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A SubTrope of BlowYouAway, in which the character generates powerful wind currents by strongly flapping his or her wings like large fans in the desired direction. This form of wind manipulation is usually limited to powerful, directional gales, although generating other standard wind techniques (tornadoes, RazorWind, etc.) with this method isn't unheard of. Characters who fly using propellers can perform similar maneuvers by pointing their rotors at their targets and spinning them very quickly (Although they'll generally go for the HelicopterBlender, with all of its own kettle of worms).

This is a another case of ArtisticLicensePhysics; while it's true that flapping one's wings should create a noticeable gust (which is typically a central element of winged flight), that character usually should not be able to remain stationary, especially if already airborne. Unless the character is especially massive or firmly held in place, conservation of momentum says that the character should be pushed in the opposite drection to cancel out the air's newfound velocity (which is, again, typically a central element of winged flight). [[NoConservationOfEnergy Given many writers' stances on physical laws of conservation]], though, the fact that the characters don't fly backwards with each flap isn't very surprising.

This is a staple technique of the GiantFlyer and WingedHumanoid. Even characters with otherwise StationaryWings will flap them to generate wind this way. If [[PowerGivesYouWings power gave the character wings]], large, heavenly gales can be used to demonstrate just how powerful the character is.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, some Flying-type moves such as Gust and Whirlwind are shown to work this way when used by winged {{Mons}}. As most winged mons can learn the Fire-type move Heat Wave (a blast of hot air), it can be presumed that it operates similarly.
* A hawk from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' attacked Kimba by using this technique.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'': The Lyrical Luscinia monsters are WIND monsters and attack that way.
* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', the villainous Gundam Heaven's Sword has two attacks that work like this: Heaven's Tornado and [[IncendiaryExponent Wind Fire]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Played with: While she does not actually possess wings, ComicBook/{{Storm}} has, among [[SuperpowerLottery others,]] the ability to [[BlowYouAway hurl gusts of wind in any direction]], and usually wears a unique cape attached to her arms. When she uses this power wearing one of these attached "wing-capes", it creates the same visual effect.
** Her teammate Angel has sometimes been known to do this, when he has [[GoodwingsEvilWings feathered wings.]]
* A standard tactic of ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Smaug the dragon in the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit'' declares "My wings... are... hurricanes!" and creates gale-force winds with them to frighten and humble Bilbo Baggins.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Several GiantFlyer {{Kaiju}} from the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise can do this. Examples include Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.
* ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'': Maleficent can do this, before she loses her wings.
* In ''Film/TRexBackToTheCretaceous'', a ''Pteranodon'' does this... somehow.

* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the Quantum Weather Butterfly is ''the'' species responsible for storms and tornadoes. You've heard of chaos theory and the idea that a single butterfly flapping its wings in South America can set off a chain of events that results in torrential hurricanes ten thousand miles away? Well, on the Discworld, it literally exists. This is the species. It is believed this ability is both a survival trait and a mating display designed to attract a partner. More is explained in ''Literature/InterestingTimes''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Physics are followed (for the most part) in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', where Daedelus's wax wings generate their own lift for flight.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', Kamen Rider Femme's FinishingMove involves her swan BondCreature Blancwing blowing her enemies off their feet like this, Femme following up by attacking them with her double-ended polearm while they're helpless. Knight Survive's Darkraider has a similar special attack, but rather than flapping it generates winds from the wheels[=/=]turbines on its wings. This obviously also applies to Siren and Wing Knight, their American counterparts from ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight''.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': This was one of the special tricks of MonsterOfTheWeek King Sphinx. Mutitus form II and the Peckster can also do it but to a lesser extent.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A standard ability of various dragons in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', as well as the various [=CRPGs=] derived from the ruleset.
* This ability shows up as the card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/A_Wingbeat_of_Giant_Dragon A Wingbeat of Giant Dragon]] in ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'', exclusively usable by [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Dragon-type monsters]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Some large bosses in the ''Zelda'' series have been known to do this, notably ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening's'' Eagle boss, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker's'' Helmaroc King and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''' [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Argorok]].
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
** One of the [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo two versions]] of ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 6'' has the final boss Falzar, who would use this technique in conjunction with [[RainOfArrows Rain Of Feathers]] for a difficult-to-avoid attack.
** ''Battle Network 5'''s Gyro Soul used something similar to the propeller version of this trope: Using a Wind-based chip in Gyro Soul would make the propeller on Mega Man's back spin twice as fast, which would power-up the next Wind chip used.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', Storm Eagle had attacks that functioned this way.
* Dragons in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' use attacks like this, usually called something like "Wind Buffet". Sindragosa The Frost Queen goes one better with "Magical Buffet".
** Not just Dragons; almost any boss with wings will do at least this or [[GetBackHereBoss fly away]] if not both.
* Kratos of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' gets a fairly realistic version of this after he gets Daedelus's wings. It's just a single gust from wings he can only really use to glide, which does push him back/up through the air when he uses it.
* The Darkwing Bat attacks like this in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.
* Gargoyle hero Galio in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' creates a ''tornado'' with his wings.
* This is one of Ridley's moves in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''.
* [[spoiler: Feral chaos']] Ventus Ire in ''VideoGame/{{Dissidia Final Fantasy}}''.
* Avion, the bird Colossus from ''VideoGame/{{Shadow of the Colossus}}'', can do this to Wander.
* While few of the winged monsters in the ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' series use the trope intentionally, almost all of them periodically produce gales as they fly around, which can disrupt your attacks and leave you open to abuse. An equipment skill exists to make you immune to this and can be extremely helpful.
* Some of the large flying enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' do this. It causes very little damage and mostly serves to push you off cliffs if you aren't careful with your positioning.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': The Sanctuary Guardian does this, but only when on the ground where it can anchor itself with its claws, making things slightly more plausible. It does no damage, but it does stagger you, leaving you open to a follow-up attack.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'': Moves like Gust, Hurricane and Whirlwind can be assumed to work this way when used by most Flying-type Pokémon.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The (unnamed) Roc in the {{Popeye}} cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailorMeetsSindbadTheSailor'' could do this.
* Appa, the 10-ton [[GiantFlyer Sky Bison]] of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', has done this a couple of times with his beaver-like tail, which he uses ordinarily to "swim" through air.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'':
** Utter Flutter, the special magic of the Flutter Ponies from the original cartoon. It is the only thing that can push back and destroy [[BlobMonster Smooze]]. It also reduced the shadow-stealing sorcerer Erebus to almost nothing.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E13DoPrincessesDreamOfMagicSheep Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?]]", Scootaloo dreams of having gigantic wings, and flaps them to create a strong gale against the Tantabus.