Created By: KZN02 on April 22, 2011 Last Edited By: KZN02 on May 1, 2011
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Chain Pain

Chains as an Improvised Weapon

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Enough examples now, decide on title before launch

  • Chain Pain
  • Chain Link Fencing
  • Maul And Chain
  • The Chain Attraction
  • Mark Of Chain
  • Chain Pain
  • A Hard Chains Gonna Fall
  • Only Chain Man

Related to Whip It Good and Epic Flail, sometimes the chain link is all you need, without the weight at the end. Often a Variable-Length Chain.

A Badass Biker will often do this in a rumble. Also very common in 80s movies with street gangs. See also Fighting with Chucks and Chained by Fashion.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

Card Games

Comic Books
  • In the original Ghost Rider comics, a magical flaming chain manifests when Johnny Blaze or Dan Ketch transform into Ghost Rider.
  • Spawn has chains that pop out of his cloak and are under his control; most often seen in the HBO Animated Series.

Film
  • In Mystery Men, one of the disco gang has a chain for a weapon. Mr. Furious hangs a lampshade on this when he asks why it isn't at least a gold chain.
  • Happens in the Ghost Rider movie, with emphasis on 'improvised' as this was the same chain one of the demons tried to kill him with at first.

Live-Action TV
Jayne: You know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat you with 'til ya understand who's in ruttin' command here.

Tabletop Games
  • The spiked chain is a weapon option in Pathfinder.

Toys

Video Games
  • Outsider from Exit Fate wields a chain as his Weapon of Choice.
  • Kunio-kun series: Chains are a staple weapon
  • River City Ransom definitely has chains useable as weapons.
  • The Road Rash games have the top AI bikers wielding chains as weapons. The player can steal a chain and wield it himself.
  • One of the biker gangs in Full Throttle uses chains as their signature weapon. Ben can acquire one after defeating them.
  • In Mitsumete Knight, Jack Burston, one of the game's three punks, fights with a big chain in one-on-one duels.

Web Comics
  • In his original appearances, Hedge of El Goonish Shive wielded a chain as a weapon - specifically, the very chain that had once bound him in captivity in the laboratory that created him. Very symbolic. Very quickly forgotten, too. Only really appeared in one scene, if memory serves, though Grace references it again later.

Real Life
  • Some gang members use bicycle chains as melee weapons.

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Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • April 22, 2011
    troacctid
  • April 23, 2011
    Octagon8
    Often a Variable Length Chain.
  • April 23, 2011
    randomsurfer
    A Badass Biker will often do this in a rumble.
  • April 24, 2011
    StFan
    Most examples would already be in Epic Flail. Though indeed, a split may be a good idea.
  • April 24, 2011
    ArchiveDigger
    Well, it's definitely good enough to be a trope.
  • April 25, 2011
    LordAaronus
    Happens in the Ghost Rider movie, with emphasis on 'improvised' as this was the same chain one of the demons tried to kill him with at first.
  • April 25, 2011
    ssfsx17
    Video Games
    • Kunio Kun series: Chains are a staple weapon
  • April 25, 2011
    troacctid
    I'd imagine fighting with a chain is pretty different from fighting with a flail, since with a chain you can, like, tie people up and stuff.
  • April 25, 2011
    KZN02
    Well, you could do the same for a flail if the chains were long enough.
  • April 26, 2011
    foxley
    In the original Ghost Rider comics, a magical flaming chain manifests when Johnny Blaze or Dan Ketch transform into Ghost Rider.
  • April 26, 2011
    BlackDragon
    IN his original appearances, Hedge of El Goonish Shive wielded a chain as a weapon - specifically, the very chain that had once bound him in captivity in the laboratory that created him. Very symbolic. Very quickly forgotten, too. Only really appeared in one scene, if memory serves, though Grace references it again later.
  • April 26, 2011
    jaytee
    Seen It A Million Times in any 80s movie with a street gang. For some reason I'm thinking Adventures In Babysitting had one, but I couldn't be positive.
  • April 28, 2011
    KZN02
    Looking good, anyone thinking of a better title?
  • April 28, 2011
    Flioro
    • In Real Life, some gang members use bicycle chains as melee weapons.
    • The equip card Kunai With Chain in Yu Gi Oh.

    As for a name, I was thinking something Chain Attack but that could be confusing.
  • April 28, 2011
    Earnest
    See also Chained By Fashion, the Chained Combatant probably has to wear their chain at all times, and even with a Variable Length Chain it'll rarely be as inconspicuous as Razor Floss.
  • April 28, 2011
    jaytee
    River City Ransom definitely has chains useable as weapons.

    as far as title (we definitely need a different one, since the trope is about the weapon itself, not the combatant)... Chain Link Fencing, Maul And Chain, The Chain Attraction, Mark Of Chain, Chain Pain, A Hard Chains Gonna Fall, Only Chain Man....
  • April 28, 2011
    MarxMaster
    Do chain whips count, despite not actually being chain?
  • April 28, 2011
    jaytee
    My guess is no, since this seems more about regular ol' chains improvised as weapons. I'll let the OP weigh in though.
  • April 28, 2011
    KZN02
    Hmm, chain whips are close enough.
  • April 28, 2011
    jaytee
    Also, fwiw, of the possible titles I listed, I think I like A Hard Chains Gonna Fall the most. Best implies that the chain is a weapon.
  • April 28, 2011
    troacctid
    That's quite a few title options. We should run a crowner.
  • April 28, 2011
    Speedball
    Spawn has chains that pop out of his cloak and are under his control; most often seen in the HBO Animated Series.
  • April 28, 2011
    Augustine
    The spiked chain is a weapon option in Pathfinder.
  • April 28, 2011
    shimaspawn
  • April 28, 2011
    MC42
    • The Road Rash games have the top AI bikers wielding chains as weapons. The player can steal a chain and wield it himself.
  • April 28, 2011
    troacctid
    ^^ That's a Kusari-Gama, not a chain. I don't think it counts.
  • April 28, 2011
    ElaineRose
    Jayne: You know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat you with 'til ya understand who's in ruttin' command here.
  • April 29, 2011
    Koveras
    One of the biker gangs in Full Throttle uses chains as their signature weapon. Ben can acquire one after defeating them.
  • April 29, 2011
    jaytee
    In Mystery Men, one of the disco gang has a chain for a weapon. Mr. Furious hangs a lampshade on this when he asks why it isn't at least a gold chain.
  • April 29, 2011
    KZN02
    Hmm, maybe I should do a ykttw on "X on a Chain"?
  • April 29, 2011
    AceNoctali
    Video game example:

  • April 29, 2011
    KZN02
    Ok, we have enough examples now. Lets decide on the name so we can get straight into launching this thing.
  • April 29, 2011
    dalek955
  • April 29, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Is it possible to make a pun from "don't yank my chain" ?
  • April 30, 2011
    Phenolatukas
    I demand the trope name is "No Chain No Gain". Demand.
  • May 1, 2011
    AceNoctali
    Chain Pain is fine by me.

    Also, you forgot to add the Mitsumete Knight example I proposed above in the list.
  • May 1, 2011
    Scooter007
    I see that you listed Chain Pain twice in OP. I guess we know which is your favorite! :D

    That's okay, it gets my vote too.
  • May 1, 2011
    SirPsychoSexy
  • May 1, 2011
    KZN02
    Well, you don't have to vote for what I chose. But seeing as it's favoring chain pain. I'll wait until tomorrow morning to launch if I have no other votes.
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