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The sound of one man whapping.

"... and one count of using a victim as a deadly weapon against another victim."

When All You Have Is a Hammer… everything begins to look like a nail. And when all you have is a group of enemies... Taking the Improvised Weapon trope to heart, to the hard-pressed combatant, not just everything, but everybody, begins to look like hammers.

Two common variants exist. In the first, regular individuals may choose to use a body part as a club, the source of that body part depending heavily on the setting:

  • Neutral: Certain specific locations, like morgues or battlefields, will inevitably be littered with limbs, making it easy to locate one.
  • Enemy: Particularly vicious characters may choose to forcibly dismember opponents, then attack them with it in a fit of sadistic humor. Of course, it's easier if your opponents tend to fall apart spontaneously, like Zombies or Skeletons, or are Made of Plasticine.
  • Self: If you're not particularly worried about the loss of your own body parts (hint: being a Humongous Mecha or a Cyborg helps), you may, in a last-ditch situation, choose to use your own limb as a weapon.

Alternatively, characters gifted with Super-Strength may eschew the dismemberment completely and use an entire body as a weapon. This is also an alternative for mechs of the appropriate size in relation to the body being used. Of course, you'd have to be nuts (or really, REALLY trusting / durable) to let anyone do that to you, which is why most "weapons" are either dead or unconscious — or will be by the time you're done. May be combined with Metronomic Man Mashing if you're attacking both the person you're hitting and the person you're hitting with.

Shamu Fu is a Sub-Trope where the body in question is a fish or some other marine animal. The Fastball Special is another subtrope where a powerhouse throws a (usually) willing partner at a target, at which point the partner's unique abilities come into play. For people who club others with bodies as their standard weapon see Improbable Weapon User. For the un-improvised version see Equippable Ally. Stop Hitting Yourself is a variant when you use your opponent's limb (severed or not) to hurt them. For using a body to protect yourself rather than hurt your enemy, see Human Shield.

For the video game variant that involves throwing enemies at other enemies, check out Throw the Mook at Them.

Has nothing to do with a certain generalnote  or Human Weapon.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Done by Briareos in the 2004 Appleseed film; he grabs an assassin-roid's arm, rips it off, and bashes her in the face with it.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • During one of Eren and Annie's training sessions, Mikasa got tired of all the subtext and broke them up by throwing Reiner at them. Annie got out of the way in time; Eren didn't.
    • The Armored Titan tries this by flinging other Titans at some escaping soldiers, they don't hit them, but they do block their escape.
    • Earlier, the Rogue Titan has lost its arms, so it grabs a nearby Titan with its teeth and starts using it as a weapon.
  • The climax of the Baccano! light novel Drugs and Dominoes: After getting his arm blown off by a high gauge revolver point blank, Luck Gandor picks up his own shattered limb and tears Gustavo's throat apart with its jagged, broken bones — after which he calmly reattaches the severed arm (good thing he's immortal, huh?), gives a pithy Bond One-Liner, checks to see if the resident Ingenue is alright... and then promptly passes out from the pain.
  • In Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, Alita allows one of her own arms to be cut off, specifically so she can use it as a weapon to increase her reach.
  • Subverted spectacularly in Beelzebub when Oga attempts this with Arandron. Considering Oga's insane strength and Adrandon's build, one would think that this is a surefire combination... until his opponent simply punches him out of Oga's hands.
  • Berserk contains an example in the first between the demon Zodd and the main characters, Guts and Griffith. Griffith, after Zodd transforms into his monstrous true form, chops Zodd's arm clean off with one slice (somehow). Zodd then promptly picks up his severed arm and uses it to smack Griffith down, knocking him unconscious.
    • In Berserk: The Abridged Series, Guts, after seeing this, comments,
      "Did you just beat him with your own arm? That is hardcore! Seriously, kill me right now, that is the coolest thing that I will ever see!"
    • Guts does this a bit: during the Eclipse tore of an opponents horn and used it as a spear to kill over a dozen apostles and when breaking Griffith out of the Tower of Punishment he uses a corpse as a shield before throwing it at his attackers.
  • Bleach: Used when Zombie!Charlotte tosses Zombie!Bambietta at Mayuri Kurotsuchi. It would seem that this is an accident since Charlotte tosses Bambietta aside and into a building when she attacks him, but his reply when Mayuri points out that he was almost hit confirms the trope:
  • In Brave10, while being tightly tied and weaponless, Rokuro decides to use Yukimura as an improvised weapon to take out the ninjas who bound them.
  • In Carnival Phantasm, Berserket quickly replaces his missing stone axe with Lancer. He manages to wield Lancer so effectively that the spearman in question literally becomes his Noble Phantasm, stat sheet and all.
  • Deneve in Claymore "blocks" extremely fast growing parasitic spikes with one arm. After seeing the first breath of her new attachments, she rips off her arm and impales the originator of the spikes' forehead with it. Not that that inconveniences either of them for more than a second. This chapter probably has the highest but per second count in the series]].
  • In D.Gray-Man, Allen Walker, an exorcist, during his fight with Tykki-Mikk in the Ark, was able to turn his arm into a large sword.
  • In the third episode of Dai-Guard, the Dai-Guard mecha rips off one of its own forearms to use as an improvised Rocket Punch against the Monster of the Week. Widely considered a Moment of Awesome.
  • Kengamine Nagi from Deadman Wonderland recently ripped off his own arm and used it to attack Hibana with the Branch of Sin after she disabled him.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, after Vegeta tries to attack Android #17, #18 grabs him by the leg from behind and slams him into Trunks.
  • Elfen Lied. Perhaps not a straight example, but it counts: When environmental sources of throwable projectiles aren't available, Nana resorts to flinging her detachable prosthetic limbs.
  • The Elusive Samurai: Iwamatsu wields a massive blade that can cleave through katanas, trees, and humans in a single swing. To counter this, Mochizuki grabs the armored corpses of two fallen soldiers and uses them to block his powerful slashes. He then proceeds to swing them at Iwamatsu and parry his strikes like a pair of swords.
  • In End of Evangelion, Asuka throws one of the Mass-production Evas through a wall, then pulls it out and throws it into another. It doesn't work, so she punches through both of them.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • In the Grand Magic Games, Natsu slams Rogue into Sting during the Dragon Slayer doubles match.
    • In the Avatar arc, Lucy grabs an enemy mook with her whip and briefly uses him as an Epic Flail against the other nearby mooks.
  • The robot that comes out of Ninamori's head in FLCL jacks control of her body and uses her as a weapon.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Edward regularly uses his brother Alphonse's head as a throwing weapon. Since Al is a soul bound into a massive suit of armor, he really doesn't need his head, but it irritates him nonetheless.
    • Ed also comically clangs Ling in the face with his broken off automail arm.
    • When Alphonse fights Pride and Kimblee he gets his (metal) hand cut off but then uses alchemy to instantly replace it, grabs the original, and turns it into a sword. Further, when a sword slash is blocked into a Blade Lock, Alphonse has the blade bend at a ninety-degree angle toward his target.
  • Gintama has a whole storyline where the characters end up in an RPG and use the stock RPG NPCs (and/or their corpses) as weapons.
    • Even in non-virtual situations, the characters have no problems using each other as weapons.
  • In Guyver, Akito as Gigantic Dark loses a leg when fighting a pair of Zoalords. Later on, he remotely controls the severed limb to fly through the air and smack into one of his opponents before reattaching it.
  • One memetic scene from HappinessCharge Pretty Cure! has Cure Lovely snatch up two Choiarks and pummel a Saiark with them like they were boxing gloves.
  • In one episode of Haré+Guu, Haré gets pressed into service as a projectile in an escalating game of dodgeball between Gupta and Guu. A relatively less violent cases of the trope, since Haré is both intact and conscious, but he is understandably dismayed.
  • In Hayate × Blade, when Hayate is knocked out by a drug, Ayana uses her body as a 'human sword' in their duel against two other girls. She actually wins this way too. She uses this to defeat Ensuu as well.
  • In History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi, one of the masters fought off an island full of heavily-equipped opposing forces by using them as giant shurikens. Arguably also a CMoA.
  • Tsuchiya throws a thug at some others twice in Holyland chapter 144.
  • In chapter 307 of Hunter × Hunter Gon gets his arm ripped off. He later takes it and stabs a headless Pitou through the torso with his own ripped off arm to pin them down.
    • Earlier, Uvogin takes a bite out of an opponent's head and spits out a fragment of his skull with enough force to hit and kill another guy.
    • Hisoka has the ability give his Battle Aura the properties of rubber and gum. In one fight he uses it to grab a dozen of people at the same time, mashes them into a huge makeshift mace and utilises this to defend himself from a Zerg Rush. In the same fight, he also rips off the heads of a few people and attaches his rubber-like Battle Aura on them. An autor note mentions a human head weights about 5 to 6 kg (11 ~ 13 lbs) or as much as an average bowling ball, so the disembodied heads become quite effective weapons in Hisoka's hands.
  • In K, Kuroh throws one Scepter 4 Clansman at another during the fight in the stadium.
    • Misaki also picks up Rikio and throws him — inverted, from their point of view, because he was trying to hurt Rikio, but played straight from Kusanagi's point of view — what really ends up getting damaged is Kusanagi's beloved bar.
  • Karakuri Circus: Shirogane's puppet, Arlequin, uses a detached left arm to fight with.
  • In Kotetsushin Jeeg, a Monster of the Week rips Jeeg's arm off, and an enraged Kenji responds by stealing it back and wielding it like a club. This example is actually justified, since Jeeg is a modular robot built around magnetic joints and can thus drop, replace, and retrieve limbs easily. On top of that, the shoulder had a couple of fins which extend into blades, suggesting that it was meant to be used this way.
  • In the manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Link uses his talking hat Ezlo as a flyswatter against a bee that was about to attack one of the tiny Minish.
  • In the Traintop Battle of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Subaru starts her attack by smashing the first Gadget Drone she comes across then chucking its damaged frame at a second Gadget Drone.
  • In an early case of Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro, two officers are arguing in the middle of an investigation. What does Neuro do to shut them up? Use Yako as a club and whack them both. Also used as one of his standard attacks in Jump Ultimate Stars.
  • Not strictly a weapon, but there is a Maid Guitar in the opening of Maria†Holic.
  • Mazinger:
    • In Mazinger Z, Mechanical Beast Genocyder F9 had troubles shattering the Home Base's Deflector Shield, so it ripped its own arm off and threw it against the barrier. The ensuing explosion successfully destroyed the energy shield, and Genocyder's missiles pummeled the place flat.
    • In Shin Mazinger, Zeus gets his arm cut off by Hades. When he sees Mazinger Z use a Rocket Punch later in the episode, he's so impressed that he picks up his own severed arm and throws it while shouting "ROCKETTO PAAAANCH!!"
    • In Shin Mazinger Zero, Kouji Kabuto has his arm ripped off in the first story arc. Like a last resort, he does pick it up and Rocket Punch his enemy with it.
    • In Mazinger Z: Infinity, when Mazinger Z is battling Dr. Hell’s Mechanical Monsters, it grabs one and spins it around, cutting down numerous others in the process.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Shiro Amada rips off his own Gundam's disabled arm and uses it as a club. This move is one of the Gundam's most iconic moments (along with its Worf Barrage) and can be re-created in the Gundam Vs Series (though there it shoves the arm back onto its elbow for continued use).
    • The eponymous Victory Gundam is made up of a Core Fighter and replaceable modules for the upper and lower body. La Résistance manufactures the modules in bulk, so throughout the series, we see Usso firing off damaged modules as gigantic missiles and then calling for a replacement.
      • Gundam SEED Destiny homaged this in Shinn's battle with the Freedom Gundam; when the Impulse gets decapitated, he ejects the torso module at the Freedom, gets a replacement, and then shoots the damaged one with his beam rifle.
      • Likewise, the Bawoo from Gundam ZZ is a Transforming Mecha that splits into upper and lower halves, the lower being remote controlled. The official info says that the Neo Zeons looked into the idea of packing the leg module full of high explosives and using it as an enormous missile, but considered it too wasteful.
    • In Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam, one of Tobia's more memorable bits of Improv Fu involves grabbing an enemy machine by its Whip Sword limbs and swinging it like a literal Epic Flail, before throwing it bodily into one of its teammates. This move, like the 08th MS Team example, made its way into the Gundam Vs Series.
    • Speaking of Shinn, in an earlier episode of Destiny, Shinn is tasked with trying to destroy a Lohengrin Launcher in a base and is running out of time as the cannon is going back into its hidey hole. Shinn damages up a Dagger L and chucks it down the tube before it closes, the resulting explosion taking out the gun and the base.
  • During the students vs. teacher final exam of My Hero Academia, All Might swings Midoriya down onto a charging Bakugo like bringing down a hammer on a nail.
  • Naruto:
    • Tobi's arm gets infected by The Virus, so he breaks it off before it spreads, drops it on the ground, then kicks it at his other opponent (who dodges it because The Virus is spread by touch) which leaves his opponent open so he can suck him into another dimension.
    • A while earlier, Pain pulls a weird one on Naruto: after he impales Fukasaku, he throws the corpse at Naruto, which distracts him long enough for Pain to pull him in and pin him down.
    • Kinkaku likewise dropkicks his arm into Darui in response to Darui cutting it off, which, thanks to the artifact on his arm, makes Darui's soul come out right before the arm reattaches because of the jutsu Kinkaku was reanimated with.
    • When Killer Bee grabs A with a tentacle to let Naruto get past him, A grabs the tentacle and swings Bee into Naruto like an Epic Flail.
    • This gets Kaijufied in the Jinchuuriki fight in the War Arc: All the Jinchuuriki are in full Tailed Beast form. One clamps onto Naruto's hand, and he swings it into another that's charging him to take care of two birds with one stone.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi: Not harmful per se, but during the Magic World arc Fate's arm is cut off during a fight. He then proceeds to console a member of his Amazon Brigade with the severed arm, in a rare moment of Comically Serious for a character who normally comes off as a Spear Counterpart Rei Ayanami Expy.
  • One Piece:
  • Absolutely not played for laughs in Overlord (2012) during Jaldabaoth's invasion of the Holy Kingdom. Jaldabaoth grabs the queen and uses her as a bludgeon against her own troops, completely wrecking her face and body. And by the time Jaldabaoth is seen again, he's still holding her... or what's left of her: the lower half of her rotting corpse.
  • Patlabor: This is a "tactic" frequently used throughout the franchise. In the first volume of the Mobile Police Patlabor manga, Noa gets her first awesome moment when she rips a leg off a four-legged Labor, then beats the Labor into submission with it.
  • The Phoenix Emperor Saffron, Ranma's final enemy in Ranma ˝, could regenerate from any injury by means of his own flame (being frozen solid prevented this, though.) Therefore, he had no trouble whatsoever ripping off his own wings, setting them ablaze, and hurling them at his enemies as deadly flaming boomerangs.
    • Two more conventional applications of the trope appear in the Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics and Martial Arts Shogi challenges (the latter of which only occurs in the anime). In the first, Ranma makes use of the fact P-chan has been chained to his (currently her) wrist to turn him into an impromptu flail, as the rules of the match strictly prohibit bare hands and feet. In the second, Akane, at one point, grabs Ranma and spins around wildly, using him as a human flail to defeat a swarm of Faceless Goons.
    • During the Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics match, Kodachi counters an attack from Ranma by grabbing her own brother from the audience with her ribbon and flinging him at the table Ranma was tossing.
    • Another variation takes place in the Martial Arts and Ice Skating match. Whenever Mikado and Azusa fight, a good part of their tactics come from Mikado grabbing Azusa by the arms and spinning her so she sort-of becomes an extension of his body: At times he slides her on the icy ground so she can trip the rivals with her legs; at others, he spins her around in the air to kick the rivals in the face...
  • In Rosario + Vampire, Tsukune picked up one Outcast monster by the skull and used him for a vicarious drop-kick against his friend.
  • Sakamoto Days: The instant Gaku gets his arm cut off, he comments "Don't need this." and kicks it at his opponent.
  • Slayers has done this a few times. Once, Naga had done something called a 'Baker' strike by throwing a baker at a demon. Lina has thrown Naga, and Zelgadis thrown Lina, but neither of those cases was primarily for damage, more to distract the foe they'd just chucked the person at.
  • Princess Syalis of Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle regularly captures a demon known as Wicked Diamond in a sack for use as a blackjack. Its small size and hardness makes for a perfect tool for smashing treasure chests so she can repurpose the fittings.
  • In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Kamina once smacked some sense into Simon by having the Gurren throw one of its arms at the Lagann. It may or may not have already been completely detached by the savage beating it just took.
  • TerraforMARS has a decidedly unfunny example of this. Early on, one of the titular roach-monsters rips a man's head off, spine included, and uses the spine as a whip to cut down a couple of fleeing victims.
  • In Tiger Mask, Tiger's Cave assassin Red Death Mask was sent to kill Tiger Mask on ring, but broke his knee during the fight. He reacted by going at the journalist bench and use it to throw the journalists at Tiger Mask.
  • In To Love Ru, while trapped in a haunted house and confronted with the prospect of being raped, an adrenaline and fear-fueled Haruna picks up Rito and tosses him into the monster.
    • Haruna's typical reaction to anything threatening is to pick up Rito and use him like a hammer. On one occasion, it creates a tornado.
  • Quant from Tower of God at one point throws Shibisu against First Emperor and knocks him out cold.
  • Ushio and Tora had an interesting variation, where Tora swung Ushio at an enemy, at which point Ushio took the Beast Spear to them. Also, Tora did use a petrified Asako as an improvised bludgeon to repeal the tentacles of Stone Eater, with Asako sporting an indignant face just for that panel.
  • Grabbing an ally and tossing him or her at an enemy is a favorite tactic of Hamel in Violinist of Hameln. "Tron Bomber!" "Oboe Launcher!" "Flute Missile!" His ally usually screams bloody murder all the way.

