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->''"That thing on your back isn't ornamental, is it?"''
-->-- '''Rod''' (to Rue), ''VideoGame/ThreadsOfFate''

There are some characters who like to walk around with their weapons out in the open, presumably to [[WeaponForIntimidation intimidate other people]], or to have it ready right away in the case of a monster fight. However, upon close inspection, you might find that the weapon barely has any signs of being "broken in" -- no scratches, no gunpowder... it still looks as sharp as the day the guy bought it.

Some reasons for this may be that the weapon in question has a sentimental value to its holder, can only be used for [[PlotTailoredToTheParty certain situations]], or may just be TooAwesomeToUse. At times, it may [[FridgeLogic make one wonder]] if they might just be better off leaving the damn thing at home.

Subtrope of UselessAccessory. Compare StatSticks, where weapons aren't so much "physically" used as they're just there to add stats. Not to be confused with BlingBlingBang, where the weapon is covered in ornamentation but (usually) still sees actual use.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Kouga carried a katana for ornamentation, and used it only ''once'' in the whole story.
** Naraku's [[TheDragon dragon]], Byakuya of the Dreams carries around a sword that doesn't get used [[spoiler:until the final arc of the series, where it's revealed that it can absorb any demonic aura within the area and use its power.]]
* A big shiny sword in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' turned out to be ornamental and pretty useless. The rusted one however...
* Princess Millerna from the ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' movie carried a sword on her belt throughout the film, but she never, ever takes part in a single action scene, and never gets to draw it from its sheath, cementing her status as a FauxActionGirl.
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', [[TheDreaded Starjun]] carries a sword with him, but he's never seen using it.
* In ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'', Saya steals a sword she had seen in a store window to use in a fight...[[OhCrap only to watch the blade deform and twist on impact since it was ornamental and not functional.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', [[{{Stripperiffic}} one of the few things]] Naga wears is a large sword that seems to be purely for show. It gets stuck in the sheath the one time she tries to use it, and she tends to faint at the sight of blood ([[FridgeLogic which shows up a lot around swords]]).
* Meliodas of ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'' carries a broken sword to deter customers from starting trouble in his bar by keeping it in a scabbard to make it look like a full sword.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', people usually think this of Guts' main weapon, a [[{{BFS}} huge slab of iron even taller than he is]], up until [[OneManArmy they see him use it]]. It's {{justified|Trope}} that they'd think so, since in real life there are many examples of oversized versions of standard zweihanders being made for purely ceremonial use.
* Subverted with the Eto Gun in ''Manga/EtCetera''. It looks like a toy gun and could not be used to shoot normally, and Mingchao (initially) only keeps it to intimidate others. However, when added with a proper animal extract, the gun is considered one of the strongest weapons in the West.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Android 17 carries a pistol on his waist, which is odd considering his punches and energy blasts do far more damage than a pistol ever could. The only time he's seen using it is for kicks after he got shot at by an old man in the BadFuture.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' has a Celtic sword, but fights exclusively with his fists. He does use it for {{Flynning}} twice, and once for cutting cake, but he's never allowed to hurt anyone with it on the grounds that it would be too violent.
* Creator/MarvelComics' Doctor Doom wears a pistol on his waist that he only uses for opponents he considers unworthy of facing his powered armor and other abilities, which happens rarely enough nowadays that it might as well be ornamental.

[[folder: Film]]
* One of the bad guys in ''Film/SwampThing" wears ammunition belts over both shoulders. He never picks up a gun during the film.
* In ''Film/{{Paul}}'', an expensive replica sword is revealed to be useless when the blade snaps off upon drawing.

* The BigBad in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series of books carries one of these during the war of [[TheEndoftheWorldAsWeKnowIt Armageddon]]. The sword is constructed to appear TooAwesomeToUse, so it just gets waved around a lot. The books make it clear that when the BigBad really needs to kill somebody, [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim he uses a gun]].
* Power Forged weapons in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' look like this because they have been enchanted to never break, rust or need sharpening. One character mentions that over the thousands of years since his sword had been made his family has only had to replace the hilt.
* In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' Maledict carries a sword he doesn't know how to use. As a vampire, he doesn't need one, but people see the sword and don't attack him.
* One of these almost gets the Captain Lawrence killed in the second ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' book, when he gets pulled away from a formal occasion to face combat still wearing his dress sword. It's still a live blade, but it's a ''lot'' flimsier than a service weapon and comes perilously close to breaking.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Subverted with Katniss' bow. After all, just because it's pretty doesn't mean it can't be deadly.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The BigBad of Season Five of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Prometheus, carries a bow and quiver on his back. When it comes to actual killing, however, he relies on his chokuto and shuriken.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Ricky "The Rocket" Roberts, who has appeared in All Pro Wrestling, used brass knuckles as his belt buckle.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Almost everyone in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has one, such as Chaos sorcerer staffs, Tau bonding knives...
