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* ''[[Series/WonderWoman1975 Wonder Woman]]'': In "Screaming Javelins", Wonder Woman simultaneously throws two(!) javelins at [[BigBad Mariposa]], pinning him to the ground [[spoiler:temporarily. He escapes before she goes to retrieve him.]]


* As ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'''s reimagined Amazons are all some of the oldest people on Earth it's unsurprising that most of the contestants in "ComicBook/TheContest" carried javelins as their WeaponOfChoice and that javelin throwing is shown to be a popular hobby on Themyscira.

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* As ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'''s reimagined Amazons are all some of the oldest people on Earth it's unsurprising that most of the contestants in "ComicBook/TheContest" carried carry javelins as their WeaponOfChoice and that javelin throwing is shown to be a popular hobby on Themyscira.



* ''Film/WonderWoman1974'': The renegade Amazon Ahnjayla uses her javelin-throwing skills to trick George into losing a couple of sucker bets. When Wonder Woman shows up riding the burro Ahnjayla tries to skewer her with a javelin but Wonder Woman [[CatchAndReturn catches it and throws it back]].

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* ''Film/WonderWoman1974'': The renegade Amazon Ahnjayla uses her javelin-throwing skills to trick George into losing a couple of sucker bets. When Wonder Woman shows up riding the burro burro, Ahnjayla tries to skewer her with a javelin but Wonder Woman [[CatchAndReturn catches it and throws it back]].



* ''Literature/MobyDick'' has Captain Ahab and most of the Peqod's crew using harpoons. Justified by the setting.

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* ''Literature/MobyDick'' has Captain Ahab and most of the Peqod's crew using harpoons. Justified harpoons -- which is of course justified by the setting.



* ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel''. Centurion Iunio shows his contempt for the [[HumanityOnTrial aliens who judging humanity]] by throwing his javelin at them. They're in an UnnecessarilyLargeInterior so he misses, but the protagonist is still impressed, claiming that Iunio must have broken several Olympic records.

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* ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel''. ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel'': Centurion Iunio shows his contempt for the [[HumanityOnTrial aliens who judging humanity]] by throwing his javelin at them. They're in an UnnecessarilyLargeInterior so he misses, but the protagonist is still impressed, claiming that Iunio must have broken several Olympic records.



* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the Night King hurls a very deadly ice javelin [[spoiler: which is used to OneHitKill Viserion, one of Daenerys' beloved dragons. He ''almost'' succeeds in killing Drogon as well]].
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the Night King hurls a very deadly ice javelin [[spoiler: which is used to [[spoiler:which achieves a OneHitKill on Viserion, one of Daenerys' beloved dragons. He ''almost'' succeeds in killing Drogon as well]].
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** The pilot episode. After the Royal Nephew shoots and mortally wounds Master Po, he hides behind his chair to reload. Kwai Chang Caine kills him by throwing a guard's spear through the chair.

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** The In the pilot episode. After episode, after the Royal Nephew shoots and mortally wounds Master Po, he hides behind his chair to reload. Kwai Chang Caine kills him by throwing a guard's spear through the chair.



* Cu Chulain's spear Gae Bulg. It was also said to spread a thousand of shards inside the enemy wound.

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* Cu Chulain's spear Gae Bulg. It Bulg could be thrown, and was also said to spread a thousand of shards inside the enemy enemy's wound.



* Javelins have the longest range of any throwing weapon in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 5th Edition. This makes them extremely popular with characters who have high strength scores, like most fighters, paladins, and barbarians, because they're the most effective ranged weapon that uses strength for attack and damage rolls. In most editions, there's also the Javelin of Lightning, a magic weapon that as its name suggests can become a bolt of lightning when thrown.

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* Javelins have the longest range of any throwing weapon in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 5th Edition. This makes them extremely popular with characters who have high strength scores, like most fighters, paladins, and barbarians, because they're the most effective ranged weapon that uses strength for attack and damage rolls. In most editions, there's also the Javelin of Lightning, a magic weapon that as its name suggests can become becomes a bolt of lightning when thrown.



* Most ancient cultures west of India made heavy use of javelins because they're easier to produce than the bow, the javelin's greater weight made it more effective against men wearing armor than most of the bows available, and javelins don't require nearly as much skill to use effectively, specially at short ranges.
** ''Peltasts'' were the javelin-throwers of the classical era. Light troops used to pester the enemy, slowly bleeding it off while rapidly retreating from danger. So effective they were, being armed for maximum speed only with their javelins and light shields called ''pelta'', after which they were named, that they smashed entire corps of powerful, heavily armed hoplites without as much as a scratch, removing them from their pedestal of battlefield dominance in the Mediterranean.

