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13th Jan '18 7:06:16 AM DesertDragon
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** Later in the show, the chakram got upgraded into a weapon that could split in two after being tossed, bounce off of multiple objects, strike many people, and recombine in mid-air before returning to Xena. At this point it was all {{handwave}}d [[AWizardDidIt by magic]], [[RuleOfCool not that anyone cared about how it worked]].

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** Later in the show, series, the chakram got upgraded into a weapon that could split in two after being tossed, bounce off of multiple objects, strike many people, and recombine in mid-air before returning to Xena. At this point it was all {{handwave}}d [[AWizardDidIt by magic]], explicitly magical]], [[RuleOfCool not that anyone cared about how it worked]].
13th Jan '18 6:56:54 AM DesertDragon
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** Xena's most famous weapon is her Precision-Guided Chakram, which always returns to her after ricocheting off walls, rocks, and enemies, often in really convoluted ways. This culminated in a GroundhogDayLoop episode where Xena, realizing she has no time to fix every problem on her own, spends some time planning ridiculous trajectories and using ''the chakram'' to interrupt every problem. Note the real-life counterpart of a war quoit is razor-sharp all the way around and definitely not something you'd want flying back at you. However, the [[SelectivelyLethalBlade lethality of the Chakram]] entirely depended on whatever the plot needed it to do. Sometimes it was ''insanely'' sharp, severing ropes and tree branches in a single flight. Other times, it would knock out enemies without so much as a cut on their cheek, and Gabrielle would use it as a back-scratcher. After a while, the fans just accepted that there was a button, somewhere on the chakram, that turned it blunt.

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** Xena's most famous weapon is her Precision-Guided Chakram, which always returns to her after ricocheting off walls, rocks, and enemies, often in really convoluted ways. This culminated in a GroundhogDayLoop episode where Xena, realizing she has no time to fix every problem on her own, spends some time planning ridiculous trajectories and using ''the chakram'' to interrupt every problem. Note the real-life counterpart of a war quoit is razor-sharp all the way around and definitely not something you'd want flying back at you. However, the [[SelectivelyLethalBlade [[SelectivelyLethalWeapon lethality of the Chakram]] entirely depended on whatever the plot needed it to do. Sometimes it was ''insanely'' sharp, severing ropes and tree branches in a single flight. Other times, it would knock out enemies without so much as a cut on their cheek, and Gabrielle would use it as a back-scratcher. After a while, the fans just accepted that there was a button, somewhere on the chakram, that turned it blunt.
13th Jan '18 6:52:54 AM DesertDragon
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* Series/XenaWarriorPrincess has a Precision-Guided Chakram which always returns to her after ricocheting off walls, rocks, and enemies, often in really convoluted ways. This culminated in a GroundhogDayLoop episode where Xena, realizing she has no time to fix every problem on her own, spends some time planning ridiculous trajectories and using ''the chakram'' to interrupt every problem. Note the real-life counterpart of a war quoit is ''sharp all the way around'' and definitely not something that would return like a boomerang, not that you'd want a ring of razor-sharp metal hurling back at you.
** The lethality of the chakram entirely depended on whatever the plot needed it to do. Sometimes it was ''insanely'' sharp, severing ropes and tree branches in a single flight, and other times, Gabrielle was using it as a back-scratcher. After a while, the fans just accepted that there was a button, somewhere on the chakram, that turned it blunt.
** It got even better when the chakram got upgraded into a weapon that could split in two after being tossed, bounce off of multiple objects, strike many people, and recombine in mid-air before returning to Xena. At this point it was all {{handwave}}d [[AWizardDidIt by magic]], [[RuleOfCool not that anyone cared about how it worked]].
** Its ability to selectively bounce off of a surface or become lodged within it for use as a stepping stone/grabbing point/etc. as demanded by the plot was also highly questionable. Consider the FridgeLogic at work when Xena once threw the chakram into a rock and then proceeded to use a whip to grab onto the chakram to pull herself out of some quicksand (somehow without cutting the whip). Even if you accept the magical laser precision of the chakram, the mere physics of that makes your head hurt. All said and done, Xena's chakram may very well be the biggest piece of AppliedPhlebotinum in TV history.

