Created By: ShanghaiSlave on April 8, 2014 Last Edited By: MorningStar1337 on July 21, 2014
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Spectral Weapon Copy

Someone makes/uses a phlebotinum-made copy version of an existing weapon.

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"Imitations, faker, huh? Yeah, that doesn't sound too bad. I certainly am a faker... I had the wrong idea. My magic isn't creating swords. First of all, I can't do such a skillful thing. That's right. There's only one thing I can do, and that is to put shape to my mind...
... That's right. I don't create swords. I create a world that contains infinite swords... There's no need to be surprised. These are all imitations.
— Excerpt from Emiya Shirou's "World of Cardboard" Speech, Fate/stay night

A specific Weapon of Choice - whatever it is - that is not original.

This doesn't refer to said weapon being Shoddy Knockoff Product, but rather, the weapon is a copy made from Applied Phlebotinum, like Hard Light, Elemental Powers, Life Force or what have you.

Sometimes it is possible for the user to create multiple copies at once, and make a literal Storm of Blades or Flechette Storm with it.

Often overlaps with Spontaneous Weapon Creation. Sometimes a subtrope of Shaping Your Attacks.

Compare Self-Duplication when the thing being copied is yourself. As well as Laser Blade, Flaming Sword and Energy Weapon for other weapons that are noncoporeal.


Examples

     Anime and Manga 
  • Variant in Naruto: the Third Hokage has a jutsu called "Shuriken Shadow Clone Jutsu" where he throws his shuriken and then puts off some Hand Seals, after which the shuriken multiplies itself as it flies to its target.
  • In the climax of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Simon creates a drill out of pure Spiral Energy, and some of his own blood, to impale the Anti-Spiral. This is foreshadowed in the second expanded movie, where Simon, while imprisoned, creates a spectral copy of his Core Drill, but doesn't use it as he's unsure of the right course of action.

    Comic Books 
  • Captain America used a Hard Light version of his shield on a few instances when he didn't have access to his real (vibranium/steel) one.
  • This is Green Lantern's while shtick. He can form a Hard Light version of anything he can imagine. Guns, bombs, nuclear missiles, you name it. Or hit you with a spectral truck or literally drop a bridge on you, he's flexible like that.

     Literature 
  • Around the middle of The Wheel of Time series, Rand tends to create a sword of fire in the image of the sword his father gave him (and which got melted in the second book). Various characters note that it's a rather ineffective use of a power that can be used to destroy enemies from afar, but he prefers it because he's more comfortable with the sword and reluctant to use his magic any more than necessary.

     Live Action TV 
  • In The X-Files episode "Via Negativa", someone is chopping off people's heads, apparently using an ritual axe, that has not physically left the museum it's in; a mystic is using his power to make a copy of the axe.

     Video Games 
  • In Samurai Warriors 3, Kanbei Kuroda uses an "Orb", but the one he actually uses for attacking is an Energy Ball version of said orb, which he summons out of nowhere and he can multiply at will.
  • In Devil May Cry 3, Vergil's Summoned Swords which he can generate from thin air with Demonic Energy, which he uses for Reverse Shrapnel and Human Pincushion attacks, are actually copies of Force Edge, his father's personal sword.
  • Necrid from SoulCalibur II's weapon was a glowing orb. His moveset, however, is based off of different moves from every other character in the game. As such, the orb shapeshifts into an energy form of the weapon of the person whose move he's using.
  • Elsword
    • Eve's basic skill Illusion Strike creates copies of her Attack Drone and sends them all forward to smack the enemy.
    • Elsword as Infinity Sword specializes in this - he can magically copy his special sword Cornwell and have a literal Storm of Blades with it.
  • In Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, custom characters don a spectral sword in order to use Future Trunks', Janemba's, and Dabura's special attacks. Oddly, this is even the case if they have a physical sword equipped.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, the conjuration school of magic usually has spells which can summon daedric weapons (the most powerful basic weapon type) and armour for a short time. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes this further, by having summoned weapons actually appear ghostly (in previous games they used the same models/sprites as more permanent versions of the weapons).
  • Variant in Touhou: Sakuya the Time Master can take any of the knives that she has thrown in the past or the future and then throws them alongside the present ones, and she even could make a pseudo-laser made of knives.
  • Delsin in inFAMOUS: Second Son can fight up close with swords made of whatever power he's using at the time (Neon, Video). Video also includes the Bloodthirsty Blades, which appear in packs of at least 3, and can fly at whatever target he marks. Evil Karma ups this to 5 of them. In the case of video, all the swords are inspired by the weaponry in Eugene's favorite MMORPG, Heaven's Hellfire (which he owns several replicas of).
  • Raziel from the Legacy of Kain series wields a spectral version of the Soul Reaver sword, a weapon forged by the legendary vampire Vorador and intended to be wielded by a champion of the vampire race. The series' other protagonist, Kain, wields the Reaver's physical form.

