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Talk about getting more bang for your buck.

With relatively low damage, the Money Bundle's main benefit is its reasonable knockdown value with quick swings and, of course, the comedic value of slapping cops around with a thick wad of cash.
PAYDAY 2 Wiki on the Money Bundle

Money has long been used to buy weapons useful in fights. But how about using money itself as the weapon?

There are several reasons someone would weaponize money itself instead of using it to buy more classical weapons. Here are several of them.

  • The most obvious example would be a filthy rich user who either has nothing better to do with all their money or wants to boast about how gigantic his wealth is. And money ammo can complement their optional Bling-Bling-BANG! rather well.
  • Alternatively, cash attacks can help to reinforce how greedy and/or money-obsessed some characters are.
  • For some characters, a roll of coins or some other money is all they have on hand as a weapon in the current situation.
  • More humourous media can also use this trope for the sheer ludicrousness of featuring such an improbable weapon.

Its effectiveness varies depending on what kind of money is used. Moneybags filled with coins could be a very heavy and therefore highly effective blunt weapon, while slapping someone with a sole dollar bill probably won't. Also, it is a great way to show about everyone (and especially your target) how filthy rich you are.

Subtrope of Improbable Weapon User and, in some cases, Improvised Weapon. Overlaps with Abnormal Ammo when the cash is shot out of another weapon. Sister Trope to Gemstone Assault, which also uses valuables as weapons, and Practical Currency, where the money was intended to be a weapon.

See also Bling-Bling-BANG!, in which the weapons are unusually fancy to show their user's wealth without being money; Money Slap, which doesn't hurt like this trope (unless you use loose change), but is moreso done as a sign of disrespect; Cast from Money, an ability (not necessarily an attack) that drains money with each use while not necessarily weaponizing the money itself, Crimefighting with Cash, where the money is spent to achieve the owner's ends, and Coin-Targeting Trickshot, specifically the variation where a bullet is ricocheted off of a coin to precisely hit a target.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • This is Halekulani's superpower in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. His Fist of Gorgeousness allows him to control money, be it by sending waves of cash or jewels at his enemies or turning them into coins.
  • In one case in Case Closed, the murder weapon is an Improvised Weapon made from bunch of coins put inside a sock.
  • In A Certain Magical Index, Mikoto Misaka is able to launch coins with the force of a railgun, aided with her electric powers, hence her nickname "Railgun".
  • In Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, the communist assassin Fem prefers to get the job done with the shotgun built into her arm that is specifically designed to fire rolls of coins. The manga adaptation of this episode adds an extra layer of Irony by revealing that she's on a mission to assassinate the man who was responsible for financially ruining her father through a business scheme.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, Gotoh weaponizes coins by flipping them at such an incredible speed that they possess more destructive force than regular ammunition, and he can flip them at rapid speed. When spun, they also carry enough momentum to shred through Hisoka's adhesive Bungee Gum. He chose coins as his projectile due to their small disk shape and how easily obtainable they are.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: JoJolion:
    • Tamaki Damo uses a thousand-yen note as a torture device... after using his Stand to soften someone's body enough that said note can be used to cut pieces off.
    • Zaihei Nigatake's Stand, Milagro Man, enforces a Plague of Good Fortune onto someone to constantly earn money and never lose any of it until it buries them alive.
  • Kill la Kill features machine guns that shoot paper bills during the invasion of Osaka. Mako takes advantage of this to sample the local cuisine.
  • No Longer Allowed in Another World: An Otherworlder Annette and Ysha encounter in the market — Kotaro — has a skill called "Minting", where he magically generates money from his hands.
  • Pokémon: The Series zig zags this as Meowth can't learn Pay Day due to learning to walk and talk like a human and the one time Pay Day was shown in Spinarak Attack!, the Black Arachnid's Meowth shot glowing white energy balls in a flashback and Team Rocket had to improvise with bottle caps. In Sword and Shield: The Legends Awaken! after Team Rocket gets Gigantamax Meowth back into his normal mindset, he tries a G-Max Gold Rush...only for Eternatus's Dynamax Cannon to completely overpower the move and send Team Rocket blasting off again.
  • In the Read or Die OAV, Yomiko uses her Paper Master powers to shape a stack of dollar bills borrowed from her comrade Drake into a sharp blade. Drake lends her the cash reluctantly, begging her not to destroy or lose the money.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, Kanryu Takeda uses a bag of money as a club, pointing out paper money is very heavy and very hard.
  • In Symphogear GX, being the Autoscorer associated with the suit of Coins, Leiur can flick coins with the speed and power of a gatling gun.

