Hail the great Frying Pan. Whether it is used to cook food or as a weapon it is the ready made tool any man, woman or boy and girl can use. How many times in a movie have you not seeing a frying pan cooking up something delicious for a family, group or a solitary soul to eat? How about during a fight? Both action stars and even the minor male or female actor has used the frying pan in a scene to thwart an attack. Even cartoons take advantage and recent memory brings to mind Tangled, Disney's 2010 remake animated movie of Rapunzel. Remember, frying pans brought down crime. And knocked out thieves who sneaked into lone female's bedrooms. And guards. And even hurt the 'holder'. So beware and awe...at the power of the frying pan.
P.S. : Of course in books too.