A character attacks with a rapid series of slashes or stabs, either with a bladed weapon or with [[WolverineClaws natural claws]]. Taking the speed part UpToEleven and into outright SuperSpeed territory results in the following two [[Administrivia/InternalSubtrope subtypes]]:
* '''Split-Second Blade Spam''': Where the attacks are pseudo-simultaneous--the observer cannot tell that there are multiple slashes being executed.
* '''Simultaneous Blade Spam''': Superficially the same as Split-Second Blade Spam from the observer's perspective, but explicitly being '''truly simultaneous'''.

Blade Spam is oftentimes the mark of MasterSwordsman-type characters (or the equivalent for [[WeaponOfChoice other kinds of weapon-users]]) in many works, and usually take the form of striking a given target from several different angles/directions--typically the eight cardinal and ordinal ones--[[SuperSpeed within the span of a second]].

SubTrope of SpamAttack. MoreDakka is the GunCounterpart, while BeamSpam is the laser/magic counterpart. Compare StormOfBlades, for when ''several'' blades are rapidly ''thrown'' at the target. If someone does this unarmed, that's RapidFireFisticuffs.


!!Standard Blade Spam
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Viral's Enki-series Gunmen have swords as their primary armament. Invokes this trope with two blades, then [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four]], then [[spoiler:''literally'' takes the trope UpToEleven with Viral's Tengen Toppa in ''Lagann-hen'', armed with thirteen swords (and a kanabo) simultaneously.]] Bonus points for having split-second {{Blade Lock}}s between spams.
* Often featured in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series as the main sword wielding character's most powerful LimitBreak, examples include:
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]]'s Omnislash
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall Leonhart]]'s Lionheart
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus']] Slice & Dice and the much stronger Blitz Ace
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Lightning]]'s Army of One and its upgrade [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 Legion of One]].
* A common SpecialAttack[=/=]DesperationAttack among sword/claw-wielding FightingGame characters.
* This is a staple in [=RPGs=], usually part of DualWielding and dubbed "Flurry". Examples to be found in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and ''Franchise/DragonAge''.
* This is the ''default'' mode of attack for high-level [[MasterSwordsman Weapon Masters]] (a warrior PrestigeClass kit) in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Able to fight equally well with both hands and using the attack/round tables of a BareFistedMonk, a level 16 Weapons Master gets 6 strikes per round (about 6 seconds) with a single weapon, 12 when DualWielding, and you do ''not'' want to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill get in her way when she's buffed with Haste]].
** The 4th edition mid-level ranger exploit "Blade Cascade" originally allowed a properly {{dual wielding}} ranger to once per day simply keep attacking a target until it dropped or they missed (whichever happened first), ''all as one action''. It was later errataed to allow a maximum of five such attacks, period.
* The Akisazame (Tiger Teeth/Sword Rain) sword technique in the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'', which makes the user stab at the enemy repeatedly, then finish with a final strike that varies from user to user.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Extra Action charm + [[{{BFS}} daiklave]] = lots of pain for ''someone''.
* [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] can use the stabbing version throughout the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series, and gains the slashing version in the form of his Triforce Slash in ''Brawl''.
* Dante in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' has Million Stab (for [[{{BFS}} Rebellion]]) and Million Slash (for [[DualWielding Agni & Rudra]]) combos.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' move Fury Swipes is a claw-based variant of this.
* Ars Arcanum and its variants in the ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' series tend to be of this nature.
** Sora's [[TheCorruption Heartless Form]] from [=KH2=] and Riku's [[DarkIsNotEvil Darkest Fears]] link from DDD both grant them claws and faster movement. Both of these forms replace the normal keyblade melee combos with close-range bare-handed BladeSpam.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' has the Crissaegrim sword, which unleashes a flurry of around five strikes every time you swing it. It's not Split-Second as individual slashes are clearly animated and visible, and it's not fast enough to quite be Simultaneous. It is however fast enough to be the most damaging weapon in the game despite having nowhere near the highest attack power.
* Mitsuru's strong attack in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' has her deliver a slash, and then a rapid series of stabs from her one-handed sword. When she gets a critical hit, she does the same, except with a even ''longer'' rush of stabs that finishes with a [[GroinAttack kick to the nads]] that knocks the foe over. Noticeably contrasts with the main character's critical hit animation with the same weapon type - he only delivers [[UnskilledButStrong three separate, powerful blows]].
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Marth]] attacks with a rapid series of rather painful-looking stabs.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 3'' has the 1000 Slash [[PowerCopying EX Skill]], where Zero stabs the opponent repeatedly with the [[DualTonfas Recoil Rod]]. After-images of each stab appear to add to the hit count, as a way to stand up to its name.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'', this is how the titular character's [[HellishHorse Demonic Unicorn]] [[SummonBiggerFish Summon]], Diomedes, finished off its enemies, by using the absolutely massive {{BFG}} it has as its horn to slice and dice them as part of a [[ActionCommands Quick Time Event]].

