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"You can't just throw people at all your problems, dear."
Emma Frost (to Colossus), Astonishing X-Men note 

Want to make a dramatic entrance into melee combat? Here's one way to do it. The Big Guy of The Team will pick up a (usually) willing ally and hurl him headlong into the enemy. In most cases, the thrown ally has unique abilities and/or weaponry that makes being thrown a particularly effective tactic.

Often used as an alternative to the Colossus Climb.note  A staple technique of the Bash Brothers. This should be between two allies; hurling enemies into each other is something else, and hurling enemies at your friends is still another technique.

For the self-propelled version, see Dynamic Entry. For being launched into combat by a siege engine, rather than another person, see Catapult to Glory or Human Cannonball. For other forms of person-based combat, see Grievous Harm with a Body and Equippable Ally. Frequently involves a Human Hammer-Throw.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In one chapter of Ai Kora, Maeda teams up with Kirino in a martial arts contest. One of their opponents is the Harugasumi brothers, whose special technique, the "Human Shuriken", involves the big brother Jinpachi throwing the little brother Anija.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • Eren, while in titan form does this with Mikasa in the Manga to catch the Female Titan. It comes to a shock for everybody, as the Titan was crawling on the walls too fast for anyone to catch up on, as well as Eren not being trusted in his Titan form.
    • The Armored Titan uses this move as a trump card in his second appearance, resulting in the extremely unfortunate phenomenon of raining titans.
    • During the return to Shiganshina, Zeke throws Bertholdt over the wall in a barrel.
    • Played with during the final battle against Eren, where Annie grabs Mikasa's ODM rope and lunges her like a swing to catch the Titan carrying Armin.
  • Bleach uses it several times:
    • In an early episode, as the Hollow Shrieker is trying to fly away, Rukia gets Chad to throw her at him. It's also nicely lampshaded, as Chad is a bit uncomfortable with it.
    • It happens again to Rukia, when she gets tossed at Renji by Ichigo, who was standing on top of the Sōkyoku (which, for those unaware, is an execution stand a couple of dozen stories tall). Neither Rukia nor Renji were pleased.
  • The Tachibana twins's Skylab Hurricane from Captain Tsubasa is performed by having one brother slide on the ground and launch the other brother into the sky with his feet. The purpose is to create a surprise heading from an extraordinary height.
  • From Carnival Phantasm, the Boomelancer: Berserker's Anti-Army Noble Phantasm which works by throwing Lancer as a boomerang, thus the name.
  • In A Certain Magical Index, Touma jumps on Acqua of the Back's Ascalon and Acqua launches him at Princess Carissa. Touma flies at her and punches her out so hard she flies several kilometers away and through part of Buckingham Palace.
  • In A Certain Scientific Railgun, this happens to Touma again. He needed to very quickly close the distance to an out-of-control superpowered esper... so Gunha threw him at her. Gunha was considerate enough to run to where he would land and catch him as well, since Touma didn't have any way of slowing down or controlling his fall.
    Touma: Thanks, I guess. Even if that was your fault in the first place.
  • Detatoko Princess has Jii throws Kohaku in the way of some arrows, using him as a Human Shield.
  • The 35th episode of the 2001 series of Cyborg 009 has 005 hurling 004 to get a clearer shot at a giant robot with his rocket-launcher leg.
  • Played with in Digimon Adventure: Tai and Agumon attempt one of these, but Agumon's too heavy to lift. They instead switch from baseball to soccer, and Tai kicks Agumon into position.
  • Dragon Ball Super:
    • In episode 114, Kale combines this with a Human Hammer-Throw: she grabs Caulifla by the feet, spins around and throws her at a charging Goku.
    • In the final episode, Goku launches Freeza at Jiren (at his request) in order to catch him before he can get to Android 17. Rather than the traditional toss, Goku put his hands together as if receiving a volleyball serve and Freeza kicked off of them, using the extra momentum to perform his "Nova Strike" charge attack.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children took the Fastball Special even farther than usual, with each and every one of Cloud's friends hurling him higher and higher into the sky in a chain to fight a summoned Bahamut.
  • Canti in FLCL has a powerful BFG form that he can transform into, firing a single shot that eventually returns to the barrel for some reason. Eventually it's revealed that this is because he's firing Naota at his targets.
  • We get a tank-on-tank version in Girls und Panzer der Film as the last play of the match. Maho's Tiger I fires a blank 88 mm shell right behind Miho's Panzer IV, giving her enough propulsion to ram right into Alice's Centurion and deliver a point-blank shot.
  • In episode 5 of the Highschool of the Dead anime, Takashi and Rei show up to save the day on a motorcycle. After dropping off Rei, re-arming Hirano and bowling over a few zombies with his bike, Takashi uses the momentum from his bike to hurl Saeko into the fray, Fastball Special-style.
  • Hitomi-chan Is Shy with Strangers:
    • When it looks like the two of them won't be able to get to school in time before the front gate gets closed, Hitomi picks Yuu up and hurls him over the fence so that he at least will get to class on time. It turns out to be unnecessary, as the custodian is willing to hold the gate open for Hitomi too.
    • In another chapter, Himari's gang and Hitomi throw Yuu up into the air to rescue a Cat Up a Tree.
  • Big Girl Chouhi and Lancer Kan'u do this in the last episode of Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny
  • Jotaro Kujo from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure once throws poor Canine Companion Iggy in order to find an enemy Stand User. It's also turned into a special attack for Jotaro in Jump Ultimate Stars. Iggy was able to use his sand powers to form a glider to land gently, however.
  • In Monster Musume, it's something of a Running Gag that the default reaction to a threatening monster girl is to throw Suu at her.
  • In Monster Rancher, Golem once threw the armadillo-like Mocchi into battle this way.
    • Golem also regularly tossed Suezo straight up into the air so that the eyeball monster could scope out their surroundings. Unfortunately, he didn't always catch him. Notably, this was Suezo's idea the first time, but after Golem failed to catch him the first time, he was less than thrilled when the group adopted it as a regular tactic.
  • Naruto:
    • Toward the end of his fight with Pain, Naruto uses two of his shadow clones to throw himself a Pain's Deva body in order to strike him with the Rasengan fast enough to catch him while he was open and finish him off.
    • Pain himself also used a clever variation of this. One of his bodies could summon his whole team to one location, so he twice had her thrown a long distance to get his team past the Leaf Village's defenses while making it only seem that one was coming.
    • In his battle with Killer Bee, Sasuke does this with Juugo's help so he can catch up to him before he runs away.
    • This later becomes Sasuke, Guy, Kakashi, and Naruto's main strategy in fighting Tobi.
    • Double Subversion in the anime when Sakura throws Naruto into the air towards Tobi, which then seems to just be a decoy as he goes way too high while Sakura and Kiba try a sneak attack, but then Naruto comes down with his attack anyway (all of which Tobi loudly announces, knowing there's no way they're going to hurt him anyway).
    • Perhaps taking a note from Jugo, Killer Bee partially transforms his arm and uses it in the same way to help launch Guy halfway across the island they're on to catch up with Kisame.
    • The first instance of this trope in Naruto is actually in the fight with Zabuza. After Kakashi is caught in his water prison Naruto's shadow clone transforms into a giant shuriken and Sasuke throws him so that Naruto can catch Zabuza by surprise.
  • In the spin-off Boruto this actually becomes one of Boruto's Signature Moves, using his Shadow Clones to launch himself at enemies.
  • In Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Kaede does this with one of her own clones to close the distance between her and skilled sniper Mana.
  • One Piece:
    • Sanji has his Armée de L'air combo moves, in which he uses his powerful legs to launch his friends in the direction of the enemy. He mainly launches Zoro, as it's usually them who end up having to work together.
    • The Crazy Enough to Work plan during the Alabasta arc, where, to reach the top of the tower in time, Usopp is shot into the air by Nami's Clima Tact, Chopper leaps off of Usopp, where Sanji then kicks him higher into the air, then Zoro slashes him into the air, and finally Chopper throws Vivi.
    • The Movie of Alabasta includes a scene in which Luffy catapults Vivi to safety from the ground away from Crocodile. Zoro (who was riding a giant crab) catches her, but gets knocked out in the process.
    • In Chapter 778, Zoro has Orlumbus throw him across the city so he can get there fast enough to prevent Pica from killing King Riku and everyone around him.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • Nando's Lopunny does this with his Kricketune in his Grand Festival battle against Zoey.
    • In "Why? Wynaut?", Ash has his Bayleef throw him by Vine Whip to try to get to Team Rocket's escaping balloon.
  • Ranma ½ both subverts it and plays it straight at different times:
    • Subverted in Ranma and Akane's skating fight against Handsome Lech Mikado Sanzen'in and Kawaiiko Azusa Shiratori. When Mikado attacks them by grabbing Azusa and spinning her around so she can kick them, Ranma tosses Akane onto the air... but when Mikado thinks Akane will either land on him or deliver him a flying kick, instead Ranma punches him in the gut and forces him and Azusa to stop attacking, while Akane lands safely not far from them.
    • Played straight in the second half of the "The One to Carry On" two-parter OAV. Female Ranma uses a horizontal Hiryu Shoten Ha to shoot Akane forward like a human cannonball in order to beat Natsume and Kurumi.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin anime, Sanosuke and Yahiko did this thrice in a single episode, and during the last one Yahiko was making a "cut it out, bitch" face as he was tossed across the scenario by Sano. Given that Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of Kenshin, is a major X-Men fan, it was probably meant to be a reference/Shout-Out.
    • A variation was done in the manga, combining Sanosuke's arm strength with Kenshin's leg strength to reach a hot air balloon.
  • In the Poseidon arc of Saint Seiya, this is how the Main Breadwinner of the Marine Realm is finally destroyed. Using the combined force of their attacks, Shiryu and Hyoga hurl Seiya into the Pillar, bringing it down along with Poseidon's kingdom.
  • In The Seven Deadly Sins after Elizabeth was kidnapped and teleported to the capital, captain's best solution to get there as quickly as possible, was to get Diane to throw them. Abovementioned capital was 40 miles away, and they made it there within seconds.
  • Yoh Asakura is known for doing this to his poor Oversoul, Amidamaru, in Shaman King. This move was even brought over as a special attack for Yoh in Jump Ultimate Stars.
  • Slayers:
    • During Slayers Return, Naga performs a similar move utilizing their fat guide (Whose name is Becker) by literally kicking him out of mid-air, taking out an enemy with it. It is known as the Beckerball.
    • Lina Inverse herself uses her boyfriend as the "Gourry Bomb!" at one point in the anime.
  • In the OVA Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, Team Sonic pulls this move twice in rapid succession to defeat Metal Robotnik. Knuckles throws Sonic, Sonic flies through the robot, then Tails catches Sonic in the air and throws him back into the robot.
  • In one episode of Strike Witches, Charlotte throws Francesca into a Neuroi while Francesca uses her shield to inflict damage on impact.
  • In the first chapter of Super Mario Bros. Manga Mania, Luigi does this with Mario as the ball.
  • The Tears to Tiara anime gives us the 'Rathty Missile' when the aforementioned Rathty is hurled, giant hammer and all, into the middle of a bunch of mooks by her companions.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
  • In the Trigun episode "Little Arcadia", the matriarch of the Nebraska bandit family, being a giant, hurls her own sons at enemies while they're locked up in a kind of armor that makes them akin to wrecking balls. Despite this tactic, she is shocked when one of them is actually shot down.
  • In ∀ Gundam, Sochie finds a good use for her underpowered, but underwater-specialized mobile doll: she repeatedly tosses the Gundam from the ocean up to a Dianna Counter battleship, completely blindsiding them.
  • A non-combat example is used in Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun when the misfit class is tasked with climbing an insanely tall cliff with smooth sides. They are disallowed from using their wings or bloodline magic which would have made the task trivial. Their solution is to cast a weight-reduction spell on one of them. Then another member of the class throws them vertically up the wall in the manner of this trope. Once they top out the thrown member casts a spell to form a platform to land on, and lowers a rope to the rest who are then dragged up. They repeat this process up the side of the cliff. Until they hit a portion of the wall that negates all magic and makes this style of climbimg impossible.
  • You're Under Arrest!: An episode has the Bokutou officers doing a stage play about traffic safety (in a Super Sentai style) for elementary school children. The first time they're booed off due to their Bad "Bad Acting". The second time, however, a gang of weirdoes decide to get involved to make it more entertaining (such as rigging their costumes with smoke bombs for special effects). Natsumi decides to play along and ends up tossing Yoriko and Aoi at the guys, which the kids end up loving this time around.
  • Twice in the Zoids anime, a Liger has been fired by another Zoid at the enemy. From a gigantic antimatter cannon no less.

