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** Nanoha comes from a family of skilled swordsmen (including her father, brother, sister, and aunt), though she herself lacks any such training.

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** Nanoha comes from a family of skilled swordsmen (including her father, brother, sister, and aunt), though she herself lacks any such training.training outside of the ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent INNOCENT]]'' continuity.


* ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Rising|Revengeance}}'' has Sam, who comes from a long line of Brazilian sword martial artists. Raiden has shown in previous games he's not adverse to firearms in addition to his preferred swordplay. Sam, on the other hand, is never seen using another weapon aside from his sword. Among other other impressive displays of skill, his most notable technique is a super fast draw with a gun-like mechanism built into his scabbard. Allowing him to draw and slash his weapon with insane speed and force. Despite all this, he's actually something of a ''deconstruction'' of this trope. He's so good at sword fighting because he's trained all his life and feels no purpose beyond it. It's implied by Doktor that Raiden won their final bout, not because he was the better swordsman but because he had more ''reason'' to win.
** Not to mention in a game full of mechanically augmented Cyborgs including said main character, Sam is said to not actually have any enhancements making him a BadassNormal WorldsBestWarrior combo.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Rising|Revengeance}}'' has Sam, who comes from a long line of Brazilian sword martial artists. Raiden has shown in previous games he's not adverse to firearms in addition to his preferred swordplay. Sam, on the other hand, artists. He is never seen using another weapon aside from his sword. Among other other impressive displays of skill, his most notable technique is a super fast draw with a gun-like mechanism built into his scabbard. Allowing scabbard, allowing him to draw and slash his weapon with insane speed and force. Despite all this, he's actually something of a ''deconstruction'' of this trope. He's so good at sword fighting because he's trained all his life and feels no purpose beyond it. It's implied by Doktor that Raiden won their final bout, not because he was the better swordsman but because he had more ''reason'' to win.
** Not to mention in a game full of mechanically augmented Cyborgs including said main character, Sam is said to not actually have any enhancements making him a BadassNormal WorldsBestWarrior combo.

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** Not to mention in a game full of mechanically augmented Cyborgs including said main character, Sam is said to not actually have any enhancements making him a BadassNormal WorldsBestWarrior combo.

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** Maya ten Meti, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Murder The Gods And Topple Their Thrones]], is no slouch either, managing to cleave through an Angel, the rest of the room, a significant portion of Mottom's floating palace, and [[BreakingTheFourthWall the comic frame's border]] in one stroke using the broken stub of a sword. Although, by the comic's philosophy, a swordperson dependent on anything other the pure focused will that their opponent be cut is a poor swordsperson indeed.


* In ''Film/TheAdventureOfSherlockHolmesSmarterBrother'', Sigerson (Creator/GeneWilder) and Prof. Moriarty (Leo McKern) boast to each other about their swordsmanship and have a duel on a high ledge in the climax. Wilder, who also wrote and directed the movie, was a champion fencer in cCollege at the University of Iowa, making him a real life example of this trope.

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* In ''Film/TheAdventureOfSherlockHolmesSmarterBrother'', Sigerson (Creator/GeneWilder) and Prof. Moriarty (Leo McKern) boast to each other about their swordsmanship and have a duel on a high ledge in the climax. Wilder, who also wrote and directed the movie, was a champion fencer in cCollege college at the University of Iowa, making him a real life example of this trope.



** The [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]], both Loyal and Chaos, often wield swords of various kinds and are extremely proficient at wielding them. Even among the Space Marines, Lucius the Eternal is considered a supremely powerful swordsman, capable of cutting down several times his number of elite Space Marines with little difficulty.
*** Lucius has weird fluff. While it is established that he is a superb swordsman, same fluff outright states that Lucius loses duels rather often. Even worse is the fact that due to Lucius' ability[[note]]Due to patronage of Slaanesh, Lucius is reborn in the bodies of those who kill him. The souls of those unfortunate are eternally bound to his armor.[[/note]], it results in the fact that Lucius rather often kills Xenos and Chaos Champions that [[NiceJobFixingItVillain possess skills superior to his own.]]
*** Abaddon. Joke about his arms all you want, he is the only living thing in M41 that comes close to the might of the Primarchs. His sword, Drach'Nyen was witnessed to destroy a Land Raider and flay souls of those it touched. [[note]] Drach'nyen is actually an EldritchAbomination in sword form.[[/note]]

