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27th May '16 10:34:00 AM NativeJovian
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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' has the Kagemitsu G4 in ''Gun Gale Online'', and is classified as a [[LawyerFriendlyCameo "Photon Sword"]], though it's mentioned by Sinon that it doesn't stop GGO players from calling them names like "[[WritingAroundTradeMarks Light Swords]]", or [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Beam Sabres]][[note]]Nor does it stop RealLife fans of the series from flat out calling it those, or a [[Franchise/StarWars Lightsaber]]. In the anime, it even sounds extremely similar to how a Lightsaber does when swung or powered up or down. This is actually lampshaded when Sinon finishes listing every possible alternate name for the thing except calling it a lightsaber, and follows up by saying "It has another name, but I can't remember it."[[/note]]. This was considered a JokeWeapon in series since by the time anyone got close enough to someone to use it, they'd be riddled with bullets. Then Kirito gets his hands on one and, thanks to skills honed in two other VRMMO games that emphasized sword fighting, turns it into a LethalJokeWeapon, [[ImplausibleFencingPowers deflecting bullets like a Jedi]]. After he leaves GGO, the Kagemitsu explodes in popularity as players try ([[DifficultButAwesome with limited success]]) to replicate his feats.

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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' has the Kagemitsu G4 in ''Gun Gale Online'', and is classified as a [[LawyerFriendlyCameo "Photon Sword"]], though it's mentioned by Sinon that it doesn't stop GGO players from calling them names like "[[WritingAroundTradeMarks Light Swords]]", or [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Beam Sabres]][[note]]Nor does it stop RealLife fans of the series from flat out calling it those, or a [[Franchise/StarWars Lightsaber]]. In the anime, it even sounds extremely similar to how a Lightsaber does when swung or powered up or down. This is actually lampshaded when Sinon finishes listing every possible alternate name for the thing except calling it a lightsaber, and follows up by saying "It has another name, but I can't remember it."[[/note]]. This was considered a JokeWeapon in series since by the time anyone got close enough to someone to use it, they'd be riddled with bullets. Then Kirito gets his hands on one and, thanks to skills honed in two other VRMMO games that emphasized sword fighting, turns it into a LethalJokeWeapon, [[ImplausibleFencingPowers [[ParryingBullets deflecting bullets like a Jedi]]. After he leaves GGO, the Kagemitsu explodes in popularity as players try ([[DifficultButAwesome with limited success]]) to replicate his feats.
23rd May '16 9:16:43 PM Willbyr
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* [[BloodKnight Ryuga's]] Ray Blade in ''{{Mahoromatic}}''. It uses a beam from a ''starship'' to power it up.

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* [[BloodKnight Ryuga's]] Ray Blade in ''{{Mahoromatic}}''.''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}''. It uses a beam from a ''starship'' to power it up.
19th May '16 5:45:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Variable swords in Larry Niven's ''KnownSpace'' stories, which are simply stasis fields wrapped around monofilament wires. A notable subversion in that their power ''doesn't'' glow (the wires are nearly invisible, so it doesn't look like much of anything, and only the bright red ball on the end tells you where the sword point is), but they function a lot like energy swords.
* M. John Harrison's early {{Viriconium}} novel ''The Pastel City'', another pre-''StarWars'' work, contains energy swords called ''baan''. These have a thoughtful safety feature: the blade materializes around a solid core, which isn't necessary for the weapon to operate, but prevents the blade from activating improperly while it's pointing into the user's body.

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* Variable swords in Larry Niven's ''KnownSpace'' ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories, which are simply stasis fields wrapped around monofilament wires. A notable subversion in that their power ''doesn't'' glow (the wires are nearly invisible, so it doesn't look like much of anything, and only the bright red ball on the end tells you where the sword point is), but they function a lot like energy swords.
* M. John Harrison's early {{Viriconium}} Literature/{{Viriconium}} novel ''The Pastel City'', another pre-''StarWars'' work, contains energy swords called ''baan''. These have a thoughtful safety feature: the blade materializes around a solid core, which isn't necessary for the weapon to operate, but prevents the blade from activating improperly while it's pointing into the user's body.



* In JohnMeaney's ''Nulapeiron Sequence'' books (and the prequel, ''To Hold Infinity'' there may be found a device called a Lattice Blade. Apparently never used as a battlefield weapon, it is quite capable of slicing off a limb and being extended or contracted in size, yet remain pocketable when deactivated.
* Probably the UrExample, from [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Asimov's]] ''{{Foundation}}'' (That particular story was first published in 1944):

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* In JohnMeaney's Creator/JohnMeaney's ''Nulapeiron Sequence'' books (and the prequel, ''To Hold Infinity'' there may be found a device called a Lattice Blade. Apparently never used as a battlefield weapon, it is quite capable of slicing off a limb and being extended or contracted in size, yet remain pocketable when deactivated.
* Probably the UrExample, from [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Asimov's]] ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' (That particular story was first published in 1944):
14th May '16 9:57:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd's'' universe, Hondo City (what was Japan) Judges in more recent years are issued with laser blades, replacing the traditional katanas from earlier stories.

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* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
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In ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd's'' universe, Hondo City (what was Japan) Judges in more recent years are issued with laser blades, replacing the traditional katanas from earlier stories.stories.
** ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': One of Shakara's most commonly used weapons is a glowing red laser blade [[BladeBelowTheShoulder attached to his arm]], which he'll occasionally [[DualWielding dual wield]].




5th May '16 2:40:20 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [[spoiler:Kanon]] of ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' busts out a laser blade in the fantasy scenes.

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* [[spoiler:Kanon]] of ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' busts out a laser blade in the fantasy scenes.
1st May '16 6:50:18 PM RazorSmile
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* Vorpal from the Doctor Dire novel ''Dire: Seed'' by Andrew Sieple has the power to turn any hand-holdable narrow cylindrical object into an energy blade.
23rd Apr '16 6:17:38 AM RazorSmile
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* Vorpal from the Doctor Dire ''Dire: Seed'' by Andrew Sieple has the power to turn any hand-holdable narrow cylindrical object into an energy blade.

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* Vorpal from the Doctor Dire Dire novel ''Dire: Seed'' by Andrew Sieple has the power to turn any hand-holdable narrow cylindrical object into an energy blade.
23rd Apr '16 3:55:24 AM RazorSmile
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* Vorpal from the Doctor Dire ''Dire: Seed'' by Andrew Sieple has the power to turn any hand-holdable narrow cylindrical object into an energy blade.
20th Apr '16 1:12:56 AM Tyk5919
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* Michum's WeaponOfChoice in ''Literature/ThePiratesCoveredInFur'' is a green beam sword.
13th Apr '16 8:12:51 AM cdrood
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** GenreSavvy Cory never liked using one, and he's playing Luke. After getting his hand cut off and losing his original, he had no plans to use on again. Circumstances forced his hand, however.

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** GenreSavvy Cory never liked using one, one given how obviously unsafe they are, and he's playing Luke. After getting his hand cut off and losing his original, he had no plans to use on again. Circumstances forced his hand, however.
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