"Hooks in you, hooks in me, hooks in the ceilingA Sub-Trope of Improvised Weapon, a hook is a curved or bent device for catching, holding, or pulling, while a crook is an implement having a bent or hooked form, such as a shepherd's staff. These can be great weapons with the addition of tripping and catching things. Included are canes and fishing hooks. Hooks on a rope or chain can also be used as Grappling-Hook Pistol. Often seen (in cartoons mostly) in situations where a comedian is doing so poorly on stage that a large wooden crook on a stick comes up from offstage and yanks him away: see Vaudeville Hook. See also Hook Hand, Cane Fu, Parasol of Pain, Anchors Away and Crowbar Combatant.
For that well hung feeling
No big deal, no big sin, strung up on love
I Got the hooks screwed in."
For that well hung feeling
No big deal, no big sin, strung up on love
I Got the hooks screwed in."
— Iron Maiden, "Hooks In You"
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Anime and Manga
- One member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad in Berserk uses a long two-headed crook with spikes on the inside as his weapon.
- One of the Captain Hook's pirates in Peter Pan no Bouken has a hook shaped sword.
- One Piece: Sir Crocodile sports a huge Hook Hand and at least one of Whitebeard's allies was armed with hooked sabers.
- Giichi in Blade of the Immortal fights with a hook on a chain that grabs and breaks his enemies' swords.
- Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Fitting its general "pirate" theme, the Gundam AGE-2 Dark Hound has two hooks at the end of cables mounted on its forearms. They are used as mid-range weapons and to yank the enemy around, throwing him off balance.
- Dokuro: Takeo's weapon, the Fangblade Wire, is a wire with a hook at the end.
- I Know What You Did Last Summer: the serial killer uses a hook as a weapon. It later becomes a Hook Hand after his hand is torn off.
- Since they were on a ship when they died, some of the ghosts in John Carpenter's The Fog wield hooks.
- Cenobites in Hellraiser attack, incapacitate and kill their victims with hooks on chains that they can summon from anywhere.
- Jacob Goodnight, the villain of See No Evil, kills with hook on a chain.
- One of the weapons of the titular villain in The Mutilator. One infamous scene has a victim getting it in her vagina.
- The killer in Blood Hook uses an oversized fishing lure to catch his victims and drag them away. At one point, the lure gets stuck and he has to finish the job with a gaff hook.
- Main villain of Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead arms himself with a meathook during final 1/3 of the film.
- The killer in Sorority House Massacre II is armed with a hook.
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series:
- Two of the killers have them as their main weapon in Lovers Lane. The third has an actual Hook Hand.
- In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Moriarty pierces Holmes's shoulder with a meathook and dangles him from a rope. Then sings a little song about fishing.
- A rare heroic example - Jack Frost's Magic Staff in Rise of the Guardians comes complete with a hook, making this the shepherd's crook variant. He even uses it in the same manner a shepherd would when he ushers his sister to safety.
- The Road Warrior. The Vermin uses grappling hooks to attack the big rig tanker Mad Max is driving. First Wez yanks off the cabin door, leaving Max exposed. Then another Desert Punk throws one which catches on the rig and causes his own vehicle to flip.
- In Night Watch, it is mentioned that the butchers on the rebel's side are particularly terrifying to the soldiers, as they wield a large number of meat hooks, normal weapons being in little use. In Thud!!, Vimes' butler Willikins suddenly reveals his Battle Butler side by carrying a few meat hooks with "worrying expertise".
- The boatwoman in Jessica Salmonson's The Swordswoman uses a grappling hook as a weapon, both in melee and also dangling it from rooftops to catch necks.
- This is how the victims in Village Of The Vampire Cat are seemingly killed by claw attacks from a distance. The killer using a grappling hook thrown from a distance, painted black to make it almost invisible at night.
- Freed slaves in the Redwall books normally use chains as weapons whenever the heroes break them out.
- Inspektor Heinrich Osten in Nobody Lives for Ever got his nickname "Der Haken" (The Hook) because he favours a butcher's hook as a torture weapon.
- Deadliest Warrior: the Somali Pirates use grappling hooks as their close range weapon.
- And the Shaolin Monk's hook swords.
- CSI: The weapon of choice for the Gig Harbor Killer is a fishing gaff (as seen in "The CSI Effect").
- CSI: NY: In "Happily Never After", the killer uses a longshoreman's hook (that someone else had been using as part of a Captain Hook costume) as a murder weapon.
