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->''"They used to call me 'Biblethumper'. Then I realized the Bible is an excellent book to thump with."''
-->-- '''Old preacher joke'''

Where people decide to use both words and action by hitting someone with a book really, really hard; because being bonked on the head with [[DoorStopper a few thousand pages' worth of hard-bound literature]] hurts something fierce (the fact that watching someone get conked on the head with a book [[RuleOfFunny is inherently funny]] helps too).

Also an alternative melee WeaponOfChoice for the SquishyWizard, WhiteMage, BlackMage, and other magical or scholarly types if the writer decides that a SimpleStaff is too fearsome. After all, what better way to make the hapless wizard even more hapless at close-range than to have them trying to kill the slathering, three-headed, pointy-clawed, saber-toothed, flaming beast of hell by whacking it repeatedly with a leather-bound tome?

Often, this will be prompted by a character saying, [[TemptingFate "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me,"]] or something of the sort. For additional humor value, the book that's used as a weapon will often have a title that's thematically appropriate to the user, the target, and/or the situation at hand.

A SubTrope of ImprobableWeaponUser. Related to UsefulBook. See BookshelfDominoes, for when bookshelves are a weapon. If the book is only used to show the character's angry, see BookSnap.

Note that this is for books being used to physically attack. For books used offensively by casting spells from it, see SpellBook. For the paper of books being used as a supernatural weapon, see PaperMaster. For books with dangerous words in them, see BrownNote. For the ''other'' meaning of "throw the book at them",[[note]]Which means "Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law"[[/note]] see the courtroom tropes on the CrimeAndPunishmentTropes page (it's been known to overlap, especially in comedies and especially when a JokerJury is involved).



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': The [[{{Doorstopper}} incredibly thick]] and detailed guidebooks of Kyoto Koro-sensei prepared for his students aren't just helpful to know what to do when a bunch of thugs kidnap your friends. They're also good for bonking said kidnappers unconscious.
* ''Manga/BattleRoyale'': [[BadassBookworm Kiriyama]] is seen beating up some upperclassman who were picking on him with an anatomy book. [[AwesomenessByAnalysis Apparently he used what he learned in combat]].
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Non-comedic example: Bishop Mozgus, in a [[MemeticMutation much parodied]] scene, smashes some poor guy's head in with his big metal-bound tome of scriptures and screams "HERETIC!"
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'': If you make [[{{Tsundere}} Kyou]] angry, you'll be on the receiving end of either a high kick or a thrown dictionary to the face (that can crack concrete). [[BigSisterInstinct DOUBLE if you're bothering her sister]].
** Kyou actually does both in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLWW8i2dBpI this clip.]]
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket''
** Happens early on: Yuki whaps Shigure over the head with his bookbag to stem his flirting with Tohru.
-->'''Shigure:''' What do you have in there, a dictionary?\\
'''Yuki:''' ''Two'' of them.
** Kyo seems to be a magnet for these sort of attacks. Mayu-sensei uses this on him on occasion as [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fruits_basket/c015/10.html demonstrated here]] and, of course, Shigure attacks him [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fruits_basket/c076/9.html the same way.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': In a flashback extra, a very young Ed bonks poor little toddler Al over the head with a book.
* ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'': Victorica occasionally hits Kazuya with a book when he's being stupid. She later uses a pile of them to knock [[spoiler:the fake Avril Bradley]] down a flight of stairs.
* ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'': Alexander Anderson threw a book (presumably a bible) at Alucard once in the anime.
* ''Manga/{{Hyakko}}'': There's a [[{{Omake}} fake preview]] in one episode which makes it seem the next episode will be something more along ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' lines than ''Hyakko'' - including a scene where Amagasa-sensei holds the students at gunpoint until Touma knocks the gun out of his hand with a blow from a book.
* ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'': Hiroki, a professor in literature, has a tendency to pelt things at people, books being his forte. He throws quite few at Nowaki during their lovers spat in the university library.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'': Mai Kawasumi bonks Yuuichi with the veterinarian book she was reading when he doubted her chances of becoming a KindlyVet. Said book was thin and hard-bound, and she smacked him over the head with its spine. Ouch.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'': Ira Gamagoori can use school regulation pocket books as weapons, because they're made of folded steel.
* ''Manga/KissHimNotMe'': In episode 10 Mutsumi hits his older brother with a book when he flirts with Serinuma.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Yue cheated once during a pillow fight by hiding thick dictionaries in her pillows.
** The other HotLibrarian Nodoka sometimes does this as well (usually to Haruna).
* ''{{Manga/Monster}}'': Done in an effective but realistic way: [[spoiler:[[BastardUnderstudy Christof]]]] was reading when [[spoiler:Eva]] jumped him; after she shoots his ear off and still has a gun trained on him, he turns the tables by throwing [[ChekhovsGun his book]] at her, throwing her off-balance for long enough to disarm her and wrestle her to the floor. [[spoiler:It was only thanks to Tenma's timely arrival that she survived.]]
* ''Anime/MusouKakyouASummerDaysDream'': Patchouli Knowledge ironically gets hit in the face with one of her own books. Which [[BerserkButton pissed her off]].
* ''Manga/NabariNoOu'': [[NonActionGuy Gau]] actually saves Raikou once by throwing a book at Yukimi. Several chapters later, Raikou throws a book [[ComedicSociopathy at Gau's face]] [[DomesticAbuse to shut him up]].
