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->''You hold in your hand''
->''A sword that shoots laser beams.''
->--'''Brentalfloss''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_3hE8TOVxU "Zelda with Lyrics"]]

The one flaw with all swords is, of course, the obvious lack of range. How do you solve this problem? Sword Beams.

A character will make a slashing motion with their CoolSword, but at a distance. What springs forth is a beam of PureEnergy, usually crescent-shaped. These can travel through the air or on the ground. Another version is stabbing or smashing the blade into the ground and creating a V-shaped stream of energy that may or may not actually tear through the earth as it crashes towards the enemy. Occasionally, it may even be a straight beam or bolt that fires down the length of the blade, much like a really sharp gun. This may be fired in a simple point-and-shoot manner, or unleashed with a thrusting motion similar to the other methods.

If the "beam" is a shockwave of compressed air which cuts things, this is also a RazorWind. If used with a LaserBlade, it often looks more like the blade is extending to strike the target.

Sometimes a [[KiManipulation Ki Attack]]. When magical this is a type of FullContactMagic, and when not it falls under ImplausibleFencingPowers. Sometimes put on enough steroids to reach WaveMotionGun type levels. Not to be confused with a [[LaserBlade Beam Sword]], although the two are not mutually exclusive.
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* [[Manga/InuYasha Inu-Yasha]]'s {{BFS}} has a number of ranged attacks, two of which (Wind Scar and Backlash Wave) clearly are instances of this trope. Sesshomaru can use the youki of a sword like Tokijin to create a Sword Beam Attack, his reforged Tensaiga shoots a beam which is actually ''a portal to hell'' which sucks the enemy in.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Ichigo's Getsuga Tensho, a crescent-shaped blast of energy which causes anything struck by it to be cut in half, disintegrate or explode, depending on how concentrated it is. His [[SuperMode Bankai]] takes this UpToEleven in that it allows him to control the path and shape of the blast for better versatility.
** Kenpachi and Urahara can do similar moves as well.
** Hitsugaya can do an ice version of this.
** Now we also have [[spoiler:Ichigo's father also showing off his own Getsuga Tensho, and teaching his son how to perform an advanced version of it.]]
** Ukitake's shikai produces this sort of effect (-ish?) when it redirects multiple ceros.
** Harribel has three separate sword beams, one being her fanned-out cero, one being her ola azul attack (which is yellow. It actually makes a bit of sense), and one called la gota, which is basically an upgraded version of ola azul.
* Hong Chunhwa's [[CoolSword Narumada]] in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' has this ability when "ignited", as well as Hatsu's Sword That Flies Lower Than Any.
* In the second season of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Gourry's [[LaserBlade Sword of Light]] gains this ability. At one point it is used to blow up a ship.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'', the [[FinishingMove Medaforce]] takes this form when used by Rokusho, as does Sumilidon's [[DiagonalCut Extreme Shadow Sword]]. In the RPG, a sword wave is the general form of [[LimitBreak Medaforces]] for Kuwagata types.
* The "Celestial Slash"/"Vacuum Buddha-giri" from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' qualifies, though it is depicted inconsistently as either a RazorWind or PureEnergy.
* From ''[[LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'', we have Fate's [[http://nanoha.wikia.com/wiki/Plasma_Zanber_Breaker Plasma Zamber Breaker]], a massive beam fired from the blade of [[{{BFS}} Bardiche's Zamber Form]]. It's roughly the equivalent of Nanoha's [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]] in power.
** Before that, Fate had the "Arc Saber" attack, which basically threw the LaserBlade of her device's [[SinisterScythe Scythe Form]] at an enemy, then regenerated it.
** Signum, meanwhile, has the Fire Dragon Flash/Karyuu Issen, where she creates a shaft of flames and throws it at her target...such as an entire army of MechaMooks.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has the Shinmei Ryū Hidden Technique, ''Zanmaken: Ni no Tachi'' [[spoiler:"In Celebration of my FirstKiss [[SchoolgirlLesbians with Ojou-sama]] Special"]] (spoilered part of name courtesy of Jack Rakan, natch). When Rakan demonstrated it, the crescent-shaped energy projectile it produced bypassed all of Negi's DeflectorShields and damaged the building behind him before finally slicing a giant floating rock some distance away behind that in half.
