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7th Dec '16 10:18:28 AM Doug86
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%%* Among the [[NorseMythology Norse Pantheon]], we have Odin with his magical spear that always kills and never misses, Thor's infamous [[DropTheHammer hammer]] Mjölnir, and Tyr as the resident master swordsman among the Aesir. Freyr used to have a magical sword that fights by itself, but traded it for assistance in wooing his future wife Gerda, which comes to bite him in the ass during Ragnarök.

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%%* Among the [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse Pantheon]], we have Odin with his magical spear that always kills and never misses, Thor's infamous [[DropTheHammer hammer]] Mjölnir, and Tyr as the resident master swordsman among the Aesir. Freyr used to have a magical sword that fights by itself, but traded it for assistance in wooing his future wife Gerda, which comes to bite him in the ass during Ragnarök.
1st Dec '16 4:31:01 PM nighttrainfm
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%%** Frodo: Short sword ([[AncestralWeapon Sting]]).

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%%** ** Legolas: A longbow, fittingly as he's the calm, stoic, "zen" one.
** Gimli: An axe - the most boisterous, fight-happy one. Something of a template for fantasy dwarves.
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Frodo: Short The short sword ([[AncestralWeapon Sting]])."Sting" which was passed down to him [[AncestralWeapon weapon.]] Lacking any real training, he avoids fighting if possible - one of Sting's main uses is that it glows blue when orcs are near.



** Legolas: Longbow, fittingly as he's the calm, stoic, "zen" one.
%%** Gimli: [[AnAxeToGrind Axe]].
1st Dec '16 4:42:27 AM Morgenthaler
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** '''[[AutomaticCrossbows Crossbows]]''': A favored weapon of TheHunter, particularly [[VampireHunter vampire]] and [[DemonSlaying demon hunters]]. As opposed to their more classical counterparts, crossbows are not as strongly associated with elves and composed personalities and they exude a kind of professional air that ordinary bows don't; this might have something to do with the way they're used, [[FantasyGunControl being the closest you'll get to guns in most medieval settings]], and how they're much easier to conceal due to the smaller size. In addition, unlike bows, they tend to free up a hand, for some sort of melee weapon. Regardless, anyone who totes one of these babies around is most likely going to be some variety of {{Badass}}.

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** '''[[AutomaticCrossbows Crossbows]]''': A favored weapon of TheHunter, particularly [[VampireHunter vampire]] and [[DemonSlaying demon hunters]]. As opposed to their more classical counterparts, crossbows are not as strongly associated with elves and composed personalities and they exude a kind of professional air that ordinary bows don't; this might have something to do with the way they're used, [[FantasyGunControl being the closest you'll get to guns in most medieval settings]], and how they're much easier to conceal due to the smaller size. In addition, unlike bows, they tend to free up a hand, for some sort of melee weapon. Regardless, anyone who totes one of these babies around is most likely going to be some variety of {{Badass}}.badass.



* '''[[TheGunslinger Guns]]''': In a setting where guns are rare, they will be mostly the province of TheSmartGuy. In settings where they are more common, they take the place of swords, with the largest going to the hero and [[RareGuns the most distinctive]] going to the {{Badass}}. In any case, the protagonists are invariably [[ImprobableAimingSkills impossibly good shots]], while the {{Mooks}} [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy suck]]. When guns aren't so rare, the type of gun often is a shorthand for the type of user, leading to GoodGunsBadGuns in the West. The big list of GunsAndGunplayTropes details more ways how the heat a character packs tells the audience who they are.
** '''{{Handguns}}''': The trusty handgun is a favorite of [[TheGunslinger Gunslingers]] of all stripes. If the setting is one in which everyone uses firearms, TheHero and the BigBad are the most likely to use these. Any {{Badass}} who uses a pistol will double up for some kickass GunsAkimbo. Unless it's a Western.
** '''[[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Shotguns]]''': [[ShortRangeShotgun They're close enough to punch]], but you'd rather blow a hole right through them. The {{Badass}} AntiHero, TheDragon, and the ZombieApocalypse survivor will invariably carry around a 12-gauge (often of the [[SawedOffShotgun sawed-off variety]]).

