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9th Jan '18 2:00:28 AM Cryoclaste
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* Taking place in the future, several ''PhantasyStar'' weapons are comprised of lasers, or "photons", in the ''Online''/''Universe'' games. Armor, as well; one wonders why they didn't outright ''call'' it a force field, but [[{{Fanservice}} we know the real reason.]]

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* Taking place in the future, several ''PhantasyStar'' ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' weapons are comprised of lasers, or "photons", in the ''Online''/''Universe'' games. Armor, as well; one wonders why they didn't outright ''call'' it a force field, but [[{{Fanservice}} we know the real reason.]]
5th Jan '18 9:25:15 AM MetroidPeter
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Note that, although the most prolific TropeCodifier is the [[StarWars lightsaber]], you'll almost never see the word "lightsaber" outside of that particular franchise for [[BlandNameProduct understandable legal reasons]]. Thus, such blades are given any variety of slightly less majestic monikers, such as "beam saber", "energy sword", "plasma knife" and, for the [[JustForPun paronomasiacs]], "laser blade."[[note]]Because it sounds like "razor blade", get it?[[/note]] The energy blade concept tends to be OlderThanTheyThink; the TropeMaker is the "force knife" from the ''Literature/LuckyStarr'' novels written by Creator/IsaacAsimov under the pen-name Paul French in the [=1950s=].

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Note that, although the most prolific TropeCodifier is the [[StarWars lightsaber]], you'll almost never see the word "lightsaber" outside of that particular franchise for [[BlandNameProduct understandable legal reasons]]. Thus, such blades are given any variety of slightly less majestic less, but still awesome monikers, such as "beam saber", "energy sword", "plasma knife" and, for the [[JustForPun paronomasiacs]], "laser blade."[[note]]Because it sounds like "razor blade", get it?[[/note]] The energy blade concept tends to be OlderThanTheyThink; the TropeMaker is the "force knife" from the ''Literature/LuckyStarr'' novels written by Creator/IsaacAsimov under the pen-name Paul French in the [=1950s=].


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Despite being a sword made of energy, it's surprisingly rare to see one that can shoot a SwordBeam.
20th Dec '17 7:33:41 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Haloid}}''. Samus has one that not only cuts things but acts as a tractor beam, blaster and stasis field generator.

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* ''{{Haloid}}''.''WebAnimation/{{Haloid}}''. Samus has one that not only cuts things but acts as a tractor beam, blaster and stasis field generator.
12th Dec '17 8:40:24 AM MagiMecha
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* In basically every single ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' show ever released, the protagonist's SuperPrototype ALWAYS has at LEAST two of these, if not sometimes more. And in fact, they're almost standard issue.
** By ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Gundam F91]]'', they develop the Beam Shield, which is basically a Beam Sword shaped into wide, flat planes and used as a shield.
*** Other Gundam series' have Beam axes, tonfas, flags, and [[HelicopterBlender rotors]].
** Strangely, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' are a bit more realistic about this: while normal beam sabers do exist, there are a number of physical blades with a beam ''edge'', which answers the question of "how does the beam know where to stop?"
*** Well, beam sabers in Gundam aren't lasers so that isn't a problem, they rely on I-field to clash with each other, with the exception of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed SEED]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny SEED Destiny]]'', which the blades simply ''go through'' each other.
** Oddly inverted in the case of 00. Whilst Beam Sabers are shown to be highly effective (gradually replacing all other melee weapons), well made solid state blades (like Exia and 00's) are shown to be better.
*** Not exactly. The solid blades are simply more convenient and tend to have a more free range of utility. You can see it in episode 3 of ''Gundam 00'', the beam saber was more effective in cutting through the Tieran. However, beam sabers are power intensive and while they are lighter than the solid blades, they eat up a lot more power especially as the Raiser sword. Another is the fact that since they do not have any actual solid mass, they are poor weapons against GN fields since the particles are dissipated, making solid weapons much more effective.
*** Moreover, Exia/00/00 quan[T]'s solid blades, known as GN Swords while primary of solid construction[[note]]Originally, just sharpened E-Carbon, latter on, with the introduction of the GN Sword III and GN Sword Kai, the tougher, and particle enhanced GN Condenser material[[/note]], also generate a small GN particle field around the blade to improve cutting power, not just a solid piece of metal like the daggers strike Gundam from SEED uses. Celestial Being intentionally designed this, according to the first Lockon Stratos, specifically in case the Gundam Meisters were ever to be faced with enemy's using GN technology and GN fields.
** Meta Example: In the G Generation title that Gundam 00 debuted in (G gen Wars), Exia and 00 Gundam's GN Blades are listed as being effective against EVERYTHING, protection be damned. This includes [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Phase Shift Armor]] (designed to be impervious to physical weapons).
** However, you have to note that beam sabers are actually NOT laser blades. Gundam usually differentiates between lasers (the actual ray of light kind, rarely weaponized) and beams (made out of whatever is the [[MinovskyPhysics Minovsky Particle]] in the current show, including the TropeNamer).
** Bonus points go to Paptimus Scirocco of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and the PMX-003 The O which has [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four arms]] all equipped with beam sabres... though he was beaten by Tieria Erde of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', who packs ''six'' sabers at once on his Seravee Gundam. [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091111215054/gundam/images/thumb/e/ec/Seravee_Gundam_Kanji_Wallpaper.jpg/525px-Seravee_Gundam_Kanji_Wallpaper.jpg Behold.]]

