is the coolest weapon ever.
Search your feelings. You know it to be true.
An anti-grav belt around her supple waist labored to support an energy-epee, a beam-cutlass, an atomic broadsword, a space-rapier, six tactical nuclear throwing stars and a brace of micro-gatling pistols.
— Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space
The laser blade is a melee Energy Weapon
, with a cutting edge made of Pure Energy
, giving it Absurd Cutting Power
. It also allows for a Clean Cut
the way a regular sword does not. Despite their Absurd Cutting Power
, sword fights
between two Laser Blade wielders are still possible
thanks to the fact that Like Cannot Cut Like
. Generally a type of Impossibly Cool Weapon
, they require a lot of Willing Suspension of Disbelief
, but are generally awesome enough to be worth it.
Laser blades exist purely because of the Rule of Cool
. Glowing is cool, so Power Glows
, therefore a weapon that's actually made
out of glow must be really
powerful. In real life, making such fancy swords is Awesome, but Impractical
when Frickin' Laser Beams
decide war, but then again, laser blade duels are frickin' awesome, and that's enough justification to be showed on-screen. Another possible in-universe justification in that the duelists are somehow invulnerable to ranged weaponry, whether thanks to Deflector Shields
, The Force or any other such Applied Phlebotinum
, thus forcing the revival of old-school sword martial arts with laser blades.
Note that, although the most prolific Trope Codifier
is the lightsaber
, you'll almost never see the word "lightsaber" outside of that particular franchise for understandable legal reasons
. Thus, such blades are given any variety of slightly less majestic monikers, such as "beam saber", "energy sword", "plasma knife" and, for the paronomasiacs
, "laser blade"note
. The energy blade concept tends to be Older Than They Think
; the Trope Maker
is the "force knife" from the Lucky Starr
novels written by Isaac Asimov
under the pen-name Paul French in the 1950s.
Sometimes, especially in video games, a laser blade may be mounted on a fighter ship. This version is even more of an Impossibly Cool Weapon
than the usual melee variety.
of Elemental Weapon
, Laser Cutter
, Cool Sword
, Absurd Cutting Power
, Energy Weapon
, Hard Light
, Impossibly Cool Weapon
A Sister Trope
to Flaming Sword
, Hot Blade
, Ray Gun
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- This Honda advert has a laser turkey carver.
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- In Space Usagi "arcane" (ancient) katanas can be adapted to "surge", allowing them to cut through metal and electrify opponents.
- After giving up the Ebony Blade, The Avengers member the Black Knight designed and constructed a laser sword, often called his photonic or neural sword. The sword resembles a lightsaber in both its appearance and its effects on non-living matter, but it functions differently when used against living beings. Its "laser" blade is actually a neural disruptor; when the Black Knight cuts someone with it, it delivers a massive jolt to the being's central nervous system. This jolt is usually enough to incapacitate someone within just a few hits. Alternately, Whitman can reverse the sword's energy stream so that it encases its hilt and by extension Whitman's fist in a high-energy field. Using the sword in this fashion enables Whitman to punch with some unspecified degree of enhanced strength.
- Used by Prince Ethan and later on, Prince Bron in Scion.
- War Machine typically has a laser blade built into his left gauntlet. Considering the trope this superhero usually follows, it's rarely used.
- In Judge Dredd's universe, Hondo City (what was Japan) Judges in more recent years are issued with laser blades, replacing the traditional katanas from earlier stories.
- In Matt Wagner's Grendel: War Child series, Grendel-Prime uses a red laser sword.
- Kyon has one in the prologue of Kyon Big Damn Hero courtesy of a dead inter-dimensional robot out to kill them.
- The Life Of The Legendaries has Palkia wield a lightsaber-esque sword. It is made from his psychic energy. In this continuity, Psycho Cut can manifest as this form as well.
- One of the five “Hitler Youth” in the New Zork chapter of With Strings Attached can generate a Laser Blade. The narrative promptly nicknames him Lightsaber Guy.
- Apparently in Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality there's something called "The Most Ancient Blade" that only those of a Noble/Ancient House can use. It is described very similar to a lightsaber.
- Naruto Fan Fic Dreaming Of Sunshine features The Sword of the Thunder God. It's similarity to a lightsaber is lampshaded by the main character.
I was a ninja. I knew there were jutsu and weapons of every description and ability and more. And yet, some things were so deeply ingrained, like the cultural belief that the coolest weapon in the world was made of light and went zshooshm.
- Legacy Of the Rasengan:Naruto : Naruto's Kaze Kiwa no Jutsu combines this trope (blade-shaped chakra) with Razor Wind. Yes it is awesome. The length can be determined depending on how much chakra you pour in.
- In the Australian Fan Film Star Wars Downunder, the Big Bad's stormtroopers have light-boomerangs.
- The lightsabers in Star Wars have inspired dozens of reappearances since. Canonically plasma swords, lightsabers are occasionally referred to as "laser swords" by less in-the-know characters and were described this way in the original scripts. The beam itself is said to be a semi-circular arc of plasma that is very carefully tuned to be stable in a containment field and very thin without sacrificing any of the height. Realistic speculation of energy blades can be tracked as far back as Isaac Asimov's Foundation in 1951, predating the Jedi order significantly. Dark "lightsabers" have been used in The Clone Wars. Various characters (e.g. Aayla Secura, Starkiller, Ashoka Tano) have also been shown Dual Wielding lightsabers, although this is rare as it requires much greater dexterity. (Anakin tried once; it didn't work very well) It should be noted that, despite the name, lightsabers are straight and can cut from any side, whereas sabers in Real Life are curved blades with only one sharp edge.
- The expanded universe shows us that it may present variations depending on how the user designs them; lightwhips, or even (without going too far) Darth Maul's double-bladed saber are examples.
- Being a sci-fi parody, Spaceballs features an obligatory laser sword fight between Lone Starr and Dark Helmet, and the laser blades get tangled at one point. "I hate it when my Schwartz gets twisted!"
