In fiction, and {{Role Playing Game}}s in particular, it's important to have different names for items to tell them apart. When it comes to weapons, this is often done with a mix of real world terms for different weapons (like rapiers and Magnum revolvers) and StockWeaponNames (like {{Excalibur}}).

This is often done when the weapon is unique, to show it's not just something you can get from a shop. The name chosen is often from [[PublicDomainArtifact real world legends]], but can be gotten elsewhere.

Such weapons are likely to have special powers over and above those of regular weapons.

This doesn't count if the wielder of the original weapon is using it. That's just being true to those stories. The hammer of Thor won't count unless it's someone other than Thor. Also, being named after a recent manufacturer doesn't necessarily count, since they aren't likely to have legends about them as famous weaponsmiths of old do.

A SubTrope of NamedWeapons. Often overlaps with {{Public Domain Artifact}}s.

Compare ICallItVera.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: General ]]

* Often a weapon is simply named after some famous deed it had been used for in the past, such as "Goblincleaver," "Headcrusher," "Dragonsmiter," etc.
* Another common one, similar to the above, is to add "-bane" (literally, "death of") onto the name of whatever it's [[WeaponOfXSlaying famous for killing]] (Kingsbane, Dragonsbane, [[FluffyTheTerrible Fluffysbane]], etc.).

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[[folder: Swords ]]

