Created By: KZN02 on February 26, 2012 Last Edited By: KZN02 on March 18, 2012
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Horn Attack

Using a horn as a weapon

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Use Your Head is good and all, but sometimes using blunt force is not effective. Instead, a sharp horn on the head can be more useful. Also included are horns that can shoot.

Weaponized Headgear often have spikes to be used in this regard.

Subtrope of Natural Weapon. See also Rhino Rampage, A Load of Bull, and Horned Humanoid. Can result in being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice.

Examples:

Advertising
  • In a TV commercial for Mountain Dew, a GenXer goes up against a ram in a ramming contest over a bottle of Dew. The GenXer wins.

Anime and Manga
  • In the third One Piece movie, the villain goes on One-Winged Angel after eating some magical golden horns and transform in a giant furry behemoth with large golden antlers. Not only he's strong enough to cause an earthquake when he headbutts the ground, but he can also heat them up. In the main series, Chopper's strongest form is the "Horn Point".
    • Also Magellan appears to be a Horned Humanoid, but the "horns" are actually detachable and he can wear them on his hands as weapons.
    • Subversion: Duval's pet Bison, Motobaro tries to ram Luffy as Duval gushes about how his "Heart-Crushing Horns" are unstoppable and capable of bringing down walls and dams.... then when the two impact, we clearly see that Motobaro's horns are far above Luffy. Chopper even lampshades this.
  • In Tiger & Bunny, Rock Bison has a large pair of horns on his Powered Armor. Subverted in that when he tries to use them to stop a getaway car, the horns get stuck and the crooks get away.

Comic Books
  • Marvel Comics supervillain The Rhino has a rhino suit he's permanently bonded with. His attacks generally involve running at you bent over with his horn poking out.

Film
  • In Team America: World Police, the German representative for Kim Jong Il's play does this by accident to Kim Jong Il himself as the dictator falls on his helmet's giant spike and impales himself dead on it.
  • The Reek in Attack of the Clones (the arena sequence).
  • Subverted in Legend when Jack fights Darkness. Darkness charges Jack with his horns foremost as though he's planning on piercing him with them, but ends up with the horns touching a wall with Jack trapped between them.

Live-Action TV
  • Kamen Rider OOO: Sai (rhinoceros) medal allows him to attack with a horn on his head.
  • On one episode of Supernatural, a man dies after a unicorn stabs him through the chest with its horn.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • The following monsters have been described as making attacks with their horns: arcanadaemon, babau demon, Baphomet (demon lord of minotaurs), chimera (goat head), criosphinx, giant goat, herd animal, ki-rin, margoyle, minotaur, narwhale, peryton, rhinoceros, satyr, stegocentipede, stench kow, tarrasque, triceratops and unicorn
    • Hordlings were designed using a random generator. Some of them had horns they could use to attack with.
  • There's a Yu-Gi-Oh! Equip Spell Card called Horn of the Unicorn; presumably, Monsters equipped with it attack by goring their enemies.

Video Games

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • Looney Tunes
    • Porky Pig short "Picador Porky" (1937). Porky faces off against a bull in a bullfight. The bull tries to gore Porky several times.
    • Bugs Bunny short "Bully For Bugs" (1952). After Bugs accidentally tunnels into a bullring, he gets into a fight with Toro the Bull. Toro repeatedly tries to skewer him on his horns during their battle.

Real Life
  • The sheer diversity of horned/antlered animals today and in Earth's past is a testament to the ostensible Truth in Television of this trope. However most examples from Nature tend to be subversions: horns are primarily for display of fitness. Only when contenders for mating rights/territory/food are evenly matched are they used aggressively, though most of the resulting scraps are akin to wrestling matches. Things have Gone Horribly Wrong though. This doesn't stop horns being used as offensive weapons among species, especially when prey defend themselves against predators, though unlike the fictional examples it isn't their main function.

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  • February 26, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    By the way, it's Horn Leech, not Leech Horn.

    Film: In Team America World Police, the German representative for Kim Jong Il's play does this by accident to Kim Jong Il himself as the dictator falls on his helmet's giant spike and impales himself dead on it.
  • February 26, 2012
    Earnest
    See also Horned Humanoid.
  • February 26, 2012
    Kinkajou
    Live Action TV: Kamen Rider OOO's Sai (rhinoceros) medal allows him to attack with a horn on his head.
  • February 26, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons.
      • The following monsters have been described as making attacks with their horns: arcanadaemon, babau demon, Baphomet (demon lord of minotaurs), chimera (goat head), criosphinx, giant goat, herd animal, ki-rin, margoyle, minotaur, narwhale, peryton, rhinoceros, satyr, stegocentipede, stench kow, tarrasque, triceratops and unicorn
      • Hordlings were designed using a random generator. Some of them had horns they could use to attack with.
  • February 27, 2012
    Earnest
    Either of these pics from Dragon Ball Z of Frieza impaling Krillin may work for the page. Krilling impaled 1 and surprised Krilling.
  • February 27, 2012
    Tambov333
    Subtrope of Natural Weapon.
  • February 28, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Marvel Comics supervillain The Rhino has a rhinosaurus suit he's permanantly bonded with. His attacks generally involve running at you bent over with his horn poking out.
  • February 28, 2012
    benjamminsam
    Horn Attack was an attack in Pokemon - Rhydon, among others, could learn it.
  • February 28, 2012
    AFP
    I take it this does not include examples of whacking someone upside the head with a bugle.
  • February 28, 2012
    KZN02
    Hmm, never thought of it that way. Is there any reason not to include examples that involve that?
  • February 29, 2012
    TBeholder
    Er, what else do you think horns are supposed to be? TV antennae? =)
  • February 29, 2012
    Arivne
    ^^^ Thank you, AFP. You just made my day. :)
  • February 29, 2012
    Arivne
    Bulls are noted for doing this, especially during bullfights.

