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1st May '16 2:48:23 PM Cifer
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* ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'': Subverted. In the first two games, Garrett carries a sword, but the combat system is unreasonably complex and difficult, and it's likely that the player will never be as good with the sword as the basic enemy {{Mooks}}. This fits with the theme of the game: you're supposed to ''avoid'' combat at every opportunity; the sword is a weapon of last resort.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'': Subverted. In the first two games, Garrett carries a sword, but the combat system is unreasonably complex and difficult, and it's likely that the player will never be as good with the sword as the basic enemy {{Mooks}}. This fits with the theme of the game: you're supposed to ''avoid'' combat at every opportunity; the sword is generally a weapon of last resort.resort. Nevertheless, the most important weapon story-wise that Garrett gets to wield is the ''Sword'' of Constantine.
29th Apr '16 11:36:02 AM Cifer
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* ''Specifically'' averted in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' in its quest to subvert, invert or avert as many classic RPG tropes as possible. The game contains two swords. One is the signature [[EmpathicWeapon weapon]] of a companion and can't be taken off him because that would cause it to cease to exist. The second is [[spoiler:Sun Fire, the sword of a daeva. You can only wield it if you're LawfulGood and he's not about to hand it to you, but if you kill him, you've very likely just ceased to be Good.]]
25th Apr '16 2:30:22 PM MAI742
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* Historically justified in that a good sword was a massively valuable item for the DarkAges[=/=]TheLowMiddleAges in Europe, when knighthood and heroic legends developed after TheRomanEmpire fell in the West. Anybody carrying one was either rich and powerful, or good enough to have been given one by someone rich and powerful, or good enough to have taken one off the above category and kept it. Though swords became more widespread as technology in the Middle Ages progressed, the folk memory of such times remained and can be seen today with all the swords of heroes in Western legends, like KingArthur's {{Excalibur}} and [[Literature/TheSongOfRoland Roland's]] Durandal.

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* Historically justified in that a good sword was a massively valuable item for the DarkAges[=/=]TheLowMiddleAges in Europe, when knighthood and heroic legends developed after TheRomanEmpire fell in the West. Anybody carrying one was either rich and powerful, or good enough to have been given one by someone rich and powerful, or good enough to have taken one off the above category and kept it. Though Because their owners(' servants) took good care of them, 'dropped' swords were invariably scavenged given their high (but declining) value, and weaponsmiths continued to make them because of the profitability of doing so the number of swords in circulation steadily increased throughout the Middle Ages. Ultimately swords became more widespread as technology in a relatively common weapon by the Middle Ages progressed, end of the period, but the folk memory of such times remained and can be seen today with all the swords of heroes in Western legends, like KingArthur's {{Excalibur}} and [[Literature/TheSongOfRoland Roland's]] Durandal.
17th Apr '16 2:40:08 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': [[RedHeadedHero Asuka]] used two swords fo fight.
3rd Apr '16 4:39:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Not surprisingly, given the setting, this comes up in the ''{{Deryni}}'' works:

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* Not surprisingly, given the setting, this comes up in the ''{{Deryni}}'' ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' works:



* Used several times in ''HeirsOfAlexandria'', in various ways, even though gunpowder weapons are starting to dominate the battlefields.

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* Used several times in ''HeirsOfAlexandria'', ''Literature/HeirsOfAlexandria'', in various ways, even though gunpowder weapons are starting to dominate the battlefields.
24th Mar '16 8:48:28 AM TPPR10
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* While Showa ''Franchise/KamenRider'' heroes were for the most part bare-handed fighters (with a few notable exceptions like Series/KamenRiderX and Series/KamenRiderBlackRX), most Heisei Riders have had swords in one way or another, be it a late-game upgrade ([[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Perfect Zecter]], [[Series/KamenRiderW Prism Bicker]], [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Barizun Sword]]), WeaponOfChoice for one specific form ([[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Titan Sword]], [[Series/KamenRiderAgito Flame Saber]], [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Garulu Saber]]), one of the many forms of a SwissArmyWeapon ([[Series/KamenRiderDenO [=DenGasher=]]], [[Series/KamenRiderGaim DJ Gun]], [[Series/KamenRiderGhost [=GanGanSaber=]]]), or just an early-introduced normal use weapon ([[Series/KamenRiderOOO Medajalibur]], [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Daidaimaru and Musou Saber]], [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Handle Sword]]).

