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It's just an ordinary, if large, paper fan -- accordion-pleated white paper, taped at one end to form a handle. But some characters wield them the way others do the dreaded HyperspaceMallet, and get much the same results -- the unfortunate target usually goes rolling down the street from the force of the blow.

Sometimes used as a symbol of dubious authority, the paper fan (or ''harisen'' in Japanese) has roots in the Japanese equivalent of vaudeville comedy, particularly of the slapstick variety -- and like an actual [[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/slapstick slap stick]] it makes a lot of noise with little real hurt. It is the tool of a ''tsukkomi'', or "{{straight man}}", of a standard two-man comedy team in [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine a kind of routine]] common to the Kansai region called ''[[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine manzai]]''; it's used to upbraid the other member of the team (the buffoonish ''boke'') when he says or does something foolish. Naturally, this has been carried right over into anime and, being a tradition stemming from the Kansai region, it should be noted that, usually, either the wielder or the target are TheIdiotFromOsaka.

This may go back even further though, since fans with sharpened metal ribs were allegedly used as weapons of war and assassination, being particularly suited to the latter due to ease of disguise. (In fact; there are arts about using fans, as well as fans ''made'' for weapons). For such weapons, see CombatHandFan, though these two tropes can overlap.

A similar western version is the archetypal ''rolled up newspaper''. Compare DopeSlap.

[[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] [[DeadlyRotaryFan the dangers of fans with exposed rotating blades]].
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Pictured is Senoo Aiko from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi''.
* Hidaka Azumi from ''Manga/MirumoDePon'' also use one to beat up her fairy Yatch.
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'', Kaname acquires a paper fan from episode 8 and onward, and [[HyperspaceMallet relentlessly whacks Sousuke with it]] in order to teach him how to be a civilized civilian.
** Her use of said paper fan becomes '''much''' more frequent in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. And ''boy'' does Sousuke start to fear it; on one occasion, the mere sight of it was enough to shut him up.
* The priest Genjou Sanzo in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' exercises his moral and scholastic authority over Son Goku by hitting him with a fan. Gojyo's not exactly exempt, either.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the sixth episode when Gojyo, faced with the wrath of the fan, exclaims "where did that paper fan come from, anyway"?
* Tasuki in ''FushigiYuugi'' carries an enchanted harisen which can blast fire when the right incantation is said("Rekka Shi-nen!").
* Hoshina Tomoko from ''ToHeart'' carries a paper fan.
* Inagawa Yuu from ''ComicParty'' is also a fan-wielder.
* Arumi from ''Anime/AbenobashiMahouShoutengai'' beats Sasshi mercilessly with her paper fan, but then, Sasshi's a moron.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Asuna has a ridiculously enormous harisen as her magical weapon, which dispels summoned enemies in addition to packing a comedic wallop. It can turn into a {{BFS}} when things get serious.
** In a lighter vein, Chao and Setsuna evoke the ''manzai'' routine twice (complete with harisen) during the Mahora Festival arc, when Chao tries to explain [[SarcasticConfession that she's a Martian]].
* In one episode of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' ("The Purr-fect Hero"), Misty convinces the boys to do what she wants by beating them with a fan. Jessie has also been known to use a fan on her [[TerribleTrio Team Rocket]] partners.
* In episode 18 of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', Sumiyoshi's secret weapon as part of the Municipal Force Daitenzin is a harisen, called the "Giga Paper Fan" in the dub by Creator/ADVFilms.
* In perhaps the deadliest example of the harisen, Anita King from ''RODTheTV'' (the TV sequel to ''Anime/ReadOrDie'') uses one much of the time. This coupled with Anita being a Paper User and her own not-inconsiderable strength means each hit with the fan can carry the force of a sledgehammer, or, at least, a lil harder than a normal paper fan, when the target isn't an enemy, but her ditz of a sister, who blew the food money on books.
* Kosuzu Sakurazaki/Tanpopo of ''LightNovel/{{Dokkoida}}'' is a cute little schoolgirl/alien [[MissionControl mission controller]] who wields a mean paper fan.
* The paper fan is the usual weapon of the Karasu-tengu who guard the Zashiki Warashi in both the manga and anime ''{{xxxHOLiC}}''.
