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->''"Beat on the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat with a baseball bat, oh yeah!"''
-->-- '''Music/TheRamones'''

Baseball bats are designed to hit very small, very fast things very hard. This makes them very good weapons, and they're commonly considered as such in RealLife 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 UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} bat -- artfully described on the UsefulNotes/CricketRules 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".

Also if a normal bat isn't enough, it's common in fiction to just pound nails or spikes into it. [[AwesomeYetImpractical They're not practical]], but they sure do look like they would hurt a lot if they connect. A more rare version is to wrap chains or even [[ComicBook/TheWalkingDead barbed wire]] around it or just cover it with other kinds of junk.

Overlaps with instances of ImprobableWeaponUser, WeaponOfChoice and ImprovisedWeapon. Subtrope of IKnowMaddenKombat. Bonus points if whomever is wielding the bat first shouts, "[[PreAsskickingOneliner Batter up!]]"

Compare GolfClubbing and WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter. Also compare CarryABigStick for big sticks specifically designed as weapons.

TelephonePolearm is a subtrope for ''very large'' instances of this.

Not to be confused with the [[GoddamnedBats aggressive use of little nocturnal flying mammals]], or the use of a pancake mixture as a weapon. Also not to be confused with HomeRunHitter, although they do occasionally overlap. If this happens to a machine or other piece of equipment, you're looking at a PercussiveShutDown. Swap the bat for a golf club and you're ready for some GolfClubbing.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Both Keiichi and Satoshi in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''.
** Also Rena in her backstory, [[spoiler:when she beat some boys that [[AttemptedRape tried to]] {{rape|AsDrama}} [[RapeAsBackstory her]].]]
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has a weapon called Yamamoto's Bat that combines this with KatanasAreJustBetter: a baseball bat that, when swung at 300 MPH, turns into a sword.
* A baseball bat is the preferred weapon of Kuroki from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', even though he's on the football team.
* Shonen Bat/Lil' Slugger in ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'', named after his signature weapon.
* Botan in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' 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.
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. [[{{Tsundere}} Kaname]] clobbers Sōsuke with one during the BeachEpisode for shooting a melon with a shotgun, spraying her with its 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 ''Anime/{{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 ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''. Constantly.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Mr. 9 and Mr. 4 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.
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'' has the LargeHam crazy baseball-themed vigilante, Strikeman, who calls his archnemesis "Home Run Girl" after her usual way of beating him.
* Sentou Oumi from ''Manga/FightIppatsuJuudenChan''. 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 ''Manga/TokyoTribe 2'' uses a baseball bat as his main weapon.
* Mob boss Momochiki Minoi in ''Anime/MezzoForte'' quite appropriately uses a bat to take out his frustrations on the underperforming pitcher of his baseball team.
* ''[[http://www.mangareader.net/1092/batting-female-doctor-saori.html Batting Female Doctor Saori]]'' is a rare case where her batting ''heals people''.
* In ''LightNovel/{{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. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Yeah, they can be like that.]]
* Tooru of ''Manga/AChannel'' will brandish a metal baseball bat at any boy who gets too close to her Run-Chan.
* Takashi from ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' fights [[NotUsingTheZWord them]] with a baseball bat until he graduates to a shotgun.
* In ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'', occasional flashbacks show that Takashi's grandmother, Natsume Reiko, used a baseball bat covered in [[PaperTalisman [=Ofuda=]]] as her principal weapon. And considering the number of [[{{Youkai}} spirits, demons and minor gods]] she [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu defeated and enslaved]], she must've been quite the slugger with it...
* The first Asura avatar in ''Manga/PopcornAvatar'' does a six-armed version of this.
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' episode 24, Ruiko Saten uses a metal baseball bat to [[spoiler: destroy the equipment projecting [[PowerNullifier Capacity Down]], allowing Mikoto to defeat Therestina Lifeline.]]
* Nakamura does this in the 6th volume of ''[[Manga/AkuNoHana The Flowers of Evil]]'' in order to [[spoiler: destroy the door on Kasuga's house and smash his father's kneecap.]]
* Baseball bats are sometimes used as murder/injury weapons in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. In example, [[spoiler: when Takagi is captured by a vengeful CopycatKiller, said killer beats him up with his baseball bat before taking Takagi's handgun]], and later [[spoiler: the ex-baseball-played-turned-murderer who wants to [[HeKnowsTooMuch "silence" Kobayashi-sensei]] tries to beat her bloody with his trusty bat before Sato, her IdenticalStranger Kobayashi's BodyDouble, incapacitates him.]] The trope gets lampshaded in the second example, when [[spoiler: Kobayashi's soon-to-be boyfriend Shiratori]] gives the killer a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
-->"You have turned a baseball bat into a murder weapon. You have no right to talk about [[spoiler: self-defense and dreams]] ''at all''"
* In the ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' prequel ''Jack'', Taishi Fura is a delinquent that used to play baseball. He fends off the BigBad with a baseball bat, and later starts using one with ''nails'' embedded in it as a weapon while hunting Ghouls with [[TheAce Arima]].
