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Link wipes the floor with his enemies.
All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up. See this? This... is my broomstick!

So our hero's weaponless and about to face a horde of mooks. He looks around for anything that he can use in a pinch. He grabs the first thing he can find — a mop from the supply closet — and goes to town, using it as one would a Simple Staff (or a bo).

Note that the title need not be taken literally. Anything vaguely cylindrical and tall as the character wielded as an Improvised Weapon (for which this is a Sub-Trope) falls under this; broomsticks and mop handles are simply the most iconic. This is also a go-to weapon for witches and warlocks, adding fight to their flight. Theoretically, this can be Truth in Television.

Removing the head, or simply attacking with the handle whenever it's a better weapon than the other end of the object, is optional based on the Sliding Scale of Seriousness Versus Silliness.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door: Spike infiltrates a chemical company disguised as a janitor (in another homage to Bruce Lee) and has to defend himself with a push-broom when detected by Action Girl Electra. Not that he made it difficult, since he was using the broom to clean the walls for no reason.
  • High School Of The Dead: Rei starts out with one of these, being trained in combat with a spear, and learns the hard way early on that impaling zombies with a broom handle doesn't work.
  • Kodomo No Jikan: A few unnamed students use them in class before being told to clean up.
  • Kyo Kara Maoh!: Jennifer uses a broom in place of a fencing foil in the second season.
  • Maiden Rose: A group of Luckenwalde students show up armed with brooms and buckets to haze Taki on his first day. By the time we see any action, it's Taki holding the broom and mopping the floor with his attackers.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi: The fight between Setsuna and Asuna at the Tournament Arc featured Setsuna wielding a push-broom against Asuna's Paper Fan of Doom, due to bladed weapons being verboten. Earlier in the arc, a minor character wielded a traditional broom as a magic weapon; unfortunately, she was up against Kotaro. Also, Setsuna and Asuna were in maid outfits because they weren't as interesting, so Chao ordered them made cute.
  • Ranma ½: Ranma has used various things as quarter staffs such as a broom or a laundry pole.
  • School-Live!: Yuki comes across a zombie and is forced to kill it with a mop she's holding. It's a major part of her Character Development as, until then, she'd been oblivious to zombies even existing.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman: In Detective Comics #59, Batman confronts the Penguin on board a riverboat. When the Penguin pulls a sword from his umbrella, Batman grabs a mop to defend himself. The Penguin cuts through the mop handle, and Batman slaps him in the face with the mop end.
  • Daredevil: Matt Murdock and his sensei Stick would use anything at hand as staff or club, whole or broken.
  • Hex Wives: In 2005, Isadora killed the Head Architect by stabbing him with a broomstick.
  • In Kajko i Kokosz, a Polish comic, Kokosz once used a broom as a very effective weapon. However, a Magic Feather was involved so he immediately started losing once it fell apart, even though the handle alone would have been harder.

    Fan Works 
  • The Ultimate Evil: Valerie Payne often ends up using a broom as a weapon, like in her first encounter with the Dark Hand Enforcers. When Valmont hears about how his henchmen were defeated by an average woman armed with a broom, he says that to be the final proof that the Enforcers are hopelessly incompetent. Later, Shendu tells the Enforcers to watch out for brooms, adding with dark humor that if Valerie had been armed with a mop, she might have killed them.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • American Psycho 2: All American Girl: A janitor is found with a mop handle impaled through his head.
  • Coming to America has Prince Akeem (professionally trained from childhood in martial arts) do this with an unscrew-able mop handle to ward off an armed robber played by Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Death Line: One of the cleaners attacks the cannibal with a broom. The cannibal then kills him by shoving the broomstick through his chest.
  • Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!: A prostitute has a broom handle shoved down her throat.
  • Go West, Young Lady: During the final battle against Killer Pete's gang, several of the women of Headstone are armed with brooms that they use to whack the outlaws.
  • Hobgoblins: Nick teaches Kevin all about "hand-to-hand" combat using garden implements.
  • Machete: Machete uses a mop to fight his way past Booth's goons following the faked assassination attempt on the senator.
  • The Matrix Reloaded: Neo rips a metal post out of the ground (which is almost a case of Telephone Polearm) to use against the army of Smith clones in the Burly Brawl. The first shot has him using the block of concrete at the end as a hammer, but once that breaks he uses it as a quarterstaff.
  • My Bloody Valentine 3D: The miner is momentarily fought off with a mop.
  • Prom Night (1980): Wendy knocks the killer down with a broom (and lays on a couple of additional blows while he's done) when she escapes from the auto shop.
  • Tamara: When attacked in the basement, Allison grabs a shovel to defend herself. When Shawn snaps the head off the shovel, Allison is left holding the handle. She then uses the sharp end of the handle to stab him.
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Sarah Connor uses a mop handle during her asylum escape attempt, until she gets a nightstick to replace it.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974: When it is revealed that the gas store attendant is one of the villains, protagonist Sally quickly grabs a knife to defend herself. She is immediately disarmed and beaten unconscious with a broomstick (in an almost unrealistic fashion).
  • UHF's Stanley Spadowski is a simple man. All he wants to do is clean the floors, dig the prize out of the cereal box, and occasionally host an insanely popular kids variety show. But get between him and his mop, and you are asking for problems.

