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10 Awesome Acts of Archery Across the Ages

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Support our efforts to make videos about what we want: https://www.patreon.com/toptenz/overview By now we’re going to guess that approximately all of you have seen this video of Lars Anderson kicking more ass with a bow and arrow than all of Legolas’ scenes in the extended edition of the Lord of the Rings combined. While many have been quick to point out that Anderson’s abilities and claims in that video are hyperbolic, it’s still rekindled an interest in archery. So we decided to compile a list of some of the most awesome (verifiable) acts of arrow-based badassery from history. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: Top 10 Failed Assassinations That Would Have Changed History https://youtu.be/LLM_zjR1FPY?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKajPA6HFawry8Y3my_VX5Q Top 10 Most Important ASSASSINATIONS In HISTORY https://youtu.be/O_4_GJfQqFM?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKajPA6HFawry8Y3my_VX5Q Text version: https://www.toptenz.net/10-awesome-acts-of-archery-across-the-ages.php Coming up: 10. Mongol Bowman Could Hit Targets Better Than Modern Riflemen 9. English Longbowmen Had Buff Skeletons 8. King Amenhotep II and the Brass Plates 7. Nasu no Yoichi and His Fan Shot 6. Demosthenes’ Archers Made Spartans Surrender 5. Lu Bu Stopped a Fight With One Arrow 4. Minamoto no Tametomo Once Sunk a Ship With a Single Arrow by Accident 3. Yue Fei Could Hit Nine Bullseyes in a Row 2. Finn, the Man Who Hit Another Archer’s Bow 1. Jebe, the Archer Who Shot Genghis Khan’s Favorite Horse Source/Further reading: http://www.yurt-ger-yourte.com/yurt/archery.php http://www.yeoldearcheryshoppe.com/drawlength.php http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/amenhotep2.htm https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=qtjiNeRJXmsC&pg=PA113&lpg=PA113&dq=Nasu+no+Yoichi+fan+shot&source=bl&ots=5cVpXCPiQl&sig=qpOrlg02FtoR0tXGuomXdvXPGjM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1qLLVNOXLISC7Qayt4HwBA&ved=0CD0Q6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=Nasu%20no%20Yoichi%20fan%20shot&f=false http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1008&context=classicsfacpub http://kongming.net/novel/sgz/lubu.php https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=u2DKesPhsxgC&pg=PA14&lpg=PA14&dq=Minamoto+no+Tametomo+arrow&source=bl&ots=MnIixBTJ3L&sig=L4kYcH6Ny4WG3S6W6cJeppsxvxY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XLHLVP2HKoXn7garqYCwCQ&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Minamoto%20no%20Tametomo%20arrow&f=false http://www.badassoftheweek.com/yuefei.html https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=0BYlgn6LURMC&pg=PA84&lpg=PA84&dq=Einar+Thambarskelfir+kings+bow&source=bl&ots=JkRIoxL8fx&sig=Z6jaGvW3Tw3pUgqt8YVlZnbpl74&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wbbLVLyNHuvW7Qbpp4GgCg&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=Einar%20Thambarskelfir%20kings%20bow&f=false https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Yclu5Rw-3WUC&pg=PA51&lpg=PA51&dq=jebe+genghis+khan+neck+arrow&source=bl&ots=tNdIBGy9sJ&sig=MB-1XYrkO0TcJFVA7f_3NQ-wPN8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PAXRVLK6G4fl7AbD14HoDQ&ved=0CDkQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=jebe%20genghis%20khan%20neck%20arrow&f=false https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEG-ly9tQGk https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mongol_warrior_of_Genghis_Khan.jpg https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2014/03/27/13/52/archer-299498_960_720.jpg https://ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Battle_of_crecy_froissart.jpg https://i.ytimg.com/vi/So3ikECKzxk/maxresdefault.jpg https://ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Longbowvertical-tag.svg https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8c/be/6e/8cbe6eb068e723f99811fe9d80f10e79.jpg https://ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Longbowmen.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Head_of_Pharaoh_Amenhotep_II_from_a_Sphinx_Statue_-_18th_Dynasty_-_%C3%84S_500.jpg https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/mummy/images/0/01/Tmummypic05.png/revision/latest?cb=20160408091011 https://www.flickr.com/photos/manna4u/32134515936 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NasunoYoichi.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Genpei_kassen.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Enrosai_Shigemitsu_-_Nasu_no_Yoichi.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dragon_Con_2013_Parade_-_300_-_Spartans_(9678103283).jpg
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JadedPandaGirl (5 days ago)
Oof, you were doing great till you started talking about the Spartans Simon. 90% of the praise you heaped upon them was Spartan propaganda that has persisted through the ages. Please do more thorough research -- in fact, do a video about the top 10 nonsense people believe about Sparta that we now know is utter hogwash!
