Created By: KZN02 on September 23, 2012 Last Edited By: KZN02 on December 22, 2012
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Midfight Weapon Exchange

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Two characters are fighting against or with each other in a battle, and occasionally they find themselves swapping their weapons with each other. The reasons for this are:

  • If enemies, the battle is so fierce they knock each others' weapons off their hands and have to use the others' weapon to continue fighting.
  • If enemies, it is to make a challenge of using each others' weapons, especially if they're not familiar with each others' weapons.
  • If allies, it's part of Confusion Fu, especially if they're not particularly skilled with each others' weapons, or their opponents isn't skilled at fighting against a different weapon type.
  • If allies, it's because the other is in a situation where their weapon is better suited for.
  • If allies, it may be part of their fighting style.
  • If allies, there are more people than available weapons, so they pass what they have back and forth as needed.

Not to be confused with Real Time Weapon Change. See also "Freaky Friday" Flip and Opponent Switch.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • The final battle in Cowboy Bebop ends when Spike and Vicious end up dropping their signature weapons -- Spike's pistol and Vicious's katana -- and end up with their opponents' favorite sidearm just before deliberately launching final, suicidal strikes against one another.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Heero and Zechs fight each other in mechas with zero system (a sophisticated calculator program designed to give the pilot Combat Clairvoyance), Gundam Epyon and Wing Zero respectively. After both systems crash from trying to take each other into account, the pilots get out and after some consideration, switch their mechas.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: In the battle between Wrath and old man Fu in front of central headquarters, Wrath ends up taking control of Fu's sword and Fu is forced to use one of Wrath's discarded knives

Comic Books
  • In an issue of Frank Miller's Daredevil, the hero and his Arch-Enemy Bullseye end up switching weapons briefly, with Bullseye using the hero's billy club to good effect while Daredevil quickly discards the villain's gun.
  • In the The Avengers / Ultraforce crossover series, Loki forces Iron Man and Prototype to battle one another after maneuvering them into accidentally switching their Powered Armor suits.
  • After being lured into a death-trap by some villains, Captain America briefly ended up wielding Hawkeye's bow and arrow while Hawkeye tossed around Cap's shield. Luckily, those villains were the Death-Throws, a troupe of criminal jugglers.
  • An old issue of Marvel Team-Up from the 1970s had Doctor Strange and Spider-Man use a spell to give spider-man's web-shooters to Strange and Strange's magical abilities to Spider-Man just long enough to confuse and defeat a sorcerer armed with a powerful mystical talisman.

Film
  • Happens in some of the sword fights in The Mask of Zorro.
  • One of these occurs in Big Trouble in Little China but to a less friendly degree. The main hero and his two allies take out a group of gangsters, then grab their weapons. The Supporting Protagonist quickly swaps guns with the Decoy Protagonist a moment later. Seeing that he now has a much smaller gun, he swaps it with another hero who bemoans the fact he now has the smallest weapon.
  • During the climactic battle of A Better Tomorrow II, Ken Gor and his opponent do this at the very end of their duel, which may have inspired the Cowboy Bebop example.
  • Jet Li's character and his samurai opponent in Fearless end up swapping their weapons, a three section staff and a katana respectively, in the last fight of the movie. They pause the fight to switch back when it becomes clear that neither is nearly as proficient with their opponent's weapon as their own.

Live-Action TV
  • Highlander: Duncan vs Xavier St. Cloud's final battle has this. Duncan disarms Xavier who promptly returns the favour with his metal hook hand. After some hand to hand combat both end up near each other's weapon and continue the fight with each other's sword. This is likely reason for Xavier losing the fight, as Duncan's katana was designed for two handed use making it awkward for Xavier to fight with one-handed.

Theater

Video Games
  • Used in a cutscene in Devil May Cry 3, when Dante and Vergil are forced into an Enemy Mine battle against Arkham. Usually Vergil's weapon of choice is a Katana, and Dante fights with a Zweihander, but they switch weapons briefly during the fight and are just as capable of fighting with the other's sword as their own.
  • Cave Story: after you defeat and befriend Curly Brace, she offers to trade her Machine Gun for your Polar Star (the first weapon you acquired in the game). You can decline or take the offer, and if you do the latter, the swap is permanent. Slightly later in the game, you end up fighting side-by-side through a few levels.

