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->''"Comic book boomerangs, rather than being just sticks with a vague tendency to curve around, are nearly supernatural items with an ability to return where they started no matter what happens. They can bounce off the interestingly ridged skulls of alien conquerors, latch onto weapons or jewelry, or run off to the bar for a quick Jack and Coke, and yet still return to the waiting hand of whatever costumed goon threw it."''
-->-- '''Creator/LoreSjoberg''', ''The Book of Ratings'', "Green Arrow's Arrows"

A real-life boomerang is a flat wooden tool carved in such a way as to get some rotor lift when thrown turning end-over-end. Thrown properly, the boomerang will curve back on its course and return to its point of origin. It was originally designed for hunting fowl. If it missed, the hunter wouldn't have to go looking for it; and if it hit, they'd have to retrieve the kill anyway. Some boomerangs allow for more complex trajectories, though these are more for sport than hunting.

In fiction, however, a boomerang is virtually a living creature possessed of the single goal of returning to the thrower's hand, come hell or high water. This results in boomerangs doing things that are flatly impossible, such as continuing to fly after [[PinballProjectile striking multiple targets]] then returning to the user. It becomes humorous in video games, particularly older ones where boomerangs are crudely programmed to return to the player after being thrown. Even if you're still moving. It'll chase you all over the screen until you stop to catch it.

This trope covers all weapons that can perform this trick, not just boomerangs. Many of the examples below involve weapons that aren't even meant to be thrown, like shields or escrima sticks. Does it really have to be stated that the RuleOfCool is involved? See also BoomerangComeback for when the boomerang initially seems to miss and then catches the target by surprise, and PinballProjectile for objects that adjust their course by bouncing off things rather than aerodynamic maneuvering.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''. Ken's Birdrang.
* An extreme example from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': whenever Archer throws one of his [[DualWielding dual swords]], it will always return to him as long as the other is still in his possession (due to their being "married" swords). Shirou uses this to great effect against [[spoiler:Saber Alter]]: he throws both from the first pair, and Traces a second. The first pair are deflected, but when Shirou attacks with the second set, the first set ''fly back'' to hit from behind at the same time.
* Sango's boomerang, Hiraikotsu, from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is as tall as she is, can shatter boulders and returns to her after carving out a swath of total destruction (or even after being deflected!). It's made out of youkai bones and is magical, probably very nearly a living weapon, which probably explains why she [[CallingYourAttacks has to shout its name]] every time she throws it. (In the manga, it is revealed that it does have its own thoughts.) Inu-Yasha defeated her one time by knocking her off balance while her boomerang was away. When it returned, she wasn't prepared to catch it.
* Sette of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', whose Inherent Skill was the ability to fully control the flight path of her Boomerang Blades.
* Sepikmon's boomerang from ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''. Also double as a mysteriously conspicuously invisible camera.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'''s [[HumongousMecha LFOs]] use "Boomerang Knives" for combat, several thousand feet in the air, yet when thrown, they always manage to make it back. This is even worse in the Video Games, where the boomerangs will actually chase you to come back.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' introduces [[EnergyWeapons beam boomerangs]], which sound absurd, but might be {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that they're mechanized weapons, potentially with their own thrusters and guidance systems. And safety shutdown mechanism, since they are Beam-edge Boomerang -- it's not safe to hold them or ridiculously catch them, even for a Gundam.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' has the detachable backpack of the ∞ Justice Gundam (yes, the infinity symbol is part of its name). Among its various purposes is to serve as ludicrously large beam boomerang, with beam blades on the front of each wing.
** Played for laughs in the ''[[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer Gundam 00]]'' movie's ShowWithinAShow.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
** The Gurren actually uses two pairs of giant CoolShades as boomerangs. It actually was once lost in the middle of a battle and thrown back at the user. Later, the Gurren Lagann uses both the sunglasses and its (wing-shaped) jetpack.
** The Chouginga Gurren-Lagann also uses its shades (both the head-face's and the torso-face's) as an EXTREMELY big boomerang. They even return to the mecha after cutting one of the attacking Ashtangas in half along its entire length.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
** Ryôga's umbrella in the early manga.
** The Kinjakan: a polearm weapon with a metal ring attached at the head. The user can send the ring flying with devastating force, ricocheting off walls, ceilings, people, and the ground (usually carving deep gauges where it impacts) and it will always return to the pole, with similar force and momentum. Novice users tend to run away when they see the ring coming back.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ''. Several members of the Mazinger Family wield boomerangs, including Anime/GreatMazinger (Great Boomerang) and [[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer Grendizer]] (Shoulder Boomerang). The most extreme, however, is Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}, whose Kaiser Boomerang is actually its own massive winged backpack, and in TheMovie [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome cuts a massive flying fortress in half]].
* [[ColonelBadass The Colonel]] in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' uses boomerangs as his main weapon. Their ridiculous accuracy is revealed to be due to his PsychicPowers -- it's easy to hit an enemy with a boomerang when you're controlling it with your mind.
* Kuniko in ''LightNovel/ShangriLa'' wields a boomerang as her weapon of choice, so it figures that she'd be able to let it do whatever she pleases.
* ''Anime/{{Raideen}}'': '''God Boomerang!'''
* In ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', this is actually the power of the Motor Gears.
* The title character of ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' has her Honey Boomerang.
* Averted in ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo''. When Jiggler is attached to a power-draining ball by Pana, Bo-bobo uses a move to hit it like a pool ball. Jiggler tries to bounce off the walls and hit Pana, but he ends up smashing into the first wall he hits because he's "non-bouncy".
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Kazemaru's shuriken will stay in the air until they hit a target-at which point they ''[[StuffBlowingUp explode]]''. {{Justified|Trope}}, as they are powered by spirit energy and filled with explosive.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''
** "Moon Tiara Action!" Note that it obeys her commands -- Sailor Moon once ordered to stop right before it'd hit an ally.
** In the [[Anime/SailorMoon first anime]] Zoisite used an actual boomerang when he was impersonating Sailor Moon (and it came back after it hit).
** In the manga (both the main series and [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her own]]), the live action and ''Crystal'', Sailor Venus has a small crescent-shaped blade (actually a compact in the manga, but still usable as a blade) that can be used like this. Its most notable use is Venus' debut in the manga and ''Crystal'', where she uses it on Zoisite and either critically wounds him (''Crystal'') or cuts him into many pieces (manga).
* Used in the first episode of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' by a villain who throws/launches it using his belt-driven mechanical arm. Enormous in size and equipped with an AbsurdlySharpBlade, it is capable of slicing large rock formations and entire buildings in half. Despite the incredible speed the boomerang travels at, the main character (Vash) manages to move fast enough to leap onto it mid-flight and launch himself at the villain in order to incapacitate him.
