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Propeller Untei (プロペラ雲梯), called Propeller Bars in English broadcasts, is a Third Stage obstacle that originally introduced in SASUKE 1 as the second obstacle, however, after Akiyama Kazuhiko's Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 4, it was pushed as the first obstacle.

Competitors must across a series of three horizontal, slowly-spinning bars, which were anchored to the top of the course. The movement of the bars weren't fixed, as it changed from tournament to tournament. The landing platform was placed directly below the third bar originally, which make it easier for competitors. Due to this, the landing platform was pushed back until the end of the third bar starting in SASUKE 2 to add some difficulty.

Ōmori Akira attempting Propeller Untei in SASUKE 1

Yamamoto Shingo attempting modified Propeller Untei in SASUKE 7

Functioned more as energy waster, it was no surprise that this obstacle had a high clear rate, although it eliminate James Okada in SASUKE 7. Possibly because of that reason, it was replaced by a much harder Rumbling Dice in SASUKE 9.

KUNOICHI Appearance

Propeller Untei (プロペラ雲梯) will later appeared on KUNOICHI, appearing as the first obstacle in BLACK Stage (Third Stage) from KUNOICHI 2017 Summer onwards. Although several competitors showed struggles while attempting this obstacle due to the torque was less (which resulted in frequent halt from the bars), no competitors ever fail this obstacle.

AYA attempting Propeller Untei
in KUNOICHI 2017 Summer

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.


SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
1 4 4 100%
2 9 9 100%
3 6 6 100%
4 10 10 100%
5 1 1 100%
6 5 5 100%
7 4 5 80%
8 4 4 100%
Total 43 44 97.73%


KUNOICHI Clears Attempts Percentage
10 3 3 100%
11 4 4 100%
Total 7 7 100%

Other Appearances

American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior 6's Propeller Bar in Stage Three

American Ninja Warrior 7's Propeller Bar in Stage One

American Ninja Warrior 8's Propeller Bar in Stage One

American Ninja Warrior 9's Propeller Bar in Stage One

American Ninja Warrior 10's Propeller Bar in Stage One

A variation of the Propeller Untei (called as the Propeller Bar) appeared as the fifth obstacle in Stage Three on American Ninja Warrior 6, replacing the Bungee Rope Climb from the past two American Ninja Warrior seasons.

However, unlike in SASUKE/KUNOICHI, there was only one wooden propeller (8 feet in length) that spun freely. Competitors must jump from the trampoline and grab the propeller, spun around, and then grabbed the rope, transitioning to the Hang Climb. Joe Moravsky was the only one to attempt it and had completed it.

During USA vs. The World, all competitors who attempted the obstacle could complete it.

On American Ninja Warrior 7, the obstacle was replaced by the Pole Grasper. However, starting on that season until American Ninja Warrior 10, it was moved to the new position and stage, as the second obstacle in Stage One, replacing the Giant Cycle/Giant Ring from the past two American Ninja Warrior seasons. This time, after grabbing the rope, competitors must swing it to reach the landing platform.

This version of the Propeller Bar had taken out a lot of top competitors, including Sam Sann (in a similar fashion to his Giant Cycle/Giant Ring fall on American Ninja Warrior 5 and American Ninja Warrior 6), Karsten Williams, Tiana Webberley, Natalie Duran, Brittany Reid, Adam Arnold, Kacy Catanzaro (who fell on it twice in a row on American Ninja Warrior 7 and American Ninja Warrior 8, before being able to complete it on her final American Ninja Warrior appearance on American Ninja Warrior 9), Michelle Warnky, Lance Pekus, Brian Kretsch, Judas Licciardello, Jeri D'Aurelio, Allyssa Beird, Rachael Goldstein, Casidy Marks, Benjamin Humphrys, and Chris Workman.

On American Ninja Warrior 11, the obstacle was replaced by the Spin Your Wheels.

Australian Ninja Warrior

Australian Ninja Warrior 3's Propeller

On Australian Ninja Warrior 3, the Propeller Bar (simply called as the Propeller) appeared as the second obstacle in Stage One.

The Propeller Bar to Rope during Australian Ninja Warrior: State of Origin

Then, the Propeller Bar (named as the Propeller Bar to Rope) appeared as the second obstacle during the first three rounds of qualifying on Australian Ninja Warrior: State of Origin.

Ninja Warrior Poland

In Ninja Warrior Poland, the Śmigło i lina (Ninja Warrior Poland's official name for the Propeller Bar) appeared for the first time as the second obstacle in the semi-finals. Competitors would jump to a trampoline to reach a three meter propeller bar that will lead to a rope that will aid them to the landing platform. Its also known that the distance from the trampoline to the bar is three meters.

Then, the obstacle was referred as Śmigło i liny, would appear in the final as the second obstacle in the first part of Stage Two. This would have a similar configuration to its appearance on the semi-finals but an additional rope was added in which competitors must navigate after holding onto the first rope. This obstacle would return in Ninja Warrior Poland 4 with a similar configuration as its appearance in the semi-finals of the first season.

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found.
ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW6 1 1 100%
ANW7 82 96 85.42%
ANW8 61 81 75.31%
ANW9 82 89 92.13%
ANW10 81 91 89.01%
USA vs. The World 7 7 100%
USA vs. The World 2 8 9 88.89%
USA vs. The World 3 6 7 85.71%
USA vs. The World 4 8 8 100%
USA vs. The World 5 6 6 100%
Total 342 395 86.58%