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->''"Let me stress that again: ''heavyweight''. A thin-bottomed saucepan is useless for anything. (...) A proper saute pan should cause serious head injury if brought down hard against someone's skull. If you have any doubts about which will dent--the victim's head or your pan--then throw that pan right in the trash."''
-->-- '''[[Series/NoReservations Anthony Bourdain]]''', ''Series/KitchenConfidential''

Unlike many other [[ImprobableWeaponUser Improbable Weapons]], the frying pan could actually cause quite a bit of damage. One can assume that getting hit over the head with a slab of iron would at least cause a concussion. Indeed, the noble frying pan is a worthy melee weapon.

It should be mentioned that frying-pans-as-weapons are usually wielded by females, although the occasional '''''male''''' chef may be found using it.

It should also be mentioned that wielding a typical cast iron skillet for any length of time, with any efficacy, would take considerable arm strength.

Just as it is in any good kitchen, this is an absolute ''staple'' of slapstick comedy. In some cases, it might also be considered the Western counterpart of the HyperspaceMallet. May be found in the arsenal of the ChefOfIron.

Closely related to RollingPinOfDoom.

See also TapOnTheHead.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Chi-Chi from ''{{Dragonball}}''. The extent to which it's used, however, is significantly [[CharacterExaggeration overstated]] by {{Fanon}}.
* A RunningGag in ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'', started by the chef main character, has various human baddies taken out by a sneak attack with a frying pan. Oddly, [[GunsAreWorthless they seem more effective than the machine guns]].
* In ''AxisPowersHetalia'', this is Hungary's ''other'' WeaponOfChoice, aside of her [[BladeOnAStick spear]]. Specially when around France, and ''maybe'' Prussia.
** In the anime, China owns a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wok wok]]'' of doom.
* Played straight with a twist in ''Manga/FairyTail'', when Natsu battles a mercenary whose weapon of choice is a gigantic, magic frying pan.
* ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma ½]]'': One of the many blunt objects Akane introduces to Ranma's skull. Used deliberately in a later story arc: when facing the fire-breathing Rouge (in her [[AGodAmI Asura form]],) Ranma and Pantyhose Tarou arm themselves with griddles, pans, pots, and other kitchen utensils that they can use as shields. After Tarou punches Ranma high above the flying Rouge, Ranma comes down on top of her to deliver an overhead frying-pan smash to one of her heads.
* The Frying Pan Of Doom becomes Shinobu's weapon of choice in ''LoveHina''. Fitting, since she is the resident chef of Hinata House. And yes, in the manga at least, she ends up smacking [[ButtMonkey Keitaro]] with it at least twice. When he isn't being smacked around by Naru's [[MegatonPunch fist]] or Kaolla's [[DynamicEntry feet]].
* Ataru from ''UruseiYatsura'' becomes quite proficient with a frying pan. Which he uses both to block Jariten's flame breath and to bat the floating brat into next week (or off some combo of walls floor and ceiling). There's also one PetTheDog moment when Jariten tries to get a mothers day carnation for his mother, but winds up being delayed so that she's just left when he gets back. Ataru promptly uses his frying pan to smack him in a trajectory that lands him right on his mother's bike.
* Tamako in ''Anime/KemekoDeluxe!'' wields a mean frying pan against Kemeko.
* Rain in ''Manga/ImmortalRain'' attempts this, but doesn't hurt anyone.
* In the ''Anime/RidingBean'' OAV, it takes a frying pan (hot off the stove with eggs still sizzling in it) to awaken [[HeavySleeper Bean Bandit]] from his slumber. Note that he slept through a stun-gun to the neck (or rather, his eyes shot open, then closed again) immediately before this.
* Jun from ''Manga/{{WORKING}}'' uses one when Souma gets on his nerves. Which is often.
* Played with in ''Manga/EtCetera'' where Ming-Chao has a wok of doom which can be used as anything from a weapon to a lifeboat to a shield capable of repelling bullets (to some extent).
* Mana from ''Manga/DragonHalf'' frequently uses a frying pan to rein in her [[PervertDad perv of a husband]].
* Yuno of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' hits Miyako repeatedly on the head with a possibly hot frying pan for flipping her fried egg. The sound annoys Sae into coming up and meeting Yuno for the first time.
* In the manga ''Worst'', [[RedBaron King Joe]] as a freshmen perfectly justified his use of a Frying Pan against Tsukamoto Mitsunobu in stating that in a 6 versus 1 (King Joe being by himself), that the Frying Pan was his handicap.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has an early use of this. Ninjin (Carrot), one of Usopp's child followers in Syrup Village, used this as his makeshift weapon against the Black Cat Pirates. He used it to great effectiveness when he fought TheDragon, using it to deliver a GroinAttack. Poor Jango...
** In the anime only G8 arc, Navarone's head chef Jessica uses this, but only to reprimand her underlings for not working hard enough.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* In ''NinjaBurger'', one of the combat boosting items you can get is the spatula, which is as deadly as the Ninja Burger Official Wakazashi. Also, a training card "Wok the Casbah" shows a ninja dual wielding ironcast woks on top of the Casbah.
