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1st Jun '17 3:59:07 PM Az_Tech341
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5th Mar '17 9:43:52 PM AthenaBlue
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* Yeah, the Wachowskis really like this trope. In ''Film/CloudAtlas'', a hitman played by Hugo Weaving gets a giant wrench to the back of the head courtesy of a tiny Hispanic woman played by (who else) Korean actor Doona Bae.

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* Yeah, the Wachowskis really like this trope. In ''Film/CloudAtlas'', a hitman played by Hugo Weaving gets a giant wrench to the back of the head courtesy of a tiny Hispanic woman played by (who else) Korean actor actress Doona Bae.



* Used a couple of times in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
** In "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E20CourtMartial Court Martial]]", Finney uses a (20th-century) wrench in a fight with Kirk, but doesn't get a good blow in.
** In "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]", Kirk surprises Khan with a whack from a (23rd-century) Space Wrench. Take ''that'', superhuman!
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Eleventh Doctor attacks a Dalek with a large wrench, trying to provoke it into dropping the "helpful automaton" act in front of the supporting cast.



* On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', a stressed Eli gives George O’Neill a wrench whack right in the windpipe, if that didn't kill him the repeated strikes to the head afterwards did.



* On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', a stressed Eli gives George O’Neill a wrench whack right in the windpipe, if that didn't kill him the repeated strikes to the head afterwards did.
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Mal knocks out [[spoiler:Jayne]] this way toward the end of "Ariel".
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': The first BodyOfTheWeek in "The Flying Club" is done in by a blow to the back of the head with a wrench.
* ''Series/FatherBrown'': In "The Laws of Motion", the VictimOfTheWeek is done in with a blow to the head from a lug wrench. The killers then plan to make it look like she died in a car accident.
* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': At the climax of "The Open Road", Jean grabs a wrench and clobbers the murderer who is attempting to crush Lucien beneath a car on a jack.



** In "Turn of the Screw", the killer beats the VictimOfTheWeek to death a pipe wrench he had just used to sabotage the roller coaster.

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** In "Turn of the Screw", the killer beats the VictimOfTheWeek to death with a pipe wrench he had just used to sabotage the roller coaster.coaster.
* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': At the climax of "The Open Road", Jean grabs a wrench and clobbers the murderer who is attempting to crush Lucien beneath a car on a jack.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]], the Eleventh Doctor attacks a Dalek with a large wrench, trying to provoke it into dropping the "helpful automaton" act in front of the supporting cast.
* ''Series/FatherBrown'': In "The Laws of Motion", the VictimOfTheWeek is done in with a blow to the head from a lug wrench. The killers then plan to make it look like she died in a car accident.
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Mal knocks out [[spoiler:Jayne]] this way toward the end of "Ariel".
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': The first BodyOfTheWeek in "The Flying Club" is done in by a blow to the back of the head with a wrench.
* Used a couple of times in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
** In "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E20CourtMartial Court Martial]]", Finney uses a (20th-century) wrench in a fight with Kirk, but doesn't get a good blow in.
** In "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]", Kirk surprises Khan with a whack from a (23rd-century) Space Wrench. Take ''that'', superhuman!
3rd Mar '17 7:11:37 PM Den
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* Yeah, the Wachowskis really like this trope. In ''Film/CloudAtlas'', a hitman played by Hugo Weaving gets a giant wrench to the back of the head courtesy of a tiny Hispanic woman played by (who else) Korean actor Doona Bae.
17th Jan '17 6:26:17 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': the melee weapon of the Engineer. It is used for [[PercussiveMaintenance hastening building, repairing and upgrading]] the Engineer's buildings. Other uses include hurting people - and the wrench is good at it, hitting critically often because Sentries do a lot of damage - especially removing Spies and their sappers from the Engineer's guns' vicinity. Variants include the Southern Hospitality, implemented with a sharp piece of metal and a spiked handguard, which cause the hit enemy to bleed, the Jag, which hastens building even more but doesn't hurt as much, and the Eureka Effect, which can teleport the Engineer back to spawn or his teleporter (and after the ''Meet Your Match'' Update exit, build teleporters at half cost) at the cost of half the construction speed and half metal from ammo boxes and dispensers.

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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': the melee weapon of the Engineer. It is used for [[PercussiveMaintenance hastening building, repairing and upgrading]] the Engineer's buildings. Other uses include hurting people - and the wrench is good at it, hitting critically often because Sentries do a lot of damage - especially removing Spies and their sappers from the Engineer's guns' vicinity. Variants include the Southern Hospitality, implemented with a sharp piece of metal and a spiked handguard, which cause the hit enemy to bleed, the Jag, which hastens building even more but doesn't hurt as much, and the Eureka Effect, which can teleport the Engineer back to spawn or his teleporter exit (and after the ''Meet Your Match'' Update exit, Update, build teleporters at half cost) at the cost of half the construction speed and half metal from ammo boxes and dispensers.
17th Jan '17 6:25:46 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', a particular quest implies a wrench was used to murder a NCR Engineer for his outfit. Strangely, wrenches still aren't useable as weapons.
** In Fallout 4 in particular the pipe wrench is actually a fairly effective melee weapon at low to mid levels, thanks to the weapon mod system, as it gains mods that not only boost its damage, but also increase its chances of crippling a target or deal extra damage to limbs.

