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And now the Trunchbull was leaning back against the weight of the whirling girl and pivoting expertly on her toes, spinning round and round, and soon Amanda Thripp was travelling so fast she became a blur, and suddenly, with a mighty grunt, the Trunchbull let go of her pigtails and Amanda went sailing like a rocket right over the wire fence of the playground and high up into the sky.

Grabbing some part of your opponent's body, spinning around one or more turns, and then letting go!

This is a popular move due to its sheer impressiveness, though it's more than a little impractical. Usually, it's the legs or feet that are grabbed, but in some cases it's the arms, the heads, or the tail (if present).

May be combined with Grievous Harm with a Body (hitting other people either on the turns or with the throw) or A Twinkle in the Sky. Compare also Metronomic Man Mashing and Spinning Piledriver. It can be done with an ally, as a physically slightly more believable way to do a Fastball Special when the hurlee is heavy.

A subtrope of Wrestler in All of Us, though it's seldom seen in wrestling (which should tell something of how practical the move really is). There it often is called a "Giant Swing". The name "Hammer Throw" refers to the one of the Summer Olympic Games' events; this trope is when someone replaces the "hammer" as the thing being thrown.


The hurler pretty much has to have Super Strength, Charles Atlas Superpower, or at least be very, very angry.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Attack on Titan, The Rogue Titan accomplishes this by grabbing an opponent's neck with its teeth.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In Dragon Ball Z, Goku does this to Frieza by grabbing his tail. In many of the DBZ fighting video games (Budokai, Supersonic Warriors, Budokai Tenkaichi, etc.), this serves as his standard "grab" attack, though he goes after the opponent's leg there instead.
    • Dragon Ball Kai:
      • The Final Chapters Episode 25. When a giant snake attempts to eat some pterosaur eggs, Goku grabs the snake by the tail, swings it around repeatedly and throws it away.
      • Episode 50. While fighting Frieza, Goku grabs him by the arm, swings around several times and throws him away.
    • In Dragon Ball GT Baby grabs Goku by the tail, swings him around a few times and throws him into the ground.
    • Dragon Ball Super:
      • In Episode 113, Goku grabs Caulifla, spins around while holding her and throws her away from him.
      • In Episode 114, Kale combines this with a Fastball Special: she grabs Caulifla by the feet, spins around and throws her at a charging Goku. Later, Kefla, Kale and Caulifla's fused form grabs Goku by the legs, spins around and throws him.
  • Love Hina: Naru Narusegawa grabs Keitaro Urashima by the arm, swings him around a couple of times and throws him into the sky as he suffers from Ocular Gushers.
  • In Episode 326 of the Bleach anime, while Kenpachi Zaraki is fighting Reigei!Suì-Fēng's men in the forest, he grabs one of them by the arm, spins them around and throws him into the trees.
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun: This is one of several ways Hori, the Drama Club's president, deals with the various quirks and antics of his Brilliant, but Lazy star actress Kashima, even serving as Chiyo's introduction to their usual dynamics. As with all the other abuse she's put through, Kashima doesn't seem to mind when she's on the receiving end of Hori's rough treatment. In fact, one of the OVA shorts detailing the club's trip to the beach has an Eye Catch featuring Hori furiously spinning around Kashima by the legs ("KASHIMAAAAAAA!!!"), the latter sporting a goofy grin while happily shouting "To Be Continued!"
  • Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi: In one episode of the anime, Mirai Andou grabs Taito Kurogane's arm, spins around and throws him straight up into the night sky.
  • Mob Psycho 100 episode #4 "Idiots Only Event". While the Body Improvement Club from Mob's school is fighting students from the Black Vinegar Middle School, the leader of the Club grabs the heels of one of the Black Vinegar students, spins around several times and throws him through the air.

    Comic Books 
  • The cover of "Superman #313" shows Superman whirling around while holding an opponent by the calf.
  • On the cover of Golden Age comic Cat Man #9, the title character is swinging a Japanese officer around him by the leg.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): When Wonder Girl (Cassie) is trying to get Artemis to stop trying to kill Etrigan whom she's been misled to think is a heartless monster she grabs the older Amazon by the hair and swings her into a couple of things before doing a spin and letting go to toss Temi away from Etrigan.
  • Incredible Hercules is fond of this trope. However, when he attempted to use this on Hulk, who himself uses this at times, Hulk just punched Herc in the chest, maki.g him lose his grip.

