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4th Jun '17 6:51:20 PM nombretomado
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* Played nearly (and painfully) straight in the Punchout-esque WiiWare game ''Rage of the Gladiators''. While some attacks can be blocked with the shield, most simply go right through it and [[NintendoHard deal full damage to you.]] Some of them can't be evaded and need to be blocked with a shield though, like most long-lasting beam attacks.

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* Played nearly (and painfully) straight in the Punchout-esque WiiWare UsefulNotes/WiiWare game ''Rage of the Gladiators''. While some attacks can be blocked with the shield, most simply go right through it and [[NintendoHard deal full damage to you.]] Some of them can't be evaded and need to be blocked with a shield though, like most long-lasting beam attacks.
30th Apr '17 11:43:52 AM thatother1dude
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Most combatants in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' don't use shields, even when they're only using one hand for a weapon. The ones that do generally don't get much use out of them:


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** The Unsullied use spears and shields, and while they sometimes are shown working, other times they just leave them by their side not doing anything.
29th Apr '17 1:23:42 PM Dravencour
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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 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}} a {{BFS}}, or DualWielding, [[DualWielding two swords at once]], will still slaughter them by the hundreds. Apparently they learn to use their shields at the medieval equivalent of the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy.
ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. And it only gets worse if the hero has an AbsurdlySharpBlade, as said shields will put up all the resistance of wet tissue paper, often getting cloven right in two!
28th Apr '17 12:06:03 PM BeerBaron
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* The Tsaesci, a race of SnakePeople in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' universe, have a cultural disdain for shields, since their martial arts emphasize agility over blocking. If a Tsaesci warrior doesn't want to get hit by his opponent, ''he gets out of the way''.
** Which makes you wonder what they do when they're ''being shot at with arrows''...
*** [[DodgeTheBullet Get out of the way]]

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* The Tsaesci, a race of SnakePeople in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' universe, has the Tsaesci, an [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] race of supposed "[[SnakePeople snake vampires]]". Historical records indicate that they like to [[DualWielding dual wield]] a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana and wakizashi]], and have a cultural disdain for shields, since their aversion to shields. Tsaesci martial arts emphasize agility over blocking. If a Tsaesci warrior doesn't blocking, and preach that if you don't want to get hit by his your opponent, ''he gets ''you get out of the way''.
** Which makes you wonder what they
way''. They would even do when they're ''being shot at with arrows''...
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this [[DodgeTheBullet Get out of for arrows]]. When they attempted to invade Tamriel in the way]]late 1st Era, they were confused by human warriors using the "[[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe sword-and-board]]" fighting style.
25th Apr '17 3:33:06 PM gb00393
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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 by wearing him down.

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'': ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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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 by wearing him down.down.
** Brienne's shield isn't of much help in the melee, as Loras causes enough damage to it with his axe that she is forced to discard it during their fight.
31st Mar '17 12:54:56 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Literature/{{Gate}}'', the Empire's Roman/Medieval style shields do not protect against bullets at all.
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.
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