    Asian Animation 
  • Lamput: In "Robinput", the evil king uses his assistant, who happens to have the right shape, as a boomerang as a way to attack Robin Hood Lamput's merry men while defending himself from a barrage of arrows. It hits them both, and they fall off the platform where Robin Hood Lamput's execution is taking place.

  • On his album On The Road, George Carlin had a bit where he talked about the perfect murder: Pick a guy up, and use him to kill another guy. Both die, and there's no murder weapon.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • During Mary Marvel's Face–Heel Turn in Countdown to Final Crisis, she lays the beatdown on Donna Troy with Kyle Rayner.
    • Also, in Trinity (2008), Superman grabs the ankle of his anti-matter counterpart Ultraman (not to be confused with the more famous tokusatsu character), and swings him face-first into the Wonder Woman analogue, Superwoman.
    • In Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus manages to grab Superman and smash him into Spider-Man at one point during the final confrontation.
    • In Inferior Five, a villainess holds up an inflatable infant and asks "you wouldn't hit a woman with a baby, would you?" Dumb Bunny: "No, I'd hit her with a grown man!" Wham!
    • In the second issue of Demon Knights, Vandal Savage beats a dinosaur to death with another dinosaur.
    • In one arc in the post-Zero Hour: Crisis in Time! Legion of Super-Heroes, Mordru hit Star Boy with Mon-El, made especially notable by the fact that M'Onel is a Captain Ersatz of the Silver Age Superboy.
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton, Supergirl grabs the tail of a Diasporan alien invader and swings him around, hitting a bunch of enemies with him.
    • In one Supergirl (1972) issue, Linda has to rescue a man from two giant octopi and a giant manta. Linda grabs the manta's left flipper and slams it into both cephalopods, wielding it like a flail.
    • During a battle in Gotham City Garage, Kara picks up an android's ripped arm and hammers another mechanoid with it.
    • Bizarrogirl provides a variant: Bizarrogirl tries to turn Supergirl into stone. Supergirl vibrates her way out of her stone shell, grabs it and slams Bizarrogirl with it.
    • Arm-Fall-Off-Boy, a rejected candidate to member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, may rip his own arm off and beat you with the wet end.
    • During one battle in The Great Darkness Saga, a Servant of Darkness grabs Phantom Girl with a telekinetic lasso and slams her into her teammate Shadow Lass.
    • The Earthwar Saga: Variant. When the Legion engages a squad of space pirates, Superboy picks one of their starships and smashes it into another ship.
    • In Hitman, Etrigan uses the corpse of a dead mob boss to beat up an alien parasite who interrupted the funeral.
    • During one battle in The Great Phantom Peril, Superman grabs Jax-Ur and uses him as a throwing hammer to beat up other Phantom Zoners.
    • In Superboy (1994), Black Zero takes out Kon-El and the original Superboy Clark Kent by pinning the one with his feet to the ground with his TTK and grabbing the flying one to bludgeon him with.
    • In The Jungle Line, Superman is struggling with deadly hallucinations when Swamp Thing goes into his mindscape to calm him down. Believing him to be another hallucination, Superman tries to bludgeoning Swamp Thing with the bone of another creature conjured up by his feverish mind.
    • A Mind-Switch in Time: When three villains gang up on Superboy, one of them grapples with the young hero so his partner can punch him. However, Superboy whirls around so the first mook gets hurled off and collides with his partner.
    • The Phantom Zone: At the climatic final battle, Superman grabs Kru-El by the ankles and slams him against his partner Jax-Ur.
    • The Plague of the Antibiotic Man: The story opens with Nam-Ek grabbing Flash by the ankles and using him to clobber Superman.
    • All the way back in Sensation Comics #2 Wonder Woman is depicted swinging one goon by the ankle to hit his fellow with. The story inside is quite different, as it involves Dr. Poison's first appearance where she kidnaps an injured Steve Trevor to try and force him to reveal Allied secrets with a truth serum.
    • In Wonder Woman (1942) #28 Diana wrapped both hands around Cheetah's neck and then lifted and spun her to knock down Cheetah's fellow Villainy, Inc. members.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): During "The Witch and the Warrior" Wonder Girl, Empress and Monstergirl take Mustang Suzie out of the fight with her ally Giganta.
  • A WWII-era Cat-Man featured the eponymous hero beating up a German soldier with a Japanese one.
  • "You realize you're talking to a man with a human head in his hands who has every intention of using it to beat these people to death?" — Jack Hawksmoor, The Authority
  • In Asterix, if Obelix does not punch a Roman soldier (or a pirate), he will grab him by the foot and start hammering the others around him.
  • In one Lucky Luke book, when menaced by one large and one small prison guard, Joe Dalton threatens to beat the big one up with the little one.
  • In an issue of the Super Mario Bros. comic, in the Captain N: The Game Master portion, Princess Lana is framed for Mother Brain's crimes (including a plethora of unpaid parking tickets) and Samus is arrested for defending her (the real judge having been replaced by Ridley) and both are sent to different parts of a prison colony. While the Princess is off defending the rights of prisoners, Samus defends herself with this trope when attacked.
  • In Secret Invasion, Canadian goddess Snowbird killed the Skrull god Kly'bn with the spine of the slain Demogorge.
  • X-Men:
    • One of their trademark attacks is the "Fastball Special", where Colossus throws Wolverine, claws outstretched, at the enemy. Other characters have done it too and called it such; at least once Nocturne possessed somebody in this manner.
    • For a character not known for his sense of humor, Colossus once cut short an argument with Emma Frost by throwing her diamond body at a villain, taking to heart Cyclops' advice to do something unexpected.
      Emma: You can't just throw people at all your problems, dear.
  • Invincible did this while he was trying to protect Wolf-Man, who was framed for murder, from being taken by superhero team Guardians Of The Globe — he just grabbed their leader's head and beat the rest of them with him, casually tossing him over the horizon when he was done.
  • The Punisher:
    • Typical Frank Castle:
      The Punisher: Looks like they sent two hitmen after me. It's a lot of work resisting the urge to beat the big one to death with the little one.
    • When fighting The Russian, Spider-Man tries to get involved, and gets effortlessly tossed aside for his troubles. Punisher uses the unconscious Spider-Man to help throw the Russian off the Empire State Building.
      Spider-Man: [waking up] ...what happened?
      The Punisher: We had a team-up. You were great.
  • In the Sam & Max: Freelance Police comic On the Road, Sam grabs Max by the ankles and swings him at a biker, knocking him off his motorcycle. Max finds the experience refreshing.
  • Transformers:
    • In issue 3 of the comic mini-series "Headmasters", Fortress Maximus throws Skullcruncher (in beast mode) into Scorponok to throw off his aim.
    • Also, an issue of Transformers where Apeface has his arm ripped off while in gorilla mode. He proceeds to pummel everything in sight with it.
    • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye has Swerve saving Thunderclash from what turns out to be an opportunistic spy and would-be thief that's holding a gun to Thunderclash's head... by sneaking up on the villain and bashing them over the head with the psychologist Rung in his mysterious "ornament" alternate mode, albeit here serving the role of "beating stick".
    • In The Transformers Megaseries, Thunderwing picks up Ruckus and uses him to smack Roadgrabber out of the air, killing both Decepticons at once.
  • Deadpool once threw Alani a.k.a. Loa at a bunch of Back from the Dead zombie Acolytes. This trope is quite effective because Alani has the power to dissolve matter on contact.
  • This technique is employed by Thorn Harvestar in the first volume of Bone, where she uses Fone Bone (a Cartoon Creature half her size) to headbutt an oncoming rat creature. Naturally, Fone is not amused by her actions.
    Fone: Hey!
    Thorn: I'm sorry! It was a reflex!
  • In Darkwing Duck, F.O.W.L.'s giant mecha, The Walrus, freezes Steelbeak and Femme Appeal with a stasis beam. Then, for absolutely no discernible reason whatsoever, it grabs Femme and uses her as a sword to fight Darkwing... who then grabs Steelbeak and parries. Neither of the two F.O.W.L. agents was amused.
  • A panel of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck shows him wielding a miner wielding a shovel.
  • Implied to have happened to Spider Jerusalem as he lays unconscious after a brain injury. Recalling the incident that put him under, Spider protests, "Bullshit. I've been hit harder than that. I've had people from Scotland thrown at me."
  • In the final battle of Ghost Rider: Road to Damnation, the archangel Ruth and the demon Hoss fight with a pair of still living soldiers.
  • In the final battle of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth volume 4, Godzilla grabs Anguirus's tail and uses him as a club against Mecha-King Ghidorah, swinging Angy so that he hits MKG with his hardened, spiked back. It is somewhat odd that the large spikes on Angy's tail don't make Godzilla's hands/paws bleed, especially given that the series has shown the Big G and other kaiju bleeding before.
  • In this picture, Iron Man gets used as a blunt weapon by Carol Danvers.
    "Fine. The old-fashioned way, then!"
  • In the new Marvel Star Wars Expanded Universe comics, Chewbacca is a big fan of this. In Vader Down, he fights Triple-Zero by ripping off its arm and beating the assassin droid with it. And in his eponymous series, Chewie dispatches a human mook by smashing a Gonk droid over the thug's head.
  • In the IDW line Star Wars Adventures, there's Bats, a slightly crazed B1 battle droid who spontaneously manifested a conscience when Obi-Wan deflected a blaster bolt into his head in such a way that it merely burned out his obedience circuits. Bats assists Obi-Wan and Captain Rex in escaping their predicament but is captured by his original droid company in turn, so as to analyze his newfound conscience. This turns out to be nothing but trouble for the Separatists, as Bats, being as unhinged as his name suggests, promptly snaps the arm off another B1 and begins threatening everyone else with it. It's no idle threat either, as Obi-Wan finds Bats beating the crap out of a T-1 Tactical Droid with the same severed limb.
    Obi-Wan: Bats, I appreciate your enthusiasm, but please leave the T-1 alone. We're here to rescue you.
    T-1 Tacticial Droid: He's not the one who needs rescuing.
  • Zombo: Zombo uses a burning man as a weapon against zombies.
  • Near the end of Revival, one of the revivers uses his Healing Factor to sever his own arm and sharpen the exposed bone into an improvised weapon against his captors.
  • In Wynonna Earp: Home on the Strange, Wynonna rips an arm off one of the zombie mailmen and uses the arm to beat the zombie to death (again).
  • Adventure Time Graphic Novels: LSP uses Tree Trunks as a weapon to beat the Zombie Twins.
  • Atomic Robo: In "It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow", Robo dispatches two German soldiers by grabbing one by the leg and beating up the other with him.

