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Lucille, God gave me a gift. I shovel well. I shovel very well.
--The Shoveller, Mystery Men

A subtrope of Improvised Weapon, shovels, like pickaxes, are used in excavating, but again, they can be deadly weapons.

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Anime

Comic Books

Film
  • Mystery Men: and this trope is not complete without mention of The Shoveler. He hits people with shovels.
  • Blazing Saddles: Taggart gets clobbered by a shovel-wielding Bart near the beginning of the movie.
    Taggart: Wire the main office, and tell 'em I said [CLONG] OW!
    Jimmy: Tell them I said "Ow!" Gotcha.
  • All Quiet on the Western Front is set in the trenches of WWI. Kat, Paul's mentor tells him not to use a knife during trench raids since they often get stuck; in the time it takes to kick the enemy hard enough to free the knife he'd be dead. He is told to instead use a sharpened entrenching tool between neck and shoulder: faster, cleaner and safer for him.
  • In Home Alone, when the burglars finally catch Kevin, Old Man Murray saves him by beating them senseless with his snow shovel.

Literature
  • In the first episode of Garth Marenghis Darkplace, Dr. Rick Dagless, M.D. euthanizes his former friend's disembodied head after he explodes, by hitting him with a shovel. This is viewed as highly unorthodox medical practice.
  • At one point in Lisey's Story, Lisey uses a commemorative shovel of her late husband's as a weapon.

Real Life
  • Soldiers during WWI trench raids used what worked: knives and makeshift weapons over guns since they were much quieter. In particular sharpened entrenching tools could be swung with considerable force in cramped spaces. They were capable of killing instantly as opposed to the slow death of imperfect bayonet strikes.

Video Games
  • A certain polearm-class weapon in World of Warcraft is called "The Shoveler." No points for guessing its' model.
  • No More Heroes: Holly Summers uses a shovel as a weapon.
  • Team Fortress 2: the Soldier's melee weapon
  • Brütal Legend: the Grave Digger units fight with these.
  • zOMG: players can make the item "Shovel Blade" with the proper recipe, loot components, and gold.

Web Original
  • Xombie: Dirge's Weapon of Choice is not only useful against rogue zombies and robots, but also to salvage for spare parts to fix himself up.

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Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • April 8, 2010
    Jordan
    Chiri Kitsu of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei- in fact, one reading of her Punny Name is a reference to burying things.
  • April 8, 2010
    Alucard
    The Soldier in Team Fortress 2.

    The Grave Digger units in Brutal Legend fight with these.
  • April 8, 2010
    Blayde
    A certain polearm-class weapon in World Of Warcraft is called "The Shoveler." No points for guessing its' model.

    Blazing Saddles: Taggart gets clobbered by a shovel-wielding Bart near the beginning of the movie.
    Taggart: Wire the main office, and tell 'em I said [CLONG] OW!
    Jimmy: Tell them I said "Ow!" Gotcha.
  • April 8, 2010
    Treblain
    In the first episode of Garth Marenghis Darkplace, Dr. Rick Dagless, M.D. euthanizes his former friend's disembodied head after he explodes, by hitting him with a shovel. This is viewed as highly unorthodox medical practice.

    And this trope is not complete without mention of The Shoveler. He hits people with shovels.
  • April 8, 2010
    Fanra
    Here's your page quote:

    Lucille, God gave me a gift. I shovel well. I shovel very well.
    -- The Shoveller, Mystery Men
  • April 8, 2010
    Generality
    Xombie. Dirge's Weapon Of Choice is not only useful against rogue zombies and robots, but also to salvage for spare parts to fix himself up.
  • April 8, 2010
    melloncollie
    The Zombie Hunters: Jenny's weapon of choice against zombies.
  • April 9, 2010
    Chabal2
    • The Goon uses one as his Weapon Of Choice against zombies.
    • I remember a story (possibly a Fan Fic) about a demon having been made immune to any form of weaponry, so the hero goes and kicks his ass using a shovel (apparently the important thing was the intent behind the creation of the weapon).
  • April 9, 2010
    Camacan
    In Real Life, soldiers during WWI trench raids used what worked: knives and makeshift weapons over guns since they were much quieter. In particular sharpened entrenching tools could be swung with considerable force in cramped spaces. They were capable of killing instantly as opposed to the slow death of imperfect bayonet strikes.

    • All Quiet On The Western Front is set in the trenches of WWI. Kat, Paul's mentor tells him not to use a knife during trench raids since they often get stuck; in the time it takes to kick the enemy hard enough to free the knife he'd be dead. He is told to instead use a sharpened entrenching tool between neck and shoulder: faster, cleaner and safer for him.
  • April 9, 2010
    TBTabby
    In Home Alone, when the burglars finally catch Kevin, Old Man Murray saves him by beating them senseless with his snow shovel.
  • April 9, 2010
    Uerian
    At one point in Lisey's Story, Lisey uses a commemorative shovel of her late husband's as a weapon.
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