I feel like I'm just asking for brickbats this morning, but later I'll post a similar discussion concerning science fiction tropes that provoke eye-rolls from even the most ardent fans. http://io9.com/10-tropes-involving-fantasy-weapons-that-should-die-in-1653194903?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow I'll list them in short, totally paraphrased, form for those who hate reading linked articles and let y'all discuss as you either nod slowly in begrudging agreement or clutch the pearls with your jaw hanging open in deeply offended shock and indignation. The Reforged Weapon. Basically the broken weapon that is a metaphor for its broken owner who finds healing and strength in some way and then the sword is reforged, mightier and awesomer than ever. Basic gripe: we've seen it way too much and the symbolism is as heavy handed as a gorilla doing brain surgery. The Secret Weapon in Your Back Pocket. There are some magical, mythological things either sought or spoken of in the story and only toward the end does someone realize the pretty little flute in their pocket that's gotten them out of so many jams is one of those things. Blind much? Mystical Materials. Valyrian steel. 'Nuff said. The Absurdly Sharp Blade. It can cut through time and split light. Why? Who cares? The Rusted and Dented Swords of Evil. Kinda' the opposite of the Mystical Materials trope. Why do the bad guys always have shit weapons? Not much of a fight when your shit cuts time and space and the baddie's shit won't open a can of tuna fish. Weapons Tied to Specific Races. Would this really play out in real life? "Me axe is mighty and strong and heavy as fooq to wield on the ba'lefield. It gives me absolutely no advantage in reach and since I'm a Dwarf, that's not exactly a good thing, but I'll be damned if I pick up a human blade or an elvin bow. I'd rather have me beard cut off." The Weapon too Big to Be Useful. It represents the level of hidden awesome inside the soon to be hero. We get it. We soooooooooo get it. Unusually Plot-Specific Ability. "And this arrow right here, that I can only ever use once so I'm saving it, has a charm on it that takes it to the target I see in my mind, even if I cannot see it with my eyes." So, we can definitely expect that some scene is going to happen where that little trick saves the day, aye? Nice foreshadow... not. The Evil Weapon that Hungers for Blood and Corrupts the Soul. Yes, yes, power corrupts. Why so much heavy handed metaphorical investment in weapons? What gives? Weapons with Minds of their Own. Not really sure why they didn't like this one, but it's on the list.