Created By: stalydan on April 30, 2012 Last Edited By: stalydan on May 3, 2012

Paper Swords

When one person attacks and breaks another person weapon with relative ease

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In movies, people may attack each other with one person's weapon being destroyed with little effort on the part of the person who broke it.

Anime and Manga
  • Possible example in Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force: Signum's sword Laevatein is shattered near the hilt upon coming into contact with Cypha's forearm. However, Laevatein was already badly damaged at that point and Cypha has additionally entered a Super Mode.

Film
  • In Kill Bill Vol. 1, The Bride easily cuts down a yakuza member's katana blade piece by piece with quick little swipes.
  • In the fight between Scott and Gideon in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Scott's sword is easily broken just by him dropping it after being attacked.
  • The Golden Child. Chandler Jarrell uses a pool cue against Tommy Chong, one of the Big Bad's minions. Chong breaks off most of the cue, leaving Jarrell with just a stub.
  • Big Trouble in Little China. In the big battle scene at the end, Thunder smashes Jack Burton's machine pistol into dust with a single blow.

Video Games
  • In Mass Effect 3, Shepard effortless shatters Kai Leng's blade with his/her forearm if a certain Renegade interrupt is taken. Which begs the question why s/he didn't do so earlier, seeing how the blade wasn't even visibly damaged at the time.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • April 30, 2012
    stalydan
    Can anybody think of anymore examples of this?
  • April 30, 2012
    Koveras
    • In Mass Effect 3, Shepard effortless shatters Kai Leng's blade with his/her forearm if a certain Renegade interrupt is taken. Which begs the question why s/he didn't do so earlier, seeing how the blade wasn't even visibly damaged at the time.

    • Possible example in Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force: Signum's sword Laevatein is shattered near the hilt upon coming into contact with Cypha's forearm. However, Laevatein was already badly damaged at that point and Cypha has additionally entered a Super Mode.
  • April 30, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Golden Child. Chandler Jarrell uses a pool cue against Tommy Chong, one of the Big Bad's minions. Chong breaks off most of the cue, leaving Jarrell with just a stub.
    • Big Trouble In Little China. In the big battle scene at the end, Thunder smashes Jack Burton's machine pistol into dust with a single blow.
  • April 30, 2012
    Generality
    Typically this demonstrates that someone has an Absurdly Sharp Blade, or a pathetically weak one (or both).
  • April 30, 2012
    Bisected8
    • This occurs frequently in Bleach. It's justified in that the swords are physical manifestations of their owner's power, meaning someone's blade being broken shows that they've been defeated.
  • April 30, 2012
    Astaroth
  • April 30, 2012
    Andygal
    Happens a lot in Safehold when Merlin gets into swordfights, justified as he's a Ridiculously Human Robot with Super Strength wielding an Absurdly Sharp Blade made of a hi-tech alloy against swords made with renaissance level tech.
  • April 30, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Needs A Better Title. Seems like a name for literal swords of paper (which can happen in comedy and surreal works).
  • May 1, 2012
    BlackDragon
    Happens a few times in To Aru Majutsu No Index when Touma gets into fights with enemies wielding enchanted or outright made-from-magic weapons, due to his Power Nullifier hand. In one memorable battle, he's fighting an Aztec magician wielding a ritual Obsidian knife than can destroy anything by reflecting light at it - and shatters the blade to dust by punching it.

    In a later fight, he even uses this trick to feint an enemy, by having one of his allies create a magical fire-sword with the apparent intent of a Stab Through The Hostage gambit, then shatters the blade with his hand just before impact and uses the ensuing confusion to punch the villain's lights out.
  • May 1, 2012
    reub2000
    • Tested, and then retested by the Myth Busters. Yes a sword can possibly snap another sword into half if the difference in the alloys is great enough and at the correct angle, but a clean cut as depicted in the movies is impossible.
  • May 2, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Three Musketeers (1973-74). This happens to D'Artagnan early in the movie. When he first tries to fight Rochefort, one of Rochefort's mooks snaps off most of the blade of D'Artagnan's sword with a single blow of his own weapon.
  • May 2, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    So, how would this compare to Wrecked Weapon, the trope we already have for cases of characters breaking weapons?
  • May 3, 2012
    Arivne
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