* Chikuma Koshirou from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' {{dual wield|ing}}s kama scythes. He once threw them so that both of them cut off half a human head and still returned to his hands. They work solely by RuleOfCool, no magic involved, since when Kisaragi Saemon and Kasumi Gyoubu knocked the weapons off course, they just fell to the ground.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', Batarangs and Birdarangs all fall under this. Bats even went as far as to invent a remote-controlled Batarang. This is also averted at times. DependingOnTheWriter, Batarangs can also be simple bat-shaped shuriken. [[FridgeLogic While keeping the name]]. Most notably, this is what they are in ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy''.
* Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} has even been shown doing this with escrima sticks (which aren't even meant to be thrown to begin with), bouncing them off the heads of two mooks, a wall, the floor, and back to his hand.
* So does Marvel's Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} with his billy club. Most JustForFun/{{egregious}}ly in one of Creator/KevinSmith's issues, where Daredevil throws it through a glass window where, instead of shattering the window completely, it just leaves a small hole, approximately 1.5 inches in diameter. Then it bounces around, knocking out the {{mooks}} and returns through the ''exact same hole''.
* Needless to say, [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]] supervillain Captain Boomerang is pretty good at this. To the point that he was once able to make (specially prepared) boomerangs ''travel through time''.
* His son Captain Boomerang Jr. is also capable of such stunts. He does have the advantage of SuperSpeed, but his feats including picking bullets out of the air with bent paperclips, and holding his own in a prison riot with things he managed to find on the spot.
* There's also Marvel's (just plain) Boomerang (who's basically Capt. Boomerang with jet boots). Marvel's Boomerang, like the ComicBook/GreenArrow[=/=]ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, also carries an arsenal of different boomerangs for different jobs, including razorangs, gasarangs, etc...
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's shield is basically a giant, indestructible boomerang, capable of flying through a hail of weapons fire (ballistic and laser), tagging multiple targets and returning to Cap's hand without even losing velocity. Handwaved by it being made from an alloy of the indestructible metal vibranium, which is able to absorb vibrations. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d somewhat by the fact that Cap's temporary replacement, John Walker, could never get the shield to do more than fly in a straight line, while Cap (as "The Captain") was pulling off nearly identical feats with an inferior copy.
** Soon after Cap was thawed out, ComicBook/IronMan put gadgets into the shield. By using controls in his gloves, Cap could control the shield in flight. He soon took them out, for they messed up the shield's balance. So it can be done, he just doesn't like to do it.
** In ''Liberty's Torch'', a tie-in novel, it's definitely skill on Cap's part. Steve Rogers totally pwns another character at pool, and makes a casual comment about starting to play when he realized calculating angles on the fly would be handy "at work".
** When Cap (temporarily) dies, Iron Man looks for somebody else to take up the shield. Everybody who tries to throw the thing accomplishes little more than making themselves look like idiots. Then Iron Man goes to ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, who ''is'' [[ImprobableAimingSkills good enough to pull it off]], but after a brief trial period deems himself unworthy to be the new Captain America. Cap's former sidekick ComicBook/BuckyBarnes then ends up as the new Captain America, and his cyborg enhancements allow him to pull off the crazy shield-throwing tricks.
** When Vance Astro of the ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy picks up Cap's shield in the distant future, it takes him a good long while -- weeks if not months -- to even begin to approximate Captain America's famous stunts. This is despite the fact that Vance is a ''[[MindOverMatter telekinetic]]''.
** Parodied in an old ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'' story, where Cap (turned in a lawyer-friendly version of himself for reprints) first has his ability increased to ridiculous levels ([[RuleOfFunny as in "the thrown shield can even pass the vacuum between a strike and the other" ridiculous]]) and then tries to teach it to the title character. Keyword: ''[[EpicFail tries]]'' ([[EyeScream just ask Nick Fury's formerly remaining eye]]). It's also shown that Cap wasn't originally that good... After all, [[EyeScream how do you think Nick Fury lost his eye]]?
* Comicbook/TheMightyThor's hammer Mjolnir is enchanted by Odin to always return when thrown, among other things. Justified, as this ability is explicitly magical.
* ''ComicBook/ProjectSuperpowers'': Lev Gleason's Daredevil (no, [[NamesTheSame not]] [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} that one]], this one was renamed "Death-Defying 'Devil" by Alex Ross) uses a boomerang as his main weapon. He's so incredibly skilled with it that in-story people falsely assume that he uses some kind of superpower to control its trajectory.
* In a comic book of ''ComicBook/TheTick'' (not the original comics, a licensed-from-the-cartoon version), The Tick invents a "Tick-arang". With [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} typical Tick logic]] he believes it will return because he's written his name and address on the side, with the phrase "Return Postage Guaranteed." The amazing thing is... ''it works.''
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' villain Tracer has a variation on this; his guns fire bullets that lock onto their target and will avoid any obstacle to get to them. This allowed him a leg up on Spidey in the quipping department; after Spider-Man claims he ''laughs'' at bullets, Tracer notes that his bullets laugh back.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' has Miho who occasionally uses her manji-shaped shuriken in this manner.
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}} in America'' features a Chicago gangster with a literal boomerang doing this.
* In ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise'' [[spoiler:we see Sokka has the boomerang he lost in the finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' (or a very similar one) again, apparently having recovered it offscreen]].
* One of the lesser-known tricks of Franchise/WonderWoman was the ability to do this with her tiara. It tended to get downplayed in the comics to the point of being almost forgotten after the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' reboot, though.
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': Paperinik's Extransformer Shield. {{Justified|Trope}} by the hi-tech nature of the shield.
* MarvelComics {{Western}} villain the Fat Man (originally a foe of Kid Colt) was an expert with the boomerang: able to win showdowns against gunslingers (being able to throw faster than they could draw and fire) and always having the boomerang return to him regardless of what it hit.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In Franchise/{{Disney|AnimatedCanon}}'s ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', the title character bends his ''sword'' and throws it like a boomerang during training. It conveniently cuts the heads off all the training dummies before returning to him, and even snaps back into sword shape once caught again, as if it were spring loaded.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Film/{{Predator}}'s disk and shuriken weapons are a high-tech version, though occasionally they won't come back due to being lodged in a wall. Or somebody's chest.
* ''Film/TheRoadWarrior'' has the Feral Kid's sharp metal boomerang. It slices off fingers and returns to him without a problem. Subverted when his intended target [[TheDragon Wez]] dodges it, and it keeps going and kills Wez's lover instead.
** The Feral Kid wears a special glove to catch it, though. Too bad poor Toadie didn't have one of those.
* The Farmer's weapon of choice in ''[[Film/InTheNameOfTheKing In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale]]'' is the boomerang, which he must hurl with great effort, apparently. And he carries it with him at all times along with his sword, even when he's harvesting.
* The Glaive from ''Film/{{Krull}}'': a magical five-bladed throwing weapon controlled in flight by its wielder's will. Lost at the end when it couldn't free itself from The Beast's body. Justified (assuming the Glaive even qualifies) due to the fact that this ridiculously powerful [[AWizardDidIt magic weapon]] could fly, cut through {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le barriers, and ''hover in place.''
