"Beat on the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat with a baseball bat, oh yeah!"Baseball bats are popular weapons. They're commonly considered as such in Real Life in any country where baseball isn't that big. Hell, it's sort of like that even in the ones where baseball is a big deal. Brits or Aussies could substitute a Cricket bat — artfully described on the Cricket Rules page as "flat on one side, making it ideal for hitting people who owe you money without leaving a bruise. The flatness also gives it edges, for when you do want to leave a bruise". Overlaps with instances of Improbable Weapon User, Weapon of Choice and Improvised Weapon. Subtrope of I Know Madden Kombat. Compare Golf Clubbing and Wooden Katanas Are Even Better. Also compare Carry a Big Stick for big sticks specifically designed as weapons. Telephone Polearm is a subtrope for very large instances of this. Not to be confused with the aggressive use of little nocturnal flying mammals, or the use of a pancake mixture as a weapon. Also not to be confused with Home Run Hitter, although they do occasionally overlap.
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Anime & Manga
- Both Keiichi and Satoshi in Higurashi: When They Cry.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn! has a weapon called Yamamoto's Bat that combines this with Katanas Are Just Better: a baseball bat that, when swung at 300 MPH, turns into a sword.
- A baseball bat is the preferred weapon of Kuroki from Eyeshield 21, even though he's on the football team.
- Shonen Bat/Lil' Slugger in Paranoia Agent, named after his signature weapon.
- Botan in YuYu Hakusho uses a metal baseball bat as a weapon in one arc.
- Kuwabara sometimes used his Reiken like a baseball bat, before he learned what else he could do with it. He was wearing a baseball jersey in the manga when he first manifested it.
- Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. Kaname clobbers Sousuke with one during the Beach Episode for shooting a melon with a shotgun, spraying her with it's juices and daring to say "Bullseye". All while blindfolded.
Kaname: I'LL SHOW YOU A BULLSEYE!!! (knocks him across the beach with one blow)Ren: That was more...Shinji: ...powerful than usual.
- In Gunbuster, the titular mecha wields a massive baseball bat. Considering that said mecha is one of the largest in fiction, you can imagine just how big the bat is.
- Used to its full Freudian extent in FLCL. Constantly.
- Mr. 9 and Mr. 4 of One Piece use bats, a pun off their names; there are nine people up to bat, and the fourth batter is considerably the best so that they can score a grand slam.
- The baseball special had nearly everyone using bats as unique weapons.
- You're Under Arrest! has the Large Ham crazy baseball-themed vigilante, Strikeman, who calls his archnemesis "Home Run Girl" after her usual way of beating him.
- Sentou Oumi from Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!. He hits Plug and Arresta with his baseball bat in reaction to their sudden appearances before him. Plug doesn't react well to the assaults. Arresta, however, gets an orgasm from the impact of the bat. But only when it's Sentou wielding it.
- Kai from Tokyo Tribe 2 uses a baseball bat as his main weapon.
- Mob boss Momochiki Minoi in Mezzo Forte quite appropriately uses a bat to take out his frustrations on the underperforming pitcher of his baseball team.
- Batting Female Doctor Saori is a rare case where her batting heals people.
- In Baccano!!, Isaac and Miria commit a robbery using baseball bats as weapons. They steal money from a major crime family while dressed as Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Yeah, they can be like that.
- Tooru of A Channel will brandish a metal baseball bat at any boy who gets too close to her Run-Chan.
- Takashi from Highschool of the Dead fights them with a baseball bat until he graduates to a shotgun.
- In Natsume's Book of Friends, occasional flashbacks show that Takashi's grandmother, Natsume Reiko, used a baseball bat covered in Ofuda as her principal weapon. And considering the number of spirits, demons and minor gods she defeated and enslaved, she must've been quite the slugger with it...
- The first Asura avatar in Popcorn Avatar does a six-armed version of this.
- In A Certain Scientific Railgun episode 24, Ruiko Saten uses a metal baseball bat to destroy the equipment projecting Capacity Down, allowing Mikoto to defeat Therestina Lifeline.
- Nakamura does this in the 6th volume of The Flowers of Evil in order to destroy the door on Kasuga's house and smash his father's kneecap.
- Baseball bats are sometimes used as murder/injury weapons in Detective Conan. In example, when Takagi is captured by a vengeful Copycat Killer, said killer beats him up with his baseball bat before taking Takagi's handgun, and later the ex-baseball-played-turned-murderer who wants to "silence" Kobayashi-sensei tries to beat her bloody with his trusty bat before Sato, her Identical Stranger Kobayashi's Body Double, incapacitates him. The trope gets lampshaded in the second example, when Kobayashi's soon-to-be boyfriend Shiratori gives the killer a "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
"You have turned a baseball bat into a murder weapon. You have no right to talk about self-defense and dreams at all"
- In the Tokyo Ghoul prequel Jack, Taishi Fura is a delinquent that used to play baseball. He fends off the Big Bad with a baseball bat, and later starts using one with nails embedded in it as a weapon while hunting Ghouls with Arima.
- In the Elseworlds story 'Scar of the Bat', Eliot Ness adopts the Batman identity to take on Al Capone, wielding a baseball bat as his primary weapon.
- Examples in The DCU:
- The mentally unbalanced vigilante Nite-Wing (completely different person from Nightwing, but he's only appeared in Nightwing's series) uses a baseball bat and a golf club to strike fear into the hearts of evildoers. He also does it by beating people to death.
- Also, mentally unbalanced Bruce Wayne when he became the Batman of Zurr-En-Arr (just go with it) wore a garish purple costume and went around beating criminals up with a baseball bat.
- The Sportsmaster also used a wooden bat. This was bad news for Alan Scott, since his version of the Green Lantern Ring is useless against wood.
- This is often Harley Quinn's Weapon of Choice, most notably in video games.
- In the comics series Mage: The Hero Discovered, Kevin Matchstick is a reincarnation of King Arthur, and his version of Excalibur is a magical bat. Other items of power are reborn in this way; one hero, with the power of Joseph from the bible, has his trumpet replaced by a kazoo.
