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Raising the bar on first person shooters and bringing it down on alien skulls.

"Is that a crowbar? (picks it up) Oh my God, this is friggin' perfect! Now I can beat the snot out of people!"

A type of Improvised Weapon.

Crowbars are actually awesome, yet practical — they are very sturdy, fairly easy to obtain, heavy enough to be used as clubs without being too heavy to carry, and have two bladed points that can do some nasty damage either by swinging or thrusting. Plus, they can be used as lock bypassers.

Interestingly enough, they are rarely seen used for their original purpose. Give a videogame character a crowbar and point him to a wooden crate or breakable door, and his first impulse will be to smash it to pieces rather than pry it open.

See also Wrench Whack.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Durarara!!'s Kida Masaomi uses this to take on the entire Yellow Scarves.
  • Haiyore! Nyarko-san:
    • Nyarko of wields her "unspeakable bar thing" the same way others would use swords (and occasionally throws it). It's probably meant to be a reference to the crowbar's prominence of Lovecraft-inspired games like Call of Cthulhu, though some fans have suggested it's a subtle nod to Nyarlathotep's Egyptian origins, since the crowbar resembles the "was" staff carried by pharoahs (and such was one of Nyarlathotep's 1,000 forms).
    • Crowbars seem to be the Weapon of Choice for the show's heroes, as Nyarko's allies Kuko (Cthuguha) and Hasta (Hastur) wield them on occasions, usually when they don't have access to their Elemental Powers.

    Comic Books 
  • In Marvel Comics The Wrecker is a thug whose favored tool was a crowbar who when robbing a residence that held a temporarily depowered Loki lucked into receiving the magical power from the Norn Queen that Loki sought resulting in it empowering his crowbar and granting him immense strength and endurance. He also has the ability to divide his power between others to form the Wrecking Crew, all with their own construction site weaponry.
  • This was the method of choice for The Joker in A Death in the Family to kill Jason Todd, with a time bomb delivering the Coup de Grâce. And years later, after coming Back from the Dead, Jason a.k.a. the new Red Hood reveals his identity to Joker and the readers by returning the favor.
  • The Mutant leader tries to kill Batman with a crowbar in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
  • In The DCU, Crowbar is a member of the supervillain team the Cadre. His weapon of choice is an energized crowbar that can fire energy blasts, as well as being used as the traditional blunt instrument.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 28 Days Later's Jim uses a crowbar in one scene near the end, where he bashes a soldier's head in.
  • Don wields one at the beginning of 28 Weeks Later.
  • Crowbar is one of the many things used to pin Freddy against a wall in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.
  • Michael in the remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004) as they enter the mall.
  • One of the intro victims in Cornered! is beaten to death with what looks like a crowbar.
  • A character gets stabbed in the eye with a crowbar in Carver.
  • The initial antagonist of I Spit on Your Grave, I Piss on Your Grave is killed with a crowbar.
  • Walter uses a crowbar to destroy a car in The Big Lebowski.
    Do you see what happens, Larry!
  • Brad Pitt for the third act of World War Z. This gives him an Oh, Crap! moment when the crowbar gets jammed in a zombie's head and another is charging towards him.
  • Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies has Roddy Piper using it as his mélêe weapon for a good bit of the movie.
  • In Shallow Grave, Andy, one of the two hitmen looking for Hugo, likes to use a crowbar to beat information out his victims.
  • In girlhouse, Loverboy has an Imagine Spot where he attacks with a crowbar a woman who accuses him of sexual harassment.

