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Horn Attack
Using your head is good and all, but sometimes using blunt force is not effective. Instead, a sharp horn on the head can make that blunt force feel much more painful. Also included are horns that can shoot projectiles or beams.

Weaponized Headgear often have spikes to be used in this regard. If there's a lot of spinning going on at the same time, we're getting into the territory of This Is a Drill.

Subtrope of Natural Weapon. See also Rhino Rampage, A Load of Bull, and Horned Humanoid. Can result in being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice.

Examples

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    Advertising 
  • In a TV commercial for Mountain Dew, a GenXer goes up against a ram in a ramming contest over a bottle of Dew. The GenXer wins.

    Anime and Manga 
  • In Dragon Ball Z, Frieza nearly kills Krillin by goring him.
  • In the third One Piece movie, the villain goes on One-Winged Angel after eating some magical golden horns and transform in a giant furry behemoth with large golden antlers. Not only he's strong enough to cause an earthquake when he headbutts the ground, but he can also heat them up. In the main series, Chopper's strongest form is the "Horn Point".
    • Also Magellan appears to be a Horned Humanoid, but the "horns" are actually detachable and he can wear them on his hands as weapons.
    • Subversion: Duval's pet Bison, Motobaro tries to ram Luffy as Duval gushes about how his "Heart-Crushing Horns" are unstoppable and capable of bringing down walls and dams.... then when the two impact, we clearly see that Motobaro's horns are far above Luffy. Chopper even lampshades this.
    • Also, Don Chinjao. Oh man, Don Chinjao.
  • In Tiger & Bunny, Rock Bison has a large pair of horns on his Powered Armor. Subverted in that when he tries to use them to stop a getaway car, the horns get stuck and the crooks get away.
  • This is how Chirin actually kills the evil wolf at the end of Chirinno Suzu (he is now a sinister-looking ram).
  • In Bleach, we have the Arrancar Yylford, whose One-Winged Angel form, Del Toro mainly relies on extensible, sharp horns, which he use to gore Ururu and Renji. A "beam-shooting" example would be Apacci's basic form, as she cast the Cero ray from the horn on her mask.
    • Ichigo's Hollow form in Hueco Mundo forms its Cero between the tips of its two horns.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Comics supervillain The Rhino has a rhino suit he's permanently bonded with. His attacks generally involve running at you bent over with his horn poking out.
  • In DC Universe Presents: Black Lightning and Blue Devil, Blue Devil tries to gore Black Lightning with his long, pointy horns in their first encounter.
    Blue Devil: How about a game of "matador gets gored"?
  • ElfQuest
    • The elk domesticated by the Go-Back elves can attack with their horns, including throwing an opponent through the air.
    • The Mad Horn (wooly rhinoceros) can hit other creatures with its horn, possibly after a charge (Dash Attack).

    Film 
  • In Team America: World Police, the German representative for Kim Jong Il's play does this by accident to Kim Jong Il himself as the dictator falls on his helmet's giant spike and impales himself dead on it.
  • The Reek in Attack of the Clones (the arena sequence).
  • Subverted in Legend when Jack fights Darkness. Darkness charges Jack with his horns foremost as though he's planning on piercing him with them, but ends up with the horns touching a wall with Jack trapped between them.
  • Dagoth kills Queen Taramis this way in Conan the Destroyer.

    Literature 
  • In Outlaw of Gor (the book, not the film) Tarl is sentenced to Gladiator Games in the Stadium of Tharna. All the prisoners there are under yoke; during one of the games they're paired up for head-to-head battle and have sharp horns attached to their yokes.
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    Multiple Media 

