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** Guns. There's Han Solo's declaration that "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid." In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Darth Vader proves him wrong. On Hoth in the same film, Han uses Luke's lightsaber briefly (the only non-jedi to do so in the film series) to cut open Luke's mount.

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** Guns. There's Han Solo's declaration that "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid." In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Darth Vader proves him wrong. On Hoth in the same film, Han uses Luke's lightsaber briefly (the only non-jedi to do so in the film series) classic trilogy) to cut open Luke's mount.


* Depending where you live, legally obtaining a firearm may be impossible. Most countries today do not restrict swordsmanship or fencing (although openly carrying around a big sword might still get you on trouble).

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*** ''The Empire Strikes Back'' is the only time Luke has used ''both'' weapons during battle. By the next film, he ditched the gun upon becoming a Jedi.


* [[RevolversAreJustBetter Revolvers]] and [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotguns]] are badass!

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* [[RevolversAreJustBetter Revolvers]] {{Revolvers|AreJustBetter}} and [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotguns]] {{shotguns|AreJustBetter}} are badass!



* [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katanas]] [[ParryingBullets can deflect and cut (certain) bullets in half!]]

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* [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katanas]] {{Katanas|AreJustBetter}} [[ParryingBullets can deflect and cut (certain) bullets in half!]]



* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', Spike uses a gun, and his rival, Vicious, uses a katana. They're shown to be equal fighters, at least partially because Vicious recognizes the limits of his weapon and uses stealth to get up close.
** Having said that, both times they fight, Spike has already taken at least one gunshot wound. But since it's a HeroicBloodshed show, it can be questioned whether they [[JustAFleshWound slow him down]].

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* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', Spike uses a gun, and his rival, Vicious, uses a katana. They're shown to be equal fighters, at least partially because Vicious recognizes the limits of his weapon and uses stealth to get up close.
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close. Having said that, both times they fight, Spike has already taken at least one gunshot wound. But since it's a HeroicBloodshed show, it can be questioned whether they [[JustAFleshWound [[OnlyAFleshWound slow him down]].



* Episode 12 of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' had a scene where Revy and KnifeNut mercenary Shenhua argued about whether guns or knives were better, and then decided to demonstrate their points by slaughtering a small army pursuing them.
** Also, Revy vs. Ginji, who does in fact wield a katana and can [[ParryingBullets cut bullets in half with it]]. After much bullet-slicing and GunKata, [[spoiler:Revy wins.]]

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Episode 12 of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' had a scene where Revy and KnifeNut mercenary Shenhua argued about whether guns or knives were better, and then decided to demonstrate their points by slaughtering a small army pursuing them.
** Also, Revy vs. Ginji, who does in fact wield a katana and can [[ParryingBullets cut bullets in half with it]]. After much bullet-slicing and GunKata, [[spoiler:Revy wins.]]wins]].



* We get this late into ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' once [[spoiler:the Military Police's Central 1st Brigade gets introduced and they clash with the Survey Corps.]]

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* We get this late into ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' once [[spoiler:the Military Police's Central 1st Brigade gets introduced and they clash with the Survey Corps.]]Corps]].



* In a team up event, Comicbook/{{Blade}} and Comicbook/ThePunisher meet on a rooftop. Punisher has a gun to Blade's head and Blade has his sword to Punisher's neck.
* Elsa Bloodstone in ''Comicbook/{{Nextwave}}'' was a combat specialist, and mostly stuck to using guns, but upon facing a bunch of samurai robots, she declares "[[RuleOfCool Samurai Robots beat guns. Every time]]." So she drops her guns, pulls out her own sword, and proceeds to face them that way.
** And by sword we mean Shovel.

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* In a team up event, Comicbook/{{Blade}} and Comicbook/ThePunisher meet on a rooftop. [[https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b1/2f/d0/b12fd0d59c2dfd2bdc986db1eed4a8cf.jpg Punisher has a gun to Blade's head and Blade has his sword to Punisher's neck.
neck.]]
* Elsa Bloodstone ComicBook/ElsaBloodstone in ''Comicbook/{{Nextwave}}'' was a combat specialist, and mostly stuck to using guns, but upon facing a bunch of samurai robots, she declares "[[RuleOfCool Samurai Robots beat guns. Every time]]." So she drops her guns, pulls out her own sword, and proceeds to face them that way.
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way. And by sword we mean Shovel.