    Card Games 
  • Legends of Runeterra: Kato the Arm and Shiraza the Blade are a Huge Guy, Tiny Girl Battle Couple who fight in the Reckoning Arena of Noxus. The full version of Shiraza's art reveals that their favourite strategy is getting the gigantic Kato to hurl the tiny Shiraza at opponents like a sharp and furious projectile.
  • Magic: The Gathering has Fling, which sacrifices a creature to deal its power to any target, representing something big throwing a smaller ally at an enemy, with fatal results for the impromptu projectile. Mechanically speaking you don't actually need a "thrower" and there's nothing stopping you from Flinging truly implausibly gigantic creatures at your enemy.
    Sometimes the canoneer must become the cannonball.
  • Munchkin: A one-use card called "Dwarf Tossing" emulates this, allowing a player to use a dwarf not involved in combat this way.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: There's a monster called Man-Thro' Tro who's doing this with Ojama Yellow on the card art. (And indeed, when used in the game, Ojamas work well as "ammunition" in the right deck.)

    Comic Books 
  • The Incredible Hulk vs. Superman: At the climax, The Hulk asks if Superman has any strength in his pitching arm to throw him to disrupt the Big Bad's machine. Supes complies.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Named for Colossus and Wolverine's favorite maneuver, first seen in Uncanny X-Men #100. Other Marvel characters (especially X-Men-related ones) occasionally do it as well.
      • At the climax of The Dark Phoenix Saga in Uncanny X-Men #137, Wolverine throws Colossus at Phoenix, because the lower gravity of the Moon (where they were) allowed this, and Wolverine was afraid his love for Jean would make him hold back (though even Colossus couldn't help pulling his punch a little).
    • In Avengers vs. X-Men #2, Colossus (who is also the Juggernaut) is thrown straight through the Avengers' Helicarrier. By Magneto.
    • When Colossus came Back from the Dead in Astonishing X-Men; it was in the middle of a furious battle. The Big Bad was getting away in a spaceship, and the heroes had no way of stopping him... until Wolverine walked up to him and said, "I got just two words for you, bub." One Gilligan Cut later, we have a full-page panel of Logan screaming through the air, Colossus down on the ground post-fling; it's so iconic that we're using it as the trope image on this very page.
    • Later in Astonishing, Colossus does a more simplified version of this by simply punching Emma Frost (in diamond form) causing her to fly through the air and into their opponent. She wasn't happy, leading to the current page quote the next time Colossus does this.
    • Much later on in Astonishing, the move would be performed by Wolverine and his new sidekick Hisako Ichiki, a.k.a. Armor. Being a Deadpan Snarker, Hisako frequently comments on how heavy Logan is (it's a fair comment, since the adamantium that coats his bones increases his mass (he canonically weighs 195 without/300 pounds with it), so he's heavier than he looks; her comments are coated in pure snark (which increases her sass, though there aren't any hard numbers as to how much)).
    • Colossus has also performed this move with Kitty Pryde. Notably during Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing.
      Kitty: [in mid-flight] Okay... so, serious wedgie.
    • In an issue of Deadpool, the Great Lakes Avengers (who at the time were calling themselves the Lightning Rods) did this, even calling it by name. And a footnote appears explaining that they have apparently copyrighted the term, and no-one else is allowed to use it.
      • In another issue of Deadpool, during an escape from a North Korean concentration camp with Koreans mutated with Deadpool's healing factor and the powers of other superheroes, Wolverine teaches Deadpool!Colossus to throw Deadpool!Wolverine at a nearby shooting tower. He misses.
      • An issue of Uncanny Avengers has Deadpool ask Rogue to do this with him. She calls it the "Screwball Special".
    • Getting to launch Wolverine is almost a point of pride for the X-Men, as Storm demonstrated here.
      Storm: I've wanted to try this for a while, Logan...
      Wolverine: Fastball it up, 'Roro. Everybody does it sometime.
    • A variation of this is iconic for Ant-Man and Hawkeye every time they team-up in The Avengers: Ant-Man hitches a ride on the tip of Hawkeye's arrow and then thrown to the target. Used for the first time on Avengers #223 to disarm a bomb thrown by Taskmaster.
    • In the Defenders-esque tie-in to Fear Itself, the mutant Loa asks Hulk's daughter Lyra if she's ever heard of a fastball special. Lyra hadn't, but she's a quick study.
    • A variation in Fantastic Four: Mister Fantastic uses his stretchy powers to launch The Thing like a slingshot. They also play it straight, with Reed forming into a ball and Ben chucking him at something.
    • Once, when the team was underwater, Sue had to use her force field to stop the Thing from sinking. Then, AIM got involved, and Sue threw Ben at their submarine. She didn't need Ben to do anything, since she took the sub down by herself, but still.
    • In Chaos War: Dead Avengers, Mar-Vell did this with Swordsman.
    • In The Incredible Hulk arc Planet Hulk, Hulk and Korg would perform the Fastball Special; in this case, they traded off being the thrower and throwee.
    • In the original run of Marvel Team-Up, Spider-Man did this with Kitty Pryde. She even asked Spider-Man, "How's your fastball?", being familiar with the move as a member of the X-Men.
    • In New Avengers #13, Luke Cage needs to take down a plane. His projectile of choice? Iron Fist, of course. ("I hate when he throws me!") In #21, Spider-Man does a web-slingshot variant of the same trick.
      Spider-Man: Fist him!
      Iron Fist: (in flight) Hate when people say that.
    • In Spider-Island, it is revealed that Spidey and Carol Danvers had developed a version of this involving Carol grabbing a web-line and throwing Spidey like an Olympic hammer. She and Kaine, a clone of Spidey with under-wrist stingers that serve as effective Wolverine Claws, to kill the Kaiju sized Queen.
    • New X-Men character Rockslide gets in on the action as well with Bash Brother Anole. Rockslide being Rockslide, he did it without asking, and Anole did not appreciate it.
    • X-23:
      • Spider-Man launched her in Marvel Team-Up. Spidey, of course, made an ironic comment about how someone else might have the trademark to the move.
      • She did it with Psylocke in Second Coming with Psylocke using her telekinesis, in front of Wolverine to boot.
      • And again, this time launched by Teen!Warren, in All-New Wolverine #1. This one was air-launched, with Warren releasing her onto a speeding RQ-1 Predator drone mid-flight.
      • Laura does a more traditional version with She-Hulk while fighting the Wendigo Twins in A Year of Marvels: The Incredible #1.
    • In an issue of She-Hulk, She-Hulk and Wolverine team up on this. Of course, She-Hulk being who she is could not help but comment on Wolverine's physique.
      She-Hulk: You usually do this move with a guy, right?
      Wolverine: Yeah, why?
      She-Hulk: Got a firm li'l butt there. You must work out.
      Wolverine: First rule about the "fastball special"... you don't talk about the "fastball special".
    • Spider-Girl and J2 (Juggernaut Junior). With the twist that due to some invisibility-inducing Phlebotinum, Mayday had no idea what she was being thrown at.
    • Squirrel Girl, has done the move with her pet squirrel Tippy-Toe. She calls it the "Fuzzball Special".
    • Runaways: Molly Hayes has super-strength. Victor Mancha is durable. Molly likes putting her power to use. Victor Mancha is a fan of Wolverine. This was made all the more amusing by Victor being the size of a boy in his late teens and Molly the only young girl in the cast.
    • One issue had Colossus performing this move with Nightcrawler, as Wolverine was unavailable. Nightcrawler did not like it one bit.
    • X-Force gave us the Fastbone Special, in which Psylocke (boosted by telekinesis) hurled Marrow (a Cloud Cuckoolander with the power of continuous spiky bone growth) at their enemy.
    • Oddly enough, the first occurrence of the maneuver in the Marvel universe may have been a villainous version. In Amazing Spider-Man # 19, Spider-Man stumbles into the lair of the B-level badguy squad The Enforcers. The musclebound Ox knocks Spidey off the ceiling by throwing his featherweight partner Fancy Dan at the webslinger.
    • During Absolute Carnage, the Thing tries to pull this off with Spider-Man when Dark Carnage has a hold of Captain America. Spidey absolutely panics and tries to point out that Wolverine is right behind him and he should throw him, but it falls on deaf ears as Spidey goes screaming (literally) towards Carnage, who blocks him with Cap, leading to both Ben and Logan to wince in sympathy.
    • Some of these have been mentioned already, but here are 5 without Colossus or Wolverine.
  • Ombre and Chance pull their own version of during the tactics exam in Freaks' Squeele.
  • In issue #3 of Lumberjanes, Mal and Ripley team up for one. They even call it out by its name.
  • Artax does this with his adventuring partner Yeagar, using magic to toss the warrior in the Nodwick comic parody "A Kind of Tragic", poking fun at the Highlander series. They call it the Bullwinkle Maneuver.
  • PS238, another title by the same author/artist, has Coach Rockslide use the Special to toss teacher Miss Kyle (a.k.a. Micro-Might) into fights after she's shrunk herself, thereby increasing her density and strength.
  • In issue #17 of Pocket God, Booga tries to stop the seaweed monster by throwing Ooga at it. The monster smashes him between its claws like a mosquito, leaving him comically flattened.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide, Chaos Emerald-powered Mega Man charges Super Sonic as a charged shot before firing him at the doctors' Egg-Wily Machine X. The blast is so powerful it destroys the machine in one hit.
  • In Secret Six, "evil Atom" Dwarfstar hides in Lady Vic's arrow fletchings while super-small, to a similar effect.
  • Subverted in The Four Castles, one of the Adventure Time Graphic Novels. Finn really wants Jake to throw him at a monster, but Jake isn't really into it and misses.
  • In Über, the one-legged and disabled British Battleship Churchill is literally thrown at two German Cruisers by an American Destroyer so that she can destroy them despite her limited mobility.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW):
    • Sonic and Amy use a move called the "Croquet Bomber" during a fight with some badniks in issue #2. It involves Amy hitting Sonic with her hammer, launching him at a particular Giant Mook like a croquet ball.
    • During the climax of the fight in Issue 4, Tangle the ring-tailed lemur uses her tail like a slingshot to launch Sonic and Blaze at a flying carrier dropping badniks onto Tangle's village, getting them close enough to double-team attack it.
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye:
    • In Issue #36 Optimus Prime orders Trailbreaker to place a forcefield around him and then for Windcharger to telekinetically throw him at an enemy ship.
  • The Transformers: Drift
    • In Issue #4 Of Empire of Stone Gigatron performs “Manuever 7” on Drift, throwing him towards Hellbat in an attempt to stop him.
  • The Flash:
    • Wally West's twin children use a variant. Irey has Super-Speed and Jai is Super Strong and Nigh-Invulnerable. Irey will run at someone while dragging Jai behind her then stop and let go, and Jai's momentum sends him hurlting towards whoever it is like a human cannonball.
    • The Other Side of Doomsday: When the heroes realize that they are stuck in a living planet, Flash throws Atom at super-speed into the ground, sending him all the way to the planet's core, the equivalent of its brain, so Atom can knock it out.

