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Gimmick Weapon
Seemingly normal weapon with a special trick.
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Almost always a melee weapon, they usually take the form of another, seemingly normal weapon (like a sword or a staff) but hide a gimmick that can make them deadlier in battle. Guns are rarely seen in this category, as most of the time they may fall under Abnormal Ammo.

Very common in action-focused works, especially Manga or Literature. In a setting where magic-enhaced weapons are common, these kind of weapons may be given to the resident Badass Normal to further enhace his status. On the other hand, in settings where magic is absent, these kind of weapons tend to be used by Villains or sometimes secondary allies or characters. In the case of villains, this could be because the "deceiving" appearence of these weapons may suit a villain better, while the Hero, being more "honest and straightforward" will use a normal wepon.

See also Trick Arrow, Bifurcated Weapon and Whip Sword. Often ends up being an Impossibly Cool Weapon, but not always.


  • In Rurouni Kenshin there are some, including Cho's Renbato ( a sword with two blades on the same side), Kamatari's Great Scythe (a special mix of scythe and flail with multiple uses), Genbu's six-sectioned staff. Then there's Otowa, whose arsenal is mostly composed of these. All of these guys are villains, while the main characters mostly uses normal weapons.
  • Gamaran has them in spades, including:
    • Divine Spear Beninuki (Crinsom Extractor): The scythe-like blades protunding on the side can be used for a huge variety of attacks.
    • Divine Spear Kuyo (Cosmic Influence): A "Tube Spear": thanks to a tube attached to it, the user can istantly withdraw the spear after a thrust, and even spin it (in a restricted area).
    • Murderous Sword Ginkuruwa (Silver Enclosure): A very odd weapon with two blades (one short and straight, the other one longer and curved) which, according to the wielder, is used to distract the enemy and catch him offguard. We never see it in action.
    • Murderous Sword Aogasumi (Azure Mist): Two thin blades built to be very light for fast attacks.
    • Riko's sword Genbou: A katana with a serrated edge, made for parrying enemy swords.
    • Shinsuke's sword Souenmaru (Twin Flame Ring) looks like a rather odd-built katana. The Gimmick here is the hole on the hilt where another identical blade can be added, turning the katana in a sort of broadsword with a unique fighting style.
  • In the first Bleach movie, one of the villain has a huge broadsword... which is actually a scabbard for a Whip Sword. A canonical example is Ikkaku's Shikai, which is a three-sectioned glaive, and a Melee Type Zanpakuto, hence it doesn't use "magic" at all to attack.
  • Real Life example: the Sanjiegun, also known as "Three Sectioned staff" may count, compared to the normal staff. Most of the chained weapons (e.g the Kusarigama or the Meteor Hammer) may require a lot of tricks and skill to be used properly.
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