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8th Dec '17 9:17:39 AM kasperow
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** Played more straight by Setsuna F. Seiei from OO than by any other Gundam-protagonist. His Gundams generally have more swords than actually needed in a battle. Exia started with three and was upgraded to seven (in the episode titled "Seven Swords", where Exia got the Seven Swords upgrade). Gundam OO had eight swords, including the 5000km long Raiser Sword. OO Qan[t] only had 2 swords, though: GN Sword III and Quantum Sword (although it also had 6 Sword Bits). Setsuna even lampshades it in the final battle with Ribbons, saying "This is the range ''I'' excel at!" when charging in to melee range.
10th Oct '17 11:21:11 AM BeerBaron
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*** Tiber Septim, even before becoming Talos, was associated with swords. According to the [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade heretical tales]] of his life, he studied with "the sword masters of Alcaire", the supposed place of his birth in High Rock.
29th Sep '17 9:00:23 PM superkeijikun
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' averts this trope, to some extent. The main promotional character has been depicted using an axe, lance, and fists. In practice, tanks are typically at the front of the group, giving the appearance of a leader, and two of the three tanks use swords (Paladin uses one-handed swords; Dark Knight uses two-handed greatswords). However, several leading antagonists do use swords, including Gaius van Baelsar and [[spoiler:the surprise antagonist of Heavensward, King Thordan.]] Raubahn Aldynn, leader of the Immortal Flames and probably the most capable NPC fighter in the Eorzean alliance, uses two swords.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' averts this trope, to some extent. The main promotional character has been depicted using an axe, lance, and fists. In practice, tanks are typically at the front of the group, giving the appearance of a leader, and two of the three tanks use swords (Paladin uses one-handed swords; Dark Knight uses two-handed greatswords). However, several leading antagonists do use swords, including Gaius van Baelsar and [[spoiler:the surprise antagonist of Heavensward, King Thordan.]] Raubahn Aldynn, leader of the Immortal Flames and probably the most capable NPC fighter in the Eorzean alliance, uses two swords. Meanwhile, the members of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn tend to forgo swords; Minfilia and Alphinaude are non-combatants, Thancred uses daggers, Yda uses fists, Urianger uses a grimoire, and Y'shtola and Papalymo use magic wands and rods.
25th Sep '17 9:47:39 AM DustSnitch
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* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: BadassPrincess Daniar carries Truthbringer, a AncestralWeapon that belonged to her father, the king. She leads Team Good. Everyone else uses a lance or their bare hands.

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* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: BadassPrincess Daniar carries Truthbringer, a AncestralWeapon that belonged to her father, the king. She leads Team Good. Everyone else uses a lance or their bare hands.
20th Sep '17 6:33:12 AM nighttrainfm
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* The heroes of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' all end up wielding a specific kind of sword called a Keyblade, which allows the wielder to combat the forces of light and/or darkness, as well as the ability to open any lock. In-universe, anyone with a sufficiently powerful heart will be given a Keyblade, which enforces this trope across the series.

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* The heroes of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' all end up wielding a specific kind of sword called a Keyblade, which allows the wielder to combat the forces of light and/or darkness, as well as evil, seal away the ability to hearts of worlds for their protection, and open any kind of lock. In-universe, anyone One of the main requirements to wield one is a strong heart, although at least two ''villains'' have also wound up with a sufficiently powerful heart will be given a Keyblade, which enforces this trope across the series.them (Master Xehanort and Vanitas).
20th Sep '17 6:30:19 AM nighttrainfm
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** Usually played straight. If a given group has personalised weapons, you can usually expect the Red Ranger's to be a sword. This can even apply in series where ''everyone'' gets a short sword or dagger as a sidearm.

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** Usually played straight. If a given group has personalised weapons, you can usually expect odds are good that the Red Ranger's to will be a sword. This can even apply in series where ''everyone'' gets a short sword or dagger as a sidearm.
20th Sep '17 6:28:20 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', and by extension ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', generally plays the trope straight with either the Red Ranger getting a sword as his personal weapon and/or the entire team getting swords as a standard sidearm.

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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', and by extension ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', generally plays the trope straight with either ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' / ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** Usually played straight. If a given group has personalised weapons, you can usually expect
the Red Ranger getting Ranger's to be a sword. This can even apply in series where ''everyone'' gets a short sword as his personal weapon and/or the entire team getting swords or dagger as a standard sidearm.
20th Sep '17 6:25:56 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' wields a magical katana.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Optimus Prime and most other Transformers primarily use built-in weaponry (guns, blades, saws, etc.) but about half way through the series he acquires the legendary [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Star Saber]]. This is especially noteworthy, as Optimus is most often associated with axes in other series. It becomes ''less'' legendary [[spoiler: after Megatron breaks it, it's re-forged and never shows its amazing powers again, becoming a long but unremarkable blade]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' wields a magical katana.
katana, the only weapon in existence that can actually injure [[MadeOfEvil Aku]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Optimus Prime and most other Transformers primarily use built-in weaponry (guns, blades, saws, etc.) but about half way through the series he acquires the legendary [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Star Saber]]. This is especially noteworthy, as Optimus is most often associated with axes in other series. It becomes ''less'' It's ''so'' legendary [[spoiler: after Megatron breaks it, it's re-forged a borderline StoryBreakerPower, and never shows its amazing powers again, becoming the plot conspires so that Optimus only gets to use it a long but unremarkable blade]].
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19th Sep '17 8:09:30 AM BeerBaron
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** The [[AncientOrderOfProtectors Blades]] have long served the emperors of Tamriel as [[PraetorianGuard bodyguards]] and [[SecretPolice spies]], and are almost always found using swords, particularly their namesake [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]]. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Blades contribute directly to the defeat of the game's BigBad, confirming their heroism. (Though ''Skyrim'' introduces some significant GrayAndGreyMorality between them and the [[OldMaster Greybeards]]...)
18th Sep '17 2:57:42 PM Nemo
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Compare WeaponOfChoice, RedIsHeroic. Sister trope to StandardizedLeader, since swords are the most "standard" of medieval weapons.

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Compare WeaponOfChoice, RedIsHeroic.RedIsHeroic and HeroesFightBarehanded. Sister trope to StandardizedLeader, since swords are the most "standard" of medieval weapons.
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