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[[caption-width-right:300:[[http://www.flickr.com/photos/cedarloreforge/2346345839/in/pool-712979 This guy]] can smelt [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]] into the [[{{Pun}} Phlebotinate]] [[PenultimateWeapon Weapon]].]]

->''For Gods and for mighty Kings.\\
Uncrushable shields, Power-belts and magic Rings,\\
Swords that never miss, Scepters and Crowns and other things.''
-->-- '''Falconer''', "Lord Of The Blacksmiths"

The Ultimate Blacksmith is the only person in the world that can [[ElementalCrafting turn that ingot]] of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]] into the InfinityPlusOneSword. Usually lives in a cave in a mountain on the edge of the world. The bottom edge. Guarded by a dragon with eight heads and twelve necks. Sometimes he is not guarded, hidden or the likes, but instead he has sworn never again to forge an instrument of bloodshed. In this case he must be persuaded to do so, which often turns out to be more complicated than the little dragon-problem. If persuaded, he will probably feature as the star of a ForgingScene.

Compare SwordOfPlotAdvancement. See also TheBlacksmith. The weapons he forges may be so [[AbsurdlySharpBlade absurdly sharp]] that LikeCannotCutLike.

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* Godo in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', the expert Blacksmith who makes Guts' weapons lives in the middle of nowhere. Guts appears to be his only customer.
** It should be noted that Godo had a small mine nearby, and his protege and adoptive daughter were forced to move away after the mine was collapsed during a fight between Guts and Zodd.
* The Rockbells of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' are said to be the best auto-mail engineers around, but they live in rural isolation and only seem to make automail for the protagonist.
** Though Winry eventually leaves to study in Rush Valley, a booming haven for automail engineers.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Toutousai is the creator of two of the four most powerful swords in the story: Inuyasha's Tessaiga, accurately reputed to be capable of killing a hundred {{youkai}} with a single swing, and Sesshoumaru's Tenseiga, just as accurately reputed to be capable of saving a hundred lives with a single swing.
** Kaijinbou, Toutousai's evil apprentice-turned-rival, who forged the third of the four most powerful swords in the story (the fourth sword, [[MoreThanInfinite Bakusaiga]], forged ''itself''). Though not as skilled as Toutousai, he forges Sesshoumaru's other sword Toukijin, which he forged from the teeth of Goshinki. Toukijin turns out to have such an immense evil power that it takes control of Kaijinbou, leading to his death. It's the equal of Tessaiga in strength.
** Toshu, the swordsmith who forges the formidable Dakki. It's very noteworthy, since he's [[BadassNormal just a human]], yet able to forge a demonic weapon strong enough to (temporarily) steal Tessaiga's power. Dakki is eventually absorbed into Tessaiga and becomes just another power Inuyasha can use.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': After Kenshin breaks his sword, he tries to seek out the original swordsmith for a repair job. Unfortunately, the guy has been dead for years and his son is a regular blacksmith who's more interested in making cookware, but the daughter-in-law lets slip that the swordsmith's last work, considered to be his masterpiece, has been dedicated to the local shrine. [[spoiler: Luckily, it turns out to be a reverse blade sword.]]
** The son is no slouch when it comes to knives, either. When Kenshin uses the man's kitchen knife to cut a turnip and then presses the bits together, they fuse again, because the cut is so perfect.
* ''Anime/SeikenNoBlacksmith'' of course has the blacksmith himself, Luke Ainsworth. Thus the title, 'The Sacred Sword Blacksmith'. Apparently he's the only one who can do it, since blacksmiths also seem to be rare to find...
* Presea in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. True, she seems to be using magic, rather than the hammer and anvil, but she is labelled as a blacksmith and she is the one who gives the knights their weapons, after their retrieval of the {{Phlebotinum}}.
* Kiki Shikizaki of ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'', whose twelve Deviant Blades are all unique in some way (unique like one's actually a robot, one's actually armor and [[spoiler:one's actually a set of handguns and a revolver]]). Even his non-legendary swords are capable of deciding the scale of battle just by how many one possesses. The former are also the {{MacGuffin}}s of the series for the main characters. It's later revealed that the secret to his success is the fact that [[spoiler:as a soothsayer, he could see past his own timeline. Therefore, the Deviant Blades are [[VoodooShark actually futuristic technology.]]]] His strongest, [[spoiler:Thirteenth]] Deviant Blade [[spoiler:is actually a ''bloodline'' dedicated to breeding and raising the ultimate warrior.]]
* [[OldMaster Un'no]] of ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'' is a master swordsmith who's equally adept at making his [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]] human-sized or [[HumongousMecha mobile suit]]-sized. And crazy-skilled at wielding them, too. [[spoiler:Shortly before his death]], he teaches protagonist Lowe Guele how to make mobile suit-sized katanas, and [[HotBlooded Lowe being Lowe]], he takes it UpToEleven by making one with a [[{{BFS}} 150-meter blade]].
* Master Michael Kohara from ''Manga/GaRei'', having forged pneumatic blades for both Kagura and Kensuke since Anime/GaReiZero. Said blades range from having shotguns built into the hilts to being able to [[spoiler:''[[RealityWarper cross dimensions]]'' through the PowerOfLove.]]
