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->''"I think it's time I cracked open this bottle!"''
-->-- '''[[AxCrazy The Family Killer]]''', ''[[Film/TheStepfather The Stepfather II]]''

As one of the standard {{Improvised Weapon}}s for the BarBrawl, it makes sense that bottles have a certain special place in the world of weapons. Getting hit with one is actually fairly damaging due to the way they are constructed, and it's fairly easy to inflict serious head injuries on people (if not actually ''kill'' someone) with them. The fact that they come with a ready-made grip at the neck doesn't hurt either.

Many of these end up falling under the SoftGlass rule and shatter easily when they likely wouldn't in real life, (beer bottles in particular are actually rather hard to break without a lot of force and knowhow due to how thick the glass is; indeed, most [[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2008.07.013 beer bottles are tougher than most people's skulls,]]) though this aspect of them is occasionally subverted comically. Some people in RealLife expect bottles to break as easily as they do in movies and wind up with either a whole bottle or [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs a handful of glass shards,]] showing that RealityIsUnrealistic.

This trope has a common, more intimidating variation where the wielder will deliberately break the bottle on something hard first, leaving a half-bottle with the base end now made up of shards of broken glass that the wielder can stab with. Again, RealLife applications of such are highly impractical, since not only are real bottles a lot harder to break, if one does attempt to bust one open for their makeshift shiv and succeed, they'll most likely destroy the entire bottle outright instead of the pointy half-bottle they were going for. Smashing a beer bottle into a bar table is more likely to break ''the table'' than the bottle.

In {{Comedy|Tropes}}, they might attempt this with a ''plastic'' bottle; needless to say it doesn't break, (or [[RuleOfFunny shatters like glass]]).[[note]]Hard plastic water bottles filled with liquid can actually hit quite hard, and if the liquid is frozen, they are fully capable of hitting hard enough to cause a severe concussion or even fracture a human skull.[[/note]]

For all you beginning {{bar brawl}}ers, you're generally better off hitting people with an intact bottle (if empty -- we did mention some beer bottles are harder than most people's skulls, right?), or, if they're full and you have a good arm, ''throwing them''.[[note]]All kidding aside, please don't do this in real life unless the situation is extreme - most jurisdictions will treat this an assault with intent to cause serious bodily injury at the least.[[/note]]

When you use the person instead of the bottle to attack, it's GrievousHarmWithABody. When a non-improvised weapon is intentionally formed out of glass, it's GlassWeapon.

* Used in a Advertising/WilkinsCoffee commercial.
-->'''Wilkins:''' You want a can of Wilkins Coffee?\\
'''Wontkins:''' No give me a bottle of ginger ale.\\
'''Wilkins:''' Okay! ''(WHAM)'' But he would have liked the Wilkins.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'' offers Gally kicking a beer bottle into someone's face (and beer mugs into several other peoples' mugs). Being cyborgs, however, it doesn't serve any purpose beyond making them wet and pissed off.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'': Due to a cast full of {{Combat Pragmatist}}s, this trope is used several times. On one occasion, the protagonist is undercover in a Yakuza-run restaurant and an angry patron attacks him this way; While exactly what he did with it is off-screen, November 11 killed an entire room of people with a bottle [[AnIcePerson he froze]], [[spoiler: but was killed in the process]]. In the second season, Hei teaches the character Suo how to fight and during their TrainingFromHell, picks up a jagged bottle to demonstrate that anything in your surroundings is a potential weapon. In a variation, Suo later remembers this lesson [[spoiler: and grievously injuries someone who betrayed them by throwing shards of glass into her boomerang style]].
* PlayedForDrama in ''Anime/AngelBeats''. [[spoiler:Iwasawa is hit in the head with a bottle while her parents are fighting. As a result, she loses her ability to sing (her only outlet) and eventually her life.]]
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'': In one episode, a thug tries to knock Pops Racer out by breaking a bottle over his head. It doesn't work. In a later episode, Spritle and Chim-Chim are able to pin down a spy long enough to tie him up by throwing empty bottles at him.
* During a brawl in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', a mook smashes Yusuke over the head with a beer bottle. [[SoftGlass Not only does it have no effect whatsoever]], he complains about the guy wasting quality brew.
* This is used to commit a murder in ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ''. [[spoiler: More exactly, the BoardingSchool's JerkAss of a StudentCouncilPresident is kidnapped, tied up, and killed via this by a MalevolentMaskedMan.]] The concept of stage glass bottles is a major clue in discovering who did it.
* Episode 1 of ''Anime/GalileiDonna'': A mysterious man in black is assaulting Hazuki in the womens' restroom! Then he takes a wine bottle to the head, courtesy of Anna. Probably should have waited for them to leave the restaurant...
* Happens to ''Manga/SailorMoon'' in the series premiere of the 1992 adaptation. When she gets in a physical scuffle with some zombies, she already isn't doing very well, but then one of them pulls a broken bottle on her...
* Sheeta at the beginning of ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'' tries to escape by hitting her captor with a champagne bottle. Unusually for this trope, the bottle does not break (but it does knock the man out).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'':
** In a flashback, the Comedian gets accosted by a Vietnamese woman he got pregnant. When he refuses to have anything to do with either her or the baby, she slashes him across the face with a broken bottle, and he shoots her dead.
** In [[Film/{{Watchmen}} the film]], someone Rorschach wants to [[TooDumbToLive talk to]] tries to threaten him with a bottle. Which Rorschach breaks, and then squeezes the shards into the man's hand. In the comic, the person is holding a shot glass. Rorschach grabs the glass-holding hand and does the same thing. Ouch!
* ''ComicBook/FunWithMilkAndCheese'': Evan Dorkin's comic runs on this trope. They prefer gin bottles rather than beer bottles.
* In the ''ComicBook/SinCity'' tale ''Just Another Saturday Night'', Marv smashes a whiskey bottle and comes after a group of psychopaths torching a homeless man to death [[ForTheEvulz for fun]]. He gets shot in the shoulder and never gets the chance to use his makeshift weapon, however.
* In the first ''Death'' mini-series, "The High Cost of Living," Mad Hettie threatens Sexton with a broken bottle.
* Tintin and Captain Haddock of ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' frequently makes use of this trope, mainly because Haddock's status as TheAlcoholic means that there's always a whiskey bottle nearby for them to use.
** ''The Secret of the Unicorn'' has him toss a bottle of three-star brandy at a gun-toting villain, then pretty much immediately bemoans its loss.
** The same also happens to Bobby Smiles in ''Tintin in America'' as he charges at Tintin.
** In ''The Crab With Golden Claws'', Tintin and Haddock use wine bottles as projectiles to hold off Allan and his henchmen.
