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->''"I can tell you with no ego, this is my finest sword. If on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cut."''
-->-- '''Hattori Hanzo''', ''Film/KillBill''

There is something a sword has that other weapons don't. It could be that it is an ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge, or perhaps it's because [[SwordFight sword fights]] just look ''[[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon so impossibly]] [[RuleOfCool cool]]''. Often HeroesPreferSwords.

'''These weapons even come in multiple categories:'''

* Longsword (two-handed): The quintessential knightly weapon. A late medieval weapon, with an average blade length of 90 cm (35 in). Sometimes used as a generic term referring to any sword that long or longer. This type of sword came into vogue in late 13th century, and remained in use until the 17th century. It is intended to be used two-handed, but is balanced well enough to be used single-handed. Due to this, it is also sometimes referred to as a "hand and a half sword," or "bastard sword." Both the German and Italian schools of swordsmanship deal with this sword.
** Zweihänder ([[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord two-hander]]): With a blade length of 120-150 cm (4-5 ft), was longest known sword, the real life [[BigFancySword BFS]]. Bigger. Longer. Better. Used for intimidation, decapitation, and decimation. Especially good on lopping enemy pike tips off, not to say enemy heads.
** Claymore (two-handed): Scottish sword with a blade length of 100-115 cm (39-45 in). Sometimes used by blonde women [[Manga/{{Claymore}} to kill human eating monsters.]]
** Claymore, Basket-Hilted (one-handed): Descendant of the above with a blade length of 75-90 cm (30-35 in) long. Probably the longest ever one-handed sword.
** Falx (two-handed): The Dacian Legionnaire-killer. This awesome weapon is long, and it's curved, but the badass stuff is that it's sharp on the INSIDE, so it can [[IncrediblyLamePun hook up]] any lorica segmentata (Roman plate armor), decapitate you with a push and a pull and hack off limbs. One of the few weapons that actually changed Roman standard armor. There was also a shorter, one-handed version of the weapon as well.
* Transition Sword Category: typically has an average blade length of 70 cm (28 in).
** Tachi/[[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]] (two-handed): The weapon of choice of the {{Samurai}} and certain {{Ninja}} (especially of the [[HighlyVisibleNinja highly visible variety]]). Tachi were in vogue before the 1400s, while katana became popular afterwards. Are considered the coolest swords of all by some people. [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana Not all Japanese swords were katana]], but popular culture doesn't know that.
** [[SinisterScimitar Scimitar]] (one-handed): Includes all kinds of curved, non-katana swords, including the {{Pirate}} cutlass, the Indian ''talwar'', the European falchion and sabre, and the Chinese ''dao''. Usually wielded by heroes in the ArabianNightsDays, as well as [[ForgottenRealms good-hearted dark elves]].
** Falcata (one-handed): The incredibly badass pre-Roman Spanish machete. Iberians chopped the hell out of so many Roman soldiers with these babies, that the poor Romans had to redesign their shields and armor. Similar to a kukri or kopis, but independently evolved, these Roman-killing machines are curved downwards. Later gladius designs were influenced by it.
** Spatha (one-handed): Longer than a Gladius, but too short for a longsword, pattern-welded for greater strength. From late Roman days to the First Crusade, this was one of the most common sword types in Europe. KingArthur is likely to have historically used one, and any [[HornyVikings Viking]] that isn't swinging an [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] or stabbing with a [[BladeOnAStick spear]] might have one of these. Also called a broadsword or broadblade, the [[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord literal meaning of Spatha]], although modern use of "broadsword" refers to an Arming Sword or a basket-hilted sword. The other translation for 'Spatha' is 'spade' or 'shovel', because it was 'invented' by enlarging the Gladius in order to make it more useful for jobs around the camp. It is therefore the ancestor of not just most later medieval European straight swords, but also of the entrenching tool.
** Arming sword (one-handed): The classic, cross-shaped knightly weapon, descendant of the Spatha, and commonly paired with a [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]]. As such, this is usually found in the hands of the KnightInShiningArmor, though heroes of all kinds have made use of them. Often mistakenly called a "longsword," especially by {{Tabletop Game}}rs. The ''jian'' is the Chinese equivalent, with many of the same cultural associations.
** Jian (one-handed): Known as "The Gentleman of Weapons", the jian is not just a national weapon but a cultural icon. One of what is considered the four "main" weapons of Chinese antiquity, the jian was the weapon of officers, nobles and men of high standing. The typical jian has a double-edged blade and often include a colorful tassel in the pommel. Most modern blades are flexible for ceremonial or performance purposes. A staple of Chinese historical fiction, it is a requirement of any proper {{Wuxia}} film.
* Shortsword Category: Most variations are shorter than a transition sword, but not quite a [[KnifeNut knife]], having an average blade length of 50 cm (20 in). Are so short that they are always one-handed.
** Xiphos: A type of Greek sword that has a vague leaf-like shape to it. The end is slightly wider than the middle, so it has more centrifugal force and is thus much better for breaking things and cutting stuff.
** Gladius: The sword of choice for stories set in [[AncientRome Rome]]. If it's not a gladius but about the same size, it's a likely WeaponOfChoice for children or {{Hobbits}}. The Japanese equivalent is the ''kodachi''/''wakizashi'', which samurai often carried with the tachi/katana.
* [[RoyalRapier Rapier]] (one-handed): [[WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck Ho ho! Ha ha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin! Ha! Thrust!]] [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Quip!]] About as long as a transition sword, but much thinner and lighter. The favorite weapon of TheCavalierYears, where swashbuckling heroes and {{Pirates}} roamed. Expect ImplausibleFencingPowers and lots of {{Flynning}}.
** See also: foils (which are blunt and used in fencing).

'''Sometimes the sword is especially special because:'''

* [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement It's the villain's]] AchillesHeel.
* [[InfinityPlusOneSword It's rare]].
* [[WeaponOfXSlaying It is especially effective against a particular type of creature; or maybe a singular entity.]] It may be the ONLY thing that can hurt said entity.
* [[FlamingSword It's on fire]].
* [[LaserBlade It's made of]] PureEnergy.
* [[{{BFS}} It's frickin' HUGE]].
* [[ForgedByTheGods It was made by a]] ''[[ForgedByTheGods god]]''.
* [[AbsurdlySharpBlade It can cut through (practically) anything.]]
** ... [[LikeCannotCutLike except another equally cool sword]].
* [[AncestralWeapon It was owned by some important ancestor.]]
* [[ItWasAGift Someone significant gave it to you]].
** Especially when [[TakeUpMySword it's a token that you're his successor]].
* [[LegendaryWeapon It's]] ''[[FamedInStory famous]]''.
* [[ChosenOne You've got]] [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield to be special]] [[LevelLockedLoot just to pick it up]].
** [[SituationalSword Or at least pick it up]] [[TheUnchosenOne /wield it under the right circumstances]].
* [[EmpathicWeapon It's got a mind of its own]]
** [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield And it chose you]], [[LoyalPhlebotinum and you alone, to be its personal wielder.]]
** [[TalkingWeapon Or it talks!]]
* [[NamedWeapons It's got a name of its own.]]
* It's under a {{Curse}}.
* [[EvilWeapon It's Evil.]]
* [[ClingyMacGuffin You can't get rid of it.]]
* [[DoubleWeapon It's got two blades instead of one]]
* [[BlingBlingBang It's made of something]] [[ThunderboltIron strange and precious]] [[InsubstantialIngredients or even impossible]].
** Bonus points if it's [[BlackSwordsAreBetter black]].
** Or crafted by an UltimateBlacksmith.
** [[GemEncrusted Or Bejeweled.]]
* [[WreckedWeapon It was broken]] [[ReforgedBlade and remade]].
* [[BladeBelowTheShoulder It's attached to the wielder's arm instead of being held]]
* [[BifurcatedWeapon It's combined with another weapon]]
** [[ChainsawGood Especially if it's a CHAINSAW.]]
* [[{{Vibroweapon}} It vibrates.]] [[AccidentalInnuendo ...Er.]]
* [[XMeetsY Or any and all possible combinations of the above.]]
** [[RefugeInAudacity Even, no wait,]] ''[[RuleOfCool especially]]'' [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot the ones that seem to be mutually contradictory.]]
** [[ExcaliburInTheRust But don't count its advertising the fact]], just to keep you on your toes.

This trope is OlderThanFeudalism, because the sword is a very, very old weapon and there are tons of [[PublicDomainArtifact examples from mythology]]. Possibly the most iconic Cool Sword of all is {{Excalibur}}, the sword the Lady in the Lake gave to King Arthur (which supposedly [[ExcaliburInTheStone wasn't]] the original Sword in the Stone).

And no, having a sword is not (necessarily) CompensatingForSomething.

Recording the sheer number of characters who use swords in media would make for a VERY long trope. Basically, name any [[TheHero hero]] from a HeroicFantasy series or an {{RPG}} ([[HeroesPreferSwords of any genre]]), and chances are he'll be using a sword. Thus, this trope should be reserved for ''cool'' swords; those with some exceptional quality, name, or power. Not just any old sword will do (only exception would be Captain Carrot's sword from Literature/{{Discworld}}).

