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Basic: Heroes and swords go hand in hand.

  • Straight: Bob, The Hero of Heroes of Troperia, is given a sword right before setting off on his quest to save the world.
  • Exaggerated: Absolutely every heroic character in the Heroes of Troperia series uses a sword, even when the game is set in outer space.
  • Downplayed: Bob's favorite weapon is the sword, but he uses a variety of different weapons depending on the situation.
  • Justified:
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    • Firearms don't exist in the setting of "Heroes of Troperia", so melee weapons such as swords are effective in combat.
    • Bob is under the legal age to possess firearms, or doesn't have access to them.
    • All the firearms in the setting are used by villains.
    • Swords are given as an award for great feats of courage. Bob has a sword because he is a hero.
    • Bob's enemies are reinforced to protect against firearms. Bob's sword is more effective against them.
    • Bob uses a sword to fight against fairies.
    • The Sword of Plot Advancement can only be wielded by The Chosen One. Bob, having been destined to take up this sword, has been trained to use other swords all his life.
    • Bob doesn't want to fight, but still needs a way to defend himself. He chooses a sword because it's versatile and easy to carry.
  • Inverted:
    • Only the Red Shirts and the Mooks use swords.
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    • Everyone in the party except the hero wields a sword. The Hero fights with a poisoned dagger instead.
    • Bob is a Knife Nut or Archer Archetype, but Emperor Evulz uses swords.
    • Swords prefer heroes.
    • The work features a very lowly protagonist and clearly thinks Armies Are Evil. Correspondingly, anyone that has a sword - a tool which is only useful for killing - is a villain of the highest caliber.
  • Subverted: Bob is given a sword, but immediately loses it and fights with something else.
    • Bob gets a sword and clearly is set up to be The Hero, but then he quickly gets killed off. The proceeding protagonist never ever even touches a sword for the rest of the story.
  • Double Subverted: His Infinity +1 Sword is (you guessed it) a sword, and so is the aptly-named Sword of Plot Advancement.
  • Parodied: Anyone who touches a sword instantly becomes The Hero. This leads to characters trying to remove the threat of the Villain of the Week by forcing a sword's hilt into their hands.
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  • Zig Zagged: Bob starts out with a sword, but then he losses it. He can find one later also a variety of weapons. His better weapons are still swords, but most enemies are immune to swords(?!). However, all of Bob's Limit Breaks that overcome any defense can only be used with swords...
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
    • Games with sword-wielding heroes sell better so Bob is a sword-wielding hero in outer space.
    • You can't change Bob's weapon, since the game doesn't let you sell and buy equipment. Bob's sword stays as his weapon for the whole game.
  • Lampshaded: "Wow, you must be the prophesied hero! You wield a sword!"
  • Invoked: When Emperor Evulz' evil army invade his village, Bob the farmer takes up his sword, hoping to defeat them like the heroes in legend.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: With more practical weapons available, Bob sees no reason to even look twice at a sword.
    • In a game that allows Bob to equip any number of weapons, including melee weapons, swords are specifically off the table.
  • Discussed: "The stories say: in bleak times such as now, there is always a sword-wielding hero rising to fight the tyrant."
  • Conversed: "Unlike what you may read in story books, a sword is an unlikely weapon for the hero in an age of fire arms."
    • [Sees a group shot of the anime or JRPG cast holding weapons] "This one's probably the protagonist; he's the only one with a sword, you see."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob trains in advanced swordplay to deflect bullets and defend himself against more practical weapons. He also wears bullet proof body armor. Thus, he becomes a much more deadly force than any firearm.
    • But Goddess Sophia bestows better swords to her chosens.
    • Bob, arriving in purgatory, is told by the goddess to return, and his sword is powered up. Now that he Came Back Strong he tears up the enemy.
    • After being found no guilty in his records, Bob decided to carry his sword for self-defense without intentions to murder people.
  • Played For Laughs: Everyone else, who use more efficient weapons, ridicule Bob as a Heroic Comedic Sociopath.
  • Played For Drama:
    • It's Bob's code of honor to use swords, so when a hostage-taking situation happens where he is forced to use throwing daggers, he is in a serious pinch.
    • Bob's sword is broken, so he gives up being a hero and fades into obscurity.
    • Bob is a skilled archer. Everyone he meets views him as a coward or an outright villain, due to believing this trope to be in full effect.

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