* ''Anime/QueensBlade'': A bonus skit on one of the soundtrack [=CDs=] has Noa being hit on the head with a book by her trainer, not thirty seconds after being told by said trainer that [[{{Hypocritical Humor}} books were not for hitting people with.]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': In an anime-only scene, Ranma hangs upside-down outside Akane's window to check up on her. Despondent, Akane throws a couple books at her - which Ranma dodges deftly - but then hefts a much larger one that smacks spine-first on the redhead's face, stunning her long enough for Akane to follow up with a barbell.
* While paper is the ammunition of a Paper-User in ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' and ''Anime/RODTheTV'' (thus any book can be sacrificed for an attack), special mention goes to Anita in ''ROD the TV'' when she flung a copy of the original ''{{Dracula}}'' at a vampire-like villain across the room ''without'' using her powers with enough force to break his nose (and fling him backwards; setting off his sonic disrupter on himself).
* ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'': "BIBLE CORNER CRUSH!" For [[RuleOfFunny some reason]], Tsubasa claims he can only do this one time a week.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Kenshin tries chucking books at Aoshi and pushing a bookcase over on him in their rematch. Doesn't work.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'': This is Bundai's preferred method of discipline to Mugen when the former's teaching the latter how to read.
* ''Manga/ServantXService'': this is Yamagami's favoured method of attacking Hasebe whenever he gets onto her nerves. In manga, when Taishi complained about Yamagami attacking people with work documents, she replied there were only waste paper in those folders; which means she ''prepared those folders to hit people with''.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'': Subverted with Margery Daw and Marcosius. Margery regularly abuses Marcosius, who has the form of a book.
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'': Asakura Yoh's satellite Manta always carries around an encyclopedia, and occasionally he refers to it as his [[NamedWeapons Hammer of Knowledge]] and hits someone with it.
* ''Manga/SoulEater''
** The Maka Chop, a purely comedic attack, apparently imitating Death's "Death Chop" which leaves a similar mark, because Death's hands are the same rough shape as a thick book. This becomes a ''plot point'' when Maka does the Maka Chop on someone when they desperately needed a certain {{Tome of Eldritch Lore}}, and the EldritchLocation they were really does summon out of HammerSpace.
** In ''Manga/SoulEaterNot'', Tsugumi and Anya play a game of janken where the winner beats the loser in the head with a rolled up newspaper and the loser has to try and ''block'' with a book, but when Tsugumi loses she fumbles and drops it on her own head.
* ''Manga/{{SWOT}}'': Manabizaki uses his textbooks (or whatever books he has handy) as weapons against all the {{delinquents}} in his school. It does fit with him being a BadassBookworm.
* ''Manga/{{Working}}'': Souta's sister Kazue is a lawyer with a habit of using quite large legal texts as weapons. Souta at one point outright says that Kazue became a lawyer precisely because then she'd have an excuse to carry around law books to use as weapons.
* The early ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga has a fake psychic who predicts Yugi's death by "falling letters", then pushes some heavy bookcases (filled with books) over on the kid to make it come true.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* Several books appear as weapons in ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'', including the Very Holy Book, the Splatbook, and, in ''Munchkin [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Zombies]]'', The Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Illustration: a zombie dropping it on an unsuspecting human's head. Flavor text: "It's useful for zombies too, though in a different way."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/GhostRider once found himself in a fight with a religious fanatic, armed with two swords able to kill him. He won by [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome beating him with a fricking big]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Bible]]''.
* In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', Bruno Mannheim grabs a man by the back of his head and smashes his face on [[ReligionOfEvil the Crime Bible]] which is sitting atop a podium. The book itself is made out of stone, presumably to facilitate this.
* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen pitched a book at two crooks who'd been stalking him in in "The Hunted Messenger."
* In a ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'' story, Jimmy Five uses [[StealthInsult fancy words to pick on Monica]]--but she thinks they are compliments, and gets happy after hearing them. As she goes offscreen, he starts to gloat about the power of words... [[BolivianArmyEnding and the last panel]] is a thrown dictionary approaching him from behind.
* ''ComicBook/{{Fanhunter}}'': Father Merrin uses bibles, signed by Mike Tyson and Jet Li for extra "oomph", as throwing weapons with a force stated to be akin to a Stinger missile.
* Brainy in ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' story "The Smurfs And The Book That Tells Everything" whacks a few Smurfs in the head with the titular book in order to get them away from him.
* ''ComicBook/GrimmFairyTales'': In the ''Van Helsing'' mini-series, Liesel is attacked by vampires in a bookstore. She drops a shelf full of books on top of one of the vamps, who proceeds to smash her way out.
* Gabe gets hit in the face by a roleplaying book when a fleeing suspect overturns a table in ''ComicBook/TheMazeAgency'' #22. The book is open to a chapter titled "Pain".

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'': Bucky Katt often hits Satchel on the head with books that Rob gives to him (to read, of course.)
* Done to ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} once or twice.
* In ''ComicStrip/AndyCapp'', a shop owner calls Andy some bad names. Andy quips "Words can't hurt me, mate." He is hit in the head with a dictionary the shop owner throws at him.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4014671/12/The_Sue_Slayers_A_New_Fangirologist The Sue Slayers: A New Fangirologist]]'' has the protagonist hit another girl over the head with a dictionary. Before this, though, she mentions testing out different kinds of books and says though a ''[[Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy Bartimaeus Trilogy]]'' book can hurt, the ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' can knock people out.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5432341/1/The-Black-Bunny The Black Bunny]]'' Draco discovers the hazards of annoying Hermione in a library.
