Fastball Special is a popular tag-team move in superhero fiction. In a Fastball Special, a hero with superhuman strength throws a (usually willing) partner toward a target. It dates back to at least a 1958 DC Comics Team-up in #253 where Adventure Comics Superboy throws Robin. The maneuver was popularized by the [1 ] Marvel Comics series starting in issue #100, when Uncanny X-Men 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.
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The Fastball Special was referenced in the 1992 animated television series
episode "The Unstoppable Juggernaut". It was later performed by X-Men Beast and Wolverine in "Savage Land, Strange Heart (Part 1)."
In episode 14a of the Television show
, Blossom says "... Bubbles. You, Me. Fastball Special..." just before performing the maneuver. The Powerpuff Girls
episode "Showtime!" Crash Mclarson performs the maneuver by hurling the M.C. Bat Commander at Space Monster M. The Aquabats! Super Show!
, 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. Young Justice
, Ultimate Spider-Man Spider-Man is leading a team exercise with Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Nova and White Tiger where they try to attack him. Luke Cage does a fastball special with Iron Fist by throwing him, but missing, which makes Spider-Man remark that this move rarely works. Yet in the episode, Return of the Sinister Six, Luke and Iron Fist use the move successfully against the Rhino.
Wolverine and Colossus use the move in
. Brett Ratner specifically studied John Cassaday's interpretation in 2004's X-Men: The Last Stand Astonishing X-Men #6.
In the Disney film
, Will Stronghold throws Warren Peace in gym class. Sky High
In the Disney film
, Mr. Incredible launches his wife, Elastigirl, in the air toward their falling infant The Incredibles shapeshifting son, Jack-Jack.
Video games [ edit ]
, a combination technique called "Spin Kick" which is done with Chrono Trigger Robo and Ayla is reminiscent of this move.
, the players can throw enemies, and each other, towards other enemies to destroy or damage them. Gunstar Heroes
, there is an achievement entitled "FastBall Special" for using a special throw attack on Wolverine while playing as Colossus. LEGO Marvel Super-Heroes [2 ]
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