Anchors Away

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A four foot something teenage girl lifting a several hundred pound weight. Why not?

A favored weapon of sailors and pirates, the anchor ranks high on the list of badass improbable weapons. Anchor weapons come in two flavors: either strapped to a chain and swung as an Epic Flail variation on Hooks and Crooks, or as a large heavy melee weapon with a cool shape. And don't forget the sharp points at the ends; the hapless victim who gets impaled won't.

As their intended purpose is to hold down a ship, anchors are supposed to be exceptionally heavy. You'd expect any anchor wielder to be a huge, burly man or big guy. This just makes little girls swinging anchors all the more amusing.

Compare Powerful Pick.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Coon from Free Collars Kingdom uses a giant anchor as a weapon. However, since all the characters are the size of cats, it's not so much a giant anchor than just a fancy fish-hook. Still, it's giant to them.
  • One of the first scenes of Zambot 3 has Kappei and Shingo fighting each other with anchors meant for row-boats, using them somewhat like flails.
  • In one episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Jim faces an opponent who uses a card called Anchor Knight, a monster that fights with anchors. The ironic thing about this anime-only card is, it's a Fire-Attribute Monster.
  • One random Mook shaman in Shaman King uses an Epic Flail variety.

    Film 
  • In X-Men: First Class, Erik uses a telekinetically-controlled anchor to wreck Shaw's yacht.
  • In Face/Off, Castor Troy fights Sean Archer with an anchor during the climactic fight scene. Though to be fair, they are on a boat.
  • Frankie is crushed to death by an anchor in Shark Tale.
  • The mermaid's entranced minion uses an anchor to murder most of the victims in Nymph/Killer Mermaid.

    Literature 
  • A Ravel of Waters, by Geoffrey Jenkins. A sailing ship damages a modern destroyer by hanging an anchor from the yardarm and using it to swipe the radar and other electronics as they sail past each other through a narrow strait.

    Live Action TV 

     Tabletop Games 
  • One of the mercenary factions in Warmachine is a group of pirates. Their warjacks (giant robots about 12+ feet tall) tend to wield anchors as weapons (or carry ship cannons as ranged weapons). Justified in that their warjacks tend to be built out of parts salvaged from wrecked ships, either their own or their unfortunate opponents, whichever is available.