- In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Trillian demonstrates the operation of a laser knife to Arthur, which toasts bread as it's being cut. It also makes the lightsaber sounds. And miraculously doesn't cut the plate. DVD Commentary points out the Fridge Logic that the other side of the toasted slice will still be cold.
- In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Gideon Graves uses a laser sword made of pixels, which is called the Digitana in the script.
- In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, their superhero identities Bluntman & Chronic use lightsabers. Bluntman's is called a "bluntsaber" and Chronic's is a double-bladed "bongsaber". Their archnemesis Cock-Knocker (played by Mark Hamill) uses a "cocksaber".
Chaka Luther King: I think George Lucas is gonna sue somebody!
- In The Gamers: Dorkness Rising, Cass finds one which is a leftover from an old campaign.
Lodge: YOU CAN'T USE A LIGHTSABRE! IT'S NOT EVEN THE RIGHT SYSTEM!
Cass: I see no lightsabre. That would be a copyright infringement. I see a psionic spiritblade.
- Variable swords in Larry Niven's Known Space stories, which are simply stasis fields wrapped around monofilament wires. A notable subversion in that their power doesn't glow (the wires are nearly invisible, so it doesn't look like much of anything, and only the bright red ball on the end tells you where the sword point is), but they function a lot like energy swords.
- M. John Harrison's early Viriconium novel The Pastel City, another pre-Star Wars work, contains energy swords called baan. These have a thoughtful safety feature: the blade materializes around a solid core, which isn't necessary for the weapon to operate, but prevents the blade from activating improperly while it's pointing into the user's body.
- They also turn up in a couple of Harrison's later Viriconium stories, but in keeping with Harrison's deconstruction of SF and fantasy tropes turn out to be radioactive and have unpleasant effects on the wielder.
- Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn carries a pure energy power sword in the Warhammer 40,000 novels Xenos and Malleus, by Dan Abnett. He regards it as much less crude than newer models, which are basically swords with a power field around them. It still doesn't do him any good when he tries to cut an Eldritch Abomination with it.
- The "force knife" in the Lucky Starr series, published starting in 1952, was the likely origin of the sci-fi version of this weapon. Technically, it's not a laser—it works the same way as a force field—but it's incredibly thin and can cut through anything, making it quite deadly. The hero's sidekick Bigman Jones carries one, and can wield it with great skill if needed.
- In John Meaney's Nulapeiron Sequence books (and the prequel, To Hold Infinity there may be found a device called a Lattice Blade. Apparently never used as a battlefield weapon, it is quite capable of slicing off a limb and being extended or contracted in size, yet remain pocketable when deactivated.
- Probably the Ur Example, from Asimov's Foundation (That particular story was first published in 1944):
"...To put it simply, if I could sell a penknife with a force-field blade to a nobleman, it would be to his interest to force laws that would allow him to use it. Put that baldly, it sounds silly, but it is sound, psychologically. To make strategic sales, at strategic points, would be to create a pro-nucleics faction at court."
- More likely, it's from Fritz Leiber's Gather Darkness (published in 1943), where the "rods of wrath" cause a lot of mayhem on bystanders when used in a duel:
"Like two ancient swordsmen, then, the warlock and the deacon dueled together. Their weapons were two endless blades of violet incandescence, but their tactics were those of sabreurs - feint, cut, parry, swift riposte."
- In the 1982 novel The Fires of Paratime by L. E. Modesitt, Jr., one character possesses an actual light saber; it's apparently the genuine article, having been acquired "from some obscure group of galactic-wide do-gooders" during a trip to the distant past.
- Stephen King had the Wolves use these in the fifth The Dark Tower book.
- In Melisa Michaels' Skyrider series, when a belter picks a fight with Skyrider because she's trying to remain neutral in the Earth/Belt conflict, he ends up stabbing her with a "force blade".
- Mocked in the Wheel of Time, when one of the Chosen points out to the Dragon Reborn that his sword made entirely of fire is one the worst way to use his power that they can think of. Given that at one point the Dragon Reborn seriously considers snuffing out all of reality, they were probably right.
- Either Moraine or Siuan did it as well using Air, to demonstrate how stupid doing it was. While she was going for a gender thing, it's still accurate: at least Rand knows how to use a sword, well enough to make it a practical way to express power, and isn't oathbound to never use such a weapon against non-Shadowspawn or to let somebody else use it.
- M.C.A. Hogarth's Paradox series has holoswords, which project a Hard Light blade of variable length, width, and sharpness. They're primarily used for fencing, with an entire fighting style based around changing the blade settings in the middle of combat, but in Laisrathera Hirianthial uses one to great effectiveness in a series of duels.
- A possible Ur Example is E. T. A. Hoffmann's Master Flea, first published in 1822, which features a duel between two sorcerers using ray emitting pocket telescopes. There are no rays visible, and it's not quite clear whether these are Laser Blades or Ray Guns, but the physical strain and use of "feints, parries, thrusts, in short, all the tricks of the fencing-school" strongly implies the former.
- As of Skin Game, Fidelacchius is now basically a light saber. What makes this even better is that the person wielding it Butters is a Star Wars fan. And so, as it turns out, is the Archangel Uriel.
- Bibleman sports one of these, and the Star Wars influence is not subtle in the least.
- Every Space Sheriff of Toei's Metal Heroes franchise has a sword that can turn into one of these, appropriately called the Laser Blade. Each show has a Leitmotif whenever they use the weapon.
- In The New Adventures Of Robin Hood when Marian is kidnapped to be a demon god's bride, Robin shows up with an Unicorn horn that can changed into different energy weapon's, one of which is a energy sword. This dissolves into a light saber duel when the lead worshiper, possessed by the god, reveals his own energy sword.
- In Lexx S02E01 Zev uses a light saber-like device, that looks more like a light saber with a handle of a chainsaw, to cut a dormant gigantic insect into tiny pieces. This device, like most of the devices in Lexx, is not named.
- Kamen Rider Black RX had one of these as one of his attacks. The Macekreed U.S. production referred to it as an "electro-saber".
