Created By: iceman1 on December 19, 2011

Dropped Lightsaber

The character loses his or her weapon at a bad time. Chances of recovery usually favor heroes.

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The main example that comes to mind is in Star Wars: TPM where both Qui-Gon's and Obi-Wan's sabers gets knocked away...during the Darth Maul fight. Qui-Gon, in the only example of the trope that I can think of favoring a villian, gets killed. Obi, however, Forces his saber back to him and kills Maul.

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  • December 19, 2011
    I'm afraid this Needs A Better Title and really Needs A Better Description. It'll wind up confusing people who are not all that familiar with Star Wars.
  • December 19, 2011
    It's a staple of the series. The Grevious fight in Episode III, the speeder chase in Episode II, Luke losing his hand in Episode V...

    • In Call Of Duty Modern Warfare, you lose your guns when the bridge is destroyed, just before the main villain shows up.
    • Warring Without Weapons is when the lightsaber is dropped for the most part of a level.
    • In Harry Potter, the Expelliarmus spel disarms the target, rendering them incapable of performing magic.
    • Any RPG with a 'silence' status effect can have this occur if a spellcaster is hit by something with this effect.

    I'm assuming this to mean that the character is disarmed or incapable of attacking in a crucial moment, but not because they are totally imprisoned or helpless.
  • December 20, 2011
    Can you just put weapon? Lightsabers technically are restricted to Star Wars.
  • December 20, 2011
    Have to call Bad Trope Namer for this one.
  • December 21, 2011
  • December 21, 2011
    Star Wars is pretty famous and even those with just a passing knowledge of it still know lightsabers are supposed to be swords. Either way, I don't think the name is particularly good either. Usually this trope is used to add more drama to a dramatic final battle. So call it "Drama-Enhancing Sword Drop" or "Sword drops, Drama Rises".
  • December 21, 2011
  • December 21, 2011
    Convenient Inconvenient Weapon Loss? (Inconvenient for the Character... convenient for the story).
  • December 21, 2011
    Drop What You Are Doing covers this, I think.
  • December 21, 2011
    Drop What You Are Doing is about a character dropping an object because they are shocked by something. This is not that at all.
  • December 22, 2011
    I know the name is horrid, but that was legitimately the only idea I had for a description. Here's an almost better example. In the final fight in Zelda: Oo T, Ganon knocks away the Master Sword (the only weapon that can outright end him) and Link has to survive until he has a chance to reclaim the weapon. The hero lost his weapon at a bad time (about to fight a giant beast with the powers of a goddess), but was able to reclaim his sword.

    ...I'm bad at this.
  • December 22, 2011
    I'd go for Inconvenient Weapon Loss too. Or I like Sligh's idea of drama, maybe something like Dramatic Weapon Drop, Dramatic Weapon Loss.

    • In Legend Of The Guardians The Owls Of Gahoole, Soren drops the burning branch he's been using as a weapon just as Metalbeak swoops down at him. Soren recovers it at the last second and Metalbeak impales himself on the burning end.
  • December 23, 2011
    • In Skyrim some bosses are capable of using a "shout" (basically an older form of magic which works differently to the magic mages use) which disarms the player, causing any weapon they happen to be holding to be thrown into the enviroment (this can be quite annoying, since it's often impossible to find it again, forcing the player to give up their Infinity Plus One Sword or reload). Eventually the PC can find the relevent shout (called "Disarm") and get in on the act themselves.
      "Shout defies steel, as you rip the weapon from an opponent's grasp."
  • December 23, 2011
    Can lead to a Gun Struggle.
  • December 23, 2011
    Poor-Timed Weapon Drop?