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Also known as ''kamaitachi'' in Japanese, it's an attack commonly used in anime and video games. The user is able to [[BlowYouAway use air itself]] to slice enemies, focusing a current of wind, or in some cases [[GaleForceSound sound]], to the point where it takes on a sharp edge, which the caster launches at foes.

If it [[FullContactMagic requires swinging around a bladed weapon to perform]], this is also a SwordBeam.

Sometimes the user has [[BlowYouAway other wind-based powers]] along with the razor wind, but it can also be used by sword-wielders who are [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower skilled enough]] they can make a sword's [[AbsurdlySharpBlade cutting power extend beyond the blade itself]] in a shockwave. This form is basically a way to give someone with a {{BFS}} a ranged attack. It's also handy if they're not allowed by the censors to actually strike people and bleed them, or just cheaper to animate.

Named after the move from the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' video games, ironically termed a Normal-type attack, not Flying.

This is OlderThanSteam, thanks to [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples Shakespeare]]. Japanese folklore tells of the wind yōkai called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamaitachi kamaitachi]], weasels with razor sharp claws that attacked in groups to knock people down and leave bloodless cuts on their legs -- all while moving with such blinding speed that the victim never saw his attacker. This was originally just a pun on "kamaetachi," which meant roughly "attacking sword", bringing the trope full circle.

Another commonly seen term in English is ''kazekiri'', a rough translation of "wind cutting".

Sometimes related to MakeMeWannaShout. TornadoMove is a similar technique.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DragonBall Z'', after Vegeta and Goku fuse to fight Super Buu, Vegito spends a few seconds punching and kicking until Buu lets his guard down, then he lets off one of these and slashes his cheek open. There's also Freeza's Death Wave technique.
* Limdo/Uruki from ''FushigiYuugi: Genbu Kaiden'' has this as his Celestial Power; he's even known as the "Merciless Wind Slasher."
* Kagura the Wind Sorceress from ''Manga/InuYasha'' uses this ability, calling it "Dance of Blades". And then of course there's the hero's own "Wind Scar."
* In ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', practitioners of the Nanto Seiken family of martial arts styles can rip opponents to shreds this way with their ''bare hands''. In fact, it's one of the defining aspects of the style - whilst Hokuto Shinken, TheHero Kenshiro's martial arts style and Nanto Seiken's direct opposite, rips you apart from the inside out, Nanto slices you up from the outside in.
* Ikaruga in ''Manga/FairyTail'' is so good with her sword that she can slash a deck of magical cards in midair without even touching them. Erza to a certain extent, too.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Wind techniques generally rely on sharpening the chakra, so the series takes this trope and runs with it; Zaku, one of the Sound {{ninja}}, has an attack literally called "Slicing Sound Wave". Temari from the Hidden Sand also makes active use of various wind cutting techniques with her giant iron fan; the kamaitachi she can summon is capable of decimating an entire forest in seconds, earning her the FanNickname "The Ninja Lumberjack". In fact, her village in general has wind as its main element; for example, Baki can use a ninjutsu called "Blade of Wind", which is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a technique that works exactly as it is named]].
** The Hidden Leaf also has a few wind users; Asuma can channel his wind element into the two knives he uses, giving them an extended reach and making them much sharper. Naruto had a once-used variation of the Rasengan that worked like a [[ThisIsADrill Drill]] Wind, and his Rasenshuriken creates so many tiny wind blades that anyone hit by it is destroyed on a cellular level (it used to damage his own arm too, but nowadays he has several ways around that drawback). Danzo also has several Razor Wind-type techniques, including one similar to the one in the above pic that is capable of mortally injuring multiple people at once.
* ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'' as the Gekigan Cutter.
* {{Yaiba}} has Onimaru doing this frequently: he uses a this a lot in battle, and at least once in order to send his ButtMonkey servant from Tokyo to Ganryujima. He later manages to do this with Lightning ans "Dark energy".
* ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'':
** Tatewaki Kuno demonstrates he can perform a move like this which is capable of shattering stone at a considerable distance. In this unusual variant, however, there's no slicing involved; Kuno is able to stab with his sword with such strength and speed (a sword-thrusting variant of RapidFireFisticuffs is his only legitimate special technique) that it can create a concussive beam. In the anime, when having been put through unintentional TrainingFromHell by [[FairWeatherMentor Happosai]] and believing himself to be under the effects of a speed-boosting elixir, Kuno also develops the ability to create horizontal wind vortexes by whirling his sword around in a tight spiral. Later on, the rival martial artist Ryuu Kumon can send out razor-sharp waves of vacuum by spreading open his arms with great force. These can demolish even a solid bronze Buddha statue several stories tall.
** In the anime version of the climax for the Phoenix Pill storyline, Cologne demonstrates two wind-based attacks (conjuring and controlling a whirlwind, and creating a freezing horizontal blast by twirling her staff) in place of the manga's [[KillItWithWater Shark Fist]]. Anime-only character Natsume is also able to generate freezing cold concussive blasts of wind by swinging her carpetbeater.
** Ranma's final attack against Saffron and the Dragon Tap involved a Razorwind.
** Kuno also received a temporary powerup in both manga and anime. By taking the SmashingWatermelons game into TrainingFromHell levels, he became able to send out a devastating whirlwind of (invisible) RazorWind that not even Ranma could penetrate. Unfortunately, he can only do it as [[CongruentMemory a reflex action caused by seeing watermelons]].
* The favored attack of overpowered wind mages in ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma''.
* Amidamaru from ''ShamanKing'' has the Shock Wave Buddha Giri, though it is sometimes treated like a [[KiAttacks Ki Attac]]k.
* Starscream from ''TransformersCybertron'' can use this more as a defensive technique. While it's a blast of wind created by slashing the air with his blades, it's a wider shockwave that isn't as sharp, and is mostly used to deflect laser attacks by causing them to explode prematurely on hitting the air wave. It can also knock down or disorient opponents. This ability overlaps with BlowYouAway, but it's here because it's a single attack created by a blade rather than a more general powerset.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** This is one of Roronoa Zoro's most powerful attacks. Which he developed explicitly to have a ranged attack after being constantly put at a disadvantage by guns, thus consciously fulfilling the main use of this trope.
** FillerArc villain Erik The Whirlwind has this as his Devil Fruit power.
** Every member of [[SecretPolice CP9]] can also do this, with kicks and FingerPokeOfDoom.
* Motoko from ''LoveHina'' specializes in this. In the second OVA she masters the Exorcising Blade technique, which allows her RazorWind to leave flesh unharmed but ''cut spirits''.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Setsuna further shows these techniques, such as the ''Zan Kuu Sen'' (roughly Air-Cleaving-Flash), an attack that fires a blast of compressed air in a spiraling manner to cut far away targets.
** The "Exorcising Blade" technique reappears in Negima. [[spoiler: It's one of the few techniques that Negi's BlackMagic is weak against]].
** Other examples include the Griffin Dragon's BreathWeapon and the ability of one of the mage-teachers to produce razor wind with just a snap of his fingers.
* Toji from ''[[{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita: Last Order]]'' has a punch-variant of this. His "Slaughter Master Reverse Punch" creates a massive shockwave that is enough to kill one hundred people in a single blow. Even those who survive suffer severe vertigo for a time afterwards due to the shock to their ear canals.
* Omi in ''LightNovel/{{Kanokon}}'' has this as his main attack technique. This makes sense, as he is actually a kamaitachi in human form.
* One of Fuuko's most common attacks in ''FlameOfRecca''. She once used this on herself to cut herself free from the RazorFloss binding her.
* Fate of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' can do this with Bardiche's Zanber form, slicing a HumongousMecha's CombatTentacles with the wind from her sword swing.
* All of Kyo's attacks in ''SamuraiDeeperKyo,'' except for Genbu.
* In ''AngelicLayer'', Ranga (Ringo's Angel) does a "Dance of Death" in which she attacks an opponent from a distance using wind.
