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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, but this could be done with any natural or artificial cutting implement.

The common purpose for cutting the spacetime fabric is to create portals that can move you (and/or others) from point A to B. However, this can be used offensively, such as cutting a target from far away or cause a version of Tele-Frag onto the target.

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



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Dragon Ball:
  • Yu Yu Hakusho: Kuwabara's Dimension Sword is incredibly sharp, being able to theoretically cut anything, such as space and dimensions.
    • In the anime, Mukuro also possessed this ability.
  • 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 device that allowed Teleport Spam (and used it only as a weapon and mobility tool, considering death preferable to retreating).
  • Slayers: One of Lina's strongest spells, Ragna Blade, creates a shaft of black lightning that can cut through anything, even if it's immune to normal magic. Among other things she's used it to attack beings hiding on the Astral Plane, and break out of a Pocket Dimension.
  • In Inuyasha, the sword Tenseiga contains the power of the Meidō—cutting open a portal into the Underworld itself. Its lesser form creates a crescent opening, which progressively widens into a full sphere as the sword's user masters its power. When Inuyasha's Tessaiga inherits Tensaiga's power, he creates the Meidō Zangetsuha as a barrage of Portal Cuts that cut through any defense and take anything they touch into Hell.
  • An episode of Space Dandy has an incursion from a two dimensional universe destroying several planets. To fight this, at one point Dandy extends a giant pair of scissors on a robotic arm from his ship and sequentially cuts his way to the capital of the dimension's ruler.
  • In Black Clover, Yami's spells "Dark Cloaked Dimension Slash" and its stronger variant "Dark Cloaked Dimension Slash — Equinox" are named such and described to be this. They can cut through spatial barriers, have great range, and because of Dark Magic's properties they can affect the underworld.

    Comic Books 
  • In Legion of Super-Heroes, the Persuader's Atomic Axe is so sharp it can cut through anything, including gravity and time. One arc has him exploit this to gather an Alliance of Alternates to form the Fatal Five Hundred.
  • In The Mighty Thor, Lady Sif carries a sword and Skurge the Executioner carries an axe that can both create portals by cutting the air.
  • In the 2018 run of Doctor Strange, Stephen advances his magical training by learning to forge his own mystical artifacts from a dwarf. One of the artifacts he creates is a giant blade he refers to as a scalpel, which he uses to cleanly slice open portals to traverse great distances.

    Films — Animation 
  • 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.

    Films — Live Action 
  • The hellboys from Dogma use their hockey sticks to that effect.

  • Overlord: Touch Me's unique skill "World Break" is described as a Sword Beam that rends the fabric of space and time, allowing it to bypass all defenses. Likewise for "Reality Slash", a powerful but inefficient spell which produces a toned-down version of the same effect.
  • His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife, which can cut through anything, even "the fabric between worlds". This is described as working by, more or less, the Knife catching on chinks in the fabric of space-time and cutting from there. It's stated that only the true bearer of the knife can use it in this fashion, and that losing a couple of fingers to the knife (which cuts so cleanly that the wound won't close up without a lot of help) is the mark of the bearer, but it's actually not entirely clear if this is true, or just what the bearer at that point believes to be true; it definitely is true that it's not just the knife that cuts the portal, as the bearer losing their focus at a critical moment ends up shattering the knife into pieces. Fortunately, they know an armoured bear who is prepared to help them re-forge it, despite regarding the knife itself with deep suspicion.
  • Morgaine Cycle: Morgaine wields a crystal sword named "Changeling" that opens a rift in reality at its tip when unsheathed.
  • In Discworld: Reaper Man, in preparing to fight the new Death of Men, Death (who is on a 10-Minute Retirement for the duration of the book) hones his new scythe so sharp it can cut the spaces between letters on the page.
  • An unusual variant in The Garden of Sinners (and by extension Tsukihime), where a person with the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception can permanently cut through anything by running a blade along its invisible Lines of Death, or "kill" anything by stabbing it in its Point of Death. It's even possible to "kill" abstract concepts like distance in this manner, allowing for quasi-teleportation.

    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.
  • Lucifer (2016): One of the functions of Lucifer's flaming sword, which he lost when he rebelled. He, Amenadiel, and the Goddess spend the second half of Season 2 looking for it so they can return to the Silver City and take their revenge on God, but when he actually gets hold of it Lucifer decides that's not such a good idea and instead opens a portal to the void between worlds so his mother can create her own universe there.

    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.
  • In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Black's scythe tears a rift in time, allowing the villains from other timelines to pour through the hole.
  • DmC: Devil May Cry: Vergil's katana Yamato can create portals by slashing the air. In both that game and the original Devil May Cry, Vergil can use the Yamato to perform dimensional cuts to attack enemies from a distance, which manifest in form of vortexes that cut multiple times.
  • BlazBlue: Jubei's swords are actually powerful magitek items that can cut through anything. This includes creating dimensional portals.
  • In Kirby: Planet Robobot’s extra mode, Galacta Knight is capable of doing this.
  • Pokémon: Palkia's claws are described by the Pokedex to be sharp enough to cut through the fabric of reality, which also likely connects with Palkia's status as a Space Master.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: This manifests as Raven's semblance. She can create a portal to one of a small number of people she has bonded with, but must physically slice where she wants the portal to appear. Currently, she had bonds with Yang, Tai, and Qrow, with another to someone on her tribe, presumably Vernal.

  • Kill Six Billion Demons: Jagganoth uses this method to travel through space at the end of King of Swords, as seen by everyone on the receiving end inside the Rayuban arena.

    Web Original 
  • SCP-2207 is a disposable plastic knife that cuts portals in space to random universes. Problem is that this breaks the universe on the other end in a way that makes it uninhabitable or even erases it altogether as is the case in the last test log. The powers that be in the multiverse send the Foundation a signed order to stop using it.

    Western Animation 
  • Xiaolin Showdown: The Golden Tiger Claws is a claw tool that can create portals by slashing the air.
  • Grim from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy can open up portals to the underworld or other dimensions by simply ripping thin air with his scythe. A Cutaway Gag (pun intended) in the Christmas special had Mother Nature complaining someone just cut a hole in the literal fabric of time and space she's minding in her rocking chair.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • Dimensional Scissors can open up portals like how regular scissors can cut paper.
    • Rasticore has a chainsaw that can open portals like dimensional scissors.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", after growing increasingly irritated with the New-Age Retro Hippie Tree Hugger over the course of the episode, Discord raises his eagle claw, audibly sharpens it, and uses it to slice open a portal to another dimension to throw Tree Hugger into.
  • In The Smurfs, Father Time's Scythe of Time can open tears in the space/time continuum, during in one instance a baby dinosaur appeared in the present time of the series emerging through a tear.


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