* In a famous scene from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', Indiana Jones is confronted by a formidable sword wielder. [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim So Indy just shoots him]].
** Allegedly [[ThrowItIn a hasty rewrite]]. An epic SwordFight was planned but Harrison Ford had a minor back injury when it was due to be filmed. [[RuleOfFunny Comedy]] and [[CombatPragmatist pragmatism]] took the day.
*** Another version has Ford suffering from diarrhea that day.

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* In a famous scene from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', Indiana Jones is confronted by a formidable sword wielder. [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim So Indy just shoots him]].
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him]]. Allegedly [[ThrowItIn a hasty rewrite]]. An epic SwordFight was planned but Harrison Ford Creator/HarrisonFord had a minor back injury when it was due to be filmed. [[RuleOfFunny Comedy]] and [[CombatPragmatist pragmatism]] took the day.
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* Don't forget the ending sequence for the ''Film/VForVendetta'' movie - the bad guys shoot up V with submachine guns. But, thanks to his superhuman strength (and metal chest plate) recovers enough strength to kill them all with his many knives before they can reload.

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* Don't forget the The ending sequence for the ''Film/VForVendetta'' movie - the bad guys shoot up V with submachine guns. But, thanks to his superhuman strength (and metal chest plate) recovers enough strength to kill them all with his many knives before they can reload.



* Exaggerated in [[Literature/{{Okuyyuki}} "Okuyyuki"]], which goes one better and makes it ''[[CoolVsAwesome T-72 tanks vs katana]]''. [[OneManArmy Reilly]] takes on four of them with only his sword. [[spoiler: He wins, but is mortally wounded in the process]].

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* Exaggerated in [[Literature/{{Okuyyuki}} "Okuyyuki"]], which goes one better and makes it ''[[CoolVsAwesome ''[[CoolVersusAwesome T-72 tanks vs katana]]''. [[OneManArmy Reilly]] takes on four of them with only his sword. [[spoiler: He wins, but is mortally wounded in the process]].process.]]



* [[Series/MockTheWeek "A lot of you will be wondering, why there are so many wonderful treasures on display here, at the British Museum. Now, it is quite simple, really: Gun beats spear!"]]

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* [[Series/MockTheWeek ''Series/MockTheWeek'': "A lot of you will be wondering, why there are so many wonderful treasures on display here, at the British Museum. Now, it is quite simple, really: Gun beats spear!"]]spear!"



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is all about charging the enemy before he can gun you down, or shooting him before he can reach you.
** Though many units designed for close-combat use SwordAndGun as the rules make having a pistol and melee weapon the same as having [[DualWielding two melee weapons]] for lots of melee weapon types except you can shoot with the pistol, combining two great tastes in one.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is all about charging the enemy before he can gun you down, or shooting him before he can reach you.
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you. Though many units designed for close-combat use SwordAndGun as the rules make having a pistol and melee weapon the same as having [[DualWielding two melee weapons]] for lots of melee weapon types except you can shoot with the pistol, combining two great tastes in one.



* In the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series, swords tend to do more damage per ammo cost than most ranged attacks to compensate for lack of range. Examples are Slash Claw from ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' and Flame Sword from ''VideoGame/MegaMan8''.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': Ever Since Zero became fully playable since ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', this trope becomes the player's decision- X's ArmCannon or Zero's LaserBlade. [[spoiler: Also, X v.s. Zero in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5''. Whichever weapon comes out on top is decided by the player]].
* Also referred to in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''. Title Character [=MegaMan=] uses an ArmCannon as his signature weapon, while TheRival [=ProtoMan=] makes use of a BladeBelowTheShoulder.

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* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
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In the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series, swords tend to do more damage per ammo cost than most ranged attacks to compensate for lack of range. Examples are Slash Claw from ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' and Flame Sword from ''VideoGame/MegaMan8''.
* ** ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': Ever Since Zero became fully playable since ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', this trope becomes the player's decision- X's ArmCannon or Zero's LaserBlade. [[spoiler: Also, X v.s. Zero in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5''. Whichever weapon comes out on top is decided by the player]].
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Also referred to in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''. Title Character [=MegaMan=] uses an ArmCannon as his signature weapon, while TheRival [=ProtoMan=] makes use of a BladeBelowTheShoulder.



* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' compares the two, complete with ''StarWars'' reference, [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20020702 here]]. Judging by [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20020703 the next strip]], Torg ultimately decided a gun ([[MoreDakka or three]]) ''and'' a sword was [[SwordAndGun the best option]].

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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' compares the two, complete with ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' reference, [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20020702 here]]. Judging by [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20020703 the next strip]], Torg ultimately decided a gun ([[MoreDakka or three]]) ''and'' a sword was [[SwordAndGun the best option]].



