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[[caption-width-right:350:Just be careful in the bathroom.]]

->''"He's a homicidal killer and he has a scary look\\
And on his right arm, where his hand should be, he has a razor-sharp hook!"''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/FreakyStories'', ''[[MusicalEpisode Watch Out for The Hook]]''

A character replaces their hand with a hook or similar object. [[Disney/PeterPan Bonus points if a crocodile is somehow involved.]]

This is an example of FashionableAsymmetry, {{subtrope}} of ArtificialLimbs, and is one of the stereotypical attributes of {{pirate}}s. More generally, it serves as a RedRightHand, though such uses may have reached a DeadHorseTrope level. Such an individual will invariably be DressedToPlunder.

See also HooksAndCrooks. SeadogPegLeg is a sister trope.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Sir Crocodile; this itself is a reference to Captain Hook, who lost his hand to a crocodile. Crocodile himself seems to love the creatures, and how he lost his hand has yet to be explained. It is also bigger than his head and gold-plated. He can remove the gold sheath, which allows the hook to inject deadly scorpion venom on contact, and [[CrazyPrepared there's a hidden knife blade if that hook is broken]].
** Ax-Hand Morgan also has... [[ShapedLikeItself well...]]
* Zellogi, one of the minor {{Shinigami}} from ''Manga/DeathNote'', has a Hook Hand.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'', keeping with its SpacePirate motif, introduces a weapon called the "hook shield" in ''The Steel 7''; as its name implies it's a small shield with a literal GrapplingHookGun on the end.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' has the pirate-themed Gundam AGE-2 Dark Hound, which has a pair of grappling "hooks" mounted on its backpack.
* In the ''Manga/Area88'' manga and OVA, Campbell has a hook hand. Surprisingly, it doesn't impact his ability to pilot aircraft.

