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[[caption-width-right:275:You'd need Jaws as a club to stop a space ape. (And ward off disgruntled PETA members.)]]

-> "You... you struck me with a bass!"
-->-- '''Roger''', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' ("Frannie 911")

A SubTrope of GrievousHarmWithABody, where the body being used is a fish or fish-shaped animal, like a whale or seal.

Why? Perhaps it's the vague club shape of the animal, since most uses of this involve swinging by the tail. However, the most likely reason is simply because ''[[RuleOfCool it is so frikkin' awesome.]]''

It should be noted that ArtMajorBiology really comes into play here. In fiction, not only do the creatures seem to not be affected by the force of the impact, they also don't seem to suffer much from being out of the water. And let's not even mention the fact that their spines can stand up to this abuse. Assuming the fish was alive in the first place, anyway; dead fish make equally effective clubs and can be readily purchased from fishmongers and seafood markets.

This action has received a word in English (unofficially): The verb "cornobble".

Note this is actually hitting something with a fish. If it's merely tossing the fish anywhere other than someone you intend to hurt, it doesn't count.

The only case where [[ThreateningShark Everything's Even Worse With Sharks]] doesn't apply, it seems.
Unless, of course, you're the one being cornobbled -- on top of everything else, their skin is covered with tiny tooth-like "denticles" that give it a texture like sandpaper.

