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Hooks and Crooks
You'll be hooked on a feeling. That feeling will be pain.

Hooks in you, hooks in me, hooks in the ceiling
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"

A 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.

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.

Examples:

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.
  • 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.

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Film

Literature
  • 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 amount 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.

Live-Action TV
  • Deadliest Warrior: the Somali Pirates use grappling hooks as their close range weapon.
    • And the Shaolin Monk's hook swords.

Tabletop RPG
  • 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.

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Video Games
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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