* Haruko in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'' uses one to reinforce that she likes to be called by her first name.
** Uraha also uses one in the feudal arc.
* Mei Mer's mother in ''KOBeast'' uses a PaperFanOfDoom as a greeting.
* In ''InuYasha,'' Kagura the Wind Sorceress uses a fan to assist her in summoning her various wind magics.
* [[TheIdiotFromOsaka Sakuya Aizawa]] from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' doesn't just wield an ordinary paper fan -- it's a ''telescoping'' one that can be reduced to the size of a golf ball and stowed in her pocket.
* ''NodameCantabile'' has Etou Kouzou, one of the teachers, carry one of these around at all times to the point where he is referred to as Harisen-sensei by the students. [[spoiler:He later gives up his harisen in order to get Nodame to come to her lessons, however]].
* In ''SlamDunk,'' Ayako the manager girl usually smacks Sakuragi, his friends and/or Miyagi with her paper fan.
* Suzuna from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' used a fan twice in one episode on her brother. Well, he's an idiot, why shouldn't she?
* ''{{Daitarn 3}}'' carries two of these. Note that Daitarn 3 is actually a ''HumongousMecha.''
** And Daitarn uses them for defense. Which may or may not be more outlandish.
*** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', ''Anime/{{Daitarn 3}}'' can use said paper fan to either block attacks in defense by opening the fan, or use it ''like a sword'' to block sword attacks and missiles. Note that Daitain already has a pair of swords and it ''still'' uses the paper fan like this.
* In ''JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu'', Guu produces a fan and pummels Wadi for his incessant laughing, then swings it threateningly like a baseball bat.
* Mai Otsuka from ''SchoolRumble''.
* The women of the Rainsworth House in ''PandoraHearts'' are fond of this. Break frequently makes himself available for Sharon to practice on.
* The anime only character [[DominaNoDo Mimi]] from ''DGrayMan'' uses her fans to try to kill the main characters multiple times, though she never succeeds.
* Eva from ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' puts the "doom" in Paper Fan of Doom. Especially in the manga.
* Played with a bit in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'': Ahiru (or Duck, whatever) blocks a ''sword'' with a fan.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Temari's attacks are all centered around the giant fan she carries.
** And now there's a slightly more literal version called Bashosen. Powerful, but it takes a heavy toll on whoever uses it, I.E. Chakra Drain.
** Tenten is the last one seen holding it. Make of that what you will
* Ranma from ''RanmaOneHalf'' countered a punch from Happosai with a paper fan and used a fan to blow powder/incense back into peoples faces.
* As it's a common tool in rakugo already, ''RakugoTennyoOyui'' has Enchou and Yui using a precise, strong paper fan that, if given significant height, can let Yui slice through a black dragon.
* Kanou uses this to reign in Kaoruko when the otaku gets a little too flamboyant in ''OkaneGaNai''.
* The primary weapon of Sanada Yukimura in ''HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls''. In her Master Samurai form, it even has wind powers.
* In the first episode of IchigoMashimaro when the girls are making a birthday present for Nobue the one who falls asleep gets hit with a paper fan (they even keep a tally of paper fan hits). Also, in the Encore OVA Miu's IronicHell involves making a fool of herself and ''not'' getting hit by a paper fan for it.
* Rahzel uses one against [[spoiler: the other]] Alzeid when he comes to her school and gets in a fight with Fay in HatenkouYuugi.
* Rika uses one sometimes in ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke''.
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent'' gives us Alicia and her Paper Fan Smash, where she transforms her MagicWand into a paper fan [[ATwinkleInTheSky to smack a target hella far]].
--> '''Precia:''' [[CombatCommentator Allow me to explain]]. [[ShapedLikeItself Paper Fan Smash is Alicia's super-cute paper fan technique]]. ...That is all. \\
'''Amy''': [[LampshadeHanging That didn't explain anything...]]
* During an episode of ''Manga/KOn'', Yui and Azusa perform a BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine before a show with just the two of them. Azusa, as the tsukkomi, "corrects" Yui's blunders as the boke with a large fan.