- Kamen Rider Faiz's bike handlebar sword takes on this appearance; it has no cutting edge as the damage comes from the energy in the blade.
- A few Power Rangers and Super Sentai weapons resemble lightsabers. Red isn't evil; it just means its wielder is The Hero. Blades generally glow when doing a Finishing Move, but not all the time.
- In VR Troopers, JB's sword can take on a lightsaber glow, and even extend into a laser-lance, with which he does most of his finishing. Sorry, Darth Maul, you were beaten to the punch by quite a few years.
- Warehouse13 has one of these in their Eureka crossover, wielded by Fargo. It's a laser cutter from Eureka that was "modified" with Benjamin Franklin's ring from the Warehouse. That turns it into an actual lightsaber that even makes the appropriate sounds when moved. Fargo, being a Hollywood Nerd, is in love with the improvised weapon.
- An episode of Earth: Final Conflict features an assassin using dual laser blades to assassinate people, while framing others using dreams. Notable for being of human design, as Taelons aren't big on swordfighting. Additionally, the blade can "extend" from either end, depending on which button is pushed, which is how Liam kills the assassin.
- The intro to Even Stevens has Ren and Louis Stevens sitting in front of the TV, each with a remote control trying to change channel to what they want to watch. When they can't agree, they turn their remote controls into lightsabers and begin to battle one another in a display of sibling rivalry.
- In the Red Dwarf episode, The Inquisitor, Kryten uses a laser chainsaw to hack off the eponymous villain's hand to allow his past self and Lister to take the Inquisitor's time gauntlet. He is killed in the process, but thanks to Lister's later plan he gets better.
- Defiance has force-blades, typically the glowing blue blade is the size of a large scalpel (their original use), but at least once one was extended to shortsword length.
- The Shadows in Babylon 5 have a unique combat tactic where their large battleships send out an energy beam and slash other ships with it, instead of shooting them.
- The Goodies: In "Snow White 2", Tim and Graeme have a duel with light sabers.
- GURPS has forceswords, and the Ultratech supplement even has a Laser Blade on a Stick that is "suitable for guards of the Galactic Emperor".
- Warhammer 40,000 has Power Weapons, weapons surrounded by a powerfield, thus rendering them capable of tearing through pretty much everything, as well as force-weapons, weapons powered by the psychic might of its user, thus rendering them capable of tearing through everything. Both weapons exist in all possible varieties, from sword to spear.
- Both weapons have a solid core the energy field surrounds, however, and function as regular weapons when the power is turned off.
- In one of the official army lists for a less-than-honest regiment, a wargear option is stolen archeotech. This is a piece of strange and esoteric machinery that has a random effect from playing pretty tunes to blasting plasma at enemies - one of the results is stated as being a beam of coherent light that can be wielded as a sword and ignores armour.
- The first Eisenhorn novel mentions that Eisenhorn possessed one of the energy blade models, emphasising how rare and precious it is.
- The energy blade is statted in the Dark Heresy splatbook Inquisitor's Handbook. It's very Awesome, but Impractical as using it creates bright light and loud noise, making stealth impossible since it's really a beam of plasma energy. It also runs on plasma weapon canisters and can only be sustained for about a minute at the most.
- Rifts has Cyber Knights and Mind Melters wielding Psi Swords, which they can create with their minds. Also the Lightblade, a Magitek weapon.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- 1st edition had the Wand of Force; one of its powers was to create a 3-foot long luminescent shaft-shaped forcefield emanating from the wand itself that could be wielded as a + 5 longsword. Does This Remind You of Anything??
- Later "Mordenkainen's Sword" spell did something very close to this.
- And let's not forget Brilliant Energy weapons, which are often called "lightsabers" by the fandom.
- Don't forget the Soulknife, a character class that can make an energy sword out of pure will!
- Forgotten Realms spell "Chromatic Blade" creates a glowing in erratic colors, needle-thin line of Hard Light. It can be blocked normally, but makes no sound, cuts as sword of sharpness and disrupts many "prismatic" spells.
- Greyhawk spell "Jaran's Prismatic Blade" essentially is Prismatic Sphere in the form of a sword wielded by the caster. Inability to use spells with somatic components while this thing is active is a small price for this grade of destruction.
- In the d20 Modern sourcebook D20 Future, one available weapon is the Beam Sword, a "small metal handle generating a solid beam of plasma contained by a gravity induced forcefield."
- In the less known RPG "Ammo", laser swords are an excellent weapon with variable power settings. Sadly, the higher damage setting drains its energy reserve in a matter of seconds. Psi-blade are more powerful if held by fighters with high willpower, and less consuming.
- Mekton has rules for not only a laser sword, but also a laser axe.
- The add-on book Mekton Zeta Tech Manual allows for the construction of nearly any energy melee weapon you can imagine.
- Exalted has beam weapons, made and most often used by the magitech Alechemicals.
- One of the characters on the cover of Manual of Exalted Power: Alchemicals even uses a "beamklave". What do you think it looks like in the art depicting it?
- This gets even shoutier when Soulsteel caste Alchemicals typically have black armour and red beamklaves. Just add Vader Breath.
- Laser Knight from Monsterpocalypse
- TSR's Gamma World featured Force Swords that were force-fields shaped into a blade and could cut through anything except another force field (alongside a wide gamut of high-tech melee weapons, including vibro and monofilament blades). Since the first release was in 1978, it's debatable how these weapons correlated with the introduction of Lightsabers in the original Star Wars.
- Paranoia has force swords, explained as monofilament fiber inside a force field. Too bad they're only available at Blue clearance. This being Alpha Complex, the force field periodically fails, putting the wielder at risk of cutting himself as the fiber whips around loose.
- Shadowrun has the Centurion Laser Axe, although it's never made quite clear how the laser beam follows the arced blade... All the rules state is that it can lose it's focus when hitting hard materials like heavy armor.
- Sentinels Of The Multiverse has Gene-Bound Ion-Lancer and L'Epeiste, minions who work for Grand Warlord Voss and La Capitan respectively, each wield one. Ion-Lancer's grants him immunity to energy damage and damages the hero with the least HP, while L'Epeiste's lets him deal damage to the healthiest hero equal to the number of Equipments and ongoings the heroes have.