P Fierce A.B.P Music (7 days ago)
Bawb Omb (9 days ago)
big poppa bu
noejacklou (10 days ago)
I wonder why princess Merida wasn't mentioned? was it because she's a girl?
Tim Travasos (11 days ago)
Lots of superhuman Asians.
Kiwiboii Supertramp (11 days ago)
How many channels does this guy have?!?!?😨
gaurav chattopadyay (11 days ago)
Yuuuup I m also amused
Mr. Macedon (12 days ago)
Matthew O'Connell (12 days ago)
Jack Churchill?
David Ekstrom (13 days ago)
I beg to differ on that US Marine trooper "comment"
DaemonLlama (13 days ago)
I'm an archer and i have serious doubts of the validity of #1. Modern compound bows would struggle to hit a target at 500 metres or half a kilometre with any accuracy. Korean archers shoot to 145 metres, which I believe would be about the longest distance anyone would regularly practice hitting a target. Although I believe for the longest distance shot in battle that title would go to the middle eastern archers who would fire a bow laying on their backs using their feet to hold the bow and both hands to draw. I doubt this form would provide any form of accuracy and was merely an ancient form of carpet bombing.
JPLX Labelle (14 days ago)
Are you related to ChocoTaco?
Ted Logan (15 days ago)
The longbow paired with the technologically revolutionary bodkin arrowhead was a perfect combination of 2 techs that made the English longbow the armor piercing weapon of the time.
Icarian (13 days ago)
Longbow didn't go through plate armor. If it did, England would've conquered all France in the 100 year war. In the Battle of Agincourt were the English used all their arrows, most French men at arms were capture and then executed, not killed in battle.
Frank Kovacs (17 days ago)
M16 is accurate to center-mass at 800 yards. I have personally hit ten out of ten shots in the center ring at 500 yards.
Michael Chidester (14 days ago)
Yeah this dude has 0 idea what he's talking about. Also pretty sure most the hunting bows today have the same draw force lol
SlowHandMcQueeg (29 days ago)
Not commonly known, but Athens and Sparta had a thing, Athens won. The Spartans never forgave them for beating them.
John Law (1 month ago)
The Marine has air support and artillery. Slow it down Simon.
maldclxvi (1 month ago)
Dude... Part of qualifying in the USMC is the the ability to routinely hit targets at 500 meters. I'm sure the Mongolian archers were great but being five hundred meters my money is on a Marine 0311
PrimalPeace (30 days ago)
Stationary targets, sure they may not have a large amount of time, but it would be seconds as far as I am aware. When you have to shoot a moving person in an environment without clear sites and unpredictable weather- that is different.
Verry witty episode :-D
Nick Gurr (1 month ago)
Mongol archer pose more threat than soldier with m4. I guess when it comes to flat out lies, go big or go home huh?
jeremy stewert (1 month ago)
I'm not seeing Rambo.
Africanjew (1 month ago)
Dude there's no way a Mongol is a better shot then a U.S. marine. Give me a break!
Navraj Gill (1 month ago)
See the thing is.. even if they have a similar kill range, bows don't have a "full auto" or reloading
Daniel Mitchell (14 days ago)
because the democrats banned full auto and self loading bows because the 2nd amendment only applies to firearms.
MegaLazygamer (1 month ago)
Too many of these are false to actually point out.
Daniel rogers (1 month ago)
Its lu Bu we must flee
Comedy Fox (1 month ago)
Your data on your number 10 is inaccurate the maximum effective range of an M16 is over 800m and United States Marines shoot at 500 m with extreme precision. Do not confuse us with the army.
Norman Fleming (1 month ago)
This was a very enjoyable video. I really love how badass archers can be. So many people today dismiss anything 'old'.
sarangahe (1 month ago)
Umm didnt you forget to tell that it was that all the cover on the island burnt up after a Spartan accidental burnt it all up and that was the reason the Archer was effective before that they wad just taking up space
Keith Wortelhock (1 month ago)
Very interesting, but arrows are never fired, they are always shot. 'Firing' things never happened before gunpowder got involved.
paul byrne (1 month ago)
Eamom ho tep??
paul1x1 (1 month ago)
Seriously try a new compound bow I'd much rather have any decent long gun
INERT (1 month ago)
Amonhotep was a "great listener"? Who wrote that clay tablet? Or was that the text from his e-harmony profile?
chupik1965 (1 month ago)
500 meters archery ....  go kill yourself, morons,>>>>I am not even sure Mongols ever existed in real history, not the one so-called modern BS historian ................
