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[[caption-width-right:330:It's raining swords. Hallelujah! It's raining swords - [[PainfulRhyme Amords!]]]]
You know how ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks? Well, let's crank that UpToEleven with some BeamSpam thrown in; and you've got this DeathInAllDirections trope.

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; the StormOfBlades is a multitude of sharp objects descending upon the enemy. Just as potent as the stabby death is the {{Symbolism}} of the Sword, squared. Aggression, offense, smite. SisterTrope to FlechetteStorm, RainOfArrows and BladeSpam. It will typically involve {{Flying Weapon}}s although versions when the [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks swords are thrown]] exist.

Not to be confused with the Stormblade, a close cousin to [[Warhammer40K the most famous]] TankGoodness vehicle known to all of Table-Top, or the novel ''Literature/AStormOfSwords''.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Used in a television commercial for a wood preservative paint. Shows virtually everything coming down like rain on a wooden deck, including lots of sharp blades, and nothing happens. Turns out it was only the rain falling, and it was AllJustADream by the guy watching the rain landing on, and being repelled by, the deck he had painted with the wood preservative.
* An Australian car ad showed a man fleeing through a deserted city at night as knives rain down out of the sky. He escapes by leaping into a car, which somehow causes the knives to stop falling. The message was supposed to be something about how safe the car was but it really wasn't obvious.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5_j-5Um_Ha8 commercial]] involves this trope. With ''Master Swords''.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Haseo uses this attack in the ''VideoGame/DotHackGU'' trilogy movie. Of course, calling up a bunch of swords isn't awesome enough. He's gotta do it while DualWielding {{BFS}} [[ChainsawGood chainswords]]. [[spoiler:Ovan]] manages to block the attack so we're left with a FieldOfBlades for the rest of the scene.
* Yumiko and Guibarthez from ''YokuWakaruGendaiMahou''.
* When he decides to get serious, Mifune of ''Manga/SoulEater'' takes his box of swords and throws them up into the air ''en masse'', which rain down and cover the area in swords to use in attacks. He calls it ''mugen itto-ryu'', or "infinite one-sword style."
** He's also got a special attack that uses a 13-blade combination, and when he wants to show he's [[LetsGetDangerous serious]], brings ''two'' sword boxes.
* The "Million Swords of Hate" in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is an active, symbolic-yet-real representation of the fury the world has against realistic failings of any who attempt to be "The Prince". (This being ''Utena'', what exactly the symbolism represents could be argued.)
* In ''GetBackers,'' PsychoForHire Akabane can do this with the many scalpels he has stored within his body.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha,'' Kagura's Dance of Blades sends several energy blades at the opponent.
** Inuyasha's "Blades of Blood" technique from the same show also applies. He uses blood on his hands (usually his own) and swipes his claws across thin air in such a way that tons of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin blades made of blood]] are let loose upon his enemies. How this works is beyond me, though.
*** And then there's Inu Yasha's Koungousouha ("Adamant Barrage" in the dub), gained from Hosenki and later copied by Naraku, wherein he launches a hail of spears made out of diamond which somehow passes through barriers like they're not even there. Which then gives way to his most powerful attack, the Cutting Meidou Zangetsuha, wherein he throws a rain portals that can tear through pretty much anything, up to and including the barriers between life and death, the past and future, and overlapping dimensions.
* Erza of ''Manga/FairyTail'' can do this by summoning lots of swords with her [[UnlimitedWardrobe Re-quip]] magic. If she has enough time to set it up, she can even launch ''200'' swords at once, each set to hit a target across an entire town.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
** One of Kaname Tousen's shikai attacks is Benihiko, which creates hundreds of blades that rain down on his opponent.
** Senbonzakura, Byakuya's zanpakutou, has one mode that is flexible enough to be this, a FlachetteStorm and PetalPower. On one occasion, he managed to use all three tropes ''at the same time''. In his Bankai's true form, it's purely this trope.
* IdiotHero Jack Rakan from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' pulls this with his artifact The Hero With A Thousand Faces. Every time he uses it, expect massive amounts of win and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for anyone who manages to survive.
