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-> ''"Fireballs? Teleports? Fancy ninja shit? Naw son, we do pipes to the spine. All day."''
-->-- '''frankzerofour''' on [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Cody's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO60Q0W_PGM Ultra Combo]]

Subtrope of ImprovisedWeapon and related to both CarryABigStick and SimpleStaff, segments of piping usually used to channel liquids or gases are also effective clubs. Use of them as a weapon is especially common in derelict or wartorn zones where the piping is not in use and in poor repair, allowing easy acquisition. When not in the hands of a criminal or simpleton, this is generally a weapon of last resort.

Even if the piping is still installed, pipes can still be used as weapons. Broken pipe ends can be used to impale a careless enemy, valves can release scalding liquids or gases, and they can make for a good surface to crack heads against.

While most piping is generally featureless, weaponized pipes tend to feature elbow joints and valves to emphasize the fact that they are, in fact, from a plumbing system.


[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* In the second episode of ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', Kouji proceeds to use this against a horde of Pagumon. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And wins.]] At least until one of them [[LetsGetDangerous digivolves]] [[OhCrap into Raremon.]]
* In the virtual world arc of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Kaiba uses one of these against Nezbit/Tristan.
* [[PsychopathicManchild Russia]] from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' carries around a lead pipe as an ImprovisedWeapon. He makes a habit of [[{{Hammerspace}} pulling it out of nowhere]], puts things like food in it to take out later, and calls it his "[[MagicWand magical stick]]" when he uses it to go after [[HollywoodNerd Estonia]] after he [[spoiler: wrongfully accuses him of hacking his blog]]. According to WordOfGod, he has it because of Russian soldiers during World War II taking lead pipes as trophies.
* Erza uses a pipe in a fight with delinquents[[note]]Gajeel and the Phantom 4[[/note]] in the ''Manga/FairyTail'' HighSchoolAU story.
* Otcho of ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' was trained to use a [[SimpleStaff bo]], but since he's mostly in an urban environment his usual weapon is a pipe.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Tobi once used a jagged pipe as a [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice spear]] instead of a club when fighting [[spoiler:Konan.]]
* In the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' episode where Hikaru and his wingmen board the Zentradi flagship, Breetai beats down two [[HumongousMecha Valkyries]] with a pipe. After walking along the surface of his ship to find an airlock after being thrown out of a gaping hole.
* Used a couple of times in the film adaptation of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' first when Yamagata uses one to fight Joker of the Clown gang, then when Tetsuo kills a Clown by bashing him over the head with one as he drives by on his motorcycle.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', as a child, Luffy, Ace, and Sabo's primary weapons were steel pipes, which they used as staffs. [[spoiler:And while his brothers grew to rely more on their Devil Fruit powers, Sabo still uses his pipe as an adult.]]
* ''Anime/ProfessorLaytonAndTheEternalDiva'': In his animated movie, Professor Layton picks up a pipe to defend himself from the villain [[spoiler: Jean Descole]]'s sword as they battle on top of his HumongousMecha. Because the professor is incapable of doing anything in an unclassy way, he actually ''fences'' with a lead pipe and sucessfully disarms his opponent.
* In the ''Manga/SandsOfDestruction'' manga, Taupy attempts to train Kyrie using scraps of pipe. Naja interrupts them, and so Kyrie is forced to fight using nothing but his pipe.


[[folder: Board Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'': One of the possible murder weapons is a lead pipe.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/TheGoon'' uses one as one of his weapons as a kid.
* It's well-known to the general population of ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' that the government's "retirement homes" are nothing more than gas chambers. Except it's not even that, it's just a couple of men with lead pipes.


[[folder: Fanfic ]]

