History Main / FlechetteStorm

7th Jun '16 6:51:34 PM Doug86
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* The Brits had a go of this trope in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne. They built a type of fighter airplane called the Blackburn TB. It was a twin-fuselage long-range [[CoolAirship anti-Zeppelin]] floatplane. [[TheAllegedCar Allegedly.]] The Blackburn TB, in addition to having the unfortunate tendency to explode, had a maximum speed of 85 mph, which is ''slower than some Zeppelins.'' Compounding the TB's difficulties was the sheer impracticality of its means of attack: it was unarmed, save a mere 60 pounds of exploding ''darts'' and had to climb over the Zeppelin, somehow evading its anti-air guns, and drop the flechettes on top of it. Which is somewhat difficult, considering that Zeppelins flew at nearly four times the TB's maximum altitude. The 9 TB fighters built never so much as CAUGHT a Zeppelin, much less destroyed one. Not surprisingly, the TB is regarded as a total failure of an airplane.

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* The Brits had a go of this trope in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. They built a type of fighter airplane called the Blackburn TB. It was a twin-fuselage long-range [[CoolAirship anti-Zeppelin]] floatplane. [[TheAllegedCar Allegedly.]] The Blackburn TB, in addition to having the unfortunate tendency to explode, had a maximum speed of 85 mph, which is ''slower than some Zeppelins.'' Compounding the TB's difficulties was the sheer impracticality of its means of attack: it was unarmed, save a mere 60 pounds of exploding ''darts'' and had to climb over the Zeppelin, somehow evading its anti-air guns, and drop the flechettes on top of it. Which is somewhat difficult, considering that Zeppelins flew at nearly four times the TB's maximum altitude. The 9 TB fighters built never so much as CAUGHT a Zeppelin, much less destroyed one. Not surprisingly, the TB is regarded as a total failure of an airplane.
6th Jun '16 11:33:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Literature/SnowCrash "They'll listen to Reason."]] Deconstructed though -- though devastatingly effective at turning anything in its path into hamburger and/or tinfoil scraps, Reason requires a lot of power (in the form of what appears to be an RTG) and puts out a lot of heat (presumably a combination of said RTG and railgun plasma). It's also an ObviousBeta -- the prerelease firmware crashes at a moment when Hiro needs it.

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* [[Literature/SnowCrash ''Literature/SnowCrash'': "They'll listen to Reason."]] " Deconstructed though -- though devastatingly effective at turning anything in its path into hamburger and/or tinfoil scraps, Reason requires a lot of power (in the form of what appears to be an RTG) and puts out a lot of heat (presumably a combination of said RTG and railgun plasma). It's also an ObviousBeta -- the prerelease firmware crashes at a moment when Hiro needs it.
6th Jun '16 11:33:29 AM Morgenthaler
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** Creator/IsaacAsimov's novel ''[[{{Foundation}} The Stars Like Dust]]''.

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** Creator/IsaacAsimov's novel ''[[{{Foundation}} ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} The Stars Like Dust]]''.



** WilliamGibson's ActionGirl [[Literature/{{Neuromancer}} Molly Millions]] favours a flechette pistol ("fletcher") firing poisoned or explosive darts.

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** WilliamGibson's Creator/WilliamGibson's ActionGirl [[Literature/{{Neuromancer}} Molly Millions]] favours a flechette pistol ("fletcher") firing poisoned or explosive darts.



** In ''TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'', the AM-280 rifle fires 18-grain flechettes at 3000 rounds-per-minute; a rate high enough to chew through the segmented bodies of the alien worms. With any other rifle they're virtually ImmuneToBullets.
** In LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Warrior's Apprentice]]'' [[spoiler:Bothari]] is killed with one of these.

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** In ''TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'', ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'', the AM-280 rifle fires 18-grain flechettes at 3000 rounds-per-minute; a rate high enough to chew through the segmented bodies of the alien worms. With any other rifle they're virtually ImmuneToBullets.
** In LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Warrior's Apprentice]]'' [[spoiler:Bothari]] is killed with one of these.



* The Darwinists in the ''{{Leviathan}}'' trilogy have among their biological arsenal creatures called flechette bats. The bats feed on metal projectiles which they unleash in a (quite literal, in this case) shit-storm of pointy death when signaled.

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* The Darwinists in the ''{{Leviathan}}'' ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' trilogy have among their biological arsenal creatures called flechette bats. The bats feed on metal projectiles which they unleash in a (quite literal, in this case) shit-storm of pointy death when signaled.
6th Jun '16 3:52:26 AM LinTaylor
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' gives the eponymous HumongousMecha things called [[AttackDrone "GN Fangs"]], which are small units that fly around independently of the MS that deployed them and attack enemies by stabbing them, either with their pointed front ends or LaserBlades that emanate from them. Later on, they get particle beam weapons, too.

