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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.
11th Apr '16 2:07:38 PM Willbyr
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** Though the fact that he is [[spoiler: a WarriorPrince of a star nation whose [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething royalty]] are a living, breathing {{Physical God}}s]] generally makes the matter irrelevant.

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** Though the fact that he is [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a WarriorPrince of a star nation whose [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething royalty]] are a living, breathing {{Physical God}}s]] generally makes the matter irrelevant.



* ''Manga/AsuNoYoichi'', based around a martial art style using a wooden sword. The title character and the eldest two of the main family use wooden swords, and the eldest is a teacher, and has the youngest as one of her students

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* ''Manga/AsuNoYoichi'', ''Manga/SamuraiHaremAsuNoYoichi'', based around a martial art style using a wooden sword. The title character and the eldest two of the main family use wooden swords, and the eldest is a teacher, and has the youngest as one of her students
17th Mar '16 5:01:59 PM shadowbeast
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* Never ever ever allow the ''ComicBook/KnightsoftheDinnerTable'' to handle training weapons, be they wood, plastic, or ''foam''. [[http://www.kodtweb.com/2015/11/27/title-001-9/ One recent webstrip]] has BA sporting a shiner after Bob "mercy-killed" him during a LARP dungeon crawl, in which BA took a critical hit to the hip and couldn't walk out. They always overdo it when playing with foam melee weapons, Brian having once laid Bob out with a foam sword.

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* Never ever ever allow the ''ComicBook/KnightsoftheDinnerTable'' ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' to handle training weapons, be they wood, plastic, or ''foam''. [[http://www.kodtweb.com/2015/11/27/title-001-9/ One recent webstrip]] has BA sporting a shiner after Bob "mercy-killed" him during a LARP dungeon crawl, in which BA took a critical hit to the hip and couldn't walk out. They always overdo it when playing with foam melee weapons, Brian having once laid Bob out with a foam sword.
17th Mar '16 5:01:19 PM shadowbeast
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* Never ever ever allow the ''ComicBook/KnightsoftheDinnerTable'' to handle training weapons, be they wood, plastic, or ''foam''. [[http://www.kodtweb.com/2015/11/27/title-001-9/ One recent webstrip]] has BA sporting a shiner after Bob "mercy-killed" him during a LARP dungeon crawl, in which BA took a critical hit to the hip and couldn't walk out. They always overdo it when playing with foam melee weapons, Brian having once laid Bob out with a foam sword.
15th Mar '16 2:01:54 PM superkeijikun
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* Musashi himself is an example of how potentially deadly a bokken can be, tales of his exploits often indicate that he has employed wooden swords to lethal effect. The most famous example of this is his use of a bokken against his rival, Sasaki Kojirou, in their fight on Ganryuu island that he carved from a spare oar on the boat he rode in on the way over. This is an example of tactical brilliance as Musashi deliberately carved his weapon to be slightly longer than Kojirou's infamous "drying pole" (Sasaki was usually using a ''[[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana nodachi]]'' a sword that was considerably longer than the average katana) in order to overcome Kojirou's reach advantage.

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* Musashi UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi himself is an example of how potentially deadly a bokken can be, tales of his exploits often indicate that he has employed wooden swords to lethal effect. The most famous example of this is his use of a bokken against his rival, Sasaki Kojirou, in their fight on Ganryuu island that he carved from a spare oar on the boat he rode in on the way over. This is an example of tactical brilliance as Musashi deliberately carved his weapon to be slightly longer than Kojirou's infamous "drying pole" (Sasaki was usually using a ''[[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana nodachi]]'' a sword that was considerably longer than the average katana) in order to overcome Kojirou's reach advantage.
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