* ''In SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'', self-proclaimed angel of wrath Fanatic has her sword -- supposedly given to her by God himself -- named Absolution.
* {{Excalibur}}
** ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games often has [[PenultimateWeapon the second-strongest sword]] named this.
*** In the original ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy|I}}'', Excalibur and Masamune were equal, but only the Knight could use the Excalibur, whereas anyone post-class change could use the Masamune. The summon Gilgamesh's swords are, in order of strength, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Zantetsuken]], Masamune, Excalibur, [[{{Pun}} Excalipur]].
** Bruce's weapon in ''VideoGame/ExitFate''.
** In ''SoulEater'', Excalibur is a legendary sword whose soul wavelength can connect with anybody. Here's the catch though; he's just so [[TedBaxter anno]][[CloudCuckoolander ying]] that nobody ''wants'' to deal with him.
** Other, less popular names are Caliburn and ([[GeniusBonus perhaps rarest of all]]) Caledfwlch (an adaptation of the original Welsh name from which Excalibur hails). [[SadlyMythtaken See also]] The Sword of Britain, AKA The Sword in the Stone, [[BrokenBase AKA]] Clarent, below.
** In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'', Excalibur is a sword forged from {{orichalcum}} whose power rivals the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Sol Blade]].
** In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Dave gets his hands on Caledfwlch. He even [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on the strangeness of it being called by its Welsh name, rather than its English one.
* Clarent, the [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Sword in the Stone]]
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'' incorrectly called it Excalibur, but it was in a stone (a joke weapon, since you swung it like a club. Still quite lethal, and makes the final boss a joke.)
* Widowmaker
** Also a stock name for something ''really'' dangerous, such as a race track or ski slope. Usually used in a humorous context in this case.
* Masamune (after the famous Japanese swordsmith).
** A recurring weapon in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, its most famous wielder being Sephiroth.
** Shiro's katana in ''VideoGame/ExitFate''.
** Frog's broadsword in "VideoGame/ChronoTrigger" (following a generous helping of {{Woolseyism}}, of course).
** This is another top-tier sword in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''; it can summon one or two dragons made of water.
* Muramasa (after another famous Japanese swordsmith).
** A recurring weapon in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series.
** The name of Jetstream Sam's katana in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance]]'' was intentionally mispelled "Murasama" by the developers, as a combination of Muramasa and Murasame below.
** In the first ''Golden Sun'', it is the InfinityPlusOneSword, but it's {{curse}}d and will cause the wielder to randomly be stunned in battle.
* Murasame, a katana from the Japanese novel ''Nansō Satomi Hakkenden.''
** Recurring in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series.
* Kusanagi (Long story short, it's basically the Japanese equivalent of Excalibur). Some stories, like ''UsagiYojimbo'', translate the name as "Grasscutter."
** May also be referred to by its original name, Ame no Murakumo no Tsurugi ("Sword of the gathering clouds of Heaven"), or Murakumo (sometimes translated as "Heaven's Cloud", like in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'') for short.
* Ultima Weapon is a common name among the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, and also appears in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''. This is one of the few examples here that is not in the public domain, but still counts since it's used in several different continuities.
* "Ragnarok" is quite common as well, named after Ragnarok, the Twilight of the Gods in Norse mythology. It's in most cases a sword, but sometimes it shows up as an axe as well.
** It shows up as the InfinityPlusOneSword in many ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games. However, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' it's a normal purchaseable brand of sword, and pale in comparison to the superior knockoff Nagrarok.
** SoulEater also has a sword named Ragnarok, which is also the first weapon both, liquified into Black Blood and the fused inside his meister.
** In ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' it's Ethan's ultimate axe, and in ''VideoGame/ExitFate'', Ragnarok is the name of [[TheDragon General Gudrun's]] axe.
** ''Golden Sun'' features this as the name of a spell that summons a giant sword to impale your target, doing [[DishingOutDirt earth damage]].
* [[Literature/TheSongOfRoland Roland's sword]] was named Durendal. It once belonged to [[Literature/TheIliad Hector of Troy]]. Right before Roland died, he threw it into a "river of poison" to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Interestingly, this has often resulted in it being [[DarkIsNotEvil a Dark Holy Sword]] in games.
** ''OgreBattle'' and ''TacticsOgre''
** Sometimes spelled "Durandal" as in FireEmblem.
** A RealLife example, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BLU-107_Durandal a French-made runway cratering weapon]], goes with the Dur''a''ndal spelling as well.
** Jasper's sword in ''VideoGame/ExitFate''.
** Durandal is a [[{{Magitek}} Storage Device]] optimized for freezing targets in Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs.
** Mentioned in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', when Kyon is choosing a [[NamedWeapons name]] for his LaserBlade. Also counts as a CreatorCameo[[labelnote:*]][[DontExplainTheJoke The fanfic's author uses the name Durandall]][[/labelnote]].
** The hero of ''The Gilded Chain'' by Creator/DaveDuncan graduates from the school of elite bodyguards -- "King's Blades" -- and picks the name Durandal for himself. There were many Blades named Durandal before him and there will be other Durandals after he dies. He is absolutely loyal to the king, but he is prophecised to kill the king. [[spoiler:He does, when the king starts killing people to prolong his life. And Durandal is also partly responsible for the king getting that recipe.]]
** ''Creator/{{Bungie}}'' game ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' named its AI deuteragonist after this blade.
* Cortana, of the same epic as Durandal, is not only the world-famous AI from (Also Bungie's) ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', but also [[{{Defictionalization}} Microsoft's personal assistant software]].
