"For Gods and for mighty Kings.The Ultimate Blacksmith is the only person in the world that can turn that ingot of Phlebotinum into the Infinity+1 Sword. Usually he lives in an isolated place, like a deep cave or near a volcano. Sometimes he may be reluctant to make weapons for anyone, even the hero, and may have sworn never again to forge an instrument of bloodshed. In this case he must be persuaded to do so, for which money will likely have little effect, but appealing to saving the world might. If persuaded, he will probably feature as the star of a Forging Scene. Compare Sword of Plot Advancement. See also The Blacksmith. The weapons he forges may be so absurdly sharp that Like Cannot Cut Like.
Uncrushable shields, Power-belts and magic Rings,
Swords that never miss, Scepters and Crowns and other things."
Uncrushable shields, Power-belts and magic Rings,
Swords that never miss, Scepters and Crowns and other things."
— Falconer, "Lord Of The Blacksmiths"
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- Godo in Berserk, the expert blacksmith who makes Guts' weapons, lives in the middle of nowhere, although this is justified: his hut is convenient to old mine that was once the home of elves. He still appears to be highly sought-after, as a merchant comes racing to him with the news that the campaign to eradicate the Hawks requires fresh supplies of arms and armor. Godo's greatest accomplishment may be the Dragonslayer sword, which he forged in response to an unidentified king's challenge to craft a sword that could slay a dragon. It hasn't killed any dragons yet, but given how many huge, overpowered demons and other creatures it has killed, there's not much question that it could, but it's so large and heavy that no one has been shown to successfully wield it but Guts.
- The Rockbells of Fullmetal Alchemist are said to be the best auto-mail engineers around, but they live in rural isolation and only seem to make automail for the protagonist.
- Though Winry eventually leaves to study in Rush Valley, a booming haven for automail engineers.
- Toutousai is the creator of two of the four most powerful swords in the story: Inuyasha's Tessaiga, accurately reputed to be capable of killing a hundred youkai with a single swing, and Sesshoumaru's Tenseiga, just as accurately reputed to be capable of saving a hundred lives with a single swing.
- Kaijinbou, Toutousai's evil apprentice-turned-rival, who forged the third of the four most powerful swords in the story (the fourth sword, Bakusaiga, forged itself). Though not as skilled as Toutousai, he forges Sesshoumaru's other sword Toukijin, which he forged from the teeth of Goshinki. Toukijin turns out to have such an immense evil power that it takes control of Kaijinbou, leading to his death. It's the equal of Tessaiga in strength.
- Toshu, the swordsmith who forges the formidable Dakki. It's very noteworthy, since he's just a human, yet able to forge a demonic weapon strong enough to (temporarily) steal Tessaiga's power. Dakki is eventually absorbed into Tessaiga and becomes just another power Inuyasha can use.
- Rurouni Kenshin: After Kenshin breaks his sword, he tries to seek out the original swordsmith for a repair job. Unfortunately, the guy has been dead for years and his son is a regular blacksmith who's more interested in making cookware, but the daughter-in-law lets slip that the swordsmith's last work, considered to be his masterpiece, has been dedicated to the local shrine. Luckily, it turns out to be a reverse blade sword. The son is no slouch when it comes to knives, either. When Kenshin uses the man's kitchen knife to cut a turnip and then presses the bits together, they fuse again, because the cut is so perfect.
- The Sacred Blacksmith has, of course, the blacksmith himself, Luke Ainsworth, thus the title. Apparently he's the only one who can do it, since blacksmiths also seem to be rare to find...
- Presea in Magic Knight Rayearth. True, she seems to be using magic, rather than the hammer and anvil, but she is labelled as a blacksmith and she is the one who gives the knights their weapons, after their retrieval of the Phlebotinum.
- Kiki Shikizaki of Katanagatari, whose twelve Deviant Blades are all unique in some way (unique like one's actually a robot, one's actually armor and one's actually a set of handguns and a revolver). Even his non-legendary swords are capable of deciding the scale of battle just by how many one possesses. The former are also the MacGuffins of the series for the main characters. It's later revealed that the secret to his success is the fact that as a soothsayer, he could see past his own timeline. Therefore, the Deviant Blades are actually futuristic technology. His strongest, Thirteenth Deviant Blade is actually a bloodline dedicated to breeding and raising the ultimate warrior.
- Un'no of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray is a master swordsmith who's equally adept at making his katanas human-sized or mobile suit-sized. And crazy-skilled at wielding them, too. Shortly before his death, he teaches protagonist Lowe Guele how to make mobile suit-sized katanas, and Lowe being Lowe, he takes it Up to Eleven by making one with a 150-meter blade.
- Master Michael Kohara from Ga-Rei, having forged pneumatic blades for both Kagura and Kensuke since Ga-Rei -Zero-. Said blades range from having shotguns built into the hilts to being able to cross dimensions through the Power of Love.
- In Bleach, Nimaiya Ouetsu is the blacksmith who created the Asauchi, the nameless swords issued to each Shinigami so that they can shape their own "Zanpakuto" through training.
- Galein Musica from Rave Master is considered to be the greatest swordsmith ever to have lived and created the sword that the protagonist uses. Unfortunately, his family was slain by his own sword, he gave up the profession before Haru convinced him to fix it again.
- His grandson has also inherited the smithy techniques and forged the final sword for Haru later. Interestingly, when his grandson tries to copy his grandfather's techniques to forge Haru's sword, he fails every time. A note left behind by his grandfather made him realize that he had to do things his own way, so he simply uses his alchemy to create Haru's sword with his bare hands.