Compare its GunCounterpart, CoolGuns. For non-cool swords (YMMV), see our [[UsefulNotes/{{Swords}} Useful Notes: Swords]] page. OddlyShapedSword is the SubTrope for swords that have a really ''weird'' shape.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/ChoujinSensen'' has Sasamura wielding his katana skill in hopes of honing his [Void] sword style. The [Void] is a selfless state of mind that allows the user to perform a CleanCut.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. All Shinigami (and then some other characters) carry ''zanpaktou'' (soul swords). Usually they look like normal swords, but when the wielder achieves First Release (Shikai), they can be temporarily made... well, variations on larger, longer, sharper, they become two swords, one of them becomes something like a few dozen razor-sharp cherry blossoms. Final Release (Bankai) is something else entirely. Usually, the weapon can't even be classified as a sword anymore. The resident MadScientist has one that turns into a {{Kaiju}} Caterpillar, a member of squad 11 has one that's a giant combination of a Dao and some kind of pendulum-blade thing which he spins around to increase its power. It's Shonen Manga, so you get what you pay for.
* Tokiya Mikagami of ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' has a family heirloom sword named Ensui, which also doubles as a ninja madogu. Inactive, it's just a little bone handle with a spike, but when he immerses it in water it becomes a very lethal water blade. Not only can he use any fluid in it (including blood and acid) but he can use any of the forms of water (ice, steam), manipulate his surroundings, and create water doppelgangers. The more liquid he uses, the stronger it gets. The fact that he's a damn good swordsman (and the only trained fighter in the group) does not detract from Ensui's coolness.
* The Sunlight Heart Plus in ''Manga/BusouRenkin''. The upgrade to a lance is a sword... that can turn into a lance filling the empty space with energy. And can fly to the moon.
* Aion's sword in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', which (in the manga) [[spoiler:contains his horns, making it the source of his power]]. Father Remington also has a energy sword.
* Lohengrin and the Prince's swords in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. The Prince's sword can even turn into two swans when broken, which... is a bit silly, but still cool, since [[spoiler:it allows Mytho to call the sword to him after Fakir breaks it with Lohengrin's sword]].
* Mikoto's sword ''Miroku'' in ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}''. Powerful enough to [[AbsurdlySharpBlade cut through gilded steel]], and she can call it from anywhere if she isn't already holding it. It's also [[spoiler:[[EvilWeapon part of the body of the]] BigBad.]]
* SuperRobot shows will often have the HumongousMecha of TheHero wield some kind of Cool Sword, [[{{BFS}} impossibly huge or otherwise]].
** One of the first was Anime/GreatMazinger's Mazinger Blades, a pair of swords hidden in its legs and which were generally used one at a time.
** ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}}'' had a huge [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] with sai-like prongs on the guard.
** ''Anime/{{Daitarn 3}}'' had, among other weapons, the Daitarn Zamber.
** ''Anime/VoltesV'' employed the Tenkuuken (Heaven-Air Sword) in all of its [[FinishingMove Finishing Moves]]. Voltes [[MidseasonUpgrade later gets upgraded]] so that it can fire the [[EnergyBall Choudenji Ball (Super Electromagnetic Ball)]].
** From ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'': [[FinishingMove Form Blazing Sword]]!
** ''Anime/GodSigma'': "'''Musouken]]!'''"
** ''Anime/{{Braiger}}'': The Brai-Sword. It also shoots laser beams.
** ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' has what is referred to as "Kaiser Blade Full Power", which is a double-handed broadsword that extends from the machine's ''chest plate''. And it has two smaller ones, Shoulder Slicers, that are launched from the gaps in its shoulders!
* RealRobot wise, such is the rule of every single ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' in existence: each Gundam has to have a [[LaserBlade beam saber]] or otherwise [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 similar weaponry made of metal]].
** ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSeedAstray Gundam SEED Astray]]'' takes this to wild extremes - Lowe Guele creates the Gerbera Straight katana so his Astray Red Frame doesn't run out of juice. Then, he built a ''150 meter version'' of that sword. Then, he built the Tactical Arms for Gai Murakumo's Astray Blue Frame, with one of its forms being a sword! Later on, Lowe makes his own Tactical Arms after the Red Frame gets beat up pretty badly.
* Franchise/LyricalNanoha:
** [[LadyOfWar Signum's]] Laevatein is a mechanical sword with a bolt-action [[NitroBoost cartridge system]] that can [[FlamingSword burst into flame]], split into sections as a WhipSword, and [[BifurcatedWeapon combine with its sheath]] to form a bow. Plus, it's a LargeHam that speaks [[GratuitousGerman German]] and is voiced by Creator/TetsuyaKakihara.
** Fate Testarossa's Bardiche can also become a Cool Sword when it assumes its [[{{BFS}} Zanber Form]], [[LaserBlade Riot Blade]], [[DualWielding Riot Zanber Stinger]], [[{{BFS}} Riot Zanber Calamity]] or [[{{BFS}} Riot Zanber II]]. And Bardiche speaks English with a BadassBaritone.
* Gourry's Sword of Light from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. A functional enough sword in its normal form, but if the blade is removed and Gourry's calls "Light Come Forth" it becomes a light-saber that can kill demons.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': The Dragon Slayer, a {{BFS}} among BFS'es, which has taken on a supernatural essence of its own due to all the demons that Guts has killed with it.
** There's also the Sword of Resonance wielded by the Skull Knight, which has the ability to slice through dimensions.
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext melted down a pair of swords to create a lethal, gigantic version of his sunglasses]]. It gets better too.
** Kamina also wields a katana himself, and the katana is bigger than the sheath in which it is stored.
* Nike in ''Anime/MahoujinGuruGuru'' eventually learns to call upon the magic sword of light, "Kira Kira." It's highly effective when used properly, but can be finicky about anything interrupting the process. This has resulted in Kira Kira having where the point of the blade would be an old man's head and a little schoolhouse. On the other extreme, being summoned in an ice cave made it an ice sword.
* Asuna's Ensis Exorcizans in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', a [[{{BFS}} huge]] demon-banishing sword that can also [[AntiMagic cancel any magic, even wide-range area spells used to decimate entire armies]]. Comes in the form of a PaperFanOfDoom if you don't summon it properly.
** Then there's Jack Rakan. He's called "[[RedBaron The Thousand Blades]]" for a reason.
** Speaking of [[Creator/KenAkamatsu Akamatsu's]] work. In ''Manga/LoveHina'' the Urashima family had in its possession a sword simply called "Hina". It makes the wielder become a lot stronger and better in combat, but the thing is cursed and the demon that was sealed into it will possess the wielder if they aren't strong enough. It appeared once again in ''Negima'' in the hands of an enemy who likely stole it. The blade itself is pitch black and in combat it has its own [[BattleAura aura]] that resembles [[TechnicolorFire black flames.]] Giving up yourself to the sword gives us [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v33/c303/15.html this]] result.
* Manga/{{Claymore}}s use... well claymores. They're effectively a symbol of the human ability to resist the youma.
* As a ShoutOut, a scene in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' shows our hero with three swords stuck in his back. Between appearances, the actual weapons stabbing him change. This is because all six of them are various Cool Swords used by the OriginalGeneration mecha of the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Ragnarok, [[EquippableAlly who]] varies in size and shape (though not to BFS standards), but most of the time looks like a longsword. A black longsword, who is not so much attached to his wielder as he is ''inside them'' when not being used in combat. Also counts as a Vibroweapon, and a bullying TalkingWeapon.
** Tsubaki would also count after she gains her Uncanny katana [[{{Supermode}} mode]] after [[spoiler: [[TokenMotivationalNemesis defeating her brother]] and he allows her to absorb him]]. Then there are her forms after Black Star works out the Nakatsukasa Purpose.
** Excalibur. To clarify: His sword form is perfectly symmetrical, and gives his meister powers that put them on the level of godhood (super speed, strength, etc.) Though, to wield him one must worship the very ground he walks on and follow all of his demands, if you don't do things EXACTLY his way, he won't do jack for you. The sword and his list of demands (1000 of them!) is SO annoying, nobody in the Manga has managed to use it (Some have tried, but when you bring it up, they always get the exact same look of dread on their face. It looks like a hybrid of the face one gets when constipated, combined with what occurs after a GroinAttack), with the occasional reference to one or two people who have managed to use it in the past. In an anime episode, Hiro (minor character only seen ONCE in the manga series), actually finds Excalibur tolerable and also enjoyable, and becomes the strongest meister in all of Shibusen, even taking out Black Star, Kilik and Death the Kid. This ended when Hiro couldn't stand Excalibur's constant sneezing and puts him back.
* [[FourStarBadass Major General]] Olivia Armstrong's saber in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has to count. It has cool carving on it, and [[RunningGag it has passed down the Armstrong line]] [[MemeticMutation for generations!]]
* The many famous swords of Manga/OnePiece with Mihawks 'Kokutou Yoru' or Zoro's 'Wadou Ichi Monji' only being a few examples out of the ever growing list of cool Swords.
** Add Kizaru's sword of light to the list, it's a magic/chi variant of a [[LaserBlade lightsaber]].
* {{Yaiba}} is full of this, ad has a wide selection, including: [[BlowYouAway Fujin's Sword]], [[ShockAndAwe Raijin's Sword]], [[AllYourPowersCombined Ryujin's Sword]], the [[EvilWeapon Devil King Sword]], the [[MakingASplash Water Demon]] Longsword and the [[FlamingSword Fire Demon]] [[{{BFS}} Longsword]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** ''Naruto'' features the weapons of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist. Each has a unique ability or use, some more mundane than others.
** There is also Hatake Sakumo's chakra blade, which is presumably why he was nicknamed White Fang. Kakashi inherited this blade. It is unknown whether it had any special abilities aside from glowing white when used.
* Trunks' sword in the ''Manga/DragonBall'' series.
** Except not really. It got chipped when Android 18 blocked the attack from Super Saiyan Trunks and he hardly used it ever since. And in the non-canon seventh movie, it broke into two when Trunks fought a OneWingedAngel Android 13.
* The Gauntlet swords in ''Anime/{{Bakugan}} New Vestroia'' are similar to lightsabers.
** In Mechtanium Surge Dan and Mag Mel (Barodius) create energy swords with no handles!
* In ''Franchise/LupinIII'', Goemon has ''Zantetsuken'', a katana made out of either a special alloy or a meteorite (depending on the version), which can [[AbsurdlySharpBlade cut absolutely anything]]. (Except particularly strong enemies' weapons. And konnyaku gel.)
* Yoh's katana Harusame in ''ShamanKing''.
* Franchise/PrettyCure:
** In ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo'', the Cures gain the Cure Flurets, rapier-like swords which... they only use for a tag team finisher attack. In TheMovie, it's revealed that Coco, in his human form, can create a gold one and when Cure Dream gains her movie-only SuperMode, she creates the Shining Fluret, which she promptly sword fights with against the movie's BigBad.
** The opening for ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' reveals that Cure Beauty will be able to create an ice sword. She ends up doing this in episode 25 and by episode 43 reveals that she can dual-wield them and uses them for her second finisher, the Beauty Blizzard Arrow.
** Averted with Cure Sword of ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' - despite the name, she does not have any sort of sword.
* In ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', [[AntiAntiChrist Rin]] has Kurikara. Important for being a) handed to him by his father figure before [[DeathByOriginStory he died]] b) acting as a PowerLimiter for his [[TechnicolorFire Blue]] [[{{Hellfire}} Flames]] and demonic abilities c) being an ancient demon slaying blade and finally d) also acting as a FlamingSword when drawn.
* In ''Anime/GunXSword'', Vaan wields a WhipSword that he wears around his waist like a belt that also acts as the activation key for his HumongousMecha.
* [[Anime/TenchiMuyo Tenchi Masaki]] nets himself a few in the three continuities he's a major player in (re: ones [[Anime/PrettySammy where Sasami]] [[Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub doesn't take over.]]) In the OVA, he has Tenchiken, the lightsaber-like weapon that belonged to his grandpa. It's also set so that if a non-Juraian touches it, it electrocutes them. He also has the Light Hawk Sword, an energy sword ''he'' creates from the Light Hawk Wings, powerful enough to disintegrate Kagato... and split his spaceship Souja in half!
** ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' goes back to just Tenchiken, but TheMovie shows his mom Achika pulling more out of it by elongating it to the point where she could cleave the monster KAIN.
** ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'' gives Tenchi a crystal-like sword, comprised of six gems... but, because Tenchi [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants to be normal]], he separates the gems and gives them to the girls.
* [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin's]] reverse-edged sakabato.
* [[Manga/{{Inuyasha}} Inuyasha's]] Tessaiga. So cool that Sesshomaru's antagonism is partially out of jealousy over Inuyasha being able to wield it, but not him.
* [[Manwha/DragonRecipe Kalsiss]] is the strongest holy sword of the Holy Sword clan. Her owner, Incia, uses her for the purpose of preparing dragon meat, [[MundaneMadeAwesome because no normal sword can cut the flesh of a Kaiser Dragon.]]
* In ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', Black Knight Bruford wields a cool sword [[NamedWeapon named "Luck" which is engraved on the blade.]] After he is defeated and briefly restored to his old noble self, Bruford passes on the sword to Jonathan, and adds a "P" to it with his own blood and renames it "Luck&Pluck" in honor of Jonathan's courage. Jonathan later makes good use of "Luck&Pluck" in his battle with Dio.
* Touta's "gravity sword" from ''Manga/UQHolder'' is a black katana that is able to alter the effect gravity has on it. It can be rendered completely weightless for effortless wielding, or it can increase its own mass to insane levels, giving it enormous striking power. The highest setting Touta has used thus far is the "10,000x" gravity multiplier, giving the sword an apparent weight of 500 tons. It was apparently created by Albireo Imma, a master of gravity magic.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The adamantium/titanium (depending on what version) sword in ''{{Blade}}'' that has an interesting security system built into it to mutilate the hand of any unknowing wielders. (When it's titanium, Blade has to actually behead the vampire to kill them.)
* While few of the swords ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' has used were particularly elaborate, they were all very old. Only ever used as improvisational weapons, you'd think a rusty piece of metal wouldn't be that cool. But they are. May be Mike Mignola's [[AuthorAppeal love of Gothic antiquity rearing it's head]].
** He was recently given [[spoiler: Excalibur]], which appears as a somewhat ornate and unusually long gladius. There's also [[spoiler: his father's sword, which waits for him in Pandemonium and will herald the Apocalypse]].
* The Ebony Blade (sounds like a brand of razor) of the Black Knight was forged by Merlin, can cut through pretty much anything like butter, can absorb and even reflect energy, and can be summoned to the Knight's hand. So what if it comes with a blood curse?
* Soultaker, the blade of ComicBook/{{Katana}} from ''[[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]]'', drinks the souls of those it kills, and then makes them available as ghosts to answer questions.
* The Moon Sword from ComicBook/{{Slaine}}: the Horned God is a weapon so terrible that it does not merely cut its foes; rather, their bodies rip themselves open to receive it.
* The Makluan Sword used by the first [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Swordsman]]. Made by the Mandarin, it had a numerous weapons built in, including disintegrator rays, and a flamethrower.
* The Muramasa Blade forged for {{Wolverine}}, containing a "shard of his soul", is said to be the only weapon that can kill him (or his kin, apparently) for good. It ultimately killed Sabretooth. {{ComicBook/Daken}} had part of it melted down and grafted onto his wrist claws (which retract, like Wolverine's).
* There is a fictional version of the real-life mythical sword the [[{{Kusanagi}} Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi]] (the "Grass cutter") in the Marvel Universe, which plays an important role in the first "ComicBook/{{Ares}}" miniseries.
* Martha from ''ComicBook/GiveMeLiberty'' uses one (a saber) when she fights the gay nazis IN SPACE! (She wisely refuses to use firearms, since they'd puncture the station's outer hull, which would kill both parties. [[TooDumbToLive Her opponents are not that smart.]])
* In ''ComicBook/FishPolice'', Inspector Gill acquires a Cool Sword which he names [[ICallItVera Suds-Guzzler]].
* ComicBook/IllyanaRasputin's Soulsword, forged from her very soul. It's incapable of cutting purely physical objects (though it still blocks things just fine), but it can cut through anything the least bit magical -- artifacts, enchantments, demons, etc. -- like a hot knife through butter. It also generates a kickass armor when she wills it. Ilyana's own magical abilities are also enhanced while wielding the Soulsword. Finally, the sword is a symbol of her mastery over Limbo.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odinsword Odinsword]]. A ''huge'' sword several hundred feet in length, it's so powerful that it's considered a weapon of mass destruction by the Asgardians. Let that sink in for a second. A race of superpowerful ''warrior gods'' fear the Odinsword's power. In ''ComicBook/FearItself'' Odin revealed the sword's true name is Ragnarok.
* ''UsagiYojimbo'': Usagi's daisho, a katana and wakizashi [[NamedWeapon named Willow Branch and Young Willow, respectively.]] While the weapons are nothing more than master-crafted swords Usagi won in his first tournament, they have seen extensive use over more than a decade, cutting tree trunks and nicking other swords in {{Blade Lock}}s, and are still in pristine condition.
* Interestingly, Creator/AntarcticPress had a series of "How to Draw Manga" books with one section on swords. The artist pretty much told the reader that if you're gonna draw a Cool Sword, make it ''practical''.
* Gram, formerly the sword of Sigurd the Ever-Glorious, currently belonging to [[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki]]. It comes with the handy ability to reveal truths, free people from possession or parasitic influence, and in a pinch can be used to stab someone. It has a [[TimeyWimeyBall truly]] [[BatmanGambit ludicrously]] complex origin. Approximately: [[spoiler:It was {{retroactive|Preparation}}ly [[ForgedByTheGods created by Old!Loki]] (there are several Lokis in the comic) [[InsubstantialIngredients from]] {{curse}} and {{greed}} and {{revenge}} [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality through the power of]] [[LegendaryWeapon legend]] to [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement free/defeat himself]].]] Basically it's weaponized BrutalHonesty.
* [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye Drift]] has his Great Sword, which are a common weapon of the Circle of Light. There is a drawback in that they draw power from the user's soul, making it a case of AwesomeButImpractical, so Drift uses it sparingly. Even worse, one of the few times he does use it, it gets stolen and used to chop his legs off.
** Later on, Cyclonus acquires a Great Sword of his own, and due to [[BackFromTheDead unique circumstances]] manages to charge it to impressive levels. He also at one point repurposes it as a HealingShiv.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/TheBlueMountains'', the princess leaves behind a sword for the soldier. When he despairs of finding her and goes to kill himself, it has writing on its blade to tell him where to go.
* In Creator/AsbjornsenAndMoe's ''Literature/SoriaMoriaCastle'', the trolls all own swords, and magical potions to drink when they use them, because they are too heavy even for trolls without them. Fortunately, they leave them where the princesses can have Halvor drink the potion and use the sword.
** In "Literature/TheSevenFoals", the sword works the same.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The author of the Franchise/HarryPotter fic within a fic in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10849720/1/Another-Life Another Life]] gives her AuthorAvatar the ultimate cool sword: Excalibur, "the mystic sword of Merlin." Then, because that's not cool enough, she melts it down to make "Excaluzi, the Mystic Machine Gun That Slew Voldemort."
* ''Roleplay/CityOfChains'' features ''Everburn,'' [[WarriorPrince Lucien's]] [[AncestralWeapon family sword]]. Bonus points for being a {{BFS}} and having an enchantment that superheats it to cut through more stuff.
* In [[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/37280372 Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World]], Hottie's WeaponOfChoice is Nothung, the sword that belonged to Billy from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. It was given to her by Finn.
* In the ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', River acquires a Chinese ''jian'' that was once owned by a [[ShoutOut General]] [[VideoGame/{{Fallout3}} Jingwei]]. Aside from being a nice blade, it also [[ShockAndAwe channels electricity]].
* Kyon's {{Laserblade}} in ''FanFic/KyonBigDamnHero'', whose hilt was used by [[AncestralWeapon one of his ancestors]] and blade was made from the remains of a robot from another world.
* Predictably enough, Saber's sword in the Fate/Stay Night fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7509812/1/Nails Nails]]. The edge is sharp enough to cut through atoms and [[ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics cause nuclear fission explosions with every swing]].
* In the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' [[BadFuture Dark World]], [[EleventhHourRanger Minty Pie]] -- at some point during her [[HeroOfAnotherStory offscreen adventures]] -- acquires the Sword of Four Seasons, a magically blessed sword capable of purifying beings its used on.
** Lord Tirek, during his original rampage, possessed a sword called Eclipse, that was forged from the remains of [[spoiler:Pandora's Box]] that had contained the immense dark magic he'd absorbed to gain his power.
* The Nickelodeon fanon show [[http://nickfanon.wikia.com/wiki/The_Rainbow_Blade The Rainbow Blade]] has the self-titled Rainbow Blade.
* In the HungerGames fic ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', both [[{{Deuteragonist}} Obsidian]] and [[BloodKnight Achilles]] fight with cool swords.
* In FanFic/ThePrincessAndTheDragon:
** Jean Claude's sword [[spoiler:made from the scales of a White Dragon kit.]]
** Bakura's (stolen) magical weapon, aptly named Dragonsbane.
* FanFic/AtlantisRising has three of them, the Swords of Wisdom, Justice and Renewal, which are the only weapons powerful enough [[spoiler:to destroy the Heartstone and the Orichalcos with it. The Sword of Renewal was also ''Excalibur.'']]
* Kai Fischer from the Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians and Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus fanfic, ''Fanfic/RidingTheWaves'', gets a pirate sword. Its origins aren't completely known.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''
** Cloud's Fusion Swords, four BFS (and two regular-sized swords) that combine into one huge honking sword that looks just like the Buster Sword.
** Also Souba, Kadaj's double-bladed katana.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The sword made by Domingo Montoya for the six-fingered Count Rugen and wielded by Domingo's son [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya Inigo Montoya]] in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* The same six-fingered sword prop is Top Dollar's weapon of choice in ''Film/TheCrow''
* The ancestral two-handed sword carried by Etienne Navarre in ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}''. Each wielder embeds a jewel on its handle to mark its lineage.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Lightsabers. Examples from the films include:
** Darth Maul's double version.
** Count Dooku's bent handle version, which mimics the current pistol-grip handle used in Olympic fencing so Christopher Lee could mix point-control techniques from his fifty years of experience in fencing with kendo techniques.
** Luke's green one was unique in the original trilogy.
** Mace Windu's purple lightsaber, which is unique in the films. Creator/SamuelLJackson requested the color so he could pick himself out in the big fight scenes.
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' features two cool swords, the Master's Sword, which Conan's father makes, and the Atlantean sword that Conan finds. The Master's sword gets stolen and Conan is able to slash through it with the power of the Riddle of Steel, then uses the shards to kill Thulsa Doom. Each prop sword cost $10,000 to make.
* The swords made by Hattori Hanzo from ''Film/KillBill''. Three people in the movie have had swords made for them by the legendary swordsmith: the Bride, Bill himself, and Budd.
* Balian of Ibelin inherits his father's sword in ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven''. The DVD features include a piece on how they went about making the sword to look as cool as possible without compromising its functionality.
* Lord Loxley's sword in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', which the Sheriff of Nottingham pulls out in the last fight sequence. He dominates the fight until he drops it, but as soon as he picks it up again, he [[TakeThat splits Robin's sword in twain.]]
* Green Destiny, the sword everyone is fighting over in ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''.
* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', William Wallace's claymore becomes a symbol of the man.
* In the newest ''Film/StarTrek'' film, when asked what his specialty was in combat, Sulu answers "fencing." Kirk is less than impressed until Sulu whips out a telescoping saber and kicks a little ass.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** The sword Will makes for James Norrington in the first film' shows up in all the sequels and is regularly noted as a "nice sword." It's replaced by Blackbeard's sword in the final movie which can control ships! It is later owned by Barbossa at the end.
** It seems as if the only redeeming quality of working on the ''Flying Dutchman'' under the command of Davy Jones is that you get a really kick-ass sword. Just look at Hadras's.
* Patrick Swayze's character in ''Film/SteelDawn'' fight with one. [[BlingBlingBang And it's shiny too]]!
* The eponymous sword in the movie ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' was ... well ... {{Excalibur}}! It often reflects green light to make it look otherworldly.
* In ''Film/{{Highlander}}'', Connor uses an ancient katana that was made far before its time. The Kurgan uses a two-handed sword that can be disassembled and hidden in a briefcase.
* The "Alumutian" blades in ''Prince of Persia and the Sands of Time''.
* The Sword of Doom and the Sword of Fate in ''Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword''.
* The Vorpal Sword in ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' (2010).
* In ''Film/TheSwordAndTheSorcerer'', the hero is armed with a triple-bladed sword that can shoot two of its blades.
* In ''Film/{{Blade}}'', the title character has a booby-trapped silver katana for fighting vampires.
* In ''Film/TronLegacy'', as well as having discs to go hand-to-hand combat with, Quorra reveals a new weapon, a [[http://tron.wikia.com/wiki/File:Codex_weap_katana.png lightsaber-like]] [[http://tron.wikia.com/wiki/File:Olivia-Wilde-as-Quorra-640x960.jpg sword]].
* In ''Film/RedSun'', the gold sword the Emperor of Japan sent to President Grant as a token of friendship
* The warrior in the StonePunk film ''Film/TheDeadLands'' wields a pair of short swords carved from stone.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', Kaulder wields Hexenbane, a sword that killed possibly hundreds of witches, can crush stone and has a mechanism enabling it to be [[FlamingSword set on fire]].

