->'''Balin:''' Wouldn't bother, lad. Swords are named for the great deeds they've done in battle.\\
'''Bilbo:''' What are you saying? That my sword hasn't seen battle?\\
'''Balin:''' Not sure it is a sword, to be honest. More of a... letter opener.
-->-- ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney''

In some contexts it is appropriate to give a weapon a name. Usually but not always it is magical, or at least special of some kind. The most famous of these are {{Public Domain Artifact}}s, but sometimes they're just ordinary weapons. Swords seems to be most common, but most kinds of weapons can be given names. {{Legendary Weapon}}s will usually fall into this.

If the name is just a personal nickname and not something that is recognized by the world at large, it's ICallItVera.

This trope mostly shows up in SpeculativeFiction but also shows up in that strange thing we call RealLife.

StockWeaponNames is a SubTrope of this, when the weapon appears in several different forms, in several different stories. NamesGivenToComputers is superficially similar to this, though computers usually actually use their names on networks.
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* NorseMythology has Odin's [[BladeOnAStick spear]] Gungnir, Thor's [[DropTheHammer hammer]] Mjölnir, and Loki's/Surt's sword (or wand) Laevateinn. For weapons wielded by mortal heroes we have Sigurd's sword Gram and the cursed sword [[Literature/TheSagaOfHervorAndHeidrek Tyrfing]], heirloom of the berserker Angantyr and his descendants.
* From the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'', the Middle High German version of the saga of Siegfried the dragon-slayer, we have his sword Balmung. In the Scandinavian version, the Saga of Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer, the sword is called Gram, while RichardWagner called the sword of Siegmund and Siegfried in the ''Theatre/RingOfTheNibelung'' Notung (or Nothung, in 19th century spelling).
* Literature/{{Beowulf}}'s own sword, Naegling, and the one he borrowed, Hrunting.
* [[KingArthur Arthurian Legend]] is full of them: Arthur's sword Excalibur, naturally, but also Lancelot's sword Anadight/Arondight and Gawain's Galatine. Early Welsh versions call Arthur's sword Caledfwlch, and also give him a dagger called Carnwennan, a shield called Wynebgwrthucher (or Prydwen), and a spear called Rhongomyniad (or [[AerithAndBob Ron]].) The Middle English ''Alliterative Morte Arthure'' gives him a second sword, Clarent, meant for peaceful purposes (''e.g.'', ceremony) rather than war.
* Film/ElCid had two swords: Tizona and Colada
* The [BhagavadGita] has many. Sri Krisha has a conch named Panchajanya, Arjuna had Devadatta, Bhima had Paundra, Yudhishthira had Anantavijaya. Arjuna also had the bow Gandiva.
* Boleslaw III of Poland carried a sword named Grus.
* The ceremonial sword of Polish kings, Szczerbiec. The name refers to a jagged chip in the blade, attributed to it being symbolically used to mark King Bolesław's conquest of Kiev. Reality is mundane: The sword is dated to 300 years after the conquest, it wasn't chipped against the gates, but as a result of rust, and the blade itself is actually combat-worthy. History has no record of accidental limb removal or bodily injury, though.
* And Ali, [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muhammad's]] son-in-law, carried the two-pointed sword Zulfiqar.
* Irish myth gives us the sword Caladbolg (which some pundits believe is the original version of Excalibur), Cú Chulainn's spear Gae Bolg, and his sword Fragarach or Answerer. There's also the sword Moralltach, or the Great Fury, wielded by Aengus Óg.
* KoreanMythology has Yonggwang-geom(Sword of Dragon's Light), belonging to Sun god Haemosu. Also, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Yushin General Kim Yushin]], who united three kingdoms of Korea, had a sword named Cheonryonggeom (Heavenly Dragon Sword), that was blessed by two stars (by shining their starlights on the sword). According to legends, it even flew from its scabbard and into Kim Yushin's hand when he was furious.
* Ssangyonggeom (Twin Dragon Sword), two swords belonging to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi_Sun-sin General Yi Sun-shin]] who saved the country from 1592 Japanese Invasion. Ssangyonggeom are now lost, but Jewon-Geom (which is a staggering ''two-meters long''), Yi Sun-sin's ritual sword still exists.
* Among the Three Imperial Regalia of Japan is the Ama-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi, aka "Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven", which [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana contrary to popular belief]] is a double-edged ''tsurugi'', not a katana. It dates to ''long'' before the katana, or even its immediate predecessor the tachi, was invented. Mythology says that it was found in the tail-bones of {{Orochi}} when Susano (god of storms) slew it. Then it bounced around Japanese mythology until it eventually comes into possession of the Emperor. Notable in that this sword was later renamed 'Kusanagi', aka "Grass-cutter", in the legend where an Emperor saved his own life in a fire by cutting off the grass fueling it. Supposedly the current Emperor still has it. And no, you can't look at it.
* Several in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', including Lu Bu's Sky Piercer and Guan Yu's Green Dragon Crescent Blade.
* There are three swords, all named, that are nowadays the stuff of legend. A part of the legend says that they are cast of the same steel. (Curtana bears the engraving "My name is Curtana, of the same temper as Joyeuse and Durandal")
** Durandal, the sword of Roland (aka Orlando, if you're Italian), a paladin in the service of Charlemagne. The sword's hilt was said in ''The Song of Roland'' to contain a tooth of Saint Peter, the blood of Saint Basil, hair from Saint Denis, and a scrap of Mary's clothing. The tale has Roland last using it to hold off an army of 100,000 long enough for Charlemagne's army to retreat into France.
** Roland's Uncle Charlemagne wielded Joyeuse, a sword said to shift in colours and was supposedly one of the most beautiful swords in existence.
** The last was Curtana (Or Cortana), wielded by Ogier. This sword was known as the broken sword or the sword of mercy; legend says its tip was broken by an angel to prevent a wrongful execution.
** A fourth from the same epic, reputedly (in the epic, at least) inspired by Charlemagne's use of a named blade, was the blade Précieuse/Precious, wielded by the Saracen king Baligant.
* Among the insignia of the HolyRomanEmpire (now in Vienna) is the Holy Lance, better known to many English-speakers as the Spear of Destiny. It was carried into the victorious battle of the Lechfeld against the Hungarians by Otto the Great.
* The Southeast Asian Keris blades (especially the masterwork ones and/or those which are supposedly magical in nature) almost always bore names, although often the names are simply denoting its make and kind. Well-known examples are ''Taming Sari'' (a Sumatran one, belonging to the historical figure Hang Tuah) and ''Setan Kober'' (a Javanese one, belonging to a Javanese hero). One legend averts this, however; The famed "Keris Mpu Gandring" which played a large part in the history of Singosari kingdom in Java, had no formal name since it was unfinished at the time it was used to kill its creator (of which the Keris is known as from thereon).