* In ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'', Nimaiya Ouetsu is the blacksmith who created the Asauchi, the nameless swords issued to each Shinigami so that they can shape their own "Zanpakuto" through training.
* Galein Musica from ''Manga/RaveMaster'' is considered to be the greatest swordsmith ever to have lived and created the sword that the protagonist uses. Unfortunately, his family was slain by his own sword, he gave up the profession before Haru convinced him to fix it again.
** His grandson has also inherited the smithy techniques and forged the final sword for Haru later. Interestingly, when his grandson tries to copy his grandfather's techniques to forge Haru's sword, he fails every time. A note left behind by his grandfather made him realize that he had to do things his own way, so he simply uses his alchemy to create Haru's sword with his bare hands.
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', Shigure Kosaka's late father was such an awesome weaponsmith that with a traditional forge and materials, he made weapons far superior to those the organization YAMI could make with state-of-the-art techniques and materials. YAMI eventually kidnaps Shigure, hoping she inherited her father's weapon-forging skills. She did, but since they're bad guys and she really doesn't want to work for them, she deliberately messes up each attempt. She forges weapons that ''seem'' perfect, but shatter like glass when hit in a certain spot, forges weapons that become soft like clay, and even trolls them by making a perfect katana that's so small you'd have to be six inches tall to wield it. When she does make real weapons, they record the process with high-tech equipment, but still fail to duplicate it. She winds up inflicting LimaSyndrome on the YAMI researchers observing her technique, who are all so inspired by watching her work that they become her apprentices.
* ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'': The Hokage clan had two ultimate blacksmiths,[[spoiler: Kokuu]], who believed that weapons should only be used defensively, and [[spoiler: Kaima]], who believed that weapons were made to kill. Their creations reflect their opposing philosophies.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* In ''{{Preacher}}'' the Angel of Death wants to give up his job. When he finds a worthy soul, he melts down his Angelic Sword of Death and allows {{Satan}} to forge it into a pair of Colt revolvers. The result is a pair of pistols which never run out of ammo, never miss, and never fail to kill. The new Angel of Death, now named the Saint of Killers, immediately shoots the Devil in the head and kills him. [[spoiler: He later shoots and kills {{God}}.]]
* In the Ashbringer series, based on the lore of Warcraft, Magni Bronzebeard is this. He forges the Ashbringer, the ultimate holy sword that literally turns undead to ashes by just touching them.
* The titular character of the Filipino comic ''Panday'' (Blacksmith), who forges a sword from a [[ThunderboltIron meteorite]], capable of killing demons. His descendants also carry the mantle.
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* Naruto in FanFic/AGrowingAffection just might be this. He forges his staff-blade Kitsune [[MemeticMutation On the side of the road!]] [[Film/IronMan With a bunch of disposable kunai!]] It stands up to Orochimaru's legendary artifact Kusanagi. He creates even more impressive weapons for Hinata and Sakura.
* ''FanFic/{{Scootamom}}'' makes ''Princess Luna'' of all ponies one of these, although she has yet to be shown making anything more impressive than a bike helmet to go with Scootaloo's IconicItem. Still, it's a helmet that's survived everything the Cutie Mark Crusaders can throw at it, so that's pretty badass.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The [[spoiler:Key-maker]] from ''Film/TheMatrix'' Trilogy.
* Hattori Hanzo from ''Film/KillBill''. He's not living in isolation, though; just in secret.
* ''Film/IronMan''
** Tony Stark builds a power suit out of spare weapons parts as a prisoner in a weapons bunker. He later makes several improved versions of the suit, including one that converts into a suitcase. He also manages to create a new element using his own personal partical accelerator.
** Tony Stark can build it, in a cave, [[MemeticMutation WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS.]]
** Ivan Vanko is Stark's foil, building power suits of his own that stand toe-to-toe with Stark's.
* The serial movie ''Panday'' from the Philippines featured TheStoic protagonist Flavio [[spoiler:played by actor Fernando Poe Jr.]] as the eponymous ''panday'' (blacksmith) who fashioned a mystical sword out of a meteor that crashed in his home village in order to combat the forces of darkness.
* [[ConanTheBarbarian Conan's]] dad in the first movie was one of sorts (even opening the movie with one of the most epic {{Forging Scene}}s ever put on film). While there is nothing especially ''magical'' about the sword he crafts, it was in a time when ordinary steel was more rare and valuable than gold, and mentions to young Conan the "Riddle of Steel" as having been stolen from the gods. Who or whatever forged Conan's ''Atlantean'' sword, however, might fit this trope to a far greater degree.
* The smith in ''[[Franchise/EvilDead Army of Darkness]]''. The guy helped Ash build a ''freakin' cyborg hand'' and turn a busted hunk of junk car into the Deathcoaster.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/{{Discworld}} has Jason Ogg, the only man with enough skill to shoe Death's horse, Binky. He can and will shoe anything in the world-he once put horseshoes on an ant just because someone dared him to. Ant-sized horseshoes.
