Vine Swing

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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Film - Live Action

  • 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.

  • "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.

Newspaper Comics
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Orangutans sometimes travel like this.