Vine Swing

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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, Tarzan; 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, the indoors, swashbuckling counterpart.

When you do it, you need to Watch Out for That Tree!.

Examples:

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     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.

     Comics  

  • 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:
    • Chewbacca does it in Return of the Jedi on Endor when attacking an AT-ST walker. He even makes a sound similar to Tarzan's yell.
    • Wookies also do it in Revenge of the Sith during the battle of Kashyyyk.
  • 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.

     Literature  

  • 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.

     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.

     Music  

  • "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.

     Newspaper Comics  

  • 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.

     Toys  

  • BIONICLE: Lewa and the Le-Matoran do this in Le-Wahi on the island of Mata Nui.

     Video Games  

  • 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.

     Western Animation  

     Real Life  

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