In Real Life doors are big, sturdy, unwieldy, heavy, and often securely fastened to their hinges. They are used to block or allow entry to different parts of a structure, and their use as weapons is generally not even considered beyond slamming them in someone's face in a fit of anger. In fiction-land, however, those same traits above lend doors to be perfect Improvised Weapons for The Big Guy or other characters with Super Strength: They're big, so they are not so easily dodged; they're sturdy, so they aren't going to break after short use and make for excellent improvised tower shields (Some doors are outright Made of Indestructium); They come with handles to alleviate the whole 'unwieldy' aspect (and unlike Real Life, these handles almost never break); they are heavy, so you can make sure any blow you strike inflicts just as much blunt damage as a bona-fide Shield Bash; and so omnipresent that if you are in any location with a building, you can be assured there's a door within reach should you need a weapon. Compare The Door Slams You, which is comedic and unintentional for the characters; Door Judo, which is when a character tries to break down a door by charging at it only for the door to open and leaving said character Too Fast to Stop; and Showing Them The Door for when a door isn't wielded, but still recognized for its ability to inflict damage.
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- Lanfeust: Hebus the troll tries to break open a steel porticullis, and when that fails, to bend it. Cut to a guard leaning against the gears smugly mentioning he'll never get through, then back to Hebus simply grabbing and then lifting the grate, pulling the unfortunate guard's body into the gears as the mechanism is reversed.
Films — Live-Action
- This happens one time in the Codex Alera series when some characters are trying to hold a room against some taken Canim (giant zombie wolfmen), they are about to break through the door, so one character decides to break the door down in such a way that it falls outwards and crushes one of the Canim.
- In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the player can rip off car doors to shield against a drone swarm in the opening mission.
- In Dark Souls III, the Giant Door Shield is a pair of doors used as shields. The wielder dual wields a pair of doors to block incoming attacks, slam their enemies, crush them by shutting both doors, or charging toward them while negating most attacks.
- In God of War, Kratos kills Theseus in the second game this way... after first impaling him on his own spear.
- Braum from League of Legends is a huge moustachioed Folk Hero who is renowned for being a Friend to All Living Things. His Weapon of Choice is actually a huge gate which once barred him from saving a troll boy trapped behind it, a gate so sturdy even he couldn't break it. So after punching his way through the mountain instead he decided that the gate would make a perfect unbreakable shield, but as he will state himself:
Braum: Sometimes, shield becomes smashing board.
- In Mappy, if you close an open door while a cat is walking through it, you can stun it.
- In The Order of the Stick, Thog breaks through the door and immediately uses it as an improvised weapon.
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