History Main / NamedWeapons

16th Sep '17 5:14:45 PM nombretomado
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* In many armies, such as [[YanksWithTanks that of the United States]], along with those countries' [[MilitaryAcademy military academies]] and [[MilitarySchool military schools]], recruits and cadets are issued rifles that they are required to name.

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* In many armies, such as [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks that of the United States]], along with those countries' [[MilitaryAcademy military academies]] and [[MilitarySchool military schools]], recruits and cadets are issued rifles that they are required to name.



* The vast majority of United States Army equipment in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII had alphanumeric codes followed by a generic description, such as the "Medium Tank M3". Over the course of the war, most gear acquired names from soldiers and commanders, such as the Medium Tank M3 being named the "(General) Lee" by US soldiers and "(General) Grant" by UK soldiers. Sometimes the names were slightly less than flattering, like the aforementioned M3 Lee being nicknamed a "grave for seven men" by tankers in the Soviet Union. The trend was averted in later years with official names (like the [[YanksWithTanks modern M1 Abrams]])

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* The vast majority of United States Army equipment in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII had alphanumeric codes followed by a generic description, such as the "Medium Tank M3". Over the course of the war, most gear acquired names from soldiers and commanders, such as the Medium Tank M3 being named the "(General) Lee" by US soldiers and "(General) Grant" by UK soldiers. Sometimes the names were slightly less than flattering, like the aforementioned M3 Lee being nicknamed a "grave for seven men" by tankers in the Soviet Union. The trend was averted in later years with official names (like the [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks modern M1 Abrams]])
14th Sep '17 7:59:05 AM sablesword
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** Bilbo names the elven dagger he found Sting. He got the idea after the giant spiders he attacked with it while invisible shrieked that they were being stung by something.

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** Bilbo names the elven dagger he found Sting. He got the idea Sting, after the giant spiders he attacked killing a great spider with it. The spider was trying to poison him, and he responded by "stinging" it while invisible shrieked that they were being stung by something.back.
29th Aug '17 8:44:37 AM SantosLHalper
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* In World War I the French troops typically nicknamed machine guns "Rosalie." There was even a song about it.

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* In World War I the French troops typically nicknamed machine guns the standard-issue bayonet "Rosalie." There was even a song about it."
28th Jul '17 2:54:45 PM Yozzy
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* The ''Jade Regent'' RPG Actual Play podcasts from Podcast/{{RPGMP3}} feature a weapon called [[NamedWeapons Oathtaker]]. During their travels, the adventurers [[RobbingTheDead stumbled across]] this magical ''tetsubo'' (a [[CarryABigStick huge Oriental bludgeoning weapon]]). Apart from its obvious uses, it can also force people under a [[MagicallyBindingContract Blood Geas]]. It's currently wielded by Harold Shinken, who discovered that the Viking women of the [[GrimUpNorth Linnorm Kingdoms]] were [[ChickMagnet very impressed]] by the weapon's... [[PhallicWeapon craftsmanship]].
* The ''Adventure Zone'' D&D podcast from Maximumfun features a weapon called [[NamedWeapons Railsplitter]]. During an intermission, Magnus Burnside wins the ax from the Fantasy Gashapon. Apart from it being a regular ax, it can split through trees in one single chop (once a day). This ability is used on [[spoiler: Trent the Treant]] which wields good results, splitting him in half and causing him to fall over into the side of the Goldshire Bank.

