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4th Oct '17 8:26:59 AM BeerBaron
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*** Another was Gaiden Shinji, a 1st Era leader of the [[TheOrder Order of Diagna]] and founder of the [[GladiatorSubquest Imperial City Arena]] (where he served as the first "Blademaster"). For Shinji, the title was not cosmetic.
1st Oct '17 11:26:50 PM Gamermaster
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** Signum, the MagicKnight ancient leader of the Wolkenritter. She's introduced in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' as someone who could match [[MultiMeleeMaster Fate]] in melee combat even while holding back, and is later shown fighting a [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS Post-Strikers]] Nanoha on [[SuperMode Blaster Mode Lv 1]] to a draw even though she was fighting in standard form.

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** Signum, the MagicKnight ancient leader of the Wolkenritter. She's introduced in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' as someone who could match [[MultiMeleeMaster Fate]] in melee combat even while holding back, and is later shown fighting a [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS Post-Strikers]] Post-StrikerS]] Nanoha on [[SuperMode Blaster Mode Lv 1]] to a draw even though she was fighting in standard form.
25th Sep '17 12:22:29 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Goemon Ishikawa XIII is the best of all. His demonstrations of ImplausibleFencingPowers pretty much fit into every category, with his trademark moves being ParryingBullets and cutting a group of enemies' guns, clothes, and ''hair'' before they can realize what happened, and it would actually be shorter to list the things he ''hasn't'' managed to cut in half. His fighting skills without the sword are nothing to sneeze at either.
*** Part of Goemon's skills come from his AbsurdlySharpBlade. That said, he can block bullets with ''any'' sword, it's just that [[RealityEnsues if he uses a common sword it's going to be ruined]].

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** Goemon Ishikawa XIII is the best of all. His demonstrations of ImplausibleFencingPowers pretty much fit into every category, with his trademark moves being ParryingBullets and cutting a group of enemies' guns, clothes, and ''hair'' before they can realize what happened, and it would actually be shorter to list the things he ''hasn't'' managed to cut in half. His fighting skills without the sword are nothing to sneeze at either.
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either. Part of Goemon's skills come from his AbsurdlySharpBlade. That said, he can block bullets with ''any'' sword, it's just that [[RealityEnsues if he uses a common sword it's going to be ruined]].
25th Sep '17 10:54:45 AM EDP
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** ''WesternAnimation/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure''' adds another character to the swordsmen rooster: [[spoiler:Leonardo da Vinci]], whose [[RenaissanceMan immense list of skills he mastered]] includes swordsfighting, going toe-on-toe with Goemon for a while before losing. He had the advantage that they were using his favorite Renaissance-era blades, that Goemon was unfamiliar with, but as other opponents with a similar advantage had previously gone down in '''seconds'''.

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** ''WesternAnimation/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure''' ''WesternAnimation/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure'' adds another character to the swordsmen rooster: [[spoiler:Leonardo da Vinci]], whose [[RenaissanceMan immense list of skills he mastered]] includes swordsfighting, going toe-on-toe with Goemon for a while before losing. He had the advantage that they were using his favorite Renaissance-era blades, that Goemon was unfamiliar with, but as other opponents with a similar advantage had previously gone down in '''seconds'''.''seconds''.
25th Sep '17 10:53:59 AM EDP
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* Goemon Ishikawa of ''Franchise/LupinIII''. His demonstrations of ImplausibleFencingPowers pretty much fit into every category, and it would actually be shorter to list the things he ''hasn't'' managed to cut in half. His fighting skills without the sword are nothing to sneeze at either.