- In Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Shigure Kosaka's late father was such an awesome weaponsmith that with a traditional forge and materials, he made weapons far superior to those the organization YAMI could make with state-of-the-art techniques and materials. YAMI eventually kidnaps Shigure, hoping she inherited her father's weapon-forging skills. She did, but since they're bad guys and she really doesn't want to work for them, she deliberately messes up each attempt. She forges weapons that seem perfect, but shatter like glass when hit in a certain spot, forges weapons that become soft like clay, and even trolls them by making a perfect katana that's so small you'd have to be six inches tall to wield it. When she does make real weapons, they record the process with high-tech equipment, but still fail to duplicate it. She winds up inflicting Lima Syndrome on the YAMI researchers observing her technique, who are all so inspired by watching her work that they become her apprentices.
- Flame of Recca: The Hokage clan had two ultimate blacksmiths, Kokuu, who believed that weapons should only be used defensively, and Kaima, who believed that weapons were made to kill. Their creations reflect their opposing philosophies.
- In Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, there are two examples of this. The more famous of the two is Hephaestus (who is a gender flipped hot goddess in this incarnation) who forged what would become the main character's signature weapon as a favor to her friend Hestia. The other one is Goibniu, a god on par with her whose Familia often provides the weapons for Loki's First-class adventurers. Examples of his creations include Aiz's indestructible Durandal and Tiona's extremely heavy Urga.
- In Preacher the Angel of Death wants to give up his job. When he finds a worthy soul, he melts down his Angelic Sword of Death and allows Satan to forge it into a pair of Colt revolvers. The result is a pair of pistols which never run out of ammo, never miss, and never fail to kill. The new Angel of Death, now named the Saint of Killers, immediately shoots the Devil in the head and kills him. He later shoots and kills God.
- In the Ashbringer series, based on the lore of Warcraft, Magni Bronzebeard is this. He forges the Ashbringer, the ultimate holy sword that literally turns undead to ashes by just touching them.
- The titular character of the Filipino comic Panday (Blacksmith), who forges a sword from a meteorite, capable of killing demons. His descendants also carry the mantle.
- Naruto in A Growing Affection just might be this. He forges his staff-blade Kitsune On the side of the road! With a bunch of disposable kunai! It stands up to Orochimaru's legendary artifact Kusanagi. He creates even more impressive weapons for Hinata and Sakura.
- Scootamom makes Princess Luna of all ponies one of these, although she has yet to be shown making anything more impressive than a bike helmet to go with Scootaloo's Iconic Item. Still, it's a helmet that's survived everything the Cutie Mark Crusaders can throw at it, so that's pretty badass.
- In Hephaestus Harry can shape metal into protective sigils and other useful items by singing while he concentrates his magic.
- The Exalted fic Wrong introduces Dibare, who has aspired her whole life to create a living sword. She has discarded dozens of lesser prototypes, including one "generations of rulers might have fought over" simply because they don't achieve this impossible dream. Her skill is what inspires Ligier to offer her an Infernal Exaltation.
- The Key-maker from The Matrix Trilogy.
- Hattori Hanzo in Kill Bill is the greatest Japanese swordsmith in the world, to the extent that criminals and assassins would consider $1 million a reasonable price for a katana made by him. Eventually he was tormented that his swords were used to kill people and promised God that he would stop making them. The Bride needs one of his weapons to take on Bill and the Deadly Vipers for her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, so she tracks him down in Okinawa where he's been running a restaurant and convinces him to break his vow in order to make one last sword. He spends a month making it, and gives it to her in a highly formal ceremony. "I can tell you with no ego this is my finest sword. If on your journey, should you encounter God, God will be cut."
- Iron Man
- Tony Stark builds a power suit out of spare weapons parts as a prisoner in a weapons bunker. He later makes several improved versions of the suit, including one that converts into a suitcase. He also manages to create a new element using his own personal particle accelerator.
- Tony Stark can build it in a cave, WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS.
- Ivan Vanko is Stark's foil, building power suits of his own that stand toe-to-toe with Stark's.
- The serial movie Panday from the Philippines featured The Stoic protagonist Flavio played by actor Fernando Poe Jr. as the eponymous panday (blacksmith) who fashioned a mystical sword out of a meteor that crashed in his home village in order to combat the forces of darkness.
- Conan's dad in Conan the Barbarian (1982) was one of sorts (even opening the movie with one of the most epic Forging Scenes ever put on film). While there is nothing especially magical about the sword he crafts, it was in a time when ordinary steel was more rare and valuable than gold, and mentions to young Conan the "Riddle of Steel" as having been stolen from the gods. Who or whatever forged Conan's Atlantean sword, however, might fit this trope to a far greater degree.
- The smith in Army of Darkness. The guy helped Ash build a freakin' cyborg hand and turn a busted hunk of junk car into the Deathcoaster.
- Discworld has Jason Ogg, the only man with enough skill to shoe Death's horse, Binky. He can and will shoe anything in the world-he once put horseshoes on an ant just because someone dared him to. Ant-sized horseshoes.
- He's more an Ultimate Farrier though, as in Carpe Jugulum he's apparently unable to create a turtle pendant for Mightily Oats after he lost his original one. He's still a darn good blacksmith though.
- In Lords and Ladies, he actually shoes a unicorn with silver horseshoes.
- In addition, he knows the "special horseman's word" which will allow him to shoe even the most ill-tempered of beasts: Granny Weatherwax eventually persuaded him to let her in on the secret, which is: "Well, ma'am, what happens is, I gets old of 'un and smacks 'un between the eyes with the hammer before'un knows what's happening, and then I whispers in his ear, I sez, 'Cross me, you bugger, and I'll have thy goolies on t'anvil, thou knows I can'".
