Ah, the SimpleStaff. Very versatile if you just add another thing to it.

* [[CoolSword Sword]] / [[KnifeNut Knife]] = BladeOnAStick
* [[AnAxeToGrind Axe]] = Poleaxe
* Fork = ProngsOfPoseidon
* Heavy Weight = DropTheHammer
* [[CoolGuns Gun]] = BoomStick
* Another Stick = FightingWithChucks

Of course, this trope isn't limited to just weapons. "On a stick" is a tradition of fair foods; including Twinkie on a Stick, Porkchop on a Stick, Ramen on a Stick... one year, the local internet access company handed out their startup discs as "Internet on a Stick".

In [=RPGs=] and table top games, a cheap, repeatable, easy to use version of a normally limited-use ability or item is also sometimes referred to as "x on a stick". This may be rooted in the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' crafting system, which allows you to ''literally'' put useful spells "on a stick" by creating a "wand of x"- thus allowing anyone with basic magical item training to cast BoringButPractical spells like "summon food and drink" and the wizard to instead focus on casting more intellectually stimulating spells. Like fireball.

If sticking something on a stick doesn't solve your problem, try sticking it on a BiggerStick.

'''Tropes on a Stick'''
* BladeOnAStick
* MotivationOnAStick

See also DoubleWeapon when you add more than one thing to it. Compare with InstantChucks.


* One advertisement for a lollipop described it as "a veritable banquet on a stick."
* One of the ads in the 2013 Super Bowl was a Tide detergent ad with a guy who got a Joe Montana shaped stain on his football jersey. In his ImagineSpot, people are coming to see the stain, and there's a guy selling "stain on a stick". No idea what kind of food it was though.
* One ad for poptarts suggests freezing them as treats, one girl asking for hers on a stick like a popcicle.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* When Luffy busts Don Krieg's Great Battle Spear in ''Manga/OnePiece'', he mocks it as now being just a "Bomb on a Stick".
** When Usopp becomes Sogeking, he uses a [[BratsWithSlingshots Slingshot]] on a Stick.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': The Solvernia uses a [[ThisIsADrill Drill]] on a Stick

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** "X on a stick" is a generic term for a spell placed on a permanent (like an artifact, enchantment, or land). This is because of the original Stick, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=212626 Isochron Scepter]], which allows the repeated casting of a spell.
** The Boggarts of Lorwyn have a habit of attaching random things to sticks. [[http://magiccards.info/lw/en/148.html Adder-Staff Boggart]], for example, has a live snake tied to his staff (hence the name). The flavor text of [[http://magiccards.info/lw/en/157.html Caterwauling Boggart]] (whose staff has several frogs attached) [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] it.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'', the Rat on a Stick is a wieldable item that lets you [[EscapeBattleTechnique automatically escape]] from low-level monsters.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''SurfsUp'' features squid on a stick. TastesLikeChicken.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'': "One Fun-side special coming right up. Seaweed on a stick."
* The Movie ''{{Hoodwinked}}'' features the character of the Woodman who's day job is selling Schnitzel on a Stick and has an entire song and dance number featuring the food item.
** As a note, the concept of Schnitzel may have been what lead to the invention of the corndog.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Let's Get Harry'' is a 1986 action movie about a group of construction workers, advised by a mercenary and financed by a businessman who's an EgomaniacHunter, going to Columbia to rescue a colleague kidnapped by terrorists. A RunningGag involves the businessman boasting, "I've had that on a stick!" whenever he sees various wildlife. This becomes a PreAssKickingOneLiner when he encounters the terrorist leader. "You son-of-a-bitch, I'll have you on a stick!"

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'s Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler will sell almost anything "onna stick!", including Rat on a Stick for dwarfs.
** At one point his Omnian [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals counterpart]] Cut-Me-Own-Hand-Off Dhblah sells ''yogurt'' on a stick.
** In ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'', while discussing the concept of "privatives", things that are talked about as though they have a real existence even though they're actually the ''absence'' of something (cold, dark, vacuum, etc.), the authors note that vacuum can be very valuable, and suggest Dibbler could sell vacuum on a stick. They then add that there are plenty of people on [[RealLife Roundworld]] who sell ''cold'' on a stick.
* ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'': a sow's head on a stick
* The ''Literature/{{Peeps}}'' chapter title, "Snake on a Stick", refers to a parasitic worm that can grow in a person's leg that early doctors would remove by slowly wrapping it around a stick. [[{{squick}} Not Food.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* An early ''Series/DadsArmy'' episode has the Home Guard platoon improvising spears by tying kitchen knives to broom handles. Mainwaring chews out Pike for not taking the brush off the other end.
* One of the earliest "Late Night with ''DavidLetterman''" RunningJoke was Larry "Bud" Melman (Calvert [=DeForrest=]) selling toast-on-a-stick.
* In [[Recap/StargateAtlantisS02E12Epiphany an episode]] of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' where a character ties a camera to a wooden stick, another character jokingly calls it a "MALP-on-a-stick".
* On ''Series/{{Newhart}}'', the Minuteman Cafe once offered "Critter on a Stick".
* PBS Kids Sprout's ''[[Film/HighSchoolMusical Preschool Musical]] on a Stick''. When Music/TheWiggles joined Sprout, it became ''Preschool Musical on Two Sticks''
* The Bajoran confection ''jumja'', made from the sap of the ''jumja'' tree, and known to ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' production staff as "glop on a stick".
* There's a RunningGag in ''Series/ICarly'' where the manager of the local smoothie restaurant T-Bo tries to sell random items of food on a stick like pickles or a tacos.
* One Earboy sketch in an early season of ''Series/AllThat'' has the titular character's lunch of pork on a stick inspiring his mentor, [[AffectionateParody Ross Perot]], on a way to help him fit it.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* ''Creator/JeffDunham'': José Jalapeño on a [[FunetikAksent Steek]].
** ''Controlled Chaos'' discussed him as an ImprovisedWeapon.
* An ''Upright Citizens Brigade'' sketch suggests the efficiency of using dog poo on a stick as a weapon.