* In ''Fanfic/RetroChill'', Galaxoid tosses a planet field guide at Rupert. It doesn't do much, but its contents reveals (to them, anyway) that Calvin is not the Earth's leader.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5337117/1/Naruto-s-Kit Naruto's Kit]]'', Sasuke Uchiha is on trial, charged with "Betrayal of the village to a well-known and confirmed enemy. Attempted murder of a leaf shinobi with lethal intent on several occasions. Conspired to aid a criminal organization. Attempted kidnapping of a leaf shinobi with lethal intent. And endangerment of a leaf village child on one proven occasion." When asked for his professional opinion, Naruto says they should throw the book at him. Subsequently, when court adjourns for a recess, the fic's title character, Akane Uzumaki, borrows Kakashi's copy of Icha Icha and throws it, hitting Sasuke in the back of the head. When everyone looks at her in surprise, her only reply is "What? Otou-san said to throw a book at him."
* A non-comedic example of this happens in ''Fanfic/SystemRestore'', when Togami almost hits Nanami with a book upon [[spoiler:realizing that she knows they're the Super High School Level Imposter]].
* In one story of the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', [[spoiler:a brainwashed Jazz hit Danny repeatedly over the head with a scroll. When Danny took it from her, she pulled out a dagger.]]
* In the second story of Raven Child's ''Fanfic/TheSmurfetteVillage'' series, Brainette does this to Brainy when she becomes rather irritated with his attitude towards her.
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/Dangerverse Dangerverse Hermione]] does this to Pettigrew when he tries to kidnap her [[LikeBrotherAndSister Pack-sister Megan]]. With her [[BooksThatBite Monster Book of Monsters]].
* [[spoiler:[[Franchise/FullmetalAlchemist Edward]]]] prevents an assassination in ''Fanfic/FullCircle'' by chucking a heavy leather-bound copy of the Constitution at the shooter.

[[folder: Films -- Animation]]
* In a strange way, this is how WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat saved the day in [[TheMovie The]] [[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie Movie]], by throwing an ancient book at the Duke of Zil's Master Cylinder, resulting in the destruction of the Duke's entire army. Poindexter surmised that the book had an adverse effect on the Master Cylinder's circuitry and the rest of the army went down with it because it was [[KeystoneArmy the source of their power]]. Felix believe that it was the power of good in the book that did the job.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'', during a high-speed fight where every single object in the room is used as a weapon, one of them happens to be a book. It's used both as a shield and as a bludgeon.
* In ''Film/{{Saved}}'', a parody about over-the-top Christians, the AlphaBitch throws a Bible at a "sinful" girl. Which is followed by one of the best ([[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped and/]])or most {{Anvilicious}} lines in the entire movie.
-->'''Mary:''' This ''(holding the bible)'' is ''not'' a weapon!
* ''Film/FridayThe13thPartIII'' had a scene where Chris, while on the floor above Jason, knocks a bookcase over the balcony ledge, causing hundreds of books to rain down on Jason.
* A JerkJock is beat to death with a book in ''Bad Reputation''.
* A police officer smacks a man around with a copy of the Yellow Pages in ''The Crying Tree''.
* The French comedic movie ''Les Ripoux''[[note]]a slang word which mean CorruptCop, it is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin[[/note]] (known as ''My New Partner'' or ''Le Cop'' in English) have a few scenes when suspects are hit on the head with a telephone book while being interrogated by the heroes.
* In ''Film/LogansRun'', Francis and Logan are fighting in the House of Representatives in the Capitol Building [[spoiler: (ItMakesSenseInContext)]], during which Francis throws books as weapons.
* Keanu Reeves gets to use a phone book for an interrogation in ''Film/StreetKings''.
* The film version of ''Film/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' has a blink-and-you-miss-it moment in the melee with the slavers, when Lucy clocks two of them upside the head with their own ledger.
* Attempted by Travis in ''Film/TheVisitation'', but instead turns into a PocketProtector moment as the Bible instead catches the incoming weapon.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Poor old Albert in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' discovers just how painful this trope can be when his charges drop part of Albert's "biography" (the book in Death's library that contains his life story) on top of his head. And since he's a wizard who's stayed alive for hundreds of years by living in Death's domain, Albert's got a whole ''shelf'' to himself full of [[DoorStopper very long and heavy books]].
** Death himself is buried under a pile of books in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'' upon asking for a list of [[DeathWorld dangerous creatures of XXXX]]. He decides it would be easier to ask for a list of ''safe'' creatures of XXXX, whereupon a tiny piece of paper flutters down reading "[[spoiler:some of the sheep]]".
** In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', Vimes orders Carrot to "throw the book" at the perpetrator. [[BluntMetaphorsTrauma Carrot takes this literally]]. Since the book weighs about ten pounds and the criminal is standing near a ledge, the criminal is knocked over the edge and falls to his death.
** Shawn Ogg (Lancre's standing army; except when he's lying down) in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' is trying to learn martial arts from a book, and then, when push comes to shove, ends up whacking the enemy with the book.
