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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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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.
13th Mar '16 11:25:24 AM FGHIK
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** Cap started with a triangle shield, but this was switched out for the round one because of possible infringement on another [[PatrioticFervor wartime superhero]] (who was [[SarcasmMode imaginatively]] called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTun The Shield]]). He's gotten it back a few times, and its appearance is usually a ContinuityNod to his WWII career.

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** Cap started with a triangle shield, but this was switched out for the round one because of possible infringement on another [[PatrioticFervor wartime superhero]] (who was [[SarcasmMode imaginatively]] called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTun [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Shield]]). He's gotten it back a few times, and its appearance is usually a ContinuityNod to his WWII career.
13th Mar '16 11:24:41 AM FGHIK
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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 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, making it ricochet off multiple foes and objects before returning to his hand.
** Cap started with a triangle shield, but this was switched out for the round one because of possible infringement on another [[PatrioticFervor wartime superhero]] (who was imaginatively called The Shield). He's gotten it back a few times, and its appearance is usually a ContinuityNod to his WWII career.

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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 indestructible [[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 objects]] before returning to his hand.
** Cap started with a triangle shield, but this was switched out for the round one because of possible infringement on another [[PatrioticFervor wartime superhero]] (who was imaginatively [[SarcasmMode imaginatively]] called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTun The Shield).Shield]]). He's gotten it back a few times, and its appearance is usually a ContinuityNod to his WWII career.
5th Mar '16 2:37:39 PM nombretomado
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* The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]], ''{{Dissidia}}'''s combination KnightInShiningArmor-[[TheCape Cape]], is one of only two members of the cast to retain a shield. Very rarely is it actually used to guard attack, though; our buddy [=WoL=] seems to be taking cues from [[CaptainAmerica another well-known cape]] and using it as a ''projectile weapon'' more than anything.

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* The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]], ''{{Dissidia}}'''s combination KnightInShiningArmor-[[TheCape Cape]], is one of only two members of the cast to retain a shield. Very rarely is it actually used to guard attack, though; our buddy [=WoL=] seems to be taking cues from [[CaptainAmerica [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica another well-known cape]] and using it as a ''projectile weapon'' more than anything.
16th Feb '16 4:55:38 AM Blazer
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' both Jaune and Pyrrha carry shields, with Jaune's doubling as his sword's scabbard when not in use. This trope is cruelly subverted in the finale of Volume 3 when [[spoiler:Pyrrha, battling [[BigBad Cinder]], throws her shield to stop Cinder from striking her with an arrow. It connects, shatters the arrow... only for it to reconstruct itself seconds later and strike her.]]
28th Jan '16 1:13:20 PM nielas
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* In season one of ''Series/LastKingdom'' this is zig-zagged. In the first episode the Saxons are massacred because they cannot break the Danish shield wall. Afterwards the main characters are rarely shown using shields. However, the season finale has a massive battle that is shield wall vs shield wall. It is essentially one big shoving match with a lot of stabbing through any opening that appears in the shield wall. When the hero is able to temporarily break the Danish shield wall, the Saxons use that opening to break the Danish line and win the battle.
12th Jan '16 5:22:56 PM nombretomado
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* There are several kinds of shields in ''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 ''RuneScape'', ''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.



** Also like those two, RuneScape's shields make the enemy hitting less likely rather than reducing damage taken as well. It's kind of an aversion, though, since all armour does only that. Until late 2010, at least, when actual damage reduction mechanics were added - and even those work only on 200+ damage hits. Most monsters can't even hit that hard.

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** Also like those two, RuneScape's ''VideoGame/RuneScape'''s shields make the enemy hitting less likely rather than reducing damage taken as well. It's kind of an aversion, though, since all armour does only that. Until late 2010, at least, when actual damage reduction mechanics were added - and even those work only on 200+ damage hits. Most monsters can't even hit that hard.
6th Jan '16 7:09:19 PM nombretomado
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* Sophitia and Cassandra use shields and shortswords in 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.
** In Soul Calibur V, Sophitia is succeeded by her children Patroklos and Pyrrha. Naturally, they both use shields. Lizardman drops his shield in favor of DualWielding axes in this game, however.
* In ''FireEmblem'' games, Paladins and knights may or may not carry shields depending on the game. For knights/Armors (slow, heavily armored foot soldiers) from the GBA games, the shield is actually their massive breastplate, which comes off and can be carried in the hand for some reason. The [[RandomNumberGod RNG]] can make those shields either [[ShieldsAreUseless useless]] or unbreakable. Armors and Soliders in ''Radiant Dawn'' and the DS installments also block attacks as their 'Miss' animation.

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* Sophitia and Cassandra use shields and shortswords in SoulCalibur.''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.
** In Soul ''Soul Calibur V, V'', Sophitia is succeeded by her children Patroklos and Pyrrha. Naturally, they both use shields. Lizardman drops his shield in favor of DualWielding axes in this game, however.
* In ''FireEmblem'' ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' games, Paladins and knights may or may not carry shields depending on the game. For knights/Armors (slow, heavily armored foot soldiers) from the GBA games, the shield is actually their massive breastplate, which comes off and can be carried in the hand for some reason. The [[RandomNumberGod RNG]] can make those shields either [[ShieldsAreUseless useless]] or unbreakable. Armors and Soliders in ''Radiant Dawn'' and the DS installments also block attacks as their 'Miss' animation.
6th Jan '16 3:47:16 PM Snipertoaster
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* ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' features Special Units that are literally named Shields. They carry riot shields which can and will shrug off any form of gunfire. They can be killed if outflanked, and are [[GlassCannon quite fragile]].
** [[VideoGame/{{PAYDAY2}} The sequel]] ratchets things up a bit with the Shields. On Very Hard and higher, a variant of the Shield appears carrying a much bigger shield with "FBI" across it. It makes shooting past them a lot harder. Then, when [[KingMook Captain Winters and his lackeys]] show up, they carry ''even bigger'' shields which cannot be shot past at all. Though there are more ways of dealing with Shields in this game. Not only can players outflank them again, but they don't stand up terribly well to [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]] or [[KillItWithFire fire]].
21st Dec '15 1:14:09 PM MajinAkuma
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* Craniummon from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' is very proud of his shield Avalon, which is believed to be an unbreakable defense. When the heroes manage to break said shield, he let them pass.
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