-> "''Perceval, take the sword. Find a pool of calm water....cast the sword into it. Do as I command. One day, a new King will come, and the Sword will rise again.''"
-->-- '''King Arthur''', John Boorman's ''Film/{{Excalibur}}''

Excalibur: the legendary sword of KingArthur and the go-to name when you need a CoolSword. Given its status as a PublicDomainArtifact, there are quite a few references to it in various media, not to mention the actual Arthurian literature.

The name ''Excalibur'' is derived from from the original Welsh ''Caledfwlch'' or ''Caledvwlch.''[[note]][[NoPronunciationGuide pronounced]] "Caledvulkh", meaning "hard cleft" or "battle breach" depending on the translator.[[/note]] This was rendered as ''Caliburnus'' in Latin. Over the centuries the spelling further developed into ''Escalibor'' and other variations, finally ending up as ''Excalibur''. Some versions say that Arthur pulled Excalibur from a stone (and anvil on top of the stone) to prove his right to be king. Other versions say that the sword from the stone was not Excalibur, but a different sword, and Arthur instead was given Excalibur by the Lady of the Lake.

Modern authors have to usually pick one of these old versions and stick with it. (Although Film/{{Excalibur}} found a way to combine the stories). Sometimes modern authors try to distinguish the swords by giving each one a different version of the name "Excalibur", like calling one of them "Caliburn" instead.

There are also a few obscure medieval stories where Arthur in fact has another named sword, or a couple of other named swords, besides Excalibur and so perhaps gives away or lends Excalibur to one of his knights, such as Gawain or Lancelot. Sometimes modern authors use one of these other named swords to distinguish the sword-in-the-stone from the sword-given-by-the-Lady-of-the-Lake.

To avoid confusion when adding examples, please refer to the following pages:
* Film/{{Excalibur}}: TheMovie.
* ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}: The Creator/MarvelComics comic, and its [[Characters/ExcaliburTheComicbook character sheet]].
* SwordInTheStone: Redirects to the trope in effect, OnlyTheChosenMayWield.
** Disney/TheSwordInTheStone: The Disney film.
** Literature/TheSwordInTheStone: The book the Disney film is based on.
* ExcaliburInTheStone: The confusion about which sword Excalibur is in media.
* ExcaliburInTheRust: A CoolSword disguised by wear or grime.

!!Other tropes frequently associated with Excalibur:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade
* AncientArtifact
* CoolSword
* EmpathicWeapon (occasionally)
* FindersRulers
* InfinityPlusOneSword
* ItWasAGift
* KingArthur
* LostInImitation
* MacGuffin (when not actually plot-relevant)
* NamedWeapons
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield
* PublicDomainArtifact
* SadlyMythtaken
* ShroudedInMyth
* StockWeaponNames
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement

!!Examples of the sword itself in media:


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* "Excalibolg" from ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'' [[RuleOfFunny needlessly]] combines this with BlandNameProduct. Even more inexplicably, it's a spiky club, not a sword.
* The name is taken for a HumongousMecha sword used by the [[AcePilot head of the Knights of the Round]] in ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
* Though definitely not the actual sword, [=HolyAngemon=] and Seraphimon's LaserBlade [[BladeBelowTheShoulder Below the Shoulder]] in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' is called Excalibur.
* Shows up in [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/Stay Night]] and it's prequel (Zero) and sequel (ataraxia), [[spoiler: wielded by Saber.]] It's even got its own leitmotif when it's used, "Sword of Promised Victory".
* Shows up in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD''. In this series it was split into pieces some time after Camelot's fall and each piece was reforged with alchemy into several distinct blades.
* ''LightNovel/HorizonInTheMiddleOfNowhere'' features the Excalibur, but is represented as two swords: one called the "Excalibur Caliburn" and the other the "Excalibur Collbrande" ("Collbrande" being a variant on the spelling of the mythological Caliburn).
* Used for a HumongousMecha twin beam sword used by the initial main hero of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', the Gold Saints Capricorn Shura has Excalibur in his arms... and legs!!!. In the anime, it was said that in mythical times, Athena granted the legendary sword Excalibur only to a Saint who proved his undying loyalty towards the goddess. This technique is a very sharp blast, composed of extreme cosmo concentration released by his arms and legs movements. Since it is quickly released, it can be used multiple times.
** After, Shura pass his power to Shiryu's arm before dying. However, in order to use it, the Bronze Saint would have to burn his cosmos to a Gold Saint's level and raise it to the limit.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Excalibur! [[EquippableAlly Excalibur!]] [[MeanBrit From United King]], [[TalkingWeapon I'm looking]] [[InfinityPlusOneSword for him]], [[CloudCuckoolander I'm going to California!]] [[EnsembleDarkHorse Excalibur!]] [[LargeHam Excalibur!]] [[CrazyAwesome EXCALIBUR!]] On top of this, he is also [[spoiler: a Great Old One, specifically that associated with the Madness of Rage, and might even be said to be the reason behind everything in the plot - his very existence inspired Arachne to try and create her own kind of LivingWeapon]]. He's also highly annoying. [[spoiler: Or so he wants you to think, at least...]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Featured in the MarvelUniverse in a trilogy of ''ComicBook/IronMan'' stories.
** Later shows up in ''ComicBook/CaptainBritainAndMI13''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' [[spoiler: as the last living descendent of King Arthur]] is offered Excalibur so that he can raise an army to fight the Queen of Blood (a.k.a. [[spoiler: Nimue]]).
* The Shining Knight in Grant Morrison's ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'' wields the sword Caliburn Ex Calibur.
* In ''ComicBook/MageTheHeroDiscovered'', Kevin Matchstick gains the ability to wield the magical baseball bat Excalibur.
* In the strip "The Jocks and the Geordies" from ''ComicBook/TheDandy'', the Geordies once decided to search for Excalibur in hopes that with it, they could rally all the great Geordie hard men and batter the hell out of the Jocks. They failed dismally in this hunt, so instead they faked up an Excalibur from tin foil, which did the job just fine.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Camelot 3000}}'', King Arthur must retrieve Excalibur from the lake, which is now the cooling pond for a nuclear power station.
* In ''ComicBook/WitchDoctor'', [[spoiler: Vincent Morrow]] wields this weapon, and is absolutely certain that pulling it out of the stone makes him TheChosenOne.
-->[[spoiler: '''Vincent Morrow:''']] (gesturing towards sword) This means I'm more important than you. The universe says so.

