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22nd Sep '17 7:56:30 PM TheBigBopper
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In reality, katanas have advantages and disadvantages, just like any other sword (see the [[Analysis/KatanasAreJustBetter analysis page]] for more information), but in fiction any realistic tradeoffs or even [[ArtisticLicensePhysics basic laws of physics]] can be thrown out in favor of RuleOfCool. Since the katana is primarily designed to cut well, this property will be exaggerated to depict it as an AbsurdlySharpBlade that can slice through any material as if it were butter. Every cut with a katana is a CleanCut, passing through the object so smoothly that you [[DiagonalCut might not immediately realize it's been cut]], until the two halves dramatically fall apart a few moments later. Also, because it is perceived as an elite weapon that requires [[DifficultButAwesome higher-than-average skill to use well]], a character distinguished by using a katana is going to be a MasterSwordsman nine times out of ten. They might demonstrate ImplausibleFencingPowers, such as chopping off gun barrels or slicing apart the blades of swords that aren't as cool as the katana. In a setting where the katana is a [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy rare weapon]], it is especially likely to be proof that a character is special and formidable.

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In reality, katanas have advantages and disadvantages, disadvantages just like any other sword (see the [[Analysis/KatanasAreJustBetter analysis page]] for more information), but in fiction any realistic tradeoffs or even [[ArtisticLicensePhysics basic laws of physics]] can be thrown out in favor of RuleOfCool. Since the katana is primarily designed to cut well, this property will be exaggerated to depict it as an AbsurdlySharpBlade that can slice through any material as if it were butter. Every cut with a katana is a CleanCut, passing through the object so smoothly that you [[DiagonalCut might not immediately realize it's been cut]], until the two halves dramatically fall apart a few moments later. Also, because it is perceived as an elite weapon that requires [[DifficultButAwesome higher-than-average skill to use well]], a character distinguished by using a katana is going to be a MasterSwordsman nine times out of ten. They might demonstrate ImplausibleFencingPowers, such as chopping off gun barrels or slicing apart the blades of swords that aren't as cool as the katana. In a setting where the katana is a [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy rare weapon]], it is especially likely to be proof that a character is special and formidable.
22nd Sep '17 7:55:00 PM TheBigBopper
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In reality, katanas have advantages and disadvantages, just like any sword (see Analysis page for details), but all of those realistic tradeoffs and even [[ArtisticLicensePhysics basic laws of physics]] can be thrown out in favor of RuleOfCool. Since the katana is well-known for being a cutting-focused sword, this property is exaggerated to make it an AbsurdlySharpBlade that can slice through any material as if it were butter. Every cut with a katana is a CleanCut, passing through the object so effortlessly that you [[DiagonalCut might not immediately realize it's been cut]], until the two halves dramatically fall apart a few moments later. Also, because it is perceived as an elite weapon that requires [[DifficultButAwesome higher-than-average skill to use well]], a character distinguished by using a katana is going to be a MasterSwordsman nine times out of ten. They might demonstrate ImplausibleFencingPowers such as chopping off gun barrels or slicing swords that aren't as cool as the katana off at the hilt. In a setting where the katana is a [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy rare weapon]], it is especially likely to be proof that a character is special and formidable.

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In reality, katanas have advantages and disadvantages, just like any other sword (see Analysis page the [[Analysis/KatanasAreJustBetter analysis page]] for details), more information), but all of those in fiction any realistic tradeoffs and or even [[ArtisticLicensePhysics basic laws of physics]] can be thrown out in favor of RuleOfCool. Since the katana is well-known for being a cutting-focused sword, primarily designed to cut well, this property is will be exaggerated to make depict it as an AbsurdlySharpBlade that can slice through any material as if it were butter. Every cut with a katana is a CleanCut, passing through the object so effortlessly smoothly that you [[DiagonalCut might not immediately realize it's been cut]], until the two halves dramatically fall apart a few moments later. Also, because it is perceived as an elite weapon that requires [[DifficultButAwesome higher-than-average skill to use well]], a character distinguished by using a katana is going to be a MasterSwordsman nine times out of ten. They might demonstrate ImplausibleFencingPowers ImplausibleFencingPowers, such as chopping off gun barrels or slicing apart the blades of swords that aren't as cool as the katana off at the hilt.katana. In a setting where the katana is a [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy rare weapon]], it is especially likely to be proof that a character is special and formidable.
19th Sep '17 8:15:00 AM BeerBaron
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** In the series' {{backstory}}, katanas were favored weapons of the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] invaders who attacked Tamriel in the last 1st Era. Though they were defeated, they influenced Tamriellic culture and the katana stayed as a prominent weapon, especially among the Blades.

