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3rd Jun '17 9:34:23 PM Vir
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* Properly upgraded and with its moves learned, wooden katana weaponry in WayOfTheSamurai are this. A notable example would be the impossibly hard-to-get Reikon-Kudaki from the second game, which differs from a regular wooden Bokuto by its wrapped grip, and its (un)naturally [[StoneWall high defense]] at the expense of extremely low offense. And what all of them shares is that, barring using the [[SetSwordsToStun Blunt]] mode at the third game, every one of them kills an enemy just as easily as a sharp katana does.

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* Properly upgraded and with its moves learned, wooden katana weaponry in WayOfTheSamurai ''VideoGame/WayOfTheSamurai'' are this. A notable example would be the impossibly hard-to-get Reikon-Kudaki from the second game, which differs from a regular wooden Bokuto by its wrapped grip, and its (un)naturally [[StoneWall high defense]] at the expense of extremely low offense. And what all of them shares is that, barring using the [[SetSwordsToStun Blunt]] mode at the third game, every one of them kills an enemy just as easily as a sharp katana does.



* As his name might imply, Kendo Man from the fourth game of the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series uses a shinai as his weapon of choice, and it hurts just as much as most of the actual swords do. Justified, however, as the games take place inside computers, and swords don't do damage by cutting, they do damage simply because they're programmed to, making his weapon no different from any other melee weapon.

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* As his name might imply, Kendo Man [=KendoMan=] from the fourth game of the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series uses a shinai as his weapon of choice, and it hurts just as much as most of the actual swords do. Justified, however, as the games take place inside computers, and swords don't do damage by cutting, they do damage simply because they're programmed to, making his weapon no different from any other melee weapon.



* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', you can transmog a [[http://www.wowhead.com/item=8178 Training Sword]] for any two-handed weapons to fit this trope.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', you can transmog transmogrify a [[http://www.wowhead.com/item=8178 Training Sword]] for any two-handed weapons to fit this trope.
3rd Jun '17 9:33:25 PM Vir
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* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'', you can transmog a [[http://www.wowhead.com/item=8178 Training Sword]] for any two-handed weapons to fit this trope.

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* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', you can transmog a [[http://www.wowhead.com/item=8178 Training Sword]] for any two-handed weapons to fit this trope.
3rd Jun '17 9:33:06 PM Vir
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* While his sword isn't a katana (instead settling for a {{BFS}}), Susano from ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' can qualify during his CrowningMomentOfAwesome where he declines help from the player (who was helping from behind the scenes, without his knowlege) and ''bisects the boss under his own power''.

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* While his sword isn't a katana (instead settling for a {{BFS}}), Susano from ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' can qualify during his CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome where he declines help from the player (who was helping from behind the scenes, without his knowlege) and ''bisects the boss under his own power''.
3rd Jun '17 9:31:40 PM Vir
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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'': when Sora loses his [[EmpathicWeapon Keyblade]], he's left with a wooden sword that leaves him weak to the point where defeating even the previously non-threatening weakest of enemies becomes a long, drawn-out chore. Luckily, he has the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast]] on his side who takes down most baddies without a backward glance, relegating [[PlayerCharacter Sora]] to keeping him alive above all else or else you're totally screwed. (Although your magic still works pretty well, albeit without the bonuses your keyblade would give to it. Gravity in particular works quite well.)

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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'': ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'': when Sora loses his [[EmpathicWeapon Keyblade]], he's left with a wooden sword that leaves him weak to the point where defeating even the previously non-threatening weakest of enemies becomes a long, drawn-out chore. Luckily, he has the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast]] on his side who takes down most baddies without a backward glance, relegating [[PlayerCharacter Sora]] to keeping him alive above all else or else you're totally screwed. (Although your magic still works pretty well, albeit without the bonuses your keyblade would give to it. Gravity in particular works quite well.)
1st Apr '17 2:54:13 PM Owlorange1995
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* Subverted in Kobayashi Masaki's ''Seppuku''. Wooden katanas are better, EXCEPT when you're trying to commit seppuku ''with a bamboo sword''.