    Fan Works 
  • Loved and Lost: An enraged Fluttershy finishes the beatdown she gives Garble's two dragon friends by spinning one of them around in the air from his tail before throwing him on top of the other one who's already downed.
  • Fates Collide: After Cleopatra's snake gets weakened by a grenade, Mordred grabs its tail and swings it in circles, right into a punch from Yang, which defeats it.
  • In Thousand Shinji, Asuka uses her Eva's whip to perform the grab-whirl-and-throw move on an opposing MP-Eva.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Dev-Em grabs a Darkseid's Parademon by the ankles, and after using him as a makeshift flail to beat other Parademons up, spins him around and throws him away.
  • RWBY: Epic Of Remnant: Melanie tries to kick Lancelot, but he catches her ankle and swings her around several times before hurling her through a glass pillar.

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney's Peter Pan. During the fight with the Lost Boys, one of the Indians grabs the Boy wearing a fox costume by the tail, swings him around and throws him back into the main brawl.
  • Rugrats in Paris provides an unintentional example. Jean-Claude and his animatronic Robosnail grab the tail of the animatronic Reptar the babies use to try to get to Notre Dame before Chas marries Coco. While he does spin the animatronic Reptar around, he unintentionally throws it onto the Eiffel Tower when the bolts to its tail come loose.
  • Mad Monster Party. While Frankenstein's Monster is fighting with Dracula, he holds him by the legs, spins around several times and throws him away.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Superman:
    • Superman II: During the battle with the three Kryptonian supervillains, Superman grabs General Zod by an arm and a leg and swings him around in a circle. When he releases him, Zod flies away at great speed and hits an advertising sign.
    • In Man of Steel, in the final fight, Zod grabs Supes by the cape, then spins him around a few times before throwing him across multiple buildings. It's a nod to the scene from Superman II.
    • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it happens to Superman again, courtesy of Batman, who weakens Clark with Kryptonite, wraps a cable around his ankle and, with Powered Armor increased strength, swings him through a number of stone pillars before letting go.
  • In Airplane!, it's used as a dance move.
  • In Kung Fu Hustle, the Landlord uses a variant of this where he grabbed the twin blind musicians, one on each hand, then grind them along the ground while spinning and then throw them away. It's revealed that he draws a taijitu on the ground in the process.
  • Up to Eleven in Pacific Rim, as the tosser in this case is a Kaiju and the tossee a Humongous Mecha. Gipsy Danger ends up flying for the better part of a mile before crashing into a harbor, thanks to the massively strong Leatherback.
  • Older Than Television: In The Little Rascals short "Rushin' Ballet", Butch & Woim do this to Alfalfa while they're onstage at a ballet recital, Alfalfa having been Disguised in Drag in order to escape their clutches (it didn't work).
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla: Kong grabs Godzilla's tail and does this to him, though he doesn't fly very far.
  • Godzilla does this to Kumonga in Godzilla: Final Wars, using the giant spider kaiju's webbing to throw him over the horizon.
  • The Matrix Reloaded during the Burly Brawl. After Neo throws off all of the Agent Smiths dogpiling on him, he grabs one of them by the legs, spins around and throws him into the crowd of Smiths.
  • As in the book, Agatha Trunchbull in Matilda picks up Amanda Thripp by her pigtails and throws her clean over the school gates. These fantastical details are slightly mediated by the facts that the thrower is a former Olympics contender in the sport while the throwee is a 6-year-old girl.
  • In Rollo and the Spirit of the Woods, this is done by Big Rolley to Cacophony when the latter protests against the former winning the chieftain election through intimidation. Cacophony lands on the roof of his house and gets his head bandaged.
  • In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Lucas Lee uses this move against Scott Pilgrim while simultaneously aiming him towards the Casa Loma.
  • In Conan the Destroyer, Conan is on the receiving end of one of these from the "mirror monster".

  • In Matilda, this is a specialty of The Trunchbull, who used to be an Olympic hammer-thrower.
  • At one point in Honor Harrington, Lara does this to Queen Berry, to get her out of a room that's filling with Deadly Gas.
  • In one of the Sammy Keyes books, Sammy does this to Heather after being ganged up on by Heather and her friends. It was downplayed a bit because Sammy didn't realize she was doing this until she got up to a pretty high speed.

    Live-Action TV 
  • One of Kamen Rider Takeshi Hongo's many techniques, under the name "Rider Swing".
  • A common thing to see in many installments of the Ultra Series, with the various Ultras using it against the Kaiju.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • WWE wrestler Antonio Cesaro uses the Giant Swing as his Signature Move, grabbing his opponent by the legs and swinging them around. While competing in the independents under his own name of Claudio Castagnoli, he became famous for being able to pull off 100 rotations before letting go.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons, Tome of Battle – Book of Nine Swords: The fluff for the Setting Sun maneuver "Ballista Throw" points out toward this kind of move:
    You grab your opponent and spin like a top, swinging him around before throwing him at your opponents like a bolt from a ballista.

