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Shooting a person out of a cannon is done in RealLife as a stage act. In fiction, it's a practical way to travel long distances instantly. This is especially popular in video games.

Fiction treats being shot out of a cannon in a very literal way. Cannons used for this purpose in RealLife are powered by a large spring or compressed air, but those in fiction use gunpowder, and are often set off by lighting a fuse. (Any explosions you might see in circus acts are just for show. Using gunpowder to fire a living person becomes less like a human cannonball and more like [[LudicrousGibs human grapeshot]].) Their range is even longer than that of real artillery -- often on the countrywide or even interplanetary scale.

Expect the ballistic passenger to make a sudden stop by hitting a wall or a solid piece of ground (or [[SoftWater water]]) at the other end. In some works, there will be no apparent effect of gravity on anyone in midflight, meaning [[NoArcInArchery their flight path will be a completely straight line from point A to B]].

May be done with [[CatapultToGlory a large medieval catapult]] in comical settings.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* One filler villain in the ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' anime has developed a martial art based on being a human cannonball. His entire army uses it.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Kuukaku Shiba sent Ichigo and co. to the Sereitei this way. It's also the only to get around [[spoiler:the "Palaces" of the Zero Squad]] and then to [[spoiler:the Spirit King's palace.]]
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Yahiko befriends a girl named Marimo who performs this act in the [[CircusBrat circus she works for.]] At the end of the episode, Sanosuke picks up the cannon and uses it as shoulder-mounted artillery to fire her at the VillainOfTheWeek.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The Circus of Crime in Creator/MarvelComics is, you guessed it, a traveling circus that doubles as a criminal outfit. One of its mainstays is the Human Cannonball, who is fired at enemies while wearing a suit of armor that makes him invulnerable to harm.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]], Lilith is placed in a canister and blasted out of a magnetic railgun. In a nod to what would [[RealityEnsues normally happen]] in such situations, it's [[HandWave handwaved]] by saying the gun fired at "minimum power." Plus, she's a Siren, so her physiology is [[SuperToughness more robust]].
* ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}'': When [[AntiHero Wonder Shadow]] formed her giant crossbow, [[FlyingBrick Vicky]] became the ammo.
-->It took perhaps a few more moments than it had for her-which likely said something about the relationship between Sophia and the rest-but in a matter of moments, Sophia was holding out a massive, glimmering black crossbow.\\
Despite its size, Sophia held it up with ease, took careful aim, and fired.\\
Glory Girl, encased in a black forcefield shaped like a bolt, led out another startled cry as she was shot towards the tank, piercing straight through it.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In the Crosby/Hope comedy ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Zanzibar]]'' one of the scams the duo run is a human-cannonball act; it turns out Hope's character hides in a secret compartment in the base of the cannon and it's a dummy that gets launched out. (And catches fire, and crashes into a tent, and causes an entire carnival to [[DisasterDominoes burn down]].)


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Sue decides to use a Human Cannonball as a gimmick in the cheerleading routine to win another National Championship. Sue has a very cartoonish way of looking at the world and in her delusion completely ignored how dangerous this stunt is outside a cartoon. Her top cheerleaders tell her she is crazy and quit the team in protest.
* This is the deployment method for the Super Zeozords, Red Battlezord, and Warrior Wheel in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'': Being shot out of a cannon.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''King David's Spaceship'' or "A Spaceship For The King" by Creator/JerryPournelle uses a variant of this because... supposedly they weren't sophisticated enough for orbital rockets and yet were inexplicably able to build a cannon firing a steady stream of explosive propulsion shells at the rear end of the capsule.
* Jules Verne's ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'', although the characters at least use a vehicle there. While Verne's calculations are surprisingly close to the truth considering the lack of data at his time, in RealLife the resulting G-forces (around 22000 g) would have crushed the vehicle and its passengers.


[[folder: Music ]]

* "Hugo the Human Cannonball" by Music/RayStevens. One of his darker songs. The title character flies 250 feet into the air, looks down and realizes he's going to miss the net, then splatters all over the upper bleachers.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} had to use a cannon as transportation when his company was cutting back on travel budgets.


[[folder: Pinball ]]

* In ''[[Pinball/BugsBunnysBirthdayBall Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball]]'', the SkillShot consists of launching Wile E. Coyote out of a cannon to chase the Road Runner.


[[folder: Theme Parks]]

* ''Ride/SpaceMountain'' at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland Paris]] has guests being shot into space via a giant cannon, in homage to ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon''.