* ''Literature/LoneWolf'':
** The '''Sommerswerd'''. A golden weapon said to have been forged by "a race that men would now call gods". +8 to combat skill, double damage to the undead, only ''good'' weapon that can kill a Darklord. Granted, the Darklords made plenty of weapons to use against themselves via EnemyCivilWar, but those tend to be ArtifactOfDoom.
** The [[spoiler:Ironheart Broadsword]] from Book 11. It has a {{Badass}} description, a name that rivals "Sommerswerd" in coolness, and [[spoiler:is the only weapon other than the Sommerswerd that can kill the Chaos-master]]. Unfortunately [[AwesomeButTemporary you don't get to keep it]], and [[spoiler:if you brought the Sommerswerd, the Sword of the Sun doesn't even let you find it. Maybe it was jealous?]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/AuctionKings'', An authentic katana from World War 2? A SwordCane? Gallery 63 has sold both.
* The Sword of Truth, wielded by the eponymous hero in ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''.
* The {{flaming sword}} used by Kröd Mändoon in ''Series/KrodMandoonAndTheFlamingSwordOfFire''.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai''/''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has a lot of these, [[HeroesPreferSwords usually given to]] TheHero. Many Megazords also wield swords.
** Back in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' there was also the Sword of Darkness which Rita gave to [[SixthRanger Tommy]] to keep him from snapping out of her mind control spell and in the second season the Sword of Light, used to transfer Jason, Zack, and Trini's powers to Rocky, Adam, and Aisha.
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' we could witness Ka D'Argo's Qualta blade, which was a pretty impressive sword. Until he held it differently and made it a Qualta rifle!
* In Kamen Rider, [[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga (Rising) Titan]], [[Series/KamenRiderAgito Agito Flame, Burning and Shining]], [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Ryuki, Knight, Ohja and the Alternatives]], [[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Faiz (All Forms) and Kaiza]], [[Series/KamenRiderBlade Blade]], [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Kabuto Hyper and Sasword]], [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O Sword and Liner, Zeronos Altair]], [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva Garuru and Emperor, Ixa Burst, Saga]], [[Series/KamenRiderDouble Accel]], [[Series/KamenRiderOOO OOO]], and [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Fourze Elek States]].
** The English version of Ryuki has Dragon Knight, Wing Knight, Strike, and Eubulon.
** One of the Final Form Rides for Series/KamenRiderDecade is Final Form Ride Blade Blade. Which is Series/KamenRiderBlade as a big sword. Which he swaps with [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Shinken Red's]] sword for a tag team attack.
** And don't forget the original sword-wielding Kamen Rider, Series/KamenRiderBlackRX and his gut-plunging Revolcane. Series/SabansMaskedRider carries that along with the Electro-Saber.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', the sword forged in the dragon's breath, later to be known as Excalibur. It will cause disaster when used by the wrong person, and it can kill the already dead.
* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', there's the Sword of Kahless, said to be the first ''bat'leth'', forged by Kahless the Unforgettable, which legends claim was forged when a lock of Kahless' hair was dipped into lava, cooled in a certain lake and forged into the blade. The weapon was used to slay the tyrant Molor, defeat the demonic Fek'Ihri, and form the first Klingon Empire. [[spoiler:While it IS a CoolSword, it had no real power other than the power of symbolism, something Worf and Kor learn centuries later when they retrieve it.]]
* ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'' has Sand Dragon, which Todd forges in the first season finale until the guidance of [[spoiler: [[TreacherousAdvisor the Metal Dudes]]]], who expect him to use it to kill Curtis and cement his place as [[TheAntichrist the Pure Evil One]]. He refuses to do this, and instead wields Sand Dragon against the various evils created by the Book throughout the rest of the series (and RebelLeader Jenny uses it in the BadFuture) [[spoiler: until [[OneWingedAngel Man Goat]]!Atticus shatters it during the FinalBattle]].

