History Main / ParasolOfPain

3rd Sep '17 1:18:05 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AmeliaPeabody Emerson, from the series of books by Elizabeth Peters, has made an art out of using her parasol in battle, to the point that some superstitious 19th-century Egyptians believe it to be a magical weapon. By the time she's in her 50s, Amelia actually has custom parasols made with extra-strong shafts so they aren't destroyed by the damage she deals with them, and at least one is built along the lines of a sword cane--this latter is a special present from her husband, which delights her even though she doesn't actually know how to fence. Not that that stops her. Very little stops Amelia.

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* AmeliaPeabody ''Literature/AmeliaPeabody'' Emerson, from the series of books by Elizabeth Peters, has made an art out of using her parasol in battle, to the point that some superstitious 19th-century Egyptians believe it to be a magical weapon. By the time she's in her 50s, Amelia actually has custom parasols made with extra-strong shafts so they aren't destroyed by the damage she deals with them, and at least one is built along the lines of a sword cane--this latter is a special present from her husband, which delights her even though she doesn't actually know how to fence. Not that that stops her. Very little stops Amelia.
24th Jul '17 12:09:08 PM ZombieAladdin
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* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon 2}}'' introduces the Brellas, an entire weapon class. They shoot ink from their ferrules, and when opened, serve as a protective shield against enemy attacks. Brellas can also launch their canopies as stronger attacks, though they leave the user defenseless for some time.
24th Apr '17 2:23:31 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'' has Edna as the first in the Tales series to use one and she uses it for firing magic attacks.

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'' has Edna as the first in the Tales series to use one and she uses it for firing magic attacks. And poking "Meebo" for her [[TheGadfly amusement]]. Her case is justified too; though she's a powerful Earth Seraph, she's too small to really pull off massive feats of strength like other Earth Seraph without extreme pain afterwards so has to deal with a lighter weapon. And, in regards to ElementalRockPaperScissors, water is weak to Earth and an umbrella represents that in such a way it makes channelling her magic easier.
21st Apr '17 7:56:48 PM ThatTwerp
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* The Arsenic Candy gang in ''VideoGame/SpiderMan3'' use umbrellas as one of their primary weapons.
14th Apr '17 9:18:47 AM Berrenta
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* In another example of bizarre TruthInTelevision, people have actually made umbrellas designed to fight. A company called "Unbrekable Umbrella" makes and sells umbrellas that have strong shafts and frames and are built to be used like a baton, and the Phillipine Secret Service has used [[http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/07/unbreakable-fig.html?npu=1&mbid=yhp combat umbrellas]] that can ''split watermelons''. Also, when firepower is needed, you have this [[http://www.littlegun.info/curios%20et%20antiquites/a%20parapluie%20poivriere%20gb.htm a gun/sword/umbrella]].

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* In another example of bizarre TruthInTelevision, people have actually made umbrellas designed to fight. A company called "Unbrekable "Unbreakable Umbrella" makes and sells umbrellas that have strong shafts and frames and are built to be used like a baton, and the Phillipine Secret Service has used [[http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/07/unbreakable-fig.html?npu=1&mbid=yhp combat umbrellas]] that can ''split watermelons''. Also, when firepower is needed, you have this [[http://www.littlegun.info/curios%20et%20antiquites/a%20parapluie%20poivriere%20gb.htm a gun/sword/umbrella]].
3rd Apr '17 5:42:31 PM nombretomado
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* Feitang, one of the extremely murderous thieves of the Spider from ''HunterXHunter'', fights using an umbrella. If angered enough, he pulls a sword out of the handle. If further provoked, he spontaneously combusts and all his colleagues take cover. But mostly he just kicks ass with the umbrella.

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* Feitang, one of the extremely murderous thieves of the Spider from ''HunterXHunter'', ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', fights using an umbrella. If angered enough, he pulls a sword out of the handle. If further provoked, he spontaneously combusts and all his colleagues take cover. But mostly he just kicks ass with the umbrella.
27th Mar '17 4:31:35 AM Fuyumoto
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* Kagura in ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' who happens to share voice actor with [[Creator/RieKugimiya another]] [[Manga/{{Gintama}} umbrella-wielding Kagura]]

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* Kagura in ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' who happens to share voice actor with [[Creator/RieKugimiya another]] voice actor]] with [[Manga/{{Gintama}} another umbrella-wielding Kagura]]
27th Mar '17 4:29:52 AM Fuyumoto
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* Kagura in ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' who happens to share voice actor with [[Creator/RieKugimiya another]] [[Manga/{{Gintama}} umbrella-wielding Kagura]]
** There are also {{Youkai}} with the body of a human and the head of an umbrella.
22nd Mar '17 9:22:22 AM Cieloazul
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* The use of the ''Western'' umbrella became an integral part of the Hung Gar family of Martial Arts, when Doctor UsefulNotes/WongFeiHung saw their prevalence as China became increasingly westernized in the latter part of the 19th century. It also became the WeaponOfChoice that came to define Wong Fei Hung in cinema, notably those in which he is portrayed by Jet Li.

