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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"]]

[[CoolSword Swords]] [[{{BFS}} are]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter awesome]]. [[HeroesPreferSwords For a hero worth their salt, they are practically a requirement]]. But there's one tiny little flaw: [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight a complete lack of range]]. Now, how would your OneManArmy hero be able to routinely face and prevail over entire groups of enemies packing (cross)bows, firearms or ranged magic? Well, [[SwordAndGun there]] [[BowAndSwordInAccord are]] [[MagicKnight many]] [[RetractableWeapon ways]] [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks around]] depending on your setting, but there's hardly anything that is a more distilled RuleOfCool than Sword Beams.

A character will make a slashing motion with their CoolSword, but at a distance, optionally [[ChargedAttack charging the weapon with power right before this]]. What springs forth is a beam of PureEnergy, usually crescent-shaped. It travels through the air or on the ground, either keeping the original size and shape or covering a full sector of the swing, thus growing larger with distance. Often features AbsurdCuttingPower, allowing TheHero to fell entire companies of {{Mooks}} in one fell swoop. ArbitraryMaximumRange prevents it from cutting anything outside of the intended battlefield.

Another version is [[SwordPlant stabbing or smashing the blade into the ground]] and creating a GroundWave that may or may not actually tear through the earth as it crashes towards the enemy. Sword Beams fired by ''thrusting'' a sword at its target (or even just [[SwordPointing pointing the sword in their direction]] and using it as a MagicWand) are rarer, but they do exist.

When magical this is a type of FullContactMagic, and when not it falls under ImplausibleFencingPowers. If the "beam" is a shockwave of compressed air which cuts things, then it's also a RazorWind. If used with a LaserBlade, it often looks more like the blade is extending to strike the target.

See also BayonetYa (for guns with what are basically swords attached) and MixAndMatchWeapon (for swords that are ''also'' guns), and ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks (for another, less magical way of using a sword as a ranged weapon). Compare EnergyBow (for bows that shoot beams) and MagicStaff (which is usually [[InvertedTrope a magical tool first, and a weapon second]]). Can be combined with BladeSpam for a unique variant of BeamSpam.

Not to be confused with a [[LaserBlade Beam Sword]] or with [[ShapingYourAttacks Beams Shaped Like Swords]] (though [[Webcomic/EightBitTheater a sword made of beams that shoots beams made of swords]] would be [[RuleOfCool pretty awesome]]).



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''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 took the head of a youki to forge the sword Tokijin, which has a Sword Beam Attack. His reforged Tensaiga shoots a beam which is actually ''a portal to Hell'' which sucks the enemy in.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo's Getsuga Tenshō, 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. He also figures out other ways to use it like keeping the Getsuga Tenshō energy around his blade to enhance its cutting power, or cutting into an enemy and ''then'' firing a Getsuga Tenshō from inside their body, both of which take away the ability to dodge. [[spoiler:And after reforging Zangetsu into its true form, which consists of two separate swords that he [[DualWielding dual-wields]], Ichigo can fire a sword beam out of each of them to form the cross-shaped Getsuga Jūjishō.]]
** Kenpachi and Urahara can do similar moves as well. Urahara's "Nake, Benihime" fires a beam of ''[[BloodyMurder blood]]'', while Kenpachi doesn't name his attacks and just forces his spirit energy into a wave-like blast.
** Hitsugaya can do an ice version of this.
** Now we also have [[spoiler:Ichigo's father also showing off his own Getsuga Tenshō, 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. The downside is that somebody else has to fire a beam at him before he can fire it back. The upside is that his redirection of energy attacks makes them much faster and thus harder to block or dodge.
** 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 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.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** From ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', 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.
* 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]]. Creator/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.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the {{Samurai}} of the Land of Iron 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 Kunō 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'.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' contains many characters who are capabable of shooting sword beams, most of whom are formidable swordfighters.
** Zoro and Mihawk are both capable of doing this, both of whom can generate sword beams of monstrous proportions, easily able to cut through entire mountains.
** 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.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' Saber's [[InfinityPlusOneSword Excalibur]] can be used to unleash an enormous [[PillarOfLight beam of energy]] capable of [[PurposelyOverpowered annihilating anything in its path]]. [[spoiler: It is used during 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".
** [[TakenUpToEleven Taken up to eleven]] when he uses his legs.
* 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.
* In ''Anime/WorldConquestZvezdaPlot'', members of the organization White Light wield {{Laser Sword}}s which are capable of firing energy blasts. This includes both straight bolts from the tip of the sword, and crescent arcs when the sword is swung.
* Various blade-wielding monsters in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' use these in various ways.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Phaedra's Blade Blaster in ''[[FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III]]''.
* Sage and Nyanza can pull this off via CombinationAttack in ''Fanfic/RWBYSecondGeneration''.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Surtur in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' can shoot streams of fire from the tip of his sword.

