A type of Cool Sword
, the rapier is often associated with those of high class, or at least some suave character.
Note that in the hey-day of the rapier, it was as likely to be associated with traveling entertainers who gave what we would call “performances” with the rapier and buckler (small shield
— hence the term swashbuckler
) as with the courtiers, like Pietro Monte, whose favorite weapon it was. Old-fashioned gentlemen of the Elizabethan period tended to despise the “foining” and dancing they associated with the weapon, and preferred the good old longsword.
If your characters are living in The Cavalier Years
, and especially musketeers are involved, you can definitely expect them to use rapiers. In Japanese media, you can expect the Ojou
to use one.
Also included is the espada ropera
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Anime and Manga
- Bleach: Chojiro Sasakibe's zanpakuto.
- The Needles from Tower of God. Due to the tendency of the air surrogate Shinsoo to be more viscous, swords quickly lose their effectiveness. Hence weapons more focused on stabbing are more commonly found.
- Jean Pierre Polnareff's Silver Chariot is an armored swordfighter who uses a rapier.
- In Mobile Suit Gundam, M'Quve's YMS-15 Gyan uses a beam saber in very rapier-like fashion. Given his aristocratic tendencies and cultured behaviour, this makes a lot of sense.
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam: Rose Gundam uses a beam rapier.
- Revolutionary Girl Utena revolves around live steel fencing tournaments.
- Only one character uses a rapier, however; the Sword of Dios is a sidesword.
- Griffith in Berserk wields a gleaming cavalry sabre, in contrast with Guts' BFS. In spite of living in a GAR World of Badass, Griffith casually blocks, chips, or cuts clean through the weapons of far heavier armed opponents. With one exception.
- Serpico wields one when he manages to delay Guts for a few minutes before realizing how screwed he is. Later he gets another one infused with wind elementals that let him throw winds around.
- While it's technically a Sword Cane, a lot of Brook's fighting style is fencing with a thin blade mixed with quick-draws.
- Sword Art Online: Rapiers appear as a subset of "One-handed Straight Swords" in SAO, notably Asuna's <<Lambent Light>>.
- Durand from Le Chevalier D Eon wield this and a main gauche.
- Fried from Fairy Tail.
- Sylvie from Princess Lover.
- Suzunosuke Mamiya from Gamaran uses one and has two more with him just in case. In this case, Suzunosuke takes advantage of the rapier's flexible blade to move it at high speed, confusing the opponent and stabbing him. Gama managed to render this weapon useless by looking carefully at Suzunosuke's movements as he attacked to predict the next blow.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: This is Sayaka's weapon of choice.
- In Log Horizon, Nyanta, gentleman cat and resident Supreme Chef wields dual rapiers and even asserts that "a rapier is a gentleman's weapon".
- Elizabeth Midford from Black Butler is an expert fencer, and uses a rapier to kill zombies (on a sinking Titanic expy, no less).
Film - Live Action
- The Princess Bride: both Inigo Montoya and the Man in Black wield them.
- In The Crow, Top Dollar has a large case of swords, but selects an ornate rapier as his weapon of choice. His rapier is the Six-Fingered Sword from The Princess Bride
- The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974). Both the Musketeers and the Cardinal's Guard use them.
- The Musketeers in Disney's The Three Musketeers (1993) use them.
- Used in the latest adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. Fairly accurately, at that. Toward the end of the movie, Albert takes advantage of the blade's flimsiness to break the Count's own rapier in two with his own similar, yet more durable blade.
- In most adaptations, the weapon of choice of Zorro is a Spanish rapier.
- In By The Sword, Villard's father's rapier is displayed in a glass case in his fencing school. He later uses it in his duel against Suba during the climax of the movie.
- Giacomo Casanova, as portrayed by Heath Ledger, flung a fairly fancy fencing foil hidden within a cane.
