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->''"Do a barrel roll!" (Press Z or R twice)''
-->-- '''Peppy Hare''' instructs the player on this tactic, ''VideoGame/StarFox64''

The principle is simple: spin a rod (or rod-like object) fast enough and you can get it to function as a makeshift shield. Of course, this raises questions like how it can be done without injury (human joints have limited articulation), how the rod can get up to speed fast enough to actually block stuff, how the user manages to recover from the exertion so quickly, and if bullets are being blocked, how the rod isn't damaged if it's not stronger than usual. Your answer? ''[[RuleOfCool It's cool]].''

An example of ImplausibleFencingPowers and SisterTrope to ParryingBullets, but can be done with any long and thin object. Distinguished from a plain IKnowKarate display because it's normally only done when there are dangerous airborne objects approaching. SimpleStaff users can be counted upon to do this at least once in their careers. This can also be done using a SpinAttack with almost anything, even your entire body!

This is ''a tiny bit'' TruthInTelevision in that a few hundred years ago, when bows were the norm rather than guns, there were martial artists who claimed that they could spin a staff fast enough to deflect arrows.[[note]]An arrow is about a meter long, so to block one reliably, the staff has to complete half a revolution/second for each meter/second of speed the arrow has. Even at a mere 10 m/s (slower than a sprinter), that's 5 rev/s... hard to pull off. A medieval-style longbow can fire at 60 m/s, requiring 30 rev/s. If you could spin a staff ''half'' that fast, you could stick airfoils on it and become a human helicopter. To its credit, rotating slower would still provide a better defense than just holding a weapon steady, though not nearly to the degree that it's most commonly depicted.[[/note]]

Of course, now we do it for bullets and lasers, but nobody seems to mind a lot because EverythingsBetterWithSpinning.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series use this quite a bit, and is semi-plausible because they're HumongousMecha.
** In ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', protagonist Loran Cehack was fond of doing this with the titular machine's beam saber. Sometimes he did it with [[DualWield both sabers]]. He even did it with a ball and chain.
** Some of the [[RedShirtArmy grunt machines]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' have a Defense Rod based on this very concept. The benefit of course lies within the fact that it was designed exactly with this purpose in mind with no secondary benefit. The grunts are not going to be given state-of-the-art material for a mundane shield and the shield rod uses far less material while being overally lighter. This suits a mecha that more or less is made of paper because a makeshift spinning rod is far more effective for blocking hits than a giant shield that would weigh them down. In the second season, the grunts have shields ''with'' Defense Rods, but since TheFederation has gained access to GN particle technology by this point, the rods have the added benefit of generating a circular particle field for additional defense on top of everything else.
** The Beam Rotors in ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' are based on this concept, and they provide lift for many [[TransformingMecha Zanscare machines]] in copter mode.
** The Raider Gundam in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' can do this too, swinging its morning-star like weapon. The tech spec of the mobile suit itself actually said that the wire used is coated in anti-beam coat, making the use more than just makeshift; rather, it's an intentional one.
** The title mecha of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' could do this with beam sabers. Even if it already had a beam shield!
** Not to be left out, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' has Captain Ash using a grappling hook to block energy bits.
* In the manga ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'', Manji's dozen swords include a pair of sai-like things that are specifically ''designed'' for this -- each has a round hole in the blade to twirl them by.
* Tuxedo Mask of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' does this with his fancy cane/wand (it looks like a magicians' wand, but is probably meant to be a cane) on several occasions.
* [[{{Samurai}} Kenshin]] does this more than once with his sword in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', including once with fire.
* ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'':
** Itsue does this with a [[WhipItGood whip]]. That IS her special power, and the only one that is actually useful out of all the Aasu sisters.
** That's nothing... the bad guy in ''Puni Puni Poemi'' spins his ''testicles'' in order to deflect Nabeshin's attack.
* Kenshiro manages to do this with ''nunchucks'' in an early chapter of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. Not only that, but he manages to deflect them in such a way so that they hit the guys who threw them in the first place. He's Kenshiro, after all.
