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->''His right arm transformed into a sword whose sonic-vibrations caused orgasms throughout Neo-Tokyo.''
-->-- '''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'''

A futuristic bladed weapon that has AbsurdCuttingPower due to the fact that it vibrates. The idea is that high-frequency vibrations in the blade allow the weapon to cut through nearly anything, essentially making it an electric turkey carver turned UpToEleven. Often, this results in a humming noise and the blade of the weapon visibly blurring or even [[PowerGlows glowing]].

Bonus points if it cleans itself -- rather explosively. Potentially has great MundaneUtility: it is the descendant of real tools very closely related to the fast cleaner/washer/perfect blender. These weapons may be as dangerous to the user as the enemy. Often, the only thing that can stop a vibroweapon is [[LikeCannotCutLike another vibroweapon,]] although that doesn't really follow if you think about it.

Compare HotBlade, which uses heat instead of vibrations to cut better than a mundane sword. A subtrope of AbsurdCuttingPower. For lower-tech cutting weapons with moving parts, see ChainsawGood.

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* The Union and AEU mobile suits in ''{{Gundam 00}}'' play the trope straight with their sonic blades. The first episode shows one activated during an attack on a new MS exhibition, complete with the audience covering their ears in pain. This also results in several glass-panes shattering.
** The Gundam Exia shows that it's GN Sword is also capable of not only boosting its sharpness through use of GN Particles, but also increasing its cutting-power by vibrating. It only has this power during all of Setsuna's battles against the Thrones, though.
* In ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'', every Guyver and even some Zoanoids possess high-frequency swords (though, in the later series, they look like {{Laser Blade}}s).
--> '''Thancrus(the aforementioned zoanoid), after his and the Guyver's blades strike one another and everybody groans at the horrifying feedback noise:''' "Shit! You have high frequency swords, too!"
* In the manga ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', one Privaron Espada, Cirucci Thunderwitch, used blades like this in her released state. [[spoiler: It doesn't work - her opponent, Uryu, has a sword that vibrated faster and as such can cut them just as easily.]]
** In Tite Kubo's earlier work, ZombiePowder, Gamma Akutabi's [[ChainsawGood Chainsaw]] {{BFS}} was originally going to be a vibrating sword. Kubo admitted it was "Really just a sort of perverted weapon."
* Ophelia in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' wielded a non-vibrating BFS but vibrated her arm at super-speed to imitate the effect (pictured). Depending on your translation, she may or may not call it the "ripple sword" technique.
* Similarly, it's suggested that this is one of the reasons the heroes in ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' are able to cut through the [[HumongousMecha Nobuseri]]. This is demonstrated when [[spoiler: Kikujiyo uses a giant Nobuseri sword to stop the falling capital. Because of the sword's size, it literally ''sings'' while he's holding it up]].
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Ragnarok converts itself into a vibroweapon when it screams.
* The Progressive Knives from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' have vibrating blades that can cut through a fighter jet with ease.
** A couple of times, Asuka gets Unit 02's hands on the [[BladeOnAStick Sonic Glaive]] and [[AnAxeToGrind Smash Hawk]], which are in all likelihood also "progressive" weapons.
* The SuperPrototype Lancelot from ''CodeGeass'' uses [[DualWielding twin]] "Maser Vibration Swords", initially making it the only powered weapon-wielding [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frame]] in the world. In the second season, similar blades are given to the Lancelot's production model version as well as the Ace Customs descended from it. The Guren SEITEN has a dagger version. The Black Knights were also able to get a Katana version developed for use with their newer frames, referred to as a Revolving Blade Sword, ostensibly developed from different technologies (it's really a ''[[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]'') and meant as a counter to the [=MVSs.=]
* Kranz Maduke, one of the Chrono Numbers from ''Manga/BlackCat'', has one of these as his signature weapon.
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', the vectors technically can be called a vibroweapon, as they vibrate so fast they can slice pretty much anything.
* Whitebeard from ''OnePiece'' technically used this trope with his Tremor-Tremor Fruit power (which is stated by WordOfGod to make him a "Vibration Man"), putting a bubble of vibrations around his [[ElementalPunch fist]] and his [[BladeOnAStick bisento]] to augment their damage potential.