** In ''Red Rackham's Treasure'', Tintin, while diving to salvage an artifact from the shipwreck, attracts a ThreateningShark which swallows the artifact and tries to desperately fend it off with an ancient flask of rum. The flask itself doesn't do much against the shark, except that it also swallows the rum and falls into a drunken stupor shortly.
* In ''ComicBook/TheShadowHero'', Wun Too is a legit kung-fu master, but [[CombatPragmatist he'd much rather have a couple of broken bottles]] in his hands.
* In a flashback in ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp: Season Zero'' #1, Wynonna jams a beer bottle into [[MoeGreeneSpecial the eye of a biker]] who is hassling her in a bar.
* In ''ComicBook/BlackMagick'' #8, J.P. Brandt is fleeing from Rowan and Morgan when he throws a bottle at Morgan that hits him in the head.

* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''/''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/27874 Xenophilia]]'' fanfic, ''FanFic/DividedRainbow'', Lero attempts this on [[RealityWarper Discord]] in not one, but two consecutive chapters! It actually goes a LOT better than you'd expect. Which is to say that LERO managed not to get hurt.
* In ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', Naruto uses a soda bottle to beat up Mizuki's biker gang. Amazingly, the bottle itself survives the whole ordeal.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Justified in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood''. The Joker does break a glass and use it as a slashing weapon against a mook, but it is only a glass, a crystal one, meaning it would be easier to shatter and doesn't have the weight of a bottle.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', the Joker breaks a coffee mug and uses it as a slashing weapon to slit one man's throat, before gassing everyone else in the room.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'': When the mob breaks into the Simpsons' house, Maggie scares off Mister Teeny (the chimp) with a broken baby bottle.
* Averted when [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin Tintin]] goes to hit a {{mook}} with a whiskey bottle, only for [[TheAlcoholic Captain Haddock]] to grab the bottle in mid-swing so he can take a swig. Played straight later in the movie; given a choice between holding a bottle or the MacGuffin, Haddock resolutely puts down the former, only for TheDragon to sneak up behind Haddock, grab the bottle and break it over his head. Tintin is furious afterwards; given that Haddock reeks of alcohol, he naturally refuses to believe Haddock wasn't drunk again. Then once more for a RuleOfThree during the climactic battle. After losing his weapon, Haddock throws whiskey bottles at the BigBad, knocking his SwordCane out of his hand. When the villain responds with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, inviting Haddock to take a swig from the last bottle, Haddock punches him overboard and kicks the bottle after him so it bounces off his head, knocking the villain out.
* The crow barkeep in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' threatens Fritz with a broken bottle when he accidentally calls him a racist slur.
* ''Disney/RalphBreaksTheInternetWreckItRalph2'': [[spoiler:Parodied; as the Disney Princesses prepare to attack Vanellope, Cinderella breaks one of her glass slippers and points it like a shiv.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Parodied in ''Film/TwentyTwoJumpStreet'': Schmidt attempts to break a bourbon bottle against Mercedes' head, only to find that it's plastic.
* ''Film/AceVenturaPetDetective'': A deleted scene shows Ace entering a bar looking for former kicker Ray Finkle only to start a fight. One patron threatens Ace with a broken bottle but Ace pulls out and breaks his contact lens to play with glass too.
-->'''Ace:''' Come on! Fat boy!
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', when the hero tries to break a milk carton against the bar.
* In ''Film/AnneOfTheIndies'', Blackbeard smashes a bottle over the head of the man wrestling the bear so he does not lose his bet.
* In ''Film/{{Ariel}}'', Kasurinen is hit over the head with a bottle and robbed early on.
* ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'': Austin breaks a liquor bottle when fighting with Mini-Me. Mini-Me breaks a miniature bottle.
* ''Film/TheAvengers1998'' has TheDragon smashing two milk bottles together for twice the weaponry.
* ''The Big Bus'': This spoof disaster movie parodies Grievous Bottley Harm. Disgraced bus driver Dan Torrance gets into a fight in a bar:
-->'''Bar Customer:''' Look out! He's got a broken milk carton!
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'': During the bar fight, Murphy smashes two full wine bottles on one guy's head.
* When Bragg tries to jump Logan in the barroom in ''Film/CanyonPassage'', Logan is ready for him and smashes a full bottle of whiskey over his head.
* Randall from ''Film/ClerksII'' has been taught a particular racist term for this, from his lovely old granma.
* In ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', after the gang betrays Alex, one of them smashes a full milk bottle across his face. Played at least somewhat realistically, as Alex drops to the ground in agony.
* A character gets stabbed to death with a broken ketchup bottle in ''Film/{{Cornered}}''
* In ''Film/DeadInTombstone'', Guerrero uses a succession of bottles to beat Darko to death in the saloon.
* ''Death in Brunswick'': Averted along with {{soft glass}} in this Australian film. A man smashes an empty beer bottle on the bartop and gets a hand full of broken glass for his trouble.
* Near the end of ''Film/DeathWishVTheFaceOfDeath'', vigilante Paul Kersey finds a glass bottle and breaks it. When he finds mob boss Tommy O'Shea, Paul cuts Tommy's face with the broken end in retaliation for what O'Shea had done to Paul's girlfriend earlier in the movie.
* In ''Film/{{Dinosaurus}}'' this trope is subverted. The villain attempts to break a bottle to be more threatening, but does it wrong and the bottle breaks in his hand, cutting him badly. Oops.
* In ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', Bartleby smashes a bottle and holds it to Bethany's neck, once he realizes who she is. Bartleby, however, is an angel; [[JustifiedTrope his exact level of intelligence/consciousness and strength would certainly be supernatural, allowing him to do it flawlessly on his first try.]]
* In ''Film/EnterTheDragon'', Oharra is getting destroyed by Creator/BruceLee, and in frustration grabs a bottle from an on-looker and smashes it. In the scene where he actually breaks it, he ends up with a very tiny stem of the bottle in his hand, with very small jagged edges to act as a weapon. In the next scene cut, he is threatening Lee with a more visually appropriately broken bottle. Of course, it still doesn't do him any good...
* While he was alive, Schneider in ''Film/FrankensteinAndTheMonsterFromHell'' had a fascination with broken glass, which led him to stab people with broken bottles. He continues to do so even when another man's brain is put inside his head.
* In ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'' the alcoholic cemetery caretaker is killed when Jason [[DeathByIrony grabs one of his discarded liquor bottles]], breaks it, and stabs him in the throat with it.
* Played surprisingly realistically in Chinese silent film ''Film/TheGoddess'', in which a prostitute kills her pimp with one blow from a wine bottle, which remains intact.
* ''Film/TheGoldenChild''. Before attacking Kee Nang, a biker casually breaks a bottle of beer to create a weapon. Kee Nang jumps up, grabs onto an overhead metal pipe and kicks him through a wall.
* In ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'', Hansel hits an evil witch in the head several times with a milk bottle, which doesn't break.
