A character in a work finds a weapon, and discovers that it is the same weapon from one of the [[OralTradition legends]] of their world. Most of the time, legendary weapons are a pretty big deal -- they don't call them "legendary" for nothing, after all -- and instead of being a ''very'' [[ExcaliburInTheRust old, rusty piece of scrap]] that's been in a display case for the last millennium, are actually extremely powerful and useful. They might even have the spirit of an ancient hero trapped in them, have immense magical properties, or be made with [[LostTechnology a technique that has been lost to the ages]]. Occasionally, when the protagonist is TheChosenOne of a {{Fantasy}} setting, they'll just happen to be a descendant of the last great hero to use that weapon, and the weapon [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield will unlock its true power only in their hands]].

Usually a {{Named Weapon|s}}. Since having the protagonist find a legendary weapon at their local store is a bit silly, the weapon tends to be a SwordOfPlotAdvancement that is rather hard to acquire.

Please note that this is for ''legendary'' weapons, meaning that the weapon [[FamedInStory has to be part of the legends and history of the work]]. This is not a trope for just any ancient weapon or CoolSword the protagonists find, or weapons in a work that happen to share a name with a PublicDomainArtifact.

SuperTrope to AncestralWeapon. Contrast PenultimateWeapon and DayOldLegend. See also InfinityPlusOneSword, InfinityMinusOneSword, ExcaliburInTheRust, CoolSword, and SwordOfPlotAdvancement. If the work's setting is based on the real world, it may overlap with PublicDomainArtifact.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Excalibur in ''Manga/SoulEater'' is considered the strongest of weapons (which, in this setting, is a race) and his power is considered the stuff of legend. Any Meister who wields him is pretty much unstoppable, and many have tried, as [[FamedInStory his location and exploits are well documented]]. [[spoiler:What isn't, is the fact that he is completely insufferable and no one can stand him long enough to use him for long.]]
* Most of the Servants' [[SignatureMove Noble Phantasms]] in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' count. Considering the setting is based on the real world and the Servants are actually spirits of legendary heroes, a lot of them overlap with PublicDomainArtifact.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheSixthGun'' has the Six, which have been reborn in every age of the setting. Built to free man from an enemy that is no longer there, the Six were known to early man as clubs, to the Knights Templar as swords, to other ages as crossbows and matchlock muskets. In the age of the comic, they are .44 revolvers due to the Western setting.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales Patch]] finds the sword of Squire, the knight from the legend she told in the first episode of the animated series. She uses it as her WeaponOfChoice for the rest of her life.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* {{Mjolnir}} in ''Film/{{Thor}}''.
* The sword Green Destiny in ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'', an AbsurdlySharpBlade famously wielded by Li Mubai and which serves as a MacGuffin for much of the movie.
* In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' in the final confrontation Rick sees a mural depicting the golden scepter his brother-in-law has been hauling the entire film, showing it to be in fact a RetractableWeapon -- the Spear of Osiris. Which is the only thing that can kill the Scorpion King. He promptly takes it and uses it to defeat the Scorpion King.

* While ''Literature/LoneWolf'' has many a CoolSword and other awesome weapons, the Sommerswerd, the Sword of the Sun, is ''the'' blade of legend. This golden sword was forged by a god-like race and sent by the sun god Kai to the people of Sommerlund to aid them in fighting off the dark god Naar's champions, the Darklords of Helgedad. The second book revolves entirely around Lone Wolf retrieving the sword in order to repel another invasion by the Darklords.

* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Narsil is the legendary sword that was forged in the First Age by a famous dwarven smith, wielded and broken by Elendil and then used by Isildur to cut the ring out of Sauron's hand at the end of the Second Age, and then reforged under the name Andúril at the end of the Third Age to fulfill one of the ancient prophecies.
* Early in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', the party recovers a small treasure hoard from some trolls. Among the hoard are a pair of legendary elvish blades, Orcrist the Goblin-Cleaver and Glamdring the Foe-Hammer, two legendary swords forged millennia earlier by the elves of Gondolin. Thorin Oakenshield takes Orcrist [[spoiler:and it's eventually buried with him]], while Gandalf takes Glamdring and uses it several decades later to kill the balrog in ''The Fellowship of the Ring''. Notably, these blades are also legendary among the ''goblins'', who call them Beater and Biter and recognize them on sight; pretty impressive considering they haven't been in use for hundreds if not thousands of years.
