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
- 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.
- 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.
- Jennifer in Kyou Kara Maou uses a broom in place of a fencing foil in the second season.
- 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.
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