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20th May '17 12:47:03 AM VVK
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* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' has one kind of sword that glows when enemies are nearby, though unfortunately it counts normal-sized rats and spiders as enemies even though they can't hurt you. Also, weapons 'Of Disruption' have a chance of instantly vaporizing undead upon contact. The oringinal also had a nifty 'Greatsword +1/+3 vs. shapeshifters' (which you fough a ''lot'' of).
** [[InfinityPlusOneSword Carsomyr]] also has a bunch of abilities which while ''technically'' always active only really come into play when facing spellcasters.

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* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' has one kind of sword that glows when enemies are nearby, though unfortunately it counts normal-sized rats and spiders as enemies even though they can't hurt you. Also, weapons 'Of Disruption' have a chance of instantly vaporizing undead upon contact. The oringinal also had a nifty 'Greatsword 'bastard sword +1/+3 vs. shapeshifters' (which you fough fought a ''lot'' of).
** [[InfinityPlusOneSword Carsomyr]] also has a bunch of abilities which while ''technically'' always active only really come into play when facing spellcasters.
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6th Apr '17 12:56:44 PM Abodos
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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the Master Sword has an above average power of 30 at all times, and whenever it "breaks" it regenerates in just ten minutes. However, when put up against foes under the direct control of the Calamity, or Calamity Ganon itself, its strength DOUBLES, which can make taking out the Blight Ganons pretty much trivial.
1st Apr '17 10:56:24 PM LinTaylor
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* Inverted in ''Anime/DogDays'' with Cinque's MorphWeapon Palladion: though his WeaponOfChoice is a SimpleStaff, he figures out how to make it change into other forms, including a Frisbee, but remarks that for some reason he can't make it turn into a sword. [[spoiler:At the climax of the story, when faced with a giant demon that threatens all of Flognarde, he finally makes a sword out of it.]]
25th Mar '17 9:08:11 AM Gosicrystal
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* In ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'', the magical sword Sikanda. Only those who have eaten, drunk, and bathed in the flames of the Many-Colored Death, and ridden on his back, may touch the sword without (unspecified) danger. Also, the sword may only be used it when it leaps from the sheath. When the sword is drawn through brute force, it makes a [[TakeOurWordForIt terrifying noise,]] the sword's [[PowerGlows light]] goes out, and implicitly its enchantment is LostForever.

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* In ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'', the magical sword Sikanda. Only those who have eaten, drunk, and bathed in the flames of the Many-Colored Death, and ridden on his back, may touch the sword without (unspecified) danger. Also, the sword may only be used it when it leaps from the sheath. When the sword is drawn through brute force, it makes a [[TakeOurWordForIt terrifying noise,]] noise]], the sword's [[PowerGlows light]] goes out, and implicitly its enchantment is LostForever.lost.
21st Dec '16 12:04:15 AM Xtifr
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* The black sword Dyrnwyn from the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' series can only be drawn by one of "noble worth". [[HeroicWannabe Taran]] at first assumes this means one born of a noble bloodline, but Gwydion later states that it is referring to character, not blood. In the hands of a worthy person it is an InfinityPlusOneSword capable of slaying just about any evil being. Those who are unworthy tend to get themselves killed trying to draw the sword. Taran has to go through four or five books' worth of CharacterDevelopment before he can wield it.

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* The black sword Dyrnwyn from the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' series can only be drawn by one of "noble worth". [[HeroicWannabe Taran]] at first assumes this means one born of a noble bloodline, but Gwydion later states that it is referring to character, not blood. In the hands of a worthy person it is an InfinityPlusOneSword capable of slaying just about any evil being. Those who are unworthy tend to get themselves killed trying to draw the sword. Taran has to go through four or five books' worth of CharacterDevelopment before he can wield it.
7th Dec '16 9:18:58 PM DustSnitch
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* Inverted in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Tenchi ([[NamesTheSame the sword]]) would refuse to activate [[RuleOfFunny whenever a failure would be funny,]] at least until Tenchi ([[NamesTheSame the hero]]) TookALevelInBadass. Which is why [[spoiler:Yosho]], who was {{Badass}} from the start, never had those problems.

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* Inverted in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Tenchi ([[NamesTheSame the sword]]) would refuse to activate [[RuleOfFunny whenever a failure would be funny,]] at least until Tenchi ([[NamesTheSame the hero]]) TookALevelInBadass. Which is why [[spoiler:Yosho]], who was {{Badass}} badass from the start, never had those problems.
20th Nov '16 11:46:21 AM StFan
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* The Medicine Peddler's sword in ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'' can only be drawn when he learns more about mononoke. But once he gets the Shape, Truth, and Reason, asskicking [[{{BFS}} ensues]].
** Thankfully, he is proficient in the use of the sword even when it's still sheathed, by using it as a blunt weapon not unlike a billy club.

