Rocket-Powered Weapon

Sometimes a weapon is too heavy to swing around quickly, if swung at all. What better way to address this problem than making the weapon jet powered?

Sometimes, such a weapon will be used like a Jet Pack or Not Quite Flight. Rocket Punch is a Sub-Trope. See also Recoil Boost.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Battle Angel Alita, the Badass Normal Ido uses a rocket-powered two handed pick when fighting cyborgs.
  • In Code Geass several top Knightmares had rocket powered harpoones, Slash Harkens (most notably, Tristan) and Knightmares of Toudou both had a rocket powered sword, Brake Blade.
  • Franky from One Piece uses pressurized weapons, which are powered by Cola bottles in his chest. The Jet Dials from the same series also work on this principle.
  • In the Gecko Ending of the Soul Eater anime, Lord Death's city turned Humongous Mecha's arms use this, as well as for support.
  • More powerful forms of Vita's Graf Eisen (size-changing warhammer) in Lyrical Nanoha use mini-jets for propulsion to increase strike force. Also, in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Erio's Strada (spear) is upgraded with jets that he can use to fly for short distances.
  • Kon from Ixion Saga DT wields a rocket hammer sword.
  • Kotetsushin Jeeg has a spiked, rocket-powered slap.
  • One of the main uses of Sunlight Heart's energy powers is to propel itself forward, directly at the enemy. Kazuki calls the attack Sunlight Crasher.

Film
  • One of Tony Stark's armors in Iron Man 3 has backhand-mounted repulsors designed for this purpose.
  • Gipsy Danger from Pacific Rim has an "Elbow Rocket" move, giving its punch extra power.

Live-Action TV

Tabletop Games
  • Digimon's Journey To The West set makes the rake used by Zhu Bajie's stand in jet powered.
  • In Warhammer 40,000, The Ork Tankhamma (with all Orkish subtlety, it is actually an anti-tank rocket strapped to a hammer handle) is a weapon option for a tankbusta boyz team leader.
  • R. Talsorian Games' Cyberspace supplement Solo of Fortune II. One of the new weapons introduced in the work is the Slamdance Inc. Hyper Hammer, which is a sledgehammer with a rocket built into the back of the hammer's head. When the hammer impacts a target and the rockets are set off, the hammer is swung into the target at supersonic speed, doing horrendous damage. It can be used twice bfeore requiring refueling (with jet fuel).
  • GURPS Ultra-Tech comes with many templates that can be applied to low-tech weaponry to make them far more effective against modern armor, including, you guessed it, an option to put a small solid rocket booster on the back end of an axe, mace, or spear for an extra-powerful swing (or, in the spear's case, a rocket-powered, ultra-long range throw).

Video Games
  • Kirby: King Dedede's hammer.
  • Pictured above: Big Bull from Anarchy Reigns, who uses a jet-powered hammer as his Killer Weapon.
  • The Mass Blade Overed/Ultimate weapon in Armored Core V.
  • Persona 4 Arena: Labrys' axe, which doubles as her Jet Pack.
  • Several of the high-end club sets in Pangya have oversized club heads with afterburners.
  • In the Telltale Back to the Future game, Young Doc invents a rocket-powered drill.
  • In Spiral Knights, completing the downloadable "Operation: Crimson Hammer" mission will reward you with one of three increasingly powerful rocket hammers depending on what difficulty you beat it on.
  • In the last game of the Super Robot Wars Alpha saga, Baran Doban's Bemidoban uses a rocket-powered Epic Flail.
    • The Grungust Type-0 in the Super Robot Wars Original Generation series: because The Federation had yet to incorporate physics-defying technology into Humongous Mecha, this first-generation Super Robot and its Reishiki Zankantou (Type-0 Colossal Blade) with mounted thrusters on the reverse edge, when used properly, hits incredibly hard, even when compared against its modern peers. However, the amount of skill required to use the Type-0 means only two men are capable of piloting the machine properly and effectively.
  • League of Legends has Vi and her giant, rocket-powered Hextech gauntlets.
  • In Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires, Xiahou Ba wields a Siege spear which is essentially a rocket spear.
  • Devil May Cry 4 has the Red Queen, a sword with a jet engine built-in. By timing the trigger pull with a swing, Nero can power up his attacks dramatically.
  • In the Enemy Within expansion to XCOM: Enemy Unknown, one of the secondary weapons available to a MEC Trooper is a Kinetic Strike Module, which is a rocket-assisted fist that can One-Hit Kill many adjacent enemies. Can be upgraded to deal even more damage and even allow you to use it twice in a single turn, meaning those pesky Chryssalids can be squashed more easily.
  • Warframe's Jat Kittag is a Grineer-built hammer, with a pair of jet engines mounted behind the hammer head, allowing it to swing almost as fast as a regular weapon. With the Crushing Ruin stance equipped, one of the combos activates the jet engine to launch the user into a spinning attack, killing everything in the way. The jets also give it a massive area-of-effect ground slam capable of sending any enemy within ten meters flying across the room.
  • Khamsin in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance uses a rocket to assist his Humongous Mecha's arms in swinging a massive hammer, and uses it as a speed boost. Jetstream Sam's vibro katana is a variant on the rocket concept; the sword's scabbard is based on a modified AR-15 receiver loaded with blanks. By pressing the trigger, he can send the sword shooting out of the scabbard at lethal velocity; it's the only way he managed to sever Senator Armstrong's nanotech-reinforced arm
  • The Bounty Hunter class in The Old Republic has an ability (called "Rocket Punch" but not actually a Rocket Punch) where they use their Jet Pack to propel themselves into a Shoryuken strike. A Powertech specializing in the Pyrotech discipline can learn a version of the attack that lights enemies on fire, too.

Web Comics
  • Homestuck's Pogo Hammer is actually spring-powered, but acts like a standard rocket-powered weapon, right down to using it to gain altitude (along with just flying around like crazy bouncing off of enemies).

Western Animation