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* Series/XenaWarriorPrincess has a Series/XenaWarriorPrincess:
** Xena's most famous weapon is her
Precision-Guided Chakram Chakram, which always returns to her after ricocheting off walls, rocks, and enemies, often in really convoluted ways. This culminated in a GroundhogDayLoop episode where Xena, realizing she has no time to fix every problem on her own, spends some time planning ridiculous trajectories and using ''the chakram'' to interrupt every problem. Note the real-life counterpart of a war quoit is ''sharp razor-sharp all the way around'' around and definitely not something that would return like a boomerang, not that you'd want a ring of razor-sharp metal hurling flying back at you.
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you. However, the [[SelectivelyLethalBlade lethality of the chakram Chakram]] entirely depended on whatever the plot needed it to do. Sometimes it was ''insanely'' sharp, severing ropes and tree branches in a single flight, and other flight. Other times, it would knock out enemies without so much as a cut on their cheek, and Gabrielle was using would use it as a back-scratcher. After a while, the fans just accepted that there was a button, somewhere on the chakram, that turned it blunt.
** It got even better when Later in the show, the chakram got upgraded into a weapon that could split in two after being tossed, bounce off of multiple objects, strike many people, and recombine in mid-air before returning to Xena. At this point it was all {{handwave}}d [[AWizardDidIt by magic]], [[RuleOfCool not that anyone cared about how it worked]].
** Its ability to selectively bounce off of a surface or become lodged within it for use as a stepping stone/grabbing point/etc. as demanded by the plot was also highly questionable. Consider the FridgeLogic at work when Xena once threw the chakram into a rock and then proceeded to use a whip to grab onto the chakram to pull herself out of some quicksand (somehow without cutting the whip). Even if you accept the magical laser precision of the chakram, the mere physics of that makes your head hurt. All said and done, Xena's chakram may very well be the biggest piece of AppliedPhlebotinum in TV history.
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28th Oct '17 7:59:24 PM Sammettik
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** One of the most common [[PowerCopying Copy Abilities]] is Cutter, which usually allows Kirby to throw boomerang-like blades that don't always come back. However, in ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'', the Cutter ability causes Kirby to throw a piece of himself as a boomerang, and given [[BlessedWithSuck his greatly reduced mobility during this]], it's guaranteed that the projectile will return home shortly after rebounding. Also, in ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'', using Cutter while teamed up with Rick causes Rick to throw Kirby as a boomerang that tries to come back, though it's possible to avoid catching the projectile and even set up a situation where Rick can stand still and have Kirby orbit endlessly around him. In the same game, teaming up with Pitch for certain copy abilities turns Pitch into a returning projectile, though for Cutter he becomes a crescent-shaped blade that does not spin like a boomerang.

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** One of the most common [[PowerCopying Copy Abilities]] is Cutter, which usually allows Kirby to throw boomerang-like blades that don't always come back. However, in ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'', the Cutter ability causes Kirby to throw a piece of himself as a boomerang, and given [[BlessedWithSuck his greatly reduced mobility during this]], it's guaranteed that the projectile will return home shortly after rebounding. Also, in ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'', 2'' and ''3'', using Cutter while teamed up with Rick causes Rick to throw Kirby as a boomerang that tries to come back, though it's possible to avoid catching the projectile and even set up a situation where Rick can stand still and have Kirby orbit endlessly around him. In the same game, teaming up with Pitch for certain copy abilities turns Pitch into a returning projectile, though for Cutter he becomes a crescent-shaped blade that does not spin like a boomerang.
25th Oct '17 4:01:21 PM foxley
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* MarvelComics {{Western}} villain the Fat Man (originally a foe of Kid Colt) was an expert with the boomerang: able to win showdowns against gunslingers (being able to throw faster than they could draw and fire) and always having the boomerang return to him regardless of what it hit.
8th Oct '17 1:24:23 PM Eddy1215
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* She also does it in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.

