Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on March 25, 2013 Last Edited By: HiddenFacedMatt on April 28, 2013
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Personifying The Weapon

When weapons are described like one would describe a creature or person.

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I introduced the dame to a friend of mine who's very close to my heart. Just a little down and left, to be specific. My friend is an eloquent speaker. He made three profound arguments while I excused myself from the room. I always leave when the talk gets philosophical.

This is when a character refers to a weapon as though it were a sentient creature or a person, at least in a metaphorical sense.

Compare Meet My Good Friends "Lefty" and "Righty". Not to be confused with I Call It "Vera", which is more about attachment to one's weapon.

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Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • March 27, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Compare with Empathic Weapon. Can you explain the difference in the description?
  • March 27, 2013
    StarSword
    ^I suspect that in this case, the weapon isn't actually empathic.
  • March 27, 2013
    KJMackley
    I can understand the difference but there is so much overlap with I Call It Vera that you could almost just add a footnote to that trope and it'll work just fine. There is just a very fine line between having an emotional attachment to a weapon and actually talking about a weapon as though it was a friend. And then there is Companion Cube to consider.
  • March 27, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Film

    Scarface: When Tony Montana's office is surrounded by Sosa's henchmen, he shouts the iconic line "say hello to my little friend!" before launching a grenade at them.
  • March 27, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Seems like a mix of I Call It Vera and Anthropomorphic Personification to me.
  • March 28, 2013
    Arivne
    The title and Laconic both use the term "weapon", while the description says "gun".

    I suggest changing "gun" to "weapon" to make it consistent with the title and Laconic.
  • April 6, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^^^ I'll leave the YKTTW going for another little while to get more input on it first.

    ^^ Not quite. See the second paragraph of the description.

    ^ Didn't notice that, thanks for the heads-up.
  • April 6, 2013
    CosmeF
    I remember a strip of Garfield where Jon wanted to cut his claws. His answer was that his friends wanted to say a few words against it, then proceeded to scratch Jon. Then, he looked at his paws and said "thanks friends". I couldn't find that strip.
  • April 12, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Could you try asking for it in some Garfield thread or forum? I'm hesitant to add it until I see proof it's there.
  • April 12, 2013
    randomsurfer
  • April 13, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Mentioned @ randomsurfer
  • April 13, 2013
    ungodlySupreme
    Try comparing to Lord of the Rings, in which case the weapon actually has some sort of sentience, but is refered to as a person. "My Precious"
  • April 15, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ I have yet to get around to any other LOTR installment other than Fellowship Of The Ring, and don't remember that one very well anyway, but judging by your description it seems like a borderline example.
  • April 23, 2013
    Tallens
    Speaking of Vera, Jayne does refer to it as "she" whenever he talks about it. He even talks to it.
    Jayne: See Vera? Dress yourself up and get taken out somewhere fun!
  • April 24, 2013
    AgProv
    Sledge Hammer and his trusty amigo. Sledge even considers buying his .357 Magnum a smaller gun as a pet.
  • April 25, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ Please name the work that is from.
  • April 25, 2013
    Tallens
    Firefly, of course.
  • April 25, 2013
    Waterlily
    "Me and My Girlfriend" by Tupac Shakur is actually about his gun.
  • April 27, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ It was not stated, nor even potholed, and even Google searches on quotations aren't reliable as they could give the wrong impression by leading to works that were referencing the quotation in question, rather than being the original source of it. (In this case, it just led to a thread in a Christian forum, but in other cases it might not.) There's no "of course" about it.

    EDITED IT: While we're at it, I'd appreciate you specifying which weapon was referred to as Vera as well.
  • April 27, 2013
    Bisected8
    Also compare Equippable Ally (where a weapon is literally personified).
  • April 27, 2013
    Tallens
    I simply assumed you had looked at I Call It Vera, since it had come up already, which has a picture of Jayne holding holding Vera and linked to Firefly.
  • April 28, 2013
    XFllo
    This seems to be awfully close to any personification and especially I Call It Vera. When you name something, you personify it by default, and I Call Her Vera has emphasis on weapons already because of the Trope Namer (Jayne famously called his dearest and impressive gun Vera and he talked to her like to a woman -- the quote is here already). But there are some examples of named computers or musical instruments, which is fine because Tropes Are Flexible. This might also fall into The Same But More Specific.
  • April 28, 2013
    Protar
    The wands in Harry Potter are treated as being semi-intelligent. "The Wand chooses the wizard" and all that.
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