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** The [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]], both Loyal and Chaos, often wield swords of various kinds and are extremely proficient at wielding them. Even among the Space Marines, Lucius the Eternal is considered a supremely powerful swordsman, capable of cutting down several times his number of elite Space Marines with little difficulty.
*** Lucius has weird fluff. While it is established that he is a superb swordsman, same fluff outright states that Lucius loses duels rather often. Even worse is the fact that due to Lucius' ability[[note]]Due to patronage of Slaanesh, Lucius is reborn in the bodies of those who kill him. The souls of those unfortunate are eternally bound to his armor.[[/note]], it results in the fact that Lucius rather often kills Xenos and Chaos Champions that [[NiceJobFixingItVillain possess skills superior to his own.]]
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*** Abaddon. Joke about his arms all you want, he is the only living thing in M41 that comes close to the might of the Primarchs. His sword, Drach'Nyen was witnessed to destroy a Land Raider and flay souls of those it touched. [[note]] Drach'nyen is actually It's an EldritchAbomination in sword form.[[/note]]

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* Several people in the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'' are this trope. Examples include [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky Cassius Bright, Loewe the Bladelord]], [[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki Arios MacLaine]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel Victor S. Arseid, Aurelia Le Guin]], and by ''Cold Steel IV'', [[spoiler:[[TheHero Rean Schwarzer]].]]


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* Admiral Harper from ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' is a legendary swordsman. Unfortunately, at the height of his career, he was recruited as a trainer for special assignments by his government's intelligence agency. In order to justify his transfer out of the field, they faked an accident where he allegedly broke his leg. Because of his apparent lack of determination to recover from his 'injury', his reputation has since gone bad.
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* [[LovableSexManiac Tucker]] of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' gets a Energy Sword known only as the [[NamedWeapons Great Weapon. ]][[SubvertedTrope He's not very good with it initially,]] [[ZigZaggingTrope but soon learns]] [[TookALevelInBadass how to kick some ass.]] He even takes down some of the resident [[SuperSoldier Freelancers]] using it.
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* Admiral Harper from ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' is a legendary swordsman. Unfortunately, at the height of his career, he was recruited as a trainer for special assignments by his government's intelligence agency. In order to justify his transfer out of the field, they faked an accident where he allegedly broke his leg. Because of his apparent lack of determination to recover from his 'injury', his reputation has since gone bad.
* [[LovableSexManiac Tucker]] of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' gets a Energy Sword known only as the [[NamedWeapons Great Weapon. ]][[SubvertedTrope He's not very good with it initially,]] [[ZigZaggingTrope but soon learns]] [[TookALevelInBadass how to kick some ass.]] He even takes down some of the resident [[SuperSoldier Freelancers]] using it.


* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' film ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', there's an intense sword duel scene between Gustav Graves/[[spoiler:Colonel Tan-Sun Moon]] and 007. [[spoiler:This foreshadows Graves/Moon's ItsPersonal relationship towards Bond, as his sword duel is extremely vicious and rife with obvious personal loathing towards Bond on Graves' part. It's a clue that they've crossed paths once before.]] Given that he's a spy, it is very likely that part of Bond's military and MI6 training included some knowledge on swordsmanship and using several different types of swords. The same can be said for Gustav Graves, who, despite having a [[KnifeNut fencing instructor]] around, would not have learned anything useful about using various sword such as katanas or hand-and-a-halfs. Likewise, Miranda Frost is a former gold medal (by default) Olympic fencer and [[spoiler:fights with a sword when fighting Jinx at the end of the film.]]

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* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' film ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', there's an intense sword duel scene between Gustav Graves/[[spoiler:Colonel Tan-Sun Moon]] Graves and 007. [[spoiler:This foreshadows Graves/Moon's ItsPersonal relationship towards Bond, as his sword duel is extremely vicious Both Bond and rife Graves display mastery with obvious personal loathing towards Bond on Graves' part. It's a clue that they've crossed paths once before.]] Given that he's a spy, it is very likely that part wide range of Bond's military swords they grab from the walls of the complex, including rapiers, katana and MI6 training included some knowledge on swordsmanship and using several different types of swords. The same can be said for Gustav Graves, who, despite having a [[KnifeNut fencing instructor]] around, would not have learned anything useful about using various sword such as katanas or hand-and-a-halfs. longswords. Likewise, Miranda Frost is a former gold medal (by default) Olympic fencer and [[spoiler:fights with uses a sword when fighting Jinx at the end of the film.]]during a climatic fight.