** The attack originally comes from ''Manga/LoveHina'', where it was used by Motoko and its development was the focus of an arc for her. The Shinmei Ryū school has a large number of ranged attack techniques, some of which have the ability to "skip" the first thing in its path and strike a target behind it.
** Negima also has a character who successfully adapted a RazorWind Sword Beam technique into a ''Fist'' Beam.
* In the ''Anime/NinjaScroll'' TV series, Jubei seems to be capable of this and only this attack.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' has shown examples of the RazorWind off a sword stroke version. Shigure fought someone with that technique, and has done ranged attacks not only with a sword ''but with a wooden spoon''.
* Shannon does this in ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' when he's using Zefiris. An interesting variation, in that the beam extends from ''both'' ends of his sword.
* The ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' episode "Lethal Lunacy" features an outlaw named Shoryū who has mastered the ability to attack using {{ki|Manipulation}}. One of the ways he does this is through a blast of wind unleashed from his sword. Unlike other sword beams, the damage done does not reflect how the wind blast struck the target; rather, it causes what appear to be completely unrelated injuries, like slashes across the palms or devastating internal damage without any exterior signs of harm.
* Inverted and defied in ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' where one of the alchemic weapons "Sword Samurai X" takes the form of a sword that has the ability to [[AntiMagic nullify energy attacks]]. NobuhiroWatsuki, the writer, stated that he gave it this power because he didn't like sword beams, as they defeated the very purpose of a sword, so he gave the sword the ability to nullify ''other'' ranged attacks instead.
* Miaka throws out one of these in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' to fire Soi's lightning attack back at her. Justified because the sword she's using is a [[CoolSword holy sword]] given to Hotohori by Taiitsukun.
* ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' makes a frequent use of Sword Beam, be them [[ShockAndAwe Lightning]], [[RazorWind Air]] or [[DarkIsEdgy Dark Powers]].
* Thymilph in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has a variation: his Alkaid Glaive fires the beam, and he calls it the Condemn Blaze. (Although it can kind of hard to tell what he's shouting.)
* In ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' Speedy Cerviche's Cat's Eye Slash is a [[DualWielding two-sword]] variant.
* The {{Samurai}}, who appear relatively late in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', are all capable of doing this, once they've channeled chakra through their swords like {{Laser Blade}}s.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Maka's Straight Hunter used against the Clown works like this. She achieved something similar by mistake when she used Witch Hunter against Sid, and tripped up. Ragnarok's Screech Alpha attack also creates a Sword Beam.
* Snimon of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' demonstrates this ability when it launches its Twin Sickles technique.
* Tatewake Kuno in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is capable of projecting strikes of compressed air from his blade as he thrusts, which are capable of crumbling concrete.
* [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Uranus's]] second attack, Space Sword Blaster, sends blades of energy using her talisman weapon.
* In ''Manga/{{Tokko}}'' Ranmaru can fire powerful energy blasts from his sword. Sakura was also able to do this in the manga.
* The "Reppuzan" attack used by Mio [[spoiler:and Yoshika]] in ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' is an example of this, being a beam of magical energy fired through the sky to attack ranged enemies. It's name ''roughly'' translates to "Great Gale Cut", meaning that it may be wind-based. Interestingly enough, it has several similarities to the Getsuga Tensho of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': It has a sky/wind/heavens theme, the attack is used by a main character [[spoiler:and a mentor/parental figure]], and the True Reppuzan/Final Getsuga Tensho [[spoiler:causes the user to lose their powers (both users, incidentally, having huge amount of spiritual/magical power that was difficult to control)]].
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' Erza's Morning Star Armor's special attack Photon Slicer.
* [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Linebarrel's]] "Executor", who function as both {{BFS}} and {{BFG}}.
* Kamika from ''Manga/CorpsePrincess'' can fire explosive blasts of energy from her {{dual|Wielding}} katanas.
* Ryuuji from ''LightNovel/DragonCrisis'' uses these as his primary means of attack. Technically an example of 'Knife Beams'.
