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"When a problem comes along,
You must whip it!"

A bullwhip's signature cracking noise is a miniature sonic boom. It's about as close to the Stuff Blowing Up type of coolness as you can get without infringing upon Fantasy Gun Control. A whip is also, basically, more or less a long piece of leather rope, and we all know how sexy leather is, right? In video games, action adventure and fantasy tales, some characters will show how extra badass they are by using a bullwhip or other flexible weapon as their primary armament, as well as employing it for a Building Swing.

If this person is a woman, and they often are, she is likely to also have a Stripperiffic costume that brings to mind a dominatrix outfit, and will probably be The Vamp or The Baroness.

This is also a preferred weapon of the Repulsive Ringmaster, thanks to the fact that ringmasters in the olden days were in charge of the equestrian acts. It's also a favored weapon of slavers, slave-owners and torturers alike, owing to their historical use in slavery, torture and punishment. More neutrally, it'll also show up as a commander's weapon in more stylised historical works - whips are a traditional symbol of authority that multiple cultures have issued to military officers, and while they're usually harmless ceremonial items, that doesn't stop a work of fiction from making them much deadlier.


This, of course, ignores the fact that whips are generally impractical weapons in close combat, unless you like the idea of flicking your own ear every time you crack that whip. In light of this, most whips will be weaponized by adding blades or spikes, making them out of chain links, being electrified or just magic in order to be a more convincing weapon, while maintaining the cool sexiness. Also, they're often employed to instantly tie up an enemy, despite being designed to avoid tangling. Less enthusiastic authors settle upon emphasizing disarming, tripping and choking attacks.

See also: Weapon of Choice and Variable-Length Chain. Riding crops are a variation. Want to badass it up a bit? Try using a Snake Whip or a Whip Sword, or electrify it for a Lightning Lash.

Sister tropes: A Taste of the Lash, Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off!, Chain Pain.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ah! My Goddess:
    • An episode of Ah! My Goddess had Aoshima sic two thugs armed with whips on Urd. Urd catches the ends, quips "This is how you use a whip!", and punishes them by Dual Wielding their own weapons on the three of them.
    • Urd also swings a chain around like a whip while on her way to confront Hild in an episode of the second season.
    • Peorth uses her vines as a whip against Keiichi when she tries to help him get over his Cannot Spit It Out problem.
  • Rascal-sensei from Akazukin Chacha used whips akimbo.
  • A minor Angel in Angelic Layer illegally wielded electric whips. This was the only thing in the series that was illegal, besides disrupting an opponent's control over his or her Angel (as shown in the Fujisaki arc). Rewriting the Layer matrix, Beam Spam, suddenly growing wings, Super Strength due to programming glitch: these things were fine. The battle the whips were used in was an informal battle. Icchan, the game's creator, still didn't like it.
  • The Big O. In episode 25 "The War of Paradigm City", Agent 12 of the Union uses a whip several times.
  • Anime-only Knight Templar Angela of Black Butler has a rather... interesting torture scene with Sebastian that makes you wonder if the cameraman ought to leave the room. In the second to last episode, that is played with even more, when Angela's male form asks Sebastian to become one with him afterward. Sebastian replies with wondering if he is just a toy to Angela. In episode 7, Angela is the one who gets whipped.
  • Licht from Black Clover can create a long whip made of light that he can move fast enough to destroy most of a cave in seconds. He even mentions the symbolism of the weapon, stating that whips were used to punish criminals.
  • Despite the fact that she is the dominant main character in a Hentai manga, Pamila of Bondage Fairies does not use her whip for sex play, instead using it as her Weapon of Choice for combat. And she's damn good with it. It has a knife hidden in the handle, too.
  • Braiger: Isaac "The Razor" Goodnov carries wields a weapon that is a blend of whip, laser and sword.
  • In Brave10, both Rokuro and Nanakuma use whips during their Duel to the Death, which they produce from their outfits, no matter how unlikely that seems.
  • Buso Renkin: Noisy Hamelin, the buso renkin of the humanoid homunculus Jinnai, take the form of a whip that uses soundwaves to control all humans in the area. The design of the whip is based on those used by circus lion tamers and to fit with Jinnai's pet breeding hobby..
  • The titular heroine of Cutey Honey transformed into a white leather, corseted dominatrix in the second series.
  • General Cloud Nine in D.Gray-Man and Lulu Bell. The anime adds this conversation.
    Cloud Nine: "Maybe I should whip you [to make you work]."
    Cross Marian: " Doesn't sound too bad."
  • Hei in Darker Than Black uses a steel wire as his primary weapon. Not only is he able to choke people to death with it, he can also conduct his electrical discharges through it. Though he usually hurled a knife tied to the wire, which is more sensible in regards of both ballistics and conductance.
  • In Digimon Adventure 02, the Digital Kaiser/Emperor was armed with a riding crop, which he frequently used on his partner (Wormmon) and other mind-controlled minions. It wasn't particularly effective in fighting Takeru/T.K.
  • In Digimon Tamers, Rio uses an energy whip from his Digivice to reign-in his berserk Cyberdramon. No one else's Digivice has this ability, and it doesn't appear to be triggered by any of his cards.
  • Dokuro: Takeo's weapon, the Fangblade Wire, is a wire with a hook at the end.
  • Dragon Ball Z: A filler episode in the Trunks Saga featured a Sadist Teacher for Gohan who uses a whip to "discipline" his students. The fact that he actually whipped Gohan across the face with enough force to draw blood right in front of Chi-Chi just makes his comeuppance in the form of Destination Defenestration all the more satisfying.
  • Lucy, from Fairy Tail, while specializing in Celestial Spirit magic, also keeps a whip as her Weapon of Choice and knows how to use it. She later gains the Fleuve d'étoiles, a magical extendible whip from the Eridanus constellation that lets her wrap and entangle her opponents. Her Taurus Star Dress also carries a whip to go with the cowgirl motif (because the Taurus form also gives her Super Strength, her whip attacks pack a lot of power in this form).
  • Louise of The Familiar of Zero always keeps a riding crop on hand for... controlling... Saito ("Stupid dog!!!"), usually when his Male Gaze gets the better of him. She can't entangle him with it, but it works well for discipline. When that doesn't work, explosive magic is always next.
    • She also has an actual whip for more extreme measures, such as the time he tried to molest her in her sleep.
    • Same goes for her older sister, Eleonore. Which happens to make Louise cower in fear.
  • Uighur, the warden of the Cassandra prison in Fist of the North Star used dual whips as main weapons. When things got tougher (i.e. seeing that they didn't work on Kenshiro), he pulled out many more of them, concealed in the horns of his helmet. Still, whoever has the least bit of familiarity with the series can see where it all went (especially since he was one of the last enemies before Raoh's proper introduction in the story).
  • Forte, the big-chested Big Guy in Galaxy Angel, carries a riding crop.
  • The two Muhou Ryuu warriors Sekiryuu and Seirin from Gamaran dual wield weapons they call "Testuben" (Steel Whip), consisting in extremely flexible batons with broad tips whose movements are hard to predict, based on the real life Chinese weapon Biàn. A Giant Mook wielding a very similar weapon (which he calls "Iron Staff") appears near the end, but is killed by Ranmaru Itou before he can use it. Worth mentioning though that the real life counterpart is usually stiffier and cudgel-like.
  • Haruki Emishi in Get Backers is known as the "Fresh Blood Joker" for his skill with the flexible-yet-strong-as-steel Loulan Dancing Whip, and how he laughed at his enemies' spraying blood.
  • Gundam:
  • Shirin from Harukanaru Toki no Naka de can turn her trademark weaponized roses into thorn-covered vines, occasionally using them as whips.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, at Heaven's Arena Killua fights Riehlvelt, a dude in a wheelchair who is armed with two snake-headed electrified whips. They don't work on Killua.
  • In Kaleido Star there's a handsome circus artist named Dio, whose trusty show artifact is his whip. He's often shown throwing roses at the audience and then using the whip to slice them, showering the viewers in petals.
  • Eclair from Kiddy Grade. Though she's a cyborg with superhuman strength and is good with guns, one of her trademark attacks is to use her apparently magical lipstick to write her name on the wall and lash her enemies into submission.
  • Maria, Miko's mother from La Blue Girl wields a whip against the Horny Devils attacking her daughters.
  • In Last Period, heroine Erika and villainess Sonya both wield whips as their weapons of choice, a fact Erika comments on when they fight one another.
  • The Namihana from The Law of Ueki is a Sacred Weapon in the form of a giant whip.
  • In the Lupin movie The Secret of Twilight Gemini: Sadachiyo regularly uses his whip for both interrogation and assassination purposes; especially where women are concerned. And is so proficient with it that, when Lupin took cover behind a boulder, Sadachio shredded it in a matter of seconds!
  • Villain Precia Testarossa's Intelligent Device in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha had an often-used whip form (its default form was a staff). The first time we see her use it, it's to brutally torture her daughter Fate.
  • Mazinger Z: Several Mechanical Beast used whips. Gorias W3 or Rhine X1 are some examples.
  • In Miyuki-chan in Wonderland Miyuki meets up with a dominatrix-queen, who wants to make Miyuki her "sub".
  • Aswad member Lumen from My-Otome carries a pair of whips that combine into a Double Weapon in their unused form. Rosalie also uses one as her Element.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi has an odd variation of this with Makie, who's capable doing the whole Indiana Jones swinging bit, picking up and throwing objects (and people)...with a rhythmic gymnastics ribbon. Predictably, when she gets a pactio with Negi, her Artifact is a magical ribbon that also can act like a whip, among other things.
    • There was also that infamous incident when Haruna traumatizes her friends by drawing a doujin of herself whipping them for not letting her in on the masquerade sooner. Naturally, she's dressed like a dominatrix.
  • One Piece: Kalifa of CP-9 wields a spiked whip before eating a Devil Fruit.
    • Chief Guard Sadi-chan of Impel Down wields a whip as well as a trident, in keeping with her dominatrix theme.
  • In Panzer World Galient, secondary character Redd Windu wields a dark-blue bullwhip.
  • In Pokémon: The Series, Jessibelle uses a whip on James. In a children's anime.
  • In Pokémon Adventures, Clair is given a whip for Poké Ball launching. She also uses it as a weapon for fighting other people.
  • Dino from Reborn! (2004) wields one of these as a mafia boss, but manages to subvert the trope by only being good at doing so when his subordinates are in the direct vicinity. Without them, he manages to hit everyone else but his contender with it.
    • Now his student, Hibari Kyouya, appears to have taken after him. By wielding two bladed chain whips attached to his tonfas.
  • In Rosario + Vampire, Tsukune gets a magic whip ("used by a legendary clan of demon hunters") named Belmont, which lets him bypass his Power Limiter without the usual degeneration into a mindless ghoul.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • In the first Sailor Moon anime, Sailor Venus has the "Venus Love-Me Chain" - a magical chain of hearts that's essentially a whip. Sailor Moon R's villainess Calaveras, Venus' sort-of Evil Counterpart in the Black Moon clan, also used a whip as her weapon.
    • In the manga and live action, Venus is shown to wear the chain as a belt when not in use; in the anime she summons it and it is much more magical. It also gets upgraded a few times in the manga.
    • Sailor Lead Crow, who already looked like a dominatrix to begin with. Later, her boss, Sailor Galaxia, is shown to wield an energy whip in an attack named "Galactica Super String"
    • Ishtar, another evil version of Venus, albeit from Sailor Moon: Another Story, also uses a whip, though it's just because all the Opposito Senshi reuse the Ayakashi Sisters' attacks in battle
    • VesVes and Tiger's Eye also carry whips.
    • At least one Monster of the Week per season has this.
  • Chameleon June of Saint Seiya has the whip and the dominatrix-styled outfit, yet she's more of a Broken Bird.
  • In Samurai Pizza Cats, New York Pizza Cat member Dee Dee (aka Madonna in Japan) has a whip, dubbed the Kitty Whip, as her main weapon.
  • Tira Misu (yes, it is a very, very Punny Name) from Sorcerer Hunters wields a whip to great effect in battle, but its most common use is whipping Carrot's monster form into submission. Her older sister Chocolate wields razor wire, but the effect is much the same.
    • Given a Shout-Out in Slayers, where Lina Inverse (also voiced by Megumi Hayashibara) uses the spell Balus Rod to summon a whip and attacks a monster while shouting "Call me queen!"
  • Soul Hunter has the protagonist wielding the wind-controlling baton-like whip "Dashinben" (lit. God-stricking Whip), but is overshadowed by two whip-like Super Paopei, Raikouben (Thunder Lord's Whip), considered the strongest Super Paopei ever made, and the "Proudest Paopei" Kinben (Forbidden Whip), a massive red whip capable of striking multiple times with outstanding power from miles away with deadly precision.
  • Akira Mado from Tokyo Ghoul uses a compound Quinque that's a tentacle and used like a whip, with a blade built into the handle. By the time of Tokyo Ghoul:re she inherits her deceased father's Fueguchi One, a Quinque that looks like a tied spine and is used as a whip, and is good enough with it that she can bifurcate numerous Ghouls in a single attack.
  • Mew Zakuro's Zakuross in Tokyo Mew Mew is a laser whip with a cross for a handle.
  • Prince Shade and Eclipse from Twin Princess of Wonder Planet wield the same whip.
  • BC from Vandread handles a mean whip during a fight with the leader of a space station and when defending against aliens.
  • Voltes V: Ippei Mine has a whip and swings it around in the OP. The belt of the titular Humongous Mecha is in reality two whips.
  • Weiß Kreuz has Schoen, a former model turned bodyguard, who spends most confrontations attacking Ken with a bullwhip for scratching her beautiful face.
  • In X, Yuuto Kigai's main weapon is a whip with a sai dagger attached to its end.
  • The Harpie Ladies from Yu-Gi-Oh! use thorned whips as extra weapons.
    • Jim Crocodile Cook of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX wielded a whip, one would think for keeping his pet crocodile in line.
    • Also, Duel Spirit Meanae the Thorn of the Dark Scorpions, much like her card.
    • The psychotic digital pet owner also used a whip.
    • Aki Izayoi of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, when her psychic powers are combined with Black Rose Dragon and Splendid Rose.
    • Aoi Zaizen (aka Blue Angel) of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS has a whip in her idol costume. Subverted in that she never uses it as a weapon, but rather to grab and retrieve objects.
  • Kurama from YuYu Hakusho wields a "Rose Whip," a thorn-covered vine whip metamorphosed from a rose.
  • In Zatch Bell!, Sherry Belmont wields a staff that can change into a whip, enabling her to actually fight alongside Brago if necessary. Hmm...Belmont, whip...

