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"How does it feel to be killed by your own gun?"
Bad Bean 1, Killer Bean Forever

In battle, disarming an opponent of their weapon is an obviously good tactic. Some highly skilled fighters might take it a step further and use or maneuver that very weapon against the opponent. This can be done for a variety of in-story reasons, from pragmatism to giving the opponent an ironic defeat.

This trope often but not always results in the opponent being defeated or killed by their own weapon. The character who disarmed them will usually use the weapon to perform the coup de grâce in the climax of a long and intense fight. The winner might keep the opponent's weapon as a trophy or discard/destroy it afterwards.

Summon to Hand, Loyal Phlebotinum and Only I Can Make It Go are ways to avert this.

Compare Mid Fight Weapon Exchange, Hoist by His Own Petard and Beat Them at Their Own Game. Also compare Disarm, Disassemble, Destroy when a character disables their opponent's weapon after relieving them of it. See Catch and Return for when a character has their weapon thrown back at them as opposed to having it taken or maneuvered against them or Lodged-Blade Recycling for when a character removes a weapon they were stabbed with and uses it. See Vehicular Turnabout for the vehicle version of this.

Note: Deflecting projectile attacks or tricking opponents into killing their own allies do not qualify for this trope. This trope also does not apply to using an identical or similar weapon to the opponent or mimicking their tactics and strategies. Deflecting firepower from enemy guns back onto them also does not qualify. Deadly Dodging does not qualify. (For that, see Attack Reflector or Parrying Bullets.) Compare Forced Friendly Fire.

As this can be a Death Trope, unmarked spoilers abound. Beware.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Chainsaw Man: After Samurai Sword's Devil power runs out, Kobeni deals with his pistol by jumping over him, slicing the forearm holding it off, grabbing it in midair, and shooting him in the back.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Dragon Ball: Bora fights Tao when the mercenary arrives to kill Goku and claim the Dragon Ball. Tao easily bests Bora and kills him using his own spear.
    • Dragon Ball Z: King Cold attempts to do this to Trunks by tricking the Saiyan into giving him his sword, which Cold wrongly assumes is the source of Trunks's power. Cold pays for his mistake with his life.
  • Goblin Slayer: The eponymous hero goes through weapons quickly as he kills goblins because their bodily fluids degrade metals after prolonged contact, so he takes their blades most of the time.
  • High School D×D: In Siegfried's battle with Yuuto Kiba, since Siegfried has become unworthy of his sword Gram, Gram jumps out of his hand and into Kiba's. Kiba uses Gram to kill him.
  • Resident Evil: Damnation: During her fight with Svetlana, Ada grabs a knife from a display case on the wall to use as a weapon. Svetlana easily evades Ada's attacks and grabs the knife from her, using it to slash Ada's top.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Like the real-life game, the various anime series have cards that allow the user to seize control of their opponent's cards.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters:
      • In his duel with Kaiba, Pegasus uses his Millennium Eye to predict Kaiba's moves. In one turn he uses a trap card called Prophecy to "guess" the attack power of a monster in Kaiba's hand, allowing him to take Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Pegasus then uses his Toon World card to summon Kaiba's Blue-Eyes as Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon.
      • Yugi's Brain Control Spell Card allows him to control his opponent's monster for one turn. He uses this to defeat Marik/Strings's Slifer/Revival Jam strategy by taking control of Revival Jam and using its effects to make Strings draw cards until he decks out.
      • Joey's Graverobber Trap Card allows him to steal a card from his opponent's graveyard and use it as if it were his own, an advantage he exploits quite oftennote 
      • The first time was in his duel against Bandit Keith. Joey used Graverobber to take Keith's Time Machine card and using it to revive his Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon. This also crosses over with Beat Them at Their Own Game as Keith used his Pillager spell card to take and use Joey's Sword and Shield card in the same turn.
      • He later used it against Weevil Underwood in Battle City. Weevil used Eradicating Aerosol, an Insect-destroying Spell Card, to destroy his own Pinch Hopper, whose effect lets him play his best card, Insect Queen. Joey later used Graverobber to take Eradicating Aerosol and destroy Insect Queen.
      • In his second duel with Kaiba, Joey uses Graverobber to summon Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Dragon to his side of the field. This only pushes Kaiba's Berserk Button and he still beats Joey.
      • Kaiba himself tried to use this tactic on Yugi in their Battle City finals Duel by using Lullaby of Obedience to take Yugi's Slifer card from his hand. However, Yugi was counting on Kaiba trying this and used Exchange to take Slifer back. However (again), the card that Kaiba got from Yugi's hand in return, Life Shaver, ultimately allowed him to destroy Slifer... albeit in a double KO with his Obelisk.
      • Mai tries to do this to Yami Marik but fails. Thanks to her Amazoness Chain Master's effect, she is able to take Yami Marik's Winged Dragon of Ra card from his hand. Unfortunately, she doesn't know how to use it, so Yami Marik takes it back when she summons it.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:
      • In Pegasus's Triangle Duel against Cronos/Crowler and Napoleon/Bonaparte, he uses a card called Comic Hand to take control of Cronos's Ancient Gear Golem, turning it into Toon Ancient Gear Golem. Then he uses Mimicat to copy Cronos's Ancient Gear Explosive. The Explosive takes out Napoleon and the Golem takes out Cronos.
      • Judai/Jaden inverts this in Season 2 against Pro Duelist X, who runs a Deck Destruction Deck by planting his Neo-Spacian Glow Moss on X's side of the Field. Its secondary (anime-only) effect allows him to Deck Out X instead.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds:
      • Prior to the main story, Jack stole Yusei's Stardust Dragon card. During their Riding Duel in episodes 4 and 5, Jack uses Stardust Dragon against Yusei only for Yusei to take control of the dragon using a trap card.
      • Crow has a Trap Card called Fake Feather, which lets him discard a Blackwing to activate a Trap card in his opponent's Graveyard.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Episode 29 has a rematch between Yuzu Hiragi/Zuzu Boyle and Masumi Kotsu/Julia Krystal. In the fifth turn of the duel, Yuzu uses her Fusion Cycle trap card which allows her to summon and use a monster in Masumi's graveyard that was used for a fusion summon. Yuzu uses this card on Masumi's Crystal Rose monster which can be treated as two fusion material monsters instead of one, allowing her to fusion summon Bloom Diva the Melodius Choir with Masumi's own monster. The duel ends in Yuzu's victory.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: During their duel, Specter uses a spell card called Sunvine Plunder to take control of Lightning's Judgment Arrows spell card, allowing him to destroy Lightning's Extra Link.

