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L-R, top-to-bottom: the Welsh flag, the transgender flag, the United Nations' flag and the chequered flag.
National flags are kinda a big deal to the patriotic. Especially for those living in the U.S. of A. There are other kinds of flags too, such as flags that carry messages. This index is all about flags.

Not to be confused with Event Flag or False Flag Operation. See the useful notes page on Vexillology for the study of flags.


  • "Bang!" Flag Gun: A joke gun that projects a flag with the word "Bang!" on it instead of a shooting a bullet or projectile.
  • Burning the Flag: Burning a flag as a symbol of protest against the institution it represents.
  • Capture the Flag: Capturing an enemy organization's flag as an insult against it.
  • Claiming Via Flag: Planting your group's flag somewhere to symbolize that you own it now.
  • Fictional Flag: For when your fictional nation needs a flag.
  • Flag Bikini: Swimwear patterned after flags.
  • Flag Drop: Posing in front of or next to a prominently shown flag.
  • Flagpole Challenge: Daring someone (usually during training) to retrieve an object attached to the top of a flagpole.
  • Iwo Jima Pose: A copy of the US Marines raising the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
  • Jolly Roger: A flag flown by pirates.
  • Tattered Flag: A torn or decayed flag used to represent the decline of the group it represents.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: A character licks a flagpole during winter and their tongue becomes stuck to it.
  • Underwear Flag: Stealing someone's underwear and flying it like a flag.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Flag-patterned bandannas, and flags worn as bandannas.
  • White Flag: Flying a pure white flag as a signal of surrender.