In fact, Mazinger Z -unsurprisingly- already applied this trope with one of its weapons: Drill Missiles. They were drill-shaped missiles located inside its upper arms drilled the Robeast armor and exploded into it. Some Mechanical Beasts also used weaponized drills (such like Zaila D3 or Holzon V3).
Great Mazinger's Drill Pressure Punch combines the two most ubiquitous Super Robot weapons, being both a drill and a Rocket Punch.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (The first chapter even lampshades the male symbolism when one of the girls points out how nasty it would be if Simon "drilled" them). As well as being a choice weapon for the most power mechs, drills are an expanding spiral - a recurring motif in the series which emphasizes advancement in spite of recurrence, thus making them a symbol of the Spiral Power, and the series' theme in general: (Refer also to introductory quote)
Simon: "Mark my words! This drill will open a hole in the universe! And that hole will be a path for those behind us! The dreams of those who've fallen! The hopes of those who'll follow! Those two sets of dreams weave together in a double helix! Drilling a path towards tomorrow! And that's Tengen Toppa! That's Gurren Lagann!! My drill is the drill... that CREATES THE HEAVENS!"
Spoken word for word in Yotsuba&!. But only with a power drill.
In Star Blazers, the Gamilons use a drill missile to penetrate the barrel opening of the Wave Motion Gun and destroy the Argo. It probably would've worked too, if it didn't travel at about 2 miles an hour.
Parodied in Lucky Star. Konata imagines a Gun Buster/Getter Robo-esque dentist. And, if Freud Was Right, Miyuki's fear of dentist drills may be symbolic for fearing men in general.... In a later episode, Akira Kogami refers to the page quote... to, rather disturbingly, justify her desire for Ojou Ringlets (or "twin drills", as she calls them). A later episode has her wearing two literal drills in her hair in an attempt to simulate the style.
GaoGaiGar - GaoGaiGar's very legs are formed by the DrillGao, a twin-drilled tank. Super Robot Wars even took the name of the robot's basic melee attack from Guy shouting "Drill Knee". Before the Transformation Sequence, GaiGar can also attach DrillGao to his hands for a devastating punch attack (which also has been used to dig).
GaoFighGar uses DrillGao II, which is enhanced with an expanding, contra-rotating drill setup. Genesic GaoGaiGar has the Straight Drill, used to parry enemy stab attacks, and the Spiral Drill, which is used as a standard attack.
Gravion - Gravion's G-Driller forms its arms, which of course makes its Graviton Pressure Punch a combination Drill and Rocket Punch.
Played realistically in Dai-Guard. When the titular robot first uses its drill arm, it gets stuck in the ground and is near-impossible to control due to the torque from the drill. They upgrade to a more Awesome But Practical weapon, a giant pile driver. When this is damaged in a late-series fight, they have developed the piloting skills to compensate for the torque and use it as a backup.
It's even given a Lampshade, when the drill is revealed everyone thinks it's super-cool and can't wait to use it, after it fails so spectacularly they take off their fanboy-goggles and ask "Why the hell did we think that would work?"
Kotetsu Jeeg has the Mach Drill, a pair of rockets Jeeg attaches to his arms so he can fly to his enemy and drill through them. It can also equip the Earth Parts, which give it giant drills for legs (and chainsaws for hands)
Vulking from Gaiking Legend of Daikuu Maryuu can equip the gigantic drills attached to the front of the Cool Ship it travels with.
Jean in Claymore is a non-Super Robot example. She twists her arm around several times, allowing her to use her sword as a drill against heavily-armored opponents. After the timeskip, Helen starts using the technique herself.
Graf Eisen's Raketenform is a drill in all but name. A rocket-powered drill on the end of a hammer, no less. All it lacks are the spiral threads. Amusingly, Graf Eisen shares a (Japanese) voice actor with Simon of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
Speed Grapher had a sadistic dentist who could grow drills out of his body to torment his patients.
Machine Robo has Drill Robo, who is... well, you figure it out.
Steam Detectives has Goriki, who often destroys Megamatons with a steam-powered drill.