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** In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', a particular quest implies a wrench was used to murder a NCR Engineer for his outfit. Strangely, wrenches still aren't useable as weapons.
weapons. You can use a [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Tire_iron_(Fallout:_New_Vegas) lug wrench]] or a [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Lead_pipe_(Fallout:_New_Vegas) piece]] of [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/The_Humble_Cudgel piping]] but you can't use an adjustable wrench.
** In Fallout 4 in particular ''Fallout 4'', the pipe wrench is actually a fairly effective melee weapon at low to mid levels, thanks to the weapon mod system, as it gains mods that not only boost its damage, but also increase its chances of crippling a target or deal extra damage to limbs.
17th Jan '17 6:19:44 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': the melee weapon of the Engineer. It is used for [[PercussiveMaintenance hastening building, repairing and upgrading]] the Engineer's buildings. Other uses include hurting people - and the wrench is good at it, hitting critically often because Sentries do a lot of damage - especially removing Spies and their sappers from the Engineer's guns' vicinity. Variants include the Southern Hospitality, implemented with a sharp piece of metal and a spiked handguard, which cause the hit enemy to bleed, the Jag, which hastens building even more but doesn't hurt as much, and the Eureka Effect, which can teleport the Engineer back to spawn or his teleporter exit at the cost of half the construction speed and half metal from ammo boxes and dispensers.

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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': the melee weapon of the Engineer. It is used for [[PercussiveMaintenance hastening building, repairing and upgrading]] the Engineer's buildings. Other uses include hurting people - and the wrench is good at it, hitting critically often because Sentries do a lot of damage - especially removing Spies and their sappers from the Engineer's guns' vicinity. Variants include the Southern Hospitality, implemented with a sharp piece of metal and a spiked handguard, which cause the hit enemy to bleed, the Jag, which hastens building even more but doesn't hurt as much, and the Eureka Effect, which can teleport the Engineer back to spawn or his teleporter exit (and after the ''Meet Your Match'' Update exit, build teleporters at half cost) at the cost of half the construction speed and half metal from ammo boxes and dispensers.



* Since ''VideoGame/{{BioShock}}'' is a {{spiritual successor}} to the ''VideoGame/SystemShock'', it would naturally feature a wrench as the first available weapon. With the right tonics and Plasmids (read: Electrobolt and Insect Swarm), the wrench goes from a weak EmergencyWeapon to the sole weapon you use.
** A wrench identical to the one in the first game shows up in ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite''. [[spoiler:[[PlayerCharacter Booker]] doesn't wield it though; Elizabeth knocks him out with it when she finds out he's actually kidnapping her, not rescuing her. Ironically Elizabeth is later beaten to death with a wrench in Burial at Sea.]]

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* Since ''VideoGame/{{BioShock}}'' is a {{spiritual successor}} to the ''VideoGame/SystemShock'', it would naturally feature a wrench as the first available weapon. With the right tonics and Plasmids (read: Electrobolt and Insect Swarm), the wrench goes from a weak EmergencyWeapon to the sole weapon you use. \n The tonics boost damage and swing speed along with other comabt bonuses while the Plasmids cause Splicers to be "unaware" and thus grant a '''big''' boost to damage.
** A wrench identical to the one in the first game shows up in ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite''. [[spoiler:[[PlayerCharacter [[PlayerCharacter Booker]] doesn't wield it though; Elizabeth [[spoiler: Elizabeth]] knocks him out with it when she [[spoiler: she]] finds out he's actually [[spoiler: kidnapping her, not rescuing her. her]]. Ironically Elizabeth [[spoiler: Elizabeth]] is later [[spoiler: beaten to death death]] with a wrench in Burial ''Burial at Sea.]]Sea''.
27th Dec '16 2:46:01 AM Dravencour
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* Winry from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', who also is a WrenchWench. Poor Ed.

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* When WrenchWench Winry from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', who also is a WrenchWench. Poor Ed.''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' gets mad, poor Ed often winds up the victim of this trope.
3rd Dec '16 6:31:01 AM StFan
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18th Nov '16 8:16:34 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': The VictimOfTheWeek in "Mea Culpa" is a hardware store owner killed by a blow to the head by a monkey wrench.

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': ''Series/{{CSI}}'':
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The VictimOfTheWeek in "Mea Culpa" is a hardware store owner killed by a blow to the head by a monkey wrench.wrench.
** In "Turn of the Screw", the killer beats the VictimOfTheWeek to death a pipe wrench he had just used to sabotage the roller coaster.
8th Nov '16 6:19:29 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx'' subverts this with JackieChan starting out by hitting the GiantMook, [[NoSell to no effect]] – then the TagalongKid passes him a bike helmet, which he whacks the guy's face with, still no effect - then the kid gives him a big wrench. One look at it and the mook caves.

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* ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx'' subverts this with JackieChan Creator/JackieChan starting out by hitting the GiantMook, [[NoSell to no effect]] – then the TagalongKid passes him a bike helmet, which he whacks the guy's face with, still no effect - then the kid gives him a big wrench. One look at it and the mook caves.
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