    Fan Works 
  • Brother on Board: What does Sabo use to free himself from Mr. 3's candle service set? Miss '10,000 Kilogram' Valentine, that's what.
  • A Certain Droll Hivemind: From "Entry 14", mixed with Stop Hitting Yourself, from Accelerator:
    It does not hurt as much as when the Accelerator decided to play 'stop hitting yourself' with Misaka-2813's arms and legs, and we tolerated that. Even if it did take a long time for him to beat her to death with her own limbs.
  • In the Ranma ˝ fic, Comes the Cold Dragon, a drunken Soun ends up using a waitress's ex-boyfriend as a makeshift naginata, in the middle of a bar fight instigated by Happosai.
  • The Dark Lords of Nerima: During a sparring match between Ranma, Mousse, and Ryouga, which is crashed by the rest of the NWC, Kuno gets knocked out and is briefly used as a projectile between Ranma and Ryouga.
  • In Diaries of a Madman, Trixie tries to hurl Twilight at Navarone but misses. Later Nav manages to injure himself through this, after killing a timberwolf but being knocked into a wall by the body.
  • In Dungeon Keeper Ami, Marda, the troll chieftess, uses the body parts of several of Mercury's reaperbots to dismember their fellows during the stress-testing portion of their development.
  • Shikome is a master of this technique in FREAKIN GENSOKYO.
  • Hail to the King (Thuktun Flishithy):
    • Very frequent. It appears that this story's Godzilla has quite the penchant for ripping out a monster's arm and beating the monster with it. Just ask Sachiel, Titanosaurus, Israfel (both of them). A less gory example of this occurs in Chapter 10. During Operation Kusanagi, Godzilla pummels Unit-02 into the ground with Unit-01.
    • In Chapter 22, Shinji uses Anguirus as a mace against Zeruel.
  • Jun Shigeno in the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades story, Month of Sundays uses Shotaro's mannequin arm, long story to fight off Damballa, even slapping him across the face with it!
  • In Acts of Mercy, Mercy Graves clubs one Gringotts goblin with another goblin. Due to all participants statuses as Blood Knights, the only complaint of the goblin being used as a club was that he wasn't actually fighting, which he rectified by stabbing Mercy in the stomach.
  • In I, Scion, Scion confronts the Slaughterhouse Nine. Jack kept trying to talk, so Scion broke his jaw with Shatterbird. Recovering, Shatterbird tries to encase the hero in glass, so he broke out, using Jack as a blunt weapon. She kept trying to attack, so he beat her into submission, again, using Jack.
  • Harry Potter in Helitrox first beats up a goblin then , uses him as a club to beat up a troll.
  • Chad to Yammy with the latter’s severed arm in Hammered Down, because Hierro is too damn thick.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Kryptonian hero Dev-Em uses a Para-Demon as a whip to knock dozens of his comrades out of the sky.
    Dev-Em had grabbed one of the Paras by the ankles and was using him as a more-or-less-human flail, knocking demons out of the skies by the dozens. He finally threw his "weapon" away and hurled himself bodily into a bunch of them, throwing them out like toothpicks catapulted from an uncovered blender. Luckily, she could tell with her super-hearing that the Paras he hit were just kayoed, not killed.
  • Hivefled: Gamzee is displeased when Vriska tells him to cheer up because the horrible mutilations he suffered at the hands of his own bloodlink are "fucking hardcore", and beats her up with her own torn-off mechanical arm.
  • In A Hollow in Equestria, Ulquiorra invokes this when fighting the Majini during the filler. He grabs one by the legs and swings them about to take down a number of others.
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, Yuki invokes this trope in the first Curb-Stomp Battle against Yakuza, when Yuki, Kyon, and Tsuruya are outnumbered 3 to 1. Kyon learns from this and invokes this trope when he engages in his Curb-Stomp Battle, while outnumbered 12:1. In both cases, they kick/fling/punch their opponents hard enough that they collide with someone else.
  • In The Last Spartan, The Master Chief uses a dead Geth Juggernaut's body to plow through other geth attacking him.
  • In My Hero Academia: Unchained Predator, the Doomslayer tears off Shigaraki's right arm with his bare hands and delivers a brutal beatdown on him with it during his Curb-Stomp Battle against the smug supervillain in the Kiyashi Ward shopping mall.
  • One Stands for All: When the USJ Nomu tries to protect Shigaraki from Nana, her response is to pick it up and start beating Shigaraki with it until he lands a lucky hit and disintegrates it.
  • In the Superjail! fanfic Passion of the Guardiane, Bruce beats Original Character Charlotte Lucien to death with her own prosthetic leg.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: During the battle with Sharp Point and his gang, Vix-Lei grabs one of Sharp Point's ponies and starts using them like a flail.
  • In Poké Wars: The Exigence, Mewtwo rips off Registeel's arms and proceeds to beat the crap out of him with them.
  • Ash's Charmeleon used an enemy Ekans to fight off a horde of Poison Pokemon in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines during the Poison War arc. This ended when he decided to use Fling with the Ekans.
  • Queen of Shadows: During the Battle of Awaji, Tsume at one point cuts a human soldier in half and tosses one piece of the corpse at Yasashi, who bats it away and keeps chasing him.
  • The Red Dragon's Saber: While fighting the Fallen Angels, Artoria Pendragon swings and throws them into each other several times.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures and Teen Titans crossover fanfiction A Shadow of the Titans, the Titans are watching footage of the Ax-Crazy villain Gadjo's early known career. We don't see or hear much of it, but at one point he's apparently "whaling on zombies with a zombie".
  • In the X-Men: Evolution fanfic The SuperStarr Chronicles, during the battle against Bounty in chapters three and four, Fred tosses Pietro at the intergalactic bounty hunter.
  • In The Swarm of War, the Host’s attack against Bugklaw’s forces starts with him summoning a small army of Zerg and flinging them at the Ork tanks and Stompa.
  • In This Bites!, Cross ends up as Luffy's weapon against the Billions.
    • Luffy does it again, this time with a random Marine, in Navarone.
  • Thousand Shinji: During her battle against the MP-Evas, Asuka flung the body of an enemy she had just killed at another, hitting it squarely.
  • Vow of the King: At Nemu's execution, Ichigo knocks out Renji by hitting him with Iba.
  • In Zero vs Kira when two Brittanian thugs attack Suzaku at once, he smashes them into each other.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Barbie and the Secret Door, Malucia levitates the trogs with magic and throws them at Alexa.
  • In A Bug's Life, Slim the walking stick bug is the sword in the circus bugs' Robin Hood routine (much to his displeasure).
  • The Incredibles: This happens during the family's first fight as a team. They use Syndrome's Mooks as weapons to take out more henchmen.
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (1986): In order to shake Draggle off it, the Phlume grabs her exposed ponytail and repeatedly rams her head into its bulb before pulling her away from it and slamming her into its midsection and ramming her head into that. It also rams Reeka and Draggle into each other later in the scene.
  • Patlabor: The Movie: Ohta runs out of ammo fighting rogue Labors and briefly uses the arm of one he ripped off to destroy some of the others.
  • Toy Story features a scene where a Laughing Mad Buzz is briefly brought back to his senses by a hard slap in the face from Woody. It's this trope because Woody does this using Buzz's own severed arm, lost in an earlier accident. As he is a plastic toy, this is hilarious rather than gruesome. Also in Toy Story 2, when the toys have to break through a vent that's been screwed shut, the fake Buzz tells Rex to "use your head". Cut to a shot of them running down the vent with Rex as a battering ram as he yells "But I don't wanna use my head!".
  • In The SuperStarr Chronicles, Fred tosses Pietro at Bounty.
  • The Transformers: The Movie: During the Kangaroo Court scene where Kup and Hot Rod are hopelessly outnumbered by Sharkticons, Kup has no weapons available to him (Hot Rod at least has his exhaust blasters on his wrists). The old veteran's solution? Pick up a Sharkticon, snap its tail off, and use it like the flail it resembles. He immediately proceeds to brain two Sharkticons with it and wades into the fight.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • City Hunter has Ryo (Jackie Chan) pick up his partner (Chingmy Yau) and use her as a weapon. The gun in her leg holster does most of the work, though.
  • Jet Li picks Aaliyah up and uses her to fight off a female assailant in Romeo Must Die. You see, he Wouldn't Hit a Girl, so he manipulates her arms and legs to attack the bad girl.
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army: The climatic battle against the eponymous Golden Army had Hellboy using a severed arm from one of them, complete with blade extended from its wrist, to impale, sever, and slice apart several other creatures of the army.
    Hellboy: "Give me a hand!"
  • In The Birth of a Nation one of the "heroic"(!) Ku-Kluxers clobbers several black guys with one of their friends.
  • The display room fight in High Riskbetween Kit and Rabbit. At one point, Rabbit throws a dead mook at Kit's direction in order to distract him, and lands a kick through the corpse knocking Kit over.
  • House Shark: When Abraham has the shark looming over him, he grabs a nearby squatter who was in the house and hits the shark with him several times.
  • Another comedic example comes from Shaun of the Dead, in which during the climax David is pulled apart by invading zombies. His girlfriend, instead of lying back and crying, gets mad and uses his separated leg to fight her way through the zombie horde. Strangely enough, according to the DVD extras she survives! And eats the leg a bit.
  • In Jet Li's My Father Is A Hero (also known as Letter To Daddy), there's a scene where his character and his character's young son are surrounded on all sides by enemies. The young son is a martial arts champion in his own right and there's rope on hand, so Jet ties the rope around the kid's waist and proceeds to throw the kid at his enemies, whereupon the boy kicks at least half of them in the face running horizontally around their massed ranks.
  • Threatened in Surf Ninjas when one character utters the line "Don' make me beat you with the leg of mine that no longer works 'cause I'll do it!"
