Call them truncheons, coshs, billysticks, nightsticks, prods or what-have-you. Shorter than a Simple Staff
, different enough from a generic club to be distinct, the baton is the melee Weapon of Choice
of cops, guards and their ilk.
Depending on the portrayal on the police force, a baton can be a heroic weapon, a standard issue Mook
weapon, or a symbol of fear.
Sometimes used to perform a Tap on the Head
; however, modern UK training discourages it due to the possibility of fatal injury.
The Old-Fashioned Copper
trope in general also tends to invert the trope, since the "no-nonsense" versions prefer guns (in works set at the time when British officers carried them), while the amicable Dixon Of Dock Green
types prefer old-fashioned truncheons. In feudal Japan, the jitte
(basically a metal truncheon with a prong for hooking the opponent) was strongly associated with officers and served as their badge of office.
Compare Dual Tonfas
, Sai Guy
(close to the jitte).
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Anime and Manga
- In Like Flint. General Carter's Z.O.W.I.E. guards use expandable batons to fight Flint in the document incinerator room.
- In Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol a nebbishy rookie cop (played by Tim Kazurinsky) uses his police baton to totally destroy a trio of gangbangers.
- The protagonist of The Raid uses a nightstick and combat knife to deadly results.
- Inspector Ma from Sha Po Lang uses a telescoping baton, in a rare heroic example.
- The Provost's Guard in the Beka Cooper books use short, sturdy batons because they lack the lethal implications of edged weapons.
- In The Iron Dream, truncheons are the favourite melee weapon in Held. Feric Jaggar, their leader chosen by fate, wields the Steel Commander.
"The shaft as a gleaming rod of some tarnishless metal fully four feet long and thick around as a man's forearm etched all around with rich red traceries of lightning strokes, a motif which made the huge shaft appear as if it had but recently been quenched in blood. The oversize headball was a life-sized steel fist, and a hero's fist at that."
Live Action Television
- In one episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, a Tabletop game invented by Hodges (which features Flanderised versions of the cast) has a Brutal version of Brass who threatens a suspect with a collapsible truncheon (which he's never been shown with in the series thus far).
- Dixon Of Dock Green strongly averts the Police Brutality aspect of the trope, only using his truncheon to protect the public and generally being an all round Nice Guy.
- Hostages has Sandrine Renault aka Maria Gonzales use a collapsible baton to restrain the Sanders patriarch in the first episode by hitting the back of his head.
- The Elementary rendition of Sherlock Holmes practices singlestick for self-defense, considering it a simple and elegant fighting style. He makes use of it with a collapsible metal baton in "M." to capture the Serial Killer who he thought killed Irene Adler.
- Abstergo guards in Assassin's Creed games.
- In Final Fantasy XIII, most melee-type enemies of the Corps (military/police organization of Cocoon) category wield batons in battle. Some higher-level PSICOM (e.g. Huntress) and Sanctum (e.g. Inquisitrix) enemies have them, as well.
- Priere from La Pucelle uses a baton to beat the crap out of her enemies. This carries to her appearances as an Overlord in later Nippon Ichi games.
- Cerberus Assault Troopers and Centurions in Mass Effect 3.
- The most obvious example, Mortal Kombat's own local cop, Kurtis Stryker, who utilizes a night stick alongside other conventional weapons like his handguns.
- In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, the cyborg Dirty Cops in Denver use these.
- Captain Vor in Warframe.
- In Parasite Eve 2 the protagonist is an FBI agent (for a fictional branch called MIST that deals with mutated monsters). The weapons you start off with are a pistol and a police baton (which also happens to be the only exclusively melee weapon in the game).