Do We Need This? Do We Have This One?? Needs a Better Title? Up for Grabs Alternative title: "Like A Hot Knife Through Butter". Flaming Sword is a sword with...you know...flames. But it's more of a fantasy concept really, since if there is flame there is combustion and that would waste a lot of fuel for relatively low temperature effect. Enter the Hot Blade for your more sci-fi oriented fictions out there. It's a blade that is heated red-hot that gives us all the Power Glows goodness with an added touch of Kill It with Fire and quite a rational explanation of why it is deadlier than just a regular blade. An alternative or a variant of the Absurdly Sharp Blade, that cuts better not for it's sharpness but because of it's temperature. See also Vibroweapon and Laser Blade Needs More Examples:
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- The Zaku's heat tomahawk, the Gouf' heat sword and heat rod, and the Dom/Rick Dom's heat saber from Mobile Suit Gundam.
- Guts from Berserk used this once against a giant water snake.
- Optimus Prime from the Transformers movies uses some of these to cut Decepticon's heads clean off.
- The Golder Army from the second Hellboy film had two of this, one on each arm.
- Many Warhammer swords (at least in the way they are visually depicted), both Warhammer Fantasy (Archaon) and Warhammer40000 (THE GOD-EMPEROR OF MANKIND), even when some flames might flicker depending on the artist, verging into Flaming Sword territory.
- Mutant Chronicles.
- Call of Cthulhu supplement Cthulhu Companion, adventure "Valley of the Four Shrines". The East shrine is dedicated to Cthugha, a deity made of fire. A sword found in a secret room can be made to glow yellow-hot, which will do damage to creatures vulnerable to fire.
- The Heated Cosmic Knife from the Dead Money expansion of Fallout: New Vegas is this. It's an indestructible Absurdly Sharp Blade that has been heated with a heating pad and apparently retains its heat for a ridiculous amount of time, giving it even more destroying power.
- One of the bosses from Chrono Cross uses a Steampunk version (a Nigh Invulnerable, Humongous Mecha), but this is technically a fantasy setting.
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