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13th Apr '18 4:35:49 PM AgProv
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* The Lee-Enfield Mk 3/4 bolt action rifle that was the British Army's mainstay for nearly seventy years is retained by some units for neither combat nor ceremonials. Long obsolete for front line use, this rifle is used as extra weight for recruit soldiers and others detailed to take on assault courses in full kit: simply because the issue front-line rifle is too delicate (and expensive) to withstand continual bashing, battering, immersion in mud and water and frequently being dropped by ham-fisted recruits. Rather an old heavy weapon designed to be exceedingly forgiving to rough treatment, and which will never be fired in action again, takes all the impacts of hard dirty training - and it also weighs heavier than the SA-80.
25th Mar '18 1:14:34 PM Owlorange1995
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* The BigBad of Season Five of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Prometheus, carries a bow and quiver on his back. When it comes to actual killing, however, he relies on his chokuto and shuriken.
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3rd Dec '17 3:57:23 AM rjd1922
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* * Tetra the young pirate captain in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' carries a cutlass but never uses it except in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors''.

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* * Tetra the young pirate captain in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' carries a cutlass but never uses it except in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors''.
3rd Dec '17 3:53:13 AM rjd1922
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* * Tetra the young pirate captain in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' carries a cutlass but never uses it except in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Prince Sidon wears a sword on his hip, but like all the other [[FishPeople Zora]] he favors the spear in actual combat.



* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', Pyro's bandolier has napalm grenades and the Soldier's belt has frag grenades. The former are always useless and the latter are only used in the Soldier's SuicideAttack taunt.

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* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', Pyro's bandolier has napalm grenades and the Soldier's belt has frag grenades. The former are always useless and the latter are only used in the Soldier's SuicideAttack taunt. Grenades were prominent in ''VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic'' but were DummiedOut in ''[=TF2=]''.



* In the VideoGame/SoulSeries, customizable characters will sometimes get some. In 4, there is a pirate's belt that has a pistol on it, as well as gloves that have a claw on it. The only fighting is done with weapons.

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* In the VideoGame/SoulSeries, ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'', customizable characters will sometimes get some. In 4, there is a pirate's belt that has a pistol on it, as well as gloves that have a claw on it. The only fighting is done with weapons.



* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Prince Sidon wears a sword on his hip, but like all the other [[FishPeople Zora]] he favors the spear in actual combat.
2nd Dec '17 6:50:49 AM Quanyails
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* Occasionally happens in ''VideoGame/Overwatch''. Soldier: 76 has a pistol on his belt that he never uses, and Roadhog what appears to be a sawn-off shotgun (''not'' his Scrap Gun) slug across his back. Genji has a sword that is decorative for 99% of the time, except when he uses his ultimate ability, which begs the question: wouldn't a sword be more effective than shurikens, even without the powered-up dragon that accompanies it in his ultimate?

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* Occasionally happens in ''VideoGame/Overwatch''.''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''. Soldier: 76 has a pistol on his belt that he never uses, and Roadhog what appears to be a sawn-off shotgun (''not'' his Scrap Gun) slug across his back. Genji has a sword that is decorative for 99% of the time, except when he uses his ultimate ability, which begs the question: wouldn't a sword be more effective than shurikens, even without the powered-up dragon that accompanies it in his ultimate?
6th Nov '17 9:16:25 PM Octorok103
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Subtrope of UselessAccessory. Compare StatSticks, where weapons aren't so much "physically" used as they're just there to add stats.

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Subtrope of UselessAccessory. Compare StatSticks, where weapons aren't so much "physically" used as they're just there to add stats. \n Not to be confused with BlingBlingBang, where the weapon is covered in ornamentation but (usually) still sees actual use.
2nd Nov '17 10:13:59 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Android 17 carries a pistol on his waist, which is odd considering his punches and energy blasts do far more damage than a pistol ever could. The only time he's seen using it is for kicks after he got shot at by an old man in the BadFuture.
30th Sep '17 1:26:29 PM Chytus
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* Creator/MarvelComics' Doctor Doom wears a pistol on his waist that he never uses.
** Correction: He has used it, it's just exclusively for opponents he considers unworthy of facing his powered armor and other abilities. Granted, it sees less and less use over the years, but it has been used before.