* ''{{Grenadier}}''. The Jester and one of his agents use incredibly powerful Razor Wind weapons, killing people with them effortlessly (and often). Rushuna is the first to realize the weapon is air-based; the gouges it leaves behind look more like they were made by a massive drill.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Captain Kenpachi Zaraki can incidentally shear buildings in half by drawing his blade [[spoiler: after removing his energy-devouring eyepatch]].
** Kensei Muguruma's shikai can produce both RazorWind and energy blast attacks.
** Jin Kariya from the Bount arc used razor wind in several fights.
** Ichigo shows the ability to do this [[spoiler: after getting his powers restored.]]
* Raijuta from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' uses wind as both a close-range and long-range attack. In a subversion, it's not a particularly effective technique, since the destructive power behind it doesn't mean anything if you're as fast as Kenshin. Also, Hiko Seijuro, Kenshin's teacher, while he never uses it as an attack, uses this with a casual wave of his sword after [[IAmNotLeftHanded taking off his weighted cloak]], and it manages to tear a massive rift in the ground.
** In Raijuta's case (and probably others), it's also given a more realistic explanation of not being "sharp air", but rather a vacuum/shockwave formed from the speed of the swing.
** Kenshin himself does this in a filler episode when he disables a number of crude hand-thrown bombs by slicing their fuse threads in midair with only the wind from his sword swings.
* Serpico from ''{{Berserk}}'' receives an enchanted feather that creates gusts of wind that allow him to cut up foes from a distance.
* Jubei exhibited this in the ''NinjaScroll'' movie. In the TV series, it was flanderized into being his main form of attack (mainly so he wouldn't be bloodily cutting people with his sword every episode).
* Establishing her {{badass}}ery, "Twilight" Suzuka of ''OutlawStar'' pulls this off with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser wooden]]'' sword.
* Fu-gi of ''{{MAR}}'' uses wind as an attack, usually forming it into blades.
* This is precisely what "Fuuhazan"/"Wind Slash" attack does in ''HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' (also counts as a SwordBeam). In the TV anime, [[{{Samurai}} Yorihisa]] performs the move the very moment he receives the [[PowerCrystal Dragon Gem]] (albeit without the associated [[CallingYourAttacks incantation]] the first time around).
* In ''{{Beyblade}}'', Bryan's bit-beast Falborg can turn moving air into a weapon.
* In ''HellTeacherNube'', one of the {{youkai}} [[MonsterOfTheWeek Of The Week]] is a family of ''kamaitachi'', three lightning-fast weasels that cause a minor commotion in Doumori. The largest one knocks people down with his iron cudgel; the middle one cuts them up with her scythe-shaped arms; the child mends the wounds instantly with a magical balm. When [[CheerfulChild Makoto]] takes the latter as a pet and hides it, the two others make a mess out of everything and everyone (especially since the cuts can be lethal, and the cutting one [[spoiler:sliced Nube himself ''in half'']]) until he lets it go back to its family.
* ''{{Toriko}}'' starts using a "Flying" variant of his Fork and Knife attacks after eating some Blue Blood Corn. Zebra can do something similar with his [[MakeMeWannaShout voice]]. As can Komatsu with his [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Derous knife]].
* While neither precisely fit the traditional anime version, two ''DarkerThanBlack'' Contractors have similar powers. Luc had the ability to form wind into weapons like throwing knives and whips, all of which had an amazing cutting ability. Amigiri also had a wind-like ability, that of firing concussive bursts of air, which works sort of like a cattle gun.
* In ''Manga/BlackJack'', a [[spoiler: rocket launching project]] accidentally creates incredibly strong RazorWind in a certain area, leading the police to believe there was a serial killer on the loose.
* In ''Manga/AirGear'', those on the Fang Road use this to attack enemies.
* The Kamaitachi Siblings from ''UshioAndTora''.
* Shin of ''SaintBeast'' uses wind attacks that can cut.
* Chikuma Koshirou from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' has a technique that doesn't so much cut his enemies as rip them to shreds by [[BreathWeapon creating]] [[WeaponsThatSuck miniature vacuums]]. It's still named Kamaitachi though.
* In ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', Shura's Serpent Fang attack fires multiple wind blades from her sword.
