What is scarier than a bladed killing tool? Make it evil
. What is creepier than an evil sword? A hungry
evil weapon. A Hungry Sword
hungers or thirsts for victims -- or to be more precise, their blood, souls, life force, or what have you. If it wants to kill but is not hungry or thirsty, it's just Ax-Crazy
For some reason, To be hungry, a sword doesn't need to posses speech
, but it often does because it's good for a hungry, evil, sentient
sword's image. If the audience only has the wielder's word for the weapon's hunger, it's My Sword Is Thirsty (in YKTTW
). If the hunger or thirst is stated by either the sword or the narrator, it's this trope.
In case of narrator-revealed hunger or thirst, it's good to remember that some narrators are unreliable
and some just like to be poetic. Swords in realistic, non-fantasy settings obviously cannot be evil or hungry, no matter what the narratos says.
Subtrope of Evil Weapon
(because for some weird reason, good
swords aren't ever hungry). Not to be confused with My Sword Is Hungry
, which is about (erroneous) Bad Ass Boast
when someone likes to think
their sword needs to be fed.
Anime and Manga
- Episode 04 of La Blue Girl features a sword whose spirit thrives on blood and sexual stimulation. It drove its wielder to carry out acts of mass slaughter, followed by immediate stimulation. Given this is La Blue Girl, the sexual part should be no surprise.
- In Blue Moon Rising, one of the three Infernal Devices, Flarebright, uses the blood of its victims to fuel its flames.
- The Kalevala: Kullervo speaks to his sword after a murderous revenge spree, contemplating suicide. The sword speaks its mind and replies that it wouldn't mind eating guilty flesh and flawed blood just as fine as innocent flesh and blood.
- The sword in Lloyd Alexander's The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen. It literally asks for blood to drink, until at a crucial time it decides it's had enough, and jumps out of the hands of its wielder.
- Pretty much exactly the same scenario as with Kullervo in The Kalevala, a Finnish epic, plays out between Turin Turambar and his sword Gurthang in The Silmarillion. This is not entirely surprising, since The Kalevala was an influence on J.R.R. Tolkien.
- Skurai from the mahnwa Ragnarok very much. He might even say the exact words. Of course his sword is evil and half-possessing/Brainwashing him and literally needs to drink blood (aka butcher people), so...it's almost justified in a way. There is no reason why he has to be such a Big Ham about it, though. That's just tasty, gratuitous villainy.
- The Muramasa swords in Japanese legends drive the wielder mad and force him to spill blood, any blood when wielded.
- Team Fortress 2: The Eyelander thirsts for heads, and whispers repeatedly "heaadssss".
- Torg from Sluggy Freelance has a magic sword ("Chaz") that glows red, speaks, and becomes SUPER EFFECTIVE for a period after it's been bathed in the blood of an innocent.
Examples needing elaboration
- Stormbringer from The Elric Saga
- Morganti knives from Dragaea
- Ravenor features a vampire blade. (lit)
- (Collectable card game) Sorin Markov, a vampire uses a sword with similarly vampiric tendencies.