** There's also the Chinjao Family, who use a [[FantasticFightingStyle martial art]] called Hasshouken (Fist of Eight Impacts) which teaches them to manipulate vibrations to augment their attacks and bypass an opponents' shielding and armor.
* This is described as the reason lightning chakra in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has such piercing power (or at least when Killer Bee uses it): it rapidly vibrates objects it charges.
** Killer Bee gets bonus points for the fact his weapons are [[CoolSword Super Vibrato Lightning Blades.]]
* In the zombie episode of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', Stocking uses (what else?) an [[ParodiedTrope actual vibrating dildo]] to fight the ZombieApocalypse.
* When Misaka of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' forms a crude sword out of magnetically-controlled iron sand, she describes its cutting power like this (proven when a leaf falls on the "blade" and is sliced cleanly in half), though she compares it to a chainsaw rather than a vibroweapon.
* The [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Dimension Sword]] technique in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is a combination of Vibroweapon and {{Telefrag}}. By shifting dimensions, a user can pass through objects unchallenged - and by shifting back, they will promptly ''destroy'' whatever they are currently within - from a block of wood to a suit of armour to human flesh. The most efficient form is doing this 'shift away, shift back' action ''one hundred times per second''[[note]]Ling-Ling Huang uses a less practiced form of sixteen shifts per second, and promptly gets her ass kicked against a user of the 100 s/s version[[/note]].
* A weapon in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' known as [[GratuitousGerman Seele Schneider]] is an arrow that can be used like a blade. The capability is due to it being a vibroweapon. Uryu even uses this in a vibroweapon ''duel'' and wins (because Seele Schneider vibrates faster than his opponent's weapon). Why is it still a fully-functional arrow? Because the Quincy are an ArcherArchetype.
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', [[spoiler:Subaru]] has her Inherent Skill as a [[SuperPrototype Type-Zero Cyborg]], the Vibration Shatter. When she activates it, anything she hits will shatter from the oscillating energies released from her punches. Examples that have been destroyed with one punch include [[TheHero Nanoha's]] DeflectorShields and [[AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX the lead Mariage's]] nigh-unbreakable [[BladeBelowTheShoulder arm-blade]].

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[[folder:Comics]]
* MarvelUniverse:
** The [[ComicBook/BlackPanther Vibranium metal]] exists on just the right wavelength to allow it to cut through any other metal. Yes, even [[{{Wolverine}} adamantium]] (DependingOnTheWriter).
** In ComicBook/NewXMen, an anti-mutant group attacked the compound and one of them managed to stab Emma Frost in her diamond form with a vibranium knife; the blade cut clean through and left her shoulder a bleeding mess.
** Weirdly, some types of Vibranium can melt metal without coming in contact with it. There are two types of Vibranium, the stuff from Wakanda (Black Panther's kingdom) and a different lode found in Antartica, they are almost identical but seem to posses different properties when put into contact with other types of {{unobtanium}}.
*** The supervillain known as Klaw has a vibranium weapon that channels a destructive vibrational wave.
** ''ComicBook/{{X-Factor}}'' Shatterstar's mutant power[[note]]he has other superhuman abilities, but they're not unusual ''[[BizarreAlienBiology for his species]]''[[/note]], is to generate vibratory shockwaves, turning his swords (which are specifically tailored to his vibrations) into vibroweapons and also allowing them to fire a SwordBeam.
** ComicBook/SpiderMan villain the Shocker has vibrational weapons mounted on his wrists, which he uses for both break-ins and combat.
* TheFlash can do this with his entire body, as demonstrated numerous times by Wally West when he chainsawed his way through objects instead of vibrating through intangibly like Barry Allen.
* Vibe of the JusticeLeague. Once demonstated just how powerful and dangerous he is while talking about his powers [[PerpSweating while interrogating someone]]:
--> '''Vibe''': I can conduct shock waves equal to an earthquake registering 8.5 in the Richter Scale. ''I'm holding you by the neck''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''StarWars'' is host to all sorts of vibroweapons, with some even appearing in the movies. Pretty much any time you see what looks like a normal bladed weapon, it's actually a vibroweapon. Unless it's a "[[AppliedPhlebotinum cortosis woven blade]]", because cortosis is one of the few materials that can stand up to a lightsaber.
