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Nothing says evil like a flame-throwing banjo!

So you're an assassin who is also a musician. Unfortunately you cannot kill people with the power of your music alone, and you're not a Musical Assassin. So what are you going to do? Why, have a musical instrument that doubles as a deadly weapon of course. A step up from Senseless Violins, with no danger of your weapon being discovered if anyone opens your case.

This trope covers weapons hidden in musical instruments. For people that use normal instruments as weapons, see Improbable Weapon User (or Improvised Weapon if it is not a usual occurrence). For assassins who kill their targets with music, see Musical Assassin. For weapons used as instruments, see Instrumental Weapon. See Xylophone Gag for instruments rigged to kill the player.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Midvalley the Hornfreak in Trigun is mostly a Musical Assassin who tears it up with sound waves from his saxophone, but it's also a complicated firearm that he eventually used to commit suicide... not by shooting himself with it, but by playing it after the B-flat got shot out. It blows up.
  • The chancellor of Alabasta in One Piece also used a firearm/saxophone as his weapon of choice.
  • M.M. in Katekyō Hitman Reborn! uses vibrations from her clarinet to microwave and melt things. In a pinch, she can also hit people with it.
  • FLCL:
    • Haruko wields a pull-string-ignition bass guitar. It can also blast doors in half with some kind of firearm function. It's more a question of what Haruko can't do with her guitar.
    • In the final episode, after absorbing Atomsk's power, Naota dual-wields his own Flying V with Atmosk's Gibson EB-0 1961 Model Bass Guitar.
  • Genkaku the Hypermonk from Deadman Wonderland has a guitar that can split into a pair of machine guns. Or, alternately, it turns into a gun capable of punching head-sized holes through people. Take your pick.
  • Chandra Sijiema from Mobile Fighter G Gundam has a blade hidden in his flute, which he attempts to use against Domon Kasshu to eliminate him before their scheduled Gundam Fight match.
  • In Saint Seiya, the Asgardian God Warrior Benetnasch Eta Mime, wears a Cloth reminiscent of a harp. As such, he is prone to laying down Razor Floss around the environment as traps, as well as send them flying towards his opponents to entangle them. Note that his harp's strings are strong, and sharp enough, to crack and cut through solid rock, as well as Bronze Cloths and the very human skin of the Saints wearing them.
  • Samurai Champloo: In the first part 'Hellhounds for Hire' Jin is disguised as a woman carrying a biwa (a traditional Japanese instrument similar to a guitar). When asked to play a song on it, he pulls his katana from the neck, and reveals that he is actually a samurai. He also happened to have smoke bombs hidden in the body of the instrument.
  • Shattered Angels has one of these in the form of the Mana Buster, a modified cello that provides fire support during the final showdown.
  • Gintama: The character Kawakami Bansai can use the strings from his shamisen to restrain people.
  • The Tokyo Mew Mew girls have a habit of using these. Mew Lettuce has a pair of castanets, though at least she shoots water from them, and Mew Pudding has tambourines can that rend the earth and encase a target in jello.
  • Blade of the Immortal: The ridiculously skilled Makie Otono-Tachibana, who specializes in Waif-Fu, wields a double bladed three-section-staff called Haru-no-Okina concealed in a hollowed-out shamisen, a mandolin-like Japanese instrument which she is able to play when not slicing and dicing her enemies.
  • The blade concealed within a Japanese string instrument was popularized by the titular 1969 manga character, Hunter Oryuu, an assassin disguised as a traveling musician. She is better known for her Jidai Geki adaptation from the same year, Female Assassin Hanakasa Oryuu.
  • Nagisa, of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, wields a trumpet that can blow out a stream of bubbles. It's surprisingly quite effective, with the bubbles apparently possessing concussive force.
  • Zeref's Lullaby demon flute in Fairy Tail, as well as Vidaldus' guitar.
  • Jiro in the Kikaider OVA "The Boy Who Carried a Guitar: Kikaider Vs. Inazuman" has a guitar that acts as a machine gun. He can also play it as an instrument and incapacitate people.

    Comic Books 
  • In The DCU, golden age Green Lantern foe named the Harlequin had a weighted mandolin that served as a club (and a vaulting pole!).
  • Also in The DCU, the Fiddler, a golden age foe of The Flash, was primarily a Musical Assassin. However, he would occasionally use gimmicked violins containing blades or guns.