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* While Showa ''Franchise/KamenRider'' heroes were for the most part bare-handed fighters (with a few notable exceptions like Series/KamenRiderX and Series/KamenRiderBlackRX), most Heisei Riders have had swords in one way or another, be it a late-game upgrade ([[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Perfect Zecter]], [[Series/KamenRiderW Prism Bicker]], [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Barizun Sword]]), WeaponOfChoice for one specific form ([[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Titan Sword]], [[Series/KamenRiderAgito Flame Saber]], [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Garulu Saber]]), one of the many forms of a SwissArmyWeapon ([[Series/KamenRiderDenO [=DenGasher=]]], [[Series/KamenRiderGaim DJ Gun]], [[Series/KamenRiderGhost [=GanGanSaber=]]]), or just an early-introduced normal use weapon ([[Series/KamenRiderOOO Medajalibur]], [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Daidaimaru and Musou Saber]], [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Handle Sword]]). Hell, one of the main Riders is called Series/KamenRiderBlade, who has two different swords he uses depending on his form.
17th Mar '16 6:11:38 AM shadowbeast
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* Stanton, a self-styled neo-knight in the fluff of ''TabletopGame/{{Nuclear Rennaissance}}'', is fascinated by modern technology ([[MyHorseIsAMotorbike rides a charger of iron]]) but when he fights, he sees anything but a sword as for "lesser men" and guns as dishonourable. Wearing scrap-metal armour, he seeks out the lost technologies of the past, marvelling at ingenuity and invention, but no matter how he covets technology, he refuses to fight in any other way other than up-close-and-personal with a sword.
15th Mar '16 6:33:51 AM Tyrathius
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** While there are a few exceptions such as Hector, Micaiah and Ephraim, the series as a whole tends to feature main characters who use swords. [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Marth, Alm,]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Sigurd, Seliph, Leif,]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Roy, Eliwood, Lyndis,]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Eirika,]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike,]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Chrom, the Avatar, and Lucina]] are all either sword wielders, or can use multiple weapons but still use swords as their primary. Their respective [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity+1 Weapons]] will also invariably be swords.

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** While there are a few exceptions such as Hector, Micaiah and Ephraim, the series as a whole tends to feature main characters who use swords. [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Marth, Alm,]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Sigurd, Seliph, Leif,]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Roy, Eliwood, Lyndis,]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Eirika,]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike,]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Chrom, the Avatar, Robin, Lucina,]] and Lucina]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin]] are all either sword wielders, or can use multiple weapons but still use swords as their primary. Their respective [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity+1 Weapons]] will also invariably be swords.
21st Feb '16 11:45:14 AM EDP
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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' examples:
** In the manga Sailor Venus, leader of the Inner Senshi, sometimes carries a sword. She was also the only one who could extract the Holy Sword from its stone prison.
** Sailor Uranus, leader of the Outers, has a sword as her weapon.
** In the anime the legendary Sailor Senshi who sealed Chaos had one. To everyone's horror, she's actually [[spoiler:[[FallenHero Sailor]] [[BigBad Galaxia]]]].
** In the anime, Sailor Moon wields one when fighting Galaxia as the last hero standing.
** In the [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live actio]] [[spoiler:Princess Sailor Moon]] has a sword.
** Having been the generals of the Golden Kingdom, the Shitennou are often armed with swords, with their leader Kunzite being the one using it most often.
* Anime/CuteyHoney's iconic weapon. She's the only one of her series to wield one.



* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Luke Skywalker and other Jedi Knights wield lightsabers, in contrast to the laser blasters used by everyone else. Lucas noted that the nature of a lightsaber makes it a defensive weapon, meant to show that Jedi use force as a last resort.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Luke Skywalker and other Jedi Knights wield lightsabers, in contrast to the laser blasters used by everyone else. Lucas noted that the nature of a lightsaber makes it a defensive weapon, meant to show that Jedi use force as a last resort.
16th Feb '16 8:19:11 AM ACW
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* In ''Literature/WeaversOfSaramyr'' Tsata uses special blades adapted for close combat called "kntha".

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* In ''Literature/WeaversOfSaramyr'' ''Literature/TheBraidedPath'' Tsata uses special blades adapted for close combat called "kntha".
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