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

A type of ImprovisedWeapon.

Crowbars are actually awesome, yet practical -- they are very sturdy, fairly easy to obtain, heavy enough to be used as [[CarryABigStick 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 [[ShootOutTheLock lock bypassers]].

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

See also WrenchWhack.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'''s [[spoiler:Kida Masaomi]] uses this to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome take on]] the entire [[spoiler:Yellow Scarves]].
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'':
** Nyarko of wields her "unspeakable bar thing" the same way others would use swords (and occasionally [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throws it]]). It's probably meant to be a reference to the crowbar's prominence of Lovecraft-inspired games like ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'', 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 WeaponOfChoice 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 ElementalPowers.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In Creator/MarvelComics The Wrecker is a thug whose favored tool was a crowbar who when robbing a residence that held a temporarily depowered ComicBook/{{Loki}} lucked into receiving the magical power from the Norn Queen that Loki sought resulting in it empowering his crowbar and granting 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 ComicBook/TheJoker in ''ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily'' to kill Jason Todd, with a time bomb delivering the CoupDeGrace. And years later, after coming BackFromTheDead, Jason [[spoiler:a.k.a. the new Red Hood]] reveals his identity to Joker and the readers by returning the favor.
* The Mutant leader tries to kill Batman with a crowbar in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''.
* In Franchise/TheDCU, 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.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebVideo/SuperPowerBeatDown'', episode "The Joker & Harley Quinn vs. Deadpool & Domino": The Joker beats up a drugged Deadpool with a crowbar. Naturally, he can't resist the MythologyGag:
-->'''Joker:''' [[ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily Ah, the memories...]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'''s Jim uses a crowbar in one scene near the end, where he bashes a soldier's head in.
** Don wields one at the beginning of ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater''.
* Crowbar is one of the many things used to pin Freddy against a wall in ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare''.
* Michael in the remake of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' as they enter the mall.
* One of the intro victims in ''Film/{{Cornered}}'' is beaten to death with what looks like a crowbar.
* A character gets stabbed in the eye with a crowbar in ''Film/{{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 ''Film/TheBigLebowski''.
-->''Do you see what happens, Larry!''
* Brad Pitt for the third act of ''Film/WorldWarZ''. This gives him an OhCrap moment when the crowbar gets jammed in a zombie's head and another is charging towards him.
* ''Film/ProWrestlersVsZombies'' has Wrestling/RoddyPiper using it as his mélêe weapon for a good bit of the movie.

* ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'' 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 Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/{{SERRAted Edge}}'' novels, mage-warrior Tannim fights with one of these, since twenty pounds of ColdIron, enchanted for maximum effect, will ruin the day of a lot of magical beings.
* Literature/MercyThompson 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 [[spoiler:Tim, after he raped her,]] by spearing him and then smashing his head in, holding the crowbar in only '''her left hand'''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The cast of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', though mostly Xander.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Hopeless" begins with the three [=UnSubs=] murdering two couples with crowbars.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Ending Happy", one of the elements in Happy's RasputinianDeath is being brained by a prostitute wielding a crowbar.
* ''Series/{{Motive}}'': In "Purgatory", the killer smashes a lawyer over the head with a crowbar before tying him to a chair and planning to turn him into a ManOnFire.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Probably [[TropeCodifier the most famous example]] is in ''VideoGame/HalfLife'': [[PlayerCharacter Gordon Freeman's]] [[WeaponOfChoice signature weapon]] is a crowbar. This is [[LampshadeHanging commented on]] by the G-Man in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode 2''.
* As a mod of ''Half-Life'', ''VideoGame/GarrysMod'' keeps the iconic crowbar in for the gamemodes ''VideoGame/TroubleInTerroristTown'' and ''VideoGame/PropHunt''.
* One of the first weapons found in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is a crowbar
* One of the melee weapons in ''VideoGame/CondemnedCriminalOrigins''. You can also use it to pry things open.
* One of the usable melee weapons in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2''. The series being another ''Valve'' IP, you can expect a ShoutOut:
--> '''Louis:''' Man, I feel like I'm Gordon Freeman!
* Likewise, one of many melee weapons you can use in ''VideoGame/DeadRising2''.
* In ''VideoGame/SpaceStation13'', a good clout upside the head with a crowbar will knock someone out for longer than you'd expect.
* The original ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance'' had a crowbar as a tool, but ''2'' enables it to be used as a melee weapon. It's pretty effective, although it's heavy and takes up a lot of inventory space, and it's best used as an EmergencyWeapon for [[TheBigGuy your designated door-kicker.]]
* The Blue Sun mod for ''7.62mm High Caliber'' adds a crowbar as a melee weapon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Odium}}''. About as much power as a {{bat|terUp}}, and weaker than an [[AnAxeToGrind axe]].
* Present in both ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' games. The best melee weapon in the original, but overshadowed by [[MagicalDefibrillator better]] [[DropTheHammer weapons]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter in the]] [[ChainsawGood sequel]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': as a ShoutOut, you can find one in Area 69, on a desk, but you can't pick it up. Some {{Game Mod}}s replace the dildo with it.
* In ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'', one would probably expect the recurring ultimate BonusBoss, Tyrant Overlord Baal, to [[EquippableAlly magichange into a sword]], considering how almost all of his attacks involve summoning [[{{BFS}} really huge ones]] to impale his foes. Instead, he magichanges into an ordinary-looking crowbar. A crowbar so powerful, that it can potentially max out the wielder's stats.
* The original melee weapon for the Scout, Soldier, Pyro, Demoman, Heavy, and Sniper classes in ''VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic'' was a crowbar. Engineer used a [[WrenchWhack Wrench]] [[MagicTool that could]] [[EvolvingWeapon upgrade buildings]], [[PercussiveMaintenance repair buildings]], and [[HealingShiv restore the armor of teammates]], Medic used a [[HealThyself Med-kit that healed allies and infected enemies]], Spy used a [[KnifeNut knife]] that could BackStab enemies for a OneHitKill, and Civilian used an [[ParasolOfPain Umbrella]].
* A crowbar is the starting melee weapon for Thieves in ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' along with knives and daggers. Said crowbar is listed as an "Axe/Club" type weapon and it's not very powerful.
* A crowbar is found in the first areas of both ''VideoGame/{{Sonny}}'' games. The weapon is a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/HalfLife'', which is more blatant in the second game (the weapon has the description "the weapon of '''free men'''").
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''. You do find a crowbar at one point, but its only use is to open a busted door. Shortly thereafter, it breaks under the strain.
* In ''VideoGame/MissionThunderbolt'' the crowbar is not only a durable tool for prying and smashing things, but one of the better early-game weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2'', a crowbar is Moira Burton's only weapon considering that she really, ''really'' DoesntLikeGuns due to a traumatic firearms incident. She also uses it for its actual intended purpose in prying open stuck objects.
%%* ''VideoGame/ThePunisher''
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Siren}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Siren}} 2''
* In ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'', the PlayerCharacter 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 [[ImprovisedZipline undergrind]] around the city.
* In the 2D ''VideoGame/{{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.
* A crowbar is one of many, many [[ImprovisedWeapon household items]] that can be swung into zombie heads in ''VideoGame/ProjectZomboid''. It's a moderately good choice, with short reach but very high durability. In an aversion of UtilityWeapon, quite unusual for Zomboid, the crowbar had no non-combat use until the ability to scavenge furnishings was added. Now a crowbar can also pry up tile flooring to spruce up your base with.
* In ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'', Lewton acquires a crowbar which he can use for opening crates and similar. Attempting to use it on people will prompt him to say that "tempting as it was", it's probably a bad idea (it's not a combat game).
* Leonard's basic melee weapon in ''VideoGame/RedneckRampage'', until the [[ChainsawGood Ripsaw]] can be found. Usually you gotta whack his friend Bubba over the head with it to finish a level.

* In VideoGame/TheWalkingDead Telltale game Kenny [[spoiler: kills carver by bashing in his face with a crowbar.]]
** Javier is attacked by a zombie with a crowbar in it's face during season 3 and can be killed by it if the button is not pressed at the right time.
* ComicBook/TheJoker's moveset in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' and ''Injustice2'' heavily features a crowbar as a reference to ''ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily''.
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', the prybar can be used as a club or to give a bonus on attempts to force open locked containers.


[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The [[TheyCallHimSword aptly-named]] Felt member [[color:#00FF00:Crowbar]] from ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' uses a crowbar which, in addition to being a handy weapon, has the ability to destroy [[TimeMaster temporal artifacts]] and [[AntiMagic negate their effects.]]
** [[TheSociopath Caliborn]] also got his hands on Crowbar's crowbar, and has used it to do some major damage [[spoiler: to both [[InterfaceScrew the website]] and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu his denizen.]]]]
* Duncan in ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'' favors a crowbar over ranged weapons. A chart made by the author describes him as the second-best fighter in the series, but it's been noted that he usually [[DeathOfAThousandCuts has to hit someone many, many times before they finally die]].
* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': [[TheMedic Mikkel's]] weapon of choice if he ever needs to fight. Unfortunately, his lousy aim is probably either the cause or the consequence of him not being trained in using an actual weapon despite years of being in and out of the military.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''[[http://z7.invisionfree.com/thegangoffive/index.php?showtopic=5145 Insane Cafe 3: The Curse of the Haunted Hotel]]''. [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime Strut]] using a crowbar then a shovel to subdue a super powered Human who had tried to pick a fight with the entire hotel.
* ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'', the second RP. Dr. Rawlson/[[spoiler:Dr. Jeston]] tries to kill Dr. Zanasiu with a crowbar.
** Also a BrickJoke, 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 ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' carrying around a crowbar to smash things with. He does use it once to pry a crate open.
* LetsPlay/{{Strippin}} uses a crowbar for melee combat in ''Rail Bros'', one of the ''Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries'' subseries.

* In the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch "Film/{{Iron|Man}} [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Cheney]]" the terrorists order the vice-president to build them weapons. He says he already has one and knocks one of them out with a crowbar, calling it the "Cheney Special." The terrorists say they'll take a thousand.