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Basic Trope: Weapon that can move around and attack freely.

  • Straight: Forged Specter is a floating sword capable of attacking people on its own.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Forged Specter is a tower-sized BFG that can levitate with unmatched dexterity, capable of leveling entire cities and forests with incredible ease.
    • Forged Specter is a dozen of enchanted levitating arsenal of bifurcated weaponries which the user can remotely control and/or release for them to unleash havoc as they please.
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  • Downplayed: Forged Specter is capable of floating a bit away from its user, and can correct their strikes to be more accurate.
  • Justified:
    • Forged Specter is actually part of a species of weaponoid magical entities.
    • Forged Specter is possessed by a particularly potent soul.
    • Forged Specter is being remotely manipulated by its master.
  • Inverted:
    • Hopeful Reanimate is a sword that bestows autonomy to anything it touches.
    • Dead Zoner is a weapon that denies motion and action, leaving the world around it a dead zone of activity.
    • The Wing Saber allows its wielder to fly. note 
  • Subverted: Forged Specter is actually being manipulated via strings. Cut those and it'll fall to the ground.
  • Double Subverted: ...At least, that was the case until Bob learned how to directly infuse it, thus being able to move without any physical connection to him.
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  • Parodied: Forged Specter makes crude vocalizations mimicking propeller plane's sounds as it glides through the air. And when subdued, smoke appears out of nowhere as it spin-crashes into the ground like a miniature airplane.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Weapons cannot move on their own or be used without physical contact.
  • Enforced: "We need to get Bob out of trouble, but how do we justify a Deus ex Machina here? Hey, let's reveal Forged Specter is capable of autonomy!"
  • Lampshaded: "So, your sword is the actual swordsman here? Dear god, you're the accessory aren't you?"
  • Invoked: Bob gets Forged Specter infused with magic to look even more badass by simply commanding his sword to fight.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob gets his blade, Forged Specter, enchanted so he can multitask in battle.
    • Drake baits Bob into battle and then Forged Specter into a trap to easily deal with the now defenseless hero.
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  • Defied: Bob attaches a strap to Forged Specter to keep it from leaving him, even using his telekinesis to prevent its own movement.
  • Discussed: "With all the magic going around, such as Improvised Golems and Empathic Weapons what about... Flying weapons?" "Well, if people are going to make living armor, I see no reason why there wouldn't be animate weapons."
  • Conversed: "Sure, flying weapons can attack from a greater range than normal, but that also makes them way easier to capture!" "Well, if these floating weapons are able to fight so deftly, I imagine they would have pretty good evasion too."
  • Implied: Bob is a little too fortunate when it comes to hurling his sword at people, though whether that be because of luck or something special about Forged Specter is uncertain.
  • Deconstructed:
    • If the weapon is fully automatic: A particularly clever and skillful person could use Deadly Dodging in order to turn the Forged Specter against the wielder's allies, or even the wielder themselves.
    • If the weapon requires direct mental control: That would turn Forged Specter's master into an easy target for sneak attacks, as they would be too busy remotely controlling the blade to notice them.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: The Forged Specter, carried away with a battle, gets repeatedly shouted at by an indignant Bob to come back to him already.
  • Played For Drama: The Forged Specter, made to fight, gets anxious and mad whenever it isn't allowed to do anything. Thus, if Bob doesn't let it sate its desire, Forged Specter will end up turning on him to alleviate its madness.

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