"You can't just throw people at all your problems, dear."Want to make a dramatic entrance into melee combat? Here's one way to do it. The Big Guy of The Team will pick up a (usually) willing ally and hurl him headlong into the enemy. In most cases, the thrown ally has unique abilities and/or weaponry that makes being thrown a particularly effective tactic. Often used as an alternative to the Colossus Climb. A staple technique of the Bash Brothers. This should be between two allies; hurling enemies into each other is something else, and hurling enemies at your friends is still another technique. For the self-propelled version, see Dynamic Entry. For being launched into combat by a siege engine, rather than another person, see Catapult to Glory. For other forms of person-based combat, see Grievous Harm with a Body and Equippable Ally.
— Emma Frost (to Colossus), Astonishing X-Men note
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- In A Certain Magical Index, Touma jumps on Acqua of the Back's Ascalon and Acqua launches him at Princess Carissa. Touma flies at her and punches her out.
- In A Certain Scientific Railgun, this happens to Touma again. He needed to very quickly close the distance to an out-of-control superpowered esper... so Gunha threw him at her. Gunha was considerate enough to run to where he would land and catch him as well, since Touma didn't have any way of slowing down or controlling his fall.
Touma: Thanks, I guess. Even if that was your fault in the first place.
- In one chapter of Ai Kora, Maeda teams up with Kirino in a martial arts contest. One of their opponents is the Harugasumi brothers, whose special technique, the "Human Shuriken", involves the big brother Jinpachi throwing the little brother Anija.
- In Attack on Titan, Eren, while in titan form does this with Mikasa in the Manga to catch the Female Titan. It comes to a shock for everybody, as the Titan was crawling on the walls too fast for anyone to catch up on, as well as Eren not being trusted in his Titan form.
- Bleach uses it several times:
Rukia: AGH! DAMN YOU, ICHIGO!Renji: UGH, YOU IDIOT, WHAT IF I DIDN'T CATCH HER?!
- In an early episode, as the Hollow Shrieker is trying to fly away, Rukia gets Chad to throw her at him. It's also nicely lampshaded, as Chad is a bit uncomfortable with it.
- It happens again to Rukia, when she gets tossed at Renji by Ichigo, who was standing on top of the Sōkyoku. Neither Rukia nor Renji were pleased.
- The Tachibana twins's Skylab Hurricane from Captain Tsubasa is performed by having one brother slide on the ground and launch the other brother into the sky with his feet. The purpose is to create a surprise heading from an extraordinary height.
- The Boomelancer of Carnival Phantasm: Berserker's Anti-Army Noble Phantasm which works by throwing Lancing Lancer as a boomerang, thus the name.
- The 35th episode of the 2001 series of Cyborg 009 has 005 hurling 004 to get a clearer shot at a giant robot with his rocket-launcher leg.
- Played with in Digimon Adventure: Tai and Agumon attempt one of these, but Agumon's too heavy to lift. They instead switch from baseball to soccer, and Tai kicks Agumon into position.
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children took the Fastball Special even farther than usual, with each and every one of Cloud's friends hurling him higher and higher into the sky in a chain to fight a summoned Bahamut.
- Canti in FLCL has a powerful BFG form that he can transform into, firing a single shot that eventually returns to the barrel for some reason. Eventually it's revealed that this is because he's firing Naota at his targets.
- In episode 5 of the High School Of The Dead anime, Takashi and Rei show up to save the day on a motorcycle. After dropping off Rei, re-arming Hirano and bowling over a few zombies with his bike, Takashi uses the momentum from his bike to hurl Saeko into the fray, Fastball Special-style.
- Big Girl Chouhi and Lancer Kan'u do this in the last episode of Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny
- Jotaro Kujo from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure once throws poor Canine Companion Iggy in order to find an enemy Stand User. It's also turned into a special attack for Jotaro in Jump Ultimate Stars. Iggy was able to use his sand powers to form a glider to land gently, however.
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Kaede does this with one of her own clones to close the distance between her and skilled sniper Mana.
- In Monster Rancher, Golem once threw the armadillo-like Mocchi into battle this way.
- Golem also regularly tossed Suezo straight up into the air so that the eyeball monster could scope out their surroundings. Unfortunately, he didn't always catch him. Notably, this was Suezo's idea the first time, but after Golem failed to catch him the first time, he was less than thrilled when the group adopted it as a regular tactic.
- Toward the end of his fight with Pain, Naruto uses two of his shadow clones to throw himself at Pain's Deva body in order to strike him with the Rasengan fast enough to catch him while he was open and finish him off.
- Pain himself also used a clever variation of this. One of his bodies could summon his whole team to one location, so he twice had her thrown a long distance to get his team past the Leaf Village's defenses while making it only seem that one was coming.
- In his battle with Killer Bee, Sasuke does this with Juugo's help so he can catch up to him before he runs away.
- This later becomes Sasuke, Guy, Kakashi, and Naruto's main strategy in fighting Tobi.
- Double Subversion in the anime when Sakura throws Naruto into the air towards Tobi, which then seems to just be a decoy as he goes way too high while Sakura and Kiba try a sneak attack, but then Naruto comes down with his attack anyway (all of which Tobi loudly announces, knowing there's no way they're going to hurt him anyway).
- Perhaps taking a note from Jugo, Killer Bee partially transforms his arm and uses it in the same way to help launch Guy halfway across the island they're on to catch up with Kisame.
- The first instance of this trope in Naruto is actually in the fight with Zabuza. After Kakashi is caught in his water prison Naruto's shadow clone transforms into a giant shuriken and Sasuke throws him so that Naruto can catch Zabuza by surprise.
- One Piece
- Sanji has his Armée de L'air combo moves, in which he uses his powerful legs to launch his friends in the direction of the enemy. He mainly launches Zoro, as it's usually them who end up having to work together.
- The Crazy Enough to Work plan during the Alabasta arc, where, to reach the top of the tower in time, Usopp is shot into the air by Nami's Clima Tact, Chopper leaps off of Usopp, where Sanji then kicks him higher into the air, then Zoro slashes him into the air, and finally Chopper throws Vivi.