[[folder: Toys ]]
* Parker Brothers had a game in 1990 called ''Flying Pirates'' which featured nutty pirates using this method to board an enemy ship. (The game itself involved each player having a toy ship, where the objective was to launch the small figures onto the opponent's ship; first player to tip the opposing ship over wins.)

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/DT3'' has cannons that launch the player so fast that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0czGDbvwUko you apparently trail rainbows]]
* In the ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob'' Wii game, one of the jellybeans transforms a blob into a cannon. A boy is one of things that can go in the cannon to be shot and there occasionally happens to be an enemy that can be shot from there too.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/AeroTheAcroBat''. Aero on several occasions launches themselves out of a cannon to get somewhere, but it's the air powered circus type complete with 'FWHOOMP!' sound effect.
* The artillery cannon in ''VideoGame/{{Clonk}}'' provides a quick way of getting clonks over large canyons or mountains.
* Most matches in ''VideoGame/CustomRobo'' start out like this, if Transforming Miniature Robot Cannon Cube doesn't stretch the definition too much.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''. Barrel cannons. Heck, the spinoff ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongBarrelBlast''/''Jet Race'' uses them as [[{{Jetpack}} jetpacks]]!
* Used offensively in ''VideoGame/{{Dwarfs}}'' Each outpost has a cannon that can be loaded with its patrolling warrior dwarves and fired at whatever you need dead.
* A catapult version is done in ''[[VideoGame/{{Hexen}} Hexen 2]]'', to get over a wall at one point in the game. However, you have to position yourself so that it only flings you far enough to pass the wall: letting it toss you high enough into the air will cause you to take falling damage when you land.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' sometimes uses these to get from place to place. They serve as "beat the clock" challenges, because Kirby has to light the fuse and get inside the cannon before it goes off.
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''-style floating cannons appear in ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' (''Ultra''), and later, ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'' and ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' and in a similar minigame in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', although the catapult used before the stealth scene in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' might also count.
* A good way to get around in ''VideoGame/LittleKingsStory'' is to purchase and use giant cow cannons, which made getting back to places like the Skull Plains a lot less difficult.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Jumper}}'', there are "shooters", pink boxes which Ogmo can hop in to be shot in direction indicated by spinning cursor. Variations include blue faster ones (''Jumper Redux'') and one-time use yellow ones (''Jumper Two Editor''). ''VideoGame/MoneySeize'', a game by the same author, features those as well.
* ''VideoGame/CarnEvil'' has the player getting into a cannon to launch them up to the top of the tent.
* Near the beginning of ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' Guybrush can earn some money by letting the acrobatic Fetuccini brothers use him as a guinea pig for their human cannonball act, with a cooking pot as a makeshift helmet. Much later, he uses the same technique to shoot himself out of his ship's cannon in order to reach the shores of Monkey Island.
* In the final stage of ''VideoGame/{{Miner 2049er}}'', Bounty Bob has to load a cannon with TNT and then shoot himself out of it. Overloading the cannon will produce a fatal explosion.
* A bonus event in ''VideoGame/{{Pilotwings}} 64'' has you launch yourself into a target in this manner.
* The Mistralton Gym in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' is rife with this kind of transportation. The second-to-last one before your meeting with Skyla is... [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments maladjusted]].
* ''VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures:''
** In the original game, King El Zebulos launches Sparkster out of a cannon as a means of getting from Stage 3 (LethalLavaLand) to Stage 4 ([[AirborneAircraftCarrier airship]]).
** In the [[UsefulNote/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]] spin-off, ''Sparkster'', in the seventh level, Sparkster is shot into [[SpaceZone space]] with a cannon, starting up an UnexpectedShmupLevel.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', the only way out of the Russian unit Bullfrog is via the "Man Cannon". It's portrayed more realistically though since the infantry units descend with parachutes after being fired from the cannon.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'s'' "A Clockwork Syringe" quest, firing yourself out of the cannon ''directly'' is too dangerous, so you weld a chain to the cannonball, attach a barrel to it, and ride in that instead! In "Between a rock" quest. player is launched out of the cannonball towards a rock wall with a golden helmet on.
* Comes up occasionally in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', one of the more fun ways of getting around Oil Ocean Zone is to shoot yourself out of the various cannons dotted throughout the level.
** In the Carnival Night Zone in ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic 3]]'', circus cannons appear throughout both acts, and allow the player to launch themselves into the air, and one is used to enter the next zone after the boss battle.
** ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' features cannons where how it fires will depend on who the team leader is when you enter it.
** Also in ''Sonic Heroes'', during the Bullet Station Zone the player team will occasionally use a really big cannon, which is the size of an entire building.
* ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' has a ninja level that allows you to do this, though ''human cannonball'' might be a bit of a misnomer.
* Several stages in the Subspace Emissary mode of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' feature the barrel cannons as a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''.
