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A common trope to both video games and anime, a BFS is an unrealistically large sword most often owned by TheHero, TheChosenOne, or whatever type the lead happens to be. The BFS is often nearly as long as its owner is tall, and may or may not have other special abilities besides being humongous. If a BFS does possess other strange qualities, one of them almost assuredly prevents it from being used by other people, whether that be weight, a magical barrier, a direct link to its owner, or other means.

Usually, no other character in a game or series is the possessor of a sword that is anywhere close to as huge as the BFS. Sometimes, even when unusual swords and weapons are an everyday occurrence, characters are still surprised by the size of the lead's BFS, as it is a physical manifestation of its owner's potential power.

TheRival or a villain will sometimes own a BFS, representing a significant hurdle and challenge for the protagonist to overcome. It is rarer for a secondary character, such as TheLancer or TheBigGuy, to own a BFS, but if the lead character does not possess one, one of the others in their party likely will.

One dubiously historical example of a BFS is the ''zanbato'', an AntiCavalry sword big enough to kill a rider and ''his horse'' in one shot (bringing new meaning to a certain phrase that ends, "... and the horse you rode in on!"). Such may have been made more as a test of swordsmithing than for actual combat. The ''zanbato'' itself is based on a shorter Chinese sword, the ''zhanmadao'', roughly the length of a Scottish claymore, also designed to cut through rider and horse at the same time. Likewise, the Germans employed a type of sword called the Zweihänder (literally, "two-hander"), which could be up to six feet in length, and were said to allow the wielder to decapitate multiple foes with a single blow, though this only become possible once steel was available to make large but light weapons, and even then, might have been an exaggeration on the part of boastful warriors. The documented rationale for the unusual length of the zweihänder was to cut off speartips from a safe distance.

This trope includes any type of improbably large ("anime-sized") melee weapon. After the aforementioned big-ass sword, gigantic [[BladeOnAStick lances]] tend to be the most common. However, [[DropTheHammer humongous hammers]] and [[AnAxeToGrind titanic axes]] also appear from time to time, most commonly in the hands of TheBigGuy (or, just for the absurdity of it all, [[GlacierWaif a little girl]]).

An ancient trope. Oversized, unrealistic swords aren't unheard of in medieval or earlier fiction, poetry, and artwork. To make matters more confusing, most societies employing swords also made huge ceremonial swords for display, which laymen of later periods may mistake for actual war tools. Swords employed in combat or dueling were [[http://www.thearma.org/essays/weights.htm lighter]] than even the typical, non-BFS fantasy sword -- which makes a lot of sense, if you remember it's about swinging one hundreds of times and quick enough -- while the only purpose of a ceremonial or executioner's sword is to be carried along or make one strong cut respectively, there's not a lot of swinging around. Even the really ''big'' swords that were used for "fencing" with (batting aside or cutting) ''[[BladeOnAStick polearms]]'' or punching through thick armor [[http://www.thearma.org/essays/2HGS.html were far lighter]] than we are led to believe by various sources.

Compare BigBulkyBomb and {{BFG}}. May well be a BiggerStick. May involve {{Hammerspace}} physics for storage, or [[SticksToTheBack some sort of strange magnetism]]. [[BladeAboveTheShoulder Almost always held casually resting on the hero's shoulder]].
If it's being wielded with just one hand, it's a OneHandedZweihander. Compare DualWielding, HeroesPreferSwords, and InfinityPlusOneSword. May be used to create a SinisterScrapingSound. Obligatory links to FreudWasRight and CompensatingForSomething are here for your convenience.
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* From ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Ryuko Matoi has half a scissor. That can transform to the size of a sword. Which can triple in length.
* Being that ''RanmaOneHalf'' is more a comedy than anything, it doesn't allow many blades of any size to get in. [[AnimeChineseGirl Shampoo]] still manages to get away with swinging around a massive sabre in her first appearance, even if she does trade it for CarryABigStick afterwards. How big is it? The blade alone is roughly the same length as the distance between the bottom of Shampoo's pelvis and the top of her head. And she swings it around in ''one hand''. While carrying a chui (a long-handled mace with a basketball sized ''solid steel'' head) in the other.
* ''MagicKnightRayearth'':
** When Fuu's [[EvolvingWeapon Escudo sword]] evolves, it just gets ''bigger'', to the point where it becomes longer than she is tall. It also weighs a ton if anyone other than her tries to use it, although that has more to do with its made-just-for-her nature than its mass. (In contrast, the other girls' swords gain more elaborate designs on the hilt.)
** The Mashin/Rune Gods themselves wield BFS's, but they're large magical mechs, so ItMakesSenseInContext.
* Susanoomon from ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has what is, proportionally, the biggest effing blade ever with his "Zero ARMS: Orochi" weapon. He creates what looks like a BFG that's bigger than he is (which is made even bigger by the fact that he's probably more than 20 feet tall; there may be no "proportionally" about it) that creates a LaserBlade ''big enough to bisect the '''entire''' [[{{Cyberspace}} Digital World]] whenever it is swung''.
** Most other blades belonging to individual Digimon are very large, if not quite to the same degree as that of Susanoomon. Memorable examples include [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Imperialdramon Paladin Mode]], [[Anime/DigimonFrontier KaiserGreymon]], [[Anime/DigimonSavers ShineGreymon]], [[Manga/DigimonNext VictoryGreymon]], and [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars most of Shoutmon's Xrossed forms]]. ''DigimonWorld4'' is a game more or less devoted to taking several famous Digimon and giving them [=BFSs=].
** Minervamon and Mervamon both use greatswords as big as them. Minervamon even wields hers one-handed.
** Taken UpToEleven with Mervamon's Wide Hi-Vision Sword, a sword as wide as she is tall and three times as long.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** All Soul Reapers would possess swords the size of skyscrapers if they didn't seal their power when not using it. When transformed, some Soul Reapers gain tremendously huge weapons as a result, especially in Bankai. [[WordOfGod Tite Kubo]] has stated that Soul Reapers don't feel the weight of their zanpakutō because it is [[EmpathicWeapon part of their soul]].
*** Ichigo's sword is huge even in its most basic form because he cannot properly seal his power. As a result, the sword's baseline size generates surprise among Soul Reapers who first see it. When he releases his power, his Zanpakutou unusually shrinks in size as he gains greater control. As his power develops, his base sword shrinks in size, but still remains unusually large.
*** Renji's Zanpakutou can transform into a large extendable serrated whip-blade. In Bankai it becomes an incredibly large version that can demolish entire sections of Seireitei with a single swing.
*** Komamura's Bankai transforms into a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant samurai]] wielding an equally giant sword.
*** Ikkaku's Bankai transforms into a giant weapon with three chain-linked blades that seem like huge, modified monk's spades and guandaos.
*** Several Vizards have oversized weapons in the form of an unnaturally large spear for Lisa, a giant club for Love and a giant serrated saw blade for Hiyori.
*** Gin's Zanpakutou gains incredible length when it transforms, allowing him to snipe foes from great distances.
*** Zaraki's sword is almost as long as a tall man in base form because he's the only Soul Reaper apart from Ichigo who cannot properly seal his sword. When the sword does transform, it becomes a giant backwards-facing blade.
** Arrancar, being hollows that also possess Zanpakutou, can also end up with huge weapons when they transform into their true forms.
*** Baraggan Louisenbairrn has a Big Effing [[AnAxeToGrind Axe]]. When he releases his power, the axe grows even larger.
*** Harribel's sword is a giant blade in the shape of a [[AnimalMotif shark's tooth]].
*** Nnoitra wields a giant half-moon axe-scythe hybrid. When his power releases, his weapon transforms into six large scythes that he wields one-handed (one in each of his six hands).
** Ginjou's cross pendant transforms into a giant long sword that's almost as tall as he is. He's very tall himself.
* Kazuki from ''BusouRenkin'' has an alternate weapon type -- a BFL (Big Fraggin' Lance).
* Guts and his Dragon Slayer from ''{{Berserk}}'' are a classic example. Though the giant swords he wields are relatively realistic in terms of being metallurgically problematic, with the Dragon Slayer stated to be forged from solid iron rather than carbon steel, and the art goes to great lengths to portray the weapon realistically with a lot of momentum and almost no real cutting edge. Many other characters have large versions of non-sword weapons as well, such as an atlatl-style spear thrower that generates cannon-like force or, in a Downplaying an Indian-style flexible sword that is of normal length but far more blades than normal (based on a real Indian weapon known as an ''urumi''). Ironically, despite a painstaking attempt at verisimilitude for the weapon's effects, ''Berserk'''s creator, Kentaro Miura, has admitted in interviews that he only hit upon the idea of the huge sword as a gimmick to attract readers.
** Many of the Apostles wield massive weapons, though this is becuase they are demons that just look human most of the time.
** This extends to the Dreamcast video game based on the series, as it's nigh-impossible to swing the Dragon Slayer in tight corridors without it bouncing off the wall to little effect. In the PS2 version, set in the Millennium Falcon arc, this simply isn't an issue -- most of the action takes place outdoors, while the few indoor or underground areas that Guts goes into are spacious enough to allow him to use the Dragon Slayer to full asskicking effect.
* In ''TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya'', Ryoko Asakura [[BodyHorror turns her]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext arms]] into twin [[{{BFS}} BFSs]].
* Earth from ''ZatchBell'' is the king of this trope. All of his spells revolve around his sword, which isn't too big for demon standards. However, some of his spells increase the size of it. Jian Ji Sorudo causes a huge sword to form at the tip of his, which he can use accordingly. Varusere Ozu Maru Sorudon is one of his last resorts, in which he just makes it ''rain'' [[http://www.mangareader.net/266-25418-2/zatch-bell/chapter-283.html BFS's]]. [[spoiler: It is shown that if he had stayed in the fight longer, he would've awoken [[http://www.mangareader.net/266-34979-8/zatch-bell/chapter-317.html Shin Varusere Ozu Maaru Sorudon]] that just causes him to [[StormOfBlades summon more, larger, stronger raining BFS's]].]]
* Manga/InuYasha's sword Tessaiga is a normal-sized and rather dull-bladed katana in its unempowered state, but transforms into a BFS for use in battle whenever he has the desire/resolve to protect a human. Bankotsu's Banryuu, though technically a [[BladeOnAStick halberd]], makes an even bigger BFS than Tessaiga.
** On the other hand, the three swords wielded by MasterSwordsman Sesshoumaru are all of normal size.
** Jakotsu's sword ''looks'' like its only a bit bigger than average, if that. In reality, its actually [[WhipSword a bunch of very thin, very hard blades attached tip-to-tip which he can swing around with an incredible amount of force and control.]]
* Mikoto from ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' fits the main trope when she becomes a DarkMagicalGirl later in the series.
* Arika from ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'' is the proud wielder of both a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/arikaBFL.jpg BFL]] and a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/arikaBFS.jpg BFS]].
** Arika gets [[UpToEleven one-upped]] by her own ''mother'' in ''Anime/MaiOtome0Sifr''. Her version of the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Sword of Akatsuki]] is large enough to cleave an asteroid in half from several hundred meters off.
* Zabuza, an ex-Seven Swordsman of the Mist and the first major villain that Team 7 faces in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', has a rather nasty BFS named ''Kubikiribouchou'' ("Decapitating Carving Knife") [[spoiler:that can [[HealingFactor repair itself]] with the iron from the blood of its victims]]. Kisame (also a former member of the Seven) has another BFS named ''Samehada'' ("sharkskin") that [[LoyalPhlebotinum only he can use]], and which is more or less a sword-shaped bundle of ''hooks'' as opposed to an actual blade. Its main strength is its ability to [[EnergyAbsorption absorb the chakra of others in order to aid its master]], and Kisame can also [[spoiler:fuse with it if need be]]. It also happens to be ''[[EmpathicWeapon alive]]'', to the point where it's capable of [[spoiler:abandoning its master if it finds someone else it likes better]].
** Expanding on Zabuza, Kishimoto said Zabuza's early character designs had his sword about the size of a skycraper, or at least a small building.
** Outside of that group, the Raikage's bodyguard Darui has a sword that is a giant cleaver/ax with no point. It seems to be able to fold along a pivot sideways to be stored easier.
** [[{{Kaiju}} Gamabunta's]] tanto (which for him is regular-sized) was temporarily used by Tsunade as an insanely giant sword.
** Yet another one of the Seven Swordsmen, Chojuro also has a pretty big sword, but when he really lets loose his "Hiramekarei" will reach BFS status due to the powered up chakra.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Sagara Sanosuke starts out with a BFS (a ''zanbatō'', in fact) and a rotten attitude. It was his {{weapon of choice}}, hence his nickname (Zanza). Kenshin destorys it during their last fight. He says it is impractical and proceeds to easily outmaneuver the sword, which is bound by the laws of physics (especially momentum) to be a clumsy weapon. None of this stops Sano from breaking it out one more time in the Jinchuu arc and showing it can be used for other things [[CrowningMomentofAwesome like playing baseball with cannon shells.]]
** Fuji of the Juppongatana also wields a tremendously gigantic sword.
* Explored in ''CLAMP'''s debut manga, ''RGVeda'', in which a major character carries one, and remarks that it wouldn't ever be able to cut anything, had the sword not been magical.
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'',
** Asuna's PaperFanOfDoom can upgrade into a BFS. How this works depends on whether it's in the manga or the AlternateContinuity anime series ''Negima?!'' In any case, the fan is mainly for comedy (or sparring), while the sword is the business version.
** Meanwhile, Jack Rakan, a comrade of Negi's father, is known as "Rakan of the Thousand Swords". Apparently, it seems, including one the size of a ''[[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v22/c200/8.html skyscraper]]''.
** Asuna's classmate Kaede is a semi-closeted {{Ninja}} whose signature weapon is a four-pointed Big '' FuumaShuriken''[[note]]lit. Wind Demon Shuriken[[/note]] which is considerably wider from tip to tip than she is tall[[note]][[HugeSchoolgirl And she's almost six feet tall]][[/note]]. Also, she sometimes seems to pull it [[{{Hammerspace}} out of nowhere]][[note]]WordOfGod is that it splits into four sections, which she stacks and carries on her back[[/note]].
** Setsuna. That nodachi of hers is taller than she is (necessary for the demon-slaying work of her sword school).
** In weapon-to-wielder ratio, the sword that Evangeline's [[PerversePuppet puppet]] Chachazero uses, mostly in ''Negima?!'', also counts. It's not an unrealistically large sword, but not one that would be easy to wield one-handed. Chachazero does it just fine, though. She's less than a foot tall, making the sword seem absolutely gigantic.
** [[TookALevelInBadass Yue]] has started wielding a sword that's longer than she is tall. She even manages to kill a powerful demon with it.
** [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithFire Quartum]]]] can summon a pillar-sized sword with a spell. And it's [[FlamingSword on fire]].
** Given that Ku Fei's pactio weapon is a staff based on the [[JourneyToTheWest Ruyi Jingu Bang]], and thus can [[TelescopingStaff expand to any size at will]], it has at times been the largest melee weapon in a series packed with them.
* The Heavy Blade class in the ''Franchise/DotHack'' series all wield these as a rule. For some reason, another rule for this class is [[BreastPlate skimpy armour for females]], but that's another story entirely.
** (Most of) The male Heavy Blades also use skimpy armor, but you don't get many of those on your team.
** As far as this series is concerned, Black Rose's [[http://dothack.wikia.com/wiki/BlackRose_(LINK) new blade really takes the cake!!]]
** Haseo from ''.hack//G.U. Trilogy'' takes this UpToEleven in his B-st form. He is DualWielding ChainsawGood BFS, complete with [[FieldOfBlades field of BFS]]
* After breaking ''four'' ordinary swords in a fight, [[strike:Karura]] [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Karula]] from ''Anime/{{Utawarerumono}}'' upgrades to a BFS that only she is able to lift; however, because she demanded it be unbendable, unbreakable, and never need sharpening, the edge is not as sharp as a regular sword, so people she hits with it tend to splatter. She tests it out by splitting a giant boulder. Several strong men had difficulty even carrying it.
** And then she breaks that one too, which is never mentioned again because it's back for her next fight.
* The [[FauxSymbolism Ten Commandments]] sword, used by Haru Glory in ''Manga/RaveMaster'', is nearly as large as its wielder. Luckily, this only applies to its base form, Eisonmeteor; its other 9 forms are much more reasonably sized, with the exception of Gravity Core, which is even larger.
** ''All'' BFS wielders in the series (and probably all BFS wielders in ''history'') bow before the might of Uta the Eternal, who wields a sword 100 feet long and over 10 feet wide, even though he's only human sized (at least [[OneWingedAngel initially]]). It's seriously insane.
* Aya and Maya from ''TenjouTenge'' share a long, long katana that could not be wielded by either of them, y'know, in the real world.
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has Fate Testarossa and her intelligent device, Bardiche. Not only does its Zanber Form start out larger than she is, but it can grow to such immense length that Fate could cleave through HumongousMecha ''at a distance''. Slightly justified in that Bardiche only transforms into its hilt; its blade is made of magical energy, which means that Fate can extend the blade further so long as she has the mana to spare.
** While not quite as oversized as Fate's, Signum's [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Levantine/Laevatein/Laevateinn]] is still (depending on artist and camera angle) longer than she is. Her recently revealed new sword in the ''[[NanohaForce FORCE]]'' manga is even '''[[UpToEleven bigger]]'''.