- In Chapter 778, Zoro has an Admiral throw him across the city so he can get there fast enough to prevent Pica from killing King Riku and everyone around him.
- Nando's Lopunny does this with his Kricketune in his Grand Festival battle against Zoey.
- In "Why? Wynaut?", Ash has his Bayleef throw him by Vine Whip to try to get to Team Rocket's escaping balloon.
- Ranma ½ both subverts it and plays it straight at different times:
- Subverted in Ranma and Akane's skating fight against Handsome Lech Mikado Sanzen'in and Kawaiiko Azusa Shiratori. When Mikado attacks them by grabbing Azusa and spinning her around so she can kick them, Ranma tosses Akane onto the air... but when Mikado thinks Akane will either land on him or deliver him a flying kick, instead Ranma punches him in the gut and forces him and Azusa to stop attacking, while Akane lands safely not far from them.
- Played straight in the second half of the "The One to Carry On" two-parter OAV. Female Ranma uses a horizonal Hiryu Shoten Ha to shoot Akane forward like a human cannonball in order to beat Natsume and Kurumi.
- In Rurouni Kenshin anime, Sanosuke and Yahiko did this thrice in a single episode, and during the last one Yahiko was making a "cut it out, bitch" face as he was tossed across the scenario by Sano. Given that Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of Kenshin, is a major X-Men fan, it was probably meant to be a reference/Shout-Out.
- A variation was done in the manga, combining Sanosuke's arm strength with Kenshin's leg strength to reach a hot air balloon.
- In the Poseidon arc of Saint Seiya, this is how the Main Breadwinner of the Marine Realm is finally destroyed. Using the combined force of their attacks, Shiryu and Hyoga hurl Seiya into the Pillar, bringing it down along with Poseidon's kingdom.
- Yoh Asakura is known for doing this to his poor Oversoul, Amidamaru, in Shaman King. This move was even brought over as a special attack for Yoh in Jump Ultimate Stars.
- During Slayers Return, Naga performs a similar move utilizing their fat guide (Whose name is Becker) by literally kicking him out of mid-air, taking out an enemy with it. It is known as the Beckerball.
- Lina Inverse herself uses her boyfriend as the "Gourry Bomb!" at one point in the anime.
- In the OVA Sonic The Hedgehog The Movie, Team Sonic pulls this move twice in rapid succession to defeat Metal Robotnik. Knuckles throws Sonic, Sonic flies through the robot, then Tails catches Sonic in the air and throws him back into the robot.
- In one episode of Strike Witches, Charlotte throws Francesca into a Neuroi while Francesca uses her shield to inflict damage on impact.
- In the first chapter of Super Mario-kun, Luigi does this with Mario as the ball.
- The Tears to Tiara anime gives us the 'Rathty Missile' when the aforementioned Rathty is hurled, giant hammer and all, into the middle of a bunch of mooks by her companions.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- After Kamina hijacks a giant Ganmen, he uses it to launch Simon's Lagann at the other two beastmen. It initially misses, but Simon uses the Lagann's drill to tunnel out of the cave and destroy the beastmen-controlled Ganmen by attacking from behind. Even Yoko is impressed.
- The Dai-Gurren deploys Ganmen by throwing them into combat with its arms.
- In the last episode Viral does it with the Lagann while it's combined with the Gurren, and since he's piloting the Gurren that means he had the mech rip its own head off and throw it towards the target. This is after being launched out of a bigger mech launched by an even bigger mech launched by a mech even bigger than the last, and it's fucking awesome.
- And in the second movie... first, there is Super Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann which is more like an Eldritch Abomination crafted from pure Crazy Awesome than a Humongous Mecha at this point, which then ejects the galaxy-sized Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which ejects the moon-sized Chouginga Gurren-Lagann, then the city-sized Arc Gurren-Lagann, then Gurren-Lagann, then Viral does the aforementioned head-ripping, then surprisingly, Lagann THROWS SIMON WHO PROCEEDS TO BEAT THE COSMIC HORROR TO DEATH!!!
- In the Trigun episode "Little Arcadia", the matriarch of the Nebraska bandit family, being a giant, hurls her own sons at enemies while they're locked up in a kind of armor that makes them akin to wrecking balls. Despite this tactic, she is shocked when one of them is actually shot down.
- Twice in the Zoids anime, a Liger has been fired by another Zoid at the enemy. From a gigantic antimatter cannon no less.
- Ombre and Chance pull their own version of during the tactics exam in Freaks' Squeele.
- In issue #3 of Lumberjanes, Mal and Ripley team up for one. They even call it out by its name.
- Marvel Universe:
- Named for Colossus and Wolverine's favorite maneuver, first seen in Uncanny X-Men #100. Other Marvel characters (especially X-Men-related ones) occasionally do it as well.
- In Avengers vs. X-Men #2, Colossus (who is also the Juggernaut) is thrown straight through the Avengers' Helicarrier.◊ By Magneto.
- When Colossus came Back from the Dead in Astonishing X-Men; it was in the middle of a furious battle. The Big Bad was getting away in a spaceship, and the heroes had no way of stopping him... until Wolverine walked up to him and said, "I got just two words for you, bub." One Gilligan Cut later, we have a full-page panel of Logan screaming through the air, Colossus down on the ground post-fling; it's so iconic that we're using it as the trope image on this very page.
- Much later on in Astonishing, the move would be performed by Wolverine and his new sidekick Hisako Ichiki, a.k.a. Armor. Being a Deadpan Snarker, Hisako frequently comments on how heavy Logan is.
- Parodied in a Bullpen Bits comic here.
- Colossus has also performed this move with Kitty Pryde. Notably during Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing.
Kitty: [in mid-flight] Okay... so, serious wedgie.
- In an issue of Deadpool, the Great Lakes Avengers (who at the time were calling themselves the Lightning Rods) did this, even calling it by name. And a footnote appears explaining that they have apparently copyrighted the term, and no-one else is allowed to use it.
