History Main / NationalWeapon

21st Feb '16 2:55:40 PM ElBuenCuate
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* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Greece}} Greek]] hoplite shield was not primarily offensive, so was possibly "armor" rather then a weapon.[[note]]Although they made were some pretty nasty weapons in capable hands.[[/note]] However, hoplites regarded their spears as expendable but treasured their shields; in fact, the word "hoplite" comes from the Greek ''hoplon'', which means "shield." Proverbially, a soldier was expected to come back with his shield or else on top of it (i.e. how his comrades would carry his body home). The key point was that, when standing in the battle line, the shield on your left arm protected your comrade, not you personally, so [[DirtyCoward dropping it and running away was directly endangering the lives of your fellow soldiers and citizens]].

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* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Greece}} Greek]] hoplite shield was not primarily offensive, so was possibly "armor" rather then than a weapon.[[note]]Although they made were some pretty nasty weapons in capable hands.[[/note]] However, hoplites regarded their spears as expendable but treasured their shields; in fact, the word "hoplite" comes from the Greek ''hoplon'', which means "shield." Proverbially, a soldier was expected to come back with his shield or else on top of it (i.e. how his comrades would carry his body home). The key point was that, when standing in the battle line, the shield on your left arm protected your comrade, not you personally, so [[DirtyCoward dropping it and running away was directly endangering the lives of your fellow soldiers and citizens]].
27th Jan '16 3:35:47 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Elites]] have their [[LaserBlade energy swords]], while the [[KillerSpaceMonkey Brutes]] have [[DropTheHammer gravity hammers]].
21st Jan '16 2:26:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The early ''VideoGame/Suikoden'' games showcase the Holy Harmonian Army, who almost exclusively make use of crescent-bladed halberds in battle.

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* The early ''VideoGame/Suikoden'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' games showcase the Holy Harmonian Army, who almost exclusively make use of crescent-bladed halberds in battle.
8th Jan '16 11:42:51 AM MarkLungo
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* In ''StarWars'', the Jedi and Sith Orders use [[LaserBlade lightsabers]].

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* In ''StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', the Jedi and Sith Orders use [[LaserBlade lightsabers]].



* The bolo of the Philippines.

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* The bolo of the Philippines.UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}.
8th Jan '16 11:41:40 AM MarkLungo
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* The Greek hoplite shield was not primarily offensive, so was possibly "armor" rather then a weapon.[[note]]Although they made were some pretty nasty weapons in capable hands.[[/note]] However, hoplites regarded their spears as expendable but treasured their shields; in fact, the word "hoplite" comes from the Greek ''hoplon'', which means "shield." Proverbially, a soldier was expected to come back with his shield or else on top of it (i.e. how his comrades would carry his body home). The key point was that, when standing in the battle line, the shield on your left arm protected your comrade, not you personally, so [[DirtyCoward dropping it and running away was directly endangering the lives of your fellow soldiers and citizens]].

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* The Greek [[UsefulNotes/{{Greece}} Greek]] hoplite shield was not primarily offensive, so was possibly "armor" rather then a weapon.[[note]]Although they made were some pretty nasty weapons in capable hands.[[/note]] However, hoplites regarded their spears as expendable but treasured their shields; in fact, the word "hoplite" comes from the Greek ''hoplon'', which means "shield." Proverbially, a soldier was expected to come back with his shield or else on top of it (i.e. how his comrades would carry his body home). The key point was that, when standing in the battle line, the shield on your left arm protected your comrade, not you personally, so [[DirtyCoward dropping it and running away was directly endangering the lives of your fellow soldiers and citizens]].



* The [[{{Sikhism}} Sikh]] Kirpan dagger, which sikh men are mandated to carry as a symbol of their obligation to defend one another.
* The Kris of Indonesia and Malaysia.
* The rapier and left-hand dagger for Spain, though the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navaja flip knife]] is a later example.

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* The [[{{Sikhism}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Sikhism}} Sikh]] Kirpan dagger, which sikh Sikh men are mandated to carry as a symbol of their obligation to defend one another.
* The Kris of Indonesia UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}} and Malaysia.
UsefulNotes/{{Malaysia}}.
* The rapier and left-hand dagger for Spain, UsefulNotes/{{Spain}}, though the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navaja flip knife]] is a later example.



* The Irish shillelagh.
* The Finns have their puukko knives - quite unremarkable 4- to 6-inch, plain, single-edged, usually wooden-handled utility knives. These knives have proven to be [[BoringButPractical the ultimate appliance for crafting, cooking, eating, all kinds of outdoorsy activities and shanking irritating neighbors]] for the past 500 years or so. [[KnifeNut And running]].