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* Most ancient cultures west of India made heavy use of javelins because they're easier to produce than the bow, the javelin's greater weight made it more effective against men wearing armor than most of the bows available, and javelins don't require nearly as much skill to use effectively, specially especially at short ranges.
** ''Peltasts'' were the javelin-throwers of the classical era. Light troops used to pester the enemy, slowly bleeding it off while rapidly retreating from danger. So effective they were, were they, being armed for maximum speed only with their javelins and light shields called ''pelta'', after which they were named, that they smashed entire corps of powerful, heavily armed hoplites without as much as a scratch, removing them from their pedestal of battlefield dominance in the Mediterranean.



** Roman soldiers went to battle armed with ''pila'' (singular ''pilum''): each was a heavy wood shaft joined to a pyramidal iron point by a fairly thin shank of softer iron. At least for some weapons at some times, the shanks would bend at impact, making it difficult for the enemy to pick them up and throw them back. (For others, the whole thing was of hardened iron.) Pila were dangerous in great part because they could penetrate a shield to strike the holder; failing that, a shield impaled with a pilum became hard to use.
* The African ''Assegai'' was widely and effectively employed.
** As was its cousin the Zulu Iklwa, which was short enough that it could also be used as a [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice thrusting sword]].

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** Roman soldiers went to battle armed with ''pila'' (singular ''pilum''): each was a heavy wood shaft joined to a pyramidal iron point by a fairly thin shank of softer iron. At least for with some weapons at some times, the shanks would bend at impact, making it difficult for the enemy to pick them up and throw them back. (For others, the whole thing was of hardened iron.) Pila were dangerous in great part because they could penetrate a shield to strike the holder; failing that, a shield impaled with a pilum became hard to use.
* The African ''Assegai'' was widely and effectively employed.
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employed. Its cousin the Zulu Iklwa, which was short enough that it could also be used as a [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice thrusting sword]].sword]], was also dangerous, but more for melee.


* The '80s SlasherMovie ''Fatal Games'' features a javelin-wielding murderer killing athletes.

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* The '80s SlasherMovie ''Fatal Games'' ''Film/FatalGames'' features a javelin-wielding murderer killing athletes.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'' has this as a weapon option (along with throwing knives). Maximising your reputation with the Vendrien Guard gives you the ability to throw a javelin made of light.

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* Javelins have the longest range of any throwing weapon in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 5th Edition. This makes them extremely popular with characters who have high strength scores, like most fighters, paladins, and barbarians, because they're the most effective ranged weapon that uses strength for attack and damage rolls. In most editions, there's also the Javelin of Lightning, a magic weapon that as its name suggests can become a bolt of lightning when thrown.


* ''WebAnimation/AnimatedInanimateBattle'': Frisbee is extremely fond of javelins, and is even labelled with the scientific name of [[CanisLactinicus Javelinus Throwicus]]. Of course, his skills just involve throwing the javelins around all willy-nilly, which may injure anyone happening to be in his projectiles' paths.

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* ''WebAnimation/AnimatedInanimateBattle'': Frisbee is extremely fond of javelins, and is even labelled with the scientific name of [[CanisLactinicus [[CanisLatinicus Javelinus Throwicus]]. Of course, his skills just involve throwing the javelins around all willy-nilly, which may injure anyone happening to be in his projectiles' paths.

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* ''WebAnimation/AnimatedInanimateBattle'': Frisbee is extremely fond of javelins, and is even labelled with the scientific name of [[CanisLactinicus Javelinus Throwicus]]. Of course, his skills just involve throwing the javelins around all willy-nilly, which may injure anyone happening to be in his projectiles' paths.


One of the oldest weapons of all humanity, along with the [[CarryABigStick wooden club]], is the javelin. Short, light spears that can be simply sharp sticks (though really, a hard point makes them much more effective), javelins can be used in melee at a pinch, but are usually thrown. They differ from the BladeOnAStick in various ways: usually, while heavy spears and lances are melee weapons associated with guards, knights, and cool-headed, calm individuals, javelins are associated with speed, as they're lighter to carry than a spear, and provide hit-and-run skirmishers with the cheapest and simplest effective option. But there are important exceptions, most notably [[UsefulNotes/TheGloryThatWasRome the Roman legions]], who developed formidable heavy infantry tactics based on close-range use of heavy javelins followed up with sword and shield.

Javelins are thus favored by [[BornInTheSaddle light cavalry]] and skirmishing infantry, who can use them instead of bows and arrows -- javelins are more economical to make and easier to use, and can be thrown one-handed while the other hand holds a shield, though they lack the bow's range. (A well-equipped HorseArcher might ''also'' carry a couple of javelins, for closer-range work and as a backup to the bow.) The javelin is a very old weapon as well as being quite simple, so it's often associated with wild, primitive-looking cultures (though, again, the Romans provide a major counterexample). If a story takes place in a maritime setting then you may see its nautical cousin, the harpoon. In some stories, javelins will be [[PoisonedWeapons coated in venom]].

