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** Conversely to the Spartan example above, the Viking's shield in Viking vs. Samurai actually worked ''against'' him, since the episode only approached it based on its killing ability. The Samurai was given the kanabo--a large wooden club whose main attestation in historical sources is ''a mythological weapon wielded by demons''--in the same equipment slot. The shield recorded fewer kills than any other weapon in the episode, and the Samurai won the matchup 550-450.

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** Conversely to the Spartan example above, the Viking's shield in Viking vs. Samurai actually worked ''against'' him, since the episode only approached it based on its killing ability. The Samurai was given the kanabo--a large wooden club whose main attestation in historical sources is ''a mythological weapon wielded by demons''--in the same equipment slot. The shield recorded fewer kills than any other weapon in the episode, and the Samurai won the matchup 550-450.522-478.
6th Jul '16 6:05:52 AM StFan
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* ''LightNovel/TateNoYuushaNoNariagari'' 's eponymous Main Character was summoned as the Shield Hero into a fantasy world, along with three others (who became Heroes of the Sword, the Lance and the Bow). The twist in here is that except the one 'weapon' they were assigned with by the summon they are literally not able to use any other. As in "trying to pick up another weapon electrocutes him" and "trying to attack with fists [[CherryTapping only hurts the fists]]". And electrocutes him sometimes. Also his status as the 'Shield Hero' has both its pros and cons.. He gets better, though.

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* ''LightNovel/TateNoYuushaNoNariagari'' 's eponymous Main Character was summoned as the Shield Hero into a fantasy world, along with three others (who became Heroes of the Sword, the Lance and the Bow). The twist in here is that except the one 'weapon' "weapon" they were assigned with by the summon they are literally not able to use any other. As in "trying to pick up another weapon electrocutes him" and "trying to attack with fists [[CherryTapping only hurts the fists]]". And electrocutes him sometimes. Also his status as the 'Shield Hero' "Shield Hero" has both its pros and cons.. He gets better, though.



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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has several Artifacts that are shields. These either increase the Toughness of a creature, or prevent damage to a creature or player in some way. Except for the [[http://sales.starcitygames.com/carddisplay.php?product=38374 Pariah's Shield]], which does the [[HeroicSacrifice exact opposite.]]
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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' is well known for his signature round shield in [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead an American Flag motif]]. It's one of the most nearly [[MadeOfIndestructium indestructible]] objects in the Marvel universe, made of [[{{Unobtainium}} an accidental mix of alloys]] that no one has ever been able to replicate. Cap has the ability to throw the shield as a weapon, [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang making it ricochet off multiple foes and objects]] before returning to his hand.

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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'':
** Captain America
is well known for his signature round shield in [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead an American Flag motif]]. It's one of the most nearly [[MadeOfIndestructium indestructible]] objects in the Marvel universe, made of [[{{Unobtainium}} an accidental mix of alloys]] that no one has ever been able to replicate. Cap has the ability to throw the shield as a weapon, [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang making it ricochet off multiple foes and objects]] before returning to his hand.



* [[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik's]] shield doubles as a weapon. It doubles as a lot of different weapons, and a jet-pack, and some various other gadgets and whatever else could be crammed into the thing.
* In the comic book series ComicBook/{{Bone}}, Smiley Bone has the talent of picking a shield up exactly one second before the AnnoyingArrows hit him.
* The Guardian in DCComics has a golden shield originally shaped like a circle with a bar at the top, and more recently coming to a point at the bottom. In both forms it's meant to look a bit like a police badge, since that's his [[StockSuperheroDayJobs day job]].

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* [[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik's]] ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': Paperinik's shield doubles as a weapon. It doubles as a lot of different weapons, and a jet-pack, and some various other gadgets and whatever else could be crammed into the thing.
* In the comic book series ComicBook/{{Bone}}, ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'', Smiley Bone has the talent of picking a shield up exactly one second before the AnnoyingArrows hit him.
* The Guardian in DCComics Creator/DCComics has a golden shield originally shaped like a circle with a bar at the top, and more recently coming to a point at the bottom. In both forms it's meant to look a bit like a police badge, since that's his [[StockSuperheroDayJobs day job]].