* Used and referred to by name often in ''Manga/LoveLab'', with most subtitles [[{{Woolseyism}} translating]] it as "a slapstick". The very shy and clumsy Suzune Tanahashi comments that her only real talent is to make these very fast, and almost every character gets the fans from her.
* In ''{{Genshiken}}'', [[OnlySaneMan Saki]] [[DungeonmastersGirlfriend Kasukabe]]'s frequent role as [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine the tsukkomi to the rest of the group's boke]] is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when the group makes her a paper fan.
* Shaping up to be Yuzu Hiragi's main shtick in ''[[Anime/YuGiOhARCV Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V]]''. Even her own father isn't safe.
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* ''{{Mulan}}'' uses one [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to disarm the villain in their final showdown]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* At the beginning of the movie ''Film/BattleRoyale,'' the psycho killer character, Kazuo Kiriyama, receives a paper fan as his weapon. While a group of kids who received guns are teasing him about it, he uses their own guns to kill them all and takes the guns, leaving the fan behind.
** Played with in the fanfic [[http://florestica.com/dbsommer/azumanga/ar/index.htm "Azumanga Royale"]], in which the ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' class is selected for the Battle Royale. Osaka actually ''requests'' a paper fan as her weapon... [[spoiler:and kills everyone with it, not realizing she's allowed to take weapons from her victims]].
* JackieChan uses a fan as his preferred weapon in ''Film/DrunkenMaster 2'', released in America as ''Legend of Drunken Master''. His character had been made to decorate such fans as punishment by his father, but when he battles some thugs, his step-mother throws him the fan to use in self-defence.
* ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''. Hermione uses a parchment for this purpose when informing Harry that Romilda Vane has taken an interest in him.
-->'''Hermione:''' She's only interested in you because she thinks you're the Chosen One.\\
'''Harry:''' ''(beginning to smile in Romilda's direction)'' But I ''am'' the Chosen One ''(whack!)'' Sorry.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* An incredibly rare non-anime example: In TamoraPierce's ''TortallUniverse'', the Yamani women of the warrior class use ''shukusen'', the delicate, deadly Japanese "war fans". Said women carry these fans when they feel endangered but can't carry a weapon openly. They are silk with razor-sharp steel ribs, are much heavier than they look, and can slice fingers like sausage.
** Which means that when one of the characters just jumps in and joins a fan-tossing game, the women proceed to freak out (in a surprisingly well controlled fashion) because while ''they'' know what they're doing, he doesn't even know how close he came to losing all the fingers on the hand he caught it with until after the game is ended. To quote Keladry's reaction:
---> Kel: Didn't your mother teach you not to grab things? You could have lost all your fingers. I doubt your father, [[HealingHands good as he is]], could have put them back on.
** Kel also mentions that her mother, who raised her in the Yamani Isles, used to whack her children with fans if they didn't cooperate with healers.
** And once Queen Thayet learns about the purpose of the ''shukusen'', she becomes intent on asking the Yamani princess for one of her very own.
** That same character who tried to join the game later falls in love with one of the women playing it, and once they're engaged starts to carry her fan at his belt. (She gave it to him after his Ordeal, and special mention is made of the fact that he carried it at his knighting ceremony. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Aww.]])
* In Eric van Lustbader's ''Sunset Warrior'' Series, Ronin's [[EvilMentor mentor]] [[spoiler: and ultimately BigBad]] [[MeaningfulName the Salamander]] is a master of using the fan as a weapon. Though the fans he uses are more like the War Fans in the real life section than simple origami.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* "Sailor Luna" from ''PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' (the live-action version of ''SailorMoon'') used a harisen as her primary weapon.
** Actually, it was a wand identical to Sailor Moon's ''transformed'' into a fan. She also turns it into a ''golden'' fan and once, a butterfly net. She uses it as a wand more often as that's the only she can use her only magical attack, Luna Sucre Candy.
* Retsu from ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' uses dual bat-themed fans that can inflict pain and deflect energy beams. He can also fly with them. Considering he got this by dancing with [[PeopleInRubberSuits a giant bat]], it's not entirely surprising.
** His counterpart Theo from ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' also uses these fans.
* Mako/[=ShinkenPink=] from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'', whose weapon is the Heaven Fan. It may be a fan, but it's no less effective than any other weaponry on the team.
