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16th Apr '16 4:15:37 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** Samson is one of the few characters to use a shield, and as soon as he blocks with it instead of parrying with his weapon a single slash from [[{{BFS}} Guts' sword]] went through it, [[ArmorIsUseless Samson's helmet]], and his entire head.
** Averted with Grundbeld, whose shield is both protective and offensive, what with having a cannon built into it.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
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''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Samson is one of the few characters to use a shield, and as shield. As soon as he blocks with it instead of parrying with his weapon weapon, a single slash from [[{{BFS}} Guts' sword]] went through it, [[ArmorIsUseless Samson's helmet]], and his entire head.
** Averted with Grundbeld, whose shield is both protective and offensive, what with having a cannon built into it.
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14th Apr '16 7:07:24 PM SinfireTitan
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**The Old Hunters DLC adds the Loch Shield which is even better at blocking gunfire and elemental attacks, but manages to be 'worse' at blocking normal physical attacks, thanks to being made of glass instead of wood. How someone in [[CrapsackWorld Yharnam]] came up with bullet-proof glass is anyone's guess.
17th Mar '16 1:03:14 AM molotov
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* For good or ill, Japan effectively abandoned the use of personal shields from the late Heian period onwards, while nearby countries like China or Korea still used shields often.

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* For good or ill, Japan *Japan effectively abandoned the use of personal shields from the late Heian period onwards, while nearby countries like China or Korea still used shields often.often. This came back to bite Japanese warriors later when they tried fighting people who had mysterious planks of stuff that stopped swords while letting their other arm come around with its own weapon.
15th Feb '16 10:24:01 AM MrUnderhill
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' plays this surprisingly straight, given the [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe predominant combat style]] in its [[DemonsSouls spiritual predecessor]]. The only shield available, the wooden shield, is called "ineffectual" in its own item description. The description is accurate, in most situations. Subverted that the shield is actually decent for blocking gunfires.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' plays this surprisingly straight, given the [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe predominant combat style]] in its [[DemonsSouls spiritual predecessor]]. The only shield available, the wooden shield, is called "ineffectual" in its own item description. The description is accurate, in most situations. Subverted in that the shield is actually decent for at blocking gunfires.gunfire, the one thing you'd think a medieval shield would ''[[ViolationOfCommonSense not]]'' be useful for.
9th Jan '16 3:57:10 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* The heavier your armour is, the less the shield counts for defence. With the invention of full suits of plate armour, knights stopped carrying shields because they were already so heavily protected that a shield was little more than an extra encumbrance. Compare the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kite_shield kite shield]] of the early Middle Ages to the considerably smaller [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heater_shield heater shield]].

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* The heavier your armour is, the less the shield counts for defence. With the invention of full suits of plate armour, knights stopped carrying shields because they were already so heavily protected that a shield was little more than an extra encumbrance. Compare the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kite_shield kite shield]] of the early Middle Ages to the considerably smaller [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heater_shield heater shield]]. It also meant that the extra swinging power of the off hand was needed to penetrate your ''enemy's'' full plate with your weapon.
6th Jan '16 9:32:33 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"If I were to pick up this cowering-plate, I would have to put down my [[DualWielding second sword]]," a Scotsman thinks. "And surely this is madness."''

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->''"If I were to pick up this cowering-plate, I would have to put down my [[DualWielding second sword]]," sword," a Scotsman thinks. "And surely this is madness."''
6th Jan '16 9:23:54 AM Mhazard
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' plays this surprisingly straight, given the [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe predominant combat style]] in its [[DemonsSouls spiritual predecessor]]. The only shield available, the wooden shield, is called "ineffectual" in its own item description. The description is accurate, in most situations.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' plays this surprisingly straight, given the [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe predominant combat style]] in its [[DemonsSouls spiritual predecessor]]. The only shield available, the wooden shield, is called "ineffectual" in its own item description. The description is accurate, in most situations. Subverted that the shield is actually decent for blocking gunfires.
4th Jan '16 2:29:51 PM Quanyails
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** The available unlocks released after the initial class updates subvert this. The Darwin's Danger Shield provides the Sniper with an additional 25 hit points and a 15% reduction in bullet damage. This combination of bonuses allows them to survive uncharged headshots or fully charged bodyshots (even offsetting the machina damage bonus) when at full health, while simply being more vulnerable to explosive damage. Considering that a sniper's greatest threats are other snipers, and not explosive classes... there's a reason that this weapon has been consistently banned in every competitive or even semi-competitive league.