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  • In Fate/stay night, this is Archer's (and by extension, Shirou's) power in a nutshell. He can make exact copies (as in complete with the original's unique ability) of Noble Phantasms (Legendary Weapons, basically) at the cost of a Power Level drop. He can also get around this by making the weapons into a Glass Cannon and making them as powerful as the original at the cost of making them into Throwaway Guns (or "makeshift arrows" in this case).
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     Western Animation 
Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • April 8, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    Just to put it out there, Spontaneous Weapon Creation has nothing binding the examples together, it's mixed Summon To Hand, Shaping Your Attacks, neither of which is creation by definition.

    this one is explicitly creating stuff out of thin air, only there's a basis on what gets created.
  • April 8, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ so yeah, this ykttw is more of a loud statement than an attempt of making a trope.

    All of the examples above are there in Spontaneous Weapon Creation. What's the new thing here?
  • April 9, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ it actually involves creating weapons.
  • April 9, 2014
    DAN004
  • April 10, 2014
    Arivne
    • Re-formatted the Examples section.
    • Namespaced and italicized work names.
    • De-capitalized (This, Nutshell).
    • Added a space between a word and an open parenthesis (x2).
    • Added a period after the last sentence in the Description.
    • Blue Linked Legendary Weapons.

    We don't seem to have Power Ranking.
  • April 10, 2014
    DAN004
  • April 10, 2014
    Generality
    It sounds like a subtrope of Spontaneous Weapon Creation in which the weapon specifically resembles a preexisting weapon.

    • Around the middle of The Wheel Of Time series, Rand tends to create a sword of fire in the image of the sword his father gave him (and which got melted in the second book). Various characters note that it's a rather ineffective use of a power that can be used to destroy enemies from afar, but he prefers it because he's more comfortable with the sword and reluctant to use his magic any more than necessary.
  • April 10, 2014
    Larkmarn
    • Captain America used a Hard Light version of his shield on a few instances when he didn't have access to it.

    • The Skrull Captain America in Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes used a force-field shield made by Iron Man, as the original was shattered at the end of last season.

    • Necrid from Soul Calibur II's weapon was a glowing orb. His moveset, however, is based off of different moves from every other character in the game. As such, the orb shapeshifts into an energy form of the weapon of the person whose move he's using.
  • April 10, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    Don't we have enough combat tropes already? (Probably not, but we're getting there, rhetorical question) Point being, I think the two "related" tropes mentioned in the description cover all these examples just fine.
  • April 10, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ check out Larkmarn's examples, neither of the two covers those.

    and check out the Fate Stay Night entry in Spontaneous Weapon Creation, this trope explains how he creates weapons, not he creates weapons.

    and yes, that means the relevant context here is that "Alice makes a spectral copy of an existing weapon", not "alice makes a weapon out of nothing".
  • April 10, 2014
    DAN004
    Okay, Does This Count
    • One Piece: Robin can make copies of her body parts (mainly arms) anywhere she likes. Oda illustrated that, were her Devil Fruit eaten by a hairy man, the copied arms will also be hairy.
    • Elsword
      • Eve's basic skill Illusion Strike creates copies of her Attack Drone and sends them all forward to smack the enemy.
      • Elsword as Infinity Sword specializes in this - he can magically copy his special sword Cornwell and have a literal Storm Of Blades with it.
  • April 10, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    Not sure about making copies of one's limbs, that could be something else. but elsword certainly counts.