* This is Stocking's signature move in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''.
* In ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'', Sohara slashes down several bamboo shoots by karate chopping the air.
* In part 2 of Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Wamuu's [[DesperationAttack final attack]], Atmospheric Rift, functions as a this and as a [[WhipItGood whip]] at the cost of slowly tearing himself apart.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Winddancer of ''[[ComicBook/XMen Academy X]]'' used this once.
* In ''ComicBook/CrossingMidnight'', Aratsu, god of knives, controls a tornado of wind with knives flying through it.
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[[folder:Film]]
* "The Harpists", the two blind musician assassins from ''KungFuHustle'', could play notes on their Chinese harps that would result in injury to anyone hit by them. The attacks were shown on-screen as ghostly swords and knives flying out of the harp. At its most powerful, the attack is visualized as ''flying skeleton warriors''.
* In a scene of the Chinese movie ''Film/{{Hero}}'', an assassin who just killed her lover is pursued by a vengeful disciple of his. She doesn't want to fight, but the DualWielding disciple really wants... the assassin only reacts [[MinorInjuryOverreaction after having a little hair cut]], by using her sword to create Razor Winds that lift all leafs in the ground. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8tMp1qUszE Hard to describe]], I know.
* The {{Wuxia}} films of the Nineties were generally made of this trope, to the point of absurdity: a character could deal environmental damage by going through what essentially amounted to a form (the Chinese equivalent of kata). Really, ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' and ''Hero'' are models of understatement and restraint when compared to its predecessors.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''KILL KILL KILL'' the ninja, Yoshida Tanaka, employs exactly this technique several times, most notably while fighting a killer cyborg.
* In ''SwordOfTruth'', wizards regularly use their will to focus the air into blades or spikes, rending their victims limb from limb with invisible weapons.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Nearly every ''SuperSentai''/''PowerRangers'' character or HumongousMecha ever to wield a sword or other bladed weapon (and a few with staff-like weapons, in fact) is capable of an attack like this. As the show [[LongRunners continues to stand the test of time]], these attacks become more and more elaborate to keep it interesting, such as arcs of energy that fly around crazily before striking the opponent, or the wielder slashing several times at once (as several ghostlike images occupying the same space in a manner resembling Film/TheMatrix's bullet-dodging.) When a Ranger goes from real space to a fancy background, you know his bladed weapon is about to finish what lasers, cannons, fireballs, and HumongousMecha could only start. Even, no especially, if the enemy is about twenty yards away.
* ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'''s Armed Saber was capable of this.
** Pretty much any Kamen Rider with a sword can do it. Series/KamenRiderDouble doesn't have a sword until they get Xtreme Form, but they manage to do it with the Metal Shaft using the Metal Twister Maximum Drive.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One of the melee-based [[FunctionalMagic charms]] in ''{{TabletopGame/Exalted}}'' enables the use of an energy-shockwave variant.
** Iron Raptor Technique specifically (the 'Sandstorm Wind Attack' variant). Ironically, Shining Razor Wind is *not* this trope, just really deadly.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has a Space ability called "Ranged Blow", which allows you to do this with any melee weapon.
* ''DungeonsAndDragons 3''/3.5ed features the Blood Wind spell, which invokes this trope to allow melee attacks to function as ranged.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* OlderThanSteam: In Shakespeare's ''{{Hamlet}}'', the Player King has a line to this effect in his fall of Ilium speech: "Pyrrhus at Priam drives; in rage strikes wide; / But with the whiff and wind of his fell sword / The unnerved father falls... (Act 2, Scene 2, lines 481 - 483)
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''{{Pokemon}}'' has both the aforementioned Razor Wind, Air Cutter, and Air Slash moves.
** Gust was once portrayed this way in the anime (by Ash's newly evolved Pidgeot). Like Razor Wind, it used to be a Normal attack in the first generation. Second generation onwards saw its type changed to Flying.
** [[OlympusMons Palkia]]'s signature move Spacial Rend is like this, but instead of wind, it weaponizes ''distortions in the spatial continuum''.