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* The ''Jade Regent'' RPG Actual Play podcasts from Podcast/{{RPGMP3}} feature a weapon called [[NamedWeapons Oathtaker]].Oathtaker. During their travels, the adventurers [[RobbingTheDead stumbled across]] this magical ''tetsubo'' (a [[CarryABigStick huge Oriental bludgeoning weapon]]). Apart from its obvious uses, it can also force people under a [[MagicallyBindingContract Blood Geas]]. It's currently wielded by Harold Shinken, who discovered that the Viking women of the [[GrimUpNorth Linnorm Kingdoms]] were [[ChickMagnet very impressed]] by the weapon's... [[PhallicWeapon craftsmanship]].
* The ''Adventure Zone'' D&D podcast from Maximumfun features a weapon called [[NamedWeapons Railsplitter]].Railsplitter. During an intermission, Magnus Burnside wins the ax from the Fantasy Gashapon. Apart from it being a regular ax, it can split through trees in one single chop (once a day). This ability is used on [[spoiler: Trent the Treant]] which wields good results, splitting him in half and causing him to fall over into the side of the Goldshire Bank.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' brings us Anaris "The Sword of Dawn Light" The greatest work of Vaul forged when Vaul accepted a bet with Khaine that he could forge 100 of the greatist swords ever in a set time. Realizing that he could not deliver, he hid a mortal sword in with the 99 divine ones. Realizing that Khaine would come for him, he poured all his skill into making Anaris. Anaris allowed the crippled forge god Vaul to challange the god of war Khaine (before he got the title Kahla Mensha) and avoid a CurbStompBattle [he still lost]. Later used by a Eldar named Eldanesh (brought to him by Falcon) to challange Khane to personal combat. Khaine [[CurbStompBattle crushed him]], and his brutal killing of Eldanesh earned him the ititle Kahla Mensha Khaine (Bloody Handed Khaine) and he became cursed to drip the blood of Eldanesh from his hand for all time. It is speculated to be currently in the possesion of Commander Farsight of the Farsight Enclaves.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' brings us Anaris ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'':
** A story in Eldar mythology describes Anaris,
"The Sword of Dawn Light" The Light." Anaris was ultimately the greatest work of Vaul [[UltimateBlacksmith the god Vaul]], forged when Vaul accepted a bet with Khaine [[WarGod Khaine]] that he could forge 100 of the greatist greatest swords ever in within a set time. Realizing year. On the last day, Vaul realized that he could not deliver, deliver on the last sword, so he hid a mortal sword in with the 99 divine ones. Realizing that Khaine would come for him, him for the deception, he poured all his skill into making Anaris. Anaris allowed the Vaul to challenge Khaine, but he still lost; Khaine crippled forge god Vaul to challange in the god of war Khaine (before he got the title Kahla Mensha) fight and avoid a CurbStompBattle [he still lost]. Later punished him by chaining him to his forge. Later, Anaris was used by a Eldar named Eldanesh (brought to him by Falcon) to challange Khane challenge Khaine to personal combat. Khaine [[CurbStompBattle crushed him]], and his brutal killing of Eldanesh earned him the ititle title Kahla Mensha Khaine (Bloody Handed Khaine) and he became cursed to drip the blood of Eldanesh from his hand for all time. It Whether Anaris was real or purely mythological is an open question, and it's speculated to be the sword currently in the possesion possession of Commander Farsight of the Farsight Enclaves.Enclaves.
*** In spite of his victory, Khaine never used Anaris. His Avatars still wield his signature weapon ''the Wailing Doom'', which sometimes takes the form of a spear, most often a sword, and it has ridges and holes that make it shriek like the damned with every swing.
*** Also, recent expansions to the fluff included a set of weapons Vaul creating a set of weapons known as the Crone Swords from the fingerbones of fellow goddess Morai-Heg. The mythology describes a story in which Morai-Heg asked Khaine to remove her hand so that she might drink her own blood for the gift of prophecy. Her hand was apparently given to Vaul for the purpose of making into weapons.



** The majority of human technology in the universe is an ancient or passed-down relic of some kind, including spaceships. Almost every space marine wields a weapon or armor that was named by somebody else.

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** The majority of human technology in the universe is an ancient or passed-down relic of some kind, including spaceships. Almost every Many space marine wields marines wield a weapon or armor that was named used by somebody else.else. Some of the most powerful or legendary weapons earn a name and become holy relics.



** Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters, wielded the twin chain-axes Gorefather and Gorechild. He abandoned them after they were badly damaged during a battle in the early days of the Heresy. Against the Legion's traditions set in place by Angron himself and over his battle-brothers' protests, Kharn retrieved Gorechild and had it repaired for his own use. It has served him well ever since. Gorefather remains lost.

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** Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters, wielded the twin chain-axes Gorefather and Gorechild. He abandoned them after they were badly damaged during a battle in the early days of the Heresy. Against the Legion's traditions set in place by Angron himself and over his battle-brothers' protests, Kharn retrieved Gorechild and had it repaired for his own use. It has served him well ever since. Gorefather remains lost.remained lost, though it resurfaced as a relic available to Chaos armies, meaning it changes hands regularly as the previous owner was killed or the weapon scavenged off the battlefield.
8th Jul '17 10:46:44 AM nombretomado
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** The "Katyusha" rocket launchers used by Russia during WorldWarTwo. (Also called "Stalin's Organ" by the Germans.)

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** The "Katyusha" rocket launchers used by Russia during WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. (Also called "Stalin's Organ" by the Germans.)
4th Jul '17 3:34:54 PM Aardvark123
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* In ''Fanfic/{{FREAKINGENSOKYO}}'', the entirety of Brad's arsenal. As of chapter 79, it consists of the following [[ImprovisedWeapon plant-hangers]]: ''Hard Winter'', ''Fairy Harp'', ''Swordbreaker'', ''Youkai Inconveniencer'', ''Flame Salvo'', ''Vortex Hanger'', ''Deep Blue'', ''Sharper than Darkness'', ''Bee-Sheventeen-Bawmber'', ''Million Bucks'' and ''Market Gardener''.
19th Jun '17 10:42:36 PM LadyNorbert
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* In addition to several of the weapons which appear in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the Lord Inquisitor in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'' crafts a pair of daggers for himself which he names "Andruil's Blessing" and "Gift of Sylaise."



** When Tywin Lannister gifts his grandson Joffrey a newly forged Valyrian steel sword, the RoyalBrat gets an opportunity to name it. He considers a bunch of ludicrously crass and grandiose names before settling on "Widows' Wail." Its current owner is unknown, so it's not clear of that will be the weapon's permanent name. The sword it was forged alongside was given to Brienne of Tarth and named "Oathkeeper".

