Created By: Korodzik on April 6, 2013 Last Edited By: Korodzik on July 31, 2016

Attack Forcefield

Deflector Shields used offensively.

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Deflector Shields and Some Kind of Force Field in general make great defenses, yet apparently some people don't know that and keep using them as weapons--and what do you know, it works. Sometimes, the forcefield may incinerate anything that touches it; another possibility is turning on the shields and ramming the enemy without fear of your vehicle being damaged in the process. In any case, an aspiring combatant can try to use the Attack Forcefield by activating it while an enemy is near, or by activating it and rushing the enemy.

Shield Bash is the low-tech equivalent.

Examples:

Video Games
  • The bubble-like "Telekinetic Shield" is the main character's method of attack in Vivid Conceptions. When activated, it destroys nearby enemies and fragile blocks.
  • The shoot-em-up Flying Tigers has a "shield" weapon which, when activated, not only makes your ship immune to all damage, but also damages all enemies you come in contact with.
  • The old Lucasfilm game Rescue on Fractalus! has your ship usually protected by an "energy field" that burns all nearby life forms to a crisp. It can be turned on to incinerate an alien who was attempting to get into your ship... or one of the unlucky pilots you're trying to rescue in the game.

Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • April 7, 2013
    StarSword
    Film:
    • Narrowly avoided in Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi. Palpatine lured the Rebels to Endor with the hope of getting most of their fleet to crash into the Death Star II's deflector shield, which the Rebels thought Han's team had brought down. Lando Calrissian and Nien Nunb deduce that the shield is still up with seconds to spare and order the fleet to break off. According to the novelization, not everyone pulled up in time.

    Literature:
    • From the Star Wars Expanded Universe:
      • In The Courtship Of Princess Leia, while fending off an assassination attempt against himself and Leia, Hapan Crown Prince Isolder makes use of a handheld personal deflector shield. As it begins to overheat he throws it at one of the assassins and burns the poor bastard to death.

    Video Games:
    • In Super Smash Bros Fox's and Falco's down-B move is Reflector, which will reflect ranged attacks and knock around anyone close to them.
  • April 7, 2013
    DunDun
    The reflect spell in Kingdom Hearts II does nothing until an enemy hits the barrier it creates, at which point it throws a devastating punch in all directions.
  • April 7, 2013
    DaibhidC
    Comic Books:
    • In Legion Of Superheroes, in the "End of an Era" storyline that led to the first reboot, an evil Brainiac 5 from a Mirror Universe used his forcefield belt to crush several Legionnaires, while commenting on the "lack of imagination" the mainstream Brainy showed by using it purely for defence.
  • April 7, 2013
    KZN02
    Anime and Manga
  • April 7, 2013
    Bisected8
    • Several of the shield types in Borderlands 2 are weaponised in some way. The most obvious examples being the nova shields (which were also in the first game), which unleash blasts of energy when they're depleted and spike shields (which hurt enemies which use melee attacks on them). The third DLC also features "traps" which are basically activate-able bubble shields that explode when they're destroyed.

