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Characters that fight with multiple blades attached to their hands or fingers to emulate gigantic metal claws. The blades can be a natural part of their body, artificial implants, stuck on a glove or gauntlet, or actually be a variation of bladed brass knuckles. Wolverine Claws on a good guy suggest animalistic or Nature Hero traits; on a bad guy they show that he or she is especially bloodthirsty and likely Ax-Crazy. Any character sporting these will be improbably effective with them. When these weapons are unsheathed, they often make a distinct "snikt!" noise or some variant.

Weapons of these type are presumably easier to conceal and use in close quarters, depending on the size and nature of the blades. However, in fights involving larger weapons they would be less effective considering their limited reach compared to a sword or polearm. Also, since they usually lack a guard piece (especially when they are retractable), any claw-to-sword type combat really should end with the other blade sliding down into the back of your hand, or under it into the knuckles. Also there are drawbacks in using multiple blades relating to dispersion of force which is why they are rare in real life and bio-mechanically it’s much easier to wield blades orientated vertically to the arm and hand rather than horizontally making them Awesome, but Impractical for the most part.

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Weapons of these type were actually used in early civilizations. The Bagh Nakh, or Tiger's Claw, was developed in India for self-defense and used by the first Maratha Emperor Shivaji. Ninjas also used Nekode (Cat's Paw) for fighting and Tekagi-Shuko for utilitarian purposes, such as climbing trees, mimicking the natural version of this trope.

Wolverine Claws are a subtrope of Blade Below the Shoulder. If they're are simply attached to the hand as a weapon, it's simply Blade Below the Shoulder Type I. Artificial Limbs and Swiss Army Appendages may be modified to feature Wolverine Claws, in which case those claws fall under Type II or III instead. Pretty much a prerequisite for any Wolverine Wannabe.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Rosaland from Cyber Weapon Z wears retractable claw bracers.
  • Wargreymon from Digimon has these in the form of 'Dramon killers'. They are super effective against dragons including himself if he's not careful. Most of His subspecies has some variation on them.
  • Dr. Stone: Minister Ibara possesses the nailed claw kind which he brandishes out when he caught Ginro finding out the Petrification Kingdom Head's real state and even impaled him with it.
  • Club, an early opponent of Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star, had a particularly long set of these as his Weapon of Choice, often licking the blood of his victims off them. He only gets one hit on Kenshiro with them before suffering the fate of all who mess with him.
  • Chiffon from Freezing has a large clawed gauntlet.
  • Lust from Fullmetal Alchemist has the "Ultimate Spear" of extremely sharp, super fast retractable Femme Fatalons that can extend for several meters, though she's turning her fingers into spears instead of having them come out of her hand. Her brother Greed gains similar razor sharp claws (though nowhere near as impressive) in his Ultimate Shield form.
  • Gamaran Shura has Ise Ramon, leader of the Genkai Tenpei, using a set of barbed steel claws (worn over his fingers) in the battle against Master Swordsman Rando, who's using a spear and an half-broken katana. In this case, the problem of the lack of reach is solved by his superior agility, which allows him to get close enough to grab Rando's head and slash him across the eyes.
  • In the Gundam franchise, most amphibious mecha have bladed claws for melee combat because they're easier to use underwater than swinging around. A few add twists to the idea, such as superheated claws for extra punch. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing's Pisces has the added quirk that its claws turn into propellers when it's in cruising mode.
  • Killua from Hunter × Hunter can grow claws at will. His family is implied to also be able to do this, though they are never shown doing it in the manga or anime.
  • Warsman's Bear Claws.
  • Verdant in Linebarrels of Iron does this with swords
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS:
  • Nao from My-HiME uses the fingernail-claw variety.
  • Shijima from Nabari no Ou.
  • Sora from Naruto uses one of these.
  • Nasuverse:
    • Ciel from Tsukihime, although they're not claws so much as they are three long knives in each hand, wedged between her knuckles.
    • Kirei Kotomine in Fate/stay night and the prequel, Fate/Zero.
  • One Piece:
    • Captain Kuro fights by wearing gloves that have an entire sword on each finger. He has a very particular manner of adjusting his glasses (with the wrist-edge of his parl) to make way for them, whether or not he's wearing the gloves
    • Blackbeard was seen with one in a flashback during the Fishman Island Arc. The Vivre Card Vol. 6 confirms that Blackbeard caused Shanks's eye scars with this weapon.
  • Lucario's Metal Claw attack in Pokémon.
  • Kirika of Puella Magi Oriko Magica.
  • They're only part of Mousse's enormous arsenal in Ranma ½, but received particular attention in the second movie.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin, Hanya from the Oniwabanshu also has claws like them as his secret weapon. They're even based on Wolverine's claws. Nobuhiro Watsuki is a Jim Lee fan.
  • Saint Seiya: Hydra Ichi, Docrates and Ophiuchus Shaina.
  • Denkibou from Samurai Champloo.
  • Ikuto from Shugo Chara!.
  • Overhaul of Transformers Cybertron has these. When he's upgraded into Leobreaker they become even deadlier.
  • In Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-'s Ohto Country arc, Kusanagi uses a set of claws as his weapon of choice.