* ''[[Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality]]'' gives us "lead-pipe [[MindProbe Legilimency]]", a HoldYourHippogriffs variant of the RealLife idiom "rubber-hose cryptanalysis".
* Luffy relearns to fight with a pipe as his full time weapon thanks to Cross's intervention in ''Fanfic/ThisBites''. He's developed a few new techniques with it including Gum Gum [[HomeRunHitter Home Run]], Grand Slam and Ballista.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers'', Tommy beats Michael with a pipe until [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment green slime]] starts bleeding out of his head.
* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' features Marlena using a broken pipe as a weapon against the giant parasites.
* ''Film/{{Commando}}'': Let off some steam, Benett!
* A lead pipe is one of the possible murder weapons in ''Film/{{Clue}}''
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Marcellus Wallace informs Zed that he is going to be dealt with by some associates Marcellus describes as "Pipe Hittin' ". He also tells him that said associates will go to work with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch[[labelnote:*]]To leave an unidentifiable corpse[[/labelnote]], so pipes are probably going to be the least of the man's problems.
* In ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'', the character Burt uses a length of pipe to try and beat back the zombie horde trying to get into the mortuary.
* In ''Film/BladeRunner'', Decker attacks Batty with a length of pipe during their final confrontation.
* ''Film/{{TheWarriors}}'': When our eponymous heroes are preparing to face down the Rogues, Comanche wrenches a pipe from beneath the boardwalk to arm himself. [[spoiler: He won't need it.]]
* Jason from ''WesternAnimation/TerkelInTrouble'' always has an iron pipe on his person. He doesn't actually use it for something at first, and a RunningGag is that he constantly drops it, making others ask why he bothers carrying it around. His reply is: "You never know when you'll need an iron pipe". Of course, it ends up being useful when he has to use it in a fight against a psychotic teacher.
* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'' after managing to break the supports of the pipe he was handcuffed to the hero opens the valve and sprays a bad guy in the face with what turns out to be high-pressure steam.
* In ''Film/MiamiConnection'' various characters weld pipes as weapons. Some of them seem to cut like swords.
-->'''[[Podcast/RiffTrax Mike Nelson]]:''' Why is your pipe so sharp?! ''Why?!''


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin White Power Bill]] believes in the healing power of this. "PIPE!"
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy beats a demon to death in the flooded basement of her house with a pipe in the episode "Flooded."
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': Leoben tries to beat Commander Adama to death with a pipe in the pilot. It doesn't go well, because William Adama is a BadassGrandpa.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': A briefly depowered Reverse Flash grabs a pipe while fighting the Arrow. He gets in all of one hit before Oliver grabs it, punches him, and uses it to flip him onto the ground.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': In ''Waltz'', Dukat gives an already injured Captain Sisko a savage offscreen pipe beating.
* In ''Series/CoronationStreet'', Rob Donovan uses a pipe to [[spoiler: kill Tina [=McIntyre=].]]


[[folder: Music ]]

* In Music/TheProtomen's ''Act II'', Joe used one when attempting to fight the Sniper. It didn't help much.