* Caspian's katana sword in ''Literature/AstralDawn'' is an example of this. It has a silver blade and is made from his center. He later creates a more powerful version with a gold blade. Another awesome sword is the sword Caspian has to find in order to defeat Devlyn, Magali's crystal blade Sword of Fracture.
* Darkan in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' is an entire category of Cool Swords. It's extremely sharp, beautifully decorated and roughly katana-shaped. A druidic weapon, it has DetectEvil ability and glows green in presence of [[OurMonstersAreDifferent darklings]]. This actually proves more annoying than useful, as the darkan used in the story is wielded by Shelena, who's a darkling herself. Try to sneak up on somebody with your sword shining like a glowstick.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series:
** Slightly subverted, as noted above, with Carrot Ironfoundersson's sword, which is the most unmagical sword there is. It has no power, it has no name, there is nothing written on it, there are no jewels on its hilt. It's just "a long piece of metal with very sharp edges." But it's still a Cool Sword, because, as Fred Colon observes, "Real kings had shiny swords, obviously. Except, except, except maybe your ''real'' real king of, like, days of yore, he would have a sword that didn't sparkle one bit but was bloody efficient at cutting things." Said sword can effortlessly rip through metal, and on one occasion, went right through a man and buried itself into the solid granite pillar behind him...because a real king doesn't just pull a sword from a stone, he can shove a sword ''into'' a stone.\\
The tendency for swords to be magical and special and what not was lampshaded when Carrot first received his sword, as it was noted that the fact that it wasn't magical or special in any way made it one of the most unique swords in the world. In the same book, the fake heir to the throne has a glittery, gem-laden sword of inestimable coolness that [[CurbStompBattle utterly fails to save him]] vs. a dragon. The trick, though, lies in how [[MagicAIsMagicA magic on the Discworld works]]. Death and his family, for example, can pass through walls and such because they're more ''real'' than other things. If Carrot's sword truly has no magic in it, then it's got to be thoroughly ''real'', which would make it extremely powerful when pitted against...well, most anything on the Disc.
** Death's sword, however, is so thin it can barely be seen, and so sharp it can cut a flame in half.
** Vetinari's sword is rumored to be one of these (supposedly made from iron extracted from human blood), but in fact it is completely ordinary. It's not even a sword. People assume his walking stick is a SwordCane (with the aforementioned blood of a thousand enemies rumour), and he allows them to think this because "if people think you might have a sword, they forget that you definitely have a club".
** The swords of Cohen the Barbarian and his Silver Horde may look all worn and notched, but that's just because [[BadassGrandpa they've gotten a lot of use.]]
** Hrun's sword Kring from ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' is so cool it can not only hold a conversation (probably better than [[DumbMuscle Hrun]] can), but can also take over anyone wielding it. It has various motivations, from forcing its wielder to be a hero, as with [[LovableCoward Rincewind]], to avoiding being stuck in a coal seam for millions of years (it was thrown in a lake once, possibly for being annoying, and didn't enjoy that). Ironically, what it ''really'' wants is to be a ploughshare ("[[CallToAgriculture I have no idea what that is, but it sounds like an existence with some point to it]]").
* Creator/JRRTolkien had several examples in his books:
** Glamdring ('Foe Hammer'): this elven-blade was originally wielded by [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Turgon, the king of Gondolin]]; it was lost over the years, but was [[Literature/TheHobbit later rediscovered by Gandalf]]. Quite possibly, this was the weapon used to [[Literature/LordOfTheRings slay Durin's Bane, the Balrog in Moria]].
** Orcrist ('Goblin Cleaver'): Glamdring's twin. After it was rediscovered, Thorin Oakenshield used it as his weapon of choice. [[spoiler:It was buried with him after his death.]]
** Sting, an elven-knife discovered with Orcrist and Glamdring, and named by Bilbo Baggins. He used it several times, most notably against the spiders of Mirkwood. He later gave it to Frodo Baggins; his friend Samwise Gamgee used it to wound and drive off Shelob, a giant EldritchAbomination in spider form.
** Ringil: Fingolfin's sword that 'glittered like ice'[[note]][[AccidentalPun Literally, a cool sword.]][[/note]] and inflicted seven(?) grievous wounds on Morgoth, Tolkien's Satan figure.
** Gurthang ('Iron of Death'):, the SentientSword Túrin Turambar used in all his greatest and most tragic acts, culminating with the slaying of Glaurung (father of dragons), and his own suicide shortly after. And Túrin will use it to kill Morgoth during Dagor Dagorath, the Final Battle.
** Narsil ('Sun-Moon'):, Elendil's sword, which was one of two weapons (along with Gil-galad's spear) that vanquished Sauron at the end of the Second Age, but was broken in the process. Isildur used the sword's remnants to cut the Ring from Sauron's hand. It was later reforged as Andúril ('Flame of the West') and wielded by Aragorn, the Heir of Isildur.
** Herugrim: Théoden's sword, which might not have had any particular powers but has possibly the coolest name of all Tolkien's swords. Notably cool enough that Théoden was willing to offer Gandalf any reward for helping him escape from Wormtongue's "leechcraft" ''except'' this sword.
** Gúthwinë ('Battle Friend'): wielded by Éomer, Théoden's nephew and heir.
* In ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', there is Jason's Imperial Gold sword, which can also turn into a javelin. Sadly, it broke during the fight with Enceladus. Though he gets a new one from Juno herself at the end of the book.
* In ''Literature/TheIcemarkChronicles'', the hero of the second book, Charlemagne, is given a prophetical sword called the Blade of Fire.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' we have the impossibly cool ''Callandor'', a sword-shaped crystal artifact capable of greatly amplifying magic, one of the most powerful magical artifacts in existence, which only TheChosenOne [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything could pull out of its magical stasis]]. Our hero pulled it out, then jammed it back into the ground to remind everyone he was coming back for it, rather than use it. Turns out this was smart, as ''Callandor'' was flawed, and constant use would [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity drive him insane]] even faster than normal, if it didn't [[SuperPowerMeltdown kill him first]]. He's used it once or twice since then, and even for him, gone nutty.\\
The series also has Rand's first sword, his father's, marked as a blademaster's weapon which could never be damaged. It was destroyed when he stabbed Ba'alzamon with it. Rand then got the sword of King Laman of Cairhien. Even Mat has an ''ashandarei'', a spear with a sword blade on the end. There was also Justice, the sword of Artur Hawkwing. The swords with heron marks have different degrees of coolness. Most of them are mundane and modern, albeit of excellent workmanship. The rest are relics of the Age of Legends. Most of them are just mass-produced standard issue weapon (like the Japanese WWII-era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shingunto Shingunto]] swords, but wrought with the One Power), while the very few are individually crafted for prominent personalities.
* ''Stormbringer'' from ''Literature/TheElricSaga'' by Michael Moorcock, which has the distinction of being a Cool Sword, a {{BFS}}, ''and'' an ArtifactOfDoom.
* During the final confrontation in K. J. Taylor's ''Literature/TheFallenMoon'' each of the two opponents wields one. Arenadd uses the traditional Northern sickle specially made for him. Erian has [[TakeUpMySword his father's sword]] which he has had blessed by the sun god.
* ''Changeling'' from C.J. Cherryh's ''Literature/MorgaineCycle'' has a edgeless "blade" made out of crystal, which would make it harmless... except that, when unsheathed, its tip produces a rift in the fabric of reality [[WeaponsThatSuck that sucks up everything in its path]].
* The Sword of Riva from ''Literature/TheBelgariad''. An [[{{BFS}} incredibly large sword]] made of [[ThunderboltIron meteoric iron]], it's so heavy it needs the MacGuffin stuck on its pommel to lighten its weight. It also has a tendency to glow with [[FlamingSword blue fire]] when aforementioned macguffin is attached.
** Garion is able to use the Orb of Aldur to give a friend's sword some similar properties. By the time Garion is done with it, 'Zakath is able to use his {{BFS}} as a rapier because it weighs absolutely nothing.
** Cthrek Goru, Torak's black sword, is also pretty damn cool. A [[ArtifactOfDoom cursed]] {{BFS}} that [[CastingAShadow leaks shadow]] with every swing, it intills fear in all those menaced by it. Wielded first by Torak, and then by [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils the Demon Lord Mordja]], it is present at both [=EVENT=]s and serves as the EvilCounterpart to the Sword of the Rivan King.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Literature/{{Ravenor}} Returned'', they go up against a warp-tainted sword, which is ''vampiric''. The wound freaks out the doctor they find to treat it.
* The sword of Martin the Warrior from the Literature/{{Redwall}} series. Another case of meteoric iron, plus handed down through many followers.
** It's been described as having an edge like midwinter, which is just pure BadAss. This weapon is proof a sword doesn't have to have a unique look (all it has going for it is a ruby pommelstone and black-cloth-wrapped handgrip) to be a Cool Sword.
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe]]'', Peter is given a sword by Father Christmas. In ''Prince Caspian'', when they have found themselves back in Narnia, they go to get their gifts, and Peter takes it down and announces that it is his sword, with which he killed the wolf.
** In the ''Prince Caspian'' scene described above, he refers to the sword as ''Rhindon'' - [[http://narnia.wikia.com/wiki/Rhindon Wiki Narnia]] has a detailed description.
** Surely the rapier of Reepicheep the Mouse falls under this trope the one way or the other?
* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novels, Ibram Gaunt's swords are not only [[ChainsawGood chainswords]]; his first one was [[ItWasAGift a gift from his mentor]], and after it is [[WreckedWeapon wrecked (much to his distress)]], he receives the power sword of Hieronymo Sondar, the founder of Vervunhive, while he tries to defend it in ''Necropolis''. [[spoiler:In ''Only in Death'', Varl confirms Gaunt's death by showing the sword. Then Ezsrah takes it for a ''bludtoll'', a RoaringRampageOfRevenge to culminate in [[DeathSeeker his own death]], and Mkoll chases after him to recover it. Rather than fight Ezsrah, he agrees to follow him until he dies and recover the sword then.]]
* In the ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'' novel ''The Black Road'', the main character, Darrick, looks for a sword, Stormfury, that will allow him to defeat the main villain of the book. When he finds it, the sword looks like a plain infantryman's weapon. When Darrick questions its lack of style, the sword's guardian points out that an impressive and awe-inspiring weapon would be more likely to be stolen, and the sword's abilities could not to be kept secret.
* The titular blade of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series. It's indestructible, can cut through anything the wielder perceives as an enemy, and feeds off the user's anger. And in the right hands, it can make the wielder a near unbeatable swordsman.
* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' SpaceWolf novel ''Wolfblade'', Ragnor loses his sword defending the House of Belisarius. The Celestarch therefore gives him one: from the time of the Emperor, that had once belong to Skander. It fits his hand as if made for him, and the rune radiate a strange coldness.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''False Gods'', Maggard wields a Kirlian blade -- "forged on ancient Terra and said to be able to severe the connection between body and soul" -- and Horus is impressed with how it killed the [[ZombieApocalypse walking corpses]] (as well as with Maggard's own skill).
** Horus himself carries a golden sword, forged for him by one of his battle brothers when he was made Warmaster.
** Temba carrires a warp-tainted sword that Temba [[IKnowYourTrueName whispered Horus's name]] to before fighting with new skill (although the sword is too blood thirsty, and Horus manages to kill him). [[spoiler:But Horus's wound is killing him, and Loken discovers the sword was a xenos artifact -- too late to prevent Erebus, whom he knows responsible for this, from taking Horus to a shrine.]]
** In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''The Flight of the Eisenstein'', Garro's sword Libertas. Parts of it are older than the Age of Strife, and when he discovers Horus's treachery, he has his men swear their [[ThePromise oath of moment]] on it. [[spoiler:Later the reanimated corpses have "plague knife" which produce infection when they strike.]]
* Various "great weapons" in Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series.
* Parodied in the ''Dancing Gods'' series with Joe the Barbarian and his mighty sword Irving.
* In Bernard Cornwall's Literature/{{Sharpe}} novels the title character wields a heavy cavalry sword. Whilst this weapon is not unusual for the period in which the books are set it is unusual for a light infantry officer to carry such a large blade. In ''Sharpe's Sword'' Sharpe was given the choice between a cool sword that was more like a work of art, a symphony designed to kill, and a mass-produced heavy cavalry sabre that had been customised with love by his friend Patrick Harper. Guess which one he chose.
* Need, from Creator/MercedesLackey's [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Velgarth]] books, is an archtypical version. In the hands of a mage or other martially unskilled person, the sword confers the abilities of a master fighter, to the point of hijacking their body if need be. In the hands of a warrior or other magically unskilled person, it provides nearly complete immunity to any magic cast on them without their permission. No matter ''who'' holds it, she will [[HealingFactor heal with remarkable speed]]. The downsides? Need chooses its bearer and will [[EmpathicWeapon only work for a woman]], [[RestrainingBolt will not harm a woman even if the woman in question is trying to kill Need's bearer]], and will... press... its wielder into [[ChronicHeroSyndrome aiding any woman in the area whether that woman wants help or not]].
-->Woman's Need calls me
-->As Woman's Need made me
-->Her Need I must answer
-->As my maker bade me.
** Somewhat amusingly, in her last appearances in the series Need is wielded by Firesong k'Treva, a gay ''male'' Hawkbrother archmage. Need, by this point fully conscious, explains that Firesong is able to make full use of her power because he is "balanced," [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide his masculine and feminine qualities in harmony]].
* All of the [[TalkingSword live swords]] in ''Literature/{{Paladins}}''; [[BloodKnight the Khan]], [[IncorruptiblePurePureness the Nameless]], and [[TykeBomb Nadide]] all appear in the novel, and many more are mentioned.
* Bernard Cornwell's [[Literature/TheSaxonStories Saxon Stories]] series has a ton of cool swords, including the protagonists's blade Serpent Breath, so named because it has nearly-invisible lines in it that resemble a dragon's breath. Other names include Widow Maker and Heart Breaker.
** Caledfwylch in his [[Literature/TheWarlordChronicles Warlord Chronicles]], which would become known as Excalibur by the later generations.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', Anaklusmos/Riptide, which is made of celestial bronze and can only hurt heroes, monsters and gods; it also turns into a pen and reappears in Percy's pocket. Then, there's Backbiter, forged of both steel and bronze so it can hurt everyone.
* The Twelve Swords of Power in the books of Creator/FredSaberhagen.
-->''I shatter Swords and splinter spears;\\
None stands to Shieldbreaker.\\
My point's the fount of orphan's tears\\
My edge the widowmaker.''
* In Chris Roberson's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/BloodRavens novel ''Dawn Of War II'', Wisdom. Explicitly described as a rare sword so marvelous as to have a name. Lost in a fight with a tyrannid, it is found again in a collection of xenos artifacts, and one SpaceMarine immediately takes it up in order to undo the shame.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** The Swords of the Cross, which each have [[PublicDomainArtifact a nail from the True Cross]] worked into the blade. They are ''Fidelacchius'', ''Esperacchius'', and ''Amoracchius'': the swords of Faith, Hope, and Love respectively. If that weren't cool enough, ''Ghost Story'' confirms that they are also respectively the [[{{Kusanagi}} Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi]], Durandal, and {{Excalibur}}, or were at least reforged therefrom.
** [[spoiler: In due course, the Sword of Faith breaks, when used by one with impure intent. It is now nothing but a hilt. This hilt comes into the possession of a nerd, in a moment of great peril. The nerd is proved worthy. Fidelacchius appears to be delighted to become [[Franchise/StarWars precisely the kind of sword]] that every nerd immediately thinks of when given the specifications "cuts through anything" and "starts out as just a hilt".]]
** The Wardens of the White Council have some heavily enchanted swords which can [[AntiMagic cut through magic]]. [[spoiler:Harry didn't get one when he was made a Warden in ''Literature/DeadBeat'' because the wizard who makes them was rendered unable to do so by the events of the book]].
* In ''The Stepsister Scheme'' by Jim C. Hines (think Creator/TheBrothersGrimm meet Series/CharliesAngels) The Literature/{{Cinderella}} CaptainErsatz Danielle has a sword made of glass which contains her mother's soul.
* Sadrao and Kuroinu's swords in ''Literature/BlackDogs''. Sadrao's, which possibly counts as a {{BFS}} (if you're human-sized), is said to be so well crafted that if properly taken care of it could be used for a hundred years.
* The spirit-sword Shadowmaker in Douglas Hill's ''Master of Fiends''. Not only does it change shape depending upon the tactical situation, but it ends up in the hands of one of the few genuine {{Badass}}es in the series.
* Creator/TadWilliams's ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' is about the three titular swords and their role in defeating ([[PropheticFallacy or not]]) the [[BigBad Storm King]].
* In ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland'', we have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durandal Durandal]], [[VideoGame/{{Marathon}} No, not that one.]], the sword of Charlemagne's paladin, Roland. Said to be indestructible, in addition to containing various holy relics in its hilt, including a tooth of St. Peter, blood of St. Basil, and a hair of St. Denis.
** This sword was so indestructible, that when Roland attempted to smash it to prevent it being taken by the Saracens, he accidentally created La Brèche de Roland, a large gap in the Pyrennes mountains forty meters wide and a hundred meters tall.
* In ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'', Severian's executioner's sword "Terminus Est" has a hollow blade half filled with mercury, with the intent of causing its balance to shift when making a decapitating strike from above, thus making the strike more effective ([[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight NOT with the intent of poisoning the blade]]).
* In ''Literature/TheScar'', Uther Doul wields a "possible sword" from the Ghosthead Empire; when swung imprecisely, it simultaneously strikes everywhere it could have possibly struck. Note that if you are not a competent swordsman, it is possible to cut yourself.
* In Book 2 of ''Literature/The39Clues'', [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Dan]] [[PhotographicMemory Cahill]] gets a pair of Japanese swords.
** [[OhCrap And we all trembled in fear.]]
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Zenobia brings Literature/ConanTheBarbarian a sword when she rescues him.
-->''Whatever else she might be, she was proven by that dagger to be a person of practical intelligence. It was no slender stiletto, selected because of a jeweled hilt or gold guard, fitted only for dainty murder in milady's boudoir; it was a forthright poniard, a warrior's weapon, broad-bladed, fifteen inches in length, tapering to a diamond-sharp point.''
** In ''Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword'', a long-dead seer talks with Conan and gives his sword a phoenix mark, which allows it to kill {{Eldritch Abomination}}s even when broken.
* In the ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series by Terry Brooks there are two of these. Literature/TheSwordOfShannara, which can [[spoiler: reveal the truth]] about anything it touches, and the jet black Sword of Leah, which, having been dipped in the Hadeshorn, can now cut and parry magic as though it were iron and steel.
* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' expands on the types of lightsabers available. Mara Jade also has a pink one, as did Siri Tachi, a love interest for Obi-Wan when he was young. There are also tonfa-style sabers, the rapier-like lightfoils, and [[WhipSword lightwhips]] which are almost always wielded by [[WhipItGood hot dark side temptresses]].
* Shardblades in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' are [[{{BFS}} enormous]] {{Soul Cutting Blade}}s that often have fancy designs or symbols on the blade. WordOfGod is that part of the reason he came up with them was because he was annoyed that the coolest fantasy swords [[Franchise/StarWars were in a sci-fi series]].
* By the same author, we have Nightblood from ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}''. Created by [[InsubstantialIngredients forging a thousand souls into its black blade]], it is sentient, quite intelligent, and bent on destroying all evil in the world. When drawn, it will vaporize anything you hit with it, at the cost of draining away your soul. Oh, and WordOfGod is that it's a FlawedPrototype[=/=]SuperPrototype version of a shardblade.
* Many a young fantasy fan was introduced to this trope by [[FlamingSword Dyrnwyn]] in the Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has some:
** Valyrian steel blades are, by definition, cool blades. There are only 200-something remaining blades in the world, as the secret of their making is lost. They are light, durable and incredibly sharp, and one of the only known weapons capable of [[KryptoniteFactor harming the Others]]. Some Valyrian steel swords appearing on-screen and in the books:
*** Ice, the Stark's Valyrian steel '''greatsword'''
*** Longclaw, a bastard sword for a bastard
*** Oathkeeper and Widow's wail, two swords with a blood-red coloration [[spoiler:made from Ice]].
*** Aegon the Conqueror's Blackfyre. His sister/wife Visenya had Dark Sister. Both became legacy weapons, with Blackfyre wielded and inspiring the name of the bastard pretender Daemon Blackfyre, while Dark Sister would go on to be wielded by Prince Daemon Targaryen, Aemon the Dragonknight and Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers.
** Other, cool swords also appear, including:
*** Dawn. It's made [[ThunderboltIron from a fallen star]], milky-white color, one of the few non-Valyrian blades that are on par with them
*** Lightbringer, Azor Ahai's legendary sword
*** Needle, Arya Stark's skinny dagger-like blade
*** Thoros of Myr's swords, [[FlamingSword set on fire]] with [[GreekFire wildfire]] or BloodMagic
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', the good guys' swords can not be wielded if stolen; this is what tells Raechel that Lucian was given the sword he carries.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', there's the Sword of Gryffindor; which is a goblin-made, pure silver sword capable of being strengthened by the magical properties of creatures it slays. After absorbing basilisk venom, it becomes one of the [[KryptoniteFactor few known methods of destroying a Horcrux]].
* In the first tie-in novel for ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'', Treguard of Dunshelm gains a Cool Sword when slaying the dragon Bealwit. The dragon's blood bestows magical power on his formerly mundane weapon, which is known thereafter as Wyrmslayer.
* There are any number of cool swords in Simon R. Green's Literature/{{Blue Moon Rising}} (Forest Kingdom) novels, notably the Infernal Devices, Rockbreaker, Flarebright and Wolfsbane (gigantic, malevolent and sentient magical swords) and the Curtana, known as the Sword of Compulsion. They're all evil, but undeniably cool. The Rainbow Sword from the same novels is something of an inversion, as it appears to be an entirely normal blade, and doesn't even have a cool name, although it does have its own powers and proves pivotal in the story.
* In ''Literature/TheUnhandsomePrince'', the enchanted sword that Prince Hal picks up at a tavern appears to be utterly useless--one character comments, "Mr. Genius here gets the only magic sword that guarantees you'll get your butt kicked"--but it's still a cool sword, beautifully crafted from the finest quality materials. It's a "singing sword", which, as Hal explains, doesn't mean it ''actually'' sings, but that it's so well made that it emits a musical tone when tapped. It becomes even cooler once Hal figures out the trick to using it.
* In Victoria Hanley's ''Literature/TheSeerAndTheSword'', Landen's kingdom had a magical sword. Unfortunately not good enough to keep from being conquered. Landen's dying father ordered him to learn to sword-fight and use it.
* In Creator/RuthFrancesLong's ''Literature/TheTreacheryOfBeautifulThings'', Jack goes to Wayland for a sword to use against the nix. To have any hope, he must exchange for it without haggling. Once he describes what he is doing, and hands over the payment, Wayland hands over Mimung, and tells him that it is the sword of the fool, suitable for what he's setting out to do.
* The Sword Of Kings in Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned. A massive sword somewhere between longsword and zweihänder, it has demonstrated powerful AntiMagic properties (allowing its wielder to parry spells as though they were physical objects) and may have other magical properties.