** Another lethal Discworld book: ''How to Kille Insects'', which is about three thousand pages long; presumably if all else fails, [[MundaneSolution one could use the book to squash insects]]. In ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', the Librarian whacks Cuddy over the head with this book so hard, his helmet gets stuck.
* In the beginning of the final book of the ''Literature/CodexAlera'', the [[WolfMan Canim Warmaster Varg]] cuts off a ritual-master's attempts to kill him with BloodMagic by hitting him in the throat with a thrown copy of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar's ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext Commentarii de Bello Gallico]]''. Towards the end of the first book, the resident ObstructiveBureaucrat is mentioned to have bludgeoned what is strongly implied to be a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phorusrhacidae terror bird]]'' to death with his accounts ledger.
* In ''The Shadow of the Lion'', the villain is knocked out by a falling Bible. Then a voice declares "[[IncrediblyLamePun Let Evil Feel The Weight of the Word of God!]]".
* In ''The Secret Series'', the author, Pseudonymous Bosch, often brings up this point in more than one of his books.
-->'''The Name of This Book is Secret''': [This book] probably won't injure you at all. Unless somebody throws it at you, which is a possibility that should never be discounted.
-->'''This Isn't What It Looks Like''': Use of this book for other than the intended purpose is not advised. While it may seem like an ideal projectile, the makers of this book cannot guarantee your safety if you throw it at someone. There is always the possibility that [[CatchAndReturn that person will throw it back]].''
* In ''Literature/SpaceMarineBattles'' novel ''Malodrax'', Lysander spends a decent chunk of his first trip to the planet with nothing to his name but an ApocalypticLog about Malodrax. It's a heavy, iron-bound book with a chain that lets him swing it like an EpicFlail, and he doesn't hesitate to use it against many, many horrors of the daemon world.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Penn and Teller did this with a Bible on the ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' episode on Creationism.
* Subverted by ''Series/TheMonkees'': A police detective says "Throw the book at them!" while interrogating the boys; [[WackyGuy Micky]] catches the book and begins to read it.
* The main character of ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' has a [[DoorStopper massive book of famous quotes]], that he apparently uses when narrating the opening of each episode. Once, his nemesis ambushes him in his apartment by clubbing him over the head with that book.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' does this in one episode late in the series. [[spoiler: G'Kar]], having unwillingly acquired followers after [[spoiler:writing]] a book, uses the book to teach one unthinking follower an object lesson. "If the book is holy and I am holy, then I must help you to become closer to thoughts of the Universe. Put your face in the book." Despite the follower's nervousness, he finally does as he is asked. [[ObviousTrap The predictable happens]] with [[OffscreenCrash a satisfying slap]], followed by the sound of the follower groaning in pain.
* [[CowboyCop Vic]] [[DirtyCop Mackey]] from ''Series/TheShield'' has occasionally beaten suspects with a DoorStopper.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Olivia Benson uses this on the guy who attacks her in the episode "Svengali".
* Used by name on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', both figuratively and literally.
** In the episode "Altar Egos", a flashback has young Michael playing the prosecutor in the school play ''The Trial of Captain Hook'' and requesting the judge to do this (in song).
** In the following episode, "Justice Is Blind", adult Michael actually does throw a book at [[spoiler: Maggie Lizer to prove she's only pretending to be blind. Unfortunately, she's been temporarily blinded for real and the book connects.]]
* ''Series/TheAvengers'': During a fight in the village library in "Murdersville", Steed grabs an armful of books off the shelf and hurls them at an attacker.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Belle does this trope one better by overturning a library cart full of books on her attacker.
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': In "Raisins and Almonds", Literature/PhryneFisher confronts an intruder in a bookstore. The intruder tips over a bookshelf and dumps a pile of books on her.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Buffy does this literally in "Prophecy Girl" when Giles finds a prophecy that she will die.
-->'''Buffy:''' 'Signs'? [hurls book] READ ME THE SIGNS! [throws another one] TELL ME MY FORTUNE! You're ''so'' useful sitting here with ALL YOUR BOOKS!
* In one episode of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Reese defeats a mook who is attacking the week's Number at a library by clubbing him unconscious with a text on criminal law.
* In ''Series/ElCaso'', one of Commissioner Camacho's favorite ways to soften up suspects is clobbering them with a phone book.
* In one of the ''Series/GetSmart'' made-for-TV movies, Max uses a book as a shield when someone attacks him with a knife in a book warehouse.
-->'''Max''': Nobody gets through ''Literature/WarAndPeace''!

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* On one edition of ''Monday Night Raw'', Wrestling/{{Lita}} was being interviewed in the ring, plugging her recently-released autobiography. Wrestling/MollyHolly later came down, clobbered Lita with her own book, tore several pages out and shoved them down Lita's throat.
* During his feud with Wrestling/SamoaJoe, Wrestling/{{Christian|Cage}} Wrestling/{{Sting}} and Wrestling/ScottHall in 2007, Wrestling/KurtAngle bewilderingly decided he didn't have enough enemies and assaulted Eric Young with a phone book, leading Young to later pay him back in kind in an [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} iMPACT]] main event.
* Truth Martini in Wrestling/RingOfHonor is a [[FunWithAcronyms Life Intervention Expert]], who has a tendency to smack his clients' opponents with the Book of Truth, of which we never know the contents but has been instrumental in converting people to his cause, most notably ''Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels''.
