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9th Sep '16 10:10:16 AM iowaforever
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**''VideoGame/TotalWarWarhammer'' includes the ram when besieging, but it becomes redundant for some races who have access to monstrous creatures (such as giants, Dragon Ogres, or Varghulfs) who are more durable than a wooden ram and can smash a gate apart just as easily.
2nd Apr '16 10:23:35 AM ANTMuddle
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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes:'' In "Red Riding Hoodwinked," the unnamed cat that accompanies Sylvester uses a log this way to bust down one of the doors to Grandma's House. But then he greets Sylvester's response: a boulder slingshot.
31st Mar '16 11:35:09 PM TSBasilisk
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A common element in [[SiegeEngines sieges]] is people carrying a large blunt object, like a cut down tree, and ramming it against the gate of a castle in order to break it down.

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A common element in [[SiegeEngines sieges]] is people carrying the use of a large blunt object, like a cut object to batter down tree, the fortification's gate. The type of object varies depending on the attacker, from tree trunks barely cleared of branches to metal-capped beams carried and ramming it against the gate of swung on a castle in order wheeled carriage. Some can even be fully covered by a protective shield to break it down.
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30th Dec '15 5:27:12 AM Chabal2
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* ''{{Discworld/Pyramids}}'' has Alfonse, an pirate covered in highly explicit tattoos who appears to have found employment as a battering ram in the past. He also turns into a shamefaced wreck when the woman in charge of the palace handmaidens' education uses him as a living diagram, his fingers stuck in his ears as hard as he can.
3rd Dec '15 12:38:41 PM StFan
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* There is a ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card called Battering Ram that destroys walls that block it. It's a relatively weak artifact creature in and of itself, but can team up with another attacking creature so that anything that blocks the one also ''has'' to fight the other.
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* It's used rather frequently in ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'', often parodied too.
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* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', the hero and his man are seen ramming in the gate to York. This gets an added IncendiaryExponent - if the door doesn't fall down it can ''burn'' down.

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* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', the hero and his man are seen ramming in the gate to York. This gets an added IncendiaryExponent - -- if the door doesn't fall down it can ''burn'' down.



* Some policemen attempt to use one to break into an apartment in ''TheManWithTwoBrains''.
* In ''{{Hairspray}}'', at one point they use a hairspray battering ram

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* Some policemen attempt to use one to break into an apartment in ''TheManWithTwoBrains''.
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* In ''{{Hairspray}}'', ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', at one point they use a hairspray battering ram



* In ''[[Film/LordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]'', the Uruk-hai use a battering ram against Helm's Deep's gates.
** Likewise the orc army in ''Return of the King'' (see Literature, below). Their standard battering ram has absolutely no effect on Minas Tirith's gate, so they bring up Grond.

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* ''Film/LordOfTheRings'':
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In ''[[Film/LordOfTheRings The ''The Two Towers]]'', Towers'', the Uruk-hai use a battering ram against Helm's Deep's gates.
** Likewise Likewise, the orc army in ''Return of the King'' (see Literature, below). Their standard battering ram has absolutely no effect on Minas Tirith's gate, so they bring up Grond.



* A highly modern one was used in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' to breach Fury's [[CoolCar SUV, because the thing's armored like a tank.]]

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* A highly modern one was is used in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' to breach Fury's [[CoolCar SUV, because the thing's armored like a tank.]]




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* In the ''MastersOfRome'' series of novels, [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Caesar]] is fond of using "battering ram" as an UnusualEuphemism for his... you know what.

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* In the ''MastersOfRome'' ''Literature/MastersOfRome'' series of novels, [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Caesar]] is fond of using "battering ram" as an UnusualEuphemism for his... you know what.




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* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' crew once needed a battering ram to get through a series of doors. "All we need is something, say, I dunno, six foot long, fairly sturdy, with a flat top." [[WhyAreYouLookingAtMeLikeThat Everyone looks at Kryten]]. "Fifty-three doors!? You can't be serious!" Fifty-three doors later...
-->'''Lister:''' Kryten, are you okay?
-->'''Kryten:''' I'm fine, thank you Susan!

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* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' crew once needed needs a battering ram to get through a series of doors. "All we need is something, say, I dunno, six foot long, fairly sturdy, with a flat top." [[WhyAreYouLookingAtMeLikeThat Everyone looks at Kryten]]. "Fifty-three doors!? You can't be serious!" Fifty-three doors later...
-->'''Lister:''' Kryten, are you okay?
-->'''Kryten:'''
okay?\\
'''Kryten:'''
I'm fine, thank you Susan!




