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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.

Think of a wrecking ball or something similar, but any bludgeoning-implement-on-a-string probably counts, such as the infamous nunchaku beloved of martial artists and {{ninja}} fans.

WHOOSH WHOOSH WHOOSH! Pretty scary, huh?

For the one specific type of flail: Nunchuku, see FightingWithChucks. For just the chain, see ChainPain. SockItToThem is the {{improvised|Weapon}} version.
Compare EverythingsBetterWithSpinning, KillerYoYo. If the spiky part is not a part of a weapon, then these are SpikeBallsOfDoom.

Not to be confused with EpicFail, though there's a definite overlap if you've somehow [[http://andersson.elfwood.com/Epic-Flail.3555900.html smacked yourself in the head with it]] and maybe gotten the pointy bits embedded in your face. Also not that thing [[{{Muppets}} Kermit]] does [[http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/ebunnie/kermit.gif when he's excited]].

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s Omaeda Marechiyo's Zanpakutou Gegetsuburi has this as its Shikai form.
* ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' has [=MirageGaogamon's=] [[SuperMode Burst Mode]] wielding a [[EnergyWeapons huge flail made out of energy]] as his weapon. ''[[CallingYourAttacks Full Moon Meteor Impact!!]]''
* The Gundam hammer optional weapon for the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', although it was [[RetCon left out of the movie versions]] for allegedly being "too SuperRobot-y". Has a space-use version in the Hyper Hammer----a more pointy and thruster-equipped version.
** ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' has a fight where Loran finds one, and uses it as a weapon. Due to its age it breaks apart at the end.
*** Later in the series (after more gear has been uncovered) Loran uses two of these at once to immobilize three opponents (using Turn A's engines, which appear to gradually upgrade their efficiency over time with the rest of the mecha, to pin the third).
*** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Alpha Gaiden]]'' repeats this, but he keeps it as a primary weapon. However, it still breaks apart each time he uses it; he just apparently has a stock of up to ''eight'' of them at any given time.
*** The ''VideoGame/GundamVsSeries'' makes it the Turn A's main weapon rather than its [[EnergyWeapons beam rifle]], presumably in the name of CastSpeciation.
*** The Turn A's [[LimitBreak SP Attack]] in ''DynastyWarriorsGundam 2'' has it swinging two flails around in circles. It also uses the flails in a regular attack that's good for clearing crowds.
** Bolt Gundam from ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' uses one as well. It's attached by a laser that he can use to hold an enemy and deliver a massive beatdown.
** Makes another comeback in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' with the Raider Gundam's "Mjolnir" spherical breaker. Its existence was given a few justifications, such as saying that the head is super-dense in order to get around the impact-resistant Phase Shift Armor, and the wire is beam-coated so it can be used as an impromptu shield.
** The Gundam Double X from ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'' was planned to use one, but when the series had its episode count cut by ten, this was dropped. Now the only place it can be found is with the model kit.
** ''CrossboneGundam'' sequel ''Skull Heart'' has the Amakusa, a mobile suit designed by the [[TheEmpire Jovian Empire]] that uses a brain-clone of Amuro Ray as its "pilot"; its shield is equipped with a hammer weapon that splits in half when not in use.
* In a recent arc of ''OnePiece'', Franky is confronted with a GiantSpider. He already has a pair of nunchuku strapped to his back, but he decides that that [[RuleOfCool just isn't badass enough]] and finds a giant marble column to break in half and affix to the ends of his nunchaku to make a humongous super-flail. And if that isn't awesome enough already, he gives the spider the most epic "Bitch, please" face ever before dispensing a serious smackdown.
** Also, Garp, who has a flail the size of a ''battleship'', and throws it around like it's nothing.
** One of Whitebeard's Division Commanders is seen with a spiked one that [[ItMakesSenseInContext seems to have eaten a Zoan DF of a breed of Dog.]]
** At one point, Enel finds that being a rubber man, Luffy is immune to his lightning attack. So, Enel melted a huge chunk of GOLD on Luffy's right hand, forming a Giant Ball Made Out of Gold. Guess how Enel was beaten?
* The Andromeda Cloth in ''SaintSeiya'' is unique in that it [[DualWielding has a weighted chain attached to each arm]]. One is tipped with an arrowhead-shaped dart, is meant for offense, and can track down its target to the ends of the cosmos ([[{{Hammerspace}} extending to a length of light years or retracting to a couple of feet]] as needed.) The other has a sphere (or an ornate ring in later arcs) at its end and is meant for defense.
** The Libra Cloth also comes equipped with triple-section rods and nunchaku, two of each. And a minor enemy, the Silver Saint of Cerberus, wielded a vicious morningstar which could multiply into dozens of flails as well as extend and retract just like the Andromeda Chain.
