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- Usopp from One Piece. Justified in that he's an Improbable Weapon User and customizer; it's much easier to make custom slingshot bullets than pistol or musket bullets. Taken Up to Eleven with Kabuto, his giant slingshot introduced in Enies Lobby. He can snipe people at distances far beyond the reach of Marine guns. Its range is explained by the use of Dials from Skypeia (sea-shells that count as bio-tech for those not familiar with the series), along with the five bands it uses to fire ammo. It's stated that the bands cause the ammo to spin in the air, in effect giving his slingshot a rifling effect. This is significant as the guns in the series use ball ammo and no rifling.
- Angel Beats!: While not a brat, Tenshi used a slingshot when she and Otonashi are helping Yui fulfill some of her desires so she can move on.
- SKET Dance: Bossun's Weapon of Choice.
- Speed Racer: Spritle's Weapon of Choice.
- In Ulysses 31, Telemachus is occasionally seen using a slingshot which fires energy balls.
- Dennis the Menace:
- Dennis (both of him) is probably the Trope Codifier. The better-known Bart Simpson owes a lot to him.
- The American Dennis wears his slingshot all the time. By comparison, the British Dennis very frequently uses his catapult...though not quite as much nowadays, what with political correctness and the level of bowdlerising in the media.
- Archie Comics: Veronica Lodge's bratty cousin Leeroy was often wielding one.
- ElfQuest plays with this. Ember thinks she has outgrown slingshots, but during a time of really bad hunting, the tribe start using them to hunt mice. There's a non-canon story where it's suggested that Skywise's distinctive metal faceguard is actually part of a troll-made slingshot, dubious as it sounds.
- DC Thomson:
- Most characters in The Beano used them at one time or another. Minnie the Minx certainly did, and so did the Bash Street Kids.
- Oor Wullie: The extremely Scottish Wullie in his eponymous comic strip.
- In Batman: The Dark Knight Returns', the new Robin uses one.
- Calvin has used one at least once, but he prefers to fling snowballs (and he once made a giant slingshot for hurling large snowballs).
- Huey, Dewey and Louie have used them many times in the comics, frequency Depending on the Writer, more often in European stories.
Films — Animated
- Disney's Pinocchio has Lampwick firing shots en route to Pleasure Island.
- In An American Tail, Tony Toponi uses one to unmask Warren T. Rat as a cat.
- In the direct-to-DVD sequel to The Secret of NIMH, "Timmy to the Rescue," Timmy makes frequent use of a slingshot that he gets from his older brother.
Films — Live-Action
- In Newsies most of the Brooklyn Newsies used slingshots as their primary weapons, with marbles as ammo.
- In The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo), the bullies at the orphanage have them.
- In The Mummy Returns, Alex O'Connell uses a slingshot to torment the bad guys early in the film (and that kid is definitely a bit of a brat).
- In The Hobbit, this is the weapon of choice of Ori, one of the younger dwarves in the company and the scribe of the Book of Mazarbul. So we saw his skeleton in The Lord of the Rings.
- During one of the wacky-parenting-hijinks montages in the Adam Sandler movie Big Daddy, the kid is given a slingshot, then proudly shows off the dozens of dead birds on the roof (and gets it taken away from him, with Sandler's character Sonny mumbling, "Go to your room, or, I dunno, do whatever you want"). Roger Ebert and others understandably thought this, among other things, sort of broke the aesop about Sonny being the best person to raise the kid.
- The Lost Boys use lots of these in Hook, including a giant one intended to help Peter fly. It... doesn't work.
- "Fuck you Lucky Charms!
- The title character in Mikey uses one a couple of times, the second time he uses to kill his teacher by firing a ball bearing through her head.
- In Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, set in the Wild West era, the Chang boy brings out a slingshot when everybody in town shows Hiram that they're armed.
