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13th Feb '18 7:29:44 AM BeerBaron
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* The {{Big Bad}}s of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series rarely have large shoulders, but the PC can wear the dremora's diabolical looking pauldrons. The Orcs wear the biggest shoulders of all, inverting SpikesOfVillainy as their shoulders grew spikier while they developed from AlwaysChaoticEvil to {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s.

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* The ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Averted to date in the series when it comes to the BigBad of each game's main quest. They've so far been an EvilSorcerer, a [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]][[note]]''Daggerfall'' lacks a true BigBad, but Mannimarco is easily the most outright ''evil'' leader of the competing factions in the game's MultipleEndings[[/note]], a PhysicalGod WalkingShirtlessScene, a likewise shirtless MultiArmedAndDangerous BigRedDevil DestroyerDeity (though he does have some [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]] on his shoulders), and a [[DragonsAreDemonic draconic]] BeastOfTheApocalypse.
** A few of the ExpansionPack and DLC
{{Big Bad}}s of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series rarely play it straight. Almalexia, Umaril the Unfeathered, and Miraak all wear rather broad pauldrons on their shoulders.
** Throughout the series, you can choose to
have these by wearing [[ScaryImpracticalArmor Daedric armor]]. It is [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black]] (forged from [[FantasyMetals ebony]] which has been imbued with Daedric souls), generally [[SpikesOfVillainy quite spiky]], and is almost always the heaviest armor available in each game. Other than the weight, the "impractical" aspects ultimately end up meaning very little in terms of gameplay. These aspects are especially exaggerated in ''Oblivion'' and '' Skyrim''.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' plays with it. Mostly only the native styles (Glass, Bonemold, Dreugh, Indoril) play it straight, as each possess
large shoulders, but the PC can wear the dremora's diabolical looking pauldrons. The Orcs wear the biggest shoulders of all, inverting SpikesOfVillainy as their shoulders grew spikier while they developed from AlwaysChaoticEvil to {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s.pauldrons.
4th Feb '18 8:45:44 AM gb00393
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* Cersei wears a dress [[spoiler: for her coronation]] that sports a set of armoured shoulders embossed with the Lion of her family sigil in the season six finale of ''Series/GameOfThrones''.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Cersei wears a dress [[spoiler: for her coronation]] that sports a set of armoured shoulders embossed with the Lion of her family sigil in the season six finale finale.
** Gregor wears a pair
of ''Series/GameOfThrones''.''awesome'' pauldrons. Though he doesn't wear them in the second season, he puts them on again when he appears in the fourth.
4th Feb '18 7:16:25 AM MasterOfNERV
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* ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'''s Lord Ainz sports an impressive set.
2nd Feb '18 11:06:34 PM wolftickets1969
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* After power armor got an overhaul in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the shoulders are now bulkier than ever.

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* After power armor got an overhaul in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the shoulders are now bulkier than ever. Especially the T-60.
10th Dec '17 5:05:43 PM nombretomado
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* Lots of them in {{Dynasty}}.
* Cersei wears a dress [[spoiler: for her coronation]] that sports a set of armoured shoulders embossed with the Lion of her family sigil in the season six finale of Series/GameOfThrones.

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* Lots of them in {{Dynasty}}.
''Series/{{Dynasty}}''.
* Cersei wears a dress [[spoiler: for her coronation]] that sports a set of armoured shoulders embossed with the Lion of her family sigil in the season six finale of Series/GameOfThrones.''Series/GameOfThrones''.
4th Dec '17 11:21:14 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''{{Metroid}}'' - Samus Aran's Power Suit. The giant shoulders appear starting with the Varia Suit, which has increased shielding as well as the ability to function perfectly in more extreme temperatures, [[{{Fanon}} causing many players to suggest that some of the components for these features are housed in the shoulders]]. The giant shoulders came to be because in ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', the Game Boy didn't have color, so the developers drew the Varia Suit with big shoulder pads to show the player that they got a new suit.
** In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3: Corruption'', the shoulders are the housing for the Hazard Shield upgrade, visibly changing after that upgrade is acquired.