    Live Action TV 
  • Kamen Rider OOO: Sai (rhinoceros) medal allows him to attack with a horn on his head.
  • On one episode of Supernatural, a man dies after a unicorn stabs him through the chest with its horn.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • The following standard 1st/2nd Edition monsters could attack with their horns: al-mir'aj, arcanadaemon, babau demon, Baphomet (demon lord of minotaurs), bariaur, chimera (goat head), criosphinx, giant beetle (rhinoceros, stag), giant goat, giant ram, goat, gorgimera (gorgon head), herd animal, Irish deer, ki-rin, margoyle, minotaur, narwhale, peryton, ram, rhinoceros, rothé, satyr, stag, stegocentipede, stench kow, tarrasque, triceratops and unicorn. Hordlings were designed using a random generator, which meant that some of them had horns they could use to attack with.
    • In module EX2 The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror, the Jabberwocky monster has a large horn on its head that does 5-20 Hit Points damage.
    • Figurines of Wondrous Power. The Goat of Travail could attack with its horns, and the Goat of Terror had removable horns. The owner could take the horns from its head and use them as weapons in combat.
    • In the Dark Sun setting, the cattle-like Carru would slash at opponents with their long horns. Male Syrga (pig-like quadrupeds) had horns which they could use to gore an opponent for extra damage.
    • 3rd Edition. In Sword and Sorcery's Creature Collection, the following creatures can make horn/antler attacks: Amalthean ram, crescent elk, emperor stag, hornsaw unicorn, muskhorn, orafaun, Slarecian gargoyle.
    • OD&D Supplement IV Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes and the AD&D Deities and Demigods Cyclopedia
      • Yama's Buffalo (from the Hindu mythos) could do 4-40 Hit Points of damage by goring with its horns.
      • Thor's goats Tanngrisner and Tanngjost could do 9-72 Hit Points of damage by butting with their horns.
    • The Mystara setting had a few of these: actaeon (did 2-16 Hit Points of damage by goring opponents with its antlers), horned chameleon (horn did 1-6 Hit Points), some armored herbivorous dinosaurs (e.g. the triceratops doing 5-40 Hit Points), gargoyles (1d4 Hit Points of horn damage), gorgons (2-12 Hit Points with horns), unicorn (horn did 1-8 Hit Points) and narwhale (horn inflicted 1d4 Hit Points).
    • Dragon magazine article "Opening the Book of Beasts" has three examples from European mythology.
    • The calopus is a puma-like animal with two serrated horns. In combat it can either use a claw/claw/bite routine or impale opponents with its horns.
    • The monoceros has the body of a horse, the feet of an elephant and a four foot long, spiraled, needle-like horn in its forehead that 1-10 Hit Points of damage.
    • The yale is an antelope-like animal with two horns that can swivel to attack opponents on either side of it. Each horn does 1-8 Hit Points of damage per hit.
  • There's a Yu-Gi-Oh! Equip Spell Card called Horn of the Unicorn; presumably, Monsters equipped with it attack by goring their enemies.
  • Gamma World
    • Mutant animals could have the Horns mutation. In 1st Edition rakoxen had them. In 2nd Edition hoppers did too.
    • In the adventure GW6 Alpha Factor, the mutant creatures known as the S're'daan and the Ba'crolbai had horns that they could use to attack opponents after charging into them.
  • Atlantis: The Lost World generic RPG setting
    • Malataurs (a form of centaur) were half human and half ram (mountain goat) and could deliver a butt with their horns.
    • Fomorians (a type of giant) had horns and could attack with them, doing moderate damage.
    • Unicorns were the standard fantasy type and had the usual horn attack.
    • Chimeras were straight out of Dungeons & Dragons and could butt with the horns on their goat head.
    • The Cherubim spirit entities could take the form of a bull and attack with the horns.
    • The following normal animals all had horns and could attack with them: {deep breath} auroch, bighorn sheep, bison, black buck, bushbuck, caribou, gazelle, gnu, goat, ibex, impala, kudu, moose, musk deer, musk ox, pronghorn antelope, red deer, reedbuck, reindeer, rhinoceros (black, white and Dravidian), sheep, sunda sambar (deer), water buffalo, wild goat, and zebu.
  • RuneQuest. The following Gloranthan creatures had horn/butt attacks: bison, broo, rhino, sable (antelope), sky bull, unicorn
  • A number of animals and monsters given stats in Call of Cthulhu could attack with their horns: the cape buffalo, gnoph-keh and rhino.
  • Elric!/Stormbringer: the Crimson Xoar and the unicorn.
  • Champions. The Hero System Bestiary (both versions) had the following creatures with such attacks: bison/buffalo, cape buffalo, carabao (water buffalo), caribou, cattle (bulls), gazelle, moose, ram (big horn, sheep), rhinoceros, triceratops, unicorn and a variety of deer and antelope.
  • In Nomine: one of the Numinous Corpus songs is Horns, which allows the user to grow horns on the top of their head and use them as a weapon.
  • Judges Guild adventure Tegel Manor (revised and expanded, 1989).
    • In its true form the demon in The Salon had small horns that it could use to attack for 1-3 Hit Points of damage.
    • Gargoyles also have double horns that can do 1-3 Hit Points of damage.
    • The nightmare (an evil version of the unicorn) can do 2-8 Hit Points of damage with its horn.
  • In Lejendary Adventures the following creatures attacked with their horns: bulls, the Cephalocorn Giant, the Gorgobos and the Black Rhinoceros.
  • Chaosium's supplement All the World's Monsters had the Battler, Stone Gargoyle, Horned Bellower, Icehorn, Log Horned Murderer, Minogon, Morse, Nerve Flayer, Orgoyle and Wyvergon, all with horn attacks.
  • Earthdawn. The Thundra beast uses its horn to attack opponents when it uses its Charging Attack on them.
  • Fantasy Games Unlimited's Aftermath!. Book 3 has a description of "buls", huge mutated cattle with shaggy coats, great strength and endurance, and two hard, wickedly sharp horns which act as lances when they perform a charge attack.
  • Classic Traveller
    • One possible attack form for alien animals was "Horns". They did 2d6 points of damage.
    • Judges Guild adventure Darthanon Queen. In the first scenario "The Dyson Wakes", the title monster is randomly generated. One of its possible attacks is "Horns", which is based on the animal combat rules.
  • GURPS 3rd Edition supplement Myth. The monsters called "The Fetch" normally attack with lightning bolts or spells, but in close combat they can butt opponents with their horns and do minor damage.
  • Hollow Earth Expedition: Creatures that attack with their horns/antlers include the triceratops, auroch, "Giant Unicorn" (a huge rhinoceros), Irish Elk (a giant deer) and wooly rhinoceros.

