Melchior appears in the console RPG Chrono Trigger as a pacifistic master weaponsmith. Despite the apparent contradiction inherent in this, it is an archetype in Japanese culture. Similarly illustrated by the phrase common in Usagi Yojimbo, "The best blade is the one that is never used", or by the sword sequence in Kill Bill.

Melchior can often be heard complaining about the violence in the world, and then weaseling through his contradiction in order to sell the party weaponry. The message that this sends to the player is questionable: don't fight, unless it's for the best. Sounds good, but when would that ever actually stop anyone from fighting? Seems more likely to subvert the converted.

I suppose there have been worse things, such as the Comics Code Authority. Now there's a backfire.