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->''"Ah, here we are. Kevlar utility harness. Gas-powered magnetic grapple gun. The three hundred and fifty pound test monofilament.''"
-->-- '''Lucius Fox''', ''Film/BatmanBegins''

The Grappling-Hook Pistol is an essential item for any aspiring BadassNormal, [[TheCape Cape]], or [[Film/JamesBond secret agent]]. This handy bit of AppliedPhlebotinum can deploy a grappling hook with laser-guided precision to a secure holding point at the top of any tall building, allowing its user to climb with ease. Particularly spiffy examples are equipped with motors, and can function as field-expedient elevators as their users hold on for dear life. It can also be used to implement the BuildingSwing, though its primary function is usually just for climbing. It also lends itself to YouWillNotEvadeMe.

In settings that predate firearms the alternative is the grappling arrow used by bow wielding protagonists. While it can be an arrow with a grappling hook more often it's just a standard arrow with a rope tied to it.

The Grappling-Hook Pistol is generally a fairly bulky item for a handheld pistol, though unreasonably small for the length of line and hook firing charge that it contains. Its limited utility makes it a special-purpose item that the hero is unlikely to carry... but it generally conveniently appears from [[HyperspaceArsenal hammerspace]] when it is needed.

The hooks themselves are PlotSensitiveItems, capable of all three variants of InstantKnots - latching onto, wrapping the cable around, or piercing their target, depending on the needs of the script. The wrap-around cable is a strange effect, as it always attaches to the anchor point snugly enough to support whatever is on the other end of the cable on the first try. If the cord can automatically retract, the person can just hold on with one hand with inhuman strength to get pulled up; this is especially [[RuleOfCool dramatic]] if they're holding someone else with their other arm. It's also very handy when you find yourself or an innocent civilian falling, but let's hope the cord [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou has some elasticity]].

Grappling guns actually ''exist'' (see "RealLife" below), but the real ones are somewhat larger than depicted on screen, especially if not base-fired only (though recent designs allows more compact systems). As in "pneumatic grenade launcher of load-bearing design with built-in reel of strong rope" -- though strong crossbow could work too. Hook is massive, rope adds a lot of drag, so the launcher's power (and [[LawOfInverseRecoil recoil]]) should be considerable.

Partially busted by the ''Series/MythBusters'' in 2007. (Because the aforementioned size makes them too large to be carried around on a superhero belt.) An ascension device was built that essentially fit the size, but including the launching mechanism would have made it simply too bulky. Also, they couldn't get the grapple to consistently attach itself to the intended target.

A variation -- also partially busted by the ''Mythbusters'' -- has the grappling hook attached to the hero's (or villain's) car, for turning corners at high speed. There is no line capable of withstanding the sheer force that goes into a car turning at high speeds -- [[TechnologyMarchesOn yet]].


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''Anime/TheBigO'', which took inspiration from Batman, has a set of Grappling Hook ''cannons'' on its waist, which are used to pull things around, pierce enemies, hoist gigantic robots hundreds of feet into the air supported by a thin latticework, and anchor it into the ground before using its ultimate cannon attack. Roger Smith also possesses a Grappling Hook Pistol in his ''watch'' that makes an appearance nearly every time his feet leave the ground.
* Tiana in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' has a magical Grappling-Hook Pistol as part of her gun device.
* Joe the Condor's sidearm in ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''. Not only can it fire bullets or a hookline from the front, but also has a large weighted hook on the back and the gun can fire backwards. Joe will often use this to hit enemies that sneak up behind him. In one instance, he tricks someone who knocks him down, steals his gun, and tries to use it against him to kill himself by switching the triggers beforehand. Ryu the Owl carries a much smaller, normal one as well.
* Inexplicably, Hibari from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn!'' has one inside ''his tonfas''.
* The MS-07 B-3 Gouf Custom, seen in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'', exchanges the [[WhipItGood Heat Rod]] of the original model for an electrified grappling line. In the suit's first appearance, the pilot uses it '' to swing from enemy jets in flight''. Note that the jets aren't good for much afterwards.
* Hei in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' uses it (even with retractor) frequently on buildings and people alike, but with snap hooks on a thin metallic cable, not grappling hooks. And in two cases when he really needed to shoot some grapple far, he used a ''[[http://www.epicwin.org/img/darkerthanblack/24/04.jpg crossbow]]''. Hei's grapple line thing also seems to be anchored at one foot and at his waist on the same side, so there's no super-human arm strength involved.
* The [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frames]] in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' are usually equipped with one or more grapples called Slash Harkens, including flying versions. The Lancelot has one that can act like a pole to [[RocketJump boost itself into the air]] before it gets a flight module.
* [[Franchise/OnePiece Usopp]], being a sometime GadgeteerGenius, debuted something along these lines in the Skypiea arc: it fired from his belt, enabling him (in theory) to swing from tree to tree. It was called something along the lines of "Usopp [[{{Tarzan}} AaahAahAahAahAahAah]]!" In practice, he didn't figure a good way to ''detach'', which kept him from actually getting anywhere.
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Rosette has a grapnel gun built into her pistol that gets used once.
* ''Anime/{{Gasaraki}}'' has MiniMecha equipped with a pair of these in the shoulders. The pilot [[CallingYourAttacks activates them with a brief voice command]] and the [[AMechByAnyOtherName Tactical Armor]] automatically adjusts angle and power to land on rooftops and hopefully latch onto something, then winches the machine up to the top. Part of the reasoning for this is to allow the TA to get to the rooftop where it can get a good vantage on things like tanks, which would have trouble firing back. As one character observes, this allows them to use infantry tactics with armor-grade weaponry.
* ''Manga/SteamDetectives'' has the Wire Gun attachment for Narutaki's revolver.
* The 3D Maneuver Gear from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a form of this, albeit worn as a bulky belt-mounted apparatus. A bit more realistic than most, since it's depicted as having a large reel mechanism to house the cables and a pair of fairly large gas cannisters, acting as both the propellant for firing and retracting the hook as well as a way to add forward momentum to help push people along. The hooks are also occasionally seen to fail to latch to their targets, and running out of gas is a clear concern. Later into the manga, [[spoiler:a version of the maneuver gear is seen having proper grappling hook pistols used by the Military Police's [[SecretPolice Central 1st Brigade]]]].
* ''Anime/BatmanNinja''. Having time-travelled to feudal Japan, Batman throws down a smoke bomb to hide himself from advancing samurai, draws his grappling gun...and realises it won't work as [[RealityEnsues there aren't any tall buildings in the village]], so [[BoringButPractical he has to run away on foot]].

