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27th Mar '17 3:33:50 PM TheBigBopper
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** Guts and his Dragon Slayer are a classic example. The story behind the Dragonslayer is an interesting one -- the blacksmith who made it was commissioned to make a [[MeaningfulName sword that could kill dragons in one stroke]]. But since there was no dragons (at the time), he forged a sword too large and heavy for humans to wield, because the only way to kill any creature is with an equally impossible weapon. The only reason Guts can swing it around at all, let alone as fine as he does, is that he's been training with oversized swords since childhood: he began with a normal-sized longsword, which at the time was much too big for him, and simply scaled up the size of his weapon as he grew up. The Dragonslayer is simply the logical conclusion of this progression, but unfortunately the Dragonslayer hasn't yet lived up to it's name when comes to dragon slaying aside from [[http://i.imgur.com/7Dk1Vlb.jpg cover art]]. Ironically, despite a painstaking attempt to portray the weapon somewhat realistically with a lot of momentum and almost no real cutting edge, author Kentaro Miura has admitted in interviews that he originally hit upon the idea of the huge sword just as a gimmick to attract readers.

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** Guts and his Dragon Slayer are a classic example. The story behind the Dragonslayer is an interesting one -- the blacksmith who made it was commissioned to make a [[MeaningfulName sword that could kill dragons in one stroke]]. But since there was no dragons (at the time), he forged a sword too large and heavy for humans to wield, because the only way to kill any creature is with an equally impossible weapon. The only reason Guts can swing it around at all, let alone as fine skillfully as he does, is that he's been training with oversized swords since childhood: he began with a normal-sized longsword, which at the time was much too big for him, him when he was six years old, and simply scaled up the size of his weapon as he grew up. The Dragonslayer is simply the logical conclusion of this progression, but unfortunately the Dragonslayer hasn't yet lived up to it's name when comes to dragon slaying aside from [[http://i.imgur.com/7Dk1Vlb.jpg cover art]]. Ironically, despite a painstaking attempt to portray the weapon somewhat realistically with a lot of momentum and almost no real cutting edge, author Kentaro Miura has admitted in interviews that he originally hit upon the idea of the huge sword just as a gimmick to attract readers.
27th Mar '17 3:32:37 PM TheBigBopper
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* Guts and his Dragon Slayer from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' are a classic example. Though the giant swords he wields are relatively realistic in terms of being metallurgically problematic, with the Dragon Slayer stated to be forged from solid iron rather than carbon steel, and the art goes to great lengths to portray the weapon realistically with a lot of momentum and almost no real cutting edge. Many other characters have large versions of non-sword weapons as well, such as an atlatl-style spear thrower that generates cannon-like force or, in a Downplaying an Indian-style flexible sword that is of normal length but far more blades than normal (based on a real Indian weapon known as an ''urumi''). Ironically, despite a painstaking attempt at verisimilitude for the weapon's effects, ''Berserk'''s creator, Kentaro Miura, has admitted in interviews that he only hit upon the idea of the huge sword as a gimmick to attract readers.
** Many of the Apostles wield massive weapons, though this is becuase they are demons that just look human most of the time.
** This extends to the [[VideoGame/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage Dreamcast video game]] based on the series, as it's nigh-impossible to swing the Dragon Slayer in tight corridors without it bouncing off the wall to little effect. In the [[VideoGame/BerserkMillenniumFalconHenSeimaSenkiNoSho next licensed game for PS2]], set in the Millennium Falcon arc, this simply isn't an issue -- most of the action takes place outdoors, while the few indoor or underground areas that Guts goes into are spacious enough to allow him to use the Dragon Slayer to full asskicking effect.
** The story behind the Dragonslayer is an interesting one -- the blacksmith who made it was commissioned to make a [[MeaningfulName sword that could kill dragons in one stroke]]. But since there was no dragons (at the time), he forged a sword too large and heavy for humans to wield, because the only way to kill any creature is with an equally impossible weapon. The only reason Guts can swing it around at all, let alone as fine as he does, is that he's been training with oversized swords since childhood: he began with a normal-sized longsword, which at the time was much too big for him, and simply scaled up the size of his weapon as he grew up. The Dragonslayer is simply the logical conclusion of this progression, But unfortunately the Dragonslayer hasn't yet lived up to it's name when comes to dragon slaying aside from [[http://i.imgur.com/7Dk1Vlb.jpg cover art]]