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* The ''Literature/PoeticEdda'' of Myth/NorseMythology includes a story called ''The Waking of Angantyr''. The story revolves around the magic sword Tyrfing ("The Finger of the War God"). Odin's mortal grandson Svafrlami managed to entrap some Dwarves and forced them to forge the sword for him. It [[PowerGlows gleamed like fire]] and could [[AbsurdlySharpBlade cut through metal and stone as if through cloth]]. It would also never miss a strike and the blade would never blemish. But angry at being forced to create it, the Dwarves cursed it so that whenever it was drawn it ''would'' kill someone. It was also designed to betray its wielders eventually. However, it was an awesome weapon and Angantyr uses it in a battle between his people, the Goths, and their far more numerous enemies the Huns. The Goths win because Angantyr cuts down much of their army using Tyrfing.
* Before Arthur, Perseus had a special sword that could cut the armored neck of a Gorgon. Athena and Hermes gave it to him.
** Other versions say that the weapon was the Sickle of Kronus, which had been claimed by Zeus as his personal weapon.
* The swords of Japanese swordmakers, like Masamune and Muramasa, are treated like this.
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''. There's a lot of build-up to his use of Hrunting (any sword with a name is important). And then when he uses it against Grendel's mother it fails. He has to use a sword found in the home of Grendel's mother to defeat her. Being forged by giants makes it a cool sword in its own right, but again, Grendel's mother's blood melts the sword.
** When Beowulf uses Hrunting again on the Dragon, it actually breaks.
* The sword of the famed alchemist Paracelsus, which supposedly contained Azoth (a cure-all) in its pommel, and a gem containing an imp that could be sent out to wreak havoc.
* The paired swords Gan Jiang and Mo Ye from the Wu and Yue Spring and Autumn Annals.
* {{Excalibur}}, anyone? The original Sword in the Stone was also a cool sword. According to some versions, Excalibur was given to Arthur by the Lady of the Lake after it broke. [[ExcaliburInTheStone Other versions have them as the same sword]].
* The Ama-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi (Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven) from Japanese myth. Better known by the less cool name [[{{Kusanagi}} Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi]] (Grass Cutting Sword) which can control the winds. It's possible that it was real weapon but most historians are convinced that even it was real it's been lost for a very long time.
** The Kusanagi appears in many Japanese works of fiction. In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', for example, Orochimaru uses it in several different fights.
* The Saingeom(Four Tigers Sword) in Myth/KoreanMythology. Being forged in Tiger day's tiger hour, of Tiger year's Tiger month (plus, a metalsmith can only make one in his ''entire lifetime''), it has powerful positive(Yang) force that can ''destroy'' monsters and evil spirits. In one story, a scholar named Shin Heum(1566 1628) was plagued by evil spirits in his house, and the King presented Saingeom to his son to stop it. While his son was returning from the palace, the saingeom suddenly flew out of its scabbard and struck one of the columns in Shin Heums house, ''causing the blood to spurt out of it''. Shin Heum was not bothered by evil spirits since.
** Also doubles as RealLife example as well, since there are some of them(the Joseon Dynasty of Korea made lots of Saingeoms for ritualistic reasons) still existing in Korean National Museums and private collections. And in 2010(year of the Tiger in Chinese Zodiac), [[http://news.khan.co.kr/kh_news/khan_art_view.html?artid=201002091740065&code=94 Korean metalsmiths succeeded in creating some.]]
* Thun Thiên, the legendary sword of Vietnamese King, Lê Li, would cause him to grow into a giant and possess the strength of a thousand men.
* Some more swords from German Saga: Siegfrieds Balmung (or Gram), Dietrich von Berns Eckesachs ("Steel Vengeance"...now that's a cool name), Mimung (forged by Wieland the Smith). [[http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_der_Schwerttypen#Historische_und_mythologische_Schwerter The German wiki has a few more.]]
* Myth/CelticMythology has plenty of awesome blades. The first is Claíomh Solais, the "Sword of Light", which is basically Excalibur on crack. There's also Caladbolg or "Hard Lightning", the sword of Fergus mac Róichl, a sword which left a beautiful rainbow trail behind the blade, and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu it could kill gods]] - once, the wielder missed an enemy and the swing ''chopped the tops off some adjacent mountains''. Finally but no less awesome is Fragarach, "Answerer", the sword of Manannan mac Lir and Lugh Lamfada, which had a number of awesome properties including the ability to cut through anything, [[WoundThatWillNotHeal inflict wounds that never heal]], control wind, and [[TruthSerums stop someone from telling lies by holding it against their throat]]. A worthy mention although it isn't a sword is the Spear of Lugh, a mighty weapon that continually spouts flames and sparks and can pierce just about anything, although it was an AxCrazy EmpathicWeapon that needed to be stored soaked in a bath of blood or poppy milk (depending on the telling) to keep it under control.