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** When Tywin Lannister gifts his grandson Joffrey a newly forged Valyrian steel sword, the RoyalBrat gets an opportunity to name it. He considers a bunch of ludicrously crass and grandiose names before settling on "Widows' Wail." Its current owner is unknown, so it's not clear of if that will be the weapon's permanent name. The sword it was forged alongside was given to Brienne of Tarth and named "Oathkeeper".



** There is the sword named Need. She's a sword an ancient mage/fighter bound her soul to.

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** There is the sword named Need. She's a sword to which an ancient mage/fighter bound her soul to.soul.



** Wayfinder: If you crossed a Magic 8-Ball with a divining rod/magic compass and a sword, it'd be Wayfinder. In response to queries (mental or spoken), it guides the user's hand to point at the correct one/direction ("Which person is lying to me," or "where is my son," or "which plate of food is poisoned," "Which path isn't trapped," or whathaveyou). The downside is that unless you specifically request a ''safe'' path to what you're looking for, it will invariably point you towards the most dangerous one that will lead to your desired destination.

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** Wayfinder: If you crossed a Magic 8-Ball with a divining rod/magic compass and a sword, it'd be Wayfinder. In response to queries (mental or spoken), it guides the user's hand to point at the correct one/direction ("Which person is lying to me," or "where is my son," or "which plate of food is poisoned," "Which path isn't trapped," or whathaveyou).what have you). The downside is that unless you specifically request a ''safe'' path to what you're looking for, it will invariably point you towards the most dangerous one that will lead to your desired destination.



** Artifact weapons created by [[MadArtist moody]] dwarves also get names. Although the randomly-generated names (or rather the English translation of the names) are often somewhat underwhelming. Such as Totmontorir, The Flowery Void, a giant leopard bone battle axe (which, for the record, [[BlingOfWar is encrusted with bismuthinite and studden with electrum, menaces with spikes of native silver and violet spessartine]], has an image of a dwarf in giant leopard bone, an image of a mountain in giant leopard bone, an image of clouds in [[{{Squick}} human bone]] and and image of clouds in rose gold).

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** Artifact weapons created by [[MadArtist moody]] dwarves also get names. Although the randomly-generated names (or rather the English translation of the names) are often somewhat underwhelming. Such as Totmontorir, The Flowery Void, a giant leopard bone battle axe (which, for the record, [[BlingOfWar is encrusted with bismuthinite and studden studded with electrum, menaces with spikes of native silver and violet spessartine]], has an image of a dwarf in giant leopard bone, an image of a mountain in giant leopard bone, an image of clouds in [[{{Squick}} human bone]] and and image of clouds in rose gold).


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** Many more are found in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' and ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. In ''Inquisition'', the player receives the option to craft their own, and can name it whatever they like.
5th Jun '17 4:34:57 PM Cobalt58
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* Most Legendary Weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' Also have names, some examples include "The Gub, Maliwan Helfire, and Storm Front."

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* Most Legendary Weapons Multiple weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' Also ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' that can be acquired have names, some namely the rare unique (often given as a quest reward), legendary (rare drop from any suitable source) and pearlescent (available in the The Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC) rarities, examples include include: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Gub, Maliwan Helfire, Gasher", "The Hellfire" and Storm Front.""The Butcher"]]. Most named weapons often contain [[ShoutOut pop culture references]] to other media of the time of the game's development.
** Named rare weapons make a return in both VideoGame/Borderlands2 and VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel, again they're (mostly) restricted to unique, legendary and pearlescent rarities, some are even returning guns from previous games.
31st May '17 2:56:11 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/KingsOfTheWyld'': Pretty common among higher-level mercenaries. Gabe has the sword ''Vellichor'' (the most valuable artifact in the world, a gift from a dying immortal), Clay has the shield ''Blackheart'' (carved from the corpse of the treant Blackheart), Matrick has the knives ''Grace'' and ''Roxy'' (named after the prostitutes he lost his virginity to), and Ganelon has the axe ''Syrinx'' (origin unknown, but its magic only comes alive in his hands). Lastleaf has three swords, all forged by his father: ''Tamarat'' (forged to [[SeeksAnothersResurrection bring his wife back from the dead]]), ''Scorn'' (a "volatile weapon"), and ''Madrigal'' (the singing sword, a gift from Lastleaf's father to an Exarch).
31st May '17 4:13:05 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** When Tywin Lannister gifts his grandson Joffrey a newly forged Valyrian steel sword, the RoyalBrat gets an opportunity to name it. He considers a bunch of ludicrously crass and grandiose names before settling on "Widows' Wail." Its current owner is unknown, so it's not clear of that will be the weapon's permanent name.

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** When Tywin Lannister gifts his grandson Joffrey a newly forged Valyrian steel sword, the RoyalBrat gets an opportunity to name it. He considers a bunch of ludicrously crass and grandiose names before settling on "Widows' Wail." Its current owner is unknown, so it's not clear of that will be the weapon's permanent name. The sword it was forged alongside was given to Brienne of Tarth and named "Oathkeeper".
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