* Joyeuse, Charlemagne's own sword from the very same tale, shows up in many video games. It's expected to manifest in ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}'' as yet another AI. Bungie loves their FamilyThemeNaming.
* Hauteclere, which was by right a sword belonging to Roland's best friend, Oliver. Features in numerous games, such as the Fire Emblem series, where it is mistakenly portrayed as an axe.
* Dyrnwym belonged to Rhydderch Hael, one of the Three Generous Men of Britain mentioned in the Welsh Triads.
** A sword in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' is called Dyrnwyn as well, since the series is [[FantasyCounterpartCulture inspired by Welsh mythology.]]
* Tyrfing, an awesome but cursed sword in the ''Literature/TheSagaOfHervorAndHeidrek''
* Caladbolg belonged to Fergus mac Raich of Irish legend.
** Tidus' InfinityPlusOneSword in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
** Caladbolg is one of Yuri's best weapons in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', found in a treasure chest in TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* Green Dragon Crescent Blade, in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', belonged to Guan Yu. The original Green Dragon Crescent Blade was a ''guan dao'', a gigantic BladeOnAStick designed to cut down horse-mounted cavalry.
* Gram - aka Balmung, aka Nothung. Sword of the hero Siegfried. Killed the dragon Fafnir.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Laevateinn/Laevatein/Lävateinn]][[IHaveManyNames /Levatine/Levantine]]/Lavatein, the FlamingSword used by Surt at Ragnarok in NorseMythology. As it's also known as the "Staff of Destruction", it could be used as a name for [[SimpleStaff staves]] as well.
** As a sword:
*** Signum's FlamingSword in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.
*** The InfinityPlusOneSword found in the BonusDungeon of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime''.
*** One of Flandre Scarlet's spell cards in the final showdown of ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Embodiment of Scarlet Devil]]'', a sword-like beam that leaves a trail of bullets. It's mentioned that the Scarlet Sisters like to collect legendary objects and use them for themselves -- also see "Gungnir" below.
*** Also a weapon in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' you have to create it by turning the {{Olympus Mon|s}} Surt into a weapon.
*** The strongest buyable sword in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow''.
*** The ArchangelMichael's flaming sword in ''{{Bastard}}'', sometimes mistranslated as Leviathan.
*** In ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age'' and ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', Levatine is a powerful sword (in the latter, it's an InfinityPlusOneSword) that can be forged from {{mythril}}.
*** In ''GodsEaterBurst'' it's one of the most powerful weapon types. It resembles the Buster Sword
** As a staff:
*** A mythic weapon for Black Mages in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' that Shantoto can use in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. Also, one of Yuna's weapons in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
*** It also shows up as the extendable staff of Fenris Fenrir in the ''manhwa'' Ragnarok.
* Another one from ''Final Fantasy'': Sasuke. Named after a famous legendary ninja. No, [[{{Naruto}} not that one]].
* Claiomh Solais, Literally translated as 'The Sword of Light', which was the sword of a leader of the legendary Tuatha Dé Danann. The blade makes appearances in such games as ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance'' and ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'', though in the latter it is mistakenly portrayed as an axe.
* Damascene swords, or other weapons which feature the prefix 'Damascus'. Often featured in games due to the [[InfinityPlusOneSword almost legendary quality]] of weapons forged with Damascene forging techniques.
* (The) Vorpal Sword, from Creator/LewisCarroll's "Literature/{{Jabberwocky}}". The prefix 'Vorpal' is also often used in conjunction with other weapons, usually standing for death.
** ''DungeonsAndDragons'' did a lot to popularize the weapon, which could instantly decapitate an enemy on a natural 20.
** ''NetHack'' has it as a weapon with a chance of instantly decapitating an enemy, much like the D&D example above.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', it's obtained in the ''NetHack'' homage area, has an increased CriticalHit chance, and comes complete with "Snickersnack" sound effects.
** Pit Fiends in ''HeroesOfMightAndMagic V'' have an ability "Vorpal Sword" that makes their attacks kill an extra unit in the stack, regardless of its health.
* The "Ice Brand" (or "Frost Brand") and "Firebrand" swords.
** DemonsSouls has the pair of swords Demonbrandt and Soulbrandt. Demonbrandt makes you more powerful the more good you are, and Soulbrandt makes you more powerful the more evil you are. They can be combined into the Northern Regalia, which doesn't discriminate; the less neutral you are one way or the other, the stronger it is.
** ''NetHack'' has both of them as unique swords.
** The Firebrand is Jovian's sword in ''VideoGame/ExitFate''.
** Parodied in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' with the "Frost[[TradeSnark ™]] brand sword".
* Aversion: A LaserBlade will ''never'' be called a [[Franchise/StarWars lightsaber]]. Except in some Squaresoft games. And ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''. And VideoGame/PhantasyStar. [[OverlyLongGag And]] VideoGame/BraveSoul.
* Seizon, Kaori's legendary wooden sword whittled by Miyamoto Musashi in ''TheImpossibleMan''.
* Green Destiny, from ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''.
* "Lightbringer".
** In ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, it is usually a high-tier holy sword.
* "Save The Queen", another Franchise/FinalFantasy weapon. Usually associated with defensive powers, paladins and loyalty.
** In KingdomHearts, Save the King is the ultimate shield, while Save the Queen is actually the wand.
* Kiku-ichimonji
** A high-end sword in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''.

