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The rolling pin as a [[CarryABigStick weapon]], often aimed at someone's head. Most often wielded by [[ChefOfIron a cook]], or else [[StayInTheKitchen a woman]] (especially of the ApronMatron persuasion).

An ImprobableWeapon, though one that does have reasonable efficacy. Closely related to the FryingPanOfDoom and often used in conjunction with it. Note that most of these rolling pins are made of ''wood'', as plastic is usually too light to do any damage. A HenpeckedHusband is a usual target of this.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Marvel Adventures Spider-Man'' #56, Chat hits Dagger with a rolling pin.
* Chachi Bini, the wife of famous Indian comic character, Chacha Chaudhary, always has a rolling pin (belan) in her hand. She often uses it as a weapon against thieves and robbers.
* In ''Marvel Comics Presents Series/{{ALF}}'' Issue #8, it is subverted in his own WhatIf : ALF, after being chased by Raquel Ochmonek for his mischief, ALF [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] that [[BreakingTheFourthWall he's lucky]] that UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Authority had her throwing a feather-duster, not a rolling pin, which Trevor Ochmonek agreed wholeheartedly... since it hit ''him'' instead!
* ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'' had a ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' parody featuring Jimmy Five as Romeo and Monica as Juliet. Friar Smudge told Romeo Jimmy the marriage would be so Monicapulet would stop hitting them with that bunny. Jimmy was interested until Smudge showed a rolling pin and told Jimmy that's what wives hit their husbands with.
* ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske: Tante Sidonia uses rolling pins often to defend herself.
* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: Madam Pheip and Madam Nero's favorite weapon of defense.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* A standby in the ''ComicStrip/AndyCapp'' newspaper comic since 1957.
* In ''Sappo'', by ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' creator Segar, John Sappo is always in danger of being bopped by his wife, and several strips involve his attempts to circumvent this. In one arc, he constructs a series of special, protective cages to wear, made of transparent metal, so his wife can't see what's stopping the rolling pin. He then sells several of these cages to other [[HenpeckedHusband henpecked husbands]], much to Mrs. Sappo's confusion. ("He's selling nothing and getting money for it!")

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'', Gromit brandishes a rolling pin at Feathers [=McGraw=]. Feathers responds by pulling a gun on Gromit and forcing him into the wardrobe with Wallace.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' has Impedimenta using a rolling pin on a gladiator. The few times she fights, it is her standard weapon of choice, like also in ''Asterix and the Great Fight''.
* In ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' when housekeeper Winston hears noises coming from Georgette's room he gets ready to attack the intruder with the rolling pin [[ImprovisedWeapon he was already holding]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/SherlockGnomes'', Moriarty's primary weapon is a rolling pin. (He was originally the mascot of a pie company.) During the climax, he fences Sherlock with him using his rolling pin and Sherlock using his magnifying glass.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Shows up in ''Literature/DoloresClaiborne''.
* Billy kills his mother with one in the ''Film/BlackChristmas2006'' remake.
* In ''Film/{{Hancock}}'', the eponymous character breaks one over Charlize Theron's head, but she's just as invulnerable as he is.
* This is the Weapon Of Choice for the wife of ''Pekka Puupää'' (Puupää meaning Woodhead, as in someone dense) Justiina in the Finnish series of comedy films called Pekka ja Pätkä (Pekka and Shorty/Stumpy). She is an ApronMatron, with a will strong enough to bend steel (not literally), and she has quite the DeathGlare to boot.

* For some reason, this trope is extremely common in [[RussianHumour Russian jokes]] (often overlapping with the FryingPanOfDoom), the common scenario being a husband coming home late (and often drunk) to get hit over his head by one. For example:
** Two women are talking:
--->"Masha, can I borrow your rolling pin for a couple hours?"\\
"Sorry, neighbor, I'm still waiting for my own drunkard."
** A woman calls a shop:
--->"Hello? My husband gave me for a present a kitchen kit he bought from you, but the rolling pin is missing!"\\
"He refused to take it."
** A totally drunk husband returns home late. His wife meets him at the door, holding a rolling pin. He tries to give her a hug:
--->"My little worker bee... at this hour, and you are still baking."

* In ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'' (the book) there was a brief mention of "angry aunts with rolling pins" coming after Howl.
* In the Creator/GordonKorman series ''Literature/{{Island}}'', one brother and sister hospitalized one another on Halloween night. She was a chef armed with a marble rolling pin. We're not told what he was carrying.
%%* {{Lampshaded}} -- but not used -- in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''.
* The Creator/OgdenNash poem "The Comic Spirit or Never Say Die, Say Kick The Bucket" describes a cartoonist whose life was a stream of classic comic strip tropes. When his wife finally had enough of it all, she naturally used a rolling pin to do him in.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/MamasFamily'', when Mama thought her family was planning to send her to a home ([[ThreeIsCompany it was actually a dog they were talking about]]), her rolling pin was her weapon of choice for defending herself.

