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26th Sep '16 3:26:08 PM MrUnderhill
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* ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Laser Blade]] attached on the AC as melee weapons, either conjoined with the forearm (Nine-Ball and other first generation AC) or as standalone parts (late generation AC). Unlike most examples, the blades are typically not solid, making them less useful for dueling and more useful for destroying stationary targets or as an EmergencyWeapon in case the user's ranged weapons run out of ammo, though [[DifficultButAwesome dedicated blade-builds]] ebb and flow in popularity and effectiveness throughout the series.

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* ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Laser Blade]] attached on the AC as melee weapons, either conjoined with the forearm (Nine-Ball and other first generation AC) or as standalone parts (late generation AC). Unlike most examples, the blades are typically not solid, making them less useful for dueling and more useful for destroying stationary targets or as an EmergencyWeapon in case the user's ranged weapons run out of ammo, though [[DifficultButAwesome dedicated blade-builds]] ebb and flow in popularity and effectiveness throughout the series. The PlayerCharacter always [[StarterEquipment starts off with a laser blade,]] and two of the most prominent laserblades are the Moonlight, a heavy LB [[InfinityPlusOneSword with insane stats]] and a ShoutOut to [[Creator/FromSoftware From Software's]] other games (see below), and the Toros, a shield that had two Laserblades and was known as [[BigBad Stinger's]] weapon of choice in one of the games.



* These are very common off-hand weapons in ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore''. Generally, they're used to destroy stationary or slow-moving targets like gun turrets while conserving ammo, though there are DifficultButAwesome builds that rely entirely on blade combat, using boosters to keep up with faster targets. The PlayerCharacter always starts off with a Laser Blade, and two of the most prominent Laserblades were the Moonlight, a heavy LB with some insane stats, and the Toros, a shield that had two Laserblades and was known as [[BigBad Stinger's]] weapon of choice in one of the games.
24th Sep '16 11:45:35 AM nombretomado
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* Another, lesser known Capcom example is Hayato Kanzaki from ''VideoGame/StarGladiator'' who wielded a laser blade weapon as well. Of course, [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros people will remember]] more his inclusion in ''[[CapcomVsWhatever Marvel vs Capcom 2]]''. There are also other types of plasma weapons than just sword (which have different variations like [[{{BFS}} broadsword]] and [[RoyalRapier rapier]]) like rings, yo-yos, axes, maces and so forth.

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* Another, lesser known Capcom example is Hayato Kanzaki from ''VideoGame/StarGladiator'' who wielded a laser blade weapon as well. Of course, [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros people will remember]] more his inclusion in ''[[CapcomVsWhatever Marvel vs Capcom 2]]''.''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2''. There are also other types of plasma weapons than just sword (which have different variations like [[{{BFS}} broadsword]] and [[RoyalRapier rapier]]) like rings, yo-yos, axes, maces and so forth.
14th Sep '16 11:00:52 AM SimpleMindedMoot
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** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' gives Takeda [[DualWielding a pair of pulse blades]] in his Ronin variation.
9th Sep '16 10:37:10 AM dracogeorge
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** 5th Edition has the Sun Blade, a longsword hilt with a blade of [[LightEmUp pure light]] (that the wielder can cause to appear or disappear at will[[note]]like a lightsaber[[/note]]), which deals radiant damage instead of slashing damage, does extra damage to the undead, and can be [[MundaneUtility used as a torch]].
9th Sep '16 8:14:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{GURPS}} has forceswords, and the Ultratech supplement even has a [[BladeOnAStick Laser Blade on a Stick]] that is [[StarWars "suitable for guards of the Galactic Emperor"]].

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* {{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has forceswords, and the Ultratech supplement even has a [[BladeOnAStick Laser Blade on a Stick]] that is [[StarWars "suitable for guards of the Galactic Emperor"]].



* ''{{Rifts}}'' has Cyber Knights and Mind Melters wielding Psi Swords, which they can create with their minds. Also the Lightblade, a MagiTek weapon.

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* ''{{Rifts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has Cyber Knights and Mind Melters wielding Psi Swords, which they can create with their minds. Also the Lightblade, a MagiTek weapon.