* The ''LordOfTheRings'' [=TCG=] made a card out of the frying pan used by Sam in the movie (see Film). In-game, it could be used to do direct damage to any orcs the wielder was fighting. Because you could give it to any hobbit you wanted (including Frodo, who for a while was a necessity in every deck), it ended up banned because it made orc-based decks much less effective.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Getting older, Franchise/TheDCU's Ma "Original ComicBook/RedTornado" Hunkel has been known to administer a beatdown with one of these.
* In an issue of ''ComicBook/BlackPanther'', ComicBook/{{Storm}}'s American grandmother knocked out a HYDRA agent with one of these, while grandpa took on several more in the living room. They were actually disappointed by the low turnout, saying "HYDRA played us soft just because we're old."
* Franchise/{{Batman}} once used a frying pan to beat up a ninja and block another ninja's shuriken.
* ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske: Tante Sidonia uses frying pans often to defend herself.
* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: Madam Pheip and Madam Nero's favorite weapon of defense, along with a RollingPinOfDoom.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In ''FanFic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'', Cinderella wields one at one point.
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* {{Exaggerated}} in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', where a frying pan is more effective than a sword in a fight, and [[spoiler: becomes the palace guard weapon as a result]]. Bonus points for averting AlwaysFemale.
-->'''Flynn''': I have got to get me one of ''these!''
* A Super Bowl commercial for ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' called "We Will Wok You" shows [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Po using two woks to beat a bunch of wolf thugs]] with "We Will Rock You" by Queen playing. Woks are technically giant Chinese frying pans.
* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', Chicha is startled by Llama Kuzco at the kitchen window and she hits him with the pan she was holding.
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[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* In the movie adaptation of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', Sam takes down a few goblins in Moria with his trusty frying pan.
--> '''Sam:''' I think I'm getting the hang of this...
* In ''Film/TheHobbit'', Bombur who uses a soup ladle as a weapon.
* The primary weapon used in ''Film/EatingRaoul''. Bong!
* In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', during the battle in the streets of Cairo, Marion takes out an assailant with a handy frying pan. It's such a memorable moment that the Marion action figure in the new line comes with a frying pan. The stunt show at Disney's Hollywood Studios features this as well, with Marion using a frying pan on the roof of a building to knock back a {{mook}} on a ladder, though her backswing hits Indy as well.
* In ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'', Scrooloose, one of Max's young "followers", wields a metal frying pan during the final chase scene.
* In the movie ''Thursday'', the protagonist gets bound to a chair in his own kitchen. He manages to free himself while alone in the room, grabs a frying pan, and sits back down in the chair with it held behind his back as the villain who was going to torture him returns. And proceeds to berate himself for not grabbing the hidden gun nearby instead.
* Hilariously used in ''Film/ThrowMommaFromTheTrain'' between Creator/DannyDeVito and Billy Crystal.
-->'''Momma''': Who the hell is this?\\
'''Owen''': Oh, this is Cousin Paddy. He's coming to stay with us a while. Isn't that nice?\\
'''Momma''': [suspiciously] We don't ''have'' a "Cousin Paddy".\\
'''Owen''': [to Larry] You lied to me!\\
'''Wham!'''
* [[PlayedForLaughs Hilariously averted]] in ''Film/{{Hancock}}'' when the titular hero attempts to prove a point. When trying to get answers from [[spoiler: invincible counterpart Mary]] he manages to bend a barbecue fork in her back, shatter a rolling pin over her head and finally attempts to smash two frying pans on her head. She manages to stop him in time, though it is unlikely the frying pans would have had any physical effect, aside from CrossPoppingVeins.
* In one scene in ''Film/TheGreatDictator'', a {{Mook}} gets knocked out with a frying pan.
* ''Film/{{UHF}}'': "Hey, Bobbo, look up! Now look down! Now look at Mister Frying Pan!" '''''clang''''' "Uh-oh! Bobbo fall down; go boom." In the special features commentary, Al describes that he accidentally hit the actor portraying Bobbo VERY hard with the skillet. The pain and utter aggravation he exhibits is a [[EnforcedMethodActing real reaction]].
* Used during a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown in a kitchen in the Film/JamesBond film ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', both a straight example and a variant; a thrown saucepan full of boiling water.
* In one of the more graphic scenes in ''Film/{{Chocolat}}'', a drunken Serge breaks into Vianne's flat to try and get his wife Josephine back. He ends up assaulting Vianne, until Josephine sneaks up behind them and bangs the frying pan on Serge's head.
-->'''Josephine''': "Who says I can't use a skillet?"
* In ''Film/DogSoldiers'', [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one of the men beats a werewolf near to death with a skillet while screaming bloody murder]]. Unfortunately, another one comes and knocks it out of his hand.
* In ''Film/FatalInstinct'', Laura Lincolnberry uses one to give her ex-husband a TapOnTheHead.
* ''Film/FriedGreenTomatoes'': shows up as a murder weapon.
