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"...and my other hammer crushes suns!"


Hammers used in battle. They come in different sizes, from squeaky mallets to giant sledgehammers. The lighter ones inspire laughs, while the bigger ones inspire terror. Some are thrown, but most are used to pound things into a bloody smear in the ground. It sometimes comes with Shock and Awe due to a certain god of thunder. Might be a Rocket-Powered Weapon, especially if it’s so preposterously heavy that even a super-strong wielder can’t swing it without assistance.

Used by The Big Guy, the Mighty Glacier, and the Cute Bruiser. Also a favorite of clerics in High Fantasy settings, smashing someone's head in with a hammer often lets them get around the "no spilling of blood" rule enacted by their gods. note 


Historically, blunt force weapons like maces, hammers, and flails were far more effective against heavy armor than blades because of their ability to transmit force through the armor to the flesh and bone underneath. War hammers appeared in Europe during The Late Middle Ages to combat plate armor. They usually featured a pick-like beak on one side that could pierce some of the thinner plates, and a hammer head on the other for inflicting blunt trauma to targets such as the head; this part often featured claw-like prongs or a texture resembling a meat tenderizer to help it bite into the armor's surface instead of glancing off. Either end could also be used as a hook to control an opponent. A one-handed warhammer used a relatively small head around the size of a modern claw hammer’s, relying on the top-heavy balance and the acceleration provided by a long handle instead of excessive mass.


You will often see hammers used in fictional combat that have very large steel heads like sledgehammers, and which would be impractically cumbersome and stamina-wasting in real combat where the enemy isn’t just going to hold still and let you whack them with all your might. English archers did use large mauls for driving stakes as improvised weapons, but these maul heads were so large because they were made of wood, which isn’t as dense as steel. There's no denying that big freaking hammers have visual impact, and imply Super Strength or Charles Atlas Superpower when used. What’s funny is how they’ve become so popular that The Coconut Effect has set in, to the point where if you showed a fantasy character with a realistically-sized warhammer the audience would think it looked too small.

It is fairly common for characters who use sledgehammer-types as their weapon of choice to be black, probably due to the influence of American folk hero John Henry and the African demigod Makoma.

This trope also covers smaller handheld hammers. While they aren't as big and intimidating as War Hammers or Sledgehammers, they are still something to be afraid of as they can crack skulls just fine as their bigger brothers. Claw Hammers and Mallets are especially popular with this in mind. In fact when using claw hammers, the other end of it which is the eponymous "claw" can be used like a pick to just straight up stab somebody with it. Just like how the other end of some war hammers have pick-like beaks.

See also the Hyperspace Mallet, the Weapon of Choice for cartoon animals seeking to inflict Amusing Injuries (as well as the angry Anime female's favorite tool against perverts and other sources of irritation). Also see Carry a Big Stick for other kinds of bludgeoning weapons. Not to be confused with When All You Have Is a Hammer..., although you can achieve this with a hammer if it's the only thing you have to work with. Also not to be confused with the slang term for driving at top speed (which originated among truckers who, after putting the pedal to the metal, used to use a heavy hammer to keep it there in the years before cruise control became a standard feature). Hammer and Sickle when paired with Sinister Sickle.


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  • In some commercials for the early 80's electronics superstore chain Federated, pitchman "Fred Rated" (played by Shadoe Stevens) would smash up electronics with a comically-large sledgehammer, with the slogan "Federated smashes prices!".

    Anime & Manga 
  • Skuld of Ah! My Goddess with the extendable polo-style mallet she uses for debugging. Which mostly involves chasing around furry hybrid rabbit-insect creatures and pounding them in the head.
  • Daisuke Ido from Battle Angel Alita uses a rocket hammer (it accelerates during the swing).
  • Vento of the Front from A Certain Magical Index uses a hammer to channel the winds. Sasha Croitsef wields hammers and saws, and she's strong enough to smash through walls with them.
  • Saki in Corpse Princess uses a huge, fancy-looking hammer as her Weapon of Choice.
  • Despite being called a Hammer, the weapons used by Daitarn 3, the original Gundam, the ∀ Gundam and the Raider Gundam are not hammers. They're more like flails.
  • Lavi of D.Gray-Man has a hammer, maybe six inches long, as his weapon. When he activates it, it grows very, very large, usually with the head reaching human-sized. We haven't seen any specific limit, but he's made it so large that he once demolished a building with a mis-swing. In another instance, he makes the hammerhead as large as a house. He's explicitly mentioned once in response to a reader's question that, since it's his Empathic Weapon, he doesn't notice the weight.
  • Digimon Adventure:
    • Zudomon had a massive hammer made of Chrome Digizoid that could kick up energy attacks or be used for good ol' bashing. (It could even be thrown to strike an opponent, and return like a boomerang). In Norse Mythology, Thor's hammer Mjöllnir shared the same properties — it grew or shrank as needed, could be thrown like a boomerang (and hit with the force of thunder when it did). The only thing Mjöllnir lacked was the ability to throw a energy bolt. Considering that Mjöllnir is supposed to be lightning when thrown, the energy bolt isn't so much missing as used differently.
    • Puppetmon, a child-sized marionette-based Mega-level Digimon, had a (significantly smaller, but still large in comparison to himself) hammer as a weapon. Power Levels being what they are, though, Puppetmon was stronger (Zudomon's an Ultimate, one stage below Mega), so when the hammers collided in one battle, Zudomon's hammer was sent flying and the force knocked him back to his Sleep-Mode Size.
    • And then there's Grumblemon of the fourth season: he can usually be found Dual Wielding giant sledgehammers to knock around multiple, far-larger heroes in a way that'd make Puppetmon jealous.
  • Shin from Dorohedoro uses an average hammer as his main weapon. It is incredibly surprising however the amount of damage that he can do with it.
  • Gray's Ice-Make: Hammer, Ice-Make: Ice Hammer and Ice-Make: Ice Impact and Erza's Holy Hammer in Fairy Tail.
  • GaoGaiGar's Goldion Hammer is one of the biggest hammers ever in media. Its entire gimmick is a shockwave so powerful that it turns things it strikes into photons, and it's so powerful that GaoGaiGar suffers severe damage just from the backlash of its use, and needs another mech to act as a giant oven mitt to use it safely, which can be seen in the above picture replacing GaoGaiGar's right hand).
    • In the Expanded Universe, King J-Der is able to use the same hammer in the form of the "Silverion Hammer." King J-Der being a transformed battleship, the hammer, a bit taller than GaoGaiGar, is proportionally the size of a mallet. It makes a surprise return in Super Robot Wars BX
    • GaoGaiGar FINAL features the Goldion Crusher, a hammer with a handle made out of three giant spaceships, and a head roughly twenty times the size of the handle, making it several orders of magnitude bigger than the Goldion Hammer. GaoGaiGar actually hangs off the end of its handle. In a show notorious for its revival of over-the-top shouting and Calling Your Attacks, just imagine how the main characters handled it. Especially when they use it to smash the Sun. This attack is rendered in full beauty in Super Robot Wars W.
  • Sana and her mother in Kodocha regularly use the squeaky toy version.
  • In The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer, Sir Noi Crezant, the Lizard Knight, has been sent to gain the aid of the great warrior Amamiya Yuuhi in hopes of finding the Princess Samidare and protecting the planet from the incredible 'Biscuit Hammer' poised to crack the Earth in two. They try to destroy it with the Blues Drive Monster, which... also has a hammer. And the hammer's creator himself, when he's finally fought, wields a big spiked one.
  • The Gigantform of Vita's Graf Eisen in Lyrical Nanoha is larger than she is. It grows even larger when she uses it with the Gigantschlag attack, to the point that she's barely visible holding it. Its standard Hammerform is probably the best for enhancing spells. The Raketenform adds a spike on one end and a rocket-jet on the other for fast and powerful strikes — whereas Gigantform is probably intended for larger, slower opponents, the rocket form is probably for faster, human-sized ones. The last form, seen in Season 3, is the Zerstörungsform, which is a combination of Gigantform and Raketenform, except with a drill on the business end — it's probably intended as an anti-structure weapon, for use against completely immobile but fortified targets like engines.
    • Graf Eisen's Zerstörungsform is the insane lovechild of the aforementioned Goldion Hammer and the Giga Drill. It helps that Graf Eisen is voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara.
    • Cranked up even more in Force, where Vita gains a new weapon called Warhammer. It's huge and looks like it has a fusion reactor in the middle.
    • Hopefully it really IS a fusion reactor, since the team of terrorists they are fighting now runs off Anti-magic.
  • The Gundam Gusion in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans has one about three times the size of its head. And it has thrusters on each corner to maximize the impact on any target. Considering the beam weaponry-devoid setting of the story, it's considered a very lethal weapon in the right hands. The Barbatos also carries a mace, which Mikazuki pulls it in full effect, serving as both melee weapon and ranged projectile, and it has an in-built Pile Bunker. After losing the mace, Mika uses a Wrench Mace for combat, and the said Wrench Mace was supposed to be a tool for repairing Mobile Suits.
  • Usopp of One Piece fame has three of these: a normal one used for carpentry (though it's a surprisingly good weapon; he managed to beat one of Arlong's Quirky Miniboss Squad half to death with it), the "Usopp Pound", a massive-looking hammer that supposedly weighs five tons but is really two frying pans bound in plastic on a stick that weights 2 kg, and the "Golden Pound", an even bigger hammer, supposedly weighing ten tons, that is really a balloon which pops upon impact.
  • In Powerpuff Girls Z, Buttercup wields an oversized Daruma Otoshi hammer with casual ease. As a testament to her strength when transformed and how heavy the weapon actually is, her teammates (working together) can barely lift the thing.
  • In Ranma ½, the Hyperspace Mallet shows up often enough and in a pretty impressive size — Kodachi uses one with a head about the size of Akane's torso in her first ambush. Shampoo, meanwhile, prefers to alternate between Carry a Big Stick (or two) and wielding a BFS.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins features the giant Diane, wielding the sacred treasure Gideon, a warhammer even larger than she is. It amplifies her racial ability to control earth, to the point where she can obliterate vast swathes of terrain, and toss mountains around.
  • The appropriately-named Marie Mjölner from Soul Eater is a hammer when in weapon form.
    • More like a tonfa.
    • A possible subversion as we are treated to her nicknames prior, the Demon Hammer and The Crusher. Her name is also a transparent hammer reference. Then when she is unveiled she is shown to look identical to the short-handled Mjölnir. Then the view point pulls back and we realize she is tiny and toy-like. She only grows into a Tonfa when it is revealed that her power is contrary to most hammer wielders, speed.
  • When Mashiro first appears in Tayutama, she's wielding a significantly-sized mallet. She's a goddess, but still, that's some impressive hammering.
  • One of the weapons of Brave Backdraft in Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu is the Rescue Booster Hammer. Unlike other examples, it's primarily a tool for rescue work. For instance, to break down a wall in a burning building where people are trapped. Still, it's a giant and destructive hammer.
  • In Vividred Operation, Aoi's Naked Hammer is about the size of her torso and has rockets mounted in the head to give the swings even more power. When she Docks with Akane to become Vividblue, the hammer grows to about six feet long.