- Dragonstar has Sunswords, sacred plasma swords that use divine magic to channel the power of suns.
- The closest thing Myriad Song has to the traditional "lightsaber" is the Xenharmonic Blade, commonly carried by Remanence Aristocrats and Syndic Lost Technology. Laser torches can also be used as improvised weapons like many other power tools. Meanwhile Ghibli blades consist of a "hilt" resembling a small jet engine and project a "blade" of superheated air.
- In StarCraft, Protoss Zealots wield Psychic Power-fueled energy swords called "Psi Blades". Dark Templar wield more powerful blades, but with a different power source, called "Warp Blades".
- Expanded Universe novels imply that especially-powerful Protoss like Tassadar can create those at will without the use of amplifiers.
- Dungeon Fighter Online has these as an exclusive type of sword for Blade/weapon Masters and Vagabonds (not yet in any NA build), with a few other weapons having a beam type. While not as powerful as other examples, it's the fastest weapon they can use by far and the 'shock' damage they can inflict will add armor ignoring damage to combos (making them usefu for enemies with Metal Slime level defenses)
- Zero's Z-Saber in the Mega Man X series, which, in addition to being friggin' cool, also had the ability to change shape, length, and power as the situation required. Not to mention elements. He can turn it into a flaming sword of death (which makes sense, sort of) or into a sword made entirely of ice (which just breaks several laws of physics). X8 grants him laser harisen, a laser glaive, and a laser hammer and knuckle dusters.
- X would later receive this Z-Saber in X6, with Zero getting a new one that's literally exactly like the ones from Star Wars. He can still imbue it with elements however.
- In X5 and X6 there is Dynamo who has a variable length dual ended Laser sword.
- In the Mega Man Zero series, there's Harpuia (who uses TWO), Omega, and Elpizo, who all use their own laser swords. In addition, Zero also gets a laser spear, laser shield, a laser grappling hook (made from the remains of the laser spear), and laser tonfa.
- The final boss in the original Mega Man X used, you guessed it, a lightsaber.
- In the Mega Man Battle Network games, most of the swords appear to be of this nature. Protoman and Colonel both have one as an arm.
- The Energy Sword from the Halo series. According to the fluff, it's actually a envelope of plasma that's held in shape by electromagnetic fields. It's good for both dueling and assassinations, since the blades turn invisible along with the active-camo used by Elites.
- Halo: Reach shows that some Elites, in addition to their plasma swords, wield wrist-mounted plasma daggers.
- System Shock and its sequel have the Laser Rapier, replete with "growing" animation and constant droning noise (which gets irritating pretty quickly), but it has neither the power, the brightness, the sparks or the cut-everything-to-bits destructive capability of lightsabers. From the in-game description: The unit works by projecting a porous field of reflective material in a shaft shaped region around the base of the rapier. When the material is bent (as when the rapier strikes a target) the intense refracted light inside is released locally, causing intense burns to the target. Of course, the attack animation doesn't display this alleged local release of burning light which, surprisingly consistent with actual lasers, damages mechanical enemies more than biological ones. System Shock 2 also has the Cerebro-Energetic Extension psi power that temporarily generates a semi-transparent psi sword for you to use.
- It's not technically a laser blade in the first, but just an Absurdly Sharp Blade: This energized lance projects a monofilament thread that is suspended in a contained energy field. Upon contact, the thread slices through organic and synthetic materials, permanently disabling most creatures and robots.
- In the first, there wasn't much point to using anything else once you got it - so long as your batteries didn't run out, it'd happily chop through organics or robots alike, and when combined with the rollerskates turned you into a near-invincible juggernaut. It's nerfed significantly in the sequel, though: Not only does it do less damage,but it specializes in killing enemies that explode upon death, with predictable results.
- The Beam Sword in the Super Smash Bros. series. In the first game it had a definite length, while in Melee it starts off short but extends when used to land strong attacks. And in the Japanese version, it actually used lightsaber sound effects. (In Brawl, the lightsaber sound effects came overseas as well.) Melee and Brawl also had the blade automatically scale to suit the wielder's size.
- In the Shining Force series, the first game's plot involved the main character wielding a Laser Blade that was made of Light Energy and another one that was made of Dark Energies. The "Chaosbreaker" obtained later in the game (renamed the "Force Sword" in the series' later installments) is made of both of these energies. All three swords are obtained through the normal playthrough and are all considered Swords Of Plot Advancement and Infinity Plus One Swords to boot! (But you lose the Light and Dark swords in order get the Chaosbreaker.)
- Travis' Beam Katana in No More Heroes actually handles this in a sensible and relatively realistic manner. The hilt extends a "cap" to terminate the beam, and the beam is projected along a central filament strung between the hilt and the cap. The downside is that this makes the Beam Katana look like nothing so much as a Fluorescent Light-bulb Of Death. Then again, given the game's sense of humor, this was probably intentional.
- Then again, he can upgrade to a five-bladed version of the Beam Katana, which looks less like a sword than a large laser club...
- Then again again, his ultimate weapon plays this trope straight. It is, quite literally, a beam katana, fashioned after the weapon of his recently deceased master.
- And when you consider the sequel and the other characters in both games, there's a beam lance, beam zanbatou, beam nodachi, beam ''giant briefcase that transforms into a katana/ludicrously oversized straight-razor"...
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards has Darth Maul-esque double-bladed lightsabers with Cutter+ Spark. A tap of the button kills everything around Kirby, and enemies die just by walking into the blade. Yes, it's as Bad Ass as it sounds.
- In The Guardian Legend, the eponymous Guardian's Saber Laser (single blade) and Cutter Laser (dual blade) sub-weapons deal lots of damage to enemies at close range. When she's in ship mode, they're not quite as effective.
- In Tales of Phantasia, by hunting a little in the sunken city of Thor, you can get Laser Blades for Cless to wield. If you happen to pick up extras, they sell for quite a price back in Medieval Stasis land. And if you're too lazy to hunt for them, they're storebought a bit later on.