[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* In the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio adventure "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho043DoctorWhoAndThePirates Doctor Who and the Pirates]]", Evelyn initially claims that Red Jasper has two hooks for hands. When Sally points out he would not be able to fire a pistol, Evelyn admits she was embellishing, but it is not clear if Jasper has one hook or none.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{ComicBook/Aquaman}} loses his hand to [[PiranhaProblem piranhas]] after the villain Charybdis steals his ability to control sea life, and replaces it by simply tying a harpoon head to the stump; later he'd be fitted with a more elegant hook that he could launch on command or swap out with a cybernetic hand. In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' cartoon, he gets trapped under a rock, and is forced to cut it off himself in order to rescue his infant son.
* This was parodied in the first issue of ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'', where [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Robin]] has a nightmare about his hand being eaten by cockroaches and being replaced by a batarang hook thing. SelfDeprecatingHumor at work -- Creator/PeterDavid wrote both ''Aquaman'' when the hook was first introduced and ''Young Justice''. The other two characters' nightmares were ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'s jacket becoming fiery wings (David's ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'') and [[ComicBook/TheFlash Impulse]] ricocheting from one unbalanced personality to another, before snarling "[[HulkSpeak Impulse FLASH!]]" (David's ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'').
* Franchise/TheDCU:
** A hook-handed assassin killed circus acrobat Boston Brand, turning him into the ghostly hero Deadman.
** The Hook was one of the ''New Blood'' heroes introduced during the ''Bloodlines'' CrisisCrossover event in 1993. He was a hook-handed Vietnam vet who gained the power to cut through anything with his hook.
* ComicBook/PlasticMan once faced a villain called "the Trowel" who had lost a hand and had it replaced with a bricklayer's trowel.
* One of the villains in ''Hero Camp'' is the Hook, a former pro wrestler who lost his hand in an unfortunate but never-explained accident. His dislikes include the Chicago Cubs (he's from chi-town) and things that take two hands to do.
* Arkham Asylum guard Aaron Cash in ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell'' lost his hand in a scrape with inmate Killer Croc and was fitted with a crude hook. When Croc corners him during a riot, he says "tick tock" in reference to Captain Hook and the crocodile. Cash and Croc have since developed a severely adversarial relationship, as you can imagine.
** Naturally enough, Cash makes a few cameo appearances in the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Batman: Arkham Asylum]]'' video game. Croc obligingly continues to fill in the other half of the motif with an almost obsessive "tick tock" chanting.
* Castenado from Garth Ennis' ''ComicBook/JustAPilgrim'' has ''two'' hooks, to match his two peg legs and the two missing eyes covered by eyepatches and cement him as ''the ultimate pirate''.
* Phil, TheMentor in ''Pirate Club''. He didn't actually lose his hand to a killer whale as he might tell you; he's been a garbage man for decades and accidentally got his hand caught in the mechanism. However, being an old guy with a hook for a hand causes him to be idolized by the Pirate Club.
* Minor Creator/MarvelComics malcontent Razorfist has a slight variation in that both his arms terminate in large blades. Unlike a normal hook, however, this leaves him totally incapable of manipulating anything at all of his own volition; his enemy Toxin theorizes that when Razorfist decided to be fitted with the blades he was subconsciously absolving himself of any real sort of responsibility while forcing others to tend to his needs.
* The new Vengeance, ex-cop Kowalski, lost his hand to a lunatic (the last heir to an ancient curse, naturally) who ate it to tide him over until he could finish him off for dinner. He would get a pincer hook thing, but after finally encountering Ghost Rider again in the desert, he became a Spirit of Vengeance and his hook became a more familiar (but angular-y) shape.
* In ''ComicBook/MsTree'', Dan Green has a pincer hook in place of his left hand (which he lost to a bomb).
* To replace the forearm he lost in ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003'' remake, Leatherface gets a hook hand (composed of a bone, belts, and a meat hook) in the comics set after the film.
* Lucien Machete in the Topps Comics ''{{Franchise/Zorro}}'' series. He adapts his hook hand into a SwissArmyWeapon.
* SkyPirate [[Characters/SonicTheComic Captain Plunder]] in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' has a hook inplace of his left hand.
* [[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]] once fought a villain named Nunchuku, who instead of hands, had, well... [[FightingWithChucks what do you expect]]? He was arguably one of the ''less'' silly opponents The Outsiders faced.
* ComicBook/ThePunisher villain Mr. Badwrench had a (you guessed it) [[WrenchWhack wrench]] in place of a hand. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Frank kills him with it]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{Violine}}'', [[spoiler: Muller]] gets a variation of these (hooked claws) after [[spoiler:nearly being eaten by crocodiles]].
* In ''Comicbook/RedRobin'' the member of the 7 Men of Death Tim decides to take for questioning has a missing hand replaced with a hook.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Hsu Tanaka in ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'' lost a hand in a swordfight with his lifelong rival Akira Yamamoto, and subsequently had it replaced by a simple prosthetic claw that can bend solid steel.