- The Bible: David actually used a sling to defeat Goliath (and was quite adept with it, boasting about killing animals), people commonly confuse the two weapons and believe David wielded a slingshot. Thus, despite the story itself not being example, many of its adaptations are (The Simpsons Bible Stories episode couldn't resist, for obvious reasons).
- The murder weapon in the Lord Peter Wimsey novel Murder Must Advertise is a "catapult" of this sort that was confiscated from one of the office boys. Peter later enlists the boy's help in finding the murderer.
- Mark Tidd: The main characters in Clarence Budington Kelland's books seem to always have a slingshot when the story calls for it, along with improbably good aim.
- A slingshot figures prominently in the book and Film The Kite Runner.
- In P. G. Wodehouse's novel Cocktail Time, a young man in the Drones Club is a famous crack-shot with a slingshot. In a subversion of this trope, however, the elderly Lord Ickenham hears of the man's reputation and decides to demonstrate how easy the weapon is to use. With a slingshot, he knocks off the hat of a respectable legal professional, 'Beefy' Bastable. Bastable, assuming he was 'assaulted' by a young man, then writes a scathing satire on the degeneracy of the youthful generation.
- In Stephen King's IT, a slingshot is employed against Pennywise after the kids figure out making silver projectiles to use against the werewolf form, and used defending against the bullies. Of the seven protagonists, the one girl (Bev) is by far the best shot.
- In the fourth book of The Dark Tower, Wizard and Glass, a slingshot is shown to be Cuthbert's weapon of choice. He is mocked only the first time he takes it out — after that, everyone knows better. He also uses metal pellets as ammunition.
- The Monkey Wrench Gang: Used by the eponymous characters to shoot out the windows of construction equipment.
- In Labyrinths of Echo, the personal projectile weapon of choice in the Heart of the World is called "Baboom slingshot". Pellets made of sensitive explosives make many injuries lethal and the rest require a lot of effort to fix even with high-magical healing. It's metal and the tips are sharpened to use in melee; local martial artists even manage to make this look graceful.
- Stalky of Rudyard Kipling's Stalky & Co. has his well-worn catapult or 'tweaker', and used it in his trademark indirect strategy schemes as per Liddell Hart.
- Una, in Puck of Pook's Hill, unwittingly dings a Roman centurion with hers. He tries it out in his turn but hits nothing but his thumb and gravely observes that a man should stick to the weapons he knows.
- In a Will Henry short story, a school teacher uses a slingshot he had confiscated off a student earlier to drive off a gang of bullies who are attempting to run him out of town.
- In Timothy Zahn's Blackcollar series (a high-tech setting), the titular elite force uses the slingshot as their preferred sniper weapon. Picked for concealability from searches and scanners, difficulty of locating the sniper when in use, and being friendly-fire safe (blackcollars wear armor specialized against bullets and shrapnel). This goes with the force's general theme of using low-tech, high-skill weapons and tactics, relying on enhanced reaction times and outthinking the enemy for survival and success.
- In Pact, Blake Thorburn recounts having been attacked by a bunch of kids with slingshots and potato guns while he was homeless. He forgives them, on the grounds that Children Are Innocent, i.e., he does not believe that they really understood what they were doing when they attacked him.
- In The Hunger Games, Katniss comments on Rue's skill with a slingshot, but then notes that this would offer the younger girl little protection against the stronger tributes.
Live Action TV
- There's an episode of The Andy Griffith Show where Opie accidentally kills a bird with a slingshot and then must adopt the bird's babies to atone for his crime.
- In The Beverly Hillbillies, Elly May Clampett.
- Lindsay in CSI: New York is a good shot with a slingshot. She's a woman in her thirties. Multiple brothers are apparently the cause.
- Trixie in the original stage version of Lazytown could be seen with one.
- A staple of legendary 80's Venezuelan child show Contesta was a section where kids got rid of their slingshots, and the host gave them in reward a more wholesome toy and/or a short rhyme specially improvised for each kid.
- Alex from Lost.
