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An attack commonly used in anime and video games. The user is able to use air itself to slice enemies, focusing a current of wind, or in some cases sound, to the point where it takes on a sharp edge, which the caster launches at foes.

If it requires swinging around a bladed weapon to perform, this is also a Sword Beam.

Sometimes the user has other wind-based powers along with the razor wind, but it can also be used by sword-wielders who are skilled enough they can make a sword's cutting power extend beyond the blade itself in a shockwave. This form is basically a way to give someone with a BFS a ranged attack. It's also handy if they're not allowed by the censors to actually strike people and bleed them, or just cheaper to animate.

Named after the move from the Pokémon video games, ironically termed a Normal-type attack, not Flying.


This is Older Than Steam, partly thanks to Shakespeare. Before him, Japanese folklore tells of the wind yōkai called kamaitachi, weasels with razor sharp claws that attacked in groups to knock people down and leave bloodless cuts on their legs — all while moving with such blinding speed that the victim never saw his attacker. This was originally just a pun on "kamaetachi," which meant roughly "attacking sword", bringing the trope full circle.

Another commonly seen term in English is kazekiri, a rough translation of "wind cutting".

Sometimes related to Make Me Wanna Shout. Tornado Move is a similar technique.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Dragon Ball Z:
    • After Vegeta and Goku fuse to fight Super Buu, Vegito spends a few seconds punching and kicking until Buu lets his guard down, then he lets off one of these and slashes his cheek open. There's also Freeza's Death Wave technique (although that's actually a Ki Manipulation).
    • According to Daizenshuu 7, Cell cut a mountain into tiles to make his arena using shock waves created by swiping his fingers.
  • Limdo/Uruki from Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden has this as his Celestial Power; he's even known as the "Merciless Wind Slasher."
  • Kagura the Wind Sorceress from Inuyasha uses this ability, calling it "Dance of Blades". And then of course there's the hero's own "Wind Scar."
  • In Fist of the North Star, practitioners of the Nanto Seiken family of martial arts styles can rip opponents to shreds this way with their bare hands. In fact, it's one of the defining aspects of the style - whilst Hokuto Shinken, The Hero Kenshiro's martial arts style and Nanto Seiken's direct opposite, rips you apart from the inside out, Nanto slices you up from the outside in.
  • Ikaruga in Fairy Tail is so good with her sword that she can slash a deck of magical cards in midair without even touching them. Erza to a certain extent, too.
  • Jujutsu Kaisen: Ryomen Sukuna's Cleave and Dismantle is a slicing cursed technique that cannot be blocked in nearly every instance it is used. It can cut a Curse in the size of an adult man into vertical slices faster than the eye can see with one use.
  • Naruto:
    • Wind techniques generally rely on sharpening the chakra, so the series takes this trope and runs with it. Temari from the Hidden Sand also makes active use of various wind cutting techniques with her giant iron fan; the kamaitachi she can summon is capable of decimating an entire forest in seconds. In fact, her village in general has wind as its main element; for example, Baki can use a ninjutsu called "Blade of Wind", which is a technique that works exactly as it is named.
    • The Hidden Leaf also has a few wind users; Asuma can channel his wind element into the two knives he uses, giving them an extended reach and making them much sharper. Naruto had a once-used variation of the Rasengan that worked like a Drill Wind, and his Rasenshuriken creates so many tiny wind blades that anyone hit by it is destroyed on a cellular level (initially it damages his own arm too, but he develops several ways around that drawback). Danzo also has several Razor Wind-type techniques, including one similar to the one in the above pic that is capable of mortally injuring multiple people at once.
  • Martian Successor Nadesico as the Gekigan Cutter.
  • Yaiba has Onimaru doing this frequently: he uses a this a lot in battle, and at least once in order to send his Butt-Monkey servant from Tokyo to Ganryujima. He later manages to do this with Lightning ans "Dark energy".
  • Ranma ½:
    • Tatewaki Kuno demonstrates he can perform a move like this which is capable of shattering stone at a considerable distance. In this unusual variant, however, there's no slicing involved; Kuno is able to stab with his sword with such strength and speed (a sword-thrusting variant of Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs is his only legitimate special technique) that it can create a concussive beam. In the anime, when having been put through unintentional Training from Hell by Happosai and believing himself to be under the effects of a speed-boosting elixir, Kuno also develops the ability to create horizontal wind vortexes by whirling his sword around in a tight spiral. Later on, the rival martial artist Ryuu Kumon can send out razor-sharp waves of vacuum by spreading open his arms with great force. These can demolish even a solid bronze Buddha statue several stories tall.