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* '''[[TheGunslinger Guns]]''': In a setting where guns are rare, they will be mostly the province of TheSmartGuy. In settings where they are more common, they take the place of swords, with the largest going to the hero and [[RareGuns the most distinctive]] going to the {{Badass}}.badass. In any case, the protagonists are invariably [[ImprobableAimingSkills impossibly good shots]], while the {{Mooks}} [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy suck]]. When guns aren't so rare, the type of gun often is a shorthand for the type of user, leading to GoodGunsBadGuns in the West. The big list of GunsAndGunplayTropes details more ways how the heat a character packs tells the audience who they are.
** '''{{Handguns}}''': The trusty handgun is a favorite of [[TheGunslinger Gunslingers]] of all stripes. If the setting is one in which everyone uses firearms, TheHero and the BigBad are the most likely to use these. Any {{Badass}} badass who uses a pistol will double up for some kickass GunsAkimbo. Unless it's a Western.
** '''[[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Shotguns]]''': [[ShortRangeShotgun They're close enough to punch]], but you'd rather blow a hole right through them. The {{Badass}} AntiHero, TheDragon, and the ZombieApocalypse survivor will invariably carry around a 12-gauge (often of the [[SawedOffShotgun sawed-off variety]]).



** '''[[MoreDakka Automatics]]''': If it's not a war movie, then any sort of automatic weapon will be carried by the {{Mooks}}, due to their ubiquitousness and lack of [[RuleOfCool style]]. (Semi-automatics will be the standard if technology is up to it, and will usually have [[BottomlessMagazines impossibly large magazines]].) The exceptions are Uzis and other sub-machine guns, which may be given to the {{Badass}} (especially if they're [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielded]]), and the...

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** '''[[MoreDakka Automatics]]''': If it's not a war movie, then any sort of automatic weapon will be carried by the {{Mooks}}, due to their ubiquitousness and lack of [[RuleOfCool style]]. (Semi-automatics will be the standard if technology is up to it, and will usually have [[BottomlessMagazines impossibly large magazines]].) The exceptions are Uzis and other sub-machine guns, which may be given to the {{Badass}} badass (especially if they're [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielded]]), and the...



** '''{{Sai|Guy}}''': Used by ninja or characters who are ninja-like. Often treated like exotic daggers despite being more of a disarming tool. They do look very cool though, which is why characters that wield them tend to be {{Badass}}.

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** '''{{Sai|Guy}}''': Used by ninja or characters who are ninja-like. Often treated like exotic daggers despite being more of a disarming tool. They do look very cool though, which is why characters that wield them tend to be {{Badass}}.badass.



* '''[[ImprobableWeaponUser Strange weapons]]''': If a character is just [[ImprovisedWeapon improvising]] and ordinarily goes unarmed, he's probably the UnluckyEverydude who just got caught in a fight (like most of the characters Jackie Chan plays). If someone regularly goes around with a weapon like this, they're not totally connected to reality -- either TheDitz or the {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, or they're so {{Badass}} they can kill people without needing "regular" weapons. Or they have a need to go armed in portions of society that do not take kindly to the presence of actual weapons, and have adapted accordingly.

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* '''[[ImprobableWeaponUser Strange weapons]]''': If a character is just [[ImprovisedWeapon improvising]] and ordinarily goes unarmed, he's probably the UnluckyEverydude who just got caught in a fight (like most of the characters Jackie Chan plays). If someone regularly goes around with a weapon like this, they're not totally connected to reality -- either TheDitz or the {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, or they're so {{Badass}} badass they can kill people without needing "regular" weapons. Or they have a need to go armed in portions of society that do not take kindly to the presence of actual weapons, and have adapted accordingly.



** '''[[KatanasAreJustBetter Katanas]]''': If both katanas and broadswords are present, the katana will invariably be in the hands of the {{Badass}}, because KatanasAreJustBetter

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** '''[[KatanasAreJustBetter Katanas]]''': If both katanas and broadswords are present, the katana will invariably be in the hands of the {{Badass}}, badass, because KatanasAreJustBetter



** The supporting cast gives another example: Casey Jones, the {{Badass}} street-fighting vigilante armed with a variety of sports equipment: baseball bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks... he even produced a cricket bat in the first movie, prompting Raphael to mock him.