* Paige Turner carries hardcover books. Promotes literacy and they're great for clapping around faces of belligerents.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A popular way of dealing with members of a gaming group when they become too much of an [[WhatAnIdiot idiot]], or an [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]] to handle diplomatically. The GameMaster [[KillerGameMaster is not exempt]] [[{{Railroading}} from this]].
* In Flying Frog's ''Touch of Evil'', the schoolteacher starts out with 2 hit points and 2 attack points. For every book you can find and give her, she gets a 2-point bonus to her attacks. At maximum (10 books in the deck), she still has two hit points, but an attack rating of ''22 points''; which, by the game's mechanics, theoretically could [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu knock Cthulhu out in one punch]].
* A very characteristic illustration of [[TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}} Reverend Grimme]] in his sourcebook ''Lost Angels'' shows him using his Bible as a ''slashing'' weapon with, appropriately, a SlasherSmile across his face.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' the Living Grimoire archetype of the inquisitor hits people with their deity's holy book, as well as using it as a SpellBook.
** The Scrollmaster archetype of the wizard is a slight variant, using magic scrolls as slashing weapons and shields and getting bonuses to casting spells from scrolls.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'', the Evangelist carries a large book and smacks whoever gets too close to her with it.
* Alice from ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' is a good example of a WhiteMage that uses books as a bludgeoning device.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''
** Ordinarily, Goofy uses shields as his ImprobableWeapon. However, one of TheHeartless enemies is a living book called a Bookmaster. They sometimes Randomly Drop inert versions of themselves called AkashicRecords. What does Goofy do with what possibly might be a record of the mind of God or the universal consciousness? Hit people with it.
** Organization XIII's MasterOfIllusion, Zexion, has a lexicon as his weapon. He uses it both for magic ''and'' good, ol' physical beating.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** Charlotte from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'' hits enemies with her book at the start, though she later gets books [[SpellBook that summons stuff like swords and knights when she uses them]].
** Several games in the series let you use a bible as a rotating subweapon. Yes, you're throwing The Book at them.
-->'''Vlad:''' [[Film/PressStart Stop using your religious artifacts as blunt weapons!]]
* [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs Hayate]] whacks her enemies with her tome in ''VideoGame/MagicalBattleArena''... which is weird since she has a perfectly serviceable [[SimpleStaff staff]] with pointy bits on it. Well it ''is'' a TomeOfEldritchLore.
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline''
** The {{MMORPG}} has a vast variety of book-type weapons for priests and sages. They're more effective (And amusing) for direct combat then rods and staves, but tend to be less effective at boosting spell damage. The Sage class line in particular specializes in wielding books, having the ability to cast while book slapping, along with causing spells of their choosing to randomly go off with each hit.
** Star Gladiators actually attack enemies physically. Not with the books, no, though they equip them as weapons. They kick the enemy to death, and seem to use the books they've equipped as some sort of manual or something rather than as actual weapons.
* Aloutte of ''VideoGame/LaPucelleTactics'' wields a book as her weapon in battle. She also uses it to smack the main character in the head when she's being particularly difficult.
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries''
** Claus from ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' will use his books as a weapon if he doesn't have enough mana to summon something, an enemy is too close, or he is told not to use magic.
** Hitting people with Rita's spellbook is a possible melee option in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' as well.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Patchouli Knowledge, the [[ElementalPowers Elementalist]] BadassBookworm, carries no weapons, ever... so in ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'', which is a fighting game, when people get near her, she is forced to rely on her trusty tomes to smack people's faces away from her and back in range of her more explosive spells. These book attacks are also surprisingly strong, for being wielded by an [[SquishyWizard anemic, asthmatic mage]].
* In ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand'', Fia can use a book to heal the party, while [[BlackMagicianGirl Cierra]] will use it to cast a spell on the enemy. Other characters will simply opt to throw the book for damage. Some enemy magicians also use their books as projectile weapons, though they prefer to use them for summoning or offensive magic.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' has books as one weapons type, and you do clonk people on the head if you use a melee attack. Makes a really satisfying sound too...
** The weapon of choice for [[BadassBookworm Scholars]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII''. Like all weapons in this game, they can be {{Dual Wield}}ed. Makes a highly satisfying "whump" noise on contact, too.
** While characters' artwork in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' have a variety of weapons in their hands, from [[{{BFS}} large swords]] to cool rods to a simple wooden bow, Montblanc carries a book. Unfortunately, books couldn't be equipped in that game though.
** Speaking of throwing books, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' also allows you to do just that, literally, via the Ninja class (the Mediator/Orator class has books for weapons, [[BrownNote though they read from it to attack]] so they don't count), which has the ability to throw almost any weapon in the game. Thrown weapons always do damage based on the weapon's attack power, even when that doesn't make any logical sense (as is the case with books, whose attack power [[BrownNote isn't based on physically attacking]]).
** While the Arcanists, Scholars, and Summoners of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' normally use their grimoires as {{Spell Book}}s, getting up close and initiating auto-attack will cause them to smack enemies upside the head with the book's spine.
* Silent Wise King Cai from ''VideoGame/{{Brigandine}}'' whacks people with his tome when he is forced to fight up close.
* In a variant, ''VideoGame/{{Tibia}}'' has mages using Spell Books as shields.
* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'', Nina uses books, tied to the end of a belt, to smack enemies out of her way.
* Throwing the book at Ganon in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Link: The Faces of Evil]]'' is the only way to kill him... and [[AnticlimaxBoss the only weapon you'll need.]]