- The Coroner: At the end of "Pieces of Eight", Jane confronts one of the robbers on board a sailing ship. The robber grabs a cargo hook and attempts to kill Jane with it.
- The New Avengers: In The Teaser to "The Eagle's Nest", a pair of sentries disguised as anglers kill an intruder on the island by lashing him with poisoned fishing hooks.
- In Dungeons & Dragons the "Gaff/Hook" as a typical Improvised Weapon in naval and quasi-naval settings got official weapon stats. Long before a crowbar or pry bar.
- GURPS: Martial Arts has special rules for adding hooks to weapons along with a few things that already have integral hooks.
- Tyranids use a biological version of this, aptly named flesh hooks. These weapons are typically housed in the rib cage or abdomen and are fired by intercostal muscle spasms. Nominally, flesh hooks are used for scaling sheer surfaces, but they can also be used to impale or snare unfortunate victims and drag them to their doom Scorpion-style.
- Ogres in Pathfinder use "ogre hooks" as their signature weapon.
- There's a famous hookfight in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.
- Sly Cooper's weapon of choice is a hook cane. The hook in general, be it part of a cane, a gun, or a propeller, is the tool of choice for the entire Cooper Clan.
- In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, the Krook enemy throws boomeranging hooks at you.
- BioShock has Spider Splicers that use hooks, and they even throw them at you.
- Undead Abominations in Warcraft use cleavers and meat hooks as weapons.
- Like the above, fellow Blizzard game Diablo 3 has the demon boss, The Butcher, fight you with a giant cleaver and a sickle on a chain to reel you in. Both weapons can be found as Legendary items, so your character can also drag enemies to their doom with a hook.
- Some of the skeleton pirates in The Ghost Ship level of MediEvil fight with throwable hooks.
- Mortal Kombat's Kabal fights with chinese hook swords.
- As does Mavado. In canon, he almost killed Kabal to steal them, then Kabal returned the favor. Mavado also uses grappling hooks on bungie cords as a means of launching himself at opponents.
- One of Rolento's super moves in Street Fighter Alpha 3 is hanging his opponent on a hook.
- Hitman: Contracts has a mission with the Meat King's Party in a slaughterhouse, so a meat hook was both used in a cutscene and given as a weapon.
- One of the early ideas for Resident Evil 4 featured a ghostly figure armed with a hook who chased Leon around.
- The Butcher in Shank fights with a long hook-and-chain.
- The Turkish Assassins in Assassin's Creed: Revelations modify their hidden blades with a hook variation to assist in both combat and free running. When Ezio arrives in Constantinople he soons acquires a hook blade for himself.
- Pudge the Butcher from Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars and Dota 2 uses a hook on a chain to drag enemies (or allies) towards him.
- In League of Legends, Thresh the Chain Warden has a hook on a chain, connected to his lantern. He mostly uses it to grapple his foes and pull them toward their doom.
- God of War: Hades has the Claws of Hades, a pair of hooks on chains that have the power to rip off one's soul. In the third game, after killing Hades, Kratos gets to use them himself.
- In Medieval II: Total War, the English can field regiments of soldiers with billhooks (see Real Life below). They won't blunt a head-on cavalry charge like a formation of pikemen, but billmen do better in a protracted melee against horse units than more conventional spearmen, and are also effective against enemy infantry.
- Roadhog from Overwatch uses a hook as a melee weapon, as well as to grab faraway enemies to pull them closer via Chain Pain.
- The Far Harbor DLC for Fallout4 adds the Meat Hook and Pole Hook as new melee weapons. The meat hook is a one-handed weapon consisting of a hook on a crossbar while the pole hook is a hook on a long pole. In the standard game, the wrench can be upgraded with a large hook for extra damage.
- The Bounty Hunter in Darkest Dungeon uses a hook as a unique weapon for one of his moves, which he uses to pull enemies from the rear into the heat of battle.
- Jet's hook-swords in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- A hook-tipped chain is also the Weapon of Choice for The Scorpion (and presumably the source of his nickname) in Ultimate Spider-Man.
- Batman: Assault on Arkham: During his fight with Deadshot on the construction site, the Joker uses a hook on a chain as a weapon.
- The billhook is a farming implement, basically a metal hook on a stick that was used for clearing brush and other obstructions from fields. Like many peasants' tools during the medieval period, it was a common Improvised Weapon and spent some time as the English National Weapon (alongside the more famous longbow). Many other types of polearms included a hook among their various fixtures; usually they were used to unhorse and/or trip the foe before moving in for the kill.