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* The Medicine Peddler's sword in ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'' can only be drawn when he learns more about mononoke. But once he gets the Shape, Truth, and Reason, asskicking [[{{BFS}} ensues]].
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ensues]]. Thankfully, he is proficient in the use of the sword even when it's still sheathed, by using it as a blunt weapon not unlike a billy club.



* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'''s [[OldMaster Cologne]] owns the Poison-Cleaving Sword, a semi-sentient Chinese ''dao'' with a flower at the tip. This flower has a mouth, and it detects poison and warns the wielder when poison is nearby... and then tries to run away from it, pulling the wielder along if necessary. The reason? Although the Poison Cleaver can indeed cut through any poison and render it harmless, it dies after just one stroke. And, in [[strike: its own]] {{Hamlet}}'s words, [[ShoutOut the rest... is silence]].

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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'''s [[OldMaster Cologne]] owns the Poison-Cleaving Sword, a semi-sentient Chinese ''dao'' with a flower at the tip. This flower has a mouth, and it detects poison and warns the wielder when poison is nearby... and then tries to run away from it, pulling the wielder along if necessary. The reason? Although the Poison Cleaver can indeed cut through any poison and render it harmless, it dies after just one stroke. And, in [[strike: its own]] {{Hamlet}}'s Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'s words, [[ShoutOut the rest... is silence]].



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* In ''Film/{{District 9}}'' Prawn guns and tech are created organically and do not work when used by humans. The prawns are either too passive, too wild, or too undesirable to be used in human armies. Thus, MNU has spent the considerable part of three decades trying to develop test subjects with combined working prawn/human DNA so that they can develop a SuperSoldier program.
* ''{{Film/Skyfall}}'': One of Q's new gadgets is a gun with a handprint scanner in the handle. Unless a pre-determined user - in this case, Bond - is holding the gun, it won't fire.
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* In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Sanguinius]]'', Rafen learns that to wield the Spear of Telesto, he must [[spoiler:[[ForbiddenChekhovsGun let loose with the Red Thirst]]. Fortunately for him, the spear protects him from [[TheBerserker the Black Rage]], the insanity that ensues when the Red Thirst runs wild in a Blood Angel.]]

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* In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Sanguinius]]'', Rafen learns that to wield the Spear of Telesto, he must [[spoiler:[[ForbiddenChekhovsGun let loose with the Red Thirst]]. Fortunately for him, the spear protects him from [[TheBerserker the Black Rage]], the insanity that ensues when the Red Thirst runs wild in a Blood Angel.]]



* In the novel ''UserUnfriendly'' by VivianVandeVelde, the player characters find a [[LordOfTheRings sword that glows in the presence of orcs]]. Since the players have artificially inflated their combat stats, the sword turns out to be more trouble than it's worth.

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* In the novel ''UserUnfriendly'' ''Literature/UserUnfriendly'' by VivianVandeVelde, Creator/VivianVandeVelde, the player characters find a [[LordOfTheRings sword that glows in the presence of orcs]]. Since the players have artificially inflated their combat stats, the sword turns out to be more trouble than it's worth.



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin three holy swords]] which have vast evil-smiting powers when wielded for a righteous purpose; even a half-turned vampire, who is normally burned by its presence, can use the Sword of Love when she's using it to rescue her daughter. The flipside is that if someone uses them for the wrong reason (such as when [[spoiler: Harry brandishes one to try to break his word on a freely-made bargain]]) they lose their power and can be handled or destroyed by creatures of darkness unless they return to the hands of their chosen Knights.
** Demonstrated in ''Skin Game'' when Murphy breaks her oath and attacks Nicodemus after he had surrendered (but ordered his lackeys to murder Harry). He shatters it with ease. [[spoiler: However, all is not lost, given that Butters later reforges it into a lightsabre.]]

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin three holy swords]] which have vast evil-smiting powers when wielded for a righteous purpose; even a half-turned vampire, who is normally burned by its presence, can use the Sword of Love when she's using it to rescue her daughter. The flipside is that if someone uses them for the wrong reason (such as when [[spoiler: Harry brandishes one to try to break his word on a freely-made bargain]]) they lose their power and can be handled or destroyed by creatures of darkness unless they return to the hands of their chosen Knights.
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Knights. Demonstrated in ''Skin Game'' when Murphy breaks her oath and attacks Nicodemus after he had surrendered (but ordered his lackeys to murder Harry). He shatters it with ease. [[spoiler: However, all is not lost, given that Butters later reforges it into a lightsabre.]]