* Part way through episode "War" of ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' Aeon is already dead by this point (not a spoiler, she always dies), and the guy who killed her is making is way through armies of mooks. He is brought up short by a guy doing fancy twirly moves with a sword. He watches for a moment, and sardonically looks at his gun. After a moment, he simply shoots the guy... ''who then deflects the bullet with his blade'' and impales our hero in a single swift move. And onwards...
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' tends to lean both ways with this. Guns in the hands of {{Mook}}s are typically pretty useless against the sword-swinging samurai, but any gun user with training and experience, like the Clench Family and The Scotsman, are able to use them with great effect. The Clenches actually were losing against Jack ''until'' they brandished their guns, which quickly turned the battle in their favor.

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* Part way through episode "War" of ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' Aeon is already dead by this point (not a spoiler, [[TheyKilledKennyAgain she always dies), dies]]), and the guy who killed her is making is way through armies of mooks.{{mooks}}. He is brought up short by a guy doing fancy twirly moves with a sword. He watches for a moment, and sardonically looks at his gun. After a moment, he simply shoots the guy... ''who then deflects the bullet with his blade'' and impales our hero in a single swift move. And onwards...
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' tends to lean both ways with this. Guns in the hands of {{Mook}}s mooks are typically pretty useless against the sword-swinging samurai, but any gun user with training and experience, like the Clench Family and The Scotsman, are able to use them with great effect. The Clenches actually were losing against Jack ''until'' they brandished their guns, which quickly turned the battle in their favor.



** And up until the development of more modern cartridge-based firearms, the biggest great equalizer when you've only got time for one shot was the use of [[BayonetYa bayonets]], though that essentially settled the debate in favor of melee. Granted, the initial volley(s) remained every bit as essential to winning the battle as other ranged weapons were in earlier times, the addition of bayonets meant you could give every soldier in your army a gun ''and'' a bayonet instead of splitting melee and firearm roles between different formations, and the development of rifled firearms offered another essential use for guns, creating the prototypical ColdSniper. Though when guns were still muzzle-loading, that rifling [[AwesomeYetImpractical did hinder one's ability to shove the bullet and wadding fully down the barrel.]]

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** And up until the development of more modern cartridge-based firearms, the biggest great equalizer when you've only got time for one shot was the use of [[BayonetYa bayonets]], {{bayonet|Ya}}s, though that essentially settled the debate in favor of melee. Granted, the initial volley(s) remained every bit as essential to winning the battle as other ranged weapons were in earlier times, the addition of bayonets meant you could give every soldier in your army a gun ''and'' a bayonet instead of splitting melee and firearm roles between different formations, and the development of rifled firearms offered another essential use for guns, creating the prototypical ColdSniper. Though when guns were still muzzle-loading, that rifling [[AwesomeYetImpractical did hinder one's ability to shove the bullet and wadding fully down the barrel.]]



* Some early battles of UsefulNotes/WW1 played out like this. In the opening months of the war, the Germans had settled down into the trenches and had adopted the attrition tactics that [=WW1=] is remembered for; however, what most people forget is that [=WW1=] was an entirely new kind of war, and introduced tactics like tanks, artillery barrages and air support that had simply not existed beforehand. Therefore, the British and French kept trying to use the tactics they had been using in the colonial wars for decades- which were based pretty heavily on cavalry charges to break the lines. The British cavalry relied on their sabres much more than their pistols (because it's hard to aim a gun whilst riding a galloping horse), and some French cavalry regiments did not even carry guns because [[HonorBeforeReason it was ungentlemanly]]; meanwhile, the Germans were tooled up with [[GatlingGood machine]] [[{{Dakka}} guns]]. [[{{Deconstruction}} For an example of how well swords versus guns worked in this situation]], watch the first hour of ''Film/WarHorse''. They eventually learned better, and [=WW1=] changed the face of warfare forever.

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* Some early battles of UsefulNotes/WW1 UsefulNotes/WorldWarI played out like this. In the opening months of the war, the Germans had settled down into the trenches and had adopted the attrition tactics that [=WW1=] is remembered for; however, what most people forget is that [=WW1=] was an entirely new kind of war, and introduced tactics like tanks, artillery barrages and air support that had simply not existed beforehand. Therefore, the British and French kept trying to use the tactics they had been using in the colonial wars for decades- which were based pretty heavily on cavalry charges to break the lines. The British cavalry relied on their sabres much more than their pistols (because it's hard to aim a gun whilst riding a galloping horse), and some French cavalry regiments did not even carry guns because [[HonorBeforeReason it was ungentlemanly]]; meanwhile, the Germans were tooled up with [[GatlingGood machine]] [[{{Dakka}} [[MoreDakka guns]]. [[{{Deconstruction}} For an example of how well swords versus guns worked in this situation]], watch the first hour of ''Film/WarHorse''. They eventually learned better, and [=WW1=] changed the face of warfare forever.



