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22nd Jun '16 9:10:56 PM ThatBitterTase
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* The Archfiend known as the Dullahan in ''VideoGame/SoulSacrifice'' wields one of these. The ball is ''his own severed head''.
18th Jun '16 4:16:42 PM Prometheus117
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s Omaeda Marechiyo's Zanpakutou Gegetsuburi has this as its Shikai form.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s Omaeda Marechiyo's Zanpakutou Gegetsuburi has this as its Shikai form. He also has a habit of using the ball as a makeshift shield for protection which, while useful, can end up [[WreckedWeapon backfiring]] on him.
18th Jun '16 4:09:32 PM Prometheus117
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* Odin in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' uses one of the "huge spiked ball" variety. And we mean ''huge''- Odin himself is about 20 feet tall and his weapon, the Balor, is bigger than the ''entire bodies'' of any of the playable characters!

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* Odin in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' uses one of the "huge spiked ball" variety. And we mean ''huge''- Odin himself is about 20 feet tall and his weapon, the Balor, is bigger than the ''entire bodies'' of any of the playable characters!characters! It's explained in UpdatedReRelease that this was intentional on Odin's part; the larger and greater the [[EvolvingWeapon Psypher]], the more powerful it is in the long run. Forging it was a literal national undertaking for his country, and even the Fairies' resident UltimateBlacksmith admitted he couldn't make a Psypher more powerful than it.
27th May '16 10:46:57 PM MyFinalEdits
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** In the US, it is perfectly legal to have a bandana and a lock on your person, and even to carry them with the lock already tied off to the bandana. Some motorcycle clubs have thus favored this improvised flail as a hand weapon.
** A blackjack, aka a billy club, slap jack, and many other names, consists of a lead weight attached to leather or other tough strips, with or without a handle. They've been used by law enforcement in the past and are illegal to own in many jurisdictions. Using them as a flail can cause more severe and often fatal injury. The less lethal acetate police batons of today were created to have a nasty alternative which is less likely to cause lethal injury.

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** * In the US, it is perfectly legal to have a bandana and a lock on your person, and even to carry them with the lock already tied off to the bandana. Some motorcycle clubs have thus favored this improvised flail as a hand weapon.
** * A blackjack, aka a billy club, slap jack, and many other names, consists of a lead weight attached to leather or other tough strips, with or without a handle. They've been used by law enforcement in the past and are illegal to own in many jurisdictions. Using them as a flail can cause more severe and often fatal injury. The less lethal acetate police batons of today were created to have a nasty alternative which is less likely to cause lethal injury.
27th May '16 6:16:07 PM chc232323
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** In the US, it is perfectly legal to have a bandana and a lock on your person, and even to carry them with the lock already tied off to the bandana. Some motorcycle clubs have thus favored this improvised flail as a hand weapon.
** A blackjack, aka a billy club, slap jack, and many other names, consists of a lead weight attached to leather or other tough strips, with or without a handle. They've been used by law enforcement in the past and are illegal to own in many jurisdictions. Using them as a flail can cause more severe and often fatal injury. The less lethal acetate police batons of today were created to have a nasty alternative which is less likely to cause lethal injury.
21st May '16 1:00:50 AM Aquillion
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Can't decide whether to CarryABigStick or WhipItGood? Well, TakeAThirdOption: a large, heavy object on the end of a rope, chain, or cable. The latter part of the Crusaders era was dominated by a number of armor-piercing weapons, including spiked or blunt flails. Two examples are the mace-and-chain and some varieties of morningstar. Sheer momentum made this a superb weapon for unhorsing foes, crushing helmets, smashing shields, and driving bits of armor into your foe's body. Not so hot for defense, though. It should be noted that the heads on these weapons were about the size of a softball. Flail/morningstar heads in fiction, on the other hand, are usually the size of the ''wielder's'' head, if not larger, and realistically would be far too heavy for a normal person to wield in real life (picture swinging around a bowling ball like that, or an Olympic Hammer Throw event and you get the idea). It's also a relatively dangerous weapon, because one false move could wind up either getting you tangled up in the chain, or smashing yourself with the business end of it. Either way, it requires [[{{Pun}} balls of steel]] to use.