* In ''WebComic/OnePunchMan'', the superhero Metal Bat uses a metal baseball bat as his weapon, and can even battle giant monsters with it. After getting tired of his bats constantly bending or breaking from high impacts, he eventually acquires one that is seemingly MadeOfIndestructium.

* Creator/GeorgeCarlin:
** He claimed in one stand-up bit that he prayed to Creator/JoePesci 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, [[HairTriggerTemper Joe]] [[ClusterFBomb 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. [[CuttingTheKnot 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 BadassBoast: "I don't play baseball").

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the {{Elseworld}}s story "Scar of the Bat", Eliot Ness adopts the Franchise/{{Batman}} identity to take on UsefulNotes/AlCapone, wielding a baseball [[JustForPun bat]] as his primary weapon.
* Examples in Franchise/TheDCU:
** The mentally unbalanced vigilante Nite-Wing (completely different person from ComicBook/{{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 [[Franchise/{{Batman}} 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 ComicBook/HarleyQuinn's WeaponOfChoice, most notably in video games and in ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}''.
* In the comics series ''ComicBook/MageTheHeroDiscovered'', 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 ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' [[BadassNormal 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 WeaponOfChoice was a cricket bat [[ICallItVera called "Clicky-ba"]]. See the character's [[http://web.archive.org/web/20080112113801/http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/pulpsw.html 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 ''ComicStrip/{{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.
* Comicbook/ThePunisher2099'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.
* [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Casey Jones's]] signature weapon is a baseball bat, but he does use other sports-related blunt instruments.
* A ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' issue has the ShapeShifter 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, [[DamselOutOfDistress beats him with her baseball bat]].
* Franchise/GreenLantern 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 WeaksauceWeakness was not "the color yellow", but rather "wood". [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Scott#Powers_and_abilities 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 ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}: The Wolf Among Us'', Bigby uses a cricket bat (labelled "Crowd Control") to smash up the Pudding 'n Pie Club.
* In ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' Negan wields a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire dubbed "Lucille."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Examples from Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}:
** Hobbes arms himself with one of these in one part of the original ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheMovie''.
** Calvin's mom uses one in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesIIIDoubleTrouble''.
** In an early episode of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', an alien uses this against another alien due to Calvin messing up one of their plans.
*** Later, Calvin himself uses one against [[{{Technopath}} Electro]] in his first appearance.
* The fan-made ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' SpaceMarines chapter, the Angry Marines, have Power Bats as part of their specialist wargear. They're like {{Power Fist}}s, see, except... bats. (Presumably, they're more fun to [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge beat people way past the point of death]] with [[UnstoppableRage in a blind berserker rage]] than fists.)
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] goes to town [[GroundhogDayLoop in one time loop]] on a Changeling invasion with [[ICallItVera Home Run]] in ''Fanfic/HardReset''.
* In ''Fanfic/TealovesSteamyAdventure'', Libra Ace's weapon of choice is a baseball bat... with a dozen rubber ducks attached to the hitting end, for some reason.
* In ''FanFic/SalveSalvageAndSalvation'', this winds up being Danielle's weapon of choice in her fight for survival against Victor Zsasz.
* Several times in ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'', Valerie Payne brings a baseball bat to missions for this purposes.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'', Private takes out one of Dave's henchmen with a baseball bat, rescuing the North Wind from the DeathTrap.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''.
** 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 happens to be a little girl's bedroom, [[PapaWolf the father quickly appears with a baseball bat]]. Marty manages to escape unharmed.
* Wanna-be gangsta Raji Lowenthal uses a red baseball bat in ''Film/BeCool'' to get even with another character who insulted his manner of speech... only after said character was already incapacitated.
* In ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', 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 ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' when [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: Creator/JoePesci's character and his brother]] in ''Film/{{Casino}}''.
* A bat is kept in the store for security in ''Film/{{Cornered}}'', so it's used on the killer, but [[OnceIsNotEnough just once]].
* ''Devon's Ghost: Legend of the Bloody Boy'' has [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever a spectral baseball player]] with ''a circular saw'' embedded in his bat.
* In ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', Snake gets entered into some BloodSport and pitted against a huge guy. First they fight with baseball bats, then with baseball bats with huge nails.
%%* ''Film/FiftyFirstDates''.
* In ''Film/{{Flubber}}'', when Wesson and Smith are breaking in to Professor Philip Brainard's house to steal the Flubber, Weebo attacks them. Wesson manages to deal the finishing blow on Weebo with Philip's baseball bat.
* In ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', Sergeant Donny Donowitz, known to Nazis as ''[[RedBaron The Bear Jew]]'', has a notorious reputation for his execution of Nazis with a baseball bat. [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=287 An even more sociopathic]] [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Scout]]. He even says "batter up".
* In ''Film/InnocentBlood'', the cop uses a bat on the vampire gangster's thug, and breaks the bat on him.