- In Hack/Slash Cassie Hack's main weapon is a baseball bat with "KISS IT" carved into it.
- British comics Hotspur and Wizard featured a comic strip/prose story called "The Wolf of Kabul", introduced in 1922. The title character's manservant's Weapon of Choice was a cricket bat called "Clicky-ba". See the character's entry on this page.
- Peter hints at wanting to beat Roger up with golf clubs when he has to golf with his dad in a torrental rainstorm in an arc of FoxTrot. Similarly, Andy Fox has hinted at wanting to beat Roger up with buying an expensive golf club when she finds out in another arc. In a sunday strip, she even tried to play Golf while envisioning Roger's face on the ball out of irritation at having to go golfing, to which she hit it extremely hard, which Roger, oblivious to his wife's anger, states "Easy, dear. You want to hit the ball, not kill it." In another strip, Peter actually gets a chance to bat for his high school baseball team though his coach would prefer to have him warming the bench all season. He envisions Roger's floating head giving him advice on how to bat, but he becomes so irritated by it that he starts swinging the bat wildly in the air, striking out.
- The Punisher 2099's signature weapon was the Power Bat, a club with an adjustable hardness setting ranging from "rubber" to "titanium"; he never uses the lower settings.
- Casey Jones's signature weapon is a baseball bat, but he does use other sports-related blunt instruments.
- A Spider-Man issue has the Shape Shifter Chameleon disguise himself as Peter and try to seduce MJ as part of his plan for revenge. She figures out the ruse fairly quickly and after luring him upstairs, you guessed it, beats him with her baseball bat.
- Green Lantern Hal Jordan is fond of making baseball bats with his ring. In fact, quite a few of the Earth GLs do it across several media.
This is especially ironic because the first Green Lantern's Weaksauce Weakness was not "the color yellow", but rather "wood". Yes, the first Green Lantern's power was useless against anything made out of wood. Cue him being invulnerable to metal-spitting machine guns but getting clobbered by some random mook with a baseball bat.
- In Fables: The Wolf Among Us, Bigby uses a cricket bat (labelled "Crowd Control") to smash up the Pudding 'n Pie Club.
- In The Walking Dead Negan wields a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire dubbed "Lucille."
- Examples from the Calvinverse:
- Hobbes arms himself with one of these in one part of the original Calvin and Hobbes: The Movie.
- Calvin's mom uses one in Calvin and Hobbes III: Double Trouble.
- In an early episode of Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, an alien uses this against another alien due to Calvin messing up one of their plans.
- Later, Calvin himself uses one against Electro in his first appearance.
- The fan-made Warhammer 40,000 Space Marines chapter, the Angry Marines, have Power Bats as part of their specialist wargear. They're like Power Fists, see, except... bats. (Presumably, they're more fun to beat people way past the point of death with in a blind berserker rage than fists.)
- Twilight Sparkle goes to town in one time loop on a Changeling invasion with Home Run in Hard Reset.
- In Tealove's Steamy Adventure, Libra Ace's weapon of choice is a baseball bat... with a dozen rubber ducks attached to the hitting end, for some reason.
- In Salve Salvage And Salvation, this winds up being Danielle's weapon of choice in her fight for survival against Victor Zsasz.
- Back to the Future Part II.
- A self-telescoping baseball bat is apparently the preferred weapon of Griff Tannen in 2015. He even says the trope name before attacking Marty with it.
- Marty comes back to 1985 and sneaks into his own house through an open window — only to discover that reality has changed and somebody else lives there now. Since the room he broke into happened to be a little girl's bedroom, the father quickly appears and chases him out with a baseball bat.
- Wanna-be gangsta Raji Lowenthal uses a red baseball bat in Be Cool to get even with another character who insulted his manner of speech... only after said character was already incapacitated.
- In Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Genghis Khan raids a sporting goods store for weapons and armor. He selects an aluminum baseball bat as his weapon and gives it a few flourishes.
- Realistically played in Butterfly Effect when the frat-boy version of Evan gets attacked by Tommy and then loses it. Hitting someone in the head with one doesn't give them a black eye, it's extremely liable to kill them.
- The very karmic fate of Joe Pesci's character and his brother in Casino.
- A bat is kept in the store for security in Cornered!, so it's used on the killer, but just once.
- Devon's Ghost: Legend of the Bloody Boy has a spectral baseball player with a circular saw embedded in his bat.
- In Escape from New York, Snake gets entered into some Blood Sport and pitted against a huge guy. First they fight with baseball bats, then with baseball bats with huge nails.
- In Inglourious Basterds, Donny Donowitz, known to Nazis as The Bear Jew, has a notorious reputation for his execution of Nazis with a baseball bat. An even more sociopathic Scout. He even says "batter up".
- In Innocent Blood, the cop uses a bat on the vampire gangster's thug, and breaks the bat on him.
- In The Last Detail, a bartender tells the protagonists he's gonna pull out the gun he has under the bar if they don't settle down, and Jack Nicholson says he knows for a fact all the bartender has under there is a baseball bat, because he saw him pull it out one night and bash some kid over the head with it.
- In the horror film Mikey the Enfante Terrible title character savagely bashes his first foster father's brains in with a metal baseball bat.
- In Penguins of Madagascar, Private takes out one of Dave's henchmen with a baseball bat, rescuing the North Wind from the Death Trap.
- In the Danish crime film Pusher, Frank uses a baseball bat to beat down his sidekick Tonny after some police claim that Tonny ratted him out.
- In Shaun of the Dead, Shaun uses a cricket bat as a weapon and poses with it on the film's poster.
- The climax of Signs involves Joaquin Phoenix's character clubbing an alien half to death with a baseball bat, though that isn't what kills it.
Graham: Swing away Merrill. Merrill... swing away.
- In Silver Bullet, Reverend Lester kills Sheriff Haller while transforming into a werewolf by bashing his skull with with a baseball bat he had taken from one of his victims.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Casey Jones uses all manner of sport clubs as his Weapon of Choice.
Raphael: Cricket? Nobody understands cricket! You gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket!