- You find it (and a Laser Shield) as a weapon for Zelos in Tales of Symphonia as well.
- Kratos can wield that as well. And if you do have him rejoin you, he comes already equipped with one, rather than his flashy Flamberge. Unfortunately, he comes for a boss fight, and the laser blade is light elemental. Guess what the boss's Element is.
- Deus Ex has the Dragon's Tooth. While visually resembling a Laser Blade, it is in fact an Absurdly Sharp Blade constantly maintained by a nanite cloud. The blue glow is a side effect of the nanites, which the sword shares with all other nanite-based items (Paul's and JC's eyes, upgrade canisters, augmentation canisters...).
- Makai Kingdom has laser blades as a weapon class. They are noticeable for having the highest base attack of all the melee weapons bar none, and are really good against vehicles as well. However, none of the base classes you gain prior to a New Game+ can proficiently use them.
- Xemnas of the Kingdom Hearts series Dual Wields blades of Pure Energy that manifest from his hands. He can also fire them like projectiles. In Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, his signature weapon is the "Interdiction" and the other types of Etheral Blades he wields are given more variety, with various shapes and colors and some appearing as blades of energy projected from a central core instead of being entirely energy. Except for his Joke Weapon, a pair of fans.
- The Unknown aka Young Xehanort of Birth By Sleep and Dream Drop Distance dual-wields a pair of blue Laser Blades. The Keyblade associated with him, No Name, is essentially a Laser Blade Keyblade.
- The local incarnation of Squall / Leon can form one of these out of his Gunblade as a shoutout to Squall's "Blasting Zone" finisher
- In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Terra and Aqua share a Command Style called Bladecharge that forms one of these around their Keyblade. in Dream Drop Distance Riku has this power as a Link Style.
- In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness you'll occasionally come across enemies wielding a 'Light Saber' which looks exactly like a Star Wars lightsaber. These can be stolen, and if found as legendary quality weapons can become quite decent Infinity Plus One weapons if levelled properly.
- The flavor text on them even has a bit of a Shout-Out— "The force may be with you..."
- The actual Infinity+1 Sword, the Yoshitsuna, has the appearance of a laser blade.
- There are other laser weapons in Disgaea 2. There are even laser spears and laser axes.
- Dead Rising, which takes place in a shopping mall, has several toy laser swords you can loot from a toy shop. They do terrible damage, at least in the original as compared to the powerful but fragile ones in Chop Till You Drop, but the fact they make you emit a glow when wielded (and, strangely, when held in your inventory) basically make them the game's torches. There's also a special unlockable Real Laser Sword, but its durability means you can't use it long.
- Final Fantasy VI's Ultima Weapon may qualify for this trope. It sure looks like a lightsaber, and even extends in length depending on the damage dealt. If it does less than 500 HP of damage, it looks smaller than a dagger. If it does over 1001 HP of damage, it becomes longer than the character's sprite is tall.
- Final Fantasy Legend has a weapon called an "L-saber". The Japanese version straight up calls it a "lightsaber", and the ones featured in the Nintendo DS remake of Legend II looks exactly like, well...
- Final Fantasy loves this trope like they love Shout Outs to Star Wars. In addition to the aforementioned weapons, there are elemental weapons. Moreover, there's a "Light Saber" in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.
- One weapon (at circa 1:45) in Super Robot Wars is an enormous laser sword that makes no effort to stop its blade. The bloody thing is visible from space.
- In Gunstar Heroes, the lightning + fire combo creates a gun that shoots a laser that terminates after a short distance. This pseudo laser sword is one of the best combos in the game because it can deal out a lot of damage and cancel out most enemy shots.
- Radiant Silvergun has the Radiant Sword, an energy sword wielded by a space fighter.
- From Escape Velocity: Nova comes the ever-popular Thunderhead Lance - essentially a giant beam of damage sticking out the front of your ship. Makes absolutely no sense, but when your end result is space jousting, how could you not?
- Einhänder has a laser blade weapon pod. The Einhander is a space fighter with a grappling arm specifically built to use enemies guns as it finds them. Enemies using a laser blade do not have a grappling arm. They just have a laser sword sticking out of a hardpoint in their front that may be pointed at you. It is the most beautifully nonsensical thing in the game, especially since doing a fireball motion while activating it will cause it to lance forward about three times its original length for a moment.
- The original Jets'n'Guns has the Tsunami Generator which, when fully upgraded, resembles a laser bat'leth. The Gold Edition adds the Tsunami Beta, which resembles a spinning laser bat'leth. They're also amazingly powerful, and (somewhat realistically) create a huge amount of waste heat.
- The Neverwinter Nights Community Expansion Pack includes alternate blade appearances for weapons from daggers to rapiers to two-bladed swords that look remarkably like lightsabers. They don't actually change the in-game effect, however.
- The d20 Modern Mod completely alters the kukris to replace by Star Wars-style lightsabers.
- In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Imperial Warriors are armed with beam katanas that they use for banzai charges to instantly kill infantry.
- In Silent Hill 3's New Game+, one of the potential bonus weapons is a "beam saber." Given that the game is possibly the darkest (both figuratively and literally) of the series, and that the main character is both the youngest of the series' protagonists and the only female among them, the game can feel extremely oppressive. So it's a bit of a Mood Whiplash (though not necessarily in a bad way) when you gain the ability to turn Heather into the Magical Girl "Princess Heart" (complete with Transformation Sequence and appropriate costume), and either fight with a lightsabre or shoot laser beams from your freaking eyes.
- Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance has Cyrax with the "Pulse Blade".
- Hwang in Soul Edge has two "light-edged" swords in his repertoire, one whose blade is transparent and his Ultimate weapon, whose very long edge is only visible when swung. These were later inherited by his pseudo-Moveset Clone Yun-seong since Soulcalibur II.
- Funny how two Sith and a Jedi finally jump in and shows everybody how it's really done in Soulcalibur IV.
