Created By: GiantSpaceChinchilla on April 12, 2011 Last Edited By: GiantSpaceChinchilla on May 5, 2011
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Razor Wings

Wings with a cutting edge

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Bone Wings are cool but aren't as useful as Combat Tentacles or Feather Flechettes or are they?

they are if characters with wings also have a cutting edge making them Absurdly Sharp.

See Also: Helicopter Blender.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • D.Gray-Man: Alma Karma
  • Pokémon: Skarmory
    • For Pokemon any use of Steel Wing among some other moves might count as this.
  • From Trigun, one of Knives' powers is part of his body turning into feathers which are monomolecular blades (hence the name 'Knives').
  • Mazinger Z has the Scramble Cutter, an attack in which he uses his Jet Scrambler's wings to slice into the enemy. Great Mazinger goes one step further with the Great Booster.

Comic Books
  • X-Men: Archangel when converted into a Horseman (Death) by Apocalypse.

Film
  • Legion: the angel Gabriel has very sharp wings.
  • In How to Train Your Dragon, there's a passing mention of the "Timberjack" species, whose wings can slice right through trees.

Literature
  • Stormwings from the Tortall Universe, are covered in steel/metal feathers which are extremely sharp.

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • The Murakumo units from the BlazBlue series have "wings" made of blades that are used for their heavy attacks.
  • Dragonmagic of Forgotten Realms includes 'Sharpwings' spell. It gives the dragon's wing buffet double damage of a claw attack while keeping its knockdown efect. Without any visual changes.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • April 12, 2011
    Arutema
    The Murakumo units from the BlazBlue series have "wings" made of blades that are used for their heavy attacks.
  • April 13, 2011
    KZN02
    Pokemon: Skarmory
  • April 13, 2011
    dalek955
    • In How To Train Your Dragon, there's a passing mention of the "Timberjack" species, whose wings can slice right through trees.

    Subtrope: Helicopter Blender.

    Needs A (Way) Better Decription.
  • April 25, 2011
    troacctid
  • April 26, 2011
    jaytee
    You should probably add some more description better differentiating this from Feather Flechettes, since there will probably be overlap.
  • April 26, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    After re-re-reading the description of Feather Flechettes, I think I'd prefer to discard this and add Blade Wings or some such as a redirect. There seems to be enough examples but I'm not sure the hard-split would be worth it.

    opinions?
  • April 26, 2011
    Stratadrake
    I think I was the one to add the note about using wings/feathers as melee weapons instead of projectiles, actually...
  • April 26, 2011
    jaytee
    I could go either way. My first instinct was to lump them together, but that was mostly after reading the bit about melee weapons instead of projectiles. I'm still leaning toward combining, since they really seem like slightly different manifestations of the same trope.
  • April 26, 2011
    troacctid
    I think feathers as projectiles are a separate trope from bladed wings.
  • April 26, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    If they were two tropes, then how many characters would have both?
  • April 26, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • Stormwings from the Tortall Universe, are covered in steel/metal feathers which are extremely sharp.
    • From Trigun, one of Knives' powers is part of his body turning into feathers which are monomolecular blades (hence the name 'Knives').
  • April 26, 2011
    troacctid
    Well, it looks like most of the examples so far aren't duplicated at Feather Flechettes.
  • April 27, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    If characters tend to have one or the other but not both it's probably worth a split, I'll start adding examples agian.
  • April 30, 2011
    TBeholder
    • Dragonmagic of Forgotten Realms includes 'Sharpwings' spell. It gives the dragon's wing buffet double damage of a claw attack while keeping its knockdown efect. Without any visual changes.
  • April 30, 2011
    TippyToeZombie
    For Pokemon any use of Steel Wing among some other moves might count as this.
  • May 3, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    • Mazinger Z has the Scramble Cutter, an attack in which he uses his Jet Scrambler's wings to slice into the enemy. Great Mazinger goes one step further with the Great Booster.
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