The Fastball Special is a popular tag-team move in superhero fiction. In a Fastball Special, a hero with superhuman strength literally throws a (usually) willing partner toward a target. It dates back to at least a 1958 DC Comics Team-up in Adventure Comics #253 where Superboy throws Robin. The maneuver was popularized by the Marvel Comics series Uncanny X-Men starting in issue #100, when Wolverine had Colossus hurl him in a battle. It quickly became a favorite tactic of the two heroes. It has also since been used by many superheroes, some from companies other than Marvel.
In other media 
- The Fastball Special was referenced in the 1992 animated television series X-Men episode "The Unstoppable Juggernaut". It was later performed by Beast and Wolverine in "Savage Land, Strange Heart (Part 1)."
- In episode 14a of the Television show The Powerpuff Girls, Blossom says "... Bubbles. You, Me. Fastball Special..." just before performing the maneuver.
- In The Aquabats! Super Show! episode "Showtime!" Crash Mclarson performs the maneuver by hurling the M.C. Bat Commander at Space Monster M.
- In Young Justice, the move is performed several times. It's referred to as "maneuver seven", which is what the move was originally known as in the comics.
- Wolverine and Colossus use the move in X-Men: The Last Stand. Brett Ratner specifically studied John Cassaday's interpretation in 2004's "Astonishing X-Men" #6
- In the Disney film Sky High, Will Stronghold throws Warren Peace in gym class.
- In the Disney film The Incredibles, Mr. Incredible launches his wife, Elastigirl, in the air toward their falling infant shapeshifting son, Jack-Jack.
Video games 
- In Super Mario RPG, Bowser gets a weapon that lets him use Mario in a similar way.
- In Chrono Trigger, a combination technique called "Spin Kick" which is done with Robo and Ayla is reminiscent of this move.
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