* In ''Film/HappyGilmore'', Happy breaks a bottle at the golf course clubhouse when he thinks he's being threatened. When he realizes his error, he claims he was simply looking for the other pieces of his bottle.
* In ''Film/{{Help}}'', Music/TheBeatles hide from danger in a riverside pub, where a booby trap drops Ringo into the cellar. Clang, posing as a bartender, threatens the others with a broken bottle and they flee through the window.
* Somewhat related; in the urban slasher ''Holla If You Hear Me'', a character is bludgeoned with a can of Pepsi, which is then pounded down his throat.
* ''I Went Down'': In this Irish film, a bad guy smashes a bottle against a table. But he breaks it by swinging it up and against the edge of the table, which seems even more unlikely to succeed.
* In ''Film/InBruges'', the lead characters decide that someone coming at you with a bottle is reason enough to use force and fight back. This means the main character is excited when an irritating [[spoiler:Canadian]] woman comes at him with a bottle.
* In ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', milquetoast gas station owners Arnold Stang and Marvin Kaplan knock out a raving Jonathan Winters with a bottle... they're not so lucky the next time when he comes to even madder.
* JohnWick: Kirill (One of Viggo's men) smashes a bottle against Wick's head and then stabs him in the side with the broken bottle.
* ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie''. While TheDragon Butkus is fighting Loo, he smashes two bottles together in order to use the broken ends against Loo.
* In ''Film/KickAss'', the female junkie (that's how she's listed in the credits) smashes a bottle to use as a weapon against Hit Girl. It doesn't help, and after immediately realizing what an incredibly ''bad'' idea that was she tries to run away. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice That doesn't help, either.]]
* In ''Film/KnifeForTheLadies'', Jen smashes a bottle over Travis' head when she escapes from the AttemptedRape. It stuns him for a second, but he is after her almost immediately.
* Played with in ''The Last Horror Film''. The delusional fanboy protagonist breaks into his favourite actress' bathroom, breaks a bottle of champagne and puts it against her throat, but only to see how it would look in the movie that he wants her to star in. She is still understandably freaked out by it, and a ChaseScene ensues.
* Lifetime idiot Freddie from ''Film/LayerCake'' gets a ketchup bottle smashed into his face. And then [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown it gets worse]]...
* During the BarBrawl with machine guns in ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', one of the mooks charges Quatermain, who smashes him in the face with a whiskey bottle and flips him.
--> '''Quatermain:''' ''(glances at bottle label, then tosses it aside)'' [[BondOneLiner Wicked waste.]]
* In ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday'', Bob Hoskins makes particularly graphic use of a bottle against one of his closest friends when his bad day finally explodes into a brief, furious frenzy; first he smashes the bottle over his victim's head, then he brutally stabs him in the neck with the jagged end. The sight of blood spraying out of his friend's throat soon [[WhatHaveIDone calms him down]].
* In ''Film/TheLongGoodbye'', gangster Marty Augustine threatens Marlowe by smashing a coke bottle against his own girlfriend's face.
-->'''Marty Augustine:''' Now, that's someone I love! And you I don't even like!
* In a somewhat more realistic application in ''Film/{{Memento}}'', Leonard successfully clubs Dodd senseless with a full bottle of wine he happens to have handy when [[ItMakesSenseInContext Dodd assaults him on the toilet]], and never breaks it.
* In ''Film/OnceWereWarriors'', Jake stabs one of his drinking buddies [[GroinAttack in the groin]] with a broken bottle after finding out [[spoiler: he raped Jake's daughter, causing her to hang herself]].
* Attempted by a Yakuza in ''Film/{{Outrage}}'' but he is stopped by his friends before he can do anything. Not that it helped.
* Creator/HenryFonda's character in ''Film/TheOxBowIncident'' gets a whiskey bottle over his head which knocks him unconscious.
* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'': A particularly nasty example averted the whole "easily broken" bit in a horrific scene where [[FacialHorror a man's face is smashed in with a bottle]] that doesn't break. This was based on an experience the director actually had in RealLife, and he commented that he'd seen the breaking played straight a lot in Westerns.
* In ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', Elizabeth Swan and the village Blacksmith use a bottle to knock out James Norrington and Jack Sparrow in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second]] and [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first]] films respectively.
* In ''Film/ScaryMovie2'', the cat attacks Cindy with this.
* In ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', Tatum Riley, one of the Ghostface's victims, manages to fight him off by flinging beer bottles at him. She would have escaped too, had she not made the rather dumb mistake of trying to use the doggy-door to get out of the garage.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', during the big Maidenhead bar brawl, River is attacked by a man using a beer bottle, and she shatters it against the bartop when she deflects his attack. She then turns and kicks another bottle into another man's head, knocking him out cold.
* In ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', "Iron Head", the eldest of the Shaolin monks gets repeated bottle breaks over his head by his abusive boss to chastise his poor job performance, with no effect. Sing gets a bottle thrown over his head with effect from his poor band performance with Iron Head.
* A guy has a beer can crushed into his head in ''Sleepover Nightmare''.
* ''Film/SororityRow'' has a girl get a bottle violently shoved down her throat, which is then slashed.
* In ''Film/StarkRavingMad'', a guy gets a wine bottle over the head and is knocked out.
* The SlasherMovie ''[[Film/TheStepfather Stepfather II]]'' features a particularly brutal scene where the title serial killer murders his current lover's former husband by smashing a bottle against his head, before maniacally stabbing him with it over and over again.
* In ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003'' remake Sheriff Hoyt breaks a liquor bottle into Morgan's face, severely injuring him and leaving him partially blinded and unable to talk for the rest of the film.
* When Lionheart's gang of tramps rise to attack Maxwell in ''Film/TheatreOfBlood'', one of them smashes a bottle to stab him with.
* In ''Film/TrueLies'', [[Creator/JamieLeeCurtis Helen Tasker]] beats Juno Skinner senseless with a champagne bottle. It doesn't break!
-->'''Helen:''' Want one? ''(whack)'' How 'bout ''two''? ''(whack)''
* ''Film/UrbanLegendsBloodyMary'' has a scene where the titular murderess kills a boy by breaking a bottle over his head before slashing his throat with it several times.
* One of the characters in ''Film/TheOutsiders'' breaks a Coke bottle for use in a fight, but the fight doesn't end up happening.
* ''Film/TheWarriors'': When our eponymous heroes are preparing to face down the Rogues, Mercy breaks a bottle against a girder to arm herself. [[spoiler: She won't need it.]]
* During the final shootout of ''Film/TheWayOfTheGun'', one of the antiheroes jumps into a dry water fountain for cover, and then screams in agony. When we see inside, we realize that he's jumped into a pile of broken bottles, and has to pull a four-inch-long shard out from under his skin. Ouch.