* In ''Film/TheLastDetail'', a bartender tells the protagonists he's gonna pull out the gun he has under the bar if they don't settle down, and Creator/JackNicholson 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 ''Film/{{Mikey}}'' the EnfanteTerrible title character savagely bashes his first foster father's brains in with a metal baseball bat.
* In the Danish crime film ''Film/{{Pusher}}'', Frank uses a baseball bat to beat down his sidekick Tonny after some police claim that Tonny ratted him out.
* In ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', Shaun uses a [[UsefulNotes/CricketRules cricket bat]] as a weapon and poses with it on the film's poster.
* The climax of ''Film/{{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 ''Film/SilverBullet'', 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 ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'', Casey Jones uses all manner of sport clubs as his WeaponOfChoice. He uses [[DualWielding 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[=:=]
-->'''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 ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'', 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.
* UsefulNotes/AlCapone in ''Film/TheUntouchables'' famously used a baseball bat to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHH9EYZHoVU savagely murder one of his subordinates at a dinner meeting]]. This was TruthInTelevision, though he actually killed two subordinates.
* ''Film/VampiresSuck'': 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 ''Film/WalkingTall1973'' series.
* The Baseball Furies gang in the movie ''Film/TheWarriors'' 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 Film/{{Zombieland}}.
* In ''Film/ProblemChild'', 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 ''Film/DoTheRightThing'' keeps a baseball bat behind the counter of his pizza joint and uses it to smash Radio Raheem's boombox. [[BerserkButton Radio doesn't take it well]].
* In ''Film/FallingDown'', 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 ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'', the Alice clone kills a zombie by bashing its brains in with a metal baseball bat.
* Wrestling/ShaneDouglas in ''Film/ProWrestlersVsZombies'' uses a bat as his weapon throughout the ZombieApocalypse.
* In ''Film/MeanGirls'', 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 ''Film/TheRaid2Berandal'' predictably uses a metal bat to beat his opponents, but also will hit baseballs at them when they're out of reach.
* ''Film/HighSchoolHigh'' 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 FunnyAfro.
* Wendy in ''Film/TheShining'' 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 ''Film/ColdComesTheNight'', Amber uses one on the intruder she finds in her house.
* In ''Film/{{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. [[spoiler:He's only saved by Tommy using a broken revolver [[WeaponForIntimidation for intimidation]].]]
* In the opening of ''Film/{{Blitz}}'', Tom Brant uses an Irish [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurley_(stick) 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).
* ''Film/JackReacher'' 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 [[BlackComedy ends up doing more damage to the surroundings and his own partner]] than Reacher.
* In the Jackie Chan film ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx'' the gangbangers say "batter up!" right before hitting glass bottles at a cornered Keung.
* In ''Film/DeadEndDriveIn'', Crabs and one of the prison gang members fight each other with cricket bats.
* In ''Film/LovelyMolly'', a baseball bat is brandished in an early scene when investigating a potential break-in and then makes a re-appearance when the killer uses the same bat to disable one of the residents of the house before killing them.

* RussianHumour:
--> 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 [[MeaningfulName Krikkit]] [[OmnicidalManiac Robots]] from ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'' have a cricket motif (in fact the other way around - cricket is built around a deeply ingrained GeneticMemory of the robots). As well as being melee weapons, their "bats" [[SwissArmyWeapon double up]] as {{ray gun}}s and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a launching mechanism for bright red incendiary grenades]]. [[note]]If you think they sound like a ''Series/DoctorWho'' villain, it's because that's for what they were originally intended.[[/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 ''Literature/{{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 ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' through process of elimination. ThouShaltNotKill, 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 ImprovisedWeapon for a TapOnTheHead.
* ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy''. 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 ''Literature/WorldWarZ''. One character finds a dropped bat that's been bent useless as a result.
* Subverted to comedic effect in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' 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 Creator/JohnDicksonCarr's Literature/SirHenryMerrivale novel [[spoiler:''The Skeleton in the Clock'']] used a cricket bat.
* This trope appears in works by Creator/HarukiMurakami, 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 ''Literature/TheWindUpBirdChronicle'', the protagonist Toru Okada [[BewareTheNiceOnes breaks several skulls with his baseball bat]].
** Aomame, a main character in ''Literature/OneQEightyFour'', contemplates using her softball bat as self-defense.
* During the Sword of Schueler riots in the ''Literature/{{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.
* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', when Roy is convinced to take the Weapons course, the professor gives the students a choice of close-combat weapons. They can either pick something from her (impressive) arsenal or bring/make a weapon of their choosing, pending her approval. Roy brings a metal bat he bought at a sporting goods store, pointing out that he lacks the finesse to use anything more sophisticated, and he's somewhat familiar with using blunt instruments from his alternate self Hershel's {{LARP}} days. The professor agrees in principle, pointing out that a bat is little more than a cudgel, one of the most ancient weapons, but tell him to return the bat. She's going to have a super-dense version made for him to accommodate his SuperStrength. After Roy gets that weapon, he tests it out against his sparring partner Chad and finds out that it improves his combat performance by a ''lot''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the 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... Creator/SophieAldred, 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 SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, and this led to the creation of the trope page in the first place.