    Card Games 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The game has a number of cards that allow you to take control of your opponent's cards and use them for yourself in some way.
    • Aliens are an archetype of Reptile-Type Monsters that rely on distributing "A-Counters" on monsters to activate their effects, many of which allow them to seize control of enemy monsters or lower their stats.
    • If Amazoness Chain Master is destroyed by battle and sent to the graveyard, the user can pay 1500 life points to take a monster card from the opponent's hand.
    • Change of Heart allows you to take control of an opponent's monster until the End Phase. Brain Control is a downgraded version.
    • Destiny Hero - Plasma can equip one monster per turn your opponent controls and gain attack points equal to half that monster's original attack points.
    • Double Spell allows you to use a Spell Card in your opponent's Graveyard by discarding a Spell Card from your hand.
    • Graverobber allows you to use a Spell Card in your opponent's Graveyard at the cost of 2000 Life Points.
    • Graydles are an archetype of Aqua-Type parasites that possess the opponent's monsters when they're destroyed.
    • Red-Eyes Fang with Chain can be sent to the graveyard to allow you to equip an opponent's effect monster to one of your own that was equipped with REFWC.
    • Relinquished is built around this trope. Powerless on its own, it was the first monster capable of absorbing other monsters, and it copied that monster's ATK and DEF. If the opponent attacks it, they lose as many Life Points as the controller does and the equipped monster is destroyed instead of Relinquished. Its superior form Thousand-Eyes Restrict trades the damage duplication effect for banning all other monsters from attacking, and its perfected form released years later, Millennium-Eyes Restrict, can equip multiple monsters at a time, taking on their ATK and DEF and barring all monsters with that name from attacking or using their effects.
    • Soul Exchange allows you to Tribute a monster your opponent controls as if it were your own at the cost of not conducting your Battle Phase that turn.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • Justice League of America: Superwoman battles Black Canary in #30 of volume 1. Black Canary incapacitates Superwoman with a cold pill, takes her down with a judo flip and binds her with her own lasso.
    • Superman/Batman: Issue #15 has Wonder Woman leading a resistance group against tyrannical versions of Superman and Batman. When Wonder Woman kills Batman, Superman flies into a berserker rage and delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to her before finishing her off by strangling her with her own lasso.
  • The Authority: Issue #0 of the second volume has the Authority fighting an invasion from Viceworld, a a world-sized casino and pleasure complex catering to people across the multiverse, whose owner, Madorra Chance, is trying to make money off people betting on whether or not the Authority can win. Madorra sends a bomb capable of destroying an entire continent at the Authority but they use their portal technology to send it back to her, blowing up a section of Viceworld.
  • Belit & Valeria: Belit's sword breaks against Hortuga's axe. She regains the advantage by swiping his short sword from its sheath and stabbing him with it.
  • The American Way: Hellbent decapitates Freya with her own axe.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Daredevil: In a memorable moment from Frank Miller's run, Bullseye attacks Elektra, intending to replace her as Kingpin's chief assassin. Although Elektra puts up a very good fight, Bullseye wins and kills her with her own sai.
    • Dark Reign Elektra: In issue #4, Bullseye has a rematch with Elektra. He tries to replicate the outcome of their original fight by using her own sai against her. Instead, Elektra avoids this and stabs him with one of his arrows.
    • The Sensational She-Hulk: In issue #17, She-Hulk and her allies face off against a supervillain team called the Band of the Bland. She-Hulk fights Tillie the Hun and sends her flying with a strike from the villain's own mace.
    • Wolverine: One issue had Wolverine facing off against an immortal vampire-like swordsman who couldn't be hurt by any weapons forged by mortals. Wolverine beat him by stealing his swords and using those on him instead of his claws, realizing that the swordsman had crafted his swords himself and thus was vulnerable to them.
    • The Incredible Hulk: The Red Hulk was the only villain to ever wield Thor's hammer Mjölnir against him, due to a loophole that many consider bad writing. He received his comeuppance later in their rematch.
  • Queen Sonja: In issue #25, Sonja battles Antonius, the Arc Villain of issues 21-25. Sonja kills him by snatching his dagger from its sheath and stabbing him in the head with it. Sonja is able to do this because Antonius is distracted by his anger, an analogy for how Antonius made several tactical errors during the war.
  • Scott Pilgrim:
    • In Volume 3, Envy Adams swipes Ramona Flowers' hammer and attempts to crush her and Knives Chau with it, forcing Scott to save them.
    • In Volume 6, Gideon Graves swipes Scott's "The Power of Love" Sword and fatally impales him with it. After Scott comes back using an extra life, Romona takes the sword from Gideon and kills him with a combo attack with Scott.
  • Sonic Universe: During the fight in issue #22, Shadow disarms Amy of her hammer and knocks her out with it.