    EDIT: knew it, Robin is Multi Armed And Dangerous, along with Zorro.

    but the explicit "Character can multiply his limbs at will" power seems to be a standalone power, as it could be applied to heads, legs, etc.
  • April 10, 2014
    Alvin
    Live-Action TV: In The X Files episode 'Via Negativa', someone is chopping off people's heads, apparently using an ritual axe, that has not physically left the museum it's in; a mystic is using his power to make a copy of the axe. Edited as per recommendation.
  • April 11, 2014
    BaffleBlend
    • In Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, custom characters don a spectral sword in order to use Future Trunks', Janemba's, and Dabura's special attacks. Oddly, this is even the case if they have a physical sword equipped.
  • April 11, 2014
    Earnest
    Here's a few pics of Cap's energy shield, one may make a good page pic.

    Cover of a comic. Cover #2. Profile shot. Captain America Corps.
  • April 12, 2014
    Alvin
    ^^ Maybe I should add to my The X Files example that a mystic is using his power to make a copy of the axe, and that's why I think it fits this trope??
  • April 12, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ You should, because making a copy of a weapon using powers or Applied Phlebotinum is the whole point of the trope. please edit it in the description.
  • April 13, 2014
    Alvin
    ^OK thanks.
  • April 17, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare Mes A Crowd and Self Duplication when the thing being copied is yourself.
  • April 17, 2014
    Bisected8
    • In The Elder Scrolls series, the conjuration school of magic usually has spells which can summon daedric weapons (the most powerful basic weapon type) and armour for a short time. The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim takes this further, by having summoned weapons actually appear ghostly (in previous games they used the same models/sprites as more permanent versions of the weapons).
  • May 18, 2014
    DAN004
    Buuuuuuuuump
  • June 26, 2014
    Generality
    In the climax of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Simon creates a drill out of pure Spiral Energy, and some of his own blood, to impale the Anti-Spiral. This is foreshadowed in the second expanded movie, where Simon, while imprisoned, creates a spectral copy of his Core Drill, but doesn't use it as he's unsure of the right course of action.
  • June 27, 2014
    DracMonster
    • This is Green Lantern's while shtick. He can form a Hard Light version of anything he can imagine. Guns, bombs, nuclear missiles, you name it. Or hit you with a spectral truck or literally drop a bridge on you, he's flexible like that.
  • July 8, 2014
    DAN004
    Le bump
  • July 12, 2014
    DAN004
    Hats?
  • July 19, 2014
    MorningStar1337
    There's your hat. can I launch this?

    And what index can this go in? besides Weapons And Wielding Tropes
  • July 20, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ wait a bit for more examples.

    Dunno for indices tho.
  • July 20, 2014
    Alucard
    May want to link to Laser Blade, Energy Weapon and Flaming Sword

    • Delsin in Infamous Second Son can fight up close with swords made of whatever power he's using at the time (Neon, Video). Video also includes the Bloodthirsty Blades, which appear in packs of at least 3, and can fly at whatever target he marks. Evil Karma ups this to 5 of them. In the case of video, all the swords are inspired by the weaponry in Eugene's favorite MMORPG, Heaven's Hellfire (which he owns several replicas of).
  • July 20, 2014
    TwoGunAngel
  • July 20, 2014
    MorningStar1337
    ^^^ Okay I'll wait for some examples and then launch this tomorrow night.
  • July 21, 2014
    MorningStar1337
    Okay I'm gonna launch in 3 hours. But for now I'll standardize the list into folders
  • July 21, 2014
    Astaroth
    • Raziel from the Legacy Of Kain series wields a spectral version of the Soul Reaver sword, a weapon forged by the legendary vampire Vorador and intended to be wielded by a champion of the vampire race. The series' other protagonist, Kain, wields the Reaver's physical form.
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