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15th Jul '16 11:18:18 PM psionycx
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* In ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'', receiving his father's lightsaber is part of Luke's CallToAdventure near the end of act 1.

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* In ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber is this:
** In ''Film/ANewHope'',
receiving his father's lightsaber is part of Luke's CallToAdventure near the end of act 1.1.
** Again in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Rey is actually drawn to the saber, and has an intense vision when she first touches it.
21st Jun '16 2:29:55 AM Strafe2409
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* Several Heisei ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series have the main character gain his SuperMode via the acquisition of a unique and powerful sword, hence the FanNickname "[=SwordGrade=]" ('''sword''' + up'''grade'''). Examples include Faiz's Faiz Blaster (doubles as a {{BFG}}!), Hibiki's Armed Saber, and Den-O's [=DenKamen=] Sword; Kabuto's Perfect Zecter and Kiva's Zanvat Sword are typically counted despite coming ''after'' the Rider got his SuperMode. The stand-outs are Decade (who uses the same weapon in all his forms, even when he [[MegaManning copies another Rider]]), Gaim (whose penultimate form Kachidoki Arms gets the unique weapon, but his final form Kiwami Arms can also use it due to being a WalkingArmory) and Drive (like Gaim, his ultra-weapon is shared between the penultimate Type Formula and final form Type Tridoron, and on top of that it's a {{BFG}} rather than a sword). The rest [[note]]Agito [[ShiningGoodness Shining Form]], Blade King Form, Double [=CycloneJoker=] Xtreme, OOO [=PuToTyra=] Combo, Fourze Cosmic States, and Wizard Infinity Style[[/note]] have swords (or in OOO and Wizard's cases, axes) that are part of their SuperMode's powers, rather than the source of them.

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* Several Heisei ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series have the main character gain his SuperMode via the acquisition of a unique and powerful sword, hence the FanNickname "[=SwordGrade=]" ('''sword''' + up'''grade'''). Examples include [[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Faiz's Faiz Blaster Blaster]] (doubles as a {{BFG}}!), [[Series/KamenRiderHibiki Hibiki's Armed Saber, Saber]], and [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O's [=DenKamen=] Sword; DenKamen Sword]]. [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Kabuto's Perfect Zecter Zecter]] and [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva's Zanvat Sword Sword]] are typically counted despite coming ''after'' the Rider got gets his SuperMode. The stand-outs are [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Decade]], [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Gaim]], [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Drive]], and [[Series/KamenRiderGhost Ghost]]. Decade (who uses the same weapon in all his forms, even when he [[MegaManning [[PowerCopying copies another Rider]]), Gaim (whose Rider]]. Gaim's penultimate form Kachidoki Arms gets the unique weapon, but his final form Kiwami Arms can also use it due to being a WalkingArmory) and Drive (like WalkingArmory. Drive, like Gaim, his ultra-weapon is shared between the penultimate Type Formula and final form Type Tridoron, and on top of that it's a {{BFG}} rather than a sword). sword. Ghost, similar to Decade, both Grateful Damashii and Mugen Damashii uses the same weapon in most of his forms. The rest [[note]]Agito [[note]][[Series/KamenRiderAgito Agito]] [[ShiningGoodness Shining Form]], [[Series/KamenRiderBlade Blade King Form, Form]], [[Series/KamenRiderDouble Double [=CycloneJoker=] Xtreme, CycloneJokerXtreme]], [[Series/KamenRiderOOO OOO [=PuToTyra=] Combo, PuToTyra Combo]], [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Fourze Cosmic States, States]], and [[Series/KamenRiderWizard Wizard Infinity Style[[/note]] Style]][[/note]] have swords (or in OOO and Wizard's cases, axes) that are part of their SuperMode's powers, rather than the source of them.
7th Jun '16 1:21:53 PM X2X
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has Cecil receive the Legend sword (or Mythgraven sword, for the remake) when he becomes a paladin. Though it can eventually be reforged into the Excalibur, second (or third, depending on the version) best sword in the game.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has Cecil receive the Legend sword (or Mythgraven sword, for Blade in the remake) when he becomes a paladin. Paladin. Though it can eventually be reforged into the Excalibur, second the [[InfinityMinusOneSword second]]-[[PenultimateWeapon best]] (or third, depending on the version) best sword in the game.



** ''VideoGame/CrisisCore: Final Fantasy VII'' has Zack obtain the almighty Buster Sword after [[spoiler:he is forced to defeat his mentor, Angeal.]] It doesn't do anything to his stats, but its acquisition is mandatory. Interestingly, by the time of ''Final Fantasy VII'', the Buster Sword is Cloud's ''weakest'' sword.

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** ''VideoGame/CrisisCore: Final Fantasy VII'' has Zack obtain the almighty Buster Sword after [[spoiler:he is forced to defeat his mentor, Angeal.]] It doesn't do anything to his stats, but its acquisition is mandatory. Interestingly, by the time of ''Final Fantasy VII'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the Buster Sword is Cloud's ''weakest'' sword.
6th Jun '16 5:06:48 PM SpinAttaxx
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** And in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', you are [[spoiler: forced to catch (not defeat) your version legendary]] before you're allowed to battle [[spoiler: N and his legendary]].
** The above occurs again in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' where you must [[spoiler: capture your version legendary]] before you can battle [[spoiler: Flare Boss Lysandre]].
* ''Realmz''