* ''Literature/LoneWolf'':
** That's how the Sommerswerd blasts any Darklord if it receives a direct ray of sunlight and there is a Darklord target within range. [[spoiler:Or just from the energy accumulated by not using it for most of Book 12 until the end.]]
** Skarn-Ska ("Wolf's Blade") in ''The Curse of Naar'' can also deliver an energy bolt to soften some enemies.

[[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]].
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** ''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.
* In ''Saban's Series/MaskedRider'', an adaptation of the Japanese ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'', the title character had this as his finisher. In fact, this was the only thing his sword was ever seen doing. This is a result of {{Bowdlerization}}, as the title character of ''Black RX'' finished his opponents by stabbing them rather violently. Naturally, the MoralGuardians did not approve, fearing children would imitate this, so they forced the showrunners to make the Masked Rider shoot his enemies to death...with a sword.

* ''[[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.
-->'''Wes Janson:''' So it's like a blaster you have to hit someone with. I've got to have one.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In Myth/CelticMythology, the sword Caladbolg shot rainbow-coloured streams of energy when swung. Just one of them ''cut three mountains in half''.

[[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.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has the Ranged Blow spell, which simply allows the caster to make ranged attacks with melee weapons by slightly distorting intervening space. The Brotherhood of the Demon Wind, a group of MagicKnight [[MasterSwordsman swordmasters]], gain an equivalent ability that's innate and doesn't risk Paradox.
* ''TabletopGame/{{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.
* Can be invoked, yet still downplayed, in ''{{Pathfinder}}'' with a cheesy fighter build that relies on the Warrior Spirit advanced weapon training option and the Energy Mastery feat, that lets the fighter enhance a weapon they choose at the beginning of the day with magic weapon properties and shoot cones of fire, cold, acid or electricity out of it.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* 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.

