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[[caption-width-right:350:"Spring Cleaning"]]
''All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up. See this? ''This''... is my '''broomstick!''' ''

So our hero's weaponless and about to face a horde of {{mooks}}. He looks around for anything that he can use in a pinch. He grabs the only thing available--a mop from the supply closet--and goes to town, using it as one would a SimpleStaff.

Note that the title need not be taken literally. Anything vaguely cylindrical and tall as the character wielded as an ImprovisedWeapon falls under this; broomsticks and mop handles are simply the most iconic. Theoretically, this can be TruthInTelevision.

SubTrope of ImprovisedWeapon. Removing the head, or simply attacking with the handle whenever it's a better weapon than the other end of the object, is optional based on the SlidingScaleOfSeriousnessVersusSilliness.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The fight between Setsuna and Asuna at the TournamentArc of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' featured Setsuna wielding a push-broom against Asuna's PaperFanOfDoom, due to bladed weapons being verboten. Earlier in the arc, a minor character wielded a traditional broom as a magic weapon; unfortunately, she was up against Kotaro. Also, Setsuna and Asuna were in [[{{Meido}} maid outfits]] for no adequately explored reason.
** Actually the point was that they weren't as interesting, so Chao ordered them made cute.
* Jennifer in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' uses a broom in place of a fencing foil in the second season.
* In the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' [[TheMovie movie]], Spike infiltrates a chemical company [[JanitorImpersonationInfiltration disguised as a Janitor]] (in another homage to Bruce Lee) and has to defend himself with a push-broom when detected by ActionGirl Electra.
* Rei starts out with one of these in ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'', being trained in combat with a spear. And learns the hard way early on that [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling]] [[NotUsingTheZWord them]] with a broom handle [[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain doesn't work]].
* Ranma from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has used various things as quarter staffs such as a broom or a laundry pole.
* In the movie, [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]] uses a broom with the head removed as a sword against Saionji.
* In ''Kodomo no Jikan'', a few unnamed students use them in class before being told to clean up.
* In ''Manga/MaidenRose'', a bunch of Luckenwalde students show up armed with brooms and buckets to haze Taki on his first day. By the time we see any action, it's Taki holding the broom and [[CurbStompBattle mopping the floor with his attackers]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The weapon of choice for Maid Man in ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''.
* In ''ComicBook/KajkoIKokosz'', a Polish comic, Kokosz once used a broom as a very effective weapon. However, a MagicFeather was involved so he immediately started losing once it fell apart, even though the handle alone would have been harder.
* ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'' and Thor. Once this alternate universe god started killing, he couldn't wield his hammer {{Mjolnir}}. He made do with a lump of cement on a metal pole.
* [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]] and his sensei Stick would use anything at hand as staff or club, whole or broken.
* In ''Detective Comics'' #59, Franchise/{{Batman}} confronts the Penguin on board a riverboat. When the Penguin pulls [[SwordCane a sword from his umbrella]], Batman grabs a mop to defend himself. The Penguin cuts through the mop handle, and Batman slaps him in the face with the mop end.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'', Valerie Payne often ends up using a broom as a weapon, like in her first encounter with the Dark Hand Enforcers. When Valmont hears about how his henchmen were defeated by an average woman armed with a broom, he says that to be the final proof that the Enforcers are hopelessly incompetent.
** Later Shendu tells the Enforcers to watch out for brooms, adding with dark humor that if Valerie had been armed with a mop, she might have killed them.

* In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', Neo rips a metal post out of the ground (which is almost a case of TelephonePolearm) to use against the army of Smith clones in the Burly Brawl. The first shot has him using the block of concrete at the end as a hammer, but once that breaks he uses it as a quarterstaff.
* Often performed by Creator/JackieChan in his movies.
* Creator/EddieMurphy's ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' has Prince Akeem (professionally trained from childhood in martial arts) do this with an unscrew-able mop handle to ward off an armed robber played by Creator/SamuelLJackson.
* Sarah Connor uses a mop handle during her asylum escape attempt in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', until she gets a nightstick to replace it.
* In ''Film/{{Machete}}'', Machete uses a mop to fight his way past Booth's goons following the faked assassination attempt on the senator.
* Film/{{UHF}}'s Stanley Spadowski is a simple man. All he wants to do is clean the floors, dig the prize out of the cereal box, and occasionally host an insanely popular kids variety show. But [[BerserkButton get between him and his mop]], and you are asking for problems.
* A prostitute has a broom handle shoved down her throat in ''Film/EasterBunnyKillKill''.
* The miner is momentarily fought off with a mop in the ''Film/MyBloodyValentine3D''.
* A janitor is found with a mop handle impaled through his head in ''Film/AmericanPsycho2AllAmericanGirl''.
* Nick teaches Kevin all about "hand-to-hand" combat using garden implements in ''Film/{{Hobgoblins}}''.
* Used by the hero in a prison brawl in ''Film/TheRaid2Berandal''
* ''Film/PromNight1980'': Wendy knocks the killer down with a broom (and lays on a couple of additional blows while he's done) when she escapes from the auto shop.
* ''Film/{{Tamara}}'': When attacked in the basement, Allison grabs a shovel to defend herself. When Shawn snaps the head off the shovel, Allison is left holding the handle. She then uses the sharp end of the handle to stab him.

