Field of Blades
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.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 swords standing in for proper headstones.
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Anime and Manga
- In Berserk, Rickert creates one of these as a memorial for the Band of the Hawk, personally forging a sword for each of the fallen. Ironically, it is on this hill that Guts encounters 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 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.
- The anime adaptation of Campione! gives Godou the ability to do this.
- In Claymore, there's a minor one after the timeskip. There's only seventeen blades, but the first scene it shows up in certainly qualifies.
- In High School D×D, 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 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 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Movie 1st The Comics uses this imagery for 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 a field of staves.
- Variation: In the 1st ending of the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam 00, 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 Naruto suggests the trope with a field of kunai.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Mami Tomoe uses a musket as weapon, one of her attacks in nicknamed Unlimited Musket Works by the fans, guess what it does?
- Rave Master had a battlefield made into a memorial by turning it into a field of blades.
- The Rurouni Kenshin 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: 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 Samurai 7, 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 Samurai Champloo..
- A variation in Smile Pretty Cure!. 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 Soul Eater, Mifune's sword-style Mugen Ittoryu relies on him throwing all of his swords up into the air, so that they fall to earth and pierce the ground in this manner.
- In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, in the burial place of Kamina his sword is sticking out of the ground by the blade, his cape tied to its handle. In the Distant Finale, after the death in space of most of the Dai Gurren Brigade, several other swords stand alongside that one, as well as a sword needle standing for Nia.
- Reduced to two and Nia's sword needle at the end of Lagann-hen since most of the cast killed in the series were spared.
- In the manga adaptation of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, 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.
- In Lucifer, the entrance to the home of 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 Planetary, the Big Bads have this trope in the form of an Alternate Universe. 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).
- In chapter 4 of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic The Ballad of Twilight Sparkle, 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 Ashes of the Past has a Field of Bones, as it is based on Archer from Fate/stay night.
- 13 Assassins features Hirayama fighting in a courtyard with dozens of swords planted there in advance. He still manages to run out.
- The film The Prophecy 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 Seven Samurai, where Kikuchiyo explains that he needs a lot of swords to kill a lot of people. Also, the four graves of the dead samurai have swords sticking out of them.
- The third book in Conn Iggulden's Emperor series is called The Field of Swords.
- This also happens in Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings 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.
Live Action TV
- As of the Dawn Solution, Solars in Exalted have an Unlimited Blade Works-style Charm: Thousand Arms Prana. This upgrade to Summoning the Loyal Steel allows the Solar to store as many weapons 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 here.
- Bonus art for BlazBlue depicts Hakumen standing in one. Probably as a Shout-Out to Fate/stay night.
- The grave of the Abysswalker Knight Artorias in Dark Souls. 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... at first.
- The Infinite Graves attack from Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice is also likely a Fate/stay night 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 Dissidia: Final Fantasy. 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 stories tall. And the Final Boss has a move where he gets big enough to wield them.
- One appears in Dragon Age: Origins as the main menu art.
- The two swords that stand out the most, Yusaris the Dragon Slayer and Asala Sten's missing sword can actually be found in the game.
- Several Dynasty Warriors 5 character endings make use of the image, sometimes with bodies.
- The Game Over screen of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is a melancholic picture of a field of blades. (And axes...and lances...)
- The opening 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 Final Fantasy X (And the first thing you see in the story) was of the characters' weapons piled up on the ground near the Zanarkand Ruins.
- The stage selection screen in Heavenly Sword features a variation of this: while there might not be nearly as many as your standard field of blades, each particular one is really big.
- The aptly-named Keyblade Graveyard◊, the site of the Keyblade War, appearing in Kingdom Hearts II's Stinger and Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep. 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 Ninja Blade, 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 Ninja Gaiden II's trailer, Ryu Hayabusa is found holding both one of the Falcon's Talons claw weapons and the Eclipse Scythe while walking through a field of blades. You actually get to fight in this field of blades, though no serious battles occur. 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 Tales of Vesperia.
- Tangentially related, a trap in Tomb Raider (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.
- Warhammer Online 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 Warhammer, after all, frozen corpses buried up to their waist.
- Way of the Samurai 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 Yggdra Union, 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.
- In Path of Exile, the site of Marceus Lioneye's last stand against the Karui hordes features his tattered standard blowing in the wind amidst a textbook example of this trope.
- In Fate/stay night:
- Archer is depicted in the opening as walking through a field of blades, representing his struggle with his ideals and endless conflicts. His Reality Marble (a representation of his soul) is the actual above field, wherein he has full control of all the swords and can rain down a Storm of Blades on any interlopers. His Badass Creed invokes said Reality Marble. In the manga, he admitted that they are gravestones.
- In one path of the Visual Novel, Shirou also unlocks his own version of Unlimited Blade Works. The Magical Incantation used to invoke it is 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 metaphorically and literally.
- The Dragons' Graveyard, in the Dungeons & Dragons episode of the same name, is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, 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 Wakfu this is what Iop heaven looks like.
- In the Steven Universe episode "Serious Steven", the Crystal Gems pass through a strawberry field which Pearl explains was an ancient Gem battleground complete with several weapons stuck into the earth. They revisit it later in "Rose's Scabbard", where it's stated each one is a Weapon Tombstone.
- 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 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.