    Fan Works 
  • Kagura in the Alternate Tail Series can put Gajeel in an orbit around her, then send him flying at an enemy.
  • During initiation in BlazBlue Alternative: Remnant, Ruby has Ragna do this with her by having him use Aramasa as a launching point to swing her at the Deathstalker like a baseball. letting her slash off its claw at high speeds. This happens again during Chapter 55 off-screen, as when things cut back to Ragna, Ruby, and Luna, the latter comments on them using this technique to slash off a Deathstalker's tail.
  • Chaos Theory. Servants have a tendency to throw their Masters out of the way of danger, usually into a bush. Also, Shirou throws Shinji into Rin as a distraction.
  • Crowns of the Kingdom. Goofy throws the heroes across the river in Frontierland. Including himself.
  • Cutie Mark Crusaders 10k: In Lulamoon, Sweetie Belle uses telekinesis to launch Scootaloo close enough to Applejack to kick her in the face.
  • In the Fairy Tail and One Piece crossover The Dragon That Will Pierce the Heavens, Hikari and Zoro have made this a specialty of theirs, with the swordsman tossing her or using his swords to give her jumps extra momentum towards a target.
  • Fake News Rumble. Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow pull one to kill some monsters. Rachel is positively gleeful about it.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Martial Bliss is about Shining Armor being taught the art of using one's wife as a projectile weapon by his inebriated former drill sergeant. While he finds the whole situation absurd, he feels some strange pull of fate, as if this is going to be important for some reason...
  • Poké Wars: The Incipience. During the fight with Ho-oh, Regigigas uses an interesting take on this move. He throws Regirock at Mewtwo but as a grenade, not as blunt projectile.
  • Sonichu can launch Sonic out of his bellybutton, provided Sonic spindashes into him in preparation. This move apparently sends the target up conveniently placed mountains that act as ramps to the moon.
  • TSA: The Amazing Spider-Man. Though not mentioned by name, Hulk likes throwing Spider-Man after people he's sent flying.
  • With Strings Attached. Paul chucks John into the air during the battle on the Plains of Death because John can't spare the water to blast himself into the air. Inverted in that Paul is chucking John away from combat.
  • Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness: Patchouli is tasked with escorting Megas, something she doesn't want to do due to some prior trauma. How does she get out of it? By throwing Reimu at Megas in her stead. It's specifically stated to be a combination of said trauma, adrenaline, and a strong desire not to put up with Coop's idiocy; while her effort was successful, her arms feel like they're on fire due to her physical frailty.
  • In Mater Familias, Gohan refers to this by name when asking Hercule for help against a reprogrammed Android 16.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines:
    • In the main story, Ash's Charizard does it a couple times during the raid in the Saffron Gym to rescue Ash. First, he throws Krabby at Sabrina so he can punch her through a wall leaving an Impact Silhouette. Later on, he throws a singing Jigglypuff at a horde of attacking Psychic-types, while yelling "Fire in the hole!"
    • In the Clay Interlude sidestory, Clay's Seismitoad does this with his Excadrill. The latter is not amused.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Izuku throws Katsuki away from the Sludge Villain into the safe hands of Mt. Lady in an inversion of the usual intent behind this trope. For bonus points, the narration explicitly compares the event to something that would be seen as Koshien, the Japanese high school equivalent of the World Series.
  • Empathy: During the group's second fight with the Gorg, Riley uses the microbots to toss Wasabi and Fred at him. Fred naturally lampshades it.
  • Instances in The Institute Saga:
    • Superman does one to launch Logan and his Kryptonite-covered claws against Apocalypse.
    • Supergirl does a double one using Captain America and Juggernaut as projectiles.
    • Chris Kent does two in a fight against a giant spider, throwing X-23 and her father onto the spider's back.
    • Heavily implied that this is how Superman delivered Juggernaut to where he was needed to stop Magneto's plan.
  • In Pokémon Master, Ash will frequently throw Pikachu at the enemy.
  • A variation in Dimensional Links; at one point, Speck, tired of spending ages trying to climb from ground to whichever villain's ear (for context he shrinks to thumb size and stabs their ears), asks Ocarina to give him an arrow ride.
  • The Legend of Miraculous: Celhan Rabbit tells Sheikhan Wolf and Tiamat to throw him at Ghirahim. "Can't exactly use a sword to fix the problem of a whole person bein' thrown at'cha. And he won't see me coming since he's chasing Athy." They succeed in knocking Ghirahim down, but he just teleports out from under Celhan.
  • Five Fathers Adventuring Party: Used in Part 7. As a part of a mission to save the team's adopted daughter, most of the party throws things at the bandit lord, which are all dodged. With no other option left, the fighter hurls the rogue at the bandit lord. Since the bandit lord wouldn't expect that, the rogue gets to sneak attack despite being thrown straight at his target.
    There's nothing quite like backstabbing someone in mid-flight.
  • A campaign journal on the Giant in the Playground forums had this as a semi-regular tactic. The campaign was an Eberron-based version of the Red Hand of Doom and the party psion would often use one of her powers to fling the party's dwarf at the enemy. Although one of its first uses was throwing a stuffed owlbear. Said campaign journal can be found here for those curious.

