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10th Jul '17 10:58:23 AM WhosAsking
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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has vibroblades... usually used as practical tools, they do a fine job of carving up flesh, too, and some [[PoweredArmor Battle Armor]] suits mount vibroclaws for hand-to-hand combat. There are also [[HumongousMecha Battlemech]] sized vibroblades, but they're rarely seen outside of arena combat.

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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has vibroblades... usually used as practical tools, they do a fine job of carving up flesh, too, and some [[PoweredArmor Battle Armor]] suits mount vibroclaws for hand-to-hand combat. There are also [[HumongousMecha Battlemech]] sized vibroblades, but they're rarely seen outside of arena combat.combat because few mechs get into melee range in real combat situations.
24th Jun '17 12:02:03 PM nombretomado
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* The SuperPrototype Lancelot from ''CodeGeass'' uses [[DualWielding twin]] "Maser Vibration Swords", initially making it the only powered weapon-wielding [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frame]] in the world. In the second season, similar blades are given to the Lancelot's production model version as well as the Ace Customs descended from it. The Guren SEITEN has a dagger version. The Black Knights were also able to get a Katana version developed for use with their newer frames, referred to as a Revolving Blade Sword, ostensibly developed from different technologies (it's really a ''[[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]'') and meant as a counter to the [=MVSs.=]

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* The SuperPrototype Lancelot from ''CodeGeass'' ''Anime/CodeGeass'' uses [[DualWielding twin]] "Maser Vibration Swords", initially making it the only powered weapon-wielding [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frame]] in the world. In the second season, similar blades are given to the Lancelot's production model version as well as the Ace Customs descended from it. The Guren SEITEN has a dagger version. The Black Knights were also able to get a Katana version developed for use with their newer frames, referred to as a Revolving Blade Sword, ostensibly developed from different technologies (it's really a ''[[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]'') and meant as a counter to the [=MVSs.=]
2nd Jun '17 1:15:05 AM PaulA
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* Vibroblades appear in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's 1940 novella ''If This Goes Onó''.

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* Vibroblades appear in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's 1940 novella ''If This Goes Onó''.''Literature/IfThisGoesOn''.
11th Apr '17 6:13:01 PM Getta
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Compare HotBlade, which uses heat instead of vibrations to cut better than a mundane sword. A subtrope of AbsurdCuttingPower. For lower-tech cutting weapons with moving parts, see ChainsawGood.

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A variant of this is blunt weapons (sometimes even the person's own body) that are charged with high frequency vibrations; in this case it's used to deliver higher striking power, as well as giving the target a violent dose of vibrations, which [[AntiArmor can bypass defenses]].

Compare HotBlade, which uses heat instead of vibrations to cut better than a mundane sword. A subtrope of AbsurdCuttingPower. For lower-tech cutting weapons with moving parts, see ChainsawGood.
ChainsawGood. For another weapon that uses vibrations, see SonicStunner.
8th Apr '17 6:00:20 PM nombretomado
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* They're also favored weapons in ''{{Rifts}}''. More like a necessity, given that everyone and their mother has body armor that can stop a tank shell. Strangely enough, depending on which book you look at (it's not terribly consistent) a vibro-blade doesn't actually shake the blade itself but surrounds it in a ''vibrating energy sheath'', bizarrely invalidating it for this trope by making it a sort of LaserBlade with a solid core.

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* They're also favored weapons in ''{{Rifts}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}''. More like a necessity, given that everyone and their mother has body armor that can stop a tank shell. Strangely enough, depending on which book you look at (it's not terribly consistent) a vibro-blade doesn't actually shake the blade itself but surrounds it in a ''vibrating energy sheath'', bizarrely invalidating it for this trope by making it a sort of LaserBlade with a solid core.
12th Mar '17 7:44:14 PM ChronoLegion
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* A common melee weapon of evil speedsters in Series/TheFlash2014, who vibrate their hands into lethal weapons. It also lets them become intangible leading to BloodlessCarnage as they attack internal organs like hearts instead of cutting apart bodies.