* Zoro of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is capable of doing this. It's also a standard attack for members of CP9, except they're able to do it just by kicking their legs, no swords needed. A lot of swordsmen are able to do this with sufficient skill.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' [[spoiler:Saber's [[InfinityPlusOneSword Excalibur]]]] can be used to unleash an enormous [[PillarOfLight beam of energy]] capable of [[PurposelyOverpowered annihilating anything in its path]]. It is used in [[spoiler:LightNovel/FateZero to literally [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punch out Cthulhu]]]]. Naturally, this ability takes an immense amount of energy to use. Gilgamesh's own sword ([[StormOfBlades the only one he actually wields, that is]]), Ea, is pretty much the same thing turned UpToEleven. It's the only Noble Phantasm to be classified as "Anti-''World''", which means Gil can pretty much never unleash its full power for fear of an EarthShatteringKaboom, [[SuperpowerLottery not that he needs to]]. Even on its weakest setting, it can match the aforementioned sword with ease.
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' is a strange example as instead of using a sword, he uses his hands, but they still work the same as this trope. Also their not so much "beams" as they are "forks and knives".
* In ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', Lafarga uses the RazorWind type--he's a BadassNormal, but he's [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower just that strong]]. The second season of the anime also has Hikaru use these after [[ReforgedBlade she resurrects her broken sword]].
* ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' had this power in the 70s series, though she used it sparingly.
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[[folder:FanFiction]]
* Phaedra's Blade Blaster in ''[[FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III]]''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Naturally, ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have featured ''every'' version of this. The most common FinishingMove, though, is an unusual version: the wielder, facing the screen, swings, and a diagonal line appears as it passes. Scene switches to the monster, slash effect appears over him, and [[MadeOfExplodium KABOOM]] soon follows -- regardless of how far away from the wielder the real-space shots show the monster to be. What it would look like to someone watching from nearby is a good question, like many of the show's StockFootage sequences that just don't work in real space. Though arc effects, through-ground effects, and all the rest exist, you won't see a finisher that looks like this in StockFootage get done in real space and prove to be one of these. ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' is one of few series to show what its sword-slash finisher "really" looks like, with the High Octane Megazord [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t8B9MglbaE striking the monster as it passes by]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' has the Royal Straight Flush in his King Form SuperMode. During the series it's depicted as a giant blast of energy after a sword swing, going through five cards, but ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' depicts it as a wave of energy that goes through the ground.
** ''Decade'' gives Sword Waves to several past Riders, mostly because Decade's Complete Form performs its {{Finishing Move}}s in tandem with [[ThePuppetmaster artificial copies]] of the Riders in their own {{Super Mode}}s, and sometimes their finishers aren't suited to [[CombinationAttack Combination Attacks]]. Besides Blade King Form, [[Series/KamenRiderAgito Agito Shining Form]] and [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Ryuki Survive]] have them, as do [[Series/KamenRiderHibiki Armed Hibiki]] and [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O Liner Form]] in the Hyper Battle DVD.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' [[SuperMode Cosmic States]]' FinishingMove, "Rider Super Galaxy Finish": Fourze changes the [[{{BFS}} Barizun Sword]] to [[CarryABigStick Boost Mode]] and tackles the Zodiarts through a portal that leads out of Earth's atmosphere. Fourze then changes the sword back to Slash Mode and attacks with a humongous beam.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[Comicbook/XWingSeries ''Starfighters of Adumar'']] features the blastsword, a short sword that fires a laser from the tip when it makes contact with a solid object.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In CelticMythology, the sword Caladbolg shot rainbow-coloured streams of energy when swung. Just one of them ''cut three mountains in half''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Sandstorm-Wind Attack mode of the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' Charm Iron Raptor Technique is basically this, as is its follow-on Blazing Solar Bolt. Lunars have a version of this called Wind-Wings Carry Technique, although since Lunar charms by their nature have fairly broad effects, it increases the effective range of '''any''' weapon, melee or ranged.
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th edition, Wizards can take the "Wizard of the Spiral Tower" paragon path, which allows the use of your sword as an implement, for things such as Magic Missile. (Thematically, the 'implement' is where your spell originates.) This also includes the swordmage, that naturally uses the sword as its implement.
* Warhammer's Prince Tyrion carries the runesword Sunfang, which can channel the fires of its forging into a blazing bolt of white-hot fire once per game. His brother Teclis's sword is supposed to be able to do the same with lightning bolts in the background (Teclis forged it himself, taking the intricate construction of Sunfang as his model), but it hasn't had this ability in the game for many editions.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In the climax of ''Theatre/{{Fantasmic}}'', Mickey fires one from Disney/TheSwordInTheStone to take out the dragon form of [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]] and vanquish the Disney villains invading his dream.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'''s sword beam is really AwesomeButImpractical as it takes like 10 seconds to shoot. Nobody ever waits around that long so it's pretty pointless anyway.