** Cypha has two. Vita's [[DropTheHammer Graf Eisen]] can upsize to the point that she's invisible when showing its full size. And Deville's axe. Goodness.
* D's Masamune from the two ''VampireHunterD'' movies definitely fits this trope -- if it wasn't for the curve of the blade, it would drag the ground whenever he wields it. As it is, it's a miracle he can unsheath it, let alone wield it with the superhuman speed he does. Well, he ''is'' a [[{{Dhampyr}} dhampir]] after all.
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has one of these. The series even subtly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it when he first fights Viral: by the time you think he's finished drawing the sword from its scabbard, he still has that much further to go.
** It took him exactly 8,47 seconds to draw that sword.
** In [[spoiler:the final fight with the Anti-Spiral, the TTGL uses giant versions of Enki's swords.]] Oh, and did I mention [[spoiler:the TTGL is 13 billion lightyears tall? That's a BFS! Actually, two BFS!]]
** Also, in the [[spoiler:second TTGL movie]] Viral pilots a [[spoiler: galaxy sized mech with 14 arms. Guess what 11 of those arms are wielding? Granted, they're not as big as the TTGL's BFS, IMO quantity over quality in this case.]]
** Also, in some [[spoiler:official art of the Tengen Toppa Gurren, King Kittan, and Agodega, (which never appeared in the manga/anime/movies, you clearly see that the TTG is wielding a katana, like Kamina. The TTG is, you guessed it, galaxy sized. Considering Kamina's normal katana is already a BFS, the TTG's katana is a BFS of a BFS.]]
* Hibana "The Punishment" Daidara from ''DeadmanWonderland'' has a BFS [[spoiler: WhipSword]] that no one else can pick up. Pretty impressive for ''an eight-year-old CreepyChild''.
* After using the Goldion Hammer (not a BFS, so much as a Big Friggen Hammer) during the original series run, ''GaoGaiGar'' gets to use the Goldion Crusher -- a hammer of light made out of battleships -- during the OVA.
** And yet, when the main villain of the OVA Pulls out a regal-looking mech-sized blade, ''GaoGaiGar'' counters with a green crystal version of Gai's "Will Knife", just scaled up to GaoGaiGar size.
* Mihawk's sword in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Can be mistaken, however, for a grave cross. The first time you see Mihawk's sword, you can easily mistake it for a giant marble cross that he's resting against. Then he draws it. The sword is bigger than he is. It gets progressively more badass afterwards, to the point where he can use it to slice a (frozen) tsunami wave bigger than a fortress in half with it. Horizontally in half.
** Smoker's jitte isn't nearly up to Mihawk's standards, but it is still pretty huge.
** Whitebeard's halberd is in proportion to his body size, and the guy's 20 feet tall.
** Arlong's secret weapon is a huge, saw-shaped sword called Kiribachi (Cutting Plectrum, called the Saw Blade in the anime dub).
** Points for originality go to Funkfreed, Spandam's sword. It's a relatively average-sized sword that can transform into an elephant.
* In ''ShakuganNoShana'', Sorath has one he calls [[GratuitousGerman Blutsauger]]. Both Tanaka and Satou later make several attempts to lift it, but neither of them succeeds to get it off of the ground completely. In Season 2, Yuji [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] and wields it with ease, at one point [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throwing it]] one-handed as a finishing move.
* The Kaiser Blades from the ''MazingerZ'' OVA series ''{{Mazinkaiser}}''. The movie sequel has [[DualWielding two smaller blades that are deployed from the shoulders]], but the original/Final Kaiser Blade was pulled out of Kaiser's chest, was three times the length of Kaiser, and able to cut through damn near anything.
* ''SilentMoebius'' features the magical shape-shifting sword Grospoliner, a sentient weapon of ridiculous size in its sword form. However, Katsumi rarely (or never) uses the blade of the sword to cut enemies, instead mainly using the weapon as a magic-focusing tool.
* The Galahad Knightmare Frame from ''Anime/CodeGeass'', personal ride of Knight of One Bismarck Waldstein, possesses a sword so huge that the sheath needs its own ''propulsion system''. Bismarck himself also wields a human-scaled replica, which is still pretty over-sized. But then again, [[LargeAndInCharge so is Bismarck]].
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' also has its very own [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnVCYOUB0gY example]], the [[LaserBlade Shining Finger Sword]] in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. (It's wielded by a HumongousMecha but it's fragging big anyway.)
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' introduced anti-ship swords, which are sword-shaped cheese slicers with energy blades, using the extra weight for impact (although non-beam edge variants exist such as the Grand Slam sword and the anti-ship swords carried on the IWSP pack. Both are able to be used by the Strike and its variants, although they were never featured in the anime). Beyond this, the spinoff manga ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'' has two more examples: Blue Frame's Tactical Arms, and Red Frame's Gerbera Straight II, a ''hundred-and-fifty-meter katana'' that requires special equipment just to use it.
** For those who aren't familiar with the franchise: that katana is more than eight times as long as the Red Frame's height (and similar to ''the length of mothership''), and unlike many of the examples on this page, it's not a beam weapon but an actual metal sword. At one point, Lowe impales a battleship with the Gerbera Straight II. The battleship is only 130 meters long.
** If you have to ask why Lowe Gear decided to forge a 150-meter katana, you [[CrazyAwesome don't know Lowe very well.]] He just thought it would be ''awesome'' to have a katana that large and really, can you disagree?
** Also from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' are the METEOR units, which feature a pair of huge beam sabers on each arm. During the final battle, Athrun uses one to cleave an Agamemnon-class carrier in half lengthwise [[Main/OneHitKill with a single blow]]. To put this in perspective, an Agamemnon-class carrier is 300-meters long, twice the length of the Gerbera Straight II.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' has a more literal example, as the giant mobile armor Orchis wields a gigantic beam saber whose handle is about as big as the (normal-sized) Gundam that controls the Orchis, and produces a blade as long as the Orchis itself.
** To a lesser extent, the Gundam Physalis has a larger-than-normal beam saber, which Gato overcharges to be even ''larger'' during a duel with Kou.
** The title mecha of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' normally wields a pair of average-sized swords, but can get into BFS range when the built-in beam sabers are activated. And then when combined with the 0 Raiser support fighter to form the 00 Raiser, in [[SuperMode Trans-Am mode]] it can form two gaint beam swords that rival even the Shining Finger Sword in size.
** The spinoff ''[[Manga/Gundam00Sidestories Gundam 00V]]'' supplemental material includes the 00 Gundam Seven Sword variant, with one of the seven swords being a physical blade (the GN Buster Sword II) that's taller than the mecha itself and weighs about 10 tons.
** Episode 17 of the second season contained one of the largest examples of this trope in Fiction: the Raiser Sword. [[spoiler:00 Raiser in [[SuperMode Trans-Am mode]] was able to create a truly MASSIVE Beam Sabre capable of reaching up to orbit to slice in half the [[KillSat Memento Mori]] while the 00 Raiser is at the edge of the Atmosphere. [[AllThereInTheManual According to the background material]] the Memento Mori is on an orbital ring 10,000 kilometers above the Earth's surface. The crew of Memento Mori is initially relieved when the "beam cannon" fired at them missed...until they realize [[OhCrap it's a sword]], which gets lowered down to slice through them.]]
*** Note that the sword itself is stated by WordOfGod to be about 10,000 kilometers long. The Mecha that wields it is 20 meters tall. That means it wields a sword that's ''500,000 times longer than the Mecha is tall!''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' spinoff manga ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' has the Crossbone Gundam X-3, whose signature "Muramasa Blaster" is a fairly large sword to begin with but gets much bigger when the '''fourteen beam sabers''' built into it are activated. (It also has a [[FrickinLaserBeams beam rifle]] built in.)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam's'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgj9uk_Z1PQ Hyper Beam Saber attack]].
** There's also the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Double Zeta's]] Hyper Beam Saber, which is one of Double Zeta's beam cannons that can be converted into a beam saber. The more recent appearances in VideoGame/SuperRobotWars really ramp up how big the sword gets.
** The [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam V2 Gundam]] pulled this as well in its final battle, though the saber didn't grow in width, just in length. It also has the [[PowerGivesYouWings "Wings of Light"]], a pair of beam wings whose primary role is propulsion but can also function as kilometers-long beam sabers.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' has Epyon, the EvilCounterpart to the main character's Wing Zero. While Zero wields a {{BFG}}, Epyon has a beam sword that's powered by a direct connection to its nuclear fusion reactor, meaning it can grow to incredible lengths. This can be seen in one episode where Epyon's pilot extends the sword to incredible size and uses it to slice through the massive space fortress Barge.
** ''Wing'' also has the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'' version of Gundam Sandrock. In the TV series, its heat shotels are [[http://aboutgundamwing.com/Mecha/sandrock_strike.jpg longsword-sized weapons that happen to have a C-curve]]; in ''EW'', they're [[http://aboutgundamwing.com/SC/EW/vlcsnap-103196.jpg as big as Sandrock itself]].
* Ideon from ''SpaceRunawayIdeon''. One of its weapons, the Ideon Sword, a beam of pure light emitted from each of Ideon's hands. While the beam's destructive power is immense (even cleaving a planet in half at one point), its most peculiar quality is its length. While adjustable, the maximum length of the sword is depicted as being quite possibly infinite.
* Balgus from ''VisionOfEscaflowne'' gets one in the second episode, when facing off against the Zaibach cloaked Melefs. Considering these things managed to incapacitate with ease several other melefs (for reference, melef=15 foot tall mecha), the fact that Balgus proved harder to kill when on foot and armed only with his 8-foot long sword makes him [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome even more awesome.]]
* The Di-Swords from ''ChaosHead'' are giant swords wielded by the six main girls of the show. In addition to being very large, they also [[PowerGlows glow]], [[EmotionEater feed off emotions]], and are invisible to everyone except other [[RealityWarper Gigalomaniacs]].
* ''Manga/EatMan'' has a few of these, though The Boer Sword deserves a special mention. Despite the fact that it's only ever used in one hand the thing's easily twice the size of anyone who uses it, dangles a mass of apparently self-motivating cables, and commands the allegiance of an army of monsters.
* At one point, couple of mooks in ''HokutoNoKen'' team up swing a giant sword. Being ''Hokuto No Ken'' mooks, the mookiest mooks in mookdom, they die bloodily a panel later.
* [[spoiler: Allen Walker]] and [[spoiler: the Earl of Millennium]] from ''DGrayMan'' have matching (yin-yang) swords that resemble giant cricket bats. Lavi's weapon is a hammer that can become huge.
* Kuroki, one of the operatives in ''BlazerDrive'' wields a sword that looks suspiciously like Allan's.
** [[spoiler: And now it's a WhipSword like [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Renji]]'s and [[Manga/DeadmanWonderland Hibana's]].]]
* Jio Freed in ''SixSixSixSatan/O-Parts Hunter'' eventually carries a Big Effin' Boomerang/Ninja Star whose size and amount of damage it can inflict is proportional to the fear and hate a person has. Thus to a fearful mook the thing ''fills the entire sky'' while to a pure-hearted angel it's a useless ring of metal (unfortunately the angel works for the [[BigBad bad guys]]).
* The Medicine Seller from ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'' has a weapon that is less of a sword and more of a blazing energy blade attached to a sword handle. It can be just as long as it needs to be, including ''building-length''.
* One of the combatants in the TournamentArc of ''BattleAngelAlita: Last Order'' wields a "sword" that's big enough to need its own ''propulsion system'' and features its own energy weapon, making this a Big Fuckin' Gunsword. The combatant himself also counts -- his legs have been replaced with blades and he attacks by launching himself like a shruiken. It's justified when he mentions his preferred opponents are ''warships''.
* Father Remington from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' carries a crucifix-laser-broadsword that is taller than him. he gets over maneuverability issues by simply letting the sword tip slice through the ground during a sword swing.
* One of [[EquippableAlly Tsubaki's]] forms in ''Manga/SoulEater'' is a katana called the Fey Blade. For some reason, after Black* Star's last fight with Mifune in the anime, it increases in length to up to twice, if not three times, the original length.
** A scythe example, Soul's Witch/Demon Hunter form is also massive. One of [[TalkingWeapon Ragnarok's]] equivalent modes makes him considerably larger than usual.
* Some of the HumongousMecha/Samurai in ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' use swords so large that they are actually ''independently pilotable vehicles''. In the last few episodes [[spoiler: the titular heroes use one as transportation. And Kikuchiyo (who has a cybernetic body himself, but merely the size of a large human rather than a mecha) actually ''wields one'' during his HeroicSacrifice scene.]]
* Shidou "Sid" Misako from ''HayateXBlade'' has a sword that is notably bigger than most of the other girls'.
* The Shining Trapezohedron of ''{{Demonbane}}'' looks unweildy but it has the ability to cut through dimensions and seal away powerful gods.
* Gretel in ''OtogiJuushiAkazukin'' has the Missing Grave, a giant Sword with flowers growing on it. It can only be used because she wears a pair of Oven Mitts that give her strength like an Ogre. The sword is taller than most of the cast.
* Housen in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' fights with an umbrella, like all Yato. Since Housen is also The Night King, it's a freakin' ''huge'' umbrella.
* Tessai in ''NinjaScroll'' has one, and it plays a big part in [[spoiler:his own death.]]
* Surprisingly enough, its a SuperRobot known as Ganbarugar that had one of these and played it pretty realistically in its use. The sword is huge, but because of that its really hard to accurately swing it at a moving opponent, so the mecha has to paralyse the enemy first.
* Mewtwo from ''PokemonSpecial'' has a Big Friggin' ''Spoon'', formed from his energy. No matter how stupid it may sound, it serves as an extremely effective close-range melee weapon, and it can stretch, curve, and turn into a ''fork'' to spear things with. And he once used it to deliever a DiagonalCut on the ''Trainer Tower'', slicing the building in ''two''.
* Lapis from ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' carries a BFS which can nullify jutsu/magic.
* While it's not particularly huge, [[BrattyHalfPint Trom Bone]] from ''[[ViolinistOfHameln The Violinist Of Hameln]]'' wields his father's sword, which is a bit large for a boy his size. Hamel, on the other hand, wields a BFV?a Big Fraggin [[ImprobableWeaponUser Violin]].
* Alice L. Malvin from ''PumpkinScissors'' has Mahne, a double-bladed sword meant to be used by cavalrymen. She uses it ''on foot'', and wears a pair of sabatons in conjunction with it for the express purpose of kicking it free when one of the blades inevitably gets lodged in the ground.
* A number of monsters in ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', including Flame Swordsman, Swordstalker, Buster Blader, Amazoness Swordswoman, and Gilford the Lightning. A monster with a sword that is not a BFS is just out of place.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' gives us monomolecular cutters for use by 10 meter tall mechas. Swords with a chainsaw-like edge. Mao was shown to even have a holster for one. Although the first season only showed that one instance, ''The Second Raid'' had Clouseau owning Savages with a similarly sized scimitar.
* Cattleya from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' wields a gaint two-handed sword appropriately named "Giant Killer".
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': [[ManipulativeBastard Fiamma of the Right]] is able to produce a FlamingSword that is '''30-40 km long'''.
** Kanzaki has one as well though "Shichiten Shichitou" (Seven Heavens, Seven Swords) is "only" a 2m long katana.
** Acqua of the Back wields Ascalon, which is roughly 3.5 meters long and weighs roughly 441 pounds. {{Deconstructed}} when Acqua is eventually BroughtDownToNormal. He's forced to abandon Ascalon because he can't pick it up without his SuperStrength.
** The Knight Leader wields Hrunting, the sword Literature/{{Beowulf}} used, which is roughly 3.9 meters long yet weighs as much as a regular sword. Hrunting shrinks down to 80 cm when not powered up.
* A subversion from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': The sword wielded by Syaoran looks to be more-or-less realistically sized, but because Syaoran is just a little boy, it looks huge in his hands.
* Averted in ''{{Yaiba}}'', relatively speaking. Despite having a lot of swords and weapons, Aoyama rarely uses this trope. Yet, Kojiro's Laundry Pole has the power to grow really really long.
** Also the Devil King Sword (Mao Ken) is quite large compared to Gekko. Gold in the Underworld arc wields a gargantuan scimitar, but is quite justified because it fit its size.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai La Verite'' episode 11. Captain Konoe Tsurugi's OneeSama has one almost as tall as she is, which she uses against Konoe during their battle.
* {{Kurohime}} gets a LaserBlade [[spoiler: and cuts earth in half.]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Erza has Multiple {{BFS}}ES in her possession.
** Pantherlily's sword, Bustermarm is four times his size (and he's a big guy[[spoiler: most of the time]]).
** Gajeel's Karma God: Demon Blade it's powerful enough to cause tremors.
** The Musica sword found by Pantherlily can become one at will.
* The warriors in ''{{Claymore}}'' wield, well, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claymore claymores,]]'' which are really just replicas of the historic Scottish swords that are longer and thicker. They aren't extravagantly large for BFS standards, but they seem to be realistically proportionate for the female warriors who wield them, who are half-demon anyway and are able to wield them [[OneHandedZweihander single-handed]], something that ordinary humans can't do. That, and [[spoiler: [[ThunderboltIron the blades are indestructible]].]]