* [[GeniusBruiser Johannes Liechtenauer]] is often described as the grandmaster of western swordsmanship, though his mastery included a variety of weapons. Said to have been born in Liechtenau or Liechtenstein, Germany in the 13th or 14th century, he toured Europe to study various armed combat techniques under a variety of masters. The puzzle poem he wrote unified all these concepts and techniques and provides us with the earliest example of such an efficient sword art in the West. Many later fencing masters would go on to directly reference Liechtenauer, and many that didn't clearly retain elements of his art.

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* [[GeniusBruiser Johannes Liechtenauer]] is often described as the grandmaster of western swordsmanship, though his mastery included a variety of weapons. Said to have been born in Liechtenau or Liechtenstein, Germany in the 13th or 14th century, he toured Europe to study various armed combat techniques under a variety of masters. The puzzle poem he wrote unified all these concepts and techniques and provides us with the earliest example of such an efficient sword art in the West. Many later fencing masters would go on to directly reference Liechtenauer, and many that who didn't clearly retain elements of his art.



* Ridolfo Capo Ferro was an Italian fencing master probably best known today for getting name-dropped in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. Oddly enough, Capoferro is well regarded today, but was largely ignored during the renaissance when he was active.

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* Ridolfo Capo Ferro was an Italian fencing master probably best known today for getting name-dropped in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. Oddly enough, Capoferro is well regarded today, but was largely ignored during the renaissance Renaissance when he was active.



* Fencing master Nedo Nadi won five gold medals in the 1920 Olympics. No athelete won more gold medals in a single Olympic games for 68 years. He won gold in every event he entered.

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* Fencing master Nedo Nadi won five gold medals in the 1920 Olympics. No athelete won more He held the record for most gold medals won in a single Olympic games for 68 years. He years, having won gold in every event he entered.



* [[RealMenWearPink The Chevalier d'Eon]] was a famous 18th century soldier, spy and crossdresser who spent the second half of his life as a woman. He was also quite a swordsman, defeating the much younger Chevalier de Saint-George in an exhibition match while wearing a dress.[[note]]The speculation at the time was that de Saint-George threw the match in deference to d'Eon's age.[[/note]]

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* [[RealMenWearPink The Chevalier d'Eon]] was a famous 18th century soldier, spy and crossdresser who spent the second half of his life as a woman. He was also quite a swordsman, defeating the much younger Chevalier de Saint-George in an exhibition match while wearing a dress.[[note]]The speculation at dress, though St George may have thrown the time was that de Saint-George threw the match in deference to d'Eon's age.[[/note]]match.


* [[RealMenWearPink The Chevalier d'Eon]] was a famous 18th century soldier, spy and crossdresser who spent the second half of his life as a woman. He was also quite a swordsman, defeating the much younger Chevalier de Saint-George in an exhibition match while wearing a dress.

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* [[RealMenWearPink The Chevalier d'Eon]] was a famous 18th century soldier, spy and crossdresser who spent the second half of his life as a woman. He was also quite a swordsman, defeating the much younger Chevalier de Saint-George in an exhibition match while wearing a dress.[[note]]The speculation at the time was that de Saint-George threw the match in deference to d'Eon's age.[[/note]]


Often a Mentor, often helping other characters TakeALevelInBadass. Occasionally an OldMaster. May be BadassNormal if there are superhumans to compare to. May well be the WorldsGreatestWarrior. Note that this trope is about the character, even when the actors are {{Flynning}} badly.

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Often a Mentor, often helping other characters TakeALevelInBadass. Occasionally an OldMaster. May be BadassNormal if there are superhumans to compare to. May well be the WorldsGreatestWarrior.WorldsBestWarrior. Note that this trope is about the character, even when the actors are {{Flynning}} badly.



