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Art by Jennifer Gleu. Used with permission.

Sometimes characters will carry around an accessory. For pirates it's a parrot. Ninjas have swords. But stylish and sophisticated characters often have canes.

Pimps are almost always shown with blinged-out (gold and diamond-encrusted) "pimp canes" in fiction, a standard component of Pimp Duds. Though used by all types of characters, Classy Cane typically falls into the hands of villains.

The cane might be a Sword Cane, Simple Staff, or Magic Staff. This often overlaps with Evil Cripple, Genius Cripple, Evil Sorcerer, Handicapped Badass, and Cane Fu. Sometimes falls under Carry a Big Stick or Weapon of Choice. It is often wielded by formidable old people, such as the Old Master or the Old Soldier.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Gankutsuou: The Count
  • In the manga Blue Exorcist, the demon and exorcist Mephisto Pheles dresses as a pimp complete with a cane of evil.
  • Brook's Weapon of Choice in One Piece is a Sword Cane can he carries around to go along with his gentlemanly image. It also doubles as his violin bow.
  • In the manga Alice in the Country of Hearts the Mad Hatter character, Blood, has a cane that magically transforms into a machine gun.
  • Aldnoah.Zero: being a noble, Cruhteo carries around a cane. His happens to contain a whip.

    Comic Books 
  • The Kingpin carried around a cane that was sometimes loaded with trick gadgets such as electric shocks or blades.
  • Batman
    • The Riddler carries one of these about in almost all incarnations— it fits the trope (for a certain value of "sophistication") when he's a Sharp-Dressed Man in a suit and bowler hat, but less so when he's wearing spandex (in the Adam Westnote  and Joel Schumacher iterations).
    • The Penguin is always depicted using an umbrella as a cane.
  • In Daredevil, Matt Murdock's walking stick is often portrayed as a cane (which still is later used by Daredevil as a trick stick). It's also pretty fancy for a guy who can't even see it.
  • Being the richest duck of the world, Scrooge McDuck from the Disney Ducks Comic Universe and DuckTales (1987) of course has a cane. (Although it probably is just a very cheap one) Used mainly for hitting his nephew Donald and other people.
  • In Ruse, the upper-class detective Archard has one. It isn't a Sword Cane, perhaps because there wasn't room for in there for a sword after he'd built in the Grappling-Hook Pistol, the lock-breaking kit, and the flash powder device for blinding pursuers.

    Fan Works 
  • Roanapur Connection: OC Nathan Andre carries himself one around (which is hinted to help him stim). Which Ganabati and Madam Norwood note to be a Regiment of Sussex cane. Which for someone that is heavily implied to be from the North of England to be carrying around raises further questions about Nathan in Ganabati's mind.


    Film - Animated 
  • Wreck-It Ralph. Candy King with a literal candy cane.
  • The Princess and the Frog. Doctor Facilier. He carries around a cane with him that is also a Magic Staff.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Judge Doom has one of these which doubles as a Sword Cane.
  • Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear, the main antagonist in Toy Story 3, is often seen using a wooden mallet as a cane.
  • In Up, Carl Fredrickson, uses a cane (a tennis ball walker) for the majority of the movie. In one point of the movie, he uses it to hit a construction worker fiddling with his cherished mailbox and it comes handy as a Sword Cane in another scene when he fights Charles Muntz during the climax of the film.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • Harry Potter. Lucius Malfoy is the poster villain of this trope. He carries a cane with a snake head, and in a variant of Sword Cane, he hides his wand in it.
  • In Starsky & Hutch, the pimp Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg) carries a pimp cane.
  • The Louis Cypher character in Angel Heart sports a cane.
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol starts with the introduction of Ebenezer Scrooge as he walks along, his cane tapping the frozen ground with each step. Notably, he doesn't use it at all after the spirits are through with him.
  • Live and Let Die. After James Bond's first meeting with Kananga, Baron Samedi (one of Kananga's The Dragons) has a stylish cane to match his Sharp-Dressed Man style.
  • Star Wars
    • The Emperor first appears walking down a shuttle ramp holding a cane, not that he really needs it.
    • Averted by Yoda, who is one the wisest, purest, and well-known heroes in the saga, although it's justified, considering he's 900 years old.
  • A Clockwork Orange, in which the Anti-Villain protagonist Alex also carries a cane (this one possesses a knife hidden within).
  • In I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, when Flyguy gets out of prison he is given his clothes back, which are a very pimped out version of pimpwear including a big fancy cane. He struts down the street feeling good until everyone starts laughing at his clothes.
  • In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Benjamin, after successfully learning to walk somewhat clumsily, uses a cane until he is able to walk without support.
  • In Jurassic Park, John Hammond, the founder of Jurassic Park, carries a cane in many scenes (also walking with a slight limp), holding the hardened amber that contains a mosquito. This mosquito carries preserved dinosaur DNA which lead to the creation of the dinosaurs in the park.
  • In The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne carries a cane during the beginning of the film while in hiding as part of his "old man" disguise.
  • In TRON: Legacy, Castor sports one of these.
  • In Blade Runner, Detective Gaff uses a cane, which adds to his eccentric appearance that includes a fedora and a bow tie.


