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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.
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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.
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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.

See also Bling-Bling-BANG!, in which the weapons are unusually fancy to show their user's wealth without being money; Cast from Money, an attack that drains money with each use while not necessarily weaponizing it; and Crimefighting with Cash, where the money is spent to achieve the owner's ends.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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 one case in Detective Conan, the murder weapon is an Improvised Weapon made from bunch of coins put inside a sock.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Senki Zesshou 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 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.
  • 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.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

    Literature 
  • In the Alex Rider story Eagle Strike, one of Damien Cray's henchmen agrees to work for Cray in exchange for a $2million 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 - $2million dollars 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 Mistborn, Allomancers with the ability to draw power from steel can "push" nearby metals away with great force. They can use any metallic object — a powerful allomancer with a wrought-iron fence makes for a Mook Horror Show in the original trilogy — 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 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 Long-Running Book Series Zenigata Heiji (and later film and TV adaptations) features a Jidai Geki-era police officer of the same name who uses thrown coins as weapons to catch criminals and bring them to justice.
  • In 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • If the player builds the Rock-It launcher, it uses many of the junk items found in the game as ammunition, including wads of pre-war currency. 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.
  • 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.
  • While not necessarily used to attack per se, President Haltmann throws money to obscure parts of the screen in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
  • In 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 (as one unfortunate contestant on Nick Arcade learned the hard way).
  • 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, one of the assassins encountered in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, wield guns that shoot rolled-up dollar bills.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Persona 2, Baofu uses coins as his melee weapon. He infuses them with qigong, allowing them to flick them at lethal speed.
  • The Pay Day move in the Pokémon game franchise throws gold coins at your enemy. The move itself does damage, but also increased how much money you get at the end of the battle with each use of the move.
  • 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!
  • Terraria added the Coin Gun in its 1.2 update, 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 coins, to being the hands-down strongest weapon in the game... for a few seconds.
  • 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 inmediately burst into flames. There is also Komachi Onozuka who, as The Ferryman, throws coins in some of her attacks.
  • The Legend of Zelda deducts 1 rupee every time you fire an arrow. This could just be Gameplay and Story Segregation, but a hard gem could make a pretty good arrowhead.
  • 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 Tales of the Abyss, Anise's second Mystic Arte, Fever Time, rains countless coins on the unlucky enemy before creating an explosion.

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    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 
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 (one of which provides the page image), 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 
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