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* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' film ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', there's an intense sword duel scene between Gustav Graves/[[spoiler:Colonel Tan-Sun Moon]] and 007. [[spoiler:This foreshadows Graves/Moon's ItsPersonal relationship towards Bond, as his sword duel is extremely vicious and rife with obvious personal loathing towards Bond on Graves's part. It's a clue that they've crossed paths once before.]] Given that he's a spy, it is very likely that part of Bond's military and MI6 training included some knowledge on swordsmanship and using several different types of swords. The same can be said for Gustav Graves, who, despite having a [[KnifeNut fencing instructor]] around, would not have learned anything useful about using various sword such as katanas or hand-and-a-halfs. Likewise, Miranda Frost is a former gold medal (by default) Olympic fencer and [[spoiler:fights with a sword when fighting Jinx at the end of the film.]]

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* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' film ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', there's an intense sword duel scene between Gustav Graves/[[spoiler:Colonel Tan-Sun Moon]] and 007. [[spoiler:This foreshadows Graves/Moon's ItsPersonal relationship towards Bond, as his sword duel is extremely vicious and rife with obvious personal loathing towards Bond on Graves's Graves' part. It's a clue that they've crossed paths once before.]] Given that he's a spy, it is very likely that part of Bond's military and MI6 training included some knowledge on swordsmanship and using several different types of swords. The same can be said for Gustav Graves, who, despite having a [[KnifeNut fencing instructor]] around, would not have learned anything useful about using various sword such as katanas or hand-and-a-halfs. Likewise, Miranda Frost is a former gold medal (by default) Olympic fencer and [[spoiler:fights with a sword when fighting Jinx at the end of the film.]]



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*** Lucius has weird fluff. While it is established that he is a superb swordsman, same fluff outright states that Lucius loses duels rather often. Even worse is the fact that due to Lucius's ability[[note]]Due to patronage of Slaanesh, Lucius is reborn in the bodies of those who kill him. The souls of those unfortunate are eternally bound to his armor.[[/note]], it results in the fact that Lucius rather often kills Xenos and Chaos Champions that [[NiceJobFixingItVillain possess skills superior to his own.]]

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*** Lucius has weird fluff. While it is established that he is a superb swordsman, same fluff outright states that Lucius loses duels rather often. Even worse is the fact that due to Lucius's Lucius' ability[[note]]Due to patronage of Slaanesh, Lucius is reborn in the bodies of those who kill him. The souls of those unfortunate are eternally bound to his armor.[[/note]], it results in the fact that Lucius rather often kills Xenos and Chaos Champions that [[NiceJobFixingItVillain possess skills superior to his own.]]



*** Sephiroth's swordsmanship and overall prowess stands out even among the series's characters, which include several notable swordsmen. In one of ''[[VideoGame/CrisisCore Crisis Core's]]'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6ZaSipHuO4 cutscenes]], Sephiroth was able to casually fend off attacks from both Genesis and Angeal[[note]]both were SOLDIER First Class[[/note]] ''while holding back''.

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*** Sephiroth's swordsmanship and overall prowess stands out even among the series's series' characters, which include several notable swordsmen. In one of ''[[VideoGame/CrisisCore Crisis Core's]]'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6ZaSipHuO4 cutscenes]], Sephiroth was able to casually fend off attacks from both Genesis and Angeal[[note]]both were SOLDIER First Class[[/note]] ''while holding back''.





* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Fandral the Dashing reckoned as the best swordsmen in the Nine Realms - which, considering he's a LightningBruiser even by Asgardian standards, with millennia of experience, makes him utterly lethal in close combat. His only equal, in Asgard at least, is Sif, who's the resident WarGod. Oh, and he's training Harry, who's noted to have the potential to be one in his own right, having height, strength, speed, lethally fast reflexes, and a talent for improvising. Thor is also noted to be no slouch as a swordsman.

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Fandral the Dashing is reckoned as the best swordsmen in the Nine Realms - which, considering he's a LightningBruiser even by Asgardian standards, with millennia of experience, makes him utterly lethal in close combat. His only equal, in Asgard at least, is Sif, who's the resident WarGod. Oh, and he's training Harry, who's noted to have the potential to be one in his own right, having height, strength, speed, lethally fast reflexes, and a talent for improvising. Thor is also noted to be no slouch as a swordsman.


* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Fandral the Dashing reckoned as the best swordsmen in the Nine Realms - which, considering he's a LightningBruiser even by Asgardian standards, with millennia of experience, makes him utterly lethal in close combat. His only equal, in Asgard at least, is Sif, who's the resident WarGod. Oh, and he's training Harry, who's noted to have the potential to be one in his own right, having height, strength, speed, lethally fast reflexes, and a talent for improvising. Thor is also noted to be no slouch as a swordsman.
** Sir Dane Whitman a.k.a. the Black Knight, also qualifies, though he's in his early 20s and described as being young and a bit excitable, which leaves him vulnerable. Also qualifying are Sir Michael and Sir Sanya, Knights of the Cross.