* In ''Film/MysteryMen'', [[ActionGirl The Bowler]] does this with, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin true to her name]], a ''bowling ball''. Justified, since her father's spirit (and skull!) is in the bowling ball. Hence, this falls under EmpathicWeapon.
* In ''Film/{{Tron}}'' and ''Film/TronLegacy'', the Identity Discs can, among other things, be thrown this way. In skilled hands one can weave around obstacles to seek its target, reorient and attack ''several more times'' from varying angles if blocked (usually by another disc) or dodged by that target, and still seek out and return to its owner's hand.
* The '''boomerang-{{a|nAxToGrind}}x''' from ''Film/TheBrothersGrimm''. {{Justified|Trope}} in that it is enchanted.
* Spoofed in ''Film/BlackDynamite'' with Fiendish Dr. Wu's kung-fu projectiles, which rather than returning to the user's hand return to wherever it was that the user was aiming. This is done deliberately when he attacks Black Dynamite with one by throwing it to the side of Dynamite (Dynamite looks confused but then dodges it before it comes back), and later when [[spoiler:Dynamite uses one against Dr. Wu by throwing it before he entered the room, and then somehow it came in through the window from outside]].
* Film/{{Blade|Trilogy}}'s glaive is used in this fashion right from the word go: in the opening sequence of [[Film/{{Blade}} his first film]], he stood at the entrance of a circular room, while several vampires stood at regular intervals around it, ready to attack him. He proceeds to decapitate all of the vampires with a single throw, before the glaive dutifully returns to his waiting hand.
* In an old Italian film starring Toto, such a boomerang is used in the climax. It's so effective that not only it takes down a whole room of bandits, but it even ''knock'' on a door in order to return to the thrower (of course, hitting him in the head).
* Subverted in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' -- Batman takes a Batarang, ''programs'' it to hit multiple targets, and lets fly. A small dog catches it like a Frisbee before it can return so that it can be used to frame him later.
* The Flying Daggers in ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'' are used in exactly this way. They can attack targets from multiple sides, curve around enemies, continue to attack if blocked by SWORDS, and even CUT AWAY BONDING ROPES.
* ''Film/TheBeastmaster'' inherits a "caber," a pivoted, curved, bladed throwing weapon. He usually hits with it, but it also curves around and at least once homes in on a mook. How he catches the spinning bladed without losing fingers is an open question.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** At one point in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' Captain America breaks up a fight between Thor and Iron Man by throwing his shield in such a way that it bounces off both of their heads and returns to him.
** Downplayed in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', where Cap has a magnet in his gauntlet that helps him catch the shield.
** Lampshaded in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', when Spider-Man comments that Cap's shield appears to not obey the laws of physics.

* Wulfgar's warhammer in R.A. Salvatore's ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt novels]] always returns to him after he throws it. In this case, it's not a matter of the hammer flying through the air, though -- the hammer, being magical, simply ''rematerializes'' in Wulfgar's hands after it falls to the ground. This is based on the ''returning'' enhancement in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', see below.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Averted in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', where the eponymous continent's Creator is described as having a boomerang "that does not return to the thrower, typically because it's stuck in the ribs of whatever he threw it at."
** One appears briefly in ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'' as a sneak-attack by the fundamentalist Dwarves. Vimes sees it coming toward Moist and yells for him to duck; just as Moist is standing back up, Vimes pulls him down because it was coming back.
* Ian Cormac, the lead protagonist of Neal Asher's ''Literature/ThePolity'' books, has a shuriken that is programmable and can fly under its own power, returning to the user and even being remote controlled in flight. Another character in the first book has a knife that will return to his hand as long as he is wearing the ring that comes with it.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Series/XenaWarriorPrincess:
** Xena's most famous weapon is her Precision-Guided Chakram, which always returns to her after ricocheting off walls, rocks, and enemies, often in really convoluted ways. This culminated in a GroundhogDayLoop episode where Xena, realizing she has no time to fix every problem on her own, spends some time planning ridiculous trajectories and using ''the chakram'' to interrupt every problem. Note the real-life counterpart of a war quoit is razor-sharp all the way around and definitely not something you'd want flying back at you. However, the [[SelectivelyLethalWeapon lethality of the Chakram]] entirely depended on whatever the plot needed it to do. Sometimes it was ''insanely'' sharp, severing ropes and tree branches in a single flight. Other times, it would knock out enemies without so much as a cut on their cheek, and Gabrielle would use it as a back-scratcher. After a while, the fans just accepted that there was a button, somewhere on the chakram, that turned it blunt.
** Later in the series, the chakram got upgraded into a weapon that could split in two after being tossed, bounce off of multiple objects, strike many people, and recombine in mid-air before returning to Xena. At this point it was [[AWizardDidIt explicitly magical]], [[RuleOfCool not that anyone cared about how it worked]].
** An AlternateRealityEpisode version of Xena who was some kind of ditzy socialite accidentally performed the exact same chakram trick by throwing a [[CombatStilettos high-heeled shoe]], but this was PlayedForLaughs.
* In ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' (adapted into ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''), the [[HumongousMecha Abaren-Ou]] can throw the entire body of the Pteranodon mecha as a huge-ass boomerang.
* In ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', an artifact football will always return to where it was thrown... a few hours later, after circling the ''entire world''. Said football later revealed to be [[spoiler: an Artifact tracking device, that scans the planet for signs of Artifact activity, which is then uploaded to Warehouse 13's computer system]].
* Some weapons wielded by the main characters in several ''Franchise/{{Ultra|Series}}'' series, such as the [[Series/UltraSeven Eye Slugger]] and the [[Series/ReturnOfUltraman Ultra Bracelet]].
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "Fun and Games", the alien creature Mike and Laura fight has a boomerang with a serrated edge. It can return to the person who threw it even if it hit something while in flight.
* Franchise/WonderWoman's ability to do this with her tiara as mentioned above, came up several times in her [[Series/WonderWoman 70's live-action series]].

* Averted in "My Boomerang Won't Come Back", the tale of an aborigine who can't get his boomerang to just return.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* OlderThanPrint in Myth/NorseMythology:
** Thor's hammer Mjolnir would never miss, and yet would always return to him.
** Odin's spear, Gungnir, had a similar enchantment.
* Similarly in Myth/SlavicMythology, Perun's axe, it would appear, did the same thing as Mjolnir. (We're not certain, as evidence on Slavic myth is scanty, but it makes sense; Slavic and Norse myth are believed to be derived from the common Indo-European mythology and Perun and Thor are believed to have common origins.)

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' has Lew Zealand and his boomerang fish act. "I throw the fish, and they come back to me."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** In the 4th Edition, all magically-enhanced throwing weapons have this effect by default, presumably because nobody in their right mind would throw an expensive magic weapon if there was a chance they wouldn't get it back.
** In the 3rd Edition it isn't a requirement, but almost always standard for weapons with an enchantment over +1, except arrows, bolts, and bullets.