- In another issue of Deadpool, during an escape from a North Korean concentration camp with Koreans mutated with Deadpool's healing factor and the powers of other superheroes, Wolverine teaches Deadpool!Colossus to throw Deadpool!Wolverine at a nearby shooting tower. He misses.
- In the Defenders-esque tie-in to Fear Itself, the mutant Loa asks Hulk's daughter Lyra if she's ever heard of a fastball special. Lyra hadn't, but she's a quick study.
Spider-Man: Fist him!Iron Fist: [in flight] Hate when people say that.
- A variation in Fantastic Four: Mr. Fantastic uses his stretchy powers to launch the Thing like a slingshot. They also play it straight, with Reed forming into a ball and Ben chucking him at something.
- Once, when the team was underwater, Sue had to use her force field to stop the Thing from sinking. Then, AIM got involved, and Sue threw Ben at their submarine. She didn't need Ben to do anything, since she took the sub down by herself, but still.
- In the Incredible Hulk arc Planet Hulk, Hulk and Korg would perform the Fastball Special; in this case, they traded off being the thrower and throwee.
- In the original run of Marvel Team-Up, Spider-Man did this with Kitty Pryde. She even asked Spider-Man, "How's your fastball?", being familiar with the move as a member of the X-Men.
- Spider-Man and X-23 did this in Marvel Team-Up. Spider-Man made an ironic comment about how someone else might have the trademark to the move.
- In New Avengers #13, Luke Cage needs to take down a plane. His projectile of choice? Iron Fist, of course. ("I hate when he throws me!") In #21, Spider-Man does a web-slingshot variant of the same trick.
- New X-Men character Rockslide gets in on the action as well with Bash Brother Anole.
- X-23 did it with Psylocke in Second Coming with Psylocke using her telekinesis, in front of Wolverine to boot.
- In Secret Six, "evil Atom" Dwarfstar hides in Lady Vic's arrow fletchings while super-small, to a similar effect.
- In an issue of She-Hulk, She-Hulk and Wolverine team up on this. Of course, She-Hulk being who she is could not help but comment on Wolverine's physique.
She-Hulk: You usually do this with a guy?
Wolverine: Yeah, why?
She-Hulk: Got a firm li'l butt there. You must work out.
Wolverine: First rule of "fastball special", you don't talk about "fastball special".
- Spider-Girl and J2 (Juggernaut Junior). With the twist that due to some invisibility-inducing Phlebotinum, Mayday had no idea what she was being thrown at.
- Squirrel Girl, has done the move with her pet squirrel Tippy-Toe. She calls it the "Fuzzball Special".
- Runaways: Molly Hayes has super-strength. Victor Mancha is durable. Molly likes putting her power to use. Victor Mancha is a fan of Wolverine. This was made all the more amusing by Victor being the size of a boy in his late teens and Molly the only young girl in the cast.
- In one issue, a reversal took place on the moon, where, due to the low gravity, Wolverine threw Colossus.
- One issue had Colossus performing this move with Nightcrawler, as Wolverine was unavailable. Nightcrawler did not like it one bit.
- Artax does this with his adventuring partner Yeagar, using magic to toss the warrior in the Nodwick comic parody "A Kind of Tragic", poking fun at the Highlander series. They call it the Bullwinkle Maneuver.
- In issue #17 of Pocket God, Booga tries to stop the seaweed monster by throwing Ooga at it. The monster smashes him between its claws like a mosquito, leaving him comically flattened.
- PS238, another title by the same author/artist, has Coach Rockslide use the Special to toss teacher Miss Kyle (a.k.a. Micro-Might) into fights after she's shrunk herself, thereby increasing her density and strength.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide, Chaos Emerald-powered Mega Man charges Super Sonic as a charged shot before firing him at the doctors' Egg-Wily Machine X. The blast is so powerful it destroys the machine in one hit.
- Chaos Theory. Servants have a tendency to throw their Masters out of the way of danger, usually into a bush. Also, Shirou throws Shinji into Rin as a distraction.
- Crowns of the Kingdom. Goofy throws the heroes across the river in Frontierland. Including himself.
- Fake News Rumble. Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow pull one to kill some monsters. Rachel is positively gleeful about it.
- Poké Wars: The Incipience. During the fight with Ho-oh, Regigigas uses an interesting take on this move. He throws Regirock at Mewtwo but as a grenade, not as blunt projectile.
- Sonichu can launch Sonic out of his bellybutton, provided Sonic spindashes into him in preparation. This move apparently sends the target up conveniently placed mountains that act as ramps to the moon.
- TSA The Amazing Spiderman. Though not mentioned by name, Hulk likes throwing Spider-Man after people he's sent flying.
- With Strings Attached. Paul chucks John into the air during the battle on the Plains of Death because John can't spare the water to blast himself into the air. Inverted in that Paul is chucking John away from combat.
Films — Animation
- Used in An Extremely Goofy Movie. The cheating Bradley Uppercrust III has his partner use "The Whip" on Max's team, effectively gaining first place (and having Tank knock them over as they look on in shock helps).
- In The Book of Life, Manolo throws Maria at Chakal during a fight between the townspeople and the bandits.
- Happens at the end of The Incredibles, when Syndrome is escaping with Jack-Jack. Mr. Incredible states that anything he throws could hit Jack-Jack, so Elastigirl asks him to throw her.
- In Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, a group of crows has snatched Twilight's lute... which happens to have Mrs. Plithiver in it. They're unable to keep up, and Twilight offers to do a mid-air throw to get Soren closer.
Twilight: I'll get you closer! We're going to lock talons!
Twilight: Trust me! I know what I'm doing!
Soren: Yeah, but have you done this before?
Twilight: No, but I've always wanted to try it!
Films — Live-Action
- A variant in The Avengers - Black Widow uses Captain America for a boost to catch a passing alien.
- Butterfly And Sword has a variation where Ko uses her scarf to fire Sing like an arrow.
- In The Chronicles of Riddick, Riddick and Kyra clasp hands and Riddick throws her overhand at their enemies.
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hagrid asks Grawp to help him into the castle, which the latter interprets as a request to hurl him through the window, and complies.