* Two decades before [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang]], Ranma from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' spun a simple wooden staff to deflect fire. The difference is, Ranma is a normal human, is afflicted at the moment with a shiatsu point that increases his sensitivity to heat (even lukewarm water is painful), and her ([[GenderBender at the time]]) hands aren't even singed. The next time he uses a staff as a defensive measure, he explicitly blocks the attacks by swinging it instead of spinning it.
* Here's an example that actually makes sense in some regards: Joey in the sixth volume of ''Manga/YuGiOh'' spins around Yugi's Millennium Puzzle (which is on a string) to act as a shield against several yoyo-wielding thugs. It doesn't deflect them, but instead tangles them up, rendering them useless.
* Sui from ''Manga/DoubleArts'' uses an iron ''hoop'', spinning it in a sphere-shaped shield around herself while she is curled up inside the 'shield'. How she avoids any form of dizziness (or even if she gets dizzy at all) is never addressed.
* Leave it to ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' to take this trope UpToEleven: [[TheDragon Gua]][[EnsembleDarkhorse me]] combined his Impregnable Fortress Dai-Gundo with ''the city of Teppelin'', then used that to deflect any attack on said capital.. from any direction except down. Even then it was virtually impervious to attack until he made the fatal mistake of dropping it on Gurren Lagann, which provided the title mech the momentum it needed to pierce even the mighty ship's armor.
* Kento, and the Ancient One wield staffs in ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' and often spin them rapidly for defense. The Ancient's staff is so powerful it can even break weapons rather than simply deflecting them.
* ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers'': Hideki does this with a daikon radish against a volley of syringes.
* The Shen Hu and Siegfried of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' can do this. The Shen Hu with its slash harken, the Siegfried just by spinning.
* The title character in ''Anime/{{Karas}}'' can do this ''without holding his sword'', and is used both offensively (flying buzzsaw style) and defensively ([[SpinToDeflectStuff as in this trope...]]) seeing as magic is involved in empowering said sword and the armor... this isn't as implausible as it sounds. This is carried over into his appearance in ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'' in both its variants.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': A Cubone does this with its club to block Pikachu's Thundershock in an early episode... despite the fact that as a Ground-type Pokémon, electricity is null and void. Except that it's ASH'S Pikachu, with the [[ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot magical ability]] to slaughter Ground-types with electrical attacks. That Cubone was badass by being able to recognize this reality-reversing surprise in advance and properly defend against it.
* Young Goku does this regularly in ''Manga/DragonBall'' with his magic staff, even against full-automatic gunfire. That is, before he plain and simply becomes ImmuneToBullets. To clarify: since the start of the series, he never takes any actual serious damage from the bullets -- they just used to hurt like hell.
* Angemon from ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' can do this by spinning his Angel Staff. Notably in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'': "Digimon Hurricane Landing!! Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals".
* [[{{Ninja}} Kaede]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' uses her [[{{BFS}} gigantic]] FuumaShuriken to deflect one of Kotaro's attacks this way. It even has a convenient pull string for that purpose.
* Played Straight in ''Anime/GunXSword''. Van is basically impervious to bullets because whenever he's shot at, he is somehow already spinning his sword, cutting all bullets coming at him in half (and somehow simultaneously stopping them).
* Volfogg of ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' uses this in his [[CombiningMecha Big Volfogg]] form -- the rotary blades of the Gunglue serve as the spinning stick.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'': Kurapika blocks bullets with his chains.
* Io Otonashi from ''Manga/PlaceToPlace'' blocks snowballs using one-handed-spin wooden chopsticks during [[MundaneMadeAwesome a snowball fight]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A regular part of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'s bag of tricks in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse is spinning his hammer by its handlestrap to create a "shield". Justified by the hammer being magic and the wielder being a god. Note that this is also a variant of the tactic he uses to open dimensional portals, so [[FridgeBrilliance along with blocking incoming shots, he may be siphoning them away]].
* Longtime [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] enemy Thunderball has done this at least once, though he was in a Franchise/SpiderMan comic at the time - he spins his ball-and-chain in a circle to deflect small arms fire.
* Donatello and Master Splinter from ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' do this on what must be an episodic basis with their SimpleStaff. Leonardo and Michelangelo also do it frequently. Even Raphael has pulled it off a couple of times with his sai.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* One antagonist from the ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' movies blocks Lina's fire blasts like this. Slightly subverted, in that said antagonist's sword catches fire.