  • Various arts of Jesus Christ driving merchants out from the temple depicts him carrying a whip made of light rope. This detail comes from John's gospel, in which it appears to be an Improvised Weapon.

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix: One of the Kush princess duo that competes in "Asterix and the Chariot Race" dishes it out with a whip. (Her colleague is something between Brawn Hilda and Amazonian Beauty and doesn't need one.)
  • El Hombre in Astro City, who is essentially Batman with the Zorro influence magnified dramatically. His sidekick Bravo wielded the relatively similar bola.
  • Catwoman is the quintessential comic book example. It's worth noting that the movies and cartoons always show her with a bullwhip, when in the comics, she normally uses a cat o' nine tails (a whip with multiple ends tied to metal balls). It is sometimes explained that she chose the weapon due to its difficulty of use; if someone managed to disarm her in a fight they'd be unlikely to be able to use it against her effectively. It is also worth noting that she is not above using a Groin Attack with it, as Prometheus found out the hard way.
  • The Constrictor of Marvel Comics combines this with Combat Tentacles.
  • Sydney Savage from Danger Girl.
  • Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash from Empowered. That's only one guy, by the way. Oh, it used to be a team of three dudes, but long story short the one who was previously just "the Lash" had to take over the whole name after a while. One wonders how the other two fought.
  • Marvel Comics had a short-lived (only 34 issues) series, The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones. While it usually plays the trope straight as an arrow, one issue played things unusually realistic, if not deconstructive. Indy is trapped on a small hilltop by natives he stole an artifact from, and quickly runs through all his ammo. He begins using the whip, and the setup is actually pretty realistic — he is on a hilltop, so he has lots of room to lash the whip around, to make the natives keep their distance, but he notes that he is already getting tired, and won't be able to keep things up much longer (he is shortly captured, but Deus ex Machina shows up to save him).
  • In the G.I. Joe: Movie Prequel comic, The Baroness displays a previously unsuspected facility with a bullwhip.
  • Stiletta from Hex in The DCU.
  • Whiplash (a.k.a. Blacklash), a minor Marvel Comics villain, has an electric whip. He typically uses this to fight Iron Man, which if nothing else takes serious cojones.
    • He's since died, but been succeeded by a couple who took both identities as Blacklash and Whiplash. They also took the whip theme and the severely S&M gear themed Blacklash costume and ran with it, being bondage fetishists before becoming villains.
    • His daughter also took up his mantle once.
    • Now they introduced a Whiplash similar to the movie version.
  • The whip is the primary weapon of Lady Rawhide.
  • The DCU also had Mr America (a.k.a. the Americommando) who was a master of the bullwhip.
  • New Gods: Lashina of the Female Furies has electrically charged steel whips that can extend, retract, and wrap around targets.
  • Pretty Persuasions was a member of Psionex, a group of dysfunctional superhumans who fought The New Warriors. She had the...interesting ability to manifest her own libido as a psionic whip which she could use to overload the pleasure centers of anyone she entangled in it. Naturally, she was a stripper.
  • The Tarantula, a foe of the Marvel Comics Western hero the Phantom Rider, wielded a cat-o-nine-tails as his principal weapon.
  • In Red Robin the lone female member of the Seven Men of Death uses a whip as a weapon.
  • Rulah, Jungle Goddess: In "Frenzy of the Dishonored Idol!" (Zoot Comics #10), the main villain is a white woman named Borden who makes herself an exact double of Rulah, including the giraffe skin FurBikini. She also carries a whip with which she is an expert. It is this whip that enables the more observant characters to identify her as the fake Rulah.
  • In Sachs & Violens, J.J. Sachs' primary weapon is bullwhip that she wields with a surprising degree of accuracy thanks to her previous career in softcore porn.
  • One arc of Sandman Mystery Theatre featured a villain/vigilante called "The Scorpion" who coated the tail of his whip with a scorpion venom which was almost instantly fatal.
  • For a single page, Miho uses a long chain-hook in the Sin City tale, Family Values. It hooks into a mobster's eye-sockets and yanks him down the hall.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics), Lien-da was seen with a whip during the 'Return To Angel Island' arc. Though she mostly used it for flirting, the entire outfit she'd been given for that arc was designed to resemble a dominatrix.
  • Star Wars:
    • Lady Lumiya, who debuted in Star Wars (Marvel 1977), used a lightwhip, which was actually a lot cooler than it sounds.
      • Especially considering she used it to hand Luke Skywalker his ass on a plate in their big showdown. Lumiya and her light-whip made a return in the Legacy of the Force series, and she even wrenched off Luke's mechno-hand in a duel.
      • Luke stomps her in their next fight by Dual Wielding lightsabers to first destroy her whip then her.
    • The squid-faced Sith Lord Darth Maleval used a shock-whip in Star Wars: Legacy, making him one of the most badass of Sith in his single, one-shot appearance.
    • The Sith woman Githany, of the Old Republic era, also utilised a lightwhip quite effectively. There have been a few others, too.
  • Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom: In a gladiator fight, Maelstrom steals one enemy's energy whip and uses it to kill her two remaining adversaries.
  • In Tomahawk, patriotic heroine Miss Liberty is an expert with the whip, which she often uses to great effect from horseback.
  • Usagi Yojimbo: Sakura the yakuza lady.
  • In The DCU, there was a minor Golden Age hero called The Whip (essentially a Captain Ersatz of Zorro). His granddaughter briefly resurrected the name, dressed in the obligatory Stripperiffic costume in Seven Soldiers.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): Prior to her Heel–Face Turn Paula von Gunther used both whip and guns as her weapons.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): Whips are commonly used by Sangtee Empire slave drivers, and the Emperor used one to non-lethally put down slave revolts prior to their ascension. Emperor Sangtee's skill with it made it their signature weapon though they're good with a gun too.
    • Wonder Woman (Rebirth): In the Steve Trevor Special Saturna's primary weapon is a whip.

    Comic Strips 
  • Dick Tracy:
    • Mrs Pruneface used a whip, although there was nothing fanservice-y about this grotesque character.
    • In a much later arc, Tracy's friend and colleague, HPD officer Haku Kou, is depicted as being the technical advisor on a movie being filmed in Tracy's city because of the title character's facility with a blacksnake whip. Kou explains that he became proficient with that weapon (leading to his being hired as the film's technical advisor) in emulation of Chang Apana.
  • FoxTrot: One arc had Peter and Jason become obsessed with The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and charging around the house as the 16 year old and 9 old Indy respectively: wreaking havoc with their homemade whips. One smashed lamp too many results in Andy confiscating the whips.
  • Modesty Blaise: In "Ivory Dancer", Modesty and Willie are attacked by a gang of Professional Killers knows as 'the Whip-Men', who use steel-tipped bullwhips as their weapon of choice.
  • Peanuts has Linus Van Pelt who can use his blanket as a whip with intimidating power to deal with anyone teasing him:
    Linus: They never tease me more than once.
  • The whip was Papa Pyzon's weapon of choice in Terry and the Pirates.

    Fairy Tales 
  • "Prince Lindworm": In some variations, the shepherd's daughter lashes the Lindworm with a lye-soaked whip before bathing him in milk and dragging him on to the bed.

