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17th Sep '17 8:36:35 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* Bastiodon from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a shield as a face and is one of the most defensive Pokémon in the game, but that doesn't stop Ground and Fighting-type attacks from walking all over him.

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* Bastiodon from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a shield as a face and is one of the most defensive Pokémon in the game, but that doesn't stop Ground and Fighting-type attacks from walking all over him.him (damn his vulnerable [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Rock/Steel typing]]).
14th Aug '17 8:30:23 AM WillyFourEyes
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* Played nearly (and painfully) straight in the VideoGame/PunchOut-esque UsefulNotes/WiiWare and UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 3DS}} 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 VideoGame/PunchOut-esque UsefulNotes/WiiWare and UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 3DS}} game ''Rage of the Gladiators''.''VideoGame/RageOfTheGladiator''. 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.
14th Aug '17 8:29:01 AM WillyFourEyes
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* Played nearly (and painfully) straight in the Punchout-esque 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.

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* Played nearly (and painfully) straight in the Punchout-esque VideoGame/PunchOut-esque UsefulNotes/WiiWare and UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 3DS}} 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.
2nd Aug '17 2:09:32 PM thatother1dude
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** Subverted in [[spoiler: [[HeroicBastard Jon's]] "one-on-one" combat with [[BastardBastard Ramsay]] during the Battle of the Bastards.]]
27th Jul '17 2:28:05 AM gravious
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** Subverted during [[spoiler: [[HeroicBastard Jon's]] "one-on-one" combat with [[BastardBastard Ramsay]] during the Battle of the Bastards.]]

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** Subverted during in [[spoiler: [[HeroicBastard Jon's]] "one-on-one" combat with [[BastardBastard Ramsay]] during the Battle of the Bastards.]]
27th Jul '17 2:27:17 AM gravious
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** Subverted during [[spoiler: [[HeroicBastard Jon's]] "one-on-one" combat with [[BastardBastard Ramsay]] during the Battle of the Bastards.]]
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.
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