* The ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokaiTenkaichi'' series has Yajirobe, who wields a katana. His 'Ka-Blam Slicer' attack sends an energy wave at the opponent. Oddly enough, Future Trunks' AbsurdlySharpBlade does ''not''.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan''
** ''VideoGame/MegaManX'''s [[MyHeroZero Zero]] does this all this time, usually in a boss fight against him.
** The Zero in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' does this as well, in an EX skill for the second, third, and fourth (final) games. As does Harupia in that game, [[BeamSpam excessively]].
** Proto Man's ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' incarnation doesn't quite shoot beams from his sword, but he does fire [[RazorWind shockwaves]] from swinging his sword.
** [[VideoGame/MegaManZX Model HX]] can do this if you alternate between the two attack buttons.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** In some games, Link can fire beams from his sword. Usually, [[SituationalSword this can only be done at full health]], though ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' (and the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' with the right {{Ring| of power}}) also features a [[CriticalStatusBuff "Peril Beam"]] which can only be used at ''low'' health.
** The Skyward Strike from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', the first 3D Zelda game to have this as a regular ability, can be used at any amount of health, though the sword has to be raised to the sky to charge up for use, leaving Link vulnerable to possible injury. The beam can be shot off vertically, horizontally, diagonally and as a tiny bullet with a thrust..
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' allows you to do this when you equip the upgraded Spirit of Courage.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' had the sword spin move which, when combined with magic, gave off a circle of energy that expanded beyond the range of the sword and damaged enemies. Not the classic Zelda sword beam, but still...
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has the Fierce Deity's Mask, a boss-only item that gives you the most powerful sword in the game that shoots sword beams that attack from all sides. All it costs is a little magic, which, for 200 rupees, you can have an unlimited supply of for the remaining 2 1/2 days of a given cycle.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has "[[PublicDomainArtifact Excalibur]] the Sword of Promised Victory", and Ea (often [[IAmNotShazam mistakenly called "Enuma Elish"]] after its [[{{Invocation}} activation phrase]], though [[RuleOfCool that name is cooler anyway]]). Excalibur is also prominent in ''VisualNovel/FateZero'', the prequel. Both are some of the more powerful listed examples; Excalibur at full power can raze entire buildings at a swing, and Ea could ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom kill the planet]]'' if Gilgamesh ever decided to [[IAmNotLeftHanded stop playing around]] and take his opponents seriously.
** In addition, the attacks of the Fifth Holy Grail War's Berserker are so powerful that the wind following the moves of his gigantic sword cuts whatever is standing even a meter away.
** The Jewelled Sword of Zelretch is one of these in the hands of Tohsaka Rin.
* Sword Franchise/{{Kirby}}, as seen in the page picture, has been able to do this in [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa the anime]] and in ''[[VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad Squeak Squad]]'', ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'', ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar (Ultra)'' (Though perhaps in homage to the Zelda example, they only function while he's at full health in the games). Cutter's Final Cutter move also sends one and is used in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games. Meta Knight has had these in most of his appearances, as has Master/Galaxia Kirby. King Dedede in the ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' gamemode Dedede Tour! can fire off a "hammer wave" when at full health in a similar fashion. Also, in that game, Sword Kirby now fires off a Skyward Strike like in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''. And in the anime, Meta Knight (and later, other people such as Bun and Kirby) actually refers to it as "Sword Beam".
* The first ''VideoGame/CustomRobo'' released in North America has a partial example. It has two sword-shaped guns that in turn fire sword-shaped lasers at the target with different trajectories. The swords cannot typically be used as melee weapons, though; some Robo models swing the sword while using melee attacks, but the effect is purely cosmetic.
* Demon Fang in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries''.
** In addition to the old standard (''Majinken''), there's [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Kyle]]'s ''Souhajin'', Mary's ''Gou Majinken'', [[VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence Ange]]'s ''Kouhajin'', [[VideoGame/TalesOfHearts Shing]]'s ''Kuuretsusen'' and ''Seieireppa''... suffice it to say, most melee attackers in the ''Tales of'' games are required to have at least one somewhere. That's to say nothing of the advanced versions like [[VideoGame/TalesOfEternia Rid]]'s ''Majinken Souga'' and [[VideoGame/TalesOfHearts Kunzite]]'s ''Majinrenzan''.
