The usual way of transportation of a Nature Hero
: grab a conveniently placed, always available vine on a tree, and swing on it to the next one. Very common in Jungle Opera
settings or in Jungle Japes
levels of video games.
In fiction, these vines will usually be portrayed as flexible as ropes. In Real Life
, those that are strong enough to carry the weight of a human are much more stiff.
Often used as a Stock Shout-Out
to the Trope Codifier
; the character swinging on the vine often makes the ape-man's unique yell
Compare Building Swing
, which is this done in a more man-made environment, usually with ropes, and Chandelier Swing
When you do it, you need to Watch Out for That Tree!
Anime and Manga
- Parodied in One Piece. In the Skypiea Arc, Luffy at one point grabs a vine to prevent himself from falling. While swinging on the vine he starts completely randomly to do the Tarzan yell. Immediately after witnessing that Usopp suddenly remembers his new "technique", called "Usopp AAaaaAAAaaaAA!" It's just him using a grappling device built in his belt to do a Vine Swing... while doing the Tarzan yell, of course.
- In the same arc, Zoro also uses the Tarzan yell when doing a vine swing over a lake of deadly cloud sharks. Nami hesitantly swings without the yell, and nearly collides with a massive tree until Robin stops her.
- Ash Ketchum does this at the beginning of the Pokémon episode "Pikachu's Goodbye", but he winds up running into a tree.
Film - Animated
- Nero: Done a lot in this comic strip and always accompanied by a Tarzan yell.
Film - Live Action
- The lemurs in Disney's Dinosaur swing from vines as a way to choose mates: when one male lemur and one female lemur end up on the same vine, they climb to the top and "get busy." Poor Zini always ends up unmatched.
- Simba does during the "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" song in The Lion King when he jumps in the water. Since he doesn't have hands, he grabs the vine with his mouth.
- Torzonborz in the sequel of Cat City. He's pretty much a Funny Animal version of Tarzan.
- Surprisingly, Averted in the original Tarzan books.
- Mentioned as a means of transport in the book How To Be A Superhero, where it is said not to be suited for urban superheroes, as the closest thing cities have to vines is power lines.
- Xena: Warrior Princess: Joxer does this in "Fins, Femmes and Gems", swinging in on a vine to abduct Gabrielle, after he becomes obsessed with the story of "Atis, the Ape Man" as a result of Aphrodite's magical perfume.
- "Tarzan" by Johnny Guitar Watson:
Oh, let me swing down on this grapevine here
- Katy Perry as a Jungle Princess in her music video Roar.
- Referenced in OneRepublic's "Counting Stars":
I see this life like a swinging vine/Swing my heart across the line.
- Parodied in a Far Side comic, where an ape swinging on a vine over the savanna is said to have left Tanzania behind, having caught the ultimate vine.
- BIONICLE: Lewa and the Le-Matoran do this in Le-Wahi on the island of Mata Nui.
- In Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic and Shadow can swing across vines in the Green Forest and White Jungle levels, respectively.
- Donkey Kong often does this.
- Featured in the first Kingdom Hearts in the Tarzan world. There's even a Mini-Game revolving around this.
- In the iOs Game Buddy & Me, being set in a child's dream, the forest has tire swings hanging from the trees to do this with. In addition, your flying companion sometimes clings to a tree and positions his tail so you can grab it and swing across a gap.
- In Spongebob Squarepants Battle For Bikini Bottom, one of the levels features Spongebob doing this.
- Doing nothing but this is the first level of an old arcade game named Jungle King.
- In some levels of Spelunky, the player can climb and jump between vines, but the vines don't actually move.
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss is set in South America and Nathan Drake adds this to his repertoire.
- George of the Jungle does it a lot, usually with disastrous results.
- Mr. Bogus:
- In the first act of the episode "Hipster Tripster", Bogus does this in the monkeys' habitat at the zoo when envisioning himself as a Tarzan-esque wildman. Unfortunately, he winds up accidentally swinging into the habitat of a gorilla who grabs him up and starts tickling him.
- Bogus does this again in the third act of the episode "Bogunda, Bogetta, & Bogus", after his little time-traveling adventure takes him to prehistoric times.
- At the end of the episode "Bookstore Bogus", after Bogus and Brattus are successful in making quick work of a rock dinosaur that was chasing after Bogus, Brattus conjures up a vine before he swings off.
- At least once in the Looney Tunes short Gorilla My Dreams. There's even a traffic signal in the jungle to let a Tarzan lookalike swing by, complete with the vocal call!
- This is gets done a lot (sometimes with audience participation) in Dora the Explorer to get around forests. The spinoff Go, Diego, Go! featuring her brother has the guy do it even more. It's probably what you get for literally hanging out with a Monkey-in-Boots.
- In Thundercats 2011 this is depicted when introducing Thundera's Blood Sport Gladiator Games, used by a Catfolk competitor to knock his rival off the giant tree that serves as their arena, and into a Ring Out in the water below.
- Scooby-Doo does this to save Shaggy from the Headless Horseman when he is being chased through the swamp in Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King.
- An episode of Ned's Newt had Newton save Ned from a bunch of island natives who were about to throw him into a volcano by swinging across on a vine and grabbing him. One of the natives immediately asks what the vine can possibly be hanging off of, since they are atop a volcano.
- Young Justice: Beast Boy and Alanna both do this while traveling through the Scarlet Jungle in "Earthlings". Alanna uses her Vine Swing to lure an enemy mech into a trap.
- Wild Smurf does this in the medieval Europe-style Smurf Forest in The Smurfs.
- Orangutans sometimes travel like this.