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** The supporting cast gives another example: Casey Jones, the {{Badass}} badass street-fighting vigilante armed with a variety of sports equipment: baseball bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks... he even produced a cricket bat in the first movie, prompting Raphael to mock him.



%%* The Saint Of Killers, in ComicBook/{{Preacher}}, [[GunsAkimbo dual-wields]] a pair of Walker Colt {{revolvers|AreJustBetter}}. Never mind the fact that he's an unkillable OneManArmy in a [[BadassLongcoat duster coat]], these things were forged ''by Satan himself'' from the sword of the world-weary Angel Of Death; their hammers will never fall on empty chambers, they never miss, and no wound they give will ever be less than fatal. Oh, and he's a supernatural quick-draw artist, too; "I saw a blur, and then shooting. I didn't see no draw." After [[spoiler: surviving a ''nuke'' - in the midst of the inferno, he calmly spits and growls "Not enough Gun"]], he wraps up the series by [[spoiler: ''killing God'']]. I will call your {{Badass}} and raise you to infinity.

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%%* The Saint Of Killers, in ComicBook/{{Preacher}}, [[GunsAkimbo dual-wields]] a pair of Walker Colt {{revolvers|AreJustBetter}}. Never mind the fact that he's an unkillable OneManArmy in a [[BadassLongcoat duster coat]], these things were forged ''by Satan himself'' from the sword of the world-weary Angel Of Death; their hammers will never fall on empty chambers, they never miss, and no wound they give will ever be less than fatal. Oh, and he's a supernatural quick-draw artist, too; "I saw a blur, and then shooting. I didn't see no draw." After [[spoiler: surviving a ''nuke'' - in the midst of the inferno, he calmly spits and growls "Not enough Gun"]], he wraps up the series by [[spoiler: ''killing God'']]. I will call your {{Badass}} badass and raise you to infinity.



** Ser Barristan Selmy discards his sword in favor of an epic staff, befitting his transition from general {{Badass}} to BadassGrandpa.

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** Ser Barristan Selmy discards his sword in favor of an epic staff, befitting his transition from general {{Badass}} badass to BadassGrandpa.



* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', swords are considered upper-class weapons, meaning that [[TheHero Kaladin]], who is lower-class, uses a spear as his Weapon Of Choice (toying in a minor but noticable ways with genre conventions). Heroic ''and'' villainous aristocratic characters use swords all the time as a status symbol, with the magical shardblades being the most prized. AntiVillain assassin Szeth also has a shardblade, which both makes him even more {{Badass}} than he would be otherwise and, since he comes from an extremely pacifist society, using the most deadly weapon of all marks him as a disgraced outcast.

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* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', swords are considered upper-class weapons, meaning that [[TheHero Kaladin]], who is lower-class, uses a spear as his Weapon Of Choice (toying in a minor but noticable ways with genre conventions). Heroic ''and'' villainous aristocratic characters use swords all the time as a status symbol, with the magical shardblades being the most prized. AntiVillain assassin Szeth also has a shardblade, which both makes him even more {{Badass}} badass than he would be otherwise and, since he comes from an extremely pacifist society, using the most deadly weapon of all marks him as a disgraced outcast.



** Meryl Silverburgh in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' demonstrates how she's a HotBlooded youngster who wants to be a hero by picking up a [[HandCannon .50AE Desert Eagle]], contrasting with the remorseful veteran Snake who was left with the SOCOM pistol in .45. By ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'' she's kept that Desert Eagle and uses it alongside a second one with [[SniperPistol a long barrel and a scope]], using them to demonstrate when trouble comes knocking that, no matter what trauma she went through on Shadow Moses, she's ended up every bit as {{Badass}} as she wanted to be.

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** Meryl Silverburgh in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' demonstrates how she's a HotBlooded youngster who wants to be a hero by picking up a [[HandCannon .50AE Desert Eagle]], contrasting with the remorseful veteran Snake who was left with the SOCOM pistol in .45. By ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'' she's kept that Desert Eagle and uses it alongside a second one with [[SniperPistol a long barrel and a scope]], using them to demonstrate when trouble comes knocking that, no matter what trauma she went through on Shadow Moses, she's ended up every bit as {{Badass}} badass as she wanted to be.