- He uses two baseball bats, apparently autographed ones:
Raphael (after blocking one of Casey's swings and examining the bat): A Jose Canseco bat? Tell me...you didn't pay money for this.
- As well as a cricket bat:
Casey: I'll teach you. (launches Raph into the air and into a trash can with one solid WHACK!) See? Six runs.
- He uses two baseball bats, apparently autographed ones:
- In This Is Spinal Tap, the band's manager keeps a cricket bat with him and extols its uses during management disputes. A short montage shows him wrecking things with his trusty bat.
- Al Capone in The Untouchables famously used a baseball bat to savagely murder one of his subordinates at a dinner meeting. This was Truth in Television, though he actually killed two subordinates.
- Vampires Suck: Edward does this to Jack, parodying both the baseball scene and the final fight of Twilight. Vampires may be able to jump inhuman distances, but once they're airborne, they're still subject to the laws of projectile physics!
- Sheriff Buford Pusser in the Walking Tall (1973) series.
- The Baseball Furies gang in the movie The Warriors is baseball themed, and all use baseball bats as their weapons. They don't stop the Warriors, but our heroes make good use of them later.
- Tallahassee uses a baseball bat to kill a few zombies in Zombieland.
- In Problem Child, Junior's dad gives him the tip of "holding onto the bat" after two strikes. After hitting the ball, he holds onto the bat while making his way to the bases and uses it to beat up anyone in his way.
- Sal in Do the Right Thing keeps a baseball bat behind the counter of his pizza joint and uses it to smash Radio Raheem's boombox. Radio doesn't take it well.
- In Falling Down, the first weapon Michael Douglas gets is a sawed-off baseball bat he took from a convenience store clerk. He later uses it on a group of gangbangers who tried to take his briefcase.
- In Resident Evil: Retribution, the Alice clone kills a zombie by bashing its brains in with a metal baseball bat.
- Shane Douglas in Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies uses a bat as his weapon throughout the Zombie Apocalypse.
- In Mean Girls, when Principal Duvall finds out the students are physically attacking one another after the Burn Book's contents were revealed, he grabs his baseball bat before going out and breaking up the commotion.
- The henchman only known as "Baseball Bat Man" from The Raid 2: Berandal predictably uses a metal bat to beat his opponents, but also will hit baseballs at them when they're out of reach.
- High School High has a female teacher who carries around a baseball bat in the crime-ridden school, and not for sporting purposes. At one point she whacks a student on the head, only for the blow to be absorbed by his Funny Afro.
- Wendy in The Shining tries to use one to defend herself from Jack. Changed from a roque mallet in the novel.
Jack: I'm not gonna hurt ya...I'm just gonnna bash your fuckin' brains in!
- In Cold Comes the Night, Amber uses one on the intruder she finds in her house.
- In Snatch., Turkish grabs a bat with a lead core stored behind a counter when Bricktop's men smash up his slot machines. He knocks out two before the rest take it from him and surround him. He's only saved by Tommy using a broken revolver for intimidation.
- In the opening of Blitz, Tom Brant uses an Irish hurley to beat three punks trying to break into his car. Then we find out he's a policeman (hurleys are often given as gifts between police officers).
- Jack Reacher is attacked from behind by a criminal armed with an aluminum baseball bat, knocking Reacher into a bathtub. Subverted when the criminal can't swing it properly in the limited space, and ends up doing more damage to the surroundings and his own partner than Reacher.
- George Carlin claimed in one stand-up bit that he prayed to Joe Pesci rather than God in part because of this trope.
... Instead, I pray to Joe Pesci. Why? Two reasons. First, I think he's a good actor, and that counts for something. Second, Joe Pesci looks like the kind of guy who can get things done. For years I asked God to do something about my nosy neighbor with the barking dog. Joe Pesci straightened that cocksucker out with one visit. Amazing what one can accomplish with a simple wooden baseball bat...
- He also made a joke in one of his books saying that the bat really is the perfect murder weapon: legal, able to buy one in any sporting store, and hey, it's the national pastime!
- Evidently he dealt with his daughter's abusive boyfriend by threatening him with a baseball bat (and a terse, frighteningly to-the-point Badass Boast: "I don't play baseball").
- Russian Humour:
Last year, the sports shops around Russia had sold three million baseball bats, four baseball gloves, and one baseball.
- British pulp hero Bill Samson a.k.a "the Wolf of Kabul" had a hulking native sidekick named Chung who wielded a cricket he called "clicky-ba" with which he used to kill foes.
- The Krikkit Robots from Life, the Universe and Everything have a cricket motif (in fact the other way around - cricket is built around a deeply ingrained Genetic Memory of the robots). As well as being melee weapons, their "bats" double up as ray guns and a launching mechanism for bright red incendiary grenades. note Also, the brief summary of the rules of Brockian Ultra-Cricket says that players score by hitting each other with "cricket bats, basecube bats, tennis guns, skis, anything you can get a good swing with."
- In Trainspotting, Sick Boy uses a baseball bat as a weapon. Renton wonders how many baseball bats are purchased in Scotland with the honest intention of playing baseball.
- In Gil's All-Fright Diner, the ghost Cathy has to fight another ghost. Since they can't touch any physical objects, she has to create a weapon from her own memories, and comes up with... a baseball bat.
- This is an occasional weapon in The Hardy Boys through process of elimination. Thou Shalt Not Kill, so slashing and piercing weapons are out, and since they usually avoid combat they don't carry standard weapons, but a baseball bat can be scavenged to use as an Improvised Weapon for a Tap on the Head.
- The Night's Dawn Trilogy. When one of the Possessed claims to be legendary gangster Al Capone, he grows a blood-stained baseball bat from his hand to prove it. Which he later puts to use beating the non-possessed into submission.
- Fraternity of the Stone by David Morrell. The assassin protagonist while a youth knocks out the teeth of a school bully with one, as he regards him as no different from the terrorists that killed his parents. Although the headmaster is sympathetic, he naturally thinks this is overkill and expels him.
- Baseball bats appear several times as weapons against the zombies in World War Z. One character finds a dropped bat that's been bent useless as a result.
