straight into the water.
** Yet another variant comes to us courtesy of [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy General Garm bel Iblis]]. One of his favorite combined-arms tactics uses a squad of [[TheMario X-Wings]] and [[FragileSpeedster A-Wings]] to bypass an enemy's fighter defenses. The X-Wings engage the enemy squad, and make a sideways maneuver, trying to lure the enemy fighters into matching it and preventing the X-Wings from passing -- which is when the much faster A-Wings, who have been hidden behind the X-Wings the whole time, blow through the now-empty space and on to the objective.
*** In a later book, Admiral Pellaeon uses a variant of bel Iblis' trick (Using torpedoes instead of A-Wings) to defeat a fleet of ships that attacked him at a time when he was expecting bel Iblis to be meeting him to discuss a peace treaty. Since he had been present at the battle when bel Iblis had ''invented'' that move, he took the fact that the enemy fell for it as proof that the Corellian had nothing to do with the ambush.
* During ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' Tash once takes a tiny Starfly ship into an AsteroidThicket and is pursued by a Star Destroyer. Unlike in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', it's not concerned by the asteroids and can shoot the big ones and take the smaller ones on its shields, which makes the [[TheAssimilator entity controlling it]] more confident in its [[NothingCanStopUsNow inevitable victory]]. But it can't take [[spoiler: the two giant space slugs]] she leads it to and buzzes.
* In one of the novellas in the DarkForcesSaga, Jan Ors attempts to evade several Imperial TIE fighters by flying the ''Moldy Crow'' through a series of canyons. Thanks to Kyle Katarn shooting a crack into the fighter's viewscreen, the enemy pilot is unable to see when the ''Crow''pulls out of the canyon at a dead end.
* Done by a ''capital ship'' in ''[[Literature/TheFlightEngineer The Privateer]]'' by S.M. Sterling and Creator/JamesDoohan. The [[TheBattlestar light carrier]] ''Invincible'' jumps into a barely explored system that happens to have a pulsar dangerously close to the jump point. Since they're expecting it, they're able to slingshot around the pulsar at high speed and back to the jump point. The enemy flotilla pursuing them is ''not'' expecting the pulsar and ends up smearing itself across its surface.
* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. In the Able Team spin-off series, the villains are in a helicopter in Guatemala, amusing themselves by pretending to do a strafing run on the local peasants who flee in terror except for one old man who runs for a solitary tree, knowing the pilot will focus on him and miss the tree against the forest background. TheDragon abruptly calls the pilot's attention to it, and HelicopterBlender is averted.
* ''[[Literature/TheAdversaryCycle Nightworld]]''. One character flying over the Atlantic has a GiantFlyer swoop down on their Lear jet, which escapes by flying close to the water then banking hard at the last second. The creature's huge wingspan causes it to clip the water and crash as it tries to follow.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Koba and Mizuki both pull it off in ''Series/UltramanMax''.
* In the ''Series/{{Stingray 1964}}'' episode "The Man from the Navy", the titular super-sub is being used as the target vessel for a new underwater homing missile. In all previous tests, ''Stingray'' hasn't been able to shake off the missile, so an annoyed and frustrated Troy Tempest charges at a large rock formation on the ocean floor, only veering off at the last second. The missile can't follow the insane turn and crashes into the rocks. Just as well, because [[spoiler:while the other missiles have been inert test rounds, this one has a live warhead courtesy of Titan's agent X20]].
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "The Message". Wash tries to lead the pursing Alliance gunship on an AerialCanyonChase. [[spoiler:The gunship doesn't take the bait; instead it simply flies ''over'' the canyon and bombards them from afar with missiles and bombs.]]
--> '''Wash:''' I didn't think of that.
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Messages From Earth", Sheridan baits an insane Shadow vessel into following the ''White Star'' into Jupiter's atmosphere. When the ''White Star'' reverses direction, the Shadow vessel overshoots; it ends up going too deep into the atmosphere and gets crushed by the pressure; the ''White Star'' barely manages to escape itself.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. During the Klingon CivilWar, Worf's brother Kurn does this against two pursuing Bird of Prey spaceships ''by diving at a sun!'' Only Kurn's vessel pulls up in time.
** Specifically, he goes to warp REALLY close to the sun, causing a plume of solar gas to erupt in front of the pursuers.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. A Harvey-possessed John Crichton does this while being pursued by Aeryn Sun in an AerialCanyonChase through a glacier. Thanks to her superior piloting ability, she's able to burst her Prowler through a fragile sheet of ice instead.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' Team Starwolf would tail you unmercifully. You COULD pull an Immelmann Turn and shoot whoever was following you that way - but it's waaay more fun to fly almost right into a pillar, ''then'' pull an Immelmann, and have Wolf die an instantaneous death. Cue ''EvilLaugh''. However, due to technical limitations, this would only work if you had the victim in your sight.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', during the SuicideMission, Joker will pull one of these to deal with several Oculus drones engaging the Normandy by flying into the [[AsteroidThicket wreckage of thousands of other ships]] that entered the Omega-4 relay. How it plays out depends on [[spoiler: whether or not you bought Tali's shield upgrade. If you did the Normandy makes it through needing a new coat of paint, but otherwise intact. If you didn't however, the Normandy's drive core overloads and vents into the engineering compartment, killing a squadmate, possibly Tali herself.]]
