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[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{Pun}} Screw it, you know the drill]].]]

->''"We evolve beyond the person we were a minute before! Little by little, we advance a bit further with each turn. That's how a drill works!!"''
-->-- '''Simon''', ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''

{{Chainsaw|Good}}s aren't the only power tools to be used as weapons in TV Land, and weaponized drills are a staple of the SuperRobotGenre almost as ubiquitous as the RocketPunch.

Perhaps it's because they're actually fairly effective against heavily-armoured targets, or perhaps [[MostWritersAreMale the male gender]] finds an inherent appeal in the idea of [[FreudWasRight "penetration"]], may or may not combine with PileBunker to emphasize the idea and increase the range. It also puts one in mind of a "spinning" chainsaw, which of course, makes [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning Everything Better]].

For whatever reason, huge conical mining drills are much more popular than the [[AccidentalPun boring]] power tool kind. Such drills are also occasionally used closer to their RealLife context, which is tunnelling.

Alas, in RealLife, drill weapons are a perfect example of AwesomeButImpractical. In order for a drill to penetrate any hard object, it must be as close to perpendicular to the surface as possible, the surface cannot be curved, and the object must be stationary, otherwise the drill will just skip right along without digging in, which many contestants on ''Series/RobotWars'' have discovered to their chagrin.

This is a WeaponOfChoice trope, though it does see action as an ImprovisedWeapon. [[{{Pun}} You know the drill]]. A subtrope of EverythingsBetterWithSpinning. Often found on the business end of a DrillTank or DrillMole.