** Post-time skip Raki has also entered the ring, as he wields a humongous sword of his own.
* While {{Mazinkaiser}} wields three swords named Kaiser Blade, the main one is the technical BFS. It is ejected from its chest, requires both hands to wield and is powerful enough to cleave Hell King Gorgon in quarters. It's no wonder that ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games that use the ''Mazinkaiser'' OVA storyline refer to this weapon as "Kaiser Blade Full Power".
* In the first ''TenchiMuyo'' movie, Achika ends up turning Tenchi's sword, usually a lightsaber-ish weapon, into a massive energy blade, capable of cleaving BigBad [=KAIN=] in half.
** In ''TenchiInTokyo'', when the seven jewels Tenchi and the girls hold are united, they form into a massive crystal sword. Which Tenchi doesn't really use because he's such a NiceGuy
* In the manga ''Rikon Choutei'', the protagonist has a really big sword, so big that [[spoiler:he is cutting the Earth to the core with his sword. It's actually part of a divorce process. [[http://mangafox.me/manga/rikon_choutei/v01/c001/28.html See here]].]]
* When [[SwordArtOnline Kirito]] shops for equipment in ALO, he choses one of those claiming regular sword being "too light"
* Being a shonen centered on fighting, ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}'' has a modest number of BFS users, usually with a proper justification, and tend to be focused on OneHitKill tactics. These include:
** The Ichinose clan (including Zenmaru and Kai) wields the Sadanaga blades, referred to as "Kaitou" (Beast Sword/Mystery Sword), which are large, heavy nodachi with no crossguards designed for an aggressive battle style. Both Zenmaru and Kai are shown to be rather proficient ''only'' because they both trained with it since childhood.
** Shingo Mido of the [[BladeOnAStick Four Divine Spears]] wields the "Onidachi" (Demon Splitter), a 4 meters long x 48 pounds spear. He trained so much that he can be very efficient with that.
** Ryuho Kibe the ''Silver Ogre'' wields a weapon which he calls "Colossal Steel Sword", but is actually a very large [[CarryABigStick kanabo]]. Thanks to the Juugan battle drug he can wield the whole beast with one hand.
** Minor character Ginji Tatehara carries around a "Mystery Sword" called Kasumi Shirosada, which is a nodachi with a thinner-than-usual blade, which makes it faster.
** Inverted with Arimaru: her sword is normal sized, but her shield (which is vital to her fighting style) is enormous.
* Tohka has one in LightNovel/DateALive. During her RoaringRampageOfRevenge in the first novel(third anime episode) it grows to ''10 meters'' long.
* Brioche Dalkian of the Biscotti Republic Omitsu Squad is shown to have one in the second season of Anime/DogDays. It's difficult to estimate the size of it as we never see all of it on screen at once. The best estimate of it size come from [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lupine God Void Fang]] standing tall behind a line of hills, about a mile over said hills. [[OhCrap Then she attacks with it.]]
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* Steve Jackson's card game ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' (illustrated by John Kovalic) features characters wielding weapons (including swords) of improbably immense size.
** The Three-Handed Sword, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** Also the Big Honking Sword of Character Whupping. No, you can't take it for yourself, nice try.
** Also, the Sledgehammer of Smackdown, with a head significantly larger than the person holding it.
** As well as the similarly over-sized Unnatural Axe.
* ''[[TableTopGame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh!]]''
** Elemental Hero Wildheart, who wields a sword that would measure from the top of his head to his shins, were it held vertically. By fusing him with Elemental Hero Bladedge, however, you get Elemental Hero Wildedge. Just the visible part of his sword looks to be almost as tall as he is, but it's cut off by the card frame. It looks to be quite a bit longer, though. The kicker? The hilt is clearly too small for him to wield it with two hands.
** Seismic Crasher carries [[DualWielding two]] of these, one green and one purple, representing his power to sacrifice a Spell or Trap card up to twice per turn to deal damage.
** In fact, Bladedge himself IS a BFS. That, or his costume is one - depends on whether he's a guy in a costume, or a robot.
** It is however [[InvertedTrope inverted]] with Defender, the Magical Knight and his, well, it would be generous to call that thing a "knife".
* The ''{{Neopets}}'' card game parodies this with the card "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Big, Heavy Sword]]" which depicts an Usul (unsuccessfully) trying to wield it.
* Zenmaru in ''{{Gamaran}}'' has a gigantic katana named "Kutaragi Sadanaga". Partially subverted, as everyone points out how such a large weapon would be slow and impractical to use, but then played straight when Zenmaru take advantage of the blade's length and speed combined with his own strength to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome bisects all his opponents in one swing]].
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* In Marvel's ''[[TheMightyThor Thor]]'', the concept is taken to its logical extreme with the [[http://images.wikia.com/marveldatabase/images/8/87/Odinsword_Thor_300.jpg Odinsword]], which is many times the size of ''anybody'', human or Asgardian. Thor has successfully thrown it, but he could never wield it. Not least because drawing it from its sheath causes the end of the universe.
** Unfortunately it was badly depowered in Roy Thomas' Celestial/Ring Cycle storyline, in which we learn its origin and that drawing it, rather than destroying the universe, [[spoiler: will merely(?) bring on the day of Ragnarok]]. We also find out why it's that big: [[spoiler: it's meant to be wielded by a giant-size Destroyer, powered by Odin and all the other Asgardians except Thor, when he defends Earth from the even larger Celestials]].
* Shinryuken in ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' whose Colossal Blade, Size-mitar, is one big reference to Sanger Zonvolt, listed above.
* Korvus' Phoenix Blade from ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}''.
* The Hackmaster + 12 from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''.
* The Power of Understanding from ''ScottPilgrim''.
* ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'': ''ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}'' has a giant sword that is almost never entirely on panel.
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* The Estonian animation ''[[Animation/SuurToll Suur Tõll]]'' gives the towering leader of the second horde one. He towers over every one but the giant eponymous character, and his sword is as big as he is.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Blackfire in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. It probably changes size, too.
* In ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'', most unicorn blades have about nine pieces to them. [[CrazyAwesome Sir Unimpressive]], who trained for ten years, has an impressive thirteen. Rarity's father [[TheDragon General Esteem]] (considered to be the most powerful mortal warrior on the planet) has fourteen. Twilight Sparkle's blade Equinox? '''Twenty Seven.'''
* The katana Yuunagi in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire is an example of this trope.
* In the Manga/{{Naruto}} AU story [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8649007/1/Kitsune-s-Power Kitsune's Power]], the main character gains a [[GoneHorriblyRight bloodlimit]] granting him SuperStrength. He ends up having a sword made for him very like the one from {{Utawarerumono}} and uses it to fight Zabuza to a standstill.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* William Wallace wields one of these in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', and does the usual things of chopping horses' legs off and then the heads of their riders with it. The William Wallace Sword, traditionally thought to belong to Wallace, is quite enormous.
* The Kurgan in the original ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' carries a large broadsword. It's large enough that the Kurgan can't get away with pulling the sword from the {{Hammerspace}} in his trenchcoat like other immortals. Instead, he assembles it from pieces stored in a briefcase, with each piece clicking into place like a Snap-Tite model.
* The main character of ''Film/{{Machete}}'' is quite fond of big frickin machetes.
* Ramona, in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', wields a big hammer when fighting with Roxy Richter.
* The title sword in ''Film/TheSwordAndTheSorcerer'' wasn't just big lengthwise, but sported three ginormous parallel blades, and these two side blades could be shot as missiles, so it was both a BFS and a {{BFG}} combined.
* The eponymously named sword in the Japanese film ''SwordOfAlexander''.
* Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Sideswipe all have retractable wrist-blades in the live-action ''{{Transformers}}'' [[TransformersFilmSeries film series]]. Prime and Sideswipe have two on each arm. Sentinel Prime also wields a huge [[DoubleWeapon double sided]] broadsword, though his resembles a straight razor.
* The killer's ridiculously oversized meat cleaver in ''Film/ViolentShit''.
* ''100 Tears'' features an oversized meat cleaver
* Komodo has and uses one during all his fights in ''WarriorsOfVirtue''.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** The InNameOnly version of {{Deadpool}} from ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' has swords that extend from each of his wrists in a slit between his knuckles like Wolverine's claws. Taking logic into account, the swords are so big that he would be unable to bend his elbows with them fully concealed.
** The Silver Samurai from ''Film/TheWolverine'' wields an enormous katana and wakizashi, both made out of pure adamantium. Holding these swords with both hands triggers the blades to become superheated and be able to cut through adamantium.
* ''{{Film/Ironclad}}'' gives us Marshall's Templar Longsword. From tip to hilt it's as tall as he is, and he uses it to vertically cleave a Danish soldier in half through the axe he used to block the strike.
* Rita Vrataski uses one to great effect in ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow''; it appears to be a broken-off propeller blade ripped from a downed dropship. This is a change from the original light novel, ''LightNovel/AllYouNeedIsKill'', where she uses [[Main/AnAxeToGrind an axe]] instead.
* ''Famine:''
--> '''[[FinalGirl Jenny]]:''' Not nice to call someone names when they have a big fucking sword on them!
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[{{Transhuman}} Ado Edem]] from [[NasuVerse Kinoko Nasu]]'s ''AngelNotes'' wields a weapon called Slash Emperor that is essentially a "sword." By consuming portions of the planet to form itself, Slash Emperor can span incredible lengths to match the size of its opponent, as demonstrated when it destroyed the massive, hostile being called [[OurAngelsAreDifferent The Black Aristoteles]] which was several tens of kilometers in size.
* In ''Literature/TheCatastropheOfTheEmeraldQueen'' Mordalayn, the Emerald Queen's bodyguard, fights with a 3 bladed sword so large he wears it on his back. [[spoiler:It’s also booby trapped and takes off the hand of an enemy who tries to pull it out the scabbard. It's also capable of becoming a WeaponOfMassDestruction where the two outer blades detach and form a magical force field.]]
* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', [[DishingOutDirt Knights Terra]] usually carry enormous swords, mauls, or waraxes that would be nearly impossible for ordinary soldiers to use, but thatthey have no trouble wielding due to the SuperStrength that comes from being an earthcrafter. They are usually organized into groups that a particular Legion uses as a battering ram or stopgap. Even [[WolfMan Canim elites]] and [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Vord warriors]] have to give way under that kind of assault. And they become ''real'' terrors if they're [[ExtraOreDinary metalcrafters to boot.]]
* Literary example, and a western one at that: Belgarion, the main character of David Eddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', inherits a BFS halfway through the story. A basic gigantic greatsword [[ThunderboltIron forged from meteoric iron]], it's got a MacGuffin (the Orb of Aldur) attached to the hilt, effectively turning it into an EmpathicWeapon that will kill (almost) anyone else that touches it (putting it into the "only he can use it" category). Among other things, the Orb reduces the weight of the sword to enable Belgarion to easily wield it; in an amusing scene early in the sequel series, ''The Malloreon'', Belgarion removes the Orb from the hilt with the sword still strapped across his back—and promptly hits his knees under the immense weight of the weapon. He barely manages to struggle out from underneath it, and throughout the rest of the series, he takes the sword off ''before'' removing the Orb.
** The sword was actually forged to be fairly normal-sized by its original wielder, Riva Iron-Grip. Only problem was he was about two or three feet taller than most people.
** Even though it's normal-sized for the seven-foot-plus Riva Iron-Grip, it's still much, much more heavy than steel would be. When it was newly made, [[TheMentor Belgarath]]--who helped with the forging by supplying the tools, heat, and water--told Riva to not remove the Orb when he was holding the sword in one hand if the occasion came up, as the sudden return of the weight would probably break his wrist.
** Not to be outdone, Belgariad BigBad Torak also had a BFS of his own: Cthrek Goru, a sword about as big as Belgarion's sword. Then again, Torak normally appears somewhat taller than humans, so the sword fits his hands more naturally than Belgarion's.
** Thanks to Garion blessing it with magic, Emperor 'Zakath is also able to use one of these in the sequel.
* Kamahl, the protagonist in the Torment Cycle of MagicTheGathering wields a BFS.
* Fredric in ''Literature/TheCastleOfOtranto'' comes into possession of a sword so large a hundred men grow close to fainting under its immense weight.
* One of the oldest examples in Fantasy literature (popular in the 1970s and 1980s, although ''Stealer of Souls'' was published in 1961): bad-ass AntiHero [[TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] his [[ArtifactOfDoom evil sentient soulsucking black rune-sword]] Stormbringer, one of two demonic runeblades (the other being Mournblade). Although Stormbringer was not as ridiculously big as many anime swords, it was still on the large side, and could only be touched safely by Elric or occasionally by his sidekick. Elric himself, being of a sickly constitution, could only lift the sword when he was filled by the blade's stolen soul energies; powered-up he could swing it with ease for hours, slaughtering whole armies, but without the stolen strength, he would collapse and be unable to even lift the heavy blade, let alone fight with it.
* Robert Baratheon in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', a [[BigEater big eating]], [[BoisterousBruiser boisterously bruising]] [[TheBigGuy big guy]] {{deconstruction}} owns a [[DropTheHammer massive warhammer]] that his friend Ned claims many men would have hard time even lifting. Gregor Clegane, [[GiantMook "The Mountain that Rides"]], inverts this trope. Being a huge man, he dwarfs his standard greatsword and wields it in one hand, like a longsword. Ned Stark's ancestral greatsword, Ice, definitely counts too.
* Two of the main heroes of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, were said to wield polearms that were over 40 lbs in weight and over 10 feet in length, respectively.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series:
** Aliera e'Kieron wields her ancestor Kieron's greatsword for several books. It's taller than she is. But then, she's an elf by any other name, and [[spoiler:her mother is a goddess]], so at least there's a reason she can lift it.
** This trope is also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Vlad on seeing Telnan with Nightslayer. He wonders if some Dzur strap hilts on with no sword underneath.
* In ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', Sun Wukong takes an impressively large BFS from an enemy and ends up demanding a better weapon from a dragon. He inspects and rejects a series of larger and larger weapons until he notices Ruyi Jingu Bang, an 8-tons pillar originally used as a measuring stick to test the water's depth during the worst flood of Chinese history. It changes size at will, so it's only as ridiculously large as the Monkey King wants it to be. Due to its weight, the novel describes it as gibbing some of the people it hits.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' seems surprisingly lacking in these, but the Klatchian enforcer 71-Hours Ahmed in ''Jingo'' has a very large ''scimitar''.
-->'''Vimes:''' He's practically a concealed owner!
* QuantumGravity had the weapon of intent, more accurately a shapeshifter weapon, that Lila Black brought back in the third book, and used all through the fourth. It does however, fit the trope perfectly, as the only two forms it took more than once were a pen (for concealment and easy carrying, but still usable as a weapon by simply writing threats?!) and a huge Zweihander. It is mentioned that even with Lila's Steel-Rending cyborg strength it would be too large and heavy for her to use effectively, except that it somehow balanced itself in an impossible way around her hand.
* ''{{Dragonlance}}'': The character Kaz wields a BF Axe in Kaz, The Minotaur. It's said in the text that it was forged by a Dwarf for a human knight and that it took two hands to wield the massive weapon (I remember it being implied that it was never wielded very well) but Kaz wields it easily with one hand performing ''manoeuvres which should have removed his arm from his shoulder'' with ease. Granted, the axe '''was''' mildly enchanted ([[spoiler:its mirror finish would only show the reflection of people with honor]]) but it didn't alter the weight in any way. It's not quite as huge as many of the blades mentioned here but it's always stuck with me.
* In ''KeysToTheKingdom'', Sir Thursday wielded a massive, dual-handed longsword with one hand. Justified in that he's a nearly immortal, demi-god-like being. This is later subverted when the blade transforms into a slender rapier for Arthur. Don't think that made it any less badass: the blade's signature power was that it killed any living creature with even the slightest touch.
* In Creator/NickPerumov's ''Literature/KeeperOfTheSwords'' cycle, DarkMagicalGirl Sylvia gets to wield a Flammberg (see below) which, however, has a magic that in Sylvia's (and other "rightful" hands) gives it a properties of a LaserBlade, including near-zero wielding weight (but not for the ones hit).
* In Creator/GeneWolfe's ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'' series, torturer Severian is given a huge and ancient executioner's sword by his guild-master when he is exiled, named ''Terminus Est''. The quillons are terminated by male and female heads, designating one edge for executing men and the other for women; the sword is blunt-tipped and only a cutting weapon, and sharp enough for Severian to shave with it. A channel down the blade is hollow, and contains mercury; it runs toward the hilt when the sword is held up, and flows toward the tip when swung, increasing the force of the blow.
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': Eragon, in the first edition, had a five-foot-long sword. It was retconned to three-and-a-half in its later edition.
* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' features [[LaserBlade lightsabers]] designed to be inordinately long. They disappeared more or less immediately when it was considered [[AwesomeButImpractical swinging one inside a ship would cause explosive decompression]].
** Are you saying Corran's got a raging Horn?
** And then reappeared when someone came up with a way to put it on a switch, so it would be a regular lightsaber until the user ''needed'' a blade that could cut a small spaceship in half. Luke Skywalker said "Dual-phase lightsabers seem to have been a fad among Jedi at certain points."