- Subverted to comedic effect in the Honor Harrington novel Flag in Exile when the main character, unfamiliar with baseball, confuses baseball bats for clubs, but is actually looking at people gathering for a Sunday afternoon pickup game in the local park.
- The killer in John Dickson Carr's The Skeleton in the Clock used a cricket bat.
- This trope appears in works by Haruki Murakami, justified since not only does Japan have the strictest gun laws in the world, but also because baseball and softball are very popular there.
- During the Sword of Schueler riots in the Safehold novels, one group of rioters attacked a family of Charisian expatriates. One of them had been a professional baseball player before emigrating from Charis, and had his lucky bat on him during the riots. It didn't go very well for the rioters.
Live Action TV
- In the Doctor Who serial Remembrance of the Daleks, the Doctor's sidekick Ace fights a Dalek armed only with a baseball bat. Admittedly, it's a baseball bat that's been turned into an energy mace after being exposed to a long-lost alien superweapon... Sophie Aldred, who played Ace, considers the fact that she is the only person in the entire series to beat a Dalek to a pulp with a baseball bat as a personal Moment of Awesome, and this led to the creation of the trope page in the first place.
- "WHO YOU CALLIN' SMALL?!"
- In the 2010 episode "The Eleventh Hour", Amy Pond attacks the Doctor using a cricket bat.
- CSI: NY:
- In one episode, a guy who tried to fake his death to collect on the insurance by using Blowfish poison to make him appear dead was betrayed by his spouse and buried alive. He managed to break out, so the spouse's lover killed him with a cricket bat (but not before he managed to inject both of them with the poison).
- In the episode "Tanglewood", the Tanglewood Boys kill a wannabe with an autographed baseball bat taken from a sports bar. The fragment of signature on the splinter left in the body provides the CSI investigators with a vital clue.
- The Sixth Ranger of Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger, the Shurikenger, has a baseball motif; the sheath of his sword doubles as a bat. The baseball references were removed for Power Rangers Ninja Storm, presumably because the higher-ups didn't want kids to apply this trope with the Samurai Ranger's toy sword.
- In one episode of Cold Case, the victim was a baseball player who, on being harassed one more time by homophobic thugs, finally lost his temper and went after them with a bat. Sadly, it was three on one and he ended up being beaten to death with it.
- Vyvyan in The Young Ones sometimes used a cricket bat as weapon; mostly against his fellow housemates.
Rick: Oh, Vyvyan, what repartee! Sticks and stones may brrreak my bones -Vyvyan: That is the first sensible thing you have said all day! *CRACK*
Rick: What the ruddy heck is going on?!Vyvyan: SHUT UP! *SMACK*
- Misfits also has a tendency to stick at least one character (often Kelly) with a baseball bat.
- Deadliest Warrior compared the baseball bat as a weapon to nunchucks in the "Mafia vs Yakuza" episode. The judges determined that nunchucks were faster and flashier, but the baseball bat delivered a heavier and more lethal blow, by which we mean it shattered a pig's spine in one hit.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- In Season 5, Anya wields one as her Weapon of Choice, though she chokes up on the bat so much that she's holding it by the middle, which wouldn't give her much of a swing. It is a popular weapon among the Badass Normal Scoobies. One version has a wicked hook tied to it.
- Giles wields a flaming baseball bat when he attacks Angelus.
Angelus: Jeez, what happened to wooden stakes?
- This was also Angel's solution to stop Faith raping\killing Xander.
- The demon in "Nightmares" is a lumbering figure with a club for a hand. The club is representative of a baseball bat, and the monster itself is a manifestation of an abusive baseball coach.
- In the Angel spin-off, Gunn uses a baseball bat whose head has been sharpened into a stake. Ironically the same weapon is used in a MADtv spoof Buffy the Umpire Slayer.
- Bodie and "The Pit" crew beat up some rival drug dealers with bats on The Wire. It's the weapon of choice when they don't want to bring down police attention.
- In Season 2, Cheese Wagstaff's crew has a few members carrying bats when they gang up on Ziggynote Sobotka, although most of the ass-whooppin Ziggy gets is from Cheese's fists.
- In Season 3, some of Bodie's crew are on the receiving end from Marlo's boys. One of them is no older than thirteen.
Young Corner Boy: I was workin' that bitch.Fruit: Yeah shorty, you hard.
- Parodied in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia when the gang locks a Mexican family in a room filled with stereotypical American culture. Mac casually swings a baseball bat around them, causing them to think he's threatening them.
- Used (probably half-jokingly, but we'll never know) as a threat by none other than the White House Counsel on The West Wing, in a Crowning Moment of Funny:
Leo McGarry: You're going to meet him right now. It's going to be fine...Ainsley Hayes: It's not going to be fine. He's gonna yell, and scream, I've seen him on TV...Leo McGarry: Well, that's TV. He's making a full-throated defense of the President. That's what we do. Believe me, in real life, when the cameras are off...[Lionel Tribbey storms into Leo's office, brandishing a cricket bat]Lionel Tribbey: LEO! I will KILL people today, Leo! I will kill people with this cricket bat, which was given to me by Her Royal Majesty Elizabeth Windsor, and then I WILL KILL THEM AGAIN WITH MY OWN HANDS!
- In Skins, Effy's therapist beats Freddie to death with a baseball bat.
- On an episode of Seinfeld one of Kramer's criminal buddies asked if he could borrow a baseball bat.
- Brody: *holds up bat* Can I borrow this?Kramer: Sure. Do you need a glove?Brody: *smiles* No.
- Al Bundy of Married... with Children liked to keep a baseball bat near the door in case of undesirables... such as Jehovah's Witnesses.
- Kol Mikaelson from The Vampire Diaries carries an iron baseball bat during the entire episode "Heart of Darkness". He beats up Damon with this bat for about half the episode as well.
- In the Tear Jerker last episode of the first season of Queer as Folk, Justin is hit over the head with a baseball bat by his homophobic classmate, and is very nearly killed.
- In one episode of Titus Chris grabbed a bat he kept under his couch when he arrived at his home one day and heard an intruder in his kitchen. His girlfriend did not think it was a good idea.
