Playing With: Bare-Handed Blade Block

Basic Trope: A character blocks a blade with their bare hands.
  • Straight: Alice swings a sword at Bob, but he blocks it easily between his hands.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is using a BFS and Bob still blocks it, with one hand at that.
  • Downplayed: Bob blocks Alice's sword with gauntleted hands.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Bob blocks Alice's punch by pinning her fist between two swords.
  • Subverted: Bob tries to block it, but ends up missing...
  • Double Subverted: ... Only to catch the blade between his elbows instead.
  • Parodied: Bob catches Alices sword, then mentions he took a course in blade-catching in college.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice tries to stab Bob but he catches her sword. She simply presses the attack, pushing him against a wall where she has more leverage and the blade begins to slide closer to Bob's face. He ends up tossing the blade out of her grasp with his hands.
  • Averted: Bob finds a different way to stop the strike.
  • Enforced: "We want Rule of Cool, so let's have him block his blade with his hands."
  • Lampshaded: "How'd he block my sword with his hands?"
  • Invoked: Bob purposefully catches Alice's sword when he could have avoided it in order to show how Bad Ass he is.
  • Exploited: Bob is going through Training from Hell and his mentor forces him to learn this technique.
  • Defied: Bob avoids the strike altogether.
  • Discussed: "Bob says he can catch a sword with his hands. Do you think he's serious?"
  • Conversed: "Characters catching swords with their hands is so unrealistic."
  • Implied: Bob warns Alice not to try to stab him or "I'll have to take it from you with my bare hands."
  • Deconstructed: Bob tries to catch Alice's sword and ends up slicing his hands open.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Bob catches Alice's sword between his hands and tells her, "You're just lucky I didn't have my shoes off".
  • Played For Drama: Bob is the Big Bad and Alice is trying to take him down with her sword, only to find out he is much more skilled than expected. Cue Oh, Crap reaction from Alice.

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