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Link's ranged weapon of choice. Until he gets his bow, at least.

Boomerangs as the Weapon of Choice of characters. Expect to see the stereotypical boomerang shape that allows it to come back, even though real-life weapon boomerangs didn't come back. Also, expect the boomerang to come back even after hitting its target, which makes absolutely no sense in real life.

Oddly, when this trope is in use, it's unlikely to be used by an actual Australian, aboriginal or otherwise, even though it is an iconic symbol of the country to the rest of the world.

In video games, the boomerang often does slightly less damage than comparable weapons with the tradeoff that it won't use up ammo if you can catch them. They often will also be able to carry items and pickups back to the player.

Precision-Guided Boomerang also covers other items are used like a boomerang.

Not to be confused with Cartoon Network's programming block/spin-off channel, Boomerang.


As one might take from the first paragraph, these did/do exist in real life, but they're hardwood clubs that are curved so that they can be thrown, whereas the conventional boomerang is a hunting tool designed mostly for hitting small birds.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Great Mazinger can pull off its Chest Blaster and hurl it at enemies if for some reason hitting them with enough heat to melt a Robeast outright isn't viable.
    • In Mazinkaiser, the titular mecha can remove its entire jetpack and throw it, cleaving even flying fortresses in half.
  • Marine Boy: The title character's only weapon is an electrified boomerang that bounces from target to target before returning to him (making it double as a Precision-Guided Boomerang), and can even be used underwater as easily as it can on land.
  • Cutey Honey: The titular character has her Honey Boomerang she use through out her incarnations.
  • Gundam:
    • The Mobile Suit Gundam SEED franchise just utterly loves this trope.
      • In SEED itself, the Strike Gundam's Sword equipment comes with a shoulder-mounted "Midas Messer" beam boomerang. The Justice Gundam has two shoulder-mounted "Bassel" beam boomerangs, though it snaps open into a Y-shaped weapon. Supplemental material reveal suits like the Strike's IWSP pack and the Sword Calamity also have "Midas Messer"s.
      • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, the Impulse Gundam's Sword equipment also has beam boomerangs, in this case the "Flash Edge". It looks like a large physical boomerang, but it's actually two beam boomerangs. Its successor unit, the Destiny, came with two "Flash Edge II"s, which function as beam sabers. The Infinite Justice also retains a beam boomerang, the "Shining Edge" beam boomerang.
  • 12 Beast: War Leader Jawea's weapon of choice, which is carved from Rockeater bones and can slice through metal and rock alike.
  • In Sailor Moon, Usagi’s initial attack was the Moon Tiara Action (Moon Tiara Magic in the original dub and manga translation, and retitled Moon Tiara Boomerang in the manga reprint/Sailor Moon Crystal and in the live-action series), where Usagi charged up her tiara with magic and threw it like a frisbee. In the original anime, it had a few other functions like a capture function and could free people from brainwashing. Either way, she would stop using this as a primary attack once she started gaining new powers.

    Comic Books 
  • DC Universe
  • Marvel Universe has Boomerang, a supervillain that obviously uses the weapon of the same name.
  • Kid Colt has a foe called the Fat Man who is an expert in the use of his boomerang. In his first appearance, he is able to draw and throw a boomerang fast enough to knock Colt's gun out of his before he can fire, and then nail Colt in in his left shoulder before he can draw his second gun.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Australian Fan Film Star Wars Downunder, the Stith Troopers are armed with laser-boomerangs.
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Mysterio's Enforcers include a new Boomerang, who naturally attacks with a plethora of different boomerangs.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Feral Kid in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior has a steel boomerang that he catches in an armoured glove. It cuts off the fingers of one idiot who tries to catch it, and kills Wez's lover when it hits him in the head.
  • Diana/Wonder Woman uses her tiara as an improvised combat boomerang to destroy a security camera at a mall in Wonder Woman 1984.

