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Goku: Hey, no fair! I can't pull swords out of my body.
Sansho: Stand still and you will!
Dragon Ball Z Abridged, The Dead Zone
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This is pretty simple: weapons getting pulled out of people. In some settings, it's only one or two people who can do it; in others, it's just the way things are. In some cases, the weapon's appearance and type will be based on the personality of who it's coming out of.

Not to be confused with a character using a weapon they had been stabbed with. Related to Equippable Ally and Retractable Weapon.

See also Spontaneous Weapon Creation and Human Pack Mule. Compare Stomach of Holding.


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Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Saiga in Beet the Vandel Buster appear in this fashion. The weapons are often indicative of the abilities, if not the personality, of their wielders.
  • This also happens in the second season of Black Butler (anime only) - Hannah Annafellows is also known as 'The Sheathe of the Demonic Sword' - hidden inside her body is a BFS which is the only weapon capable of inflicting final death on a demon. The process of getting it out is... nasty.
  • In Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone Goku battles two minions who rip swords out of their bodies.
  • FLCL: Haruko repeatedly pulls robots and guitars out of Naota's head.
  • Guilty Crown: this is Shu's power.
  • Orochimaru from Naruto stores his Kusanagi sword inside his body and frequently pulls it from his own mouth to fight.
  • Some magical girl powers in Puella Magi Madoka Magica work like this, as we do see Sayaka pull a sword at one point. Mami is somewhere between this and Bag of Holding, in that she can grab guns from anywhere in her clothes.
  • In Revolutionary Girl Utena. At first it's just Anthy, but in the second and third arcs, all the duelists have this happen to them, either violently or consensually.
  • Shitsurakuen has this as a mechanic of the game that encompasses the entire school.
  • X1999:
    • Arashi Kishuu pulls her Cool Sword out of her own palm when needed.
    • The two Shinken are also taken out from human bodies, and depending on the medium they emerge from Saya Monou and Tokiko Magami (manga and TV series) or Tokiko's older sister Tohru and Saya's daughter Kotori (movie). In all cases, it's an extremely messy process that kills the host.

    Comic Books 
  • The symbiotes of Marvel Comics are amorphous symbiotic lifeforms once described as "living tesseracts". It doesn't come up much after Spider-Man's first arc before separating from Venom, but they can store objects within themselves without changing their apparent mass.
  • Ravages of Time: Weapons hidden via swallowing (to be regurgitated when necessary) are a common way for assassins to get past full-body searches.
  • In Runaways Nico's magic staff is located inside her body, and to get it her blood must be spilled.
  • Scott Pilgrim does this to himself. Twice.

    Films — Live-Action 
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    Literature 
  • In the Book of Revelation, Jesus is described in a vision by John as having a sword coming out of His mouth. Keep in mind, though, that the book of Revelation is rather...figurative, at times.
  • Cradle Series: At the peak of the Truegold level, a sacred artist can learn to open their soulspace, a tiny space in their soul that can hold a physical object. It takes time for it to grow large enough to hold anything useful, and most people use it for an emergency weapon. Its most important use, however, is that it can hold soulfire, which is required to reforge a body and become an Underlord. The Akura family uses an expensive process to open their children's soulspaces at a much lower advancement level, since it is required for them to bond with the mystical tomes that form the basis of the family Paths.
  • Labyrinths of Echo had Max became a storage of an ancient king's sword, to turn him "less alive" and less of a death magnet. He removed and replaced it several times, but tried to avoid this, since it hurt like being stabbed for real. Until Max gave the sword away, whenever he should have been killed by magic he instead found himself in sharp pain, with torn clothes, a sword hilt sticking out of the sternum and looking not much better than a corpse (it hurts a lot). This was even exploited for intimidation value.
  • Power Rangers Time Force had a Big Bad with the ability to pull weapons from his body. It looked agonizing.
  • In Improfanfic story Do-Gooders, Matsuro learns in the second chapter that he can pull his Sword of Duality (#9 of 20) from his stomach. It takes him three more chapters and a loose soda can in his room to figure out how to put it back.

    Video Games 
  • The Raiden Shogun in Genshin Impact draws her sword Musou Isshin from her chest. It's not clear exactly how she is able to do this. You could argue it is because she is a synthetic construct, but Ei is able to do it, too. More confusingly, for much of the game, Ei resides in a Pocket Dimension inside the sword itself, yet can draw the sword while there. Is this dimension recursive somehow?
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: We know Fi's the Goddess/Master Sword, right? Well, Ghirahim is actually a sword too, and when Demise is resurrected, Demise yanks the sword that is Ghirahim right out of Ghirahim's body.

    Visual Novels 
  • In the Heaven's Feel route of Fate/stay night, Shirou suffers a Super-Power Meltdown, in it's final stage it manifest as Power Incontinence, and since his main hability is to Summon and Materialize Weapons(mainly Swords), they start coming out of his body, while it is quite painful and reduces his mobility, on his final battle it helps him giving him an edge over his enemy.

    Western Animation 
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pinkie Pie does this. She keeps a very large stash of items in her mane, including her ubiquitous party cannon.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Pearl's method of summoning her spear is to pull it from the gem in her forehead. Though all Gems summon their weapons from their gem, hers is the most obviously "pulled out". She can also store random objects in her head.
    • Garnet is shown summoning an object in the early Season 1 episode, "Serious Steven", but it's unclear if it came out of her gemstone.
    • Lion also keeps a weapon in his head— Rose's sword. Both him and Pearl's storage methods have visual nods to Revolutionary Girl Utena. Apparently he can also keep stuff in his throat, no Pocket Dimension involved.
    • In a more physical version, the fusion of two Topazes unfuse and fuse again on both sides someone, trapping them in her body. The fused Topaz is so huge that she can easily walk around with multiple people stuck inside her. This is apparently the standard method of transporting humans taken captive by Homeworld. There no risk of her suffering organ damage because her Hard Light body seems to be a solid mass with no internal organs.

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