Cornvelious Daniel (1 month ago)
Yue Fei taught eagle claw to his troops and xing yi to his officers so the officers would always have an advantage if challenged by one of their men, which was quite common then. still talked about in the hsing i community. the man would have taken the gauntlet right out of Thanos' hand and gone for the heart and the head at once
Jonathan Allen (1 month ago)
I really doubt a Mongol could take on Marines with rifles. Arrows at a distance can be dodged, blocked, swatted and caught
lexzbuddy (1 month ago)
callum boniface (2 months ago)
Lack of Jack Churchill irks me
Cartoon Raccoon (2 months ago)
Having a bow "so strong only he..." is pretty common among mythical heroes. As is being born on/near the solstice, during an eclipse, from a virgin, and other such rubbish.
Phantom Thief (2 months ago)
So you're just going to forget about Arjuna? Who is probably the most badass Archer in the history ever. Hawkeye was literally a Rip-off of him. He's even named after one of the most popular incident by Arjuna.
TheAwillz (2 months ago)
The longbow was Welsh not English 🤦‍♂️
Keith Chamberlain (1 month ago)
Considering that two longbows were found in Somerset and dated to 2.500 years old, that "welsh" claim is debatable....
Kenneth Besig (2 months ago)
I saw a video of guy who loaded and shot a long bow, it was like a dance, with the archer working his whole body to shoot the arrrow, very cool!
Mike (2 months ago)
#4 got me rolling😂...
Blehkelekwet (2 months ago)
Not a word abour Rocket Robin Hood ?
Michael Valdez (2 months ago)
Well the Spartans surrendered because the Athenians had Spartan war prisoners and threaten to kill them if they didn't surrender
galolito (2 months ago)
Prithviraj Chauhan
json Qog (2 months ago)
Soo funny
Mathias B. (2 months ago)
these jokes sound like they where made by Karl Smallwood … read the article … written by Karl Smallwood :P
BP 23 (2 months ago)
Ollie Brown (2 months ago)
you nock an arrow, you don't notch an arrow....
Bitcoin Ninja (2 months ago)
So many terrible youtube videos out there! I have yet to be disappointed in any of your videos Simon. Keep up the hard work and teaching me new stuff that's factual, I love it!
Blacksands (2 months ago)
"Knockoff iPhone screens"... this had me laughing because even ORIGINAL iPhone screens would still cave under a bowman's assault. The iphone is neither arrowproof, bendproof, nor is it bulletproof.
Gene Rodgers (2 months ago)
Everybody has seen the video of Lars Anderson? I didn't. I wish he included more of that video.
DukeGaGa (2 months ago)
There are quite a few more Chinese stories about archery I think should be on the list as well, for example Li Guang, who is a famous general, once went hunting and saw a tiger hiding in the grass, he took a shot at it, when he went to check, to his surprise it was just a tiger looking rock, and his arrow has gone so deep into the rock he can only see the tip of the feathers.
Evernewb (2 months ago)
any archery myth claiming reliable accuracy beyond a certain degree (the actual measure will change with the bow and arrow in question) is either hyperbolised or just straight up false: arrows bend when fired and don't stop rebending from it until after they hit something and have more than just air to dump the excess energy into (this actually helps keep the flightpath straighter, quite accidentally but still) so the arrowhead will hit anywhere within a relatively large area even on a dead perfect shot. those longbows for instance would have had the arrowhead wobbling by about half the width of this comment while a modern carbon-fiber target shooting arrow would be closer to the width of the comment button. note: that doesn't mean impossibly accurate *single* shots are automatically false, just claims about someone being able to do it reliably...oh, and any splitting-the-arrow feat is just plain not gonna work: the grain in the shaft will lead something cutting it out the side and the incoming arrow would work it'self off aim on the way in even if it hit dead on, heck, just from the wobble alone this doesn't even work with hollow shafts and a round tip the width of the shaft...reallllllly easy for those claims to have actually happened and just been misinterpreted later as the split going all the way down though, especially if the target is the thing doing the splitting since it just has to hit anywhere within that wobble radius.
Dalograth (2 months ago)
how about top 10 Eriks greatest hits :P
WillJM81280 (2 months ago)
And fifth, for single long-distance shots, we use sniper rifles. That would be a more accurate comparison. And given there have been multiple confirmed kills from 800 meters and up, the records consisting of over a mile, you’re wrong in yet another way.
