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A subtrope of SimpleStaff.

The Boom Stick is the high-tech or magical variant of the Simple Staff. Essentially a staff-shaped gun that fires projectiles or, more often, energy blasts. If of the magical variety, it can be a "focus" for the user's magic power, making it easier to fire magic bolts (though the user is still perfectly capable of using just his hands). Often gives a regal flair to the user, and is handy to use in melee if needed. Of course, such a weapon is unwieldy and hard to aim. What differentiates the Boom Stick from the MagicWand is that the Boom Stick is not necessarily magical and is really just for shooting people. If it is capable of regular spells, it's a MagicStaff.

The name of this trope is a play on "ThisIsMyBoomstick", but is otherwise [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant unrelated]]. May also be a SwissArmyWeapon.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Angel Blade'' has the villains (all female) pull these out... but it's a {{Hentai}}, [[GagPenis s]][[{{Hermaphrodite}} o]]...
* Kazuki's Sunlight Heart from ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', which when he's not using it like a normal lance can fire energy blasts.
* Ifurita in ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' uses a staff that fires energy beams. The staff itself is of a technological nature.
* Over the course of the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise, Raising Heart and company become increasingly gun-like over time, even getting clips, cartridges, and a trigger in TheMovie.
** As the page image shows, this is actually the standard weapon used by members of the TSAB. However, few of their weapons ever become as gun-like as [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Raging/Raising]] Heart. Storm Raider, the usual device of the character in the picture, has a combat mode that looks more like a Dragunov SVD than a magic weapon, Teana's Phantom Mirage is either a single or a pair of sci-fi looking pistols and Runessa's Silver Dagger is an actual firearm with an Armed Intelligence mounted on it.
* In ''Manga/OutlawStar'', Ron [=MacDougal=] has a caster gun shaped like a shakujo [[note]]A mendicant monk's staff with jangly metal rings on the head[[/note]]. It shoots magic.
* Elie, from ''Manga/RaveMaster'' uses a weapon like this. When handed a staff she starts using it as if it's one of these too.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'''s Poseidon can concentrate his divine [[BattleAura Cosmo]] on his trident and shoot out devastating blasts from the spearhead.

* The weapon of choice for the Slayers in ''Film/{{Krull}}'' are staffs that fire laser beams. They still seem highly impractical because they appear to only have one shot each.
* Tim the Enchanter, in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', wields a boomstick.
* Special mention must go to Inara's staff... thing from ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', which unfolds into [[RuleOfCool a crossbow]].
* The Staff Weapons in ''Film/{{Stargate}}''. Unlike the later series, these staves are very much lethal, and make a strange sound when used in melee, like if they tazed their targets.
* In the Film/JamesBond film ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', the Russian mobster Zukovsky carries a cane to help his bad leg. However, when he gets injured his CrowningMomentOfAwesome comes when it turns out that his cane is also a potent (and accurate) firearm.
* A unique example in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. Gambit causes explosions by channeling his power through his staff.

* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden's]] Blasting Rod is a carved stick that is specially enchanted to aid his fire spells. He also has a staff, but it acts more like a MagicWand (and a [[SimpleStaff staff]]).
* [[Franchise/StarWars Lando]] starts carrying a cane in his old age, claiming it makes him look dignified (he doesn't actually need it). In tight situations, though, it has a built-in holdout blaster, and a voice-activated function to shock whoever was holding it (in case he gets his blaster-stick taken away from him), specially modified to prevent Jedi from using their abilities while being shocked. CrazyPrepared doesn't begin to cover it.
* In ''[[Literature/JackRyan Without Remorse]]'', John "Clark" Kelly uses a Bangstick (see under RealLife) against one drug-dealer by casually walking past (dressed as a bum) then jamming it into his chest.
* In the ''Literature/DarknessSeries'', the FantasyCounterpartAppliance of guns is the 'stick', a sort of mass-produced magic wand or wizard's staff used by infantry that fires energy blasts (but they can be attenuated by heavy rain).