* Slightly subverted in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', when Captain Shang uses his spinning SimpleStaff to deflect rocks thrown by his students: although he successfully deflects them, it's clear that he's specifically blocking individual attacks, not simply spinning his staff so fast that attacks can't penetrate. When other characters (specifically Mulan herself) try the same thing without proper training, they just end up twirling their staff uselessly as stones pelt them.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Jedi and Sith have been shown to do this with their lightsabers, although they often don't spin them as fast as you might expect. They don't actually spin the blades as a shield, they parry the blasts much as one would a blow from another sword. Of course this is due to TheForce allowing Jedi to anticipate where to block ''before'' the shot's even been fired.
** General Grievous does this a couple of times, although there's [[ArtificialLimbs a good reason]].
** There is a specific lightsaber form dedicated to [[StoneWall near total impenetrable defense]] utilizing sweeping, circular motions close to the body called Soresu. [[MartialPacifist Obi-Wan]] is ''the'' master of this form, and uses it the majority of the time in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
* Done in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' rather impressively; [[ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} Wade]] walks into a room full of {{Mooks}} and manages to deflect all the bullets fired at him using rapidly spinning [[DualWielding dual-wielded]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]]. His mutant power is to see in bullet time, so like many other examples, he's not making a truly impenetrable shield, but blocking individual shots. The spinning is highly implied to be him showing off.
* In ''Film/BeverlyHillsNinja'', Chris Farley's character, [[McNinja Haru]], deflects the bullets Tanley shoots at him with his two swords, [[FridgeLogic and not spun very fast either]].
* When fired upon by multiple guards, Kroenen in ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' spins his blades to deflect them.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', when Will Scarlett shows off his fighting prowess by spinning twin daggers so quickly that an arrow fired at him from point blank range is reduced to sawdust and the daggers are left smoking (presumably from the friction).
* In ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'', Li Mubai spins his sword to deflect a barrage of poison darts thrown at him by Jade Fox. [[spoiler:It almost works, but not quite; he is hit by a single dart, which proves fatal.]]
* True to tradition, Donatello does this with his [[WeaponOfChoice signature]] [[SimpleStaff Bo]] in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014''. [[RuleOfCool Against machine guns]]. [[UpToEleven At point-blank range]].
* The propeller zombie from ''Film/FrankensteinsArmy'' is ImmuneToBullets thanks to the DeadlyRotaryFan it has instead of a head. It's defeated by cutting its fuel line.

* Cashel from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles'' can do this with his quarterstaff. Of course, it helps that he's a natural magic-user. When he spins his staff it creates a blue barrier than can stop magic, so clearly the spinning is an aid rather than the whole protection.
* Subverted and played straight in Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' books. In the Literature/KhaavrenRomances, Khaavren fights a duel against an enemy who spins his sword around to block Khaavren's attacks. Khaavren reflects on how dumb that move is, then moves his sword in a spiral to get past the guy's defenses and stab him in the heart. Vlad Taltos, on the other hand, spins his magic chain Spellbreaker in a circle to make an effective spell shield.
* Isana does this with ''water'' in in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' final book. A small pool of water on her arm shaped like a shield and spun at high speed deflects vord attacks, and [[RequiredSecondaryPowers nearly tears her arm off.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The feat to perform this in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3.5th edition is called "Spinning Defense" (from the ''Dragon Compendium''). It requires a polearm and focusing entirely on defense, but allow the use of Deflect Arrows an unlimited number of times (while it's usually limited to one projectile per round).

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Nokama's Hydro Blades had this function in ''Legends of Metru Nui''. The toy couldn't do this as easily.
** Keetongu's Whirling Shields not only blocked energy attacks, but transferred their power to Keetongo himself. On the toy, an axle allows you to spin them.
** Tahu Nuva in his flying AdaptiveArmor had Rotating Fire Blades. They worked on the toy, but with some friction issues.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DrillDozer'', you can deflect bullets by using the Drill Dozer's [[ThisIsADrill drill]].