    Comic Books 
  • Hammerstein in ABC Warriors has a lump hammer for a hand.
  • In the Asterix series, village blacksmith Fulliautomatix is often wielding his hammer when charging into battle with Romans or a fight with his fellow villagers (most likely Unhygienix the fishmonger).
  • The Awesome Slapstick: Slapstick's primary weapon is his oversized cartoon mallet.
  • Black Science briefly uses Krolnar, a giant wielding a massive hammer capable of squashing a person flat.
  • The main character of the Italian comic Cattivik uses a large wooden (or sometimes steel) hammer in order to mug people. And he often ends up being hit by it or being forced to swallow it, courtesy of a particularly large, victim.
  • In Death of the Family, Joker attacks Alfred with one. In another comic, Joker uses a large wooden mallet to attack Clark Kent, who spends the milliseconds of Joker's swing to decide how to fake the impact in a convincing way.
  • El Toxico: When battling a giant ant, El Toxico cracks open its exoskeleton with a hammer.
  • Harley Quinn is often shown using large mallets. Lottie in Earth 2: World's End, who is kind-of-sort-of the Earth-2 version of Harley, wields a very non-comedic iron-headed sledgehammer.
  • In Last Days of the Justice Society, Alan Scott as Green Lantern lays the smackdown on the Midgard Serpent during the Ragnarok battle in Asgard by projecting himself as Thor (not the comic book version mentioned above), complete with Mjölnir.
  • Luba in Love and Rockets always carries a hammer, often to fight off guys attracted by her large breasts.
  • Aside from the obvious of Thor and Mjölnir (see below), we should mention Marvel Comics' version as well. In that universe, he is the god Thor.
    • When the Skrulls tell them that (their) God is on their side, Nick Fury, on Thor's side, responds with "Well, my god has a hammer!" And it was awesome.
    • Marvel's Thor stories eventually give Mjölnir a twin - Stormbreaker, whose bearer is Thor's brother-in-arms, the anthropomorphic cyborg alien horse Beta Ray Bill.
    • Also, there was Thunderstrike, given to Thor's temporary replacement for a job well done. Though it was technically a mace.
    • Loki once had the hammer Stormcasternote  made for a depowered Storm, whom he attempted to manipulate to take Thor's place in Asgard. Though she ultimately rejected his offer, an alternate version who did stay in Asgard would become part of the Thor Corps.
    • Honorable mention goes to Thor-El, a one-shot character from the Amalgam series created through a joint effort by Marvel and DC. He was a combination of Thor and Superman, and used a hammer, but its name, if it had one, wasn't mentioned.
    • In Fear Itself, a bunch of Hammers like Mjölnir have appeared, for those of the "Worthy", designed by The Serpent and for those of the "Mighty", those hammers made by Odin and his dwarves after a deal with Iron Man.
    • Then there's the perfectly ordinary sledgehammer that Deadpool gives the Walrus, covered in rhinestones and glitter-glue to convince the Walrus he's been chosen as Worthy. Since Deadpool's miniseries in Fear Itself was written by Chris Hastings, it turns out to be a magic sledgehammer that can kill werewolves...
    • Thor used to have a debilitating weakness: if he let go of his hammer for more than a minute, he turns into doctor Don Blake, with a crippled leg and a limp (and presumably a dry wit and acid tongue), and the hammer turns into a flimsy walking stick. Fortunately, this was removed (after Odin felt that Thor had earned it), thus making Thor practically invincible.
    • During a team-up with the Odinson (Thor), Teen Jean develops the ability to create a hammer out of psychic energy.
  • In the Red Daughter of Krypton Supergirl storyline Red Lantern Rankorr forms a hammer construct to fight Atrocitus.
  • Red Sonja: One More Day: The Nameless Beast, who serves as The Brute to Graven Sul fights with a large hammer. It doesn't stop Sonja from taking his head off.
  • Scott Pilgrim: Ramona Flowers' purse contains a girl-smiting hammer, among other things.
  • Steel, aka John Henry Irons, DCU Superhero in Powered Armor.
  • Wulf in Strontium Dog carries around a big massive hammer called the Happy Stick.
  • When Calculus is first seen in Destination Moon, the multiplex helmet he is wearing is being attacked with a hammer to test its strength. ("Glass isn't nearly tough enough," Calculus explains.)
  • So do Rack and Ruin in Transformers: Generation 1. Well, okay, one of their hands is a hammer and the other is an anvil that can be used identically anyway.
  • One of Wolfskin's weapons is a huge, round wooden mallet.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: During Inventa and Torcha's escape attempt in #33 Torcha takes out their guards by hitting them in the back of the head with a hammer.

    Eastern Animation 
  • 'The Nut 1967 is a Polish short about a walnut rolling around avoiding all kinds of obstacles, one of which is a hammer.

    Fan Works 
  • Nobody Dies:
    • A Running Gag has Rei using a rubber mallet in a really unexpected way...
      Gendo: A squeaky mallet.
      Maya: I have no idea how she destroyed Sub Commander Fuyutsuki's car with it.
      Yui: How do you bend steel with a squeaky hammer?!
      Gendo: From a 45 degree angle, apparently. [Yui facepalms]
    • It's also Mana's weapon of choice in Jet Alone Prime.
  • In the Kingdom Hearts fanfic Omega Dawn, we have Kairi's Justice's Gavel.
  • Oversaturated World: Sailor Plasma's sledgehammer.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Vix-Lei carries two hammers on her, a warhammer she calls "Señor Hardhead" and a squeaky one called "Lady Kabonk". She's also seen admiring (and cooing at) a massive hammer with a head as big as she is at one point, which serves to break the tension between two of her teammates when they see it.
  • In Rabbit of the Moon, Bell takes up a Kirkhammer for his rematch with the Silverback, but finds it too unwieldy to use against such a speedy foe. Gehrman remedies this by revealing its function as a Trick Weapon, allowing Bell to pull out a much lighter sword to do the beast in. Bell does use the hammer to smash the Silverback's leg and arm first.
  • Split Second: Twilight's weapon of choice is the Justice Hammer, a Conditional Magic Hard Light warhammer larger than her own body that grows stronger the more advantages she gives to her enemy, thus justifying Explaining Her Power To The Enemy.
  • In Squad 7 and their Accidental Instructor, Sakura takes to using a warhammer which, combined with her Super Strength, causes her to hit hard enough that the shockwave of a missed attack will send people flying.
  • Angus, a District 10 victor occasionally seen in the We Must Be Killers stories by Lorata is often referred to as the "sledgehammers" victor.
  • Wonderful!: One of the weapons of Wonder Red is a giant hammer.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Inside Out, Jangles the Clown wields a big mallet.
  • In Kung Fu Panda 2, Master Thundering Rhino wields a large war hammer. He can use it well enough to beat Lord Shen's kung fu, but it's no match for the peacock's cannon.
  • In the fourth Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf film, Sparky receives a big hammer as his weapon. The hammer automatically increases its weight to 10,000 tons to inflict serious damage on enemies.
  • Subverted by Fix-it Felix of Wreck-It Ralph. His hammer is purely a Healing Shiv, regardless of his say in the matter.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • ABCs of Death 2: The intruder uses a hammer to murder the man's wife and child in "S is for Split".
  • Played with in Adventures in Babysitting. At one point an auto mechanic is required. He arrives in a descending cargo hoist, carrying a sledge hammer and looking very much like the pictures of Thor (Marvel-style) that one of the children has been drawing, but never actually uses the hammer for anything beyond being a thematic prop (and an excuse to show off substantial muscles by toting it like it's nothing).
  • In Alita: Battle Angel, Dyson Ido uses a rocket powered hammer/pick or mattock which is nearly as big as he is.
  • Anna and the Apocalypse: Used for Black Comedy during Turning My Life Around when one of Anna's neighbors tries to use this on a zombie but he apparently Failed a Spot Check and hits it on the top of the head, which is protected by a hard hat, rather than aiming for the face, which ends poorly for him.
  • In Blade II, a member of the Blood Pack named Lighthammer wields a large maul with retractable spikes.
  • In the anthology film Body Bags, in "The Gas Station" segment the killer gains access to the locked gas station booth by bashing the front window in with a sledge hammer.
  • Braveheart: A rather darkly funny example here. In an early fight scene, Wallace is being chased by an Englishman with a sword; he picks up a large warhammer, making the Englishman soil his armor and run for it. The guy doesn't make it. By the first actual battle scene, he's acquired his massive honkin' claymore.
  • Call to Arms is one the few wuxia films that features hammers as main weapons. Specifically in the final battle, where the heroes managed to grab on two large hammers and kic ass including smashing the Big Bad to death.
  • This is the serial killer's weapon of choice in The Chaser.
  • Conan the Barbarian (1982). Thorgrimm (one of Thulsa Doom's associate bad guys) wields one. His habit of smashing things without thinking gets him killed during the Battle of the Mounds when Conan sets up a trap that relies on him smashing what he thinks is Conan's helmeted head, which sends a spike the size of your average birch tree right through his chest. Ouch.
  • Subverted in one scene in the remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004): Michael discards his (almost certainly more useful) crowbar in exchange for a croquet mallet, and then promptly gets jumped by a zombie. As expected, the mallet promptly breaks across the zombie's head without fazing it; he ends up killing it by driving the broken-off mallet-handle under its chin and through its brain.
  • In Django Unchained, Calvin Candie wields a hammer threateningly when he figures out Django and Schultz's real motives for dealing with him.
    • In the "mandingo" fight (fight to the death that two slaves are forced into for gambling purposes) shown earlier, when the victor completely subdues his opponent by cracking his bones, he is given a hammer by Candie to deliver the coup de grace.
  • The Driver in Drive brings a claw hammer to put the hurt on a criminal flunky. He crushes the guy's hand and threatens to hammer a bullet into his skull.
  • A thief is beaten to near-death with a hammer in Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!.
  • In Following, several characters use claw hammers as weapons for self-defense or torture.
  • Michael Myers uses a claw hammer to off a security guard in Halloween II (1981).
  • Hayride: The killer uses a sledgehammer in at least one of his murders.
  • Ilsa from Hellboy carries a sledgehammer and later uses a smaller hammer to shatter some glass.
  • The climactic duel in Jade Warrior is fought with a pair of heavy blacksmith's hammers.
  • During the final battle in Julia X, Julia selects a sledgehammer as her weapon to take on The Stranger. Earlier she uses a claw hammer to attack him; stabbing him in the back with the claw before whacking him in the head with the hammer.
  • There's a hammer claw to the stomach in Las Vegas Bloodbath.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • In M.F.A., Noelle beats one of her victims to death with a hammer in the change room at the football stadium.
  • In Mikey the title character uses a hammer to try to kill his second foster mom after she finds out his past.
  • The Monster: Kathy finds a carpenter's hammer in the ambulance for some reason, so she gives it to Lizzy to defend herself with.
  • In Oldboy (2003), Oh Dae-su fights a corridor filled with mooks using only a claw hammer. He later uses it for some improvised dentistry.
  • Jodie Foster has to use a sledgehammer against a thief in Panic Room, who then falls straight down a flight of stairs and instantly recovers as though nothing happened at all.
  • Payback features one small sledgehammer used for torture's sake, smashing up Porter's fingers.
  • In Pixels, Sam wields a giant hammer in the final battle and uses it to take down Donkey Kong.
  • "Hammer Girl" from The Raid 2: Berandal.
  • In Rambo: Last Blood, when Rambo attacks a Mexican brothel to save Gabrielle, his sole weapon is a common claw hammer that any hardware store carries... which he uses to break open the skulls of the cartel guards and several of the Johns there.
  • Manu in [REC] uses a sledgehammer as a weapon against the infected. The Medeiros girl appears to be using a hammer as a weapon during the finale.
  • Morrell in A Room For Romeo Brass wields a claw hammer.
  • In Savior, in the scene at the beach, the marauders' brute uses a huge hammer to deliver the killing blow to Vera .
  • In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Ramona keeps a sledgehammer in a bag that really shouldn't be able to hold such a thing.
  • Kevin from Sin City uses a sledgehammer to lay The Big Guy Marv out cold.
  • The obscure slasher film Sledgehammer.
  • In Streets of Fire, hero Tom Cody and villain Raven fight a duel, each armed with 12-pound sledgehammers.
  • In Tall Tale, John Henry wields his sledgehammer in combat just as effectively as he drives steel with it.
  • In Ten Dead Men, Ryan kills Keller with a masonry hammer the Projects Manager had brought along as one of his torture tools. Later, one of Franklin's thugs attacks Ryan with a sledgehammer.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
    • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) has Leatherface kill two of his victims with a sledgehammer. Ironically, he kills more people in the movie this way than he does with a chainsaw (with which he kills only one person).
    • In both the original movie and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, the Sawyer family try to invoke this with Grandpa, holding a victim down so he can kill them with a hammer. Both times are unsuccessful, partially due to Grandpa being over a hundred years old.
  • The Toolbox Murders and its remake both feature characters getting stabbed and brained with a claw hammer.
  • Pink Floyd - The Wall translates the "HAMMER!" chant of "Waiting for the Worms" into making the crazed fans turned fascist troops a "Hammer Army" with two crossed hammers as its symbol. (which in a bit of Misaimed Fandom, inspired an actual Neo Nazi group) There's even a memorable animated sequence with marching hammers.
  • Orgrim from WarCraft (2016) uses an enormous hammer capable of turning the head of anyone hit with it into little more than red mist. His nickname, Doomhammer, comes from the weapon.
  • In The Wild Hunt, Bjorn carries around a gigantic sledgehammer he calls Mjölnir, which is not made of foam like the other LARP weapons. Unfortunately Bjorn proves to be an ineffectual coward when things in the game go bad. In the end, however, he uses it in brutal fashion to avenge his brother.
  • In Yojimbo, one large-sized mook of Ushitora carries a big wooden mallet as a weapon.
  • You Were Never Really Here: Joe uses a ball peen hammer he purchases at a hardware store as his weapon of choice.
  • In Zombieland, the somewhat-cowardly lead character winds up grabbing a sledgehammer from a "Test Your Strength" Game and using it on his greatest fear (a clown zombie).

  • In the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and the RPGs based off them, monsters like Stone Golems and Crystal Warriors cannot be harmed by edged weapons and must be destroyed with maces or warhammers.