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One of the oldest weapons of all humanity, OlderThanDirt, along with the [[CarryABigStick wooden club]], is the javelin. Short, light spears that can be simply sharp sticks (though really, a hard point makes them much more effective), javelins can be used in melee at a pinch, but are usually thrown. They differ from the BladeOnAStick in various ways: usually, while heavy spears and lances are melee weapons associated with guards, knights, and cool-headed, calm individuals, javelins are associated with speed, as they're lighter to carry than a spear, and provide hit-and-run skirmishers with the cheapest and simplest effective option. But there are important exceptions, most notably [[UsefulNotes/TheGloryThatWasRome the Roman legions]], who developed formidable heavy infantry tactics based on close-range use of heavy javelins followed up with sword and shield.

Javelins are thus favored by [[BornInTheSaddle light cavalry]] and skirmishing infantry, who can use them instead of bows and arrows -- javelins are more economical to make and easier to use, and can be thrown one-handed while the other hand holds a shield, though they lack the bow's range. (A well-equipped HorseArcher might ''also'' carry a couple of javelins, for closer-range work and as a backup to the bow.) The javelin is ''is'' a very old weapon as well as being quite simple, so it's often associated with wild, primitive-looking cultures (though, again, the Romans provide a major counterexample). If a story takes place in a maritime setting then you may see its nautical cousin, the harpoon. In some stories, javelins will be [[PoisonedWeapons coated in venom]].



See also BladeOnAStick and ProngsOfPoseidon, and HarpoonGun for a high-tech version with aquatic associations.

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See also BladeOnAStick and ProngsOfPoseidon, and HarpoonGun for a high-tech version with aquatic associations.
associations. The victim of an especially powerful javelin attack may end up ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, though in truth it would take incredible strength to throw a weapon right through someone.



* ''Film/CaptainClegg'': "The Mulatto" (no other name given) tends to attack people by throwing spears at them. Given that he's a ScaryBlackMan in a colonial-period story, there's a bit of unfortunate [[invoked]] ValuesDissonance involved here.

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* ''Film/CaptainClegg'': "The Mulatto" mulatto" (no other name given) tends to attack people by throwing spears at them. Given that he's a ScaryBlackMan in a colonial-period story, there's a bit of unfortunate [[invoked]] ValuesDissonance involved here.


* In ''Film/{{Savaged}}'', Zoe kills Cody by throwing an Apache war lance throw the windscreen of his speeding car, and then ducking under the car as it flips and crashes.



* In ''Film/{{Savaged}}'', Zoe kills Cody by throwing an Apache war lance throw the windscreen of his speeding car, and then ducking under the car as it flips and crashes.


* ''Film/WonderWoman1974'': The renegade Amazon Ahnjayla uses her javelin-throwing skills to trick George into losing a couple of sucker bets. When Wonder Woman shows up riding the burro Ahnjayla tries to skewer her with a javelin but Wonder Woman [[CatchAndReturn catches it and throws it back]].

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* ''Film/WonderWoman1974'': The renegade Amazon Ahnjayla uses ''Film/CaptainClegg'': "The Mulatto" (no other name given) tends to attack people by throwing spears at them. Given that he's a ScaryBlackMan in a colonial-period story, there's a bit of unfortunate [[invoked]] ValuesDissonance involved here.
* During
her javelin-throwing skills to trick George into losing a couple of sucker bets. When Wonder Woman shows up riding the burro Ahnjayla tries to skewer her final showdown with Sunny in ''Film/FairGame'', Jessica demonstrates some amazing skill in being able to use star pickets as javelins.
* The '80s SlasherMovie ''Fatal Games'' features
a javelin but Wonder Woman [[CatchAndReturn catches it and throws it back]].javelin-wielding murderer killing athletes.



* The '80s SlasherMovie ''Fatal Games'' features a javelin-wielding murderer killing athletes.
* ''Film/SlaughterHigh'', another '80s SlasherMovie, also features deadly javelin usage.



* During her final showdown with Sunny in ''Film/FairGame'', Jessica demonstrates some amazing skill in being able to use star pickets as javelins.

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* During her final showdown with Sunny in ''Film/FairGame'', Jessica demonstrates some amazing skill in being able to use star pickets ''Film/SlaughterHigh'', another '80s SlasherMovie, also features deadly javelin usage.
* In ''Film/{{Savaged}}'', Zoe kills Cody by throwing an Apache war lance throw the windscreen of his speeding car, and then ducking under the car
as javelins.it flips and crashes.