  • Heralds of Valdemar: In one of the Tarma and Kethry short stories, Tarma defends herself against an armed drunk with a broomstick because she wanted to avoid doing permanent damage if possible. Unfortunately, the drunk ends up cracking his head against the fireplace and dying. Fortunately for them, the drunk in question was well known and highly unpopular. Unfortunately for them he also ran the town and was the only one the thugs he used for "law enforcement" would heed, so his not-so-bereaved widow paid Tarma and Kethry off to lead them out of town.
  • Matthew Hawkwood: In Rapscallion, Hawkwood defends himself with a besom broom. Played far more seriously than most examples, as Hawkwood shoves the twig end of the broom in his foe's face; causing dozens of sharp twigs to snap off and embed themselves in his face. Ouch!

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Any wooden object can become a stake, and Buffy often improvises in this manner to slay vampires, most notably when she massacres a vampire gang in "Into the Woods". It's also Played for Laughs a few times, including when Cordelia picks up a spatula thinking she will use it as a weapon.
  • Doctor Who: In "The Vampires of Venice", Rory attempts to take on a swordsman armed only with a broom.
  • Kamen Rider Den-O: Ryotaro uses a nearby broom on a Monster of the Week when he's fighting for his life. The broom is quickly broken. Despite its short-lived appearance, the so-named "Rider Broom" remained in the fandom's memory throughout the year.
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: In "Blood & Money", Phryne grabs a mop and uses it to fend off a man who attacks her with a bayonet.

