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23rd Jun '18 10:04:49 AM SullenFrog
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* The ''Literature/ThousandSons'' have Sanakht, the greatest swordsman in their Legion. During the Literature/HorusHeresy his skills were so great that Lucius the Eternal sought Sanakht out to challenge him to a duel, in which Sanakht soundly kicked his ass. His skills have not diminished over the centuries: he is a master of DualWielding and can hold his own against daemons and other superhuman opponents with just his swords and reflexes, and his psychic powers allow him to predict what his enemies are going to do and react accordingly.
10th Jun '18 8:28:14 PM MagnusForce
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* ''Franchise/UltraSeries''
** ''Series/UltramanLeo'': One of Leo's first opponents was the alien Tsuruk, who had two swords welded to his wrists that he used with deadly precision by butchering MAC members in the blink of an eye and pushing Gen through some of his most brutal TrainingFromHell in the series.
** ''Series/UltramanEighty'': One of 80's most infamous foes was Emperor Galtan, ruler of the Rattler aliens and wielder of a massive scimitar that he used to great skill.
** ''Series/UltramanMebius'' tops them all with Zamusha, an alien warrior who fights to prove himself as the mightiest warrior in the universe. Although armed with [[BadassNormal nothing but his katana]] Hoshikirimaru, Zamusha has defeated countless foes and even sliced ''an entire comet'' in half with a single strike. The only person who has ever beaten him was Hunter Knight Tsurugi[=/=]Ultraman Hikari, who is no slouch himself, as he ha put his Knight Blade to excellent use against many a kaiju.
12th May '18 12:58:15 PM ultimomant
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** The standout example, however, is Assassin - actually some nobody who only got summoned ''because'' he was a master swordsman. He was the only person who ever really learned Tsubame Gaeshi - this being a technique which uses 'dimensional refraction' aka ''the Second freaking Magic'' to let him deliver three simultaneous strikes. Assassin achieved this not through some magical artefact or hidden superpower; he just trained really hard for a really long time, and was rewarded with this beast of a technique, on par with a Noble Phantasm all by itself. In-universe, Tsubame Gaeshi is classified as True Magic, meaning that Assassin managed to break into the parallel worlds not via magic or divine miracles, but just by training the same sword strike over, over and over again until the universe gave in. Further, while basically only fighting on the level of a human, he scares Lancer and would have beaten Saber (who uses bursts of mana to stand toe-to-toe with LightningBruiser Berserker), only his sword bent. In Unlimited Blade Works it's mentioned he successfully saw off Lancer, Rider, and ''Berserker himself'', again using nothing but his own ludicrous sword skill. Bear in mind that Berserker's "God Hand" ability means he has to be killed twelve times to permanently die, and he becomes immune to any method used to kill him. Meaning that Assassin had to take him down eleven times ''without'' Tsubame Gaeshi.

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** The standout example, however, is Assassin - actually some nobody who only got summoned ''because'' he was a master swordsman. He was the only person who ever really learned Tsubame Gaeshi - this being a technique which uses 'dimensional refraction' aka ''the Second freaking Magic'' to let him deliver three simultaneous strikes. Assassin achieved this not through some magical artefact or hidden superpower; he just trained really hard for a really long time, and was rewarded with this beast of a technique, on par with a Noble Phantasm all by itself. In-universe, Tsubame Gaeshi is classified as True Magic, meaning that Assassin managed to break into the parallel worlds not via magic or divine miracles, but just by training the same sword strike over, over and over again until the universe gave in. Further, while basically only fighting on the level of a human, he scares Lancer and would have beaten Saber (who uses bursts of mana to stand toe-to-toe with LightningBruiser Berserker), only his sword bent. In Unlimited Blade Works it's mentioned he successfully saw fended off Lancer, Rider, and ''Berserker himself'', again using nothing but his own ludicrous sword skill. In ''VideoGame/FateUnlimitedCodes'', he defeats and kills Berserker. Bear in mind that Berserker's "God Hand" ability means he has to be killed twelve times to permanently die, and he becomes immune to any previous method used to kill him. Meaning that Assassin had to take him down eleven times ''without'' Tsubame Gaeshi.
6th May '18 8:18:51 AM Smoker130
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* Several of them appear in {{''Anime/Katanagatari''}}, like Meisai Tsuruga, or Uneri Ginkaku . The mains characters have to duel them to get the twelves katanas of Shikizaki Kiki. Shichika consider himself one as well, despite not using a katana. he use a [[FantasticFightingStyle martial art]] in which the swordsman himself is the katana.

