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->''"If you try this at home, you'll quickly find out what Australopithecus already knew-- swinging a stick doesn't require a lot of training. In fact, it's so basic one could argue that wooden clubbing has been obsolete nearly as long as our vestigial tails. Once you as a one-day-mugging-victim can distinguish between your cane and your hot dog, you're 85% done with all you need to know about stick fighting."''
-->-- '''{{Creator/Seanbaby}}''', [[http://www.break.com/article/4-real-guides-for-killing-with-everyday-objects-2570123 "4 Everyday Items You Didn't Know Were Weapons"]]

The use of a cane as an ImprovisedWeapon. Often associated with WhenEldersAttack, next to HandbagOfHurt. Given the bent shape, it can also double as a [[HooksAndCrooks hook]]. A JustifiedTrope in that the Korean martial art [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hapkido Hapkido]], the British [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartitsu Bartitsu]], and the French [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savate Savate]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canne_de_combat Canne]] utilize the walking cane as a potentially deadly weapon. Of course, consider for a moment that a cane, to be effective in its designed purpose, has to be strong enough to support a person's weight, and long enough to allow themselves to hold themselves upright with it. That combination makes for a potentially very effective melee weapon.

See also SwordCane, when the cane is concealing a bladed weapon. May overlap with ParasolOfPain.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Tuxedo Mask of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has a cane he wields like a sword. It can also act as a telescoping weapon, magically extending out to smack his enemies.
* The weapon of choice for Bem in ''Anime/HumanoidMonsterBem''.
* Baron uses his cane as one in ''Anime/TheCatReturns''.
-->'''Haru:''' I never knew they were so useful!
* The ''Anime/RozenMaiden'' Shinku sometimes uses her cane as a parrying weapon.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': [[OldMaster Cologne]].
* Laid-back {{Yakuza}} executive Mizuki Akabayashi from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' may seem mellow, but if you think that [[WeaponOfChoice gaudy cane]] is just for decoration you have another thing coming.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} sometimes does this with his cane when trouble arises in his civilian identity as Matt Murdock. Before he got his fancy combat staff, he fought with a cane as the Daredevil as well. And of course, his billy clubs are his cane in his civilian life.
* Fiddler's Green from ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.
* [[HandicappedBadass Silhouette]], of the ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'', is partially crippled, and incorporates her crutches into her fighting style.
* Splinter, OldMaster of the {{ComicBook/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}.
* ''{{Franchise/Batman}}'': Bruce Wayne during the [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Knightquest]] arc, after having his spine broken by Bane.
* In ''ComicBook/AlbedoErmaFelnaEDF'', there's a fighting style named "stick fighting", who is basically bojutsu mixed with kendo and with a large stick rather than a shinai.
* In the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip, Count Jodafra delivers [[NoHoldsBarredBeatDown a truly vicious and near-fatal beating]] to his own niece Destrii with his walking cane when she tries to prevent him sacrificing some kidnapped children to an EldritchAbomination. This cements her HeelFaceTurn and puts a stop to the comic's earlier [[BaitTheDog suggestions that he might not be wholly evil]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Rafiki in ''Disney/TheLionKing''; he uses his staff quite well in the scene where he's taking on a group of hyenas.
* Carl Fredricksen does this in ''{{WesternAnimation/Up}}''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'', after transforming, Mr. Hyde uses Dr. Jekyll's cane to attack Richard and the others.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the cinematic adaption of ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'', Leigh Teabing, a crippled, old, slightly eccentric historian (and played by Sir Creator/IanMcKellen), manages to subdue Silas, an ominously frightening [[EvilAlbino albino]] PsychoForHire ChurchMilitant with a gun (and [[OneManArmy a rather large body count]])... by tricking him to reach over a table for the MacGuffin, so Teabing could beat the living shit out of him from above with his two crutches.
* An aged character (played by Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme) uses Cane Fu against a gang robbing a bar in the intro of ''Film/TheQuest''.
* Most of the murders in ''Film/TheHouseOnSororityRow'' are committed with a cane. A MythologyGag in the loose remake, ''Film/SororityRow'', has the FinalGirl grab a cane identical to the one used in the original for self-defense.
* An old woman tries fending off the killer with her [[DualWielding two]] canes in ''Film/ScreamBloodyMurder''.
* [[ImprovisedWeapon A set of canes is used in the style of Chinese hook swords]] by Creator/JackieChan in ''Film/ShanghaiNoon''.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Holmes uses his umbrella to hold off a knife-wielding Cossack.
* An aged Diego de la Vega disarms a drunken Alejandro this way in ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro''.
* Tucker knocks [=ChromeSkull=] down a flight of stairs with his cane in ''Film/LaidToRest''.
* The first segment of ''The Summer of Massacre'' has a woman be impaled through the chest and eye with her walking stick.
