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The rolling pin as a weapon, often aimed at someone's head. Most often wielded by a cook, or else a woman.

An Improbable Weapon, though one that does have reasonable efficacy. Closely related to the Frying Pan of Doom and often used in conjunction with it. Note that most of these rolling pins are made of wood, as plastic is usually too light to do any damage.


Examples:

Comic Books

  • In Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #56, Chat hits Dagger with a rolling pin.
  • Chachi Bini, the wife of famous Indian comic character, Chacha Chaudhary, always has a rolling pin (belan) in her hand. She often uses it as a weapon against thieves and robbers.

Film

  • Shows up in Dolores Claiborne.
  • Billy kills his mother with one in the Black Christmas remake.
  • Hancock breaks one over Charlize Theron's head, but she's just as invulnerable as he is.

Literature

  • In Howl's Moving Castle (the book) there was a brief mention of "angry aunts with rolling pins" coming after Howl.
  • In the Gordon Korman series Island the one brother and sister hospitalised one another on Halloween night. She was a chef armed with a marble rolling pin. We're not told what he was carrying.
  • Lampshaded - but not used - in Monstrous Regiment.
  • An Ogden Nash poem describes a cartoonist whose life was a stream of classic comic strip tropes. When his wife finally had enough of it all, she naturally used a rolling pin to do him in.

Live Action TV

Newspaper Comics

  • A standby in the Andy Capp newspaper comic since 1957.
  • In Sappo, by Popeye creator Segar, John Sappo is always in danger of being bopped by his wife, and several strips involve his attempts to circumvent this. In one arc, he constructs a series of special, protective cages to wear, made of transparent metal, so his wife can't see what's stopping the rolling pin. He then sells several of these cages to other Henpecked Husbands, much to Mrs. Sappo's confusion. ("He's selling nothing and getting money for it!")

Theatre

  • From Oliver!: "Only it's wise to be handy with a rolling pin when the landlord comes to call!"

Video Games

  • In the arcade game Dragon's Lair II: The Time Warp, Dirk is pursued, after the kidnapping of Daphne, by his irate mother-in-law, who is wielding a rolling pin.
  • This item in World of Warcraft
  • Filomena of Urban Rivals wields a rolling pin.
  • Several rolling pins can be found in the Wastelands of Fallout 3, likely as a gag weapon.
    • They are also in Fallout: New Vegas... even going as far as including a street gang consisting of old ladies equipped with rolling pins that ambush you in an alley.
  • You can have one in Runescape as a weapon.
  • In the murder mystery game The Ship, this is a possible murder weapon for you to use (or to have used on you)
  • A few enchanted rolling pins can be found in Neverwinter Nights 2.

Western Animation

  • Perhaps most famous in The Flintstones -- Wilma does occasionally throw one.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog. Muriel almost always whacks Eustace in the head with her rolling pin after he has finished scaring Courage.
  • In Tom and Jerry, Tom's owner would often come running out of the kitchen attempting to swipe Tom with a rolling pin after Tom had destroyed the house attempting to catch a single mouse. Failing that it was a broom.
  • The Looney Tunes short "Wild Wife" is about a housewife recounting her hectic day to her husband, who thinks she has it easy. It ends with her giving him a gift: a rolling pin monogramed "His". Guess what she does with it?
    • In another Looney Tunes cartoon, Miss Prissy goes after Foghorn Leghorn with a rolling pin, wanting to make him her husband. Foggy replies, "You're going about it all wrong. You don't bat 'em on the bean with a rolling pin. That comes later."
  • In The Wrong Trousers, Gromit brandishes a rolling pin at Feathers McGraw. Feathers responds by pulling a gun on Gromit and forcing him into the wardrobe with Wallace.
  • The Twelve Tasks of Asterix has Impedimenta using a rolling pin on a gladiator.

Other

  • Disneyland's Pirates of the Carribean ride has at one point a large woman chasing a food-thieving pirate with a rolling pin.
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