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20th Oct '17 12:36:13 PM KingLyger
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* The Masamune in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is powerful enough to cleave an entire mountain in half with a single swing of it. Reforging it also requires the player to jump through multiple timelines just it get all the necessary ingredients, and then find the world's best swordsmith. It even gets some GameplayAndStoryIntegration as being necessary to defeat [[ClimaxBoss Magus]], as well as [[spoiler:the Red Knife used to stop the Mammon Machine turning into the Masamune once it's used]].

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* The Masamune in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is powerful enough to cleave an entire mountain in half with a single swing of it. it, and after a sidequest, becomes Frog's ultimate weapon. This is in spite of the fact the party is travelling with a robot capable of shooting lasers, as well as a ScienceHero that fixed him capable of building bombs. Reforging it the sword also requires the player to jump through multiple timelines just it get all the necessary ingredients, and then find the world's best swordsmith. It even gets some GameplayAndStoryIntegration as being necessary to defeat [[ClimaxBoss Magus]], as well as [[spoiler:the Red Knife used to stop the Mammon Machine turning into the Masamune once it's used]].
20th Oct '17 12:34:47 PM KingLyger
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* The Masamune in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is powerful enough to cleave an entire mountain in half with a single swing of it. Reforging it also requires the player to jump through multiple timelines just it get all the necessary ingredients, and then find the world's best swordsmith. It even gets some GameplayAndStoryIntegration as being necessary to defeat [[ClimaxBoss Magus]], as well as [[spoiler:the Red Knife used to stop the Mammon Machine turning into the Masamune once it's used]].



* The ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games have had a bad case of this. There's always a long list of weapons available, with a variety of advantages and disadvantages, but swords always stand out as ''the best'' one way or the other. It was particularly bad in the first game, where the most powerful sword available (The Yoshitsune) had more attack-power than the most powerful axe (so much for being considered ''raw power'') AND had a range of 5 panels, far more than any other non-ranged weapon with none of their handicaps. On top of that, the sword's special-moves cover a wide variety of areas - from large fields to long lines - making them useful in a wide variety of situations (meanwhile, axes only have range-1 single-target specials). Later games tried to balance things. By the third game, it would be fair to say that swords aren't ahead by MUCH.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games have had a bad case of this. There's always a long list of weapons available, with a variety of advantages and disadvantages, but swords always stand out as ''the best'' one way or the other. It was particularly bad in the first game, where the most powerful sword available (The Yoshitsune) had more attack-power than the most powerful axe (so much for being considered ''raw power'') AND had a range of 5 panels, far more than any other non-ranged weapon with none of their handicaps. On top of that, the sword's special-moves cover a wide variety of areas - from large fields to long lines - making them useful in a wide variety of situations (meanwhile, axes only have range-1 single-target specials). Later games tried to balance things. By the third game, it would be fair to say that swords aren't ahead by MUCH.are still ahead, just not quite as much.



* The Material Blades in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.

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* The Material Blades in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', since they form into a SwordOfPlotAdvancement, the Eternal Sword, which is required to make the Giant Kharlan Tree rise and stop the cycle.
8th Apr '17 9:35:31 AM X2X
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* [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fal]][[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening chion]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Tyrfing, the Book of Naga]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe the Binding Blade, Durandal, Armads, Sol Katti]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ragnell, Alondite]], and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Yato]] in ''Franchise/FireEmblem''. All legendary weapons, only usable by one character each (with some exceptions depending on the game [[note]]the Legendary Weapons of Elibe first appear in ''The Binding Blade'', where anyone with a S Rank in the respective weapon type can use 7 of the 8 weapons available, but in the prequel ''Blazing Sword'', Durandal and Armads are exclusive to Eliwood and Hector, and another Legendary Weapon, Forblaze, is Athos's personal tome; Alondite is initially an enemy-only weapon, but is obtainable in ''Radiant Dawn'' after the Black Knight is defeated in Rebirth 2 and can be wielded by a character with a SS Rank in swords; Armads and Ragnell, along with the Twelve Holy Weapons of Jugdral, later reappear in ''Awakening'' as S-Rank weapons with no other unit restrictions (or the [[HeroicLineage Holy Blood]] mechanic from ''Genealogy of the Holy War'')[[/note]]) and (often) the only weapon that can damage the final boss.