** There are also a few prestige classes that allow a character to pull the trick off even with non-magical weapons. The Hammer of Moradin can do it with hammers, and the Bloodstorm Blade can do it with any melee weapon. Better still when the Bloodstorm Blade takes levels in a class with skill at {{improvised weapon}}s, becoming able to make boomerangs out of dinnerware, broken bottles, and furniture.
** In the 2nd Edition (and perhaps the later, too), the thri-kreen (mantis-like insect humanoids) wield combat boomerangs called chatkchas. A chatkcha always returns to its thrower if it hits its target, but it won't return if it misses. Which is quite probably an error in the initial description, the chatkcha being supposed to come back if it misses and not if it hits. Unfortunately, instead of correcting the mistake, later sourcebooks ran further with it.
** ''Dungeons & Dragons'' also has the Dwarven Thrower and Hammer of Thunderbolts, which are inspired by Mjölnir. Additionally, the ''returning'' enchantment can be applied to any throwing weapon to turn them into an [[ImprovisedWeapon impromptu boomerang]].
** Early editions of the Unearthed Arcana supplement had the Axe of Hurling and Darts of Homing as well. But averted with the Dagger of Throwing - with all the other returning weapons, you'd think it'd do so but instead it just does double base damage when thrown.
** The ''Tome of Battle: Book of Nine Swords'' features the Iron Heart maneuver "Lightning Throw", which allow to throw any kind of weapon and damage several enemy in a line, before returning the weapon to the thrower's hand (and it isn't even a supernatural move).
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** Several characters in (most commonly, Eldar) use variations of this trope. Maugan Ra, an Eldar hero armed with a shuriken-launching BFG can cause his projectiles to ricochet off walls, depriving his enemies of the benefits of cover.
** A better example would be the Eldar weapon called the triskele, a three-bladed dagger-like weapon that can be hurled like a boomerang or used in close combat.
** There's one unusually strong Space Wolves character who has a weapon sort of like this. He's a Wolfguard who's an expy of Thor and besides his impressive strength, he has a Thunderhammer that he can throw and it returns to him (though in this case, it's done by teleporting through the Warp).
** Interestingly, the actual Boomerang weapons only return on a miss, and even then are not a guaranteed catch.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
** The Iron Raptor Technique enables you to throw any melee weapon like a boomerang and have it return to you.
** You can attain similar effects with legitimate throwing weapons, such as the sky-cutter (a literal precision-guided boomerang). For the rare occasions anyone with a sky-cutter can't gain 2 successes on a Dexterity + Thrown roll, you can learn a Thrown-based version of Call the Blade to make it leap back into your hand.
* Anything with the Loyal Weapon enchantment will do this in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' and will keep trying if someone tries to stop it.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Earthdawn}}''.
** The magical Devastator Spear will return to its owner after being thrown.
** The Hawk Hatchet has a kernal of True Air forged into it that causes it to return to the thrower's hand.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}''
** Supplement ''Enemies III''. Stronghammer the Dwarf's warhammer has an enchantment that causes it to return to him after being thrown.
** Any Hero System character with a ranged attack and combat skill levels can pull this off -- one skill level per controlled bounce.
* ''TabletopGame/WorldOfSynnibarr''. A Dwarf Hammer will return to the dwarf who threw it from up to 1,000 feet away. This ability only works once per CharacterLevel of the dwarf per day, and takes a while to do so.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Zig-zagged in ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' by the main character and various enemies. Most boomerang attacks will go forward before reversing direction but will '''not''' return to the thrower if they've moved.
** One of the most common [[PowerCopying Copy Abilities]] is Cutter, which usually allows Kirby to throw boomerang-like blades that don't always come back. However, in ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'', the Cutter ability causes Kirby to throw a piece of himself as a boomerang, and given [[BlessedWithSuck his greatly reduced mobility during this]], it's guaranteed that the projectile will return home shortly after rebounding. Also, in ''Kirby's Dream Land 2'' and ''3'', using Cutter while teamed up with Rick causes Rick to throw Kirby as a boomerang that tries to come back, though it's possible to avoid catching the projectile and even set up a situation where Rick can stand still and have Kirby orbit endlessly around him. In the same game, teaming up with Pitch for certain copy abilities turns Pitch into a returning projectile, though for Cutter he becomes a crescent-shaped blade that does not spin like a boomerang.
* Boomerang Bros in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' games. Mario also can do it with an e-reader upgrade in the GBA remake of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' and as a normal power up in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld''.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'': In [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 the original game]], your wrench can be thrown boomerang style in a straight line and will always come back after hitting a target only you are unable to move after releasing your boomerang. From the sequel and on you CAN move after throwing your boomerang and it always come back to wherever you are (though you can only move maybe a couple feet in the time the wrench is flying). Justified, as both the wrench and armor Ratchet wears are stated to be magnetized.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' has a number of weapons like this, some boomerangs (Quick Boomerang), some... not (Rolling Cutter, Shadow Blade, Ring Boomerang). Unfortunately, you don't get your weapon energy back if you catch them (a flaw that ''VideoGame/MegaManX'''s Boomerang Cutter corrects). ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' has a Shield Boomerang weapon that also returns when you throw it, though the throwing arc differs between games - in ''Zero 3'', you can trick the Shield Boomerang into indefinitely revolving around Zero.
** This is actually pretty common for video game boomerangs, right down to being able to keep it going indefinitely. Model PX's charged shot (which is an especially bad example, as it ''holds still'' for a second before returning) can ''orbit'' Aile in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', without having to keep moving or anything.
* In ''VideoGame/AlienVsPredatorCapcom'', the disc would go through enemies and bounce off of walls, but always rebounded straight back at you at the wall or the edge of the screen. If you weren't there or you were in the middle of a damage animation, it flew by you and was lost forever. In the [[VideoGame/AlienVsPredator PC second version]] it lost ability to bounce, but can be "recalled" to you, using part of your energy; also, its guidance system is (still?) very loose.
** In the 2010 game, the Predator's disc will always find its way back to you. Also, it's targeting is tied to your LaserSight, so you can steer it around a bit in midair.
* In ''VideoGame/TronDeadlyDiscs'', Tron's disc and those of the MCP's warriors rebound and return to their owners when they hit a wall. Tron's disc even goes so far as to also have LagCancel -- if you don't want to wait for it to rebound when you miss your target, just press a button and it will instantly return to you.
* In ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'', the Disc Primitive is just what it was in the film, and is the main non-energy-weapon. No self-guidance, but can be manually "corrected" through the flight. It ricochets off nearly any surface and will always return sooner or later -- though it can be forced to return in case you need to use it as a shield. Ricocheting [[VideogameCrueltyPunishment can be a problem]], if you're using disc near "civilian" programs.
* The Guardian and Nomad bloodlines from ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions''. The former has an "Axe of Zechs" ability, while practically half of the latter's abilities consist of this. The former does it with a ''two-handed axe'', while the latter at least really uses a boomerang.
