Link's weapon of choice. Until he gets his bow, at least.
Boomerangs as the Weapon of Choice
of characters. Expect to see the stereotypical boomerang shape that allows it to come back, even though real-life hunting boomerangs didn't come back. Also, expect the boomerang to come back even after hitting its target
, which makes absolutely no sense in real life.
Oddly, when this trope is in use, it's unlikely to be used by an actual Australian, aboriginal or otherwise, even though it is an iconic symbol of the country to almost the rest of the world.
See also Precision-Guided Boomerang
when other items are used like a boomerang
Not to be confused with Cartoon Network
's programming block/spin-off channel, Boomerang
As one might take from the first paragraph, these did/do exist in real life, but are basically hardwood clubs that are curved so that they can be thrown, whereas the conventional boomerang is a hunting tool designed mostly for hitting small birds.
Anime and Manga
- InuYasha: Sango and her giant boomerang, Hiraikotsu, which can roughly be translated from Japanese to English as "Bone That Flies Back".
- Kuniko and Momoko from the Shangri-La novel and anime.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS has the Combat Cyborg Sette, who fights using her four Boomerang Blades.
- The Colonel from Fist of the North Star uses psychic-controlled boomerangs as his main weapon.
- Pokémon Special has Falkner, the Johto policeman and Gym Leader who fights with boomerangs fashioned from the fallen feathers of his Skarmory's Razor Wings.
- Australia from Axis Powers Hetalia
- Great Mazinger can pull off its Chest Blaster and hurl it at enemies if for some reason hitting them with enough heat to melt a Robeast outright isn't viable.
- Marine Boy's only weapon is an electrified boomerang that bounces from target to target before returning to him (making it double as a Precision-Guided Boomerang), and can even be used underwater as easily as it can on land.
- Cutey Honey has her Honey Boomerang she use through out her incarnations.
- Various Gundams carried to some form of beam boomerang. SEED had 5, not counting fodder mobile suits; Sword Impulse, Sword Strike, both versions of the Justice, and the Destiny.
- 12 Beast: War Leader Jawea's weapon of choice, which is carved from Rockeater bones and can slice through metal and rock alike.
- The Feral Kid in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior has a steel boomerang that he catches in an armoured glove. It cuts off the fingers of one idiot who tries to catch it, and kills Wez's lover when it hits him in the head.
- Bunnymund the Easter Bunny (as played by Hugh Jackman) in Rise of the Guardians.
- In the Discworld, the idea of Dwarf Bread is taken Up to Eleven as so utterly stale and inedible that it gets used as munitions. Boomerang Croissants are mentioned as a sort of useful throwing weapon capable of stunning a troll.
- In The Outer Limits (1963) episode "Fun and Games", one of the primitive Calco Galaxy aliens uses a boomerang as its main weapon.
- The Goodies: Graham uses a boomerang against Bill Oddie's mysterious martial art of Eckythump! He misses, and the boomerang returns to knock out a bagpipe-wielding Tim just as he's got Bill at his mercy.
- Ultra Seven's main weapon, "The Eye Slugger" is an Iron Mohawk placed on his head that he can toss forward and can be used to maim or decapitate evil monsters or aliens. It always comes back to him after every use when it's thrown.
- Boomerangs are a possible weapon a PC can use in Dungeons & Dragons games set in Eberron. While normally mediocre throwing weapons (that don't even return to the user), the "Boomerang Daze" feat allows the user to daze foes when they hit with a boomerang (which is neat because daze, unlike every other effect in the game, is nearly impossible to get immunity to and completely shuts something down, still nothing compared to a mage, but one of the few nice toys warrior types get)
- Magic: The Gathering: Razor Boomerang, an equipment card from Worldwake. Because of the high mana cost needed to properly use it, it's considered useless.
- Ty the Tasmanian Tiger
- The Legend of Zelda: various boomerangs are available for Link throughout the series, used both in battle and puzzle-solving. Some boomerangs also carry over as one of Link's special attacks in the Super Smash Bros. series. The boomerangs usually stun enemies while a few others can cause some damage. The only games where the Boomerang is absent as an item are The Adventure of Link (only present as an enemy weapon), Majora's Mask (replaced by Zora Link's fins) and Skyward Sword (where the Beetle combines its properties with those of the Hyoi Pear from The Wind Waker).
