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SpikesOfDoom are always painful, especially if mobile. If one were able to use those spikes as weapons, they would be extremely deadly.

This is the Spike Shooter, someone capable of having spikes come out of his body, and sometimes able to fire them. The character also needs to have some RequiredSecondaryPowers, one of them being the spikes not tearing his skin in the process. Or a HealingFactor to fix up the damage, alternately.

AnIcePerson or someone who is DishingOutDirt can mimic this ability, with icicles or stalagmites.

This includes other small body parts that can be fired at opponents to do damage, such as spines, quills, needles, stingers, thorns and so on.

If the spikes in question are nails, that's NailEm. FeatherFlechettes and FlechetteStorm are closely related tropes. Not to be confused with the PileBunker, in which the spike is shot out but as a piston instead of a projectile.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Zampano, a porcupine-human Chimera in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', had this ability.
* Kimimaro from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' can fire the bone tips of his fingers as bullets as well as projecting spikes or using his spine as a sword since he can instantly regrow any bone in his body.
* Dauf from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' can shoot huge spikes from his mouth and fingers.
** They're not spikes, but huge metallic rods. They still impale characters just as easily, though.
** The Destroyer ([[spoiler:Raphaela/Luciela merged being]]) shoots spikes in all directions that turn into mindless monsters, which shoot ''even more'' spikes to infect anyone they hit and turn ''them'' into monsters as well.
* Fish people can shoot spines in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', or at least Noonsa does it.
* Many ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' have this ability, Togemon being the most notable.
* While not technically spikes, Kaguro from ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' can shoot blades out of his body. He usually just wields them as normal swords, but once impaled another character by grabbing hold of them and shooting blades out of his chest.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Marrow and Quill from ''ComicBook/XMen''
** The Spike from the version of ''ComicBook/XForce'' that would become X-Statix
* The [[ComicBook/{{Carnage}} Carnage symbiote]] can fire projectiles made up of its biomass.
* Minor Creator/MarvelComics villain the Porcupine wore a battlesuit with fake, launchable quills.
* Porcupine Pete from the Legion of Substitute Superheroes. The flaw that caused the Legion proper to turn him away? He launches all of his spikes every time, making him equally dangerous to friend and foe.
* Thorn, a member of the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' villain team the Salem Seven, was able to do this, with the added benefit that his spines were MadeOfExplodium.
* Perrin Crocker from the ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' graphic novels has this ability.
* The Sclufoniuns in [[TheVerse the universe]] of ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' are capable of launching venomous "[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20080329 needle teeth]]" from their bodies.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[TheHeavy Maesterus]] from ''[[Fanfic/StarWarsParanormalitiesTrilogy Star Wars: Paranormalities]]'' is a Force User that can fire bone-like spikes from his palms in addition to just stabbing people with them. [[spoiler:He's actually a human mutated by a Forceless symbiote).]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The Deadly Nadder from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' possess this ability. It's also carried into [[WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk its TV show spin-off]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Boris the Animal, alien BigBad of ''Film/MenInBlack3''.
* The Crites in the ''Film/{{Critters}}'' series shoot spikes from their backs to render their victims unconscious to make them easier to eat.

* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': One of Visser Three's morphs could do this.
* In ''Literature/GhostStory'', one of the defenses set up by Evil Bob to defend Corpsetaker's lair from the Nevernever are huge spine-covered creatures that can fire spikes from their body surface. The spikes are also anchored to them by long tendrils, allowing them to whip them around at enemies that aren't impaled in the initial attack.
* One of the many, many, ''many'' deceptively-deadly creatures on Mid-World, from the Literature/HumanxCommonwealth series, are some tiny lemur-like animals that can fire darts from their snouts. They'd be as harmless as they look if the darts didn't carry a poison which renders its target, first euphoric, then unconscious, and finally ''dissolved alive''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Apple". While an Enterprise landing party is exploring the planet Gamma Trianguli VI, they encounter a plant that can fire thorns covered with a deadly poison.
** In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', there's a species of sentient technology-dependent [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs hadrosaur]] [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology descendants]] that shoot sedative-laced barbs from their fingers.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', when the Doctor takes Blon for her last meal, she reveals that Raxacoricofallapatorians can shoot a poisonous barb from their fingers when their life is being threatened. The Doctor, being aware of the trick, simply catches it without even looking up for the menu he was reading.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** ''Monster Manual'' (1977)
*** The manticore can fire tail spikes at opponents.
*** The giant porcupine can attack other creatures by throwing its quills at them.
** ''Monster Manual II'' (1983). The Land Urchin can defend itself by firing its spines at opponents.
** ''Fiend Folio'' (1981).
*** The needleman, a human-shaped plant creature, can fire small needles from its body.
*** The urchin (giant sea urchin) can fire their spines in order to do damage.
** ''Basic D&D''. The archer bush slings its thorns at creatures that approach too close.
** ''TabletopGame/DarkSun Monstrous Compendium Appendix: Terrors of the Desert''.
*** The flowers of the blossomkiller plant can fire quills tipped with paralysis poison.
*** The Spider Cactus can fire barbed needles at its victims. The needles are attached to the cactus by a strand, which the cactus uses to drag the victim close to it.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} Monstrous Compendium Appendix II''. The zurchin is a sea urchin that lives in space. It can fire its poison-filled spines at opponents using internal gas pressure.
* Various creatures in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' are [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=42039 shown]] or [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Handlers/Image.ashx?multiverseid=4038&type=card implied]] to have this ability.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. The Volleying Porcupine can fire its quills at opponents.
* The Norvegi [[PrestigeClass bloodline]] from ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' don't have fangs as their big flaw. To make up for this, they get the Bloodworking Discipline, which allows them to turn their bones into weapons and use them to feed from those they stab. At its highest level, the Discipline turns them into an exploding pincushion.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Arduin}}'' RPG, ''The Compleat Arduin Book 2: Resources''
** The Spinthaak is a giant land version of the sea urchin. It can fire 1-20 of its spines at a time, and has a total of 120 spines available.
** The Teleport Rose can fire 1-20 of its thorns up to 20 feet away, doing 1-7 HitPoints of damage per hit.
* Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s supplement ''All the Worlds' Monsters'' Volume III. The Harpooner is a carnivorous plant that grows up to 12 feet tall. It can fire a dart from the center of its flowers that does 1-6 HitPoints of impact damage and injects a poison that does 1-4 HitPoints of damage and forces the target to make as saving throw vs. poison or be paralyzed.
* ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld''. The mutations "Quills or Spines" and "Thorn Thrower" allow creatures to throw quills, spines or thorns at opponents and damage them.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Some body parts in ''VideoGame/SporeHero'' allows creatures to do this.
* Needle Man and his many Hari Harry (read: robot porcupines) minions from ''VideoGame/MegaMan3''. Naturally, Mega Man himself gets in on the act after defeating [[PowerCopying Needle Man and taking his weapon.]]
** Also extends to Needle Man's [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork alternate universe counterpart]] [=NeedleMan.EXE=]. And, of course, [=MegaMan.EXE=] too, thanks to several [[PowersAsPrograms needle/spike-themed battle chips.]]
* Some creatures in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' have the moves Spikes, Toxic Spikes, Spike Cannon and/or Pin Missile. There are also Icicle Spear and Icicle Crash for the Ice-types.
* Kraid in both ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid''. ''Super Metroid'' also has cactus-like enemies that fire spikes, rather than spines.
* Franchise/{{Kirby}} has the Needle ability. Recent games have given it the ability to fire the spikes.
* ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'': Drones and Hydralisks spit spines at their enemies.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' has quillboars, a race of {{Pig M|an}}en who can throw their quills at enemies. The quilbeast, a warthog-like creature summoned by the Beastmaster, does the same.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'': Giant scorpions with ranger profession shoot spines at players with their tail. The other types of scorpions fight at melee range.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' gives us Iron Maidens, upgraded versions of Regeneradors that can impale you on their extendable body spikes, hence their name.