* Several of the 13th century [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Sagas of Icelanders]] (specifically ''Kormak's Saga'' and ''Literature/LaxdaelaSaga'') have a cameo of Skofnung, the legendary sword of the ancient Danish king Hrolf Kraki told about in ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'', which supposedly was [[GraveRobbing robbed from Hrolf's gravemound]] and brought to Iceland by the Icelander Skeggi of Midfirth.
* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'': The Hammer of Tholin is an ancient weapon that belonged to the last king of the dwarves, believed to be lost to the ages. The lore attached to it is so strong that its recovery allows [[spoiler:Dolgan]] to become the first king of the dwarves since its loss.
* The Sword of Shannara from the ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series is the legendary sword which the Elven King Jerle Shannara used to defeat the Warlock Lord and end the Second War of the Races. Five hundred years later, the entire plot of ''Literature/{{The Sword of Shannara}}'' is a quest for said sword.
* The Sword of Godric Gryffindor and the Elder Wand in ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has the hat trick. The three Swords of the Cross are named Amoracchius, Esperacchius, and Fidelacchius. Or, as they've been called in the past, [[spoiler:{{Excalibur}}, Durendal, and Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, [[PublicDomainArtifact respectively]]]].
* The Sword of the Kings of Ankh in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. According to the ''Discworld Companion'', in the later years of the Ankh-Morpork monarchy, many fake swords started popping up in the hands of various claimants, to the point that King Blad claimed the throne on the basis of two bits of wood nailed together. It is generally agreed that the ''true'' sword must have been shiny, probably magical and always catch the light, and therefore can't ''possibly'' be Captain Carrot's, which is none of these things but just really good at being a sword.
** How good? It's an AbsurdlySharpBlade that routinely cuts straight through other swords and at one point, was driven straight through a man and ''the stone pillar behind him'' without much fanfare. The implied reason for its sharpness is that the sword is ''so'' boringly nonmagical that it ends up working as low-grade AntiMagic against anything that has more magic in it, which is just about ''everything else in existence.'' Needless to say, it's the real thing, despite looking like an ordinary, slightly rusted sword.
* ''Literature/EgilsSaga'': When Egil departs from York, Arinbjorn presents him Dragvandil, a sword once owned by the hero Ketil Salmon, who "had used it in his single combats". Egil uses Dragvandil when he kills the berserk Ljot, and also wields it in his duel with Atli. Ketil Salmon and his duels are the subject of another saga, ''The Saga of Ketil Salmon''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Tracker}}''[='s=] Strada Brac. [[note]]Note that as the series ended just after its discovery, we still have no idea how it's spelled for certain. This spelling is a fan consensus.[[/note]] It was the subject of Vardian and Cirronian legends about how it was made during an ancient war and then stolen by the Migar council and hidden on Earth to keep it away from the Vardians. By the modern era, most of their peoples believed it was simply a myth. Cole and Mel obviously proved them wrong.
* Excalibur in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' which Arthur [[ForegoneConclusion is going to]] [[ExcaliburInTheStone rip out of that stone]] as revealed by the series trailer, as well as Lancelot's Arondight.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has the Colt. A bullet fired from this gun can kill nearly anything, even creatures that are normally ImmuneToBullets. In fact, it's specifically stated that there's only a total of five beings in all of creation that it ''can't'' kill (implied to be God and the four Archangels).
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': [[TheUnpronouncable Mʔ]], commonly known as The Scythe, is a powerful weapon ([[NonIndicativeName actually an axe]]) created for the Slayers by a group of powerful women called The Guardians. Buffy [[ExcaliburInTheStone pulls it out of a stone]] in the latter part of the last season of the show.

* The Emerald Sword in the Music/RhapsodyOfFire songs. Very old, extremely powerful, can also count as an UnholyHolySword.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has had many of these, from the Axe of the Dwarvish Lords and Sword of Kas in the 1st Edition Dungeons Master's Guide to the swords of the ForgottenRealms as described by Ed Greenwood (Adjatha, Albruin, Demonbane, etc.).
* ''TabletopGame/TheSixthGun'', due to the game being based on the [[ComicBook/TheSixthGun comic book]], features the quest for the Six.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has the eponymous Warhammer itself, Ghal Maraz.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Any weapon (or, indeed, any item) that unlocks a [[EncyclopediaExposita Codex]] entry in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series. Additionally, if you acquired the weapon Vigilance in ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'', the epilogue mentions that it went on to become one of these.
* The Runeblade from ''[[VideoGame/{{Drakan}} Drakan: Order of the Flame]]'' belonged to Heron, the last great dragonrider and is also the [[InfinityPlusOneSword best weapon in the game]].
