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Crowbar Combatant


"Is that a crowbar? (picks it up) Oh my God, this is friggin' perfect! Now I can beat the snot out of people!"

A type of Improvised Weapon.

Crowbars are actually awesome, yet practical — they are very sturdy, fairly easy to obtain, heavy enough to be used as clubs without being too heavy to carry, and have two bladed points that can do some nasty damage either by swinging or thrusting. Plus, they can be used as lock bypassers.

Interestingly enough, they are rarely seen used for their original purpose. Give a videogame character a crowbar and point him to a wooden crate or breakable door, and his first impulse will be to smash it to pieces rather than pry it open.

See also Wrench Whack.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Durarara!!'s Kida Masaomi uses this to take on the entire Yellow Scarves.
  • Haiyore! Nyarko-san:
    • Nyarko of wields her "unspeakable bar thing" the same way others would use swords (and occasionally throws it). It's probably meant to be a reference to the crowbar's prominence of Lovecraft-inspired games like Call of Cthulhu, though some fans have suggested it's a subtle nod to Nyarlathotep's Egyptian origins, since the crowbar resembles the "was" staff carried by pharoahs (and such was one of Nyarlathotep's 1,000 forms).
    • Crowbars seem to be the Weapon of Choice for the show's heroes, as Nyarko's allies Kuko (Cthuguha) and Hasta (Hastur) wield them on occasions, usually when they don't have access to their Elemental Powers.

    Comic Books 
  • In Marvel Comics The Wrecker is a man who was given a magical crowbar by Loki that grants him immense strength and endurance. He also has the ability to divide his power between others to form the Wrecking Crew, all with their own construction site weaponry.
  • This was the method of choice for The Joker in A Death in the Family to kill Jason Todd, with a time bomb delivering the Coup de Grāce. And years later, after coming Back from the Dead, Jason a.k.a. the new Red Hood reveals his identity to Joker and the readers by returning the favor.
  • In The DCU, Crowbar is a member of the supervillain team the Cadre. His weapon of choice is an energized crowbar that can fire energy blasts, as well as being used as the traditional blunt instrument.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 28 Days Later's Jim uses a crowbar in one scene near the end, where he bashes a soldier's head in.
  • Crowbar is one of the many things used to pin Freddy against a wall in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.
  • Michael in the remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004) as they enter the mall.
  • One of the intro victims in Cornered! is beaten to death with what looks like a crowbar.
  • A character gets stabbed in the eye with a crowbar in Carver.
  • The initial antagonist of I Spit on Your Grave, I Piss on Your Grave is killed with a crowbar.
  • Walter uses a crowbar to destroy a car in The Big Lebowski.
    Do you see what happens, Larry!
  • Brad Pitt for the third act of World War Z. This gives him an Oh Crap! moment when the crowbar gets jammed in a zombie's head and another is charging towards him.
  • Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies has Roddy Piper using it as his mélêe weapon for a good bit of the movie.

  • The Zombie Survival Guide details why a crowbar is one of the better hand-to-hand weapons to use against zombies: it is strong enough to break skulls, doesn't need sharpening or loading, and, if needed, can be used to pry things.
  • Halloween: The Mad House ends with Michael being beaten into submission with a crowbar.
  • Freddy is fought with a crowbar in A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Dealers.
  • In Mercedes Lackey's SERRAted Edge novels, mage-warrior Tannim fights with one of these, since twenty pounds of Cold Iron, enchanted for maximum effect, will ruin the day of a lot of magical beings.
  • Mercy Thompson used a crowbar in two books. In Moon Called, she broke the Mac's, a new werewolf, collarbone to free herself from his grip when he started to lose control to wolf in himself. In Iron Kissed, Mercy killed Tim, after he raped her, by spearing him and then smashing his head in, holding the crowbar in only her left hand.

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    Video Games 
  • In Sunset Overdrive, the Player Character can use a crowbar as a melee weapon, among other things. Even if a different weapon has been equipped, they will still use it to undergrind around the city.
  • In the 2D Fallout titles, crowbars are available as melee weapons that do unremarkable damage but can also be used to pry open locked containers or jammed doors.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Insane Cafe 3: The Curse of the Haunted Hotel. Strut using a crowbar then a shovel to subdue a super powered Human who had tried to pick a fight with the entire hotel.
  • Darwin's Soldiers, the second RP. Dr. Rawlson/Dr. Jeston tries to kill Dr. Zanasiu with a crowbar.
    • Also a Brick Joke, as earlier Dr. Shelton had opened Jeston's tool closet looking for a weapon and was disappointed to find the crowbar was missing.
  • Tom spends a large portion of Ruby Quest carrying around a crowbar to smash things with.
  • Strippin uses a crowbar for melee combat in Rail Bros, one of the Yogscast Minecraft Series subseries.