"Just so we're clear Maka; this guy's turning himself into a weapon. He's the same as me that way. 'course I look a lot cooler in my human form than he does."This is an ally who can serve as a weapon. Not in the sense of an Attack Animal but in that their ally picks them up and uses them to strike down their foes. Sometimes more exotic solutions present themselves with characters who are capable of Voluntary Shapeshifting into a weapon (typically a powerful one, otherwise they would just be cutting their forces in half). Weapons which can manifest some sort of avatar or otherwise interact like any other character also count. A related trope is the Empathic Weapon, which seems to have some vague form of intelligence or link with its wielder but not enough to count as a person (although particularly powerful examples might overlap with this trope under special circumstances). An improvised version of this (i.e. picking up an ally and using them to strike an enemy) could overlap with Grievous Harm with a Body or Fastball Special if a habit is made of it (examples of these go on the relevant pages). If they're used as ammunition see Catapult to Glory. See also Drone Deployer. A subtrope of Living Weapon, and sister trope to Combining Mecha. Not to be confused with Human Weapon.
— "Soul Eater" Evans, Soul Eater
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- A more pacifistic example is Peke from To Love-Ru. A two foot shapeshifting robot that usually forms the resident Magical Girlfriend's clothes, casual or otherwise. Peke can transform into anything the wearer wishes, including a whipped cream bikini. This being To Love Ru, you expect a lot of Wardrobe Malfunction from this.
- In Soul Eater the ability to turn into a weapon is essentially an ability some people happen to have. While they can do damage on their own, they're more effective when someone else wields them (explicitly acting as an amplifier for their wielder's own Ki Attacks).
- The weapon-people are stated in several places to be the results of experiments conducted by Arachne, combining the Witch Species' shape-shifting with normal humans. Which explains why they achieve their ultimate form by eating the soul of a witch.
- Humorously, Soul Eater Not! states that the security scanners in airports go off just from weapons stepping through them. In fact, this is how many people discover they're weapons.
- Some of the Weapons (the Death Scythes in particular, but also Giriko) can use Partial Transformations to fight without a meister.
- The Edel Raids of Elemental Gelade are (generally hot) girls and women who form a bond with a human to transform into absolutely devastating weapons — usually a melee weapon; although ones that turn into an Arm Cannon just as dangerous to their masters as their opponents are not unheard of. The downside to this is that they then have to re-charge through some way or another, for example, excessive eating or sleeping, or physical contact with their human. They also have a shoddy knockoff version known as "Sting Raids" which do much the same thing, although certain ones can do this without human hosts.
- The zanpakuto in Bleach are this in reverse in some cases; they start off as empathetic weapons and eventually begin to manifest a corporeal form to attack alongside their wielder. Most of these are just a more powerful weapon, but there are some exception's (Renji's turns into a giant snake, for example...with a Wave Motion Gun in its mouth).
- Lilynette is effectively Starrk's zanpakuto, as both were originally part of the same Hollow but are now in separate bodies. Ukitake and Kyoraku are quite bemused by seeing pistol!Lilynette and Starrk arguing loudly. Perhaps their own zanpakuto aren't so chatty.
- In the Zanpakuto Tales Filler Arc (which was semi-canon, since it was based on an idea that the manga's creater never made use of), all of the zanpakuto manifested humanoid forms (although this slowly wore off as they ran out of energy, so they returned to normal when the arc ended). It's implied that they appear this way in their wielders' Mental World but only Ichigo's (and the Filler Villain of the arc) has ever been shown.
- A Crowning Moment of Funny version happens in One Piece, when Zoro and Usopp are chained together with indestructible Sea-Stone handcuffs. Usopp attaches himself to Zoro's arm and is given a name as a katana, something like this.
- Taken Up to Eleven during the Thriller Bark storyline. While six of the pirates were fighting against Oars, Franky equips himself with four of his allies, Combining Mecha-style. This results in Chopper on his head, Usopp on one of his arms, and Zoro and Sanji holding his legs. The only other pirate present was Robin, who refuses to participate. In some anime filler, while they're still up against Oars, Franky tries again, this time with just Chopper and Usopp "docked in", and attempts to attack Oars, only to find that his attacks are ineffectual. One Piece Unlimited Cruise features a variation of this where Luffy and Brook participate along with Chopper, Usopp, Zoro, and Sanji, with Brook on Franky's other arm and Luffy on his shoulders (and Chopper on Luffy's head instead of Franky's). The original formation also appeared in One Piece Gigant Battle 2 New World.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S has Unison Devices, which are basically tiny mages that can fuse with other mages and give them more power. Reinforce, Reinforce Zwei, and Agito are examples.
