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[[caption-width-right:350:I'd say that looks more like cord than thread.]]

->''"He flies through the air with the greatest of ease..."''
-->-- ''Franchise/SpiderMan''

A common means of travel for a non-flying SuperHero. It's [[NotQuiteFlight almost as cool as flying]], and there's no need to have any supernatural powers at all, just action-oriented plot powers and a strong stomach. Just leap, grapple, release, repeat. [[WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle Watch out for that tree! *BOOM*]]

All you really need is something to swing on, and something it can hang from. (And sometimes, it doesn't even need that!)

Most times, the swinging is accomplished by use of some type of PlotTechnology GrapplingHookPistol, that is somehow able to pull the weight of the hero (and often a passenger), and store an [[VariableLengthChain implausibly long cord]] (usually a very thin one for how much weight it holds). See also InstantKnots.

Often, the swinging violates laws of physics that are [[BellisariosMaxim better left alone]]. It's hard to do realistically in live action and is not often used there. (The '70s [[Series/SpiderManJapan Japanese live-action version]] of ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' made very limited use of web-swinging, relying more on a flying car and a [[HumongousMecha giant robot]]/spaceship.) For a similar conveyance technique used more often in {{Anime}}, see RoofHopping. If you are looking for the traditional ''{{Tarzan}}'' approach to jungle navigation, see VineSwing. Compare FastRoping.

The ''technology'', if not the skill, behind grapple-and-swing maneuvers was partially busted (and partially confirmed) by the Series/MythBusters in 2007.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Simon and Yoko in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' do this ''by sticking the Gurren Lagann's drills on enemy aircraft!''
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'', Norris Packard does a little swinging in his [[HumongousMecha Gouf]] using the dozens of enemy aircraft bombing his base.
* Teana of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', lacking the [[{{Flight}} ability]], [[NotQuiteFlight or an alternate way]], to fly, has to resort to this using the [[GrapplingHookPistol Anchor Shot]] function of [[EmpathicWeapon Cross Mirage]].
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', this is just one of the many tricks Makie can do with her gymnastics ribbon.
* The Tachikomas in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' have artificial spider silk shooters that let them do this.
* Hei of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' pulls one or two of these with his snap hooks (along with using them to catch victims in an electric garrote) as well.
* The 3D Maneuver Gear from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' provides this as a standard ability for soldiers in the setting. It consists of an elaborate harness with large housings for the retractable cables and cans of compressed gas to both launch them and provide forward momentum via a jet valve on the back. Both natural talent and specialized training are necessary to use them properly. Slightly more [[JustifiedTrope justified]] than many examples as the gear is the only way the humans can effectively fight the titular titans.
* Several of the mercenaries in ''Manga/DesertPunk'' have sort of pulley/grappling hook back packs that allow them to do this.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Kotetsu/Wild Tiger has a GrapplingHookPistol in his PoweredArmor (as well as in his civilian wear's wrist watch) that he sometimes uses in this fashion.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Kodachi [[InstantKnots snags]] female Ranma by the neck with her gymnastics ribbon and pulls her up to the top of the gymnasium (a height of at least three stories) so that she'd fall into the wreck of the combat arena. Ranma quickly tosses the end of the ribbon towards the lighting at the top of the building and manages to swing to safety, without injury.
* In one of the ''odder'' examples of this trope, X-Brawn of ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' uses his front-mounted tow cable to do this while in vehicle mode.
* Mami in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' demonstrates this ability using her ribbons.
* Kuroh in ''Anime/{{K}}'' does this with his glittery purple plasma-like Colorless Aura powers (yes, the Colorless clan's powers look purple. There's a Silver Clan and a Grey Clan, but no Purple Clan, so that's probably why).
* If the terrain allows it, Sero Hanta from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' can do this with the tape he produces from his elbows.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The various incarnations of ''Comicbook/SpiderMan''. Along with wall-crawling, web-slinging is his defining characteristic. His web-shooters manufacture the lines from chemicals, and in most incarnations are technological devices rather than an innate power (though the 21st-century movies used organic webs, and the comics followed suit... [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay for a while]]). Spidey's arms not coming out of his sockets, as would generally happen with normal people, is HandWaved (justifiably) with his super-strength. On one occasion in the 90s cartoon, he loses his powers temporarily, and mentions how much it hurts when he tries to use the webshooters to get around. He also uses his wall crawling ability to stick his hands to the web strings, otherwise it'd easily slip out of his hand when he swung from it. Also, his spider-sense allowed him to be confident that he would consistently have his web-lines hit safe anchor points to swing from. His web cartridges tend to resemble BottomlessMagazines... [[DependingOnTheWriter except when]] [[RuleOfDrama running out would be more dramatic]].
** A [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7Y0L5Z-KwU Dr. Pepper ad]] for ''Spider-Man 2'' spoofs the web slinging by having a kid climb up a building and try to imitate Spidey by swinging across to another building with his own improvised grappling hook--[[WhatAnIdiot he doesn't factor in Spidey's abilities that make the swinging work]], [[RealityEnsues and he ends up smashing face first into the nearby building.]]
* When not in the Batmobile, the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries animated Batman]] often uses a high-tech grappling gun to swing dramatically across Gotham City. Maybe just when the traffic's bad. In the live action ''Series/{{Batman}}'', clumsily-produced Batarang and rope sequences were used from time to time, along with the lame sideways-wall bit. Batman first used his grappling gun in the 1989 Tim Burton movie, though in this case he tended to use them just to go straight up, or horizontally on a zipline rather than swinging like Spider-Man. Batman has noted that operating in Metropolis is difficult because the buildings are farther apart from each other.
* Batman's cohorts ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, ComicBook/{{Robin}}, ComicBook/RedRobin, ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, ComicBook/{{Huntress}}, etc., travel in the same way.
** ''Batgirl Year One'' showed Barbara trying to swing from buildings for the first time. Batman and Robin had to intervene, however, because she used the wrong kind of cord. It wasn't that Barbara's cable wasn't sturdy enough, it was that it wouldn't stretch. Her cord would have put all the force of her fall onto her shoulders in an instant, ripping her arms out of her sockets. (Eventually Robin gave her a better cable to use.)
* ComicBook/PhantomLady in her solo adventures in the '40s and '50s would occasionally do this.
* Ted "ComicBook/BlueBeetle" Kord often used a grappling hook, as well as a trapeze suspended from his private hover-plane.
* The grappling-hook armbands worn by ''The LightNovel/DirtyPair''.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by an issue of the ''Bartman'' comic: "Almost there! And good - I'm out of tall things to swing from!"
** In the same series, a "letter to the editor" asks how Bartman can swing when there's nothing in the background to hang a rope from. The answer? Springfield's notorious air pollution has apparently given clouds the consistency of ballistics gel.
* Lampshaded in an issue of ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'' where she has an adventure in Miami and notes that she will soon run out of rooftops if she doesn't change up her strategy that works so well in Gotham and NYC.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Bookhunter}}'', CowboyCop Agent Bay shoots down a power line and uses it to swing between two rooftops.
* Comicbook/TheFalcon initially got around with a glove with a built in grappling hook launcher. This was discontinued when he got his flying wing harness.