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* [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fal]][[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening chion]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral [[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight Fa]][[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden lc]][[VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem hi]][[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening on]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Tyrfing, the Book of Naga]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade the Binding Blade, Blade]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade Durandal, Armads, Sol Katti]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius [[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Ragnell, Alondite]], and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Yato]] in ''Franchise/FireEmblem''. All legendary weapons, only usable by one character each (with some exceptions depending on the game [[note]]the Legendary Weapons of Elibe first appear in ''The Binding Blade'', where anyone with a S Rank in the respective weapon type can use 7 of the 8 weapons available, but in the prequel ''Blazing Sword'', Durandal and Armads are exclusive to Eliwood and Hector, and another Legendary Weapon, Forblaze, is Athos's personal tome; Alondite is initially an enemy-only weapon, but is obtainable in ''Radiant Dawn'' ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Radiant Dawn]]'' after the Black Knight is defeated in Rebirth 2 and can be wielded by a character with a SS Rank in swords; Armads and Ragnell, along with the Twelve Holy Weapons of Jugdral, later reappear in ''Awakening'' as S-Rank weapons with no other unit restrictions (or the [[HeroicLineage Holy Blood]] mechanic from ''Genealogy of the Holy War'')[[/note]]) and (often) the only weapon that can damage the final boss.
8th Apr '17 12:44:21 AM X2X
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-->-- '''Tristy''', ''Soul Calibur 2''

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-->-- '''Tristy''', ''Soul Calibur 2''
''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur II]]''



* ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' normally plays this straight, but it's averted by the ''TRY'' season of the anime - the "Bow of Light" is the most powerful of the five Darkstar weapons.
* There are a few of these in ''Anime/ToukenRanbuHanamaru''. The catch? They're not props, they're characters. All of the characters are [[MoeAnthropomorphism historic Japanese swords turned human]]. So swords like this manifest as extremely powerful - and [[{{Bishounen}} beautiful]] - "Sword Warriors".

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* ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' normally plays this straight, but it's averted by the ''TRY'' season of the anime - -- the "Bow of Light" is the most powerful of the five Darkstar weapons.
* There are a few of these in ''Anime/ToukenRanbuHanamaru''. The catch? They're not props, they're characters. All of the characters are [[MoeAnthropomorphism historic Japanese swords turned human]]. So swords like this manifest as extremely powerful - -- and [[{{Bishounen}} beautiful]] - -- "Sword Warriors". Warriors."



** Stormbringer in the ''Literature/ElricOfMelnibone'' stories.
** The Sword of the Dawn in the ''Hawkmoon'' stories.
** Stormbringer returns to be wielded by Urlik Skarsol in the ''Phoenix in Obsidian'' series.
* Lightbringer in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' However, [[spoiler: it's a fake.]]

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** Stormbringer in the ''Literature/ElricOfMelnibone'' ''[[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melniboné]]'' stories.
** The Sword of the Dawn in the ''Hawkmoon'' ''[[Literature/TheHistoryOfTheRunestaff Hawkmoon]]'' stories.
** Stormbringer returns to be wielded by Urlik Skarsol in the ''Phoenix in Obsidian'' ''The Eternal Champion'' (Erekosë) series.
* Lightbringer in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' However, [[spoiler: it's [[spoiler:it's a fake.]]fake]].



* The ''Literature/SwordOfTruth''. Besides being an AbsurdlySharpSword, it's unbreakable, can under certain circumstances confer the skills of previous wielders on the current wielder, can act as a bit of a MoralityPet, and is also [[spoiler: the counter to Chainfire and the key to Orden]].

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* The ''Literature/SwordOfTruth''. Literature/SwordOfTruth. Besides being an AbsurdlySharpSword, it's unbreakable, can under certain circumstances confer the skills of previous wielders on the current wielder, can act as a bit of a MoralityPet, and is also [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the counter to Chainfire and the key to Orden]].



* Excalibur in the KingArthur stories.

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* Excalibur in the KingArthur Myth/KingArthur stories.



** While Caliburn made a lot more sense, back when Arthur was the leader of a band of warriors, not a King with a bunch of knights, Excalibur ends up being mostly symbolic. Pulling it from the stone (a common theme throughout the stories, lots of knights pull swords out of stones) represents him being King by Divine Right, and being handed the new sword by the Lady of the Lake... is mostly included to make the two versions coexist, but fits in with Merlin's arch. Point is, most combat from Malory on has knights fighting with lances, halberds, and other more knightly weapons, and Arthur not actually using the sword to often (he is King, not a knight).
*** {{Excalibur|InTheStone}}, the sword(+scabbard) KingArthur got from the Lady of the Lake never breaks. It's the sword he pulls from the stone (often called Caliburn) that breaks by itself because King Arthur is about to use it against the code of chivalry.

