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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.

Weapon duality in action

Lord English's staff switching to an assault rifle.

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

Innocuous Double Weapon
Key Handgun
Ring of keys Tommy Gun
Hairpin Machinegun
Teddy Bear Knife
Paint Roller Stun gun
Paint Stripper Flame Thrower
Sextant Sniper Rifle
Megaton Key Brass Knuckles
Blond wig Prussian Kuirassier Helmet
Romance Novel 2 by 4
Chocolates Bandolier of Grenades
Lipstick Chainsaw
Everything Scythe
Tectrix of the Arbitor Tectrixcalibur
Ink of Squid Pro Quo Scabbard of Tectrixcalibur
Typewriter Smith Corona Blotspitter
Semigoddess' hairpin Ribbon Cardridge
Gay pornography Fork
Skeleton Brush Probably skeleton key

Homestuck

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

Cane

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

Midnight Crew Intermission

Deck of Cards War Chest/Battledrobe/Brawlsoleum/Wrathtub
Ace of Spades Cast Iron Horse Hitcher
King of Spades Occam's razor
Eight of Spades Claymore's
Four of Spades Saber Rattle
Seven of Spades Bait and Switchblade
Instructions of Playing Blackjack Spades key
Deuce of Spades Licorice scotty dogs
Deuce of Clubs Licorice gummy bears
Deuce of Diamonds Swedish Fish
Deuce of Hearts Wax lips
Ten of Spades and Four of Diamonds Radio
Seven of Spades Demolition C4
Jack of Diamonds CD's Backup Hat
Eight of Hearts King of Clubs
Snowman's cigarette holder Lance

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