--->'''Ace:''' [[PreAsskickingOneLiner WHO YOU CALLIN' SMALL?!]]
** In the 2010 episode "The Eleventh Hour", [[spoiler:Amy Pond]] attacks [[spoiler:the Doctor]] using a cricket bat.
* ''Series/{{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 SixthRanger of ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', the Shurikenger, has a baseball motif; the sheath of his sword doubles as a bat. The baseball references were [[TheArtifact removed]] for ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'', presumably because the higher-ups didn't want kids to apply this trope with the Samurai Ranger's toy sword.
* In one episode of ''Series/ColdCase'', the victim was a baseball player [[spoiler: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.]]
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'':
** Vyvyan 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*'''
** Also:
--->'''Rick:''' What the ruddy heck is going on?!\\
'''Vyvyan:''' SHUT UP! '''*SMACK*'''\\
'''Rick:''' [[GroinAttack Hah! Missed both my legs!]]
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' also has a tendency to stick at least one character (often Kelly) with a baseball bat.
* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' 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.'''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
%% ** Willow is shown wielding a bat in response to being punched out.
** In Season 5, Anya wields one as her WeaponOfChoice, 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 BadassNormal Scoobies. One version has a [[HooksAndCrooks wicked hook tied to it]].
** Giles wields a ''[[IncendiaryExponent 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 ''Series/{{Angel}}'' spin-off, Gunn uses a baseball bat whose head has been sharpened into a stake. Ironically the same weapon is used in a ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' spoof ''Buffy the Umpire Slayer''.
* Bodie and "The Pit" crew beat up some rival drug dealers with bats on ''Series/TheWire''. 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 Ziggy[[note]]aka "Fucknuts" aka "Malaka"[[/note]] 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 ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' 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 ''Series/TheWestWing'', in a CrowningMomentOfFunny:
-->'''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 ''Series/{{Skins}}'', [[spoiler: Effy's therapist beats Freddie to death with a baseball bat.]]
* On an episode of ''Series/{{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 ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' likes to keep a baseball bat near the door in case of undesirables... such as Jehovah's Witnesses.
* Kol Mikaelson from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' 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 TearJerker last episode of the first season of ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', Justin is hit over the head with a baseball bat by his homophobic classmate, and is very nearly killed.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{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?
* Calvin of ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'' used a (presumably aluminium) baseball bat to fight a monster prior to becoming a ranger. The only outcomes were slowing the monster down, enraging it and bending the bat.
* Penny in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' 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).
* Creator/JonStewart of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' apparently [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/376282/march-03-2011/ice-cream-fight-with-jimmy-fallon fights diabetes with a baseball bat.]] This is particularly funny for fans of ''Webcomic/FakeNewsRumble'', in which a magical bat gives Jon superpowers.
* In ''Series/GoldenBoy'' 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 ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'' show up with their bats in every single appearance they have. In the pilot, they took them inside the house for protection. When [[CreepyChild Adeleide]] warns them about the dangers of the house, they [[GenreBlind ignore]] [[TooDumbToLive her]] by replying "we have bats".
* ''Series/SiliconValley'': 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.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'':
** A cricket bat is used as a murder weapon in "Dead Man's Eleven".
** Jones gets knocked out with a cricket bat in "Last Man Out", and killer would have beaten him to death with it had not Barnaby showed up.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "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 ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' "Graphic Novel:Normal Lives", Noah beats Marcus with a baseball bat to prevent him from harming anyone else.
* In ''Series/StrangerThings'', the first weapon to actually hurt [[spoiler:the Demogorgon]] is a nail-spiked bat.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}:'' Gibbs uses a bat to pancake a guy on whom Abby had a restraining order. Not pretty.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': In "The Beantown Bailout Job", Eliot beats up three mob enforcers using a baseball bat he had taken off one of the enforcers.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
** In "Stick", Foggy uses his softball bat to overpower two thugs that attack Karen.
** In "Dogs to a Gunfight," [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]], a former father, beats a pawnshop owner to death with a baseball bat after [[TooDumbToLive the guy tries to sell him child porn]].
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'':
** In "[[Recap/LukeCage2016S1E1MomentOfTruth Moment of Truth]]", Zip tries to swing a baseball bat at Luke when he interrupts Zip's gang shaking down Genghis Connie's, but the bat breaks on Luke's durable skin.
** In "[[Recap/LukeCage2016S1E3WhosGonnaTakeTheWeight Who's Gonna Take the Weight]]", Luke Cage attacks Cottonmouth's main stashhouse at Crispus Attucks, causing the police to seize all of Cottonmouth's money and Mariah Dillard's name to be dragged through the dirt. [[VillainousBreakdown When we next see Cottonmouth, he's smashing objects in his bar with a baseball bat]], and is still brandishing the bat when Scarfe shows up to deliver Chico's body.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': The VictimOfTheWeek in "Love on Ice" is a washed-up ball player who gets whacked over the skull with one of his lucky bats.