* Eddie Valiant in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' does this to one of the weasels.
* In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', a fat sailor breaks a bottle against the bar in response to Fozzie beginning a joke with "There was this sailor who was so fat!"
-->'''Sailor:''' How fat was he?
-->'''Fozzie:''' Uh... he was so fat that everybody liked him and there was nothing funny about him at all.
* In ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', the pregnant Vietnamese girl uses a broken bottle to slash The Comedian's face.
* ''Film/TheWarWagon'': The bartender smashes a bottle over Levi's head during the BarBrawl. Leads to a PunchPunchPunchUhOh moment as Levi is completely unfazed by the blow.
* In ''Film/TheTribe'', some of the gang members smash a bottle over Sergey's head, sending him to the hospital.
* Averted in ''Film/DrNo''. James Bond is [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine dining with Dr No]] and at one point grabs a bottle as an ImprovisedWeapon, only to freeze when a guard shoves a gun in his back.
-->'''Dr. No:''' That's a Dom Perignon '55, it would be a pity to break it.
* In ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', after Blofeld orders Grunther and a mook to take care of Tracy during the helicopter attack on Piz Gloria, she takes a wine bottle and smashes it on the mook's head. Afterwards, she briefly tries to defend herself from Grunther with the broken bottle, until he disarms her.

* ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'': A variant turns up in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' -- Vimes notes that unless you know how to break a bottle properly, instead of a weapon you get a hand full of glass shards and a lot of bleeding. He uses this to his advantage while attempting to avert a riot, making sure the crowd sees an "amateur bottle fighter" hurt himself while Vimes' hands are both occupied with innocent tasks (a cup of cocoa and a cigar), then offers medical assistance.\\\
He also mentions to the crowd, while helping the injured man, that he saw someone try this trick against a less generous opponent. The guy reached down and squeezed the afflicted hand. This gets a groan of morbid appreciation. Earlier in the series, broken bottles have also been referenced as "Morpork knives", barfighting practically being the "lower" city's civic sport.
* ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries Iron Fist]]'': The more common unrealistic treatment is averted in the ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' novel. At the beginning of the novel, agents of a rogue warlord stage a fight in order to get the Wraiths out in the open. To start it, a real bottle is used to hit one of the pilots over the head, and it does not break. (The victim survives without permanent injury, but TapOnTheHead is averted; he spends about a week and a half on medical leave with concussion.) Later, when the Wraiths are using that trick on another world, one of them uses a stage-glass bottle against one of their own, which does break.
* ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'': Mike Callahan has been known to throw a beer bottle at customers from time to time. Luckily, [[SubvertedTrope it's made of foam rubber]].
* ''Confess, Fletch'', one of Gregory [=McDonald's=] eleven ''Literature/{{Fletch}}'' novels. The title character arrives in an apartment he's using as part of a housing swap to find a beautiful woman has been murdered there. With no evident murder weapon and the girl clearly dead, he pours himself a bottle of whiskey from the buffet nearby and calls the police. Unfortunately for Fletch, the whiskey bottle was the murder weapon, and was placed in the open so that he might incriminate himself. Police have a hard time figuring it out at first, as an open bottle would have made a much less effective murder weapon given that it might break. This is seen as more damning evidence that Fletch was trying to keep the murder weapon out of play by opening it for a drink.
* In Creator/HGWells' ''The History of Mr Polly'', Polly breaks a wine bottle over the head of the villainous Uncle Jim, who comments, "Bolls? [sic] Fightin' with Bolls? I'll show 'im fightin' with bolls'!" He then breaks two bottles to use as daggers, a skill he had learned in a reformatory home.
* In ''Up Periscope'' by Robb White, the hero is a frogman who is sneaking into a Japanese encampment during a drinking party. When a Japanese officer comes to close the hero uses a bottle of sake, that he found in the hands of an [[SlippingAMickey unconscious]] soldier as [[ImprovisedWeapon a mace]]. In this case the hero swung sideways rather than overhand, because that was the only way to hit a scar on the Japanese officers head, and the hero was actually trying to kill him [[HeKnowsTooMuch lest his presence be revealed]]. In this variation it was war rather then a BarBrawl.
* In the ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch'' novels, the psychologically unstable Thriss has a mini-breakdown in ''Quark's Bar'' and attacks one of her companions with a broken bottle.
* In the Indian novel ''Literature/TheWhiteTiger'': [[spoiler: How Balram kills Ashok.]] %% This comment was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like and tell this troper.
* In Fred Vargas' ''Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand'', when Fabre insults Retancourt, Adamsberg takes a bottle of wine from [[TheAlcoholic Danglard]]'s bag, breaks it on a table's corner and threatens Fabre with the broken gullet to get him to apologise. The violence doesn't go any further on Adamsberg's side, as he soon drops the gullet and walks away... only for Fabre to grab the broken bottle and stab Adamsberg in the arm with it. [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction Adamsberg remains pretty much unflappable through the whole thing.]]
* In ''Literature/DifferentSeasons' '' "The Body," it's mentioned that Chris Chambers once turned up at school with a large bandage wrapped around his head after his father hit him with a Rheingold bottle.
* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': Quill smashes a magical bouncer over the head with a bottle of champagne during the fight in The Goat and Compasses in ''The Severed Streets''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Joy threatens Catalina:
-->'''Joy:''' You're not the one holdin' a freshly broken bottle, now are you!\\
* thunk*\\
* thunk*\\
''(bottle remains whole)''\\
'''Joy:''' This would still hurt if I hit you with it!
* ''Series/MythBusters'':
** In a Shark Week episode, Kari tried to christen the new boat "Orca V" with a bottle. Unfortunately the bottle ''would not break'' despite her trying repeatedly until it finally broke and splashed Champagne all over her.
** In the "Buster Special," when Adam tried to christen the new "Buster 2.0". It took three tries for the bottle to break. Apparently whenever the Mythbusters try to christen something one should expect them to need several tries to make the bottle shatter.
** They did an entire show about the effectiveness of the bottle as a weapon, and their tests showed that a full beer bottle does significantly more damage to the brain than an empty one. They were going to hit Adam (in a helmet) at first until they discovered that the force applied was enough to cause a concussion, so they used gelatin brains instead. After declaring the "empty bottle being more damaging" myth busted, Jamie and Adam broke sugar glass bottles over each other's heads. ([[RuleOfThree As in the previous examples]], they had trouble breaking the bottles against a football helmet early in the episode, and Adam pointed out that those types of bottles are ''meant to be shipped long distances'', so they ''had'' to be relatively strong.)