    Film — Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy: The Movie: When the giant Kurita flies towards their floating boat, Papa Zola instructs Gopal to close his eyes before lifting him up. The boy is terrified to find himself thrown towards the monster, but that's the point to activate Gopal's powers to the max and turn Kurita into calamari.
  • In The Book of Life, Manolo throws Maria at Chakal during a fight between the townspeople and the bandits.
  • Used in An Extremely Goofy Movie. The cheating Bradley Uppercrust III has his partner use "The Whip" on Max's team, effectively gaining first place (and having Tank knock them over as they look on in shock helps).
  • Happens at the climax of The Incredibles, when Syndrome's escaping with Jack-Jack. His dad, Mr. Incredible, is extremely reluctant to throw something at them, pointing out that it could hit Jack-Jack—Elastigirl has a "Eureka!" Moment and tells her husband to throw her so she can grab their son and parachute down to safety.
  • In Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, a group of crows has snatched Twilight's lute... which happens to have Mrs. Plithiver in it. They're unable to keep up, and Twilight offers to do a mid-air throw to get Soren closer.
    Twilight: I'll get you closer! We're going to lock talons!
    Soren: What?
    Twilight: Trust me! I know what I'm doing!
    Soren: Yeah, but have you done this before?
    Twilight: No, but I've always wanted to try it!
  • The Son of Bigfoot: Wilbur the bear throws Tina the squirrel at their enemies to get her in fighting range. The second time he throws her, she's got a taser and all too willing to use it.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Butterfly and Sword has a variation where Ko uses her scarf to fire Sing like an arrow.
  • In The Chronicles of Riddick, Riddick and Kyra clasp hands and Riddick throws her overhand at their enemies.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hagrid asks Grawp to help him into the castle, which the latter interprets as a request to hurl him through the window, and complies.
  • Osmosis Jones features a variant where Ozzy is shot out of Drix's Arm Cannon to pursue the Big Bad outside of Frank's body.
    Ozzy: (Inside the chamber) You want Osmosis?
    Drix: (Taking aim) You've got Osmosis.
  • Pintel and Ragetti fire Jack the Undead Monkey out of a cannon in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, hitting Maccus square in the face.
    Will: Thank ye, Jack.
  • Power Rangers does this in the climax, probably a Call-Back to the TV series, when Kimberley (piloting the pterodactyl Zord), lifts Zack (piloting the mammoth Zord) and drops him on Goldar, knocking the giant monster off his feet.
  • In Sky High, Jetstream drops the Commander from a flying start. Warren and Will also pull one off during the 'Save the Citizen' scene.
  • In the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Donatello uses his staff to throw Raphael into a Humvee. The Humvee loses.
  • Ultraman Cosmos 2: The Blue Planet: The two heroic ultras, Ultraman Cosmos and Ultraman Justice, has a special move they performed together by having Cosmos perform a Human Hammer-Throw on his friend, sending Justice spinning away like a tornado and striking the intended target with deadly impact and a consecutive chain of explosions, with enough force to even weaken the powerful planet-destroying monster Sandros.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • Because it wouldn't be right or proper not to include the move in the series, X-Men: The Last Stand — during a fight against a simulated Sentinel — has Wolverine turn to Colossus and ask "How's your throwin' arm?" Audiences cheered. The move itself, however, was considerably altered, resembling more of a hammer toss than a fastball throw, to compensate for the fact that Colossus actor Daniel Cudmore is not 9 feet tall (merely 6'8) and Hugh Jackman is already much taller than comics Wolverine (6'2 vs. 5'4). The second time... Magneto gets involved. (Though it was a Batman Gambit by Wolverine, by anticipating Magneto would expect such an attack and counter it, Wolverine gave Beast an opening to get into melee range from behind.)
    • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Colossus is the fastball. Blink throws him at the Sentinels by using her portals (first, he goes through one where the other end is high in the air; then, right before he hits the ground, she opens another one with the other end behind a Sentinel).
    • In Deadpool Negasonic Teenage Warhead uses her powers to launch Deadpool to the top of an abandoned helicarrier:
      Deadpool: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! (lands, wheezing) Motherfucker!
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • A variant in The Avengers: Black Widow uses Captain America for a boost to catch a passing alien.
    • In Captain America: Civil War, this effect is used several times.
      • Falcon drops Captain America in the first scene to great effect using gravity on top of several Hydra goons. Afterwards, Scarlet Witch uses her telekinesis to throw Cap into the building several stories up.
      • In Bucharest, Bucky throws Cap at a couple of German GSG 9 federal policemen when they attempt get into Bucky's apartment to arrest him after he has been framed for a terrorist attack.
      • During the airport battle, the Hawkeye/Ant-Man variant is used to impressive effect against Iron Man.
    • Thor: Ragnarok: "Get Help", a trick from Thor's and Loki's adventuring days, which consists of Loki feigning unconsciousness and Thor screaming for help until he gets close enough to the enemies and throws Loki at them, knocking them out.
    • A piece of concept art for Avengers: Endgame has Hulk about to throw Spider-Man, while he himself is about to be thrown by Giant-Man.
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania sees a devastating version used to bring down a forcefield, with Wasp throwing a tiny Ant-Man who then turns into Giant-Man mid-flight.

  • Chrysalis (RinoZ): When Crinis is still small enough to sit on Anthony's head, he's able to throw her into a melee with his antennae. Since she doesn't have legs, but does have masses of independently mobile tentacles covered in ripping spines, this is quite an effective strategy.
    Crinis slingshot has been loaded!
  • In Book Two of the Spider-Man/X-Men crossover novel trilogy Time's Arrow, Wolverine, whose tag team maneuver with Colossus provides the Trope Namer, performs an unwilling variation, tossing Electro into Hydro-Man with predictable results.
  • The Discworld novel Thud! is named for the titular boardgame which puts Dwarfs against Trolls. Dwarf pieces move like chess queens and troll pieces move like chess kings. Dwarf pieces outnumber troll pieces 4 to 1, however Dwarf pieces cannot take troll pieces unless they land on the square the troll piece is occupying and are not allowed to do so unless starting next to a troll piece or by being "hurled". Troll pieces can take any adjacent dwarf piece without moving to that square, thus a lone dwarf piece is defenseless as moving next to a troll piece invites immediate capture on the troll player's turn. Dwarf pieces can be "hurled" a distance of greater than one square so long as the opposite direction has the same number of other dwarf pieces occupying the squares. Thus the only way to win as a dwarf player is to bunch up one's pieces into a big massed group and Fastball Special the outer pieces at the trolls.
  • In Into the Looking Glass, Lake County SWAT agent Knapp, just over five feet tall, is mentioned in the third chapter as being thrown through a second floor window by his fellow team members in competitions.
  • N.E.R.D.S.: This is what saves the day in the first book; Jackson gets Flinch to throw him into Dr. Jigsaw's machine (which features a giant magnet) and destroy it with his braces (which are still magnetized even after its upgrades are destroyed).
    Jackson: Have you ever tossed a football?
    Flinch: Once. My older brother tried to show me.
    Jackson: Imagine I'm a football.
  • In Matt Stover's Star Wars Legends novel Shatterpoint, during the Battle or Lorshan Pass, Mace Windu is launched into the air by holding onto the whipping tail of an Ankkox in order to capture an enemy gunship high in the air.
  • In Void City, when fighting the demon J'iliol'lth, Eric tries throwing Talbot at him. Twice. It doesn't work either time, and Talbot refuses to let Eric make a third attempt.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Alphas Bill throws Kat over some villains so they can attack from two directions.
  • In The Aquabats! Super Show! episode "Showtime!", a super sized Crash McLarson throws the MC Bat Commander and Jimmy the Robot at Space Monster M. While the Bat Commander distracts M, Jimmy removes SuperMagic PowerMan's magic headband from M's head.
  • In Kamen Rider Ryuki, Kamen Rider Scissor's Final Vent involves his Advent Beast launching him into the air for a spinning tackle attack. Ryuki, Ohja, and Ryuga's Final Vents also launch them for flying kicks, though with fire, venom, and nega-fire respectively.
    • Kamen Rider OOO's Movie has Kamen Rider Fourze (during his Early-Bird Cameo) doing this to OOO...without warning him first. Though it's still effective in damaging the Big Bad.
      Eiji/OOO: What are you doing?!
      Gentaro/Fourze: (swinging OOO around with his Magic Hand) Don't worry, astronauts handle these kinds of Gs all the time!
      Eiji/OOO: I'm not an astronaut!!
    • Kamen Rider Ghost had an unusual example in Episode 25: In order to deal with a flying Monster of the Week, Ghost had the Heroic Spirit of Benkei launch him skyward with his hammer. When that wasn't enough to do the job, he summoned Tutankhamen and then Musashi in mid-air in order to get even higher.
  • Power Rangers:
    • In Power Rangers Zeo the Warrior Wheel was a special Zord designed especially for this maneuver. It would fold up into a puck-shaped projectile and the larger Zeo Megazord would hurl it like a bowling ball at the enemy as a finishing move.
    • In Power Rangers Wild Force, Danny (the Black Bison Ranger) would regularly toss Max (the Blue Shark Ranger) at the enemy. Max had bladed weapons as part of the shark motif. This is actually Danny's super move in the GBA game if you select him as one of your backups.
    • In Power Rangers: Dino Thunder and its counterpart Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger, the Yellow Ranger/AbareYellow is occasionally thrown in this manner.
    • Rescue Sentai GoGoFive and its adaptation Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue likewise have a move like this, though it involves one Ranger being thrown by all the others, and starts off in a crowdsurfing-like position. And their Humongous Mecha also has one, featuring the Grand Liner/Supertrain Megazord, throwing the Liner Boy/Max Solarzord to the Monster of the Week.
    • In Power Rangers Mystic Force, Xander in Mystic Muscles mode can throw ALL FOUR OTHER RANGERS at a monster.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in episode 22 of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. Wanna stop a giant asteroid from destroying the Earth? Why not throw the nearest giant robot with a drill at it?
    • One of the earliest examples came with the Thunderzords and the Mega Tigerzord, whose finisher consisted of launching the Firebird Thunderzord through the enemy. The Thunder Ultrazord's finisher could also be considered this: it took to the skies, killed the engines, and squashed the enemy under its colossal girth.
    • In Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, Gekiatsu Daioh's finisher involves launching all six Ninningers at the giant monster out of its revolver-like chestpiece.
  • In Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Crixus uses his shield to launch Spartacus twice.
  • In Stargirl, Sportsmaster and Tigress open their first fight with the new JSA this way. Even though they're both regular humans, he's still strong enough to throw her at the young heroes.
  • Wonder Woman: In "The Man Who Could Not Die", Wonder Woman throws Bryce Candle, the Man Who Could Not Die, from the outside grounds through the third story window to face off against Joseph Reichman.