* Haruka Armitage of ''{{Mai-Otome}}'' wields a large flail, in line with her...rather impulsive personality.
* General Yeegar in ''DGrayMan'' used massive chains with spikes on the end as weapons.
* In ''Manga/{{Change 123}}'', a young [[{{Ninja}} kunoichi]] uses a very practical and disguised variation of a rope dart or a kusarigama - a keychain with ''heavy and sharp'' keys attached to the end of a retractable wire.
** Later it gets shown that her mentor uses a similar, although more primitive, weapon: a stone wrapped inside a cloth strip.
* The most epic flails of all time popped up in ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', in which Primus turns his own moons into a pair of flails to lay the smackdown on a planet-sized Starscream.
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathsaurus]] in ''Anime/TransformersVictory'' has a morningstar as his WeaponOfChoice.
* Baldorias S. Fanghini, Number VIII of the Chronos Numbers in ''Manga/BlackCat'' not only uses a flail to pound his enemies to a pulp, but additionally attaches remote-controlled rockets to it to add to the epicness.
* Hanzo from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' wields a traditional [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kusarigama Kusarigama]].
* ''{{Gamaran}}'' has the Gasanemanji Ryuu, formed by kusarigama users. Their secret weapons tends to be more flail-like. Oh, and [[ShownTheirWork they actually use said kusarigama in the right way.]]
* ''{{Daitarn 3}}'' has the Daitarn Hammer, which he tends to just ''throw'' at his opponents.
* Used in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' against Guts by Samson, one of the higher ups of the Purple Rhino Knights. Depicted realistically in that it's about the size of a soft ball and the guy uses thick armor to compensate for not being able to defend with it but Guts just deflects all of the blows using his massive sword (he was shielding Casca) and beats the tar out of the him and earns the title [[NamesToRunAwayFrom 100 Man Slayer]] in the ensuing brawl. This has the downside of meaning his sword breaks soon after but damn if it isn't impressive

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* Thunderball of Marvel's Wrecking Crew (part of TheMightyThor and Comicbook/TheAvengers' rogues' galleries) used a literal wrecking ball on a chain as a weapon.
* Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man, wields a ball and chain from his imprisonment. Whenever he changes his material make-up, the ball changes with him.
* Supergirl aka Justice of ComicBook/JLAActOfGod, uses a double mace with a flail on each side. It's a little awkward.

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* Mung, the Warrior Women's male champion in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', wields one of these in his one-on-one battle with Ringo. [[CurbStompBattle It doesn't help much.]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Go-Go Yubari in ''KillBill'' wields a mean ball-and-chain meteor hammer in her battle against the Bride.
* The Witch-King in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: Return Of The King'' used a truly huge flail to fight Éowyn at the Pelennor Fields. The special features point out how difficult it was to lift; in the scene where the Witch-King first lifts the weapon, there was actually a person lying on the ground underneath and pushing it up from below. It started off as a relatively normal-sized flail, but Creator/PeterJackson kept telling WETA Workshop to "[[MoreDakka make it bigger]]." They finally made one that they were positive was going to be "too big". That's the one that made it on screen. Jackson himself thinks that it still could have been [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill bigger]].
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'': After losing his hand at the battle of Stirling, Campbell, Hamish's {{Badass}} dad, wields a spiked flail during the battle at Falkirk, and ends up receiving a mortal wound while he's busy swinging it overhead. Later, Wallace rides into Mornay's bedchamber, uncoils a long-chained flail, and crushes the treacherous lord's head like a watermelon with one great swing.
* Balian defends against a "normal" one of these in ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' in an homage to ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. He wraps it around his sword, then stabs the guy [[EyeScream in the face]].
* TheDragon in ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' has a [[RocketPunch flail fist]].
* Megatron in the 2007 ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' briefly uses one to smash apart his prison chamber in Hoover Dam, and later the rooftop pillar Sam Witwicky is clinging to, in a likely homage to the above. Barricade also appears to wield one in his fight against Bumblebee, one with ''spinning blades''.
* In ''Film/{{Ivanhoe}}'', Bois Guilbert (George Sanders) chooses to wield a flail in the climax duel against the eponymous hero, [[spoiler: who manages to turn it to his advantage]].
* In ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'', Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) improvises one with a horseshoe and rope against a bunch of bounty hunters.
* In ''Film/TheCourtJester'', our hero faces off against a knight who selects a mace and chain as his weapon.
* Fallon from ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'' wields a truly enormous specimen.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Erik tries to sink Shaw's ship with its own anchor.
