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[[caption-width-right:350:Modern [[VisualPun fencing]] in [[StealthPun demonstration.]] ]]

->''"Use your [[PistolWhipping phony guns as clubs]]!"''
-->-- '''Civil War Reenactors''' from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
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[[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty A creative fighting tactic]] useful by unarmed people in any situation: Make what's around you a weapon. Even outside the [[NoOSHACompliance dangerous environments]], there's a lot of stuff to try. Anything can be used as a club if it's sturdy enough, and most hard materials will develop a sharp edge if properly coaxed. For comedy value, go as wacky as you like.

Compare MacGyvering.

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

* BarBrawl -- Pool cues (and balls!), [[GrievousBottleyHarm beer bottles]], darts, [[ChairmanOfTheBrawl chairs, stools]], FlippingTheTable, anything that isn't nailed down.
* School - Eraser dust, erasers, pointers, AV carts, [[ThrowTheBookAtThem heavy textbooks]], [[FoodFight cafeteria]] [[EdibleAmmunition food]], [[ThePenIsMightier writing implements]], [[ShearMenace scissors]], [[BatterUp wooden or aluminum bats (from the gym)]], [[BroomstickQuarterstaff broom handle from the janitor's closet]], [[InstrumentOfMurder instruments from the music classes and/or marching band]], desks (those things are a lot lighter than they look), [[ChairmanOfTheBrawl chairs]] (again, and like tables they are lighter than they look) [[PaperMaster 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, carpentry class, or even chemistry class if there is one (meaning {{Stink Bomb}}s).
* 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 [[SinisterShiv shivs]] out of papier-mache toilet paper (you can literally flush the evidence), a shotgun out of iron bedposts, lead gunpowder, crafted from curtain tape and match-heads, and a firing mechanism from AA batteries and a broken light bulb. (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 - {{kni|feNut}}ves and [[KnifeOutline lots of 'em]], hot pots of coffee, [[ProjectileToast toasters]] (whacking opponents with the toaster is an option), [[BadWithTheBone bones from meat cuts]], {{frying pan|OfDoom}}s, {{rolling pin|OfDoom}}s, [[EdibleBludgeon any large, solid mass of frozen food]] (which gives a whole new meaning to LethalChef), [[DropTheHammer Meat Tenderizers]]; when applying to silverware specifically, it's ForkFencing, A fridge, the microwave ([[StuffBlowingUp bonus point for stuffing it with tin foil and oil and turn it on]]), [[DeepFriedWhatever 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). [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And don't forget]] [[BaguetteBeatdown loaves of bread]]. Food can also be used as EdibleAmmunition if it's hard enough and propelled at lethal speeds.
* The Wilderness - [[CarryABigStick branches]], [[KillItWithFire fire]], rocks, avalanches, {{bears|AreBadNews}}, {{sha|muFu}}rks and other local wildlife, fishing poles and {{hooks|AndCrooks}}.
* Construction Sites -- {{wrench|Whack}}es, {{shovel|Strike}}s, [[DropTheHammer hammers]], [[AnAxeToGrind hatchets]], [[PipePain pipes]], [[DefiantStoneThrow bricks]], iron bars, [[TwoByFore boards]], [[PowerfulPick pickaxes]], paint buckets, blowtorches, [[AerosolFlamethrower aerosol flamethrowers]], [[CrowbarCombatant crowbars]], hacksaws, [[ThisIsADrill portable drills]], [[ChainsawGood power cutters]], [[NailEm rivet guns]], [[RulesOfTheRoad sharpened metallic roadsign]], welding equipment, bulldozers, excavators, [[CarFu trucks]], [[ForkliftFu forklifts]], [[ChainPain chains]], [[GasCylinderRocket gas cylinders]], and many other tools.
* Farmland -- [[TorchesAndPitchforks pitchforks]], hoes, [[ShovelStrike shovels]], rakes. Even a tractor.
* If you're a DistressedDamsel, always a vase. [[VideoGame/AlphaProtocol Maybe a small statue]]. Or a high heeled [[ShoeSlap shoe]]. Or a [[HandbagOfHurt handbag]]. Or a [[ThePenIsMightier pen]] ([[Film/RedEye we're looking at you, McAdams]]).
* If you have a spare stocking and a few blunt objects, you might as well SockItToThem. Though a [[ClothingCombat scarf, cloak or sash]] might also do.
* At the store -- [[ProducePelting Fresh produce]], pop caps, anything in a can or glass bottle, cash registers, depending on the store [=TVs=], furniture, [=VCRs=], heavy electronics, candy balls, toys. The Home and Garden and Hardware departments are veritable arsenals of melee weapons. [[DoNotTryThisAtHome Bee Spray makes a great alternative to mace]] and can shoot 15+ feet in a wide swath.
* CarFu. Slow or fast, as long as it's undodgeable, it's quite dangerous.
* Anywhere in your own home - cameras (those [[BlindingCameraFlash flash bulbs]] are always a handy distraction), the couch, the [[GolfClubbing golf caddy]], pet cages (especially if Fido or Fluffy is inside), the indoor fireplace (HOT HOT HOOOOT!!!), or [[ClothFu towels, blankets, and curtains]]. The flashlight at the garage is also useful both as a [[BlindedByTheLight blinding light]] and as a club. Hoses are useful with or without a water stream. Also beware anyone who shouts, "BatterUp"

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

{{Superhero}}es and HumongousMecha 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 ImprobableWeaponUser. Or a {{Ninja}}. ImprovFu 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 SuperweaponSurprise. CombatBreakdown may involve this.