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* While the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise is no stranger to AttackDrones, those were always ranged weapons. It wasn't until ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' that melee-type drones were introduced. However, it didn't really reach this trope until ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' gives the eponymous HumongousMecha things called [[AttackDrone "GN Fangs"]], which are small units that fly around independently of the MS that deployed them and attack enemies by stabbing them, either with their pointed front ends or LaserBlades that emanate from them. Later on, they get particle beam weapons, too.brought in its GN Fangs in large enough numbers to qualify.
29th May '16 5:35:49 AM Doug86
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* Riptide of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} villains The Marauders could spin at high speeds and fling out blades that could even pierce Colossus's skin.

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* Riptide of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen villains The Marauders could spin at high speeds and fling out blades that could even pierce Colossus's skin.
17th May '16 2:24:48 PM Willbyr
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* The vampire Caerula Sanguis of [[{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita: Last Order]] is able to ''write'' Chinese characters with a volley of knives. Well, one character, at least (Death).

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* The vampire Caerula Sanguis of [[{{Gunnm}} [[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita: Last Order]] is able to ''write'' Chinese characters with a volley of knives. Well, one character, at least (Death).
3rd May '16 12:16:05 PM bowserbros
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* During DIO's final battle with Jotaro in''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stardust Crusaders]]'', he uses THE WORLD to freeze time so that he can use one of these on his opponent. While Jotaro is able to use STAR PLATINUM to block some of DIO's knives, enough make it through to seriously injure the guy, though not enough to incapacitate him (in part due to the fact that Jotaro was in mid-air). This technique became famous enough to become a defining part of DIO's combat methods in the various ''[=JoJo's Bizarre Adventure=]'' video games and in most fan-portrayals of him, [[OneSceneWonder despite it only being used once]].

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* During DIO's final battle with Jotaro in''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stardust Crusaders]]'', he uses THE WORLD to freeze time so that he can use one of these on his opponent. While Jotaro is able to use STAR PLATINUM to block some of DIO's knives, enough make it through to seriously injure the guy, though not enough to incapacitate him (in part due to the fact that Jotaro was in mid-air). This technique became famous enough to become a defining part of DIO's combat methods in the various ''[=JoJo's Bizarre Adventure=]'' video games and in most fan-portrayals of him, [[OneSceneWonder despite it only being used once]].
3rd May '16 12:15:23 PM bowserbros
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* Dio Brando from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', who tends to be portrayed as following up [[TimeStandsStill ZA WARUDO]] with a veritable hail of knives (then capping things off with [[DeathFromAbove a steamroller]]).

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* Dio Brando from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', who tends to be portrayed as following up [[TimeStandsStill ZA WARUDO]] During DIO's final battle with a veritable hail Jotaro in''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stardust Crusaders]]'', he uses THE WORLD to freeze time so that he can use one of knives (then capping things off with [[DeathFromAbove these on his opponent. While Jotaro is able to use STAR PLATINUM to block some of DIO's knives, enough make it through to seriously injure the guy, though not enough to incapacitate him (in part due to the fact that Jotaro was in mid-air). This technique became famous enough to become a steamroller]]).defining part of DIO's combat methods in the various ''[=JoJo's Bizarre Adventure=]'' video games and in most fan-portrayals of him, [[OneSceneWonder despite it only being used once]].
21st Apr '16 1:39:48 PM Wyldchyld
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** Byakuya's Senbonzakura counts as this. ''Millions'' of blades in Bankai form. When As Nodt of the Vandenreich steals Byakuya's Bankai, he shows how downright ''vicious'' the potential it can be by tearing Byakuya to ''ribbons''.

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** When Byakuya's Senbonzakura counts as this. ''Millions'' of sword is released, it shatters into many pieces (thousands in Shikai, millions in Bankai). The blades float in Bankai form. When As Nodt of the Vandenreich steals air mirroring the image of cherry blossom petals on the wind. Controlled by either Byakuya's Bankai, he shows how downright ''vicious'' mind or gestures, the potential it blades can be by tearing Byakuya launched through the air to ''ribbons''.cut the target to ribbons.
21st Apr '16 1:00:08 AM MicoolTNT
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** The ultimate technique of the [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?367908-Telekinetic-Bladestorm-(PEACH) telekeinetic bladestorm]] "Blade Supernova" qualifies as an omnidirectional version of this. "Orbiting Blades" and "Galaxy of Blades" may also qualify, but this troper is unsure.

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** The ultimate technique of the [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?367908-Telekinetic-Bladestorm-(PEACH) telekeinetic bladestorm]] "Blade Supernova" qualifies as an omnidirectional version of this. "Orbiting Blades" and "Galaxy of Blades" may also qualify, but this troper is unsure.qualify.
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