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Rings of Death

A particular class of improbable weapon. Typically consists of a pair of razor-sharp rings which are used to acrobatically slice up enemies. A bit of Fridge Logic sometimes ensues with really sharp rings: namely, where do you hold it? This is often Hand Waved away by the Rule of Cool, though. If not, it's usually explained by detailed artwork or details about said weapon in writing, by having a handle made by strips of leather wrapped around it, having the fighter wear protective gloves, or keeping them constantly spinning like hula hoops. Not perfect solutions, but better than nothing.

This may be inspired by a couple of real life weapons. The Chinese feng huo lun ("wind and fire wheels") are ring-shaped, but one section of the circle is padded to serve as a grip. The Indian chakram ("wheel") is more of a throwing weapon (thrown like a quoit), though sometimes the Rings Of Death can be thrown as well (often serving as impromptu boomerangs).

See also Deadly Disc.

Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Busou Renkin, Gouta refers to his buso renkin as chakram, and are called Motor Gears. They look like gears, he throws them, and they have different abilities if he attaches them to different parts of the body.
  • In the final arc of the Ranma ˝ manga (didn't make it into the anime) there was a staff with a one-and-a-half foot diameter ring attached to one end; the ring could be flicked off the staff, cut through things, and would then fly back to the staff and reattach itself. What did make it into the anime was Kodachi's razor-edged gymnastics hoop.
  • A less razor-sharp and more plastic-looking example occurs with the Puringrings, Mew Pudding's weapons in Tokyo Mew Mew.
  • YuYu Hakusho
    • The demon surgeon Shigure uses a huge bladed ring that can cut through metal.
    • There's a human girl that could create and wield chakrams of pure energy and was forced to fight in the Dark Tournament by Dr. Ichigaki.
  • One Piece:
    • The hypnotist (D)Jango uses a pair of razor-sharp chakram that he can throw with sufficient force to level forests, and which typically come back to him when thrown.
    • Vivi uses a form of chakram called Peacock Slashers that she twirls around her pinky fingers.
  • Kyuo's chulinks in Shadow Skill are a series of chakram-like rings; an integral part of a Septia's abilities and duties, serving as focal points to activate and control their traps. By attaching a cord to it, a chulink could be used as both a throwing weapon as well as a whip.
  • A character in Berserk named Silat uses chakraam as a long-ranged weapon.
  • Apache's weapon in Bleach is a pair of half rings with three saw-tooth like projections.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, Gotenk's Galactic Donut attack where he creates a ring of ki which he uses to entrap Buu in an attempt to chop him in half.
  • In Gamaran a minor character using a chakram is seen. In this case is used like an oversized but deadly shuriken.

    Comic Books 
  • A minor supervillain in the Marvel Universe, calling himself the Ringer, tried using this as the basis for his criminal career. The first Ringer battled Nighthawk and Spider-Man and got his ass kicked each time, before he was blown away by the Scourge. The second Ringer took on She-Hulk and Moon Knight. In neither case did the Ringer prove himself to be any kind of a threat. Marvel also has Ringleader, the razor-ring–wielding leader of the Death Throws.
  • In Astro City, Street Angel uses steel-cored 'halos' to damage and disable criminals during his 'dark phase'. He used gimmicked halos earlier in his career when he was a smiley, cheerful guy.

    Fan Fic 
  • Unlike his bumbling main-universe counterparts, the Ringer in Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams is both very competent and very dangerous. One of his first criminal acts was to cripple a star player for the New York Yankees, and he gave Sleepwalker a good fight before finally being taken down. His wife, who later dons the suit herself and essentially becomes both a Legacy Character and a Distaff Counterpart, does even better. She very nearly beats Sleepwalker the first time they fight, and loses only because of the interference of a New York police officer who shoots the weapon with which she's about to kill Sleepwalker.

    Film 
  • In Warriors of Virtue, the silent warrior Yee fights with large metal rings. Large, blunt metal rings.
  • TRON has all programs issued an identity disc that the owner can use as a weapon by throwing it, and that can usually deflect other thrown discs. TRON Legacy takes it to the next level, by explicitly making the discs rings, and going to some crazy lengths to show how awesome you can be by throwing them.

    Literature 
  • Razor-edged chakrams are the weapon of choice for one of the tribes in J.T. Edson's Bunduki novels.

    Live Action TV 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Zor-Magna from Monsterpocalypse wields these.
  • Forgotten Realms has an over-the top version, Ring of Disintegration spell in FR16 The Shining South. It throws a looped Disintegrator Ray which, instead of the normal effect that tends to pulverize the victim's equipment, cuts through and may easily slice off an appendage (or head) with a single hit.