* Link's boomerang allows for limited control. Once he upgrades to the magic boomerang, it can travel the full length of the screen. The boomerang in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' physically locks onto multiple targets when you aim, and will hit them all when you release. And it's not even said to be magic! The similar Gale Boomerang in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' ''is'' explicitly magic, as it's inhabited by the "Fairy of Winds". One little trick with the boomerang in ''The Wind Waker'' was to throw it upwind then sail down wind and watch as the boomerang chases the boat when trying to return to Link.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' and sequel ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' takes it to a new level, with a boomerang that can follow any path you draw, making it no problem at all to throw it around corners, hit two enemies, grab an item, then navigate back to you. And, unlike many boomerangs in the ''Legend of Zelda'' series, such as the above ''Twilight Princess'' example, they don't HandWave it by labelling the boomerang magical.
** The Magic Boomerang in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle Of Seasons]]'' is similar, but instead of drawing a path it's controlled with the d-pad. It doesn't turn very well, though.
** What really takes the cake is the boomerang from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening''. If you have the boomerang and the flying cuckoo at the same time, you can throw the boomerang and pick up the cuckoo before it returns. The cuckoo will make you hover several feet in the air, and the boomerang will spin around underneath you until you land. You can move while hovering, and the boomerang will follow you wherever you go, which basically makes you into an invincible flying engine of death, since Link can't be harmed by enemies while airborne, and the boomerang is easily the most powerful weapon in the game. Almost anything it is capable of affecting will die in one hit, ''including the final boss''.
** There's also a spot in the Great Bay Temple in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' where you can throw the Zora Boomerangs while being pushed around in a circle by the water current, letting you move faster than normal. If you keep running away, you can avoid the boomerangs indefinitely as they continue to chase you in a circle.
** One of the only times the 'rang is not guaranteed to return to Link's hand is in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' It will attempt to get to where Link's moved to but can't always make it, passing him by and travelling a good distance across the stage; this can be very useful in Break The Targets or for simply more amounts of projectile spam. Link can't use the move again until it's vanished.
** Mostly averted in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]''. Link not only has to catch boomerangs with a button press on the return trip, they can also be stopped mid-flight by solid objects in their path such as trees or rocks and will eventually land on the ground if not caught. However, hitting enemies still doesn't interrupt their flight.
** Parodied in this Website/{{Cracked}} article, [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_85_if-video-games-were-realistic_p2/ If Video Games Were Realistic]].
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the bones that Cubone and Marowak wield in battle exhibit this trope when Cubone or Marowak uses the Cubone family's signature move, Bonemerang.
* Jet's boomerang in ''VideoGame/WildARMs3'' acts the same way, and is necessary to activate some switches.
* In many console RolePlayingGames that have boomerangs or similar weapons, including the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' and ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series, their advantage is that they can hit multiple enemies in one attack.
* They do get distinct names in different ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' games. In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIII'', they're slicers; ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'' calls them slashers.
* Averted in the first ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' game for the NES; boomerangs follow a fixed path, and if the player doesn't catch them on the return, they are lost. Boomerang-wielding {{Mooks}}, on the other hand, play it straight. Though not so much in other ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' games with Michelangelo's [[FightingWithChucks nunchaku]], which are usually thrown in special attacks to make him less of a CloseRangeCombatant.
* In the original ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', the giant shuriken -- the Windmill Star -- would return to you, no matter how doggedly you dodged it. A skilled warrior could use a single star to fight over a long period of time, simply by repeatedly jumping over it. The Xbox remake also features the Windmill Star as a somewhat hidden weapon. It's the single best subweapon in the entire game, being the only one (other than the bow, and that doesn't really count) that can hurt bosses, and also capable of killing sufficiently weakened mooks.
* In the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series, any weapon thrown as part of an attack will return to the wielder's hand, follow them as they turn -- or move, if the attack allows it -- and can hit multiple targets. This is odd enough with Zhu Rong's Boomerang... but it gets weirder with Sun Shang Xiang's chakrams, which aren't ''returning'' throwing weapons; and Yue Ying's War-Spear/Dagger-Axe, which she shouldn't even be able to use as a throwing weapon at all.
* Mitsunari Ishida from ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' throws his war fan in this fashion. Also in the same game, in roughly increasing levels of absurdity:
** Yoshimoto Imagawa has his kemari(soccer ball)
** Oichi has her chakrams, similar to the example above.
** Kunoichi and Nene can fling their twin knives out and they will return. The latter can even combine hers like fuuma shrunken.
** Katsuie Shibata can throw his ''axes''.
** Okuni's parasol, It can also function as a kind of blender/shield that always hovers in front of her for sorry periods.
** Kanbei Kuroda can multiply and launch his crystal balls, but they're more explicitly magical.
* ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2'' has a precision guided '''[[MacheteMayhem machete]]'''.
* Cham Cham out of ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown II'' has one of these as her primary ''melee'' weapon (her heavy slash is basically to toss it about a metre in front of her). This actually makes it one of the best projectiles in the game, since it will plow through and disrupt all but a few other projectiles in the game: it can't destroy other melee weapons, and some projectiles escape just by not being where the boomerang goes. And it always returns, even while she's being grappled and pummelled. "Oh! How dangerous a boomerang is!"
* In ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', Sora has an attack that allows him to throw his keyblade multiple times. Each time he throws it, it travels until it goes offscreen before reappearing in his hand. This is explained in the same way as Wulfgar's hammer above: The keyblade is a magical weapon that [[ClingyMacGuffin will appear in the hand of the wielder whenever they want it to]]. Later game have it physically flying back, though the same principle may be in play. Advanced versions of the attack include Wind Raid, which uses wind to guide the blade on a crazy looping trajectory to hit as many enemies as possible before returning to the user's hand.
** Goofy's shield and Axel's chakrams also return to them when thrown.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' series, there is a weapon called the Magic Axe which acts EXACTLY like the cliche boomerang: when thrown, it will fly straight ahead, and return to it's wielder once it hits it's target or hits the edge of the screen, no matter how its wielder moves. It's one of the more powerful weapons in the game, up to the seventh in the series, ''VideoGame/UltimaVII'' -- which introduces a ''two-handed sledgehammer'' called the Juggernaught that does the same thing. Itself subverted within the same game (perhaps unintentionally) if playing the game on a slow PC -- the terrain tiles are moved before the weapon tiles are, making it entirely possible to have either the Magic Axe OR the Juggernaught wind up embedded in the terrain and unrecoverable. Which is painful in both, because there are limited numbers of Magic Axes (five) and Juggernaughts (one) in the game, so once embedded they are lost to the player for the rest of the game.
* In the doujin fighter game ''VideoGame/EternalFighterZero'', Mizuka Nagamori throws her ''cello bow'' as a boomerang for one of her attacks. Her bow will hone in on her position on its return voyage, remaining airborne until she regains it. Mizuka can also control its direction by waving a conductor's baton.
* The main character of ''VideoGame/DarkSector'' has a glaive which acts like this, going so far as to have a puzzle at one point where you have to throw it over a fence and curve it down to hit a switch. Somewhat {{justified|Trope}} since when he first gets it, it actually seems to be coming out of him, meaning it's organically attached to him or something.
