"Let me stress that again: heavyweight. A thin-bottomed saucepan is useless for anything. (...) A proper saute pan should cause serious head injury if brought down hard against someone's skull. If you have any doubts about which will dent—the victim's head or your pan—then throw that pan right in the trash."Frying pans. They're great for frying bacon, but equally good for bashing stuff. There is actually some truth to this, as unlike many other Improbable Weapons, a frying pan (particularly if it was recently used) can actually make a decent weapon, as well as cause quite a bit of damage (especially if it was recently used). One can assume that getting hit over the head with a slab of iron weighing five to ten pounds (or more) would cause a concussion at the very least. Indeed, the noble frying pan is a worthy melee weapon. It should be mentioned that frying-pans-as-weapons are usually wielded by females, although the occasional male chef may be found using it. It should also be mentioned that wielding a typical cast iron skillet for any length of time, with any efficacy, would take considerable arm strength. After all, a good skillet is considerably heavier than most war maces. Just as it is in any good kitchen, this is an absolute staple of slapstick comedy. In some cases, it might also be considered the Western counterpart of the Hyperspace Mallet. May be found in the arsenal of the Chef of Iron. Subtrope of Tap on the Head. Sister trope of Rolling Pin of Doom.
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Anime and Manga
- Chi-Chi from Dragon Ball. The extent to which it's used, however, is significantly overstated by Fanon.
- A Running Gag in Martian Successor Nadesico, started by the chef main character, has various human baddies taken out by a sneak attack with a frying pan. Oddly, they seem more effective than the machine guns.
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, this is Hungary's other Weapon of Choice, aside of her spear. Specially when around France, and maybe Prussia.
- In the anime, China owns a wok of doom.
- Played straight with a twist in Fairy Tail, when Natsu battles a mercenary whose weapon of choice is a gigantic, magic frying pan.
- Ranma ½: One of the many blunt objects Akane introduces to Ranma's skull. Used deliberately in a later story arc: when facing the fire-breathing Rouge (in her Asura form,) Ranma and Pantyhose Tarou arm themselves with griddles, pans, pots, and other kitchen utensils that they can use as shields. After Tarou punches Ranma high above the flying Rouge, Ranma comes down on top of her to deliver an overhead frying-pan smash to one of her heads.
- The Frying Pan Of Doom becomes Shinobu's weapon of choice in Love Hina. Fitting, since she is the resident chef of Hinata House. And yes, in the manga at least, she ends up smacking Keitaro with it at least twice.
- Ataru from Urusei Yatsura becomes quite proficient with a frying pan. Which he uses both to block Jariten's flame breath and to bat the floating brat into next week (or off some combo of walls floor and ceiling). There's also one Pet the Dog moment when Jariten tries to get a mothers day carnation for his mother, but winds up being delayed so that she's just left when he gets back. Ataru promptly uses his frying pan to smack him in a trajectory that lands him right on his mother's bike.
- Tamako in Kemeko Deluxe!! wields a mean frying pan against Kemeko.
- Rain in Immortal Rain attempts this, but doesn't hurt anyone.
- In the Riding Bean OAV, it takes a frying pan (hot off the stove with eggs still sizzling in it) to awaken Bean Bandit from his slumber. Note that he slept through a stun-gun to the neck (or rather, his eyes shot open, then closed again) immediately before this.
- Jun from WORKING uses one when Souma gets on his nerves. Which is often.
- Played with in Et Cetera where Ming-Chao has a wok of doom which can be used as anything from a weapon to a lifeboat to a shield capable of repelling bullets (to some extent).
- Mana from Dragon Half frequently uses a frying pan to rein in her perv of a husband.
- Yuno of Hidamari Sketch hits Miyako repeatedly on the head with a possibly hot frying pan for flipping her fried egg. The sound annoys Sae into coming up and meeting Yuno for the first time.
- In the manga Worst, King Joe as a freshmen perfectly justified his use of a Frying Pan against Tsukamoto Mitsunobu in stating that in a 6 versus 1 (King Joe being by himself), that the Frying Pan was his handicap.
- One Piece has an early use of this. Ninjin (Carrot), one of Usopp's child followers in Syrup Village, used this as his makeshift weapon against the Black Cat Pirates. He used it to great effectiveness when he fought The Dragon, using it to deliver a Groin Attack. Poor Jango...
- In the anime only G8 arc, Navarone's head chef Jessica uses this, but only to reprimand her underlings for not working hard enough.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Shingo Sawatari rescues Crow from a prison guard about to grab him by hitting him in the face with a frying pan from the prison's cafeteria kitchen. However, being Sawatari, he wastes time posing and bragging while Crow runs away, as the guard gets up and attacks him.
- In Ninja Burger, one of the combat boosting items you can get is the spatula, which is as deadly as the Ninja Burger Official Wakazashi. Also, a training card "Wok the Casbah" shows a ninja dual wielding ironcast woks on top of the Casbah.
- The Lord of the Rings TCG made a card out of the frying pan used by Sam in the movie (see Film). In-game, it could be used to do direct damage to any orcs the wielder was fighting. Because you could give it to any hobbit you wanted (including Frodo, who for a while was a necessity in every deck), it ended up banned because it made orc-based decks much less effective.
- Getting older, The DCU's Ma "Original Red Tornado" Hunkel has been known to administer a beatdown with one of these.
- In an issue of Black Panther, Storm's American grandmother knocked out a HYDRA agent with one of these, while grandpa took on several more in the living room. They were actually disappointed by the low turnout, saying "HYDRA played us soft just because we're old."
- Batman once used a frying pan to beat up a ninja and block another ninja's shuriken.
- Suske en Wiske: Tante Sidonia uses frying pans often to defend herself.
- Nero: Madam Pheip and Madam Nero's favorite weapon of defense, along with a Rolling Pin of Doom.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, Master Splinter and April O'Neil fend of Baxter Stockman's robotic rat-catchers: Splinter with his cane and April with her skillet.