* The 2004 French movie ''Literature/ArseneLupin'' features some demonstrations of Canne de Combat martial art, mostly by the eponymous GentlemanThief.
* Creator/CharlieChaplin does this sometimes, when he's playing [[TheTramp The Little Tramp]].
* In the finale of ''Film/{{Targets}}'', Orlock uses his cane to [[spoiler: knock away [[AxCrazy Thompson's]] gun, and then slaps him.]]
* Gambit in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. Even more powerful with his kinetic energy powers.
* Po knocks down a racist bouncer with his cane in ''Film/RomeoMustDie.''
* Mike Locken, the protagonist of ''Film/TheKillerElite'' (1975), gets [[KneeCapping shot in the elbow and knee]] by a colleague turned traitor. HollywoodHealing is averted, and he has to undergo a lengthy rehabilitation. His superior wants to confine Locken to a desk job, but Locken is eager for revenge so teaches himself to fight with his cane (not without difficulty; during one training session it goes [[OffScreenCrash flying through a window]]).
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the wounded Mathesar uses his cane to knock out Sarris.

* In Creator/DashiellHammett's short story "Nightmare Town", the protagonist always carries a straight cane, weighted at both ends, and uses it to defend himself multiple times, with great effect.
* In Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' novels, many nobles and trained bodyguards known as hazekillers wield heavy, sturdy dueling canes in place of blades. Metal can be telekinetically manipulated by some kinds of allomancers, making a sword or knife a vulnerability rather than an asset.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's novel ''Literature/ForwardTheFoundation'', an aged Hari Seldon is about to be attacked, and uses his weighted cane to smash the would-be attacker before he attacks (advised by his granddaughter Wanda). He gets into some trouble over this.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes is an expert singlestick player. The narration mentions Bartitsu by (mispelled) name to [[JustifiedTrope justify it]] (and in fact the series is set at the same time the Bartitsu gym was teaching).
* In ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', Hyde beats Sir Danvers Carew to death with Jekyll's cane.
* In ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', Valkyrie gets a stick as a birthday present. She never uses the first one, but the second one her reflection gets is a magic enhanced variant that can stun enemies.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The First Doctor used his cane as a weapon in the early ''Series/DoctorWho'' serials. At one point, he and a robotic duplicate even engaged in a canefight.
* Played with in an episode of ''{{Series/Victorious}}'' where the students at Hollywood Arts have to do stage-fighting. Tori and Jade's skit is about a mugger and an old lady with a cane.
* Inferred in one ''{{Series/CSI}}'' episode-Doc Robbins takes down a guy trying to steal a body from the morgue, and it's very likely his crutch played a big part in it.
* Mr. Gold of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' walks with a cane (as well as a limp, naturally), and in "Skin Deep" uses it to deliver a particularly ''vicious'' beating upon the man who stole his [[TragicKeepsake teacup]]. Seriously, bones are broken.
** To be fair the teacup is the only thing he had left of his True Love. Additionally, the man who stole it is also the man who Rumpelstiltskin thinks caused her death
** He whips it out again on Captain Hook as retaliation for attacking Belle and stealing Baelfire's cloak.
* [[Series/{{LOST}} Ben]] delivers one heck of a strike on [[ConMan Anthony]] [[AssholeVictim Cooper]] with his crutch (while he is recovering from spinal surgery) to shut him up. Sure, at the time you think it's uncalled for [[spoiler: but then it is revealed that not only is Anthony Cooper responsible for ruining both Locke and Sawyer's lives, but also Ben is all to aware of the damage an abusive father can do to a child...]]
* Dr. {{Series/House}} doesn't ''quite'' fight with his trusty walking cane, but it is not rare for him to use it to block, push away or trip someone as part of his usual antisocial antics. And then there's episode "Bombshells" and the DreamSequence of House fighting his [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies teammembers-turned-zombies]] with his cane, including turning it [[RetractableWeapon into an axe]] and then [[IKEAWeaponry into a shotgun]].
* In ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', GentlemanThief Dennis Stanton's walking stick is a SwissArmyWeapon, but he is also very adept at using the stick as a weapon in its own right.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/FreddieBlassie "Classy" Freddie Blassie]] was famous for this during his run as a manager in 1980s Wrestling/{{WWE}}.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* La Canne de Combat from ''{{TabletopGame/GURPS}}: Martial Arts'' is a Parisian combat form that uses a gentleman's cane as its primary weapon. This is a ''real'' French martial art, usually taught as a part of Savate training.
* ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer40000}}'': Fabius Bile (formerly) of the Emperor's Children has a ClassyCane that he uses to beat people to death with (it causes Instant Death[[labelnote: its rule]]If a model suffers an unsaved wound from an attack that has a Strength value of double its Toughness or greater, it is killed outright and removed as a casualty.[[/labelnote]]) but it's not a "Power Pimp Cane" and therefore can't punch through armor. Which is the point as he serves the "beef up these Chaos Space Marines to make them hit like a dump truck" guy.