  • In The Voynich Hotel, the Serial Killer called Snark has prosthetic arms called "Demon's Claw +2" which she acquired as part of a Deal with the Devil. The fingers can extend into long blades which are sharp enough to effortlessly cleave through flesh and bone.
  • Hidaka Ken in Weiß Kreuz uses modified bagh nakh, gloves with retractable blade claws built in.
  • In Wicked City, Makie can extend her fingernails to dagger-like lengths and uses them as cutting weapons.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Happy Heroes, one of the recurring monsters is a wolverine girl who has retractable metallic claws that she uses in combat.
  • In the 2012 Chinese animated series Kodama, the main character's side-kick finishes off the monster of the day by using the claws from his hands on its core.

    Comic Books 
  • Wolverine is the Trope Namer. Ironically, an oft-forgotten early plan for Wolverine was that his gloves contained the claws. The writers eventually realized this meant anyone could be Wolverine by putting on the gloves, and made it so that the claws instead retracted into his arms. Originally, the claws were said to be surgically implanted as part of the Weapon X program that created him, but a later Retcon showed that the claws were actually made of bone and a natural part of Wolverine's body. They were bonded with adamantium along with the rest of Wolverine's bones as part of the Weapon X program.
    • X-23, Wolverine's female clone and also the second Wolverine, has 2 metal claws per hand, and 1 per foot.
      • Her own clone Gabby also has these, although she only has one per hand and neither is metal.
    • Wolverine's son, Daken, has three claws per hand: two from the knuckles, and one from the wrist. He lost them for a time after Wolverine tore out his wrist claws, and due to Daken coating his claws with metal from the Muramasa Blade beforehand, he couldn't regenerate them.
    • Wolverine's son in Ultimate Marvel, Jimmy Hudson, has the classic set. At first, they're made of bone, but they quickly reveal the ability to transform into some kind of metal, not unlike Colossus.
    • Wolverine's daughter Wild Thing has claws composed of psychic energy.
    • Wolverine's long time foe, Lady Deathstrike, is a cyborg with fine blades coming out of her finger tips.
    • Marrow has the ability to grow bone blades out of her body. After having gained enough control over these powers, she copied both Deathstrike's and Wolverine's blades (including snikt sound effect).
    • Romulus has four fingers (maybe) and clawed gloves — because he's based on the earliest concept for Wolverine.
    • In the 1990s 'toon, Beast had these in an altered timeline. They were part of the gloves, though.
    • Sabretooth has been known to sport oversized adamantium claws on the tips of his fingers on occasion. Even when he doesn't, he has extremely sharp claws instead of fingernails. The Ultimate version has four per hand. Wolverine said something to the effect of:
      "Yeah, that'll shake your reputation as the made-in-Hong Kong version of me."
    • Interestingly, both the X-Men Noir and Wolverine Noir versions of the character keep the claws but manage to change them into something appropriate for the 1930s time period — a pair of Japanese neko de in the former and a set of special knives in the latter.
    • In the Golden Age issue of the WildCATs/X-Men crossover comics, Zealot gives Wolverine a wrist weapon that simulates his claws, noting "I... suspected you would like it."
    • In Battle of the Atom, Future Jubilee and Raze (Mystique and Wolverine's future son) have these. Jubilee is the new Wolverine and hers appear to be made with her powers while Raze's are noticeably smaller.
    • Wolverine's older brother John Howlett Jr had three bone claws on each hand, his other brother Dog Logan didn't have any claws.
  • Squirrel Girl has a short knuckle spike. According to Iron Man, it's not exactly at Wolverine's level, but it's something. The knuckle spikes are mostly for climbing, but she also has the sharp fingernail version of this trope, which sees more use in combat.
  • Doctor Strange gains them as surgical implants in the Bullet Points timeline as part of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s attempt to restore use of his hands (for some reason).
  • Spider-Man:
    • When the Black Cat had her bad luck powers stripped from her by Dr. Strange, she gained cat-themed superpowers, notably enhanced speed, strength, agility, night vision and, of course, retractable claws. She lost these powers as well but later wore gloves with claws attached to them. Her ex-boyfriend the Puma has these in his beast form.
    • Carnage does this on occasion when preparing to kill someone because his suit can generate weapons.
    • During the events of The Other, Spider-Man developed poisonous hand stingers that he even calls a case of Logan Envy. When Peter protested that spiders don't have stingers, The Other responded that they will... in the future. Even before the Cosmic Retcon of One More Day removed the stingers, they weren't used all that often (with some writers claiming that they only came out around "fellow totemic beings" as a defense mechanism). Peter's clone Kaine, the second Scarlet Spider, got his own stingers after dying and coming back to life in Spider-Island.
  • Many depictions of Catwoman have sharp steel claws incorporated into her costume's gloves, which she sometimes uses for close-quarters fighting as well as for climbing.
  • The Daredevil villain the Owl has his "talons". These are a set of metal blades fitted over the hand.
  • Femforce: She-Cat's nails extend into talons. Her gloves and boots are adapted to allow for this.
