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19th Mar '17 2:40:35 PM Doug86
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': Among SpaceMarines, shields are pretty much only used by melee-obsessed Chapters like he Black Templars and by Terminators (in which case they're an aversion, being capable of protecting the user from anti-vehicle weapons). Even the Grey Knights (who wield psychic-force halberds to face-stab daemons) exchange shields for a wrist-mounted double-barreled storm bolter.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Among SpaceMarines, shields are pretty much only used by melee-obsessed Chapters like he Black Templars and by Terminators (in which case they're an aversion, being capable of protecting the user from anti-vehicle weapons). Even the Grey Knights (who wield psychic-force halberds to face-stab daemons) exchange shields for a wrist-mounted double-barreled storm bolter.
16th Jan '17 2:53:34 AM Wraithsight
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*** [[DodgeTheBullet Get out of the way]]
8th Dec '16 9:33:50 PM Chabal2
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': Among SpaceMarines, shields are pretty much only used by melee-obsessed Chapters like he Black Templars and by Terminators (in which case they're an aversion, being capable of protecting the user from anti-vehicle weapons). Even the Grey Knights (who wield psychic-force halberds to face-stab daemons) exchange shields for a wrist-mounted double-barreled storm bolter.
--> My faith is my shield!
8th Dec '16 6:24:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Bronn refuses a shield for his duel with Vardis Egan. Combined with his lighter armor, he's able to use his increased mobility to defeat the MightyGlacier.

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Bronn refuses a shield for his duel with Vardis Egan. Combined with his lighter armor, he's able to use his increased mobility to defeat the MightyGlacier.MightyGlacier by wearing him down.
8th Dec '16 6:22:34 AM Morgenthaler
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This trope applies whenever shields are shown to have a negligible effect in combat. A [[TheHero Hero]] may discard his shield before charging the BigBad just to show how BadAss he really is. Yes, our hero is so awesome that he doesn't need a shield. In the villainous version, {{mooks}} will have shields - but the good guy, armed with the {{BFS}} or DualWielding, will still slaughter them by the hundreds. Apparently they learn to use their shields at the medieval equivalent of the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy.

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This trope applies whenever shields are shown to have a negligible effect in combat. A [[TheHero Hero]] may discard his shield before charging the BigBad just to show how BadAss badass he really is. Yes, our hero is so awesome that he doesn't need a shield. In the villainous version, {{mooks}} will have shields - but the good guy, armed with the {{BFS}} or DualWielding, will still slaughter them by the hundreds. Apparently they learn to use their shields at the medieval equivalent of the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy.
4th Dec '16 2:56:15 PM SarisRevant
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** ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' is a partial example; the shields most units carry don't have an obvious effect, but the Armoury shield upgrades that put bigger shields on the unit models do increase their resistance to arrows.
15th Oct '16 4:12:03 PM thatmadork
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** Which makes you wonder what they do when they're ''being shot at with arrows''...
16th Sep '16 4:55:07 PM Kimarous
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* ''VideoGame/ForHonor'' plays the trope straight with the {{Mooks}}, who all wear wooden shields that fail to defend them from {{Player Character}}s, who subvert this trope.
4th Sep '16 8:35:43 PM Jasuchin
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* In the original ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', Link's shield is purely cosmetic. Later games decided to fix this by allowing his shield to block projectile attacks while he's standing still, much like the older games.

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* In the original ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', Link's shield is purely cosmetic. Later games decided to fix this by allowing his shield to block projectile attacks while he's standing still, much like the [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda older games.Zelda games]].
4th Sep '16 8:31:20 PM Jasuchin
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* In the original ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', Link's shield is purely cosmetic. Later games decided to fix this by allowing his shield to block attacks while he's standing still.

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* In the original ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', Link's shield is purely cosmetic. Later games decided to fix this by allowing his shield to block projectile attacks while he's standing still.still, much like the older games.
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