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You're about to spring a bloody leak.

Subtrope of Improvised Weapon and related to both Carry a Big Stick and Simple Staff, segments of piping usually used to channel liquids or gases are also effective clubs. Use of them as a weapon is especially common in derelict or wartorn zones where the piping is not in use and in poor repair, allowing easy acquisition. When not in the hands of a criminal or simpleton, this is generally a weapon of last resort.

Even if the piping is still installed, pipes can still be used as weapons. Broken pipe ends can be used to impale a careless enemy, valves can release scalding liquids or gases, and they can make for a good surface to crack heads against.

While most piping is generally featureless, weaponized pipes tend to feature elbow joints and valves to emphasize the fact that they are, in fact, from a plumbing system.

Examples of Pipe Pain include:

Anime & Manga

Board Games

  • Clue: One of the possible murder weapons is a lead pipe.

Comic Books

  • The Goon uses one as one of his weapons as a kid.


  • In Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Tommy beats Michael with a pipe until green slime starts bleeding out of his head.
  • Commando: Let off some steam, Benett!

Live Action TV

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy beats a demon to death in the flooded basement of her house with a pipe in the episode "Flooded."


  • In The Protomen's Act II, Joe used one when attempting to fight the Sniper. It didn't help much.

Tabletop RPG

  • Iron Crown Enterprises' Cyberspace RPG had a "heavy alloy" pipe as an available weapon.

Video Games

Web Comics

Western Animation

  • The Clue weapon was also used for a gay-joke on Family Guy.

 Jasper (to Stewie): Sorry little guy, we were playing Clue and he got me in the bedroom with a lead pipe.

  1. Gajeel and the Phantom 4
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