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* ''{{Metroid}}'' ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' - Samus Aran's Power Suit. The giant shoulders appear starting with the Varia Suit, which has increased shielding as well as the ability to function perfectly in more extreme temperatures, [[{{Fanon}} causing many players to suggest that some of the components for these features are housed in the shoulders]]. The giant shoulders came to be because in ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', the Game Boy didn't have color, so the developers drew the Varia Suit with big shoulder pads to show the player that they got a new suit.
** In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3: Corruption'', ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'', the shoulders are the housing for the Hazard Shield upgrade, visibly changing after that upgrade is acquired.
24th Nov '17 8:36:34 PM ElSquibbonator
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* Some stegosaurs, like ''Kentrosaurus'' and ''Tuojiangosaurus'' had long horns growing out of their shoulders. This made it harder for predators to take a bite out of them.
10th Nov '17 4:02:50 PM WillKeaton
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** Lockdown of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has these built into his body. [[SpikesOfVillainy With spikes]]. Somewhat appropriate, since he's a big, bad bounty hunter who lives for "upgrades". Bonus points might be awarded for his car mode, which has a huge spoiler to go with the look. Megatron and Blitzwing have, basically, towers for shoulders. So do Blurr and Bulkhead ([[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the latter of which can turn his into a chair]]). [[TheStarscream Starscream's]] shoulders are pretty wide as well.\\
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Animated Megs had some pretty doomy shoulders in his Cybertronian body, but his Earth-mode ones are arguably closer to VerticalMechaFins. Are Blitzwing's shoulders vertical enough to qualify for that?

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** Lockdown of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has these built into his body. [[SpikesOfVillainy With spikes]]. Somewhat appropriate, since he's a big, bad bounty hunter who lives for "upgrades". Bonus points might be awarded for his car mode, which has a huge spoiler to go with the look. Megatron and Blitzwing have, basically, towers for shoulders. So do Blurr and Bulkhead ([[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the latter of which can turn his into a chair]]). [[TheStarscream Starscream's]] shoulders are pretty wide as well.\\
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well.
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Animated Megs had some pretty doomy shoulders in his Cybertronian body, but his Earth-mode ones are arguably closer to VerticalMechaFins. Are Blitzwing's shoulders vertical enough to qualify for that?
10th Nov '17 4:01:20 PM WillKeaton
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* ''{{Metroid}}'' - Samus Aran's Power Suit. The giant shoulders appear starting with the Varia Suit which has increased shielding as well as the ability to function perfectly in more extreme temperatures, [[{{Fanon}} causing many players to suggest that some of the components for these features are housed in the shoulders]]. The giant shoulders came to be because in ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', the Game Boy didn't have color, so the developers drew the Varia Suit with big shoulder pads to show the player that they got a new suit.

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* ''{{Metroid}}'' - Samus Aran's Power Suit. The giant shoulders appear starting with the Varia Suit Suit, which has increased shielding as well as the ability to function perfectly in more extreme temperatures, [[{{Fanon}} causing many players to suggest that some of the components for these features are housed in the shoulders]]. The giant shoulders came to be because in ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', the Game Boy didn't have color, so the developers drew the Varia Suit with big shoulder pads to show the player that they got a new suit.
10th Nov '17 4:00:38 PM WillKeaton
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* The Space Marine-inspired Stormcast Eternals of ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', naturally, inherit something akin to the pauldrons. This becomes fairly silly in the case of the [[http://www.games-workshop.com/en-AU/Stormcast-Eternals-Judicators Judicators]], one of whom ''[[http://i.imgur.com/gAmpgeH.jpg cannot actually see where he is aiming]]'' because his enormous shoulder pad is in the way.

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* The Space Marine-inspired Stormcast Eternals of ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', naturally, inherit something akin to the pauldrons. This becomes fairly silly in the case of the [[http://www.games-workshop.com/en-AU/Stormcast-Eternals-Judicators Judicators]], Judicators,]] one of whom ''[[http://i.imgur.com/gAmpgeH.jpg cannot actually see where he is aiming]]'' because his enormous shoulder pad is in the way.



*** Come to think about it, a great chunk of the Retribution wears them. [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Vyros]] (justified as he's the leader of the Dawnguard), ''all'' their [[MiniMecha Warjacks]], but is more noticeably in the heavy ones. The [[PowerFloats Artificer]] could have them, but it's more like an ''upper body's armor'' of doom. The biggest ones (in proportion, but in size also counts) are worn by their [[HumongousMecha colossals]], the Hyperion and Helios. Just [[http://battlecollege.wikispaces.com/file/view/Hyperion.jpg/352935034/Hyperion.jpg look]] at [[http://i.imgur.com/Q7FgqaX.png?1 them]].

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*** Come to think about it, a great chunk of the Retribution wears them. [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Vyros]] (justified as he's the leader of the Dawnguard), ''all'' their [[MiniMecha Warjacks]], but is more noticeably in the heavy ones. The [[PowerFloats Artificer]] could have them, but it's more like an ''upper body's armor'' of doom. The biggest ones (in proportion, but in size also counts) are worn by their [[HumongousMecha colossals]], the Hyperion and Helios. Just [[http://battlecollege.wikispaces.com/file/view/Hyperion.jpg/352935034/Hyperion.jpg look]] at [[http://i.imgur.com/Q7FgqaX.png?1 them]].them.]]
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