I am. A servant. Of humanity. Wielder of. The rubber ball. You Shall Not Pass!
—Blunt, FreefallBalls are spherical objects often used for entertainment and recreation like in sports and such. These things hurt when they are hurled at you at high speeds, so that makes them viable weapons, especially if they are made of steel (or lead, as with the case of muskets). These balls are often used for Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball attack, but not always, especially if the ball can't bounce in the first place (like if it's too heavy or if it's a Ki Attack). Crystal Balls are sometimes given this treatment. Related to I Know Madden Kombat, though only when the "non-combat sport" in question is a ball sport. Compare Epic Flail, which is any chain weapon with a weight on one end, which may be a ball. May involve Shaping Your Attacks if the person has control of solid matter or Hard Light Energy Weapon/Ki Attacks. Can sometimes be countered with a bat. May be the ball the Tennis Boss uses. Guns and cannons shooting spherical bullets do not count (unless they're explicitly ordinary balls). There's a Trope for that somewhere in Guns and Gunplay Tropes. Actual weapons like bombs disguised/shaped as ordinary balls also do not count. Energy Ball examples only overlap here if they're used as blunt weapon and don't explode normally (i.e. it explodes only as a part of a special attack using the ball).
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- A Doritos ad from about ten years ago played the trope for laughs. Two office guys are using a glass paperweight as a "crystal ball." The first guy predicts that he'll get a special at the vending machine and hurls the paperweight at the machine, shattering the glass. After the voiceover, the second guy decides to give it a try. "I predict a promotion," he says, and hurls the ball as his boss comes through the door. Looks like he's not going to get what he wanted...
Anime and Manga
- In Detective Conan, Conan uses his Tricked-Out Shoes's acceleration feature to give him the speed and strength to kick his ordinary soccer ball at high speeds as an Emergency Weapon.
- In Scryed, Asuka Tachibana's Alter is called Eternity Eight, also know as the Eight Treasure Balls. For the most part, they're a Swiss-Army Superpower, able to create energy constructs of a sort (making a Laser Blade by arranging them in a line, or a shield by making them flat). However, in the manga, they can combine into a giant ball which he can launch at enemies.
- In Lyrical Nanoha, Vita's long-range weapons of choice are iron spheres that she launches towards her targets by striking them with the polo mallet-like Hammer form of her Armed Device.
- In Part 7 of Jojos Bizarre Adventure, Gyro Zeppeli uses a pair of spinning steel balls as his weapon of choice to great effect. The things he can do with them are downright supernatural.
- In Hunter × Hunter, one of Razor's preferred weapons is a volleyball, which he infuses with his life force and spikes it at opponents. Said infusion increases the volleyball's durability to survive Razor's immensely destructive spikes.
- In The DCU, the villain Sportsmaster sometimes uses shot-puts and other balls as bludgeoning weapons, as well as using trick versions that explode.
- In the furry comic Zaibatsu Tears the vixen protagonist, a high-end cyborg, is shown using ball bearings as weapons as she and other enhanced cyborgs can throw them with the same speed, accuracy, and damaging potential of any bullet.
- In X2: X-Men United, Magneto breaks out of his custom made jail cell by pulling the iron from the blood of a guard. He then forms the iron into small balls which he uses as offensive weapons, smashing his cage and killing the rest of the guards.
- In Mystery Men The Bowler uses a bowling ball possessed by the spirit of her father (the original Bowler) as a weapon.
Live Action Television
- In the CSI: NY episode, "The Closer", the murder weapon was revealed to be a baseball thrown by a free agent pitcher.
- A cricket ball can do some serious damage if it hits someone, and unlike in baseball, the bowler is not automatically penalised for hitting a batsman. See, for example, the infamous Bodyline series of the 1930s, where the English team adopted the practice of bowling short-pitched deliveries that bounced up to around the batsmen's head height - and keep in mind that this was before batsmen started wearing helmets! Australian captain Bill Woodfull's quote about the practice is still famous to this day: "There are two sides out there today, but only one of them is playing cricket.
- Even after the introduction of helmets, the West Indies' fast bowlers of the 80s were very indimidating for batsmen to face because of the potential for injuries.
- In Warhammer 40,000, Asdrubael Vect has a weapon called the Obsidian Orbs, which restore his health when they hit an enemy.
- Koei Warriors series
- Dynasty Warriors has Guo Jia, one of Cao Cao's strategists, who wields an "Orb and Scepter", though it's practically "Pool Ball and Cue Stick", and yes, that does mean he attacks with billiard ball moves and Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball antics.
- Samurai Warriors
- Oichi had her Cup and Ball (Kendama), although it effectively is used as a flail since it's a ball tied to a handle with a string.
- Kanbei Kuroda has his Crystal Ball, but what he actually uses for attacking are spectral versions of his orb which he uses like a Flying Weapon.
- Yoshimoto Imagawa has his Kemari ball, which he uses with soccer-like moves.
- Warriors Orochi gives us, Da Ji, who attacks with a pair of balls which she commands to spin around her with ballet.
- Wakka from Final Fantasy X is a professional Blitzball (a.k.a. water-polo-on-speed) player who attacks using the ball he kept from before he Jumped at the Call. Later upgrades to the ball further weaponize it, to the extend that his Infinity +1 Sword ball has a prominent buzzsaw blade in the middle.