[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* Iron Crown Enterprises' ''Cyberspace'' RPG had a "heavy alloy" pipe as an available weapon.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheManhattanProject'': During the boss fight with Groundchuck he starts out unarmed, after taking several hits he rips a large pipe out of the wall and uses it as a weapon.
* ''VideoGame/UrbanDead'': Metal Poles are possible weapons obtainable, although their base 2 damage and 10% accuracy is [[OvershadowedByAwesome overshadowed]] by stronger, more accurate weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFight'', pipes can be used as weapons, their slow attack speed mitigated by damage and long striking range. When some of the characters from the series [[{{Transplant}} were ported over to]] [[SharedUniverse other games set in the same universe]] (mainly ''StreetFighter''), the pipe made occasional appearances alongside them. It's brandished by [[CombatPragmatist Cody]] [[BatterUp in a baseball-like fashion]] at the end of his Last Dread [[AHandfulForAnEye Dust]] [[DesperationAttack Ultra Combo]] in ''[[CapcomSequelStagnation Super]] VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' and is used as a special by [[{{Ambadassador}} Haggar]] in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''; the (former) TropeNamer comes from seeing Haggar use the pipe in competitive play.
* ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'': Pipes are one of the most common weapon type through the series, and they work pretty much exactly like they do in ''VideoGame/FinalFight''. The UsefulNotes/XboxLiveArcade rerelease of ''Streets of Rage 2'' also has an achivement for killing enemies with a pipe.
* Quite strangely for a character whose action skill is going BloodKnight with his GoodOldFisticuffs, [[MeaningfulName Brick]] from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' uses a piece of pipe as his normal melee weapon.
* Lots of fragile mooks in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' come at you with pipes.
* Pipes are one of the {{Improvised Weapon}}s that can be used (by ripping them off the wall) in ''VideoGame/CondemnedCriminalOrigins'' and ''VideoGame/Condemned2Bloodshot''.
* Oddly the pipe in ''VideoGame/BeneathASteelSky'' was not used as a weapon till very end, and only to [[spoiler:damage one minor vein of Linc so you can enter a secret lab]].
* Most ''Franchise/SilentHill'' games, except ''Shattered Memories'', ''0rigins'' and ''Downpour'' feature the Steel Pipe as the first decent melee weapon. It often remains as the weapon with the longest reach, and therefore the safest to beat the monsters with, throughout the game.
* Pipes are also featured as weapons in the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games.
* Both ''VideoGame/{{Sonny}}'' games start you off with a pipe. The FlavorText in the second game is "Me and the pipe... we go way back".
* A pipe is the starting weapon in the first ''VideoGame/SystemShock''. Does less damage than a basic pistol bullet, but with greater CriticalHit chance and [[ArmorPiercingAttack armor penetration]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', lead pipes are weak melee weapons commonly used by raiders.
** Raul uses one as his default melee weapon.
* The ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' GameMod ''Poke646'' has a gaspipe as its first EmergencyWeapon.
** In the end of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode Two'', [[spoiler:Eli]] tries to attack [[spoiler:a Combine Advisor]] with a pipe, but this simply seems to have annoyed it.
** The first time you encounter Manhacks in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' the civilian in the room picks up a pipe to defend himself, doing a fairly good job at it too.
* One of the many improvised weapons available in ''VideoGame/ActionDoom2UrbanBrawl''.
* Also one of the weapons that can be found in ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom''. With high damage and a long range, it's a good one.
* The first melee weapon in ''VideoGame/KingpinLifeOfCrime''. The main character digs it out of the trash after being left for dead in Skid Row.
* Georg in ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki2'' uses a lead pipe as a JokeWeapon.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'': Mitsuru has one as a JokeWeapon, considering that she fights like a fencer.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': As a blunt weapon user, PlayerParty member Ryuji Sakamoto's can equip a large pipe segment with a 90 degree turn on the business end.
* VideoGame/MaxPayne uses a lead pipe as his only melee weapon in the first act of the first game, before picking up a [[BatterUp baseball bat]] from Frank Niagara.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'': the G-Virus mutated William Birkin uses one in his first mutation.
* As is fitting for its AfterTheEnd setting, one of Nina's staffs in VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter is a metal pipe with a tap still attached to it, which naturally gives her water-elemental attacks a damage boost.
* Pipes are a common, as well as powerful, melee weapon featured in ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''.
* The very first weapon you find in ''VideoGame/SystemShock''.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'': Pipes are a very common weapon use by the convicts, that can leave Batman dazed if he is hit.
* The tutorial case in ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsPhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' is for assault with a pipe (and also for stealing a stuffed toy).
* ''{{VideoGame/Bully}}'' has Edgar, the Townie's leader, who tears a large pipe out of the wall of the steam plant when you fight him.
* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheOldBlood'' gives the player a pair of pipe sections with a multitude of uses, from stabbing and bludgeoning enemies, to climbing certain wall sections, to [[MundaneUtility smashing open boxes and prying and propping open doors.]]


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* During their final duel in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', [[spoiler:Thaco knocked Dellyn backwards so he was impaled on a jagged pipe. [[CruelMercy Thaco left him there, alive, to be forgotten by humans and goblins alike]].]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Newheimburg}}'' has Jack Delitt, who always manages to run into a pipe as an improvised weapon.
* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', Hatsu is forced to use a pipe to replaced his swords [[spoiler:after they get broken by Cassano.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The ''Clue'' weapon was also used for a gay-joke on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
-->'''Jasper (to Stewie):''' ''Sorry little guy, we were playing Clue and he got me in the bedroom with a lead pipe.''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch "{{Iron|Man}} [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Cheney]]" the terrorists order the vice-president to build them weapons. He says he already has one and knocks one out with a pipe, calling it the "Cheney Special." The terrorists say they'll take a thousand.
* The "Intensive Care Bear" from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
-->'''Homer''': Why does a bear need a crowbar?\\
'''Bear:''' Eh, I don't like to get my hands dirty.
* One episode of the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon saw Shredder rip a drainpipe off of a wall to use as a weapon. Directly inspired one of Leonardo's few wisecracks: "Why, Shredder. You look very distinguished with a pipe."
* Pops up [[RunningGag from time to time]] in ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021''. In the episode Green Fever, Sparks and Stormy get pipes from "pipe storage" (which apparently offers museum-style tours and an informational video about pipe history) to defend themselves against the infected.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'', Killface is impaled by a pipe after a rather nasty fall. After trying and failing to get medical aid for himself and his party in an emergency room, he finally snaps, tears the pipe from his chest, and kills a doctor with it. It's funnier than it sounds.