* In Sienkiewicz's ''[[SienkiewiczTrilogy Trilogy]]'' Longinus's hereditary sword made a RunningGag: most people he acquaints starts with asking him why he carries an "executioner's sword" and then are shocked when he shows ''[[ImplausibleFencingPowers he can fence]]'' with it. Their family legend -- backed up by coat of arms -- says one of his forebears beheaded 3 enemies with one swing and Longinus woved to repeat this feat. Also, see below (claymore).
* Duke Venalitor from the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/GreyKnights'' novel ''Hammer of Daemons'' is introduced with a blade as long as he is tall.
* Malfallax from the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Deus Sanguinius'' brings to bear a warpblade explicitly said to be ten metres long. He is a giant EldritchAbomination, though.
* The books ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' have the sword Thorn, a blade about two meters/six and a half feet long, forged from ThunderboltIron, that weighs so much it can't be lifted. (To everyone except its chosen user. For whom it's ''still'' so heavy it takes insane strength to use.) Did I mention it's ''black''? Not just regular black, but black that seems to suck in light. If not for the silver wrapping on the grip, it would be impossible to see at night (or hidden deep in a frozen cave, where the hero found it). There are only two men known to be able to lift it: [[IdiotHero Simon Snowlock]], the [[{{Determinator}} Dragon Slayer]]; and [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Sir]] [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Camaris]], the one who is strong enough to use it in battle.
* In ''TheRiftwarCycle'', Prince Arutha gets some visitors from the Empire of Great Kesh. One of them carries a ''flasher'', which is apparently to a scimitar what a greatsword is to a broadsword.
* [[http://typemoon.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ado_Edem_Slash_Emperor.png The Slash Emperor]] from KinokoNasu's short story ''[[Literature/AngelNotes Notes]]'' is several times taller than its user Ado Edem, and is ''more powerful than your average nuke''. Ado Edem uses it to slice apart [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Type Jupiter]]]].
* Michael, the Knight of the Cross of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' fame, wields a sword- ''Amorrachius'' -- five feet long.
* In ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', pretty much any famous sword is a BFS. Of special note is the two-handed ''flint'' sword made for the enormous Karsa Orlong, the former which is implied to be about 9 feet long.
* Obould Many-Arrows from R.A. Salvatore's ''ForgottenRealms'' [[TheLegendOfDrizzt novels]] wields one; notably, it's also [[FlamingSword on fire]]. Obould himself as an orc chieftain was [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority strong enough to intimidate into obedience]] stronger-than human orc warriors -- ''before'' he was magically enhanced.
* In {{Mistborn}}, the Koloss wield [=BFSs=] which are proportionate to their immense bodies. It becomes relevant here when Vin a (small) human takes one and starts fighting with it. [[spoiler: Especially awesome when Vin comes screaming down out of the sky with one to cut Straff Venture and his horse in half.]]
* In the John Silke novel Prisoner of the Horned Helmet, the main character uses a large axe named the elephant killer, which is described as being heavier than an average breastplate. later, 2 {{giant mook}}s appear. one of them uses a scimitar whih is almost as long as th other man, while the other uses an axe which is described as being "big enough to be his brother"
* Shardblades in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' normally fit; the ones described in detail are about 6 feet long. They are also effectively weightless, which probably has something to do with the fact that used to be wielded by [[GravityMaster Gravity Masters]] (and are currently usually wielded by people in {{Magitek}} PoweredArmor). These things will kill you with even the smallest hit to the body, so these days the BFSness is mostly for [[RuleOfCool show]], although the increased reach probably helps too. The oversized blades were much more practical when they were originally created, since they were made primarily to fight monsters the size of small buildings.
** Creator/BrandonSanderson has confirmed that he was deliberately invoking (and justifying) this trope. {{BFS}}s being a staple of the fantasy literature he grew up with, he decided to make a world where such weapons were actually practical- and then answer the question of [[TheLegionsOfHell what sort of enemy]] was so terrible it needed weapons like this to fight...
* In ''Literature/ArabianNights'' a gigantic cannibal appears in the story of Codadad. His scimitar is said to be so large that only a gigantic man like him could use it.
* In Simon Green's "Blue Moon Rising" there are some big-ass magic swords referred to as [[GodzillaThreshold Infernal Devices]], which make their wielders almost impossible to kill and capable of slaughtering whole armies. The characters spend a lot of time arguing about using them against the [[LegionsofHell invading demon army]], because anybody who does will more than likely be taken over by the swords and keep killing until they run out of people to kill. Anywhere. Later we see that this is [[spoiler:an entirely justified fear.]]
* In ''Literature/RogueSorcerer'', Ayre uses magic to create a massive stone sword which he uses in battle.
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': Culmus carries around a metal sword that's as tall as he is, and just as wide. It was designed to kill orcs, who have infamously tough skin and thick muscles. He also insists that carrying it is weight training and that its great length allows him to add more magic enchancement runes than a smaller sword would allow.
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* Zeronos from ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' has one of these, the [=ZeroGasher=], that also becomes a crossbow.
** There's also Den-O's [=DenKamen=] Sword.
** Most title Riders end up getting a BFS near the end of the series. Other examples include [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva's]] Zanbat Sword, [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Kabuto's]] Perfect Zecter and [[Series/KamenRiderBlade Blade's]] King Rouzer.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' gives us the Blade Blade, a sword that's incredibly massive in size, because it's made from ''Kamen Rider Blade himself''.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai''/''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has its share of these.
** A notable example is the Hundred Beast Sword from ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' (called the "Jungle Sword" in ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''): Rather than the standard {{BFG}} combination, all five of the Rangers' weapons combine into a ''sword'' so big that it takes the entire Ranger team to wield it.
** The sword used by [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger Go-on]]/[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]] Red was the biggest personal sword a Ranger had ever had at the time, once even being used as a (flying!) surfboard. Sadly, he's outdone in the very next series by:
** [=ShinkenRed=]/Red Samurai Ranger's sword, the Rekka Daizanto / Fire Smasher, from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''/''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''. Its Cannon Mode is also the team's finisher -- yes, ''a sword that's used as a {{BFG}}, holding several disks and channeling their energy''. The sword's size shows it. If the scale of the S.H. Figuarts action figure is correct, the Rekka Daizanto is '''eight feet long'''. Reportedly, the only person on staff who could lift it properly was Hirofumi Fukuzawa, the stuntman who played the suited-up [=ShinkenRed=]. Although, he's apparently taught someone else, because in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger,'' Marvelous and Ahim morph into Shinkenred and Lady Shinkenred and wield two of them simultaneously.
** Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger's takes it UpToEleven by giving a Rekka Daizanto to '''their giant robot''' as their Shinkenger Mode finisher. Even larger still is the sword used by the robot's [[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger Goranger]] Mode.
** This trope isn't just limited to the characters, but it stands to reason that giant robots will be armed with giant swords. And it doesn't seem to matter how technologically-advanced your culture or civilisation is, because the primary weapon for your Giant Robot of Doom will ''always'' be a BFS. Even if a Megazord has a cannon or flaming fists or something, you can rest assured that another robot will show up, at some point, armed with a BFS.
** If it's the machines, it's gotta be the [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Super Zeo Megazord]]/[[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger OhBlocker]]. Its swords are small (compared to their wielder; each is about half the length of usual robot-wielded sword in the series) at first, but its finisher involves combining them into a blade SO massively massive the Zord ''actually can't lift it.'' It's combined above the head of the MonsterOfTheWeek and allowed to fall through it. The monster is often quite some distance from the Megazord when this happens.
* In ''{{Garo}}'', the title hero wields a reasonably-sized sword. With one of his later powerups, it can grow to grotesque proportions, allowing him to throw it, then jump on and ride it like a surfboard.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' almost called it by name.
-->'''Warrick:''' Can you tell us anything about the tool that may have been used?\\
'''Amy:''' ''(shrugs)'' BFK.\\
'''Sara:''' ''(smirks)'' Big knife. Great.
* Richard {{Sharpe}} carries a heavy cavalry sword despite being an infantryman. It was reforged into a more manageable form by Harper, but it's still a BFS.
* The Klingon Bat'leth from the Franchise/StarTrek franchise is a massive, crescent-shaped blade that requires two hands to wield.
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* Percer from ''Literature/{{Id}}'' has an absurdly large sword that he manages to use single handed.
* Batu and Yuda from ''ShamanWarrior'' both employ these.
* Sando's sword from ''ShinAngyoOnshi'' is bigger than she is.
* Lu Xiao from ''Manhua/InfinityGame'' creates a sword out of magic that is at least twenty feet tall. She weilds it one-handed.
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* OlderThanDirt: In Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh "They cast great daggers/ Their blades were 120 pounds each/ The cross guards of their handles thirty pounds each/ They carried daggers worked with thirty pounds of gold/ Gilgamesh and Enkidu bore ten times sixty pounds each."
* Former adversary and later vassal of King Arthur, Osla Big Knife, carried Bronllavyn Short Broad, a sword whose dimensions are never completely specified. However, it is stated that it was large enough to be used as a bridge and that Osla himself died when the sword fell out of its sheath, allowing the sheath to fill up with so much water that he was dragged under and drowned. Osla appears twice in the Welsh {{Mabinogion}}, with the earliest text he appears in dating back to 1160 or thereabouts. This constitutes one the trope's few non-Asian and non-Asian-influenced appearances.
* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' wielded a giant sword when he fought Grendel's mom. Justified in that it was in fact made by giants.
* In Literature/TheBible, after killing the giant Goliath, David cuts off his head with the giant's own sword. Considering that Goliath was about 9.5 ft tall, his sword must have been rather large compared to David.
** Later, when David was on the run from Saul, he is without a sword and is given the sword of Goliath from a temple. Some images have him continue to wield this BFS for his entire reign. A BFS in this time period [[AluminumChristmasTrees would be the size of a normal sword]] [[RealityIsUnrealistic by our standards]], as the iron age had just started around this time.
** In Deuteronomy 28, and Ezekiel 14, one of the punishments of the wicked is to be by the sword. In chapter 21 of Ezekiel, God wields that sword, and the description of it makes it seem rather huge, deadly, and quite awesome, if not terrifying. That same huge sword is in St. John's Revelation, used by the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse rider of the red horse]]. Such a sword is said to be symbolic of war and violence.
* While [[NorseMythology Thor]] was known for his hammer, his wife, Sif, carried a BFS, being every bit a badass as he was.
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] esoterica has Zulfiqar, the story of which is rather odd. The historical Zulfiqar was a sword, and a very large one at that, possibly with two points. It was captured in a raid in which both the prophet Muhammad and his younger cousin/foster brother/son-in-law Ali participated; when time came to divide up the booty, Muhammad gave the sword to Ali, and it became an heirloom of Ali's line. This would all be some minor trivia if it weren't for the fact that some Muslims decided that Ali and his line were the rightful successors of Muhammad in his role as political and spiritual leader of the Muslim ''Ummah'' (nation); this group became the Shia branch of the faith, and they represent 15-20% of all Muslims today. As a result, the sword has been mythologized substantially among the Shia: rather than being simply two-pointed, Shia legend would have Zulfiqar be more extensively or completely bifurcated, and be so great and imbued with divine power that when used, it requires an angel be around to catch it, for if it fell, it would ''cleave the Earth in two''. Non-Shia Muslims--and a fair number of Shia ''ulema'' (clerics/jurists)--think this story is nonsense, but it remains pervasive, and as a result Zulfiqar (and [[SpellMyNameWithAnS variants]]) remains a common name among some groups of Shia (particularly the Ismailis of Pakistan, who produced the Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto).
** Among more grounded analyses of the sword, there are many who suggest that the sword being two pointed would have been useful for "catching" an opponent's sword and twist it in a bid to disarm the opponnent, though the exact practical mechanics for this work are not always agreed on.
* The [[IrishMythology Irish Ulster Cycle]] has Fergus mac Roiche's greatsword, Caladbolg ("hard sheath"). That thing could dispatch an ''army'' with a single stroke. Not that it gets to do so against Conall Cernach's forces, since a peace agreement had been arranged (even if he tore up a lot of his soldiers with Caladbolg at less than full force). Nonetheless, to show that his side won't be taking intrigues lying down, Fergus uses Caladbolg to ''cut the tops away from three hills, '''with one stroke each'''''.
** Because of close cognates in Welsh legends, some scholars believe that the stories of Caladbolg were the template for '''''[[KingArthur Excalibur]]'''''. Maybe ''that's'' why Arthur's reign persisted for so long in the stories.

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* One of the big feature of ''{{Exalted}}'' are BFS called Daiklaves. Weapons can be made from one of the five magical metals of the setting (Orichalcum, Moonsilver, Starmetal, Jade and Soulsteel) and then attuned to by the right sort of [[PlayerCharacter person]]. In general the weapon is called an artifact. When the weapon is a sword, it's called a Daiklave.
** Noted to be impossible to wield by normal people. Exalts who can 'attune' to the weapon can carry and wield it as if it were lighter than a conventional sword.
** Then there are Grand Daiklaves, which are BFS versions of regular Daiklaves. Yes, BFS versions of a BFS.
** And the Chainklave, which fuses BFS with ChainsawGood For Massive Awesome.
** The Warstrider version is BFS for a HumongousMecha.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Some Priests and the Sisters Repentia (sic) in the [[ChurchMilitant Witch Hunters]] Codex carry Eviscerators, huge versions of the setting's ubiquitous [[ChainsawGood chainsword]]. They are said to be able to cut through tank plating--indeed, in game terms they're slightly more effective than meltabombs, which can pulverize tanks as a general rule.
** The [[OurElvesAreBetter resident elves of the setting]], the Eldar, love these things. Large power swords tend to be a common armament for [[MiniMecha Wraithlords and Wraithknights]], and the [[PhysicalGod Avatar of Khaine]] uses one called "The Wailing Doom", and both can cut through tanks. On a smaller scale, Warlocks and Farseers wield Witchblades, which are quite large in comparison to the the wielders.
** The Emperor's Champion, a special character who is part of the [[KnightTemplar Black Templar]] Chapter, wields a sword that, from the pommel of the handle to the tip of the blade, is two feet longer than the Marine carrying it is tall. That's about ten or eleven feet. It is allegedly capable of carving straight through the armour of a Land Raider.
** The average Commissar walks around with a chainsword almost as tall as he is.
** The [[MiniMecha Nemesis Dreadnight]] used by the Grey Knights can wield an immense sword longer than some buildings are tall.
* There are a lot of weapons in ''WarhammerFantasy'' that fit into this trope as well. The Empire, for example, have an infantry unit called Greatswords. Ogre Ironguts have a BladeOnAStick large enough that a normal human could conceivably ram it up a Giant's nose while lying down, and the Kroxigor's weapons were described on the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' page as being "trees with blades on the end."
* Some fans believe that Japanese adoration of big swords stems from Japanese fantasy fans seeing western ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]'' miniatures. The miniatures had out-of-scale swords, which weren't a specific statement so much as a way to make the swords easier to see on the models as well as easier to paint. Reportedly, this was interpreted to mean that such a weapon was standard in western-style fantasies.
* On the other hand, edition after edition of ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' featured the Hammer of Thunderbolts, a warhammer so large that you needed two separate magic items to even have the strength to wield it. Once you ''did'' have said items and knew the hammer was the said Hammer of Thunderbolts, much asskicking against ''giants'' followed.
** The hammer was based on the myths of Thor's hammer, Mjollnir, which was so heavy (even though its handle was too short) that he needed both magic gloves and magic belt to increase his strength enough to wield it. (The Giants were the enemies of the Aesir in Norse mythology.)
** Later editions added the ''fullblade'', a {{BFS}} which was larger and more powerful than the regular greatsword, but required an exotic/superior weapon feat to use. Similar big fragging weapons were also included in other categories, such as the Mordenkrad/Greathammer, a [[DropTheHammer gigantic hammer]] favored by a race called ''goliaths''.
** Goliaths, half-giants and users of the Monkey Grip feat can wield weapons made for creatures a size category larger than they are. This might lead to a character wielding a nine-foot bastard sword, ''one handed''. There are also magic items that let you do the same thing. Thank Heaven they don't stack. Too bad they [[CoolButInefficient aren't very good]].
** ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons 3.5]]'' also features bloodlines, one of which is named "Titan Bloodline". By literal reading, it eventually grants anyone with major bloodline the ability to wield a Gargantuan Warhammer (Gargantuan creatures are a category larger than the largest Giants -- vertical reach about 64'). This leads to hilarity with a 3' tall Halfling wielding a Warhammer around 10 times his size without penalties.
** A ''Dungeons & Dragons'' variant, ''Iron Heroes'', allows you to select "Mighty Build" as one of your two Traits for a starting character. This allows you to wield weapons that are one size category larger than you, meaning that your character can wield his or her very own BFS (or whatever other weapon he or she specializes in).
** Another ''Dungeons & Dragons'' variant, ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', has an iconic barbarian as an NPC called Amiri. She wields a giant-sized bastard sword which was taken off a dead frost giant. In something of a subversion, she has a bit of trouble wielding the thing normally because it's so big, and can only fully wield it when she is in the throes of her blood rage.
* ''Spycraft 2.0'' has a sword weighing 30 lb that ostensibly represents a zweihänder, which in reality weighed less than a quarter of that -- an actual sword this heavy would resemble [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud's Buster Sword]] more than any real weapon and be completely impractical in any setting pretending to be at all realistic.