[[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 the time with his Z-Saber, usually in a boss fight against him; can be taken UpToEleven in ''X5'' if you go the bad ending route, where, if you don't defeat him under around 2 minutes, he'll turn invincible and fire massive sword beams of OneHitKill. Playable Zero only gets it in the seventh game, called Hadangeki.
*** In ''X3'', if you manage to get Zero's saber (through an intricate method), it'll modify X's ChargedAttack: With his armor's arm part, by charging to the max, he can shoot a sword beam from the saber after shooting 2 blasts from his buster. The sword beam itself can kill bosses (including [[BigBad Sigma]]) in two hits. In ''X6'', where X gains the saber from the start, 2 of his obtainable armors have sword beams as their [[LimitBreak Giga Attack]]: a simple, shot-forward large crescent beam with Blade Armor, and 2 encircling large crescent beams with Shadow Armor. The Magma Blade weapon (from Blaze Heatnix) also makes him swing a FlamingSword that shoots a sword beam made of fire.
** Colonel of the fourth game likes spamming these from his LaserBlade, and Double can also throw large ones from his Laser BladeBelowTheShoulder after he TurnsRed. Slash Beast launches his Twin Slasher from his feet claws, and Grizzly Slash throws his Crescent Shots with his large red claw. Sigma in ''X8'' has a variant where he smashes the ground with his {{BFS}}, causing a short-ranged wave of energy.
** The Zero in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' does this as well, in an EX skill for the second, third, and fourth (final) games. As does Harpuia in that game, [[BeamSpam excessively]]. The bosses Zero gets sword beams from - Childre Inarabitta and Fenri Lunaedge - also can do this, with their ears and arm-blades respectively.
** Proto Man's ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' incarnation doesn't quite shoot beams from his sword, but he does fire [[RazorWind shockwaves]] from swinging his sword. In ''[=BN6=]'', Mega Man's Slash Cross form (i.e taking Slash Man's power) lets him charge any sword-based [[FightLikeACardPlayer Battle Chips]] to launch sword beams of different sizes and ranges.
** [[VideoGame/MegaManZX Model HX]] can do this if you alternate between the two attack buttons.
** It's possible to upgrade the range of the Blade Arm in ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' to emit beams with every slash
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In some games, Link can fire beams from his sword. Usually, [[SituationalSword this can only be done at full health]], though ''TheMinishCap'' (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 ''SkywardSword'', 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 using a thrust, or used to power up the SpinAttack, extending its range.
** ''PhantomHourglass'' allows you to do this when you equip the upgraded Spirit of Courage.
** ''OcarinaOfTime'' 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...
** ''MajorasMask'' 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.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriForceHeroes Tri Force Heroes]]'' requires you to wear special outfits on top of having full health to use sword beams.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', in one of many nods to the original game, reintroduces the sword beam as a basic ability that can only be used at full health, but is limited to the Master Sword, and uses the game's throwing mechanic to activate.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}''
** Kirby, as seen in the page picture, can fire beams from his sword when he becomes Sword Kirby (In the games it only works while he's at full health, in homage to the Zelda example). Final Cutter a move that can be used by Sword or Cutter Kirby depending on the game is a blade combo ending in one of these and appears as Kirby's Up B special in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games. In ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' Sword Kirby can fire off a Skyward Strike like in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''. [[spoiler: Master/Galaxia]] Kirby can use a charged version of the move (that closly resembles the anime depiction of the move) in ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheAmazingMirror''.
** [[MasterSwordsman Meta Knight]] is strongly associated with this ability and has had these in most of his appearances both as a playable character and as a boss. It's his SignatureMove in [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa the anime]] and he's the one who [[StealthMentor teaches]] Kirby how to use it. Meta Knight (and later, other people such as Bun) actually refers to it as "Sword Beam".
** King Dedede in the gamemode "Dedede Tour!" can fire off a "hammer wave" when at full health in a similar fashion. He can also fire an arrow-like beam that he can aim; these can cut ropes like an arrow would.
* Hype's sword in ''VideoGame/HypeTheTimeQuest'' produces some kind of medium-ranged razor beam when swung, which deals as much damage to the enemies as a hit from the blade itself.
* 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]], [[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Yuri]] and [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2 Ludger]]'s Azure Edge, the recurring Fierce Demon Fang, [[VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence Ange]]'s Kouhajin, [[VideoGame/TalesOfHearts Shing]]'s Solar Flare and Solar Parabola... 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 Reid]]'s Double Demon Fang, [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Lloyd]]'s Demonic Circle and [[VideoGame/TalesOfHearts Kunzite]]'s Demonic Chaos. Variations include [[VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia Senel]] and [[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Luke]]'s hand-thrown Demon Fist, Estelle's "Star Stroke", and Repede's "Demonic Charge". Yuri also has Final Gale, which is two Sword Beams combined into a bigger blast. [[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Guy]]'s second [[LimitBreak Mystic Arte]] "Brilliant Overlord" turns this into an art form with several sword beams being thrown and converging into a huge energy explosion. For an axe-based variant, [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2 Barbatos Goetia]] has "Genocide Braver", a huge fire beam blasted out of the tip of his axe, and "Hell Heat" where his axe shoots an entire stream of fireballs.
* ''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!''
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' of all places has this, as one of the melee weapons players can acquire is a sword that when in use will absorb incoming fire from energy weapons, and can then [[HoistByHisOwnPetard fire it back at the enemy]].
* 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 bladed weapons.
** Given [[Creator/{{Koei}} their relation,]] some ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' do this as well, as well as other characters across all their other titles.
* 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 ''VideoGame/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.
** Cloud and Sephiroth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' 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 ''VideoGame/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?
** Squall from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' 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.
** ''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/DevilMayCry3DantesAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4'', 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 (to be precise, he does a quick draw slash and then a sphere of "slashes" appear in front of him).
* 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.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', [[BigBad Marluxia]] can launch crescents of energy by swinging his scythe.