  • Global Guardians: Owlwoman was granted the ability to transform her fingernails into razor-sharp claws by Queen Bee.
  • Green Lantern foe the Predator includes twin blades that snap forward over his knuckles in his arsenal.
  • In Grendel, one of Tujiro's goons fights Christine Spar as Grendel with a glove with wolverine-style claws attached. Christine notes that it's a stupid weapon with no reach, and easily cuts off the goon's hand.
  • All Marvel Universe characters who wear the costume of "the Cat" (Shirlee Bryant, Greer Grant Nelson and Patsy Walker) have clawed gloves and taloned boots as part of their costumes. The claws are retractable and can also be detached and cast on cables as grappling hooks.
  • Bongo Comics' Radioactive Man books feature Weasel Woman, a Wolverine Wannabe who has unbreakable "rigidium polymer" fingernails.
  • The Red Robin villain code-named Recluse has cut off his fingers and replaced them with poisoned knife blades. He is by far the easiest to defeat of the Council of Spiders.
  • In Secret Six, Catman uses a three-clawed Bagh Nakh, and Scandal has retractable forearm-mounted blades called the Lamentation Blades.
  • Squadron Supreme: The Mink has gloves with steel claws at the fingertips similar to Black Cat or Catwoman.
  • Superman:
    • Doomsday has a ton of spikes and claws all over his body. He sports four bony protrusions on his knuckles that are sharp enough to cut Superman. They can also extend over great lengths to pierce an opponent, poison them and drag them back to him.
    • Escape from the Phantom Zone: Villain Xa-Du's gauntlets are armed with poisoned claws.
    • Day of the Dollmaker: The titular villain's toyfied slaves are armed with bladed gloves (to be precise, scissors' blades have been attached to the gauntlet's fingers).
  • Vampirella and her ally Pantha can extend their finger nails into long sharp claws.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • One of the scarers from Monsters, Inc. has these type of claws.
  • Saluk, the Big Bad in Aladdin and the King of Thieves. They resemble blades attached to brass knuckles. They're sharp enough to allow him to "coast" down a cliff using them, akin to how pirates can supposedly cut their way down a sail with their daggers. Proves that while he may not have any magic powers like Jafar, Saluk is still a terrifying threat.
  • In Kung Fu Panda 2, Lord Shen wears metal talons both as weapons and to cover the burn scars on his feet from his experimentation with gunpowder.
  • In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Prowler brandishes giant metal gauntlets with razor-sharp claws at the end of each finger as his primary weapons.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The impracticality of this trope, combined with realistic consequences, turns up in the second Azumi movie, Death or Love. Among the villains are a band of ninjas who attacks Azumi and friends with clawed gauntlets, with the leader personally trying to slice up Azumi with his own claws. Alas, a missed swing had the leader's claws embedded in a guardrail, and as he struggles to free himself, Azumi then hacks off his clawed arm before slicing his throat.
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf: The Brotherhood's mooks uses gauntlets with blades attached to the knuckles as their standard weapons.
  • Conan the Barbarian (2011). Marique, witch daughter of Khalar Zym.
  • Edward Scissorhands. Turns into a Tear Jerker when he accidentally cuts up the human hands his dying maker has made for him.
  • Han uses a bear claw on his prosthetic arm against Bruce Lee at the end of Enter the Dragon.
  • Faust: Love of the Damned: As part of his demonic superhero form, John Jaspers has huge blades attached to his hands.
  • The main villainess of Finger of Doom uses the sporting-from-fingertips variety, which the movie's title refers to. Those metallic fingers are enchanted with necromantic powers, too, allowing her to slay her challengers effortlessly before raising them to be her zombified serfs.
  • The werewolves in Full Eclipse sport these in-lieu of traditional claws.
  • Splatter from Future-Kill.
  • Hell-cat Maggie, a minor character from Gangs of New York, supposedly based on a real story. Used to remove ears and noses.
  • In The Hazing, Professor Kapps can cause the fingernails of those he possesses to extend into combat-effective claws.
  • In the martial-arts movie The Lady Hermit, the villain, a crime boss called the Black Demon, has metal claws on the tips of his fingers (possibly glued on) that he uses in fights.
  • Missile X: The Neutron Bomb Incident: The Baron's leather-clad henchman lost several fingers and had them replaced with retractable steel blades.
  • Master Feng from the kung-fu film The New Shaolin Boxers packs a clawed gauntlet in a case, which he used to ambush and kill the hero's father. In the climax, Feng re-equips the gauntlet on himself to battle the hero, who uses twin swords instead.
  • Freddy Krueger of A Nightmare on Elm Street used a razor-clawed glove to carry out his murders, both as the Springwood Slasher and as the dreamstalker he would become. In Wes Craven's New Nightmare, which portrays him as an outright demonic figure, the blades literally come out of his fingers.
  • The titular creatures from the Predator franchise. Their retractable claws are mounted on their gauntlets rather than their hands, though.
  • Parodied on the box cover of Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th, in which a copy of Freddy Krueger's bladed glove instead sports spoons and other cutlery at the ends.