    Pro Wrestling 
  • Commonly called the Rocket Launcher. (Among other things, it was a major issue of the feud between The Midnight Express and the Fantastics.) A variant of this maneuver was famously performed by The British Bulldogs has Smith Gorilla pressing and dropping Billington into his famous Diving headbutt against a fallen opponent.
  • In a 6-man tag match on the 4/19/10 episode of Raw, Triple H and Rey Mysterio's Fastball Special upped the match's "Holy Shit!" Quotient like whoa.

    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech has optional rules for larger Mechs to pick up and throw smaller ones at targets. note  The rules do admit that no conscious and sane pilot would willingly allow themselves to be thrown at velocity to their death or serious injury and so impose a to-hit penalty to the attempt if the MechWarrior is not knocked out already.
  • Champions: The 5th edition book has a section specifically on the Fastball Special. For fans of game rules: the throwing character aims the "fastball" at the target character's hex. If he hits the hex, the "fastball" rolls for a Move Through on the target.
  • Dungeons & Dragons Edition 3.5 has a feat that allows players to do this, appropriately named "Fling Ally". This gets amusing if you combine it with the Charm Person spell and the Distant Shot feat. To quote one post on the Internet, "The Andromeda galaxy is within my line of sight, right?"
  • Exalted has a martial arts technique dubbed the Crashing Wave Throw. While it's intended to be used on an enemy (you need to make a grapple attack to be able to use it), it specifically fails to mention any weight limit the throwee has to fall under. Add in a willing ally who uses certain Sorcery powers to turn his body to solid bronze...
  • Pathfinder:
    • Telekinetic charge tosses a character at the target, and gives the tossee an automatic attack when they get there.
    • In the 2nd Edition, barbarians get a feat called Friendly Toss that lets them pick up an ally and throw them to a nearby unoccupied space. If they land near a foe, they can use a reaction to strike them.
  • Warhammer:
    • The daemon Ku'gath Plaguefather can scoop up handfuls of the plague-ridden nurglings that spill from his viscera and hurl them as catapult-like projectiles.
    • Blood Bowl: A pair of abilities allows some players to undertake this tactic, Throw Team-Mate for the thrower and Right Stuff for the throwee (usually a goblin or halfling). There is a type of goblin player, the Doom Diver, who specializes in being thrown and wear a pair of artificial wings so that they can land (relatively) accurately. Unfortunately, all creatures capable of doing the throw tend to suffer from drawbacks, such as rank stupidity and/or insatiable hunger, and are liable to instead decide to take root, stand around looking glassy-eyed, or in some extreme cases eating the throwee.
    • Warhammer 40,000 If the Orks' Shokk Attack Gun malfunctions in just the right way, instead of firing the crazed Snotling like it is supposed to, it will fire the Big Mek using it.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: One book has a list of pack tactics; one, Forward Pass (pioneered by a Fianna rugby player, no less), involves picking up a packmate in wolf form and hurling them at the enemy, with the understanding that they'll shift into war form in mid-air.

  • In Cirque du Soleil's Volta, during the hexagonal hoop diving scene, one of the Freespirits gets a boost through the last and highest hoop this way.


