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22nd Mar '17 6:31:42 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Eric Draven briefly wields one against Top Dollar's mooks in ''Film/TheCrow'' and gets more kills with it than any other weapon.

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* ''Film/TheCrow'': Eric Draven briefly wields acquires one against from Top Dollar's mooks in ''Film/TheCrow'' collection and gets more kills with it than any other weapon.weapon. Interestingly, the weapon of choice for Top Dollar himself is a rapier.
19th Mar '17 11:28:21 AM Divra
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* ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' outright asks: "How do you want katanas to work? If you want realistic katanas, use longsword rules. If you want movie katanas, use katana rules. If you want anime katanas, use laser sword rules." Katanas can be better, or not, as the GM pleases.

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* ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' has a statline for katana, but also states outright asks: "How that this statline is intended to make katana work the way they do you want katanas to work? If in action movies. It also states that if you want realistic katanas, katana, you should use the longsword rules. If statline instead, and you want movie katanas, should use katana rules. If you want anime katanas, use the laser sword rules." Katanas can be better, or not, as the GM pleases.statline if you want katana to work like they do in shonen anime.
10th Mar '17 9:43:27 PM jormis29
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* 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 dexterous fighters, as well!

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* In Chaosium's In Creator/{{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 dexterous fighters, as well!
10th Mar '17 5:19:57 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In the Vikings vs Samurai episode of DeadliestWarrior, the cutting power of the Japanese katana is tested against viking 8-ring chainmail. While the katana is very good at cutting through flesh ''and even bone'', [[NoSell it is almost completely ineffective against the chainmail]], which was designed ''specifically'' to protect against slashing-weapons.
10th Mar '17 4:18:21 PM EmperorZim
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* In the Vikings vs Samurai episode of DeadliestWarrior, the cutting power of the Japanese katana is tested against viking 8-ring chainmail. While the katana is very good at cutting through flesh ''and even bone'', it is almost completely ineffective against the chainmail, which was designed ''specifically'' to protect against slashing-weapons.

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* In the Vikings vs Samurai episode of DeadliestWarrior, the cutting power of the Japanese katana is tested against viking 8-ring chainmail. While the katana is very good at cutting through flesh ''and even bone'', [[NoSell it is almost completely ineffective against the chainmail, chainmail]], which was designed ''specifically'' to protect against slashing-weapons.
10th Mar '17 4:14:34 PM EmperorZim
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* In the Vikings vs Samurai episode of DeadliestWarrior, the cutting power of the Japanese katana is tested against viking 8-ring chainmail. While the katana is very good at cutting through flesh ''and even bone'', it is almost completely ineffective against the chainmail, which was designed ''specifically'' to protect against slashing-weapons.
3rd Mar '17 8:19:43 AM BeerBaron
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' plays this trope straight, as the strongest non-unique sword sword type is Daedric Dai-katanas. There is also a magical artifact called Goldbrand, which is a one-handed Katana.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' plays this trope straight, as the strongest non-unique sword sword type is Daedric Dai-katanas. There is also a magical artifact called Goldbrand, which which, along with its [[GuideDangIt hard to find]] [[InfinityPlusOneSword upgraded version]], Eltonbrand, is a one-handed Katana.



** Played straight with Dragonbane, an Akaviri katana which is the best weapon against dragons (+40 damage), with a power that scales depending on the level you find it at, reaching Daedric stats at high levels.

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** Played straight with Dragonbane, an Akaviri katana which is the best weapon against dragons (+40 damage), with a power that scales depending on the level you find it at, reaching Daedric stats at high levels. The Ebony Blade, a legendary Daedric artifact weapon, can be powered up and becomes one of the strongest weapons in the game. It is a two-handed katana.
21st Feb '17 9:02:13 AM MasterHero
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* In VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker, Ganonodorf menaces Link with a katana-like sword, and later pulls out [[DualWielding two of them]] in the final battle.
* 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.

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* Twice in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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In VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker, Ganonodorf ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', [[BigBad Ganonodorf]] menaces Link with a katana-like sword, and later pulls out [[DualWielding two of them]] in the final battle.
* ** Inverted in VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword.''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 longsword known as the Goddess Sword throughout the game and derives several magical abilities from it.it. It becomes the Master Sword later on.



* 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]]]].

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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]].
21st Feb '17 8:54:14 AM MasterHero
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* ''LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar'': [[TheHero Ayato Amagiri]] wields the Ser-Veresta, a [[EmpathicWeapon sentient]] LaserBlade previously used by his sister. Its base form is a broadsword, but takes the shape of a katana when it unleashes its full power. Curiously, this happens when Ayato and [[BadassPrincess Julis Riessfeld]] [[ShipperOnDeck touch it at the same time]].
19th Feb '17 11:29:04 PM garthvader
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The reality is that Japanese swordsmithing was a compromise, based around poor-quality iron ore and Japan's non-invention of the blast furnace. The famed "folded steel" (often held to be superior to modern steels for no adequately defined reason) is simply a method to remove impurities from the billet and replace them with useful carbon inclusions. The resulting weapon, distinctively curved by differential hardening of the alloys of steel that form it, is effectively a three foot razor blade with a similar tendency towards chipping or snapping if handled roughly: it does one thing, cut, and it does it very well. Real katanas are notoriously maintenance-intensive and require special mineral oils to prevent them from rusting, have difficulty holding an edge (they are traditionally displayed edge-up because they will blunt themselves if stored edge-down), require a dragging cutting motion which is tricky to master, since they are not well-shaped for stabbing or heavy enough for slashing, and are ineffective against all but the lightest armor.

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The reality is that Japanese swordsmithing was a compromise, based around poor-quality iron ore and Japan's non-invention of the blast furnace. The famed "folded steel" (often held to be superior to modern steels for no adequately defined reason) is simply a method to remove impurities from the billet and replace them with useful carbon inclusions. The resulting weapon, distinctively curved by differential hardening of the alloys of steel that form it, is effectively a three foot razor blade with a similar tendency towards chipping or snapping if handled roughly: it does one thing, cut, and it does it very well. Real katanas traditionally-made katanas, as well as being harrowingly expensive, are notoriously maintenance-intensive and require special mineral oils to prevent them from rusting, have difficulty holding an edge (they are traditionally displayed edge-up because they will blunt themselves if stored edge-down), require a dragging cutting motion which is tricky to master, since they are not well-shaped for stabbing or heavy enough for slashing, and are ineffective against all but the lightest armor.
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