Naruto has a fellow by the name of Kimimaro who can control his bones as weapons. In his full Cursed Seal form, he can form a gigantic bone drill over his left arm to attack with.
The Inuzuka clan's signature attacks: Tsuuga (Passing Fang) and Gatsuuga (Fang Passing Fang). The latter being a Combination Attack version of the former, in which an Inuzuka and his dog partner simultaneously drill into the same target.
In The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk, Ahmey's lance has a drill bit at the tip, which she can activate using a ripcord.
Kaze's Magun in Final Fantasy: Unlimited has a spinning effect (which is supposed to be connected to the transmutation of Soil, or... something).
In Inukami!, the perverted magician Sekidousai has a robot assistant with a giant drill in the crotch area. That same robot grows huge and starts drilling the ground with its drill bits not long after. Yes, really.
The Byakuen from the spinoff story Oz the Reflection has a drill (resembling a modern power drill more than the Gurren Lagann variety) among its variety of optional weapons.
The Big O fought a few opponents with drill weapons. Big Duo Inferno had fingers that could come together into a wicked drill instead of punching, and Big Fau had what looked like turbines on his wrists. Alan Gabriel can turn his hand into a drill and thoroughly enjoys using it.
The first episode of the Witchblade anime series featured an Excon with a drill-like weapon.
Infinite Ryvius: the primary weapon of the Blue Impulse, the Vorticular Drill.
In Episode 197 of Keroro Gunsou, Keroro gets a virus called the Space Drill, that causes him to sprout a drill in the middle of his forehead and dig holes. The whole episode becomes a lot more awkward when it is revealed the virus is spread by anally drilling unsuspecting victims.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Ramiel, the 5th/6th Angel, uses a drill to break into the Geofront. It's unclear how it intended to get the rest of its body down the hole.
Actually, the way Ramiel was in the original, it was not only directly over the Geofront, but over Central Dogma as well - all he needed to do was keep on drilling until the drill came in contact with Lilith - which would of course, cause Third Impact
Rebuild retconns this in a way that makes a tad more sense, having it twist part of itself like a drill in conjunction to using its AT field in a similar manner.
One of Miyu's attack forms in Mai-HiME has a drill-arm.
One of the Omakes in a Fullmetal Alchemist manga volume had Scar waking up in the field hospital with, instead of his brother's arm, a drill attached to his shoulder. Ed added a drill to a baby stroller as part of his attempt to lure Scar and the Homunculi out.
Even though it's called the "Eve Cannon", Eve's finishing move in NEEDLESS is an arm-mounted drill. Which, for some reason, comes with a school uniform.
One of Black Lady's weapons in Sailor Moon R is an umbrella which she turns into a drill.
Several Digimon have drills, including one of the main Digimon in Adventure 02 (Digmon, an armor evolved form of Armadillomon. He's got a drill nose and drill hands, and can shoot them).
The Grand Slam missile in the Area 88 manga is a 300 ton bomb delivered by an underground drill vehicle. It could carry a nuke, but its limited range means that the launch platform would be heavily irradiated at the very least.
Accurately pointed out by just about every one on the freeway in an episode of Zettai Karen Children, including the performers of the show's opening.
In Ghost Rider: Road to Perdition, the villain intends to use a huge drill to bore a hole straight into Hell. There is a funny scene: At the end of one page, some soldiers are being told that "This Is Not a Drill". Flip the page, and the next thing you see is the giant drill.
Calvin "Cave" Carson, a classic DC Comics adventurer who still appears once in a while, is a spelunker (hence the nickname) who uses vehicles with giant drills to tunnel into the Earth's crust and such.
Iron Man - Iron Man's suit has a specialized armor made for tunneling that has its forearms transform into drills. Considering that Tony managed to dispatch a bunch of Mecha-Mooks with them they are also pretty effective weapons.
Not precisely an anime, but in the fan UTAU spinoff of Vocaloid, Kasane Teto's curl-twin-tails are sometimes played on and drawn as drills.
"Let Me Get This Straight: You can invent tanks, (invented 1915) jet-skis, (invented 1973) and a gigantic FRIGGIN drill, (invented 20XX) but the concept of a hot air balloon (invented 1783) eluuuuuuudes you."
