Blunt Sword Damage, maybe.
So this is that getting hit with a blade is only dangerous as the plot demands?Exactly.
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References to actual reverse blade swords and nonlethal weapons can be chopped. However, most other examples could probably fall under Bloodless Carnage, Non-Lethal K.O., and Made of Iron. Plot Based Lethality is also covered with Plotline Death. Not sure what's left, except maybe a focus on inconstant use of violence and death in a particular work, such as heart-extraction=knockout.
So that's what this doesThis does appear to be eerily similar to Non-Lethal K.O..
Balance - the original sixth sense.
The description is unduly focused on KO'd opponents in fighting games, making this seem suspiciously similar to Non-Lethal K.O.. Looking at it a little more broadly, the trope may be "rather than immediately killing or incapacitating you, swords and other bladed weapons in video games tend to slowly chip away at your health, just like any other weapon." That's where I'm getting Blunt Sword Damage from. Alternatively: All Damage Is Incremental? Swords Are Pointless?
edited 10th Sep '10 4:39:26 PM by Bailey
|Y| = |X| Add 5Bailey, I think from what Wulf said, it's "Even though you may be using a sword or machine gun in a fighting game, at the end of the round it says it's a "Knock-out" rather than someone was killed"
Oops. I somehow missed Wulf's post. Sorry about that. From that description, this does appear to be quite close to Non-Lethal K.O..
|Y| = |X| Add 5Eh, I'd say it's at least a subtrope to it, but *shrug*
Does not work that wayI think most of it does fall under Non-Lethal K.O., but there is definitely a separate trope for a weapon's/character's ability to selectively deal actual damage. It's a much smaller trope and it has a decent amount of overlap, but I'm nto sure it's a subtrope. So, throw the Non-Lethal K.O. examples into that trope then take the remainder and build it up as Selectively Lethal or whatever, as has been previously suggested.
PIKA! ^_^Again, this trope seems to be spelling out instances where attacking something with a weapon leaves no physical alterations to appearance. Just not showing physical damage or taking actual lethality of a weapon into consideration for how much damage it should do.
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Sword Set To Stun or just Set To Stun?
I've been BluelinkedA Non-Lethal K.O. that occurs when hit by an attack that should really be lethal in a realistic context. Or alternatively, an attack that should be lethal does scratch damage (ie. lightsabres).
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But all the power with independents
PIKA! ^_^Set Swords to Stun. I like that. I really like that one.
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Set Swords to Stun is beautiful.
But soft! What rock through yonder window breaks? It is a brick! And Juliet is out cold.
Set Swords to Stun is good. I don't like Sword Set To Stun as much, but I think it's a lot easier to place in a sentence (Alice impaled Bob, but he must have had his Sword Set To Stun.) I'd like to see it as a redirect. So, about the trope itself. Is this going to be narrowed down to instances of a character conciously using a normally lethal weapon for non-lethal purposes?
I see the Awesomeness.No, it's about using swords and blades that don't kill people, just hurt them.
^? You're saying this is about using a sword that does not have the potential to kill someone, only the potential to hurt them? Do you mean to say that this is acknowledged in-universe, or that the weapon has every reason to deal lethal damage, but doesn't (as a sister trope to Bloodless Carnage and Non-Lethal K.O.?)
edited 31st Oct '10 4:15:38 AM by Rhatahema
I see the Awesomeness.No, ignore the trope namer. It started as a video game trope, specifically fighting games, where hitting someone with the edge of a sword did not cut them. It has since been expanded to using edged weapons that wind up not killing people when you expect them to.
Set Swords to Stun is perfect
edited 31st Oct '10 1:03:44 PM by Sackett
The Shadows Devour You.Set Swords to Stun! Set Swords to Stun! Set Swords to Stun!...
edited 31st Oct '10 2:00:28 PM by GameChainsaw
Gotta trope, dood!I fully support Set Swords to Stun...wish I'd thought of it when I made the damn trope, and saved some trouble..
They lost me. Forgot me. Made you from parts of me. If you're the One, my father's son, what am I supposed to be?
I remove that "proportional to the desire to kill" line because it didn't seem to connect with any possible interpretation given to us. You can put it back if needs be but maybe reading it this way, it actually seems more coherent. Also the Troper Namer part. And I also like Swords Set To Stun.
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