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[[caption-width-right:226:[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons A ten-year-old boy]] [[CaptainObvious with a slingshot]] [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou is about to shoot you]].]]

When you need to weaponize a child in fiction, you give him a slingshot. It is always in the classic Y-shape and preferably made out of a single piece of wood. Kids use them either to cause mischief or as actual weapons; when not in use the slingshot will be carried shoved into the back pocket of trousers or overalls. Sometimes when the child has to inflict serious damage with the weapon in combat, the pellets they launch can be explosive.

Slingshots ''are'' weapons, which makes you wonder why all these fictional parents let their kids wander around with them in their back pockets, especially considering kids who use them always display [[ImprobableAimingSkills amazing accuracy]]. Slingshots are also likely to be [[AsLethalAsItNeedsToBe As Lethal As They Need To Be]]; sometimes they will merely annoy the person they're fired at, but they will be quite effective when used against enemies.

The WeaponOfChoice of the BrattyHalfPint and other {{Youngsters}}, probably because it allows them some means of defense without any expectation of them [[ThouShaltNotKill actually killing someone]]. Also a frequent [[StarterEquipment starter weapon]] in VideoGames and a WeaponJr for younger versions of ArcherArchetype.

In Britain, a slingshot is known as a "catty" or "catapult," while in Australia, it's sometimes called a "shanghai."

Also note that a "slingshot" is not the same as a "[[SufferTheSlings sling]]" or a "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slungshot#As_a_weapon slungshot]]," which was a 19th century gang weapon consisting of a weight on a string attached to the arm. Laws on the books prohibiting "slingshots" may be talking about this weapon, depending on how old the law is.

Compare SufferTheSlings, which ''is'' about slings. [[WaterGunsAndBalloons Water balloons]] may be used in conjunction.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Usopp from ''Manga/OnePiece''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he's an ImprobableWeaponUser and customizer; it's much easier to make custom slingshot bullets than pistol or musket bullets.
** Taken UpToEleven with Kabuto, his giant slingshot introduced in Enies Lobby. He can snipe people at distances far beyond the reach of Marine guns.
*** Its range is explained by the use of Dials from Skypeia (sea-shells that count as bio-tech for those not familiar with the series), along with the five bands it uses to fire ammo.
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'': While not a brat, Tenshi used a slingshot when [[spoiler:she and Otonashi are helping Yui fulfill some of her desires so she can move on]].
* ''SKETDance'': Bossun's WeaponOfChoice.
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'': Spritle's WeaponOfChoice.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''Dennis the Menace'': Dennis ([[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS both]] of [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK him]]) is probably the TropeCodifier. The better-known [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]] owes a lot to him.
** The [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS American Dennis]] wears his slingshot all the time. By comparison, the [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK British Dennis]] very frequently uses his catapult...though not quite as much nowadays, what with political correctness and the level of [[{{Bowdlerise}} bowdlerising]] in the media.
* ''ArchieComics'': Veronica Lodge's bratty cousin Leeroy was often wielding one.
* ''ElfQuest'' plays with this. Ember thinks she has outgrown slingshots, but during a time of really bad hunting, the tribe start using them to hunt mice. There's a non-canon story where it's suggested that Skywise's distinctive metal faceguard is actually part of a troll-made slingshot, dubious as it sounds.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DC_Thomson DC Thomson]]:
** Most characters in ''TheBeano'' used them at one time or another. Minnie the Minx certainly did, and so did the Bash Street Kids.
** ''Oor Wullie'': The extremely Scottish Wullie in his eponymous comic strip.
* In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''', the new Robin uses one.
* [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] has used one at least once, but he prefers to fling snowballs (and he once made a giant slingshot for hurling large snowballs).
* [[DonaldDuck Huey, Dewey and Louie]] have used them many times in the comics, frequency DependingOnTheWriter, more often in European stories.

