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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]].]]
*** Not
]] 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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23rd Jul '17 5:01:45 PM YT45
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* Older-model rifles that have been replaced as general-issue might be retained for ceremonial use by certain units.
** The USMC Silent Drill Platoon carries the WWII-vintage M1 Garand. Three reasons why: tradition, [[RuleOfCool it looks awesome]], and it is far more well-balanced than a modern rifle (and thus better for twirling around without accidentally smacking somebody in the face).
** The US Army's Tomb Sentinels at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier wield M14 rifles, conspicuously missing the magazine--though the Sentinels will often have a concealed pistol locked and loaded.
** The Simonov SKS saw only brief frontline service as the Soviet Union's standard rifle before it was supplanted by the AK, but remains a common sight at Russian parades and memorials.



** Marines have to buy their swords out of their paycheck, though at a heavy discount. Apparently they are functional though, and many jokes have been made about [[AwesomeButImpractical actually carrying one into combat.]]

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** *** 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.]]]]
** US Navy officers still sometimes wear swords with their Dress Whites. Like the Marines, they have to buy them out-of-pocket. If an occasion calls for commissioned officers to wear swords, Chief Petty Officers will wear cutlasses.
* The Swiss Guard and their polearms. Yes, they are sharp, and yes, the guy in the ridiculous-looking Renaissance costume with the BladeOnAStick does have a modern automatic weapon tucked into those balloon pants.
8th Jul '17 12:40:59 PM Willbyr
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* 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 [[JustifiedTrope justified]] 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 ''{{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 [[JustifiedTrope justified]] {{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.
16th Jun '17 9:20:19 PM Abodos
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* 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.



* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-572 SCP-572]] is a replica sword in a fantasy style, which, when held, produces a major mind-control effect, whereupon people will become convinced of its superior balance and sharpness, of which it really has neither, being purely a decorative piece. It also compels them to perform insane stunts with it (all while convincing them they can), such as deflecting bullets with the blade, taking on trained swordsmen with real swords, and cutting moving cars in half. Due to the prevalence of unnecessary blades facing in odd directions, the slightest swing will result in injury to the user. Fortunately, upon removing the sword from the holder with tongs, the psychological effects can be instanly redacted by a smack on the head.

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* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-572 SCP-572]] is a replica sword in a fantasy style, which, when held, produces a major mind-control effect, whereupon people will become convinced of its superior balance and sharpness, of which it really has neither, being purely a decorative piece. It also compels them to perform insane stunts with it (all while convincing them they can), such as deflecting bullets with the blade, taking on trained swordsmen with real swords, and cutting moving cars in half. Due to the prevalence of unnecessary blades facing in odd directions, the slightest swing will result in injury to the user. Fortunately, upon removing the sword from the holder with tongs, the psychological effects can be instanly instantly redacted by a smack on the head.
16th Jun '17 6:34:28 PM Adept
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* Subverted with the Eto Gun in ''Manga/EtCetera''. It looks like a toy gun and could not be used to shoot normally, but when added with a proper animal extract, it is considered one of the strongest weapons in the West.

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* Subverted with the Eto Gun in ''Manga/EtCetera''. It looks like a toy gun and could not be used to shoot normally, but and Mingchao (initially) only keeps it to intimidate others. However, when added with a proper animal extract, it the gun is considered one of the strongest weapons in the West.
16th Jun '17 6:25:43 PM Adept
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* Subverted with the Eto Gun in ''Manga/EtCetera''. It looks like a toy gun and could not be used to shoot normally, but when added with a proper animal extract, it is considered one of the strongest weapons in the West.
30th May '17 9:54:51 PM nombretomado
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* Power Forged weapons in the ''WheelOfTime'' look like this because they have been enchanted to never break, rust or need sharpening. One character mentions that over the thousands of years since his sword had been made his family has only had to replace the hilt.

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* Power Forged weapons in the ''WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' look like this because they have been enchanted to never break, rust or need sharpening. One character mentions that over the thousands of years since his sword had been made his family has only had to replace the hilt.
20th May '17 11:52:20 AM AsherTye
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** 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.
25th Apr '17 5:54:44 PM Owlorange1995
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