    Video Games 
  • In Tekken, there is a special throw known as the "Giant Swing/Spinning Throw", which operates under the basic principles of this trope. It is usable by King, Armor King, Roger/Alex, and Roger Jr., either as a standalone throw or as the end of a particular throw chain. King II also possesses a faster variant of the throw ("Swing Away") which can be performed when the opponent is on the ground.
  • Colossus (pictured above) in the Marvel vs. Capcom series has this kind of move, named "Giant Swing".
  • In Final Fight, Mike Haggar has a variant; he grabs his enemy in midair, spins them around, and then he throws them downward. He also uses this in one of his super moves.
  • Tron of Mega Man Legends, meanwhile, grinds the foe along the ground while spinning before throwing them in her grab special.
  • Sasquatch in the Darkstalkers series grabs enemy's body before doing the same.
  • Super Mario:
  • In every version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, the Turtles have the ability to spin mooks around and hurl them into the player's screen.
  • Wolf Hawkfield of Virtua Fighter uses it.
  • In Dead Rising, Frank West uses this against zombies. He also uses it in one of his Hyper Combos in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  • In Suikoden V, Faylon does this to his sister, Faylen, seen at 2:05 here, during their unite attack; which has him approach her from behind and grab her legs. Then spins her around a few times before launching her at the enemy! It usually causes them to become unbalanced afterwards, but you can get around it if you equip each of them with an equilibrium rune. That way, you can spam their unite attack without having to wait for them to recover.
  • In Dead or Alive, Tina Armstrong's "Texas Twister" has her grab downed opponents by their legs, then spin and toss them. Bass's lower leg counter, "Giant Swing", is even more impressive in terms of its speed, power, and most especially of all... distance!
  • Bloody Roar: Primal Fury: Ganesha also has one of these. After grabbing the victim's legs, he slams them once, then whips 'em around and tosses the victim across the ring. Shina has one too, except hers is used on crouching opponents, and has her hook them by their arms, spin, and launch them vertically into the air. The victim lands headfirst.
  • In Soulcalibur II, Astaroth's "Poseiden Tide" is one of the most visually impressive throws of this nature. He uses his battle axe to whip the opponent around at high speed before launching them high into the air and quite nearly the opposite side of the arena!
  • This is an advanced HEAT Action in the Yakuza series. With the HEAT Gauge full, Kazuma Kiryu can throw a grappled enemy for very high damage, as well as clearing out enemies surrounding him.
  • In Batman: Arkham City, Robin has a special combo move where he grabs a foe and swings them around a couple times before throwing them.
  • In PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Fat Princess uses this as her sideways throw, using the ankle-grab variety.
  • In the first (September 23, 2010) gameplay demo for Bioshock Infinite, you are fighting a Handyman. As a horse runs by the Handyman, it grabs the horse, spins around and throws it at you but misses.
  • Sonic Heroes has a Fastball Special variation: Knuckles does this to his teammates at the start of their Team Blast.
  • In Samurai Warriors, Shingen has a special move which consists of grabbing a floored enemy by the legs, spinning them around, and sending them flying, often into a crowd of other enemies. Great against crowds of Mooks, because most of them can't figure out how to get in close without getting whacked by the guy being spun around.
  • In the 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Link can do this to Twinmold while wearing the Giant's Mask. After stunning one he can grab its tail, swing it around a few times then smash its head into the ground. It's just as awesome and funny as it sounds.
  • During the final battle with Heinrich in Conker's Bad Fur Day, Conker must first knock Heinrich out. Then, he must grab him by his tail and spin him until he's not holding onto the floor, then toss him out the airlock into space three times to defeat him.
  • In Tobal, Ill-Goga has a custom back-throw that can be performed on them that consists of grabbing their tail, spinning them around, and throwing them.
  • In the Sailor Moon video game for Sega Genesis, Sailor Jupiter has a move where she grabs an enemy by the legs, spins it around a few times to mow down anyone nearby, then throws it a considerable distance. It's one of the most damaging moves in the game if she can get enough spins done before throwing, and it's rather hilarious to see this done by a teenage girl.

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    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons. When the clan go to a 1950s-themed diner, first Marge spins Homer by one leg. Then Homer spins Marge around by the hair.
  • The Galaxy Trio episode "The Rock Men." Meteor Man grabs one of the Rock Men by the ankle, whirls him around his head and throws him at the villain.
  • Space Ghost episode "The Lizard Slavers". While fighting with the title opponents Space Ghost grabs one of them by the tail, swings him around several times and throws him at a group of them, knocking them down.
  • In the Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers episode, "Rescue Rangers to the Rescue: Part 5" Monterey Jack grabs Fat Cat by his tail, swings him around, and tosses him into Professor Nimnul's Fruitquake as retribution for sinking his house and vowing to set fire to it if he had a second chance.


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Swing Bros

Mario swings Luigi into the enemy, dealing high damage and launching them into the air.

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