Created By: SleetWintergreen on April 25, 2011 Last Edited By: SleetWintergreen on October 11, 2011

Cruel and Unusual Weapon

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(Sorry, I kinda forgot about this one.)

A weapon designed to kill people in an unnessecarily painful matter.

Not to be confused with a torture device; this is definitely something that is to be used in combat.

Anime and Manga:

  • Shira from Blade of the Immortal carries a sword with the reverse-edge chopped into a saw blade. He cripples you with the blade and then has some fun with you with the saw edge.

Video Games:

  • The infamous Cerebral Bore from Turok 2, which latches onto your head, shreds your brain into pulp and then pops your skull for good measure.
  • Kaine's saw-swords from {{Nier.}} There can't be any other reason why they're edged like that...

Tabletop Games:

  • Necron weapons from Warhammer 40K vaporize the foe slowly and painfully. And I'm sure there'll be plenty more examples from that setting...

I can't believe that's all I can think, I know I've Seen It a Million Times...some help,please?
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  • April 25, 2011
    MetalKev

    These are the ones I can think of off the top of my head, but I have seen more of this. There should probably be a link to To The Pain somewhere in the description.
  • April 25, 2011
    MetalKev
    ^Quick clarification, the prison break example says that the weapon is meant to kill Michael as slowly and painfully as possible, sorry for the double post

    EDIT: Thanks to the troper below, now I know. And Knowing Is Half The Battle
  • April 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^For future reference, to edit a reply you can click the pencil to the left of the reply in question. I do it all the time, I'm a Serial Tweaker. (I did it about three times for this very post.)
  • April 25, 2011
    dalek955
    • In Naruto, Hidan's weapon is a triple-bladed Sinister Scythe on a chain, which he himself admits isn't very good for inflicting lethal wounds. Of course, he really needs to do with it is get some blood...
  • April 25, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    This may be one reason that serrated weapons are often considered evil on the Good Weapon Evil Weapon page, other than the jagged wounds they tend to leave behind..
  • April 26, 2011
    MetalKev
    ^ I just looked at the Good Weapon Evil Weapon page are there will definitely be some overlap between this trope and that one. In addition to this type of weapon being always evil I can see three broad categories of weapons that may fall in here. Flamethrowers, Knives, and Poisoned Weapons
  • April 26, 2011
    Rolf
    Isnt there some magic sword that breaks a peice if twisted in body, and that peice will slowly and painfully move towards heart?
  • April 26, 2011
    SleetWintergreen
    That was from the Lord of the Rings, I believe.
  • April 26, 2011
    Antigone3
    ^I think it was called a Morgul-knife.

    The knives carried by Ulgos (Belgariad/Malloreon) when they need a weapon are known for their hooked tips and serrated edges.
  • April 26, 2011
    Augustine
    If we are going to talk about Warhammer 40,000, I have a few. The bolter is designed to fire a small rpg that penetrates the armor and flesh of the enemy, and then explode. The tyranid fleshborer fires beetles that eat a target to death from the inside out. All Dark Eldar weapons are made to cause pain and a slow death.
  • April 26, 2011
    Rolf
    Actually I don't remember it being in lord of rings. The blade actually healed its tip instantly when it was done.
  • April 26, 2011
    Fanra
    • Isaac Asimov invented the Neuronic Whip for his stories.

    • A weapon designed to kill people in an unnecessarily painful matter.
    The problem with the description is that sometimes the weapon is not exactly designed to kill people. However, it's still a weapon, as well as a torture device. Generally used by police to keep people in line.