- In Crowns of the Kingdom, Cinderella wields one at one point.
- In This Bites!, when Cross warns Nami about Usopp's…'liberties' in building her Clima-Tact, she resolves to involve herself in the blueprints. Cross recommends that she considers "Five Cast Iron" for the meeting, a combination of the five iron golf club and this trope. Usopp ends up looking the way he did after the fight with the Mr. 4 pair.
- During the G-8 Arc, Jessica finds out that her husband Jonathan had not only been throwing out the meals she had made for him, but he had been giving them to his subordinates and lying about it instead. A listening Isaiah suggests giving him a workover with a "Nine Cast Iron".
- This is Sonata Dusk's Harmonic weapon in The Rainsverse.
Film — Animated
- Exaggerated in Tangled, where a frying pan is more effective than a sword in a fight, and becomes the palace guard weapon as a result. Bonus points for averting Always Female even earlier, when Flynn uses it to fight off some guards.
- Even the horse uses this as his main weapon at the end
- A Super Bowl commercial for Kung Fu Panda 2 called "We Will Wok You" shows Po using two woks to beat a bunch of wolf thugs with "We Will Rock You" by Queen playing. Woks are technically giant Chinese frying pans.
- In The Emperor's New Groove, Chicha is startled by Llama Kuzco at the kitchen window and she hits him with the pan she was holding.
- The Lucky Luke Go West film, has a whole caravan turn into a battlefield of frying pans, wielded by angry housewives who found their husbands sneaking near the dancers carriage.
- Averted in Trolls, when Branch throws one at a giant (relative to a troll) spider and hits it in the head, it is only briefly confused and charges him.
- Batman: Bad Blood Kate Kane uses one in bathrobe to defend herself and knocks out attacker.
- The Sword in the Stone: Sir Ector and Kay discover that Merlin has enchanted the kitchen to wash the dishes automatically, and start smashing them up with their swords to stop it. Ector shoves a row of dishes backwards, they come roaring back at him, he swings his sword overhand, hitting the frying pan at the front of the line so hard his blade shatters.
Film — Live Action
- In the movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Sam takes down a few goblins in Moria with his trusty frying pan.
Sam: I think I'm getting the hang of this...
- In The Hobbit, Bombur who uses a soup ladle as a weapon.
- The primary weapon used in Eating Raoul. Bong!
- In Raiders of the Lost Ark, during the battle in the streets of Cairo, Marion takes out an assailant with a handy frying pan. It's such a memorable moment that the Marion action figure in the new line comes with a frying pan. The stunt show at Disney's Hollywood Studios features this as well, with Marion using a frying pan on the roof of a building to knock back a mook on a ladder, though her backswing hits Indy as well.
- In Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, Scrooloose, one of Max's young "followers", wields a metal frying pan during the final chase scene... and gives the driver (a follower of Ironbar) swat to the chops. TWICE.
- In the movie Thursday, the protagonist gets bound to a chair in his own kitchen. He manages to free himself while alone in the room, grabs a frying pan, and sits back down in the chair with it held behind his back as the villain who was going to torture him returns. And proceeds to berate himself for not grabbing the hidden gun nearby instead.
- Hilariously used in Throw Momma from the Train between Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal.
Momma: Who the hell is this?
Owen: Oh, this is Cousin Paddy. He's coming to stay with us a while. Isn't that nice?
Momma: [suspiciously] We don't have a "Cousin Paddy".
Owen: [to Larry] You lied to me!
- Hilariously averted in Hancock when the titular hero attempts to prove a point. When trying to get answers from invincible counterpart Mary he manages to bend a barbecue fork in her back, shatter a rolling pin over her head and finally attempts to smash two frying pans on her head. She manages to stop him in time, though it is unlikely the frying pans would have had any physical effect, aside from Cross-Popping Veins.
- In one scene in The Great Dictator, two Mooks and the Tramp get knocked out with a frying pan.
- UHF: "Hey, Bobbo, look up! Now look down! Now look at Mister Frying Pan!" clang "Uh-oh! Bobbo fall down; go boom." In the special features commentary, Al describes that he accidentally hit the actor portraying Bobbo VERY hard with the skillet. The pain and utter aggravation he exhibits is a real reaction.
- Used during a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in a kitchen in the James Bond film The Living Daylights, both a straight example and a variant; a thrown saucepan full of boiling water.
- In one of the more graphic scenes in Chocolat, a drunken Serge breaks into Vianne's flat to try and get his wife Josephine back. He ends up assaulting Vianne, until Josephine sneaks up behind them and bangs the frying pan on Serge's head.
Josephine: Who says I can't use a skillet?
- In Dog Soldiers, one of the men beats a werewolf near to death with a skillet while screaming bloody murder. Unfortunately, another one comes and knocks it out of his hand.
- In Fatal Instinct, Laura Lincolnberry uses one to give her ex-husband a Tap on the Head.
- On Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Jessica knocks Roger cold with a frying pan...but only because she didn't want him to get hurt. Bonus points for her putting it inside her tiny handbag afterwards.
- One of the killers is beat to near-death with one in Motor Home Massacre.
- Johnny Depp's cameo in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare involves him being whacked in the face with the frying pan during a "This Is Your Brain On Drugs" commercial.
- In The Scorpion King, a little boy knocks out a mook by clocking him in the head with a frying pan.
- The initial fight scenes of The Expendables 2 has Yin Yang going all frying pans akimbo on incoming mooks after he ran out of bullets.
- Martin Blank in Grosse Pointe Blank uses a frying pain to deliver a Coup de Grâce on a mook in his girlfriend's kitchen.
- In Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson bashes a thug over the head with the chemical laboratory equivalent of a frying pan.
- A regular fixture of Carry On films.
- In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine does this while breaking Magneto out of prison.
- Vet Hard: Played different than usually, as Bennie knocks someone out by throwing the frying pan at his head (as seen here), instead of the usual holding the pan in your hands to hit someone. Also justified that he uses this as a weapon, since the scene takes place in the kitchen of the snack bar he owns.