- In the Fighting Fantasy book Magehunter, if you decide to rush Mencius as he casts his spell, you will find yourself wearing regal red clothes and armed with a fancy rapier when you recover. spoiler
- Played straight in The Color of Magic, the first Discworld novel where it is used to reinforce Rincewind's perpetual incompetence. Rincewind is challenged to a sword fight; his opponent wields a rapier, while Rincewind is stuck with a short sword that looks more like a shovel.
- In the Dragaera series, Vlad Taltos uses a rapier while most Dragaerans prefer a Dual Wielding longsword-and-dagger style.
- In The Riftwar Cycle, the rapier is the Weapon of Choice for Prince Arutha. At the end of the first series, it gets infused with a magic-repelling artifact, which lets it harm demons and other supernatural foes. Arutha's popularity causes rapiers to become much more widely used in the Kingdom during and after his reign.
- In Scaramouche, the rapier is Andre-Louis' weapon of choice.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, Bravos has an indigenous fencing style called water dancing that uses rapiers. True to the weapon's real life history, the city-state is filled with street-fighting bravos. Westeros favors knightly longswords, but Jon Snow has a slender sword made for Little Miss Badass Arya Stark that resembles a rapier. She receives lessons in the water dancing style.
- In the sequel to The Elenium, Emperor Sarabian begins to use a rapier after the arrival of Queen Ehlana and the Church Knights. It's a sign that he's beginning to take control of his own country.
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe had a Laser Blade version of a rapier, called a lightfoil. It was invented by a Sith sect called the Mecrosa Order and adopted by the nobility of the Tapani sector; the latter modified it to be slightly weaker than a more usual lightsaber, but much easier to use for a Muggle.
- Subverted by Zorro, of all people: he uses a Spanish cavalry sabre.
Live Action TV
- In the Firefly episode "Shindig," the local nobility like using these in duels. Inara shows a little proficiency too.
- And Mal shows little. He thinks that Flynning with his means he's winning the fight, not knowing his opponent is just toying with him.
- Along with the main gauche, the rapier was the short range weapon for the French Musketeers on Deadliest Warrior. It received 195 kills in the simulation.
- In one episode of Blackadder I, Prince Edmund challenges Lord Dougal MacAngus to a duel. Edmund uses a rapier, but MacAngus effortlessly snaps it in half with his longsword.
- In Super Sentai, both Shibolena and Denus used swords that seem to resemble rapier. "Seem to resemble" because the only part that resembles a rapier is the handle.
- In Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 the rapier has the distinction of being one of the most effective weapons to which the Weapon Finesse feat can be applied, making it a perennial favorite of the sort to favor speed over brute force.
- In Warhammer Fantasy has Sigvald the Magnificent, whose trademark weapon is rapier. He may look like a flimsy pretty boy, but he can slice you to ribbons with it, plus he's the mortal champion of Slaanesh.
- In Ironclaw rapiers can do extra damage by impaling, and allow a user with the "fencing" Gift to add their Dodge skill to parry rolls.
- Raphael and Amy from Soul Calibur
- Pierre from Chrono Cross
- Prince Peasley from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
- Fire Emblem: The Rapier is the traditional weapon of the main heroes of the Lord class, serving as both an anti-cavalry and armor piercing weapon. More often than not, those who don't use swords are given a functional expy in one of the other weapon types.
- Persona 3: Mitsuru's Weapon of Choice. C'est Magnifique. Even when she uses other one-handed sword weapons, she uses them as a rapier, slashing once on her first hit, stabbing multiple times on the second, and then kicking the enemy in the face with the third. In Persona 4 Arena, she throws in a white fur coat, which goes with the rapier to giver her a total Kicking Ass in All Her Finery aspect.
- For the whole Persona series, there is Eriko Kirishima.
- The Suikoden series provides us with quite a lot of characters wielding a rapier :
- Vincent de Boule, a former aristocrat from the Scarlet Moon Empire, uses one in Suikoden and Suikoden II.
