History Main / WhipSword

13th Aug '16 12:52:58 PM Mhazard
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This type of weapon often falls squarely into AwesomeButImpractical, where you'd need a pretty impressive engineering setup to create a mechanism and spring capable of holding the sword in sword-form without violating basic structural integrity ''and'' capable of sending it out as a whip. As of yet, no one's managed to make a working model of such a weapon in RealLife (though some come close in principle), but fiction usually {{Hand wave}}s any structural issues through magic. The closest practical RealLife equivalents, like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_whip chain whip]] and Indian ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urumi Urumi,]]'' usually lack the cutting power of a sword or the reach of a whip.

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This type of weapon often falls squarely into AwesomeButImpractical, where you'd need a pretty impressive engineering setup to create a mechanism and spring capable of holding the sword in sword-form without violating basic structural integrity ''and'' capable of sending it out as a whip. As of yet, no one's managed to make a working model of such a weapon in RealLife (though some come close in principle), but fiction usually {{Hand wave}}s any structural issues through magic.magic, or [[MagneticWeapon electromagnets]]. The closest practical RealLife equivalents, like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_whip chain whip]] and Indian ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urumi Urumi,]]'' usually lack the cutting power of a sword or the reach of a whip.
28th Jun '16 12:09:49 AM Mitis
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* Ohm of ''Manga/OnePiece'' used an Eisen Dial, which could produce the extremely strong and yet extremely flexible iron cloud, as his main weapon. He primarily turned it into a flexible strip of iron to use as a whip, while using his mantra to pinpoint an enemy's location.
** Snake from movie 3 has a more standard snake sword.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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Ohm of ''Manga/OnePiece'' from the Skypiea used an Eisen Dial, which could produce the extremely strong and yet extremely flexible iron cloud, as his main weapon. He primarily turned it into a flexible strip of iron to use as a whip, while using his mantra to pinpoint an enemy's location.
** Snake from movie Movie 3 has a more standard snake sword.
** Foxy's Slow-Slow Beam Sword is this; it doesn't hurt on its own, but it does channel his [[TimeStandsStill Slowmo Photons]] with more precision.
** Funkfreed the AttackAnimal-sword is something like this in his hybrid form. Probably something like stretching his literally elephantine mass out as an impossibly long
sword.
24th May '16 12:34:42 PM CerberusTheGiraffe
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* The Red Rising trilogy written by Pierce Brown features swords called Razors, which is about a meter long and can be toggled to change shape. The blade can be stiff like a sword or lose like a whip.
18th May '16 2:25:22 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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But then again, making a whip sword is only half the battle, since you would need extensive training to actually ''use'' it or else you'd be more likely to hurt yourself than anything you're trying to hit. This is not impossible in real life, however, as demonstrated by the use of the Urumi weapon by the Indian [[DeadliestWarrior Rajputs]], but will likely speak more of the extreme skill of the wielder than any inherent practicality.

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But then again, making a whip sword is only half the battle, since you would need extensive training to actually ''use'' it or else you'd be more likely to hurt yourself than anything you're trying to hit. This is not impossible in real life, however, as demonstrated by the use of the Urumi weapon by the Indian [[DeadliestWarrior [[Series/DeadliestWarrior Rajputs]], but will likely speak more of the extreme skill of the wielder than any inherent practicality.
18th Apr '16 11:32:23 AM Mitis
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* Ohm of ''Manga/OnePiece'' had a sword with a Milky Dial in the hilt that could shape-shift into many forms. He primarily turned it into a flexible strip of iron to use as a whip, while using his mantra to pinpoint an enemy's location.

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* Ohm of ''Manga/OnePiece'' had a sword with a Milky Dial in the hilt that used an Eisen Dial, which could shape-shift into many forms.produce the extremely strong and yet extremely flexible iron cloud, as his main weapon. He primarily turned it into a flexible strip of iron to use as a whip, while using his mantra to pinpoint an enemy's location.
8th Mar '16 12:58:19 AM WhosAsking
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* Cho, the sword {{Otaku}} member of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Juppongatana]] in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' possesses a super-thin sword that can be utilized as a whip. When not using it, he wears the sword as a belt.

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* Cho, the sword {{Otaku}} member of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Juppongatana]] in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' possesses a super-thin sword that can be utilized as a whip.whip (likely based on the ''urumi''; see also "Real Life"). When not using it, he wears the sword as a belt.
7th Mar '16 1:30:20 PM GrammarNavi
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* One of [[WeaponOfChoice signature weapons]] of Madoka Mawari in {{TenjouTenge}} is a WhipSword that doubles as a {{BFS}} (especially with her small stature).

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* One of [[WeaponOfChoice signature weapons]] of Madoka Mawari in {{TenjouTenge}} Manga/TenjhoTenge is a WhipSword that doubles as a {{BFS}} (especially with her small stature).
1st Mar '16 11:32:57 PM RayneCyro
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** ''The Old Hunters'' DLC adds another in the form of the Beast Cutter, often described as the Threaded Cane's roid-raging older brother. Where the Threaded Cane is a nimble, agile SwordCane, the Beast Cutter is [[{{BFS}} basically a great honking slab of iron on a stick,]] [[SerratedBladeOfPain with some saw teeth cut into it for good measure.]] Likewise, its whip mode is both bigger and slower than the Threaded Cane's, but makes up for that lack of speed by hitting like a freight train at ranges beyond even those of its counterpart, along with a much higher tendency to stagger enemies.
1st Feb '16 1:36:04 AM ZeroWizard
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* ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' obliges this with the Kyoryumaru, which is used by any Shinkenger in Hyper Form. Based on a dinosaur-based mecha, it moves like a snake and strikes with its teeth (rather than anything particularly dinosaur-like.)

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* ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' obliges this with the Kyoryumaru, which is used by any Shinkenger in Hyper Form. Based on a dinosaur-based mecha, it moves like a snake and strikes with its teeth (rather than anything particularly dinosaur-like.)dinosaur-like).
31st Jan '16 6:15:57 PM Quanyails
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