Not to be confused with ThisIsNotADrill, because it is. BavarianFireDrill [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant is not an overly specific example of this trope]]. Neither is DrillSergeantNasty, although again, a nasty sergeant armed with a drill would be cool and badass. And if you still want to dig and kick ass with one tool, but lack the budget, you can always choose the PowerfulPick or the ShovelStrike instead.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'': The Grand Slam missile in the manga is a [[BigBulkyBomb 300 ton bomb]] delivered by an underground drill vehicle. It ''could'' carry a nuke, but its limited range means that the launch platform would be heavily irradiated at the very least.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'': Jean is a non-SuperRobot example. She twists her arm around several times, allowing her to use her sword as a drill against heavily-armored opponents. [[spoiler: After the timeskip, Helen starts using the technique herself.]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** In the second season, the rather AxCrazy Knight of Rounds, Luciano Bradley, pilots a Knightmare with an arm-mounted [[LaserBlade laser]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot drill lance]]. When he tries using it against [[ActionGirl Kallen]] (who he had threatened to rape earlier in the season), she ends up breaking his drill to little bits.
*** There's an official {{Yonkoma}} where Kallen is introduced to her Guren Mk-II and says that it should have a drill instead of its microwave-emitting claw hand. While arguing with Zero, she even drops the famous phrase "A drill is a man's romance!"
** The Byakuen from the spinoff story ''Oz the Reflection'' has a drill (resembling a modern power drill more than the ''Gurren Lagann'' variety) among its variety of optional weapons. When the Byakuen is being repaired, Orpheus pilots a custom Glasgow that carries a combination drill[=/=][[GatlingGood Gatling gun]] weapon which Oz's teammate Zi Dian nicknames the "Mince Maker".
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'': Mechazawa can [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum somehow]] turn his handcuff-like pincer-hands into TTGL-style drills. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext This gets even stranger]] when you see [[TelescopingRobot how twig-thin his arms are]].
* ''Anime/D4Princess'': A [[MagicalGirl Magical Girl]] example, where girls called Panzers fight each other with [[ImprobableWeaponUser increasingly silly weapons.]] The main character Doris wields a drill lance, has a [[NiceHat drill on her head]], and even has [[OjouRinglets drill hair]], needless to say, there are quite a few drills here.
* ''Anime/DaiGuard'': When the title robot first uses its drill arm, it gets stuck in the ground and is near-impossible to control due to the torque from the drill. They upgrade to a ''giant PileBunker''. When this is damaged in a late-series fight, they have developed the piloting skills to compensate for the torque and use it as a backup. It's even given a [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]], when the drill is revealed everyone thinks it's super-cool and can't wait to use it, after it fails so spectacularly they take off their fanboy-goggles and ask "Why the ''hell'' did we think that would ''work''?"
* ''Anime/DeadLeaves'': One of the inmates had a giant drill ''for'' a phallus. Yeah. Unsurprisingly, it was directed by the same guy (Hiroyuki Imaishi) that would later do ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', and is even drawn in a similar way. [[AuthorAppeal Dude likes drills]].
* ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'': [[MadScientist Dr. Herbert West's]] first HumongousMecha, The Super West Invincible Robot No. 28, is packing no less than FOUR huge drills... which it can use to launch the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Super Hard, Super Thick, Super Long]], Super Electric Drill Full Spin Tornado Crusher!
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': Several of the eponymous Mons have drills, including one of the main Digimon in ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Adventure 02]]'' (Digmon, an armor evolved form of Armadillomon. He's got a drill nose ''and'' drill hands, and can ''shoot'' them).
* ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'': One of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Jikochuu]] uses a drill due to being based off a dentist. Because Makoto is afraid of dentists, the drill scares her so much that she refuses to transform... at first.
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited'': Kaze's Magun has a spinning effect (which is supposed to be connected to the transmutation of Soil, or... something).
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': One of the {{Omake}}s in the manga had Scar waking up in the field hospital with, instead of his brother's arm, a ''drill'' attached to his shoulder. Ed added a drill to ''a baby stroller'' as part of his attempt to lure Scar and the Homunculi out.
* ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'': Vulking can equip the gigantic drills attached to the front of the CoolShip it travels with.
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'': [=GaoGaiGar=]'s very legs are formed by the [=DrillGao=], a [[DrillTank twin-drilled tank]]. VideoGame/SuperRobotWars even took the name of the robot's basic melee attack from Guy shouting "Drill Knee". Before the TransformationSequence, [=GaiGar=] can also attach [=DrillGao=] to his hands for a devastating punch attack (which also has been used to dig).\\
[=GaoFighGar=] uses [=DrillGao=] II, which is enhanced with an expanding, contra-rotating drill setup. Genesic [=GaoGaiGar=] has the Straight Drill, used to parry enemy stab attacks, and the Spiral Drill, which is used as a standard attack.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'': Getter-2. They're also all over the place in the manga and {{OVA}}s. [[DrillTank Drill tanks]], drill monsters, drill [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs]], drill ''trees''... the list goes on. Getter Drill Missile. Drill hand RocketPunch.
* ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'': Gravion's G-Driller forms its arms, which of course makes its Graviton Pressure Punch a combination Drill and RocketPunch.
* ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'': Teppa Aizen also used cloth drills, along with other assorted cloth-based powers.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** Despite being a giant robot show, drill weapons are thin on the ground.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' gives us the Gurdolin, a bizarre machine that looks like a plant bulb with arms and a nosecone that projects a sort of [[LaserBlade beam drill]].
** The MSV model kits for the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' also featured the strange mobile suit known as the Agg, with drills for arms and buzzsaw-like rock crushers in its shoulders. Makes few appearances in subsequent adaptations, probably because of how ugly it is. One (partial) exception comes in the video game ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'', in which its arms appear as equipable parts.
** While not the typical cone drill usually seen in anime, ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' features a device used by the Moonrace mobile suits called the Mincing Drill, a cross between a tunnel boring machine and a giant club of the sort used by Onis in Japanese folklore. It was originally designed to be used by worker MS to excavate LostTechnology, but AxeCrazy Corin Nander uses one as a weapon.
** The MSV version of the DOM Trooper from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' carries a nasty-looking weapon known as the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Drill Lance]], a BladeOnAStick where the "blade" is a cone drill. It even has a "quiver" full of replacement drills on its back.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' introduces the Gundam [[spoiler:Kimaris Vidar]] late into its second season, which comes armed with a gigantic Drill Lance, along with ''knee-mounted drills to gouge enemy suits with''. The results of its use are not pretty.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan W'': In the first episode, Cuuko [[ShoutOut performs the]] [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Rider Rocket Drill Kick]] -- with nothing but her own spirit power.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': Saya dispatches a zombie in this manner early on.
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'': Desarm's and Genda's Drill Smasher.
* ''LightNovel/{{Inukami}}'': The perverted magician Sekidousai has a robot assistant with a giant drill in the crotch area. That same robot grows [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever huge]] and starts drilling the ground with its drill bits not long after.
* ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius'': The primary weapon of the ''Blue Impulse'', the Vorticular Drill.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': In Episode 197, Keroro gets a virus called the Space Drill, that causes him to sprout a drill in the middle of his forehead and dig holes. The whole episode becomes a lot more awkward when it is revealed the virus is spread by anally drilling unsuspecting victims.
* ''Manga/ZatchBell'':
** Mars/Maruss' strongest spell sends an animated armor at the opponent, with a drill at the front. Also used by the Thousand-Year-Old Demon (Ancient Mamodo) Boru Bora.
** Vincent Bari uses spells based on vortexes, with many of them empowering his arms to become drills.
** Faudo has a massive drill in his small intestine to grind down whatever is there.
** [[http://zatchbell.wikia.com/wiki/Guruga_Dorufanon One of Riou's spells]] fits this category.
* ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'': The Mach Drill, a pair of rockets Jeeg attaches to his arms so he can fly to his enemy and drill through them. It can also equip the Earth Parts, which give it giant drills for legs (and [[ChainsawGood chainsaws]] for hands)
* Parodied in ''Anime/LuckyStar'': Konata [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emq0Xf6zVDw imagines]] a ''Anime/GunBuster''/''Manga/GetterRobo''-esque dentist. And, Miyuki's fear of dentist drills may be symbolic for fearing men in general.... In a later episode, Akira Kogami refers to the page quote... to, rather disturbingly, justify her desire for OjouRinglets (or "twin drills", as she calls them). A later episode has her wearing two literal drills in her hair in an attempt to simulate the style.
* ''Toys/MachineRobo'': Drill Robo holds true to his name.
* ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'':
** [[DropTheHammer Graf Eisen's]] ''Raketenform'' is a drill in all but name. [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon A rocket-powered drill on the end of a hammer]], no less. All it lacks are the spiral threads. Amusingly, Graf Eisen shares the (Japanese) voice actor with Simon of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Zerstörungsform add the threads.
** [[spoiler:Reinforce Eins]] summons a gigantic stone drill to kill Nanoha in the second movie. It was a large as a mountain! Fortunately, [[spoiler:Fate slices it in half with Bardiche Assault's [[{{BFS}} Zanber Form]] before it could reach Nanoha]].
** Also, [[spoiler:Ginga's hand when she's using her cyborg abilities.]]
* ''Anime/MaiHime'': One of Miyu's attack forms has a drill-arm.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'':
** Drill Missiles. They were drill-shaped missiles located inside its upper arms drilled the {{Robeast}} armor and exploded into it. Some [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] also used weaponized drills (such like Zaila D3 or Holzon V3).
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'''s Drill Pressure Punch combines the two most ubiquitous Super Robot weapons, being both a drill and a RocketPunch.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'''s Screw Crusher Punch, likewise.
** And ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'''s Turbo Smasher Punch.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** There's a fellow by the name of Kimimaro who can control his bones as weapons. In his full Cursed Seal form, he can form a gigantic bone drill over his left arm to attack with.
** The Inuzuka clan's signature attacks: Tsuuga (Passing Fang) and Gatsuuga (Fang Passing Fang). The latter being a CombinationAttack version of the former, in which an Inuzuka and his dog partner simultaneously drill into the same target.
* ''Manga/{{NEEDLESS}}'': Even though it's called the "Eve Cannon", Eve's finishing move is an arm-mounted drill. Which, for some reason, comes with a school uniform.
* ''Anime/NegadonTheMonsterFromMars'': This features a HumongousMecha whose primary weapon is a drill. Due to the fact that its US airing came immediately after the finale of ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'', the use of this weapon naturally had lots of viewers shouting "Giga Drill Break(er)!"
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Ramiel, the 5th/6th Angel, uses a drill to break into the [[ElaborateUndergroundBase Geofront]]. The way Ramiel was in the original, it was not only directly over the Geofront, but over Central Dogma as well - all he needed to do [[spoiler: was keep on drilling until the drill came in contact with Lilith - which would of course, cause [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Third Impact]]]]. ''Rebuild'' retcons this in a way that makes a tad more sense, having it twist part of itself like a drill in conjunction to using its AT field in a similar manner.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Post-TimeSkip, we have Don Chinjao, formerly renowned for his cone-shaped head. With the amount of power that he could put into it and did so with his martial arts, he earned the moniker Chinjao the Drill until his head was flattened in a clash with his old rival…only for it to be inadvertently restored several years later by a descendant of that rival.
* ''[[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Moon R]]'': One of Black Lady's weapons is an umbrella which she turns into a drill.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'': [[{{Meido}} Wilhelmina]] uses a Cloth Drill in one fight.
* ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'': There was an occurrence of a DepravedDentist who could grow drills out of his body to torment his patients.
* ''Anime/StarBlazers'': The Gamilons use a drill missile to penetrate the barrel opening of the WaveMotionGun and destroy the Argo. It probably would've worked too, if it didn't travel at about 2 miles an hour.
* ''Manga/SteamDetectives'': Goriki, who often destroys Megamatons with a steam-powered drill.
* ''Anime/SuperAtragon'':
** The huge drill mounted on the bow of the ''Ra''
** [[BigBad Avatar's]] ship has two mounted side by side on its bow; it makes for a DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything moment when the ship's bow turns to face the camera head-on. The ''Liberty'' has a third mounted below the first two.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': The first chapter even lampshades the male symbolism when one of the girls points out how nasty it would be if Simon "drilled" them. As well as being a choice weapon for the most power mechs, drills are an expanding spiral - a recurring motif in the series which emphasizes advancement in spite of recurrence, thus making them a symbol of the [[SentientCosmicForce Spiral Power]], and the series' theme in general: (Refer also to introductory quote)
--> '''Simon:''' "Mark my words! This drill will open a hole in the universe! And that hole will be a path for those behind us! The dreams of those who've fallen! The hopes of those who'll follow! Those two sets of dreams weave together in a double helix! Drilling a path towards tomorrow! [[TitleDrop And that's Tengen Toppa! That's Gurren Lagann!!]] My drill is the drill... that '''CREATES THE HEAVENS!'''"
* ''Anime/TheBigO'': The eponymous character fought a few opponents with drill weapons. Big Duo Inferno had fingers that could come together into a wicked drill instead of punching, and Big Fau had what looked like turbines on his wrists. Alan Gabriel can turn his hand into a drill and ''thoroughly'' enjoys using it.
* ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga: The Aegis of Uruk'': Ahmey's lance has a drill bit at the tip, which she can activate using a ripcord.
* ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'': Menasor has a massive drill for a hand.
* ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'': The first episode of the anime series featured an [[MechaMooks Excon]] with a drill-like weapon.
* ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'': Spoken word for word, but only with a power drill.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Drillago Drillago]] has drills on practically every part of his body.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru_Powerhand Koa'ki Meiru Powerhand]] follows suit to a lesser extent.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Drillroid Drillroid]], [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Super_Vehicroid_Jumbo_Drill Super Vehicroid Jumbo Drill]], and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Neo-Spacian_Grand_Mole Neo-Spacian Grand Mole]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'': [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Drill_Synchron Drill Synchron]] and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Drill_Warrior Drill Warrior]] (The latter being a direct reference to Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann), and the Equip Spell [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Double_Tool_C%26D Double Tool C&D]]. The "D" stands for drill.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'': Orbital 7, Kaito's RobotBuddy (which was [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Orbital_7_(card) also made into a card]]). He just isn't very good with them.
* ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'': Accurately pointed out by just about every one on the freeway in one, including the performers of the show's opening.
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', Kim's plane has a drill mode somehow. It doesn't make much sense, but proves useful in the plot.