    Comic Books 
  • In one early Barbe-Rouge album, when short on cannonballs or grapeshots to face an enemy ship, Barbe-Rouge and his crew decide to use their recently seized treasure instead. The foe goes down under the deadly shot of gold coins, and Barbe-Rouge quips that he can now boast to have fired the most expensive broadside in the history of piracy.
  • In Big Bang Comics #11, the Absolute kills a woman who is holding him at gunpoint by flicking a dime at her her with enough force that it penetrates her eye.
  • In the final "Saddle Tramp" strip from Eagle, Bounty Hunter Trampas is captured by an Indian renegade who has just escaped from jail. Without weapons, Trampas manages to improvise a makeshift mortar out of a stovepipe, and uses the bagful of gold coins he received as reward money as ammunition. After the coins kill the Indian, Trampas looks at the corpse, then mutters that he is not dirty enough to want his coins back and walks off.
  • Suske en Wiske: In "De Wilde Weldoener", Lambik finds a magic ring that can create gold coins. At one point, while in India, he finds himself ambushed by a group of thugs. He comes across an empty machine gun, and quickly uses the ring to fill it up with coins, which he proceeds to fire at his attackers.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Casino: The protagonist kills several mooks in the final scene by flinging silver coins into their faces.
  • In the original Death Wish film, Paul Kersey uses a roll of quarters loaded into a sock to fend off a mugger who accosts him soon after his wife's funeral. This is the incident which sparks his turn to vigilantism.
  • In Hobo With a Shotgun, the Hobo smashes Slick in head with a sock full of loose change while rescuing Abby.
  • In Licence to Kill, James Bond throws the case containing the $2 million bribe at corrupt DEA agent Ed Killifer: knocking him into the Shark Pool.
  • In Long John Silver, Long John's men make improvised black powder grenades out of goblets filled with pieces-of-eight. They lob these into Mendoza's camp, and cut down Mendoza's men with coin shrapnel.
  • Magnificent Wanderers: The hero, Chu Tie-Xia, shoots golden spherical pellets from his bow to take down mooks. Made from the gold he had stolen from corrupt ministers, fitting his nature as a Robin Hood-style rogue.
  • Never Grow Old: When he goes after Dutch, Patrick loads a blunderbuss with coffin nails and the two silver dollars Dutch gave him to bury the sheriff.
  • In News of the World (2020), Kidd pumps multiple bandits full of dimes from his shotgun. Also an example of Abnormal Ammo.
  • Jack Sparrow chucks gold coins in Barbossa's face during their duel at Isla de Muerta in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
  • The Abnormal Ammo variation of this trope shows up in Resident Evil: Afterlife, where Alice's sawed-off shotguns are loaded with shells that have quarters inside of them. The effect is used chiefly to show off the 3D effects, but the ammo doubles as a rather good caliber.note 
  • In Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man confronts Doctor Octopus while he's robbing a bank which leads the two of them to throw bags of cash at each other, with Spidey webbing one of the bags back at Doc Ock with the wisecrack "here's your change!"
  • In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, BB-8 takes out a couple guards on Canto Bight by shooting them with coins that some drunk guy filled him with, apparently thinking he was a slot machine (or the equivalent).
  • Super Cop 2: Jessica Yang, while fighting a Giant Mook in a vault, briefly uses two sacks of coins to bash his head in.
  • Twelve Deadly Coins has a heroine who throws coins as projectiles, and it's as deadly as the title states.
  • Valley of the Fangs: The hero of this wuxia uses bronze Chinese coins as projectiles, instead of darts like these usual types of movies.
  • Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies: One woman in the casino is killed when the Djinn causes coins to erupt forth from inside her.
  • X-Men: First Class: Used by Magneto to deliver a Death by Irony to his Evil Mentor from the concentration camps. Since said mentor killed Magneto's mother because he couldn't adequately move a coin with his Magnetism Manipulation, once he masters his powers, Magneto very slowly pushes a coin through his brain.

