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7th Sep '17 5:55:14 PM Diretooth
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* In ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', Althena's Sword (so named for the goddess of Lunar) can only be wielded by her champion, the Dragonmaster--but has been lost since the last known Dragonmaster, Dyne, died. [[spoiler: From ''Silver Star Story'' onward, the games make it into a ChekhovsuGun -- it's been hiding in plain sight, crusted over with debris and buried to the hilt in Dyne's monument right outside the (mostly) SilentProtagonist Alex's own village. After proving himself as the next Dragonmaster, Alex is able to draw Althena's Sword [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield from the stone]] and reveal its true power.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', Althena's Sword (so named for the goddess of Lunar) can only be wielded by her champion, the Dragonmaster--but has been lost since the last known Dragonmaster, Dyne, died. [[spoiler: From ''Silver Star Story'' onward, the games make it into a ChekhovsuGun ChekhovsGun -- it's been hiding in plain sight, crusted over with debris and buried to the hilt in Dyne's monument right outside the (mostly) SilentProtagonist Alex's own village. After proving himself as the next Dragonmaster, Alex is able to draw Althena's Sword [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield from the stone]] and reveal its true power.]]
22nd Aug '17 8:33:42 AM BeerBaron
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', you may stumble upon a unique "Rusty Dagger" in a tomb with pitiful stats and that will break after a single hit. However, return it to a specific shrine to Mehrunes Dagon, and the Daedric Prince of Destruction will restore it to it's true, ''powerful'' glory.
** Similarly, in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' the Mace of Molag Bal is initially found as a rusty piece of scrap. However, Molag Bal is a little more demanding than Mehrunes Dagon and [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption forces the player to kill a Boethiah priest]] before he'll restore it.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', you may stumble upon a unique "Rusty Dagger" in a tomb with pitiful stats and that which will break after a single hit. However, return it to a specific shrine to Mehrunes Dagon, and the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince Prince]] of Destruction [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]] will restore it to it's true, ''powerful'' glory.
glory as [[LegendaryWeapon Mehrunes' Razor]].
** Similarly, in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' Skyrim]]''
*** Mehrunes Razor is this once again, this time having been [[DismantledMacGuffin broken into pieces]] and
the pieces placed in the care of members of a group dedicated to opposing Mehrunes Dagon. After [[CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption liberating]] the pieces, you will travel to Dagon's shrine with a servant of Dagon. Dagon will reforge the blade, but only if you kill his servant. (Then, just ForTheEvulz, he'll sic two [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Dremora]] on you.)
*** The [[CarryABigStick
Mace of Molag Bal Bal]] is initially found as a rusty piece of scrap. However, Molag Bal is a little more demanding than Mehrunes Dagon (Daedric Prince of [[TheCorrupter Domination and Corruption]]) [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption forces the player to kill kill]] a priest of Boethiah priest]] (another Daedric Prince and rival of Molag Bal) before he'll restore it.
18th Aug '17 5:04:25 PM Blastgamer
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* ''VideoGame/Overwatch'' has the armor of the Crusader's fallen commander, Balderich, which appears as two skins for Reinhardt. As a skin, even tho its covered in ivy, moss, and rust in its Greifhardt form, it is still formidable and capable. Reinhardt later cleans it up and repairs it to full functionality.

