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Basic Trope: A small, concealed weapon worn by a woman for self defense.

  • Straight: Alice carries a small hidden dagger to use if she's ever raped.
  • Exaggerated: Alice carries a knife, a backup knife, and some poison too.
  • Downplayed: Alice doesn't carry her knife all the time at home, but when she's going on a dangerous quest, she brings it.
    • Rather than a knife or a gun, Alice carries pepper spray or mace with her to stun or incapacitate an attacker and allow her to get away.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice is shown to carry such a knife in case she's attacked (foreshadowing), but when she actually is attacked, it's in her bed, and she's just wearing her nightgown.
    • Alice has a knife in her purse, but it's just a Swiss Army knife that has all kinds of other useful Noodle Implements as well. She therefore has it for utility more than self-defense.
  • Double Subverted: …but Alice is Crazy-Prepared and sleeps with her knife under her pillow.
    • She also carries a handgun in her purse.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice carries a knife for this purpose… a butter knife.
    • Alice carries a whole armory of weapons.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice inexplicably has a dagger when she needs one. Where it came from is never addressed.
  • Averted: No maidens carry hidden knives.
  • Enforced: "We can't let Alice actually be raped—that's too dark. What if she's got a knife or something and can fight him off?"
  • Lampshaded: "Damnit! Why do I always forget that you girls all have knives!"
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  • Invoked: At puberty, Alice's mother gives her a knife to protect herself. It's a common practice among women in their world.
  • Exploited: When Bob needs a knife for a menial task, he asks Alice for hers, knowing she has one on hand.
  • Defied: On Alice's Arranged Marriage wedding night, someone takes away her knife so she cannot attack her new husband.
  • Implied: Alice is an Iron Lady, living in a No Woman's Land. After Carol is raped, rape is being discussed and another woman asks Alice if she has ever been raped. Alice grimly replies, "Someone tried, once."
  • Discussed: Alice and Bob have been kidnapped. They're talking while their kidnapper is out of the room. They're tied up and need to get free. Bob asks, "Do you have a knife or something, like those medieval girls in movies always do?"
  • Conversed: "The maidens in these stories always have knives. Why are their attackers always so surprised?"
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  • Deconstructed: Despite carrying knives, maidens are rarely trained how to use them. It is easy for their attackers to disarm them, or even use their knives against them.
  • Reconstructed: After being disarmed and raped, Alice gets her brother to train her how to fight with a knife, and then teaches all the other girls she knows.

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