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8th Dec '17 9:43:39 AM Mukademaoh
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* In ''[[Manga/SoulHunter Houshin Engi]]'', Cho Komei (who looks like a french nobleman in mannerism and outfit) wields the rapier-like whip Bakuryuusaku (Dragon-Binding Rope) Paopei, which fits his previously mentioned looks and the fact that he considers himself a Duke. On a smaller note, Tou Sengyoku fights with a thin rapier sword when her Paopei is disabled [[spoiler: by Taikobou's new [[AntiMagic Super Paopei Taikyokuzu]]]] during the battle of Bokuya, and she's kinda of nobility.
13th Nov '17 1:46:46 PM WillyFourEyes
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* The Heroine of [[DragonQuestHeroesTheWorldTreesWoeAndTheBlightBelow Dragon Quest Heroes]] has her default weapon as a rapier, always shown with them in cutscenes. It's rather fitting as she is one of the Royal Guards for the king. She does have more [[SliceAndDiceSwordsmanship slashes than thrusts]] in her moveset, however.

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* The Heroine Aurora, the heroine of [[DragonQuestHeroesTheWorldTreesWoeAndTheBlightBelow Dragon Quest Heroes]] ''DragonQuestHeroesTheWorldTreesWoeAndTheBlightBelow'' has her default weapon as a rapier, always shown with them in cutscenes. It's rather fitting as she is one of the Royal Guards for the king. She does have more [[SliceAndDiceSwordsmanship slashes than thrusts]] in her moveset, however.
10th Nov '17 5:27:39 PM harostar
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%%* Karin Koenig in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' has a few rapiers amongst her available weapons, and her fighting style is very much akin to a fencer.

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%%* * Karin Koenig in from ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' has is a few rapiers amongst German officer of noble blood, and wields Rapiers as her available weapons, and her preferred weapon. Her fighting style is very much akin to a fencer.based on classical fencing, with Special Moves learned by collecting manuscripts from ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung''.
4th Nov '17 12:20:03 PM Unregistered
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* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'' features an enemy called Dead Fencer who skillfully wields a rapier. Described as "a monster endowed with the soul of a noble", it employs a flurry of rapid trust as its main attack which always ends in a polite bow. Stronger versions appear later in the game, including the Dead Baron and the rare [[BossInMookClothing Duke Mirage]].
30th Oct '17 8:52:12 PM BattleMaster
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* Propeller Knight from ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'', a very flamboyant and vaguely French captain of a massive airship, swings his rapier around when he isn't zooming around with his [[HatOfFlight propeller helmet]].

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* Propeller Knight from ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'', a very flamboyant and [[FrenchJerk vaguely French French]] captain of a massive airship, swings his rapier around when he isn't zooming around with his [[HatOfFlight propeller helmet]].
14th Oct '17 3:40:00 PM TheBigBopper
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* [[UsefulNotes/LetatCestMoi King Henri IV of France]] (15531610) was another notable rapier fan. When he married his second wife Marie de Medici in 1600 he was presented with a magnificent matched rapier and dagger etched, blued, and gilt, and inlaid with pearls. Napoleon Bonaparte took this same sword with him on campaign as a good luck charm. Dueling reached epidemic proportions among the nobility during Henri's reign, and while he made edicts restating the ban against duels he favored them in private and tended to undermine his own laws by issuing a lot of pardons. When the Marquis de Crequi asked leave to fight Philip of Savoy, he supposedly said "Go, and if I were not a King I would be your second!"

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* [[UsefulNotes/LetatCestMoi King Henri IV of France]] (15531610) was another notable rapier fan. When he married his second wife Marie de Medici in 1600 he was presented with a magnificent matched rapier and dagger dagger; they were etched, blued, and gilt, and inlaid with pearls.mother of pearl. Napoleon Bonaparte took this same sword with him on campaign as a good luck charm. Dueling reached epidemic proportions among the nobility during Henri's reign, and while he made edicts restating the ban against duels duels, he favored them in private and tended to undermine his own laws by issuing a lot of pardons. When the Marquis de Crequi asked leave to fight Philip of Savoy, he supposedly said "Go, and if I were not a King I would be your second!"
3rd Sep '17 12:11:53 AM Mukademaoh
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* Invoked in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' with the "Royal Sword Style", which is modeled after fencing and, as the name suggest, only taught to royalty. Users that play this trope 100% straigth are [[StarterVillain Jamil]], who was trained in the Royal Sword Style and uses a rapier in combat ([[BadBoss or to torture his slaves]]) and Al Thamen's [[CastingAShadow Bjorn]], whose clothes calls to mind a pirate swashbuckler and is likely a fallen noble of sort. Alibaba uses this style with a dagger rather than a rapier, and his master [[WarriorPrince Sharrkan]] wields a black scimitar thin and delicate enough to pass for a fencing saber. Both of them are of royal blood as well.



* Invoked in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' with the "Royal Sword Style", which is modeled after fencing and, as the name suggest, only taught to royalty. Users that play this trope 100% straigth are [[StarterVillain Jamil]], who was trained in the Royal Sword Style and uses a rapier in combat ([[BadBoss or to torture his slaves]]) and Al Thamen's [[CastingAShadow Bjorn]], whose clothes calls to mind a pirate swashbuckler and is likely a fallen noble of sort. Alibaba uses this style with a dagger rather than a rapier, and his master [[WarriorPrince Sharrkan]] wields a black scimitar thin and delicate enough to pass for a fencing saber. Both of them are of royal blood as well.