- An episode of Robin Hood featured a group of young boys who reenacted Robin's adventures with slingshots.
- In Malcolm in the Middle the boys build a gigantic slingshot on top of their roof so that they can hit people with projectiles from several blocks away without being seen.
- In the made-for-TV movie Problem Child 3, Junior uses his to excellent effect. On a horse. Behold.
- Lucas from Stranger Things has a slingshot, though he stresses that's it's technically a "Wrist Rocket".
- In the Doctor Who story "The Talons of Weng Chiang", guest character Henry Gordon Jago comments that he was "a dab hand with a catapult" as a boy.
Mythology and Religion
- Dragonlance: The childlike (and sometimes bratty) Kender have some as their crazy, but versatile cultural weapons. The hoopak is a staff with a sling at the top which due to the whippy haft is useable as a slingshot too (a spike on the bottom end makes it also a short spear/alpenstock). The chapak is an axe with the blade's back extending as two prongs used as slingshot arms (and prying bar beak; the haft is hollowed to use as a blowgun/snorkel pipe or flute).
- Mutant Chronicles: The Children of Illian are small child like zombies who have slingshots that can knock a mans head off.
- In The Sparrow, ten-year-old Charlie McGuckin uses a slingshot to fire marbles at Emily Book.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the weapon you start out with as Young Link is a slingshot. Oddly, grown-up Link in Twilight Princess also gets a slingshot to play with the village kids, and it's obviated halfway through the second dungeon combat-wise.note It reappears in Skyward Sword, where it is more useful. Hyrule: Total War has Kokiri Child Soldiers armed with slingshots.
- The token kid character in Shadow Hearts uses a slingshot
- The ten year old main character of Monster Bash uses a slingshot.
- Fallout 3 has the dart gun, which you can construct using a paint gun, surgical tubing, toy car and radscorpian's poison gland. As the name suggests it fires darts, much like a crossbow; however it is much more like a slingshot with a trigger in it's construction (using surgical tubing rather than a bow). The poison bit made it a Game-Breaker as it made Deathclaws into cripples unable to move more than a snail's pace.
- In The Goonies II, one of Mikey's weapons is a slingshot with limited ammo.
- Jimmy from Bully has a slingshot.
- Ape Escape: Spike's only ranged weapon is a slingshot.
- Earthbound: A slinghot is available as an early weapon and possesses higher attack power than other weapons sold in the area, but is inaccurate to the point of being rather impractical. An upgraded bionic slingshot is available later, and makes a good weapon for everyone, due to not suffering from the aforementioned flaw.
- NES game Little Red Hood gives the little Red a slingshot as her only means of attack. Bafflingly, instead of using the slingshot to launch pebbles or something, Red actually has to throw the slingshot to kill enemies. Throwing Your Slingshot Always Works?
- Freddi Fish: This is the closest thing Freddi has to a Weapon of Choice, though as an Actual Pacifist she never directly shoots anyone with it. At least one version turns out to be an incredibly sophisticated device, complete with a targeting HUD.
- Cyprien from Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles is armed with a slingshot. Initially he can only fire stones with it, but he later gets some quite Abnormal Ammo.
- The Flintstones: The Rescue Of Dino & Hoppy: A slingshot is one of the weapons Fred can use. In Surprise at the Dinosaur Peak, it's Barney who uses this weapon.
- Conker's Bad Fur Day requires the use of a slingshot at key points. Bizarrely, in the War chapter the titular characters gets to use one to shoot flaming pellets.
- Metal Arms: Glitch in the System has a slingshot as one of the available weapons, which is odd at first when you realize the game is set in a futuristic world of robots. It does have an excellent use though: tossing explosive grenades farther and more accurately than one would by hand.
- The Secret World has the League of Monster Slayers, a bunch of kids quite adept at killing monsters with the use of weapons a kid could use - wooden stakes, firecrackers and, well, a slingshot. The PC needs to collect these weapons in one of the quests.