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* Shields in the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' gamebooks can protect you, the player, in a number of different ways depending on which book you're playing through. Sometimes you get a bonus to your combat skill to reflect the shield's ability to protect you from enemy attacks, while others reduce the amount of damage you actually take in combat. Some shields also protect you from specific hazards that can easily kill you if you couldn't defend yourself properly.
* In ''Literature/LoneWolf'', a shield gives you a +2 Combat Skill bonus. This is an easy advantage in combat that shouldn't be passed up, considering there is otherwise no DualWielding rules. (Some weapons are supposedly two-handed, but it is hardly enforced.) This is also much less situational than the equivalent bonuses granted by the Kai disciplines of Weaponskill or Mindblast, although there are circumstances where you explicitly can't benefit from a shield (like if you're dangling from a rope/ledge with one hand, or have an arm paralyzed). Against projectiles, however, it is extremely rare that a shield is taken in account.
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* In the ''StarTrekExpandedUniverse'' novel ''The Sword of Kahless'', [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Chancellor Martok]] and his Ferengi friend are arming themselves for a battle against Martok's illegitimate son who has taken over the Klingon government. The Ferengi is shown to a separate rack that includes an old-fashioned round shield. Martok explains that this is the gear of a shield-bearer, although he adds that the shield-bearers would often be themselves used as shields. Subverted in that the shield fails to protect the Ferengi from a disruptor shot aimed at Martok when he jumps to protect the Chancellor. While this is because he simply fails to raise the shield in time, it is likely an antique shield would do little against a high-powered disruptor shot.

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* In the ''StarTrekExpandedUniverse'' ''Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse'' novel ''The Sword of Kahless'', [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Chancellor Martok]] and his Ferengi friend are arming themselves for a battle against Martok's illegitimate son who has taken over the Klingon government. The Ferengi is shown to a separate rack that includes an old-fashioned round shield. Martok explains that this is the gear of a shield-bearer, although he adds that the shield-bearers would often be themselves used as shields. Subverted in that the shield fails to protect the Ferengi from a disruptor shot aimed at Martok when he jumps to protect the Chancellor. While this is because he simply fails to raise the shield in time, it is likely an antique shield would do little against a high-powered disruptor shot.



* In ''TheDragonKnight'', medieval shield use is discussed at several points, namely how using one properly is a whole skill unto itself because incoming strikes really should be ''deflected'' instead of blocked. When Jim -- a passable swordsman by this point, but hardly exceptional -- is forced into a formal DuelToTheDeath with an enemy knight, he discusses what weapon to use. He eventually decides on a two-handed sword, reasoning that his natural agility is more valuable than a shield he doesn't know how to use properly.

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* In ''TheDragonKnight'', ''Literature/TheDragonKnight'', medieval shield use is discussed at several points, namely how using one properly is a whole skill unto itself because incoming strikes really should be ''deflected'' instead of blocked. When Jim -- a passable swordsman by this point, but hardly exceptional -- is forced into a formal DuelToTheDeath with an enemy knight, he discusses what weapon to use. He eventually decides on a two-handed sword, reasoning that his natural agility is more valuable than a shield he doesn't know how to use properly.



* In ''[[TheElricSaga Stormbringer]]'', Elric of Melnibone notably goes on a side quest solely to acquire the Shield of Chaos, which he'll need to stand a chance of taking on the ''Lords'' of Chaos against whose magic and general [[RealityWarper reality warping]] powers even his own abilities and Stormbringer would not prevail alone.

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* In ''[[TheElricSaga ''[[Literature/TheElricSaga Stormbringer]]'', Elric of Melnibone notably goes on a side quest solely to acquire the Shield of Chaos, which he'll need to stand a chance of taking on the ''Lords'' of Chaos against whose magic and general [[RealityWarper reality warping]] powers even his own abilities and Stormbringer would not prevail alone.



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* Leva Ba...Captain Levamerica had a tiny wrist mounted shield but got a giant one Independence day 2015 after being hammered by Leah Von ''Thor'' at Slammin Ladies.[[/folder]]

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* Leva Ba...Captain Levamerica had a tiny wrist mounted wrist-mounted shield but got a giant one on Independence day 2015 after being hammered by Leah Von ''Thor'' at Slammin Ladies.Ladies.
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* Shields are a staple of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', but generally the game mechanics lean in favor ShieldsAreUseless. Shields are rated as a passive addition to overall armor, providing only a small bonus to armor class. Game mechanics that provide advantages include:
** Magical shields offer an opportunity to double-up on magical enhacement bonuses.