  • The Hong Kong spy parody flick, The Spy Dad, has The Dragon arming himself with this type of weapon, as well as wearing an all-black leather outfit looking almost identical to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, while fighting the titular hero in the end. Considering this is a spoof film released in 2004 (a year after X2 United) that is a rather blatant Inspiration Nod.
  • Boltie in Super puts on Wolverine-styled claws in the film's climax.
  • In Swashbuckler, Lord Durant's lute player wears a set of claw-like nail sheaths on each of fingers when he tortures Major Folly. He later uses them when he attempts to claw Lynch in the back during his duel with Durant. he is Hoist by His Own Petard when Jane trips him and falls on top of his blades; fatally stabbing himself.
  • In Transformers, Tyrese Gibson sees various claw marks on a wall and notes "Was Freddy Krueger up in here?" Anthony Anderson corrects him, saying that Freddy Krueger had four blades and there are three on the wall, indicating the presence of Wolverine.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • Wolverine. Obviously. Both bone and adamantium versions. In The Wolverine, his weapons of choice are still the metal claws that pop out of his hands.
    • Victor Creed/Sabretooth has them on his fingernails, instead of knuckles.
    • Logan has X-23, who uses two claws on each hand for standard combat and her foot claws for surprise attacks.

    Literature 
  • Book of the Ancestor: Nona can grow force-claws out of her fingers which she treats as her secret weapons and uses for devastating effect in fights. Her claws are the first sign of her being Marjal-blooded.
  • In PC Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath, Jame and some other Shanir ("natural Arrin-thari") have claws instead of nails on the hands and sometimes feet. Examples are Jame (who has retractable claws on her hands), and Bear (who has fixed talons on both hands and feet). Steel-clawed gauntlets allow non-clawed Kencyr warriors to fight in the Arrin-thar style as well. Kallystine also uses a razor-ring, which only has a single blade.
  • Some of the sordid penny dreadful accounts of "Spring-heeled Jack" that arose in the wake of his alleged London crime spree (1837-8) depicted him as sporting home-made claws on both hands, as well as spring-equipped footwear.
  • Lisa in Lone Huntress has a few of these in her prosthetic hand. She rarely uses them in a serious fight, given that she swaps out her prosthetic limb when wearing her Powered Armor.
  • Nohar Rajasthan has large retractable claws in his fingers. This is only natural, as he's an anthropomorphic tiger.
  • Molly Millions from William Gibson's Neuromancer (and several related works) has surgical-steel blades that pop out from under her fingernails, probably inspiring the ones in Shadowrun.
  • In the Paradox Universe claw-knives, which are gloves with retractable blades meant to mimic the claws of feline Pelted, are illegal in the Alliance, but Lisinthir is given a pair when he becomes ambassador to the Chatcaava as they have very long claws which they use in duels.
    • Alysha Forrest lost her natural claws and replaced them with prosthetics made of a molecular alloy called breathnache, which also made them Absurdly Sharp Claws.
  • In The Place Inside the Storm, Xel the robot cat was designed without claws, but at the garage he's outfitted with steel ones so he can better defend Tara.
  • In Unseen Academicals, Mr. Nutt turns out to have these. Seems to be a standard feature for Discworld orcs.
  • In Warrior Cats, Scourge has a feline version of this: he wears sharpened dogs' teeth over his actual claws, making them unnaturally strong and deadly. He's dangerous enough with them to take out a Clan leader's nine lives with one blow.

    Live-Action TV 

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Among New Jack's favorite methods of bloodletting.
  • Leva Bates (and Allison Danger) as the X-men here. Yes, that includes Wolverine. Ring Warriors didn't allow Bates to use the claws though.
  • In the Bobby Lashley vs Boogeyman promo for Family Fitness Center, the latter wore a glove resembling Freddy Krueger.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Abney Park's RPG, Airship Pirates, Neobedouin beast dancers use a weapon called Beast Claws: a set of blades attached to the hand, emulating... well, the claws of a beast.
  • Alternity gave us the cyberklaw, like Shadowrun's spurs but ... bigger.
  • Mechs in BattleTech can be outfitted with claws in place of hands. This costs them some manual dexterity and reduces the accuracy of their melee attacks a little bit, but gives a good boost to damage. And unlike most melee weapons, a mech with two claws can make an attack with each every round so long as it doesn't fire any weapons that might be mounted on it arms.
  • R. Talsorian Games' Cyberpunk has "Wolvers" that act like this.
  • Sphinx Claws in Dungeons & Dragons.
    • Also: Claw Bracers, from the Forgotten Realms. Favoured weapon of Sharess, Goddess of Cats and Whores, also preferred by Cult of the Dragon spellcasters. Basically, daggers that can't be disarmed and leave the hands free — say, for casting fireball.
    • Savage Species brings us the Beast Claws, magical gauntlets with clawed fingers built for use by characters with existing natural weapons.
    • Arcana Unearthed and Arcana Evolved had the Battle Claws, exotic weapon gauntlets with claws on each finger. They were especially favored by the leonine Litorians.
    • Dark Sun gave us wrist razors. Very deadly in the hands of thri-kreen.