- Koyomi Sakuragi from Shiki Tsukai.
- In YuYu Hakusho, the older Toguro brother can transform his body into a weapon for the younger to wield. He can apparently turn into any weapon, though he only appears visibly as a sword and a shield. In the English dub, he claims that he can even turn into a machine gun, which begs the question if he fires demon energy or pieces of himself as bullets.
- In The Sacred Blacksmith, all demon swords which exist long enough will become capable of shapeshifting into a human form and vice versa at will. Cecily eventually gains Aria as her sword, and becomes the first person to see her as a friend instead of property. Some people try to buy Aria, which pisses Cecily off that they think of her as just a sword instead of a person.
- Rosario + Vampire: Kokoa's pet bat, Kou, can become an assortment of weapons for her to use.
- Shining Tears X Wind has (mainly) attractive women being used as sword sheathes. The character reaches into their chest and pulls out a unique sword.
- Dr. Slump: Arale and Gatchan are sometimes used as weapons.
- In Guilty Crown, someone who has a Void Genome in them can extract Voids from other people. These can be anything from long swords to refrigerators.
- In the very first season of Slayers, Rezo confronts Zelgadis for the Orihalcon Statue. Zelgadis grabs Lina, and well...throws her, letting her scream all the way. Since Rezo is blind, this proves to be a good distraction even though she misses Rezo himself.
- In Dinozaurs, the aptly-named "Dino Weapons" can change into weapons that attach to their fellow Dino Knights.
- In Nurarihyon No Mago, Yura Keikain's shikigami Rentei transforms into an arm cannon in Yura's arm that shoots a powerful stream of water.
- Briefly downplayed in Naruto, where Naruto uses the Transformation Jutsu to disguise himself as his ally's shuriken, enabling him to use his teammate's deliberate miss to slip past the enemy's defenses, drop the transformation, and nail him from behind with regular attacks.
- Three years later, he essentially does the same thing, but with a Rasen-shuriken.
- Madara Uchiha can equip a Tailed Beast with his Susanoo like it was a suit of armour.
- Konoha Muramasa from Cube×Cursed×Curious can become this should she choose. Althouth others can do it she is the only one shown to do this frequently since most cursed tools are capable fighters on their own.
- In the DOMA Arc of Yu-Gi-Oh!, The Claw of Hermos (given to Jonouchi by the Powers That Be) can transform monsters into powerful Equip Spells.
- Valon, from the same arc, has a deck that's odd to say the least. His monsters look more like armor than they do creatures, and he can wear them like armor.
- Also, Yugi tended to use Catapult Turtle (a monster that can use other monsters as weapons) fairly often. (See below.)
- Yana Toboso's Rust Blaster manga featured this. Human transfer student Kei is the equippable ally - in this case the sheath of a vampire-killing lance - for vampire Aldred.
- In Judgement Overman - Houkago no Kessha, Eiji wields Reppu (usually as a blade) in combat. Reppu is also capable of shapeshifting to various form of weapons (firearms, jet plane, etc) to aid Eiji in battle.
- Senketsu from Kill la Kill might count, being a superpowered sailor fuku capable of speech and autonomous movement.
- The entire concept of Over Souls in Shaman King is based in this, with shamans wielding their spirits as weapons.
- In Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, when Corset assumes his monstrous form, he attaches Scanty and Kneesocks to his forearms with gratuitous amounts of leather bindings. This allows him to channel their powers to produce swords and cannons out of his arms.
- Noragami has shinki, who work in a similar manner to Soul Eater's weapons, in that they're a complete transformation of a person into a talking weapon.
- Kole from Teen Titans can turn herself into a crystal, and then her buddy uses her as a weapon. He normally uses her as a club.
- There are several sentient firearms in Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire: Godot's sidearm, Junior, is purported to be sentient but has various reasons for not talking. Pistol Packin' Polaris Packrat's Smith and Wesson on the other hand, do talk.