* Many miniatures are sculpted with more weapons on them than they are actually designed to use in the game. ''TabletopGame/{{Malifaux}}'' is a big offender here, with many figures wearing multiple revolvers but only having a few attacks to use in the game, none of which involve all, or sometimes any, of them.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Many weapons in ''Videogame/SecondLife'' don't actually do anything unless they are specifically scripted. While scripted weapons are available, unless you are in a roleplay or combat sim most swords, guns, hammers et cetera are only for decoration.
* ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'':
** Angeal Hewley from carries a gigantic Buster Sword around him on missions, but only maybe uses it a handful of times. Zack even comments on it during the mission in Fort Tamblin (dialogue not exact):
--->'''Zack:''' I've never seen you actually use that thing. Don't you think it's sort of a waste?\\
'''Angeal:''' Use brings about wear, tear, and rust -- and that's a ''real'' waste.
** Of course the other half of the reason is that the Buster Sword "is heavy and unwieldy", as an extra scene (in Zack's DMW) reveals. Even Zack is too clumsy to use it effectively (it pulls him off balance, he swings it slowly, and momentum is hard to stop)[[labelnote:*]]The only person that's actually able to use the Buster Sword ''effectively'' is ''Cloud''[[/labelnote]]. ''Crisis Core'' actually deconstructs some iconic elements from the sub-series for laughs like thatů
** The Buster Sword did end up getting rusted... [[spoiler:when Cloud used it as [[WeaponTombstone Zack's gravestone]].]] But not anymore; [[spoiler:the new ending to ''Advent Children Complete'' reveals that Cloud polished and repaired it, and used it as a memorial in Aerith's church, overlooking Aerith's Lake (that contains the Great Gospel)]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** Ganondorf's sword, which is only used for a victory pose in ''Melee'' and a taunt in ''Brawl'', and is otherwise kept in {{Hammerspace}}. Finally used in ''Smash 4'': One of his alternative special attacks is conjuring the sword and stabbing with it, instead of his insanely powerful Warlock Punch.
** Captain Falcon and Snake have guns on their person in ''Brawl'' if you look closely, but naturally they don't get any use either. Sheik also carries a short sword or long dagger on her person but it likewise isn't used.
* Tetra the young pirate captain in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' carries a cutlass but never uses it except in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Prince Sidon wears a sword on his hip, but like all the other [[FishPeople Zora]] he favors the spear in actual combat.
* In three of the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' games (''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Deception]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Armageddon]]'') Raiden wears a ''saya'' (katana scabbard) on his alternate costumes, but he never actually uses a sword.
* Ryu Hayabusa's sword in the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' series. Same goes for Hayate's and Kasumi's swords.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestSwords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors'', your partners carry weapons with them, but don't actually use them, leaving you to do all of the heavy lifting while they provide assistance with magic. At least you never have to update their gear yourself, they get better stuff as they level up.
* Marcus Fenix of ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' fame carried a knife on his right boot, but is never used.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6'', there is a [[VirtualPaperDoll character customization feature]] that lets you equip your characters with sheathed weapons, only for looks or stats in campaign mode. Occasionally subverted, as there are a few weapons that do allow a character to make an extra attack if they've got the weapon equipped, [[GuideDangIt but the game doesn't tell which they are or how to perform the bonus moves]].
** Most {{Fighting Game}}s that focus strictly on hand-to-hand combat do this, usually when there's ninjas.
* Speaking of which, ninja Kagemaru in ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' can have a sword. DrunkenMaster Shun Di can have a hermit staff as well.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' has an unlockable katana that can be worn on the back. It naturally cannot be used in game. Also, the CQB armor has a knife on the front of the chest which cannot be used.
** Averted in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', where the knife on a character's shoulder can be used for assassinations. However, it's played straight with the Security armor, which has a large kukri on its right shoulder that forever remains unused.
* In ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'', Christopher Stone gets a knife on his left shoulder, but his only CQC weapon is his [[WrenchWhack wrench]].
* In the first ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' game, Shingen Takeda has a katana sheathed on his belt, which he never uses. This was removed from subsequent costumes. In the second and third games, Mitsunari Ishida keeps an unused dagger sheathed hanging out the front of his coat.
* Aeolus from ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'' carries a sword with him all the time, but he never uses it in combat.