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* It's used rather frequently in ''HagarTheHorrible'', often parodied too.

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* There is a ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card called Battering Ram that destroys walls that block it. It's a relatively weak artifact creature in and of itself, but can team up with another attacking creature so that anything that blocks the one also ''has'' to fight the other.

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* There is a ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card called Battering Ram that destroys walls that block it. It's a relatively weak artifact creature in and of itself, but can team up with another attacking creature so that anything that blocks the one also ''has'' to fight the other.

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* In the first ''AgeOfWonders'' rams are the most basic way to get past enemy walls. Even small villages can build them. However, their slowness makes them difficult to use.
* In the early ages of ''EmpireEarth'', the very first siege weapon available is the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Samson]], an infantry unit carrying a huge log he repeatedly bashes against whatever building he's pointed at. Due to TacticalRockPaperScissors, he's unable to attack anything but buildings. Later eras have wheeled battering rams that can still only attack buildings.

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* In the first ''AgeOfWonders'' ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders'' rams are the most basic way to get past enemy walls. Even small villages can build them. However, their slowness makes them difficult to use.
* In the early ages of ''EmpireEarth'', ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth'', the very first siege weapon available is the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Samson]], an infantry unit carrying a huge log he repeatedly bashes against whatever building he's pointed at. Due to TacticalRockPaperScissors, he's unable to attack anything but buildings. Later eras have wheeled battering rams that can still only attack buildings.



* Similarly in ''{{VideoGame/Stronghold}}'', engineers build rams on the field and must man them to be usable.

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* Similarly in ''{{VideoGame/Stronghold}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Stronghold}}'', engineers build rams on the field and must man them to be usable.



* Attila and the Huns have this as a unique Ancient Era unit in [[{{Civilization}} Civilization V]], where it is extremely effective in the Ancient Era, capable of taking down any city in two hits or less.

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* Attila and the Huns have this as a unique Ancient Era unit in [[{{Civilization}} Civilization V]], ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'', where it is extremely effective in the Ancient Era, capable of taking down any city in two hits or less.




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-->''General Zog: "At least it ain't vun ov de vuns vot breathe fire. Dose vuns wos alvays hexplodeink ven dey hit."''

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* One time when [[TheSimpsons Maggie Simpson]] was locked inside the bathroom all by herself, Bart used Homer's head as a battering ram to try to open the door.

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-->''General Zog: "At -->'''General Zog:''' At least it ain't vun ov de vuns vot breathe fire. Dose vuns wos alvays hexplodeink ven dey hit."''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': One time when [[TheSimpsons Maggie Simpson]] Simpson was locked inside the bathroom all by herself, Bart used Homer's head as a battering ram to try to open the door.




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1st Nov '15 2:33:03 AM morane
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* Very much TruthInTelevision. Police forces and fire brigades use battering rams even today to access locked doors.
* Luftwaffe named a heavily armoured and armed version of Focke-Wulf 190A-8 as ''Sturmbock'' ("battering ram"). Why? Because it was [[DeadpanSnarker intended to bring down the Flying Fortress]]!
21st Aug '15 3:20:13 PM Chabal2
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* In the early ages of ''EmpireEarth'', the very first siege weapon available is the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Samson]], an infantry unit carrying a huge log he repeatedly bashes against whatever building he's pointed at. Due to TacticalRockPaperScissors, he's unable to attack anything but buildings.

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* In the early ages of ''EmpireEarth'', the very first siege weapon available is the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Samson]], an infantry unit carrying a huge log he repeatedly bashes against whatever building he's pointed at. Due to TacticalRockPaperScissors, he's unable to attack anything but buildings. Later eras have wheeled battering rams that can still only attack buildings.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' has the Steam Tank / Siege Engine, which (despite being a steam-powered tank) is functionally a battering ram, as it has very short range and can only target buildings. In the expansion, it gains a MacrosMissileMassacre attack against air units.
17th Aug '15 6:16:37 AM Willbyr
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16th Aug '15 7:54:25 PM Willbyr
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* There is a ''MagicTheGathering'' card called Battering Ram that destroys walls that block it. It's a relatively weak artifact creature in and of itself, but can team up with another attacking creature so that anything that blocks the one also ''has'' to fight the other.




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* There is a ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card called Battering Ram that destroys walls that block it. It's a relatively weak artifact creature in and of itself, but can team up with another attacking creature so that anything that blocks the one also ''has'' to fight the other.
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