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Jaffa like [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Teal'c]], as well as the [[PathOfInspiration Ori]] foot soldiers in the Franchise/StargateVerse have this as their weapon of choice. The inherent difficulty in aiming such weapons (which are designed more to terrify civilians than to be truly effective weapons of war, as is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] at least once) explains how the heroes can survive despite almost always being massively outnumbered by Jaffa {{mooks}}. Some highly experienced Jaffa such as Teal'c and [[OldMaster Master Bra'tac]], however, are so proficient that they can reliably hit their targets without needing to aim (or in some cases, [[BadassBack without even being able to see the enemy]]). There's also a pretty badass-looking martial art that uses the staff weapon as a...well, staff.
** They do demonstrate that the weapon is very good for mass fire techniques. Take about a dozen Jaffa and overlap their fire, and everything in their path dies. Unless the "everything" is a [[TheJuggernaut Kull Warrior]], in which case HilarityEnsues.
** The Sodan are a clan of more practical Jaffa warriors who frequently use personal cloaking devices in order to ambush their opponents (something the majority of the HonorBeforeReason Jaffa don't do). Also, since their tactics often involve hit-and-run attacks, doing so with enormous and heavy staff isn't very practical. So, they carry a severely-shortened version that can't be used in melee combat anymore but is much easier to aim and carry (they actually have straps for them). To compensate for not being able to use their weapons in melee fights, they have developed an even more badass form of hand-to-hand combat. Cam Mitchell only learns the basics of it but is later able to fight another Sodan warrior (who ambushed him) to a standstill (he also happens to be a ColonelBadass).
* The High Guard's Force Lance in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''. It can, however, shrink when used in gun mode, making it less awkward to aim (not that you'd need it, its projectiles are homing, [[PlotArmor unless they are used to fire on someone whose name appears in the main credits]], who [[JustifiedTrope usually have ECM generators]]).
* Series/{{Merlin}} has a magical sidhe staff, that fires a blast of magical energy that can even kill a [[TheFairFolk sidhe]]. Despite it being a cool and effective weapon, he's only used it in three episodes (''The Gates of Avalon'', ''To Kill The King'' and ''The Changeling'').
* ''Series/Earth2'''s native aliens, Terrians, wield special staffs that allow them to channel lightning-like energy bursts or magnify sunlight into a powerful light source. More of a subversion of the trope, as these aren't the usual directed energy weapons, though they can be used well in self-defence.
* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' (and the source series, ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'') had the Gold/King Ranger's Golden Power Staff/King Stick, a battle staff that could draw energy into the sphere atop it, then fire spheres of energy at a target.
** Later on, ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' (and the source series, ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'') had the Quasar Launchers, extending cudgels that could compress into bazooka weapons.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''--
** The eldar have fire-pikes, directed fusion weapons designed for anti-tank work that usually just look like long-barrelled guns, but have been interpreted by several of Games Workshop's model sculptors as fitting this trope instead.
** There are also a couple of examples like the Guardian Spears of the Adeptus Custodes (polearms with inbuilt FrickinLaserBeams) and the Warscythes of Necron Pariahs (with inbuilt [[ShockAndAwe Gauss weapons]]).
** The Kroot Rifle is a borderline example: it's more rifle-shaped than other examples, but it's still designed to allow the user to wield it as a staff in close combat (also includes blades at both ends to further enhance its effectiveness in melee).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'' has a few bound spell magic items (items that allow any character to have a single auto-use spell every turn in addition to other spells) that take the form of staffs - the [[LizardFolk Lizardmen]] have two that contain offensive spells.
* A number of [[TabletopRPG pen-and-paper]] [=RPGs=], have staffs with a "pre-programmed" blast that even a non-mage can fire off.
** Staves in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' third edition (and 3.5) are like this. In the fourth edition, Staves act like {{magic wand}}s as they are used to empower spells cast by wizards.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: High-Tech'' there is a baton like weapon that can fire a single shotgun shell, based on the real life Bangstick.
* Boomsticks appear in ''TabletopGame/MagiNation'', as seen [[http://bluefurok.com/NDimages/cald_boomstick.jpg here.]]