- Coinciding with his full transformation into a Cyborg since Tekken 3, Yoshimitsu's katana has been shown as glowing like a lightsaber. Official art and material explains it's just the evil energy stored in it that does the trick, thought.
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal has a cheat code that replaces your wrench with one of these.
- Space Pirates in Metroid Prime use energy blades as melee weapons. In the sequel they only had metal blades (altho they were called "photonic scythes", so they may have been a 40k-style "power field" involved), except for the Pirate Commandoes, who carried a gun that could fire energy projectiles or large exploding balls of every, as well as project a short beam blade.
- Elite Pirates have energy claws.
- Star Ocean gave you light sabers called "Force Sword" (with a graphic nearly identical to the Star Wars version) as part of the plot; they were the only weapons that could harm the Big Bad.
- Taking place in the future, several Phantasy Star weapons are comprised of lasers, or "photons", in the Online/Universe games. Armor, as well; one wonders why they didn't outright call it a force field, but we know the real reason.
- These are very common off-hand weapons in Armored Core. Generally, they're used to destroy stationary or slow-moving targets like gun turrets while conserving ammo, though there are Difficult but Awesome builds that rely entirely on blade combat, using boosters to keep up with faster targets. The Player Character always starts off with a Laser Blade, and two of the most prominent Laserblades were the Moonlight, a heavy LB with some insane stats, and the Toros, a shield that had two Laserblades and was known as Stinger's weapon of choice in one of the games.
- The Moonlight is a recurring item in From Software games. It appears as a sword of pure moonlight in the King's Field games, Demons Souls, and both Dark Souls and its sequel. The sword has a tiny physical blade that projects a larger blade of moonlight.
- You can replace your stick with one of these in Ico's New Game+ for no real reason. But only in the Japanese and European versions.
- The one-use laser knife from Over Blood.
- Touhou has Flandre Scarlet and her Lavaetein. I believe it's supposedly made out of fire, but hey, this is a bullet hell shooter. It sure LOOKS like a Laser Blade to me.
- In official art, its inactive form looks more like an oddly-shaped wand or whip.
- Hinanawi Tenshi's Sword of Scarlet Thought also applies, at times.
- World of Warcraft has a few of those available to players. Among them the retardedly rare, and thus disgustingly expensive, Teebu's Blazing Longsword. Many players probably don't even know this weapon exists. It's that rare.
- A total of four of these exist in World of Warcraft - A red one, which is a rare world drop, a bright orange/pink one which is also a rare world drop, and two blue ones - one is a quest reward, the other has a chance to drop off a boss inside an instance. The blue ones can be enchanted with a fire enchant, which makes them glow purple.
- At least one more was added in Cataclysm. This one is actually called a "Very Light Sabre", and is among the best weapons you can possibly get at the time of the quest... which is level 3 - and exclusive to gnome warriors. Each gnome class gets its own Star Wars Shout-Out, from the Death Star (rogue mace) and Staff of the Force (priest staff), to the decidedly more obscure Vibro Knife (warlock dagger) and Electro-Staff (mage staff).
- There's also the Runeforging ability Death Knights get that can be used on swords, that while not making the swords in question in question true Laser Blades, they glow vividly just like real ones.
- Battle Realms gives the Ronin and Samurai swords that can turn into these. The Wolf Clan Dryad starts off with nature-powered Laser Blades.
- In the second Warriors Orochi game, Yoshitsune Minamoto has a special gauntlet that produces an energy blade. Said gauntlet and blade can even fire energy blades.
- Constructor X from Bomberman Generation, who forms one from his drill-arm and causes explosions when swung.
- Multi-Dimensional Thief, an old text adventure game, parodies the Star Wars lightsaber. It can cut anything as long as it's an inventory object, and some versions of the game allow the lightsaber to either cut itself or your fingers (without ill effects other than losing the lightsaber.) Just don't go through a hole while carrying it.
- Another, lesser known Capcom example is Hayato Kanzaki from Star Gladiator who wielded a laser blade weapon as well. Of course, people will remember more his inclusion in Marvel vs Capcom 2
- Aion currently has a weapon skin called the "Aether Blade" which can be purchased from their website and used to remodel your character, while it doesn't extend the way a Star Wars style Light Saber would, it does strongly resemble one while remaining legally distinct from it.
- Not merely content to show Amaterasu up and be a general thorn in her paws, Waka in Ōkami had to have a better sword than Ammy to boot! While she has to make due with metallic blades (made of divine metals, mind you, but metal nonetheless), he gets the Laser Sword... and a Laser Sword that extends from inside of his flute! Showing her up that bad ought to be considered blasphemy if not a mortal sin!
- While it does nothing to alleviate the injustice done to Amaterasu, the player can finally get a chance to use Waka's sword in Bayonetta, granted that they can complete the game on the highest difficulty level to obtain it. It might appear to be worthless if one had to tackle the Non-Stop Infinte Climax Mode,but there's one last being left to challenge who justifies use of so much power and then some.
- Of course one could just ignore that difficulty and input the cheat code instead.
- Also we have Master Yi's skin,Chosen One in Leagueof Legends. He wears a lightsaber!
- Shadow Hearts: Johnny Garland has one, but it's less a laser blade and more pure evil channeled into his knife.
- Fraxy gives us this exact blade in three lengths!
- Wizardry being full of Schizo Tech, the top sword of the last three games is the Light Sword - a Lightsabre that your warriors in full plate can wield.
- Sword-wielders in City of Heroes can get these as unlockables. There's even a laser axe. No change in power and they still do the same type of damage, but hotly pursued nonetheless.
- Shin Megami Tensei I has Plasma Swords as a weapon usable only by Law Hero (or a lawful Main Character). Since items didn't have graphics in that game, we don't really know what it looked like, though.
- Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne has the Hito-Shura generate one from his hand when using an attack that requires a weapon.
- The most powerful one-handed sword in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness is a laser sword, but getting all the components to craft it takes some work.
- In Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, combining the Nitesco glyph with any weapon glyph will make Shanoa smack the enemy with a Laser BFS several times her own size. This is the strongest attack in the game, and sufficiently boosted it can take even Dracula himself out with just a few swipes.