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* {{Franchise/Batman}} and all adaptations based on him - his grappling hook gun is [[DoesNotLikeGuns the one gun that he's willing to use]].
** Batman also [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent inspired]] Nighthawk from the ComicBook/SquadronSupreme in its many incarnations. Particularly in the "Supreme" series, in his own mini he uses it to blast through his analogue of the Joker, Whiteface, to create an anchor as he jumps after a baby he threw off. Then proceeds to kill him (Whiteface, not the baby!) by ripping out his guts with it.
** In ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', Batman opts for a grappling-hook ''rifle''. Of course, that was made before Batman's grappling gun was standard fare.
* ComicBook/SpiderMan's webshooters are similar, but it uses a special strong adhesive chemical called "web-fluid" instead. The ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' replaces the web fluid with "natural" spider webs, akin to his time after "the Other". ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' goes back to the webshooters. It's called web-fluid due to the fact that it has a tensile strength, appearance, and many physical properties similar to actual spider-webs. Given that it's essentially malleable fluid [[DuctTapeForEverything duct-tape]], it's about as versatile as it gets, regarding this trope. The web-launchers are also really tiny, mostly because they're gas powered and most of the power comes from the web fluid expanding on contact with air.
* Rorschach from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' has a Grappling-Hook Pistol that operates on compressed carbon dioxide gas; not only is it his trademark tool, [[ImprovisedWeapon he actually]] ''[[ImprovisedWeapon shoots someone]]'' [[ImprovisedWeapon with it at one point]]. It's also quite big, nearly lifesize to the real versions. Rorschach was actually given the grappling hook by Nite Owl, a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob, [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys gadgets galore]] type of hero who ends up appearing very similar to Batman -- even though he's actually a CaptainErsatz for the second ComicBook/BlueBeetle. Rorschach's gun is a lot more realistic than Batman's. It's much bigger, and it also doesn't have a motor in it to elevate him.
* In the 1940s, [[ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre the Sandman]] had one called a "wirepoon gun". His [[LegacyCharacter successor]], Sand, has used it as a weapon a couple of times. As a younger hero once pointed out: "Wirepoon. Sounds kinda dirty."
* Hilariously and realistically used in an issue of ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}''. Yes, he has the gun. But using it to go up 90 floors of a building takes ''forever''.
* Night Raven in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse wields one of these.
* In ''ComicBook/{{PS 238}}'', Moonshadow's costume includes a built-in grapple gun. He is getting better at using it.
* In ''ComicBook/LeScorpion'', the title character uses a grappling hook crossbow.
* ComicBook/{{Darkhawk}} has one built into his armor.
* ''ComicBook/DeffSkwadron'': Killboy has one built into his bionik arm, which he uses to hijack a plane (while it's still flying).
* Marshal Holly Day uses one to make her way across Tombstone in ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp: Home on the Strange''.


[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Calvin and Hobbes, emulating {{Franchise/Batman}} in a CrossOver with him, use these in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.