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** While Caliburn made a lot more sense, back when Arthur was the leader of a band of warriors, not a King king with a bunch of knights, Excalibur ends up being mostly symbolic. Pulling it from the stone (a common theme throughout the stories, lots of knights pull swords out of stones) represents him being King by Divine Right, and being handed the new sword by the Lady of the Lake... is mostly included to make the two versions coexist, but fits in with Merlin's arch. Point is, most combat from Malory on has knights fighting with lances, halberds, and other more knightly weapons, and Arthur not actually using the sword to often (he is King, not a knight).
*** {{Excalibur|InTheStone}}, the sword(+scabbard) KingArthur sword (plus scabbard) King Arthur got from the Lady of the Lake never breaks. It's the sword he pulls from the stone (often called Caliburn) that breaks by itself because King Arthur is about to use it against the code of chivalry.



* Falchion, Durandal, Sol Katti, Ragnell, and Alondite in ''Franchise/FireEmblem''. All legendary weapons, only usable by one character each, and (often) the only weapon that can damage the final boss.

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* Falchion, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fal]][[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening chion]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Tyrfing, the Book of Naga]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe the Binding Blade, Durandal, Armads, Sol Katti, Katti]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ragnell, Alondite]], and Alondite [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Yato]] in ''Franchise/FireEmblem''. All legendary weapons, only usable by one character each, each (with some exceptions depending on the game [[note]]the Legendary Weapons of Elibe first appear in ''The Binding Blade'', where anyone with a S Rank in the respective weapon type can use 7 of the 8 weapons available, but in the prequel ''Blazing Sword'', Durandal and Armads are exclusive to Eliwood and Hector, and another Legendary Weapon, Forblaze, is Athos's personal tome; Alondite is initially an enemy-only weapon, but is obtainable in ''Radiant Dawn'' after the Black Knight is defeated in Rebirth 2 and can be wielded by a character with a SS Rank in swords; Armads and Ragnell, along with the Twelve Holy Weapons of Jugdral, later reappear in ''Awakening'' as S-Rank weapons with no other unit restrictions (or the [[HeroicLineage Holy Blood]] mechanic from ''Genealogy of the Holy War'')[[/note]]) and (often) the only weapon that can damage the final boss.



* In pretty much every game in the ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'', the weapon with the most attack power is ''always'' a sword and only the hero (provided he's promoted to his Hero class) may wield it.
** Averted in the ''VideoGame/ShiningSoul'' editions though, where the main character can be multiple classes.
* The ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' has Soul Edge and Soul Calibur. The plot of the games is driven by the swords and those who seek them out. While Soul Edge and Soul Calibur can transform into other weapons to suit their wielders, their default forms are swords.

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* In pretty much every game in the ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'', ''Franchise/{{Shining|Series}}'' series, the weapon with the most attack power is ''always'' a sword and only the hero (provided [[PrestigeClass he's promoted to his Hero class) class]]) may wield it.
** Averted in the ''VideoGame/ShiningSoul'' editions though, editions, however, where the main character can be multiple classes.
* The ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' ''VideoGame/{{Soul|Series}}'' series has Soul Edge and Soul Calibur. The plot of the games is driven by the swords and those who seek them out. While Soul Edge and Soul Calibur [[MorphWeapon can transform into other weapons to suit their wielders, wielders]], their default forms are swords.



* In season two of the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', guess what weapon is the symbol of the Immortal who originally defeated Shendu? Go on, guess! Hint: [[spoiler: It's the same kind of weapon that, when properly ensorcelled, Jackie used to both exorcize the demon from Valmont, and re-banish him to another dimension.]]

