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An attack popular among {{Winged Humanoid}}s and a few other winged creatures: Using your own feathers as a form of weaponry.

This is usually accomplished by the attacker flapping their wings forward, releasing [[FlechetteStorm a storm of sharp feathers]] that fly off towards the intended target.

This makes no sense from a biological or physical perspective; feathers may [[RuleOfCool look sharp]], but in RealLife they're only good for [[{{Flight}} cutting through the air]]; they are too delicate and lightweight to be used as a weapon. The same characteristics that make them useful for flight (lightweight, lots of wind resistance) would also make them poor projectiles: difficult to aim and losing much of their force in transit. But hey -- [[RuleOfCool anything's possible if it looks cool enough]].

Alternatively, the character may opt to use their feathers as [[RazorWings melee weapons]] (similar to {{kni|feNut}}ves or especially WolverineClaws) to slice and dice the opponent at close range.

Can overlap with RazorWings. PerpetualMolt is a similar visual effect without the combat overtones. A SpikeShooter typically uses more obviously deadly projectiles.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': In the ''Chapter of the Birth Ceremony'' when Guts is fighting Mozgus' torturers who were transformed into pseudo-angels, the one called Bird sends a blizzard of sharp-tipped quills from his wings flying into Guts' face. They don't penetrate the skin very much, but their real purpose is to momentarily distract and blind Guts so that Bird can seize him with his catch pole. Mozgus himself, seeing as he's able to transform into a giant ''stone'' angel with SuperStrength, can pull off a far more devastating version of this.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', [[spoiler: [[UltimateLifeform Cars]] can do this once he gains the power of the [[ArtifactOfDoom stone mask]] and [[MineralMacGuffin Red stone of Asia]] to enhance his already formidable abilities.]]
* Used in ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki'': an interesting case because the actual superpower of the man using it was ''flying'', so apparently, attacking with feather blades was considered somehow natural for winged creatures.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': One of the attacks of [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beast]] Harpy π7 was hurling wave after wave of its metallic feathers at their enemies. Those feathers were hard and sharp enough to slice and cut through [[{{Unobtainium}} Japanium]], and with they very nearly destroyed Mazinger-Z and [[spoiler:destroyed Aphrodite-A for good.]]
* ''Anime/{{Daimos}}'': One of the weapons of Daimos, Five Shooter, consisted of throwing several golden, feather-like darts.
* Suigintou from ''Anime/RozenMaiden'' loves doing this. Then again, she's a talking doll.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. When in her released form, Privaron Espada #105, Cirucci Sanderwicci, can fire the feather-like blades (which vibrate at high speeds) in her wings at her opponents. The blades can return and re-attach to her wings at will, making them {{Precision Guided Boomerang}}s. There's also Avirama Redder, Fraccion of Baraggan Luisenbarn, who in his WingedHumanoid released form has "steel" feathers, which he launches by flapping them at his enemies, their heavy weight making them deadly projectiles. He can also instantly regenerate his lost feathers. [[spoiler:Ironically, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the very reason they are so deadly becomes his downfall]], considering the weight-multiplying Zanpakutou power of his opponent, Vice-Captain Izuru Kira.]]
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'': in the anime, one of Priscilla's Awakened Forms allows her to do this.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'', with many Winged Beast-Type monsters.
** Elemental Hero Avian in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' does this using the spell card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Feather_Shot Feather Shot]].
** Honest in Season 4 does this, too.
* Konan of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' can do this, due to the fact that her "feathers" [[PaperMaster are actually sheets of paper.]]
* Eve in ''Manga/BlackCat'' does this once when fighting two AxCrazy Numbers.
** In her case it actually makes sense, seeing as she can change the mass and composition of any part of her body at will.
* [[spoiler:Mr. Chicken]] in ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}''. It caused a little damage, but enough to reliably disrupt spellcasting.
* Toristan, the masked (and [[spoiler:chicken-faced]] [[HalfHumanHybrids birdman]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf TheMovie 2: Nihao My Concubine'', wears a feather-lined coat that he employs precisely for this purpose.
** Likewise, the [[WingedHumanoid Mt. Phoenix warrior]] Masala can shoot off razor feathers from his wings with enough force to drive them deep into concrete.
* [[ThePhoenix Phoenix]] [[TheSixthRanger Ikki]] from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' is fond of appearing [[BigDamnHeroes via a sharp, metal feather to the enemy's hand]] whenever said foe is [[BigBrotherInstinct threatening his little brother]], Shun. Presumably, these blades come from the self-regenerating Phoenix Cloth's not-so-decorative tail feathers.
* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Gundam Heaven's Sword[[note]]Or, if you're watching the edited dub, Raven Gundam[[/note]] has the Heaven's Darts as its primary ranged weapon in its flight form.
* From ''Manga/{{Amatsuki}}'', the tengu Bonten can apparently use these. Don't ask how, since his wings were folded away at the time.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': [[spoiler: [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Ash/Angela during the final battle]]]].
* In ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'', the [[FinalBoss Divinidad]]'s feather funnels are primarily {{Attack Drone}}s, but they're large and durable enough that they can also destroy enemy mobile suits simply by [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming them]]. The Cornix from the sequel ''The Steel 7'' has refined versions of the feather funnels which mount beam blades for stronger melee attacks.
* Peckmon from ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' does this with his Kunai Wing attack.