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** And in In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', you are [[spoiler: forced to catch (not defeat) your version legendary]] before ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', and ''Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire''[='=]s Delta Episode, you're allowed ''required'' to battle [[spoiler: N catch the mascot legendary in order to proceed. Unlike other legendary Pokémon, defeating them in these scenarios causes them to respawn instantly, they give out no experience, and his legendary]].
** The above occurs again in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' where you must [[spoiler: capture your version legendary]] before you can battle [[spoiler: Flare Boss Lysandre]].
[[AntiFrustrationFeatures they have a slightly higher catch rate (45 as opposed to 3)]].
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17th Apr '16 4:23:15 AM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/PhoenixRising'', the last act begins when Kyri sets out to confront her parents' murderers, having completed her quest to find the Spiritsmith and obtain a sword and armor suitable to her new role as a [[ThePaladin Justiciar]].
11th Mar '16 12:01:18 AM M84
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* ''Videogame/PillarsOfEternity'' ''White Marches Part II'' has Abydon's Hammer. You get it near the end of the main questline of the expansion, and it is the means by which you deal with the threat that was awakened when you restarted the White Forge.
7th Mar '16 6:42:01 PM Korados
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Alternatively, it may be gained at the beginning of the [[ThreeActStructure Second Act]], if it is important to game mechanics, and marks the beginning of the adventure proper.

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Alternatively, it may be gained at the beginning of the [[ThreeActStructure Second Act]], Act, if it is important to game mechanics, and marks the beginning of the adventure proper.



It contrasts with the InfinityPlusOneSword, which is optional to the plot and is collected long after the protagonist ceases to require it. It is, however, somewhat of a headscratcher when said InfinityPlusOneSword (and even the InfinityMinusOneSword) is stronger; see PenultimateWeapon.

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It contrasts with the InfinityPlusOneSword, which is optional to the plot and is collected long after the protagonist ceases to require it. It is, however, somewhat of a headscratcher when said InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Sword (and even the InfinityMinusOneSword) is stronger; see PenultimateWeapon.
26th Feb '16 2:30:11 AM LinTaylor
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* Several Heisei ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series have the main character gain his SuperMode via the acquisition of a unique and powerful sword, hence the FanNickname "[=SwordGrade=]" ('''sword''' + up'''grade'''). Examples include Faiz's Faiz Blaster (doubles as a {{BFG}}!), Hibiki's Armed Saber, and Den-O's [=DenKamen=] Sword; Kabuto's Perfect Zecter and Kiva's Zanvat Sword are typically counted despite coming ''after'' the Rider got his SuperMode. The rest [[note]]Agito [[ShiningGoodness Shining Form]], Blade King Form, Double CJX, OOO [=PuToTyra=], Fourze Cosmic, and Wizard Infinity[[/note]] have swords (or in OOO and Wizard's cases, axes) that are part of their powers, rather than the source of them. The stand-outs are Decade, who uses the same weapon in all his forms, and Gaim, whose penultimate form gets the unique weapon (though his final form can also use it due to being a WalkingArmory).

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* Several Heisei ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series have the main character gain his SuperMode via the acquisition of a unique and powerful sword, hence the FanNickname "[=SwordGrade=]" ('''sword''' + up'''grade'''). Examples include Faiz's Faiz Blaster (doubles as a {{BFG}}!), Hibiki's Armed Saber, and Den-O's [=DenKamen=] Sword; Kabuto's Perfect Zecter and Kiva's Zanvat Sword are typically counted despite coming ''after'' the Rider got his SuperMode. The stand-outs are Decade (who uses the same weapon in all his forms, even when he [[MegaManning copies another Rider]]), Gaim (whose penultimate form Kachidoki Arms gets the unique weapon, but his final form Kiwami Arms can also use it due to being a WalkingArmory) and Drive (like Gaim, his ultra-weapon is shared between the penultimate Type Formula and final form Type Tridoron, and on top of that it's a {{BFG}} rather than a sword). The rest [[note]]Agito [[ShiningGoodness Shining Form]], Blade King Form, Double CJX, [=CycloneJoker=] Xtreme, OOO [=PuToTyra=], [=PuToTyra=] Combo, Fourze Cosmic, Cosmic States, and Wizard Infinity[[/note]] Infinity Style[[/note]] have swords (or in OOO and Wizard's cases, axes) that are part of their SuperMode's powers, rather than the source of them. The stand-outs are Decade, who uses the same weapon in all his forms, and Gaim, whose penultimate form gets the unique weapon (though his final form can also use it due to being a WalkingArmory).them.
11th Feb '16 11:56:39 PM RaisenRhaasen
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* The starred sword in ''Literature/The Riddle-MasterTrilogy''.

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* The starred sword in ''Literature/The Riddle-MasterTrilogy''.''Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy''.
12th Jan '16 9:16:13 AM Soldancer
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* In early editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', Artifacts were meant to be this. Rather than just supremely powerful magic items (which, admittedly, they were), every Artifact had a backstory and usually some kind of curse or other condition that made life... "interesting" for anyone who ended up with one in their possession. The Hand and Eye of Vecna, for example, slowly drove their bearers to recreate Vecna's fallen empire (with plenty of tyranny along the way). Or digging up pieces of the Rod of Seven Parts caught the attention of various powerful demons since it was used to bind the essence of their greatest lord. An Artifact was something that entire campaigns were meant to turn around, and were never meant to be treated as just another step up in power for a PlayerCharacter.

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* In early editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', Artifacts were meant to be this. Rather than just supremely powerful magic items (which, admittedly, they were), every Artifact had a backstory and usually some kind of curse or other condition that made life... "interesting" for anyone who ended up with one in their possession. For example, [[AppendageAssimilation The Hand and Eye of Vecna, for example, Vecna]], once merged with their new host, slowly drove their bearers to recreate Vecna's fallen empire (with plenty of tyranny along the way). Or digging up pieces of the Rod of Seven Parts caught the attention of various powerful demons since it was used to bind the essence of their greatest lord. An Artifact was something that entire campaigns were meant to turn around, and were never meant to be treated as just another step up in power for a PlayerCharacter.
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