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23rd Jan '16 4:16:07 AM Gamezfan
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** In ''VideoGame/{{XenobladeChroniclesX}}'', the Longsword weapon type varies from mechanical straight swords to laser-chainsaws. However, the traditional katanas dropped by end-game bosses severely outclass '''every other weapon in the game.'''
20th Jan '16 12:01:59 AM DarkMask
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* In the first ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' game is the 修羅刃 Shuraba, a demonic katana said to beat with the heart of an Ashura. It's one of the earlier weapons gained in the game, and also one of the best balanced melee weapons, making it very popular for combos. It was so popular it's one of two of the original game weapons that are brought back in the sequel, ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}''.
6th Jan '16 11:07:48 PM Galacton
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27th Dec '15 4:01:58 PM CaptainCrawdad
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As I recall, there's at least a nightstick in the mix.
* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', the Sweet Katana is the most powerful melee weapon in the game, if only because it's the only real weapon, compared to the array of {{Improvised Weapon}}s and LARP swords the rest of the player's armory consists of.
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* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', the Sweet Katana is the most powerful melee weapon in the game, if only because it's the only real weapon, compared to the array of {{Improvised Weapon}}s and LARP swords the rest of the player's armory consists of.game.
27th Dec '15 10:47:57 AM KillerClowns
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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, if only because it's the only real weapon, compared to the array of {{Improvised Weapon}}s and LARP swords the rest of the player's armory consists of.
22nd Dec '15 9:40:22 PM CrazyLogical1
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* Saitō Hajime of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' preferred the katana above all other types of swords, even going so far as to seek out and receive permission to use one when all the other police officers authorized to carry swords used Western sabres [[note]] which was something he did historically [[/note]. One major factor in this decision is that his SignatureMove is intended to be used with a katana rather than a blade of a different design - the one time he tries to do it with a SwordCane, the blade breaks.
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* Saitō Hajime of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' preferred the katana above all other types of swords, even going so far as to seek out and receive permission to use one when all the other police officers authorized to carry swords used Western sabres [[note]] which was something he did historically [[/note].[[/note]]. One major factor in this decision is that his SignatureMove is intended to be used with a katana rather than a blade of a different design - the one time he tries to do it with a SwordCane, the blade breaks.
22nd Dec '15 9:39:50 PM CrazyLogical1
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* Saitō Hajime of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' preferred the katana above all other types of swords, even going so far as to seek out and receive permission to use one when all the other police officers authorized to carry swords used Western sabres [[note]]which was something he did historically[[/note]. One major factor in this decision is that his SignatureMove is intended to be used with a katana rather than a blade of a different design - the one time he tries to do it with a SwordCane, the blade breaks.
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* Saitō Hajime of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' preferred the katana above all other types of swords, even going so far as to seek out and receive permission to use one when all the other police officers authorized to carry swords used Western sabres [[note]]which [[note]] which was something he did historically[[/note].historically [[/note]. One major factor in this decision is that his SignatureMove is intended to be used with a katana rather than a blade of a different design - the one time he tries to do it with a SwordCane, the blade breaks.
22nd Dec '15 9:38:25 PM CrazyLogical1
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* Saitō Hajime of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' preferred the katana above all other types of swords, even going so far as to seek out and receive permission to use one when all the other police officers authorized to carry swords used Western sabres. One major factor in this decision is that his SignatureMove is intended to be used with a katana rather than a blade of a different design - the one time he tries to do it with a SwordCane, the blade breaks.
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* Saitō Hajime of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' preferred the katana above all other types of swords, even going so far as to seek out and receive permission to use one when all the other police officers authorized to carry swords used Western sabres.sabres [[note]]which was something he did historically[[/note]. One major factor in this decision is that his SignatureMove is intended to be used with a katana rather than a blade of a different design - the one time he tries to do it with a SwordCane, the blade breaks.

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21st Nov '15 6:17:26 PM merotoker
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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?"''

* Saya from ''Anime/BloodPlus'' uses a [[RuleOfCool modified]] [[http://images.monstermarketplace.com/collectible-swords/blood-saya-otonashis-nihonto-katana-sword-600x600.jpg katana]] that [[spoiler:channels her blood to the groove]] in which slashing the Chiropterans cause them to [[spoiler:[[TakenForGranite crystallize.]]]]
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* Saya from ''Anime/BloodPlus'' uses a [[RuleOfCool modified]] [[http://images.monstermarketplace.com/collectible-swords/blood-saya-otonashis-nihonto-katana-sword-600x600.jpg katana]] that [[spoiler:channels her blood to the groove]] in which slashing the Chiropterans cause them to [[spoiler:[[TakenForGranite crystallize.]]]]crystallize]]]].