* Calvin "Cave" Carson, a classic Creator/DCComics adventurer who still appears once in a while, is a spelunker (hence the nickname) who uses vehicles with giant drills to tunnel into the Earth's crust and such.
* ''IronMan'' - Iron Man's suit has a specialized armor made for tunneling that has its forearms transform into drills. Considering that Tony managed to dispatch a bunch of MechaMooks with them they are also pretty effective weapons.
* ''Comicbook/GhostRider: Road to Perdition'': the villain intends to use a huge drill to bore a hole straight into Hell. There is a funny scene: At the end of one page, some soldiers are being told that "ThisIsNotADrill". Flip the page, and the next thing you see is the giant drill.
* ''TransformersGeneration1'': Twin Twist has a pair of long drills that he uses to attack from beneath.
* ''ComicBook/HackSlash'': Cassie uses a power drill to kill the slasher Tin Woodsman in ''Over the Rainbow''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Naruto's Kaze Kiwa, Tatewaru, and Kaze Doriru are effectively wind chakra drills in "Legacy Of The Rasengan".
* Zuko uses firebending to move burning oil in a spiral and create a drill [[spoiler:to break his ship free from an army of earthbenders]] in FanFic/{{Embers}}.
* Raim's Heaven Piercer "Drill of Soul" spellcard in the Touhou fanfic TroperWorks/HumanOfTheOtherSide turns [[EmpathicWeapon Kraid]] into a '''drillsword'''. In fact, the spellcard itself is a ShoutOut for [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]. And it was awesome.
* From episode 10 of ''WebVideo/AvatarTheAbridgedSeries'':
--> "LetMeGetThisStraight: You can invent tanks, (invented 1915) jet-skis, (invented 1973) and a gi''gan''tic FRIGGIN' drill, (invented 20XX) but the concept of a hot air balloon (invented 1783) ''eluuuuuuudes'' you."
--> "Um, yes."\\
"I hate this world and everyone in it."
* Examples from [[Fanfic/Swing123AndGarfieldodiesCalvinverse the Calvinverse]]:
** Calvin adds a drill to his box in ''Fanfic/AttackOfTheTeacherCreature'', but [[SubvertedTrope it doesn't help much.]]
** Dr. Brainstorm more successfully uses a giant drill to burst into Evil Calvin's castle in the final chapter of ''Fanfic/RetroChill''.
* ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}'': One of the weapons of [[TheCape Wonder Red]] is a giant drill. She uses it against [[EldritchAbomination Leviathan]] in her first public appearance.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* There's a giant tunneling drill in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''. Mole was eager to use it.
* [[RunningGag There was a series of movie adaptations of]] ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', mentioned above. The drills were [[UpToEleven even bigger]].

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Benny "I'm gonna screw you", the cab driver from the original ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', who is about to use a tunnel drilling machine to crush Douglas Quaid, until Quaid grabs a hand-held drill, cuts into the operator's cab, and does unto Benny before Benny does unto him. And with [[{{Narm}} that accent of Arnie's]], we have the immortally classic line:
--> ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Beenny!! Schklew Ewe!!"]]''
* Drills seem to be a standard robot feature in the movie ''Film/TheBlackHole''. Evil robot Maximilian uses his to kill [[spoiler: Dr. Durant]], and shortly thereafter, good robot V.I.N.CENT uses his to destroy [[spoiler:Maximilian, who is [[ImmuneToBullets Immune To Lasers]]]].
* The machines in ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' use gigantic robotic drills, accompanied by swarms of killer robots, to burrow through the earth's crust and attack the underground city Zion. The drills aren't ''exactly'' weapons so much as a way into the city; this is zero comfort to those who get in their way.
* A drill ''torpedo'' is used by the villain of ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' to sink a British ship -- and later by Film/JamesBond to kill said villain.
* A bow-mounted drill is a staple feature of the ''Gotengo'' (known as ''Film/{{Atragon}}'' in America), a recurring CoolShip of Creator/{{Toho}} features (including ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars''). Making its movie debut in 1963 and based on even older adventure novels, the ship may be Japan's UrExample and why drills are such a staple in their pop culture.
** The robot Moguera from ''Film/TheMysterians'' and ''Film/GodzillaVsSpaceGodzilla'' has a drill forming its "snout".
** Megalon, from ''Film/GodzillaVsMegalon'', has drills for "hands". Kiryu in ''Film/GodzillaTokyoSOS'' could turn his right hand into a drill.
** ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'' brings us the D-3 Warheads, which are drill missiles.
* The villainess in ''Film/TheMachineGirl'' has a drill bra. She uses it to [[spoiler:give the protagonist a double mastectomy with lots of HighPressureBlood]]. Ouchies.
* ''Film/TetsuoTheIronMan'', for a particularly disturbing scene with his girl.
* Anyone remember the evil dental drill from ''Film/MarathonMan''? Or better yet, ''Film/SpaceMutiny''?
* The protagonist of ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' has to fight against monster trucks, one of which has a massive drill. And then it nods that yes, the drills are overtly phallic in design.
* The ''Narada'', the Romulan ship in ''Film/StarTrek'', is a giant 24th-century mining vessel with a drill that can reach a planet's core in a relatively short amount of time. The fact that the drill is made of ''fire'' is just that much more awesome. The original ''Narada'' was a mining ship with no weapons. The MacrossMissileMassacre monstrosity shown in the film was modified using reverse-engineered [[TheVirus Borg]] technology, as shown in the ''Countdown'' comic.
* In ''Film/TheDrillerKiller'', the protagonist tries to release his pressure by killing people with a drill.
* In ''Film/TheSlumberPartyMassacre'', and both of its [[Film/SlumberPartyMassacreII two]] [[Film/SlumberPartyMassacreIII sequels]] have killers who use big drills to commit murders (the second film takes it even further by having an electric guitar with a drill). In the first film, the drill represents penis.
* The Tall Man's [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon flying killer spheres]] from ''Film/{{Phantasm}}'' kill by sticking into their victim's head with twin pop-out blades and then drilling into their victim's brain, the blood spitting out from a hole in the back of the sphere.
* The killer in ''Film/BodyDouble'' kills a prone woman with a giant industrial drill. We see the bloody drill pierce the ceiling of the floor below.
* In ''Film/{{Pi}}'', [[spoiler:Max trepans himself with a carpenter's drill. Or does he?]]
* The giant drill-headed mining machine in ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''.
* A [[NightmareFuel creepy]] [[AssholeVictim pedophile]] gets impaled through the back of the head with a huge cordless drill in ''Film/EasterBunnyKillKill!''.
* A couple are found skewered by some kind of mining drill in the original ''Film/MyBloodyValentine''.
* The first victim in ''Film/TheToolboxMurders'' is stabbed in the arm and spine with a handheld drill that looked kind of like an egg beater.
* A woman gets a drill through the forehead in ''Film/LasVegasBloodbath''.
* The villain in ''Film/MidnightMovie'' uses a drill-like knife to kill his victims.
* ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' introduces The Driller in the form of a titanically large mechanical monstrosity capable of bringing down buildings with ease. They're supposedly Cybertron's apex predators. Shockwave has one as a pet/warbeast, which thus sees plenty of action against Autobots and humans.
* In ''Film/DeathRace'', you have the heavily armored Dreadnought truck, a mobile hazard equipped with giant drills among its other weaponry. During the race in which it appears, the Dreadnought uses its drill to make a bloody mess of 14K's female navigator, before killing 14K himself.
* A non-deadly version in ''Film/OceansThirteen''. The protagonists buy a drill, which reportedly dug the Chunnel, and use it to dig under the Bank casino in order to simulate an earthquake as part of their exit strategy. However, the drill ends up being broken just before the job, so they have to buy another one ([[spoiler:using Terry Benedict's money]]).
* ''Film/TheDescentPart2'': Greg uses a power drill in his kit to kill one of the crawlers by drilling into its head.
* In ''Film/{{Deathgasm}}'', Brodie [[DuctTapeForEverything duct tapes]] a power drill to the neck of his electric guitar in preparation to fight off the demon possessed townspeople.
* One [[ArtificialZombie zombie cyborg]] from ''Film/FrankensteinsArmy'' is-was-an SS shocktrooper with a power drill stuck in his nose, which gives him a bird-like face.
* In 2015's ''Unnatural'', the giant killer polar bear is finally killed with a large ice drill, which one of the last surviving characters mounted on the front of a snowmobile.
* ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'': Teddy is murdered by being stabbed through the ear with a power drill.
* In ''Film/UnderworldBloodWars'', Gregor shoots David in the gut with a bullet tipped with a spinning drill that is also a TrackingDevice. The drill makes it burrow through David's body faster than his HealingFactor can push it out, until Selene manages to cut it out of him.