* After he uses [[TimeStandsStill The World]], Dio Brando from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' tosses rows upon rows of throwing knives at Jotaro which stop in midair. This carries over to the fighting game, where you can get creative with the knives and be flashy before your super meter runs out.
* In ''TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya'', this is used by [[spoiler:Ryoko Asakura]] in a reality-warping attempt to [[spoiler:kill Kyon]]. Stopped when [[spoiler:Yuki Nagato]] pulls a BigDamnHeroes moment ''[[TakingTheBullet as a human shield]]''. And then proceeds to kick [[spoiler:Ryoko]]'s ass [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ten ways to Tuesday]].
* The third chapter of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent'' had Lord Dearche displaying her power by casting the Legion of Doom Bringer, a spell that summoned innumerable black swords that covered the skies before raining down upon the cityscape that served as the virtual arena.
* Kongou uses this against Iona in episode 12 of ''Manga/ArpeggioOfBlueSteel'', after the latter somehow survived multiple torpedos shot at her, along with evading the WaveMotionGun multiple times.
* Dunya Musta'sim in the manga/anime ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' using her Extrema Magic she can conjure a MASSIVE number of swords that rain down upon her enemies.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* The Rain of Blades [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=45198 card]] in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. Unfortunately, the actual effect is quite underwhelming.
** There's also the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=132120 Wall of Swords]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the novel ''Stormbringer'', the first weapon that Elric gains for usage against the invading Lords of Chaos is a spell that summons a one-time storm of Stormbringers from another dimension to attack them. This wipes out many gods and their minions, but barely makes a dent in the invasion.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The lowest layer of the plane of Acheron in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is a gigantic storm of black ice blades.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' has hurricanes of weapons occurring in several manifest zones tied to Shavarath.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has the Cascade of Cutting Terror which allows an Exalt to replicate any thrown item and rain it down over a large area. Anything the exalt can lift can be thrown as an improvised ranged attack.
** One must keep in mind that many Exalts can lift elephants.
* Similarly, the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' spell Blade Wind.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s Nu -13-/Lambda -11-. Her entire character is pretty much based on the concept of the sword. Her basic combo throws 5 blades (9 as a boss). Her LimitBreak throws 20 (30 as a boss).
* The "Thousand Blades" spell introduced as the Knife Item Crash in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series. The "[[FanNickname Butterknife]]" isn't so harmless when you can throw 50 at once, now is it?
* The Black Sword Rune in ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' has this as its ultimate attack.
* In ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'', Mid-Boss does this with his Super Adonis attack by Magichanging dozens of copies of himself into swords and throwing them rapidly.
* This trope appears often in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' Series,
** From ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' we have the BigBad Vayne who has 10 or so swords called Sephira flying around and cutting you while he just beats you down with his fists and magic, there is also Basch whose final [[LimitBreak Quickening]] Flame Purge impales the enemies with a bunch of [[FlamingSword fiery swords]].
** From ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' we have The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]] who shoots swords of light at his enemy when in EX Mode and during his Radiant Sword attack as well as The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Onion Knight]] who spams a LOT of sword like beams after his sword attacks and of course we have [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Gabranth]] who uses the aforementioned Basch's [[LimitBreak Quickening]] except his is named [[VisualPun Frost Purge]] and finally [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Ultimecia's]] Knight's Blade attack fires a bunch of sword shaped missiles at the enemies.
** In the trailer of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' we see Noctis wielding a WallOfWeapons like this.
* One of the most powerful enemy magic attacks in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' is called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sword Rain]]". It is only used by the final boss and his lackeys.
* This pops up every now and again in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Riku demonstrates this by shooting copies of his sword Soul Eater at the enemy with his Dark Impulse sleight in the remake of ''Chain of Memories''
** Ventus from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' has a command style that combines this with MultiWielding called Wing Blade The style also pops up in his final shotlock Multi Vortex.
** Not to mention the keyblade '''tornado''' that Master Xehanort conjures up. He kicks it up a notch as the Bonus Boss, No Heart who is constantly raining keyblades on you.
** Sora and Riku have the XIII Blades skill when they use [[LimitBreak Eternal Session]]
** Xaldin wields a bunch of spears in this manner as well.
** Both Master Eraqus and [[spoiler:Sora's Heartless]] summon torrents of [[LightEmUp magical light]] keyblades to shoot.