* {{Franchise/Batman}}: And in actuality, [[Film/{{Batman}} the 1989 movie]] was the first to make it a gun and not just a batarang with a rope tied to it.
** In the 1989 film, he asks Vicki Vale her weight to find out if his device will be able to hoist both of them off the ground. She lies about her weight, which causes the device to malfunction halfway up. In another instance, he used one that fired hooks in two opposite directions. Instead of lifting him off the ground, this allowed for rapid horizontal movement by acting as a zip line. It has continued all the way into the re-imagined franchise.
** In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', the titular character's wonderful toy (see the page quote for a more technical description) allows him to latch onto a monorail car as it makes its way towards Wayne Tower in the finale of the film. It also established a bit of slightly more realistic tech to the gun; the gun fires the projectile but it is anchored to the suit and the belt has a motor for the ascension. Since his costume is likely built with a harness that means it isn't reliant on his physical strength to hold on and allows him to snatch mooks and pull them to the ceiling.
** The Joker's men use one in the opening bank robbery in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', though it is the size of a rocket launcher instead of a pistol because they're [[LawOfInverseRecoil not as]] [[RuleOfCool cool]] as Batman. This is also because the current film franchise is doing its best to be realistic, and the Joker's thugs don't have the benefit of Bruce Wayne's company providing them with innovative technological solutions (read: supersience); they have to go with the tools they can snag off the black market or build themselves.
** In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Batman's grappling pistol sees a fair bit of use during the final battle with Doomsday, with Batman using it to evade Doomday's [[EyeBeams heat vision]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The "ascension guns" in ''Episode I: Film/ThePhantomMenace'', which seemed to be an attachment to the security forces' blaster pistols.
** The size of the rope, at least, is [[HandWave hand waved]] by its being "liquid cable."
** Luke had one of these all the way back in ''Film/ANewHope''. He and Leia used it to swing across a chasm in the Death Star.
** There's also the {{BFG}} versions mounted on the snowspeeders in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', proof that a properly utilized grappling hook can be the bane of any HumongousMecha. It was retroactively justified by saying that the speeders were used to tow cargo containers, thus the name [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin tow cable]]. The same movie has Luke use one on the belly of an AT-AT, getting him high enough to toss in a bomb.
** BB-8, being a spherical droid that's limited to rolling down surfaces with navigable inclines, has four grappling hooks built into his chassis, allowing him to pull himself over steep obstacles or out of holes.
* Silent Bob has a grappling hook pistol in the ''[[Film/TheViewAskewniverse Jay and Silent Bob]]'' films. Don't ask why.
* Chodaboy has a sex toy variant in ''Film/{{Orgazmo}}''.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' has Bond utilizing one built into his '''''wristwatch'''''.
** And earlier than that, he uses one that's inside his ''belt'' (although it [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything fires pitons]] instead of a grappling hook) in ''Film/GoldenEye''.
** At the start of ''Film/GoldenEye'' when he bungee jumps off the dam, he uses a grappling hook pistol to pull himself to the bottom.
** Even earlier was ''Film/DiamondsAreForever,'' where he uses an almost plausible gun that fires pitons. How it's able to pierce the building when it travels as relatively slow as it does and support Bond's weight is anybody's guess.
** ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' featured the "Rappel Belt." True to the '60s flair of the game, this was a hook that detached from Bond's belt and had to be thrown onto ledges, and climbing would retract it. It was a little more flexible than ''Eon's'' rappel gun in that Bond could swing across ledges with it.
* ''Film/InLikeFlint'': Derek Flint has such a device in his trick cigarette lighter - the grappler is the size of a small fishhook and the line as thin as dental floss, but he can still tightrope walk on it.
* ''Film/VanHelsing'' used one to escape from Dr. Frankenstein's castle. In ''the 1800's''.
* In ''Film/TheNakedGun 2 1/2'', Drebin shoots a bulky grappling hook gun to get to the top of a building, but it hits the side of the building and falls. On his second try, the grapnel snags the collar of an angry guard dog, which then chases him around the roof.
* In the movie of ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Klaus makes one out of an ''umbrella''. Just to clarify: the wonderful device which can't take the strain of being folded up, being opened, being rained on, or being in any kind of slight breeze, can apparently take the weight of a fourteen-year-old boy who uses it to climb up a tower. And that's not the stupidest part.
** In the book, it was Violet who made the hook, and it wasn't in the pistol. The movie made Klaus a bit of an AdaptationalBadass.
* The evil Marines from ''Film/TheRock'' use a grappling hook rifle to set up ziplines, in order to infiltrate and steal the Chemical Weapons.
* In ''Film/CharliesAngels'', Alex uses a grappling hook bow repeatedly throughout the movie, most notably at the end when she hooks it into the fuselage of an airborne helicopter with enough force that it can hold all three of the girls.
-->'''Alex:''' Let's see if I can win the ''teddyyyy beaarrrrrrr!!!!''
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' (2004). Sky Captain's modified Curtiss P-40 can fire wires tipped with spiked-grapnels, either as trip-wires for HumongousMecha, or to enable him to fly round very tight corners.
* Data's "Pinchers of Peril" in ''Film/TheGoonies''. This gadget appears to be made from [[HomemadeInventions wind-up teeth and a Slinky]] and turns out to be useful not only in saving him from a fall, but also for a later GroinAttack against the Fratellis.
* ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' explicitly references not just the trope, not just its most famous practitioner, but one of the most famous scenes using it, when, chased by [=LaFours=] (the best security guard in the mall), Silent Bob pulls out a grappling hook pistol and hauls himself and Jay up to safety; [=LaFours=] rounds the corner and doesn't see where they've gone. Then, at the top of the line:
-->'''Jay:''' [[ShoutOut Where do you get those wonderful toys]]?
* In ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', freaking [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever DEVASTATOR]] has them, the better to scale a pyramid to get at the doomsday machine. You wouldn't think a robot so humongazoid that he towers over the ''standard'' HumongousMecha even more than they do above humans would do much climbing, but he can and it is awesome.
* In ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', the [[strike:Sidekick]] [[{{Sidekick}} Hero Support]] training includes learning to use one of these; as with the ''Film/BatmanBegins'' example, the whole mechanism is built into the UtilityBelt, which acts as a harness. It also has the option to launch a net or an inflatable raft rather than a line.
* ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun'' gives us an interesting variant used by Grinder, one half of The Plague. Instead of using it to scale walls, however, it's used [[spoiler: as a kind of gallows-gun, the rope ending in a noose and not attached to the gun.]]
* In ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'', the ninjas use these to chase Snake-Eyes and Jinx across the mountain after they kidnap Storm Shadow.
* A helicopter is brought down with one in ''Film/FarCry''. Valerie accidentally fires a grappling-hook at the helicopter that is flying above the car that the main character Jack is driving. The helicopter then starts carrying the car when it goes over a cliff, and once the cable holding them together is cut, it flies up on the helicopter's main rotor and sends it crashing down.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'':
** Black Widow uses one to swing under a bridge in order to escape from the Winter Soldier and his goons.
** The Winter Soldier is similarly equipped, and during the climactic battle he uses it to catch Falcon mid-flight and bring him down.
* In Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'', Robin and Little John would fire rope arrows to set up escape paths to move themselves and money. Unlike Batman's sidekick Robin, this Robin does it with a bit of realism, in that once the arrow was fired, somebody on the other end had to tie it off, instead of relying on the arrow to support the weight.
* In ''WEsternAnimation/SherlockGnomes'', Watson's cane doubles as a grappling-hook gun.