-->"No, not into the pit! It BUUUUURRRRRRNS!"
* ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'', of course. It's actually [[WeaponsKitchenSink one of the more normal weapons]]. Oddly, the books' basic attack, called "Thwap", [[NonindicativeName fires a beam of energy]].
* PlayedWith / Averted in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'', a later Creator/NipponIchi game. Zetta, the most powerful ''[[InsistentTerminology badass FREAKIN overlord]]'' in the entire cosmos, gets turned into a book, and can't fight ''except'' for his [[Manga/GetterRobo Zetta beams]] [[ShoutOut of energy.]] Also, the Book weapons in the game only have magical attacks.
* ''VideoGame/DisgaeaD2'' adds a new class of weapons: Books. Books are Int-based weapons, but while Staves are used to enhance the range and area of spells, Books are better for straight-up damage and have weapon skills.
* In ''VideoGame/EternalPoison'', books are a favorite weapon of witches (such as Thage), and can be used to break spiritual barriers on certain Majin.
* ''VideoGame/AvalonCode'' requires you to do this to gather information on flowers, items, and people (!) to be stored in the [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Book of Prophecy]] for the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt impending Apocalypse]].
* ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''. The Clerics, while in the front row, will hit the opponent with their holy book. A useless attack, but worth watching purely for a good laugh. If you don't put your clerics in the front row to see this in action, fear not, because a Cleric Gatekeeper at Zazana uses this same attack to keep a noisome intruder from going into town -- one who goes by the name of [[ButtMonkey Odie]].
* In ''VideoGame/VandalHearts 2'', there's a Special-type item called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Textbook]]. While it does hold more spells/skills than other weapons, it has a second-highest ATK power of all Special-Type weapon, even described "the edges of this book is a deadly weapon."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Annie|Alchemists of Sera Island}}'' books are rather weak physically, but give their users decent magic boosts.
* Mentioned in ''VideoGame/AtelierIrisEternalMana'', there exists a rivalry between [[CuteBruiser Lita]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Veola]]. Veola, a shopkeeper and inventor, is able to use books you find throughout the series to discover formulas for powerful items, and often claims that Lita would only use the books to bash someone on the head with.
* [[spoiler:Elizabeth]] uses a book as her weapon during the BonusBoss fight in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. She throws it at you for Strike attacks, but conjures cards from the pages for Slash and Pierce attacks.
** Her brother [[spoiler:Theodore]] does the same in the UpdatedRerelease.
** [[spoiler:Elizabeth's]] Book of Death returns in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''.
* Variant: Fumi Kanno attacks Trumpeter with several laptops in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2''. [[IncrediblyLamePun Throw The MacBook At Them?]]
* In the ''VideoGame/DotHackGUGames'', Shadow Warlocks (like Gaspard and Sakubo) use a weird floating pedestal with an open book as a weapon. It's a floating SpellBook for their special attacks, but their weak regular attacks involve grabbing the pedestal / handle and swinging the whole contraption like a club.
* One LimitBreak of Jason Bourne's in ''VideoGame/TheBourneConspiracy'' involves him beating his opponent with a book.
* ''Videogame/RuneScape'' has a boss called [[MeaningfulName Lexicus Runewright]]. He is described as a [[ItMakesSenseInContext Libraromancer]] and summons magical books that attack you, known as the [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Almanac Army. Book Barrage]] is similar - several books are thrown directly at your location, and then [[MadeOfExplodium explode.]]
* Books are a weapon type in ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey III: The Drowned City''. Interestingly, while the character art presents them as the Zodiac's WeaponOfChoice, ''any'' character can equip and use books... probably because it doesn't take much training to smack people around with one.
* Cassandra Pentaghast in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' throws a book at Varric Tethras in the introduction to get him to start talking about the Champion of Kirkwall. Subsequent dialogue reveals it is, in fact, a book that ''he wrote''.
* In ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'', you spend one stage inside a public library. Many of the supernatural forces pitted against you involve books of some sort: ranging from Book Bats (possessed books that fly at you) to Paper Constructs and Book Centurions (paper and books that collect into a shape to attack you) to Book Golems (hundreds of books collected into a giant that chases you around).
* In the 1996 version of ''Where is the USA is Franchise/CarmenSandiego'', depending on which state you caught the various crooks in, one of the Good Guides would make an appearance and forcibly arrest the crook. One of these, Herman Nootix, literally threw books at the criminals to take them down.
* In one of the "Where in the World" games, Herman would sometimes pull a huge book out of his coat and close it on the thief, flattening them.
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', [[JerkAss Jigoro Hakamichi]] once threatens to beat Hisao with his autobiography.
* As of currently, in ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic'', [[BadassBookworm Twilight Sparkle's]] melee moveset consists of telekinetically whacking opponents with a book. (The book can apparently fire a KamehameHadoken as well.)
* ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'': One of the [[EverythingTryingToKillYou many, many things trying to kill]] Lance is a skeleton in the library, who tosses lethal books.
* Elizabeth in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' throws books at Booker [=DeWitt=] when she finds he has entered her quarters inside the Statue Of Columbia on Monument Island.
* How do you register a monster in the bestiary in ''VideoGame/ThreeDDotGameHeroes''? By whacking them with said bestiary until their entry shows up, of course!
