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13th May '18 2:40:23 PM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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However, TruthInTelevision is not completely lacking here. Historically, certain straight-bladed swords (primarily mediaeval arming swords and longswords) could be thrown, but not in the way typically seen in the media. Throwing a sword end-over-end as is commonly shown has little practicality, and is not likely to hit a target point first (and if it does, it has a chance of just [[https://youtu.be/wTC_1HRgbuo bouncing off]]). Instead, a sword could be gripped backwards by the guard and the end of the blade, and thrown straight similarly to a javelin. This, while still a situational technique, could allow the sword to be thrown accurately at reasonable distances, potentially hitting an enemy point first with some effectiveness.

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However, TruthInTelevision is not completely lacking here. Historically, certain straight-bladed swords (primarily mediaeval arming swords and longswords) could be thrown, but not in the way typically seen in the media. Throwing a sword end-over-end as is commonly shown has little practicality, and is not likely to hit a target point first first[[note]]Although, depending on the mass of the sword, even getting hit by the "wrong" end could still do some serious damage - broken ribs or the like do tend to impair one's ability to fight.[[/note]] (and if it does, it has a chance of just [[https://youtu.be/wTC_1HRgbuo bouncing off]]). Instead, a sword could be gripped backwards by the guard and the end of the blade, and thrown straight similarly to a javelin. This, while still a situational technique, could allow the sword to be thrown accurately at reasonable distances, potentially hitting an enemy point first with some effectiveness.
1st May '18 10:16:32 AM Stormchaser23
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** [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' in that the throw itself is not fatal. [[spoiler:Kylo Ren]] loses [[spoiler:his]] lightsaber while fighting alongside [[spoiler:Rey]], and gets pinned by [[spoiler:his]] opponent. So, [[spoiler:Rey]] throws [[spoiler:her]] lightsaber to [[spoiler:him]], letting the blade retract in the air. [[spoiler:Kylo Ren]] catches the hilt, and [[BoomHeadshot activates it through the guard's head.]]
21st Apr '18 3:13:16 AM FoxBluereaver
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* A variation of this happens in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines''. While in the Safari Zone, Ash catches a Farfetch'd [[DualWielding who wields three leeks]], [[CutlassBetweenTheTeeth holding the third in his beak]]. He later uses Feint by throwing one of his leeks to [[ArmorPiercingAttack smash through a Protect barrier]], [[spoiler: clearing the way for Ash and Butterfree to use a Z-Move and defeat Sabrina's Mega Alakazam.]]
18th Apr '18 5:52:29 PM Shadoboy
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** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', Kenshi is still sword tossing and his son Takeda also has some blade throwing moves in his Ronin variation. Aditionally, GuestFighter [[Franchise/FridayTheThirteenth Jason Vorhees]] has his Slasher variation which gives him various special moves with his [[MacheteMayhem signature machete]], including throwing it. And fellow guest fighter [[Franchise/TexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]] takes it up to eleven in his Pretty Lady variation: he can throw his ''chainsaw'' at the opponents!
3rd Apr '18 11:17:18 AM bitemytail
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* ''Manga/GaReiZero'' - Kagura's Michael-12 has this as a secondary function: the pneumatic pressure inside the sheath launches the sword in a boomerang motion. The sword comes with a retractable chain which attaches it to the sheath for retrieving the sword afterwards.

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* ''Manga/GaReiZero'' ''Anime/GaReiZero'' - Kagura's Michael-12 has this as a secondary function: the pneumatic pressure inside the sheath launches the sword in a boomerang motion. The sword comes with a retractable chain which attaches it to the sheath for retrieving the sword afterwards.
31st Mar '18 10:58:44 PM josh6243
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* The [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam's]] "Long Beam Saber" has been re-tooled from its animation from ''Tengoku-hen'' and ''V'' to employ this trope in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsX'', by tossing the beam saber affixed to the beam rifle as a harpoon.
24th Mar '18 4:25:08 PM Carliro
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* In ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' Enoby throws her wand at Snape and Lupin, causing them to trip. She never uses it again for the entirety of the story, so that's a surprising bit of continuity.
19th Mar '18 6:17:46 AM Fuyumoto
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* ''VideoGame/KessenHeianKyo'': Mannendake's animation clip has him draw his sword from his flute and throw it in a boomerang fashion, after which he sheathes it back into the flute and starts playing.
14th Feb '18 2:37:26 AM Cryoclaste
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* Near the end of the Prologue of ''TheWitcher'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM6OsReZN1o&t=45s Geralt throws the rusty training sword he's been using at the Professor]] as the latter escapes through a portal after [[spoiler:killing Leo and stealing the secrets of witcher mutations.]] This trope is averted as the portal closes before Geralt's sword reaches it, letting the Professor escape alive.

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* Near the end of the Prologue of ''TheWitcher'', ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM6OsReZN1o&t=45s Geralt throws the rusty training sword he's been using at the Professor]] as the latter escapes through a portal after [[spoiler:killing Leo and stealing the secrets of witcher mutations.]] This trope is averted as the portal closes before Geralt's sword reaches it, letting the Professor escape alive.



** Interestingly enough, each of those examples have characters throw their swords either in the end-over-end or in the boomerang fashion. [[Franchise/TheWitcher In the books]], meanwhile, while both Cahir and Geralt can be seen throwing their sword to reach a distant target, [[ShownTheirWork the narration makes it clear]] both times that they throw their sword straight, like a javelin.

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** Interestingly enough, each of those examples have characters throw their swords either in the end-over-end or in the boomerang fashion. [[Franchise/TheWitcher [[Literature/TheWitcher In the books]], meanwhile, while both Cahir and Geralt can be seen throwing their sword to reach a distant target, [[ShownTheirWork the narration makes it clear]] both times that they throw their sword straight, like a javelin.
5th Feb '18 3:53:57 AM AuraXtreme
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** Noctis Lucis Caelum of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' has the ability to warp wherever he throws his weapon. With the right spacial warping, not only does throwing your sword always work, but it's a crucial part of your fighting style.
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