  • In Space Jam, one of the Monstars uses Tweety like a golf ball and uses Foghorn Leghorn as a club.
  • Iron Monkey: A woman is kicked and used as a projectile against Hin-hung.
  • Referenced in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest after Will has been knocked out with an oar. "Leave him to lie, unless you plan on using him to hit something!"
  • The fight in Shakespeare in Love between William Shakespeare's cast and Burbage's men in the Rose ends when Hugh Fennyman KO's Burbage with a human skull prop.
  • In The Terminator (first movie), Kyle Reese briefly uses the eponymous Terminator's severed arm to smack it across the face.
  • Friday the 13th:
    • Played for laughs in Jason X when Jason is lured into a holographic simulation designed to provoke him. By the time we cut back to Jason and a pair of (virtual) bubble-headed sexually promiscuous drug-and-alcohol-abusing female campers, Jason has somehow forced them back into their sleeping bags and is furiously using one to bludgeon the other. (This scene was a Shout-Out to a famous kill from Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, where Jason slams a woman in a sleeping bag against a tree.)
    • Freddy vs. Jason also had Jason impaling Freddy with his own severed arm.
  • In Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, when Optimus Prime is triple-teamed by Megatron, Starscream, and Grindor, he is seen at one point beating Starscream with his own severed arm before being killed by Megatron. Of course, being a robot, Starscream is able to retrieve his arm and reattach it afterward. After Megatron hits him with it a couple of times too.
    • In the last battle, Optimus Prime (now combined with Jetfire) manages to make Megatron shoot himself in the face.
    • After Bumblebee kills Ravage... by peeling him... he uses what's left to smack Rampage in the face.
  • Archangel: Jannings is literally gutted by a German soldier, his intestines spilling all over the floor. Jannings manages to shake off this minor boo-boo long enough to get up and kill a German soldier by strangling the German with Jannings' own spilled intestines.
  • In Alexander, one of Alexander the Great's companions - Cleitus the Black - is seen during the Battle of Gaugamela using his sword in one hand and a Persian's severed head in the other. He blocks another (more alive) Persian's attack with the sword, before clubbing them with the head.
  • In the martial arts movie The Golden Lion, the titular protagonist constantly uses his natural strength in fight scenes against multiple mooks to fling mooks into each other.
  • In Ironclad, based on the siege of Rochester Castle in 1214, one of the castle defenders hacks the arm off one of the attacking mooks. Another defender, lacking a weapon, picks up the stump and proceeds to beat another attacker to death with the wet end.
  • Similar to the Jet Li example above, in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Scott is unwilling to attack Roxanne (one of Ramona's evil ex's). Ramona first fights off Roxanne with a giant hammer but is told that Scott must be the one to defeat her. So, Ramona jumps behind Scott and starts moving his arms and feet to land punches and kicks on Roxanne.
  • The Matrix Reloaded: After Neo breaks free from the Smiths' Dog Pile of Doom, he grabs one of them, swings him around and throws him at a bunch of other Smiths, scattering them like bowling pins.
  • The Toxic Avenger is prone to doing this, most notably in the first movie where he rips a thug's arm off (so effortlessly, in fact, that the thug requires several seconds of visual confirmation before noticing) and casually knocks him out of the fight with it.
  • In Night of the Demon, a man is whipped to death with his own entrails. By Bigfoot.
  • A strip bar bouncer is clobbered with his own ripped off arm in Jolly Roger: Massacre at Cutter's Cove.
  • A woman is beaten with her friend's severed head in Blood Cult.
  • Demolition Man: In one scene, Simon uses an innocent bystander not actually as a weapon but as a smashing tool to break a museum glass box.
    Bystander: What seems to be your boggle?
    Phoenix: My boggle? Oh, brother. (beat) Hold on... how much do you weigh?
    Bystander: Well... I happen to weigh exactly... (grab) WAAAUUGGHH *SMASH*
  • The final mech rampage from District 9 have Wikus, powering the Prawn's exo-suit, using it's zero-gravity beam to grab a pig and throw it into a mook.
  • From Kung Pow! Enter the Fist: "I need gopher-chucks!"
  • In Kamen Rider OOO WONDERFUL: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals, Kamen Rider Fourze, appearing as The Cameo/Guest Star uses Switch 5, Magic Arm, to grab Kamen Rider OOO and fling him into an opponent, knocking him back into where he came from.
  • King Kong (2005): In Kong's fight with the Vastatosaurus, several times he uses his immense strength to lift up and bodyslam one of them into the other two.
  • In the 2007 version of Hairspray, in an attempt to get Tracy to appear on The Corny Collins Show, the guards unknowingly use a giant bottle of hairspray (with Tracy inside) to bang open the door to the studio where the show was being filmed.
  • In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, an Ent can be seen using an orc (along with a troll) to bludgeon other orcs.
  • Downplayed in Jack Reacher; in the bathroom fight scene, Reacher knocks down one guy onto another and smashes the top guy's head into the bottom guy's until both are out.
  • The Transporter. The protagonist recaptures the 'package' (a Bound and Gagged young woman) and carries her back to his car only to find two motorcycle cops have stopped to investigate. As a Not What It Looks Like ploy clearly isn't going to work, he throws the woman at the cops when they go for their guns, then follows it up with some martial arts.
  • Variant in Sherlock Holmes (2009): Holmes, after swiftly calculating a couple of angles, touches an electrified fork to a metal pipe in the wall that a mook he has been engaged in fisticuffs with is hanging onto. The resulting shock not only sends the mook flying across the room, it causes him to slam straight into another mook several feet away who is holding a knife to Watson's throat, sending him flying across the room as well (and as seen later, accidentally breaking his neck and killing him).
  • Snow White & the Huntsman. Played for Laughs with the introduction of Eric the Huntsman, who's in a Bar Brawl with a Giant Mook. At one point the mook punches an onlooker who gets in his way. Seeing this, Eric grabs another onlooker and throws him in the mook's path. It doesn't slow him.
  • In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and by extension Spamalot, the French catapult a cow and numerous other animals at King Arthur and his knights.
  • In yet another Jet Li example, The Warlords have Li's character, a general leading his own army, impaling an enemy rebel and throwing the rebel's corpse atop a cannon, causing it to misfire into the ground in a massive explosion killing a dozen other surrounding rebels.
  • In The World's End, several times human robots are beaten with their own limbs.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In Iron Man 2 Tony does this with some Hammer Drones using parts from other Hammer Drones.
    • In Captain America: The Winter Soldier the eponymous Winter Soldier takes down a Quinjet by kicking some poor bastard into the engine.
    • During the opening battle of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cap drags a HYDRA mook behind his motorcycle before throwing the guy into some other mooks.
    • In Captain America: Civil War, Bucky uses Cap's shield to help clear the way of mooks... with Cap still wielding it.
    • In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor's "Get Help" plan involves him staggering in holding a 'wounded' Loki, whom he then throws at the guards as a projectile. Hilariously, it's implied they've done this multiple times before. Loki is (needless to say) not as enthusiastic as Thor about using their old gag.
    • In Captain Marvel, when Carol breaks free from the Skrulls' mind-reading machine, she throws Talos at his mooks, knocking them down.
  • Venom (2018): During the SWAT team fight, Venom grabs one mook and starts using him as a blunt instrument, knocking down seven other mooks before throwing him away.
  • To escape from a stalker in Limitless, Lindy slashes him across the face with a small girl wearing ice skates.
  • The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan is fighting with a mook at the top of a flight of stairs. Eventually, he picks up the mook and throws him downstairs into the path of a second mook who is climbing the stairs in pursuit.
  • Ultra Series movies have a few examples, with highly drestructive results befitting how the combatants are Ultra-warriors several stories tall, battling against kaijus and sometimes daikaijus. For instance in Ultraman R/B The Movie: Select! The Crystal of Bond, where Ultraman Groob momentarily knocking Tregear out of the sky so that Tregear lands on the giant monster Snake Darkness and in Ultraman Taiga The Movie: New Generation Climax when Grimdo, now growing large to the point of dwarfing the Ultras, grabs a captive Ultraman Taro and flings him at Ultraman Reiga (though Reiga, having the powers of 11 Ultramen, is strong enough to catch Taro without hurting him).
  • The final battle of The Warrior's Way has a quick scene where Yang runs his sword through a ninja, then flips him onto another, knocking the second ninja out cold.
  • Winterskin: When Billy confesses that he let King out the night before, leading to him being skinned by one of the monsters outside, Agnes gets mad at him, rips of one of King's back legs, and starts beating Billy with it.
  • Deadpool (2016). Deadpool is seen soccer-kicking a baddie's decapitated head to pelt one of his buddies from afar.
  • In Rogue One, heroic droid K2 is trying to talk three stormtroopers into going on a wild goose chase. Cassian chooses this moment to call in over comms, ruining the attempt. K2 gives up and just grabs one of the stormtroopers, then beats the other two unconscious with him.
  • Emilio Capra does this to an unfortunate Ducky Boy during the big brawl towards the end of The Wanderers.
  • In Demon Knight, the demon possessed Cordelia uses Wally's body to block Brayker's shots, and then throws the corpse at him.
  • Ouija Mummy: When Karate Irving tries to use his martial arts moves on Ahotep the 1st, she twists his leg off, and then beats him to death with it.
  • Today We Kill... Tomorrow We Die!: During the fight in the trading post, O'Bannion grabs one of the Comancheros and throws him bodily into several of his comrades.