  • 1066 and All That has an illustration showing Edward I, "Malleus Scotorum" (Hammer of the Scots), raising a hammer over a Scotsman's head.
  • In 11/22/63, Frank Dunning uses a sledgehammer as his weapon of choice on Halloween night when he murders (or attempts to murder, depending on whether or not Jake interferes) his family.
  • 1632 has some Scottish mercenaries deciding that ogling the wife of Tom Simpson is a bad idea for many reasons. Including the fact that Tom is a very big, muscular man who was a college football linebacker just short of making it in the NFL. When one of them asks Tom out of curiosity what his weapons of choice would be in a duel, he responds with "ten pound sledgehammers". This quickly confirms for them just how any such duel would go.
  • Durnik in The Belgariad, as a blacksmith, wields a hammer. Later, when he becomes a disciple of Aldur, his silver amulet is decorated with a hammer. His Moment of Awesome just before being handed the amulet was to pulverise a demon lord with guess what weapon.
  • In the Codex Alera series, Knights Terra —- supernaturally strong earthcrafters —- fight using this trope, wielding huge mauls that can crush most opponents flat.
  • The preferred weapon of Baron Edmund Talbot, aka Charles the Hammer, former ruler of Anarchia, in John Ringo's Council Wars series.
  • Roger Zelazny's Creatures of Light and Darkness features a weapon called the Hammer That Smashes Suns. It might look more like a giant crossbow. That fires comets.
  • Jenna Rhodes's Elven Ways has the demonically-infused warhammer, Rakka. Wielded by that world's equivalent of a Tolkien High Man warlord, Rakka can cause a massive shockwave in its first strike, though subsequent attacks grow weaker as the demon inside gets tired.
  • Roran's weapon of choice in the Inheritance Cycle. He kills 193 people with it in one go, and ends the day standing on a house-sized pile of bodies. This earns him the name Roran Stronghammer. The hammer isn't even that special.
  • The Legend of Drizzt: Drizzt Do'Urden's friend Wulfgar wields a huge magical warhammer called Aegis-fang in battle; aside from him being strong enough and the hammer being powerful enough to stagger a giant when he throws it, it returns to his hands after it's thrown.
    • In another D&D campaign world's novels, the smith from the Majere brothers' home town certainly used a hammer in fighting before he had his hand cut off by the dragonarmies' soldiers. Later, he wound up with the Dwarven Hammer of Kharas which (when used in conjunction with the Silver Hand the returning gods blessed him with as a replacement) allowed him to forge new Dragonlances.
  • A picture book called Little Rabbit Foo Foo depicted the rabbit as using a motorcycle and a net to scoop up the various other forest dwellers, and then a hammer to "bop them on the head".
  • In the Malazan Book of the Fallen Verse by Steven Erikson and Ian Cameron Esslemont, the Ascendant Caladan Brood wields a great hammer so badass that it has the power to awaken the sleeping earth goddess Burn (whose body is apparently the earth itself). No one wants Brood to Drop The Hammer any time soon...
  • In The Reynard Cycle, the smith priests of Fenix the Firebird wield war hammers when they go to battle.
  • A long handled hammer is the weapon of choice for most of the characters in The Runelords books. The description of the weapons, however is somewhere between a medieval poleaxe and a military pick.
  • The Shining's Jack Torrance is well known for being Ax-Crazy with an actual axe, but his weapon when he finally goes nutso in the original Stephen King novel is a croquet mallet.
  • "Grond", Morgoth's "Hammer of the Underworld" in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion is a mace in some adaptations, a hammer in others. Not to be confused with the giant wolf-shaped battering ram named after it that features in Return of the King, despite equal massive smashiness.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Robert Baratheon's signature weapon is a large warhammer said to be so heavy that few men were able to lift it. Robert wields this one-handed with a shield at the Battle of the Trident and kills Rhaegar Targaryen with a blow hard enough to crush his breastplate. This trait seems to be shared by Robert's bastards. Gendry was trained by a blacksmith, and carries a hammer. Edric Storm was sent a miniature hammer by Robert for his nameday.
    • Similarly, Donal Noye, the one-armed blacksmith of the Night's Watch, uses a warhammer in the battle against the wildings. He also happens to be the person who forged Robert's hammer.
    • In A Dance with Dragons Archibald Yronwood wields a great warhammer.
  • Khynan Rhys Gower, of Time Scout, prefers a war maul for a close quarters weapon. He'll substitute a croquet mallet if he has to.
  • Novak, the anti-hero of the zombie noir Undead on Arrival, uses a small sledgehammer in his offhand. Additionally, other fighting men are described as carrying "guns and hammers." Makes sense, as after a zombie apocalypse, you take what you can find and there are hammers everywhere.
  • Grayson Khnum in Void Forge uses a sledgehammer in the first half of the book, and later upgrades to dualwielding it with a warhammer.
  • Perrin Aybara in Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time often finds himself choosing between a blacksmith's hammer and a battleaxe, each representing the sides of personality able to create and destroy. In Towers of Midnight, he trades in his blacksmith's hammer for Mah'alleinir, a massive warhammer that is also the first weapon forged with the One Power in three thousand years.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Battlebots: Aside from the ones equipped on some robots, there was the BattleBox's own Pulverizers.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Olaf the troll in "Triangle" wields a hammer that even Spike has trouble lifting. Buffy can swing it like a ten pound maul. And does so, repeatedly, on Glory in "The Gift".
    • In "When She Was Bad", vampires have exhumed The Master's skeleton as part of a ritual that involves messing with Buffy's mind, a sledgehammer that was wielded by one of the vampires she slew presents a perfect opportunity for her to work out her remaining issues while making him Deader Than Dead. Though in the comic it's shown that he's actually been alive again for quite a while.
  • As Sheriff Sam Cade in one of the episodes of his 1971-1972 modern western TV series, Cade's County, Glen Ford had to do battle with a recalcitrant miner in front of a hostile group in a miners' bar with both of them using the supposed miner's weapon of choice, a pick hammer.
  • El Chapulín Colorado most often uses his "Chipote Chillón" ("Squeaky Mallet") as his main weapon. Silly-looking, but pretty damn effective most of the time.
  • Daredevil (2015): Wilson Fisk kills his abusive father by striking him repeatedly over the back of the head with a hammer.
  • Dexter's fourth season features the Trinity Killer, who finishes out a cycle of ritual murders by bludgeoning a father to death with the claw end of a framing hammer.
  • Making a warhammer is one episode's final challenge in Forged in Fire.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Robert Baratheon is mentioned as having wielded a warhammer in battle.
    • This trait seems to have passed on to Gendry, his illegitimate son, who likewise wields a blacksmith's hammer to crack the skulls of some Goldcloaks. As of Season 7, when he joins Jon Snow, he wields a warhammer eerily resembling his father's, which he forged himself, with no small skill. Shame he loses it after one episode.
    • Jon Snow wields a blacksmith's hammer in desperation when his sword Longclaw is knocked away during the Battle of Castle Black.
  • Kamen Rider
    • Kamen Rider Kiva has Dogga Form, empowered by Battle Butler Dogga/Riki and wielding a gigantic fist-shaped hammer as well as lightning attacks for finishers.
      • In a comedic sequence later in the series, Riki pulls out a cartoonish mallet (complete with "100t" on the side) during an attempt to assassinate Otoya. He hesitates because the victim is a good friend, and when the latter notices, Riki claims "I saw a mosquito" and runs off into the background trying to "swat" it.
    • Kamen Rider Fourze has the Hammer Switch, which makes a rather small hammer on his left hand. Still effective, however.
    • Kamen Rider Gaim has Kamen Rider Gridon and his Donkachi warhammer, which is the size of a standard warhammer. Adding to Gridon's general Joke Character status, it produces a cartoony *PKONG!* sound on impact.
    • Kamen Rider Ghost has the Gan Gun Saber, which can become a hammer when it combines with the Spider Lantern; though he can use it whenever he wishes, it tends to be used as the Weapon of Choice for Benkei Soul.
    • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid has the Gashacon Breaker, which can swap between mallet and sword modes; since he's themed after Platform Games, it's almost certainly an Homage to Mario.
  • In The Mandalorian, when Storm Troopers attempt to interrogate the Mandalorian Armorer on Nevarro in her forge, she puts such a ferocious beatdown on the Troopers with her forging hammer that the helmets of two of them visibly shatter when she lands her swift and heavy blows on them.
  • A standard way of interrupting sketches on Monty Python's Flying Circus was smashing characters with a giant hammer. This would replace the Knight with a Chicken and the 16-Ton Weight in series 3.
  • Several Power Rangers and Super Sentai characters and mecha have hammers as personal weapons, on the good and bad sides of things. Heroes include Dai Sentai Goggle Five 's Goggle Yellow, Kousoku Sentai Turboranger 's Black Turbo, Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger 's Hurricane Yellow / Power Rangers Ninja Storm 's Dustin, GoGo Sentai Boukenger 's Bouken Black / Power Rangers Operation Overdrive 's Will, and Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger 's Kyoryu Cyan. Mecha include Kagaku Sentai Dynaman 's Dyna Robo, Hurricanger's Senpuujin and Kyoryuger's Kyoryujin, all of which have hammers as secondary weapons.
  • One of the Whammy animations from Press Your Luck had the Whammy decked out like Boy George and Tempting Fate by singing "Who would ever hurt a Whammy?" Then halfway through the next line a giant toolbox hammer would pound him through the Fourth Wall.
  • In Spartacus: War of the Damned, Lugo favors a large war hammer.
  • Top Gear: While he has never used it in battle, per se, Jeremy Clarkson's tool of choice during a challenge is, has been, and always will be a hammer.
  • The Umbilical Brothers have an act that involves a few hammers hitting a koala puppet (the show this appeared on used the trio of puppets as pseudo-mascots and the koala (as he mentions during the act) was always on the receiving end of some rather brutal actions by the other two who were known - aptly - as the Threatening Bears):

  • Stop! Hammer time! Alright, with the exception of the singer, there are no actual hammers in the song. Let's just get the joke out of the way.
  • And One's "Metalhammer"
  • Parodying the old folk tale of John Henry is The Arrogant Worms Filk Song “Steel-Drivin' Man” about Mike McCormick, a feckless layabout who for some reason takes John Henry's place in the tale, only to get crushed by a falling meteor in the middle of losing badly to the spike-driving machine.
  • Maxwell Edison (majoring in Medicine) in The Beatles' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" from Abbey Road. He wields a silver hammer that goes "bang bang" and then "clang clang" when it comes down upon his victim's head. It makes sure that s/he is dead.
  • Cannibal Corpse's "Hammer Smashed Face".
  • Finntroll: "Trollhammaren!" about a troll killing Christians with his mighty hammer.
  • From Gloryhammer:
    • The first album, Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife had 'The Hammer of Glory'
    • The second album, Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards has The Astral Hammer, luckily hidden on Earth by the Starlords, and then found and wielded by Angus McFife XIII
  • You can't drop the hammer without mentioning the mighty HammerFall. The band name, songs like “Hammer of Justice,” “Let The Hammer Fall,” “Reign of the Hammer,” “Raise the Hammer,” and “Bring the Hammer Down” (Slam it down to the ground). Suffice to say, the guys love hammers.
  • “If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning, I'd hammer in the evening…” The Italian version "Datemi un martello" in particular has the narrator specifically requesting a hammer to smash the heads of people (plus the telephone in which her mom will request the girl to get home).
  • The cover of Metallica's Kill 'Em All literally translates the trope, a hand releasing a bloodied hammer - a suggestion of Cliff Burton, who reportedly carried a mallet everywhere and at times would smash stuff with it.
  • Queen — "We're just waiting for the hammer to fall."
  • Steamhammer Sam, who'd have guessed you'd be an unhappy man?
  • "Hail to the Hammer" and "Hold the Heathen Hammer High" by Tyr. The Hammer of Thor too, and probably a few other songs. Heri has said "we have a lot of songs about hammers."
  • Last thing you'll hear is the blast when the hammer drops.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Older Than Print: The thunder god Thor and his hammer Mjölnir from Norse Mythology.
  • The "Steel-drivin' Man" John Henry, who faces off against a steam drill using nothing but a hammer.
  • The legend of John Henry may or may not have been inspired by legends passed down from former slaves about Makoma, a West African mythic hero who used an iron sledgehammer to fight giant monsters. Probably best known in the Northern hemisphere for his legend being adapted as a Hellboy comic.
  • The Finnish sky-god, Ukko, wielded a hammer called "Ukonvasara".