* The player's sword from ''Pinball/BlackKnight'', which lights up as his score advances.

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* In TabletopGame/{{Traveller}} the [[SpaceMarines Imperial Marines]] have ceremonial cutlasses. Aslan, interestingly enough never used swords because they thought their [[AnatomyArsenal claws]] were satisfactory. They have a great love for finely crafted weapons of all Technology Levels though.
* Though ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has a plethora of exceptionally Cool Swords (many of them detailed below), it should be remembered that the ''basic'' chainsword is still, well, a sword ''and a chainsaw'', thus being the exact blend of utterly cool and horrifyingly gory that defines 40k.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' lives on cool swords. The most common of the cool swords are made of Jade, and are extremely fast because of it. Orichalcum weapons are weapons of perfection, made out of the same stuff as the Unconquered Sun himself. Moonsilver weapons can change shape and slip past defenses. Starmetal swords are made out of meteorites. Soulsteel weapons are made out of the souls of the dead. All of them are already very strong in stats, the material just adds a bonus.

* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' has {{Flaming Sword}}s, swords made from [[BewareMyStingerTail Vorox tail stingers]], swords [[{{BFS}} big enough to]] [[CoolBoard surf on]], and [[ChainsawGood Chainsaw]][[RollerbladeGood Rollerblade swords]].

