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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.
3rd Aug '16 7:57:33 AM Anorgil
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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.

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* The heavier your armour is, the less the defence a shield counts for defence.would give you. 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.
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."''
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