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30th Jun '16 5:59:04 PM TomWalpertac2
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* The [[MagiTek Caster Gun]] from ''Manga/OutlawStar'' qualifies. It was formerly used by mages in many places across space. By the main story, It's not unique but very old, and very rare. It's just barely common enough for its ammunition to be available, albeit in extremely short supply, in various knick-nack shops and from merchants.

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* The [[MagiTek Caster Gun]] from ''Manga/OutlawStar'' qualifies. It was formerly used by mages in many places across space. By the main story, It's not unique but very old, and very rare. It's just barely common enough for its ammunition to be available, albeit in extremely short limited supply, in various knick-nack shops and from specialty merchants.
7th Jun '16 6:00:55 PM Doug86
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* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, Europe was fairly surprised at the effectiveness of automatic weapons and artillery. Infantry and cavalry blocks ''very'' quickly gave way to trench warfare, tanks, and moving through cover.

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* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, Europe was fairly surprised at the effectiveness of automatic weapons and artillery. Infantry and cavalry blocks ''very'' quickly gave way to trench warfare, tanks, and moving through cover.
5th Jun '16 11:56:18 AM jkp1187
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** In the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] and ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'', it's explained that the Jedi think of blasters as uncivilised because they allow one to kill from a distance. Due to the Force's deep connections to all life, the Jedi believe that if you must end a life, you should be close enough to sense it end, hence the lightsabers. By making killing a very up close and personal thing, Jedi tradition discourages ending a life unless it is absolutely necessary and you understand the full implications of what you are doing. (Meanwhile, the Sith use lightsabers to mock the Jedi, and kill from close range because they enjoy it.)

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** In the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] and ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'', it's explained that the Jedi think of blasters as uncivilised because they allow one to kill from a distance. Due to the Force's deep connections to all life, the Jedi believe that if you must end a life, you should be close enough to sense it end, hence the lightsabers. By making killing a very up close and personal thing, Jedi tradition discourages ending a life unless it is absolutely necessary and you understand the full implications of what you are doing. (Meanwhile, the Sith use lightsabers to mock the Jedi, and kill from close range because they enjoy it.it - though the distinction between "enjoying" the close-range kill and killing at close range because one would feel bad otherwise is hardly a bright line.)
24th May '16 6:21:58 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Commander Keith in ''VoltronForce'' considers a sword (his is a replica of the [[CoolSword Blazing Sword]] that {{Voltron}} uses) "a weapon of honor".

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* Commander Keith in ''VoltronForce'' considers a sword (his is a replica of the [[CoolSword Blazing Sword]] that {{Voltron}} Anime/{{Voltron}} uses) "a weapon of honor".
25th Feb '16 5:38:47 PM TheBigBopper
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* It takes years of training to become a good longbowman, but only a few weeks to learn to how use a gun effectively. Also, longbows could not pierce heavy armour. Therefore, as guns became more effective (and more able to pierce heavy armour) there were fewer and fewer reasons to use longbows in war. Nevertheless, the English held onto their traditional longbows and bills for nearly a century after the rest of Europe had switched to pike and shot. They were not necessarily wrong to do so. In 1513, the Scots (armed with pikes and muskets) invaded England and were utterly trounced at the battle of Flodden Field (at least partly due to the effectiveness of the longbow against lightly-armoured Scottish troops). The only reason longbows weren't replaced by crossbows in earlier times, which had the same advantage as firearms in that they took far less time to learn to use and didn't require massive physical strength to shoot a heavy projectile, was that longbows could still be fired much faster than crossbows. Crossbows disappeared from the battlefield before the longbow did because their only advantages were things that a gun could do better, but they remained popular for hunting since they were accurate and didn't produce noise or smoke that would scare away the game.

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* It takes years of training to become a good longbowman, but only a few weeks to learn to how use a gun effectively. Also, longbows could not pierce heavy armour. Therefore, as guns became more effective (and more able to pierce heavy armour) there were fewer and fewer reasons to use longbows in war. Nevertheless, the English held onto their traditional longbows and bills for nearly a century after the rest of Europe had switched to pike and shot. They were not necessarily wrong to do so. In 1513, the Scots (armed with pikes and muskets) invaded England and were utterly trounced at the battle of Flodden Field (at least partly due to the effectiveness of the longbow against lightly-armoured Scottish troops). The only main reason longbows weren't replaced by crossbows in earlier times, which had the same advantage as firearms in that they took far less time to learn to use and didn't require massive physical strength to shoot a heavy projectile, was that longbows could still be fired much faster than crossbows. crossbows.
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Crossbows disappeared from the battlefield before the longbow did because their only advantages were things that a gun could do better, but they remained popular for hunting into the 19th century and even today, since they were are quite accurate and didn't don't produce noise or smoke that would scare away the game.
25th Feb '16 5:31:21 PM TheBigBopper
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* It takes years of training to become a good longbowman, but only a few weeks to learn to how use a gun effectively. Also, longbows could not pierce heavy armour. Therefore, as guns became more effective (and more able to pierce heavy armour) there were fewer and fewer reasons to use longbows in war. Nevertheless, the English held onto their traditional longbows and bills for nearly a century after the rest of Europe had switched to pike and shot. They were not necessarily wrong to do so. In 1513, the Scots (armed with pikes and muskets) invaded England and were utterly trounced at the battle of Flodden Field (at least partly due to the effectiveness of the longbow against lightly-armoured Scottish troops). The only reason longbows weren't replaced by crossbows in earlier times, which had the same advantage as firearms in that they took far less time to learn to use and didn't require massive physical strength to shoot a heavy projectile, was that longbows could still be fired much faster than crossbows. Crossbows disappeared from the battlefield before the longbow because their only advantages were things that a gun could do better, but they remained popular for hunting since they were accurate and didn't produce noise or smoke that would scare away the game.