- In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Gimli was about to gets tossed (without his consent) in order to get across a gap faster. This ticks him off as he decides to jump on his own, only to fall short and be rescued by Boromir grabbing his beard.
Gimli: Nobody tosses a dwarf!
- Then, in TheTwoTowers, Gimli has Aragorn do this to him, but only on the condition that he never tells Legolas about it.
Gimli: I cannot jump the distance! You'll have to toss me! ... Don't tell the elf!Aragorn: Not a word.
- Then, in TheTwoTowers, Gimli has Aragorn do this to him, but only on the condition that he never tells Legolas about it.
- Pintel and Ragetti fire Jack the Undead Monkey out of a cannon in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, hitting Maccus square in the face.
- In Sky High, Jetstream drops the Commander from a flying start. Warren and Will also pull one off during the 'Save the Citizen' scene.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Donatello uses his staff to throw Raphael into a Humvee. The Humvee loses.
- Because it wouldn't be right or proper not to include the move in the series, X-Men: The Last Stand — during a fight against a simulated Sentinel — has Wolverine turn to Colossus and ask “How’s your throwin’ arm?” Audiences cheered. The move itself, however, was considerably altered, resembling more of a hammer toss than a fastball throw, to compensate for the fact that Colossus actor Daniel Cudmore is not 9 feet tall (merely 6'8) and Hugh Jackman is already much taller than comics Wolverine (6'2 vs. 5'4). The second time... Magneto gets involved.
- In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Colossus is the fastball. Blink throws him at the Sentinels by using her portals (first, he goes through one where the other end is high in the air; then, right before he hits the ground, she opens another one with the other end behind a Sentinel).
- In Into the Looking Glass, Lake County SWAT agent Knapp, just over five feet tall, is mentioned in the third chapter as being thrown through a second floor window by his fellow team members in competitions.
- In Matt Stover's Star Wars: Shatterpoint, during the Battle or Lorshan Pass, Mace Windu is launched into the air by holding onto the whipping tail of an Ankkox in order to capture an enemy gunship high in the air.
- The Discworld novel Thud! is named for the titular boardgame which puts Dwarfs against Trolls. Dwarf pieces move like chess queens and troll pieces move like chess kings. Dwarf pieces outnumber troll pieces 4 to 1, however Dwarf pieces cannot take troll pieces unless they land on the square the troll piece is occupying and are not allowed to do so unless starting next to a troll piece or by being "hurled". Troll pieces can take any adjacent dwarf piece without moving to that square, thus a lone dwarf piece is defenseless as moving next to a troll piece invites immediate capture on the troll player's turn. Dwarf pieces can be "hurled" a distance of greater than one square so long as the opposite direction has the same number of other dwarf pieces occupying the squares. Thus the only way to win as a dwarf player is to bunch up one's pieces into a big massed group and Fastball Special the outer pieces at the trolls.
- In Alphas Bill throws Kat over some villains so they can attack from two directions.
- In The Aquabats! Super Show! episode "Showtime!", a super sized Crash McLarson throws the MC Bat Commander and Jimmy the Robot at Space Monster M. While the Bat Commander distracts M, Jimmy removes SuperMagic PowerMan's magic headband from M's head.
- In Kamen Rider Ryuki, Kamen Rider Scissor's Final Vent involves his Advent Beast launching him into the air for a spinning tackle attack. Ryuki, Ohja, and Ryuga's Final Vents also launch them for flying kicks, though with fire, venom, and nega-fire respectively.
Eiji/OOO: What are you doing?!
- Kamen Rider OOO's Movie has Kamen Rider Fourze (during his Early-Bird Cameo) doing this to OOO...without warning him first. Though it's still effective in damaging the Big Bad.
Gentaro/Fourze: (swinging OOO around with his Magic Hand) Don't worry, astronauts handle these kinds of Gs all the time!
Eiji/OOO: I'm not an astronaut!!
- Power Rangers
- In Power Rangers Wild Force, Danny (the Black Bison Ranger) would regularly toss Max (the Blue Shark Ranger) at the enemy. Max had bladed weapons as part of the shark motif.
- This is actually Danny's super move in the GBA game if you select him as one of your backups.
- In Power Rangers Dino Thunder and its counterpart Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger, the Yellow Ranger/AbareYellow is occasionally thrown in this manner.
- Rescue Sentai GoGoFive and its adaptation Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue likewise have a move like this, though it involves one Ranger being thrown by all the others, and starts off in a crowdsurfing-like position.
- In Power Rangers Mystic Force, Xander in Mystic Muscles mode can throw ALL FOUR OTHER RANGERS at a monster.
- Taken Up to Eleven in episode 22 of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. Wanna stop a giant asteroid from destroying the Earth? Why not throw the nearest giant robot with a drill at it?
- One of the earliest examples came with the Thunderzords and the Mega Tigerzord, whose finisher consisted of launching the Firebird Thunderzord through the enemy.
- The Thunder Ultrazord's finisher could also be considered this: it took to the skies, killed the engines, and squashed the enemy under its colossal girth.
- In Power Rangers Wild Force, Danny (the Black Bison Ranger) would regularly toss Max (the Blue Shark Ranger) at the enemy. Max had bladed weapons as part of the shark motif.
- In Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Crixus uses his shield to launch Spartacus twice.
- Blood Bowl, a Warhammer spin-off fantasy football game, included this as a pair of abilities (one for the thrower and one for the throwee, usually a goblin or halfling). Unfortunately, all creatures capable of doing the throw tend to suffer from drawbacks, such as rank stupidity and/or insatiable hunger, and are liable to instead decide to take root, stand around looking glassy-eyed, or in some extreme cases eating the throwee.
- The 5th edition Champions book has a section specifically on the Fastball Special. For fans of game rules: the throwing character aims the “fastball” at the target character’s hex. If he hits the hex, the “fastball” rolls for a Move Through on the target.
- Dungeons & Dragons Edition 3.5 has a feat that allows players to do this, appropriately named "Fling Ally"◊. This gets amusing if you combine it with the Charm Person spell and the Distant Shot feat. To quote one post on the Internet, "The Andromeda galaxy is within my line of sight, right?"