** He's more an Ultimate ''Farrier'' though, as in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' he's apparently unable to create a turtle pendant for Mightily Oats after he lost his original one. He's still a ''darn good'' blacksmith though.
** In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', he actually[[spoiler: shoes a unicorn with silver horseshoes]].
** In addition, he knows the "special horseman's word" which will allow him to shoe even the most ill-tempered of beasts: Granny Weatherwax eventually persuaded him to let her in on the secret, which is: [[spoiler:"Well, ma'am, what happens is, I gets old of 'un and smacks 'un between the eyes with the hammer before'un knows what's happening, and then I whispers in his ear, I sez, 'Cross me, you bugger, and I'll have [[GroinAttack thy goolies]] on t'anvil, thou knows I can'"]].
** It's also described in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' as being a familial skill, which appears to work as follows: So long as the Smith of Lancre shoes any animal brought to him, he will have the ability to shoe any animal brought to him.
* In ''{{Dragonlance}}'', there's Theros, who makes the weapons that the series is named after.
* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', Rhunön, if she hadn't unfortunately sworn to never make another sword in the Ancient Language, making it impossible to break the oath. [[spoiler:She later gets around this by using magic to [[PeoplePuppets control Eragon's body]] so technically he is making it, satisfying the condition that she didn't make it]].
* Domingo Montoya in ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', the best swordsmith in the world, who craves a project worthy of his skill, and in the meantime fills orders for his famous friend Yeste.
* The dwarf Telchar in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. It was he who forged Narsil "in the depths of time", which would later become Aragorn's sword, Andúril.
** There was also Curufinwë/Fëanor, who was "pretty good" with weapons and armor and also crafted [[MineralMacguffin some trinkets]] that got mentioned in that work once or a few hundred times.
** And Eöl the Dark Elf, who forged two swords (Anglachel and Anguirel) out of what, from the description, must have been meteoric iron.
** And Sauron, who forged another trinket that didn't get mentioned in ''The Silmarillion'' so much but did come up maaaybe once or twice in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** Not to mention Aulë, who crafted the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves.]]
* Perrin Aybara in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. While his blacksmithing skills are portrayed as being good, solid craftsman work throughout the series, in Towers at Midnight he has a scene where [[spoiler: he effectively smiths a Mjölnir clone.]]
** Outside the Pit of Doom are the forgers of the Mydraal's cursed weapons. Besides being this trope, they also have to bathe the blades in the tainted streams outside their forges, and then kill and innocent person with them. They're fun guys.
** There used to be a lot of people who fit this trope; all Aes Sedai with skills in making power-wrought items. Most of the examples encountered are unbreakable blades, though any forged Angreal, Sa'angreal, or other Ter'angreal definitely counts.
* The smith Volund (see Myth and Legend) shows up in DavidDrake's ''NorthworldTrilogy''. As with the myth, he's more a force of nature than a man, whose creative abilities border on godlike.
* Regin, the not entirely human foster-father of Sigurd from the ''Literature/PoeticEdda'' and the ''Literature/SagaOfTheVolsungs'', who forged the sword Gram with which Sigurd sliced an anvil in half and killed the dragon Fafnir.
* Iorek Byrison in ''HisDarkMaterials''. His skill with metalworking is [[ChekhovsGun shown in the first book,]] but it's only latter on we learn just how good he is.
* In Creator/RuthFrancesLong's ''Literature/TheTreacheryOfBeautifulThings'', Wayland. Which is why Jack goes to him for a sword. He gives him one and then says the price would cover more, so gives him something for Jenny. It is a jack (as in the game).
* Uprox Screl, who forged TheSwordOfShannara, and subsequently retires and becomes the ancestor of Panamon Creel.
* Daja and her teacher Frostpine from Literature/CircleOfMagic. Both of them have power over metal, fire and smithing, and can create truly amazing pieces of work. Daja in particular produces some impressive stuff out of the living brass growing on her arm.
* Hank Rearden from AtlasShrugged is this trope, transplanted into the context of a modern industrial steel industry. His abilities with steel and the new alloys he invents are just as great as the talents of the medieval-fantasy Ultimate Blacksmith.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Invoked by more PowerMetal than it is remotely feasible to list.
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[[folder:Myth and Legend]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: Hephaestus is the [[ClassicalMythology Greek god]] of, amongst other things, blacksmithing. He did live under a volcano in various myths (Often mount Etna). He was also often helped by Cyclops. When the Romans assimilated their volcano god Vulcan to Hephaestus, he became this as well.
* Ilmarinen, from the Finnish ''Literature/{{Kalevala}}''.
** Not only is he a badass Blacksmith in general, he also made the sky itself.
** He also has a cameo in the Estonian epic ''{{Literature/Kalevipoeg}}'' where he makes the eponymous hero his legendary sword.
* In [[NorseMythology Norse legends]], there are the dwarfs (or dark elves) Sindri and Brokkr. To win a bet with Loki, they forge three magical treasures, a living, golden boar for Freyr, a gold ring that duplicates itself every nine nights for Odin, and for Thor, his hammer Mjölnir. And this is despite Loki sabotaging every attempt. Two of the treasures turned out fine, but Mjölnir's handle was too short thanks to Loki. Sindri crafted Thor's iron gloves so he could safely wield the hammer anyway.