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* In basically every single the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' show ever released, meta series, laser blades, here commonly referred to as "beam sabers", are the protagonist's common melee weapon used by heroes and villains both. Many series will start out with the heroes with a SuperPrototype ALWAYS has at LEAST two of these, if not sometimes more. And in fact, they're almost standard issue.
** By ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Gundam F91]]'', they develop the Beam Shield, which is basically a Beam Sword shaped into wide, flat planes and used as a shield.
*** Other Gundam series' have Beam axes, tonfas, flags, and [[HelicopterBlender rotors]].
** Strangely, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' are a bit more realistic about this: while normal beam sabers do exist, there are a number of physical blades
armed with a beam ''edge'', which answers the question of "how does the beam know where to stop?"
*** Well, beam sabers in Gundam aren't lasers so that isn't a problem, they rely on I-field to clash with each other, with the exception of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed SEED]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny SEED Destiny]]'', which the blades simply ''go through'' each other.
** Oddly inverted in the case of 00. Whilst Beam Sabers are shown to be highly effective (gradually replacing all other melee weapons), well made solid state blades (like Exia and 00's) are shown to be better.
*** Not exactly. The solid blades are simply more convenient and tend to have a more free range of utility. You can see it in episode 3 of ''Gundam 00'', the
state-of-the-art beam saber was more effective in cutting through the Tieran. However, beam sabers are power intensive and while they are lighter than the solid blades, they eat up a lot more power especially as the Raiser sword. Another is the fact that since they do not have any actual solid mass, they are poor weapons against GN fields since the particles are dissipated, making solid weapons much more effective.
*** Moreover, Exia/00/00 quan[T]'s solid blades, known as GN Swords while primary of solid construction[[note]]Originally, just sharpened E-Carbon, latter on,
with the introduction villains gaining their own near the end of the GN Sword III and GN Sword Kai, the tougher, and particle enhanced GN Condenser material[[/note]], also generate a small GN particle field around the blade to improve cutting power, not just a solid piece of metal like the daggers strike Gundam from SEED uses. Celestial Being intentionally designed this, according to the first Lockon Stratos, specifically in case the Gundam Meisters were ever to be faced with enemy's using GN technology and GN fields.
** Meta Example: In the G Generation title that Gundam 00 debuted in (G gen Wars), Exia and 00 Gundam's GN Blades are listed as being effective against EVERYTHING, protection be damned. This includes [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Phase Shift Armor]] (designed to be impervious to physical weapons).
** However, you have to note that beam sabers are actually NOT laser blades. Gundam
series. Continuations afterwards usually differentiates between lasers (the actual ray of light kind, rarely weaponized) and beams (made out of whatever is the [[MinovskyPhysics Minovsky Particle]] in the current show, including the TropeNamer).
** Bonus points go to Paptimus Scirocco of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and the PMX-003 The O which has [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four arms]] all equipped
have both sides stick with beam sabres... though he was beaten by Tieria Erde of weaponry from that point on. As the series goes on, melee beam weaponry take various forms, practical and impractical, from the high powered beam shields to beam axes to beam ''rotors''.
** Not all series deals with beam energy the same as the original. For instance, in
''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', who packs ''six'' sabers at once on his Seravee Gundam. [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091111215054/gundam/images/thumb/e/ec/Seravee_Gundam_Kanji_Wallpaper.jpg/525px-Seravee_Gundam_Kanji_Wallpaper.jpg Behold.]]early enemy Mobile Suits like the Union Flags used Sonic Blades, which were {{Vibroweapon}}s that can also turn into Plasma Swords. The Gundam Exia and its successors 00 and 00 Qan-T had special weapons that were actually solid blades that could be infused with GN Particles to make them as powerful as standard beam sabers.
11th Dec '17 4:39:05 PM JoieDeCombat
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* In ''VisualNovel/StarshipPromise'', officers of the Galactic Liberation Front (aka The Empire) wield beam sabers, and can use them to deflect blaster fire. Captain Antares Fairchild has a red-bladed one, which he seems to prefer over firearms.
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9th Dec '17 6:45:20 AM SolidSonicTH
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Laser blades exist purely because of the RuleOfCool. PowerGlows, therefore a weapon ''made'' out of glow must be ''really'' powerful. In real life, making such fancy swords is AwesomeButImpractical when FrickinLaserBeams decide war, but then again, laser blade duels are frickin' awesome, and that's enough justification to be showed on-screen. Another possible in-universe justification in that the duelists are somehow ImmuneToBullets, whether thanks to DeflectorShields, The Force or any other such AppliedPhlebotinum, thus forcing the revival of old-school sword martial arts with laser blades.