  • Discworld:
    • The idea of Dwarf Bread is taken Up to Eleven as so utterly stale and inedible that it gets used as munitions. Boomerang Croissants are mentioned as a sort of useful throwing weapon capable of stunning a troll.
    • In The Shepherd's Crown, Tiffany Aching wonders briefly why the Feegle are collecting the hardest substance known to man, toenail clippings from old people. As the idea is so disgusting, she shudders and moves on. Later in the book, she realises they are exploiting the semicircular clippings as battle boomerangs and using other fragments as edged blades... note 
  • In The Hounds of the Morrigan, the the battle-goddess Morrigan uses her fingernails as throwing weapons, capable of decapitating or making a big hole in somebody if they hit. As she manifests as a triple goddess, that's thirty battle-boomerangs to dodge.
  • One Animorphs book has Cassie be rescued by Australian aborigines. She sees one throwing a boomerang and is told it's a weapon, and later sees one buried in a Hork-Bajir's chest.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The Outer Limits (1963) episode "Fun and Games", one of the primitive Calco Galaxy aliens uses a boomerang as its main weapon.
  • The Goodies: Graham uses a boomerang against Bill Oddie's mysterious martial art of Eckythump! He misses, and the boomerang returns to knock out a bagpipe-wielding Tim just as he's got Bill at his mercy.
  • Seijuu Sentai Gingaman/Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Giga Phoenix/Stratoforce Megazord has a boomerang as its main weapon, and is the only Humongous Mecha in either franchise so far to wield one.
  • Ultra Series
    • Ultraseven's main weapon, "The Eye Slugger" is an Iron Mohawk placed on his head that he can toss forward and can be used to maim or decapitate evil monsters or aliens. It always comes back to him after every use when it's thrown.
    • Ultraman Max possesses the Maximum Sword, which is intentionally based on Seven's Eye Slugger and works in much the same way. The difference is that is hidden in the crest on his head.
    • As Seven's son, Ultraman Zero possesses two Eye Sluggers, allowing him to do twice as much slicing and dicing than his old man.
    • A number of monsters possess these too, such as Red Killer from Return of Ultraman and Kanedoras from Ultraman Leo.
  • Batwoman (2019): Kate Kane starts off using Bruce Wayne's old bat-gadgets. In "Who Are You?" she fails to catch her batarang on its return and it breaks a Priceless Ming Vase. Luke Fox realises he needs to recalibrate the batarang to account for her shorter arms.
  • Odd Squad: Orana, an Investigation agent working from Australia, has a Boomerang-inator on her person which she uses to attack the Sand Queen with in the final part of the Season 3 finale "End of the Road". Her aim turns out to be completely off, as the gadget flies right by the villainess, who eventually traps her, Oliver, and the Big O in a large pile of sand. After being trapped for a while, the Boomerang-inator returns to Orana, and she employs it as a makeshift shovel to dig herself and her co-workers out.


  • In Irish mythology, the battle-goddess Morrigan apparently did use her fingernails as throwing weapons, capable of decapitating somebody if they hit. They would return to her fingers after combat.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Boomerangs are a possible weapon a PC can use in Dungeons & Dragons games set in Eberron. While normally mediocre throwing weapons (that don't even return to the user), the "Boomerang Daze" feat allows the user to daze foes when they hit with a boomerang (which is neat because daze, unlike every other effect in the game, is nearly impossible to get immunity to and completely shuts something down, still nothing compared to a mage, but one of the few nice toys warrior types get)
  • Magic: The Gathering: Razor Boomerang, an equipment card from Worldwake. Because of the high mana cost needed to properly use it, it's considered useless.

  • BIONICLE: Hydraxon has Exploding boomerangs. Additionally, in Gen 2 Pohatu replaces his Armed Legs with a pair of boomerangs, though he replaces them with a sword/flail combo when he becomes a Uniter.