!!Split-Second Blade Spam
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' has two techniques that are this, [[IaijutsuPractitioner Windcutter]] and the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Quicksword]]. When used properly, the Quicksword technique is so fast that its creator (Ilena) can block attacks "undetected"; that is, her arm moves at such a speed that it looks like any attack against her is hitting some kind of invisible barrier rather than her sword, which is being [[IaijutsuPractitioner drawn, used, and sheathed]] so quickly that literally ''no motion is detected''.
* Ginkaku Uneri from ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'' is an IaijutsuPractitioner that can use his sword, Zantou Namakura, to strike five times a second.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', [[CatGirl Taokaka]] can do this with her claws.
* Hiei's CurbStompBattle with Seiryuu in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. He cut Seiryuu in 16 places so quickly that Kuwabara couldn't see it at all, Kurama saw it as a single attack, and even Yusuke only saw eight slashes.
* [[NinjaMaid Sakuya Izayoi]] from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is capable of SplitSecondBladeSpam, as shown in her ''Wound Sign "Inscribe Red Soul"'' and ''Scarred Soul "Soul Sculpture"'' spellcards.
* Fate of the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise is capable of doing this with her SuperSpeed and LaserBlade. When she does it, the viewers will only see the aftermath of her slashes after she dashes past the target. Specific instances include her SpeedBlitz against [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]] {{Cyborg}} [[EmotionlessGirl Sette]] that left Sette's {{Battle Boomerang}}s in pieces, and her first attack on [[HeroKiller Huckebein's]] [[AnAxeToGrind Deville]] that left him littered with slash wounds.
* The Hiten Mitsurugi-ryuu secret move Kuzu-Ryuusen([[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord "Nine-headed Dragon"]]) from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', utilizing ''Hiten Mitsurugi-ryu'''s signature [[SuperSpeed God-Speed]] to launch 8 slashes and one stab with such speed that the strikes appear to be simultaneous.
* Goemon from ''Characters/LupinIII'' does this all the damn time. If we're lucky, we get to see three or four slashes, but usually there's a dozen made from just drawing and sheathing his sword. The man knows how to make use of his AbsurdlySharpBlade.
* From ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' we have [[spoiler: Gin's bankai: Its a a sword that can extend from wakizashi-sized to an ''8-mile sword'' with near hypersonic speed. Even one of his techniques is to extend and contract it in a stabbing fashion like a machine gun.]]
* IaijutsuPractitioner Asbel from ''VideoGame/{{Tales Of Graces}}'' does this for his Level 3 Mystic Arte/Blast Caliber. He first beats down the opponent before dashing forward and drawing his sword leading to multiple hits.
* Misa's Tsurugi technique from ''VideoGame/MitsurugiKamuiHikae'' has her performing a series of powerful, lightning-fast katana slashes.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', Raiden can do this thanks to Blade Mode. This is best shown in the cutscene before the first level, where he makes what looks like a single slash, only for the targeted object to fall apart into multiple pieces.
* The novelization of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' describes the lightsaber duel between Mace Windu and Palpatine as a blur of darkness in which Windu's blade appeared to be in seven places at once. His fighting style, Vaapad, is an ordinarily DangerousForbiddenTechnique that he designed to accomplish this.

