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17th Apr '16 2:26:01 PM Psychopompos007
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* In ''VideoGame/ConanHyborianAge'', the quest's goal is initially to explore a dungeon to find a sword crafted in a superior metal. Said sword being found broken in two (the part with the handle and the lower part of the blade is usable as a dagger), the last objective is to reforge it, either as a one-handed sword or a greatsword.

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* In ''VideoGame/ConanHyborianAge'', the quest's goal is initially to explore a dungeon to find a sword crafted in a superior metal. Said sword being found broken in two (the part with the handle and the lower part of the blade is usable as a dagger), the last objective is to reforge it, it at Whiterun's Skyforge, either as a one-handed sword or a greatsword.
17th Apr '16 2:24:08 PM Psychopompos007
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* In ''VideoGame/ConanHyborianAge'', the quest's goal is initially to explore a dungeon to find a sword crafted in a superior metal. Said sword being found broken in two (the part with the handle and the lower part of the blade is usable as a dagger), the last objective is to reforge it, either as a one-handed sword or a greatsword.
12th Apr '16 1:32:29 PM passivesmoking
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* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Possibly subverted with Narsil , which wasn't broken by Sauron but by its wielder Elendil after he fell on it (he and Sauron killed each other during the melee). Isildur then grabbed the hilt and used it to cut the Ring from Sauron's hand. Three thousand years later, it was reforged into the even-more-badass Andúril, the Flame of the West. The movie version has a moment where Boromir [[ActorAllusion comments]] that even shattered, the blade is still sharp.
** A bit more straight playing is when Gandalf meets Saruman after Orthanc is ruined. "Saruman, your staff is broken." Boom.

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* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Possibly subverted with Narsil , which wasn't broken by Sauron but by its wielder Elendil after he fell on it (he and Sauron killed each other during the melee). Isildur then grabbed the hilt and used it to cut the Ring from Sauron's hand. Three thousand years later, it was reforged into the even-more-badass Andúril, the Flame of the West. The movie version has a moment where Boromir [[ActorAllusion comments]] that even shattered, the blade is still sharp.
sharp. Narsil is an example of a royal weapon foreshadowing the fate of its kingdom, and its re-forging symbolic of the ReturnOfTheKing
** A bit more straight playing is when Gandalf meets Saruman after Orthanc is ruined. "Saruman, your staff is broken." Boom. In the movie version this foreshadows Saruman's death.
** Gandalf's staff breaking in the mines of Moria foreshadow Gandalf's fall and death [[spoiler:and rebirth as Gandalf The White]]
** Boromir's horn is cleft in two, symbolic of its owner's death.
12th Apr '16 1:25:04 PM passivesmoking
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In some cases the breaking of a character's weapon can be foreshadowing of that character's death (if it occurs shortly before), or symbolic of it (if it occurs during or shortly after). If the weapon also has an association with a nation (for example the royal sword of the king) then it can even signify the fall of the nation in question.

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In some cases the breaking of a character's weapon can be foreshadowing of that character's death (if it occurs shortly before), or symbolic of it (if it occurs during or shortly after). In this case there may be some overlap with TragicKeepsake if one of the character's friends keeps the weapon or a piece of it as a memento. If the weapon also has an association with a nation (for example the royal sword of the king) then it can even signify the fall of the nation in question.
12th Apr '16 1:24:19 PM passivesmoking
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In some cases the breaking of a character's weapon can be foreshadowing of that character's death (if it occurs shortly after), or symbolic of it (if it occurs during or shortly after). If the weapon also has an association with a nation (for example the royal sword of the king) then it can even signify the fall of the nation in question.