    Fan Works 
  • A Darker Path: Atropos gets a lot of street cred for killing Oni Lee with his own pistol before he could teleport away.
  • Forever Red: The Novel: Gerrock manages to swipe Wes's Chrono Saber from him during their fight. Fortunately, Wes and Tommy are able to get it back, and destroy the machine general.
  • Heroic Potential: In Chapter Ten, Dave uses Super Polymerization to fuse the secretary's Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon with his Black Luster Soldier to form Dragon Master Knight. Dave then attacks her directly and wins the duel.
  • The Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles fic "A New Timeline" concludes with John Connor and Cameron uploading their shared lover, Alison (a version of Cameron from a timeline where the Connors were killed) into Skynet's most advanced Terminator model, the TOL-900, equipped with superior strength, enhanced healing via nanobots, and pheromones that make others feel positive towards the body. A letter from another future version of Cameron confirms that these Terminators were particularly dangerous weapons when used by Skynet, but Future Cameron is certain that John, Cameron and Alison will be able to use this body against their enemy.
  • Reenacting a legend: Shirou Emiya defeats the psycho murderer and rapist Freed Sellzan and disarms him of his sword Excalibur Rapidly. Shirou attempts to execute him with the sword, only to be interrupted.
  • The Secret Return of Alex Mack: Terawatt has a habit of using telekinesis to snatch her enemies' guns and then hit them in the face with the closer end.
  • With This Ring: Invoked by Paul when he duels Prince Ragnar, and realises that although Ragnar has reasonable instincts for mundane combat, he doesn't really know how to fight like a Lantern and doesn't understand the orange light. Ragnar, who hasn't studied philosophy or achieved unity with his own desires or practised remote ring control, has no defence against Paul summoning his ring right off his finger.
    Paul: You're a warrior. I'm a philosopher. There is a good deal more to using the orange light than 'screaming and leaping'. You know your desires. I know desire.
    Ragnar: And?
    Paul: And I will teach that to you. I'm going to take your ring, and beat you with that. Come.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Battal Gazi: This trope is all over the place in the second film. The titular Warrior Prince is fighting a cadre of the main villain's Elite Mooks, all of them using a different weapon, and over the course of the film Battal Gazi defeats all of them with their own armaments — for bonus points, all through the nuts. From using Oba the archer's arrows to fire a shot into his groin, impaling Jan's testicles with Jan's trident, stabbing Dimitrios the knife-wielder's crotch using one of his own knives, smashing Anton the brute's nethers with Anton's hammer, pulling a Catch and Return on Aleksi's circular saws embedding each of his saws into Aleksi's nuts, and shoving Marco the axe-wielder's own ax down there. In all fairness, those villains did gang-rape Battal Gazi's sister earlier on.
  • Blood and Bone:
    • When JC tries to stab Bone with a shiv, Bone easily disarms him and then stabs him in the shoulder with it.
    • In the climactic battle, Bone redirects a slash from James' katana to slice off James' hand.
  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle: The Thin Man seemingly defeats Seamus only for Seamus to impale him in the back with his own sword while the Thin Man is distracted during a moment with Dylan.
  • Cradle 2 the Grave: The climax features a Designated Girl Fight between Daria and Sona. Daria kills Sona by maneuvering the latter's arm into shooting herself with her own weapon.
  • Daredevil: In a scene lifted almost beat-for-beat from the comics, Bullseye kills Elektra using her own sai.
  • DOA: Dead or Alive: Christie's introduction scene has her confronted in her hotel room by three cops who intend to arrest her for theft. She kicks one cop's gun out of his hand and knocks out the other two. She then makes the first cop do her bra clasp before Pistol-Whipping him with the gun she took from him and then making a run for it.
  • Dredd: Halfway through the movie, Anderson is captured by Kay. When Ma-Ma orders Anderson's execution, he tries to shoot her with her own gun. However, the gun has a DNA scanner, and because it doesn't recognize Kay's DNA, it blows up on him.
  • Equilibrium:
    • Preston is caught sense offending by a bunch of Mooks. He kills two of them by taking their guns from them and shooting them both in the head.
    • Later, he guns down two guards with a gun he takes off the corpse of one he kills in the same sequence.
    • Before confronting Du Pont and Brandt, Preston must fight a group of bodyguards armed with swords. He swipes a sword from one, a scabbard from another and kills them with the same amount of ease.
  • Freddy vs. Jason: Both villains use the other's primary weapon against him during their climactic battle. First Freddy cuts off Jason's fingers and takes his machete, allowing him to finally inflict some serious damage on him. Then Jason returns the favour by ripping off Freddy's arm and impaling him with his own claws.
  • Gladiator:
    • Tigris of Gaul is defeated when Maximus disarms him of his axe, then swings its backspike into his foot.
    • Commodus tries to beat Maximus in one-on-one combat in the Colosseum by cheating, first by stabbing Maximus in the side prior to the fight, and then later by pulling out a concealed dagger after both of them lose their swords. Even wounded, Maximus still thrashes Commodus and stabs him in the throat with the very dagger Commodus tried to use on him.
  • Halloween:
    • Halloween (1978): Laurie Strode disarms Michael Myers of his knife and stabs him in the chest with it. It does not slow him down for long.
    • Halloween II (2009): In the ending, Laurie stabs Michael to death with his knife.
    • Halloween (2018): Michael Myers stabs Laurie in the gut with her own knife. Later, Allyson uses Michael's knife to slash his hand.
    • Halloween Kills: In the ending, Michael Myers kills Tommy Doyle by snatching his baseball bat and caving his skull in.
    • Halloween Ends: Corey Cunningham is attacked by a crazy homeless man, but kills him with his own knife.
  • Hercules: Hercules fatally stabs Eurystheus with the latter's own dagger as revenge for killing his family.
  • Highlander: In the World War II flashback, Connor MacLeod kills a Gestapo officer with his own MP 40.