- In Deadlight, the slingshot is used to hit targets or create distractions. Shooting a Walker with it is pointless.
- In the TaleSpin Licensed Game for the Sega Genesis, a slingshot is Kit Cloudkicker's basic attack. While it is able to attack enemies at a further distance than Baloo's paddleball, it's only half as powerful.
- Toval Randonneur, an A-Rank Bracer in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, uses what appears to be a slingshot to shoot energy sphere in one of his craft.
- LIT's protagonist, Jake, has one that he can use to shatter windows to let light in through, and also break electric appliances (computers, TVs, lamps) to control the power usage in the room he's traversing. Pellets come individually and have to be carefully rationed, and they're single use.
- In Persona 5, Morgana is a snarky cat-thing who uses slingshots as his primary ranged weapon. He can rapid-fire it, too.
- Nina in Rose Guns Days has this as her weapon of choice. Useful to create diversions or knock guns of the mooks' hands.
- The Simpsons: Bart Simpson is probably the most well-known example, although he hasn't used his slingshot much of late. Inspired by Dennis the Menace (US), Word of God is that Matt Groening wanted to ensure Bart Simpson used his slingshot, because his recollection was that Dennis just carried one.
"Who does he think he is, with that slingshot in his back pocket? Dennis the Menace?"
- Bart's slingshot and the connection with Dennis was lampshaded and mocked by a group of tweenaged friends of Lisa in "Summer of 4 Ft. 2"
- The Codename: Kids Next Door employ "two-by-four technology", using various household and junkyard items to create weapons and vehicles.
- Woody Woodpecker in Slingshot 6 7/8.
- Wheelie of Transformers Animated is a child-like robot, and his Weapon of Choice is his little slingshot.
- During a Histeria! sketch about Apollo 13, Loud Kiddington is shown using a slingshot to knock his pals' coffee mugs out of their hands.
- In the pilot of Courage the Cowardly Dog, Courage digs one up to hit a space chicken.
- Mixadel from Mixels is actually a living catapult, but he uses it just like the spoiled brat with a slingshot he is would, tossing things from dodgeballs to spitballs at other students.
- In the first half of season one of Star Wars Rebels Ezra uses an energy slingshot. It's almost entirely useless (being the only weapon in the series that Stormtrooper armor actually protects against) and he abandons it pretty quickly.
- Kshin is seen using a slingshot in the Defenders of the Earth episode "Battleground".
- The Second Intifada. Children throwing stones at soldiers with M-16 and tanks. By hand, with slings, with slingshots. Improbable Aiming Skills doesn't begin to describe the survivors: one was a teacher at school, and whenever a kid made trouble, he'd throw him a piece of chalk to the middle forehead. And never missed. No matter how hard you try to dodge. Frightening.
- Once, in an interview, Shirley Temple mentioned she was fond of playing with a slingshot. One of her victims was apparently Eleanor Roosevelt.
- According to Deadliest Warrior, the IRA carry around slingshots that are far more effective in a fight than the children's variety. Consider the Wrist Rocket®. Introduced in 1954, it's a serious weapon (the suggested ammo is .50 cal (that's half an inch in diameter!) steel shot), and it can even be fitted with a fiber-optic sight. It may look innocuous enough - until someone uses them to launch an explosive shell.
- Jörg Sprave's Slingshot Channel has been proving for years that slingshots are not just toys. Within the catalog are monsters such as a machete firing slingshot, a pump-action slingshot, and a slingshot gatling gun. Even the more basic models are more than strong enough to pierce coconuts and go straight through 30 centimeters of ballistic gelatin, and his smallest slingshot yet can break a solid champagne bottle.
- When the Athenians invaded Sicily to bring "New Greece" under its control, the previously invincible (but slow) hoplites of the phalanx were harried all the way to and from Syracuse by light, fast, enemies sniping with slings who took a deadly toll. Many of the Syracusian slingers were just children.