* ''[[RunningGag Batman]]: Inferno'', among other non-graphic-novel, non-kids'-illustrated-storybooks. The grappling gun also shows up in the novelisation of ''Batman: No Man's Land''.
* The Kouriers in ''Literature/SnowCrash'' couldn't work if they weren't able to grab onto passing cars with their magnetic "'[[DoubleEntendre poons]]".
* The "Armalite MH-12 Maghook" features heavily in Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Shane Schofield'' books. The amount of times Scarecrow and the other protagonists have had their bacon saved by the timely application of a maghook would fill a small book by themselves. It's also started appearing in his other books.
* A grappling-hook arrow was used to enter a building in one of the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels. [[PsychicPowers Telekinesis]] was used to ensure it made it to the target.
* Played straight in ''[[Literature/TheLordsOfCreation In the Courts of the Crimson Kings]]'' by Creator/SMStirling, thanks to BioPunk. A Martian 'grappeling hook' is a genetically-engineered octopoid creature that grabs onto the nearest object once it lands, thus avoiding all these problems.
* During the siege on a town in the [[Literature/TheBelgariad Malloreon]], they use catapults to launch grappling hooks over the city walls. Of course instead of using them to scale the walls, they use them to pull them down. But not before Belgarion and [[spoiler:Durnik]] soak the ground good by magically creating a spring under it and turn the foundation to mud. Still, very cool.
* In the ''Literature/StarTrekTyphonPact'' novel ''Zero-Sum Game'', Bashir and Sarina Douglas have "bolt-launchers" which resemble tiny harpoon-guns trailing monofiliment wire. They can also be set for zero-recoil for use in space, although at one point Bashir intentionally ''doesn't'' do this to use it as a low-power personal thruster.
* In ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'', Black Torrent gives one to Dark Flame (Sara), because he knows that she has doesn't have the resources to create (or buy) high-tech crimefighting gear [[CrimefightingWithCash like he does.]] She takes it as a display of affection.
-->'''Sara:''' He gave me a grappling hook.
-->'''Madge:''' Thatís not the same as giving you a ring, Sara.
* Lawman and magic user Waxillium from ''Literature/ShadowsOfSelf'' asks weaponsmith Ranette to make one for him. The first version is simply an iron hook on a rope, but since Wax is able to Push on any metals, sending them flying away from the centre of his body, it works very well. The second version is even more complicated, because the hooks are hidden within a metal sphere and can be activated and retracted remotely.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[Series/{{Batman}} The '60s]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Batman]] featured a grappling hook ''mortar'' in one episode. In fact, "rope climbing up a building that looks suspiciously like the camera was set on its side" is one of the hallmark TV Batman scenes (bonus points for surprise pop-up celebrity cameos).
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' uses a slightly more plausible variant with the line attached to an arrow and the vigilante either zip lining on his bow or using some kind of portable winch to rapidly ascend to the tops of buildings. No explanation as to where he's keeping all that rope.
* James West not only used one routinely in ''Series/TheWildWildWest'', but also managed to have it imperceptibly hidden up his sleeve on a mechanism that would shove it into his hand on demand. He was also able to produce various other devices as needed by the plot, including guns, knives, and, most improbably, a flare launcher.
* One of the realistic prop gadgets Jett has on the set is a compact grappling hook, which is used to rescue his best friend who's trapped in a well in the pilot episode of ''Series/TheFamousJettJackson''.
* Downplayed in the second ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode, "Lonely Hearts". Angel tries to use a Grappling Hook Gun to get himself and Detective Kate Lockley (prompting the response "...who ''are'' you?") out of a room they are trapped in, but the wooden beam the wire attaches to crumbles under their weight. He did use it once again, without incident in "She" to gain entry to an office building. It worked fine that time; obviously he learned from his mistake. Probably it was too expensive or cliched a stunt to replicate again. Wesley had a grapnel-launcher at the end of Season 4/beginning of Season 5, which he used at least once.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' was equipped with the Grappler -- not a primitive tractor beam, as you might expect, but twin starship-hauling-sized grappling hooks. Also, a fighter spacecraft in ''Series/BabylonFive'' is shown using a grappler early in the series, presumably to differentiate the series from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and also because the CGI effect was pretty cool.
* Delta Runner Two in ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' has a magnetic grappler. The Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive were also equipped with "OO zip shooters".
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'''s Eureka Maru used nigh-unbreakable Fullerene "buckycables" to collect [[strike:anything not nailed down]] salvage. And the force lances could be rigged for grapple-launching as well (Though it doesn't quite qualify as a "pistol" since the lance is extended for grapple-launching.)
* As mentioned in the trope description, tested by the Series/MythBusters, and partially busted. The ascension system worked fine (powered by a battery on Jaime's belt) but the propulsion system to launch the hook (or, specifically, a harpoon able to embed itself securely in concrete to make a zipline) makes it far bigger than hand-held. The main thing to consider, and something they point out themselves, is that while they are skilled engineers and have access to some of the top quality materials in the business is that they are still working with a limited time frame. It can be considered that if they spent years of R&D they might create something even more compact and capable of doing both things without issue.
* One of the gadgets used by ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' protagonist Shotaro is the Spider Shock, a wristwatch that can turn into a robot spider and has this as one of its functions.
* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'': A good-sized number of the Ultramen's opponents have built-in versions of these, notably Barabas from ''Series/UltramanAce'', Tyrant from ''Series/UltramanTaro'' ([[HybridMonster which is actually that of Barabas]]), Alien Babalou from ''Series/UltramanLeo'', and Alien Reflect from Series/UltramanMebius''.
* H.G. Wells' Grappler in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''. Strangely, it's put into the Warehouse after she gives it to Myka. It's hard to believe a grappling gun would be a dangerous Artifact, especially since it would be fairly easy to check for its "Artifact-ness" (simply dunk it into the purple liquid they use; if there's a flash, it's an Artifact). On the other hand, some of the items kept in the Warehouse are not Artifacts per se but simply ingenious inventions that some Warehouse agent has decided not to give to the world (the Tesla, for example, would be extremely useful for crowd control or hostage rescue; and the Farnsworth would make cell phones obsolete; then there's the electric car that can be powered by a person's bio-electricity). It is lost in Season 3 when used by Myka to temporarily keep an elevator from falling. The rope snaps a few seconds later, and the Grappler is, presumably, destroyed when the elevator crashes.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* There is a grappling hook coil gun in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Ultra-Tech''. Rather than a pistol it's counted as a form of grenade launcher. You can use it to play {{Franchise/Batman}}.
* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} features grappling hook guns, along with rules for use as weapons (dealing stun damage) and implantation as cyberware.
* TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons introduced the Rod of Ropes in Complete Scoundrel, which allows wielders to use it as a grapple gun, a zip-line, or as a rope dispenser.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' includes some [[TrickArrow Trick Arrows]] serving this purpose, such as barbed arrows that grapple a foe and grappling arrows that are just small grappling hooks. In a slight nod toward realism, these arrows have a greatly reduced range compared to normal arrows. There are also grappling bolts and hand crossbows for the closest low-tech equivalent to this trope. The ''[[SchizoTech Technology Guide]]'' gives us an autograpnel as a two-handed gun.
* TabletopGame/{{LegendSystem}} gives these out to Rangers as part of the [[CrazyPrepared Professional Soldier]] track. In addition to the usual wall scaling duties it lets you [[SimpleYetAwesome make a short range attack that knock opponents down]] and drags them over to you.
* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' features the grappler, a lightweight rifle sized grapnel launcher with a magnetic head and vise-like claws. They're usually used by asteroid belt miners who'd rather not drift off into the deep black.
* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' the [[SuperiorSuccessor Primaris]] [[SuperSoldier Marine]] [[TerrorHero Reivers]] can be equipped with grapnel launchers in order to scale buildings and ruins as part of their infiltrations. In the 8th Edition of the game, these launchers allow Reivers to ignore vertical distances when moving, something all other infantry models must factor into their movement.
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' the Grapnel Launcher[[note]]known simply as a Grapnel in the first two editions of the game[[/note]] is a magnetic grappling hook that can be purchased at a trading post. The 1st and 2nd Edition versions were Rare Items of wargear that allowed a model to winch themselves up and down levels instead of moving normally and could also be used as weak ImprovisedWeapon. The 3rd Edition version meanwhile is a Common Item what allows the user to move in any direction by using a special action but cannot be used as a weapon.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame Lego Batman]]''.
* ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'':
** Also featured is a Burton-Bats style zipline launcher and a weaponised variant used to pull things around rather than for climbing. He can even use it to stop himself from falling in {{Bottomless Pit}}s.
** In the sequel, Arkham City, you can even upgrade it with a version equipped with a more powerful motor that not only elevates him, but launches him in the air.
** And the ''VideoGame/BatmanForever'' game for the Super NES. WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd comments on how Batman's "grappling dick" (since he shoots it out of his crotch) is activated by the freaking ''Select'' button.
* ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueHeroes'' puts an interesting twist on the usual usage. Since there's little to no platforming in the game, Batman's GHP instead is used in an attack: He shoots it at an enemy, and the GHP pulls him into the enemy for a kick.
* Batman uses it again in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''. This time, he can shoot it either forward ot upward (to intercept the opponent if he or she is jumping).
-->'''Batman:''' [[ShoutOut Get do]][[Franchise/MortalKombat wn here!]]