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* Any ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' sword that isn't just bought in a shop (and some that are, depending on the game). Double points if it's named after one of the other swords on the list (Excalibur and Masamune are everpresent).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has the Atma (or Ultima, depending on the translation) weapon, which resembles a pink lightsaber and grows longer the more HP the wielder has.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the Buster Sword is huge, but otherwise not very remarkable: not magic, not super sharp, just a big hunk of metal on a short stick. The ''real'' reason it's so important is mostly symbolism: it was made by Angeal's father for when he went off to join SOLDIER. Angeal passed it on to his successor Zack, and he passed it on to Cloud. It's sort of a way of saying "You're the new resident badass, good luck!"
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'''s gunblades. Their description alone [[ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge portrays them as special]], {{impossibly cool weapon}}s which can only be mastered by [[ImprobableWeaponUser the most dedicated swordsmen]]. There are several models, [[NamedWeapons almost all of them named]], some of them [[{{BFS}} damn big]], and the protagonist's first one has a [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver grip]]. The name notwithstanding, these gunblades don't fire projectiles: they fire blanks which add a kick of vibration to the blade's impact, and mastery of the gunblade means incorporating this recoil into one's fighting style.
** Garland's sword in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is not only so large that he has to drag it around since he can't hold it high, but it can [[BifurcatedWeapon split into two swords]] as well as turn into an axe, a lance and [[WhipSword a whip]].
** Any [[{{BFS}} Greatsword]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''; they tend to look like they were forged from one piece of [[{{Unobtainium}} some metal we've never even heard of]], and, due to being too big for a sheath, you carry it on your back, and when you put it there, it makes a clanking sound, like it's held there with a magnet.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has a bunch, ranging from Auron's "[[{{BFS}} kat]][[YouKeepUsingThatWord anas]]", to Tidus' [[ElementalPowers Brother]][[MakingASplash hood]], to [[DarkActionGirl Paine's]] [[BadPowersGoodPeople Spiky Sword]].
** The various swords featured in the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' games. Lightning's gunblades, which transform between sword and gun modes; Serah's bowswords that can transform into a bow; and Noel's dual swords, which combine into a spear. Caius's sword in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' looks utterly wicked, and ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' has the Shard Blade, a crystalline {{BFS}} that puts ''the Buster Sword'' to shame.
** The Level 50 swords in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' all tend to look insanely cool, and most have a tendency to glow in some manner.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Lloyd gets not one, but TWO of these. One of them was his birth father's sword, which is essentially a [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon flaming butcher knife.]] The other was his adopted father's sword, which was made of ice and could slice through rock.
** They even got their own names, as the flaming butcher knife is the Flamberge and the rock-slicing ice sword is the Vorpal Sword, both of which are very badass names.
** And then Lloyd can [[BifurcatedWeapon combine the two]] into a [[{{BFS}} bigass purple sword as big as himself]] which he then [[LimitBreak slams the ground with, killing anything that isn't a boss.]]
** Yuan from the same game gets an honorable mention for having a swallow blade (a double-ended sword) that's [[{{BFS}} as long as he is tall]].
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'''s Master Sword, which powers vary from game-to-game but these days is usually treated as an all purpose weapon for destroying evil. Most commonly, it has the "Power to Repel Evil," which is how you end up PlayingTennisWithTheBoss when the boss is the King of Evil. In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' you can actually make it even stronger by tempering it (turning the blade red instead of blue) and some HonestAxe action will get you an all mighty Golden Sword. There is also the Picori Sword from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' which is later reforged as the Four Sword which are essentially the same as the Master Sword and the Phantom Sword from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'', which appears to be that worlds version of the Master Sword (down to similar aesthetics).
** It should be added that the Four Sword can make 4 copies of its wielder, turning you into a small army.
** Also from the Zelda series is the Biggoron's Sword, which is so big it takes two hands to wield, but out-does the damage of every other weapon in the games it appears in.
** In many games since ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', the sword has a dedicated button unlike the other items, and has the widest array of uses out of all of them. Optional upgrades often add even more utility to it, such as shooting energy while Link is at full health or chargeable whirl attacks.
** On the evil side, there exists a dark version of the Master Sword that was wielded by the [[GodOfEvil Demon King Demise]]. [[spoiler:When he was sealed away, the sword assumed a humanoid form named Ghirahim who plotted to unseal Demise.]]
* Maxim's swords in ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' look like an ordinary longsword...with a massive flame-shaped blade attached to the business end. The game's incarnation of the Dual Blade is pretty damn awesome as well.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'': Keyblades in general, which are [[CoolKey part key]], part sword. A mystical superpowered weapon granting superstrength and reflexes on absurd levels as well as being able to open and close routes between parallel universes.
** Plus [[ClingyMacguffin it can (almost) never be stolen]], you can store it in HammerSpace if you don't need it, [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer you can use it to solve nearly any puzzle you come across]]... Plus you can, you know, use it to open locks and stuff or to cut apart skyscrapers. It also seems to be a bit of a swiss army weapon; The Keyblade can apparently change form. The BonusBoss of Kingdom Hearts II has been seen turning his keyblade into a [[EpicFlail flail]], a bow, a [[CoolBike hoverbike-glider]], and a ''[[WaveMotionGun cannon]]''.
* The Star Dragon Sword/Zodiac Sword from the ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series is pretty {{badass}}, and something of a DeadpanSnarker to boot.
** In a slightly more comical example, Gon from the first ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' can upgrade his regular Sword into a ''literal'' Cool Sword and from there into the ''Very Neat Sword''. This, I think we can all agree, makes Gon the best character ever.
* Cyphers in ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}''.
* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' has both the eponymous sword and its EvilCounterpart, the Soul Edge.
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'': Soul Reaver, in both of its incarnations.
* Sinclair from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting 3'' wields a scimitar.
** As does Siba from ''VideoGame/FightersMegamix''
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'': There is nothing that Zankantou[=/=]Colossal Blade cannot cut.
** The Shishioh Blade isn't to be sniffed at either. Along with [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars4 Grungust's]] [[HyperspaceArsenal Calamity Sword]] and the [[CombiningMecha SRX's]] [[LaserBlade Supreme Sword]].
** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal Excellence Lightning's]] Dimension Slasher
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' is chock full of them, mostly of a BFS variety. One character uses MindOverMatter to wield her sword, but is not described doing that with other objects, so it is assumedly just with her blade.
* Just check out any epic weapon in an MMORPG. RuleOfCool seems to be how everyone wants to fight. There are even things like axes with spikes and skulls randomly strewn on it. Or for a sword example, [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Thunderfury]], a sword longer than yourself that has random lightning jolts on it plus some... unique... cutting edges.
** If we're going to mention axes and cool weapons... ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Arcanite Reaper HOOOO!]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''
** Frostmourne hungers...
** The Ashbringer...
** The Great Royal Sword of Stormwind.
** The twin blades of Azzinoth, the very cool swords wielded by Illidan, or Thunderfury, a sword wielded by Thunderaan, lord of wind elementals, Ashkandi, greatsword of the Brotherhood, Zin'rokh and Jin'rohk... The list goes on.
** For [[{{BFS}} sheer size]], we have [[http://www.wowhead.com/item=40343/armageddon armageddon]].
** Basically every single green quality (meaning it gives stats at all) sword in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' from The Burning Crusade (first expansion) and up, and quite a few from Classic.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' offers many options for the [[http://paragonwiki.com/wiki/Weapon_Customization#Broadsword broadsword]], [[http://paragonwiki.com/wiki/Weapon_Customization#Katanas katana]], and [[http://paragonwiki.com/wiki/Weapon_Customization#Dual_Blades dual blades]] melee powersets.
* Nobody else thinks the Dragon Sword and the Dark Dragon Blade from ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' are cool?
* [[{{Samurai}} Kamui's]] Tamayorihime in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', a sword that can cut through ether (Elemental substance) without damaging the physical body.
* The Sword of Gith, from ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''. The average Silver Sword is capable of lopping heads and arms off with ease, shearing right through most materials, in addition to astral projections and is litterally made out of a constantly shifting blade of liquid silver. And that is the average silver sword carried by a Githyanki Knight. The Sword of Gith is the blade of the FOUNDER of the Githyanki, known for being so bloodthirsty that she actually had to be stopped by her most loyal retainer when she started picking fights with everyone. This is also bypassing the fact that it's a shattered weapon, held together by the very power of your character's mind, with a list of beneficial properties that outpreforms everything other individual magic item in the game.
* Dak'kon's ''Karach'' blade from ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'': made of pure elemental chaos and shaped by [[EmpathicWeapon the wielder's will]], a character who's studied it claims that, with the right mindset behind it, it could cut holes in reality...or kill an immortal.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' had the memorable Liliacor, an intelligent sword that was AxCrazy whose best advice on getting rich is to kill someone rich and loot the body. Repeatedly. It also protected you from confusion spells....
** Then there's Carsomyr, the paladins-only Holy Avenger sword you recover from the lair of a notorious dragon and which comes with a list of bonuses and anti-magic abilities as long as your arm.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'', Soma can obtain the Sword in the Stone... ''while it's still in the stone!'', but there is the Claimh Solais. It's huger, shinier, faster, holier... One of the rare examples where the InfinityPlusOneSword sucks compared to some other weapon.
** Also, from the same game (and ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''), the [[GameBreaker Crissagrim/Valmanway]]. A sword made of wind, anyone?
* In ''VideoGame/{{Legaia}}: Duel Saga'', there are some very cool swords. Some are on fire (sorta), none of them are sentient, but at least half of the main character's many blades are just kickass and very original in design. Wish I could find some pics of them online for proof...
* In the campaign for ''Hordes of the Underdark'', an expansion pack for the original ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', you might stumble upon a talking longsword named Enseric. Be ready for a fight though if you plan on freeing him...
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' gives the Scottish cyclops Demoman an unlockable sword, the [[PunnyName Eyelander]]. It decapitates foes, and changes your health and speed based on how many people you kill, because it's haunted.
** Some other swords have since been added to the game, mostly for the demoman, though the Eyelander remains the most iconic.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** The Umbra blade, which traps souls. Usually an Ebony longsword.
** The "basic" ebony and daedric swords qualify - in most incarnations, the ebony weapons are often quite simple-but-elegant in design, and black with yellow/gold trim. The daedric weapons are grey-black with red trim and add on a more-than-healthy amount of SpikesOfVillainy.
** [[SpontaneousWeaponCreation Bound blades]], glowing ethereal weapons made of pure magic that can be conjured at will and typically have stats comparable to daedric swords.
** Dawnbreaker, which makes the undead ''explode''. It even has a glowy core bit.
** A character skilled in smithing and enchanting can easily create their own.
* From the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series we have ''Starfang'', made from [[ThunderboltIron starmetal]], ''Vigilance'', which is made with the bones of an ''elder High Dragon'' and is arguably the most powerful sword in the series, ''the Celebrant'', which is a two-handed sword used as a badge of office for "Toughest Warrior in the Free Marches" and has absorbed the awesomeness of its past wielders... yeah, Dragon Age likes this Trope. A ''lot.''
** ''Asala'' is another great example, being the greatsword belonging to Sten, forged for his hand alone and as a Qunari, is considered to be an extension of his very soul. Finding it for him causes him to actually ''smile'' and afterwards earns you his UndyingLoyalty.
** There is also Yusaris, the Dragonslayer, the sword so cool it's on the game's title screen. (The sword in the background of the title screen is the aforementioned Asala.)
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' and ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' both have the Dragon's Tooth Sword, a prototype nanite blade.
** ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', however, does not, because it would be redundant and anachronistic by the game's timeline. Why is it redundant? Adam Jensen already has hyper-sharp killing blades [[BladeBelowTheShoulder mounted in his forearms.]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'': The Sword of Evil's Bane before the Master Sword, Herald, Gigas, Exacalibur, Masamune, and a thousand other names: the Sword of Mana. The latter games desribe it being instrument to slaying primortal evil and choas to create the world. It is wieled by the hero for the world's peril. More often than not the hero ends up with a [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller rusted or broken sword]] in the final battle instead; [[LastStand it'll do.]]
* Ragnell from ''VideoGame/FireEmblem 9'' and ''10''. It's one of the few weapons in the games that's indestructible, does insane damage, has a ranged attack, and is huge for the setting. It's only really comparable to it's twin, Alondite. That both swords are wielded by embodiments of awesome doesn't hurt.
** [[PersonOfMassDestruction It does if you happen to be enemies of said embodiments of awesome.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' in general is pretty big on swords. Though swords are part of the weapon triangle, they are most commonly given to the main character and as such there is guaranteed to be a cool sword for the main character lying around somewhere. It doesn't hurt that swords are the most balanced of the melee weapons.
* ''VideoGame/SummonNight: Swordcraft Story'' and it's sequel both contain large swords of power. In the first game,[[spoiler: you craft said sword from the other four swords that your father, Shintetsu, actually put his soul into and died making. You can choose to sacrifice your Guardian Beast for a more powerful sword and an easier fight, or let your companion live and have a slightly more difficult time. Either way, your new sword is big, blue, and kicks ass. You don't get to keep it after the end however.]] Then the second game gives you another, which is activated with your Mono Shift. It can shoot large energy bolts, but it's damaged while doing so. Slightly subverted in the fact that said sword is essentially the weapon you have crafted currently, with the same strengths and weaknesses. It's still badass, and it still can lay down the hurt quickly.
* Temjin, the titular hero in ''VideoGame/VirtualOn'' series, although his sword also works as a gun.
* ''VideoGame/FableIII'''s main selling point is the fact, as you level up, you can form a basic longsword into one of these, it evolves depending on various factors and decisions you make, such as alignment, how much you use magic, how much gold you make, etc.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' and its sequel ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' have a bunch of these. What makes them really cool is their "Unleash" abilities. The Kikuichimonji summons a ''demon swordsman'' that slices your enemies in half. The Masamune summons ''dragons made out of water'' to smite your foes. The Verdant Sword turns into a ''lightsaber''. Phaeton's Blade impales the enemy with ''spears of light''. The coolest ones by far are the ones only TheHero (Isaac, Felix, and Matthew) can wield. The Gaia Blade can summon an ''even bigger cool sword'' while the Sol Blade can summon a ''miniature sun''.
** Not to forget the three of them have Psynergy involving summoning giant swords to impale their enemies.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'''s got at least two worth mentioning:
** The Godsword. An InfinityPlusOneSword composed of ''four'' separate swords.
** Silverlight, while not particularly useful at first unless you need to get up close and personal with demons, gets upgraded to a ''very'' good melee weapon at the end of a quest about... getting up close and personal with a demon.
* How cool are the Eternity swords in ''VideoGame/EienNoAselia''? They're outright ''gods''. [[spoiler:In fact, the universe was apparently once one huge sword that shattered into them, and they're trying to reform.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Youmu's [[NamedWeapon Hakurouken]] [[DualWielding and]] Roukanken. They are [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]] (both of them), they can turn into BFS, [[ForgedByTheGods they were forged by]] {{Youkai}} who are anti-thesis of gods, [[AbsurdlySharpBlade they can cut anything]] (explicitly stated to be able to cleave ''confusion'').
** Next to the Hakurouken-Roukanken pair is [[AxCrazy Flandre's]] [[Myth/NorseMythology Laevatain]], which is a FlamingSword ''[[RuleOfCool Wand]]''.
* [[VideoGame/MegaManX Z-]][[VideoGame/MegaManZero Saber]] is what makes Zero [[RuleOfCool so cool]] - sometimes even surpassing X.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'': The Blades of Chaos/Athena/Exile are a pair of short swords that Kratos [[WhipSword can throw and swing using the chains on his wrists]]. They also light on fire when in use.
** ''II'' brought us the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Blade of Olympus]], forged by Zeus himself to end the Great War between the Gods and Titans.
* Almost all of the swords in ''VideoGame/OtogiMythOfDemons'' are special in some way, wether it was used to seal a powerful demon, is a demonic blade that can kill anything it touches, or has a blade made of solid moonlight. All of the swords have some unique story behind them, in fact, the most normal sword in this game is a large katana designed for splitting helmets.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' series, Meta Knight's blade Galaxia is a very cool sword indeed.
* The Sword of Light, the Sword of Darkness and the Chaos Breaker from ''ShiningForce''. Each was an insanely powerful LaserBlade that [[MagicSword could be used for different effects]]. Although, the Sword of Darkness was cursed and produced a UselessUsefulSpell.
* The Sora Katana in ''VideoGame/RedSteel2''.
* The Monado in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''. To put it simply, it's a cool [[LaserBlade Laser Bladed]] {{BFS}} of CombatClairvoyance and [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Plot Advancement]]. How in hell do you top THAT?! [[spoiler:[[SealedEvilInACan By having a God in it]], ''that's how!'']]
* ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'' has Pale Justice, a sword given to the church of Tyr by a devout worshipper. Blessed for 30 years, plain looking but able to cleave others in twain.
* A lot of swords in the ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' series count as this, specifically the ones with elemental powers. The most specific one is the Sakura.