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* It takes years of training to become a good longbowman, but only a few weeks to learn to how use a gun effectively. Also, longbows could not pierce heavy armour. Therefore, as guns became more effective (and more able to pierce heavy armour) there were fewer and fewer reasons to use longbows in war. Nevertheless, the English held onto their traditional longbows and bills for nearly a century after the rest of Europe had switched to pike and shot. They were not necessarily wrong to do so. In 1513, the Scots (armed with pikes and muskets) invaded England and were utterly trounced at the battle of Flodden Field (at least partly due to the effectiveness of the longbow against lightly-armoured Scottish troops). The only reason longbows weren't replaced by crossbows in earlier times, which had the same advantage as firearms in that they took far less time to learn to use and didn't require massive physical strength to shoot a heavy projectile, was that longbows could still be fired much faster than crossbows. Crossbows disappeared from the battlefield before the longbow did because their only advantages were things that a gun could do better, but they remained popular for hunting since they were accurate and didn't produce noise or smoke that would scare away the game.
25th Feb '16 5:30:34 PM TheBigBopper
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* It takes years of training to become a good longbowman, but only a few weeks to learn to how use a gun effectively. Also, longbows could not pierce heavy armour. Therefore, as guns became more effective (and more able to pierce heavy armour) there were fewer and fewer reasons to use longbows in war. Nevertheless, the English held onto their traditional longbows and bills for nearly a century after the rest of Europe had switched to pike and shot. They were not necessarily wrong to do so. In 1513, the Scots (armed with pikes and muskets) invaded England and were utterly trounced at the battle of Flodden Field (at least partly due to the effectiveness of the longbow against lightly-armoured Scottish troops). The only reason longbows weren't replaced by crossbows, which had the same advantage as firearms in that they took far less time to learn to use, was that longbows could still be fired much faster than crossbows.

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* It takes years of training to become a good longbowman, but only a few weeks to learn to how use a gun effectively. Also, longbows could not pierce heavy armour. Therefore, as guns became more effective (and more able to pierce heavy armour) there were fewer and fewer reasons to use longbows in war. Nevertheless, the English held onto their traditional longbows and bills for nearly a century after the rest of Europe had switched to pike and shot. They were not necessarily wrong to do so. In 1513, the Scots (armed with pikes and muskets) invaded England and were utterly trounced at the battle of Flodden Field (at least partly due to the effectiveness of the longbow against lightly-armoured Scottish troops). The only reason longbows weren't replaced by crossbows, crossbows in earlier times, which had the same advantage as firearms in that they took far less time to learn to use, use and didn't require massive physical strength to shoot a heavy projectile, was that longbows could still be fired much faster than crossbows.crossbows. Crossbows disappeared from the battlefield before the longbow because their only advantages were things that a gun could do better, but they remained popular for hunting since they were accurate and didn't produce noise or smoke that would scare away the game.
8th Jan '16 4:55:47 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in a SpiderRobinson short story. Street gangs carry swords because they look cool, and a critic dies because he [[SmugSnake refuses to accept]] a world with both swords and laser pistols. [[spoiler: He walks into a sword while getting mugged.]]

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* Averted in a SpiderRobinson Creator/SpiderRobinson short story. Street gangs carry swords because they look cool, and a critic dies because he [[SmugSnake refuses to accept]] a world with both swords and laser pistols. [[spoiler: He walks into a sword while getting mugged.]]
1st Jan '16 10:03:07 PM nombretomado
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* Hiro Protagonist, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin hero protagonist]] of ''SnowCrash'', carries a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] for various reasons, not least because it makes him look like a {{Badass}}. In one job he was equipped with a particularly powerful pocket-sized handgun that looked like a fashion accessory and so was inadequate for intimidation. Carrying a sword, on the other hand, gets you a little more respect.

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* Hiro Protagonist, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin hero protagonist]] of ''SnowCrash'', ''Literature/SnowCrash'', carries a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] for various reasons, not least because it makes him look like a {{Badass}}. In one job he was equipped with a particularly powerful pocket-sized handgun that looked like a fashion accessory and so was inadequate for intimidation. Carrying a sword, on the other hand, gets you a little more respect.
19th Dec '15 2:49:50 PM Smeagol17
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** In what is possibly the most subtle reference in video game canon, the achievement ''An_Elegant_Weapon...'' in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', which is, presumably, a reference to [[AllThereInTheManual how the DMR has fallen out of style in favor of the Battle Rifle]], while at the same time talking about Obi-Wan commenting on how the lightsaber has fallen out of use in favor of the blaster in StarWars.

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** In what is possibly the most subtle reference in video game canon, the achievement ''An_Elegant_Weapon...''An Elegant Weapon...'' in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', which is, presumably, a reference to [[AllThereInTheManual how the DMR has fallen out of style in favor of the Battle Rifle]], while at the same time talking about Obi-Wan commenting on how the lightsaber has fallen out of use in favor of the blaster in StarWars.
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