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** The available unlocks released after the initial class updates subvert this. The Darwin's Danger Shield provides the Sniper with an additional 25 hit points and a 15% reduction in bullet damage. This combination of bonuses allows them to survive uncharged headshots or fully charged bodyshots (even offsetting the machina Machina damage bonus) when at full health, while simply being more vulnerable to explosive damage. Considering that a sniper's greatest threats are other snipers, and not explosive classes... there's a reason that this weapon has been consistently banned in every competitive or even semi-competitive league.
25th Dec '15 2:34:31 AM StFan
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-->--VideoGame/TeamFortress2, on the [[AvertedTrope Chargin' Targe]]

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-->--VideoGame/TeamFortress2, on -->-- ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' (on the [[AvertedTrope Chargin' Targe]]
Targe]])






* Samson is one of the few characters in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' to use a shield, and as soon as he blocks with it instead of parrying with his weapon a single slash from [[{{BFS}} Guts' sword]] went through it, [[ArmorIsUseless Samson's helmet]], and his entire head.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
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Samson is one of the few characters in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' to use a shield, and as soon as he blocks with it instead of parrying with his weapon a single slash from [[{{BFS}} Guts' sword]] went through it, [[ArmorIsUseless Samson's helmet]], and his entire head.




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* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', the Roman legionariess are regularly shown with their large ''scutum'' wall-pattern shields, often put into strong defensive formations like the Tortoise or the Square. Historically, such shields and formations were quite effective. Unfortunately for the Romans, their defenses are worth precisely jack-squat against the Gauls of the UndefeatableLittleVillage, who [[FoeTossingCharge plow through formations and flatten legionaries]] on a regular basis, which usually ends with both legionaries and shields crumpled like newspaper. Usually, ''scutum'' only see some use when the Gauls get their hands on them...to [[ShieldBash bash legionaries over the head repeatedly]].



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[[folder:Film]][[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', the Roman legionaries are regularly shown with their large ''scutum'' wall-pattern shields, often put into strong defensive formations like the Tortoise or the Square. Historically, such shields and formations were quite effective. Unfortunately for the Romans, their defenses are worth precisely jack-squat against the Gauls of the UndefeatableLittleVillage, who [[FoeTossingCharge plow through formations and flatten legionaries]] on a regular basis, which usually ends with both legionaries and shields crumpled like newspaper. Usually, ''scutum'' only see some use when the Gauls get their hands on them...to [[ShieldBash bash legionaries over the head repeatedly]].
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* In the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy, shields are used for a variety of standard and creative purposes, but often we see the {{Red Shirt Arm|y}}ies on both sides just letting their shields hang by their sides as they're casually dispatched.
** The only member of the Fellowship to carry a shield is Boromir, and we know what happened to him.
** The most famous use of a shield in the trilogy? A surfboard for Legolas.

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* In the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy, shields are used for a variety of standard and creative purposes, but often we see the {{Red Shirt Arm|y}}ies on both sides just letting their shields hang by their sides as they're casually dispatched. \n** The only member of the Fellowship to carry a shield is Boromir, and we know what happened to him.
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him. The most famous use of a shield in the trilogy? A surfboard for Legolas.



* Because of how shields were treated by the simulation model at the time the episode aired, the Viking's shield is this on ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''. Specifically, all equipment was ranked by the number of kills made, and the shield (obviously) recorded the fewest kills of all the equipment assigned to the Viking and Samurai (if you're curious, the Samurai was given a ''kanabo''[[note]]gigantic wooden club studded with metal that's most commonly attested as a mythological weapon wielded by ''Oni''[[/note]] in the same slot as the Viking's shield). The simulation did not give ''any'' consideration to how many deaths the shield prevented (its primary function).

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* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'':
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Because of how shields were treated by the simulation model at the time the episode aired, the Viking's shield is this on ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''.this. Specifically, all equipment was ranked by the number of kills made, and the shield (obviously) recorded the fewest kills of all the equipment assigned to the Viking and Samurai (if you're curious, the Samurai was given a ''kanabo''[[note]]gigantic wooden club studded with metal that's most commonly attested as a mythological weapon wielded by ''Oni''[[/note]] in the same slot as the Viking's shield). The simulation did not give ''any'' consideration to how many deaths the shield prevented (its primary function).



** The Death Knight class is the only plate wearing class that cannot use shields. They can still act as a tank but use other damage mitigation abilities to offset the lack of a shield.

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** The Death Knight class is the only plate wearing plate-wearing class that cannot use shields. They can still act as a tank but use other damage mitigation abilities to offset the lack of a shield.



21st Dec '15 1:10:09 PM MajinAkuma
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Many cards have effects that destroy monster in Defense Position. Some of those have artworks that feature broken shields.
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