* The [[CoolKey Key]][[CoolSword blade]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' gives us the χ-Blade (pronounced [[{{Pun}} Key-blade]] or kye-blade), of which other Keyblades were made to mimic its shape. Unlike the Keyblade, which was originally made to overcome Kingdom Hearts, the χ-Blade existed alongside it and protected it as well. It was over this that the Keyblade War was fought, which resulted in its destruction into 7 Lights, which became the [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Princesses of Heart]], and 13 Darknesses, as well plunging Kingdom Hearts into darkness and forcing the Worlds to reorganize. There is a way to reforge it and bring back the lost Kingdom Hearts; by having a powerful Light and equally powerful Darkness clash, but they have to be in partitions of 7 and 13 respectively for it to be successful. [[spoiler: [[BigBad Xehanort]], who has [[BackFromTheDead reformed]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' aims to start a second Keyblade War by doing exactly that, the 7 Lights being either the Princesses of Heart or the various heroes of the series, while the 13 Darknesses who are [[MesACrowd multiple splintered versions of himself]] [[TimeTravel gathered across time]].]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' parodies legendary weapons at every turn.
** There's a chain of quests where the player gets a series of legendary weapons. First, the player has to [[DayOldLegend create the "Epic Weapon" for their class]]. Following that, they obtain more ingredients and upgrade it to the "Legendary Epic Weapon". Following that, the weapon gets transformed into the "Ultimate Legendary Epic Weapon" when fighting the next boss.
** There's Trusty, Boris' trusty axe which the player is forced to use when playing as the Avatar of Boris.
-->''Not every magical weapon is forged of meteorite iron under an unusual planetary conjunction, inscribed with gilded runes of ancient power, and imbued with supernatural strength and sharpness through mystical rites and sorcerous incantations. In truth, many of the most powerful weapons of lore are possessed of far humbler beginnings -- common metal, torn from an enemy's grasp in a dire emergency. If the warrior survives the day, the weapon will likely be kept. Polished, sharpened, and re-sharpened, it will be carried from battle to battle, becoming as much a part of the man as his own arm, and as his name rises from warrior to hero to legend, so too will an aura of reverence and awe begin to surround the blade. Legend and belief are powerful forces, and it should be no surprise that a powerful artifact might have become powerful simply by dint of everyone believing it to be powerful. That is, after all, where the gods came from. ''
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': The Master Sword, aka "the Blade of Evil's Bane," is as legendary as the Triforce itself. It is inscribed in Hyrule's lore that [[GoodHurtsEvil evil ones cannot touch it]], nor can anyone save for the [[TheChosenOne Chosen Hero]] [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield draw it from the Pedestal of Time]]. Some ''Zelda'' games (those made by Capcom) feature the Four Sword instead, which has the same "evil-destroying" power, and is also attached to both a sacred pedestal and the ancient malice of an eldritch BigBad.
* The Sword of Mana from the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series. Even ''more'' legendary because it is [[IHaveManyNames ALL the legendary swords that have ever existed, just with different name on each occasion]].
* A semi-{{recurring element}} in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', particularly the games that feature a {{High|Fantasy}} or HeroicFantasy-themed locale.
** Cecil's Mythgraven Blade in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement which he receives upon becoming a Paladin after passing his trial at Mt. Ordeals]]. True to its name, the sword is inscribed with the Mysidian Legend, a lore that foretells the arrival of a hero destined to bring light to the Blue Planet.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' has the twelve legendary weapons, also known as the Sealed Weapons.
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Ghido]]:''' "[[ShapedLikeItself They are weapons.]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They are legendary.]] [[LampshadeHanging There are even twelve of them.]]
** The Relic Weapons of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' qualify: though you have to ''{{re|forgedBlade}}''[[ReforgedBlade forge]] them, they are legendary in the history of the world (for example, the Paladin's weapon, Curtana, is the sister sword to Oathkeeper, and both are the best swords ever made). The more they're upgraded, the more powerful they become, until eventually they're reforged again into ''epic'' weapons (Curtana becoming Excalibur, for example).
* The Vampire Killer whip in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series is considered the ultimate undead-killing holy weapon.
* The Eternal Sword in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries''. Also known as the Sword of Time, it is capable of cleaving time and space itself.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has the sword of Asbel's father, Aston, which was a legendary eleth sword. When Asbel was in training as a knight, he sold the old, rusted sword for cheap to a traveling merchant called a "Turtlez" (one of many in the game), not realizing its history or potential. Much later in the game, the player can buy it back for hefty premium and take it to the Amarcian Enclave and it turns out to be the extremely powerful Excalibur.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'': The 'Legion' expansion gives a legendary weapon for every available player class specialization. These range from old classics (such as twin blades forged from the broken shards of Frostmourne and the sword that broke Frostmourne in the first place) to completely new ones, which were given a fitting backstory.