* In Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Literature/IceStation'', Schofield uses a drilling machine as an ImprovisedWeapon to kill [[spoiler:Snake]]. ''It's a one hit KO!''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Several show up in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai''.
** Of particular note is the [[DrillTank Drill Driver zord]] and Drill Blaster from ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', aka [=GoGo=] Drill from ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger''. Bonus points for [=GoGo=] Drill having a finishing attack named "Maximum Penetration", with a variation called "''Rising'' Penetration" as well. Also, Yellow Overdrive Ranger Ronny tended to {{Nerdgasm}} over machines, and the Drill Blaster led MemeticMutation to make Ronny/drills a CargoShip.
** The franchise also seems to have developed a tradition of pairing giant mecha drills with [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]] themes:
*** The Dragonzord from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' (aka Dragon Caesar from ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'') had a drill on his ''tail'', and when it combined with three other Zords to form a different megazord it had a Drill ''Lance'' weapon. It's finisher was boring a gigantic hole in the MonsterOfTheWeek's effing chest! Designs were also drawn up for upgraded Dinozords for a second season of ''Mighty Morphin''' that included a drill tail on the Tyrannosaurus, though they were ultimately rejected in favor of re-using the mecha from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger''.
*** The weapon of the Thundersaurus Megazord in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' / Abarenoh in ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' was a drill. Combining with the ''Ankylosaurus'' zord gave it a second one on its other arm. Some fans suspect that it was influenced by the rejected ''Mighty Morphin''' upgrade designs.
*** In ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' Season 2 and ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', the SixthRanger's dino mecha is one-third Dragonzord/Dragon Caesar homage and one-third Thundersaurus/Abarenoh homage. Of ''course'' it has a humongous drill.
*** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' / ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' adds another one; a Triceratops with a drill tail that becomes a drill arm for the mecha.
*** ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'' gets Dinomaru, a movie-exclusive MechaExpansionPack with a drill tail that becomes a drill ''sword'' when combined with Shurikenjin.
** There's also the Predazord's Revolver Phantom attack from ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''.
** The Spiral Sabre from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' is also styled in this fashion.
** The "Terrible Terror" mecha in ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' (''Series/PowerRangersSPD'') also contains copious drills.
** The tradition continues in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' with the Tora Origami/Tiger zord, the kitteh that will pierce the heavens.
** ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger''/''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' Season 1 has two examples, as well. First is one of the three [[MechaExpansionPack Land Brothers]], the Sai/Rhinoceros, which has a drill for a horn. The other is during the last third of the season, when the current bad guys take the Biibi bugs/Zombats (this season's version of MakeMyMonsterGrow), and, because they're robots, have them twist themselves into the Biibi Nails/Zombolts, which look like drills in a way. In ''Goseiger'', this may or may not be a subtle reference to the fact that TheDragon for the villains is [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Yoko]], while the 6th ranger is Kamina.
* The Mole in ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' was of the "tunnelling vehicle" variety.
* Drills would sometimes be used as weapons in ''Series/RobotWars'', mostly notable was Sir Killerlot's lance drill.
* ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueForce'' has a HumongousMecha called the Rescue Drill, primarily used for digging.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** In ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', Kamen Rider Imperer (herd animal) has the Spin Vent which is a gauntlet with two giant drills attached to the front. Kamen Rider Knight's FinishingMove also resembles a drill.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'', Kamen Rider Chalice's Rider Kicks, the Spinning Attack and the stronger Spinning Dance, are this thanks to the fact that they combine [[BlowYouAway wind power]] with enhanced spin kicks[[note]]each of the Riders has a card that enhances a specific form of kicks: Chalice gets drill kicks, Blade gets front kicks, Garren gets drop kicks, and Leangle gets scissor kicks[[/note]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' has the Zero Liner, which utilizes a drill as a method of attack. Kamen Rider Zeronos' Henshin also includes a drill animation when his mask forms; though note that it's not an actual drill on his face - it's a spindle, as a reference to the Deneb/Vega/Altair LoveTriangle.
** [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Kamen Rider Birth]] has, besides his gun, 6 different weapons he can summon. One of these is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Drill Arm]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' Has a Drill Kick thanks to Astro Switch 3 being a Drill. In a Direct-to-Video special only, he gets a special Astro Switch 3 (it's clear) that, when used, fuses the Drill foot attachment with his Rocket arm one to make a rocket-powered drill arm. Considering the series' writer having previously written ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the reference was more obvious than most other examples.
** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' has the Drill [[RingOfPower ring]], which allows him to burrow into the ground. Combined with the Kick Strike gives him a spinning drill kick.
** ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' has the sword-like Drill Crusher as his WeaponOfChoice in his default form; it can also [[SwissArmyWeapon turn into a gun]].
* A large number of ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' monsters possess weaponized drills (often on their arms). The most notable example however is Gubira ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or Gubila]]) from the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''. Based on a narwhal, Gubira's drill is on the tip of its snout and is used to dig through earth, smash holes in solid steel, and make attempts to eviscerate Ultraman's face.
* The mysterious cylinder from the fourth episode of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' ''might'' be a burrowing, land based ultrasonic drill torpedo... or it might not.
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael traps a car full of pursuing thugs in an alley. He grabs a gigantic masonry drill located handily nearby (and probably put there by Mike ahead of time) and drills a critical spot in the hood, disabling the engine. Then he climbs on top of the car, perforates the roof with the oversized drill and dumps kerosene on the passengers. All while pretending to be AxCrazy.
* An episode of ''Series/TheSecretAdventuresOfJulesVerne'' featured a SteamPunk drill used as a method of underground transportation by rebels to attempt to kill the Queen. It is shown impaling at least two people. Verne first encounters Fogg when the latter arrests him on suspicion of building the drill, as it is based on one of his sketches.
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road", the villain Moonface kills his victims by strapping them to a table and drilling through their skulls with an industrial drill, [[EyeScream eyes first]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': A drill is one of the tools turned weapons that the caretaker robots are armed with in "Paradise Towers".
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Hotheaded Irish gang member Finn Cooley tries to torture Frank Castle with a drill to the feet in "Penny and Dime".

* Music/VanHalen's "Poundcake" opens with a guitar being played with a drill. The video has a butch woman in a dressing room attacking a voyeur by drilling a hole through the door.
* Before Eddie Van Halen, Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big had used drills while playing.
* "Calculated Execution" by Music/{{Satan}} is about a guy with a drill who carries out unmotivated, calculated executions of "ultimate design".
* Music/{{UTAU}}: Kasane Teto's curl-twin-tails are sometimes played on and drawn as drills.