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Tribes}} Tribes: Vengeance]]'' (A game set in the {{VideoGame/Starsiege}} universe) has a grappling hook pistol, which shoots out a hook at extremely fast speeds and latches onto any surface except for players. You can use the grappling hook to pull extremely fast turns when flying down mountains, use it to latch onto vehicles, and if you have insanely good aim, grab weapons and ammo off the ground while moving.
* The first and second ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' games play the [[TrickArrow arrow-with-rope]] (and arrow-with-''[[OrganicTechnology vine]]'') version completely straight - rope arrows and vine arrows are part of your fairly wide arsenal of {{trick arrow}}s. In certain missions, using them is often the only solution to access otherwise inaccessible and plot-relevant areas. Rope arrows were taken out of the third game due to technical difficulties and replaced with [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks climbing gloves]]. The upcoming fourth game will reintroduce them and also add a small grappling hook pistol in addition to the bow-fired {{trick arrow}}s. Said grappling hook will be able to stick to surfaces that are inaccessible to rope arrows. (Hence why the player will have to use both the pistol and the arrows for different climbing challenges and puzzles.)
* The Hookshot from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series, a SchizoTech-tastic item that shoots out a VariableLengthChain that latches on to wooden objects or specialized targets.
** The item made its debut in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' and has appeared, in some form or another, in nearly every game in the series afterwards. In the SNES game, it is the flagship item of the Swamp Palace.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' has both the basic Hookshot and the upgraded Longshot, which, obviously, is quite a bit longer. The ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' version has a range that is average between the two ''Ocarina'' versions.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]'' has the Switch Hook, which, rather than pulling Link toward an object, makes him switch places with it. It can also be upgraded into the Long Hook, which is about twice the length.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'' both have regular old [[InstantKnots Grappling Hooks]], though the former has a Hookshot as well.[[note]]it appears ''much'' later than in other games, however, namely in the penultimate dungeon, so the Grappling Hook won't be superseded for a while (especially since it has other uses anyway, such as acting as a salvage crane to retrieve underwater treasure and being used to steal enemy items)[[/note]]
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' has the Clawshot. Rather than getting a length upgrade, you get another one later on, allowing Link to BuildingSwing with the best of them. The Dual Clawshots return in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', and this time they're collected together.
** The hookshot returns in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'', usable in eight directions rather than ''A Link to the Past's'' four. It can also be upgraded to work faster and inflict damage, whereas in ''[=ALttP=]'' it would only stun enemies that weren't specifically programmed to die from it.
** It also appears in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriForceHeroes Tri Force Heroes]]'' as the Gripshot, where it can be used to grapple onto your own teammates to traverse ledges when nothing else is available to grapple onto.
** In the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series, Link and his clones can use the Hookshot to latch onto edges to avoid falling from the battle stage. The ''Twilight Princess'' incarnation of Link uses the Clawshots instead.
* The extremely useful grappling hook from the ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' series of {{ninja}} {{Stealth Based Game}}s is apparently an ordinary, hand-swung version -- but nonetheless shares all of the features of the Grappling-Hook Pistol, including the ability to almost instantly pull you to the anchoring point. Must be a ninja thing.
* Functionally, this was the main power of the main character in the [=NES=] game ''VideoGame/BionicCommando.'' Unique in how the writers recognized the inhuman strength required and explained that he had to be a cyborg with the grappling hook built in with ''hydraulics'' for this to work. Not only that, but Radd couldn't jump. ''In an NES platformer''. The programmers took a ''huge'' leap of faith here, but [[RuleOfFun it paid off]]. Although the NES game doesn't show the main character (Ladd or Radd depending on which version you're playing) being of any particular build, and looking entirely human in all respects, the Playstation 3/Xbox 360/[=PC=] remake and sequel establish that the bionic arm is ''freaking huge'', literally half the size of the titular bionic commando. As an added bonus, it allows him to pull off feats of super-human strength, though in the trailers, that strength is only applied directly to his arm, not the rest of him.
* The Special Forces expansion pack for ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2]]'' gives some classes a crossbow that fires a cable that can be used as a zipline. Grappling hooks are also available to some classes, though they're the old-school hand-thrown variety.
* The ''VideoGame/HalfLife1: Opposing Force'' expansion features a grappling hook weapon, although not a pistol. Rather, it's an alien barnacle that's been detached and that can be used on some maps to latch onto biological outcroppings. And in ''Machinima/FreemansMind'', Gordon Freeman's InternalMonologue continually laments that his HEV suit doesn't have one.
* Ada Wong frequently uses one in ''Resident Evil 4'', ''Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles'', and ''Resident Evil 6''. And Leon uses a grapple belt to escape one of TheDragon's traps in ''4''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'' has the titular grappling hook-type weapon that is used to pierce enemies and pull their now-lifeless corpses to you, as well as being able to destroy/collapse items, usually in a single shot. You never use it for climbing though, seeing as how the cord/rope is a ''frickin' laser'' that's used to incinerate enemies.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'' series of games feature a "ninja rope" that can be lengthened and retracted at will, plus released and refired while in midair over and over to replicate SpiderMan's method of travel. Mastery of the ninja rope is necessary to become a true worm warrior.
* ''Franchise/JamesBond''
** In ''VideoGame/AgentUnderFire'', Bond actually has one of these '''''inside his cell phone!'''''
** In ''James Bond 007: VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'', Bond carried a variant of this, called a "rappel gun", which functioned like a GHP, but he had to walk up a wall in order to retract it (!).
** In ''VideoGame/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', Bond gets a watch with several functions, including a grappling hook. Of course, in single player you had to aim for a large yellow and black block on the ceiling, after which a rope would "fall down" for Bond to climb.
* The ''VideoGame/LegoStarWars'' games go one up on ''Phantom Menace'' by allowing any character with a blaster to connect it to a grappling hook. The "blaster" category includes all varieties of pistols as well as Chewbacca's crossbow and the Ewok's slingshot.
* They appear as a Crusader weapon in ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon''... however, instead of being used for anything remotely plausible, they're used to grab enemies and ''[[MortalKombat drag them to you]].''. Why? [[RuleOfCool Because it's cool.]]
* Goemon from the ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'' games never left home without his chain pipe.
* Lucas from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' makes use of a "rope snake", a happy stretchy snake. The Rope Snake was originally used by Duster in ''Mother 3''; he used it to swing across gaps in a dilapidated castle. In a later chapter, the entire party has to hang onto the snake [[spoiler:while it hangs from the Pig Army's main aircraft]], but it can't support the weight. Having thus dishonored its ancestors, it changes its name to Snake Rope and mopes.
* Starting from the second installment of the ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series, Kratos has the ability to use his [[WhipSword Blades]] like this.
* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series' Grapple Beam.
** In both the first ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' and in ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes Echoes]]'', the beam when acquired takes the form of a literal gun that clips under Samus' left arm. In ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption Corruption]]'' it takes the form of a disc attachment to the back of Samus' left hand -- but adds being able to latch onto ''and yank away'' certain obstacles like metal bars, plates, enemy deflector shields, etc. Later in ''Corruption'', Samus gets the Grapple Voltage device which augments the functionality further by allowing her to siphon energy from her tanks into another device to power it up, or siphon it away from a device or enemy to recharge her own reserves. A Phazon-based version allows her to dump Phazon into the target; [[spoiler:she can use this to prolong her purity on Phaaze as well.]]
** The Grapple Beam also appears in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series, where it can work as a long-distance enemy grab, or let you grab stage edges to recover from falls. In ''Brawl,'' the emergency pistol Samus wields in armorless ("Zero Suit") form includes grapple functionality as well.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
** The Thunder Claw in ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' functioned similarly. It would extend its normal firing range if a grabbable object was nearby.
** The Wire Adapter from ''[[VideoGamae/MegaMan4 4]]'' could only be fired straight up, but otherwise followed the trope. ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'' upgraded the Wire Adapter by expanding its range and allowing it to damage enemies.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX2'' had the Strike Chain, which was a horizontal-only variant. Charging the weapon with the X-Buster upgrade extended it's range.
* The Chain Rod in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 2'' was perhaps the most versatile. It could be fired horizontally, vertically or diagonally and let you grapple from nearly any surface. It could also be used to pull crates, and occasionally, enemies around.
* Variant in ''VideoGame/TriggerheartExelica'': Exelica and Crueltear use the grappling hook cannon-like Anchor Shot to, rather than travel, grab and pull enemies toward ''them'', and spin them around as a shield, or toss them at an enemy hammerthrow-style.
* One of the many powers of Nero's Devil Bringer from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' - he can use either "Hell Bound" to pull himself through the air, or "Snatch" to drag enemies towards him and knock them off their feet. In ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'', Dante gains a pair of new forms for Rebellion that are effectively grappling hooks. Much like the above, the Angelic form drags Dante towards enemies and obstacles, while the Demonic form drags them towards him instead.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}} 2: World in Flames'' has a grappling hook used exclusively for the purpose of ''[[RuleOfCool hijacking helicopters midair]]''.