  • The Zombie Survival Guide details why a crowbar is one of the better hand-to-hand weapons to use against zombies: it is strong enough to break skulls, doesn't need sharpening or loading, and, if needed, can be used to pry things.
  • Halloween: The Mad House ends with Michael being beaten into submission with a crowbar.
  • Freddy is fought with a crowbar in A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Dealers.
  • In Mercedes Lackey's SERRAted Edge novels, mage-warrior Tannim fights with one of these, since twenty pounds of Cold Iron, enchanted for maximum effect, will ruin the day of a lot of magical beings.
  • Mercy Thompson used a crowbar in two books. In Moon Called, she broke the Mac's, a new werewolf, collarbone to free herself from his grip when he started to lose control to wolf in himself. In Iron Kissed, Mercy killed Tim, after he raped her, by spearing him and then smashing his head in, holding the crowbar in only her left hand.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, though mostly Xander.
  • The Criminal Minds episode "Hopeless" begins with the three UnSubs murdering two couples with crowbars.
  • CSI: In "Ending Happy", one of the elements in Happy's Rasputinian Death is being brained by a prostitute wielding a crowbar.
  • Doctor Who: In "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", Rahul grabs a crowbar to defend himself against Tzim-Sha. It doesn't do him any good.
  • Motive: In "Purgatory", the killer smashes a lawyer over the head with a crowbar before tying him to a chair and planning to turn him into a Man on Fire.

  • Portal 2: The Unauthorized Musical makes an obligatory reference to the page image, as Cave Johnson tries to hawk his brand-new Portal Gun to the imperiled Black Mesa employees.
    Do you sense the acrid atmosphere of an alien world? Is there a zombie shamblin' down the hall? Are you starting to ask yourself... "How good am I with a crowbar?"

    Video Games 
  • In Sunset Overdrive, the Player Character can use a crowbar as a melee weapon, among other things. Even if a different weapon has been equipped, they will still use it to undergrind around the city.
  • In the 2D Fallout titles, crowbars are available as melee weapons that do unremarkable damage but can also be used to pry open locked containers or jammed doors.
  • A crowbar is one of many, many household items that can be swung into zombie heads in Project Zomboid. It's a moderately good choice, with short reach but very high durability. In an aversion of Utility Weapon, quite unusual for Zomboid, the crowbar had no non-combat use until the ability to scavenge furnishings was added. Now a crowbar can also pry up tile flooring to spruce up your base with.
  • In Discworld Noir, Lewton acquires a crowbar which he can use for opening crates and similar. Attempting to use it on people will prompt him to say that "tempting as it was", it's probably a bad idea (it's not a combat game).
  • Leonard's basic melee weapon in Redneck Rampage, until the Ripsaw can be found. Usually you gotta whack his friend Bubba over the head with it to finish a level.
  • In The Walking Dead:
    • Kenny kills Carver by bashing in his face with a crowbar.
    • Javier is attacked by a zombie with a crowbar in its face during season 3 and can be killed by it if the button is not pressed at the right time.
  • The Joker's moveset in Injustice: Gods Among Us and Injustice 2 heavily features a crowbar as a reference to A Death in the Family.
  • In Planescape: Torment, the prybar can be used as a club or to give a bonus on attempts to force open locked containers.
  • In Touch The Dead, Rob's only melee weapon is a crowbar, which can attack zombies, and break down doors.


    Web Original 
  • Insane Cafe 3: The Curse of the Haunted Hotel. Strut using a crowbar then a shovel to subdue a super powered Human who had tried to pick a fight with the entire hotel.
  • Darwin's Soldiers, the second RP. Dr. Rawlson/Dr. Jeston tries to kill Dr. Zanasiu with a crowbar.
    • Also a Brick Joke, as earlier Dr. Shelton had opened Jeston's tool closet looking for a weapon and was disappointed to find the crowbar was missing.
  • Tom spends a large portion of Ruby Quest carrying around a crowbar to smash things with. He does use it once to pry a crate open.
  • Strippin uses a crowbar for melee combat in Rail Bros, one of the Yogscast Minecraft Series subseries.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Robot Chicken sketch "Iron Cheney" the terrorists order the vice-president to build them weapons. He says he already has one and knocks one of them out with a crowbar, calling it the "Cheney Special." The terrorists say they'll take a thousand.
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood features The Joker using a crowbar to mercilessly beat Jason Todd in lieu of the laughing gas or other gimmicky weapons he's typically associated with using.


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