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'':
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Guts and his Dragon Slayer from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' are a classic example. Though the giant swords he wields are relatively realistic in terms of being metallurgically problematic, with the Dragon Slayer stated to be forged from solid iron rather than carbon steel, and the art goes to great lengths to portray the weapon realistically with a lot of momentum and almost no real cutting edge. Many other characters have large versions of non-sword weapons as well, such as an atlatl-style spear thrower that generates cannon-like force or, in a Downplaying an Indian-style flexible sword that is of normal length but far more blades than normal (based on a real Indian weapon known as an ''urumi''). Ironically, despite a painstaking attempt at verisimilitude for the weapon's effects, ''Berserk'''s creator, Kentaro Miura, has admitted in interviews that he only hit upon the idea of the huge sword as a gimmick to attract readers.
** Many of the Apostles wield massive weapons, though this is becuase they are demons that just look human most of the time.
** This extends to the [[VideoGame/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage Dreamcast video game]] based on the series, as it's nigh-impossible to swing the Dragon Slayer in tight corridors without it bouncing off the wall to little effect. In the [[VideoGame/BerserkMillenniumFalconHenSeimaSenkiNoSho next licensed game for PS2]], set in the Millennium Falcon arc, this simply isn't an issue -- most of the action takes place outdoors, while the few indoor or underground areas that Guts goes into are spacious enough to allow him to use the Dragon Slayer to full asskicking effect.
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The story behind the Dragonslayer is an interesting one -- the blacksmith who made it was commissioned to make a [[MeaningfulName sword that could kill dragons in one stroke]]. But since there was no dragons (at the time), he forged a sword too large and heavy for humans to wield, because the only way to kill any creature is with an equally impossible weapon. The only reason Guts can swing it around at all, let alone as fine as he does, is that he's been training with oversized swords since childhood: he began with a normal-sized longsword, which at the time was much too big for him, and simply scaled up the size of his weapon as he grew up. The Dragonslayer is simply the logical conclusion of this progression, But but unfortunately the Dragonslayer hasn't yet lived up to it's name when comes to dragon slaying aside from [[http://i.imgur.com/7Dk1Vlb.jpg cover art]] art]]. Ironically, despite a painstaking attempt to portray the weapon somewhat realistically with a lot of momentum and almost no real cutting edge, author Kentaro Miura has admitted in interviews that he originally hit upon the idea of the huge sword just as a gimmick to attract readers.
** The portrayal of the Dragon Slayer's weight extends to the [[VideoGame/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage Dreamcast video game]] based on the series, as it's nigh-impossible to swing the Dragon Slayer in tight corridors without it bouncing off the wall to little effect. In the [[VideoGame/BerserkMillenniumFalconHenSeimaSenkiNoSho next licensed game for PS2]], set in the Millennium Falcon arc, this simply isn't an issue -- most of the action takes place outdoors, while the few indoor or underground areas that Guts goes into are spacious enough to allow him to use the Dragon Slayer to full asskicking effect.
** Many other characters have large versions of non-sword weapons as well, such as an atlatl-style spear thrower that generates cannon-like force or, in a Downplaying an Indian-style flexible sword that is of normal length but has far more blades than normal (based on a real Indian weapon known as an ''urumi'').
** Many of the Apostles wield massive weapons while in human form, but they have superhuman strength because their true forms are enormous monsters.
18th Mar '17 5:45:19 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Neopets}}'' card game parodies this with the card "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Big, Heavy Sword]]" which depicts an Usul (unsuccessfully) trying to wield it.

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* The ''{{Neopets}}'' ''{{TabletopGame/Neopets}}'' card game parodies this with the card "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Big, Heavy Sword]]" which depicts an Usul (unsuccessfully) trying to wield it.
17th Mar '17 4:46:55 PM intastiel
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* Sir Eglamore of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has two swords, each nearly as tall as him: A normal metal blade, for normal threats like [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] and wolves; and a [[PowerGlows glowing blade]] of unknown composition, for fighting Shadow Men. He backs them up with CharlesAtlasSuperpowers and [[spoiler:a whole suite of rune-warded RequiredSecondaryPowers]].

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* Sir Eglamore of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has two swords, each nearly as tall as him: A normal metal blade, for normal threats like [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] and wolves; and a [[PowerGlows glowing blade]] of unknown composition, for fighting Shadow Men. He backs them up with CharlesAtlasSuperpowers {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s and [[spoiler:a whole suite of rune-warded RequiredSecondaryPowers]].
17th Mar '17 4:46:25 PM intastiel
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* Sir Eglamore of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has two swords, each nearly as tall as him: A normal metal blade, for normal threats like [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] and wolves; and a [[PowerGlows glowing blade]] of unknown composition, for fighting Shadow Men.