** The Pokémon Sneasel and Weavile are based off of the yokai kamaitachi... though they ironically cannot learn Razor Wind.
* The Wind Cutter and Air Thrust spells in ''TalesSeries'' are the most recurrent examples of this.
** A good example of this trope is made by Suzu from ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' who has a move that dices an opponent standing in front of her up with several quick air slashes. Heck, it's even called "Nimpo Kamaitachi".
** Yuri Lowell's Azure Edge and Final Gale artes in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''.
** Garr/Woodrow from ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' makes an entire fighting style out of this with his sword Igtenos. Hisui of ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' combines it with his {{arm cannon}}s for range. Both have the above spells.
* Sort-of demonstrated in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' with Dante's Drive shockwave, created by slicing into the ground. It actually comes out rather slowly, contrary to expectations. Closer to the "ideal" is Vergil's Judgement Cut, where he uses battojutsu to "create" purple spheres at a distance to cut opponents.
** Also seen in the fourth game, where Dante uses Vergil's sword to cut through a building in the distance. In fact, Razor Wind is the Yamato's standard form of attack.
* This is an ability open to two-handed sword users in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Called Giant's Reach, it, predictably, increases your reach with said sword.
* Chaz, the hero of ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', has the Airslash. Gryz has a move called "Sweeping" that works in the same way.
* The SegaSaturn game ''VideoGame/DragonForce'' gave this move, called "Sonic Boom/Wave/Blast" to most basic Soldier and Knight generals, allowing them to cut a swathe through ranks of enemy soldiers.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/Stay Night]]'', Berserker (the demigod hero Hercules) is capable of a form of this. Given his excessive brawn, madness-induced strength, and his simply enormous sword, he violently displaces air with * every attack* . Dodging just the sword isn't enough -- you have to dodge the shockwaves as well to avoid getting cut. These shockwaves are much shorter in range than normal for this trope, so it can't be used as a distance attack. (Ironically, he actually has a skill that might have allowed him to completely fulfill the trope and more, if he wasn't in the grip of constantly induced madness.)
** Saber's Invisible Air: Barrier of the Wind King. This noble phantasm's main purpose is to make Saber's sword invisible by surrounding it with light distorting wind, but it also has a secondary ability where the stored wind can be discharged as a short ranged razor wind attack.
* Youmu Konpaku from the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games is another noted exponent; as a player-character she can use a constant stream of ''rapid-fire'' Razor Wind, and as an opponent she has a couple of attacks which basically fill the screen with it.
** [[{{Shinigami}} Komachi]] does it too. ''With a scythe''.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' introduces the twin legendary swords Ragnell and Alondite, both capable of creating a wave of energy that allows them to attack at range. They return in the sequel, ''Radiant Dawn'', and bring with them a set of blades that give this ability to the previously incapable set of generic swords. Not to be confused with the spellcasting swords in the series as a whole, which perform magic attacks when used at range.
** More obviously, the mage class in ''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'' uses wind as one of their three types of attack magic (most notably Soren and Bastian), the other two being [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[ShockAndAwe lightning]].
** Also in ''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'' is the laguz king of the Raven tribe, Naesala. One of his exclusive skills, named Vortex, enables him to attack the enemy at close or long range with a wind spell.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has the sacred tome Excalibur, whose animation is a green-tinted, razor-HURRICANE. It can only be used by an S-Level mage, and it grants + 5 speed. The combat animation is slightly impractical, but [[RuleOfCool incredibly fun to watch]]--especially when used by a sage, since they have [[TheCape ankle-length capes.]]
*** It IS called the ''Wind Knife'' in certain promotional or other references.
*** There was also a B-rank tome called Alacalibur that was a lesser version of Excalibur, but it got DummiedOut.
** Marik in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon]]'' joins with an Excalibur tome which fires blades made of air and magic that are strong against basically everything. It's a B-rank tome with an ability that lets Marik alone use it at a magic rank of E.
* The Air Render knife in the various ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games would occasionally do this to all enemies, and was a part of the GameBreaker combo known as "Wind God Gau" in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' also had this as once of Sabin's Blitz techniques, except he generated razor wind with his ''fists''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' has "Kamaitachi" as one of the Geomancer's GeoEffects.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' has Air Render, a melee class ability that damages enemies at a distance, although despite the name, the attack isn't considered as Wind.