  • The preferred weapon of Minstrel Maverick, a Western character from DC Comics, was a reinforced guitar that he used to whack owlhoots.
  • One Justice Society of America foe (from All Star Comics #38) masqueraded as Nero and carried a fiddle that spewed strangling gas.
  • Spy vs. Spy sometimes has weapons disguised as instruments.
  • Brazil once had a superhero, Golden Guitar, who used a gizmo-filled electric guitar to fight crime.
  • While doing a Jack Benny homage, The Joker used a violin bow with a razor blade instead of a string.
  • One-shot Batman villain the Maestro (Batman #149) used a number of gimmicked instruments, including a harp that shot arrows and horns that fired bullets.
  • Although seldom used as a weapon in the comic, Captain Clarinet's clarient from PS238 does possess a number of combat functions, chief among them being that it's made from the metal from his father Argo's (a Captain Ersatz of Superman) spaceship, making it nearly indestructible.
  • In the Marvel Universe, Dazzler had a foe called Johnny Guitar who wielded an electric guitar that fired sonic blasts. He had a partner in Dr. Sax, and you can probably figure out the rest on your own.
  • The Minstrel, one-time foe of Doll Man, who wielded a flame-throwing banjo.
  • Cacofonix in Asterix uses his ordinary lyre as a blunt instrument whenever he fights, be it in a village brawl or combat with the Romans.
    • In his case, this is arguably less cruel than playing it at them.
  • The Simping Detective: Jack Point used an electric guitar to kill raptors. Justified in that loud noises are the only thing they are vulnerable to.
  • Spyboy: Yoma Ma - a villain on Spygirl's TV show - uses his violin to fire bows like arrows.
  • In Black Canary #6, Bonfire - the guitarist in Bo M - attempts to barbecue Dinah with a flamethrower hidden in her guitar during a battle of the bands.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Matt Helm movie The Ambushers. An assassin tries to kill Matt with maracas that have built-in guns.
  • In Amusement, The Laugh kills Rob using a metal scope Victrola that fires a dart out of its horn once the tune finishes playing.
  • El Chinchinero, one of the Carnival of Killers in Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman, is a One-Man Band who uses guns concealed in his bass drum.
  • The Blind Man in Circle of Iron has a staff/walking stick that is also a flute. And he fights with it. It has its limitations, though, as he once remarks, "It's hard to kill a horse with a flute!"
  • The City of Lost Children has a music box that controls a circus flea, making it inject its host with a nerve agent. The affected person then turns violent and attempts to kill whoever they happen to be with.
  • Mudy from Comic 8 has a guitar that doubles as a machine gun, and the case doubles as a bazooka.
  • In Evil Roy Slade, Bing Bell has a guitar which also doubles as a gun.
  • The Fastest Guitar Alive, a humorous Western from 1967, stars Roy Orbison (!) who wields a guitar/rifle.
  • In the movie The Forbidden Kingdom, Golden Sparrow has throwing blades disguised as the tuning pegs of her pipa.
  • The mastermind in Holmes & Watson plots to assassinate Queen Victoria with a bomb concealed in a kettle drum.
  • James Bond:
    • In Casino Royale (1967), Ursula Andress uses the old machine-gun-in-the-bagpipes trick.
    • The Living Daylights featured a boom box built by Q, which had a built-in rocket launcher.
      Q: Something we're making for the Americans. It's called a Ghetto Blaster!
    • The World Is Not Enough had a bagpipe flamethrower being tested in Q's lab.
      Bond: I guess we all have to pay the piper sometimes.
      Q: Oh, pipe down, 007!
  • During the final showdown in Light The Fuse... Sartana Is Coming, Sartana calmly waits for the bad guys by playing a pipe-organ in the middle of the dusty street. When the bad guys appear, he pulls some levers in the organ which reveal machine guns, a GATLING GUN and A FRIGGIN' CANNON. And the pipe-organ is a fully functional instrument. Holy crap.
  • In Mad Max: Fury Road, Immortan Joe's in-movie soundtrack provider the Doof Warrior plays a double-necked electric guitar that has a built-in flamethrower. He mostly uses it just for spectacle, but in the final battle it does end up getting used as a serious weapon.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie: More like "Instrument of Destruction": When Ivan Ooze says to Zordon, "It's time... to pay the piper," Ooze takes out his piping flute and plays a bit like a literal piper before using the flute's electric powers to damage the entire Command Center and weaken Zordon to a withering mortal.