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* ''VideoGame/Overwatch'' ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has the armor of the Crusader's fallen commander, Balderich, which appears as two skins for Reinhardt. As a skin, even tho its covered in ivy, moss, and rust in its Greifhardt form, it is still formidable and capable. Reinhardt later cleans it up and repairs it to full functionality.
28th Jul '17 2:12:43 PM RemiV
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* ''VideoGame/Overwatch'' has the armor of the Crusader's fallen commander, Balderich, which appears as two skins for Reinhardt. As a skin, even tho its covered in ivy, moss, and rust in its Greifhardt form, it is still formidable and capable. Reinhardt later cleans it up and repairs it to full functionality.
10th Jun '17 9:16:08 AM ShivaIndis
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* In ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', Althena's Sword (so named for the goddess of Lunar) can only be wielded by her champion, the Dragonmaster--but has been lost since the last known Dragonmaster, Dyne, died. [[spoiler: From ''Silver Star Story'' onward, the games make it into a ChekovsGun -- it's been hiding in plain sight, crusted over with debris and buried to the hilt in Dyne's monument right outside the (mostly) SilentProtagonist Alex's own village. After proving himself as the next Dragonmaster, Alex is able to draw Althena's Sword [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield from the stone]] and reveal its true power.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', Althena's Sword (so named for the goddess of Lunar) can only be wielded by her champion, the Dragonmaster--but has been lost since the last known Dragonmaster, Dyne, died. [[spoiler: From ''Silver Star Story'' onward, the games make it into a ChekovsGun ChekhovsuGun -- it's been hiding in plain sight, crusted over with debris and buried to the hilt in Dyne's monument right outside the (mostly) SilentProtagonist Alex's own village. After proving himself as the next Dragonmaster, Alex is able to draw Althena's Sword [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield from the stone]] and reveal its true power.]]
10th Jun '17 9:13:30 AM ShivaIndis
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* In ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', Althena's Sword (so named for the goddess of Lunar) can only be wielded by her champion, the Dragonmaster--but has been lost since the last known Dragonmaster, Dyne, died. [[spoiler: Truth is, it's been hiding in plain sight, crusted over with debris and buried to the hilt in Dyne's monument right outside the (mostly) SilentProtagonist Alex's own village. After proving himself as the next Dragonmaster, Alex is able to draw Althena's Sword [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield from the stone]] and reveal its true power.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', Althena's Sword (so named for the goddess of Lunar) can only be wielded by her champion, the Dragonmaster--but has been lost since the last known Dragonmaster, Dyne, died. [[spoiler: Truth is, From ''Silver Star Story'' onward, the games make it into a ChekovsGun -- it's been hiding in plain sight, crusted over with debris and buried to the hilt in Dyne's monument right outside the (mostly) SilentProtagonist Alex's own village. After proving himself as the next Dragonmaster, Alex is able to draw Althena's Sword [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield from the stone]] and reveal its true power.]]
28th May '17 12:05:05 PM Troper64
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[[caption-width-right:164:[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast And the Master Sword sleeps again... FOREVER]]![[note]][[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleOfAges But not]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds really.]][[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:164:[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast And the Master Sword sleeps again... FOREVER]]![[note]][[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleOfAges But not]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds really.re]][[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild ally.]][[/note]]]]
28th Mar '17 10:31:35 AM superkeijikun
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the Yato sword, while boasting respectable stats, has a very aged and rustic look to it. Around halfway through each campaign, the PlayerCharacter would be tasked with visiting the Rainbow Sage to unlock its true power, changing its form depending on which kingdom you've allied yourself with. [[spoiler:Its true form, the Omega Yato, can only be achieved in the ''Revelation'' campaign after uniting both Hoshido and Nohr against a common foe.]]
19th Mar '17 8:29:31 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* In the [[http://zeldawiki.org/File:BotW_NA_Logo.png title logo]] and E3 2016 trailer for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the Master Sword is shown rusted and heavily chipped. This is somewhat consistent with the portrayal of the Master Sword from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' where the sword was stuck at the bottom of the ocean, its power to ward evil having been sealed by Ganondorf eliminating the guardians of the temples used to keep the sword empowered.

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* In the [[http://zeldawiki.org/File:BotW_NA_Logo.png title logo]] and E3 2016 trailer for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the Master Sword is shown rusted and heavily chipped. This is somewhat consistent with the portrayal of the Master Sword from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' where the sword was stuck at the bottom of the ocean, its power to ward evil having been sealed by Ganondorf eliminating the guardians of the temples used to keep the sword empowered. Although in the game itself [[spoiler: it's an inversion; the sword is in such a damaged state because Link used up all of its power slaughtering a ''ridiculous'' number of monsters. Leaving the sword in its pedestal for 100 years allowed it to repair itself so that it would be usable when Link finds it again.]]
19th Mar '17 7:14:44 AM StFan
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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': When Tenchi first sees the [[LaserBlade Master Key]], a physical blade had been affixed to the hilt. This blade was in a state of extreme disrepair, prompting Tenchi to exclaim, "What a rusty old piece of junk!" after breaking it on a rock...which then splits in two.
** Which is just as well since it was originally a LaserBlade.
* In the hands of anyone except ''Manga/InuYasha'', Tessaiga looks like a katana that has seen better days. It's also quite dull, though it's still almost indestructible. When [=InuYasha=] wields it, the blade takes its [[{{BFS}} true form]]. Bonus points for Inuyasha calling it "''a piece of junk''" constantly in the two episodes that featured him gaining it.

