Created By: Chabal2 on February 28, 2010
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Telephone Polearm

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This is about using extremely long and thick objects (get your mind out of the gutter) as blunt weaponry carried one-handed over the shoulder (see Blade Above The Shoulder) but swung two-handed in a devastating arc: think telephone poles, streetlamps, trees... See also Improbable Weapon User, Blade on a Stick, Batter Up, BFS and Drop the Hammer and Improbable Weapon User. Some overlap with Improvised Weapon.

  • Taurens in WarCraft 3 use their totems (essentialy enormous, decorated logs) like this.
  • Chad's first fight against a Hollow in Bleach (which he can't even see at the time), he picks up a fallen telephone pole and sweeps it around until it hits something.
  • Ping yanks a streetlamp out of the ground and swings away with it in Megatokyo. Not only has she used a telephone pole as a weapon/tool on more than one occasion, at least once she has fixed it back in place afterwards (and thanked it).
  • In Time Crisis 2 one boss, the second stage boss is a huge Scary Black Man who fights you by bear-hugging a nuclear missile by the business end and beating you over the head with it in the second stage of the fight.
  • Thorkell in Vinland Saga uses tree-sized sharpened stakes as either melee or ship-sinking ranged weapons.
  • In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Hawk and Dove", Hawk rips a tree out of the ground and uses it to smack the Annihilator around.
  • An old side-scrolling beat-em up named Crude Buster had this as standard. Larger poles were picked up and thrown while smaller ones were used as clubs. You could also throw cars.
  • Hualin (one of the shopkeepers from SoulCalibur III and a bonus character) uses an enchanted staff that can shift length and thickness to fight, and often shifts it to telephone pole dimensions for stronger attacks.
  • Neo in The Matrix here at 6:05.
  • Joachim in Shadow Hearts: Covenant.
  • Some characters in Freedom Force could rip poles right out of the ground and swing them. You could bring down a building by throwing enough trash cans at it or pounding it with light poles. I actually found lamp posts to be a bit of a Disc One Nuke considering they could easily knock away enemies. Of course, it could also accidently cause Friendly Fire if you had two of your heroes together.
  • Apparently this is possible in the Hulk video games.

Any others, Do We Have This? Rolling Updates (which I should have mentioned earlier).
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • February 26, 2010
    JackButler
    In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Hawk and Dove", Hawk rips a tree out of the ground and uses it to smack the Annihilator around.
  • February 26, 2010
    Michael
    An old side-scrolling beat-em up named Crude Buster had this as standard. Larger poles were picked up and thrown while smaller ones were used as clubs. You could also throw cars.
  • February 26, 2010
    Socius
    Hualin- one of the shopkeepers from Soul Calibur III and a bonus character- uses an enchanted staff that can shift length and thickness to fight, and often shifts it to telephone pole dimensions for stronger attacks.
  • February 26, 2010
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
  • February 26, 2010
    jfpbookworm
    Joachim in Shadow Hearts: Covenant.
  • February 26, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    "There's this one two-player arcade shooter wherein one boss is a huge Scary Black Man who fights you by bear-hugging a nuclear missile by the business end and beating you over the head with it. Anyone know what it's called?"

    That's Time Crisis 2. The boss in question is the boss of Stage 2, and uses an ICBM as a bludgeoning weapon for the second phase of the fight.
  • February 26, 2010
    Deboss
  • February 26, 2010
    maslego
    How have the Hulk video games not been mentioned yet?
  • February 26, 2010
    Chabal2
    @Frodo Goofball Co TV: that's an actual hammer rather than a large pole swung like one, so I don't consider to overlap with this trope.

    @UT 132.170.87.55: Thanks, fixed.

    @Deboss: Not always, as the Tauren show, but often overlaps. Added.

    Anyone have an idea for the title?
  • February 26, 2010
    SpeedySwaf
    Makeshift Polearm?
  • February 26, 2010
    TheGunheart
    Telephone Polearm?

    Also, some characters in Freedom Force could rip poles right out of the ground and swing them.
  • February 26, 2010
    Earnest
    The Freedom Force game was awesome that way with the destructible environment. You could bring down a building by throwing enough trash cans at it or pounding it with light poles. I actually found lamp posts to be a bit of a Disc One Nuke considering they could easily knock away enemies. Of course, it could also accidently cause Friendly Fire if you had two of your heroes together.
  • February 26, 2010
    Chabal2
  • February 27, 2010
    Arivne
  • February 28, 2010
    Michael
    It might be worth noting that not only has Ping from Megatokyo used a telephone pole as a weapon/tool on more than one occasion, at least once she has fixed it back in place afterwards (and thanked it)

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