** For the English speakers, they are "Double Demon Fang" {fires 2 DFs}, "Demonic Chaos" {fires three DFs in rapid succession}, and "Fierce Demon Fang" {which create a shockwave which hits multiple times at close range}. Variations, such as [[VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia Senel's]] and [[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Luke's]] Demon Fist, [[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Yuri's]] "Azure Edge" and Estelle's "Star Stroke", and Repede's "Demonic Charge", also exist.
*** Most of [[VideoGame/TalesoftheAbyss Guy]]'s second [[LimitBreak Mystic Arte]] "Brilliant Overlord" also counts.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Resident swords(wo)man Youmu Kompaku uses her sword for both melee and ranged attacks. Of course, this being ''[[BulletHell Touhou]]'', her ranged attacks take the form of [[MoreDakka scores]] of spirit bullets.
** The fighting games play it straight with both Youmu, Miko and Tenshi. Particularly egregious in Miko's case.
* In ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'', it's possible to launch the energy off an energy blade, although you need either a [[CoolSword special sword]] or Human+ (or that particular game's equivalent) to do it.
** Removed as of ''Armored Core 4'', however.
** Done with the Human+ and the Moonlight blade in ''Armored Core 2'', you end up with a sort of [[{{Pun}} Infinity Plus One Sword Beam]].
** In some games, like Armored Core: Nexus, it's possible to do a Sword Beam with every LaserBlade. You just have to boost mid-swing.
* Just about every [[AMechByAnyOtherName Virtuaroid]] in the ''VideoGame/VirtualOn'' series has at least one of these for their melee weapon, unless they have enough guns/missiles to make them redundant.
* Kratos in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 2'' does this with the Blade of Olympus on the last strike of his heavy combo. Furthermore, fully upgrading the Blade allows it to be done ''with every swipe!''
* Vyse and Enrique use these if they attack an enemy at a distance in ''VideoGame/{{Skies of Arcadia}}''. Enrique, using a foil, naturally does a thrusting motion to release a spear-like shot.
* [[{{Samurai}} Kamui]] of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' can do this, performing two quick slashes in the air to create an X-shaped energy projectile.
* Ky and Sol from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. Ky swings his sword, while Sol stabs the ground.
* Ryoma from ''VideoGame/PowerStone'' has a couple variants of this after powering up.
* Several characters from ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' are capable of firing beams out of their weapon. Given [[Creator/{{Koei}} their relation,]] some ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' do this as well.
* Similar but unrelated to the above, ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' has a few characters who use blades to fire energy beams, including Yoshihiro Shimazu and Masamune Date.
* The ''PeterPan'' game for Sega Genesis had a power up that allowed you to do this.
* PC game ''VideoGame/SangoFighter'' did this for about half of the characters. Almost all of the characters got a fireball and half of them were armed, so in some ways, it kind of makes sense.
* Both [[Creator/SquareEnix Square Soft's]] ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' and Enix's ''Franchise/StarOcean'' contain sword-swinging attacks that produce projectiles of hardened wind (Slash, Air Slash).
* Shinobu's SignatureMove in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' is a technique called "Sonic Sword", which becomes a BeamSpam after she TurnsRed. Travis Touchdown himself gets Blueberry Cheese Brownie, one of his "Dark Side" SuperMode attacks. His sword beams make people [[LudicrousGibs explode]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' features this very often. Many characters have an extension attack that will often create a wave of energy to increase the sword range.
** Squall pulls this off with shining colors. His Fated Circle, Blasting Zone and [[strike:End of Heart]] Lion Heart techniques all have an expansion wave swing that increases your range to many times its original size. This is referenced in Dissidia, when, during his EX Mode, Squall's range increases significantly (the model of his blade becomes the much longer Lionheart, but the range is almost half again the length of THAT blade).
*** Blasting Zone is really more of a Blade Extension Beam...that's roughly several thousand feet long.
*** Seifer also does the same.
*** Squall also has a ''delayed'' sword beam attack: Rough Divide involves slashing upwards, followed by a massive upwards explosion from directly below the enemy it hits.
** Cloud and Sephiroth both feature an attack literally named Blade Beam that makes them fire off a wave from their sword. Cloud being a Blow Smasher will do this in a single giant ground based blast while Sephiroth will do so in smaller waves but in more accurate and greater quantities.