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* ''Franchise/LupinIII'':
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Goemon Ishikawa XIII is the best of ''Franchise/LupinIII''. all. His demonstrations of ImplausibleFencingPowers pretty much fit into every category, with his trademark moves being ParryingBullets and cutting a group of enemies' guns, clothes, and ''hair'' before they can realize what happened, and it would actually be shorter to list the things he ''hasn't'' managed to cut in half. His fighting skills without the sword are nothing to sneeze at either. either.
*** Part of Goemon's skills come from his AbsurdlySharpBlade. That said, he can block bullets with ''any'' sword, it's just that [[RealityEnsues if he uses a common sword it's going to be ruined]].
** Lupin himself is no slouch. While not as good as Goemon, he's good enough to understand how he fights, and the rare times he has his sword he has been seen ParryingBullets.
** An episode of [[Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket the second series]] had [[spoiler:[[Manga/RoseOfVersailles Oscar François de Jarjayes]]]] show up and fight Lupin, and she was ''winning'' before he got his hands on Goemon's sword, at which point Lupin used the invincible sword to cut hers.
** ''WesternAnimation/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure''' adds another character to the swordsmen rooster: [[spoiler:Leonardo da Vinci]], whose [[RenaissanceMan immense list of skills he mastered]] includes swordsfighting, going toe-on-toe with Goemon for a while before losing. He had the advantage that they were using his favorite Renaissance-era blades, that Goemon was unfamiliar with, but as other opponents with a similar advantage had previously gone down in '''seconds'''.
25th Sep '17 10:36:52 AM EDP
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** Stories set in times where swords are a common weapon [[DependingOnTheWriter usually]] have ''DonaldDuck'' as one, capable of slicing the weapons of an entire army with ''one stroke''. Even modern Donald is no slouch but not comparable, as a stroke from his sword slices "only" a dozen or so enemy swords.
** MickeyMouse is also portrayed as one, with stories set in modern times establishing him as a hobbyst fencer of olympionic-level skills. Then there's the middle ages and fantasy stories that put him on the same level as middle ages Donald. The culmination was in "Mickey Mouse and the Invincible Sword", where he was so good that he was actually convinced he was wielding an invincible magic sword until the sword's smith explained otherwise (even re-enacting the IAmNotLeftHanded scene from Film/ThePrincessBride, with Mickey as the one who switched hands later), and its sequel "Mickey Mouse and the Sword of Time", where his opponent had an invincible sword that could block all attacks by seeing the future and he ''won by exhaustion'' (the sword made the wielder slim down until he disappeared. His opponent was [[FatBastard Pete]]... And Mickey matched him for hours, until Pete realized what the sword was doing him and dropped it in horror).

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** Stories set in times where swords are a common weapon [[DependingOnTheWriter usually]] have ''DonaldDuck'' as one, capable of slicing the weapons of an entire army with ''one stroke''. Even modern Donald is no slouch but not comparable, as a stroke from his sword slices "only" a dozen or so enemy swords.
swords. Anyway, he's always the (relatively) UnskilledButStrong when compared to Mickey (see below)
** MickeyMouse is also portrayed as one, with stories set in modern times establishing him as a hobbyst fencer of olympionic-level skills. Then there's the middle ages and fantasy stories that put him on the same level as middle ages Donald. The culmination was in "Mickey Mouse and the Invincible Sword", where he was so good that he was actually convinced he was wielding an invincible magic sword until the sword's smith explained otherwise (even re-enacting the IAmNotLeftHanded scene from Film/ThePrincessBride, with Mickey as the one who switched hands later), and its sequel "Mickey Mouse and the Sword of Time", where his opponent had an invincible sword that could block all attacks by seeing the future and he ''won by exhaustion'' (the sword made the wielder slim down until he disappeared. His opponent was [[FatBastard Pete]]... And Mickey matched him for hours, until Pete realized what the sword was doing him and dropped it in horror). He's the WeakButSkilled compared to Donald, relatively weak but more skilled.
17th Sep '17 4:11:50 PM TheDocCC
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Often a Mentor, often helping other characters TakeALevelInBadass. Occasionally an OldMaster. May be BadassNormal if there are superhumans to compare to. May well be the WorldsGreatestWarrior.

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Often a Mentor, often helping other characters TakeALevelInBadass. Occasionally an OldMaster. May be BadassNormal if there are superhumans to compare to. May well be the WorldsGreatestWarrior. Note that this trope is about the character, even when the actors are {{Flynning}} badly.
16th Sep '17 4:31:06 PM nombretomado
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* The [[BadassFamily Yagyu Clan]] produced many of these in the Japanese feudal era, and were the official katana instructors for the Tokugawa Shoguns. Their most famous member is YagyuJubei, but his father Yagyu Munenori, grandfather Yagyu Munetoshi, and cousin Yagyu Hyogonosuke were all master swordsmen.

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* The [[BadassFamily Yagyu Clan]] produced many of these in the Japanese feudal era, and were the official katana instructors for the Tokugawa Shoguns. Their most famous member is YagyuJubei, UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei, but his father Yagyu Munenori, grandfather Yagyu Munetoshi, and cousin Yagyu Hyogonosuke were all master swordsmen.
10th Sep '17 1:30:35 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/BestServedCold'': The effete General Ganmark seems to be a "lead from the year" type, but it turns out that he's one of the best swordsmen in the world, holding off both Monza and Cosca at the same time.

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* ''Literature/BestServedCold'': The effete General Ganmark seems to be a "lead from the year" rear" type, but it turns out that he's one of the best swordsmen in the world, holding off both Monza and Cosca at the same time.
10th Sep '17 7:24:23 AM Willy2537
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* Rafe Adler, the BigBad of ''Videogame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'' is very skilled in fencing. As he notes in the final battle, it's the only thing he has ever achieved on merit in his life. When the two fights, Nate is clearly outclassed by Rafe and he only wins due to sheer luck and Rafe's EvilGloating.
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