Tornado Move

Tornados are frightening natural phenomena, and characters may use them in combat, possibly deflecting missiles or containing explosions. The fighter usually creates them by moving in circles (or spinning) with Super Speed or air-controlling powers.

Compare Razor Wind and This Is a Drill. Related to Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud.


Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • Thanks to their Super Speed, The Flashes can do this by running in circles or moving their arms rapidly.
  • Whirlwind is an old villain from The Avengers who, as the name implies, can generate whirlwinds by spinning around. Sometimes, he can simply launch them or ride on top of them while his upper body remains stationary.
  • One issue of Sonic the Hedgehog had Sonic take out a patrol of Swat Bots by sticking his arms out and spinning around, creating a tornado. However, Sonic starts bragging while he's still spinning, causing him to crash right into a nearby rock.
    • He's also created tornadoes by running in small circles.


Film— Live Action
  • In Mystery Men, Dr. Heller has invented a "Tornado in a Can". He uses one to get the heroes' attention when they have decided he was a crackpot and go to leave.

Live Action Television
  • In Smallville: Homecoming, future Superman puts out a nuclear plant fire by flying around it really fast.

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons & Dragons has several examples:
    • Both air elementals and djinn would turn themselves into whirlwinds (small tornadoes) to attack opponents.
    • The 1st Edition magic item called the Cyclocone allowed its user to create a small tornado.
    • The Weather Summoning spell could create real tornadoes.
    • High level Kineticist Psions can blast you with a tornado created on the spot.