* The Abomination wields a huge fence chain as a meteor hammer against ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', with concrete pillars being the weights. It proves to be effective in knocking Hulk around, but backfires when Hulk makes Abomination lose control and hit himself with it, then strangles him to near death with the same chain.

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[[folder: Gamebooks ]]

* In the ''Literature/WizardsWarriorsAndYou'' series, among the Warrior's various armaments were a flail, morning star and later a custom flail with three chains and three heads.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Tahmuras, TheDragon in ''[[Literature/KushielsLegacy Kushiel's Avatar]]'' wields one. He comes closest out of anyone in the entire six-book series to besting [[{{Badass}} Joscelin]].
* Athrogate of the ''ForgottenRealms Sellswords'' trilogy {{DualWield}}s a pair of magical flails.
* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', the MonsterClown Shagwell wields a three-headed flail while hiding out in the Saltpans. Gallant [[KnightInShiningArmor Loras Tyrell]] is said to fight in a rage with a whirling flail during a siege.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** ''Thud!'': a volunteer had a pair of nunchaku, in this universe called ''numknuts''. Vimes tried swirling one of them, and promptly hit his elbow.
** In a previous book, Nobby gets ahold of a huge flail, and starts swinging it, and the narration muses that nobody was quite sure which was orbiting which, Nobby or the flail.
* Several generic opponents in ''{{Gladiator}}'' use large flails, though they're only effective when used right at the start of the fight; as soon as the gladiators themselves get clear of the exit their swords win easily.
* Leoman a character of ''TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' is famous for wielding two flails with deadly effect.
* In PiersAnthony's ''Battle Circle'' series morning star is one of "traditional" weapons. It's considered the hardest to master and the most dangerous.
* One of the four men put to hunt Literature/JamesBond in ''Literature/NoDealsMrBond'' insists upon using a morning star. The three others use more conventional weapons.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' has an infamous scene involving ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' and ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' wherein Decade's [[FinishingMove Final Form/Attack Ride]] transforms Kuuga as the Gouram into the "Ball", with Den-O as Momotaros holding the "Chain". You don't want to know where the ball and chain connect...[[note]]it involves Momotaros stabbing Kuuga in the ''[[AssShove ass]][[/note]].''
* The Tortoise Hammer, usable by the Senpuujin in ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', is one. By extension, so is the Turtle Mace for the Storm Megazord in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''.
* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' has Gokai Yellow's signature trick fitting this trope. Each ranger has a gun and sword all but Red tend to swap weapons around so that they're either going GunsAkimbo (Green and Pink) or DualWielding (Blue and Yellow). Yellow uses the grappling wires in the base of the swords to swing them around when she wants to take out large numbers of mooks, hence this trope.
* ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' introduces one in the form of [[MechaExpansionPack Bunpachy]], a Pachycephalosaurus in a hard hat. The flail is attached to his tail at one end, and worn over said hard hat at the other.
* ''Series/RobotCombatLeague'''s Crash was intended to use its fists as actual fists. As they more often than not broke after punching the other bot too hard, it was soon discovered they could be swung around like flails and still remain rather deadly.
* Shows up in one of Arthur's duels in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', unsurprisingly, given the medieval setting.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' has one in the form of the Pineapple Iron, which is only for those who use the [[TrasformationTrinket Pineapple Lockseed]].
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. As the wildling army battles to take the Wall, the defenders release The Scythe, an enormous anchor on a chain that swings along the Wall, knocking off huge chucks of ice and reducing climbers to LudicrousGibs.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/GraveDigger's {{mascot}} Grim Reaper is using one against the English in the cover of their ''[[http://www.katehizis.com/news/images5/grave_digger2010-the_clans_will_rise_again.jpg The Clans Will Rise Again]]'' -album.
* Wallop's logo design has a [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_m9IT3AoU4R4/SwIEw7XzrSI/AAAAAAAAERg/wwQ40yq5iH0/s1600/3242423442.bmp flail hanging from it]].

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* All of the female warriors in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Gladiators}}'' use flails as weapons. The single male uses a double-headed axe instead.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* HumongousMecha-sized flails appear in ''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]].
* Flails are usable weapons in ''DungeonsAndDragons'', available in both one-handed and two-handed. You can also use a [[DoubleWeapon Dire Flail]], which is basically a flail on either end of a long stick, just so long as you can avoid thinking too hard about how that's meant to work.
** Some combination of this and WhipItGood are generally how the Spiked Chain of 3.5 was depicted.
** In 4th Edition, the Three-Headed-Flail (based on a real weapon) is possibly the best weapon in the game.
** While possessing the same stats as its rival the Bastard Sword, and more accuracy than its more damaging axe and hammer counterparts. The Triple-Headed Flail suffers from lack of support in terms of feats and magic item options, which relegates it to those who want to [[AnAxeToGrind stand]] [[DropTheHammer out]] from the [[HeroesPreferSwords crowd]].