*** Cloud's "Blade Beam" attack not only does four times as much damage as a regular attack, but also dissipates after hitting the intended target, hitting every other enemy for regular damage. In addition, he also has Meteorain (or Meteor Shots, whichever you prefer) that literally throws meteors from his sword.
*** Sephiroth evidently follows the "hardened air" attack pattern, slashing so quickly with his Octaslash that it hits ''after'' he's finished slashing.
*** In ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', during the cutscene of Sephiroth's fight with Genesis, Sephiroth uses a flurry of Blade Beam attacks to neatly slice chunks off the Junon Cannon.
*** Zack Fair apparently taught Cloud the Meteorain/Meteor Shots skill, as he uses it in ''CrisisCore''.
**** Though he himself only learns it AFTER meeting Cloud. Kinda weird when you think about it, and the other DMW Limits are actually taught TO Zack by someone else. So maybe Cloud taught Zack Meteor Shot?
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' features this with the Earth Render technique where it strikes everything in a straight line regardless of range.
*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' features the Gria with an attack called blast wave which is an attack using a sword that hits things in a straight line. (much more limited than Earth Render)
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', Gabranth uses an attack where he slashes the air rapidly to send out several energy waves from the blades.
** In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', Squall, Cloud, Sephiroth and Gabranth return with their signature sword beams. Warrior of Light and the Onion Knight take it a step further with Radiant Sword and Swordshower. The latter has the Warrior swing his sword to create beams of light that look like swords, while Swordshower conjures a swarm of sword-shaped energy beams to hit the opponent from all angles. So yeah, not only do they use Sword Beams, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment but their Sword Beams look like swords]].
*** [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/08/17/interlude-01-the-fighter-does-not-liek-the-robot/ He shoots laser beams powered with swords which are also laser powered.]]
* Ragnell and Alondite, the twin {{BFS}}'s from ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' 9 and 10, can do this.
** There's also, the Wind Edge, Storm Sword, and Tempest Blade as well. And [[WhiteMagicianGirl Mist]] has a unique weapon that shoots Sword Beams.
** And in the earlier games there's swords that cast magic as a form of a sword beam-- just wave the sword and boom, you've got a spell like a mage would with a book. Notably, in FE 4, Mages could wield swords after promotion, and since the swords were not affected by silence, unlike normal spells, and were "El"-level (Except the Light Brand, which cast the basic light spell), they were good options if you wanted to get around silence.
** FE 6 has the "King's Lance" Eckesachs -- wielded by the [[DiscOneFinalBoss not so]] FinalBoss, a HUGE {{BFS}} that splits into a trident. Swinging it around launches one even if said Boss smashes your face with it.
** The Sword Of Seals launches [[KillItWithFire fire]] these at range, and causes huge explosions when it scores a CriticalHit.
* Dante has this in the form of his "Drive" attack in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' and ''4'', which causes a shockwave to jet across the ground and damage all enemies in its path. In ''4'', Nero has Maximum Bet, a [[SuperMode Devil Trigger]]-exclusive move where he uses his sword(s) to fire off a wide X-shaped energy wave that also pierces through targets, but the crescent beam he uses is only seen during cutscenes. Vergil in ''3'' (and Dante in ''4'') has the Yamato, which can slash enemies far outside its normal range with a delayed effect. It does this for all of its moves, but Judgement Cut is the only one that's actually a projectile.
* In NES side-scroller ''VideoGame/TheBattleOfOlympus'', you can do this while wielding the Divine Sword. Each beam costs HP, though, unless you have the Bracelet of Power.
* Minazuki Zankuro's FinishingMove in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown V Special'' is a MASSIVE sword beam that completely obliterates the victim, save for their feet.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has Psycho Cut and several other moves. Any "special" (non-physical) move coming from a bladed body part is an example. Keldeo's signature move Secret Sword is an example of this as well, and actually deals physical damage despite being a "special" attack.
* There's this nice little semi-hidden treat on ''VideoGame/ShiningForce'' for the Genesis: if you happen to finish off the final boss (bear in mind that it has three heads to be attacked separately) with a physical blow from main hero while having the legendary sword equipped, his usual attack animation is changed for a neat special animation involving a sword beam. This is the only moment in the game where the main character attacks this way. Also, hidden character Musashi's attack animation is a sword beam.