- It's also described in Lords and Ladies as being a familial skill, which appears to work as follows: So long as the Smith of Lancre shoes any animal brought to him, he will have the ability to shoe any animal brought to him.
- Dennis, Handyman of the Gods, fulfils the same function in The Last Hero. He is seen at his forge repairing the spaceship that brought the adventurers to Dunmanidestin. It is explicitly said that every habitat of Gods gets its resident god of Making and Maintaining Things, as every house needs someone who can do basic repairs, hang doors, fix the roof, plaster a wall, shoe the horses of the Chariot of the Sun, et c, as without them it would all slump into wreckage and disrepair.
- In Dragonlance, there's Theros, who makes the weapons that the series is named after.
- In the Inheritance Cycle, Rhunön, if she hadn't unfortunately sworn to never make another sword in the Ancient Language, making it impossible to break the oath. She later gets around this by using magic to control Eragon's body so technically he is making it, satisfying the condition that she didn't make it.
- Domingo Montoya in The Princess Bride, the best swordsmith in the world, who craves a project worthy of his skill, and in the meantime fills orders for his famous friend Yeste.
- The dwarf Telchar in The Silmarillion. It was he who forged Narsil "in the depths of time", which would later become Aragorn's sword, Andúril.
- There was also Curufinwë/Fëanor, who was "pretty good" with weapons and armor and also crafted some trinkets that got mentioned in that work once or a few hundred times.
- And Eöl the Dark Elf, who forged two swords (Anglachel and Anguirel) out of what, from the description, must have been meteoric iron.
- And Sauron, who forged another trinket that didn't get mentioned in The Silmarillion so much but did come up maaaybe once or twice in The Lord of the Rings.
- Not to mention Aulë, who crafted the Dwarves. He is a Valar and his name means "The Smith". He even forged the chain that held Melkor.
- Perrin Aybara in The Wheel of Time. While his blacksmithing skills are portrayed as being good, solid craftsman work throughout the series, in Towers at Midnight he has a scene where he effectively smiths a Mjölnir clone.
- Outside the Pit of Doom are the forgers of the Mydraal's cursed weapons. Besides being this trope, they also have to bathe the blades in the tainted streams outside their forges, and then kill and innocent person with them. They're fun guys.
- There used to be a lot of people who fit this trope; all Aes Sedai with skills in making power-wrought items. Most of the examples encountered are unbreakable blades, though any forged Angreal, Sa'angreal, or other Ter'angreal definitely counts.
- The smith Volund (see Myth and Legend) shows up in David Drake's Northworld Trilogy. As with the myth, he's more a force of nature than a man, whose creative abilities border on godlike.
- Regin, the not entirely human foster-father of Sigurd from the Poetic Edda and the Saga of the Volsungs, who forged the sword Gram with which Sigurd sliced an anvil in half and killed the dragon Fafnir.
- Iorek Byrison in His Dark Materials. His skill with metalworking is shown in the first book, but it's only latter on we learn just how good he is.
- In Ruth Frances Long's The Treachery of Beautiful Things, Wayland. Which is why Jack goes to him for a sword. He gives him one and then says the price would cover more, so gives him something for Jenny. It is a jack (as in the game).
- Uprox Screl, who forged The Sword of Shannara, and subsequently retires and becomes the ancestor of Panamon Creel.
- Daja and her teacher Frostpine from Circle of Magic. Both of them have power over metal, fire and smithing, and can create truly amazing pieces of work. Daja in particular produces some impressive stuff out of the living brass growing on her arm.
- Hank Rearden from Atlas Shrugged is this trope, transplanted into the context of a modern industrial steel industry. His abilities with steel and the new alloys he invents are just as great as the talents of the medieval-fantasy Ultimate Blacksmith.
- Vulcan in the Book of Swords series, who made the twelve eponymous swords, each a perfectly made sword with incredibly powerful magical abilities. Played with, perhaps, in that he could only do it once and came to forget how he did it.
- In The Balanced Sword, the Spiritsmith has practiced his craft for thousands of years, studied under masters of every form of weapon and armor making in the world, and produces work so good that even the gods themselves offer him commissions. When he's not needed elsewhere, he makes his home at the top of a tall mountain in a forbidding mountain range, and even if a person can find out which mountain there are a bunch of rules about when you can climb it and what equipment you're allowed to use to make sure the only people who make it to his doorstep are ones who are worth his time.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, only the most skilled smiths such as Tobho Mott, the master armorer in King's Landing, know how to work Valyrian steel. He is the smith who reforged the Starks' Valyrian steel greatsword Ice into the swords Widow's Wail and Oathkeeper on Tywin Lannister's request. Mott also claims to be the only armorer in King's Landing who can tint armor without paint.
- Invoked by more Power Metal than it is remotely feasible to list.
Myth and Legend
- Older Than Feudalism: Hephaestus is the Greek god of, amongst other things, blacksmithing. He did live under a volcano in various myths (Often mount Etna). He was also often helped by Cyclops. When the Romans assimilated their volcano god Vulcan to Hephaestus, he became this as well.
- Ilmarinen, from the Finnish Kalevala.
- Not only is he a badass Blacksmith in general, he also made the sky itself.
- He also has a cameo in the Estonian epic Kalevipoeg where he makes the eponymous hero his legendary sword.
