Spectral Weapon Copy
"Imitations, faker, huh? Yeah, that doesn't sound too bad. I certainly am a faker... I had the wrong idea. My magic isn't creating swords. First of all, I can't do such a skillful thing. That's right. There's only one thing I can do, and that is to put shape to my mind...
... That's right. I don't create swords. I create a world that contains infinite swords... There's no need to be surprised. These are all imitations.Weapon of Choice - whatever it is - that is not original. This doesn't refer to said weapon being Shoddy Knockoff Product, but rather, the weapon is a copy made from Applied Phlebotinum, like Hard Light, Elemental Powers, Life Force or what have you. Sometimes it is possible for the user to create multiple copies at once, and make a literal Storm of Blades or Flechette Storm with it. Often overlaps with Spontaneous Weapon Creation. Sometimes a subtrope of Shaping Your Attacks. Compare Self-Duplication when the thing being copied is yourself. As well as Laser Blade, Flaming Sword and Energy Weapon for other weapons that are noncoporeal.
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Anime and Manga
- Variant in Naruto: the Third Hokage has a jutsu called "Shuriken Shadow Clone Jutsu" where he throws his shuriken and then puts off some Hand Seals, after which the shuriken multiplies itself as it flies to its target.
- In the climax of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Simon creates a drill out of pure Spiral Energy, and some of his own blood, to impale the Anti-Spiral. This is foreshadowed in the second expanded movie, where Simon, while imprisoned, creates a spectral copy of his Core Drill, but doesn't use it as he's unsure of the right course of action.
- Captain America used a Hard Light version of his shield on a few instances when he didn't have access to his real (vibranium/steel) one.
- This is Green Lantern's whole shtick. He can form a Hard Light version of anything he can imagine. Guns, bombs, nuclear missiles, you name it. Or hit you with a spectral truck. Or literally drop a bridge on you, he's flexible like that.
- Around the middle of The Wheel of Time series, Rand tends to create a sword of fire in the image of the sword his father gave him (and which got melted in the second book). Various characters note that it's a rather ineffective use of a power that can be used to destroy enemies from afar, but he prefers it because he's more comfortable with the sword and reluctant to use his magic any more than necessary.
- Subverted in Reaper Man, where Death sharpens his scythe on everything from whetstones to anvils to sunlight, and it's still not enough. He goes to the smith and tells him to destroy it, intending to face the new Death with the ghost of his former blade, but ends up having to improvise when the smith fails to do his job.
Live Action TV
- Our Avatars Are in a Room Together:
- The true nature of Archer's power - after he sees a melee weapon of almost any kind, he can produce a near-perfect copy of it afterward, including the weapons of the other Room denizens. Aside from the thousands of blades already within Unlimited Blade Works during his summoning, he currently has access to Cloud's Fusion Swords, Fen's demonic Stand, Gespenst's plasma cutters, and Sayaka's cutlass, among other things - but he rarely uses them if ever because doing so will expose his power's nature.
- Shirou Emiya's magecraft is quite similar to Archer's - conjuring weaponry - except it is of a far lower caliber.
- In Samurai Warriors 3, Kanbei Kuroda uses an "Orb", but the one he actually uses for attacking is an Energy Ball version of said orb, which he summons out of nowhere and he can multiply at will.
- In Devil May Cry 3, Vergil's Summoned Swords which he can generate from thin air with demonic energy, which he uses for Reverse Shrapnel and Human Pincushion attacks, are actually copies of Force Edge, his father's personal sword. The same applies to Nelo Angelo—who is Vergil—in the original.
- Necrid's weapon in Soulcalibur II was a glowing orb. His moveset, however, is based off of different moves from every other character in the game. As such, the orb usually shapeshifts into an energy form of the weapon of the person whose move he's using.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, custom characters don a spectral sword in order to use Future Trunks', Janemba's, and Dabura's special attacks. Oddly, this is even the case if they have a physical sword equipped.
- In The Elder Scrolls series, the conjuration school of magic usually has spells which can summon daedric weapons (the most powerful basic weapon type) and armour for a short time. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes this further, by having summoned weapons actually appear ghostly (in previous games they used the same models/sprites as more permanent versions of the weapons).
- Variant in Touhou: Sakuya the Time Master can take any of the knives that she has thrown in the past or the future and then throws them alongside the present ones, and she even could make a pseudo-laser made of knives.
- Delsin in Infamous Second Son can fight up close with swords made of whatever power he's using at the time (Neon, Video). Video also includes the Bloodthirsty Blades, which appear in packs of at least 3, and can fly at whatever target he marks. Evil Karma ups this to 5 of them. In the case of video, all the swords are inspired by the weaponry in Eugene's favorite MMORPG, Heaven's Hellfire (which he owns several replicas of).
- Raziel from the Legacy of Kain series wields a spectral version of the Soul Reaver sword, a weapon forged by the legendary vampire Vorador and intended to be wielded by a champion of the vampire race. The series' other protagonist, Kain, wields the Reaver's physical form.
- In Kingdoms Of Amalur Reckoning, the Fateless One generates weapons made from the Weave of Fate during Reckoning Mode Finishers. In a rather awesome display of Gameplay and Story Integration, the Fateless One defeats the Balor by replicating the legendary spear that was supposedly the only weapon that could kill it (lost earlier in the battle when the warrior who tried to slay the Balor with it was killed) using the Weave and hurls it into the Balor's eye.
- In Fate/stay night, this is Archer's (and by extension, Shirou's) power in a nutshell. He can make perfect copies of almost any swordlike Noble Phantasm, complete with the original's special abilities and sometimes even the memories of how it was wielded. While not as powerful as the original, their disposable nature also allows him to take advantage of the normally Awesome, but Impractical "Broken Phantasm" technique, which overloads the weapon with magical energy until it explodes (in his case, this usually takes the form of shooting swords from a bow which explode on impact).
- In Tales Of MU, Coach Callahan prevents serious injuries in her combat training classes by letting the students use "mocked" weapons. The student places the real weapon in a magical device called a mockbox, and it produces a spectral copy that can hit as hard as the real thing and cause just as much pain but not cause real injuries.