* This is a standard move in many ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games, where holding the attack button would make you spin your [[WhipItGood whip]]. This would block many basic projectiles before they reached you. A lot of magic shields in ''Castlevania'' games have also have a habit of spinning around. This doesn't actually block out everything. A spinning whip deals less damage than a normally flung whip, and enemies can still run into you while taking damage. Also, if you have a set of n things (where n is usually 2, 4, 6, or 8) whirling around your character, projectiles can still fall through the cracks and hit you. Thus, both of these tactics are most useful for dealing with weak but annoying enemies, such as medusa heads. Also, don't forget the recurrent Spear Guards, who have a nasty habit of deflecting projectiles this way. In some games (''Harmony of Dissonance'', in example) they become completely immune while doing this.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'':
** Vergil used this in an extremely badass BulletTime version, in ''Devil May Cry 3'', catching a bunch of bullets that Dante had fired at him. He then slid his katana along the ground, depositing all of the bullets, perfectly intact, in a neat row... before sweeping them up and returning them with a single swing. Taken to extremes in his boss fights when he can negate armour-piercing rounds and rockets just by doing the same move.
** In ''[[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate]] VideoGame/MarvelVSCapcom3'', this is Vergil's block animation.
** [[BladeOnAStick Bolverk]] and [[EpicFlail Plutonian]] from the second game also had the ability to deflect bullets by spinning their weapons.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'':
** When Faust blocks an attack in ''Guilty Gear'', he does so by spinning his giant scalpel.
** Slayer has the same strategy in ''Guilty Gear XX'', though he "parries" everything with one hand.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** Pit in ''Brawl'' has this as one of his special attacks with his bow/swords called Angel Ring.
** ROB's side special, where it spins it arms around its body, has this as a secondary use.
** Zelda's neutral special, the "Nayru's Love" barrier, which she spins while using.
* In ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'', Will looks like he's doing this with his flute. Will doesn't block enemy attacks with his flute-spinning; it's part of his telekinetic ability (for attracting Dark Gems and moving statues blocking his path).
* Randy in ''VideoGame/GuardianHeroes'' both attacks and blocks this way.
* Katt's defensive stance in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' shows her spinning her [[SimpleStaff staff]] faster than humanly possible. Then again, she's ''not'' human.
* Used in ''VideoGame/WonderBoyInMonsterWorld'' with all spear weapons to make up for the lack of a shield, funny thing is that you can actually do CollisionDamage ''to'' the enemy if they touch the spinning spear.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** There are at least two instances of this in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', both within boss battles. The first is about halfway through the game [[spoiler:in Timeless River, in which Pete attempts to escape on a steamboat. He creates objects that fly towards Sora, who spins his Keyblade in a reaction command to deflect them before knocking them right back at Pete.]] The second occurrence is at the end of the game [[spoiler:during the last battle with Xemnas, whose desperation attack surrounds Sora and Riku with hundreds of [[MoreDakka red]] [[FrickinLaserBeams laser]] [[BeamSpam bullets]]. The player must mash two buttons to command the pair to dodge about and spin their Keyblades nonstop to deflect the incoming projectiles.]]
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', [[SinisterScythe Marluxia's]] take on Block ability is this trope.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'', Max's spin attack can deflect projectiles back at their sender. It is also the only way to survive getting hit with the final boss' instant-kill beam.
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' Yukimura blocks attacks by spinning one of his spears. Then again the whole game runs on RuleOfCool.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan'':
** One of the enemies in Yamato Man's stage in ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'' does this with spears. The idea is to attack it after it throws the spinning spear at you but before it retrieves another one.
** Top Man of ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'' does this too, when he's using Top Spin (see, THAT would've made it a lot better in Mega Man's hands).
** Well, there ARE about a gazillion "spinning shield" weapons that Mega Man can get, ranging in utility from the useless Power Stone from ''VideoGame/MegaMan5'' (which actually had TWO such weapons, the other being the slightly less useless Star Crash) to the nearly impenetrable Jewel Satellite from ''VideoGame/MegaMan9''...
** Heck, quite a few other Robot Masters can do it too, like Blizzard Man from ''6'', Clown Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'', Pirate Man from ''Mega Man and Bass'', Strike Man from ''10'', Punk from the GameBoy ''III'' (returning in ''VideoGame/MegaMan10''), and Sunstar from the Gameboy's ''V''.