    Pro Wrestling 
  • Triple H's foreign object of choice is a sledgehammer, although he usually thrusts it at his opponent/beatdown target, as an overhand swing is too dangerous.
    • Key word being "usually". When Randy Orton made the mistake of punting not just Vince McMahon (which would be bad enough for Orton if he hadn't won the Royal Rumble a few days later and locked in a WrestleMania title shot) but Trips' wife Stephanie McMahon as well (and defeating Shane in a match the previous night), he went on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge with one the next week which The Legacy narrowly escaped without major injury.
    • An even earlier example of Triple H using not only an overhand but an overhead swing is against Vince McMahon at Unforgiven '06. DX has just been through a Hell in a Cell match versus Vince, Shane McMahon, and The Big Show. After leaving Shane and Show bloodied and lying prone on the mat, Shawn Michaels and Hunter turn their attention to Vince. Hunter raises the hammer over his head and brings it down so hard on Vince's back that it cracks in two. Whether or not that was meant to happen, the "HOLY SHIT" look on Hunter's face is priceless.
    • Shawn used Hunter's sledgehammer in tribute the night after New Year's Revolution '07. Hunter had just torn his other quad, and Shawn was wrestling Rated RKO in retaliation. Shawn beat Edge and Orton, rolled out of the ring, found Hunter's sledgehammer and stared at it for a good three minutes, then beat them some more. The lesson? Don't fuck with the man with a sledgehammer, and if you do? His best friend will kill you.
  • The Estonian Thunderfrog's Hammer Of Peace, which is his by virtue of no one else in Chikara being able to successfully wield it. When it strikes the ring, wrestlers are repelled from it.
  • Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in their Bludgeon Brothers gimmick use sledgehammers as weapons.

  • In the third RP of Darwin's Soldiers, Alfred uses a sledgehammer to kill a Dragonstorm knocking its head clean off. In the same RP, Sharon also uses a hammer to kill a guard.
  • Destroy the Godmodder: Several in the second game. Terra Firma is an enormous hammer with a head over 20 feet in width.
  • Mortal from The Insane Quest uses a hammer for fighting. He keeps insisting it's called a mallet, though.
  • In MSF High Forum, Ilushia wields one of these. More recently, Danny has taken up wielding one.
  • From Open Blue, Admiral Flota Vladimir Ilyavich Tokarev, HERO OF THE TRIBES, uses a Maul, a giant warhammer, in personal combat.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In 7th Sea, the Eisen Ultimate Blacksmith clan, the Nibelungen, have a fighting school dedicated to using their huge blacksmith hammer.
  • In Cyberpunk: 2020, there was a rocket sledgehammer... with a two use solid fuel rocket in the head, you start it swinging to aim and press the button on the handle, then hang on.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Hammers and maces tend to be less effective than swords and axes (until 3rd Edition, when warhammers were given damage dice equal to those of longswords and battle axes for the first time), but they are still often used for a variety of reasons.
    • Clerics in First and Second Editions have a restriction to only use blunt weapons, based on the apocryphal story that Crusades-era holy men used blunt weapons on the battlefield to get around a restriction against drawing blood.
    • In Third Edition, clerics are no longer limited to blunt weapons, but warhammers and maces are some of the best weapons available to them as a default. In particular, the Minotaur Greathammer is one of the few weapons considered worth spending a feat for proficiency on.
    • There are certain types of enemies that take greatly reduced damage when not struck by a particular type of weapon. One of these (usually possessed by skeletons) is bludgeoning damage, so prepared adventurers will bring a mace or hammer along just in case.
    • In Fourth Edition, any Dwarf can use the warhammer and throwing hammer regardless of class. Getting up close and personal with a Dwarven wizard or warlock may not be as good an idea as originally thought.
    • In Fourth Edition, the two-handed Mordenkrad is a superior weapon and has the Brutal 1 trait, allowing users to reroll 1s on damage dice until a 2 or more is reached.
    • The game also has a number of famous magic hammers, such as the Dwarven Thrower (can only be wielded by a dwarf, but can be thrown and automatically returns to the wielder's hand after each attack), the Hammer of Thunderbolts (a very powerful magic hammer that was a blatant expy of Mjolnir and required a Girdle of Giant Strength and Gauntlets of Ogre Power to make use of its full power), and the Maul of the Titans (which was inexplicably statted as a greatclub instead of a two-handed hammer, it dealt extra damage to items and structures).
  • Exalted, naturally, not only has hammers, but big fucking hammers made of one of the five magical materials. These are called Goremauls. The Abyssal signature character Falling Tears Poet is often seen carrying one that could probably fell an elephant in one blow. The Grand Goremaul is even bigger than the average Goremaul and could be used to smash out the front door and back door of your house in one blow.
  • Fudge suggests allowing heavy metal blunt weapons like hammers and maces to ignore half of armor's damage resistance, making them better than sharp weapons when dealing with people in heavy armor. Like almost everything in Fudge, this is provided as more of an idea for GMs to use if they like than a hard-and-fast rule, but it's there.
  • Games Workshop games:
    • There's a reason it's called Warhammer, you know. The titular weapon is named Ghal Maraz (Dwarf for "skull-splitter") and was wielded by Sigmar Heldenhammer, the Empire's founder-turned-god with a hammer for a holy symbol. Stat-wise it's one of the nastiest weapons in the game. The Dwarfs additionally favor hammers as much as they do axes. Incidentally, Heldenhammer is German for "Hero-hammer," which was Warhammer's nickname during the character-centric 4th and 5th Editions.
    • Priests of Sigmar carry large warhammers as a combination of weapon and holy symbol. They also tend to wear heavy armor in keeping with Sigmar's role as a warrior god.
    • Warhammer's successor, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, does not shirk in the hammer department. The Stormcast Eternal faction loves hammers, seeing as they're Sigmar's chosen warriors. Additionally, Khorne doesn't ignore hammers either, with two of the Blades of Khorne Heroes using hammers, with one, the Skullgrinder, being notable for being a Blacksmith using his anvil on a chain as a hammer.
    • Warhammer 40,000:
      • Thunder Hammers, though cumbersome, are wrapped in an energy field that delivers an electro-sonic shockwave with every impact, stunning anything hardy enough to survive a blow from them. The Inquisition's Ordo Malleus ("order of the hammer") makes use of consecrated variants when they go out Demon Slaying. Among the most famous examples is Captain Lysander's Fist of Dorn, finely crafted and passed down through the mightiest of Imperial Fists commanders.
      • The Salamanders chapter of Space Marines are known to prefer Thunder Hammers along with flamers and melta weapons, as it helps to reinforce forging and smithing motifs.
      • Clan Raukaan of the Iron Hands possess the Mindforger, which works similarly to a Force Thunder Hammer although it's not really one.
      • The Black Knights of the Dark Angels’ Ravenwing wield heavy, spiked hammers known as corvus hammers. These brutal weapons were designed in imitation of the monster-slaying weapons of knights of pre-Imperial Caliban, and are capable of smashing bone and crushing heads with a single swing.
      • Orks being [Orks, their Tankbustas' "tankhammers" are nothing more than rockets on long sticks they bludgeon enemy armor with. Given their ranged accuracy, this is a more reliable way for them to get tank kills.
      • In the Horus Heresy novels, Eidolon of the Emperor's children wields a big-ass hammer.
      • Speaking of the Emperor's Children, their primarch Fulgrim created one named Forgebreaker, which was used by three primarchs.
  • GURPS: Ultratech has rocket boosted warhammers that increase the force of impact.
  • Iron Kingdoms: Warmachine occasionally involves giant steam and magic powered robots with even bigger hammers. The aptly named Hammersmith even dual wields them.
  • There are a few hammer artifacts in Magic: The Gathering. One from the Mirrodin set has the unusual distinction of killing both the wielder and the target.
  • Mario Party-e:
    • Mario's Mallet has a random amount of Goombas which must be smashed to win, but one strike on Luigi ends it.
    • More literal is Waluigi's Reign, which has them falling along with the coins which must be caught.
  • In Steamlogic's Mechanical Dream, there's three "Weird-tech" hammer weapons powered by orpee fruit. The Double Sledge which is a huge hammer with motorized propellers that allow the hammer to hit twice in succession. There's also the Pure Crusher which uses orpee to increase its density (the hammer can weigh hundreds of pounds) to increase damage and the similar Impact Hammer which uses orpee to generate a shock wave after successfully hitting a target.
  • Mutants & Masterminds has the villain, Hexenhammer. His preferred weapon, also called the Hexenhammer, is designed to shut down or seriously weaken the abilities of any magical character who gets hit with it. (Considering that the name is rather obviously inspired by the Malleus Maleficarum, this shouldn't come as a big surprise.)
  • Martian War Priests in Rocket Age use Hamaxes, hybrid axe hammers, which can do tremendous damage to people wearing armour when the hammer side is used.
  • Rolemaster averts the 'big block of steel on a stick' style of War Hammer, depicting it as a quite realistic long-handled weapon with a smallish hammer head and a back spike (The Standard System edition even includes a picture). It also included a similar War Mattock, which is a two-handed weapon, as opposed to the one-handed War Hammer.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse featured one tribe, the Get of Fenris, who were descended from Nordic stock, and conflated Norse mythology with the Garou's animistic view of the world. Artifacts of the tribe included the Jarlhammers, seven unique and immensely powerful "fetishes" (imbued items or weapons). There were also non-unique "Lesser Jarlhammers".