* Also used by Archangel from ''ComicBook/XMen''. Justified, like the Manga/{{Bleach}} example, by being metal projectiles. When he regains real wings instead of biomechanical ones, he loses this ability.

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Storks}}'': [[DeliveryStork Junior]] uses a couple feathers during his attempt at preventing Tulip from activating the Baby Making Machine to disable the security cameras.
* Lord Shen from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' makes regular use of throwing knives shaped like his feathers.

[[folder:Folklore and Mythology]]
* Myth/GreekMythology
** Birds of Ares from Apollonius Rhodius's ''Argonautica'' (And its film adaptation ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'') are the UrExample, dating back to [[OlderThanFeudalism the 3rd century BCE]].
** Likewise the Stymphalian Birds from the Twelve Labors of Herakles. These man-eating birds terrorized the region not only by raining death with their razor feathers, but by tearing prey apart with their bronze beaks and talons. Herakles wore the [[NemeanSkinning Nemean Lion's pelt]] as armor to defend himself, and felled them with arrows dipped in [[InWorkingOrder the Hydra's venom]].

* Variation: the stormwings in the ''Literature/ImmortalsQuartet'' are covered with razor-edged metallic feathers, but they don't attack by throwing or shooting them. They do swipe at things with their wings, which is pretty likely to end in septic infection for the swipe-ee.
* In the Literature/LeftBehind book ''Assassins'', the razor-sharp feathers from the winged ice sculpture of Pontifex Maximus Peter Mathews are used as murder weapons by the ten subpotentates at a NastyParty that was held for the HighPriest of Enigma Babylon.
* An assassination in ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' is done this way, using genetically-modified peacocks at a high-society wedding.

* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO''''s [=TaJaDor=] form, being based on birds, fires peacock-feather flechettes as one of its powers. And said projectiles are [[PlayingWithFire on fire]].
* Geronimon from ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' possesses this as one of his 3 main abilities. In the video games, this is made even cooler by the fact that he can also whip up a howling gale as the feathers rise. Once this attack is completed, the opponent is usually left dead with ''thousands'' of feathers impaling them all over.

* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=wing%20shards Wing Shards]] does this in the flavor. As for how it works mechanically...[[AWizardDidIt well, this is Magic.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' adventure ''V.O.I.C.E. of Doom''. The villain Goshawk wears a flying suit with artificial wings. He can fire the feathers in them like throwing knives, inflicting lethal damage on any target hit.
* Living statues are common low-level monsters in the Basic/Expert/etc. version of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. One variant of the crystal statue is a justified example of this trope, as it's equipped with ''metal'' wings that inflict slashing melee attacks.
* Role Aids ''Monsters of Myth and Legend''. This product's version of the Stymphalian Birds didn't just have them dropping their feathers on their opponents (as the original Myth/GreekMythology version did), it had them firing their feathers at opponents as if they were arrows.
* The [[BreathWeapon breath weapon]] of the dragons of C'iel in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' is this (feathers of light), and instead of damage can cause the target(s) to stop fighting if desired so.

* ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'': During phase 2 of the fight with Wally Warbles, he attacks by flailing around angrily for several seconds at a time, generating [[BulletHell a dense cloud of feathery bullets]] you have to dodge. Fittingly, when you beat this phase, he's become completely featherless.
* Harpies in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' are explicitly said to hurl pinfeathers at enemies.
** In the Ji-Kun encounter in ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Mists of Pandaria]]'' the boss, a giant bird of prey, will periodically fill the air around her with a storm of razor-sharp quills.
* Griffins in ''Final Fantasy VII: VideoGame/CrisisCore'' have a skill called "feather shots." They don't look metal or anything, but they do hurt.
* Literal in the case of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'''s Skarmory. Some of its Pokedex entries have stated that their metal 'feathers' are so sharp ancient peoples used them to make swords.
** In [=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=], wing attack is depicted this way. Even featherless Pokemon use feathers for wing attack.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' shows that the [[GreenThumb grass-type starter]] Rowlet and its evolution Dartrix can do this, and that their feathers are made out of sharp leaves.
* Kirby does this in ''Super Star''. His Wing form and the Wing partner can fire projectile feathers, and cause damage when they flap their feathers.
** Kirby's owl partner Coo obtains this ability when using the Cutter ability in ''[[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2 Kirby's Dream Land 2]]'', shooting three razor sharp feathers straight forward, diagonally up, and diagonally down.
* Harpies in the various ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games.
* One of the bosses in ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} Tournament'' could do this.
* Emperor Griffon in ''VideoGame/DarkCloud2'' rains a shower of projectiles down from his wings. As he TurnsRed, he drops to the ground and transforms his wings into [[DualWielding actual swords]].
* Yagudo, the birdlike beastmen in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', have several attacks that fit this trope, but the most frequently seen is Feather Storm.
* Colette in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' gains an attack like this. Justified in that her wings seem to be made of solid energy anyway, so physics need not apply.
* The Holy Dragons of the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series launch their feathers for some of their specials, which explode in a burst of light shortly after connecting.
* {{Justified|Trope}} by the Murakumo Units in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': their "wings" are [[RazorWings rows of swords that float behind them]]. All of the ones seen so far have at least one attack that revolves around flogging the opponent with all of them at once, giving the functionality of a WhipSword without the whip.
* The Harpies in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' use this as their ranged attack. Defeating them allow you to pick up their feathers for crafting.
* An [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angelic]] power in ''VideoGame/NexusWar''.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'', one of Tomahawk Man's two means of offense is to sling the feathers of his headdress at you (The other being [[AnAxeToGrind his namesake]]).
** In the sixth game of the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series, Mega Man's Falzar Beast forms turn his Mega Buster into a rapid-fire feather shooter. The being he draws this power from likewise uses a rain of feathers as one of its more dangerous attacks in the final battle.
* From the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series, we have [[OminousOwl Storm Owl]] who fires out spreads of these. [[PeacockGirl Cyber Peacock]] and [[CreepyCrows Wind Crowrang]] fire feathers that are ''homing and explosive''.
* In the first and third VideoGame/MegaManStarForce games, Cygnus Wing has this as one of his attacks. Strangely, the feathers he shoots at you look nothing like the ones on his wings.
* The [[OminousOwl Peepsta Hoo]] dream eater in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'' uses these (Referred to as "feather shuriken" ingame). They're weak, but homing, make you stagger for a lengthy amount of time, are frequently launched in volleys, and can inflict StandardStatusEffects if the user performed an EnemyScan beforehand. Predictably, this makes the owls GoddamnedBats.
** There's also the Eaglider dream eater, whose feathers are ''homing missiles'', complete with explosions and exhaust trails.
* In ''Slayin'', the Harpy does this attack.
* In ''[[VideoGame/StarTropics Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II]]'', Zoda-Y's true form, a giant owl-beast, shoots out its own feathers as projectiles, while its wings create gusts of wind which attempt to push you into the spikes behind.
* From the ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' series, the titular character can learn a magical technique called Umbran Spear, which can be used when she [[{{Animorphism}} transforms into a]] [[CleverCrows Crow]] to [[OrbitingParticleShield surround herself in spinning feathers]] which can then be fired off like projectiles. [[SecretCharacter Jeanne]] can do the same thing when she turns into an owl, and in the [[{{VideoGame/Bayonetta2}} sequel]], Rosa can use it while in her falcon form. Glamor, and angel introduced in 2, can attack with Feather Flechettes too.
* Skowl, one of he bosses from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'', uses these during several attacks.

* Haury the wind demon in Webcomic/SlightlyDamned has a magical variation [[http://www.sdamned.com/comic/681 of this]] where he charges the feathers on his wings with wind energy and fires them off, said energy probably [[AWizardDidIt explains]] how they are fast and sharp enough to do any damage.

* Swoop of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse has a bird spirit, which lets her fly and fling ectoplasm 'feathers' at opponents. The flung weapons are like stone until they dissipate.
* Samael of ''Literature/TheDescendants'' is a psychopath with Magitek wings that let him launch these with a flick of his wing.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', the Nevermore uses this. To get an idea of how large this bird is, its feathers are taller that the average human.

* [[Comicbook/TheFalcon The Falcon]] can do this with his [[HardLight hard light]] feathers in his ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperheroSquadShow'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', and ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' versions, though the comics version can't.
* One ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' episode had a flying EVO use this trope.
* Silverbolt of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' uses feather swords and feather missiles... that look alike and come from the same place. It's a wonder he hasn't blown himself up...
* Mephos in ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' (2003) has reasonable version, as his wings are cybernetic, and thus, made of metal.
* ''WesternAnimation/PJMasks'': As of the season 2 episode "Wacky Floats", Amaya/Owlette has this as one of her powers.

* At very high speeds, feathers can cut, as anyone will know who has shot arrows off the hand without a glove.
* While it never claimed they were sharp, one (discredited) theory about the evolution of feathers depicted them as hunting weapons that extended the grasping ability of bird-ancestors' forelimbs, allowing them to trap insects in a cage of proto-feathers and sweep them into their mouths.