    Video Games 
  • In ARK: Survival Evolved, this move can be performed if the player has tamed a Gigantopithecus, who has the ability to overhead-toss your character. The lighter you are/the stronger the ape is, the further s/he will throw you.
  • In Azure Dreams, a PlayStation RPG, the player character can pick up and hurl his tamed monsters at foes, giving them an immediate attack on the enemy if they strike.
  • Baldur's Gate III: If you pass the necessary strength check, you can toss a party member like this to a more advantagious position. You can also commit a Destination Defenestration.
  • Boogie Wings allows you to do this on two-player mode, thanks to Gameplay Ally Immortality. Feel free to use your skyhook to snatch your partner's tank, and drop it on enemies; you'll only damage your onscreen foes while leaving your ally unharmed.
  • Eddie and Ophelia's Combination Attack in Brütal Legend involves him tossing her at the enemies, daggers spinning.
  • Bubble and Squeak: Bubble can have Squeak pick him up and throw him upward, allowing him to reach high up platforms.
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night have a few examples:
    • Alucard's first boss battle against Slogra and Gaibon. Much of the battle consists of Gaibon (a flying gargoyle monster) picking up Slogra (a skeltal mutant armed with a spear) and attempting to drop Slogra on Alucard. Getting hit by this combo attack naturally deals the most amount of damage.
    • Later in the game, Alucard have to fight another dual boss, the Minotaur and the Werewolf. Every now and then, the Werewolf will unleash a Rolling Attack, where the Minotaur will use it's axe to swat the Werewolf across the arena towards Alucard.
  • During co-op mode in Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2, one player may pick up another and perform a charged throw, launching them at enemies like a chipmunk missile.
  • Several Double Techs in Chrono Trigger, mostly courtesy of Ayla, who is the physically strongest member of the True Companions. "Falcon Strike" is the most obvious about it. There's also a non-Ayla version, "Blade Strike", where Robot Buddy Robo throws Frog, sword-first.
  • In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, the Soviets have the "Bullfrog" unit which launches infantry with its human cannonball launchers. (They are given parachutes for soft landings)
  • In Conquest of the Crystal Palace, you can do this with your dog, Zap, once you buy the Dog Whistle from the shop.
  • In Cthulhu Saves the World by Zeboyd Games, the Unite technique with Umi and Ember, aptly named "Launch", allows the latter to use the former as a projectile weapon.
  • Dawn of War: Soulstorm if the Orks beat the Dark Eldar, they have a throwing contest on the low-gravity moon their base was on, using caged Dark Eldar as projectiles.
  • Densetsu no Stafy 3: Upon catching up to Kyorozou each time in stage 8-4, Wario hurls Starfy at him to make him drop one of the jewels he's carrying.
  • The very premise of Delivering Hope (the Tag Line being "One yeet at a time") is for IRyS in chibi form to be subject to this trope as much as possible by the other hololive members to fly as far as she can until forcibly stopped.
  • Deltarune:
    • The boss K. Round, a giant checkerboard piece with a crown on its head, is basically impervious to weapons and can only be defeated by bowing, at which the crown (eventually) falls off and it shrinks to a smaller size and rolls away. When the recalcitrant Susie rejoins the group she decides to solve the return of K. Round by just throwing someone at it (namely Ralsei) to knock the crown off. Humorously, the first time it's used, Susie only vaguely explained beforehand and the option on the menu is just called "Susie's idea".
    • Susie's maneuver makes a comeback in Chapter 2 when trying to loosen the mind-controlling wires of Werewires and Berdly, but this time she throws Kris instead.
  • Characters in the Disgaea series can lift and toss each other around the battlefield. Prinnies explode when thrown, damaging characters on surrounding squares. (Prinnies are also perennial Butt Monkeys, so using them as living grenades just fits right in.) While this kills the Prinny, they're monsters and thus only cost one Hl to resurrect, making it cheap to do as well (also, this doesn't count as a team kill). There are stages designed so that doing this will make it far easier. The baseball stage might even be a Shout-Out to the trope namer.
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy has this done by Tidus and Zidane in the game's intro, with Zidane wrapping his tail around Tidus' leg and Tidus slingshotting him to Exdeath.
  • If you have both characters in play in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, you can use one to grab the other and throw them to reach high ledges.
  • Tiny of Dota 2 has Toss as his second ability. It grabs a random unit close to him and throws it at the target enemy. It can be used as a textbook Fastball Special, grabbing an ally to throw in middle of the enemy team so that the ally can wreak havoc, or it can be used more directly - a grabbed enemy takes even more damage mid-flight in addition to the impact damage, leading to Tiny being one of the best heroes at killing enemies really quickly. Thrown allies take no damage from the trip or the landing. If said hero thrown turns out to be Centaur, Slardar, Sven, Pudge, Puck or if you're really unlucky, Magnus, Enigma, or Earthshaker, whoever it's thrown on and everyone else in the vicinity will not enjoy it.
  • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, Iron Bull tries to talk Sera into doing this, reasoning that, as the lightest and second shortest team member, he can throw her over the enemy's heads, allowing her to attack from behind and mayhem to ensue. Sera is not enthused by the idea. The possibility of using Varric instead is brought up, but he's too dense for it.
  • Hookheads and Grabbies in Dubloon can attack your party by throwing other enemies on the field. Naturally, this doesn't work when there's only one enemy left.
  • In Dungeon Crawl, the unique monsters Robin the hobgoblin and Polyphemus the cyclops hurl their smaller allies at you.
  • A mechanic for 'dwarf chucking' exists in Dungeon Keeper 2, allowing giants and bile demons to use dwarves and imps as projectiles.
  • Eternal Senia: From multiple characters, with multiple characters:
    • In Eternal Senia, the title character decides to throw her Fairy Companion at a faraway switch due to her lack of ranged abilities at the moment. Sadly for the fairy, this gets turned into a permanent skill for the rest of the game.
    • Eternal Senia: Hydrangea After The Rain: Sophie attacks by throwing her doll, Alpaca, at the enemy, after which he grows real big, to squish them.
  • Fate/Grand Order eventually reveals the reason for Berserker Heracles' skill at throwing people: he tends to throw Jason at their enemies.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, there’s a Band ability "Makeshift Cannon", which is double Fastball Special that requires 5 people. White Magician Girl Porom and Black Magician Boy Palom cast a superpowered Berserk on the Cute Bruiser Luca, who then proceeds to throw the The Hero Ceodore and Waif-Fu-practicing Rebellious Princess Ursula through the enemy party.
    • This is Umaro's best attack in Final Fantasy VI. Which party member he grabs and throws is mostly random, though he tends to prioritize sleeping or confused allies, who will have the status cleared from them.
    • Final Fantasy VIII features a Fastball with the GF summons "Brothers". After Sacred (the big Brother) launches the enemy—and the rock it was standing on—into the sky, he and Minotaur (the little Brother) play Rock–Paper–Scissors, which Minotaur always wins. Minotaur then boosts Sacred into the sky to crash into the enemy, sending it spiraling back to Earth.
      • Granaldo boss is fond of attacking with this trope. Also Rinoa launches her dog Angelo (via her Blaster Edge) towards enemies when it's Limit Break time.
    • Final Fantasy XV Via link strikes, Gladiolus can launch Noctis, or Noctic can boost Ignis and Gladio. Iris also has Gladio assist her during her Eclipse technique.
  • In Gundam Extreme Vs, Blue Destiny 1 and Deathscythe Hell have attacks where they throw an unwilling mecha (a GM and a Taurus respectively) at their enemies.
  • In Gunstar Heroes, 2-player mode, both players can throw the other like this. Hitting the Mooks with this is quite painful for them. It is also possible to Fastball Special the Mooks themselves.
  • Gwent: The Witcher Card Game: Implied by the Cyclops, who destroys a friendly unit and then damages an enemy by an amount equal to the strength of the ally he destroyed.
  • Garrosh in Heroes of the Storm has the abilities: Wrecking Ball and Into the Fray, which have him throw enemies and allies respectively at the target location, damaging the thrown unit (if an enemy) as well as other enemies nearby.
  • In Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East, cyclopes have the ability to pick up goblins and hurl them at the enemy.
  • Inazuma Eleven':
    • "The Icarus" technique. Performed by swinging a partner into the sky. The partner grows wings and creates a flash that blinds an opponent.
    • Shourin (and not only) has the "Shooting Star" technique. His partner throws him high in the air and he lands with a powerful kick to steal the ball from the opponent.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, a boss fight features Ventus smacking Stitch at the boss using the keyblade like it was a baseball bat. Another fight has Hercules flinging Ven.
    • The Swing Fling link attack in Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] has the participating dream eater swing Sora in circles by the legs before eventually tossing him at the target.
    • In Kingdom Hearts III, one of Sora's team-up attacks in Monstropolis has him throwing Mike Wazowski like a bowling ball (or perhaps one might say a dodgeball) at enemies.
  • Kingdom of Loathing:
    • The Turtle Tamer skill "Toss" allows adventurers to do this with their familiar as the thrown character... or a random turtle if no familiar is available. However, familiars do more damage.
    • During the Valhalla Invasion special event, players assaulting the Bonewall with a sufficiently high HP bonus could get their flying yeti mounts to throw them at the Bonewall, taking out dozens of skeletons at once.
  • Kirby:
    • Before the last battle in Kirby's Adventure (and its GBA remake), Nightmare escapes into the sky as Kirby and King Dedede dance around in panic. Dedede then sucks up Kirby and spits him in the direction of Nightmare, before tossing the Star Rod to him so he can chase Nightmare.
    • In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Dedede once again tosses Kirby to chase away the Squeaks. As if he were a bowling ball.
    • In Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby and Prince Fluff can throw each other as weapons or to reach distant platforms; the partner being tossed even takes the shape of a baseball when this happens.
  • In The Last Remnant, this is an attack used by Castanea (a giant with heavy armour and a huge hammer) and Roeas (a scantily clad girl with twin swords). Roeas jumps onto Castanea's hammer, who swings it at the enemy, launching Roeas right at them.
  • League of Legends has a variant of this with Kalista's ultimate ability, "Fate's Call". For context, Kalista requires starting games by binding an ally with the Black Spear, pledging their soul to Kalista in exchange for her services. Upon activating "Fate's Call", Kalista instantly draws the bound ally to her side as an intangible spectre, and said ally can then reactivate to launch themselves in any particular direction, with throwing themselves into the enemy dealing major damage and crowd control.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, if Bokoblins can't get to you with melee weapons, and they don't have a bow, they'll throw rocks at you. If Moblins can't get to you with melee weapons, and they don't have a bow, they'll throw Bokoblins. The Bokoblin victim is visibly dismayed when this happens.
    • A particulary amusing example from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, where in Jabu-Jabu's Belly, the player is forced to carry Princess Ruto through much of the dungeon. However, the player can throw her at enemies to defeat them! This is useful since most enemies are electrified and cannot be harmed until you acquire the boomerang halfway through, and can even be used to defeat those annoying stingray enemies while they're hiding beneath the floor by tossing her from just the right distance.
  • In LEGO The Lord of the Rings you often have to toss Gimli at stones above you or across a gap so that his axe can break them. So much for "Nobody tosses a dwarf."
  • One of the combination moves in Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, where the titular majin throws Player Character Tepeu.
  • In Marvel Puzzle Quest, the 3-star Colossus has the Fastball Special as one of his special moves. You choose one of his teammates and throws them, rendering them temporarily invincible from damage for a few turns. On the final turn, they'll come back down and not only damage them for a set amount of damage, but also fire off one of the thrown's abilities at no cost. Of course, this is a very risky move - the attack delivers minor damage to the thrown character and the character's ability is chosen at random, which can only be Team-Up-aquireable abilities. For example, a player could throw the 3-star Black Panther and could either fire off the painfully damaging Rage of the Panther (which heavily damages all opponents), Defense Grid (which triggers a countdown block which spawns a defense block every time the countdown finishes and resets) or Battleplan (which just creates attack-increasing Yellow Strike Tiles)
  • Used in Marvel Ultimate Alliance, when you get one of The Big Guys next to a smaller character and press the grab button. The same character pairing examples under the Comics header above apply here, among others (you can get the Hulk — if you have him — to throw Wolverine, for example).
  • Mega Man Battle Network features the GutsShoot Program Advance, where GutsMan teleports in, picks up MegaMan, and throws him down the row (MegaMan puts up a shield in his face to avoid taking damage from the collision). The move was introduced in the first game as being incredibly powerful (if lacking in area range), but was toned down in each 2 and 3 before it was dropped altogether with the latter games reworking the formula.
  • In Mercenary Kings, the dog pilot of the Munsterlander boss will occasionally launch itself at you before coming back.
  • Mewgenics: Tank cats have access to the Toss skill, which does exactly what you think it does. It gets interesting when cats with Thorns or other similar statuses get thrown into the mix, letting you make a cat that's the perfect living projectile.
  • Monster Hunter:
    • Since Hunters are Friendly Fire Proof, but not immune to knockback from allies' attacks, players can do this to other players online if they use an upswinging attack with a Great Sword, Switch Axe or Hammer.
    • Monster Hunter 4:
      • The game introduces palicoes who specialize in launching the player. This was implemented to showcase the verticality of fourth generation by letting players take advantage of the new mounting mechanics for jumping onto monsters even when there's no handy jumping points on the map.
      • Users of the Insect Glaive, also introduced in the fourth generation, can launch their Kinsect to collect extracts from the monster. Generations introduces a Hunting Art that throws the Kinsect even faster, instantly slurping out all three kinds of extracts if it connects.
      • The Desert Seltas Queen in 4 Ultimate can fire the Desert Seltas serving as her thrall at you with a burst of water. This shatters the poor male into pieces, and the Desert Seltas Queen knows this; she just yanks another Desert Seltas out of the ground when this happens.
    • Monster Hunter: World: The Deviljho combines this with Grievous Harm with a Body when it picks up a smaller monster such as the Great Jagras or a Kulu-ya-Ku; it chews on the monster for a bit, slinging it around in its jaws like a rag doll, then hucks the monster at you with incredible speed, which hurts both unfortunate parties a lot.
  • Mortal Kombat X:
    • Ferra/Torr have this in all of their stances except Lackey. Torr, the giant brute, can throw Ferra, the small girl, to attack. They even get a Finishing Move version, where Torr throws Ferra into their opponent's abdomen for Ferra to get lodged halfway in. Torr pulls her out and the opponent falls down into two pieces.
    • Two stages allow any character to do this: the Outworld Marketplace lets you throw an old lady, and the Sky Temple allows you to throw a monk.
  • In M.U.G.E.N, one of Colossus' special moves is throwing Wolverine at his opponent.
  • While not particularly useful in the game, the hero of Noah's Ark, who is responsible for picking up animals and food and filling the Ark with them, can throw the animals and food at will. The only real use for this is throwing bales of hay and coconuts at some of the more annoying animals to knock them out, making them easier/less dangerous to pick up and carry to the Ark. This is the only way to even pick up a monkey without it jumping off your head.
  • Amaterasu in Ōkami can throw her pint-sized Exposition Fairy, Issun, at enemies if she buys a certain artifact. The damage is minimal at first but increases with use. Issun can also steal items while he's at it.
  • Oriental Legend allows you to do this on two-player mode, if one of the players is significantly larger than the others (e.g. Zhu Bajie, Sha Wujing). The larger player will grab the smaller one and use him / her as an impromptu flail to smash up enemies, an attack that covers a massive area dealing plenty of damage but doesn't hurt either player in the process.
  • During the part of the final boss fight in Pizza Tower, Gustavo appears on the screen. He can be grabbed by Peppino to be thrown at bosses to stun them, opening them up for an attack.
  • Plants vs. Zombies: The Gargantuar will throw an Imp into your defenses when its health is half-depleted.
  • Pokémon:
  • Prince of Persia (2008): Several combo setups involve the Prince grabbing Elika by the wrist and throwing her at their opponent. She has the opportunity to use her magic to bounce off the opponent and the Prince can repeat the process in the same combo string.
  • In Project × Zone 2: Brave New World, this is what Segata Sanshiro does to both Yuri Lowell and Flynn Scifo in order to reach Estelle.
  • Tecmo's Quantum Theory introduces this mechanic to a cover-based shooter: You have a button dedicated to picking up and throwing your female partner at the enemy, who slices them up.
  • Rival Schools:
    • In United by Fate, the hulking principal Raizo does this as his assist move.
    • And in Project Justice, the Gedo High School Team's Party Up attack is a variation, which involves the player's two teammates hurling the player's character and his/her opponent at each other.
  • In Sands of Destruction, Taupy (the little bear with an eyepatch) uses one of these as a finishing move, as a giant pink bear (his sweetiepie, Muffy) picks him up and hurls him toward the enemy at full force.
  • In The Simpsons arcade game, the Combination Attack between Marge and either Bart or Lisa has Marge picking the kid up and then tossing them to the mooks, with them bouncing in the air quite a bit.
  • SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 has a couple of tag team moves that invoke this trope, on top of the standard whip moves.
  • Skully allows you to fastball yourself. For a clearer picture, you are an andromorphic, sentient skull (just go with it) and can create golems by submerging yourself into clay pools. In areas too high to jump or facing chasms you can't access, you can control your golem to spit yourself out and hurl yourself for long distances. In fact, this is the only method of attacking Brent, an air elemental boss who keeps floating out of reach.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic Heroes:
      • The game allows your Flight and Power characters to throw their teammates at enemies when in their formations.
      • In the same game, Team Sonic's Team Blast, Sonic Overdrive, with Knuckles doing a hammer throw with Tails and Sonic, before Tails boosts Sonic to attack all enemies in the area.
    • Lampshaded in Sonic Chronicles, where Sonic and Amy have a Combination Attack literally called the "Fastball Special", where Sonic curls in to his trademark Spin-Dash, and Amy hits him at the enemy with her Piko-Piko Hammer.
    • In one of the side levels in Sonic Generations, the player (as Sonic) can have Amy use her hammer to launch him into the air.
    • In Sonic Frontiers, one of these happens At the end of the final battle against The End. Controlling the last titan, Supreme, Sage hurls Super Sonic towards The End.
  • In Spelunky, if you find a Damsel and carry her to the exit with you, you can chuck her at creatures blocking your path (happily without her dying in the process... usually).
  • In StarCraft, Mutalisks fire a shuriken-like parasite at enemies, which acts as a Pinball Projectile and hits another two targets. In StarCraft II, Brood Lords launch a pair of Broodlings at enemies. The broodlings not only strike forcibly, but survive unharmed and begin nibbling on the enemy's ankles.
  • Can be quite useful in Streets of Rage where one player can throw his ally into a crowd of Mooks.
  • In Suikoden IV Gau, who was Raised by Wolves, picks up and tosses the shorter brawler, Dario, in the Beserker Attack.
  • In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Bowser's Hurly Gloves weapon, described as "A classic Mario-toss attack," is just that: Bowser tossing Mario comedically at enemies. When Mario is unable to be thrown, (due to death, absence from the battlefield, suffering some kind of status ailment, etc.) Bowser has to settle for tossing a Mario doll at the enemy (for a reduced amount of damage).
    • The Bros. Attacks in the Mario & Luigi games, which sometimes involve using your allies as weapons.
    • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Luigi mentions that he used this tactic to defeat a boss in the adventure he's having at the same time as Mario's. His partner clarifies that Luigi in fact missed his throw, and sent the partner flying into lava.
    • In Super Mario Sunshine, Piantas in some places will offer to throw you in exchange for a coin, enabling you to reach high places without the Rocket or Hover Nozzles for FLUDD. This returns in one galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2, but they do it for free instead.
  • You can damage and even KO opponents in Super Smash Bros. by throwing another opponent into them like a cannonball, though with how frantic battles can be with more than one opponent, it can be hard to pull off on purpose.
  • Supreme Commander 2 has a combination of this, It's Raining Men, and Ridiculously Fast Construction. The UEF can build a "Noah Unit Cannon" that constructs land units rapidly and launches them across the map, whereupon they deploy on impact. That's right, you are shooting units at the enemy even as they are created.
  • Titanfall 2 has BT, Jack's Titan, pick him up and throw him great distances at several points in the campaign. Pilot Jump Kits have the necessary equipment to allow a Pilot to survive such throws, and BT proves to have excellent aim. Later in the game it's suggested that this has become a common maneuver among Titan Pilots, with other characters referring to it as "a fastball". But it gets brutally deconstructed if the player chooses to ask BT about the risks, in which case, BT will describe them to Jack with painfully elaborate details.
  • Touhou Project series:
    • Yukari Yakumo throws not only her own shikigami, but her shikigami's shikigami. This is usually done to strike an unsuspecting character upside the head (or hitbox, depending on whether we're talking about the danmaku or the fighting), and the shikigami further assists by spinning and sending danmaku in all directions. Of course, this doesn't mean Yukari herself isn't going to attack you herself, as well.
    • Her shikigami, Ran Yakumo, does the same thing with her shikigami, Chennote . Yukari's attack is basically a souped-up version of Ran's, using Ran herself as the projectile. However, Yukari is also capable of using the Chen version of the attack, but only in the fighting games.
    • Yukari's so reliant on having Ran assist that this is included in her shottype in Imperishable Night (Ran moves to the enemy she's "locked on." she'd have to do it to keep it balanced between the human half (Reimu with homing amulets, as to be expected) and youkai half.
  • The Violinist of Hameln game allows Hamel to throw Flute at his enemies if desired, so long as she's not wearing a costume.
  • About halfway through Xeno Gears a Gear that uses its own cockpit as a lethal projectile becomes a plot point. Thankfully its pilot escapes in time before being launched into the enemy at colossal speed.
  • In X-Men Legends, if you were controlling a character with Super-Strength like Colossus or Rogue and stood next to Wolverine, pressing the grab button would result in your character hurling Wolvie in whatever direction they were facing at the time. If you hit an enemy, it counted as a combo for the purposes of characters who had powers that affected them. This was the easiest way to complete the Combo Training mission, since it required no mutant power to perform and you didn't have to worry about one character's power killing the target before the second character's power hit, which was how other combos worked.
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon:
    • Majima and Saejima use a wide-ranging variation where Saejima swings Majima around so he slashes away at surrounding enemies, then throws him at the primary target as a feint to double-team with a brutal punch/knee combo.
  • Although player characters in World of Warcraft can be 8 feet tall and up to a quarter of a ton in weight, this trope happens surprisingly often. Mainly because said characters share a world with castle-sized dragons and similarly colossal titan constructs (to name a few of the very large and very scary things you'll encounter). Sometimes they ask first. Other things can also throw your character distances sufficient to take falling damage: such as magical barriers, and various machines. To be fair, player characters can also occasionally indulge in this trope. A relatively common tactic for dealing with overpowered NPCs is to stun or distract them by throwing some dangerous animal at them (usually spiders or something with lots of teeth). Some NPCs may also ask the player to do this to them: particularly goblins and gnomes due to their small stature. There are also bosses who will throw their minions at you, quite literally. These tend to be ogres, for whom this is likely their most advanced tactic (the average ogre is not terribly bright) but is also occasionally used by magic-wielding bosses who do it with telekinesis.