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* In season two Season 2 of the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', guess what weapon is the symbol of the Immortal who originally defeated Shendu? Go on, guess! Hint: [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's the same kind of weapon that, when properly ensorcelled, Jackie used to both exorcize the demon from Valmont, and re-banish him to another dimension.]]
23rd Mar '17 7:35:02 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' the best weapon in the core game is between an Easter Egg long sword (the normal powered version is good too though), the main quest important hammer (which requires a special glove be worn with it so it doesn't kill you and drains your fatigue even if you have the glove) and a dagger that does 1.5 the damage of either, but needs to recharge after 11 hits. The limitations make the sword the best choice.
** The first expansion pack ups the power by giving you 2 unique uber swords that have 20-75 damage (plus 30 fire damage) and swing fast but no other high end weapons (oh and one of the swords [[spoiler:belonged to your previous incarnation]]). The 2nd expansion pack gives a spear that is blatantly inferior doing only 40-60 damage with some gimmicky enchantments that often backfire thanks to the reflect on high level foes (and is a two handed weapon!) that isn't very fast to attack with.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' plays with it. There are two options clearly designed to be the best weapon in game's top weapons, both swords: the core game is between an Easter Egg long sword (the normal powered version is good too though), the main quest important hammer one-handed EasterEgg upgrade for Goldbrand called Eltonbrand (which requires is a special glove be worn [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana to boot]]), and the two-handed "Paladin's Blade" Chrysamere. In practice, however, there are other weapons which can surpass those two (such as the blunt-weapon Sunder or the short-blade Black Hands Dagger) due to their enchantments, faster attacking speed, etc. Played with it so it doesn't kill you and drains because, if you've been focusing on increasing your fatigue even if you have the glove) and a dagger that does 1.5 the damage of either, but needs to recharge after 11 hits. The limitations make Long Blade skill, the sword options will still be better than the best choice.
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others because you're more skilled with that type of weapon. The first ''Tribunal'' expansion pack ups then adds the power by giving SwordOfPlotAdvancement FlamingSword True Flame, which you 2 unique uber swords that have 20-75 damage (plus 30 fire damage) reforge with the intent of using it to kill a ''god''. After completing the expansion's main quest, you'll also get it's twin, the [[ShockAndAwe Lightning Sword]] Hopesfire. Unlike Eltonbrand and swing fast but no other high end weapons (oh Chrysamere, which require a time-consuming GuideDangIt sidequest and one completing the Imperial Legion faction questline, respectively, Trueflame and Hopesfire are simply handed to you during the main plot of the swords [[spoiler:belonged to your previous incarnation]]). The 2nd expansion pack gives a spear that is blatantly inferior doing only 40-60 damage with some gimmicky enchantments that often backfire thanks to the reflect on high level foes (and is a two handed weapon!) that isn't very fast to attack with.expansion.
12th Jan '17 9:50:47 PM lavendermintrose
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* There are a few of these in ''Anime/ToukenRanbuHanamaru''. The catch? They're not props, they're characters. All of the characters are MoeAnthropomorphisms of historic Japanese swords. So swords like this manifest as extremely powerful - and [[{{Bishounen}} beautiful]] - "Sword Warriors".

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* There are a few of these in ''Anime/ToukenRanbuHanamaru''. The catch? They're not props, they're characters. All of the characters are MoeAnthropomorphisms of [[MoeAnthropomorphism historic Japanese swords.swords turned human]]. So swords like this manifest as extremely powerful - and [[{{Bishounen}} beautiful]] - "Sword Warriors".
12th Jan '17 9:50:13 PM lavendermintrose
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* There are a few of these in ''Anime/ToukenRanbuHanamaru''. The catch? They're not props, they're characters. All of the characters are MoeAnthropomorphisms of historic Japanese swords. So swords like this manifest as extremely powerful - and [[{{Bishounen}} beautiful]] - "Sword Warriors".
20th Dec '16 11:14:42 PM Xtifr
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* Dyrnwyn in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''.

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* Dyrnwyn in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''.''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain''.
3rd May '15 6:12:45 PM Smurfton
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* Averted in [[CelticMythology Irish myth]]; while their are plenty of powerful magical swords, such as Fragarach and Caladbolg, Cu Chulainn's spear [[BladeOnAStick Gae Bolge]] is probably the most enduringly famous weapon in the mythos.

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* Averted in [[CelticMythology [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish myth]]; while their are plenty of powerful magical swords, such as Fragarach and Caladbolg, Cu Chulainn's spear [[BladeOnAStick Gae Bolge]] is probably the most enduringly famous weapon in the mythos.
31st Mar '15 2:14:11 AM Spencerdoken
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* Averted in [[CelticMythology Irish myth]]; while their are plenty of powerful magical swords, such as Fragarach and Caladbolg, Cu Chulainn's spear [[BladeOnAStick Gae Bolge]] is probably the most enduringly famous weapon in the mythos.
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