  • One of the assassins in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has a rifle disguised as a bass flute.
  • The Mariachi from Once Upon a Time in Mexico used a guitar that doubled as an assault rifle and grenade launcher in the opening shootout/flashback. The narrator freely admits that the details have been... embellished. "Just read between the lines." The character himself doesn't actually have one, instead using the old "guns concealed in a guitar case" trick. His friends both have weapons disguised as guitar cases, specifically a flamethrower and a remote-controlled car with a bomb.
  • In Our Man Flint, Gila tries to murder Flint with a poison dart fired from a harp that she uses like a bow.
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again. An assassin uses a blowpipe disguised as a clarinet (or possibly uses a clarinet as a blowpipe, the movie isn't clear).
  • Banjo in the western Sabata hides a repeater rifle inside his, well, banjo.
  • Sivaji: The Boss: During the "Athiradi" song, Sivaji's guitar case falls to the side, then rotates and opens, the guitar pulled towards him as if by telekinesis. Sivaji strums a few chords and blasts away two groups of thugs by firing from the guitar, sets the guitar on the ground in front of the remaining thug, and kicks it at him. And dances.
  • The killer in Slumber Party Massacre II film uses an electric guitar infused with a power drill.
  • The Town That Dreaded Sundown has a particularly infamous kill which involves the Phantom stabbing a woman to death using a bayonet attached to a trombone. He plays it to make the blade go in and out of her.
  • Amongst the weirdness in Wild Zero are katanas hidden in the necks of the band Guitar Wolf's guitars, and guitar picks thrown like shuriken.

  • In Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold, the main characters hire a band of thugs who pose as musicians. One of the thugs has his lute built around an axe, on the theory that the lute will break on impact, leaving only the axe in his hands. It almost works, but he gets so tangled in the wreckage that he's unable to pull it free from his first victim to defend himself. He dies.
  • In the Fables novel Peter and Max, Peter Piper ends up killing his evil brother Max Piper, the Pied Piper of Hamelin with a magic flute. It was made of a giant's finger bone and very sharp — his brother was gloating and off his guard, and Peter stabbed him.
  • The end of Friday the 13th: Carnival Of Maniacs has Jason going on a rampage at a music video recording he was being used as a prop in while comatose. He kills one of the band members by throwing a cymbal with enough force to slit the guy's throat.
  • The Erich Zahn violin in The Laundry Files. "This machine kills demons" indeed. In fact, it takes extreme skill and luck (and often costs sanity) to limit its killing to just demons, as it actually is one itself.
  • The novel Mothstorm by Philip Reeve has hostile aliens whose primary weapons seem to be sedative-tipped darts blown from things that are consistently described as looking like bagpipes.
  • One of Samuel R. Delany's Nova protagonists has senso-syrinx, a complex futuristic instrument capable of projecting holographic images, complete with sound and odours. The thing is, it includes a laser to create holograms, has a very sharp focus and runs on near-inexhaustible batteries. As the bad guys learn the hard way, with its maximum output focused on a person, it can knock them out with horrible stench, blow their eardrums out and not only blind them with a laser, but set them ablaze.
  • In the Phryne Fisher mystery The Green Mill Murder, the mute in a cornet is used as a blowgun.
  • In Star Trek novels (building on background material from the Original Series films), the Andorians often carry a flabjellah - a combination sidearm and musical instrument.
  • In Star Wars Legends, Mandalorian instruments can often double as these. Their idea of a flute has a sword blade attached.
  • One of the possible solutions to the murder suggested in Death in the Clouds is that a flute had been used as a blowgun to launch the dart.

    Live Action TV 
  • Eaglebones Falconhawk and his brother Eagleclaw from The Aquabats! Super Show! duel against each other with guitars that shoot lasers.
  • One enemy agent in The Avengers had a clarinet with a blade that would slide out of the bell when the right key was pressed. He used it twice: once to kill a fellow he caught trying to steal the McGuffin, and once in an unsuccessful fight with Steed ... who remarked that the instrument probably played "sharp."
  • Doctor Who:
  • An episode of Friday the 13th: The Series featured a cursed violin. The violin itself wasn't used as a weapon, but the blade hidden in the bow certainly was.
  • Game of Thrones: After using his trusty horn for the purposes of psychological assault during the past few episodes, Ramsay repurposes it for physical assault in "The Bear and The Maiden Fair" by hitting Theon in the face with it hard enough to knock him to the floor.