  • Eclipse Phase has both cyberware and bioware claws, the cyberware type is made of smart materials, come out of the back of the hand, and extend six inches past the knuckles. Bioware claws are more cat-like, and legal in most habitats because they're so small.
  • Exalted has mundane and artifact versions of tiger claws. They provide bonuses to climbing as well as maiming.
  • Games Workshop games:
    • Warhammer 40,000:
      • Lightning claws are a powerful close combat weapon consisting of a number of blades, wreathed in a power field that disrupts matter on a molecular level. These blades are attached to a glove or armoured gauntlet in different ways depending on the pattern of lightning claw with the blades replacing the figures or extending from the knuckles being particularly popular.
      • The primary close combat weapon of the Eversor Assassin, the Neuro Gauntlet, consists of an armoured glove with hyper-alloy blades and syringes built into its figures that inject lethal neuro-toxins that will paralyze and kill the foe.
    • The 1st and 2nd Edition of Necromunda had the Malcadon Spyre suit that was equipped with a pair of blades on the back of each hand to use in combat and to help with climbing.
  • "Claws" is a standard power in Super Munchkin, giving a free weapon in each empty hands. Perfect for combining with "Forewarned and four-armed" and/or "Prehensile pigtails".
  • In Rippers, the titular monster hunter organization is at disadvantage against in melee against supernatural foes who have deadly teeth and claws. So the Rippers invent their iconic "ripper claws" for those members who aren't into the "Moon Claw" implant. Ripper claws are a set of steel blades built into a leather bracer.
  • Rocket Age has Venusian warriors claws, traditionally made of knapped stone attached to a leather gauntlet, but trade with Earthlings has introduced metal to the mix as well. These are the descendants of Erisian battle claws, a far more advanced weapon capable of parrying Ray beams.
  • Spurs from Shadowrun were a cybernetic enhancement that gave a character a blade that sprouted from right above the wrist. Fingernail razors were a somewhat more subtle weapon that came from the fingertips. The Shadowtech supplement added a strap on version of the wrist blades.
  • Makyura the Destructor of Yu-Gi-Oh!.

    Theater 
  • In The Bat, the Bat's signature weapon are claws mounted on the fingers of his gloves which he uses to slash his victims' throats.

    Toys 
  • Z-Hacker, a menacing, black, Obviously Evil looking robot of the Z-Knights toy robot series, had three huge claws/blades on its wrists by its hands. They were not retractable since that would have been impossible, but could be turned back.

    Video Games 
  • 64th Street: A Detective Story: Occasionally you'll be attacked by one-armed mooks sporting eyepatches, whose wrists are attached with twin hooks in place of hands. They'll use these to slash you up once they got the drop on you.
  • In Batman: Return of the Joker for the Game Boy, these are wielded by Dark Claw, the first boss.
  • The Game Mod Batman Doom replaces Doom's Imps by "Cheungs", long-haired Chinatown mooks who use both metal claws and thrown shurikens against you.
  • Batman: Arkham Series: In the first game, Scarecrow had a Freddy Krueger-style glove with syringes of fear toxin on the fingertips, but in Arkham Knight he has switched to a glove with syringes mounted on the back of the hand, Wolverine-style.
  • Fo Fai from Battle Arena Toshinden sports a pair of these as his personal weapon of choice, as do his after-death replacements as well, Bayhou and Cuiling.
  • The Battle For Wesnoth's new Drake sprites sport Wolverine Claws — the logic being that, as clawed predators in the first place, they'll instinctively use them more effectively than more traditional weapons.
  • Bayonetta has the Durga weapon, a set of elemental claws that can be used with the hands or the feet but otherwise play the trope straight. They also come in two elemental settings that can be changed on the fly, either Shock and Awe or Playing with Fire.
  • BlazBlue:
    • Taokaka sports a nifty pair of retractable, metallic claws. It's not clear if those are biologically hers or actually hidden weapons.
    • The (technically non-canon, but accurate in their exposition) unlockable "Teach Me Ms. Boobies Litchi" Omakes indicate that the ability to draw her claws is a natural ability (since she doesn't have a weapon which can draw the series' phlebotinum from the environment).
  • In Borderlands 2, Gaige has the "With Claws" skill that quickly forms a set of glowing energy claws on her robotic left arm and makes her to do a quick double-slash against an enemy, dealing increased melee damage as well as Life Draining them.
  • In Borderlands 3, Zane's default melee attack is to hit enemies with Laser Blade claws.
  • City of Heroes has the Claws power set for this, as does Champions Online. While the latter's claws are obviously similar to bladed brass knuckles, the former's look more like they come out of the character's hands. City of Heroes claws appear to come out of your hand because all weapon-based powersets, when not actively in use, are stored in Hammerspace. The actual style of the claws varies from Wolverine-style claws to spikes on the back of the hand, a long flat blade from the back of the wrist a la Assassin's Creed, and even an option for wristblades made of energy.
    • Arachnos Blood Widows (both an NPC enemy and playable class) use both short claws and the retractable shortsword. The "claws" are really poisoned darts, which can be launched singly or in bursts. PC Widows start out with them as part of the mandatory uniform, but can evidently get surgical versions once undercover work starts turning up.