* A scene in the ''[[TabletopGames/{{Pendragon}} Great Pendragon Campaign]]'' has a BFS which isn't actually used in battle but is a ''bridge'', similar to the example in the [[KingArthur Arthurian mythology]] on which the game is based, above.
* One sample ''{{Mekton}} Mecha Manual'' robot was designed to absorb enemy energy weapons fire, to power an upgrade from its normal LaserBlade to a ''humongous'' one known as the Atomsplitter Sword. It makes a kickass FinishingMove.
* ''AnimaBeyondFantasy'' has several (just look at the artwork or the miniatures). Some examples are the ''Angelus'' used by [[MeaningfulName Abel]], the Lawgivers he gave to his followers, or Kronen's one.
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* The three brothers in PrincessIda carry incredibly large swords in many productions.
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* Most swords in ''{{BIONICLE}}'' are [[AwesomeButImpractical absurdly large, ornate and impractical]]; this is partially [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] by {{LEGO}}, [[BlatantLies who claim they "don't make]] [[InsistentTerminology realistic weapons"]]. Lhikan and Tahu's swords are big enough to be used as a [[CoolBoard surfboard]]. [[LavaAddsAwesome On lava.]]
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* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' has quite a few of these. The most notable is Vordred's sword, which is as large as a regular human adventurer!
* The Sheriff Sword blade in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''.
** Interestingly, the Player can obtain the sheriff sword through a cheat code, and when this is done, the sword is wielded like a [[KatanasAreJustBetter standard size Katana.]] Good thing for Vampiric super-strength, huh?
* PrincessWaltz seems to want to go for awesome because when Princess Iris uses her Eldhi Arc's ultimate sword evolution, the damn thing grows large enough to smite A CASTLE SIZED MAGIC GOLEM! To be fair, said golem was wielding a massive {{BFS}} of its own.
** Angela has a Big Fraggin Spear and Liesel a Big Fraggin Hammer.
* Common in the later ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''[='s=] Ultima Weapon was a big fraggin' sword a that drew its power from its wielder's HP. The higher the wielder's HP, the longer its blade. If the wielder is fairly low-level or has lost a lot of HP, it's only the size of a dagger. But in the hands of a high-level character with full HP, the blade is several times longer than the character is tall and [[SpeedEchoes forms afterimages as it's swung]].
** The most well-known video game example is Cloud's Buster Sword from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''(which is also the picture at the top of this trope, wouldn't ya know it?), and the [[KatanasAreJustBetter Masamune]] used by ArchEnemy and BigBad Sephiroth. The Buster Sword is simply a really big sword, while the Masamune is a six-foot katana that aside from length has normal proportions.
** By ''AdventChildren'', Cloud has ditched the Buster Sword and left it on Zack's grave. He replaces it with the equally huge Fusion Swords, a set of six individual swords that combine into one. Each of the individual swords is also a BFS, the proportionally smaller "side blades" being normal-sized.
** Masamune has gone through multiple size changes between games/movies. ex. In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' the sword is 12 feet long. Interestly, at least one RealLife nodachi was actually that long (see below), though it was never actually used as a weapon.
** Though it's likely due to graphical limitations, Cloud and Sephiroth are hardly the original examples, though there are the Trope Codifiers for the series. [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:FFI_Broadsword.png A]] [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:Broadsword_FFII_iPod.png few]] [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:FFIII_NES_Ashura.png samples]] [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:IV-cecilDK_sd.png from]], [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:FFV_Critical_Hit.png earlier]] [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:FFVI_Ragnarok.png games]].
** Squall's Gunblade in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is pretty reasonable in it's default form, but some of the upgraded forms are humongous, especially Punishment and Lion Heart, which combines this with BFG as its handle is an Assault Rifle.
** Squall takes this trope UpToEleven with his Blasting Zone LimitBreak... by sending energy through the blade to extend it so much it reaches all the way into space!
** Steiner in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has several of these, though some are more realistically proportioned. Some of Zidane's weapons get pretty big too, but it's a bit harder to judge their actual size since Zidane is pretty short.
** Tidus and Auron's swords in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' range from relatively normal to huge. They're put to shame by Braska's Final Aeon who wields an enormous anchor-shaped sword that could double as a surfboard. In fact, after he rips it out of his chest during his OneWingedAngel transformation, the sword itself becomes the platform on which the FinalBattle takes place. (To be fair though, the Final Aeon is far from human-sized.)
** Most of the Greatsword type swords in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' are only mildy exagerated compared to real world Claymores and Zweihanders, then there's the Jingang Greatsword and Dervish Sword which look like they're trying to compete with the Buster Sword. Also of note is Nightfall, the sword of the Shadow Lord in the past. The player has to use it two handed, the Shadow Lord? [[OneHandedZweihander Not so much]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' once again has swords of varying sizes, and many Greatswords tend to be huge. Gabranth wields two very large swords that can combine into one, and the swords wielded by Behemoth-type monsters are friggin' huge. [[EnsembleDarkHorse Gilgamesh]] wields the {{BFS}}s of previous protagonist. The game also has two huge swords used as plot advancement. Because the swords were not designed for battle, they are quite weak when used in a fight despite their size or the user's strength.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': Lightning's gunblades are all pretty reasonable in size but when she is in [[SuperMode Gestalt Mode]] she gets her hands on Odin's newest version of the Zantetsuken which is a monstrous [[DoubleWeapon double sided sword]] which she splits into [[DualWielding two]] swords which are still at least as large as she is. Justified slightly that she can only really use the thing when mounted on [[CoolHorse Sleipnair]]. The sequel features the greatsword wielded by Caius Ballad which looks like a giant, ratty, metal feather. The third game has Lightning trading in her gunblade for huge swords, and while the game has a Greatsword category, which includes the Buster Sword (Which is the ''smallest'' Greatsword) and Caius's Sword, some of the regular swords are nearly as large as the Buster Sword.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'''s official artwork of the Paladin job shows a Roegadyn Paladin with a sword, the Curtana, that's nearly as tall as he is. In game the Curtana, though a bit oversized, isn't really that big. It also scales to the wielder.
** Both ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' protagonists hold a BFS called Judge Sword in their artwork (which [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ffta-marche.jpg make look the Buster Sword tame in comparison]]), but the only place they're ever seen in the games is a brief appearance during the Bishop's Judge spell in the first game.
** Garland in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' brandishes a BFS bigger than ''entire characters'', and it's so heavy he has to drag it around behind him when he walks. However, The end-all [=BFSes=] are the blades [[FieldOfBlades found in]] the Edge of Madness stage. Each one is easily three stories tall ''at least''. And for Chaos's ultimate attack, he [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever gets big enough to use them]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' isn't exactly known for its {{BFS}}s, but in [[VideoGame/DragonQuestIX the ninth installment]], there's a [[PunnyName Co-op]] [[LimitBreak de' Grace]] called Quadraslash. What does it do? Well, firstly, all four party members shoot a [[LightningCanDoAnything magical lightning bolt]] into the sky. Where they connect, there summons an absolutely '''''GINORMOUS''''' sword which then drops on the opponent's head!
* [[BonusBoss Extra boss]] Flandre Scarlet in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' game ''Embodiment of Scarlet Devil'' has a spell which summons an energy sword called Laevatein. Given that this is a 2D shoot 'em up, that doesn't sound too dangerous, until you realize that it's 10 times her height -- nearly as long as the ''screen''.
* In ''VideoGame/NinjaBlade'', one of the three weapons available to you is a huge sword that's about as long as the protagonist is tall. The game actually seems to acknowledge that a weapon so large, regardless of whether or not it actually has sharp edges, will probably do more crushing than cutting anyhow, since a few of its upgraded versions lack sharp edges entirely, making them more like clubs. As such, it's the only weapon that's any good at breaking armor.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' has many many examples but the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Yoshitsuna]] tops them all. The sprite for the sword is so big in proportion to the characters that it will go partly into the ground when held pointing down from neck height.
** It's not purely aesthetic, either. Most swords only have an attack range of one square (though the specials can hit at considerable distance). The Yoshitsuna can attack an enemy up to ''five'' squares away.
** The giant Magichange swords in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'' manage to top even the Yoshitsuna, being almost twice as long.
* {{VideoGame/Elsword}}, a not-so well-known Korean online game developed by KOG, has recently released its sixth character, Chung. He uses a Cannon that is just as large as he is tall, sure, he's like 12. But he's used that same cannon [[ChildSoldier since he was a baby.]]
* Both Siegfried and Nightmare from the ''SoulSeries'' use a BFS. Further, in ''SoulCalibur 3'', there is a style based off of the BFS. The German sword style it was based on actually existed, but both characters use it in ways that a normal human could never accomplish with a two-handed sword of that size.
** Soul Calibur takes whatever form the user wants, so its likely that it has the [[RequiredSecondaryPowers required secondary power]] of changing its mass.
** Same applies to Soul Edge, though its trademark form seems to be the one it takes when Nightmare uses it. Soul Calibur, for the most part, has the trademark appearence of realistically sized sword (probably since its "default" form is a Chinese sword as used by Xiangua).
** Nightmare is Siegfried, possessed by Soul Edge up through Soul Calibur 2. The creature that results in later games just keeps using that style.
** By ''Soul Calibur 4'', both swords are of the BFS variety, and are portrayed that way in every character's ending. In the three Custom Character endings, lifts and wields one of the swords with one hand. If you faced [[spoiler:Algol]] as the final boss, you ''dual wield'' Soul Calibur and Soul Edge, in BFS form. You also [[PowerFloats levitate]].
* Emelius in ''VideoGame/GrandiaIII'' carries a massive, jagged sword.
** The Granasaber in ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'', which turns out to be a sword-shaped spaceship. Which is implied to be based off the actual sword the Light god used.
* The browser-based {{MMORPG}} ''KingdomOfLoathing'' spoofs this with the "Ridiculously Huge Sword", which is a ''three''-handed weapon and drops from an enemy called "Protagonist" in the "Penultimate Fantasy Airship" who bears a passing resemblance to Cloud.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Frog wields the legendary Masamune, which is a pretty big sword for anyone to wield. However, because Frog is effectively 3 feet high, the resulting effect is this trope.
* Kliff in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' carries a sword that's larger than he is tall -- but then, Kliff's a [[MiniatureSeniorCitizens Miniature Senior Citizen]]. But then ''again'', some of his special moves de-age him, and the sword's ''still'' as large as he is tall.
** ''Guilty Gear'''s May, the smallest female character in the cast, combines this with ImprobableWeaponUser by wielding a functional anchor, minus most of the chain.
** Dr Baldhead/Faust wields a scalpel as big as he is (which makes it some 8 or 9 feet long).
** A.B.A.'s giant axe Paracelsus is so huge that she can't even ''lift'' it - she wields it by swinging it around on a chain.
* You didn't expect ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear's'' SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' to hold back, did you? Jin's Katana and Hakumen's Nodachi are almost realistically sized. Ragna wields a huge, complicated sword, that is described in-game as "a massive slab of metal" that unfolds into a SinisterScythe for his [[FinishingMove Astral Finish]], and Bang somehow manages to lug around a gigantic ''55-inch nail''. The award for most improbably large sword, however, goes to RobotGirl [[YouAreNumberSix Nu-13]] who ''fuses'' with her sword CombiningMecha style and summons a sword the size of a goddamn ''tower'' for her Astral Finish.
** Mu-12 was obviously feeling left out, and decided to join the party with her new Astral Finish in ''Chronophantasma'', where she turns her eight blades into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG6T1cqtaIM '''eight individual BFSs''']] which all explode around the enemy at once. The result is Mu-12 turning the battlefield into a nuclear wasteland.
** One of the new characters introduced in CP, Izayoi, also has this as an Astral Heat, where she manifests a BFLS (Big Freakin' '''Laser Sword''') with wings and launches it like a missile at the opponent. [[spoiler:Well, considering the Izayoi is the prototype of the Murakumo Units, this was inevitable. Good job Tsubaki.]]
* Sanger Zonvolt of the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' metaseries is the king of this trope. He pilots one of the biggest HumongousMecha in the game, and his BFS ''Zankatou'', roughly "''Ship''-cutting sword"/Colossal Blade is usually even longer than that! They don't call him "the Sword that Cleaves Evil" for nothing.
** In the PS2 remake, his [[spoiler:AlternateUniverse EvilTwin]] gets a new move called "Blade of the Cosmos". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVjJkYyMbLA&feature=related For comparison, both of their ultimate attacks can be seen here]]. ('''WARNING: Video contains spoilers and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome 200% of your daily recommended dose of awesome]].''')
** And in the 3DS crossover ''ProjectXZone'', he has a new Zankantou which he wields ''on foot'' to smite evils.
** Later models of Grungust, such as Irm's, had their own big-ass bladed weaponry. "CALAMITY SWORD - DARKNESS SLASH!"
** Nanbu Kaguya of ''Mugen no Frontier'' has a katana not quite as relatively large, but fitted with curved crescent blades in the reverse edge which she can release and command to slice up the enemy. During her LimitBreak, she goes so far as to steal some of Sanger's lines: ''Waga zankantou ni tatenu mono wa [[strike:nashi]] arimasen!''/''Waga na wa Nanbu Kaguya! Aku wo tatsu tsurugi [[strike:ni naru]] desu!''
** In ''SRW J'', if you use the right rub pilots enough, Granteed Dracodeus and Laftcranz can use this in the form of a massive green crystal blade. While Granteed's is about on par with what Zengar brings to the field, Laftcranz's is the same size, but it is a medium sized mech, rather than an large, things just got crazy up'n here.
** [[VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars Ryusei Date]]'s mechs are also more examples of Banpresto's obsesion with this troupe. Both the SRX and Banpreios have a massive sword, that is, in fact, bigger than Sanger's. Banpreios' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8bqGcNvxMs SPLITS OPEN and CAN CUT THROUGH DIMENSIONS]]. Even R1 fits into this troupe, its final attack, T-Link Sword, shoots a giant glowing sword at the enemy, which also fits under ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks.
** The Riot B's Proton Saber (Maximum Output) and the Odyssea's sword during the End of Rebirth attack in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX''.
* Deconstructed in ''SilentHill2'' with Pyramid Head. Yes, he has a fragging huge sword/knife/thing, but he is also shown to be nearly physically incapable of lifting it (and when he does, it takes a ''lot'' of strength - for example, he can use it to perform an overhead smash which is an instant OneHitKill if it connects), instead dragging it everywhere he goes, illustrating his tortured mentality. And when James has the chance to wield it, he also must drag it around, and swinging it takes him several seconds as well. The film version, however, has him swinging it around all willy nilly, probably because he gets a role transplant from a manifestation of guilt to a manifestation of protection and vengeance. If he swings it with ease in the film, he still has some trouble carrying it around. Whether this is a result of him being a representation of Alessa's pain and equal vengeance or simply the directors not caring is still a mystery.
* ''NinjaGaiden'''s Xbox remake features a sword known as the Dabilahro, which starts as a golden version of Cloud's Buster Sword. Upgrading it cuts holes out of its girth but doesn't reduce its length. It is explicitly stated in the menu's description to be [[AmericanCustomaryMeasurements 100 pounds in weight]]. Then there are the Fiend Nightmares, which wield [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Shikai Zangetsu]]-esque cleavers. And as also stated in OneWingedAngel's page, Spirit Doku wields a nodachi Sephiroth would be proud of.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', Amaterasu can equip swords called "glaives" as her primary weapon. Swords longer than she is, for the most part. Also, the second brush god, Tachigami, is a rat who pulls a BFS out of a scabbard much too small to contain it.
** In the sequel, ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'', Kuninushi's sword is bigger than he is. He is just a small child, so the size is relative, here.
** Nagi used a BFS named Tsukuyomi, which was used to slay and seal {{Orochi}}. His descendant, [[FakeUltimateHero Susano]], uses a BF[[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter W]]S which he calls [[ICallItVera Tohenboku]], and is every bit as powerful as Tsukuyomi.
* From the very beginning, the original ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' had a class of weapons called Great Swords. These weapons were often as big if not bigger than the user, and though extremely damaging were slow and often clumsy. In ''Monster Hunter 2'' another variation of BFS, the long yet thin Tachi or Long Sword, was added. While unable to block, the tachi was a compensated with speed and the ability to raise the user's fighting spirit (essentially a conditional built-in attack buff)
** The series is positively ''addicted'' to super-sized weapons. Good thing they actually shrink when sheathed (with some having a different 'folded' or 'retracted' model), otherwise most of them would be clipping into the ground 24/7.
* The character Arngrim from ''ValkyrieProfile'' wields one of the largest swords ever seen in a console RPG. It is about twice as long as Arngrim is tall, and as wide as a regular Claymore. Considering Arngrim's size, this makes it roughly 12 feet long from point to pommel, with a 9-foot long blade. There is little significance to the fact that he wields such a ghastly-sized weapon, except as a hallmark to the ridiculous one-up-manship that tends to pervade RPG weaponry. And that he's an {{Expy}} of [[{{Berserk}} Guts]].
** Kashell also has a BFS. It may only be half the size of Arngrim's, but it's still longer than the character is tall.
** Neither character's sprite is consistent with his artwork in this regard. The art depicts their swords as being closer to historical Zweihänders in size.