* UsefulNotes/JohnAdams and John Dickinson end up [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor coming to blows]] in the musical ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', making use of this trope. And yes, this scene does make it into the movie.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The BigBad Ripburger in ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'' uses his cane as a weapon at least twice: [[spoiler:to beat Malcolm Corley to death]] and in the final fight against Ben, though Ben manages to disarm his pretty fast.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', this occupies the "miscellaneous item" slot, on the same category as flowers and the dildo. It works exactly as a blunt {{katana|sAreJustBetter}}, without the OneHitKill chance of [[OffWithHisHead decapitating the enemy you attack it with]]. It's all-around deadly all the same, however, moreso if you use the martial arts style learned in San Fierro for a mixed pattern of kicks and whacks. It also happens to be the most common melee weapon in the game, provided the player knows where to look for it.
* Dan in ''VideoGame/MediEvil2'' gets a Cane Stick as a reward for bringing the first Chalice to the professor. It has a weak stabbing attack, but when fully charged it can be slammed into the ground, generating a shockwave.
* Frank Stiles, of ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'' fame, got his walking stick turned into the Patriot Staff in the events that turned him into Minuteman. Now he uses it to bludgeon people while shouting "RightMakesMight!"
* Scrooge [=McDuck=] used his cane as a primary weapon, tool, and ''pogo stick'' in the NES ''VideoGame/DuckTales'' games.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors 3'': Hojo Ujiyasu uses his cane as a primary tool, both as a bludgeoning object and a rifle hidden in the body of said cane.
* Raphael in the ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur]]'' series has a gentleman's cane as an unlockable joke weapon.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' features the White Glove Society, who run the Ultra-Luxe Casino. Their shtick is [[BadassInANiceSuit nice suits,]] [[MalevolentMaskedMen slightly creepy masks,]] and Cane Fu. Due to having to hand over your weapons to (peacefully) enter the casino, The easiest way to arm yourself should shit hit the fan inside the casino is to arm yourself with one of their canes. It's at this point the player discovers that, holy shit, this thing is [[LethalJokeItem pretty powerful.]]
* Canes can be found as melee weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' as well, but they're not very powerful. You can improve them by adding weapon mods like nails, but they're still among the weaker melee weapons in the game.
* [[OldMaster Radius]] and [[ShapeShifting Sprigg]] from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' both use canes to beat on monsters, and are both good examples of WhenEldersAttack.
* Franchise/SlyCooper's weapon of choice is a cane with [[HooksAndCrooks a hook at the end]] that he can use to cling onto objects to swing around. The Cooper Clan in general all use canes as weapons, though they usually have their own take on it.
* ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'' shows that this is the weapon of choice of Fate's tutor, Rynith. The fact that she channels her magic down the shaft of the straight cane she wields means that her swings have a surprising amount of range and power behind them.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Super Punch Out]]'' you have Hoy Quarlow; well it's more of a staff but he uses his with gusto.
* The fourth boss of ''VideoGame/TheNinjaWarriorsAgain'' uses a cane to whack you with. Unlike most of the other bosses (genetic mutants, machines, or ki practicioners), [[BadassNormal he doesn't have any powers]], but that cane can hurt robot ninjas just as much as the other mooks.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'' has [[WhenEldersAttack Cranky Kong]] use his cane in a number of offensive ways, most notably a pogo stick bounce similar to Scrooge's. He also uses it for his melee attack in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongBarrelBlast''.
* Lee from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' will explain to Clementine in Episode 1 that his Dad walked with a cane, and how it "protected the family drugstore better than a guard dog ever could." He also claims that his dad managed to not only be effective with it, but made it look ''[[CoolOldGuy cool]]''.
* Candyman from ''VideoGame/LethalLeague'' uses his cane to hit the ball.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' has the Threaded Cane, a weapon for the classy hunters of Yharnam. It helps that it's a MixAndMatchWeapon that can be turned into a WhipSword as well. You can even cave people's skulls in with it while [[CulturedBadass wearing a dapper top hat or tricorne]].
* Most ''VideoGame/DrJekyllAndMrHyde'' video games give Jekyll a cane as a weapon. Its usefulness depends on the game, but the NES game takes it to new levels where the ''only'' thing he can kill with it is a bee.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Arsène Lupin (yes, [[Literature/ArseneLupin that one]]) in ''VisualNovel/CodeRealize'' prefers not to use violence at all, but when fighting becomes necessary, his ClassyCane is his weapon of choice.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Terezi from ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', Her [[WeaponOfChoice STRIFE Specibus]] is her walking cane ([[HandicappedBadass she's blind]]), which also doubles as a multi-sectioned stave in a ShoutOut to ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}''.