  • Get Smart had a gun hidden in a violin, and a double-barrelled flute that acted as an airgun.
  • In The Goodies episode "The Stolen Musicians", the Goodies use a euphonium as a cannon, only to be outgunned by the Music Master's pipe organ that doubles as a multi-barrelled artillery piece, but are saved when the symphony orchestra arrives shooting bows from their violins.
  • The villainous Basco from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger has a trumpet that when played with Ranger Keyes inside, can summon those keys as mindless evil copies of those rangers. The trumpet is also capable of stealing the Ultimate Power from past Sentai who carry it.
  • Ibuki of Kamen Rider Hibiki has a gun that can transform- by shifting the parts around- into a trumpet. It actually works in reverse from normal: he uses the gun to implant bullets in the Monster of the Week (who is naturally Immune to Bullets) then switches to the trumpet to create a resonance that blows it up.
    • All of the Riders use these. Hibiki straps a taiko drum to the monsters and proceeds to beat them to death with taiko drumsticks (and even without the drum, the drumsticks can shoot fireballs), and Todoroki uses an electric guitar that doubles as an ax.
      • It can get fairly silly with some of the minor Oni Riders, who use weaponized tubas and triangles.
    • The Kamen Rider 555 Hyper Battle DVD had the Faiz Sounder, a boombox that transformed into a powerful sonic cannon. This was the winning contest entry Toei had for a new weapon for Faiz, which like all other weapons in the show, was based off a real world object.
  • Midsomer Murders: The first Victim of the Week in "The Curse of the Ninth" is a violinist who is strangled with one of his own violin strings. The second is a violist who has the strings of his viola covered in powered strychnine, causing him to inhale a lethal dose as he plays.
  • In the MI High episode "The Visit", the enemy spies use an alpine horn that spews knockout gas.
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: "The Green Mill Murder" (adapted from the Literature example above) has the mute in a cornet used as a blowgun.
  • On an episode of The Muppet Show there was a sketch featuring a performance of the William Tell Overture that ended with the cellist firing the bow from his cello to shoot an apple off Beauregard's head.
  • An early Murder, She Wrote episode, "Death to a Jazz Beat", offered an inversion; a jazz clarinetist who was planning on firing his back-up band before signing a huge recording contract was murdered by a poisoned clarinet reed.
  • Raising Hope: Burt uses a guitar as a club to take out Smokey Floyd.
  • A sketch on You're Skitting Me had a girl attempting to return a recorder that acted as a blowgun. In the end, the store swapped it for one that fired a disintegrator ray.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Noise Marines can do this. If blasting the enemy with The Power of Rock doesn't work, they can simply beat the enemy to death with their daemonic, spiky guitars and superhuman strength.
    • The Exorcist applies this principle to a pipe organ... then attaches it to a tank. Too bad the Exorcist couldn't hit the broadside of a Titan.
    • The Sisters of Battle have the Exorcist tank, a mobile church organ on a tank chassis that plays inspiring hymns and shoots missiles at enemies.
  • In Silver Age Sentinels, Feedback is a rock star turned superhero who wields a guitar that focuses his powers into energy blasts.
  • Any tabletop RPG with rules covering the use of Improvised Weapon allows this. As long as you don't mind breaking the instrument you're using.
  • The Bard class in Dungeons & Dragons qualifies as a variety; while they aren't using the instrument itself as a weapon (although certain rule interpretations can allow for this), the instrument acts much the same as a Wizard's spell catalyst or a Cleric's holy symbol as a tool with which they cast their magic, meaning that any offensive spells they cast are caused by the instrument they use.

    Video Games 
  • In Shadow Hearts 3, the last party member you acquire is a Mariachi with an arsenal in his guitar. Shotgun, flamethrower, multiple rocket-launcher rack, machine gun... all packed into a single guitar which, oddly enough, still sounds just as sweet.
    • There are actually 5 separate guitars like these, all made with weapons inside, so as Ricardo can get weapon upgrades.
  • In Ōkami, Waka has a flute that turns into a Laser Blade.
  • Lyude in Baten Kaitos uses a weird trumpet/gun as his weapon. His Magnus cards reveal that it's actually a weapon specifically designed for use by assassins. No comment on why the Honor Before Reason party member is using it.
  • I-No of Guilty Gear uses a shapeshifting electric guitar. She can either smash people with it, or create cacophonic sounds to defeat her opponents.