- Kill Bill Volume 1 has The Bride using a skillet as a parrying weapon against Vernita's knife at one point during their fight.
- In The Umbrella Coup, Josyane mistakes Moskovitz for Grégoire and whips him one with a huge pan when he enters the apartment.
- Austin Powers: Austin Powers whacks Mini-Me on the head with one during their fight in Goldmember.
- Witch Hunt 38 minutes, Tyrone holds up one to threaten Lovecraft, Lovecraft distracts him and pushes it into his face, in his face, knocking him out.
- Mary Poppins The cook Mrs. Brill attempts to use a frying pan to fend off the chimney sweeps when they hide in the Banks household.
- In Sunset, Cheryl hits Captain Blackworth in the face with a frying pan in the kitchen of the Kit Kat Club, breaking his nose and blackening his eyes.
- Short story Utensile Strength by Patricia C. Wrede, part of her Enchanted Forest Chronicles, centered around what to do with "The Frying Pan of Doom". It's not just a large blunt object — when wielded by the right person, it turns anyone whacked on the head with it into a poached egg. The pan is usually so hot that whoever holds it must wear an oven mitt; only its Rightful Wielder can hold it bare-handed.
- In the Discworld book The Wee Free Men, Tiffany uses a cast-iron skillet as a weapon on her journey with the Feegles to Fairy Land (justified, because elves and other creatures of Fairy Land can't stand Cold Iron).
- Tika's most prominent scene in the Dragonlance Chronicles has her bashing a draconian in the head with a cast-iron skillet. The skillet was listed in her equipment (1d8 damage) in a version of the campaign modules on which the novels were based. In the 15th anniversary edition of the trilogy (The Annotated Chronicles), Tracy Hickman notes that Tika had a special weapon specialization, known as "Skillet Bashing", which gave several benefits when wielding a skillet.
- In 1st edition Dungeons & Dragons rules, this makes Tika's skillet as deadly as a longsword.
- In Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Frank Bennet is killed by getting a good, hard smack on the back of his skull with a heavy, iron skillet. It was wielded by Sipsy.
- Harry Potter
- Aunt Petunia attempts to hit Harry with a frying pan in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but he dodges it.
- The house elves use them against the Death Eaters along with other cooking implements in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- In the seventh Harry Potter book, Kreacher gives Mundungus a much deserved bang on the head with a copper saucepan.
- Frank Bennett is killed with a single blow to the head by a large cast-iron skillet in the book and movie Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. In the book, he's nailed in the back of the head; in the film, he's hit in the face.
- An example from TKKG, the popular series of kids novels in German-speaking countries: Gaby uses it on one of her kidnappers.
- One of several improvised weapons used in an effort to disable the crazed maitre d' in Stephen King's short story Lunch at the Gotham Cafe (found in the collection Everything's Eventual).
- Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer's joint story "Agnes and the Hitman" features a heroine who has a notorious habit of hitting men (particularly cheating boyfriends) over the head with frying pans. It is hilariously alluded to throughout the book from the first chapter - when she accidentally kills a dognapper by hitting him repeatedly with a frying pan, sending him hurtling backwards into a hidden basement - onwards. She even notes the differences in damage between frying pans ("It was nonstick, not cast iron, so he shouldn't even need a plate in his head!")
- The opening chapter of Remote Man has Janet smashing a TV with a frying pan, the first indication we get of her nervous breakdown.
- In Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series, a woman throws a pot at her employer during her "moontime." He then takes several of her cooking implements outside to throw around. She thinks that the Proud Warrior Race Guy is just taking out his anger on things other than her. Turns out he's trying to figure out which of them would make the best weapon for her, then trains her to be literally lethal with a frying pan.
- As a result of that training, the rather gentle, caring, and sweet female character declares that she can break bone nine times out of ten when she throws a skillet at someone.
- In Dan Wells's Mr. Monster John Cleaver knocks out Agent Foreman with a frying pan. In this case, there is no levity in the use of a frying pan.
- In The Pinballs, Carlie's backstory involves a violent stepfather who all but killed her with his bare hands and it is implied she only survived, thanks to a frying pan.
- Jemimah uses one against El Feo in Rapture Of The Deep.
- Dean, Garrett's live-in housekeeper and cook, whacks the spy Lurking Felhske on the noggin with a skillet in Cruel Zinc Melodies.
- An early victim in Friday the 13th: Carnival Of Maniacs tries to fight Jason off with a big iron skillet, to no avail.
- John Irving's "Last Night in Twisted River" has a few of these: The cook, Dominic, is rumored to once have hit a bear with his 18-inch cast-iron skillet to get it out of his kitchen (in reality, he had hit his friend Ketchum with it when he found out Ketchum had been sleeping with his wife). His son Daniel later uses the skillet as a weapon against what he believes to be a bear mauling his father, killing his babysitter in the process.
- In the Phryne Fisher novel Queen of the Flowers, Ruth knocks out an intruder in the Fisher household with a long handled frying pan.
- In Native Son, Bigger kills a rat in his apartment with a heavy iron skillet.
- In the Relativity story "My Big Fat Superhero Wedding", mobsters crash a wedding reception. Sara sneaks away to unwrap the gift she bought for the couple - a large frying pan.
- The Wandering Inn features a main character who uses frying pans to fight monsters. (Justified in that she has a unique skill that gives her the ability to fight with improvised weapons rather than with swords or magic.)
- In the Star Wars EU novels The Lando Calrissian Adventures, Lando winds up in jail at one point, and his droid is impounded as evidence, resulting in this exchange when they're released:
"Master, did you know that the most common murder weapon here is a frying pan?""Blunt trauma, or just bad cooking?"
Live Action TV
- Game of Thrones: Hobb, Castle Black's cook, kills a few wildlings by flinging boiling stew and then pummeling them with his cooking pot.
- Our Miss Brooks: In "Angela's Wedding", Mrs. Davis uses a frying pan to great effect on the noggin of a gym teacher who insults her deviled eggs.