* In ''Fanfic/{{Jericho}}'', although it is never once actually described, the sword that [[FirstPersonSmartass Jeri]][[SociopathicHero cho]] carries is suggested to be this. When Snechta, the [[HighPriest High Priestess]] of the Cult of Chêngrêla, sees the sword, she goes wide-eyed and asks the sword is Caledfwlch, the blade of this world's KingArthur, Aloysius ''der Lichtbringer''. Jericho shrugs and says that, in the Reich whence he comes, they called the sword ''Kaledfulch'', but suggests that the two swords are "likely the same thing". Although, the story of how he came by it is... odd:
--> I stole it from a museum, but itís just a superb weapon that laughs at light armor and scoffs at cover. Plus, that museum dressed like a slut and totally had it coming.
** It should also be noted that Jericho carries a pair of ammo-less [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolvers]], which, he notes, were given to him by a lady in a lake. The particular story almost exactly resembles the Lady in the Lake who gave KingArthur Excalibur.
* Nav's InfinityPlusOneSword in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'' turns out to be Excalibur.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', Excalibur is lost and becomes the MacGuffin as the heroes quest to find it and save the kingdom. Sir Ruper, the BigBad, seeks the sword so he can magically bind himself to it and become invincible.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', identified properly as the sword bestowed upon Arthur by the Lady in the Lake, but serving no actual plot purpose.
* In ''Film/KingArthur'' (2004), Excalibur / Sword in the Stone is retrieved by young Arthur from his father's grave.
* ''Film/TheLastLegion'' presents Excalibur as a sword first wielded by UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar which is taken from Rome to Britain by its last emperor, Romulus Augustus. At the end of the film, Romulus (strongly implied to be Uther Pendragon) drives the sword into a stone. The last shot of the film shows the sword in the PresentDay, still in the stone and with the original Latin inscription on it covered by moss, save for the letters which spell out 'Excalibur'.