* Zero's Shield Boomerang in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' is actually the Z-saber spinning really fast, allowing him to block and deflect enemy bullets, as revealed by concept art.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' when [[spoiler:Roy attempts to deflect a hail of arrows by spinning his three-section staff. It doesn't work out so well for him, as some of the arrows get through and kill him. Fortunately, [[MultipleEndings the player can avoid putting him in the path of those arrows in the first place]].]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', you have to deflect the wizard Agahnim's shots. Doing it with the [[ImprovisedWeapon bug-catcher's net]] is exactly this.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', your spinner (also known as the man-sized frisbee) can deflect flaming arrows. And yes, it spins. And yes, it is awesome.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'': Billy Kane has had a staff spin as his main technique for nearly as long as he's existed (the original Fatal Fury had it in his winpose, but not as an actual move) which, in most games, serves to block projectile attacks as well as attack close opponents.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'':
** A ''Dynasty Warriors 6'' [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscene]] involves Lu Bu spinning his spear to deflect a ''river''.
** The intro video to ''[[VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi Warriors Orochi 2]]'' has Cao Pi deflecting bullets from his allies Masamune Date and Magoichi Saika to defeat enemy troops swarming them.
* Ocelot in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' uses GunTwirling to protect himself from [[BeeBeeGun a swarm of hornets]].
* In ''VideoGame/BioShock2'', the last of three possible upgrades for your Drill weapon allows you to reflect all bullets that hit it while it's spinning.
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'', Azimuth can deflect projectiles by spinning his double-sided wrench in front of him so fast it becomes a blur.
* Mace Windu can do this in ''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisodeIJediPowerBattles''.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'', Sonson levitates and spins her staff in front of her to block attacks.
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', Selvaria Bles' Valkyrian shield (which was modeled after a nautilus seashell and gyrates in a fashion that accentuates this) was used this way during a cutscene to send an armor-piercing tank shell off course.
* In ''VideoGame/MysticalNinjaStarringGoemon'', Yae can receive an upgrade for her katana that allows her to spin it to deflect projectiles.
* Trained [[PsychicPowers psychic]] soldiers in ''VideoGame/TheRedStar'' have large staff-like weapons called Hooks, often adorned with blades and other weapons, that they can spin to deflect bullets. Since this is done [[MindOverMatter telekinetically]], the Hook suspended in mid-air by pure mental force, this gets around the physical impossibility of spinning them by hand.
* The Chinese version of ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'' has the Hammer Zombie and Nunchuck Zombie in its exclusive world. After walking a certain distance through the lawn, both zombies stop for a bit to spin their respective weapons and bounce back any projectiles shot, then take a breath and resume walking. Another zombie from the same world as the above two will always reflect back projectiles due to his idle animation involving spinning his torch, but if the torch is put out, the zombie will stop his deflection.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', Mer-kin bladeswitchers in the Mer-Kin Colosseum will sometimes use a special attack where they spin their weapons around themselves, deflecting any attempts to attack them back at you. To prevent this, you have to [[TacticalRockPaperScissors counter with one of the special moves learned for the Mer-Kin dodgeball]] when you see them prepping their special attack.
* ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'': Decepticon [[CombiningMecha Bruticus]] can do this with the helicopter blades on his arm, courtesy of Vortex, the Combaticon who transforms into said arm.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}'', [[TransformingMecha View Hounds]] can spin their rotor blades to deflect attacks while in robot mode.
* In ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'', Bentley the Yeti can spin his club to deflect projectiles; it's not particularly helpful against enemies, but it does help you solve a few puzzles.
* ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'': The Unify Naginata deflects projectiles when spun, which is also the only attack with that particular weapon. Said deflectable projectiles range from drill-like cells to bullets from a HumongousMecha.
* PWR Loaders from ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' are armed with a pair of huge grappling claws. They spin them as they advance and deflect anything short of rocket launcher rounds.
* The Staff Fighting power set in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' included a move called Guarded Spin, which increased the likelihood of avoiding attacks for a few seconds.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Ruby uses this to deflect shots with her massive scythe. It seems to only work on smaller caliber weapons with larger explosives capable of getting through.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Alex does this with a spear when Robo-Wolf shoots at him with bullets. Seth points out the impossibility of this.