- Used as a dramatic, comedic climax in Transformers: More than Meets the Eye where Swerve saves Thunder Clash from being taken hostage... by virtue of picking up Rung, who has transformed into his mysterious staff-like 'ornament' mode, and bludgeoning the kidnapper with him. This is probably not the intended purpose of Rung's alternate mode, but seeing as how Swerve is a horrible shot and Rung is not a good fighter in the slightest, it was the best they could manage on very short notice.
- In the movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Edward picks up Bella and swings her around like an ungainly club. ("The Move" is also seen in some of the trailers for the film.)
- A Bug's Life features a stickbug being used as a sword.
"Swish swish. Clang clang."
- In Redwall, one hedgehog fought by rolling into a ball and having an accomplice roll him at the enemy using a long stick.
- In Guards! Guards! Vimes faces a mob while holding a swamp dragon like a loaded weapon. He even paraphrases Dirty Harry.
- In Words of Radiance, we learn that when a Radiant reaches a certain level of bond strength, his spren can transform into a Shardblade. During the course of the book, Sylphrena, Pattern, and Ivory all do so at at least one point. It turns out that all the old Shards are the bodies of dead spren, killed by the Recreance.
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- The Imajin of Kamen Rider Den-O. While most Riders of the series use the Imajin for a form change via Demonic Possession, Zeronos Zero Form and New Den-O Strike Form have their Imajin change into actual weapons.
- The Arms Monsters of Kamen Rider Kiva work a bit like the Imajin in that they transform into weapons that in turn cause a form change. Depending on your definition of "weapon", the living Transformation Trinket Kivat and his relatives may also count.
- Kamen Rider Decade's Final Form Ride, which literally turned previous Heisei-era Kamen Riders into equippable allies based on their motifs or weaponry. Faiz, Blade and Kiva turned into a BFG,a BFS and a Bow. Agito turned into a hoverboard. Kuuga, Ryuki, Kabuto and Hibiki turned into a beetle, a dragon, another beetle and a bird (that also turned into a drum) to aid Decade in battle and Sword Form Den-O turned into... well, Momotaros (i.e, himself).
- Kamen Rider Wizard can use the power of his Phantom Wizardragon for Dragon versions of his four element forms, having a different part of his body added to his suit in his version, the Dragon's fire-breathing head on his chest for the red-colored Flame Dragon Style, the Dragon's wings for the green-colored Hurricane Dragon Style, the Dragon's tail for the blue-colored Water Dragon Style, and the Dragon's claws on his hands for the yellow-colored Land Dragon Style. All four body parts are used for his All Dragon Style, which is primarily red in favour of the other colors, as well as Special Rush Style, an all-red version used in his first crossover movie.
- Similarly, the Second Rider, Kamen Rider Beast, uses the power of the Phantom Beast Chimera, who is primarily a lion with features of four other animals, Falcon, Chameleon, Dolphin and Buffalo. Beast's basic suit resembles a lion but also has access to Mantles which appear as animal heads on his right arm, allowing him to use the powers of the other four animals.
- Belt-san from Kamen Rider Drive can count as one, since he himself is not only a sentient, talking Transformation Trinket, can move around by himself when plugged into his mechanical "body", but can also control Tridoron, no matter if he's being worn by Shinnosuke or is plugged inside the car, making him an equippable AND rideable ally.
- the Shift Cars can also be considered this since they show some form of sentience and even personality (for example, one of them wanted revenge against a villain for damaging another Shift Car it considered its friend) despite not being able to communicate aside from honking; and can be used by Shinnosuke to change forms and use a wide array of powers.
- Zuban from GoGo Sentai Boukenger can turn into a sword that others can wield. His western counterpart, the Sentinel Knight from Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, does the same but can also become armor and gear for the Red Ranger's Super Mode. Later on in the final episode of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Don uses Power Copying to change into Zubaan and folds into sword form to be wielded by Joe.
- Byakkoshinken / Saba, a sentient sword used by the Sixth Ranger in Gosei Sentai Dairanger / Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers season two.
- In Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, the first three Go-Busters gain the ability to use the power of their robotic partners, the Buddyroids, who turn into data which forms armour on their suits in what is known as Powered Custom.
- Attitude-era tag team The Headbangers were fond of using one another as weapons. One of their signature moves was Mosh powerbombing Thrasher directly on top of a downed opponent.
- The Shock Attack Gun from Warhammer 40,000 launches grots and attack squigs through the rift into the midst of enemy lines.