* Gaspar, the [[EvilPoacher evil dolphin hunter]] in the "Dossier on Pluto" arc from ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Done jokingly in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical''; after Snape [[spoiler:cuts off his hand during Voldemort's rebirth]], he replaces it with a hook.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Captain Hook from the Disney version of ''Disney/PeterPan'', pictured above. He plays incidental music on the piano with his hook as well as his good hand, while consoling a tearful Tinkerbell.
* The version of Captain Hook in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movies, who plays piano in a bar despite his Hook Hand.
* The thug with a hook for a hand in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' who dreams of becoming a concert pianist. [[spoiler:His dream comes true in the end]].
* Tom Baltezor in ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights'' has a hook for a left hand, with which he is prone to [[AmusingInjuries accidentally injuring himself]].
-->'''Davey Stone:''' I wonder if that guy ever wiped his ass with the wrong hand?\\
'''Tom Baltezor:''' Yes.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Homer Parrish in ''Film/TheBestYearsOfOurLives'' -- played in the film by a real double amputee.
%%* ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''
* Film/DrNo fitted himself with metal manual prostheses after Tongs cut off his hands.
** Tee-Hee, one of the enforcers of Kananga in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' has a hook hand, but for the larger part of his lower arm. He alludes to crocodiles, and implies one bit it off.
* Sanford Scolex (aka Dr. Claw) from the 1999 ''Film/InspectorGadget'' movie. {{Lampshaded}}, too: "It has a sort of postmodern Captain Hook feel to it...Too bad 'Hook' is taken, huh?" It carried over (with more simplified mechanisms) into the second one.
* In the movie ''Film/IStillKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'', the killer has a hook for a hand. (In the previous movie, he killed with a gaff hook that he carried.)
* The Claw, the villain from the Film/DickTracy movie ''Dick Tracy's Dilemma''. He accidentally electrocutes himself when his hook jams in some wiring while trying to kill Tracy.
* The (mostly good) tow truck driver in ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting'', right after Chris has told the kids a horror story about a killer with a hook.
* Moon, from the ''[[MartialArtsMovie martial arts]]'' fantasy "Fox Legend". After a fox demon gnawed off her left hand, she had it replaced with a hook-like knife.
* ''Candyman'', ''Candyman'', ''Candyman'', ''Candyman'', ''{{Film/Candyman}}''.
* In ''Film/PuppetMaster'', the puppet Blade has a tiny little hook for one hand. Befitting his name, the other hand is a little knife.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' gives us Gigan, who has hooks in lieu of hands among his other SpikesOfVillainy. In ''[[Film/GodzillaFinalWars Final Wars]]'' his hooks are now [[BladeBelowTheShoulder curved blades]], and in the final battle he replaces the blades with [[ChainsawGood dual-pronged chainsaws]].
* Captain Hook in, well, ''Film/{{Hook}}''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Kinda explains itself, really.]]
** In the 2003 ''Film/PeterPan'', Jason Isaacs plays the only Captain Hook who's actually shown as having an ugly scarred stump of his right arm, before we see him strapping on the heavy complicated leather harness that holds his hook in place.
* A heroic example happens in the 1977 film ''Film/RollingThunder'', where the main character (a former Vietnan POW) loses his hand and replaces it with a sharp set of hooks.
* Leatherface's brother Tech (alternatively known as Tinker) from ''Film/LeatherfaceTheTexasChainsawMassacreIII''.
* Sported by one of the killers in ''Film/LoversLane''. The other two just have [[HooksAndCrooks removable hooks]] that go over their hands.
* In ''Film/EvilDead2'', after he has to cut off his own hand, Ash attaches a chainsaw to the stump.
* Matthew, the VillainProtagonist of TheSeventies SlasherMovie ''Film/ScreamBloodyMurder''. Weirdly, despite Matthew's general {{Ax Crazy}}ness he only uses his pseudo-appendage to kill one person, not counting his suicide at the end.
* One of the bad guys in ''Film/SurfNazisMustDie'' is hook-handed and goes by the name Hook.
* ''Film/JudgeDredd''. One of the Angel Family, the cyborg known as Mean, has a hook at the end of his cybernetic arm.
* Despite the title, the killer in ''The Hook of Woodland Heights'' has [[ForkFencing a barbecue fork]] in place of one of his hands.
* In ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', Tee Hee Johnson, TheDragon to BigBad Kananga, has a vicious-looking pincer in lieu of a right hand. He threatens to cut Film/JamesBond's little finger with it during an interrogation. In fact, his whole arm is mechanical -- he lost it to a caiman.
* Creator/ForestWhitaker's character in ''Film/{{Smoke}} (1995)'' has lost his left arm in a car accident and wears an arm prosthesis with a snatch hook.
* In ''Film/TheHobbit'', the orc chief Azog loses his left hand in a fight with Thorin and has it replaced with a prosthetic consisting of a metal rod [[BodyHorror impaled through the stump and protruding through his elbow]], with a twisted claw at the end.
* One baddie in ''Film/{{Charade}}'' has a hook hand as a leftover from UsefulNotes/WW2. He even has a spare one in his suitcase.
* Both anthology films ''Film/CampfireTales1991'' and ''Film/CampfireTales1997'' feature a version of the UrbanLegend about an escaped mental patient with a hook hand.
* Manon in ''Film/TheAlligatorPeople'' lost his left hand to an alligator, and now has a hook in its place. This loss pisses him off so much that he has developed an undying hatred for the things, and he periodically gets drunk and shoots at them with his revolver.
* One of the Medjai in ''Film/TheMummy1999'' attacking the barge has a hook, and threatens Evey with it.
* Douglas in ''Mosquito Squadron'' lost his left hand in combat, and has it replaced with a hook prosthetic. The first time he appears with it, he throws around pirate slang and jokes how his sister and the main character are "shark food".
* Old Howard of ''Film/JackBrooksMonsterSlayer'' has one, the legacy of his uncle biting off much of his hand.
* Calibos in ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans1981''. After Perseus cuts off his left hand, it is replaced by a short trident.