  • Motochika Chokosabe from Samurai Warriors 2/ Warriors Orochi 2 rocks out on his shamisen to attack.
  • In Heroes of the Storm, E.T.C. (Elite Tauren Chieftain) is a Musical Assassin that wields a guitar that doubles as an axe as his primary weapon.
  • Somewhere on the border between this and Senseless Violins, there's a brief cutscene in Shogun: Total War that shows a ninja assassinating his target with a poison dart blown out of a flute.
  • One of the power-ups in Total Overdose are two guitars that act like machine guns, in a clear homage to the Once Upon a Time in Mexico example above.
  • A couple of characters in Eternal Sonata use musical weapons, such as a clarinet/gun/mallet and a fencing rapier shaped like a conductor's baton.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • Rocketbilly Redcadillac's electricity-shooting guitar from Gungrave: Overdose. The artbook says its name is "B.L. 20,000V". ("Blue Lightning 20,000V"). Made by the Electrigger Company! Despite being weak with melee fighting, Billy can do a little dance that causes his guitar to spin around him, bludgeoning mooks.
  • Kaph's guitar doubles as a gun in Luminous Arc 2.
    • From the same game, Sadie, the Breeze Witch, uses a trumpet as a weapon. It's surprisingly effective.
  • Some of the ranged weapons in Kingdom of Loathing are musical instruments that double as weapons.
    • The Stolen Accordion is the default weapon of KoL's bard class, the Accordion Thief. The Accordion Thief also has singing as a basic attack.
  • In Devil May Cry 3, one of the coolest available weapons is Nevan, a guitar that shoots lightning, controls bats, and turns into a scythe.
  • In Brütal Legend all magic is powered by kickass guitar shreds. All factions have a character who is a guitarist, and who uses a that guitar to rain fire and lightning on their foes and inspire their friends to new badass feats. It should be said that Brutal Legend is set in a universe which has 80's metal album covers instead of physics.
  • Possibly inspired by the shakuhashi from above, Suzume in Mini Ninjas uses her flute both as a close combat weapon and an improvised boat paddle.
  • The Arcanite Ripper of World of Warcraft fame is an axe that doubles as a guitar.
  • The AI Weapons in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker are primitive Vocaloids put into big, heavily-armed tanks.
  • Bards and their more powerful counterparts in Ragnarok Online fight with their musical instruments. What doesn't entirely make sense is how they manage to throw/shoot arrows (depending on the skill) by swinging it at their opponents. They can also be Musical Assassins by spamming songs, but it takes more effort, mana, and time.
  • Kimmy Howell of No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle has a flute that turns into a double-ended Laser Blade.
  • The Hero from Ephemeral Fantasia has a sword hidden in a guitar.
  • The second boss of Zool is an electric guitar that rains fireballs on you. You also face violins that shoot their fiddles at you.
  • There was an old Christian-themed computer game called Knights Of Virtue which featured among its weapons the "trump of fire" and "trump of lightning", a pair of trumpets that, if pointed at your enemy and played, wouldn't make a note (just a "ffffff" noise like someone blowing into a tube, fancy that), but would rain down fire or lightning on them.
  • Almost all of the main villains in Lollipop Chainsaw are Musical Assassins, but Lewis Legend also wields a guitar with a built-in machine gun.
  • In Mabinogi, one of the weapons you can have is a lute with spikes on it, useful both for hitting enemies with and casting Magic Music.
  • NetHack features the Frost Horn, the Fire Horn and the Earthquake Drum. Yes, they're Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Big Band from Skullgirls takes this trope to a whole new level. All of his attacks are based off of band instruments ranging from standard drums to wind instruments and even firing missiles modeled after trumpet mutes.
  • Melody of Smashmuck Champions uses her keytar. Her playing is so infamously loud it causes sonic waves, has literally brought several houses down, and once woke up the dead. (Said dead is now trying to date her.)
  • Will from Illusion of Gaia bonks enemies on the head with his flute.
  • During one mission in Assassin's Creed: Revelations Ezio and the other Assassins pretend to be minstrels to infiltrate a party and protect Prince Suleiman from Byzantine killers. Towards the end, one of them charges Suleiman, but Ezio breaks his lute in half and stabs the killer in the heart with the handle.
  • Monster Hunter 2 introduces the Hunting Horn weapon type, which can be used as a large club in addition to allowing a Hunter to buff himself and his party members.