* [[Literature/WaylandTheSmith Völundr, Wayland, or Wieland]], the mythic master smith of Germanic mythology. Probably his most remarkable creation was a pair of artificial wings, with which he could fly.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[OurTitansAreDifferent Autochthon]] [[MechanicalLifeform the Great Maker]] of ''{{Exalted}}'' has been implied to embody this concept as part of his conceptual nature; among his more impresssive accomplishments, he invented the titular Exalted, plus a whole mess of other artifacts which allowed them to take down his fellow [[JerkassGods Primordials.]] Among one of the most legendary is the plot-changing level artifact called the Eye of Autochthon (which may be [[BodyToJewel literally what it says]]) which can [[RealityWarper pretty much do anything imaginable]] [[GameBreaker provided it's on the scale of a castle or bigger.]]
** Many Solar Exalted also fit this trope, since they can (in theory) make artifacts every bit a match for the Eye of Autochthon.
*** This is the other hat of the Twilight Caste, alongside being the [[WizardsAndWitches sorcerers]].
** The forging process for some of the magical materials requires this as well. Oricalchum, for instance, can only be forged by reflecting pure sunlight onto gold while it's being forged in the caldera of a volcano. And moonsilver can only be made by exposing silver to the energies of the Wyld, a chaotic land where reality goes right out the window.
** The fetich soul of [[GodEmperor Malfeas the Demon City]], [[NobleDemon Ligier the Green Sun]], also has this as a fundamental expression of his overall goal to basically out-awesome everyone else in existence with how awesome he is and creating beautiful things in his likeness. Among other accomplishments that have made him the most well-known example of this trope in Creation (as Autochthon has exiled himself for such a long time that most people have totally forgotten about him) is a brass daiklaive that fights in his name when he feels his opponents aren't good enough for him to face directly but they insist on challenging him sufficiently for him to consider them [[WorthyOpponent Worthy Opponents.]]
*** Malfeas, or rather Theion as he was known then, also made the Daystar - the cosmic strategic deterrent that serves as Creation's sun. Though he stole the critical components from devices made by Autochthon, so credit where credit is due.
* In TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}, two of the Primarchs (basically living gods that were the super-templates for the SpaceMarines) were definitive Ultimate Blacksmiths. Vulcan was raised in a community where blacksmithing was everything, and he made his mark by fighting off an entire horde of Dark Eldar raiders with nothing but a pair of smithing hammers; he was only ever equaled by Fulgrim, a fellow Primarch, whose quirk of choice was being absolutely perfect at ''everything''. [[BilingualBonus Ferrus Manus]], yes there are a lot of [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Names]] in this game, once fought a silver dragon and beat it by ''dunking it into a volcanic lava flow''. When he lifted out, his hands were coated in living metal (hence, while never outright stated, the "dragon" is assumed to have actually been a cybernetic god known as a C'tan) that let him forge objects by bending the materials with his sort-of-bare hands.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', the oldest and most experienced of the dwarven runesmiths can occasionally get this sort of reputation. The most famous of them is Alaric the Mad, who created a number of famous artifacts that all outlived him. He was known as 'the Mad' because he created twelve identical weapons with the same enchantments on them (the runefangs of the Empire's elector counts), which is against the runesmiths' [[WeirdTradeUnion union rules]].
* A high-level Artificer in the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' will eventually fall into this. As well, House Cannith which possesses the Mark of Making generally has the appropriate reputation - the most famously skilled craftsman alive is Merrix d'Cannith, one of the heads of the house, who spends most of his time furthering his ancestor's research into developing the warforged, a race of intelligent constructs they invented. [[spoiler:Though actually it was more like a race they cribbed from bits and pieces left behind in the ancient giants' ruins.]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Reign}}'', the Dindavarans have this reputation due to their secret school of magic, which allows them to produce magical swords. They guard their secrets jealously and with good reason, since the greatest of weapons require a HumanSacrifice.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Alberich, the dwarf from ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'', stole the magic Rhinegold and forged the ring that spawned the 20-hour Opera [[spoiler:and eventually caused the whole world to burn down]]. Now THAT's an ultimate blacksmith.
** His wimpy brother Mime, Siegfried's foster father, is implied to be an even better blacksmith, considering that Alberich leaves the forging of the intricate helmet of invisibility to him even though the blueprints are his though. Nevertheless, he is unable to reforge the sword Notung (which, in turn, was probably created by Wotan, the king of the gods) after Wotan's spear shattered it. The one who can do so is Mime's good-for-nothing disciple Siegfried, for the sole reason that he does not know fear.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Artahka in ''{{Bionicle}}''. Creator of the most advanced technology in the Matoran World, even wearing a mask that tells him how to create his cool stuff. Too bad he hides his island for everyone.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' had one for the Pink Tails / Adamantine equipment.