* The hook-hand killer from [[http://people.howstuffworks.com/urban-legend4.htm the famous urban legend]].

* In Book 5 of the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series, ''Shadows on the Sand'', during the palace prison escape path, you can meet "Hammerfist the Armourer", a huge weaponsmith with a hand replaced by a warhammer for both fighting and metalworking.

* One yarn involves a pirate with a peg leg, eyepatch, and hook hand recounting to a landlubber how he came to receive each of them. He tells of how he lost his leg to a shark and lost his hand in a skirmish with the Royal Navy, but lastly he explains that the eyepatch came from a time when he glanced up at the crow's nest and a seagull crapped in his eye. That's not what did it, of course, but [[EyeScream it happened to him on his first day with the hook.]]

* Captain Hook from ''Literature/PeterPan'' might be the UrExample. He's definitely a major reason for this trope's piratical associations.
* ''Ashfall Trilogy'' has this happen to [[spoiler: Alex and Darla]] in a rare non-villainous, non-pirate example. The hook is actually what shakes [[spoiler: her]] out of a deep depression.
* Fergus in the ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series. He's not a pirate, but a LoveableRogue. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Until he's not.]]
* In the Franchise/JamesBond novels, Felix Leiter has a hook for a hand in all of his appearances after ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie'' when he was mauled by a shark.
* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Count Olaf's associate [[spoiler:Fernald]] has two hooks for hands (and in fact is generally referred to by the narration as "the hook-handed man"). It is never told how he lost his hands, but since he works for a PyroManiac (and has also few traits of it) he probably acidentally spilled gasoline to his hands, and lit a match without wiping it off...
* Panamon Creel from ''Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy''.
* ''Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise'': According to John Hodgman, most (well, at least 9) of the U.S. presidents, though UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush has a chainsaw instead. He also claims that in the original Hollywood script for the 2008 election, John [=McCain=] would win, Sarah Palin would remove her rubber hand and reveal that she had a hook hand as well as [[Film/{{Grindhouse}} an assault rifle for a leg]], become the de facto president, and change the title of President to "The American Huntress". Admit it, that sounds pretty cool.
* Captain van [[MeaningfulName Hoek]] in Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' ends up with one of these.
* [[spoiler:Eugenides]] in Megan Whalen Turner's ''[[Literature/TheQueensThief King of Attolia]]'' uses a hook as a replacement for his right hand. It seems mostly useful in battle, since the inner edge is described as knife-sharp.
* In ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'', Dag lost his hand years ago, but commissioned a device for his arm that can have [[SwissArmyAppendage any number of implements screwed into it]], including a hook with some pincers, a spork, a fake hand for public appearences, and even a specially modified bow.
* The title character in ''Dr. Adder'' has [[PowerFist a humane cow-killer for a right arm]].
* Not quite a hook, but close: In ''Literature/MobyDick'', Captain Boomer of the ''Samuel Enderby'' has lost an arm to the white whale and had it replaced with a harpoon.
* Marethyu from ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'', whose hook represents TheGrimReaper's sickle.
* In the Creator/JulesVerne novels ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'' and ''The Purchase of the North Pole'', veteran artilleryman, engineer and mathematician J.T. Maston has a hook (with fittings for a pen or a chalk) for the right hand and a guttapercha skullcap to cover a horrible scar in the head. His wounds are explained as the result of him designing a giant mortar during the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar, which exploded at the first test shot, killing more than 300 men [[HoistByHisOwnPetard and disabling even more including him]].
* A relatively minor example in the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series, wherein midshipman [[PluckyMiddie William Reade]] has a hook to replace the hand he lost in combat. Reade views it in good humor, at one point saying that he might have a disadvantage in passing for lieutenant as he was a tripod instead of a quadruped.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[spoiler:Buster]] from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
* The Commandant from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. He later got a hook hand on his ''other'' hand when Francis accidentally sliced it off with a saber.
* Leonard, the security guard with the [[FunnyAfro Big Giant Afro]], in ''{{Series/Scrubs}}''. He's also a killer Poker player. The hair actually manages to be more noticeable than the hook -- now ''that's'' an accomplishment.
* Demetrios in ''The Series/YoungIndianaJones Chronicles'' has one when he meets Indiana Jones for a second time in 1916. How he got it is never explained.
* Xavier, a recurring immortal in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'', loses his hand in his first fight with Duncan, and replaces it with a set of hooks.
* The ghost story in the second season of Nickelodeon's summer reality show ''Scaredy Camp'' involved a female counselor who was so astoundingly clumsy that she somehow managed to ''chop her own hand off while cooking'' and had it replaced with a hook. She felt so ashamed after the accident that she pushed her fiancé away, and it was the campers' task to reunite the two spirits.
* One of the Master's vampires in Season 1 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has multiple blades where one of his hands used to be.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[GentleGiant Condo]] has one to replace the arm [[MadScientist Solon]] has [[OrganTheft stolen from him]] in the serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius "The Brain of Morbius"]].
** And Captain Pike from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E1TheSmugglers "The Smugglers"]], who has a pike head rather than a hook.
* As of season four, Drew from ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Both hands. Poor, dumb bastard. So much for life in The Bubble being so awesome.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': When Kelly auditions for Miss Weenie Tot, all the judges had hooks. She aced the audition by saying she thought guys with hooks for hands were cool.
* The appropriately named "Hook Man" in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E07HookMan of the same name]]. In life, he was a preacher who was executed for killing prostitutes with his hook, something he continued to do after his death.
* The original version of ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' has an episode in which the villain of the week is a vengeful sniper with hooks for hands; he was played by J. J. Armes, who is listed in Real Life below. [[Series/HawaiiFive0 The remake]] of the series remade the episode, with Peter Weller playing the character, along with a stand-in for closeups.
* Unsurprisingly, Hook from ''Series/OnceUponATime''.
* Played for laughs on an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}''. While Frank was asleep, Hawkeye and Trapper put his arm in a cast with a retractor on the end as a hook.
* The Claw/The Craw from ''Series/GetSmart'' ([[JapaneseRanguage "Not the Craw! THE CRAW!"]]) is a parody of Dr. No.
* The perp in an episode of ''Series/CrossingJordan''.
* In the "Captain Hook" episode of Police Story (1974) David Birney plays a police officer who loses his right hand to a bomb. Supposedly based on a real officer he does not want to retire but finds himself facing the rest of his career in a records office with other disabled officers. He is then given an undercover job, on the assumption that criminals would never suspect a one-handed man of being a narc. That ended when it turned out his cover was blown, because of the hook. It also gave him his nickname when he walked into a bar, a drug dealer yelled "It's Captain Hook!" and everybody ran. He fought to get back to regular duty, learning to drive and shoot with his off hand and was finally assigned to street duty again.
* ''Series/{{Witchblade}}'': A killer who targets fashion models has a prosphetic hook in place of his right hand. [[spoiler:This is because he once tried to wield the Witchblade, which dessicated his arm as punishment since it only accepts female bearers.]]

