Related to Whip It Good
and Epic Flail
, sometimes the chain link is all you need, without the weight at the end. In less realistic works, skilled users can make Instant Knots
A Badass Biker
will often do this in a rumble. Also very common in 80s movies with street gangs and among fictional Japanese delinquents. See also Fighting with Chucks
, Variable-Length Chain
, Chained by Fashion
and Whip It Good
of Improvised Weapon
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Anime and Manga
- In Hunter × Hunter, Kurapika fights using Variable Length Chains made of Nen. He can conjure several such chains with various powers.
- Sailor Moon: Venus Love-Me Chain!
- Shun of Saint Seiya use these as his Weapon of Choice.
- Lyrical Nanoha
- The Chain Bind spell, which creates energy chains primarily used by Yuuno and Arf to restrain their opponent. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny shows Yuuno using them as an attack as well, quickly shooting them out of the magic circle for quick melee strikes,
- Caro has her Alchemic Chain spell, which summons physical chains whose movements she can control to chase down and capture enemies. Unlike the Chain Bind spell and their variations, these aren't affected by Anti-Magic.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vivid introduces Harry/Hallie Tribeca and her Device, Red Hawk. It's active form is a chain that's normally wrapped around her fist to add more oomph to her punches, which she could lengthen to attack and/or restrain her opponents for a severe beat down. She could also channel her fire magic through it to further enhance her attacks.
- Ga-Rei: Byakuei's chains make for excellent defensive weapons, since both the summoner's hands are occupied.
- Nate Mitotsudaira from Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon fights with Variable Length Chains.
- In MazinKaiser, Boss Borot uses a chain to beat the crap out of Count Brocken in The Movie. This carries over into most of the Super Robot Wars games where the Mazinkaiser OVA is used.
- In the One Piece Anime, a filler character named Puzzle uses a chain as his Weapon of Choice.
- In the original Ghost Rider comics, a magical flaming chain manifests when Johnny Blaze or Dan Ketch transform into Ghost Rider.
- Spawn has chains that pop out of his cloak and are under his control; most often seen in the HBO Animated Series.
- Freddy gets whipped and choked with a chain in Paranoid.
- A memorably bloody sequence in Dreadstar: after Vanth Dreadstar finally faces and defeats the enemy who was responsible for (among many other things) the murder of Vanth's wife and their entire community, he puts away his sword—too clean and painless—and instead beats the man to death with a length of chain.
- Lobo's signature weapon is a hook on a chain.
Live Action TV
- Mentioned in Firefly. See the quote up above.
- The leader of a cult-like group of homeless children in an episode of Law & Order: SVU used a chain to murder several people he stated had "disrespected" him.
- On an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, a chain was one of the weapons used to kill an undercover cop who had infiltrated a biker gang.
- Occurs throughout Buffy the Vampire Slayer, though there chains are usually just used for choking and/or neck breaking.
- Many wrestlers were known to bring chains to the ring with them.
- One of the many specialty matches in wrestling is the Russian chain matches, where the two combatants are connected at the wrist by a 10-foot chain.
- When the chain is attached to their necks, it's called a Dog Collar match.
- Of the many ridiculous weapons in Exit Fate, this is one of the few that can actually do serious damage. It's wielded by Outsider, a mercenary who's essentially a Disc One Nuke if you can afford his asking price.
- One of the biker gangs in Full Throttle uses chains as their signature weapon. Ben can acquire one after defeating them.
- Chains are a staple weapon in the Kunio-kun series (especially River City Ransom, which lets you and the mooks use bicycle chains as whip-like weapons). The GBA remake added a double-length chain that was so unfair using it actually hurt your Karma Meter.
- In Mitsumete Knight, Jack Burston, one of the game's three punks, fights with a big chain in one-on-one duels.
- The Road Rash games have the top AI bikers wielding chains as weapons. The player can steal a chain and wield it himself.
- In Liberal Crime Squad, bikers use chains as their main weapons, as do non-union workers.
- Ghost Rider again. This time in Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3.
- The Ninjakari guild in Lusternia: stealthy, potentially psionic assassins... whose weapon of choice is enormous bladed chains.
- Though she has absolutely nothing to do with biking of any kind, Eileen can use a length of chain in Silent Hill 4. It's her second most powerful melee weapon, and the best overall.
- In League of Legends the wraith Thresh the Chain Warden has two sets: one with a sickle attached he uses to bind and beat enemies, and one with a lantern he uses to protect allies. And steal souls.
- Wire Sponge from Mega Man X2 uses the Strike Chain as his weapon. He also spins it to deflect stuff. When X obtains his weapon, he can use it as an improvised grappling hook.
- As said above, in the Super Robot Wars games that utilize the Mazinkaiser OVA (games like W and Judgment, that is.), Boss Borot has a chain weapon.
- Birdie from Street Fighter Alpha uses a long chain attacked to his handcuff-like bracelets to wrap around his enemies' necks and literally slam them all over the place.
- Delsin Rowe of inFAMOUS: Second Son uses a chain wrapped around his wrist as his melee weapon. Depending on what power he's currently using, it can either manifest as a whip or even a Laser Blade.
- A chain with a heavy ball on the end is introduced as a weapon for Gan Ning, Cao Ren and Dong Zhuo in Dynasty Warriors 7, though only Ning kept it in 'Dynasty Warriors'8''.
- Fate/stay night: Rider uses a chain with a pair of nails attached at the ends.
- One of Gilgamesh's many weapons is Enkidu, a chain used to capture and restrain enemies. Notably, it grows stronger when used against divine beings.
- One of Gilgamesh's fighting styles in Fate/unlimited codes.
- In his original appearances, Hedge of El Goonish Shive wielded a chain as a weapon - specifically, the very chain that had once bound him in captivity in the laboratory that created him. Very symbolic. Very quickly forgotten, too. Only really appeared in one scene, if memory serves, though Grace references it again later.
- Some gang members use bicycle chains as melee weapons. Quite likely began among outlaw bikers, who had excess chain on hand from motorcycle repairs.
- Convicted mass murderer Perry Smith once claimed to have beaten a man to death with a bicycle chain "for fun".