!!Simultaneous Blade Spam
* Two examples from the ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' franchise:
** '''Tsubame Gaeshi''', signature technique of the 5th Grail War's Assassin; three slashes whose combined angles of attack explicitly block off any attempt at evasion. And Assassin gained it because he so relentlessly persevered in his countless attempts to devise a technique to kill a swallow while in flight, that '''reality basically gave in''' and granted him partial access to the "Second Magic", which is described as "[[AnotherDimension multi-dimension refraction phenomenon]]".
*** Later Fate material introduced the Sakura Saber (a GenderFlip of [[UsefulNotes/TheShinsengumi Souji Okita]]), whose own signature move is the very similar yet fundamentally different '''Mumyou Sandanzuki'''; where both techniques are simultaneous triple attacks, Assassin's is a triple slash meant to be unavoidable, while Okita's is a triple thrust meant to be unblockable. Apparently, raping the fabric of reality with a sword is just a thing japanese swordsmen can do in this setting.
** '''Nine Lives''' (Japanese gloss: "Shooting Hundred Heads"), a Noble Phantasm of the 5th Grail War's Berserker (a.k.a. Herakles); the actual NP itself, derived from Herakles' feat of defeating the many-headed, nigh-immortal Hydra with his bow and arrows. [[spoiler: It was never used by Berserker himself, but when Shirou in the Heaven's Feel route used Projection to adapt the NP for his own use, the resulting "Nine Lives Blade Works" was composed of eight simultaneous slashes from different directions in one instant, followed by a stab to the center, all done with SuperSpeed. And each strike was considered a lethal A-ranked blow to Black Berserker.]]
*** In the later video games ''VideoGame/FateUnlimitedCodes'' and ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', Heracles is capable of using Nine Lives; however, due to being summoned under the Berserker class and thus losing his motor skills, he can only use it as a Split-Second Blade Spam (compressing a hundred slashes into the span of a few seconds) instead of its true usage above.
* In more recent iterations of ''The Compilation of VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' as well as ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' and ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', Sephiroth seems to be able to strike his opponent several times with only a few tactically-placed slashes of his Masamune. In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', he possesses a move called Flash, where he dashes past Sora; if you don't [[PressXToNotDie use the Reaction Command to block it]], Sora eats about 7-9 slashes. In ''Dissidia'', his slashes inflict upwards of four blows at a time (his Octoslash, in particular, hits eight times in spite of Sephy only swinging five times).
* The Toujin (Battle Blade) attack in ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' can do this, but with ethereal blades which distract the opponent.
* The "Multi Strike" spell in ''VideoGame/FableI'' lets a single strike connect up to five times at once, multiplying the effect of any other buffs the Hero has.

* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Mifune can do this with his "infinite sword style" moves. Not only can he trap his opponent by pinning them down with some of his many swords but he can make each sword strike multiple times by making them vibrate.
* Erza from ''Manga/FairyTail'' can do this with her exquip primarily with her heaven wheel armor.
* In ''Manga/NurarihyonNoMago'' there is bad guy Kidomaru, who trained his [[MasterSwordsman swordsmanship]] to produce techniques that got faster and faster until the number of strikes became impossible to block or evade (the fastest technique was aptly named 'Void' for being able to reduce its victims to nothing). It was stopped thanks to Kurotabo's ability to produce the instant variant of this trope, using the [[HyperspaceArsenal infinite weapons inside of his robes]] as a wall to parry and catch Kidomaru's own two blades.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Korikakumon]], whose Avalanche Axes attack deals out many consecutive slashes, but the hits all connect at once.