** Make that two, in the DS remake: the nameless Tail Guy, who gives you trinkets for bringing him tails [[RandomlyDrops (which drop from monsters at an absolutely disgusting rate)]], including Adamant Armor and Onion Swords, and the nugget of [[GreenRocks adamantite]] he gives you for bringing him the Rat Tail. You take the adamantite to Kokkol (who lives at the edge of the underworld, and yes, there are dragons where he hangs around), and a few plot events later, your dear old SwordOfPlotAdvancement has become the [[InfinityMinusOneSword Excalibur]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' had one, in the form of Hades, situated in the FinalDungeon, and he's actually a GOD, and you have to beat him up.
** And he is also ''hidden'' somewhat offscreen nicely, so you could easily skip him without a guide if you're not rummaging every single corner.
* A dwarf makes a powerful sword in some of the ''FinalFantasy'' games.
** A Goblin fulfills this task in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' for the Relic Weapons, the most powerful weapons that exist... except for the very last upgrade, which is done [[EmpathicWeapon by the weapon itself]](Oddly enough, the ''weapon'' charges more than the [[HonestJohnsDealership ripoff artist]]).
* Biggoron, who made the Biggoron Sword from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and ''{{VideoGame/The Legend Of Zelda Oracle|Games}} of Seasons''. In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'', you get the [[spoiler: Mirror Shield]] from him, instead.
** The dwarves that have to be reunited in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', though they improve an existing weapon rather than making a new one.
** The [[spoiler:Subrosan Smithies]] from ''Oracle of Ages'' and ''Oracle of Seasons''.
** Zauz from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'', who lives on a secret island. He makes the [[spoiler:Phantom Sword, which is the only way you can defeat the Phantoms, as opposed to merely avoiding them.]]
* In the "vanilla" era of the game, ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' had it so that one of the best Blacksmithing sets was made entirely of Dark Iron. Thing is, you had to get the recipes by sucking up to the Thorium Brotherhood Dwarves by collecting iron scraps and iron dust for them. And it took eight pieces of Dark Iron Ore to make one bar of Dark Iron. And you had to go into a ''fucking dungeon'' so that you could smelt the stuff in a furnace hooked up to the freaking ''lava flow''.
** Similarly, when there was only one expansion out, the point of becoming a specialised weaponsmith was that you could forge a special weapon of your chosen type at maximum level. It would start out as a maximum-level practically maximum-quality (ie. "epic") weapon, and then could be upgraded twice after that to make it an even better maximum-level epic, requiring very expensive components but making it pretty [[PenultimateWeapon penultimate]] as far as weapons went. That they didn't automatically add level 80 counterparts in the second expansion must have represented a huge nerfing of the whole specialisation thing.
** There's also a [[http://www.wowpedia.org/David_Wayne lonely blacksmith]] at the literal edge of the world in Terokkar forest, who will forge you a nifty demon-slaying sword after you've jumped through enough hoops and supplied copious amounts of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]]. While the sword itself isn't all that powerful, he definitely fits the trope.
** The last content patch of Wrath of the Lich King introduces the Ashen Verdict, which, according to Blizzard, is an ''entire faction'' of [[UltimateBlacksmith Ultimate Blacksmiths]]. In addition to some of the best armor and ammo, you can complete a long-winded quest chain to obtain Shadowmourne, the best two-handed axe so far. It actually starts as a slightly weaker axe, which itself requires more time and money than the entire leveling experience it took to get that far.
** The true Ultimate Blacksmith in the Warcraft story is Khaz'goroth, a member of the Pantheon, the ruling body of the Titans; while he hasn't been involved in the creations of any ultimate weapons(though his smithing hammer is more powerful than any known weapon on the planet), what he has crafted are the earthen(protodwarves), the mountain giants, and, oh yea, the ''mountains themselves''.
** Another important figure who fits into this trope would be none other than King Magni Bronzebeard, who lead the dwarves of Ironforge until ''World of Warcraft: Cataclysm''. It was by his hand that the Ashbringer- a holy blade which shattered [[EvilWeapon Frostmourne]] in the final confrontation with the Lich King- had been created. He also created a weapon for Prince Anduin Wrynn called Fearbreaker. It was the only object that remained within the blast radius of the mana bomb dropped on Theramore.
* Similarly Watts in several of the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' games. He forges and upgrades the many types of weapons SD is known for.
** And arguably the player character himself in ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana''. With the right materials, you can make just about any kind of equipment imaginable, from joke items like a [[CherryTapping cotton sword]] to [[GameBreaker weapons powerful enough to one-shot pretty much everything.]]
* Melchior from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' cannot not be mentioned, he's one of the earliest video game examples.
** Similarly, ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' had two alternate universe versions of their ultimate blacksmith, Zappa, [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters one of whom can join your party]]. If you bring playable-Zappa to talk with NPC-Zappa, they'll combine forces and figure out how to forge the rainbow shell into powerful weapons, most of which are [[InfinityPlusOneSword infinity-plus-one swords]].