* ''Series/FatherBrown'': In "The Lepidopterist's Companion", the VictimOfTheWeek dies after being struck over the head with a cricket bat after being mistaken for a burglar. [[spoiler:However, he had been poisoned with strychnine before that.]]
* On ''Series/TeenWolf'', [[MuggleBestFriend Stiles]] attempts to shed his NonActionGuy status by bringing a baseball bat to face a gang of werewolves. [[NoSell It doesn't work out]], since one of wolves breaks it after getting one hit on him.

* Music/TheRamones' "Beat on the Brat" provides the page quote.
* "My Name Is Mud", Music/{{Primus}};
-->''"We had our words... a common spat.\\
[[YourHeadAsplode So I kissed him upside the cranium]]\\
With an aluminum baseball bat."''
* "Licensed to Kill" by Music/JagPanzer:
-->''"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!"''
* [[DancingBanana "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 Music/TheMidnightBeast:
-->Then I [[GroinAttack hit the bear in the balls!]]
* '"[[Music/TheGooGooDolls Don't Beat My Ass]]"
-->I'll kick your ass with a baseball bat, bitch!
* In the music video for the Music/{{PVRIS}} song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1y0y1EDcHM “Fire”]], we see bats being used to smash plates, televisions, vases, etc. The bats first appeared in the video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2SWk859CEU “St. Patrick”]], but definitely did more damage the second time around.
* In case anyone who's watched ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'' was wondering, yes, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_riJ_0L27zk 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.
* [[Music/{{Beyonce}} Beyonce's]] video for "Hold Up" features her cheerfully skipping down a city street in a gorgeous yellow dress... [[DissonantSerenity whilst wielding a baseball bat and vandalizing everything in sight]].

[[folder:Myth & Religion]]
* In Myth/JapaneseMythology, 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, "ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill".

* The [[ThreateningShark shark]] on the side of the cabinet of ''Pinball/FishTales'' holds a bat.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Maguro Ooma would use a spiked bat during Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling brawls he got involved in
* Crow Wrestling/{{Sting}} in Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{n|ew World Order}}Wo [[EvilCounterpart Sting]] in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling used baseball bats as their weapons of choice.
* Savio Vega's trademark black bat.
* Wrestling/LexLuger took up a bat as his weapon of choice in WCW
* One of [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]]'s signature weapons is a bat wrapped in barbed wire named "[[NamedWeapons barbie]]".
* Betsy Ruth, being a wrestling baseball player, is not above hitting foes with a bat.
* While best known for carrying a tennis racket, Wrestling/JimCornette would carry a bat to fend off those who bothered him in Wrestling/RingOfHonor.
* Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels used bat to defeat Wrestling/{{Rh|yno}}ino at the 2007 Wrestling/{{TNA}} ''Sacrifice''.
* In Wrestling/{{Progress Wrestling}} The London Riots (James Davis and Rob Lynch) bring a cricket bat to the ring with them for their matches.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Bat Mobile in the Card Game ''Super TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'', and the Bat Bat in ''Munchkin Bites''.
* The baseball bat is often cited in 'modern' role-playing games (''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'', Spycraft, etc). Generally, it's considered a club. Which, you know, it is.
* A few ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' {{Splatbook}}s have also mentioned that a "worked" club is essentially a wooden baseball bat, and ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' gives them the same combat stats.
* In the French roleplaying game ''TabletopGame/InNomineSatanisMagnaVeritas'', 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 ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' Card Game has Ultimate Baseball Kid, who uses a baseball bat with spikes as a weapon.
* In ''TabletopGame/BetrayalAtHouseOnTheHill'', 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Makes things easier sometimes in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''.
* The Home-run bat in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', which can become a {{one hit KO}} item when charged up.
* Ness from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' wields one, possibly augmented by his psychic abilities. In ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', Ninten also wields a bat, and Lucas' ultimate weapon in ''{{Videogame/Mother 3}}'' is the Real Bat. He has also a Fake Bat.
* One of Cloud's weapons in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is a Nail Bat. As you might expect, it's useless for magic and has no materia slots, but it's got a [[LethalJokeItem surprisingly high ATK rating]] and a CriticalHit bonus.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' features a baseball bat as an EmergencyWeapon, 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.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** In ''VideoGame/Persona3'', the JokeWeapon of the [[{{BFS}} 2-handed sword class]] is a Nail Bat. Junpei, the party's {{BFS}} wielder, attacks with ''all'' weapons of this class as though they were baseball bats, complete with yelling "Home Run!" when he scores a CriticalHit. And he's particularly ecstatic if you ''do'' equip him with the bat.
** Taken to its logical conclusion when Junpei becomes playable in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', 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 IKnowMaddenKombat.
** ''VideoGame/Persona4'' lets the protagonist equip one as well. It only hits 30% of the time (though [[FridgeBrilliance when you think about it]], that's a pretty good batting average), but has a much higher than normal rate of critical hits.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'': One of Ryuji's blunt melee weapons he can use to beat enemies to pulp is a baseball bat covered in nails, in keeping with his {{Delinquent|s}} looks.
