[[quoteright:350:[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/link_boomerang.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Link's ranged weapon of choice. Until he gets his bow, at least.]]

Boomerangs as the WeaponOfChoice 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 [[BoomerangComeback 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.

In video games, the boomerang often does slightly less damage than comparable weapons with the tradeoff that it won't use up ammo if you can catch them. They often will also be able to bear powerups and health items back to the player.

See also PrecisionGuidedBoomerang when other items are [[ImprobableUseOfAWeapon used like a boomerang.]]

Not to be confused with Creator/CartoonNetwork[='s=] programming block/spin-off channel, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boomerang_(TV_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.



[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]
* ''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 ''LightNovel/ShangriLa'' novel and anime.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' has the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Combat]] {{Cyborg}} Sette, who fights using her four Boomerang Blades.
* The Colonel from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' uses [[PsychicPowers psychic-controlled]] boomerangs as his main weapon.
* ''Anime/PokemonSpecial'' has Falkner, the Johto policeman and Gym Leader who fights with boomerangs fashioned from the fallen feathers of his Skarmory's RazorWings.
* Australia from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''
* ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' can pull off its ChestBlaster and hurl it at enemies if for some reason hitting them with enough heat to melt a {{Robeast}} outright isn't viable.
* Anime/MarineBoy's only weapon is an [[ShockAndAwe electrified boomerang]] that bounces from target to target before returning to him (making it double as a PrecisionGuidedBoomerang), and can even be used underwater as easily as it can on land.
* Anime/CuteyHoney has her [[CallingYourAttacks 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.
* ''Manga/TwelveBeast'': War Leader Jawea's weapon of choice, which is carved from [[BadWithTheBone Rockeater bones]] and can slice through metal and rock alike.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''Franchise/DCUniverse''
** Franchise/{{Batman}} and his Batarangs.
** Franchise/TheFlash: Captain Boomerang and his son, [[LegacyCharacter Captain Boomerang II]] / [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Boomer]].
* ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'' has Boomerang, a superhero that obviously uses the weapon of the same name.

[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* In the Australian FanFilm ''WebVideo/StarWarsDownunder'', the Stith Troopers are armed with laser-boomerangs.

[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]
* Bunnymund the Easter Bunny (as played by Hugh Jackman) in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''.

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]
* The Feral Kid in ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior'' 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.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** The idea of Dwarf Bread is taken UpToEleven 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 ''Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown'', Tiffany Aching wonders briefly why the Feegle are collecting the hardest substance known to man, toenail clippings from old people. As [[{{Squick}} the idea is so disgusting]], she shudders and moves on. Later in the book, she realises they are exploiting the semicircular clippings as battle boomerangs and using other fragments as edged blades... [[note]]In Irish mythology, the battle-goddess Morrigan apparently did use her fingernails as throwing weapons, capable of decapitating somebody if they hit.[[/note]]
* In ''Literature/TheHoundsOfTheMorrigan'', the the battle-goddess Morrigan uses her fingernails as throwing weapons, capable of decapitating or making a big hole in somebody if they hit. As she manifests as a triple goddess, that's thirty battle-boomerangs to dodge.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1963S1E27FunAndGames Fun and Games]]", one of the primitive Calco Galaxy aliens uses a boomerang as its main weapon.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'': 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.
* ''Series/UltraSeven'''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. Series/UltramanMax possesses a similar weapon called the Maximum Sword that is hidden in the crest on his head.

[[folder: Mythology ]]
* In Irish mythology, the battle-goddess Morrigan apparently did use her fingernails as throwing weapons, capable of decapitating somebody if they hit. They would return to her fingers after combat.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* Boomerangs are a possible weapon a PC can use in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' games set in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}''. While normally mediocre throwing weapons (that don't even return to the user), the "Boomerang Daze" feat allows the user to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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)
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=198395 Razor Boomerang]], an equipment card from ''Worldwake''. Because of the high mana cost needed to properly use it, it's considered useless.