    Video Games 
  • RuneScape has the TokTz-xil-ul (or Obsidian throwing rings).
  • Secret of Mana features chakram-type weapons as a form of boomerang.
  • Final Fantasy XI has chakrams used in the exact same way.
  • Sun Shangxiang from the Dynasty Warriors series in all instalments but 6, where she switched to a considerably less improbable bow and arrows.
  • The third instalment of Samurai Warriors have Oichi use this
  • In Baldur's Gate II, one of the highest level priest spells allows her to create chakram of solid darkness and throw them at the enemy. (It makes sense for Viconia, as a darkness chakram is her godess' weapon of choice but looks rather weird on the other priests.) The damage isn't much for that level but the attack has a ridiculous rate of fire that turns all but the toughest foes into mincemeat.
  • Tira from the Soul series also counts, though her weapon consists of one large bladed ring rather than the typical two smaller ones. Voldo also gets the occasional set of bladed ring weapons. That's her up at the top of the page. Her joke weapon is a Hula Hoop, which can be just as deadly.
  • The Wardens in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, most notably Maiev.
  • Yuffie from Final Fantasy VII had a few of these in addition to her typical arsenal of shurikens and boomerangs.
  • Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII also has some, though they're typically fired from a crossbow-like weapon rather than used in melee. Fuu has a more traditional one.
  • Most Ninja characters in the Final Fantasy series throw shuriken at their opponents, but Amarant Coral is an exception. Instead of throwing stars, he can throw chakrams at his enemies.
  • In Final Fantasy V there are a few chakram that are equipable by Thiefs, Ninja and Freelancer/Mimes (the last 2 can wield anything). They are strong for when you get them, and deal full damage from the back row.
  • In Mega Man X: Command Mission, one of Marino's weapons is the Beam Chakram, which is basically used as a knife (even though Marino has throwing weapons).
  • The original Mega Man series had Ring Man in Mega Man 4. He yielded the Ring Boomerang weapon, which shot a spinning ring as large as Mega Man himself.
  • In Megaman Battle Network Ring Man's counterpart, Ring-chan.exe, uses the Ring Boomerang as well.
  • Colette from Tales of Symphonia. She does actually use them like chakrams sometimes though.
  • Axel from the Kingdom Hearts series wields chakrams. Appropriate, as his element is fire.
  • Cissnei from Crisis Core fights with weapons similar to the above example.
  • Luc, Sasarai and Estella from Suikoden III use rings to attack using their magic. Two problems exist that somewhat invert the trope: 1) Damage is still tied into their strength stat, which for the boys is worse than an 8 year old musician and 2) They won't attack from the back despite being very squishy. In the fifth game there's Sialeeds and Sharmista.
  • Tio from Grandia II.
  • Yulie Ahtreide of Wild ARMs 4.
  • Variation Thereof: In the videogame R-Type and its sequels, there is a weapon for the titular ship which, when fully powered up, fires two rings linked together that can chew their way through anything in front of the ship. The rings remain linked as they move from the ship, for all appearances looking like a short chain as they fly. One of the most powerful weapons, as in the original game it's the only weapon that allows the Sub-Forces (small balls that attach to the top and bottom of your ship) to also fire shots in addition to the ring weapon (called "Ring Laser"). There's also a "Ground Laser" that consists of 10 yellow rings that shoot from the top and bottom of the ship, that then follow the terrain both above and below the ship to take out ground enemies.
  • Mori Motonari in Sengoku Basara wields one giant ring starting from the second series. It symbolizes his obsession with the sun — in his Limit Break it even floats in the air and gives off light! It can also split into two semicircle-blades
  • The thrown weapon version is available in several forms in Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura. Slightly justified in that two or three of them are specifically "magical". The most powerful of these are Shout Outs to two movies which are So Bad, They're Good; Azram's Star is the Glaive from the pseudo-Sword and Sorcery flick Krull, and the bizarre Aerial Decaptiator is the titular weapon of several Shaw Brothers movies; Master of the Flying Guillotine.
  • Boomerang blade discs are standard issue in Capcom's Alienvs Predator game. It comes back to you if you stay where you shot it. Even if you turn your back. It originates from Predator 2.
  • Some of the Humongous Mecha in Super Robot Wars have chakrams as weapons, most notably the Huckebein Mk II's Chakram Caster and the R-2's Beam Chakram, both of which use wires to control the ring. Similarly, the original Huckebein used the Remote Slasher, a spinning ring with no obvious control mechanism, and the Neo Chakram Caster, which was like the original but bigger and without a wire. All of these beside the Beam Chakram were made into equippable weapons in the Original Generation games, so anyone could use them.
  • Some of the Turok games have a weapon called the Razor Wind - a throwing ring with rotating serrated blades. It actually has a non-sharp handle in the second game, though it's exactly in the middle of the weapon.
  • The Carnival of Shadows Villainous Harlequin enemies in City of Heroes use these as projectile weapons.
  • Chakram appears in Fallout Tactics. It's unclear what it does in this setting, but hey, it's much better than freakin' Fantasy Ball.
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night had disklords, which would occasionally drop a chakram.
  • Chakrams are available in Karim's chapter in Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem.
  • In Touhou, Frog Goddess Suwako Moriya uses steel rings as one of her weapons, incorporating them into the unorthodox fighting style she uses in Hisoutensoku. Before that, she was portrayed in fanworks using said steel rings like this.
  • Guild Wars has chakrams as off-hand weapons, primarily for the necromancer class.
  • Priestess Shizuka in Genji: Days of the Blade.
  • The Secret Armoury of General Knoxx, the third piece of DLC for Borderlands, adds the female [Crimson] Lance Assassins. The "badass" versions of which can fling razor edged discs at you (normal one's are limited to their twin laser blades
  • The character Mint from Threads of Fate uses rings. It's not even clear whether they're actually sharp - she just bludgeons or magics everything to death.
  • Mizuti from Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean wields a chakram; however, it's only used as a weapon in the most basic finisher, while the rest of the time it just serves as a magical conduit, similar to Xelha's staff.
  • June Lin Milliam from Star Gladiator/Plasma Sword fights with a Plasma Ring.
  • Throwing chakrams are the favoured ranged weapon of the Dark Elves in Might and Magic: Heroes VI, since bows are impractical in the caves where they live.

    Webcomics 

    Western Animation 
  • Jana of the Jungle wears a collar that doubles as this type of weapon, but she never throws it at people or animals.

    Real Life 
  • The ancient weapon of the Subcontinent, known as the Chakram. Perhaps most famously used by the Sikhs, it even forms part of the symbol of their religion.


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