Compare ImprobableWeaponUser, EdibleBludgeon, NinjaPirateZombieRobot.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The [[EverythingIsBetterWithPenguins Prinnies]] in the anime version of ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''.
* In one episode of ''ZettaiKarenChildren'', after one practical joke too many, [[ActionMom Minamoto]] gains GlowingEyesOfDoom, grabs a nearby alligator and proceeds to break out the Shamu Fu.
* During the Arlong Arc in ''Manga/OnePiece'', Luffy grabbed the seamonstercow Momoo and used it to clear out all the FishPeople Mooks prior to engaging the QuirkyMinibossSquad.
* ''TwentiethCenturyBoys'' contains a completely serious example: one member of the Friend cult responsible for [[spoiler:spreading the second wave of ThePlague around Japan]] pretends to be delivering salmon to get into someone house, kill the girl inside, and erase the video she was sent that would prove he was there. When Kyoko tries to warn the girl over the phone, the man smacks the girl in the head with the salmon.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': During an ocean cruise the boat they are on starts to sink (it was basically a clone of the ''Titanic'' so it was hardly unexpected) Hayate ends up in the lower levels, injured and in danger of being eaten by a giant shark with poor Isumi trying to save him by waving a pathetically small stick. As soon as Nagi jumps in to help him he recalls there were ''two'' sharks. When Nagi's attacked by the other one, she has about a couple seconds to be afraid before Hayate ''brains it with the first shark effortlessly'' taking them both out in one hit.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''{{Asterix}}'' frequently features "Assault with a Deadly Tuna", courtesy of the village fishmerchant.
** Although opinions may vary on whether it is getting slapped with them or simply their smell that poses the greater danger to your health...
* Usagi from ''UsagiYojimbo'' once beat up a couple of thugs with a very silly-looking octopus.
** It should be noticed that this is a rather {{troperiffic}} example, as it was included specifically because of Stan Sakai's exposure to the page picture via Scott Shaw!'s blog- one of the thugs getting fish-slapped was, in fact, a toon version of Shaw! (and yes, the exclamation point is part of his name).
* In one of the ''{{Marvel}}'' vs ''{{DCU}}'' crossovers ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} provided what is possibly an entirely literal example during his fight with [[SubMariner Namor]]- Namor punched him into the middle of a Seaworld-esque park, and when Namor followed, Aquaman had a killer whale jump out of its tank and squash Namor.
* Pictured above, Heroic Publishing's Comicbook/{{Flare}} (not to be confused with ComicBook/BlackCanary) is [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot hitting a gorilla with a shark]]...a gorilla ''in a spacesuit''...while standing in a dinosaur's mouth...wearing high heels...being stared at by a robot... with [=UFOs=] and a nuclear explosion in the background.
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[[folder: FanWorks]]
* In Fanfic/AshesOfThePast, Misty tends to slap Brock with her Goldeen when he does his usual thing.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Jonah: A WesternAnimation/VeggieTales Movie'', Ninevites are notorious for slapping people with fishes. Also, their preferred method of execution is "The Slap Of No Return," which involves the victim being smashed with a gigantic metal fish.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', Gru's rival Vector seems to have an obsession with [[AbnormalAmmo guns that shoot sea creatures]], given his gushing over his "piranha gun" and his "squid launcher".
* In Disney's ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', Kings Stefan and Hubert get into an argument and the latter uses a swordfish as a sword while the former uses a plate as a shield. When the fish flops over, the two of them realize how ridiculous they're acting and laugh it off. Hubert even sticks the fish in his belt as if sheathing a sword.
** One Disney short showed Mickey Mouse doing the same thing while fighting against Pete, who was using a scabbard.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* There is a scene in ''Film/MySuperExGirlfriend'' with the shark being tossed into the guy's window.
* Chris Farley in ''Film/BeverlyHillsNinja'' [[DualWielding dual-wields]] fish towards the end of the movie.
* ''Film/{{Dogma}}'': "Or you'll do what, exactly? Hit me with that fffffffish?"
* ''Film/TankGirl'' does it too.
* ''{{Asterix}} and Obelix vs. Caesar'', true to its source, begins with a large fish fight within the Gaul village.
* In ''Film/GrumpyOldMen,'' Max tries to stab John with a fish after he finds out [[spoiler:John slept with Ariel]].
* Some random guy during a BarBrawl in ''Film/LicenceToKill'' tries to use a mounted ''swordfish'' to stab Bond, who attempts to block it with a chair, resulting in a broken chair but an otherwise unharmed Bond. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ_wcWwwAts#t=01m47s here]].
* Discussed in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' when the Knights Who Until Recently Said Ni order Arthur to cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with a herring. He discovers their WeaksauceWeakness and bypasses them rather than attempt it.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' #39, the team has the last-ditch plan to [[spoiler: have Cassie morph into a whale in mid-air and fall onto a helicopter. It doesn't quite work, but fortunately, a DeusExMachina gull shows up and gets sucked into the engine.]]