* In ''VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures'', Sparkster can fling energy beams from his sword. This was taken out in the Genesis/Mega Drive version ''Sparkster'', but made a return in the 2010 ''Rocket Knight'' revival.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', Vanitas, one of the game's main villains, has a basic two-hit combo that consists of a lunging slash and a somersaulting uppercut with his Keyblade. Towards the end of the game, he starts using the latter attack to shoot a fast-moving, short-ranged crescent beam and, later on, a slow-moving, homing one. Wave Motion Sword example in the same game: [[spoiler:In the second phase of his story mode's final boss fight, Ventus gains the ability to fire powerful energy beams from his Keyblade. His opponent, a souped-up Vanitas, can do the same, resulting in a [[BeamOWar Beam O War]] if the two characters launch their attacks at the same time.]]
* ''VideoGame/SeveranceBladeOfDarkness'' had [[HundredPercentCompletion an upgrade]] that unlocked two attacks for [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Ianna's sword]], your only ranged attacks aside from throwing your weapons (they don't come back, and you can only carry a few) and a bow which never upgrades unlike all your other weapons, and is therefore completely useless except for hitting switches. While obtaining it is optional, you don't stand much chance against the teleporting BigBad otherwise. (And if you did get it, you'll get an [[BonusDungeon extra level after it]], with TheManBehindTheMan in a {{Magitek}} PoweredArmor as final boss.)
* The Dimension Slash attack (which has the user focus energy into their weapon before unleashing a gigantic, battlefield-rending sword beam) is a staple of Creator/NipponIchi games, especially in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series where it's first appearance was in the first game. ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'''s strongest sword, the Yoshitsuna, has the range of a gun.
* In the PC game "Little Fighter", Deep does this, while Woody does it ''with his ARMS''.
* In ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', the TrueFinalBoss fight against [[spoiler:Erim]] in a NewGamePlus has the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Dual Blade]] gain this ability as its standard attack. Unfortunately, the game doesn't tell you this, and many players were too busy engaging in close combat to notice.
* Sonic Boom/Wave/Blast in ''VideoGame/DragonForce''.
* In ''VideoGame/TooHuman'' this effect is used when using a fierce attack with either a two handed sword, one handed sword, or dual wield sword; it manifests as a blue burst of energy flying in a straight line accompanied by the howl of a wolf.
* The [[MagicKnight Asura]] subclass in ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'' specializes in these.
* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Swordsman]] subclass in ''VideoGame/DragonNest'' has half of its skill tree dedicated to this Trope. For the third job change (not released in NA yet), they can become Lunar Knights/Moonlords to get a move that lets them spam 5 huge Sword Beams from midair. Consequently, ''Bleach fanboy noobs'' is often used as a blanket description of Swordsmen, who are ''vehemently'' hated by much of the community.
* In ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'', Will's two alternate forms possess variations of this. The first is used by Freedan, and is called the "Dark Friar". By attacking once and holding down on the attack button, Freedan can charge his sword to fire off what amounts to a cross between this and fire magic. Later in the game, when the player gets to Euro, one of two power-ups available in a side-area allows Freedan to upgrade the Dark Friar, resulting in the player being able to push the attack button again when the Friar is either flying away or hitting an enemy. This results in the attack splitting into four smaller fire-ball beams that then spin away and increases the range of the attack. [[EleventhHourSuperPower At the end of the game, meanwhile]], Shadow gains the "Firebird" attack, which allows the player to attack at range by simply hitting the attack button and watching phoenix-shaped projectiles fire at the Final Boss.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Turok}} 2'', the Juggernauts' {{BFS}}'s can do this.
* [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Jin Kisaragi and Hakumen]] have this as a super. One is actually a wave of cold from his sword (Jin), whereas the other is played straight (Hakumen).
* Augus's blade, Wailing Dark from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' uses this as it's projectile, and can be curved sideways and can utilize multiple sword beams at once by default.
* The Moonlight Greatsword in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' unleashes this as its strong attack. Notable in being one of the few ''exploding'' sword beams. The Drake sword also unleashes slightly different sword beams, The Iron Golems axe fires... Axe Beams, and the dragon slayer spear shoots electric spear beams. Creator/FromSoftware loves this trope.
* Egg Emperor in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' alternates between vertical and horizontal versions as his main attack. The same boss would return in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' 3DS, now with diagonal ones added to the mix under certain conditions.