* The rules for intelligent weapons in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' include the option of a special purpose that comes with a matching special power only used in the pursuit of said purpose. The chance for a randomly rolled magic weapon to have this property is somewhere around 1% or less.
** You don't have to go quite that far, however. ''Un''intelligent weapons with situational bonuses and/or powers are likewise a long-standing and rather more common D&D staple. ''Sword + 1, + 3 vs. spellcasters'', anybody?

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
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The rules for intelligent weapons in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' include the option of a special purpose that comes with a matching special power only used in the pursuit of said purpose. The chance for a randomly rolled magic weapon to have this property is somewhere around 1% or less.
** You don't have to go quite that far, however. ''Un''intelligent weapons with situational bonuses and/or powers are likewise a long-standing and rather more common D&D ''D&D'' staple. ''Sword + 1, + 3 vs. spellcasters'', anybody?



* {{Munchkin}} has the [[WeaponOfXSlaying Sword Of Slaying Everything]] [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Except Squid]]. It's a very effective weapon...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin unless you happen to be fighting a squid]].

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* {{Munchkin}} ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' has the [[WeaponOfXSlaying Sword Of of Slaying Everything]] [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Except Squid]]. It's a very effective weapon... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin unless you happen to be fighting a squid]].



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--> '''Zoe''' ({{Facepalm}}): I want the blood of the innocent to rain down in every room of our house.
--> ''Later--''
--> '''Gwynn (cleaning):''' Did you have to say ''every'' room??
--> '''Zoe:''' I couldn't remember which room it was in!

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--> '''Zoe''' ({{Facepalm}}): -->'''Zoe:''' ''[{{facepalm}})]'' I want the blood of the innocent to rain down in every room of our house.
--> ''Later--''
--> '''Gwynn (cleaning):'''
house.\\
''[later]''\\
'''Gwynn:''' ''[cleaning]''
Did you have to say ''every'' room??
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room??\\
'''Zoe:''' I couldn't remember which room it was in!



** And [[SpoonyBard Elan]] is a living example of one, since his PrestigeClass turns him into a OneManArmy as long as he keeps making puns (although there are lots of caveats which regularly screw him over).
30th Oct '16 3:33:55 PM nombretomado
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* Among its many other properties, the sword named Need in MercedesLackey's ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series provides a considerable amount of protection from magic if it's wielded by a trained fighter. If wielded by a SquishyWizard, on the other hand, it gives no magical protection but instead makes the mage an [[InstantExpert expert swordswoman]]. In the hands of someone with no particular talents in either direction, it does ''both'' (and some other neat tricks besides). What might have happened if Need were wielded by a genuine MagicKnight is never quite shown in the series, since by the time it's an option, Need [[spoiler:has regained full sentience and thus gets a say in how she's used]].

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* Among its many other properties, the sword named Need in MercedesLackey's ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series provides a considerable amount of protection from magic if it's wielded by a trained fighter. If wielded by a SquishyWizard, on the other hand, it gives no magical protection but instead makes the mage an [[InstantExpert expert swordswoman]]. In the hands of someone with no particular talents in either direction, it does ''both'' (and some other neat tricks besides). What might have happened if Need were wielded by a genuine MagicKnight is never quite shown in the series, since by the time it's an option, Need [[spoiler:has regained full sentience and thus gets a say in how she's used]].
26th Sep '16 5:53:58 PM tytoman
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* ''Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}}'''s sword ''Anaklusmos'' (Riptide) is made from celestial bronze, and is only effective against monsters or those with divine blood such as other demigods. It is completely harmless if used against regular humans.

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* ''Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}}'''s sword ''Anaklusmos'' (Riptide) is made from celestial bronze, and is only effective against monsters or those with divine blood such as other demigods. It is completely harmless if used against regular humans. In fact, those properties are precisely why celestial bronze weapons are so popular among Greek demigods; deadly to monsters without risking mortal casualties.
10th Jul '16 5:27:07 PM nombretomado
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* The black sword Dyrnwyn from the ''ChroniclesOfPrydain'' series can only be drawn by one of "noble worth". [[HeroicWannabe Taran]] at first assumes this means one born of a noble bloodline, but Gwydion later states that it is referring to character, not blood. In the hands of a worthy person it is an InfinityPlusOneSword capable of slaying just about any evil being. Those who are unworthy tend to get themselves killed trying to draw the sword. Taran has to go through four or five books' worth of CharacterDevelopment before he can wield it.

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* The black sword Dyrnwyn from the ''ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' series can only be drawn by one of "noble worth". [[HeroicWannabe Taran]] at first assumes this means one born of a noble bloodline, but Gwydion later states that it is referring to character, not blood. In the hands of a worthy person it is an InfinityPlusOneSword capable of slaying just about any evil being. Those who are unworthy tend to get themselves killed trying to draw the sword. Taran has to go through four or five books' worth of CharacterDevelopment before he can wield it.
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