    Fan Works 
  • In Secret Strength Mad-Eye Moody made Harry learn a fire whip spell which the DA promptly insisted on being taught because it "sounded cool." Harry countered with the fact that it took too much time and power to cast and that screwing up while learning to wield it was likely to give you some pretty severe burns.
  • Thousand Shinji:
    • Asuka's second favorite weapon is a long, barbed whip.
      In the right hand it held a titanic bronze battle axe dripping with blood on its adamantine blade, while in the left it bore a long, snaking whip covered in barbs.
    • Several Angels used whips (Shamsel, Zeruel... Armisael's body WAS a long, huge whip). At one point, Rei mentions that whips were their enemies' most effective weapons.
  • The We Must Be Killers stories by Lorata mention that District 9 victor Cora strangled several other tributes with a bullwhip.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother. Moriarty's henchman use whips to fight Sigerson in their battle atop the carriages.
  • In Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, one of the new weapons the Predator has is a whip which can slice a xenomorph in half.
  • Catwoman regularly uses a whip in Batman Returns, and in one scene better explained below in Real Life, she whipped the heads off no fewer than five mannequins. In one take.
  • In Beyond Sherwood Forest, Bart Bartholomew's weapon of choice is a whip. It eventually causes his death when he wraps it around the dragon's snout. As the handle is looped round his wrist, he is unable to drop it when the dragon drags him into its mouth.
  • Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman: Panguinao uses a whip as one of his weapons. He kill Shadeline with a single stroke after tying his spur to the end of it.
  • In Brotherhood of the Wolf, the Big Bad wields a sword made from a spine that can break apart into a scourge-like whip. It is almost certainly stolen from SoulCalibur.
  • The youngest titular brother from Brothers Five is a whip expert. In the final battle against the main villain's Green Dragon sabre, the youngest brother contributes by expertly choking said villain with his whip.
  • In Curse of the Headless Horseman, one of the Indian cowhands is an expert with the bullwhip and uses it to take down John when John is posing as the Horseman.
  • In Django Unchained, John Brittle was preparing to whip a female slave for breaking some eggs when Django showed up. He killed John, then used the whip on Roger Brittle before killing him.
  • One of the villains of the film Drive 1998 used a whip to nasty effect on the hero's black sidekick Malik Brody during one of the final showdowns, even calling him "boy" as an old-style slave-driver would. When the sidekick turns the tables on him, he tells him off as he delivers a savage beating of his own with the butt of a gun:
    Malik Brody: You pulled a whip on me? Are you out of your fucking mind? Let me tell you something — DON'T YOU EVER PULL A WHIP ON A BLACK MAN AGAIN!
  • Flash Gordon:
    • What we see of Aura's torture (the warm-up part, apparently), involves whipping.
    • Flash and Barin fight a duel with bullwhips.
  • Ni Chang, The Dragon and Dragon Lady to the Big Bad of The Forbidden Kingdom, not only used a whip as her primary weapon, but also used her own Prehensile Hair as a whip when disarmed.
  • In Forty Guns, Jessica uses her riding whip to maintain discipline among her men, using it on any who displease her.
  • A memorable scene from Glory features Denzel Washington's character being lashed with a whip for disobedience.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Bellatrix Lestrange wields a whip against a group of Snatchers.
  • Deconstructed in Hellraiser: Inferno. A whip with large hooks is used once as a murder weapon, and once to attack. When used for murder, it is used on a bound and helpless victim. When used on a victim who can fight back, the attacker strikes first, inflicting a painful but minor wound, then eats a load of buckshot to the face for his trouble.
  • In High Plains Drifter Marshal Duncan was whipped to death in the street. Yes, you can be whipped to death. The Stranger then gets revenge on those who did it and he whips one to death in the flame-lit street and hangs another with a whip.
  • A rare completely non-sexual female example is Ilsa from If Looks Could Kill.
  • Indiana Jones uses a bullwhip as one of his signature weapons and tools.
  • From Iron Man 2 we have Ivan Vanko, who wields a pair of Arc-reactor powered whips that have the same functionality as a lightsaber. Because he's a Composite Character of the aforementioned Whiplash and the armored Crimson Dynamo, we have a climactic battle with a suit of armor with even bigger whips.
  • In every Passion film, notably the Large Ham villain Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar sets the 39 lashes to music.
  • In Johnny Mnemonic, the yakuza assassin has a whip housed in his thumb that uses his fake thumbnail as a ballast. It glows like some sorta laser-whip, though in the short story it's just monofilament.
  • In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Agent Whiskey, of the Statesman (Kingsman's American counterpart) uses a retractable bull-whip.
  • Western film star Alfred "Lash" LaRue used a bullwhip as his trademark.
  • In Licence to Kill, Big Bad Franz Sanchez has a whip made from a strigray's tail which he uses to discipline his mistress.
  • The Balrog of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring fame wields a fiery whip which he uses after falling into the pit to grab Gandalf and pull him to his (temporary) doom.
  • The Romans in The Passion of the Christ use a scourge to lash the flesh from Jesus's back.
  • Pootie Tang, wherein the titular character achieves the same effect with his belt. Which turns out to be an Amulet of Concentrated Awesome. And/or Magic Feather.
  • Lion tamer Clyde Beatty makes extensive use of his whip during Ring of Fear.
  • Frank N. Further whips Riff Raff after he lets Rock escape in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. According to the commentary, the actor actually was whipped.
  • Two of the tougher bad guys that The Rock had to fight in The Rundown used whips.
  • The old Wuxia film, Shadow Whip starring Cheng Pei-Pei, one of Cheng's films where instead of a swordswoman, she plays a whip expert. And she's damn good at using it too, capable of grabbing enemy mooks with her whip and pulling them up close so she can stab them with her knife, strangling mooks by choking via her whip, and at one point pulling off an enemy's entire leg with her whip.
  • Tales from the Hood 2: In "Good Golly", Golly Gee whips Philip to death; disembowelling him with a bullwhip.
  • Baka from The Ten Commandments (1956) sadistically tells Joshua (who he's about to torture) that he can "flick a fly from my horse's ear without breaking its stride". Moses then strangles him with it.
  • As did Madame Rose, the Dragon Lady villainess of the Tony Jaa movie Tom-Yum-Goong (retitled The Protector in the United States).
  • Underworld series:
    • One of the vampires in Underworld attempted two razor-whips against a very big werewolf. It didn't work.
    • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans establishes that whips were fairly effective against lycans' more bestial ancestors, which lacked the conscious determination to ignore pain.
  • Unforgiven, another Clint Eastwood western, also features a whip-related death; that of Ned, William Munny's black friend, at the hands of the antagonist Little Bill, which sets up Munny's final revenge.
  • Both the Colonel and one of his henchmen in The Warrior's Way display expert skill with a bullwhip. The Colonel wraps the lash around Ron's before dragging him through the town behind his horse. The henchman uses it to yank Lynne's feet out from under her during the fight in the Colonel's room.
  • Whip Wilson was an imitator of Lash LaRue who had his own series of B-Grade western movies in the late 40s and early 50s.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse has a scene where Psylocke turns her usual psionic blade into a whip to fight Beast.
  • Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold: After stealing the stagecoach to escape the comancheros, Yellow Hair uses the driver's whip to hold off her pursuers: wielding it with some considerable skill.
  • Besides the ubiquitous sword, Zorro was fond of using the whip.