* The [[Series/TheDailyShow Stewart]]/[[Series/TheColbertReport Colbert]]/[[Series/LateNight O'Brien]] MeleeATrois includes a scene where all three smash SoftGlass beer bottles over each other's heads -- this is where the Stewart-Colbert alliance breaks up and it becomes a true Mêlée à Trois, as Jon accidentally breaks a bottle over Stephen. The [[HilariousOuttakes blooper reel]] shows Conan going to hit Jon and hesitating at the last minute, disturbed by how real the sugar glass bottle looks.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' averted the SoftGlass portion of this trope when Tara's mother hits her over the head with a tequila bottle. Bottle doesn't break at all, and Tara is left with a nasty gash.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' also averts the SoftGlass trope in the episode "Parasite", when a murder victim is repeatedly bludgeoned with a glass decanter without breaking.
* The British sketch show ''Series/HarryAndPaul'' has a series of parody ads with Nelson Mandela selling stuff. In one ad he sells ''Nelson Mandela's Organic Fighting beer''.
-->'''Nelson Mandela:''' It contains no preservatives. It contains no additives. It is just 100% organic fighting beer. (''smashes, then waves bottle'') Do you want some?
* In the ''{{Series/Torchwood}}'' episode "Fragments", Jack's flashback starts with him reviving while having a broken bottle stuck in his gut. He then proceeds to pull it out and throw it away, and is killed again a minute later.
* Subverted humorously '''twice''' in an episode of ''Series/HappyDays'' -- once when Ralph attempts to break a bottle against a bar, only to be left with an intact bottle and a hole in the bar; and later in that same episode when he attempts to pick up a soda bottle only to have it fall apart in his hand.
* A similar subversion appears in ''Series/PerfectStrangers''. Larry attempts to intimidate a group of tough bikers by breaking a bottle against a pool table, only for it to fail to break, ''twice''. Then the toughest biker takes it from him, and smashes it against ''his own forehead'', and nonchalantly says, "Is ''that'' what you were tryin' to do?"
* ''{{Series/Titus}}'': Tommy attempts this, but the bottle remains intact, so he just puts it back on the table.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Parodied, where an old western saloon contains two racks of bottles, one marked as "real", and the other as "Fake, for barfights only". Max promptly breaks one of the fake bottles.
* In an old episode of ''Series/XPlay'' Johnny Extreme smashes several beer bottles on his crotch, and encourages Adam and Morgan to join in. Adam does so, and Morgan instead smashes her bottle over Adam's head.
* In an episode of ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'', one of the gang brings in some prop-bottles from a movie set and everyone has fun smashing them over each other's head. Arriving late on the scene, Squiggy picks up a "real" wine bottle and bonks Lenny on the head with it. The bottle doesn't break and there's a rather grisly "clonk" sound effect, but Lenny acts like nothing happened.
* Used as a buzz-in on the game show ''Series/{{Distraction}}''. A question was asked, a contestant would buzz in, and immediately have a bottle smashed over their head before being allowed to answer. Seemed to prove quite distracting, even with the bottles being of the sugar-glass variant.
* In the ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' episode "Not In My Back Yard", the first VictimOfTheWeek is done in with a broken bottle. In another episode, one of the victims gets done in by having wine-bottles ''catapulted'' onto him (he'd been drugged first so croquet hoops could be securely affixed into the ground over his arms and legs to keep him from moving before the murderer woke him up again).
* ''Series/GetSmart'': Max pretends to go on the bottle so he'll be recruited by KAOS. To help sell the premise, CONTROL stocks the bar with breakaway bottles so Max can hit DaChief over the head with one when Chief comes in to try to get Max to go on the wagon. They do it, but the KAOS agent doesn't notice. So they move closer to him and do it again, and the KAOS agent still doesn't notice. They're out of breakaway bottles so Max orders a big bottle of champagne: he plans to break the bottle on the bar and threaten the Chief with the shards. But slamming the bottle on the bar just makes a hole in the bar.
* Played with in ''Series/SledgeHammer''. The crook Agent Doreau takes on in a BarBrawl tries several times to break a bottle to fight her and fails like he would in real life. So she grabs the bottle, breaks it for him on the first try as though the bottle is SoftGlass, hands the broken bottle to him, then jump kicks him.
* In the first episode of ''Series/WildBoys'', Hogan smashes a bottle and uses to attack Jack in the pub.
* On ''Series/RepublicOfDoyle'' Jake gets hit on the head with an empty wine bottle. The bottle does not break and he is knocked unconscious.
* Danny gets one of these in ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' "Officer Involved". The bottle breaks and he gets knocked out.
** The VictimOfTheWeek in the first of the trio of stories that make up "Blood Actually" is bludgeoned to death with a champagne bottle.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Bud busts a bottle over a guy's head when Al takes him to the nudie bar for his 18th birthday.
* In ''Series/TheLeague'', Jenny accomplishes this with a ceramic Chinese figurine, and uses it to threaten bar patrons into changing the TV away from the Bears game.
* On the ''Creator/EllenDeGeneres Show'', in an interview with Creator/JackieChan.
* In the pilot of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', Dobson blindsides Shepherd Book with a [[TapOnTheHead wine bottle to the head]], averting SoftGlass in the process. Then he hits him over the head a couple more times to be sure.
* In an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', Trakeena attempts to break a bottle to use a weapon. However, she is unable to shatter it on the bar top.
* In the ''Series/TheMentalist'' episode "The Great Red Dragon", [[spoiler:Gale Bertram]] smashes a bartender who recognizes his face from a news bulletin in the face with a whiskey bottle, then uses the broken edge to do [[GoryDiscretionShot something lethal and very gory]] to the back of the poor bastard's neck.
* Played realistically in ''Series/GeneralHospital'', wherein the victim actually ''died'' from the blow.
* ''Series/CSIMiami'': In "Habeas Corpse", corrupt ASA Josh Avery is killed by a blow to his head with a wine bottle.
* Of course there's a ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' example, and of course it's a subversion. [[spoiler: Warren]] hits his ex-girlfriend over the head with a champagne bottle to keep her from calling the police on him. The bottle doesn't break, but she dies instantly.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': In "Selina Kyle", Cobblepot smashes a beer bottle and stabs the two college kids who give him a lift after they push his BerserkButton of calling him 'a penguin'.
* ''Series/StudioC'' takes the hand-full-of-glass (or eyes) approach when bikers try to get in a bar fight.
* ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'': In "Going South", Happy smashes a bottle and uses it to threaten the punk who kidnapped her.
* Two instances in the ''Series/{{Preacher2016}}'' pilot:
** Jesse Custer stabs a well deserving thug in the face during a bar fight.
** Cassidy stabs a vampire hunter in the chest with a broken champagne bottle...then uncorks it and fills an empty bottle with his blood.
* ''Series/TheCoroner'': In "That's the Way to Do It", the VictimOfTheWeek is beaten to death with a champagne bottle.
* ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'': In "Means to an End", Laurel uses a bottle to knock the gun out of the hand of a woman who is threatening her. The bottle smashes when it hits the gunwoman's hand.
* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Telling Tales", a householder gets hospitalized when an intruder who has broken in to retrieve some some incriminating evidence smashes him over the head with a bottle.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'':
** In "The Case of the Cross-Dressing Carp", the VictimOfTheWeek attacks himself with a broken beer bottle; hacking at unwanted breast tissue on his chest before committing suicide.
** In "Meet Market", the VictimOfTheWeek is bludgeoned to death with a champagne bottle.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "A Shot in the Dark", a recently released convict smashes a wine bottle over the head of a store clerk.
* In the early going of ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'', Ash ends up having to use an empty beer bottle to defend himself. Unsurprisingly, it's even less effective against Deadites than normal human opponents, as it takes hitting the Deadite hard enough to shatter the bottle (which [[NoSell only pisses it off]]) and stabbing it in the neck "about fifty times" (which only pisses it off more and gets blood ''everywhere'') before he starts getting results, and even then he had to finish it off [[CarFu by getting a truck to smash its head in]]. His sidekick Pablo is not at all reassured when Ash hands him said bottle when they prepare to fight another Deadite.
* ''Series/{{Motive}}'': The VictimOfTheWeek in "Pilot Error" is cracked over the head with a bottle, which -- unusually for this trope -- does not shatter on impact. The blow does not kill her but knocks her out. She dies when the killer, thinking she is dead, hides her in the deep freeze.
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': In "Murder by the Book", the murderer uses a champagne bottle to bludgeon the second VictimOfTheWeek unconscious before dumping her in a lake to drown.

* The entire premise of Ms. B'Havin's outrageous, must-be-heard-to-be-believed song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMuBCWsq6jQ/ "Bottle Action"]] is this trope.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* The music video for MGK and Music/WakaFlockaFlame's Wild Boy starts the music after Waka smashes a bottle on a dinner host's head.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In a ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' comic, Bucky attempts to do the "break the bottle on the table" move from movies. Unfortunately, it's a plastic bottle, so it bounces off and smacks him in the face instead.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/MickFoley tells a story of a match with Wrestling/{{Sabu}} where Sabu attacked him with one. Expecting it to explode, he painfully learned how difficult the bottles are to break, and it took Sabu several tries to get the bottle to shatter against his head.
* Wrestling/KurtAngle once hit Wrestling/ChrisBenoit over the head with a beer bottle during a backstage brawl at a Halloween party. It was obviously stunt glass though.
* The beer bottle is the signature weapon of Wrestling/JamesStorm.
* Before the end of the LLF match where Princesa Sugey took [[Wrestling/SarahStock Dark Angel]]'s mask (and Juvenile title), she broke a beer bottle over a chair and cut Dark Angel up with it.
* Lauren did this in a backstage segment on Wrestling/{{TNA}} to save Wrestling/TaylorWilde from being thrown down the stairs by Wrestling/DaffneyUnger.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho did this to Wrestling/CMPunk once on an episode of Raw, when forcing him to finally drink alcohol.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''{{TabletopGame/Deadlands}}'': Given the setting's [[{{Western}} pastiche]], it had to happen. A bottle is stated in [[AllThereInTheManual one rule book or the other]] as a small club, which does the attacker's ''Strength'' plus 1d4 damage. If the bottle were to break, it would presumably become a small knife instead, doing... the attacker's ''Strength'' plus 1d4 damage.
* An intact bottle is a weak club in ''{{TabletopGame/GURPS}}'' and a broken one is the equivalent of a small knife.
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', in the book ''Armory'', gives rules for attacking with a bottle. It breaks if you do more than two damage with it, changing it from Bashing to Lethal... and then that shatters if you do more than two damage with ''it'', rendering it worthless. (It also takes a skill roll to break it ''intentionally'', and if you fail, your hand is a mess.)
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The DrunkenMaster PrestigeClass has a class feature that lets it use anything as a weapon. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Frequently, the Drunken Master will be holding a bottle.]]
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', those of the Alchemist class add their INT bonus on any splash weapons they use; this applies principally to their [[MadBomber bombs]], but also affects any [[HollywoodAcid acid flasks]], bottles of [[GreekFire alchemist's fire]], etc. that they make or purchase. In a pinch, they can also use anything nearby, including bottles, as [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks improvised thrown weapons]].

* In ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'', Blanche unsuccessfully attempts to defend herself against her brother-in-law Stanley with a broken bottle.
* In ''Theatre/PeterGrimes'', a drunken Boles moves to hit Peter over the head with a bottle, but Balstrode dashes it out of his hands just in time.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* OlderThanTheNES: In the old ''VideoGame/{{Popeye}}'' game, both Bluto and the Sea Hag can throw bottles at Popeye that the player can avoid and gain points by punching.
* In the original ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' fighting game you could pick up and break a bottle to use as a weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', the drunken half-orc hobo has a bottle of Mad Train Wine as one of his weapons. It doesn't mention the bottle breaking on impact, but it may return a message about there being too much blood in your broken-glass-stream. If you're fighting a hobo found while dumpster-diving, he explicitly grabs a broken bottle. In the 2013 class revamps Disco Bandits learned a skill that lets them summon an improvised knife once per day, and one of the possible weapons you can get from this skill is a broken bottle.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' the Demoman uses an intact bottle of cider as his default melee weapon. When taunting with the bottle in hand, [[DrunkenMaster he drinks]]. If the bottle strikes something with a CriticalHit it breaks as per this trope, though the effect is purely cosmetic. This doesn't make any difference to the taunt animation, as he drank out of the broken bottle, presumably too drunk to tell the difference. Due to the use of the same animations he can also appear to be drinking from ''a frying pan'' and various other melee weapons as well. Some of these were eventually fixed but the frying pan one was kept around [[AscendedGlitch because it was funny]].
** A humorous and widely popular fan-made mod turns the Demoman's Grenade Launcher into [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6uRUAt3UQ8 The Scottish Reserve]], a crate full of scrumpy. This makes the Demoman attack by chucking bottles of booze at enemies and has him reload by taking swigs from the bottle he's currently holding. It also raises questions of what's in those bottles that is both [[ExtremeOmnivore drinkable]] [[MadeOfExplodium yet highly explosive]].
* ''VideoGame/ThePunisher'' for the Xbox subverts this. Thrown beer bottles hurt... oddly just as much as a bullet to the chest (on easy mode).
* Another example is the wine bottle weapon in ''VideoGame/SilentHill4''. True to form, it eventually breaks and changes from a clubbing weapon to a stabbing weapon after repeated use.
* SoftGlass is {{Averted|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'', when Raidou hits [[CasanovaWannabe Rasputin]], who's an [[spoiler:android]], over the head with a bottle. Rasputin ends up knocked out cold and the bottle doesn't break.
