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-->-- The sound effect when '''[[Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff Sweet Bro]]''' is on the receiving end of this trope

The hero is being chased by some {{Mook}}s in a helicopter. He's probably on a car or motorbike (rarely running). The baddies are shooting automatic weapons at him, but they've of course attended the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. But wait, the hero has just gotten himself into a wide open space with no exit! He's trapped!

The helicopter first comes to a low altitude, and you may think the baddies would just open fire en masse and rain hot lead all over the place because, hey, there's only so many bullets a hero can dodge. But no, that'd be too easy.

Instead, the helicopter first hovers right above ground, then tilts forward at a very steep angle. It then proceeds to slowly move forward, its rotor becoming a deadly, razor-sharp weapon that slices and dices everything it touches. All sorts of objects, people, even vehicles are thrown aside and shredded to pieces by the Helicopter Blender.

The hero seems doomed, but at the last moment he always finds a way out (bonus points if it involves jumping over the helicopter).

Other variants:
* The helicopter is just hovering in midair, not doing anything much, and someone falls off a cliff, railing or other flying vehicle, gets chopped up by the blades and ends up as a red mess on the canopy. The helicopter invariably keeps hovering in place, its pilot(s) deeply disgusted by the new shade they're seeing the world through but otherwise fearing no consequence.
* The helicopter itself breaks up, but the still-spinning rotor is used to deal damage to someone.
* Before the helicopter takes off, or after it has landed, a person can be pushed into the spinning rotors.

Trying this in real life, is, of course, very, ''very'' ill-advised. Helicopter blades are quite fragile - or at least, fragile if slamming themselves against something very hard. Even birds damage blades. Thus, any helicopter pilot who tries this may well succeed in [[TooDumbToLive killing both themselves and their target]], most especially if airborne.

TransformingMecha with a helicopter as a secondary mode (and CombiningMecha with a helicopter as a component) often have these as a weapon, but it can be assumed that ''their'' blades are specifically designed with said use in mind.

Subtrope of DeadlyRotaryFan. Compare TurbineBlender. See also HellishCopter.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' justifies this with humongous mecha equipped with beam rotors. That is to say, their blades were effectively ''[[LaserBlade lightsabers]]'', so chopping things up with them would be rather easy. (Actually ''flying'', however, we're not so sure about.)
** In the ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray: Red Frame'' short, Lowe attaches the head of a [=BuCUE=] to Red Frame's arm so he can use the double-ended beam saber in its "mouth". He then rigs it to spin, creating much the same effect as a Beam Rotor. May or may not have been a ShoutOut, given that the upgrade was a one-shot with a shorter lifespan than most of the Red Frame's.
* [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Big Volfogg's]] Murasame Sword attack uses the blades of the Gungrue, a transforming helicopter, as a spinning sword attack, because EverythingsBetterWithSpinning.

* A character is gorily shredded by an out of control helicopter in ''ComicBook/FinalDestination: Spring Break''.
* In ''Comicbook/FridayThe13thSpecial'', a helicopter tries shoot the undead killer Jason Voorhees, but he manages to drop it by long-distance-killing its pilot. The vehicle falls on a tree, and soon takes out the remaining person after Jason by going to ground for good and slicing her to pieces with its still-spinning blades along the way.
* In ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'' Annual #4, a Cobra [[MechaMook B.A.T.]] disguised as Cobra Commander tried to escape from a captured Mamba helicopter in flight, smashing through the canopy only to be diced up by the blades.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The flying saucers ("Velocipods") that Syndrome's minions used in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' were apparently designed with this trope in mind. The craft fly by means of a spinning metal disc--a cross between helicopter rotors and a sawblade--around the edge. The rotor is capable of tilting (for keeping the craft upright while turning, and for trying to slice trespassers to bits) and strong enough to cut through a palm tree without sustaining notable damage.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' has this (and is indeed the TropeCodifier). Everybody's favorite secret agent Film/JamesBond finds himself in a large square on a motorbike, with a helicopter leaning forward and trying to blend him (and his female companion). It fails, as they manage to slide under it and motor away, but cuts up plenty of material while trying. The chopper does crash in the end - not due to physics exacting its revenge, but because a heavy rope gets thrown in the blades, tangling them and causing it to lose lift and crash. Because the blades can shred metal, but rope, that's ''tough''!
* Later averted in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', where the helicopter just has several enormous rotary saw blades dangling from a helicopter instead. (It was designed to fly above treetop level and use the rotary saw blades below it to clear branches, and in fact was [[ChekhovsGun was seen doing so earlier in the movie]].)