  • Older Than Feudalism: In The Bible (Book of Judges), the captured Samson breaks his bonds and kills a thousand Philistines using the first thing within reach: the jawbone of a donkey skeleton.
  • In Beowulf... well, let's just let Miss Grotke explain:
    "And then our hero, Beowulf, rips Grendel's arm off and beats him with it."
  • Another pre-Biblical example in The Trojan Cycle, where some versions have Neoptolemus, also known as Pyrrhus (not that one), beating King Priam to death during the sacking of Troy... with his infant grandson Astyanax.
  • In Gone, Caine throws Duck at the Darkness. It doesn't seem like much, but Duck has altered his mass to that of a mountain.
  • In Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Cao Cao's entourage was ambushed by their treacherous host. Trapped without his armour or weapons, Cao Cao's bodyguard, Dian Wei, grabbed a loose sword and slew the enemies until it broke... whereupon he picked up a couple of soldiers and used them as bludgeons.
  • Discworld:
    • Lords and Ladies:
      "I saw Jason Ogg hit three elves with the first thing he could lay hands on."
      "Another elf?"
    • Jingo:
      • Reg Shoe gets his arm cut off while fighting Klatchians. Being a zombie, he's not much bothered by this and uses his severed arm as a club. And then he's puzzled when the enemy runs away screaming. Vimes muses they're not used to his form of unarmed combat.
      • Earlier in the same book, the troll Watch officer Sergeant Detritus casually hits a bunch of men with another man. After climbing on top of the pile he tells the rest of the crowd they must disperse, or he is prepared to use force. The man who served as Detritus' weapon asks what he just used and is told that that was just "you helping the Watch."
    • Used vicariously by Corporal Carrot in Men at Arms to avert a potential riot between a parade of trolls (marching in one direction) and a parade of dwarves (marching in the other direction). When Carrot perceives that the bickering of Lance-Constable Cuddy (a dwarf) and Lance-Constable Detritus (a troll) is doing nothing to ease tensions between the two groups of marchers, he orders, "Lance-Constable Detritus, salute!" Detritus salutes. His hand is full of Cuddy. They're both wearing helmets. Mutual unconsciousness ensues. With their incitement thus removed, Carrot (using his "krisma") berates the other trolls and dwarves for being silly chaps who ought to be ashamed of themselves for wanting to riot and cause mass bloodshed and destruction. (With fellow watchman Nobby eventually commenting that if anyone else tried it, they would end up as a stain on the pavement. It's good to be Carrot.)
    • Lampshaded in Going Postal when Moist overhears a group of would-be bar brawlers carefully choreographing their upcoming melee.
      "We have an Igor standing by, so if your arm gets taken off do pick it up and hit the other bugger with it, it gets a laugh and twenty points."
    • The clown martial art of "sloshi", as discussed in supplemental material like the Discworld Companion, provides training as an Improbable Weapon User for all kinds of unlikely armaments — buckets, ladders, balloons, pies — including (cooperative) fellow clowns.
    • The Nac Mac Feegle take their babies into battle for use if a weapon if need be.
    • Various members of the Silver Horde have resorted to this. One of them is well known for fighting 100 men, killing 99 of them with his bare hands, and the remaining 1 with his (that is to say, the remaining man's) own hands.
  • In The Hammer (2022), Tiny's favorite method of attack when unarmed is to grab a Mook and use them as a club against the other mooks. Given his superior Super-Strength from his Mana Body technique, he's able to swing grown men around like clubs and throw them as projectiles. The poor victims usually have bones in their legs broken at the very least.
    Tiny: [after being mocked for not having a weapon] What do you mean "without a weapon"? [grabs a mook by the ankle] I have one right here.
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy, Arthur Dent had the misfortune of meeting with Agrajag: an entity that has been constantly and continuously reincarnated: always following a death that was directly or even indirectly caused by Arthur Dent. In one incarnation, Agrajag was a simple rabbit that got killed by Arthur Dent and had his body skinned to become a personal handbag. Later on, Agrajag was reincarnated as a housefly: and ended up getting crushed by Arthur Dent using the very same handbag that his previous incarnation was made into.
  • In The Heroes of Olympus, Percy defeats Polybotes by smashing his face in with Terminus' head.
  • In World War Z, one of the last interviewees mentions having a former pro wrestler in his squad whom he describes as a "Roidasaurus" who at least once picked up a zombie and used it as a club against other zombies.
  • Friday the 13th: Hate-Kill-Repeat has a part where Jason beats a girl to death with her boyfriend's severed head, while she's wrapped up in a tent. Later, another character is garroted with his own guts, though Jason apparently decides that this isn't killing the guy fast enough, so he proceeds to just rip his head off.
  • In one Animorphs book, Rachel (in bear morph) beats a Hork-Bajir with her own severed arm. In another, she uses the blades on a Hork-Bajir's decapitated head to stab another Hork-Bajir.
  • There was a Shel Silverstein poem, in which a bunch of pen-drawn people were being chosen for football positions. Each was drawn burly and compact, with the exception of one tiny little player, who became the designated "ball".
  • In the Iron Man 2 novelisation, Tony beats on some Hammeroids with parts from other Hammeroids, noting that he wouldn't be able to do this with humans.
  • In Isaac Asimov's novel The Naked Sun, a robot's detachable arm is used as a murder weapon. The First Law did not kick in, because the robot did not know until too late what would happen as a result of carrying out its instructions (which were to await the next furious argument between the murder target and his wife, then detach its arm and hand it to her).
  • In Return of the King, the armies of Mordor use psychological warfare at the siege of Minas Tirith: they catapult the severed heads of their enemies, branded with Sauron's eye symbol, over the walls of the city.
  • A bizarre short story titled "Sen Yen Babbo and the Heavenly Host" involved a professional wrestler with a natural-looking cyborg arm. Part of his gimmick was that at a key point in a match, the adversary would rip the limb loose, with lots of simulated gore, and this guy would then come back from the "shock," seize his arm back with his other hand, and bludgeon his foe into defeat with the cyborg arm. Unfortunately, despite being promoted as a "Face," he was an Ax-Crazy who beat a few of his opponents to death. And then Divine Justice came along, in the form of a not-especially-bright adversary who got mixed up and tore off the wrong arm, causing the psycho "Face" to collapse in shock.
  • Fyodor in Daughter Of The Drow caught one deepbat by the tail to clobber others from its pack with it.
  • In the novel Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance, at one point, Satele Shan is caught in space without a suit, so she curls into a ball and uses yhe Force to protect herself while Shigar Konshi (who has a suit) pulls her into his ship. When he realizes that she's practically invulnerable in this state, he uses her as a battering ram against enemy droids.
  • In Changes, while tag-team dueling a pair of monsters, Harry uses wind magic to pick up a Red Court vampire and slam it forcibly into the shins of its co-duelist. As its battle partner is several yards tall, the unlucky vampire gets stomped into paste, and the giant creature slips in the resulting Ludicrous Gibs.
  • Simon R. Green:
    • Forest Kingdom: In the Hawk & Fisher spinoff series' book 3 (The God Killer), a psychotic magical construct calling itself the Dark Man goes on a rampage, part of which involves it smacking Watch officers around with the human head it's carrying.
    • Also a common battle-tactic of Droods in the Secret Histories series. At one point, Eddie takes down a helicopter by picking up one of the Mooks who've been machine-gunning him and tossing the man into the rotors.
  • In The Vampire Earth, Ahn-Kha (giant ape-like grog) beats a Twisted Cross minion to death with the head of the Twisted Cross, the General. Unfortunately, immortality hasn't been good to the General and he starts falling apart after the second blow.
  • In The Oregon Files book Corsair, the protagonist finds himself facing a bad guy on top of a speeding boxcar. His solution? Tear off his own prosthetic leg, use it as a war mace to beat the man within an inch of his life, then finish him off with the leg's built in high-caliber pistol, sending the man sailing over the side and into a ravine.
  • The Redwall tale Eulalia! includes a scene of Mad Maudie beating up enemies with a live snake.
  • In Monster Hunter Nemesis, when veteran MCB agents are informing a newbie agent about Special Agent Franks, one of the stories they relate about Franks is that he once ripped the arm off a werewolf, and beat the were to death with his own limb.
  • In The Nekropolis Archives, protagonist Matthew Richter is a zombie, and it's not uncommon for his limbs to get torn off during combat. In "Disarmed and Dangerous", after a Cyclops named Troilus tears one of Matt's arms off, Matt picks up the severed limb and uses it to jab Troilus's eye out.
  • In Horus Heresy, Curze picks up Azkaellon and uses him as a blunt weapon in his fight with Sanguinus. For a touch of Surprisingly Realistic Outcome, Azkaellon is hurt worse than Curze's intended target.
  • In No Such Thing As Werewolves Blair uses one of the guys in power armor as a projectile to take out a helicopter.
  • In some versions of The Trojan War, Neoptolemus beats King Priam to death with the corpse of his infant grandson.
  • The RSM in Daniel Carney's The Wild Geese threatens this during pre-op training:
    "Lieutenant Fynn, sir," he said politely, but with infinite menace, "if you don't swing your right arm in unison with your left leg, I shall be forced to cut it off and hit you about the head with the wet end."
  • In the Ex-Heroes series, the superhero St. George often fights off zombie hordes by simply grabbing one and using it as a flail or battering ram. Given that he's usually the first one to engage the hordes in battle, he does this a lot.
  • A Practical Guide to Evil:
    • During the Battle of Great Strycht, one of the first drow Mighty that Catherine fights has a Secret that shatters her sword on contact, so she just grabs the Mighty itself by the leg and proceeds to use it as a handy combination of mace and shield.
      Catherine: Look, it's just really hard finding a weapon that won't break. Bear with it.
    • It's a running gag among the band of heroes fighting the Dead King's invasion is that the best tactic they've found for taking out the fleshcrafted undead behemoths he fields as siege engines is for the Witch of the Woods to telekinetically bludgeon them with the Mirror Knight.
  • After the Revolution: Roland's introductory chapter and Establishing Character Moment involves him clubbing a would-be assassin into submission with his own severed right arm while naked and high on acid. The fact that said arm had been shot loose by an anti-tank weapon, and that Roland's Nanomachines lets him simply reattach the errant limb to the stump after the battle, probably accounted for at least some of his reasoning for doing so.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Hercules is fond of this in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Most often he grabs a bad guy (or even a damsel in distress occasionally), turns him/her sideways and holds him/her behind his back. Hercules then proceeds to use the person's feet and legs to kick/bludgeon bad guys repeatedly.
  • Scrubs:
    • A fantasy sequence has Dr. Cox and Dr. Kelso pulling on Dr. Miller's arms, eventually ripping them off, and using them to beat each other.
    • A similar fantasy sequence has the Janitor use a saw to cut off JD's arm before picking it up and slapping him with it.
  • Andor: Brasso ends up using the brick into which Maarva's cremains have been ceremonially baked as an Improvised Weapon against a couple of nearby Imperial agents. Considering how much she hated the Empire, it's likely that Maarva would have approved of her remains being used this way.
  • Angel:
    • A flashback has Spike complimenting Angelus on beating the groom at a wedding they crashed to death with his own arm. A less direct example also had Angelus killing The Beast with a dagger made from its own bones, although he didn't have anything to do with creating it.
    • Illyria sees her most fervent follower shot dead by Wesley. She shows her callous disregard by kicking his corpse at Wesley.
  • The Brittas Empire: Brittas and Linda are heavily implied (they’re covered in blood and feathers, and Brittas mentions that he was attacked) to have been attacked by a man using the body of his prized hawk after Brittas accidentally helps set up its death in “An Inspector Calls”.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer often has this to justify a Villain: Exit, Stage Left, e.g. to explain why Buffy doesn't pursue a vampire, it's because the vamp threw the victim he was about to feed on into Buffy, knocking her down.
  • Chuck:
    • When Casey and Chuck were tied back-to-back in two chairs, Casey just lifted Chuck up and swung him around to kick baddies in the face.
    • In another episode, when Chuck and Sarah are handcuffed together, Chuck swings her around in a manner that looks like a hybrid of dancing and this. Casey also takes the same occasion to revisit the example above, this time using Morgan as a club.
  • In Kamen Rider Decade's World of Den-O arc, Den-O/Momotaros' Final Attack Ride is Den-O's regular finisher, in which its sword blade detaches on an energy "chain" and is then swung around...except that the blade jabs into Yuusuke/Kuuga, who is at the moment in his Final Form Ride form (an insect-like machine). What results is Epic Flail with a living flail, and the zenith of Yuusuke's Butt-Monkey treatment (literally) in the Den-O arc.
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • One of the many commercial parodies includes "Bug Off", which instead of actually killing cockroaches submits them to ridiculous torture including tweezers ripping their limbs off and beating them senseless.
    • Another sketch has a bunch of ninjas discussing the ass-kicking they just received from some hero, and one of them tells another that when he was unconscious, the hero used him like a bludgeon against the rest of them.
  • True Blood: When a Jerkass tries to put silver in his face, Eric Northman flips shit, rips off the guy's arm and beats him with it. There is no Gory Discretion Shot.
  • iCarly: In "iHalloween", while the gang was broadcasting their web show in a supposed haunted house, things began to get freaky and they start to leave. Unfortunately, the door got locked. While trying to figure out a way to open the door, Carly suggests hitting it with something. Sam promptly proceeds to use Freddie.
  • Night Court: Two examples, both in Season 5
    • In "Hit the Road, Jack", a riot is started in the cafeteria that involves Christine's father "knock[ing] Harry cold":
      Christine: What happened?!
      Bull: Your father hit him with something.
      Christine: What?
      Sparky: (a little person) Me!
    • In "Mac's Dilemma", Dan (the prosecutor) describes the actions of the defendant in a bar fight as getting into an argument with someone "...and then attacked him with a blunt instrument. Specifically, the manager."
  • An episode of Family Matters ​saw Steve Urkel advise Richie on how to deal with a bully who hit him over the head with his little brother whenever he complained to a teacher. Apparently, he learned it at home; after Richie beat up the bully, his mother confronted Richie's mom Rachel in a supermarket and tried to hit her over the head with her husband.
  • Star Trek: Discovery had the crew of the Discovery fire a photon torpedo at a Klingon ship with a dead Klingon strapped to it. That was not the brightest idea of the bunch.
  • Star Trek: Picard decided to one-up that by having the Shrike, the Cool Ship of Season 3's Big Bad Vedic, tractor beam a derelict ship and chuck it at the USS Titan as if it were nothing!
    Jean-Luc Picard: (incredulous) What did she just do?!
    Sydney La Forge: She... threw a ship at us... sir.
  • The Eric Andre Show: A variation. One of the few times Eric Andre refused to do his usual furniture-destroying, set-wrecking rampage during the intro, they hook him up to a wire harness and trash the set with him instead by using the guy as a wrecking ball.
  • The Ultra Series do this sometimes, and when it happens its awesome.
    • Ultraman Leo does this on a regular basis, such as severing Antales's tail and using it to decapitate the monster, tearing away Akumania's horn and using it to stab Akumania in the eye, ripping off Boze's arm and smacking Boze with it...
    • One episode of Ultraman 80 had 80 fighting Alien Baltan and a remote controlled Baltanian warship simultaneously. 80 resolves it by grabbing Baltan's legs and throwing him face-first into his own warship. Cue fiery explosion.
    • Ultraman Orb does this when he's in Thunder Breaster form. Such as pulling apart Galactron's appendages and using it to hammer Galactron, or slicing off Orochi's tail to smack Orochi in the face.

