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->''Straight line of the year: "Face me, Hulk," says Hercules in ''[[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]]'' #404, "Without benefit of shrubbery!" There's only one correct response to THAT challenge: ''[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Ni!]]
-->-- '''Marvel Year In Review 1993'''

The use of extremely long and thick objects as blunt weaponry carried one-handed over the shoulder but swung two-handed in a devastating arc: think telephone poles, streetlamps, trees...

See also ImprobableWeaponUser, BladeOnAStick, CarryABigStick, DropTheHammer, and EpicFlail.

Pretty much a combination of BatterUp and {{BFS}}; subtrope of the former.

Some overlap with ImprovisedWeapon.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': Berserk's abilities allow him to use the midsection of a streetlight as a pole-arm, to devastating effect against Saber.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': During [[TheBigGuy Chad's]] first fight against a Hollow (which he can't even see at the time), he rips a telephone pole out of the ground and sweeps it around until it hits something. This is ''before'' he gains any powers whatsoever; he's just that badass.
* [[CrazyAwesome Thorkell]] in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' uses tree-sized sharpened stakes as either melee or ship-sinking ranged weapons.
* Within the anime of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ryoga uproots a concrete utility pole and swings it at Ranma after Nabiki convinces him the pills she gave him grant super-strength.
* This is occasionally used by ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'''s Shizuo Heiwajima -- Sometimes with actual telephone poles, and other times with equally unwieldy objects like roadside guardrails.
** Including, memorably, the use of a large motorway signpost, complete with sign, that he used to slice the top off a van.
*** Don't forget the tree he completely uprooted. The poor sap in the tree certainly didn't.
* A FillerArc in the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' anime included a boat trip for the protagonists. When, during an attack, their ship becomes unseaworthy, [[TheChick Sakura]] rips out its mainmast to use as a giant club. Especially notable in that, until this point in the series, [[TheLoad Sakura had done very little in combat that had proven even mildly useful.]] It could also count as foreshadowing, since after the TimeSkip SuperStrength becomes her primary ability and her combat-effectiveness [[TookALevelInBadass skyrockets.]]
* During the chariot race in the Part 2 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Joseph takes the first weapon available, a warhammer suspended from a pillar. Wham's response? "If you take the warhammer... I'LL TAKE THE PILLAR!" And he does so. (Later, since one of the race's gimmicks was that weapons would be hung from that pillar, Cars forces two vampires to fill in for it.)
** During Part 3, Dio Brando attempts to behead Jotaro using a traffic sign.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' character Urouge wields one of these. WordOfGod states that it is actually a pencil...and he's looking for a sharpener.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Ku Fei gets one of these as her signature weapon after her Pactio. It's explicitly based on the Ruyi Jingu Bang from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', and consequently its most memorable appearance is when she uses it as ''artillery support''.

* A common occurrence in Superhero comics due to the abundance of people with the strength to pull this off. [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]] will often employ this against stronger opponents, especially the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]], to keep his distance while still doing some damage.
** In one [[ComicBook/XMen X-men]] comic, X-men are trapped in another dimension and forced to take part in a large battle. Colossus (for who the whole arc is a serious case of ItsPersonal) goes to battle swinging a tree. The narration lampshades how horrified he would be at the damage if he wasn't so angry.
* ''Comicbook/JasonXSpecial'' features Jason killing a couple by ripping a tree out of the ground and crushing them with it. Later, he kills another pair of teenagers by beating them with a picnic table.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'': Archie found himself using a lamp post in this manner, though he didn't intend to. When he was confronted by a collection of oily thugs who called him and Jughead "fun on the run," Jughead signaled Archie to turn in his direction, which resulted in the whole gang being poleaxed. He finishes off the leader by landing the head of the post into his stomach, also unintentionally.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', [[SuperStrength Paul batters his way]] up the steps to the Heart of Evil while swinging a six-foot length of fallen rock pillar. Does a nice job of clearing off the undead in the way... until he reaches the intangible wraiths.
** In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', Paul does this with a convenient log when a bunch of dirt golems attack him. Unlike other examples of this trope, the log doesn't last very long because he's so strong, and [[PowerIncontinence so not-good with his strength]], that he rapidly squeezes the log into pieces, though it holds out long enough to take care of the golems. (At least until the guy making them starts making more.)
* In ''Fanfic/TheArtistAndTheFaker'', Nero uses a lamppost as a club. Archer asks how in the world she's so strong, since she's less than five feet tall and has no visible muscle mass.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Manfred the mammoth in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' uses a tree trunk against the saber-tooths in the climax of the first film.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'': Megamind uses a light pole as an impromptu sword during a fight with Titan (who is also using a light standard or telephone pole as a weapon).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''. During the Burly Brawl with the hundred Smiths, Neo tears a signpost out of the ground and uses it as a staff.
* In ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', Optimus smacks Megatron around with a couple of trees during the forest battle.
* In ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'', giant-sized Ivan Ooze rips out a phone pole to duel the Ninja Megazord with.
* [[BumblingSidekick Planchett]] in the 1973 adaption of ''{{Film/The Three Musketeers|1973}}'' helps [[TheHero D'Artagnan]] out in a duel by hitting [[TheDragon Rochefort]] with a tree.