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* Several of them appear in {{''Anime/Katanagatari''}}, ''{{Anime/Katanagatari}}'', like Meisai Tsuruga, or Uneri Ginkaku . The mains characters have to duel them to get the twelves katanas of Shikizaki Kiki. Shichika consider himself one as well, despite not using a katana. he use a [[FantasticFightingStyle martial art]] in which the swordsman himself is the katana.
6th May '18 8:17:30 AM Smoker130
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* Several of them appear in {{''Anime/Katanagatari''}}, like Meisai Tsuruga, or Uneri Ginkaku . The mains characters have to duel them to get the twelves katanas of Shikizaki Kiki. Shichika consider himself one as well, despite not using a katana. he use a [[FantasticFightingStyle martial art]] in which the swordsman himself is the katana.
**Hakurei Sabi in particular, is considered the best Swordsman of Japan history and is a in-universe MemeticBadass said to be able to cut anything.
**Averted in the case of some of the katana older, who are not swordsmen or wield katanas that are, well...[[ItMakesSenseInContext not katanas.]]
5th Apr '18 12:02:39 PM gb00393
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** For his part, Jaime Lannister describes the swordsmanship of Barristan Selmy with awe, calling him "a painter who only uses red."

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** For his part, Jaime Lannister describes the swordsmanship of Barristan Selmy with awe, calling him "a painter who only uses red."" Ned mentions being glad they never met in combat, as the widow's life wouldn't suit Catelyn. He cut through Sons of the Harpy like they were nothing until some finally surrounded him.
26th Feb '18 5:50:16 PM nombretomado
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* Supporting the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu era were Okita Souji, Nagakura Shinpachi and Saito Hajime, who were all captains of TheShinsengumi and the three best swordsmen in that group. Nagakura is said to have later described Okita as a "sword of valor" and Saito as a "sword of invincibility."

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* Supporting the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu era were Okita Souji, Nagakura Shinpachi and Saito Hajime, who were all captains of TheShinsengumi UsefulNotes/TheShinsengumi and the three best swordsmen in that group. Nagakura is said to have later described Okita as a "sword of valor" and Saito as a "sword of invincibility."
20th Feb '18 12:06:51 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': There are many master swordsmen in the series. Those of particular mention include:



** Aside from the above, there are many, many other Master Swordsmen across the series. A good yardstick would be if they were able to face the aforementioned best swordsman in the world and not get Curbstomped within the first minute or two.
20th Feb '18 7:34:19 AM Koveras
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* [[ActionGirl Julie d'Aubigny]], AKA [[SpellMyNameWithAThe La Maupin]], is a rare example of a master swordswoman. She was trained in fencing by her father and supported herself while on the run by singing and giving demonstrations of her skills for audiences. She was a professional duelist and opera singer. On two separate occasions, [[OneWomanArmy she defeated three men at once]].

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* [[ActionGirl Julie d'Aubigny]], AKA UsefulNotes/JulieDAubigny, a.k.a. [[SpellMyNameWithAThe La Maupin]], is a rare example of a master swordswoman. She was trained in fencing by her father and supported herself while on the run by singing and giving demonstrations of her skills for audiences. She was a professional duelist and opera singer. On two separate occasions, [[OneWomanArmy she defeated three men at once]].
21st Jan '18 7:37:32 PM zequeins
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** The Wano Country is a country unaffiliated with the World Government. Their special brand of swordsmen are called samurais, and supposedly are so powerful, even the Marines don't want anything to do with them. [[spoiler:Didn't stop Kaido and his crew from conquering the nation.]]
** Aside from the above, there are many, many other Master Swordsmen across the series. A good yardstick would be if they were able to face the aforementioned best swordsman in the world and not get Curbstomped within the first minute or two.
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