    Video Games 
  • Ty the Tasmanian Tiger: These are Ty's weapons. He carries a boomerang in each hand and throws them at enemies and objects. They always retun to him regardless of what they hit, even if he moves away from his original spot after throwing them. There are several different types with special features.
  • The Legend of Zelda: various boomerangs are available for Link throughout the series, used both in battle and puzzle-solving. Some boomerangs also carry over as one of Link's special attacks in the Super Smash Bros. series. The boomerangs usually stun enemies while a few others can cause some damage. And while it usually can only hit one target at a time, in some games it can hit up to five. The only games where the Boomerang is absent as an item are The Adventure of Link (only present as an enemy weapon), Majora's Mask (replaced by Zora Link's fins) and Skyward Sword (where the Beetle combines its properties with those of the Hyoi Pear from The Wind Waker). The boomerangs in Breath of the Wild can also be swung like standard melee weapons. The boomerangs there also doesn't have Link automatically catch them on the return; if you don't press the button in time, the boomerang will sail past Link and crash to the ground. Meanwhile, the Gale Boomerang seen in Twilight Princess is enchanted with the power of a wind fairy, allowing it to hit things with magical accuracy and move in physics-defying ways.
  • Ryu from the first Breath of Fire can use boomerangs as his weapons. Unlike his normal swords, the boomerangs attack all enemies at once.
  • Boomerangs are also a weapon in Chrono Cross and are one of the few weapon types that can hit multiple enemies.
  • In many Castlevania games, the Cross or Crucifix are recurring subweapons, thrown straight ahead before slowing down and returning. Proper application is to space monsters far enough away that the cross will turn around on top of enemies, damaging them multiple times, often for the most sub-weapon damage possible. In the Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow games, boomerang-wielding skeletons are often seen in earlier areas. Their weapons fly in erratic patterns for minor damage, but are fast and hard to dodge.
  • In Dawn of Heroes, there is a class of thrown weapons called Crescents. Their icon on the Equip screen is a boomerang, although they don't return when thrown.
  • Aika from Skies of Arcadia uses a boomerang as her main weapon.
  • Boomerangs is a class of weapon featured in most of the later Dragon Quest games - though the class tends to include a number of other thrown weapons, such as giant shuriken. Boomerang weapons are usually fairly weak, but had the advantage of hitting every monster in a group, and being 'ranged', meaning no damage-reduction from having the user on the back row. Until Dragon Quest IX, it was impossible to score a Critical Hit with a boomerang.
  • Final Fantasy XIII: Hope's "airwing," noted because it is remote controlled. You will never see it in action after Chapter 2 because Hope is the game's Squishy Wizard and running him as a frontline Commando is suicide, though if you can get a Preemptive Strike with Hope as the party leader, he will use the boomerang to attack the targets.
  • The second boss of the NES game Kung Fu packs one.
  • Boomerangs (called "slashers" or "slicers" in The 'Verse) are a rather useful weapon in Phantasy Star IV. They automatically hit all the enemies. Slicers appear in most games in the entire series, but in the online titles they basically function as knives that utilize Razor Wind.
  • In Mitsumete Knight R : Daibouken Hen, this is Hanna's weapon of choice.
  • The Sprite's default weapon in Secret of Mana. Noteworthy in that it's actually a class of weapons that includes boomerangs, chakram, shuriken, and a giant razor-sharp frisbee. Since they are part of the "boomerang" category, these items all return to you when thrown.
  • Mega Man:
    • Quick Man's Quick Boomerang from Mega Man 2. When Mega Man acquires this power, it shoots a rapid burst of short-range boomerangs that return to him.
    • Cut Man's Rolling Cutter also functions as one, with Cut Man throwing the giant scissor blade from the top of his head.
    • Mega Man X1 has Boomer Kuwanger.
  • The Boomer viruses in the Mega Man Battle Network series both use these as weapons and provide them upon defeat. They sweep across the edges of the battlefield at a high speed and plow through everything in their path, generally being one of the first battle chips available that's easily capable of hitting multiple targets.
  • The main weapon of the Power Blade games on NES.
  • The Boomerang Bros. from Super Mario Bros. 3, true to their name, attack with boomerangs instead of hammers. The playable characters in Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Maker 2 get this as a power up.
  • Hiro from Lunar: Eternal Blue sometimes uses a boomerang in battle.
  • In Streets of Rage 1, the boss of Stage 1, Antonio fights with a boomerang.
  • In the Twisted Metal series, the vehicle Roadkill use an explosive boomerang as its special attack in II and Head-On.
  • Hayate in the Fu'un Series pratices the Fu'un-Ken fighting style, which is apparently karate with the addition of the boomerang as a weapon.
  • Kirby's Cutter ability mostly manifests as a razor-sharp boomerang.
  • Viewtiful Joe can learn how to use Voomerangs, a special ability that weaponizes the horns on Joe's headgear.
  • Appear in Dead Rising - however, they're really a Joke Weapon. By the time of Dead Rising 2, however, the boomerang can be MacGyvered together with some knives to produce the Decapitator, which neatly lops off zombie heads at a distance and still returns to you when thrown. Don't ask how Chuck or Frank catch it safely.
  • Boomerang of Wild ARMs 1, whose weapon of choice is, well, guess.