*** Stat-wise, the triple-headed flail is essentially a stock flail with an additional +1 to hit...and an attached 'feat tax', because as a superior melee weapon it's not something most (if any) classes are going to be proficient with by default and so that proficiency must be bought the 'hard' way. If you don't know how to use ''any'' kind of flail and want to spend a feat on doing so, this one is arguably the one to spring for; but if you already have proficiency with martial melee weapons and thus regular flails as a class feature, whether the tradeoff is worth it becomes more debatable. (And of course, classes not proficient with the general martial melee weapon category will generally reap fewer benefits from investing feats in learning how to use more weapons because their focus in combat tends to be elsewhere in the first place.)
** There's also the monster known as the Flail Snail, a giant snail with four mace-like growths in place of feelers.
* Present in both ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. In the former, it's a weapon commonly used by crazed Empire Flagellants and Chaos Marauders, and the Skaven like to mix their flails with a chemical weapon dispenser, while in the latter, they're a standard armament of arco-flaggelants.
** On the other hand, the Orks used to have the Splatta Kannon, which fired what was basically a ''rocket flail''.
** The Night Goblin fanatic gets a very special version: it weighs ''several times the goblin holding it.'' Without [[PsychoSerum madcap brew]], they wouldn't even be able to lift it.
** Necromunda has a weapon combining a flail with a flamethrower.
*** Necromunda comic hero and special character Klovis the Redeemer uses one of these, the "mMrtifier", like a church censer - except where those are filled with scented incense, the Mortifier burns ferociously with a fuel that spills over and ignites any target it strikes.
* In ''{{GURPS}}'' the two handed flail is one of the most powerful weapons available. Its damage is exceeded only by the [[ChainsawGood Chainsaw]] and [[LaserBlade Force Sword]], parrying it is difficult and it doesn't take much strength to use.
* In ''IronKingdoms'' several Warjacks weild massive flails that only they can carry, many are present in the [[ChurchMilitant Protectorate of Menoth]].
* The background materials for ''TheDarkEye'' feature the Thundercrack, which is a mix of a flail and a cat o' nine tails: A flail with nine balls. It is incredibly hard to control, and the inventor smashed his own skull in on the first tryout; accordingly, any suggestions how to turn this into a usable weapon for players contain heavy penalties.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'' has the Flailgun: it doesn't just fire explosives, it fires two remotely detonated, sticky bombs attached to each other with a chain. If they flail around while wrapping around a target or an obstacle, they can shear an enemy in half. Using an unfortunate target as a walking bomb or kicking him back into his friends sometimes gets the protagonist to say "epic flail".
* Has been an intimidating weapon in the ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' series since ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink''. In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', the hero Link finally got to use one himself, as well as in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors''.
* Our hero Mike from ''VideoGame/StarTropics'' starts his quest with a measly [[KillerYoYo Yo-Yo]], but upgrades to a flail called Shooting Star in chapter 3, and then ultimately the epic Super Nova in chapter 7.
* The X-Hunter [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Violen]] in ''VideoGame/MegaManX2'' uses this as his primary attack. In the rematch, there are disappearing blocks which can sometimes help block his attack, although the chain doesn't obey the same game physics and can pass through, so you need to exercise cautious judgement. Hilariously, [[WeaksauceWeakness his weakness]] in the rematch is [[KillItWithWater Charged Bubble Splash]] (Not the [[GameBreaker Shoryuken]], which can only be obtained two stages later.) Knight Man in ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'' also uses a mace, although to far less effectiveness in range and power.
* Currently, this is Mega Man's down smash attack in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' fangame ''VideoGame/SuperSmashFlash 2''.
* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'' you can get punished with a ball and chain. Bummer, but you can pick up the ball and swing it around as a weapon because TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything. Aside from the ludicrous weight, it's actually a pretty good weapon.
** Also handy because you could pick up the ball and throw it. Which would then cause you to fly over several squares as the chain lost its slack and took you with it. It was one of the only ways to "jump" the sections of water.
* The boss of Zoness in ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' is a submarine/barge called the Sarumarine that fires a massive, spiked, [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning]] wrecking ball as his DesperationAttack.
* Mordos Kull from ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge'' uses one of these.
* The Blades of Chaos/Athena wielded by Kratos in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' are essentially a bladed variation of the Epic Flail.
* Nariko's titular weapon in ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword'' can morph into a variant of these for weak attacks.