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* Invoked in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' with the "Royal Sword Style", which is modeled after fencing and, as the name suggest, only taught to royalty. Users that play this trope 100% straigth are [[StarterVillain Jamil]], who was trained in the Royal Sword Style and uses a rapier in combat ([[BadBoss or to torture his slaves]]) and Al Thamen's [[CastingAShadow Bjorn]], whose clothes calls to mind a pirate swashbuckler and is likely a fallen noble of sort. Alibaba uses this style with a dagger rather than a rapier, and his master [[WarriorPrince Sharrkan]] wields a black scimitar thin and delicate enough to pass for a fencing saber. Both of them are of royal blood as well.
3rd Sep '17 12:11:06 AM Mukademaoh
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%% * Suzunosuke Mamiya from ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}'' uses one and has two more with him just in case. In this case, Suzunosuke takes advantage of the rapier's flexible blade to move it at high speed, confusing the opponent and stabbing him. Gama managed to render this weapon useless by looking carefully at Suzunosuke's movements as he attacked to predict the next blow.

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%% * Suzunosuke Mamiya from ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}'' uses one and has two more with him just in case. In this case, Suzunosuke takes advantage of the rapier's flexible blade to move it at high speed, confusing the opponent and stabbing him. Gama managed to render this weapon useless by looking carefully at Suzunosuke's movements as he attacked to predict the next blow. While he's not a noble of sorts (more likely a Ronin) he does have the suave, swashbuckling look of a rapier user, looking more delicate and classier than the average Muhou Ryuu commander (he even has a BeautyMark!).




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* Invoked in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' with the "Royal Sword Style", which is modeled after fencing and, as the name suggest, only taught to royalty. Users that play this trope 100% straigth are [[StarterVillain Jamil]], who was trained in the Royal Sword Style and uses a rapier in combat ([[BadBoss or to torture his slaves]]) and Al Thamen's [[CastingAShadow Bjorn]], whose clothes calls to mind a pirate swashbuckler and is likely a fallen noble of sort. Alibaba uses this style with a dagger rather than a rapier, and his master [[WarriorPrince Sharrkan]] wields a black scimitar thin and delicate enough to pass for a fencing saber. Both of them are of royal blood as well.
14th Aug '17 5:57:54 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 demeanor. If a character has one, you can expect them to be a noble, an elegant knight, or a high-born lady who knows how to fence. Even a common-born character can use a rapier if they have a certain flamboyance or sense of style that distinguishes them from the rabble; charming rogues such as the swashbuckling pirate and 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.

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A type single-handed sword from Europe designed to use the advantages of CoolSword with thrusting and serve as a long, narrow blade, fashionable sidearm, the rapier is often associated with those of high class, or at least some suave demeanor. If a character has one, you can expect them to be a noble, an elegant knight, or a high-born lady who knows how to fence. Even a common-born character can use a rapier if they have a certain flamboyance or sense of style that distinguishes them from the rabble; charming rogues such as the swashbuckling pirate and 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.



'''Remember, don't just add an example because someone in a story uses a rapier.''' You have to ''explain'' how its form or the way they use it sheds light on the character's backstory, upbringing, and personality, and makes them look classy or noble. For more information about real rapiers, see UsefulNotes/{{Swords}} and UsefulNotes/EuropeanSwordsmanship. Also, don't use an example unless the sword is at least straight-bladed with two edges and a point; that disqualifies katanas, sabers, and the like. The best rule of thumb is whether it's called a rapier in-universe.

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'''Remember, don't just add an example because someone in a story uses a rapier.''' You have to ''explain'' how its form or the way they use it sheds light on the character's backstory, upbringing, and personality, and makes them look classy or noble. For more information about real rapiers, see UsefulNotes/{{Swords}} and UsefulNotes/EuropeanSwordsmanship. Also, don't use an Fictional swords called rapiers might not have all the features of historical rapiers, but any example unless the sword is should at least straight-bladed be single-handed with two edges a straight, symmetrical, and relatively narrow blade; a point; that disqualifies katanas, sabers, and fancy hilt is optional. This trope also accommodates the like. The best rule of thumb is whether it's early rapier or "side sword"[[note]]basically a sword with a hilt too developed to be considered a medieval arming sword, but too stout-bladed to be called a rapier in-universe.
rapier[[/note]], as well as its daintier eventual replacement, the smallsword.
14th Aug '17 8:41:50 AM Deadbeatloser22
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* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', the sword [[TheHero Will Turner]] forges for [[TheRival Norrington]] on the occasion of his promotion to Commodore isn't actually a rapier, but it's of a similar shape and is clearly meant to bring one to mind. Norrington is an upper class naval officer, betrothed to the daughter of the governor. Moreover, the sword seems tied to his career: During the period he was AWOL, the sword was kept by [[BigBad Lord Beckett]], and returned to him upon his return to the fold and promotion to Admiral. After using it in [[RedemptionEqualsDeath his heroic sacrifice]], [[TheDragon Davey Jones]] keeps it and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard uses it to kill its original creator]]. It's contrasted by [[{{Swashbuckler}} numerous other kinds of swords]] used in the films, each likewise reflecting their owners' fighting styles and personalities.

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* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', the sword [[TheHero Will Turner]] forges for [[TheRival Norrington]] on the occasion of his promotion to Commodore isn't actually a rapier, but it's of rather a similar shape and is clearly smallsword, a shorter rapier-style sword meant to bring one to mind.mainly as a dress sword. Norrington is an upper class naval officer, betrothed to the daughter of the governor. Moreover, the sword seems tied to his career: During the period he was AWOL, the sword was kept by [[BigBad Lord Beckett]], and returned to him upon his return to the fold and promotion to Admiral. After using it in [[RedemptionEqualsDeath his heroic sacrifice]], [[TheDragon Davey Jones]] keeps it and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard uses it to kill its original creator]]. It's contrasted by [[{{Swashbuckler}} numerous other kinds of swords]] used in the films, each likewise reflecting their owners' fighting styles and personalities.
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