[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* Geko from Animation/AachiAndSsipak uses a grappling hook to swing around buildings while blowing the crap out of an army of {{Mooks}}.

* An oft-talked about gaffe in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' is that Luke and Leia's building swing off of Jabba's skiff involved a rope that could not physically be attached to either Jabba's skiff or the rescue speeder.
* Both Franchise/IndianaJones and Franchise/{{Zorro}} are known to swing from their [[WhipItGood bullwhips]], though, of course, over much shorter distances than most of the examples here.
-->'''Indy:''' [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull Damn! I thought that was closer]]!
* Used to transport Ethan Hunt to an adjacent roof in ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. Surprisingly realistic, in that the rope was (apparently) properly anchored, and the swing was the equivalent of a human pendulum.
* The 2008 ''Film/GetSmart'' film subverts this at one point with an attempted swing into a window in the next building. [[CatchPhrase Missed it by THAT much!]]
* Done realistically at the end of ''Film/{{Darkman}}'', in which Westlake stands on top of a hook at the end of a construction-site cable, rather than simply clinging to the line with his hands.
* A fair bit of this takes place in the climax of ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', with combatants from both ships swinging back and forth on lines of rigging.
* In ''Film/RurouniKenshinTheLegendEnds'', when Shishio attempts to finish Saito off, Sanosuke swings on a rope and kicks Shishio away.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Spoofed, of all places, in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. One early comic has Garfield pull a vine out of nowhere so he can swing from the fridge to steal Jon's lunch. Afterwards Jon is wondering [[LampshadeHanging where the vine came from]].

* In ''Literature/{{Relativity}},'' the heroes generally use their grapplings to lower themselves from the top of a building to the ground. In one story, however, Black Torrent was in a hurry so he grabbed a light pole with his grappling and swung down.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Subverted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Runaway Bride" in which Donna swings to safety -- and straight into a concrete wall.
* The Batmobile "turn radius" grapple and standard "get up the building" grapple guns have been examined on ''Series/MythBusters'', to the detriment of both.