    • In the anime version of the climax for the Phoenix Pill storyline, Cologne demonstrates two wind-based attacks (conjuring and controlling a whirlwind, and creating a freezing horizontal blast by twirling her staff) in place of the manga's Shark Fist. Anime-only character Natsume is also able to generate freezing cold concussive blasts of wind by swinging her carpetbeater.
    • Ranma's final attack against Saffron and the Dragon Tap involved a Razor wind.
    • Kuno also received a temporary powerup in both manga and anime. By taking the Smashing Watermelons game into Training from Hell levels, he became able to send out a devastating whirlwind of (invisible) Razor Wind that not even Ranma could penetrate. Unfortunately, he can only do it as a reflex action caused by seeing watermelons.
  • The favored attack of overpowered wind mages in Kaze no Stigma.
  • Amidamaru from Shaman King has the Shock Wave Buddha Giri, though it is sometimes treated like a Ki Manipulation.
  • Starscream from Transformers Cybertron can use this more as a defensive technique. While it's a blast of wind created by slashing the air with his blades, it's a wider shockwave that isn't as sharp, and is mostly used to deflect laser attacks by causing them to explode prematurely on hitting the air wave. It can also knock down or disorient opponents. This ability overlaps with Blow You Away, but it's here because it's a single attack created by a blade rather than a more general powerset.
  • One Piece:
    • This is one of The Lancer Roronoa Zoro's most powerful attacks. Which he developed explicitly to have a ranged attack after being constantly put at a disadvantage by guns, thus consciously fulfilling the main use of this trope.
      • Other swordsman in the series also make use of this. Notable examples include Dracule Mihawk, Ryuma, and Brook (post-Time Skip). The overall technique is often translated from Japanese as "Flying Slash".
    • Filler Arc villain Eric The Whirlwind can create these at will thanks to his Kama Kama no Mi (Sickle-Sickle Fruit) powers.
    • Every member of CP9 can also do this with the Rankyaku (Tempest Kick) technique...and to a lesser extent, the Shigan (Finger Pistol) technique.
  • Motoko from Love Hina specializes in this. In the second OVA she masters the Exorcising Blade technique, which allows her Razor Wind to leave flesh unharmed but cut spirits.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • Setsuna further shows these techniques, such as the Zan Kuu Sen (roughly Air-Cleaving-Flash), an attack that fires a blast of compressed air in a spiraling manner to cut far away targets.
    • The "Exorcising Blade" technique reappears in Negima. It's one of the few techniques that Negi's Black Magic is weak against.
    • Other examples include the Griffin Dragon's Breath Weapon and the ability of one of the mage-teachers to produce razor wind with just a snap of his fingers.
  • Toji from Battle Angel Alita: Last Order has a punch-variant of this. His "Slaughter Master Reverse Punch" creates a massive shockwave that is enough to kill one hundred people in a single blow. Even those who survive suffer severe vertigo for a time afterwards due to the shock to their ear canals.
  • One of Fuuko's most common attacks in Flame of Recca. She once used this on herself to cut herself free from the Razor Floss binding her.
  • Fate of Lyrical Nanoha can do this with Bardiche's Zanber form, slicing a Humongous Mecha's Combat Tentacles with the wind from her sword swing.
  • All of Kyo's attacks in Samurai Deeper Kyo, except for Genbu.
  • In Angelic Layer, Ranga (Ringo's Angel) does a "Dance of Death" in which she attacks an opponent from a distance using wind.
  • Grenadier. The Jester and one of his agents use incredibly powerful Razor Wind weapons, killing people with them effortlessly (and often). Rushuna is the first to realize the weapon is air-based; the gouges it leaves behind look more like they were made by a massive drill.
  • Bleach:
    • Captain Kenpachi Zaraki can incidentally shear buildings in half by drawing his blade after removing his energy-devouring eyepatch.
    • Kensei Muguruma's shikai can produce both Razor Wind and energy blast attacks.
    • Jin Kariya from the Bount arc uses Razor Wind in several fights.
    • Baraggan can swing his axe hard enough the Razor Wind cleaves a building that looks like it's about a mile away from him in two. And that was a missed swing from trying to hit Soifon.
    • In the Lost Substitute Shinigami arc, a de-powered Ichigo gets his powers restored, and fires his signature Sword Beam Getsuga Tenshou at the arc's Big Bad, who promptly shrugs it off and gloats that while it's admittedly a bit stronger than before, it still isn't strong enough to beat him. Ichigo then says that he didn't fire a Getsuga Tenshou at all, that was just the air being displaced from a normal sword swing. Suddenly the bad guy isn't so cocky anymore.
  • Raijuta from Rurouni Kenshin uses wind as both a close-range and long-range attack. In a subversion, it's not a particularly effective technique, since the destructive power behind it doesn't mean anything if you're as fast as Kenshin. Also, Hiko Seijuro, Kenshin's teacher, though he never uses it as an attack, uses this with a casual wave of his sword after taking off his weighted cloak, and it manages to tear a massive rift in the ground.