* ''VideoGame/TheWarriors'': One of the many items that can be picked up and used as a weapon in the video game adaptation. The brutality of hitting someone with a bottle is usually accented, so the game partially subverts the SoftGlass trope.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'': In the second mission, the protagonist is sitting in a bar watching the news, when a gang member comes by and has the TV turned off. The protagonist says he/she was watching that, and the gang member replies "I guess you're not anymore, are ya bitch?" The main character sits quiet for a moment, then casually [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments grabs a beer bottle and backhands it across the gang members face]], knocking him out instantly. Note also that Boss takes the gang member's bottle, and then ''goes back to drinking their own''.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' the "Barman Shanker" is a broken bottle, looted from a bartender in one of the (at the time) higher level dungeons. It is easier to get than anything from raids, and its damage-over-time effect was situationally useful. Most importantly, it was ''cool'' to carry around a broken bottle as a dagger.
** The seasonal boss Coren Direbrew also drops a shattered bottle that functions as a dagger.
** On a less serious note, some drinks leave a bottle behind after their use. You can sell them for a copper to vendors... or chuck them at other players.
* The most common weapon in the ''{{VideoGame/Doom}}''-based first person BeatEmUp ''VideoGame/ActionDoom2UrbanBrawl''. In fact, the very first weapon you get in the game is a bottle of Jack Daniels the player character drinks to reduce his sensitivity to pain and then uses as a weapon.
* [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA]]'s adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheGodfather II'' actually uses a bottle thrown to the head as a required kill condition for a rival family's made man.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' has an alternate costume called The Dairy Bastard, which puts Kratos in a cow suit -- and replaces his Chaos Blades with gallon milk jugs. Since the animations remain the same, Kratos can use them to fatally stab things.
* ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' has Drunks as enemies that throw bottles, and [[BigBad Willy Whistle]] throws entire waves of bottles.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'': Haohmaru uses a sake jug as [[{{Shotoclone}} his version of a Hurricane Kick.]] It stuns enemies and doesn't break.
* Bottles are one of the many weapons you can use in ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrim''. They don't break upon use, which means you can throw them and abuse the [[GameBreaker juggling properties thrown weapons have]] against mooks.
* In the City Elf origin story for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', a nobleman tries to interrupt the PC's wedding, leading to the PC's cousin driving him off by breaking a bottle on his head. He comes back later with armed mooks to kidnap a number of women from the wedding, including two bridesmaids, the cousin who knocked him out earlier, and either the PC or his bride, depending on which gender the player chose for the PC.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''
** [[http://mybrainongames.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/batman-arkham-city-penguin.jpg The Penguin's]] [[HighClassGlass monocle]] isn't actually a real monocle, but rather [[EyeScream the bottom of a beer bottle that was violently shoved into his face]] during a bar fight.
** Some inmates use broken bottles as weapons. They behave just like inmates with knives, but they aren't as common or as easy to spot.
* After the shipwreck at the beginning of ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Storm of Zehir'', you can salvage broken bottles from the wreckage of the ''Vigilant'' to use as weapons against the [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent batiri]] that [[ImAHumanitarian want to eat you]]. Mechanically they work like a basic, unenchanted dagger.
* Some of the Majini in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' wield bottles as melee weapons.
* ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'': a empty bottle can be used by Jacket. Oddly enough, it's a throwing weapon only.
* Win a duel against an Annoying Captain in a bar in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates 2004'' and the barmaid is the one who will end the fight...by angrily walloping your opponent over the head with a bottle of wine.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' added a broken bottle as a melee weapon in the Beach Bum Update.
* Creator/JetLi's ''Rise To Honor'' encourages this, as it is effectively a Hong Kong MartialArtsMovie in video game form. Kit Yun can transfer bottles from the floor to his hand with a single deft flick of his foot, then bash enemy {{Mook}}s with it. Only good for one hit, but it takes out any non-boss enemy after a single smash and when bottles are available, they're plentiful.
* The execrable ''VideoGame/HumanKillingMachine'' for the Amiga is a [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct bad ripoff]] of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterI'' in the guise of a SpiritualSuccessor, and featured a cast full of bad racial stereotypes. This included Franz, a German waiter who went into fights while balancing a wineglass and bottle on a tray at all times and whose attacks consisted of flinging bottles of wine at Kwon, the protagonist.
* You can often throw bottles in [[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame Lego adaptation games.]] In fact, in ''VideoGame/LegoIndianaJones'', doing so is a part of the first fight with Belloq in the mountain bar.
* In ''VideoGame/UrbanReign'' glass bottles can be thrown at enemies or clubbed over their heads. [[SoftGlass Doing this, or dropping them, breaks the bottle]] and coverts it into a slashing weapon.
* Wine bottles appear as one of the many {{Improvised Weapon}}s in ''Videogame/IndianaJonesAndTheEmperorsTomb''. Indy has the option of either wielding them as makeshift bludgeons or throwing them. Either way, they make surprisingly effective weapons. [[BreakableWeapons Once]].
* ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' has the Rivertown Glen Bottle, [[ViolentGlaswegian Bonnie's]] melee weapon of choice.
* In ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTombRaider'', Lara can pick up bottles lying around and throw them to cause a distraction. However, if she knows the "Deadly Force" skill which allows for faster stealth takedowns, and she does a takedown with a bottle in her hand, she'll use the bottle to kill the enemy. There's even an achievement for it.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney''
** In the second game's third case, a bottle is used as a weapon, but it's not the murder weapon and just leaves the victim with a concussion. It, however, broke. It was probably made from cheaper glass than Phoenix's favorite brand of grape juice.
** Later on in the same case, it's possible to bait Maya into hitting Phoenix with a plastic bottle that, of course, does not break.
** In the first case in the fourth game, the victim hits a waitress over the head with a glass grape juice bottle, and knocks her out. (Yes, [[FrothyMugsOfWater despite what you're all thinking]], it was really grape juice, even in the Japanese original.) Later, the victim is killed with a hit from another bottle, which does ''not'' break, and the unbroken bottle becomes evidence.
* [[spoiler: Sakura Oogami's death]] in VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} involves [[spoiler:her]] being subjected to this. [[spoiler:Twice. ''With enough force to shatter said bottle each time.'' She '''still''' lives after this, and later commits suicide via drinking poison. Of course, she ''is'' a [[BrawnHilda titanic mountain of muscles]]. You could probably hit her with a whole case of bottles and she'd still be fine afterwards]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Achewood}}'': Rodney Leonard Stubbs threw a beer bottle through Carl Veidt's head in the Great Outdoor Fight backstory. "Perfect spiral... scientists are still figuring it out..."
* This is what Steve from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=472 recommends for dealing with tequila monsters.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter002/ib010.html a guard tries this on Dara; Elnor interrupts it.]]