** Clubs Deuce uses a cane as his preferred weapon. Crosses over to ImprobableWeaponUser: ''You flip the fuck out over the fact that this is apparently a BULL PENIS CANE.''
--> ''Everybody out of the god damn way. You got a hat full of bomb, a fist full of penis, and a head full of empty."
* In ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'', Red uses his signature cane in this way more than once.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Roman Torchwick utilizes this as his primary fighting style. It's a particularly epic example considering he uses it to fend of two attackers simultaneously, one of whom utilizes FlashStep and the other a pair of [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon (Shot)Gunchakus]].
** Professor Ozpin is an even more impressive example, given the sheer speed he can wield his cane at. In Volume 5, the much younger Oscar Pine takes up Ozpin's cane and fights similarly to him after receiving Ozpin's memories and Aura.
* In ''WebVideo/ShadowrunCorporateSins Cromwell is taught bartitsu in the interim between episodes 6 and 7. Because apparently being an eight-foot troll Physical Adept isn't scary enough.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''All Abir-r-r-d!'': Sylvester and Tweety are on a train. When Sylvester tries to grab Tweety, the conductor hits Sylvester's paw with a cane.
* This is a favorite move of elderly [[{{Franchise/Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
* The Riddler displays some mad Cane Fu skills in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "The Criss-Cross Conspiracy!", using his cane to deflect a barrage of batarangs.
* Scrooge [=McDuck=] on ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', even more frequently than in the comics, most prominently in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp''. His cane is also occasionally shown to contain various gadgets, from a laser beam (when he adopted the nighttime vigilante SuperHero hobby common for billionaires) to a magnet he uses to pick up spare coins, so perhaps he even has a collection.
* The Duke of Detroit does this on ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''.
* Sherlock Holmes is a master of this in ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'', using a collapsible walking stick as his primary weapon.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Let's just state the obvious. Any long stick could be used as an effective weapon, and canes are essentially large, sturdy sticks.
* There's a form of martial arts invented by the French, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canne_de_combat "La Canne de combat,"]] that revolves around using a cane as a weapon. It's roughly similar to sabre fencing.
** Canes became a popular dueling weapon in France after swords became illegal to carry in public. During the 1920s/1930s, the leaded cane (a cane made heavier with lead, especially at the tip) was actively used during street fights between ultra-nationalists (mostly royalists) and communists. Dueling was extremely popular from peasants to nobles until WWI when it started dying out (although the last known one took place in 1967).
* Similarly there was a nineteenth-century British UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts schema known as Bartitsu (chiefly remembered nowadays as the possible source for the mysterious "baritsu" mentioned in Literature/SherlockHolmes stories) which uses a walking stick as the primary weapon, along with throwing and punching. Not surprisingly, it drew heavily on La Canne, Judo, and Boxing.
* Most airports will prevent you from carrying a cane onto your flight unless it's apparent that you need it to support yourself. This is presumably because any terrorist trying to hijack a plane with a stick would be too stupid to pretend to limp. Or you need it because you are blind. The airline can require you to bring a doctor's note, and this has been the case since well before 9/11. They also tend to frown upon the more explicitly weaponized canes that are weighted, have additional knobs for joint locks, or have the pointed hook end.
* [[http://www.florilegium.org/files/DISABILITIES/disabilities-msg.html Sir Kief av Kierstad,]] one-legged fighter in the UsefulNotes/SocietyForCreativeAnachronism, has achieved knighthood with a single sword and crutch. As immortalized in Leslie Fish's FilkSong "The Cripples' Shield Wall."
* UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson once defeated a would-be assassin with a cane. This was the first attempt to assassinate a US President; being in 1835, both of the assassin's guns were flintlocks, [[NoOneShouldSurviveThat both of]] [[ChewToy which jammed]]. And when the would-be assassin tried to flee Jackson was so annoyed by yet ''another'' assassination attempt that he went after the assassin and nearly beat him to death.
* In 1856, after Senator Charles Sumner berated Senator Andrew Butler for fighting for slavery (which included much ridicule on his mannerisms), Butler's nephew, Congressman Preston Brooks, retaliated by beating him with his heavy cane until it broke, causing him permanent brain damage. As would be expected in pre-[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] America, Brooks was hailed a hero in the South (with Sumner the same in the North). Also note that Brooks had deliberately timed his attack so that Sumner would be trapped in his combined Senate desk-and-chair and be unable to fight back effectively.
* Some versions of Hapkido include the hooked cane as one of the core weapons.
* There ''are'' actual [[http://www.canemasters.com/index.php?main_page=page_3&zenid=4f7934f0447756030e882307506e5a99 self-defense classes for the elderly.]] They're even nicknamed "Cane-Fu".