- Or, provided the attack does not miss, into the midst of an enemy soldier.
- The Doomdiver from Warhammer Fantasy Battles launches goblins to crash into their foes gleefully laughing.
- Exalted: Demons can be smelted into exotic liquid called calcanth and infused into weapons to make them stronger (and weirder). This process goes both ways. Thus, a Green Sun Prince can either have a legion of demons or an armory's worth of demon-infused weapons.
- Dungeons & Dragons: If you have the strength, you can swing other characters around as if they were weapons (although they would probably be counted as weapons meant for a creature larger than you). It's a lot more effective if the person you're swinging wears armor spikes and has a lot of hit points.
- This trope occurred through creative interpretation in Games Workshop's The Lord of the Rings game: one version of Frodo has an "Inspiring Presence" ability that states he counts as a banner in all respects. Errata for the ability added the Obvious Rule Patch that other models cannot pick up and carry him.
- The Snapmaid Dragon from Maid RPG allows a maid to transform herself into a weapon, granting all of her stat bonuses to whoever wields it. The problem is, the maid can't then turn back so the player will have to roll a new character. Whether or not it's a Living Weapon is up to the player's discretion (although the book says "ceases to be a character," it's inherently ambiguous and the game runs on Rule of Fun anyway).
- The Magic: The Gathering card Artillerize involves basically turning a creature into a missile (in-game, this translates as sacrificing a creature to fuel a direct-damage spell).
- Another way to invoke this trope involves Bludgeon Brawl, which causes all non-creature artifacts to be treated as equipment. When combined with Liquimetal Coating, which turns a non-artifact permanent into an artifact, it's possible for a creature to literally pick up a Planeswalker and smash things with him/her.
- There's also the Living Weapon mechanic from the Scars of Mirrodin block, where Equipment cards with the ability enter the battlefield already attached to a newly-created 0/0 Germ token. Moving the Equipment "kills" it (that is, causes the Germ token attached to it to die). With the current policy that creatures can't be Equipment, this mechanic is the closest we're likely to get.
- The Theros block, based on Classical Mythology, has introduced the "Bestow" mechanic. Creatures with Bestow can be "hard-cast" as mooks, or bestowed as a Status Buff on a pre-existing mook, who gains the bestow-creature's power, toughness and abilities. This can result in a totem-pole of enchantments riding around on a single creature. And, if that creature is killed, all the bestow guys "fall off" and become creatures in their own right.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG has several instances of this
- Several monsters, such as Catapult Turtle, Cannon Soldier, and Man Thro' Tro, require sacrifices of other monsters to use their effects, and the anime and/or card art sometimes show them using the ally as ammunition.
- Union monsters have the effect of being able to equip themselves to appropriate monsters, or de-equip themselves to return as monsters in their own right.
- Several specific archetypes, such as Dragunity, Vylon and the Inzektor series, which have the ability to turn other members of their group into equip cards to gain helpful abilities.
- Some cards, such as Sword Hunter or the Meklord Emperors, turn this trope into Equippable Enemy, allowing them to turn enemy monsters into equip cards and equipping those monsters to themselves to power up.
- This has also been done a few times through the Pokémon Trading Card Game:
- The earliest example is the first set's Electrode. The player can Knock Out Electrode and attach it to another Pokémon, upon which it becomes 2 Energy of one type of the player's choice. The Electrode in the later set "Secret Wonders" would have a very similar ability.
- Holon's Electrode, Holon's Magneton, and Holon's Castform can also be equipped, as 2 Energy of every type simultaneously. Holon's Voltorb and Holon's Magnemite can also be equipped as Energy, but for 1 Colorless (typeless) Energy.
- A few cards depicting Unown released through Generation IV could also be equipped, for various effects. Unown E stands for "Equip," even, and grants extra HP to the Pokémon it's equipped to. Unown G, for "Guard," blocks any effects of attacks except direct damage to the Pokémon it's attached to. Unown Q, for "Quick," reduces the Energy cost needed for the Pokémon it's attached to to retreat.
- BIONICLE: Click, a Scarabax Beetle, can transform into a shield for Mata Nui to use.
- Transformers has the "powerlinx" system, which allows several characters to go Combining Mecha.
- Mini-cons powerlink to their larger counterparts in order to unlock a Super Mode for the systems stored in that body part.
