This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.
: <sings> H-A-Single R-I, S-E-N spells "harisen!" </sings> Sorry, couldn't resist.
: That's a reference to something, right?
: Google "spells harrigan".
: I've read that a reinforced paper fan (or an iron truncheon that just looked
like a paper fan) was often carried by samurai for use as a backup weapon when circumstances forbade them from carrying more traditional weapons. Seems likely this had some influence on the ultimate origin of the trope. Can anyone confirm or deny?
: See "Tessen" on this page http://www.e-budokai.com/articles/weapons.htm
: I removed the bit about Asuna's fan dispelling magic from the Negima
entry because it's not her fan doing the dispelling. It's something inherent in her
, as seen in manga flashbacks and also in scenes before she makes the pactio
with Negi. Whether or not the fan is responsible for dispelling summoned critters is still up in the air, so I left that in.
: What show is the ◊
: It looks
like Ojamajo Doremi
, but I can't be sure.
I removed Temari from the list, since her weapon is an oversized tessen; made of iron, not paper.
Since this one wasn't there before, there's also evidence of it in the first episode of the '80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
cartoon. Specifically in the first episode, "Turtle Tracks" — where a robot foot soldier uses it.
It's an iron fan and it's not used jokingly. Not this trope.