* ''{{Mekton}}'' has rules for not only a laser sword, but also a laser ''axe''.

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* ''{{Mekton}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Mekton}}'' has rules for not only a laser sword, but also a laser ''axe''.



* Laser Knight from ''{{Monsterpocalypse}}''

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* Laser Knight from ''{{Monsterpocalypse}}''''TabletopGame/{{Monsterpocalypse}}''
1st Sep '16 7:13:04 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'' has Optimus able to create an axe-version of this, which Megatron responds to with a flail-version.
18th Aug '16 3:18:49 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** GenreSavvy Cory never liked using 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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** GenreSavvy Cory never liked using 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.
9th Aug '16 4:17:43 AM Ripburger
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* ''[[Videogame/{{XCOM}} X-Com: Apocalypse]]'' has "plasma sword", one of Earth improvements over alien plasma weapons from the first game. When off it looks like a long and narrow serrated metal cone with a handle and a guard. When on it is engulfed by plasma. In game terms it is a plasma gun with very short range (1 square, sometimes 2 because of a bug) but unlimited ammo and highest damage. (Rockets and explosives do 2-4 times more damage, but the sword has higher fire rate.) Unfortunately they only appear in stores 1-2 weeks after the game starts and are always in short supply -- by the time you get enough for the whole squad, you would already have armed them with captured heavy disruptors (10% weaker, but with unlimited range).
** "Thermal lances" from ''X-Com: Terror from the Deep'' may also qualify. Those are alien heated drills used as close combat weapons.

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* ''[[Videogame/{{XCOM}} X-Com: Apocalypse]]'' ''VideoGame/XCOMApocalypse]]'' has "plasma sword", one of Earth improvements over alien plasma weapons from the first game. When off it looks like a long and narrow serrated metal cone with a handle and a guard. When on it is engulfed by plasma. In game terms it is a plasma gun with very short range (1 square, sometimes 2 because of a bug) but unlimited ammo and highest damage. (Rockets and explosives do 2-4 times more damage, but the sword has higher fire rate.) Unfortunately they only appear in stores 1-2 weeks after the game starts and are always in short supply -- by the time you get enough for the whole squad, you would already have armed them with captured heavy disruptors (10% weaker, but with unlimited range).
** "Thermal lances" from ''X-Com: Terror from the Deep'' ''XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep'' may also qualify. Those are alien heated drills used as close combat weapons.
7th Aug '16 2:47:01 AM Mhazard
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* A lightsaber in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films is composed of a metal hilt that projects a three-foot colored beam of energy that serves as a blade. They can cut through virtually any physical substance, even thick metal bulkheads, but bounce off of each other to enable swordfights. George Lucas intended them to make Jedi more like a classic KnightErrant or samurai. Because they are close-range weapons and can be used to block and reflect blaster fire, they are supposed to be seen as defensive weapons, showing that Jedi use force only to protect themselves. This characterization is pretty much abandoned with Jedi of the Dark Side, who use lightsabers just as readily. Lucas sometimes calls them "laser swords" in interviews and in fact uses this term in the original script.

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* A lightsaber in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films is composed of a metal hilt that projects a three-foot colored beam of energy that serves as a blade. They can cut through virtually any physical substance, even thick metal bulkheads, but bounce off of each other to enable swordfights. George Lucas intended them to make Jedi more like a classic KnightErrant or samurai. Because they are close-range weapons and can be used to block and reflect blaster fire, they are supposed to be seen as defensive weapons, showing that Jedi use force only to protect themselves. This characterization is pretty much abandoned with Jedi of the Dark Side, who use lightsabers just as readily. Lucas sometimes calls them "laser swords" in interviews and in fact uses this term in the original script.script, this carries to the prequel where child Anakin explicitly called it a "laser sword" when he saw Obi-Wan for the first time and immediately recognized the latter as a Jedi Knight.
4th Aug '16 2:32:52 AM Mhazard
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** Averted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Iron Blooded Orphans'', where everyone uses [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter physical weapons]] instead.

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** Averted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Iron Blooded Orphans'', Orphans]]'', where everyone uses [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter physical weapons]] instead.
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