- Exalted has a martial arts technique dubbed the Crashing Wave Throw. While it's intended to be used on an enemy (you need to make a grapple attack to be able to use it), it specifically fails to mention any weight limit the throwee has to fall under. Add in a willing ally who uses certain Sorcery powers to turn his body to solid bronze...
- Used in Part 7 of the Five Fathers Adventuring Party.As a part of a mission to save the team's adopted daughter, most of the party throws things at the bandit lord, which are all dodged. With no other option left, the fighter hurls the rogue at the bandit lord. Since the bandit lord wouldn't expect that, the rogue gets to sneak attack despite being thrown straight at his target.
There's nothing quite like backstabbing someone in mid-flight.
- A campaign journal on the Giant In The Playground forums had this as a semi-regular tactic. The campaign was an Eberron-based version of the Red Hand of Doom and the party psion would often use one of her powers to fling the party's dwarf at the enemy. Although one of its first uses was throwing a stuffed owlbear. Said campaign journal can be found here for those curious.
- If the Orks' Shokk Attack Gun malfunctions in just the right way in Warhammer 40,000, instead of firing the crazed Snotling like it is supposed to, it will fire the Big Mek using it. And, being an Ork and a big 'un at that, he isn't too shabby in that field.
- One book for Werewolf: The Apocalypse has a list of pack tactics; one, Forward Pass (pioneered by a Fianna rugby player, no less), involves picking up a packmate in wolf form and hurling them at the enemy, with the understanding that they'll shift into war form in mid-air.
- In Azure Dreams, a PlayStation RPG, the player character can pick up and hurl his tamed monsters at foes, giving them an immediate attack on the enemy if they strike.
- During co-op mode in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2, one player may pick up another and perform a charged throw, launching them at enemies like a chipmunk missile.
- Several Double Techs in Chrono Trigger, mostly courtesy of Ayla, who is the physically strongest member of the True Companions. "Falcon Strike" is the most obvious about it. There's also a non-Ayla version, "Blade Strike", where Robot Buddy Robo throws Frog, sword-first.
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 the Soviets have the "Bullfrog" unit which launches infantry with its human cannonball launchers. (They are give parachutes for soft landings.)
- In Conquest Of The Crystal Palace, you can do this with your dog, Zap, once you buy the Dog Whistle from the shop.
- In Cthulhu Saves the World by Zeboyd Games, one of the combo attacks allows one of the party members to use another as a projectile weapon.
- Characters in the Disgaea series can lift and toss each other around the battlefield. Prinnies explode when thrown, damaging characters on surrounding squares. (Prinnies are also perennial Butt Monkeys, so using them as living grenades just fits right in.) While this kills the Prinny, they're monsters and thus only cost one Hl to resurrect, making it cheap to do as well (also, this doesn't count as a team kill). There are stages designed so that doing this will make it far easier. The baseball stage might even be a Shout-Out to the trope namer.
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy has this done by Tidus and Zidane in the game's intro, with Zidane wrapping his tail around Tidus' leg and Tidus slingshotting him to Exdeath.
- Used in Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3 to reach high ledges.
- Tiny of Dota2 has Toss as his second ability. It grabs a random unit close to him and throws it at the target enemy. It can be used as a textbook Fastball Special, grabbing an ally to throw in middle of the enemy team so that the ally can wreak havoc, or it can be used more directly - a grabbed enemy takes even more damage mid-flight in addition to the impact damage, leading to Tiny being one of the best heroes at killing enemies really quickly. Thrown allies take no damage from the trip or the landing. If said hero thrown turns out to be Centaur, Slardar, Sven, Pudge, Puck or if you're really unlucky, Magnus, Enigma, or Earthshaker, whoever it's thrown on and everyone else in the vicinity will not enjoy it.
- Hookheads and Grabbies in Dubloon can attack your party by throwing other enemies on the field. Naturally, this doesn't work when there's only one enemy left.
- A mechanic for 'dwarf chucking' exists in Dungeon Keeper 2, allowing giants and bile demons to use dwarves and imps as projectiles.
- In Final Fantasy IV The After Years, there’s a Band ability "Makeshift Cannon", which is double Fastball Special that requires 5 people. White Magician Girl Porom and Black Magician Boy Palom cast a superpowered Berserk on the Cute Bruiser Luca, who then proceeds to throw the The Hero Ceodore and Waif-Fu-practicing Rebellious Princess Ursula through the enemy party.
- This is Umaro's best attack in Final Fantasy VI. Which party member he grabs and throws is mostly random, though he tends to prioritize sleeping or confused allies, who will have the status cleared from them.
- Final Fantasy VIII features a Fastball with the GF summons "Brothers". After Sacred (the big Brother) launches the enemy—and the rock it was standing on—into the sky, he and Minotaur (the little Brother) play Rock-Paper-Scissors, which Minotaur always wins. Minotaur then boosts Sacred into the sky to crash into the enemy, sending it spiraling back to Earth.
- Granaldo boss is fond of attacking with this trope. Also Rinoa launches her dog Angelo (via her Blaster Edge) towards enemies when it's Limit Break time.
- The DLC, The Blue Destiny Unit 1 in Gundam Extreme Vs involve this to his Assist Character, GM, in EXAM System Mode.
- In Gunstar Heroes, 2-player mode, both players can throw the other like this. Hitting the Mooks with this is quite painful for them. It is also possible to Fastball Special the Mooks themselves.
- In Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East, cyclopes have the ability to pick up goblins and hurl them at the enemy.
- Inazuma Eleven's "The Icarus" technique. Performed by swinging a partner into the sky. The partner grows wings and creates a flash that blinds an opponent.
- In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, a boss fight features Ventus smacking Stitch at the boss using the keyblade like it was a baseball bat. Another fight has Hercules flinging Ven.
- The Swing Fling link attack in Kingdom Hearts 3D has the participating dream eater swing Sora in circles by the legs before eventually tossing him at the target.
- Kingdom of Loathing:
- The Turtle Tamer skill "Toss" allows adventurers to do this with their familiar as the thrown character... or a random turtle if no familiar is available. However, familiars do more damage.
