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Basic Trope: Edged weapon that uses heat to increase its damage output.

  • Straight: Burning Will is a heated sword that burns on touch.
  • Exaggerated: The heat Burning Will outputs alone is a weapon, almost making the blade superfluous.
  • Downplayed: Burning Will, whilst heated, isn't much warmer than any piece of metal sitting out in the sunlight.
  • Justified:
    • The Burning Will is an improvised weapon in the midst of forging.
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    • The Burning Will has been out in the sunlight all day.
  • Inverted: Frozen Despair is a cold void, displacing heat from reaching it.
  • Subverted: The Burning Will is actually a vibroblade that vibrates so fast human perception can't notice.
  • Double Subverted: ...However once Bob disengages the limiter, the true heat of Burning Will becomes apparent.
  • Parodied: The Burning Will's handle just as hot as the blade, Bob is thus incapable of picking it up, refusing to give up because he wants its power.
  • Zig Zagged: The Burning Will is known as a heated sword, but in actuality is cool to the touch. However in mid day the Burning Will is now burning hot- Because its been sitting out in the sun. Though once Bob activates Burning Will's true functionality strong heat radiates from the blade, but even then...
  • Averted: Either people don't think to heat their weapons, or their options renders the idea pointless.
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  • Enforced: "Bob needs an amazing sword, but a Flaming Sword is too fantastical and a Laser Blade too advanced. Hey, let's make the Burning Will a heated blade!"
  • Lampshaded: "So what's the Burning Will made out of? Shouldn't that be melting into slag in your hands?"
  • Invoked: Bob, wanting the closest thing to a flaming sword, constructs the Burning Will with heating coils.
  • Exploited: Bob uses the Burning Will as his portable stovetop and dryer.
  • Defied: Bob, wanting to be practical and not sadistic, refuses to use mid-forge blades or to leave his blades out in the sunlight.
  • Discussed: "So why doesn't Bob use a proper Flaming Sword or even a Laser Blade instead?" "Well, both are more dangerous and difficult to master. However, the enhanced power of a heated blade is much more subtle and deniable, giving him the element of surprise."
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  • Conversed: "Hot blades have the same problem as flaming swords and laser blades. They're all inherently dangerous weapons that require even more training than a normal sword!" "Sure, whilst a user of a hot blade needs to be caution to avoid injuring themselves, that's still true even with non-powered weapons."
  • Implied: Bob and Drake both use swords made of the same metals & apparent design. Yet in the end Bob's sword the Burning Will shatters Drake's Draconic Will, the Burning Will noticeably a brighter shade of red.
  • Deconstructed: The Burning Will is a structurally unstable, user dangerous weapon that's prone to malfunctioning if the tech within isn't properly designed. Thus, it'll either melt into slag from prolonged use, give the user varying degrees of burns, or fail to heat up at all because of technology failure.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The Burning Will, whilst impractical as a long-term weapon, makes for a very effective torture and execution tool.
    • The Burning Will, not feasible as a long-term weapon, is redesigned as disposable short-term ones.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob, having been using the Burning Will for a while, notices the smell of bacon. Looking down at his hands, he drops the Burning Will in surprise at his baconified skin.
  • Played For Drama: The Burning Will, never truly meant as a weapon, finally falls apart whilst Bob is in battle. His main weapon reduced useless, Bob is thus easily defeated.

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