Posted by Matt Juul @MattJuul
Digital Arts and Entertainment Writer at Boston Magazine
Matt Juul

When DC Comics announced it would be making a Wonder Woman movie, fans were a bit worried by how the Amazon's iconic Lasso of Truth would translate to the big screen.

Since her most famous weapon is a shiny rope that turns enemies into Jim Carrey's character from Liar Liar, not many people were confident that the lasso would come across as believable or bad ass in fight scenes. Thankfully, the first Wonder Woman trailer put those concerns to rest as the super heroine proved that her favorite fighting tool is a legit piece of her arsenal.

Although magic lassos are a thing of fantasy, history has shown that a simple rope can be a highly effective weapon on the battlefield, which is why we should've never questioned Diana Prince's choice of arms. Here are a few examples from the past of fearsome warriors using lassos to their advantage.

Ancient Rome

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While the Egyptians are widely considered one of the first cultures to implement the lasso, they mostly used it as a tool to wrangle animals. When the Romans eventually got their hands on it, they used the rope in a similar manner to battle wild beasts inside the Colosseum until it morphed into a weapon of war against people.

Laquerarii were gladiators skilled in the art of lasso fighting who would use their laqueus (meaning snare or noose) to trap their opponents before stabbing them with a dagger or sword. These warriors were often faster and more mobile, wearing less armor than their bulky foes so they could freely move and attack. Now it makes a lot more sense that Wonder Woman doesn't wear armor head to toe.

The Laquerarii were likely created to add another exciting fighting style into the arena, providing new challenges to other gladiators such as the Retiarii (net fighters) or Secutores (chasers).


While the legendary mongols preferred to use bow and arrows, they also employed the use of lassos from time to time, along with daggers, maces, lances, and swords.

Light calvary soldiers were usually the ones who were equipped with lassos made of horsehair, in addition to javelins and axes.

The Mongols were pretty ruthless warriors so it's no surprise that they used all sorts of weapons at their disposal.

Ancient Persia

The history books are filled with mentions of Persian warriors and members of ancient Iranian tribes using the lasso in battle.

The Greek "History of Herodotus" talks about the tribe known as Sagartians, a who would, "throw the ropes with nooses at the end of them, and whatsoever the man catches by the throw, whether horse or man, he draws to himself, and they being entangled in toils are thus destroyed."

The Sassanid, an Iranian Empire that lasted between 224 to 651, used the kamand (lasso) in their battles with the Romans, along with other weapons including maces, axes, and swords.

Rostam, the legendary hero of Iranian mythology, can also be seen using a lasso in a depiction of his battle against the Khaqan of China.

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Native Americans

Before cowboys were lassoing cattle on ranches, Native Americans were employing the tool.

They often used the lasso in their battles with Spanish conquistadors, who ended up making the Native Americans' tactics even deadlier when they introduced the art of horseback riding to the New World. This eventually led to the domestication of the weapon into a tool for herders and rodeos.

Since ropes are common in cultures around the world, it's not a surprise that pretty much every group of people has created some version of a lasso. However, Wonder Woman's is clearly the coolest.