Western Animation
  • Used at least twice in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 series):
    • In one episode, one of the fight scenes reaches a climax when Leo arms himself with the Sword of Tengu, which was forged specially for the Shredder, while the Shredder ends up wielding Leo's dual katanas. This leads to a Single-Stroke Battle.
    • In another, the brothers are facing a combat robot invented by Baxter Stockman which has been specifically programmed to counter their fighting styles; they decide to swap weapons with each other in order to confuse it, though with some difficulty early on.

Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • September 23, 2012
    Astaroth
    Used in a cutscene in Devil May Cry 3, when Dante and Vergil are forced into an Enemy Mine battle against Arkham. Usually Vergil's weapon of choice is a Katana, and Dante fights with a Zweihander, but they switch weapons briefly during the fight and are just as capable of fighting with the other's sword as their own.
  • September 23, 2012
    surgoshan
    If this is about Alice fighting with Bob's weapon and Bob fighting with Alice's, might I suggest Weapon Swap?
  • September 24, 2012
    Astaroth
    • Used at least twice in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 series):
      • In one episode, one of the fight scenes reaches a climax when Leo arms himself with the Sword of Tengu, which was forged specially for the Shredder, while the Shredder ends up wielding Leo's dual katanas. This leads to a Single Stroke Battle.
      • In another, the brothers are facing a combat robot which has been specifically programmed to counter their fighting styles; they decide to swap weapons with each other in order to confuse it.
  • September 25, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Gundam Wing two characters fight each other in mecha with zero system ( a sophisticated calculator program designed to give the pilot Combat Clayrvoyance. After both systems crash from trying to take each other into account, the pilots get out and after some consideration, switch the mecha.
  • September 29, 2012
    OmarKarindu
    Anime and Manga
    • The final battle in Cowboy Bebop ends when Spike and Vicious end up dropping their signature weapons -- Spike's Desert Eagle handgun and Vicious's katana -- and end up with their opponents' favorite sidearm just before deliberately launching final, suicidal strikes against one another.

    Comic Books
    • In an issue of Frank Miller's [[Comicbook/Daredevil Daredevil]], the hero and his Archy Enemy Bullseye end up switching weapons briefly, with Bullseye using the hero's billy club to good effect while Daredevil quickly discards the villain's gun.
    • In the [[Comicbook/Avengers Avengers]]/Ultraforce crossover series, Loki forces Iron Man and Prototype to battle one another after maneuvering them into accidentally switching their Powered Armor suits.
    • After being lured into a death-trap by some villains, Captain America briefly ended up wielding Hawkeye's bow and arrow while Hawkeye tossed around Cap's shield. Luckily, those villains were the Death-Throws, a troupe of criminal jugglers.
    • An old issue of Marvel Team-Up from the 1970s had Doctor Strange and Spider-Man use a spell to give spider-man's web-shooters to Strange and Strange's magical abilities to Spider-Man just long enough to confuse and defeat a sorcerer armed with a powerful mystical talisman.