** In ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Outcast]]'', Luke mentions that cortosis is a very rare mineral, and Fyyar making a PowerArmor out of it is considered to be a highly-expensive feat. On the other hand, everybody and their mother in ''[=KotOR=]'' has a cortosis-woven blade. This can, presumably, be {{handwave}}d by saying that it wasn't so rare 4000 years before the movies' timeline, but that would indicate that an entire galaxy's supply of a mineral could be mined out in a few millennia. Then again, it is never specified how much cortosis is needed for one blade to make it lightsaber-resistant.
** More conventional vibroblades of all shapes and sizes (ranging from small knives and "vibroknucklers" - think brass knucks, but with a vibrating blade at the front - to full-sized swords and spears) can be found in numerous Expanded Universe stories. Most Star Wars citizens are mildly creeped out by the concept of a "dead" blade, since by their standards it's tantamount to deliberately dulling a knife so it hurts more.
** ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'' features vibro''shields'' wielded by the Jedi's ChaoticNeutral [[{{Foil}} Counterpart]]s, the Akk Guards of Haruun Kal. [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Super-conducting metal shields]] with the edges sharpened and powered to vibrate so that they can slice and cut as well as block blaster-bolts, lightsabers and "slugs" (in our galaxy read: bullets). They're worn on the lower arms. Mace Windu comments that they're like twisted mirrors of Jedi lightsabers. He [[TheFettered uses his sword as a shield]], while these guys use their shields as swords. [[spoiler:They also subvert the idea that only a vibroblade can stop another vibroblade. In the end, the vibroshield-wielding villain attempts to block another vibroshield by knocking its cutting edge away with the broad portion of his own. The edge goes right through his shields, takes off both his hands at the wrists, and goes a fair way into his upper torso.]]
* ''[[ParallelPornTitles The Texas Vibrator Massacre]]'', where instead of a chainsaw, [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]] is equipped with an altered version of a vibrating power tool typically used in the laying of cement.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Standard GiantRobot in ''[[SuperSentai Gekisou Sentai Carranger]]'', the RV Robo, uses a scaled-up version of the Ranger's [=ViBlades=]. What makes this noteworthy is that this essentially makes it the only Sentai Robo that does ''not'' use a sort of "magical energy" for its sword-based final attack - it just starts the sword up, drives towards the enemy, ''[[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning starts spinning]]'', and crashes through with nothing more than blunt kinetic force.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Vibroblades appear in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's 1940 novella ''If This Goes Onó''.
* Used extensively in the world of [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold, to the point that the eponymous character gets sarcastic comments for carrying around a blade that's just plain steel.
* Vibrobladed weapons are fairly common in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', though the legal requirement for weapons to include an alarm sound when activated (For safety reasons) limits their usefulness as a weapon. It's rather hard to stab someone in the back when your knife is blatting away like a demented alarm clock, which is why the (highly illegal) versions issued to covert ops units lack the noisemaker.
* In Robert Asprin's ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' books, they are common, starting from 3rd book. Anyone who wants to look {{Badass}} has a vibroknife and one of characters even mentions it in retrospection of his hooligan childhood.
* The ''Literature/{{Eisenhorn}}'' books mention 'shivered' weapons, knocked sideways in space-time to produce a similar effect.
* Mackie Messer of ''Literature/WildCards'' can make his hands vibrate like this, essentially turning them into vibroknives.
* [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Kosall]] in ''Literature/TheActsOfCaine'' combines this with AbsurdlySharpBlade. Its vibrating effect only triggers when a living hand touches the blade, but even quiet it remains absurdly sharp; one undead wielder exploits the fact he can wield Kosall without its distinctive rattling hiss to great effect.
* The UrExample is almost certainly the Diskos in William Hope Hodgson's ''Literature/TheNightLand''. (OK, the circular blade rotates rather than vibrating back and forth, but the principle is the same.)
* In Fred Saberhagen's ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' series, several of the Swords vibrate for various individual reasons, several of which are for cutting things (stone, dragon scales, weapons, armies, etc).
* In ''Literature/LordValentinesCastle'' by Creator/RobertSilverberg, the group encounters and recruits a gigantic amazonian woman who wields a vibroblade.
* The Bright Spear from Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/LordOfLight'' was described as vibrating itself clean of gore before returning to the hand of its wielder.