WillJM81280 (2 months ago)
@TopTenz Well where to start with your idiocy... First-off the US military currently uses the M4 because modern warfare is much more urban and close-quarter based. Comparing a weapon designed for that to archery which was used in an era where open-field battle was the norm is so ridiculous a child would know better. Second before that we used the M-16 prior which had a longer effective distance than the arrow in general. Third, rifles have two predominant distance guages for max effectiveness, area and point target effectiveness, which one are you (poorly) trying to compare? Fourth, the Army and Marines are different branches, you guys don’t even bother to inform yourselves of that.
Christopher Floyd (2 months ago)
Nice video, but you do not "fire" a bow, there is no combustion involved.
cloud strife (2 months ago)
Lars is better Because legolas uses a 190 pound bow.. err. Yeah.
Joseph Izzo (2 months ago)
If memory serves correctly, Douglas Fairbanks, the actor who played Robin Hood in the ‘20’s, was a remarkable archer. His prowess was responsible for the rest Robin Hood because he could shoot an arrow into an arrow already in the bullseye
Milkakuhist (2 months ago)
Turned the Video off when you said Mongols could fire accurately on 500 meters. Stop spreading lies thanks.
Ajay Rs (1 month ago)
why its true?
Arnold Thomsen (2 months ago)
Djengiz was a real Alpha, no napoleon syndrom in sight.
Alex Kirrmann (2 months ago)
There is no possible way in hell a arrow can go 500m. Complete lie.
Jerry Hampton (2 months ago)
funny how he says Lars Anderson is hyperbolic then goes on to say that mongols were more accurate than modern rifles. He totally overlooks the fact that their talking about into a massed formation of men. Not indevidyal targets like a rifle would be firing at.
jamierodg1 (3 months ago)
10 awesome acts of story telling.
jamierodg1 (3 months ago)
for a real act, try Agincourt. Archers en masse is how you won a battle.
nothing moore (3 months ago)
Considering the size of his balls....hahaha
J Wolf (3 months ago)
most every man probably many woman that ever lived, up until recent centuries mastered the bow and made ridiculous shots. to the extent that written history could never capture a slight percentage of it. what really happened was this.. billions of pupil shots were made, over the eons..
MurderCat197 (3 months ago)
I was number 222 to dislike.
Leon Foster (3 months ago)
How did "Mad Jack" Churchill not make this list. He was the Baron of bows and the ace of arrows!
Levan O (3 months ago)
David Sandelin (3 months ago)
Wow! Amazing archers! 😯
Tony Marselle (3 months ago)
The last one is a true badass
Penelope Hunt (3 months ago)
Why aren't the Welsh mentioned ? I've watched a few of this man's shows and he's always glaringly inaccurate
Darrin Noble (3 months ago)
"He stood up, which had to be nearly impossible due to the size of his balls." hahahahahah
Stig Pedersen (3 months ago)
With all this mythology it would have been nice with just one account from legends where archery really had a high status; nothing about Arjuna, Bhima, Drona, Parasuram, Karna?
Tony Gedalovitch (3 months ago)
Total gibberish really, just take the longbow, they were used to fire arrows on a ballistic trajectory so all the energy at impact came from gravity so it rally doesn't matter how powerful the bow was as long as it can put an arrow 250-300 yards downrange they're going to hit with the same kind of force.
Justin Read (3 months ago)
Lmao I'll take on a bowman at 500m anyday of the week. For the record that 500yards is a flat shot, the killing range is much much further. Firing at a 45 deg angle it's more like a mile plus.
Frank Nowakowski (3 months ago)
500 yds with a bow! With accuracy! Very hard to believe.
not BANGERTV (3 months ago)
Mage > Range
Nanny Swannell (3 months ago)
I find it hard to believe because 2/3 of them are Asian folk stories which are usually over exaggerated I mean a man the size of a fridge accident sunk a boat with one arrow 🤔
zach craig (3 months ago)
Awesome vid, could you guys make one on swordsmen?
404Dannyboy (3 months ago)
Long bows couldn't puncture plate. Mongols couldn't hit targets at 500 meters. Admitted Amenhotep isn't believable. Stopped watching there. Video is bs.
Lars Ailo Gaup (3 months ago)
Being a Sámi, or "Finn" as many people call us, I am curious as to where the makers of this video found the information on "Finn the archer?" I am something of a history geek and so far I have never heard about this particular episode. At one point, the Sámis were taxed by 3 diffrent governments (App. 1630 and onwards for quite some time) The Norwegians/Danes, the Swedes and the Russians. Needless to say, many herders and trappers/hunters spent most of their time satisfying the tax-collectors under threats of violence and death to both themselves and their families. However, un-penetrated beaver pelts were of high value. 1 one these could count as 10 normal beaverpelts. The trick was to shoot the beaver in the eye! Now... I don't know much about beavers as they are extinct in this region (Probably due to the centuries-long taxation) but it sounds like an extremly hard shot.... Maybe an archer can answer me on this? Did any of you guys went beaverhunting with a bow and arrow? Canadians...? Russians...? Regards, Áilo, the Finn. :-)
Don jon (3 months ago)
You left out Saʿd ibn Abī Waqqās (RA)
Daddy Sher (3 months ago)
These are nothing for me I've watched Mahabharat 10 times ....