  • Hong Kong has the protagonists attacked by the katana-wielding Japanese main villain, only for the female lead to suddenly drive a hook into the villain's neck, making him drop his katana. The lead protagonist grabs the katana off the floor and finishes off the villain.
  • James Bond:
    • From Russia with Love: Grant tries to kill Bond with his garotte wire-wristwatch. Bond stabs him in the arm with a knife and strangles him to death with his own wire.
    • Goldfinger: In the Fort Knox climax, Bond manages to get his hands on Oddjob's iconic steel-brimmed hat and throws at him. Oddjob dodges the hat, causing it to get stuck between a pair of metal bars. When he goes to retrieve his hat and tries to pull it free, Bond grabs a sparking wire severed by the hat earlier and thrusts the open end onto the bars. The electric current kills Oddjob.
    • Diamonds Are Forever: : Bonus points when Bond hoists Mr. Wint with his own petard by sticking it onto him and throwing him into the drink. He's blown sky-high before he hits the water. His boyfriend and partner-in-crime Mr. Kidd is the victim of a two-fer — not only was he burned alive when Bond splashes him with Courvoisier cognac as he approached Bond with flaming shish-kabobs, earlier in the film he had himself tried to burn Bond alive (with the assistance of Mr. Wint).
    • Octopussy: Grishka pins Bond down to the wooden door with precise knife throws. When he's about to throw the fatal blade, Bond opens the door, Mishka stumbles and falls, and Bond throws one of his knives back at him, directly into his stomach.
    • Tomorrow Never Dies:
      • Bond tricks Dr. Kaufman into electrocuting himself, then shoots him with his own gun, making it look like a suicide.
      • Later, Bond puts Elliot Carver in the way of his own torpedo-drill.
    • Die Another Day: At the end of the film, Gustav Graves' electric suit is turned against him after he's hanging out of a hole in the plane. When Bond triggers the electrocution, the no-longer-grounded Graves is shocked and loses his grip, getting dragged into the engine.
    • Casino Royale (2006):
      • The Animated Credits Opening has a sequence in which Bond fights a man who is armed with a knife. Bond takes the knife from the man and stabs him with it, causing him to dissolve into poker card diamonds.
      • The above scene is a reference to one in the movie proper in which Alex Dimitrios confronts Bond at the Body Worlds exhibition and tries to kill him with a knife. Bond gets the upper hand and kills Dimitrios with the knife instead.
  • Kill Bill Vol. 2: A variation. During their fight in the dead Bud's trailer, Elle manages to get her hands on the Bride's sword (which had been taken from the Bride earlier when Bud defeated and buried her alive) and intends to use it to kill the Bride. She fails and the Bride permanently blinds her.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service: The church fight has Galahad repeatedly disarming his opponents and using their weapons against them.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • The Mask of Zorro: In their climactic battle, Alejandro gets a hold of Harrison Love's sword and mortally stabs him with it.
  • The Matrix:
    • The Matrix:
      • Cypher uses an electric raygun smuggled aboard the Nebuchadnezzar to attack Tank and Dozer, killing Dozer in the process. Cypher drops the gun and smugly begins unplugging his other shipmates... only to discover too late that Tank is Not Quite Dead when he gets hold of the raygun and blows Cypher away with it.
      • During the gunfight in the lobby, Trinity grabs a guard's gun and shoots him with it.
      • Neo takes a guard's gun and hits him with it during the rooftop battle.
    • The Matrix Reloaded: Neo's fight with the Merovingian's men ends with him killing the last one using his own weapon.
    • The Matrix Revolutions: Trinity kills one of the Meronvingian's guards with his own gun.
  • In Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, the rogue AI known as "The Entity" tricks a Russian submarine into destroying itself with its own torpedo.
  • On Deadly Ground: Forrest kills Stone using the latter's own gun.
  • Out for Justice: Gino kills Richie with the corkscrew Richie attacked him with.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: In The Lightning Thief, Percy disarms Annabeth and holds both her sword and his own against her throat to win their fight.
  • Pulp Fiction: Butch goes back to his apartment to retrieve his father's gold watch. He finds Vincent, one of Marsellus's men, waiting for him. Fortunately for Butch, Vincent was foolish enough to leave his gun on the kitchen counter while he used Butch's bathroom, allowing Butch to snatch it up and shoot him.
  • Revenge of the Sith: Anakin Skywalker's rematch with Count Dooku aboard the Invisible Hand ends with him severing both of Dooku's hands at the wrists and holding the count at sword-point with both of their lightsabers. Anakin then beheads Dooku on Chancellor Palpatine's urging.
  • The Running Man: Ben Richards slices Buzzsaw in half with his own chainsaw.
  • Sha Po Lang: Inspector Ma Kwun, armed with an extendable baton, fights Jack, who is armed with a knife. Eventually Kwun drops his baton, overpowers Jack and manages to stab Jack with his own knife while Jack himself was still holding it.
  • Star Trek: Ayel tries to strangle Kirk to death. Kirk uses their close proximity to grab Ayel's gun and kill him with it.
  • Torque: Trey kills Luther by hanging him with his own chain.
  • Transformers Film Series:
    • Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen: Optimus does this to both the Fallen and Megatron in the final battle. He blasts Megatron in the face with his own fusion cannon and tears off the Fallen's face with his own spear before finishing off the villain with a punch through the chest.
    • Transformers: Age of Extinction: While battling Lockdown, Optimus sees Cade Yeager being held at gunpoint by Harold Attinger. Optimus kills Attinger to save Cade, but this brief distraction allows Lockdown to attack Optimus and pin him to a wall using the Autobot leader's own sword.
    • Bumblebee:
      • Bumblebee kills Blitzwing by embedding one of the Seeker's own arm missiles into his chest and then shooting him in the exact same spot.
      • Shatter breaks off Bumblebee's own arm blade and stabs him with it.
  • Willy's Wonderland: The Janitor kills Knighty Knight by decapitating him with his own sword.
  • Wonder Woman: General Erich Ludendorff steals Wonder Woman's sword and attacks her with it before she is able to take it back.