* ''VideoGame/ArxFatalis'' has you make one yourself - a longsword (or much less cool saber), cast of mythril in dwarven automated forgery, surface fused with black undestructible meteor powder, and enchanted with a dragon egg for penetrating power. According to the enchanted weapon in-game manual, the thing is the strongest ''theoretically possible'' blade.
* Kleever from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 2''. It's a FlyingWeapon with no one wielding it, [[{{BFS}} absolutely huge]], most definitely an EvilWeapon and looks like something made in hell.
* The whole world/plane of Erathia from Heroes of Might and Magic was destroyed when the Ultimate Fire Sword came into contact with the Ultimate Ice Sword.
* Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'s sword Caliburn, Sir Gawain's Dual Wielding Swords, Sir Lancelot's sword, and Sir Percival's sword in Sonic and the Black Knight.
* Ludger from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' has a modern-looking version of the falcata as his main weapon. And just in case that wasn't cool enough already, he uses [[DualWielding two of them]] in ReverseGrip.
* Honedge from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is a Steel/Ghost sword pokemon with an ancient spirit residing inside. Those who try to wield it get their life force drained, however. When it evolves into Doublade, it becomes... [[DualWielding two swords]]. Doublade then evolves into Aegislash, a {{BFS}} which a shield that can change from a GlassCannon into a StoneWall and vice- versa.
* Dracula's Void Sword from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2''. [[IncrediblyLamePun Literally]].
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', [[TheDragon Jetstream Sam]] carries his trusty [[http://static3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120815204239/metalgear/images/e/ec/Tumblr_m8sl44Pa5m1r6hu3go1_1280.jpg Murasama]], an authentic Muramasa katana augmented with [[VibroWeapon High-Frequency blade]] technology. It vastly outshines [[TheHero Raiden's]] own mass-produced HF Blade, and it's the only sword sharp enough to damage [[spoiler: [[NighInvulnerable Armstrong's]] nano-armor.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{beatmania}} IIDX 21 SPADA''[='=]s primary theme is swords. It should also be noted that "spada" is [[GratuitousItalian Italian]] for "sword".
* The Moonlight Greatsword is a recurring item in Creator/FromSoftware games. In both ''Videogame/DarkSouls'' and ''Videogame/DarkSoulsII'', the sword's blows deal magical damage instead of physical damage and a strong two-handed attack will launch a SwordBeam of pure moonlight. In the first ''Dark Souls'' it can only be obtained by cutting off the tail of Seath the Scaleless, an insane albino dragon who practically invented sorcery. In the second game, the sword is crafted from the Old Paledrake's Soul dropped by the Duke's Dear Freja in NewGamePlus [[spoiler:which is heavily implied to be Seath's soul]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Gruntz}}'' has them as combat-specific tools. They look like pirate sabers and are the strongest melee weapons in the game, requiring only two hits to kill a grunt.
* In addition to several swords from mythology, ''[[VideoGame/{{ShinMegamiTensei}} Shin Megami Tensei]]'' has two noteworthy examples:
** ''[[VideoGame/{{ShinMegamiTenseiII}} Shin Megami Tensei II]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{ShinMegamiTenseiNocturne}} Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne]]'' has the sword of Taira no Masakado. It carries especially heavy significance, being a powerful Neutral-path-exclusive weapon for Aleph to use in the former and the key to the mystical Bando Shrine and thereby Masakado's power in the latter.
** There's also the best weapon in the first two ''[[VideoGame/{{ShinMegamiTensei}} Shin Megami Tensei]]'' games: Hi-no-Kagutsuchi, containing the spirit of the Japanese god of fire who was powerful enough to accidentally burn his mother Izanami to death.
* [[BountyHunter Sol Badguy]] of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' has quite possibly the coolest sword ever. It's a sword that [[OddlyShapedSword resembles a giant Zippo lighter]], and it has a mechanism which loads incendiary bullets, and a small motor built into the handgrip. It also enhances the power Sol's inherent [[PlayingWithFire fire magic]] and [[LightEmUp light magic]]. Oh, and it can do [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtrxI4TBBBc this]]. What's this beauty of a sword called? "Junkyard Dog".
* Subverted in ''[[VideoGame Dragon Quest VI]]''. The party finds that the way is blocked by a horrible monster, with its lair blocked off by soldiers. They go to the king, who's promised to give an ancestral sword called the [[AwesomeMcCoolName sunderbolt blade]] to the monster's slayer. However, the monster is beaten before you can do so (and the sword goes to its killer), and by the time you meet up again the sword is nothing special.
* From ''{{Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2}}'': The [[WreckedWeapon Malice Blade]] + [[spoiler: lives of the other goddesses]] = [[EvilWeapon Gehaburn]].
** Also, its {{Good Counterpart}} in the remake's [[GoldenEnding Holy End]], the Share Blade, [[spoiler: which switches the life-taking bit with [[AllYourPowersCombined a Sharecite containing the faith of the other goddesses in Nepgear]] instead. That sword is practically ''weaponized faith.'']]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The famous "Unlimited Blade Works" of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' gives access to every Cool Sword in the world!
* UminekoNoNakuKoroNi gives us the Red/Blue/[[spoiler:Gold]] [[PunnyName Key Blades]]. They aren't much to look at, but are [[InsubstantialIngredients made of truth and theory]] and are some of the most powerful melee weapons in fiction, according to [[AllThereInTheManual the Tips section of the novel]], with abilities like, but not limited to, preemptively denying any concept of [[UnblockableAttack defence]], [[AlwaysAccurateAttack evasion]] or [[OneHitKill survival]]. Despite this, [[LikeCannotCutLike they can clash without the fight ending instantly]], though the story [[{{Handwave}} handwaves this]] by mentioning that they've been limited in power for the duration of the story.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance Torg's]] sword Chaz (a.k.a. Unholy Evil Death Bringer) is a quasi-AncestralWeapon that, when bathed in the blood of the innocent, [[EmpathicWeapon is able to talk]] and "kill most things that can be killed." Oh, and it [[PowerGlows glows red]], to boot. Torg is [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=040619 very aware]] of just how cool that is.
* Roy's sword, after whom his family was named, in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' was handed down from his grandfather (a great swordsman). The sword also receives an aura (when it is reforged using [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin starmetal]]) that makes it especially effective against the undead.
* Occam's Razor from the ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' comic [[http://dresdencodak.com/2009/01/27/advanced-dungeons-and-discourse/ ''Advanced Dungeons And Discourse'']]
* ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'': Wildcard. Produced by Quentyn, Kestrel, and Fen out of a enchanting-practice sword while completely drunk. Its intricacies have baffled analysis, and it can go [[UnpredictableResults from invincible to useless]] between attacks -- though it always seems to come through in a crisis, even if not in the manner expected.
* Lance in ''[[http://wwww.goldcoincomics.com Gold Coin Comics]]'' carries one during most or all situations.
* Malice and the Three-Element Sword/Steamblade in ''Webcomic/TheWaterPhoenixKing''. Subverted in that Anthem's first sword was an ordinary weapon tossed aside by a deserter and all its power was a [[ChekhovsGun literal deus ex machina.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'' [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2008/03/07/ I wondered where it had gotten off to.]]
** [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2008/08/04/ This is the sacred scimitar of Satori. . . its magical properties undisputed. . . because it alliterates]]
* In ''Webcomic/BirdBoy'', Bali finds [[http://bird-boy.com/volume-1-page-18 the sword of the ancient legendary hero]].
* Fighter McWarrior's Sword-Chucks, in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''. They're so cool, they're illogical.
* ''Webcomic/WaywardSons'': Suras ends up with a very special cool sword It has the [[MacGuffin Star Core]] set in the hilt, giving it special properties (not revealed to the reader yet), and according to the resident oracle, every timeline in which he ''doesn't'' have the sword ends up with them losing the upcoming war.
* The Sora Katana in ''Red Steel''.
* Dave Strider from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has the Caledscratch, a broken sword crossed with time-travelling turntables that can reverse itself back to a point in time when it wasn't broken. He also wields the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003728 Snoop Dogg Snow Cone Machete]] and the Royal Deringer (modeled after the sword that removed the One Ring from Sauron's hand in the [[Film/LordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings movies.]]
* Kit from ''Webcomic/TheStoryOfAnima'' can be seen wielding [[http://tapastic.com/episode/80247 an incredibly ornate, angel-winged sword]] in a piece of bonus art.
* Edith of ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'' obtains a khopesh capable of hurting Blacksmiths and with power to make InstantExpert out of everyone.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Belramus from ''OpenBlue'''s BackStory is a [[SmiteEvil holy sword]] allegedly forged from a tooth of the [[{{precursors}} Iormunean Imperium's]] goddes. It [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield can only be used by]] the Templar High Executor, [[AbsurdlySharpBlade cuts through anything]], is virtually indestructible, and when worst comes to worst, can double as a WaveMotionSword.
* Destiny's Wave, the sentient ''jian'' wielded by Chou Lee, The Handmaid of the Tao, in the ''WhateleyUniverse''.
* While ''TheImpossibleMan'' feature cool swords, the one that stands out is Kaori's wooden sword Seizon, which means Existence in Japanese, where legend has it that it was whittled by Miyamoto Musashi and has the ability to cut existence itself.
* The Sword of Saledesh in the ''Tales of Ubernorden'' story "The Sword of War" possesses unspecified powers that allows the wielder to conquer the world.
* Allie from the ''Literature/BraveNewWorldUniverse'' has the power to create and shape ice. She uses this to make an inordinately sharp sword made purely of ice. Literally, a ''cool'' sword.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Take your pick between [[MagicKnight Weiss]]' Myrtenaster, a RoyalRapier with a revolver-style mechanism in the grip that allows her to imbue her attacks with elemental properties from Dust, or [[{{Ninja}} Blake]]'s Gambol Shroud, a folding katana/kusarigama with a machine-pistol in the grip. Then there's also [[spoiler:Raven Branwen's]] [[{{BFS}} huge]] red [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]], similar in shape to Gambol Shroud with a sheath to match, and a revolver mechanism similar to Myrtenaster.
* There's Tucker's energy blade in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. Beyond being an energy blade, it was also a key to unlock a spaceship. Which was stolen and later destroyed. Tucker keeps the blade and uses it from time to time.
* ''WebVideo/NightwingTheSeries'': Deathstroke wields a katana-like blade which he wears on his back and uses for up-close assassinations.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft" featured the "Sword of a Thousand Truths"
* Drew's Fire Sword from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays''.
* From ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'':
** Protagonist Lion-O has the [[NamedWeapon Sword of Omens]], the AncestralWeapon of Thundera's kings, that [[RetractableWeapon extends]] from dagger to longsword when Lion-O utters a ByThePowerOfGreyskull, and hosts an AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome in its hilt that can shoot {{Sword Beam}}s, project a BatSignal in times of [[SituationalSword distress]], and grant Lion-O [[{{Seers}} visions]]. DependingOnTheWriter, it can [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands do just about anything]] that its wielder can phrase in the form, "[[CatchPhrase Sword of Omens! Give me X beyond X!]]"
** Mumm-Ra's Sword of Plun-Darr, which is [[DoubleWeapon double-bladed]] and usually [[FlamingSword on FIRE]].
** Several cool swords feature in the ''[=ThunderCats (2011)=]'' episode "The Duelist and the Drifter", most notably the Sword of Hattanzo, the SinisterScimitar favored by predatory sword [[CollectorOfTheStrange collector]] and MasterSwordsman the Duelist.
* A lot of {{Transformers}} use swords despite possessing lasers. Those that stand out include Star Saber's Saber Blade from ''TransformersVictory'' and the unrelated blade known as the Star Saber (made of three [[CombiningMecha Mini-cons]]) from ''TransformersArmada''.
** In ''Transformers Armada,'' Starscream's wing becomes a sword, and in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated,'' Megatron's rotors become his swords. (His TransformationSequence doesn't reveal this, but that's how it works on the toy.)
*** Vector Prime's sword [[NamedWeapons Rhisling]], which [[spoiler: he posthumously gives to Optimus Prime, who uses it to slay Galvatron]], Wing Saber's namesake weapons, formed from his wing flaps, Snarl's sword that doubles as a rifle, Galvatron's conjured sword, Evac's rotor-sword, and Starscream's Cyber Key-activated swords in ''TransformersCybertron.''
*** Later retconned as Cyber Caliber.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' The [[spoiler:Star Saber]] that Optimus Prime obtains in the episode Legacy, it glows and is [[AbsurdlySharpBlade really damn sharp]].
*** Megatron's [[spoiler: [[EvilKnockoff Dark Star Saber]]]] is basically the same, only it glows purple, has a jagged edge, and [[spoiler: ''shatters'' the Star Saber]].
*** Also from ''Prime''[='=]s supplementary fiction is the Chaos Edge, one of a handful of weapons made by Solus Prime and wielded by Nexus Prime (both Cybertronian {{Precursors}}). It's abilities are never elaborated on, but hinted to be particularly nasty - Nexus actually only used it as a threat with no real intention of using it though.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Sokka's [[CompanionCube space sword]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' has DeadpanSnarker EmpathicWeapon Lula.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice'', obviously Arthur had Excalibur, not to be outdone,[[BigBad Lord Viper]] had an awesome jagged edged sword.
* The closest Nogbad ever got to ruling the Northlands in ''The Sagas of Noggin the Nog'' was when he obtained the Sorcerer's Sword in "Firecake". It was a longsword that gave the wielder control over all living beings in the world, except for the stone giants. It was useless as a melee weapon, as knut was able to shatter it into pieces on a rock like glass, making it more like a magic wand than a sword.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', XANA-possessed William has a cool ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''-style Buster Sword.
* SamuraiJack
** Jack has a very cool sword. It was forged by the gods into a holy katana that is one of the very few things that can actually harm Aku.
** The Scotsman has a blade that is just about as cool. His sword of choice is a huge [[{{BFS}} claymore]] that also has magical properties, like nigh-unbreakability, due to being inscribed with "'''MAGIC RUNES!'''"
* ''GeneratorRex''
** Rex can transform his hand into the BFS (Big Fat Sword) which can turn into a saw!
** Six's twin fold-up katanas that, when put together, create a powerful magnet.
* Sliced Ice from ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'', whose sword has the power to freeze. It's literally a cool sword.
* In ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', the Shredder give Leonardo an ancient sword forged by a man who folded the metal 1,000 times to take out any impurities. Also the Shredder's magic sword.
* Lance's Lance chain-sword and the Titan's sword in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''.
* Ace's Guardian Strike Sword in ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed''.
* Finn's swords from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' are often cool. For example there's his [[BlingBlingBang golden sword]] ([[FridgeLogic which surprisingly is a good weapon]]), his [[KatanasAreJustBetter twin golden katanas]], and his [[AbsurdlySharpBlade root sword]]. More notably, in one episode, his golden sword got upgraded to a ''[[UpToEleven fourth dimensional sword]]''. In another episode, it's revealed that Finn and his adoptive brother Jake have a [[AncestralWeapon family sword]] made out of '''[[RuleOfCool demon's blood]]'''.
** After said demon-blood sword is drained and shattered, Finn later acquires a Grass Sword, which stores as a wrap on his forearm when not in use, and is permanently bonded to him…until said arm is ''ripped off'', only saved from the elbow-up by the semi-sentient sword sacrificing itself. Much later, after [[ItMakesSenseInContext Finn's arm grows back]], a secret plan is put into motion to revive a cosmic Wish Master, involving a ''lot'' of TimeyWimeyBall stuff; Finn actually earns yet ''another'' new sword from all this, the Finn Sword, made from ''an alternate time-duplicate of himself!''
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron Stoppable once wielded the Lotus Blade, a magic sword protected by the Yamanuchi Ninja Academy. Not only an AbsurdlySharpBlade, the Lotus Blade can also be transformed into various other ancient weapons like staffs and shields.
* The legendary Willblade from ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers''. It was used by the first Seeker, Lord Casterwill himself, to seal the Spiral Mark that can be used to call the Nullifiers. After it is found, Lok begins using it as his Weapon of Choice in pretty much every episode thereafter. The Betrayer tricks Lok into unsealing the Spiral Mark with it under the pretense of destroying it.
* Gaff's Dragon Sword in ''Animation/IronKid''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Fittingly enough the first-ever RealLife entry for this trope goes to Creator/TerryPratchett, who in commemoration of his own knighting acquired the material to forge [[http://www.paulkidby.com/news/apr2010.html his very own sword,]] and [[http://www.news.com.au/technology/terry-pratchett-creates-a-sword-with-meteorites/story-e6frfro0-1225926584339 out of genuine Thunderbolt Iron]] no less.
* A bunch of real life [[http://www.oronoz.com/paginas/muestrafotostitulos.php?pedido=ESPADA%20(VER%20MAS)&tabla=Claves cool spanish swords]].
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urumi Urumi]] whip swords have to classify.
* The Japanese invented an intensive sword-making process that came about in large part because their iron is of terrible quality and needs a great deal of work to make it useful. Due to the influence of Japanese culture in entertainment, Japanese swords have [[KatanasAreJustBetter quite a following]].
* The Germanic and Celtic tribes have, since the Iron Age, had a lengthy and trying process of sword-making that ''still'' produces some of the best swords today. It's called pattern-welding, and it involves twisting different kinds of steel together in order to ensure the blade has strength ''and'' flexibility. With a little treatment, the flowing patterns of steel would be visible on the blades. Like a human fingerprint, each blade had a different pattern. Prior to standardised systems of measurement, this style of swordsmithing was very unreliable; it has produced some of the ''best'' swords known anywhere to history, but it's also produced some of the flimsiest Iron Age swords as well.
* [[http://www.chinese-swords-guide.com/sword-making.html Kuo Chang-hsi]], a Taiwanese swordsmith, uses ''human bones'' to forge his swords. (He also forged the Green Destiny sword for ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''.
* Blade Batons are pretty cool because they conceal the blades and can act as one weapon or open it up and dual wield a pair of somewhat short swords!
* While swords made of Damascus steel were objects of almost mythlike proportions, they were just really good swords. The legends of it cutting armor and other swords like butter are just that: legends, and none of these swords existed in Europe in the middle ages, which would mean that the european swords could be of equal quality.
* ThatOtherWiki has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_swords list of cool swords]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pistol_sword These]] are cool swords.
* The Sword of Mars. Rumored to be made out of meteorite iron and was a grave marker of the previous owner. While it stood in the ground it was struck by lightning. AttilaTheHun discovered this sword and used it in his invasion of the Roman Empire.
* Military swords in general, as they're ''the'' symbol of power by virtue of the centuries in which they were the main weapon of war. They're still carried with high uniforms ''precisely'' because they're cool.