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[[caption-width-right:350:A desolate land. A graveyard of swords, devoid of life.]]

->''The swords stand like trees in a forest. It's not just ten or twenty. Not a hundred or two hundred. No matter how many there are, if it is impossible for them to be counted, they might as well be infinite.''

->''The tools are rusting without anybody to use them. A ruin of infinite swords. [...] It is like a graveyard.''
-->-- ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''

The field of blades seems to be the representation of Endless Struggle and Utter War. It's a desert with swords sticking in the ground by their blades. The battle seems eternal for whoever walks it.

It's most likely a graveyard for warriors with [[WeaponTombstone swords standing in for proper headstones]].

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Rickert creates one of these as a memorial for [[spoiler:the Band of the Hawk]], personally forging a sword for each of the fallen. Ironically, it is on this hill that Guts encounters [[spoiler:Griffith, the bastard who sacrificed and betrayed the Hawks, reincarnated as a human again for the first time since the Eclipse]].
* We see Ichigo sitting in the field of blades in the Opening Sequence during the Soul Society {{Arc}} of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Small wonder; he has an endless battle ahead of him, having decided to take on the entire afterlife for the soul of a friend. We also see the field during his inner struggle to awaken his powers and those of his sword.
** During his less-inner struggle to awaken his SuperMode, Ichigo's mentor forces him to search for his real sword in a literal field of fake ones. While being assaulted by the [[EmpathicWeapon very sword's spirit]].
* The anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'' gives Godou the ability to do this.
* In ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', there's a minor one after the timeskip. There's only [[spoiler: seventeen]] blades, but the [[http://www.1000manga.com/Claymore/65/30-31/ first scene it shows up in]] certainly qualifies.
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Issei used his newfound power "Boosted Gear Gift" onto Kiba's "Sword Birth" to initiate this effect during the Rating Game with Raiser Phenex, taking out 5 of the 6 combatants in the area.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'', this is how Meisai uses her Tsurugi, attaching each of the thousand swords to a tree. Then it's averted when Shichika just runs out of the forest.
* Sequence 1-8 of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [[TheMovie Movie 1st]] [[ComicBookAdaptation The Comics]]'' uses this imagery for [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/82225/mahou-shoujo-lyrical-nanoha-movie-1st-the-comics_ch12_by_zss/2 its title page]], with Fate standing on a rock amongst a field of spears. The next chapter's title uses this imagery again, with Nanoha standing on a cliff while surrounded by [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/82229/mahou-shoujo-lyrical-nanoha-movie-1st-the-comics_ch13_by_zss/3 a field of staves]].
* Variation: In the 1st ending of the second season of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', Setsuna F. Seiei is seen standing in the middle of a field of guns standing barrel down in the ground, all of which are covered with roses.
* Variation: The third intro of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' suggests the trope with a field of kunai.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Mami Tomoe uses a musket as weapon, one of her attacks in nicknamed [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Unlimited Musket Works]] by the fans, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess what it does?]]
** Sayaka can also spawn small fields of swords so she can quickly pick them up and throw them, but[[spoiler: [[http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d135/soulassassin547/madoka/1303451503427.png Homura one ups]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAQ-GAVI8x8 them both.]]]] Is it any surprise that part of the development team worked on ''FateZero''?
* ''Manga/RaveMaster'' had a battlefield made into a memorial by turning it into a field of blades.
* The ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' manga spoofs this trope a bit. When a government official is targeted for assassination, he hires various swordsmen to protect him -- but at the same time, he insults and belittles their skill and brags about how he stood against "the field of blades and the storm of arrows" during the Meiji Revolution. Just then, Kenshin walks in, politely remarking that he has not seen the official since Kenshin CARRIED him through "the field of blades and the storm of arrows," as the official was too busy cowering in fear at the time to lend a hand. This promptly shuts the official up.
** Played in a more serious manner whenever Kenshin's history as Battousai shows up: [[spoiler: in the beginning of the manga, in the end of the ''Tsuiokuhen'' OVA, and in the upcoming live-action film, katanas are planted amidst the bodies of the fallen combatants.]]
* In ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'', during the first battle with the bandits, the experienced leader sticks numerous swords into the ground in case someone's happened to break, as he wants them to fight to the fullest.
* Part of the opening sequence of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''..
* A variation in ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure''. Reika/Cure Beauty is capable of freezing an entire area into ice, and some sharp ice blocks exist. These sharp ice blocks serve as her blades which she can pick up anytime and in case one breaks, she'll just pick up another.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Mifune's sword-style Mugen Ittoryu relies on him [[StormOfBlades throwing all of his swords up into the air]], so that they fall to earth and pierce the ground in this manner.
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', in the burial place of [[spoiler:Kamina]] his sword is sticking out of the ground by the blade, his cape tied to its handle. In the {{Distant Finale}}, after [[spoiler:the death in space of most of the Dai Gurren Brigade]], several other swords stand alongside that one, as well as a [[spoiler:needle standing for Nia]].