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* Subverted in Kobayashi Masaki's ''Seppuku''.''Film/{{Harakiri}}''. Wooden katanas are better, EXCEPT when you're trying to commit seppuku ''with a bamboo sword''.
26th Mar '17 2:42:09 PM nombretomado
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* While his sword isn't a katana (instead settling for a {{BFS}}), Susano from ''{{Okami}}'' can qualify during his CrowningMomentOfAwesome where he declines help from the player (who was helping from behind the scenes, without his knowlege) and ''bisects the boss under his own power''.

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* While his sword isn't a katana (instead settling for a {{BFS}}), Susano from ''{{Okami}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' can qualify during his CrowningMomentOfAwesome where he declines help from the player (who was helping from behind the scenes, without his knowlege) and ''bisects the boss under his own power''.
12th Mar '17 11:28:05 AM nombretomado
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For those familiar with Japanese culture, KatanasAreJustBetter. For those who live in Japan, Wooden Katanas Are Even Better. Ever since MiyamotoMusashi defeated Sasaki Kojirou with a bokken, the wooden sword has become a symbol for the ultimate swordsman.

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For those familiar with Japanese culture, KatanasAreJustBetter. For those who live in Japan, Wooden Katanas Are Even Better. Ever since MiyamotoMusashi UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi defeated Sasaki Kojirou with a bokken, the wooden sword has become a symbol for the ultimate swordsman.



* In the ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' series, a bokken is Mitsurugi's joke weapon in 3, and a shinnai in 4. They make a delightful ''plok'' sound, yet are still perfectly capable of impaling someone to the hilt. Nightmare or Sigfried sometimes have an actual (uncarved) galley oar, both of these are explicit references to the original MiyamotoMusashi.

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* In the ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' series, a bokken is Mitsurugi's joke weapon in 3, and a shinnai in 4. They make a delightful ''plok'' sound, yet are still perfectly capable of impaling someone to the hilt. Nightmare or Sigfried sometimes have an actual (uncarved) galley oar, both of these are explicit references to the original MiyamotoMusashi.UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi.
14th Jan '17 8:54:57 AM Owlorange1995
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'': when Sora loses his [[EmpathicWeapon Keyblade]], he's left with a wooden sword that leaves him weak to the point where defeating even the previously non-threatening weakest of enemies becomes a long, drawn-out chore. Luckily, he has the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast]] on his side who takes down most baddies without a backward glance, relegating [[PlayerCharacter Sora]] to keeping him alive above all else or else you're totally screwed. (Although your magic still works pretty well, albeit without the bonuses your keyblade would give to it. Gravity in particular works quite well.)

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* Averted Inverted in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'': when Sora loses his [[EmpathicWeapon Keyblade]], he's left with a wooden sword that leaves him weak to the point where defeating even the previously non-threatening weakest of enemies becomes a long, drawn-out chore. Luckily, he has the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast]] on his side who takes down most baddies without a backward glance, relegating [[PlayerCharacter Sora]] to keeping him alive above all else or else you're totally screwed. (Although your magic still works pretty well, albeit without the bonuses your keyblade would give to it. Gravity in particular works quite well.)
18th Nov '16 3:42:11 AM jormis29
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* Subverted in ''Kaiketsu {{Franchise/Zorro}}'' (the anime adaptation of Zorro): one episode had amped up the threat to Zorro due the danger of a villain getting his hands on a katana, but, due a mishap, it was actually a wooden replica, quickly cut by Zorro's sword when he was forced to block.

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* Subverted in ''Kaiketsu {{Franchise/Zorro}}'' (the anime adaptation of Zorro): ''Anime/KaiketsuZorro'': one episode had amped up the threat to Zorro due the danger of a villain getting his hands on a katana, but, due a mishap, it was actually a wooden replica, quickly cut by Zorro's sword when he was forced to block.
14th Jul '16 12:43:18 PM Willbyr
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* [[TheBigGuy Bontenmaru]] of ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'' wields a wooden sword, which confuses [[TheChick Yuya]], until the guys in the party explains that it makes him even ''stronger''--he has to work so hard to turn his blade against metal ones that he's easily one of the most skilled of the group.

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* [[TheBigGuy Bontenmaru]] of ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'' ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'' wields a wooden sword, which confuses [[TheChick Yuya]], until the guys in the party explains that it makes him even ''stronger''--he has to work so hard to turn his blade against metal ones that he's easily one of the most skilled of the group.
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