  • The final boss of Splatoon pilots a floating weapons platform that is operated by turntable.
  • The first Bayonetta featured an item called the Magic Flute, which looks like a golden conch shell that used to be played by the mythical Sirens and can be used by the titular character for a powerful Area of Effect attack. In the first game Affinity angels can also sometimes drop Exclusive Enemy Equipment Trumpets that are actually a Wave Motion Gun, and in the sequel Acceptance angels sometimes drop Harps that are actually bows that fire a Rain of Arrows.
  • Big Bad Lord Fredrik in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze uses a magical Viking war horn that can change in size in order to fire various Abnormal Ammo such as balls of ice with enemies inside them and ice dragons, including a gigantic ice dragon that freezes DK Island in the opening cutscene.
  • One boss in Castle Crashers plays a pipe organ with cannons for pipes.
  • The titular band in Charlie Murder each uses their instruments in their special attacks or to give themselves and teammates a temporary stat boost by strumming a chord, banging on the drums or screaming into a microphone.
  • Implied in Shin Megami Tensei I, where the three strongest 'sword' weapons are a violin, a trumpet, and a bell.
  • In Hyrule Warriors, Marin from Link's Awakening attacks enemies using the Sea Lily's Bell, and proves just as ludicrously lethal with it as the other warriors are with legitimate weapons.
  • The Engineer in Team Fortress 2 has the Frontier Justice's "Dischord" taunt, where he pulls out his guitar, plays a chord, and then smashes the area in front of him. If an enemy player is within range, they will get killed and the corpse of said enemy will have their head pounded into their chest.
  • One of Rockstar Bonnie's kill quotes in Ultimate Custom Night states that he's going to impale you with his guitar.

    Web Comics 
  • In Girl Genius, Sleipnir O'Hara has the 'Hot Pipes', a set of bagpipes that shoot fire.
  • Telv's steel-plated banjo from Planescape Survival Guide.
  • Keychain of Creation has the deathknight Resonance Ben, who just recently upgraded to an entire band.
  • In one Skullkickers side story there's a whole band of those. Axe blades in a lute, hidden sword in a flute, harp doubles as a bow, and hurdy gurdy is a flamethrower.
  • Penk in Guilded Age uses his drum as a weapon. Wav can also use his keytar in combat, at least against the Eldritch Abomination summoned by cultists, since its form is disrupted by rhythmic harmonies.

    Web Original 
  • Survival of the Fittest had Isabel Guerra making a shiv out of a trumpet and broken piece of glass. It's called Partario.
  • The Ongoing Saga of Fritz the Unfortunate follows a troupe of musicians who all wield these.
  • SCP-298 is a pipe organ, believed to be from around 1400 (as it has no stop controls, which is consistent with organs made before 1450) which, when played, causes the audiences' blood to expel itself slowly from the body, while taking on a solid appearance and amazing elastic properties, until 47 seconds after playing is stopped, when it returns to its more fluid state. This will usually kill everyone in the audience apart from a two-metre radius around the console. This appears to be sonic in nature, as people who can't hear it don't seem to be affected. If the organ is used for parts, some of its properties can spread to other organs.

    Western Animation 
  • The King from Darkwing Duck has a guitar that fires destructive energy beams.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Homer of Seville", Homer's stalker Julia uses a blowgun concealed in a conductor's baton.
  • In the Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! episode "Operation Dog and Hippie Boy", the evil hippie robot Groovy Don carries a laser beam firing guitar.
  • Transformers Animated's version of Soundwave has an electric guitar that turned into his attack bird Laserbeak. At least until Prime used him as an axe. (Sorry!) While some examples of this trope can look rather silly, most fans agree that this is the version of Soundwave that is, aesthetically at least, the most awesome.
    • Soundwave also has a keytar that transforms into Ratbat. Both Laserbeak and Ratbat can be used as sonic weaponry, and Ratbat can also be used to produce Mind-Control Music.
  • Ember McLain's guitar in Danny Phantom had many different functions, one of those being the ability to produce energy blasts.
  • In SilverHawks, Bluegrass wielded a sonic blaster guitar as a weapon while his Evil Counterpart Melodia had a keytar that fired laser blasts shaped liked musical staves. Got a Shout-Out in the Galaxy Rangers ep "Battle of the Bandits" where the Rangers and a pack of Slaverlords started firing their "modified" guitars at one another.
