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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.
20th Jan '18 5:00:51 PM Bissek
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* President Fuhrer King (Civilian rank, military rank, first name) Bradley in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. The man can take on a tank and win with nothing but his saber, and it wasn't even an AbsurdlySharpBlade. He's later shown slicing bullets in half - and when [[spoiler:Scar cuts off his arms, he holds the blade of the broken saber ''in his teeth'' and still keeps fighting!]] The proof of mastery for any other Master Swordsman in the series is crossing blades with Bradley... and ''surviving'' the first pass.

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* President Fuhrer King (Civilian rank, military rank, first name) Bradley in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. He routinely draws his sword and cuts his opponent down so quickly that most people don't even see him move before the other guy takes a fatal wound. The man can take on a tank and win with nothing but his saber, and it wasn't even an AbsurdlySharpBlade. He's later shown slicing bullets in half - and when [[spoiler:Scar cuts off his arms, he holds the blade of the broken saber ''in his teeth'' and still keeps fighting!]] The proof of mastery for any other Master Swordsman in the series is crossing blades with Bradley... and ''surviving'' the first pass.
20th Jan '18 4:56:52 PM Bissek
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* Fuhrer Bradley in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. The man can take on a tank and win with nothing but his saber, and it wasn't even an AbsurdlySharpBlade. He's later shown slicing bullets in half - and when [[spoiler:Scar cuts off his arms, he holds the blade of the broken saber ''in his teeth'' and still keeps fighting!]]

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* President Fuhrer King (Civilian rank, military rank, first name) Bradley in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. The man can take on a tank and win with nothing but his saber, and it wasn't even an AbsurdlySharpBlade. He's later shown slicing bullets in half - and when [[spoiler:Scar cuts off his arms, he holds the blade of the broken saber ''in his teeth'' and still keeps fighting!]]fighting!]] The proof of mastery for any other Master Swordsman in the series is crossing blades with Bradley... and ''surviving'' the first pass.
19th Jan '18 12:51:37 PM Derkhan
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** High King Kallor is one hundred thousand years years old, looks like one hundred, lugs a [[{{BFS}} huge bastard sword]] around and is rumored to have never been defeated. However, Caladan Brood notes that this is at least partly because Kallor picks his opponents well.

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** High King Kallor is one hundred thousand years years old, looks like one hundred, lugs a [[{{BFS}} huge bastard sword]] around and is rumored to have never been defeated. However, Caladan Brood notes that this is at least partly because Kallor picks his opponents well.
19th Jan '18 7:34:12 AM Derkhan
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* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', [[BadassNormal Brys Beddict]], [[PhysicalGod Anomander Rake]] and Kallor, [[WorldOfBadass amongst others]], would all qualify. The Seguleh are [[PlanetOfHats a whole race of these]]; their culture focuses on swordsmanship to the exclusion of all else, to the extent that they're ranked according to their sword skill, and as such are regarded as some of the deadliest hand-to-hand combatants in the whole WorldOfBadass.