* The Crusaders named their trebuchets during the Siege of Acre (in the Third Crusade) "God's Own Sling" and "Evil Neighbor;" the defending Arabs countered with "Evil Kinsman."
* Another famous named trebuchet was Edward I Longshanks' "Warwolf" used during the siege of Stirling Castle. A replica of it can be seen today at Caerlaverock Castle.
* "The Gadget" was the first nuclear device ever detonated, in the Trinity test. It got it's name because it was not a deployable weapon, but stationary on a tower, and because revealing words like bomb were not used for fear of espionage.
* The "Fat Man" and "Little Boy," the nuclear bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, respectively.
* In the old days before industrialized steel production, quite a number of cannons and other artillery pieces were given individual names inscribed on the barrel when they were cast (rather as could happen to bells, which were often cast at the same foundry). Examples ranging at least until the NapoleonicWars can be seen e. g. in the court of honour at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris. Other examples include the early big cannon "Faule Grete" (Lazy Meg) used by Elector Frederick I, the first Hohenzollern ruler of Brandenburg, to knock down the walls of the castles of his Quitzow foes in the second decade of the 15th century, "Faule Mette" (likewise) of Brunswick, "Dulle Griet" (Mad Meg; apparently Margarets were popular namesakes for bombards) of Ghent, and "Pumhart von Steyr" of Austria. Another Margaret, the giant mediaeval bombard Mons Meg, can be seen today on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.
* Daniel Boone (possibly apocryphally) named his custom rifle "tick licker" because he claimed to be able to shoot a tick off an animal without hurting it.
* Little David was a test mortar for American aerial bombs in World War II. Modified as a field piece for Operation Downfall, the Japanese surrender meant that it never saw use in the field.
* Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are four training cannons used by the cadets of the Virginia Military Institute in the Civil War; they are still on display today.
* OlderThanDirt: In the New Kingdom Egyptian story of the conquest of Joppa, a fiction that may or may not be based on a true story, the Pharaoh Men-kheper-Re has a named staff/cane. He secretly hides it in the luggage of the guy he sends to put down a revolt, and it allegedly has special powers. The protagonist (Djehuti) uses it to kill the rebel leader, but unfortunately the text is damaged so the name and special powers of this weapon are unknown. The name seems to end in "...tautnefer."
* Hereward the Wake had a sword named Brainbiter.
* Humpty Dumpty was a cannon that sat atop the walls of Edinburgh Castle. It was the largest cannon in the castle's arsenal, but one day, it had a great fall, and all the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put Humpty together again...
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar_Bomba Tsar Bomba]], the largest nuclear bomb ever detonated.
** The name is derived from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar_Cannon Tsar Pushka]], a massive (19.5 feet long, 35 inch bore) bronze cannon built at the Kremlin Armoury in 1586. Tsar Pushka was never used in combat, though it seems to have been test fired at some point in its history, and was probably built as a demonstration of Russia's prowess at bronze-casting.
* Norse warriors of the Viking era had a tendency to name their weapons, in imitation of their Migration Era ancestral heroes. Examples crop up by the hundreds in [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas the sagas]], which are all part real history, part heroic legendry (the proportion varies from pure history to mostly fiction). Just one confirmably historical example would be Grasida ("Greyside"), which began as a sword, was broken and then reforged into a spear that went on to serve Gisli, son of Sur, for the rest of his life. Part of this is due to the tendency in Norse poetry to name ''everything'': the kettle the cook uses in Valhalla, the different chains the gods try binding the Fenris-wolf with, each of the rocks they attach those chains ''to'', the thread used to sew Loki's lips together, and on and on.
* In many militaries, such as [[YanksWithTanks that of the United States]], along with those countries' [[MilitaryAcademy military academies]] and [[MilitarySchool military schools]], recruits and cadets are issued rifles that they are required to name.
* Most IT people name the machines they manage.
** Most people who manage their own domains name all the computers on the domain for easy reference. This edit was made on a computer named [[TheSilmarillion Gurthang]].
* Ships, submarines, sailboats, and their remote-controlled counterparts all tend to have names. Sometimes they are named in honor of someone special to the captain, other times it's just to make it easier to refer to the craft. It's so common that it's considered bad luck to change the name of a ship.
** For example, in 1944 the escort carrier USS ''Midway'' (CVE-63), which had been in operation for a year already, was renamed USS ''St. Lo'' in order to free up the name, taken from the most significant naval battle of the war, for the new supercarrier USS ''Midway'' (CV-41). Afterward, the ship was considered to be cursed for having been stripped of her name. Two weeks later ''St. Lo'' was sunk by a [[SuicideAttack kamikaze]].
* The British muskets of the Revolutionary War were called Brown Bess, although Bess is a corruption of buss (gun) as in blunderbuss.
* Munitions:
** The WWI-era German howitzer Big Bertha -- though this is a type designation, not a name for a specific weapon as many think. There's also Schwerer Gustav/Heavy Gustaf. The youngest, Long Gustaf, could have ranged London from the French coast, but was damaged in a bombing raid and never completed.
** The largest gun ever created is the Nazi's 80-cm. cannon. They called it Dora. It and Heavy Gustav were the only two of their (unnamed) type.
** The "Katyusha" rocket launchers used by Russia during WorldWarTwo. (Also called "Stalin's Organ" by the Germans.)
** The [[AwesomeButImpractical M65 Atomic Cannon]] was given the nickname "Atomic Annie".
* In World War I the French troops typically nicknamed machine guns "Rosalie." There was even a song about it.
* Warplanes were and are often [[NoseArt painted]] with pet names [[AllMenArePerverts and naked women]], almost enough to cross into true CompanionCube territory. Although still somewhat prevalent, it began to die out during the Korean War when [[MoralGuardians an Air Force general's wife became indignant]].
* By tradition warships are allowed more grandiose names than merchantmen being often named after items of religious or ideological significance (Constitution), or simply warlike qualities (victory, conqueror, devastation, and so on). In the Athenian navy at Salimis there was a trieme that translated roughly to "liberty" and another two named "rape" and "pillage".
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
** All shinigami imprint their soul onto an asauchi to produce a [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou]]. Most shinigami can never move beyond this stage, but some talented shinigami develop enough of a bond with their weapon to [[TalkingWeapon learn its name]] which is the key to unlocking their power in the form of shikai. A small proportion of shikai users are so talented that they can unlock a SuperMode called bankai. This entails forming a very strong bond with their zanpakutou which in essence means coming to terms with the truth about themselves, warts and all. Normally it takes a minimum of decades after having achieved shikai to unlock bankai, and over a century to master its use, but [[GuileHero Urahara]] invented a way to "cheat" and unlock bankai in just three days...[[DangerousForbiddenTechnique or die in the process]].