* For a third James Bond example, this nearly happened ''[[FatalMethodActing in real life]]'' during the filming of ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''. Sean Connery had a real-life hero moment when a stunt helicopter was coming in too steeply and heading straight for co-star Daniela Bianchi. Connery tackled her out of the way, if he'd been any slower, she would have been [[OffWithHisHead decapitated]] by the rotors. Clearly he was [[MomentOfAwesome the right man]] to play Bond.
* Done in ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer''. The Silver Surfer flies above the place where Mr Fantastic and Invisible Woman are having their wedding, disrupting the controls of a nearby press helicopter. It careens wildly and crashes right on the place where the ceremony is being held. As it's skidding, its rotor blades hit the ground and start throwing chairs and other assorted objects in the air. The chopper is then stopped rather unceremoniously by The Thing, who proceeds to rip its tail off. It's a bit less unrealistic, as the helicopter is not deliberately used as a weapon, but the rotor really should have broken up and/or flipped the helicopter over...
* In ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' helicopter blades are used to cut through zombies.
* ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater'' has an awesome use of this against an army of infected, truly earning the pilot his badass credentials. To clarify, the pilot had to fly with the blades spinning,angled downwards and at a height of less than 2 metres off the ground. He does it, survives, kills a heap of zombies and flies off into the sunset, leaving dozens of mangled, twitching corpses in his wake.
* ''Film/UnderworldEvolution'' has the third variant of this trope: a military helicopter is hit and takes a dive down a hole in the ground. The rotor shatters upon hitting said hole's walls, which also keep the helicopter in position, nose-down, after it stops moving. Despite the crash, the impacts, the physical damage and the fact that nobody's at the controls, the engines keep working and the transmission is miraculously still intact. This causes the stumps of the blades to keep rotating, and they promptly blend the BigBad as the heroine pushes him into them.
** This seems slightly less unlikely after seeing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwSsnEdteQ8 this]]. Still, surely a permanent vertical position would make things a lot harder, if nothing else for fuel reasons...
* Near the end of the first ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film, a baddie flies a helicopter into a train tunnel (specifically the one used by the TGV train for crossing the english channel) and attempts this on the protagonist. The rotors even bounce off the walls with no ill effects (only some pretty sparks).
* In the Creator/BruceWillis actioner ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'', the climactic fight with TheDragon, the boss's toughest henchman occurs up in the lights over a crowded football stadium. Inexplicably, in the middle of the fight, a helicopter flies into the stadium and ''underneath'' the two men fighting on the highest catwalk, not only endangering those aboard, but thousands of football fans directly below them. Why would the chopper pilot do something this insane? Why, so Bruce can kick his opponent off the catwalk and ''downward'' into the HelicopterBlender. Take that, bad guy (and all you people sprayed with body bits, and the pilot)!
* Played realistically in Creator/JohnWoo's ''[[Film/BrokenArrow1996 Broken Arrow]]''. A helicopter strapped to a flatbed traincar is preparing for takeoff when a mook is knocked up into the path of the rotor blades, resulting in only a large gash in his chest as he is flung thirty or so feet. Notably, this happens while the helicopter is still grounded, so there are no flight issues. Played ''un''realistically in the same movie, when a ''flying'' helicopter decides to kill some other mooks by ramming them with the main rotors. The guy that gets hit is thrown from the train while the chopper isn't inconvenienced in the slightest.
* Although it violated several other laws of physics, ''Film/TheItalianJob2003'' remake averted this trope. The pilot didn't threaten the main character with his rotorblade, and when he tried to block his mini with his tail-rotor, the mini won.
* ''Film/TerminalVelocity1994'' ended with the main baddie parachuting on a wind generator. We don't get to see the blending, but the next scene shows one of the blades with blood on it, implying it's killed him. The blade has no damage whatsoever, despite the rather muscular human that slammed on it.
* In ''Film/YearOfTheComet'', the protagonists use a helicopter to chase the villain who is driving a car. The female lead believes that they've got the advantage, to which the male lead says "What do you want me to do, hover him to death?"
* In ''Film/ShootEmUp'' near the end of the skydiving shootout sequence Mr. Smith (Clive Owen) kicks the Lone Man towards a helicopter that just happened to be nearby.
* George A. Romero's ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' features an accidental zombie decapitation by the still-rotating main rotors of a landed helicopter. This was a ChekhovsGun for the original DownerEnding, where the heroine commits suicide by sticking her own head in the rotors.
* An interesting variation appears in ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', where Blackout uses his main rotor as a hand weapon. And then they have [[ShoutOut Lennox using a motorcycle to slide beneath him.]]
** Blackout uses the tail rotor as a weapon, the main rotor hangs from his back. He can spread the blades open to look menacing.
* Completely averted in ''Film/{{Arabesque}}'', where the Hero defeats the BigBad, by dropping a ladder on his helicopter, completely shattering the rotor, and causing the aircraft to fall.
