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1st Dec '16 5:13:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* A rather impudent bandit in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' tried to use one such sword to bully [[BadAss Teresa]]. He ''may'' [[SingleStrokeBattle have had time to regret it]].

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* A rather impudent bandit in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' tried to use one such sword to bully [[BadAss Teresa]].Teresa. He ''may'' [[SingleStrokeBattle have had time to regret it]].
20th Nov '16 8:50:01 PM Angeldeb82
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->''"[[SwordTropes Swords]] cannot reach far enough. [[ChainPain Chains]] cannot strike hard enough. An eternal dilemma, [[TakeAThirdOption but a simple one]]."''

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->''"[[SwordTropes Swords]] ->''"{{Sword|Tropes}}s cannot reach far enough. [[ChainPain Chains]] {{Chain|Pain}}s cannot strike hard enough. An eternal dilemma, [[TakeAThirdOption but a simple one]]."''



What's better than a [[WhipItGood whip]] or a [[HeroesPreferSwords sword]]? A [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs whip sword]], of course! They have the flexibility and [[VariableLengthChain long reach]] of a whip and the cutting power of a sword, meaning that all sorts of fancy tricks can be done with them while cutting people to pieces.

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, 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.

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What's better than a [[WhipItGood whip]] {{whip|ItGood}} or a [[HeroesPreferSwords sword]]? A [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs whip sword]], of course! They have the flexibility and [[VariableLengthChain long reach]] of a whip and the cutting power of a sword, meaning that all sorts of fancy tricks can be done with them while cutting people to pieces.

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, 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,]]'' Urumi]],'' usually lack the cutting power of a sword or the reach of a whip.



* [[VillainousCrossdresser Jakotsu]] in ''Manga/InuYasha'' has a sword referred to as the Jakotsu-to ("snake bone sword") with this capability. It consists of a crescent-bladed sword with about a dozen more crescent-blades linked tip to tip attached to it, allowing him to flick out a chain of cutting edges. Interestingly, it's the only (regularly-used) sword in the show that doesn't have any magical powers or get a magical upgrade.

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* [[VillainousCrossdresser [[CreepyCrossdresser Jakotsu]] in ''Manga/InuYasha'' has a sword referred to as the Jakotsu-to ("snake bone sword") with this capability. It consists of a crescent-bladed sword with about a dozen more crescent-blades linked tip to tip attached to it, allowing him to flick out a chain of cutting edges. Interestingly, it's the only (regularly-used) sword in the show that doesn't have any magical powers or get a magical upgrade.



* The ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series has Signum, whose sword can take the "Schlangenform" (Snake form) to split into segments and be used to form a whirlwind-like effect. She can also light it on ''[[FlamingSword fire]]''.

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* The ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series has Signum, whose sword can take the "Schlangenform" (Snake form) to split into segments and be used to form a whirlwind-like effect. She can also light it on ''[[FlamingSword fire]]''.''{{f|lamingSword}}ire''.



** Kimimaro has a rather morbid variation: he makes weapons out of his own bones, one of which is a WhipSword made by ''[[BodyHorror pulling out his own spinal cord]]''.

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** Kimimaro has a rather morbid variation: he makes weapons out of his own bones, one of which is a WhipSword Whip Sword made by ''[[BodyHorror pulling out his own spinal cord]]''.



* One of [[WeaponOfChoice signature weapons]] of Madoka Mawari in Manga/TenjhoTenge 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 Manga/TenjhoTenge is a WhipSword Whip Sword that doubles as a {{BFS}} (especially with her small stature).



** Mikoto Misaka can use her [[ShockAndAwe electrical]] powers to [[ExtraOreDinary magnetically]] form iron sand into whip ''[[ChainsawGood chainsaws]]''.

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** Mikoto Misaka can use her [[ShockAndAwe electrical]] powers to [[ExtraOreDinary magnetically]] form iron sand into whip ''[[ChainsawGood chainsaws]]''.''{{chainsaw|Good}}s''.



* Anita Mui's character from ''Film/HeroicTrio'' has one that can go from a straight blade to a WhipSword.

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* Anita Mui's character from ''Film/HeroicTrio'' has one that can go from a straight blade to a WhipSword.Whip Sword.



* The ''StarWars'' Expanded Universe has lightwhips, which are usually explained as being actual, physical (metal) whip strands - much more similar to a Warhammer 40K energy blade than a standard lightsaber. It's incredibly rare - only two characters have ever used it on a regular basis.