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** In the series' {{backstory}}, katanas were favored weapons of the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] invaders who attacked Tamriel in the last 1st Era. Though they were defeated, they influenced Tamriellic culture and the katana stayed as a prominent weapon, especially among the Blades.[[AncientOrderOfProtectors Blades]].
18th Sep '17 10:53:25 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Film/HardcoreHenry'', when [[BigBad Akan's]] forces storm a brothel and start killing everybody, a dominatrix fights them with a katana and kills and maims several of the gun-wielding thugs. Later, after she dies, Henry picks the katana up and is able to use it to ''defeat a tank''.



* In the ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' between [[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Ryu Hayabusa]] and [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu]], much hype is given to Ryu's True Dragon Sword katana during the analysis, and in the battle itself [[spoiler:it proves to be the only weapon in [[WalkingArmory Ryu's arsenal]] that could withstand Hiryu's [[HotBlade cypher]] Still, the match belongs to Hiryu]].

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* In the ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' between [[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Ryu Hayabusa]] and [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu]], much hype is given to Ryu's True Dragon Sword katana during the analysis, and in the battle itself [[spoiler:it proves to be the only weapon in [[WalkingArmory Ryu's arsenal]] that could withstand Hiryu's [[HotBlade cypher]] cypher]]. Still, the match belongs to Hiryu]].
12th Sep '17 8:05:09 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Butch Coolidge, Bruce Willis' character, chooses a katana over a variety of other weapons (including a small ''{{chainsaw|Good}}'') to [[spoiler:rescue Marsellus Wallace, the guy that previously wanted him dead, from the hillbillies raping him]]. Justified in this case, as the katana is only thing present actually made to kill people with; and it's pretty hard to sneak up on someone with a chainsaw.

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* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Butch Coolidge, Bruce Willis' character, chooses a katana over a variety of other weapons (including a small ''{{chainsaw|Good}}'') to [[spoiler:rescue Marsellus Wallace, the guy that previously wanted him dead, from the hillbillies raping him]]. Justified in this case, as the The katana is only thing present actually made to kill people with; and it's pretty hard to sneak up on someone with a chainsaw.
12th Sep '17 2:22:54 PM Linda58
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* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Butch Coolidge, Bruce Willis' character, chooses a katana over a variety of other weapons (including a small ''{{chainsaw|Good}}'') to [[spoiler:rescue Marsellus Wallace, the guy that previously wanted him dead, from the hillbillies raping him]].

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* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Butch Coolidge, Bruce Willis' character, chooses a katana over a variety of other weapons (including a small ''{{chainsaw|Good}}'') to [[spoiler:rescue Marsellus Wallace, the guy that previously wanted him dead, from the hillbillies raping him]]. Justified in this case, as the katana is only thing present actually made to kill people with; and it's pretty hard to sneak up on someone with a chainsaw.
8th Sep '17 1:54:58 AM TheBigBopper
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** [[spoiler:The ex-President of the United States]] wields, along with tentacles, a pair of Phlebotinum swords reminiscent of katana.

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** [[spoiler:The ex-President ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'': Solidus Snake, leader of the United States]] wields, along with tentacles, terrorist group Sons of Liberty, has a pair of Phlebotinum Japanese swords reminiscent named Democrat and Republican. For most of the game he mainly relies on the SuperStrength and CombatTentacles of his PoweredArmor, and even uses a gun sometimes, but he unsheathes his swords to engage in a climactic SwordFight with the protagonist Raiden, who by this point has taken up a katana.
8th Sep '17 1:35:27 AM TheBigBopper
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8th Sep '17 1:28:00 AM TheBigBopper
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* Creator/RLeeErmey on ''Lock and Load'' tested a katana against a traditional European longsword. He determined the katana was better at both slashing and penetrating armor, though not to a significant degree, and through very dubious methods. For instance, the longsword was blunt whereas the katana was fully sharpened.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' examines this trope when testing if one sword can slice through another. The katana gets bent sideways by a [[{{BFS}} Scottish Claymore]].



