Created By: Earnest on February 13, 2012 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on June 12, 2013

Shield Slinging Soldier

The best defense is a good offense repurposed defensive weapon.

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Bsically, this character uses a shield as their Weapon of Choice, and only a shield. This doesn't necessarily represent a bad choice though. In close range they will Shield Bash enemies or plow through them with a Foe-Tossing Charge, at long they can throw it (lets just hope it's boomerang designed or ricocheting) and of course use it for protection. This character tends to be a Stone Wall, though Mighty Glacier and even Lightning Bruiser at high ends are possible.

Compare Barrier Warrior. Nothing to do with Barrier Maiden. Related to but not to be confused for Shield Bash, Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me or Throwing Your Shield Always Works, which are not about the character and do not imply or require exclusive use of a shield.

Anime and Manga
  • Pearl from One Piece wears an armour that seems to be composed entirely of shields and wields two very thick bucklers as weapons. He looks ridiculous but his fighting style is extremely brutal.

Comic Books
  • Captain America isn't just an example, but is essentially the Trope Codifier in modern media.
    • The Guardian, an Expy of Captain America also created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, similarly uses a shield as his primary weapon.
    • Cap's various Spin-Off characters and Evil Counterpart -- U.S. Agent, Battlestar, Red Guardian, and Protocide -- also use weaponized shields of various sorts.
  • Barry, the Other Tick had a tick themed shield to go with his costume. It has superhuman crushing power.

Literature
  • Kar Vastor and his Akk Guards from Star Wars: Shatterpoint fight with twin shields made of lightsaber-proof ultrachrome, with the edges sharpened and powered into vibroweapons.
    • Mace Windu comments that vibroshields are like twisted mirrors of Jedi lightsabers: he uses his sword as a shield, while these guys use their shields as swords.

Troper Works
  • Soundscape has an entire subcategory of Destriers that use Empathic Weapons based on this principle, with quite a few varieties.

Video Games
  • Goofy in Kingdom Hearts rounds out the Power Trio of Sora (Cool Sword) and Donald (Simple Staff). He learns attacks that let him barge through enemies like ten-pins and spin like a top and knock them around.
  • The veil in El Shaddai is pretty neat, it can split in to two gauntlets for pummeling enemies, recombine into a shield for defense, and allows a blocking dash. It's also capable of rresisting most enemy Unblockable Attacks.
  • The Vindictus boss Solid Emuloch fights with a pair of shields, which have spike-encrusted faces and knives set in the rim.
  • There is a Paladin build on Diablo 2 Paladin called the Smiter which is this.
  • Rygar uses the so-called Diskarmors, which have extendable blades and chains that let them double as Epic Flails.
  • Ormi in Final Fantasy X-2 uses a giant shield as his weapon.

Western Animation
  • Eric the Paladin in the Dungeons & Dragons cartoons had a magical shield, it not only served as a normal shield but could extend a Deflector Shield that could protect his whole body and anyone behind him.
  • In Samurai Jack, Jack and a Spartan hold off Aku's forces with two shields.

Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • February 13, 2012
    foxley
  • February 13, 2012
    dalek955
  • February 14, 2012
    Koveras
    ...and Throwing Your Shield Always Works.

    Unless, of course, you want to make a character type article about characters who fight using only their shields.
  • February 14, 2012
    Earnest
    That's pretty much what I'm going for, yeah. I mean, the two above tropes don't imply shield exclusivity, only techniques that can be used.
  • February 14, 2012
    Bisected8
  • February 15, 2012
    pawsplay
    Barry, the Other Tick.
  • February 16, 2012
    OmarKarindu
    Captain America isn't just an example, but is essentially the Trope Codifier in modern media.
  • February 17, 2012
    captainpat
  • February 18, 2012
    dalek955
    • The Vindictus boss Solid Emuloch fights with a pair of shields, which have spike-encrusted faces and knives set in the rim.
    • Kar Vastor and his Akk Guards from Star Wars: Shatterpoint fight with twin shields made of lightsaber-proof ultrachrome, with the edges sharpened and powered into vibroweapons.
  • February 18, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    Pearl from One Piece wears an armour that seems to be composed entirely of shields and wields two very thick bucklers as weapons. He looks ridiculous but his fighting style is extremely brutal.
  • February 18, 2012
    dalek955
    ^^ Mace Windu comments that vibroshields are like twisted mirrors of Jedi lightsabers: he uses his sword as a shield, while these guys use their shields as swords.
  • February 27, 2012
    morenohijazo
    There's a specific build for the Diablo 2 Paladin with this, it's called the Smiter.
  • February 27, 2012
    OmarKarindu
    Under the Captain America example:

    • The Guardian, an Expy of Captain America also created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, similarly uses a shield as his primary weapon.
    • Cap's various Spin Off characters and Evil Counterpart -- U.S. Agent, Battlestar, Red Guardian, and Protocide -- also use weaponized shields of various sorts.
  • February 27, 2012
    dalek955
    • Rygar uses the so-called Diskarmors, which have extendable blades and chains that let them double as Epic Flails.
  • February 27, 2012
    stupac85
    Ormi in Final Fantasy X-2 uses a giant shield as his weapon.
  • February 28, 2012
    PacificMackerel
    Western Animation

    In Samurai Jack, Jack and a Spartan hold off Aku's forces with two shields.
  • March 9, 2012
    pcw27
    In her first engagement in Dragon Lance Tika is useless with a sword and thus uses her shield to bash a draconian to death.
  • June 11, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Zandor, leader of The Herculoids rarely uses his shield defensively. Instead, Zandor flings it like a Frisbee, always on target, and always returning to him intact. In Zandor's case, it's less a "shield" and more a "flingamabob."

    Comic Books
    • Susan Richards, the Invisible Girl of Fantastic Four started out using her force field powers purely for defense. Currently, she's battle savvy enough to mold her shielding into formidable smash and skewer shapes. In one battle, Sue actually trashed more Doombots than Ben Grimm.
  • June 11, 2013
    Astaroth
    Lasercorn from Smosh Games is especially fond of shield-bashing opponents to death with the riot shield in Modern Warfare 3, to the point that he nominated it his favourite multiplayer trolling technique in one episode of Top 5 Friday and created the character 'Riot Shield Man' who stars in some of his Modern Warfare videos.
  • June 11, 2013
    DracMonster
    • In the forthcoming MMORPG Wild Star, shields are buzzsaw blades that warriors use as full-fledged offhand weapons, including throwing them at enemies.
  • June 12, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    • Kanji from Persona 4 uses a shield (or other kinds of slabs of metal, chairs and desks included) to bash his enemies. Amusingly, his guard stance has him dropping the shield and guarding with his bare hands.
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