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12th Sep '17 1:51:44 AM gravious
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* In the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' book ''Slaves of the Abyss'', you actually have to learn this skill from a master swordsman in order to use it. [[ChekhovsSkill It becomes a very useful skill at a crucial point later in the story.]]
7th Sep '17 4:50:45 PM Bissek
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* This is the explicit magical property of Farslayer, one of the swords from the ''Literature/TalesOfSwords'' series. Sort of. Yes, you activate the magic by throwing Farslayer, but you don't have to throw it at the intended victim, or indeed be in the same country as said victim. It just performs a nigh-unblockable {{telefrag}}. No, it doesn't return. Yes, the victim's relatives now have Farslayer. Oops.

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* This is the explicit magical property of Farslayer, one of the swords from the ''Literature/TalesOfSwords'' ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' series. Sort of. Yes, you activate the magic by throwing Farslayer, but you don't have to throw it at the intended victim, or indeed be in the same country as said victim. It just performs a nigh-unblockable {{telefrag}}. No, it doesn't return. Yes, the victim's relatives now have Farslayer. Oops.
21st Aug '17 8:34:25 PM PaulA
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* It's also lampshaded in the Creator/MercedesLackey book ''Burning Water'' when Mark Valdez remembers how he met Diana Tregarde for the first time.

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* It's also lampshaded in the Creator/MercedesLackey book ''Burning Water'' ''Literature/BurningWater'' when Mark Valdez remembers how he met Diana Tregarde for the first time.
16th Jul '17 1:41:49 PM Kadorhal
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** The trope is subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'', during the fight between the 08th Team and Norris. While Norris and Shiro are squaring off, Norris bluffs by throwing his sword with no intent to actually hit anything--but while Shiro is distracted by the sword, Norris takes the opportunity to fry Shiro's mech with his [[ShockAndAwe Heat Wire]].

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** The trope is subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'', during the fight between the 08th Team and Norris. While Norris and Shiro are squaring off, Norris bluffs by throwing his sword off to the side with no intent to actually hit anything--but anything -- but while Shiro is distracted by the sword, Norris takes the opportunity to fry Shiro's mech with his [[ShockAndAwe Heat Wire]].



* In most ''Franchise/StarWars'' games where you wield a lightsaber, you can throw it, and [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang expect it to return]] because, as mentioned above, the Jedi can just yank it back with the Force. Occasionally, though, the return trip is interrupted, as in ''VideoGame/JediOutcast'' and ''VideoGame/JediAcademy'': if you throw it at a Dark Jedi and he blocks it, the hilt just falls to the ground, and you have to either go over and grab it, or just Force pull. If you switch weapons while it's in flight, it'll also drop to the ground. It also has three levels; level one just throws it in a direction before returning, level two allows you to change the direction of where it's flying and can hover it around for a bit, level three just simply works faster.
** In ''Masters of Teras Kasi'', Luke does this as an unblockable and undodgeable super move that takes off half the opponents life bar.
** In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Force-sensitive playable classes get four variants: Jedi Guardians and Sith Juggernauts get a basic Saber Throw, both forms of Jedi Knights and Sith Warriors get Dispatch/Vicious Throw, which ordinarily becomes usable on weakened enemies or when certain passive abilities proc, Jedi Sentinels and Sith Marauders get Twin Saber Throw/Dual Saber Throw, and Jedi Shadows and Sith Assassins get Low Slash, which induces an incapacitating effect.

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* In most ''Franchise/StarWars'' games where you wield a lightsaber, you can throw it, and [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang expect it to return]] because, as mentioned above, the Jedi can just yank it back with the Force. Occasionally, though, the return trip is interrupted, as in ''VideoGame/JediOutcast'' ''VideoGame/JediKnightIIJediOutcast'' and ''VideoGame/JediAcademy'': ''[[VideoGame/JediKnightJediAcademy Jedi Academy]]'': if you throw it at a Dark Jedi and he blocks it, the hilt just falls to the ground, and you have to either go over and grab it, or just Force pull. If you switch weapons while it's in flight, it'll also drop to the ground. It also has three levels; level one just throws it in a direction before returning, level two allows you to slightly change the direction of where as it's flying and can hover it around for a bit, outward, level three just simply works faster.
lets it hover on a target and slice them up repeatedly before returning.
** In ''Masters of Teras Kasi'', Teräs Käsi'', Luke does this as an unblockable and undodgeable super move that takes off half the opponents opponent's life bar.
** In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Force-sensitive playable classes get four variants: Jedi Guardians and Sith Juggernauts get a basic Saber Throw, Throw; both forms of Jedi Knights and Sith Warriors get Dispatch/Vicious Throw, which ordinarily becomes usable on weakened enemies or when certain passive abilities proc, proc; Jedi Sentinels and Sith Marauders get Twin Saber Throw/Dual Saber Throw, Throw; and Jedi Shadows and Sith Assassins get Low Slash, which induces an incapacitating effect.