* A non-villainous example is Patrick Stump in Music/FallOutBoy's series of music videos, the Youngblood Chronicles. His left hand is chopped off early on, and in a later video, it's crudely replaced with a hook.

* Unsurprisingly, Captain Hook has one in Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/{{Hook}}''.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. Creator/JohnCleese has a lot of fun parodying this in a "Pigs in Space" skit where he plays a SpacePirate with an entirely unnecessary hook hand, which keeps getting hooked up on things or swopping from one hand to the other.
-->'''Parrot:''' I told you to wear an eyepatch; leave the hook at home but you wouldn't listen!\\
'''Cleese:''' Shut your beak!

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' naturally has a place for the old UrbanLegend slash horror story of the Hook-handed Killer. There are even at least two versions statted out; one of the minor ideas in the Urban Legends sourcebook is a maniac with some dash of supernatural power who embodies this, and there's also a [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost True Fae]] version.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' treats hook hands as both prosthetics and melee weapons (they don't do much damage, though). Of note is the magical item called "Wizard Hook" from the pirate-themed adventure path ''Skull & Shackles'': not only does it allow a one-handed wizard to perform spell-casting gestures without penalty, but it also gives them bonuses to touch attacks for spells that require them.

* Captain Kadd from ''The Abduction of Figaro'' by Music/PDQBach is a stereotypical pirate in all ways, including this one.