* And then there's "Mad Jack" Churchill, who fought with a claymore (and not the 'mine' kind) in [=WW2=].[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill]]
** He wasn't using the {{Film/Braveheart}} kind of claymore, either. The sword Jack Churchill used was a basket-hilted one-handed affair, not a giant stonking {{BFS}}. [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d2/Jack_Churchill_leading_training_charge_with_sword.jpg A picture of him, sword in hand (bottom right).]]

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* And then there's "Mad Jack" Churchill, who fought with a claymore (and not the 'mine' kind) in [=WW2=].[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill]]
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org/wiki/Jack_Churchill "Mad Jack" Churchill]], who fought with a claymore (and not the 'mine' kind) in [=WW2=]. He wasn't using the {{Film/Braveheart}} ''{{Film/Braveheart}}'' kind of claymore, either. The sword Jack Churchill used was a basket-hilted one-handed affair, not a giant stonking {{BFS}}. [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d2/Jack_Churchill_leading_training_charge_with_sword.jpg A picture of him, sword in hand (bottom right).]]

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* ''Film/SevenSamurai'' pits seven samurai with swords (and a civilian militia with spears) against forty bandits. While the bandits are wiped out, four of the samurai die as well, most of them to the ''three'' bandits who had muskets. If the bandits had one or two more guns, the samurai might have lost.


* Featured prominently in ''Film/SukiyakiWesternDjango'', all manner of weapon was used, culminating in a dual between the Hero and the Big Bad in the final scene, with the {{Hero}} using a pistol against the BigBad's Katana. He even parries a strike from the Katana, locking it against the finger guard. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_sx1MlBYps0A/SavFyGdt3aI/AAAAAAAAAYk/iJ2PkqG4S3g/s320/sukiyaki-western-django-2.jpg As shown in this picture]]

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* Featured prominently in ''Film/SukiyakiWesternDjango'', all manner of weapon was used, culminating in a dual between the Hero and the Big Bad in the final scene, with the {{Hero}} hero using a pistol against the BigBad's Katana. He even parries a strike from the Katana, locking it against the finger guard. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_sx1MlBYps0A/SavFyGdt3aI/AAAAAAAAAYk/iJ2PkqG4S3g/s320/sukiyaki-western-django-2.jpg As shown in this picture]]

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* An interesting version occurs in ''Anime/YuYuHakusho'', where the protagonist Yusuke's signature technique is the [[FingerGun Spirit]] [[EnergyBall Gun]], while his friend and rival Kuwabara has a [[LaserBlade Spirit Sword]].

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** Of course as with most history, nothing is cleanly cut so to speak. During the Warring States period, all sides made extensive use of firearms. Samurai and ronin, even legendary sword users like Miyamoto Musashi, might not have favored firearms but they made effort to show aversion to them and classified them as just as useful a weapon as more traditional weapons like swords, spears, and bows.

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* The final confrontation between Tom Welles and Machine in ''Film/EightMM'' has the former wielding a pistol and the latter a knife. [[spoiler: Machine hides the blade until he can throw it at Welles, making him drop the gun, but Welles manages to yank the knife out of himself and fatally stab Machine.]]

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* The final confrontation between Tom Welles and Machine in ''Film/EightMM'' has the former wielding a pistol and the latter a knife. [[spoiler: Machine hides the blade until he can throw it at Welles, making him drop the gun, but Welles manages to yank the knife out of himself and fatally stab Machine.]]


* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'': The AxCrazy orderly Skelter holds the opinion that guns tend to make people sloppy and careless, making it that much easier for him to get up close and personal with his {{kni|feNut}}ves.

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* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'': The AxCrazy orderly Skelter Cleaver holds the opinion that guns tend to make people sloppy and careless, making it that much easier for him to get up close and personal with his {{kni|feNut}}ves.

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* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'': The AxCrazy orderly Skelter holds the opinion that guns tend to make people sloppy and careless, making it that much easier for him to get up close and personal with his {{kni|feNut}}ves.