* On ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Jessica knocks Roger cold with a frying pan...but only because [[PercussivePrevention she didn't want him to get hurt.]] Bonus points for her putting it [[BagOfHolding inside her tiny handbag afterwards.]]
* One of the killers is beat to near-death with one in ''Film/MotorHomeMassacre''.
* Creator/JohnnyDepp's cameo in ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'' involves him being whacked in the face with the frying pan during a "This Is Your Brain On Drugs" commercial.
* In ''Film/TheScorpionKing'', a little boy knocks out a mook by clocking him in the head with a frying pan.
* The initial fight scenes of ''[[Film/TheExpendables The Expendables 2]]'' has Yin Yang going all frying pans ''akimbo'' on incoming mooks after he ran out of bullets.
* Martin Blank in ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'' uses a frying pain to deliver a CoupDeGrace on a {{mook}} in his girlfriend's kitchen.
* Dr. Watson bashes a thug over the head with the chemical laboratory equivalent of a frying pan in ''Film/SherlockHolmes''.
* A regular fixture of ''Film/CarryOn'' films.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* Short story ''Utensile Strength'' by Creator/PatriciaCWrede, part of her ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'', centered around what to do with "The Frying Pan of Doom". [[spoiler:It's not just a large blunt object -- when wielded by the right person, it turns anyone whacked on the head with it into a poached egg.]] The pan is usually so hot that whoever holds it must wear an oven mitt; only its Rightful Wielder can hold it bare-handed.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'', Tiffany uses a cast-iron skillet as a weapon on her journey with the Feegles to Fairy Land (justified, because [[TheFairFolk elves and other creatures of Fairy Land]] can't stand ColdIron).
* Tika's most prominent scene in the ''[[{{Dragonlance}} Dragonlance Chronicles]]'' has her bashing a draconian in the head with a cast-iron skillet. The skillet was listed in her equipment (1d8 damage) in a version of the campaign modules on which the novels were based. In the 15th anniversary edition of the trilogy (The Annotated Chronicles), Tracy Hickman notes that Tika had a special weapon specialization, known as "Skillet Bashing", which gave several benefits when wielding a skillet.
** In 1st edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' rules, this makes Tika's skillet as deadly as a longsword.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Aunt Petunia attempts to hit Harry with a frying pan in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', but he dodges it.
** The house elves use them against the Death Eaters along with other cooking implements in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''.
** In the seventh ''Harry Potter'' book, Kreacher gives Mundungus a much deserved bang on the head with a copper saucepan.
* Frank Bennett is killed with a single blow to the head by a large cast-iron skillet in the book and movie ''FriedGreenTomatoesAtTheWhistleStopCafe''. In the book, he's nailed in the back of the head; in the film, he's hit in the face.
* An example from ''Literature/{{TKKG}}'', the popular series of kids novels in German-speaking countries: Gaby uses it on one of her kidnappers.
* One of several improvised weapons used in an effort to disable the crazed maitre d' in Creator/StephenKing's short story ''Lunch at the Gotham Cafe'' (found in the collection ''Everything's Eventual'').
* Creator/JenniferCrusie and Bob Mayer's joint story "Agnes and the Hitman" features a heroine who has a notorious habit of hitting men (particularly cheating boyfriends) over the head with frying pans. It is hilariously alluded to throughout the book from the first chapter - when she accidentally kills a dognapper by hitting him repeatedly with a frying pan, sending him hurtling backwards into a hidden basement - onwards. She even notes the differences in damage between frying pans ("It was nonstick, not cast iron, so he shouldn't even need a plate in his head!")
* The opening chapter of ''Literature/RemoteMan'' has Janet smashing a TV with a frying pan, the first indication we get of her nervous breakdown.
* In Anne Bishop's ''Literature/BlackJewels'' series, a woman throws a pot at her employer during her "moontime." He then takes several of her cooking implements outside to throw around. She thinks that the ProudWarriorRaceGuy is just taking out his anger on things other than her. Turns out he's trying to figure out which of them would make the best weapon for her, then trains her to be literally lethal with a frying pan.
** As a result of that training, the rather gentle, caring, and sweet female character declares that she can ''break bone nine times out of ten'' when she throws a skillet at someone.
* In Dan Wells's ''Literature/MrMonster'' John Cleaver knocks out [[spoiler:Agent Foreman]] with a frying pan. In this case, there is no levity in the use of a frying pan.
* In ''Literature/ThePinballs'', Carlie's backstory involves a violent stepfather who all but killed her with his bare hands and it is implied she only survived, thanks to a frying pan.
* Jemimah uses one against El Feo in ''[[BloodyJack Rapture Of The Deep]]''.
* Dean, Garrett's live-in housekeeper and cook, whacks the spy Lurking Felhske on the noggin with a skillet in ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Cruel Zinc Melodies]]''.
* An early victim in ''[[Franchise/FridayThe13th Friday the 13th: Carnival Of Maniacs]]'' tries to fight Jason off with a big iron skillet, to no avail.