* Averted in ''Film/EscapeToWitchMountain'', in which a helicopter that's flying ''upside-down'' lands in a field in that position without so much as clipping the grass with its rotors. It'd be a major YouFailPhysicsForever, if long-distance telekinesis weren't actually responsible for keeping it in the air while inverted and for landing the thing safely.
* In the intro to ''Film/SpyKids'', at one point a helicopter pursuing the newlyweds beheads a couple of statues as it flies between them.
* ''Franchise/DieHard'':
** Played with in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance''. The BigBad's helicopter hits a light pole with its main rotor, producing a shower of sparks; however, instead of this causing the rotor to shatter and the helicopter to simply drop a few metres on the ground, the whole thing just blows up for no clearly defined reason.
** In ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'', the tail rotor of the helicopter the bad guys are using winds up being inadvertently used to puree [[spoiler:Yuri Komorov]], who's knocked off of a building the helicopter was flying near, during a fight with [[spoiler:the junior John [=McClane=]]], in a DisneyDeath subversion.
* A helicopter crashes at the end of ''Film/IfLooksCouldKill'' and its rotor blades come off and pursue the hero across a rooftop.
* In ''Film/HotShots'', the President exits his helicopter and lifts his baseball cap to greet those waiting for him. There's a BZZZZZZ sound before the President puts his now-shredded cap back on.
* A similar effect (albeit with the propeller of an experimental flying-wing craft) shredded the Nazi pugilist in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* In the finale of ''Film/TheExpendables2'' Lee Christmas fights with [[AllThereInTheManual Hector]] (the Sangs' [[TheDragon Dragon]]) near the starting chopper. Their [[GoodOldFisticuffs punch-up]] brings them near the tail rotor, after which both start to try to push each other into the blades. [[LudicrousGibs Christmas succeeds,]] breaking the rotor in the process.
* ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife''. One character tries to escape a building surrounded by every zombie in Los Angeles, using a Yak-52 prop plane that's crashlanded on the roof. After the plane goes off the roof it swoops so low over the crowd it leaves a large red smear before pulling up.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' had in this in the climax as Cap is trying to make his way to Red Skull's airship. He hitches a ride on a mook's plane and ends up in a fight with another on it. The one driving it tries to tilt the plane to throw Cap off. Cap manages to hang on and, due to the propeller being on the back of the plane, the poor mook he was fighting against falls right into the blades and turns into instant red mist.
** Happens ''again'' in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', this time with a SHIELD Pilot being knocked into the turbine of a quinjet by The Winter Soldier.
** In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Iron Man and Captain America have to stabilize one of the Helicarier's propellers, and Iron Man has to jump in in order to do the repairs. Things go awry and Iron Man winds up getting shredded by the blades; it's a good thing he had his armor on, for if he didn't...
** Shows up [[BlackComedy yet]] [[RunningGag again]] in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', when [[spoiler:Bucky is temporarily re-brainwashed by Zemo and, when Cap [[{{Trainstopping}} keeps his escape chopper from taking off]], he tries to use the still-moving blades to kill him instead. On the bright side, Cap's PlotArmor means this is the first time in his movies that no one dies of this trope.]]
* ''Film/MacheteKills'' had a [[BlackComedy lot of fun with this one]]. First Machete guts Zaror, throwing his intestines into the rotor blades so he's reeled up into them. Then Machete is flying to safety when his helicopter is damaged by mooks in a powerboat. He leaps into the boat then, as the unmanned chopper spins wildly out of control overhead, fires a harpoon into it, attaching the other end to a mook who's pulled into the air and the rotor blades -- the mook gets [[CruelAndUnusualDeath shredded, then blown up with the helicopter]]. Later improved by Machete by attaching his grappling hook to the rotor and using his machete to decapitate mooks faster than the eye can see.
* The hero threatens to do this to a suspect in the film ''Film/{{Basic}}''. The story is about former Army Ranger Tom Hardy being asked by his old friend who's still in the military to investigate what happened during a training exercise that killed a group of Ranger trainees and their notorious DrillSergeantNasty. There are only two living witnesses from the group of trainees, both of whom are telling ''very'' different stories about what happened. At one point, it's revealed that one of the witnesses was definitely lying and Hardy catches up to the guy as he's about to be flown off the base, grabs the guy, and threatens to shove him into the plane's propeller, then interrogates him mere feet from the propeller blade. [[spoiler:Although it turns out to be a subversion, as Hardy and the trainee are actually in cahoots are using the fact that no one else can hear them over the propeller to plan their next move.]]
* ''Film/Holocaust2000'': The new Israeli prime minister is killed when he gets off a plane to hold a press conference by a spinning helicopter blade.