* In one of the ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Tarma and Kethry]]'' short stories, Tarma defends herself against an armed drunk with a broomstick because she wanted to avoid doing permanent damage if possible. Unfortunately, the drunk ends up cracking his head against the fireplace and dying. Fortunately for them, the drunk in question was well known and highly unpopular. ''[[ButtMonkey Unfortunately]]'' for them he also ran the town and was the only one the thugs he used for 'law enforcement' would heed, so his not-so-bereaved widow paid Tarma and Kethry off to lead them out of town.
* In ''[[Literature/MatthewHawkwood Rapscallion]]'', Hawkwood defends himself with a besom broom. Played far more seriously than most examples, as Hawkwood shoves the twig end of the broom in his foe's face; causing dozens of sharp twigs to snap off and embed themselves in his face. Ouch!

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Vampires of Venice", Rory attempts to take on a swordsman armed only with a broom.
* Ryotaro in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' uses a nearby broom on a MonsterOfTheWeek when he's fighting for his life. The broom is quickly broken. Despite its short-lived appearance, the so-named "Rider Broom" remained in the fandom's memory throughout the year.
* Played straight countless times on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' -- any wooden object can become a stake, and Buffy will use it to great effect to slay a vampire, most notably when she massacres a vampire gang in "Into The Woods". It's also PlayedForLaughs a few times, including when Cordelia picks up a spatula thinking she will use it as a weapon.
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': In "Blood & Money", Phryne grabs a mop and uses it to fend off a man who attacks her with a bayonet.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In 2005, WWC booked Wrestling/BlackRose and La Bella Carmen in a [[GimmickMatches brooms match.]]
* When La Intrusa and Polly Star [[VillainTeamUp got together]] and enlisted the help of a referee to take out Diana La Cazadora during a 2006 LLF show, she ended up using a broom to fight the three of them off.
* During one of Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s [[GirlsNightOutEpisode all knockout shows]], Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} pulled out a broom on ODB, leading to the crowd singing "[[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} Sweep her up Jackie, sweep her up!]]"
* Wrestling/KennyOmega took up a broom as part of his "Cleaner" gimmick in Wrestling/BulletClub. He's going to "sweep" all the "trash" out of Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}}'s super junior ranks.[[/folder]]

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', one of Cid's weapons is actually a mop (well, more like a push broom...). Other characters have similar weapons, which are rather powerful but lack materia slots. The best examples being an umbrella for Aeris, and baseball bat with a nail in it for Cloud.
** In ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', [[OneManArmy Zack]] fights a bunch of armed soldiers on the beach...wearing only a bathing suit and armed with an umbrella. [[ImprobableWeaponUser He wins.]]
* The Deck Brush is a recurring weapon in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'', and varies wildly in how effective it is.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', it's a JokeItem to the fullest extent, and will make Loni botch his ultimate LimitBreak in an amusing fashion if you try to use it while he has it equipped.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', it's a LethalJokeItem for Raine Sage, being one of her strongest weapons.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', it's a LethalJokeItem for Judith, and also gives her a trio of special sweeping attacks if she's wearing her maid costume.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', king of the ImprovisedWeapon trope in video games, includes a broom. After a few hits, the end breaks off and Frank uses it as a spear.
* Variant: In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', a Mop is Crono's JokeWeapon, but he uses it like a katana.
* The obscure arcade and UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 fighting game ''Mace: the Dark Age'' had a HiddenCharacter named Ned the Janitor. He was a reskin of Xiao Long and used a pushbroom in place of Xiao's quarterstaff.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', there is an achievement for killing someone using a broom. It is used the same way as a hammer. Brooms were first weaponisable back in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII''. Taken to absurd levels when you find out that it's possible to slit someone's throat using the broom, with the same sound effects of a regular bladed weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'', [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Roll]] uses a broom as a weapon.
* ''VideoGame/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' for the UsefulNotes/XBox. Stuck without a weapon? Look for a broom or a mop (or just kick a chair in half).
* The ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' series features a broom as Seong Mi-na's unlockable [[JokeItem joke weapon]].
* The first ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'' starts with the hero having to do this with a pitchfork until he gets a real weapon from his enemies.
* Lisa from ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'' uses her father's broomstick as her weapon of choice. Partly justified in that she uses it as a staff, which mostly have magic-related specials. That doesn't stop her from cracking skulls with that thing.
* In ''VideoGame/ThyDungeonman II'', the titular Dungeonman gets only a mop as a weapon, being a janitor working in a dungeon.
* One of the weapon appearances for the [[SimpleStaff Staff Fighting]] powerset in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is a broom, leading to people making characters with names "[[TheMafia Maid Man]]".
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak'', push brooms are available as (very weak) weapons. There's also nondescript wooden poles and crutches available.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', one of the melee weapons is a Wooden Mop, found either around the villages and stables or being wielded by Bokoblins. Strangely, when swung around it always makes a wet sloshing sound as if it had just been dipped in a bucket for a cleaning job, even the ones the Bokoblins use.
* One of the Mages' weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' is a broom. They can even ''cast spells with it''.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy'', Tifa does this with a [[UpToEleven service jack]], before removing the thick metal end.

