Weapon/Object Duality

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Weapon/object duality is a game concept that is a feature, often mistaken as a glitch, in Problem Sleuth whereby all weapons have an innocuous double, switching back and forth between the two forms seemingly at random. Interestingly, the object and the weapon may have large differences in their degree of encumbrance. Bizarrely, they often do not, the hairpin being heavy enough to break the glass in the skylight. Pumpkins also seem to have this effect in Jailbreak, though their innocuous double is nothing (or air).

Originally, the effect would be triggered whenever the object was named (You would have a Gun if you called it a Key, and vice-versa). This later changed to whatever was funnier at the moment.

During the Midnight Crew Intermission, Clubs Deuce acknowledges this gag by mentioning how he can never remember which one of his weapon/object "cards" to pick up. It appears that every card will have a double. Furthermore, when Spades Slick takes out his deck of cards, it appears as a large spiked chest instead. Interestingly, the chest contains some of his possessions... including another deck of cards.

In Homestuck, Kanaya Maryam has a Chainsaw/Lipstick, but it appears to collapse or expand mechanically from one object into the other. This oddly achieves the same effect as the duality seen in Problem Sleuth without any "glitch" occurring. Her chainsaw/lipstick appears to be designed to transform rather than doing so for no apparent reason such as in Problem Sleuth and the Midnight Crew Intermission.

Later on in Homestuck: Intermission 2 it's revealed that Lord English's CAIRO OVERCOAT turns into an Egyptian Sarcophagus, which is a play on gangster slang for coffin: "Chicago Overcoat".

After the scratch in Homestuck, Jane Crocker also owns a spoon that on 11/11/11 11:11 switches into a fork, and from then on is able to switch between the spoon and the fork.

Calliope has a white wandSburb Logo that is the innocuous double of her magnum. She notesSburb Logo that Caliborn has a similar but more heavy-handed weapon, which later turns out to be a scepter/machine gun.

Problem Sleuth

Weapon Innocuous Double
Handgun Key
Tommy Gun Ring of Keys
Machine Gun Hairpin
Knife Teddy Bear
Stun Gun Paint Roller
Flame Thrower Paint Stripper
Sniper Rifle Sextant
Brass Knuckles Megaton Key
Prussian Kuirassier Helmet Blond Wig
2 by 4 Romance Novel
Bandoleer of Grenades Chocolates
Chainsaw Lipstick
Scythe Everything
Tectrixcalibur Tectrix of the Arbitor
Scabbard of Tectrixcalibur Ink of Squid Pro Quo
Smith Corona Blotspitter Typewriter
Ink Ribbon Cartridge Semigoddess' hair ribbon
Fork Gay Pornography
Probably skeleton key Skeleton Brush


Kanaya Maryam's Lipstick Chainsaw
Egyptian Sarcophagus Cairo Overcoat
Lord English's Assault Rifle Golden Cuestaff 
Calliope's magnum Wand
Caliborn's assault rifle


Biscuits' oven (with the Felt including Ms. Paint, plus Aurthour inside)  Thirteen of Stars

Midnight Crew Intermission

War Chest/Battledrobe/Brawlsoleum/Wrathtub Deck of Cards
Cast Iron Horse Hitcher Ace of Spades
Occam's Razor King of Spades
Claymore Sword Eight of Spades
Saber Rattle Four of Spades
Bait and Switchblade Seven of Spades
Spades Key Instructions for Playing Blackjack
Licorice Scotty Dogs Deuce of Spades
Licorice Gummy Bears Deuce of Clubs
Swedish Fish Deuce of Diamonds
Wax Lips Deuce of Hearts
Radio Ten of Spades and Four of Diamonds
Demolition C4 Seven of Spades
CD's Backup Hat Jack of Diamonds
King of Clubs Eight of Hearts
Lance Snowman's cigarette holder

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