* In Creator/RichardKMorgan's ''Literature/WokenFuries'', Takeshi Kovacs uses a "vibroknife" to cut the soul-containing cortical stacks out of the necks of his enemies (and one friend). They're already dead, though, and it's clear that the knife is a tool rather than a weapon.
* In Randall Garrett's ''Unwise Child'', teenage criminals use "vibroblades" where the blade ejects and retracts into the handle from two hundred to two thousand vibrations per second. A defensive device can magnetically seize the blade part. The handle then tries to move instead, thus melting the motor.
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[[folder:Manhua]]
* ''Manhua/SchoolShock''[='s=] [[spoiler: Bai Hua]] utilizes a rather large set of these. They cut really good, especially through her lover's chest.
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[[folder:Table Top Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/SLAIndustries'', a futuristic role-playing game by Nightfall Games, actively encourages Players to undertake Melee combat through various means. One of these methods is to include a really cool list of powered weapons, ranging from a fairly humble vibroknife to a [[FridgeLogic vibroboxing-glove]] and even a [[SinisterScythe vibroSCYTHE.]] [[RuleofCool Which also has a retractable 'flick' blade.]] [[RefugeinAudacity And can have a tazer built into it.]]
* TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} has vibroweapons but their operational time is limited by weight. If they're made out of hyperdense materials their cutting power jumps to ridiculous levels but severely limits how long it works for.
* At least one version of ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' included vibroblades in the weapon list.
* {{Eclipse Phase}} has vibroblades as one of the available melee weapons. Slight subversion of the trope as it's actually a fair bit less effective than the good melee weapons (the [[AnAxeToGrind Diamond Axe]] and [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Monofilament Sword]]) but it's more realistic in that when used for extended sawing, it is better than any other melee weapon.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has various vibro blades in its arsenal.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'' too. For example, a [[{{Katanasarebetter}} vibrokatana]].
* They're also favored weapons in ''{{Rifts}}''. More like a necessity, given that everyone and their mother has body armor that can stop a tank shell. Strangely enough, depending on which book you look at (it's not terribly consistent) a vibro-blade doesn't actually shake the blade itself but surrounds it in a ''vibrating energy sheath'', bizarrely invalidating it for this trope by making it a sort of LaserBlade with a solid core.
* BattleTech has vibroblades... usually used as practical tools, they do a fine job of carving up flesh, too, and some [[PoweredArmor Battle Armor]] suits mount vibroclaws for hand-to-hand combat. There are also [[HumongousMecha Battlemech]] sized vibroblades, but they're rarely seen outside of arena combat.
* Whilst Games Workshop is better known for their [[ChainsawGood chainsaw-gasms]], occasional characters in the fluff have had vibroweapons, including [[GauntsGhosts Tona Criid]].
* The ''WorldOfWarcraft'' table top roleplaying game features vibroweapons as a type of tech-mod that can be applied to swords and knives.
* ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' has vibrating blades as [[LostTechnology artifact]] weapons, they don't do any additional damage but penetrate the setting's {{Dune}}-style DeflectorShields more easily.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''{{Bionicle}}'', Toa Krakua, a Toa of sonics uses a sword that sends off sonic vibrations strong enought to shatter mountains.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Spoofed by, of course, ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', where the "Vibrating Cyborg Knife" has + 20 damage, but 3 times the chance of fumbling and injuring yourself.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', Raiden has a Vibroblade katana which, like an actual Katana, only has one edge. It can be flipped to be used as a non lethal weapon. All of the swords wielded by the various Cyborg Ninja in the series [[spoiler:(Raiden included)]] are vibroblades, which helps explain their [[AbsurdlySharpBlade ridiculous cutting power]][[note]]Interestingly, this apparently comes from the vibrations weakening the molecular bonds of the target and making it easier to cut, rather than mechanising the sword's cutting power.[[/note]].
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', Raiden returns with a similar blade, but vibrates to the point where the blade [[HotBlade heats up]] and turns red.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' they've become the standard melee weapon for cyborg to cyborg combat (since they tend to be ImmuneToBullets, or at least very resistant). It's explained that normal swords can be turned into them and their cutting power is proportionate to the original blade's quality (just to make it clear that [[TheDragon Jetstream Sam's]] repurposed [[CoolSword 16th century katana]] is [[KatanasAreJustBetter just better]]).
