Created By: Ryuuma on January 12, 2012 Last Edited By: Ryuuma on January 21, 2012
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Javelin Thrower

Javelins as weapons of choice.

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NOTE: There was such a YKTTW some time ago, but apparently got lost, so I'm trying to restart it.

One of the oldest weapons of all humanity, along with the wooden clubs, is the javelin. Short, light spears that can also be simple sharp sticks, Javelins differs from Blade on a Stick for many things: usually, while spears and lances are melee weapons associated to guards, soldiers, armies and-or cool-headed, calm individuals, javelins are different. They're weapons associated with speed, as its much lighter to carry than the spear.

Javelins are favored by horse riders who can use it instead of bows and arrows (javelins are much more economic to build and easier to use). Is also a very old weapon, so it's usually seen in the hands of wild, primitive looking cultures. If the work takes place in a sea setting then you'll probably see its water cousin, the harpoon.

Sometimes certain powerful characters won't be satisfied with mere shortspears and will show off by tossing very large spears around to fight. In Video Games, there'll often be the trick of javelins returning to the thrower or magically respawning in his or her hand.

Often associated with the Lightning element, in some cases they'll be coated in venoms.

See also Blade on a Stick, Prongs of Poseidon and Harpoon Gun for the technological version.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

  • Darbula the Demon King from Dragon Ball Z can summon and shoot spears at his enemies.
  • Crocus from One Piece is seen using harpoons with great skill.
  • Elsa's Giant Armor is made for boosting her throwing skills and equipped with an evil-banishing spear, which she throws at Galuna's moon in order to end the curse.

Comic Books

  • The DC Comics villain Javelin, an Olympic javelin thrower who decided to turn to crime one day.

Film

  • Wonder Woman (1974). The renegade Amazon Ahnjayla uses her javelin throwing skills to trick George into losing a couple of sucker bets. When Wonder Woman shows up riding the burro Ahnjayla tries to skewer her with a javelin but Wonder Woman catches it and throws it back. Watch it here.

Literature

Live-Action TV

  • Kung Fu
    • The opening sequence includes Kwai Chang Caine dodging and striking aside spears being thrown at him by other monks. Watch it here.
    • The pilot episode. After the Royal Nephew shoots and mortally wounds Master Po, he hides behind his chair to reload. Kwai Chang Caine kills him by throwing a guard's spear through the chair.

Mythology and Religion

  • Cu Chulain's spear Gae Bulga. It was also said to spread a thousand of shards inside the enemy wound.
  • In Norse Mythology Baldr was finally slain by a javelin (or arrow) made of mistletoe.

Video Games

  • In Age of Empires II Skirmishers are javelin-wielding archers strong against other archers. Oddly enough, they're unable to strike enemies too close to them.
  • In Age of Mythology Ipaspita soldiers are javelineers strong against archers, while the heroine Regenlief use her long spear as a throwing weapon. The expansion has the Turma, atlantidean horsemen who attacks by throwing spears.
  • Some units from The Battle For Wesnoth can use javelins, the most noticeable being the Javelineer.
  • Kratos in God of War Ghost of Sparta can use the spear from the Arms of Sparta as a javelin. Said spear can magically respawn in his hand after being tossed.
  • The Avernum series has Javelins as one of the possible weapons. They look like Roman Pila.
  • In The Legend of Dragoon, rogue knight Greham can make javelins out of light.
  • Fire Emblem has the Javelin, Spear and Short Spear weapons.
  • In Diablo II the Amazon can specialize in javelins.
  • The Qunari from Dragon Age II use javelins.

Real Life

  • Roman soldiers went to battle armed with "pilum": wooden javelins with a metallic point which could bend. Their main goal, was to get struck in enemies' shields and bend in them, making them heavier.
  • Hellenic Peltast were armed with throwing spears.
  • The african Assegai weapon.
  • Most ancient cultures west of India made heavy use of javelins because the javelin's greater weight made it more effective against men wearing armor than most of the bows available, and the bows that were more effective, or effective to a longer range than javelins (like the composite bows favored by the Egyptian nobility) took too long and cost too much to make to really mass-produce.

Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • January 12, 2012
    KZN02
    Laconic: Blade On A Stick + Throwing Your Sword Always Works

  • January 12, 2012
    nman
    • Pirates Vikings And Knights II has the Gestir, a Viking player character "with a long pointy spear and a short pointy beard" whose who carries three javelins.
  • January 12, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Earths Children: every culture we see has the spear, but Jondalar invented a spear thrower, making the spear you throw go twice as far or more. He also invented the breakaway spear, where the head detaches from the shaft after piercing the prey, so the spear doesn't get broken and become useless. Also, nobody uses a spear or any other weapon against another human, it's only used when they're hunting animals.
  • January 13, 2012
    Koveras
    • The Amazon in Diablo II can specialize in javelins.
    • Most Qunari warriors in Dragon Age II are armed with thrown javelins.
  • January 13, 2012
    Ryuuma
    ^^^^, mmmh, I think that the current laconic is clear enough, furthermore consider that Throwing Your Sword Always Works is when you throw a sword or another melee weapon that's not fashioned for ranged attacks. Javelins instead are specifically built as distance weapons.
  • January 14, 2012
    Arivne
    @Ryuuma: Here is the older YKTTW you're remembering: Javelin Throw.
  • January 14, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Yup, that one. I remember I really tried to edit it and add examples, but for some reason the edits weren't saved.
  • January 17, 2012
    Ryuuma
    I think it's ready to go. Any hats?
  • January 17, 2012
    nman
    Here's a hat. When you do launch it, I think KZN02's laconic would be a funny laconic for the entry.
  • January 17, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ If you do that, a certain wiki moderator will rewrite it and send you a long, condescending lecture on how Laconics aren't supposed to be funny or use wikiwords. Been there, done that.
  • January 17, 2012
    TBTabby
    The DC Comics villain Javelin, an Olympic javelin thrower who decided to turn to crime one day.
  • January 17, 2012
    Ryuuma
    ^^^ It won't work anyway because, Throwing Your Sword Always Works implies that normally you could not throw the sword or weapon in question but it works because of Rule Of Cool. Javelins and harpoons, instead are meant to be thrown around like spears. Then again, the last thing I want is to piss off the higher spheres (aka Moderators), so I guess I'll keep the current laconic and call it a day. Anyway, thanks for the hats.
  • January 17, 2012
    morgulknight1
    As for the Real Life entry, most ancient cultures west of India made heavy use of javelins because the javelin's greater weight made it more effective against men wearing armor than most of the bows available, and the bows that were more effective, or effective to a longer range than javelins (like the composite bows favored by the Egyptian nobility) took too long and cost too much to make to really mass-produce.
  • January 19, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Considering that most of the Weapon Of Choice tropes have an image, any suggestion for one?
  • January 19, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    Nordein Hunters in Shaiya, instead of using crossbows like their Elven Archer counterparts, have the javelin as their other weapon.
  • January 20, 2012
    morgulknight1
    bump
  • January 21, 2012
    Koveras
  • January 21, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Well, ok, I'll look for an image later.
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