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Using a spear is not a trope on its own. One of the following tropes may apply instead:

  • Boom Stick: Polearms that can fire energy blasts or projectiles.
  • Devil's Pitchfork: Tridents and similar weapons being used by demonic characters.
  • Double Weapon: A double-ended polearm.
  • Improvised Weapon: Strapping a blade to a shaft to make a spear, or sharpening a shaft into a spear.
  • Javelin Thrower: Lightweight spears used as ranged weapons by low-tech armies.
  • Jousting Lance: Lances being used by characters associated with medieval knights and/or chivalry.
  • Low-Tech Spears: Spears are used as an archetypical weapon for less technologically advanced people and cultures.
  • Naginatas Are Feminine: Naginatas being depicted as weapons used by women.
  • National Weapon: A weapon is closely associated with a particular cultural group.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Tridents being used by characters associated with the sea, such as sea gods.
  • Shock Stick: Polearms that can discharge electricity offensively.
  • A Thicket of Spears: Massed infantry fighting with polearms in formation.
  • Weapon-Based Characterization: Characters possessing weapons that are either a direct reflection of their personality or the traits commonly deemed to their character type.
  • Weapon Specialization: If a character's weapon choice is exclusive to them, it often makes them stand out even more from other characters.
  • Weapons of Their Trade: Hunters and fishermen using spears and harpoons as combat weapons.

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Alternative Title(s): Spear, Polearm