Created By: Unknown Troper on April 11, 2009
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Sword Beam

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The one flaw with all swwords is,of course, the obvious lack of range. How do you solve this problem? Sword Beams.

A character will make a slashing motion with their BFS, but at a distance. What follows is a usually crescent-shaped energy attack. These can travel through the air or on the ground. Another version is stabbing or smashing the blade into the ground and creating a >-shaped stream of energy.

Sometimes a Ki Attack. Not to be confused with [Beam Swords|Energy Weapons].

Examples

  • Mega Man X's [My Hero Zero|Zero] does this all this time, usually in a boss fight against him
  • Inuyasha's Kaze no Kizu
  • Bleach has numerous versions, since Shinigami always use swords.

Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • April 11, 2009
    Zaka51
    A staple of the Legend Of Zelda games. Almost every one with a top-down viewpoint as a sword that can do this if you have full health.

    Also, the magic swords from Fire Emblem shoot beams of whatever element the sword corresponds to.
  • April 11, 2009
    Servbot
    We have the "slashing motion makes long-ranged attack". It's Razor Wind
  • April 11, 2009
    MileRun
    Protoman's Mega Man Battle Network incarnation doesn't quite shoot beams from his sword, but he does fire shockwaves from swinging his sword.

    ...and I can't believe I can't think of any more specific examples. This is one of those things that's been seen a million times.
  • April 11, 2009
    calronmoonflower
    In the third season of Slayers Gourry Gabriev did this with the Sword Of Light and blew up a ship.
  • April 11, 2009
    Cosmetor
    This is not Razor Wind. That trope is for using the wind to cut things, whether swords are involved or not. This is for using swords to launch magic slashes, which usually doesn't involve wind.
  • April 12, 2009
    MileRun
    Protoman's swipes aren't Razor Wind, else they'd be wind elemental. They still carry the sword element. They're referred to in-game as "Sonic Boom", but they really look much more like light than they do sound. Anyways, more examples:

    Sword Kirby has been able to do this in the anime and in, if I recall correctly, Squeak Squad and Kirby Super Star (Ultra). Meta Knight has had sword beams in most of his appearances, as has Master/Galaxia Kirby.

    Custom Robo (the first one released in North America, at least; not sure about the rest of the series) is a partial example. It has two sword-shaped guns that in turn fire sword-shaped lasers at the target with different trajectories. The swords cannot typically be used as melee weapons, though; some Robo models swing the sword while using melee attacks, but the effect is purely cosmetic.
  • April 12, 2009
    Kayube
    Demon Fang in the Tales Series.
  • April 12, 2009
    Alucard
    Razor Wind covers sound and energy-based slashes as well. It also covers blade-created attacks.

    This was YKTTWd before. It didn't go through.
  • April 12, 2009
    calronmoonflower
    @ Alucard

    The description for Razor Wind doesn't actually cover this.

    Perhaps The Razor Wind entry should be rewritten and merged with this.
  • April 12, 2009
    Wulf
    I would say split, and keep Razor Wind specifically about wind-based attacks.

    In Armored Core, it's possible to launch the energy off an energy blade, although you need either a special sword or Human+ (or that particular game's equivalent) to do it.
  • April 12, 2009
    Alucard
    Razor Wind: "It can also be used by sword-wielders who are skilled enough they can make the sword's cutting power extend beyond the blade itself in a shockwave".

    That means energy attacks fired from the point or blade of a sword.
  • April 12, 2009
    Recon5
    If Getsuga Tenshou (example) is considered Razor Wind then this trope is not needed. However, I do not see it listed under Razor Wind and it definitely does not look like Razor Wind.

  • April 13, 2009
    Cosmetor
    No, it doesn't mean energy attacks. It means wind attacks.
  • April 13, 2009
    Alucard
    If you think Razor Wind is limited to wind then you're misreading the trope.

    Sonic Slash is this. It was agreed to be no different than Razor Wind. What makes this one special?

    A laconic would be nice. And for matter, a re-name of Razor Wind; I think I've seen this YKTTW about 4 times already.
  • April 13, 2009
    MileRun
    I don't like the idea of Razor Wind covering this. Razor Wind also covers, and is in fact named after, wind-slash attacks that don't involve swords. That would be like combining, say, Magic Music and Make Me Wanna Shout because Magic Music sometimes comes from a character's mouth.

    Firing energy from swords and using air slashes that may or may not involve swords are distinct enough that they shouldn't have been combined into one trope in the first place.
  • April 13, 2009
    Wulf
    It wasn't so much agreed to be this, as Servbot saying it was and the OP dropping it.

    Razor Wind, while not explicitly limited to wind, strongly implies that it is, and has enough examples for a split.

  • April 13, 2009
    LarryD
    Razor Wind: "An attack commonly used in anime and video games. The user is able to use air itself to slice enemies, focusing a current of wind, or in some cases sound, to the point where it takes on a sharp edge, which the caster launches at foes."

    Definitely covers Inu Yasha's Wind Scar, but not his Adamantine Barrage. Covers Kagura's attacks, but not Sesshomaru's Azure Dragon Strike.

    Split, making Razor Wind a partial overlap, when wind/sound atacks are generated by sword strokes.
  • April 13, 2009
    Arilou
    Razor Wind isn't this: It's specifically about causing wind or a shockwave (which is, really, just wind, that's what wind is...)

    It does NOT cover say, Link's sword-beams, or other ways of using swords as, basically, a ray-gun.

    To use a Fate Stay Night example: Saber releazing her wind sheath-thingie is Razor Wind. Her final Beam Spam is this trope, since it doesen't involve wind at all, but rather Fricking Laser Beams.

  • April 14, 2009
    Servbot
    @Wulf: Hm? All I said was that we have the "slashing motion that makes long-ranged attack" trope, which is Razor Wind. I never said that all examples of this trope was Razor Wind. The swordy Razor Wind would be a Sub Trope.
  • April 14, 2009
    SomeSortOfTroper
    I think it's independantly viable. I'm not entirely sure what Servbot meant in each instance but I just want to say I think in the use of Razor Wind there's often the idea of elemental powers or of the character being so soft they are one with the wind or they are so strong their movements make strong gusts. Swords, on the other hand, it can be that somehow the sharpness or pure ki is able to extend beyond. I think there is a storytelling use that goes off in its own direction.
  • April 17, 2009
    dotchan
    Bump - I found Sword Lines. I think some of the examples here might overlap.
  • April 17, 2009
    Prime32
    I think "slice things with wind, possibly using a sword" and "shoot a blast of energy out of sword, which may cut things or just blow them up" are different enough for two tropes. Compare a guy who stands there as wind slices his enemies for him (7:28 here) to Excalibur from Fate Stay Night.

    Actually, reading Razor Wind more closely, it doesn't seem to cover Sword Beams at all.

    Alucard said:
    Razor Wind: "It can also be used by sword-wielders who are skilled enough they can make the sword's cutting power extend beyond the blade itself in a shockwave".

    That means energy attacks fired from the point or blade of a sword.
    No, that just means that the wielder is using Charles Atlas Superpowers and swinging a sword really hard to create a slicing shockwave, rather than using wind-element Full Contact Magic.

    Getsuga Tenshou is an amorphous blob of energy emitted by Ichigo's sword. It doesn't cut things - it disintegrates them or explodes. He can fire it without moving, but it won't travel very far on its own power, so he adds momentum by swinging the sword. In the clip he created the "twister" by waving his arm around while firing it continuously. Definitely not a Razor Wind.
  • April 17, 2009
    BassBlues
    Model HX can do this if you alternate between the two attack buttons.
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