- Disgaea 3 introduced a mechanic to the series called "Magi-change". This allowed any monster type unit to fuse with a humanoid unit by turning into a weapon for them to wield for a few turns.
- The PSP remake of Disgaea 2 had this mechanic added, although (presumably to avoid breaking the game) you have to unlock the alternative plotline first.
- Disgaea 4 takes it Up to Eleven by allowing as many as four monsters to fuse together before transforming into a weapon and allowing you to dual wield these weapons, thus allowing you to technically have as many as eight allies equipped at the same time.
- Phantom Brave allows you to do this when you pick up another character, as anything held is considered a weapon - allies and enemies included.
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has the Sword Familiar, who is a standard familiar...until it reaches level 50, when it can be used as a very powerful sword.
- The video game EOE: Eve Of Extinction features weapons made by converting a human's neural structure into an operating system, the most powerful one's being the protagonist's girlfriend and The Dragon, who also happens to be The Man Behind the Man. Although its not made clear if former's an actual example of this, if she can project some sort of hologram or if the cutscenes show her in humanoid form for convenience sake The Dragon certainly is.
- Sam sometimes uses Max as a weapon or anything needed in the moment. Taking to some extremes in the classic Hit the Road where Max is part of the inventory.
- In BlazBlue Rachel Alucard uses her Non Human Sidekicks Nego and Gii as weapons (and shields).
- In Ghost X you gain a "nanobot", which is basically a creature that can turn into a weapon.
- In Mega Man Star Force, Wizards, AMians, and FMians can all be considered this.
- In Mega Man Zero some cyber elves can be made into one shot weapons.
- Earthworm Jim is an interesting case in that the main character uses himselfnote for several purposes, including as a whip and a grappling rope.
- The sequel has him partnered up with his friend Snot, who functions as a parachute or a grappling hook.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Fi may or may not be the Goddess Sword itself. Played straighter with Ghirahim, who is forcibly reconverted into the Bigger Bad's sword for the Final Boss battle.
- MapleStory has a recurring character in the Aran questline, Maha, the spirit of Aran's polearm. He gets indignant about being left behind, becomes sentimental when Aran remembers him (complete with Sand In My Eyes) and is responsible for at least one of Aran's job advancements, landing him squarely in type 2 territory.
- The Final Fantasy series has a few examples;
- In Final Fantasy VI, Umaro sometimes throws other party members (or himself) at the enemy as an attack.
- Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII summons her dog Angelo for special attacks. In one of them, she launches Angelo from her arm, in the same way she usually launches her chakram.
- In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Mog serves as one to Serah, being able to transform into a sword or bow for her to wield.
- In Whiplash, the player character consists of a weasel and a rabbit chained together. Spanx (the weasel) can use Redmond (the rabbit) as a weapon by swinging him on the chain to knock over guards and generally cause mayhem.
- The Player Character in the game Knuckleheads is two heads connected by a Variable-Length Chain. One head acts as the anchor, while the other swings around to move and/or bash enemies.
- In Sonic Heroes (where you play as a team of three characters), your other two team members serve as projectiles for whichever of them you are controlling at that moment. Speed type characters use them to follow up their homing attack; flying types throw them and Power types spike them to enemies like volleyballs.
- Skies of Arcadia: Legends: Cupil is Fina's companion/pet, usually worn around her wrist as a bracelet. In battle, he can transform into different weapons and objects and attack enemies for her.
- In Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, Vayne's cat Sulphur doubles as his sword. Usually.
- Luke from Tales of the Abyss will occasionally use Mieu as an improvised flamethrower.
- Yukihime from Shining Blade acts as Rage's katana.
- In Super Mario RPG, Bowser's Hurly Gloves turn out to be this, as he attacks by throwing Mario at the enemy, and, if you get a timed hit, catch him and throw him again. If Mario is unavailable for throwing, a little Mario action figure takes his place. His earlier Chomp weapon is also an example, as it's an actual living Chain Chomp that he uses as an Epic Flail.
- The Star Dragon Sword from Suikoden runs the line between this and Empathic Weapon. The sword has a full personality and regularly talks to (and berates) it's wielder and his allies. You also have to defeat it in combat to use it in the second game, though once obtained it does not appear to act on it's own again.
- In the 'Breegull Blaster' sections of Banjo-Tooie, Banjo wields Kazooie like a shotgun, so she can shoot eggs from her mouth while they're on the move.