* Nero's planet-destroying drills appear in the "Destroy the Drills" Mode (natch) of Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/StarTrekStern Star Trek]]''.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** There are [[ArtificialLimbs bionic]] drills used as hand weapons by gladiators and tech-priests; Dreadnoughts and [[HumongousMecha Titans]] equipped with gigantic drills used to destroy fortresses (and quite often, other mecha); giant burrowing tanks which carry armies and other tanks through the ground and, among the most unique weapons in the setting, the ''mole mortar'', which fires drilling missiles ''into the ground'' which burrow under the enemy, surface, and explode.
** Also Raveners and their larger, scarier cousins the Trygon, which, being Tyranids, are living drills which burrow up from underneath the enemy and shred their faces.
** 5th Edition Killa Kans also come packed with an option to equip your Kans with drills. This can yield some [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann interesting references]] if done with the [[http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?catId=cat1300134&prodId=prod630021a paint jobs displayed on the page]]...
* Standard drills in ''TabletopGame/{{Mekton}}'' are an armour-piercing melee weapon with a low accuracy. ''Mekton Plus'' lets you build ones that can be anywhere up to "pinpoint" accurate.
* In the ''TabletopGame/MechWarrior Dark Age'' click-base game, industrial machines can use their civilian equipment as reasonably capable melee weapons. This includes [[ChainsawGood forestry saws]], [[CrazyAwesome combine harvesters]], and of course, mining drills. The [=MiningMech=] [=IndustrialMech=] uses rock cutters and mining drills as its primary means of attack. Aesthetically subverted, however, in that the drill is not a traditional cone-shaped drill, but more like [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:Dig_Lord.jpg a trifecta of smaller drills mounted together]] (left arm; the right arm has a rock cutter, essentially a mining saw). With ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' caught up to the Dark Age/Age of Destruction clicky game, time wise, canon stats for the Violator Battlemech have been released, making it the first official Battlemech to mount a mining drill as a weapon. It's explained that the mech was actually built for the gladiator games on Solaris VII, where it's popular to mount exotic melee weapons and other AwesomeButImpractical equipment on mechs because crowds like it.

* In ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', as the DepravedDentist prepares to operate on Seymour's teeth, he ominously brandishes his favorite rusty old drill:
-->"They don't make instruments like this anymore. Sturdy, heavy, ''dull!''"

* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'':
** Drill of Onua, Earthshock Drills, and Laser Drill. Used by those (Whenua for the first two, Nuparu for the last) affliated with Earth, unsurprisingly.
** One end of Reidak's Buzzsaw and Pohatu Nuva's Twin Propellers can be used this way.
* There was a Gobot whose vehicle form was an underground tunneling machine with a big drill on the front. His name? [[http://www.tfu.info/Gobots/Renegades/Screwhead/screwhead.htm Screw Head]].
* From the Transformers line, [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Twin_Twist Twin Twist]]. Later taken to a bit of an extreme with the Powercore Mini-Con Throttler, whose ''[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Throttler entire body becomes a drill!]]''
* One Batman figure in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' movie line wields a giant battle drill. Sadly, Batman does not wield said drill against Bane during the film.
* The point of Toys/RockRaiders, as well as its SpiritualSuccessor: Toys/LEGOPowerMiners. Though sometimes [[FrickinLaserBeams lasers]] were used in place of drills in the former line.