Video Games
  • Dante from Devil May Cry 3 can do this with Agni and Rudra — actually makes sense since one sword has a fire element and the other has a wind element. When spun at superfast speeds, this creates a tornado of fire.
  • In RuneScape, players may cast the spell "Storm of Armadyl" to conjure a tornado, which counts as a powerful air attack. There is also its weaker version "Divine Storm".
  • In DC Universe Online, the Armored Robotic Custodian does a spin attack that flings everyone and everything all around the chamber while doing incredible amounts of damage.
  • Heretic. The monsters known as Iron Liches can create tornadoes to attack you. The tornadoes sweep you up into the air and do a great deal of damage besides.
  • The Warcraft games generally have these.
    • Warcraft II: The Whirlwind spell moves slowly and randomly around an area, damaging everything it touches.
    • Warcraft III: The Cyclone spell creates a tornado under a unit that propels it into the air, unable to move, attack or be attacked. The Tornado spell channels a large, slow moving tornado that does large amounts of damage to buildings it passes over, and randomly casts the aforementioned Cyclone on units that get too close.
    • World of Warcraft: Monks have an attack called Spinning Crane Kick which can be upgraded by way of investing a talent point into Rushing Jade Wind; the former is a basic spin-kick attack, the latter summons a destructive whirlwind around the player for 6 seconds.
  • In Awesomenauts, one of Froggy G's special moves is a tornado made of water. It can damage enemies and, with the right upgrades, shield or reflect enemy fire.
  • Used by Sonic the Hedgehog in some games. In Sonic Heroes, he and the other Speed characters can even whip up a tornado by rapidly moving in a circle.
  • Multiple moves in Pokémon are depicted as this, including Gust, Twister, and Whirlwind. These moves do double damage to Pokémon that are on their first turn of Fly.
  • Aero in Final Fantasy is usually a tornado. Final Fantasy Tactics A2 adds the Illusionist spell Tornado. There's also Weak/Cyclonic/Tornado, which are typically used by enemies and removes a massive percentage of your health.
  • Air Man from Mega Man 2 fires swarms of miniature tornados at the player, pushing them backwards against the wall in the process.
    • Tengu Man from Mega Man 8 has Tornado Hold, which throws a spinning blade that generates a tornado. If this gets Megaman, it traps him and allows Tengu Man to follow up with a Meteor Move.
    • Tornado Man from Mega Man 9 launches miniature tornadoes upward from the floor, which also boosts the player's jump height due to the updrafts.
    • While he never actually uses it himself, Wind Man from Mega Man 6 will give the Wind Storm upon his defeat. This weapon fires a small tornado that travels rapidly across the ground, grabbing weaker enemies and flinging them skyward, never to return.
  • Mega Man X gives us the Storm Tornado, obtained from Storm Eagle. The normal version fires a horizontal cyclone, while the charged version triggers a large, normally-oriented wind spiral with infinite vertical range. The remake Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X gives Vile a leg weapon called Splash Hit that is effectively a charged Storm Tornado.
    • Mega Man X5 has the Wing Spiral, obtained from Spiral Pegasion/The Skiver, which causes a tornado to fly up from X's fist after he does a jumping uppercut. Charging the Wing Spiral causes a tornado to form around X that grows as it flies across the screen.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl:
    • Now with the Gale Boomerang, Link can throw it to create small tornados to attack opponents with.
    • One of Meta Knight's attacks is spinning himself rapidly to become a tornado, a la Taz Maniac.
    • Super Smash Bros. 4 brings Mega Man into the mix and gives him Air Shooter as an attack that hits enemies above him in the air multiple times.
      • Donkey Kong also gets Storm Punch, a familiar variation of his Giant Punch smash attack.
      • Mii Swordfighter has the Gale Strike.
  • In Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, one of the commands available to Ventus creates a huge tornado that he can control called Tornado. It sucks in enemies that come in contact with it and damages them repeatedly, but it leaves Ventus vulnerable to attacks from enemies that aren't affected by it.
  • Espio in Knuckles Chaotix and Sonic Heroes.
  • All the Jupiter adepts of Golden Sun have access to a trio of spells called Whirlwind, Tornado, and Tempest. Also available to Venus and Mars adepts are the spells Gale, Typhoon, and Hurricane. All six of these spells attack the enemy with electrified tornados.
    • In addition, the third-level Jupiter summon sucks enemies up in a tornado before a bird-like goddess beats the snot out of them.
  • Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters: Joe Higashi's moves set includes multiple attacks of this nature. Beginning with his "Hurricane Upper" and "Twin Hurricane", which are two of his basic attacks. Followed by his HDMs "Screw Upper", and "Exploding Screw Upper". He first gained "Malestrom", which unleashes two Screw Uppers at once, in Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium. And last, but certainly NOT least, there's his NEO MAX, "Screw Straight"! They call him "The Human Storm" for a reason.
  • A recurring Copy Ability in the Kirby series is one called "Tornado", which allows Kirby to turn into a tornado for a short while. Meta Knight also has a attack called "Mach Tornado", which allows him to create a huge tornado from his sword.
  • In Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction one of the weapons is called the Tornado Launcher, a controllable tornado that sucks in any enemy and debris in it's path.
  • The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha As Portable games give Shamal a variety of these as part of her wind magic arsenal. These include the Wind Shackles (multiple small tornadoes that slowly track her opponent which she could remotely 'detonate' into bigger whirlwinds), the Swirling Storm (a tornado she fires towards her opponent from her hands), and the Surging Storm (a tornado she creates around her after grabbing her opponent).
  • The Cyclone spell in TalesSeries is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. It also has a variation called Tempest that combines it with Shock and Awe.
    • In Tales of Vesperia, Karol's Ultra Punishing Typhoon arte has him perform a spin attack with his axe/hammer that forms a tornado, raising both him and his foes skyward.
    • In Tales of Xillia 2, Ludger's Fearful Wing arte has him fire a spread of tornados from his handguns. He can also perform the Tenshou Fuubakusatsu dual Mystic Arte/Hi-ougi with Jude, which has the duo assail their victims with a flurry of attacks quick enough to form a massive tornado that raises them high into sky, before spiking the foe back into the ground with a synchronized Diving Kick.
  • Used by the Killer Rabbit boss in Dragon's Crown. It also tosses up weapons and armor from the pile of dead knights around it, which rain down on you after the attack.
    • The Wizard also gets the Storm spell, which summons forth tornadoes, and both the Wizard and Sorceress can make a single tornado that does ice damage with the proper staff.
  • In Magic Pockets, the Bitmap Kid has the power to pull bouncing whirlwinds out of his pockets.
  • This is Luigi's special ability in Mario Super Sluggers. He can encase the baseball in a tornado, which makes it VERY difficult to catch.

Web Animation
  • Dead Fantasy II. During the fight on the ice, Rinoa Heartilly creates a huge tornado that sucks all of her opponents into itself.

Western Animation
  • Justice League:
    • The Flash does this all the time. He usually uses it to shield others from harm, but he once froze a battalion of demons just with the icy winds.
    • Red Tornado could ride on tornadoes and generate them with his hands. One memorable episode had him doing a Beam-O-War with three Wind Dragon clones.
  • Aang sometimes does this in Avatar: The Last Airbender, using it to directly assault opponents, levitate himself or shoot rocks as if from a cannon. Korra is also seen doing this. In Book 4, Jinora leads a group of airbenders to form a giant tornado.
  • Ralph Bakshi's The Mighty Heroes: Tornado Man could turn himself into a tornado. He would suck villains into his vortex and shoot them into the nearest wall.
  • The Godzilla: The Series episode 2x11 "The Twister" had a giant rodent that could surround itself with a tornado.
  • Ben10: XLR-8 can use his super-speed to generate small tornadoes for attack purpose. It's also Terraspin's typical way to attack.
  • Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders: Kale conjuring tornadoes with the stolen magic harp in "Song of the Rainbow".
  • Rainbow Dash of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic can fly around in small circles to create a twister. It's later shown that pegasi in general have this ability, and that teaming up can create a massive tornado.
  • Ninjago is based on this trope.