* The poorly designed and received HackAndSlash game ''VideoGame/RedNinjaEndOfHonor'' has the protagonist waving around essentially a shuriken-on-a-string.
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' had both the nunchaku and the Vigoorian flail to satisfy swingers. It somewhats subverts the trope by being quite practical and lightweight. But it's still quite [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYAL2Ep_rdA&fmt=18 epic]] in the right hands. ''Ninja Gaiden 2'' has the Kusari-gama. On one hand we have EpicFlail. On the other we have SinisterScythe.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha 3'': Baran Doban has the Daifunsai (literal translation: Great Pulverization). It's a SuperRobot-sized wrecking ball smashing you upside the face that is ''faster than the speed of sound''!
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKStRhsOcg4 Ware koso wa~ Ware koso wa~ Baran Doban!]]
** [[TheBrute Sikalog]] of the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars3 Inspectors]] also favors a flail, albeit not quite as huge of one.
** In ''Original Generation 2'' Arado is given a Boost Hammer for one mission, as it was the best weapon to suit his fighting style the designer could come up with on short notice. If you perform well enough with it, you get to keep it.
** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny Forte Gigas]], the flail is as nearly as large as the sprite wielding it. And it's an [[EnergyWeapon Energy Flail]] to boot.
* The ''SoulSeries'' had two Nunchaku users, [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything Maxi]] is the current Epic Flailer, replacing Li Long. The latter taught the former how to use the weapons.
** Ivy has a flail as an optional weapon, but it's heavy enough to slowly drain her health.
* The opening video for ''VideoGame/RockBand 2'' features a microphone-flail. Power Metal indeed.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Belselk/Berserk]] of ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 1}}'' wields a massive flail that can one shot your characters or at least leave them with very low health, especially in ''[[VideoGameRemake Alter Code F]]''.
* Flails (called Hammers) are weapons usable in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom''. Given that one of the top attacks for the weapon is to slam it into the ground and swing the ''stage'' around, it's also a suitably Epic Flail.
** Also of note is Asagi, who has one of these as her subweapon. [[{{BFS}} Did we mention that the head of the flail is as big as she is?]]
* Dian Wei had his primary weapon changed from [[AnAxeToGrind a really big axe]] to a really big morningstar in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 6'' when most of the characters were redesigned.
** The sequel reverted it back to an axe but gave Dong Zhuo (Formerly a serrated broadsword) and Cao Ren (Formerly a buckler-blade thing) more modest ones. The subsequent follow-up took it away from both of them and gave it Gan Ning.
* ''VideoGame/{{Alundra}}'' has its titular character used a blunt flail as one of his standard weapons, later upgrading it to a big spiky one which he can spin around his head.
* The Wii Game ''Gundam SD: Scad Hammers'' takes advantage of the Wiimote controls and has the player controlling various Gundams armed with a ball and chain.
* Axl Low from the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series uses a modified Kusari-Gama (see below), only with a scythe-blade on both ends. He still throws the blades out like the weighted end would have been, mind, so maybe they're heavy enough to act in the same way.
* 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!
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', anyone? Okay, its most prominent weapon is actually a whip, but some games allow it to upgrade it to sort of a whip-flail thing.
** This is actually featured in nearly every game. You start with a whip, which becomes a flail, which becomes a morning star. Some games even take it up a notch by including a whip/flail that is either covered in flames or outright ''shoots fireballs''.
** The same is also the case in ''VideoGame/LaMulana''.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has the ridiculously overelaborate ninja weapon, a 3-handed...weapon. It has an increased critical chance, but like all 3-handed weapons a huge multiplier to fumbles as well.
--> "Well, it's definitely a weapon of some sort. It consists of four long blades, three wooden poles, six steel chains, and an assortment of spikes. You have absolutely no idea how to use it, but it looks totally badass."
** On a more mundane note, there's also the Legendary Epic weapon for Turtle Tamers, the Chelonian morningstar. The KOL Wiki suggests it could be an 'epic flail'. Defeat your Nemesis and it becomes the Flail of the Seven Aspects. The game has other flails, too; depending on the dev team's mood, it may be a melee or ranged weapon.
* ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked'' has had the Scorpion/Leviathan Flail. It is, however, so heavy the head scrapes along the ground when he's carrying it. It may not be the most powerful weapon in his arsenal, but it's certainly one of the most ''fun''. The fun part? It has its own ''shockwave''.