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* In ''VideoGame/AeroFighters 3'', one of Keaton's endings has him wearing nothing but a drill over his crotch.
* The ''VideoGame/BangaiO'''s "Break" missiles, able to destroy two enemy shots to one Break, are little drill shots.
* Engineers in ''[[VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany Battlefield Bad Company 2]]'' can use their drill as a weapon. While its very damaging on vehicles, it can also be used on humans for a quick kill and an achievement.
* ''VideoGame/BioShock'':
** In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', the Bouncer-type Big Daddies have their right hands replaced with a drill. As if to prove its effectiveness, the player gets to see a Big Daddy demonstrate its drill on a random splicer. There was blood everywhere. And this is how [[spoiler:Dr. Suchong]] appears to have met [[KarmicDeath his end]], after [[spoiler:slapping a Little Sister]].
** In ''VideoGame/BioShock2'', Subject Delta, a prototype Big Daddy is the player character who starts with a drill. He can stab while it spins, dealing massive damage at the cost of fuel, or slam enemies with its side for less damage [[EmergencyWeapon but no fuel cost]]. A [[AbilityRequiredToProceed mandatory]] upgrade partway into causing slamming while the drill spins to perform a very powerful charge attack that deals massive damage. It's pretty useful to begin with and has massive potential for people who want to specialize in melee, with upgrades and gene tonics doing everything from deflecting projectiles to recovering health on hit. There's even an gene tonic that [[CripplingOverspecialization makes the drill your only usable weapon]] (barring hacking tools and the research camera) in exchanged for [[ReducedManaCost halved EVE cost for Plasmids]].
* ''VideoGame/BlasterMaster Overdrive'' for Wii, drill is an upgrade for your tank. It allows the tank to do a [[VideogameDashing dash attack.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'''s final weapon was a powerful gun that fired a spinning drill bit that instantly killed average mooks, flinging them across the room. If they hit a wall, the drill spins with so much force, it tears off the victim's arms, legs, then head. The special attack allows you to kebab multiple enemies.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'' subverts this with the [[DrillTank Subterranean APC]], as it cannot use its drill to attack anything (save for crushing infantry) and must rely on its transported infantry to cause damage. Same with ''VideoGame/MetalFatigue'''s Drilltruck which is only used to dig tunnels and capture Hedoth structures. This is also true with the [[PlanetLooters Zuul]] ships with Rip, Rend, and Radiant Bore sections in ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars''. These ships look like giant spinning drills in space. However, their only function is "digging" tunnels through [[SubspaceOrHyperspace node space]] and cannot be used as a weapon. Even colliding with another ship with the drill results in no more damage than from a normal collision.
* ''VideoGame/DigDug''. The ''VideoGame/MrDriller'' series, for that matter. According to the cutscenes in ''Drill Spirits'', the drillers are Dig Dug's kids.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
** The Drill Emperor spear, which is also the strongest spear in the game in some of the installments.
** The Alaraune monster class has the Thorn Drill Blast attack in ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'', which is an obvious ShoutOut to the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Giga Drill Breaker]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' has handrills and hammerhandrills as claw weapons. There is also a spear called the sandstorm spear whose tip looks like a drill.
* ''VideoGame/DrillDozer'': ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', you can wield trap components in adventure mode. Leading to the quote, "I CANNOT HEAR YOU OVER THE SOUND OF ME DRILLING HOLES IN ELVES!". Funnily, it's actually a screw pump.
* For one of her attacks in ''VideoGame/EternalFighterZero'', Akane Satomura forms a large drill over her entire arm by wrapping it with her own PrehensileHair.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Edgar of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has a Drill amongst his Tools skill set. And it penetrates defense. In the original Japanese version, a GoodBadBug resulted in the Drill being the best '''''headgear equip''''' available to your characters. This was [[MythologyGag referenced]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', where [[AscendedGlitch a drill was the headgear part of the 'Machine' equipment set]].
** Barret of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' can also equip a drill arm as a melee weapon.
* In the physics-based flash-game ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/FunkyPear/gravitee-wars Gravitee Wars]]'', one of the unlockable weapons is a Drill Missile, which will dig all the way through a planet before exploding. Very handy for disposing of one of those annoying enemies who think they can hide on the other side.
* In ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'', there is a locust mask called Carl. If equipped, the player starts out with a power drill that can be used for gory executions.
* In ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheEmperorsTomb'', a boss battle has Indy pursued by a drill tank -- [[JawsFirstPersonPerspective from the tank's POV]].
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' has the Drill Arm as one of the many weapons.
* ''VideoGame/TechRomancer'' has the CombiningMecha Twinzam V. In one of its two forms, it has drill arms that can even be used for a FinishingMove... in which the mecha pins its opponent, punches it repeatedly, then drills through its ''face''.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'', the Rock and Needle combination gives Kirby a drill that will pull him along as long as you hold the button. It becomes a scenery-piercing projectile once you release it.
** The main story climax of ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' has [[spoiler:Kirby on his Robobot Armor preforming a last-minute ditch drill attack on Star Dream's last form, destroying it entirely.]]
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
** In ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', Crash Man's "Crash Bomber" (''VideoGame/MegaMan2''), Drill Man's "Drill Bombs" (''VideoGame/MegaMan4''), Ground Man's "Spread Drill" (''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass''), and Tunnel Rhino's "Tornado Fang" (''VideoGame/MegaManX3''). Ground Man actually has more drills on his body than Drill Man himself! Spark Mandrill even has a drill hand in ''VideoGame/MegaManMaverickHunterX''.
** Drill Man and Ground Man get remixed in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''. Also -- drill squid viruses in the fifth game, and the TrueCompanions are threatened by the misfortune of being in a room right below a giant, out-of-control mining drill (the viruses are found here too, naturally.)
** The [=DrillArm=] Battle Cards even allow [[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Geo Stelar]] to utilize the power of drills.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' and its sequel also have a Drill Arm.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The series has the Horn Drill attack, one of only four OneHitKO moves, and Drill Peck, a powerful Flying-type move. Beedrill, a first-gen Pokémon, has drill-like stingers, hence the name (which only become more pronounced when it Mega Evolves). And Rhydon has a metal drill for a horn that actually spins by itself in ''VideoGame/PokemonStadium''.
** Fearow goes as far as ''being'' a drill. Its Japanese name is Onidrill and it learns a couple of drilling moves.
** Generation V also gives us Drilbur and Excadrill, which are basically mole-like Pokémon centered around the idea of digging drills. They even have a move called Drill Run.
* ''VideoGame/RedFaction'' lets you drive mine drillers. Subverted in that they're actually meant to carve through stone.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'':
** [[ImplacableMan Ustanak]] has a drill for his arm when pursuing Jake and Sherry in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''. Since it's an instant kill with a partcularily, er, [[CruelAndUnusualDeath colorful death scene]], it turns the entire scenario into a StealthBasedMission.
** Pedro uses a drill as his weapon of choice in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2''. [[spoiler: The unfortunate problem is, he still uses it even after he mutates.]]
* One of the HumongousMecha in the [=PlayStation=] 2 game ''VideoGame/RobotAlchemicDrive'' can switch out his hand with a drill, and several of the enemy types have similar armaments.
* ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'' has Ginrei who uses a lance in the form of a drill.
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'':
** In ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'', one of the secret weapons was a Rock Drill.
** In ''VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming,'' Judge Holloway has a normal power drill with a wood-boring drillbit (wide and flat, with three sharp points -- '''ow''') in a cutscene. She is [[spoiler: clearly off her rocker and tortures Alex with it while he's restrained to a chair by ramming it into his leg fully in-camera, and the look on Alex's face as he screams is ''far'' more effective at unnerving the player than any of the acting in ''Film/{{Hostel}}''. In the end, the torture itself inspires a burst of strength on Alex's part sufficient to tear out of his bonds, after which, he promptly shoves the drill up through the bottom of Judge Holloway's jaw.]] The look on ''her'' face at this point is equally brilliant, as are the sound effects. As a final note, the fact that Alex has no signs of hindered movement when the player gains control can be viewed, in addition to the combat system itself, as [[spoiler: evidence that his false memories actually [[YourMindMakesItReal give him the skills]] he would've had if he'd actually been in the military.]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** The boss of the [[GreenHillZone Emerald Hill Zone]] ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' is a car with a drill in front. A fairly simple fight, when it's down to one hit left, it ''launches'' the drill at you, in case you weren't paying attention. Also, the boss of the Mystic Cave Zone in the same game.
** Marble Garden Zone in ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic 3]]'' has three drill-based bosses: The miniboss which excavates the ceiling and causes debris to fall, a flying vehicle driven by Robotnik fought by taking flight with Tails (fighting this boss in "Tails Alone" mode is [[ScrappyLevel infamous for its difficulty]] in some circles), and Knuckles' fight against Egg Robo in a similar drill-equipped flying vehicle, albeit on the ground. Knuckles ''can'', however [[GoodBadBugs get to Sonic/Tails' boss]] by using the spinning tops, enabling you to play with Knuckles and Tails.
** One part of Cosmic Wall in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' involves being chased by a giant drill. Knuckles and Rouge can drill into the ground after finding a certain power up too.
** The final zone in the first ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Advance|Trilogy}}'' game reuses bosses from the Genesis game, including Emerald Hill Zone's Drill-car.
** The first two games feature standard-issue Badniks that use drills as weapons in their respective underwater levels. Specifically, the second game features Grounder, recognizable as the (drill-wielding) robot from the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' cartoon.
** ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' gives Sonic himself the ability to turn into a drill due to the yellow wisps, capable of drilling through certain dirts and even through water. One of the bosses in the DS version has drill attacks - you get the drill by boosting into it, then drill underwater to hit the real weak points.
** ''VideoGame/SonicForces'' has the Yellow Wispon, which can give the Avatar the ability to perform a dash attack and scale along floors and walls.
* A giant drill in [[Film/SpiderMan3 Spider-Man 3]]'' is used against him in the video game adaptation.
* Odd PC game ''VideoGame/{{Stratosphere}}'', which revolved around floating rocks kitted out as flying battleships, featured the "auger" as a melee weapon. (Well, a ramming weapon, but it worked as long as you were close).
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** In ''Brawl'', there's Meta Knight's Drill Rush attack, while Jill from ''Drill Dozer'' shows up as an Assist Trophy.
** In ''Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo [=3DS/WiiU=]'', Bowser Jr. (and, by extension, each of the seven Koopalings) uses drills as one of his many gadgets in his Junior Clown Car. Also, the Drill arm from ''Kid Icarus'' is an item usable by all characters.
* One of the five types of weapons you can use in ''VideoGame/SummonNight: Swordcraft Story'' (among much more "mundane" weapon types like swords, spears and axes). They were a bit arthritic and had limited attack range compared to the other weapons, but were great at stunlocking enemies and shattering weapons in duels, the latter being ''very'' useful because shattering a weapon grants you the blueprints necessary to construct it later.
* Drills are one of the more unusual classes of weapons in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' -- though by no means the ''most'' unusual. They are, however, quite effective if you give 'em to a character strong enough to handle the weight. {{Drill Tank}}s are also available as vehicles, and at least one attack in the game launches drill ''missiles''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'':
