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Instant Flight, Just Add Spinning
The staff wielding Kung-Fu monk follows his Ninja enemy, but suddenly they stand in front of a cliff. The Ninja pulls out some type of parachute and jumps down and our monk is not Made of Iron or at least not enough to shrug off the fall. What is he to do? Add spinning of course! By spinning his staff above his head he'll generate the uplift needed to gently glide down the cliff or, if he is strong enough even to levitate or fly!

Basically this is whenever a character spins something above his or her head to slow a fall or even hover or fly. This trope excludes anything made to be used like that, since that would just be a flying machine with an odd look or functionality. The same goes for MacGyvering something, since that just constitutes a weird, but still made for that purpose flying machine.

Sub-Trope of Everything's Better with Spinning, Super Trope to Heli Critter and Helicopter Hair. Contrast Helicopter Blender, where there is improvisation with an actual helicopter.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • 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.

Comic Books
  • 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.

Film

Live-Action TV
  • The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers have the Thunder Ultrazord, which spin its lance above its head to fly. An arguable example, since it is a machine and might have been constructed with that function. Visually it fits the trope though.Seen here for reference

Video Games
  • Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong from the Donkey Kong series hover by whipping their hair.
  • Kirby
    • 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.
  • Yoshimitsu from Tekken and Soul Calibur can do this to set up a Sword Plant.
  • In games based of off the 2003 series and the 2007 movie, Michelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 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 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.

Web Comics
  • Awkward Zombie has a take on how Doduo, a flying Pokemon with no wings, can fly using this trope.

Western Animation
  • 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.
  • Japeth the Crazy-Prepared Goat in Hoodwinked has a pair of spinning horns that he uses as helicopter rotors to escape from an off-the-rails mine cart.
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Band Geeks": During band practice, the baton twirlers twirl too fast and fly off, crashing into a blimp.
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