'''Basic Trope''': A character [[ImprovisedWeapon improvises a weapon]], often a broom handle, to use as a fighting staff.
* '''Straight''': Bob is fighting a horde of {{mooks}}. His weapon breaks, so he reaches into the janitor's closet, pulls out a mop, and starts attacking with it.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Bob pulls a light post out of the street and begins to wield it as a staff.
** TelephonePolearm
** Bob's broom [[ImprobableWeaponUser is his favorite weapon.]]
* '''Downplayed''': Bob grabs a walking stick (already a staff, but not one designed for fighting) and unleashes some CaneFu on the enemy.
* '''Justified''': Bob was trained to use a quarterstaff, and the mop handle was the next best thing.
* '''Inverted''': Bob attaches a mop head to his fighting staff and sweeps with it.
* '''Subverted''': Bob, a martial artist, picks up a broom lying around and uses it as if it were a baseball bat.
* '''Double Subverted''': Then he realizes that it would be better used as a staff.
* '''Parodied''': Bob doesn't remove the mop head from the shaft, adding a level of ridiculousness to the fight. Bonus points if Bob actually mops somebody's face.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Bob's attacked by ninjas while mopping, and pops the mop head off to use as a fight. One of the ninjas claims that a mop stick could never be used as a quarterstaff, because it's not strong enough. Bob replies that [[CrazyPrepared he's mounted the mop head on his quarterstaff for just such an occasion]], and proceeds to lay the beat down on the ninja. Charlie rushes in as the ninjas escape, and mentions that Bob must be really paranoid to have prepared the quarterstaff-mop in advance. Bob smiles and reveals that it was a regular mop all along. As Bob and Charlie exit the room, the camera zooms in on the mop's handle, which has an insignia on it showing that it really was a quarterstaff the whole time; Bob just didn't want Charlie to think he was so paranoid.
* '''Averted''': Bob uses a different ImprovisedWeapon.
* '''Enforced''': "It isn't a karate movie until someone whacks someone else with a broom.
* '''Lampshaded''':
** "Keep that broom away from him!"
** Alternately: "How did you lose to someone using a ''broom''?"
** [[Literature/{{Redwall}} "Did you fear they would sweep you up, wormbrain?"]]
* '''Invoked''': Bob puts a mop in every room of his house in case he needs one.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': The BigBad makes sure that none of the handles on any of his equipment are long and/or strong enough to be used as a staff.
* '''Discussed''': Mook: {{Oh crap}}, he's got a broom! Fall back!
* '''Conversed''': I didn't think they made broom handles so strong.
* '''Implied''': Bob is attacked by Mooks, and is backed into a closet, and looks at a broom intently. In the next scene, the Mooks are lying on the floor, and the broom is in a different position.
* '''Deconstructed''': Broomsticks weren't made to be fought with. It breaks as Bob cracks the first mook on the head.
* '''Reconstructed''': But he is able to use the stouter handle of the fallen mook's BladeOnAStick instead.
* '''Played For Laughs''': Bob's attacked by a dozen janitors wielding mops and brooms after making a mess. Bob asks aloud what he could possibly have done to deserve this, and finds out that there's a secret janitor society trained in broom combat specifically for dealing with perpetually messy clients.
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%% Optional items, added after Conversed, at your discretion:
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???