*** ''"Ye be me!"''
* In the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series, there's always an Ultimate Blacksmith for you to recruit. He's always the only one capable of upgrading weapons to the max level. For the most part, he starts out somewhat worse, but gets better as you bring him better hammers... and of course, the Golden Hammer is the best one. Somehow.
** The first, original, ''[[SuikodenI Suikoden]]'', however, did things differently - you recruited a whole ''bunch'' of smiths, each better than the last, and finally had to go find the Ultimate Smith (who was, indeed, hidden in a hut at the end of forever) - and bring all of the other smiths with you, since they're all students of his. Together, they persuade him to join you!
*** ...he still wields a Gold Hammer, though.
* Ryu-kan from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''. He even lives on a tiny remote island up until you recruit him.
* Cromwell in ''BaldursGate 2'', Cespenar in ''ThroneOfBhaal''. They're both quite accessible, though -- it's only the "forge the infinity plus one items" part that fits.
** Accessible to the player's party, that is. Anybody else that wants to make use of Cespenar's services had better learn how to travel to a demonic pocket dimension constructed and held together solely by the main character's will.
*** Furthermore, Cespenar answers to nobody but the protagonist of the story. But the actual UltimateBlacksmith of the game is probably ''Kerrick the Smith''.
* ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'' has the Hammerhead Bros., who can turn Hoohoo Blocks into hammers.
* Thursagan in ''BattleForWesnoth'''s Scepter of Fire campaign. Lives in a mountain.
* Grischa in ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity'', though he lives in a major dwarf city.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'''s Smitty in Adytum, Boneyard can convert your already-decent Plasma Rifle into the Turbo Plasma Rifle, fully loaded. Provided you fix the hydroponic parts first.
** Algernon from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' blows every other tinkerer in the game out of the water. He'll perform just about any upgrade in the game--Mega Power Fists, Turbo Plasma Rifles, improved flamer fuel, and more--for ''zero'' cost, and he's available in one of the biggest towns in the game, guarded by two dogs who won't attack. Even better, his scripting gives automatically fills the magazine of any gun you give him to upgrade.
*** Kind of subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''; there are no blacksmiths, but some merchants will offer to repair your weapons and armor in exchange for [[CallAHitPointASmeerp bottle caps]], Fallout's currency. But no merchant have a perfect 100 repair skill. Only ''you'', the player, can have that through leveling, making you the best repairman in the state.
*** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', specifically ''Honest Hearts'', introduces the New Canaanites. Mormons who are known for their high quality .45 caliber weapons, especially their .45 Auto Pistols (M1911A1). This is actually a TruthInTelevision as Browning basically created most modern firearms for the Mormon community to defend themselves. They just take it to PlanetOfHats levels in New Vegas.
* Boutell in ''{{Avernum}} 1''. He's one of the best blacksmiths around, and he knows it.
* The Dwarven Blacksmith in ''ShiningForce II'' was the only one who could turn pieces of mithril into the ultimate weapons for each character. Of course, the fact that he randomly decided which weapon to make also meant that he was also classified as a ScrappyMechanic.
** Happens again in ''VideoGame/ShiningForceIII'' where (in Part 1 at any rate) there are only two blacksmiths that could work with {{Mithril}}. One hidden at around 3/4 of the way through the game and another right at the end of the game. The player is expected to find and keep all the mithril they've throughout the game to get the best weapons in the game. Once again the weapons you get were randomised.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'', the Tool Shop owner in Kol serves this function.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' has Sunshine/Sunpawa, who is depressed and refuses to forge anything unless you hand him interesting material. Sadly, the best he can forge is still worse than the game's real ultimate weapon (although you get only one of those, and can technically forge as many Excaliburs as you want for the other sword-wielding characters)
** However, he does create the best shield (Cosmos Shield), best clothes (Mythril Clothes, rated higher than just about everything except the only-one-available Valkyrie Mail, which can only be worn by four of the eight characters anyway), etc...The Golden Boots is another only-one-available, and the second-best boots are yet another forgeable item. Also, if you have the Cleric's Ring, the Darksword is actually stronger than the Sol Blade, except for the unleash.
** Obaba is said to be the only person in the world capable of working the ancient forge to repair the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Trident of Ankohl]]. She can also use it to summon salamanders. [[spoiler:[[GoldenSunDarkDawn Thirty years later]], she still has enough in her to forge any equipment you need from whatever you bring her, and many of the options are very powerful, second only to cursed equipment, the Sol Blade, and Sveta's Umbra Gear.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' got one in the DS remake - she's the one who makes the Ultima Sword. She also makes the ultimate gear for each job class once they reach job level 99.
* The Moogles in ''KingdomHearts'', capable of turning raw material into the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ultima Weapons]] in both games.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has Wade of Wade's Emporium. He considers himself to be more of an artist than a businessman ([[TalkerAndDoer his partner is the one stuck worrying about money]]) and jumps at the chance to forge powerful armor with Drake [[spoiler: and Dragon]] Scales. Although he will forge the armor sets free of charge, paying him enough extra gold nets you superior armor.
** The ''Warden's Keep'' DLC has Mikhael Dryden, who will appear at the Soldier's Peak after you beat the associated quest. Given a lump of Meteor Metal, he'll forge Starfang, a Longsword or a Greatsword that is superior to pretty much every other weapon in its class in the unmodded original game.