- During the Valhalla Invasion special event, players assaulting the Bonewall with a sufficiently high HP bonus could get their flying yeti mounts to throw them at the Bonewall, taking out dozens of skeletons at once.
- Before the last battle in Kirby's Adventure (and its GBA remake), Nightmare escapes into the sky as Kirby and King Dedede dance around in panic. Dedede then sucks up Kirby and spits him in the direction of Nightmare, before tossing the Star Rod to him so he can chase Nightmare.
- In Kirby Squeak Squad, Dedede once again tosses Kirby to chase away the Squeaks. As if he were a bowling ball.
- In Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby and Prince Fluff can throw each other as weapons or to reach distant platforms; the partner being tossed even takes the shape of a baseball when this happens.
- In The Last Remnant, this is an attack used by Castanea (an giant with heavy armour and a huge hammer) and Roeas (a scantily clad girl with twin swords). Roeas jumps onto Castanea's hammer, who swings it at the enemy, launching Roeas right at them.
- One of the combination moves in Majin And The Forsaken Kingdom, where the titular majin throws Player Character Tepeu.
- Used in Marvel Ultimate Alliance, when you get one of The Big Guys next to a smaller character and press the grab button. The same character pairing examples under the Comics header above apply here, among others (you can get the Hulk — if you have him — to throw Wolverine, for example).
- Mega Man Battle Network features the GutsShoot Program Advance, where GutsMan teleports in, picks up MegaMan, and throws him down the row (MegaMan puts up a shield in his face to avoid taking damage from the collision). The move was introduced in the first game as being incredibly powerful (if lacking in area range), but was toned down in each 2 and 3 before it was dropped altogether with the latter games reworking the formula.
- In Mercenary Kings, the dog pilot of the Munsterlander boss will occasionally launch itself at you before coming back.
- Mortal Kombat X:
- Ferra/Torr have this in all of their stances except Lackey. Torr, the giant brute, can throw Ferra, the small girl, to attack. They even get a Finishing Move version, where Torr throws Ferra into their opponent's abdomen for Ferra to get lodged halfway in. Torr pulls her out and the opponent falls down into two pieces.
- Two stages allow any character to do this: the Outworld Marketplace lets you throw an old lady, and the Sky Temple allows you to throw a monk.
- In M.U.G.E.N, one of Colossus' special moves is throwing Wolverine at his opponent.
- While not particularly useful in the game, the hero of Noahs Ark, who is responsible for picking up animals and food and filling the Ark with them, can throw the animals and food at will. The only real use for this is throwing bales of hay and coconuts at some of the more annoying animals to knock them out, making them easier/less dangerous to pick up and carry to the Ark. This is the only way to even pick up a monkey without it jumping off your head.
- Amaterasu in Ōkami can throw her pint-sized Exposition Fairy, Issun, at enemies if she buys a certain artifact. The damage is minimal at first but increases with use. Issun can also steal items while he's at it.
- Plants vs. Zombies: The Gargantuar will throw an Imp into your defenses when its health is half-depleted.
- Rhyperior's Pokédex entries in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, HeartGold, and SoulSilver say that it sometimes shoots Geodude at its opponents in this manner.
- Creator/Tecmo's Quantum Theory introduces this mechanic to a cover-based shooter: You have a button dedicated to picking up and throwing your female partner at the enemy, who slices them up.
- Rival Schools
- In United by Fate, the hulking principal Raizo does this as his assist move.
- And in Project Justice, the Gedo High School Team's Party Up attack is a variation, which involves the player's two teammates hurling the player's character and his/her opponent at each other.
- In Sands of Destruction, Taupy (the little bear with an eyepatch) uses one of these as a finishing move, as a giant pink bear (his sweetiepie, Muffy) picks him up and hurls him toward the enemy at full force.
- SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 has a couple of tag team moves that invoke this trope, on top of the standard whip moves.
- Lampshaded in Sonic Chronicles, where Sonic and Amy have a Combination Attack literally called the "Fastball Special", where Sonic curls in to his trademark Spin-Dash, and Amy hits him at the enemy with her Piko-Piko Hammer.
- Sonic Heroes allows your Flight and Power characters to throw their teammates at enemies when in their formations.
- Sonic Advance 3 has Super Sonic performing Fastball Specials on the final boss with Eggman.
- Can be quite useful in Streets of Rage where one player can throw his ally into a crowd of Mooks.
- In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Bowser's "Hurly Gloves" weapon allows him to do this with Mario — although if Mario is suffering some kind of Status Effect, Bowser has to settle for throwing a plush toy.
- The Bros. Attacks in the Mario & Luigi games, which sometimes involve using your allies as weapons.
- In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Luigi mentions that he used this tactic to defeat a boss in the adventure he's having at the same time as Mario's. His partner clarifies that Luigi in fact missed his throw, and sent the partner flying into lava.
- In Super Mario Sunshine, Piantas in some places will offer to throw you in exchange for a coin, enabling you to reach high places without the Rocket or Hover Nozzles for FLUDD. This returns in one galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2, but they do it for free instead.
- You can damage and even KO opponents in Super Smash Bros. by throwing another opponent into them like a cannonball, though with how frantic battles can be with more than one opponent, it can be hard to pull off on purpose.
- In Suikoden IV Gau, who was Raised by Wolves, picks up and tosses the shorter brawler, Dario, in the Beserker Attack.
- Supreme Commander 2 has a combination of this, It's Raining Men, and Ridiculously Fast Construction. The UEF can build a "Noah Unit Cannon" that constructs land units rapidly and launches them across the map, whereupon they deploy on impact. That's right, you are shooting units at the enemy even as they are created.
- Touhou series
- Yukari Yakumo throws not only her own shikigami, but her shikigami's shikigami. This is usually done to strike an unsuspecting character upside the head (or hitbox, depending on whether we're talking about the danmaku or the fighting), and the shikigami further assists by spinning and sending danmaku in all directions. Of course, this doesn't mean Yukari herself isn't going to attack you herself, as well.