* John Irving's "Last Night in Twisted River" has a few of these: The cook, Dominic, is rumored to once have hit a bear with his 18-inch cast-iron skillet to get it out of his kitchen ([[spoiler:in reality, he had hit his friend Ketchum with it when he found out Ketchum had been sleeping with his wife]]). His son Daniel later uses the skillet as a weapon against what he believes to be a bear mauling his father, [[spoiler:killing his babysitter in the process]].
* In the PhryneFisher novel ''Queen of the Flowers'', Ruth knocks out an intruder in the Fisher household with a long handled frying pan.
* In ''Literature/NativeSon'', Bigger kills a rat in his apartment with a heavy iron skillet.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''BostonLegal''-- Bernard Ferrion killed his mother by hitting her in the head with a skillet, and later killed his neighbor the same way when he thought she was had found out about the first murder. It then showed up ''again'' when Bernard himself was killed the same way by Creator/BettyWhite, after he said that he wanted to kill again.
* Kel in ''KenanAndKel'' use one to take down a thug. And Kenan. And Kenan's parents. And a police officer.
* In an early episode of ''SixFeetUnder'', the opening "Death of the Week" segment involves a woman killing her boring MotorMouth husband with a single blow of a frying pan.
* On the second season premiere of ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', Daisy chased after Bo and Luke with a frying pan after finding out they destroyed her car.
* In ''{{Dinosaurs}}'', the baby repeatedly beats Earl over the head with a frying pan, all the while shouting, "Not the mama! Not the mama!"
* A non-comic example occurred in ''EastEnders'' with the death of popular, long-running character Pauline Fowler. After several months of leading viewers on a wild goose chase as to who her killer was, it emerged that she died from a brain hemorrhage after being hit on the head with a frying pan by husband Joe.
** Which is a ContinuityNod to a 1993 storyline where Pauline discovered her then-husband Arthur had been having an affair. The ensuing argument saw Pauline whack Arthur with a frying pan; unlike Joe's attack on Pauline, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyaeQe8DJVw this was shown on-screen (3'53" in)]].
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'' Chandler and Joey prepare for the arrival of Joey's StalkerWithACrush. Joey grabs a heavy frying pan. Chandler balks at this, suggesting a back-up plan "in case she isn't a cartoon!"
** Another time Monica and Phoebe are screaming because of leg-waxing strips. Joey and Chandler run in holding a pot and a tea kettle respectively.
* In the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "A Day In The Life", Xena fends off an attack by some bad guys with a frying pan. This leads to Gabrielle scolding her about ruining their only good pan.
* In an episode of ''Series/FawltyTowers'', Basil Fawlty brains Manuel with a frying pan after mistaking him for a burglar. According to TheOtherWiki, Cleese used an real metal frying pan instead of a rubber one, and actually knocked Andrew Sachs (Manuel) unconscious.
** And according to the documentary, the sound you hear when Basil hits Manuel on the head with a frying pan is him ''actually'' hitting Manuel. Not a good sound and shows how this trope actually ''can'' be TruthInTelevision.
* Ellie Bartowski manages to knock out John Casey with two blows of a frying pan in one episode of ''{{Chuck}}''. Later on, she also uses a frying pan on Daniel Shaw.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Anya takes out at least one of the Knights of Byzantium with a frying pan in the episode ''Spiral.'' A much more serious example -- in his [[spoiler:fake]] vision of their future together, Xander hits Anya in the head with a skillet after she chews him out for being such a terrible husband.
** And Buffy takes out Ted with the same cast-iron skillet he made those damn mini-pizzas with!
** Not played for comedy in the Season 6 episode "Normal Again" when Buffy hits Xander with one then drags him to the basement to be killed by the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. Dexter uses one to knock Rita's ex-husband unconscious after he [[BerserkButton makes one threat too many]]. Dexter then [[spoiler: stages Paul passed out having a relapse, getting him thrown back into prison.]]
* Frequently used by Reeves and Mortimer, especially in ''ShootingStars''.
* On the ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' episode about bullying, Barth hits Zilch on the head with a frying pan several times.
* Subverted in ''Series/LieToMe'': When attacked in her kitchen, Gillian grabs a frying pan and hits one of the attackers with it -- only for it to make a little "ding" sound and the mook to tackle her to the ground.
* ''LostInSpace''. Judy Robinson wields one in "Welcome Stranger", knocking Jimmy Hapgood out during his fight with Don. As a CallBack in the season two episode "A Visit To Hades", she tries this again with a pipe, only this time she hits Don instead of the guy he's scuffling with.
* In the ''Series/MadTV'' skit "I'm Sorry Mrs. Jackson," parodying a song by Music/{{Outkast}}, Mrs. Jackson is seen wielding one in response to the Reverend Jesse Jackson's cheating on her.
* In ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' episode "The Return of Lilly D", Lilly D (an evil doll) tries to attack Natalie with a knife, but Natalie knocks it out of her hand with a frying pan, then uses the pan to knock Lilly D's head off.
* ''{{Community}}'' - Troy narrates a spooky story where mad doctor Pierce has sewn him and Abed together. After their initial horror they realize they have a new psychic bond - they knock Pierce out with a telekinetically hurled skillet. Then they levitate a big kitchen knife...and cut a sandwich on the counter in two and levitate it over to eat.