Benny "I'm gonna screw you", the cab driver from the original Total Recall (1990), who is about to use a tunnel drilling machine to crush Ahnold Douglas Quaid, until Quaid grabs a hand-held drill and cuts into to the operator's cab and does unto others to Benny first. And with that accent of Arnie's, we have the immortally classic line:
Drills seem to be a standard robot feature in the movie The Black Hole. Evil robot Maximilian uses his to kill Dr. Durant, and shortly thereafter, good robot V.I.N.CENT uses his to destroy Maximilian, who is Immune To Lasers.
The machines in The Matrix use gigantic robotic drills, accompanied by swarms of killer robots, to burrow through the earth's crust and attack the underground city Zion. The drills aren't exactly weapons so much as a way into the city; this is zero comfort to those who get in their way.
A bow-mounted drill is a staple feature of the Gotengo (known as Atragon in America), a recurring Cool Ship of Toho features (including Godzilla Final Wars). Making its movie debut in 1963 and based on even older adventure novels, the ship may be Japan's Ur Example and why drills are such a staple in their pop culture.
The protagonist of Idiocracy has to fight against monster trucks, one of which has a massive drill. And then it nods that yes, Freud Was Right, the drills are overtly phallic in design.
The Narada, the Romulan ship in Star Trek, is a giant 24th-century mining vessel with a drill that can reach a planet's core in a relatively short amount of time. The fact that the drill is made of fire is just that much more awesome.
The original Narada was a mining ship with no weapons. The Macross Missile Massacre monstrosity shown in the film was modified using reverse-engineered Borg technology, as shown in the Countdown comic.
The Tall Man's flying killer spheres from Phantasm kill by sticking into their victim's head with twin pop-out blades and then drilling into their victim's brain, the blood spitting out from a hole in the back of the sphere.
The villain in Midnight Movie uses a drill-like knife to kill his victims.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon introduces The Driller. Essentially, it's this trope meets Sand Worm and Mechanical Lifeforms, in the form of a titanically large mechanical monstrosity capable of bringing down buildings with ease. They're supposedly Cybertron's apex predators. Shockwave has one as a pet/warbeast, which thus sees plenty of action against Autobots and humans.
When Saban contracted the makers of Super Sentai into producing more footage for later seasons of Mighty Morphin', the Plex design office made an updated version of the Daizyuujin / Megazord, which featured the Tyranosaurus' tail as a drill; though the design was rejected in favor of re-using the mecha from Gosei Sentai Dairanger, some fans suspect that the Abaranger/Dino Thunder mecha were influenced by it.
Tensou Sentai Goseiger/Power Rangers Megaforce has two examples, as well. First is one of the three Land Brothers, the Sai/Rhinoceros, which has a drill for a horn. The other is during the last third of Goseiger, when the current bad guys, the Matorintis, take the Biibi bugs (this season's version of Make My Monster Grow), and, because they're robots, have them twist themselves into the Biibi Nails, which look like drills in a way. This may or may not be a subtle reference to the fact that The Dragon for the Matorintis is Yoko, while the 6th ranger is Kamina.
The Mole in Thunderbirds was of the "tunnelling vehicle" variety.
Drills would sometimes be used as weapons in Robot Wars, mostly notable was Sir Killerlot's lance drill.
Kamen Rider Wizard has the Drill ring, which allows him to burrow into the ground. Combined with the Kick Strike gives him a spinning drill kick.
The mysterious cylinder from the fourth episode of Fringemight be a burrowing, land based ultrasonic drill torpedo... or it might not.
In Burn Notice, Michael traps a car full of pursuing thugs in an alley. He grabs a gigantic masonry drill located handily nearby and drills a critical spot in the hood, disabling the engine. Then he climbs on top of the car, perforates the roof with the oversized drill and dumps kerosene on the passengers. All while pretending to be Ax Crazy.
An episode of The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne featured a Steampunk drill used as a method of underground transportation by rebels to attempt to kill the Queen. It is shown impaling at least two people. Verne first encounters Fogg when the latter arrests him on suspicion of building the drill, as it is based on one of his sketches.