** Even better is Kaoru Shiba's fan; she's never seen actually using it as a fan. Instead, she only uses it to emphasize when her personal aide needs to shut up.
*** Eventually he learns to dodge her PaperFanOfDoom. The result? The Kuroko give her ''an even bigger one.'' Hits from the previous one shut her aide up by leaving him in pain; this one shut him up [[CrowningMomentOfFunny by knocking him out cold.]]
** Same goes for Mako's counterpart Mia from ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
* Natsumi produces one of these against Tsukasa in the File 17 of the Net Movie Spinoff of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'''s movie. (It helps that the Net Movies in general are purely for comedic purpose to begin with.) [[{{Troll}} Daiki]] then somehow gets a hand on it a few seconds later to whack Yuusuke with it.
* Gotou uses one on a completely lovestruck Eiji in #24 of ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'', although the attempt of [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan knocking sense]] back into Eiji doesn't work.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/YieArKungFu'' (1985), the opponent Fan, one of the first females in fighting game history, constantly throws deadly fans at the player.
* [=LeBlanc=], the [[GoldfishPoopGang semi-comic-relief villain]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' uses a metallic version of the fan for both [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine tsukkomi]] and as a weapon.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games feature the paper fan as a weapon. It does measly damage and no knockback, but its attack speed is so high that one can whack an opponent with it infinitely to rack up their damage up extremely quickly. Plus, it has high knockback when thrown and always sends the target upward, so it's very easy to just whack an enemy for half a minute with no escape then throw the fan at them for an easy kill. This is known as "fantrapping".
* Mai Shiranui from ''FatalFury'' and ''TheKingOfFighters'' uses paper fans as both melee and ranged weapons.
* Twin paper fans are the preferred weapon of Anji Mito from ''GuiltyGear''. These aren't just fans, however; they're actually from the same set of quasi-magical weaponry as Sol and Ky's swords. Thus their ability to grow to immense sizes, conjure up KiAttacks, and many other things that normal fans can't do.
* One of Zero's weapons in ''VideoGame/MegaManX 8'' is the B Fan, a pair of harisen which can deflect enemy attacks.
** Auto, one of Dr. Light's helper robots in the [[VideoGame/MegaMan classic series]], holds out a paper fan when doing his "battle pose". If he actually uses the fan in combat, we never see it.
** In the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series, the Wind Rack chip makes Mega Man attack with a Paper Fan. Its hits a whole column and knocks enemies back.
* In ''DynastyWarriors'' and ''WarriorsOrochi'' the two Qiao sisters, Da and Xiao, take out entire armies with their twin paper fans[[note]]It takes a close examination, but the edges are tipped with metal, which is what they use to fight[[/note]]. Strategists Sima Yi and Zhuge Liang use big feathered fans that shoot FrickinLaserBeams. Sima Yi trades his in for RazorFloss and claws in [=DW6=] but gets it back in 7, also where Zhuge Dan takes up the family tradition with a feathered fan of his own. Of course, they are actually incredibly weak weapons though by 7 the feathered fan users can summon lightning as part of their repertoire and attack more by blowing gusts of wind at their opponents than simply whacking them.
* In ''SamuraiWarriors'' and ''WarriorsOrochi'' the {{Bishonen}} Mitsunari Ishida, who wields a paper fan, happens to be a rather snarky and sarcastic fellow. Also, Takeda Shingen uses ''gunbai'' fans.
* Hilariously enough, OdaNobunaga from ''SengokuBasara'', one of the baddest and most feared badasses has a paper fan (like the one in the image) as his [[JokeItem Joke Weapon]].
* In ''MortalKombat,'' Kitana uses fans as her weapons. They appeared to just be paper fans in ''MKII,'' but in more recent versions they strongly resemble [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_war_fan Japanese war fans]], most likely ''tessen''. She can [[MadeOfPlasticine decapitate people with them]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade'' videogames, Lee Rekka uses a folding fan as his weapon, though he uses it ''very'' rarely, preferring [[ElementalPowers fiery kicks]].
* Also, in a couple of the ''SamuraiShodown'' games, Kyoshiro Senryou uses a fan either to directly hit his opponent or as a flaming projectile.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', a whack to the head with the Paper Fan item can cure a party member's Confusion status effect.
