Created By: Bisected8 on July 6, 2010 Last Edited By: Bisected8 on October 5, 2010
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Natural Weapons

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What to do when you're without a weapon? Puny Humans must resort to Good Old Fisticuffs (or obtain an Emergency Weapon). On the other hand non-human races, animals and aliens tend to have claws, stings and other such abilities.

This need not involve claws; stingers or even more complex organic weapons count. As long as they're a natural part of the creature's anatomy.

Compare Anatomy Arsenal (which this can overlap with; the arsenal is literally part of the user's anatomy), Living Weapon (when the weapon's part of another creature entirely).

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  • The current Trope Namer is Dungeons & Dragons, where "natural weapon" is a speacial ability for monsters.
  • Pretty much any Cat Girl involved in combat will use their claws.
    • In The Elder Scrolls series, the cat-like Khajiit get a bonus to their unarmed skill because of their claws.
    • Taokaka (and the rest of the Kaka) from BlazBlue has organic magitech claws that can absorb and use Seifer (something most of the other characters need weapons for).
  • Half-Life Xen aliens have "natural" weapons galore. Vortigaunts can produce huge bolts of directed electricity. Grunts have hornet guns, which seem to be some sort of insect hive that they've managed to turn into a weapon. Controllers can shoot balls of energy (ball lightning?) and the Nihilanth shoots these as well as teleport portals.
    • In Opposing Force, you have the Race X aliens: pit drones, which shoot some sort of biological darts from their forehead, the shocktroopers, which like the Xen grunts use two more forms of biological weapons (shock roaches and spore launchers), voltigores, which like Xen vortigaunts can shoot massive charges of electricity, the pit worm, which can fire a laser from its eye, and the gene worm, which can fire a chemical stream from its mouth.
  • The Zerg are made of the this trope...literally.
  • The Tyranids from Warhammer 40K. The inspiration for the Zerg.
  • Skunks have a well-known natural chemical weapon, spraying a substance that smells so foul, other animals fear it.
    • Bombardier Beetles take that Up to Eleven, spraying a boiling chemical to severely burn targets.
  • The Laguz in the Tellius Fire Emblem games and Mamkutes elsewhere in the series. The former use claws, beaks, etc., while the latter use Breath Weapons.
  • Real Life: the Australian cone shell can fire a neural-toxic laced harpoon. Seriously [1].
  • Resident Evil. The Licker mutant had huge claws that could rip through solid metal and inflict grievous wounds. Its bite attack was also fairly impressive.
  • The xenomorphs of the Alien series. Extendable teeth, tremendously powerful arms, acid for blood. Par for the course, snce they were created as Living Weapons in the expanded universe.
  • Several species of Pokémon base moves around their anatomy. Bulbasaur for example is famous for moves like Vine Whip and Bullet Seed, which use the bulb on its back, Octillery's signature move is Octazooka - which uses its mouth as an artillery piece, etc.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • June 28, 2010
    AlirozTheConfused
    Bump.
  • June 28, 2010
    KZN02
    Ok ... so that means Wolverine Claws and Beware My Stinger Tail would be under this.
  • June 28, 2010
    shimaspawn
    This is probably going to wind up as a Supertrope of a number of other tropes we already have. That's not a bad thing though. Most things in Anatomy Arsenal probably fall under this actually, but I do think the larger idea itself is tropable.
  • June 28, 2010
    JonnyB
    Half Life Xen aliens have "natural" weapons galore. Vortigaunts can produce huge bolts of directed electricity. Grunts have hornet guns, which seem to be some sort of insect hive that they've managed to turn into a weapon. Controllers can shoot balls of energy (ball lightning?) and the Nihilanth shoots these as well as teleport portals.

    In Opposing Force, you have the Race X aliens: pit drones, which shoot some sort of biological darts from their forehead, the shocktroopers, which like the Xen grunts use two more forms of biological weapons (shock roaches and spore launchers), voltigores, which like Xen vortigaunts can shoot massive charges of electricity, the pit worm, which can fire a laser from its eye, and the gene worm, which can fire a chemical stream from its mouth.
  • June 30, 2010
    ToddTheT1000
  • June 30, 2010
    Bisected8
    That's not a natural weapon. It's a phlebotinum induced super power.
  • June 30, 2010
    LarryD
    Arguably, the human instictive weapon isn't the fist but the club. No one needs to be taught how to hold a club, or how to do a basic strike with one. And it's use goes back to hominids using an antilope's leg bone.
  • July 1, 2010
    Bisected8
    Nope, it's the fist. No one ever taught you to clench it when you get angry...also, this is about natural weapons, not instinctive ones.
  • July 1, 2010
    Koncur
    • The Zerg are made of the this trope.
  • July 1, 2010
    Koncur
    • Skunks have a well-known natural chemical weapon, spraying a substance that smells so foul, other animals fear it.
      • Bombardier Beetles take that Up To Eleven, spraying a boiling chemical to severely burn targets.
  • July 2, 2010
    Bisected8
    Added.
  • July 3, 2010
    Chabal2
  • July 3, 2010
    Mouser
    The Laguz in the Tellius Fire Emblem games and Mamkutes elsewhere in the series. The former use claws, beaks, etc., while the latter use Breath Weapons.

    Breath Weapon is a subtrope, right?
  • July 3, 2010
    Bisected8
    It is indeed.
  • July 3, 2010
    joeyjojo
    Real Life: the Australian cone shell can fire a neural-toxic laced harpoon. Seriously [1].
  • July 4, 2010
    Arivne
    Film
    • Resident Evil. The Licker mutant had huge claws that could rip through solid metal and inflict grievous wounds. Its bite attack was also fairly impressive.
    • The xenomorphs of the Alien series. Extendable teeth, tremendously powerful arms, etc.
  • July 4, 2010
    AddythePawnSlayer
    • Several species of Pokemon base moves around their anatomy. Bulbasaur for example is famous for moves like Vine Whip and Bullet Seed, which use the bulb on its back, Octillery's signature move is Octazooka - which uses its mouth as an artillery piece, etc.
  • July 5, 2010
    Bisected8
    Well I'll be (provisionally) launching this on Wednesday. Does this Need A Better Name?
  • October 4, 2010
    Bisected8
    Well since the launch buttons been disabled for newer ones, I thought I'd bump this up.

    Since I forgot to launch (>_>") it, I'll do so tommorow if no one has any probms?
  • October 4, 2010
    JonnyB
    Alien xenomorphs: don't forget acid for blood.
  • October 5, 2010
    Bisected8
    Launching at 19:00 GMT+0.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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