  • Sometimes a coin (silver or otherwise) instead of a more literal silver bullet is specified as the right type of ammunition against a given supernatural creature.

  • In the Alex Rider story Eagle Strike, one of Damien Cray's henchmen agrees to work for Cray in exchange for a $2 million bribe. When the henchman screws up and attracts unwanted attention from a journalist, Cray locks him in a bottle-shaped chamber and gives him his money - $2 million in quarters, crushing him to death.
  • In one The Destroyer short story, a disgruntled weapons developer who had his funding cancelled by the government invents a weapon that imparts coins with the same impetus they'd have if they were dropped from the top of the Empire State Building and uses it to murder those who cancelled his funding. At the end of the story, Remo uses Sinanju to fling a coin at him with same speed, killing him.
  • In the Discworld series, as a young boy, the Old Retainer Willikins was a member of a much-feared street gang, where his weapon of choice was a hat with sharpened pennies sewn into the brim. He politely changes the subject, albeit not before admitting that it could take a man's eye out "with care".
  • In Elsabeth Soesten: Bait and Switch, Husson and Elsabeth slip into the vaults of Castle Auch to recover the arms and armor the noble family, however it's all a setup: Husson is there to rob the treasury, with Elsabeth as the patsy. Elsabeth gets wise and a fight breaks out, which ends when Husson smacks her with a sack full of coin, allowing him to escape. It happens again when Elsabeth and Hieronymus catch up with Husson and his partner, Maerten. Elsabeth kills the former in a duel, but Maerten pulls the same trick on Hieronymus while distracted, striking him with the bag of stolen coin.
  • Fate/strange Fake: Elderly, milquetoast priest Delmio Cervantes has the ability to fling coins (silver, for preference, since he specializes in fighting vampires) at extreme speeds.
  • Mistborn: Allomancers with the ability to draw power from steel can "push" nearby metals away with great force. They can use any metallic object, but they're known in-universe as "coinshots" for being able to use spare change as effectively as bullets.
  • In Neverwhere, the Marquis de Carrabas gives a busker a sheet of music for a tune that is guaranteed to get people to open their wallets, but warns the busker to use it sparingly. The busker ignores the warnings and ends up with an audience that is so enthusiastic in their generosity that they start pelting him with change.
  • In Planeswalker, Xantcha has a pouch full of black coins which ignite when thrown and explode on impact. The blast from these coins is powerful enough to kill a normal person instantly on a hit and blow "goat-sized craters" into the ground on a miss.
  • In the first Spellsinger novel, Mudge advises Jon-Tom to keep his gold coins sewn into the hem of his cloak, as it's a secure place for them and the weight of them means that the cloak can be used as a weapon in emergencies.
  • In another example of the trope on the mundane and practical side, the narrator of the H. Beam Piper science fiction novel Four-Day Planet sometimes carries two rolls of "quarter sol" coins (in other words, a couple of rolls of quarters IN SPACE!) for use as improvised weapons that won't attract any attention at a security checkpoint.
    One of these inside a fist can make a big difference.
  • In the second novel of The Stainless Steel Rat series, Jim makes himself a cosh out of a roll of coins bundled up in a sock after having to divest himself of any and all obvious weapons and spy tools to get past a very thorough customs examination.
  • The protagonist of "Trouble is My Business" by Raymond Chandler carries a roll of quarters in his pocket that he uses as a fist load to give his punches extra impact.
  • The Long-Running Book Series Zenigata Heiji (and later film and TV adaptations) features a Jidaigeki-era police officer of the same name who uses thrown coins as weapons to catch criminals and bring them to justice.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Breaking Bad: In "Crazy Handful of Nothin'", Jesse demands upfront payment for the meth he's having Tuco distribute. Tuco refuses to pay until after the meth has been sold, but Jesse refuses to sell the meth without upfront payment. Tuco takes out several bundles of cash, puts it in a bag, and makes it look like he's handing it to Jesse. When Jesse goes to take it, Tuco savagely beats Jesse unconscious with the bag of money.
  • El Chapulín Colorado has a recurring rival named Super Sam, he is a parody of US superheroes dressed like Uncle Sam, and his weapon is a literal bag of money.
  • In Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the eponymous host asserts that Donald Trump's last name evokes "[smacking] a mouthy servant" with a "wad of thousand-dollar bills". ("Trump!")
  • Lying to Michael Jackson, a 2003 Comic Relief parody of Living With Michael Jackson, had Jackson (Lenny Henry) sobbing as he remembered how his father used to throw large bags of money at him and his brothers. Martin Bashir (Rowan Atkinson) nods sympathetically, then asks "Could ... I have some of your money?"
  • In the MythBusters Season 1 episode, "Penny Drop", testing the titular myth involved rigs designed to shoot pennies, including a rifle modified to launch pennies at supersonic speeds. In a subversion, even the rifle proves incapable of causing more than superficial damage.
  • One of the serial killers in Profiler duct-taped a funnel to a victim's mouth and force-fed them silver dollars so they choked to death. Another victim was suffocated beneath the weight of sacks of silver dollars.
  • The Westerner: In "Mrs. Kennedy", crazed rancher Marsh Kennedy takes two saddlebags filled with gold double-eagle coins belonging to his wife's rich Uncle Henry, and uses them to smash Uncle Henry's head in.
  • The Witcher (2019): When an obstructive porter tries to force a bribe out of Geralt in an urgent situation, he gets a Tap on the Head from Geralt's heavy coin purse instead.
    Porter: Money opens all doors.
    Geralt: [Knocks him unconscious] So it does.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Pathfinder, the "Coin Shot" spell enchants three coins so that they can be thrown with all the force of a bullet. The more valuable the coin, the more damage it does.
  • In Zombicide, one of the items you can find in the Toxic City Mall is a lot of small change. It increases the damage of any equipped Sawed-Off Shotgun. But then again, after a Zombie Apocalypse, what else is money good for?