** Arrancar are hollows that have ripped off their masks in search of shinigami-like power. As a result, they possess zanpakutou, but unlike shinigami zanpakutou, the Arrancar weapons are neither a TalkingWeapon nor an EmpathicWeapon. They are locks, restraining the Arrancar's true form. In short, the Arrancar themselves are the true weapon. The exception is [[spoiler:Starrk]], whose true zanpakuto is not his sword at all, but [[spoiler:his Fraccion, Lilynette]].
** [[ArcherArchetype Quincies]] name their weapons. However, there's no suggestion of sentience to either the traditional EnergyBow or the more modern EnergyWeapons. The practice is clearly a cultural tradition.
* ''CrimsonSpell'' gives us the [[EvilWeapon cursed sword]] Ygg Veilund, which only members of the royal family of the Alswieth can use at all (though even they suffer a curse if they use it).
* The WaveMotionGun magic wands from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', such as Nanoha's Raising Heart and Fate's Bardiche. It's quite possible they named themselves.
* The artifacts from ''MahouSenseiNegima''. In [[LanguageOfMagic Latin]], of course. Also, Setsuna's sword is called Yunagi.
** Motoko's sword in ''LoveHina'' from the [[ContinuityNod same martial art school]] as Setsuna is named Hina.
* Arguable example: Most of the guns used by Alucard and Seras in ''{{Hellsing}}'' are named, though the names are seldom mentioned and appear not to be universally known.
* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' features a few of them. Most notable is [[spoiler:Kirabi/Killer Bee's]] Samehada.
** Orochimaru also uses the Kusanagi (see above) at one point.
** And let's not forget Zabuza's sword, the Kubikiribōchō/Executioner's Blade.
** Each of the swords wielded by the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist are named. Appropriately enough there are seven of them.
* The [[EmpathicWeapon Weapons]] in ''Manga/SoulEater'' all have names, justified by the fact they're shape-shifting humans. Many names are appropriate to their Demon Weapon nature. There's one recurring character who uses regular swords, and he mentions no names. Presumably because it would take a [[FieldOfBlades while]].
* The Volt Weapons that the Pandora use in ''{{Freezing}}''. For example Satellizer's is named Nova Blood.
* ''OnePiece'' has the Meitou (swords famous enough to have a name). Zoro has had four: Wado Ichimonji, Yubashiri (destroyed), Sandai Kitetsu and Shuusui.
* In ''InfiniteStratos'', the personal I.S. machines of the main characters are all named.
* Escaflowne in ''{{Escaflowne}}''.
* In ''HighSchoolDXD'', every single Sacred Gear has a name and an ability that comes with it. The protagonist wields the Boosted Gear gauntlet which is one of the most powerful Sacred Gears in this series which is capable of doubling the power of the user every ten seconds.
* Franchise/LupinIII's {{Samurai}} companion Goemon has a legendary sword:
** Manga.LupinIII names it ''Nagareboshi'', which translates to "falling star". The metal came from [[ThunderboltIron the heavens]].
** Anime.LupinIII names it ''Zantetsuken'', which translates to "iron-cutting sword". It does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''Manga/DansaiBunriNoCrimeEdge'': All killing goods have a rather long name that describes what they do such as Kiri's scissors (The crime edge of cutting and severing) and Yamane's needle (Injection of Coma Death).
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': It's a cultural tradition for warriors to name their weapons. Therefore every significant weapon that becomes connected to a warrior is named. Tellingly, a named weapon tends to also be an EmpathicWeapon; their degree of sentience may be quite limited depending on the weapon, but they do at least have the ability to choose or reject wielders who may want to become their masters.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', several of Kirito's weapons have names, most notably Dark Repulsor. He keeps it far longer than he should, going to a great deal of effort to keep it upgraded despite its low level, simply because he thinks a sword with that name is destined to defeat the final boss. [[spoiler:It doesn't. The BigBad of the first arc shatters it during their duel, and Kirito then uses his wife's fallen RoyalRapier to finish him]].

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* From TheDCU's various ''[[BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]]'' series, there's {{Katana}}'s sword, Soultaker.
* In [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]], there's the Black Knight's Ebony Blade.
** Also the Valkyrie's Dragonfang.
** And the Odinsword.
*** TheMightyThor has Mjölnir. Likely the UrExample in the MarvelUniverse.
*** Thor's friend BetaRayBill wields Stormbreaker.
** The lord of the Fire Giants wields Twilight, the Sword of Doom.
* PrinceValiant wields the Singing Sword, Flamberge.
* In Creator/CrossGen's ''Way of the Rat,'' Bhuto Khan's army has a massive cannon at their disposal, which is dubbed the "Finger of God."
* Cutter's sword New Moon in ''ComicBook/{{ElfQuest}}''. He's about the only character in the series we actually see name his weapons, though (in one backstory issue, he had a knife he dramatically called "Blood Drinker" when younger); if anyone else bothers to do so, even elves who are named for their favored ''weapons'' in turn, we don't find out about it.
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* Two in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'': Blackfire, the Hunter's {{BFS}}, and Brox's Kiss, a pink shortsword that can make members of the opposite sex fall in love with you.
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'' has a lot, many of them [[MeaningfulName meaningful.]] Rarity's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorpal_sword Vorpal]]'', Celestia's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenith Zenith]]'' and Luna's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadir Nadir]]'', Unimpressive's ''Vindictive'', Titan's ''Singularity'', Terra's ''Exogenisis'', Esteem's [[spoiler:but initially Valiant's]] ''[[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Carsomyr Carsomyr]]'', Astor Coruscare's ''Sangrophile'' and [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle's]] ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox Equinox]]''.
* ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'' has several, most of which have some kind of association with their owner: Celestia's ''Nova'', Luna's ''Perigee'' [[DualWielding and]] ''Apogee'', Tendoncutter's ''Cardinal Blades'', Granny's ''Aconitum.''
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* In ''The Horse Soldiers'', a Confederate artillery battery consists of the guns Peter and Paul.
* In ''Gods and Generals'' there is a four-gun Confederate battery consisting of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Those are the names of the battery of cannons at the [[MilitaryAcademy Virginia Military Institute]].
* Green Destiny, the super-sword in ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''.
* A very important part of Alice's quest in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' is the recovery of the Vorpal Sword. (Yes, that is its name.)
* Orcrist and Glamdring in ''Film/TheHobbit''. Discussed by Bilbo and Balin when Bilbo hears Elrond describing the history of those swords and he looks down at his own elvish sword. Balin then tells him not to bother because only swords are named for their deeds and Bilbo's sword was "more like a letter opener".
** Bilbo did eventually name it "Sting" after some [[GiantSpider spiders]] referred to it as such.
* The [[{{BFG}} giant cannon]] in the opening siege scene of the Hungarian animated film ''Animation/TreasureOfSwampCastle'' (''Szaffi'') is called [[BrawnHilda Brunhilda]].