* Thomas Malory's ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'' is widely considered the definitive version of the Arthurian legend.
* T.H. White's ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing''.
* In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', Roland, a descendant of KingArthur, wields guns forged from the blade and hilt of Excalibur.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', it's ''heavily'' implied - and eventually confirmed in ''Ghost Story'' - that [[spoiler:Michael Carpenter's sword ''Amoracchius'', which contains one of the Nails of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ in its hilt,]] is Excalibur. Michael Carpenter even mentions that, in the past, a wizard (Merlin) held on to it between wielders.
* In ''The Skystone'', the first book in Jack Whyte's ''Camulod Chronicles'', ironsmith Publius Varrus at one point smelts some ore from a meteor that landed in a lake near his home, and forges it into a statue of a woman which he calls "The Lady of the Lake". He later melts down the statue and reforges the metal into the sword Excalibur.
* In ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin,'' the title character finds a magic sword and is told that he'll one day help a great king pull it from a stone. Oddly, "Excalibur" is never stated because Merlin [[IKnowYourTrueName doesn't want people to know its true name]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', of course. It was created in the episode called "[[TitleIn Excalibur]]", has been thrown into the lake by Merlin, was retrieved by his watery girlfriend, and is currently residing in [[ExcaliburInTheStone a large stone]]. Interestingly, three seasons in and it has still not been named or identified as the legendary Excalibur, nor wielded by Arthur himself.
** As of the end of the fourth series, Excalibur has been pulled out of the stone and is in Arthur's possession, but ''still'' hasn't been called "Excalibur" yet.
* Appears in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''Battlefield'', where it is key to resurrecting a King Arthur from an AlternateUniverse. [[spoiler: Only, Arthur's really long dead...]]
* In the miniseries ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}'', the titular character is given Excalibur by the Lady of the Lake. Merlin gives the sword to Uther Pendragon, but then takes it back when Uther proves not to be worthy of wielding it. He then places it into the care of the Rock of Ages, asking him to only relinquish it to a man with a good heart. A teenaged Arthur later shows up and successfully shifts it from the stone after the Rock witnesses his goodness. After Arthur's death, Merlin returns the sword to the Lady of the Lake.
* Excalibur's name sometimes comes up in, of all places, the Japanese ''toku'' genre; ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' wields the [[http://kamenrider.wikia.com/wiki/Medajalibur Medajalibur]], ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' has the Axcalibur in his SuperMode, while the first five of the ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' each carry an identical [[http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Electro-Beast_Sword_Gabricalibur#Electro-Beast_Sword_Gabricalibur Gabricalibur]].
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}},'' the Lady of the Lake is killed by a demon, and the Charmed Ones come into possession of Excalibur, once more in the stone. Piper manages to pull it out, but it begins to corrupt her, as apparently anyone not [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield "chosen" to wield it]] will eventually [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity go mad with power]]. It turns out that Excalibur is actually destined for ''[[GooGooGodlike Wyatt]],'' and Piper managed to pull it out because, as his mother, she's now the new Lady of the Lake.

* ''VideoGame/CrystalCaliburn'' is named after the sword ("Caliburn"), and it is one of the knightly weapons to be retrieved.

* In the 1st Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''Deities & Demigods / Legends & Lore'', King Arthur and Excalibur are both statted and Excalibur lives up to it's AbsurdlySharpBlade status being described as a "+5 Sword of Sharpness" - this would under 1st edition rules sever a limb or the head of a normal opponent on approximately 35% of successful hits.