* Some of the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games have throwing axes which can be thrown from a distance. The attack animation has them 'boomerang'. This, however, does not seem to apply in games with 3D battle animations, as the thrower now, instead, takes out new axes from {{Hammerspace}}.
* The Boomerang class of weapons from ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'' can defy all sorts of conventional physics when sufficiently charged up, but will always return to the wielder when thrown.
* ''VideoGame/TheJungleBook'' has a boomerang as one of the weapons; interestingly, while it comes back to you after being thrown, you still lose one boomerang whenever you throw one.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a couple, surprisingly enough.
** [[http://www.wowhead.com/?item=11905 Linken's Boomerang]] is a quest reward named after the aforementioned [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]].
** Much more enjoyable is the [[http://www.wowhead.com/?quest=11055 Booterang]], which can be used in a daily quest. Note that these items obey the trope perfectly, following you around literally forever as long as you don't catch them or change zones, and it's easy to outrun them on a fast flying mount. Since the items' use cooldown works independently of the graphical effect, it's also possible to have a ridiculously huge number of them on screen at once. Yes, this means you could fly orbits around Shattrath pursued by a swarm of 100 Booterangs, if you really wanted to.
** Cataclysm introduces the engineering-exclusive Loot-a-Rang, which allows you to rifle through the pockets of a fallen foe and collect piles of gold and/or items from a distance.
** Some of the Hozen (a race of monkey-like creatures) in Mists of Pandaria have a Bananarang attack which works like this.
** One of the Hunter talents as of Mists of Pandaria throws a pair of Glaives that act like boomerangs, converging on the target for four times the damage each, but can hit other targets again on their way back to the Hunter.
** Any other throwing attack kind of implies the return to the user since the weapon (or shield for some Paladins) is never lost, but the whole "hitting other targets on the way to the main target and back to the user"-concept is generally ignored.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' has a boomerang that will return to you even if you move from where you threw it. It will only fail to return if you step behind something or leave the area.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'', Tanya's weapon of choice was a boomerang. While all characters could throw their weapons, hers would actually return to her if it misses the opponent. However, the trope is averted in that she has to retrieve it if it hits.
* ''Super VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' allows players to pick up and throw boomerangs at enemies, complete with return flight. However, in an odd and unintended aversion, they deal damage to the ''user'' as well. This was because the developers had yet to program the ability to catch them (along with many other things) when they forced to rush-release the U.S. version, [[ObviousBeta which was based on an incomplete build]]. They were able to add the ability to catch them for its ''slightly'' more complete Japanese release, ''Return of Double Dragon'', although in a more conventional aversion, they're still lost forever if the player fails to catch them.
* Somewhat subverted in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly]]'', where boomerangs were the main weapon. They could ricochet at 90 degree angles from the ground and hard objects, but if you missed them on the way back, they were gone.
* ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger''
** The Doomerang, which is player-controlled while your character stands immobile and vulnerable, making it AwesomeButImpractical, unfortunately.
** There's also the Megarang, which automatically targets crates and enemies, and will merrily bounce from enemy to crate to enemy, before returning to Ty's hand, er, paw.
** For that matter, Ty's ability to {{dual wield|ing}} boomerangs that ALWAYS return directly to him certainly counts, considering they're the most frequent theme in the games.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' has had boomerangs as a secondary weapon since the first game. Some of them are crucifixes, some are X-shaped, and some are actual boomerangs. [[http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/Cross_Boomerang#Item_Data See here for more info]].
** In ''Vampire Killer'', the crucifix and the axe both act as boomerangs, but you lose them if you don't catch them.
** The Axe Armours do this with their axes.
* Aversion: The boomerang in ''VideoGame/NetHack'' is a decently powerful missile weapon that moves in a circular pattern when thrown. Among other effects, this means that you can't throw it in narrow passages. And yes, if it actually hits, it doesn't come back. Then there's [[http://nethack.wikia.com/wiki/Mjollnir Mjollnir]], which has a 99% of magically returning to you after being thrown if you're wearing gauntlets of power (or otherwise have artificially maxed Strength).
* The [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity + 1]] weapon of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'', the Tri-Rang, split and flew in three directions at once and hit every enemy it it's path at least twice - multiple times if the enemy was big enough. (The game also featured lesser boomerangs of the lesser "hit and return" variety)
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/PitfallTheMayanAdventure''. Boomerangs are one of three weapons in the game, follow an improbably far-reaching curved path, and float around in the air upon return. They do disappear if you don't grab them again, however... and they ''don't'' return if they hit an enemy.
* Once thrown, the Boomerang acquired in ''VideoGame/JoeAndMac'' will literally chase you wherever you run as long as it does not lodge into a mook on the way.
* A couple ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' games feature the Razor Wind, a thrown ''circular saw'' that passes right through most enemies and, if it manages to get stuck, simply ''appears in the wielder's hand''. What's more, it never seems to hurt the wielder despite its lethal shape.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has several examples.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Yuffie's shuriken work this way. Oddly enough, you can never get thrown weaponry back. [[FridgeLogic Not sure why you can't just pick it up after the battle....]]
*** The extended re-release of the movie ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' features Cloud hurling one of his swords several hundred feet, where it flies in a wide lateral circle and slices through three monsters along the way before returning to him. Not only does he throw it, the sword splits in two in mid-flight. And he catches the second sword with the blade of the first one.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', Rinoa's Blaster Edges work the same way.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' there were boomerang weapons which could be dual wielded! Also they could be made to steal items using Locke's Capture/Mug command.
** Same goes for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV V]]''.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', Hope Estheim's WeaponOfChoice is a folding boomerang that can make a figure eight-shaped arc to hit the mook at least twice before returning to him, the game [[JustifiedTrope justifies this]], he has a device on his wrist that makes his boomerang follow his arm movements.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' features a Crossblade that works exactly like ''Wind Waker'''s boomerang.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' games often have "throw lightsaber" powers that let Jedi turn their lightsabers into Precision Guided Boomerangs. This is more due to the Jedi's telekinetic Force abilities than the lightsaber, but to an observer, it looks the same.
* Your [[DropTheHammer hammer]] in ''VideoGame/GodOfThunder'', when thrown, comes back directly towards you, no matter how much you move after throwing it. If there's an obstacle in its way, it will stop against the obstacle and hover in mid-air until you move aside to give it a clear path to you.
* Aika from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' uses these.
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal II'''s Roadkill had a boomerang missile that would shoot straight out, make a 90° turn and swing back to you. It was pretty sporadic as to whether or not you got credit back when you "cought" it, and sometimes it would just decide to fly circles around you. As a bonus it did double damage if it hit an enemy on the way back.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' on UsefulNotes/GameBoy gives Bugs and Daffy auto-return frisbees that would swing around you if you dodge their first attempt. If you do manage to throw it off, it's pointless because the frisbees are [[OneBulletAtATime actually infinite]].