    Video Games 
  • Alone in the Dark 3: You will find an empty shotgun. Acquiring the ammo for it (and realizing the item is meant to be ammunition) is a Guide Dang It! moment: it shoots gold coins.
  • In Assassin's Creed II you could throw small amounts of coins that would cause bystanders to try and gather them, creating "human caltops" versus your pursuers.
  • In Ancient Domains of Mystery, shopkeepers can throw coins with deadly accuracy if the player angers them. The player can also use coins as weapons and the Merchant class gets attack and damage bonuses with them.
  • Artifact has the spell Wrath of Gold, which spends all your gold, and deals 4 damage to a random unit (friend or foe) for each coin spent.
  • Millionaire's Bane in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a demonic slot machine that will sometimes attack by dropping fake coins from trapdoors in the ceiling in an attempt to crush Miriam.
  • Boogie Wings have areas containing large sacks of coins you can pick up using your plane's skyhook, and fling it into enemies for extra damage. Besides smashing mooks to bits, the coin sacks will often burst open allowing you to swoop over and collect the coins.
  • Borderlands 3 has a money shooting submarine gun called The "Predatory Lending" which for every shot, drains $1 from the Player Character's money.
  • Chrono Ark: One of the protagonist's cards lets you throw 2% of your gold at an opponent. For some weird reason, it turns into American dollars...
  • Cuphead:
    • Ribby and Croaks, a boss who combine themselves into a sentient slot machine and attack by shooting giant coins.
    • The Delicious Last Course has Esther Winchester, who has two forms of this in her second phase with her vacuum gun — she can use it to suck in gold bars, coins and money bags that can damage the player, before using it to fire safes up into the air that will explode into damaging gold bars, coins and wads of cash when they hit the ground.
  • In Cyberpunk 2077, Dexter Deshawn's trademark weapon (which you can later take for yourself) is the 'Plan B,' an Iconic pistol. Instead of using your actual ammunition, every shot takes one cred from your wallet.
  • In Dicey Dungeons, the theme of the Robot's abilities in Reunion involves using coins to activate their weapons instead of dice.
  • Deltarune: One of Spamton's attacks in his first battle is sucking up Kromer in the form of dollar signs.
  • In Devil May Cry 5, Dr. Faust gives Dante some control over Red Orbs, crystallized demon blood, which he can use to both deal damage to enemies by throwing the orbs at demons, or make enemies he attacks drop more orbs when hit.
  • In Diablo 3, one of the attacks used by Greed, Baroness of the Treasure Realm has her attempting to crush the heroes beneath treasure chests filled with loot. It's a tad appropriate considering the series' main gameplay loop.
  • In Digger, tunnelling under bags of gold causes them to fall. If an enemy is underneath the bag when it falls, it is killed.
  • In Dynamite Headdy, the True Final Boss of the game attacks Headdy by tossing money at him.
  • Eastward: In EarthBorn, one of The Merchant's abilities is to throw gold at enemies for damage. The more gold the party has, the higher damage will be towards opponents.
  • Fallout series:
    • Bottlecaps have been adopted as the main currency in post-apocalypse America, and bottlecap mines can be crafted as an explosive weapon in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout 4. Oddly enough, the Fallout 4 version doesn't use any bottlecaps in its construction, despite dropping a fair number when it explodes.
    • The Rock-It Launcher in 3 (renamed the Junk Jet in 4) uses miscellaneous items as ammo. While killing a Super Mutant by shooting a teddy bear at it is undoubtedly amusing, by far the most useful kind of ammo to use is Pre-War Money, because it's the only kind of vendor trash that weighs nothing, so you can carry as much of it as you want. Downplayed in that pre-war money has lost most of its value since the apocalypse - assuming that the "Pre-War Money" item represents the same amount of money in Fallout 3 and New Vegas as in 4 and 76 (the lower-resolution textures used by 3 and NV make the denomination unclear), each stack is $2000, which is worth all of 10 bottle caps in the Capital and Mojave Wastelands and 8 caps in the Boston Wasteland, and that's contingent upon barter skill, as unlike NCR and Legion money, it's more of a historical curiosity than something anyone still uses as money.
    • Fallout: New Vegas gives the player the ability to craft custom shotgun shells from the Denarii coins used by Caesar's Legion. In exchange for being at least technically the most expensive type of shotgun shell in the game, it has the advantages of magnum shells (ignores some armor and does boosted damage) without the drawback of wearing out the gun faster.