* [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante's]] Lucifer. And the blades [[EverythingIsBetterWithExplosions explode]].
** Vergil's Summoned Swords, which are made of magic.
* One of the most powerful spells in the ''AgeOfWonders'' series features a volley of sharp projectiles raining on the entire field. The Spell appears in the second game, but this time, it rains actual swords, that only hit enemies. It is also the most powerful spell that can be used by heroes, which means you can actually use this spell several times in a single fight.
* This is basically the whole point of the [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Night Elf]] Warden's 'Fan of Knives' ability.
* In the ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrim'' videogame, guess what Knives does?
* ''VideoGame/FableII'' has the Blades spell, which summons several swords that fly into the target(s).
** ''VideoGame/FableIII'' has a more powerful version by merging a spell with the blades spell
* Used for quite a few BulletHell attacks in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series. Most notably, [[BattleButler Sakuya Izayoi]] uses {{kni|feNut}}ves, and [[NinjaMaid Yumeko]] uses ''swords''.
* The 'Cerulean Rain' Weapon Art in ''TheLastRemnant''.
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', Vyse's area-effect special move is called "Rain of Swords".
* Several Sword wielding bosses in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' has an attack that summons a number of swords above their heads and sends them flying at you, one of the later enemies also has an attack that summons in lots of swords to converge at your position.
* Weiss's [[LimitBreak Critical Heart]] summons up a storm of swords in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart 3''.
* The "Swords of Eternal Light" paladin ability from ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' allows you to call down a rain of swords of light upon your enemy.
* In ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'', the BonusBoss, [[spoiler:Galacta Knight]], rains down swords of HardLight as a very hard-to-avoid attack.
* One of [[spoiler: [[TrueFinalBoss Chakravartin]]'s main attacks]] from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' is this.
* DarkSouls has the Gravelord Sword Dance, a powerful spell without stat requirements that summons and launches lots of phantasmal blades at enemies.
* Popular Chinese series, RPG xian jian qi xia zhuan, first appearance as early as 1995.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the knights of the first Feroxi outpost use this tactic with their lances. Their attack misses due to Sumia's [[JustInTime quick rescue]].
* In ''[[GundamVsSeries Gundam Extreme Vs.]]'', the [[FinalBoss Extreme Gundam Tachyon Phase]] gains an attack when it's down to about half its HP where it summons energy swords which seek out the player and attempt to impale them ''en masse''. This tends to leave one open for its [[{{BFS}} Tachyon Slicer]] attacks.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', this trope shows up twice:
** Gilgamesh's [[HyperspaceArsenal Gate of Babylon]] allows him to draw out legendary weapons and have them rain down on his opponent, since he doesn't know how to actually use most of them. This is the reason he is classified as Archer.
** Archer's "Unlimited Blade Works" can be used to the same effect, except that instead of normal swords it rains down functional copies of them. This can also be done by Archer outside of it, though to a lesser extent than what is available after activating Unlimited Blade Works. While copies of Noble Phantasms are inherently weaker than the originals, this can be negated by turning them into Broken Phantasms which explode with a power-boosted single attack. Which normally this would be an act of extreme desperation, the fact that Archer's swords are disposable copies in the first place makes it no sacrifice at all.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* An insane secondary kitchen in Castle Heterodyne uses this against Agatha twice in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080314 here]] and on the following 3 pages. The storm includes not only knives, but forks, corkscrews and skewers.
* Redcloak from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' demonstrates the Blade Barrier spell [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0457.html here]].
* ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' has a halfling glad to [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-4-1/ demonstrate]] how it's done. They don't call her "Stabs" for nothing.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Rainy Day Daydream", Finn and Jake are stuck inside thanks to a "knifestorm". This phenomenon is apparently not as common as rain in the Land of Ooo, but is common enough that Jake recognizes it on sight (though 13-year-old Finn had never seen it before).
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Mughals used this as a weapon, attaching sword blades to rockets where stabilizers would normally be found. This meant that they were capable of launching volleys of rockets, tumbling out of control with a sword blade attached to each one. As if a regular rocket wasn't scary enough, streaking smoke and flame with a very real risk of exploding, this version could also carve you up.
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