* The ''Series/MythBusters'' showed if a katana could actually decapitate a [[http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/mythbusters-silencing-a-lamb-part-1.html sheep]] in one swing (Warning: Possible [[{{Squick}} icky]] video). This isn't particularly surprising, since the victim is stationary and braced to get the maximum effect from the swing, and many other swords from around the world do this equally well.
* Creator/TheHistoryChannel show ''Lock and Load'' has R. Lee Ermey [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDkoj932YFo attempting to determine]] whether the katana or the longsword is "better." The test, determined by damage to a metal breastplate by an untrained user, concluded katanas to be the overall better weapon. The validity of the test and the quality of the weapons tested are both dubious.

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* ''Series/MythBusters'':
** One episode examines this trope when testing if one sword can slice through another.
The ''Series/MythBusters'' showed if katana gets bent sideways by a [[{{BFS}} Scottish Claymore]].
** Another tested whether
a katana could actually decapitate a [[http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/mythbusters-silencing-a-lamb-part-1.html sheep]] in one swing (Warning: Possible [[{{Squick}} icky]] video). This isn't particularly surprising, since the victim is stationary and braced to get the maximum effect from the swing, and many other swords from around the world do this equally well.
* Creator/TheHistoryChannel show ''Lock and Load'' has R. Lee Ermey Creator/RLeeErmey [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDkoj932YFo attempting to determine]] whether the katana or the longsword is "better." The test, He determined by damage to a metal breastplate by an untrained user, concluded katanas to be the overall katana was better weapon. The validity of the test and the quality of the weapons tested are at both dubious.slashing and penetrating armor, though not to a significant degree, and through very dubious methods. For instance, the longsword was blunt whereas the katana was fully sharpened.
8th Sep '17 1:07:15 AM TheBigBopper
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In reality, katanas have advantages and disadvantages, just like any sword, but all of those realistic tradeoffs and even [[ArtisticLicensePhysics basic laws of physics]] can be thrown out in favor of RuleOfCool. Since the katana is well-known for being a cutting-focused sword, this property is exaggerated to make it an AbsurdlySharpBlade that can slice through any material as if it were butter. Every cut with a katana is a CleanCut, passing through the object so effortlessly that you [[DiagonalCut might not immediately realize it's been cut]], until the two halves dramatically fall apart a few moments later. Also, because it is perceived as an elite weapon that requires [[DifficultButAwesome higher-than-average skill to use well]], a character distinguished by using a katana is going to be a MasterSwordsman nine times out of ten. They might demonstrate ImplausibleFencingPowers such as chopping off gun barrels or slicing swords that aren't as cool as the katana off at the hilt. In a setting where the katana is a [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy rare weapon]], it is especially likely to be proof that a character is special and formidable.

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In reality, katanas have advantages and disadvantages, just like any sword, sword (see Analysis page for details), but all of those realistic tradeoffs and even [[ArtisticLicensePhysics basic laws of physics]] can be thrown out in favor of RuleOfCool. Since the katana is well-known for being a cutting-focused sword, this property is exaggerated to make it an AbsurdlySharpBlade that can slice through any material as if it were butter. Every cut with a katana is a CleanCut, passing through the object so effortlessly that you [[DiagonalCut might not immediately realize it's been cut]], until the two halves dramatically fall apart a few moments later. Also, because it is perceived as an elite weapon that requires [[DifficultButAwesome higher-than-average skill to use well]], a character distinguished by using a katana is going to be a MasterSwordsman nine times out of ten. They might demonstrate ImplausibleFencingPowers such as chopping off gun barrels or slicing swords that aren't as cool as the katana off at the hilt. In a setting where the katana is a [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy rare weapon]], it is especially likely to be proof that a character is special and formidable.
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