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Tribes}} Tribes: Ascend]]'' allows nimbler classes to escape the Shrike aircraft's attacks this way. Especially common since a lot of pilots will aim to [[RammingAlwaysWorks ram]] the infantry, since its cannon are slow and hard to aim.
* In the intro for ''VideoGame/WingCommanderPrivateer'', the player character lures a [[SpacePirate pirate's]] missiles around an asteroid, and then sends them back at the firing craft. How he did that in a ship that can't outrun or outturn the missiles is an exercise best left for those who forget the MST3KMantra.
* In ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport'' this is a popular method to get rid of AI cars tailgating you; if they only start to overtake you right before a turn, they'll go flying through the turn from breaking too late, often slamming into a wall. This also happens frequently in multiplayer when dealing with [[CarFu rammers]] - if you see someone aiming to smash into you at a tight turn, just go wide at a turn and smash on the brakes, and the rammer will go flying through the turn and smash into the walls of the track.
* In the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' games, the best way to lose a cop pursuit is to switch into the opposite lane [[LemmingCops wait for them to follow you]] and switch out just before you hit another car.
* An infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twMmSSB3HME trick]] in ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon'''s multiplayer, known as "ground pounding", is essentially this.
* This has no-doubt happened a lot in ''VideoGame/WarThunder'' from people being unfamiliar with how their plane handles or from becoming too used to Arcade Mode's flight models when entering their first Realistic Mode game.
* This is used in ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander'' when Daxter is accidently testing a missile and must destroy the trailing heat seekers from his tail. While a majority of these are dealt with by 'flare defense' the last one is destroyed by pulling off a Wronksi Feint with a giant statue of Daxter.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** Occurs unintentionally in ''Reconstruction''. The reds are fleeing from a pair of soldiers in a car chase. Grif races towards a cliff, believing he can make the jump over the river, but changes his mind at the last second and brakes just in time. The soldiers are not so lucky and go flying off the edge. Simmons shoots them with the car's turret as they go down for good measure.
** Tex combines this with [[TeleportSpam teleporters]] to shake a locked-on rocket.
--->'''Tucker:''' [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Are you fucking kidding me?]] [[OhCrap RUN!]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/Angels2200'': Greykat uses some of the ship's external structure for this, in her [[http://www.janahoffmann.com/angels/2006/03/25/part-2-comic-23/ duel against Quetz]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* At least one example of the missile version happens in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'': Anakin, pursued by a large numbers of enemy fighters, orders his squadron of clone pilots to fire their missiles across the bow of a capital ship and then lures the enemy fighters into the path of the missiles, and even carries over some of the missiles to one of the enemy carriers.
* Anakin also pulls this in the newer series ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars ''. In "Cat and Mouse", Admiral Trench fires a few missiles from his dreadnought at Anakin's stealth ship, who then [[HoistByHisOwnPetard led the missiles right back to Trench's command bridge when it was unshielded]].
* The finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' had Franchise/{{Batman}} do this with the Omega Effect (self-guided EyeBeams of RetGone); he throws down a {{Mook}} he passes trying to elude it so said Mook bounces into the Effect's path at just the right moment.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' use this trick against the Steel Clan a couple of times. Late in the second season, one of them even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it: "It's amazing how many times that works"
* The good guys fall for this in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''. Two web creatures on a collision course going around the Principal office, each followed by half a dozen CPU's. Web creatures escape, all CPU's crash and explode.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', a more unusual form of this is done to evade missiles and fighter pursuit. Instead of bothering to pull out of the dive, Kitty Pryde phases the entire jet through a mountainside. The missiles crash harmlessly into the rock and the pilots who were in pursuit (not knowing about mutants) swear never to speak of it again.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy'' episode "The Lords of the Sky", Grunt uses the bottom of a canyon to scrape off some Kilrathi fighters chasing him, by diving down at it and then pulling out at the last moment.
* Baloo, in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', is a master of this, getting the air pirates to crash their fighters when they can't follow his ''cargo seaplane''!