    Western Animation
    • Looney Tunes
      • Porky Pig short "Picador Porky" (1937). Porky faces off against a bull in a bullfight. The bull tries to gore Porky several times.
      • Bugs Bunny short "Bully For Bugs" (1952). After Bugs accidentally tunnels into a bullring, he gets into a fight with Toro the Bull. Toro repeatedly tries to skewer him on his horns during their battle.
  • February 29, 2012
    Dracontes
    Good one, AFP :-) In all seriousness, and provided there are indeed examples for "bugle attacks", I'd avoid equivocation. Probably a YKTTW for the near future.

    Real Life
    • The sheer diversity of horned/antlered animals today and in Earth's past is a testament to the ostensible Truth In Television of this trope. However most examples from Nature tend to be subversions: horns are primarily for display of fitness. Only when contenders for mating rights/territory/food are evenly matched are they used aggressively, though most of the resulting scraps are akin to wrestling matches. Things have Gone Horribly Wrong though. This doesn't stop horns being used as offensive weapons among species, especially when prey defend themselves against predators, though unlike the fictional examples it isn't their main function.

    I'll leave the collection of examples for someone with more time. Anyway, should a distinction be made between horns and antlers?
  • February 29, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^I don't get the Blessed With Suck pothole.

    • In a TV commercial for Mountain Dew a GenXer goes up against a ram in a ramming contest over a bottle of Dew. The GenXer wins.
  • March 1, 2012
    Dracontes
    randomsurfer: Awesome But Impractical, perhaps. Horns are structures that require energy and matter to produce and maintain. As those could be used for say, growth, immunological response, etc. it's a sign of evolutionary fitness that an animal has a nice rack for its size. There's also the fact that the smallest members of ostensibly horned clades have small to non-existent horns as the Square Cube Law doesn't leave them much energy to develop those structures. True, horns tend to be more useful than peacock's tails but the principle is the same.
  • March 1, 2012
    nitrokitty
    • In Tiger And Bunny, Rock Bison has a large pair of horns on his Powered Armor. Subverted in that when he tries to use them to stop a getaway car, the horns get stuck and the crooks get away.
  • March 1, 2012
    dalek955
    [[comment deleted]]

  • March 3, 2012
    Ryuuma
    In the third One Piece movie the villain goes on One Winged Angel after eating some magical golden horns and transform in a giant furry behemoth with large golden antlers. Not only he's strong enough to cause an earthquake when he headbutts the ground, but he can also heat them up. In the main series, Chopper's strongest form is the "Horn Point".
  • March 3, 2012
    desdendelle
  • March 5, 2012
    Arivne
    Can result in being Impaled With Extreme Prejudice.
  • March 5, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Is the Trope Namer the Pokemon move?
  • March 5, 2012
    KZN02
    I guess? Unless Horn Attack is older than we think.
  • March 5, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Another curious case worth of attention in One Piece: Magellan appears to be a horned humanoid, but the "horns" are actually detatchable and he can wear them on his hands as weapons.
  • March 5, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    I looked up Horn Attack on Google, and it appears that everything related to it is from Pokemon, unless I'm missing something. So will it be mentioned as the Trope Namer?
  • March 7, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Another (sorry) case from One Piece, this time a Subversion: Duval's pet Bison, Motobaro tries to ram Luffy as Duval gushes about how his "Heart-Crushing Horns" are unstoppable and capable of bringing down walls and dams.... then when the two impact, we clearly see that Motobaro's horns are far above Luffy. Chopper even lampshades this.
  • March 7, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    This image image of rhino vs. boar:
  • March 10, 2012
    Ryuuma
    ^ I'm afraid we don't or can't use gifs or any other animater image here.
  • March 10, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    The cassowary, a large flightless bird of New Guinae, has a sort of horn called a casque that it uses to cut and flatten tough underbrush. However, it does most of its damage with its large clawed feet.
  • March 10, 2012
    Andygal
    I know that some of the Digimon in the Digimon anime attack with horns. Also, whacking somebody with a bugle is Instrument Of Murder.
  • March 10, 2012
    Earnest
    Possible pic for the article.
  • March 10, 2012
    Ryuuma
    ^ Vote for this, you've got a point. Sorry for the lame pun.
  • March 12, 2012
    TBeholder
    It gores with horns, It bites with teeth, It scratches with claws, It Sits On Chairs!

    Well, duh. And where's a trope?
  • March 12, 2012
    SilentReverence
    Considering the trope proposal seems to be "something can attack with a horn", then it does have narrative and setting meaning, hence it is tropable. Even if it was "something chooses to attack with a horn" it would also be tropable, but for other reasons.
  • March 12, 2012
    surgoshan
  • March 17, 2012
    SilentReverence
    Bump~
  • March 17, 2012
    TBeholder
    Then we need a supertrope. "Attacking with a natural weapon".
  • March 17, 2012
    KZN02
  • March 17, 2012
    TBeholder
    ^ that's an index and mostly dedicated to things like Leg Cannon and Eye Beams. I.e. if horns normally were used as TV antennae, it would fit there nicely. :]
  • March 18, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • Subverted in Legend when Jack fights Darkness. Darkness charges Jack with his horns foremost as though he's planning on piercing him with them, but ends up with the horns touching a wall with Jack trapped between them.
  • March 18, 2012
    KZN02
    @ T Beholder: well, we already have Natural Weapon.
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