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Basic: The tendency of the main character in RPGs to use sword.

  • Straight: Bob, the main character of Heroes of Troperia, uses a sword.
  • Exaggerated: Absolutely every main character in the Heroes of Troperia series uses a sword, even when the game is set in outer space.
  • Justified:
    • Firearms don't exist in the setting of "Heroes of Troperia", so melee weapons such as swords are actually 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.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob starts with a sword, but later on can use variety of weapons.
  • Doubly Subverted: But 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 main character.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: But Goddess Sophia bestows better swords to her chosens.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob starts out with a sword. But later on can wield a variety of weapons. But 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 do 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.
  • Played For Laughs: Everyone else, who use more efficient weapons, ridicule Bob for Compensating for Something.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Defied:
    • Emperor Evulz is a master of jutte, knowing that heroes are out to get him.
    • With more practical weapons available, Bob sees no reason to even look twice at a sword.
  • 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 heroes."

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