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    Video Games 
  • The first weapon you get in Alpha Prime is a small hammer. Each hit is fairly weak, but you can swing it as fast as you can click.
  • One of Alice's weapons in American McGee's Alice is the Croquet Mallet, which she can either use like a bludgeon or to launch a lethal croquet ball at an enemy.
    • In the sequel, Alice: Madness Returns uses a Hobby Horse for a gigantic sledgehammer in-game. Turning the game's Physx settings to Medium and above will display more prominently its destructive capability.
  • In Angband, priests were discouraged to use cutting or piercing weapons (the Church disapproves of shedding blood, it said). So, naturally, they had to use different blunt weapons. Hammers were not at the end of the list. Plus, there's Morgoth's hammer Grond, which collapses walls around it when swung.
  • Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura has a variety of hammers and maces available. They had the special effect of dealing Fatigue damage, which meant that they could knock enemies unconscious and effectively drained Mana from mages. They can also be used to open locked doors and chests without being damaged.
  • In Assassin's Creed II, hammers and mauls can be used as Ezio's main weapon in place of single-handed swords. Hammers and mauls swing more slowly and are less effective on defense and countering, but are much more effective against heavily-armored elites.
  • This is one of the weapon types in Avalon Code. Its charge ability is to spin round and round and then throw it — while holding onto it — which somehow allows the wielder to fly. Coincidentally or not, this was the original explanation for how Thor from Marvel could fly — you know, back when the writers were insane.
  • Baldur's Gate II:
    • The base game features the +3 Hammer of Thunderbolts, which requires peak human strength to wield. As if that wasn't bad enough for whoever's on the receiving end, with a scroll, Gauntlets of Ogre Power, and one of the Giant Strength belts, you could turn it into Crom Faeyr, an Infinity +1 Hammer.
    • The expansion pack adds the Runehammer. It comes with some nifty abilities, namely dealing double damage to undead and having a chance of instantly killing them with each strike, making you immune to level drain and fear, and having the ability to give you 22 Strength and/or cast Mass Cure once per day for a short time.
  • The Kid from Bastion has the Cael Hammer, a big sledgehammer, as his first weapon. It is described by the narrator as "his lifelong friend."
  • Battle Chess 4000: The King stops a Rook by wanding it back into its standby position...Then a big one of these cranes up from behind the Rook and slams straight down upon the King. Checkmate!
  • In Bayonetta 2 there's the 武甕槌 Takemikazuchi, an absolutely enormous War Hammer that is easily the largest, most powerful, but also slowest weapon in the game. According to its description it used to be a holy BFS held by the great demon Takemikazuchi, but was re-forged into a massive hammer by the Fallen Angel Rodin just because he wanted to. There's also the smaller great hammer that can be dropped by the Accolades that Bayonetta can use, meaning Bayonetta can actually have two giant hammers equipped at the same time (although none on her heels).
  • Hammers seem to be the war weapon de rigueur in Beyond Good & Evil— both the good guys and the evil army use them. Some of them are part axe as well, and some even shoot lasers.
  • Bloodborne gets in on the fun:
    • The Kirkhammer, a hammer made from what appears to be an old tombstone with a face the size of the player characters torso and featuring a handle that can split off to become a longsword.
    • The Old Hunters DLC adds the Boom Hammer, which you can light on fire.
  • BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm has two hammer weapons – the Warhammer and the Banhammer –- that can be wielded by your party’s strongest characters.
  • In The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout, a hammer is Bugs Bunny's only weapon.
  • The only non-blade weapon in Bushido Blade is the hammer, an almost polearm-length weapon which is slow, but can rapidly crush through your opponent's guard with repeated strikes. Oddly enough, the best character to give it to is the speedy-but-weak Tatsumi, as his speed overcomes his low strength to allow fairly rapid strikes.
  • The Caligula Effect: Mifue Shinohara's weapon of choice is a croquet hammer. Her Overdose attack has her hammer grow several times in size before she smashes it onto the enemy.
  • Candy Mountain Massacre: One of the bonus weapons you encounter in 2 is a giant hammer that uses an explosive charge to take out all enemies within melee range. It becomes a standard weapon in Revenge.
  • In Castle Strike, the old king from the first mission arc wielded a hammer in battle
    "where I strike, the graaasss neeevehr groows again!"
  • One of the four weapon types in Children of Mana is the hammer. Its unique ability is to smash large objects.
  • Zappa the smith can swing one in Chrono Cross. Getting a certain hammer is also required to craft any character's Infinity +1 Sword or armour.
  • City of Heroes:
    • The War Mace powerset didn't necessarily use a hammer, but several of the custom skins for the weapon were this (along with a shovel). The Stone Melee powerset also included two powers, Stone Mallet and Heavy Mallet, which involve a big two-handed hammer formed out of stone.
    • Customization options for the Titan Weapons powerset, though mostly swords and axes, had a few hammers as well (most notably the Fusion Hammer). The damage type remained half-slashing, half-smashing regardless of weapon skin, however.
  • Dark Cloud 2 features various warhammers as the main character's Weapon of Choice.
  • In Dark Souls:
    • You can use a blacksmith's hammer as a weapon if you get one.
    • The player is able to obtain Smough's Hammer, a gigantic hammer wielded by one of the bosses in Anor Londo. The head of the hammer alone is large enough to fit a full-grown man inside.
    • Another hammer that can be obtained is Grant, a huge hammer wielded by Paladin Leeroy, it's less of a hammer though and more of a huge chunk of stone on the end of a stick.
    • The Gyrm Great Hammer from the second game is a bit of an oddball, as it's technically an anvil on the end of a stick.
    • The third game's DLC has Ledo's Great Hammer, which ranks as the second heaviest weapon in the entire franchise. (The first place spot goes to the Smelter Hammer in the second game, which despite its name is actually a club.)
  • The Hillbilly killer in Dead by Daylight has a cattle hammer as his melee weapon.
  • As of The Taken King Expansion in Destiny, Titans get access to the Sunbreaker class, which enables them to throw exploding hammers for their super.
    • In the Forsaken expansion to Destiny 2, Titans can unlock the Code of the Devastator path, allowing them to throw a lower-powered version of the Hammer of Sol for their melee attack, and gives them access to the Burning Maul, which is an even bigger hammer.
  • Diablo II:
    • Mace-class weapons include Warhammers, Mauls, and Great Mauls, plus their Exceptional and Elite versions. 50% more damage to undead, too.
    • The Paladin's Blessed Hammer skill.
  • Multiple hammers are lumped into the axe weapon class in the Disgaea series.
    • Disgaea 4 lets the Eryngya and Gargoyle monsters magichange into hammers, and these hammers will be very large if a giant monster transforms into one.
  • The Earth Golemn in Distorted Travesty 3 brings one of these to bear.
  • Don Doko Don, a Bubble Bobble-like game by Taito, features a pair of dwarves who hit enemies with hammers.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Bashmaster, the boss of Juicy Jungle, wields a giant hammer. It even generates ice shockwaves when he brings it down.
  • Dota 2: Warrior Monk Omniknight uses a hammer to smite his enemies.
    • Sven's Storm Hammer ability. Only a hammer in name, however — it's described as being a "magical gauntlet".
    • The Skull Basher, Mjöllnir, and Maelstrom items.
  • Mauls can be used by Two-Handed Warriors in Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, (alongside massive axes and the old-fashioned BFS). They're good for taking on opponents in heavy armor like golems.
  • Yangus uses hammers as one of his favored weapon sets in Dragon Quest VIII.
  • Hammers are one of the two main weapons used by the Builder in Dragon Quest Builders, in addition to being a valuable tool in gathering resources. The sequel would subvert this as an Anti-Frustration Feature, as hammers now do a pitiful amount of damage against anything that isn't made of stone and are mapped to a separate button from the sword to prevent players from accidentally wrecking the landscape during combat.
  • The Mighty Glacier Dwarf of Dragon's Crown wields a pair of short warhammers as his weapon of choice. In reference to a certain Norse God, he could also have thunderbolts accompany his power smashes and hammer throws with the Grand Smash skill.
  • Dwarf Fortress features several varieties of mace and war hammer, which trade a reduced One-Hit Kill probability compared to slashing or piercing weapons for a better chance of causing knock-back; high-level mace- or hammerdwarves can launch enemies into nearby walls with enough force to reduce them to Ludicrous Gibs.
    • In addition, a noble/vigilante called the Hammerer shows up once your fort hits a certain population, and starts dispensing his own brand of justice if your guards aren't doing their jobs. As the Hammerer has no use for sissy notions like "restraint," this tends to result in dead dwarves; once the Hammerer arrives, you're better off making that prison and assigning guards if you've previously been putting both things off (since the penalty for unpunished crimes was mostly limited to unhappy thoughts in a few useless nobles, and that could be countered with enough bling).
    • In the current version, blunt weapons in general but war hammer especially are also (as in real life) the best weapons against heavily armored foes, being able to deal nearly as much damaged to adamantine armored foes as ones with silver armor (the worst kind). Additionally, the effectiveness of such blunt weapons is largely determined by weight, so a "silver hammer" is quite an effective weapon, and an artifact weapon made of gold or lead is utterly terrifying. (While, ironically, adamantine is so light, a hammer made of the substance is useless. Unless you can see to it that your Hammerer starts wielding it..)
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • The legendary hammer Volendrung, known as the "Hammer of Might", has appeared throughout the series. It was originally crafted by the Dwemer and later became associated with Malacath, the Daedric Prince of Pariahs. In addition to dealing considerable damage, it has variously been enchanted to paralyze those it strikes as well as drain their strength and stamina. According to lore, a Dwemer chieftain once threw Volendrung across Tamriel, vowing to settle wherever it landed, leading to the establishment of Volenfell as the westernmost outpost of the Dwemer. After the entire Dwemer race disappeared during the Battle of Red Mountain, the area was eventually resettled by the Redguards, who renamed it Hammerfell. If seen carrying Volendrung in Skyrim by a guard:
      Guards: What do you intend to do with that hammer, friend? Knock down a house?!
    • Morrowind:
      • Warhammers are large, two-handed blunt weapons. They range from rather small and wimpy (the ones made of chitin), to medium (the B&hammer), to the high-end the Daedric and the Sixth House Bell Hammers.
      • Sunder is a one-handed hammer and one of the Tools of Kagrenac necessary to tap into the Heart of Lorkhan. It doubles as one of the most powerful one-handed blunt weapons in the game.
      • In the Tribunal expansion, the Museum of Mournhold has Stendarr's Hammer. Stendarr is the Aedric Divine God of Mercy and Justice. The hammer is amazingly powerful but also amazingly heavy, making it impractical for the player to wield. (Even if you buff your strength enough to pick it up, it breaks after one strike.)
    • Skyrim:
      • The models almost universally follow the historical hammer design, with a spike on one end and a short, narrow blunt head on the other. Some hammers vary in design; for example, the iron, orcish, and daedric versions' blunt ends feature small spikes on the hammerhead, presumably to help punch through armor. The dwarven warhammer is blunt on both ends. The elven warhammer's blunt end is hooked slightly, resembling a hawk's beak (all the elven gear has a bird motif to it) and looks like it could be used to hook and pull. And Volendrung just looks like anything you hit with it is just going to have the worst day ever.
      • Skyrim's maces and warhammers also cover the effectiveness of blunt weapons against armour via perks in the one and two-handed skill trees, each perk giving them increasing ability to ignore enemy armour value.
      • The Dawnguard DLC adds dragonbone weapons, including the Dragonbone Warhammer which is a dragon's femur attached to an ebony handle.
  • Eternal Card Game has hammers for you and your units to wield.
  • Hammers have become the iconic weapon of the Medic class in Etrian Odyssey, to the point where it's very common to see art of the characters wielding huge warhammers, particularly the young girl portrait, who goes by the Fan Nickname Mediko. While they primarily serve as the healers of the party, they are just as capable of dishing out tons of damage with their Caduceus skill, even if they're a little squishy. Fortresses in the fourth installment get in on the action, too.
  • EverQuest's clerics have an animated hammer as pet.
  • E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy has the Arrancadora de Tripas ("Gut Ripper") - also known as the Warp Hammer - a massive dual handed war hammer. The Arrancadora creates a huge electrical discharge upon contact with flesh or metal, allowing it to One-Hit Kill almost anything in the game, including gunships. It is also one of the hardest weapons to unlock.
  • In the Fable series of games your character can wield progressively more awesome hammers as they go up in level. There's the Hero of Strength, Hammer who uses a massive hammer from a statue as a primary weapon. The third game in the series reduces the different types of weapons you can use in melee to swords and... well take an educated guess.
  • Keeping with its “game that took RPGs out of the dungeon” motif, the most powerful melee weapon in Fallout is the sledgehammer (and the super sledge, a pneumatic version.)
  • Final Fantasy has had hammers and mauls in some of their games, but Final Fantasy XI gives them to White Mages and cranks it all the way up to... well, you know. Hexa Strike + well-geared WHM = a tiny pile of powder that was once a skeleton.
  • Although he isn't in your party for very long, Cid Polledina wields hammers in Final Fantasy IV.
    • You can use hammers in Final Fantasy XII too and they make a cool booming sound.
    • The number of characters that are likely to wield hammers at some point of the game are greatly increased in the sequel, including his apprentice Luca, the ninja Gekkou and possibly even Golbez.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • The series as a whole has the Hammer as a Axe-type weapon, which is effective against armored enemies such as Knights and their promotion classes. Using a hammer in the fight with the Black Knight in Radiant Dawn is an easy way to win the fight.
    • In Fire Emblem Fates, the Infinity +1 Axe Aurgelmir is a big-ass hammer. You get it in a chest late in Revelation, while in Conquest it can be pried out of Hans' cold dead hands.
  • Doom mod, GMOTA has the Omen Warhammer as a subweapon. You can smash the enemy with it, and you are able to throw it, too. The alternate attack of this weapon will send a huge version of warhammer, and the said warhammer will spawn more warhammers to smash more enemies nearby.
  • The Barbarian Hammer from God of War II.
  • Gods Eater Burst lets you build giant hammers to field in place of a BFS. Just the haft is nearly as long as the average user is tall, and the head could pulp a person in one blow.
  • In the Halo series, Brute Chieftains wield Gravity Hammers, as a direct contrast to the sword-wielding Elite Zealots. Like Energy Swords, Gravity Hammers are based off of ceremonial weapons and can typically kill in one hit. Tartarus as Chieftain of the entire Brute race wields an especially powerful hammer in Halo 2. Starting in Halo 3, they can be picked up and wielded by the player. Halo 5: Guardians even has a REQ variant hammer that launches a forward-moving explosive wave with each swing. The Gravity Hammer is a huge part of the Red vs. Blue-inspired multiplayer mode Grifball, where two teams armed with both the Hammer and the Sword attempt to deliver a bomb to the other team's goal.
  • Hammerin' Harry featured a construction worker with a wooden hammer bigger than his head. There was a power up that made it even bigger than his body.
  • Bouphua from the Hamumu games uses a hammer most of the time. In one of the games, his hammers had special powers, like shooting superheated steam, zapping bolts of green electric homing bolts, and projecting energy shields, among others.
  • Both Hexen games feature a hammer prominently.
    • In Hexen: Beyond Heretic, the Hammer of Retribution is Baratus the Fighter's first ranged weapon: at a distance, swinging it sends out a flying copy that explodes on impact for very high direct damage and moderate Splash Damage. Each attack costs 3 Green Mana, making it very cost-effective. Another bonus is that it can be used in melee range, whereupon each swing deals around the same damage as a powered Timon's Axenote , though the attack recovery is longer than the Axe's.
    • II features the War Hammer, the Crusader's melee weapon of choice. On a per-swing basis, it's the most powerful of all starter weapons and has a minor Knock Back effect, though it's a lot slower to swing than the others. When you power it up with the Tome of Power, the Hammer becomes throwable and will boomerang straight back to the Crusader's hand after it hits something or reaches a maximum distance. Anything destructible hit by the flying hammer is struck by an electric discharge.trivia 
  • The role of the hammer is played in Killing Floor 2 by the Berserker's "Pulverizer". At first glance, it looks and acts like a standard sledgehammer. Secondary Fire strikes with the other side of the head, which has a pressure-triggered powder-actuated nail gun built into it. The effect is a mini-explosion that can kill multiple Mooks with its Splash Damage.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • Kirby:
  • Boss Balbars carries a spiky one in Knights of the Round.
  • League of Legends:
    • Poppy, the miniscule Yordle and Keeper of the Hammer, lugs around a magical hammer during her search for the legendary hero destined to wield it (while not realizing that she herself is the hero she's looking for). It's a normal-sized warhammer, but for a two-foot tall Yordle, it's positively huge.
    • Sion, an undead juggernaut, also swaps his normal gigantic battleaxe for a huge mallet in his Hextech Sion skin.
    • Jayce, defender of Piltover, is a Gadgeteer Genius that invented his own Weapon of Choice, the extremely advanced Mercury Hammer, which discharges lightning and can switch into a longer-ranged cannon form from its melee hammer form.
    • Mordekaiser trades in his giant mace Nightfall for an equally-large and nasty-looking hammer in his Dragon Knight Mordekaiser skin.
    • Items you can buy from the shop also include the Phage, a large wooden mallet, and its 2 upgraded versions, the Frozen Mallet and the Entropy.
  • The Legend of Dragoon gave the frail-looking little dancer girl the big-ass hammer, and she did fall over after swinging it in one of her attack animations.
  • A hammer is a recurring weapon in The Legend of Zelda games:
  • In Little Nemo: The Dream Master, the mouse comes equipped with a mallet to smash enemies and blocks with.
  • A gigantic clockwork hammer is the trademark weapon of Malice, originally a very hyped Xbox launch title before a detour through Development Hell.
  • Nikki's hammer from Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis looked normal enough, until the head pops off, revealing a chain that somehow turns it into a dual Epic Flail. Impossibly Cool Weapon indeed.
  • The Mass Effect 3 Reckoning DLC includes the Krogan Warlord, a multiplayer character with a biotic hammer.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda, the first game in the franchise to allow players to equip their Player Character with a variety of melee weapons, features a krogan warhammer in its roster. Although not as huge as the one from Reckoning mentioned above (the Andromeda model is meant for young krogan), it's still massive enough that a normal human shouldn't be able to wield it. It's the slowest melee weapon in the game, but tied with the Asari Sword as the most powerful one, plus it creates a circular shockwave on impact that hits and staggers everything in the wielder's proximity, making it a supremely effective crowd control tool for Vanguard builds.
  • The Thumper from MDK – a Hyperspace Mallet the size of an outhouse, used by Kurt (the protagonist) to smash all enemies that get too close.
  • In Medieval II: Total War, Venetian Heavy Infantry wear plate armor, use warhammers, and carry shields. Just to be realistic, they have quite a bonus against highly-armored enemies.
  • Zero gets one named T(itan) Breaker in Mega Man X8.
  • The Mega Man Battle Network series has the recurring Hammer and God/Zeus Hammer battle chips. The former is rather lackluster, being a weak short ranged weapon, but the latter hits everything on the battlefield for high damage (Including Mega Man himself, though this can be circumvented). Guts Man.exe is also capable of transforming his hands into a hammer, which he uses to create shockwaves, destroy your panels, or make rocks fall, depending on the game.
  • Metal Fatigue features the Mil-Agro Hammer Arm, which is basically a Humongous Mecha-sized mallet made of solid iron. Slow, but powerful, and the amount of added armor value is fairly substantial. It turned out to be not quite as useful against enemy Combots because of its low sever chance and the sheer utility of the dismemberment feature, but it squashes vehicles in one slam like no one's business.
  • The Ghost Mallet enemy in Miitopia is a ghost that uses a big hammer with Mii facial features. One side of the mallet has normal Mii eyes, and the other has crying Mii eyes which inflict the Crying status condition upon the poor Miis it clobbers. Minotaurs also wield hammers.
  • Minecraft Dungeons: The Giant Hammer, which hits hard but is a very slow weapon.
  • Fuuto, The Big Guy of the team in Mini Ninjas wields one as his Weapon of Choice. How he came to use it is the focus of the mini-movie detailing his backstory.
  • In the Monster Hunter series, hammers are a whole class of weapons. They are huge, with the head of the hammer often being as big as or even bigger than the character's torso. Their swings hit hard enough to temporarily knock out monsters if they take enough blows to the noggin, but at the same time, they're fairly mobile, with wielders being to run at a decent clip while they charge up their next attack in preparation for an opening.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Shao Kahn's infamous "Wrath Hammer" his iconic Weapon of Choice, which he uses to knock any foolish foes into next week.
