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25th Jul '16 8:42:58 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* One of the main characters in Creator/MichaelChabon's ''Literature/GentlemenOfTheRoad'' had a Viking ax "whose name, cut in runes along its ashwood haft, translated roughly as 'Defiler of Your Mother'."
25th Jul '16 4:10:25 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] has his cursed sword Stormbringer and it's "sister" Mournblade.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the rare and valuable [[LostTechnology Valyrian steel]] swords generally have {{Meaningful Name}}s, usually tied in to the AnimalMotif or [[ArcWords motto]] of the House they've been [[AncestralWeapon passed down through]].
** Examples of such {{Ancestral Weapon}}s include Longclaw (bear/wolf motif), Brightroar (lion motif), Ice ([[AStormIsComing "Winter is coming"]]), Dark Sister (designed for and wielded by an ActionGirl), etc.
** A once-significant rival royal branch was named "Blackfyre" after a sword their bastard founder inherited, taking it as a sign that his father wanted him to inherit the throne.
** Some other swords are named as well, some of them "special" weapons ([[ThunderboltIron Dawn]]), some just because the owner likes them (Needle).
** There is a RunningGag about RoyalBrat Joffrey giving his swords ludicrously crass and grandiose names like "Hearteater" and "Widows' Wail", which only throw [[MilesGloriosus his complete lack of military experience]] into sharp relief.
*** The "Widow's Wail", however, turns out to be ironic[[spoiler:, because Joffrey dies the same day as he names the sword, leaving his freshly wed wife a widow. One who rather pointedly ''doesn't'' wail]].
*** The Hound on the other hand, isn't a fan of this practice.
-->'''Arya:''' He's still got it. My sword. Needle.
-->'''Hound:''' [[SarcasmMode "Needle"]]. Of course you named your sword.
-->'''Arya:''' Lots of people name their swords.
-->'''Hound:''' Lots of ''cunts''.

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* [[Literature/TheElricSaga ''Literature/TheElricSaga'': Elric of Melnibone]] Melnibone has his cursed sword Stormbringer and it's "sister" Mournblade.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the rare ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Westeros has a long tradition of passing down storied and ancestral weapons with their own names.
** Rare
and valuable [[LostTechnology Valyrian steel]] swords generally have {{Meaningful Name}}s, usually tied in to the AnimalMotif or [[ArcWords motto]] of the House they've been [[AncestralWeapon passed down through]].
** Examples of such {{Ancestral Weapon}}s include Longclaw (bear/wolf motif), Brightroar (lion motif), Ice ([[AStormIsComing "Winter is coming"]]), Dark Sister (designed for and wielded by an ActionGirl), etc. A once-significant rival royal branch was named "Blackfyre" after a sword their bastard founder inherited, taking it as a sign that his father wanted him to inherit the throne.
** A once-significant rival royal branch was named "Blackfyre" after a sword their bastard founder inherited, taking it as a sign that The ThunderboltIron greatsword Dawn is passed down to the best warrior of House Dayne, who is given the title "Sword of the Morning."
** When Tywin Lannister gifts
his father wanted him to inherit grandson Joffrey a newly forged Valyrian steel sword, the throne.
** Some other swords are named as well, some of them "special" weapons ([[ThunderboltIron Dawn]]), some just because the owner likes them (Needle).
** There is a RunningGag about
RoyalBrat Joffrey giving his swords gets an opportunity to name it. He considers a bunch of ludicrously crass and grandiose names like "Hearteater" and before settling on "Widows' Wail", which only throw [[MilesGloriosus his complete lack Wail." Its current owner is unknown, so it's not clear of military experience]] into sharp relief.
*** The "Widow's Wail", however, turns out to
that will be ironic[[spoiler:, because Joffrey dies the same day as he names the sword, leaving his freshly wed wife a widow. One who rather pointedly ''doesn't'' wail]].
*** The Hound on the other hand, isn't a fan of this practice.
-->'''Arya:''' He's still got it. My sword. Needle.
-->'''Hound:''' [[SarcasmMode "Needle"]]. Of course you named your sword.
-->'''Arya:''' Lots of people name their swords.
-->'''Hound:''' Lots of ''cunts''.
weapon's permanent name.



* One of the main characters in Creator/MichaelChabon's ''Literature/GentlemenOfTheRoad'' had a Viking ax "whose name, cut in runes along its ashwood haft, translated roughly as 'Defiler of Your Mother'."



* In ''LIterature/GloryRoad'', by Creator/RobertAHeinlein, Oscar Gordon names his sword "Lady Vivamus", after the inscription on it, 'Dum vivimus, vivamus!' (While we live, let us ''live''!).