- Ryu from the first Breath of Fire can use boomerangs as his weapons. Unlike his normal swords, the boomerangs attack all enemies at once.
- Boomerangs are also a weapon in Chrono Cross and are one of the few weapon types that can hit multiple enemies.
- In Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, one of Jonathan's sub-weapons is a boomerang.
- In Dawn of Heroes, there is a class of thrown weapons called Crescents. Their icon on the Equip screen is a boomerang, although they don't return when thrown.
- Aika from Skies of Arcadia uses a boomerang as her main weapon.
- Boomerangs is a class of weapon featured in most of the later Dragon Quest games - though the class tends to include a number of other thrown weapons, such as giant shuriken. Boomerang weapons are usually fairly weak, but had the advantage of hitting every monster in a group, and being 'ranged', meaning no damage-reduction from having the user on the back row. Until Dragon Quest IX, it was impossible to score a Critical Hit with a boomerang.
- Final Fantasy XIII: Hope's "airwing," noted because it is remote controlled. You will never see it in action after Chapter 2 because Hope is the game's Squishy Wizard and running him as a frontline Commando is suicide, though if you can get a Preemptive Strike with Hope as the party leader, he will use the boomerang to attack the targets.
- Boomerangs (called "slashers" or "slicers" in The Verse) are a rather useful weapon in Phantasy Star IV. They automatically hit all the enemies. Slicers appear in most games in the entire series, but in the online titles they basically function as knives that utilize Razor Wind.
- In Mitsumete Knight R : Daibouken Hen, this is Hanna's weapon of choice.
- The Sprite's default weapon in Secret of Mana. Noteworthy in that it's actually a class of weapons that includes boomerangs, chakram, shuriken, and a giant razor-sharp frisbee. Since they are part of the "boomerang" category, these items all return to you when thrown.
- Quick Man's Quick Boomerang from Mega Man 2. When Mega Man acquires this power, it shoots a rapid burst of short-range boomerangs that return to him.
- Cut Man's Rolling Cutter also functions as one, with Cut Man throwing the giant scissor blade from the top of his head.
- Mega Man X has Boomer Kuwanger.
- The Boomer viruses in the Mega Man Battle Network series both use these as weapons and provide them upon defeat. They sweep across the edges of the battlefield at a high speed and plow through everything in their path, generally being one of the first battle chips available that's easily capable of hitting multiple targets.
- The Boomerang Bros. from Super Mario Bros. 3.
- In Streets of Rage 1, the boss of Stage 1 fights with a boomerang.
- In the Twisted Metal series, the vehicle Roadkill use an explosive boomerang as its special attack in II and Head-On.
- Hayate in the Fuun Series pratices the Fu'un-Ken fighting style, which is apparently karate with the addition of the boomerang as a weapon.
- Kirby's Cutter ability mostly manifests as a razor-sharp boomerang.
- Viewtiful Joe can learn how to use Voomerangs, a special ability that weaponizes the horns on Joe's headgear.
- Appear in Dead Rising (of course, everything does) - however, they're really a Joke Weapon. By the time of Dead Rising 2, however, the boomerang can be MacGyvered together with some knives to produce the Decapitator, which neatly lops off zombie heads at a distance and still returns to you when thrown. Don't ask how Chuck or Frank catch it safely.
- Boomerang of Wild ARMs 1, whose weapon of choice is, well, guess.
- A popular secondary weapon in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game for the NES since they could be used indefinitely as long as the player catches them and they could be easily redistributed amongst all the turtles.
- Dirty Duck from the original Metal Gear and Slasher Hawk from Metal Gear: Ghost Babel use multiple during their boss fights. Guess which one get away with it thanks to the Rule of Cool.
- From Kung Fu Master, unsurprisingly enough, the Boomerang Fighter. He uses two boomerangs in a high-or-low pattern.
- Strider has boomerang-wielding Brazilian Amazon girls appear in Stage 03.
- Tanya uses one as her weapon in Mortal Kombat 4. It will return if thrown, though only if it doesn't connect.
- Also Cham-Cham's weapon in the Samurai Shodown series.