* The VideoGame/{{Postal}} [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Dude]], in the second game's expansion, throws ''sledgehammers'', smashing the head of whatever they hit. He can also throw a scythe that cuts people in half, but starts to drop off after some distance. He also picks up a machete that not only can be thrown with accuracy, but ''ricochets off walls'' and ''always comes back to him''. The sledgehammer has to be retrieved each time however, and if you happen to throw it at the back end of a cow, well, lets just say it's [[{{Squick}}slightly less fun to retrieve.]]

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* The VideoGame/{{Postal}} [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Dude]], in the second game's expansion, throws ''sledgehammers'', smashing the head of whatever they hit. He can also throw a scythe that cuts people in half, but starts to drop off after some distance. He also picks up a machete that not only can be thrown with accuracy, but ''ricochets off walls'' and ''always comes back to him''. The sledgehammer has and scythe have to be retrieved each time however, and if you happen to throw it the hammer at the back end of a cow, well, lets just say it's [[{{Squick}}slightly [[{{Squick}} slightly less fun to retrieve.]]



* Blade Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'' throws swords at Mega Man (or Proto Man) in ''threes'' (two on Easy, '''''five''''' on Hard). He never runs out of them. To make things worse, he does this while jumping all over the damn place, making him a [[GoddamnedBoss very irritating boss]] to fight against.

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* Blade Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'' throws ''multiple'' swords at Mega Man (or Proto Man) in ''threes'' (two Man); two on Easy, '''''five''''' three on Hard).Normal, ''five'' on Hard. He never runs out of them. To make things worse, he does this while jumping all over the damn place, making him a [[GoddamnedBoss very irritating boss]] to fight against.


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* The UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} Early Access game ''Sword With Sauce'' makes extensive use of this - ''any'' weapon except the silenced pistol (which for gameplay purposes the game treats as a gadget rather than a separate weapon) can be thrown, and, circumstances depending, it's a one-hit kill the same as shooting, slashing, or bashing them with it normally would be. The shield is the most ridiculous, as it acts like ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's, flying back into your hand and/or pinballing between multiple close-in enemies.
2nd Jul '17 5:54:21 PM Willbyr
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* Jack Rakan from ''{{Negima}}!'' does this several times. Sometimes as a warning, sometimes as a powerful attack (as [[spoiler:Kotarô]] can personally attest), and once, with a {{BFS}}, [[SkySurfing as a way to reach his targets at Mach 3.2]]. Justified in that his swords are part of his Pactio, and thus highly magical. Also, he's got hundreds of swords to use, so even if he went with a StormOfBlades, he'd still have a pretty large selection to choose from.

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* Jack Rakan from ''{{Negima}}!'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' does this several times. Sometimes as a warning, sometimes as a powerful attack (as [[spoiler:Kotarô]] can personally attest), and once, with a {{BFS}}, [[SkySurfing as a way to reach his targets at Mach 3.2]]. Justified in that his swords are part of his Pactio, and thus highly magical. Also, he's got hundreds of swords to use, so even if he went with a StormOfBlades, he'd still have a pretty large selection to choose from.
27th May '17 6:13:32 AM SoulCrusher
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** In the Extended Edition, Aragorn non-ironically kills an Orc in Moria this way. When seeing Boromir prone and at the mercy of his opponent, he picks up an Orc's sword and throws it. Improbable Impaling Skills, yes, but it's mitigated by the fact that it's an orc-sized sword which he doesn't need to retrieve (and, it's the goddamned Elessar we're talking about).