*** It's also in the sequel, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''.
** ''FinalFantasy'' games also have the aero spell.
*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' spinoffs CrisisCore and DirgeOfCerberus have more specific examples. Though not necessarily wind, Sephiroth will slash the air and produce a kind of white shockwave that travels for a long distance (called "Draw Slash") in Crisis Core. In Dirge, Rosso the Crimson attacks primarily with slicing blades heavily implied to be wind, and since Weiss the Immaculate has (almost) everyone's powers, he is an example of this trope, as well.
*** Sephiroth retains this shockwave attack in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' as well. He also has three Brave attacks which involves swings that produce slashing currents to deal consecutive damage.
* The Geomancer job in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' will sometimes use "Wind Slash," one of the job's more powerful attacks, and there is a samurai sword that will randomly trigger it too.
* There is a spell in the game ''NinjaGaiden 2'' called Art of the Wind Blades. The in-game description refers to razor-sharp areas of vacuum created by incredibly fast movements of the caster's hands. Usually ends up taking off enemy arms and creating a huge mess.
** The Fiend Spider Ninjas can do it too, though to a much lesser extent.
* All the sword-wielding characters in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' use variations of the trope as a standard long-range attack in battle. Vyse's is relatively orthodox, but Enrique, being aligned with the Moon that governs electricity, shoots out [[KiAttacks a glowing energy ball from the tip of his sword]] with a single well-aimed thrust.
* Misaki Kawana of ''EternalFighterZero'' has the wind-based powers variant for her "Half Gush" special.
* Jack's Sonic Buster from ''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild ARMs]]'', a Fast Draw technique he created based on the strong mountain winds.
** And from the same game, Zed's Garyu Ichimongiri/whatever it might be called in Alter Code: F.
* In ''RocketKnightAdventures'', and in its AlternateContinuity SNES counterpart, ''{{Sparkster}}'', RazorWind is Sparkster's basic attack. However, in ''Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2'', this attack was removed and ordinary swordplay is the primary attack.
* In the ''ShiningForce'' series, the Blast spell (renamed to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Tornado]] in Shining Force 3) does exactly this.
* ''SonicTheHedgehog'''s signature ''Sonic Wind.''
* In ''VideoGame/GotchaForce'', this is the only way for the Musha Borgs (and Vampire Knight) to attack from a distance.
* The Mystic Art Wind Shear in ''TheLastRemnant''.
* One can only assume this is what Wolverine does in his projectile attacks in the older ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'' video games, even though he never displayed such abilities in the comic.
* In ''TheKingOfFighters'' Krizalid can do a kick that creates a circular razor wind attack that almost fills the whole screen.
** And before Krizalid, there was Goenitz. His main attack, the Yonokaze, was a tornado that drew blood like any other blade attack, but he also had the Wanpyou, where actual wind blades would appear from his hand.
* VideoGame/{{Kirby}} has a few abilities that do this. When using the "Cutter" ability at close range, the final attack in the combo is a wave like one of these. This is also his Up-B in ''[[SuperSmashBrothers Smash Bros]]''.
* One of Crono's skills in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is Kamaitachi, confusingly retitled into "Slash" and properly retranslated into "Wind Slash" for the DS version. Perhaps if it was that way from the start, [[PuzzleBoss Masamune]] would have been easier for a certain generation of gamers.
* Tempestas, [[BlowYouAway the Arcana of Wind]] from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', uses circular razor wind attacks for its projectiles.
* The sword technique "Wind Cutter" in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''. It's ''explosive'' razor wind.
** Some levels of the Wind spells, as well as some of the unique wind attacks possessed by the Mystic Beast, Cockatrice, and Alaraune monsters slice the target, as well.
* Both of your swordsmen in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' can learn an ability like this, fittingly known as Air Slash. So can Roddick in ''VideoGame/StarOcean1'', and Albel in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime''.
