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"Here's a riddle: When is a croquet mallet like a billy club? I'll tell you: Whenever you want it to be."
Cheshire Cat, American McGee's Alice
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The high probability your wackiest party member, like the Team Pet, will use some sort of bizarre and, well, improbable "weapon" — that is, in the sense of an object you could conceivably hit something with. And some of these 'weapons' don't even go that far.

This usually seems to just be a way to give that character some sort of upgradeable item to explain ongoing power increases. Curiously, every weapon shop will sell these upgrades, despite there being seemingly only one such user on the planet.

Many games also have a gag weapon for each of the party members, which is essentially an Improbable or Nerf Arm version of their regular weapon, such as a fan or a wooden sword for the sword-wielder, a broom for the White Magician Girl, or a squeaky-mallet for someone who normally wields an axe or hammer. Of course, this might end up subverted with an Infinity Plus One Marshmallow Slingshot. Sometimes they may be Stat Sticks instead, things that are "equipped" as a "weapon" to give the user the stats but aren't actually used for attacking. Compare The Man Makes the Weapon for when someone deliberately use a gag substitute of a real weapon to showcase his skill.

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This trope is surprisingly not that far from reality when you consider how martial arts weapons have included not just spears, swords, and knives, but farming tools, boat oars (see also Miyamoto Musashi), fans, metal rings (no, not even chakram, just round metal rings), and... small wooden benches? Hell, this doesn't even go into the military trench shovelnote .

Subtropes include the following:

  • Anchors Away, when the Improbable Weapon is an anchor.
  • Art Attacker, when the Improbable Weapon is art (of the non-martial kind, that is).
  • Battle Tops, when the Improbable Weapon is spinning top.
  • Chairman of the Brawl, when the Improbable Weapon is a small piece of furniture.
  • Cloth Fu, when the Improbable Weapon is a piece of cloth, a blanket, or the like.
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  • Clothing Combat, when the Improbable Weapon is clothing.
  • Combat Hand Fan, when the Improbable Weapon is a hand fan.
  • Deadly Doctor, when the Improbable Weapon User is a medical doctor who repurposes medical instruments for combat.
  • Death Dealer, when the Improbable Weapon is a card (or a whole deck of cards).
  • Edible Bludgeon, when the Improbable Weapon is a solid mass of (often frozen) food.
  • Frying Pan of Doom, when the Improbable Weapon is a frying pan or a similar piece of cookware.
  • I Know Madden Kombat, when the Improbable Weapon is a sport implement (for a non-combat sport, that is).
  • Killer Yoyo, when the Improbable Weapon is a yo-yo.
  • Knows the Ropes, when the Improbable Weapon is a piece of rope.
  • Money Mauling, when the Improbable Weapon is money.
  • My Little Panzer, when the Improbable Weapon is a toy gun, remote control vehicle, and other such toys.
  • Parasol of Pain, when the Improbable Weapon is an umbrella.
  • Rod And Reel Repurposed, when the Improbable Weapon is a fishing rod.
  • Rolling Pin of Doom, when the Improbable Weapon is a rolling pin.
  • Shear Menace, when the Improbable Weapon is a pair of scissors, grass shears, and other similar cutting devices.
  • Shovel Strike, when the Improbable Weapon is a shovel, trowel, or some other digging tool of similar design.
  • Throw the Book at Them, when the Improbable Weapon is a book.
  • Utility Weapon, when the Improbable Weapon is a video-game tool that can be used outside of combat.
  • Water Guns and Balloons, when the Improbable Weapon is a water gun or water-filled balloonnote .
  • Weaponized Ball, when the weapon is a ball of any kind (not including regular ammo, of course)
  • Weaponized Headgear, when the Improbable Weapon is a legitimate form of headgear.

This may be one of the stranger examples of Truth in Television.

For one-time examples, see Improvised Weapon. If someone manages to pull this off with an actual weapon, see Improbable Use of a Weapon. Compare Abnormal Ammo for improbable things you could throw/launch at an enemy, and Impossibly Cool Weapon for actual weapons with impossible (and cool) properties.

See also Improv Fu, This Banana is Armed, Shoe Phone, Nerf Arm, Happy Fun Ball, Grievous Harm with a Body, Musical Assassin (killing with music), Martial Arts and Crafts, Once Killed a Man with a Noodle Implement, Joke Item, and Lethal Joke Item.


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Alternative Title(s): Improbable Weapon, Unusual Weapon User

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