  • Narouz carries a bullwhip, demonstrates his effectiveness with it to those he wishes to intimidate, and uses it to kill in Lawrence Durrell's novel Mountolive (one of the Alexandria Quartet).
  • In J.T. Edson's Calamity Jane novels, Calamity's preferred weapon is a bullwhip.
  • In Asimov's "Robot" series, specifically in The Caves of Steel, the police are equipped with electric whips as a less-than-lethal way of dealing with criminals. R. Daniel's plasma blaster resembles the handle of one all to well, something he uses to stop more problems when a group of citizens were ready to attack some robots who were only doing their jobs as shoe salesmen.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: One of the storerooms in Willy Wonka's factory is devoted to "whips—all shapes and sizes." When asked about it, Wonka says that they're for making whipped cream. There are several other storerooms, each labeled with equally atrocious puns.
  • Deverry: Subverted at one point when Raena attacks Rhodry with a whip, for no apparent reason other than to continue her theme of trying and failing to be a stereotypical sexy villainess. Turns out, a whip isn't a particularly practical weapon, especially when you've no particular training with one, and Raena keeps getting it tangled up.
  • A scene in Farmer Boy, one of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, has a schoolteacher use a bullwhip to successfully defend himself against six boys who made a habit of attacking the teacher. While it's pretty easy to sympathize with the teacher (the "boys" are at least in their late teens, and students had killed the last teacher who'd worked in that area), the fact that that whip is clearly being used as a weapon in that scene makes it pretty disturbing later on when nine-year-old Almanzo expects to be whipped with it for getting stove polish on the nice parlor wallpaper. We already knew from earlier that Almanzo's father whips his sons with actual whips, but that thing is described as being fifteen feet long with a lead-weighted handle that can kill an ox.
  • The old Chinese classic Fengshen Yanyi has three noteworthy examples:
    • The Hero Jiang Ziya (or Taigongwang) is granted by the Heavens the "God-Beating Whip", a beautifully carved, segmented wooden rod which holds incredible powers and is no less efficient than other magical swords, spears or hammers. Apparently it was used by the Jade Emperor to punish rebellious deities.
    • Wen Zhong, the Grand Tutor of the Shang Dynasty and reluctant dragon to King Zhou, dual wields a magnificent set of whip-like weapons referred to as the "Male and Female Dragon Serpents Twin Whips, and again he's feared as one of the strongest warriors of Shang.
    • Zhao Gongming, another powerful taoist warrior/hermit of renown skill uses a golden whip in combat, to go along with the golden magic instruments used by his sisters in combat.
  • The eponymous heroine of Forever Amber uses a horsewhip to attack her husband, who has tried to poison her. A blow from her servant finishes him off.
  • In Isaac Asimov's Galactic Empire books, and especially in The Currents of Space, soldiers employed "neuronic whips", which caused extreme pain to whatever part of the skin they touched. The noun in this case is used metaphorically. These are actually guns which shoot Agony Beams.
  • Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi: Jiang Cheng wields Zidian, a whip made of purple lightning. One blow from it can force spirits out of the bodies they're possessing. It originally belonged to his mother, Yu Ziyuan, who used it to whip Wang Lingjiao when she tried to order Yu Ziyuan around.
  • In Helliconia Winter, Uuundaamp uses a whip to direct the asokins (horned dogs) that pull his sled. He also wields it in self-defense, and to haul open the gate of a kennel to turn several other sledge-drivers' ravenous asokins loose on his pursuers.
  • Drow high priestesses from R. A. Salvatore's Homeland and Sojourn use whips. Six-thonged, living, snake-headed whips that deliver poison when they bite. Compliment them on their Stripperiffic bondage outfits at your peril.
  • Benvenuti from Eric Flint's Joe's World series favors a whip in combat. It's not very deadly, but combined with the right words, can be terribly demoralizing.
  • In Johnny Mnemonic, the yakuza assassin's thumb detaches to provide the ballast for a monofilament whip housed in his hand. He uses it to battle the razorgirl Molly Millions.
  • The Kingdom and the Crown: Jesus' introduction in the first book is the cleansing of the temple. The characters head towards the commotion, punctuated by the occasional crack of a whip, where they find Jesus throwing money tables around and using the whip to drive back anyone who approaches.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium:
  • Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments, uses a silver-gold whip when she fights demons, one which can somehow cut through flesh and bone. It's partially magical, however, which explains its unusual cutting capacity.
  • A traditional weapon of the garuda from Perdido Street Station. Yagharek wields a bullwhip to good effect in the closing chapters, despite it not being as well-designed for combat as the ones used in his homeland.
  • In Redwall, Cluny the Scourge uses his own tail as a whip, mostly to instill fear and deal out punishment, but can be equipped with a poisoned barb to become a very lethal weapon.
    • Mariel's weapon of choice is a salt-water soaked rope with a knot at the end.
  • In The Seventh Tower, Milla eventually gets to use a light whip. A homing light whip.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, one of the Dothraki weapons is the whip, and a silver-handled whip is a traditional gift at a Khal's wedding, given to his new bride, though she is expected to refuse and offer them to her new husband. The slaves are whipped by the khalasar, and Viserys ends up on the wrong end of one, being slowly strangled by it at one point. Jhogo, one of Drogo's bloodriders, is particularly skilled with the whip, and inherits Drogo's silver-handled whip when Dany asks him to become her bloodrider after Drogo dies.
    • During A Storm of Swords, Daenerys acquires an army of Unsullied in the city of Astapor, signified by her ownership of the harpy's fingers, an intricate cat o' nine tails whip inlaid with gold. After she turns the Unsullied and her dragons against the slavers, she lashes the slaver Kraznys mo Nakloz across the face with the whip, declaring that, "A dragon is no slave,".
    • The Sand Snake Obara is a warrior woman who specializes in using a whip and spear. In the TV series, her usage of whips was given to her younger sister Nymeria instead.
  • The Star Wars Yuuzhan Vongs' melee weapon of choice, the amphistaff, has a whip form (in addition to spear, staff, sword, and probably some other ones...). Said form is typically used to disarm, or to get the weapon's head (it's a living snake-like creature) behind an enemy. Slightly better for use as a weapon than a normal whip, since it's venomous.
    • The amphistaff can be completely stiff for use as a staff or club or completely floppy for use as a whip. Most Vong carry it wrapped around their arm in the floppy state and stiffen it to the stafflike state when ready for combat. Does This Remind You of Anything?
  • Young Sherlock Holmes: Mr Surd, The Dragon to Baron Maupertuis in Death Cloud, uses a metal-tipped whip as his preferred weapon and is an expert in its use. He is capable of pinpoint accuracy, doing such acts as deliberately missing Sherlock's eye by millimetres.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Ashes of Love: Liu Ying wields a whip, and uses it to duel Xu Feng and fight off a group of assassins.
  • In Babylon 5, G'Kar is nearly killed by the Centauri when the Emperor orders him whipped. The laser-whip used to punish him delivers a harsher shock with every lash. The Emperor sits and rapidly counts out the lashes to be administered while Lando watches.
  • On The Borgias, Cesare flogs Micheletto. Miccy doesn't seem to mind, and is in fact, the one to suggest it.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith - "This one guy I ran with, he liked me to dress up like a schoolgirl, and take this friggen bullwhip, and I'd be like..."
  • In Community episode "Basic Genealogy", Britta is on a receiving end of a switch.
  • Lady Heather on CSI has one because she's a dominatrix, or was one, and she uses it on the guy who killed her daughter.
  • In Deadwood, Calamity Jane briefly displays her prowess with the bullwhip.
  • The Sycorax of Doctor Who have whips that reduce a human to a charred skeleton... though the Doctor can catch one in his hand without any apparent ill-effects.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • One of the weapons wielded by the Dothraki is a whip, with one of Khal Drogo's bloodriders, Rakharo, specifically using it as his main weapon in addition to the arakh, such as when he took down Viserys and the wineseller who tried to poison Daenerys.
    • This is the main weapon of Nymeria Sand, one of Prince Oberyn Martell's bastard daughter. However, this is not a good weapon for close combat so she also equipped herself a small knife.
  • In the reboot of The Gong Show, the Sonic Sirens used whips to chop the heads off flowers (one between their teeth, even!). They achieved three perfect tens for it.
  • Atalanta wielded one in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
  • An episode of How I Met Your Mother had a sub-plot in which Ted was given a whip and a fedora upon becoming a professor. Marshall, the friend who gave it to him, demands they go outside and play with it. One Gilligan Cut later and Marshall is shown holding a bruised jaw, telling Ted, "The whip is not a toy". He is later seen playing with it, however.
  • Kamen Rider Double's Luna Metal form does this by applying Luna's Rubber Man powers with Metal's Simple Staff. Luna Joker does something like this, except that since Joker uses Good Old Fisticuffs, the "whips" are his own arms and legs.
  • Mendol Ikemen: The manager, Sakeo, uses a whip as weapon of choice. And for fetish purposes.
  • Maid Marion in The New Adventures of Robin Hood.
  • In the Queen of Swords, the main heroine uses a whip as much as her swords in battle, complete with the standard whip sound-effect.
  • Red Dwarf references a "holo-whip" on a few occasions, a weapon that apparently hurts both humans and holograms and can be utilized by either. One is actually shown in the episode "Angels and Demons", wielded by Evil Bondage Rimmer.
  • The only thing cooler than carrying a whip as a weapon is having said whip as a body part. And that's the case with two of Ultraman Jack's most iconic kaiju foes in Return of Ultraman, Gudon (whose arms are whips) and Twin Tail (whose tails are whips). Their combined lashing was so nasty that Ultraman Jack had to step out of the arena when he got in the way of their battle the first time he tried to take on them.
  • One Saturday Night Live skit was about a fictional show called The Whipmaster, about a cowboy in The Wild West who fought with a whip rather than a gun with enough extraordinary skill as to disarm gunslingers, snatch cigars out of peoples mouths, and retrieve objects and saloon girls... feats the regular actor's stand-in was hilariously unable to replicate.
  • Star Trek's Ferengi were originally armed with electric whips. This was one of the only cool things about them, and since the writers quickly realized these guys would not work as intimidating villains, the whips were dropped.
    • Another reason why it was dropped was because of Special Effect Failure.
    • The whip made a return during the appearance of the Ferengi on Star Trek: Enterprise.
    • The whip also showed up in the multigenerational crossover Comic Books story "The Modala Imperative."
    • It was brought back as a purchasable weapon in Star Trek Online; it was explained the whips fell out of favor after a disastrous 4-D movie involving fictional Ferengi hero Maurader Mo (who Quark had action figures of in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).
  • The Untamed: Like in the novel, Jiang Cheng inherits his mother's weapon Zidian, a whip made of purple lightning.
  • Whiplash: Although good with a pistol, Christopher Cobb's preferred weapon was his stockwhip.
  • Word of Honor: A whip is one of Gu Xiang's main weapons.
  • Just one of the many weapons wielded by Xena: Warrior Princess.


  • The dominatrix Rider of Bally's Centaur has a large leather bullwhip.
  • Subverted in Stern Pinball's Iron Man, which features Ivan "Whiplash" Vanko as a villain, yet his playfield figure is missing his iconic double whips.

