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- In Dragon Ball a young Son Goku uses his tail to fly and avoid touching the ground outside the ring in the first Tournament Arc. He also used his Staff as a rotor repeatedly.
- One Piece:
- Miss Valentine's Kilo Kilo Fruit power allows her to make her body lighter. While being light, she can spin her umbrella to fly.
- Buffalo of Donquixote Pirates uses Spin Spin Fruit power to spin things on his body, allowing him to fly. He notably spins his odd dreadlock hair and the juttings on his shoes to make himself a biplane.
- Luffy pulls this off with the Gum-Gum UFO, accomplished by twisting the lower half of his body and then releasing it. This legs spin around so fast as they untangle they let him fly for a short time.
- In Gintama, Gintoki and others are forced to sit in a circle around the Shogun while he's completely naked for the sake of his protection. Nobody wants his unmentionables pointed at them, so they keep turning him away, which eventually results in him spinning so quickly that he rockets straight through the roof of the house and into the sky.
- In the Ranma ½ anime, Kin'ni of the Jusenkyō Preservation Society is a powerful martial artist, practitioner of the "Cult of the Muscle Sword". He notably uses his large Chinese sword to fly by spinning it above head. He can even lift passengers with him, including one time a giant panda!
- In older comics, The Mighty Thor flew by throwing his hammer and holding on. To hover he'd spin his hammer around over his head. In the movies, he spins the hammer before takeoff — presumably to build momentum.
- A few Cow And Boy strips involved Billy inventing a flying technique called "Man-Copter", which involves him attaching some slabs of wood to his arms and wrapping a piece of string around himself, which Cow then pulls, which allows Billy to take off like a helicopter.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- In X-Men Origins: Wolverine Gambit does this with his cane.
- Exaggerated in Kung Fury, much like everything else in the film. Kung Fury manages to achieve flight by impaling a Mook's severed arm on his gun and giving one side a strong push.
- The New Adventures Of Pippi Longstocking has Pippi use this in a homemade autogyro (with her as the rotor turning a broom). The device is not at all aerodynamic (being a glorified multi-person go-kart), so it's more likely that Pippi just didn't care that it was impossible.
- Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong from the Donkey Kong series hover by whipping their hair.
- Shibata Katsuie form Sengoku Basara can glide by spinning his weapon in mid-air.
- The title character's whip ability has an attack that makes him spin the whip around, elevating him, but unlike the lance variation he doesn't have much control over his movement.
- In Kirbys Return To Dreamland, Waddle Dee can use his lance for this effect by spinning it rapidly above him, using it to hover for a little time. Kirby can do the same if he has the lance copy ability.
- In many Kirby games, the ability Tornado can be used to fly by rapidly pressing the attack button.
- In Chrono Trigger the staff-wielding mooks in the Kingdom of Zeal could use their staves as rotors to hover.
- In Super Smash Bros., all the different Links use their spin slash attack as a recovery move, making them go upwards when performed in the air.
- Almost every character with a spinning move uses it either as their official B-Up third jump or can at least use it to hover, Mario Tornado, Spinning Kong, Spin Attack, Whirling Fortress etc.
- Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog flies by spinning his signature two tails.
- Some two-handed swords in Starbound have the secondary moves "Rising Spin Slash" or "Super Spin Slash", both of which lift the user into the air (slowly) when performed.
- Yoshimitsu from Tekken and SoulCalibur can do this to set up a Sword Plant.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue, as well as games based of off the 2003 series and the 2007 movie, Michelangelo can hover by spinning his nunchakus.
- Deku Link from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask can fly using propeller-like flowers.
- The titular Earthworm Jim can spin his worm head to slow his fall or extend his jumps.
- The Skyflyer from the Ape Escape, allows the player to do this.
- Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped : Crash can get an upgrade of his Spin Attack that lets him glide in midair by spinning multiple times after jumping. With it and the Double Jump (and the slide jump trick), he can cover incredible distances.
- Jak and Daxter Jak can spin in the air to hover for a bit, spin in mid-jump to go a bit farther and even spin just before hitting the ground to avoid fall damage.
- Awkward Zombie has a take on how Doduo, a flying Pokemon with no wings, can fly using this trope.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Aang has the added advantage of airbending, but he uses his Gliderstaff for this purpose numerous times.
- Played with in Sokka's Master. Sokka tries out different weapons and spins a lance above his head. It flies away after a short time.
- Apple Bloom of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic can twirl a Loop De Hoop on her tail fast enough to turn it into a helicopter. She doesn't do the trick without the hoop, and it may have been a one-off due to "The Cutie Pox".
- Classic Disney Shorts:
- In "Chef Donald", Donald Duck has to deal with waffle mix that has rubber cement in it, making it all rubbery. As he tries to stir the spoon just twists the mix, and when it unwinds the whole bowl takes off and dives after Donald.
- In "How to Play Baseball", pitcher Goofy spins his arm too fast during the wind-up and takes off like a helicopter.
- The Flash used his arms to create two small whirlwinds that held him up in the air in an episode of Justice League Unlimited.
- SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Band Geeks": During band practice, the baton twirlers twirl too fast and fly off, crashing into a blimp.
- Peridot from Steven Universe is able to fly by spinning her floating fingers.
- The Inquisitors from Star Wars Rebels can use their spinning double-bladed lightsabers to fly.