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->"''Here's a riddle: When is a Croquet Mallet like a billy club? I'll tell you: Whenever you want it to be.''"
-->-- '''Cheshire Cat''', ''AmericanMcGeesAlice''
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The high probability your wackiest party member, like the TeamPet, will use some sort of bizarre and, well, improbable "weapon" -- that is, in the sense of an object you could conceivably hit something with. And some of these 'weapons' don't even go that far.
This usually seems to just be a way to give that character some sort of [[SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness upgradeable item to explain ongoing power increases]]. Curiously, every weapon shop will sell these upgrades, despite there being seemingly only one such user on the planet.
Many games also have a [[JokeItem gag]] weapon for each of the party members, which is essentially an Improbable or NerfArm version of their regular weapon, such as a PaperFanOfDoom for the sword-wielder, a broom for the WhiteMagicianGirl, or a squeaky-mallet for someone who normally wields [[AnAxeToGrind an axe]] [[DropTheHammer or hammer]]. Of course, this might end up subverted with an [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One]] [[LethalJokeItem Marshmallow Slingshot]].
This trope is surprisingly not that far from reality when you consider how martial arts weapons have included not just spears, swords, and knives, but farming tools, boat oars (see also MiyamotoMusashi), fans, [[RingsOfDeath metal rings]] (no, not even chakram, just round metal rings), and... small wooden benches? Hell, this doesn't even go into the army's trench shovel or some of crazier weapon combinations from about the 17th to early 20th century (brass knuckle knives, ax pistols, and flintlock cutlery).
Note: Many "improbable weapons" can indeed cause significant damage. Examples of these are:
* [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pans]],
* [[ShovelStrike shovels (most notably trench shovels, as mentioned above)]],
* [[EdibleBludgeon a solid mass of frozen food]] (giving a whole new meaning to LethalChef),
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedwarmer bed warmers]],
* scissors [[RockPaperScissors (with or without rocks & paper)]],
* [[RollingPinOfDoom rolling pins]],
* [[ClothingCombat clothes]] or [[ClothFu cloths]],
and so on. Anything that's heavy or sharp (well, sharp and over a certain size), really. Or long, flexible, and reasonably sturdy.
This may be one of the stranger examples of TruthInTelevision. For '''one-time examples''' see ImprovisedWeapon. If someone manages to pull this off with an actual weapon see ImprobableUseOfAWeapon.
See also ThisBananaIsArmed, TrickArrow, NerfArm, KillerYoyo, ParasolOfPain, RingsOfDeath, the aforementioned PaperFanOfDoom, the aforementioned FryingPanOfDoom and RollingPinOfDoom, ThrowTheBookAtThem, InstrumentOfMurder, The DeathDealer, BattleTops, and the silliest of them all, the MusicalAssassin. Compare MartialArtsAndCrafts, JokeItem and LethalJokeItem. See also AbnormalAmmo.