* Scorpion from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' can use a hook-like power to attract his opponents ("Get over here!"). In TheMovie, it's not just a weapon, it's some kind of freaky symbiote living inside his body.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'', the player characters periodically had to make use of a grappling hook gun to access certain areas. However, it was a closer in size to a rifle than a pistol, taking up a 2/6 inventory blocks at one time. And it realistically can only hold 150 pounds max, which means only the lighter Rebecca Chambers can use it to pull herself up.
* ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'': The "Threewave CTF" [[GameMod mod]] (and all since that copied it, including the [[AscendedFanon officialized]] ''VideoGame/QuakeII'' CTF) included an offhand grappling hook to move around the levels faster.
** ''VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena'' had a DummiedOut Grappling Hook among its weapons. The weapon was finished and fully modelled by its SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/OpenArena''.
* In ''Franchise/TombRaider'', Lara Croft uses them. A grappling hook was used in the beginning cinematic in the original ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' game but never used again, however, in the remake Lara actually used her [[strike:grappling hook]] Magnetic Grapple. Lara's grappling gun seems more like a replacement for her super long jumps she used to have in the older games because beginning with Legend, Lara's jumps became "bunny hops". Her current magnetic grapple is small, but workable with Phlebotinum. ''Chronicles'' is the first time you could use a grappling gun. Unlike the newer one, or even Anniversaries', this grappling gun was much closer in size to a real one and you actually had to be precise with your aim. In the newer games, all you have to do is position the camera and Lara in the general direction of a ring to successfully use your grapple.
* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' parodies this by using ''himself'' as a grappling hook for his SuperSuit. And his nemesis Psy-Crow uses a grappling ''fishhook'' gun as his weapon to try and pry Jim ''out'' of his suit.
* ''VideoGame/JustCause'' and its sequel. Used not only to hijack planes and helicopters, but also to glide while being towed by a car. The sequel also allows the player to hook a mook to a vehicle and drag him around, while ''3'' amps up the destructive potential by letting both ends, attached to different objects/people, retract at high speed, turning the grappling hook into an excellent building wrecker.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'' has the Dragon Claw for this purpose.
* ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah'' gives you the Rope Bow, a magic bow that upon hitting something made of wood spits out a bit of rope for you to swing/climb on.
* The sci-fi third-person shooter ''VideoGame/LostPlanet'' allows the protagonist to grapple up objects among other things with his Anchor. Note that the protagonist does not need a special weapon in order to grapple, but he must be on the ground to use it.
* Inputting "Grapple" in ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' gives you one of these. It's very useful.
* In ''VideoGame/{{XIII}}'' the character has a grappling hook launcher that attaches to hooks placed around the environment. while the launching mechanism is so small that it's hidden by the player characters hand while he's using it, it appears to attach to a harness the player wears.
* In the first ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' game, one of the bonus items Cate Archer can get is a grappling hook hidden inside her belt buckle used primarily to reach secret areas.
* The bonus levels of the first ''VideoGame/AliensVsPredator'' game on the PC gave a grappling hook to the marine to allow him to traverse the Alien levels.
* Adding a grappling hook is a common mod for first-person shooters such as ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' and ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}''.
* Hazama/Terumi from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' can use his Ouroboros Drive in this manner to pull himself to his opponents.
* Alex Mercer from ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' does not really need a grapple device, being an excellent ''[[LeParkour traceur]]''. However, his upgraded Whipfist does allow him to reach out and snag stuff to either pull to him or, if it's bigger, pull himself to it.
* ''Arumana no Kiseki'' (''Miracle of Almana''), a side-scrolling platformer by {{Creator/Konami}} released exclusively in Japan for the Family Computer Disk System, features an Indiana Jones-like adventurer who navigates a cave by grappling hook.
* Trilby, of the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'', uses a Grappling Hook ''umbrella'', and it works.
* In ''VideoGame/BlasterMaster Overdrive'', the [[CoolCar S.O.P.H.I.A.]] can acquire a grappling hook attachment to allow it to zip up toward certain ceilings.
* The protagonist of ''[[{{Creator/Nitrome}} Frost Bite]]'', a would-be mountain climber, uses this as both her only mountain-climbing equipment and her primary defense against [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti yeti]]s and the like.
* ''VideoGame/RocketJockey'' gives each rocket bike two grappling hooks-mostly for better turning, but the two cables can also be joined together, creating clotheslines and attaching objects to each other. [[VideogameCrueltyPotential The greatest uses for them are on other jockeys, of course!]]
* Jack van Burace of ''VideoGame/WildArms'' and its remake, ''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild Arms Alter Code: F]],'' gains one of these in the course of the game. It's mostly used to get through otherwise-unpassable sections of the dungeons. Given the kind of acceleration the thing has, it's a wonder it doesn't rip his arms off or pull itself out of his grasp. Full stop to full speed in roughly zero time.
* One of the new power-ups introduced in ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet 2'' is the Grappling Hook. It basically works like a ranged version of the regular grab, plus the mobility of a Grappling Hook, of course.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Strife}}'' this is used against you by a boss. It doesn't do much damage on its own but he likely throws you off high ledges in the process.
* The fishing pole in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' isn't meant for this purpose, but it has the ability to stick to mobs and when you yank the reel back, the mob is dragged to you, making it extremely handy to drag flying mobs like Ghasts and Blazes to you so you can whack them with your sword, or hook the line to a mob across a cliff and yank the line to make them fall in the abyss or even a lava pit.
* One of the brush techniques in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' allow Amaterasu to let the vine of a hovering flower platform attach her to reach previously inaccessible spots.
* Section has one on his Data Glove Paired in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2''.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', Yoshi's tongue can be used this way when floating flower-shaped hooks are nearby.
* ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' allows any character who chooses the "Acrobatics" travel power set to utilize Batman Style grappling hooks. It comes in two varieties: A vertical shot to ascend buildings and a horizontal shot to head towards climbable walls. It's the fastest way to ascend vertically, but limited by the need for a wall to climb.
* Nautilus in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' does this with an ''anchor'' throwing it at terrain to make quick escapes or catch enemies. If it hits a champion it drags them back too and they meet in the middle. Blitzcrank mixes this with a RocketPunch. He launches off his right hand to grab an enemy (like, say, the squishy enemy carry) and pull them back to him, where they are horribly murdered by the rest of his team.
* In ''Mystery Trackers 2: Raincliff'' you end up using a bow and grappling-hook arrow to climb a palace balcony at one point.
* In ''VideoGame/RemnantsOfSkystone'', one of the character classes has shooting out grappling hooks willy-nilly as their special ability.
* In ''VideoGame/UmiharaKawase'', the main character's rubber fishing line works like this.
* ''VideoGame/GoofTroop'' has this as one of the most useful items. Doubles as a way to defeat small enemies or stun big ones, and as a way to make a rope bridge.
* Jazz in ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'' has an energy based variant, used for both climbing and pulling away wreckage.
* The Swingshot in the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series. It allows Ratchet to latch on to floating targets and swing across gaps, and has appeared in every game in the franchise to date. The Hypershot in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Up Your Arsenal]]'' combines this with the Dynamo from ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]'', allowing Ratchet to activate floating platforms with it as well.
* Two high-tech PoweredArmor suits (Skeleton and Ghost) in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' have a built-in Grappling-Hook ''Gauntlet'', allowing your soldiers to leap across the terrain like grasshoppers. The tactical advantage this confers, especially on urban maps, turns most engagements into {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s, as the XCOM operatives take to the roofs on their first turn and hold their high ground (''and'' cover!) until all aliens are dead.
** Spider and Wraith Suits from ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' both have built-in grappling hooks. Skirmishers in the ''War of the Chosen'' DLC also have grappling hooks, and can use them to pull enemies in (or pull ''themselves'' to an enemy) and deliver a melee attack.
* Swaine's pistol in ''Videogame/NiNoKuni'' is a variation; it fires multiple wires that are too weak to be used for climbing, but it can be used to pick locks and open treasure chests that would otherwise be out of the party's reach.
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilterDarkMirror'' has one that allows Logan to latch onto wires and use them as zip lines.
* ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'' has a [[GhostPirate skeletal pirate]] boss named Captain Skull. He uses his extendable HookHand to quickly move around the two halves of a wrecked ship that serve as his battle arena.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nexuiz}}'' and its SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/{{Xonotic}}'' both have their own version of the Grappling Hook.
* ''VideoGame/ClusterTruck'' has one as an unlockable.
* ''VideoGame/{{Sundered}}'' has the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Grappling Hook]], which is mounted on Esheís belt. When fired at one of the floating metal rings found in certain areas (or at a bossís [[AttackItsWeakPoint Elder Shard fragments]]), the Grappling Hook will latch onto the ring and quickly reel Eshe in, flinging her past the ring like a slingshot.
* In the ''VideoGame/ToyStory2'' LicensedGame, in the "Elevator Hop" level, Buzz can unlock the Grappling Hook by finding Mr. Potato Headís foot and bringing it to him. To use it, Buzz can lock onto special targets in the visor view.
* Rex, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'', has one of these built into the left arm of his salvager outfit. He can use it in battle to dig small health potions out of the target, and later learns how to use it to topple enemies as part of a Driver combo.
* One of the upgrades in ''VideoGame/EnvironmentalStationAlpha'' is the Hookshot and much of the game's platforming centers around careful use of the it to swing towards high places.