* In ''Film/{{Savaged}}'', Zoe kills Cody by throwing an Apache war lance throw the windscreen of his speeding car, and then ducking under the car as it flips and crashes.

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* In ''Film/{{Savaged}}'', Zoe kills Cody by throwing an Apache war lance throw ''Film/WonderWoman1974'': The renegade Amazon Ahnjayla uses her javelin-throwing skills to trick George into losing a couple of sucker bets. When Wonder Woman shows up riding the windscreen of his speeding car, burro Ahnjayla tries to skewer her with a javelin but Wonder Woman [[CatchAndReturn catches it and then ducking under the car as throws it flips and crashes.back]].


** As was its cousin the Zulu Iklwa, which was short enough that it could also be used as a [ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice thrusting sword]].

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** As was its cousin the Zulu Iklwa, which was short enough that it could also be used as a [ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice thrusting sword]].

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** As was its cousin the Zulu Iklwa, which was short enough that it could also be used as a [ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice thrusting sword]].


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* The Māori taiaha could be used this way, though it could just as easily be used as a SimpleStaff.


* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has the Javelin, Spear and Short Spear weapons. Along with magic and Hand Axes, they are the only weapons to have the benefit of having a 1-2 attack range, meaning that they can attack ''both'' up close and at a distance. However, aside from this fact, these weapons (save for magic) are some of the least efficient weapons in the series, combining [[ScratchDamage scrappy damage]], scrappy accuracy and overweight.

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has the Javelin, Spear and Short Spear weapons. Along with magic and Hand Axes, they are weapons, which alongside throwing axes count among the only few weapons to have the benefit of having a with 1-2 attack range, meaning that they can be used to attack ''both'' up close and ''or'' at a distance. However, aside from this fact, these weapons (save for magic) are some of rare advantage comes at the least efficient weapons in the series, combining [[ScratchDamage scrappy damage]], scrappy cost of lackluster power and accuracy and overweight.compared to ordinary lances.


** The Persian ''Palta'', short and heavy cornel-wood spears, made to be hard and durable so they fared equally well as ranged or melee weapons. The most basic weapon of Persian horsemen were two of these, one for throwing and one for hand-to-hand, and was often the weapon of duels amongst mounted Persian noblemen. When engaging the Greeks, this gave the cavalry an edge, as the longer, more fragile Greek spears were more difficult to handle and tended to break first.
** Roman soldiers went to battle armed with ''pila'' (singular ''pilum''): each was a heavy wood shaft joined to a pyramidal iron point by a fairly thin shank of softer iron. At least for some weapons at some times, the shanks would bend at impact, making it difficult for the enemy to pick them up and throw them back. (For others, the whole thing was of hardened iron.) Pila were dangerous in great part because they could penetrate a shield to strike the holder; failing that, a shield impaled with a pilum was hard to continue using as a shield.

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** The Persian ''Palta'', short and ''Palta'' were short, heavy cornel-wood spears, made to be hard and durable so they fared equally well as ranged or melee weapons. The most basic weapon of load-out for Persian horsemen were was two of these, one for throwing and one for hand-to-hand, and was they were often the weapon of used in duels amongst among mounted Persian noblemen. When engaging the Greeks, this gave the Persian cavalry an edge, as the longer, more fragile Greek spears were more difficult to handle and tended to break first.
** Roman soldiers went to battle armed with ''pila'' (singular ''pilum''): each was a heavy wood shaft joined to a pyramidal iron point by a fairly thin shank of softer iron. At least for some weapons at some times, the shanks would bend at impact, making it difficult for the enemy to pick them up and throw them back. (For others, the whole thing was of hardened iron.) Pila were dangerous in great part because they could penetrate a shield to strike the holder; failing that, a shield impaled with a pilum was became hard to continue using as a shield.use.



** In Mesoamerica, the ''atlatl'' was the Náhuatl name for the spear-thrower. It was considered very difficult to master, and so was a symbol of distinction and skill; Aztec gods were very commonly depicted wielding one. It was said to be able to punch through any armor, quilted, leather or chainmail -- but not the Spanish steel plate of the invasion period.

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** In Mesoamerica, the ''atlatl'' was the Náhuatl name for the spear-thrower. It was considered very difficult to master, and so was a symbol of distinction and skill; Aztec gods were very commonly depicted wielding one. It was said to be able to punch through any armor, quilted, leather or chainmail -- but not the Spanish steel plate of the invasion period.

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* ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel''. Centurion Iunio shows his contempt for the [[HumanityOnTrial aliens who judging humanity]] by throwing his javelin at them. They're in an UnnecessarilyLargeInterior so he misses, but the protagonist is still impressed, claiming that Iunio must have broken several Olympic records.

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