** The RuleOfCool part? The spiky head of the [[EvolvingAttack upgraded version]] is ''attached to the handle with lightning''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' features four different flails, the Ball o' Hurt found in shadow orbs of TheCorruption, the Blue Moon found in the locked chests of the dungeon, the Sunfury found in the shadow chests of the underworld, which can set enemies on fire, the Dao of Pao that's crafted in hardmode with a Ying-Yang theme and the ability to confuse enemies, and lastly, the Flower Pow which has a 16.67% chance to drop from Plantera, that launches petals torward enemies as long as the fire button is held and there are enemies near. If you hold down the mouse button and hold left and right at the right times, you can even get the flail "spinning" around your character.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'' features a magical flail you can reassemble. It's got three heads, with different elemental powers. It's very handy against trolls. Which is lucky, because the place you find it in is ''swarming'' with them. The weapon's name is the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Flail of Ages]]. Its Head-Hunting subquest continues into the ExpansionPack, adding even more elemental powers.
* 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.
* Bowser from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG: Legend of the Seven Stars'' can equip a spiked mace and a chain that he throws as one of his weapons. Also, he can equip Chomps, which work on a very similar basis.
* The game ''VideoGame/{{Whiplash}}'' combines this with ChainedHeat, with the two main characters being Spanx, a maniacal weasel and Redmond, a NighInvulnerable rabbit chained together attempting to escape the MegaCorp that have been using them for tests. Spanx swings Redmond around like a weapon and Redmond can occasionally go into an UnstoppableRage where he wantonly smashes thing by himself.
* 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 ''SoulSeries'', she is forced to use a tri-rod in the UK version.
** Morning stars and flails are classified as a type of staff in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. They're present so that [[SquishyWizard the White Mage and Time Mage classes]] have a genuine method of attacking physically.
** Morning stars and flails are present in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' as weapons for Celes and Terra. Their main feature is that they're row-ignoring,
** Reuben in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'' makes use of a morning star as his sole weapon. As far as weapon weaknesses in the game are concerned, it's an axe equivalent.
* 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.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', there are two different flails. The Verac's Flail looks like any other flail (despite being able to occasionally hit through protection prayers), but the Ivandis Flail is on an enchanted staff made of silvthril (silver + mithril) and has a blessed silver sickle in place of a spiked ball. It's worth mentioning that the latter is used against the Vyrewatch, creatures that would otherwise be able to predict your exact movements and dodge your attacks. It's the flail's unpredictable nature that counters this.
* ''VideoGame/BlackTiger'' featured a knight using a flail and shield.
* The first boss of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' is Dr. Robotnik flying a small hovercraft armed with a giant wrecking ball on the bottom.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' has Khalim's Flail. It is a quest item that you get to make into a relic/artifact by transmuting/fusing it with its previous owner's brain, eye and heart. The resulting weapon had ''three'' chains attached to its handle, with metallic spiked skulls for the hammers. All in a day's work.
* The expansion of ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', ''Reaper of Souls'', features the Crusader, whose signature weapon is a one-handed or [[OneHandedZweihander two-handed]] flail.
* Grenades in the ''GearsOfWar'' series are attached to a stick by a length of chain. Epic Flail indeed. Also, the Locust Mauler is a GiantMook that carries a huge shield and uses a flail once it closes in.
* Suika Ibuka of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series. Those ball/pyramid/cube and chains attached to her aren't just for show, and she also uses her [[GrievousBottleyHarm sake gourd]] as one.
* The Russian indie game ''VideoGame/{{Hammerfight}}'' is ''all'' about this, being a game that focuses entirely on centrifugal force. Aside from the selection of hammers, axes and swords, you have a large selection of flails and flail like weapons, such as the "colossus", a sawblade on a chain laced with spikes. That is, the chain itself has spikes coming off it. It should be pointed out that the head on each of these flail weapons is larger then a human being. Also, if you are so inclined and are skilled enough, you can use two at once.
* Videogame/{{Tomba}}'s weapon of choice. Later in the game it can be [[SwissArmyWeapon morphed]] with a grappling hook.
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara 3'', Kuroda Kanbe has his wrists permanently cuffed to a huge iron ball, which he swings around as a weapon. As an added bonus, it's possible to hold the normal attack button and keep spinning around, essentially letting inertia take over (though he'll get dizzy after a while).
* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam SD Gundam Scad Hammer]] is all about throwing and swinging hammers. Appearantly, Tem Ray has been smoking something and has disabled all the other weapons for the Gundam.
* Valen, a recruitable NPC in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'', uses a heavy flail as his WeaponOfChoice.
* The Maceman unit from ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' carries one of these.
* [[GiantEnemyCrab The sixth boss]] of ''VideoGame/AdventureIsland III'' has a large flail attached to his left pincer that spins around madly. If he swings it directly at Master Higgins, icicles fall from the ceiling.
* ''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.
** The [[RecurringBoss rematch]] against it in level 13 is a different story- it can now extend its wrecking ball to [[DishingOutDirt toss up rocks]] from the ground, making it a lot harder to avoid damage this time round.
* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', Korea Team regular Chang Koehan uses a ball and chain from his time as a prisoner as his weapon of choice.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Sejuani the Winter's Wrath wields a giant flail with a head apparently made out of a large chunk of ice wrapped with spiked metal bands. Her alternate skins change the head to a heavy piece of wood studded with massive, curved thorns, a rough lump of jagged crystal, or a [[IncendiaryExponent landmine]].
* A semi-recurring weapon in the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series. It is usually classified as a type of whip for the purposes of the game, being able to hit groups of enemies at once, though it is its own weapon type in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''.
* ''VideoGame/DarkCastle'' has one at the bottom of the [[MeaningfulName Trouble]] area, used to knock out the guard who blocks the keys to escape the dungeon. ''Beyond Dark Castle'' and ''Return to Dark Castle'' allow you to take it with you.
* ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}} II'' has a spiky ball and chain power up called the "Mutant Tail Thing". Usually more of a hinderance than a help, but skilled usage grants extra style bonuses.
* The Wired Lance in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' is an odd blade version of this, and has the longest range out of all the melee weapons. Most of its photon artes involve binding the enemy; one of the more amusing ones turning ''them'' into the Epic Flail by swinging them in circles to dish out some GrievousHarmWithABody.
* [[BadassGrandma The Matron]], a hench(wo)man for the titular ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'', uses one of these as a primary weapon...and prosthetic hand.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Punch-Out Wii]]'', Aran Ryan packs an improvised flail made using a boxing glove and a rope when you rematch him in the Title Defense mode. He can also use it when he is knocked down, making this also an example of KaizoTrap.
* ''VideoGame/AngryVideoGameNerdAdventures'': [[FinalBoss Fred Fucks]] deploys a pair of these when he first TurnsRed, than a second longer-chained pair in his final phase.
* ''VideoGame/RockinKats'' has the Hammer Punch, which replaces the glove on Willy's boxing glove gun with a flail head, giving him added attack power while sacrificing his ability to grab things.

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* Mink, of ''{{Darken}}'', [[http://darkencomic.com/?webcomic_post=20060410 for whom Epic Flail becomes ''Epic Fail'']].
* * VGCats has two, The original [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=110 Rat Flail]] and its [[EvolvingWeapon improved version]]: '''[[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=223 Rat Morning-Star]]'''.
* ''TheZombieHunters'': [[http://thezombiehunters.com/index.php?strip_id=63 Brick Flail!]]
* One of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'''s running gags: "Sword-chucks, yo!"
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=37&issue=5 Chainsaw nunchucks]]
* ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'': [[http://eecomics.deviantart.com/art/Hammerchucks-104741965 Hammerchucks.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003953 Segmented cane flail!]]
* In ''OurLittleAdventure'', Jason the Barbarian from [[TerribleTrio Umbria's team]] uses one-handed kind.
* ''Webcomic/BallAndChain'''s main character Silver uses one as her {{weapon of choice}}.
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* [[ActionGirl Chaka's]] meteor hammers in ''[[WhateleyUniverse Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy]]''.
* In Season 10 Episode 21 of Machinima/RedVsBlue, Agent Carolina creates an interesting combination: GrapplingHookPistol plus Frag Grenade equals [[ImprovisedWeapon improvised]] Epic Flail that ''explodes''!

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* [[http://andersson.elfwood.com/~andersson/For_the_Ladies.2524344.html This picture]]. While the picture itself not necessarily NSFW, others on the same site are (but none are about this trope).
** From the same site, [[http://andersson.elfwood.com/Epic-Flail.3555900.html this picture]] that shares its title with this trope.

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* Principal Waxelplax in''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''mentions that she keeps one under her desk in the episode ''What's The Difference?''. Later she proceeds to chase Chester and Mandie with it when they try to grab the doorknobs which have been replaced by jelly filled doughnuts.
--> Waxelplax: GET AWAY FROM MY JELLY!!!
* One of the the villains in ''WesternAnimation/JayceAndTheWheeledWarriors'' wields a large, green, plant-like flail.
* ''{{Transformers}}'' has quite a few:
** Megatron used an [[EnergyWeapons energon flail]] in the second episode of ''TransformersGeneration1'', which was never seen again but was made available with come reissues of the toy.
** In ''TransformersAnimated,'' Bulkhead can turn his fist into a wrecking ball that he can also [[RocketPunch shoot as a projectile]]. This is awesome. Jazz has [[LaserBlade energy nunchucks]]; if you're wondering how they stay together, well, RuleOfCool. The Decepticon Oil Slick has a weapon that's basically two halves of a barrel connected by a long chain. The Dinobot Swoop also has a flail-in common with the weapons of the other Dinobots, it can [[IncendiaryExponent burst into flames]].