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* A common melee weapon of evil speedsters in Series/TheFlash2014, ''Series/TheFlash2014'', who vibrate their hands into lethal weapons. It also lets them become intangible leading to BloodlessCarnage as they attack internal organs like hearts instead of cutting apart bodies. Barry also learns this trick and uses it to defeat [[spoiler:Solovar, the ruler of Gorilla City,]] and [[spoiler:break one of Savitar's spikes]].
2nd Dec '16 1:54:18 PM Morgenthaler
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** In ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Outcast]]'', Luke mentions that cortosis is a very rare mineral, and Fyyar making a PowerArmor out of it is considered to be a highly-expensive feat. On the other hand, everybody and their mother in ''[=KotOR=]'' has a cortosis-woven blade. This can, presumably, be {{handwave}}d by saying that it wasn't so rare 4000 years before the movies' timeline, but that would indicate that an entire galaxy's supply of a mineral could be mined out in a few millennia. Then again, it is never specified how much cortosis is needed for one blade to make it lightsaber-resistant.



** ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'' features vibro''shields'' wielded by the Jedi's ChaoticNeutral [[{{Foil}} Counterpart]]s, the Akk Guards of Haruun Kal. [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Super-conducting metal shields]] with the edges sharpened and powered to vibrate so that they can slice and cut as well as block blaster-bolts, lightsabers and "slugs" [[note]] bullets.[[/note]] They're worn on the lower arms. Mace Windu comments that they're like twisted mirrors of Jedi lightsabers. He [[TheFettered uses his sword as a shield]], while these guys use their shields as swords. [[spoiler:They also subvert the idea that only a vibroblade can stop another vibroblade. In the end, the vibroshield-wielding villain attempts to block another vibroshield by knocking its cutting edge away with the broad portion of his own. The edge goes right through his shields, takes off both his hands at the wrists, and goes a fair way into his upper torso.]]


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* ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'' features vibro''shields'' wielded by the Jedi's ChaoticNeutral [[{{Foil}} Counterpart]]s, the Akk Guards of Haruun Kal. [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Super-conducting metal shields]] with the edges sharpened and powered to vibrate so that they can slice and cut as well as block blaster-bolts, lightsabers and "slugs" [[note]] bullets.[[/note]] They're worn on the lower arms. Mace Windu comments that they're like twisted mirrors of Jedi lightsabers. He [[TheFettered uses his sword as a shield]], while these guys use their shields as swords. [[spoiler:They also subvert the idea that only a vibroblade can stop another vibroblade. In the end, the vibroshield-wielding villain attempts to block another vibroshield by knocking its cutting edge away with the broad portion of his own. The edge goes right through his shields, takes off both his hands at the wrists, and goes a fair way into his upper torso.]]


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* In ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Outcast]]'', Luke mentions that cortosis is a very rare mineral, and Fyyar making a PowerArmor out of it is considered to be a highly-expensive feat. On the other hand, everybody and their mother in ''[=KotOR=]'' has a cortosis-woven blade. This can, presumably, be {{handwave}}d by saying that it wasn't so rare 4000 years before the movies' timeline, but that would indicate that an entire galaxy's supply of a mineral could be mined out in a few millennia. Then again, it is never specified how much cortosis is needed for one blade to make it lightsaber-resistant.
2nd Dec '16 1:52:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* In Robert Asprin's ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' books, they are common, starting from 3rd book. Anyone who wants to look {{Badass}} has a vibroknife and one of characters even mentions it in retrospection of his hooligan childhood.

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* In Robert Asprin's ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' books, they are common, starting from 3rd book. Anyone who wants to look {{Badass}} badass has a vibroknife and one of characters even mentions it in retrospection of his hooligan childhood.
11th Oct '16 4:31:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* Whilst Games Workshop is better known for their [[ChainsawGood chainsaw-gasms]], occasional characters in the fluff have had vibroweapons, including [[GauntsGhosts Tona Criid]].
* The ''WorldOfWarcraft'' table top roleplaying game features vibroweapons as a type of tech-mod that can be applied to swords and knives.

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* Whilst Games Workshop is better known for their [[ChainsawGood chainsaw-gasms]], occasional characters in the fluff have had vibroweapons, including [[GauntsGhosts [[Literature/GauntsGhosts Tona Criid]].
* The ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' table top roleplaying game features vibroweapons as a type of tech-mod that can be applied to swords and knives.
15th Sep '16 2:06:13 AM timotaka
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* In nature some species of leafcutter ants can vibrate their mandibles thousand times per second and use this to saw through leaves.
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