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- 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.
- Nero: Done a lot in this comic strip and always accompanied by a Tarzan yell.
Film - Animated
- 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.
- Torzonborz in the sequel of Cat City. He's pretty much a Funny Animal version of Tarzan.
- In the opening scene of Madagascar, Marty does this during his daydream. Then he and Alex actually do it when they "go wild" on the island of Madagascar.
- In Zootopia, Nick and Judy swing on a vine in the Rainforest District to escape from a predator that has turned feral.
Film - Live Action
- Tarzan in every single film version, be it live-action or animated. He's pretty much the Trope Codifier.
- Star Wars has at least two examples:
- Mutt and a bunch of monkeys do it in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- George of the Jungle: just like in the cartoon the film is based on, this is George's preferred way of transportation. Him smashing into trees is a Running Gag here as well.
- Predator. Dutch covers himself in mud (to block the title opponent's infrared vision) and hides in a tree. The Predator approaches and climbs by him, causing him to use a vine to swing to another tree.
- In Octopussy, James Bond does this while being pursued by hunters through a jungle, complete with Tarzan-like yell.
- In The Jungle Book (2016), Mowgli does an engineered version of this (with a cut vine he's turned into a grappling hook) at the climax to escape the dead tree he trapped Shere Khan on.
- Pee-wee's Big Adventure - while eluding the security squad in the movie studio lot, Pee-Wee vine swings over a large pond, on his bike, doing a high-pitched little Tarzan yell.
- King Kong (2005). Bruce Baxter does this during his Big Damn Heroes in the insect pit, while firing a tommy gun no less. Given that he's an actor, he was likely imitating this trope from one of his movies.
Live Action TV
- 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.
- During "Roar," the cast of Glee get to do this. It is a Shout-Out to the original music video by Katy Perry.
- Relic Hunter: In "Diamond in the Rough", Sydney has just retrieved a pair of daggers when rival relic hunter Kurt Reiner swings in on a vine and knocks her down in an attempt to steal them.
- "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.
- Veruca Salt's video "Volcano Girls" features the band members doing lots of swinging on large elastic harnesses.
- Parodied in a The 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 in the games where he's the protagonist, fitting the Jungle Japes setting.
- 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: Drake's Fortune and Golden Abyss are set in the tropics and Nathan Drake occasionally has to use vines to cross large gaps.
- In Cabbage Patch Kids: Adventures In The Park, Anna Lee occasionally runs into vines in Babyland Park that she must use to swing across ponds and water holes to get to the other side.
- Pitfall Harry in Pitfall occasionally runs into vines to swing over ponds and bottomless pits that open up in the ground. The sound effects replicate the Tarzan yell whenever he does this.
- Blue's Journey for the Neo Geo has leafy vines hanging around for this purpose.
- In Rastan, swinging on conveniently placed vines or ropes helps the eponymous Barbarian Hero cross pits of whatever. It's not quite clear what they're hanging from in some outdoor areas.
- Myst III: Exile does this twice in the Age of Edanna, where everything is natural. Here, the vine is blue, shaped like a trapeze bar, and is even named "Swing Vine".
- 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.
- Bugs Bunny, Gruesome Gorilla and the mother gorilla all travel around in the jungle like this 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.
- Jana of the Jungle often travels this way as she searches the South American rain forest for her lost father.
- On The Fairly OddParents, the "school vine" arrives to pick up Timmy after monkeys and non-human apes become the dominant primates.
- Orangutans sometimes travel like this, as they use their body weight to swing on branches and vines through the rainforest canopy.