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* In the The ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', [[BadassNormal Brys Beddict]], [[PhysicalGod Anomander Rake]] and Kallor, due to having LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, has [[WorldOfBadass amongst others]], would all qualify. quite]] a few examples:
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The Seguleh are [[PlanetOfHats a whole race of these]]; their culture focuses on swordsmanship to the exclusion of all else, to the extent that they're ranked according to their sword skill, and as such are regarded as some of the deadliest hand-to-hand combatants in the whole WorldOfBadass. In ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'', the Seguleh send a Punitive Army to the Pannion Domin, which consists of... three Seguleh warriors, and one of them, Senu, is [[ImprobableAge fourteen years old]]. They are confident that three Seguleh swordsmen are enough to kick the Pannion Seer's army in the butt.
** Icarium Lifestealer is FamedInStory, though unfortunately [[PersonOfMassDestruction not for his sword skills]]. But secretly, he is very capable with both his [[KatanasAreJustBetter sword]] and his [[BowAndSwordInAccord bow]], and can take on BarbarianHero Karsa Orlong with no problem, provided he can [[UnstoppableRage stay calm long enough]].
** Whiskeyjack is considered the best swordsman in the [[EliteArmy Bridgeburners]] and it is heavily implied that, at the end of ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'', he would have won his duel against [[spoiler:the millennia-old High King Kallor]] had his leg not been injured.
** Dassem Ultor used to be the First Sword of the Malazan Empire, a title equivalent to WorldsBestWarrior for the Malazans, putting him as the highest-ranked commander of the Malazan armies. He was so competent with his sword, in fact, that the [[DemBones T'lan]] [[AllCavemenWereNeanderthals Imass]] decided he deserved the ''original'' title of First Sword, which was theirs, and transferred it to him despite him being a mortal human.
** High King Kallor is one hundred thousand years years old, looks like one hundred, lugs a [[{{BFS}} huge bastard sword]] around and is rumored to have never been defeated. However, Caladan Brood notes that this is at least partly because Kallor picks his opponents well.
** Brys Beddict is considered the best swordsman in the Kingdom of Lether and has, by the time he is introduced in ''Literature/MidnightTides'', just recently been raised to the position of the King's Champion and personal bodyguard based on his skill and despite his unfortunate family connections. At the end of the book, he duels [[spoiler:Rhulad Sengar]] and wins despite his opponent's ArtifactOfDoom sword which enhances his abilities. Not only does Brys win, he -- while fighting -- devises a plan on how to [[spoiler:prevent Rhulad from dying and being resurrected]] by surgically targeting his opponent's tendons with his sword.
** Anomander Rake is the WarriorPrince of the Tiste Andii and their best swordsman as well. Despite not being a Seguleh, he holds the rank of Seventh in their society after taking an afternoon stroll on their island and ending up having to fight his way off it because all the Seguleh wanted to test their skills on him. It is heavily implied that he could have gained a higher rank had he not gotten annoyed and [[MagicKnight teleported himself away]]. He is also the only living being capable of wielding the [[ForgedByTheGods forged by the Elder God Draconus]] {{BFS}} [[NamedWeapons Dragnipur]] that [[YourSoulIsMine consumes souls]].
** [[HeroicAlbino Silchas Ruin]], Anomander Rake's youngest brother, ain't no slouch either. He prefers to fight with [[DualWielding two swords]], ''Sarat Wept'' and ''Glory Goat'', but is a CombatPragmatist despite their funny names, and inclined to just kill his opponents at the first chance. Udinaas claims that if the Emperor of Lether knew who Silchas Ruin is he would send ten thousand warriors after him.
** Spinnock Durav is known as being an exceptionally good swordsman, one whom Anomander Rake considers his best weapon. Good enough, in fact, to [[NoodleIncident send him to hunt a dragon]]. On his scouting mission to the continent of Assail, he fought his way through hordes of its inhabitants just to be able to leave it again.
** Nimander, Anomander Rake's son, is not even aware of how good he is with the sword, because [[TheSoCalledCoward he's used to thinking of himself as a coward]], but he -- and his entire group of Tiste Andii, in fact -- have been responsible for defending the Throne of Shadow, and in ''Literature/TollTheHounds'', he and his followers defend against [[ZombieApocalypse the Dying God's saemankelyk addicts]] without breaking a sweat.
** Fear Sengar becomes his tribe's Weapons Master based on his skill with the sword and, at the start of ''Literature/MidnightTides'', he is said to have won the most trophies among his tribe in the Unification Wars (and since wars among the Tiste Edur are highly ritualised, skill ''does'' matter more than in any other given war).
** Onos T'oolan used to be the [[WorldsBestWarrior First Sword]] of the [[TheUndead T'lan Imass]] before the title was transferred to Dassem Ultor. That changed nothing about his sword skills, though, and he is still able to fight off all three members of the Seguleh Punitive Army in ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'', though not all at once. When he [[spoiler:becomes mortal again and marries into the Barghast White Faces]], he becomes clan leader based on his martial prowess.
16th Jan '18 8:16:01 AM CaptainCrawdad
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15th Jan '18 10:54:53 PM darkemyst
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* While there are a number of sword users in ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' the prince, later king, Izana Wistaria and the knights Sir Lowen Mitsuhide and Lady Kiki Serian stand out as expert swordsmen who have not been seen defeated even in practice and flashbacks to their youth.
11th Jan '18 1:30:08 PM Rytex
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11th Jan '18 1:29:54 PM Rytex
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9th Jan '18 4:02:04 PM DustSnitch
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** Ser Barristan Selmy, Lord Commander of Robert Baratheon's Kingsguard, is near the [[BadAssGrandpa age of 60]] and generally held as the last representative of a bygone age of chivalry and heroes. He's quick enough to kill two guardsmen without a weapon and is also no slouch with a quarterstaff. According to WordOfGod, Selmy in his youth could have fought even Dayne to a standstill, if the latter was armed with a normal sword instead of Dawn.