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[[folder: Spears ]]

* Longinus, after the Roman centurion who supposedly stabbed Jesus to make sure he was dead. Thus, his weapon slew a god.
** In ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' they came along with The White Moon (containing Adam) and The Black Moon (containing Lilith). The spears can pierce through AT Fields and one of them was used to revert Adam to his embryonic state.
** This appears in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' as a mid- to top-tier holy-elemental spear. It's Kimahri's [[InfinityPlusOneSword Celestial Weapon]] in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', although it was translated into English as "Spirit Lance".
** Some video games translate it as Ronginus, even in the English versions.
* Gungnir, Odin's weapon.
** In the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series, Remilia Scarlet has a spellcard attack called "Spear the Gungnir".
* Gae Bolg, the spear of Cu Chulainn.
** This is occasionally translated as Gay Borg when used in Japanese games, such as ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]''.
** ''{{Slaine}}'' carries it, but not as [[AnAxeToGrind his primary weapon]].
* Brionac, popularly attributed to Lugh Lámhfhada (who had quite a few named weapons).
* Ron, wielded by KingArthur.
* The Dragonlance, usually a ShoutOut to the [[{{Dragonlance}} book series]].
** Matilda's ultimate polearm in ''VideoGame/LastScenario''.
** Griever's lance in ''VideoGame/ExitFate''.

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[[folder: Hammers ]]

* Mjöllnir, Thor's Hammer. [[ItIsPronouncedTropay Pronounced "M-yol-neer"]], for reference.
* Although it's usually spelled Mjöllnir, [[SpellMyNameWithAnS the original name was actually Mjølner.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' makes this the White Mage's best weapon (save for Masamune)
** Several video games use this as a lightning-element weapon, since Thor is the god of thunder.
** It exists as an item in ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients''.
** Marie Mjollnir of ''SoulEater'' ''is'' a lightning-related Hammer. Confirmed in the anime, heavily suggested in the manga what with her lightening abilities and nickname of the 'Smashing Weapon' alongside her surname.
*** Recently it's been revealed in the manga that's she's an electric tonfa, not a hammer.
** It's also a lightning-elemental spell in BreathOfFire III and IV.
* Played with: it's common for siege weapons to be named Grond the Hammer, [[ShoutOut after the gigantic battering ram used to break down the gates of Gondor in]] ''[[TheLordOfTheRings Return of the King]]''. Interestingly, Grond is itself an ''in-universe example'', having been named after the weapon of Morgoth, Sauron's defeated master. But, since this is only told in the rather dense ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', the use of the name for actual hammers is rare.
** In Warlords Battlecry III, the titan (a unique powerful unit) of the Dark Dwarves is a giant mithril golem named Grond.
* "Titan", "Behemoth" and similar names are often used for ludicrously large hammers and axes.

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[[folder: Axes ]]

* Aside from a mythical god-dragon, Tiamat is a common name for axes.
** Some ''FinalFantasy'' games feature it.
** In ''LeagueofLegends'', it is a mid-tier item granting, among other things, SplashDamage on normal attacks and upgrading into the {{Life Drain}}ing ''RavenousHydra''.

