Created By: KingZeal on October 24, 2011 Last Edited By: KingZeal on February 26, 2012
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Razor Sharp Name

The name of a work or character which is taken from some sort of blade.

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Simply put, a list of titles and names which are taken from some sort of bladed item, such as a sword, razor, knife, saw, etc. In action-oriented stories, blades weapons invoke a sense of badassery, skill, and the relentless ability to cut through things that stand in their way. When someone is armed with a sword in fiction, you know they're a Badass. A title named after a blade is meant to invoke some or all of these feelings, even if no actual blade appears. A character named after a weapon (such as Blade shown at right, from the film of the same name) is likewise meant to instill a sense of badassery.

In horror stories, blades instill a fear of being cut, stabbed, sliced, or hacked. Although guns are scary, they just don't invoke the same imminent fear. Blades hurt, and unlike a bullet, most people know what it's like to be at the business end of at least one sharp object in their lifetime.

Names which use words like "cut", "sharp" or "stab" also qualify.

May be invoked because Heroes Prefer Swords.

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Anime & Manga

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Film
  • Yep. Blade again.
  • And again, Knives from Scott Pilgrim.
  • Sword in A Man Called Hero.
  • Once more, The Shredder. It's even lampshaded.
    Donatello: The Shredder?!
    Michaelangelo: Maybe all that hardware's for making cole slaw.

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Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • October 24, 2011
    Oreochan
  • October 24, 2011
    bulmabriefs144
    Sword in A Man Called Hero.
  • October 24, 2011
    Lyendith
    Bayonetta (dunno if a bayonet is considered badass, but it's a blade)
  • October 24, 2011
    LordGro
    There's already They Call Him Sword. This is either The Same But More Specific, or has at least a large overlap.
  • October 24, 2011
    KingZeal
    ^ That one is supposed to cover weapons, period. It also doesn't cover movie ttitles.
  • October 25, 2011
    Tambov333
    The name sounds like it's about new technology, not bladed weaponry.
  • October 26, 2011
    Arivne
    Literature
  • October 26, 2011
    X2X
    ^^ I agree. Most people think of technology when they hear the words "cutting edge." Maybe something like Razor Sharp Name would be less confusing?
  • October 27, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Would John Boorman's Arthurian flick Excalibur (1980) count? Or must the name have a generic weapon or weapon part in the name?
  • October 27, 2011
    TBeholder
    This differs from They Call Him Sword in what?
  • October 29, 2011
    KingZeal
    Read the comments above.
  • October 29, 2011
    X2X
    It still sounds like it's The Same But More Specific. Swords are even mentioned in the description of They Call Him Sword as the most common thing to name people after. At the very least, rename it. Someone's bound to confuse this with "someone named after some form of technology". But whatever, suit yourself. Here's an example. Also, you want to fix those Blade examples above. It's just Blade.

    Video Games
  • October 29, 2011
    DRCEQ
    • Motoko Kusanagi from the Ghost In The Shell franchise. Kusanagi translates into "Grass Cutter", and is a the name of a sword which is part of the Japanese Imperial Regalia. However, none of that information is mentioned anywhere in the series itself.
  • November 1, 2011
    Tambov333
    @ X 2 X: Razor Sharp Name is great.
  • November 15, 2011
    Lyendith
  • February 26, 2012
    KZN02
    Ace Attorney: Miles Edgeworth. His Japanese name Mitsurugi contains the kanji for "Sword".
  • February 26, 2012
    chicagomel
    I don't know if this is Video Games, Anime or both, but Pokemon has a species named Scyther.

    And there's the manga Blade Of The Immortal.

    CSI NY had an episode where Chris Angel as that week's guest star played a killer magician named Luke Blade.
  • February 26, 2012
    benjamminsam

    To put in my two cents, though, I am not totally sure this is different enough from They Call Him Sword but I understand the need for a distinction, especially as it comes to works' titles. This may work best as a straight Index with a nod in the description to the similarities with They Call Him Sword...?
  • February 26, 2012
    Treblain
    At the least, you need to change this from including characters with weapon names. That part of the trope is clearly covered by They Call Him Sword. We can't discuss the "name of the work" aspect further if people are going to keep interrupting with character examples.
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