Created By: KZN02 on November 1, 2010 Last Edited By: KZN02 on November 7, 2010
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Boomerangs as the Weapon of Choice of characters.

See also Precision-Guided Boomerang when other items are used like a boomerang.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Inuyasha: Sango's and her giant boomerang
  • Kuniko and Momoko from the Shangri-La novel and anime.

Comic Books

Film
  • The Feral Kid in the second Mad Max movie.

Tabletop Games
  • Boomerangs are a possible weapon a PC can use in Dungeons & Dragons games set in Eberron. While normally medicore throwing weapons (that don't even return to the user), the "Boomerang Daze" feat allows the user to daze foes when they hit with a boomerang (which is neat because daze, unlike every other effect in the game, is nearly impossible to get immunity to and completely shuts something down, still nothing compared to a mage, but one of the few nice toys warrior types get)

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Community Feedback Replies: 35
  • November 2, 2010
    Arivne
    Some from Precision Guided Boomerang:

    Anime And Manga
    • Inuyasha: Sango's and her giant boomerang

    Comic Books

    I'm not familiar enough with the other examples to know if the boomerang is their weapon of choice.
  • November 2, 2010
    Everzwijn
  • November 2, 2010
    NativeJovian
    This is Precision Guided Boomerang. If you want a boomerang that's not precision-guided, just list it as an aversion.
  • November 2, 2010
    deuxhero
    Not really. PGB is a trope about the comeback and applies to any thrown object that returns to the user. This is a Weapon Of Choice entry.

    • Boomerangs are a possible weapon a PC can use in Dungeons And Dragons games set in Eberron. While normally medicore throwing weapons (that don't even return to the user), the "Boomerang Daze" feat allows the user to daze foes when they hit with a boomerang (which is neat because daze, unlike every other effect in the game, is nearly impossible to get immunity to and completely shuts something down, still nothing compared to a mage, but one of the few nice toys warrior types get)
  • November 2, 2010
    NativeJovian
    ^So what would go in here that isn't already in Precision Guided Boomerang? If it's just going to say "bomerangs used in combat, may or may not be precision guided" and have a list of examples, then it's not worth splitting.
  • November 2, 2010
    Wyvernil
    I'd actually suggest splitting off the "other weapons used like boomerangs" aspect from Precision Guided Boomerang, making the core aspect of that trope "boomerangs used as weapons always return to the user's hand no matter where it's thrown". That way, PGB can also serve as a Weapon Of Choice entry.
  • November 2, 2010
    MisterTimor
    Kuniko and Momoko from the Shangri La novel and anime.
  • November 2, 2010
    SweetMadness
    Boomerangs are also a weapon in Chrono Cross and are one of the few weapon types that can hit multiple enemies.
  • November 2, 2010
    troacctid
  • November 2, 2010
    AP
    If this trope applies to any weapon that returns when thrown (a good idea), then I submit the following.

    • Captain America has a shield that returns to him when thrown. Subsequent Marvel heroes based on Cap have used similar weapons, such as US Agent.

    • Thor is another Marvel hero who has a hammer that returns to him when thrown. Like the Captain America example above, there are heroes based on him in the Marvel universe such as Beta Ray Bill and Thunderstrike who have identical weapons (not to mention that there were brief moments in which they used Thor's own hammer as well).
  • November 2, 2010
    AP
    Disregard that last post.
  • November 2, 2010
    Kurtulmak
    I second Native Jovian. There's not much new to say here.

    I'd just expand Precision Guided Boomerang with enough info to tweak it into also being a Weapon Of Choice page rather than have two tropes that overlap 90% of the time.
  • November 2, 2010
    droginator
    In Castlevania Harmony Of Despair, one of Jonathan's sub-weapons is a boomerang.
  • November 3, 2010
    jemu99
    In Dawn Of Heroes there is a class of thrown weapons called Crescents. Their icon on the Equip screen is a boomerang, although they don't return when thrown.
  • November 3, 2010
    solfieri
    Aika from Skies Of Arcadia uses one.
  • November 3, 2010
    BlackDragon
    Boomerangs is a class of weapon featured in most of the later Dragon Quest games - though the class tends to include a number of other thrown weapons, such as giant shuriken. Boomerang weapons are usually fairly weak, but had the advantage of hitting every monster in a group, and being 'ranged', meaning no damage-reduction from having the user on the back row. Until Dragon Quest IX, it was impossible to score a Critical Hit with a boomerang.
  • November 3, 2010
    InsanityPrelude
    Final Fantasy XIII: Hope's "airwing"
  • November 3, 2010
    originalhobbit
    Sokka from Avatar The Last Airbender has one.
  • November 5, 2010
    Taeraresh
    Boomerangs are a rather useful weapon in Phantasy Star IV. They automatically hit all the enemies.
  • November 5, 2010
    KZN02
    Looking good, any objections before I launch?
  • November 5, 2010
    Game_Fan
    Someone should set up a page to rename Precision Guided Boomerang to reflect the actual content and distance it from this trope.
  • November 5, 2010
    Kurtulmak
    Other than my existing one that this overlaps far too much with Precision Guided Boomerang?

    Well, you do realize that you're going to have to completely redefine that trope and hunt down pages that reference it if you want to have any hope of tropers keeping the two straight, right?
  • November 5, 2010
    KZN02
    Hmm ... true, I'm having second doubts already.
  • November 5, 2010
    AceNoctali
    Game example :

  • November 5, 2010
    amitraday
    • Zelda in the N64 Super Smash Brothers game has this as an attack.
  • November 5, 2010
    JohnDiFool
    Feral Kid in the 2nd Mad Mad movie.
  • November 5, 2010
    JohnDiFool
    The Feral Kid in the 2nd Mad Max movie.
  • November 5, 2010
    dotchan
  • November 5, 2010
    KZN02
    @ amitraday: Zelda was in the first Super Smash Bros?
  • November 6, 2010
    Hukky
  • November 6, 2010
    SweetMadness
    Yeah, it was definitely Link with the boomerang, and he has it in each successive game in the series afterwards.
  • November 6, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    @ Kurtulmak: This doesn't overlap with PGB. That trope is explicitly about anything that returns to the person who throws it. The page image is of Captain America's shield, for goodness sake.
  • November 6, 2010
    KZN02
    Ok ... my doubts sort of have been eased, are there still some arguments against this?
  • November 7, 2010
    AceNoctali
    Oh, forgot that one. Video game example :

  • November 7, 2010
    rodneyAnonymous
    Hitler Ate Sugar But More Specific? Indeed, objection withdrawn.

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