** This is after a whale-tackle does work perfectly [[spoiler: in the first Megamorphs to shove a space-beast from Saturn into the ocean, as [[WeaksauceWeakness water paralyses]] the millions of micro-organisms that it's built from.]]
* In ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'', the mages are forced to move in time and change history when it turns out Creator/WilliamShakespeare was killed with a fish (halibut?) during some riots.
** There is a throwaway reference to a spree-killing by someone bearing the title of "The Notorious Herring Thrower". Granted, it wasn't ''specifically'' stated that throwing fish was how this person killed...
** According to the ''City Watch Diary'', there was once a laughable misunderstanding over the law that the Citizen's Militia should be armed with pikes.
** In ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'', Vimes tells Jethro that someone he was arresting once tried to kill him with a very large salmon.
** Verity Pushpram, Discworld's Molly Malone expy, fends off unwanted suitor Nobby Nobbs by hitting him with fish.
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Professor Pelc's experimental device to determine which book a person wants from the library causes them to feel the sensation of being struck in the face with some kind of fish.
* Carl Hiaasen's novel ''Skin Tight" begins with the main character killing a would-be assassin with a stuffed and mounted marlin.
* In ''Literature/SewerGasAndElectric'', Ninety-Nine Words clouts a polluting ship's crew members with a rubber trout.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had the fish slapping dance sketch.
* Lew Zeeland, one of the minor puppet-characters on ''TheMuppetShow'', threw fish as boomerangs, and was occasionally seen smacking another character with one.
* [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]] had a long-standing habit of using seafood as weaponry in mortal combat. She fought off several attackers in season one, who'd attacked her while fishing, and in season three, an episode climax featured Xena fighting off an army, just using the fish she'd spent the episode catching.
* MurderSheWrote once had the "accidental murderer" confess she killed the victim with a frozen swordfish when she confronted him in a restaurant's freezer. Give the fish still had it's head with swordlike nose it's not surprising (though HE was a JerkassVictim who then tried to kill her, and she would have been allowed the "self defense" plea as a result.)
* In the CBBC office, presenter Iain Stirling hit fellow presenter, Hacker, (A puppet dog) on the back of the head with a fish, apparently knocking him out, people started requesting that Chris and Ben hit Hacker with the fish too... leading to new presenter Katie forcefully hitting Ben and Chris with the fish, this seemingly knocked them out.
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[[folder:Magazine]]
* The cover of ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' #98 had a dolphin slapping Alfred E. Neuman in the face with a fish.
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[[folder:New Media]]
* The "slapping" feature in mIRC : "X slaps Y around a bit with a large trout"
* Likewise on ThatOtherWiki, where editors can be expected to be hit with a (virtual) trout when doing something really stupid, and a smaller fish is available for novice users who do something mildly stupid. Some of them even encourage it, requesting on their user page to ''please'' whack them with a trout if they do something stupid.
* In ThisVeryWiki's forums, one of the generic "thump" messages is "This post was '''''thumped''''' by the Codfish in a Derby Hat"
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''{{Spamalot}}'' features the "fisch schlapping" business in the "Finland" number.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MercenaryKings'' gives us the Fish Knife. No, it's not a knife that you cut fish with, it is a fish that is used as a knife.
* In ''CityOfVillains'', a high-level character may gain powers from [[PettingZooPeople Captain Mako]] that allows you to project [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot spiritual sharks]] that pin enemies, hold them in place, knock them down and the like. [[NarmCharm It's so stupid it's awesome.]]
** There is also a running gag on the official forums about Carp Melee, which originated when a poster misspelled a disparaging comment about melee power sets.
* Goro from ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' and Max from ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'' can wield a Frozen Tuna as a Hammer-class weapon. One wonders what happens to it when it [[BreakableWeapons breaks]] (or, in the sequel's case, when it's ''repaired'').
** Well, when it "breaks", it thaws. When it's "repaired", it's refrozen.
* Speaking of Frozen Tuna, you can wield one as a two-handed blunt weapon in ''MapleStory''.
** And then there's the Thunder Breaker class, which throws sharks ''made out of thunder'' at your foes in later levels.
* Joachim in ''ShadowHearts Covenant'' can also wield a frozen tuna as a weapon, just one in a series of increasingly improbable {{Improvised Weapon}}s.
** Frank from ''ShadowHearts from the New World'' has a habit of creating {{Improvised Weapon}}s by sticking sword hilts onto.. anything, really. Including a Marlin.
* Death in ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'' casts a spell that throws a giant demonic fish at you.