- Kanon of Umineko no Naku Koro ni busts out a laser blade in the fantasy scenes.
- The Komato Assassins in Iji have laser daggers.
- The Monado it's a particularly odd example. It looks like an odd BFS while inactive, but while active, the blade opens up to reveal an even bigger laser blade, capable of getting big enough to be wielded by the Bionis, a titan whose body makes up half the known world! Even when being wielded by Shulk, the blade is quite large, and the Monado Buster attack makes the blade extend to a truly ridiculous length for the duration of a single strike.
- There are also more "mundane" laser blades courtesy of the Machina in the form of swords for Dunban and replicas of the Monado for Shulk.
- In Mass Effect 3, Shepard gains access to the omni-blade, a modification to the standard omni-tool that unfurls out to create a searing hot silicon-carbide blade, suspended in mass effect fields. The in-universe explanation for their sudden appearance is that they had been designed years ago but were considered useless, since enemies rarely would get into close-quarters enough for them to be used.
- There are many versions of this because every class wields their own melee weapon (Though they are not all blades) such as the sentinel who wields two omni blades, infiltrators with two-pronged electrified blades, or engineers, who simply slam a flaming silicon-carbide disc into their enemies with the back of their hand.
- It's also worth noting that Omni-blades are not laser blades or hardlight, but the suspended 'blade' is invisible on it's own. The Omni-tool creates a holographic sheathe to provide visual context for the user and allies.
- One type of the enemies as well as one of the boses of the old arcade game Xain D'Sleena (aka: Solar Warrior) use laser blades. If they hit you with them, you are dead, no matter how much life you've remaining.
- At least one character in EV Nova is noted to have a "laser rapier" hooked to his belt.
- The Gigawatt Blades in In FAMOUS
- Saints Row IV gives us the Laser Razor, which is shaped like a katana, but is otherwise closely resembles the classic Jedi weapon. And yes, there are Star Wars-themed costumes, too.
- Terraria has six colors of Phaseblade, which can be upgraded to the Phasesaber, and make the classic lightsaber noises when swung.
- The Masked Man in MOTHER 3 wields a lightsaber as part of being a Darth Vader Clone. It has the ability to shoot intense bolts of lightning that instantly knock the target out.
- Fallout: New Vegas has the "Protonic Inversal Axe" which is some kind of suspended forcefield on a pole. It does extra damage to robots, and the Think Tank decided to make a throwing version.
- The Player's mecha, Jehuty, in the Zone of the Enders games have these, as well as Dolores from Dolores, i and Testament from The Fist Of Mars.
- The player uses them in Sin and Punishment to deal with enemies who get too close.
- The Cyphers from Strider are a mix of this and Hot Blade, as they cut through stuff like tanks by creating a blade of high-voltage, accelerated plasma.
- Probably one of the less conventional examples, but Ghosts N Goblins's Arthur can turn knives into Frickin' Laser Beams through magic.
- This is Mike Matei's main weapon in The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures.
- Some of the mecha in Sunrider use laser blades.
- Warframe has the Gram, a Tenno BFS which uses a blade made of plasma on each side of the weapon to cleanly slice enemies to bits. Its smaller brother, the Plasma Sword, functions pretty much identically (and originally, the Gram was just a giant version of the Plasma Sword).
- The multi-purpose "aser-blades" (not a typo) in the space arc of Arthur, King of Time and Space. Described in full in this strip, including comparision to a lightsaber (without actually saying "lightsaber").
- Darth Maul sells Zexion lightsabers in Ansem Retort. He claims to have a hundred of them in his car to sell to Star Wars geeks for organs.
- Note that Zexion hasn't really used them since season one, unlike Darth Maul and Xemnas, who use them to this day.
- In keeping with the general theme of the comic, Darths & Droids offers humorous alternate explanations for the use of lightsabers. GM "just took a D&D equipment list and stuck techy words in front", Qui-gon and Obi-wan only have lightsabers because they didn't start off with enough money to buy blasters, and the Jedi are able to block blaster fire because the players fast-talked the GM into letting them do so.
- And, to boot, they always use the "laser sword" terminology in lieu of "lightsaber".
- Sinfest has a laser scythe. Because why not to walk this one to the end.
- Gunnerkrigg Court has Coyote's Tooth looking like this, at least in one of its forms when unsheathed. This thing doesn't hum — it laughs.
- Wielded by Fluffy in ''Commander Kitty. Of course, it's just an Imagine Spot.
- The Sun Sword from Thundarr the Barbarian.
- Galtar and his golden lance does the Darth Maul version.
- Skysurfer One's primary weapon in Skysurfer Strike Force.
- In animated Teen Titans, there's an extremely fanboyish villain named Control Freak who, it turns out, is a decent fighter due to The Matrix-style programmed skill. His weapon of choice is a light-lance made of two sets of dual beams. (The colors are red, blue, green, and purple, the four colors of lightsabers in the Star Wars movies.)
- Kim Possible fights some Ninjas in The Movie who wield energy swords.
- In the pilot episode of the Bucky O'Hare cartoon, Deadeye Duck freaks out because he thinks the "hairless ape" intruder (actually human Willy) is packing a lightsaber (he actually says "lightsaber", too). Turns out it's just a generic flashlight.
- She-Ra: Princess of Power featured energy blades in the hands of some secondary characters, meaning they weren't even close to most powerful thing around in that universe.
- Your mileage may vary...in one episode She-Ra's friendly aerial pirate is trapped in a subterranean cave with an ominous charachter who totally pwns him in personal combat due to various gadgets much cooler than the ones he had access to. The most severe pwnage occurred when said character lighted up a "photon cutlass" with which he sent poor Hawk flying freely around after he tried to deflect a blow with his mere "laser sabre". So photon cutlasses packed punch in She-Ra's universe!
- Moreover the asskicking character was later revealed to be Hawk's long-lost pirate father who was just fooling around and testing his kid's mettle. In the end he donated all of his asskicking equipment to his son.