-->'''Seth''': There is no humanly-possible way you could twirl your spear fast enough to deflect gunfire.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Keela can [[BarrierWarrior create a black shield]] by spinning her scythe.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MagIsa'': That's how Eman gets out of [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119758 an attack from all sides.]]
* ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' gives us Madeline the Paladin, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level2/level-2-11/ who deflects some thrown daggers]] with her WeaponOfChoice [[ImprobableWeaponUser (a hoe)]].
* ''Webcomic/UserFriendly'' subverts this twice.
** [[http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=19990525 First by having all projectiles go through the whirl.]] Good thing it was a mock-figth.
** [[http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=19990527 Then by using a water balloon.]]
* ''Webcomic/CosmicDash'' has the title character [[http://www.cosmicdash.com/comic/episode-5-pg-21/ use this technique]] to deflect Sarress Aeven's thrown blades.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[SuperSpeed Tachyon]] of the ''[[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]]'' once used this technique and a length of steel pipe to deflect automatic weapons fire.
* Malachite from ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' uses his staff to block machine gun fire from [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] and WebVideo/ObscurusLupa.
* In the ''WebVideo/FranceFive'' final episode, Blue Accordéon and Yellow Baguette spin their weapons to shield themselves against lightning thrown by [[BigBad Glou Man Chou]]. [[CasualDangerDialog And they hold a conversation while doing it.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* General Grievous does this much more impressively in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' animation, where he attacks five Jedi at once via judicious spinning of two lightsabers and his own rotating torso.
* Given Aang's WeaponOfChoice, this is inevitable in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. But he has airbending to help lend speed to his staff spin. It also creates a buffer of air that helps deflect or stop attacks, making this example somewhat justified.
* Jazz from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' can spin ''nunchucks'' to deflect '''[[RuleOfCool lasers]]'''.
* So can Robin from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* The 1958 WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck cartoon "Robin Hood Daffy" famously parodies this trope. Daffy, as Robin Hood, shows off his quarterstaff skills to Porky Pig, as Friar Tuck. He executes a number of maneuvers, calling his attacks, including "SPIN!" The first time he tries it he hits himself in the face. The second time, Porky inserts a little stick into the spinning quarterstaff, with the result that the staff stops spinning and Daffy starts spinning around instead. He ends up flying into the river.
* Ruel Stroud from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' can do this by spinning his [[ShovelStrike shovel]]. Notably in season 2 episode 8, he uses the move against demonic CombatTentacles.
* In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', Whiplash 3.0 bounces IM's lasers back at him by spinning his whips.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'': Mike Chilton does this with his skull-staff frequently.
* On ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub'', a floating squid-like alien can deflect laser fire by spinning its tentacles very fast. (It's not a full-body example since only the tentacles spin, as if on an organic axle, not the rest of the body.)
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E4DaringDont Daring Don't]]", JustForFun/DaringDo is seen spinning her tail to deflect a volley of arrows with a mini-tornado. Although it was a retelling by Rainbow Dash of a scene from the book, so she might be exaggerating a bit. We don't know if the true Daring Do can do it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'':
** Cat Noir's weapon of choice is a retractable staff, so of course he does a lot of spinning with it to deflect attacks coming from the MonsterOfTheWeek.
** Ladybug also does it by spinning her magic yoyo; however in this case it doesn't so much deflect as create an impenetrable shield that disintegrates what's thrown at it. She uses it once to protect herself and Cat Noir from a [[BlowYouAway blown-away]] ''bus''; this doesn't stop it, but they end up safely inside through a perfectly round hole on its side.
* Ulrich from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''; you'd think a Jedi Master trained him the way he can use his katana to deflect the laser fire from XANA's monsters.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* As noted in the trope summary, the use of staff weapons to deflect arrows.
* TruthInTelevision: There was a man who did this with an umbrella. The police tried to spray him with pepper spray and he spun his umbrella making it go into the eyes of the crowd that had gathered.
* There is an obscure weapon called an "arrow catcher", used by Gatka martial artists. It is essentially 20 chain flails, linked together to form a giant spider's web, which is then spun around quickly. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3s8VZy5IQI It's all probably just for show though.]]
