A crossbow is a weapon consisting of a bow mounted on a stock that shoots projectiles, often called bolts or quarrels. The medieval crossbow was called by many names, most of which derived from the word ballista, a torsion engine resembling a crossbow in appearance. Crossbows have been known to be ideal weapons for fighting supernatural creatures, in particular vampires. The teenage vampire slayer Buffy Summers has been known to keep a crossbow as part of her arsenal and her comic book male counterpart, Blade, has also used on one occasion (though he typically prefers swords or wooden stakes). On the AMC television series The Walking Dead, the character of Daryl Dixon prefers the use of a crossbow for not only hunting, but also for killing zombies.
- Walking Dead: Something They Need - Daryl shoots numerous walkers at Oceanside.