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' has many tracks, often those based on the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series, where you get launched out of a cannon.
** From ''Mario Kart: Double Dash!!'' there is DK Mountain.
** From ''Mario Kart DS'' there is Waluigi Pinball.
** ''Mario Kart Wii'' has three tracks where you are fired out of a cannon: DK Summit (DK's Snowboard Cross) in the Flower Cup, Maple Treeway in the Star Cup, and DK Mountain, which returns in the Lightning Cup.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', probably once per game now. There are pipe cannons in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', cannons in various levels in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', a giant cannon that launches you to Pinna Park in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', cannons in space in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', cannons used as a WarpZone in ''New Super Mario Bros''...
** ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' had Wario's Battle Canyon in the original, where this was the only method of transport between areas.
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' had a giant Bob-Omb-powered cannon used to launch Mario to the moon...
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terramex}}'', you need to do this to cross a lake. By the time you reach the cannon, you will have collected three kegs of gunpowder of varying sizes. Use too much gunpowder and you will end up smashing yourself against a mountain, too little and you will fall into the lake. Choose wisely. [[spoiler: It's the medium sized keg.]]
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand Shake It'' has this as a way of travel in several levels. Sometimes even with moving cannons.
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' Pit gets shot out as more an "Angel Cannonball". He doesn't like the idea one bit.
* Used as an actual ImprovisedWeapon in one level on ''VideoGame/TheOutfoxies''.
* [[PirateGirl May's]] new [[OneHitKill Instant Kill]] move in VideoGame/GuiltyGear X-Sign is basically this. She grabs her opponent, stuffs him/her inside the [[CoolAirship Mayship's]] ''actual'' cannon and, with the help of her best friend April, she ''shoots him/her off'' from there. It's both [[Awesome/GuiltyGear awesome]] and [[Funny/GuiltyGear hilarious]].
* Cannon travel is a staple of ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' games (featured in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAdventure'', ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', and ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'')--just hop in and shoot off, as your characters don't ever have to worry about fall damage!
* Unsurprisingly, the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} video game ''Human Cannonball'' is all about this trope. The player must set the cannon's position, angle, and blast strength in order to shoot the subject into a water tank.
* In ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon The Legend of the Mystical Ninja]]'', the protagonists are offered a ride to Izumo in a "Miracle Flying Transport," which turns out to be a cannon. It misfires, and they wind up at Tengu Mountain instead.
* ''[[VideoGame/MonsterHunter Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate]]'' features the Artillery Mask for your [[NonHumanSidekick Shakalaka companions]] to wear. The mask's special power is to turn the wearer into a cannon and fire the other Shakalaka out of it, making for a surprisingly effective projectile.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Scribblenauts}}'', you can summon a Human Cannon, which spawns with a clown already inside. Firing the cannon launches the clown, after which you can reload it with other people.
* In ''VideoGame/TinyToonAdventuresBustersHiddenTreasure'', in the [[SlippySlideyIceWorld ice mountain levels]], when Buster finds a cannon, it launches him into space. As he falls back down, he can collect airborne bonuses if he is positioned correctly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: Virtual Bart'', the goal of the Baby Bart level is to get Baby Bart into the cannon at the end of the circus tent. The cannon fires him out of the tent and into the ice cream truck he pursues in the following cutscene.
* One DLC vehicle in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', the Genki Manapault, uses this as its main weapon. Driving into pedestrians, gang members, or even ''your own homies'' sucks them up, at which point they can be promptly fired out of the cannon atop the car, leaving a trail of sparkling stars along the way.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Not truly a cannon, but the Ultrasafe Personnel Launcher used by the gnomes in Steelgrill's Depot (and anyone allied with them, like your character) to get past the enemy and their base camp is the same idea. (Luckily, a parachute is provided when you use it, and the guy you report to assured the disorientation lasts only a minute or so.)
* In ''VideoGame/SpankysQuest'' (SNES version), both player and enemy characters can shoot out of cannons, though neither exactly qualifies as human.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Subverted in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', in the Barsoom circus arc.
* Variant in ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'': A one-man pod is shot into space with a giant cannon, design courtesy of a mad scientist. When it fails, LudicrousGibs result. (Fortunately the failure rate isn't very big...)
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Zoe dated a professional HumanCannonball for a while. They met after he crash landed on another guy Zoe was trying to chat up.
* In one ''Webcomic/UserFriendly'' story arc, Pitr is launched to the moon by trebuchet.
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', the main characters have once to use a cannon to travel to their next destination. Of course, the first test is with [[ButtMonkey Black Mage]] and the explosion happens, but Black Mage isn't sent on the way.
* In ''Webcomic/HazardsWake'', Talon delivers [[TeamPet Fluffy]] to [[CloudCuckooLander Maple]] by firing him out of a cannon. Fluffy is resilient enough to survive this, but [[spoiler:his impact destroys Maple's ship]].