- From Norse legends:
- The dwarfs (or dark elves) Sindri and Brokkr. To win a bet with Loki, they forge three magical treasures, a living, golden boar for Freyr, a gold ring that duplicates itself every nine nights for Odin, and for Thor, his hammer Mjölnir. And this is despite Loki sabotaging every attempt. Two of the treasures turned out fine, but Mjölnir's handle was too short thanks to Loki. Sindri crafted Thor's iron gloves so he could safely wield the hammer anyway.
- The sons of Ivaldi were also very talented smiths. In fact, the bet Loki made with Sindri and Brokkr was over whether or not they could create anything as good as the sons of Ivaldi's work. The sons of Ivaldi created Sif's replacement golden hair (which was why Loki was there in the first place since he had to replace the hair he cut off as a prank) and threw in Skidbladnir, the greatest of all ships which could be folded up like a cloth to fit in one's pocket for Freyr, and Gungnir, the deadliest of all spears which always hit its target for Odin.
- Völundr, Wayland, or Wieland, the mythic master smith of Germanic mythology. Probably his most remarkable creation was a pair of artificial wings, with which he could fly.
- The god Goibniu of Celtic Mythology was said to be a masterful smith. Many of his creations became the signature weapons of Lugh, God of Light and chief god of the pantheon, as well as Lugh's many descendants.
- Autochthon the Great Maker of Exalted has been implied to embody this concept as part of his conceptual nature; among his more impresssive accomplishments, he invented the titular Exalted, plus a whole mess of other artifacts which allowed them to take down his fellow Primordials. Among one of the most legendary is the plot-changing level artifact called the Eye of Autochthon (which may be literally what it says) which can pretty much do anything imaginable provided it's on the scale of a castle or bigger.
- Many Solar Exalted also fit this trope, since they can (in theory) make artifacts every bit a match for the Eye of Autochthon.
- This is the other hat of the Twilight Caste, alongside being the sorcerers.
- The forging process for some of the magical materials requires this as well. Oricalchum, for instance, can only be forged by reflecting pure sunlight onto gold while it's being forged in the caldera of a volcano. And moonsilver can only be made by exposing silver to the energies of the Wyld, a chaotic land where reality goes right out the window.
- The fetich soul of Malfeas the Demon City, Ligier the Green Sun, also has this as a fundamental expression of his overall goal to basically out-awesome everyone else in existence with how awesome he is and creating beautiful things in his likeness. Among other accomplishments that have made him the most well-known example of this trope in Creation (as Autochthon has exiled himself for such a long time that most people have totally forgotten about him) is a brass daiklaive that fights in his name when he feels his opponents aren't good enough for him to face directly but they insist on challenging him sufficiently for him to consider them Worthy Opponents.
- Malfeas, or rather Theion as he was known then, also made the Daystar - the cosmic strategic deterrent that serves as Creation's sun. Though he stole the critical components from devices made by Autochthon, so credit where credit is due.
- Many Solar Exalted also fit this trope, since they can (in theory) make artifacts every bit a match for the Eye of Autochthon.
- In Warhammer 40,000, three of the Primarchs (basically living gods that were the super-templates for the Space Marines) were definitive Ultimate Blacksmiths. Vulcan was raised in a community where blacksmithing was everything, and he made his mark by fighting off an entire horde of Dark Eldar raiders with nothing but a pair of smithing hammers; he was only ever equaled by Fulgrim, a fellow Primarch, whose quirk of choice was being absolutely perfect at everything. Ferrus Manus (there are a lot of Meaningful Names in Warhammer 40k), meanwhile, once fought a silver dragon and beat it by dunking it into a volcanic lava flow. When he lifted out, his hands were coated in living metal (hence, while never outright stated, the "dragon" is assumed to have actually been a cybernetic god known as a C'tan) that let him forge objects by hammering the materials with his sort-of-bare hands. Ferrus Manus and Fulgrim once actually competed to see who was the Ultimate Blacksmith. Fulgrim made an awesome warhammer and Ferrus Manus made an awesome sword; upon seeing each others' creations, they both declared the other was the superior smith and swapped weapons.
- In Warhammer, the oldest and most experienced of the dwarven runesmiths can occasionally get this sort of reputation. The most famous of them is Alaric the Mad, who created a number of famous artifacts that all outlived him. He was known as 'the Mad' because he created twelve identical weapons with the same enchantments on them (the runefangs of the Empire's elector counts), which is against the runesmiths' union rules.
- A high-level Artificer in the Eberron setting for Dungeons & Dragons will eventually fall into this. As well, House Cannith which possesses the Mark of Making generally has the appropriate reputation - the most famously skilled craftsman alive is Merrix d'Cannith, one of the heads of the house, who spends most of his time furthering his ancestor's research into developing the warforged, a race of intelligent constructs they invented. Though actually it was more like a race they cribbed from bits and pieces left behind in the ancient giants' ruins.
- In Reign, the Dindavarans have this reputation due to their secret school of magic, which allows them to produce magical swords. They guard their secrets jealously and with good reason, since the greatest of weapons require a Human Sacrifice.
- In Pathfinder, the Dwarven racial archetype for the Cleric class, the Forgemaster, is essentially this. Instead of having some of the usual Cleric abilities, they have abilities relating to craftsmanship and metal. It becomes this trope, rather than merely The Blacksmith, because it gains the "Craft Magic Arms and Armor" feat at Level 3, while the feat usually is locked until Caster Level 5.
- Alberich, the dwarf from The Ring of the Nibelung, stole the magic Rhinegold and forged the ring that spawned the 16-hour Opera and eventually caused the whole world to burn down. Now THAT's an ultimate blacksmith.