  • Several games in the Final Fantasy series have the Gil Toss/Spare Change ability, which has the user toss massive amounts of gil (the in-game currency) at their opponents to deal massive non-elemental damage. It frequently also involves a Shout-Out to Zenigata Heiji, noted above under Literature.
  • In Ganbare Goemon: Legend of the Mystical Ninja, you can swap out your melee weapon for throwing coins. The upside is that this gives you a valuable projectile attack, and the downside is that coins thrown are permanently lost.
  • Justified in Heat Signature, the game takes place in an interstellar cloud full of acid used to make batteries. This acid is traded as a currency, but the Fleshstripper fires it in large bursts capable of stripping even armored enemies to the bone.
  • In Horizon Zero Dawn and its sequel, metal shards salvaged from downed robots or ancient ruins are the primary trading currency among all the major tribes, but they're also used to craft every type of arrow as well as explosive traps (think arrowheads and shrapnel, respectively).
  • I Wanna Be The Fangame has a Boss Battle against a giant Wonder Boy treasure chest that tries to kill you by spewing coins at you.
  • Killing Floor 2 has the optional Doshinegun (dosh being the game's term for money), which is modeled off of real-life money guns. It's only really useful if a game has enough rounds for you to farm money, a Self-Imposed Challenge, or if you're bored. That said, it stuns zombies very quickly.
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot: While not necessarily used to attack per se, President Haltmann throws money to obscure parts of the screen.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak, Van's appropriately named "Coin Bullet" Craft uses five 10-mira coins to flick at his enemies.
  • The Legend of Zelda deducts 1 rupee every time Link fires an arrow. This is probably just Gameplay and Story Segregation (they probably didn't have enough space on the cartridge to make arrows a separate consumable and had to use something), but a hard gemstone that's shaped like this would make for an effective arrowhead.
  • Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Yuuna Kaharu's Magia involves her summoning a gigantic wad of yen bills to slap her target around with.
  • Inverted in Metro 2033, where ammunition, specifically pre-apocalyptic assault rifle rounds is money.
  • One of the Combat Hand Fans that Miis from the Princess class can buy in Miitopia is the "Money Fan". It is actually a stack of bills held like a fan.
  • Million Gunman, the ninth-ranked assassin encountered in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, wield guns that shoot rolled-up dollar bills.
  • In Nioh 2, the Ninjutsu skill tree features the Rakansen Coin, which uses your own money as projectiles and can even be used to activate special debuffs.
  • Paper Mario:
    • In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Wendy attacks Mario by hurling golden coins (as well as Mooks) at him. If he fails to use the Instant Camera in time, she can even One-Hit KO him with a huge shower of coins.
    • In Paper Mario: The Origami King, Professor Toad attacks by digging coins out of the ground, launching them on enemies for heavy damage. An important part of this move, however, is that while Professor Toad is very good at discerning where coins are buried, his judgment is not perfect, and every now and then, he'll dig up nothing.
  • PAYDAY 2 allows you to whack people on the head with a stack of Benjamins. It's weaker than using your fists (you need to use it twice to break thin glass), but the sheer ludicrousness of the situation causes trained special ops to fall down in surprise. The money stack can be swung fairly quickly and has a good amount of knockback, making the process of subduing law enforcement to be taken as hostages easier. What makes the weapon even sillier is you have to unlock it at a certain level instead of just taking your own money. This video pretty much sums up the hilarity of the weapon's existence.
  • Persona:
  • Pokémon:
    • The Pay Day move throws gold coins at your enemy. The move itself does low Normal-Type damage, but also increased how much money you get at the end of the battle with each use of the move. It's been associated with Meowth, to the point where it was actually removed from Persian's learnset in Generation IV! However, other Pokémon can learn it as well such as Purrloin, who's been able to have been bred with it and it's also available via certain events. In addition, Generations I and VIII have had it as a TM, though Generation IX changes it back to only being learned by Meowth, Persian and their variants. In addition, in Pokémon Sword and Shield, Gigantamax Meowth can use G-Max Gold Rush which scatters even more coins due to being equal to Meowth's level and if used for all three turns, it actually earns you more money than Pay Day! Rather ironically, Team Rocket's Meowth can use Pay Day in Pokémon Yellow in the second to fourth battles with Jessie and James but in the anime, the Orange Islands established that Meowth couldn't learn the move.