- Super Robot Wars Original Generation, SRX equips Mai's R-Gun Powered and uses it as a beam cannon for a more powerful attack. Then we have Sanger Zonvolt, who rides his partner into battle.
- In Plants vs. Zombies, Gargantuars will throw little zombies at your back row plants and occasionally use a standard zombie as a club.
- In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Hawkeye's strongest super is a regular arrow with a Hank Pym payload. Pym goes from ant-sized shot to giant-sized stomp after catching a ride.
- The K-9000 Cyberdog Gun from Fallout: New Vegas is a fairly roundabout method of doing this; it consists of a dog's Brain in a Jar hooked up to cybernetic audio and olfactory equipment, and attached to a triple-barreled BFG to help aim it. An upgrade puts it on a drip-feed of intelligence-boosting drugs to increase the rate of fire.
- A non-weapon variant is the Mk II Stealth Suit. Possessed of an onboard AI with an Extreme Doormat personality, "she" reminds you to turn off your PipBoy light when sneaking, feeds you medicine when you're hurt (50% HP or lower), and makes friendly small-talk (which becomes adorably pathetic whinging when you take her off).
- Honedge (a Steel/Ghost sword pokemon) from Pokémon X and Y subverts this. Any trainer who attempts to wield it as a weapon will find it draining their life force.
- Tsukihime has the Seventh Holy Scripture. That's right, Ciel's BFG also falls under this trope. Her name is Nanako.
- The gameplay in The Wonderful 101 is all about this. You combine large amounts of heroes to form different weapons and attacks.
- Part of the Enemy Mine mechanic of Crash Twinsanity involves Crash using Dr. Cortex by either swinging him around like a hammer, throwing him at stuff or even using his body as a skateboard.
- With the experimental collar in Doom RPG, the player can capture any of the dog demons and use them as "weapons". At least, until their health runs out from repeated attacks.
- In LEGO Lord of the Rings, human or elf characters can pick up Gimli and throw him to break obstacles.
- In the Tactics Ogre and Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis games, there is a spell called Snapshot/Snapdragon that turns your Player Mooks into a weapon named after them; giving a percent of their stats to their wielders. The Video Game Remake had the same results with special Cursed Weapons activated by their wielders. With a strong enough character, it creates an Infinity+1 Sword but the procedure is irreversible.
- In Hyperdimension Neptunia V, this is an exclusive skill for Neptune called "Final CPU Form" where she can make Noire, Vert, Blanc, Plutia, Nepgear, and Peashy turn into weapons she can use.
- In Soul Reaver, the reaver itself turns out to be one of these, thanks to Raziel's malevolent spirit being trapped inside it. By exploiting a Stable Time Loop, he enters the blade willingly (rather than forcefully, as was originally the case), pacifying the spirit/himself.
- In Adventurers Spybot is able to turn into a BFG, which Tesla wields with her usual enthusiasm (it's implied he has similar weapon modes, but we never see them).
- One story arc of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja involved banishing a demon. There was a family of demon hunters who could do so, however the last in their line was the product of some serious inbreeding. As a result he was unable to use his legs, so Judy the Gorilla wielded him while he wielded his sword.
- In Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, Jared used his Magikarp Mr. Fish to bludgeon other trainers' Pokemon until it evolved into a Gyarados.
- In The Order of the Stick, Vaarsuvius, when faced with an enemy spellcaster who's prepared countermeasures for all his normal tactics realises that he could still damage him with a ranged weapon. Unfortunately he's a Squishy Wizard with nothing but magic (and now bow to hand anyway). Fortunately, his foe's ally happens to be a kobold with dual crossbows. He simply grabs said kobold and uses a dominate spell to force him to shoot. Fans immediately designated this the wielding of a "semi-automatic kobold."
- Laser Pony of League of Super Redundant Heroes has lasers the originate behind his eyes, which means he's been blind since the first time he used his powers. There's a reason his helmet includes handle-bars for his teammates to grab...
- Last Res0rt: Sedja, Princess Adharia's efreet consort, can transform herself into a variety of items at the princess's request, including a fetching harem outfit (with matching cloak), golden handcuffs, and A wickedly sharp scimitar. Oh, and bullets.
- In Kid Radd, Radd uses Sheena as a shield, since as an NPC, she can't take damage. He then uses her as a weapon.
