Playing With: Warrior Poet

Basic Trope: A warrior who applies poetry, philosophy, and/or art to combat.
  • Straight: Bob is a war veteran who writes an epic poem based on his experiences in war.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is a Dance Battler who, in the midst of battle, sings a beautiful and mournful elegy to each enemy he kills.
    • Bob is Odin in disguise.
  • Downplayed: Bob hums a silly, amateurish jingle in battle, in an absent minded way.
  • Justified:
    • Bob needs to cope with war somehow, so he uses expression to help himself along.
    • Bob comes from a martial arts fraternity or religious order that teaches its members to be Warrior Poets.
    • Bob is a tribal bard. Being a Warrior Poet is his job.
    • Bob was an intellectual before the war and naturally good at poetry. Now that he is a soldier he writes poems about war.
    • Bob is a battle-mage who casts spells with poetry.
    • Bob enlists because he believes he cannot be a good poet without seeing the sufferings of life.
  • Inverted: Bob is an artist by day and a brutal, psychopathic serial killer by night. The latter is inspiration for the former.
  • Subverted: Bob writes an epic contemplative poem based on his experiences in war but it turns out he's a Miles Gloriosus.
  • Double Subverted: But when the Miles Gloriosus is thrust into a combat situation, he ends up doing well and writing an even better poem.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob uses his experiences in war to write childish nursery rhymes.
    • Bob is a literal Warrior Poet, defeating his foes by stupefying them with his Epic Rap-Battle skills.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob aspires to this trope, but as he witnesses horrific things he flip-flops over whether such behaviour is a glorification of war, or whether it's a necessity to retain one's own humanity.
  • Averted: A movie takes place in a time and place where warrior poets are a traditional trope (ancient China, ancient Japan, the Crusades, Sparta, etc.) but the main characters are unthinking soldiers who fight without wondering why they do.
  • Enforced: The Framing Device is of such a character Bringing News Back to tell his comrades' heroic story.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh no, is Bob ever going to stop quoting Homer whenever we go into battle?"
  • Invoked: Bob is a scholar of samurai literature, and when he's thrust into war he tries to apply this trope to his life to keep himself sane.
  • Exploited: "The prisoner is never gonna talk this way. Lets tie him up and make him listen to Bob. If that doesn't work, nothing will!"
  • Defied: Bob is a Cultured Badass, but as far as he's concerned, once battle starts the artistic aesthete side of him stays in the tent. When he picks up his sword he turns into a brutal Combat Pragmatist and Screaming Warrior.
  • Discussed: "Those Space Elves are probably composing sonnets on the beauty of springtime right now, while we prepare for battle. Pussies."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: War turns Bob into a savage or traumatizes him, which crushes any poetic tendencies he might have.
  • Reconstructed: War turns Bob into a Shellshocked Veteran but this only fuels his desire to express his views on combat through art and poetry.

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