  • Dark Souls has the recurring Claw weapon, which has a short range but is fast and causes bleeding. The later games feature the similar Manikin Claw and Crow Talons as well. In the third game two-handing a Claw weapon makes you wield a second claw the other hand, allowing you to attack with both at once.
  • In Dawn of War, the Imperial Guard hero unit is armed with retractable claws as his melee weapon.
  • In DC Universe Online, players who pick up the Light Power Set (re: Green Lantern's power set.) gain a set of claws as one of the player's set of super moves.
  • Crisis Beat: The Shorty-class mooks attack players using gauntlets with swords attached to their fronts.
  • Dead Island allows you to modify certain classes of brass knuckles to form these. The text for the mod specifically mentions that they were inspired by "a certain superhero". Funnily enough, John Morgan is modeled after said superhero enough that the proposed movie could easily have Hugh Jackman in the role.
  • Dead Rising 2's ever popular Knife Gloves.
  • Claw-class weapons from Diablo II, though this also included katars and other punching weapons.
  • In Diablo III, some of the Monk's fist weapons feature blades, including one legendary weapon that's a homage to Wolverine.
  • Chin's special weapon in the NES Double Dragon III.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Some weapons like the Golden Claws are used by martial artist characters.
    • In Dragon Quest III, they are one of the very few weapons beneficial to Fighters, since most of the other very-limited selection of weapons a Martial Artist can wield will actually drop their attack score.
    • Dragon Quest V: Fire Claws are Debora's starting weapon, as well as the venomous Cobra Claws which you can pick up later.
  • Dungeon Keeper: The Mistresses are leather-clad Combat Sadomasochist minions of your Villain Protagonist (and, really, just overall sadomasochists) who use long bladed talons as their Weapon of Choice in combat. And to assist in torturing heroes into joining your dark armies. And on each other, when they're bored.
  • Zhang He, from the Dynasty Warriors series, at least in games 3-5. In 6 he ditches the claws in favor of a remarkably generic spear, but gets them back in the PS2 version and in the "Empires" installment. Nouhime in Samurai Warriors can use these.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the Stormcloak Commander uniform has spikes attached to the gauntlets, like their mascot. It's subverted in this does no additional unarmed damage, but with the right enchantment, it could be one of the most damaging unarmed weapons in the game.
  • Fallout:
    • Fallout 3 features the craftable Deathclaw Gauntlet, the severed hand of a Deathclaw in all its deathy, clawed glory, rigged up with various belts and leg braces into a weapon. It returns in the Lonesome Road DLC of Fallout: New Vegas as the Fist of Rawr (or with Wild Wasteland, Fist of the North Rawr) though it has to be crafted from a boss-level Deathclaw, who unsurprisingly is named Rawr.
    • Fallout: New Vegas also has the similar Mantis Gauntlet and Bladed Gauntlet, as well as the far more mundane Spiked Knuckles.
  • In the entries of the Final Fantasy series where monks can equip weapons, these are traditionally what they are.
  • In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, beast girl Sveta can equip either these or brass knuckles as her weapons of choice. Villain Chalis prefers gloves with built-in Femme Fatalons.
  • In Granado Espada a mini boss, Celine, uses this kind of claws.
  • Jade Empire features Leaping Tiger, a martial art so ferocious, claws made out of chi materialise on the user's hands. That's right, it's Magic Kung Fu That Temporarily Turns You Into Wolverine.
  • In Kid Icarus: Uprising, Pit has a class of weapons that looks like this. Most have powerful melee combos, but some, like the Beam and Artillery Claws, are better suited to shooting stuff.
  • The King of Fighters series:
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • Helio from Last Scenario uses these.
  • Pamela of Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis equips these for her teddy bear, which does the fighting for her.
  • In Marathon: RED, the player's mutant form has these as melee weapons.
  • In MARDEK, the wolflike Aruan mage Solaar fights with claw weapons strapped to his (her? its?) paws.
  • In the multiplayer of Mass Effect 3, the Vorcha have Hard Light versions of these as their melee weapons.
  • Mega Man:
    • Sigma from Mega Man X2 and Xtreme 2.
    • Slash Man (Mega Man 7), Neon Tiger (Mega Man X3), and Slash Beast (Mega Man X4)
    • Also, in Mega Man Zero 4, Zero can steal claws from a certain enemy and use them himself.
    • Mega Man gains the King's Slash weapon after beating Slash Man in Rockman 7 EP. In this case, King's Slash lets Mega Man negate bullets and gain critical hits if the right conditions are met. It's also a hit-scan weapon, so it can be rapid-fired.
  • The Cat class in Miitopia uses these as their primary weapon. Well, their do dress like cats after all.
  • Mike Shadow: I Paid for It!: The Wolverine special does what you'd expect. Mike grows long, sharp claws and scratches the machine aggressively.
  • Tora in Mini Ninjas uses these to fit his tiger theme.
  • Freddy Krueger again in his guest appearance in Mortal Kombat 9, which plays this trope straighter than his movie appearances since he now wields two gloves.
  • The Falcon Talons weapon from Ninja Gaiden II for 360 has claws on Ryu's forearms and feet.