  • Fighting Fantasy:
  • Lone Wolf: There are very few weapons that can kill Helghast-level undead, and even less for Darklords or worse. (In the remake, it's commented that the Sommerswerd is the only Good weapon that can kill a Darklord.) If you don't have the Sommerswerd, there's almost always some way to use the villains' own magic weapons against them.
    • Especially apparent with the Helghast attacking the king in the updated remake of the first book, Flight from the Dark. If he hadn't nonchalantly thrown a magic dagger at some poor sod, there would have been no way to stop it.
    • In Shadow on the Sand, Darklord Haakon can be vanquished without the Sommerswerd by turning his magic gem against him, banishing him to another dimension.
    • Likewise, in The Masters of Darkness if you have neither the Sommerswerd nor the Dagger of Vashna to fight Darklord Kraagenskûl, your only hope is to seize his own sword, Helshezag, and use it to kill him.
  • In The Return of Zaltec, this is the only way to defeat the final boss. Attempting to cheat and "pretend" you killed him otherwise leads you to a false, mediocre ending.

  • Horus Heresy: In Prospero Burns, this is described as standard procedure for the Vlka Fenryka, or Space Wolves. As Elite Mooks for a Galactic Conqueror who are called upon to face a wide variety of foes, often against superior technology, they operate under the assumption that any enemy with x kind of armor will have also developed y kind of weapon capable of penetrating it as a precaution against their enemies, because if they can make armor like that then others might have it too. The Space Wolves demonstrate this by ambushing a group of Transhuman Aliens, stealing their guns, and killing the rest of the force with the weapons which prove to be devastatingly effective.
  • Steelheart: Steelheart has a fondness for killing people with their own guns. When David realizes that Steelheart can only be killed by someone who isn't afraid of him, he rigs his own gun blow up. When Steelheart tries to shoot David, gun kills him instead since the the one person who doesn't fear Steelheart is Steelheart himself.
  • Njal's Saga: Gunnar repels Gizur and his allies attacking his farm with his masterful use of bow and arrow, until the attackers consider giving up. Meanwhile Gunnar grabs an arrow shot by the attackers to shoot it back at them, because "it will be a disgrace to them to fall by their own weapons". Ironically Gizur sees it and deduces that Gunnar must be running out of arrows, and thus persuades his allies to attempt another assault. The latter results in Gunnar's death.
  • Discworld: Referenced at least twice by Sam Vimes. "A weapon you hold and don't know how to use belongs to your enemy."
  • The Saga of Gisli Sursson: The two young sons of Vestein, seeking revenge for their father, approach Thorkel Sursson (who has never seen them) at an assembly in the guise of vagrants and entangle him in a conversation by flattering him. Berg Vesteinsson then pretends to admire Thorkel's sword and asks him if he may look at it, and Thorkel allows it. Once Berg has the sword in his hands, he draws it and lops off Thorkel's head.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Ace Lightning: In "Unidentified Flying Hero", Sparx is disarmed of her sword in a fight with Googler. His puppets Zip and Zap use the sword to blast her back into the game.
  • Angel: In "I Will Remember You", Angel stabs the Mohra demon with its own sword when it attacks him and Buffy in his office. He does this exact same thing again when they fight in the sewers, killing the creature this time.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • "Revelations": Buffy kills the demon Lagos by decapitating him with his own axe.
    • "Fool for Love": Buffy has a fight with a vampire during a routine patrol of the cemetery. Despite initially having the upper hand, the vampire manages to stab her with her own stake. Fortunately, Riley is able to come to her rescue. Spike points out that one advantage vampires have over Slayers is Natural Weapons.
  • Charmed (1998):
    • "Size Matters": Gammill uses a magic wand to shrink women to five inches tall, then turns them into clay figurines. He shrinks the Charmed Ones, but they manage to steal his wand and use it against him, allowing their powers to vanquish him.
    • "That Old Black Magic": The episode centers around an evil witch named Tuatha, who can only be vanquished by a seventh son of a seventh son who can use her wand against her.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • During his ambush raid on Yara Greyjoy's fleet, Euron Greyjoy kills two of the Sand Snakes with their own weapons: He breaks Obara's spear and uses the pieces to impale her, and then strangles Nymeria with her own whip.
    • During the Battle of Winterfell, Theon Greyjoy attacks the Night King with a Dragonglass spear, but he catches the shaft, breaks it in half, then fatally stabs Theon with the bladed end.
  • Highlander:
    • In "Mountain Men", Immortal Caleb Cole uses Duncan's katana in their fight, having picked it up after Duncan was believed killed earlier in the episode. Duncan receives help from Tessa who tosses him Caleb’s axe which he uses to kill Caleb.
    • In "They Also Serve", Duncan is caught without his sword by Michael Christian, a headhunting Immortal, and must fight barehanded against his armed opponent. The end of the fight isn't shown, but Duncan beheads Christian, and the only way he could have done it is with Christian's own sword.
  • Kamen Rider Gaim: After Kouta looses his weapons in the final battle against Kaito, he is forced to pick up a broken piece of [[spoiler:Kaito's sword and impale him with it.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:
      • "Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park": Trumpet Top blasts the Thunder Megazord with his fire breath causing it to drop the Thunder Saber which Trumpet Top then seizes and uses to strike the Megazord. The Rangers are able to reclaim the saber by commanding it to electrocute Trumpet Top.
      • "Best Man For The Job": Tommy and Kimberly are arguing during a battle with Goldar and the Putties courtesy of a spell placed on them by Rita and Zedd. Goldar takes advantage of their distraction to relieve Tommy of Saba and use it to blast the Rangers.
    • Power Rangers Wild Force:
      • Zen Aku takes the elephant, giraffe and bear crystals, allowing him to brainwash their corresponding Zords against the Rangers.
      • The Lion Tamer Org uses his powers to take control of the Zords, turning them against the Rangers.
      • During the unmorphed fight with the Cogs in "Forever Red", Wes snatches spears from two Cogs and uses them to fight.
    • Power Rangers Ninja Storm: In "Thunder Strangers Part 1", the Wind Rangers face off against the Thunder Rangers in a Megazord battle. Cam sends the Wind Rangers a Power Sphere containing the Spin Blade only to have its disc swiped by the Thunder Rangers who use it to defeat the Wind Megazord.
    • Power Rangers: Dino Thunder: The evil White Ranger pulls this off twice in "White Thunder Part 3".
      • During a Zord-on-Zord battle with the White Ranger at the beginning of the episode, the good Rangers summon the Stego Zord. However, the White Ranger takes control of it and combines with his newly hatched Drago Zord. He then uses this new Megazord to defeat the Rangers. Fortunately, Tommy is able to temporarily regain control of the Stego and disassemble it. Despite this, the Stego Zord remains under the White Ranger's control for the rest of the series.
      • Later, Connor is ambushed by the White Ranger who challenges him to a duel. The White Ranger manages to swipe Connor's Thundermax Sabre and use it against him.
    • Power Rangers Dino Fury:
      • In "Old Foes", after manhandling Void Knight, Zedd picks up his sword and tries to kill him with it. Fortunately, Reaghoul tells him to stand down.
      • In "The Truth", Void King steals Amelia's electrified Net Gun and briefly incapacitates her with it.
    • Power Rangers Cosmic Fury: In the penultimate episode, the Zentinels steal the Cosmic Blaster and shoot the Rangers with it, demorphing them.
  • Orange Is the New Black: During the prison riot, Daya shoots Humphrey in the leg with his own shotgun.
  • The Punisher (2017):
    • In season two, Frank Castle takes in a young girl named Amy as a Teen Sidekick, whom he develops a father-daughter like bond with. She pesters him to give her a gun and he ends up teaching her the proper way to disarm someone, with emphasis put on the importance of firing afterwards. This proves useful when Amy is later held at gunpoint by a thug, who she disarms and shoots while he's distracted.
    • In the season 2 episode "Nakazat", Frank and Amy to go to a phot studio to develop pictures of a person relevant to the plot. The catch is that Clive, the owner of the studio, makes money taking and selling sexual pictures of underage girls. After tricking Clive into letting them in, Frank, for whom harming and exploiting kids is a Berserk Button, proceeds to start beating him up. Clive reaches for a shotgun under a couch but Frank easily disarms him and uses it to hit him. Amy convinces Frank not kill Clive. They still burn down the studio to make sure Clive cannot exploit anyone else.
  • The Thundermans: When Hank and Barb's wedding was disrupted by Dr. Colosso and his Animalizer, the two were eventually turned back to normal by the officials before hunting down Colosso and using his own gadget against him, turning him into the rabbit who lives with the family.