Van Halen's "Poundcake" opens with a guitar being played with a drill.
Before Eddie Van Halen, Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big had used drills while playing.
Warhammer 40000 has bionic drills used as hand weapons by gladiators and tech-priests; Dreadnoughts and Titans equipped with gigantic drills used to destroy fortresses (and quite often, other mecha); giant burrowing tanks which carry armies and other tanks through the ground and, among the most unique weapons in the setting, the mole mortar, which fires drilling missiles into the ground which burrow under the enemy, surface, and explode.
Also Raveners and their larger, scarier cousins the Trygon, which, being Tyranids, are living drills which burrow up from underneath the enemy and shred their faces.
Standard drills in Mekton are an armour-piercing melee weapon with a low accuracy. Mekton Plus lets you build ones that can be anywhere up to "pinpoint" accurate.
In the Mech Warrior Dark Age click-base game, industrial machines can use their civilian equipment as reasonably capable melee weapons. This includes forestry saws, combine harvesters, and of course, mining drills. The MiningMech IndustrialMech uses rock cutters and mining drills as its primary means of attack. Aesthetically subverted, however, in that the drill is not a traditional cone-shaped drill, but more like a trifecta of smaller drills mounted together.
Pokémon has the Horn Drill attack, one of the One-Hit KO moves, and Drill Peck, a powerful Flying-type move. Beedrill, a first-gen Pokémon, has drill-like stingers, hence the name. And Rhydon has a metal drill for a horn that actually spins by itself in Pokémon Stadium.
Beedrill is more of an aversion, since its name and design imply that the stingers on its arms can be used like drills, but it doesn't learn any drill moves (and its stingers are never shown to spin). The Japanese name, "Spear," is more accurate to its combat style.
But Fearow is a drill! Its Japanese name is Onidrill and it learns a couple of drilling moves.
Generation V also gives us Drilbur and Excadrill, which are basically mole-like Pokémon centered around the idea of digging drills. They even have a move called Drill Run.
Dragon Quest IX has handrills and hammerhandrills as claw weapons. There is also a spear called the sandstorm spear whose tip looks like a drill.
The Disgaea series has the Drill Emperor spear, which is also the strongest spear in the game in some of the installments.
The Drill Arms and Drill Helmet in ''ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman. One creates a giant energy drill that pierces through enemies, another can lift up a giant chunk of earth and blow it up, and the latter allows the player to attack an enemy from underground.
The boss of the Emerald Hill ZoneSonic the Hedgehog 2 is a car with a drill in front. A fairly simple fight, when it's down to one hit left, it launches the drill at you, in case you weren't paying attention.
Also, the boss of the Mystic Cave Zone in the same game.
Marble Garden Zone in Sonic 3 has three drill-based bosses: The miniboss which excavates the ceiling and causes debris to fall, a flying vehicle driven by Robotnik fought by taking flight with Tails (fighting this boss in "Tails Alone" mode is infamous for its difficulty in some circles), and Knuckles' fight against Egg Robo in a similar drill-equipped flying vehicle. The last is fought within a lone room because Knuckles, at this point in the story, is still not in a mood to help nor be helped by the game's only flying hero; making defeating it in the sky impossible.
Knuckles and Rouge can drill into the ground after finding a certain power up too.
The final zone in the first Sonic Advance game reuses bosses from the Genesis game, including Emerald Hill Zone's Drill-car.
The first two games feature standard-issue Badniks that use drills as weapons in their respective underwater levels. Specifically, the second game features Grounder, recognizable as the (drill-wielding) robot from the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon.
Sonic Colors gives Sonic himself the ability to turn into a drill due to the yellow wisps, capable of drilling through certain dirts and even through water. One of the bosses in the DS version has drill attacks - you get the drill by boosting into it, then drill underwater to hit the real weak points.
It's a weapon trope, gotta have Mega Man: In this case, Crash Man's "Crash Bomber" (Mega Man 2), Drill Man's "Drill Bombs" (4), Ground Man's "Spread Drill" (Mega Man & Bass), and Tunnel Rhino's "Tornado Fang" (Mega Man X 3). Ground Man actually has more drills on his body than Drill Man himself! Spark Mandrill even has a drill hand in Maverick Hunter X.
