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4th May '16 5:57:12 AM Wuz
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** A more specialized version of the ''nodachi'' was known as the ''zanbato'', "horse-killing sword" or "horse-chopping sword". It supposedly differed from the ''nodachi'' mainly by having a ricasso approximately 12-18 inches long, allowing it to be used as a short polearm as well as a sword against cavalry; similar to the German Zweihänder. It is said to be derived from the similar Chinese ''zhanmadao'' (also transated as "horse-chopping sword"). Unlike large ''nodachi'' and ''odachi'' ("great sword") of which we have some surviving examples, it is more doubtful whether the ''zanbato'' ever actually existed or would have been a usable weapon if it did.

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** A more specialized version of the ''nodachi'' was known as the ''zanbato'', "horse-killing sword" or "horse-chopping sword". It supposedly differed from the ''nodachi'' mainly by having a ricasso approximately 12-18 inches long, allowing it to be used as a short polearm as well as a sword against cavalry; similar to the German Zweihänder. It is said to be derived from the similar Chinese ''zhanmadao'' (also transated translated as "horse-chopping sword"). Unlike large ''nodachi'' and ''odachi'' ("great sword") of which we have some surviving examples, it is more doubtful whether the ''zanbato'' ever actually existed or would have been a usable weapon if it did.
20th Apr '16 5:52:01 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* In ''{{Garo}}'', the title hero wields a reasonably-sized sword. With one of his later powerups, it can grow to grotesque proportions, allowing him to throw it, then jump on and ride it like a surfboard.

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* In ''{{Garo}}'', ''Series/{{Garo}}'', the title hero wields a reasonably-sized sword. With one of his later powerups, it can grow to grotesque proportions, allowing him to throw it, then jump on and ride it like a surfboard.
15th Apr '16 4:47:40 AM ChilledXSocks
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* The Godswords in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' are BFS weapons that the GODS fought over. They are some of the best weapons in the game damage-wise, and can be bought from other players for about 20-70 millions of GP. They are also really slow.

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* The Godswords in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' are BFS weapons that the GODS fought over. They are some were so powerful that they fetched prices upwards of the best 70 million GP when they were released. Of course, times have changed and [[InfinityPlusOneSword stronger weapons in came out]] over the game damage-wise, and can be bought from other players for about 20-70 millions of GP. They are also really slow.following years, but the godswords [[InfinityMinusOneSword still hold up in battle fairly well]].
13th Apr '16 9:55:20 PM BossKey
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** Arguably the most ludicrously oversized sword in the series belongs to Gilford the Legend in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. While it's pretty big in the first place, the guy who summoned Gilford proceeds to equip several more swords onto him, each of which is absorbed into Gilford's sword, making it even bigger. By the time he's done, the sword easily measures ''over twenty feet long''.



* Cattleya from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' wields a gaint two-handed sword appropriately named "Giant Killer".

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* Cattleya from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' wields a gaint giant two-handed sword appropriately named "Giant Killer".



** It is however [[InvertedTrope inverted]] with Defender, the Magical Knight and his, well, it would be generous to call that thing a "knife".

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** It is however [[InvertedTrope inverted]] with Defender, the Magical Knight and his, well, it would be generous to call that thing a "knife". Although, as the name suggests, he makes up for it with a Big Freaking ''[[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Shield]]''.
** Taken to ridiculous levels with Super Quantal Mech Sword - Magnaslayer. It's a giant LaserBlade designed to be wielded by a HumongousMecha, whose blade is roughly as long as said HumongousMecha is tall.
10th Apr '16 3:30:54 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* The Chinese [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dadao Dadao]] isn't especially long (the blade is usually 2-3 feet) but it's very broad and blade-heavy. And in the UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar, the dadāo was quite effective against Japanese soldiers in hand-to-hand combat.

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* The Chinese [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dadao Dadao]] isn't especially long (the blade is usually 2-3 feet) but it's very broad and blade-heavy. And in the UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar, the dadāo was quite effective against Japanese soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. It helped that most of the soldiers who made up the "big sword" brigades were ex-warlord mercenaries, who had a lot of experience using these to battle other mercenaries during the Warlord Era.



8th Apr '16 8:45:30 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}'', one of the weapons of [[TheHero Taylor]] is a huge sword. She used it for first time to fight an EldritchAbomination.
5th Apr '16 1:18:27 PM Willbyr
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* ''KingdomHearts''
** the Keyblade usually stays a reasonably realistic size for a sword, but some endgame Keyblades fall into the low end of BFK territory. Terra in particular has a keyblade as long as he is tall. While Sora's two largest keyblades are both connected to the same Final Fanatsy title, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII you'll never guess which one.]]

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* ''KingdomHearts''
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** the The Keyblade usually stays a reasonably realistic size for a sword, but some endgame Keyblades fall into the low end of BFK territory. Terra in particular has a keyblade as long as he is tall. While Sora's two largest keyblades are both connected to the same Final Fanatsy title, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII you'll never guess which one.]]
5th Apr '16 10:52:01 AM Averagemoe
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* In VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath "Really Big Sword" is actually the brand name of Beethro's sword.
25th Mar '16 12:33:14 PM Tightwire
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A common trope to both video games and anime, a BFS is an unrealistically large sword most often owned by TheHero, TheChosenOne, or whatever type the lead happens to be. The BFS is often nearly as long as its owner is tall, and may or may not have other special abilities besides being humongous. If a BFS does possess other strange qualities, one of them almost assuredly prevents it from being used by other people, whether that be weight, a magical barrier, a direct link to its owner, or other means.

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A common trope to both video games and anime, a BFS is an unrealistically large sword most often owned by TheHero, TheChosenOne, or whatever type the lead happens to be. The BFS is often To be a true BFS, it should be nearly as long as its owner is tall, and may or may not have other special abilities besides being humongous. If a BFS does possess other strange qualities, one of them almost assuredly prevents it from being used by other people, whether that be weight, a magical barrier, a direct link to its owner, or other means.
12th Mar '16 4:04:17 PM TheInimitableECypher
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* The Scottish two-handed claymore, while not quite as huge as the Zweihander and nowhere near as big as fantasy examples, was quite large. They were typically around 140cm of length and weighed less than 6lbs, and are numerous existing examples in museums.

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* The Scottish two-handed claymore, while not quite as huge as the Zweihander Zweihänder and nowhere near as big as fantasy examples, was quite large. They were typically around 140cm of length and weighed less than 6lbs, and are numerous existing examples in museums.



* The German "Zweihänder" was up to 6 feet long, weighing up to 7 lb. (3 kg) and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin used in both hands]], allegedly to break up pike formations. While heavy, it is still [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hfLZozBVpM agile and flexible]] if wielded properly. Two-handers are included in the iconic image of the Landsknechts (hired foot soldiers, often not of noble origin). Those who actually used two handed swords were called "Doppelsöldner" (double mercenary) because they received double pay for their services.

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* The German "Zweihänder" was up to 6 feet long, weighing up to 7 lb. (3 kg) and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin used in both hands]], allegedly to break up pike formations. While heavy, it is still [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hfLZozBVpM agile and flexible]] if wielded properly. Two-handers are included in the iconic image of the Landsknechts (hired foot soldiers, often not of noble origin). Those who actually used two handed swords were called "Doppelsöldner" (double mercenary) because they received double pay for their services.
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