    • Although Raiden usually used a staff for a weapon, in Mortal Kombat 4 he used a hammer, then left it on top of a tower the size of the Empire State Building, where anyone who wants to can use it.
    • Noob Saibot uses a Troll Hammer in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.
    • Leatherface, as a Guest Fighter in Mortal Kombat X, utilizes not only a chainsaw, but also a meat hammer.
  • Mount & Blade and its expansion Warband feature a wide variety of one-handed and two-handed hammer weapons. Basic models included the one-handed hammer or military hammer, up to tougher stuff like the maul, sledgehammer, or great hammer. The latter three smash through attempts to guard and deal phenomenal amounts of damage even against heavy armor users. They also knock enemies out instead of killing them, so you can take prisoners and make up the cost of your army in ransoms. Rarely, a polehammer will show up, which is both god-awful slow to use yet absurdly powerful. It effectively ignores all armor types (it gains a bonus against the most powerful protection in the game, plate and chain armors), and the only armors that provide meaningful resistance to its damage type don't provide enough raw protection to stop the sheer amount of damage it deals.
  • In Mr. Do!'s Castle, Mr. Do! wields a hammer.
  • Myst III: Exile has Saavedro's hammer. Ask any Myst fan worth their salt, and they'll tell you that while dear old Saavy's hammer might not be the biggest or most badass, it can still inspire some serious skull-smashing terror.
  • Blanc/White Heart from Neptunia, whose weapon of choice is a giant hammer she can easily wield despite her small frame.
  • Innumerable games make reference to Thor's Mjölnir - like NetHack, where it also strikes with lightning bolts and is probably the best Neutral weapon in the game (and is certainly so for Priests, who are restricted in all bladed weapons).
  • Warhammers are among the weapons strewn around the world of Nexus Clash, and it just so happens that impact damage is the damage type least mitigated by mortal-made armor.
  • Ninja Gaiden has demon hunter Rachel who fights using the War Hammer. In Sigma 2 she swaps this out for the more powerful and faster Inferno Hammer.
  • Dokoutsui from Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny. So powerful that it summons an earthquake when you use the magic attack.
  • In The Outer Worlds, several melee weapons are hammers:
    • The Impact Hammer (and its higher level Mk 2 variant) is a one-handed melee weapon. It's a Spacer's Choice product, meaning it'll lose durability quickly while being cheap to repair.
    • The Pulse Hammer, an Aramid Ballistics product. This is a two-handed hammer. The default Pulse Hammer deals Plasma damage (meaning it'll burn enemies to ash though it does less damage against Mantisaurs) though it can be upgraded with mods to do different damage types.
    • The Hammer of Olympus, a unique weapon also created by Aramid Ballistics. Unlike the regular Pulse Hammers, this one deals Shock damage (meaning it does more damage to Mechanicals). Being a unique weapon, it cannot be modded.
    • The Prismatic Hammer is a Super Prototype Science Weapon created by Hammersmith. Its backstory reveals that the Pulse Hammers were originally their creation, but Aramid Ballistics stole their plans and rushed the Pulse Hammers to market. To add insult to injury, Aramid Ballistics launched a marketing campaign making fun of Hammersmith for having no hammers in their product line despite their name. Hammersmith's executives were so upset they demanded that the ultimate hammer be produced, but said hammer prototype was so expensive it never entered production. The Prismatic Hammer lives up to the executives' demands - it not only changes damage types with each swing, it unleashes shockwaves of said damage types with each Power Attack that can hit foes from a distance.
  • Reinhardt in Overwatch wields a massive, rocket-powered hammer capable- if his Earthshatter ability is charged- of shattering the earth, knocking over anyone unfortunate to be in front of him at the time.
  • Shinjiro from Persona 3 uses axes and hammers. In the FES and Portable remakes, you can fuse the persona Thor into a weapon to gain Mjölnir, which is kind of useless in Portable because the protagonist can no longer wield different weapon types, just one-handed swords (for male protagonists) or naginatas (for female protagonists). Shinjiro usually leaves the party before you can even create Mjölnir because he's dead/in a coma.
  • Pokémon Stadium (International): For each incorrect command during Clefairy Says!, a Clefairy gets a squeaky one atop the head, and too many will put it out of the game.
  • A Magic Hammer shows up in the Power Stone fighting games; it greatly resembles a squeaky mallet, though?
  • The protagonist of the aptly named, but sadly canceled, Project H.A.M.M.E.R.
  • Project Zomboid lets you fight with a hammer: an ordinary hardware-store clawhammer. From among the large variety of Improvised Weapons, it's not a terrible choice in a pinch. Hammers lack reach, which is important against packs of zombies, and they don't hit hard. On the plus side, they are durable, abundant, and light. Besides, you'll often find yourself carrying one anyway—to use as a hammer. There are also sledgehammers, much rarer, and a prize to find. You'll want one because it can demolish existing walls (and about anything else), providing the only way inside some buildings. As a weapon, it's Awesome, but Impractical. A sledgehammer is every bit as heavy and slow as a normal hammer isn't, and if you have to bash more than one head a time, it will quickly wear you out.
  • The Hammerfist power in [PROTOTYPE], which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. With it Alex can flatten tanks. Topped only by the Blade power, which lets him chop up tanks. Best used when combined with the elbow drop, which lets you Drop The Hammer from the top of the Empire State building.
  • In Purple, hammers are a common and most powerful weapon. It's just too bad it's short-ranged.
  • Randal's Monday: How you first deal with Hal at Charlie's shop. Doesn't work the second time.
  • The Red Faction in Red Faction: Guerrilla has the standard-issue colonial sledgehammer on their flag, and for good reason; it's an effective and useful weapon that never runs out of ammo, and with the extra strength from the low gravity, a man can kill someone or bust through concrete in a single good smash. There's even an achievement for smashing a hundred EDF soldiers in the campaign with it, upgraded versions you can buy, and in multiplayer it ends up useful in all game times.
    • Low gravity reduces weight, not mass... Nevertheless one could kill someone or bust through concrete with a single hit, just like on earth.
    • It is mentioned that this a technologically advanced hammer, which lets it rip through a concrete wall and the guy standing behind it.
  • Resident Evil:
  • Just like every other kind of weapon in the game, some warhammers in Rune were absurdly, ridiculously huge.
  • Itsuki from the Sengoku Basara series uses a huge wooden mallet as her weapon. Kinda scary, though, since she's a 12-year old girl.
  • In RuneScape, there are one-handed and two-handed warhammers available to the player. Examining some of them gives the message "I don't think it's intended for joinery."
  • In Serious Sam 3: BFE Sam's only melee weapon is a sledgehammer. It's far more useful than the knife of previous titles, being powerful enough to One-Hit Kill small enemies up to the Kleer Skeleton, swings very fast, and can take out more than one enemy in a swing, especially if it's a horizontal smash or Spin Attack.
  • Shank can find a huge wooden sledgehammer by the end of his second game. It's extremely powerful, as it deals high damage and easily can stunlock even large foes and even some bosses.
  • Silent Hill features a huge emergency hammer that's the best melee weapon. It resembles a medieval war hammer, and Harry sensibly uses the huge, pointy spiked peen for massive damage instead of the flat side.
  • Skylanders has Stump Smash, whose hands are hammers...which are extremely effective for taking down normal enemies. The name of this trope is even his Catchphrase! There's also Crusher, who wields a giant hammer that's basically a slab of stone on a stick.
  • In Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, the weapon of choice for the mallet-wielding walrus mooks, a.k.a "Thor McCracken", from "Tide of Terror".
  • Since Smite features deities from various mythologies, Thor is included and carries his trademark Mjolnir. And he uses it A LOT, that his title 'God of Thunder' went underused, since he's not dealing with thunders but more about how much he can smack people with his Mjolnir.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • Shows up in other SoulCalibur games, generally in Astaroth's hands as the Great Maul. Decidedly not a joke weapon. Also shows up in Rock's big, slow, worthless hands.
  • Splatoon 2 features the Ultra Stamp, a Special Weapon that takes the form of a giant mallet and can be used to crush opponents, as well as toss it at them when you're done with it.
  • The Elven Wraith in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, real name Celebrimbor, used to be an accomplished blacksmith when he was still alive, but doesn't use his hammer for much except marking checkpoints and upgrading Talion's gear, favoring his bow instead. Not so much in Shadow of War, where he's fully committed himself to getting revenge on Sauron and can be seen caving in Uruk skulls whenever you summon him. Hammers also become ranged weapons for Talion to wield as an alternative to bows; he tosses them and creates shockwaves from the impact.
    • One of the Nazgûl uses this as his weapon, and was in fact named Helm Hammerhand in life. A hammer based off of his replaces Azkâr, Celebrimbor's bow, which proves to be a sign of Talion and Celebrimbor's fraying relationship.
  • Xgen Studio's Stick Arena Ballistick features a sledgehammer as a melee weapon. It's a one-hit-kill terror-IF you can get close enough. It also slows down your walking rate.
  • In the point-and-click adventure game Stupid Invaders, Gorgeous uses a hammer made of dung to take out a redneck welder for his gas tank.
    Gorgeous: 60 million years... in one blow!
  • In the Summon Night Swordcraft Story series, the smith's hammer is the weakest weapon possible - it's the weapon you're forced to use before you forge any real weapons and if all your proper weapons break, and being reduced to it in a duel is a loss.
  • The Super Mario Bros. series gives us the Hammer Brothers, and Mario himself sometimes uses the hammer as a callback to his Donkey Kong days. The Hammer has become Mario's Weapon of Choice in the various Mario RPGs.
    medibot: This is a game about hitting jerks with hammers.
    • In Wrecking Crew, Mario's (and Luigi's) ordinary hammer was good against walls but not enemies, but the secret Golden Hammer could stun enemies and demolish any wall in a single hit.
    • In the original Super Mario Bros., Bowser had the ability to throw hammers at Mario/Luigi in a similar fashion to the Hammer Bros.
    • The Mario & Luigi games have Bowser's Memory ML (In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story) who throw hammers as a reference to the first Super Mario Bros. game, and the giant boss Earthwake in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. The latter is slightly different though in that the boss itself becomes a gigantic (aka tower block sized) hammer to attack an equally giant version of Luigi, who has to use his own hammer to block the flying one coming swinging towards him.
  • Super Panda Adventures: One of the weapons Fu can wield is a great big hammer.
  • The Super Smash Bros. series have Mario's black hammer from Donkey Kong, and Brawl added a Golden Hammer from Wrecking Crew and are easily among the strongest items available. A character's size has absolutely no effect on whether they can wield the hammers, meaning a Super/Poison Mushroom can result in the user wielding a comically under/oversized hammer. However, both hammers also have a chance to be duds, with the former having its head fall off, leaving you with a harmless stick (And your opponents with an extremely dangerous weapon, as the detached hammer head can be thrown to cause even more damage than if it were attached), while the latter has a chance of being a toy squeaky hammer instead of a solid harmful one, with no way of knowing until they actually hit something.
  • The Pow Hammer moves from the Tales Series.
    • And variants, like Toss Hammer, which poisons instead of stuns, the Pow Pow Hammer, which drops a giant hammer from the sky that stuns every enemy in a pretty big radius (or is a bunch of Pow Hammers in Colette's case), and Hammer Rain, which does Exactly What It Says on the Tin. There's also Anise's Miracle Hammer from Tales of the Abyss.
    • And a couple of Presea's weapons (the ones that aren't axes).
    • Several of Karol's weapons qualify as well.
    • Will also uses hammers as his main weapons, though being a mage, he seldom uses them for direct attacks.
    • Poisson in Tales of Graces takes the hammer usage to an extreme, wielding one as a weapon and utilizing Pow Hammer, Pow Pow Hammer, Pow Rain, and their status inflicting variations.
    • Hammers are one of the three weapons that Ludger (the protagonist of Tales of Xillia 2) can use. They're rather small compared to the ones utilized earlier in the series, but he's able to swing them a lot faster as a result.
  • In Team Fortress 2, the Pyro eventually received a sledgehammer called the Homewrecker, which does extra damage to buildings but isn't as effective against enemies as the axe. It wasn't too popular, as Sentry Guns (the buildings you're in the biggest hurry to destroy) push you back while shooting at you, until the ability to take out sappers on friendly buildings was added. An automechanic-themed update features the Powerjack, a makeshift hammer made out of an automobile jack and a car battery which grant 25 HP upon killing an enemy (even going into overheal.)
  • The Ojou Elissa uses one in Tears to Tiara 2.
  • The Order of the Hammer (colloquially known as "Hammerites"), the main religion in Thief, uses the hammer as both their holy symbol, and their weapon of choice.
  • Probably one of the largest hammers compared to the user's size appears in Touhou Hisoutensoku ~ Choudokyuu Ginyoru no Nazo o Oe. It is one of ice fairy Cirno's high-end spellcards, and the head is practically AS LARGE AS THE GAME SCREEN ITSELF. There is also a minor meme based around this spellcard; "CIRNO SMASH PUNY [X] WITH GLACIER MALLET."
  • Huge, two-handed hammers are an available melee weapon for Optimus Prime and Grimlock in Transformers: Devastation, based in appearance on the hammers that Ultra Magnus used in Transformers Animated and Transformers: Prime. They're the most powerful melee weapons in the game, but they're really slow making them Awesome, but Impractical compared to swords or fists. The Heavy Ground Trooper enemies also carry hammers for melee combat.
  • Tsukihime: The weapon of choice for Shiki's father Nanaya Kiri according to one of the Kagetsu Tohya side stories. He knows it's not really an assassin's weapon, but he likes it. Plus, he's such a badass that it doesn't really matter what he fights with.
  • The Warhammer from the Turok series.
  • Warhammers are common weapons in Tyranny, but the real standout is the gavel carried by Tunon, Archon of Law, named "Rule of Law". It's as tall as he is (and he is taller than any human character) and it makes a hellish keening noise when he slams it down to dismiss supplicants or announce decisions. A mortal cannot wield as he does, but its raw arcane power allows it to be used as a powerful Magic Staff.
  • In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, one of Phoenix Wright's attacks is summoning the judge in giant form (referencing Phoenix's dream) who drops the friggin hammer in the field.
    • Speaking of Ace Attorney, Ace Attorney Investigations 2 features a judge named Hakari Mikagami who carries around a gavel with a telescoping handle that she regularly extends to the size of a croquet mallet and clobbers people with.
  • Unturned has a sledgehammer, the most damaging weapon in the game and oddly light-weight, about 10% of what one weighs in Real Life. It is also extremely potent at destroying structures, second only to explosives.
  • The Romanov-F in Vanquish has a giant spiked hammer, coupled with a flamethrower that causes your armor to overheat.
  • A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky: The hammer weapons, like the Giant Hammer, and the Thor's Hammer that can be made from it.
  • Hammers are popular in Vindictus. Tank character Fiona can use a one-handed hammer, starting at level 24. The first challenging boss on the Perilous Ruins beginner missions, the Gnoll Chieftan, uses a massive two-handed hammer larger than the player character. Many Gnoll bosses on higher-level missions use similarly massive flaming hammers. Starting with the Ruins of Sanctity missions, Gnoll mooks start using big two-handed hammers as well.
    • Use of hammers is handled realistically — packing a massive amount of damage, but slower, more cumbersome, and easier to evade than swords or one-handed clubs. The game AI even emulates the effects of fatigue on bosses that use them. Fiona's one-hander is smaller and lighter than the two-handed Gnoll versions, allowing her more speed and agility by comparison, but causing less damage.
  • The paladins Dual Wield a war hammer and a lance in Warcraft II. They switch to just humongous sledgehammers in Warcraft III. In the latter case, their twenty-inch biceps are justified, seeing as how the hammers' heads are the size of small ovens.
    • The Griffin Riders from Warcraft II and III who have an infinite supply of giant hammers to throw at the enemy. For bonus points their quotes reveal that the "warhammers" cost "40k".
    • The Doomhammer, Weapon of Choice for Thrall, Warchief of the Horde.
    • Thrall's predecessor, Orgrim Doomhammer, whose family has wielded the Doomhammer for generations.
    • In Legion, the Shaman Artifact Quest you gain the Doomhammer.
    • In World of Warcraft's end game, one-handed maces (the weapon class which includes hammers) are often designed for healers, playing off the old equation of maces with priests.
    • Rogues can use maces, albeit one-handed maces. But then again, the icon for the technique Sap is a blunt weapon, so they're probably used to incapacitate enemies.
    • And in regards to the Warcraft III reference above: There are plenty of paladins (and shamans, and druids, and some warriors and death knights) who still use maces. Before some of the later Burning Crusade raids went live, this was considered one of the best weapons in the game for retribution paladins. (Do a Google Images search for "Vindicator Maraad.")
    • BY FIRE BE PURGED! All this talk of Hammers in World Of Warcraft and no mention of Ragnaros, the Firelord's Sulfuras!? Well, I guess it's not Big enough.
    • The Paladin class has a lot of "Hammer of" attacks, a lot of which have graphics of hammers.
    • The quest "Thieving Little Pluckers" has you dealing with pygmy thieves in a certain way.
      Nomarch Teneth: Take this mallet, crafted by the titans, blessed by the sun-kings and who-knows-what-else and smash the runts!
  • Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth: Tavian can pick up and use a variety of hammers over the course of his adventure.
  • Warframe features the Fragor, a Tenno-crafted Warhammer (which also comes in a Prime Variant), and the Jat Kittag, a Grineer-crafted, jet-powered warhammer. They are the heaviest melee weapons in the game, and as such, they usually only appear in the hands of Rhino, since he's the only frame who is sturdy enough to survive long enough to hit the enemy with it. However, they are hands-down the most powerful melees in the entire game, capable of easily pounding the most dangerous foes in the game into crudeburger and coming with an enormous knockdown AoE on their jump attack.
    • Recent updates have added new hammers, such as Cephalon Simaris' Heliocor, which obtains Codex scans on kills, and its Synoid Variant from Cephalon Suda's Syndicate, which has the same scan on kill capability, but can also summon friendly specters on channeled kills if the enemy's Codex entry is complete. The Magistar Mace and its Sancti Variant (and the cold-based Sibear, which needs the base Magistar to craft), alongside the glass-edged Volnus, are also fairly strong. The standout hammer is the Corpus-built Arca Titron, which builds up a charge for an enhanced slam attack with each kill.
    • Another jet-powered hammer is the Halikar, which can be thrown to disarm targets (and this can be used against you, so beware.). Unlike the other hammers on this list, it's a one-handed weapon.
    • The first Nightwave series introduced The Wolf of Saturn Six, and with him came the chance to acquire the parts to his unique hammer, the Wolf Sledge. A heavy attack can toss it out to hit distant targets and return to its wielder afterwards.
    • The Old Blood update introduced Kuva Liches, and with them, Kuva-variants of existing weapons alongside brand-new ones. The Kuva Shildeg is a new warpick-like hammer with a massive spike on one end, granting it plenty of puncture damage alongside a wonderful critical hit chance.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine allows you to wield a giant hammer, and jump pack, letting you drop out of the sky and slam down in the middle of enemies.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and Dawn of War II have various units that wield hammers.
    • Assault Terminator units who wield giant hammers and shields.
    • Inquisitor Mordecai Toth. He wields a giant golden hammer with one hand (despite it being almost tall as he is) and a plasma pistol in the other. In addition, the way the cutscenes work in the original Dawn of War (no pre-rendered cutscenes, which means all animations are the ones used in gameplay) means he has it out while talking to someone during peacetime.
    • Toth gifts Captain Gabriel Angelos a daemonhammer called God-Splitter that contains a fragment of the Wailing Doom used by a Biel-Tan Avatar of Kaine. Angelos then wields it to kill a daemon.
  • Vulcan's Hammer is a staple weapon of the later Wizardry games, and is an excellent weapon for the early-to-middle parts of the games, though it tends to be outclassed later on. Lesser hammers and maces are also present but generally unexceptional.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 1 features an early boss, Xord, who swings a giant hammer, as he was a blacksmith as a Homs before turning into a Faced Mechon. One of the late game bosses, Dickson has a sword that can turn into either a gun or a hammer.
  • In the After Dark series of screensavers, there is one called You Bet Your Head that can be played as an interactive game. The screensaver features three contestants who try to answer trivia questions. If they get the wrong answer or fail to answer before the timer is up, then they are hit with a hammer. Contestants that get hit five times are out.