[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' has the [[MorphWeapon Rifle Spear]], a ''literal'' [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Boom]] [[BladeOnAStick Stick]].
* Ieyasu Tokugawa from ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' wields a spear whose head unfolds to reveal a cannon.
* The basic Cuotl foot soldiers in ''Rise Of Nations: VideoGame/RiseOfLegends'' use staves that fire FrickinLaserBeams. As they are basically [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of Stargate's Jaffa, it is only fitting.
* The awesomest version of this ever is, of course, the Pfhor fighter shock staffs in ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}''. They're swung like a staff even when doing long range.
* A number of [[RoleplayingGames computer-based]] [=RPGs=] have staffs with a "pre-programmed" blast that even a non-mage can fire off.
** Staves in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' and ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' are often enchanted with magic-missile spells (among other kinds) which are [[{{Mana}} free to cast]]. However, they cannot be used in melee.
* Pretty much all staves, wands and such rod-like items in the [[VideoGame/{{Heretic}} Serpent]] [[VideoGame/{{Hexen}} Riders]] trilogy. The sole exception is the SimpleStaff, the EmergencyWeapon of ''VideoGame/{{Heretic}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' and its sequel, one of the most powerful weapons is the 'Pimp Cane' which is... well, a stick. With a built-in shotgun, which is obscenely powerful, capable of blowing up a car with two blasts or so. At impressive range, even...
* The Guardian class had these in ''VideoGame/TabulaRasa''; it was their class weapon capable of dealing considerable damage in hand to hand combat as well as firing type-specific ranged attacks. Electrical staves fired ball lightning, Incendiary staves fired... well, fireballs, and so on. You get the idea.
* Sort of inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'': while archers would draw short swords to fight in melee combat, longbowmen just smacked people around with their longbows, staff-style.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has Pascal, whose stave can actually function ''as a rifle''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': The [[http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/write.ign.com/74314/2012/01/TigerRacket.png Racket-type weapons]], for [[WhiteMage Dagger and Eiko,]] which allow them to (literally) fling a ball of energy at the enemy. These are quite useful, as they allow the normally weak mage-characters to deal somewhat decent amounts of damage (due to these weapons drawing on their ''Magic'' stat, rather than their Strength stat).
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'': Nael Van Darnus wields a halberd named Bradamante with an integrated firearm that can fire regular bullets or be infused with magic to fire more powerful shots. [[spoiler:Gilgamesh]] wields a replica of the weapon named Pradamante in the two boss fights against him.
* ''VideoGame/CrisisCore: VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has Wutai soldiers using polearms that can flip around to be used as rifles.
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' has [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Emperor Mateus]] use his staff as a conduit to manifest his spells, with his Dynamite attack directly manifesting as an orb of energy charged up on the end of his staff and firing at the enemy.
* The staff weapons in ''Franchise/DragonAge'' can fire beams of magic when used by mages.
* The Guards in ''VideoGame/MetalArmsGlitchInTheSystem'' use these, mounted on halberds. They're quite powerful, shooting a ''huge'' spread of laser bolts with a decent range. In close quarters, they do a very wide sweeping attack.
* ''VideoGame/TheBattleForWesnoth'' features Dwarves, who use [[FantasyGunControl thundersticks]]. The sprites show something like flintlock muskets, but the portrait for the Thunderer/Thunderguard has a hand cannon, as described in RealLife below.
* The MMPORPG ''Dark Age of Camelot'' features a wizard staff called "Weno'iak's Boom Stick". Doesn't really do anything that any other wizard staff in the game doesn't do, but it does it with cool graphicy fire effects.
* Wizards in many roguelikes can't cast magic bolt unless wielding a staff.
* One of the [[SwissArmyWeapon many]] functions of Krystal's staff in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures,'' though considering you can't move while using it you get the feeling Fox would have preferred his blaster.
* Staves and wands in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' often have properties that enhance spellcasting, but on their own, they just fire unguided magic projectiles. Like all other weapons in the game, you don't need training to use them, but they're much less effective if you don't have the proper attributes.
* The staffs in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', which are sniping weapons.
* The Vizier in the Classic remake of ''PrinceOfPersia1'' wields one of these.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has the Dragonslayer Spear as a close example of a boom stick, its heavy one handed attack launching lightning bolts at the cost of the weapons durability.
* Fully learning Electricity tech discipline in ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' lets you craft Tesla Rod, a staff that shoots balls of lightning when swung. It's also fairly practical, taking little space in inventory, using cheap batteries, dealing rare electrical damage and having decent speed and highest damage-to-ammo rating in the game.
* A good number of the weapons available in ''VideoGame/RealmsOfTheHaunting'', varying from daggers and swords to literal staves. They are all magical and recharge over time.
* In ''Videogame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'', the main villain fights using a staff that fires concussive blasts.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] recently unveiled his own Gold Zeo Powerstaff, which mainly served the purpose of shooting Mechakara with golden lightning three or four times.
* To be quite fair, it's hard to describe the staff that ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''[='=]s Sun Wukong wields. It's a staff that disconnects and becomes a pair of nunchucks that are also ''shotguns''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': When Scrooge temporarily takes up the popular billionaire hobby of PartTimeHero vigilantism, one of the gadgets Gyro builds him is a cane that shoots laser beams.
* The Red Suited {{Mook}}s of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' carry similar energy crackling staffs on occasion, both serve more as intimidation that any functional purpose.
** Warmonga also carries one, which Kim used to destroy the DoomsdayDevice [[MonsterOfTheWeek Of The Week]].
* Megabyte's Binomes in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' use these.
** Code Masters have Gibson Coil Pikes who behave like this.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' "Jack and the Spartans," the Spartans carry what appear to be ordinary spears... which actually carry rocket propelled grenades in the tip.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* RealLife gives us Roman candles.
* TruthInTelevision, the ancestor of the modern gun was the hand cannon (or hand gonne) which was basically a tiny cannon affixed to the end of a staff, used as early as the ''13th century''.
* Bangsticks - or Power Heads - are a spear shaft with a short-barreled gun permanently attached to the end. They are designed to be used underwater by divers to hunt or defend against large predators like sharks. The firing mechanism is activated by thrusting the end of the barrel into the shark's skin, forming a seal between the muzzle of the weapon and the target. As contact shot weapons, Bangsticks do most of their damage by discharging hot, burning gunpowder directly into the target. They are typically loaded with waterproofed blanks, but everything from conventional ammunition to novelty hand-loaded cartridges have been used with varying degrees of success.
* Some have built custom Nerf blasters out of a simple PVC pipe with spring mechanisms inside and a trigger button of some kind (usually a clothespin) on the outside.
* The cattle prod is essentially a short-range Boom Stick.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_gun Cane guns]] are precisely this trope: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a gun concealed inside a cane]]. They see a lot of use in SpyFiction, which is TruthInTelevision to some extent, but most real cane guns are carried by defense-conscious [[WhenEldersAttack elderly folk]].