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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''{{Newsies}}'' most of the Brooklyn Newsies used slingshots as their primary weapons, with marbles as ammo.
* In ''TheDevilsBackbone (El Espinazo del Diablo)'', the bullies at the orphanage have them.
* In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', Alex O'Connell uses a slingshot to torment the bad guys early in the film (and that kid is definitely a bit of a brat).
* In ''Film/TheHobbit'', this is the weapon of choice of Ori, one of the younger dwarves in the company and the scribe of the Book of Mazarbul. So we saw his skeleton in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', Tony Toponi uses one to [[spoiler:unmask Warren T. Rat as a cat]].
* During one of the wacky-parenting-hijinks montages in the Creator/AdamSandler movie ''BigDaddy'', the kid is given a slingshot, then proudly shows off the dozens of dead birds on the roof (and gets it taken away from him, with Sandler's character Sonny mumbling, "Go to your room, or, I dunno, do whatever you want"). RogerEbert and others understandably thought this, among other things, sort of [[BrokenAesop broke the aesop]] about Sonny being the best person to raise the kid.
* The Lost Boys use lots of these in ''Film/{{Hook}}'', including a giant one intended to help Peter fly. It... doesn't work.
* "[[Film/{{Leprechaun}} Fuck you Lucky Charms!]]
* The title character in ''Film/{{Mikey}}'' uses one a couple of times, the second time he uses to kill his teacher by firing a ball bearing through her head.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheBible'': David actually used a ''sling'' to defeat Goliath (and was quite adept with it, boasting about killing animals), people commonly confuse the two weapons and believe David wielded a slingshot. Thus, despite the story itself not being example, many of its adaptations are (''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Bible Stories episode couldn't resist, for obvious reasons).
* The murder weapon in the LordPeterWimsey novel ''Murder Must Advertise'' is a "catapult" of this sort that was confiscated one of the office boys. Peter later enlists the boy's help in finding the murderer.
* ''Mark Tidd'': The main characters in Clarence Budington Kelland's books seem to always have a slingshot when the story calls for it, along with improbably good aim.
* A slingshot figures prominently in the book and [[FilmOfTheBook Film]] ''Literature/TheKiteRunner''.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's novel ''Cocktail Time'', a young man in the Drones Club is a famous crack-shot with a slingshot. In a subversion of this trope, however, the elderly [[CoolOldGuy Lord Ickenham]] hears of the man's reputation and decides to demonstrate how easy the weapon is to use. With a slingshot, he knocks of the hat of a respectable legal professional, 'Beefy' Bastable. Bastable, assuming he was 'assaulted' by a young man, then writes a scathing satire on the degeneracy of the youthful generation.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''{{IT}}'', a slingshot is employed against Pennywise after the kids figure out making silver projectiles to use against the werewolf form, and used defending against the bullies. Of the seven protagonists, the one girl (Bev) is by far the best shot.
** In the fourth book of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', ''[[Literature/WizardAndGlass Wizard and Glass]]'', a slingshot is shown to be Cuthbert's weapon of choice. He is mocked only the first time he takes it out - after that, everyone knows better. He also uses metal pellets as ammunition.
* ''The Monkey Wrench Gang'': Used by the eponymous characters to shoot out the windows of construction equipment.
* In ''Literature/LabyrinthsOfEcho'', the personal projectile weapon of choice in the Heart of the World is called "Baboom slingshot". Pellets made of sensitive explosives make many injuries lethal and the rest requiring a lot of efforts to fix even with high-magical healing. It's metal and the tips are sharpened to use in melee; local martial artists even manage to make this look graceful.
* Stalky of Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/StalkyAndCo'' has his well-worn catapult or 'tweaker', and used it in his trademark indirect strategy schemes as per Liddell Hart.
* In a Will Henry short story, a school teacher uses a slingshot he had confiscated off a student earlier to drive off a gang of bullies who are attempting to run him out of town.
* In Timothy Zahn's ''Literature/{{Blackcollar}}'' series (a high-tech setting), the titular elite force uses the slingshot as their preferred sniper weapon. Picked for concealability from searches and scanners, difficulty of locating the sniper when in use, and being friendly-fire safe (blackcollars wear armor specialized against bullets and shrapnel). This goes with the force's general theme of using low-tech, high-skill weapons and tactics, relying on enhanced reaction times and outthinking the enemy for survival and success.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* There's an episode of ''TheAndyGriffithShow'' where Opie accidentally kills a bird with a slingshot and then must adopt the bird's babies to atone for his crime.
* In ''TheBeverlyHillbillies'', Elly May Clampett.
* Lindsay in ''CSINewYork'' is a good shot with a slingshot. She's a woman in her thirties. [[IHaveBrothers Multiple brothers are apparently the cause]].
* Trixie in the original stage version of ''Series/{{Lazytown}}'' could be seen with one.
* A staple of legendary 80's Venezuelan child show ''Contesta'' was a section where kids got rid of their slingshots, and the host gave them in reward a more wholesome toy and/or a short rhyme specially improvised for each kid.
* Alex from ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* An episode of ''Series/RobinHood'' featured a group of young boys who reenacted Robin's adventures with slingshots.
* In ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'' the boys build a gigantic slingshot on top of their roof so that they can hit people with projectiles from several blocks away without being seen.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''{{Dragonlance}}'': The childlike (and [[FearlessFool sometimes bratty]]) Kender have some as their [[CrazyAwesome crazy, but versatile]] cultural weapons. The hoopak is a staff with a sling at the top which due to the whippy haft is useable as a slingshot too (a spike on the bottom end makes it ''also'' a short spear/alpenstock). The chapak is an axe with the blade's back extending as two prongs used as slingshot arms (and prying bar beak; the haft is hollowed to use as a blowgun/snorkel pipe or flute).
