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22nd Mar '17 8:04:35 PM TheBigBopper
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A type of CoolSword with a long, narrow blade, the rapier is often associated with those of high class, or at least some suave character. If a character has one, you can expect them to be a noble, an elegant knight, or a high-born lady that knows how to fence. Even a common character can use a rapier if they have a certain flamboyance or sense of style that makes them seem nobler of spirit than their social class would suggest; charming rogues often get this treatment, such as the swashbuckling pirate and TheBard. If they're an ImpoverishedPatrician or FallenPrincess, they might hold onto a rapier as a remnant of the social status they once enjoyed.

If your characters are living in TheCavalierYears, and especially musketeers are involved, you can definitely expect them to use rapiers. In fact, you'll be lucky if you get to see fictional musketeers use the actual muskets they're named after even once, because HeroesPreferSwords and guns are for cowards. Due both to their association with nobility, and their supposedly lighter weight making them easier to wield for those without massive upper-body strength, it's common for the LadyOfWar to use one. In actual fact, the rapier weighs about the same as other swords, since what weight its blade loses in being more slender it makes up for in being longer and having more mass in the hilt. If rapiers are associated with anything negative, it will probably be the craze for dueling that spread like a disease through the upper classes at the same time, as depicted in Shakespeare's Theater/RomeoAndJuliet. There's also the fact that many [[ManOfWealthAndTaste cultured villains and antagonists]], such as Tybalt in that play, also use one.

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A type of CoolSword with a long, narrow blade, the rapier is often associated with those of high class, or at least some suave character. demeanor. If a character has one, you can expect them to be a noble, an elegant knight, or a high-born lady that who knows how to fence. Even a common common-born character can use a rapier if they have a certain flamboyance or sense of style that makes distinguishes them seem nobler of spirit than their social class would suggest; from the rabble; charming rogues often get this treatment, such as the swashbuckling pirate and TheBard.TheBard often get this treatment. If they're an ImpoverishedPatrician or FallenPrincess, they might hold onto a rapier as a remnant of the social status they once enjoyed.

If your characters are living in TheCavalierYears, and especially musketeers are involved, you can definitely expect them to use rapiers. In fact, you'll be lucky if you get to see fictional musketeers use the actual muskets they're named after even once, at all, because HeroesPreferSwords and guns are for cowards. Due both to their association with nobility, and their supposedly lighter weight making them easier to wield for those without massive upper-body strength, it's common for the LadyOfWar to use one. In actual fact, the rapier weighs about the same as other one-handed swords, since what weight its blade loses in being more slender it makes up for in being longer and having more mass in the hilt. If rapiers are associated with anything negative, it will probably be the craze for dueling that spread like a disease through the upper classes at the same time, as depicted in Shakespeare's Theater/RomeoAndJuliet. There's also the fact that many [[ManOfWealthAndTaste cultured villains and antagonists]], such as Tybalt in that play, also use one.
22nd Mar '17 6:34:33 PM CaptainCrawdad
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If your characters are living in TheCavalierYears, and especially musketeers are involved, you can definitely expect them to use rapiers. In fact, you'll be lucky if you get to see fictional musketeers use the actual muskets they're named after even once, because HeroesPreferSwords and guns are for cowards. (And possibly also due to their guns' inaccuracy and slowness in reloading.) Due both to their association with nobility, and their supposedly lighter weight making them easier to wield for those without massive upper-body strength, it's common for the LadyOfWar to use one. In actual fact, the rapier weighs about the same as other swords, since what weight its blade loses in being more slender it makes up for in being longer and having more mass in the hilt. If rapiers are associated with anything negative, it will probably be the craze for dueling that spread like a disease through the upper classes at the same time, as depicted in Shakespeare's Theater/RomeoAndJuliet. There's also the fact that many [[ManOfWealthAndTaste cultured villains and antagonists]], such as Tybalt in that play, also use one.

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If your characters are living in TheCavalierYears, and especially musketeers are involved, you can definitely expect them to use rapiers. In fact, you'll be lucky if you get to see fictional musketeers use the actual muskets they're named after even once, because HeroesPreferSwords and guns are for cowards. (And possibly also due to their guns' inaccuracy and slowness in reloading.) Due both to their association with nobility, and their supposedly lighter weight making them easier to wield for those without massive upper-body strength, it's common for the LadyOfWar to use one. In actual fact, the rapier weighs about the same as other swords, since what weight its blade loses in being more slender it makes up for in being longer and having more mass in the hilt. If rapiers are associated with anything negative, it will probably be the craze for dueling that spread like a disease through the upper classes at the same time, as depicted in Shakespeare's Theater/RomeoAndJuliet. There's also the fact that many [[ManOfWealthAndTaste cultured villains and antagonists]], such as Tybalt in that play, also use one.
11th Mar '17 8:18:26 AM Goldfritha
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If your characters are living in TheCavalierYears, and especially musketeers are involved, you can definitely expect them to use rapiers. In fact, you'll be lucky if you get to see fictional musketeers use the actual muskets they're named after even once, because HeroesPreferSwords and guns are for cowards. Due both to their association with nobility, and their supposedly lighter weight making them easier to wield for those without massive upper-body strength, it's common for the LadyOfWar to use one. In actual fact, the rapier weighs about the same as other swords, since what weight its blade loses in being more slender it makes up for in being longer and having more mass in the hilt. If rapiers are associated with anything negative, it will probably be the craze for dueling that spread like a disease through the upper classes at the same time, as depicted in Shakespeare's Theater/RomeoAndJuliet. There's also the fact that many [[ManOfWealthAndTaste cultured villains and antagonists]], such as Tybalt in that play, also use one.