** Although, from the transformation sequence, it appears that the sword is used as the base for his transformed model's swords, hence a reason to carry it around with him.
* Adray from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' equips and prominently carries around a katana, but most of his attacks are a combination of magic and punches and he never takes it out of its sheath.
* Assassins from ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' are extremely guilty of this. Many armor sets (including the no-armor-equipped underwear, for women) feature several daggers strapped all over their body that are only textured on, not even in model. The assassin hero Anton is even worse: he prominently wears three [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]] on his back that [[GameplayAndStorySegregation he never uses]].
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' allows the player to customize their costume including some weaponry such as daggers on the belt or a sword slung across the back. However because these are costume items, they merely show up on the player avatar and don't get any particular use (not even if you have the same weapon as what you're carrying).
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', Pyro's bandolier has napalm grenades and the Soldier's belt has frag grenades. The former are always useless and the latter are only used in the Soldier's SuicideAttack taunt. Grenades were prominent in ''VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic'' but were DummiedOut in ''[=TF2=]''.
* In ''Pocket VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'', our hero is seen in garb reminiscent of a Roman soldier. He has the sword and everything! He is even seen unsheathing it and [[StabTheSky holding it up heroically to the sky!]] But can he use it on any one of the dozens of monsters that are out to maul him? No.
* In ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', Akihiko has a knife strapped to his hip that he never uses. The shoulder holster is probably holding his [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Evoker]], which isn't really a weapon.
* In the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'', customizable characters will sometimes get some. In 4, there is a pirate's belt that has a pistol on it, as well as gloves that have a claw on it. The only fighting is done with weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', some classes are guilty of this. Assassins have extra daggers strapped to their wrists and Swordmasters are carrying two extra sheaths, yet they will never use these extra weapons even if all the weapons in their inventory break.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'', Alvin eventually takes a second gun that was a family heirloom, but never uses it. Averted in [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2 the sequel]], where he finally gets to use it in one of his arcane artes. Aside from that, there are [[AndYourRewardIsClothes various decorations]] that take the form of weapons to be placed on your characters, which of course cannot be used.
* Jack Russell of ''VideoGame/RadiataStories'' is seen carrying around his father's giant sword, the Arbitrator, as a keepsake since he himself can't use it. Unless Jack gets promoted in [[MultipleEndings the Fairy Path]], he will never get to use it.
* Dios, the commander of the Harmonian army in Suikoden 3 is challenged to a duel at one point, and rather sheepishly admits that his sword is ornamental.
* No matter what he has equipped, Dagran in ''VideoGame/TheLastStory'' always carries a small sword at his belt. [[JustifiedTrope This is later explained]] as being the first sword Dagran ever bought, and it is, in fact, meant to be an ornamental weapon--Dagran just wears it for sentimental reasons.
* Any equippable weapon in either ''VideoGame/DragonballXenoverse'' or [[VideoGame/DragonballXenoverse2 its' sequel]] falls into this category, as the player will either not use a weapon at all, or the weapon will materialize in their hands when needed, and vanish after use (for example, if the player is using either Shining Slash or Burning Slash, Trunks' sword techniques).
** Android 17 also has his pistol, which is unused in the game. Since the player can equip [[AndYourRewardIsClothes #17s' pants]] that come with the sidearm (unless the players' top prevents it from appearing), it applies to them too.
* Minfilia in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' carries a Mythril Dagger that is imbued with materia for enhanced power. However, due to her being more of a political figure than an actual fighter, she never uses the knife at all and she also doesn't use it in the times where she is captured.
* Occasionally happens in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''. Soldier: 76 has a pistol on his belt that he never uses, and Roadhog what appears to be a sawn-off shotgun (''not'' his Scrap Gun) slug across his back. Genji has a sword that is decorative for 99% of the time, except when he uses his ultimate ability, which begs the question: wouldn't a sword be more effective than shurikens, even without the powered-up dragon that accompanies it in his ultimate?
** Ana and Widowmaker likewise have spikes on their arm to stabilize their weapons while sniping, although they never get used in game (because you can't rest your arm on anything to stabilize).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Strobe from ''Webcomic/DemonFist'' has that huge sword on his back, but fistfights his enemies. Apparently he swore an oath or something not to use it.