- His wimpy brother Mime, Siegfried's foster father, is implied to be an even better blacksmith, considering that Alberich leaves the forging of the intricate helmet of invisibility to him even though the blueprints are his though. Nevertheless, he is unable to reforge the sword Notung (which, in turn, was probably created by Wotan, the king of the gods) after Wotan's spear shattered it. The one who can do so is Mime's good-for-nothing disciple Siegfried, for the sole reason that he does not know fear.
- Artahka in BIONICLE. Creator of the most advanced technology in the Matoran World, even wearing a mask that tells him how to create his cool stuff. Too bad he hides his island for everyone.
- Final Fantasy IV:
- There was two for the Pink Tails / Adamantine equipment: the nameless Tail Guy, who gives you trinkets for bringing him tails (which drop from monsters at an absolutely disgusting rate), including Adamant Armor and Onion Swords, and the nugget of adamantite he gives you for bringing him the Rat Tail. You take the adamantite to Kokkol (who lives at the edge of the underworld, and yes, there are dragons where he hangs around), and a few plot events later, your dear old Sword of Plot Advancement has become the Excalibur.
- Final Fantasy IX had one, in the form of Hades, situated in the Final Dungeon, and he's actually a GOD, and you have to beat him up. And he is also hidden somewhat offscreen nicely, so you could easily skip him without a guide if you're not rummaging every single corner.
- Final Fantasy
- A dwarf makes a powerful sword in some of the games.
- A Goblin fulfills this task in Final Fantasy XI for the Relic Weapons, the most powerful weapons that exist... except for the very last upgrade, which is done by the weapon itself(Oddly enough, the weapon charges more than the ripoff artist).
- Gerolt from Final Fantasy XIV takes up the mantle of the Relic Weapon maker. He's, simply put, a lazy drunkard who swears like a sailor and sends you run errands in every single corner of the world just to get you off his back for a couple of minutes, but he's also the best craftsman the world has ever known, no joke. Just to give you an example of how good he is, bring him some items and a worn-out armor, put them in his furnace and the armor will travel back in time until when it was pristine.
- Biggoron, who made the Biggoron Sword from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend Of Zelda Oracle of Seasons. In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, you get the Mirror Shield from him, instead.
- The dwarves that have to be reunited in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, though they improve an existing weapon rather than making a new one.
- The Subrosan Smithies from Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons.
- Zauz from The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, who lives on a secret island. He makes the Phantom Sword, which is the only way you can defeat the Phantoms, as opposed to merely avoiding them.
- The Lowrulian Blacksmith from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, a case of Brilliant, but Lazy, he upgrades your Red Sword into the Golden Sword. The Hyrulean Blacksmith is only slightly behind him, upgrading the Master Sword into the Red Sword.
- In the "vanilla" era of the game, World of Warcraft had it so that one of the best Blacksmithing sets was made entirely of Dark Iron. Thing is, you had to get the recipes by sucking up to the Thorium Brotherhood Dwarves by collecting iron scraps and iron dust for them. And it took eight pieces of Dark Iron Ore to make one bar of Dark Iron. And you had to go into a fucking dungeon so that you could smelt the stuff in a furnace hooked up to the freaking lava flow.
- Similarly, when there was only one expansion out, the point of becoming a specialised weaponsmith was that you could forge a special weapon of your chosen type at maximum level. It would start out as a maximum-level practically maximum-quality (ie. "epic") weapon, and then could be upgraded twice after that to make it an even better maximum-level epic, requiring very expensive components but making it pretty penultimate as far as weapons went. That they didn't automatically add level 80 counterparts in the second expansion must have represented a huge nerfing of the whole specialisation thing.
- There's also a lonely blacksmith at the literal edge of the world in Terokkar forest, who will forge you a nifty demon-slaying sword after you've jumped through enough hoops and supplied copious amounts of Phlebotinum. While the sword itself isn't all that powerful, he definitely fits the trope.
- The last content patch of Wrath of the Lich King introduces the Ashen Verdict, which, according to Blizzard, is an entire faction of Ultimate Blacksmiths. In addition to some of the best armor and ammo, you can complete a long-winded quest chain to obtain Shadowmourne, the best two-handed axe so far. It actually starts as a slightly weaker axe, which itself requires more time and money than the entire leveling experience it took to get that far.
- The true Ultimate Blacksmith in the Warcraft story is Khaz'goroth, a member of the Pantheon, the ruling body of the Titans; while he hasn't been involved in the creations of any ultimate weapons(though his smithing hammer is more powerful than any known weapon on the planet), what he has crafted are the earthen(protodwarves), the mountain giants, and, oh yea, the mountains themselves.
- Another important figure who fits into this trope would be none other than King Magni Bronzebeard, who lead the dwarves of Ironforge until World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. It was by his hand that the Ashbringer- a holy blade which shattered Frostmourne in the final confrontation with the Lich King- had been created. He also created a weapon for Prince Anduin Wrynn called Fearbreaker. It was the only object that remained within the blast radius of the mana bomb dropped on Theramore.
- World of Mana:
- Watts in several of the games. He forges and upgrades the many types of weapons SD is known for.
- The player character himself in Legend of Mana. With the right materials, you can make just about any kind of equipment imaginable, from joke items like a cotton sword to weapons powerful enough to one-shot pretty much everything.
- Melchior from Chrono Trigger is one of the earliest video game examples.
- Chrono Cross had two alternate universe versions of their ultimate blacksmith, Zappa, one of whom can join your party. If you bring playable-Zappa to talk with NPC-Zappa, they'll combine forces and figure out how to forge the rainbow shell into powerful weapons, most of which are infinity-plus-one swords.