** Dave Strider, a {{Badass}} rapper and sword collector, uses bladeKind, personally favouring [[KatanasAreJustBetter his collection of katanas.]]

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** Dave Strider, a {{Badass}} badass rapper and sword collector, uses bladeKind, personally favouring [[KatanasAreJustBetter his collection of katanas.]]
23rd Nov '16 7:18:35 PM nombretomado
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%%* In the first game of the ''AssassinsCreed'' series, most of the focus is on Altaïr's swords, as they are continually upgraded throughout the plot; the second game and the two that come after it focus on Ezio's hidden blades, as he receives multiple upgrades that turn it into a SwissArmyWeapon (Hidden Gun, Poison Darts, Hookblade, etc.); and Connor from the third has a lot of focus on the Tomahawk, though dual wielding in general is his thing. Desmond himself prefers two small knives in combat, using Connor's fighting style. Edward Kenway from the fourth is shown with a lot of guns in his promotional shots, along with two large cutlasses.

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%%* In the first game of the ''AssassinsCreed'' series, ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', most of the focus is on Altaïr's swords, as they are continually upgraded throughout the plot; the second game and the two that come after it focus on Ezio's hidden blades, as he receives multiple upgrades that turn it into a SwissArmyWeapon (Hidden Gun, Poison Darts, Hookblade, etc.); and Connor from the third has a lot of focus on the Tomahawk, though dual wielding in general is his thing. Desmond himself prefers two small knives in combat, using Connor's fighting style. Edward Kenway from the fourth is shown with a lot of guns in his promotional shots, along with two large cutlasses.
10th Nov '16 5:35:24 PM nombretomado
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%%* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming'' the heroes' weapons mostly correspond to this, although they don't have the classical lineup...

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%%* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming'' the heroes' weapons mostly correspond to this, although they don't have the classical lineup...
4th Nov '16 8:35:47 AM Drope
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** '''[[EdibleBludgeon Food]]''': Completing the holy trifecta of kitchen-based weaponry, we have food itself. Common wielders are usually the same as the ones that use frying pans and the rolling pins mentioned above plus [[BigEater hungry]] {{Fat Bastard}}s who may eat their weapon after bludgeoning you to death with it. A [[{{Foodfight}} food fight]] will definitely include this. Food that is commonly used as weapons include [[BaguetteBeatdown baguettes]] (in which case, expect the user to be a frenchman), [[PieInTheFace pies]] (clowns), [[ShamuFu fish]], frozen meat and fruit.

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** '''[[EdibleBludgeon Food]]''': Completing the holy trifecta of kitchen-based weaponry, we have food itself. Common wielders are usually the same as the ones that use frying pans and the rolling pins mentioned above plus [[BigEater hungry]] {{Fat Bastard}}s who may eat their own weapon after bludgeoning you to death with it. A [[{{Foodfight}} food fight]] will definitely include this. Food that is commonly used as weapons include [[BaguetteBeatdown baguettes]] (in which case, expect the user to be a frenchman), [[PieInTheFace pies]] (clowns), [[ShamuFu fish]], frozen meat and fruit.
4th Nov '16 8:34:19 AM Drope
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** '''[[EdibleBludgeon Food]]''': Completing the holy trifecta of kitchen-based weaponry, we have food itself. Common wielders are usually the same as the ones that use frying pans and the rolling pins mentioned above plus [[BigEater hungry]] {{Fat Bastard}}s who may eat their weapon after bludgeoning you to death it. A [[{{Foodfight}} food fight]] will definitely include this. Food that is commonly used as weapons include [[BaguetteBeatdown baguettes]] (in which case, expect the user to be a frenchman), [[PieInTheFace pies]] (clowns), [[ShamuFu fish]], frozen meat and fruit.