Drillman and Groundman get remixed in Mega Man Battle Network. Also — drill squid viruses in the fifth game, and the True Companions are threatened by the misfortune of being in a room right below a giant, out-of-control mining drill (the viruses are found here too, naturally.)
Drills are one of the more unusual classes of weapons in Makai Kingdom — though by no means the most unusual. They are, however, quite effective if you give 'em to a character strong enough to handle the weight. Drill Tanks are also available as vehicles, and at least one attack in the game launches drill missiles.
Thrudgelmir has that, plus a third drill on it's head it uses to headbutt with, while KoRyuOh can turn it's hand into a drill before rocket-punching. Both machines actually used to be Grungust MK IIIs.
In Silent Hill: Homecoming, Judge Holloway has a normal power drill with a wood-boring drillbit (wide and flat, with three sharp points — ow) in a cutscene. She is clearly off her rocker and tortures Alex with it while he's restrained to a chair by ramming it into his leg fully in-camera, and the look on Alex's face as he screams is far more effective at unnerving the player than any of the acting in Hostel. In the end, the torture itself inspires a burst of strength on Alex's part sufficient to tear out of his bonds, after which, he promptly shoves the drill up through the bottom of Judge Holloway's jaw. The look on her face at this point is equally brilliant, as are the sound effects. As a final note, the fact that Alex has no signs of hindered movement when the player gains control can be viewed, in addition to the combat system itself, as evidence that his false memories actually give him the skills he would've had if he'd actually been in the military.
Or the Mr. Driller series, for that matter. According to the cutscenes in Drill Spirits, the drillers are Dig Dug's kids.
Actually, that was actually clarified in Mr. Driller G (but that game was a No Export for You ) Only Ataru and Susumu are Dig Dug's kids.
Dordary in Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram has a heat-seeking launchable drill for an arm. A few "Vok" variants in the later games also use drills.
In BioShock, the Bouncer-type Big Daddies have their right hands replaced with a drill. As if to prove its effectiveness, the player gets to see a Big Daddy demonstrate its drill on a random splicer. There was blood everywhere.
And let's not forget the announcement trailer, which culminated in the protagonist being drilled through the hand and chest... in first-person.
And this is how Dr. Suchong appears to have met his end, after slapping a Little Sister.
In the sequel, Subject Delta, a prototype Big Daddy is the player character. The drill you start with is arguably one of the most powerful weapons in the game. When you drill and slam at exactly the same time, you perform a very powerful charge attack that deals massive damage. There's even an upgrade to it which makes it the only weapon you can use. Apparently this is supposed to be a drawback.
Odd PC game Stratosphere, which revolved around floating rocks kitted out as flying battleships, featured the "auger" as a melee weapon. (Well, a ramming weapon, but it worked as long as you were close).
The arcade (and Dreamcast) game Tech Romancer/Kikaioh, a Fighting Game involving giant robots, has the Combining Mecha Twinzam V. In one of its two forms, it has drill arms that can even be used for a Finishing Move... in which the mecha pins its opponent, punches it repeatedly, then drills through its face.
In Touhou Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, Iku Nagae transforms her scarf into a lightning-imbued drill for some of her specials and spellcards. Tenshi Hinanai also fires rocks that are vaguely drill-like.
Red Faction lets you drive mine drillers. Subverted in that they're actually meant to carve through stone.
Subverted in Worms: Not only is the drill usually relegated to digging as it's pathetically weak, it's a pneumatic drill. Still makes for for an awesome and silly finisher.
Situational. Given an opponent in a sufficiently deep hole, it is very possible to land multiple hits with the drill as they keep falling back into the hole while you dig, causing lots of damage.
X-COM : Terror From The Deep widened the operatives melee arsenal from the previous game (which was limited to the Stun Rod) with a series of oversized power drills. Very efficient at dispatching armored critters, too.
Attentive players of Monster Hunter will notice that among the hundreds of weapons in the game are a couple of drill lances. No, not blunted practice lances — knight lances, the kind that fits over your arm, about as long as you are tall, and mostly made up of a giant spinning drill bit.