* In ''SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows,'' the Germans use an artillery cannon on the escaping Holmes, Watson, and Gypsies, dubbed "Little Hansel."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth world (''Literature/TheHobbit'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'') is filled with this trope: Some especially cool weapons get several names, a few examples:
** Gandalf's (previously Turgon's) sword Glamdring ("Foe-hammer").
** Thorin's acquired weapon Orcrist ("Goblin-cleaver"), the companion sword to Glamdring. (The Orcs call Glamdring and Orcrist "Beater" and "Biter" respectively.)
** Bilbo names the elven dagger he found Sting. He got the idea after the giant spiders he attacked with it while invisible shrieked that they were being stung by something.
** Morgoth's great hammer Grond, whose name was also used for an Orcish battering ram in the Siege of Gondor.
** Gil-galad's spear Aeglos.
** Elendil's Narsil, broken in two as Elendil fell on it while falling to Sauron and reforged by the Elves into Aragorn's Andûril, Flame of the West.
*** In Peter Jackson's film adaptation, Narsil is shattered into many shards, after Sauron steps on it.
** Fingolfin's sword Ringil; sister-swords Anguirel and Anglachel (later when wielded by Túrin Turambar known as Gurthang, "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Death Iron]]"), and knife Angrist; Tuor's axe Dramborleg.
** Beleg's bow, Belthronding.
** In his minor works, Giles' weapon Caudimordax ('Tailbiter') in ''Literature/FarmerGilesOfHam''.
** In fact in Middle Earth protocol apparently requires you to formally introduce your sword or other weapon to opponents and prospective allies alike ie: "Here is the sword that was broken and is forged anew!"
* ''Literature/TheLongShips'' also has several named weapons, most significant are the (not magical but very high-quality) swords Redbeak and Bluetongue. Another sword is named Lullaby, and an axe is named Widowgrief.
* The characters in Literature/TheWheelOfTime mostly keep their swords unnamed, except for ''Callandor'' -- but that's only incidentally a sword.
** ''Towers of Midnight'' introduces ''Mah'alleinir'', a magic hammer.
* ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' has the titular three swords, but a few more ordinary ones crop up as well.
* ElricOfMelnibone has his cursed sword Stormbringer and it's "sister" Mournblade.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the rare and valuable [[LostTechnology Valyrian steel]] swords generally have {{Meaningful Name}}s, usually tied in to the AnimalMotif or [[ArcWords motto]] of the House they've been [[AncestralWeapon passed down through]].
** Examples of such AncestralWeapons include Longclaw (bear/wolf motif), Brightroar (lion motif), Ice ([[AStormIsComing "Winter is coming"]]), Dark Sister (wielded by an ActionGirl), etc.
** A once-significant rival royal branch was named "Blackfyre" after a sword their bastard founder inherited, taking it as a sign that his father wanted him to inherit the throne.
** Some other swords are named as well, some of them "special" weapons ([[ThunderboltIron Dawn]]), some just because the owner likes them (Needle).
** There is a RunningGag about RoyalBrat Joffrey giving his swords ludicrously crass and grandiose names like "Hearteater" and "Widows' Wail", which only throw [[MilesGloriosus his complete lack of military experience]] into sharp relief.
*** The "Widow's Wail", however, turns out to be ironic[[spoiler:, because Joffrey dies the same day as he names the sword, leaving his freshly wed wife a widow. One who rather pointedly ''doesn't'' wail]].
* The characters of ''Literature/SnowCrash'' learn that it's a good idea to listen to [[GatlingGood Reason]].
* ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' character Alberich, a weapons training master, sourly notes that he ''hates'' this trope. People get overconfident, and then when they don't have the named weapon they don't fight well enough with unnamed ones. He won't let his pupils practice with any weapons but those found in the salle, and if he finds out that one of them has picked a favorite sword or whatever he has it melted down. [[GoodIsNotNice He's a good guy]], just so you know.
** In the same universe, there is the sword named Need. She's a sword an ancient mage/fighter bound her soul to.
* Pops up a couple of times in the Literature/TortallUniverse. Alanna picks up the strange magic sword that she calls Lightning in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''. Later she sacrifices it, and it's not mentioned if she named any of her other sword. There wasn't another named weapon until the end of the third book in the ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' quartet; Alanna gave Kel a sword, Kel dubbed it "Griffin," Kel never mentioned it again, since she preferred her glaive.
* Subversion in the Star Trek novel ''Time For Yesterday'': Kirk asks [[spoiler:Spock's son Zar]] whether his sword has a name. The reply is telling.
-->"Name? [[spoiler: Zar]] looked puzzled for a moment, then understanding dawned. "Oh, you mean a name like 'Excalibur' or 'Fred', something like that?". The gray eyes were bleak. "It's doesn't have one, Jim. 'Killer' maybe, because that's what I use it for. Frankly I ''hate'' what I do with it, but I've learned to be damned good at it. Lately, none of use has had much choice."
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has the three swords of the Knights of the Cross: ''Amorracchius'', ''Fidelacchius'', and ''Esperracchius''. (That's Love, Faith, and Hope.) Amorracchius is suspected to have once been Excalibur...
** And Esperracchius is Durandal. Fidelacchius is Kusanagi.
** There's the Blackstaff, the official weapon of the White Council's enforcer. [[spoiler: Currently the position is filled by Ebenezer [=McCoy.=]]]
* In the ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' series by Creator/FredSaberhagen, there's twelve "Swords of Power" and each one has a different name related to its magical ability ([[HealingShiv Woundhealer]], [[LaserGuidedKarma Doomgiver]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dragonslicer]]...) Add DualWielding in and the situation gets SerialEscalation. The full list:
** Coinspinner: anything and everything its current owner does [[WindsOfDestinyChange works out for his or her benefit]]. Everything. Win money, catch lucky breaks, survive certain death through freak chance (which also works out for your benefit) enemies suffer incredibly bad luck. The downside is that it moves from owner to owner a lot, apparently on a whim.
** Doomgiver: Seems to have a lot to do with turning an attacker's powers on themselves. It protected a mortal from Aphrodite's power and turned her influence back on herself, and has done stuff like turn arrows back at the person who shot them and fold people-eating demons into their own guts. One of the series' Big Bads [[GenreSavvy refused point-blank to take the sword when he had a chance]] because there was no way of knowing what it'd do to him in retaliation for various heinous acts.
** Dragonslicer: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It cuts dragons]]. Given that dragons are so tough that they're immune to almost all weaponry, this is kinda awesome. Even more awesome is that it guides the wielder to a [[AttackItsWeakPoint dragon's vital areas]]; the downside is it leaves getting out of harm's way up to the wielder.
** Farslayer: You get a good wind-up and throw it while thinking of a specific person. Be they man, god, or monster, and no matter where they are... BoomHeadshot! This would be the end of the matter, except the sword doesn't return to you. So anyone near your victim will be able to pick it up, and tell the sword to target the person who just killed their friend...