  • The Cosmic Guitar from Loonatics Unleashed which, amongst its other powers, could fire energy blasts.
  • The Music Meister from Batman: The Brave and the Bold had a smoke-spewing pipe organ he used to cover his escape and laser firing microphones that formed part of his Death Trap. In fact, any weapons he had followed this theme.
    • And in "Night of the Batmen!", the Vigilante has guitar that doubles as a rifle.
    • In "Powerless!", the Scottish Joker in the Jokers of Many Nations has a set of bagpipes that fires missiles.
  • In Adventure Time, Marceline the Vampire Queen has a bass-guitar shaped like an axe. It tends to get used like a guitar, though, which is not to say it hasn't been involved in asskicking.
    • If her father is to be believed, the instrument started life as an axe and was turned into a bass-guitar later.
  • The Inspector Gadget episode "A Star is Lost" has a dart-shooting piano and an electrified harp in MAD's music studio.
  • Bob's Burgers: Banjo from the Spaghetti Western that Bob and Gene watch in "Spaghetti Western and Meatballs" has a banjo that shoots bullets.
  • Quick Draw McGraw, in his occasional disguise as the masked vigilante El Kabong, would whack his opponents on the head with a guitar.
  • In Samurai Jack, the bounty hunter Jujunga uses a blowgun disguised as a workable flute; he lures a victim close with his music before using it to ambush with.
  • Grojband: In "Dreamreaver", Grojband confronts a dream version of themselves inside Trina's mind. Dream-Corey uses his guitar as a lance on a dirt bike, Dream-Kin's keytar fires energy blasts, and Dream-Kon's drums create earthquakes.
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Triangle", Leslie tries to sabotage Darwin's slide-whistle solo by using a dart gun disguised as a flute.
  • In the Silly Symphonies short "Music Land" the Land of Symphony shoots weaponized musical notes out of giant cannon-like organ pipes and the Isle of Jazz does the same with brass and woodwind instruments. The notes impact like small cannon balls.
  • Simon Bar Sinister, a principal adversary to Underdog, built a weather machine modeled closely after a pipe organ. Each key on its keyboard could loose some kind of weather phenomenon, including typhoons and earthquakes. However, early tests of the device tended to wreck Simon's laboratory first, so he and Cad Lackey hijacked a moon rocket to install the device on Earth's airless satellite.
  • In the Miraculous Ladybug episode "Guitar Villain", Guitar Villain wields a guitar that fires devastating sonic blasts. It can also make people dance.
    • Volpina has a flute that creates illusions. These powers are based on that of the Fox Miraculous, which also comes with an illusion-casting flute.
  • Duck Dodgers brings in Dave Mustaine to help fight the Martians' Smooth Jazz dreadnought. When the Martians try to attack the band, they find out that Dave's guitar has a built-in laser cannon.
  • Rick and Morty featured a minor villain named Concerto who used a giant piano to execute his victims.

    Real Life 
  • The shakuhachi (Zen bamboo flute) of Japan; initially it was just a normal flute, no military applications attached. However, when the samurai that normally used it became unemployed and unable to use their swords by law, they beefed the flute up to be strong enough to be used as a club, thus becoming their main weapon of defense.
  • A sufficiently hard instrument case works as a decent Improvised Weapon, if you're not too worried about the instrument inside - it hurts plenty to be hit in the head with a flute case.
  • And then there's the 1812 Overture. No less than 16 cannon shots are written in that piece.
  • Gene Simmons' bass looks like an axe. Unfortunately it's only functional as a bass.
  • The shawm (an ancestor of the oboe) was used as a weapon from time to time.
  • An unspecified spy service apparently at least once modified a flute to fire a single pistol round. The instrument was still fully functional for musical purposes.
  • This is an Invoked Trope for some military weapons, due to their many rows of barrels resembling an organ's pipes, leading to the weapons being referred to as such:
    • The Katyusha, the original Soviet MRLS artillery piece, was nicknamed "Stalin's Organ" by the Wehrmacht.
    • The "Organ gun", also known as Ribauldequin or infernal machine, was an early form of field artillery. Its name derives from its appearences - several small-calibre barrels placed in a row, which were than fired in lethal volleys. It also appears in Medieval II: Total War and Warhammer.
    • Some Allied World War II tanks carried a similar rocket array, certain models of which were dubbed "calliope" in certain areas.
  • Inverted with the escopetarra, where an assault rifle is converted to a harmless musical instrument.


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