* Appears in Max Brook's ''Literature/WorldWarZ''. During a panicked rout, one helicopter pilot tries to cover the retreat (having run out of ammo) by chopping up zombies with the rotors, but he quickly clips a car and crashes. The soldier being interviewed for that chapter calls him a "Brave, beautiful motherfucker."
* Konrad Knabe describes in his documentary ''Lapin Lentotiedustelijat'' (Lapland Reconnaissance Squadron) an incident where the wife of a Dornier 17 pilot waves farewell to his husband too close to the spinning propeller and gets decapitated.
* In the Literature/AbleTeam action/adventure novels (a spin-off of ''Literature/TheExecutioner'' series) there's a scene where a group of South American bad-guys are terrifying the locals by zooming down at them in their helicopter, pretending to strafe them. One old farmer deliberately runs for a solitary tree knowing that the pilot, flying low and focusing on him, will fly right into it. Fortunately TheDragon points out the danger in time. In an earlier book '[[MrFixit Gadgets]]' Schwatz destroys a helicopter machine-gunning his friends by throwing a roll of barbed wire (he's standing on a cliff above it) whereupon the wire gets sucked into the helicopters rotor blades, locking them together and crashing the chopper.
* Averted in Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/RainbowSix''. A terrorist leader is escaping down the freeway in a Jaguar, and Rainbow's transport helicopter is the only unit available at the moment to follow him. The pilot briefly puzzles over how the hell he's going to stop a car with an unarmed Blackhawk, before he decides to just run parallel with the car about 30 meters off the ground while one of his passengers empties his pistol at the car out the side door. The scene even included a moment where the first attempt to shoot the car failed when the chopper had to pull up suddenly to avoid flying into a road sign.
* In a Franchise/{{Godzilla}} novel, a harpooner is turned into a PinkMist by a helicopter rotor that is torn off by Godzilla during a sea battle with the behemoth.
* Cassie of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' once tried to deliberately jam up a helicopter's blades with her own [[{{Animorphism}} transformed-into-a-humpback whale]] body: a desperate ploy to be sure, but they believed that if Cassie were in the form of a humpback whale, she would survive. And they were correct in predicting that the helicopter wouldn't have survived this attack, and that this particular helicopter was so important that it was worth the risk. The helicopter, seeing an enemy coming down towards its propeller, dodged out of the way and so both the helicopter and Cassie were safe. But as luck would have it, [[TurbineBlender an ordinary seagull got caught in its propeller]], and this was the end of the threat posed by that helicopter. And the poor seagull.
* The novel ''Tin Man'' inverts the trope. The hero wears a suit that makes him invulnerable, and disables a helicopter by deliberately leaping into the rotors.
* Creator/MatthewReilly uses variants of this trope. A mook in ''Scarecrow'' tried to drop Mother onto a helicopter while she was hanging out of the side of a skyscraper, but fell through himself. In ''Temple'' and ''Area 7'', the rotors of a helicopter on the ground are used as an improvised weapon.
* In ''Literature/SnowCrash'', a weapons specialist develops an unmanned drone nicknamed the Whirlwind Reaper. The name is perfectly descriptive.
* In the Creator/StephenKing short story "Battleground", a hitman's fingers are [[{{Fingore}} sliced to the bone]] when he grabs at a fully-functional ''toy'' helicopter while fighting [[ItMakesSenseInContext a set of military miniatures]].
* ''Literature/{{Countdown}}: H Hour'': As a self-inflicted injury, a British doctor ran towards a helicopter that landed on the beach to retrieve a critically wounded soldier, only to run into the chopper's tail rotor. As the book put it: "Think: Cuisinart."
* In ''[[Literature/GreatShip The Memory of Sky]]'', a hovering VTOL aircraft has one of its engines blasted off by a [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelin's]] autocannon, causing the propeller to get sheared off from stress and fly straight through the zeppelin's gondola, slicing a technician in half and eviscerating another.
* In the ''Literature/WildCards'' story "Warts and All" from ''Aces Abroad'', Troll dispatches a villain by throwing her into a helicopter's rotors.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'' a careless move during a landing in a blizzard costs Dr. Romano an arm. He gets it back, [[spoiler:but not well enough to continue as a surgeon]]. Then later on in the series he is killed [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill by that same helicopter crashing down on top of him in a fireball of death]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh-kw3DOIgk Seen here,]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8Bj0BAmKuM here.]]
* ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'': In the first episode, the Torchwood team narrowly avoids getting blended by the rotor of a helicopter that they just shot down.
* On ''Series/{{Revenge}}'', Conrad pushes Pascal into a helicopter's propellers.
