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28th Apr '16 7:10:03 PM ultimomant
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* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': In the spin-off ''The Bridge: Humanity's Stand'', scientist Joanna Johnson reveals an old, rusted sword that she theorizes may have been Excalibur itself, as well as other legendary swords such as Durendal, Caledfwlch, and Caladbolg. When the weapon is properly infused with mana, it turns into a pristine, glowing, AbsurdlySharpBlade, but reverts to its unimpressive, rusted form once it's no longer being fed mana.
15th Apr '16 12:06:12 AM M84
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* Gundam Barbatos from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamTheIronBloodedOrphans'' is a centuries old mobile suit reduced to being a jury-rigged reactor. After being hastily repaired so it can be piloted in a desperate situation, it quickly proves why the Gundams were able to end the Calamity War.

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* Gundam Barbatos from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamTheIronBloodedOrphans'' ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' is a centuries old mobile suit reduced to being a jury-rigged reactor. After being hastily repaired so it can be piloted in a desperate situation, it quickly proves why the Gundams were able to end the Calamity War.
15th Apr '16 12:05:50 AM M84
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* Gundam Barbatos from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamTheIronBloodedOrphans'' is a centuries old mobile suit reduced to being a jury-rigged reactor. After being hastily repaired so it can be piloted in a desperate situation, it quickly proves why the Gundams were able to end the Calamity War.
8th Apr '16 8:08:46 AM Soldancer
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* Something of an interesting version in ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma''. Many basic weapons come in "rust" varieties (Rust Daggers, for example). These seem like {{Joke Item}}s at first, but once the player begins to upgrade them, they become much more powerful. While still having a generally lower damage output, they become capable of inflicting numerous useful status ailments on your enemies. The best part? They're still called "Rust Daggers" (etc.) regardless of how much you improve them. [[FridgeLogic Guess the weaponsmith figured out how to]] ''[[FridgeLogic weaponize rust]]''.
7th Apr '16 6:52:15 PM SSJMagus
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** Yamamoto's bankai played this as straight as possible. On the outside, it looked like a burnt out, rusty sword. It was also the strongest bankai in existence, with ThePowerOfTheSun and capable of destroying the world if activated for too long.

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** Yamamoto's bankai played this as straight as possible. On the outside, it looked like a burnt out, rusty sword. It was also the strongest bankai in existence, with ThePowerOfTheSun and capable of destroying the world if activated for too long. And its power is concentrated on the edge of the blade, to the extent that a single cut would be enough to obliterate the victim's ''soul''.



* Inverted ''hilariously'' with [[LaughingMad Excalibur]] of ''Manga/SoulEater''; initially it seems to be a gloriously CoolSword, but once it's pulled from the stone, it's revealed to be an EquippableAlly... who wears a tiny [[NiceHat top hat]] and stands at half the height of any other character. Not to mention he's ''[[PhraseCatcher so annoying.]]'' [[spoiler:It's implied that some of the annoying behavior is actually an act to keep people from abusing Excalibur's incredible power.]]

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* Inverted ''hilariously'' with [[LaughingMad Excalibur]] of ''Manga/SoulEater''; initially it seems to be a gloriously CoolSword, but once it's pulled from the stone, it's revealed to be an EquippableAlly...EquippableAlly[[note]]Theoretically the ''perfect'' EquippableAlly, since he's capable of synchronizing with any possible wielder and his power surpasses even that of a Death Scythe by a large margin.[[/note]]... who wears a tiny [[NiceHat top hat]] and stands at half the height of any other character. Not to mention he's ''[[PhraseCatcher so annoying.]]'' [[spoiler:It's implied that some of the annoying behavior is actually an act to keep people from abusing Excalibur's incredible power.]]



** The Knights of the Cross have three swords that can burn faeries, kill demons, and help dispatch all manner of supernatural nasties. These three swords are fairly plain, save for the Nail from the Cross embedded in the hilt. [[spoiler: Turns out that all of these swords are actually pretty famous, because they're {{Excalibur}}, {{Kusanagi}}, and Durendal]]. So this a very good example of the trope.