** Reduced to two and Nia's sword needle at the end of ''Lagann-hen'' [[spoiler: since most of the cast killed in the series were spared.]]
* In the manga adaptation of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Yusei has a card called 'Warrior's Pride', which depicts one of these in its artwork, with Shield Warrior (a card he uses in the anime adaptation) leaping out of the ground at the field's centre.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'', the entrance to the home of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilith Lilith]] is marked by a Rain of Swords, which is symbolic of what she perceives as her struggle against the God who exiled her from the Garden of Eden and his Angels who exploited and waged war on her children.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'', the [[BigBad Big Bads]] have this trope in the form of an AlternateUniverse. It's a featureless plane of floating weapons, but upon closer inspection the floor is made of the bones of the world's former inhabitants. (They killed an entire world just so they'd have somewhere to keep their swords).
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In chapter 4 of the ''My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TheBalladOfTwilightSparkle'', Rarity uses her illusion magic to conjure one of these while trying to pass off the weapons she confiscated from the Cutie Mark Crusaders (who were assaulting Spike in a poorly thought-out attempt to get dragon-slaying cutie marks) as a new fashion statement, "Shield-Maiden Chic".
* Jessie's Cubone in ''Fanfic/AshesOfThePast'' has a Field of Bones, as it is based on Archer from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/ThirteenAssassins'' features Hirayama fighting in a courtyard with dozens of swords planted there in advance. He still manages to run out.
* The film ''Film/TheProphecy'' has a fairly bizarre variation, wherein the endless field of blades is in fact an endless field of wooden stakes, on which fallen angels are impaled.
* Kurosawa's ''Film/SevenSamurai'', where Kikuchiyo explains that he needs a lot of swords to kill a lot of people. Also, the [[spoiler: four graves of the dead samurai have swords sticking out of them.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The third book in Conn Iggulden's ''Literature/{{Emperor}}'' series is called ''The Field of Swords''.
* This also happens in Brandon Sanderson's ''[[Literature/TheStormlightArchive The Way of Kings]]'' [[spoiler: when we flashback to the Radiants abandoning humanity and leaving their Shardblades in the ground.]] It takes all of twenty seconds before bystanders start picking them up.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* The [[http://toocoolvideos.blogspot.com/2007/08/heroes-season-2-promo.html promotional video]] for season 2 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' released at the end of August 2007 shows Hiro amidst a field of katanas.
* Morgana has a vision of this as her and Arthur's final end in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* As of the Dawn Solution, Solars in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' have an Unlimited Blade Works-style Charm: Thousand Arms Prana. This upgrade to [[HyperspaceArsenal Summoning the Loyal Steel]] allows the Solar to store as many weapons [[{{Hammerspace}} Elsewhere]] as he pleases, at a cost of one committed mote per (Essencex2) weapons. Decommitting this cost causes all of the weapons to embed themselves in the scenery around the Exalt, intangible to anyone but him until he picks them up and starts using them. The full text of the Charm (as well as a link to the Ink Monkey article it originated from) can be found [[http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Charms:Thousand_Arms_Prana here.]]
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' has the Forest of Blades on Bara Magna, where the remains of warriors still holding their swords and weapons are fused to the trees themselves, by the powers of the [[GreenThumb Element Lord of Jungle]] they were fighting.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Bonus art for ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' depicts Hakumen standing in one. Probably as a ShoutOut to ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
* The grave of the Abysswalker Knight Artorias in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. It's an open field of grass and flowers, the middle of which holds his very large greatsword, which is surrounded by many other swords and gravestones. It doesn't look guarded... [[CanisMajor at first]].
* The Infinite Graves attack from ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' is also likely a ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' reference. It warps the user and the target to a field of blades, where the former proceeds to take them one by one and slash the target at lightning speed.
* The Edge of Madness stage invented for ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. The small stage you fight on is in the middle of a seemingly infinite blasted, war-torn plain filled with swords. Only these swords are easily several ''[[{{BFS}} stories]]'' tall. And the Final Boss has a move where [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever he gets big enough to wield them]].
* One appears in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' as the main menu art.
** The two swords that stand out the most, Yusaris the Dragon Slayer and Asala [[spoiler: Sten's missing sword]] can actually be found in the game.
* Several ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 5'' character endings make use of the image, sometimes with bodies.
* The GameOver screen of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' is a melancholic picture of a field of blades. (And axes...and lances...)
** The opening [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia New Mystery of the Emblem]] shows a field of blades, one of which is the Falchion.
* One of the first pieces of promotional art released for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' (And the first thing you see in the story) was of the characters' weapons piled up on the ground near [[spoiler: the Zanarkand Ruins.]]
