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->''"Gasp! My theory was true! Spike'' can ''fly! FLY DOG! FLY!"''
-->-- '''Rob''', ''WebAnimation/{{Siblings}}'', "Dog Daze of Boredom"

This is a creature that flies using an organic propeller instead of wings. Though [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagellum some bacterial life forms]] in RealLife really do move this way, it is impossible in more complex organisms, because such a structure requires at least two separate parts and there'd be no way for their nerves, veins, ''et cetera'' to make it from one to the other.[[note]] This doesn't ''absolutely'' rule it out, of course; it just requires that there be distinct "growing" and "operating" phases, with the separation occurring between the two.[[/note]] It does tend to show up in [[SpeculativeFiction fiction]], though, largely due to the RuleOfCool and because [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning everything is better with spinning.]]

Often a subtrope of BizarreAlienLocomotion, always a SubTrope of InstantFlightJustAddSpinning. See also HelicopterHair, EarWings.

%% No human examples, please, unless they wear animal costumes. They go to HelicopterHair.


* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n-91HzOsQg this commercial]] for Energizer batteries, the Energizer Bunny uses his ears to hover.
* In a few old [=MetLife=] ads, [[{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}} Snoopy]] flies using his ears as helicopter blades(as depicted in the page image).

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the GrandFinale of ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'', The Big Cheese is seen using his tail as a helicoptor propeller. ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fans find it hillarious in hindsight, considering that he was a Fox in the Japanese version.
* ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'': Sneagator's frill-necked lizard form allows him to fly by spinning the neck frill like a propeller. He also uses it like a buzzsaw.
* Goku does this in ''Manga/DragonBall'' a few times by spinning his tail.
* Mocchi of ''Anime/DearS'' does this in omake with its ears.
* In ''Anime/DiGiCharat'', Rabi~en~Rose uses the ears of her bunny costume to fly.
* Funnily enough, [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Flying_Buizel.png at least one Buizel actually does copy Tails' flight method]] in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, complete with identical aerial posture and helicopter-tails.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* FrancoBelgianComics example: ''[[http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Flagada Le Flagada]]'', created by Charles Degotte. A weird yellow bird who flies not through wings but with his rotor-like tail.
* Flagada makes a couple of cameos in ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'', as a disguise (which doesn't fly) or a fancy desk fan (which ''does'' fly, and [[RunningGag wrecks De Mesmaeker's contracts]]).

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Snoopy from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is sometimes seen using his ears as a propeller. One particular strip has RealityEnsues when after utilizing this ability, Snoopy has an abrupt crash landing due to his ears becoming too tangled up from the spinning.
-->'''Linus:''' That's the first time in my life I've seen a whirlydog!\\
'''Lucy:''' You mean whirlybird -- not whirlydog!\\
''[Snoopy zooms by; Lucy looks shocked]''\\
'''Linus:''' I think if I had ''meant'' whirlybird, I would have ''said'' whirlybird!
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
** Garfield unintentionally does this to ''himself,'' while winding a leg too much preparing for another literal KickTheDog gag with Odie.
** He also has wound up Odie's ears like an airplane propelled on occasion. RealityEnsues when his flight ends as his ears unwind.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the fanfic ''Fanfic/TailsOfTheOldRepublic'', a crossover[=/=]FusionFic between ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' and the videogame ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', Tails the fox has two tails like in the games and other media he regularly features in, and he can [[{{Flight}} fly]] with them, [[BewareMyStingerTail fight]] with them, and even [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]] himself with them. In here, he has two basic flight modes: a general-purpose 'helicopter mode' that has great versatility and a top speed of about 200 MPH, and a much faster and energy-intensive "turbofan mode" (similar to a jet engine) that can propel him up to 600 MPH or higher.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'', Sir Hiss floats by using [[AllBalloonsHaveHelium a bag of air around his head]] and his tail as a propeller.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', Japeth survives when the mine cart he and Red rode off the end of a broken track by using a set of his [[SwissArmyAppendage interchangeable horns]] to do this -- one with rotors. Red's reaction to seeing this is a disbelieving, "What?"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The fan lizard from Creator/JamesCameron' ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. The lizard spins with its fan, so it is slightly more plausible than some other examples.

* The Billywig, a magic insect from Australia, as detailed in ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', a {{defictionaliz|ation}}ed textbook from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* ''Literature/KarlssonOnTheRoof'' by Swedish author Astrid Lingren, about a male person of [[VagueAge indeterminate age]] with a propeller on his back and a button on his stomach to turn it on.
* The biological impossibility of ''wheels'' is [[{{Reconstruction}} reconstructed]] in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', where the wheel are giant seed pods from tree that grow around the animals in question.
* One of Keith Laumer's ''Literature/{{Retief}}'' novels is all about a planet where basically every living creature has spinning parts as basic anatomy. Flying creatures all have propellers, swimming creatures all have turbines, and land-dwellers all have wheels.
* Two creatures are seen in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' that use wheels. Actual, biological wheels, that are part of their body. They are owned by [[BigBad Visser Three]], and each of them could split into two creatures, one wheeled, one flying. They were like organic [[TheEighties '80s]] action figure accessories. The unlikeliness of such creatures [[LampshadeHanging does not pass without mention.]]
%%* In ''Literature/KobitosZukan'' the Greenwing Kobitos do this. %%Needs elaboration!