  • Cutter Pill, one of the mutant enemies in Odium, is a tall monster with some kind of metal mask on its face who uses claws of this kind to fight.
  • The Ogre Battle series features Ninjas, Ninja Masters, and Brawlers using these in some games.
  • Persona:
    • Teddie in Persona 4 uses a variety of multi-bladed weapons that wrap around his knuckles. Also, both Akihiko from Persona 3 and Makoto from Persona 5 can be equipped with bladed fist implements.
    • Persona 5: The main character's Fighting Spirit, Arsène, has metal bird claws on the ends of each of its fingers it can use for physical attacks.
  • Phantasy Star series:
  • The first stage of Riot Zone have you fighting a Battle Couple Dual Boss, Lee and Chan. The latter has metal clawed fingernails which allows her to slice you up.
  • Kurow Kirishima from Project Justice: Rival Schools 2 has these.
    • From the first game, Raizo Imawano has these; shorter than most examples, but what he lacks in long nails he makes up by being built like a bear.
  • Pokémon: Various Pokémon with sufficiently long enough claws could qualify, but the most obvious candidate would be Perrserker.
  • [PROTOTYPE] : The claws power basically turns your arms into three-fingered digits, with the fingers themselves being replaced with eight-to-ten inch long knives. Heller manages to go even further, having developed the ability enough to perform a Deadly Lunge as well as inflict damage comparable to the blade on anything that isn't a tank.
  • Randal's Monday: Charlie wears them as part of his cosplay. He claims they're made of adamantium; any material they're actually made from, it's hard enough to dig through most of the prison walls.
  • The Razor Claws weapon from Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction.
  • Resident Evil:
    • The Garrador of Resident Evil 4, as well as the Tyrants throughout the series, G in 2, and Krauser with his mutated arm in 4.
    • Lady Alcina Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village has a set of very long blades that come out of her fingers, which she is seen using to kill the protagonist in the Maiden demo.
  • Genan Shiranui, Mai's ancestor(?), in Samurai Shodown.
  • In The Secret World—even though the icon is brass knuckles—Fist Weapons are all variations on Wolverine Claws, including many abilities that provide Heal-over-Time effects to the wielder or allies.
  • Date Masamune/Azure Dragon from Sengoku Basara does this when he's drawn all six of his swords, holding three in each hand between his fingers. It gives him a more powerful and effective moveset, though at the cost of being able to defend.
  • Most of Yuri's weapons in the first two Shadow Hearts games are variants of this.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Like other males of his clan, Knuckles wears spiked gloves. Somewhat subverted, in that he mainly uses them for burrowing and climbing, they just happen to be positioned in a way which adds some extra oomph to his signature punches. The Shovel Claw upgrade from Sonic Adventure and its sequel are even more claw-like although, as the name implies, its primary purpose is still digging.
  • Soul Series:
    • Voldo and his katars. His arsenal over the course of the series includes "cat claws" that play it very close to Wolverine, handheld drills, and swinging pendulum blades, minus the pendulums.
    • As of V, newcomer Viola uses the razor-clawed glove version on her right hand as well.
  • Spore Galactic Adventures has the Bladed Knuckles.
  • Street Fighter:
  • The second boss in Streets of Rage uses these. He's pretty fast with them too, making him a tricky fight. Two of them appear later on!
  • Zuul from Sword of the Stars have "punchclaws" protruding from their forearms and extending over the back of the hand. They are vestigial in the males, but the females' are very effective at cutting through things. The Pit allows you to craft "Adamantium Claws", complete with Shout-Out in the description to the Trope Namer, as well as the more Freddy Krueger-like "Razor Fists".
  • Viath's Weapon of Choice in Tales of Graces. Sophie can use them too if you defeat Viath again in a sidequest.
  • Tales of Symphonia has the Claw Gauntlets, a defensive equip item that also grant a little attack for obvious reason.
  • The Heavy Weapons Guy in Team Fortress 2 got a pair of bear hands in a later update, which he tied to his own.
  • Ninjas in the Time Crisis series.
  • The Berserker class starts with a set of these in Torchlight II, though they're explicitly (and exaggeratedly) a set of spiked/clawed knuckles and most special abilities look exactly the same regardless of weapon choices later on.
  • Tsukihime:
    • Ciel emulates this trope by holding multiple swords between her fingers.
    • As does fellow burial Church agent Kotomine in one path of Fate/stay night.
  • Unreal and Unreal II: The Awakening have the Skaarj's Razik, that combine these with Arm Cannon for both melee and ranged combat. Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict also has two playable Skaarj characters which used these claws for both melee and ranged combat, by using the same bolts their single-player parts had.
  • The title character of Vexx uses these. They are also an Empathic Weapon.
  • Warframe has the Venka. Its Prime variant has a secret feature: its Melee Combo Multiplier raises damage by 75% per combo multiplier, in comparison to all other melee weapons adding 50% per each stage.
    • The warframe Valkyr has built in energy talons that appear when her 4th ability, Hysteria, is activated.
    • The warframe Garuda comes with a massive set of claws permanently attached to her wrists, hinged back against her arms when not in use. They are used with some of her abilities and if a regular melee weapon is not equipped she will use them instead for all melee attacks.