- Erin: What's that for?Chris: In case he has a gun.Erin: That shoots BASEBALLS?
- Penny in The Big Bang Theory expressed shock about the burglary at Leonard's apartment, especially due to her working the late shift and thus would have witnessed it if she didn't have it. Leonard tells her not to be scared, before she reveals that she's not scared, and states that she would have "gone 'Nebraska' on their asses." while stroking an aluminum baseball bat. When Sheldon knocks at the apartment door, Leonard then requests for Penny to hand him the bat (implying that he wanted to smack Sheldon with it).
- Jon Stewart of The Daily Show apparently fights diabetes with a baseball bat.
- This is particularly funny for fans of Fake News Rumble, in which a magical bat gives Jon superpowers.
- In Golden Boy the detectives are investigating the death of a politician and are told that the body was shot after death and the actual cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. They then remember that the politician had a valuable autographed baseball bat in his office that seemed to have been cleaned recently...
- The creepy twins from American Horror Story: Murder House show up with their bats in every single appearance they have. In the pilot, they took them inside the house for protection. When Adeleide warns them about the dangers of the house, they ignore her by replying "we have bats".
- Silicon Valley: when a blue-collar man threatens to come over to their house and fight Richard, the gang huddles in a corner in fear and Dinesh clutches a cricket bat.
- Midsomer Murders: A cricket bat is used as a murder weapon in "Dead Man's Eleven".
- In the Supernatural episode "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20), Sam grabs a baseball bat when he hears a noise downstairs and thinks there is an intruder in the house.
- In Heroes "Graphic Novel:Normal Lives", Noah beats Marcus with a baseball bat to prevent him from harming anyone else.
- The Ramones' "Beat on the Brat" provides the page quote.
- "My Name Is Mud", Primus;
"We had our words... a common spat.
So I kissed him upside the cranium
With an aluminum baseball bat."
- "Licensed to Kill" by Jag Panzer:
"A soldier on the streets, somewhere in L.A.
Preparing this night for the attack
Swinging chains and switchblade knives
Feel the nails in my baseball bat!"
- 'Peanut Butter Jelly Time'
Peanut butter jelly
Peanut butter jelly
Peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat!
- "I Kicked The Shark In The Face" by The Midnight Beast:
Then I hit the bear in the balls!
- '"Don't Beat My Ass"
I'll kick your ass with a baseball bat, bitch!
- In the music video for the PVRIS song “Fire”, we see bats being used to smash plates, televisions, vases, etc. The bats first appeared in the video for “St. Patrick”, but definitely did more damage the second time around.
- In case anyone who's watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was wondering, yes, "I Beat That Bitch With A Bat" is (1) a real song (by Johnny Dangerous, 1992), (2) that catchy, and (3) very clearly about domestic violence. With a baseball bat.
Myth & Religion
- In Japanese Mythology, this is one defining trait of oni. They are commonly depicted as being huge, freakishly strong, and wielding a huge iron bat. Such a weapon in the hands of such a creature is seen as a little excessive, given that oni are usually depicted as being strong enough to flatten mountains.
- This is so iconic that it has led to the Japanese idiom "oni ni kanabo" ("an oni with his iron bat") - roughly, "There Is No Kill Like Overkill".
- Maguro Ooma would use a spiked bat during Michinoku Pro Wrestling brawls he got involved in
- Crow Sting in WCW and nWo Sting in New Japan Pro Wrestling used baseball bats as their weapons of choice.
- Savio Vega's trademark black bat.
- Lex Luger took up a bat as his weapon of choice in WCW
- One of Cactus Jack's signature weapons is a bat wrapped in barbed wire named "barbie".
- Betsy Ruth, being a wrestling baseball player, is not above hitting foes with a bat.
- While best known for carrying a tennis racket, Jim Cornette would carry a bat to fend off those who bothered him in Ring of Honor.
- Christopher Daniels used bat to defeat Rhino at the 2007 TNA Sacrifice.
- In Progress Wrestling The London Riots (James Davis and Rob Lynch) bring a cricket bat to the ring with them for their matches.
- The Bat Mobile in the Card Game Super Munchkin, and the Bat Bat in Munchkin Bites.
- The baseball bat is often cited in 'modern' role-playing games (GURPS, Spycraft, etc). Generally, it's considered a club. Which, you know, it is.
- In the French roleplaying game In Nomine Satanis / Magna Veritas, the bat is archangel Daniel's weapon of choice. So much that his purge of the rotten eggs in his angelic troops was called the Night of the Long Bats.
- The Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Game has Ultimate Baseball Kid, who uses a baseball bat with spikes as a weapon.
- In Betrayal at House on the Hill, one of the little boy characters is depicted as being interested in baseball and carrying a bat. Although his main stat isn't Strength, it's Speed.
- Makes things easier sometimes in Bully.
- The Home-run bat in Super Smash Bros., which can become a one hit KO item when charged up.
- Ness from EarthBound wields one, possibly augmented by his psychic abilities. In EarthBound Beginnings, Ninten also wields a bat, and Lucas' ultimate weapon in MOTHER 3 is the Real Bat. He has also a Fake Bat.
- One of Cloud's weapons in Final Fantasy VII is a Nail Bat.
- Max Payne features a baseball bat as an Emergency Weapon, which replaces your initial pipe. In the first game, Max gets it from Frankie "The Bat" Niagara. The violent comic strip character Captain Baseball Bat Boy is also a running theme throughout the first two games.
Frankie: Pleased to meet ya. I'm Frankie "the Bat" Niagara.Max: Niagara... as in you cry a lot?Max's narration: He had a baseball bat and I was tied to a chair. Pissing him off was the smart thing to do.
- The conversation Max has with him says it all:
- In Persona 3, the Joke Weapon of the 2-handed sword class is a Nail Bat. Junpei, the party's BFS wielder, attacks with weapons of this class as though they were baseball bats, complete with yelling "Home Run!" when he scores a Critical Hit. And he's particularly ecstatic if you do equip him with the bat.