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    Video Games 
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: There's is an achievement for killing someone using a broom. It is used the same way as a hammer. Brooms were first weaponisable back in Assassin's Creed II. Taken to absurd levels when you find out that it's possible to slit someone's throat using the broom, with the same sound effects of a regular bladed weapon.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the Xbox. Stuck without a weapon? Look for a broom or a mop (or just kick a chair in half).
  • In Chrono Trigger, Charming a Nu gives you a Mop, which Crono can wield like a katana. It's weaker than even his starting weapon, but that just makes it all the more entertaining when, after two or three passes through New Game+, you get strong enough that you can equip the Mop and still curb-stomp everything in the game.
  • City of Heroes: One of the weapon appearances for the Staff Fighting powerset is a broom, leading to people making characters with names "Maid Man".
  • RemiLore: Lost Girl In The Lands Of Lore: Remi's weapon in the game is the broom she was sweeping the library with at the start. It's surprisingly strong to be able to smash objects and Mecha-Mooks.
  • Resident Evil: Outbreak: Push brooms are available as (very weak) weapons. There's also nondescript wooden poles and crutches available.
  • Yan from Crisis Beat, working part-time as a cleaner on a luxury ship called The Princess, when terrorists took over the ship. Escaping with her trusty broom, she spends the entire game using it to whack the asses of several dozen terrorist mooks, and can even defeat enemy bosses with it.
  • Crisis Core,:Zack fights a bunch of armed soldiers on the beach... wearing only a bathing suit and armed with an umbrella. He wins.
  • Dead Rising, king of the Improvised Weapon trope in video games, includes a broom. After a few hits, the end breaks off and Frank uses it as a spear.
  • Dungeon Siege: The first game starts with the hero having to do this with a pitchfork until he gets a real weapon from his enemies.
  • Final Fantasy VII: One of Cid's weapons is actually a mop (well, more like a push broom...). Other characters have similar weapons, which are rather powerful but lack materia slots. The best examples being an umbrella for Aeris, and baseball bat with a nail in it for Cloud.
  • Legend of Mana: Lisa uses her father's broomstick as her weapon of choice. Partly justified in that she uses it as a staff, which mostly have magic-related specials. That doesn't stop her from cracking skulls with that thing.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: One of the melee weapons is a Wooden Mop, found either around the villages and stables or being wielded by Bokoblins, which is used like a thrusting spear. Strangely, when swung around it always makes a wet sloshing sound as if it had just been dipped in a bucket for a cleaning job, even the ones the Bokoblins use.
  • Mace: The Dark Age has a Hidden Character named Ned the Janitor. He's a reskin of Xiao Long and uses a pushbroom in place of Xiao's quarterstaff.
  • Miitopia: One of the Mages' weapons is a broom. They can even cast spells with it.
  • Persona: The default weapon for some party members is a mop. It's the only weapon that can be equipped by all characters. Justified, because they're all school students who got caught up in the apocalypse and have to contend with whatever the school can provide.
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire: A Nerf Arm is a broom whose enchantments are allegedly only to make sweeping easier, but counts as a superb unique weapon and can cause dazing, possibly even confusion on a hit.
  • Sakuna Of Rice And Ruin: There's a broom that Sakuna can equip as a two-handed weapon. It at first seems to nothing but a Joke Weapon that only deals 1 point of damage per hit, but when combined with several items it instead becomes a Lethal Joke Weapon that's one of the most powerful two handed weapons in the game.
  • SoulCalibur features a broom as Seong Mi-na's unlockable joke weapon.
  • Tales Series: The Deck Brush is a recurring weapon in the series, and varies wildly in how effective it is.
  • Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Roll uses a broom as a weapon.
  • Thy Dungeonman II: The titular Dungeonman gets only a mop as a weapon, being a janitor working in a dungeon.

    Web Animation 

  • Dead Winter: Lizzie's primary weapon of choice is a mop. Becoming proficient with it due to her days as a Waitress, somehow.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • It's not unheard-of for martial artists who want to take a few lessons in the bo staff, but don't want to sink a lot of money into their first bo or are unsure if they will plan to continue, to use a broomstick instead of buying a bo. It's basically the same thing, but much cheaper.
  • Ditto for students of Kendo and HEMA; though your average broom handle lacks the weight of a sword, it's about the right length for practicing the basic stances. Particularly in HEMA, the longsword and the quarterstaff are actually wielded in a similar manner, so the same piece of wood can be used to practice both.
  • It's not quite this trope, but several knife companies make a sheath knife with a handle that can unscrew, to allow attachment to a standard broom or brush handle. The idea being, you carry the knife on you, and when the zombies come (or whatever), you grab the nearest broom and attach the knife, resulting in a 4-6 foot stabbing spear. In skilled or at least fit hands, would definitely beat a basic knife as a self-defense weapon, and can be carried in places you can't legally have a gun.
  • An eighty-two year old woman, Willie Murphy, used a broom as a weapon against an intruder, in November 2019, in Rochester, New York. Murphy, a regular weightlifter who can deadlift 225 pounds, started her defense with a table and a full bottle of shampoo before going at him with the broom.
  • Pool cues can be dangerous weapons, as their weight is unevenly distributed toward the butt end. In at least one case someone had their skull cracked with one during a fight and never woke up.


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Gokai Green

While using the power of Shishiranger from Dairanger, resident Improbable Weapon User Don Dogoier (Gokai Green) happens across a broom lying around on the battlefield, and quickly puts it to use, with some Funny Bruce Lee Noises for good measure.

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