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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': When Tenchi first sees the [[LaserBlade Master Key]], a physical blade had been affixed to the hilt. This blade was is in a state of extreme disrepair, prompting Tenchi to exclaim, "What a rusty old piece of junk!" after breaking it on a rock...rock... which then splits in two.
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two. Which is just as well since it was originally a LaserBlade.
* In the hands of anyone except ''Manga/InuYasha'', Tessaiga looks like a katana that has seen better days. It's also quite dull, though it's still almost indestructible. When [=InuYasha=] Inu-Yasha wields it, the blade takes its [[{{BFS}} true form]]. Bonus points for Inuyasha Inu-Yasha calling it "''a piece of junk''" constantly in the two episodes that featured him gaining it.



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Most [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou]] look utterly ordinary when sealed only revealing a special look when they release their powers. The two zanpakutou that exist in permanent shikai form also fit this trope. Ichigo's zanpakutou looks half-finished, missing both a hilt and a cross-guard, and Kenpachi's is a chipped, pitted mess. Several zanpakutou also look completely ordinary when released, as well, and it's only when the power activates that the true nature and incredible power of the weapons are revealed.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
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Most [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou]] look utterly ordinary when sealed sealed, only revealing a special look when they release their powers. The two zanpakutou that exist in permanent shikai form also fit this trope. Ichigo's zanpakutou looks half-finished, missing both a hilt and a cross-guard, and Kenpachi's is a chipped, pitted mess. Several zanpakutou also look completely ordinary when released, as well, and it's only when the power activates that the true nature and incredible power of the weapons are revealed.



* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Gourry wields a normal looking sword that suited him just fine. But if he were to take off the blade he can turn it into the [[LaserBlade Sword of Light]].

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Gourry wields a normal looking normal-looking sword that suited him just fine. But if he were to take off the blade he can turn it into the [[LaserBlade Sword of Light]].



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* Pictured above is the Master Sword, the iconic blade from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', as pictured in the last panel of the ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' comic adaptation. The comic hews to the idea of centuries passing between games: after Link triumphs over Ganon, he returns the sword to await the next hero. This is implied to be a ''long'' time coming.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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Pictured above is the Master Sword, the iconic blade from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', the games, as pictured in the last panel of the ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' comic adaptation. The comic hews to the idea of centuries passing between games: after Link triumphs over Ganon, he returns the sword to await the next hero. This is implied to be a ''long'' time coming.



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* In Rumanian Folklore it's a very popular theme with the Hero discovering that the decrepit/rusty looking sword/horse/armour/piece of equipment is actually the needed magical item, not the brand spanking new one next to it. More often than not the decrepit item/animal belonged to the Hero's father. The horse turns out to be able to speak and to actually be a lot smarter and knowledgeable than the hero and practically verbose compared to him/her [[note]]in at least one instance the hero is a heroine who goes through a GenderBender in the end[[/note]] .

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* In Rumanian Folklore it's a very popular theme with the Hero discovering that the decrepit/rusty looking sword/horse/armour/piece of equipment is actually the needed magical item, not the brand spanking new one next to it. More often than not the decrepit item/animal belonged to the Hero's father. The horse turns out to be able to speak and to actually be a lot smarter and knowledgeable than the hero and practically verbose compared to him/her [[note]]in at least one instance the hero is a heroine who goes through a GenderBender in the end[[/note]] .end[[/note]].



* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain''

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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain''''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'':



* Fyodor in the ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Starlight And Shadows]]'' trilogy has a [[{{BFS}} two-handed sword, clearly too heavy]]... and ''blunt''. Far too many people didn't think it was serious until they learned a few little details: first, it's enchanted and works as if was sharp enough for any purpose except "friendly fire". Second, while most people can lift it with a visible effort, the owner is built like a smith (and was one) and always carries the damn thing with him, so he can use the ugly piece of metal as intended. Third, as TheBerserker, in rage he swings it with enough strength to crash a minor golem and enough speed to hit a superhumanly fast drow fencer.