* NJ from ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'' always carries a katana despite having no formal training on how to fight with it.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-572 SCP-572]] is a replica sword in a fantasy style, which, when held, produces a major mind-control effect, whereupon people will become convinced of its superior balance and sharpness, of which it really has neither, being purely a decorative piece. It also compels them to perform insane stunts with it (all while convincing them they can), such as deflecting bullets with the blade, taking on trained swordsmen with real swords, and cutting moving cars in half. Due to the prevalence of unnecessary blades facing in odd directions, the slightest swing will result in injury to the user. Fortunately, upon removing the sword from the holder with tongs, the psychological effects can be instantly redacted by a smack on the head.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Roughly half the members of [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero GI Joe]] are equipped with some kind of combat webbing or utility belt laden with grenades, sidearms, knives or other equipment. Out of the entire series, they have actually been ''used'' maybe twice.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Older-model rifles that have been replaced as general-issue might be retained for ceremonial use by certain units.
** The USMC Silent Drill Platoon carries the WWII-vintage M1 Garand. Three reasons why: tradition, [[RuleOfCool it looks awesome]], and it is far more well-balanced than a modern rifle (and thus better for twirling around without accidentally smacking somebody in the face).
** The US Army's Tomb Sentinels at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier wield M14 rifles, conspicuously missing the magazine--though the Sentinels will often have a concealed pistol locked and loaded.
** The Simonov SKS saw only brief frontline service as the Soviet Union's standard rifle before it was supplanted by the AK, but remains a common sight at Russian parades and memorials.
* The Lee-Enfield Mk 3/4 bolt action rifle that was the British Army's mainstay for nearly seventy years is retained by some units for neither combat nor ceremonials. Long obsolete for front line use, this rifle is used as extra weight for recruit soldiers and others detailed to take on assault courses in full kit: simply because the issue front-line rifle is too delicate (and expensive) to withstand continual bashing, battering, immersion in mud and water and frequently being dropped by ham-fisted recruits. Rather an old heavy weapon designed to be exceedingly forgiving to rough treatment, and which will never be fired in action again, takes all the impacts of hard dirty training - and it also weighs heavier than the SA-80.
* Swords have been this for a long time and in certain situations (like a formal officers party, perhaps) to this day.
** In the 18th century, a well-dressed gentleman was almost required to carry a smallsword on his hip, though carrying a walking stick was an acceptable alternative.
** US Marines in full dress uniform carry swords, in respect to the sense of tradition that pervades the entire Corps. These are only for the most formal of formal occasions, however: a Marine in full dress for a party likely won't be carrying the sword. Marines have to buy their swords out of their paycheck, though at a heavy discount. Apparently they are functional though, and many jokes (like [[http://terminallance.com/2014/01/17/terminal-lance-302-pirate-sword/ this one]] from ''Webcomic/TerminalLance'') have been made about [[AwesomeButImpractical actually carrying one into combat.]]
** US Navy officers still sometimes wear swords with their Dress Whites. Like the Marines, they have to buy them out-of-pocket. If an occasion calls for commissioned officers to wear swords, Chief Petty Officers will wear cutlasses.
* The Swiss Guard and their polearms. Yes, they are sharp, and yes, the guy in the ridiculous-looking Renaissance costume with the BladeOnAStick does have a modern automatic weapon tucked into those balloon pants.
* In the Ottoman Empire it was expected that a noble be allowed to keep his personal sidearm at all times, even at formal parties. This got a bit dicey when personal weapons shifted from swords to pistols. In the end it was compromised with highly ornamental pistols, that usually couldn't shoot (although they were heavy enough to be used as a blackjack and many had a blade under the barrel).
* Many weapons in the Arms and Armor gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or any other art museum that displays weaponry, were probably ornamental weapons (and some are ''known'' to have been ornamental weapons, like an Ottoman sultan's investiture sword). Swords that the average person carried into battle rarely survived to be museum-quality art.
* Several American Civil War generals never drew their swords, not even to command their men. One is said to have had his sword rust in the scabard, while another didn't even bother taking one with him, instead strapping an umbrella to his waist.
* Souvenir and decoration swords. Enthusiasts speak rather of [=SLO=]s, or Sword-Like Objects. They look like swords, are ornamental and look flashy, but they are horribly badly balanced, made from inferior materials (such as stainless steel, which is prone to shatter when used on anything longer than a kitchen knife and can't keep its edge for a long time), either over-tempered too stiff -- or not tempered at all -- and are too weakly built to use. One notorious "feature" common to [=SLO=]s is a thin welded-on tang attaching the blade to the handle[[note]]A quality sword suited for combat should have a tang that's integral to the blade, and preferably a full tang (meaning it extends down the full length of the handle).[[/note]], which is very prone to snap off if the blade hits ''anything'' or even just from ''swinging it through the air''; these are derisively known as a "rat-tail tangs" and using a blade with such construction for ''anything'' other than display can be outright dangerous to the person holding it. They are purely wall-hangers. Even a complete layman can distinguish between a sword-like object and a real sword by merely grabbing one.