* Lots of games set in an urban environment feature the baseball bat as a weapon - ranging from ''Manhunt'' to ''VideoGame/DeadRising''.
** Frank West carries a bat into ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'', 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 IconicItem for Frank. In ''[[VideoGame/DeadRising2 Dead Rising 2: Case West]]'', an AI controlled Frank has an infinite supply of bats as weapons.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series:
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' has the Louisville Slugger baseball bat, which is obtainable from Mrs. Wright in New Reno if you help her sabotage the Wrights' stills and is one of the best melee weapons in the game, second only to the [[DropTheHammer Super Sledge]].
** A baseball bat is the first melee weapon you get in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
** The "Slugger" is a secret weapon found in ''VideoGame/FalloutBrotherhoodOfSteel'', and one of the most powerful in the game.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' also has the baseball bat, though its unique VATS attack is called the Grand Slam. [[SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness 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. With all mods it hits 6 points harder, swings 20% faster, and lasts 50% longer.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' also features baseball bats, or "Swatters" 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 [[OneHitKill lethal]] [[LudicrousGibs damage]] if they're unfortunate enough to hit something like a wall. The ''Nuka-World'' DLC gives them even more upgrades, eventually allowing you to add ''jets'' on them. Fully upgraded, you've got a bat with a lead-filled core, jets, and electrified spikes that cause it to hit harder than even the Super Sledge, previously the series's premier melee weapon. Batter up!
*** Moe himself believes that baseball was all about this trope. The Sole Survivor can attempt to convince him otherwise, but he'll invariably prefer his version.
* A baseball bat is Kratos/Zelos' JokeWeapon in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
* The storm bat in ''VideoGame/S4League''.
* Baseball bat is a LethalJokeItem in ''VideoGame/JetsNGuns''. It only works at point blank range, but deals enormous damage.
* In the Heist multiplayer mode of ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', 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 ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' 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 MadeOfIron it just breaks.
* Bad Girl from ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''; Most of the other assassins the game use ridiculously complex gadgets and weapons (Bad Girl's predecessor attacks you with a WaveMotionGun disguised as a ''shopping cart''). Bad Girl is able to rise above all but one of them with nothing but a wooden bat and [[AxCrazy a serious case of the deep-down crazies]]. And [[AbnormalAmmo projectile gimps.]] She even says the Trope name during her downward swing, and if you hurt her enough, she sets in on '''[[IncendiaryExponent fire]]'''.
* The Scout from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' 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.
* Bats are the WeaponOfChoice of [[PlayerCharacter Javi]] from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' Season 3, who was once a professional baseball player.
* One of the weapons in the arsenal of ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}''. Great way to smack someone into the ocean, complete with corny sound effects (usually the very stereotypical Charge) and caption.
* Shoma in ''VideoGame/RivalSchools''. 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 ''VideoGame/GodHand'' is Home Run God, where he forms ki into a bat and sends the enemy flying into the distance.
* The magical Excalibat from ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad''. 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
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' eats, breathes, and sleeps with this trope.
* In ''VideoGame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven'' one of the earliest missions requires you to whack some dudes senseless with a baseball bat from behind.
* Goro Majima, the PsychoForHire rival to Kazuma Kiryu from the first ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'' game, in a Joker-like moment (Majima is voiced in the English version by Creator/MarkHamill) 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. In the prequel ''Videogame/Yakuza0'', Majima as a playable character has a "Slugger" style that focuses on using a baseball bat to dispatch enemies. In ''Kimiwa'', the remake of the first game, Majima will eventually show up as "Officer Majima" and try to bludgeon Kiryu with his "Slugger style" as a part of his "Majima Everywhere" system.
-->'''Majima:''' This is the part where you're SUPPOSED TO LAUGH! [WHACK!]
** Subverted by Tatsuo Shinada in the fifth game. Despite specializing in weapons as well as being a former baseball player he refuses to use bats as weapons, due to his respect for the sport. 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 ''Videogame/TheSuffering'', but subverted in that it's [[JokeWeapon 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 ''VideoGame/MitadakeHigh'' is the wooden bat, especially when nails are applied, due to how the game calculates damage and unconsciousness.
* ''VideoGame/BangaiO'' uses a giant robot-scale baseball bat to deflect enemy shots and send enemies flying.
* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'', a baseball bat of the wooden sort is your first melee weapon.
* ''VideoGame/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.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' has both a baseball bat and a cricket bat. In the case of the latter this is rather odd, considering the setting is the DeepSouth of the USA.
* In ''VideoGame/{{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 ATwinkleInTheSky is priceless.
* Useful for conserving ammo while zombie hunting in ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect''.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'''s Cracker Jack is as good with a baseball bat as he is with his fists.
* ''VideoGame/IrisuSyndrome'' has [[spoiler:the titular character]] wield a rather vicious nailbat. [[spoiler:The bat is actually bread.]]
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' has the spike bat, a baseball bat with at least a dozen large roofing nails stuck in it.
* The Batter from ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' uses a baseball bat and baseball inspired moves for killing spectres.