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In some cases the breaking of a character's weapon can be foreshadowing of that character's death (if it occurs shortly after), before), or symbolic of it (if it occurs during or shortly after). If the weapon also has an association with a nation (for example the royal sword of the king) then it can even signify the fall of the nation in question.
12th Apr '16 1:23:46 PM passivesmoking
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In some cases the breaking of a character's weapon can be foreshadowing of that character's death (if it occurs shortly after), or symbolic of it (if it occurs during or shortly after). If the weapon also has an association with a nation (for example the royal sword of the king) then it can even signify the fall of the nation in question.
11th Apr '16 8:17:54 AM Piando
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** In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' Darth Maul's [[DoubleWeapon double-bladed lightsaber]] is cut in half by a swift undercut from Obi-Wan, and Maul is forced to fight with the working half. [[spoiler:In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', Maul continues to use the bifurcated weapon, after his own bisection.]]

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** In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' Darth Maul's [[DoubleWeapon double-bladed lightsaber]] is cut in half by a swift undercut from Obi-Wan, and Maul is forced to fight with the working half. [[spoiler:In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' and ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' Maul continues to use the bifurcated weapon, after his own bisection.]]



** This trope happens in the match between [[spoiler:[[Mange/{{Berserk}} Guts]] and [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Nightmare]]. Guts manages to destroy Soul Edge, and since Soul Edge is the source of Nightmare, it also seals Guts' victory.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Volume Three sees the destruction of [[spoiler: one of Yang's gauntlets along with her arm]] as well as [[spoiler: Pyrrha's sword being melted, shortly followed by Pyrrha herself being turned into ash.]] Given that the emphasis the show puts on it's {{Impossibly Cool Weapon}}s, it's fitting that the fate of the characters and their weapons are tied together.

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** This trope happens in the match between [[spoiler:[[Mange/{{Berserk}} [[spoiler:[[Manga/{{Berserk}} Guts]] and [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Nightmare]]. Guts manages to destroy Soul Edge, and since Soul Edge is the source of Nightmare, it also seals Guts' victory.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Volume Three sees the destruction of [[spoiler: one of Yang's gauntlets along with her arm]] as well as [[spoiler: Pyrrha's sword being melted, shortly followed by Pyrrha herself being turned into ash.]] Given that the emphasis the show puts on it's {{Impossibly Cool Weapon}}s, it's fitting that the fate of the characters and their weapons are tied together.
30th Mar '16 3:01:54 PM Seanhawk23
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** In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' Luke loses his father's lightsaber ([[AnArmAndALeg as well as his hand]]) while fighting Darth Vader. Luckily, by ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' he's built another one, and has gotten an artificial hand to match. This isn't a completely straight example, as the lightsaber simply falls down a chasm rather than being destroyed (indeed, ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' has the weapon resurface after a matter of decades), but the symbolism is still intact due to the fact that Luke had pretty much lost his father's lightsaber for good.

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** In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' Luke loses his father's lightsaber ([[AnArmAndALeg as well as his hand]]) while fighting Darth Vader. Luckily, by ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' he's built another one, and has gotten an artificial hand to match. This isn't a completely straight example, as the lightsaber simply falls down a chasm rather than being destroyed (indeed, [[spoiler:(indeed, ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' has the weapon resurface after a matter of decades), decades)]], but the symbolism is still intact due to the fact that Luke had pretty much lost his father's lightsaber for good.good [[spoiler:at first]].
18th Mar '16 10:08:08 PM MadCat221
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** In one of the episodes leading up to the finale, Worf challenges Chancellor Gowron over the latter's accused dishonorable and unwise strategy during the Dominion War to pursue a vendetta against a perceived rival in Martok. Gowron has Worf on the ropes, having wrecked his bat'leth. Worf still wins anyway, when he stabs two broken pointy bits into Gowron's flanks, killing him.
12th Mar '16 6:52:10 PM StFan
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->[+'''''"YOU! -- BROKE! -- MY! -- SWORD!!"'''''+]

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* In ''TheAmberSpyglass'' Will's subtle knife breaks because he thinks of his mother while he's using it, while at the same time it's assumed to be somehow Mrs. Coulter's fault (she certainly takes credit for breaking it) because he was distracted by her hotness even as she reminded him of his mother. The whole scene has slightly creepy Oedipal overtones.