* Many jujutsu (and other "soft martial arts") grab defenses involve spinning your arm around the attacker's grasp to reverse the leverage advantage of the attack. A favourite of Steven Seagal.
* A fast boxer facing a slower opponent might defend from jabs by swirling his arm around the punch, allowing it to slide harmlessly along his arm rather than hit him squarely.
* That is actually the main mechanism of a fencing parry. You spin around your opponent's blade to push it out. A pair of fast and stubborn inexperienced fencers often end up playing "windshield wiper" where they both try to outspin the other.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_view_screen clear view screen]] is a glass disc attached to a motor that was developed as an alternative to the rubber blade windshield wiper. The motor spins the disc at over 1000 RPM, keeping the glass free of rain and snow. The clear view itself is limited to the size of the disc, so nowadays they're usually seen only on ships and larger vehicles.
* [[http://www.aol.com/article/2015/10/14/watch-this-modern-day-samurai-cut-a-baseball-at-100mph/21249232/?cps=gravity_4816_-2050426241598422223 Modern-day Samurai Isao Machii]] demonstrates his skills by slicing a baseball fired at him from a pitching machine at 160 KMH in half with his sword.

!!!"Spin your whole body" variant

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Neji Hyuuga does this by spinning his entire body around like a spinning top, creating a vortex that blocks all projectiles and damages opponents caught in it. The lack of dizziness is justified: [[MagicalEye Byakugan]] gives him near 360-degree vision, so the visual clues always remain in the sight; and technically, he's not spinning all that quickly himself (the vortex is created by spraying chakra around).
* Tomo from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' tries something similar when walking down a narrow street and worried about being hit by the side mirror of a passing car. All she accomplishes is making herself dizzy and nearly getting run over. The intent, incidentally, is not to magically block the impact of the car ([[GenkiGirl though we wouldn't put it past Tomo to try]]) but to roll with the impact, spinning in the direction that such an impact would send her anyway.
* The [[LethalJokeCharacter Beetle]] from ''Manga/GetterRobo Go'' is a not-very HumongousMecha that can withdraw its head, arms and legs into its body to form a solid steel dome. It then spins really fast.
* Seigfried of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' uses this as the basis of his fighting style; he spins to deflect incoming attacks and redirect the momentum into his own blows.
* Kaiten Bancho from ''Manga/KongohBancho'' uses his abnormal body to spin rapidly like a tornado to deflect attacks.
* In the Sinnoh-based seasons of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Ash and Dawn command their mons to literally spin in midair to dodge attacks. Later Ash takes it farther by having them spin while using an attack to create a spinning shield of doom (which was such an effective maneuver Paul used the "Counter Shield" against Ash in a later battle).
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': God Gundam's God Slash Typhoon. Using two beam sabers, Domon spins his whole Gundam really fast to deflect George de Sand's [[AttackDrone Rose Bits.]]
* Rushuna from ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'' spins in place when shot at, which somehow makes every bullet miss.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', Flash uses this against [[EvilCounterpart Johnny]] [[MeaningfulName Quick]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''[[Film/TomYumGoong The Protector]]'', Tony Jaa deflects a sword thrust in BulletTime by jumping and spinning rapidly, causing it to glance off his body harmlessly.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', Barbariccia is (mostly) impervious to all physical attacks while she's spinning. Except for the kind that come straight down. That's why you have Kain. Except for the rematch in the DS version. Summon and Black Magic spam are your only hope here.
* VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe has a spin kick move, which, yes, deflects attacks. Then again, as long as you're using your Slow power, you can deflect anything from bullets, to tank shells, to ''laser blasts''.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox''
** More of a "spin your whole ship" variant, but the page quote is the immortal ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' [[MemeticMutation barrel roll]]. All the controllable crafts in the game, namely the Arwing (nimble spacecraft), Landmaster (tank) and Blue Marine (submarine) are capable of a spin maneuver that deflects most types of enemy projectiles.