  • Ninja Sex Party:
    • The song "Samurai Abstinence Patrol" describes a heated battle, during which "Brian stabbed some random guy with a different guy."
    • In "The Mystic Crystal", Ninja Brian again shows a tendency towards this, using Danny Sexbang's broken body as a club and beating the villain to death with him.

  • In the Sequinox episode "Inferno pt. 1", Scorpio throws Chel at Syd with such force that Syd is killed on impact and Chel follows soon after.

    Print Media 
  • A common theme in men's adventure pulp magazines from the 1950s feature cover stories of attacks by vicious animals — one titled "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" showed a guy brandishing a weasel to club away at a swarm of weasels. This was also used for a swarm of monkeys, flying squirrels(!), etc.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Something of a staple. This comes in a few forms:
    • Helping an ally splash, by providing a portable ringpost for them to climb. Often done when one member of a tag team is over the 2m height mark.
    • Whipping a partner to splash into a victim, often lying in a corner and waiting for impending doom. A real-life variant of a Fastball Special.
    • The 'meeting of the minds', as it were: grab a head of each enemy, smash together.
    • And into the Mighty Glacier realm ... making an opponent smash down into a victim. Whether done by whipping one enemy into a corner and following with another, or by throwing or slamming one down on a prone victim.
  • In battle royals and the Royal Rumble, one way to eliminate two opponents at the same time is by throwing one into the other near the ropes so the momentum takes them both over the top.
  • While fighting each to recruit Toshie Uematsu to their respective Pro Wrestling Sun stables, Amazing Kong and Nanae Takahashi ended up hitting each other with Uematsu as if she was a club.
  • In the build to WrestleMania 23, the mind games between Batista and The Undertaker consisted mainly of them tossing opponents at each other.

  • The Goon Show:
    • From "The Spanish Suitcase":
      Bloodnok: You nincompoop, Eccles! Take that! And that! And that and that and that! [sound of thumping and Eccles yelping in pain]
      Seagoon: Stop! Major! It hurts me the way you're hitting him!
      Bloodnok: Why?
      Seagoon: You're hitting him with me!
    • From another episode:
      Greenslade: I'll strike you down, sir!
      Seagoon: One false move, and I'll horsewhip you — with this!
      Eccles: Put me down!

  • Not actually done in Darwin's Soldiers but Gustave threatened to dismember Roux and beat her to death with her own limbs if she did anything funny. Alfred used the same threat on Kain.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The third edition of RuneQuest actually has rules for damage to a large creature used as a club by a larger creature, "Such as when a giant picks up an elephant and uses it to swat pesky adventurers."
  • Knowing fully well what their players are likely to try to do, several Tabletop Games include rules for using another person as an improvised weapon. Shadowrun is one of these.
  • One of the peculiarities of the HERO system is that bodies make decent projectiles: the penalties for unbalanced, unaerodynamic missiles are not so extreme to balance out the fact that a KO'd thrown by a high-strength character is actually capable of dealing more damage than, say, a thrown telephone pole.
  • Mutants & Masterminds follows suit. People don't make especially good projectiles or melee weapons, but it does do damage to both parties and, since the rules for improvised weapons only allow increased damage from improvised weapons if their toughness is greater than your strength, using a super-tough opponent as a club is one of the few ways to break caps.
  • The 1250 Things Mr. Welch Is No Longer Allowed to Do in an RPG has a Running Gag where he's forbidden from having weapon proficiency in using various races as clubs, battering rams, catapult ammunition, anvils...
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • In 4th Edition, there is a magic item called Giant's Gloves. These improve your character's ability to grab an enemy, normally not very useful, but the Gloves add an extra bit of bite to this action. You can throw your grappled target at another enemy within a certain number of spaces, dealing a fair amount of damage to both of them and knocking at least one of them down.
    • More than a few 3e DMs house-ruled appropriate Weapon Proficiency skills for their creative players; "Weapon Proficiency: Thrown Dwarf", anyone? Bonus when your players then go out of their way to do more of it just to exercise their skill. Cue players grinning madly at the DM when a description of a room full of monsters happens to include a few of the appropriate living ammunition.
    • 3.5 had some feats for large characters: Creature Club, to pick up little guys and hit other little guys with them, and Fling Enemy, to use your opponents as thrown weapons.
    • There's also Fling Ally, but that's typically used to get your allies somewhere safe or more useful rather than actually using them as weapons.
    • 4e monks have no less than 3 ability choices that can do this to your enemy, usually in the old "human bowling ball" form to knock down if not damage a group. Also, Warlords now have the ability to fling their allies around; combing this with a feat that allows you to make a basic attack after forced movement and the Warlord's normal array of forced-movement and "make someone else attack" abilities, lets one character instigate something in the range of a dozen attacks during a single turn.
    • In addition the way logic and physics apply in D&D makes it entirely possible for an unusually strong character to use essentially any living thing he is capable of lifting as a weapon ranging from dwarves to dragons. One memorable case of exactly such an event involved a somewhat drunk human in an arena fight to the death using one giant lightning scorpion to smash another into a pile of gore. Make no mistake he still died, but he died like a man using giant scorpions to kill other bigger giant scorpions.
    • The Tavern Brawler feat can affect attacks like this, given some creativity, insanity, or creative insanity.
    • From the Tome of Battle - Book of Nine Swords, the Setting Sun discipline specializes in projections, and has a couple maneuvers allowing such a move. Notably, "Comet Throw" can propel an opponent against another, damaging both. "Ballisata Throw" is more powerful and throws the opponent in a 60-foot line, damaging everybody standing in the way.
  • Played for Laughs in Goblin Quest with the optional "Hammermancer" class, allowing goblins to tie living animals together and jam the resulting bundle on the end of a stick for use as a hammer.
  • Some of the Power Attacks in the Kaiju-themed miniatures game Monsterpocalypse involve knocking your opponent's monster and/or units around to do serious property damage, including Body Slam (which allows you to move an enemy monster into another space, including one occupied by one or more units or buildings) and Swat (which lets you knock an enemy unit into a building or monster).
  • BattleTech, naturally (?) enough, comes with melee combat rules that among other things allow BattleMechs to potentially use each other's detached limbs as improvised clubs. Assault 'Mechs can even pick up and swing light 'Mechs around as giant melee weapons.
    • In the RPG, there's a picture of an angry-looking man missing an arm, wielding a severed arm that looks like it just might have been his. And he's apparently attacking someone...
    • Even better, the recent advanced rulebook, Strategic Ops now even has options for Battlemechs picking up smaller units like tanks and protoMechs and throwing them at opponents.
  • The Infernal Exalted have a Charm called "World-Breaker Grip". Being used as a blunt instrument is just about the nicest possible fate for the victim.
    • Frankly, the whole of Infernal Monster Style is designed for pure body horror but the worst has to be the charm that allows you to rip bits off someone and use them as improvised weapons. Arms and legs are normal and expected but the charm also functions for internal organs too. The levels of Squick involved reach a peak when you realise that you can now beat a person to death with a foetus. Bonus points if it was in their uterus until about three ticks ago...
    • And if you know Splintered Gale Shintai, you can dual-wield yourself.
    • The Abyssal's Dark Messiah Style can be used in conjunction with any improvised weapon. A corpse is explicitly mentioned as an improvised weapon for this purpose. There's no size limit for the corpse in either direction of age...
    • Solar Hero has a number of moves that permit you to bowl an opponent into a group of other opponents.
    • Really, Exalted is a game of such over the top action that many players had been wondering quite seriously 'how much damage does a body do' for some years before Infernal Monster Style came along and finally gave a clear baseline. Incidentally, the answer is 7 Bashing damage for an average sized person (which is the same as the number of health levels a Heroic Mortal has). Presumably, those with the Huge Size merit would deal an appropriately increased amount of damage.
  • Quite a few Giant cards in Magic: The Gathering, such as Brion Stoutarm and Bloodshot Cyclops, have the ability "Sacrifice a creature: [This Card] deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player". The Card Art and Flavor Text makes it obvious how they do this (i.e., by chucking the sacrificed creature). This started with the Stone Giant in the first set.
    • One Goblin card, Goblin Lookout, has a goblin calling for this in the flavor text.
      "Throw rocks at 'em! Throw spears at 'em! Throw Furt at 'em!"
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! card game has some, too, most prominently the Catapult Turtle, which was taken to hilarious extremes in the anime. The Amazon Archer works like that too, which would make it throwing allies at the enemy as if they were arrows. The Cannon Soldier seems to use them as fuel for the cannon, though.
    • The Rokket archetype takes this to its logical extreme: the main deck monsters are dragons designed like bullets and have an effect that triggers when they get targeted by a Link Monster's card effect, self-tributing to destroy a specific enemy card. Meanwhile, their boss monster, Borreload Dragon, is a dragon designed like a revolver. It has an effect that targets a monster while being a Link Monster. The rest should be fairly obvious. The anime exemplifies this pretty well: the Rokkets are depicted as being loaded into the cylinder in Borreload's chest and being launched from the barrel hidden in its mouth.
  • The Dwarf Tossing card in Munchkin, in which a hapless party member who has been staying out of combat is grabbed by the scruff of his neck and hurled at either a monster or another party member. The dwarf takes no penalties for this. Unlike whoever gets hit.
    • In the set Munchkin Bites!, a non-item bonus "Dead Friend" can be played for +2. If in that game someone has already died, it can also be used as a weapon, is now a big item and takes two hands to use, and gives a +4 bonus.
  • Games Workshop games:
    • Warhammer:
      • Giants who, as part of their randomized moveset, can grab an opposing creature and either fling it into its own unit or into a nearby unit. Needless to say the creature, and some of his comrades, do not survive this.
      • Orcs and Goblins can field the Goblin Doom Diver catapult, which uses Goblins fitted with wings as its Abnormal Ammo. It was originally conceived as a reconnaissance technique, but since very few divers survived, and typically the slates they were sent up with would be found with a message along the lines of "wheeeee", they decided to make the best of it and just shoot the goblins at enemy units.
      • Most Night Goblin Fanatics use a heavy ball and chain with which to fling themselves wildly into the enemy's ranks. Some used a chained up dwarf instead.
    • Warhammer 40,000:
      • Imperial Knights equipped with thunderstrike gauntlets can pick up defeated enemies and hurl them at their opponents. In-game, the 8th Edition rules represent this with a 50% chance of causing a nearby enemy unit to suffer mortal wounds if the Knight kills a monster or destroys a vehicle with its gauntlet.
      • The Shokk Attack gun usually fires a snotlings (read:small space goblin) through the Warp to try and Tele-Frag the targets, which already does count. But among its many misfires, it can also end up flinging its wielder, who being a freaking Ork hurts even more, at the unfortunate target.
    • In Gorkamorka, models with the 'Chuck' Muscle Skill are able to throw a defeated opponent in a direction of the player's choice, including at another enemy model with both the thrown enemy and the target taking damage.
  • In Pathfinder, the spell "Enemy Hammer" allows you to beat one enemy with another using telekinetic power.
    • Barbarians can get the rage power "Body Bludgeon". Basically, the same thing, only while grappling.
  • Fantasy Craft has the grapple move "Screaming Club". After you successfully pin a smaller enemy with a grapple check you can use them as a club, both of the enemies (Club and target) take equal damage.