* Robin in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' normally uses his/her [[SpellBook spell books]] as, well, spell books. But true to ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' mechanics, they can only be used so many times before they break, at which point Robin will automatically toss it aside or drop it. It can be grabbed again then thrown at opponents to deal damage and knockback rivaling that of a smash attack, and actually hurts ''more'' then the alternative improvised throwing weapon of a discarded Levin Sword.
* In ''Cardinal Quest 2'', a Flash game available on Kongregate, one of the classes is the [[BareFistedMonk Pugilist]]. The Pugilist is a BloodKnight IdiotHero. While other classes can read Tomes for skills/stat boosts, the Pugilist is apparently illiterate. The Pugilist simply throws the Tomes at enemies.
* In the video game of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', [[spoiler:Justice Wargrave]] is beaten to death by a law book [[spoiler:that he wrote]].
* One of the weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is a torn notebook, which, when you attack with, plays an animation of a spinning book.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash'', a certain Shy Guy going by the name of "Pry Guy" has a journal that he found. When you fight him, one of his attacks is the [[CallingYourAttacks "HARDCOVER JUSTICE MISSILE"]], which consists of bashing Mario with the book.
* ''DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'': Artificers have a Rune Arm called "Whirling Words", that fires a stream of books at the enemy.
* In ''VideoGame/FaeryLegendsOfAvalon'', Bert (an [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch unusually educated troll) carries a hefty book around with him, and hits people with it in combat. He also uses it as part of his spells, using it to swat magically-formed projectiles at enemies.

[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* Nageki Fujishiro of ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' has been known in the manga and the Drama CD to throw books at people being overly disruptive or disrespectful to the books when in the library. Ryouta lampshades this by saying hitting people with books will hurt the books too - especially since Nageki says someone defiling books in front of him a second time will be hit with the corners. ...In the games themselves he's rather more shy.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'''s Antonio Smith, [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Forensic Linguist ]]
[[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic/series.php?view=archive&chapter=10211 swears by the Riverside edition in hardcover]].
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop''
** Axe Cop once used a book gun against an enemy.
** There's also his Revolutionary War-era ancestor, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Book Cop]].
** Also appeared in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''-''Webcomic/AxeCop'''s [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/19p2/ crossover finale]].
* In the Nametags story Arc of ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'', the DM Frank renders Lewis, who put "Zeus" on his tag, unconscious with a ''D&D'' rulebook.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', Artax got annoyed by an arrogant sorcerer and clobbered him in the face with a Literature/WheelOfTime novel after being asked to [[TemptingFate demonstrate one way in which books were superior to a sorcerer's innate magic]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'' features Autumn (and some other Poppinstock Academy kids) being teased by an off-screen kid. She mocks his pretty lame insults, and suggests that "Maybe a dictionary will help you!" [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/06/17 Since it's being described on this page...]] And a reference to the sticks and stones bit too: "Your words have hurt me."
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': "''[[FunnyBackgroundEvent Using]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Found Objects]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments as Weapons]]''". Note also the excellent use of UnsoundEffect. "Tome!" That's three gags in one panel. Not bad!

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' article "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_20897_5-things-movies-dont-tell-you-about-mental-institutions_p2.html 5 Things Movies Don't Tell You About Mental Institutions]]" included an anecdote where the co-author of the piece found herself being harassed by a creepy guy who whispered to any women he passed that he was going to rape her at night. One day, he suddenly decided to barge into the co-author's room uninvited. Thankfully, she was not shy about being violent when in danger and was reading one of the later, and more importantly, thicker ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' books. So, after the guy refused to leave despite her screaming at him, pushing him out, and threatening to hurt him, she socked him one right in the face and proceeded to beat him with the {{Doorstopper}} until nearby orderlies heard the commotion, separated them, and put the guy under stricter supervision.
* Books are the weapon of choice for thirteen-year-old rebel militia leader Tamika Flynn of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''. Usually fired from a slingshot. Despite living in a town where students are regularly provided firearms by paramilitary government agencies (and often have to use them against the horrors of everyday life), Tamika and her "book club" are among the most effective combatants around.
** It probably helps that certain books, like the hardback edition of ''The Awakening'' by Kate Chopin, are apparently sold with things like teargas canisters attached to the back cover.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} once used a "good, BIG book" in an attempt to cure his insomnia by hitting himself over the head with it repeatedly.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' examples:
** Some cartoons featuring a cat waking a character up at night have the character throwing a book (say, ''Literature/TheThinMan'') at ThatPoorCat, but the book's ''sequel'' is thrown back at him (thus, ''The Thin Man Returns''). Such cartoons include ''Porky's Badtime Story'' and its remake, ''Tick Tock Tuckered''.
** In ''From Hare to Heir'', Yosemite Sam institutes the "nose in the book" penalty on his accountant.
** In the WartimeCartoon ''Brother Brat'', a Rosie the Riveter type leaves her baby in Porky's care, along with a book on child rearing for help. After following the advice fails to control the unruly kid, she shows Porky the correct way of using the book - as a spanking paddle.
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathMatch'' likes this one.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. In "The Library", Sokka manages to beat back knowledge spirit Wan-Shi-tong by sneak-attacking him with [[DoorStopper really big book]]. Specifically, Sokka had Aang drop him from his glider from about 4 meters up then pounded down on the owl's skull while falling.
-->'''Sokka:''' That's called "Sokka style". [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Learn it!]]