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Laser blades exist purely because of the RuleOfCool. PowerGlows, therefore a weapon ''made'' out of glow must be ''really'' powerful. In real life, making such fancy swords is AwesomeButImpractical when FrickinLaserBeams [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight decide war, war]], but then again, laser blade duels are frickin' awesome, and that's enough justification to be showed on-screen. Another possible in-universe justification in that the duelists are somehow ImmuneToBullets, whether thanks to DeflectorShields, The Force or any other such AppliedPhlebotinum, thus forcing the revival of old-school sword martial arts with laser blades.
2nd Dec '17 5:38:37 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"Your father's lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. [[ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge An elegant weapon... for a more civilized age]]."''

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->''"Your father's lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. [[ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge An elegant weapon... for a more civilized age]].age."''



* ''[[StarOcean1 Star Ocean]]'' gave you light sabers called "Force Sword" (with a graphic nearly identical to the ''Star Wars'' version) as part of the plot; they were the only weapons that could harm the BigBad.

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* ''[[StarOcean1 Star Ocean]]'' ''VideoGame/StarOcean1'' gave you light sabers called "Force Sword" (with a graphic nearly identical to the ''Star Wars'' version) as part of the plot; they were the only weapons that could harm the BigBad.



* The Sword of Moonlight is a recurring item in Creator/FromSoftware games. It appears under various names in the ''Videogame/KingsField'' games, ''Videogame/DemonsSouls'', ''Videogame/DarkSouls'' and [[Videogame/DarkSoulsII its sequel]], and the Old Hunters DLC for ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}''. The sword has a tiny physical blade that projects a larger, magical blade made of moonlight. Usually, only the latter is usable, however its appearance in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' departs from the norm by enlarging the physical blade and allowing it to be used as either a typical sword or LaserBlade.

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* The Sword of Moonlight is a recurring item in Creator/FromSoftware games. It appears under various names in the ''Videogame/KingsField'' games, ''Videogame/DemonsSouls'', ''Videogame/DarkSouls'' and [[Videogame/DarkSoulsII its sequel]], and the Old Hunters DLC for ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}''. The sword has a tiny physical blade that projects a larger, magical blade made of moonlight. Usually, only the latter is usable, however its appearance in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' departs from the norm by enlarging the physical blade and allowing it to be used as either a typical sword or LaserBlade.Laser Blade.
2nd Dec '17 5:32:22 PM __Vano
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Laser blades exist purely because of the RuleOfCool. PowerGlows, therefore a weapon ''made'' out of glow must be ''really'' powerful. In real life, making such fancy swords is AwesomeButImpractical when FrickinLaserBeams decide war, but then again, laser blade duels are frickin' awesome, and that's enough justification to be showed on-screen. Another possible in-universe justification in that the duelists are somehow invulnerable to ranged weaponry, whether thanks to DeflectorShields, The Force or any other such AppliedPhlebotinum, thus forcing the revival of old-school sword martial arts with laser blades.

