Sometimes Power Gives You Wings
; every so often however the Wings Do Nothing
- after all Bone Wings
are cool but aren't as useful as Combat Tentacles
or Feather Flechettes
... or are they?
They are, if characters with wings
also have a cutting edge, making them Absurdly Sharp
See also: Helicopter Blender
. Not to be confused with Razor Wind
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Anime and Manga
- X-Men: Archangel when converted into a Horseman (Death) by Apocalypse.
- The Falcon with his Hard Light wings acts as this.
- In Usagi Yojimbo, the Komori ninja are clan of ninja bats who typically line the outer edges of their wings with long blades to make for deadly attacks in flight.
- In Winter War, Pagally's resurrection gives her deceptively soft-looking wings that are actually razor-edged, as shown when she uses them in battle against the Nemu clones.
- GLaDOS's pony form in Better Living Through Science And Ponies has wings that "were built somewhat like feathered wings, but the feathers were were replaced with large, bristling bits of razor sharp metal. Appendages that could undoubtedly provide flight but also be used to cut a certain dull orange pony to ribbons.".
- Child Of The Storm has Archangel, who, like his current comics counterpart, has these but retains his otherwise human appearance. He's utterly miserable about them, which isn't surprising, since they essentially mean he Can't Have Sex, Ever or even hold someone without risking chopping them to pieces.
- Legion: the angel Gabriel has very sharp wings. He eviscerates a few people with them, and they're also bulletproof.
- In How to Train Your Dragon, there's a passing mention of the "Timberjack" species, whose wings can slice right through trees.
- Marcus of Underworld uses his wings to impale targets, as well as fly.
- Stormwings from the Tortall Universe are covered in steel/metal feathers that are extremely sharp.
Live Action TV
- A first season episode of Fringe opens with a man getting attacked by a swarm of Razor Winged butterflies.
Religion and Mythology
- The Sixth Labor of Hercules was to drive away the Stymphalian Birds, which were described as having feathers made of bronze and wings so sharp they could penetrate a man's shield and armor.
- The Aztec goddess Itzpapalotl had butterfly wings made out of obsidian blades.
Table Top Games
- Magic: The Gathering has the Scars of Mirrodin card Bladed Pinions.
- Champions. In the adventure V.O.I.C.E. of Doom, the villain Goshawk can attack with the slicing feathers on his suit's wings.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Dark Sun has a semi-sentient monster called "razorwing". It's a pteradon-like creature with sharp bone edges on its wings (span about 8'). Big inflexible wings are good only for gliding, and get bad maneuverability even then, but telekinetic flight power allows razorwings to rapidly accelerate from ambush. Though since they live in the Sea of Silt, the usual prey is a slow hydrogen jellyfish anyway.
- Forgotten Realms dragonmagic includes 'Sharpwings' spell. It makes wings cutting (wing buffet attack deals double claw damage while keeping its knockdown efect) without any visual changes.
- One variant of the crystal living statue, a common low-level monster in the Basic/Expert/etc edition of D&D, is equipped with metal wings that it uses to make slashing attacks.
- The Dark Eldar in Warhammer 40,000 have the imaginatively named Razorwing Flock. They are EXACTLY what they sound like.
- The Murakumo units from the BlazBlue series have "wings" made of blades that are used for their heavy attacks.
- Skarmory in Pokémon. Its wing feathers have been used as blades since long ago, according to the Pokédex.
- The Steel Wing move also counts, as does Wing Attack.
- Empoleon counts as well, with metal guards on its wings that can be used this way.
- Giratina has three, sharp claws on both of its wings when in its Altered Form, while its Origin Form has two claws for each of its three pairs of wings.
- Jedah of Darkstalkers has sickle-like wings.
- Lenus from The Legend of Dragoon. Considering that her wings are made of Hard Light it could count as Laser Blade too.
- Some combination of claw and Razor Wings works well for Kerrigan of Starcraft fame.
- Dyna Blade from Kirby Super Star.
- Kirby's Wing ability was upgraded to have these in Kirby's Return to Dreamland, as his wings are now sharp enough to cut ropes, whereas they weren't in the aforementioned game.
- Super Robot Wars Z2 gives Shin Getter Robo the "Battle Wing" attack, which has its demonic Getter Wings slash out at an opponent.
- In the sixth game of the Mega Man Battle Network series, Mega Man can throw the wings of his Tomahawk Beast form like boomerangs as a charged attack.
- In Starcraft, when Kerrigan gets turned into the Queen Of Blades she gains exoskeletal, bone-like wings. Which are all bladed and can move faster than the eye can follow. Her title isn't for nothing.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: While they don't actually cut anything with them, the wings of Princess Celestia's pegasus guards do have Audible Sharpness.
- A later episode proves it is not just for show. Apparently, pegasi wind magic can generate a Razor Wind - a flyby from a member of Wonderbolts was capable of cutting through dragon scales.
- The Venture Bros.: The Monarch's "Deaths Head Panoply", a Powered Armor suit that is completely inflexible and allows no limb movement whatsoever is only capable of motion through the use of some deployable wings on the back. Said wings are sharp enough to decapitate henchmen who do not get out of the way fast enough when activating them.