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  • DSBT InsaniT: Amber, who has powers over space, can throw a comet like one.
  • Parodied in Press Start episode 30 where Zack asks Lin-Ku to pull this off on him by name. Lin-Ku interprets this literally and knocks Zack out with a baseball before wondering it was supposed to do.
  • Used by the protagonists of Ronin Dojo Community College DX, who don't quite understand that imitating what you see on TV has repercussions in real life.
  • RWBY:
    • In Volume 1 Chapter 8, Nora is tossed up via Pyrrha's shield, with a little help from her own rocket hammer. In the same scene Ruby gets Weiss to launch her out of a giant slingshot.
    • In Chapter 11 of Volume 2, Doctor Oobleck and Zwei pull one off, with Oobleck using his weapon, a flamethrowing staff, to turn Zwei into a flying canine fireball, hitting a suit of mechanized armor with enough force to topple it.
    • In Volume 3 Chapter 5, Flynt Coal and Neon Katt begin their tournament battle against Yang and Weiss with this technique. Using his sonic blast producing trumpet, Flynt can push Neon on her rollerblades to her top speed in an instant.
    • In Volume 4 Character Short, the Beringel is a gorilla-like Grimm that is smart enough to hurl Beowolves as projectiles to catch Ruby off guard.
  • Used in multiple variants in Super Mario Bros. Z. Sonic's in it, and two protagonists have hammers. It was bound to happen.
  • Pea Tea 64's "Kirby in a Nutshell" videos have Dedede's "Super Lame Kirby Attack", which involves him throwing Kirby at an enemy.


