Check out this informative post from the Legends of Windemere blog on signature weapons and why they are are almost as important as a name.
Simon Belmont and his whip. King Arthur and Excalibur. Doom and the BFG 9000. Samus Aran and the Power Suit. All of these are characters that can be identified by their weapons. You see them holding it or not even their whole body, but you just know who is holding it. I’m sure everyone can think of one right away even they don’t watch or read a lot of action stories.
I think the concept of a weapon or item that identifies a character has been around longer than fiction. Mythology is filled with it like Zeus’s lightning bolt and Perseus’s shield. If I mentioned the jawbone of an ass, you would think of Samson. Although, I guess it doesn’t work if you don’t know the story. So, the exposure of these objects don’t come immediately, but they do become universal among fans and as the story itself…
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