- In the Suikoden series:
- There's always an Ultimate Blacksmith for you to recruit. He's always the only one capable of upgrading weapons to the max level. For the most part, he starts out somewhat worse, but gets better as you bring him better hammers... and of course, the Golden Hammer is the best one. Somehow.
- The first, original, Suikoden, however, did things differently - you recruited a whole bunch of smiths, each better than the last, and finally had to go find the Ultimate Smith (who was, indeed, hidden in a hut at the end of forever) - and bring all of the other smiths with you, since they're all students of his. Together, they persuade him to join you!
- Ryu-kan from Skies of Arcadia. He even lives on a tiny remote island up until you recruit him.
- Cromwell in Baldur's Gate II, Cespenar in Throne of Bhaal. They're both quite accessible, to the player's party, that is. Anybody else that wants to make use of Cespenar's services had better learn how to travel to a demonic pocket dimension constructed and held together solely by the main character's will. Furthermore, Cespenar answers to nobody but the protagonist of the story. But the actual Ultimate Blacksmith of the game is probably Kerrick the Smith.
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga has the Hammerhead Bros., who can turn Hoohoo Blocks into hammers.
- Thursagan in Battle for Wesnoth's Scepter of Fire campaign. Lives in a mountain.
- Grischa in Divine Divinity, though he lives in a major dwarf city.
- Fallout 1's Smitty in Adytum, Boneyard can convert your already-decent Plasma Rifle into the Turbo Plasma Rifle, fully loaded. Provided you fix the hydroponic parts first.
- Algernon from Fallout 2 blows every other tinkerer in the game out of the water. He'll perform just about any upgrade in the game—Mega Power Fists, Turbo Plasma Rifles, improved flamer fuel, and more—for zero cost, and he's available in one of the biggest towns in the game, guarded by two dogs who won't attack. Even better, his scripting gives automatically fills the magazine of any gun you give him to upgrade.
- Downplayed in Fallout 3; there are no blacksmiths, but some merchants will offer to repair your weapons and armor in exchange for bottle caps, Fallout's currency. But no merchant have a perfect 100 repair skill. Only you, the player, can have that through leveling, making you the best repairman in the state.
- Fallout: New Vegas, specifically Honest Hearts, introduces the New Canaanites. Mormons who are known for their high quality .45 caliber weapons, especially their .45 Auto Pistols (M 1911 A 1). This is actually a Truth in Television as Browning basically created most modern firearms for the Mormon community to defend themselves. They just take it to Planet of Hats levels in New Vegas.
- Boutell in Avernum 1. He's one of the best blacksmiths around, and he knows it.
- The Dwarven Blacksmith in Shining Force II was the only one who could turn pieces of mithril into the ultimate weapons for each character. Of course, the fact that he randomly decided which weapon to make also meant that he was also classified as a Scrappy Mechanic.
- Happens again in Shining Force III where (in Part 1 at any rate) there are only two blacksmiths that could work with Mithril. One hidden at around 3/4 of the way through the game and another right at the end of the game. The player is expected to find and keep all the mithril they've throughout the game to get the best weapons in the game. Once again the weapons you get were randomised.
- In Dragon Quest III, the Tool Shop owner in Kol serves this function.
- Golden Sun has Sunshine/Sunpawa, who is depressed and refuses to forge anything unless you hand him interesting material. Sadly, the best he can forge is still worse than the game's real ultimate weapon (although you get only one of those, and can technically forge as many Excaliburs as you want for the other sword-wielding characters)
- However, he does create the best shield (Cosmos Shield), best clothes (Mythril Clothes, rated higher than just about everything except the only-one-available Valkyrie Mail, which can only be worn by four of the eight characters anyway), etc...The Golden Boots is another only-one-available, and the second-best boots are yet another forgeable item. Also, if you have the Cleric's Ring, the Darksword is actually stronger than the Sol Blade, except for the unleash.
- Obaba is said to be the only person in the world capable of working the ancient forge to repair the Trident of Ankohl. She can also use it to summon salamanders. Thirty years later, she still has enough in her to forge any equipment you need from whatever you bring her, and many of the options are very powerful, second only to cursed equipment, the Sol Blade, and Sveta's Umbra Gear.
- Final Fantasy III got one in the DS remake - she's the one who makes the Ultima Sword. She also makes the ultimate gear for each job class once they reach job level 99.
- The Moogles in Kingdom Hearts, capable of turning raw material into the Ultima Weapons in both games.
- Dragon Age: Origins has Wade of Wade's Emporium. He considers himself to be more of an artist than a businessman (his partner is the one stuck worrying about money) and jumps at the chance to forge powerful armor with Drake and Dragon Scales. Although he will forge the armor sets free of charge, paying him enough extra gold nets you superior armor.
- The Warden's Keep DLC has Mikhael Dryden, who will appear at the Soldier's Peak after you beat the associated quest. Given a lump of Meteor Metal, he'll forge Starfang, a Longsword or a Greatsword that is superior to pretty much every other weapon in its class in the unmodded original game.
- Wade and Herren return in Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening and have apparently expanded into forging weapons, too. Give Wade the materials he needs and he will forge Vigilance, a sword so powerful it even merits a mention in the epilogue.
- Branka of House Branka was such an extraordinary smith that she was made a noble and elevated to a Paragon, the divine ancestors of the dwarves, during her lifetime. However, even she is by far surpassed by the Paragon Caradin, who created a magical forge to craft the Golems used by the Ancient Dwarven Empire to combat the Darkspawn, but his Thaig and his secrets were lost during the First Blight. Two years before the start of the game, Branka lead her entire house (except for her husband Oghren) into the Deep Roads on an expedition to find it and is ultimately revealed to have sacrificed them all either to the Darkspawn or to test the Thaig's defenses, overwhelmed by her desire to claim the forge.
