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

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


This is a staple technique of the Giant Flyer and Winged Humanoid. Even characters with otherwise Stationary Wings will flap them to generate wind this way. If power gave the character wings, large, heavenly gales can be used to demonstrate just how powerful the character is.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the Pokémon anime, some Flying-type moves such as Gust and Whirlwind are shown to work this way when used by winged Mons. As most winged mons can learn the Fire-type move Heat Wave (a blast of hot air), it can be presumed that it operates similarly.
  • A hawk from Kimba the White Lion attacked Kimba by using this technique.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: The Lyrical Luscinia monsters are WIND monsters and attack that way.
  • In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, the villainous Gundam Heaven's Sword has two attacks that work like this: Heaven's Tornado and Wind Fire.
  • In A Certain Magical Index, the #2 ranked Level 5, Kakine Teitoku, is able to use his "Dark Matter" ability to manifest angelic white wings behind him that do something similar. They're not precisely gusts, but he can infuse the wind generated by these wings with upwards of 20,000 vector fronts to blast away opponents.

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

    Films — Animation 
  • Smaug the dragon in the animated version of The Hobbit declares "My wings... are... hurricanes!" and creates gale-force winds with them to frighten and humble Bilbo Baggins.

    Films — Live-Action 

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

    Live-Action TV 
  • Physics are followed (for the most part) in Warehouse 13, where Daedelus's wax wings generate their own lift for flight.
  • In Kamen Rider Ryuki, Kamen Rider Femme's Finishing Move involves her swan Bond Creature Blancwing blowing her enemies off their feet like this, Femme following up by attacking them with her double-ended polearm while they're helpless. Knight Survive's Darkraider has a similar special attack, but rather than flapping it generates winds from the wheels/turbines on its wings. This obviously also applies to Siren and Wing Knight, their American counterparts from Kamen Rider Dragon Knight.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: This was one of the special tricks of Monster of the Week King Sphinx. Mutitus form II and the Peckster can also do it but to a lesser extent.

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • Some large bosses in the Zelda series have been known to do this, notably The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening's Eagle boss, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker's Helmaroc King and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess' Argorok.
  • Mega Man:
    • One of the two versions of Mega Man Battle Network 6 has the final boss Falzar, who would use this technique in conjunction with Rain Of Feathers for a difficult-to-avoid attack.
    • Battle Network 5's Gyro Soul used something similar to the propeller version of this trope: Using a Wind-based chip in Gyro Soul would make the propeller on Mega Man's back spin twice as fast, which would power-up the next Wind chip used.
  • In Mega Man X, Storm Eagle had attacks that functioned this way.
  • Dragons in World of Warcraft use attacks like this, usually called something like "Wind Buffet". Sindragosa The Frost Queen goes one better with "Magical Buffet".
    • Not just Dragons; almost any boss with wings will do at least this or fly away if not both.
  • Kratos of God of War III gets a fairly realistic version of this after he gets Daedelus's wings. It's just a single gust from wings he can only really use to glide, which does push him back/up through the air when he uses it.
  • The Darkwing Bat attacks like this in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
  • Gargoyle hero Galio in League of Legends creates a tornado with his wings.
  • This is one of Ridley's moves in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Feral chaos' Ventus Ire in Dissidia Final Fantasy.
  • Avion, the bird Colossus from Shadow of the Colossus, can do this to Wander.
  • While few of the winged monsters in the Monster Hunter series use the trope intentionally, almost all of them periodically produce gales as they fly around, which can disrupt your attacks and leave you open to abuse. An equipment skill exists to make you immune to this and can be extremely helpful.
  • Some of the large flying enemies in Xenoblade do this. It causes very little damage and mostly serves to push you off cliffs if you aren't careful with your positioning.
  • Dark Souls: The Sanctuary Guardian does this, but only when on the ground where it can anchor itself with its claws, making things slightly more plausible. It does no damage, but it does stagger you, leaving you open to a follow-up attack.
  • Pokémon: Moves like Gust, Hurricane, and Whirlwind can be assumed to work this way when used by most Flying-type Pokémon.
  • Paper Mario 64: Skippable Boss Buzzar has an attack like this.
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon: The Winged Rhynocs in Cloud Spires use this kind of attack to push Spyro back.

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Gale Force Flapping


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