-->'''Baloo:''' If you can't fly, don't mess with the eagles!\\
'''Don Karnage:''' What a '''lousy''' place for a wall! ''[Don Karnage, after hitting one Baloo managed to avoid]''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''. Terry finds his ass kicked by the Dee Dee Twins every time he confronts them, so in the final battle when they both charge him from opposite directions, he just activates his rocket boots and launches straight into the air, causing them to crash into each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E26ShadowPlayPart2 Shadow Play Part 2]]": [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicHistoricalFigures Somnanbula]] pulls this on [[Characters/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsVillains the Dazzlings]] in a flashback. By circling around the Sirens, she annoys them enough that all three give chase to her. Thus Somnanbula leads them toward the interdimensional portal that Star Swirl just opened, and feints at the last moment by flying up. The Sirens, bigger and less agile than a pegasus, can't stop in time and fly straight through the portal, banishing them to the human world.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Occurred in RealLife, as seen on History Channel's ''Series/{{Dogfights}}'' show. Making an enemy crash in a Wronski Feint counts as a Maneuvering Kill for the pilot.
** "No Room for Error", which focused on low-altitude Dogfights, features one instance of this, in Korea, when a [=MiG=]-15 tries to evade a chasing F-86 Saber and misjudges the altitude, crashing into a mud field; the Saber barely makes the maneuver.
** In "Desert Aces", the to-be [[UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Israeli jet ace]] Geora Epstein is chasing a [=MiG=]-21, which tries to shake him off by doing a Split-S maneuver at dangerously low altitude -- a SuicidalGotcha. At first Epstein thought he had crashed and died... but then, the [=MiG=] began rising out of the swirling storm of sand kicked up by his jet afterburners. The feat was AwesomeButImpractical, and Epstein used common sense, casually flying up to the struggling [=MiG=] and scragging it with his cannon.
* At least one RealLife instance of the Wronski Feint have been reported to be used by pilots of No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron during WWII.
** And a variant was used regularly: the Poles were used to underpowered, underarmed Polish and French fighters, and found that the only way to make any impression on German formations was to dive head-on at them and open fire at point-blank range. When they tried this in Merlin-engined, 8-gun Hurricanes, the tactic proved to be ''awesomely'' effective, causing more than one German raid to abort entirely as the pilots tried desperately to get away from these madmen...
** [[FridgeBrilliance This may be why]] J.K. Rowling made the inventor of the trope-naming maneuver Polish.
** Also (sometimes) averted during the WWII Polish Campaign: [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German]] Bf 110 pilots [[AwesomenessByAnalysis understood]] their large and heavy fighters would become hapless victims of the Wronski Feint if they attempted to dogfight [[BoringButPractical small and nimble PZL fighters]], so they used superior engine power to fight only in the vertical plane, by zoom-climbing towards the Poles, guns blazing, and repeat the shoot-out during the afterwards dive.
* At least until the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, this also gave the Swiss the edge when flying substantially inferior aircraft against combatants who had entered their (neutral) airspace - they knew the mountains like the back of their hand and the intruders did not.
** This was pretty much the only edge that the infamous Stuka dive-bomber had if it was engaged by enemy fighters; it could withstand dives that would rip the wings clean off a Spitfire, but [[CripplingOverSpecialisation at the cost of a dismal turn-rate and mediocre top speed.]]
*** Dive bombers such as the Stuka and SBD Dauntless had remarkable turn rates when not carrying ordnance (their wing area is very generous, to provide the lift to carry bombs and to pull out of their dive runs, so when the payload is gone, their wing-loading numbers approach or exceed contemporary fighters). The US Navy used [=SBDs=] as fighters during the early days of WWII when its supply of Wildcats was limited. One of the episodes of ''Dogfights'' ("The Long Odds") focused on a Dauntless pilot holding off a whole passel of Zero fighters, and shooting down a couple, and returning alive.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7WnBYRBEOU Captain Jim Denton and Brent Brandon]], USAF, manage to pull one of these in an unarmed EF-111 Raven radar jammer against an Iraqi Dassault Mirage F1. Though the kill was credited to a nearby fighter pilot who was in the process of locking the Mirage, Denton and Brandon were both awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for their role in causing the Mirage to plow into the ground at full speed. This is the only time that a kill of a jet has been credited to an F-111 Airframe.
* This tactic is used by the crew of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm6PvEFdy5U Philippine Coast Guard MCS-3000]] to escape the chase from eight Chinese vessels (namely, CMS and FLEC) during the Scarborough Shoal Incident.
* Royal Navy pilot Lt. Charles Lamb pulled this move to shake off two pursuing Italian fighters who thought his antiquated Swordfish biplane would be easy meat. Lamb dived to sea level hoping the far faster Italians would overshoot and lose him. Pulling out of his dive just above sea level, Lamb's rear-cockpit observer alerted him to the two Italians who were in close pursuit. But a hundred-miles-an-hour biplane can pull out of a dive far more easily than a monoplane fighter doing nearly four hundred... the two Italians crashed into the sea, so intent on an easy kill they hadn't noticed their own peril.
* The all-female Soviet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Witches Night Witches]] used old biplanes for night bombing raids that were difficult to shoot down since they flew ''slower'' than the stall speed of the [[OlderIsBetter Germans' Messerschmitts and Focke-Wulfs]].