  • A popular secondary weapon in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game for the NES since they could be used indefinitely as long as the player catches them and they could be easily redistributed amongst all the turtles.
  • The boss of the Sydney chapter in Octogeddon is a giant robotic kangaroo wielding a laser boomerang.
  • Dirty Duck from the original Metal Gear and Slasher Hawk from Metal Gear: Ghost Babel use multiple during their boss fights. Guess which one get away with it thanks to the Rule of Cool.
  • From Kung Fu Master, unsurprisingly enough, the Boomerang Fighter. He uses two boomerangs in a high-or-low pattern.
  • Strider (Arcade) has boomerang-wielding Brazilian Amazon girls appear in Stage 03.
  • In Mortal Kombat, Tanya uses one as her weapon in Mortal Kombat 4. It will return if thrown, though only if it doesn't connect.
  • Cham-Cham's weapon in the Samurai Shodown series.
  • In Bushido Blade 2, Tony Umeda uses one as his sub-weapon. It tends to return to him, but it's practically impossible to catch it and must be instead picked up from the ground.
  • An old obscure NES game known as Ikki has Japanese farmers as main protagonists, chucking boomerangs at upcoming ninjas while picking up gold pieces.
  • Terraria has the wooden boomerang, ice boomerang, enchanted boomerang and its upgrade, the Flamarang, and the bananarang. There are several more boomerang class weapons that function similarly, but they lack the boomerang shape. Very useful early on, as they're ranged weapons (useful for keeping enemies at arms' length when you don't have much HP or decent armour) which don't require any ammo.
  • In Dynasty Warriors, Lady Zhurong will eventually use a bladed boomerang in battle. It's very large, and actually it's mostly used as a close range weapon, and mostly the ranged attacks are impossible/hard trick shots, such as having it orbit your body 3 times, and in fast it's not used for the power attack (musou attack in game), where she pulls out throwing knives, but it will be used at the end of the power attack (true musou).
  • The Green Birds from Angry Birds fly in a normal arc until you touch the screen, causing them to reverse course and speed up. Successfully completing several stages in the original game and many of the spinoffs requires a near-perfect shot with at least one of these birds. You can also fire them backwards and then trigger their ability, making them hit harder than they would just fired normally.
  • Nan from Tales of Vesperia uses a huge bladed boomerang for both melee and ranged attacks. The attacks where she does throw it have it go straight forward, then return, or orbit in a circle around her multiple times.
  • Tomba! has had four different boomerangs. Two identical wooden boomerangs; one in each game. In the first game he found a stome boomerang. In the second he got an ice boomerang.
  • The trademark weapon of Sivir from League of Legends is a four sided boomerang which she bounces from enemy to enemy.
  • In Suikoden II the character Millie uses an average boomerang as her weapon.
  • In Suikoden V a new character Faylen uses a boomerang as her weapon, however unlike Millie, it is a three winged bladed boomerang. The characters Sialeeds and Sharmitsa use a Chakram as a weapon, but they work just like a boomerang and are the only characters that can use a boomerang skill; Falyen cannot use this skill do to her treasure hunting ability, even though she's the only one with an actual boomerang.
  • In Suikoden Tierkreis many characters can use a boomerang as their weapon, including the hero.
  • In Kya: Dark Lineage the heroine Kya uses a Boomerang like weapon called a Boomy, which she also clips to her hair when not in use. It can only kill small enemies, but it can be used to gain the attention of other enemies.
  • The Unify Boomerang is the signature Unify Morph of Prince Vorkken in The Wonderful 101. Fitting, as he's a Recurring Boss who keeps coming back to challenge the heroes. When he joins the team post-Heel–Face Turn, the player can use this morph by drawing a V with the Game Pad.
  • The Bloomerang from Plants vs. Zombies 2.
  • The final boss of Bloody Wolf aka Battle Rangers will use a boomerang against you as his first attack. Rather than targeting you, though, he destroys your gun, forcing you to rely solely on your knife and turning him into a Fisticuffs Boss. Oh, and he gets to keep and use his guns and boomerangs.
  • The Stealth Wing in the Super Robot Wars Original Generation series is a bladed, rocket-powered, cloaking boomerang sized for a Humongous Mecha.
  • Warframe: The Glaive-type melee weapons work like this. They can be used to attack in melee like normal, or thrown. They can also be used at the same time as a pistol; while all melee weapons can be carried at the same time as a primary and secondary weapon, glaives are the only true Gun And Sword In Accord.
  • A recurring weapon type in the Dragon Quest games.
  • The first battle against Dr. Eggman in Sonic Blast involves him launching a boomerang at Sonic or Knuckles while he floats in place and occasionally changes position. Predictably, his attack is easy to dodge and he goes down in seconds.
  • Bug Fables: Vi has a boomerang that she uses not only for combat, but in the overworld to solve puzzles.
  • Sydney Hunter and the Caverns of Death: Sydney's weapon in the game is a boomerang. It can take out bats and frogs with one hit.
  • Lester the Unlikely: Lester can wield one of these as a weapon- notably using it to destroy stone barricades and knock out giant gorillas.
    Lester: Don't mention it, I'm pretty good with Boomerangs.
  • In a reference to his (then-current) baseball stint in the mid-90s, Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City offers baseballs as a powerup for MJ, and they work exactly the same as a boomerang, allowing him to score multiple hits off enemies.