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Laser blades exist purely because of the RuleOfCool. PowerGlows, therefore a weapon ''made'' out of glow must be ''really'' powerful. In real life, making such fancy swords is AwesomeButImpractical when FrickinLaserBeams decide war, but then again, laser blade duels are frickin' awesome, and that's enough justification to be showed on-screen. Another possible in-universe justification in that the duelists are somehow invulnerable to ranged weaponry, ImmuneToBullets, whether thanks to DeflectorShields, The Force or any other such AppliedPhlebotinum, thus forcing the revival of old-school sword martial arts with laser blades.
2nd Dec '17 5:28:57 PM __Vano
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Laser blades exist purely because of the RuleOfCool. Glowing is cool, so PowerGlows, therefore a weapon that's actually ''made'' out of glow must be ''really'' powerful. In real life, making such fancy swords is AwesomeButImpractical when FrickinLaserBeams decide war, but then again, laser blade duels are frickin' awesome, and that's enough justification to be showed on-screen. Another possible in-universe justification in that the duelists are somehow invulnerable to ranged weaponry, whether thanks to DeflectorShields, The Force or any other such AppliedPhlebotinum, thus forcing the revival of old-school sword martial arts with laser blades.

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Laser blades exist purely because of the RuleOfCool. Glowing is cool, so PowerGlows, therefore a weapon that's actually ''made'' out of glow must be ''really'' powerful. In real life, making such fancy swords is AwesomeButImpractical when FrickinLaserBeams decide war, but then again, laser blade duels are frickin' awesome, and that's enough justification to be showed on-screen. Another possible in-universe justification in that the duelists are somehow invulnerable to ranged weaponry, whether thanks to DeflectorShields, The Force or any other such AppliedPhlebotinum, thus forcing the revival of old-school sword martial arts with laser blades.
26th Nov '17 11:22:24 AM nighttrainfm
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* Xemnas of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series [[DualWielding Dual Wields]] blades of PureEnergy that manifest from his hands. He can also fire them like projectiles. In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', his signature weapon is the "Interdiction" and the other types of Etheral Blades he wields [[http://www.khwiki.net/Weapons_of_Organization_XIII#Xemnas.27s_Ethereal_Blades are given more variety,]] with various shapes and colors and some appearing as blades of energy projected from a central core instead of being entirely energy. Except for his JokeWeapon, a pair of fans.
** The Unknown aka [[spoiler:Young Xehanort]] of ''Birth By Sleep'' and ''Dream Drop Distance'' dual-wields a pair of blue Laser Blades. The Keyblade associated with him, No Name, is essentially a Laser Blade Keyblade.
** The local incarnation of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] / Leon can form one of these out of his Gunblade as a shoutout to Squall's "Blasting Zone" finisher
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', Terra and Aqua share a Command Style called Bladecharge that forms one of these around their Keyblade. in ''Dream Drop Distance'' Riku has this power as a Link Style.

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** The local incarnation of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] / Leon can form one of these out of his Gunblade as a shoutout to his "Blasting Zone" finisher ins his original game.
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Xemnas of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series [[DualWielding Dual Wields]] blades of PureEnergy that manifest from his hands. He can also fire them like projectiles. In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', his signature weapon is the "Interdiction" and the other types of Etheral Blades he wields [[http://www.khwiki.net/Weapons_of_Organization_XIII#Xemnas.27s_Ethereal_Blades are given more variety,]] with various shapes and colors and some appearing as blades of energy projected from a central core instead of being entirely energy. Except for his JokeWeapon, a pair of fans.
** The Unknown Unknown, aka [[spoiler:Young Xehanort]] Xehanort]], of ''Birth By Sleep'' and ''Dream Drop Distance'' dual-wields a pair of blue Laser Blades. The Keyblade associated with him, No Name, is essentially a Laser Blade Keyblade.
** The local incarnation of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] / Leon can form one of these out of his Gunblade as a shoutout to Squall's "Blasting Zone" finisher
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', Terra and Aqua share a Command Style called Bladecharge that forms one of these around their Keyblade. in ''Dream Drop Distance'' Distance'', Riku has this power as a Link Style.
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