* ''VideoGame/JauntTrooper'' has vibra-knives, vibra-swords, and vibra-lances.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' takes this a bit too far into NinjaPirateZombieRobot realm as the description for the [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Ripper_(weapon) Ripper]] states that it is a ''vibroblade chainsaw knife''. It's strange, but there are no other {{Vibroweapon}}s, though the setting has a wild collection of melee weapons and it's a veritable Portable Power Feast (in [=FoT=], a single mission can give enough Fusion Cells to burden 6 {{PC}}s to a crawl). ''VideoGame/{{Fallout3}}'' retreats from this and makes the Ripper [[ChainsawGood just a chainsaw knife]].
** It is of course entirely possible that 'vibroblade' was just used because it [[RuleOfCool sounds cool]], not because it actually does. In-universe marketing speak, effectively. The description of the weapons just claims that they're chainsaw knives, and makes no mention of any vibrating effect outside of the name.
* Being based on the ''StarWars'' universe, the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' series features vibroswords as low-level melee weapons. Like most anything else, these usually become obsolete once you're able to get your hands on a [[LaserBlade lightsaber]], though. The sequel has things such as the 'Sith Tremor Sword' and various Echani vibroblades which are only a little less potent than a well engineered lightsaber, even at the very end of the game.
** If the Sith Tremor Sword has all the top-tier upgrades in it, then it's on par with lightsabers, not even including the bonus Sonic damage which makes it even better.
** If the player has access to Yavin Station in the original, the Baragwin Assault Blade is actually stronger than any lightsaber. Even ones powered by the uber crystals one can buy there.
* ''[[{{X-COM}} UFO: Enemy Unknown]]'''s palette switch writ large, ''Terror From The Deep'', has three of these. The first weapon is called the [=VibroBlade=] and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin does what it says]]. The second two can be built using alien tech research and are called the Thermic Lance and Heavy Thermic Lance. Those heat up the "drill" to cut through armor like a hot knife through butter. Neither of the three look particularly like ordinary bladed weapons, however.
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark Zero'' has the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Viblade]], which also has a DeflectorShield function.
* This is how gunblades work in ''FinalFantasyVIII'' according to the Ultimania guide. Whenever the wielder triggers a round, it sends a wave of kinetic energy down the blade, adding an extra "kick" to their swings. The blades are notoriously difficult to use as not only do you need a good sense of timing, it's difficult to keep the weapon under control once it starts ringing like a bell.
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* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Red Mage made Fighter use his swords as chainsaws - he was too stupid to realize this was physically impossible, and used it to make short work of a bunch of dragons (which exploded).
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/PayMeBug'', Amys has several vibroknives. They work just as well when thrown as when wielded normally.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'': After taking over TheFlash's body, LexLuthor threatens to use his super speed to vibrate his finger through a man's head if he doesn't comply with the villain's wishes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'', one of John Thunder's weapons is a Vibro Knife.
* In the 80s ''[[TransformersGeneration1 Transformers]]'' cartoon, Computron is able to stop the combiner Abominus by using intense vibrations to separate him into his Terrorcon componants.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In reality electric bone saws vibrate back and forth very quickly as a ''safety'' feature -- the rapid vibration will saw through bone easily, but a person's flexible skin will just jiggle back and forth and remain uncut. Similar saws may be used to remove plaster casts.
** Accidents do occasionally happen and demonstrate why the vibration is necessary: The blade can make a long, clean cut.
* Craftsman now has a vibro-hammer, that basically lets a person ''press'' a nail into wood.
* As a step in the [[ShavingIsScience one-upmanship in the razors and blade]] wars, Gilette made a razor with five blades. That vibrate.
* Harmonic scalpels use vibration to both cut and cauterize tissue. Many medical instruments that are sensitive to extreme conditions are cleaned by vibrating the contaminants off.
** Not just sensitive instruments, but even glassware in labs can be cleaned by putting it in an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrasonic_cleaning ultrasonic bath]].
** This might have to do with the constant g-loads placed on the object. Anything not part of the object will eventually be dislodged as it's constantly accelerated, decelerated, then accelerated again.
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