** Wade and Herren return in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' and have apparently expanded into forging weapons, too. Give Wade the materials he needs and he will forge [[InfinityPlusOneSword Vigilance]], a sword so powerful it even merits a mention in the epilogue.
** Branka of House Branka was such an extraordinary smith that she was made a noble and elevated to a Paragon, the divine ancestors of the dwarves, during her lifetime. However, even she is by far surpassed by the Paragon Caradin, who created a magical forge to craft the Golems used by the Ancient Dwarven Empire to combat the Darkspawn, but his Thaig and his secrets [[LostSuperweapon were lost]] during the First Blight. Two years before the start of the game, Branka lead her entire house (except for her husband Oghren) into the Deep Roads on an expedition to find it [[spoiler: and is ultimately revealed to have sacrificed them ''all'' either to the Darkspawn or to test the Thaig's defenses, overwhelmed by [[GoldFever her desire to claim the forge]]]].
* Coaxmetal from ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' - somewhat hard to get to, but turns out some of the best weapons in the game(including some of the very few swords and [[spoiler:the only weapon in the planes capable of killing ''you'']]).
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' had the Hermit Gunsmith, from whom you [[KleptomaniacHero steal]] the first weapon, and if you [[MagikarpPower hang on to it through some of the toughest fights in the game]], he'll turn it into an [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One]] [[HandCannon Pistol]] for you.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness''. You get to buy some majorly weaksauce weapons, and get one or two handed out to you early on. Then you make the rest, of your ENTIRE ARSENAL, by using a crafting system involving some [[RandomlyDrops rather rare]] materials.
* While exaggerated, Carl from ''MechWarrior 4'' is affectionately described as one of these. Give Carl a hundred tons of steel wool and he'll knit you an Atlas.
* As long as you have the items, Gordon in ''AgarestSenki2'' can forge you the ultimate weapon whatsoever.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' after acquiring the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement legendary sword]], you need to find the blacksmith in Turnscote capable of repairing the sword.
* ''MuramasaTheDemonBlade'' has, well, Muramasa. In a departure from the norm, you meet him in chapter two and can call upon him to craft you new weapons whenever you have the necessary souls, life-force and level (as well as the prerequisite swords) for them: He lives in an alternate dimension any wielder of a Muramasa blade can access. His best weapons are only accessible after you've cleared both stories, however, and the InfinityPlusOneSword, one so powerful it ''cuts fate'', only at level 90 and above.
* Your blacksmith character in ''VideoGame/TheSims Medieval'' can undertake a quest to become one.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Strongly implied with Suwako: she is a goddess of the earth and can/[[{{Gotterdammerung}} could]] create new soil as she please. She used to own an impressive arsenal of metal weaponry, which she used to pacify the curse-gods of [[GodEmperor her kingdom]]. Unfortunately it meaned little when she fought Kanako, who, being the goddess of rain, rusted all of Suwako's weapons.
* Nikolai, the amnesiac blacksmith in ''VideoGame/ExitFate''. If you introduce him to every other blacksmith in the game, he can, unlike any NPC blacksmith, upgrade any weapon to its highest level (each character has a signature weapon you improve, rather than replace with better versions). Since your 75-man army carry some really mixed weaponry, this means Nikolai is immensely versatile, at least - any regular blacksmith can improve a sword or an axe, but a harp? A pen? A ''Handbag''? A set of ''teeth, still attached to the dog wielding them''?
* Eorlund Gray-mane the Companions' smith in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' and the man in charge of running the legendary Sky-forge. During the Companions' quests, he will eventually forge you a brand new Skyforge Steel weapon (essentially a DiscOneNuke). Later, he will reforge Wuuthrad once the fragments of the ancient axe are gathered. He is also a Master Smithing trainer, meaning he can help you become an UltimateBlacksmith in your own right. In-universe, he is quite rightly regarded as the best smith in all of Skyrim, although the smiths at the entrance to Whiterun get more business because Eorlund does his work mostly for the pleasure of smithing, particularly for the Companions.
** His UnknownRival in Windhelm however claims that Eorlund's craftsmanship is less because of his skill and more because of the powers of the Skyforge, although it's unclear whether this is just [[GreenEyedMonster envy talking]] or actually holds a grain of truth. Balimund of Riften is another rival smith, who admits that he's taken to stoking his forge with fire salts to give him an edge and allow him to compete with Eorlund's Skyforge Steel.
** The Dragonborn can become one such smith by advancing the Smithing skill enough, to the point where you can forge Daedric armour and weaponry and rediscover how to create Dragonscale or Dragonplate armours. And that's before you get into the [[GameBreaker Alchemy-Enchanting-Smithing loop.]] With ''Dawnguard'' and ''Dragonborn'' installed, the Dragonborn is also able to craft Dragonbone weaponry as well as expand their repertoire to become the UltimateBlacksmith of Solstheim as well.