** Considering Arngrim is an {{Expy}} of Guts to begin with, his choice of weaponry is hardly surprising.
* The {{MMORPG}} ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is well known for the Big Fragging Swords, as well as [[ShouldersOfDoom Big Fragging Shoulder Armor]]. [[http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/3593/wowscrnshot112207045628xu7.jpg Case in point for both]].
** And Big Fragging Guns and Big Fragging Axes.
** Shown case-in-point is actually on the average side for the game. The more epic items can fairly easily [[http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/551/cduc1.jpg dwarf the character who carries them]].
** Also, Gnomes. Gnome Melee Classes (such as the Warrior and Death Knight) can wield two-handed swords. Often these swords are ''longer than the character is tall'', causing them to clip ''through the ground'' when carried on the character's back. Especially ludicrous in the case of Death Knights, where the starter swords are more than one-third of the width of the character's back! Gnome Fury Warrior with Titan's Grip. A tiny little gnome ''dual wielding'' weapons bigger than themselves. It doesn't get much more ridiculous than that.
** [[http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40343# Armageddon]] is so big that NO character is tall enough for it to not reach INTO THE GROUND. It's really the only weapon in the game that rivals Thunderfury. Now that thing isn't "unique", so it can even be DUAL-WIELDED by warriors.
** The most well-known BFS in ''World of Warcraft'' is probably the legendary [[http://www.wowwiki.com/File:Fordring_Ashbringer.jpg Ashbringer]].
** Another is the epic troll sword [[http://www.wowhead.com/item=64377 Zin'Rokh, Destroyer of Worlds]]. Even on taller characters it visibly stands out.
* An instance of GameplayAndStorySegregation in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. The sword that Caim wields in the cutscenes is larger by far than the sword he carries around in-game. This is taken up a notch in the sequel, when Caim's Sword is ridiculously huge when the protagonist of that game acquires it. There's also a ''literal'' BFS in Hymir's Finger, a sword that is said to weigh 50 kg (roughly 100 lbs.) and is long enough to qualify as a jousting lance. Also in ''Drakengard 2''? A sword that's been broken in half -- and is still SO huge (due to so many repeated forgings to add everything from a giant's leg-bone to the SOUL OF A CHILD, which is what finally snapped the blade) that it can only be wielded as an immense, overly-huge, ridiculously heavy AXE.
** If you look closely, it even appears that said axe is part of Hymir's Finger, which makes sense since the blade was forged from the scrap of everything the guy who forged it ever killed.
* The ''Zelda'' series has had many examples over the years:
** The Biggoron Sword from ''Ocarina of Time'', acquired after completing the Trading Sequence. Only wieldable as an adult, the sword is twice as big as Link is tall.
** The Double Helix Blade from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', wielded by Fierce Deity Link after acquiring all the masks. Fierce Deity Link is the tallest non-enemy character in the game, standing at over 8 feet tall, and the sword is ''still'' longer than he is tall!
** Though not as big as the Double Helix Sword, the Great Fairy Sword -- obtained by finding all the fairies in the Stone Tower Temple -- is still twice as long as the child Link.
** The Darknut Swords from the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''. They are so huge that they are only good for throwing and for breaking pillars, serving as demolition weapons.
** [[spoiler:The golden execution sword Ganondorf wields in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. Ganondorf is one of the biggest human characters in the game, standing at over 7 feet tall, and the sword itself is still about as long as he is tall.]]
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', [[spoiler: Link will need to use Koloktos's swords against it after unscrewing its arms. Said swords are bigger than Link.]]
** Later in the game, [[spoiler:Ghirahim uses one in the third phase of the third fight against him. It also turns out that Ghirahim ''[[EquippableAlly is]]'' a BFS, namely, the one that belongs to Demise.]]
** The iconic Master Sword itself. Although its blade is not that thick as compared to the other examples, its length is almost as big as Link himself in some of the games.
* The last fight in ''RogueGalaxy'' is the main character Jaster vs. a giant monster ship-sized evil thing. Lucky for you, Jaster just got a blade the size of a school bus!
** It starts off the size of a school bus, but is extended to ridiculous proportions during said fight. We're talking 10x Sephy's Masamune.
* In the 7th ''FireEmblem'' game, [[PublicDomainArtifact Durandal]] can only be wielded by Eliwood when he's riding a horse, and appears to be longer than the horse he's riding. Somehow the horse can jump while carrying both Eliwood and the sword. On the other hand, Eliwood's battle speed is dramatically slowed due to its weight in contrast to Eliwood's constitution, making it much more feasible to use lighter weapons instead.
** The same game also featured the Sol Katti, which was a [[KatanasAreJustBetter giant katana/rapier hybrid]] that only Lyn could use, as well as Armads, a Big F-ing ''Axe'' that only Hector can use (which also appears in the sequel).
** Ike in ''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'' wields Ragnell, a massive claymore, with one hand! However, it's quite shrimpy compared most of the other swords on this page. Naturally, he's the most powerful swordsman in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''.
** The [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Exaccus]] / [[FlipFlopOfGod Eckesachs]] from ''Sword of Seals'' is not only huge, but can also transform into a trident.
** The eighth game also featured Zanbato swords, which were called Longswords in the previous game.
* The version of the Yamato Nodachi wielded by Nero's [[SuperMode Devil Trigger spirit]] in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' is long. For reference, one of Nero's ActionCommands involves leaping inside a frog demon boss by the mouth and attacking it from within. The spirit, which stays outside, attacks with slashes the size of the monster.
** Dante's zweihänder-long, Claymore-wide Rebellion which he swings faster than a ''rapier''.
** And Vergil/Nelo Angelo's BFS, and Dante's Sparda sword in the first game.
* The standard Broadsword and Katana models in ''CityOfHeroes'' is already pretty big, but the unlockable Rularuu models are often bigger than the player character wielding it.
** The Rikti Sword models are also pretty huge (and not exactly conventional).
** Also, the new Tian Weapons set is 'built' on this trope.
* The entire point of the Flash game ''VideoGame/GinormoSword''. If you can't hit the entire screen with your sword, you haven't done enough LevelGrinding.
* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog gets such a sword in ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheBlackKnight'' in the form of the TalkingWeapon Caliburn from The Arthurian mythos. A broadsword that's as big as Sonic is tall, he tries to make Sonic more chivalrous and knight-like through the course of the story.
* [[spoiler: Nyx Avatar]], last boss of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', stands about 18 feet tall and wields a massive zweihänder roughly twice that size. In one hand. It's large enough that you're never quite able to see the sword in its entirety during the fight. Then again, if anyone deserves to wield a BFS, it would be the [[spoiler: AnthropomorphicPersonification of Death]].
** Junpei can wield some, too.
** If a Shadow ends with either Sword or Giant, then you'll be seeing broadswords wider than Minato and company and at least 8 feet long.
* The Main Character of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. Chie's ultimate Persona, Suzuka Gongen, wields a double-bladed lightsaber taller than she is. And Suzuka stands at around 7 feet tall.
* Several characters in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', their crossover ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'', or the me-too series ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', have ridiculously large weapon wielders alongside characters with normal weapons. Examples include a jolly fat man with a mace whose head is the size of his entire body, two vanilla BFS wielders, a few BF spears, BF gauntlets-shaped-like-animal-heads.
** Lu Bu up to [=DW5=] used a halberd in one hand. In DW6 he uses a two double ended halberds crossed in one hand!
** Guan Yu's weapon Blue Dragon is so big in [=DW6=] that it takes two people to present it too him in his final cutscene.
** Meng Huo in [=DW6=] uses a PILLAR and a GIANT MUSHROOM!
** Sun Wukong from ''Warriors Orochi 2'' uses a staff that extends up to 30 feet
** Guan Ping's sword... is a weird case. Most of his attacks require swinging it with both hands, but there a few where he only uses one (including his C3, which doesn't seem like it should work anyways). And he carries it around with one hand too when he's not swinging the thing.
* A couple of borderline [=BFSes=] appear in ''DeadRising'', but they are explicitly decorative items (the game takes place in a mall). There is a secret unlockable laser sword that grows in length if you do the spinning lariat while holding it, though.
* Duke, Balga, Gaia and Tau each wield a BFS in ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden''. Gaia even uses his ''one handed''.
* In ''KingdomHearts'' the Keyblade usually stays a reasonably realistic size for a sword, but some endgame Keyblades fall into the low end of BFK territory. Terra in particular has a keyblade as long as he is tall. There also exists an ability, usually called Bladecharge, that turns the Keyblade into a BFS made of energy. Saix wields a "claymore" that doesn't much look like a claymore at all.
** Sora's two largest keyblades (one in each main franchise game) are both connected to the same Final Fanatsy title, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII you'll never guess which one.]]
* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly-named]] Huge Sword from ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' and its unleash, "Heavy Divide". Also, Felix and Isaac's Ragnarok/Odyssey Psyenergy. And the multi-elemental summon Catastrophe. And the Excalibur's "Legend" unleash, as well as the Gaia Blade's Titan Blade and the Darksword's Acheron's Grief.
** ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' continues the tradition but a special note goes to Isaac and Garet when they appear as a GuestStarPartyMember in the start of the game. They wield swords larger than any of the ones your own party will ever find! This combined with the fact that they saved the world 30 years earlier just adds to their badassery.
** There's also Blados' giant katana. While it's not especially thick, it's longer than he is tall.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' brings us the Runesword, an oversized sword that you don't swing, but rather have fly out in front of you and come back to you. And then there's ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'''s Claimh Solais, which swings in an approximately 135-degree arc in front of you and is the [[InfinityPlusOneSword best sword in the game]].
** And have we forgotten ''Aria of Sorrow'''s Excalibur? While not big, it is ''heavy'': it comes with the rock it's embedded in!
** Wanna make Cloud flip? Just combine two Secare glyphs and you get yourself one of the biggest woman-wielded [=BFSes=] in history.
** In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'', one of the Glyph Unions is a massive sword. As a matter of fact, another one is a massive LaserBlade.
** There are a few of these in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness''. One of the standouts is the Dragon Killer, which is almost as thick as Hector's body and in name seems to be a ShoutOut to Guts' big slab of iron from ''{{Berserk}}''. It isn't as slow as one might first think, though.
** Then there's ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'''s Crissaegrim. Aside from being a GameBreaker, two can be wielded (one on each hand) at the same time, give more actual protection than a normal shield, and it cuts several feet in front of Alucard.
* Fiona Mayfield from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' is a cute little eleven-year-old [[OlderThanTheyLook (sorta)]] in a wholesomely frilly [[{{Meido}} maid's outfit]], complete with gauntlets, steel boots, and a Zweihänder at least as large as she is.
* Sarevok, the BigBad in the first ''BaldursGate'' game, wields a massive sword suitable for his own great size. Even without his unholy power strengthening it, in the sequel it's one of the best big weapons in the early game. And if the ''Ascension'' mod is installed, it becomes more powerful in ''Throne of Baal'' [[spoiler:if you return it to Sarevok]].
* The Moiety daggers in the ''{{Myst}}'' series may count. Although they're never wielded by anyone, these giant metal kunai-like knives appear in several places in ''Riven'', and show up occasionally as a ShoutOut in later games. The knives here are merely symbolic, being scaled-up versions of normal-sized knives used by the [[LaResistance Moiety]].
* In ''LaTale'', some of the two-handed swords are larger than the characters wielding them. This is especially incongruous when the wielder is wearing a delicate dress.
* Kratos from ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' is a regular BFS magnet. Weapons handled include Artemis Blade, Spear of Destiny, the humongous Barbarian Hammer, Zeus' Fist and the theoretically most powerful so far, the Blade of Olympus. Unfortunately most of the Olympian power is CutscenePowerToTheMax.
* ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'': Desann the Fallen Jedi wields a lightsaber which is bigger than usual. In the previous game, the Dark Jedi Gorc wielded a "lightclub", a.k.a. 12 feet long lightsaber.
* While they are not anywhere near as big as some of the other examples on the page. In ''TheWitcher'', Geralt has two large swords (one is silver designed for taking out monsters). [=NPCs=] will often [[LampshadeHanging comment]] on this, such as one random NPC suggesting one could double as an oar, and a prostitute asking if he is compensating for anything. Geralt is a Witcher however, meaning he is inhumanly strong, making such a weapon more practical, and swords not made for Witchers are small enough to be hung on the waist.
** It's not his strength that's superhuman, it's his reflexes. He doesn't have any problem wielding a huge sword because being made of meteorite iron it's lighter than any regular blade.
* The swords wielded by the Great Brothers most certainly qualify for this trope every bit as much as any blade on this page.
* The ultimate example is probably The Valeria Heart from ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'', which is the size of a tower and leaves a hole in the ground about 15 feet across, it's not actually wielded by anyone in that state. The game also has greatswords which are long but narrow bladed(except the Yama swords, but the Yama are around ten feet tall).
* In ''BunnyMustDie'', the little girl main character can obtain and swing a sword three times her height. Justified in that it's a LaserBlade.
* Nariko, the protagonist of ''HeavenlySword'', a rare of example of the BFS being right there in the title of the game. It's also a MorphWeapon used as ChainPain or DualWielding if not in its power based mode.
* {{Onimusha}} has his shares of large swords, starting with [[PlayingWithFire Enryuu and Rekka-ken]], [[RazorWind Kuga]] and the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Onimusha Blade and Genma Samonji.]] In ''Dawn of Dreams'', [[TheHero Soki's]] arsenal is entirely composed of BFSs, some of which are so large and encumbering that he can barely swing them himself.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'': Death Metal, your first assassin to face off with, wields an impressive transforming Orange MK-II. Plus, Travis gains one LaserBlade comprised of five beams at Buster Sword length.
** Dark Star has a katana large enough to be the ''stage'' of one fight. In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', Travis gets one named Peony, which ''gets longer'' [[FreudWasRight as his Ecstacy Gauge rises]].
* Trevor in ''VideoGame/ExitFate''.
-->'''Daniel:''' And what's with that ridiculous sword anyway? It's like a huge slab of iron!\\
'''Sick:''' He's [[CompensatingForSomething compensating]].
* ''ShadowOfTheColossus'': Even [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever accounting for size of Colossi]], the Third Colossus wields a sword that is very nearly as long as he is tall. Compared to the protagonist, said sword is as big as a highway, and so thick and heavy it acts more as a bludgeon than a blade.
* The Queen's Sword in ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}'' is almost as large as a grown man, and [[spoiler:when Ico wields it, he has trouble standing upright or even bringing it to bear]].
** As a bonus weapon in ''Shadow of the Colossus'', it gets downsized quite a bit. In the non-American versions of ''Ico'' is another bonus weapon -- a ''LaserBlade'' that [[UnfortunateImplications triples in length while he holds Yorda's hand.]]
* Exor in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' is a gigantic, living sword longer than Bowser's Castle is tall. The plot of the game begins when it crashes through the Star Road, shattering it, and stabs right into the castle to become a portal for Smithy's invading forces.
** Subverted in that Exor is stationary, and you'd have to be stronger than twelve thousand Supermen in order to be able to actually lift him.
* The [[AncestralWeapon Holy Daedalus Blade]], the Dark Cloud, the Chronicle Sword, and the Island King in ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle''. The latter, in particular, is actually a surfboard-sized Tiki-mask with a pinwheel on one end and a hilt on the other.
* [[BigBad Sigma]] uses one in ''VideoGame/MegaManX 8'', made out of scrap metal (not making this up); [[spoiler:Sigma himself is nothing more than scrap held together by TheVirus, in what is believed to be his '''final''' appearance]]. Oh, and [[spoiler:Zero can use it as his own on a NewGamePlus, effectively an InfinityPlusOneSword]].
** In the FinishingMove added to the gameplay in the same game, Zero's own sword grows to {{BFS}} levels. As if being a LaserBlade [[RuleOfCool wasn't enough.]]
** ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' had [[http://images.wikia.com/megaman/images/a/ab/Swordmanbq.png Swordman]], a Robot Master specifically built to wield a {{BFS}} Wily ripped off. But the sword was so heavy, Swordman is composed of two halves, the upper of which tilts to counterbalance the blade. Oh, and he can [[IncendiaryExponent channel]] [[KillItWithFire fire]] through it.
** And then there's the [[http://images.wikia.com/megaman/images/c/ca/MegaMan_Zerker.jpg Zerker Sword]] (aka Thunder Bolt Blade, an electric based sword) from ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 2'' and ''3''.
* In the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'', we have the spirit Undine's blade in ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', Philia Philis' Clemente (heavily magic-tilted and terrible for offense, unlike most examples here) in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'', Ruca Milda's signature weapon type in ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence'', and Decus's sword (which he keeps stored in a man-sized iron maiden) from ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld''. There are also massive [[AnAxeToGrind axes]] to be found, specifically [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Presea Combatir's Gaia Cleaver]] and [[VideoGame/TalesOfHearts Innes Lorenz' Folseus]] (and both characters are MightyGlacier types to boot).
** And then there is the [[spoiler: VBFS (Very Big F'n Sword) in the ending of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'']].
