Created By: deuxhero on March 17, 2012 Last Edited By: deuxhero on June 18, 2012
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Battle Blacksmith

A combatant who fights exclusively with weapons he has created himself.

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Blaire: Yeah, Aera... But have you alreddy forgotten about the Spirit of the Craftknight?
Aera: No, sir...
Blaire: You have to make your own weapon! No Craftknight would go into battle with somebody else's sword! It'd be like... wearing their underwear! Yeurgh!
--Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2

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Note the plural "weapons", a character that creates and uses a single weapon throughout their career (Such as a Jedi making their lightsaber) do not count.

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  • The "Meleeficer" playstyle for the Artificer class in Dungeons & Dragons (for 3.5 anyways) focuses on using the classes item creation powers and weapon buffing powers to become a fearsome melee combatant.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Craftknights in the Summon Night: Swordcraft Story trilogy fight exclusively with weapons they have forged. The second game provides the page quote.
  • Edgemaster from the Soul Series creates his own weapons so they are suited for his technique.
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Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • March 17, 2012
    Bisected8
    Would characters who constantly upgrade and tune their weapons count?

    • This is apparently the norm for various people who use weapons in Bastion. Since The Kid uses all their leftover weapons, he upgrades his entire arsenal.
  • March 17, 2012
    MiinU

    Anime and Manga

  • March 17, 2012
    Damr1990
    Common in fantasy Settings where the Blacksmiths are most probably Dwarves, also their Weapon Of Choice is Either an Battle Axe or a Giant hammer (bonus points if Is the same they use to forge their other weapons
  • March 17, 2012
    KZN02
    What about blacksmiths of armor and such?
  • March 17, 2012
    nielas
    Any superhero who makes his/her own armor and weapons/gadgets. eg. Iron Man, Batman
  • March 17, 2012
    deuxhero
    Iron Man really only makes a single "weapon" and direct replacements as far as personal use goes.

    Now Batman... What does everyone else think?
  • March 17, 2012
    nman
    • In Batman Beyond, Jim Tate was a weapons engineer until he got fired, at which point he developed his own Powered Armor and other weaponry and committed robberies under the name "Armory" while driving around in his high-tech van.
  • March 17, 2012
    MiinU
    ^@nielas and deuxhero - Characters like Batman and Tony Stark belong under Gadgeteer Genius, since this trope is specifically about blacksmiths.

    When someone thinks: "blacksmith", they picture a guy slaving away at his forge, pounding out a sword, or an axe, or some other melee weapon; not a vigilante superhero whipping up gadgets in his workshop.

    If you start shoe-horning guys like them here, this trope will lose all relevance, since Gadgeteer Genius already exists for that.
  • March 17, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    Will Turner in Pirates Of The Caribbean.
  • March 18, 2012
    Catbert
    Does Will Turner fight only with weapons he makes himself?

    Honestly though, I think this definition is absurdly narrow. Perrin in The Wheel Of Time is a blacksmith who fights, and towards the end of the books he makes a magic hammer that he fights with. However, seeing how he makes only one hammer and seeing how he spent most of the series using an ax he didn't make and a bow he did make (but not through blacksmithing) he wouldn't count. That's just absurd.

    I'm not really buying the idea that fiction treats a blacksmith character who makes two weapons for themself any differently from a blacksmith character who makes one weapon for himself, or that a fighting blacksmith uses a mix of weapons he made himself and weapons he makes and weapons others make.
  • March 18, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Will in Pirates made the sword he fought Jack with in that one scene. They even have an exchange wherein Jack comments on the weapon, and Will replies, "Blacksmith!"

    Batman does not count. He uses his ridiculous wealth to buy his weapons.
  • March 18, 2012
    Bisected8
  • March 18, 2012
    KZN02
    Best I can think of is Vakama in BIONICLE, who was a mask maker in Metru Nui. He forges the Mask of Time and uses it in his fight against Makuta Teridax.
  • March 18, 2012
    dalek955
    • Most Mabinogi players with high-rank Blacksmithing will fit this trope.
  • March 19, 2012
    Koveras
    Can't believe nobody mentioned this yet...

    • In Fate Stay Night, both Shirou and Archer specialize in "tracing", i.e. creating inferior copies of famous weapons, which they then use to fight. Granted, Shirou usually traces weapons for Saber, so only Archer actually uses the weapons he creates.
  • March 19, 2012
    KZN02
    Ninjago: Kai the Red Ninja was a blacksmith, which makes him a Ninja Blacksmith.
  • March 19, 2012
    Sandry
    • Sacred Blacksmith has a character who's whole schtick is this. Admittedly, he rarely fights, but when he does, he forges a weapon mid-battle and kills the enemy with it.
  • March 29, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Does This Count? In Bones the season 6 Big Bad is a sniper who makes his own bullets. Not the guns, just the bullets.
  • March 29, 2012
    Euan2000
    You should mention that pretty much every game with weapons forging counts as this. It's a broad category.
  • March 29, 2012
    dyson88
  • April 2, 2012
    deuxhero
    ^ falls under Gadgeteer Genius ^^ "Exclusively" is used for a reason.
  • April 2, 2012
    Megadraco
    Videogames
    • One of the main points in Minecraft is to craft things. This includes your own weapons. You are actually limited to those you create yourself.
  • June 17, 2012
    MiinU
    bump.
  • June 18, 2012
    aurora369
    Fallout 3 can be played with such a character, since the game's schematic system allows crafting of many unique weapons. Fallout New Vegas also allows the player character to craft special ammo and upgrade weapons.

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