Using the vessels of yet-to-be-born creatures as weapons.
The above sentence might sound horrifying, but it happens surprisingly often in media, especially video games. Thanks to their oval shape and portable aspect, it's not hard to imagine eggs as working projectiles. This is a particularly common form of attack from avian creatures, with some even being capable of rapid-firing them, while others are able to spit them out instead of... you know, the other way around.
The eggs also don't necessarily need to be actual organic eggs to count. That's why explosives that are made to resemble eggs are a common variant, probably because they bring grenades to mind.
Compare Weaponized Offspring, which is when the eggs hatch into babies hell-bent on killing you. See also Egging for the prank involving throwing rotten eggs on people or their properties. Sub-Trope of Abnormal Ammo. Possibly a form of Edible Ammunition.
- In Hook, the Lost Boys have cannons that fire eggs.
- Ozma of Oz. Nomes believe that eggs are poisonous to them. The Scarecrow throws eggs at the Nome King's eyes, which blinds him and terrifies the other Nomes. Dorothy uses the distraction to steal the Nome King's magic belt.
- Super Mario Bros.
- This is one of Yoshi's signature moves in the Mario games, especially the Yoshi's Island sub-series. Eggs are produced by Yoshi swallowing enemies and converting them into eggs, at which point they can be thrown around.
- Birdo actually predates Yoshi as the series' signature egg thrower, having been introduced all the way back in Super Mario Bros. 2. Birdos shoot eggs from their tube-shaped mouths and seemingly have infinite ammo.
- The World 2 boss of Super Princess Peach is a large owl that is able to generate and control multiple eggs at once for attacking. Sometimes, they hatch into hostile baby owls.
- Kazooie from Banjo-Kazooie fame learns how to fire eggs in the first game (a move that is described as "the ancient way of the egg"). The second game elaborates on this mechanic more by letting Kazooie utilize various types of elemental eggs, such as fire, ice and what's essentially grenades.
- Donkey Kong Country:
- Squawks the Parrot attacks enemies by spitting eggs. At least, the green ones do. The purple variant can only pick up objects and drop them.
- The first boss of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest primarily attacks by picking up eggs from his nest and releasing them on the Kongs (who can retaliate by picking up stray eggs and throwing them back). When it comes back later as a ghost, it is able to materialize flying eggs from nowhere.
- Pokémon: The Egg Bomb move, associated primarily with the Chansey and Exeggcute lines.
- Earthworm Jim 3D:
- One of the many weird weapon types in this game is an egg shooter.
- The very first level has oversized grenade egg hazards being laid by a giant straw chicken.
- Wally Warbles from Cuphead is another one of those weird examples that spits eggs out. Additionally, his actual offspring, who takes over for him in the third phase of the fight, is protected by a Orbiting Particle Shield of eggs that he seemingly moves around telekinetically.
- Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg is a game that revolves all around manipulating oversized eggs for a variety of purposes, including using them as weapons.
- In a Licensed Game based on Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, a large robotic chicken is the antagonist because she spits out eggs that make you lose HP.
- Solatorobo: One bossfight is against a giant bird who lays eggs that hatch into smaller birds after a while. The idea being to throw the eggs back at the Giant Flyer before they hatch.
- The Flash game Age Of War has an egg-a-pult as a defensive tower in the first era that functions as a Bamboo Technology machine gun.
- In Minecraft, eggs can be used to craft food items but can also be thrown. They will deal knockback but no damage, and throwing eggs at neutral mobs will provoke them.
- In NetHack: any carried object can be used as a projectile, including eggs of all kinds. Cockatrice eggs are popular due to them turning targets they hit to stone.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2: The chicken badniks in Flying Fortress Zone are confined to turrets where they shoot small eggs at you.
- In CostumeQuest, the "Egg" and "Rotten Egg" stamps give you the ability to do this to enemies.
- In Resident Evil, egg is a recurring item that you can either consume for health, or throw at enemies. They usually do little damage, but the Rotten Egg in Resident Evil 5 was a One-Hit Kill on most non-bosses.
- Angry Birds: The white bird's special ability is to drop an explosive egg vertically down when you tap the screen again, in order to blow up parts of the pigs' fortress. As a secondary result, the explosion can also Rocket Jump the bird into other parts to cause extra damage,
- The first Mini-Boss of Disney's Magical Quest 3 is a turkey that sometimes attacks by laying a bouncing egg.
- The Easter Bunny in The Fairly Oddparents episode "Christmas Every Day" employs explosive easter eggs to fight Santa Claus. Those eggs return in the "Abra Catastrophe" special as one of the magical gifts Timmy receives and then weaponizes for the final battle.
- Tom and Jerry: In The Yankee Doodle Mouse, Jerry throws "hen grenades" at Tom.
- In the Mr. Bogus episode "Battle Action Bogus", under the orders of General Baddus, Ratty and Mole fire eggs at Bogus, with Mole holding an elastic band as a slingshot.
- Classic Disney Shorts: In "Alpine Climbers", Mickey Mouse is caught collecting eagle eggs by their mother. In desperation, Mickey attacks the eagle with her own eggs. Instead of splattering, the eggs hatch, and the eaglets attack Mickey to protect their mother.
- Chicken Run: As Mrs. Tweedy tries to climb into the chickens' airplane, they throw their own eggs at her to try and stop her.