** Grungust Mk III has two drills on it's back it attaches to its fists for a RocketPunch.
** Thrudgelmir has a third drill on it's head it uses to headbutt with, while [=KoRyuOh=] can turn it's hand into a drill before rocket-punching. Both machines actually used to be [=Grungust MK IIIs=].
** ''Kurogane'', another [[MilitaryMashupMachine submersible flying space battleship]] with a drill in the front.
** The Soulsaber FF has the Drill Craft Missiles, which are two drills attached to a compartment on either side of the FF's wrists. They can be launched, and when they do, the drills accumulate enough energy mid-flight to discharge it on impact, smiting the enemy.
** ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is making its debut in ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2'' as well.
** The second PV promises that the game will be full of them. Anime/DaiGuard's drill arm, the [[Anime/{{Gravion}} Graviton Pressure Punch]] and of course [[Manga/GetterRobo Getter-2]] and [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Lagann Impact]]…
* Dordary in ''VideoGame/VirtualOn: Oratorio Tangram'' has a heat-seeking launchable drill for an arm. A few "Vok" variants in the later games also use drills.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'', Iku Nagae transforms her scarf into a lightning-imbued drill for some of her specials and spellcards. Tenshi Hinanai also fires rocks that are vaguely drill-like.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'': Not only is the drill usually relegated to digging as it's pathetically weak, it's a '''pneumatic''' drill. Still makes for for an [[CherryTapping awesome and silly finisher]].
* ''VideoGame/XComTerrorFromTheDeep'' widened the melee arsenal from the previous game (which was limited to the cattle prod) with a series of oversized power drills. Very efficient at dispatching armored critters, too.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' has got a laser drill on Therum, but it is a puzzle solution rather than a weapon.
* Parin, the heroine from ''VideoGame/GuruminAMonstrousAdventure'' carries a magical drill with her. Before [[NiceJobBreakingItHero she pulled out of a pedestal]], it was containing the SealedEvilInACan.
* The Drill Robot from ''VideoGame/GotchaForce'', which has a total of ''seven'' drills on its body.
* Drachma from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' can get a drill attachment (among numerous other things) for his artificial arm.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and its associated spin-offs:
** Gilgamesh's personal weapon, Ea (the Sword of Rupture), is called a sword, but designed specifically to resemble a subterranean tunnel drill. Gilgamesh rarely uses it as an actual striking weapon (though he did impale an enemy on it at least once), instead charging up energy and unleashing tremendously powerful magic beams from it. When charging up, it sucks in wind by [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning rotating like a drill]]. The reason it looks so weird for a "sword" is because it pre-dates humanity, pre-dates the world itself, and indeed pre-dates the very ''concept'' of a sword in the first place. In fact, Shirou, whose very existence is deeply tied to swords, cannot get a read on Ea and fails to understand anything about it. It's simply beyond human comprehension.
** A less flashy example is Servant Archer's frequent use of a modified duplicate of Caladbolg as a TrickArrow. His 'Caladbolg II' is dubbed 'the Fake Spiral Sword.' ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' reveals the original Caladbolg looked even more like a drill, mounted on a hilt that made it overall resemble an enormous lance more than a sword.
* Ruru from ''VideoGame/MagicalBattleArena'' personifies this trope as a MagicalGirl.
* Honda Tadakatsu in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' had his already badass spear Tonbogiri turned into a ''drill'' spear, while Ieyasu's joke weapon becomes a pair of drills mounted over his hands called [[VideoGame/MegaMan2 Crash Drills]].
* Attentive players of ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' will notice that among the hundreds of weapons in the game are a couple of drill lances. No, not blunted practice lances -- knight lances, the kind that fits over your arm, about as long as you are tall, and ''mostly made up of a giant spinning drill bit''. There's also the Dragonator: If you need to kill an Elder Dragon fast, this is your weapon of choice, and it's usually mounted to vessels that go out hunting these beasts. Offline, one shows up when fighting the Ceadeus. Online, you get to use it against Jhen Mohran. The fourth ''Monster Hunter'' game takes it a step further with a Drill Hammer, complete with a [[RuleOfCool Rocket Booster]] activating on certain attacks.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' gives Mario a drill power-up.
* [[RuleOfThree There was a video game adaptation of]] ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Being ''Gurren Lagann'', drills of course featured prominently.
* [[TheCape Flay Gunnar]] of ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'', who gets attacks such as "Big Screw", "Screwdriver" (to name a couple) [[MorphWeapon that turn his giant sword into a (eventually even more) massive drill.]]
* Flash game [[http://armorgames.com/play/3273/knightfall Knightfall]] has you rescuing the DamselInDistress by - quite literally - drilling to Hell from the cellar.
** The ending for Shadow Lady, a dark, robotic version of [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li]], in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfSuperHeroes'' featured Jin getting mortally injured in a confrontation with Bison. Shadow (robotic Charlie) and Shadow Lady show up after Bison leaves, and revive him with "cybernation", turning Jin into a dark robotic version of himself... with a drill for an arm. Chun-Li herself was [[UnwillingRoboticization forcibly cyborgized]] and ReforgedIntoAMinion by Bison, and one of her cybernetic enhancements allows her to morph her hands into drills.
** One of [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Tron Bonne's]] special attacks in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' and later ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' involves turning her [[PoweredArmor robot's]] hand into a drill.
** [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Morrigan]] has several attacks that involve changing her arms or legs into drills in nearly every fighting game she's appeared in.
* A trailer for the upcoming ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' revealed that Pascal has a drill. Needless to say, that hit MemeticMutation among ''Tales'' fans in ''sections''.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial 2]]'', drills are a trademark of [[{{Tomboy}} Homura]] [[StudentCouncilPresident Akai]], who's a fan of mecha anime. It's such a trademark of hers, that in a ShoutOut to VideoGame/MetalGearSolid, the game's illustrator even made a joke illustration in one of the official illustrations books of ''[[FanNickname Tokimemo 2]]'' where Homura offers a drill to [[TriggerHappy Revolver]] Ocelot (who's rather annoyed by the girl's antics, so much that Homura's best friend, clearly afraid, tries to restrain her) so he can use it as a replacement for his severed arm.
* ''VideoGame/DinkSmallwood'', the titular hero enters a base that is producing killer drill-bots. One of which proceeds to kill the attending scientist, while saying [[PreMortemOneLiner "Don't be alarmed, ]][[{{Pun}} this is only a drill."]]
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal III'' introduced Mr. Slamm ripoff Auger, a big yellow construction vehicle with a big-ass drill on the front.
* The National Power for the [[SteamPunk Vinci]] in ''VideoGame/RiseOfLegends'', Industrial Devastation, is basically a giant drill that comes from underground and devastates the area of effect.
* A semi-obscure FPS for the [=PlayStation=] and 3DO called ''PO'ed'' had a big industrial drill as a usable weapon.
* ''[[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Dynasty Warriors 7]]'' introduced the new character Deng Ai, who uses what can only be described as a drill lance as his primary weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' one of Karol's weapons is the drill hammer, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a hammer with a drill on the end]].
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' arcade game, Zitz's "Drilla Killa" finisher grinds enemies' faces into bloody paste.
* The Roquefort Mine in ''VideoGame/MusashiSamuraiLegend'' hosts several drill-wielding enemies (from which you can learn a special technique) and the boss in the first part of the mine is a ''[[HumongousMecha Drill Golem]]'' complete with [[OneWingedAngel two possible forms]].
* ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoQogaKnellOfArCiel'' has the main character wield a MorphWeapon (supposedly a builder's tool) which can be used as a sword, a scissor or... a drill. The first Supermove you learn with him has the drill grow to enormous proportions as he charges through the enemies. [[UpToEleven Taken to the extreme with his Ultra Supermove.]] He even remarks that the drill is every man's fantasy.
* ''[[VideoGame/EpicBattleFantasy Epic Battle Fantasy 3]]'' features several drills, inevitably escorted by [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]] references. Two of the player characters can learn a special move that summons a huge drill from below the ground, dealing enormous damage to enemies with buffed defense, and one late-game enemy is a Flying Drill-Bot. Seriously, that's its NAME.
* Avoid being above a [[VideoGame/RedAlert3Paradox Sidewinder Tank]] when it surfaces.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has these available as endgame replacements to the pickaxe. They are also relatively viable as weapons against most enemies that will be encountered while mining. And its most powerful version, the Hamdrax, consists in a spinning combination of Hammer, Drill and Axe, basically destroying everything and anything it touches in one hit.And dealing huge damage at close range.
* ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' has TheDragon use a drill on ''your face'' as a form of interrogation/torture. Luckily being possessed by a timeless demon means you get better. From Shrote's dialogue, it seems this is a preferred method for him.
* This was the Unite power of the old Wonder-Red ([[spoiler: AKA: Laurence Nelson]]) in ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101''..
* ''Videogame/TreadMarks'''s Ramdrill is a tank-mounted drill made of diamond that can cut through armor like a hot knife through butter; not even the GAU-8 [[GatlingGood Avenger]] can kill faster.
* The classic Mega Drive/Genesis Run and Gun platformer ''VideoGame/{{Vectorman}}'' had a drill powerup which was used to break through certain floors.
* ''VideoGame/XMenVsStreetFighter'' final boss, Apocalypse had a move where his arm turned into a Giant Drill.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'': [[RobotGirl KOS-MOS]] is capable of turning her arm into a drill as a special move, as well as an ArmCannon or a BladeBelowTheShoulder.
* The Goliath Piledriver [[MiniMecha Skell]] superweapon in ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' is a weaponized mining drill installed with a rocket booster to maximize the force of impact. The description given when you unlock it plays up the [[RuleOfCool cool factor]], describing it as "the very weapon you dreamed of owning as a kid".
* The Drill Arms and Drill Helmet in ''[[VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman]]''. One creates a giant energy drill that pierces through enemies, another can lift up a giant chunk of earth and blow it up, and the latter allows the player to attack an enemy from underground.
* ''Power Drill Massacre'' has the main character finding herself locked inside an old sawmill, where a drill-toting killer starts hunting her.
* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', the Deep Borer troop has a pair of drills at the end of each limb, and its special attack is to use them. It's operated by dwarves as part of their mining operations.
* In ''VideoGame/NavalOps'', you can research Drill Missiles. These are highly advanced missiles with a drill head that are effective against land, sea and air targets. For more drill goodness, in the 3rd game of the series, if you destroy enough battlecruisers you can earn a Drillship which is gigantic battleship with a ramprow drill and side-buzzsaws.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'', Max can upgrade his [[WrenchWhack Battle Wrench]] to a Drill Wrench, and invent the Drill Arm for the [[MiniMecha Ridepod.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', a building-sized tracked mining drill is used to get Isaac and Ellie into the Sprawl's government sector. Although the massive mechanical beast is too slow and ponderous to directly score Necromorph kills, there's still blood everywhere due to it shredding thick layers of [[TheCorruption Corruption tissue]] while digging its way through the sector's foundations.
* Touko Matsudaira from the Light Novel ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'', appears in the TagTeam FightingGame ''[[VideoGame/{{Maribato}} Maribato!]]'' as a playable carácter. Touko fights by summoning drills in her hands, and ram her opponents with them. In general, Touko seems to have an obssession for drills, as most of her normal attacks, specials and even one super are related to drills. Curious enough, if you look carefully during her standng A animation, she actually hits her opponents with one of her MegaTwintails, which you guessed, are [[VisualPun drill-shaped.]]