  • The Revenger's Tragedy: When an officer delivers the severed head of Supervacuo's brother to him, Supervacuo beats up the officer with the head.

    Web Animation 
  • Occurs in the Dick Figures episode Kung Fu Winners. Red tears off a ninja's leg to use in his fight against the rest of the ninjas. Later, he uses Blue as a human shield against a table flung at him by the big bad before, in turn, flinging him at the big bad.
  • In Madness Combat Hank often resorts to this if he has no other weapon availiable. Be it torn off heads or entire people while still alive.
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • It's quickly established how terrifying Tex is:
      Church: Poor Jimmy was the last one to go. Tex walked up to him, pulled Jimmy's skull right out of his head, and beat him to death with it.
      Tucker: Wait a second... how do you beat someone to death with their own skull? That doesn't seem physically possible.
      Church: That's exactly what Jimmy kept screaming!
      Jimmy: [in flashback, being beaten to death with his own skull] This doesn't seem physically possible!
    • And of course, in her now famous smackdown of Sarge, Simmons, Grif, and Tucker (at the same time no less) in Revelations, all four of them are subjected to this trope at least once.
  • Flippy from Happy Tree Friends has been known to do this. In "This Is Your Knife", he rips out Cuddles' intestines and uses them to strangle Giggles; in "Keepin' It Reel", he kills Flaky and uses her as a club to hit Cuddles, and in "Operation Tiger Bomb", he uses his deceased friend Sneaky's body parts as weapons against the tiger army (his spine and ribcage as a mace, and his stomach organ as a machine gun using the teeth of one of the soldiers as ammo).
  • In Object Mayhem, specifically in episode 5, one of Gun's revenge plans involves throwing Mirror into earth in order to KILL Ice Cream.
  • In Marvel Rising Ultimate Comics, Ms. Marvel does a variant on this against Loki. Thor is paralyzed and clutching his hammer. She can't lift his hammer due to its magical properties, but she can lift him, so she swings him and hits Loki with the hammer.
  • Unbiased History has Emperor Diocletian talk terms with the Sassanids he just defeated, and when the latter requested that the Romans be "magnanimous in victory", Diocletian fumed, taking the now-skeletal recovered corpse of Valeriannote  to pound the escorted soldiers to death as an object lesson as to why they shouldn't be "magnanimous".
  • In the Monkey Wrench episode "Ghost Egg", Tyneen uses her cybernetic arm's Grappling-Hook Pistol mode to snare Nobert and swing him into Scratch like a wrecking ball.
  • In Alphabet, the first thing F does is to beat up D, then use his body to beat up E.
  • Knights Of The Old Republic Cinematic Universe: When Zaalbar is going through with his Heroic Sacrifice, he grabs one of the Sith warriors and uses him to bludgeon two others before throwing him at two Sith troopers.
  • Helluva Boss: Millie's big rampage at the end of "Exes and Oohs" involves a lot of beating goons using other goons (or their uprooted bones at least) as weapons, and at one point she even carves up a big one using Blitzo by swinging him horns-first.

  • 8-Bit Theater has the Fighterdoken.
  • Gamespy's webcomic Flintlocke's Guide to Azeroth has Bloodrose. You do not mess with her.
  • Girly: Otra uses Winter to beat off vore fetishists.
  • In Nodwick, Yeagar has to have weapon specialization in Henchman. And since they tend to be shorter, he doesn't even have to disassemble Nodwick before attacking with him.
  • Brat-Halla: Before Thor gets Mjolnir, he tends to break every weapon he uses. At one point, having so disarmed himself, he suddenly realises that his brother Balder is invulnerable... so he uses him as a weapon. Note that Balder can still feel pain...
  • In Sluggy Freelance Oasis actually grabs two guys who are handcuffed together so she can use one as a human shield and swing the other one around like a club.
  • Dead Winter has Fight using Flight as an improvised ball-and-chain here.
  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures shows us this can even be part of sibling disputes just as well they can heal...
  • A Girl and Her Fed: It's a cybernetic arm. Here.
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja:
    • Reference:
      Dan: So you see, you can beat an alligator to death with another alligator but it's probably not worth the investment.
    • Later used in a climactic confrontation, which doubles as a culmination of Holy Burns Evil: After King Radical is vampirized, Pope Francis is used as a holy bludgeon, which destroys the king completely.
  • Girl Genius:
  • Done in a Goblins strip as a way for a lizardman to get around his conviction that you don't fight things you can't eat. After all, if it's one of the Mecha-Mooks doing the actual impact, it's really that mook that's fighting his friends instead, right?
  • In Hellbound, at one point Mel throws a guy through another guy's chest.
  • In Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, Jared catches a Magikarp in Pokémon, and levels it up by bludgeoning other Pokémon with it. He eventually gets his Magikarp, Mr. Fish, to evolve into Gyarados.
  • Schlock Mercenary:
    • Tagon swung Breya at a goon as part of a tag-team attack. With an added kick (literally).
    • Corporal Chisulo, whose team was tasked with defending a group of UNS politicians, uses a bag full of politicians (It Makes Sense in Context) as a weapon, here.
      "I need to review my diplomatic immunity card."
  • Supernatural Martial Arts expert Greg of El Goonish Shive further defies the already strained laws of physics regarding Fire Summons by using the "hair" of one of them to pull this manoeuvre off in this strip.
  • Dominic Deegan:
    • Fairly late in the Court of Karnak storyline, maybe November 2010, Karnak provokes Siegfried into striking at him and severing his chains, and then gets the chains wrapped around Siggy and uses him as a flail against the rest of the 'court.'
    • Some little while after this, he uses the same chains and the same move to throw exploding Bulgak into the middle of his enemies, so they can get hit with Redemption Spillover Damage, instead of him. In this case, obviously, it's less about the impact than the delivery-of-a-soul-hitting-nova.
    • How To Stop An Exploding Dead Orc.
    • And then there was the time when an Orc cult leader was bashed with an expelled rapist frost mage. Neither of them survived.
  • Occasionally used in Bob and George. Since Ran can almost instantly respawn after death, leaving behind a corpse, he has been used in everything from explosive Fastball Specials to beating out fires with his own body. The phrase "Ran-bombs" has been thrown around on multiple occasions.
  • Electric Wonderland once had Aerynn use NJ as a bat to keep an angry mob at bay.
  • In Impure Blood, Roan tears off a Blade Below the Shoulder and uses it on the Cyborg himself.
  • xkcd fandom reminds: a body with excessive piercings can inflict more damage.
  • In The Handbook of Heroes comic "Magic Weapon", Fighter uses Wizard as a club. Wizards are magic, so their bodies should count as magic weapons for overcoming damage resistance, right?

    Web Original 

  • SCP Foundation:
    • When the Puppeteer Parasite SCP-378 is discovered by foundation medics in an agent, it tears off its host's arm and uses it to beat them to death.
    • SCP-1975 is a cursed dashboard ornament in the shape of a hula dancer that causes anomalous effects designed to cause accidents if placed in a moving vehicle. One of the effects is that it will cause large mammals such as deer or moose within five kilometers to be hurled towards the vehicle if it moves faster than 120 km/h.
  • In a variation, Robert Brockaway suggests that when facing off against a wild animal, you BEAT IT WITH THEIR OWN KIND.