  • Spring from Sequinox wields a whip made of vines and flowers. Antares also has a whip.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • On the Dominican Republic television program International Wrestling, Lightning Hernandez made use of a belt with spurs on it.
  • "Loser gets 10 lashes" was a common stipulation back in the territory days.
  • In the UWF in 1986, Ted DiBiase and Michael Hayes had a series of "Country Whipping" matches, in which both men had a short strap to use during the match.
  • Dutch Mantel used to regularly come to the ring with a whip he called "Shoo-baby"
  • During his mid-80's feud in the AWA with Larry Zbyszko (who was doing a martial arts gimmick at the time), Nick Bockwinkel began bringing a whip to the ring to counteract Zbyszko's nunchucks.
  • Sable often had a whip with her when she was the valet for Marc Mero.
  • AAA Mega Mega Campeon El Texano Jr likes to whip his opponents in the nuts with his lasso.
  • El Gran Armando used a whip he carried in his teeth as his signature weapon in WWC.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible: According to John's gospel, Jesus made a whip out of cords and drove all the sheep and cattle away from the temple courts. He then scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. Found at John 2:13-16, which approaches Kung-Fu Jesus trope as close as The Bible ever got. Failure to devise a holiday focused on repeating this act every year apparently was rather detrimental to the Christianity.
  • Filipinos often make whips with handles from a stingray's tail-barb (naturally called buntot-pagi in Tagalog, or "stingray('s) tail"). Sometimes it's used in eskrima's whip training (as the real-life section notes), but it's FAR more important ceremonially, as it wards off The Fair Folk.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Clanners in BattleTech use laser guided whips in their single combat duels, and as discipline in basic training.
    • A weapon in the setting known as the neural whip exists, but it is less a whip and more a fencing foil from hell—its mere touch is agonizing and immediately demands a saving roll versus being knocked unconscious, and repeated use causes permanent stat drain in a game where you technically don't get to level up. Its less damaging sibling (only in that it doesn't cause the stat drain) is the neural lash, which operates on similar principles but is actually a proper whip, albeit one that telescopes back into its handle between strikes. Needless to say, both are illegal to own.
  • Mina Devlin runs Black River Rails in Deadlands. Given her sadistic streak, it was only a matter of time before she wound up with a rail enforcer like Violet Esperanza. Given her sadistic streak (and her penchant for using her drop-dead looks as a weapon), it was only a matter of time before she started using a weapon designed to cause pain without causing the sweet release of unconsciousness. Given the nature of the Weird West, it was only a matter of time before Violet's whip became a Relic, capable of doing more damage than most rifles...but only when Violet wants it to.
    • Tombstone based vigilante Torquesa is also a master of the bullwhip.
  • Dungeons & Dragons features a variety of whips:
    • The standard whip is a fairly underpowered weapon. In earlier editions, it delivers a mere 1d2 damage (1 for Large target) and does not belong to any other weapon group. In 3.5, the weapon is Exotic, requiring characters to devote a feat to use it properly, and still does hardly any damage. It is treated as a ranged weapon with a 15' range, meaning that it uses Dexterity rather than Strength and does not threaten. Although they bumped the damage up to 1d3, it is completely incapable of damaging any opponent wearing armour at all. Its main use is for applying trip and disarm attacks at a longer range and by Spellswords to deliver ranged touch attack spells from a greater distance.
    • In some versions, a scourge (cat-o'-nine-tails) is essentially the same except its damage isn't quite so pathetic.
    • The spiked chain, introduced in 3.0, is a far more effective weapon. Though Exotic and dealing a little less damage than most Large melee weapons, it has nearly every special ability a weapon can have and, almost uniquely, threatens all squares out to 10'. A character specialising in exploiting the weapon's strengths could be very effective with it.
    • In 5th Edition, whips have been upgraded to dealing 1d4 damage (as much as a dagger or club) and are considered martial weapons, meaning a good chunk of the classes can use it right off the bat... And that's about it. It's worth noting that it's the only weapon with a 10 ft. reach that can be wielded one-handed, and it's also the only reach weapon that can use Dexterity instead of Strength. Quite a few classes that don't solely rely on weapon damage (such as a Rogue, who makes more use of Sneak Attack damage, or a Paladin who can power up his attacks with Divine Smite or other spells) can take advantage of the whip's reach if they're willing to sacrifice a few points of potential damage per swing.
    • The Balor demon (called a Balrog in earlier editions before the Tolkien estate sued) uses a whip as a weapon.
    • There are many whip variants introduced in a variety of supplements, including the Drow Lash of Torment (which has broken glass attached to it and hits the user on a miss if the user isn't a Drow) and a perfectly nonmagical Bladed Whip
    • Though much shorter and less flexible, the flindbar (favored weapon of a species called flinds) works a lot like this trope. It's a nunchaku variant used to disarm opponents.
  • Games Workshop games:
    • In Warhammer, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, and Warhammer 40,000, Bloodthirsters of Unfettered Fury carry whips, but they mainly use them to drive lesser daemons into frenzy or to hit enemies trying to stay out of their melee range (in close combat they rather use enormous daemon-axes).
    • Dark Elf beastmasters in Warhammer have barbed whips used for goading War Hydras and other beats. Designed to inflict pain or large thick-skinned monsters, they are also quite deadly against humanoid enemies (although their damage isn't particularly high, they're armour-piercing weapons). Dark Elf characters can equip a magic weapon that is a slightly more powerful version of these whips.
    • Mordheim:
      • The Sisters of Sigmar have steel whips as a unique weapon available to members of the warband. Made from lengths of barbed chain, these whips are impossible to parry and tie into the Warband's fanatically religious visual theme with images of chastisement and flagellation.
      • Regular whips were introduced in the Mordheim Annual 2002. Although not very effective as weapons, giving a -1 modifier to the wielder’s Strength and +1 to the opponent's armour save, whips can be used to disarm the opposition instead of attacking.
    • Warhammer 40,000:
      • The Adepta Sororits Mistresses of Repentance wield a pair of neural whips that deliver a psycho-shock to the target, damaging their nervous system. How these weapons work in the game varies depending on the edition with most versions making neural whip more powerful the lower the target's Leadership characteristic. Visually, the whips also add to the flagellation theme of the Sisters Repentia units that the lead.
      • The Adeptus Ministorum, have Arco-Flagellants, brainwashed and tortured heretics who have electrified whips implanted directly into their bodies and stimulant injectors to turn them into berzerkers on demand.
      • The Drukhari faction of Aeldari have several different whip-like weapons. The most common one is the Agoniser, which causes the victim's nervous system to go haywire, burning out their nerves and inflicting horrible pain. Then there's the Electrocorrosive Whip, an electrified whip designed to cause debilitating pain and sap the victim's strength. Drukhari Wytches sometimes use Razorflails which are Whip Swords that can switch between sword- and whip-forms at the user's will. Besides these exotic weapons, Drukhari Beastmasters often use regular bullwhips to goad their beasts into battle.
      • Chaos Lords of Slaanesh often wield daemon weapons in the form of whips.
      • The Slaaneshi psychic power called the Lash of Submission, which creates an immaterial whip that places the target under the control of the user.
    • Some Tyranid creatures have Lash Whips that, like most other Tyranid weapons, are in fact separate organisms that can wrap themselves around enemies in combat.
    • The 3rd Edition of Necromunda introduced shock whips, long, coiling weapons are popular amongst the more experienced members of House Escher. When fully energised a shock whip resembles a handheld bolt of lightning that can incapacitate enemy fighters with the slightest tough.
  • Satyxis Raiders of Cryx and Bloodrunner master tormentors of the Skorne in the Iron Kingdoms setting use bladed whips.
  • The villainous version of Cinderella in the D20 game Grimm is more than a little Ax-Crazy and has an aversion to being touched due to her years of abuse (she married Humpty Dumpty because he didn't want to... ummm... you know). Now she uses a thorned scourge to torture her sisters and anyone else who bugs her.
  • A normal whip in GURPS does little damage and penetrates armor poorly but is impossible to parry. Monofilament whips do moderate damage, go through armor like it's barely there and are liable to slice your head off.
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse has the Whipacorn, a card in The Dreamer's deck that is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, a Unicorn with a whip for a horn.
  • In Shadowrun, the most effective melee weapon is the monofilament whip, which delivers a terrific amount of damage at long range and is quite concealable. It's effectively a strand of molecular-width wire with a weight on the end to allow it to be used as a whip. It's up to the GM as to how harsh his punishment will be for a fumbled attack, however. Like much of Shadowrun's world, it's ripped from the works of William Gibson.