    Web Original 
  • In true Aussie fashion, That Aussie Guy whips out with a boomerang on the others in one scene of That Guy With The Glasses' (later Channel Awesome) First Year Brawl video.

    Western Animation 
  • Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender has one. It's his Iconic Item (or one of them), and he's attached to it more than most of his other weapons, especially after he used it to kill Combustion Man in "The Western Air Temple."
  • Repton from Storm Hawks uses a boomerang that doubles as a sharply-curved blade in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Mahat of Skyland uses one.
  • Skysurfer Strike Force: Soar Loser and his giant red boomerang and his many small, yellow boomerangs.
  • Motorcity: Julie uses a Laser Blade boomerang.
  • Wile E. Coyote once used one to try to catch Road Runner.
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Primal Perry" features an Australian platypus hunter who hunts down Perry with his arsenal of boomerangs; each one having a different name and hidden function.
  • Burnu from Kulipari: An Army of Frogs dual wields boomerangs as his weapon of choice.
  • An episode of DuckTales (1987) had Scrooge and the boys go to Australia to investigate glowing discs attacking Mc Duck's sheep herds. They turned out to be a bunch of bandits using high-tech sharpened and remote-controlled boomerangs.

    Real Life 
  • Actual weapon boomerangs don't return because they are hard and heavy enough to be lodged in your chest.
  • Boomerang, in truth, refers to a number of related items.
    • Returning Boomerangs tend to be made of lightweight wood and have a more pronounced curved sculpt with contoured edges, giving them a 'flying wing' design. Some commercial toy returning boomerangs are cast out of plastic or fibreglass. The more popularly-known type of boomerang, it was probably not meant as a direct weapon for hunting. While a skilled bushman can hit a bird with it if they catch it unawares, it's more practical to toss one over tall grass or through tree leaves to startle quarry out of hiding and then use more practical weapons.
    • Hunting/melee boomeranges have a more shallow curve, are made of dense and solid hard woods, and tend to have a pronounced edge. They can still be thrown, handle a little like axes, clubs, or forward-curved blades like the kukri, and can vary in size from 'sidearm' knife-sized 'rangs to giant, almost polearm-sized monsters that can easily punch through your quarry's ribs with a well-placed swing during the hunt. They weigh around 2 kg (4.4 lbs), and at a range of 100 m can be fatal.


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Boomerang Bros' throw boomerangs at Mario, doing damage on the way to him and on the way back.

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