* One popular mod for ''[[VideoGame/TheSims The Sims 2]]'' turns the pillows into large fish when your sims start pillow fights.
** In the console version, the ''default'' for Slap is to slap with a fish. Depending on the other person's personality and the extent of enmity, they'll either walk away or pull out ''[[AlwaysABiggerFish an even bigger fish]]'' to slap the first one.
* Cat Kid units in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' attack by pulling a large fish from HammerSpace and slapping things with it.
* Because of the way the item system works in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', adventure mode makes it possible to use dead fish as weapon. A giant sperm whale is surprisingly effective, though it's so heavy that it slows you to a crawl.
** You're able to edit the tags that determine what creatures and items are made of. You could make fish out of adamantine, or mark fish as valid items to make weapons out of.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has the Rockhide Strongfish, a mid level mace, and the Dark Herring, a high level dagger. There are also some fish caught with the fishing skill that can be held in the off hand. They are entirely useless aside from looks and since you can't actually attack with them they don't really count.
* Fish are wieldable weapons in ''PhantomBrave''. Like all items in the game, ItemCrafting means this can result in an [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Fish]].
* ''PowerStone 2'' has the Frozen Tuna, which is unlocked through ItemCrafting.
* In ''PuzzlePirates'', you can use fish as a bludgeon in the Rumble game.
* There are several fishy swords in ''VideoGame/DragonFable'', thanks entirely to the RuleOfFunny.
* Nightmare from the ''SoulCalibur'' series wields a squid as a joke weapon in SC III, SC IV and SC V.
** In ''Soul Calibur V'', Patroklos' joke weapon is a salmon for a sword and a ray for a shield.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' features a frozen tuna, classified as a great sword and wielded as such. It has crummy attack power, so it and the other food-themed weapons (fork and knife set, frying pan, what have you) are just there for laughs.
** ''Tri'' gives us the Sharq Attaq, which is a lance-type that consists of a [[ThreateningShark Sharq]]. Not a Sharq-themed spear. Not a spear shaped like a Sharq. ''An actual Sharq''.
*** As if that weren't awesome enough, the Sharq Attaq comes with a shield... in the form of a ''"No Swimming" sign.''
* ''KingdomOfLoathing'' has a halibut as a (very good) weapon. Why? [[StealthPun Well...]]
** Also, every Turtle Tamer knows how to toss a familiar at an enemy. There are piscine familiars.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' included a weapon for Vyse which replaced his cutlass and main gauche with two large fish. It did surprisingly good damage but had horrible accuracy. However, sword techs always landed...
* ''[[VideoGame/ThreeDDotGameHeroes 3D Dot Game Heroes]]'' has a giant fish among its large collection of bizarre swords.
* The Scout from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has the Holy Mackerel, a chub mackerel wrapped in newspaper. It deals the same damage as the bat, and grants no positive or negative attributes on its own. Instead, it displays as a kill notification the number of time a player gets slapped. If a player gets killed, ''FISH KILL!'' is displayed instead of the hit counter. The in-game description of the weapon?: Getting hit by a fish has got to be humiliating.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' has a swordfish available as a weapon. It's not especially good (although it's alternate attack is a one hit kill... against a single zombie).
* On GaiaOnline, ''zOMG!'' has an attack ring that summons sharks to attack monsters.
* The LEGO ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' game has multiple examples:
** In some levels, there are crates with fish you can throw.
** The LEGO version of [[spoiler: Norrington's HeroicSacrifice scene]] has him whack Jones with a fish.
** The Ancient Fisherman unlockable character has a fish as his weapon.
* In ''MegaManPoweredUp'', Roll's CatGirl outfit uses a fish as a weapon.
* ''{{Shank}} 2'' allows the titular hero (or his friend [[ActionGirl Corina]]) to use frozen fish as weapons, or, in a variation, flick a switch and send either a net full of fish or a great white shark careening into their foes.
* Kidd from the ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes'' games uses sharks as projectiles. Who needs shuriken or fireballs when you're throwing a shark at someone?
* ''WayOfTheSamurai 3'' has the hidden companion [[CatGirl Nya Nya]], who wields a fish for her weapon. With the free DLC installed, the player can essentially craft a gigantic bluefin tuna and beat people to death with it, or DualWield two of them for double the fish-bludgeoning fun.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' has Professor Genki's Mollusk Launcher, a gun that fires "singing, exploding, mind-controlling octopi. Yeah. Mind-control. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer We're serious.]]" There's also the Shark-O-Matic, a blunderbuss-looking weapon with a funnel of fish entrails attached to the lock that covers the target in chum, followed shortly by an attack by the Steelport sewer shark.
* VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}: Terrafin (a shark-man) and Thumpback (a humanoid whale) both have "belly flop" body slam attacks, which probably qualify. Even discounting them, Chill the ice knight can summon a narwhal to charge her enemies.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}: Drake's Deception'', there's one level where Nate fights some {{Mooks}} in a market. If you back Nate against the fish stalls, using the Punch button will result in him picking up a fish and hitting a mook with it. Doing this three times nets you the trophy [[IncrediblyLamePun "Gonna Need a Sturgeon."]]
** The fish was later used as a melee item pick-up in ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale''. It's swung like a bat and launches opponents pretty far.
* ArmedAndDangerous brings us the Landshark Gun, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin large gun which launches a shark]] that [[FastTunnelling burrows through the ground]] and bursts out under the targeted enemy.
* You can do this to enemies in ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs''. You even get an achievement for it!
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Fizz the Tidal Trickster's ultimate special attack "Chum the Waters" involves throwing a fish at an opponent. This summons a massive shark to erupt from the ground and take a bite out of any enemy champion that gets hit by the fish.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* A red snapper is used this way in ''NotQuiteDailyComic''.
* In ''ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'', this is how Jared the {{Pokemon}} trainer [[MagikarpPower leveled up his Magikarp into a Gyarados]].
* In ''DarthsAndDroids'', one of the more bizarre ability of the cheddar monks is the spell Summon Bigger Fish. A RunningGag, it causes a giant fish to fall out of the air on someone, squashing them. However, there is every reason to believe that this ability only exists in [[CloudCuckooLander Jim]]'s head. (The one occasion the DM had enough and allowed it to be cast wasn't a canon strip.)
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Number 165 on [[http://angevin2.livejournal.com/148520.html The Evil Shakespeare Overlord List]] is "At no time shall [[RomeoAndJuliet Romeo]] slap Tybalt with a fish. This is especially key during their confrontation in 3.1 [where Romeo kills Tybalt]."
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'': Jay gets a whale on his head while singing "Nothin's gonna stop me now!"
* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' where Alias becomes Whalias... and it leads to a rather logical conclusion.
* There's a ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' episode where Jerry uses a shark against Tom.
** Another episode has Jerry beating Tom with a fish he was going to eat.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had Robin using two fish as nunchuks.
** In "The Laughing Fish" The Joker hits an accountant with a fish for interrupting him.
* And there's the almost literal example in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', where ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} demonstrates why talking to fish [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway isn't so lame a power]] by dropping a killer whale on his enemies.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', When the Dark Hand were looking for the Tiger Talisman, and Dark Jackie totally owned them, he is confronted by [[TheDragon Tohru]], and finally downed by a ''tuna fish''. Ironic, because Tohru hates fish.
** In an earlier episode, Jade throws a swordfish at Tohru, who catches it and throws it at Jackie. Jackie narrowly avoids getting impaled.
* The climax of the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Dueling Eds" involved Rolf and Eddy fighting with mackerel for weapons. Rolf [[CurbStompBattle dealt quite a smack-down to Eddy]], who was too baffled to fight back.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' "Frigid Hare", Bugs in drag gets a big fish as a gift from a lust-stricken Eskimo, who puckers up for a kiss. Bugs smacks him with the fish, the Eskimo gets really excited, grabs Bugs, his disguise slips off, and after a seconds' pause, Bugs fish-smacks him again twice as hard!
* Basil from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' uses a fish as his weapon of choice.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers'', Whiskers and Ed are about to engage in a duel but don't have any actual weapons and can't decide what they should fight with. They eventually settle on fish.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Guess What's Coming To Dinner?", when Hoss Delgado and Eris are posing as Billy's parents:
--> '''Eris:''' ''(indicates Hoss)'' This is Billy's dad, ''(indicates herself)'' I'm Billy's mom, ''(pulls out a trout)'' and this is a trout. ''(she proceeds to smack Goodvibes around the head with it)''
--> '''Principal Goodvibes:''' ...Why did you just hit me with a trout?
--> '''Eris:''' Because the mackerel wasn't fresh.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' episode "I Was a Teenaged Stimpy" upon finding that Stimpy made himself a cocoon with his corn magazines, Ren starts beating it with a mounted swordfish.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Yakko references this during a MajorGeneralSong:
-->I'm very good at fancy dances; I can even pirouette./Then smack the villain with a fish; I know my cartoon etiquette.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Two cases from [[http://www.morticom.com/truestoriesanimals.htm this site]]:
** A man hit his girlfriend with a dead Tuna after an argument.
** A trawlerman ''broke someone's spine'' by beating them with a 20 lb Tuna.

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