- In Bushido Blade 2, Tony Umeda uses one as his sub-weapon. It tends to return to him, but it's practically impossible to catch it and must be instead picked up from the ground.
- An old obscure NES game known as Ikki has Japanese farmers as main protagonists, chucking boomerangs at upcoming ninjas while picking up gold pieces.
- Terraria has the enchanted boomerang and its Thunderbolt Iron-upgrade the Flamarang.
- In Dynasty Warriors, Lady Zhurong will eventually use a bladed boomerang in battle. It's very large, and actually it's mostly used as a close range weapon, and mostly the ranged attacks are impossible/hard trick shots, such as having it orbit your body 3 times, and in fast it's not used for the power attack (musou attack in game), where she pulls out throwing knives, but it will be used at the end of the power attack (true musou).
- The Green Birds from Angry Birds fly in a normal arc until you touch the screen, causing them to reverse course and speed up. Successfully completing several stages in the original game and many of the spinoffs requires a near-perfect shot with at least one of these birds. You can also fire them backwards and then trigger their ability, making them hit harder than they would just fired normally.
- Nan from Tales of Vesperia uses a huge bladed boomerang for both melee and ranged attacks. The attacks where she does throw it have it go straight forward, then return, or orbit in a circle around her multiple times.
- Tomba! has had four different boomerangs. Two identical wooden boomerangs; one in each game. In the first game he found a stome boomerang. In the second he got an ice boomerang.
- The trademark weapon of Sivir from League of Legends is a four sided boomerang which she bounces from enemy to enemy.
- In Suikoden II the character Millie uses an average boomerang as her weapon.
- In Suikoden V a new character Faylen uses a boomerang as her weapon, however unlike Millie, it is a three winged bladed boomerang. The characters Sialeeds and Sharmitsa use a Chakram as a weapon, but they work just like a boomerang and are the only characters that can use a boomerang skill; Falyen cannot use this skill do to her treasure hunting ability, even though she's the only one with an actual boomerang.
- In Suikoden Tierkreis many characters can use a boomerang as their weapon, including the hero.
- In Kya: Dark Lineage the heroine Kya uses a Boomerang like weapon called a Boomy, which she also clips to her hair when not in use. It can only kill small enemies, but it can be used to gain the attention of other enemies.
- The Unify Boomerang is the signature Unify Morph of Prince Vorkken in The Wonderful 101. Fitting, as he's a Recurring Boss who keeps coming back to challenge the heroes. When he joins the team post-Heel–Face Turn, the player can use this morph by drawing a V with the Game Pad.
- The Bloomerang from Plants vs. Zombies 2.
- The final boss of Bloody Wolf aka Battle Rangers will use a boomerang against you as his first attack. Rather than targeting you, though, he destroys your gun, forcing you to rely solely on your knife and turning him into a Fisticuffs Boss. Oh, and he gets to keep and use his guns and boomerangs.
- Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender has one. It's his Iconic Item (or one of them), and he's attached to it more than most of his other weapons, especially after he used it to kill Combustion Man in "The Western Air Temple."
- Repton from Storm Hawks uses a boomerang that doubles as a sharply-curved blade in hand-to-hand combat.
- Mahat of Skyland uses one.
- Skysurfer Strike Force: Soar Loser and his giant red boomerang and his many small, yellow boomerangs.
- Motorcity: Julie uses a Laser Blade boomerang.
- Wile E. Coyote once used one to try to catch Road Runner.
- The Phineas and Ferb episode "Primal Perry" features an Australian platypus hunter who hunts down Perry with his arsenal of boomerangs; each one having a different name and hidden function.
- While they don't return to their thrower Cold Steel Boomerang's invoke this trope. In the video they are seen capable of cutting into cinderblocks and sliceing up hardwood doors.
- Boomerang, in truth, refers to a number of related items. The returning boomerang, being the most familiar, was probably never meant for this. While a skilled bushman can hit a bird with it if they catch it unawares, it's more practical to toss one over tall grass or through tree leaves to startle quarry out of hiding and then use more practical weapons. As mentioned above, actual weapon boomerangs, used in fighting or hunting, are heavy, wooden clubs with a slight curve and maybe an edge that are more precise. They weigh around 2 kg (4.4 lbs), and at a range of 100 m can be fatal.