Use your phony guns as clubs!
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.
Depending on the setting, there's a lot of options:
- Bar Brawl — Pool cues, beer bottles, stools, darts, chairs.
- School - Eraser dust, erasers, pointers, AV carts, heavy textbooks, cafeteria food, writing implements, scissors, wooden or aluminum bats (from the gym), broom handle from the janitor's closet, instruments from the music classes and/or marching band, desks (those things are a lot lighter than they look), chairs (again, and like tables they are lighter than they look) note paper (there's always some form of blank white paper in a school), A computer, or any sort of sports equipment. Let's not forget tools for from automotive shop class and carpentry class.
- Prison - Real knives are hard to get and quickly confiscated. So convicts improvise a lot. All of the above is used, with the addition of mirror glass, plastic bags, elastic bands, gum, toothbrushes, and many, many other things. Notably, ingenious inmates have been known to make usable shivs out of papier-mache toilet paper (you can literally flush the evidence), a shotgun out of bedposts (which was used to blow out a pane of bulletproof glass before they held a guard hostage), and best of all, a fully functioning crossbow (the components included rubber gloves, a wire coathanger, and ten toothbrushes).
- Kitchen - knives and lots of 'em, hot pots of coffee, toasters (whacking opponents with the toaster is an option), bones from meat cuts, frying pans, rolling pins, any large, solid mass of frozen food (which gives a whole new meaning to Lethal Chef), Meat Tenderizers; when applying to silverware specifically, it's Fork Fencing, A fridge, the microwave, deep-fat fryers, a hot stovetop (those things burn a LOT, as will the fryers), china dishes, plates (break one upon the opponent's head, then use the shards as makeshift knives or throwing stars). And don't forget loaves of bread.
- The Wilderness - branches, fire, rocks, avalanches, bears, sharks and other local wildlife, fishing poles and hooks.
- Construction Sites — wrenches, shovels, hammers, hatchets, pipes, bricks, iron bars, wooden stick, pickaxes, paint buckets, blowtorches, aerosol flamethrowers, crowbars, hacksaws, portable drills, power cutters, rivet guns, welding equipment, bulldozers, excavators, trucks, forklifts, chains, gas cylinders, and many other tools.
- Farmland — pitchforks, hoes, shovels, rakes.
- If you're a Distressed Damsel, always a vase. Maybe a small statue. Or a high heeled shoe. Or a pen (we're looking at you, McAdams).
- If you have a spare stocking and a few blunt objects, you might as well Sock It To Them. Though a scarf, cloak or sash might also do.
- At the store — Fresh produce, pop caps, anything in a can, cash registers, depending on the store TVs, furniture, VCRs, heavy electronics, candy balls, toys.
- Car Fu. Slow or fast, as long as it's undodgeable, it's quite dangerous.
- Anywhere in your own home - cameras (those flash bulbs are always a handy distraction), the couch, the golf caddy, pet cages (especially if Fido or Fluffy is inside), the indoor fireplace (HOT HOT HOOOOT!!!), or towels, blankets, and curtains. The flashlight at the garage is also useful both as a blinding light and as a club.
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.
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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- 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 arms’ 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 arms’ dealer is running away and Bond would need a car to catch up, but he doesn’t 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.
- 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.
- Oddly enough, the superweapon Belcrant was one of these in Tales of Destiny. It was originally conceived to create Dycroft and terraform a floating continent. It gets turned into a giant laser.
- 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!"
- Volume 2, Episode 1of RWBY had Teams RWBY and JNPR utilize various foodstuffs as analogues for their traditional weapons. Nora uses a watermelon on a pole, Yang uses turkeys as gauntlets, Pyrrha uses a baguette as a spear, Weiss uses a swordfish, and… stop laughing!