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If your characters are living in TheCavalierYears, and especially musketeers are involved, you can definitely expect them to use rapiers. In fact, you'll be lucky if you get to see fictional musketeers use the actual muskets they're named after even once, because HeroesPreferSwords and guns are for cowards. (And possibly also due to their guns' inaccuracy and slowness in reloading.) Due both to their association with nobility, and their supposedly lighter weight making them easier to wield for those without massive upper-body strength, it's common for the LadyOfWar to use one. In actual fact, the rapier weighs about the same as other swords, since what weight its blade loses in being more slender it makes up for in being longer and having more mass in the hilt. If rapiers are associated with anything negative, it will probably be the craze for dueling that spread like a disease through the upper classes at the same time, as depicted in Shakespeare's Theater/RomeoAndJuliet. There's also the fact that many [[ManOfWealthAndTaste cultured villains and antagonists]], such as Tybalt in that play, also use one.
13th Feb '17 3:16:49 PM ectostar
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* Played straight in ''Discworld/TheColorOfMagic,'' the first ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel where it is used to reinforce Rincewind's perpetual incompetence. Rincewind is challenged to a sword fight; his opponent wields a rapier, while Rincewind is stuck with a short sword that looks more like a shovel.



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* Played straight in ''Discworld/TheColorOfMagic,'' the first ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel where it is used to reinforce Rincewind's perpetual incompetence. Rincewind is challenged to a sword fight; his opponent wields a rapier, while Rincewind is stuck with a short sword that looks more like a shovel.
11th Feb '17 2:38:25 PM KZN02
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** Elise Schwarzer, Rean's adoptive sister and member of Baron Schwarzer family in VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel is trained to use her family's swordsmanship style. Despite this, she learns the least amount of crafts and she's an arts-oriented character much like her predecessor Kloe. She's also depicted in-game as a polite young lady befitting of her status as a noble.

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** Elise Schwarzer, Rean's adoptive sister and member of Baron Schwarzer family in VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' is trained to use her family's swordsmanship style. Despite this, she learns the least amount of crafts and she's an arts-oriented character much like her predecessor Kloe. She's also depicted in-game as a polite young lady befitting of her status as a noble.
10th Feb '17 9:30:02 PM wentesur
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* Three characters in [[KisekiSeries Zemuria Saga]] so far have this as their weapon of choice, two of which are members of nobility.
** Kloe Rinz, a student of Jenis Royal Academy from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' uses rapier as her weapon of choice and is said to be the best among her schoolmates. Considering her real identity is Klaudia von Auslese, granddaughter of Liberl Kindom's Queen and she receives direct training from First Lieutenant in Liberl's Royal Army who is also student of one of the best sword users in the game, it's fitting. Gameplay-wise, players won't use her to attack enemies much since she's arts-oriented character, the one heavily geared toward healing at that. The one who trains her, Julia Schwarz, is also playable.
** Elise Schwarzer, Rean's adoptive sister and member of Baron Schwarzer family in VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel is trained to use her family's swordsmanship style. Despite this, she learns the least amount of crafts and she's an arts-oriented character much like her predecessor Kloe. She's also depicted in-game as a polite young lady befitting of her status as a noble.
23rd Sep '16 10:15:17 AM StFan
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* In the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' book ''Magehunter'', if you decide to rush Mencius as he casts his spell, you will find yourself wearing regal red clothes and armed with a fancy rapier when you recover. [[labelnote:spoiler]]It's because your mind is in the body of Prince Reinhardt, who contrary to the common portrayal of rapier wielders, is a bumbling idiot.[[/labelnote]]

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* In the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' book ''Magehunter'', if you decide to rush Mencius as he casts his spell, you will find yourself wearing regal red clothes and armed with a fancy rapier when you recover. [[labelnote:spoiler]]It's [[spoiler:It's because your mind is in the body of Prince Reinhardt, who contrary to the common portrayal of rapier wielders, is a bumbling idiot.[[/labelnote]]]]



* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse had a LaserBlade version of a rapier, called a lightfoil. It was invented by a Sith sect called the Mecrosa Order and adopted by the nobility of the Tapani sector; the latter modified it to be slightly weaker than a more usual lightsaber, but much easier to use for a Muggle.
* {{Subverted}} by ''{{Franchise/Zorro}}'', of all people: he uses a Spanish cavalry sword (that, in all fairness, could be mistaken for a rapier, with whom it shares the sidesword as a common ancestor). {{Justified}} as he would fight both unarmoured and armored opponents (a rapier of his time couldn't handle the latter) and both on foot and on horse (a rapier was just ''not'' made to fight on horse, while a cavalry sword, while made mainly for mounted fighters, could work in both situations).

