History Main / WeaponTwirling

18th Jan '17 3:42:19 PM skadooshbag
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* The Rajput weapon known as the Aara (or Urumi), is actually used ''exclusively'' by twirling, as it is basically the lovechild of a sword and giant whip (it is composed of a normal sword hilt and a multiple-foot blade so flexible that the weapon is worn like a belt when not in use). The user twirls around in circles simply to keep track of the weapons forward momentum and not injure themselves (although this has the additional effect of being a 360 area-attack). Whoever created this weapon actually managed to out-Hollywood Hollywood. Not only does the weapon make a noise like a cross between a whipcrack and two cookie-sheets banging together whenever it strikes something, but watching someone who knows how to use it demonstrate just that is like a cross between watching someone do the same thing with a whip, and ribbon dancing. The result is actually far more awesome and badass-looking than anything Hollywood has ever dreamt up. However, not only was the weapon intended to shock-and-awe and bitch-slap rather than do real damage, but it may be the single hardest weapon to master in pre-gunpowder history.

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* The Rajput weapon known as the Aara (or Urumi), is actually used ''exclusively'' by twirling, as it is basically the lovechild of a sword and giant whip (it is composed of a normal sword hilt and a multiple-foot blade one or more multi-foot blades so flexible that the weapon is worn like a belt when not in use). The user twirls around in circles simply to keep track of the weapons forward momentum and not injure themselves (although this has the additional effect of being a 360 area-attack). Whoever created this weapon actually managed to out-Hollywood Hollywood. Not only does the weapon make a noise like a cross between a whipcrack and two cookie-sheets banging together whenever it strikes something, but watching someone who knows how to use it demonstrate just that is like a cross between watching someone do the same thing with a whip, and ribbon dancing. The result is actually far more awesome and badass-looking than anything Hollywood has ever dreamt up. However, not only was the weapon intended to shock-and-awe and bitch-slap rather than do real damage, but it may be the single hardest weapon to master in pre-gunpowder history. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCQMtsyPuK0 Watch a two-blade version in all its glory here]]
16th Dec '16 4:42:38 PM FordPrefect
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* In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', A First Order Stormtrooper wields his riot control baton this way.

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* In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', A a First Order Stormtrooper wields his riot control baton this way.
10th Dec '16 2:54:03 AM skadooshbag
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*The Rajput weapon known as the Aara (or Urumi), is actually used ''exclusively'' by twirling, as it is basically the lovechild of a sword and giant whip (it is composed of a normal sword hilt and a multiple-foot blade so flexible that the weapon is worn like a belt when not in use). The user twirls around in circles simply to keep track of the weapons forward momentum and not injure themselves (although this has the additional effect of being a 360 area-attack). Whoever created this weapon actually managed to out-Hollywood Hollywood. Not only does the weapon make a noise like a cross between a whipcrack and two cookie-sheets banging together whenever it strikes something, but watching someone who knows how to use it demonstrate just that is like a cross between watching someone do the same thing with a whip, and ribbon dancing. The result is actually far more awesome and badass-looking than anything Hollywood has ever dreamt up. However, not only was the weapon intended to shock-and-awe and bitch-slap rather than do real damage, but it may be the single hardest weapon to master in pre-gunpowder history.
1st Dec '16 7:06:14 AM Morgenthaler
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** Similarly, the later ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'' games include some twirling of lightsabers. In ''Jedi Outcast'' it's mostly just the animations for activating or deactivating a lightsaber while standing still[[note]]as well as an EasterEgg "taunt" function where your character lifts his current weapon above his hand with the Force, spins it around, then lowers it again; active lightsaber blade passing harmlessly through his head during this optional[[/note]], but ''Jedi Academy'' incorporates a lot of spinning and twirling into the fighting styles for {{dual|Wielding}} or double-bladed sabers.

