-> Those who live by the sword will be gunned down by those who don't.
-->-- '''Anon.'''

-> Any man who goes into battle without his sword is improperly dressed..
-->-- '''Colonel Jack Chirchill'''


->"Silly Squall, bringing a sword to a gunfight...": ''No matter what timeframe the game is set in -- past, present, or future -- the main hero and his antagonist will both use a sword for a weapon. (Therefore, you can identify your antagonist pretty easily right from the start of the game just by looking for the other guy who uses a sword.) These swords will be far more powerful than any gun and often capable of distance attacks.''
-->-- ''TheGrandListOfConsoleRPGCliches''

->A properly balanced sword is the most versatile weapon for close quarters ever devised. Pistols and guns are all offense, no defense; close on him fast and a man with a gun can’t shoot, he has to stop you before you reach him. Close on a man carrying a blade and you’ll be spitted like a roast pigeon—unless you have a blade and can use it better than he can.\\
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A sword never jams, never has to be reloaded, is always ready. Its worst shortcoming is that it takes great skill and patient, loving practice to gain that skill; it can’t be taught to raw recruits in weeks, nor even months.
-->-- '''Creator/RobertAHeinlein''', ''Literature/GloryRoad''

-> [[HeroesPreferSwords "I am the bone of my sword.]]
-> [[MadeOfIron Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.]]
-> [[StormOfBlades I have created over a thousand blades,]]
-> [[FateWorseThanDeath Unknown to death,]]
-> [[DyingAlone Nor known to life.]]
-> [[TrainingFromHell Have withstood pain to create many weapons,]]
-> [[BrokenHero Yet, these hands will never hold anything.]]
-> [[FieldofBlades So as I pray, Unlimited Blade Works."]]
-->-- Archer, FateStayNight

-> [[HeroesPreferSwords "I am the bone of my sword.]]
-> [[MadeOfIron Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.]]
-> [[BladeSpam I have created over a thousand blades,]]
-> [[TheDeterminator Unaware of loss,]]
-> [[SurvivorGuilt Nor aware of gain.]]
-> [[SwissArmySuperpower Withstood pain to create many weapons,]]
-> [[HeroicSacrifice Waiting for one's arrival.]]
-> [[ChronicHeroSyndrome I have no regrets. This is the only path.]]
-> [[PocketDimension My whole life was Unlimited Blade Works.]]
-->-- [[spoiler: Shirou]], FateStayNight
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