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Basic Trope: Pillar-sized object used as a weapon

  • Straight: Alice rips a street-light out of the ground to beat people with.
  • Exaggerated: Alice’s weapon of choice is a massive pillar the size of the empire state building.
  • Downplayed: Alice tears up a small shrub to hit people with.
  • Justified: Alice is superstrong, and is already formally trained in the Simple Staff, so it’s just a matter of scaling up.
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  • Inverted: Alice uses a toothpick as her weapon of choice. Not even a BIG toothpick.
  • Subverted: Alice rips a telephone pole out of the ground… and then throws it into the sky.
  • Double Subverted: At the end of the fight, the pillar is caught by Alice, who uses it as part of her finishing move.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice is asked to pick a weapon from a pillar. Nonplussed, Alice chooses the pillar.
    • A fight between Alice and Bob, where both of them have building-sized Telephone Polearms. Said weapons are so big they’re the only things visible on screen.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice rips out a large redwood tree to use as a weapon, but it turns out it’s just to intimate Bob. Bob, nonplussed, rips out an even bigger tree and launches it at Alice, who is forced to block.
  • Averted: Nothing oversized and pillar-like is weaponized.
  • Enforced: ???
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  • Lampshaded: “Alice, I don’t think that’s what Roosevelt meant by speaking softly and carrying a big stick. “
  • Invoked: Alice has a massive staff made so that she would have a reach advantage on all she encounters.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob snipes Alice while she’s busy ripping the pole out the ground.
    • Alice uses the pole against an enemy that can drain energy by touch, preventing her from being affected.
  • Defied: “That’s WAY too heavy! I’m not picking that up!”
  • Discussed:
    • “Compensating for something with that?”
    • “Yes. The fact I can’t beat up an army with my crotch. If I could, I wouldn’t need this.”
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: We see the aftermath of Alice’s fight, where a giant it impaled through the skull via a telephone pole.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • So she has a staff custom-made for her instead.
    • It may be slow, but it's reach and width is still enough to take out scores of lesser opponents when they have no room to move out the way: Bob is a higher class of warrior, which is why he escaped unscathed.
  • Played For Laughs: After beating the pulp out of her enemy, Alice uses the pole to take a phonecall.
  • Played For Drama: Baron Bloodthirst ripping a telephone pole out he ground signifies his status as an Outside-Context Problem, as no-one on the show was shown with that much physical strength before.

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