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* The Irish [[UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} Irish]] shillelagh.
* The Finns [[UsefulNotes/{{Finland}} Finns]] have their puukko knives - quite unremarkable 4- to 6-inch, plain, single-edged, usually wooden-handled utility knives. These knives have proven to be [[BoringButPractical the ultimate appliance for crafting, cooking, eating, all kinds of outdoorsy activities and shanking irritating neighbors]] for the past 500 years or so. [[KnifeNut And running]].
2nd Jan '16 1:51:18 AM YT45
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** The M1 Garand rifle was a weapon the US Marines didn't want, due to a plethora of false rumors that sprang up during its acceptance tests. Then they got to try a few of them out on Guadalcanal. The M1 was the first semiautomatic rifle adopted for general issue by any nation, and was accurate, powerful, reliable, well-balanced, just as suited to bayonet fighting as shooting, and is generally considered superior to the contemporary Russian SVT and German ''Gewehr''-43. The Marines loved it so much that ever since 1954, every enlisted Marine above the rank of PFC wears a silhouette of two crossed Garands on his rank insignia. The Silent Drill Team also uses beautifully chrome-finished Garands as their ceremonial weapon.

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** The M1 Garand rifle was a weapon the US Marines didn't want, due to a plethora of false rumors that sprang up during its acceptance tests. Then they got to try a few of them out on Guadalcanal. Guadalcanal. The M1 was the first semiautomatic rifle adopted for general issue by any nation, and was accurate, powerful, reliable, well-balanced, just as suited to bayonet fighting as shooting, and is generally considered superior to the contemporary Russian SVT and German ''Gewehr''-43. ''Gewehr''-43. The Marines loved it so much that ever since 1954, every enlisted Marine above the rank of PFC wears a silhouette of two crossed Garands on his rank insignia. insignia. The Silent Drill Team also uses beautifully chrome-finished Garands as their ceremonial weapon.weapon.
*** Millions of surplus Garand rifles have been sold on the American civilian market through the Civilian Marksmanship Program. They are extremely popular among civilian shooters and collectors, rivaled only by the AR-15 and possibly the Winchester lever-action family of rifles as ''the'' iconic American rifle.
2nd Jan '16 1:47:43 AM YT45
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** The M1911 .45 automatic pistol designed by Mormon gunsmith John M. Browning of Ogden, Utah is the official firearm of the state of Utah.
** The M1 Garand rifle was a weapon the US Marines didn't want, due to a plethora of false rumors that sprang up during its acceptance tests. Then they got to try a few of them out on Guadalcanal. The M1 was the first semiautomatic rifle adopted for general issue by any nation, and was accurate, powerful, reliable, well-balanced, just as suited to bayonet fighting as shooting, and is generally considered superior to the contemporary Russian SVT and German ''Gewehr''-43. The Marines loved it so much that ever since 1954, every enlisted Marine above the rank of PFC wears a silhouette of two crossed Garands on his rank insignia. The Silent Drill Team also uses beautifully chrome-finished Garands as their ceremonial weapon.
20th Nov '15 1:49:17 AM demonfiren
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*** These days, it still is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomahawk_%28missile%29 tomahawk]].
21st Oct '15 9:37:27 AM ed3891
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* Although it certainly provides the operator considerable protection from most conventional attacks (including small-arms and single-shot rifle fire, as seen in one CGI cutscene), the MagiTek Armor (and its variants) bears a considerable array of offensive abilities in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI,'' serving as the iconic weapons of the Gesthalian Empire.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV,'' the individual city-states of the Eorzean Alliance clearly favor certain weapons over others and are associated such almost exclusively: bows and spears for Gridania and their Wood Wailers; muskets and battleaxes for Limsa Lominsa and their naval marines; scimitar-like swords for Ul'dah and their Brass Blades.
** MagiTek and gunblade-style weapons appropriated from other entries in the series are iconic to the Garlean Empire, as well.
* The chainsaw-bayonet affixed to a Gear's rifle in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' almost certainly bore national associations for the COG - until, of course, all of the COG's member nations were annihilated by the Locust Horde.
* The early ''VideoGame/Suikoden'' games showcase the Holy Harmonian Army, who almost exclusively make use of crescent-bladed halberds in battle.
21st Oct '15 8:57:04 AM ed3891
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* The source of the trope's page quote, scimitars are typically only found on Redguard from Hammerfell in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim.''
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