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->''Is that a crowbar? [picks it up] Oh my God, this is friggin' perfect! Now I can beat the snot out of people!''
-->-- ''Machinima/FreemansMind''

A type of ImprovisedWeapon.

Crowbars are actually awesome, yet practical - they are very sturdy, fairly easy to obtain, heavy enough to be used as [[CarryABigStick clubs]] without being too heavy to carry, and have two bladed points that can do some nasty damage either by swinging or thrusting. Plus, they can be used as [[ShootOutTheLock lock bypassers]].

Interestingly enough, they are rarely seen used for their original purpose. Give a videogame character a crowbar and point him to a [[CrateExpectations wooden crate]] or breakable door, and his first impulse will be to [[DieChairDie smash it to pieces]] rather than [[WeHaveTheKeys pry it open]].

See also WrenchWhack.



[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'''s [[spoiler:Kida Masaomi]] uses this to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome take on]] the entire [[spoiler:Yellow Scarves]].
* Nyarko of ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' wields her "unspeakable bar thing" the same way others would use swords (and occasionally [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throws it]]). Some Lovecraft fans have suggested it's a stealthy reference to Nyarlathotep's Egyptian origins, since the crowbar resembles the ''was'' staff carried by pharoahs (and such was one of Nyarlathotep's 1,000 forms).


[[folder: Comics ]]