- In Atop the Fourth Wall, as of Linkara's Psychman #1 review, his magic gun's gone from a Living Weapon/Empathic Weapon to this trope, with the girl bound to it being able to appear to him.
- Uncyclopedia's "List of Weapons that Don't Exist, But Should" features a Bulemic Zombie Gun, which is a zombie with Super Spit used as a firearm.
- Puppycat of Bee and Puppycat can fire lasers so long as he has someone to cock his tail and fire him, such as Bee.
- Subverted during the course of That Guy with the Glasses movie Kickassia. At one point 8-Bit Mickey suggests using Handsome Tom's head as a battering ram, which Tom responds to with an outraged "Hey!" When the idea is shot down because Tom's head would be too soft to make a good battering ram, Tom reacts the exact same way, and with equal outrage.
- In Transformers G1 Megatron had a gun as his alt mode (which ironically meant he relied on Starscream to wield him).
- Though in the opening sequence of the first season, he displayed the ability to shoot all by himself in his gun mode. Also, Starscream isn't the only one he relied on, as Soundwave has also occasionally wielded Megatron's alt mode.
- G1's Galvatron didn't need anyone to wield him in his gun mode for him to shoot, nor did Shockwave (though Shockwave was once forcibly wielded by Bruticus and made to shoot his own security sentinels when the Combaticons invaded Cybertron).
- G1 Sixshot had a weapon mode somewhat like Shockwave's.
- The Targetmaster gimmick from G1 paired figures with small robots called Targetmasters that could transform into weapons. Some newer figures have similar gimmicks revolving around Mini-Cons with weapon modes.
- The Mini-Cons included with Power Core Combiners figures, in addition to having weapon modes for their commanders' robot and vehicle modes, also had armor modes that could attach to a combined robot's chest.
- Ratbat and Laserbeak of Transformers Animated, turn into musical instruments that Soundwave can use sound based attacks and hypnotism.
- The Seacons were a combiner team with six members; whoever wasn't the torso, an arm, or a leg became a gun for Piranacon to wield. (Since this sixth member doesn't become part of the combiner mind meld, it's usually Nautilator.)
- Shattered Glass Megatron uses a small tank as an Arm Cannon. The tank's name is Rumbler, and like Optimus Prime's Roller, it can act on its own (though to what degree is ambiguous).
- In the second season finale of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic the Mane Six are battling a horde of changelings. Twilight Sparkle is shooting magical beam attacks, and Pinkie Pie picks her up and aims her at a group of assailants. She even rotates Twilight's tail as though she were using it to fire off rounds like a Gatling gun. There's absolutely no reason why Pinkie Pie and Twilight should be able to do this (beyond possibly allowing Twilight to concentrate on firing while Pinkie aims), except that Pinkie has Reality Warper powers that run on Rule of Funny.
- In the The Penguins of Madagascar short "Christmas Caper", Skipper uses Rico to shoot at Mr. Chew like a machine gun after he's swallowed a bowl of mints.
- Animaniacs did this too, with Yakko using Wakko as a Gatling gun to shoot malted milk balls at a candy store owner.
- A few of episodes of The Super Mario Brothers Super Show had Snifits being used as guns.
- In the special "Atlantis Squarepantis" episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, Sandy use Spongebob as a shield, Patrick as a boomerang, Squidward as gun,and Mr. Krabs as a sword/chainsaw against the Atlantean guards.
- Teen Titans character Kole, like the comic book version mentioned above, can turn her body into crystal, and is subsequently used as a bludgeon by her partner Gnarrk.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy gives this role to Ed sometimes, most usually as a bludgeon. Though special mention goes the episode where the Eds try to be repairmen. Ironically, even though Ed caused most/all of the destruction in the episode, Eddy and Double D utilize him as the "ultimate tool" to try and fix Johnny's sink. Near the end of the same episode, Johnny (who was mad for the Eds destroying his house) uses Jimmy as a lance and Plank as a shield to get back at them. He even throws Jimmy to cut off their escape.
- In The Hasty Hair, Marvin the Martian uses K-9 as a bipod for a bazooka that fires straightjackets.
- Boxer crabs (of the genus Lybia) pick up sea anemones and stick them on their backs. Although at least one species holds them like pom poms in its claws.
- German MG-teams during WW2 would sometimes use one member as a human bipod. The barrel would rest on the shoulder of the man and he would hold on to the MG's bipod, stablizing it.◊