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** '''[[EdibleBludgeon Food]]''': Completing the holy trifecta of kitchen-based weaponry, we have food itself. Common wielders are usually the same as the ones that use frying pans and the rolling pins mentioned above plus [[BigEater hungry]] {{Fat Bastard}}s who may eat their weapon after bludgeoning you to death with it. A [[{{Foodfight}} food fight]] will definitely include this. Food that is commonly used as weapons include [[BaguetteBeatdown baguettes]] (in which case, expect the user to be a frenchman), [[PieInTheFace pies]] (clowns), [[ShamuFu fish]], frozen meat and fruit.
4th Nov '16 8:25:31 AM Drope
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** '''Crossbows''': A favored weapon of TheHunter, particularly [[VampireHunter vampire]] and [[DemonSlaying demon hunters]]. As opposed to their more classical counterparts, crossbows are not as strongly associated with elves and composed personalities and they exude a kind of professional air that ordinary bows don't; this might have something to do with the way they're used, [[FantasyGunControl being the closest you'll get to guns in most medieval settings]], and how they're much easier to conceal due to the smaller size. In addition, unlike bows, they tend to free up a hand, for some sort of melee weapon. Regardless, anyone who totes one of these babies around is most likely going to be some variety of {{Badass}}.

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** '''Crossbows''': '''[[AutomaticCrossbows Crossbows]]''': A favored weapon of TheHunter, particularly [[VampireHunter vampire]] and [[DemonSlaying demon hunters]]. As opposed to their more classical counterparts, crossbows are not as strongly associated with elves and composed personalities and they exude a kind of professional air that ordinary bows don't; this might have something to do with the way they're used, [[FantasyGunControl being the closest you'll get to guns in most medieval settings]], and how they're much easier to conceal due to the smaller size. In addition, unlike bows, they tend to free up a hand, for some sort of melee weapon. Regardless, anyone who totes one of these babies around is most likely going to be some variety of {{Badass}}.
24th Oct '16 8:52:56 AM EphemeralSonata
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** Sun uses Ruyi Bang and Jingu Bang which are shotgun-nunchaku that form a SimpleStaff, which reflects both his wild personality and ability to get serious when the chips are down .
** Neptune uses a railgun that transforms into a guandao and a trident and is as sleek and refined as the personal style he strives for.

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** Sun uses Ruyi Bang and Jingu Bang which are shotgun-nunchaku that form a SimpleStaff, which reflects both his wild personality and ability to get serious when the chips are down .
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** Neptune uses a railgun that transforms into a guandao and a trident and is as sleek and refined as the personal style he strives for. for.
** Ozpin uses his cane mostly for mobility, but it has a knuckle guard and he uses it in battle as a bludgeoning weapon, signifying his pragmatism.
** Glynda Goodwitch uses a collapsible thin black riding crop, reflecting her no-nonsense personality. She wields it much like a wand, as she's more of a caster, but its use as a striking weapon shows her willingness to get down to the nitty-gritty.




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** Roman's right-hand woman, Neo, uses a similarly concealed weapon to show her own underhandedness. However, hers is a delicate needle-like weapon hidden inside a lacy parasol, befitting her stature and [[WaifFu fighting style]].
** Even minor characters aren't exempt, as Flynt Coal from Team FNKI uses a jazz trumpet as his weapon, matching his huckster jazz musician personality.
** In the same team, Neon Katt is a hyperactive cat faunus who uses roller blades as a means of mobility paired with a set of raver glow stick nunchaku.
23rd Oct '16 5:59:51 PM Drope
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* '''[[ShearMenace Scissors]]''': If a scissor is being used as a weapon, then expect it to be of the big, gardening variety. Anything smaller won't be taken seriously unless the user is a tailor or hairdresser, in which case they will demonstrate the scissors equivalent of ImplausibleFencingPowers. Also [[RockPaperScissors super-effective]] against PaperPeople, but not so much against {{Rock Monster}}s.

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* '''[[ShearMenace Scissors]]''': If a scissor pair of scissors is being used as a weapon, then expect it to be of the big, gardening variety. Anything smaller won't be taken seriously unless the user is a tailor or hairdresser, in which case they will demonstrate the scissors equivalent of ImplausibleFencingPowers. Also [[RockPaperScissors super-effective]] against PaperPeople, but not so much against {{Rock Monster}}s.
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