* Frying pans are used as weapons twice in ''Series/DoctorWho'', once by the Doctor and once by Amelia Pond - though Amy's frying pan is made of wood.
* [[TheAdventuresOfLanoAndWoodley Lano and Woodley]], interviewed by Andrew Denton, explained how a very lightweight frying pan or baking tin can be used this way for comic effect. It makes a funny clanging noise, and the actor's reaction sells it as a hard hit. Of course, the demonstration goes awry, and the resulting impact is a little harder than either comedian expected, turning this into another example of TruthInTelevision.
* In ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' when one of the heroes fails at the IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight to break a kidnapee's brainwashing, another of the heroes resorts to using a large pan for a TapOnTheHead instead.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': In "The French Connection Job", Elliot is posing as a chef and uses a frying pan to casually knock out a thug who comes to try and drag him out of the kitchen.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. At Gibbs' place (doubling as a safehouse for a young crime witness) Abby helps Ziva to subdue an intruder.
--> '''Abby''': It's a frying pan. It's a little cliché
--> '''Ziva''': Works for me.
* ''Series/TheAvengers''. While fighting in a railway dining car, a helpful crewmember called Crewe throws a sheet over a {{mook}}'s head, then offers Emma Peel a frying pan.
-->'''Crewe:''' Ladies first.
-->'''Peel:''' Be my guest! ''(Crewe knocks out mook)''
* During the AllJustADream sequence in the ''StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Projections", Neelix brained a Kazon warrior with his favorite saucepan (unfortunately, it was not hardy enougb to survive without denting).
* ''Series/{{Copper}}'': In "Home Sweet Home", LittleMissbadass Annie knocks out the seemingly MadeOfIron psycho Buzzy Burke with a frying pan while he is holding Kevin at gunpoint.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants, with ''Particle Man'': "Person Man, Person Man, Hit on the head with a frying pan..."
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The Bride of Frankenstein uses this against her mate in ''Pinball/MonsterBash''.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* During the Texas Death Match between [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]] and the Sandman at ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Double Tables'', February 4, 1995, Jack grabbed a frying pan from ringside, fully expecting it to be a light aluminum pan bought from the dollar store next to the arena. It was cast-iron. According to Foley, Sandman's brains didn't unscramble for two weeks.
** This was back in the days of fans bringing their own weapons to the arena for the wrestlers to use on one another. Immediately following this match, ECW stopped allowing it.
* At Wrestling/{{WWE}} ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}X-8'', Wrestling/MollyHolly turned on her partner The Hurricane by hitting him with a frying pan and pinning him to win the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore Title]]. She was upset because she saw him looking at the Godfather's Hos.
* In September-October 1999, Wrestling/{{Chyna}} (who was being considered the ultimate feminist) had entered a feud with [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion]] Wrestling/JeffJarrett (who had [[{{Kayfabe}} adopted]] a StayInTheKitchen mentality.) They decided to run with it and, for the October 99 ''No Mercy'' PPV, booked WWE's only "Good Housekeeping" match, where the area around the ring was littered with household objects. In her autobiography, there's a photo of Chyna bringing a frying pan down hard on Jarrett's head. Chyna won the match and the title, exiling Jarrett from the company in the process, after hitting Jarrett with a guitar. (Jarrett had debuted in December 1993 as "Double-J" Jeff Jarrett, doing an [[DreadfulMusician evil country singer]] [[TheGimmick gimmick]] [he's from Tennessee], and he has continued to use a guitar as his WeaponOfChoice to this day.)
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/TheStephanieMillerShow'' has voice impressionist Jim Ward portray former president UsefulNotes/BillClinton's reaction to titillating news stories of the day. Then his wife hits him with a frying pan after the inevitable innuendo. Mind you, this is a ''liberal'' radio show.
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[[folder: Stand Up Comedy]]
* EddieIzzard: Part of the "Heimlich Gesture", along with being thumped in the stomach and [[GroinAttack kneed in the bollocks.]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A classic story passed around in role-playing circles tells of the Dungeon Master who has a monster attack his players that can only be harmed with magic weapons, knowing that they have no such weapons in stock. Instead of fleeing like they were supposed to, one of the characters picks up the only magic item the party has, a self-heating frying pan the DM had previously given them as gag treasure. The character defeats the monster and the player goes on to build the character around frying-pan battle techniques.
* One of Samwise Gamgee miniatures by Games Workshop dual wields a sword and a frying pan.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Zombicide}}'', set after a ZombieApocalypse, four to six survivors start with the following weapons, each distributed randomly to one of them: a [[AnAxeToGrind fire axe]], a [[CrowbarCombatant crowbar]], a [[{{Handgun}} pistol]] and a Frying pan per survivor beyond 3.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Iksei of ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Rorona|The Alchemist of Arland}}''. Since he actually is a cook and runs a cafe, he can be literally considered a ChefOfIron.