* In ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}} 2'', you can have a competition with the gunfighter to see which is better: Your katana or his rifle, seeing who can kill the most enemies in a fixed period of time. Of course, this is a katana against a 16th century matchlock. In real life, the gunman would have only been able to shoot a handful of times in the timeframe involved.
* In ''VideoGame/{{ResidentEvil4}}'', Leon and Ada [[CutscenePowerToTheMax have a flashy knife-to-gun fight]]. In the end, Leon gets the upper hand, disarms Ada and holds his knife to her throat. [[WorthyOpponent He lets up,]] [[UnresolvedSexualTension though.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' a ludicrously effective strategy is using Marathon (for unlimited sprinting), Lightweight (to move faster), and Commando (which lets you stab enemies from a longer distance away) - and use a pistol with a tactical knife attachment (to stab faster). Essentially, this lets you dash everywhere and stab everyone for a one-hit kill. Granted, if someone sees you coming, they can gun you down from a distance pretty easily, but ninja-ing your way through the maps is still quite effective.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}} 2'', ''VideoGame/Onimusha2SamuraisDestiny'', you can have a competition with the gunfighter to see which is better: Your katana or his rifle, seeing who can kill the most enemies in a fixed period of time. Of course, this is a katana against a 16th century matchlock. In real life, the gunman would have only been able to shoot a handful of times in the timeframe involved.
* In ''VideoGame/{{ResidentEvil4}}'', ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', Leon and Ada [[CutscenePowerToTheMax have a flashy knife-to-gun fight]]. In the end, Leon gets the upper hand, disarms Ada and holds his knife to her throat. [[WorthyOpponent He lets up,]] [[UnresolvedSexualTension though.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare2'', a ludicrously effective strategy is using Marathon (for unlimited sprinting), Lightweight (to move faster), and Commando (which lets you stab enemies from a longer distance away) - and use a pistol with a tactical knife attachment (to stab faster). Essentially, this lets you dash everywhere and stab everyone for a one-hit kill. Granted, if someone sees you coming, they can gun you down from a distance pretty easily, but ninja-ing your way through the maps is still quite effective.



* In the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series, swords tend to do more damage per ammo cost than most ranged attacks to compensate for lack of range. Examples are Slash Claw from ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' and Flame Sword from ''VideoGame/MegaMan8''.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': Ever Since Zero became fully playable since ''X4'', this trope becomes the player's decision- X's ArmCannon or Zero's LaserBlade. [[spoiler: Also, X v.s. Zero in ''X5''. Whichever weapon comes out on top is decided by the player]].

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* In the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series, swords tend to do more damage per ammo cost than most ranged attacks to compensate for lack of range. Examples are Slash Claw from ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' and Flame Sword from ''VideoGame/MegaMan8''.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': Ever Since Zero became fully playable since ''X4'', ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', this trope becomes the player's decision- X's ArmCannon or Zero's LaserBlade. [[spoiler: Also, X v.s. Zero in ''X5''.''VideoGame/MegaManX5''. Whichever weapon comes out on top is decided by the player]].

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* In the ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'' duology, iron is extremely rare and valuable. As such, while firearms exist, they are few and far between, with only nobles typically able to afford them. The protagonist Ilmar recalls a battle he participated in, where his unit commander, a nobleman, used a machinegun to fire at the approaching enemy ranks. While some enemies fell, they still managed to get close and turn him into a pincushion with their swords. The [[TheEmpire State]]'s PraetorianGuard regiments are made up of elite nobleborn soldiers, so each is armed with a gun as well as a sword (maybe even a steel sword, if the soldier is wealthy enough, although probably bronze).

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* In ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'', the titular sailor quickly introduce muskets to the [[CatFolk Lemurians]]. However, since the [[LizardFolk Grik]] tend to favor hum- err.. Grik wave tactics, most battles devolve into melee anyway, with Grik warriors slashing with their swords, or using their natural weapons (claws and teeth). This doesn't devalue the guns, though, as they still tend to even out the odds (the Grik are far more numerous). Still, guns have to be supported by melee fighters, even after breech-loaders are introduced. Later on, though, the Grik start manufacturing their own firearms, so combat becomes less about melee and more about musket/bullet volleys. Bayonet charges still happen, though. This is also true with the war against the Holy Dominion, as Dom troops also use muskets and bayonets.
* Similarly, in ''Literature/TheLostRegiment'', when the Americans start arming the local Medieval Russians with guns, they prove to be fairly effective against the sword-and-bow armed [[HumanAliens Tugars]]. Despite their size (an average Valennian is around 9 feet tall, and they tend to fight on horseback), a single bullet can kill one as well as a human. In later books, the other hordes start producing guns of their own in order to destroy the growing threat of the Republic, despite their natural aversion to new things.

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