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A Sub Trope
of Cool Chair
, swivel chairs
are amusing pieces of furniture because they have wheels and can spin
. Boredom and these can lead to endless possibilities.
Could include either someone spinning in a chair out of boredom or restlessness, rolling around in it in favor of just getting up, rigging them with explosives to fight bad guys with
, or riding them like makeshift chariots.
This is often an integral part of Office Sports
; also compare Wheelchair Antics
Anime and Manga
- Soul Eater: Stein enjoys riding around on his. Early on there was a Running Gag where he would "trip" over door frames (in fact he did so twice when he was introduced, failing to make a dramatic entrance). He also deflected several of Black Star's attacks while spinning around on the chair.
- Durarara: Izaya has one in his office. In one memorable scene, he spun around repeatedly while laughing about how interesting humans are.
- Back to the Future Part II:, Mr. Strickland is in a swivel chair; he turns toward the window and then pushes back, smashing Marty's hand against the desk.
- Batman Forever: the Riddler ties his boss to a rolling office chair and rolls out a Super Window Drop, then later makes it look like a suicide.
- Superman III: the programmers in a 80's mainframe centre move about by pushing themselves backwards on swivel chairs; despite a two-lane corridor, two of them collide.
- Austin Powers: The Spy who Shagged Me has Dr. Evil goofing around with his evil chair... and promptly having it go psycho on him.
- In otherwise-serious Witness, an Amish farmer of all things rolls one across a room to fetch something.
- In one of the opening title sequences of the 1970s CBS Sitcom Arnie, the title character, having just been promoted from a blue-collar position, spins around on an office chair, tips over and pulls down a venetian blind in the process.
- There was a Brit Com called Two In Clover where the heroes leave their boring job by tying their boss to a swivel chair and pushing him out the window. On the ground floor, it is hoped, although it may well be a fantasy sequence...
- Early in Angel, the title character defenestrates a corporate executive on swivel chair through a glass wall. Only the chair hits the ground, the executive having combusted on exposure to direct sunlight.
- Battlestar Galactica: Baltar is seen swiveling his chair aimlessly, in a homage to his namesake's swiveling Cool Chair in the original series.
- The Countess Dowager (Maggie Smith) on Downton Abbey is caught off guard to be sitting in one when she visits Matthew Crawley's office:
Countess: (almost falling off) Good heavens! what am I sitting on?
Matthew: A swivel chair.
Countess: Another modern brainwave?
Matthew: Not very modern, they were invented by Thomas Jefferson.
Countess: Why does every day involve a fight with an American?
Matthew: I'll fetch a different one.
Countess: No, no, no, I'm a good sailor!
- In one episode of The Office (US), Jim switches his squeaky chair with Karen's, and then proceeds to ride his chair throughout the office to avoid having to get up out of it and giving Karen an opportunity to switch it back.
- Another episode reveals that Michael regularly had Erin spin him around in his chair.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Geordi has a swivel chair that he flings around the engineering console when sitting in it so he doesn't need another person to operate it. It looks like fun.
- Dilbert: Someone stands on a swivel chair to hang up a "Ten days without an accident!" poster. The chair slips, and he falls and injures himself. Dilbert comments on the irony, and the guy who fell replies, "No, it was ironic when this happened 11 days ago."
- In another strip, a manager (Not the Pointy-Haired Boss) decides to pick someone for a task by spinning around in his chair like a roulette, and asks to be spun. Alice sends him down a flight of stairs, killing him, and causing the forces of darkness to posess his body.
- Most Triumphant Example: Harry The Handsome Executive, a game based entirely on scooting around an office on your swivel chair by kicking off walls.
- Joker of Mass Effect fame is entirely too fond of his swiveling pilot's chair on the Normandy, especially its second incarnation. (Real leather!) However, EDI takes control of it when he's antagonizing her, spinning him around until he gives up.
- Rhythm Heaven Fever has a minigame, "Board Meeting", about anthropomorphic pig businessmen spinning around on swivel chairs. The reading material unlocked by scoring a Perfect on this game reveals that their doing this is part of a company motivational seminar (it has to do with their pulling off their spins in unison).
- Everybody knows that the second Death Star is meant to look incomplete as a disguise, but LEGO Star Wars II gives a different explanation: when Darth Vader arrives, he finds a bunch of technicians slacking off, one of whom is having fun in a swivel chair!
- ideoProductions made a video of Jory Caron rolling through the hallways of Emerson College in an office chair.