- Boston Legal— Bernard Ferrion killed his mother by hitting her in the head with a skillet, and later killed his neighbor the same way when he thought she was had found out about the first murder. It then showed up again when Bernard himself was killed the same way by Betty White, after he said that he wanted to kill again.
- Kel in Kenan & Kel use one to take down a thug. And Kenan. And Kenan's parents. And a police officer.
- In an early episode of Six Feet Under, the opening "Death of the Week" segment involves a woman killing her boring Motor Mouth husband with a single blow of a frying pan.
- On the second season premiere of The Dukes of Hazzard, Daisy chased after Bo and Luke with a frying pan after finding out they destroyed her car.
- In Dinosaurs, the baby repeatedly beats Earl over the head with a frying pan, all the while shouting, "Not the mama! Not the mama!"
- A non-comic example occurred in EastEnders with the death of popular, long-running character Pauline Fowler. After several months of leading viewers on a wild goose chase as to who her killer was, it emerged that she died from a brain hemorrhage after being hit on the head with a frying pan by husband Joe.
- When Chandler and Joey prepare for the arrival of Joey's Stalker with a Crush, Joey grabs a heavy frying pan. Chandler balks at this, suggesting a back-up plan "in case she isn't a cartoon!"
- Another time Monica and Phoebe are screaming because of leg-waxing strips. Joey and Chandler run in holding a pot and a tea kettle respectively.
- In the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "A Day In The Life", Xena fends off an attack by some bad guys with a frying pan. This leads to Gabrielle scolding her about ruining their only good pan.
- In an episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil Fawlty brains Manuel with a frying pan after mistaking him for a burglar. According to The Other Wiki, Cleese used an real metal frying pan instead of a rubber one, and actually knocked Andrew Sachs (Manuel) unconscious.
- And according to the documentary, the sound you hear when Basil hits Manuel on the head with a frying pan is him actually hitting Manuel. Not a good sound and shows how this trope actually can be Truth in Television.
- Ellie Bartowski manages to knock out John Casey with two blows of a frying pan in one episode of Chuck. Later on, she also uses a frying pan on Daniel Shaw.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Anya takes out at least one of the Knights of Byzantium with a frying pan in the episode Spiral. A much more serious example — in his fake vision of their future together, Xander hits Anya in the head with a skillet after she chews him out for being such a terrible husband.
- And Buffy takes out Ted with the same cast-iron skillet he made those damn mini-pizzas with!
- In "A New Man", Xander is woken up by a demon whom he drives off in a hail of cookware; he later advises Buffy to look for a demon with a saucepan-shaped dent on its head.
- Not played for comedy in the Season 6 episode "Normal Again" when a deranged Buffy hits Xander with one, then drags him to the basement to be killed by the Monster of the Week.
- Dexter. Dexter uses one to knock Rita's ex-husband unconscious after he makes one threat too many. Dexter then stages Paul passed out having a relapse, getting him thrown back into prison.
- Frequently used by Reeves and Mortimer, especially in Shooting Stars.
- On the You Can't Do That on Television episode about bullying, Barth hits Zilch on the head with a frying pan several times.
- Subverted in Lie to Me: When attacked in her kitchen, Gillian grabs a frying pan and hits one of the attackers with it — only for it to make a little "ding" sound and the mook to tackle her to the ground.
- Lost in Space. Judy Robinson wields one in "Welcome Stranger", knocking Jimmy Hapgood out during his fight with Don. As a Call-Back in the season two episode "A Visit To Hades", she tries this again with a pipe, only this time she hits Don instead of the guy he's scuffling with.
- In the Mad TV skit "I'm Sorry Mrs. Jackson," parodying a song by Outkast, Mrs. Jackson is seen wielding one in response to the Reverend Jesse Jackson's cheating on her.
- In The Haunting Hour episode "The Return of Lilly D", Lilly D (an evil doll) tries to attack Natalie with a knife, but Natalie knocks it out of her hand with a frying pan, then uses the pan to knock Lilly D's head off.
- Community - Troy narrates a spooky story where mad doctor Pierce has sewn him and Abed together. After their initial horror they realize they have a new psychic bond - they knock Pierce out with a telekinetically hurled skillet. Then they levitate a big kitchen knife...and cut a sandwich on the counter in two and levitate it over to eat.
- Frying pans are used as weapons twice in Doctor Who, once by the Doctor and once by Amelia Pond - though Amy's frying pan is made of wood.
- Lano and Woodley, interviewed by Andrew Denton, explained how a very lightweight frying pan or baking tin can be used this way for comic effect. It makes a funny clanging noise, and the actor's reaction sells it as a hard hit. Of course, the demonstration goes awry, and the resulting impact is a little harder than either comedian expected, turning this into another example of Truth in Television.
- In Atlantis when one of the heroes fails at the "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight to break a kidnapee's brainwashing, another of the heroes resorts to using a large pan for a Tap on the Head instead.
- Leverage: In "The French Connection Job", Elliot is posing as a chef and uses a frying pan to casually knock out a thug who comes to try and drag him out of the kitchen.
- Lampshaded in an episode of NCIS. At Gibbs' place (doubling as a safehouse for a young crime witness) Abby helps Ziva to subdue an intruder.
Abby: It's a frying pan. It's a little clichéZiva: Works for me.
- The Avengers. While fighting in a railway dining car, a helpful crewmember called Crewe throws a sheet over a mook's head, then offers Emma Peel a frying pan.
Crewe: Ladies first.Peel: Be my guest! (Crewe knocks out mook)
- During the All Just a Dream sequence in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Projections", Neelix brained a Kazon warrior with his favorite saucepan (unfortunately, it was not hardy enough to survive without denting).
- Copper: In "Home Sweet Home", Little Missbadass Annie knocks out the seemingly Made of Iron psycho Buzzy Burke with a frying pan while he is holding Kevin at gunpoint.
