"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
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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:
- 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.
Rukia: AGH! DAMN YOU, ICHIGO!
Renji: UGH, YOU IDIOT, WHAT IF I DIDN'T CATCH HER?!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 threw poor Canine Companion Iggy in order to find an enemy Stand User. It was 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 transformed his arm and used it in the same way to help launch Guy half way across the island they were 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 changes 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.
- The Movie of this arc includes a scene in which Luffy catapults Vivi to safety from the ground away from Crocodile. Zoro (who was riding a giant crab) catches her, but gets knocked out in the process.
- 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 a 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!!!
- Twice in the Zoids anime, a Liger has been fired by another Zoid at the enemy. From a gigantic antimatter cannon no less.
- 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.
- Magic: The Gathering
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!, there's a monster called Man-Thro' Tro who's doing this with Ojama Yellow on the card art. (And indeed, when used in the game, Ojamas work well as "ammunition" in the right deck.)
- In Crowns of the Kingdom, Goofy throws the heroes across the river in Frontierland. Including himself.
- In 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
- While not mentioned by name in TSA The Amazing Spiderman, Hulk likes throwing Spider-Man after people he's sent flying.
- In 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.
- Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow pull one in Fake News Rumble to kill some monsters. Rachel is positively gleeful about it.
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.
- In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, it's not so much a Fastball Special as a Concentrated Ballistic Cannon in which every single party member further gives Cloud more height and speed.
- 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
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 allows Turtle Tamers 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.
- 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.
- This can be used to win battles in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, though doing so is usually a bad idea.
- 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 the upcoming Mortal Kombat X, Torr can apparently use Ferra like this in all of their stances except Lackey.
- 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.