Sean Foltz (3 months ago)
Just as a note on the Spartans surrendering to the archers - this was towards the end of the dominance of the Spartans when the quality of their troops was declining due to a variety of factors and they had already lost several battles which didn't involve odds of 300 versus 1 million. In other words, they weren't the elites which we think of when we think about Spartans today.
edgeuvchaos (3 months ago)
Really, Mongols are more deadly than a Marine at 400 yards? There are 3 different classes of shooters in the Marines with Expert being the best, Sharpshooter next, and Marksman being the minimum to even become a Marine. It makes me laugh when people like you say things like this when they have no idea what they are talking about. Not trying to be rude or mean but you have misrepresented the Marines and our capabilities. At 400 yards you can see the arrow coming and can step to the side where as a Marine that is an Expert will drop you before your brain even hears the shot. I guess saying this makes your video get more hits even though it is not true. Sorry to burst your bubble.
HolyMaryFullOfShit (3 months ago)
no longbow can pierce plate armour. no matter the draweight. rather bowmen were dangerous cause they could kill horses and lesser armoured soldiers pretty easily. but the volley of arrows is said to have been able to knock people over and to the ground by sheer weight and impact. wich could pose a serious problem for heavily armed soldiers.
Alexander Hawk (3 months ago)
You lost all your credibility when you stated that Russian language has few words, so its hard to express ideas. You draw from urban legends and wives tales as your sources.
C Oliver (3 months ago)
500 meters? I really don't think a Mongolian with a bow is more accurate or deadly than a person with a rifle, utter rubbish.
Erhan Tarhan (3 months ago)
What about Turkis archer shoot over 800 meters distance shooting still no one brake that recodd
food jam (3 months ago)
Sudo science
Original American (3 months ago)
..........I'm still trying to comprehend the fact a guy sunk a warship with a blunt arrow.
Robinsinpost (3 months ago)
We all know that Robin Hood and Wilhelm Tell are histories best archers.
Chill (3 months ago)
lol but guns fire more and faster. It's clearly more dangerous than bow and arrow.
Namenloser Held (3 months ago)
Fantasy shoots 😁 medivle propaganda. Almost impossible to hit a tennis ball from 200 meters. Arrows aren't reliable after 100 meter.
yeme (3 months ago)
Really disappointing that you included a bunch of stuff that was clearly made up like sinking a ship with one arrow and didn't mention the Battle of Crecy, a real and well documented historical event that was both an incredible feat of archery and had deep and lasting effects on wider society, not just the conflict it occurred in. The archery aspect, by concentrating the fire power of massed longbows a small force of a few thousand tired and hungry men on foreign soil defeated an army at least three times larger belonging to the foremost martial kingdom of the Western world at the time in what turned out to be an almost entirely one-sided encounter with a few hundred causalities on one side and many, many thousands on the other including perhaps a third of their higher aristocracy. Its importance, was the first major battle between two large powers to be decisively resolved by projectile weaponry rather than hand to hand fighting, so in that sense was the beginning of modern warfare. It also demonstrated for the first time in feudal Europe that armoured, mounted knights could be easily defeated by commoners wielding bows, which turned upside down the prevailing idea of society divided in to the three estates of the priesthood, the aristocracy and the commoners in which the aristocracy were "those who fought" and represented an unstoppable martial presence on the battlefield who maintained order and protected the realm. It did as much as the indiscriminate nature of the Great Plague which followed a few years later to erode the feudal structure of society as everyone now realised that commoners, previously "those who worked", had in one afternoon become "those who fought" and removed the justification for the privileges of the landed class.
Nathan Thompson (3 months ago)
How about Odysseus? How shot an arrow through the heads of 12 axes with a bow no other man could weild. Now haters will say its fiction...
rebel son (3 months ago)
obvious the maker of this vid don't know marines and their rifles.
rebel son (3 months ago)
not a 'gun' but a 'weapon'.a GUN is a artillery piece.
Excellent content! Thanks for sharing!!
shortnanehdooz (3 months ago)
Correct me if I'm wrong but from what I hear Spartans badassery was more of a propaganda rather than truth. If any Greek army deserved praise for the skill of their army it'd be Argo's.

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