And if that wasn't enough drill for you, there's the Dragonator. If you need to kill an Elder Dragon fast, this is your weapon of choice, and it's usually mounted to vessels that go out hunting these beasts. Offline, one shows up when fighting the Ceadeus. Online, you get to use it against Jhen Mohran.
The ending for Shadow Lady, a dark, robotic version of Chun-Li, in Marvel vs. Capcom featured Jin getting mortally injured in a confrontation with Bison. Shadow (robotic Charlie) and Shadow Lady show up after Bison leaves, and revive him with "cybernation", turning Jin into a dark robotic version of himself... with a drill for an arm.
Same with Metal Fatigue's Drilltruck which is only used to dig tunnels and capture Hedoth structures.
Ditto with the Zuul ships with Rip, Rend, and Radiant Bore sections in Sword of the Stars. These ships look like giant spinning drills in space. However, their only function is "digging" tunnels through node space and cannot be used as a weapon. Even colliding with another ship with the drill results in no more damage than from a normal collision.
The flash-game Epic Battle Fantasy 3, which essentially RUNS on tropes, features several drills, inevitably escorted by Gurren Lagann references. Two of the player characters can learn a special move that summons a huge drill from below the ground, dealing enormous damage to enemies with buffed defense, and one late-game enemy is a Flying Drill-Bot. Seriously, that's its NAME.
In the physics-based flash-game Gravitee Wars, one of the unlockable weapons is a Drill Missile, which will dig all the way through a planet before exploding. Very handy for disposing of one of those annoying enemies who think they can hide on the other side.
Terraria has these available as endgame replacements to the pickaxe. They are also relatively viable as weapons against most enemies that will be encountered while mining.
And its most powerful version, the Hamdrax, consists in a spinning combination of Hammer, Drill and Axe, basically destroying everything and anything it touches in one hit.And dealing huge damage at close range.
The Darkness has The Dragon use a drill on your face as a form of interrogation/torture. Luckily being possessed by a timeless demon means you get better. From Shrote's dialogue, it seems this is a preferred method for him.
The classic Mega Drive/Genesis Run and Gun platformer Vectorman had a drill powerup which was used to break through certain floors.
A few non-super robot example exists in Chaos Fighters where drills can be used as weapons. Unlike most examples, rotating blades count as drills in-universe and it is possible to mount them on shoulders.
In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, the villainous Subterranean uses a tank equipped with a tunneling drill to break into bank vaults, museums, and other secure locations from underneath.
In the second Season Finale of Justice League, Green Lantern used his ring to make a drill when he didn't quite agree with a spaceship hull.
In the first episode of Green Lantern:The Animated Series, Shyir Rev, outnumbered and surrounded, summoned a drill construct and, instead of using it to dig or attack, he uses it to kick up a twister of dust which he used like a smokescreen to escape.
The SWAT Kats regularly used drill-bit missiles, and used a Drill Tank, the Turbo Mole, in "Caverns of Horror".
In the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, once the Technodrome was moved to the center of the Earth, travel to and from the surface was accomplished via tunneling Transport Modules with big drills on the front. The second cartoon had Donatello create a similar vehicle for the turtles, with the "drill" made out of pure energy.
In Code Lyoko Season 4, the one-shot Digital Sea monster "Kalamar" attacks the Skidbladnir with a drill.
A few Transformers, including Menasor from Cybertron (not the combiner from G1), have these. More turn into drill tanks but lose the ability to use their drills offensively in robot form. Examples are Twin Twist and Nosecone from G1, and Drillhorn from Transformers Victory.
The Hyperforce's resident Badass Bookworm, Mr. Hal Gibson, can transform his robotic hands into huge drills. Not only can he bore holes with them, he can use them to fire lasers, eject insulation foam, and even vacuum up messes!
Xiaolin Showdown: One version of Jack Spicer's Mecha-Mooks had drills for arms and legs. When he took them out for a test drive, he remarked to Wuya:
Jack: My robots will turn this mountain to rubble if they have to.
Two robots attack each other and drill each other to pieces.