    • Fling is a Dark-type move that lets the user throw their Held Item at the enemy, the power of which depends on the item being thrown. While flinging a (gold) Nugget gives a measly 30 power, flinging a Big Nugget in Generation VIII and above gives a whopping 130 power and can do serious damage, especially against Psychic- or Ghost- types.
    • Gholdengo's Secret Art Make It Rain throws a huge amount of coins at the enemy, dealing much stronger Steel-type damage and also gives increased money at the end of the battle with each use of the move.
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future: While pinned down by several crooks, Layton constructs a makeshift slot machine that shoots out coins at them, chasing them out of the casino.
  • Ragnarok Battle Offline: The Merchant's Mammonite skill takes this form; the male one creates an absurdly large hammerhead out of gold coins and bashes the enemy over the head with it, while the female one simply smacks the enemy with a huge sack of coins.
  • In Ragnarok Online, both the Merchant and Ninja classes are able to throw coins at the target that deals damage, as one of their skills.
  • In Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, the Diamond Sting is one of the Seven Deadly Weapons and represents the sin of Greed. It's a gold-plated SMG that fires coins at the enemy.
  • Winning enough Gears, the in-game currency in ShellShock Live will earn you a new weapon: the Fat Stacks. Basically, your tank will fire green dollar bills to make it rain. What a great way to show who is the wealthy one around!
  • Shovel Knight: The battle against Treasure Knight takes place in a ship's hold full of treasure, and one of his attacks is a Shockwave Stomp that sends a deadly wave of gold coins across the level.
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole: Money tossing was originally a healing move meant for the Pimp miniboss fight. The move was scrapped before the game's release, likely because the New Kid is alone during the fight and thus has no allies to heal.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl has the Coin Launcher mode, where you shoot coins at targets that move across the screen to earn stickers and trophies.
  • In Tales of the Abyss, Anise's second Mystic Arte, Fever Time, rains countless coins on the unlucky enemy before creating an explosion.
  • Terraria has the Coin Gun, which fires coins from your inventory as ammunition and deals damage according to their value. Its damage can range from being moderately acceptable with the lowest valued copper coins, to being the hands-down strongest weapon in the game for a few seconds with platinum coins.
  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures Licensed Game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, some of the hazards in the final stage include cannons that shoot bags of money. In the final battle with Montana Max at the end of the stage, Monty will try to attack you by tossing a giant gold coin, which you can bounce off of to reach one of the two balconys he is standing in.
  • Titan Souls features Avarice, a Chest Monster whose main form of attack is firing giant gold coins from its mouth.
  • In Touhou ~ Antinomy of Common Flowers, Yorigami Joon has an attack where she opens two suitcases filled with cash, which immediately burst into flames. There is also Komachi Onozuka who, as The Ferryman, throws coins in some of her attacks.
  • ULTRAKILL has the pistol's Marksman alt fire, which flips a coin into the air, allowing V1 to shoot it in midair for a guaranteed Critical Hit trick shot. Advanced techniques involving the Marksman coin include shooting it at the absolute apex of the arc to split the bullet into two, reflecting enemy shots by positioning a coin in their way, or simply punching the coin directly into enemies' faces (which does minimal damage but acts as a taunt). V2 can use your own coins against you, though nothing is stopping you from returning the favour.
  • In Yakuza: Like a Dragon, progressing through the Business Management minigame unlocks the increasingly powerful "Stack Slap" series of attacks for Ichiban in which he literally smacks enemies with wads of cash.
  • Zunzunkyou No Yabou have a Buddhist monk boss who carries a sack of koban-style gold coins, which he will repeatedly fling at you during battle.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Original 
  • Maddox of The Best Page in the Universe jokingly suggests using pennies as bombs and other ammunition in what he calls "Operation: Penny Drop", his rationale being that it saves on weapon R&D and manufacturing and that the people liberated from the defeated terrorists and tyrants can use the pennies to rebuild their country.