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* The ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' Expanded Universe has lightwhips, which are usually explained as being actual, physical (metal) whip strands - much more similar to a Warhammer 40K energy blade than a standard lightsaber. It's incredibly rare - only two characters have ever used it on a regular basis.



* Takenaka Hanbe from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' wields a whipsword to graceful yet devastating effect. Since he himeself is rather fragile, he tends to use its long range to attack people InTheBack.

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* Takenaka Hanbe from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' wields a whipsword to graceful yet devastating effect. Since he himeself himself is rather fragile, he tends to use its long range to attack people InTheBack.



* All of Jacques Blanc's weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}} 3'' are some variation on the WhipSword, ranging from spears to maces to the regular sword.

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* All of Jacques Blanc's weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}} 3'' are some variation on the WhipSword, Whip Sword, ranging from spears to maces to the regular sword.



* Nash Latkje, from the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series, is a man of many hats. In addition to training with [[MurderInc The Howling Voice Guild]] before becoming a spy ''a la'' Film/JamesBond--with a matching set of [[TheCharmer womanizing ways]]--he has, at points, used a WhipSword named ''[[GratuitousGerman Groß Fluß]]'' ("Gross Fluss", "big/great river"). While, at first glance, it seems to be a good weapon for a discrete spy, being easily concealed and flexible enough to be useful in closed spaces, Nash will warn allies to ''leave the room'' when he uses it, because it apparently triggers [[UnstoppableRage some sort of magical bloodthirst.]]

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* Nash Latkje, from the ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series, is a man of many hats. In addition to training with [[MurderInc The Howling Voice Guild]] before becoming a spy ''a la'' Film/JamesBond--with a matching set of [[TheCharmer womanizing ways]]--he has, at points, used a WhipSword Whip Sword named ''[[GratuitousGerman Groß Fluß]]'' ("Gross Fluss", "big/great river"). While, at first glance, it seems to be a good weapon for a discrete spy, being easily concealed and flexible enough to be useful in closed spaces, Nash will warn allies to ''leave the room'' when he uses it, because it apparently triggers [[UnstoppableRage some sort of magical bloodthirst.]]bloodthirst]].



*** Overly complicated rapiers with [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles Sparkles!]] At least, the Nebula (the most powerful such weapon) is.
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'', one of the weapons is a plasma whip. It's like the lightwhip from StarWars, only ten times more awesome. Chainblade, a boss in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]'', is an even better example, wielding ''[[DualWielding two]] Whip Swords.''.

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*** Overly complicated rapiers with [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles Sparkles!]] Sparkles]]! At least, the Nebula (the most powerful such weapon) is.
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'', one of the weapons is a plasma whip. It's like the lightwhip from StarWars, Franchise/StarWars, only ten times more awesome. Chainblade, a boss in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]'', is an even better example, wielding ''[[DualWielding two]] Whip Swords.''.



* The Xenon class in ''{{Maplestory}}'' has a whip blade as his class-specific weapon. He can extend, retract, run an electrical charge through it, and even make it [[StuffBlowingUp produce explosions]] for one of his skills. During his questline, he attempts to give a whip sword to Claudine, who refuses because of a sentimental attachment to her current weapon.

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* The Xenon class in ''{{Maplestory}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Maplestory}}'' has a whip blade as his class-specific weapon. He can extend, retract, run an electrical charge through it, and even make it [[StuffBlowingUp produce explosions]] for one of his skills. During his questline, he attempts to give a whip sword to Claudine, who refuses because of a sentimental attachment to her current weapon.
18th Sep '16 7:31:33 PM DeezNartz
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* ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'' introduces the Eagriser, Zyuoh Eagle's personal weapon. The Eagle Zyuman, Bard, also has his own version of the Eagriser as well.
6th Sep '16 2:43:05 AM rawnlq
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* Lots of it in [Zu Warriors](https://youtu.be/yoHyZnq1w38?t=3541)(2001)

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* Lots of it in [Zu Warriors](https://youtu.be/yoHyZnq1w38?t=3541)(2001) Zu Warriors(2001): https://youtu.be/yoHyZnq1w38?t=3541
6th Sep '16 2:41:47 AM rawnlq
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* Lots of it in [Zu Warriors](https://youtu.be/yoHyZnq1w38?t=3541)(2001)
6th Sep '16 2:41:47 AM rawnlq
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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.
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