- Subverted by The Venture Bros. in "Tag Sale - You're It!". Dr. Venture throws a yard sale, and Henchmen #21 purchases a prototype laser sword that was rejected by the Army. #21 later attempts to take on Brock Samson with his new toy, with predictable consequences when it's demonstrated that the prototype is a glorified flashlight.
- "The Army said 'we don't swordfight anymore', and Kenner wasn't interested in a toy that cost over $2 million in parts alone."
- The eponymous Giant Mecha in Megas XLR has an energy sword, activated by Coop hitting the Big Red Button Labelled "That cool energy sword thing"
- The first episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold has Batman storing one of these in his utility belt. Where did it come from? Why does he only use it once? Doesn't it violate his technical pacifism? Who cares? It's Batman with a lightsaber!
- The Batman Beyond villain Payback use a laser whip that double as sword. It was used to make statues for a Youth Counseling Center before the villain repurposed it.
- A scene inside a chop shop showed crooks slicing up stolen cars with a laser chainsaw.
- In Zorro Generation Z everyone has laser swords, and a lot of people have laser whips. Since it otherwise seems to be The Present Day, it's not clear where they came from, but it wouldn't be Zorro without cool swordplay.
- The eponymous hero of Ulysses 31 wields a "Raypier" which doubles as an energy pistol and a laser sword. For defence, he has an energy shield (think Captain America when his usual shield was stolen) which he wears on one wrist like a watch.
- Parodied in Futurama: police officers use lightsabers as non-lethal batons.
- They even have laser handcuffs. Apparently these so-called "lasers" in the Futurama-verse are actually some kind of luminous force-fields.
- In Teamo Supremo, Laser Pirate's main weapon is his laser hook, which can morph into other weapons, such as a laser blade and a laser cannon.
- The "how is a laser stopping at an arbitrary distance" problem is conversed in Clerks: The Animated Series:
: The light sabers in Star Wars
. You turn it on, and it goes ye high. How does it know when to stop? Dante
: The Force
: That's your excuse for everything!
- Dead Space Downfall has laser chainsaws; sadly, these do not appear in the game.
- Duke L'Orange in The Mighty Ducks has one.
- In 1987, there was a U.S.-produced series called Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater, with Sanrio's eponymous character and her friends parodying fairy tales, and even popular movies. One episode featured a parody of Star Wars, complete with Tuxedo Sam (who played the Luke Skywalker character) and Catnip (who played the Darth Vader character) having a lightsaber fight (which also happens in the Title Sequence). The episode "Paws of the Round Table" had all the swords, including Excalibur, replaced with lightsabers.
- In the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Once and Future Thing" Part II, One of the Jokerz gang working for the time travelling villain Chronos, uses a double-bladed red lightsaber as a weapon. May count as a possible Actor Allusion when you consider the voice actor for The Joker in the prequel series.
- Kat wields one in the Kid vs. Kat episode "Play N'Ice".
- Seen a couple of times on Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, mostly among space pirates and other low-level thugs.
- In an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang says that what he needs to complete his Scary Impractical Armor ensemble is a "wind sword."
What's a wind sword? Aang:
It's where I get a sword handle, and then I just swing this around and bend air out like a blade.
(makes lightsaber noises)
- Used by the Fearsome Hand in Batman: Under the Red Hood.
- In Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, the unified Forever Knights now wield them.
- Young Justice: Whisper wields a pair of laser whips against Superboy and the Forever People in "Disordered".
- On his Sci-Fi Science television series, Dr. Michio Kaku explored the possibility of making a real-life lightsaber out of an extended plasma torch. Unfortunately, this required trillions of nanobatteries, theoretical superceramics, and enough electricity to power a small city. This may be viable in the long-term, but unlikely for the next few decades.
- Still prone to Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?; that level of technology could easily make powerful guns which are more practical anyways.
- "Because it's COOL!"
- The main practical application of this would be as an extremely effective chainsaw that could cut through virtually any material, though at extreme danger to the user, but its not as if plasma cutters are exactly safe to begin with.
- Supplimental Star Wars material states clearly that using a lightsaber without a certain degree of force sensitivity is extremely dangerous. Perhaps hand-guards may work as an alternative.
- Not so much. The danger, both in-universe and IRL, is not to the hand holding the blade, but to all your OTHER limbs. The reason for this in-universe, and a plausible one out of it, is that the magnetic containment of the blade interacts with any other magnetic field (like that of the planet you're standing on) creating a tendency to twist and move in a direction you didn't plan. Think about that demonstration of gyroscopic torque that your science teacher probably showed you, the one where you hold the axles of a spinning bike wheel. Wielding a lightsaber is a little like that, only if you lose control, it doesn't snag on your shirt, it cuts your leg off.
- It's worth noting that this does have a physical "blade", though you wouldn't be able to see it when it's on through the plasma. If it's telescoping, you also wouldn't be able to see it when it's off either, so for all we know the Jedi used that trick too.
- It is worth noting that we can build a lightsaber today... except that we need a building's worth of equipment to make the beam long enough. As technology can be fitted in more tight spaces, it may become viable as a stealth weapon, as a blaster using plasma is basically shooting controlled lightning (meaning it's loud).
- Also worth noting is that plasma hot enough to almost instantaneously cut through just about anything, including metal (as most "laser blades" are depicted being), tends to be hot. Very, VERY hot. Ballpark figure, somewhere in the range of 45,000 degrees F. Yes, plasma torches exist that don't melt when you use them, but the hands and bodies of those using them tend to have to be shielded by some form of insulation to avoid getting burns. This is just yet another complication in the noble attempts of science to figure out a feasible means of making the beloved lightsaber a (portable) reality.
- A thermal lance (some may recognize them from Fallout: New Vegas) is a real word device that some liken to a lightsaber. It essentially burns iron rods to create an intense stream of heat out one end, kinda like a gigantic blow torch but much hotter. Granted they are much bigger than a lightsaber hilt and would require two hands to wield, but the stream to project has all the cutting power, they are normally used to cut through solid concrete and steel girders.