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Can't decide whether to CarryABigStick or WhipItGood? Well, TakeAThirdOption: a large, heavy object on the end of a rope, chain, or cable. The latter part of the Crusaders era was dominated by a number of armor-piercing weapons, including spiked or blunt flails. Two examples are the mace-and-chain and some varieties of morningstar. Sheer momentum made this a superb weapon for unhorsing foes, crushing helmets, smashing shields, and driving bits of armor into your foe's body. Not so hot for defense, though. It should be noted that the heads on these weapons were about the size of a softball. Flail/morningstar heads in fiction, on the other hand, fiction are usually the size of the ''wielder's'' head, if not larger, and realistically would be far too heavy for a normal person to wield in real life (picture swinging around a bowling ball like that, or an Olympic Hammer Throw event and you get the idea). It's also a relatively dangerous weapon, because one false move could wind up either getting you tangled up in the chain, or smashing yourself with the business end of it. Either way, it requires [[{{Pun}} balls of steel]] to use.


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There is [[http://www.publicmedievalist.com/curious-case-weapon-didnt-exist/ some debate]] over the historicity of the flail; very few reliable examples exist, and many that do appear to be ceremonial. Likewise, while a few medieval illustrations of it exist, they only appear in heavily fantastical works or ones discussing strange foreign weapons; there is no mention of it in, say, military inventories of any time period. If it ever ''did'' see actual use in combat, it was definitely extremely rare.
29th Apr '16 3:06:02 AM Adept
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* ''HeavyWeapon's'' fourth boss, War Wrecker is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin wrecking ball crane used for war]]. Getting hit by the wrecking ball is a OneHitKill regardless of shielding, but the boss is incredibly easy if you know how to avoid it.

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* ''HeavyWeapon's'' ''VideoGame/HeavyWeapon's'' fourth boss, War Wrecker is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin wrecking ball crane used for war]]. Getting hit by the wrecking ball is a OneHitKill regardless of shielding, but the boss is incredibly easy if you know how to avoid it.
25th Apr '16 9:37:37 PM BattleMaster
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* HumongousMecha-sized flails appear in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', used in the gladiator battles on Solaris 7, as they're a very showy weapon. They aren't used outside the arena, and their only real bit of notability is that they're one of only a couple of weapons that it's possible for the attacker to [[EpicFail hit himself with]].



* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', flails and wrecking balls are both available for mechs (the latter tends to be mounted on Industrialmechs for demolishing buildings, but is capable of being employed as a weapon in a pinch). They're CoolButInefficient, even among melee weapons, which are not considered terribly practical to begin with. Among other things, if you miss badly enough with a flail or wrecking ball, you automatically end up smacking yourself with it.

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* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', flails and wrecking balls are both available for mechs (the latter tends to be mounted on Industrialmechs for demolishing buildings, but is capable of being employed as a weapon in a pinch). They're CoolButInefficient, even among melee weapons, which are not considered terribly practical to begin with. Among other things, if you miss badly enough with a flail or wrecking ball, [[EpicFail you automatically end up smacking yourself with it.it]].
25th Apr '16 9:34:46 PM BattleMaster
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** Also in the G1 cartoon were the Sharkticons (which despite the name looked like weird frog-piranha monsters than sharks) that could use their tails as flails in robot mode. An action figure was made under the name "Gnaw."
16th Apr '16 10:11:40 AM MyFinalEdits
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Not a single flail to be seen anywhere in the game, and the Morningstar weapon is just a spiked mace. This is probably due to the limitations of the graphics. It was a feature weapon in ''Diablo 2'', where not much was more fun than seeing a [[FanNickName Zealadin]] in action.
** In Legion expansion flails finally appear as a Protection Warrior's artifact called Legionbreaker.

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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Not a single flail to be seen anywhere in the game, and the Morningstar weapon is just a spiked mace. This is probably due to the limitations of the graphics. It was a feature weapon in ''Diablo 2'', where not much was more fun than seeing a [[FanNickName Zealadin]] in action.
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action. In Legion expansion expansion, flails finally appear as a Protection Warrior's artifact called Legionbreaker.



* Selphie from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' uses a particularly long set of nunchaku for fighting, although her combat discipline mostly lies in ConfusionFu. Her use of this weapon marks their first appearance in the game since the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI very first game]]. And like in the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'', she is forced to use a tri-rod in the UK version.

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Selphie from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' uses a particularly long set of nunchaku for fighting, although her combat discipline mostly lies in ConfusionFu. Her use of this weapon marks their first appearance in the game since the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI very first game]]. And like in the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'', she is forced to use a tri-rod in the UK version.



* If we're going to count kusarigama, then Earthquake out of the ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' series should be here. With a justified reason why the blunt head at the end of the chain is as big as a normal person's head--so are his fists. Meanwhile, Basara has some..weird spinning bladed thingy on a chain that he can toss around, too.

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* If we're going to count kusarigama, then Earthquake out of the ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' series should be here.series. With a justified reason why the blunt head at the end of the chain is as big as a normal person's head--so are his fists. Meanwhile, Basara has some..weird spinning bladed thingy on a chain that he can toss around, too.
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