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8th Jun '16 7:42:09 PM TheBigBopper
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-->-- '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLWzH_1eZsc Lindybeige, "The Katana"]]"'''

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-->-- '''[[https://www.'''WebVideo/{{Lindybeige}}, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLWzH_1eZsc Lindybeige, "The Katana"]]"'''
26th May '16 1:18:02 PM NativeJovian
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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 [[ImplausibleFencingPowers 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 [[ImplausibleFencingPowers [[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]].



** In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Wade Wilson jokes with his mutant comrades that his katana are far more "memorable" than guns. He is shown to be [[ImplausibleFencingPowers capable of parrying fully automatic fire]] from multiple opponents with them, occasionally [[SpinToDeflectStuff deflecting bullets]] at enemies. The blades, of course, are completely undamaged. Though not out-right stated, its apparently a aspect of whatever mutant power he had that lead to him being recruited onto Team X.

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** In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Wade Wilson jokes with his mutant comrades that his katana are far more "memorable" than guns. He is shown to be [[ImplausibleFencingPowers capable [[ParryingBulletscapable of parrying fully automatic fire]] from multiple opponents with them, occasionally [[SpinToDeflectStuff deflecting bullets]] at enemies. The blades, of course, are completely undamaged. Though not out-right stated, its apparently a aspect of whatever mutant power he had that lead to him being recruited onto Team X.
25th May '16 7:02:13 AM Grudgeal
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* Actual samurai used their katana only as a back-up sidearm in battles. When their opponents were at a more comfortable distance, they preferred their other traditional weapons, the spear (yari), glaive (naginata), and bow (yumi). It was only during the Edo period when the concept of the wandering ronin swordsman became romanticized and katana gained a larger cultural importance.

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* Actual samurai used their katana only as a back-up sidearm in battles. When their opponents battles, and as status symbols (they required a lot of iron, hence they were at expensive, hence it was a more comfortable distance, they preferred their other traditional weapons, privilegie to own one). The samurai social class begun as mounted bowmen during the Heian Period, using the spear (yari), (yari) or glaive (naginata), (naginata) for melee combat. During the Sengoku era and the Korean invasion, the bow (yumi). was replaced by the arquebus. It was only during the Edo period when the concept of the wandering ronin swordsman became romanticized and katana gained a larger cultural importance.importance, as the Tokugawa shogunate disarmed the populace and limited access to weapons to the armies of the shogunate and trusted damiyo. The katana was exempted from this ban as a symbol of office for the samurai caste, hence the sword became bound to the image of the samurai.
23rd May '16 7:16:46 AM Perseus
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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.'''

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** * In ''VideoGame/{{XenobladeChroniclesX}}'', ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'', the Longsword weapon type varies from mechanical straight swords to laser-chainsaws. However, the traditional katanas dropped by end-game endgame bosses severely outclass '''every other weapon in the game.'''
21st May '16 12:21:32 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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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) 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) 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).
21st May '16 12:20:49 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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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) 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).
16th May '16 2:58:54 PM DaibhidC
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** In ''GURPS Fantasy Tech'', the Legendary Katana is included in the list of Awesome Cultural Weapons, along with the Welsh Longbow, the Gurkha Kukri and so on. However its cinematic abilities can ''only'' be used by someone with the wildcard skill Katana!; in the hands of an ordinary swordsman, it's just a katana.
14th May '16 2:17:52 PM Kaleidostorm
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* The aptly named Dragon Sword in the ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' series is Ryu's default weapon. This unassuming (though still legendary) Katana is the JackOfAllStats, which [[NintendoHard in the context of the series]] makes it an incredibly reliable weapon in every situation. There are plenty of weapons that hit harder or faster, but the Dragon Sword will never be rendered obsolete due to its versatility. It helps that the sword gets a plot driven boost in most of the games.
25th Apr '16 12:44:48 PM foxmccloud4387
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* Assassin from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' uses an extremely long-bladed katana ([[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana nodachi, really]]). The weapon's great reach, his excellent skills, and a nigh-undodgeable ultimate technique make him a very difficult recurring opponent to the Western swordswoman protagonist, Saber. This technique isn't even really a special, unique skill like the other Servants have -- [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower He's just that good.]] Unusually, the story does point out a weakness in katanas/nodachis when compared to heavy Western blades: they get chipped and bent easily. When he duels Saber and her magic Western longsword, he can only parry her blows, since blocking them would damage his nodachi. [[spoiler:When he's forced to block one of her attacks anyways, the resulting bend on his sword leaves a fatal opening in his strongest sword attack, which Saber naturally exploits to defeat him.]]

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* Assassin from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' uses an extremely long-bladed katana ([[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana nodachi, really]]). The weapon's great reach, his excellent skills, and a nigh-undodgeable ultimate technique make him a very difficult recurring opponent to the Western swordswoman protagonist, Saber. This technique isn't even really a special, unique skill like the other Servants have -- [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower He's just that good.]] Unusually, the story does point out a weakness in katanas/nodachis when compared to heavy Western blades: they get chipped and bent easily. When he duels Saber and her magic Western longsword, he can only parry her blows, since blocking them would damage his nodachi.nodachi while leaving Saber's own sword undamaged. [[spoiler:When he's forced to block one of her attacks anyways, the resulting bend on his sword leaves a fatal opening in his strongest sword attack, which Saber naturally exploits to defeat him.]]
17th Apr '16 10:56:45 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' plays this trope straight, as the strongest sword one can find in the game is a Daedric Dai-katana. There is also a magical artifact called Goldbrand, which is a one-handed Katana.
** As good as the Daedric Dai-Katana is, later on when you take on the Tribunal expansion's quests, you can get a better sword, Trueflame. Not only does it have better stats, it's one handed and can be used with a shield.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' plays this trope straight, as the strongest non-unique sword one can find in the game sword type is a Daedric Dai-katana. Dai-katanas. There is also a magical artifact called Goldbrand, which is a one-handed Katana.
** As good as the Daedric Dai-Katana is, later on when you take on the Tribunal expansion's quests, you can get a better sword, Trueflame. Not only does it have better stats, it's one handed and can be used with a shield.
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