* In the first season finale of ''Series/FearTheWalkingDead'', an infected soldier is running around in a panic when the military is evacuating their base [[spoiler:as it's overrun by zombies]], and runs straight into the tail rotor of one of the helicopters waiting to lift off.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' introduced helicopters to the series as a vehicle you could drive, and this trope came as part of the package. It's difficult to pull off in a full-sized rig, but it will kill whoever you manage to hit. Somehow, the ''RC'' helicopter can do this, too, which is actually vitally important in the story mission where you use it (it's the only way to take out the armed guards). You know you're living in ViceCity when even kids' toys [[MyLittlePanzer double as a lethal weapon]].
** Hobby grade radio controlled helicopters are actually quite deadly. You're talking about a machine with a 4hp engine swinging 600mm carbon fiber blades at 2200rpm. Even the small 500 class machines are basically flying lawnmowers with 1500 watt brushless electric motors and 430mm blades that can easily dismember and kill if it hits someone.
** One of the missions in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' ends with ''both'' versions of this trope: a police helicopter tilts forward, threatening to slice up the protagonists' vehicle, and a police officer on the hood of said vehicle ends up minced in the process.
** In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', helicopter blending is the most popular (if not the only) pastime in online multiplayer. In "Chopper vs. Chopper" mode of ''The Lost And Damned'' add-on, this is one of the best ways to kill your opponent.
*** There's even a friendly variation involving [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtxhEmShETA a tall building, a helicopter, and a physics glitch.]]
* In ''VideoGame/UrbanChaosRiotResponse'', after you shoot some hostage-taking psycho he will [[RailingKill fall off the edge of the building]] and get cut to pieces by the T-Zero helicopter much to the annoyance of the pilot ("Damn it Mason, I only just got it cleaned!")
* In ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter2'', the heavily-armored FinalBoss can [[PuzzleBoss only be killed]] by using the knockback from a shotgun to knock him into a handy helicopter's tail rotor. At least this one isn't in the air...
* Peahat in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' attacks like this in some games.
* Bystanders in ''[=SimCopter=]'' can be killed or injured by the rotary blades while landing. You lose points for doing so unless it's a fleeing criminal.
* An aversion of this concludes ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. After stealing the final [[MacGuffin sample]], [[spoiler: Ada]] jumps off of a platform. Less than five seconds later, a helicopter rises over the platform ''with [[spoiler: Ada]] in the passenger compartment.'' Granted, she has a grappling hook able to zip her around quite well, so she could have dropped past it and hooked onto a skid (with a really good pilot and ''really'' good timing), but it's double-take worthy. Just accept it as an application RuleOfCool
* One of the missions in the ''VideoGame/SpiderMan2'' video game features Spidey chasing a copter. While the copter doesn't try to blender you, a few careless swings can result in you crashing into the rotor, which ''hurts''.
* In ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'', the helicopter mini-bosses use this technique. While it may be tempting to go into slo-mo mode and pound away at the chopper while it's flying, you'll lose valuable VFX power if the blades are spinning and pink.
* One of the bosses in ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}: Hard Corps'' uses this as an attack, complete with sparks flying as it grinds towards the vertical shaft walls. Might be justified in that it's meant to be a versatile killer mecha to begin with, but it's probably more of a question of RuleOfCool being in effect, considering this is [[TestosteronePoisoning Contra]] we're talking about.
** The helicopter mini-bosses from Level 2 in ''VideoGame/HardCorpsUprising'' will occasionally land on either side of the screen and throw their blades at the players.
** ''Neo Contra'' has one even more ridiculous example an aversion to boot - ever seen a man [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwNNdbW5Dlk RUNNING on the blade]] and [[RuleOfCool fighting enemy robots at once]]?
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', during the battle, Palmer narrowly escapes being beheaded by the Tiny Bronco's propeller and runs away mocking the heroes, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments only to be run over by an inexplicably and suddenly incoming truck]].
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty4ModernWarfare'' has a helicopter being shot down and digging itself into the ground while sliding towards the player and his partner. The latter frantically tries to get away from the blades, which come to a stop just before hitting him. He's still injured in the process, though, and you have to carry him around for the rest of the level.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'':
** In [[ThatOneLevel Ravenholm]], there are several makeshift devices that are basically helicopter blenders, without the helicopter. Such a device is just an engine with a scrap-metal blade crudely attached to the drive shaft. It cuts zombies, and you, if you're not careful, in half!
** From the same game are "manhacks", which are spinning, flying, bladed robots about the size of a football. Their goal is to fly into you and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin do what their name says]]. Between their own clumsiness and the [[BlownAcrossTheRoom knockback from your weapons]], they spend a lot of time grinding against concrete walls and other immovable objects, with no apparent ill effect.
* In the Wolverine Origins game, Wolvie's status quo for taking down a helicopter is to pounce on its windshield, punch through it, pull out the pilot, and stuff his head up into the blades.
* You can do this in (at least the DS version) of the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' game of the movie when using a helicopter form, but it only really works on random vehicles driving around, and only damages them a little bit.