** All of Karol's swords are longer than he is tall. That's not saying much(he's 12 years old) but his first sword is so big that after Yuri cuts it in half he can use the base as a hammer. (Karol is the tank in the game and all his weapons are way too big for him)
** In Symphonia, there are a couple of bosses that wield these, either in or out of battle. The Eternal Sword is used only in cutscenes [[spoiler:until Lloyd gets it, anyway]], but when you fight Yuan, he has a [[DoubleWeapon swallow blade]] that's about as long as he is tall.
** Gaius from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' wields a nodachi that about equals his height in length, making it in the range of six feet or so.
* ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'': Wielded by the [[GlacierWaif little girl Tart]]. Justified in that she's the ''Goddess of War''.
* In the game ''{{Rune}}'', the character progresses to larger and larger swords (and blunt weapons and axes). There are five levels of these, with the third being the largest you might find realistically (e.g. the level 3 sword is a conventional two-handed sword). Levels 4 and 5 are these gigantic, freakazoid swords that defy all the rules of how to make a good sword -- but [[RuleOfCool they are the fastest and do the most damage]].
* ''Star Wars: VideoGame/EmpireAtWar: Forces of Corruption'' give us Urai Fen, who uses [[DualWielding two]] gigantic swords. That can destroy a light vehicle in one hit.
** Speaking of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' games, ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' (both I and II) have the Wookiee Warblade. It's both a BFS and a DoubleWeapon, and the item description mentions that it's designed to be kept in constant motion, presumably because stopping it and swinging it again is just too hard to do. For Wookiees. One has to wonder how the human protagonists managed to use them. It's a Double-Bladed Big Friggin' Sword, after all.
* A few appear in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** Assassin in has a [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana nodachi]] with a length of 150cm, or roughly five feet. Not terribly notable except the game specifically points out this is more the length of a lance than a sword and is unrealistically large. The 'actual' Monohoshizao was a more modest 90cm. Only Assassin's obscene skill can wield such a long sword, apparently. And it's still only for dueling, not combat.
** Berserker's axe-sword, which is a giant hunk of stone that looks somewhere between, well, an axe and a sword. It looks ''almost'' normal sized in relation to Berserker, who's about 8 feet tall. However, when [[spoiler:Shirou]] uses it in Heaven's Feel, it's as big as he is. [[spoiler:And to top it off he uses it [[OneHandedZweihander one-handed.]]]]
** Saber surprisingly enough uses a fairly normal sized sword that spends much of its time invisible, but is by far the shortest and smallest Servant. However when she fires off [[spoiler:Excalibur]] it takes the form of a [[SwordBeam giant sword made of light]]
* Flay's sword from ''ManaKhemia'' is rather wide, and can also shoot shurikens, [[WaveMotionGun something that looks like a laser,]] and transform into a giant [[ThisIsADrill drill]]. Vayne can wield and transform into a sword six times his size. Anna wields a katana longer than she is tall. One of the bosses is a BFS. Even the generic students get their hands on some of these.
* The Blade power from ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' turns Alex's right forearm into a two-sided [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Blade]] around his height.
* The [[InfinityPlusOneSword Sky Fang]] from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''. It's larger in both height and width than Vyse is.
** BigBad Galcian wields a lance-like BFS himself; it's roughly as tall as he is. Seeing that the Sky Fang mentioned above is only avalible in the [[VideoGameRemake remake]] on the GameCube, it looks strange, considering that the other weapons in the game are reasonably sized.
* Kilbert's sword Fragarch in ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Annie|Alchemists of Sera Island}}'' is positively huge, with the size of the handle alone matching him shoulder-to-shoulder. However, its size makes it almost completely impractical for combat, and he simply keeps it around to intimidate monsters (in combat, this is a battle command that he can use to make weaker enemies flee in terror).
* The hero of the Dreamcast Lodoss Wars game, [[spoiler: Beld]], gets a truckload of these, including a copy of Ashram's soulstealer which is an enlarged obsidian claymore, the mithril sword which is that, shiny and white, and a little longer, and the Hakuring, a sword MADE FOR A GIANT, which is about three times as long, heavy, and wide as the buster sword, and double-bladed. With the proper speed boosting rings you can wave it about like a whiffle bat. The mithril sword has the added bonus of sometimes turning dead enemies into mithril ore based on their level, so you actually don't have incentive to use other swords once you get that one. You get a rune later which adds this affect to all swords, but [[InfinityPlusOneSword since this is also the most damaging sword in the game]]. Ironically all the mystical or artifact swords in the game are closer in size to the moderately lengthy Roman swords like the Gladius or Spatha.
* One of the Demoman's unlockable weapons in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is the Eyelander, a huge Scottish claymore.
* A trailer for ''VideoGame/ThreeDDotGameHeroes'' explains [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKTThEUweoU "Natural Sword Enhancement"]].
* ''Every'' sword and knife in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is one of these. The daggers are the size of arming swords, the regular longswords are the length of real-life claymores, and the two-handed swords are on a par with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud's]] blade. Like everything else in the setting, there's just enough exaggeration in the weapons to get across the large-scale, epic nature of the setting and story.
** Especially prominent if you play a dwarven or [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon female elven warrior]] specializing in two-handed weapons. You run around hitting people with a sword or axe around half again as tall as you are.
** Though the first game at least played it somewhat realistically, two-handed weapons had ridiculously slow attack speeds as your character follows through with the momentum of your six-foot broadsword and has to pick it up again and wind up for another stroke.
* ''LeagueOfLegends'' has an item that is actually called 'B.F.Sword', which WordOfGod states stands for "Best Friend Sword". It does do a lot of damage if you acquire it early, but its main use is as an ingredient for much better weapons.
** A multitude of characters have a WeaponOfChoice that is a BFS. One specific character, Irelia [[ImplausibleFencingPowers wields her's easily]] due to [[MindOverMatter doing so psychically]].
** Also notable is Tryndamere's sword. It's so big that it drags on the ground behind him when he's not swinging it at something, yet [[OneHandedZweihander he wields it with one hand]]. Perhaps inevitably, his joke is, [[DoubleEntendre "My right arm is a lot stronger than my left arm!"]]
** Tryndamere is completely beat by Riven however. Although she normally fights with the broken remains of her mighty runeblade, once she activates Blade of the Exile, it completely reforms into a massive sword that's taller than ''she'' is and almost as broad. The amazing parts? She continues using ''[[OneHandedZweihander only her right hand]]'' the entire time, yet still whips around with it as if it weighed as much as the shattered hilt. Furthermore, according to her lore, she's been using swords as large as she is since she was [[ChildSoldiers old enough to walk]].
* The Sword of Aeons wielded by Jack of Blades and [[spoiler: the Hero, should you make the choice]] in ''VideoGame/FableI''.
** If you think that's big, you should see the Bereaver (from the lost chapters).
* DemonsSouls has a ridiculous amount of {{BFS}}.
** The Guillotine Axe qualifies, not because it's huge, but because the blade is as big as the rest of the axe. The Guillotine Axe is exactly what it sounds like. It's an axe designed for beheadings. Plus [[AxCrazy the person who wields it.]]
** The [[http://demonssouls.wikidot.com/meat-cleaver "Meat Cleaver"]] is as big as your character, and is covered in blood. It's interesting that one of the bosses uses this weapon, and you get it by forging a weapon with this bosses soul.
** [[http://demonssouls.wikidot.com/bramd "Bramd"]],like no other. It's a gigantic mace, but seriously, LOOK at that thing! Yeah. It shakes the ground.
** The [[http://demonssouls.wikidot.com/dragon-bone-smasher "Keel Smasher"]] doesn't have a blade. How does it cut you? IT'S BECAUSE IT'S SO FREAKING BIG.
** There are a ton of other weapons like this in the game, and the weapons held by the bosses.
* DarkSouls has similar weapons as well. These are classified as "Ultra Greatswords" and generally require dozens of points in Strength to swing, and dozens more in Endurance to be able to swing it more than once. Notable examples include:
** The Black Knight Sword and Greatsword, which are Greatsword and Ultra Greatsword sized when wielded by a (much smaller) human.
** The Greatsword of Artorias and the Abyssal Greatsword, wielded by the Great Grey Wolf Sif and Artorias the Abysswalker.
** The Dragon Greatsword, which has no blade and is essentially just a massive lump of bone attached to a handle.
** The Demon Great Machete, which requires a stunning 40 Strength to wield. The Capra Demons dual wield these.
** Most of the enemies wielding BFSs in Dark Souls are gods, demigods, giants or demons, so there is some form of justification for this.
* The Godswords in {{Runescape}} are BFS weapons that the GODS fought over. They are some of the best weapons in the game damage-wise, and can be bought from other players for about 20-70 millions of GP. They are also really slow.
* The Black Key of Almarion, wielded by the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} VI: The Ark of Napishtim''.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has the ''Bumper Sword'', a Final Fantasy 7 Buster Sword made out of a car bumper smashed at one end to be sharp and a pipe. It still has the car's license plate on it.
** [[FinalBoss Legate Lanius]] has a custom version called the Blade of the East.
** Marked Men of the Lonesome Road DLC use a special version called Blade of the West
* In VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi, the eponymous hero wields a huge sword called Lumina and a more reasonably sized sword called Fusion. It's played somewhat realistically; he has no trouble swinging Fusion but can only manage slow and clumsy (Albeit powerful) overhead chops with Lumina.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' has the ''Excalibur''-class aerial battleship. You read that right. The ship itself is a sword so ludicrously massive that it can only be wielded by [[CombiningMecha a battleship that can]] [[ShoutOut transform into a]] [[SuperDimensionFortressMacross humanoid combat form]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' had some nice big swords. ''Super Scribblenauts'' added the adjective "Colossal".
* In ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'', main character L'Arc's signature weapon is one of these.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Duel Transer'', Sartr wields a giant Duel Sword: that is, a sword that he uses as a Duel Disk. And he swings it dramatically behind him every time he attacks.
* ''{{Yo-Jin-Bo}}'' has a giant katana wielded by Ittosai; it's nearly as long as he is tall. Villain Nobumasa has a Big Freakin' Spear as well.
* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 2'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46xJiPdIWvM BFS attacks you]]!
* In ''VisualNovel/EienNoAselia'', despite the premise of super powered cosmic swords all trying to kill each other, most of them aren't ''that'' unrealistically huge. But Karma? It's bigger than the guy wielding and that guy is pretty big.
* The player ship in ''AlltynexSecond'' wields swords that are twice its sice, oh and did I mention it dual welds them.
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsOfMightAndMagic'' has several two-handed sword weapons, including the Claymore, [[AnIcePerson Wild Winter]] and [[NamedWeapons Grendel.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has a few. The Blade of Grass and Fiery Greatsword are already exceptionally large, but even these are dwarfed by the Breaker Blade (which also serves as a ShoutOut to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud.]]).
* ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' gives us Jazz, and his trumpet/guitar/organ sword. It's bigger than he is, and he is by far the largest protagonist in the game. You could probably fit the heroine, the hero and hero's little brother on the blade. In game terms, it's twice as slow as every other weapon, but hits twice as hard, and each blow hits twice (making him somewhat overpowered, at least for ending echo chains. He can't build them up well, though.)
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Tera}} Tera Online]]'' has the Slayer class, a leather wearing damage dealer that specializes in the the gigantic two-handed sword. The Berserker, a similar class, prefers huge axes.
* The Indigo Fang from ''VideoGame/OtogiMythOfDemons'' is wider then Raikoh and just as tall as him if not more so. It's description even says that it is very heavy, because of this heavy attacks with it do extra damage. Theres also the Golden Dragon, which is an ornate gold plated kanabo used by priests to exorcise demons, presumably by crushing there skulls in. The BigBad Michizane wields the Sword of Seven Stars, which has a very long mirrored blade. And to top it off the Crimson King wields a huge stone kanabo that could be used as a support beam for a house.
* Some of the swords wielded by the [[MightyGlacier Fencer/Fencer Elite]] classes in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'' and ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'' qualify. They're all so heavy that they have to be dragged backhanded across the field of battle (this posture also allows the fencers to carry a [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]] in front of them), and they're weighty enough that they can kill almost any infantry unit in one swing.
* ''VideoGame/SepterraCore'' has Gemma's Blade, which [[spoiler: Doskias]] acquires a ways into the game.
* Augus from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' absolutely deserves a mention. His sword, Wailing Dark, can extend to absolutely ridiculous lengths, fling Asura off the moon, and pierce straight through '''THE ENTIRE PLANET EARTH!''' The [[WordOfGod Official]] length the for the blade? [[http://www.joystiq.com/2011/09/16/overheard-tgs-just-how-long-is-that-sword-in-asuras-wrath/ 380,000]] ''Kilometers''! While it might not be as big as Gurren Lagann swords, but in a way, it probably is the biggest one ever made for a wielder close to human size.
* The Reaver (in physical form, at least) from the ''LegacyOfKain'' series.
* ''Franchise/Kirby'' has a few examples:
** ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'': The Fire + Cutter ability gives Kirby the ability to summon a huge FlamingSword that can be thrown.
** In ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'', Kirby can use a [[LimitBreak Super Ability]] called Ultra Sword that lets him grow his sword (which can take the form of a classic broadsword, a fencer's cutlass, a butcher's cleaver, a bamboo shinai, a golden fan, or a swordfish) to massive proportions to cleave enemies and terrain. He turns it UpToEleven when he uses it for a finisher on a few specific bosses.
* War, from ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'', carries Chaoseater. It's a bit longer then he is tall, and he's easily pushing twelve feet.
* Since all of the Knight's weapons in ''VideoGame/TriggerKnight'' use the same sprite, even the ''dagger'' is as tall as she is.
* The Gran Centurio in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' and ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''. At five-and-a-half feet long and two wide, it is unusable by anyone not part of the Artwaltz dynasty, as the sword is specially enchanted to be near-weightless to them. Milanor tries picking it up in one of the side materials, and he can't lift it.
* [=BFSes=] come in three different flavors in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. There are standard greatswords like the bastard sword and claymore, the more exotic curved greatswords like the Server and Murakumo, and the not-compensating-for-anything ultra greatswords like the Dragon Greatsword.
* ''{{Rift}}'' features two-handed swords of various types, and like most fantasy games they tend to be things that would be [[AwesomeButImpractical unwieldy]] in real life. UNLIKE most games, however, they don't actually scale with the height/race of your character, leading both to giant Bahmi that are essentially one-handing two-handed swords, and short-to-middle sized Dwarves that are wielding blades half again as tall as they are!
* Some of the units in TheBattleForWesnoth have these; like the Elvish Champion.
* ''{{Neptunia}}'' gives the main protagonist Neptune a few [=BFSes=] such as the Bastard Sword and Claiomh Solais. Noire has the Elysdeon, and Blanc/White Heart has giant hammers and axes rather than swords. Additionally, Neptune and Noire's weapon becomes a BFS when they activate HDD, no matter what sword they were initially wielding.
* As the strongest human in the world in ''Main/KidIcarusUprising'', Magnus fittingly utilizes a BFS in combat. The player can use a copy of this large blade as he/she pleases, though it is listed as a club. The Hewdraw Club is also a sword too big to be listed as a blade.
* Oddly enough, averted for the main character of ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny''. Taiga wields a normal sized short sword, though it's still magic. Rather, the two BFS wielders are Mudou, who is huge himself, and BadassNormal Selbium, whose sword seems to be the same size as himself.
* Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow''. When an unarmed Alexander finds himself faced with being attacked by a sword-wielding enemy and nowhere to run, he grabs a giant ceremonial sword displayed in the room... which turns out to be way, way too heavy to wield properly. He manages to barely hold his own for a time anyway--albeit by resorting to fisticuffs in places--but only wins because a distraction allows him to defeat his opponent by conking him over the head with the hilt of the sword (as in, about the only real use for a too-heavy sword).
* ''Videogame/EYEDivineCybermancy'' has the Damocles, a high-tech sword which is nearly as tall as a player. The Damocles' other notable feature is that it [[StuffBlowingUp explodes anything that it hits]].
* Every single greatsword in ''{{Aion}}''. These swords are scaled to be approximately as long as the wielder's height, or even slightly longer.
* ''VideoGame/WildStar'''s Warriors use [[SchizoTech Power Swords,]] nuclear-powered blades with searing hot liquid edges, capable of cutting through pretty much ''anything.'' True to form, they are as large as if not larger than the wielder. And with the [[{{Golem}} Granok]] around, these things can be ''massive.''
* Most of the swords in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' are as long as even the tallest of characters, and appropriately, are the slowest out of all the melee weapons. Swords also have the Over End photon arte, which forms an even huger energy blade around the wielder's already large weapon.
* Aegislash from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is a 170cm (5 feet 5 inches) ghostly sword. That's almost as tall as a number of grown humans!
* In ''[[LegoAdaptationGame Lego Lord of the Rings]]'' one treasure item to be found is an Uruk Sword in Osgiliath. It looks too big for even the human minifigs to wield (despite the fact human and Uruk-hai minifigs are actually the same size) let alone the hobbit you'll probably be playing as when you find it. Additionally, the default weapon of Haldir is an Elven Greatsword. It deserves the name.
* Just about every weapon in VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}} is oversized, except possibly Melia's staff, but the Monado has the distinction of splitting apart and projecting a LaserBlade to get even bigger.

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* One minor character in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' is shown having a sword about [[UpToEleven 200 feet]] [[PlayedForLaughs tall]].