- Anita, from Suikoden II seems to wield one too : altough the game refers to it as a sword, the in-game battle sprite clearly shows that Anita's weapon is a rapier.
- Lilly Pendragon carries one in Suikoden III. She also dresses like a musketeer, complete with a big plumed hat. An another character from the same game, Yuber, seems to dual-wield rapiers.
- Prince Enrique from Skies of Arcadia uses one.
- The Prince(ss) class from Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City initially uses Rapiers. So do Buccaneers, which combine traits of Musketeers and Pirates.
- Estelle from Tales of Vesperia can wield these as well as staves.
- The fencer line of units in Battle for Wesnoth.
- Jean in Breath of Fire II wields one. And he's a genuine prince too.
- Karin Koenig in Shadow Hearts has a few rapiers amongst her available weapons.
- Richard in Tales of Graces wields these and is a prince.
- Saleh from Tales of Rebirth wields one. It's fitting for a suave Smug Snake like himself.
- Noblewoman Phiona in Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume, while a member of the series' Heavy Warrior class, goes with a giant rapier as her weapon of choice, regardless of how little sense that makes.
- Sima Shi, Yuan Shao, and Liu Shan in Dynasty Warriors 7.
- In the most recent Final Fantasy games, the rapier became the weapon of choice of The Red Mage job.
- Larsa from Final Fantasy XII wields one (quite fittingly for a prince of the empire).
- In Tactics Advance and A2 rapiers are used by the Red Mages, Elementalists, and Fencers, all three of which are Viera only classes.
- Charlotte from the Samurai Shodown series has one of these.
- A common weapon in the Dept Heaven series, used as:
- Layer wields a rapier in Mega Man X8.
- Rapiers, foils, and espada roperas are weapon types in Romancing Saga: Minstrel Song.
- One of the weapon types available in Dark Souls, used for quick, repeated thrusts. There's even a unique one dropped by the Undead Prince Ricard, Ricard's Rapier.
- Selvaria Bles in Valkyria Chronicles carries one, but she's so powerful as to never need it. In the anime however, it sees frequent use, and is made especially deadly via her inhuman speed.
- In both Drakensang games, rapiers and similar weapons are seen and classified as "Fencing Weapons". In the first game they're harder to find. Unlike swords and sabres, they can't use "hard hitting" techniques in exchange for highly damaging attacks. They also seems to be the favorite weapons of thieves and rogues in both games (with Dranor and Gladys in the first and Cano in the second).
- Rapiers are a class of sword that Hector can use in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, and naturally he whips out the Implausible Fencing Powers to do such things as create gusts of wind as he thrusts.
- This is the Weapon of Choice of Fiora in League of Legends.
- In 'Pirates!' (and 'Pirates! Gold'), rapier is one of the three weapons the player character chooses before each duel. It has the longest reach and lowest damage of them all.
- Princess Zelda wields one in her boss fight in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. She also wields a one alongside her Light Arrows in her playable appearance in Hyrule Warriors.
- Propeller Knight from Shovel Knight wields one, and occasionally uses it in conjunction with the giant propeller on his helmet.
- From the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, Italian supervillainess Vendetta uses two of these, Florentine style.
- In RWBY, Weiss Schnee wields Myrtenaster, a rapier that doubles as a magic wand. It has a revolver-style chamber in the hilt, and she can change the kind of magic she uses by spinning the revolver.
- My Little Pony: In the episode "The Prince and the Ponies", the palace guards (who are of uncertain loyalty until the end) carry rapiers, and there's a bit where some of the Little Ponies swordfight with them (using their mouths to hold the rapiers).
- The rapier was not intended to deal with armor and saw limited use on the battlefield. Instead, it was developed as civilian weapon for personal defense. As such, it was primarily associated with street brawls, bravos, swashbucklers and duellists. Only in later, romanticized tales did the rapier become a symbol of elegance and sophistication.