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Playing With: Absurdly Sharp Blade
Basic Trope: A character wields a bladed object sharp enough to cut through seemingly anything.
  • Straight: Bob has a sword capable of slicing a tree in two.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob's sword can, if plunged into the Earth, break all the way through to the other side.
    • Bob can cut tanks in half.
    • The edge of the sword can split atoms and cause nuclear fission.
    • The edge of the sword can cut the very fabric of space-time.
  • Downplayed: Bob's sword is much sharper than most other characters' swords, but does not have unrealistic cutting capabilities.
  • Justified:
    • Of course the sword can cut through anything. It was a gift from God Himself!
    • The sword has a mono-molecular blade is made of carbon nanotubes.
    • The sword is made out of some alien material that is known for making really sharp swords.
  • Inverted: Bob's sword is so dull that it functions more like a club than any type of blade.
  • Subverted: Bob's sword looks incredibly sharp, but the blade can be shattered if it swung at so much as a paper bag...
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...But then he realizes he's been holding it wrong and is capable of cleaving through several hard objects in a row.
    • Or, his blade still breaks and the blade pieces proceed to cut through everything.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob's sword has a blade that can cut through anything. Including its own hilt.
    • Bob's katana can cut through anything... but he's a chef and only uses it to cut meat.
    • Bob's blade is so sharp that merely touching it causes him to be sliced into tiny pieces.
    • Bob can't find a scabbard that can hold the damn thing... It keeps slicing through them.
    • The sword is so sharp, Bob cuts his finger just by looking at it.
    • Nobody wants to get close to the sword because of its constant displacement of air means loud sonic booms whenever air rubs against it.
    • Bob can use his butter knife to cut machine-gun bullets.
    • All swords are absurdly sharp. Whenever there is a swordfight, each sword cuts the other sword in two every time they clash. After a few seconds, both swordsmen's blades are reduced to two-inch nubs.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's old sword has the same properties of another sword, but then is retempered several times it so become durable and sharp enough to cleave through anything. Unfortunately, this has left it severely brittle and prone to breaking. His solution? Reforge the sword and start over again.
  • Averted: Bob's sword is just a normal sword with realistic cutting potential.
  • Enforced: "Bob needs to show off how awesome his sword is by slicing tanks in half with it"
  • Lampshaded:
    • "I didn't know they made blades that sharp."
    • "How the hell can that sword cut through a tree, anyways?"
  • Invoked:
    • Bob has a fascination with sharp blades, and so, uses his spare time to find durable objects and turn them into blades as sharp as possible.
    • Alternatively, any time that Bob doesn't spend fighting, he spends sharpening his sword.
  • Exploited: Bob tricks the villain into taking his sword, falling off a cliff, and trying a Blade Brake with it. He chuckles as the villain falls to his death.
  • Defied: Bob describes the kind of sword he wants to The Blacksmith. He tells him not to be so stupid, and that he'll make him a practical sword.
  • Discussed: "I'm going to try to cut straight through this tree just like they do in movies."
  • Conversed: "Why do these movie people always have swords cutting through things they shouldn't be able to cut?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob accidentally cuts through not only what he wants but injures a good friend because his sword is so damn sharp.
    • Alternatively, the sword is that sharp but Bob finds it impossible to maintain the edge and so rarely if he ever actually uses it or even removes it from the scabbard- and, when it does get used, it's so badly maintained that the legendary edge has been lost.
  • Reconstructed: Bob invents a new combat style based around stupidly sharp swords, made to defeat foes before the blade is damaged.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • After every fight that Bob fights in, the scenery falls apart due to him inadvertently cutting it to shreds while in combat thanks to the sharpness of his blade.
    • Bob cuts through existence itself whenever he draws the blade; causing an Apocalypse.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's Arch-Enemy manages to best him in combat, then steals his sword and uses it against Alice, slicing her in half in front of Bob's very eyes.

And to your left, you will find an Absurdly Sharp Blade. (Management is not responsible for bloodstains or loss of limbs.)

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