* [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page411.html Steve Parsons]], courtesy of ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'', Meji needs to get past a magic barrier surrounding a mountain, and takes a [[http://www.errantstory.com/2011-09-15/5273 very direct approach to problem-solving]].
* Simonla from ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' has a drill at the end of her tail and can turn her hands into drills as well, being based off of [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon.]]
* In ''Webcomic/MoonCrest24'', Dwayne's weapon, named the [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy Long Horn]] is a drill.
* Drill Man's [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/030202 introduction]] in ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' doesn't go so well, because he thinks he's meant to ''[[DoubleEntendre screw]]'' things. And then Drill Man helpfully demonstrates [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/030630 the drawbacks of having drills for hands]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h11/Iamyourking/DRILLBJORN2.jpg DRILLBJORN!]]
* A few non-super robot example exists in ''Literature/ChaosFighters'' where drills can be used as weapons. Unlike most examples, rotating blades count as drills in-universe and it is possible to mount them on ''shoulders''.
* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', the villainous Subterranean uses a tank equipped with a tunneling drill to break into bank vaults, museums, and other secure locations from underneath.
* Abel from the Wiki/SCPFoundation used to conjure up all sorts of swords, axes, and other blades when he would fight. After spending some time with the SCP, he started using mostly drills and [[ChainsawGood chainsaw-like weapons]]. When asked why, he said [[RuleOfCool because the blades fascinated him]].
* The CreepyPasta ''Salt House'' has the protagonist kill [[spoiler: the pedophile who kidnapped his son]] by shoving a power drill up his nose.
* WebAnimation/TheTransformersCombinerWars: Nosecone is a drill tank, and he forms the leg of Computron. When Computron engages Menasor, he uses the drill to do extra damage when he knees his opponent in the torso.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Psycho Man has a drill horn.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Fire Nation use a giant drill as a siege weapon in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Drill]]. Loads of Freudian imagery ensues. Given that the country it's boring into is based on Imperial China, one might call this a real [[{{Pun}} Chinese Fire Drill]].
* In the second SeasonFinale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Green Lantern used his ring to make a drill when he didn't quite agree with a spaceship hull.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'', Shyir Rev, outnumbered and surrounded, summoned a drill construct and, instead of using it to dig or attack, he uses it to kick up a twister of dust which he used like a smokescreen to escape.
* There is one in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and Cartman will not hesitate to use it against hippies.
* The WesternAnimation/SWATKats regularly used drill-bit missiles, and used a DrillTank, the Turbo Mole, in "Caverns of Horror".
* In the old ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon, once the Technodrome was moved to the center of the Earth, travel to and from the surface was accomplished via tunneling Transport Modules with big drills on the front. The second cartoon had Donatello create a similar vehicle for the turtles, with the "drill" made out of ''pure energy''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' Season 4, the one-shot Digital Sea monster "Kalamar" attacks the ''Skidbladnir'' with a drill.
* A few Franchise/{{Transformers}}, including Menasor from ''[[Anime/TransformersCybertron Cybertron]]'' (not the combiner from ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]]''), have these. More turn into drill tanks but lose the ability to use their drills offensively in robot form. Examples are Twin Twist and Nosecone from ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]]'', and Drillhorn from ''Anime/TransformersVictory''.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]'' Scrapper's main weapons are drills that unfold from his hands and Dirt Boss can fire a drill bit from his forehead that lets him [[PeoplePuppets control other bots' bodies]].
** In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', Megatron uses Vehicon Mole drones to attack the Maximals underground. Mounts a [[GatlingGood chaingun]] as well, in case the earth-grinding blades weren't dangerous enough.
** [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Soundwave]]'s CombatTentacles. Knock Out's hand can do this as well, though that's not too surprising given his [[DeadlyDoctor job]].
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' has Dr. Animo who is using a literal drill to break down dimensional walls of his prison.
* In the old show ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'', one of the villians had a drill... vehicle of some sort with ''two'' drills on opposite sides of the vehicle.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'', Jake Rockwell's Awesome Auger weapon system consists of a giant drill mounted to a tank-like body.
* One of the Earth Corps scientists from ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'', Eddie "Auger" Augutter, has an [[CaptainObvious auger]] attached to his exosuit.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' has a guy called Driller who's a living drill. He mostly works for Mumm-Ra and is paid with diamonds, to keep his drill sharp.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', Driller is a creepy HumongousMecha that mines [[{{Unobtanium}} Thundrillium]] for Mumm-Ra's military complex.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'': The Hyperforce's resident BadassBookworm, Mr. Hal Gibson, can transform his robotic hands into ''huge'' drills. Not only can he bore holes with them, he can use them to fire lasers, eject insulation foam, and even vacuum up messes!
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': One version of Jack Spicer's MechaMooks had drills for arms and legs. When he took them out for a test drive, he remarked to Wuya:
--> '''Jack:''' My robots will turn this mountain to rubble if they have to.
--> ''Two robots attack each other and drill each other to pieces.''
--> '''Jack:''' ''(sheepishly)'' See? Mountain of rubble.
* Sardonyx from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' uses a giant hammer, although it has on one occasion been shown to be capable of changing into a drill.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRuffAndReddyShow'': In the "Spooky Meeting At Spooky Rock" story arc, Professor Gizmo shows Ruff and Reddy his invention, the Gizmo-Borer. It's a rocket-powered drill he uses to traverse solid rock and gather scientific data. Showing the blueprint:
-->'''Gizmo:''' The nose is designed on the woodscrew principle.\\
'''Reddy:''' It's a pretty screwy principle if you ask me.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Power drills were notoriously used for executions by Shi'ite militias in Iraq's civil war.
* They were used as a torture device by one of the nastier Protestant/Loyalist terrorist groups in UsefulNotes/TheTroubles. The perpetrators, led by a psychopath, were known as The Shankhill Butchers.