* ''Music/VinceGill'''s "One More Last Chance" describes a woman coming after her husband with a rolling pin and a Bible: "If you don't listen to my preachin', boy / I'm gonna have to beat you half to death."
* Boris Vian's song "''On est pas là pour se faire engueuler''" ("''We aren't here to get yelled at''") is narrated from the husband's point of view, who comes home late and drunk with his best friend (in the same state) and experiences an OhCrap moment when he sees his wife holding the rolling pin and waiting for them in front of the door. [[spoiler:It gets them both killed.]]
-->'''Narrator:''' I had the brilliant idea of bringing [my buddy] home, but I understood when facing the rolling pin...

* From ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'': "Only it's wise to be handy with a rolling pin when the landlord comes to call!"
* In the Met Opera's production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Norina [[https://youtu.be/XGbRsHpoZpE?t=26s playfully fences]] with Doctor Malatesta while they're making their plan, she with a rolling pin, he with a ClassyCane.
* ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone'' has two buffoonish gangster characters who disguise themselves as pastry chefs, making this trope perfect for them.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Disneyland's ''Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ride has at one point a large woman chasing a food-thieving pirate with a rolling pin.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the first level of the arcade game ''[[VideoGame/DragonsLair Dragon's Lair II: The Time Warp]]'', Dirk is pursued, after the kidnapping of Daphne, by his irate mother-in-law, who is wielding a rolling pin.
* [[http://www.wowhead.com/?item=5197 This item]] in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
* Filomena of ''VideoGame/UrbanRivals'' wields a rolling pin.
* ''VideoGame/Fallout3'':
** Several rolling pins can be found in the Wastelands, likely as a [[JokeItem gag weapon]].
** They are also in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''... even going as far as including a street gang consisting of old ladies equipped with rolling pins that ambush you in an alley.
* You can have one in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' as a weapon.
* In the murder mystery game ''The Ship'', this is a possible murder weapon for you to use (or to have used on you)
* A few ''enchanted'' rolling pins can be found in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperBoy'', a woman chases you with one of these.
* In ''VideoGame/MediEvil'', there are brainwashed women in the sleeping village that chase Daniel around with these. Unfortunately, he can't fight back, as they are essentially innocent people and killing them will cost him pieces of the Chalice.
* This is one weapon that Greenies use in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon''. (Mostly in the kitchen of the Gloomy Manor, a place you'd likely expect to find a rolling pin; they tend to use weapons that fit the place they're in.)
* In ''VideoGame/TheBourneConspiracy'' (the video game based on ''Film/TheBourneIdentity''), one of the enemies on Wombosi's ship kitchen will use a rolling pin to fight you in hand-to-hand combat.
* You can wield one in ''VideoGame/UltimaVI''. It's half as effective as a common knife.
* In the "French Baker" minigame from ''Videogame/{{Action52}}'', the eponymous baker throws rolling pins (If you can get the game to work).
* All the multiplayer characters of ''Videogame/BioShock2'' can use a rolling pin as their melee weapon.
* The rolling pin is one of many household items that can be [[ImprovisedWeapon drafted for combat duty]] in ''VideoGame/ProjectZomboid''. It's only mediocre -- much better used for making actual baked goods -- but if you're desperately scrabbling through kitchen cabinets and your only other choice is a butter knife, take the pin.
* In the browser game ''[[http://www.addictinggames.com/girl-games/bash-girl-game.jsp Bash Girl]]'', each enemy has two variants; one enemy has a variant that wields a Rolling Pin of Doom, and a variant that wields a FryingPanOfDoom.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Perhaps most famous in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' -- Wilma does occasionally throw one.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. Muriel almost always whacks Eustace in the head with her rolling pin after he has finished scaring Courage.
-->'''Eustace:''' OW! What did I do?!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', Tom's owner would often come running out of the kitchen attempting to swipe Tom with a rolling pin after Tom had destroyed the house attempting to catch a single mouse. Failing that it was a broom.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** The short "Wild Wife" is about a housewife recounting her hectic day to her husband, who thinks she has it easy. It ends with her giving him a gift: a rolling pin monogramed "His". Three guesses what she does next.
--->'''Marsha:''' [[{{Understatement}} Little man, I've had a busy day.]]
** In another ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon, Miss Prissy goes after Foghorn Leghorn with a rolling pin, wanting to make him her husband. Foggy replies, "You're going about it all wrong. You don't bat 'em on the bean with a rolling pin. ''(aside)'' [[DeadpanSnarker That comes later]]."
** And others have Granny use this to dissuade Sylvester from hunting Tweety. It's not enough...
** In the "Apes of Wrath", Mama hits Elvis over the head with a rolling pin for scaring the "baby" (actually WesternAnimation/BugsBunny in a case of MistakenIdentity caused by a drunken DeliveryStork).
* Subverted in ''US of Archie'' (American History taught by Franchise/ArchieComics characters), where at a meeting of early 20th-century suffragettes, one lady says she convinced her husband to support women's right to vote -- as she brandishes her rolling pin. The others glare at her, as they said earlier that they did not intend to resort to violence. She then explains that tasting her homemade apple pie convinced him to change his mind.