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Wrench Whack

Wrenches are tools often associated with The Engineer and the Wrench Wench, using them to build and repair objects, whether by tightening bolts or Percussive Maintenance. Like other tools used in construction (hammers, nailguns, etc.), wrenches can be very effective weapons.

Very much Truth in Television as a good monkey wrench (also known as a pipe wrench) can be made of very sturdy materials, and some can weigh quite a bit on top of that. So, in a pinch, you can very easily break someone's skull wide open if you hit'em hard enough.

Unrelated to Spanner in the Works, unless what derails your Evil Scheme is underestimating the combat potential of the Wrench Wench.

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     Anime and Manga 

     Board Games 

  • One of the possible murder weapons in the game Clue (also known as Cluedo). Befitting their source, it also appeared in the related video games and books as a suitable blunt instrument.

     Comic Books 

  • In G.I. Joe comics, a large automechanic's wrench is the weapon of choice for the recent Deadnok recruit Heartwrencher. In spite of his name, the same doesn't apply to longtime Dreadnok Monkeywrench.
  • In Runaways, Gert once attacked Victor with a gigantic monkey wrench Nico had conjured up earlier in the issue.
  • In She-Hulk, during Byrne's run, the main character was being mind-controlled by Xemu, her BFF whacked him on his braindome.
  • The Goon calls the chrome-plated adjustable pipe wrench "the finest monster hunting technology 1932 had to offer."
  • In Secret Six #14, Ragdoll smashes Smythe the Slaver's hand and back with a wrench before lodging it in his head. It doesn't kill him though.
  • A dead worker is shown with a wrench embedded in his face in Hatchet / Slash.

    Film 

    Literature 

  • Sergeant Julio Poertena from the Prince Roger series uses a "big pocking wrench" to dismantle jammed power armour and hostile cannibalistic aliens with equal gusto. In the former case, Percussive Maintenance is actually better at unjamming powered armor than the official method.
  • In one of the Doc Savage novels, Ham - having been on the receiving end of yet another one of Monk's practical jokes - picks up a monkey wrench and whacks Monk in the head hard enough to knock him out.

     Live Action TV 

  • Used a couple of times in Star Trek: The Original Series.
    • In "Court Martial", Finney uses a (20th-century) wrench in a fight with Kirk, but doesn't get a good blow in.
    • In "Space Seed", Kirk surprises Khan with a whack from a (23d-century) Space Wrench. Take that, superhuman!
  • In Doctor Who, the Eleventh Doctor attacks a Dalek with a large wrench, trying to provoke it into dropping the "helpful automaton" act in front of the supporting cast.
  • A wrench is used to kill Laird in Battlestar Galactica.
  • The killer in the Criminal Minds episode "Painless" tries to attack Hotch and Prentiss with a wrench after being shot (he doesn't feel pain) but is stopped by a second shot, this one fatal.
  • On Boardwalk Empire, a stressed Eli gives George O’Neill a wrench whack right in the windpipe, if that didn't kill him the repeated strikes to the head afterwards did.
  • In Firefly, Mal knocks out Jayne this way toward the end of "Ariel".
  • Midsomer Murders: The first Body of the Week in "The Flying Club" is done in by a blow to the back of the head with a wrench.

    Role-Playing Games 

     Tabletop Games 
  • Mekton has a Running Gag of mecha pilots making stupid design suggestions and getting hit on the head by the resident Wrench Wench.
  • The wrench is one of the possible murder weapons in the game Clue. In other words, in a given game, any of the characters may have used a wrench to commit a murder.