* Kenta ("Ken") Daisuke, from the webcomic ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'', carries a zanbato which is as wide as he is, and approximately four times his length.
* Jillian Zamussels, from ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', carries a BFS. Her listed strengths on the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erfcast.html cast page]] include "Unrealistically Oversized Weaponry" and "Hack-slash-carve-stabbity-chopchop".
* Sir Eglamore of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has two swords, each nearly as tall as him: A normal metal blade, for normal threats like [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] and wolves; and a [[PowerGlows glowing blade]] of unknown composition, for fighting Shadow Men.
* A giftwrapped {{BFS}} in this ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1034 strip.]]
* Roy's WeaponOfChoice as leader of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' (and specialist weapon, being a Fighter) is an heirloom greatsword, which while being realistic by standards of this page is still damn big.
** The intro comic to the first book parodies the "oddly effeminate male leads" of the ''Final Fantasy'' series by showing one of them with a sword larger than he is strapped to his back, rendering him unable to move as with its point stuck in the ground the bearer is suspended several feet in the air with it strapped to his back.
* [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/0129.html Taken to extremes]] in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}!''
* [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090126 Grantz]] from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''.
** Otila has a HUGE scabbard (we're talking past Buster Sword territory) but no BFS.
* ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'': Dark Reflections''. Ludicrously large sword, ludicrously [[{{Stripperiffic}} tiny clothing]].
* [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=090404 Bun-Bun]] of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' fame. Little bunny, huge sword.
* Orion from ''BeyondReality''. It starts out about [[http://orion.comicgenesis.com/d/20040405.html six]] [[http://orion.comicgenesis.com/d/20040407.html feet]] long and a foot wide. After it its broken and reforged it is the same width, but only [[http://orion.comicgenesis.com/d/20041102.html three]] feet long.
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Dora keeps a pretty healthy-sized broadsword behind the counter as an anti-burglary weapon. "[[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Coffee of Doom]]", indeed!
* Ragara Karen wields one in ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'', which is so huge it folds in half for easier carrying when the fight's over.
* ''DragonTails'' [[http://www.dragon-tails.com/archive.php?date=2006-04-30 parodies this trope]] in the RPG arc with an {{Expy}} of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] whose sword is so large it ''requires a cart for him to actually move it''. Considering what Bluey did to poor Lady Moona, they probably didn't let him get a chance to use it, either.
* Hakelda of ''Webcomic/{{Reliquary}}'' carries around a spiked club nearly as tall as [[GentleGiant she is.]]
* [[http://oglaf.com/obituator.html The Obituator]], a one-off from ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', is a rare, possibly even unique, {{literal|Metaphor}} example of the trope.
* Andy Frogman in ''[[UltimaJava Ultima-Java: History]]'', has Great Blades as his weapon of choice, between the beginning of UJ: History and the present, he accumilates over 30 of these huge weapons, some for their intrinsic power, some simply because he liked the look of them. By the end of the first chapter he already ahs five.
* [[TheBookOfBiff Biff]]: "[[http://www.thebookofbiff.com/2007/01/15/168-sword/ Before you lift it over your head, make sure the sword isn't heavier than you are]]"
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': All of [[TheLancer Dave's]] alchemized swords are taller than he is in the comic's standard art style. In the various {{Art Shift}}s they are much more realistically proportioned (as is everything else), though still of considerable size.
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', a comparision of swords [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2182 includes the claim that one is longer and the other is heavier.]]
* (Inverted) In MoonCrest24, Drake uses a rapier. Justified with the Ice Titan battle. Although it looks more like a katana than a rapier.
* Clearly inspired from FinalFantasyVII, Naoya from ''Soukaigi'' cranks it UpToEleven. [[http://download.minitokyo.net/Natsuki.Sumeragi.292215.jpg He's the one on the front]]. It's far bigger than him, its handle is insanely impractical and looks heavy as hell. And he swings it around ''using only one hand''. The cherry on top? The sword's blade can actually be opened to ''fire FrickinLaserBeams''.
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* These sometimes appear in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', where Danya sometimes puts medieval swords on the list of weapons to be assigned. Such swords include a 55-inches-long Claymore, a 6-feet-long Zweihänder, and a Grosse Messer.
* Kuar in ''TechInfantry'' is only somewhat huge, but a world with werewolves, vampires, and other supernaturally strong characters facing off against supernaturally-tough enemies who may be ImmuneToBullets, big honking swords are commonplace.
* KingsOfPowerFourBillionPercent: one of the characters has a very prominient {{BFS}}.
* MSFHighForum: Sam wields one of these. A large claymore to be specific. So does Mercurius.
* During a ''{{Champions}}'' game, one player claimed that a 40d6 killing attack was not excessive for a photon torpedo because "That's only as much damage as 25 sword hacks." That, combined with a healthy dose of StarFleetBattles, gave us ''[[http://www.rogermwilcox.name/stories/buccaneer.html Buccaneer!]]'', whose sword was so huge it did the equivalent of 25 sword hacks.
* Black Knight in MarvelsRPG sports Excalibur, which on top of being a BFS is also an AbsurdlySharpBlade able to release lightning shocks and instill PrimalFear just by being wielded.
* The [[http://askaninja.com/videos/ask-a-ninja-question-68-legendary-weapons/ Ask A Ninja]] Ninja describes something called an "Extremely Extremely Broadsword," which is so big that "it can slice TEXAS in half!" He also notes that there are only a few things in the universe that can even lift it, and since none of them are good guys.
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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Viru-Ron" (with a wink [[ParentalBonus for those who get it]]) when Rufus and Wraithmaster keep expanding their swords to ever-more-unliftable size.
* William gets one of these in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' once virtualized. It is implied that this is a subconscious choice inspired by his love.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum'', [[TheDragon Claire]] carries a sword made out of aggregated diamond nanorod, [[TruthInTelevision which is actually the hardest substance currently known.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', an original production for Creator/CartoonNetwork, one of Rex's apparent weapons of choice when he morphs his arm is a sword that he calls the "BFS" [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar (Big ''FAT'' Sword.)]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' episode "Expedition to Khumbu" both subverts and lampshades this trope. While playing a game in [[{{Cyberspace}} Questworld]], Jonny gets attacked by a scorpion-type monster. He immediately asks I.R.I.S., the AI user interface, to equip him with a [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]]; the computer, however, gives him a shield and a fairly small sword instead, explaining that it's the only type of weapon permitted in that level. Jonny tells her she'd "better make it a BIG sword!" So I.R.I.S. makes it grow until it's longer than he is tall. Given that this is a computer game, you'd think they'd play the trope straight, but as Questworld was designed to be realistic, the sword is too heavy for him. As he stumbles with it, he goes "give me a break, I.R.I.S.!" and then he falls. The sword breaks in two, Jonny complains, and the computer quips [[LiteralGenie "you requested a break."]] He still uses the broken sword to fight the scorpion monster, though.
* Several times in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''; in "Mortal Folly", Finn orders Jake to "[[ShapeshifterWeapon Be a big sword.]]"
** In "Morituri Te Salutamus", Finn says, "I can't kill my best friend [...] without a bigger sword!", and the Fight King promptly gives him his bigass sword.
* Late in season 2 of WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime, Optimus Prime recovers the Star Sabre, a massive sword with considerable power. Megatron counters by forging his own sword out of Dark Energon.
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* Practitioners of Baguazhang, a Chinese internal martial art, train with oversized swords to build strength and so on. It's relatively easy to find daos almost five feet long and weighing around 5 lbs. The guy in the bottom pic of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagua_zhang Wikipedia page on Baguazhang]] is training with an oversized dao that looks like it could give the Buster Sword a run for its money!
* History tells of a Frisian pirate and rebel by name of "Grutte Pier" ("Big Pier") who rose to prominence during the early sixteenth century. He was reported to be an enormous man, and strong enough to bend coins one-handed with three fingers. Sources estimate his height to have been at least seven-feet tall, based around the length of the two swords reported to be his--both seven feet in length. According to legend, Grutte Pier was strong enough to behead multiple men in a single blow.
** Unfortunately, the sword was proven AwesomeYetImpractical when he drowned after the sheath filled with water.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nodachi Nodachi]] is most easily discribed as a larger version of the Katana, and was intended to be used by foot soldiers against calvalry. Typical examples were over five feet long, [[http://www.freewebs.com/toufuushogunate/Nodachi.jpg which is longer than the typical Japanese man is tall]]
** A more specialized version of the Nodachi was known as the Zanbato, "horse-killing sword" or "horse-chopping sword". It differed from the Nodachi mainly by having a ricasso approximately 12-18 inches long, allowing it to be used as a short polearm as well as a sword against cavalry; similar to the German Zweihänder. It is believed to be derived from the similar Chinese zhanmadao (also transated as "horse-chopping sword").
** [[http://japantrip.tripod.com/nodachi/norimitsu.html This]] mind-bogglingly enormous nodachi is ''377 cm (over 12 feet) long'', and is the largest sword of its type known to exist in Japan. However, it was made not for use in battle, but to test a particular forging technique. Other examples, though none of quite that magnitude, can be found on the linked site.
** Many (perhaps even most) nodachi were never used in combat. Forging one was proof of a swordsmith's skill, and owning one was a status symbol for a samurai wealthy enough to afford it. The only remotely useful thing that could be done with a sword longer than the height of its wielder was to fight off horsemen while on foot and polearm weapons such as the naginata and the nagamaki were cheaper to build, easier to train people in, and all-around better at that particular job in the hands of a skilled soldier.
* When you're trying to arm a giant, sometimes a normal sword just won't do. [[TheBigGuy Peter Francisco]] was well over 6'6" and joined the patriot cause when the Revolutionary War broke out. Since most weapons were designed at at time when the average man was 5'8" George Washington decided to arm the man with a specially made sword that measured 5' long, longer than some of the soldiers in the army were tall. This sword proved useful. At just the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, he killed 11 British Solders with it. This number does not include the (presumably large) number of men who ran away shrieking like girls at the sight of this man on a charging horse swinging this thing. Big Fucking Guy. Big Fucking Sword. George Washington also later said that the entire American revolution would have been lost without Peter Francisco. Also, by the way, an 18 cent stamp was issued in 1975 depicting him at another of his fine moments, holding up one side of a thousand-pound cannon that had been damaged, so that it could be aimed at the approaching British.
* Civil War officer Heros von Borke was another larger-then-usual man who needed a larger-then-usual sword. An immigrant from Prussia, the 6'4" dragoon officer became a Confederate cavalryman. And he bought his 42" German made Solingen sword to play with.
* The Scottish claymore is a real-life example; it was designed with the weight and length to take the heads off several unfortunate Englishmen in one swing once you got some momentum behind the swing. Having said that its use died out mostly because it was responsible for too many friendly fire casualties. The claymore was still definitely a BFS, albeit in a different order of magnitude than most of the ridiculously-sized blades in this trope.
* Real claymores were typically around 140cm of length and weighed less than 6lbs. There are numerous existing examples in museums. None of these, while impressive, are even theoretically capable of cutting through several people at once, nor were they designed for it.
** William Wallace's supposed claymore was five-and-a-half feet long.
** The Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh houses a claymore -- admittedly ceremonial, but still -- that is at least seven feet (a bit more than two metres) long in total. [[http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l241/azvolrien/MuseumBFS.jpg See for yourself.]]
* The German "Zweihänder" was up to 6 feet long, weighing up to 7 lb. (3 kg) and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin used in both hands]], allegedly to break up pike formations.
** These swords were up to 180 cm long (the blade itself being 150 cm long) and in skilled hands could easily decapitate a horse.
** Most of the time, however, they were used more like a short polearm. There is a second grip and smaller quillions (hand guards) further up the blade that allow it to be used like a short spear.
** Its correct that you can also use them like a spear, but thats just one additional option this sword has. Its perfectly safe to use them as a sword as well. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hfLZozBVpM See for example this video on YouTube]]
** The addition of a second guard as part of the blade, and the protection of the blade by leather up to the second guard, as seen in the Website/YouTube video, was actually a later development. Early swords of this type didnt have these features.
* Two-handers are included in the iconic image of the Landsknechts (hired foot soldiers, often not of noble origin). Those who actually used twohanded swords were called "Doppelsöldner" (double mercenary) because they received double payment.
** They also used a ''Flammberg'', a 5 kg(!) two-handed sword, whose blades were made in wave pattern (thus making it (sort of) a ''real'' FlamingSword ). The point is a small contact area, so it could cut better, and cut repeatedly, like a giant saw. The usage was the same as by Zweihänder, but also in "foot against horse" situation.
** Flamberge, flammberg, flambard, etc., etc., is actually a catch-all name for any western sword with a wavy blade, and they weren't any more effective than regular swords. The only function of the wavy blade was to look fearsome. These blades were also more difficult to construct, which could make them slightly more fragile than regular ones. By the time these swords were coming to use, the use of plate armor was decreasing rapidly anyway, so armor penetration wouldn't have been a big concern.
** Function of wavy blade was to try and combine straight blades thrusting and cleaving power with curved blades cutting potential. It may have worked, but with firearms taking main role on the battlefield, whole concept was abandoned.
** Mail armor is also effective at blunting any kind of cutting attack, though that shouldn't be interpreted to mean that no wound will be inflicted at all--it'll hurt and likely inflict a rather nasty laceration, but it won't cleanly slash through the armor. The German longsword, though sharpened on both sides, was, in battle between two armored men, used in the "half-sword" fashion, wherein the swordsman shifted his off-hand to grasp the blade at roughly its mid-point, which effectively turned the sword into a (rather short) spear, to be used to thrust at the opponent where he was unarmored or only armored by mail, or to be used as an aid to grappling (a very important part of armored combat). Even after landing a spear or sword thrust, the armored opponent would only be weakened, very rarely mortally injured. Grappling and the use of a long dagger to inflict precise thrusts to the vitals would usually ultimately end the fight.
** Mordhau, or inverted grip, was often used with longsword or zweihänder. By gripping the blade of the sword with both hands, with cross-guard up, sword was turned in a two-handed warhammer, which was much more effective in dealing with opponents wearing plate armor.
** Thick pieces of plate armor were virtually sword-, arrow-proof and it wasn't until the 19. century before guns had indeed turned so strong that traditional plate armor wasn't able to protect from them anymore. In fact, modern bulletproof vests of military quality are again very much like a platemail, using among other things a titanium layer (instead of steel, because titanium is more lightweight) to distribute the shock of the impact of a bullet. The plate armor simply vanished the nature of war changed. The old nobility lost its function, and ordinary people couldn't afford these extremely expensive kinds of armor.
** There's always a vast range of quality (and thus cost) and weight (which is a trade-off): a really thick steel plate is impenetrable for anything short of anti-tank rifle, but you can't make a whole suit of this, while a thin plate of mild steel is good enough light blades, but won't stop an axe or mace. A dense mail of thick spring steel can stop bullets, though cut the "protected" surface, while a soft wire in [[http://mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.cgi?key=372 sparse patterns]] stops well only knife or saber cuts (stainless steel of butcher gloves is ''very'' strong by medieval standards).
* Pepin the Short's sword was about 1,83 m (little over 6 feet) long. The most remarkable thing is that Pepin himself was 1,37 m (under 4 feet and half) tall.
* See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un1M7xbCCIs here]] for a man using a real-life replica of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud's buster sword]].
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xogheZdAO18 here]] for another one. Which despite being made of aluminum (with a steel cutting edge inserted) to reduce weight, is ''still'' ludicrously heavy.
* See here: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6QSu1EolCI]] for an analysis of Cloud's blade, and huge blades in general, are a stupid idea.
* Hasbro's Nerf, best known for its toy guns, began selling swords in 2008. The first two, Thunder and Shadow Fury, are approximately 18 inches long, a few pounds heavy; their 2009 sword, the Marauder, is almost enormous [[http://www.wired.com/geekdad/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/3899391701_b309022c93.jpg by comparison.]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guan_dao Guan Dao]] was, as legend has it, used by Guan Yu. While it's pretty normal for a polearm lengthwise, it weighed almost 20kg. Even larger ones were made for training/testing, at over 70kg.
* Most of the real life [=BFSs=] actually are very sleek and light weapons, and well balanced. The pommel acts as a counterpoise to balance the weapon and make it wieldable. Modern testing of the actual Landsknecht Zweihänder have shown they are excellent weapons, and can be wielded without problems, providing the wielder is proficient on footwork. Most [=BFSs=] in museums are procession swords - more accurately "sword-like objects" - not intended to be used in combat, but more as ritual decorations.
* The Italian Spadone (sometimes called Spadone a due mani, Great Sword in two hands), and its relative, the Iberian Montante (See a training example [[http://www.armor.com/train233.html here]]) were very large swords, frequently exceeding five feet in length. The montante was usually used against other weapons, while the Spadone was used in the same fashion, but also used in duels. They averaged 5-6lbs, and were quite maneuverable.
* John Brown, the famous, and somewhat notorious slavery Abolitionist who conducted the famous raid against the town of Harper's Ferry during the American Civil War, was apparently wanted for a series of previous murders in his home state of Kansas. He apparently hacked several people to death with a broadsword. They say he was fairly psychotic.
* The Chinese [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dadao Dadao]] isn't especially long (The blade is usually 2-3 feet) but it's very broad and blade-heavy. And in the UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar, the dadāo was quite effective against Japanese soldiers.
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