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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.
23rd Mar '15 11:25:27 AM WillKeaton
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* In a somewhat meta example VisualNovel/FateStayNight has the Saber class of Servant noted as being the strongest and having the best record in previous iterations of the Holy Grail War.

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* In a somewhat meta example VisualNovel/FateStayNight ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has the Saber class of Servant noted as being the strongest and having the best record in previous iterations of the Holy Grail War.
23rd Mar '15 11:24:08 AM WillKeaton
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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.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind' ''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.
31st Jan '15 9:11:57 PM Generality
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* And in Creator/JimButcher's other series ''Literature/CodexAlera'', high Lords, including the First Lord often wield a ''FlamingSword'' when going into battle. Here, the sword itself is a typical sword, but their Furycrafting imbues it with fire.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novels, there are 3 Swords of the Cross. When wielded by the appropriate people, and doing God's work, they are well-nigh invulnerable and unstoppable, as seen in "Changes" when [[spoiler:Karrin Murphy]] wielding one, takes down several high Red Court nobles who are nearly {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in terms of power.

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* And in Creator/JimButcher's other series ''Literature/CodexAlera'', In the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, high Lords, including the First Lord often wield a ''FlamingSword'' when going into battle. Here, the sword itself is a typical sword, but their Furycrafting imbues it with fire.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novels, * And in Creator/JimButcher's other series ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', there are 3 Swords of the Cross. When wielded by the appropriate people, and doing God's work, they are well-nigh invulnerable and unstoppable, as seen in "Changes" when [[spoiler:Karrin Murphy]] wielding one, takes down several high Red Court nobles who are nearly {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in terms of power.
21st Apr '14 12:11:51 PM aurora369
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** Justified in that in the real Middle Ages, the sword was the weapon of choice of the feudal nobility, and most ASoIaF characters are exactly that. The Valyrian swords are rare weapons, and no common knight or mercenary can hope to have one.

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** Justified in that in the real Middle Ages, the sword was the weapon of choice of the feudal nobility, and most ASoIaF [=ASoIaF=] characters are exactly that. The Valyrian swords are rare weapons, and no common knight or mercenary can hope to have one.one, unless that knight receives one as gift from a high lord (we're looking at you, Brienne of Tarth).
21st Apr '14 12:09:51 PM aurora369
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** Justified in that in the real Middle Ages, the sword was the weapon of choice of the feudal nobility, and most ASoIaF characters are exactly that. The Valyrian swords are rare weapons, and no common knight or mercenary can hope to have one.
21st Dec '13 11:28:35 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* ''{{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.

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* ''{{Slayers}}'' ''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.
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* Dyrnwyn in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''.
* And in Creator/JimButcher's other series ''Literature/CodexAlera'', high Lords, including the First Lord often wield a ''FlamingSword'' when going into battle. Here, the sword itself is a typical sword, but their Furycrafting imbues it with fire.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novels, there are 3 Swords of the Cross. When wielded by the appropriate people, and doing God's work, they are well-nigh invulnerable and unstoppable, as seen in "Changes" when [[spoiler:Karrin Murphy]] wielding one, takes down several high Red Court nobles who are nearly {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in terms of power.



** Stormbringer in the Literature/ElricOfMelnibone stories.

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** Stormbringer in the Literature/ElricOfMelnibone ''Literature/ElricOfMelnibone'' stories.
** The Sword of the Dawn in the ''Hawkmoon''
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** The Sword of the Dawn in the Hawkmoon stories.
* Dyrnwyn in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''.
* In the ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' novels, there are 3 Swords of the Cross. When wielded by the appropriate people, and doing God's work, they are well-nigh invulnerable and unstoppable, as seen in "Changes" when [[spoiler:Karrin Murphy]] wielding one, takes down several high Red Court nobles who are nearly {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in terms of power.
* And in Creator/JimButcher's other series ''Literature/CodexAlera'', high Lords, including the First Lord often wield a ''FlamingSword'' when going into battle. Here, the sword itself is a typical sword, but their Furycrafting imbues it with fire.
* Lightbringer in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' However, [[spoiler: it's a fake.]]

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** The Sword of the Dawn in the Hawkmoon stories.
* Dyrnwyn in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''.
* In the ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' novels, there are 3 Swords of the Cross. When wielded by the appropriate people, and doing God's work, they are well-nigh invulnerable and unstoppable, as seen in "Changes" when [[spoiler:Karrin Murphy]] wielding one, takes down several high Red Court nobles who are nearly {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in terms of power.
* And in Creator/JimButcher's other series ''Literature/CodexAlera'', high Lords, including the First Lord often wield a ''FlamingSword'' when going into battle. Here, the sword itself is a typical sword, but their Furycrafting imbues it with fire.
* Lightbringer in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' However, [[spoiler: it's a fake.]]