- Taken to its logical conclusion when Junpei becomes playable in Persona 4: Arena, which takes place 2 years after Persona 3. Junpei is now a baseball coach, and he exclusively uses bats as his main weapons. His fighting style actually revolves around scoring hits with said bat and getting "runs" while trying not to whiff attacks and getting "strikes", essentially causing this trope to overlap with I Know Madden Kombat.
- Persona 4 lets the protagonist equip one as well. It only hits 30% of the time (though when you think about it, that's a pretty good batting average), but has a much higher than normal rate of critical hits.
- In Persona 3, the Joke Weapon of the 2-handed sword class is a Nail Bat. Junpei, the party's BFS wielder, attacks with weapons of this class as though they were baseball bats, complete with yelling "Home Run!" when he scores a Critical Hit. And he's particularly ecstatic if you do equip him with the bat.
- Lots of games set in an urban environment feature the baseball bat as a weapon - ranging from Manhunt to Dead Rising.
- In the Fallout series:
- Fallout 2 has the "Louisville Sluggerm" a baseball bat obtainable from Mrs. Wright in New Reno if you help her sabotage the Wrights' stills.
- A baseball bat is the first melee weapon you get in Fallout 3.
- The "Slugger" is a secret weapon found in Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, and one of the most powerful in the game.
- Fallout: New Vegas also has the baseball bat, though its unique VATS attack is called the Grand Slam. Its also one of those early game ineffectual melee weapons you'll want to dump for something better as soon as possible. However, the Gun Runners' Arsenal version can be modded to be more effective, including turning it into a nailbat.
- Fallout 4 also features baseball bats, or "Sluggers" as the weapon vendor Moe Cronin calls them. They can be upgraded to aluminum (increasing damage and decreasing weight) and you can add other nasty upgrades to them, like nails, razor blades, or even buzz-saw blades that have been wrapped in barbed wire. A unique bat from the 2076 World Series is squirreled away in Jamaica Plains, and every so often a whack from it can send a hapless foe flying into the distance, dealing lethal damage if they're unfortunate enough to hit something like a wall.
- A baseball bat is Kratos/Zelos' Joke Weapon in Tales of Symphonia.
- The storm bat in S4 League.
- Baseball bat is a Lethal Joke Item in Jets'n'Guns. It only works at point blank range, but deals enormous damage.
- In the Heist multiplayer mode of Conker's Bad Fur Day, all the players have bats as a default weapon. The Xbox remake gives Conker a bat in the story mode when he finds out his frying pan isn't as effective as it was in the original.
- Since City of Heroes added customizable weapons, a Tanker can take the War Mace powerset but alter it to look like a baseball bat. This troper has already seen two characters modeled after the Scout.
- Invention allows all players to create a limited-use baseball bat power. Presumably after hitting one too many characters who are Made of Iron it just breaks.
- Bad Girl from No More Heroes; Most of the other assassins the game use ridiculously complex gadgets and weapons (Bad Girl's predecessor attacks you with a Wave Motion Gun disguised as a shopping cart). Bad Girl is able to rise above all but one of them with nothing but a wooden bat and a serious case of the deep-down crazies. And projectile gimps. She even says the Trope name during her downward swing, and if you hurt her enough, she sets in on fire.
- The Scout from Team Fortress 2 wields one and has a Baseball motif. His appearance, taunts, and achievements all reference it.
- A bit of s subversion, however, since the default metal bat does the least amount of damage of all the default melee weapons, and still does less damage per hit than a golf club, a lollipop, and mittens. the Scout has the fastest melee speed, however.
- Scout also has a wooden bat called the Sandman that has a taunt kill where Scout points to the sky, winds up, and makes a mighty swing. If he connects, he can even send the Heavy Weapons Guy flying.
- One of the weapons in the arsenal of Worms. Great way to smack someone into the ocean, complete with corny sound effects (usually the very stereotypical Charge) and caption.
- Shoma in Rival Schools. He's a baseball player so this is a given, but the bat he carries around is longer than he is tall.
- One of Gene's Roulettes in God Hand is Home Run God, where he forms ki into a bat and sends the enemy flying into the distance.
- The magical Excalibat from Rise of the Triad. This enchanted baseball bat can knock the enemies flying, sometimes gibbing them in the process, and if you hold down the fire button for a while, it unleashes a wave of deadly baseballs
- Grand Theft Auto eats, breathes, and sleeps with this trope.
- In Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven one of the earliest missions requires you to whack some dudes senseless with a baseball bat from behind.
- Goro Majima, the Psycho for Hire rival to Kazuma Kiryu from the first Yakuza game, in a Joker-like moment (Majima is voiced in the English version by Mark Hamill) takes a baseball bat to one of his underlings before Kazuma's first battle with him for not laughing after Majima gets hit in the side of the head with a baseball at the batting cage. He's more of a Knife Nut than a true bat aficionado though.
Majima: This is the part where you're SUPPOSED TO LAUGH! [WHACK!]
- However in the prequel game Yakuza 0, one of his fighting styles focuses on using a baseball bat for hard-hitting attacks.
- Subverted by Tatsuo Shinada in the fifth game. Despite specializing in weapons, as a former baseball player he refuses to use bats as weapons. If he gets his hands on one in a fight, he takes a moment to gaze at it longingly before putting it down on the ground.
- Used in the sequel to The Suffering, but subverted in that it's exactly as useless as you'd think compared to an M-60. (As one walkthrough remarked, "Put down the crack pipe.")
- The best weapon in Mitadake High is the wooden bat, especially when nails are applied, due to how the game calculates damage and unconsciousness.
- Bangai-O uses a giant robot-scale baseball bat to deflect enemy shots and send enemies flying.
- In The Godfather: The Game, a baseball bat of the wooden sort is your first melee weapon.
- StarTropics: Mike Jones is a star pitcher from Seattle, so he's more than familiar with a baseball bat which, in the game, is a really strong, short-ranged attack.
- Left 4 Dead 2 has both a baseball bat and a cricket bat. In the case of the latter this is rather odd, considering the setting is the Deep South of the USA.