- Her shikigami, Ran Yakumo, does the same thing with her shikigami, Chennote . Yukari's attack is basically a souped-up version of Ran's, using Ran herself as the projectile. However, Yukari is also capable of using the Chen version of the attack, but only in the fighting games.
- Yukari's so reliant on having Ran assist that this is included in her shottype in Imperishable Night (Ran moves to the enemy she's "locked on." she'd have to do it to keep it balanced between the human half (Reimu with homing amulets, as to be expected) and youkai half.
- The Violinist of Hameln game allows Hamel to throw Flute at his enemies if desired, so long as she's not wearing a costume.
- In its predecessor X-Men Legends, Colossus and other superstrong characters such as Rogue can throw Wolverine at the enemies.
- In Dragon Age: Inquisition, Iron Bull tries to talk Sera into doing this, reasoning that, as the lightest and second shortest team member, he can throw her over the enemy's heads, allowing her to attack from behind and mayhem to ensue. Sera is not enthused by the idea. The possibility of using Varric instead is brought up, but he's too dense for it.
- In Spelunky, if you find a Damsel and carry her to the exit with you, you can chuck her at creatures blocking your path (happily without her dying in the process).
- In LEGO Lord of the Rings you often have to toss Gimli at stones above you or across a gap so that his axe can break them. So much for "Nobody tosses a dwarf."
- Parodied in Press Start episode 30 where Zack asks Lin-Ku to pull this off on him by name. Lin-Ku interprets this literally and knocks Zack out with a baseball before wondering it was supposed to do.
- Used by the protagonists of Ronin Dojo Community College DX, who don't quite understand that imitating what you see on TV has repercussions in real life.
- Used in episode eight of RWBY. Nora is tossed up via Pyrrha's shield, with a little help from her own rocket hammer. In the same scene Ruby gets Weiss to launch her out of a giant slingshot.
- In Chapter 11 of Volume 2, Doctor Oobleck and Zwei pull one off, with Oobleck using his weapon, a flamethrowing staff, to turn Zwei into a flying canine fireball, hitting a suit of mechanized armor with enough force to topple it.
- Used in multiple variants in Super Mario Bros. Z. Sonic's in it, and two protagonists have hammers. It was bound to happen.
- Considered, but denied, in Angel Moxie.
- In Applegeeks Hawk asks Eve, a robot, to toss him up on the roof.
- This◊ Axe Cop strip.
- One College Roomies from Hell!!! strip had (werecoyote'd) Roger do this with Margaret.
- Dominic Deegan here.
- Done, oddly enough, by the two weakest characters in Dubious Company. Tiren and Sal are cornered by Mary and Sue. Walter, a wimpy birdman, hurls Elly, an even wimpier elf, onto Mary. It helps that they were flying a good ways above them.
- Black Mage and Fighter occasionally do this as a combo attack ("Fighter-doken") in 8-Bit Theater, when they have a sudden burst of competence. After upgrading to Ninja class, Thief can do this with the "Throw" ability. While it's much more often used to hurt someone, he has used it for transportation or using his allies as human projectiles (never with their permission, of course).
- In Fake News Rumble, Rachel Maddow is positively gleeful about being able to try it.
- In the World of Warcraft-based comic Flintlockes Guide To Azeroth, dwarven fighter Flintlocke uses a musket and a plunger to allow the gnomish rogue Lowping to perform the "remote backstab." The results are... messy.
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! does a deliberate panel-by-panel homage to the Fastball Special scene in Astonishing X-Men #6.
- This Kevin & Kell strip.
- In Kirby's Dream Adventure, Kexas throws Karby once to attack. She does this also in the spin-off Channel DDD with Karby's Waddle Dee counterpart Silent Dee.
- This shows up more than once in Looking for Group, but probably the most impressive is this one, considering it's performed while Richard is on fire.
- MeatShield. Dhur is big and strong, Ch'p is small... it was bound to happen: "One Fastball Special Comin' Up"
- In this Oglaf strip, payback is a froggy fastball lobbed at two pranksters.
- The Order of the Stick
- The heroes at one point pull off a Tetherball Special.
- And at another point, it happens when Hinjo sits on Durkon's head as he casts Thor's Might.
- This strip from Schlock Mercenary fairly adequately explains the tactics and physics behind using the Fastball Special to accelerate something to upwards of 99% of the speed of light.
- At one point in Skullkickers, Baldy throws Shorty up a tower to catch a sniper.
- Zoe throws Bun-Bun right into the eye of an Eldritch Abomination in this Sluggy Freelance strip. An unusual case, since Zoe is just an ordinary person, while Bun-Bun is the one with Super Strength. It works anyway since Bun-Bun also happens to be a small rabbit.
- St Dyphna Academy. "Go get 'em, kid!" The tosser is a mage using a wind spell, the toss-ee is a little kid.
- The cowardly and innocent but almost indestructible rock-crabs in Vexxarr are used as ammo in ship-to-ship combat. Which doesn't bother them in the slightest.
Rock crab: "Excuse me, may I have directions to your airlock? I need to get back for the second salvo."
- Mike of the Walkyverse does this often, leading fans to speculate that this is his particular superpower.
- These few strips of Weregeek.
- The Whiteboard: Being a polar bear, Doc is well equipped for this.
- One of Cracked's 31 Life Lessons You Can Only Learn From Video Games is that "your unborn children make awesome weapons." The example given is from Yoshi's Island.
- In Suburban Knights, Handsome Tom tries to do this with 8-Bit Mickey. For the record, it works... he just misses and so Mickey ends up slamming face first into the ground.
- Early in the Whateley Universe, strongman Lancer did this with Squishy Wizard Fey, who then used her magic at the other end. Since then, Lancer has suggested throwing Phase like this (and Fey has warned Phase about where Lancer puts his hands).
- An inverse of this trick shows up in a couple episodes of Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers. Zozo may be a small fellow (about four feet high), but he borders on Cute Bruiser in an unarmed brawl. His fellow Ambassador Waldo is much taller (at least 6' 5"), but not as inclined for an up-close brawl. Zozo's got a trick where he drops, uses a leg-throw maneuver, and pitches an enemy into Waldo's forcefield for a nasty jolt.
