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- Dragon Ball: Goku's Nyoibou (dub-translated as Power Pole) is his principal weapon for most of the first series but largely disappears in Dragon Ball Z. The said first saga at this point was loosely based on Journey to the West, hence Son Goku's adventures. Adding into this is the fact that Goku's name and his staff (and cloud) have the exact name renderings as Sun Wukong himself, only in the Japanese on'yomi reading.
- By proxy, in Saiyuki, another Sun Wukong/Son Goku interpretation has the same type of Nyoibou as well, which in chapters not seen in the anime explains that it was from a sealed jar as a cursed weapon which can repair itself in fine condition whenever its summoned. It can also turn into a sansetsukon (three-section staff) as well.
- Tuxedo Mask has a cane that can do this. Sometimes it also has a sword in it too.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!: Ku Fei's pactio artifact, Shintetsu Jizaikon, is a replica of the one used in Journey to the West. It even supposedly shares the same name. Notably, its width can increase in proportion to its length, meaning that it can be used as a artillery because being stuck by the end of it when it's expanding is comparable to being hit by a train.
- Love Hina: When Naru played Son Goku in the play of Journey to the West, she made the staff extend in an Omake, however when Keitaro played the part and uses the staff it does not do this for him.
- Naruto: The Third Hokage's monkey summon Enma can transform into one of these made out of Adamantine. Again, another Wukong/Goku reference.
- Read or Die: A clone of Tripataka uses Sun Wukong's staff.
- Robin uses one across media, especially in the Teen Titans animated series and the Batman: Arkham City video game. In the comics proper, it was given to him by Lady Shiva.
- Gambit from X-Men uses one, often made out of Adamantium, which he can channel his explosive power through as it will survive the blasts.
- A telescoping staff was one of the original weapons of Captain Britain.
- As with Wukong "The Monkey King" himself, the staff was featured in The Forbidden Kingdom.
- In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Nuada's weapon of choice is a spear which can extend and retract, apparently by magic.
- Donatello's bō is given this treatment in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).
- Saberstaffs in the Star Wars universe. Introduced with Darth Maul in the films, but more common in the games. Atton Rand comments about how they're known for "more slaughter per swing" and are favored by Dark Jedi and Sith, with the Jedi of the era seeing them as a sign the wielder is showing signs of falling. And in the first KOTOR game, that's certainly the case with Bastila. But come the Star Wars: The Old Republic era, they're the favored weapons of Sith assassins and Jedi Shadows (a sub-set of Consulars who focus on some of the less-pleasant missions of the Order). Oddly enough, they also work very well for Form Three/Soresu lightsaber combat, a form that is primarily defensive. (Shadows and Assassins can be tank-specced and Darth Zannah used the form to compensate for her petite build)
- Light batons, system guard staves, and Rod weapons in the TRON universe. They're second only to DeadlyDiscs as weapons of choice. Quorra in TRON: Legacy uses a "light katana" as her primary weapon. In the Alternate Continuity of Tron 2.0, Mercury's weapon of choice is her lightcycle rod, which has been modified to include several weapon functions.
- Journey to the West has the Lancer Sun Wukong (AKA Son Goku read in on'yomi), who possesses an expandable staff made out of Adamantine, known as the Ruyi Jingu Bang or Nyoi Kinko Bou (Compliant Gold-Rimmed Pole).
- Another less-known example from Journey to the West: Even if it is not brought up as often, Sha Wujing's weapon in the novel is a special club made of mahogany wood and gold. According to him, it can stretch and enlarge at will just like Sun Wukong's staff, but since he doesn't fight as much as him, this fact is often overlooked.
- Ged's staff in A Wizard of Earthsea: He picks a blade of grass, he speaks to it to expand it into a full-sized wooden staff, and to suit this trope, it is able to shrink/grow it again.
- A technological, rather than magical, telescoping staff appears as a weapon in Grand Central Arena. It's explicitly mentioned that the designer was inspired by Sun Wukong's staff.
- The neo-Zulu in Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age wear telescoping spears.
- In the third book of ''Rune Breaker}, Pele gets a Steam Punk version of this. In the final book, she jams it into a monster's mouth an activates it.
Live Action TV
- Babylon 5: The Rangers use a form of these although they go from the size of your palm to standard length. Also works as a medical scanner if you look at the end of it and give it a firm shake.
- In Andromeda, Dylan Hunt's Force Lance would expand from a small hand-held cylinder to a full staff when given a good hard shake. It would also fire "smart" projectiles or plasma bursts, making it also a Boom Stick.
- Kamen Rider Kuuga's Dragon Rod would start as a short staff which would lengthen when deployed in battle.
- As does Kamen Rider Double's Metal Shaft.
- Sara Lance/The Canary is trained by the League of Assassins and highly skilled at using this as her weapon of choice in Arrow; it can split into a pair of Eskrima sticks and doubles as a Bifurcated Weapon.
- Early editions of Dungeons & Dragons had the Rod of Lordly Might. One of its functions turned it into a spear up to 15 feet long.
- The magic quarterstaff in Unearthed Arcana (1985). Normally 6 feet long, could be expanded up to 12 feet long.
- Although not a weapon, the third edition had a collapseable pole in a sourcebook that could be extended to a ten-foot pole.
- Nanase from Street Fighter EX uses a bō staff of this nature. Her Meteor Combo involves her using the weapon to launch out of orbit, then utilizing her gain in speed and momentum to pummel her foe during atmospheric re-entry.
- Hualin, a bonus character in Soulcalibur III, fights using the Create-A-Soul staff discipline. Some of her moves (namely her unblockables) involve it growing to mammoth proportions, using changes to throw the opponent from a range.
- Dynasty Warriors 6: the staff weapon will expand as you up your renbu meter.
- Jade in Mortal Kombat has this as a part of her arsenal.
- In 'Mortal Kombat X' Kitana uses Jade's staff as one of her variant fighting styles.
- In Castlevania: Curse of Darkness you can build the Nyoi-Bo staff using Orichalcum, five bamboo spears and five bamboo swords. It's quite weak, but has the greatest reach and is perfect againsy multiple, weak opponents.
- In Megaman Zero, Zero has access to the Triple rod, basically a spear that can be extended up to three times or can be used to bounce over enemies.
- Raijin, a recurring enemy from Final Fantasy VIII, wields one of those.
- Wukong and his weapon from League of Legends - appropriate, being a largely inspired by Sun Wukong/Son Goku.
- Cheetara in both ThunderCats (1985) series uses one.
- Prince Pyrus from Shadow Raiders uses one in combat situations.
- In the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon, Diana has one of these as her magic item. Another ability it has is an easy way to repair it if it breaks - she can do so simply by holding the pieces together, as she did in one episode.
- The Serpent of Detentionaire uses one with dual blades.
- Robin on Teen Titans has a telescoping bo staff in his tool belt.
- Chat Noir in Miraculous Ladybug has a magic staff that can extend hundreds of times its length.
- A common prop for many a Stage Magician is a the appearing cane, which expands to a full-size walking stick from the size of a roll of change.