Created By: Alexlayer on October 27, 2010

Weapons for Decoration

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Do We Have This One?? It sounds to me like something we should have already.

It refers to when a character's design shows him or her having extra weapons equipped, such as a knife in the back of the waist, or throwable knifes on the leg, but these weapons are never used and stay there purely as part of the character's design. Most common in videogames likely for Gameplay limitation rules.
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  • October 27, 2010
    TheChainMan
    Captain Falcon has a holstered gun in the Super Smash Bros games he never uses. In the other hand, he doesn't need it, being the friggin Captain Falcon and all that.
  • October 27, 2010
    SonicLover
    How is this different from Ornamental Weapon?
  • October 27, 2010
    Koveras
    Ornamental Weapon serves an in-story purpose of scaring people away, the way I understand it. This is about character designs that are given visible weapons solely for the Rule Of Cool but never actually use them.

    • Mion in Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni often carries a shoulder holster, presumably with a gun in it (even if only a BB one or something), but she never, ever opens and uses it. Thus, the holster is solely used to indicate her status as a Mafia Princess.
    • Commander Vamon from Dreamfall carries a clearly visible gun on his belt but nobody (including himself) ever pays attention to that in the story, even though he lives in a world where guns are not supposed to exist, let alone to function.
  • October 27, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In Timesplitters 2, Jared Slim carries a rifle on his back that he doesn't use.
  • October 27, 2010
    Fool
    Title sounds a bit awkward...I can't really think of anything better though.

    I don't have any examples, but I do know that I've seen this a million times.
  • October 27, 2010
    ShellsuitEvo
    I just thought of an Incredibly Lame Pun title: Show Gun.
  • October 27, 2010
    SweetMadness
    A weapon-specific variation of The Goggles Do Nothing.
  • October 27, 2010
    Rhatahema
    I wouldn't mind seeing Ornamental Weapon's definition expanded to include this trope by addressing any weapon that is almost always worn but never used. It currently seems to be focused on justified examples of this (such as a Weapon For Intimidation or a Chekhovs Gun).
  • October 28, 2010
    NativeJovian
    Yeah, this is The Goggles Do Nothing But More Specific.

    ...though The Goggles Do Nothing really is a terrible name for that trope. Should someone Trope Repair Shop it? (I don't know how, myself.)
  • October 28, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    Purely Aesthetic Weapon?
  • October 28, 2010
    Rhatahema
    ^^Goggles Do Nothing sounds specific enough that I forget it wasn't Exactly What It Says On The Tin. A quick scan of the trope shows that most of the examples are Goggles as well. This isn't exactly misuse, but there are enough goggle examples that I would argue for Goggles Do Nothing becoming a goggles/eyewear specific Sub Trope of the general trope that it describes. Perhaps Weapons For Decoration (or an expanded Ornamental Weapon) could be a Sub Trope as well.
  • October 29, 2010
    NativeJovian
    I could see making a supertrope that uses Goggles Do Nothing's current description (ie, not goggle-specific) if only because Goggles Do Nothing is inevitably going to be used for goggles almost exclusively.

    Useless Fashion? Decorative Equipment? Nonfunctional Outfit?

    Subtropes include Goggles Do Nothing (Self Explanatory), Zipperiffic (zippers that don't close anything), Too Many Belts (belts that don't hold anything), and Chained By Fashion (chains that don't bind anything).
  • October 29, 2010
    BlackDragon
    The first boss in Tenchu was a huge, seemingly-retarded (and inexplicably GREEN) sumo-wrestler, who carried around a small arsenal worth of weapons on his back - and never used anything 'cept for the hammer he's wielding to begin with.
  • October 29, 2010
    Rhatahema
    ^^Function Follows Fashion? Good catch with the Subtropes. There is still the issue of where this trope stands in relation to Ornamental Weapon.
  • October 29, 2010
    SKJAM
    Sometimes happens in Champions game products; the art will show a character lugging around weapons that they haven't paid for on their character sheet (and therefore the GM can disallow their use despite the picture.)
  • November 1, 2010
    NativeJovian
    ^^Ornamental Weapon is a weapon-specific subtrope, methinks, though it seems to get more in-universe attention than the other subtropes.
  • November 1, 2010
    Prophet
    • In the Xbox version of Ninja Gaiden, Ryu wears three kunai attached to his thigh that he never uses, and is even shown putting them there in a cutscene in the first game. He does gain incendiary kunai later on, but they're different in appearance to the ones he wear.
    • Averted and played straight in Halo Reach. Although the knife worn on the shoulder does get used in game, any changes you make to your armor are purely cosmetic, even if the description labels them as having room for extra grenades, ammunition or items.
  • November 14, 2010
    TheGunheart
    • The Explorers Boots in Fable 2 have a dagger strapped to one of them. This can never actually be used as a weapon, though.
  • November 15, 2010
    KZN02
  • November 15, 2010
    Bisected8
    Several of the characters in Team Fortress 2 have purely cosmetic equipment (the Heavy's Badass Bandolier, the Pyro's incendry grenades) on them. This has been averted with the soldier, however, since his taunt kill has him commit suicide with them.
  • November 16, 2010
    joeyjojo
    many of the soldiers in Call Of Duty single player will have RP Gs and other support weapons on their person but will never use them.
  • November 16, 2010
    Jasonbobdude
    Super Smash Bros Brawl actually has a taunt where Ganondorf pulls out his sword, admires it... and puts it away, never using it in battle.
  • April 5, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    Jango/Boba Fett is/are an aversion. That Mandalorian armour is bristling with stuff, and at some stage practically all of it gets used.
  • April 5, 2011
    dalek955
    @TheGunheart: From the same series, the leather armor set in Fable 1 has a sheathed knife strapped to one arm.
  • April 5, 2011
    MC42
    Eglamore's ceremonial attire from Gunnerkrigg Court, complete with a Lampshading.
  • April 5, 2011
    KTera
    Tali from Mass Effect has a knife strapped to her boot. She never uses it.
  • April 6, 2011
    Prime32
    The unlockable armour in Halo 3 with a katana on the back.
  • April 6, 2011
    Bisected8
    In Team Fortress 2 the Pyro has grenades and the Heavy has a bandolier neither uses. This used to be the case for the Soldier's grenades, but now he can use them for a suicidal taunt attack.
  • April 15, 2011
    Discar
    In the Sands Of Destruction anime, Kyrie has a knife he never uses. This is an artifact from the game, where he was actually useful in combat.
  • April 15, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
  • April 16, 2011
    Bisected8
    Justified in Crisis Core where Zack's mentor almost never uses the sword he has on his back ( The buster sword, which will eventually be passed on to Zack and then Cloud) to avoid damaging it, since it was a very expensive gift from his father (although he's perfectly willing to use it to protect Zack).
  • July 12, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    Averted in the multiplayer online Call of Duty in that the player character skin will feature the secondary weapon on the characters back, and relevant equipment (e.g. claymores) on their belt order.
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