* Done in several ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'' books, usually by Detritus or the Librarian, both of whom are strong enough to improvise clubs from all sorts of improbably large objects (enemy mooks are a favourite).
* In Literature/TheMagiciansNephew, when Jadis visits London she rips the sticky-out pole thing provided for the lamplighter to lean his ladder against off a lamp-post and uses it as a club.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/GURPSSupers (4th edition) has rules for using such polearms, based on their length and how hard it is to hold them in hand.
* Prometheans in ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'' can learn a transmutation specializing in making the body stronger, allowing them to pick up objects as though their strength rating was twice what it actually is. A second transmutation lets them use such objects as melee or thrown weapons. (Two further transmutations increase this effect to ''triple'' strength -- for those times when they really need to hit people with a minivan.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' the Boss can use various items of scenery as improvised weapons, including street signs.
* Taurens in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' use their totems (essentially enormous, decorated logs) like this.
** The Mountain Giant night elf units can uproot a tree and use it as a club, giving them siege damage and increased range until the tree eventually breaks.
** The Taunka in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' use these totems as well. The Mountain Giants can also use trees as giant clubs. Jojo Ironbrow, after his [[CanCrushingCranium mighty brow]] fails to break a jade pillar, starts wielding said pillar as a weapon.
* ''VideoGame/CrudeBuster'' had this as standard. Larger poles were picked up and thrown while smaller ones were used as clubs. You could also throw cars.
* Hualin (one of the shopkeepers from ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur III]]'' and a bonus character) uses an enchanted staff that can shift length and thickness to fight, and often shifts it to telephone pole dimensions for stronger attacks. It's based on the staff from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', which could change length and width. See also, [[Manga/DragonBall Goku's Power Pole]].
* 'El Gigante' in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' can wield a tree at you. Roughly the same thing happens with the Ndesu in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', only he uses an actual telephone pole this time.
* Joachim in ''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsCovenant'' uses mailboxes and pillars as his weapons. He loves his [[ImprovisedWeapon Improvised Weapons]].
* Some characters in ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'' could rip poles right out of the ground and swing them. You could bring down a building by throwing enough trash cans at it or pounding it with light poles.
* This is possible in the ''[[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]'' video games.
* The Minotaur enemies in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaBloodlines'' will grab sections of a marble column to swing at you. They'll even break it over your character if the swing connects.
* Also possible in Transformers games.
* In ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis2'' the second stage boss is a huge ScaryBlackMan who fights you by ''bear-hugging a nuclear missile'' by the business end and beating you over the head with it in the second stage of the fight.
* The [[GiantMook Gar]][[MightyGlacier gan]][[DemonicSpider tuar]] from ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'' can use a telephone pole as one of its weapons to ''[[OneHitKill instantly smash one of your plants]]''. The others weapons it uses are street signs and [[GrievousHarmWithABody another]] [[ThatOneAttack zombie]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', the Super Mutant Behemoth enemies carry an improvised club consisting of a ''fire hydrant'' at the end of a water pipe. It's also larger than any other in-game fire hydrant by a factor of two, making it about as big as the player without the pipe...
** It's larger than in-game hydrants because the Behemoth was meant to be rather less big. It got changed late in the game by punching up the stats and increasing the size of the model, resulting in the huge hydrant, not to mention the shopping trolley it uses as a backpack being a lot larger than what you'd expect.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' also has the super mutant favorite Rebar Club, a trio of steel rebar beams, still attached to a large chunk of concrete. The player can also utilize it to full effect, through it takes a nearly maxed out strength score to make the most of it.
*** The unique version is added in ''Gun Runners' Arsenal'' DLC, called Nuka Breaker, which is a Nuka Cola neon sign. This itself is a ShoutOut to ''WebVideo/FalloutNukaBreak''.
*** ''Old World Blues'' has the X2 Antenna, and ''Lonesome Road'' has the Old Glory flagstaff.
* ''VideoGame/NexusWar'' allows characters with the [[ChromeChampion Cloak of Steel]] skill (or its upgraded variations) to do this with telephone poles, streetlamps, and uprooted trees. While it's possible to splatter a maximum-level character in three or four hits this way, such weapons are usually much less accurate than normal-size melee weapons.
* [[TheBigGuy Karok]] in ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}'' wields a ''battle pillar''. It isn't improvised, but it's certainly big enough.
* The larger characters in ''VideoGame/PowerStone'' are able to make use of street lights and telephone poles as weapons.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'': Timburr fights by using a piece of wood that's enormous when compared to it, and it even juggles it on a regular basis. Its evolutions are also examples, but to a lesser extent, though only because they're bigger in comparison: [[MeaningfulName Gurdurr]] and Conkeldurr, who swing around girders and concrete support beams, respectively.
* Flint gets to use Lighter's four-by-four in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''. That same weapon is later used to [[spoiler:knock Flint out.]] Ouch.
* Some large creatures in ''VideoGame/{{Disciples}}'' use ripped out tree trunks as weapons.
* Trolls in ''VideoGame/TheBattleForMiddleEarth'' can rip out trees to use them as clubs.
* So has the ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' troll Dad, who fights with a tree trunk. A justifiable case, as he's much larger than most other trolls - the average mountain troll is more human-sized and uses weapons like large clubs, hammers, or bones.
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 6: Empires'', [[BarbarianHero Meng Huo]] wields a large stone pillar.
* One of the weapons in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is a club fashioned out of a WorldTree branch. Think of that what you will.
* From the same maker, VideoGame/ArmoredCore V features, as one of its so-called "Ultimate Weapon", a ''rocket-powered'' concrete pillar. As if that's not badass enough, one of the Story mode bosses fashions one out of rubble after being beaten. Befitting its name, getting hit once, and only once, is enough to destroy damn well anything slow enough to get hit.
* Many weapons available for the VideoGame/CityOfHeroes [[{{BFS}} Titan Weapon]] powerset qualify, such as the "Concrete Mallet".
* Wan Fu's weapon of choice in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown 2'' is a stone pillar about as tall as he is.
* One enemy in the arcade version of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' wields a spiked log.
* Doable in the first ''{{VideoGame/Darksiders}}'', breaking off the non-straight parts of the pole. Though as it turns out mortal steel can't hold up to the strain the protagonist puts on his weapons and his foes are really too tough to make improvised weapons practical, this isn't good for more than a bit of minor SequenceBreaking before you have a ranged weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' you play through ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' example above.
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' many stages let you break pieces of scenery (such as traffic signs) and use them as melee weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', one of Link's special attacks while using the Gauntlets is to pull a huge pillar [[note]]the ones from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' that you need the Golden Gauntlets to lift[[/note]] out of the ground, swing it around, then throw it onto the enemies.
** In the 3DS remake, [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker King Daphnes's]] fighting style of choice is to bludgeon enemies with the mast and sail of his own boat form.
* In ''VideoGame/UndercoverCops'', you can use steel beams and concrete columns as weapons.
* The [[GiantMook Unclean Giant]] from ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' wields a small tree for a club. Its main attack, Treebranch Smackdown, is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and is easily one of the most damaging attacks from a non-boss. Woe betide thee if it {{crit|icalHit}}s, because even a fully healed tank-ish character like the Leper or the Crusader can be sent to [[LastChanceHitPoint Death's Door]]. Mortality clarified in a single strike, indeed.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Marneus Calgar (The [[CanonSue Ultramarines']] chapter master) once picked up a ''Necron Pylon'' (read: a crescent-shaped structure about 10 times his size usually used as an artillery piece) and used it to devastate hordes of Necrons that were swarming him.
* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', Superman uses a street lamp on Goku. Needless to say, Goku is barely scratched and Superman is still nowhere near using his full strength at that point.