* Videogame/BatmanArkhamSeries:
** Regular Batarangs avert this. After hitting their target, they would simply bounce off, never returning to Batman. You can even find them lying around after tossing a few. (However, they would cut through ropes fairly flawlessly, though that's more of an AbsurdlySharpBlade.) Also, the usual "multiple targets" of other video game boomerangs is averted in that you can only hit one target with a single Batarang; later upgrades let you throw more than one, letting you pick more targets (but never more than the amount of Batarangs you can throw). The Remote Control ones are justified, seeing as... well, they're remote control. (And they can be guided back to Batman, whereupon he will actually catch it. You don't have to do this, however.)
** Played straight with Nightwing's Escrima Sticks, which can be thrown as projectiles and will always return to Nightwing's hand.
* Your frisbees in ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'' always return to you after throwing. Should they fail to do so, they immaterialize and return as soon as possible passing through everything (or in case of Cluster F., {{sp|readShot}}lit).
* In ''VideoGame/StarOcean1'', Fear Mell fights with two throwing knives that always return (and some versions hit on the way back too). She wears a magical ring (that cannot be removed) to give her this power. Marvel Frozen similarly fights with a flying orb that she manipulates with her telekinetic power.
* Stiletto Anyways from ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}'' fights with daggers. Depending on which set she's equipped with, they're thrown at the enemy and return every time.
* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderOfCenty'', the first skill the hero learns is ''throwing his sword'', which will indeed spin around and come back like a boomerang.
* In ''VideoGame/MaximoGhostsToGlory'', the title character's shield acts very much like the Captain America example above: it always returns to him (regardless of what it hits) and with the right upgrades can bounce between enemies and/or hover in mid-air.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Elly's Scythe in Lotus Land Story. Even if you FIRE at it, it just blocks the attack and makes Elly [[ThatOneBoss more of a pain than she already was.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', Captain America's shield can be controlled in midair, probably through the controls mentioned in the above comic book section. It's worth noting, however, that controlling it is damn near impossible in-game. It's better to just throw the shield and let it do its own thing. It'll return to you regardless.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' Sivir has two abilities that do this. The first causes her auto-attacks to bounce and hit nearby enemies, the other throws her crossblade straight forward, where it will return to her. She can move while it's in flight to alter the angle of its return so that it hits an enemy it would otherwise miss.
** Lux has an odd defensive version of this. She throws her wand, and every allied champion it hits gains a defense shield. As with Sivir, moving while it's in flight can be used to make it hit more people, or hit the same person again on the return journey to reapply the shield.
* ''Kid Kool'' and its {{Spiritual Successor}}s by Creator/VicTokai all featured a partner that could be thrown at enemies but would return after a few seconds, though you would lose it if you took a hit:
** Wicky in ''Kid Kool''.
** Bird Fly in ''VideoGame/PsychoFox''.
** The skull in ''VideoGame/DecapAttack'' (whose counterpart in ''Magical Hat no Buttobi Turbo! Daibouken'' was an egg named Robogg).
* Chakrams in ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning''. Not only do they come back when thrown, but they can do a few tricks in the air like hitting multiple targets before coming back to you. Justified since they're explicitly magical weapons.
* Colette in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' wields chakrams that do this.
** VideoGame/TalesOfHearts [[UpdatedRerelease R]] gives us Gall Gruner who [[DualWielding wields]] a {{Machete|Mayhem}} and an [[AnAxeToGrind Axe]] that can attack again after being thrown.
** VideoGame/TalesOfGraces has Malik Caesar who fights with "[[MixAndMatchWeapon Bladeaxes]]".
** VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia has [[CuteBruiser Nan]] of the Hunting Blades use a boomerang that is the same size as her. The fact it returns to her is annoying in a battle as if a character is in the way, they get hit again by it.
* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' two characters Sialeeds and Sharmitsa have Chakrams as their weapons which are actually considered boomerangs and come back on return, they can also learn a skill for boomerangs which another character who actually has a boomerang cannot use.
** In ''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis'' Various characters can use a boomerang as their weapon, a chakram is one of the weapons included in the boomerang category and works like one as well.
* ''Videogame/TribesVengeance'' features the Buckler, a weapon/shield exclusive to the Assault class. When the thrown, the buckler will follow the player's crosshair, then after a certain point (or upon hitting an enemy) will bounce back in mid-air to return to the player's hands. If the buckler gets caught on an object, it will teleport back to the players hands.
* If you throw a boomerang in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'', it ''will'' return to you, even if it has to {{offscreen teleport|ation}} back into your inventory.
* The remake of ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' includes a chakram that behaves like one of these; it will make a good effort to return to you, but doesn't always succeed. If it fails (or hits a hard surface) it falls to the ground; either way, successfully catching or retrieving it allows you to avoid wasting ammo.
* ''Videogame/SengokuBasara'' has Goto Matabe, who uses a "Fang Blade" that can be tossed like a giant boomerang in order to clear crowds of enemies. It also serves as a useful torture device, either for sawing into the enemy or crushing them between the blades like a vice grip.
* Thrown melee weapons in ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}'' will always come back to the player, allowing them to OneHitPolykill enemies in the way. The Glaive (originally featured in ''Videogame/DarkSector''), Kestrel boomerang, and Halikar mace will all come straight back to the user (though enemy Halikars take a curving path); and the Halikar [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands will take enemy weapons with it]]. Several other weapons like the various [[SinisterScythe scythes]] can be thrown with certain melee stances equipped; the "Reaping Spiral" stance will hurl the scythe forward while it spins through enemies and goes straight through cover and riot shields, before returning to the users hands.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'', ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroesVsStreetFighter'' and the ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' series with Captain America. Cap's shield will not return to you, instead bouncing off an opponent or a wall with the intention of you catching it. You can actually miss it, forcing Cap to fight shieldless until you walk over it.
* The NES platformer ''Power Blade'' featured the protagonist, an [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Albert Wesker]] lookalike wield such a weapon. It centered on finding power ups or PoweredArmor to increase it's effectiveness, as well as agents who will help you deactivate security to shut down computer networks, in a mix between ''Franchise/MegaMan'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGear.''
* Selan's WeaponOfChoice in ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' are [[AnIcePerson icy]] chakrams. Both of her special attacks involve throwing her blade, with the basic special being guided by the D-pad. It's [[JustifiedTrope justified]] via the setting's {{Magitek}}.
* In the Jaleco arcade game ''Legend of Makai'', your hero starts off with just a cheap sword. But he can quickly earn enough to money to buy a throwing knife, a throwing axe and ultimately a pair of throwing axes. Each of these will return to you regardless of whether you hit or miss an enemy.

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* ''Webcomic/KnightsOfTheOldCoding''
** The comic parodies this, when it is revealed that Ryu's Windmill Star always returns, but he had slept through the class on how to catch a giant spinning blade of death. He eventually stops it -- by embedding it in a Dragoon's back.
** Similarly, when Kuros finds the Axe of Agor, he discards the Knife of Throwing, forgetting that [[BoomerangComeback it always returns until it stabs him in the back]].
