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"I, I am the blade, I am the promise unmade
I, I am the knife, I bring death to your life
I, I am the axe, to stop you dead in your tracks
I, I am the sword, I bring the fear of the Lord"
Sometimes a Red Baron
can have very specific nickname or title that compares him to some kind of weapon, often to his Weapon of Choice
. Large Ham
, Bad Ass
or similiar people will like to announce this right after yelling his real name, especially during My Name Is Inigo Montoya
Swords are the most popular weapon to call heroes after, followed by axes, hammers (both are the most popular among dwarves in standard High Fantasy
worlds) and daggers. A Super Hero
can name himself after a weapon and many bizarre combinations including some kind of it were common during the Dark Age of Supernames
A subtrope of The Magnificent
and Red Baron
The inverse of I Call It Vera
, when somebody gives a human name to his weapon.
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- Most characters from Claymore belong to an order of warrior women, named after their iconic longsword: the claymore.
- Sanger Zonvolt, The Sword that Cleaves Evil, and his rival, Wodan Ymir, The Sword Of Magus from the Super Robot Wars game series.
- Jacobus "Jack" Rakan from Mahou Sensei Negima!, The Man of a Thousand Blades.
- Ser Arthur Dayne from A Song of Ice and Fire, the Sword of the Morning.
- Technically speaking, the Sword of the Morning is a title handed down to the wielder of the greatsword Dawn, an ancient hereditary weapon of the Daynes made from a fallen star. However, Ser Arthur was the most recent, was particularly famous for his skill (apparently, deservedly so), and was once closely connected to several of the viewpoint characters, so he's the only one we ever hear about.
- Tekkaman Blade has the title character, and Tekkaman Sword. Tekkaman Evil in U.S. version - Teknoman - is known as Sabre. Miyuki/Shara is Tekkaman Rapier.
- Digimon: Alphamon Ouryuken Mode (Ouryuken translates to "God Dragon Sword".)
- Turin in The Silmarillion becomes known as "Mormegil", Elvish for "black sword."
- Rai-dei the Blade from Trigun.
- Star Wars Expanded Universe:
- Jaina Solo: Sword of the Jedi. She spends a while trying to figure out what exactly this title is supposed to mean. Even when Luke gives her the sobriquet, though, it's clear that he's not saying the rest of her life will be smooth sailing.
- Venku Skirata: His father gave him the name Kad, which means saber in Mando'a. He later uses the name Kad'ika (little saber) when he leads a political movement on Mandalore advocating a focus on Mandalorian interests and defense and a withdrawal of Mandalorian mercenaries from wars in which they have no stake.
- In Morrowind and Oblivion the powerful sword Umbra is cursed and tends to possess its owners, resulting in them becoming obsessed with the sword and adopting its name as their own.
- In the first episode of Shakugan no Shana, Shana claims to not have any specific name, mentioning that she is typically referred to by the name of her sword, the Nietono no Shana. Hence, Yuji decides to call her Shana.
- Parodied in one Shana Abridged episode (the 2nd episode of the series):
Shana: I don't need a name. (Plus there's everything else that's wrong with that sentence.)
Yuji: Then what can I call you?
Shana: I'm the Flame Haze with the sword Nietono no Shana.
Yuji: Then I'll call you Nietono-no!
Alastor: If you're going to name her after the sword, Shana would sound better.
Yuji: But Nietono-no sounds more Japanish.
Shana: Don't I have a say in this?
- Ironically, if Yuji really is Japanese he would not have left the "-no" part in since that is a particle and would make no sense without the "Shana" part. Also, precisely because "Nietono" is more Japanese that he didn't choose it because then all the Japanese would be saying "Who the hell gave her such a bizarre name?" That's besides the point though.
- Kamen Rider Blade. In this case, named for the tarot suit of Swords.
- A.A. Attanasio's The Last Legends of Earth has, as a minor character, a folk hero who is actually simply named "Sword".
- Tobari from Nabari No Ou is named after Roland's famous sword, Durandal.
- In the D&D parody The Intercontinental Union of Disgusting Characters, the heroine is named Sick Sword. Confusingly, her sentient broadsword is named The Sick Sword.
- The sequels take this ball and run with it, with characters (and their respective weapons) named Disgusting Sword, Ridiculous Sword, Gross Sword, and Unbelievable Sword.
- Saber, from Fate/stay night. Which is the name of her class, a sword-user. ...which is an interesting language quirk, as the other classes were Lancer, Caster, Archer, etc.note
- The DC superhero Katana, named for her magical...
- Kargath Bladefist from Warcraft has hands made of, well, blades.
- In The Order of the Stick, Roy's family name, Greenhilt, comes from his Ancestral Weapon. Durkon as well, with the last name Thundershield.
- The Arabic name "Saif" means "sword", and it doesn't stop there. In Arabic, putting indefinite noun X before definite noun Y translates to "the X of Y". Thus "Saif Allah" is "The Sword of God"note and "Saif al-Dīn"note is "The Sword of the Faith." "Saif" has long been used as a personal name; the later two were historically given as nicknames to indicate a good warrior, but today they are common as given names and surnames.
