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Bladed weapons can manipulate space

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KZN02 on Nov 18th 2017 at 10:58:36 AM
Last Edited By:
KZN02 on Nov 28th 2017 at 6:42:34 AM
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Space and time can be described as fabric, so what better way to manipulate it than by cutting it? Usually a bladed weapon or claws are used for such a purpose, sometimes noted to be an Absurdly Sharp Blade.

The Full-Contact Magic version of Thinking Up Portals. Compare with Teleport Gun. Not to be confused with Portal Cut.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In the Dragon Ball Z movie, Fusion Reborn, Super Janemba uses his power to create a "Dimension Sword" which is capable of cutting through dimensions or creating portals.
  • In Dragon Ball Super, Goku Black channels The Power of Hate to gain a power up, which turns his ki Laser Blade into a ki Sinister Scythe. He then uses said scythe to slice a hole in the fabric of reality, releasing an energy that creates clones of himself. When Vegeta asks how he did that, Black admits even he has no idea.
    • Dragon Ball Xenoverse takes it even further, where the adaptation of the same scene has Black's scythe tear a rift in time, allowing the villains from other timelines to pour through the hole.
  • YuYu Hakusho: Kuwabara's Dimension Sword is incredibly sharp, being able to theoretically cut anything, such as space and dimensions.
  • Skull Knight's Sword of Actuation in Berserk is able to cleave holes in space , essentially a portable teleporter.
  • In the anime adaptation of UQ Holder!, when Blind Swordsman Nagumo's men are routed he flees by cutting open a portal in space and jumping into it. Notably this was not present in the manga, where Nagumo owned a separate Teleportation device (and used it only as a weapon and mobility tool, considering death preferable to retreating).

Comics

  • In Legion of Super-Heroes, the Persuader's Atomic Axe is so sharp it can cut through anything, including gravity and time.

Film

  • The Spike from Cool World punctures a hole in reality that allows Doctor Whiskers from the cartoon world to enter the real world of The '40s, and to abduct war veteran Frank Harris into the cartoon realm. Later, The Vamp Holli Would succeeds in crossing over, becoming fully human, but needs the Spike to sustain herself in that form.

Light Novels

Literature

Live Action TV

  • In Once Upon a Time, with a sword infused with the magic of the savior and the blue fairy, Gideon is able to cut open a portal to the world that the black fairy is imprisoned in.
  • In Kamen Rider OOO, the Medajalibur sword's finishing move results in the entire space behind the enemy being briefly split apart; the rest of the landscape repairs itself while the enemy explodes.

Video Games

  • In AdventureQuest, the Huntress's gauntlet, "The Gauntlet of the Ga'Lin" is capable of tearing holes through dimensions which she is able to traverse through.
  • AdventureQuest Worlds:
    • The "Yokai" questchain has Kitsune using the Hanzamune Dragon Koi Blade to cause a rip through dimensions to release O-dokuro from the Yokai Realm. Later the player steals it to seal the monster back in and tries to fight Kitsune with it, which inadvertently seals Kitsune in said other dimension.
    • Xeven's Weapon of Choice are the Tachyon Blades, which can slice through space and time itself.

Western Animation


Feedback: 28 replies

Nov 18th 2017 at 11:32:05 AM

Literature.His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife, which can cut through anything, even "the fabric between worlds".

Nov 19th 2017 at 4:06:51 AM

  • In Adventure Quest, the Huntress's gauntlet, "The Gauntlet of the Ga'Lin" is capable of tearing holes through dimensions which she is able to traverse through.

  • In Adventure Quest Worlds,
    • The "Yokai" questchain has Kitsune using the Hanzamune Dragon Koi Blade to cause a rip through dimensions to release O-dokuro from the Yokai Realm. Later the player steals it to seal the monster back in and tries to fight Kitsune with it, which inadvertently seals Kitsune in said other dimension.
    • Xeven's Weapon Of Choice are the Tachyon Blades, which can slice through space and time itself.