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterParty'', a baseball bat is the weapon Mark uses.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', Deadpool's level 3 involves [[NoFourthWall using the hyper combo meter]] as a baseball bat.
* One of the weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Odium}}''. About as much power as a [[CrowbarCombatant crowbar]], and weaker than an [[AnAxeToGrind axe]].
* Appear quite frequently in ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' and its sequels. Some of the basic mooks wield them, although you can pick them up to return the favour!
* VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten: 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 [[AnAxeToGrind axe]].
* ''VideoGame/NinjaBaseballBatMan''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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 ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. Lots of thugs in Santa Monica and downtown LA use them. It can be used for stealth-kills which involves your character taking a massive swing and smacking them one, somehow completely silently.
* Baseball bats are one weapon in ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom'', which tends to use improvised weapons such as this and {{chain|Pain}}s, in addition to more traditional weapons like brass knuckles.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' and ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' 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 [[spoiler: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 ''VideoGame/DeadFrontier''.
* Bats are an uncommon weapon in ''VideoGame/TheWarriors'' 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 ''VideoGame/AttackOfTheMutantPenguins'', Rodney can obtain a baseball bat. He doesn't use it to play baseball.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'', this is how the Fateless One finishes off gnomes in Reckoning mode.
* In ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi 3'', the Bat is one of the {{Lethal Joke Item}}s that can be used by sword-users.
* In ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls'', John wields a bat adorned with glowing ancient enchanted runes as one of his possible attacks.
* In ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'', FrankensteinsMonster JerkJock Moose wields one giant baseball bat, intending to bash Lance's brains out if you're not quick or careful.
* ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'' has a usable cricket bat called [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun's Trusty Sidekick]].
* The UsefulNotes/GameBoy version of ''[[VideoGame/BatmanSunsoft Batman: Return of the Joker]]'' has a boss named Foul Ball who attacks by spinning a baseball bat around.
* ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami''. The bat is a common early-level weapon, and just [[OneHitPointWonder about as deadly as everything else in the game]] and seems to be one of the most common weapons Jacket is associated with.
* An available weapon in ''VideoGame/MarcEckosGettingUpContentsUnderPressure'', for some reason broken glass shards have been duct-taped into it. You can clearly hear the "chink" everytime you hit somebody with it.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar''. Mario can use Baseball Bat and Toy Bat stickers to knock enemies out of the stage.
** [[spoiler:This is the Tower Power Pokey's main weakness.]] The battle even begins with "PLAY BALL!" instead of "FIGHT!"
* ''VideoGame/ZombiU'' gives you a cricket bat as your default melee weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/GhoulSchool'', a baseball bat is the weapon Spike begins the game with.
* In the visual novel ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', [[spoiler:Peko Pekoyama uses a baseball bat as a murder weapon in Chapter 2 to kill Mahiru Koizumi.]]
* ''Videogame/{{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 ''VideoGame/WhiteDayALabyrinthNamedSchool'' carries a bat and will beat his victims to death with it. If you see him, {{RUN|DontWalk}}!
* Baseball Bats are a pretty common weapon in ''VideoGame/UrbanReign'' 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.
* ''VideoGame/{{PangYa}}'' has a club set that is actually a set of ''[[GretzkyHasTheBall bats]]'', including wooden bats, metal bats, and a cricket bat for a putter.
* The baseball bat is one of the better choices in ''VideoGame/ProjectZomboid'', where most of the weapons (except firearms) are [[ImprovisedWeapon household items]]. If you want your bat even deadlier (but slightly less durable), find a hammer and some nails.
* Williams and Rowper from ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' often wield baseball bats that can be taken away from them and used by the player.
* ''VideoGame/SlashEM'' features the Bat from Hell, an artifact baseball bat.
* Mae Borowski, the player character in ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'' often wields a baseball bat. In the game, we never actually see her using it to play baseball or beat up anyone. She only ever uses it for petty vandalism. [[spoiler: It's revealed that she did mercilessly beat up another kid with her bat during her high school baseball game due to a mental breakdown but we never actually see this event in the game.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Cataclysm}}: Dark Days Ahead'' features baseball bats, in both wooden and aluminum varieties. The wooden bat can be crafted into a nail bat, barbed wire bat, or the "Louisville Slaughterer" (a baseball bat with a big spike through the top and covered in [[IncendiaryExponent flaming rags]]).

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Junior]]'s WeaponOfChoice is a ''huge'' baseball bat that can transform into a rocket launcher, perfect for those MacrossMissileMassacre moments! [[CurbStompBattle Still got nothin']] on [[BoisterousBruiser Yang]], though.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ThirtyTwoKickUp'' Calloway has a "Lucky Bat."
* In ''Webcomic/AntiBunny'' 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 ''Webcomic/BetterDays'', Fisk stops his mother's rape by braining her attacker with a bat.
* Steve from ''Webcomic/LifeAndDeath'' uses a cricket bat as his favored weapon.
* ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl'', from the comic of the same name, uses a baseball bat as her primary weapon.