    Video Games 
  • This whip-based game probably never saw the light of day, but it sounded cool. (The designer apparently did okay for himself, as he's credited on some well-known games.)
  • Lenny Creston in Art of Fighting 3.
  • Aviary Attorney: Severin Cocorico carries around a riding crop which he apparently uses in dangerous situations. Otherwise, it's a prop. Unlike some other attorneys with whips, he much prefers verbal takedowns to anything as unlawful as assault.
  • Batman: Arkham City: As discussed in the comics section, this is Catwoman's weapon of choice.
  • Battle Arena Toshinden: According to her character profile, Sofia is Russian dominatrix (which explains the outfit she's wearing) and uses a whip as part of her profession, as well as in the ring.
  • In Bayonetta, the demon Kulshedra is captured and resurrected as the game's whip weapon, and it even has the ability to grab enemies by holding down the attack button. When playing as Jeanne, this is replaced with Vritri, a green whip to Kulshedra's purple.
  • In Bayonetta 2 there are the Alruna, successors to Kulshedra from the first game that can now be dual weld, and can even be equipped on Bayonetta's heels. They were created when Rodin sucked up the soul of Alraune, the demon who stole Jeanne's soul, and forced her Life Energy into the weapon.
  • Black Sigil has Aurora the Black Magician Girl whose weapon of choice is a bullwhip.
  • Bloodborne:
    • One of the starter trick weapons, the Threaded Cane, is a silver, bladed cane than can be wielded like a shortsword, and when it transforms, it segments into a deadly-sharp whip.
    • The Old Hunters DLC adds the Beast Cutter, kind of a BFS version of the threaded cane for Strength users. Untransformed, it's a huge cleaver.
  • In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, Nisha's melee weapon is a bullwhip, which fits her character as both a cowgirl and a Combat Sadomasochist. It has a longer range than other characters' melee attacks yet does slightly less damage. With certain skills, she can eventually steal ammo from enemies and even unleash a lightning bolt just by cracking her whip.
  • Bungo to Alchemist's whip class; they can hit all enemy units in one single blow, but deal low damage and rarely crit.
  • Billy Candle in Call of Juarez uses a whip as a climbing aid, and in situations when he doesn't have a gun, to fight off animals.
  • Castlevania. No whip in videogame history is as well known and respected as a weapon as the Vampire Killer.
    • Brought to the pinnacle of video game perfection in Super Castlevania IV. Simon can whip in any of the eight directions and can control his whip when brandishing it about as realistically as you could in real life.
    • Parodied in Robot Chicken, where two werewolves mock Simon Belmont for using a whip. He then starts whipping them. While not fatal, it is damn painful, so they take him to Dracula. Dracula similarly mocks him, and receives the same punishment. The werewolves, looking on, wonder "what kind of a sadist uses a whip?"note See it here.
      • For the sake of extra info: The Vampire Killer is generally at its weakest as a normal whip, though the 3D games are exceptions. In the 2D titles, the whip has two power-up stages, both of them chain-based whips with different lengths, and a mace on the end, which makes the whip a far more effective weapon. It also helps that it was created through alchemy to be deadly against the forces of darkness — it's called the Vampire Killer for a reason. As well, the Belmonts can also set the thing on fire and Bloodlines includes the ability to turn it into a lightning whip. Bloody awesome.
      • Also, it contains the soul of Leon Belmont's fiancée, Sara Trantoul, who was bitten by Walter Bernhard and decided to fuse her tainted soul into the whip, thus making it effective against said vampire (and by extension, other unholy creatures of the night). Chances are a spoon would have miraculous vampire-killing properties if Sara was in it.
    • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon shows off an Expy on the form of the Hunter's Whip, which protagonist Nathan Graves wields. There doesn't seem to be anything supernatural about it, though.
    • In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Dracula himself uses a whip made out of blood. Considering who he was before becoming a vampire, though...
    • Subverted in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow trilogy, with the legendary Vampire Killer being a variable length spike chain instead.
  • The Supernatural power set in Champions Online has a few powers that utilize a chain as a whip, including grabbing and yanking the victim towards you. Several enemy mooks use it as well, including the punderfully named Chainganger.
  • In City of Villains, the Demon Summoning powerset uses a hellfire whip for a few attacks.
    • The demon summoner Desdemona exemplifies this trope, from the blazing whip to the absurdly low-cut leather outfit.
  • In Crossing Souls, Charlie swings her jump rope around like a whip and can strike multiple enemies with it.
  • Dead Cells has three whip weapons. Valmont's Whip (named after the game's composer, not the Castlevania dudes) deals critical damage if it hits with the tip, Wrenching Whip pulls enemies towards you then uses a melee combo for a Three-Strike Combo, and Electric Whip auto-targets a nearby enemy, deals splash damage, and deals shock damage over time. All whips have the convience of ignoring shields.
  • Dark Souls feature a whip as a weapon. In its description, it is already said that it is not meant for combat; it not only has slow attack motions, wielding a whip deprives the player of the ability to backstab and parry, for obvious reasons. It can however, be upgraded to fire or lightning weapon, significantly increasing its combat ability, and the whip is also impervious to being parried. There is another weapon called the Notched Whip, but is more of a Whip Sword rather than a true whip.
    • The Artorias of The Abyss DLC adds the Guardian Tail as a whip. The Guardian in question happens to be a very lethal lightning-spitting manticore. Its scorpion tail, when cut, forms the whip. Yes, you are essentially swinging a poisonous scorpion tail around as a whip.
    • Their effectiveness is zig zagged in the sequels. Whips in Dark Souls 2 are still rather slow in their basic attacks, but have a tremendous reach and a quick running attack which covers a wide area as the user swings the whip around, not to mention more respectable damage. Dark Souls 3 on the other hand, leaves whips once again struggling for relevance - while quite effective in the right situation, they mostly rely on gimmicks in PvP, and are simply outclassed by other weapons in PvE.
  • In Devil May Cry 2, The Despair Embodied (the final boss) can switch between a male and female form. True to this trope, it's the female form that can use a flaming whip.
  • Several of the larger demon enemies in Diablo II use whips, in particular the Overlords from the Lord of Destruction expansion.
  • Double Dragon: Gamers who grew up in arcades in the 80's will remember Linda as the whip totting mooks from that series. If you disarmed them, they would try to recover their weapon since they were the only enemy that couldn't fight unarmed. Nor could they use any of the game's other weapons.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Whips are an invaluable weapon type, having the ability to hit groups of enemies at once. Usually the strongest whips in the game, like the Gringham Whip, are capable of hitting all enemies. They often appear as the weapon of choice for many female characters throughout the series history.
    • In remake versions of Dragon Quest III, they are one of the best weapons, especially for the Hero himself and Thieves. Though they tend to have lower attack power compared to regular weapons, whips allow your regular attacks to target whole groups of enemies.
    • In Dragon Quest V, whips first gained the ability to target groups of enemies. Although whips appeared in III and IV, they were only capable of targeting a single enemy at once. Remake versions of the earlier games retroactively added this multitargeting. The Hero can use some whips early in the game, but the wives and many of the monster companions get the most use out of them.
    • In Dragon Quest VIII, one of the weapon types Jessica can wield is a whip, which allows her to attack multiple enemies at once. It's arguably her best weapon choice, especially once she learns the deadly Twin Dragon Lash. It is also one of Red's weapon choices as well, but whips were nerfed a bit in the 3DS version.
    • Whips are available to both Veronica and Sylvando in Dragon Quest XI, although they are no longer the powerhouse that they were in earlier games.
  • Whips and scourges occasionally turn up in Dwarf Fortress, and function quite realistically; they take the fewest hits to make an opponent pass out from pain, short of critting with a slashing weapon and severing a limb, but their base damage is atrocious and they're useless against armour. Considered something of a Joke Item as a result.
    • Occasionally verging on Lethal Joke Item or Death of a Thousand Cuts. Dump an unarmored goblin into a room full of whip- and scourge-based weapon traps, and just see how very long it takes them to die, and how much blood they lose before then.
    • In the current version, however, whips function as laser-guided killing machines, effectively ignoring any armor the target is wearing and doing way too much damage, due to some errors in the way stats represent its physical characteristics (part of a weapon's damage is now based on weight, but it uses the weapon's entire weight instead of the very small part making contact, making it more like getting shot with a bullet).
  • When the Dynasty Warriors characters were redesigned for the sixth game, Diao Chan and Zhen Ji were given whips. It first showed up in Dynasty Warriors Online. It mixes this with "Chain Pain" for the aptly named "chain whip". An actual martial arts weapon, mainly used for self defense due to it's small folding size.
  • Earthworm Jim uses his own annelid head as a whip.
  • In Etrian Odyssey, the Dark Hunter class has the option to use whips. The females in particular like to dress in scant leather outfits, and they all sport skills such as Climax and Ecstasy. They even specialize in tying up enemies and their Dominate skill lets them completely bind and gag an enemy without fail. In Heroes of Lagaard they are a favorite for their ability to instantly kill most enemies, including some bosses, once said enemies are at 55% HP or lower.
  • Morticia is waiting with a whip in Fester's Quest, which becomes a chain on its second level.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy IV's Rydia wields a whip, but she's not otherwise sultry or vamp-ish. Her use of the whip is probably related to her ability to summon and command magical beasts. It's a crappy weapon, and generally the worst offensive option for her in any fight. Then again, given that she's the party's Black Magician Girl on top of being a Summoner means that "Fight" is usually the last command you should be selecting in the first place, unless you're the kind of player that doesn't use Ethers. Whips have the capability of paralyzing enemies, but still...
      • And then, in The Very Definitely Final Dungeon, the Blue Dragon enemy has a chance of dropping the Dragon Whisker, a whip with an attack of 110, the chance to cause paralysis, and deals extra damage against dragon-type enemies. This allows Rydia to effectively deal with a good chunk of enemies in the final dungeon, as she deals as much if not more pain than Cecil or Kain.
      • Izayoi from Final Fantasy IV: The After Years equips whips or bows, despite her art depicting her with a dagger. She can still equip ninja swords, but she generally ends up with either of the latter 2 since none of the other ninjas can equip either of those. There's also a set of Queen equipment that includes a whip (which can turn enemies it hits into pigs, aptly enough), it being the only whip that a Red Mage and a rebellious kung fu princess can use and former of which is involved in a whip-based Combination Attack with the above-mentioned ninja, an female assistant to a handsome but somewhat weak king and a Stripperiffic summoner, aptly called Call Me Queen.
    • Final Fantasy V has whips as a type of weapon (used by Beastmasters). In the advance port one of them even comes with a Shout-Out to the titular song.
    • Final Fantasy VIII: Quistiss' default weapon was her whip, though she could supplement it with magic and summons.
    • Vanille's weapon in Final Fantasy XIII is a binding rod, combining this trope with Magic Wand. The resulting weapon functions somewhat like a fishing rod.
    • In Final Fantasy Type-0 has Seven does a lot of flipping and spinning to using her chain Whip Sword .
    • The Beastmaster job in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance has a whip in the artwork, but it's never used in the game.
  • While not an actual weapon in-game, Vaida from the seventh Fire Emblem is shown with a whip in her official artwork. However, enchanted whips are used to promote pegasus knights and wyvern riders.
  • In Freedom Wars, the Thorn Whip is a standard piece of equipment for Sinners, functioning as a grappling hook for quick movement around the battlefield and dragging large robotic Abductors to the ground. Different Thorns also have properties allowing them to temporarily paralyze Abductors, heal teammates, or erect barriers.
  • Oddly enough, Forte from Galaxy Angel always carries around a riding crop, despite never using it and is more of The Gunslinger. Being the eldest of the Angel Brigade, she does get to train the younger ones (especially Chitose), but she never, ever uses it. Lampshaded when Noah points out that Forte cannot be the one person she's looking for by the bad way she swings her riding crop.
  • Kratos from God of War has magic blades attached by chains to his arms that he uses like whips - in one scene in the second game you even use them to drive some giant stone horses. It's actually a different version of the blades with each game (the first is the Blades of Chaos, the second is the Blades of Athena, and the third game gives you the Blades of Exile).
    • God of War III gives you the Claw of Hades, which whip around Kratos and differ from the Blades of Exile.
    • The Nemesis Whip. Shorter range than the Blades of Exile, but electrified.
  • The Trainer's Whip in Golden Sun: The Lost Age is not a weapon, but a class-changing equip item. The class set that it produces is based around summoning, unsurprisingly.