    Web Animation 
  • For that extra punch, RWBY's Nora Valkyrie has a grenade launcher/hammer called "Magnhild". From afar or up close, something's going "boom". Seeing as she's based off of Thor, it's appropriate.
  • Super Mario Bros. Z:
    • Axem Yellow used one. Makes sense, as he was patterned after GutsMan.EXE. He also had An Axe to Grind.
    • Mario and Luigi use them as sub-weapons, and Mario has unleashed the righteous fury of the Hammer Brother Suit.

  • White Mage of 8-Bit Theater has a hammer as her Weapon of Choice, as the white magi of Final Fantasy I frequently used them.
  • Big Bad Khrima of Adventurers! wields "The Mallet of Extreme Pain".
  • Kendall's magic weapon in Agents of the Realm is a giant warhammer that seems to be a catalyst for her Dishing Out Dirt powers as well.
  • In the prologue of Bastard!!, Jin uses what appears to be some sort of sledgehammer or mallet wrapped in cloth to almost murder his tutor.
  • In Champions of Far'aus, Gwen Rockcrusher, Champion of the light god Parthelax, fights with a mallet-like hammer.
  • In the classic Commedia dell'Arte and Punch & Judy shows, Pulcinelle/Punch uses a blunt club. Commedia 2X00 trades it out for a huge cartoon mallet—the better to bludgeon Super Fighting Cyborgs.
  • Mink of Darken uses a massive hammer.
    Mink: It's so ecclesiastical! And smitey! Oh come on!
  • Melna from Dominic Deegan uses one to great effect, and somehow managed to decapitate someone with it.
  • Dumbing of Age: Blaine, carpenter by trade and Korean mob money launderer by association, ends up using a ballpeen hammer as a weapon in book 10.
  • Susan in El Goonish Shive and her friend Sarah were fond of the Hyperspace Mallet, until the writer got tired of that particular joke. (A Q&A strip explicitly stated that it could only be used for comedic circumstances, though. Tedd's bugging her, that's one thing. Get mugged in an alley or need to sneak into the Big Bad's lair, though, and it pays to know a Half-Human Hybrid who exemplifies Beware the Nice Ones...)
    • Comedy relief part was dropped later, but it's confirmed that the Hammer-call works only if the would-be target is male and does something offensive specifically towards women, so the indiscriminate violence of random muggers and sentinels doesn't fit. This depends on the perception. In retrospect, it might just be dependent on mental gender rather than physical gender.
    • After the immortal Jerry disables the Hyperspace Mallets (having been the one who created them in the first place), Susan gains a spell that lets her recreate them for her own use against anybody.
  • The Arkenhammer, one of the Tools of the Titans in Erfworld. It can tame mighty dwagons, summon lightning through The Power of Rock, perform other magical feats, and is a formidable weapon in close combat. In keeping with the outwardly cutesy appearances of everything else, however, it's also a plastic toy squeaky mallet. As one fan put it: "It's only a toy if you're a Titan; mere mortals have to settle for using it as an insanely powerful artifact." It turns every fifth walnut it cracks into a pigeon, and supposedly every fifth bird it kills into a walnut.
  • In Girl Genius, Tarvek is seen messing with a hammer in the library. It is helpfully inscribed with "It's Hammer Time!"
    • Hoffman's "Kinetic Energy Accumulator". Whack things with it for a week, switch it to "Discharge", and obliterate clank vehicles with a hammer that looks like a toy.
  • Ronson from The Gods of Arr-Kelaan is an odd case. His hammer is a tiny pink rubber mallet that can kill gods. It was originally some sort of transforming artifact and when he got ahold of it he thought of a mallet, and it got imbued with his divine power or something.
  • Hanna of Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name wields an ordinary hammer that he has customized with some runes. While the runes don't seem to have any flashy magical effect, the hammer is just as effective at wounding vampires as it is at pulling out nails.
  • Homestuck:
    • John Egbert has hammers as his primary weapon specialty. It proves to be a problem when he couldn't lift his sledgehammer. He gets a much lighter one later though, the Pogo Hammer!
    • All the main characters are given a chance to set their weapon specialty for the rest of the "game." John, picks the hammer mostly because it allows him to free up space in his inventory, commenting that he "can't imagine it's going to be all that relevant."
    • Thanks to Item Crafting, he later gains the gigantic Telescopic Sassacrusher ("of course you have no hope of lifting it whatsoever"), the burn-inducing Wrinklefucker, and the magic-enhanced Fear No Anvil, courtesy of alternate-timeline Dave. Even later, through other means, he gets the awe-inspiring Warhammer of Zillyhoo. Even later than that, he enhances it with the Fluorite Octet, Vriska's extremely powerful set of magic dice. It has proven to be really, really nasty, and to have hilarious side effects; one blow is enough to not only knock off 10% of Hero Killer Jack Noir's health bar, but also put him at risk of an encounter with an elf, a pony stampede, or, as ended up happening, the bestowal of a ridiculous hat.
  • Krunch Bloodrage of Looking for Group uses a big ol' hammer to bash heads when he isn't using his fists. His father dual wields a pair of one-handed maces when he "surrenders". OTOH, Krunch's brother Rayd favors the battleaxe.
  • In Magience, Dagger's weapon of choice is an enormous hammer.
  • Durkon Thundershield from The Order of the Stick. Being a Dwarven Cleric of Thor, it's not surprising that he wields a one-handed warhammer. He's overall more a healer than a warrior, but he has the ability to occasionally grow to positively gigantic proportions when muscle is desperately needed. His hammer grows along with him. The fact that it grows along with him is justified in that Order of the Stick is based on Dungeons & Dragons rules, and all of the size-expansion spells make equipment grow too. And as of strip 1152, he has a smaller version of Thor's Mjölnir.
  • Yuuki's main weapon in Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki is a hammer.
  • Bo the Sheep and her Ramrod, from Bleedman's Sugar Bits.
  • Just like the Hisoutensoku example above, Cirno uses a hammer made of ice with a MASSIVE head in Touhou Nekokayou. The minor meme described above is essentially her battlecry when using it.
  • Tower of God: Kurdan, wields a really big hammer, as you should. Not only that, as a Cutter he can make the impact hit what ever coordinates he pleases, making him a missile launcher.
  • Van Von Hunter uses a hammer as his primary weapon.
  • Wayward Sons: Hurk's weapon of choice is a massive hammer coated with Vastedium, called "Olnir".