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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse had Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse has a LaserBlade version of a rapier, called a lightfoil. It was invented by a Sith sect called the Mecrosa Order and adopted by the nobility of the Tapani sector; the latter modified it to be slightly weaker than a more usual lightsaber, but much easier to use for a Muggle.
* {{Subverted}} by ''{{Franchise/Zorro}}'', ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'', of all people: he uses a Spanish cavalry sword (that, in all fairness, could be mistaken for a rapier, with whom it shares the sidesword as a common ancestor). {{Justified}} as he would fight both unarmoured and armored opponents (a rapier of his time couldn't handle the latter) and both on foot and on horse (a rapier was just ''not'' made to fight on horse, while a cavalry sword, while made mainly for mounted fighters, could work in both situations).



* In ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', Reepicheep (perhaps the most chivalrous character in the series, an excellent fighter, and incidentally a talking mouse) uses one. The narration explicitly identifies it as a rapier in ''TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''.

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* In ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', Reepicheep (perhaps the most chivalrous character in the series, an excellent fighter, and incidentally a talking mouse) uses one. The narration explicitly identifies it as a rapier in ''TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''.''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''.



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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'': [[LadyOfWar Mitsuru's]] WeaponOfChoice. [[GratuitousFrench C'est Magnifique]]. Even when she uses other one-handed sword weapons, she uses them ''as'' a rapier, slashing once on her first hit, stabbing multiple times on the second, and then ''[[CombatStilettos kicking the enemy in the face]]'' with the third. In ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', she throws in a [[PrettyInMink white fur]] [[BadassLongcoat coat]], which goes with the rapier to giver her a total KickingAssInAllHerFinery aspect.
** For the whole ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' series, there is Eriko Kirishima, the graceful fencer from a wealthy family.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'': ''VideoGame/Persona3'': [[LadyOfWar Mitsuru's]] WeaponOfChoice. [[GratuitousFrench C'est Magnifique]]. Even when she uses other one-handed sword weapons, she uses them ''as'' a rapier, slashing once on her first hit, stabbing multiple times on the second, and then ''[[CombatStilettos kicking the enemy in the face]]'' with the third. In ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', she throws in a [[PrettyInMink white fur]] [[BadassLongcoat coat]], which goes with the rapier to giver her a total KickingAssInAllHerFinery aspect.
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%% ** Anita, from ''SuikodenII'' wields one too: although the game refers to it as a ''sword'', the in-game battle sprite clearly shows that Anita's weapon is a rapier. Her special rune allows her to unleash a succession of quick thrusts with it, dealing huge damages in the process.

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%% ** Anita, from ''SuikodenII'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' wields one too: although the game refers to it as a ''sword'', the in-game battle sprite clearly shows that Anita's weapon is a rapier. Her special rune allows her to unleash a succession of quick thrusts with it, dealing huge damages in the process.



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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Weiss Schnee wields Myrtenaster, a rapier that doubles as a magic wand. It has a [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver-style chamber]] in the hilt, and she can change the kind of dust she uses by spinning the revolver. She's also the heiress to the Schnee Dust Company and a RichBitch until she goes through CharacterDevelopment.
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%% * Julie from ''OurLittleAdventure'', when she decides to do melee combat. [[EvilCounterpart Umbria]] also likes rapiers and uses them more often.

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%% * Julie from ''OurLittleAdventure'', ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', when she decides to do melee combat. [[EvilCounterpart Umbria]] also likes rapiers and uses them more often.




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1st Jul '16 12:51:45 AM PaulA
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* In the sequel to ''Literature/TheElenium'', [[AuthorityInNameOnly Emperor Sarabian]] begins to use a rapier after the arrival of [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Queen Ehlana]] and the [[ChurchMilitant Church]] [[BadassNormal Knights]]. It's a sign that he's beginning to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome take control of his own country]].

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* In the sequel to ''Literature/TheElenium'', ''Literature/TheTamuli'', [[AuthorityInNameOnly Emperor Sarabian]] begins to use a rapier after the arrival of [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Queen Ehlana]] and the [[ChurchMilitant Church]] [[BadassNormal Church Knights]]. It's a sign that he's beginning to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome take control of his own country]].country.
25th Jun '16 11:48:49 AM nombretomado
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%% * The fencer line of units in ''BattleForWesnoth''.

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%% * The fencer line of units in ''BattleForWesnoth''.''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth''.
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