  • In Granblue Fantasy Versus, Ferry uses a magically enhanced whip as her primary weapon, which allows her to deal damage from afar, pull opponents closer, swing from the stage ceiling for extra mobility and do other cool and impossible stuff. True to the trope, she is also The Beastmaster and wears a pretty revealing outfit.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, we don't actually see Catalina using the whip on C.J. in the intro to the "Gone Courting" mission, but oh man, do we ever hear it.
  • All three of the Fury Sisters in Hades are fond of using the whip on you as their primary melee attack.
  • Various monsters in the Heroes of Might and Magic series have made use of whips as their weapon of choice; pit fiends in III, dark elf matriarchs in V, and succubi in VI.
  • Military girl Whip (real name Sarah/Seirah) from The King of Fighters '99, who also uses a Desert Eagle and a Revolver. In a martial arts tournament.
    • Elizabeth Blanctorche from the "Tales of Ash" saga (XI, XII and XIII) uses a riding crop.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • Kirby gets the softest version of a whip in Kirby's Epic Yarn; where, like everything else, is made out of yarn.
  • Lemeza Kosugi uses a whip as his starting weapon in La-Mulana. This is due to the character's basis on Indiana Jones, and the gameplay's basis in Castlevania. (There are two hidden, tricky ways to upgrade the whip to a mace-like weapon, and there is a way to further power it up that involves finding a Castlevania ROM.)
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky trilogy has Scherazard, who is a Hot Gypsy Woman Sexy Mentor who's non-magical attacks all use her whip. Schera's Limit Break is "Sadist's Whip", where she whips a target rapidly while Laughing Mad. But much more useful, is her Heaven's Kiss ability where she whips her allies, resulting in a floating Heart Symbol and them taking their next turn immediately. This removes some of the disadvantages of casting magic, and generally makes Schera into a Game-Breaker.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • In Lost Smile and Strange Circus, this is Rebecca's Weapon of Choice, since she's a tiger tamer.
  • In Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals, whip-esque weapons can be bought and equipped, but only by female characters. Tia's combat sprite is holding a whip.
  • Luminous Arc 2's Fatima, uses a whip as her weapon of choice when she's not casting Shadow Frost magic.
    • And so to Inaluna when isn't casting Light Magic or Status Buff. Her whip resembles more of a slave whip though. It can also function as a fan too.
  • Tempest in Lunar: The Silver Star used whips. This was removed in the remakes in favor of bows.
  • Though it's more of a grappling hook, Black Cat in Marvel Heroes has a skill tree that focuses on using this hook as a whip. Emma Frost has the Astral Whip skill, where she lashes enemies with a psionically manifested whip. Combined with her ability to make an enemy her slave and her signature skill which mind controls enemies around her to get on their knees, she invokes a heavy dominatrix theme.
  • One of Morrigan's more memorable winposes in the Marvel vs. Capcom series has Lilith descending from the sky bound at the wrists while Morrigan changes to a dominatrix outfit, whip at the ready. This was supposedly taken out of the American version, but still shows up sometimes.
  • Mass Effect 3: The downloadable Ex-Cerberus classes in multiplayer use biotic whips for their signature powers and heavy melee attacks. Apparently, nothing says "badass Defector from Decadence" like dark-energy whips.
  • Mega Man:
    • Spike Rosered/Axel the Red from Mega Man X5 uses a whip as his primary weapon.
    • Zero's Chain Rod in Mega Man Zero 2 is a powered whip, capable of grabbing walls and ceilings, yanking enemies' shields off, and draining their energy.
    • Rospark from Mega Man ZX Advent has a pair of whip-like vines used both as weapons and as means of locomotion. Thanks to the wonders of A-Trans, the protagonist gets them as well...after recycling him.
  • Sion Eltnam Atlasia from Melty Blood (the fighting game sequel of Tsukihime/Kagetsu Tohya) can use the Ethelite, which acts as a whip in combat and also allows for More Than Mind Control, explained by a mix of Techno and Magi Babble.
  • Metal Gear:
    • The villain Mistral from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance connects four robot arms together to make a very long (roughly twice her height) pole-arm weapon. Since it's made out of robot arms that she can control remotely it can be either a sturdy staff or a flexible whip.
    • Metal Gear Sahelanthropus from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain wields a giant nano-fiber whip capable of hardening into a sword.
  • Minecraft Dungeons: The Jungle Awakens DLC introduces whips as melee weapons.
  • In Mitsumete Knight R, the whip is Linda's Weapon of Choice. It doesn't help that one of the multiple outfits and armor she can wear is a dominatrix-looking one, and that this specific outfit gives her boosts.
  • Takeda Takahashi of Mortal Kombat uses a pair of serrated edged whips concealed in his gauntlets.
  • Kongōman Bosatsu "Leader" of Namu Amida Butsu! -UTENA- represents the offering of Garland to Dainichi Nyorai and wields said garland in battle like a whip.
    • Gattenshi's weapon looks like a cross between this and a ball flail – he fights with a chain attached to an orb, with the chain long enough to qualify as a whip, but the orb making it look like a flail.
  • Being based off of Indiana Jones, the Archaeologist class in NetHack has a whip as their default weapon.
  • In the second Neverwinter Nights expansion, the Valsharess wields a whip. (She's a caster, though, so she hardly ever uses it.) As queen of the Drow, this isn't a terrible surprise...
    • In Kingmaker, one of the premium modules, there's an archaeologist named Ohio Smith or some similar name, who wants you to help him get into some ancient ruins. Guess what weapon he uses...
    • Given the content, it should come as no surprise to the reader that A Dance with Rogues contains a large number of whip-wielding opponents and whips among treasure caches. Especially in the pervert cult temple and in the Drow house
  • Infernal Behemoths in Nexus War can summon a whip that deals massive damage. They train in using it by starting out with a tail whip, which somehow becomes a regular whip with enough leveling.
  • Jack Skellington uses a goo-like whip as his main weapon in The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge. At its base level it does everything you would expect a whip to do. Leveling makes it, in attack chains, form a scythe and flail at the end. It also makes a cyclone when he holds it out and spins himself around.
  • In Odin Sphere, Velvet uses a double-ended weighted chain flail to fight.
  • Ogre Battle Beastmasters use whips as their primary weapon.
  • Ōkami has a version of this. Amaterasu can equip rosary as her primary weapon that she uses in a whip-like fashion.
  • In Phantasy Star Universe, specifically in the Ambition of the Illuminus expansion, whips are a class of weapon available to a minority of classes, those being the primary magic-user and the remaining two, hybrid magic-users. Popular for their ability to inflict Status Effects with every hit. Since classes are independent of gender or race, anyone can Whip It Good in this game.
  • In Pokémon Red and Blue, Team Rocket Grunts, Tamers, Cue Balls, Cool Trainers, and Sabrina all wielded whips.
    • The move Vine Whip is a grass-type smacking its opponent with...guess.
    • Gen IV introduced the move Power Whip, which is the same as Vine Whip, but it does more damage (45(35 I-V) compared to 120), is less accurate (compare 85% to 100%) and can be used less (compare 10-16 to 25-40(10-16 in I-III and 15-24 in IV-V)).
  • In Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, the Dark Prince uses a chain whip to both whip his enemies and strangle them.
  • [PROTOTYPE]: Alex Mercer has the Whipfist, a mutation that turns his arm into a black, flexible and extremely extendable whip-like appendage. If you think that's not cool enough, the most basic attack can slice a human in half. And then there's the secondary attack which singles out a target and can destroy an attack helicopter from up to 30 meters away, even while falling. And after an upgrade, can even be used as an impromptu grappling hook to catch someone from afar. And it has cool consume animations to boot.
  • Iris from Radiata Stories.
  • In Ragnarok Online, the all-female Dancer class have whips among their weapons. They use them to throw arrows.
    • As the game is based on D&D 1st edition, the weapon is fairly underpowered.
  • Ratchet has a sort of fiery plasma quantum whip thingy in Up Your Arsenal. He acquires an electric whip in Tools of Destruction.
  • In Rumble Roses, one of the weapons is a riding crop. In addition to doing damage, it can humiliate an opponent. While any character can pick it up outside the ring and use it, one of the characters (Mistress Spencer, who is the heel version of Miss Spencer, former goody two shoes school teacher current dominatrix to the point where she's sitting on a SLAVE CLOWN in her entrance) actually STARTS the game holding it. While she's the only one that starts with a weapon, she's not any better at using it than the other characters...and a weapon is almost useless at the beginning stages where the enemy is healthy enough to fight back.
  • In RuneScape, one of the most powerful melee weapons is a whip called "The Abyssal Whip."
  • It's Agan's weapon of choice in Sands of Destruction. One of his attacks allows Dual Wielding them to smack the enemy.
  • Averted in Scarab of Ra, in which cracking a bullwhip can scare away animals but not injure them.
  • One of the selectable weapons in Secret of Mana is a whip. Bit weak, but it's required to move around certain areas by swinging across gaps.
  • The Secret World features a whip as an Aux Weapon, obtained during Issue 7: Last Train To Cairo. Said issue is complete with a truckload of Indiana Jones Shout Outs, and the whip skill list includes the trope name as well as Giddy Up, a buff that gives you and your teammates a speed boost (that's right, you whip your buddies to make them run faster).
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
  • The Ivory Wispon in Sonic Forces allows the Avatar to attack enemies with a lightning whip.
  • Ivy Valentine from the Soul Series has a segmented blade that she uses like a whip, with full dominatrix implications in some of her attacks and victory animations, AND a wonderfully Stripperiffic outfit. A direct manifestation of this trope. Though related, her weapon is another trope altogether.
  • The whip is the primary weapon in Spelunky.
  • Ernest Raviede from Star Ocean: The Second Story is a whip-wielding archaeology professor.
  • In the Streets of Rage series, the dominatrix enemies use whips to fight. Those whips are electrical ones starting with Streets of Rage 2.
  • In Suikoden, a few characters use whips. Many of them are animal trainers, but one of the deadliest examples is Lucia, a Proud Warrior Race Woman. In the second game, she uses it as a tool of bloody vengeance, doing hundreds of points of damage per turn. In the third game, she returns as the main character's mother. Both times, she's definitely not The Vamp, despite her weapon choice.
  • Super Smash Bros.:
  • In Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, there's one stage where you can choose to play as Princess Leia in the infamous Go-Go Enslavement outfit. (keeping with the movie, it's the level where you fight Jabba the Hutt). Her weapon is a broken chain which she uses as a whip. Through the use of a debug code, you can also play EVERY SIDE SCROLLING STAGE in the game this way.
  • Sydney Hunter and the Curse of the Mayan: Sydney starts out the game with a whip. It can break walls and vases, and defeat small enemies in a single strike.
  • Rita Mordio from Tales of Vesperia can use whips as one of her primary weapons.
  • Tarzan: Untamed: The Big Bad Oswald Gardner carries a whip.
  • The Soldier from Team Fortress 2 can unlock a riding crop, the Disciplinary Action, as a melee weapon. It does less damage than most other melee weapons, but if a Soldier whips his teammate with it (which deals no damage), both he and the teammate will receive a temporary speed boost. Another quirk is that the weapon's hitbox is coded to have a longer reach than a melee sword, but only against enemies directly behind the Soldier, potentially leading to the Soldier slapping down a Spy's Back Stab with an Offhand Backhand.
  • Terraria has a line of whip weapons for summoner characters. Not only do they deal Summon-type damage, they also boost a summoner's minions' damage output, and forces them to focus fire on the target being whipped.
  • Total War: Warhammer:
  • Sheriff Woody uses his pullstring as a lasso in Toy Story. He never actually hurt anyone with it, though: anything it hit got "tied up" for a few seconds.
  • Treasure Hunter Man 1: A sword is one of the first treasures you find, and its Flavor Text references this:
    It's your sword! Every adventurer needs one. Only wimpy ones use whips instead.
  • Cham in Valis III wields a whip to compliment Yuko's sword and Valna's magical staff.
  • Warframe features several whips used as melee weapons. The Lecta has a taser attached to the end. The Scoliac is an infested whip that can deal toxic damage. The Atterax is a whip with a row of saw blades attached to the end, being described as a particularly brutal execution device.
  • Wizardry 6, 7, and 8 all feature both bullwhips and cats-o'-nine-tails as weapons. The former is a weak extended-range weapon suitable for spellcasters, the latter is a genuinely powerful weapon in its own right - not the equal of the unique, named weapons, but as good as you can get up until that point. Notably, you acquire the first bullwhip in Wizardry 6: Bane of the Cosmic Forge by looting it from the Queen's secret compartment, along with the Studded Leather Bra +2 (yes, it's exactly what it sounds like, and the narrator sputters as he describes it). While the whip is a good replacement for a mage's staff at that early point, the bra, when used on a thief, is the best armour they can get for most of the game.
  • The "Queen of Rage" Wonder-Pink in The Wonderful 101 wields a whip with thorns, and is able to use the Wonderful Ones to create a giant pink whip. Some subsequently found minor Wonderful Ones are whip-users as well and possess the same Unite Whip ability. Additionally, Prince Vorkken mirrors all Unite abilities with his own Unify weapons, among them the Unify whip.
  • While whips aren't available as weapons in World of Warcraft, the Succubus demon (one of the Warlock class minions) uses one. They occasionally crack them in an idle animation.
  • Bart from Xenogears uses a whip as his primary weapon, and so does his Gear; the Gear's whips are called Heat Rods as a Shout-Out to Gundam.
  • Yooka of Yooka-Laylee uses his tongue as one.