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* Sir Eglamore of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has two swords, each nearly as tall as him: A normal metal blade, for normal threats like [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] and wolves; and a [[PowerGlows glowing blade]] of unknown composition, for fighting Shadow Men. He backs them up with CharlesAtlasSuperpowers and [[spoiler:a whole suite of rune-warded RequiredSecondaryPowers]].
15th Mar '17 6:15:43 PM nombretomado
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* MSFHighForum: Sam wields one of these. A large claymore to be specific. So does Mercurius.

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* MSFHighForum: Roleplay/MSFHighForum: Sam wields one of these. A large claymore to be specific. So does Mercurius.
15th Mar '17 2:09:35 AM Seraph
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* In ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', Karim finds a ram dao about two thirds into his level and wields it to the end. This huge blade looks more like a meat cleaver than anything and is wickedly destructive: A blow to the head completely obliterates a zombie's upper body leaving only its legs comically stumbling around, and a horizontal swing can knock down several enemies at once. The similarly large and destructive two-handed sword is an optional weapon that can be found by Anthony, Paul and Peter.
14th Mar '17 1:24:39 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ice, the sword of House Stark. It is so big that Tywin Lannister describes it as "absurdly large" and is able to reforge two normal Valyrian swords out of it.
9th Mar '17 11:29:12 AM Gairyuki
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** But the crowning king of Gundam BFS's has to be the Helmwige Reincar's Valkyria Buster Sword from season 2 of Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans. Handles fully extended, this thing is TWICE as tall as the Mobile Suit it's equipped to (The Helmwige is 21.1 meters, meaning the sword is at least 42 meters). Functionally, it's more of a DoubleWeapon that where the lower half can [[BifurcatedWeapon split]] to act as a club, leaving a sword that's STILL huge, just as big as the MS itself. It's SO big that it can only be stored on its crotch in a way as if it was still being held. It's SO big that its feet expand just to give it enough stability to wield the thing. It's SO big that it's treated by fans as the main attraction...and the MS as a mere accessory for it.

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** But the crowning king of Gundam BFS's has to be the Helmwige Reincar's Valkyria Buster Sword from season 2 of Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans.''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. Handles fully extended, this thing is TWICE as tall as the Mobile Suit it's equipped to (The Helmwige is 21.1 meters, meaning the sword is at least 42 meters). Functionally, it's more of a DoubleWeapon that where the lower half can [[BifurcatedWeapon split]] to act as a club, [[CarryABigStick club]], leaving a sword that's STILL huge, just as big as the MS itself. It's SO big that it can only be stored on its crotch in a way as if it was still being held. It's SO big that its feet expand just to give it enough stability to wield the thing. It's SO big that it's treated by fans as the [[EnsembleDarkhorse main attraction...attraction of the High Grade kit...and the MS as a mere accessory for it.it]].
9th Mar '17 11:26:55 AM Gairyuki
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** But the crowning king of Gundam BFSs have to be the Helmwige Reincar from season 2 of Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans. This thing is TWICE as tall as the Mobile Suit it's equipped to (The Helmwige is 21.1 meters, meaning the sword is at least 42 meters). Functionally, it's more of a DoubleWeapon that can [[BifurcatedWeapon split]] between the sword ends and its club ends. Still applies considering how big the blade is. It's SO big that it can only be stored on its crotch in a way as if it was still being held. It's SO big that its feet expand just to give it enough stability to wield the thing. It's SO big that it's treated by fans as the main attraction...and the MS as a mere accessory for it.

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** But the crowning king of Gundam BFSs have BFS's has to be the Helmwige Reincar Reincar's Valkyria Buster Sword from season 2 of Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans. This Handles fully extended, this thing is TWICE as tall as the Mobile Suit it's equipped to (The Helmwige is 21.1 meters, meaning the sword is at least 42 meters). Functionally, it's more of a DoubleWeapon that where the lower half can [[BifurcatedWeapon split]] between the to act as a club, leaving a sword ends and its club ends. Still applies considering how that's STILL huge, just as big as the blade is.MS itself. It's SO big that it can only be stored on its crotch in a way as if it was still being held. It's SO big that its feet expand just to give it enough stability to wield the thing. It's SO big that it's treated by fans as the main attraction...and the MS as a mere accessory for it.
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