Created By: SalFishFin on May 14, 2010 Last Edited By: SalFishFin on May 14, 2010
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Broomstick Quarterstaff

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So our hero's weaponless and about to face a horde of mooks. He looks around for anything that he can use in a pinch. He grabs the only thing available- a mop from the supply closet- and goes to town, using it as one would a Simple Staff. Note that the title need not be taken literally. Anything vaguely cylindrical and tall as the character wielded as an Improvised Weapon falls under this. The broomstick/ mop handle variant is just the most common. Theoretically, this can be Truth in Television.

Sub-Trope of Improvised Weapon. Removing the head is optional based on the Sliding Scale of Seriousness Versus Silliness.

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  • In Kajko I Kokosz , a Polish comic, Kokosz once used a broom as a very effective weapon. However, a Magic Feather was involved so he immidiately started losing once it fell apart, even though the handle alone would have been harder
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  • In The Matrix, Neo rips a metal post out of a cement block to use as a quarterstaff to use against Smith - clones.
  • Jackie Chan does this in at least one movie.
  • Eddie Murphy's Coming to America has Prince Akeem (professionally trained from childhood in martial arts) do this with an unscrew-able mop handle to ward off an armed robber played by Samuel L. Jackson.
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  • Used at least once in Jackie Chan Adventures
  • Done in TMNT 2003, when the turtles are held captive on a alien prison asteroid. They find a broom closet and get replacements for all of their weapons from inside.
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Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • May 13, 2010
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    • In The Matrix, Neo rips a metal post out of a cement block to use as a quarterstaff to use against Smith - clones.
    • I'm fairly certain I saw Jackie Chan do this in live action, but I forget where.
  • May 13, 2010
    whereismytea
    • Jennifer in Kyou Kara Maou uses a broom in place of a fencing foil in the second season.
  • May 13, 2010
    ralphmerridew1
    Anime / Manga / Video Game: Rika uses a mop in Higurashi. Anime: Utena uses a broom.

  • May 13, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Kajko I Kokosz , a Polish comic, Kokosz once used a broom as a very effective weapon. However, a Magic Feather was involved so he immidiately started losing once it fell apart, even though the handle alone would have been harder
  • May 13, 2010
    Generality
    In the Cowboy Bebop movie, Spike uses a push-broom to fight some soldiers, which happens to be on hand because he's currently in disguise as a janitor.
  • May 13, 2010
    amazinglyenough
    Ned and Charles Charles battle with mops in one episode of Pushing Daisies.
  • May 13, 2010
    DorianMode
    • Eddie Murphey's Coming to America has the (professionally trained from childhood in martial arts) do this with an unscrew-able mop handle to ward off an armed robber.
    • The fight between Setsuna and Asuna at the Tournament Arc of Mahou Sensei Negima featured Setsuna wielding a push-broom against Asuna's Paper Fan Of Doom, due to bladed weapons being verboten. Earlier in the arc, a minor character wielded a traditional broom as a magic weapon; unfortunately, she was up against Kotaro. Also, Setsuna and Asuna were in a maid outfit and lingerie for no adequately explored reason. Just thought I'd put that out there.
  • May 14, 2010
    Fanra
    Eddie Murphey's Coming to America has the (professionally trained from childhood in martial arts) do this with an unscrew-able mop handle to ward off an armed robber.

    Don't forget to mention that Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) kicked the ass of the armed robber with the mop handle and the robber was Samuel L. Motherfucking Jackson!
  • May 14, 2010
    repicheep22
    Done in TMNT 2003, when the turtles are held captive on a alien prison asteroid. They find a broom closet and get replacements for their weapons from inside.
  • May 14, 2010
    SalFishFin
    Looks launch-able as is, but I'm just waiting for a few more examples.
  • May 14, 2010
    LeewardNitemare
    In the webcomic Dead Winter the main character Lizzie uses a mop as her weapon of choice.
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