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* In ''TheAmberSpyglass'' ''Literature/TheAmberSpyglass'' Will's subtle knife breaks because he thinks of his mother while he's using it, while at the same time it's assumed to be somehow Mrs. Coulter's fault (she certainly takes credit for breaking it) because he was distracted by her hotness even as she reminded him of his mother. The whole scene has slightly creepy Oedipal overtones.



* The Eastern Emperor in the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series sits on a throne made from the personal weapons of every monarch the Empire has conquered.

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* The Eastern Emperor in the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series sits on a throne made from the personal weapons of every monarch the Empire has conquered.



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* Taken into account in the [[MagicKnight swordmage]] class or ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th edition. A bound sword can be reformed from a single fragment with an hour of meditation.
* The Sunder feat tree in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3/3.5e lets any GM pull this against the players. There's a certain JerkAss-ish aspect to using it, though, as combat encounters are scaled to assume a minimum value of gear -- in other words, a fight appropriate for a 10th-level party is appropriate for that party with full gear worth at least 49,000 gold pieces ''each''. And given the costs of a good magic weapon, having that villain break yours means you may have just seen a massive set-back in your effectiveness.

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* Taken into account in the [[MagicKnight swordmage]] class or ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th edition. A bound sword can be reformed from a single fragment with an hour of meditation.
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The Sunder feat tree in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3/3.5e 5 Edition lets any GM pull this against the players. There's a certain JerkAss-ish {{Jerkass}}-ish aspect to using it, though, as combat encounters are scaled to assume a minimum value of gear -- in other words, a fight appropriate for a 10th-level party is appropriate for that party with full gear worth at least 49,000 gold pieces ''each''. And given the costs of a good magic weapon, having that villain break yours means you may have just seen a massive set-back in your effectiveness.effectiveness.
** Taken into account in the [[MagicKnight swordmage]] class or ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th edition. A bound sword can be reformed from a single fragment with an hour of meditation.



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** Gordon's signature crowbar was never really one-of-a-kind anyway - he went through two in the first game alone - so he's very likely to obtain a new one in ''Episode 3'' or ''Half-Life 3'', [[DevelopmentHell assuming one of them ever comes out.]]

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** Gordon's signature crowbar was never really one-of-a-kind anyway - -- he went through two in the first game alone - so he's very likely to obtain a new one in ''Episode 3'' or ''Half-Life 3'', [[DevelopmentHell assuming one of them ever comes out.]]



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** when Xykon [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0112.html destroys Roy's sword]], a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0113.html family heirloom]], Roy goes into an UnstoppableRage and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0114.html dispatches the lich with his bare hands]]... at least temporarily.

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** when When Xykon [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0112.html destroys Roy's sword]], a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0113.html family heirloom]], Roy goes into an UnstoppableRage and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0114.html dispatches the lich with his bare hands]]... at least temporarily.



* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', the Sword of Omens is first broken when it is accidentally used to attack a fellow Thundercat; repairing it is said to be nearly impossible, and indeed proves to be nearly so. It took bribing a villain to reforge it, and they still had to escape him with the sword afterward. Much later, the sword is broken again in the introduction of new villain Tug-Mug, whose life on a moon with high gravity has given him tremendous strength. This occurrence slightly twists the trope, as the sword is promptly repaired by nearly-as-new hero Ben-Gali, demonstrating his own impressive skills as a blacksmith, which means the heroes now have the means to make repairs regularly.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'', the Sword of Omens is first broken when it is accidentally used to attack a fellow Thundercat; repairing it is said to be nearly impossible, and indeed proves to be nearly so. It took bribing a villain to reforge it, and they still had to escape him with the sword afterward. Much later, the sword is broken again in the introduction of new villain Tug-Mug, whose life on a moon with high gravity has given him tremendous strength. This occurrence slightly twists the trope, as the sword is promptly repaired by nearly-as-new hero Ben-Gali, demonstrating his own impressive skills as a blacksmith, which means the heroes now have the means to make repairs regularly.



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