Created By: DawnWarrior on May 12, 2011 Last Edited By: NightShade96 on July 14, 2017
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Door Fu

A character uses a door as a weapon and/or shield.

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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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     Comic Books 
  • 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 

     Literature 
  • 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.

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Community Feedback Replies: 47
  • May 12, 2011
    captainpat
  • May 12, 2011
    Rolf
    Might be common enough to be a subtrope though.
  • May 12, 2011
    Ardiente
    Then we need a special for umbrellas too. Jackie Chan loves those.
  • May 12, 2011
    jaytee
    I've seen the car door variation a million or so times. Almost always when someone tries to carjack a Badass inadvertantly. Pretty sure they do it in Gone In Sixty Seconds, right?
  • May 12, 2011
    jaytee
    And I hate to be nitpicky, but "any situation where a character uses a door as a makeshift weapon" is not really a tropeable subject. The examples should have more in common than a door that happens to be used as a weapon.
  • May 13, 2011
    foxley
    The car door version is Toyota Tripwire.
  • May 14, 2011
    Arivne
    Most The Door Slams You examples are accidental, but ones that are deliberate are also this trope.

    Some time ago we had a YKTTW where Alice swings a door shut just as Bob is about to pass through it, usually knocking Bob unconscious. I can't find it now, either in its original form or launched as a trope. An example I gave for it fits this trope.

    Film
    • The Return of The Pink Panther. A burglar breaks into a museum to steal the title diamond. The alarm goes off and guards pursue the burglar. As a guard is approaching a door the burglar throws it shut, hitting the guard and knocking him out.
  • May 14, 2011
    QuakPenguin
    In Lost World Jurassic Park Jeff Goldblum's character used a door as a shield against a velociraptor.
  • May 14, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    • How about Showing Them The Door ?
    • In Order Of The Stick, Throg breaks through the door and immidiately uses them as an improvised weapon.
    • One particularly brutal version of this trope is to force a stunned enemy to bend foreward and crush his head against the doorframe by reapeatadly slamming the door on it. This is usually done with car door ( at least one CSI victim died this way) but Kratos once did this with a giant temple gate and some unfortunate boss.
  • May 14, 2011
    amazinglyenough
    The title might be confused with Door Judo.
  • May 15, 2011
    Ryuuma
  • May 16, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Lethal Weapon 2. After a couple of thugs try to drown him, Riggs repeatedly slams a car door on the head of one of them.
  • May 16, 2011
    Andygal
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    AmourMitts
    Looks like People Sit On Chairs to me.
  • July 3, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ We have Car Fu, so why not Door Fu?
  • July 4, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ Indeed. This is definitely tropable if you ask me. A guy who wields a door as his primary weapon needs to have quite a bit of strength to do so. And because of the huge surface and sturdy structure it can prove as a good improvised shield too, and provide one hell of a Shield Bash.

    It needs to be written better though, but have an example of its use

  • July 4, 2017
    Arivne
    • Capitalized the title.
    • Blue Linked some Wiki Words.
    • Added a Sub Trope to the Description.
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples section.
      • Added the word "Examples".
  • July 4, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^^ That would be Friend To All Living Things.
  • July 4, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^Fix'd
  • July 4, 2017
    Chabal2
    Lanfeust: Hébus 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 Hébus simply grabbing then lifting the grate, pulling the unfortunate guard's body into the gears as the mechanism is reversed.
  • July 4, 2017
    Kartoonkid95
    • Back To The Future Part II: After rescuing Marty with the DeLorean in Alternate!1985, Doc Brown knocks out Biff with one of its doors.
      Marty: Nice shot, Doc.
  • July 4, 2017
    RonnieR15
  • July 4, 2017
    NightShade96
    Added examples.
  • July 4, 2017
    pyroclastic
    Daredevil: Wilson Fisk brutally murders an associate by slamming his head into a car frame repeatedly with the door.
  • July 4, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Video Games:
    • In various of WWE Video Games, you can slam the other wrestler against doors in the Backstage arenas.
    • In Final Fight: Streetwise, Kyle Travers has to deal with "The Weasel" (real name: Nicky Wissell) about clues of where's his brother Cody. After sending some thugs (and defeating them), Kyle hasn't a better idea than corner Weasel and slam his head in his office's door until he wants to talk.
  • July 5, 2017
    eroock
    So this is when The Door Slams You is used intentional? As mentioned above, compare Door Judo.
  • July 5, 2017
    ANTMuddle
    I agree. This is definitely Door Judo.
  • July 5, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Door Judo is when a character tries to break down a door by charging at it.
  • July 5, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ ^^ Yeah. Using a door as a weapon is definitely not Door Judo
  • July 5, 2017
    Mhazard
    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.
  • July 6, 2017
    MememasterFlex
    In Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare, the player can rip off car doors to shield against a drone swarm in the opening mission.
  • July 7, 2017
    Theharbo
    Do we need to make a destinction between "wielding a door against someone" and "slamming someone against a door"? 'Door Fu' and the description makes it sound like it only handles the former, but a few of the examples are of the latter.

    The former implies either a great deal of strength on behalf of the wielder, or them being in a convenient location to use a door in its natural position against an attacker. The door is being actively used as a weapon and, if carried, makes for a great improv tower shield that packs one hell of a Shield Bash.

    The latter implies someone forcefully gripping a person and hitting them against a door, because doors are sturdy enough for Newton's 3rd law to cause some damage in a location where walls might be less sturdy than the door/gate. They may also have glass panels to break and cause laceration damage, or be spiked and allow for some Impaled With Extreme Prejudice.

    I'd be all for parallel launch-padding a "Hits people against a door" trope. Could use the "Showing Them The Door" name someone suggested above.
  • July 7, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Good idea. I'll leave the examples that involve slamming someone against the door for now, so they can be included in that TLP.
  • July 7, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ I see the edits you made. Do you intend for both "Slamming the door in someone's face." and "Slamming someone's face against a door." be part of 'Showing Them The Door'? My original idea was to to only include the latter, as you a technically 'wielding' the door in the former, and that would make it Door Fu, but I can certainly see reason as to combine the two in Showing Them The Door and having Door Fu be solely for Improvised weapon/shield door wielders, and wouldn't be opposed to that at all.

    Just want to be clear so I cause confusion when I get home :)
  • July 7, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Yeah, I think that'll be more effective.
  • July 7, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^Gotcha, getting on that once I get home.
  • July 7, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Great :)
  • July 7, 2017
    sheika
    Anime & Manga
  • July 7, 2017
    Theharbo
  • July 7, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ That's great. I'll delete those examples now.
  • July 13, 2017
    Dawnwing
    Video Game

    • In Mappy, if you close an open door while a cat is walking through it, you can stun it.
  • July 14, 2017
    Theharbo
    I'd say reword the trope description before launch so it's apparent that this is for door wielding as a trope. Otherwise you end up with examples like ^, which should be in Showing Them The Door per the discussion in ^^^^^^^^^, ^^^^^^^^, ^^^^^^^.
  • July 14, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Good point.
  • July 14, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ If you'll allow it, I'll add more description for the potential uses of a door as a weapon/shield, along with some more wicks to other tropes, to the description?
  • July 14, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Sure, go ahead. That would help a lot.

    After you're done, I'll go ahead and launch if you have no objections.
  • July 14, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ Let me know what you think.
  • July 14, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Yeah, that's much better. Thanks!

    I'll launch it now.
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