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the Youtube video ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4f9m4OYkCY Friendship is Magic Bitch]]'', it turns out that this is how [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Princess Celestia]] banishes her adversaries to the moon. Or not quite.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Cuddles is shot out of one in an episode of ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', with gruesome results (due to Toothy misinterpreting Mime's instructions to put two scoops of gunpowder in; Toothy put ''two barrels'' in instead).
* Krusty the Clown in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' once shot his half brother Luke Perry out of a cannon. The shot missed, sending Luke out of the studio, through a sandpaper factory and a display of half-price acid at the Kwik-E-Mart before he landed in a mattress warehouse. Which was then blown up. He also often shot Sideshow Bob out of a cannon, which contributed to Bob's hatred of him in "Krusty Gets Busted." (This later comes back to good use in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E6TheGreatLouseDetective The Great Louse Detective]]", when Bob has to shoot himself out of the cannon on one Mardi Gras float in order to save Homer from getting ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice in the swordfish museum.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' had a supporting cast member called The Human Bullet who was frequently fired at the episode's climactic battle scene by his child (or neighbor in one case). He usually had little beneficial effect on the fight.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E12PinkiePride Pinkie Pride]], Pinkie Pie fires herself out of her party cannon, followed by Rainbow Dash being fired out of [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Cheese Sandwich's]] party artillery piece.
* ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'': Wile E. has attempted to fire himself out of a cannon multiple times in his neverending quest to catch the Road Runner. What he has achieved are multiple new ways to injure himself.
* [[RollingAttack Cannonbolt]] is shot out of Rex's [[ArmCannon Slam Cannon]] in ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10GeneratorRexHeroesUnited Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United]]''. Justified in that Cannonbolt can survive reentering Earth and the Slam Cannon is designed to shoot projectiles the size of small cars.
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' Roberto Benigni [[AchievementsInIgnorance accidentally wins]] his bout with Benito Mussolini this way.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' cartoons:
** In the opening credits of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Coconuts attempts to shoot Grounder out of a cannon at Sonic. He tugs so hard on the detonator, that [[EpicFail it thrusts Grounder into the direction]] [[OhCrap of him and Scratch]] and explodes.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "[[CircusEpisode Circus of Plunders]]", Knuckles becomes one of these when he, along with Sonic, Amy, and Sticks get jobs at T.W. Barker's Circus of Wonders.
** In the episode, "[[Recap/SonicBoomS1E13UnluckyKnuckles Unlucky Knuckles]]" from the same series, in an attempt to shift the luck balance of the universe (the idea given to him by [[ConspiracyTheorist Sticks]]), Knuckles fires himself out of a cannon at the bottom of a deep pit.
** In "Role Models", another episode from the same series, Knuckles launches Tails out of a cannon and Tails lands in a trash can. Before Knuckles can do the same with Amy, he is stopped by [[MoralGuardians D.B. Platypus]]. When Sonic protests against D.B. calling him and his friends bad role models, he hits the cannon, launching Amy into a tree.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode, "[[CircusEpisode Circus Angelicus]]", when Angelica stages her own circus in Tommy's backyard, she wants Chuckie to be a "[[{{Malaproper}} human candyball]]". However, Chuckie can't remember what he's supposed to do, and as Angelica tries to explain it to him by sitting on one end of a seesaw, Phil and Lil jump onto the other end, launching her into the air.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_cannonball The human cannonball]] is, of course, an old circus staple that still sees some use today in many performance acts. Obviously, no explosive propellant is used, so springs or compressed air is used to eject the human, with the housing still structured to look like a cannon to keep the idea of the trope alive. The targets are usually nets, air bags or bodies of water, but as noted on TheOtherWiki, it still comes with its share of risks, specifically during [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou the landing part]] of the act.