Rod-and-Reel Repurposed

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Nice catch.

The classic rod-and-reel combo has been the design of fishing rods for hundreds of years now. The even simpler design of a string hanging from a simple wooden stick even older. But what if you're not fishing exactly? This trope repurposes fishing poles to hook other objects.

If you've dropped your keys down a hole, need to pull something from far away, or you're missing a weapon, the fishing rod can do it all.

Contrast Fishing for Sole, where the character intended to catch a fish, but caught something else instead.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Detective Conan a fishing line is often used by the killer as a weapon or as part of a complicated mechanism.
  • An episode of Doraemon has a random schoolboy admit that he once used one to lift Shizuka's skirt.
  • In Hunter Hunter Gon uses a fishing pole as a weapon before learning the Nen. However, he never uses it to directly attack an enemy.
  • Jewelpet Kira Deco: Sapphie, who runs a large bookstore, uses a fishing rod to fetch books that her customers request.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo: Pesci's Stand, Beach Boy, is a fishing rod capable of three things: it's capable of tracking people and literally fishing them out from other rooms, it can phase through any and all objects including skin, and attacking the line simply reflects damage.
  • Maicchingu Machiko Sensei
    • The first episode has Kenta using his fishing rod to steal Machiko's panties forcing her to chase him half-dressed.
    • An episode has three little kids use this to lift Machiko's skirt and distract her while one of them steals some food.
    • Another has Kenta uses a fishing rod with multiple hooks to catch not only Machiko, but also the skirts of three schoolgirls.
  • In Majokko Meg-chan Rabi twice uses this on her big sister Meg to lift her skirt and see her panties.
  • In episode 52 of Mazinger Z Shiro accidentally steal Sayaka's towel with a fishing rod while he tries to get back his toy ended in the bathroom.
  • Ranma
    • The first movie has Ebiten, the main vassal and lieutenant to the antagonist, use a fishing rod to lash out opponents with the rod's line to slice their flesh. It earlier gets used to grab Akane by her arm and haul her up to where the enemy group is.
    • The manga also has a "Koi Rod of Love" storyline where a child's fishing rod with a toy carp on the end has been turned into a magical device. You cast the line at whoever you want to fall in love with you and if the carp hits them, then they will. Ryouga unwisely tries this to win the love of Akane, unsurprisingly his cast only manages to reel in Ranma-in-girlform who immediately goes full Yandere in their love for Ryouga.
  • In Space Dandy, the eponymous protagonist uses a retractile fishing rod to catch things or beings (like Meow in the first chapter) as well to hang on high places.
  • Episode 54 of Yatterman has Boyakky try to use a fishing rod to hurt the heroes. Instead the hook ends up twice affecting his comrade Doronjo's costume showing, the first time, her breast.
  • YuYu Hakusho: Ura Urashima, naturally being that he has modeled himself after the fairy tale fisherman Urashima Taro, uses a fishing rod as his Weapon of Choice (using it as an improvised whip).

    Comic Book 
  • In one old Jimmy Olsen comic, Jimmy unravels a mystery involving some thieves partially by finding a fishing hook too big to be for any fish in the area. Therefore, he deduced that the crooks were hiding their loot underwater and went fishing for it. (Superman quickly slipped it on the hook to prevent it from taking as long as it might otherwise.)
  • Batman: The Cult of Zafub from Legends of the Dark Knight #128-131 are a group of assassins who specialize in killing their targets using that target's greatest skill. So a stunt driver gets run off the road, an army guy might be forced into a Sniper Duel, a master martial artist might be beaten by a better martial artist and, as we see in the comic, a fisherman gets killed by an assassin with — you guessed it — a fishing rod.
  • In Justice League of America #6, the League investigate a series of apparently impossible museum thefts which turn to have been carried out by an expert fisherman casting a line through the museum window and "catching" valuable artifacts.

    Film - Animated 
  • Space Jam has Sylvester cast a fishing rod to snag the shorts of Monstar Pound. Suddenly denuded, Pound cannot continue upcourt, instead sitting in place and pulling his jersey as far down as possible. "Nice butt!"
  • A Goofy Movie has Max Goof learn the Chekhov's Skill of the Perfect Cast from his father. This comes in handy when Max uses a fishing pole to rescue Goofy from certain doom at the bottom of a steep waterfall.
  • In The Aristocats, Edgar uses a fishing rod to retrieve incriminating evidence (the hat and umbrella he left behind while kidnapping the kittens) from the two farm dogs who chased after him.
  • Pixar's Toy Story has a character in Sid's house composed of a toy rod and reel with a pair of fashion doll's legs attached. Woody calls her Legs, and she acts as a winch to lower Ducky to a point where he can ring the doorbell.