** In the [=PS2=]/Xbox-360 versions of the ''Transformers'' movie games, Blackout and Grindor use their helicopter rotors as powerful melee weapons, swinging them (folded up) as swords or unfurling them to spin them. As could be expected, these characters do the second highest melee damage in the games, second only to Megatron, quickly trashing large numbers of the smaller enemies with every swing. (Especially visible during Blackout's boss fight vs Ironhide).
* Inverted with Yoshimitsu from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' and ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'': He's a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg ninja]] who has a spinning hand and a [[LaserBlade Laser Katana]]. In this case, the primary use is combat, flying is just an [[MundaneUtility added benefit]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 3'' lets you choose a jet or a helicopter as your starting vehicle in its final mission. If you choose the helicopter, you can fly under the soldiers parachuting down, and slice them dead with the rotor.
* In ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople: Baddest of the Bands'', this happens to What's Her Face when Strong Bad uses a [[FakeBand Limozeen]] coloring book to create "WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad [[CrossOver Meets Limozeen]]".
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', the blades of the various escape helicopters aren't instant-kill, but they do deal out a nice chunk of damage, and then very quickly do it again, so odds are it ''will'' kill you. Normally this wouldn't concern the Survivors (unless you're playing Low Gravity), but Specials like the high-flying Hunter and Jockey can get chopped up if they aren't careful with their last-ditch attacks.
* In ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonNeon'', Skullmageddon deploys a Killacopter to take out the Lee brothers at several points during the game. In Mission 6, after its initial missile barrage fails, the pilot attacks them by turning the chopper ''upside down'' so that the blades deal serious damage by shredding everything underneath. Lampshades abound.
* A variation in ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'' in which [[CombiningMecha Bruticus]] uses Vortex's rotors as a shield.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'', Nick Ramos kicks General Hemlock into the still spinning blades of a crashed helicopter.
* ''VideoGame/RideToHellRetribution'' has a sequence in which Jake must jump over a helicopter on his motorcycle. Failing to get enough speed results in the inevitable...[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments and causes the helicopter to spin out of control and crash before the Game Over screen pops up]].
* In the mobile/Steam versions of ''VideoGame/BloonsTowerDefense 5'', the Heli Pilot's 3/x upgrade qualifies as this, as it deals damage to any bloons the Heli Pilot flies over.
* Discussed in ''VideoGame/TonyHawksUnderGround'' when the protagonist decides to do a [=McTwist=] while jumping over a police helicopter.
-->'''Eric Sparrow''': You serious? You miss your ollie and we'll be sending you back to Jersey in a coffee can!
* Starting in ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'', rotary blades on badniks tend to damage Sonic and company if struck. The boss of Hydropolis is all about this trope, in fact, as Eggman tries to suck you up into the propeller on the underside of his vehicle.
* The above is given a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]] callback in ''VideoGame/SonicMania'''s Hydropolis Act 1: you take control of the vehicle from the original Act 2 and try to suck Eggman into the propeller!

* Gordon Frohman does this unintentionally to a Combine Gunship with a Combine Soldier uniform in ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}''. Loads of Combine Soldiers are killed after the Gunship lost control when its turbine was wrecked in the blending process. Funnier than it sounds.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'', two of the characters argue if helicopter blades either cleanly slice peoples' heads off or causes skull-shattering blunt trauma.
* The thirty-eighth ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' plays this for laughs in a CrossesTheLineTwice sense, playing up the {{gorn}} to incredible heights.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* From the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse:'' A group of bank robbers tried this against Ultra-Man during their getaway. The rotors snapped off and the helicopter crashed (well... it fell about eight feet) to the roof of the bank) because Ultra-Man is NighInvulnerable.
* In their LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', the LetsPlay/FreelanceAstronauts lament the inability to pick up hookers while piloting a helicopter. Maxwell tilts the helicopter in the direction of the hooker, and there's nothing left of said hooker except a bright red cloud.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{Bunnykill}} 5'', [[spoiler:this is how Dust finally finishes off Smoke, combining this with ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks and ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice]].
* In one of the Literature/BinderOfShame stories, everyone has derailed the campaign and is on the run from the law. El Disgusto's ninja finds his path blocked by a police helicopter and attempts to jump his motorcycle over it using a crashed police car as a ramp.
-->"But my character's a ninja!
-->"Correction. Your character was a ninja. Now he's confetti, [[LudicrousGibs wet red confetti]].
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Seto Kaiba falls victim to this when he does an overly dramatic pose from his helicopter with his index finger pointed high.