- In Blinx 2 one of the weapons that can be obtained is a baseball bat called the Grand Slam. It is a one-use weapon that is guaranteed to take out an opponent. After using it, you have to find a new one, because it breaks in the process. But it can make all the difference. Plus, making a really annoying guard A Twinkle in the Sky is priceless.
- Useful for conserving ammo while zombie hunting in TimeSplitters: Future Perfect.
- Street Fighter EX's Cracker Jack is as good with a baseball bat as he is with his fists.
- Irisu Syndrome! has the titular character wield a rather vicious nailbat. The bat is actually bread.
- MadWorld has the spike bat, a baseball bat with at least a dozen large roofing nails stuck in it.
- The Batter from OFF uses a baseball bat and baseball inspired moves for killing spectres.
- In Monster Party, a baseball bat is the weapon Mark uses.
- In Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Deadpool's level 3 involves using the hyper combo meter as a baseball bat.
- One of the weapons in Odium. About as much power as a crowbar, and weaker than an axe.
- Appear quite frequently in Streets of Rage and its sequels. Some of the basic mooks wield them, although you can pick them up to return the favour!
- Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten: You'd be hard-pressed to find any official artwork of Fuka without her trademarked baseball bat, and one of her special attacks is baseball-themed. In-game it's treated the same weapon-wise as an axe.
- Ninja Baseball Bat Man. It's right there in the title! Some of the enemies you fight are even sentient baseball bats who wield a baseball bat for a weapon.
- The bat is the second weakest melee weapon in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. Lots of thugs in Santa Monica and downtown LA use them.
- Baseball bats are one weapon in River City Ransom, which tends to use improvised weapons such as this and chains, in addition to more traditional weapons like brass knuckles.
- Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City had various enemies using bats as clubs to whack Batman with. In the latter game, Harley Quinn also used a bat to whack Batman unconscious after Joker apparently ambushed him, even yelling "Batter Up!" before doing so.
- She returns in a pre-order 'exclusive' DLC for Arkham Knight, playable in full with a custom bat she uses. It replaces her normal punches and kicks for brutal takedowns, beatdowns, and finishing moves.
- A baseball bat (including ones with nails) and a cricket bat are one of the many available weapons in Dead Frontier.
- Bats are an uncommon weapon in The Warriors and like in the movie, bats are always carried by the Baseball Furies gang. Their gang leader wields three bats tied together and it HURTS. Too bad you can't get that weapon anywhere else.
- In Attack Of The Mutant Penguins, Rodney can obtain a baseball bat. He doesn't use it to play baseball.
- In Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, this is how the Fateless One finishes off gnomes in Reckoning mode.
- In Warriors Orochi 3, the Bat is one of the Lethal Joke Items that can be used by sword-users.
- In Immortal Souls, John wields a bat adorned with glowing ancient enchanted runes as one of his possible attacks.
- In Brain Dead 13, Frankenstein's Monster Jerk Jock Moose wields one giant baseball bat, intending to bash Lance's brains out if you're not quick or careful.
- Hellgate: London has a usable cricket bat called Shaun's Trusty Sidekick.
- The Game Boy version of Batman: Return of the Joker has a boss named Foul Ball who attacks by spinning a baseball bat around.
- Hotline Miami. The bat is a common early-level weapon, and just about as deadly as everything else in the game.
- Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Mario can use Baseball Bat and Toy Bat stickers to knock enemies out of the stage.
- This is the Tower Power Pokey's main weakness. The battle even begins with "PLAY BALL!" instead of "FIGHT!"
- ZombiU gives you a cricket bat as your default melee weapon.
- In Ghoul School, a baseball bat is the weapon Spike begins the game with.
- In the visual novel Super Dangan Ronpa 2, Peko Pekoyama uses a baseball bat as a murder weapon in Chapter 2 to kill Mahiru Koizumi.
- Hedgewars: They may not hurt that much, but they send hogs flying far. Fall damage can make up for it, if you don't just go and knock someone into the water.
- The crazed janitor of White Day: A Labyrinth Named School carries a bat and will beat his victims to death with it. If you see him, RUN!
- Baseball Bats are a pretty common weapon in Urban Reign and can even be used launch an unlucky target like you're going for a homerun.
- In Ninja Combat, one of the weapon pickups is a studded metal baseball bat.
- PangYa has a club set that is actually a set of bats, including wooden bats, metal bats, and a cricket bat for a putter.
- The baseball bat is one of the better choices in Project Zomboid, where most of the weapons (except firearms) are household items. If you want your bat even deadlier (but slightly less durable), find a hammer and some nails.
- In Anti Bunny Nailbat lives up to his name by effectively wielding his namesake spiked bats against crime, robots, and supernatural beings. He later upgrades to two bats, and also demonstrates that he uses them as effective climbing tools as well.
- In Better Days, Fisk stops his mother's rape by braining her attacker with a bat.
- Steve from Life & Death uses a cricket bat as his favored weapon.
- Sidekick Girl, from the comic of the same name, uses a baseball bat as her primary weapon.
- Shelly of Wapsi Square seems to take a baseball bat with her to answer the door late at night.
- Goblin Hollow: When she realizes that her two (girl) goblins are the first girls the boy goblins have ever met -- she drags along a bat. Just in case.
- In Men In Hats, when Aram is pretending to be a baseball star, he carries around "Mr. Breakface" in case people question his pretense. An earlier strip has Aram hitting Beriah in the face with a baseball bat, which breaks in half.
- Karate Bears understand the usefulness of a baseball bat
- Paranatural: Main character Maxwell Puckett's "tool" is a bat, which he uses to fight supernatural creatures.
- This was how Jared somehow managed to get a Gyarados in Manly Guys Doing Manly Things without knowing a thing about Pokemon mechanics: he used his Magikarp to bludgeon Pokemon until it evolved.
- Jon Stewart uses a magic lightning bat in Fake News Rumble.
- Baek Seung-Chul of God Of High School uses an aluminum bat with remarkable effectiveness in the eponymous tournament. He upgrades to one made of Barbadium as part of his contract with the Ox King.