    Visual Novels 
  • Majikoi! Love Me Seriously! has class 2F's homeroom teacher, Umeko, who carries a whip, and can use it without hesitation for disciplinary purposes. In her own and in Yukie's routes, she demonstrates just how good she is with it.
  • Franziska von Karma in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney constantly carries a whip, which she uses on nearly everyone she meets. Her favorite victims are Phoenix and Gumshoe — she seems to consider it almost affectionate, by the end, never mind that that thing hurts — only eight-year-old Pearl Fey (which probably would have killed any possible sympathy for her,) paralyzed-from-the-waist-down Acro, middle-aged (and not the picture of health) Sister Bikini, Godot, who simply shamed her into compliance, and Detective Badd (who swayed out of the way) manage to escape unscathed. Shi-Long Lang caught the whip when Frannie first tried to use it on him, but fell victim to it later in the case. Also notable in that she completely averts a Stripperiffic outfit, even to the point of constantly wearing gloves (at least while on the job).


    Web Original 
  • Dreamscape: Soya can create lighting bolt-shaped whips.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Koden's Hot String, which he can even use as a Grapple Move.
    • Andy's Light Rope.
    • Cody can create crystal whips.
  • Lilywatt in Flyover City has whips that she charges with electricity.
  • Brendan Bredard of Survival of the Fittest version three is assigned a bullwhip as a weapon, which he later uses to strangle Luis Chezinski to death.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: Finn is given a cursed Grass Sword which latches onto his right arm and cannot be separated from him, but Finn comes to accept it after mastering its use. When Finn loses and later regrows his right arm during his adventures, he is left with a thorn protruding from his palm as an indication that the Grass Sword's curse remains. When under attack from the cosmic entity Orgalorg, the Grass Sword, sensing Finn is being attacked, remanifests as a gigantic vine-whip, and makes short work of Orgalorg. He later uses it to defend Jake from the Lich and free himself while immobilised in ice.
  • Aladdin: The Series: In one episode, Princess Jasmine is turned against the heroes by Harmless Villain Abis Mal. She gets the dominatrix whip and the black, as-close-to-dominatrix-gear-as-Disney-will-allow outfit and the dominatrix attitude. Evil is Sexier With Princesses!! That incident apparently made her realize the benefits of carrying around a whip even while on the side of good — she uses one in a later episode to disarm one of Mozenrath's undead servants.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • A common waterbending technique is to form water into a long strand and use it like a whip or lasso. Certain firebenders do the same with flames.
    • Jun uses the whip for controlling an animal instead of as a weapon (she seems to actually fight with just her fists). Reality Is Unrealistic indeed.
      • Legend of Korra: In the sequel series, the metalbending police of Republic City use retractable metal cables as their primary tools, which function both as whips and as a means of rapid transport (i.e. swinging between buildings like Spiderman). Chief Lin Beifong, as the daughter of Toph (who invented metalbending), is particularly skilled with them.
  • Batman Beyond: Payback has, essentially, a lightsaber whip. Terry acknowledges its awesomeness:
    Batman: I want one!
  • Beavis and Butt-Head: A Christmas special had a segment where the two reply to viewer mail - Butt-head is dressed as Santa in a sleigh, and Beavis is up front in a reindeer costume and harness, with a bit in his mouth. Butt-head doesn't spare the whip. Pretty disturbing stuff.
  • The Boondocks: Granddad Freeman can wield a belt with incomparable skill. Apparently, beating one's grandson with a belt enough times allows you to develop enough skill to disarm an angry pimp.
  • Castlevania: Trevor Belmont wields the Vampire Killer whip. In season 2, when he visits the ruins of his home, he finds the Morning Star hidden in a chest and claims it for himself, though this fits better under Epic Flail than under this trope.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: One episode tells the story of the cast's Identical Ancestors in the Old West. Eustace's ancestor was a bandit named The Whip who was quite proficient with his Weapon of Choice, even leaving a Zorro-style "W" on the clothing of his victims.
  • Dragon Booster: Energy-whips became common weapons over the course of the series, along with various forms of staffs. The energy whip's main difference form a normal whip was that it had a node on the end that could attach to a target to drain their mag energy. The main whip-user in the series was Anti-Villain Ensemble Dark Horse Moordryd Payyn. Sometimes it crosses into mild horror when a person was caught between two or more energy whips at once. And the pained yells anyone made when their energy started draining.
  • The Fairly OddParents: The Barbarian Hero episode has Wanda using a whip.
  • Family Guy: In one episode, Peter gets ahold of a whip and starts using it willy-nilly. The impracticality of a whip for close combat is lampshaded, however, when he uses it to threaten some guys who are standing right in front of him...and asks if they would please move eight feet away first. They don't.
  • Generator Rex: In "Outpost", this is the weapon of choice for Valentina, the leader of Eco-Terrorist group Green Fist.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983): Skeletor's henchman Beast-Man. Usually, it has some high-tech gadget built in.
  • The Legend of Calamity Jane: The Weapon of Choice for Calamity Jane.
  • Quick Draw McGraw: Has the title character as "The Whip" and sidekick Baba Looey as "The Whipper Snapper".
  • Shaolin Wuzang: The female main protagonist Hua uses a whip as her main weapon.
  • The Simpsons: In "The Simpsons Spin-off Showcase", the family sings about candy. Bart, Maggie, and "Lisa" sing to "The Peppermint Twist" and Jasper tries "The Lollipop Song". It's then Smithers' turn.
  • Steven Universe: Amethyst uses a whip.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003): In "Reality Check", Leonardo's alternate dimension counterpart, Graviturtle, uses a white that channels his gravity powers.
  • Teen Titans: After his initial appearance, Killer Moth is shown with an energy whip. He later gives it to his daughter.
  • ThunderCats (1985): Tygra uses a whip with three bola balls at the tip, apparently to give the end added weight.
  • ThunderCats (2011): Tygra's whip has three spikes at the tip now. Same added weight feature, with the addition of being able to poke the spikes in convenient — for him — places.
  • Total Drama: Heather whips Courtney like a sled dog in the Yukon episode of Total Drama World Tour.
  • Transformers Cybertron: Leobreaker uses his beast-mode tail as a blade-tipped whip in robot mode. Good for dealing with missiles and lighter Decepticon fliers who stray too close.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: After Allura becomes a paladin, she is given a bayard that becomes an energy whip.
  • Young Justice: Whisper wields a pair of laser whips against Superboy and the Forever People in "Disordered".
  • Zorro: Generation Z: The Scarlet Whip wields twin laser whips.


    Real Life 
  • In Filipino Martial Arts, a whip in the hands of a skilled user can be incredibly dangerous. Especially when used to blind an enemy.
    • There's a style of Eskrima, a Dual Wielding based martial art, that involves a whip and dagger.
  • That "crack" sound? That's the end of the whip breaking the sound barrier. So yeah, it's gonna hurt if you get hit with that.
    • In fact, a whip can strip off several layers of skin when it hits. The cat o' nine tails often took a long time to recover from and left permanent scars. You can die from cat o' nine tails if the whipper isn't careful, and permanent injury is also a possibility. Whipping is traditionally done on the back because it's perfectly possible to whip a person's belly open.
    • Whipping is also traditionally done on the back, since it's the ONLY place that it can be done that won't potentially cripple someone. Whipping someone in the face can potentially blind them. Whipping the legs can sever tendons, which can lame the victim. If someone hits you on the hand with a whip, you can very easily lose the use of that hand... permanently. A blow to the neck can either sever a major vein or artery, or just crush your larynx.
    • Technically, there IS another non-lethal area—the soles of your feet. Foot-whipping, a.k.a. bastinado, rapidly became a SUBSET of general "whipping" as Corporal Punishment because not only does it hurt like hell, it's specifically meant to humiliate you since they tie you up first — especially if they make sure you can SEE the whip coming. Even the tying-up is technically a safety measure — it makes sure you can't move your legs too much, so the person whipping you doesn't accidentally break your toes.
  • Some Asian (especially Chinese) Martial Arts also call a "whip" another weapon. It's a long chain with a bigger iron chunk on the end (usually also with a sharp tip or edge). It's used by spinning the chain around you and attacking by extending the reach and hitting with the chunk on the end. Because it travels really fast, the impact is quite notable and can deliver lot of damage when used against a squishy human. It's not a very elegant weapon and can be hard to use, but it does create some space around you nobody would like to enter without some serious armor. It's small, easily concealed and awesome.
  • A whip is dangerous in untrained hands, too. Using it to merely cause superficial pain and not maim isn't as easy as it sounds — ask anyone involved in BDSM. This, and the fact that they force you to stand a good distance away from the action, is the main reason bullwhips are very rare in BDSM. Nevertheless, while alternatives are preferred, everyone wants to own at least one whip and learn to use it, if only for doing the cracking noise which is the greatest lure for both submissives and dominants. Organized communities give their members a chance to learn how to use them safely and become more accustomed to their usage; people who learn on their own tend to either cause real damage or shy away from whips because of that potential.
  • Jordan Schlansky, one of Conan O'Brien's employees, is apparently an expert with the bullwhip.
  • Inuit artist Simon Tookome is proficient with a dog whip, to the point that he used to whip cigarettes in half from almost 15 meters away... while the cigarette was in someone's mouth. He has also used his whip as a weapon to hunt caribou and, on one occasion, a wolf.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, who played Catwoman in Batman Returns, was said to be a natural with a whip... which just added to the sexy factor for the already sexy actress. According to the "making of" doc that aired before the movie's release, she pulled off the "whip-the-heads-off-five-mannequins" stunt on her first try. Scary. Hot. Scary-Hot. Just to put that in perspective, the professional whip master who was on-set to teach her to use the thing pointed out that he would have been hard-pressed to demonstrate that level of accuracy.
  • The 1925 swashbuckler Don Q Son of Zorro Had some of the best whip stunts ever on film and the star Douglas Fairbanks Sr. did every one of them himself.
  • There's some data about whips at the site of whipcracker and plaiter. Current record with 4.5' stockwhip is 272 cracks per minute. This must sound like some submachinegun.
  • Evidence shows that some Sauropods — mainly, the Diplodocids — had tails (tapering to the end) that could and likely were used as whips; the crack from such a whip would have a noise level of over 200 decibels - that's like a cannon going off!
    • For reference, sound at 200 decibels is loud enough to kill a human.
  • Anthony De Longis. Self taught whip master (inspired to learn how to use it after seeing the above-mentioned Douglas Fairbanks in Don Q Son of Zorro), Anthony developed a practical fighting style with the whip; he uses the length to trip, disarm, and ensnare his opponent and then uses the handle as a bludgeoning weapon. He boasts that he feels confident using the whip against an opponent armed with anything short of a firearm. He was the one responsible for training Michelle Pfeiffer for her Catwoman role in Batman Returns and Harrison Ford for Indiana Jones.
  • Contrary to popular belief bullwhips or any other style of whips were not used to hit the animals they were named for. The whip would just be cracked near the animal to get it to moving. Oxen, horses, bulls, etc were all too valuable to risk serious injury by cutting them with a whip just to get them to move from one place to another. Horses are also exercised this way. The actual device used was a goad or prick, which was a pointy stick which you'd stick the beast with, hence the English idiom for useless, painful defiance, "to kick against the prick"; animals which tried kicking the pricks would hurt themselves further for no gain.
    • The stocks of such tools were sometimes designed so they could be used to prod the animal into moving, however.
    • Lightweight whips are also used to direct sled dogs, and occasionally to break up fights between them.
  • Chang Apana, the real life detective who inspired the creation of Charlie Chan, always carried a bullwhip instead of a gun. This didn't hinder his police work as he was once able to arrest over forty illegal gamblers at once on his own.
  • Anthony Hopkins is apparently pretty skilled with a whip and insisted on throwing a scene or two into The Mask of Zorro where he could show off his skills.
  • The sjaemboek or sjambok whip is considered pretty much synonymous with the old South Africa and consists of ten metres of rhinoceros hide rolled and coiled into a tapered cylindrical form between three and five feet long. It is derived from an Indonesian weapon used for slave management and arrived in Africa with Arab slavers. here, white settlers saw its potential and took the weapon up, adding their own refinements. It became synonymous with police riot control and is still used for this purpose by today's South African police force, albeit with a more ecologically friendly plastic version. The Indian lathi is a relative and while an imperial British hangover, is still used today by Indian police for public order purposes.


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