* This [[OverusedRunningGag Batman]] [[http://batmanandsons.blogspot.com/2009_04_01_archive.html webcomic]] features several uses of the grappling hook, including a scene where Batman uses it to win a foot race (don't ask).
* ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' give Jenn a {{Steampunk}} grappling hook projector in [[http://galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=651 this strip]]. She's not impressed.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Standard issue for [[McNinja Smoke Knights]] (Seen [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060630 here]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080917 and here]]). And [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100721 yet another]] Order's operative. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030321 The Baron had one, too.]]
* The Raccoon from ''Webcomic/KiwiBlitz''.
* The Raccoon from ''Webcomic/TheIncredibleAndAweInspiringSerialAdventureOfTheAmazingPlasmaMan'' (no relation).
* The fishing reels of the [[MagicKnight Fishermen]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. They aren't used to lift its user up, but to tie down enemies and retrieve items.
* Desert Fox of ''Webcomic/{{Supermom}}'' wields one as part of her equipment.
* Titania gives Dana one of these in ''WebComic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', saying she had used it often during her own Wonderella days. Dana wonders what use ''she'd'' have for it, but Titania reassures her she'll think of something. [[spoiler: Dana uses it to take out a couple bullies harassing an overweight Wonderella fan.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'', the sky pirate captain Popari Swiftwind uses one to board enemy airships.
* ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'': Buckaress meets a hero with one of these, and she complains that she's not some "[[CrimefightingWithCash rich hero]]" who can afford that sort of thing. It's pointed out that the city has [[CityOfAdventure the highest superhero per capita rate in the nation]], so {{Grappling Hook Pistol}}s are sold at every hardware store.


