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Improvised Weapon
Modern fencing in demonstration.

Use your phony guns as clubs!
Civil War Reenactors from The Simpsons

A creative fighting tactic useful by unarmed people in any situation: Make what's around you a weapon. Even outside the dangerous environments, there's a lot of stuff to try. Anything can be used as a club if it's sturdy enough, and most stuff will develop a sharp edge if properly coaxed. For comedy value, go as wacky as you like.

Compare MacGyvering.

Depending on the setting, there's a lot of options:

More and more video games, especially those with Ragdoll Physics, allow the use of environment items as a weapon. Even in early Brawlers, it was a very useful tactic.

Superheroes and Humongous Mecha have a penchant for using even larger objects, like light poles, road signs and mailboxes.

A person who uses one of these as their standard weapon may be an Improbable Weapon User. Or a Ninja. Improv Fu consists of using this as your main style of fight.

On a larger scale, tools and machines not intended as weaponry can be converted into such, making a Superweapon Surprise. Combat Breakdown may involve this.

Compare Improvised Armour. Also compare Martial Arts and Crafts, which is like this, only sillier, and Abnormal Ammo, where the gun is a normal weapon, but the "bullets" it shoots may be improvised. Revive Kills Zombie is a subversion where normally helpful things like White Magic, medicine, or boo-boo kisses are used offensively.


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     Fan Works 
  • In The Mouse of Konoha, always being prepared this is one of the three shinobi lessons Naruto learns when he starts trading scavenged weaponry for tutelage.
  • The protagonist of Toy Hammer is an artist with no combat training whatsoever, but when he needs to put out a fire, he subsequently discovers that the extinguisher works as both a bludgeon and (when sprayed) a stunning weapon. He wields it in almost every fight, to the point that it becomes a part of his mental landscape for more than one Battle in the Center of the Mind.
  • In With Strings Attached, Ringo whacks Grynun over the head with a guitar to prevent her from castrating George.
  • In The Eye of Argon, Grignr sharpens the pelvic bone of a rat and slashes one of the guards with it during his escape.
  • Somewhat overlaps with environmental kills in Diamonds Cut, as 007 kills two final villains with sticks lying around: the armsí dealer gets throttled with a fallen tree limb, while final villain gets stabbed through the stomach with a branch.
    • Also, the chase scene at the supermarket earlier. The second armsí dealer is running away and Bond would need a car to catch up, but he doesnít have one. So what does he do? He picks up a shopping trolley and rides it downwards to catch up while staring directly at the camera as the Bond music is played out loud. This is Played for Laughs taken Up to Eleven.
    • Terrorists throwing empty boxes at Bond, which he catches and throws back even as they both have guns.
  • In Forward, during a fight inside an infirmary, Jayne kills an opponent who is strangling him (and wearing low-profile Power Armor) by braining him with a bedpan and cutting his throat with a scalpel. Jayne improvising weapons is something he keeps doing over the course of the story as well; in his flashback to when six men tried to kill him, he ends up taking out one of them by rigging a massive incendiary bomb using gasoline and small explosives. Also, the whole crew ends up improvising an anti-ship missile out of a disused drone, shuttle engines, and a repurposed flight computer.
  • In Crowns of the Kingdom, the Disney Princesses storm the Matterhorn to rescue their boyfriends armed with sports equipment and kitchen utensils.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic Prison Island Break, Shadow is highly skilled at creating shivs out of anything. Not only that, but he carries multiple shivs at all times, and the guards rarely manage to confisticate them all after a shakedown.
  • A chair leg becomes the weapon of choice in Home Is Where The Haunt Is.
  • Inverted in the bizarre Half-Life 2 fic Quarter-Life: Halfway To Destruction. Gordon's signature improvised weapon, the crowbarb, is missing, so he instead uses a claymore sword.

    Music 
  • In Doctor Steel's song, "Lament for a Toy Factory", Steel goes insane after being fired by a toy factory. He invades the factory with an army of toys and gasoline-filled Super Soakers.
  • In Kevin "Bloody" Wilson's song about The Front Bar Featherbrain Non-Title Fight, a pool cue, broken off pool table legs and a toilet are all employed.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible has several examples:
    • Cain used a rock to kill Abel.
    • Samson killed an army with a donkey's jawbone.
    • Swords <-> Ploughshares
    • Judges 3:31: Shamgar kills six hundred heavily armed spearmen with an oxgoad (a stick with a nail in it).
    • Although not exactly a weapon in the usual sense, during a period of righteous fury, Jesus cleared out the temple in Jerusalem with a whip made out of belts.

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    Web Animation 
  • In Broken Saints, Raimi defeats a deranged Kamimura by picking up a mirror off the ground in the alleyway and smashing it over his head.
  • Tifa in Dead Fantasy. Hold on this might take a while... Ether bottles, bits of lava stuck to her shoes, a table, a garage jack, the same garage jack cut in half, and lastly the chains that where used to try and restrain her.
  • Red vs. Blue: "Protect me cone!"


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I Am Not Left-HandedTrying to Catch Me Fighting DirtyIn the Back
Improbable Use of a WeaponFight SceneInteresting Situation Duel
Hopeless SuitorTropers/Zero Dark FlirtyInsists on Paying
Improbable Use of a WeaponWeapons and Wielding TropesInfinity+1 Sword
Implausible Fencing PowersMartial Arts MovieIn a Single Bound
Immortality SeekerOlder Than DirtIt's Been Done
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alternative title(s): Improvised Weapon User; Attack With A Battery
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