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' episode "The Whirling Derfish", Bronson swallows a rare whirling derfish and discovers he now has the ability to swim incredibly fast by using his penis as a propeller.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** The Mario Bros themselves are also able to float slowly to the ground if they manage to get spinning fast enough. And in the Galaxy games, they actually manage to imitate helicopters with their arms as the blades, somehow spinning their bodies while their head remains stationary.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' features a green parrot-like enemy that flies using four spinning blades around its neck. A plant enemy has a similar feature at its underside.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Miles "Tails" Prower, the young fox friend of Sonic, uses his two tails to fly and hover like a helicopter.
** Cream the Rabbit, as well. While she usually flies by [[EarWings flapping them]], in ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'', she twirls her ears like a helicopter when preforming a certain POW move, much like the page image above.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Peahats, a species of monstrous plants.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' introduces the marine Seahats.
** The Deku Scrubs in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' use flowers this way. Link himself gains this power when he transforms into one.
* One of the abilities VideoGame/{{Rayman}} gains in the first game and keeps (averting the BagOfSpilling) in the later ones.
* The Flying Fowl family of enemies in ''VideoGame/ShirenTheWanderer'' have these.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Hoppip and Skiploom with leaves and a flower, respectively.
** An aquatic Pokémon named Buizel, partly based on Tails. It doesn't fly, however, but uses its tails as a propeller in water. Though it can create a stream of water to "fly" through when using Aqua Jet. This also applies to its evolved form, Floatzel.
** An unlicensed game for the SNES lets you play as a Chikorita [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woE7zZj4nIk who can fly using the leaf on its head.]]
* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'':
** Dixie Kong from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' uses her ponytail as a propeller.
** Tiny Kong from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' uses her pigtails as a propeller.
** The giant bees from Videogame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat, whose wings twirl around their "torsos". Ironically, the Helibirds are ''not'' examples.
* Conker the squirrel uses his tail this way in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', in the move he dubbed "[[BuffySpeak Helicoptery Tail Thingy]]".
* Possibly the trope namers are flying Critters from ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' which move that way.
* Some of the small ones can be seen in the background of Wii version in ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob'' on Blob's home planet.
* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'':
** Earthworm Jim is able to do this with his... upper body, or whatever would be roughly equivalent to that on a cartoon worm. In the sequel, the manual jokes that due to back strain, he can't do this anymore, and instead he uses Snot to glide.
** Evil the Cat can also do this with his tail in the second game to attack you from above.
* [[UndergroundMonkey Light-blue slimes]] in ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'' have propellers that pop-out when they leap.
* The snipes (small, spherical bird-like creatures) in ''VideoGame/SpiralKnights'' move by twirling their wings around their midsection.
* In ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarisaLand'', Marisa using the Reisen suit gains limited flight from spinning her bunny ears. It's more of a double jump technique but because it can be used to reverse a fall it's technically flight.
* The Really Flying Mouse enemy from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', which is a {{Cyborg}} mouse that has had a propeller and a jetpack grafted onto it by the Pigmasks.
* Rocket Raccoon in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' can use his tail to hover for a short time.
* The rabbits in the ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit'' games would use their ears as a propeller to float.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter 3 Ultimate'' gives us Duramboros and its subspecies, who can launch themselves into the air simply though spinning using their heavy tails. If in [[TurnsRed rage mode]] they only need one swing to launch themselves into the air.
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 6'' has a Venusian alien called the Smasher, it resembles a crab-like thing that spins its legs like a helicopter to fly before inflating itself to smash down on you.
* In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax'', the plume of Lomax's helmet can work like this if you have the proper ability.
* The Ice Dragon from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'' uses its tail as a propeller to fly.
* Pom's Pilot Pup in ''VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds'' flies by spinning its tail.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In WebAnimation/SilverQuill's "After the Fact: Amending Fences", upon seeing Pinkie Pie using her tail to fly (see the example in Western Animation below), the hippogriff gets jealous (part of a running gag about him taking a very long time to get a flying animation). So Silver Quill tries to copy Pinkie by spinning his own tail, but has no control over it and is sent flying backward.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE'' has Helipaths, tentacled creatures who fly using this method.
* An ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' strip uses this as a theoretical explanation for the burning question of ''how the hell [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Doduo]] can learn fly''. Answer: by spinning its two heads (and necks).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Muttley from ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' sometimes uses his tail as a propeller.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** The short ''Go Fly a Kit'' is about a kitten who was raised by an eagle and learns to fly by spinning its tail.
** WesternAnimation/BugsBunny sometimes uses his ears as a propeller.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts'':
** WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck also uses his tail as a propeller in ''Alpine Climbers''.
** As with a seagull seen in the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' short ''Mickey and the Seagull''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Ralph Wiggum's ImaginaryFriend uses his tail (in some unspecified manner) to fly.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the very first episode, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon Mare in the Moon]]", upon seeing Rarity for the first time, Spike spins the tip of his dragon tail, although using it only as propeller: the actual lift is provided by LoveFloats.
** In the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox The Cutie Pox]]", Apple Bloom gets herself airborne with her tail. It's a lesser example in that she doesn't do it just with her tail, but by spinning a hula hoop at high speed.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E12AmendingFences Amending Fences]]", Pinkie is shortly seen flying by spinning her tail. This being Pinkie Pie, the only surprising thing about it is that she hadn't done it sooner.
* Marlon the mynah bird from ''WesternAnimation/TheBradyKids'' would fly by spinning his tail feathers like a rotor.
* The title character of ''Animation/TheRabbitWithTheCheckeredEars'' can spin said checkered ears like a propeller to fly to the aid of the human cast, as they are longer than the rest of its body.
* Jargonaise from ''WesternAnimation/TheLingoShow'' spins the feathers on top of her head like a propeller as her method of flight.
* A couple of the spirits in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' have propellers.
* Finder (Experiment 158) from ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' can use his ears to fly like a helicopter in order to help others find things.