- There exists an alternate version of Mario Bros. made by Hudson Soft that gives Mario and Luigi a "Punch Ball" with which to stun enemies.
- Related: In Super Mario Land, Mario's usual fireball is replaced by a "super ball" that not only kills mooks, but also collects coins as it bounces off walls and floors.
- League of Legends: Orianna performs all of her abilities via a spherical, hovering Attack Drone simply called "The Ball". When she uses "Command: Attack", The Ball simply rams the enemy. When she uses "Command: Dissonance", The Ball emits an electric pulse around it. When she uses "Command: Shockwave", The Ball... well, unleashes a shockwave.
- In Guilty Gear X, Venom's weapon of choice is a pool cue and energy balls. Sometimes he simply strikes with the cue, other times he hits a ball that bounces around the screen, and other times he'll simply launch a larger ball at an enemy. This may have something to do with Guo Jia's example up above. It may seem cool, but bear in mind that he's an assassin, and he needs to be inconspicuous and ready for combat as often as possible.
- Done on an exaggerated scale in Odama. The titular "Odama" is a giant ball the size of a building and the player's secret weapon in the war that smashes buildings and somehow converts enemy soldiers to the player's side rather than kills them.
- A new item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the Soccer Ball, which when hit, gets launched. The harder it's hit, the farther it goes and more damage it does. If hit sufficiently hard it can be a One-Hit KO.
- Viola in SoulCalibur V wields a claw and crystal ball as her weapons. When the crystal ball is in play she becomes a Puppet Fighter with a different moveset taking advantage of the ball.
- In Sengoku Basara, Otani Yoshitsugu's weapon is a set of crystal balls that he controls with telekinesis.
- Mega Man gains the Mega Ball in the eighth game. He deploys the ball and then kicks it in an angle. It is the only weapon that can hurt Wily's first stage boss.
- There's also Crystal Man and his Crystal Balls, which Mega Man can acquire.
- Street Fighter X Mega Man also gives you Tropical Hazard, taken from Blanka. Basically similar to Mega Ball but with watermelon.
- In Warcraft III, The Blood Mage has three spheres of magic orbiting his head, which he grabs and throws at enemies.
- A licensed GBA platformer Go! Go! Beckham! Adventure on Soccer Island used this as its main mechanic. Different types of balls could be found and kicked at enemies (and otherwise used to interact with the environment), who could also "kick" them back.
- The attack Fling throws one's held item at the opponent, changing its power based on the item's weight. The strongest option? The Iron Ball, with 130 base power.
- Passimian from Pokémon Sun and Moon is a football player lemur that uses a hard ball-like berry in its training regimes, and it also throws said ball when attacking.
- In Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, throwing the ball against an Electrobounce unit will cause it to become electrified and tackle the first opponent (or more, depending on the Score Multiplier) it hits unless it stops moving first. The original game provided a similar power for walking over a rotating "W" tile.
- Tekken 3 (and the Wii U version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2) has a mini-game where the goal was to attack a series of increasingly damaging ball to send at your opponent with enough force to deplete their life (starting with a beach ball and ending with an iron ball). The amount of damage done increases as it gets sent back and forth like a Tennis Boss battle. You could also have it fall behind them in the style volleyball to do damage, but throwing it with punches and kicks is the main idea.
- Heihachi retains the beach ball in his move-set seen in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale as one of his odd projectiles, where it functions largely the same. If it gets attacked, it'll instantly deplete AP from anyone hit by it, including Heihachi.
- Come across a sporting goods store in Dead Rising or Dead Rising 2 and you might find a shelf full of bowling balls. Sadly there is no option to construct a bowling ball cannon from a collection of parts, but it can be used to smash zombies' heads in, or thrown to bowl them over like bowling pins (and usually scoring a few kills along the way). Aim high and sometimes you'll end up hucking the ball in an arc like a novice bowler with a late release, which can be just as useful for killing zombies (if imprecise and prone to losing the ball afterwards).
- Super Mario World: Piranha Island: As one of his many magical spells, the Piranha Wizard can send bouncing balls at Mario during a phase in both of his boss battles. Mario can grab these balls and throw them at the Piranha Wizard.
- In Star Ocean, Marvel Frozen uses a crystal ball for a weapon, floating it around with magic (as well as summoning spirits to boost its damage output). Since she has the Talent "Blessings of Mana", which usually only spellcasters possess, it's implied that she's traded her standard spellcasting for a more direct fighting style.
- In Freefall, Blunt at one point tries to defend a data facility Florence needs to sabotage by making her chase a tennis ball. It goes poorly for him.
- In The Order of the Stick: the super-bouncy ball that the Big Bad Xykon uses to kill a room full of troops is just a ball. The Symbol of Insanity he cast on it beforehand, however, affects everyone who looks at the ball...
- In Penny Arcade, Tycho can get artillery-level mileage out of a rubber kickball and The Power of Hate.
- In Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Phineas's remote-control baseballs are used as weapons against the army of Normbots.
- The "Flash-ball" brand of Defense Ball Launcher fires common, made-in-China toy rubber balls... By propelling them with a gunpowder cartridge.