  • In ""Shia LaBeouf" Live" by Rob Cantor, Shia LaBeouf tries to kill you using a knife. When you fight him, you wrestle the knife from him and down him by stabbing him in the kidney. Later, you also get your hands on the axe he was sharpening earlier, and you fight him with it.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible: After knocking down Goliath, David finishes off the Philistine giant by using Goliath's own sword to decapitate him.
  • Classical Mythology: Periphetes would rob and murder travelers with a club. In some versions, Theseus killed him by taking the club and beating him to death with it.

    Video Games 
  • Pretty much any game that allows you to pick up weapons that enemies drop when you hit or kill them.
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2: If the player captures a Soviet barracks and recruits an engineer during the "Dark Night" mission, it is possible to capture an enemy nuclear missile silo and use it against the Soviet base.
  • Descent: The Thief bot in the second game, which would appear out of nowhere at the most inopportune times to steal your weapons, equipment, and powerups, was bad enough. The third game upped the ante by introducing the Super Thief as the first boss - it's tougher than the original Thief and actually has dangerous weapons, but most importantly, it can use your own stolen weapons against you if given the chance.
  • Devil May Cry: This shows up frequently in the games, with Dante often being on the receiving end. It is fortuitous he can't be killed this way.
    • Devil May Cry 1: In Trish's first scene, she impales Dante with Force Edge, the sword his father gave to him, before trying to finish him off by throwing her motorcycle at him. This being Dante, he shrugs it off and blasts the bike with his guns.
    • Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening:
      • Dante and Vergil's first battle concludes with Vergil stabbing Dante with his own sword Rebellion. However, not only does Dante survive as usual, it unlocks his Devil Trigger.
      • Lady also ends up being a victim of this. After subduing Dante, Vergil and Lady, Arkham reveals that the blood of the mortal priestess Sparda used to seal the Temen-ni-gru tower is needed to complete the ritual. And it just so happens that Lady is a descendant of said priestess. Arkham stabs Lady in the leg with her BFG's bayonet and her spilled blood activates the tower.
    • Devil May Cry 4:
      • Nero and Dante's first battle ends with Nero impaling Dante against a statue with his own sword. Given Nero is Vergil's son, it's quite appropriate.
      • When Nero fights a Bianco Angelo, successfully using a Buster on it will cause Nero to seize the Angelo's lance and drive it through the demon's chest-plate. One of Nero's Buster animations against a weakened Angelo Agnus also lets him pick up some Cutlass demons dropped by the latter and impale him using their sword forms.
    • Devil May Cry 5:
      • Some of V's finishing animations against the Death Scissors and Hell Judecca demons involve killing them with their own bladed weapons.
      • A Buster move allows Nero to stab a Hell Judecca with its own blades. During the Final Boss fight, a Buster sequence also lets Nero impale Vergil with his own katana, Yamato.
  • Doom Eternal:
    • At the end of the fight with The Gladiator, The Doom Slayer uses one of the weakened demon's own gargantuan flails to knock him onto his back before finishing him off by smashing his skull.
    • One way Doom Slayer can finish off a Marauder is to snatch his energy axe and decapitate him with it.
  • Double Dragon 1: Certain enemies carry melee weapons which can be knocked out of their hands and picked up to be used against them.
  • Dwarf Fortress, as usual, lets you do this thanks to the ability to simply grapple the enemy, grab their weapon and try to pull it away. All the better if you perform a Barehanded Blade Block to stop the initial attack. There's many ways to loosen the grip of a dedicated enemy but points go to those that recommend scratching their wrist tendons off to make really sure; after that, the rest is easy.
  • EXTRAPOWER series:
    • EXTRAPOWER: Attack of Darkforce: Defeating Undata in his penultimate boss battle within 6 turns rewards you with the Undata Drill, which certain characters can equip for a massive attack boost. When Dark Force then revives Undata in his ultimate form for the final boss fight, you have the opportunity to destroy Undata with his very own drill.
    • EXTRAPOWER: Giant Fist gives ample opportunity for hard-hitting characters like Zophy or Power King to attack mooks and bosses with their own weapons via Catch and Return, though other characters can deflect attacks with varying degrees of difficulty to strike attackers with their own weapons. Zophy takes it to a whole nother level by being able to do this with any projectile that exists, to include lasers, fireballs and tornadoes!
  • Final Fantasy VII: When Sephiroth went mad, burned down Nibelheim, and murdered Tifa Lockhart's father, he drops his sword Masamune. Tifa picks it up and attacks him, but he effortlessly disarms her.
  • God of War:
    • God Of War 2:
      • The boss fight with the Barbarian King ends with Kratos wrestling the hammer from the King's hands, then beating him with it repeatedly, finishing him off with a blow to the back of his head.
      • The Finishing Move animation for a Hades Minotaur involves Kratos grabbing the weapon out of their hands, beating them over the head with it, planting it on the ground in front of them, wrapping his chain-blades around their limbs and pulling them into it so it impales them through the chest.
      • During the second boss fight against Zeus, successfully pulling off a quick-time event allows Kratos to seize the Blade of Olympus from him and use it to stab Zeus.
    • God of War 3: Kratos does this twice in the game. Firstly when he steals Hades's claws from him during their fight and uses them to rip the God of the Dead's soul from his body, and secondly when he uses Hercules' Nemean Cestus to cave the Greek hero's skull in.
  • Gruntz: The black enemy Gruntz are called Tool Thievez, and their ability is to steal the Tool of your first Gruntz they enter melee combat with and using it against that now-barehanded Gruntz. Because of this, the player needs to send two Gruntz to deal with them — one with a weak tool to act as bait so that the Tool Thief will obtain a weak weapon, and one with a powerful tool to outdamage them.