    Theatre

  • October 2, 2012
    Stratadrake
    I think we're going to need a better name here - "weapon swap" just sounds too dull.
  • October 2, 2012
    KZN02
    What do you suggest then?
  • October 2, 2012
    Stratadrake
    That is always the hard part, isn't it?
  • October 2, 2012
    KZN02
    Weapon Trade?
  • October 5, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    During the climactic battle of A Better Tomorrow II, Ken Gor and his opponent do this at the very end of their duel, which may have inspired the Cowboy Bebop example.
  • October 19, 2012
    exorchids
    Maybe something along the lines of Freaky Friday? Where there was a body swap? I don't know.
  • October 28, 2012
    Koveras
    When I hear Weapon Swap, I immediately think of what is covered by Real Time Weapon Change. How about Weapon Exchange for a title?
  • October 28, 2012
    KZN02
    Much better, thanks.
  • October 29, 2012
    TBeholder
    and "Weapon Exchange" comes across as some military ceremony
  • October 29, 2012
    StarSword
    As far as indexes, Shakespeare makes this Older Than Steam.
  • November 2, 2012
    DracMonster
    Double Disarm Switcheroo (Or Double Disarm Weapon Exchange works too but is less succinct.)
  • November 2, 2012
    KZN02
    Not sure about the disarm part, because this trope works with characters voluntarily switching with each other, like allies.
  • November 3, 2012
    DracMonster
    Oh, I misunderstood, thought it was always enemies. But I'm wondering if it's actually two different tropes in that case.
  • November 21, 2012
    pcw2727
    Pretty sure it happens in some of the swordfights in The Mask Of Zorro
  • November 22, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Tag Team Weapons? Bah, I would like to use the "tag team" metaphor for titles but I'm not coming up with much.
  • November 24, 2012
    CarrieVS
    Not every trope title has to be clever. Sometimes concise and explanatory will do. I think Weapon Exchange/Swap is just fine.
  • November 30, 2012
    MetaFour
    Is this specifically about switching immediately before or during a fight? Or would switching in a moment with no foreseeable violence count?

    Also, is this specifically temporary swaps, or would permanent trades count?
  • November 30, 2012
    KZN02
    1. I intended the latter, but I guess I can do both.
    2. Not sure about that one.
    3. I was thinking temporary swaps, but given the Gundam Wing example, I guess permanent ones too.
  • December 1, 2012
    Desertopa
    Jet Li and his samurai opponent in Fearless end up swapping their weapons, a three section staff and a katana respectively, in the last fight of the movie. They pause the fight to switch back when it becomes clear that neither is nearly as proficient with their opponent's weapon as their own.
  • December 3, 2012
    Prfnoff
  • December 3, 2012
    KZN02
    I'm afraid that would be confusing with Real Time Weapon Change.
  • December 3, 2012
    Desertopa
    I'm going to note that it doesn't make much sense to pothole "three section staff" from the Jet Li example to Simple Staff, since the three section staff is one of the most complicated weapons to use that there is. If it deserves a pothole at all, it would be Exotic Weapon Supremacy.
  • December 5, 2012
    MetaFour
    Well then, I'll let the OP decide if this example fits.

    • Cave Story: After you defeat and befriend Curly Brace, she offers to trade her Machine Gun for your Polar Star (the first weapon you acquired in the game). You can decline or take the offer, and if you do the latter, the swap is permanent. Slightly later in the game, you end up fighting side-by-side through a few levels.
  • December 10, 2012
    AP
    • One of these occurs in Big Trouble In Little China but to a less friendly degree. The main hero and his two allies take out a group of gangsters, then grab their weapons. The Supporting Protagonist quickly swaps guns with the Decoy Protagonist a moment later. Seeing that he now has a much smaller gun, he swaps it with another hero who bemoans the fact he now has the smallest weapon.
  • December 10, 2012
    Debatra
    A possible sixth reason: If allies, there are more people than available weapons, so they pass what they have back and forth as needed.
  • December 10, 2012
    Speedball
    Pretty sure I saw this happen in an episode of Xena Warrior Princess where Xena trades weapons with an axe-wielding barbarian lord. She handles the weapon exchange better than him.
  • December 12, 2012
    madcapguy
    Anime and Manga

    Fullmetal Alchemist: In the battle between Wrath and old man Fu infront of central headquarters Wrath ends up taking control of Fu's sword and Fu is forced to use one of Wrath's discarded knives
  • December 20, 2012
    Exxolon
    Live Action TV

    • Highlander - Duncan vs Xavier St. Cloud's final battle has this. Duncan disarms Xavier who promptly returns the favour with his metal hook hand. After some hand to hand combat both end up near each other's weapon and continue the fight with each other's sword. This is likely reason for Xavier losing the fight, as Duncan's katana was designed for two handed use making it awkward for Xavier to fight with one-handed.
  • December 20, 2012
    KZN02
    Looking good, can I have hats?
  • December 21, 2012
    Koveras
    You've had mine for a long time now...
  • December 21, 2012
    DracMonster
    Maybe name it Mid-fight Weapon Exchange to clarify this isnt about a pawn shop.

    But enough talk, have hat, you!
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