* Kai Leng in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. The N7 Slayer Vanguard in multiplayer that comes with ''[=ME3=]: Earth'' DLC features the Biotic Slash ability, which allows you to fire biotic {{razorwind}} from your sword.
* Shulk's Monado Purge art in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''. It's more useful for its secondary effect of disabling the target's auras then it is for its damage, though.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Valis}}'' games have this as the power of the Valis Sword.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'''s ''Dragonborn'' DLC introduces the Bloodskal Blade, which fires blood-red Sword Beams at varying angles, depending on the power-attack performed. The beam is also used to open doors in the dungeon where the sword is found.
* The [[WhipItGood Plasma Whip]] in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' gains a similar ability after being [[EvolvingAttack leveled up]]. Yeah, it's technically not a ''sword'' beam, but it's close enough.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia''
** In the first game, the Ghost Knight family of enemies have the Windhash technique which does this. Stronger forms have the V-Windhash and Neo-Windhash.
** In ''Duel Saga'', Lang's final Hyper Art, "Sleeping Dragon", is a massive sword beam. This one is a variant in that the beam is emitted as the sword is thrust in a piercing motion, as opposed to a slashing motion as is typical for this trope.
* Lo Wang can use the Wing of Crane ability in ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2013'' to imbue his sword with energy and send a horizontal wave slashing out. [[spoiler: The Nobitsura Kage you've been after the whole game turns out to be even ''better'' at this, becoming Sword BeamSpam incarnate.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam Reborn,'' many previously melee-focused suits such as the [[MobileSuitGundamWing Epyon]] can send [[LaserSword beam saber]] slashes flying at enemies as their 'charged shot' attack. The best example is probably the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Susanowo]] piloted by [[CharClone Mister Bushido]], which has a charged LimitBreak consisting of an enormous horizontal beam-slash the width of the screen that flies nearly to the edge of the game's draw distance. It is basically instant death to any {{Mook}}s caught in its path and will usually bring enemy aces or Mobile Armors to their knees.
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* ''Roleplay/FateNuovoGuerra'' features Clarent as an EvilCounterpart to Excalibur from ''FateStayNight'' above. It feeds on the hate and dispair in the surroundings, and will eventually feed on the Grail itself. To a lesser extent, Tizona and Colada, when {{Dual Wield|ing}}ed, create a short-range version.
* A common attack in ''Literature/ChaosFighters'', which is called slash waves. In close range, it is possible to slash enemies while launching them simultaneously.
* ''{{Literature/Worm}}'': Jack Slash of the Slaughterhouse Nine explicitly has this as his superpower. He can kill an entire crowd of people with one swing of an ordinary knife.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', William gains the power to launch a crescent-shaped energy blast with his {{BFS}} once possessed by XANA. Ulrich also uses Sword Beams in episodes "Franz Hopper" and "Nobody in Particular", each time with XANA's help.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'' animated TV series, this is about the only attack Link ever makes with his weapon (presumably because [[MoralGuardians slashing something with a sword is imitatable, but shooting a laser out of it isn't]]). Since his bow shoots beams too, this has the odd effect of making all of his weapons ''exactly the same''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', the Sword of Omens can shoot an energy bolt for its chosen wielders, by pointing it at the intended target and screaming "Hooo!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has the Star Saber, introduced in the episode "Legacy". It's on the higher end of the scale in terms of firepower, causing enough damage to nearly crash a warship.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', Oritel's CoolSword can shoot energy blasts when it's magically charged. Swords used by the guards on Domino can also shoot energy blasts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko uses something very like this effect a couple of times, using his twin swords as a focus for his firebending powers. Aang has also been known to do something similar with his staff and his airbending skills.
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* The people over at Wicked Lasers had to do work to avoid this trope [[http://www.wickedlasers.com/lasersaber here]]. If they hadn't, the product would have been something more like an extra riot baton with a very powerful laser coming out the tip, particularly impressive in that the website all but outright says that their lasers can be used for self defense.
* By snapping their claws, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpheidae pistol shrimp]] can create vacuum shockwaves to kill other fish from a distance. So powerful is this Claw Beam that it can [[PowerGlows produce light]] as the surrounding water is briefly heated to sun-like temperatures. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp mantis shrimp]] creates a similar but shorter-ranged effect from the force of its punches.
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