While the trope is usually seen as used by ninjas, that doesn't limit examples to just when it's used by them.
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Anime & Manga
- Yu-Gi-Oh!. The anime-exclusive ninja duelist Jean Claude Magnum uses a magic card called "Great Kite of Ninja" to let one of his Ninjas fly. After he loses, an actor in a costume of the monster uses an actual giant kite to kidnap his opponent.
- There was an episode of Digimon Adventure 02 where Shurimon ties himself to a kite and introduces himself to a villain who wishes to fight him whilst airborne and stuck to the kite.
- In one episode of Maicchingu Machiko Sensei, one of the main students and a teacher end up flying on a giant kite by accident and eventually fall into a sauna where the eponymous Ms. Machiko is bathing (of course).
- Bleach. In anime episode 355 Izuru Kira arranges a kite-flying contest between the Soul Reaper squads. As the contest gets competitive, Ikkaku Madarame and Captain Soi Fon fly using their squads' kites. As they fight with each other Izuru Kira comes flying in on his own kite to break it up but crashes.
- In David Brin's The Practice Effect, someone carrying a large umbrella was caught in a powerful storm, which gave him the brainstorm for a kite. For a long time, tethered kites with soldiers riding them were used for patrol and defense, then another genius had a lucky/unlucky break when his tether broke and he invented a hang-glider, which became the word in advanced warfare, until Wizard Nuel came from a distant land...
- The Kite Rider, a children's story set during China's Song dynasty and the reign of Kublai Khan. Before setting out on a voyage a ship's crew "tests the wind" by sending a kite with a man attached into the air. The man dies during the flight and his soul goes into the clouds. Later the man's son must ride a kite into the clouds to save his widowed mother from being forced to marry the man who killed her husband.
- Rowan of Rin: The Forerunners of the Travellers use large silken kites to fly ahead of the rest of the tribe and warn of potential dangers, the cover depicts them being shaped like gliders.
- In Tom Swift and the Cosmic Astronauts Tom Swift Jr. invents a "space kite" which uses cosmic rays as the "wind" and a gravity accelerator as the virtual string to keep it tethered to a body (planet, asteroid, etc.). It's designed for two people to be in. He gets this idea from watching some kids fly a regular kite.
- In King and Emperor the Waymen experiment with manned kites, mostly crewed by young boys. The kite crews wear a winged pendant for Volund, smith of the gods who made wings to fly away from his captors. Shef makes a kite for himself as well, but doesn't fly it very well, to his eventual detriment.
Films — Live-Action
- The semi-nomadic Yellow-Red Chanari of Rocket Age's Mars use one man gliders, which give their highland fortresses the impression of being nests for great flying animals.
- World of Warcraft Many of the flight masters on Pandaria send you aloft on ornate Pandaren kites that can cross the entire continent.
- Final Fantasy IV: The After Years has Zangetsu the ninja, who uses the ability "Human Kite" to fly into the air and then dive down to attack enemies.
- Kid Niki Radical Ninja has enemy ninjas riding on kites.
- Samurai Warriors: Nene, being a Highly Visible Ninja, attempts to spy on an enemy castle by flying on a huge-ass, bright yellow kite (to go with her equally bright yellow outfit, naturally) in the dead of night while there is a full moon. To no-one's surprise but hers, the attempt fails and she would have face-planted several hundred feet down if not for Hanzo.
- The Legend of the Mystical Ninja has a goofy cutscene with Dr. Yang (Ebisumaru) flying on a kite. The Boss Battle against Sasuke begins with him deploying a group of ninjas from a giant kite, then he brings the kite closer as the battlefield for the final phase.
- In Shinobi III: The Ninja Master, Round 2 begins with you riding a horse in the foreground while ninjas dismount kites flying in the background and run after you.
- In Ninja Spirit, the Stage 5 Boss Battle is with the Tribe of the Nine Wind Demons, all nine of whom are arranged on a giant flying kite emblazoned with the kanji 影 ("shadow"). Smaller kites carrying individual enemy ninja appear in the following stage.
- In the Famicom Platform Game Time Zone, the 1632 world ends with a rooftop Boss Battle against a ninja on a kite.
- The purple Imps in Ōkami use this technique. They can be knocked off them with Galestorm.
- In Wii Play: Motion, the second, ninja-themed level of Trigger Twist has some of the ninjas approach the player with this technique.
- The second level of Wrath of the Black Manta has the player fly a kite through an Unexpected Shmup Level segment where the Black Manta shoots down other ninjas flying kites.
- The Famous Studios cartoon "Suddenly It's Spring" from 1944 has Raggedy Ann dangle from a kite's tail in order to speak with Mister Sun.
- An aggressive bulldog climbs up the tether to an airborne kite in Tex Avery's cartoon "Ventriloquist Cat" from 1950. The trickster cat throws his voice at the kite to make the bulldog think he's hiding there.
- In the CatDog episode "Hail The Great Meow-Woof", the titular duo travel to a jungle island by use of a giant kite, where they meet up with Rancid Rabbit who is acting as the king of said island.
- In Toy Story 3, Woody gets out of Sunnyside Daycare by riding a kite.
- In the Disney short Ben and Me, Amos Mouse rides in a pocket on Benjamin Franklin's kite on the fateful day that Ben discovers electricity.
- In Tuff Puppy, Bird Brain's ultimate goal is to learn how to fly. In the episode that introduces his character, he is briefly seen flying by riding a $4.00 kite.
- The Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "Kiwi's Big Adventure" has the Rangers attempt to recover the Ranger plane from a tribe of flightless kiwis, who think it will somehow bestow its power of flight upon them. Ultimately, the Rangers outfit the kiwis with box kites, at one kiwi per kite, which allows them to "fly" above the treetops.
- Franklin. In "Franklin and Snail's Dream," Snail's dream is to fly, and among the many different ways Franklin tries to help Snail achieve his dream is by placing him in a plastic cup that is attached to a kite, much to Beaver's dismiss, as she worries Snail would fall out and crack his shell.
- Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner: Wile E. Coyote once tried to fly by running off a cliff while holding a kite. It went as well as you'd expect.
- In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "The Sponge Who Could Fly", SpongeBob wants to learn how to fly just like the Jellyfish. One of his attempts is to tie himself to a kite pulled by Patrick riding a bicycle. At first, this attempt works, but eventually, the kite breaks and makes SpongeBob the laughingstock of Bikini Bottom as a result.
- The The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episode "Up, Up And Awry" focused on Pooh wanting to fly. Among his attempts to do so, he ties himself to a kite that is to be pulled by Eeyore riding on a tricycle, while Rabbit, Tigger, and Piglet try to stop Pooh from trying to fly.
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero occasionally showed the Joes and Cobras using hang gliders, though Cobra quickly got an upgrade with the rigid, jet-powered C.L.A.W. gliders.
- House of Mouse: In the Silly Symphony short "Donald's Valentine Dollar", Donald chases an airborne dollar bill into a park and gets wrapped up in a butterfly kite, which he uses as wings to try and catch the dollar and also do battle with his nephews' novelty kites. He eventually gets caught in a storm and gets struck by lightning, incinerating his wings.
- Man-Lifting Kites
- Essentially, this is just hang-gliding.