* Gahlok Va, from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', has a hook in place of its left hand.
* Lord Sam Sinister from {{LEGO}} Adventurers, being a ClassicVillain, naturally wears one on his left hand.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Two enemies in the ''VideoGame/{{Wario}}'' series, Captain Coin from ''VideoGame/WarioLand4'' and Captain Skull from ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'', have a hook for at least one hand (the latter also has a cannon replacing the other hand).
* Dr. Loboto in ''{{VideoGame/Psychonauts}}''. Part hook. Part pepper grinder. Part of your PaperThinDisguise as Loboto involves using a trophy as a hook.
* White Raila in ''TheWitcher'', has one in the books (as the result of being tortured by elves, the same event that made her hair white with trauma). In the game it is said but not shown.
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland''
** Meathook from ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' has both hands replaced by hooks. He paints in his spare time.
** Another example from this same series is [[spoiler:Guybrush, after losing his left hand]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland''.
* Kargath Bladefist from the ''{{VideoGame/Warcraft}}'' series. [[AllThereInTheManual The manual]] says he cut it off himself after reaching the station of grunt, and replaced it with a sickle. When Kargath became leader of the Shattered Hand clan, it became customary for warriors to replace one hand after being accepted as full warriors of the clan. ''The Burning Crusade'' saw the return of the clan and their continued self-mutilation as a result of their constant exposure to fel energy; now Kargath and many of his subordinates have replaced both fists with blades.
** ''Warlords of Draenor'' retcons the explanation for this tradition. The orcs who became the Shattered Hand were slaves of the ogres, with becoming a champion in their arena being the only hope for freedom. Kargath became a champion but discovered the "freedom" was being chained to a wall beneath the arena alongside the other champions. Kargath cut his chained hand off with a rock and bound a blade to the stump, with the other champions eagerly taking his lead.
* Cyan from the Piranas pirate gang in ''VideoGame/UrbanRivals'' cut off her own hand solely to affix a hook to it for pirate cred.
* Freed the {{pirate}} from ''VideoGame/BattleFantasia'' has a very large hook hand.
* Considering it isn't the real [[Disney/PeterPan Captain Hook]], this may deserve a different entry. In 2010's ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', the title Mousey hero fights an animatronic Captain Hook, corrupted by one of the Mad Doctor's machines. You can destroy him, send him to the obligatory Crocodile, or rescue "Tinkerbell" to go get Pete Pan.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'' Adventures, [[BigBad General Scales]] uses two of them in place of a left hand.
* One NPC you meet in the Frogwares game ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes: [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos The Awakened]]'' is an utterly miserable guy with one of them. The punchline to his sordid story is the one time he had to go to the toilet.... You get to help him by delivering a prosthetic instead, because you need the hook to solve a puzzle. It's that kind of game.
* ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld3'' has the pirate-themed Digimon Hookmon. It's kinda in the name.
* The main character in ''VideoGame/TreasureAdventureGame'' has one, fitting in the nautical theme of the game. It acts both as a weapon and as a tool for hanging off certain parts of the scenery.
* Foxy from ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' has his right hand replaced with a hook, in keeping with his pirate theme.
* ''VideoGame/IttleDew'': {{Exaggerated|Trope}} with Itan Carver, all four of whose limbs end with artificial extremities (his right hand is a hook).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Nazi science sneers at any example list which doesn't contain Colonel Haken from ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''. There's also the Sea Dog in the Supers arc, a pirate-themed humanoid canine.
* Bikke the pirate in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' is under the distinct impression that a grim, rusted hook takes the place of one of his hands; this is pointedly not the case. He later gets one that fits over his hand, but it keeps falling off. Perhaps it's one of those cheap plastic ones that you get in those old pirate costumes they sold in plastic bags.
* Harvoc from ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit''. He is a ''mailman''.
* Torg's blind date from early on in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Mind you, that's just one of her... hum... less than ideal characteristics.
* While an ''actual'' Hook Hand has not been seen in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-12-01 official explanation]] for Abraham's attack involves a stalker with a hook for his left hand.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** The captain of Hinjo's boat, [[TheyCallHimSword Captain Axe]], has [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0473.html a small axe replacing his left hand.]]
** Hook hands are useful for [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0121.html removing wine corks.]]
** The High Priest of Tyr has a hook replacing his right hand. Fitting, as in Myth/NorseMythology Tyr lost his hand to Fenrir. This might be self-mutilation as part of the creed.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'', a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ninja-pirate captain]] wields a [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2004-08-04 nunchaku on his hook]] by putting the hook through the middle link of the chain.
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Cleave-Hand the gnoll has a axe head for right hand. Until Roxy tears it off, at least.