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** The Knights of the Cross have three swords that can burn faeries, kill demons, and help dispatch all manner of supernatural nasties. These three swords are fairly plain, save for the Nail from the Cross embedded in the hilt. [[spoiler: Turns out that all of these swords are actually pretty famous, because they're {{Excalibur}}, {{Kusanagi}}, and Durendal]].{{Durandal}}]]. So this a very good example of the trope.
6th Apr '16 1:41:44 AM TheCuza
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' starts you out with a broken sword hilt. It deals pitiful damage and you get a better weapon nearly immediately, but if you hang on to it and forge it with a particular boss soul, it becomes one of the most powerful weapons in the game. Demon's Souls featured a similar weapon constructed from an equally useless sword hilt.
** In a subversion/aversion, the sword in question (the Greatsword of Artorias) can also be crafted from any other broken sword you have lying around, no differences. Or, it can be crafted from an unbroken sword for a "cursed" version, which is weaker but has lower stat requirements. Plus, it can hurt ghosts.

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' starts you out with a broken sword hilt. It deals pitiful damage and you get a better weapon nearly immediately, but if you hang on to it and forge it with a particular boss soul, it becomes one of has the most powerful weapons in the game. Demon's Souls featured a similar weapon constructed from an equally useless sword hilt.
** In a subversion/aversion, the sword in question (the
Greatsword of Artorias) Artorias. You can also be crafted from any other broken sword you have lying around, no differences. Or, it can be crafted from an unbroken sword for create a weaker, "cursed" version, version by combining the Soul of Sif with any +10 straight sword, but to get your hands on the real deal, you have to combine the soul with one of those useless broken swords that the weakest enemies in the game drop, which is weaker but has lower stat requirements. Plus, it can hurt ghosts.you have no business even picking up in the first place, much less upgrading to +10.
17th Mar '16 12:14:23 PM eroock
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A SubTrope of the CoolSword, the Excalibur In The Rust has an outward appearance which [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye belies its awesome nature]]. It looks like an entirely ordinary, non-Cool sword. In fact, it's extremely likely to be in an apparent state of extreme disrepair. Getting it back into working order may require a visit to the UltimateBlacksmith.

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A SubTrope of the CoolSword, the Excalibur In The in the Rust has an outward appearance which [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye belies its awesome nature]]. It looks like an entirely ordinary, non-Cool sword. In fact, it's extremely likely to be in an apparent state of extreme disrepair. Getting it back into working order may require a visit to the UltimateBlacksmith.
10th Jan '16 5:00:57 PM NemoSpecific
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* In ''Manga/BlackClover'', Aster's Grimoire looks rather tattered dirty. The huge sword it manifests is also covered in rust. This belies the Grimoire's true nature as the [[AntiMagic Five-leaf Clover Grimoire]]. The rusty sword it summons is a powerful weapon that dispels and reflects magic.

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* In ''Manga/BlackClover'', Aster's Grimoire looks rather tattered and dirty. The huge sword it manifests is also covered in rust. This belies the Grimoire's true nature as the [[AntiMagic Five-leaf Clover Grimoire]]. The rusty sword it summons is a powerful weapon that dispels and reflects magic.
24th Aug '15 2:26:27 AM Eddy1215
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* Minor ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' example: during a defence lesson, professor [[spoiler:Impostor!]]Avalon instructs Bloom and another student to pick two magic swords and spar, and Bloom's shiny sword is ''shattered'' by the chipped one chosen by the other. The other sword happened to have survived an ''extremely'' powerful attack, and that single chip (the ''only'' sign of disrepair) was where the attack had hit and [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye the sign it was the better sword]].

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* Minor ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' example: during a defence lesson, professor Professor [[spoiler:Impostor!]]Avalon instructs Bloom and another student to pick two magic swords and spar, and Bloom's shiny sword is ''shattered'' by the chipped one chosen by the other. The other sword happened to have survived an ''extremely'' powerful attack, and that single chip (the ''only'' sign of disrepair) was where the attack had hit and [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye the sign it was the better sword]].
11th Jul '15 5:10:59 PM Kogarashi
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** A nonmagical version: Taran makes a sword with a blacksmith, and initially wants to cast it away because it's ugly and has chips in it. It proves very powerful, and he wields it against Dorath, who is using Taran's previous beautiful sword, and it utterly shatters Dorath's sword. When Taran's blacksmith mentor asked him to test his new ugly sword despite his disappointment, Tarin tried to shatter it against an anvil...and split the anvil.

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** A nonmagical version: Taran makes a sword with a blacksmith, and initially wants to cast it away because it's ugly and has chips in it. It proves very powerful, and he wields it against Dorath, who is using Taran's previous beautiful sword, and it utterly shatters Dorath's sword. When Taran's blacksmith mentor asked him to test his new ugly sword despite his disappointment, Tarin Taran tried to shatter it against an anvil...and split the anvil.
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