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Playing With: Phlebotinum-Handling Requirements
Basic Trope: A piece of Applied Phlebotinum has a specific requirement for activation and/or wielding.
  • Straight: Bob can wield the Sword of Plot Advancement because he is of the bloodline of a great hero.
  • Exaggerated: The Sword of Plot Advancement only works for a woman of the Callahan Clan born on the third Wednesday of October underneath a blue moon while in a boat in a lake. By C-section.
  • Downplayed: Alice can wield the Sword of Plot Advancement despite not being of the bloodline, but its enchantments will only activate for Bob.
  • Justified: The wizard who forged the Sword of Plot Advancement only wants good people to use it, so only the good at heart may wield it.
  • Inverted: The Sword of Plot Advancement won't let Bob wield it because he is of the bloodline.
  • Subverted: At first Bob thinks that there's some special requirement to wield the Sword of Plot Advancement, but it turns out it's just too heavy for anyone else.
  • Double Subverted: And then it turns out that somebody else who is not of the blood but has his strength can't wield it.
  • Parodied: Pulling the newly forged Sword of Plot Advancement out from his magical fires of creation, the wizard declared that only a man or woman born at anytime on any day of any year may wield the sword. Provided that they have hands which can hold the sword's hilt.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Anyone can wield the Sword of Plot Advancement given a reasonable skill at sword-wielding.
  • Enforced: The author was intentionally imitating one of the trope's archetypes.
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: "Only a woman may use the Sword of Plot Advancement? But what do women know about holding swords?
    • Or:
    Alice: "So only a man may use the Sword of Plot Advancement? Typical. This is sexist and old-fashioned."
    Bob: "Well, yeah, Alice. It's a magical sword forged in an era where men were knights and women were damsels."
    Alice: "I wouldn't expect you to understand, Bob."
  • Invoked: The Sword of Plot Advancement was enchanted so that only those of the blood could wield it, as a security measure.
  • Exploited: Bob tricks his enemy, whom he knows is not of the blood, into trying to use the Sword of Plot Advancement. While he struggles with it, Bob decks him.
  • Defied: The enchanter who creates the Sword of Plot Advancement specifically does not give it any requirements for wielding, just in case the hero's bloodline dies out and heroes are still needed.
  • Discussed: "You mean to tell me that even Alice, one of the best sword-fighters in the world, can't use the Sword of Plot Advancement because she's not of the blood?"
  • Conversed: "You know why Bob can use the Sword of Plot Advancement in the show? He's a descendant of Bob of Ten Oaks."
  • Deconstructed: Since only Bob can wield the Sword of Plot Advancement due to his bloodline, his death at the hands of an assassin results in The End of the World as We Know It.

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