* Halloween Jack does this on the title track to Music/DavidBowie's ''Music/DiamondDogs''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The defining characteristic of ''VideoGame/BionicCommando''. Unique for its time in that the protagonist cannot jump and must use this to clear any obstacles in the way.
* Ryu Hyabasa does this briefly, for one building, in his ending on ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive 4''.
* The Grappling Beam in later ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' games allows you to swing from special ceiling blocks and some enemies.
* Link's Grappling Hook/Claw Shot but mostly use of the Double Claw Shot in some ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' titles. More games use a form of hook shot, but those don't require swinging.
* Lara Croft has a magnetic GrapplingHookPistol in ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend Legend]],'' ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider Anniversary]]'' and ''Underworld''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': In a cutcene where Zidane is chasing Garnet around the top of a tower, Garnet swings from a rope of flags and Zidane grabs on to swing after her.
* [[Franchise/RatchetAndClank Ratchet]] sometimes uses a grappling gun to get around. In fact, he's kept it in each game since along with his Grind Boots.
* In ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline,'' one of the travel powers available to players is "Swinging," which is basically a grappling gun. It always fires straight upwards and connects to ''something,'' even if you're in the middle of the desert with nothing to latch onto.
* The ''Thunder Claw'' in ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'', which acts like Samus' Grapple Beam on certain blocks. He also had the ''Wire Adaptor'' in ''4'', but it just raised him to the ceiling.
** In ''VideoGame/MegaManX2'' there's Wire Sponge's weapon, which has a limited use to pull X towards the walls or power ups to him.
* The various Spider-Man games, of course, use this as well. Depending on the game, you either swing off nothing (and ignore the physics of swinging) or you're required to anchor the swingline (and must obey physics while swinging). Which one works better depends on whether or not you're trying to swing over Central Park.
* Amaterasu in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' can summon vines from [[BenevolentArchitecture conveniently-located]] hovering flowers and either pull herself along or use them to snare other objects.
* One of the novel features of ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV'' on the SNES was Simon's ability to catch rings embedded in the castle walls and swing from them, often across enormous gaps in the scenery.
* In ''Videogame/BioshockInfinite'' players can do this by way of the Skylines. Enemies can chase you into them, leading to some interesting high-speed gunfights.
* Cole [=MacGrath=] in ''Videogame/InFamous2'' is capable of using an [[LightningCanDoAnything electric rope]] to propel himself to anything he aims at. This includes building of course. A DLC also lets you weaponize this movement to pull enemies to finish them off with melee.
* Certain troop types in ''VideoGame/AirshipsConquerTheSkies'' are equipped with grappling hooks, which allows them to boards enemy ships by swinging into them. If there are floating islands or other ships available, they will swings from there to reach their target.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Rocket in ''Literature/LegionOfNothing'' says he has a pair of grappling-hooks 'just in case I have to do the Spiderman thing'.
* Subverted by Ace of [[http://www.braveandthebold.net Brave and the Bold]], an indestructible teen hero who, lacking any kind of GrapplingHookPistol, simply leaps from the tops of tall buildings and ''plummets'' until she makes impact with either another building or the pavement below. As one might expect, it makes for an awkward means of getting around.
* Widow and Arachne, two spider-themed superheroes from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', prefer this method of travel.
* Generator (Jade Sinclair) of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse tried this in her combat final at the end of her first term at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]]. It worked pretty well, but she has figured out how to 'fly' since then, and no longer uses it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Blackarachnia of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' can use her webbing (or borrowed grappling hooks, if she's been around Optimus) to swing around Detroit's higher buildings.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' seldom uses it for travel, but one of her trademark gadgets is a [[ShoePhone bright red grappling gun that looks like a hair dryer]]. The depiction here is slightly more realistic, as it's almost big enough to hold the length of cord it spools out, not more than about fifty feet.
* Frequently executed by the ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' with the gadget, the Expandable Cable Bungee Belt.
* [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark General Disarray]], [[TheDragon the dragon]] of Professor Chaos, does this to ambush 'The Coon'. All the more impressive, since they are all powerless elementary-schoolers in homemade costumes.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' Christmas episode, Ferb does this to hang Christmas lights throughout Danville.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "Welcome To Republic City", the Republic City Police perform this to debark from their [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld patrol zeppelin]], via [[ExtraOreDinary metalbending]] {{retractable| weapon}} [[VariableLengthChain cables]] dispensed from [[GrapplingHookPistol wrist-mountings]] on their uniforms.
** Ming Hua often uses her [[ArtificialLimbs water tentacle arms]] to swing from any available structures to increase her mobility.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', whenever the distances between buildings are too big for RoofHopping, Ladybug will use her magic yoyo to swing across the streets of Paris.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': In ''WesternAnimation/PorkyPigsFeat'', Porky and Daffy try to escape from a hotel without paying the bill by lassoing a rope to another building swinging across to it. Unfortunately, the hotel manager is waiting for them there, and he joins them on the swing back.