* [[RobotGirl Ping]] yanks a streetlamp out of the ground and swings away with it in ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}.'' Not only has she used a [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/369 telephone pole]] as a weapon/tool on more than one occasion, at least once she has fixed it back in place afterwards ([[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1169 and thanked it]]).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Used ''against'' Tennyo in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse story "Boston Brawl" when the Arch-Fiend rips up a streetlight and lets her have it. On the other hand, smashing Tennyo into the pavement doesn't stop her.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** During the Thanagarian invasion, Wonder Woman rips out a street lamp and clubs down several foes after she has to blow cover to save civilians.
** In the ''Unlimited'' episode "Hawk and Dove", Hawk rips a tree out of the ground and uses it to smack the Annihilator around.
* A WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short, 'Scaredy Cat', ends with Sylvester ripping a branch off a tree, ready to charge into battle ... [[CutASliceTakeTheRest before throwing it away, uprooting the tree, and charging.]]
** In "WesternAnimation/BaseballBugs", a baseball player makes a bat out of a whole tree trunk.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars,'' Rhinox uses a tree he knocked over earlier to swat Waspinator.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' gives us one Con using a wooden log to [[CombatPragmatist knock Optimus Prime off a cliff]]. Bonus points for being large enough to use it effectively. Sadly, [[{{Mook}} short-lived Con]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Caber tossing comes pretty close.
* Ever seen a real medieval pike? They're about twelve feet long and several inches thick.
* Rods from God, a conceptual weapon that consists of [[KillSat satellites orbiting earth]], which can drop telephone pole sized tungsten rods like giant darts on any targets below. At falling speeds of up to Mach 10, an impact would have as much energy as more than 100 tonnes of TNT. In essence, weaponized ColonyDrop.