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.
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.
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.
In The DCU, 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.
In the comics series Mage, 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.
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.
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 and 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.
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 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.
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:
Raphael: Cricket? Nobody understands cricket! You gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket! Casey: I'll teach you. (launches Raph into the air and into a trash can with one solid WHACK!) See? Six runs.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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, JoePesci 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.
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.
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.
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. In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, the protagonist Toru Okada breaks several skulls with his baseball bat and Aomame, a main character in 1Q84, contemplates using her softball bat as self-defense.
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.
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.
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*
Former WCW and current TNAwrestler Sting's foreign object of choice is a black baseball bat.
Mick Foley also tends to use a baseball bat, nicknamed "Barbie". That's because it's wrapped in barbed wire.
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.
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.
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.
This is actually a popular weapon amongst the Scoobies.
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 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.
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?
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).
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 ignoreher 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 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.
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.
A few Dungeons & DragonsSplatbooks have also mentioned that a "worked" club is essentially a wooden baseball bat, and d20 Modern gives them the same combat stats.
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.
Ness from EarthBound wields one, possibly augmented by his psychic abilities. In EarthBound Zero, Ninten also wields a bat, and Lucas' ultimate weapon in Mother 3 is the Real Bat. He has also a Fake 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.
The conversation Max has with him says it all:
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.
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.
Lots of games set in an urban environment feature the baseball bat as a weapon - ranging from Manhunt to Dead Rising.
Frank West carries a bat into Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, both as a special move and a super move. The trope name is even one of his sound bites. Bats have sort of become an Iconic Item for Frank. In Dead Rising 2: Case West, an AI controlled Frank has an infinite supply of bats as weapons.
In the Heist multiplayer mode of Conkers 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.
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
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!]
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.
They belong to the local school principals, perhaps?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A Running Gag for TV Trash is host Rowdy C. threatening the creator of a work he despises by brandishing a baseball bat.
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.
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!"
Truth In Television
While scuffles in baseball are not uncommon, the bats are almost always left out of it. Jose Offerman's attack attacked on a pitcher with a baseball bat drew headlines.
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.
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."