    • In Real Life, some nations' police use whips on crowds.
  • September 26, 2011
    Fallingwater
    Found this from a search. Did the page ever get launched? I don't think we have this trope yet - Good Weapon Evil Weapon doesn't really cut it.
  • September 26, 2011
    Ryuuma
    See Also the other YKTTW Serrated Blade.
  • September 27, 2011
    TairaMai
    • Star Trek had a disruptor that killed you from the inside out (slowly)
    • Babylon 5 had a the Drazi's poisoned blades.
    • In Real Life, we have napalm, the large (.50 and over) caliber rifles and anti-tank weapons when used against people.
  • September 27, 2011
    Fallingwater
    Was marked No Launching Please, but five freakin' months ago. Is this enough time to ignore that and launch it nonetheless?
  • September 27, 2011
    Bisected8
    Try noting the sponsor to see if they're still about.
  • September 28, 2011
    Arivne
    The OP Sleet Wintergreen hasn't posted in this YKTTW since April. Any YKTTW that's been abandoned for 2 or more months by the OP is automatically Up For Grabs according to that page.

    To PM Sleet Wintergreen, just go here: PM page.
  • October 1, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    I will argue against the Necron example. The effect is all but slow and the idea behind the gun is to leave nothing organic behind - The Necron are soulless and as such incapable of true cruelty, even though their ultimate goal is annihilation of whole life. The same for Tyranid living ammunition - death by a scarab beetle on steroids drilling through your guts is a horror hard to imagine, but Tyranids don't even understand the concept of cruelty.
  • October 1, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    From the Warhammer 40000 races that actually intend for their enemies to die painfully.
    • Neuro whips - energy weapon shorting the victim's nervous system. The mad scientist Fabius Bile uses a rod to the same effect - so painful it leaves the victim comatose with sensory overload.
    • Dark eldar weapons - standard issues shoot a stream of crystal shards covered with poison. Hoemunculi occassionally use dart guns with poison that makes human blood heat up and explode.
    • "Harlequin's kiss" is a punching dagger with a syringe-shaped tip. And effective hit gives the victim an injection of spinning Razor Floss
  • October 3, 2011
    surgoshan
    Literature
  • October 3, 2011
    Lumpenprole
    Before the invention of antibiotics, getting stabbed or shot in the gut was, if no major blood vessels were severed, a sentence of slow agonizing death by infection. Doing this deliberately and then leaving the victim to their fate would match this trope.
  • October 3, 2011
    Generality
    Closely related to Cool But Inefficient, in my estimation. Here's another example:

    The device used by the 'hands of blue' in Serenity causes its victim to bleed from various orifices and apparently die of internal hemorrhaging. Excruciating and effective, but utterly pointless for its intended use; there's no rationale for supposedly secret operatives to use such a conspicuous and distinctive weapon.
  • October 4, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Real Life: Some anti-cavalry weapons included a peculiar polearm with hooks pointing inwards on the tip. It was used to catch the arms of incoming horsemen and drag them to the ground, usually butchering their arm in the process.
  • October 10, 2011
    Koveras
    The "algogun" in the Line Of Delirium series kills by overloading the target's pain receptors, i.e. the victim literally dies of shock.
  • October 10, 2011
    LordGro
    The Gae Bulg, the spear of Cuchulainn, from Irish heroic legend. "The Gae Bulg had to be made ready for use on a stream and cast from the fork of the toes. It entered a man's body with a single wound, like a javelin, then opened into thirty barbs. Only by cutting away the flesh could it be taken from that man's body." (From the Book of Leinster).

  • October 10, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Would Impaled With Extreme Prejudice count as an example?
  • October 11, 2011
    Ryuuma
    ^ Uhm, I don't think so: if you stab someone in a vital spot (head or heart) you kill him almost istantly without much pain.
  • October 11, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    In the new Jungle Book movie, the villain shows Mowgli such a blade from his collection - a punching dagger that splits when a trigger is pulled (such things were used as surprise sword-breakers but this is clearly intended to stab, open, and then be twisted and pulled). Understandably Mowgli is disgusted with how cruel "civilised" people can be.
  • October 11, 2011
    JohnDiFool
    I think that slow-acting disruptor seen in a Star Trek The Next Generation ep would qualify.
  • October 11, 2011
    TBTabby
    The Anal Probe from Destroy All Humans. It sends humans running and holding their backsides, and a powered-up shot comes out through their heads.
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