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** Similarly, the * The later ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'' games include some twirling of lightsabers. In ''Jedi Outcast'' it's mostly just the animations for activating or deactivating a lightsaber while standing still[[note]]as well as an EasterEgg "taunt" function where your character lifts his current weapon above his hand with the Force, spins it around, then lowers it again; active lightsaber blade passing harmlessly through his head during this optional[[/note]], but ''Jedi Academy'' incorporates a lot of spinning and twirling into the fighting styles for {{dual|Wielding}} or double-bladed sabers.
1st Dec '16 7:05:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* Whenever there are swords out on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', somebody twirls one at least once.
* [[{{Leverage}} Elliot]] twirls every single weapon he manages to get his hands on at least OnceAnEpisode.

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* Whenever there are swords out on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', somebody twirls one at least once.
* [[{{Leverage}} Elliot]] ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Elliot twirls every single weapon he manages to get his hands on at least OnceAnEpisode.
1st Dec '16 7:04:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Disney comic "La cappa e la spada" has Goofy write a novel where one of the characters used to be a knight who loved to show off by twirling his swords (even lampshading that it's much more impressive than doing it with revolvers.) He stopped using physical weapons altogether after one stabbed his foot while in mid-twirl.

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* The [[ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics Disney comic comic]] "La cappa e la spada" has Goofy write a novel where one of the characters used to be a knight who loved to show off by twirling his swords (even lampshading that it's much more impressive than doing it with revolvers.) He stopped using physical weapons altogether after one stabbed his foot while in mid-twirl.
1st Dec '16 7:04:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy twirls a stake after dusting a particularly troublesome vampire in "The Freshman", and has been seen doing this frequently in other episodes. Spoofed in the promo for the aborted ''Buffy: The Animated Series'' where Buffy hits herself in the head while twirling her stake.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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Buffy twirls a stake after dusting a particularly troublesome vampire in "The Freshman", and has been seen doing this frequently in other episodes. Spoofed in the promo for the aborted ''Buffy: The Animated Series'' where Buffy hits herself in the head while twirling her stake.
1st Dec '16 7:02:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}} twirls a stake after dusting a particularly troublesome vampire in "The Freshman", and has been seen doing this frequently in other episodes. Spoofed in the promo for the aborted ''Buffy: The Animated Series'' where Buffy hits herself in the head while twirling her stake.

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* Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}} ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy twirls a stake after dusting a particularly troublesome vampire in "The Freshman", and has been seen doing this frequently in other episodes. Spoofed in the promo for the aborted ''Buffy: The Animated Series'' where Buffy hits herself in the head while twirling her stake.
1st Dec '16 7:00:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Played straight for the usual badass versions, but [[KnightInSourArmor Sandor Clegane]] scoffs at [[TomboyPrincess Arya Stark]]'s twirl-heavy [[SheFu waterdancing]] technique, [[AwesomeButImpractical saying that it's a recipe for getting herself killed]]. He then [[WouldHitAGirl proceeds to demonstrate how.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Played straight for the usual badass versions, but [[KnightInSourArmor Sandor Clegane]] scoffs at [[TomboyPrincess Arya Stark]]'s twirl-heavy [[SheFu waterdancing]] technique, [[AwesomeButImpractical saying that it's a recipe for getting herself killed]]. He then [[WouldHitAGirl proceeds to demonstrate how.]]]]
** Ser Arthur Dayne, one of the leading members of the former Targaryen Kingsguard, was such a proficient MasterSwordsman that he [[DualWielding dual wielded]] two swords that he often twirled in his hands to scare off opponents.
1st Dec '16 4:42:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Played straight for the usual BadAss versions, but [[KnightInSourArmor Sandor Clegane]] scoffs at [[TomboyPrincess Arya Stark]]'s twirl-heavy [[SheFu waterdancing]] technique, [[AwesomeButImpractical saying that it's a recipe for getting herself killed]]. He then [[WouldHitAGirl proceeds to demonstrate how.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Played straight for the usual BadAss badass versions, but [[KnightInSourArmor Sandor Clegane]] scoffs at [[TomboyPrincess Arya Stark]]'s twirl-heavy [[SheFu waterdancing]] technique, [[AwesomeButImpractical saying that it's a recipe for getting herself killed]]. He then [[WouldHitAGirl proceeds to demonstrate how.]]
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