* In ''Anime/MaiHiME Destiny'', Shizuru uses one with expert skill to disable a gang of gun-wielding {{yakuza}} {{mooks}}.
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* In ''Anime/MaiHiME ''Anime/MaiHime Destiny'', Shizuru uses one with expert skill to disable a gang of gun-wielding {{yakuza}} {{mooks}}.

* Played straight and subverted in ''LightNovel/ChromeShelledRegios''. Almost every single character used a weapon other than a katana, and they aren't really being shown as inferior to those that do use katanas. However, the protagonist, Layfon Alseif, who has been using a standard sword the entirety of the series, gets his greatest CrowningMomentOfAwesome after [[spoiler:fusing two different kinds of {{Infinity Plus One Sword}}s together.]] Partially justified in that all of his training focused on katana-using, and it was just a [[spoiler:personal vow of [[TheAtoner repentance]]]] that kept him from using it the whole time.
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* Played straight and subverted in ''LightNovel/ChromeShelledRegios''. Almost every single character used a weapon other than a katana, and they aren't really being shown as inferior to those that do use katanas. However, the protagonist, Layfon Alseif, who has been using a standard sword the entirety of the series, gets his greatest CrowningMomentOfAwesome after [[spoiler:fusing two different kinds of {{Infinity Plus One Sword}}s together.]] together]]. Partially justified in that all of his training focused on katana-using, and it was just a [[spoiler:personal vow of [[TheAtoner repentance]]]] that kept him from using it the whole time.

** The Muramasa Blade is a katana occasionally used by Wolverine (and others in related stories), and is one of the few weapons that is stated to be capable of killing him on its own, without otherwise negating his healing abilities. This weapon was used to [[spoiler:kill Sabretooth.]] Thus, while not necessarily stronger than adamantium (itself {{Unobtainium}}), it is still better. Of course, this being the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, there are many Western-style weapons that are superior to it, including Thor's Mjolnir, Namor's Trident, and of course Hulk's fist.
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** The Muramasa Blade is a katana occasionally used by Wolverine (and others in related stories), and is one of the few weapons that is stated to be capable of killing him on its own, without otherwise negating his healing abilities. This weapon was used to [[spoiler:kill Sabretooth.]] Sabretooth]]. Thus, while not necessarily stronger than adamantium (itself {{Unobtainium}}), it is still better. Of course, this being the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, there are many Western-style weapons that are superior to it, including Thor's Mjolnir, Namor's Trident, and of course Hulk's fist.

* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} frequently uses and is often seen DualWielding katanas, and kills a ton of people with them. It's not clear whether this has anything to with the katanas, though. Of course he does use guns more. In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', Deadpool can fight his equivalent, [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]]. In other words Dante, a character made in Japan, will use his broadsword against Deadpool, a character made in America, who use two katanas.
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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} frequently uses and is often seen DualWielding katanas, and kills a ton of people with them. It's not clear whether this has anything to do with the katanas, though. Of course he does use guns more. In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', Deadpool can fight his equivalent, [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]]. In other words Dante, a character made in Japan, will use his broadsword against Deadpool, a character made in America, who use two katanas.

** Subverted in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. Snake Eyes is very good with his katana, until [[spoiler:Storm Shadow breaks it. Then Snake Eyes pulls out the [[DualTonfas Bladed Dual Tonfas]] and wins.]] ** Played straight ''and'' slightly subverted in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''. Snake Eyes uses his katana to chop Storm Shadow's shuriken to pieces. Storm Shadow uses ''his'' dual katanas to block incoming automatic weapons fire from prison guards. Subverted when Storm Shadow breaks a katana [[spoiler: that he allegedly used to assassinate the Hard Master]] by striking it against Snake Eye's own sword [[spoiler: to prove that the broken sword was not his--"Arashikage steel would not break" -- and that it was a copy Zartan used to frame him for the Hard Master's death.]]
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** Subverted in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. Snake Eyes is very good with his katana, until [[spoiler:Storm Shadow breaks it. Then Snake Eyes pulls out the [[DualTonfas Bladed Dual Tonfas]] and wins.]] wins]]. ** Played straight ''and'' slightly subverted in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''. Snake Eyes uses his katana to chop Storm Shadow's shuriken to pieces. Storm Shadow uses ''his'' dual katanas to block incoming automatic weapons fire from prison guards. Subverted when Storm Shadow breaks a katana [[spoiler: that he allegedly used to assassinate the Hard Master]] by striking it against Snake Eye's own sword [[spoiler: to prove that the broken sword was not his--"Arashikage steel would not break" -- and that it was a copy Zartan used to frame him for the Hard Master's death.]]death]].

* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': Kruger has one in addition to his other weapons. He even keeps it after [[spoiler: acquiring his own PoweredArmor.]]
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* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': Kruger has one in addition to his other weapons. He even keeps it after [[spoiler: acquiring his own PoweredArmor.]]PoweredArmor]].

* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfSamuraiCat'': Averted, ironically enough. While Tomokato does indeed dual-wield a katana and and wakazashi as his preferred weapons, he is not at all averse to picking up anything that comes along. He even agrees with the Norse Troll who points an [[GatlingGood GAU Avenger]] at him that the gatling gun is a superior weapon - just before stepping aside so that Shiro could blast the Troll with ''his'' Avenger. [[Mst3kMantra Don't ask]] how tiny Shiro was able to [[PowerBornOfMadness lift a quarter-ton of cannon and fire it]].
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* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfSamuraiCat'': Averted, ironically enough. While Tomokato does indeed dual-wield a katana and and wakazashi as his preferred weapons, he is not at all averse to picking up anything that comes along. He even agrees with the Norse Troll who points an [[GatlingGood GAU Avenger]] at him that the gatling gun is a superior weapon - just before stepping aside so that Shiro could blast the Troll with ''his'' Avenger. [[Mst3kMantra Don't ask]] how tiny Shiro was able to [[PowerBornOfMadness lift a quarter-ton of cannon and fire it]].

* In ''Series/AuctionKings'', Katanas are popular items. Especially if they come with a rifle and are from WorldWarII.
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* In ''Series/AuctionKings'', Katanas are popular items. Especially if they come with a rifle and are from WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

* Invoked in the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "True Night," where a delusional man on a vendetta imagines himself in a BadassLongcoat and DualWielding katana, while in the real world he's wearing a hoodie and wiedling hardware store machetes.
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* Invoked in the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "True Night," where a delusional man on a vendetta imagines himself in a BadassLongcoat and DualWielding katana, while in the real world he's wearing a hoodie and wiedling wielding hardware store machetes.

* ''TabletopGame/TheRiddleOfSteel'', a highly intricate game with a largely accurate depiction of historical European martial arts, added Eastern swords and Kenjutsu to its repetoire in one of its supplemental books. Katanas are quite weak against plate armor and require some work to set up their best moves due to a poor reach, but their proficiency contains several excellent maneuvers with which to accomplish this and if you DO land its draw cut on an unarmored or poorly armored part of your opponent? [[OffWithHisHead He's probably a goner.]] * In Chaosium's ''Basic Role Playing'' system, a multi-genre game based on the rules used in ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' and ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'' among others, the Katana does the same amount of damage as a bastard sword ... but it has a higher "base" value, meaning that people who train in the use of a Katana start out with a higher chance to hit -- and it can be used one handed by weaker and less dextrous fighters, as well!
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* ''TabletopGame/TheRiddleOfSteel'', a highly intricate game with a largely accurate depiction of historical European martial arts, added Eastern swords and Kenjutsu to its repetoire repertoire in one of its supplemental books. Katanas are quite weak against plate armor and require some work to set up their best moves due to a poor reach, but their proficiency contains several excellent maneuvers with which to accomplish this and if you DO land its draw cut on an unarmored or poorly armored part of your opponent? [[OffWithHisHead He's probably a goner.]] * In Chaosium's ''Basic Role Playing'' system, a multi-genre game based on the rules used in ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' and ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'' among others, the Katana does the same amount of damage as a bastard sword ... but it has a higher "base" value, meaning that people who train in the use of a Katana start out with a higher chance to hit -- and it can be used one handed by weaker and less dextrous dexterous fighters, as well!

* Invoked in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. Lewa's swords are called "Air Katana", despite not reembling katana in the slightest.
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* Invoked in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. Lewa's swords are called "Air Katana", despite not reembling resembling katana in the slightest.

** Travis' best EnergyWeapon is a beam katana, stronger than all others, never running out of energy with the right upgrade, and somehow curved despite being a beam of light emitted from a single point. It also has the ability to split into ''three blades'' to hit a wider arc during one of his {{Finishing Move}}s. All of Travis' weapons are called beam katanas, though admittedly the [[InconsistentDub Tsubaki/Camellia]] Mk. III is the only one that resembles the name. Also, the Mk. II is more powerful than the Mk. III. The game is close to the ultimate example of this trope given you play a loser who becomes an assassin simply because he won a beam katana on the internet. The game especially reinforces how great katanas are given the diversity and craziness of your opponents' weapons.
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** Travis' best EnergyWeapon is a beam katana, stronger than all others, never running out of energy with the right upgrade, and somehow curved despite being a beam of light emitted from a single point. It also has the ability to split into ''three blades'' to hit a wider arc during one of his {{Finishing Move}}s. All of Travis' weapons are called beam katanas, though admittedly the [[InconsistentDub Tsubaki/Camellia]] Mk. III is the only one that resembles the name. Also, the Mk. II is more powerful than the Mk. III. The game is close to the ultimate example of this trope given you play a loser who becomes an assassin simply because he won a beam katana on the internet.Internet. The game especially reinforces how great katanas are given the diversity and craziness of your opponents' weapons.