--> '''Kaiba:''' Don't forget to register and pick up your Duel Disks, because exactly one week from tod--''(slice)''--AAH! MY FINGER! IT CAME CLEAN OFF! SOMEONE CALL AN AMBULANCE! Mokuba, can't you fly this helicopter properly?\\
'''Mokuba:''' Sorry, bro.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Many ''{{Transformers}}'' with helicopter alternate modes can do this, in part because their rotors usually become a sword or blade weapon, and partly because they ''are'' the copter and can thus maneuver correctly without falling. Blades of the G1 Protectabots even gets his name because of how fond he is of doing so.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' has the band telling their current helicopter chef that all their previous helicopter chefs have died in freak accidents. Cue an unsettling grinding sound as the chopper goes off-balance and the chef freaks out -- then cut to the pilot assuring them that "we're just chewing through a few thousand doves up here; don't worry, the rotors will grind them into paste in no time." Later, the chef is launched out a window ''upwards'' into the blades and [[AmusingInjuries torn to shreds]]. He got better... mostly.
** This is ''Dethklok's'' personal transport chopper we're talking about. Whatever ungodly strong material the rotor is made from, it's probably designed to do this kind of thing.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' parodies this trope; a series of quick skits throughout the episode feature a parade of increasingly ridiculous objects falling off a cliff and getting shredded by the rotors of a nearby helicopter; the final skit has the helicopter falling over the cliff and into ''another helicopter''.
* In an episode of the ''SamAndMax'' animated series, the duo are sent on an important mission in a forgotten corner of Central Park. How are they to parachute down through the dense canopy of trees, inquires Max? Simple. That's what the blades are for, says Sam, as the helicopter flips upside down.
* An old ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' cartoon by Hanna-Barbera showed Yogi flying a helicopter upside-down over the treetops, trimming them all to the same height like a lawn mower.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', the Falcon's pet falcon, Redbird (a ButtMonkey of epic degree... like Falcon himself) flies out of the SHIELD Helicarrier. An instant after Falcon yells "Watch for the rotors!" we hear the sound of a buzzsaw. [[spoiler: Redbird only suffered AmusingInjuries.]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the Peter-Copter crashes on Joe's lawn, and proceeds to shred it apart.
** Another episode has the drunken pilot for the local news chopper die; the retrospective of his career includes a moment where he blenders several dozen people at a baseball game.
* At the end of an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', the obnoxious "[[{{Troll}} Wisdom Cube]]" is floating above the Aqua Teen's house taunting them, and is suddenly shredded by a helicopter which passes by [[RuleOfFunny for no reason]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents'' episode "Just The Two Of Us", Trixie tries to [[IfICantHaveYou kill Timmy for dumping her]] by attempting to shoot him with missiles from a military helicopter. When it turns out that the missiles are sold separately, she tries to shred him with the blades.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Steve become a ShellShockedVeteran after attending a UsefulNotes/VietnamWar ''[[WarReenactors reenactment]]''; at one point, the sight of a spinning lawn sprinkler triggers an {{Art Shift}}ed flashback where he sees one poor soldier get sliced in half vertically by the propeller flung from a destroyed helicopter.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In "Triumvirate of Terror!", Batman uses the blades of his Whirly-Bat to slash the envelope of the Joker's blimp.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': "Herbicidal Maniac" has General Skarr fly through the air and up into a helicopter's blades after his lawnmower blows up:
-->''"Phew. It's funny, I had this foreboding feeling I was going to be accidentally mulched. Hm. AHHHH!!!"''

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Parachutists getting killed by rotor blades is unfortunately TruthInTelevision.
** ''All'' skydiving students are always taught to approach the jump plane from rear. Now and then someone tends to forget it and walks into spinning propeller. With obvious results.
* Very sadly TruthInTelevision in the case of ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' - Vic Morrow and two child actors were killed rather horribly by a helicopter being used in filming that spun out of control and struck them, due to the director's insistence that the helicopter pilot fly lower and lower, and the fact that he worked the pilot past the point of exhaustion, completely ignoring film industry safety regulations. [[note]]Pyrotechnic explosions hit the helicopter in flight, and it crashed at the exact angle for its blades to hit the three actors; Morrow and one of the children were decapitated instantly. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djVBzrucNLY The accident can be seen - from multiple angles - here.]] It's not as graphic as you'd expect, but it's still a terrible, terrible thing.[[/note]] Director John Landis was charged with negligent manslaughter, but [[KarmaHoudini eventually acquitted.]]
* Boris Sagal, director of ''Film/TheOmegaMan'' and Katey Sagal's father died in a similar way; he was nearly decapitated when he walked into the tail rotor blades of a helicopter during the filming of the miniseries ''World War III''.
* Vietnam-era Huey helicopters had unusually tough rotor blades. Pilots, when called to extract troops from clearings which hadn't been cleared quite well enough, would sometimes use this to their advantages, and essentially chop their way down low enough through the tree branches (though not trunks; bamboo are fair game though) - it's not blending people, but it's still awesome.