* This was [[InfinityPlusOneSword the best weapon]] for Peach in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. She also uses it in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' and ''Brawl''. It make a [[MostWonderfulSound hilariously satisfying]] ''whang!'' sound when it connects, too.
* Frying pans are ''the'' recurring weapon of choice for the female leads of the ''[[VideoGame/EarthBound MOTHER]]'' trilogy. They were the sole weapons available to Ana in ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' and Paula in ''VideoGame/EarthBound''. Kumatora can use a Fake Frying Pan late in ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'', but they're not her primary weapon type.
* After the treasure hunting quest chain ''VideoGame/FableI'', the prize is a frying pan, which has several augmentation slots. [[note]]If you cheat and just dig it up, it has none. If you collect all the clues, it has two -- plus two more invisible ones that cease to exist if you don't use them right away.[[/note]]
** It's even better than that. Close inspection will reveal the [[http://fable.wikia.com/wiki/Frying_Pan imprint of some unfortunate person's face on it]].
* It's an amazingly powerful anti-zombie weapon in ''VideoGame/DeadRising''. You can smackdown a decent number of zombies with it ordinarily, but ForMassiveDamage, use the pan with a handy stove, to create a Red-Hot Frying Pan - which you can then use to toast the zombies' faces! One-hit knockout against any zombie, while also looking hilarious.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', psychopathic chef Antoine Thomas uses a frying pan as his main weapon. He can even block bullets with it.
* The Chef class in ''MakaiKingdom'' uses Frying Pans as one of their preferred weapons. They're a pretty rare find, as they only show up in mid-to-high level random dungeons.
* A variation is in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. A chef wants to use his frying pan as a hammer to help rebuild [[spoiler:Alexandria]], but he's told his work is just as valuable making sure everyone else is fed and healthy, so they can rebuild.
* An entire sidequest in ''PhantasyStarOnline'' involves a club of weapon enthusiasts talking about the ultimate weapon, which turns out to be the frying pan of the club's president's wife. Amazingly enough, it's actually more effective than some of the ''real'' weapons you usually get around that time.
* Conker's main weapon in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay''. The remake gave him a baseball bat.
* Lilith Aileron in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny''. Used to devastating effect in the attacks "Shisha no mezame" (waking the dead, with sound waves!) and Steak Flare (though not directly). It is at least as painful as it sounds.
* Patty Fleur in the PS3 remake of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' uses a frying pan for her Little Big Chef and Fire Big Chef artes. She only smacks them over the head with it for the former attack, though, and only if she's using certain attack styles. This is somehow just as capable of producing dishes as the other variants of the attack that actually look as though she's preparing food with the pan.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', several characters use various cooking utensils as weapons, the strongest of which is a frying pan made of [[{{Unobtainium}} Rainbow Shell]]. Combined with a battle system that utilizes stringing weak-fierce blows together, this leads to, among things, an unassuming village girl unleashing a rapid-fire, martial arts SpamAttack with her trusty frying pan.
* ''VideoGame/EvolutionTheWorldOfSacredDevice'' has one of the main characters, Linear, use a frying pan as her main weapon. What is odd is that they are exploring ancient ruins, yet she keeps finding upgrades for her weapon. Surely the ancients had some really tough eggs to fry.
* Sauceror characters in ''KingdomOfLoathing'' wield a class of saucepans for their Saucery and for bludgeoning as per this trope. The frying brainpan, depicted and described as a frying pan, is among the top-level available.
* In ''Evergrace'' (by the makers of ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore''), you not only get a frying pan for Sharline, but the first upgrade adds a pair of eggs, and the second adds a strip of bacon to make a happy breakfast plate. Upgrades add enormous bashing damage (though not as good as the monstrous hammers) and fire attacks.
* In a rather weird and somewhat different usage of the Frying Pan Of Doom, but not as a hand held weapon, you've got the EvilChef boss in ''VideoGame/WarioLand: Shake It!'', Large Fry. He actually rides around in a frying pan as some kind of flying device, uses it to charge at Wario for one attack and slam into the ground from above the screen in another attack, and uses said improbable weapon in quite possibly an evil more improbable way than most.
* In ''VideoGame/SwordOfVermilion'', if the hero refuses to go save a woman's husband, he gets whacked over the head with her frying pan.
* A decent [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Chef weapon]] in ''VideoGame/{{Contact}}'', though the carving knives are better.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' has Hai Yo, a chef who fights with a wok and frying pan. [[LethalJokeCharacter He can be made into one of the most powerful characters in the game]].
* Hisui wields a pan, in addition to several other cooking (and cleaning) implements, in ''MeltyBlood. Pishi!''