* Most of the characters in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' are all accomplished swordsmen. The creators ranked the swordsmen in the following order: Will is the greatest[[note]]He's also the one who remarks that he practices [swordfighting] four hours a day.[[/note]], followed by Barbossa and Norrington tied second. Jack is the least of the four, but he is enough of a trickster to match blades with anyone of the the aforementioned.

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* Most of the characters in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' are all accomplished swordsmen. The creators ranked the swordsmen in the following order: Will is the greatest[[note]]He's also the one who remarks that he practices [swordfighting] four hours a day.day - and that's while he's keeping up a job as a blacksmith.[[/note]], followed by Barbossa and Norrington tied second. Jack is the least of the four, but he is enough of a trickster to match blades with anyone of the the aforementioned.



* ''Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium'' has a ''lot'' of these. Stand-out examples are:
** Turin Turambar, slayer of Glaurung, destined slayer of Morgoth at the Last Battle, and the dude that accidentally married his sister, is generally acknowledged as ''the'' greatest swordsman in Middle Earth's history. The fact that his sword is probably sentient and possibly evil doesn't help.
** Maedhros Feanorion is one of the greatest elf swordsmen, and responded to losing his sword-hand by training himself to become even more lethal with his remaining left-hand.
** Earendil the Mariner, slayer of Ancalagon the Black, the greatest dragon in Middle Earth's history, in some versions the slayer of Ungoliant (giant spider, possibly an EldritchAbomination, powerful enough to terrify Morgoth and require an army of Balrogs to chase off), and latterly Morgoth's prison guard, is also up there.
** In the later days of Middle-Earth, Aragorn, especially while wielding Anduril, is recognised as an example.



** [[TheChosenOne Rand]] earns his position as a blademaster after killing [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking a Seanchan High Blood]] at the climax of the second book. At this point in the series, he's still not very far removed from a being a simple sheepherder, so it's quite an accomplishment.
** Lan is the stand out in the series--in the prequel to the series, seven men come to kill him. He muses to himself as he faces them that only in stories does one man face seven and come out unharmed...or alive. He doesn't do the former, but obviously manages the latter. There are many others, too, and having a 'Heron Marked' blade is the sign of a true master swordsman.

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** [[TheChosenOne Rand]] is given a Heron-mark sword by his father, Tam (who doesn't exactly say where he got it), and earns his position as a blademaster after killing [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking a Seanchan High Blood]] who's a blademaster in his own right at the climax of the second book. At this point in the series, he's still not very far removed from a being a simple sheepherder, so it's quite an accomplishment.
accomplishment. He ends up as one of the best - arguably, apart from Lan and [[spoiler: Demandred]], ''the'' best - swordsmen in the series.
** Lan is the stand out in the series--in the prequel to the series, seven men come to kill him. He muses to himself as he faces them that only in stories does one man face seven and come out unharmed... or alive. He doesn't do the former, but obviously manages the latter. There are many others, too, and having a 'Heron Marked' blade is the sign of a true master swordsman. It's notable that he's the one who trains Rand, who ends up as one of the best swordsmen in the series.



* ''Literature/CodexAlera'' has several characters noted for their sword skills. It's unusual in that much of this skill comes from [[ExtraOredinary metalcrafting]], magical abilities that can massively increase increase their focus, endurance and pain resistance, as well as allow them to sense metal and strike with remarkable speed and force. Although (almost) everyone has Furycrafting abilities, anyone who doesn't have tremendous metalcrafting skill has no chance against someone who does in a sword fight. Since most of the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking high lords]] are excellent metalcrafters stone knives are favored for assassination attempts.

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* ''Literature/CodexAlera'' has several characters noted for their sword skills. It's unusual in that much of this skill comes from [[ExtraOredinary metalcrafting]], magical abilities that can massively increase increase their focus, endurance and pain resistance, as well as allow them to sense metal and strike with remarkable speed and force. Although (almost) everyone has Furycrafting abilities, anyone who doesn't have tremendous metalcrafting skill has no chance against someone who does in a sword fight. Since most of the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking high lords]] are excellent metalcrafters metalcrafters, stone knives are favored for assassination attempts.