    Video Games 
  • May of Guilty Gear, as seen in the page image.
  • Touhou 12: Undefined Fantastic Object brings us Captain Minamitsu Murasa, who flings around giant anchor bullets.
    • In a variation, the anchor bullets are generated from spiritual power as part of her danmaku. Her actual weapon is the bottomless scoop she carries (which she does use to attack), which fits with her drowned ghost inspiration.
  • Edgar of Final Fantasy VI has the Air Anchor as one of his weapon tools, although he doesn't really wield it in any way and what it actually does is make the enemy hit by it die instantly the next time they attack. So in other words, an Useless Useful Spell.
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, Ward used a weapon that looked like a cross between an anchor and a harpoon. His Limit Break is called "Heavy Anchor" and involves him tossing it high into the air and then riding it down on the enemies with a huge shockwave.
  • In RuneScape, the player can use a Barrelchest anchor as a weapon. Taken from the lack of a corpse of the Barrelchest itself, the previous user.
    • And true to the fact that anchors are very, very heavy, wielding the Barrelchest Anchor gives you a +100 STR bonus. Though you can't attack very fast at all with it.
  • A sailor boss in Final Fight 3 uses one.
  • Beat 'em Up entry Vendetta had a gangster boss swing one of these, if memory serves.
  • The swung-on-a-chain version comes in to play at the end of an ESWAT level. You had to guess which height it would be swung at, and for some reason it was swung just right so the enemy could deflect your bullets.
  • Anchors could be dropped from odd places onto enemies in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
  • Logg from Suikoden V uses one of these as a weapon. Somewhat justified in that he's from a floating town made up of ships tied together.
    • There's also one (and only one) Pirate who uses "a martial arts weapon that looks like an anchor" in Suikoden Tierkreis. The weapon in question is clearly a lot smaller than a standard anchor, though, incidentally allowing him to wield two of them.
  • zOMG!: Anchor Bugs and Sea Anchor Bugs launch their anchor heads at you. You can also get a recipe to make an Anchor for your avatar to wield in the game as well.
  • Ruby Heart from Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes uses both a normal (small) anchor to hit and a (small) anchor with a chain to grab her hapless opponents. The second one may end with her FIRING A CANNON at their bellies.
  • Sea Giants in Warcraft III and World of Warcraft.
  • Chosokabe Motochika in Sengoku Basara wields his one handed and surfs through the air on it while it's on fire. Functionally it's used in equal parts as a flail or as a halberd.
  • Huang Gai in Dynasty Warriors 7. He even jumps from one ship to another while carrying the thing.
  • The trailer for the sadly canceled Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned shows the "evil" Player Character using a chained anchor to devastating effect.
  • Nautilus from League of Legends wields an anchor with great effect, being able to grab and pull enemies towards him with it and root them to the ground with his autoattacks. He's also one of the biggest playable characters in the game, along with Cho'gath with Feast stacks and Zac with a moderately large health bar.
    • Between his anchor and his heavy diving suit, he's also tied for slowest character in the game. To compensate for that he can use his anchor as a grappling hook of sorts to pull himself along.
  • Tidehunter from Defense of the Ancients and Dota 2 could be considered Nautilus's great-grandpa in this regard, slinging nautical weights with the best of them since the MOBA genre's inception in 2003.
  • Captain Flynt from Borderlands 2 uses a huge anchor that looks and acts somewhat like a Powerful Pick, pounding it against the ground to create shockwaves. Its first DLC adds Anchormen, who dual wield anchors with short handles and long chains — they can batter you at range or pull you up close and whale on you. Of some note is the fact that both Captain Flynt and all Anchormen are pirates.
  • Skylanders has Thumpback, a giant whale-like monster who swings an anchor at his enemies to kill them.
  • The title character of Shovel Knight can use the Throwing Anchor relic, allowing him to toss a small anchor in an arc. Treasure Knight uses an anchor on a chain, fired from his Arm Cannon, as his Weapon of Choice.
  • In Terraria, fishing in a Hardmode world occasionally nets you an Anchor (either directly or from wooden crates) that can be used as a flail-like weapon.
  • Admiral Swiggins, a playable character in Awesomenauts, wields an anchor. He can use it to reel himself forward or drop it and chain enemies to the ground. He probably took some inspiration from the Nautilus and Tidehunter examples above.
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon has Dhelmise, a haunted seaweed clutching an anchor. Fittingly, it has a Secret Art named Anchor Shot.
  • Roadhog from Overwatch normally throws a large hook on a chain at targets to pull them in close for easy blasting with his extremely Short-Range Shotgun. Some of his alternate skins change his Animal Motif from pig to shark, and replace the hook with an anchor.
  • Salt and Sanctuary: The Castaway's Greatadze is the result of a castaway with both great strength and a knack for improvisation finding themselves only with his skiff's anchor to fend off the island's horrors. It's been appropriately modified and sharpened for ease of use, and as a result is one of the better axes in the game.
  • Darkest Dungeon: The Drowned Crew were done in by a cursed anchor that tied them up in its chain and pulled them into the depths, and they will use it against you in a similar manner by tossing it at you and tying you up in the chain, forcing you to experience their drowning demise.
  • Makoa from Paladins wields a dredge anchor that he uses in both varieties. His normal anchor attack is of the Epic Flail variant, hooking enemies and dragging them towards him while his ultimate lets him use it like a huge melee weapon.

     Web Comics 
  • Subverted in Problem Sleuth: Tootsie Roll Frankenstein Pickle Inspector tries to use his Comb Rave attack Anchors Away, but Mobster Kingpin smashes his Suckle Receptable onto Fiesta Ace Dick's head, completely ruining it. It Makes Sense in Context, of course.
  • Book 1 of Derelict features a huge Gargoyle (aptly named Iron Hand) with a full-size anchor and chain attached to his arm - he's able to decimate a barn in only a few swings, nearly killing the protagonist. She's barely able to defeat it by shooting it in the head with an UV glow-bolt.

     Western Animation 
  • Appropriately enough, Popeye has used an anchor as a weapon at least once.
  • And quite inappropriately, they end up as convenient 'hard and heavy' things for sillier cartoons, whether for dropping on heads or for loading into a bag of some sort and swung.
    • Wrapping back around to appropriate when they are used to replace parachutes as a prank.
  • In Hot Wheels Acceleracers, Porkchop uses an anchor of the chain variety on a giant mosquito.
  • In the Dragons: Riders of Berk episode "Alvin and the Outcasts" burly Viking Alvin the Treacherous uses his ships anchor as a weapon in battle, swinging the massive lump of metal around by its rope like it's made out of paper.
  • Homer impales two people with an anchor in a Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons.

Alternative Title(s): Anchors As Weapons

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