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* Fyodor in the ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Starlight And and Shadows]]'' trilogy has a [[{{BFS}} two-handed sword, clearly too heavy]]... and ''blunt''. Far too many people didn't think it was serious until they learned a few little details: first, it's enchanted and works as if was sharp enough for any purpose except "friendly fire". Second, while most people can lift it with a visible effort, the owner is built like a smith (and was one) and always carries the damn thing with him, so he can use the ugly piece of metal as intended. Third, as TheBerserker, in rage he swings it with enough strength to crash a minor golem and enough speed to hit a superhumanly fast drow fencer.



* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''

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* ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'': The Kyoryu Disk, when first found, is an inert disk containing only a cryptic message from the founding Shinken Red. Its power was drained to seal the Kusari Ayakashi general Manpuku, BigBad du jour of the movie who was unsealed by the overall Big Bad's summer power surge. Takeru restores it by slotting it onto his sword and stabbing said sword into the kanji on Manpuku's body left by the seal. Its power restored, the Kyoryu Disk can now be used to transform the Shinkenmaru into the very powerful Kyoryumaru, able to infinitely lengthen its blade to smash into enemies and act as a WhipSword. On top of that, it can transform [[HumongousMecha Shinken-Oh]]'s Daishinken into the Kyoryu Origami (A mecha version of itself), which combines with Shinken-Oh as a new helmet and a BFS to swing.
** Its ''PowerRangersSamurai'' counterpart, the Shark Disk (Saban, like some fans, thought the Kyoryu Origami looked more like an ambulatory shark than a dinosaur), was apparently similarly inert though in this case it was offlined by battle damage and said to have been mended by the SixthRanger using the same powers and skills he used to repair certain Zords and complete the SuperMode-granting Black Box.

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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
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''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'': The Kyoryu Disk, when first found, is an inert disk containing only a cryptic message from the founding Shinken Red. Its power was drained to seal the Kusari Ayakashi general Manpuku, BigBad du jour of the movie who was unsealed by the overall Big Bad's summer power surge. Takeru restores it by slotting it onto his sword and stabbing said sword into the kanji on Manpuku's body left by the seal. Its power restored, the Kyoryu Disk can now be used to transform the Shinkenmaru into the very powerful Kyoryumaru, able to infinitely lengthen its blade to smash into enemies and act as a WhipSword. On top of that, it can transform [[HumongousMecha Shinken-Oh]]'s Daishinken into the Kyoryu Origami (A mecha version of itself), which combines with Shinken-Oh as a new helmet and a BFS to swing.
** Its ''PowerRangersSamurai'' ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' counterpart, the Shark Disk (Saban, like some fans, thought the Kyoryu Origami looked more like an ambulatory shark than a dinosaur), was apparently similarly inert though in this case it was offlined by battle damage and said to have been mended by the SixthRanger using the same powers and skills he used to repair certain Zords and complete the SuperMode-granting Black Box.



* A classic trait of Legacy weapons in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''; they always appear to be something much less than what they truly are.

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A classic trait of Legacy weapons in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''; weapons; they always appear to be something much less than what they truly are.



* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', certain dungeons will drop ancient, broken equipment that has an effective level several below it's actual level requirement. A player with a relevant crafting class can repair it, making it into ''the'' best equipment available for it's level. Shame none of it is very useful once you hit the level cap...

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', certain ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'':
** Certain
dungeons will drop ancient, broken equipment that has an effective level several below it's its actual level requirement. A player with a relevant crafting class can repair it, making it into ''the'' best equipment available for it's its level. Shame none of it is very useful once you hit the level cap...



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* On ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the Crimson Mantle looks like an old red cape almost in tatter (because the majority of its previous owners met a violent death). It's in fact a powerful ArtifactOfDoom.
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* Zero's [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] in ''{{Literature/Tasakeru}}'' plays with this. It ''is'' just an ordinary sword, if a bit scratched and weatherbeaten. [[spoiler: But then it gets [[WreckedWeapon broken]] and subsequently reforged by a God...]]

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* Zero's [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] in ''{{Literature/Tasakeru}}'' ''Literature/{{Tasakeru}}'' plays with this. It ''is'' just an ordinary sword, if a bit scratched and weatherbeaten. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But then it gets [[WreckedWeapon broken]] and subsequently reforged by a God...]]



* 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 [[spoiler:Impostor!]]Avalon [[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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