* Humorously used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Homer is trying to think of a way to get out of jail when [[ButtMonkey Hans Moleman]] comes by with a book cart. Homer picks up a book on digging tunnels and says that the book gives him an idea. He then knocks out Moleman by hitting him with the book and runs out the open cell door.
** In another episode, Cletus tries to crack a turtle's shell with a heavy book, saying "Nothing cracks a turtle like Leon Uris".
** In the WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror telling of ''Literature/TheRaven'', the Raven (Bart) drops several books on Homer's head -- all of which are other works by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode, the Eds (read: Double D) are trying to figure out how to get the especially amorous Kankers off their backs. After watching Rolf using a smaller rock to break down bigger rocks, he comes up with the analogy that "only a rock can break a rock" (annoying Eddy) and notes that to win, they'll use reverse-psychology. Of course, when Double D pulled out the textbook on the subject, Eddy assumed they were going to hit the Kankers with it.
* One ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' short showed a courtroom judge lob a book at the defendant and fall short. He asks the bailiff to retrieve it and throws it again, hitting his mark.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Judgement Day", courtroom-themed vigilante The Judge tells The Riddler, "It's about time someone threw the book at you!" and drops a car-sized book on him, nearly killing him.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'': In "The Poultry Geist", Mung attempts to drive out the spirit possessing Chowder by using a copy of the ''Snackronomicon''. He does this by whacking Chowder with the book.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsTheLegendOfSmurfyHollow'', Brainy does this to Gutsy when he finds out that Gutsy tricked him with a fake Headless Horseman shadow he had created to scare him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Tailor's Magic Needle", when Brainy pesters Tailor about using the magic needle to sew up his hard-cover books, Brainy gets thrown out of the village along with his books.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' Episode "Paper Pete" Finn resorts to this.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'', Frida announces that she found something at the library to help them defeat [[MonsterOfTheWeek El Mal Verde]]. Rather than finding his weakness in a book, she just grabbed the biggest book she could find and threw it at Mal Verde... where it bounces off harmlessly.
-->'''Frida:''' Well, that's all I got. Thoughts?
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Sleep Spells", Princess Smooshy captures Star and attempts to literally steal her face. When Marco's attempts to talk her down fail, he instead throws his psychology book, which nails Smooshy in the head and knocks her out.
* In one of the promotional shorts for ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'', Huey knocks out Bigfoot by throwing the Junior Woodchuck Guidebook at him. If you [[FreezeFrameBonus look carefully]], Huey consults the book before throwing it, implying that the guidebook instructed him to use it as a weapon.
* In the first episode of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', the VillainOfTheWeek is The Collector, who is attempting to replace his lost book of inspiration. Anything hit by his book, or that hits his book, is imprisoned as a sketch on one of its pages.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Heavy books are handy to use on humans like squirting water at cats... though if you really want to use them as a weapon, a hard cover one works great, especially the corners.
* In 2002, the leaders of the already-unstable coalition government of Turkey convened at a high level meeting. Story goes that during the meeting, an argument broke out and one of the coalition leaders hurled a book (or a dossier) containing the constitution at the then-Prime Minister, Ecevit. [[FromBadToWorse The coalition collapsed soon after and took the country to a period of recession with it]].
* Not quite a book, but a legislator in Taiwan once attacked a colleague on the floor with a newspaper. Since it was in one of those wooden holders libraries use (a third cousin of the [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter shinai]] used in ''kendo''), it probably hurt. [[note]] The only thing unusual about this event is the choice of weapon. [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor Fist fights are considered to be a matter of course in the Taiwanese legislature]].[[/note]]
* Evidently, the phrase that is the TropeNamer used to be literal; if a criminal was going to be given a harsh sentence, the judge would throw a law book at the crook.
* After Leon Trotsky's assassin whacked him on the head with an ice-ax, Trotsky was still conscious enough to throw several books at his assassin.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boar%27s_Head_Feast Boar's Head Feast]] celebrates the time in the 1300s that an Oxford student was attacked by a boar. He shoved his book down the animal's throat, and it choked and died.
* The ''spine'' of a sufficiently thick mass-market paperback might as well be a piece of petrified wood, as it's ''very tightly''-bound (glued) paper. Clock someone upside the head with a paperback version of ''Literature/HarryPotter 7'', ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', or ''{{Literature/Dune}}'', and they might well fall victim to a VERY substantial concussion. Ironically, the spine of a hardcover book ''softens'' the blow in comparison, as there's a piece of cardboard and some air between the paper and the head.
** The most common size and binding for the average manga makes it nicely hand-sized when gripped opposite to the spine, and just thin and strong enough for effective aimed strikes to areas such as the wrist. If you're already holding a book, there are much worse choices for an ImprovisedWeapon.
* An essay by Evan Connell mentions that when Thomas Huxley, while defending UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin's theory, responded to a nasty remark with a magnificent comeback[[note]]The other fellow asked if Huxley were descended from an ape on his grandfather's or his grandmother's side. Huxley replied, in effect, "I'd rather be descended from an ape than from you."[[/note]], one of the onlookers, "trembling with honorable Christian rage, picked up a Bible and was just prevented from throwing it at Huxley."
* In an interesting love declaration to this trope, some German self-defence classes suggest that one should always carry an issue of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Spiegel Der Spiegel]]'' with oneself, because, since the magazine is thick, unusually short, and printed on rather sturdy (and heavier-than-average) paper, it can make quite a potent billy club replacement when curled up.