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* Shields are a staple of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', but generally the game mechanics lean in favor of ShieldsAreUseless. Shields are rated as a passive addition to overall armor, providing only a small bonus to armor class. Game mechanics that provide advantages include:
** Magical shields offer an opportunity to double-up on magical enhacement bonuses.enhancement bonuses. The AC bonus from a shield may not stack, but the enchantments do. Because of this, some players use two bucklers: One in the off-hand for defense and one in the weapon hand just for the enchantments.



*** The AC bonus from a shield may not stack, but the enchantments do. Because of this, some players use two bucklers: One in the off-hand for defense and one in the weapon hand just for the enchantments.



** The Pathfinder varient also includes a wide set of feats to make shield combat effective, up to letting you use shields to outright deflect [[FrickingLaserBeams spells that have to be aimed]]. The shield will still be affected by the spell in question, but if you can catch a disintegrate on your shield and then toss it rather than get vaporized yourself it's what is technically known as a good deal.



* In {{GURPS}} shields are extremely useful before the advent of guns, giving a bonus to all forms of defense when used properly. Against anyone with a gun (or laser) the shield just becomes a liability due to its weight.

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' variant also includes a wide set of feats to make shield combat effective, up to letting you use shields to outright deflect [[FrickingLaserBeams spells that have to be aimed]]. The shield will still be affected by the spell in question, but if you can catch a disintegrate on your shield and then toss it rather than get vaporized yourself, it's what is technically known as a good deal.
* In {{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'', shields are extremely useful before the advent of guns, giving a bonus to all forms of defense when used properly. Against anyone with a gun (or laser) the shield just becomes a liability due to its weight.



* ''{{Exalted}}'' takes this trope and, like so many others, takes it to [[SerialEscalation extremes of awesomeness.]] Shields in general improve one's ability to parry attacks, but carry with them a penalty to mobility. Then, however, you get into artifact Thunderbolt Shields, which even in their as-issued state provide huge defense bonuses and have no penalty to mobility (indeed, they IMPROVE mobility). And finally, there's the shield of the Unconquered Sun, which if lent confers TOTAL INVINCIBILITY.
* ''MagicTheGathering'' has several Artifacts that are shields. These either increase the Toughness of a creature, or prevent damage to a creature or player in some way.
** Except for the [[http://sales.starcitygames.com/carddisplay.php?product=38374 Pariah's Shield]], which does the [[HeroicSacrifice exact opposite.]]
* In ''WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'', shields are the premier defensive equipment for the adventurer on a budget (i.e., you): They are cheap and grant a free parry once per round with a +10 bonus, which is liable to save your life more often than not. Consequently, most melee fighters in the system without a death wish tend to favour sword and shield over a {{BFS}} or DualWielding (which only grants a free parry anyway, but without the +10 bonus).
* Shields in the Literature/FightingFantasy gamebooks can protect you, the player, in a number of different ways depending on which book you're playing through. Sometimes you get a bonus to your combat skill to reflect the shield's ability to protect you from enemy attacks, while others reduced the amount of damage you actually took in combat. Some shields also protected you from specific hazards that could easily kill you if you couldn't defend yourself properly.
* In ''Runequest'', shields come in three different sizes and each requires active use of a skill, which is learned like any other, and can be used against only one attack per round. However, properly used they will block more damage than the heaviest armour, while being an order of magnitude cheaper to buy, and don't usually break the way parrying weapons will.
* ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'''s advanced rules offer [=BattleMech=]-sized shields that depending on their size and how actively they're used can absorb a fair amount of damage that therefore doesn't get applied to the hit locations protected by the shield...at the cost of increasingly interfering with the 'Mech's own weapon fire and potentially movement, but it's still a fairly substantial defensive bonus and they can be used as melee weapons in a pinch as well. As the in-universe timeline moves into the 32nd century, they even move out of the 'Mech arenas where they were first introduced and start to appear on "proper" military machines.