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* Creator/MarvelComics' Doctor Doom wears a pistol on his waist that he never uses.
** Correction: He has used it, it's just exclusively
only uses for opponents he considers unworthy of facing his powered armor and other abilities. Granted, abilities, which happens rarely enough nowadays that it sees less and less use over the years, but it has been used before.might as well be ornamental.
1st Sep '17 5:20:24 PM jtierney50
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* Occasionally happens in ''VideoGame/Overwatch''. Soldier: 76 has a pistol on his belt that he never uses, and Roadhog what appears to be a sawn-off shotgun (''not'' his Scrap Gun) slug across his back. Genji has a sword that is decorative for 99% of the time, except when he uses his ultimate ability, which begs the question: wouldn't a sword be more effective than shurikens, even without the powered-up dragon that accompanies it in his ultimate?
** Ana and Widowmaker likewise have spikes on their arm to stabilize their weapons while sniping, although they never get used in game (because you can't rest your arm on anything to stabilize).
27th Jul '17 12:29:21 PM StFan
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There are some characters who like to walk around with their weapons out in the open, presumably to [[WeaponForIntimidation intimidate other people]], or to have it ready right away in the case of a monster fight. However, upon close inspection, you might find that the weapon barely has any signs of being "broken in" - no scratches, no gunpowder...it still looks as sharp as the day the guy bought it.

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There are some characters who like to walk around with their weapons out in the open, presumably to [[WeaponForIntimidation intimidate other people]], or to have it ready right away in the case of a monster fight. However, upon close inspection, you might find that the weapon barely has any signs of being "broken in" - -- no scratches, no gunpowder...gunpowder... it still looks as sharp as the day the guy bought it.






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* In ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'', [[{{Stripperiffic}} one of the few things]] Naga wears is a large sword that seems to be purely for show. It gets stuck in the sheath the one time she tries to use it, and she tends to faint at the sight of blood ([[FridgeLogic which shows up a lot around swords]]).
* Meliodas of Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins carries a broken sword to deter customers from starting trouble in his bar by keeping it in a scabbard to make it look like a full sword.
* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', people usually think this of Guts' main weapon, a [[{{BFS}} huge slab of iron even taller than he is]], up until [[OneManArmy they see him use it]]. It's {{justified|Trope}} that they'd think so, since in real life there are many examples of oversized versions of standard zweihanders being made for purely ceremonial use.

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* In ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'', ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', [[{{Stripperiffic}} one of the few things]] Naga wears is a large sword that seems to be purely for show. It gets stuck in the sheath the one time she tries to use it, and she tends to faint at the sight of blood ([[FridgeLogic which shows up a lot around swords]]).
* Meliodas of Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'' carries a broken sword to deter customers from starting trouble in his bar by keeping it in a scabbard to make it look like a full sword.
* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', people usually think this of Guts' main weapon, a [[{{BFS}} huge slab of iron even taller than he is]], up until [[OneManArmy they see him use it]]. It's {{justified|Trope}} that they'd think so, since in real life there are many examples of oversized versions of standard zweihanders being made for purely ceremonial use.



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* Almost everyone in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has one, such as Chaos sorcerer staffs, Tau bonding knives...

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* Almost everyone in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has one, such as Chaos sorcerer staffs, Tau bonding knives...



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* Angeal Hewley from ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' carries a gigantic Buster Sword around him on missions, but only maybe uses it a handful of times. Zack even comments on it during the mission in Fort Tamblin (dialogue not exact):
-->'''Zack:''' I've never seen you actually use that thing. Don't you think it's sort of a waste?
-->'''Angeal:''' Use brings about wear, tear, and rust -- and that's a ''real'' waste.

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Angeal Hewley from ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' from carries a gigantic Buster Sword around him on missions, but only maybe uses it a handful of times. Zack even comments on it during the mission in Fort Tamblin (dialogue not exact):
-->'''Zack:''' --->'''Zack:''' I've never seen you actually use that thing. Don't you think it's sort of a waste?
-->'''Angeal:'''
waste?\\
'''Angeal:'''
Use brings about wear, tear, and rust -- and that's a ''real'' waste.



** The Buster Sword did end up getting rusted… [[spoiler: when Cloud used it as [[WeaponTombstone Zack's gravestone]].]]
*** Not anymore; [[spoiler: the new ending to Advent Children Complete reveals that Cloud polished and repaired it, and used it as a memorial in Aerith's church, overlooking Aerith's Lake (that contains the Great Gospel)]].
* Ganondorf's sword in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', which is only used for a victory pose in ''Melee'' and a taunt in ''Brawl'', and is otherwise kept in {{Hammerspace}}.
** Finally used in ''Smash 4'': One of his alternative special attacks is conjuring the sword and stabbing with it, instead of his insanely powerful Warlock Punch.

