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7th Dec '16 4:48:47 PM DustSnitch
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** Lightsabers also cannot cut superconductors. Apparently, the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' has room-temperature superconductors that can hold an edge. Combine that with {{Vibro Weapon}}s, and you get the vibro-shields (yes, shields used as swords, contrasted with the lightsaber's status as a sword used as a shield) of the Akk Guards, who fight [[BadAss Mace]] [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Windu]] in ''Shatterpoint''. Aside from the cauterizing, {{Vibro Weapon}}s in general can perform this trope just like lightsabers. Better, maybe, since cauterizing is not strictly part of the trope. However, hold a lightsaber against a superconductor for long enough and the whole thing will melt. Also, vibro weapons have less cutting power than lightsabers.

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** Lightsabers also cannot cut superconductors. Apparently, the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' has room-temperature superconductors that can hold an edge. Combine that with {{Vibro Weapon}}s, and you get the vibro-shields (yes, shields used as swords, contrasted with the lightsaber's status as a sword used as a shield) of the Akk Guards, who fight [[BadAss Mace]] [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Mace Windu]] in ''Shatterpoint''. Aside from the cauterizing, {{Vibro Weapon}}s in general can perform this trope just like lightsabers. Better, maybe, since cauterizing is not strictly part of the trope. However, hold a lightsaber against a superconductor for long enough and the whole thing will melt. Also, vibro weapons have less cutting power than lightsabers.



* [[BadAss Raven's]] weapons of choice in ''Literature/SnowCrash'' are glass knives, invisible to millimetre-wave radar and not much thicker than a molecule along the cutting edge. Usually mounted on an Aleut whaling harpoon for armour-piercing death at a distance.

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* [[BadAss Raven's]] Raven's weapons of choice in ''Literature/SnowCrash'' are glass knives, invisible to millimetre-wave radar and not much thicker than a molecule along the cutting edge. Usually mounted on an Aleut whaling harpoon for armour-piercing death at a distance.
5th Dec '16 11:52:59 AM Morgenthaler
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[[caption-width-right:225:[[{{Badass}} Yes, he CAN kill servants]]. [[note]] Only under very specific circumstances. Also, this image came from a doujinshi. [[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:225:[[{{Badass}} Yes, [[caption-width-right:225:Yes, he CAN kill servants]].servants. [[note]] Only under very specific circumstances. Also, this image came from a doujinshi. [[/note]]]]
25th Nov '16 7:05:46 PM jeez
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-->-- A Classic piece of GallowsHumour


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-->-- A Classic piece of GallowsHumour

GallowsHumour... or should that be Block Humour?

25th Nov '16 1:02:38 AM PaulA
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* Also taken to extremes in the various ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' stories by DavidDrake. In many of the stories, the mercenaries are shown to have knives so sharp that they can cut leaves hanging on trees ''without disturbing them''. In addition, there is a "cutting bar" used that can slice through things such as chain link fencing without stopping. Though the cutting bar is said to have "vibrating, interlocking teeth" in it, making it a combination of a Machete ''and'' a chainsaw in action...

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* Also taken Taken to extremes in the various ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' stories by DavidDrake.Creator/DavidDrake. In many of the stories, the mercenaries are shown to have knives so sharp that they can cut leaves hanging on trees ''without disturbing them''. In addition, there is a "cutting bar" used that can slice through things such as chain link fencing without stopping. Though the cutting bar is said to have "vibrating, interlocking teeth" in it, making it a combination of a Machete ''and'' a chainsaw in action...
12th Nov '16 3:57:37 PM Discar
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-> '''Prisoner:''' "Oh, my Lord Headsman! Thou hast swung thy sword too low! Hast thou heard my pleas? Hast thou chosen to spare this wretched life of mine? Oh, whatever can I do to repay thy kindness to me?"
-> '''Executioner:''' [[{{Punchline}} "Nod."]]

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-> '''Prisoner:''' "Oh, Oh, my Lord Headsman! Thou hast swung thy sword too low! Hast thou heard my pleas? Hast thou chosen to spare this wretched life of mine? Oh, whatever can I do to repay thy kindness to me?"
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'''Executioner:''' [[{{Punchline}} "Nod."]]Nod.
3rd Nov '16 7:38:06 PM MurrayTheBlue
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* Discussed, Averted, and Played Straight in ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', most notably with Crixus and Naevia. He originally tries to woo her by bragging that it isn't easy to cut someone's head off in a single blow, but that he can.[[spoiler: Naevia later decapitates Ashur, and it takes her three times. She then immediately tells Crixus that he was right, and it isn't easy to do. Crixus lovingly responds "Then I will teach you". [[ItMakesSenseInContext He somehow makes it sound like the most romantic thing ever]].]]
11th Oct '16 9:49:18 AM jeez
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-> '''Prisoner:''' "Oh, my Lord Headsman! Thou hast swung thy sword too low! Hast thou heard my pleas? Hast thou chosen to spare this wretched life of mine? Oh, whatever can I do to repay thy kindness to me?"
-> '''Executioner:''' [[{{Punchline}} "Nod."]]
-->-- A Classic piece of GallowsHumour




* Happened a lot in ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'', especially with Ogami Itto, the protagonist. Justified occasionally in that in his old line of work, cutting heads clean off with a single strike was his ''job''.

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* Happened a lot in ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'', especially with Ogami Itto, the protagonist. Justified occasionally in that in his old line of work, cutting cut:ting heads clean off with a single strike was his ''job''.
5th Oct '16 5:09:00 PM TheBigBopper
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Bonus points if it [[DiagonalCut doesn't manifest]] [[YouAreAlreadyDead until the attacker has sheathed their sword]], and extra bonus points if the wound does not manifest until the victim (for example) reaches up to feel his neck, at which point his head falls off, or [[TemptingFate the victim assumes the attacker missed]]. Even more bonus points if the sword is thick enough (i.e. the sword blade is visible) that no matter what the edge is like, the width of the blade should shove out the pieces of the object as it passes through them.

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Bonus points if it [[DiagonalCut doesn't manifest]] [[YouAreAlreadyDead until the attacker has sheathed their sword]], and extra bonus points if the wound does not manifest until the victim (for example) reaches up to feel his neck, at which point his head falls off, or [[TemptingFate the victim assumes the attacker missed]]. Even more bonus points if the sword is thick enough (i.e. the sword blade is visible) that no matter what the edge is like, the width of the blade should ''should'' shove out the pieces of the object as it passes through them.
them, but it somehow ''doesn't''.
10th Aug '16 7:59:07 PM PaulA
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* In the adaptation of ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', Englishman John Blackthorne is shocked to see a samurai slice the head off an oldster who did not bow when he was supposed to. You get a great look at Blackthorne's face (and that of the Jesuit priest accompanying him) and just a glimpse of a headless neck - and vertebra - before the body falls out of camera shot.

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* In the adaptation of ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'', Englishman John Blackthorne is shocked to see a samurai slice the head off an oldster who did not bow when he was supposed to. You get The audience gets a great look at Blackthorne's face (and that of the Jesuit priest accompanying him) and just a glimpse of a headless neck - and vertebra - before neck--and vertebra--before the body falls out of camera shot.
21st Jul '16 3:35:34 AM eowynjedi
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* ''Series/WolfHall'' shows the RealLife execution of Anne Boleyn in its final episode. They specially hired an executioner from France who was an expert in beheadings. He does tell Cromwell that even he can't guarantee a perfect cut if she's not steady, but he uses an AbsurdlySharpBlade and a special technique to misdirect the condemned so that they aren't tense when he makes the swing.
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