     Live Action TV 
  • The Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit villain in the Mission: Impossible episode "Bayou" walked with a cane because a gator had bitten his leg off. The cane also served as the hidden place for the documents detailing his white slavery operation.
  • Once Upon a Time. Mr. Gold, the cursed form of Rumpelstiltskin, carries a cane around, and uses it for more than walking once. It shows up less often as he progresses more toward Anti-Villain than outright villain.
  • Eventual main character Barnabas Collins of Dark Shadows has a silver cane which later comes in handy for beating the crap out of a werewolf.
  • Grimm season 2 ends with an appearance by Baron Samedi who carries a stylish cane.
  • Doctor Who: In "Let's Kill Hitler", the Eleventh Doctor dresses in a suit complete with top hat and Sonic Cane (as opposed to his Sonic Screwdriver which Amy was using at the time). Played with in that the real purpose, other than to look cool, was to help keep him on his feet as he was dying from poison.
  • While House actually does need the cane, he occasionally upgrades it for a short period of time for effect.
  • Nog of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine walks with a plain, utilitarian cane when he experiences phantom pain in an injured leg even after it's physically healed. In an effort to "wean him off the stick" and prove that it's all in his head, Vic Fontaine gives him a Classy Cane which can't bear his full weight as a gift, and warns him to go easy on it as it's mostly for show.
  • On Hannibal, Dr. Chilton survives a live vivisection that leaves him needing a cane to walk. Somehow, it is hilariously fitting to the character that he begins toting a pimp cane.

  • R. Kelly's rap opera series "Trapped In The Closet" has a character named Pimp Lucius, who while dressed as a pimp actually carries a rather nondescript derby cane.

  • Our Miss Brooks: In the episode "Mr. Boynton's Mustache", Mr. Boynton tells Miss Brooks he's considering buying a cane and invoking this trope.


  • In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Enfield carries a walking stick he acquired on his world travels, which he freely admits serves no purpose other than to make him look dignified. Hyde later attacks and kills him with it.

    Video Games 
  • Count Bleck, the antagonist of Super Paper Mario, has a cane (and a Monocle Of Evil, too). The character design seems to be based rather loosely on Baron Samedi of Voudoun.
  • The White Glove Society (a bunch of former cannibals turned classy restaurant owners) in Fallout: New Vegas. Specifically the goons of Mortimer, who is still a cannibal and wants the society to return to its old ways. The society members all dress in tailcoats and fancy dresses and carry canes, with which two goons try to beat the Courier when they start to ask too many questions.
  • Ghetsis from Pokémon Black and White has one he stomps the ground with in his battle animation.
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: "Shivering Isles" expansion has Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. He's depicted as a bearded man wearing a classy (albeit weird) suit and using a cane with an eyeball at the top.
  • Ceville. The titular Ceville has a cane.
  • In Remember Me Madame carries around a cane, although she doesn't seem to need it. She is a very powerful manipulator of memories, and the Big Bad of La Bastille.
  • Bravely Default: The Merchant Erutus Profiteur's outfit includes a stylish top hat and cane to emphasize how rich and sophisticated he is. He uses his cane as a weapon too. He's also an exploitive profiteer, and French Jerk who buys up Alcheim's water and sells it back to Alcheim's citizens at exorbitant prices.
  • Battleborn's Marquis d'Calibre wields one as his Weapon of Choice. Strangely, it's held in Reverse Grip when he isn't aiming down the sights, with the back end functioning as a pistol. When he aims it, he flips it around and uses it as a Sniper Rifle. His Ultimate, Bindleblast, takes it one step further and turns it into a very large bazooka.
  • Frédéric François Chopin in Eternal Sonata uses one as his weapon of choice. He wields it much like a saber, though it lacks an actual blade, and also uses it as a medium for casting magic.

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    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • Ozpin is the headmaster of Beacon Academy and the most politically powerful huntsman in the whole of Vale; he accordingly dresses the part, wearing a very smart dark green suit and carrying a dark, silver-topped cane. The silver handle of the cane has a delicate vine-like pattern flowing down it. Where the handle joins the shaft, there are cogs and a silver lever. Although it complements his appearance, he can also use it in battle, wielding it like a rapier and using it as a focus to produce a barrier that can even stop the full force of a Maiden's power. This kind of use does not require activating either the lever or cogs. Given that his first incarnation favored a magic staff, it's no surprise he'd end up eventually making a more modern equivalent.
    • Roman is a well-known petty crime lord of the Kingdom of Vale, who is dragged into the schemes of the Big Bad because of his local knowledge. He is always smartly dressed in black trousers and a red-lined white overcoat. He accessorises with black gloves, a grey neckerchief and a red-banded black Derby hat. To finish off the look, he carries a hook-handled cane that is designed to fit in with his clothing: the handle is white, the staff is black, and there is red finishing where the handle meets the staff and at the base of the staff. The staff is designed to be a weapon; he usually fences with it or uses it as a gun, but he can also use it as a club where necessary. The weapon is designed to suit his style and his classy appearance.

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    Western Animation