** The Mindsword: When unsheathed, it commands fanatic and lasting devotion from all within eyesight or ear shot. Men, demons, and '''gods''' -- including its maker -- all bow before the Mindsword's wielder.
** Shieldbreaker: It trumps all the other swords (normally). When drawn, it defends its wielder against any weapon, any magic, and destroys other weapons at a touch, while making the wielder superhumanly fast and strong. The downside is it won't harm an unarmed person and refuses to let itself be dropped until a battle's over, leaving the wielder susceptible to GoodOldFisticuffs. Ultimately, [[spoiler:it destroys all the other Swords of Power except for Woundhealer -- which destroys it in turn.]]
** Sightblinder: It makes other people view the wielder as someone or something they completely and totally love, or something they completely and totally fear. Often alternately and randomly within the space of a minute. And the illusion is so complete that viewers are always convinced. It also augments the wielder's vision, including letting him or her detect spoken falsehoods and, in at least one case, realize hidden details of another character's personal history.
** Soulcutter: When drawn, it makes people in the area so apathetic that they will immediately stop what they're doing and just sit down and wait to die. [[AwesomeButImpractical Including the wielder]]. Given that its maximum reach is enough to encompass a good-sized battlefield, just the ''threat'' of using Soulcutter is enough to induce cooperation.
** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Stonecutter]]: It cuts all mineral matter like it's butter. Useful for sieges, tunneling/mining, and artwork/jewelrymaking.
** Townsaver: A little like Shieldbreaker, except it only works when in defense of groups of people, and it will use the wielder's body as a shield, if need be, to defend those people. The upside is that whoever you're protecting will almost certainly be protected because the sword keeps the wielder going in the face of any wounds until the battle is over. The downside is it won't stop you from dying from your injuries ''after'' the battle is over.
** Wayfinder: If you crossed a Magic 8-Ball with a divining rod/magic compass and a sword, it'd be Wayfinder. In response to queries (mental or spoken), it guides the user's hand to point at the correct one/direction ("Which person is lying to me," or "where is my son," or "which plate of food is poisoned," "Which path isn't trapped," or whathaveyou). The downside is that unless you specifically request a ''safe'' path to what you're looking for, it will invariably point you towards the most dangerous one that will lead to your desired destination.
** Woundhealer: The king of all {{Healing Shiv}}s. It can fix any disease, any injury, cure any ailment, regrow any limb...fix anything (including [[spoiler:the effect of Soulcutter]]) except death. Also, stabbing it into yourself and leaving it there means you'll be constantly healed and probably won't die no matter ''what'' happens to you (it doesn't stop you from feeling pain, though.) The bit of verse Saberhagen associated with Woundhealer more-or-less said straight out that it '''can''' bring back the dead:
--->Whose flesh the Sword of Mercy hurts has drawn no breath;\\
Whose soul it heals has wandered in the night,\\
Has paid the summing of all debts in death\\
Has turned to see returning light.
* Knowing a ''jivatma'''s name is necessary to unlock its powers in Sword-Dancer.
* JackChalker's ''Dancing Gods'' fantasy series has a magic sword named [[FluffyTheTerrible Irving]].
* JudgeDee carries a heirloom blade 'Rain Dragon' -- and knows how to use too. Definitely a case of AuthorityEqualsAsskicking.
* In Chris Roberson's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} BloodRavens novel ''Dawn Of War II'', Wisdom. Explicitly described as a rare sword so marvelous as to have a name.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', Percy's sword, Riptide/Anaklusmos, Luke's sword Backbiter, Clarisse's spear Maimer (or Lamer).
** In the sequel series ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', we can add Jason's first sword, Ivlius (Julius when Anglicized) and Piper's knife, Katropis (The Looking Glass).
* In C.S. Goto's ''BloodRavens'' trilogy, Rhamah's Vairocanum. Made from part of a WreckedWeapon that had been ForgedByTheGods.
* In Chris Roberson's ''Literature/ImperialFists'' novel ''Sons of Dorn'', Taloc wants to get into the fight so he can name his sword, which is a RiteOfPassage. [[spoiler:Which is why he is deeply pleased when he gets it back at the end.]]
* In the first ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' book, ''Off Armageddon Reef,'' Merlin presents Cayleb with a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] much like the one he himself uses (i.e. incredibly sharp and made of a nearly indestructible hi-tech alloy). Cayleb can't resist asking if the weapon has a name, like in tales of past ''seijin''. Given the name of the one giving Cayleb the sword, it should come as no surprise that Merlin names it Excalibur.
* One of the main characters in Creator/MichaelChabon's ''Literature/GentlemenOfTheRoad'' had a Viking ax "whose name, cut in runes along its ashwood haft, translated roughly as 'Defiler of Your Mother'."
* The cannons on the [[AubreyMaturin Sophie]] are all named by their crews. Notable is Barett Bonden's gun ''Sudden Death''.
* In C.S.Lewis's 'Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' Peter Pevensie wields Rhindon, a sword given to him by Father Christmas.
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' has the Subtle Knife, which has various other names in various myths in various {{Alternate Universe}}s. One of the most impressive is "Æsahættr", meaning "god destroyer".
* In the ''Literature/{{Midnighters}}'' universe, weapons with a 13 letters long name cause [[TabletopGame/TheWorldofDarkness aggravated damage]] to the darklings.
** A serious example being "Resplendently Scintillating Illustrations", yes that is three 13 letter words.
* Literature/MonsterHunterInternational features Abomination, a fully automatic shotgun with a silver-inlayed bayonet and a grenade launcher. The sequel introduces Leviathan, a Kraken-sized harpoon gun.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' has two named [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Shardblades]] Oathbringer and Sunraiser that we have seen so far.
* Karl May's Old Shatterhand had two guns, one a rare, but at least theoretically not unique ''Henrystutzen'' (Henry short rifle), the other named the ''Bärentöter'' (bear-slayer). His friend, the Apache chief Literature/{{Winnetou}}, used the unerring ''Silberbüchse'' (silver rifle), so named because it was decorated with silver nails all over. The comic relief character Sam Hawkens said he wanted to be buried with his rifle, the somewhat temperamental [[ICallItVera Liddy]].
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', Corwin's sword Grayswandir is inscribed with a portion of the Pattern, which comes in handy on at least one occasion. Also Merlin's strangling cord Frakir and Brand's sword Werewindle.
* In ''LIterature/GloryRoad'', by Creator/RobertAHeinlein, Oscar Gordon names his sword "Lady Vivamus", after the inscription on it, 'Dum vivimus, vivamus!' (While we live, let us ''live''!).
* ''Literature/TheMistbornAdventures'' contains a really awesome gun named ''[[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Vin]]''dication.
* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' has the seventeen Great Weapons, {{Empathic Weapon}}s so powerful they can kill even the gods. The names they're referred to by the main characters are shortenings of their original {{Overly Long Name}}s given to them by their creators. For instance, "Magical wand for creating death in the form of a black sword" is shortened to simply "Blackwand".
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' has the swords of the Riders be named in the Ancient Language. Most of the names are apt, including some that ''predict the owner's fall the the dark side''. Eragon manages to accidentally name his sword by its True Name. [[spoiler: Brisingr. He sets it on fire. A lot. Sometimes on purpose.]] He considered naming it sheep-biter. Eragon is a very silly individual.
* From ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'', the title character wields two magical scimitars titled Twinkle and Icingdeath. Icingdeath is a case of NamedAfterSomebodyFamous (it was the nickname of the dragon whose hoard Drizzt recovered it from), while Twinkle had that name when he got it. Catti-brie has a longbow named Taulmaril and an intelligent sword named Khazid'hea. And Artemis Entreri has another intelligent (but less chatty) sword called Charon's Claw.
* Gaff and the Slasher are the battle spurs that belong to Chauntecleer the rooster in ''TheBookOfTheDunCow''. They are only worn during times of war.
* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', Prince Gwydion wields the magical sword Dyrnwyn, whose name is inscribed on its blade.
* In JohnCWright's ''The Literature/CountToTheEschaton'', the Chimerae name their weapons once they have killed. Menelaus, feigning to be one of them, tells them of his stone Rock. [[spoiler:Later, he realizes that it stems from intelligent weapons.]]
* The Testaments from ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'' seem to all take the appearance of [[CoolSword Cool Swords]] and are named after the positive trait they represent (Love, Faith, and so on).
* ''Literature/UltimateHero'' has 'Fate' and 'Mortality', weapons designed [[spoiler: to kill superbeings.]]
* In Gene Wolfe's "Literature/BookOfTheNewSun", torturer Severian is given an exquisitely made headsman's sword named "Terminus Est" (this is the line of division). The sword is signed by Jovinian. It is not magical, but incorporates a channel of mercury to reduce the inertial moment of the sword held at the top of the upswing.
* In Gene Wolfe's "Literature/WizardKnight", the knight Able searches for the sword "Eterne". This sword is decidedly magical; whenever it is drawn the spirit of each undeserving previous wielder is conjured to fight for (or against) the current wielder.
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* The ''Jade Regent'' RPG Actual Play podcasts from Podcast/{{RPGMP3}} feature a weapon called [[NamedWeapons Oathtaker]]. During their travels, the adventurers [[RobbingTheDead stumbled across]] this magical ''tetsubo'' (a [[CarryABigStick huge Oriental bludgeoning weapon]]). Apart from its obvious uses, it can also force people under a [[MagicallyBindingContract Blood Geas]]. It's currently wielded by Harold Shinken, who discovered that the Viking women of the [[GrimUpNorth Linnorm Kingdoms]] were [[ChickMagnet very impressed]] by the weapon's... [[PhallicWeapon craftsmanship]].
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', it's customary for [[{{BFS}} daiklaves]] and other artifacts to be named by their wielders. Given that the aforementioned wielders are demigods who can reasonably expect to live for at least a few centuries and acquire quite a reputation in the interim, many of these weapons have attained legendary status in their own right.
* The Name enchantment in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Magic'' prevents a device's magic from functioning if the user doesn't know its name.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' brings us Anaris "The Sword of Dawn Light" The greatest work of Vaul forged when Vaul accepted a bet with Khaine that he could forge 100 of the greatist swords ever in a set time. Realizing that he could not deliver, he hid a mortal sword in with the 99 divine ones. Realizing that Khaine would come for him, he poured all his skill into making Anaris. Anaris allowed the crippled forge god Vaul to challange the god of war Khaine (before he got the title Kahla Mensha) and avoid a CurbStompBattle [he still lost]. Later used by a Eldar named Eldanesh (brought to him by Falcon) to challange Khane to personal combat. Khaine [[CurbStompBattle crushed him]], and his brutal killing of Eldanesh earned him the ititle Kahla Mensha Khaine (Bloody Handed Khaine) and he became cursed to drip the blood of Eldanesh from his hand for all time. It is speculated to be currently in the possesion of Commander Farsight of the Farsight Enclaves.
** Huron Blackheart sports the "Tyrant's Claw" a power-fist with a heavy-flamer built into it's palm.
** Abaddon the Despoiler sports the Talon of Horus taken from the Warmaster himself after his death in one hand, and the demon sword Drach'nyen in the other. Pretty much every demon sword has it own personal name however, since their basically the result of a demon hammered into sword from or a possessed weapon. Also, the Chapter Master of the Flesh Tearers has a giant two-handed chainsword called Bloodreaver.
** The majority of human technology in the universe is an ancient or passed-down relic of some kind, including spaceships. Almost every space marine wields a weapon or armor that was named by somebody else.
** Speaking of spaceships, all ships in Rogue Trader that can be obtained by the player is assumed to be older then dirt and have a aged machine spirit. This can prove interesting when you notice the guns start firing themselves or the engine puts itself back together.
** Open any Codex. Find any Special Character for that army. In their Wargear section you're almost guaranteed to find one or two unique, named weapons.
* Most of the legendary equipements representing storyline characters' weapons in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' are named. Most of them are in the Kamigawa block but it happens sometimes since then.
* ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'' requires magic weapons created by the Laerdom (rune-drawing) Sorcery to be named.
* ''DungeonsAndDragons'' sourcebooks will usually have at least one of these, and that doesn't even consider homebrew weapons.
* Each of the five hundred and seventy-two Abhorrent Weapons wielded by the [[OmnicidalManiac Excru]][[HumanoidAbomination cians]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' has two names: one for the Excrucian host and one to mock Creation.
* In MagicTheGathering, we've got [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=50484 Oathkeeper]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=75291 Tatsumasa]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=79231 Tenza]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=189651 Unscythe]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=244740 Elbrus]], which doubles as a TailorMadePrison for a monstrous demon, Withengar.
* Not seen often in BattleTech, but several 'Mechs and Vehicles get named by their pilots or crews in the [[{{Sourcebook}} Technical Readouts]]. Some exceptions, however, are seen in the gladiatorial games of Solaris VII, including [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Yen-Lo-Wang]], the ''Centurion'' of father and son Solaris Champions Justin Allard and Kai Allard-Liao, or [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast WidowMaker]], the ''Dire Wolf'' of Col./Galaxy Commander Natasha Kerensky.
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* The vast majority of wargear in the single-player mode of ''DawnOfWar II'' is named. Justified as a good 90% of all human technology in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe is some form of ancient relic or passed down weapon. It's understandable that basically every found item is named or at least has a story behind it.
