Created By: spike15 on June 23, 2011
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New man, New sword

A character gets completely re-assessed, martial-arts style.

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A character has been using one weapon for most of a film/book/series. Usually he is portrayed as a novice, very much still in training, and likely to lose a lot of his fights. Then, about 3/4 of the way through, he gets/makes a new sword, and suddenly emerges as a fully fledged warrior.

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The Dante Valentine series by Lilith Saint Crow has this happen to the title character in book 2 of 5.

Probably most famous in Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, where Luke has made a new Lightsaber to replace the one he lost. Behold, he is now a Jedi.
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  • June 23, 2011
    Koveras
  • June 23, 2011
    deuxhero
    Happens twice to Mitsurugi in the Soul Series. With Mitsurugi's canon ending for Soul Edge/Blade (his bad one) he abandons his Korefuji (or has it taken by his lord as punishment for his defeat, Soul Calibur's story and Soul Calibur 2's weapon profiles differ), for Shishi-Oh as part of his desire to become the strongest purely through technique/his own power instead of Soul Edge. Soul Calibur V's official website indicates he now uses a sword called "Muichi Monji" (Historically slang for "No money"), while his appearance (Prayer Beads, Buddhist artwork on his clothing) suggest the Blood Knight has become a Buddhist of some devotion.
  • June 23, 2011
    Koveras
    I would expand this trope definition from swords to all kinds of weapons and amend the title accordingly (e.g. "...New Weapon").
  • June 23, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    The title could still theoretically say "Sword" if we think it sounds better (Weapon sounds just fine as well), as long as it's clarified in the description that this could apply to any weapon, and I do think it should apply to any weapon.

    Anyway, it happens in Avatar The Last Airbender. Sokka finds a master and makes his own epic space sword, and gets to be a better warrior at that. While it doesn't replace his boomerang entirely, it becomes a distinct part of his character for the remainder of the series.
  • June 23, 2011
    thewriter
    • The Prince Of Persia frequently finds new swords throughout his games thus granting him differing combos and attacks.
  • June 23, 2011
    Aielyn
    I think the trope title might be backwards. It seems to me that either the new sword is *making* them a new man, or the new sword symbolises that they're a new man. In both cases, it would be New Sword, New Man.
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