* Callandor in ''TheWheelOfTime''. The Sword That Is Not A Sword is a sword-shaped crystal sa'angreal, and one of the most powerful, though flawed. Surprisingly, it still functions as a melee weapon.

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* 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]].
* Callandor in ''TheWheelOfTime''.''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The Sword That Is Not A Sword is a sword-shaped crystal sa'angreal, and one of the most powerful, though flawed. Surprisingly, it still functions as a melee weapon.



* The ''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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*** Even on TvTropes, ExcaliburInTheStone. Excalibur, 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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*** Even on TvTropes, ExcaliburInTheStone. Excalibur, {{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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* As far as video games are concerned, both ''DragonQuest'' and ''FinalFantasy'' helped codify this concept to a T, right down to having swords be ''the'' weapon type that helps strike down the BigBad (alongside some LastDiscMagic, of course).

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* The best recurring weapon in ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}'' (and usually the SwordOfPlotAdvancement) is the greatsword Demonslayer, both because of its high damage, and because a lot of the nastier boss monsters are demons. On the other hand, there are occasional one-off weapons that are more powerful (like Bloodthirster, a spear made by LizardFolk that does bonus damage to humans.)
* 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.
* As far as video games are concerned, both ''DragonQuest'' ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' and ''FinalFantasy'' ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' helped codify this concept to a T, right down to having swords be ''the'' weapon type that helps strike down the BigBad (alongside some LastDiscMagic, of course).



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



* ''NeverwinterNights2'' allows your character to use a wide range of weapons, but in the end you are stuck with the SwordOfPlotAdvancement, even if you are a mage (thankfully the sword gives abilities more along the lines of "boost intelligence" and "more spells" if you are one).

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* ''NeverwinterNights2'' allows your In a somewhat meta example VisualNovel/FateStayNight has the Saber class of Servant noted as being the strongest and having the best record in previous iterations of the Holy Grail War.
* Falchion, Durandal, Sol Katti, Ragnell, and Alondite in ''Franchise/FireEmblem''. All legendary weapons, only usable by one
character to use a wide range of weapons, but in each, and (often) the end you are stuck with only weapon that can damage the SwordOfPlotAdvancement, even if you are a mage (thankfully the sword gives abilities more along the lines of "boost intelligence" and "more spells" if you are one).final boss.



* The ''{{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.
* In ''{{Secret of Mana}}'', the only weapon that can be [[spoiler:infused with Mana Magic]] and therefore the only weapon that can harm the final boss is the sword.
* The best recurring weapon in ''{{Avernum}}'' (and usually the SwordOfPlotAdvancement) is the greatsword Demonslayer, both because of its high damage, and because a lot of the nastier boss monsters are demons. On the other hand, there are occasional one-off weapons that are more powerful (like Bloodthirster, a spear made by LizardFolk that does bonus damage to humans.)

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* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' intended to avert this, placing [[CarryABigStick clubs]] as the premiere weapons. The ''{{Disgaea}}'' games best available melee weapon over the course of a typical ascension will be a club. Though updates in recent years have had a bad case of this. There's always a long list of weapons available, with a variety of advantages and disadvantages, but added many swords always stand out as ''the best'' one way or comparable to the other. It was particularly bad in the first game, where best clubs, they can't take advantage of the most powerful sword available (The Yoshitsune) had more attack-power than weapon skills -- unless the most powerful axe (so much for being considered ''raw power'') AND had player has a special skill that enables them to grab them by the blade and wield them as clubs.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' allows your character to use a wide
range of 5 panels, far weapons, but in the end you are stuck with the SwordOfPlotAdvancement, even if you are a mage (thankfully the sword gives abilities more than any other non-ranged weapon with none of their handicaps. On top of that, along 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.
"boost intelligence" and "more spells" if you are one).
* In ''{{Secret of Mana}}'', ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', the only weapon that can be [[spoiler:infused with Mana Magic]] and therefore the only weapon that can harm the final boss is the sword.
* The best recurring In pretty much every game in the ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'', the weapon in ''{{Avernum}}'' (and usually with the SwordOfPlotAdvancement) most attack power is ''always'' a sword and only the greatsword Demonslayer, both because of its high damage, and because a lot of hero (provided he's promoted to his Hero class) may wield it.
** Averted in
the nastier boss monsters are demons. On ''VideoGame/ShiningSoul'' editions though, where the other hand, there are occasional one-off weapons that are more powerful (like Bloodthirster, a spear made by LizardFolk that does bonus damage to humans.)main character can be multiple classes.



