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Using the wings as an offensive weapon. Missing Supertrope.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Miss_Desperado on Jan 11th 2019 at 11:34:59 AM
Last Edited By:
Miss_Desperado on Jan 23rd 2019 at 1:08:53 PM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: trope

Author's note: This draft is here for one purpose and one purpose only: to prevent Wing Whack Attack from being converted from a Sister Trope to a Super Trope. By the time this draft has served that purpose long enough for Wing Smack to become launchworthy, this draft will have received enough feedback for me to decide whether to keep developing it or nuke it. Early Development Phase, Should We Have This One?


Using the wings as an offensive weapon. Missing Supertrope to Razor Wings, Feather Flechettes, Wing Whack Attack, and exploited use of Hot Wings.

Feedback: 12 replies

Jan 11th 2019 at 12:20:07 PM

Would this also be a supertrope for Feather Flechettes? And should Razor Wind be mentioned?

Jan 11th 2019 at 12:25:13 PM

"Wing Smack" is another trope also in development. I found it just a few articles below this one on the front page. Might want to consider developing that one before making another one that may be too similar.

Jan 11th 2019 at 12:38:18 PM

^Yes, I'm aware of that, that's why I started this draft. This draft is here to prevent Wing Smack from being converted from a Sister Trope to a Super Trope. By the time this draft has served that purpose long enough for Wing Smack to become launchworthy, this draft will have received enough feedback for me to decide whether to keep developing it or nuke it.

Jan 20th 2019 at 7:20:33 PM

Are there any tropes for using wings for defense (like using the wings as makeshift shields or armor)? While this supertrope is covering offensive wing attacks, maybe it could be expanded to have wings used for combat in general.

Also sounds like it's the opposite of Wings Do Nothing, so maybe it could be renamed to something like to Wings Actually Do Something? Or just keep the focus on offense-only?

Jan 20th 2019 at 9:44:22 PM

I don't know if there's a trope covering using wings for defense, but I know of a spoiler-laden example of that happening. Hypothetically, expanding this draft to include wings used for defense would make it distinct enough from "wings used as offense" tropes like Razor Wings.

As for the name, I'm disinclined to use "Wings Actually Do Something" — it sounds like People Sit On Chairs, because "do something" covers flying, which is what wings were designed to do.

Western Animation

Jan 20th 2019 at 10:49:38 PM

If you can't think of other ways wings can be used to attack then you're just wasting your time here.

It's not even index-worthy.

Jan 21st 2019 at 11:25:56 AM

^ Hot Wings could be added then, since characters can light things (and people) on fire or even melt objects if their wings are hot enough. On that page, there's a "Fire Wings" spell that does exactly that for Dungeons And Dragons.

3 other ways/possibilities:

  • The wings cast off magic or powder/spores as an attack, similar to Feather Flechettes. Usually bug-related.
  • The wings themselves (or their feathers) are poisonous or deadly to touch.
  • The wings are used to corner, entrap, or just simply surround a person/prey. Can be seen in nature with bats enclosing wings around bugs, but haven't seen anything in film/books/etc. so probably Not A Trope unless someone says otherwise.

Can't name any examples for poisonous/deadly-to-touch wings (probably overlaps with Poisonous Person anyway) but can give an example for wings casting off poison as an attack:

Video Games

  • In the Franchise/Pokemon, several flying bug-type pokemon like Dustox tend to use their wings to douse players with various powders, with effects ranging from poisoning to paralysis. Its entry in Pokemon Ruby And Sapphire reads:
    When Dustox flaps its wings, a fine dust is scattered all over. This dust is actually a powerful poison that will even make a pro wrestler sick. This Pokémon searches for food using its antennae like radar.

EDIT: Forgot to mention I did know of 2 examples for shield wings (calling it Wing Shield after Spyro Enter The Dragonfly's ability) but just didn't know if there was a trope name for it or not.

Jan 21st 2019 at 4:05:04 AM

Perhaps Wing Shield could be a separate trope. (I might have a few examples too)

Jan 21st 2019 at 7:30:51 PM

This is the Sub-index of both Natural Weapon and Winged Tropes...

A good name that keeps this from sounding like plane wings apply, is tough...

Natural Wings As Weapons... Seems a bit too wordy, but seems like it has to be, for the specificity we want...

Or Wings As Natural Weapons...

Jan 21st 2019 at 7:57:16 PM

Wings Are Not Soft? Or would that still apply to planes?

Jan 23rd 2019 at 2:24:44 PM

@4tell0life4: I can't waste much of my time on this draft when I'm mostly neglecting it anyway. This draft is here for one purpose and one purpose only: to prevent Wing Smack from being converted from a Sister Trope to a Super Trope. Unless anyone can convince me otherwise, this draft will be nuked once it has served its purpose.

That being said, I'm open to keeping it around, and the idea of expanding this to cover both offensive and defensive use of wings sounds pretty appealing. Would the title Combat Wings work as a catch-all term for both?

V Exactly.

Jan 23rd 2019 at 1:08:53 PM

I feel like Wing Smack (or in this case Wing Whack Attack) already proved itself to be a sister trope thanks to its own examples and the new name to keep it from being confused with Razor Wings.

You can keep the draft around though since it would be a nice thing to have once everything launches, and Combat Wings works as a good title for now. But I'd just let it get buried/put it on hold so all focus can go back to Wing Whack Attack.

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