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** The Buster Sword did end up getting rusted… [[spoiler: when rusted... [[spoiler:when Cloud used it as [[WeaponTombstone Zack's gravestone]].]]
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]] But not anymore; [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the new ending to Advent ''Advent Children Complete Complete'' reveals that Cloud polished and repaired it, and used it as a memorial in Aerith's church, overlooking Aerith's Lake (that contains the Great Gospel)]].
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Ganondorf's sword in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', sword, which is only used for a victory pose in ''Melee'' and a taunt in ''Brawl'', and is otherwise kept in {{Hammerspace}}.
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{{Hammerspace}}. Finally used in ''Smash 4'': One of his alternative special attacks is conjuring the sword and stabbing with it, instead of his insanely powerful Warlock Punch.



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* Swords have been this for a long time and in certain situations (like a formal officers party, perhaps) to this day. In the 18th century, a well-dressed gentleman was almost required to carry a smallsword on his hip, though carrying a walking stick was an acceptable alternative.
** US Marines in full dress uniform carry swords, in respect to the sense of tradition that pervades the entire Corps. These are only for the most formal of formal occasions, however: a Marine in full dress for a party likely won't be carrying the sword.
*** Marines have to buy their swords out of their paycheck, though at a heavy discount. Apparently they are functional though, and many jokes (like [[http://terminallance.com/2014/01/17/terminal-lance-302-pirate-sword/ this one]] from ''Webcomic/TerminalLance'') have been made about [[AwesomeButImpractical actually carrying one into combat.]]

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* Swords have been this for a long time and in certain situations (like a formal officers party, perhaps) to this day. day.
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In the 18th century, a well-dressed gentleman was almost required to carry a smallsword on his hip, though carrying a walking stick was an acceptable alternative.
** US Marines in full dress uniform carry swords, in respect to the sense of tradition that pervades the entire Corps. These are only for the most formal of formal occasions, however: a Marine in full dress for a party likely won't be carrying the sword.
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sword. Marines have to buy their swords out of their paycheck, though at a heavy discount. Apparently they are functional though, and many jokes (like [[http://terminallance.com/2014/01/17/terminal-lance-302-pirate-sword/ this one]] from ''Webcomic/TerminalLance'') have been made about [[AwesomeButImpractical actually carrying one into combat.]]



* Souvenir and decoration swords. Enthusiasts speak rather of [=SLO=]s, or Sword-Like Objects. They look like swords, are ornamental and look flashy, but they are horribly badly balanced, made from inferior materials (such as stainless steel, which is prone to shatter when used on anything longer than a kitchen knife and can't keep its edge for a long time), either over-tempered too stiff - or not tempered at all - and are too weakly built to use. One notorious "feature" common to [=SLO=]s is a thin welded-on tang attaching the blade to the handle[[note]]A quality sword suited for combat should have a tang that's integral to the blade, and preferably a full tang (meaning it extends down the full length of the handle).[[/note]], which is very prone to snap off if the blade hits ''anything'' or even just from ''swinging it through the air''; these are derisively known as a "rat-tail tangs" and using a blade with such construction for ''anything'' other than display can be outright dangerous to the person holding it. They are purely wall-hangers. Even a complete layman can distinguish between a sword-like object and a real sword by merely grabbing one.

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* Souvenir and decoration swords. Enthusiasts speak rather of [=SLO=]s, or Sword-Like Objects. They look like swords, are ornamental and look flashy, but they are horribly badly balanced, made from inferior materials (such as stainless steel, which is prone to shatter when used on anything longer than a kitchen knife and can't keep its edge for a long time), either over-tempered too stiff - -- or not tempered at all - -- and are too weakly built to use. One notorious "feature" common to [=SLO=]s is a thin welded-on tang attaching the blade to the handle[[note]]A quality sword suited for combat should have a tang that's integral to the blade, and preferably a full tang (meaning it extends down the full length of the handle).[[/note]], which is very prone to snap off if the blade hits ''anything'' or even just from ''swinging it through the air''; these are derisively known as a "rat-tail tangs" and using a blade with such construction for ''anything'' other than display can be outright dangerous to the person holding it. They are purely wall-hangers. Even a complete layman can distinguish between a sword-like object and a real sword by merely grabbing one.
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