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' takes this trope and, like so many others, takes it to [[SerialEscalation extremes of awesomeness.]] Shields in general improve one's ability to parry attacks, but carry with them a penalty to mobility. Then, however, you get into artifact Thunderbolt Shields, which even in their as-issued state provide huge defense bonuses and have no penalty to mobility (indeed, they IMPROVE mobility). And finally, there's the shield of the Unconquered Sun, which if lent confers TOTAL INVINCIBILITY.
* ''MagicTheGathering'' has several Artifacts that are shields. These either increase the Toughness of a creature, or prevent damage to a creature or player in some way.
** Except for the [[http://sales.starcitygames.com/carddisplay.php?product=38374 Pariah's Shield]], which does the [[HeroicSacrifice exact opposite.]]
* In ''WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'', ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'', shields are the premier defensive equipment for the adventurer on a budget (i.e., you): They are cheap and grant a free parry once per round with a +10 bonus, which is liable to save your life more often than not. Consequently, most melee fighters in the system without a death wish tend to favour favor sword and shield over a {{BFS}} or DualWielding (which only grants a free parry anyway, but without the +10 bonus).
* Shields in the Literature/FightingFantasy gamebooks can protect you, the player, in a number of different ways depending on which book you're playing through. Sometimes you get a bonus to your combat skill to reflect the shield's ability to protect you from enemy attacks, while others reduced the amount of damage you actually took in combat. Some shields also protected you from specific hazards that could easily kill you if you couldn't defend yourself properly.
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In ''Runequest'', ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'', shields come in three different sizes and each requires active use of a skill, which is learned like any other, and can be used against only one attack per round. However, properly used they will block more damage than the heaviest armour, while being an order of magnitude cheaper to buy, and don't usually break the way parrying weapons will.
* ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'''s ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'''s advanced rules offer [=BattleMech=]-sized shields that depending on their size and how actively they're used can absorb a fair amount of damage that therefore doesn't get applied to the hit locations protected by the shield...at the cost of increasingly interfering with the 'Mech's own weapon fire and potentially movement, but it's still a fairly substantial defensive bonus and they can be used as melee weapons in a pinch as well. As the in-universe timeline moves into the 32nd century, they even move out of the 'Mech arenas where they were first introduced and start to appear on "proper" military machines.



* ''BloodlineChampions'' has a very large shield for the Vanguard bloodline. Used for their ShieldBash and Reflect ability.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' introduced the long-awaited Shield Defense powerset for melee classes (except Stalkers) in 2008, meaning that Blue Steel, local MemeticBadass and superhero cop, could finally be represented in-game. The shields usable by players are ''heavily'' customisable.
** For a long time the fan theory for Blue Steel was that his attacks were ''Shield Offense'' but this was stated not to be the case by WordOfGod. When he was finally put into the game as a fightable character (which wasn't until early 2012, less than a year before the game closed), he used the shield for defense and a police baton for attacks.

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* ''BloodlineChampions'' ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' has a very large shield for the Vanguard bloodline. Used for their ShieldBash and Reflect ability.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' introduced the long-awaited Shield Defense powerset for melee classes (except Stalkers) in 2008, meaning that Blue Steel, local MemeticBadass and superhero cop, could finally be represented in-game. The shields usable by players are ''heavily'' customisable.
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customisable. For a long time the fan theory for Blue Steel was that his attacks were ''Shield Offense'' but this was stated not to be the case by WordOfGod. When he was finally put into the game as a fightable character (which wasn't until early 2012, less than a year before the game closed), he used the shield for defense and a police baton for attacks.



* Sophitia and Cassandra use shields and shortswords in ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur''. Several moves (moreso with Cassandra than Sophitia) involve hitting enemies with the shield. Oh, Lizardman also carries a shield from Soul Calibur II to IV.

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* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'':
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Sophitia and Cassandra use shields and shortswords in ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur''. shortswords. Several moves (moreso with Cassandra than Sophitia) involve hitting enemies with the shield. Oh, shield.
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Lizardman also carries a shield from Soul ''Soul Calibur II II'' to IV.''IV''.



* Only a handful of classes in AtlanticaOnline can use a shield. Other classes carry different things in the same slot, such as ammo for ranged and orbs for casters.

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* Only a handful of classes in AtlanticaOnline ''VideoGame/AtlanticaOnline'' can use a shield. Other classes carry different things in the same slot, such as ammo for ranged and orbs for casters.
28th Jun '16 6:14:18 PM Adept
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* The shield is a major piece of equipment for the Fighter and Paladin in the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series, providing him with much better defense in melee combat over the Thief and Wizard (who must rely on evading attacks unless they put skill points into the Parry skill, which allows them to block with their weapon). You ''can'' go without your shield in the EGA version of ''QuestForGloryI'' (by dropping it. the VGA remake doesn't allow you to do this) and ''QuestForGloryV'', (by just not equipping it) but all other games in the series force the player to use their shield, and it is vital to the Fighter in the end game of ''QuestForGloryIII''.