* In a somewhat meta example VisualNovel/FateStayNight has the Saber class of Servant noted as being the strongest and having the best record in previous iterations of the Holy Grail War.
* KingdomOfLoathing intended to avert this, placing [[CarryABigStick clubs]] as the premiere weapons. The best available melee weapon over the course of a typical ascension will be a club. Though updates in recent years have added many swords comparable to the best clubs, they can't take advantage of the most powerful weapon skills -- unless the player has a special skill that enables them to grab them by the blade and wield them as clubs.

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* In a somewhat meta example VisualNovel/FateStayNight has the Saber class of Servant noted as being the strongest and having the best record in previous iterations of the Holy Grail War.
* KingdomOfLoathing intended to avert this, placing [[CarryABigStick clubs]] as the premiere weapons.
The best available melee weapon over the course of a typical ascension will be a club. Though updates Material Blades in recent years have added many swords comparable to the best clubs, they can't take advantage of the most powerful weapon skills -- unless the player has a special skill that enables them to grab them by the blade and wield them as clubs.
''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.



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* The new {{ThunderCats}} series treats the Sword of Omens as one such weapon. The EvilWeapon the Sword of Omens was forged to fight against is also a sword, namely the Sword of Plundaar.

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* The new {{ThunderCats}} series ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' treats the Sword of Omens as one such weapon. The EvilWeapon the Sword of Omens was forged to fight against is also a sword, namely the Sword of Plundaar.
Plundaar.
20th Nov '13 3:40:04 PM Vasha
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* MichaelMoorcock
** Stormbringer in the ElricOfMelnibone stories.

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* Dyrnwyn in ''TheChroniclesOfPrydain''.
* In the ''DresdenFiles'' novels, there are 3 Swords of the Cross. When wielded by the appropriate people, and doing God's work, they are well-nigh invulnerable and unstoppable, as seen in "Changes" when [[spoiler:Karrin Murphy]] wielding one, takes down several high Red Court nobles who are nearly {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in terms of power.
* And in JimButcher's other series ''Literature/CodexAlera'', high Lords, including the First Lord often wield a ''FlamingSword'' when going into battle. Here, the sword itself is a typical sword, but their Furycrafting imbues it with fire.

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* Dyrnwyn in ''TheChroniclesOfPrydain''.
the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''.
* In the ''DresdenFiles'' ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' novels, there are 3 Swords of the Cross. When wielded by the appropriate people, and doing God's work, they are well-nigh invulnerable and unstoppable, as seen in "Changes" when [[spoiler:Karrin Murphy]] wielding one, takes down several high Red Court nobles who are nearly {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in terms of power.
* And in JimButcher's Creator/JimButcher's other series ''Literature/CodexAlera'', high Lords, including the First Lord often wield a ''FlamingSword'' when going into battle. Here, the sword itself is a typical sword, but their Furycrafting imbues it with fire.
22nd Aug '13 6:17:57 PM Discar
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There's always that one rule in fantasy worlds that no matter what other, more potent weapon types that exist, the sword is the one weapon type that is always held as the standard by which the others are judged, usually due to some ancient InfinityPlusOneSword that just so happens to exist. Yeah, that's right, even compared to a powerful WaveMotionGun or a crossbow shooting explosive shells, the fine blade always comes out on top. It becomes all the more persistent in a world where HeroesPreferSwords and corresponds with the main character being a sword user, in cases where the overall weapon type roster is of limited availability to characters.

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There's always that one rule in fantasy worlds that no matter what other, more potent weapon types that exist, the sword is the one weapon type that is always held as the standard by which the others are judged, usually due to some ancient InfinityPlusOneSword that just so happens to exist. Yeah, that's right, even compared to a powerful WaveMotionGun or a crossbow shooting explosive shells, the fine blade always comes out on top. It becomes all the more persistent in a world where HeroesPreferSwords and corresponds with the main character being a sword user, in cases where the overall weapon type roster is of limited availability to characters.
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*** Even on TvTropes, ExcaliburInTheStone. Excalibur, 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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*** Even on TvTropes, ExcaliburInTheStone. Excalibur, 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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