* In ''Webcomic/BeyondTheCanopy'', Glade gets knocked out by a chicken knocking her on the back of the head with a bottle of "It's Wine!".
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0798.html "Change of Plans"]], Roy uses an empty potion bottle against Thog by [[EyeScream smashing it into his eye]].
-->'''Ian:''' Would it be crass to bill him extra for a single-use improvised weapon?\\
'''Geoff:''' Yes.\\
'''Ian:''' "Lovable miser" crass, or just--\\
'''Geoff:''' Just regular crass.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' Starfish beats a severely injured [[spoiler: Ephsephin]] to death with a wine bottle. The bottle ends intact, his skull not so much.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': During the Commander's battle with Gackt, Jared tries to heal him by throwing a HealingPotion at him, shattering it on his face. [[AffablyEvil Gackt puts the battle on hold while the Commander cleans up at Gackt's eye-wash station]].
* ''Webcomic/CosmicDash'': Alix notices an assassin's [[HighlyConspicuousUniform tattoo]] and warns Dash. When the assassin attacks Mr. Kimney WithCatlikeTread, Dash [[http://www.cosmicdash.com/comic/episode-2-pg-26-2/ smashes a glass on him]]. They're both bleeding after that, but the assassin is severely hit.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows mentioned at least twice in his videos the "[[http://twitter.com/#!/ShadowTodd/status/5364185718329344 DL incident]]" which he saw in his house.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' short ''Film/DirtyLaundry'' inverts the SoftGlass with the bottle of Jack Daniel's Frank's using staying in one piece all the way.
* ''ZombieGoBoom'' tested a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aavmxGFlcbU champagne bottle]] for their New Year 2013 episode. Not only did it fail to even slightly damage the bottle, but the first hit was enough to cause a fatal skull fracture.
* In "[[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2013/12/06/o-british-art-thou O British, Where Art Thou?]] [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] as [[{{VideoGame/Ultima}} The Avatar]] attempts this with a whiskey bottle on Lord British ([[AuthorAvatar played by]] [[SelfDeprecation Richard Garriott himself]]) after being stiffed by him one too many times, but seeing as Lord British is NighInvulnerable as in the games the most it does is bounce off with a "ping" and he doesn't even notice.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In "A Streetcare Named Marge", Marge (playing Blanche Du Bois) uses a bottle in this manner against Ned (playing Stanley) in the ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' {{musical episode}}. Notably, she has trouble breaking it at first, but after getting a bit ''too'' into the role and imagining Ned as Homer (whom she was mad at at the time) she successfully breaks it, tackles him, and judging from the bandage on his chest later apparently managed to hurt him.
** In "Worst Episode Ever", the Comic Book Guy goes to Moe's Tavern and states that he dislikes beer: "Beer is the nectar of the nitwit." Lenny is incited, yells out "No one badmouths Duff!" and proceeds to attempt to break the bottom end of the Duff bottle he's holding for a weapon. [[RuleOfFunny The entire bottle shatters in his hands]] (though it doesn't harm him) and he says dejected "Aw, [[HypocriticalHumor piece of crap]]."
** Itchy does this to Scratchy in the I&S short "Foster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!". With a ''baby'' bottle.
** In "Homer the Moe", Homer starts his own bar, where he even gets Music/{{REM}} to play by making them think they're saving the rainforest. When Homer reveals this to Moe, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe is not amused at all.
-->'''Michael:''' You lied to us! (''smashes bottle, before held back by Mike Mills and Peter Buck'')\\
'''Mike:''' Michael, no!\\
'''Peter:''' That's not the R.E.M. way.\\
'''Michael:''' (''sighs'') You're right. Let's recycle these shards and get out of here.
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E21ItsAMadMadMadMadMarge It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge]]", Marge does this with a broken waffle cone.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Bender mentions this when the crew goes to a Blernesball game. They have really good seats, with Bender noting, "We're close enough that if you hit a player with a bottle, he ''stays'' down."
** When they deliver the crate of game prizes to the lunar theme park, the park mascot tries to confiscate Bender's beverage. Instead of clubbing the guy with the bottle, he sticks it in the mascot's eye.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Meg interrupts a scene of ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' to tell Neil Goldman how much she hates him. It's followed by Ray angering Debra who then shatters a wine bottle threatening him with it.
* The first episode of season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' has one of Mysterio's robotic doubles smashing a bottle over Spidey's head. In a Western Saloon prop house.
* Parodied during an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop''. When the duo smacks a cameraman and sound guy with bottles, the bottles don't break. The sound guy collapses without passing out and suspects the cameraman not only lost consciousness but died. Stroker feels insulted that his ability to give a TapOnTheHead is questioned, so the sound guy pretends to pass out so he doesn't get hit again.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', a woman dressed as a beer bottle with just her legs showing breaks the top half of her costume against the counter and threatens to cut Jay.
-->'''Duke:''' That's the last time I hire Sean Young to be a dancing beer bottle.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'': Long story short, in one episode Wooldoor learns how to masturbate and every time he does, he produces larva-esque creatures with healing properties. At one point he shatters one like a bottle to use as a weapon.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'' Christmas special "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS3E21DuckTheHallsAMickeyMouseChristmasSpecial Duck the Halls]]", when after fully succumbing to SanitySlippage, Donald threatens Mickey with a broken candy cane.
* A gag similar to one of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' examples above is used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}'' when Mr. Blik uses a broken sugar cone to threaten the cats' manager at an ice cream place after he fires them.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch parodying ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', Steve is preparing to kill Blue to stop her from replacing him with [[ReplacementScrappy Joe]], so she breaks a beer bottle and attacks him with it.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* In bar fights in Germany (including the Oktoberfest), sometimes beer steins are used instead of bottles. That's why the makers of those introduced predetermined breaking points - hit someone with a stein, and the grip will break off, reducing the chance of really bad injuries.
* The "bottles" seen in the movies are in fact dedicated props that are typically made of hardened wax. This wax looks exactly like thick glass, can hold liquid, and breaks satisfyingly but doesn't hurt the actors as much as real glass. (Bottles can ''also'' be made of the same sugary stuff used for breakaway window-panes, but this is unusual because sugar-glass shatters and can cause injury.)
* On one occasion when Music/JanisJoplin and [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]] were at the same club Morrison, in typical fashion, started acting like a [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy drunken idiot]] and Joplin proceeded to hit him in the face with a beer bottle. Morrison already had a thing for her and apparently this only ''[[AmazonChaser increased]]'' his feelings for her. She didn't reciprocate but he apparently carried a torch for her for the rest of their brief lives.
* In a [mock] quote attributed to UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill during [=WW2=], Britain is so lacking weapons after the defeat at Dunkirk that Winston quips that they'll have to throw bottles at the invading Germans. "[[TheAlcoholic Empty ones, of course.]]"