Compare ImprovisedArmour. Also compare MartialArtsAndCrafts, which is like this, only sillier, and AbnormalAmmo, where the gun is a normal weapon, but the "bullets" it shoots may be improvised. ReviveKillsZombie is a subversion where normally helpful things like WhiteMagic, medicine, or boo-boo kisses are used offensively.

!!Example subpages

* ImprovisedWeapon/AnimeAndManga
* ImprovisedWeapon/ComicBooks
* ImprovisedWeapon/{{Film}}
* ImprovisedWeapon/{{Literature}}
* ImprovisedWeapon/LiveActionTV
* ImprovisedWeapon/ProfessionalWrestling
* ImprovisedWeapon/TabletopGames
* ImprovisedWeapon/VideoGames
* ImprovisedWeapon/WebComics
* ImprovisedWeapon/WebOriginal
* ImprovisedWeapon/WesternAnimation
* ImprovisedWeapon/RealLife



[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6693171/1/The-Mouse-of-Konoha 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 ''FanFic/ToyHammer'' 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 BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', Ringo whacks Grynun over the head with a guitar to prevent her from castrating George.
* In ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'', 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 ''WebVideo/DiamondsCut'', as 007 kills two final villains with sticks lying around: the [[spoiler:arms’ dealer]] gets throttled with a fallen tree limb, while final villain gets [[{{Squick}} 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 PlayedForLaughs taken UpToEleven.
** Terrorists throwing empty boxes at Bond, which he catches and throws back even as they both have guns.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', during a fight inside an infirmary, Jayne kills an opponent who is strangling him (and wearing low-profile PowerArmor) 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 ''FanFic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'', the Disney Princesses storm the Matterhorn to rescue their boyfriends armed with sports equipment and kitchen utensils.
* In ''SonicTheHedgehog'' fanfic ''PrisonIslandBreak'', 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 ''Fanfic/HomeIsWhereTheHauntIs''.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in the [[CrackFic bizarre]] ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' fic ''FanFic/QuarterLifeHalfwayToDestruction''. [[CrowbarCombatant Gordon]]'s signature improvised weapon, the [[RougeAnglesOfSatin crowbarb]], is missing, so he instead uses a claymore sword.
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-30529/Ravanne+Not+In+Kansas.htm Not In Kansas]]'', [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] accidentally slays a [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer vampire]] with a house. More accurately, she tried to force it into said house without first inviting it in, slaying it and leaving behind a pile of dust (which Kara noted didn't enter the house either).
* The main characters of ''Fanfic/{{FREAKINGENSOKYO}}'' fight primarily with scissors and plant hangers. These later turn out to be viable melee weapon classes, with dozens of enchanted variants available for the collector.
** Byakuren occasionally uses her [[CoolBike motorbike]] as a bludgeon.
* In ''Fanfic/DreamingOfSunshine'', [[spoiler: Sakura]] knocks out an escaped prisoner with a vase, and Shikako wins a fight by [[spoiler: strangling her opponent with her braid until he passes out.]]

* In Music/DoctorSteel'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.
* The video clip for Operator Please's "Leave It Alone" sees this happen right near the end of an otherwise regular fistfight in a small warehouse (well, regular save for the paint in place of blood). Tim Commandeur uses his cymbals (taking an hand and a foot) and a drumstick (taking an eye) until his arms are ripped off by Amandah Wilkinson. Taylor Henderson ends the fight using her violin like a bow and arrow.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Literature/TheBible has several examples:
** Cain used a rock to kill Abel.
** Samson killed an army with a donkey's jawbone.
** 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.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In the second ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' Hiyoko can uproot a mailbox to use against a ''tank.''

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'', Raimi defeats [[spoiler:a deranged Kamimura]] by picking up a mirror off the ground in the alleyway and smashing it over his head.
* Tifa in ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy''. Hold on this might take a while... [[DrunkenBoxing Ether bottles]], bits of lava stuck to her shoes, a table, a garage jack, the same garage jack [[DualWielding cut in half]], and lastly the chains that where used to try and restrain her.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue:'' "Protect me cone!"
* Volume 2, Episode 1of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' had Teams RWBY and JNPR utilize various foodstuffs as analogues for their traditional weapons. Nora uses a [[XOnAStick watermelon on a pole]], Yang uses turkeys as gauntlets, Pyrrha uses a baguette as a spear, Weiss uses a swordfish, and… [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer stop laughing!]]
* Flippy from ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' has a knack for this when he's not using his [[KnifeNut bowie knife]]. His list of killing methods includes stabbing someone through the heart with a drinking straw, stabbing someone through the head with a rose, and even disemboweling someone with a christmas cookie.