* In ''Neo VideoGame/{{Contra}}'', Jaguar can use his katana, which can kill enemies and bosses in a few swings. He is a HumanAlien samurai, after all.
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* In ''Neo VideoGame/{{Contra}}'', Jaguar can use his katana, which can kill enemies and bosses in a few swings. He is a HumanAlien {{Human Alien|s}} samurai, after all.

* Every game in the VideoGame/ForbiddenSiren features a katana as a weapon. In the first game, it's the Homurangi, the traditions-old blade in Jun's real family, obtained after [[spoiler: killing a shibito-turned Jun during the final battle and used against Datatsushi]]. This is same for the game's remake/reimagining, Siren: Blood Curse. In the second game, the blades in the final boss fight are actually transformed versions of artefacts that are from the body of the deity [[spoiler: that created Mother and Otoshigo]].
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* Every game in the VideoGame/ForbiddenSiren ''VideoGame/{{Siren}}'' series features a katana as a weapon. In the first game, it's the Homurangi, the traditions-old blade in Jun's real family, obtained after [[spoiler: killing a shibito-turned Jun during the final battle and used against Datatsushi]]. This is same for the game's remake/reimagining, Siren: Blood Curse. In the second game, the blades in the final boss fight are actually transformed versions of artefacts that are from the body of the deity [[spoiler: that created Mother and Otoshigo]].

** Even in the normal ''Shogun 2'', the Katana samurai is only a JackOfAllTrades. They have good attack, armor, and moral, but are outclassed in all of these regards by units wielding different weapons (such as the Nodachi samurai, the Naginata samurai, or the Naginata monk). Just about every unit has a Katana on their model, but many just have it there for a backup weapon, and sword does not make, say, a [[Mooks ashigaru]] archer any good in melee. On the other hand, the Portuguese Terços, whose primary weapon are matchlock guns, aren't all that bad in melee with their sabers.
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** Even in the normal ''Shogun 2'', the Katana samurai is only a JackOfAllTrades. They have good attack, armor, and moral, but are outclassed in all of these regards by units wielding different weapons (such as the Nodachi samurai, the Naginata samurai, or the Naginata monk). Just about every unit has a Katana on their model, but many just have it there for a backup weapon, and sword does not make, say, a [[Mooks [[{{Mooks}} ashigaru]] archer any good in melee. On the other hand, the Portuguese Terços, whose primary weapon are matchlock guns, aren't all that bad in melee with their sabers.

* ''Webcomic/BoxerHockey'': Daisuke, who is Japanese, defends his honor with a katana when[[spoiler: he was promised a win (with pay) by Skip, and lost the game.]]
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* ''Webcomic/BoxerHockey'': Daisuke, who is Japanese, defends his honor with a katana when[[spoiler: he was promised a win (with pay) by Skip, and lost the game.]]game]].

* Subverted by MiyamotoMusashi, possibly the most famous Japanese duelist in history, who spent a large portion of his career using [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter wooden swords]] instead of steel katanas. He also praised firearms as great tools for quickly making novice troops usefull in battle.
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* Subverted by MiyamotoMusashi, UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi, possibly the most famous Japanese duelist in history, who spent a large portion of his career using [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter wooden swords]] instead of steel katanas. He also praised firearms as great tools for quickly making novice troops usefull useful in battle.

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12th Nov '15 5:41:44 AM REV6Pilot
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* Enforced and subverted during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Japanese officers originally carried ''kyū-guntō'' ("old military sword" in Japanese), which resembled Western cavalry sabers, until a nationalist movement demanded a more traditional katana shape. Most of the resulting katanas, called ''shin-guntō'' ("new military sword") were simply mass-produced pieces of machined steel with an edge ground into them. The swords also made it easy for enemy soldiers to spot officers from a distance.
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* Enforced and subverted during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Japanese officers originally carried ''kyū-guntō'' ("old military sword" in Japanese), which resembled Western cavalry sabers, until a nationalist movement demanded a more traditional katana shape. Most of the resulting katanas, called ''shin-guntō'' ("new military sword") were simply mass-produced pieces of machined steel with an edge ground into them. The swords also made it easy [[StraightForTheCommander for enemy soldiers to spot officers from a distance.distance]].
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