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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.

A SubTrope of ImprobableWeaponUser. Related to UsefulBook. See BookshelfDominoes, for when bookshelves are a weapon.

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 books thrown by the reader due to the atrocious quality of their content, see DarthWiki/WallBanger. For the ''other'' meaning of ThrowTheBookAtThem, see the courtroom tropes on the CrimeAndPunishmentTropes page.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''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/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/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/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.
** 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.
* Done in an effective but realistic way in ''{{Manga/Monster}}'': [[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.]]
* If you make [[{{Tsundere}} Kyou]] from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' 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.]]
* A popular clip for ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fanvids is Akane bashing Ranma with her bookbag. Hell, he even brings it up at one point.
-->'''Ranma:''' Akane, do you always gotta be throwin' the book at guys ya don't like, huh?!\\
'''Akane:''' No, only at you!
* 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.
* Non-comedic example used in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': 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!"
* ''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.]]
* Mai Kawasumi of ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' 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.
* In a ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' flashback extra, a very young Ed bonks poor little toddler Al over the head with a book.
* Alexander Anderson threw a book (presumably a bible) at Alucard once in the ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' anime.
* 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).
* Hiroki from ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'', 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.
* [[NonActionGuy Gau]] from ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' 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/RurouniKenshin'': Kenshin tries chucking books at Aoshi and pushing a bookcase over on him in their rematch. Doesn't work.
* ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'': "BIBLE CORNER CRUSH!" For [[RuleOfFunny some reason]], Tsubasa claims he can only do this one time a week.
* Manabizaki from ''Manga/{{SWOT}}'' 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.
* In ''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.
* In ''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.
* Subverted in ''Literature/ShakuganNoShana'' with Margery Daw and Marcosius. Margery regularly abuses Marcosius, who has the form of a book.
* There's a [[{{Omake}} fake preview]] in one of the ''{{Hyakko}}'' episodes 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.
* A bonus skit on one of the ''QueensBlade'' 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.]]
* In one episode of ''SamuraiChamploo'', this is Bundai's preferred method of discipline to Mugen when the former's teaching the latter how to read.
* In ''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''.
* In ''Anime/MusouKakyouASummerDaysDream'', Patchouli Knowledge ironically gets hit in the face with one of her own books. Which [[BerserkButton pissed her off]].
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Ira Gamagoori can use school regulation pocket books as weapons, because they're made of folded steel.
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[[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."
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[[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.
* JimmyOlsen did this to two crooks who'd been stalking him in in "The Hunted Messenger."
* In a ''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.
* [[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.
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[[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.
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[[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 ''[[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."
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries Bourne Ultimatum]]'', 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''.
* 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 ''Logan's Run'', 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 ''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.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Poor old Albert in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' discovers just how painful his trope can be when his charges drops the book that contained the story of his entire life 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, it's a [[DoorStopper very long and heavy book]].
*** Actually, he has a whole ''shelf'' of books, and they just dropped the most recent volume on him. (They wanted it down at floor level for reading anyway.)
** Death himself is buried under a pile of books in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'' upon asking for a list of [[DeathWorld dangerous creatures of XXXX]].
** 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. Considering that Carrot's literal-mindedness is one of his defining characteristics, and Vimes's gradually increasing wiliness, it's very difficult to figure out if this outcome was accidental or intentional.
** 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 ridiculously huge and weighs about ten pounds; 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 Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar'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 that person will throw it back.''
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Penn and Teller did this with a Bible on the ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' episode on Creationism.
* Subverted by ''Music/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]].
* [[CowboyCop Vic]] [[DirtyCop Mackey]] from ''TheShield'' has occasionally beaten suspects with a DoorStopper.
* ''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", PhryneFisher confronts an intruder in a bookstore. The intruder tips over a bookshelf and dumps a pile of books on her.
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[[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.
* 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''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* 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]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Alice from ''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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akashic_Record Akashic Records]]. What does Goofy do with what possibly might be a record of the mind of God or the universal consciousness? Hit people with it.
** Zexion also uses his book for spells ''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:''' [[PressStart Stop using your religious artifacts as blunt weapons!]]
* [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Hayate]] whacks her enemies with her tome in ''MagicalBattleArena''... which is weird since she has a perfectly serviceable [[SimpleStaff staff]] with pointy bits on it. Well it ''is'' a TomeOfEldritchLore.
* ''RagnarokOnline''
** The {{MMORPG}} has a vast variety of book-type weapons for priests and magicians. They're more effective (And amusing) for direct combat then rods and staves, but tend to be less effective at boosting spell damage.
** 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 ''[[LaPucelle La Pucelle: Tactics]]'' 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.
* ''TalesSeries''
** Claus from ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' will use his books as a weapon if he doesn't have enough mana to summon something.
** 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 ''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.
* ''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 (as is the case with books, as their attack power [[BrownNote isn't based on physically attacking]]) that doesn't make any logical sense.
* Silent Wise King Cai from ''VideoGame/{{Brigandine}}'' whacks people with his tome when he is forced to fight up close.
* In a variant, ''{{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 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 [[GetterRobo Zetta beams]] [[ShoutOut of energy.]] Also, the Book weapons in the game only have magical attacks.
* 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]].
* ''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 ''Persona4Arena''.
* Variant: Fumi Kanno attacks Trumpeter with several laptops in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2''. [[IncrediblyLamePun Throw The MacBook At Them?]]
* In the ''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 of Jason Bourne's LimitBreak in ''The Bourne Conspiracy'' 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 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.
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* 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.
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* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'''s Antonio Smith, [[foldercontrol]]

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[[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 ''FullFrontalNerdity'', the DM Frank renders Lewis, a player who put "Zeus" on his tag, unconscious with a ''D&D'' rulebook.
* ''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!
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* 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.
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* 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, ''The Thin Man'') 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 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 ''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 a strange way, this is how FelixTheCat saved the day in TheMovie, 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 army went down with because it was [[KeystoneArmy the source of their power]]. Felix believe that was the power of good in the book that did the job.
* 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.
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* 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. Fist fights are the norm. They are not considered unusual events 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 paper. Clock someone upside the head with a paperback version of ''Literature/HarryPotter 7'', ''TheSilmarillion'', or ''{{Dune}}'', and they might well fall victim to a VERY substantial concussion. Ironically, the bindings of a hardcover book ''soften'' the blow in comparison.
** 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 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.
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