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* Batman in [[WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC The Randomverse]].
* Generator (Jade Sinclair) at the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse has one in an arm bracer. But she can cheat. [[spoiler:She can cast a psychokinetic copy of herself into objects, so she can always make the "grappler" end do what she wants.]]
* In Machinima/RedVsBlue S9, Agent Carolina. Apparently, grappling a turret and then pulling can be ''hilarious''. Not for the user.
* Justified with Flechette of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', who has a [[GadgeteerGenius tinker]] made chain fabrication machine installed in her arbalest, which when combined with her power to [[NoArcInArchery make a projectile ignore gravity]], allows her to overcome the difficulties inherent in this trope.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': The Cheat Commandos use one to get to [[VillainsOutShopping the supermarket]] the evil Blue Laser are all shopping at in "Shopping for Danger."
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Frog gets one as a prize at the end of [='VRcade'=].

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' (where he once used his Grappling-Hook Pistol to apparently hook onto the ''sky''), ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight'', and especially ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. Also, [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGalleryPart1 Harley Quinn]] attempted to use her own device for that. It didn't have enough punch to throw the hook high enough, but turned out useful for knocking people out.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has one of these, as seen in the page pic. It's [[ShoePhone shaped like a hair dryer]]. Her use of ShoePhone tech is probably based more on fashion sense than stealth, though, because everyone knows she's a superhero.
* In a clear parody, the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Head In The Polls" has Leela using a grappling hook rifle. On landing, it walked over to a pipe like a spider, grabbed on, and tugged twice on the rope to tell her it was anchored. Yay for the year 3000.
* This is one of the most commonly used attachments for WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck's all-purpose "gas gun."
* The [[ShoePhone Expandable Cable Bungee Belt]] on ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''.
* [[WrenchWench Gadget]] from ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' uses something similar in the pilot "To the Rescue"; however, instead of a grappling hook, it uses a suction cup (as do most of her inventions). In other episodes, she uses a self-made crossbow with the same function.
* Although not named, it's in fairly common usage in ''WesternAnimation/MaxSteel'': The titular character has a gun version in hammer-space, while one of his partners, Kat Ryan, has a small version built in to her watch.
* Razor of the ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' has a grappling hook firing device on his glove.
* ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' can convert her standard gun into one with the simple expedience of replacing the magazine with a pressurized gas reservoir and cramming the hook down the barrel.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' featured both low ''and'' high tech versions: the [[EliteMooks Yu-Yan Archers]] fired ropes tied to arrows, enhancing their capacity to give chase. And, as seen in "The Northern Air Temple," the Fire Nation's all-terrain tanks have grappling-hook-tipped chains they fire to ascend shear surfaces. Notable in that both examples are in use [[SchizoTech by the same society in the same era]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the [[ExtraOreDinary Metalbending Police Force]] uses what could best be described as steel Grappling Hook ''[[WhipItGood Whips]]'', which are equally useful in snaring crooks as they are in swinging from building to building.
* One of Agent K's favorite wepons/tools on ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements''.
* Zak Saturday's Claw in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays''.
* Agent P in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
* One of the functions of the goop shooters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Grossology}}''.
* Alpine from ''GIJoe''. Even his toy comes equipped with one.
* Detective Yashimoto of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'' has the Grappling Hook rifle thing that he carries around his back.
* Optimus Prime from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''.
* One of the discarded Fun Meal toys from [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts ''Small Fry'']] is a grappler gun.
* Crazy Stunts' duel pistols in ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce''.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' when Creator/AdamWest guest stars as part of a Crimson Chin movie being made. He gets around primarily with one, and tells everyone else "[[LampshadeHanging You need to get one of these]]."
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Great Uncle 'Grunkle' Stan Pines allows his niece and nephew Mabel and Dipper to take whatever they want from the Mystery Shack gift shop. While Dipper chooses a hat with a pine tree emblem, Mabel pulls out a '''GRAPPLING HOOK!''' [[spoiler: [[ChekhovsGun It actually comes in handy]] in the season one finale.]]
* Shnitzel has one in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' episode "Weekend at Shnitzel's" that he uses when he abducts Senorita Mesquite.
* Moriarty uses one to escape from Lestrade in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury''.
* In the opening episode of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', Kit Cloudkicker -- escaping from Don Karnage's air pirates -- seizes a GrapplingHookPistol, throws himself from the ''Iron Vulture'' -- several thousand feet up -- and uses the hook and his airfoil to hitch a ride behind a passing airplane. (His expression at one point suggests that if he has to put a grappling hook through Karnage, he just might.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', the [[EliteMooks ARC troopers]] use magnetic grappling guns to ascend a tower, [[OutrunTheFireball away from the gun they just blew up]] at its base. Once Obi-Wan joins them they enter the tower and {{Fast Rop|ing}}e right back down.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'', Batman tells (and shows) Blue Beetle why he built his Grappling-Hook Gun when they see a younger Batman attempt to scale a building with just a normal grappling hook and rope - he ends up missing his first attempt and making sure no one saw him as he went from attempt 2.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* This is a common component in {{Franchise/Batman}} cosplays.
* Plumett Ltd. -- [[http://home.btclick.com/smithandjewell/plumett/ several variants]], shoulder fired one is 47kg. 45m horizontal:30m vertical or 55m h 15m v trajectory. Sadly, it is too bulky for {{Franchise/Batman}}'s utility belt.
* [[http://www.hhenriksen.com/Inventory/Navision/BE002442 REBS Launcher]] -- up to 50 m upwards or 80 m horizontally. A version of this weapon was used during the D-Day landings to fire grapnels with climbing ropes attached up cliff faces on the French coast, enabling Royal Marine Commandos and US Rangers to storm German positions on the heights. The weapon itself was too large to be man-portable, though, and certainly not a pistol.
* The Russian [[BigFuckingGun 6.27 gauge]] [[http://world.guns.ru/shotgun/rus/ks-23-e.html KS-23]] shotgun can fire a [[http://i.imgur.com/WQRSpKG.jpg grappling hook]] with blank rounds equipped. Again, not a pistol, but still man-portable.