- Fall Borros From Sword Interval Uses her bosses Signed 1923 World Series baseball bat to kill a Dragon at one point
- At Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe, Lancer is a PK 'superboy' type with a psychokinetic force field that gives him his strength and Nigh-Invulnerability. But he's found out he can extend his forcefield to any short object (less than a meter) that he's holding. He's turned his baseball bat into a (nearly) indestructible offensive weapon.
- Since his field is sharp where it is psychologically appropriate the paper swords are more impressive.
- In the KateModern episode "Batwoman" Lauren chases off two Hymn of Oners with a cricket bat.
- Fantasy Powers League: Used by two separate characters as a primary weapon, and despite the phallic intonation, both are female. Used first by Penelope Whatshername as an instrument of revenge against a clan of sadistic brothers who brutally abused her, and second by Zombiegirl who first used it as a weapon against zombies, but now backs it up with undead strength as a zombie herself.
- A cricket bat is occasionally used as a weapon by Landshark of AH.com: The Series.
- At least one baseball bat is assigned in each season of Survival of the Fittest, whether on its own or with additions such as a nail being imbedded into it. Version One's Adam Dodd used one to make his first kill during an Unstoppable Rage on someone who attacked his True Companions, a taste of things to come for him.
- Everyman HYBRID: Evan finds a baseball bat lying around in "Ashen Waste". Then the Slender Man shows up and Evan tries to attack him with it.
- Yanki J's method of fighting during the second invasion of Molossia in Kickassia.
- Related to the above example, this is how Todd in the Shadows and Paw Dugan get rid of The Voice of The Ancients in Suburban Knights.
- The League of S.T.E.A.M.'s zombie hunter, Katherine Blackmoore, uses a cricket bat as her signature weapon (perhaps a shout-out to Shaun of the Dead).
- A Running Gag for TV Trash is host Rowdy C. threatening the creator of a work he despises by brandishing a baseball bat.
- In RWBY, Junior's Weapon of Choice is a huge baseball bat that can transform into a rocket launcher, perfect for those Macross Missile Massacre moments! Still got nothin' on Yang, though.
- Considering the cartoon ProStars has Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Bo Jackson fighting crime, it was inevitable that they'd go into battle throwing basketballs, swinging a hockey stick, and bashing
heads inattacks out of the air with a baseball bat.
- Norm Abram does this in the final episode of Freakazoid!. Freakazoid was the bat.
- In Danny Phantom one of the Fenton ghost hunting weapons is one called the Fenton Anti-creep stick. It's a bat. With the word "Fenton" on it.
- In the Animaniacs episode "Draculee, Dracula" Wakko hits Dracula over the head with a baseball bat, the censors didn't want children to imitate this scene so the animators put a smiley face and bat wings on it.
- The Looney Tunes short "Transylvania 6-5000" while trying to avoid being hit by Bugs Bunny again, Count Bloodcount puts on a pair of glasses and says "You wouldn't hit a bat with glasses would you?" in response Bugs turns himself into a baseball bat and hits him.
- In the Beavis And Butthead pilot episode "Frog Baseball", Butthead bashes Beavis over the head with one knocking out most of his teeth and later beats a frog to death with it.
- "Die Fly, Die" had Butthead smashing a baseball bat over Beavis's back while trying to kill a fly.
- The Family Guy episode "Road To The North Pole" while posing as Santa Claus Brian makes too much noise while raiding a family's kitchen so the father decides to call the police to prevent this from happening Stewie viciously beats him to death with a baseball bat, he then uses it to knock out his wife and daughter.
- On an episode of Jem, boyfriend Rio actually says this just before dispatching of the thugs who have attacked Jerrica.
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode, "Christmas with the Joker", Batman uses a baseball bat to swat away several RC airplanes attacking him.
- Robin lampshades it, quipping, "They don't call you BATman for nothing!"
- The Simpsons: "Homer Goes to College" spoofs the scene from The Untouchables, when Mr. Burns tries to whack a Springfield University board member, but Burns is so weak that the board member barely notices he's being attacked, and it utterly exhausts Burns.
- In "The Joy of Sect", Reverend Lovejoy tries to subdue Homer by smacking him with a baseball bat, but as he's failing, Willie steps in and tries to smack Homer himself.
- In Gravity Falls, Grunkle Stan used a baseball bat to fight off a horde of zombies. When one of them breaks it, Stan merely switches to Good Old Fisticuffs.
Truth In Television
- While scuffles in baseball are not uncommon, the bats are almost always left out of it. Jose Offerman's attack on a pitcher with a baseball bat drew headlines.
- San Francisco Giants legend Juan Marichal was a 10-time All-Star, a Hall of Fame inductee, and the winning hurler in "The Greatest Game Ever Pitched" note , but "The Dominican Dandy" will always be remembered for this performance after being grazed by Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro's throw back to the mound (Marichal is #27).
- In Russia (where baseball notably failed to get any semblance of popularity) bats outsell all other baseball paraphernalia combined by orders of magnitude. In the 90s it was considered a common "car accessory" on par with a crowbar or a tire wrench. It's always a baseball bat and never a hockey stick, because hockey is a genuinely popular sports in Russia.
- Same for Poland, to the point that 'replicas of baseball bats' are considered a weapon under the Firearms and Ammunition Act. No other ordinary tool, including knives of any kind are weapons and are completely unregulated. There were billboards displaying a baseball bat with the slogan, "Służy do grania, nie do zabijania" ("This is for playing with, not for killing with").
- During the riots in London and other cities in the UK in the summer of 2011, it was noted that baseball bats suddenly shot up to the top of Amazon UK's list of top selling sports equipment, mostly due to people wanting to defend their homes from rioters. Many of the reviews posted during that time focused on the bats' usefulness for whacking looters over the head, often with an aside along the lines of "And you can use it to play ball, too."
- Subverted in Finland, where they are genuinely used as sports gear. One of Finland's national sports is pesäpallo, which is similar to baseball—in part because a Finn who traveled to America observed American baseball in the 1910s and 1920s, liked what he saw, and combined it with traditional Finnish bat-and-ball games to produce a new modern sport sometimes called "Finnish baseball" for its similarity to the American sport; the equipment at least is largely similar. Baseball gloves make also neat street hockey gloves.