- Midsomer Murders:
- In "Signs of Commission", an intruder in the hall is knocked out by the housekeeper wielding a frying pan.
- In "Last Year's Model", the Victim of the Week is murdered by being bludgeoned to death with a heavy saucepan.
- A Gender-Inverted Trope in Person of Interest. Root is guarding the Victim of the Week in his apartment when a Vigilance hit team attacks. Instead of hitting them with the pan, she uses it to cook up some field-improvised tear gas. Later John Reese gets hold of the pan and uses it in the traditional way to knock out the Vigilance mooks.
- Murder, She Wrote: The Victim of the Week is killed by a blow to the head with a skillet in "The Sins of Castle Cove".
- The X-Files. In one episode the Monster of the Week is an Intangible Man. He breaks into the house of his ex, who swings a glass frying pan at him. The boiling contents pass right through his body, but fortunately glass is the one thing that doesn't, so he gets knocked out long enough for her to flee.
- Timeless: Emma uses one on one of Flynn's goons on the Hindenburg.
- The Muppet Show: In the Roger Moore episode, during the introduction to the "In the Navy" skit, the Swedish Chef takes offense at Kermit disparaging the Vikings as "heartless Scandinavian marauders" and hits him with a skillet.
- Father Brown: In "The Penitent Man", the Victim of the Week is bludgeoned to death by his wife with a frying pan.
- In an episode of Le Cœur a ses Raisons, Criquette knocks her fiancé Brett out with a frying pan to avoid telling him about her pregnancy.
- Perry Mason: In the episode "The Case of the Bogus Buccaneer", a pregnant wife of a murder suspect is threatened by a man, claiming her husband owes him a lot of money. Della Street comes to her rescue by knocking him out with a handy skillet!
- They Might Be Giants, with Particle Man: "Person Man, Person Man, Hit on the head with a frying pan..."
- Justin Timberlake's love interest in his video for TKO knocks him out with a frying pan.
- The Bride of Frankenstein uses this against her mate in Monster Bash.
- During the Texas Death Match between Cactus Jack and the Sandman at ECW Double Tables, February 4, 1995, Jack grabbed a frying pan from ringside, fully expecting it to be a light aluminum pan bought from the dollar store next to the arena. It was cast-iron. According to Foley, Sandman's brains didn't unscramble for two weeks.
- This was back in the days of fans bringing their own weapons to the arena for the wrestlers to use on one another. Immediately following this match, ECW stopped allowing it.
- At WWE WrestleManiaX-8, Molly Holly turned on her partner The Hurricane by hitting him with a frying pan and pinning him to win the WWE Hardcore Title. She was upset because she saw him looking at the Godfather's Hos.
- In September-October 1999, Chyna (who was being considered the ultimate feminist) had entered a feud with WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett (who had adopted a Stay in the Kitchen mentality.) They decided to run with it and, for the October 99 No Mercy PPV, booked WWE's only "Good Housekeeping" match, where the area around the ring was littered with household objects. In her autobiography, there's a photo of Chyna bringing a frying pan down hard on Jarrett's head. Chyna won the match and the title, exiling Jarrett from the company in the process, after hitting Jarrett with a guitar. (Jarrett had debuted in December 1993 as "Double-J" Jeff Jarrett, doing an evil country singer gimmick [he's from Tennessee], and he has continued to use a guitar as his Weapon of Choice to this day.)
- At WCW Uncensored 1996, The Booty Man gave Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage frying pans to fend off the Alliance to End Hulkamania inside the Doomsday Cage.
Stand Up Comedy
- Eddie Izzard: Part of the "Heimlich Gesture", along with being thumped in the stomach and kneed in the bollocks.
- Dara Ó Briain has a comment on frying pans as part of a bit on confronting burglars in the home.
Don’t be fooled by the frying pan industry, they don’t go “dong” when you hit someone. There is no setting for “stun” on a frying pan. You're either going to anger the burglar, or you're going to fucking kill them.
- A classic story passed around in role-playing circles tells of the Dungeon Master who has a monster attack his players that can only be harmed with magic weapons, knowing that they have no such weapons in stock. Instead of fleeing like they were supposed to, one of the characters picks up the only magic item the party has, a self-heating frying pan the DM had previously given them as gag treasure. The character defeats the monster and the player goes on to build the character around frying-pan battle techniques.
- In reference to the Dragonlance novels, several editions of Dungeons & Dragons had rules for using frying pans as weapons.
- One of Samwise Gamgee miniatures by Games Workshop dual wields a sword and a frying pan.
- In Zombicide, set after a Zombie Apocalypse, four to six survivors start with the following weapons, each distributed randomly to one of them: a fire axe, a crowbar, a pistol and a Frying pan per survivor beyond 3.
- In Mysterium one of the possible murder weapons is a frying pan.
- GURPS features the "Pan, Iron". This kitchen accessory functions as a slightly weaker round mace OR small iron shield. Unlike most improvised weapons, it is as solid as a Good quality weapon (most are of Cheap quality).
- it has different stats in Dungeon Fantasy: Taverns and Zombies
- In the Met Opera's production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Norina playfully fences with Doctor Malatesta while they're coming up with their plot - she with a frying pan, he with a Classy Cane. This can be seen in the 2011 recording, though the revival changed it to a Rolling Pin of Doom.
- In the Broadway version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Willy Wonka subjects the factory visitors to an obstacle course of invisible hazards including a path with swinging frying pans. Most of the visitors take a blow or two as they navigate the course, though Mike Teavee takes the brunt of them, getting knocked silly repeatedly.
- Iksei of Atelier Rorona. Since he actually is a cook and runs a cafe, he can be literally considered a Chef of Iron.
- This was the best weapon for Peach in Super Mario RPG. She also uses it in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl. It make a hilariously satisfying whang! sound when it connects, too.
- Frying pans are the recurring weapon of choice for the female leads of the MOTHER trilogy. They were the sole weapons available to Ana in MOTHER and Paula in EarthBound. Kumatora can use a Fake Frying Pan late in MOTHER 3, but they're not her primary weapon type.
