Created By: Aminatep on May 31, 2010 Last Edited By: Aminatep on May 31, 2010
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Feather Flechettes

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Attacking your foe directly using feathers from your wings, instead of using other ranged attacks. Works like that: a winged creature flaps its wings, a bunch of feathers come out, turn into blades and fly at exceptional speed, trying to pierce the foe. Exceptionally popular among Winged Humanoids.

Of course, physics doesn't get in the way, because you want your feathers to be very light. Expect magic or just plain Rule of Cool.

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Examples:

  • Stymphalian Birds may or may not be the Trope Maker, but they are Older Than Dirt Ur-Example.
  • Used in Law Of Ueki: an interesting case becuse the actual superpower of the man using it was flying, so apparently, attacking with feather blades was considered somehow natural for winged creatures.
  • Also used by Archangel from X-men.
  • Variation: the stormwings in the Immortals Quartet are covered with razor-edged metallic feathers, but they don't attack by throwing or shooting them. They do swipe at things with their wings.
  • Suigintou from Rozen Maiden loves doing this. Then again, she's a talking doll.
  • Bleach. When in her released form, Arrancar #105, Cirucci Sanderwicci, can fire the feather-like blades (which vibrate at high speeds) in her wings at her opponents. The blades can return and re-attach to her wings at will, making them Precision Guided Boomerangs.
  • Harpies in Warcraft are explicitly said to hurl pinfeathers at enemies.
  • Griffins in FFVII: Crisis Core have a skill called "feather shots." They don't look metal or anything, but they do hurt.
  • Claymore: in the anime, one of Priscilla's Awakened Forms allows her to do this.
  • Literal in the case of Pokémon's Skarmory.
  • Dyna Blade does this in Kirby Super Star.
    • Kirby also does this himself in Super Star. His Wing form and the Wing partner cause damage when they flap their feathers.
  • Harpies in the various Castlevania games.
  • Elemental Hero Avian in Yu-Gi-Oh GX does this, either for his regular attack or using a spell card, I'm not sure which.
  • Konan of Naruto can do this, due to the fact that her "feathers" are are actually sheets of paper.
  • One of the bosses in Bomberman Tournament could do this, if I'm not mistaken.
  • Falcon in The Super Hero Squad Show. I'm pretty sure they lifted that from Archangel, and the comics version can't.
  • A recent Generator Rex episode had a flying EVO use this trope.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • April 3, 2010
    TJ
    The stormwings in the Immortals Quartet are covered with razor-edged metallic feathers, but they don't attack by throwing or shooting them. They do swipe at things with their wings.
  • April 4, 2010
    TheChainMan
    Suigintou from Rozen Maiden loves doing this. Then again, she's a talking doll.
  • April 4, 2010
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • Bleach. When in her released form, Arrancar #105, Cirucci Sanderwicci, can fire the feather-like blades in her wings at her opponents. The blades can return and re-attach to her wings at will, making them Precision Guided Boomerangs.
  • April 4, 2010
    CrypticMirror
    One of the opponents in the 2nd Ranma movie has this skill.
  • April 4, 2010
    Chabal2
    Harpies in Warcraft are explicitly said to hurl pinfeathers at enemies.
  • April 4, 2010
    Alasdearcoriander
    Griffins in FFVII: Crisis Core have a skill called "feather shots." They don't look metal or anything, but they do hurt.
  • April 5, 2010
    KZN02
    • Claymore: in the anime, one of Priscilla's Awakened Forms allows her to do this.
  • April 5, 2010
    deuxhero
    • Literal in the case of Pokemon's Skarmory.
  • April 13, 2010
    DorianMode
    Mr. Feather from Undercover Brother uses sleeve-concealed blades shaped like feathers; does that count?
  • April 14, 2010
    Arivne
    @Dorian Mode: Mr. Feather's weapons are Blade Below The Shoulder.
  • April 14, 2010
    TBTabby
    Dyna Blade does this in Kirby Super Star.
  • May 9, 2010
    Stratadrake
    Stymphalian birds, of Greek mythology, may or may not be Trope Makers, but are definitely the Older Than Dirt Ur Example.
  • May 9, 2010
    ElementBlue
    Kirby does this himself in Super Star. His Wing form and the Wing partner cause damage when they flap their feathers.
  • May 10, 2010
    Cidolfas
    Harpies in the various Castlevania games.
  • May 15, 2010
    Kayube
    Elemental Hero Avian in Yu-Gi-Oh GX does this, either for his regular attack or using a spell card, I'm not sure which.
  • May 15, 2010
    ElementX
    Konan of Naruto can do this, due to the fact that her "feathers" are are actually sheets of paper.
  • May 15, 2010
    akazilliadenaro
    in Wolverine And The X Men archangel's wings are metal so he cuts with them and shoots his feathers at people.

    im not sure if the other versions of archangel can do this though
  • May 26, 2010
    SonicLover
    One of the bosses in Bomberman Tournament could do this, if I'm not mistaken.
  • May 28, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    2005's Hercules miniseries, had harpies that were also the Stymphalian birds.
  • May 28, 2010
    Stratadrake
    Feather Darts would be a better title if this trope is solely about feather projectiles. Calling them Feather Blades implies that they can also be used as melee weapons (which is certainly tropable itself, but I can't think of any examples).
  • May 28, 2010
    DaibhidC
    Falcon in The Super Hero Squad Show. I'm pretty sure they lifted that from Archangel, and the comics version can't.
  • May 28, 2010
    TBeholder
    Flechette Feathers?
    • Tiiba Mr.Chicken in Slayers. Once regained its true form, proceeds to shower the party with this. Caused a little damage, but reliably disrupted spellcasting.
  • May 29, 2010
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
  • May 30, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    A recent Generator Rex episode had a flying EVO use this trope.
  • May 30, 2010
    Aminatep
    oh look a picture

    T Beholder, this YKTTW has been here for a long time, I'll just launch it, if one needs a rename, he can make a crowner.
  • May 30, 2010
    Aminatep
    On the other hand, you are right, these things are exactly flechettes.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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