Sock It To Them
When a character uses a sock with a heavy object inside it as an improvised flail. The most commonly used items in fiction are coins (preferably rolled), bars of soap, and pool balls
. With coins, the most commonly used are nickels and quarters. Five dollars worth of nickels has the same mass as three baseballs, so it's easy to imagine the damage one of these weapons can do if swung fast enough.
of Improvised Weapon
Anime and Manga
- A sock full of coins is used as a murder weapon in Detective Conan. And in another, it's a sock full of aquarium rocks.
- In Death Wish, Paul Kersey attacks a mugger with a sock filled with quarters. Fortunately the mugger is implied to be a frightened amateur without a gun and is easily driven off.
- The infamous "blanket party" scene from Full Metal Jacket, where everyone wraps a bar of soap in a towel, and participates in a run-by pummeling of Private Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence after he screws up one too many times, resulting in consequences for everybody. Also marks the start of Leonard's slide into madness.
- The Grifters has a discussion on the pain and damage that can be inflicted with a sack filled with oranges.
- Mallrats: "Phase one: First you take a run at La Fours with a sock full of quarters. I'd do it, but I pulled my back out humping your mom last night. Nootch. Okay, you clock him on his headpiece and knock his ass out cold. That's when phase two kicks in. I attack the structure Wolvie-Berzerk style, and knock out the fuckin' pin and bickety bam, the motherfucker is rubble. Hence, no game show."
Ultimately, the would-be assaulter slips, accidentally tosses the sock full of quarters in the air, and crashes, the sock of quarters landing neatly in the confused target's hands.
- Heavenly Creatures ends with a murder committed with a brick in a nylon stocking.
- Scum had an infamous scene where Carlin (Ray Winstone) assaults Richards (the lackey of Banks, the "daddy" of the Borstal) with two snooker balls in a sock.
- The Dilbert special book Dogbert's Clues for the Clueless explained that, though tube socks and a paperweight make useless gifts by themselves, they can be combined into something useful for assaulting the gift-giver.
- In Sourcery, Rincewind attempts to fight the Sourcerer with a half-brick in a sock. He later fills his other sock with sand in the Dungeon Dimensions.
You're going to fight them
with a sock full of sand?
No, I'm going to run away
. The sock full of sand is for when they follow me.
- Morporkians in general feel that if twenty-to-one odds in your favor are unavailable, a halfbrick in a sock and a dark alley to lurk in are a good second.
- Referenced in the first Starfist novel: as a child from a lower-class background sent to an elite school, Joseph Dean decided to take matters into his own hands when tormented by a bully over his Embarrassing Middle Name. He calmly and efficiently laid the bully's head open with "a field-expedient cosh made from a gym sock and a chunk of broken concrete," which got him kicked out of the school but also flagged as a potential recruit for military service.
- The Dresden Files: In the short story "Heorot," Harry is attacked by a lowlife wielding a weighted sock. It's specified as a "dirty gym sock," the implication being that the thug took it off and stuffed something heavy in it just minutes before. Harry is ambushed and smacked in the head, preventing him from concentrating enough to use magic, but he manages to disarm the guy by wrapping the sock around his wizard's staff and yanking it away. Then he gets in a Groin Attack with the other end.
- The Stainless Steel Rat: In "The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge" Jim is in a heavily surveilled society where weapons are easily detected and hard to come by. Under his sheets, he stealthily assembles a weapon from available components: a sock full of coins.
- Agatha Christie:
- Parker Pyne Investigates: In "The Gate of Baghdad", the killer attempts to make it look like the murder victim had been coshed with a sock full of sand by planting damp sand in the spare socks carried by one of the other passengers.
- Hickory Dickory Dock: The final murder of the book is committed with a paperweight in a sock.
- A sock full of rocks is the weapon of choice for Irisu in Irisu Syndrome!, at least in the bad endings.
- A variant occurs in Super Danganronpa 2 where the students have to solve a murder mystery within a murder mystery involving a missing school swimsuit, a broken fish tank and a victim with a bashed-in skull. At Mioda's offhanded suggestion, The Hero figures that the culprit wrapped the tank's gravel in the swimsuit and tied it into a knot so that they could disguise the swimsuit's going missing as a random pervert sneaking onto the campus (also a convenient Red Herring to lead the police off their trail).
- The Escapists: Combining a soap with a sock creates a sock mace, a mid-tier weapon. Combining a sock with a battery creates a "super" sock mace... that is "super" in name only, since it has the exact same attack power as the regular sock mace.
- A unique weapon of the Angry Marines is a powered adamantium-weave sack of doorknobs.
- There's a rumor/urban legend that Bing Crosby beat his children with a sack filled with oranges, because that would cause serious pain but no visible bruises or internal injury. The Grifters claims the opposite effect (nasty looking bruises if done correctly; internal injury if not).
- If US Patent 6,641,059 is to be believed, protecting sprinker heads from such weapons is Serious Business