Nov 18th 2017 at 3:45:22 PM

  • Skull Knight's Sword of Actuation in Berserk is able to cleave holes in space , essentially a portable teleporter.

Nov 19th 2017 at 10:49:28 PM

This will probably be an Absurdly Sharp Blade as well.

There are more examples of this trope on that page.

Nov 19th 2017 at 4:11:42 AM

Nov 19th 2017 at 10:02:03 AM

  • Morgaine Cycle: Morgaine wields a crystal sword named "Changeling" that opens a rift in reality at its tip when unsheathed.

Nov 19th 2017 at 1:33:55 PM

In Legion Of Super Heroes, the Persuader's Atomic Axe is so sharp it can cut through anything, including gravity and time.

Nov 19th 2017 at 3:43:54 PM

The Full Contact Magic version of Thinking Up Portals.

Nov 19th 2017 at 5:16:54 PM

Another Dragon Ball example:

  • In the Dragon Ball Z movie, Fusion Reborn, Super Janemba uses his power to create a "Dimension Sword" which is capable of cutting through dimensions or creating portals.

Nov 19th 2017 at 5:46:12 PM

A question: is this restricted to actual weapons, or would any sufficiently sharp Natural Weapon also be acceptable? The description seems to imply yes, but it's kind of bare-bones and the examples all gravitate to non-body weapons.

To clarify what I mean (and I don't necessarily have examples in mind for all of these): if a character uses a Blade Below The Shoulder, Absurdly Sharp Claws, Razor Wings or the like to slice open the fabric of space-time — does that still count?

Nov 19th 2017 at 8:41:39 PM

@Theriocephalus: Any sufficiently sharp weapon, artificial or natural.

Nov 21st 2017 at 5:49:32 AM

Nov 21st 2017 at 10:46:36 AM

I think the garbage text around "Changeling" in the ''Morgayne cycle" example should be replaced with standard text hyphens before it takes over the whole page.

Nov 22nd 2017 at 12:10:40 PM

  • In Once Upon A Time, with a sword infused with the magic of the savior and the blue fairy, Gideon is able to cut open a portal to the world that the black fairy is imprisoned in.

Nov 24th 2017 at 11:56:37 AM

^^ Word of advice, never edit T Vtropes on an iPhone.

Nov 25th 2017 at 12:34:10 PM

Literature:

Nov 26th 2017 at 12:53:38 PM

Film

  • The Spike from Cool World punctures a hole in reality that allows Doctor Whiskers from the cartoon world to enter the real world of The Forties, and to abduct war veteran Frank Harris into the cartoon realm. Later, The Vamp Holli Would succeeds in crossing over, becoming fully human, but needs the Spike to sustain herself in that form.

Nov 26th 2017 at 9:31:55 PM

I guess this is getting close to launch. Any better alternative titles before I launch?

Nov 26th 2017 at 10:01:50 PM

Not really, the current title's pretty good. My main advice right now might be that the description as it is could stand a bit of bulking up.

Any thoughts for what indexes this will go in?

Nov 28th 2017 at 7:52:37 AM

Nov 27th 2017 at 10:22:43 AM

Grim from The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy can open up portals to the underworld or other dimensions by simply ripping thin air with his scythe.

Nov 27th 2017 at 10:45:16 AM

How about this for an image?

Nov 27th 2017 at 5:07:41 PM

It's good, but I feel the image by itself shows the scythe is cutting space, but we don't see how the cut is a portal.

Nov 27th 2017 at 6:36:11 PM

In Kamen Rider OOO, the Medajalibur sword's finishing move results in the entire space behind the enemy being briefly split apart; the rest of the landscape repairs itself while the enemy explodes.

Nov 27th 2017 at 9:28:52 PM

I believe Vector Prime from the western animation Transformers cybertron was able to do that.

Nov 28th 2017 at 6:42:34 AM

Yeah, that's what I was thinking, the second panel really helps.

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