- After the treasure hunting quest chain Fable I, the prize is a frying pan, which has several augmentation slots. note
- It's even better than that. Close inspection will reveal the imprint of some unfortunate person's face on it.
- It's an amazingly powerful anti-zombie weapon in Dead Rising. You can smackdown a decent number of zombies with it ordinarily, but for massive damage, use the pan with a handy stove, to create a Red-Hot Frying Pan - which you can then use to toast the zombies' faces! One-hit knockout against any zombie, while also looking hilarious.
- In Dead Rising 2, psychopathic chef Antoine Thomas uses a frying pan as his main weapon. He can even block bullets with it.
- The Chef class in Makai Kingdom uses Frying Pans as one of their preferred weapons. They're a pretty rare find, as they only show up in mid-to-high level random dungeons.
- A variation is in Final Fantasy IX. A chef wants to use his frying pan as a hammer to help rebuild Alexandria, but he's told his work is just as valuable making sure everyone else is fed and healthy, so they can rebuild.
- An entire sidequest in Phantasy Star Online involves a club of weapon enthusiasts talking about the ultimate weapon, which turns out to be the frying pan of the club's president's wife. Amazingly enough, it's actually more effective than some of the real weapons you usually get around that time.
- Conker's main weapon in Conker's Bad Fur Day. The remake gave him a baseball bat.
- Lilith Aileron in Tales of Destiny. Used to devastating effect in the attacks "Shisha no mezame" (waking the dead, with sound waves!) and Steak Flare (though not directly). It is at least as painful as it sounds.
- Patty Fleur in the PS3 remake of Tales of Vesperia uses a frying pan for her Little Big Chef and Fire Big Chef artes. She only smacks them over the head with it for the former attack, though, and only if she's using certain attack styles. This is somehow just as capable of producing dishes as the other variants of the attack that actually look as though she's preparing food with the pan.
- In Chrono Cross, several characters use various cooking utensils as weapons, the strongest of which is a frying pan made of Rainbow Shell. Combined with a battle system that utilizes stringing weak-fierce blows together, this leads to, among things, an unassuming village girl unleashing a rapid-fire, martial arts Spam Attack with her trusty frying pan.
- Evolution: The World of Sacred Device has one of the main characters, Linear, use a frying pan as her main weapon. What is odd is that they are exploring ancient ruins, yet she keeps finding upgrades for her weapon. Surely the ancients had some really tough eggs to fry.
- Sauceror characters in Kingdom of Loathing wield a class of saucepans for their Saucery and for bludgeoning as per this trope. The frying brainpan, depicted and described as a frying pan, is among the top-level available.
- In Evergrace, you not only get a frying pan for Sharline, but the first upgrade adds a pair of eggs, and the second adds a strip of bacon to make a happy breakfast plate. Upgrades add enormous bashing damage (though not as good as the monstrous hammers) and fire attacks.
- In a rather weird and somewhat different usage of the Frying Pan Of Doom, but not as a hand held weapon, you've got the Evil Chef boss in Wario Land: Shake It!, Large Fry. He actually rides around in a frying pan as some kind of flying device, uses it to charge at Wario for one attack and slam into the ground from above the screen in another attack, and uses said improbable weapon in quite possibly an evil more improbable way than most.
- In Sword of Vermilion, if the hero refuses to go save a woman's husband, he gets whacked over the head with her frying pan.
- A decent Chef weapon in Contact, though the carving knives are better.
- Suikoden II has Hai Yo, a chef who fights with a wok and frying pan. He can be made into one of the most powerful characters in the game.
- Hisui wields a pan, in addition to several other cooking (and cleaning) implements, in Melty Blood. Pishi!
- When you play as Sam in one of the Lord of the Rings tie-in RPGs, one of your abilities uses a frying pan that has a stun effect.
- Left 4 Dead 2 is the source of the above image. In it, the humble skillet is every bit as deadly as any other melee weapon – maybe even more, as it has a shorter cooldown between swings. Funnily enough, it's such a liked weapon that in the promotion for The Passing DLC, the Frying Pan was added to Valve's other hugely popular multiplayer game Team Fortress 2 as a cosmetic change to the Soldier's shovel and the Demoman's bottle, where it became notorious for a high Critical Hit chance despite actually having the same stats as stock. Then, it reached memetic status as part of the "Demopan", a fan-made parody of the many, many promotional items of Team Fortress 2. As of now, the Frying Pan can be equipped by every class except the Spy and the Engineer. Considering that using the Scout's bat is one of the most annoying things to be hit with, you can only imagine how many people started to use the Frying Pan when playing as the Scout just for the Most Annoying Sound.
- And now, there's the rare Golden Frying Pan, which can be equipped on every class, including Engineer and Spy, and turns the victim into a golden statue on kill. It can be obtained from playing the Two Cities tour in Mann vs. Machine mode, at a VERY small chance. Very few Golden Pans exist, making them a prestigious item to own.
- In Final Fantasy IV, Yang's Wife (later named Sheila in The After Years) gives the heroes a frying pan with which to hit Yang, and doing so cures his memory loss. It's hinted that this is because it reminded him of the many times it apparently happened before. It's even hinted that she shows her love with physical violence in the Japanese version, where the item is actually called the "Frying Pan of Love". The "Frying Pan of Love" returns with a ladle (meant for Yang and Sheila's daughter, Ursula) in The After Years. After Yang and Ursula take their beatings, they groggily mumble as though waking up, clearly believing that Sheila was the one who hit them. Luca is left utterly dumbfounded.
- In LittleBigPlanet, one of the costume objects is a frying pan. If you try to do a Sackboy Slap while holding it, you get the expected sound. It's also supposed to knock the target further than a standard slap.
- In Zombie Panic, one of the many melee weapons available is a frying pan. On a similar note, another is a cooking pot.
- In Champions of Norrath, one might be able to deliver melee blows with The Scrambler.