* Lizzie's primary weapon in ''Webcomic/DeadWinter''.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Elliot (a martial artist, mind you) picks up a broom lying on the ground to defend himself... and swings it like a baseball bat.
* Roy considers it an option in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0234.html This episode]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
* The [[NerfArm Cardboard Tube]] Samurai in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' - except it's not an ImprovisedWeapon, it's his WeaponOfChoice.
* In Homestuck, the nigh-omnipotent Doc Scratch uses a broom to smack around his "guest", a young girl. Later on, this same broom is used by [[AuthorAvatar Andrew Hussie]] himself to give Doc Scratch a senseless drubbing.
* Nana, resident CoolOldLady of ''{{Webcomic/Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-09-09 scares off a couple of demonic bullies with her broom,]] then goes back to using it to tidy up the coffee shop.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': When Agatha and Tarvek [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061020 get cornered]] by Vrin the sword-wielding Geisterdamen warrior-priestess, Tarvek tries without success to use a broom as a weapon; Agatha has better luck because commands issued in her voice trigger just enough of an involuntary reaction in Vrin to slow her down.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* True to form, used at least once in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''.
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'', when the turtles are held captive on an alien prison asteroid. They find a broom closet and get replacements for ''all'' of their weapons from inside.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' uses this in a fight between Jimmy's mother and a robot duplicate of her: after pulling out the broom, mop, and rake, and having each one snapped in half by the robot, she reveals that she keeps a [[{{BFG}} plasma rifle]] in her broom closet [[CrazyPrepared "for those tough, ground-in stains"]]. (Considering her son's experiments, a wise precaution...)
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', Huey snaps the head of a broom off with a kick and uses the handle to subdue the theater security, but he doesn't fare as well against Uncle Ruckus's unforeseen [[FightingWithChucks nunchaku expertise]].
* SubvertedTrope in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' when Superman faces off with Parasite, who is able to [[PowerCopying copy powers by stealing them from their owners]]. He stole most of Superman's powers, as well as those of [[ShockAndAwe Livewire's]]. Superman bravely waves a mop in his face, and Parasite answers by using electricity to set it alight. Superman, unimpressed, raises the burning mop... [[OutGambitted next to a fire detector]], causing the sprinklers to activate, as being immersed in water [[WeaksauceWeakness causes Livewire's powers to act up]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShaX_gy6PM0&t=0m56s season 4 DVD menu]], Marge uses a mop like a bo-staff.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Stan Knows Best", the stripper in the FrenchMaidOutfit uses a broom with a retractable blade in the handle.

[[folder:Truth In Television]]
* It's not unheard-of for martial artists who want to take a few lessons in the bo staff, but don't want to sink a lot of money into their first bo or are unsure if they will plan to continue, to use a broomstick instead of buying a bo. It's basically the same thing, but much cheaper.
* It's not quite this trope, but several knife companies make a sheath knife with a handle that can unscrew, to allow attachment to a standard broom or brush handle. The idea being, you carry the knife on you, and when the zombies come (or whatever), you grab the nearest broom and attach the knife, resulting in a 4-6 foot stabbing spear. In skilled or at least fit hands, would definitely beat a basic knife as a self-defense weapon, and can be carried in places you can't legally have a gun.