    Video Games 
  • Pokémon: the moves "Horn Attack", "Horn Drill", "Megahorn", and "Horn Leech".
    • Pokemon Black/White introduces the Legendary Trio of Terrakion, Cobalion, and Virizion whom all know the Signature Move of "Sacred Sword". True to their Musketeer theming, the attack is basically them using their own horns as a sword. The Anime takes it even further and shows that the move causes a horn made of energy to emerge from their heads a la some sort of natural beam sword.
      • Keldeo (the honorary "fourth member" of the trio) can also learn Sacred Sword as well as its own signture move "Secret Sword". It should be noted that learning Secret Sword causes Keldeo to change form including its horn growing larger and more powerful.
  • The unicorns in the various incarnations of the Heroes of Might and Magic.
  • Jen-Tai from Weaponlord can throw people using the ram-horns on her helmet.
  • Numerous monsters in the Monster Hunter series make use of their horns while attacking, such as the Diablos who uses them for hitting and headbutting. They're also frequently the source of a monster's more unique abilities, such as the Kushala Daora's wind barrier and the Chameleos' camouflauge and breaking them will prevent those abilities from being used.
  • Minotaurs from God of War will sometimes attack Kratos with their horns, rather than using proper weaponry.
  • Minos from Dungeons will usually try to ram Deimos with his horns and has a charge attack performed with his horns.
  • Mega Man X series: Boomer Kuwanger (a stag beetle) uses this to throw X into the air. His brother Gravity Beetle (a rhinoceros beetle), creates a black hole in the air then uses his horn to toss X into it!

    Webcomics 

    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes
    • Porky Pig short "Picador Porky" (1937). Porky faces off against a bull in a bullfight. The bull tries to gore Porky several times.
    • Bugs Bunny short "Bully for Bugs" (1952). After Bugs accidentally tunnels into a bullring, he gets into a fight with Toro the Bull. Toro repeatedly tries to skewer him on his horns during their battle. In one scene, Toro swallows a rifle and finds that he can shoot bullets from his horns.
  • Thundro from The Herculoids not only has rhino-like horns along his snout, he also has a hollow horn on his forehead that shoots rocks.
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: Eatle can shoot beams from his horn after consumption.
  • Savage Oppress puts his horns to good use in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, ramming a Jedi headfirst and stabbing her with his horns before finishing her off with his lightsaber.
  • The Fantastic Four (1967) episode "Invasion of the Super Skrull". While fighting the Thing, the Super Skrull used Reed Richard's elastic power to shape his head into that of a ram and head-butt the Thing with his horns, knocking him off the top of a building.

    Real Life 
  • The sheer diversity of horned/antlered animals today and in Earth's past is a testament to the ostensible Truth in Television of this trope. However most examples from Nature tend to be subversions: horns are primarily for display of fitness. Only when contenders for mating rights/territory/food are evenly matched are they used aggressively, though most of the resulting scraps are akin to wrestling matches. When things have Gone Horribly Wrong this doesn't stop horns being used as offensive weapons among species, especially when prey defend themselves against predators, though unlike the fictional examples it isn't their main function.

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