Man at Arms
is a show on YouTube
's AWE Me Channel
, where master blacksmith Tony Swatton and his crew put their skills (providing weapons for well over a hundred movies) to the test using modern techniques to re-create various fictional weapons from television, anime, comics and video games.
Man at Arms provides examples of the following tropes:
- Awesome but Impractical: Some of the weapons are this despite all the love put in their crafting; the Buster Sword is just too heavy to swing around, and the Diamond Sword has a very uncomfortable grip (but it's still a real blade).
- Awesome yet Practical: The Master Sword, Power Sword, and the Sword of Omens are all practical weapons, and are shown to be swung around effortlessly, flawlessly slicing through pots, fruits and glass bottles.
- An Axe to Grind: Gimli's axe, the Orcish battleaxe, and the Keyblade.
- BFS: Cloud and Ichigo's swords. The Buster Sword in particular wasn't so much swung through its targets as it was dropped on them (and needed two guys to get it up).
- Bifurcated Weapon: Hit-Girl's naginata is designed to split into two separate pieces.
- The Blacksmith: Tony Swatton, the person the show focuses on, has, according to the opening narration, worked as a blacksmith for over thirty years, and made props (primarily weapons) for over two hundred feature films.
- The Cameo: Matthew Mercer, voice of Tygra in ThunderCats (2011), gets to try the Sword of Omens.
- Cool Sword: All the swords created, naturally, since they are inspired by examples of the trope in fiction.
- Creator Cameo: Michael Maurino, art designer on the game League of Legends, is seen Squeeing over the finished Zenith Blade.
- Defictionalization: The entire point of the series is to make fictional weapons real.
- Drop the Hammer: Thor's Mjölnir.
- Forging Scene: Every episode, of course. This is basically Forging Scene: The Web Series.
- Impossibly Cool Weapons: Once per Episode, one of these gets defictionalized.
- Shout-Out: The Keyblade episode concludes with the blacksmith breaking through a door with the newly-forged weapon and yelling "HERE'S TONY!"
- Take That: The final scene of each episode, where the completed weapon is shown cutting things, often contains some of these. One of the most obvious is the stabbing of Sokka's sword through a copy of The Last Airbender.
- Thunderbolt Iron: Tony bought actual nickel-iron meteorites to forge into Sokka's sword.
- Wolverine Claws: One of the weapons forged is a set of claws based on Wolverine's from the movie with the same name.