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8th Apr '18 7:46:12 PM CaptainKestrel
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' doesn't have actual shields, per se, but has accessories that raise your chance to block physical attacks. This trope comes in due to a glitch in the game making these accessories completely useless-- magical block percentage is used for all attacks, while physical block percentage is completely ignored. This glitch was fixed in updated rereleases, making it a case of [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Luckily My Shield-Like Accessory Will Protect Me]].
5th Feb '18 11:00:14 AM MBG159
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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Played fairly straight with the Razorback, a shield for the Sniper whose only purpose is to prevent the inevitable BackStab but has only one use that delays the Spy for literally two seconds, is clearly visible to the enemy (so the Spy can just shoot them with their Revolver), and the Sniper might not even notice it breaking (and when he does, he only has his melee weapon for self-defense at close range).

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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Played fairly straight with the Razorback, a shield for the Sniper whose only purpose is to prevent the inevitable BackStab but has only one use that delays the Spy for literally two seconds, is clearly visible to the enemy (so the Spy can just shoot them with their Revolver), and the Sniper might not even notice it breaking (and when he does, he only has his melee weapon for self-defense at close range). The item's description even lampshades the Razorback's weaknesses, explaining that "all the tribal craftsmanship in the world, it turns out, cannot stop a modern butter knife."
10th Dec '17 4:09:32 PM nombretomado
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* Completely averted by ''DragonQuestIX'', where having a shield gives you a permanent chance to block an attack without affecting your weapon-holding ability in any way (whether or not it makes sense). Instead, there are [[CharacterClassSystem character classes]] that don't use a shield (it's replaced by another weapon skill) until you max out the shield skill.
* Literally the case in ''[[Franchise/SuperRobotWars Super Robot Wars]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment Judgment]]'', where due to a programming error, the Shield Defense attribute doesn't reduce any damage at all.

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* Completely averted by ''DragonQuestIX'', ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', where having a shield gives you a permanent chance to block an attack without affecting your weapon-holding ability in any way (whether or not it makes sense). Instead, there are [[CharacterClassSystem character classes]] that don't use a shield (it's replaced by another weapon skill) until you max out the shield skill.
* Literally the case in ''[[Franchise/SuperRobotWars Super Robot Wars]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment Judgment]]'', ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'', where due to a programming error, the Shield Defense attribute doesn't reduce any damage at all.
8th Dec '17 9:37:35 AM nombretomado
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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 at blocking gunfire, the one thing you'd think a medieval shield would ''[[ViolationOfCommonSense not]]'' be useful for.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' plays this surprisingly straight, given the [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe predominant combat style]] in its [[DemonsSouls [[VideoGame/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 at blocking gunfire, the one thing you'd think a medieval shield would ''[[ViolationOfCommonSense not]]'' be useful for.
29th Nov '17 10:40:59 AM VutherA
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* In ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', when [[spoiler:the walls of Jerusalem are breached]], Orlando Bloom's character throws aside his shield and charges into the fray with only his sword. In reality this would be a death sentence.

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* In ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', when [[spoiler:the walls of Jerusalem are breached]], Orlando Bloom's character throws aside his shield and charges into the fray with only his sword. In reality reality, this would be a death sentence.



* ''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.

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* ''VideoGame/ForHonor'' plays the trope straight with the {{Mooks}}, who all wear wooden shields (indeed, you'll see their shields getting sheered in half upon their deaths a lot) that fail to defend them from {{Player Character}}s, who subvert this trope.trope when they have them.



* 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. 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.

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* Japan effectively abandoned the use of personal shields from the late Heian period onwards, onwards (suspected to be simply because of weapons that required two hands to use effectively becoming popular among them), while nearby countries like China or Korea still used shields 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.
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.]]
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