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* The shield is a major piece of equipment for the Fighter and Paladin in the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series, providing him with much better defense in melee combat over the Thief and Wizard (who must rely on evading attacks unless they put skill points into the Parry skill, which allows them to block with their weapon). You ''can'' go without your shield in the EGA version of ''QuestForGloryI'' ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'' (by dropping it. the VGA remake doesn't allow you to do this) and ''QuestForGloryV'', ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryV'', (by just not equipping it) but all other games in the series force the player to use their shield, and it is vital to the Fighter in the end game of ''QuestForGloryIII''.''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII''.
12th Jun '16 11:11:59 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Batfink}}'': "Your bullets cannot harm me! My wings are like a shield of steel." And he'd say so in [[CatchPhrase dang near every episode, too!]]
* A few different ''{{Transformers}}'' use shields. It's a convenient way for [[MerchandiseDriven toy engineers]] to use those leftover vehicle bits - called "kibble" in the fandom.

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* ''{{Batfink}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'': "Your bullets cannot harm me! My wings are like a shield of steel." And he'd say so in [[CatchPhrase dang near every episode, too!]]
* A few different ''{{Transformers}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'' use shields. It's a convenient way for [[MerchandiseDriven toy engineers]] to use those leftover vehicle bits - called "kibble" in the fandom.



* Ulysses, in ''Ulysses31'', carries an energy shield to go with his ''LaserBlade''
* Sentinel Prime in ''TransformersAnimated'' carries an expandable [[MythologyGag Skyboom Shield]].

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* Ulysses, in ''Ulysses31'', ''WesternAnimation/Ulysses31'', carries an energy shield to go with his ''LaserBlade''
* Sentinel Prime in ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' carries an expandable [[MythologyGag Skyboom Shield]].
25th May '16 8:46:43 PM jerodast
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* Merlin materializes one in a split second in ''Series/Merlin1998'' to defend himself from a volley of arrows.
20th May '16 4:47:23 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* [[HollywoodCyborg Wendi's]] Riding Board in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is a SwissArmyWeapon that can be used as a [[SkySurfing surfboard with flight capabilities]], a {{BFG}} with modifiable ammo, and yes, a massive, human-sized shield.

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* [[HollywoodCyborg Wendi's]] Riding Board in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' is a SwissArmyWeapon that can be used as a [[SkySurfing surfboard with flight capabilities]], a {{BFG}} with modifiable ammo, and yes, a massive, human-sized shield.
20th May '16 5:48:39 AM SnarkyUndWuschel
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* ''LightNovel/TateNoYuushaNoNariagari'' 's eponymous Main Character was summoned as the Shield Hero into a fantasy world, along with three others (who became Heroes of the Sword, the Lance and the Bow). The twist in here is that except the one 'weapon' they were assigned with by the summon they are literally not able to use any other. As in "trying to pick up another weapon electrocutes him" and "trying to attack with fists [[CherryTapping only hurts the fists]]". And electrocutes him sometimes. Also his status as the 'Shield Hero' has both its pros and cons.. He gets better, though.
16th May '16 8:32:06 AM Someoneman
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* The [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Smashers]] each have access to a shield, which forms a protective bubble of energy that blocks any attack that's not a grab (unless it's unblockable). Holding the shield up too long causes it to shrink (so it doesn't cover their whole body) and eventually break, leaving them temporarily defenseless.
** Yoshi on the other hand is too good for bubble shields and uses an egg instead, which doesn't shrink.

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* The [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Smashers]] each ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''
** All characters
have access to a shield, which forms a protective bubble of energy that blocks any attack that's not a grab (unless it's unblockable). Holding the shield up too long causes it to shrink (so it doesn't cover their whole body) and eventually break, leaving them temporarily defenseless.
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defenseless. Yoshi on is the other hand is too good for bubble shields and exception, as he uses an egg instead, which doesn't shrink.



** Pictured is [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]] from ''Brawl'' with the Mirror Shield, which can [[AttackReflector reflect projectiles]] and block even attacks that are otherwise unblockable under normal circumstances, such as Final Smashes.

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** Pictured is [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]] from ''Brawl'' with has the Mirror Shield, Shield as a special move, which can [[AttackReflector reflect projectiles]] and block even attacks that are otherwise unblockable under normal circumstances, such as Final Smashes.
3rd May '16 7:24:07 AM ChilledXSocks
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* There are several kinds of shields in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', including one that protects the user from dragon breath, and its upgraded version, which can store the breath and throw it again against the opponent.