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''
** See [[http://www.xkcd.com/445/ this comic]].
** And [[http://xkcd.com/475/ this one]], in the same vein.
** And at long last, [[http://xkcd.com/939/ the return]]...
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''
** Chief has a spear that materializes in his hand after throwing it. It also splits into lots of spears when thrown.
** Kin also had a crossbow with bolts that regrow in the quiver... but that takes an hour.
* In ''Webcomic/TheGodsOfArrKelaan'', this is a major plot point that Satan tries to plan around. The magical pink mallet still goes through him to return to Ronson.
* Subverted [[http://campcomic.com/comic/279 here]] in ''Webcomic/CampWeedonwantcha'': when Malachi says it comes back, he means his friend Seventeen will retrieve it for him.

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* In the ''WebVideo/KateModern'' animated episode "The Wedding Video", Ninja!Charlie {{throw|ingYourSwordAlwaysWorks}}s a bent {{katana|sAreJustBetter}} at a group of enemies. It slices straight through them all and arcs around, coming to rest embedded in the wall next to where Charlie is standing.
* During the ''[[WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl Year One Brawl]]'', That Aussie Guy whips out "The Stereotype of Doom", throwing a boomerang that knocks down [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], Handsome Tom, WebVideo/MarzGurl, and Ma-Ti, before he effortlessly reclaims it, spouting a menacing "Oi" at the end.
* Played for laughs in the ''Blog/WhatIf'' entry [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/23/ "Short Answer Section II"]]:
--> '''Chad Macziewski:''' What if you strapped C4 to a boomerang? Could this be an effective weapon, or would it be as stupid as it sounds?\\
'''[[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} Randall Munroe:]]''' Aerodynamics aside, I'm curious what tactical advantage you're expecting to gain by having the high explosive fly back at you if it misses the target.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Sokka's boomerang does this to a lesser extent, and has been known to simply [[ClingyMacGuffin show back up after being lost]], or be found again by sheer luck -- a more mundane form of returning, but you can't doubt its loyalty. Lampshaded once when Sokka was stuck in a pit and an apple was ''just'' out of reach. While struggling to get free, the boomerang dislodges from him and falls in front of the apple, and Sokka remarks: "Now come back, boomerang." Furthermore, in one episode, the group's packs are stolen, and Sokka's boomerang with them. Later in the same episode, they run into the thieves and the boomerang is dropped. When Sokka sees it, he snatches it up, cuddles it and proclaims "Boomerang! You really do always come back!"
** In "The Western Air Temple", Sokka became the worst abuser in history. [[spoiler:[[AwesomenessByAnalysis Based on the angle of two firebending attacks]], he was able to locate and hit an enemy hundreds of feet away, at least one floor up, ''from behind a wall'', and it still comes back. Add to this was the fact that it was a headshot, and when the guy gets back up and tries to attack again '''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard he explodes]]''']]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnIa1-dzmoE Seriously]]. While it was '''completely insane''', [[RuleOfCool it's pretty awesome]]. Granted, there ''was'' {{Foreshadowing}} in a previous episode that [[spoiler:[[GoForTheEye hitting his third eye]] causes his mind/firebending to backfire and blow up in his face]], so there's at least a reason for ''that'' part.
** [[spoiler:Then subverted in the GrandFinale, where Sokka throws it in a last-ditch effort to save himself and Toph. He then guesses (correctly) that it's not coming back when he realizes that he only delayed the inevitable... [[BigDamnHeroes only to be saved by Suki's timely comeback.]]]] Made all the funnier by Toph (who is blind and thus only heard the ensuing carnage) asking the question, [[spoiler:"What happened? Did boomerang come back?"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Skyland}}'': Mahad's boomerang.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' has Tigger throw a boomerang at a beehive. Said boomerang hunts him down like a bloodhound for the rest of the episode, even into houses.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** Optimus Prime from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' somehow manages to have a precision-guided ''axe''.
*** Prowl's shuriken seem to work this way as well.
** Before him, Cheetor in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' could stick his swords together to form a boomerang thingy capable of hitting several Vehicon drones in one flight path and still return.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'':
** Yumi's tessen fans act like this. It helps that she can use telekinesis to control them. Though in an episode she and Odd switched bodies, Odd was unable to make them return.
** Ulrich's {{katana|sAreJustBetter}} veers into this a few times [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks when thrown]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'' had Smee cursed with [[ClingyMacGuffin a boomerang that always returned.]] Even from a locked chest at the bottom of the sea. Even with people clinging to it (and getting a free ride).
* WesternAnimation/TheTick's most colorful apprentices from "The Tick vs. Education": the Babyboomerangotan! A man [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys in an orangutan costume]]... throwing baby dolls which returned to him. Except for the doll dubbed "the middle child", which ''exploded''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Robin's Birdarangs are examples, and one of his many shoutouts to ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids''. Zandor's shield, which could even return while ''carrying a person''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''
** Ruel Stroud's ''{{shovel|Strike}}'' (the Enutrof's WeaponOfChoice).
** Remington Smisse has a Shushu dagger/scimitar also capable of this feat.
** The Masked Gobbowler can do this by controlling a gobball infused with energy.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', Private uses a butterscotch lollipop as a boomerang.
* In the "A Better World" episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Franchise/WonderWoman uses her tiara as this against [[spoiler:Justice Lord Wonder Woman]].
* Wonder Woman also does it in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* In the classic Disney short ''Mickey Down Under'' (1948), WesternAnimation/{{Mickey|Mouse}} uses a boomerang that's borderline self-willed. It barely needs to be thrown and just flies in circles at the slightest touch. Pluto struggles for a while with it, and both he and Mickey end up chased by the boomerang at the end.
* In both ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', the Batarangs are much more often just bladed throwing weapons that may or may not curve. And sometimes they're not. However, ''The Batman'' might also be a justified case, since here the Batarang is equipped with the same kind of [[AppliedPhlebotinum weird technology]] found within the GrapplingHookPistol, [=the BatWave=], etc. -- remember that strange zinging noise the Batarang makes. In ''Batman Beyond'', they were shown to be much less precise without the processing power of Terry's PoweredArmor.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog'', Ace the Bat-Hound also has a teleguided batarang.
* ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'': Wile E. Coyote and a boomerang. You can figure out the rest.
* ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'': Soar Loser has a total of five boomerangs at his disposal and throughout the course of the show, they always came back.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' the monks get a MidSeasonUpgrade in the form of artifacts personalized to their elemental powers. Clay gets the Big Bang Meteorang, which is a brown boomerang that splits into multiple boomerangs in flight, blows up the MechaMooks in its path before returning as a single boomerang.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* JustForFun: R.W. Wood (physicist, enthusiast of boomerang and surfing, and sort of daredevil) at one of his open demonstrations decided to show how the boomerang flies [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and sent it into a wide loop over the tribunes]]. Then one of his students raised an umbrella high enough to be in the way. Boomerang cut it down.