    Web Original 
  • Banhammers:
    • Many moderators and GMs in numerous forums and mmorpgs tend to refer to their use of their authority to ban rulebreakers, cheaters, and trolls as "wielding their Banhammer." This tendency is widespread enough that a whole category of image macros depict offenders being struck by Banhammer-wielding moderators. In some instances, permanent bans are depicted as the Mods using a Permaban Crusher that is clearly modeled after the Goldion Crusher.
    • The Forum Administrator Reploid Productions of NationStates takes it further.
      ~Evil Forum Empress Rep Prod the Ninja Mod
      ~She who wields the Banhammer; master of the mighty moderation no-dachi Kiritateru Teikoku
    • 4chan City includes rare footage of banhammers being used in combat.
    • Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worth, shall posses the power of... BAN.
  • Whateley Universe examples: the superpowered mutant Sledge wields a big sledgehammer, and as fits the trope, is a Scary Black Man. One of the students on the Vindicators training team, Donner, is a Swede who has trouble with English and wields a warhammer much like Thor's, right down to the Marvel Comics trick of hurling it (well, using his Energizer powers to move it through the air) and letting it pull him after. However, he's a clumsy oaf, and actually Drops the Hammer (on the floor) quite often.

    Web Videos 
  • Martillo Smith from Aitor Molina Vs. is sometimes used to fight.
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog averts this; Captain Hammer, despite his namesake, doesn't have a hammer. The hammer is his penis.
  • French youtuber Michael J. is almost always seen with a Thor's hammer prop, and it's part of the logo for his Fermez-là! review show. The hammer features prominently in a few sketches, like when he tested "Is the elevator worthy?"
  • Hero House stars Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, so this is something of a given.
  • Noob: La Croisée des Destins: The only weapon that can kill one of the game's major antagonists is a pair of massive battle hammers.
  • Cole Quentin Hudson from season one of Survival of the Fittest used a sledgehammer. Unfortunately, it slowed him down enough that the one time he used it in combat, he got his arse handed to him.
  • What the Fuck Is Wrong with You?: Nash is known to pick up a claw hammer whenever he has to defend himself all but once, where he picked up a fire extinguisher. He was awating fanmail. Fellow TGWTG reviewer ERod (The Blockbuster Buster) uses a very similar hammer, only with a green handle. Named 'Lucille'.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, Thor wields Mjölnir, naturally. Also, Beta Ray Bill gets his own, Stormbreaker, which is similar to Mjölnir.
  • In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Judgment Day", the Knight Templar vigilante The Judge attacks Killer Croc with a gavel the size of a sledgehammer. Batman is able to get ahold of it later, and find out it's actually a trophy with the plaque removed, and with that information, find out that The Judge is actually a third personality of Harvey Dent.
  • In one episode of Chowder, Gazpacho bans Mung Daal from his fruit stand, then confidently proclaims that he had to drop the banhammer on him.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Hat of Discipline.
  • Electric hammers are standard-issue weapons to the Quarrymen in Gargoyles.
  • In Green Lantern: The Animated Series, the anthropomorphic pig-like Green Lantern Kilowog prefers to use a hammer construct for melee combat.
    Kilowog: I make hammers.
  • In Steven Universe, the fusion gem Sardonyx (Garnet and Pearl), has this as her main weapon. It combines Garnet's gauntlets as the head and Pearl's Blade on a Stick as the handle.
  • Ultra Magnus of Transformers Animated wields a humongous hammer that can even call down lightning, which is called the Magnus Hammer in the show and "Stormbringer" on one of his toy's bios. (If he sounds a teensy bit like Thor, remember, The Transformers comic series was written by Marvel, so it's probably more recycling old ideas than anything else.)
    • Also, the Elite Guard homage The Avengers a great deal. Magnus is Thor, while Sentinel is Captain America and Blurr is Quicksilver. (Marvel Comics doesn't have any ninja beatniks, though, so Jazz doesn't seem to fit... but he is awesome, which is what matters.)
    • Word of God has stated that, even if he chooses to actually fight with a different weapon, the current Autobot leader needs to have the hammer in his possession to have the rank of Magnus, making it the Animated equivalent of the Matrix of Leadership. That's probably why Shockwave stole it after badly injuring Ultra Magnus, and when Ratchet gets it back he refuses to give it to Sentinel Prime (who was acting Magnus) because he didn't want him to get even more power.
    • And the fact that Optimus finally considers himself responsible enough to carry it into battle, and is holding it after he returns to Cybertron, may indicate that he is the next Magnus.
    • Sari later gets one to go with her transformation after using the allspark-powered key to upgrade herself.
  • Transformers: Prime:
    • Breakdown has a hammer as his Shapeshifter Weapon. Given his lack of subtlety and love of violence, it's a good choice.
    • Of the thirteen original Transformers, Solus Prime wielded a hammer that could forge practically anything from raw materials. Only a Prime can activate its powers, but it's still a big slaggin' hammer that packs a wallop for anyone who can swing it. In homage to the above example, Ultra Magnus takes it into battle after it's been drained of its power.

    Real Life 
  • A number of weapons resembling hammers have been used historically.
    • Warhammers didn't look much different from your average carpenter's hammer - they just had longer handles. Placing a lot of the weight at the point of impact gave the weapon a lot of punch, breaking bones through armor that was intended to deflect the lesser impact of blades; hence why they were highly effective against plated armor. The real-world hammers often had a small flat face on one side of the head and a simple pick on the other. Strike with the flat face and you can quickly use your weapon again; strike with the pick and with any luck you'll penetrate your opponent's armor entirely, at the cost of possibly having to take a moment to yank the pick out again.
    • The horseman's pick also resembles a claw hammer, with an armor-piercing slanted point on the opposite side of the hammerhead. It was used primarily by Islamic cavalry and Polish hussars.
    • Mauls resemble sledgehammers. They were primarily an archer's weapon, serving double-duty in hammering down protective stakes before a battle and attacking any enemies that drew too close for comfort.
    • Bec de corbin, meaning "Crow's Beak". A pole weapon designed specifically for armor-piercing, which was a hammer with spiky instead of flat face on a 7 feet handle. Developed in Poland. They like this trope.
  • The use of hammers in war is evident in the sport of polo, which was originally a war exercise for Persian cavalry.
  • Tactical sledge hammers are sometimes used in close-quarters combat fire teams. The doorman will sometimes use it in place of a battering ram or shotgun when approaching a breaching scenario. Tactical sledge hammers come in handy in situations where explosives or shotgun shells would prove too destructive due to the presence of hostages or physical obstructions. It is not unheard of for SWAT members to find themselves using the hammer as a last-second weapon when the suspect is determined to be closer to the team than anticipated.
    • Firefighters also use hammers to break down barriers (like concrete) when axes aren't enough.
  • The trademark weapon of real life Hells Angels is the ball-peen hammer, in part because it isn't in the same legal class as a knife or gun, and thus doesn't carry the same legal repercussions.
  • In January 2018, a British SAS trooper went into an Afghan cave to hunt down a high-level Taliban target. Due to the cramped conditions, he took only a Glock 17 pistol and a claw hammer with him. The pistol jammed after killing three enemies and he had to resort to using the hammer to kill another three terrorists.
  • Truckers will often carry hammers as a self-defense weapon and as a tool for checking tires or breaking off ice.

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The Ultra Stamp is a massive hammer that can be used to chase down and crush foes at close range, or thrown to hit them from a distance.

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