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** Ser Barristan Selmy, Lord Commander of Robert Baratheon's Kingsguard, is near the [[BadAssGrandpa age of 60]] 60 and generally held as the last representative of a bygone age of chivalry and heroes. He's quick enough to kill two guardsmen without a weapon and is also no slouch with a quarterstaff. According to WordOfGod, Selmy in his youth could have fought even Dayne to a standstill, if the latter was armed with a normal sword instead of Dawn.



** In the ''RevengeOfTheSith'' novelization, author Matt Stover's own knowledge of martial arts comes into play in terms of stylistic matches. Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku) is the unparalleled master of Makashi, the lightsaber form that is more or less fencing, good enough to match none other than Yoda to a draw and edge out Mace Windu back in the days when they dueled regularly. However, Anakin's preferred form of Djem So, which involves inexorable advancement and pure kinetic power, proves to be the weakness of Makashi (in combination with Anakin's significant physical strength and Count Dooku being an older man). Mace Windu, for his part, outshines Yoda and Darth Sidious. Furthermore, due to his use of the [[GameBreaker shatterpoint]] Force ability, Mace can see the weaknesses of nearly anything in life. Those two things are what allowed him to defeat Sidious. Only Anakin's intervention prevented him from achieving victory (although it's never been quite clear if Sidious allowed Windu to win, anticipating Anakin's arrival and intending to use it to turn him to the dark side). Earlier, Windu acknowledged Obi-Wan as ''the'' master of Soresu, the [[StoneWall ultimate defensive saber form.]] He also notes that despite his own terrific skill with a blade in having ''invented his own lightsaber technique'', and Master Yoda's mastery of Ataru (the most nimble and acrobatic form), they were styles chosen to overcome deficiencies, whereas Obi-Wan refined his mastery of Soresu to the point he did almost entirely out of tactical considerations and because it fit best with his personality, making him the best choice to take on General Grievous, who fights with ''four'' lightsabers at once.
* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', [[BadassNormal Brys Beddict]], [[PhysicalGod Anomander Rake]] and [[BadassGrandpa Kallor]], [[WorldOfBadass amongst others]], would all qualify. The Seguleh are [[PlanetOfHats a whole race of these]]; their culture focuses on swordsmanship to the exclusion of all else, to the extent that they're ranked according to their sword skill, and as such are regarded as some of the deadliest hand-to-hand combatants in the whole WorldOfBadass.

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** In the ''RevengeOfTheSith'' ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' novelization, author Matt Stover's own knowledge of martial arts comes into play in terms of stylistic matches. Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku) is the unparalleled master of Makashi, the lightsaber form that is more or less fencing, good enough to match none other than Yoda to a draw and edge out Mace Windu back in the days when they dueled regularly. However, Anakin's preferred form of Djem So, which involves inexorable advancement and pure kinetic power, proves to be the weakness of Makashi (in combination with Anakin's significant physical strength and Count Dooku being an older man). Mace Windu, for his part, outshines Yoda and Darth Sidious. Furthermore, due to his use of the [[GameBreaker shatterpoint]] Force ability, Mace can see the weaknesses of nearly anything in life. Those two things are what allowed him to defeat Sidious. Only Anakin's intervention prevented him from achieving victory (although it's never been quite clear if Sidious allowed Windu to win, anticipating Anakin's arrival and intending to use it to turn him to the dark side). Earlier, Windu acknowledged Obi-Wan as ''the'' master of Soresu, the [[StoneWall ultimate defensive saber form.]] He also notes that despite his own terrific skill with a blade in having ''invented his own lightsaber technique'', and Master Yoda's mastery of Ataru (the most nimble and acrobatic form), they were styles chosen to overcome deficiencies, whereas Obi-Wan refined his mastery of Soresu to the point he did almost entirely out of tactical considerations and because it fit best with his personality, making him the best choice to take on General Grievous, who fights with ''four'' lightsabers at once.
* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', [[BadassNormal Brys Beddict]], [[PhysicalGod Anomander Rake]] and [[BadassGrandpa Kallor]], Kallor, [[WorldOfBadass amongst others]], would all qualify. The Seguleh are [[PlanetOfHats a whole race of these]]; their culture focuses on swordsmanship to the exclusion of all else, to the extent that they're ranked according to their sword skill, and as such are regarded as some of the deadliest hand-to-hand combatants in the whole WorldOfBadass.