** This is not without drawbacks, though; The impact of chopping would deform the blades, making the return trip harder. Basically, this stunt can be used in a pinch, but not to be used every sortie.
* Aircraft propellers are generally stronger than helicopter blades, but an intentional application of this trope during UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 deserves mention. Two USMC aviators were tasked with intercepting a Japanese reconnaissance aircraft that was spotting for kamikaze attacks, flying 1000 feet above the theoretical maximum altitude of US interceptor aircraft. The guns on the aircraft malfunctioned due to their lubricating oil freezing up, so instead they closed on the aircraft and used their propellers to attack the Japanese aircraft, and forced it down. The pilot credited with the kill, Bob Klingman, lost about 6 inches off each tip of the propeller of his aircraft in the process.
** This occurred under other circumstances during the War. One Marine fighter pilot during the Battle of Guadalcanal used the propeller of his Wildcat fighter to chop the tail off a Japanese float plane after he ran out of ammunition.
** The Russians actually had this down to a [[RammingAlwaysWorks combat maneuver called the "Taran" ("Ram")]]. It doesn't necessarily involve chopping the enemy plane with your own propeller[[note]]Hitting him with a more solid part of your plane, especially in the era of jet fighters that kinda lacked propellers, and were generally sturdier than prop ones, which often had wooden/fabric wingtips and empennage, was equally frequent[[/note]], but it ''was'' one of the preferred ways to do it. Naturally, this was a one-time extreme measure for the planes with wooden propellers, but those with the metal ones can actually do it multiple times in a single sortie and be repaired next day as said above, WWII planes often had wooden extremities that didn't fare well against the hardened aluminum "blenders".
* Speaking of aircraft propellers, suffice it to say that there's a ''reason'' ground crews are expressly forbidden from walking underneath the wings of a multi-engine turboprop while the engines are running. A moment's inattention can be and frequently has been fatal under those circumstances.
* Again speaking of aircraft propellers, the Internet is chock full of photos and videos of general aviation airfields, where the small plane violence agains each other is endemic. Small spaces, tight aprons, dubious competence of many amateur pilots and an often cavalier attitude to safety ensure that a lot of planes end up chopped up by their peers.
* During the US invasion of Panama, a special operation was mounted to retrieve an American citizen who'd been held in captivity, but the helicopter was shot down and one of his rescuers was struck in the head by the still-rotating blades as they exited. Amazingly however, he would not only regain consciousness but had the presence of mind to check on the "precious cargo" before leading him to a safer position.
* During the filming of ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', Creator/SeanConnery was nearly killed when the helicopter got too close to him.
* Witness a helicopter almost [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3Pp4vOr3SE blending itself]]! Luckily, military choppers are made to survive light blade strikes... some can actually keep flying if one of five blades is entirely cut off.
* The Kamov Ka-50 'Black Shark' has ejection seats. To prevent this trope applying to its own crew, it has explosive charges in the rotor hubs to forcibly detach the blades.
* At one time, aircraft propellers were actually started by a man going up, grabbing a propeller blade, and shoving it down. Many observers were terrified of what might happen. (Compare with the ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' scene.)
** There is at least one instance of this happening to a dog during the early days of flight. An English pilot was preparing to do a Channel crossing, when a dog ran onto the tarmac and in front of the plane as the pilot was throttling up. There was not much left of the unfortunate pooch.
* There has been at least one fatal incident reported at Dobbins ARB in Georgia. Apparently, during a routine "run-up" test of one of the Blackhawks, where the turbines engines of the helicopter are started and throttled up, but the rotor is prevented from rotating by disconnecting from the turbine shaft, a pilot climbed on top of the helicopter for an inspection. As she did, her copilot below continued to run the throttle, but accidentally began pushing it higher than safety standards allowed. As a result, the rotor shaft suddenly reconnected with the turbine shaft, and the rotors immediately began spinning, catching the pilot on top with them. The results were...less than pleasant.
* Diverted by helicopters which have intermeshing rotors, such as Kaman HH-43 Huskie. Those helicopters have two parallel sets of rotors, whose blades rotate in syncronicity with the rotor arcs intersecting each other.
* [[http://www.bst-tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2004/a04p0033/a04p0033.asp This accident]] sounds like something from an episode of ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', but it really happened:
-->The imbalance resulting from the loss of one of only two main-rotor blades shook the helicopter violently. The main-rotor transmission tilted forward, port, aft, and starboard as the top of the mast was pulled away from its centre of rotation. The tube-frame main structure was deformed and broken, and the aft cabin fire wall was deformed forward. The deformation of the cabin fire wall allowed the pilot restraint system to loosen, and the pilot's body was ejected through the windshield into the path of the remaining main-rotor blade.