  • Kingdom Hearts II:
    • Saïx and his lesser Nobodies, the Berserkers, have the Berserk reaction command that lets Sora grab their claymores and pummel everything in the vicinity. Its finishing move can even stun the Berserkers again, making them drop their respawned claymores allowing you to use Berserk repeatedly until you finish them off. In Saïx's case, using Berserk with his claymore deals far less damage and has less range but knocks him out of his own berserk state.
    • During the boss fights against both Data Marluxia and Marluxia's Absent Silhouette, Sora can use the Restore Count command to steal Marluxia's scythe and beat him with it, dealing damage and restoring the amount of hits Sora can take.
    • During the battle against the Grim Reaper, it will sometimes start stealing medallions from the stone chest in order to either make itself undead or keep itself that way. While it does, it presents a sequence of two reaction commands that involve hitting and throwing it with its own staff to make it drop a large number of medallions.
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land: During both boss fights against the Brainwashed and Crazy King Dedede, Dedede will abandon his iconic hammer for the second phase of the fights, at which point Kirby can absorb it to become Hammer Kirby and use it against Dedede.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: Link can knock swords and spears out of the hands of enemies such as Moblins and Darknuts, allowing him to pick them up and attack them with it.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword:
      • In the first boss fight against Ghirahim, if Link fails to counter his motion-sensing hand motions, he'll take the Goddess Sword off of Link and fight him with it. Ghirahim will eventually throw the sword at Link, giving him time to pick it back up, but Ghirahim will run back to take the Goddess Sword again if Link doesn't pick it up fast enough.
      • During the boss fight against Koloktos, Link must yank off its arms then pick up one of its enormous scimitars and slash the statue with it, as they're the only weapon strong enough to tear through its armor.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
      • Nearly every enemy can be disarmed of their weapon with a Shield Bash, depending on the strength of the enemy and one's own shield. Doing so will cause them to drop their weapon, which Link can then use for himself.
      • Electric attacks like the Thunderspear also tend to make the target drop their weapon while they're stunned.
  • MadWorld: Some of the bosses, like the ones in Varrigan City, can be killed by their own weapons.
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2: Kraven kills Scorpion by breaking off the stinger of his tail weapon and impaling him with it. To add insult to injury, Kraven calls him a "disappointment" right before landing the killing blow.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: During the knife-fight between Raiden and Vamp in Act 4, Vamp attempts to execute Raiden with the latter's own katana, which was discarded by Raiden at the start of the fight since Vamp requested a duel with knives only. Raiden counters this by launching several of Vamp's own knives out of his body, allowing him to reclaim his katana and use it to land the finishing blow on Vamp instead.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Mortal Kombat 4: If a character drops their weapon during a match, their opponent can pick it up and use it against them.
    • Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks: During the fight in the cinematic intro, Sub-Zero is attacked by a guard wielding a guandao. Sub-Zero grabs the weapon from the guard and hits him with the blunt end before ripping out his spine.
    • Mortal Kombat X: Takeda's chapter features a flashback to a training session with his sensei Hanzo. Takeda swipes one of Hanzo's swords from him during the fight and defeats him by knocking his second sword out of his hand, using it to hold Hanzo at swordpoint. Hanzo is most impressed by this and awards Takeda the rank of Chujin.
    • Mortal Kombat 11: Fire God Liu Kang defeats Revenant Jade by breaking her own staff against her neck.
  • Psychonauts 2: Raz can disarm Judges of their gavels using Telekinesis and throw them back at them, forcing the Judges to resort to book tossing as an attack before acquiring another gavel. There's even an achievement for doing this.
  • Resident Evil 6:
    • Jake and Sherry are captured by Neo Umbrella and held prisoner. As Sherry is escaping, she is confronted by a guard armed with an electrified baton. She disarms him and uses the weapon to knock him out.
    • Various counterattacks and context-sensitive inputs involve using the enemy's own weapon against it, such as metal bars and axes for zombies, machetes for J'avo, or in the case of mutated J'avo, their own insect limbs.
    • The Ogroman can be stunned, and if you can run up to its back, you can rip out one of its back spikes and stab it in the exposed back with it.
  • Sifu: You can kill the bosses with their own weapons.
    • Fajar "The Botanist" is beheaded with his own machete.
    • Sean "The Fighter" has his head smashed in with his own staff.
    • Kuroki "The Artist" is stabbed in the chest with one of her kunai.
    • Jinfeng "The CEO" is strangled to death with her flail.
    • Yang "The Leader", as a fellow former student of your deceased parent's dojo, is fittingly enough killed with the same martial arts techniques they tried to use to kill you and killed the protagonist's parent with.
  • Sonic Frontiers: The boss fight against KNIGHT ends with Sonic finishing it off with its own BFS.
    • It also happens in "Another Story" section of the "The Final Horizon" update: Sonic steals SUPREME's rifle from the THE END-possessed Titan, and at the end of the fight, Eggman uses it to launch Sonic at the monster and its host, completely obliterating SUPREME and THE END.
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood: The twins' melee kills on Nazis in open combat typically involve using said Nazis' weapons on them. Even though they're wearing strength-enhancing power suits, the twins are still teenage girls and have to struggle to overpower fully-grown men.