[[folder: Toys ]]
* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': Hydraxon has ''[[StuffBlowingUp Exploding]]'' boomerangs.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
%%* ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger''
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': 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 [[SpecialAttack special attacks]] in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series. The boomerangs usually stun enemies while a few others can cause some damage. And while it usually can only hit one target at a time, in some games it can hit up to five. The only games where the Boomerang is absent as an item are ''[[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink The Adventure of Link]]'' (only present as an enemy weapon), ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' (replaced by Zora Link's fins) and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' (where the Beetle combines its properties with those of the Hyoi Pear from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]''). The boomerangs in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' can also be swung like standard melee weapons.
* Ryu from the first ''VideoGame/{{Breath of Fire|I}}'' can use boomerangs as his weapons. Unlike his normal swords, the boomerangs attack all enemies at once.
* Boomerangs are also a weapon in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' and are one of the few weapon types that can hit multiple enemies.
* In many ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games, the [[HolyBurnsEvil Cross]] or [[ChristianityIsCatholic Crucifix]] are recurring subweapons, thrown straight ahead before slowing down and returning. Proper application is to space monsters far enough away that the cross will turn around on top of enemies, damaging them multiple times, often for the most sub-weapon damage possible.
** In the ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'' games, boomerang-wielding skeletons are often seen in earlier areas. Their weapons fly in erratic patterns for minor damage, but are fast and hard to dodge.
* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfHeroes'', 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 ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' uses a boomerang as her main weapon.
* Boomerangs is a class of weapon featured in most of the later ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' 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 ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', it was impossible to score a Critical Hit with a boomerang.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': 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 SquishyWizard and running him as a [[AttackAttackAttack 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 TheVerse) are a rather useful weapon in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV''. 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 RazorWind.
* In ''[[VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight Mitsumete Knight R : Daibouken Hen]]'', this is [[{{Bokukko}} Hanna's]] weapon of choice.
* The Sprite's default weapon in ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana''. Noteworthy in that it's actually a class of weapons that includes boomerangs, chakram, shuriken, and a [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon giant razor-sharp frisbee]]. Since they are part of the "boomerang" category, [[FridgeLogic these items all return to you when thrown]].
* Quick Man's Quick Boomerang from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2''. When Mega Man acquires this power, it shoots a rapid burst of short-range boomerangs that return to him.
** [[VideoGame/MegaMan1 Cut Man's]] Rolling Cutter also functions as one, with Cut Man throwing the giant scissor blade from the top of his head.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' has Boomer Kuwanger.
** Dynamo from ''VideoGame/MegamanX5 and X6'' uses a pink energy Boomerang amongst other things.
* The Boomer viruses in the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' 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 ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', true to their name, attack with boomerangs instead of hammers. The playable characters in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' get this as a power up.
* Hiro from ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' sometimes uses a boomerang in battle.
* In ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage 1'', the boss of Stage 1, Antonio fights with a boomerang.
* In the ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' series, the vehicle Roadkill use an explosive boomerang as its special attack in ''II'' and ''Head-On''.
* Hayate in the ''VideoGame/FuunSeries'' pratices the Fu'un-Ken fighting style, which is apparently karate with the addition of the boomerang as a weapon.
* VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'s Cutter ability mostly manifests as a razor-sharp boomerang.
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' can learn how to use Voomerangs, a special ability that weaponizes the horns on Joe's headgear.
* Appear in ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' (of course, everything does) - however, they're really a JokeWeapon. By the time of ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', however, the boomerang can be [[MacGyvering 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 ''VideoGame/WildArms1'', whose weapon of choice is, well, [[MeaningfulName guess]].
* A popular secondary weapon in the ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' 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 ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' and Slasher Hawk from ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'' use multiple during their boss fights. Guess which one get away with it thanks to the RuleOfCool.
* From ''VideoGame/KungFuMaster'', unsurprisingly enough, the Boomerang Fighter. He uses two boomerangs in a high-or-low pattern.
* ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' has boomerang-wielding Brazilian Amazon girls appear in Stage 03.
* [[Franchise/MortalKombat Tanya]] uses one as her weapon in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''. It ''will'' return if thrown, though only if it doesn't connect.
* Also Cham-Cham's weapon in the ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' series.
* In ''VideoGame/BushidoBlade 2'', [[DiscoDan 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 {{UsefulNotes/NES}} game known as ''Ikki'' has Japanese farmers as main protagonists, chucking boomerangs at upcoming [[GratuitousNinja ninjas]] while picking up gold pieces.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has the wooden boomerang, ice boomerang, enchanted boomerang and its upgrade, the Flamarang, and the bananarang. There are several more boomerang class weapons that function similarly, but they lack the boomerang shape.
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', 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 ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' 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 ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' 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.
* VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' is a four sided boomerang which she bounces from enemy to enemy.
* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' the character Millie uses an average boomerang as her weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' 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 ''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis'' many characters can use a boomerang as their weapon, including the hero.
* In ''VideoGame/KyaDarkLineage'' 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 ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101''. Fitting, as he's a RecurringBoss who keeps coming back to challenge the heroes. [[spoiler:When he joins the team post-HeelFaceTurn, the player can use this morph by drawing a V with the Game Pad.]]
* The Bloomerang from ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies 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 FisticuffsBoss. Oh, and he gets to keep and use his guns and boomerangs.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Sokka from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has one. It's his IconicItem (or one of them), and he's attached to it more than most of his other weapons, [[spoiler:especially after he used it to kill Combustion Man in "The Western Air Temple."]]
* Repton from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' uses a boomerang that doubles as a sharply-curved blade in hand-to-hand combat.
* Mahat of ''WesternAnimation/{{Skyland}}'' uses one.
* ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'': Soar Loser and his giant red boomerang and his many small, yellow boomerangs.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'': Julie uses a LaserBlade boomerang.
* [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote]] once used one to try to catch Road Runner.
* The WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb episode "Primal Perry" features an Australian platypus hunter who hunts down Perry with his arsenal of boomerangs; each one having a different [[ICallItVera name]] and hidden function.
* Burnu from ''WesternAnimation/KulipariAnArmyOfFrogs'' dual wields boomerangs as his weapon of choice.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Actual hunting boomerangs don't return because they are hard and heavy enough to be lodged in your chest.
* While they don't return to their thrower [[http://www.coldsteel.com/Product/92BRG/BOOMERANG.aspx 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.