- The most famous bearer of this title is Khalid ibn Al-Walīd, a fearsome warrior and general in the early days of Islam known as "Saif Allah al-Maslūl": The Drawn Sword of God. Trust us, he earned that title.
- Real Life Example: Henry Morgan (as in Captain Morgan, the guy on the rum bottles), perhaps the most famous and successful Privateer in history was known as The Sword of England.
- Kamika from Shikabane Hime has the title/nickname "Sword Princess".
- The assassin Broken Sword from Hero.
- Gallade from Pokémon.
- Honedge, Doublade, and Aegislash as well; being literal animate swords (though "Aegis" is a shield reference instead). In French, Aegislash becomes Exagide, a dual reference to the French names of both Excalibur and Aegis. The German names take the cake, though, referencing several mythological swords: Gramocles (Gram and the Sword of Damocles), Duokles (Sword of Damocles again), and Durengard (Durandal).
- Eric Brooks is better known as Blade by the vampires, due to his weapon of choice.
- In Codex Alera Master Swordsman Aldrick is known as "ex Gladius" for his preferred weapon- the midlength sword common in the Aleran legions. On occasion he's simply referred to as "the Sword".
- In The Annals of the Chosen everyone goes by a name related to their profession or peculiar trait. As a result, each Chosen Swordsman has a name such as "Blade" or "Sword".
- The hero of Time Stalkers is literally named Sword.
- "Flower Sword" Vista and "Six-Sword Style" Hatchan from One Piece.
- Sword from Devil & Devil. Except that it's his actual name.
- Inverted in the Soul Series with Yoshimitsu, who named his katana after himself.
- Doki Doki Pretty Cure has Cure Sword. It's also her actual name, she's not from earth.
- The main character in Away Shuffle Dungeon is known simply as "Sword."
- Mobile Suit Gundam AGE in OVA Memory of Eden we have Asemu piloting Gundam AGE-1 Swordia.
- The Threepenny Opera: "Someone's sneaking round the corner, could that someone be ... Mack the Knife?". Funnily enough, it's a jack knife.
- A silly example from Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn: a mercenary hitman in Nabban carries so many knives about his person and is so fond of threatening people with them that his nickname is "Ave Stetto" (lit. I have a knife). When he pulls this number on Duke Isgrimnur, he finds out the hard way that mere possession of a knife is insufficient to threaten a grizzled veteran.
- Knives Chau from Scott Pilgrim.
- Millions Knives from Trigun.
- "Saint Alia of the Knife" from Dune, attributed to Alia Atreides by her followers. Considering she assassinated someone (with poison, but still) at the age of three...
- One Piece: "Big Knife" Sarkies.
- In Justin Cronin's post-apocalyptic vampire novel The Passage, Alicia is referred to as "Alicia Blades" because of her skill at throwing knives and tendency to always have them on her person.
- In Dragon Age II, if brought along during Mark of the Assassin, Varric ends up bestowing the nickname "Shivs" on Tallis, due to her being something of a Knife Nut.
- Real Life example: the Sicarii didn't get called dagger-men without doing something to deserve that.
- Orgrimm Doomhammer of Warcraft lore, named (or namer of) his infamous weapon.
- Mordechai Jefferson Carver, The Hebrew Hammer.
- Charles Martel means "Charles the Hammer".
- Charles The Hammer Edmund Talbot's real identity from Council Wars.
- Edward I, Hammer of the Scots. Unfortunately, the name does not mean he was Scottish, but that he "hammered" those that were.
- Sigmar Heldenhammer of Warhammer fame.
- Fable II's Sister Hannah, the Hero of Strength. It's also an Appropriated Appellation - "Hammer" is originally a derogatory nickname for her, but after her father's death and her decision to join the protagonist, she grimly advises them to "Call me Hammer."
- Captain Hammer from Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. (The hammer is his penis.)
- Judas Maccabeus (Judas the Hammer).
- In Inheritance Cycle, Roran Stronghammer.
- Professional Wrestling's Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.
- Mutants & Masterminds has Hexenhammer
- Bruenor Battlehammer (and indeed the entire line of Battlehammer kings).
- Knight of the Iron Hammer, Vita from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's.
- Non-human example: AMG built a souped-up version of the Mercedes-Benz W124 sedan from 1986 to the early-1990s. The official name was "Mercedes-Benz 300E AMG". Ever since 1986, every Anglophone publication and every human fan knows it as "the AMG Hammer".
- The codifier and Real Life example is Attila the Hun, who was known as "the Scourge of God," which pretty much turned "scourge" into a synonym for "destructive force."
- Used several times in the Redwall books, such as the badger lords Sunflash the Mace and Orlando the Ax, as well as the series' first villain, Cluny the Scourge, who used his tail as a whip.
- The Undead Scourge in Warcraft III and World of Warcraft, though it's more likely it's using the "destructive force" definition rather than referencing the weapon.
- The Dungeons & Dragons diety Hextor is known as the Scourge of Battle.