* The Giant Blacksmith in ''DarkSouls'' fits this pretty well. He's relatively difficult to reach compared to the other three blacksmiths and he is the only smith able to forge unique weapons with boss souls. He can also infuse normal weapons with lightning, the element associated with the GodEmperor Gwyn himself.
** Really, all the blacksmiths in the game could apply here. Andrei is a master at forging Divine and Occult weapons as well as the [[BoringButPractical incredibly valuable Normal ascension]], Rickert describes himself as the "best blacksmith in all of [[TheMagocracy Vinheim]]" and can ascend Magic weapons, and it's lucky that [[DemBones Vamos]] is still smithing despite being dead since both Fire and Chaos ascension is so useful.
* Doran used to be this in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', until he tried to move out of his secluded retreat. He got kicked in the head by his horse when he was changing the wheel on his cart and suffered severe brain damage. Now he can only make weak, high-quality equipment. One of the few pieces of his ultimate weaponry still in use is the staff Wukong uses.
* The Master of the Cathedral of Shadows and Dr. Victor fill the role for the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series. A bit unusual in that they hardly bother directly working on the blade themselves - they just let their expertise with the MergingMachine fuse demons or materials into the weapons themselves. The amount of NamedWeapons they can provide gives them some major props, though.
** The dwarf you find in Sector Carina in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' wants to be one, but needs materials to practice. Get him his orders and you will end with the friggin' ''Amenomurakumo''.
* Subverted in ''[[VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia Legaia II: Duel Saga]]''. Near the end of the game, the party can access The Supreme Weapon Shop and The Ultimate Armor Shop, home of world-class forgers that will sell you powerful weapons. It is subverted in that said smiths only produces [[InfinityMinusOneSword Infinity -1 class]] weapons and armors; to get the true [[InfinityPlusOneSword best equipment]], the party must take these weapons and [[ItemCrafting forge them one step further]] using an extremely rare Heaven's Secret.
* The Worker of Secrets in the ''VideoGame/InfinityBlade'' series is the one who forged the eponymous sword. In the third game [[spoiler:after his role as the true BigBad of the series is revealed]] he forges a bunch of Infinity Weapons that are weaker than the original Blade but still just as capable [[spoiler:of permanently killing Deathless via disrupting their Quantum Identity Patterns (i.e. souls).]] The opening of the third game has a ForgingScene of the Worker forging the Infinity Blade.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' featured Altessa. He is notable for ''not'' forging any impossible weapons during the span of game's events, but was the last blacksmith possessing special dwarven smithing arts (Lloyd's stepfather aside, he wasn't noted for such a level of mastery). Said Altessa did something great and horrible in the past though and still retains the knowledge of forging key-crests for exspheres.
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* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20041014.html parodied this one]] and is the TropeNamer.
* ''YehudaMoonAndTheKickstandCyclery'': Only Joe and Brother Pilot seem to know the exact composition of Arboritum, an extremely light metal used to make bicycle frames.
* ''TheOswaldChronicles'' features the god Kalvaitis, who forges the sun every night.
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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Caitlin Bardue is The Artificer, a [[{{Golem}} construct]] magically designed to be The UltimateBlacksmith. Things that a high-end mage would need months to make, she can make overnight with the right stuff. As for accessibility, she lives in one of the dorms at Whateley Academy, so she's easy to get to.
** Well, not ''quite'' that accessible: Artificers are usually [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds young girls that are in so much pain due to uncontrolled magic]] that they pratically ''beg'' to be [[MarkedChange tattooed]] and [[HappinessInSlavery bonded to someone]], destroying all [[EmotionlessGirl personality and sense of self]]. ''Caitlin'', on the other hand, is a perpetually [[UnstoppableRage pissed off]] [[SuperSoldier former Black Ops]] [[TheGunslinger marksman]] [[{{Badass}} who will beat the crap out of anyone who tries to force her to do anything against her will]]. Oh, and she also used to be a [[GenderBender male Marine/range instructor]].
* Hephaestus in ''ThaliasMusings''. His son Eros inherited some of his skill, but since Eros' biological father is probably either Ares or Hermes, it's likely more nurture than nature.
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* A later addition to the cast of ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'' was super-blacksmith Ben-Gali. Of course, the moment he turned up was also the moment the [[CoolSword Sword of Omens]] got snapped in two.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Solus Prime, one of the Original Thirteen Primes, was the greatest smith/inventor in Transformer history. Her trademark tool, the Forge of Solus Prime, was a massive {{Magitek}} hammer capable of forging just about anything. Simply wielding it will turn a Prime into an Ultimate Blacksmith. [[spoiler:Megatron, after transplanting the arm of a dead Prime onto his own, used it to forge the Dark Star Saber, which was powerful enough to ''shatter'' the original Star Saber. Optimus later uses the Forge to upgrade the Autobots' Ground Bridge into a Space Bridge and reforge the Star Saber. However it is limited by the individuals skill level. When asked if he simply forge a new copy of the Macguffin the Decepticon's had stole, Optimus laments that he doesn't possess the skill to do so, despite having just upgraded the bridge and repaired the saber, implying that the Macguffin in question was unimaginably complex.]]
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