- Dagna in Dragon Age: Inquisition may have chosen to study magic as an artificer and rune crafter, but she's still a former member of the Dwarven Smith Caste. Smithing is in her blood and it shows; she is able to forge Masterwork equipment and craft runes for you. Much to the chagrin of Haven's former blacksmith Herritt, who finds himself Overshadowed by Awesome. And while she isn't able to reforge a Legendary Weapon like a typical Ultimate Blacksmith when given the pieces, she is able to use them as inspiration to forge a new sword. Played with in that she isn't the best master smith or best master enchanter, but she is the world's only expert on the interactions between the two fields and the scientific examination of magic in general.
- Coaxmetal from Planescape: Torment - somewhat hard to get to, but turns out some of the best weapons in the game(including some of the very few swords and the only weapon in the planes capable of killing you).
- Cave Story had the Hermit Gunsmith, from whom you steal the first weapon, and if you hang on to it through some of the toughest fights in the game, he'll turn it into an Infinity Plus One Pistol for you.
- The player character in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. You get to buy some majorly weaksauce weapons, and get one or two handed out to you early on. Then you make the rest, of your ENTIRE ARSENAL, by using a crafting system involving some rather rare materials.
- While exaggerated, Carl from MechWarrior 4 is affectionately described as one of these. Give Carl a hundred tons of steel wool and he'll knit you an Atlas.
- As long as you have the items, Gordon in Agarest Senki 2 can forge you the ultimate weapon whatsoever.
- In Dragon Quest VI after acquiring the legendary sword, you need to find the blacksmith in Turnscote capable of repairing the sword.
- Muramasa: The Demon Blade has, well, Muramasa. In a departure from the norm, you meet him in chapter two and can call upon him to craft you new weapons whenever you have the necessary souls, life-force and level (as well as the prerequisite swords) for them: He lives in an alternate dimension any wielder of a Muramasa blade can access. His best weapons are only accessible after you've cleared both stories, however, and the Infinity+1 Sword, one so powerful it cuts fate, only at level 90 and above.
- Your blacksmith character in The Sims Medieval can undertake a quest to become one.
- Touhou: Strongly implied with Suwako: she is a goddess of the earth and can/could create new soil as she please. She used to own an impressive arsenal of metal weaponry, which she used to pacify the curse-gods of her kingdom. Unfortunately it meaned little when she fought Kanako, who, being the goddess of rain, rusted all of Suwako's weapons.
- Also, to absolutely everyone's surprise, Kogasa became one via syncretism with Karakasa and the Ippon-Datara.
- Nikolai, the amnesiac blacksmith in Exit Fate. If you introduce him to every other blacksmith in the game, he can, unlike any NPC blacksmith, upgrade any weapon to its highest level (each character has a signature weapon you improve, rather than replace with better versions). Since your 75-man army carry some really mixed weaponry, this means Nikolai is immensely versatile, at least - any regular blacksmith can improve a sword or an axe, but a harp? A pen? A Handbag? A set of teeth, still attached to the dog wielding them?
- Eorlund Gray-mane the Companions' smith in Skyrim and the man in charge of running the legendary Sky-forge. During the Companions' quests, he will eventually forge you a brand new Skyforge Steel weapon (essentially a Disc One Nuke). Later, he will reforge Wuuthrad once the fragments of the ancient axe are gathered. He is also a Master Smithing trainer, meaning he can help you become an Ultimate Blacksmith in your own right. In-universe, he is quite rightly regarded as the best smith in all of Skyrim, although the smiths at the entrance to Whiterun get more business because Eorlund does his work mostly for the pleasure of smithing, particularly for the Companions.
- His Unknown Rival in Windhelm however claims that Eorlund's craftsmanship is less because of his skill and more because of the powers of the Skyforge, although it's unclear whether this is just envy talking or actually holds a grain of truth. Balimund of Riften is another rival smith, who admits that he's taken to stoking his forge with fire salts to give him an edge and allow him to compete with Eorlund's Skyforge Steel.
- The Dragonborn can become one such smith by advancing the Smithing skill enough, to the point where you can forge Daedric armour and weaponry and rediscover how to create Dragonscale or Dragonplate armours. And that's before you get into the Alchemy-Enchanting-Smithing loop. With Dawnguard and Dragonborn installed, the Dragonborn is also able to craft Dragonbone weaponry as well as expand their repertoire to become the Ultimate Blacksmith of Solstheim as well.
- The Giant Blacksmith in Dark Souls fits this pretty well. He's relatively difficult to reach compared to the other three blacksmiths and he is the only smith able to forge unique weapons with boss souls. He can also infuse normal weapons with lightning, the element associated with the God Emperor Gwyn himself.
- Really, all the blacksmiths in the game could apply here. Andrei is a master at forging Divine and Occult weapons as well as the incredibly valuable Normal ascension, Rickert describes himself as the "best blacksmith in all of Vinheim" and can ascend Magic weapons, and it's lucky that Vamos is still smithing despite being dead since both Fire and Chaos ascension is so useful.
- Dark Souls 2 splits it up. Lenigrast will say, if asked, that no modern blacksmith knows how to use an Ember to ascend weapons anymore, but some searching will reveal McDuff, who does remember that ancient art and can infuse weapons with any element provided he has the proper materials. Unfortunately, he's also completely insane. Ornifex, meanwhile, is the only blacksmith that knows how to forge unique weapons out of boss souls (Straid can also trade unique weapons for boss souls, but he's a sorcerer, not a blacksmith).