    • All over the place in Magicka. The shield spell can be mixed with any other spell type, allowing you to create walls of fire, electricity, etc...or just build a rock wall where your foes are standing.
  • April 7, 2013
    CosmeF
    Jake Martinez from Tiger And Bunny , has the power to create Deflector Shields and uses it offensively creating tiny shields that act like a bullet on contact, applying a large pushing force in a small surface.
  • April 7, 2013
    StarSword
    Addition to KZN 20's example: More generally, throughout the Evangelion franchise EVAs have to use their AT Fields offensively to neutralize that of an Angel so they can make the kill.
  • April 7, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • Spots The Space Marine: Early on Spots jumps into a swarm of Crabs swinging her shield like a large blade (one is supposed to avoid the edges on the setting's shields). After that incident the squad's attached Violinist (species that gave humanity advanced tech) technician starts working on a shield specifically designed to be used as a melee weapon and they train to use them that way.
  • April 7, 2013
    JonnyB
    In the Star Trek The Next Generation two-part episode, "Best of Both Worlds", the crew of the Enterprise attempt to turn the deflector shield into an offensive weapon to use against the Borg. It doesn't work, as the Borg kidnapped Picard, who knew about it, and had already adapted against it.
  • April 8, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • In the original Villains And Vigilantes game a character with the Force Field power could use it as a weapon.
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • A Scroll of Protection against creatures played with this. It acted as a force field, preventing certain types of creatures from entering the protected area. If the user of the Scroll tried to use it to push the creature(s) around or trap them, the protection immediately failed.
      • The Prismatic Sphere spell was normally stationary. If it could be made mobile (perhaps by modifying it so it could be cast on a movable item/creature) it could be touched to an opponent, inflicting a variety of massive types of damage on the victim.
    • Champions. A Force Field power could be given the advantage Damage Shield. Anytime the force field touched an opponent (e.g. by the character grabbing or running into the opponent) the opponent would take the appropriate damage.
  • April 8, 2013
    Damr1990
  • April 8, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Sue Storm Richards of the Fantastic Four originally had a fairly passive role due to her powers being invisibility and shielding. Then she Took A Level In Bad Ass and started thinking of creative ways to use her shielding offensively.

  • April 8, 2013
    Robinton
    Video Games:
  • April 8, 2013
    Chabal2
    ^^ One of which was to create a forcefield inside a Brainwashed And Crazy Wolverine's throat, cutting off his air.
  • April 8, 2013
    Mozgwsloiku
    This is currently covered by Lethal Harmless Powers: Sue Storm even provides the page quote with her force field.
  • July 25, 2016
    DAN004
    Well, I can't be sure if "barrier version of Shield Bash" is tropable or not, but at least, have some examples:

    • One Piece: Bartolomeo ate the Bari-Bari Fruit which lets him project barriers. Aside from usual defensive maneuvers, he can also launch his shield forward to attack, or coat his fists in barrier to strengthen his punches.
    • Kir By: the Mirror ability Kirby may get in some games lets Kirby attack with swarms of mirror shards, in addition to covering himself in a reflective barrier.
  • July 30, 2016
    ambessalion
    The Incredibles and the Star Trek Franchise have numerous examples
  • July 30, 2016
    ZuTheSkunk
    Weaponized Forcefield would be a better name, since the current name makes me thing of trying to attack a forcefield, rather than attacking with it.
  • July 30, 2016
    acrobox
    this is covered by Barrier Warrior

    from that trope description:

    the Barrier Warrior will be a fierce fighter on an equal footing with other more aggressively powered cast members. This is done either by cleverly using his shield to trick or outmaneuver enemies, help teammates, or by using it in conjunction with other fighting skills and abilities to beat up enemies. A barrier could also be sent forward to attack enemies—if it can stop bullets, it's going to hurt if it runs into your face. The more deadly form of this would be to crush someone with the impenetrable shield and if you can control the shape of the barrier, you could hypothetically give it sharp edges as well.
  • July 30, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ but this can cover force fields used by gadgets or vehicles, not just superpower.
  • July 31, 2016
    StarSword
    Fan Works:
    • In From Bajor To The Black, Eleya orders her chief engineer to adjust USS Kagoshima's Deflector Shield waveform until it is precisely 180 degrees out-of-phase with the shields of a Borg probe, which lets her ram their shields together so they cancel each other out and open a hole she can beam a photon torpedo through.

    TV:
    • In the Stargate SG 1 episode "Beachhead" the Ori use a force field transmitted through a stargate to crush a planet until it becomes a black hole, which they use to power a supergate to bring their starships from their home galaxy to the Milky Way. Vala Mal Doran foils this attempt, but it's a big galaxy and the Ori succeed offscreen in "Camelot".
  • July 31, 2016
    DAN004
    I heard in Code Geass someone turns his mecha's energy shield into an energy drill. Dunno the context tho.
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