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[[folder: Shields ]]

* Aegis, the shield of Zeus made out of enchanted goatskin and passed down to his daughter Athena.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', an Aegis Shield is capable of randomly nullifying ''any'' magical ailment, up to and including gravity and instant death. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', the Aegis Shield provides a 50% chance to evade any magical attack.
** In ''{{Persona 3}}'' the character Aigis (based on the original phoneme in the English version, outright named Aegis in Japanese) is a battle robot whose primary purpose is to defend humans from Shadows. Her Ultimate Persona is Athena, who wields a massive shield.
** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', as the magical shield that can be bought from Stonewall Shields in the Imperial City.
** RealLife: The US Navy's anti-missile system.
** SentinelsOfTheMultiverse has Fanatic -- a winged woman who at least is convinced that she is the angel of wrath -- with her holy armor, aptly named the Aegis of Resurrection.
** A special mention for ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'', since there are two, distinct Aegis shield systems: Ikaros' Aegis (defends from all sides, but is a fair bit weaker) and Astraea's Aegis-L (only defends the front, but is stronger compared to its counterpart).
* KingArthur also had a shield named Pridwen, with the likeness of the Virgin Mary, to think perpetually of her.

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[[folder: Scythes ]]

* "Reaper", "Slayer", "Scavenger", "Harvester" and similarly GrimReaper-evoking names are common, corresponding with the SinisterScythe trope.
** Derek's scythe in ''VideoGame/ExitFate'' is named "Scavenger", and Hawk's is named "Harvester", though the latter is... a farmer.
** Scythes blessed by the Chaos God of disease Nurgle in ''{{Warhammer}}'' and ''Warhammer40K'' are known as "manreapers".

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[[folder: Bows ]]

* Yoichi is a popular one in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series.
* Locksley (or [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Loxley]]) sometimes appears, named after [[RobinHood Sir Robin of Locksley]].
* "[[GreekMythology Artemis]] Bow" is fairly common.

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[[folder: Throwing Weapons ]]

* "Rising Sun" has been popularized by the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, and usually appears as the ultimate throwing weapon of a character. The type varies - in various works, it appeared as a shuriken, chakram, boomerang, knife, or occasionally a knuckle.

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[[folder: Guns ]]

* Any pair of GunsAkimbo will be given a cute name after some sort of existing "and" phrase, such as [[DevilMayCry Ebony]] [[ShoutOut &]] [[Music/TheBeatles Ivory]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' proves that this can work for ''[[UpToEleven quadruple]]'' [[ArmedLegs sets]] as well with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme, collectively called Scarborough Fair.
** ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' has [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20070201 sentient zap guns]] Smith and Wesson. They are the real brains behind their dim-witted owner.
* Peacemaker
** Widowmaker and Equaliser would also apply, as they were also nicknames for the Colt Single Action Army.
** Parodied in Literature/{{Discworld}}; a small siege weapon is named "Piecemaker."
* Magnum often appears as well to indicate some extra oomph in the weapon; the RealLife usage usually refers to extra-powerful ammunition of a particular shape. It is named after a type of wine bottle because of it's resemblance to the the shape.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin BFG]] appears in FPS games sometimes.
** Starting with the [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} BFG-9000]].
** Parodied in ''VideoGame/SpaceRangers'' with the [[LeetLingo IMHO]]-[[{{VideoGame/Doom}} 9000]] cannon.
* Grasscutter, Lawnmower or related can occasionally be given to [[GatlingGood machine guns]].
* In science fiction settings, "blaster" and "disruptor" are common. Not for a particular weapon, but for energy weapons in general. As is "laser X": X being, in order from smallest to largest, pistol, rifle or carbine, cannon.
** As are Greek letters, most commonly Alpha and Omega, as prefixes.
* "Fomalhaut", named after a star, is common in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games.
* "Boomstick" for shotguns, popularized by ''Franchise/EvilDead''.
* "Bertha" is the stock name for a really big artillery piece, after the German WWI-era humongous howitzer.

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[[folder: Accessories ]]

* [[OneHundredAndEight 108]] beads, gems, birthstones, any part of a monster.

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[[folder: Power Fist ]]

* [[PowerOfTheGodHand God Hand]] is a common name for various knuckle or fist weapons.
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