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[[caption-width-right:203:[-You'll be [[WaxingLyrical hooked on a feeling]]. That feeling will be ''pain''.-] ]]

->''"Hooks in you, hooks in me, hooks in the ceiling\\
For that well hung feeling\\
No big deal, no big sin, strung up on love\\
I Got the hooks screwed in."''
-->-- '''Music/IronMaiden''', "Hooks In You"

A SubTrope of ImprovisedWeapon, a hook is a curved or bent device for catching, holding, or pulling, while a crook is an implement having a bent or hooked form, such as a shepherd's staff. These can be great weapons with the addition of tripping and catching things. Included are canes and fishing hooks. Hooks on a rope or {{chain|Pain}} can also be used as GrapplingHookPistol.

Often seen (in cartoons mostly) in situations where a comedian is doing so poorly on stage that a large wooden crook on a stick comes up from offstage and yanks him away: see VaudevilleHook.

See also HookHand, CaneFu, ParasolOfPain, AnchorsAway and CrowbarCombatant.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* One member of the QuirkyMinibossSquad in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' uses a long two-headed crook with spikes on the inside as his weapon.
* One of the Captain Hook's pirates in ''Anime/PeterPanNoBouken'' has a hook shaped sword.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Sir Crocodile sports a huge HookHand and at least one of Whitebeard's allies was armed with hooked sabers.
* Giichi in ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' fights with a hook on a chain that grabs and breaks his enemies' swords.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'': Fitting its general "pirate" theme, the Gundam AGE-2 Dark Hound has two hooks at the end of cables mounted on its forearms. They are used as mid-range weapons and to yank the enemy around, throwing him off balance.
* ''Manga/{{Dokuro}}'': Takeo's weapon, the Fangblade Wire, is a wire with a hook at the end.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Hook and chain is the WeaponOfChoice of SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'': the serial killer uses a hook as a weapon. It later becomes a HookHand after his hand is torn off.
* Since they were on a ship when they died, some of the ghosts in Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheFog'' wield hooks.
* Cenobites in ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' attack, incapacitate and kill their victims with hooks on chains that they can summon from anywhere.
* Jacob Goodnight, the villain of ''Film/SeeNoEvil'', kills with hook on a chain.
* One of the weapons of the titular villain in ''Film/TheMutilator''. One infamous scene has a victim getting it in her [[GroinAttack vagina]].
* The killer in ''Blood Hook'' uses an oversized fishing lure to catch his victims and drag them away. At one point, the lure gets stuck and he has to finish the job with a gaff hook.
* Main villain of ''Film/WrongTurn3LeftForDead'' arms himself with a meathook during final 1/3 of the film.
* The killer in ''Sorority House Massacre II'' is armed with a hook.
* ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' series:
** One of the most famous kills in [[Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974 the original film]] is of Leatherface hanging Pam on a giant meathook while she's still alive and screaming.
** In ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacreTheBeginning'', Leatherface catches an escaping victim with a hook and drags her back to his family's house.
* Two of the killers have them as their main weapon in ''Film/LoversLane''. The third has an actual HookHand.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Moriarty pierces Holmes's shoulder with a meathook and [[ColdBloodedTorture dangles him from a rope]]. Then sings a little song about fishing.
* A rare heroic example - Jack Frost's MagicStaff in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' comes complete with a hook, making this the shepherd's crook variant. [[spoiler: He even uses it in the same manner a shepherd would when he ushers his sister to safety.]]
* ''Film/TheRoadWarrior''. The Vermin uses grappling hooks to attack the [[WeaponizedCar big rig tanker]] Mad Max is driving. First Wez yanks off the cabin door, leaving Max exposed. Then another DesertPunk throws one which catches on the rig and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard causes his own vehicle to flip]].
* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'': {{Deuteragonist}} Maui's weapon is a fishing hook almost six feet long. A formidable enough weapon on its own, it's also the source of his powers; as long as Maui is touching it, he can shapeshift into whatever animal he wants.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', it is mentioned that the butchers on the rebel's side are particularly terrifying to the soldiers, as they wield a large number of meat hooks, normal weapons being in little use. In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}!'', Vimes' butler Willikins suddenly reveals his BattleButler side by carrying a few meat hooks with "worrying expertise".
* The boatwoman in Jessica Salmonson's ''Literature/TheSwordswoman'' uses a grappling hook as a weapon, both in melee and also dangling it from rooftops to catch necks.
* This is how the victims in ''Literature/VillageOfTheVampireCat'' are seemingly killed by claw attacks from a distance. [[spoiler:The killer using a grappling hook thrown from a distance, painted black to make it almost invisible at night.]]
* Freed slaves in the ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' books normally use chains as weapons whenever the heroes break them out.
* Inspektor Heinrich Osten in ''Literature/NobodyLivesForEver'' got his nickname "Der Haken" (The Hook) because he favours a butcher's hook as a torture weapon.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'': the Somali Pirates use grappling hooks as their close range weapon.
** And the Shaolin Monk's hook swords.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': The weapon of choice for the Gig Harbor Killer is a fishing gaff (as seen in "The CSI Effect").
* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': In "Happily Never After", the killer uses a longshoreman's hook (that someone else had been using as part of a Captain Hook costume) as a murder weapon.
* ''Series/TheCoroner'': At the end of "Pieces of Eight", Jane confronts one of the robbers on board a sailing ship. The robber grabs a cargo hook and attempts to kill Jane with it.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In TheTeaser to "The Eagle's Nest", a pair of sentries disguised as anglers kill an intruder on the island by lashing him with poisoned fishing hooks.