* From ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'', the title character wields two magical scimitars titled Twinkle and Icingdeath. Icingdeath is a case of NamedAfterSomebodyFamous (it was the nickname of the dragon whose hoard Drizzt recovered it from), while Twinkle had that name when he got it. Catti-brie has a longbow named Taulmaril and an intelligent sword named Khazid'hea. And Artemis Entreri has another intelligent (but less chatty) sword called Charon's Claw.

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* From ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'', the title character wields two magical scimitars titled ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'':
** Drizzt's scimitar
Twinkle and Icingdeath.is a named weapon. He gives his other scimitar the nickname Icingdeath after the dragon he stole it from.. Icingdeath is a case of NamedAfterSomebodyFamous (it was the nickname of the dragon whose hoard Drizzt recovered it from), while Twinkle had that name when he got it.
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Catti-brie has a longbow named Taulmaril and an intelligent sword named Khazid'hea. And Khazid'hea.
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Artemis Entreri has another an intelligent (but less chatty) sword called Charon's Claw.


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* ''Literature/TheHeroes'': Whirrun of Bligh is the current bearer of the Father of Swords, a legendary and ludicrously large greatsword that is said to bring glory and strife to its wielders. Tradition holds that it must [[DrawSwordDrawBlood taste blood if drawn]], a rule that Whirrun unenthusiastically follows.
* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': Kellhus carries a strange, long-handled sword across his back since leaving Ishual, presumably of Dunyain manufacture. When he sets himself up as the Warrior-Prophet, his followers take to calling it Certainty. This is both ironic and fitting, because people who know Kellhus best say that the certainty of ignorance is Kellhus's best weapon.
25th Jul '16 3:52:36 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* A very important part of Alice's quest in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' is the recovery of the Vorpal Sword. (Yes, that is its name.)

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* A very important part of Alice's quest in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' is the recovery of the Vorpal Sword. (Yes, that is its name.)



* Blain Cooper and his "Ole Painless" minigun from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predator_%28film%29 Predator]].
25th Jul '16 3:50:59 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Jean Tannen of [[Literature/GentlemanBastard the Gentlemen Bastards]], being the member of the group to have the most extensive martial training, carries two hatchets with him as his primary weapons that he refers to as the "Wicked Sisters".
24th Jul '16 11:48:03 AM LordGro
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* Humpty Dumpty was a cannon that sat atop the walls of Edinburgh Castle. It was the largest cannon in the castle's arsenal, but one day, it had a great fall, and all the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put Humpty together again... Another version of this legend puts Humpty at Colchester, during the English Civil War, and a third says he was a siege-engine in Gloucester, also during the Civil War.
24th Jul '16 5:50:50 AM DaibhidC
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* Humpty Dumpty was a cannon that sat atop the walls of Edinburgh Castle. It was the largest cannon in the castle's arsenal, but one day, it had a great fall, and all the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put Humpty together again...

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* Humpty Dumpty was a cannon that sat atop the walls of Edinburgh Castle. It was the largest cannon in the castle's arsenal, but one day, it had a great fall, and all the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put Humpty together again... Another version of this legend puts Humpty at Colchester, during the English Civil War, and a third says he was a siege-engine in Gloucester, also during the Civil War.
24th Jul '16 5:38:16 AM DaibhidC
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', the Ankh-Morpork City Watch's siege engine is called Big Mary.
** In the backstory of ''Literature/UnseenAcademicals'', BadassPreacher Mightily Oats brings Forgiveness with him during his missionary work in {{Uberwald}}. "Forgiveness" is his possibly-holy battleaxe.
19th Jul '16 3:45:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Darken}}'', Komiyan picks up an intelligent weapon called Blackshard. [[spoiler: Whether Shard is strictly a weapon is debatable, since it (he?) has since taken over the body of a drow.]]

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* In ''{{Darken}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Darken}}'', Komiyan picks up an intelligent weapon called Blackshard. [[spoiler: Whether Shard is strictly a weapon is debatable, since it (he?) has since taken over the body of a drow.]]
25th Jun '16 9:57:42 PM nombretomado
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* Any game based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' will have examples of this trope: From BaldursGate for instance we have Blackrazor, Carsomyr, Celestial Fury, Crom Faeyr and [[TalkingWeapon Lilarcor.]]

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* Any game based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' will have examples of this trope: From BaldursGate ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' for instance we have Blackrazor, Carsomyr, Celestial Fury, Crom Faeyr and [[TalkingWeapon Lilarcor.]]
16th Jun '16 7:53:34 PM M84
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* From ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', the eponymous warhammer wielded by Sigmar is named Ghal-Maraz, or "Skull-splitter".
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