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''The Sparrow'', ten-year-old Charlie [=McGuckin=] uses a slingshot to fire marbles at Emily Book.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time'', the weapon you start out with as Young Link is a slingshot. Oddly, ''grown-up'' Link in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' also gets a slingshot to play with the village kids, and it's obviated halfway through the second dungeon. It reappears in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', where it is more useful. ''VideoGame/HyruleTotalWar'' has Kokiri {{Child Soldier}}s armed with slingshots.
* The token kid character in ''ShadowHearts'' uses a slingshot
* The ten year old main character of ''MonsterBash'' uses a slingshot.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has the dart gun, which you can construct using a paint gun, surgical tubing, toy car and [[PoisonedWeapons radscorpian's poison gland]]. As the name suggests it fires darts, much like a crossbow; however it is much more like a slingshot with a trigger in it's construction (using surgical tubing rather than a bow). The poison bit made it a GameBreaker as it made [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathclaws]] into cripples unable to move more than a snail's pace.
* In ''VideoGame/TheGoonies II'', one of Mikey's weapons is a slingshot with limited ammo.
* Jimmy from ''Videogame/{{Bully}}'' has a slingshot.
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'': Spike's only ranged weapon is a slingshot.
* ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'': A slinghot is available as an early weapon and possesses higher attack power than other weapons sold in the area, but is inaccurate to the point of being rather impractical. An upgraded ''bionic'' slingshot is available later, and makes a good weapon for everyone, due to not suffering from the aforementioned flaw.
* NES game ''VideoGame/LittleRedHood'' gives the little Red a slingshot as her only means of attack. Bafflingly, instead of using the slingshot to launch pebbles or something, Red actually has to throw the slingshot to kill enemies. [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Throwing Your Slingshot Always Works]]?
* ''FreddiFish'': This is the closest thing Freddi has to a WeaponOfChoice, though as an ActualPacifist she never directly shoots anyone with it. At least one version turns out to be an ''incredibly'' sophisticated device, complete with a targeting HUD.
* Cyprien from ''VideoGame/EvilTwinCypriensChronicles'' is armed with a slingshot. Initially he can only fire stones with it, but he later gets some quite AbnormalAmmo.
* ''{{Flintstones}}: The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy'': A slingshot is one of the weapons Fred can use. In ''Surprise at the Dinosaur Peak'', it's Barney who uses this weapon.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' requires the use of a slingshot at key points. Bizarrely, in the War chapter the titular characters gets to use one to shoot ''flaming'' pellets.
* ''VideoGame/MetalArmsGlitchInTheSystem'' has a slingshot as one of the available weapons, which is odd at first when you realize the game is set in a futuristic world of robots. It does have an excellent use though: tossing explosive grenades farther and more accurately than one would by hand.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Nina in ''RoseGunsDays'' has this as her weapon of choice. Useful to create diversions or knock guns of the mooks' hands.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Bart Simpson is probably the most well-known example, although he hasn't used his slingshot much of late. Inspired by ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS, WordOfGod is that Matt Groening wanted to ensure Bart Simpson ''used'' his slingshot, because his recollection was that Dennis just ''carried'' one.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' employ "two-by-four technology", using various household and junkyard items to create weapons and vehicles.
* WoodyWoodpecker in ''Slingshot 6 7/8''.
* Wheelie of ''{{Transformers}}'' is a [[BrattyHalfPint child-like robot]], and his WeaponOfChoice is his little slingshot.
* In the [[DirectToVideo direct-to-DVD]] sequel to ''TheSecretOfNIMH'', "Timmy to the Rescue," Timmy makes frequent use of a slingshot that he gets from his older brother.
* During a ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' sketch about Apollo 13, Loud Kiddington is shown using a slingshot to knock his pals' coffee mugs out of their hands.
* In the pilot of ''CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Courage digs one up to hit a space chicken.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Second Intifada. Children throwing stones at soldiers with M-16 and tanks. By hand, with slings, with slingshots. ImprobableAimingSkills doesn't begin to describe the survivors: one was a teacher at school, and whenever a kid made trouble, he'd throw him a piece of chalk to the middle forehead. And ''never'' missed. No matter how hard you try to dodge. Frightening...
* Once, in an interview, Shirley Temple mentioned she was fond of playing with a slingshot. One of her victims was apparently ''Eleanor Roosevelt''.
* According to ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', the IRA carry around slingshots that are far more effective in a fight than the children's variety. Consider the [[http://www.sausa.com/category.php?category=16 Wrist Rocket]]. Introduced in 1954, it's a serious weapon (the suggested ammo is .50 cal (that's half an inch in diameter!) steel shot), and it can even be fitted with a fiber-optic sight. It may look innocuous enough - until someone uses them to launch ''an explosive shell''.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/user/joergsprave?feature=results_main Slingshot Channel]], proving that slingshots are not just toys. Includes such thing as a machete firing slingshot, a pump-action slingshot, and a slingshot gatling gun.
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