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* "Classic" umbrellas (cane-like, non-telescopic) are perfectly able to turn into vicious stabbing weapons due to the 5-inch metal spike on top, which is naturally sharp and can be further sharpened if needed. A military man trained in bayonet combat also knows how to hold it with both hands to avoid bending the shaft, and hook-handle umbrellas are also extremely useful for striking or tripping opponents. Moreover, in many jurisdictions it is illegal to carry knives with blades longer than three inches, but you can carry an umbrella almost anywhere and still be seen as unarmed by most people, including law enforcement.
* The use of the ''Western'' umbrella became an integral part of the Hung Gar family of Martial Arts, kung fu, when Doctor UsefulNotes/WongFeiHung saw their prevalence as China became increasingly westernized in the latter part of the 19th century. It also became the WeaponOfChoice that came to define Wong Fei Hung in cinema, notably those in which he is portrayed by Jet Li.Li.
* The style of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartitsu Bartitsu]] utilizes walking sticks and, yes, umbrellas. Pierre Vigny, a particularly renowned practitioner of one such technique, once (by his own account) fought off several ''Apaches'' (Parisian street gangsters, not Native Americans) with a light umbrella. This now somewhat forgotten martial art may be responsible for many of the examples listed here.
* Mestre Bimba and Mestre Pastinha, the two greatest masters of UsefulNotes/{{Capoeira}}, were known to be skilled umbrella fighters. The former went everywhere with an umbrella he never opened up even if it rained, which many believe it was because it contained some kind of hidden blade. Another master, Mestre Onça-tigre, gave a famous exhibition about how to defend a knife attack with an umbrella.
* In another example of bizarre TruthInTelevision, people have actually made umbrellas designed to fight. A company called "Unbrekable Umbrella" makes and sells umbrellas that have strong shafts and frames and are built to be used like a baton, and the Phillipine Secret Service has used [[http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/07/unbreakable-fig.html?npu=1&mbid=yhp combat umbrellas]] that can ''split watermelons''. Also, when firepower is needed, you have this [[http://www.littlegun.info/curios%20et%20antiquites/a%20parapluie%20poivriere%20gb.htm a gun/sword/umbrella]].



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartitsu Bartitsu]] is an entire style of martial arts that revolves around using walking sticks and, yes, umbrellas. Pierre Vigny, a particularly renowned practitioner of one such technique, once (by his own account) fought off several Apaches (Parisian street gangsters, not Native Americans) with a light umbrella. This now somewhat forgotten martial art may be responsible for many of the examples listed here.
* In another example of bizarre TruthInTelevision, people have actually made [[http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/07/unbreakable-fig.html?npu=1&mbid=yhp combat umbrellas]], which have been used by the Phillipine Secret Service. Combat umbrellas that can ''split watermelons''.



* During the [[Film/ABridgeTooFar Battle of Arnhem]], British paratrooper Major Allison Digby Tatham-Warter armed himself with a pistol in one hand and his signature combat umbrella in the other. Devised as a way to mark himself as an Englishman due to his chronic inability to remember passwords, the umbrella came in handy for more military purposes when he used it to disable a German armoured car by thrusting the rolled-up umbrella through an observation slit and incapacitating the driver.



* And now, [[http://www.littlegun.info/curios%20et%20antiquites/a%20parapluie%20poivriere%20gb.htm a gun/sword/umbrella]].
* During the [[Film/ABridgeTooFar Battle of Arnhem]], British paratrooper Major Allison Digby Tatham-Warter armed himself with a pistol in one hand and his signature combat umbrella in the other. Devised as a way to mark himself as an Englishman due to his chronic inability to remember passwords, the umbrella came in handy for more military purposes when he used it to disable a German armoured car by thrusting the rolled-up umbrella through an observation slit and incapacitating the driver.
* "Classic" umbrellas (cane-like, non-telescopic) are perfectly able to turn into vicious stabbing weapons due to the 5-inch metal spike on top, which is naturally sharp and can be further sharpened if needed. A military man trained in bayonet combat also knows how to hold it with both hands to avoid bending the shaft. Hook-handle umbrellas are also extremely useful for striking or tripping opponents.
* In many jurisdictions, it is illegal to carry knives with blades longer than three inches. But you can carry an umbrella almost anywhere and still be seen as unarmed by most people, including law enforcement.
* A company called "Unbrekable Umbrella" makes and sells umbrellas that have strong shafts and frames and are built to be used like a baton. They still keep you dry in the rain though.
* Any umbrella that has a strong shaft and frame can be used like a baton when closed.
23rd Feb '17 2:21:12 PM eroock
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* In ''The Umbrella Coup'', Pierre Richard plays an unemployed comic actor, who is invited to play an assassin, but enters a wrong office and gets confused for a ProfessionalKiller by TheMafia. He receives an umbrella with a retractable poisoned needle in the tip to assassinate a target with. And HilarityEnsues.

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* In ''The Umbrella Coup'', ''Film/TheUmbrellaCoup'', Pierre Richard plays an unemployed comic actor, who is invited to play an assassin, but enters a wrong office and gets confused for a ProfessionalKiller by TheMafia. He receives an umbrella with a retractable poisoned needle in the tip to assassinate a target with. And HilarityEnsues.



** The movie has been inspired by Markov murder, see RealLife section. Its working title was ''The Bulgarian Umbrella Coup'' and the weapon is called "Bulgarian umbrella" several times. But the movie uses a fast-acting poison instead of ricin.

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** The movie has been inspired by the Markov murder, see RealLife section. Its working title was ''The Bulgarian Umbrella Coup'' and the weapon is called "Bulgarian umbrella" several times. But the movie uses a fast-acting poison instead of ricin.
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