    Web Animation 
    • Batman swipes Captain America's shield and knocks into the air with it.
    • Scrooge McDuck's battle against Shovel Knight ends with him Shovel Knight's Shovel Blade and using it to decapitate him.
    • Silver uses the Time Stone to warp Trunks's sword out of his hands and uses it to impale him.
    • Jason Voorhes pulls a double dose of this on Michael Myers. First he drives the axe Michael used into the latter's head, then he uses Michael's knife which was lodged into his own head to decapitate Michael.
    • The Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver to have Rick's portal gun to open a portal linked to the one on the Doctor's back; thus, Rick's attempt to use the D-Mat: Reality Erasure on the Doctor goes through the portal and hits Rick instead.
  • Like White On Spy: The titular White Spy kills the Cobra Gang's lead enforcer by blasting him in the abdomen with his own Hand Cannon.

  • Unsounded:
    • Wrights often use the blade of an opponent's weapon to cut or kill them with, by taking the sharpness of it to craft their own cutting spell which dissolves the blade.
    • Emil catches a miner turned smuggler's axe and then splits his skull open with it.

    Web Videos 
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Attempted by Captain Hammer in the climax of Act 3. After punching Dr. Horrible, he picks up the Dr. Horrible’s Death Ray and intends to use it on the villain. It explodes, due to damage it sustained from being dropped.

    Western Animation 
  • Amphibia: In "True Colors", Sprig defeats Grime by tricking him into hitting himself with his own warhammer... twice.
  • Blood of Zeus: During the prisoner escape in episode five, Heron swipes a demon's sword and stabs him with it.
  • Blue Eye Samurai: In "The Great Fire of 1657", Seki and Akemi try to escape and are cornered by the latter's father's guards. Mizu comes to their rescue, introducing herself by swiping one guard's sword and killing him with it.
  • Family Guy: "The D In Apartment 23" has Chris and Meg fighting off an entire cafeteria full of opponents. One girl tries to stab Meg with a knife, only to have Meg redirect the knife into her.
  • Grossology: In "When Ya Gotta Go", Lance Boil creates a ray gun that causes urgent diarrhea and uses it on anyone who tries to stop him. Near the end of the episode, Abby kicks said gun out of his hand and shoots him with it. It's implied he soils himself due to not installing a bathroom on his ship.
  • Megas XLR: While fighting the Bounty Hunter Darklos, Kiva manages to take her staff from her. Darklos simply pulls out another staff and the two continue their battle.
  • Samurai Jack: In "Jack and the Zombies", Aku steals Jack's sword and attacks him. This backfires because while Aku can hack up the landscape with the sword, the sword ultimately cannot be used to harm innocent people, so when he finally hits Jack, the sword harmlessly bounces off. Jack then steals the sword back and nearly kills Aku.
  • Seis Manos: During the fight with Padre Serrano and his men in episode 3, one of them attacks Isabela using a thurible as an Improvised Weapon. Isabela disarms him of it and uses the weapon to knock him out.
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars: Ventress knocks Anakin's lightsaber out of his hand. Undeterred, Anakin takes one of her lightsabers from her and forces her off a cliff with a series of vicious, aggressive strikes.
  • Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: Ahsoka kills an Inquisitor by taking his lightsaber from him and beheading him with it, since she doesn't have her own lightsaber at the time.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Kit Fisto has a duel with General Grievous in "Lair of Girevous". Fisto slices off one of Grievous's four hands, allowing him to seize one of the Droid general's lightsabers and use it in the fight.
  • Storm Hawks:
    • The Dark Ace killed Lightning Strike using the latter's own sword and kept the weapon for himself.
    • In "Stratosphere", Ravess launches the Exopod, a new Cyclonian weapon that can destroy targets from the exosphere. Aerrow and Radarr knock the Exopod off its projection just as Ravess is about to use it on the Condor, causing her ship to get hit instead.
  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go: In "I, Chiro", Chiro kicks Mandarin's sword gauntlet off the latter's arm. Chiro then proceeds to use the sword to slice off Mandarin's arm, defeating him.
  • ThunderCats (2011): During the sacking of Thundera, Tigra manages to get his hands on one of the invading lizards' laser pistols. This becomes his normal side arm for the rest of the series and he uses it in tandem with his whip. Later, when the cats are in Avista, he manages to take Senator Vultak's personal fighter jet to use against the invaders.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012):
  • Transformers: Prime:
    • In "One Shall Fall", Optimus and Megatron have an intended final battle. Optimus gains the upper hand and tries to execute Megatron with a final blow from his arm blade. However, the Decepticon leader gets a second wind, snaps the blade and uses it to stab Optimus.
    • Dreadwing tries to kill Starscream after learning of him turning Dreadwing's brother Skyquake into a zombie. Megatron is forced to save Starscream by shooting Dreadwing in the back with the latter's own BFG.

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