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** In the Extended Edition, Aragorn non-ironically kills an Orc in Moria this way. When seeing Boromir prone has lost his weapon and is at the mercy of his opponent, he picks up an Orc's Boromir's own sword and throws it. Improbable Impaling Skills, yes, but it's mitigated by the fact that it's an orc-sized sword which he doesn't need to retrieve (and, it's the goddamned Elessar we're talking about).about.
7th May '17 5:03:44 PM zypzaex
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* In Gladiatoria manuscript, MS Germ.Quart.16, page 7r, armour fighting with spear. ''Note the twelfth play. If you want to end him rightly (?), [[http://wiktenauer.com/images/3/36/MS_Germ.Quart.16_7r.jpg hold your spear and sword together on your arm, unscrew the pommel of your sword and throw it at him vigorously.]] Close in with the throw and use your sword or spear, whatever suits you best. When he throws his pommel at you, keep your buckler close to you and watch out for the throw. Hold your spear in your right hand and prepare to thrust, to stop him from closing in if it is his intention.''[[note]]Since this move is AwesomeButImpractical to the highest degree, modern experts are unsure whether it's supposed to be a taunt used at the end of a duel, the manuscript writer being a {{Troll}}, a reference to some sort of now-lost meme or in-joke, or an unusual method of copyright.[[/note]]

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* In Gladiatoria manuscript, MS Germ.Quart.16, page 7r, armour fighting with spear. ''Note the twelfth play. If you want to [[MemeticMutation end him rightly rightly]] (?), [[http://wiktenauer.com/images/3/36/MS_Germ.Quart.16_7r.jpg hold your spear and sword together on your arm, unscrew the pommel of your sword and throw it at him vigorously.]] Close in with the throw and use your sword or spear, whatever suits you best. When he throws his pommel at you, keep your buckler close to you and watch out for the throw. Hold your spear in your right hand and prepare to thrust, to stop him from closing in if it is his intention.''[[note]]Since this move is AwesomeButImpractical to the highest degree, modern experts are unsure whether it's supposed to be a taunt used at the end of a duel, the manuscript writer being a {{Troll}}, a reference to some sort of now-lost meme or in-joke, or an unusual method of copyright.[[/note]]
3rd May '17 8:53:53 AM Mhazard
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Compare BallisticBone. Contrast (or compare as well) ThrowAwayGuns. See also ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks too. This almost always results in TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn, although that can also result from accidental falls as well as deliberate throws. When the thrown sword is used as a ladder, stepping stone, or perch, it will also be SteppingStoneSword. Contrast GiveMeASword, where the character may throw the sword but is ''not'' intending to commit any damage, just trying to get it to someone who can use it.

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Compare BallisticBone.BallisticBone and DetachableBlades. Contrast (or compare as well) ThrowAwayGuns. See also ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks too. This almost always results in TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn, although that can also result from accidental falls as well as deliberate throws. When the thrown sword is used as a ladder, stepping stone, or perch, it will also be SteppingStoneSword. Contrast GiveMeASword, where the character may throw the sword but is ''not'' intending to commit any damage, just trying to get it to someone who can use it.



* The ''[[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Spetsnaz]]'': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballistic_knife Shooting Your Knife Always Works]]

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* The ''[[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Spetsnaz]]'': Spetsnaz]]'' [[DetachableBlades Ballistic Knife]]: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballistic_knife Shooting Your Knife Always Works]]
26th Apr '17 8:38:34 AM Kafkesque
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* The Fiore delli Liberi (An Italian fighting manual) contains a plate wherein the stance in which a longsword may be thrown is detailed. This being real life, the stance is a modified javelin throw stance, not the two-handed overhead swing commonly used in fiction.

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* The Fiore delli Liberi ''Fior di Battaglia'' (An Italian fighting manual) contains a plate wherein the stance in which a longsword may be thrown is detailed. This being real life, the stance is a modified javelin throw stance, not the two-handed overhead swing commonly used in fiction.
26th Apr '17 8:00:51 AM Kafkesque
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** WebVideo/{{Skallagrim}} released a video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTC_1HRgbuo witha brief overview of Fiore's technique]].

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** WebVideo/{{Skallagrim}} released a video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTC_1HRgbuo witha with a brief overview of Fiore's technique]].
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