    Western Animation 
  • The villain Gotron almost escapes The Herculoids and justice aboard his longboat, which is laden with so much gold that it can barely move. Zandor pitches one more sack of gold at Gotron, which not only knocks him off his feet, but causes his boat to sink. Gotron never surfaces; either he can't swim, or his greed wouldn't let him unhand his gold.
  • During the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Season 5 episode "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?", the Monster of the Week is hiding in the dreams of one of Ponyville's citizens, so Princess Luna links the dreams of everyone in town. When things start to go bad, the Mane Six rally the townsponies to help fight, reminding them that you can do anything in a dream. Local business pony Filthy Rich helps out by firing beams of coins at the beast, riding a wave of them like Iceman.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In "The Cent of Money", Mr. Krabs discovers that Gary has the ability to attract coins, leading him to use the snail to steal peoples' money. He later gets his just desserts when he takes Gary to an arcade and ends up getting crushed by a tidal wave of coins (and, adding insult to literal injury, the coins he took are going toward his hospital bill).
  • In Teen Titans Go!, a series of five episodes built around being on an island has a Gilligan's Island sendup where Starfire is relegated to resting with an entirely-unnamed millionaire and his wife. Later, when all of the island-specific characters come back for a final battle (it's a little complicated), they are seen whaling on villains with sacks of cash.
  • Near the end of the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "The Looney Beginning", Buster and Babs, respectively disguised as Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd, are about to leave Montana Max's mansion with the scripts he stole from them, when Monty sees through their disguises and activates his security system. He has cannons shoot bags of money at the two rabbits , and tries to flatten them with a giant gold coin with his face on it, which the two rabbits evade, and the coin ends up flattening him instead.
  • In Tokyo Woes, Seaman Hook bombards Tokyo Rose with war bonds that explode like artillery shells.

    Real Life 
  • It was at one point a common tactic to hold a roll of quarters in your fist as a legal alternative to brass knuckles.
  • Socks filled with quarters or pennies are often used as improvised blackjacks or flails. The page image for Sock It to Them even shows how this can be accomplished with a roll of coins inserted into the sock's heel.
  • An American dime (ten cents) will fit the barrel of a 12 gauge shotgun, as long as there's no choke. While you can in fact load your shotgun with $1.60 worth of change, dimes have terrible aerodynamics and won't penetrate nearly enough flesh to do any real damage. They can, however, do quite a bit of damage to more brittle targets, as seen in this video where an Xbox 360's casing is utterly shredded by them.


Dynamite Headdy

The true final boss and his lackeys chuck money at Headdy in their attempts to kill him.

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Main / MoneyMauling

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