* Shelly of ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' seems to take a baseball bat with her to [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/i-brought-coffee/ answer the door late at night.]]
* ''Webcomic/GoblinHollow'': [[http://www.rhjunior.com/GH/00385.html 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 ''Webcomic/MenInHats'', when Aram is pretending to be a baseball star, he carries around [[http://meninhats.com/d/20040823.html "Mr. Breakface"]] in case people question his pretense. An [[http://meninhats.com/d/20040123.html earlier strip]] has Aram hitting Beriah in the face with a baseball bat, which breaks in half.
* ''Webcomic/KarateBears'' understand [[http://www.karatebears.com/search/label/baseball%20bat the usefulness of a baseball bat]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'': Main character Maxwell Puckett's [[WeaponOfChoice "tool"]] is a bat, which he uses to fight supernatural creatures.
* This was how Jared somehow managed to get a Gyarados in ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' without knowing a thing about Pokemon mechanics: he used his Magikarp to bludgeon Pokemon until it evolved.
* [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] uses a magic lightning bat in ''Webcomic/FakeNewsRumble.''
* Baek Seung-Chul of ''Webcomic/GodOfHighSchool'' uses an aluminum bat with remarkable effectiveness in the eponymous tournament. [[spoiler: He upgrades to one made of [[MadeOfIndestructium 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

[[folder:Web Original]]
* At Whateley Academy in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Lancer is a PK 'superboy' type with a psychokinetic force field that gives him his strength and NighInvulnerability. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything 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 ''Webvideo/KateModern'' episode "Batwoman" Lauren chases off two Hymn of Oners with a cricket bat.
* ''Website/FantasyPowersLeague'': 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 ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries''.
* At least one baseball bat is assigned in each season of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', 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 UnstoppableRage on someone who attacked his TrueCompanions, a taste of things to come for him.
* ''WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID'': [[AxCrazy Evan]] finds a baseball bat lying around in "Ashen Waste". Then [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos 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 ''Webvideo/{{Kickassia}}''.
* Related to the above example, this is how WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows and WebVideo/PawDugan get rid of [[spoiler:The Voice of The Ancients]] in ''Webvideo/SuburbanKnights''.
* Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM's zombie hunter, Katherine Blackmoore, uses a cricket bat as her signature weapon (perhaps a shout-out to ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'').
* A RunningGag for ''WebVideo/TVTrash'' is host Rowdy C. threatening the creator of a work he despises by brandishing a baseball bat.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Considering the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/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 [[strike:heads in]] [[MoralGuardians attacks out of the air]] with a baseball bat. Sometimes they also used the bats to shoot baseballs at inanimate objects.
* [[BadassNormal Norm Abram]] does this in the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''. Freakazoid was the bat.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{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 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes 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 ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' 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.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Road To The North Pole", Brian and Stewie are SubbingForSanta when they make too much nose and are mistaken for robbers by the father of the house. When he tries to call the police, Stewie viciously beats him to death with a baseball bat and then uses it to knock out his wife and daughter.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', boyfriend Rio actually says this just before dispatching of the thugs who have attacked Jerrica.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' 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 [=BAT=]man for nothing!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** "Homer Goes to College" spoofs the scene from ''Film/TheUntouchables'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** In "Political Power", Onion was prepared to beat up Mayor Dewey with a metal baseball bat.
** "Video Chat" has Lapis using a bat to smash a laptop to "free" Steven when she assumes he's trapped.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[GrumpyOldMan Grunkle Stan]] used a baseball bat to fight off a horde of zombies. When one of them breaks it, Stan merely switches to GoodOldFisticuffs.
* [[AntiHero Stumpy]], [[VillainProtagonist Mr. Cat]] and [[AlphaBitch Pretty]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' frequently use baseball bats to beat up people who annoy them.
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch "Top 100 Finale Episodes Ever", in a scene based on ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''.
-->'''Narrator:''' ''The Incredible Hulk'' was a ratings behemoth, but eventually, David Banner walked off into the sunset for the final time. ''(a truck drives by and a passenger whacks Banner with a bat, killing him)'' On a related note, Creator/BillBixby walked off into the sunset for the final time on November 21, 1993. ''His'' bat was cancer.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* While scuffles in baseball are not uncommon, the bats are almost always left out of it. Jose Offerman's [[http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2975386 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]](a 16-inning mutual complete-game duel with Warren Spahn that Marichal won 1-0)[[/note]], but "The Dominican Dandy" [[NeverLiveItDown will always be remembered]] for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJq3AI_Vs0U 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia '90s]] it was considered a common "car accessory" on par with a [[CrowbarCombatant crowbar]] or a [[ImprovisedWeapon 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.
* It has been reported that China, a country with an almost nonexistent baseball culture, has observed a slew of people seeking bats for self defense.
* Though the sport is not very popular in the Philippines, the baseball bat is quite a popular weapon for street roughs, especially those without access to knives or guns.
* Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Cold Steel's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUyld04GF84 Brooklyn Smasher and Brooklyn Crusher]]. A virtually indestructible baseball bat.