[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' the "Gaff/Hook" as a typical ImprovisedWeapon in naval and [[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} quasi-naval]] settings got official weapon stats. Long before a crowbar or pry bar.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Martial Arts'' has special rules for adding hooks to weapons along with a few things that already have integral hooks.
* [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Tyranids]] use a biological version of this, aptly named ''flesh hooks.'' These weapons are typically housed in the rib cage or abdomen and are fired by intercostal muscle spasms. Nominally, flesh hooks are used for scaling sheer surfaces, but they can also be used to impale or snare unfortunate victims and drag them to their doom [[Franchise/MortalKombat Scorpion-style]].
* [[OurOgresAreHungrier Ogres]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' use "ogre hooks" as their signature weapon.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* There's a famous hookfight in Arthur Miller's ''Theatre/AViewFromTheBridge''.


[[folder: Toys ]]

* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': [[MakingASplash Gali]] [[DualWielding used two]], Gahlok Va has a HookHand, and Makuta [[BatOutOfHell Chirox]] has Hook Blades.
* ''Franchise/{{GIJoe}}'': During the Valor Vs. Venom era, Storm Shadow, [[BigBad Cobra's]] resident [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja ninja]], tended to favor a pair of hookswords. At the end of the CGI movie for said arc, he is seem wielding them in place of his usual katanas.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Franchise/SlyCooper's weapon of choice is a hook cane. The hook in general, be it part of a cane, a gun, or a propeller, is the tool of choice for the entire Cooper Clan.
* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'', the Krook enemy throws [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang boomeranging]] hooks at you.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' has Spider Splicers that use hooks, and they even [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throw them at you]].
* Undead Abominations in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' use cleavers and meat hooks as weapons.
* Like the above, fellow Blizzard game ''VideoGame/Diablo3'' has the demon boss, The Butcher, fight you with a giant cleaver and a sickle on a chain to reel you in. Both weapons can be found as Legendary items, so your character can also drag enemies to their doom with a hook.
* Some of the skeleton pirates in ''The Ghost Ship'' level of ''VideoGame/MediEvil'' fight with throwable hooks.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'''s Kabal fights with chinese hook swords.
** As does Mavado. In canon, he almost killed Kabal to steal them, then Kabal returned the favor. Mavado also uses grappling hooks on bungie cords as a means of launching himself at opponents.
* One of [[VideoGame/FinalFight Rolento's]] super moves in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Street Fighter Alpha 3]]'' is hanging his opponent on a hook.
* ''VideoGame/HitmanContracts'' has a mission with the Meat King's Party in a slaughterhouse, so a meat hook was both used in a cutscene and given as a weapon.
* One of the early ideas for ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' featured a ghostly figure armed with a hook [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NLUzU8Z_NI who chased Leon around]].
* TheButcher in ''VideoGame/{{Shank}}'' fights with a long hook-and-chain.
* The Turkish Assassins in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' modify their hidden blades with a hook variation to assist in both combat and free running. When Ezio arrives in Constantinople he soons acquires a hook blade for himself.
* Pudge the Butcher from ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' and ''{{VideoGame/Dota 2}}'' uses a hook on a chain to drag enemies (or allies) towards him.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Thresh the Chain Warden has a hook on a chain, connected to his lantern. He mostly uses it to grapple his foes and pull them toward their doom.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'': Hades has the Claws of Hades, [[DualWielding a pair]] of hooks on chains that have the power to ''[[YourSoulIsMine rip off one's soul]]''. In the third game, [[VictorGainsLosersPowers after killing Hades]], Kratos gets to use them himself.
* In ''VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar'', the English can field regiments of soldiers with billhooks (see Real Life below). They won't blunt a head-on cavalry charge like a formation of [[AntiCavalry pikemen]], but billmen do better in a protracted melee against horse units than more conventional spearmen, and are also effective against enemy infantry.
* Roadhog from ''{{Videogame/Overwatch}}'' uses a hook as a melee weapon, as well as to grab faraway enemies to pull them closer via ChainPain.
* The ''Far Harbor'' DLC for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout4}}'' adds the Meat Hook and Pole Hook as new melee weapons. The meat hook is a one-handed weapon consisting of a hook on a crossbar while the pole hook is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a hook on a long pole]]. In the standard game, the [[WrenchWhack wrench]] can be upgraded with a large hook for extra damage.
* The BountyHunter in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' uses a hook as a unique weapon for one of his moves, which he uses to pull enemies from the rear into the heat of battle.
* In the first ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' game, the bounty hunter [[CreepyCrows Psycrow]] wields a grappling gun with a large worm-hook, which he uses to try and pull Jim out of his Super Suit.


[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': A member of Captian Hawkins' crew fights with a pair of hooks attached by a chain. In this instance they're a group of rather obvious SkyPirates who insist that they're perfectly legal merchants who dress that way because it's their heritage, later evidence shows that they're more like recovering pirates who are sort of trying to do legal business.

[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[Roleplay/RubyQuest Ruby]] [[{{Pun}} has a mean left hook]].
* Sanford in ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' uses a hook on a rope to vicious effect.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Jet's hook-swords in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* A hook-tipped chain is also the WeaponOfChoice for The Scorpion (and presumably the source of his nickname) in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'': During his fight with Deadshot on the construction site, the Joker uses a hook on a chain as a weapon.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The billhook is a farming implement, basically a metal hook [[BladeOnAStick on a stick]] that was used for clearing brush and other obstructions from fields. Like many peasants' tools during the medieval period, it was a common ImprovisedWeapon and spent some time as the English NationalWeapon (alongside the more famous longbow). Many other types of polearms included a hook among their [[SwissArmyWeapon various fixtures]]; usually they were used to unhorse and/or trip the foe before moving in for the kill.