     Video Games 

  • Cid uses wrenches as weapons in Final Fantasy IV. Hilariously, they're some of the strongest weapons in the game while he's in your party- even better than swords and karate.
  • Gremlin Thwackers in Spiral Knights.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Ratchet uses the Omniwrench, which he uses for its actual purpose too.
  • Adrian Shephard in Half-Life: Opposing Force has one (in place of a crowbar).
  • Team Fortress 2: the melee weapon of the Engineer. It is used for hastening building, repairing and upgrading the Engineer's buildings. Other uses include hurting people - and the wrench is good at it, hitting critically often because Sentries do a lot of damage - especially removing Spies and their sappers from the Engineer's guns' vicinity. Variants include the Southern Hospitality, implemented with a sharp piece of metal and a spiked handguard, which cause the hit enemy to bleed, the Jag, which hastens building even more but doesn't hurt as much, and the Eureka Effect, which can teleport the Engineer back to his base at the cost of being unable to move his buildings.
  • BioShock: the first weapon the player character gets.
    • System Shock 2 also has a wrench as a weapon. Where else do you think BioShock got it from?
      • And if you're playing on harder difficulties, it's pretty much the best weapon available.
    Chris Lee's Ultimate SS2 Analysis: You should get intimately familiar with how your wrench works and how to optimally use it against virtually every enemy in the game. You may think I'm kidding, but as I once heard said, System Shock 2 on Impossible isn't a sci-fi/horror first person role-playing game, it's a wrench simulator that lets you simulate hitting all sorts of things with a wrench.
    • A wrench identical to the one in the first game shows up in Bioshock Infinite. Booker doesn't wield it though; Elizabeth knocks him out with it when she finds out he's actually kidnapping her, not rescuing her. Ironically Elizabeth is later beaten to death with a wrench in Burial at Sea.
  • Heimerdinger from League of Legends; he doesn't whack minions and champions with his wrench though, he throws them.
  • Dark Cloud 2 features Max using wrenches as his primary melee weapon from the beginning of the game. It can be upgraded to many different, more combat-designed wrenches, including Smash Wrench, Drill Wrench, and Poison Wrench.
  • Yosuke in Persona 4 usually has dual daggers/kunai, but can pick up a pair of spanners if you revisit the liquor shop in the TV world. They're also a great weapon for that early in the game thanks to its high critical ratio.
  • Wrenches are used by Engineers in Makai Kingdom with the Tech Bash skill, and possibly as an equippable weapon.
  • Rocky Wrench from the Super Mario Bros. 3 airships.
  • In Super Robot Wars, Super Robot Gunleon carries a number of these, ranging from ones that are appropriately scaled to fit in its hand like a human's would to a normal wrench, to wrench nunchucks, to a massive crescent wrench almost as tall as it is. Naturally, these are used to bash or crush enemies, but the largest wrench will occasionally become an enormous crushing clamp... with a Pile Bunker situated at the joint of its jaws.
  • Wrenches appear in all Fallout games after the second one, but are only used as weapons in Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel.
  • In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Kazooie carries around a magic Wrench that, aside from carrying stuff around via Tractor Beams, can be used as a melee weapon.
    • And in Banjo Tooie's Grunty Indutries there were worker enemies who'd try to whack the bear and bird with their enormous wrenches.
  • One of the bosses in Mole Mania uses wrenches as throwing weapons.
  • Lexis in Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals has wrenches as a main weapon.
  • Led from Septerra Core uses oversized wrenches, not only as a blunt weapon, but also to dismantle robotic enemies.
  • Pey'j's weapon of choice in Beyond Good & Evil. His wrench even comes with a secondary wire cutter function.
  • The Engineer in Torchlight 2 starts with a massive wrench and can find more of them optimized for their class-specific Whacking skills throughout the game.

     Web Comics 

  • In Girl Genius, Agatha clobbers Moloch, Vole and Prof.Tiktoffen with variety of wrenches. They're apparently as good at breaking things as fixing them.
    • Gil whacks Othar.
    • Princess Zulenna is shown early on with a bent wrench after apparently having done this to a guard who was between the Castle Wulfenbach students and the lifegliders they wanted to use to get back to the main part of the castle.
  • Ed, from Fake Knight carries a wrench.
  • In the XKCD comic "Security", hypothetical bad guys who want access to someone's files figure that using a wrench for torture would be the mundane alternative to intensive hacking.

     Web Original 

     Western Animation 

  • In one episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Meatwad can be seen beating a homeless man to death with a monkey wrench.
  • Ratchet has been known to throw wrenches at those who intrude in his med-bay.
  • Dexter, particularly in Ego Trip, uses a large wrench as a weapon.


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