* [[PirateGirl Captain Cherry]] from ''Webcomic/{{Skullkickers}}''.
* ''Webcomic/DemonFist'': Naturally, the pirate captain. Of the deadly grapple variety.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Hobbes from v3 of ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'', who lost his hand while being tortured by the Inquisition.
* The kidnapper from the "The Basement" series of WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun videos has no hands. He replaced one with an axe; thus the character acquired the nickname Axe Hand.
* The Captain from ''WebVideo/UniversityEverAfter'' gets one after losing his hand when a building where he was partying collapsed.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': In "The Ember Island Players", the actor playing Jet has a pair of hook hands instead of Jet's hook swords.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'':
** Dr. Hutchison. The hook is extremely prominent, and she uses it to scratch something to announce herself, but she is generally a friendly warm person. However, this just accentuates her StepfordSmiler characteristics, and the viewer is constantly sure she's gonna start killing everyone. According to the creator, the hook was due to the fact that they were [[ExecutiveMeddling told by executives]] that they needed a [[AffirmativeActionGirl female character with a good hook]]. They decided to take that a bit more literally than intended.
** Hutchison's mother has hooks instead of hands. And Hutchison's daughter is ''[[RuleOfFunny born]]'' [[RuleOfFunny with a hook hand]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Patchy the Pirate.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'' features an episode concerning the campers chased by "The Escaped Psycho Killer with a Chainsaw and a Hook" ([[RunningGag always referred to]] by his full title).
* Lockdown in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has a hook for one of his hands. Given how that entire arm doesn't match his paint job and his history of collecting "trophies" from his victims, it's strongly implied to have previously belonged to a mark of his. He also has a chainsaw on his other hand.
* The Hook urban legend was used as the basis for an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FreakyStories'' (and a MusicalEpisode at that).
* Roostre in ''WesternAnimation/TwelveOunceMouse'', whose hand was cut off as part of [[spoiler:a conspiracy by Shark and the Square Businessman to keep him from interfering with their plans.]] For some reason having a simple hook for a hand has had no impact on his ability to play guitar.
* Gripper from ''WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom'' has a big clamp in place of his right hand.
* Laser Pirate from ''WesternAnimation/TeamoSupremo'', who combines this trope with LaserBlade.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' episode "Johnny Goes to Camp", Johnny begins telling a campfire story about a man with a hook for a ''head''. The other campers (who are all {{Hollywood Nerd}}s) call him out on the biological implausibility of such a thing.
* Lefty from ''WesternAnimation/JohnCallahansQuads'' had both of his hands replaced by hooks.
* Captain Stickybeard from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has a candy cane as a Hook Hand. He also has an eyepatch and a peg-leg; this guy pretty much has ''every'' pirate stereotype.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'', BJ and Lydia run into the pirate Jean [=LaFoot=], who has both a peg-leg and a hook hand.
-->'''Beetlejuice:''' How do you pick your nose with that thing?\\
'''[=LaFoot=]:''' ''[deadpan]'' [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore Very, very carefully]].
* Hargon from ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria'' has one.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "You Scratch My Back" there was the Columbian enforcer turned smuggler Enrique El Gancho, aka "Ricky the Hook". (Unfortunately, he was more or less a secondary villain of the episode, with Catwoman being far more important to the plot).
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' features Rippen inhabiting the body of a villain called Crossbow, who's named after the crossbow he's replaced his left forearm with.
* ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'' has the epitome of gentleman pirates, Captain Hook. This version is closer than most to the original Barrie novel and its sequels, devoting an episode to just how the hook came to be (Peter sliced his hand off with a sword in a fit of rage) and a couple showing what James Hook was like as a young man with two good hands (he was always a greedy cutthroat, though [[SiblingRivalry his elder brother was worse]], and even [[BackFromTheDead death couldn't stop his reign of terror]]).

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Relatively cheap and accesible artificial arms often consist of a double hook that can firmly clasp around objects.
* The radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has a hook for a hand.
* Motivational speaker Jeff Steinberg, who is probably best known for [[http://chromiumquasar.netne.net/blogentries/jeffsteinberg.htm this]] album cover.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShZBnqdb9AI Private investigator J.J. Armes.]] (He even had an action figure!)
* '60s garage rock group The Barbarians had a one-armed drummer, Victor "Moulty" Moulton, who sported one of these.
* Rock climber [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aron_Ralston Aron Ralston]] had to self-amputate his arm after it was trapped under an enormous boulder. He's since replaced it with a [[http://projectetudiant.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/ralston.jpg climbing axe]], which looks a lot like a hook.