Created By: KZN02 on August 5, 2010 Last Edited By: KZN02 on August 6, 2010
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Wrenches are tools often associated with The Engineer and the Wrench Wench, using them to build and repair objects, whether by tightening bolts or Percussive Maintenance. Like other tools used in construction (hammers, nailguns, etc.), wrenches can be very effective weapons.

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Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • In G.I. Joe comics, a large automechanic's wrench is the weapon of choice for the recent Deadnok recruit Heartwrencher. In spite of his name, the same doesn't apply to longtime Dreadnok Monkeywrench.

Films
  • One of the murder weapons in Clue.

Live-Action TV
  • Used a couple of times in Star Trek TOS.
    • In "Court Martial", Finney uses a (20th-century) wrench in a fight with Kirk, but doesn't get a good blow in.
    • In "Space Seed", Kirk surprises Khan with a whack from a (23d-century) Space Wrench. Take that, superhuman!

Video Games
  • Cid uses wrenches as weapons in Final Fantasy IV. Hilariously, they're some of the strongest weapons in the game while he's in your party- even better than swords and karate.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Ratchet uses the Omniwrench, which he uses for its actual purpose too.
  • Adrian Shephard in Opposing Force has one (in place of a crowbar).
  • Team Fortress 2: the melee weapon of The Engineer. The Golden Wrench and Southern Comfort are unlockable items for the class, the former turns enemies into gold while the latter is specificaly for combat; it has a razor blade and a spiked knuckleguard. That said, in both cases the wrench is used to build and repair the Engineer's buildings.
  • Bioshock: the first weapon the player character gets.
  • Yosuke in Persona 4 usually has dual daggers/kunai, but can pick up a pair of spanners at one point.
  • Wrenches are used by Engineers in Makai Kingdom with the Tech Bash skill, and possibly as an equippable weapon.

Web Comics
  • In Girl Genius, Agatha clobbers Vole with a big wrench, after distracting him with a cup of coffee to the face.

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Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • August 4, 2010
    RainyDayNinja
    Is This Tropable, really? I don't see a need for this that isn't already covered by Improvised Weapon.
  • August 5, 2010
    STUART
    It's called a Subtrope. We have them.
  • August 5, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    And wrenches are really common as an Improvised Weapon -- they almost could almost be said to have an extra connotation of violence and brutality. "Beaten to death with a wrench" somehow sounds more brutal than "beaten to death with a cane," though it would probably be quicker and ultimately less painful.

    Oh, and that guy in the A-Ha video, "Take On Me."

  • August 5, 2010
    SomeGuy
    Yeah, this is absolutely common enough to be worthy of its own trope.

    • Cid uses wrenches as weapons in Final Fantasy IV. Hilariously, they're some of the strongest weapons in the game while he's in your party- even better than swords and karate.
  • August 5, 2010
    Irrisia
    Yosuke in Persona4 usually has dual daggers/kunai, but can pick up a pair of spanners at one point.
  • August 5, 2010
    Narsil
    Used a couple of times in Star Trek TOS.

    • In "Court Martial", Finney uses a (20th-century) wrench in a fight with Kirk, but doesn't get a good blow in.
    • In "Space Seed", Kirk surprises Khan with a whack from a (23d-century) Space Wrench. Take that, superhuman!
  • August 5, 2010
    DialgaX
    Bioshock anyone. The guy's starting weapon is a wrench.
  • August 5, 2010
    EponymousKid
    The Engineer's unlockable Southern Comfort is a wrench meant specificaly for combat; it has a razor blade and a spiked knuckleguard. That said, in both cases the wrench is used to build and repair the Engineer's buildings.
  • August 5, 2010
    dotchan
    Wrenches are used by Engineers in Makai Kingdom with the Tech Bash skill, and possibly as an equippable weapon (I'm not sure, it's been a while).
  • August 5, 2010
    Tumbril
    Takashi in High School Of The Dead uses a wrench as a weapon as they enter Shizuka's friend's apartment.

    I think Adrian Shephard in Opposing Force also has one (in place of a crowbar), but someone should confirm this.
  • August 5, 2010
    LarryD
    In Girl Genius, Agatha clobbers Vole with a big wrench, after distracting him with a cup of coffee to the face.
  • August 5, 2010
    janmic
    What about when a character uses a wrench to "fix" something by whacking it instead of the wrench's designated purpose of tightening or loosening something? Ya know, like how the Fonz operates a jukebox. Is there a trope for that?
  • August 5, 2010
    EponymousKid
    In GI Joe comics, a large automechanic's wrench is the weapon of choice for the recent Deadnok recruit Heartwrencher. In spite of his name, the same doesn't apply to longtime Dreadnok Monkeywrench.
  • August 5, 2010
    KZN02
  • August 5, 2010
    KZN02
    Ready to launch, any objections before I do so?
  • August 5, 2010
    TBTabby
    One of the murder weapons in Clue.
  • August 6, 2010
    JackMackerel
    Also the default weapon for... guess who... the engineer in Team Fortress Classic.
  • August 6, 2010
    Irrisia
    System Shock 2 also has a wrench as a weapon. Where else do you think Bioshock got it from?
  • August 6, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • August 6, 2010
    PkMARIO
    Dexter's Weapon Of Choice in Dexters Laboratory, when he is doing any fighting that's it.

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