** Sir Miles is also up there, before his leg got crippled, he was just below Aldrick [[spoiler: his crippled leg is thanks to his brother Araris pushing him in front of cart so that Miles wouldn't be killed by Aldrick]], [[spoiler: Tavi]] is also pretty good after training from[[spoiler:Araris, he]] also kills [[PsychoForHire Phrygiar Navaris]], although that was largely through his words rather than his skill with a blade.

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** Sir Miles is also up there, before his leg got crippled, he was just below Aldrick [[spoiler: his crippled leg is thanks to his brother Araris pushing him in front of cart so that Miles wouldn't be killed by Aldrick]], [[spoiler: Tavi]] is also pretty good after training from[[spoiler:Araris, from[[spoiler: Araris, he]] also kills [[PsychoForHire Phrygiar Navaris]], although [[BreakingSpeech that was largely through his words words]] rather than his skill with a blade.



** In the ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' novelization, author Matt Stover's own knowledge of martial arts comes into play in terms of stylistic matches. Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku) is the unparalleled master of Makashi, the lightsaber form that is more or less fencing, good enough to match none other than Yoda to a draw and edge out Mace Windu back in the days when they dueled regularly. However, Anakin's preferred form of Djem So, which involves inexorable advancement and pure kinetic power, proves to be the weakness of Makashi (in combination with Anakin's significant physical strength and Count Dooku being an older man). Mace Windu, for his part, outshines Yoda and Darth Sidious. Furthermore, due to his use of the [[GameBreaker shatterpoint]] Force ability, Mace can see the weaknesses of nearly anything in life. Those two things are what allowed him to defeat Sidious. Only Anakin's intervention prevented him from achieving victory (although it's never been quite clear if Sidious allowed Windu to win, anticipating Anakin's arrival and intending to use it to turn him to the dark side). Earlier, Windu acknowledged Obi-Wan as ''the'' master of Soresu, the [[StoneWall ultimate defensive saber form.]] He also notes that despite his own terrific skill with a blade in having ''invented his own lightsaber technique'', and Master Yoda's mastery of Ataru (the most nimble and acrobatic form), they were styles chosen to overcome deficiencies, whereas Obi-Wan refined his mastery of Soresu to the point he did almost entirely out of tactical considerations and because it fit best with his personality, making him the best choice to take on General Grievous, who fights with ''four'' lightsabers at once.

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** In the ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' novelization, author Matt Stover's own knowledge of martial arts comes into play in terms of stylistic matches. Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku) is the unparalleled master of Makashi, the lightsaber form that is more or less fencing, good enough to match none other than Yoda to a draw and edge out Mace Windu back in the days when they dueled duelled regularly. However, Anakin's preferred form of Djem So, which involves inexorable advancement and pure kinetic power, proves to be the weakness of Makashi (in combination with Anakin's significant physical strength and Count Dooku being an older man). Mace Windu, for his part, outshines Yoda and Darth Sidious. Furthermore, due to his use of the [[GameBreaker shatterpoint]] Force ability, Mace can see the weaknesses of nearly anything in life. Those two things are what allowed him to defeat Sidious. Only Anakin's intervention prevented him from achieving victory (although it's never been quite clear if Sidious allowed Windu to win, anticipating Anakin's arrival and intending to use it to turn him to the dark side). Earlier, Windu acknowledged Obi-Wan as ''the'' master of Soresu, the [[StoneWall ultimate defensive saber form.]] He also notes that despite his own terrific skill with a blade in having ''invented his own lightsaber technique'', and Master Yoda's mastery of Ataru (the most nimble and acrobatic form), they were styles chosen to overcome deficiencies, whereas Obi-Wan refined his mastery of Soresu to the point he did almost entirely out of tactical considerations and because it fit best with his personality, making him the best choice to take on General Grievous, who fights with ''four'' lightsabers at once.


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* ''Literature/TheRiseAndFallOfDODO'': The badass career soldier Tristan realizes that if he's going to survive his trips in time to Elizabethan times, he'd better learn how to properly sword fight. When he runs into a group of historical fencing enthusiasts in the park, he recruits one, [[BadassBookworm Mortimer]], to train him. With Mortimer's tutelage, Tristan becomes quite the swordsman.

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