  • Several fist weapons in World of Warcraft are gauntlets that have these attached to them. In one of the game's many, many shouts-out, one set can be seen sported by a wolverine-person named Loguhn.
  • WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 had some Wolverine Claws you could give to your created wrestlers...and ironically, in 2011, the game where they had several super-hero items to recreate your favorite heroes (including Wolverine's hairstyle), they left the claws out. Missed opportunity of awesome? Oh, definitely.
  • In Wynncraft, Thunder-based weapons for Assassins appear as clawed gauntlets instead of daggers.

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    Web Original 
  • Bennett the Sage occasionally comes across these weapons in his Anime reviews. When he does, he refers to them as a "bubsnikt", a combination of the onomotopoea for Wolverine's claws, and Wolverine's catchphrase of calling people "Bub."
  • When Greg and Lou applied for super-powers, they discovered they unfortunately could only afford to get either Wolverine's claws or his Healing Factor (which they previously had assumed to be part of the same power set). They opted for the claws... Blood and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Gaia Online's Old Man Logan has fishhooks on his knuckles for claws; he runs the fishing minigame. zOMG! lets you craft a set for your avatar.

    Western Animation 
  • The Kabuki Twins from The Batman have three claws protruding from their hands instead of fingers.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: Catwoman has sharp steel claws incorporated into her costume's gloves, which she sometimes uses for close-quarters fighting (At "Catwalk", she used them to torment the Ventriloquist) as well as for climbing.
  • Magpie from Beware the Batman uses her Femme Fatalons as Wolverine Claws in combat.
  • Parodied in the "Super-Griffins" segment of the Family Guy Season 3 episode "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1", in which the Griffins start abusing the superpowers they acquired after being bathed in nuclear waste. Of all the cool powers (Peter being able to transform into anything he wants at will, Brian's super-speed, Chris' pyrokinesis, Stewie's telepathic abilities, and Lois' super strength), it is, of course, the show's Butt-Monkey, Meg, who can only grow her fingernails barely an inch in length in a similar fashion, with the only collateral she can do amounting to lightly scratching the skin of some person who dissed her worth.
  • Gatlocke from Generator Rex.
  • In one episode of The Legend of Korra, Lin Beifong uses metalbending to fashion herself a pair of claws to better fight the Equalists' Mini-Mecha.
  • Megabyte of ReBoot. Oddly enough, Megabyte was shown to have both extensible claws in his fingertips and three blades extending from his knuckles. Whether this is just an inconsistency is unknown, but when Megabyte was upgraded into a Trojan Horse Virus his claws were particularly gnarly. Hexadecimal also had the ability to extend her fingernails into long claws.
  • In Rick and Morty, Scary Terry is a Serial Killer whose weapons of choice are gloves with miniature swords on the fingertips — because he is, as Rick put it, "a legally-safe knockoff of an '80s horror icon."
  • Samurai Jack: The aliens Jack fights in the second episode had extendable metal claws for fingers, they are quickly relieved of them however, courtesy of Jack’s absurdly sharp sword.
  • The Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has gauntlets with two clawlike blades on the back of the hand that he uses as weapons. His suit is full of blades and quite dangerous-looking, leading to comparisons to a can opener by Michaelangelo when they face him in The Movie. Oddly enough, it's only that one pair of claws that are ever used as a weapon. The rest of his suit is apparently decorative. As of the 2012 series, he also has a pair of retractable sword blades in his gauntlets. He later mutates himself into Super Shredder after being beaten into critical condition by Splinter and gains a pair of long metal blades that jut from the back of his hands that can be fired off as projectiles and quickly regrown.

    Real Life 
  • Some examples of "tekagi-shuko" claws used by feudal ninja do resemble this, being worn on the back of the hand with extended claws. They were principally a climbing tool but could also be and likely were used as a weapon in a pinch. The better known nekode design, with short spikes worn on the inside of the palm, appears to have been more common.
  • The arthroleptid frogs puncture their skin with their own toe bones to create defensive claws. Some other frogs are now known to have something similar. In their case it's a spur that comes out of a (pseudo)thumb they use for stabbing rivals.
  • Fantasy collectibles along these lines are called "hand claws."
  • Therizinosaurids had long friggin' claws on their hands. It's likely they used them to pull down tall branches, but it could be used for defensive purposes. The largest therizinosaurid, Therizinosaurus had claws that could become up to 3.3 feet long (1 m).
  • Functionally, the retractable claws of cats and deinonychosaurs are essentially these.
  • This DIY project needs to be seen to be believed.
  • There are several species of newt that can puncture their sides with their own ribs when seriously threatened. Often, this punctures poison glands as well, injecting venom into the mouth and/or bloodstream of whatever predator is trying to devour them.
  • One model of toy robot hand — for pop-culture relevance, it's the prop that first defined Mechakara — has a little clip-on unit that attaches to the back of the hand and extends four small claws when the middle finger is closed. Of course, being made of cheap plastic, the combat utility of said claws would be approximately nil.
  • Semi-averted with actual wolverines, whose claws are semi-retractable.


 
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