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* There are several kinds of shields in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', including which are mostly used for a variety of defensive abilities, such as reflecting damage back to attackers, becoming [[NoSell totally immune to damage]], and even [[NotQuiteDead bringing you]] BackFromTheDead. Some shields also have special abilities; for instance, one that protects the shield is mainly used to protect its user from dragon breath, and its upgraded version, which version can store the breath and throw it again against the opponent.opponent. Another type of shield can reduce incoming damage by a considerable amount, albeit at the cost of prayer points.
7th Apr '16 2:03:50 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Shields in film and fiction tend to be far more durable and effective than contemporary accounts would suggest. In the Iliad, warriors are regularly described thrusting their spears right through their opponents' shields. Norse sagas generally describe warriors' round shields being battered to pieces after a few minutes of combat.[[note]]Contemporary research indicates this may be because the Norse shield was used as often to attack as it was to defend.[[/note]] The Romans, meanwhile, preferred to disable their enemies' shields by throwing ''pilum'' javelins into them, which would bend on impact and prove very hard to pull out, making the shields too cumbersome to use. Shields in fiction tend to be sturdier or these tactics go unused.

Medieval shields frequently sported colorful coats of arms, and movie directors have duly taken full advantage of that fact to make their heroes' armor more spectacular. Less commonly seen in fiction has been the historical use of shields to carry people living or dead. Many ancient Germanic tribes inaugurated a new king by raising him on a shield. Spartan mothers proverbially warned their sons to come back with their shields or on them, because dead men were carried on their shields. (Coming back "with" your shield, on the other hand, supposedly proved you had faced battle bravely, because a fleeing man would always throw away his heavy shield. After all, if the shield was large and sturdy enough to carry a body on, you probably couldn't run very fast while carrying it.).

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Shields in film and fiction tend to be far more durable and effective than contemporary accounts would suggest. In the Iliad, warriors are regularly described thrusting their spears right through their opponents' shields. Norse sagas generally describe warriors' round shields being battered to pieces after a few minutes of combat.[[note]]Contemporary research indicates this may be because the Norse shield was used as often to attack as it was to defend.[[/note]] The Romans, meanwhile, preferred to disable their enemies' shields by throwing ''pilum'' javelins into them, which would bend on impact and prove very hard to pull out, making the shields too cumbersome to use. Shields in fiction tend to be sturdier or these tactics go unused.

Medieval shields frequently sported colorful coats of arms, and movie directors have duly taken full advantage of that fact to make their heroes' armor more spectacular. Less commonly seen in fiction has been the historical use of shields to carry people living or dead. Many ancient Germanic tribes inaugurated a new king by raising him on a shield. Spartan mothers proverbially warned their sons to come back with their shields or on them, because dead men were carried on their shields. (Coming back "with" your shield, on the other hand, supposedly proved you had faced battle bravely, because a fleeing man would always throw away his heavy shield. After all, if the shield was large and sturdy enough to carry a body on, you probably couldn't run very fast while carrying it.).



Contrast ShieldsAreUseless.



*** Shinn actually used the Impulse's shield as a weapon during his duel with Kira, throwing it at the Freedom - then firing his beam rifle at it to attack from a strange angle.

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*** Shinn actually used the Impulse's shield as a weapon during his duel with Kira, throwing it at the Freedom - then firing his beam rifle at it to attack from a strange angle.



* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Lieutenant Aegis of the Dragon's Lair dual wields shields. It's implied he uses them to disable and disarm his opponents; when Eric first met him, his sparing partner's sword went flying in towards the exit and almost impaled Eric. The one on his right arm is enchanted to not only defend him against magic but to [[AttackReflector return them to their castor.]]

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
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Lieutenant Aegis of the Dragon's Lair dual wields shields. It's implied he uses them to disable and disarm his opponents; when Eric first met him, his sparing partner's sword went flying in towards the exit and almost impaled Eric. The one on his right arm is enchanted to not only defend him against magic but to [[AttackReflector return them to their castor.]]]]
**Tiza carries a shield as part of her role as Team Four's tank. It helps her soak up damage while remaining in good health. Technically, she uses a ''targe'', which is worn on the arm and can move to protect the head down to the legs.
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