*** Bulkhead takes this trope further in "Three's a Crowd": his wrecking ball gets stuck on Mixmaster's hand, so he uses ''[[GrievousHarmWithABody Mixmaster's entire body]]'' as a flail.
** By using his grapplers to wield his ax, Optimus Prime can do this as well. (It ''also'' is partially made of energy and somehow manages to keep its un-connected solid portions in place. Like Jazz's energon nunchuks, it runs on RuleOfCool.)
* Panthro of ''{{Thundercats}}'' has his cat-themed nunchucks (spelled in various inconsistent ways). The twist was that, when thrust like a whip, the blue side fired projectiles and the red fired energy blasts.
* The Tracker, of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' fame. (Well, he may not be well-known enough to call it fame, but it's awesome.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Homer chasing Bart down the sidewalk with a flail: "I'll mace you good!"
** In the episode "Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes", one of the bounty hunters is [[CrazyAwesome a bear wielding raccoon-chucks]].
** Homer's weapon of choice for home defense, "The Defender", a cinder block swung about on the end of a chain
* One of the mooks who got fused with their weapons in ''QuestForCamelot'' had {{Epic Flail}}s for arms.
* [[EnfantTerrible Heloise]] used one on an episode of ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'', as her weapon of choice against a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost]].
* Used in ''VoltronForce'', when the yellow lion forms the head of Voltron.
* Several times in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' music video of the Shallow Gravy song "Jacket". The lead singer, Dermott Fictel, has a set of microphone nunchucks; when he isn't singing, he's using them as nunchucks to badass effect.
* In ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', Ninja Tribunal acolyte Adam [=McKay=] uses a ball and chain as his original weapon of choice, before replacing it with a hammer.
* Chronozoid carries this attached to a [[AnAxeToGrind curved axe blade]] on ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce''.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''
** Aqualad occasionally makes hard water flails using his [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon special weapons]].
** Sportsmaster, a villain with a sports gimmick uses an Olympic hammer like a flail in combat.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. In "The Secret Museum of Kung Fu", the Furious Five get thrashed in their first encounter with the Lin Kuei, wolf assassins wielding huge iron weights on the end of chains.

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* Agricultural flails make threshing more efficient by adding force to each blow through centrifugal force. Peasant conscripts militarized them by attaching metal spikes. The 15th century Hussites took that to the extreme.
* Medieval knightly "ball and chain" flails offer a few advantages. Centrifugal force adds force to the impact, and the shock of impact is not transferred back to the wielder. It can also wrap around an opponent's shield.
* A famous eastern weapon is the Kusari-Gama, a chain with a weight on one end, and a hand-held [[SinisterScythe scythe]] on the other. Like the nunchaku, it was developed from a weaponized tool (that being the sickle itself). There is also the similar Kyoketsu-Shoei, which was a knife on the end of a long cord.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mine_flail Mine flails]] are large cylinders attached to the front of tank-like vehicles [[note]]Indeed the first ''were'' converted tanks[[/note]] and are used to clear mines by intentionally detonating them. Heavy chains of fist-sized metal balls are attached to the cylinder. As the cylinder spins, the chains whip around and strike the ground repeatedly, detonating any mines beneath the surface. Massive shields block the the rest of the vehicle from the blasts. This method of mine clearing was invented just before the Battle of El Alamein.
* There are also poi, which are small weights attached to roughly arm-length strings, cords, or chains. They are then whirled around the body at highly improbable speed. Look [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IjdnMvBW_A here]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ5UXFRWGeQ here]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilfvH6souuQ here]] for some examples.
* There are weapons called Meteors which are long cords with weighted ends. Wrapping them around the body is used to generate speed, and power. Some performers use fire pots on the end for special effects, these are called Fire Meteors.
* Certain Ankylosaurs had a bony club at the end of their tail, which could easily break an attacker's bones. Most predatory dinos would be in for a hard fight because of that, not to mention its natural armor.
* Giraffes [[UseYourHead use their heads]] like this when fighting against each other, with their necks as the chain. Those tiny horns they have aren't just for show. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huxDnZs2_OQ Just one example]].
* Flails are easy weapons to [[ImprovisedWeapon improvise]], such as a bike chain and padlock or a belt with a large buckle on the end. Indonesian street gangs have come to use [[http://bisnis-jabar.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/senjata-tawuran2antaranews-300x222.jpg bicycle sprockets attached to belts]] for their rumbles, and the infamous Lyuber street gang from late 1980s Russia used circular saw blades on chains.
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