* ''{{BIONICLE}}'': Matau uses a [[ChainsawGood buzzsaw]] on a stick and Whenua a [[ThisIsADrill drill]] on a stick

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Crafting in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''. A torch is coal on a stick, a redstone torch is a pile of crushed redstone on a stick, an iron sword is two ingots on a stick, and a diamond pickaxe is three diamonds on two sticks.
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' has poo on a stick as an item that repelled monsters.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 2'': Skorge uses a double [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] on a stick
* One of the food items you can find in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is Squirrel On A Stick. [[FridgeLogic Even though you never see squirrels in the game.]] This could be problematic if you consider where [[ImAHumanitarian some other foods come from]].
** The earlier games had Iguanna-Onna-Stick as an oft-found food-item. Gross, but at least you could tell what it was, unlike the 'Mystery Kabob'...
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' lets you stick two chainsaws on opposite ends of an oar with [[DuctTapeForEverything duct tape]].
** Don't forget the machete on the end of a broom handle combo weapon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'': Don't underestimate the power of sticking something to a stick.
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur IV]]'': Seong Mi-Na's JokeWeapon is a "pimp-slap on a stick" instead of the usual BladeOnAStick.
* ''VideoGame/{{Team Fortress 2}}'' has the Sun-on-a-Stick for the Scout.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Webanimation/{{RWBY}}'': Nora uses a [[EdibleBludgeon watermelon on a stick]] in Volume 2, Episode 1.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Washington tricks Locus (who is cloaked) into revealing his position by propping his helmet on a stick and poking it just barely out of cover. Locus shoots it, thinking it's Wash, and the direction of the shot gives away his general location, which the rest of the group promptly bombards.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The Squid-Onna-Stick has become something of an internal meme in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. The original was a demonic spear from the Dimension of Pain, which could turn anyone stabbed by it into a demon. And it looked just like a squid on a stick. Later, several identical weapons have shown up that are ACTUALLY a squid on a stick, or a squid-like organism on a stick...
** There's also Zombie-Head-on-a-Stick, or ZHOAS, as she's usually called.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' features "Mimmoth on a Stick" as a carnival food -- where a mimmoth is a tiny mammoth. There is also a ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}'' ShoutOut, where poiled slurgs are served "Fried! Onna stick!"
* ''Webcomic/MeatShield'' has Mr. [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/who-turned-off-the-lights/ Lich-on-a-stick]].
* Leo of ''VGCats'' gives us Rat-on-a-Stick, but it's called the Rat-Flail instead.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} "For the love... of... Hilary Duff... on a stick!"]]
* ''WebVideo/EpicMealTime'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT78iih9cws Epic Meal Sticks]]
* Catcher in ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' wields a mancatcher, a set of spring-loaded metal jaws on a stick.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Addition of a rag makes a handy washing implement.
--> ''I wash myself with a rag on a stick.''
** On a stick is the preferred method of serving and eating Klav Kahlash.
* [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants "HEART ON STICK MUST DIE!"]]
** "A King Size Ultra Krabby Supreme with the works, double batter fried... on a stick."
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Sixteen}}'', Jude worked at Stick It, a restaurant where every food item on the menu was served on sticks.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': in "Fast Feud", Daffy opens the store "Stuff on Sticks", selling pizza, watermelon, snails, fishsticks, etc. on a stick.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Let us not forget the real-life restaurant chain, Hot Dog on a Stick.
* Many, many varieties of food, mostly at fairs and fast-food things. It's convenient for the consumer and cheap for the seller (no plates and utensils to buy and stock) plus it produces minimal trash, reducing expenses associated with that.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tank_grenade Lunge Mine]] - an anti-tank grenade on a stick used in [[SuicideAttack 'Tokko']] [[WorldWarTwo attacks]].
** The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spar_torpedo Spar Torpedo]] is an earlier nautical version of this trope: A bomb strapped to a pole and rammed into an enemy ship.