* Cornell the werewolf in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series has this as his primary attack, using nothing but his bare hands and claws. He can rapid-fire it as well, basically using it as a wind-based machinegun. AND he can use it in human form as well (though he does have small claws as a human).
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'' has the Pneuma Glyph, which grants Shanoa the ability to throw around wind attacks and is listed as dealing Slash damage.
* Amusingly enough, VideoGame/{{Turok}}'s [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang "Razor Wind"]] weapon is anything but.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' does this, both with the Slash/Wind Slash/Sonic Slash line of wind psynergy, as well as with the item Weasel Claw, which creates a Wind Slash, not making sense to players who know nothing of aformentioned Kamaitachi youkai-weasels that do this with their claws.
* Leonardo's "Shining Cutter" in ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTournamentFighters''.
* Zanetsu Swords from ''MetalSlug'' six and seven.
* In ''{{Onimusha}} Dawn of Dreams'', this is an ability of several weapons if they are upgraded enough.
* In ''{{Onimusha}} 3'', this was the magic ability of Samanosuke's Kuuga long sword. Bonus point if you turn the violence level to high.
* [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Several series of sword skills]] in ''MuramasaTheDemonBlade'' can do this. Special mention goes to the [[InfinityPlusOneSword final sword's]] secret art, Disturbance, which uses a DoppelgangerAttack that would make Manga/{{Naruto}} proud in order to shoot razorwind and other sword beams practically everywhere, ending with a massive yellow wave.
* In the ''StreetFighter'' series, [[{{Woolseyism}} Early localizations]] implied this to be the source of Guile's ''Sonic Boom'' and ''Somersault/Flash Kick'' special attacks, as a result of him swinging his arms/legs at super sonic speeds. Nowadays they appear to just be regular KiAttacks like everyone else's moves.
** In the 1992 Macintosh beat-em-up ''Kung Fu Chivalry'', the first character has a special move ripped straight from Guile's Flash Kick, as well as a projectile version.
* In ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Story]]'', Kyle has a ranged sword move called "Sonic Riser" that is this trope. The description of the move is "release weasel" in case you had any doubt as to its nature.
* The blast spell in ''ShiningInTheDarkness''.
* The "[=HowlSlash=]" attack in ''GrandiaII''.
* ''DarkSouls'': The Iron Golem boss does this when it can't find a target in range of its melee attacks. The player can also perform one by using the two handed strong attack of the Drake Sword, Dragon Greatsword, or the one handed strong attack of the Golem Axe.
* The Storm Ruler sword in ''DemonsSouls'' has this power as long as it's wielded in the area it's found. This gives melee-oriented characters a fighting chance against the boss and his flunkies who spend all their time in the air out of melee range.
* ''LostMagic'' features "wind blades" as a basic spell.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' had this for some time in the form of the Wind Scroll item, which causes an invisible blade to extend out from your weapon, allowing the character to hit enemies from roughly 25% further away. Given the name, it is meant to invoke this trope--weapons so sharp that the air they cut can harm enemies. This became the skill "Havoc" in the eighth Western iteration, the same release that saw several weapons that did damage with slashes of air instead of a blade of some kind (most notably, Sima Zhao's Striking Sword moveset).
* Simon Blackquill from ''[[{{VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies}} Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies]]'' is able to cast this with his ''fingers''.
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* Slash from ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' has the power to turn air into invisble blades.
* Rayte from ''TrintonChronicles'' could create sharp-as-knives air blades.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', naturally, though only Airbenders can do it. They also do this with water. And dirt. And fire. [[HermitGuru Guru Pathik]] [[FridgeBrilliance wasn't kidding when he said the elements were really one and the same]].
* Shriek on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
* In season 5 of ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003) Donatello, who, like all of the turtles had temporarily gained access to several super-abilities via {{Upgrade Artifact}}s and magical weaponry, would occasionally call upon the "cleaving wind" as his super-move.
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* Aksons Engineering Co. manufactures [[http://www.aksonsengg.com/akson-Airknife.asp a knife]] that uses hot pressurized air to cut synthetic yarn.
* High pressure air guns used for blowing debris off work materials are capable of cutting skin.
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