- One of Miyu's weapon lines in Trinity Universe is an over-sized Phrying Pann.
- Your main method of attack in non-Japanese versions of Panic Restaurant is a frying pan.
- Frying pans are a weapon in the Snowboard Kids series. They are launched into the air rather than swung and will hit all other racers (unless they're made immune in some way, such as invisibility), flattening them and bringing their forward momentum to a screeching halt. Anyone in midair, such as when going off a jump or doing a trick, when hit by the frying pan, will plummet straight down. Disastrous over a Bottomless Pit.
- Tia of Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals uses frying pans as her Weapon of Choice.
- In Attack of the Mutant Penguins, a frying pan is Bernard's main weapon.
- Bud from Legend of Mana uses his mother's frying pan as his preferred weapon. The game treats it as a two handed sword.
- In Dungeons & Dragons Online, the final quest against a Droaam monster invasion has one fight involving a camp cook, armed with a frying pan that's not only a dangerous bludgeoning weapon to an unwary player, but also throws bacon grease around to make escape or evasion difficult. The enemies or you can set the grease ablaze.
- The Chef Kyroo dream eater in Kingdom Hearts 3D wields one as a weapon, utilizing it both for close range combos and long range fire attacks.
- Ragnarok Online has the Lunakaligo, a transcendent acolyte class weapon, and the monster Magnolia, a reanimated fried egg that uses a frying pan as a weapon.
- Frying pans are an available weapon in Silent Hill: Downpour. They're actually the best weapon in the game if you're going for the best ending, due to their high toughness, availability (Every house has one in it) and tendency to lay out enemies without actually killing them.
- Featured in Alone in the Dark 2. The frying pan can even block most of the blow darts from the Evil Chef. After the chef exhausted his darts, he will go into a frying pan duel with you.
- Barbara Johnson (also known as "The Housewife") in BioShock 2 Multiplayer uses a frying pan as her unique melee weapon.
- Uzumaki Kushina from Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution uses a frying pan and a ladle as her preferred combat weapons.
- In the Old West chapter of Live A Live, a frying pan is one of the traps that can be set up against O. Dio's gang. Annie has to be the one to wield it.
- While you never get to see your character use it, as such, the "burnt pan" is a weapon that can be equipped in Undertale. In addition to being the most powerful weapon thus far, it's also the last to have a passive bonus: all food items, including the instant noodles, heal for 4 more HP than usual. This makes it the best weapon for fighting Sans, who only takes one hit to kill once he finally stops dodging.
- The frying pan is one of many household items that can be drafted for combat duty in Project Zomboid. It's only mediocre—much better used for making "small animal meat" stir-fry—but if you're desperately scrabbling through kitchen cabinets and your only other choice is a butter knife, take the pan.
- In Fire Emblem Fates, a Frying Pan is a Joke Item (in the axe/club category) acquired from random drops in skirmishes or around the avatar's castle. It's not completely useless, as it adds 10 to the wielder's Dodge rating, and unlike the E-ranked brass/bronze weapons, it is capable of scoring critical hits.
- The Chef class in Miitopia wield frying pans as their primary weapons. They can also use them to cook food to their allies and restore their health.
- In The Muppets: On With the Show! for the Game Boy Advance, the "The Swedish Chef Cooking Hour" mini-game involves the Swedish Chef hitting Rizzo and the rats with his frying pan to keep them from stealing his food ingredients.
- In Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs' Big Break, when Hamton is playing the Montana Mash mini-game, a frying pan is his weapon of choice.
- In Salt and Sanctuary, the Iron Pot is the starting weapon of the Chef class (or any class if the player chooses to attempt the "Pot Only" challenge), and can be found very early in the game for everyone else. It's damage is as laughably pathetic as you'd expect a cooking utensil to be in a world where fighting off giant Cthulhu-like monstrosities is just a part of daily life... at least at first. When upgraded at a blacksmith it gets a much bigger damage boost than other weapons. At max upgrade level it has the highest base damage out of anything smaller than a BFS, and even beats out most of those. Granted, its stat scaling is still utter crap, so most other weapons will still do more damage if your stats are remotely decent, but its high base damage makes it very strong when used with elemental buffs, since the buff damage is based on the weapons base damage and does not factor in any scaling bonus. It also has the "Fast Hitter" ability, which makes it swing much faster than other weapons in its class.
- Pans are usable as weapons in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds where, aside from doing the most damage of any melee weapon, they will also block any shots that hit them, whether the player is holding the pan or has it 'holstered' on their back.
- In Splatoon 2, this is the weapon of choice for the Salmonids. Sunken Scrolls even mention that they are Ancestral Weapons, passed down from generation to generation and cared for in what passes for Salmonid culture.
- In The Curse of Monkey Island, if Guybrush goes to the chicken shop after being tarred and feathered, Blondebeard will mistake him for "El Pollo Diablo" and clobber him with a frying pan. Fortunately, this leads to Guybrush getting smuggled onto the Sea Monkey, which is where he needs to be.
- Parodying Final Fantasy IV, Yang's Wife in Captain SNES: The Game Masta believes that any status effect can be cured by being hit over the head with her frying pan.
- As demonstrated in Girl Genius, the best weapon is the one you don't use.
Marie: And now I'd like you to convince me you're not out to hurt Agatha.Wooster: Or you'll hit me with the pan?
- Later, the pan makes another appearance:
- This strip from The Devil's Panties. Comes with a side of Good Angel, Bad Angel.
- Done in Questionable Content by Marten to a couple of badass kung-fu monks. Yes, you read that correctly.
- Kyo'nne of Drowtales pulls this offscreen when a halme sneaks up on her to hilarious effect
- Invoked in Mac Hall.
- Also invoked in Nip and Tuck, especially against a girl's drunken boyfriend who is too violent to reason with and manhandles his date.
Nip: Good thing Ma still serves her cornbread in the pan.
- Sarah Williams' signature weapon in the fancomics Roommates and Girls Next Door justified by the same thing as the Discworld example earlier: Most of her troubles are fae in nature so Cold Iron is a good bet.