* Literature/JohnCarterOfMars, the greatest swordsman of two worlds, at least. He's not the only one, though, what with swordsmanship being an incredibly prized skill among the Martian races, almost all of whom are varying degrees of {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}}. In particular, Carter complements the [[PathOfInspiration Therns]] for their swordsmanship (though it's the ''only'' thing he finds praiseworthy about [[AlwaysChaoticEvil them]]), and the Okar (Yellow Martian) elite guard [[BadassGrandpa Solan]] gives Carter a serious run for his money in the third book.

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* Literature/JohnCarterOfMars, the greatest swordsman of two worlds, at least. He's not the only one, though, what with swordsmanship being an incredibly prized skill among the Martian races, almost all of whom are varying degrees of {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}}. In particular, Carter complements the [[PathOfInspiration Therns]] for their swordsmanship (though it's the ''only'' thing he finds praiseworthy about [[AlwaysChaoticEvil them]]), and the Okar (Yellow Martian) elite guard [[BadassGrandpa Solan]] Solan gives Carter a serious run for his money in the third book.



** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' [[BadassNormal Yuri]] [[BloodKnight Lowell]] fits this in a [[TechnicianVersusPerformer Performer]] fashion; the only one that beats him is [[OldMaster Don]] [[BadassGrandpa Whitehorse]] who's a MasterSwordsman of even more experience. His comments about how he never could beat [[ChildhoodFriend Flynn]] [[KnightInShiningArmour Scifo]] (at least until the DuelBoss with him) suggests he's also one of some calibre. Considering [[FinalBoss Duke]]'s CoolSword and how he uses it, and his [[OneManArmy reputation]] he also fits this.

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** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' [[BadassNormal Yuri]] [[BloodKnight Lowell]] fits this in a [[TechnicianVersusPerformer Performer]] fashion; the only one that beats him is [[OldMaster Don]] [[BadassGrandpa Whitehorse]] Whitehorse who's a MasterSwordsman of even more experience. His comments about how he never could beat [[ChildhoodFriend Flynn]] [[KnightInShiningArmour Scifo]] (at least until the DuelBoss with him) suggests he's also one of some calibre. Considering [[FinalBoss Duke]]'s CoolSword and how he uses it, and his [[OneManArmy reputation]] he also fits this.



* [[GeneralBadass William Marshal]] is widely considered the most skilled knight in history. He earned fame and fortune fighting in tournaments, where he claimed to have defeated 500 knights, and even killed the horse from under the future King Richard the Lionheart [[note]] because Richard wasn't wearing armor, and William didn't want to kill an unarmed man[[/note]]. He prosecuted a number of wars for various lords and kings, and was still leading from the front lines [[BadassGrandpa at the age of 70]].

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* [[GeneralBadass William Marshal]] is widely considered the most skilled knight in history. He earned fame and fortune fighting in tournaments, where he claimed to have defeated 500 knights, and even killed the horse from under the future King Richard the Lionheart [[note]] because Richard wasn't wearing armor, and William didn't want to kill an unarmed man[[/note]]. He prosecuted a number of wars for various lords and kings, and was still leading from the front lines [[BadassGrandpa at the age of 70]].70.
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