** Very oddly averted in the case of the one item in the series that should by all rights have had a name; the Daemon Sword, usable by Eliphas the Inheritor. Considering that daemonic weapons in this universe are the result of literally putting a powerful daemon of Chaos in a sword or axe or something, they tend to be named after that particular daemon. Yet, Eliphas' blade is drably named simply as the 'Daemon Sword'.
* Any game based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' will have examples of this trope: From BaldursGate for instance we have Blackrazor, Carsomyr, Celestial Fury, Crom Faeyr and [[TalkingWeapon Lilarcor.]]
* Likewise ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'', although it is important to note that not all ''FF'' weapons with an odd name are NamedWeapons: Many are simply names for types of weapons.
** All of Irvine's guns are named after battleships, and in FFXII they are named after stars.
** The ''Final Fantasy'' weapons are unique in that the best are consistent from game to game, while the weapons that are ''unique'' to a specific game tend to be either very powerful or plot-important. For example, Excalibur, Masamune, and the Ultima Weapon are all very powerful in Final Fantasy 3 through 7. The Mythgraven (or Legend) sword is plot-important in 4 (and can be reforged into the Excalibur; second or third strongest sword, depending on the remake), and so on.
* Most attainable weapons and all Keyblades in ''KingdomHearts'' have a name.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has many, most notably perhaps Frostmourne, Arthas' sword.
** Nowadays, the most notable is probably the "Sword of 1000 Truths" due its depiction on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
** Inverted later with Heaven's Fall, Kris of A Thousand Lies.
** [[MemeticMutation the Ashbringer...]]
** While many weapons have their own names, only a handful are important from a lore perspective. Apart from Frostmourne and Ashbringer (which cannot be obtained by players), there are a handful of Legendary weapons that require a huge effort to obtain, typically weeks of raiding for ''one'' weapon for one player out of the up to forty involved. Others involve alternating between very difficult single accomplishments (such as killing the final boss of a raid), or killing many other lesser bosses for the quest items they drop.
** Arthas drops a number of named weapons, each once wielded by a major character or organization from lore that he fought against (for example, "Warmace of Menethil", wielded by his father).
* ''SoulSeries'' has Soul Edge and Soul Calibur. Every character has also their own named weapons, like Ivy's Valentine or Voldo's Manas & Ayus.
** [[OldMaster Edge Master]] averts this because he believes that weapons are nothing more than tools and that a strong soul is what makes a strong warrior. All of his weapons are nameless.
*** ''[=SoulCalibur=] II'''s Weapon Gallery implies at some point he came across Xianghua ad gave her a jian to replace the one that Soul Calibur had been masquerading as in thanks for vanquishing Soul Edge and Inferno. Xianghua in turn does not name the weapon herself out of respect for his philosophy.
* Nearly all [[EvolvingWeapon mid-tier weapons onwards]] in the ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' series, whether they are swords, bracelets, guns, or hammers.
* Due to the very nature of the works it's based on, (see Literature), ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'' adapts this trope in a few ways. First, like most [=MMOs=] various special characters, quest rewards and drops feature unique names. Second, any crafted weapon of sufficient quality allows a crafter to "name" it, with the name appearing as a field for that weapon's tooltip. Finally, with the introduction of "Mines of Moria" a Legendary Items mechanic was introduced, allowing players to acquire special weapons with their own advancement (first by drops, then by crafting) that allowed, among other things, the ability to rename your weapon on a "reforge". Unlike the crafting example however, this name is displayed predominantly at the top in the actual item name's section of the tooltip.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' features a wide assortment of small, big, unarmed, melee, and energy weapons, but the ones with names (Ol' Painless, Vengeance, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eugene,]]) are always better than their mundane counterparts.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' does this with weapons like Maria, Ratslayer and The All-American while including some totally unique weapons like Euclid's C-Finder and "That Gun". The 'always better than their mundane counterparts' aspect is less true, though (due to the introduction of the modular upgrading system -- the named weapons can't be upgraded, while their mundane counterparts can).
* ''VideoGame/TitanQuest'' has two tiers of such weapons; the Heroic and Legendary weapons. While some ''do'' have mundane names (e.g. Chromatic Staff), there are other, more impressive-sounding weapons (e.g. Magebane)
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has many, including the dagger Sufferthorn and the [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] Goldbrand.
** And Umbra, an evil sword that steals souls, including that of its wielder over time.
** Sunder and Keening, which are plot items in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''
** Volendrung, the Hammer of Might that led a tribe of dwarves to Volenfel, which was later renamed to... Hammerfell.
** In addition to those and dozens of other legendary weapons like Chrysamere or the the Ebony Blade, any enchanted weapon can be given a name, and even some, like the Blade of Woe, that are simply mundane knives or swords.
* All weapons in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' not only have a name, they do cool stuff when you call the name out. Example, Excalibur turns into a WaveMotionSword and Gaebolg [[OneHitKill stabs you in the heart, no matter what.]]
** The series' ultimate weapon plays with the trope: it is a sword so powerful that it has the capability to annihilate the entirety of Earth and everything on it. However, as it preceded humanity, it has no name, unique among all the weapons in the game. Gilgamesh calls it "Ea", but admits that that is just his name for it, not its "true" name (which doesn't exist).
* Not only does NetHack have multiple pre-named artifact weapons, but it also allows you to give a name to any weapon, and even nonweapon items. A running gag among players is to use an absurd item (like a thoroughly-rusted tin opener) to [[CherryTapping do in]] Vlad the Impaler, widely considered to be a BreatherBoss at most, and subsequently naming the joke item "Vladsbane".
** It actually goes further. Certain weapons, the act of naming them something in particular MAKES them an artifact. [[spoiler: Orcrist and Sting from elven broadsword and elven dagger respectively.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diablo II]]'', all magic weapons are named. Names in yellow are random Noun+Verber; names in green are part of a set (and usually named for the set); names in brown are unique epic-level weapons. As a quest reward, you can ask a person to inscribe one of your objects with your name.
* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'', the level 3 upgraded weapons have special names: "Saturday Night Special" for the .38 snubnose, "Assassin's Pistol" for the pistol, "Python" for the Magnum (though this probably refers to the Colt Python rather than being a unique name), "Dilinger" for the Tommygun and "Street Sweeper" for the shotgun.
* The ''FireEmblem'' games usually have names drawn from legends for legendary weapons; lesser named weapons may also appear in some games, such as Lyn's Mani Katti from the seventh game and Ephraim's Reginleif from the eighth.
** [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Owain]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' staunchly believes that naming a weapon grants it special powers. He's often right... but not always. His very own unique sword, Missiletainn, for example, is only slightly better than a generic steel sword. Its legendary cousin Mystletainn, on the other hand...
--->'''Owain:''' A name confers a soul unto an inanimate object and grants it power! It transforms a mere tool into a divine instrument possessed of limitless potential!
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' has a few, such as the Hellfire Boltcaster.
* ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' has Soulforge.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' has the Vampire Killer; a whip which does just that. For bonus points the series is quite stuffed with various other {{Public Domain Artifact}}s from the mythology section.
* ''LegacyOfKain'' gives us [[{{BFS}} the Soul Reaver]], key plot element in many games. In a more minor example, the axes Kain wielded in the original ''Blood Omen'' were called "Havoc and Malice".
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', you can now do this your weapons, even with names other than "Sasha". The standard names given to unlockable weapons largely follow this style as well, as opposed to being mundane descriptions or technical-sounding model names, though they are not unique.
* Creatures in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' occasionally name their own weapons if they kill a historically significant figure, giving the weapon semi-artifact status.
** Even if said figure is a resident of your fortress.
** Artifact weapons created by [[MadArtist moody]] dwarves also get names. Although the randomly-generated names (or rather the English translation of the names) are often somewhat underwhelming. Such as Totmontorir, The Flowery Void, a giant leopard bone battle axe (which, for the record, [[BlingOfWar is encrusted with bismuthinite and studden with electrum, menaces with spikes of native silver and violet spessartine]], has an image of a dwarf in giant leopard bone, an image of a mountain in giant leopard bone, an image of clouds in [[{{Squick}} human bone]] and and image of clouds in rose gold).
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series has a few, chief among them the Master Sword, also known as The Blade of Evil's Bane.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has several, including two specifically forged for the player: [[ThunderboltIron Starfang]] and Vigilance. (Both are available only in DLC expansion packs.)
* Many weapons in VideoGame/WarriorsOfMightAndMagic, including: [[AnIcePerson Wild Winter]], [[FlamingSword Bravery]] and [[BladeOnAStick Angel Arm]].
* The Devil Arms are named in the ''DevilMayCry'' series, such as Lucifer in ''[=DMC4=]'' and Nevan in ''[=DMC3=]'', plus most of the playable characters' weapons (Rebellion with Ebony and Ivory for Dante, Yamato for Vergil, Red Queen and Blue Rose for Nero). The exceptions would be most of Lucia's weapons and some of Dante's firearms in ''[=DMC2=]''.
* ''Videogame/{{Touhou}}'': Youmu has Roukanken and Hakurouken. Tenshi has the Hisou no Tsurugi, though that's as much a description as a name. Miko presumably[[note]]She's based on a historical figure and visibly carrying it, but it's never mentioned[[/note]] has the Shichiseiken. {{Fanon}} gives [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Remilia and Flandre]] [[NorseMythology Gungnir and Laevateinn]] respectively, but canonically they just have spellcards named for them.
* In ''RuneScape'' players can earn the daggers Wolfbane (stops the men and women of Canifis from transforming into werewolves when equipped) and Keris (hits harder on a race of giant beetles known as kalphites), the axe Balmung (hits harder on the aquatic dagannoth species) and the swords Silverlight (good against demons), Darklight (Silverlight stained with the blood of a certain demon, lowers the defence of demons) and Excalibur (raises player's defence, or can be enchanted to heal players after performing certain tasks).
* ''AsurasWrath'' gives us Augus's sword, [[{{BFS}} Wailing Dark.]]
* The ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' series has literally hundreds of these. Small wonder, since it's based on D&D.
* Basically every weapon wielded by Kratos in the ''Videogame/GodOfWar''-series counts as these: [[WhipSword Blades of]] [[DualWielding Chaos/Athena/Exile]], [[{{BFS}} Blade of Artemis]], [[DoubleWeapon Spear of Destiny]], [[InfinityPlusOneSword Blade of Olympus]]... the list goes on and on.
* All the weapons carried by the hero(es) in the ''{{Onimusha}}''-series are named weapons... well, maybe excluding the "Normal Sword".
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' is big on this trope. ''Raidou'' games, the first two core games and ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' include the possibility of creating legendary weapons, some of which are mentioned above. ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' includes the Weapon Fusion system, in which particularly strong Personae are fused into Nihil weapons to create NamedWeapons of awesome power (such as Michael's Sword, Metatronius, or Vajra).
* The VideoGame/{{Valis}} Sword and its counterpart, Leethus.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' series, [[HeroAntagonist Meta Knight]]'s powerful sword is named Galaxia. Another sword of his, called Master, appears in ''Kirby and the Amazing Mirror'', where it serves double duty as the game's EleventhHourSuperpower.
* Every single artifact and relic in VideoGame/MightAndMagic VI to VIII has a name. This includes a fair number of weapons. There are also a couple of items that technically aren't artifacts or relics, but have unique names, some of which are weapons.
* TheSimsMedieval has a few, like [[WeaponOfXSlaying Goblinsbane and Wyrmslayer]], as well as the [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doomsword]].
* Let us not forget ''VideoGame/{{Half Life 2}}'' and Father Grigori's Annabelle
* Most Legendary Weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' Also have names, some examples include "The Gub, Maliwan Helfire, and Storm Front."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'', famous [[ProWrestlingIsReal wrestler]] Beowulf's [[ChairmanOfTheBrawl folding metal chair]] is so famous that it received the name "The Hurting", a play on [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} his namesake's]] "Hrunting".
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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Torg's [[EmpathicWeapon talking sword]] thinks the idea of naming weapons is stupid, though it confesses that over the years it has picked up a few, like "Weeping God," "Unholy Evil Death Bringer," and "Chaz." Torg decides to call it Chaz.
* In ''{{Darken}}'', Komiyan picks up an intelligent weapon called Blackshard. [[spoiler: Whether Shard is strictly a weapon is debatable, since it (he?) has since taken over the body of a drow.]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'': "Will you face me? This tube goes by many names, some you are worthy to hear. The Waking-Dragon, coiled, as spring dawns. Hawk's-Harvest, seizing prey in the tall summer grass. Autumn-Razor, the patient hunter. The Famine-Of-Winter, that kills the babe at it's mother's empty breast. So, will you face me? I, who hold the very reigns of the world?"
* Most alchemized weapons are named in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': "You make the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002961 BARBER'S BEST FRIEND]]". And, later, "You make a weapon called [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003639 FEAR NO ANVIL]]".
** And in ''Hivebent'': "You quickly crafted a new weapon, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003960 HOMES SMELL YA LATER]]".
** All weapons are listed on [[TheWikiRule the wiki]], just check the links to various kind abstracta on [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/Strife_Deck this page]].
* Amical from ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' has an enchanted flintlock pistol named Fivesies. [[http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/comics/1875512/chapter-2-page-77-fivesies/ It's quite magical.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has the great hero Billy, whose sword is (presumably) called "Nothung", after Siegfried's sword in ''Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen'' (the same sword that's referred to as Gram and Balmung in the Myth & Legend section). However, since this is a show for kids who would ''never'' get the reference, it was probably just an excuse to have Billy shout "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar No tongue!]]" every time he calls his sword.
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