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Throwing Your Shield Always Works

When Captain America throws his mighty shield
All those who chose to oppose his shield must yield!

A Sub-Trope of Throwing Your Sword Always Works and Improbable Use of a Weapon, a shield is thrown at a target. Varies from just hitting to slicing.

See also Deadly Disc.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED:
    • Athrun kills Tolle by throwing his mech's enormous shield through his aircraft's cockpit, decapitating him in the process. Ouch.
    • Then Shinn one-ups him by throwing his shield at the Freedom and firing at the shield. Since the shield has anti-beam coating, the shot ricochets off the shield and hits the Freedom. Needless to say, Kira really didn't expect that.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, the Shenlong Gundam throws its shield at a few enemies in space, whilst the Deathscythe's (rocket-powered, Laser Blade-tipped) shield is actually its primary ranged weapon.
  • The Pretty Cure franchise:
    • Cure Mint's Emerald Saucer is primarily used as a thrown shield.
    • Cure Rosetta's Rosetta Reflection can also be thrown, but it's primarily used as... a shield. Though, she can fire a Kamehame Hadouken with it, too.
    • Cure Moonlight subverts this trope. Her Moonlight Reflection allows her to summon two shields and she shoots one of them to the enemy. Though, she does not aim the enemy, rather she reflects the enemy attack with her other shield, and if the enemy dodges, the first shield reflects it back and hits the enemy from behind.
  • In Saint Seiya, the "weighing pans" of the Gold Cloth of Libra become huge dual shields when assembled as armor. The chains from which they hang in its "balanced scales" form spool into the shields themselves. When using one as a weapon, the wielder holds onto the chain and flings the shield at its target, edge-first, and then he reels it back with the chain (taking care not to be plowed over by it on its return trip.) Aside from their unsurpassed defensive power, the Shields (like all Libra weapons) are impossibly destructive regardless of the user's personal strength, capable of shattering the legendary Pillars that hold up the Seven Seas... but not the Main Breadwinner, the principal support at the center of Poseidon's Shrine.

    Comic Books 
  • Captain America, the patron saint of this trope, does this with the addition of his shield being a Precision-Guided Boomerang. Justified by the shield's round frisbee-like shape and unique metallurgical properties, but stories have occasionally shown Cap throwing his original "heater" style shield with almost as much effectiveness.
    • Lampshaded in the DC vs. Marvel crossover when Cap does battle with Bane.
    <Cap throws his shield, missing Bane>
    <Bane lifts Cap over his head>
    Bane: You have thrown away what slight advantage your weapon might have provided, exposing yourself to a back-breaking attack that will leave you crippled and useless. I wonder, stranger, what sort of pathetic strategy you call that.
    Captain America: The kind that works. Now...no more back talk from you.
  • Paperinik New Adventures: Among many others nice features, Paperinik's shield can be launched and trasform into a boomerang to return to the sender.

    Film 
  • Captain America does this in constantly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe once he gets the iconic round shield. If ever the film series needs to stress just how dangerous/badass his opponent is, expect it not to work. Loki managed to stop the shield mid-flight, on account of being even more superhuman than Cap, and the Winter Soldier caught it when Cap tried to throw it at him, thanks to his robotic arm and being superhuman himself.
  • 300:
    • At the end, the Spartan second in command pulls a Captain America with his shield to take out one of the Immortals just before he's impaled by multiple swords and spears during the last fight.
    • We might argue that throwing his shield to the ground also works for the king, who's then able to pull a surprise attack on Xerxes.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • In The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn is at one point pinned to a tree by an Orc shield that just barely misses decapitating him.
    • In The Two Towers, Legolas sends a similar shield flying through the air and impaling an Orc after surfing down a flight of stairs.
    • The elves' leaf-shaped shields taper down to a sharpened point, presumably to make this sort of thing easier.

    Literature 
  • Used by Derfel in The Warlord Chronicles during a pre-battle single combat. He spots that the Saxon champion he's about to fight is going to charge and overwhelm him with speed and brute force, and counters by throwing his shield into the other man's face and then gutting him while he's knocking it aside.

    Live Action TV 
  • Kamen Rider Decade: it's Apollo Geist's favorite move. Unfortunately, throwing his shield never works, except exactly once: In the final episode of Kamen Rider Decade, Apollo Geist throws his shield at Decade, but Kuuga Takes The Bullet for him and gets killed in the process. Then things get worse...