** Frostmourne itself is a subversion. While it is certainly powerful and extremely important to recent history, it's not very old. The Lich King ''invented'' legends and a long history for the sword in order to trick Arthas into thinking that finding the sword was his own idea.
* In ''VideoGame/TitanQuest'' the most powerful weapons and items are the "Legendary" or "Mythological" ones.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'':
** The Silver Sword of Gith, an AncestralWeapon of the githyanki and githzerai forged by Zerthimon for Gith to free them from the mind flayers. In the backstory it was lost in the Nine Hells, then recovered by [[WellIntentionedExtremist Ammon Jerro]] to fight the [[BigBad King of Shadows]], during which battle it was shattered. Its shards act as {{Plot Coupon}}s to allow the blade to be reforged.
** Another legendary weapon from the first campaign is the Hammer of Ironfist, the AncestralWeapon of your companion Khelgar's clan. Unfortunately by the time you get it Khelgar is likely well on his way to becoming a Tyrran monk, meaning he relies on GoodOldFisticuffs instead of weapons, and the Hammer [[CripplingOverspecialization can thus only be reliably wielded by a dwarf player character]].
** ''Mask of the Betrayer'' has the longsword Sivlem, a weapon that has been attached to many glorious deeds. Its FlavorText has a weird {{invoked|Trope}} DoubleSubversion when the mage enchanting it intended to give it [[TalkingWeapon an intelligence]] that would [[InvokedTrope drive its wielder to yet greater acts of heroism]], but applied said intelligence to a more mundane blade by mistake.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The Daedric Artifacts (at least those that are weapons) are the most legendary weapons on Nirn. Each is associated with a particular [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] and passes from owner to owner according to the wishes of those deities. Famous ones include the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Malacath]]'s hammer Volendrung, the dagger [[DestroyerDeity Mehrunes]]' Razor, the Mace of [[GodOfEvil Molag Bal]], [[GoodIsNotNice Meridia]]'s sword Dawnbreaker, and [[MadGod Sheogorath]]'s staff Wabbajack.
** The Aedra, deities who [[CreationMyth aided in the creation]] of Mundus (the mortal plane) primarily worshiped in the [[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines]] religion, have provided some legendary weapons as well. Some of the most famous are Auri-El's Bow and Shield, Auri-El being the [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] [[NobleBirdOfPrey eagle]] version of Akatosh, the [[DragonsAreDivine draconic]] God of Time. (The Bow is said to be the weapon that launched [[TheMaker Lorkhan]]'s [[CosmicKeystone Heart]] down into the world after he was [[GodIsDead "killed"]] for his perceived treachery during creation.) Similarly, the Divines each contributed to the Crusader's Relics. Originally worn by [[GodInHumanForm Pelinal]] [[EternalHero Whitestrake]] during the Alessian Revolt when he defeated Umaril the Unfeathered, they would have to be collected and sanctified by "[[PlayerCharacter Pelinal Reborn]]" in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Knights of the Nine'' expansion.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', Yagrum Bagarn [[spoiler:[[TheLastOfHisKind the last living]] [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]]]] and victim of the [[BodyHorror Corprus]] [[TheAgeless Disease]], has written the in-game book ''Famed Artifacts of Tamriel'' which details many such legendary weapons. He himself is in possession of Volendrung in-game, presumably acquired in his pre-disease [[RetiredBadass days of searching Tamriel]] for any other surviving [[spoiler:Dwemer]].
* In the arcade ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' [[VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsChroniclesOfMystara games from Capcom]], at the end of ''Shadow of Mystara'', if a player kills the final boss with a magical sword (i.e. any sword that they did not start with), the epilogue states that the weapon is renamed "The Sword of (Player Name)." On subsequent playthroughs, the sword is ''actually called that'' for anyone that picks it up. At least, until the cabinet is reset.
* There's always at least one of these in every ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' game. They're mostly signature weapons of each game's Lord.
* The Dual Blade in the ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' series, a weapon that amplifies the wielder's energy waves.
** ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' has a weapon called the Legendary Sword, which the party is tasked to recover. Despite acknowledging the Legendary Sword's powers are quite exaggerated, the President of Parcelyte feels its presence would reassure the people of the city. It is a solid upgrade should you choose to use it yourself.
* In ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'', the umbrella found and wielded by the player character has a "Legend of the Holy Umbrella" about it.