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* She Wonder Woman also does it in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.



* In Xiaolin Showdown the monks get a MidSeasonUpgrade in the form of artifacts personalized to their elemental powers. Clay gets the Big Bang Meteorang, which is a brown boomerang that splits into multiple boomerangs in flight, blows up the MechaMooks in its path before returning as a single boomerang.

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* In Xiaolin Showdown ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' the monks get a MidSeasonUpgrade in the form of artifacts personalized to their elemental powers. Clay gets the Big Bang Meteorang, which is a brown boomerang that splits into multiple boomerangs in flight, blows up the MechaMooks in its path before returning as a single boomerang.
21st Sep '17 11:53:20 AM thecarolinabull01
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* Averted by ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. Regular Batarangs, after hitting their target, would simply bounce off, never returning to Batman. You can even find them lying around after tossing a few. (However, they would cut through ropes fairly flawlessly, though that's more of an AbsurdlySharpBlade.) Also, the usual "multiple targets" of other video game boomerangs is averted in that you can only hit one target with a single Batarang; later upgrades let you throw more than one, letting you pick more targets (but never more than the amount of Batarangs you can throw). The Remote Control ones are justified, seeing as... well, they're remote control. (And they can be guided back to Batman, whereupon he will actually catch it. You don't have to do this, however.)

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* Averted by ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. Videogame/BatmanArkhamSeries:
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Regular Batarangs, after Batarangs avert this. After hitting their target, they would simply bounce off, never returning to Batman. You can even find them lying around after tossing a few. (However, they would cut through ropes fairly flawlessly, though that's more of an AbsurdlySharpBlade.) Also, the usual "multiple targets" of other video game boomerangs is averted in that you can only hit one target with a single Batarang; later upgrades let you throw more than one, letting you pick more targets (but never more than the amount of Batarangs you can throw). The Remote Control ones are justified, seeing as... well, they're remote control. (And they can be guided back to Batman, whereupon he will actually catch it. You don't have to do this, however.))
** Played straight with Nightwing's Escrima Sticks, which can be thrown as projectiles and will always return to Nightwing's hand.
31st May '17 11:12:24 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'' has a precision guided '''machete'''.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2'' has a precision guided '''machete'''.'''[[MacheteMayhem machete]]'''.
26th Apr '17 5:32:57 PM Spielzeug
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* Used in the first episode in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' by a villain who throws/launches it using his belt-driven mechanical arm. The boomerang used is large enough and sharp enough to slice large rock formations and entire buildings in half. Despite the incredible speed the boomerang travels at, the main character (Vash) manages to move fast enough to leap onto it mid-flight and launch himself at the villain in order to incapacitate him.

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* Used in the first episode in of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' by a villain who throws/launches it using his belt-driven mechanical arm. The boomerang used is large enough Enormous in size and sharp enough to slice equipped with an AbsurdlySharpBlade, it is capable of slicing large rock formations and entire buildings in half. Despite the incredible speed the boomerang travels at, the main character (Vash) manages to move fast enough to leap onto it mid-flight and launch himself at the villain in order to incapacitate him.
26th Apr '17 5:20:10 PM Spielzeug
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* Used in the first episode in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''. Unfortunately, the wielder is incapacitated shortly after throwing it, leading to a landslide.

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* Used in the first episode in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''. Unfortunately, ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' by a villain who throws/launches it using his belt-driven mechanical arm. The boomerang used is large enough and sharp enough to slice large rock formations and entire buildings in half. Despite the wielder is incapacitated shortly after throwing it, leading incredible speed the boomerang travels at, the main character (Vash) manages to a landslide.move fast enough to leap onto it mid-flight and launch himself at the villain in order to incapacitate him.
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