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • In the episode "Lady and Peebles", Princess Bubblegum does this to Ricardio. Using one of his new legs! Which she ripped off!!
    • In "Little Dude", a candy person possessed by Finn's animated hat becomes super-strong and starts throwing a gummy horse around.
      Life-Giving Magi: Look out! He's got the horse again!
  • In "Season's Beatings" of American Dad!, The Antichrist Nemo takes control of Steve. When Steve proves a poor choice of bodyguard, Nemo telekinetically uses him to club Stan.
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes The Hulk uses The Everlovin', Blue-Eyed Thing as a club to defeat Doombots!
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
    • In "The Last Patrol!", the giant Elast-Girl grabs one of the Mutant Master's mutant bodies and uses it to pound another one.
    • Ironically, Mary Marvel gets pounded on by Captain Marvel using Captain Marvel Jr when he's possessed in "The Malicious Mr. Mind".
  • In Ben 10: Alien Force season 3 (Primus), Ben didn't exactly rip Vilgax's arm off and beat him to with it, he just grabbed a hold of his wrist and proceeded to hit him repeatedly with it while saying "Stop hitting yourself" every time he uses Vilgax's fist to punch Vilgax in the face.
    • Kevin: "Heh-he, classic!"
  • In Chowder, when Mung and the others "rescue" Schnitzel from Endive, Mung uses a bagged Schnitzel as a sword against her, all while telling her that Schnitzel should be with those who respect and care about him.
  • In the Duck Dodgers episode "Pig of Action", when the Cadet is transformed into a super-strong juggernaut, he uses Dodgers as a club to fight the Klunkins.
    Dodgers: [inner thoughts] You know, for a minute there I thought this was real. But it must be a dream because if it wasn't, this would really hurt. [whack!] And I don't feel a thing. As a matter of fact, my whole face seems to be numb. [whack!]
  • Earthworm Jim did this in "The Egg Beater", when he uses Henchrat, having been frozen in a shell of hardened cheese, as a club to utterly plaster Henchrat's boss, Evil The Cat.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • In "Big Picture Show", Edd attempts to get Eddy's Brother to stop beating Eddy; in response, he hammers him into the ground with Eddy.
    • In "Little Ed Blue", Ed is in a very bad mood, so when Kevin and Eddy start pestering him he grabs Eddy, molds him into a baseball bat, and uses him to hit Kevin.
    • In "Here's Mud In Your Ed", Eddy used Ed as a bludgeon to knock down Rolf's front door. Though Ed was blissfully unaware and unharmed.
      Ed: [whack] Who's there? [whack] Who's there? [whack] Who's there?
    • In "O-Ed Eleven", Lee knocks down a door using May. Lee's also used May as a rowboat paddle and an umbrella before.
    • In "May I Have This Ed", Lee grabs Ed and molds him into a hammer to whack Marie (who has similarly "borrowed" Eddy to use as a bludgeon against Nazz) with, but she's interrupted by May.
  • Family Guy:
    • When a pillow fight between Peter, Joe, Quagmire, and Cleveland degenerated into a fistfight, Peter used Joe as a weapon against Quagmire and Cleveland.
    • In a deleted scene of another episode, some school boys can't decide whether to bully Chris or Meg, so they use Meg to beat up Chris.
    • One of the ways Peter tries to keep Brian away from him in "Brian Swings and Sings" is by throwing Stewie at him.
    • In the Peter vs. Giant Chicken fight in "No Chris Left Behind", they kill an alligator while in a sewer then Ernie hits Peter with it.
    • In "It's a Trap!" (the Return of the Jedi parody), four female stormtroopers are jumped by Ewoks; each grabs her furry assailant and slams it around until it dies. Then use them against each other in a "pillow" fight.
    • In "Meg Stinks!", when Brian gets sprayed by a skunk and grabs Chris's leg while blinded, Chris beats him with Stewie to get him to let go.
  • In one episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Mac and Bloo use Duchess to force open the door to the mansion in an attempt to get her back into Fosters.
  • In the Futurama episode "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?", Zoidberg cuts off Fry's arm in a fight to the death. Fry retaliates by beating Zoidberg over the head with it.
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: In the season one opening title sequence Bazooka dives into a gun turret and throws out Destro, with Destro being caught in mid-fall by another Joe, who effortlessly tosses him to Roadblock, who then throws Destro straight into the charging Dreadnoks, knocking them to the ground.
  • In the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002) episode "The Last Stand", He-Man, having to fight Skeletor, all his Evil Warriors and the Council of Evil alone, starts the fight by punching a giant so hard he flew through the air and landed on Stinkor and Evil-Lyn, before repeating the performance with the other two and just throwing against the other enemies anyone stupid enough to come into grabbing range (Tri-Klops was the only one he didn't immediately throw or punch away, and even then it was only because he wanted to use his eye blasts to shoot down another Evil Warrior first).
  • Invincible: In the season 1 finale, Omni-Man holds up Mark in front of an oncoming train. Mark's invulnerable body acts like a brick wall against the train and all of its passengers, covering Mark in blood and guts as their bodies are splattered against his by the train's forward inertia.
  • A Jackie Chan Adventures episode had a James Bond spoof where the super-spy Agent Tag was unconscious for the majority of the story, forcing Jackie to drag him around everywhere. One mook tried to intimidate Chan with his nunchuck skills, and Jackie replies by swinging around the dead weight Agent Tag like a nunchuck. It was quite comical.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, a Shwartzentiger uses Lucius to try and beat a holographic duck.
  • In King of the Hill, Cotton's story on how he lost his shins in World War II culminates with him beating Japanese soldiers to death with a chunk of his friend that had been previously mutilated by sharks (It's a Long Story).
  • In Korgoth of Barbaria, Korgoth tears off a mook's arm and beats him to death with it.
  • Triplicate Girl on Legion of Super Heroes (2006) uses this move with her other selves, in a chain. Validus didn't stand a chance.
  • Megas XLR loves this trope. In fact, the very first fight Coop fights is won by ripping the arm off a charging Mecha-Mook and knocking it out with it. Hell, a later episode has Coop tear the scales of a worm alien to use it as a nunchuk.
  • The opening of Monsters vs. Aliens depicts Sta'abi using Link to beat Dr. Cockroach into the ground like a tent peg. She does the same with Coverton in one episode where most of the heroes are brainwashed, and Coverton is also used as ammo for a tank at one point.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, Buford does this to Django during a surf contest in "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror".
    Announcer: He's got him in a half nelson. Now a full nelson. Oh! And now he's actually beating him with Bobby Nelson!
  • Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe: Old Jingle claims that the last Viking was so desperate for a fight, he beat himself to death with his own arm.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar:
    • In the episode "Mort Unbound", Mort uses King Julien as a weapon to fight the penguins after he got zapped by Kowalski's Super Ray.
    • Leonard uses both Mort and King Julien as nunchucks in the episode "Nighty Night Ninja".
  • The Simpsons:
    • Almost happened when Homer was temporarily in charge of a navy fleet and accidentally shot the captain out while he was inspecting the torpedoes. The captain on the other ship tells his crew to respond in kind and when they then grab him, he clarifies that he meant with a torpedo.
    • In the ''Treehouse of Horror XV" segment "Four Beheadings and a Funeral", as Homer flees the opium den he throws people to slow his pursuers. Moe tells him to obey the sign, "No Tossing Addicts".
    • In "The Great Louse Detective", Marge remarks excitedly that Stagnant Springs Spa is famous as "[the place] where J-Lo hit P. Diddy upside the head with Gary Coleman".
  • South Park:
    • In the episodes "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe" and "Cancelled", Kyle knocks down Cartman with his little brother Ike.
    • In "Super Fun Time", Butter's swings Cartman into a gunman.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Patrick does this to himself while throwing a fake fight to help SpongeBob gain admission to the Salty Spittoon.
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: In "Envoys", in the SmorgasBorg simulation, Rutherford at one point rips off a drone's arm and uses it to slap said drone around. He later throws a Borg at two others, and the impact deactivates all three of them.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • "Lair of Grievous": After Kit Fisto cuts off Grievous' legs, Grievous manages to pull in one of the clone troopers trying to hold him still with cables and then swings the man's body into the rest of the group while hanging from the ceiling.
    • "Dangerous Debt": An Ithorian prisoner who Trace releases from his cell throws one Pyke guard into several others.
    • Wrecker of the Bad Batch shows a marked tendency to take out battle droids by hurling them into their fellows.
  • Star Wars Rebels: "Rebel Resolve" opens with the theft of an AT-ST. Ezra hands Zeb one of the pilots, and Zeb throws them into their fellows lined up shooting at the rebels from the ground.
  • In Teen Titans, Kole is a girl whose ability is to transform into immobile diamond. Her best pal Gnarrk is a thawed-out caveman. When they need to fight, Kole willingly becomes a super-hard club for him to swing. She'll shape herself into whatever form best suits the moment, able to de-diamond, move, re-diamond, and be used in an instant, which shows the insanely good coordination between her and her partner, as well as the ability to think fast. It ends up as a very effective use of a seemingly bad power.
  • When The Tick and Arthur have a "Freaky Friday" Flip and some villains attack, Arthur/Tick shouts, "Arthur, my body is a weapon! Use it!" Tick/Arthur simply launches his own body at the enemies while screaming.
  • Total Drama:
    • When Chris runs out of seagulls to shoot at Duncan in "Beach Blanket Bogus", he throws a few other props at him before resorting to throwing Lindsay.
    • In "This Is the Pits!", a claustrophobia-powered Jasmine is determined to reach the surface and isn't about to let dirt or a gopher army stop her. So, she uses Topher as battering ram.
  • In Transformers: Animated, Optimus was able to defeat the body of Sentinel Prime controlled by a Headmaster unit by tearing the arm that held a shield arm off and beating it with it. When the Headmaster unit detached and Masterson tries to get away Optimus gets him by kicking Sentinel's decapitated head at him like a soccer ball. (We don't feel much sympathy for Sentinel since he's a jerk.)
    • In "Transwarped" Spittor, well, spits an Autobot medic at her comrades, after grabbing her with his tongues and coating her in explosive slime.
    • In "Human Error, Part 1" a virtual Megatron gets his arm cut off by Prowl and Optimus proceeds to beat him with it. He does it again in part 2 when he uses his grappling hook to grab Laserbeak, throws him at Soundwave, forcibly transforms it into a guitar, then uses it to cut Soundwave in half.
  • In Transformers: Prime, the viewer's first introduction to Wheeljack has him going head to head with a squad of Vehicons. At one point he proceeds to karate-chop one Vehicon's arm off and beat the living daylights out of another Vehiccon with it.
    • Done more brutally in Season 3, with Predaking using a Vehicon as a club in his fight against Megatron.
  • In the T.U.F.F. Puppy episode "Doom-mates", Dudley uses Kitty as a stick to whack Keswick and the Chief whom he thought were the Chameleon.
  • In The Venture Bros., when Brock Samson's hands were wrapped in bandages and a pirate was doing an anal cavity search to find his boat key (It's a Long Story), Brock clenched his ass, locking the pirate's arm in place, and swung him like a club to knock out him and his partner.
    • And in a fantasy scene by Hank and Dean, Brock rips off a golem's arm and punches him in the nads with it until the golem breaks.
    • The episode "Love Bheits" features Brock hurling Doctor Venture at Baron Underbheit's henchmen.
  • In Wakfu, Grougaloragran the Eternal gets the upper hand against two of Nox's Zombies by using the shield-wielding Feca to pummel the Sacrier brawler.
  • In the Wander over Yonder episode "The Picnic", Lord Hater punches out his rival Emperor Awesome with one of Awesome's own "Fist-Fighters".
  • In episode 5 of Young Justice, the background video when Batman is explaining the Amazo situation to the team shows the pointy-eared guy grabbing Superman by the cape and bludgeoning the rest of the League's response team with him. This is very cathartic since Clark had been a big meanie-pants to Superboy again in the previous scene.

    Real Life 
  • Truth in Television: John Johnson, a.k.a. Liver-Eatin' Johnson after being captured by a group of Blackfoot warriors, bit through his bonds, killed the man guarding him, cut off his leg, and used it to fight his way out of the camp. And then he ate it.
  • The blanket octopus is immune to the sting of the Portuguese Man O'War, and they have been known to tear pieces off a colony and carry them around as its own weapon.
  • Boxer Crabs use the sea anemones growing on their claws as living weapons, albeit because the anemones are poisonous, not because they crack skulls.
  • During the Black Death epidemic, infected cadavers were catapulted over the enemy's walls. At one point in history, this was actually fairly common. Invading forces would catapult dead bodies (most commonly dead livestock) over enemy walls, usually ones that had died as a result of an infectious illness. It was primarily an early form of biological warfare, but there were a few casualties as a result of people being squished by dead cows.
  • A woman used a three-year-old as a weapon. Thankfully, nobody died.
  • Bones have been used at many points in history as weapons, mostly as either basic clubs, the bases for things like axes, or handles for knives. And, before the development of steel, for making blades sharper than could be done with iron (the Romans did this as razors, for instance).
  • White-capped capuchins defend themselves against perceived threats by throwing things like sticks, rocks, and squirrel monkeys.
  • A pair of unfortunate Canadians made the news a couple of years back when they were killed by an airborne bear. The bear had been hit by another car and flew through their windshield. The bear died too.
  • During the English Civil War, one unfortunate fellow was beaten to death with his own wooden leg.
  • Famous Quebecois strongman Louis Cyr first made a living as a policeman. Louis, already strong enough to deadlift injured drafthorses and part-time as logging equipment, was notorious for using assailants as weapons and shields against other assailants. Naturally, any time Louis was attacked, it was by a large group of men, thereby supplying him with ample weaponry and defense.
  • Sea otters have been observed ripping the claws off of crabs and using them to break open the carapaces to get at the crab meat.
  • The 1877-1878 Russo-Turkish war of Bulgarian liberation has the second Battle of Shipka. The eponymous mountain pass was defended for three days by Russian troops and Bulgarian volunteers against a superior Ottoman force. When they ran out of ammo and then out of rocks and other solid objects to throw at the enemy, the defenders resorted to throwing the bodies of their fallen comrades down at the attackers.
  • An unintentional case, but it is believed classic Greek playwriter Aeschylus was killed when a vulture mistook his bald head with a rock, and dropped a tortoise on him.


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Gun's first victim of Revenge

In Object Mayhem Season 1, Episode 5, Gun gets really upset of being eliminated the episode before, and decides to seek revenge by throwing Mirror into earth in order to kill Ice Cream

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