    Literature 
  • Newsflesh: Irwin Ash North sits in trees with a fishing rod and raw meat to attract zombies.

    Live Action TV 
  • The New Avengers: The sentries in "The Eagle's Nest" are disguised as anglers, and use their fishing rods and weighted lures to kill any outsiders who come too close to discovering the island's secret.
  • In Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger, Zyuoh The World's weapon, Zyuoh The Gunrod, is a fishing rod that can also be used as a gun or a spear.
  • Invoked in Impractical Jokers. One challenge has the Jokers attempt to grab bags in a mall with a comically oversized fishing hook.
  • The Goodies: In "Scoutrageous", Graeme and Bill use a fishing rod to snatch a toupee off a pedestrian while earning their Wig Spotter's Badge.
  • Kamen Rider Den-O Rod Form, based on the Japanese folktale hero Urashima Taro, uses the DenGasher's Rod configuration as a spear/staff, although it would sometimes conjure a laser "string" to swing at his opponents, the tip alone easily cutting them down.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons BD&D supplement The Book of Marvelous Magic. There are several types of magical fishing poles. One can be used for catching fish, but the others have interesting abilities.
    • The Pole of Exaggeration catches creatures, but causes whatever is caught to double in size.
    • Pole of Levitation: when its hook is attached to the user, it causes the user to rise into the air.
    • Pole of Monster Fishing: can catch monsters instead of fish.
    • Pole of Rescue: Its hook can be sent down up to 40 yards. After it attaches itself, the target can be pulled up to safety.
    • Pole of Treasure Fishing: the hook can be sent in search of treasure. Once it finds it, it signals the user with a tug.

    Video Games 
  • Chantelise: You need to hit an enemy who is the final boss with the fishing rod to get a treasure. And you can also use it as a weapon.
  • The Sly Cooper games feature unique mechanics for the three main characters to pickpocket items off the enemy mooks. Bentley, the Gadgeteer Genius, uses a magnet at the end of a fishing polenote .
  • Big the Cat from Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • In Sonic Adventure, while Big does use his fishing rod primarily for fishing, he can also use it to attack enemies from a distance if he aims it at them. He can also use his fishing rod as a club if he is standing next to an enemy.
    • In Sonic Heroes, Big can use his fishing rod as a bat and Amy and Cream as balls to attack enemies. He can also swing his fishing rod in a circle to attack enemies around him.
    • In Sonic Chronicles The Dark Brotherhood, Big's basic attack has him casting his fishing rod at enemies and reeling them in.
  • The fishing rod in Minecraft is usually used for fishing, but it can also be used to reel mobs (and other players in PvP)closer to the player. It's not recommended since it breaks the fishing rod much faster.
  • In Final Fantasy XIII, Pulse tribesmen have complex rods that function as both weapons and lassos-slash-bridles for the various wild mounts flying around.
  • In the Rune Factory games, fishing rods can also be used as weapons.
  • In Umihara Kawase, while the title character's fishing rod can catch the curiously terrestrial fish, it can also be thrown to cling to platforms like a Grappling-Hook Pistol.
  • The Fisher Kings of Fallen London are a Street Urchin gang who keep to the roofs and gutters, and steal the hats and wigs of passers-by using fishing rods.
  • In Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Guybrush uses a fishing rod to recover a map piece that's stuck in the middle of a cliff.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess uses this in that you can use a fishing rod to distract a boss in the middle of the fight (he stares stupefied at the lure). This was likely a nod to the fact that in two previous games, an inventory item was usable against bosses to deflect their attack.

    Western Animation 
  • On the Donald Duck cartoon "Donald's Happy Birthday", Donald takes his nephews' piggy bank away from them, so they use a fishing rod try to fish it out of his hands while he's napping.
  • Inspector Gadget between his many gadgets, he has a fishing rod, used for fishing but also to catch criminals... or simply it appears when it's not needed. Also seen in the movie.
  • Looney Tunes
    • In Rabbit Romeo, Elmer Fudd uses a carrot on a hook to lure Bugs Bunny into being a mate for his Slobovian rabbit Millicent.
    • Elmer also used it in Stage Door Cartoon, where i.e. tried to trap Bugs by lowering a carrot down his rabbit hole.
  • In the The Loud House episode, "Two Boys and a Baby", when Lincoln and Clyde change Lily's diaper, Lincoln attempts to dispose of the dirty diaper with a fishing pole. Unfortunately, Lily's dirty diaper accidentally hits the ceiling fan and makes a mess of Lily and Lisa's room (which, thankfully, isn't shown to the viewers).

    Real Life 
  • A fight between police officers and a family in a trailer park involved the use of a fishing rod as a club.

Alternative Title(s): Weaponized Fishing Rod, Improbable Use Of A Fishing Rod

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