    Toys 
  • BIONICLE:
    • A normal Skrall throws its Saw Blade Shield at Gresh during an Arena Match.
    • Inverted in the Mata Nui Online Game, where a Disk, a projectile weapon, is used to shield the holder against Rahi attacks.

    Video Games 
  • In Final Fantasy 14, one of the Gladiator's/Paladin's signatures moves is the Shield Lob, their only ranged attack which has a trait of granting extra anmity, enduring the enemy focuses on the tanking character. Used as an opening move usually.
  • Possible in Ancient Domains of Mystery and Dwarf Fortress alike. Both games allow throwing of nearly any item, with shields not being excluded. ADOM even has a single Shield skill, which matters and is trained by both blocking attacks with a shield and throwing one from the missile slot. Due to shields' high mass, severally times higher than an arrow's, and lack of reusability, it generally isn't worth the weight.
  • In the Battle Clash/Metal Combat duology, Carlos is able to do this with both his mechs, the ST Baron and later the ST Viscount.
  • In The Darkness II, it works darn well because the eponymous creature's Combat Tentacles throw shields, car doors, steel plates, and the like with enough force to slice opponents in half.
  • Some of the Finis enemies in Devil May Cry 2 fight with razor-lined shields that they throw at you.
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy:
  • In Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, Johnny Ridden's Gelgoog can throw its shield as a boomerang.
  • The Ghosts N Goblins video game had a shield... it was intended to be a short-range throwing weapon.
  • The Gladiatorial SRPG Gladius features this with the shield focused Myrmidon class as one of its more powerful set of skills.
  • Some of Goofy's attacks in the Kingdom Hearts series have him throwing his shield.
  • In the computer game Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos, chucking shields at a certain boss kills it faster than either throwing actual weapons or using the weapon you're supposed to kill it with.
  • Early on in Maximo: Ghosts to Glory, Maximo learns a shield-tossing skill that allows him to hit distant enemies. A successful hit chips away at the shield's durability, and if used too often, it will break.
  • In all Mega Man Zero games except the fourth, the Shield Boomerang. In Zero 3, two of the EX Skills involve the use of the SB: rolling it across the ground, or a Charged Attack where the Shield will orbit Zero.
  • Sigma in Mega Man X3 throws his shield like a boomerang once his health gets low enough.
  • Kanji Tatsumi's Critical Hit animation in Persona 4 starts with him tossing his weapon (usually a shield of some sort) edge-first at the enemy, kicking it while it's stunned and then decking it with a right cross.
  • The Ragnarok Online ability Shield Boomerang
  • The Buckler shield in Tribes: Vengeance can be thrown (and guided with the mouse) at enemies. It's very useful for killing enemies in midair.
  • Protection-specced Paladins in World of Warcraft can do this with their Avenger's Shield talent, in a clear Shout-Out to Captain America, leading member of the Avengers. Warriors prefer the use of the other trope instead.
  • Azai Nagamasa from Sengoku Basara.
  • Both Sophitia and Cassandra of Soul Calibur have throws that involve shoving their opponent away and hurling their shield at them.
  • Rygar's Diskarmor, a shield with a chain attached to it to use as a yo-yo attack, is the video game grandpappy of this trope.
  • In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, Athena can toss her Kinetic Aspis when she has it out. It can eventually be upgraded to pinball between targets. Lampshaded in one of the trailers, where Handsome Jack notes that she's just like someone whose name rhymes with "Schmaptain Schmerica"
  • An ability of Nariko in Heavenly Sword when she comes across any applicable shields, which she retains in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. She can throw them to solve puzzles, and is able to make them ricochet off surfaces.
  • The Gladiator/Paladin in Final Fantasy XIV can throw their shield as an aggro attack.

    Web Animation 
  • This shows up in many of Monty Oum's works:
    • Haloid: during the battle between the Covenant and MC/Samus Aran, MC throws a Covenant shield at a Covenant Elite and cuts its off.
    • In Dead Fantasy II, Rinoa throws her shield/boomerang/buzzsaw Silenced Tear at an opponent.
    • In RWBY, Pyrrha Nikos's shield can be thrown and returns like a boomerang. Justified in that she has control over magnetism, and can remotely control the flight path of her shield to some degree.

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    Western Animation 

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