* Cacti and Cattails in ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'', notably used for popping Balloon Zombies out of the sky.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Amorphous}}'':
** The [[BossInMookClothing Horror]] can shoot its "teeth" in a burst. If those hit another gloople, that gloople turns into a [[GoddamnedBats Biter]] (two of which have a slim chance of combining into a Horror). If those hit [[OneHitPointWonder you]], you die unless you have Reactive Armour.
** The [[spoiler: [[TrueFinalBoss Razor Queen]]]] shoots out spikeballs that explode into a burst of spikes.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has this with the Spines powerset, where a bunch of [[BuffySpeak sharp pointy things]] sprout out of your body. You can throw the spines as an attack, or let them passively explode out of you.
* Cho'gath of ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has the passive "Vorpal Spikes", which augments his basic melee attacks with a large curtain of short-range spikes.
* The Flood "[[{{Shapeshifting}} pure forms]]" in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' are capable of anchoring themselves down to a surface and launching sharpened metallic spikes at opponents. These spikes are not generated by the pure form, rather they are metal that they have scavenged from the environment, ground into spikes, and incorporated into their bodies.
* Pokey, the porcupine-like creature in ''VideoGame/CreaVures'' can shoot spines out of his back to frighten off animals, with no ill effect. Strangly, he can also jab individual spines into certain surfaces to make a impromptu ladder of sorts.
* The enemy porcupines in some levels of the Disney ''VideoGame/TheJungleBook'' shoot quills at Mowgli.
* Cactuars in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series are covered in needles, and fire them by the thousand as their signature move.
* Plantella's Thorn Shower attack in ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue''.
* In ''VideoGame/ElementalMaster'', the boss of the Earth zone is a giant hedgehog or porcupine that shoots quills in eight directions at once.
* In the casual adventure game ''Hallowed Legends: Ship of Bones'', Garm the ice dog can launch the many icicles on his back in a burst.
* Brutus, the cactus enemy from ''VideoGame/IttleDew''. [[DemonicSpider Petal Slugs]] as well.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'':
** The Nargacuga is able to fling spikes from its tail. One of its subspecies takes it even further, as not only can it launch spikes from any of its tail attacks after it unfurls its spikes, but said spikes are also ''poisonous''.
** The Radobaan is a brute wyvern that can attack by flinging [[BallisticBone the bony spikes stuck to its body]].
** Nergigante is a powerful elder dragon that can fling spikes from its body as one of its attacks. What's worse, these spikes grow back bigger and harder in mere minutes, boosting its attack and defense, so hunters need to attack Nergigante as aggressively as possible to keep from being overwhelmed.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Glider}} PRO'' "[=SeaCaves=]" GameMod replaced the water droplets of the normal game with sea urchins continually releasing their spines.
* In ''VideoGame/DiabloII'', there are Quill Rats, [[PaletteSwap Spike Fiends, Thorn Beasts, and Razor Spines]].
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker'', a winged [[TheSpiny Spiny]] can do this in four directions at once.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOverture'' has Sophie. A Porcupine Demi who can throw her barbed hair like knives. While not that painful on entry, the quills are absolute agony to pull out.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2206 SCP-2206 ("Maximum League Baseball")]]. In the SCP-2006 radio broadcasts, the Baltimore Terrapins' team mascot is a three-ton, [[SuperSpit acid-spitting]] lizard that weighs 3 tons and is able to fire poisonous spines that grow from its back.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' has [[http://ben10.wikia.com/wiki/Argit Argit]], a porcupine-type alien who can literally shoot his quills. [[spoiler:At least until Ben glues them down.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinotrux}}'' features the Segarbasaurs, mechanical Stegosaurus/Garbage truck hybrids that are capable of firing their back plates at enemies. They don't seem to be particular sharp though, and only seem to annoy at best.
* ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'' had an episode about giant bees that could shoot their poison stinger.
* The Whispering Death possess this as a side weapon in ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk''.
* Spyke from the ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': When angered, the pukwudgies can launch volleys of their quill-like hairs with enough force to bury them in solid wood.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Cone snails shoot modified radular teeth to inject venom in their prey. Then a cone pulls on the ejected tooth via a ligament to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB9OIUQMGd4 reel in the paralyzed prey]].
* Averted with the porcupine. It was believed that it could project its quills, but is incapable of doing so. It is, however, capable of lashing out with its tail and leaving quills embedded in an enemy's skin, which makes it ''look'' like it is doing this at close-range.
* When threatened, tarantulas rub their hind legs over their abdomen, sending up a cloud of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urticating_hair urticating hairs]] covered in microscopic barbs that irritate predators' skin and respiratory tracts; they regenerate such shed hair (along with any sustained external injuries) the next time they moult. Elderly tarantulas often have bald abdomens because they've used up their hairs in this way, and old age causes their moulting process to be increasingly infrequent.