* When you play as Sam in one of the LordOfTheRings tie-in [=RPG=]s, one of your abilities uses a frying pan that has a stun effect.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' is the source of the above image. In it, the humble skillet is every bit as deadly as any other melee weapon – maybe even ''more'', as it has a shorter cooldown between swings. Funnily enough, it's such a liked weapon that in the promotion for ''The Passing'' DLC, the Frying Pan was added to Creator/{{Valve|Software}}'s other hugely popular multiplayer game ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' as a cosmetic change to the Soldier's shovel and the Demoman's bottle. Then, it reached [[MemeticMutation memetic status]] as part of the "Demopan", a fan-made parody of the many, ''many'' promotional items of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. As of now, the Frying Pan can be equipped by every class except the Spy and the Engineer. Considering that using the Scout's bat is one of the most annoying things to be hit with, you can only ''imagine'' how many [[{{Griefer}} people]] started to use the Frying Pan when playing as the Scout just for the MostAnnoyingSound.
** And now, there's the rare [[BlingBlingBang Golden Frying Pan]], which can be equipped on every class, including Engineer and Spy, and [[TakenForGranite turns the victim into a golden statue]] on kill. It can be [[RandomlyDrops obtained]] from playing the Two Cities tour in [[RobotWar Mann vs. Machine]] mode, at a [[RareRandomDrop VERY small chance]]. Very few Golden Pans exist, making them a prestigious item to own.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', Yang's Wife (later named Sheila in ''[[FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears The After Years]]'') gives the heroes a frying pan with which to hit Yang, and doing so [[EasyAmnesia cures his memory loss]]. It's hinted that this is because it reminded him of the ''many'' times it apparently happened before. It's even hinted that she [[{{Tsundere}} shows her love with physical violence]] in the Japanese version, where the item is actually called the "Frying Pan of Love". The "Frying Pan of Love" returns with a ladle (meant for Yang and Sheila's daughter, Ursula) in ''The After Years''. After Yang and Ursula take their beatings, they groggily mumble as though waking up, clearly believing that Sheila was the one who hit them. [[WrenchWench Luca]] is left utterly dumbfounded.
* In ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'', one of the costume objects is a frying pan. If you try to do a Sackboy Slap while holding it, you get the expected sound. It's also supposed to knock the target further than a standard slap.
* In ''VideoGame/ZombiePanic'', one of the many melee weapons available is a frying pan. On a similar note, another is a cooking pot.
* In ''VideoGame/ChampionsOfNorrath'', one might be able to deliver melee blows with The Scrambler.
* One of Miyu's weapon lines in VideoGame/TrinityUniverse is an over-sized [[XtremeKoolLetterz Phrying Pann]].
* Your main method of attack in non-Japanese versions of ''VideoGame/PanicRestaurant'' is a frying pan.
* Frying pans are a weapon in the ''SnowboardKids'' series. They are launched into the air rather than swung and will hit all other racers (unless they're made immune in some way, such as invisibility), flattening them and bringing their forward momentum to a screeching halt. Anyone in midair, such as when going off a jump or doing a trick, when hit by the frying pan, will plummet straight down. Disastrous over a BottomlessPit.
* Tia of ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' uses frying pans as her WeaponOfChoice.
* In ''VideoGame/AttackOfTheMutantPenguins'', a frying pan is Bernard's main weapon.
* Bud from ''LegendOfMana'' uses his mother's frying pan as his preferred weapon. The game treats it as a two handed sword.
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'', the final quest against a Droaam monster invasion has one fight involving a camp cook, armed with a frying pan that's not only a dangerous bludgeoning weapon to an unwary player, but also throws bacon grease around to [[SlipperySkid make escape or evasion difficult]]. [[{{Pyromaniac}} The enemies or you can set the grease ablaze]].
* The Chef Kyroo dream eater in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'' wields one as a weapon, utilizing it both for close range combos and long range fire attacks.
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' has the Lunakaligo, a transcendent acolyte class weapon, and the monster Magnolia, a reanimated fried egg that uses a frying pan as a weapon.
* Frying pans are an available weapon in ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour''. They're actually the best weapon in the game if you're going for the best ending, due to their high toughness, availability (Every house has one in it) and tendency to lay out enemies [[PacifistRun without actually killing them]].
* Featured in ''VideoGame/AloneInTheDark2''. The frying pan can even block most of the blow darts from the EvilChef. After the chef exhausted his darts, he will go into a frying pan duel with you.
* Barbara Johnson (also known as "The Housewife") in "VideoGame/BioShock2 Multiplayer uses a frying pan as her unique melee weapon.
* Uzumaki Kushina from ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStormRevolution'' uses a frying pan and a ladle as her preferred combat weapons.
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* Parodying ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', Yang's Wife in ''CaptainSNES'' believes that ''any'' status effect can be cured by being hit over the head with her frying pan.
* As demonstrated in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the best weapon is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050916 the one you don't use]].
** Later, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061013 the pan makes another appearance]]:
-->Marie: And now I'd like you to convince me you're not out to hurt Agatha.
-->Wooster: Or you'll hit me with the pan? (Given he's sporting new bandages and bruises in his [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061120 next appearance]], it was not an either/or situation.)
* [[http://thedevilspanties.com/archives/2395 This]] strip from ''The Devils Panties''. Comes with a side of GoodAngelBadAngel.
* [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=697 Done]] in ''QuestionableContent'' by Marten to a couple of {{badass}} kung-fu monks. Yes, you read that correctly.