- Doran used to be this in League of Legends, until he tried to move out of his secluded retreat. He got kicked in the head by his horse when he was changing the wheel on his cart and suffered severe brain damage. Now he can only make weak, high-quality equipment. One of the few pieces of his ultimate weaponry still in use is the staff Wukong uses.
- The Master of the Cathedral of Shadows and Dr. Victor fill the role for the Shin Megami Tensei series. A bit unusual in that they hardly bother directly working on the blade themselves - they just let their expertise with the Merging Machine fuse demons or materials into the weapons themselves. The amount of Named Weapons they can provide gives them some major props, though.
- The dwarf you find in Sector Carina in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey wants to be one, but needs materials to practice. Get him his orders and you will end with the friggin' Amenomurakumo.
- Subverted in Legaia II: Duel Saga. Near the end of the game, the party can access The Supreme Weapon Shop and The Ultimate Armor Shop, home of world-class forgers that will sell you powerful weapons. It is subverted in that said smiths only produces Infinity -1 class weapons and armors; to get the true best equipment, the party must take these weapons and forge them one step further using an extremely rare Heaven's Secret.
- The Worker of Secrets in the Infinity Blade series is the one who forged the eponymous sword. In the third game after his role as the true Big Bad of the series is revealed he forges a bunch of Infinity Weapons that are weaker than the original Blade but still just as capable of permanently killing Deathless via disrupting their Quantum Identity Patterns (i.e. souls). The opening of the third game has a Forging Scene of the Worker forging the Infinity Blade.
- Tales of Symphonia featured Altessa. He is notable for not forging any impossible weapons during the span of game's events, but was the last blacksmith possessing special dwarven smithing arts (Lloyd's stepfather aside, he wasn't noted for such a level of mastery). Said Altessa did something great and horrible in the past though and still retains the knowledge of forging key-crests for exspheres.
- RuneScape allows you to become this with a high enough smithing level, allowing the player to forge anything from weapons made of the chitin of gigantic scarabs, through armor made of an ancient metal invented by Blood Knight Precursors, and even reforging a sword made to kill gods.
- In Arx Fatalis, the book theorizing on creating an Ultimate Weapon deems dwarves as these, as they possess the best equipment and skills. However, upon arriving to dwarven settlement, Am Shaegar finds them all mauled and eaten by the Black Beast they accidentally unearthed. Luckily, what he also finds is a fully automated smelter and forge, so he can just mine a chunk of mithril in the Beast's lair and make the sword himself.
- Oddly enough, the Temmie shopkeeper in the hidden Temmie village is Undertale's ultimate blacksmith, able to create and sell the strongest armor in the game if the player pays for her to go to college.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising there's Dyntos, the god of the forge. He has created nearly every weapon that Pit uses in-game, including the Three Sacred Treasures and the new Great Sacred Treasure. He can create armies and even entire landscapes indistinguishable from the originals in the blink of an eye. With his powers, he is said to be able to conquer anyone he wishes. He isn't interested in war, however.
- Adventurers! parodied this one and is the Trope Namer.
- Yehuda Moon And The Kickstand Cyclery: Only Joe and Brother Pilot seem to know the exact composition of Arboritum, an extremely light metal used to make bicycle frames.
- The Oswald Chronicles features the god Kalvaitis, who forges the sun every night.
- In the Whateley Universe, Caitlin Bardue is The Artificer, a construct magically designed to be The Ultimate Blacksmith. Things that a high-end mage would need months to make, she can make overnight with the right stuff. As for accessibility, she lives in one of the dorms at Whateley Academy, so she's easy to get to.
- Well, not quite that accessible: Artificers are usually young girls that are in so much pain due to uncontrolled magic that they pratically beg to be tattooed and bonded to someone, destroying all personality and sense of self. Caitlin, on the other hand, is a perpetually pissed off former Black Ops marksman who will beat the crap out of anyone who tries to force her to do anything against her will. Oh, and she also used to be a male Marine/range instructor.
- Hephaestus in Thalia's Musings. His son Eros inherited some of his skill, but since Eros' biological father is probably either Ares or Hermes, it's likely more nurture than nature.
- A later addition to the cast of ThunderCats (1985) was super-blacksmith Ben-Gali. Of course, the moment he turned up was also the moment the Sword of Omens got snapped in two.
- In Transformers Prime, Solus Prime, one of the Original Thirteen Primes, was the greatest smith/inventor in Transformer history. Her trademark tool, the Forge of Solus Prime, was a massive Magitek hammer capable of forging just about anything. Simply wielding it will turn a Prime into an Ultimate Blacksmith. Megatron, after transplanting the arm of a dead Prime onto his own, used it to forge the Dark Star Saber, which was powerful enough to shatter the original Star Saber. Optimus later uses the Forge to upgrade the Autobots' Ground Bridge into a Space Bridge and reforge the Star Saber. However it is limited by the individual's skill level. When asked if he simply forge a new copy of the Macguffin the Decepticons had stolen, Optimus laments that he doesn't possess the skill to do so, despite having just upgraded the bridge and repaired the saber, implying that the Macguffin in question was unimaginably complex.
- In Samurai Jack, Jack's sword, the only weapon capable of harming Aku, is created by such smiths.
- In Wakfu, the Original Eliatrope Chibi and his Dragon brother Grougaloragran were the greatest smiths and inventors of the Eliatrope people.