- Iris from Broodhollow pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment with one, pounding the tailor-skeleton until the colors go back to normal. And then a bit more for good measure.
- The Cyantian Chronicles: A young bat with the appropriate name of Skitter wields one successfully here.
- In Housepets! Grape snaps Bino out of one of his crazy moments with a pan to the head. Then wonders why the "Good ol' dogs club" even had one.
- Kate knocks out Steve with a frying pan in the KateModern episode "Ding Dong".
- Being hit with a frying pan is the usual form of dismissal in the Boleg Bros Lego Apprentice parodies.
- Hillary Clinton uses one to hit Bill with in the Jib Jab video "Time For Some Campaignin'"
- A character in CAPOW uses a Frying Pan Of Heaven. Luckily for the rest of the cast she's a staunch pacifist who only uses it to fix glitchy code in the World Tree, and the planned storyline where the End of the World as We Know It hits and her optimism gets broken in the worst possible way never came to full fruition.
- In this CGI-Lego recreation of '''The Apprentice'', each fired contestant is shown the door by way of a frying pan.
- In the Homestar Runner short "Bug in Mouth Disease", Strong Bad knocks Homestar out with a skillet when he's watching Caleb Rentpayer. With an Offhand Backhand, even.
"That was a great skillet nap!"
- Rhia, from the Anti-Cliché and Mary-Sue Elimination Society uses a frying pan as her Weapon of Choice.
- In We Are Our Avatars, Harley Morenstein wielded a frypan made of Adamanitium and used it to deflect bullets with ease.
- Glove and Boots: Fafa hits Mario's father with a frying pan.
- In The Penumbra Podcast, Mary-Ann wields a frying pan during The Coyote of the Painted Plain, using it to knock out her fiancée Beau.
- A rarer male example occurs in the Darkwing Duck episode "Time and Punishment"; in a Bad Future where Darkwing has become a Knight Templar, Bad Future!Launchpad kayoes him with a frying pan after he threatens Gosalyn with a missile loaded gun.
- Weapon of choice for Irma, April O'Neil's dowdy coworker in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She nearly brains Donatello before she realizes who it is.
- During Huey and Riley's fight in The Boondocks episode "Let's nab Oprah!", Riley first pulls out a frying pan from his pants (and later produces a gun from there as well), while Huey fends him off with a katana. As the fight moves into the kitchen area, Huey uses a frying pan that's lying around to knock Riley down.
- Wilma from The Flintstones likes to use these.
- Family Guy: Peter invents an antidote for frying pans to the head. It doesn't work.
- Chris Total Drama World Tour hits Owen over the head with one in the first episode when he freaks due to his fear of flying.
- In the Wacky Races episode "Idaho a Go Go", Dastardly lures Penelope Pitstop into a Red Riding Hood scenario, with Muttley as the wolf. Except that Penelope's an Action Girl, so rather than hide from the wolf, she clobbers him with a frying pan. When the real wolf shows up, he doesn't fare any better.
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "MMMystery on the Friendship Express" has the cake-guarding Pinkie Pie taken out with one by an elderly Ninja lady in one of Pinkie's Imagine Spots.
- A season 5 episode of Futurama has Ndnd of the Planet Omicron Persei 8 and Leela facing off with these. Bender sells them when they start arguing.
- An episode of Camp Lazlo has Slinkman hitting Lumpus with a frying pan when he gets delusional. It's implied this wasn't the first time it's happened.
- From The Fairly OddParents! episode "Stage Fright", Vicky tries to audition for a movie role and has Timmy playing the role of her character's little brother, who is in a coma.
Timmy: But I'm not in a coma.Vicky: You are now! *CLANG*
- Mr. Cat and Pretty do this on occasions, usually to Stumpy.
- A variant was in Episode 88 where Mr. Cat throws the frying pan at Stumpy to get him to stop singing, with the same effect as usual.
- In Episode 130, Mr. Cat tells Kaeloo to Stay in the Kitchen because she's a girl, and she angrily picks up a frying pan from the kitchen and repeatedly bashes him on the head with it for being sexist.
- Exaggerated in Episode 59, where Bad Kaeloo uses a giant frying pan to hit Stumpy, Mr. Cat, Pretty and Olaf on their heads at the same time.
- In the Bunnicula episode "Curse of the Were-dude", Chester becomes human thanks to being bitten by Patches the Were-dude. Chester initially thinks it's great since he can do human things. Then he tries to go home. Mina greets Chester with a frying pan to the face, understandably freaked out by a strange man trying to sneak into her house via the pet door.
- In the Lego Ninjago episode "The Attack", Misako uses one to defeat a Vermillion Warrior.
- In The Simpsons Halloween Special Segment "Survival of the Fattest", Marge knocks out Mr. Burns and Smithers just before they kill Homer.
- Richard the Lionheart is reputed to have died after being called out of his tent to come see an enemy Mook using a frying pan as a shield. The actual cause of death was being shot by crossbow though.
- Some versions claim that the lethal bolt was fired from the crossbow of the man with the frying pan. Lucky shot indeed.
- As mentioned on the trope page; this trope is often seen because yes, Frying Pans can be pretty heavy and several people had used them as makeshift weapons in self-defense.
- Adding to that, if the frying pan has been recently used, it could also be RED-HOT while it's being slung around.
- Not to mention it could be full of equally SCALDINGLY HOT oil, making it capable of doing copious amounts of damage (to the wielder as well, if not careful) even on a complete miss.
- Adding to that, if the frying pan has been recently used, it could also be RED-HOT while it's being slung around.
- As the page quote shows, Anthony Bourdain once wrote that if upon hefting a frying pan, if you have any doubt whether it's the pan that will dent on someone's head instead of the reverse, throw it away.
- Back when fighter airplanes were unarmoured many pilots sat on frying pans to cover themselves from shots from under the plane.
- A man used a frying pan to fend off a home invader.