* In MarvelComics The Wrecker is a man who was given a magical crowbar by Loki that grants him immense strength and endurance. He also has the ability to divide his power between others to form the Wrecking Crew, all with their own construction site weaponry.
* This was the method of choice for SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in [[ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily killing Jason Todd]], with a time bomb delivering the CoupDeGrace.
** And years later, after coming BackFromTheDead, Jason [[spoiler: AKA the new Red Hood]] reveals his identity to Joker and the readers by returning the favor.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'''s Jim uses a crowbar in one scene near the end, where he bashes a soldier's head in.
* Crowbar is one the many things used to pin Freddy against a wall in ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare''.
* Michael in the remake of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' as they enter the mall.
* One of the intro victims in ''Film/{{Cornered}}'' is beaten to death with what looks like a crowbar.
* A character gets stabbed in the eye with a crowbar in ''Film/{{Carver}}''.
* The initial antagonist of ''I Spit on Your Grave, I Piss on Your Grave'' is killed with a crowbar.
* Walter uses a crowbar to destroy a car in ''Film/TheBigLebowski''.
-->''Do you see what happens, Larry!''
* Brad Pitt for the third act of ''Film/WorldWarZ''. This gives him an OhCrap moment when the crowbar gets jammed in a zombie's head and another is charging towards him.
* ''Film/ProWrestlersVsZombies'' has Wrestler/RoddyPiper using it as his mle weapon for a good bit of the movie.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'' details why a crowbar is one of the better hand-to-hand weapons to use against zombies: it is strong enough to break skulls, doesn't need sharpening or loading, and, if needed, can be used to pry things.
* ''Halloween: The Mad House'' ends with Michael being beaten into submission with a crowbar.
* Freddy is fought with a crowbar in ''A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Dealers''.
* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/{{SERRAted Edge}}'' novels, mage-warrior Tannim fights with one of these, since twenty pounds of ColdIron, enchanted for maximum effect, will ruin the day of a lot of magical beings.
* MercyThompson used a crowbar in two books. In ''Moon Called'', she broke the Mac's, a new werewolf, collarbone to free herself from his grip when he started to lose control to wolf in himself. In ''Iron Kissed'', Mercy killed [[spoiler:Tim, after he raped her,]] by spearing him and then smashing his head in, holding the crowbar in only '''her left hand'''.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The cast of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', though mostly Xander.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Hopeless" begins with the three [=UnSubs=] murdering two couples with crowbars.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Probably [[TropeCodifier the most famous example]] is in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'': [[PlayerCharacter Gordon Freeman's]] [[WeaponOfChoice signature weapon]] is a crowbar. This is [[LampshadeHanging commented on]] by the G-Man in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}: Episode 2''.
* As a mod of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'', ''VideoGame/GarrysMod'' keeps the iconic crowbar in for the gamemodes ''VideoGame/TroubleInTerroristTown'' and ''VideoGame/PropHunt''.
* One of the first weapons found in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is a crowbar
* ''VideoGame/{{Condemned}}''. You can also use it to pry things open.
* One of the usable melee weapons in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2''. Being another ''Valve'' IP, Louis naturally says "Man, I feel like Gordon Freeman!" when you pick one up.
* Likewise, one of many melee weapons you can use in ''VideoGame/DeadRising2''.
* In ''VideoGame/SpaceStation13'', a good clout upside the head with a crowbar will knock someone out for longer than you'd expect.
* ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2'', it is available since the first game, but back then it cannot be used as a weapon. This is just a bonus since its main use is to pry open locked doors and containers.
* The Blue Sun mod for ''7.62mm High Caliber'' adds a crowbar as a melee weapon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Odium}}''. About as much power as a {{bat|terUp}}, and weaker than an [[AnAxeToGrind axe]].
* Present in both ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' games. The best melee weapon in the original, but overshadowed by [[MagicalDefibrillator better]] [[DropTheHammer weapons]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter in the]] [[ChainsawGood sequel]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': as a ShoutOut, you can find one in Area 69, on a desk, but you can't pick it up. Some {{Game Mod}}s replace the dildo with it.
* In ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'', one would probably expect the recurring ultimate BonusBoss, Tyrant Overlord Baal, to [[EquippableAlly magichange into a sword]], considering how almost all of his attacks involve summoning [[{{BFS}} really huge ones]] to impale his foes. Instead, he magichanges into an ordinary-looking crowbar. A crowbar so powerful, that it can potentially max out the wielder's stats.
* The original melee weapon for the Scout, Soldier, Pyro, Demoman, Heavy, and Sniper classes in ''VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic'' was a crowbar. Engineer used a [[WrenchWhack Wrench]] [[MagicTool that could]] [[EvolvingWeapon upgrade buildings]], [[PercussiveMaintenance repair buildings]], and [[HealingShiv restore the armor of teammates]], Medic used a [[HealThyself Med-kit that healed allies and infected enemies]], Spy used a [[KnifeNut knife]] that could BackStab enemies for a OneHitKill, and Civilian used an [[ParasolOfPain Umbrella]].
* A crowbar is the starting melee weapon for Thieves in ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' along with knives and daggers. Said crowbar is listed as an "Axe/Club" type weapon and it's not very powerful.
* A crowbar is found in the first areas of both ''VideoGame/{{Sonny}}'' games. The weapon is a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'', which is more blatant in the second game (the weapon has the description "the weapon of '''free men'''").
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''. You do find a crowbar at one point, but its only use is to open a busted door. Shortly thereafter, it breaks under the strain.
* In ''VideoGame/MissionThunderbolt'' the crowbar is not only a durable tool for prying and smashing things, but one of the better early-game weapons.
%%* ''VideoGame/ThePunisher''
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Siren}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Siren}} 2''


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* The [[TheyCallHimSword aptly-named]] Felt member [[color:#00FF00:Crowbar]] from ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' uses a crowbar which, in addition to being a handy weapon, has the ability to destroy [[TimeMaster temporal artifacts]] and [[AntiMagic negate their effects.]]
* Duncan in ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'' favors a crowbar over ranged weapons. A chart made by the author describes him as the second-best fighter in the series, but it's been noted that he usually [[DeathOfAThousandCuts has to hit someone many, many times before they finally die]].


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''[[http://z7.invisionfree.com/thegangoffive/index.php?showtopic=5145 Insane Cafe 3: The Curse of the Haunted Hotel]]''. [[TheLandBeforeTime Strut]] using a crowbar then a shovel to subdue a super powered Human who had tried to pick a fight with the entire hotel.
* ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'', the second RP. Dr. Rawlson/[[spoiler:Dr. Jeston]] tries to kill Dr. Zanasiu with a crowbar.
** Also a BrickJoke, as earlier Dr. Shelton had opened Jeston's tool closet looking for a weapon and was disappointed to find the crowbar was missing.
* Tom spends a large portion of ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' carrying around a crowbar to smash things with.
* LetsPlay/{{Strippin}} uses a crowbar for melee combat in ''Rail Bros'', one of the ''Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries'' subseries.