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16th Jan '17 8:05:14 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* The [[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Katanas_are_Underpowered_in_d20 Katanas are Underpowered in d20]] meme is based off mocking this. More specifically, there was a guy who argued that katanas were underpowered in the d20 system, with some ''staggeringly'' [[CriticalResearchFailure badly-researched]] points, like saying that katanas are thrice as sharp and hard as European swords (they aren't, because really hard and sharp swords are also really brittle), that katanas could bisect a fully armored knight in one slash (it's pretty much physically impossible for ''any'' sword to do that), and that the medieval Europeans never tried to conquer Japan because they were scared of the katanas (it was actually because they had no reason to and because getting an army to Japan from Europe would be a logistical nightmare. Also, Europe didn't know Japan existed until the Renaissance).

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* The [[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Katanas_are_Underpowered_in_d20 Katanas are Underpowered in d20]] meme is based off mocking this. More specifically, there was a guy who argued that katanas were underpowered in the d20 system, with some ''staggeringly'' [[CriticalResearchFailure badly-researched]] points, like saying that katanas are thrice as sharp and hard as European swords (they aren't, because really hard and sharp swords are also really brittle), that katanas could bisect a fully armored knight in one slash (it's pretty much physically impossible for ''any'' sword to do that), and that the medieval Europeans never tried to conquer Japan because they were scared of the katanas (it was actually because they had no reason to and because getting an army to Japan from Europe would be a logistical nightmare. Also, Europe didn't know idea Japan existed until the Renaissance).
15th Jan '17 5:06:52 PM dracogeorge
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* The [[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Katanas_are_Underpowered_in_d20 Katanas are Underpowered in d20]] meme is based off mocking this. More specifically, there was a guy who argued that katanas were underpowered in the d20 system, with some ''staggeringly'' [[CriticalResearchFailure badly-researched]] points, like saying that katanas are thrice as sharp and hard as European swords (they aren't, because really hard and sharp swords are also really brittle), that katanas could bisect a fully armored knight in one slash (it's pretty much physically impossible for ''any'' sword to do that), and that the medieval Europeans never tried to conquer Japan because they were scared of the katanas (it was actually because they had no reason to and because getting army to Japan from Europe would be a logistical nightmare).

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* The [[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Katanas_are_Underpowered_in_d20 Katanas are Underpowered in d20]] meme is based off mocking this. More specifically, there was a guy who argued that katanas were underpowered in the d20 system, with some ''staggeringly'' [[CriticalResearchFailure badly-researched]] points, like saying that katanas are thrice as sharp and hard as European swords (they aren't, because really hard and sharp swords are also really brittle), that katanas could bisect a fully armored knight in one slash (it's pretty much physically impossible for ''any'' sword to do that), and that the medieval Europeans never tried to conquer Japan because they were scared of the katanas (it was actually because they had no reason to and because getting an army to Japan from Europe would be a logistical nightmare).nightmare. Also, Europe didn't know Japan existed until the Renaissance).
3rd Jan '17 3:59:17 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Subversion: In ''Film/DeadMansShoes'', wielding a katana doesn't do the AntiHero's prey much good at all. It pretty much highlights the way the villains do everything they think BadAss gangsters should, while their opponent is a no-nonsense CombatPragmatist.

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* Subversion: In ''Film/DeadMansShoes'', wielding a katana doesn't do the AntiHero's prey much good at all. It pretty much highlights the way the villains do everything they think BadAss badass gangsters should, while their opponent is a no-nonsense CombatPragmatist.
20th Dec '16 6:24:36 AM GhostOfAGeek
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* In a flashback scene in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', Jane's mother (a former ninja) protests that Jane is [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=125628 old enough to get a katana for Christmas]] (which is the cue for a shout-out to ''Film/AChristmasStory'').

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* In a flashback scene in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', Jane's mother (a former ninja) protests that Jane is [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=125628 [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990822/o-brothers-where-art-ow/ old enough to get a katana for Christmas]] (which is the cue for a shout-out to ''Film/AChristmasStory'').
14th Dec '16 10:39:30 AM Owlorange1995
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* Inverted in VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword. The only character who has a katana is [[FormerlyFit Peater,]] who has undergone severe BadassDecay and does't use it for anything except cutting bamboo. [[TheHero Link]] carries the knightly blade known as the Goddess Sword throughout the game and derives several magical abilities from it.
6th Dec '16 9:21:09 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', the Sweet Katana is the most powerful melee weapon in the game, as it's a real battle-ready bladed weapon in a game where the setting is a giant LARP and every other combatant is fighting with 2x4s and nerf swords.

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* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', the Sweet Katana is the most powerful melee weapon in the game, as it's a real battle-ready bladed weapon in a game where the setting is a giant LARP and every other combatant is fighting with 2x4s and nerf swords.game.
6th Dec '16 11:41:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* As is Ginji Matsuzaki from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', an underboss of the Washimine Group who takes a shirasaya katana to a mess of gunslinging yakuza goons and performs [[ParryingBullets feats like slicing bullets in half]] and slicing one cocky yakuza's gun (and his hands!) to pieces. He's even {{Badass}} enough to take on Revy herself on equal footing in a one-on-one battle to the death, even though [[spoiler:he ultimately throws the fight and loses]].

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* As is Ginji Matsuzaki from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', an underboss of the Washimine Group who takes a shirasaya katana to a mess of gunslinging yakuza goons and performs [[ParryingBullets feats like slicing bullets in half]] and slicing one cocky yakuza's gun (and his hands!) to pieces. He's even {{Badass}} badass enough to take on Revy herself on equal footing in a one-on-one battle to the death, even though [[spoiler:he ultimately throws the fight and loses]].
6th Dec '16 3:02:10 AM Yukianesa
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* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', the Sweet Katana is the most powerful melee weapon in the game.

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* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', the Sweet Katana is the most powerful melee weapon in the game.game, as it's a real battle-ready bladed weapon in a game where the setting is a giant LARP and every other combatant is fighting with 2x4s and nerf swords.
28th Nov '16 10:45:55 AM CaptainCrawdad
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->''"In Europe, swordsmiths were constantly and incrementally improving and changing their designs, experimenting with longer, shorter, more curved, less curved, more pointed, tapered and so forth, different construction methods and so forth, but no, no, in Japan they came up with perfection and then stuck with it. [[SubvertedTrope But was it perfection?"]]''

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->''"In Europe, swordsmiths were constantly and incrementally improving and changing their designs, experimenting with longer, shorter, more curved, less curved, more pointed, tapered and so forth, different construction methods and so forth, but no, no, in Japan they came up with perfection and then stuck with it. [[SubvertedTrope But was it perfection?"]]''perfection?"''
27th Nov '16 7:09:37 PM Mr_White
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->''"In Europe, swordsmiths were constantly and incrementally improving and changing their designs, experimenting with longer, shorter, more curved, less curved, more pointed, tapered and so forth, different construction methods and so forth, but no, no, in Japan they came up with perfection and then stuck with it. [[Subverted But was it perfection?"]]''

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->''"In Europe, swordsmiths were constantly and incrementally improving and changing their designs, experimenting with longer, shorter, more curved, less curved, more pointed, tapered and so forth, different construction methods and so forth, but no, no, in Japan they came up with perfection and then stuck with it. [[Subverted [[SubvertedTrope But was it perfection?"]]''
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