** 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/DragonForceSega Dragon Force]]''.
* 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.
** The Moonlight Greatsword returns as the Holy Moonlight Blade in the DLC of ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', and retains its SwordBeam properties. Also from the DLC is the {{Squick}} of this trope being combined with the game's motif: [[spoiler: Lady Maria]] creates what are basically Sword Beams with their ''blood''.
* 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.
* In ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'', Phonton Saber users can learn this as a battle art, Longswords have something like this too though it requires the player to be at a closer range to the enemy
* 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 once it's [[EleventhHourSuperpower fully assembled]], becoming Sword BeamSpam incarnate.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam Reborn'', many previously melee-focused suits such as the [[Anime/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.
* In ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'', Tremmie, [[OneSceneWonder Rezner]] and [[SixthRanger Hal]] can learn the Sonic Boom [[LimitBreak boost attack]], which enables a mobile suit armed with a sword or a spear to fire off one of these. It inflicts mediocre damage but does not provoke retaliation, allowing a melee-oriented GlassCannon to strike down an opponent without harm to itself.
** For Tremmie, Vargas and Hal, there's a high-level version called Sonic Storm that hits all opponents simultaneously; with a sufficiently high-leveled suit, it is usually a OneHitPolykill against mooks. Some high-level enemies have this move as well.
* Minotaurs in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfDragons'', but using halberds instead of swords.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', Reinhardt has an ability called ''Fire Strike'' which does this, except with a [[DropTheHammer hueg hammer]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'', Agate uses this as his final S-Craft. Every enemy will be targeted as long as they're within his attack circle range.
* Excalibur in ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' gets these as part of his Exalted Blade power.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend'''s [[spoiler: Excalibur]] shoots out sword beams.
* Aelf's Dagger and the Eternity sword in ''VideoGame/RealmsOfTheHaunting''. To note, they recharge over time and can't be used as melee weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', Mesmers use greatswords as ranged weapons that shoot FrickinLaserBeams.
* From ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'':
** Rath has two sword beam attacks. Crossblade has him use his two main swords Axiom and Praxis to fire off an X-shaped projectile by slashing into the air. Catalytic Smash has him use his third sword [[{{BFS}} Precept]] to unleash a shockwave, extending directly ahead of him.
** In an obvious ShoutOut to ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', Galilea's "It's Dangerous to go Alone" augment gives her the ability to unleash a ranged blast of energy with each swing of her Greatsword while her health is full.
** MX.Ronin minions are capable of sending crossblade attack waves to attack at long range. If an attack wave hits a Battleborn, it will return to the Ronin that sent it. If it hits again on the return, it will deal more damage and inflict slow for a few seconds.
* ''Videogame/SenranKagura'': one of Ikaruga's [[LimitBreak Limit Breaks]] is her swinging her katana that then launches a fire bird-shaped sword beam forward.
* Several of the swords in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' have this ability. For most, it is in the form of 'thrown' magical swords generated by swinging it, but the ''Flying Dragon'' has a much more traditional crescent-shaped beam attack. The lowest of which is the Ice Sword that can only fire an ice shard every few seconds to the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Terra Blade]] that can fire beams that penetrate multiple enemies until dissipating. Being a sword, each benefits from melee bonuses, giving melee players a ranged attack of sorts.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** {{Excalibur}} the Sword of Promised Victory, Saber's weapon, can release blasts of destructive power capable of annihilating entire buildings with ease. Due to flawed summoning and Shirou's low prana capacity, Saber cannot use this attack freely. ''LightNovel/FateZero'' and ''VideoGame/FateExtella'' reveal that it's powerful enough to destroy [[spoiler:a literal Cthulhu and an alien superweapon powerful enough to defeat ''gods'']].
** Ea the Sword of Rupture[[labelnote:*]]often [[IAmNotShazam mistakenly called "Enuma Elish"]] after its [[{{Invocation}} activation phrase]][[/labelnote]] is a [[ForgedByTheGods god's tool]] that Gilgamesh acquired. Fully powered its beam can [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy planets]], but Gilgamesh [[IAmNotLeftHanded refuses to use it against unworthy opponents]] and against those worthy he only uses a fraction of its power.
** The attacks of the Fifth Holy Grail War's Berserker are so powerful that the wind following the swings 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.
** Expanded universe materials introduce more swords that shoot beams: [[VideoGame/FateExtra Gawain's Excalibur Galatine]], [[LightNovel/FateApocrypha Siegfried's Balmung, Mordred's Clarent Blood Arthur]], [[VideoGame/FateGrandOrder Lancelot's Arondight-Overload]], and [[VideoGame/FateExtella Altera's Teardrop Photon Ray]]. A Drama CD jokes about the overuse of this trope with Saber declaring that Sabers must be able to shoot beams. In actuality though, there are about as many Sabers who don't shoot beams as there are that do.
* The "Grubberfly's Elegy" Charm, the reward for doing Papa Grub's sidequest, from ''VideoGame/HollowKnight'' allows for this It creates a shockwave-shaped blast from the tip of the Kight's sword, and does 50% weapon damage. It can be stacked with "Quick Nail" for BeamSpam. However, it only works at full HP (but this can be cheated with Lifeblood charms, which grant temporary HP).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Roy Greenhilt unsuccessfully tries to invoke this from his ancestral sword [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1045.html here]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/FateNuovoGuerra'' features Clarent as an EvilCounterpart to Excalibur from ''VisualNovel/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.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Keela can send out slashes of darkness with a swing of her scythe.
** Vladmare can send out slashes of blue energy by swinging his sword.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''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, Link's sword is really more of a sword-shaped MagicWand that he [[SwordPointing points at things]] in order to shoot {{Disintegrator Ray}}s. He never attempts to actually swing it at enemies except when parrying or feinting in battle. Likewise, the bows wielded by Zelda are depicted as an EnergyBow with identical powers. Presumably this is because [[MoralGuardians slashing something with a sword is imitatable, but shooting a laser out of it isn't]].
* 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'', the Sword of Daylight shoots out a beam of pure daylight after Jim stabs Bular through the chest, turning most of his body to stone in the process.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* 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.