** The first ''Star Fox'' (SNES game) had this as well, but it only worked with enemy laser attacks and would only work if your wings were undamaged.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 3'', a boss named Serenade will spin in response to almost all attempts to damage them, taking no damage and returning a damaging wave. Attacks are best made while Serenade is attacking. It's implied that this spinning deflect is enabled by the [[ScarfOfAsskicking celestial robe]] encircling Serenade. Incidentally, the same game starred Battle Network's rendition of Yamato Man. Serenade apparently needs to dodge as well as spin, though; prevent them from moving up or down and they can't counter your attacks.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', Mink Noise (No.20-23) are impervious to attack (and injury, too!) when they spin.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' occasionally practices this.
* ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline'': Swordmasters' Wall of Darting Steel ability apparently make the user spins so fast that almost nothing can go through, in addition of hitting anyone stupid enough to try to attack them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''
** Youmu has an special move like this in ''Touhou Project: Immaterial and Missing Power'' where she spins around to deflect many projectile attacks. Although what she does is a quick slash with her sword that makes a spinning blue vortex that deflects projectiles.
** Patchouli and Aya would be more accurate examples, as Patchouli has a move that creates a shield of wind while spinning, and Aya does the same with two different versions; one as a move, the other as a spell card.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', there is a trinket that, when activated, causes the PlayerCharacter to spin around and parry about 7% more of incoming attacks.
* Whirling Defense in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' did this.
* Some enemies in ''VideoGame/TumblePop'' and its SpiritualSuccessor ''Diet Go Go'' spin around to jump on and off platforms. They're totally invulnerable while doing so.
* Semi-subversion in ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 6'': the Venusian aliens will spin-jump and spin along the floor in a fashion similar to Sonic the Hedgehog, and if you shoot them your bullets will ricochet off (thankfully, the bullets won't kill you). The subversion is that they still take damage when it happens.
* In ''VideoGame/CoolSpot'', an enemy in Stage 7, "Wound Up," can deflect Spot's attacks from the side when it spins.
* This is the standard gimmick of ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot''.
* In the Dark Ages of ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'', the Jester Zombie catches and reflects any projectile shot at it by spinning (and gains a speed boost while doing it!), forcing the player to use either piercing or melee plants. The abovementioned Chinese version also includes the Dark Ages, and as such, this zombie.
** Averted with the Breakdancer Zombie; although it borrows the spinning animation from the Jester, its spin pushes zombies forward, and has nothing to do with projectiles.
* [[HuskyRusskie Zangief]] can do this in some versions of ''Franchise/StreetFighter''. The Spinning Clothesline can, in some versions, let him advance through projectiles. For actual deflection, he has the Banishing Flat, a modified spinning backhand of some sort (and thus not quite this trope).
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' with [[DemBones Skeletron]], whose defense drops to zero while spinning. Played straight with Skeletron Prime, whose defense doubles while spinning.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' has the spin attack to use against projectiles. It needs good timing however... and you have to wonder how Mario never gets dizzy constantly doing this. The fact that the luma that allows you to pull that stunt off gets winded after one spin might have something to do with it...
* In ''VideoGame/TheNightmareBeforeChristmasOogiesRevenge'', spinning around will cause the Soul Robber to deflect any projectile back at it's source.
* A retroactive variant: The move Rapid Spin in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' deflects any entry hazards lying on your side of the battlefield that the opponent may have already thrown at you, as well as the health-draining leech seed.
** Rapid Spin can also be used to escape from "binding" moves that do damage-per-turn and prevent switch-out, such as Bind, Clamp, and Fire Spin.
* Bash from ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' can deflect projectiles by fully spinning his body and letting his tail to smack the projectile away.
* A variation in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'': The Blademaster's ultimate is Bladestorm, a SpinAttack that makes him immune to all magic (including Magic type attacks)... but not regular projectiles.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', the [[SpinAttack Screw Attack]] can deflect certain projectiles, such as Kraid's claws.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Done by Sojueilo of ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}'' (the "spin your whole body" variant). Doubles as a CounterAttack.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Yumi from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' sometimes executes a wildly spinning move to confuse the enemies while deflecting/returning their fire with her tessen fans. {{Fan Nickname}}d "Geisha Tornado".
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'': Ultimate Way Big deflects Diagon's eye lasers in this fashion.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The spin juke, as seen in such contact sports as gridiron football and hockey.