* Kyo'nne of ''{{Drowtales}}'' pulls this offscreen [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6578 when a halme sneaks up on her]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6610 to hilarious effect]]
* [[http://machall.com/view.php?date=2002-07-01 Invoked]] in ''MacHall''.
* [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00218.html Also invoked]] in ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', especially against a girl's drunken boyfriend who is too violent to reason with and manhandles his date.
--->'''Nip:''' Good thing Ma [[ChekhovsGun still serves her cornbread in the pan]].
* [[{{Film/Labyrinth}} Sarah Williams]]' signature weapon in the fancomics ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' and ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' justified by the same thing as the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' example earlier: Most of her troubles are [[TheFairFolk fae]] in nature so ColdIron is a good bet.
* Iris from ''WebComic/{{Broodhollow}}'' pulls a BigDamnHeroes moment with one, [[spoiler:pounding the tailor-skeleton [[PaintingTheMedium until the colors go back to normal]]. And then a bit more for good measure]].
* ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles'': A young bat with the [[MeaningfulName appropriate name]] of Skitter wields one successfully [[http://cyantian.net/blog/comic/genoworks-saga-chapter-1-10/#comments here]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' Grape snaps Bino out of one of his crazy moments with a [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/09/19/grape-solves-another-problem-with-violence/ pan to the head]]. Then wonders why the "Good ol' dogs club" even had one.
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* Kate knocks out Steve with a frying pan in the ''KateModern'' episode "Ding Dong".
* Being hit with a frying pan is the usual form of dismissal in the [[http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=bolegbros Boleg Bros Lego Apprentice parodies]].
* Hillary Clinton uses one to hit Bill with in the ''JibJab'' video "Time For Some Campaignin'"
* A character in ''Literature/{{CAPOW}}'' uses a Frying Pan Of Heaven. Luckily for the rest of the cast she's a staunch {{pacifist}} who only uses it to fix glitchy code in the WorldTree, and the planned storyline where the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt hits and her optimism gets [[BreakTheCutie broken]] in the worst possible way never came to full fruition.
* In this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23g5Nc1YWlo&feature=related CGI-Lego recreation of '''The Apprentice'']], each fired contestant is shown the door by way of a frying pan.
* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' short "Bug in Mouth Disease", Strong Bad knocks Homestar out with a skillet when he's watching Caleb Rentpayer.
** And it's an OffhandBackhand too.
* Rhia, from the AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety uses a frying pan as her WeaponOfChoice.
* In Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars, [[WebVideo/EpicMealTime Harley Morenstein]] wielded a frypan made of Adamanitium and used it to deflect bullets with ease.
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* Weapon of choice for Irma, April O'Neil's dowdy coworker in ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]''. She nearly brains Donatello before she realizes who it is.
* During Huey and Riley's fight in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Let's nab Oprah!", Riley first pulls out a frying pan from his pants ([[TrouserSpace and later produces a gun from there as well]]), while Huey fends him off with a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]. As the fight moves into the kitchen area, Huey uses a frying pan that's lying around to knock Riley down.
* Wilma from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' likes to use these.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter invents an antidote for frying pans to the head. It doesn't work.
* Chris ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]]'' hits Owen over the head with one in the first episode when he freaks due to his fear of flying.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' episode "Idaho a Go Go", Dastardly lures Penelope Pitstop into a Red Riding Hood scenario, with Muttley as the wolf. Except that Penelope's an ActionGirl, so rather than hide from the wolf, she clobbers him with a frying pan. When the real wolf shows up, he doesn't fare any better.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]]" has the cake-guarding Pinkie Pie taken out with one by an elderly {{Ninja}} lady in one of Pinkie's {{Imagine Spot}}s.
* A season 5 episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has Ndnd of the Planet Omicron Persei 8 and Leela facing off with these. Bender sells them when they start arguing.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' has Slinkman hitting Lumpus with a frying pan when he gets delusional. It's implied this wasn't the first time it's happened.
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* [[UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart Richard the Lionheart]] is reputed to have died after being called out of his tent to come see an enemy {{Mook}} using a frying pan as a shield. The actual cause of death was being shot by crossbow though.
** Some versions claim that the lethal bolt was fired from the crossbow of the man with the frying pan. [[ImprobableAimingSkills Lucky shot]] indeed.
* As mentioned on the trope page; this trope is often seen because yes, Frying Pans can be pretty heavy and several people ''had'' used them as makeshift weapons in self-defense.
** Adding to that, if the frying pan has been recently used, it could also be RED-HOT while it's being slung around.
*** Not to mention it could be full of equally ''SCALDINGLY HOT'' oil, making it capable of doing copious amounts of damage (to the wielder as well, if not careful) even on a ''complete miss.''
* As the page quote shows, Anthony Bourdain once wrote that if upon hefting a frying pan, if you have any doubt whether it's the pan that will dent on someone's head instead of the reverse, ''throw it away''.
** [[DontTryThisAtHome Please don't actually test frying pans in this way.]]
* Back when fighter airplanes were unarmoured many pilots sat on frying pans to cover themselves from shots from under the plane.
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