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. In episode 26, Giant Man throws the Hulk at a frost giant. Surely, a deadly combination.
- There was a variant in an earlier episode with a tiny Ant-Man riding an arrow fired by Hawkeye. Ant-Man then changed back to normal size to punch the guy in the face. This also appears as one of Hawkeye's Hyper Combos in MvC3.
- And of course in the episode "The New Avengers" they pay tribute to the Fastball Special when The Thing Hurls good ol' Wolverine at Kang!
- Etrigan does this to Batman on the Sherlock Holmes episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
- Uncle Sam does it Doll-Man in "Cry Freedom Fighters!".
- Green Arrow uses Plastic Man as a Bow to do this to Guy Gardner in "Death Race To Oblivion"
- In the Beast Wars episode "Call of the Wild", Rattrap is riding on top of Rhinox (in his beast form). Rhinox transforms to robot mode, reaches back, grabs Rattrap's hand and flings him into Terrorsaur, as Rattrap transforms into rat mode to roll under his legs, before transforming back up and shooting him from behind.
- Happens twice in Ben 10 Generator Rex Heroes United. The first time Four Arms throws Rex (Who uses his Smack Hands to attack Alpha). The second time, Rex uses Cannonbolt as living ammo for his Slam Cannon.
- A three person variant shows up in Dungeons and Dragons, when Diana the Acrobat propels Bobby the Barbarian into the air, his club outstretched. Then Eric the Cavalier accelerates Bobby using the forcefield magic of his shield like a baseball bat.
- The unwilling throwee variant, in the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Ed, Ed, and Away". The Eds are trying to capture a balloon that has floated too high. Ed's idea:
Ed: Fly, Double-D, fly!
- The Herculoids. Gloop did this a couple of times with Igoo by turning himself into a giant slingshot, for example in the episodes "Temple of Trax" and "Attack of the Faceless People". Gloop also did it in "Revenge of the Pirates" by throwing Gleep to block an escape rocket's ejection tube.
- In one episode of Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Hulk orders Red Hulk to hurl A-Bomb at Ymir, referring to it as the Smashball Special.
- Kim Possible: Ron throws Rufus at Dementor's control panel in "Ill Suited", Rufus is also a functional shuriken if the need arises.
- Also used by Kim and Shego in "Go Team Go" when Kim temporarily had Hego's Super Strength.
- Used in an Enemy Mine episode of the Lilo & Stitch: The Series, specifically 111. Gantu throws Stitch at a rapidly-climbing experiment, even going as far as commenting "That's crazy! So crazy it just might work..."
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Shining Armor throws his wife, Princess Cadance, like a javelin towards Spike and the Crystal Heart in the season 3 premiere. People watching that scene closely noticed that Princess Cadance did not show any sign of surprise at being picked up and thrown by her newly-wed husband. Some people quip that "wife tossing" is something they must have practiced together.
- The Powerpuff Girls
- Once used (and referenced by name) in the Mundane Made Awesome rescue of a scared classroom pet. Notable in that the eponymous girls can fly unaided.
- Buttercup has thrown Bubbles like a bowling ball at foes.
- Rocky and Bullwinkle has the "Alley-Oop" play, where Bullwinkle throws Rocky up in the air to give the flying squirrel an added boost of speed.
- Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Sam and Max used this against Lactose the Intolerant in "The Second Show Ever".
- Rhino, of all people, uses this with Spider-Man during The Spectacular Spider-Man when the two briefly team up to destroy information on how to build Super Rhinos (Rhino wants to be unique, Spider-Man doesn't want more Rhinos running around).
- Steven Universe:
- The Super Hero Squad Show: One such occurrence is handled subtly in "Night at the Sanctorum", right after Dormammu shows up in the mortal world: without any warning, Hulk picks up Wolverine and throws him at the villain - only for Wolvie to slam against a forcefield right before Dormammu.
- Teen Titans
- One of Cyborg's and Beast Boy's many tag-team moves was the "Beast Boy Blitz", in which Beast Boy morphed into an armadillo, rolled into an actual ball, and was picked up and thrown by Cyborg. For added pain, BB would transform into a rhino while in mid-flight.
- The flightless Robin and the super-strong Starfire regularly performed this move. Starfire has also thrown Cyborg into battle the same way.
- In the episode "For Real", Control Freak sets up tests to see if the Titans East can prove they're "real" titans. In the task Más y Menos have, they must race across town and press two buttons at the same time. As they can only move fast while touching each other, they solve this by going to the top of the tower in the center, clasping hands, spinning really fast, and letting go, sending each other flying to the buttons in a sort of mutual Fastball Special.
- Transformers Animated
- Bulkhead and Prowl pull this off against Blitzwing.
- Also used with Bulkhead and Bumblebee on Starscream.
- A two-stage version had the Autobots needing to dispose of a bomb capable of destroying half of Detroit. Prowl held Bumblebee standing on Bulkhead's wrecking-ball launcher. Prowl had limited flight capabilities and Bumblebee had rocket jets for that episode, so Bulkhead made the initial launch, Prowl lifted him higher and Bumblebee got even further, throwing the bomb into the lower stratosphere.
- Optimus Prime does this with Brawn in Transformers Generation 1 upon the latter's request so he could take on the high flying Insecticons (it's the episode where the Insecticons made their first appearance).
- In the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "The Sinister Six", Power Man throws Iron Fist. Spider-Man even calls it a Fastball Special.
- Because it's basically mandated by franchise law, Wolverine and the X-Men features one. This time with Blob throwing Wolvie.
Blob: Nice knowin' ya!
- In an episode of X-Men, Wolverine performs a variation of the maneuver with Beast, as Colossus was not a team member on the show. Additionally, rather than a pitch, it was more McCoy propelling Logan into the air with both hands.
- Performed in several episodes of Young Justice, usually with Superboy involved. Bonus points for referring to it as "Maneuver Seven", which is what Wolverine and Colossus originally called the move in its first several appearances.