* The stage selection screen in ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword'' features a variation of this: while there might not be nearly as many as your standard field of blades, each particular one is [[{{BFS}} really big]].
* The aptly-named [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/1/17/SunsetHorizons-KeybladeGraveyard.jpg Keyblade Graveyard]], the site of the Keyblade War, appearing in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'''s [[TheStinger Stinger]] and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. [[spoiler: The actual Keyblade Graveyard area in that world is an area covered with Keyblades of all the Keyblade wielders that fought and in the Keyblade War that occurred years ago before ''Birth By Sleep''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/NinjaBlade'', the final boss-fight takes place in a field of blades. However it stays still during the fighting, the swords get thrown around during cutscenes.
* In ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden II's'' trailer, Ryu Hayabusa is found holding both one of the Falcon's Talons claw weapons and the [[SinisterScythe Eclipse Scythe]] while walking through a field of blades. You actually get to fight in this field of blades, though no serious battles occur. [[spoiler: After killing Genshin, the rival ninja gives Ryu his cursed sword: The Blade of the Archfiend. After the credits roll, Ryu is seen praying for Genshin's soul in front of this very blade, stuck into the ground alongside the other blades. He then turns and leaves it there, a memorial for his defeated rival.]]
* The Blade Drifts of Zopheir from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''.
* Tangentially related, a trap in ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' (original and remake). One of the puzzles, concerning the Sword of Damocles, has Lara making her way through a room where any step could bring a deadly sword down on her head.
* ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline'' has an area in the Chaos Wastes that is a battlefield covered as far as the eye (or graphics card) can see with weapons, armour (usually staked into the ground on spears) and... this being [[GrimDark Warhammer, after all]], frozen corpses buried up to their waist.
* ''VideoGame/WayOfTheSamurai'' lets the player create one of these in the third installment. Taking a mission to stop a feud or clear your name by killing off a hundred enemies eventually causes a mass of weapons plunged into the ground blade-first by fallen enemies.
* In ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', units not killed in the initial charge drop their weapons when defeated, firmly planting them in the ground. Close battles can end up with two leaders duking it out on a field of blades made of the weapons their respective units used, which ends up moderately amusing when witches fight on a Field of Brooms.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** Archer is depicted in the opening as walking through a field of blades, representing his struggle with his ideals and endless conflicts. [[spoiler:His [[LimitBreak Reality Marble]] (a [[FisherKing representation of his soul]]) is the actual above field, wherein he has full control of all the swords and can rain down a StormOfBlades on any interlopers.]] His BadassCreed [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull invokes said Reality Marble]]. In the manga, [[http://www.mangapanda.com/fate-stay-night/48/21 he admitted that they are gravestones]].
** In one path of the VisualNovel, [[spoiler:Shirou also unlocks his own version of ''Unlimited Blade Works''.]] The MagicalIncantation used to invoke it is [[spoiler:slightly different from Archer's, showing Shirou's optimism and self-sacrifice compared to Archer's cynicism.]]
** Saber died atop a "hill of swords" after the battle of Camlann. The Fate route focuses on her inability to leave that hill, both [[MyGreatestFailure metaphorically]] and [[TimeTravel literally]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Dragons' Graveyard, in the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' episode of the same name, is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, an extradimensional dragon graveyard presided over by Tiamat. Apart from being full of creepy dragon skeletons, its most notable feature is being up to its armpits in abandoned magic weapons.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' this is what Iop heaven looks like.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode Serious Steven they pass through a strawberry field which Pearl explains was an ancient Gem battleground complete with several weapons stuck into the earth
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[[folder:Other]]
* OlderThanSteam: In the tradition of [[TarotMotifs Tarot cards]], the Eight and Ten of Swords both use this imagery.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* A historical example, and possibly the Trope Maker: a shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, was known for his skill with the katana. On 1565, when his small force was attacked by a large coalition Miyoshi force, Yoshiteru knew he was more or less screwed but was determined to go down fighting. Bringing out numerous katana (some sources say a dozen, others say around a score), he plunged them into the floorboards of his castle in preparation. He then killed numerous enemy troops, throwing aside priceless swords that broke down as their blades became notched and grabbing new ones from the floor. But with no help arriving in time from supporters, Yoshiteru and his few troops were overrun. This may have inspired [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Archer's Unlimited Blade Works]], as his chant suspiciously sounds like one of Yoshiteru's piece of poetry.
* Any depiction of the Arlington Cemetery is, in essence, a {{Field of Blades}}.
* There are ''thousands'' of pictures from both World Wars and the Korean War (sometimes Vietnam War or Iraq memorials) that depict rows upon rows of rifles jabbed into the ground with the bayonet and a helmet on top.
** Dog-tags or boots are sometimes hung on the bayonet as well.
* Vlad the Impaler uses a different version: a field of impaled bodies on lances. Said to have discouraged an invading army from attacking his territory.
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