* Princess Peach uses a fan in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''.
* The Paper Fan is one of Lloyd Irving's most powerful weapons in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' and is only attainable after an extremely expensive sidequest that spans half the game.
* Each of the Elemental Lords in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' (the best known of which is Masaki Andoh's Cybuster) has a familiar, and with that familiar comes the ability to release it in battle (called "High Familiar"). The familiars of the Elemental Lord of Earth Zamzeed are three... platypus things... and when released for High Familiar, two of them smash the enemy as normal, and the third finishes by clobbering the target with a metal harisen.
** In SpinOff ''Super Robot Taisen: OG Saga: EndlessFrontier'', character Suzuka uses folding fans. She primarily uses them as an unusual control scheme for her not-so-HumongousMecha, but in at least one of her skills, she actually uses them to attack directly.
* A few characters from the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series use fans as their weapons, but primarily Yukari Yakumo and Yuyuko Saigyouji. The latter goes so far as to have a BFF behind her when she uses her strongest spellcards in ''Perfect Cherry Blossom''.
** It's not just PCB. She busts that fan out [[spoiler: on one spellcard on Hard or Lunatic in ''Ten Desires'', as the stage 1 boss.]]
** Yukari just slaps people with it in the fighting games.
** Hata no Kokoro also wields fans, [[DanceBattler but is a lot more flashy about it]].
* Papillon of ''LaPucelle'' wields a paper fan as her main weapon and can do pretty good damage with it. This being NipponIchi, 'pretty good damage' means 'nearly unlimited with enough grinding.'
* In the original ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', Lady Bow uses a pink fan to slap her opponents. Her attacks include the normal "Smack" and the powerful "Fan Smack."
* [[{{Persona4}} Yukiko Amagi]] makes use of these. Oddly, she throws them at enemies rather than the typical smacking.
** In ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', Teddie smacks foes with a paper fan when he grabs them.
* Fan Geisha from ''VideoGame/BattleRealms'' use these, obviously.
* Kururu from ''RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure'' uses a paper fan as a weapon.
* ''GodHand'' has these as weapons Gene can pick up, but they aren't that strong compared to, say, a [[DropTheHammer hammer]] or big club.
* Jet the Hawk of the SonicRiders games uses a feathered variation of this to speed up as well as harm enemies.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Karin-dou 4koma}}'': The punishment for laughing during the No Laughing Game is getting smacked in the ass by "Smacking-kun", an enchanted paper fan that deals no damage but makes a loud sound and causes great pain.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Suki and the Kyoshi warriors (as well as Avatar Kyoshi herself) use the metal variant to very good effect most of the time [[spoiler:until they run into EliteMooks]].
** Aang demonstrates that they make good Airbending tools. In fact, that may be why Kyoshi used them in the first place; as the most powerful [[ElementalPowers bender]] in the world she'd never use them in melee combat against swords and spears the way her [[IncrediblyLamePun fangirls]] do.
* Mondine, the matriarch of the Glady family in ''La Famille Glady'', has a magic fan that can actually ''teleport you through the world'' when she smacks her terraquean globe with it.
* In the series ''CodeLyoko'' one of the main characters (Yumi) uses a fan as her weapon when she enters Lyoko.
** Interestingly she initially is disappointed with her weapon, outright asking [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway "Huh? A fan? That's all?"]] despite being from the culture that is most prone to using this trope.
* Yori in ''KimPossible'' slices into the side of a volcano and unleashes the lava flow within.
* The ''SkunkFu'' episode "The Art of the Fan-Fan" has this in spades.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Similar to the rolled-up-newspaper, people probably ''have'' done this.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tessenjutsu Tessenjutsu]] was actually an art around war fans. However; there was a difference between a paper fan and an ''actual'' fan meant to be concealed and used as a makeshift weapon.
** Especially when such fans were made using several plates of solid wood or iron, and were essentially as deadly as any regular club.
* Another variety (aptly known as the 'Fighting Fan') looks like your average folding fan, and can even be folded up for better concealment, but the spines are made out of steel that has been sharppend to a knife like edge.
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