[[folder:Truth In Television]]
* Truth In Television from which the [=Excalibur=] myth was taken: in ancient times, aging celtic heroes threw their inherited, heirloom blades into the swamps to appease the spirits who dwelt there, who presumably kept their weapons safe after they died. They've found tons of swords buried in the former lake around the former isle of Avalon, aka Glastonbury Tor.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series has featured Excalibur or variant spellings as a weapon in nearly every game. If there's a sword wielding character, you can bet they'll end up wielding it.
** Several games in the series feature a shoddy knock-off [[JokeItem Excalipur]]. Sometimes it's pretty good if you [[LethalJokeItem throw it]]. It's usually found in the hands of [[RunningGag Gilgamesh]], who has once again mistaken it for the real deal.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has, in addition to the regular old Excalibur an ''even better'' Excalibur: [[InfinityPlusOneSword Excalibur 2]]. It's pretty much impossible to get without specifically trying for it, since you need to reach almost the end of the game within 12 hours.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' takes both Excalibur and its original spelling and turns them into two different powerful swords. Excalibur is a special weapon that can be obtained by Paladins after obtaining the sword Curtana and converting it. The other weapon, Caladbolg, is a weapon for Dark Knights who complete their entire questline.
* ''VideoGame/{{Guenevere}}'' has King Arthur, wielding Excalibur as usual, as a major character.
* ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Black Knight]]'' combines the sword backstories in a somewhat interesting way. At the very start of the game, Sonic draws a sword named Caliburn from a stone. [[spoiler: Near the end, however, Sonic's OnceAnEpisode SuperMode actually changes Caliburn INTO Excalibur, essentially making the sword in the stone and Excalibur into the same blade. And the Lady of the Lake DOES sort of give Excalibur to Sonic in this way; it's at her instruction that the method of activating this game's SuperMode occurs.]]
* Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend'', where the concept of Excalibur as a PublicDomainArtifact is explored.
* ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Skateboarding]]'' has the unlockable Excaliboard ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin obviously]] based on Excalibur).
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' and ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'', the Excalibur is one one of the strongest swords in both games and obtained by forging an orihalcon with a 5% probability.
* ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'' had the Excalibur show up as a sword in the stone...amusingly enough, Soma's not the chosen one who can free it, so instead he ''swings the massive bolder the sword's attach to as well as the sword itself.''
* In the French language translations of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', the Master Sword is referred to as "Excalibur", except in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', where is it called "L'Épée de Légende" ("the Sword of Legend").
* In the NES game ''VideoGame/DayDreaminDavey'', one Medieval stage has Davey overcome all obstacles in order to find the sacred sword Excalibur, only that the "sword" that he has imagined is actually a ruler while he's sitting in the corner in class.
* Excalibur appears in ''{{VideoGame/Magicka}}'' in a similar fashion as it does in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow''; Sure, you can't use it as a sword, but it makes a damn good mace in the mean time.
* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'' players can receive Excalibur by dipping a Longsword into a fountain if they are Lawful.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has Excalibur as well, at first taking the form of low leveled sword, used to complete the Merlin's Crystal quest. However, by completing the Seer's Village Hard Tasks, the player can have it upgraded to a significantly stronger off-handed version.
* Excalibur is available not as a sword, but as a starter ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' themed around being a MasterSwordsman.
* In the ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Second Super Robot Wars Z: Saisei-hen]]'', the HumongousMecha belonging to [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Prince Uther Insaraum]] wields the Collbrande. However, the sword was sheathed for more than 2000 years, until Uther awakened it.
* Excalibur is one of the best swords (possibly the best) that main character Soki can obtain in ''[[Franchise/{{Onimusha}} Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams]]''. In order to get it you need to battle through 50 levels of the Dark Realm, with the implication that the demons have hidden it away. The sword both does extra damage to and grants protection from darkness based enemies/magic, respectively.
* ''VideoGame/SoulSacrifice'', being based on the Arthurian mythos, features Excalibur. However, it is considered a Black Rite. Why? It's a sword made out of your ''heart''.
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', being set in a world where AllMythsAreTrue, quite naturally features Excalibur. [[spoiler: It's actually the MacGuffin of the first major story arc. Having been stolen from its Arthurian resting place by Vikings, it was then taken to New England in order to help the Wabanaki tribe fight off an invasion by Mayans hell-bent on unleashing the [[EldritchAbomination entity]] [[SealedEvilInACan slumbering under Solomon Island]]. Unfortunately, the sword was lost on the return journey and remained so until the 21st century, when it was accidentally discovered by a fishing vessel and brought back to Solomon Island; unfortunately, it brought the zombified Vikings with it - which is where the player gets involved. Eventually, [[StarterVillain Freddy Beaumont]] acquires the sword and tries to seize the Island's power with it before getting his ass handed to him by the player; unfortunately, Beaumont's DarkMistress makes off with Excalibur immediately afterward and hasn't been seen since.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight.'' [[spoiler:[[KingArthur Saber]]]] uses it. It´s a WaveMotionSword powerful enough to destroy ''skyscrapers'' at full power. Its considered an Anti-fortress-class weapon and is the only one of its class.
** In the prequel ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Excalibur disintegrates a ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Cthulhu]]'' knockoff. ''This'' is how great Excalibur's power is.

* In the webcomic ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', Uther Pendragon, Arthur's father, allows people to believe his sword is the legendary Excalibur as a PR exercise. This is the sword that ends up in the stone, while the ''real'' Excalibur is in the care of the Lady of the Lake.
** That is, when it's not [[RecycledInSpace a starship]], a global corporation, a marshal's badge ... .
* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', one of Dave's sidequests in Sburb was to find and retrieve Caledfwlch, aka the Legendary Piece of Shit. It was embedded in a stone, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter and rather than attempting to pull it]], he felt he instead had to break it out. [[FutureBadass Davesprite]] had already done the same before travelling back in time, and had already alchemized it into the superior Caledscratch, making the Caledfwlch more or less useless...[[InfinityPlusOneSword for a while]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Excalibur is originally wielded by legendary [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] hero Excalibur, who eventually hands it down to his son, UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}} hero Pendragon. Pendragon is currently training his own son to take up the heroic mantle when he comes of age.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. KingArthur appeared, initially sans Excalibur. He eventually retrieved it, but not without a clash with Theatre/{{Macbeth}}, who argued that, as an immortal and former monarch himself, the prophecy of "a timeless king" could also apply to him.
* In the 1980s ''[[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985 Thundercats]]'', [[BigBad Mumm-Ra]] seeks out a weapon powerful enough to defeat the Sword of Omens. The only weapon without question powerful enough to do the job is Excalibur. Through trickery Mumm-Ra obtains it and defeats the Sword of Omens after the swords fight on their own. It looks like evil wins until Merlin shows up, takes back the sword and kicks Mumm-Ra's ass.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has [[SdrawkcabName Rubilax]].
* In one ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' episode, Cobra swordsman Storm Shadow gets his hands on Excalibur, which among other things can [[AbsurdlySharpBlade cut through a stone pillar]] in a single swipe.