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    Western Animation 
  • An inverse of this trick shows up in a couple episodes of Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers. Zozo may be a small fellow (about four feet high), but he borders on Cute Bruiser in an unarmed brawl. His fellow Ambassador Waldo is much taller (at least 6' 5"), but not as inclined for an up-close brawl. Zozo's got a trick where he drops, uses a leg-throw maneuver, and pitches an enemy into Waldo's forcefield for a nasty jolt.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes:
    • In episode 26, Giant-Man throws the Hulk at a frost giant. Surely, a deadly combination.
    • There is a variant in an earlier episode with a tiny Ant-Man riding an arrow fired by Hawkeye. Ant-Man then changes back to normal size to punch the guy in the face. This also appears as one of Hawkeye's Hyper Combos in MvC3.
    • And of course in the episode "The New Avengers" they pay tribute to the Fastball Special when The Thing Hurls good ol' Wolverine at Kang!
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
  • In the Beast Wars episode "Call of the Wild", Rattrap is riding on top of Rhinox (in his beast form). Rhinox transforms to robot mode, reaches back, grabs Rattrap's hand and flings him into Terrorsaur, as Rattrap transforms into rat mode to roll under his legs, before transforming back up and shooting him from behind.
  • Happens twice in Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United. The first time Four Arms throws Rex, who uses his Smack Hands to attack Alpha. The second time, Rex uses Ben as living ammo for his Slam Cannon, with Ben transforming into Cannonbolt immediately after launch, effectively turning him into a cannonball with an impact force far exceeding what Cannonbolt could manage alone.
  • Horse and Rider in Centaur World have a variation where Horse will buck forwards, propelling Rider at one or more foes.
  • A three person variant shows up in Dungeons & Dragons (1983), when Diana the Acrobat propels Bobby the Barbarian into the air, his club outstretched. Then Eric the Cavalier accelerates Bobby using the forcefield magic of his shield like a baseball bat.
  • The unwilling throwee variant, in the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Ed, Ed, and Away". The Eds are trying to capture a balloon that has floated too high. Ed's idea:
    Ed: Fly, Double-D, fly!
    Edd: Yaaahh!
    • He then tries this again with Nazz, who just happened to be walking by.
      Ed: Fly, Nazz, fly!
      Eddy: She didn't even make a grab for it!
    • Also, in Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show,when Edd is stuck to a rock near a waterfall, Ed throws Eddy at Edd, causing the both of them to fall into the lake.
  • The Herculoids. Gloop did this a couple of times with Igoo by turning himself into a giant slingshot, for example in the episodes "Temple of Trax" and "Attack of the Faceless People". Gloop also did it in "Revenge of the Pirates" by throwing Gleep to block an escape rocket's ejection tube.
  • Hit-Monkey: A favorite method of Fat Cobra’s, he launches Monkey out of the pit towards The Accountant after Monkey earns his respect by sparing his life and again towards the finale when Monkey needs to reach the top of the building where the true villain of the series Shinji Yokohama is waiting after winning the election. The method backfires the second time.
  • The Hollow: The Last Ironwood Tree tosses Adam and Mira over to the Ice World, where Kai and the Ishibo can be found.
  • In one episode of Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Hulk orders Red Hulk to hurl A-Bomb at Ymir, referring to it as the Smashball Special.
  • Kim Possible:
    • Ron throws Rufus at Dementor's control panel in "Ill Suited". Rufus is also a functional shuriken if the need arises.
    • Also used by Kim and Shego in "Go Team Go" when Kim temporarily had Hego's Super-Strength.
  • Used in an Enemy Mine episode of the Lilo & Stitch: The Series, specifically 111. Gantu throws Stitch at a rapidly-climbing experiment, even going as far as commenting "That's crazy! So crazy it just might work..."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Shining Armor throws his wife, Princess Cadance, like a javelin towards Spike and the Crystal Heart in the season 3 premiere. People watching that scene closely noticed that Princess Cadance did not show any sign of surprise at being picked up and thrown by her newly-wed husband. Some people quip that "wife tossing" is something they must have practiced together.note 
  • This happens- and is referred to by name- in the first episode of Phantom Investigators.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998):
    • "Stuck Up, Up, and Away": Used (and referenced by name) in the Mundane Made Awesome rescue of a scared classroom pet. Notable in that the eponymous girls can fly unaided.
    • "Power Lunch": While Blossom coats a street with ice to turn it into a makeshift bowling lane, Buttercup throws Bubbles at the Ganggreen Gang like a bowling ball.
    • "Film Flam": Used again, and by name, to catch escaping bank robbers.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle has the "Alley-Oop" play, where Bullwinkle throws Rocky up in the air to give the flying squirrel an added boost of speed.
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Sam and Max used this against Lactose the Intolerant in "The Second Show Ever".
  • One episode of Samurai Jack has Jack facing a group of robotic opponents in a gladiatorial arena. After Jack had destroyed most of his opponents, two of them - one which resembles a robotic harpy - decides to tag-team on Jack, with the harpy lifting her partner and dropping him on Jack. Jack simply sliced the robot into half in mid-air.
  • Rhino, of all people, uses this with Spider-Man during The Spectacular Spider-Man when the two briefly team up to destroy information on how to build Super Rhinos (Rhino wants to be unique, Spider-Man doesn't want more Rhinos running around).
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
  • Steven Universe:
    • The show's Vanity Plate has the Crystal Gems playing with Steven by throwing him around like a football, to his delight.
    • "Laser Light Cannon": Garnet attempts to get rid of the Red Eye by hurling Amethyst at it. Twice. It doesn't work.
    • "Reunited" has this twice in quick succession:
      • First, Bismuth tosses Peridot into Blue Diamond's face to distract her.
      • Then, while Peridot is still in Blue's face, Lapis Lazuli uses her hydrokinesis to toss everyone at Blue while she's distracted, complete with wind-up pitch.
  • The Super Hero Squad Show: One such occurrence is handled subtly in "Night at the Sanctorum", right after Dormammu shows up in the mortal world: without any warning, Hulk picks up Wolverine and throws him at the villain - only for Wolvie to slam against a forcefield right before Dormammu.
  • 3Below: Varvatos throws Luug at a rather unfortunate government alien hunter, who learns the hard way how to become a chewtoy.
  • Teen Titans:
    • One of Cyborg and Beast Boy's many tag-team moves was the "Beast Boy Blitz", in which Beast Boy morphed into an armadillo, rolled into an actual ball, and was picked up and thrown by Cyborg. For added pain, BB would transform into a rhino while in mid-flight.
    • The flightless Robin and the super-strong Starfire regularly performed this move. Starfire has also thrown Cyborg into battle the same way.
    • In the episode "For Real", Control Freak sets up tests to see if the Titans East can prove they're "real" titans. In the task Más y Menos have, they must race across town and press two buttons at the same time. As they can only move fast while touching each other, they solve this by going to the top of the tower in the center, clasping hands, spinning really fast, and letting go, sending each other flying to the buttons in a sort of mutual Fastball Special.
  • The Transformers: In "A Plague of Insecticons", Optimus Prime does this with Brawn upon the latter's request so he could take on the high flying Insecticons.
  • Transformers: Animated:
    • Bulkhead and Prowl pull this off against Blitzwing.
    • Also used with Bulkhead and Bumblebee on Starscream.
    • A two-stage version had the Autobots needing to dispose of a bomb capable of destroying half of Detroit. Prowl held Bumblebee standing on Bulkhead's wrecking-ball launcher. Prowl had limited flight capabilities and Bumblebee had rocket jets for that episode, so Bulkhead made the initial launch, Prowl lifted him higher and Bumblebee got even further, throwing the bomb into the lower stratosphere.
  • In the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "The Sinister Six", Power Man throws Iron Fist. Spider-Man even calls it a Fastball Special.
  • Wakfu:
    • Ruel propels Yugo toward the Monster of the Week at the end of every season 1 Title Sequence (save a few with Sadlygrove).
    • In season 2, major demons Rushu and Anathar plain and simply use minor Shushus as projectiles — while keeping count of their scores.
  • Because it's basically mandated by franchise law, Wolverine and the X-Men features one. This time with Blob throwing Wolvie:
    Blob: Nice knowin' ya!
  • In an episode of X-Men: The Animated Series, Wolverine performs a variation of the maneuver with Beast, as Colossus was not a team member on the show. Additionally, rather than a pitch, it was more McCoy propelling Logan into the air with both hands.
  • A variant takes place in the sequel series to the above. In "To Me, My X-Men", Gambit charges up Wolverine's claws before charging up his staff and chucking it at Wolverine. Wolverine rides the explosion into Morph, who turns into Blob and uses the momentum to catapult the X-Man into Master Mold's neck, decapitating him.
  • The X-Men: Evolution episode "The Stuff of Heroes" features a more realistic variant: Rogue needs Kitty's help to climb up on the shoulders of a rampaging Juggernaut so she can knock him out with her powers (his head being the only part of him not currently covered in armor). Kitty, being an average-sized teenage girl who does not have Super-Strength, simply boosts Rogue up in the air like a cheerleader doing a basket toss.
  • Performed in several episodes of Young Justice, usually with Superboy involved. Bonus points for referring to it as "Maneuver Seven", which is what Wolverine and Colossus originally called the move in its first several appearances.

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