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Playing With: Blade Below the Shoulder
Basic Trope: A sharp bladed weapon that is attached to the arm, springs from the arm, or IS an arm.
  • Straight: Ninja Kenshin wields a foot-long retractable blade attached to his left vambrace.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Kenshin has spiked gloves.
  • Justified: He’s an assassin, and as it turns out blades that seamlessly retract into his sleeve are easy to hide.
  • Inverted: Howard the Hero's sword has an arm growing from the hilt.
  • Subverted: Kenshin flexes his arm and poses as if to call forth the blade… and activates the smoke bombs he placed there.
  • Double Subverted: He’s pressed the wrong button, and after the smoke clears he sheepishly unretreacts his blade.
  • Parodied: Kenshin has trouble keeping his blades retracted when around his crush…
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Kenshin has arm blades, some days he doesn’t, and sometime he has a bootknife instead.
  • Averted: All weapons are wielded, and no retractable blades appear.
  • Enforced: It's a series trademark.
  • Lampshaded: “Why not just carry a sword?” “…It’s the principle of the thing!”
  • Invoked:???
  • Exploited:
    • Kenshin keeps his blade retraced until the villains least expect it.
    • He uses the armblades so he can fight and gesture rudely at the same time.
    • He uses armblades so he doesn’t forget to bring a weapon with him.
  • Defied: “No, Timmy, you can’t have the vambrace. We don’t trust you around concealed sharp objects anymore…
  • Discussed: “Bet he has trouble picking his nose.”
  • Conversed: There’s fanart of the above incident.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Carmillia has Wolverine Claws that retract into her flesh, but not the regeneration to protect her from the damage done. She’s none to happy about this.
    • Alternatively, the retractable blades limit movement when retracted. When Carmilla's Wolverine Claws are in, she can't move her wrist without grievous internal injuries.
  • Reconstructed: But Carmillia's arms are actually high quality cybernetic limbs, her body isn't damaged by the blades.
  • Played For Laughs: Kenshin modified the claws to go *Snikt* when exposed.

* Snikt!* Back to Blade Below the Shoulder!

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