    • In Raijuta's case (and probably others), it's also given a more realistic explanation of not being "sharp air", but rather a vacuum/shockwave formed from the speed of the swing.
    • Kenshin himself does this in a filler episode when he disables a number of crude hand-thrown bombs by slicing their fuse threads in midair with only the wind from his sword swings.
  • Serpico from Berserk receives an enchanted feather that creates gusts of wind that allow him to cut up foes from a distance.
  • Jubei exhibited this in the Ninja Scroll movie. In the TV series, it was flanderized into being his main form of attack (mainly so he wouldn't be bloodily cutting people with his sword every episode).
  • Establishing her badassery, "Twilight" Suzuka of Outlaw Star pulls this off with a wooden sword.
  • Fu-gi of MÄR uses wind as an attack, usually forming it into blades.
  • There's two with this power in Bakuten Shoot Beyblade. The bit-beasts Falborg, a falcon, and Scissorswing, a kamaitachi, can turn moving air into a weapon. Both are sicced not just on another bey or bit-beast, but also on the other blader.
  • In Hell Teacher Nube, one of the youkai Of The Week is a family of kamaitachi, three lightning-fast weasels that cause a minor commotion in Doumori. The largest one knocks people down with his iron cudgel; the middle one cuts them up with her scythe-shaped arms; the child mends the wounds instantly with a magical balm. When Makoto takes the latter as a pet and hides it, the two others make a mess out of everything and everyone (especially since the cuts can be lethal, and the cutting one sliced Nube himself in half) until he lets it go back to its family.
  • Toriko starts using a "Flying" variant of his Fork and Knife attacks after eating some Blue Blood Corn. Zebra can do something similar with his voice. As can Komatsu with his Derous knife.
  • While neither precisely fit the traditional anime version, two Darker Than Black Contractors have similar powers. Luc had the ability to form wind into weapons like throwing knives and whips, all of which had an amazing cutting ability. Amigiri also had a wind-like ability, that of firing concussive bursts of air, which works sort of like a cattle gun.
  • In Black Jack, a rocket launching project accidentally creates incredibly strong Razor Wind in a certain area, leading the police to believe there was a serial killer on the loose.
  • In Air Gear, those on the Fang Road use this to attack enemies.
  • The Kamaitachi Siblings from Ushio and Tora.
  • Shin of Saint Beast uses wind attacks that can cut.
  • Chikuma Koshirou from Basilisk has a technique that doesn't so much cut his enemies as rip them to shreds by creating miniature vacuums. It's still named Kamaitachi though.
  • In Blue Exorcist, Shura's Serpent Fang attack fires multiple wind blades from her sword.
  • This is Stocking's signature move in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
  • In Heaven's Lost Property, Sohara slashes down several bamboo shoots by karate chopping the air.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency, Wamuu's final attack, Atmospheric Rift, functions as a this and as a whip, sucking in tremendous amounts of air and then expelling it through a fine hole to create an razor-sharp, high-pressure jet capable of cutting through stone, at the cost of slowly tearing himself apart from the friction and heat that the attack generates.
  • Black Cat. Leon's control over the air lets him do this.
  • Mitchell's ability in Bungo Stray Dogs is described as a "weathering wind". It's basically this.
  • In Doukyuusei No Macho Kun, Yuu is a Gender Flipped Huge Schoolgirl who is so ludicrously muscular that he can shoot blasts of Razor Wind just by vibrating his abs. He sometimes does this accidentally when he gets upset or sneezes.
  • In Black Clover, several of Yuno's spells are this, such as Crescent Moon Sickle. As he develops his magic, Yuno favors forming blades out of wind.

    Comic Books 
  • Winddancer of Academy X used this once.
  • In Crossing Midnight, Aratsu, god of knives, controls a tornado of wind with knives flying through it.
  • In Aero, the titular superheroine can focus her wind powers to create sharp winds capable of cutting through concrete and steel.

    Fan Works 

  • "The Harpists", the two blind musician assassins from Kung Fu Hustle, could play notes on their Chinese harps that would result in injury to anyone hit by them. The attacks were shown on-screen as ghostly swords and knives flying out of the harp. At its most powerful, the attack is visualized as flying skeleton warriors.
  • In a scene of the Chinese movie Hero (2002), an assassin who just killed her lover is pursued by a vengeful disciple of his. She doesn't want to fight, but the Dual Wielding disciple really does... the assassin only reacts after having a little hair cut, by using her sword to create winds that whip all the leaves in the area into dazzling displays. Seems in this case that the wind is just a way to shove her opponent around harmlessly.
  • The Wuxia films of the Nineties were generally made of this trope, to the point of absurdity: a character could deal environmental damage by going through what essentially amounted to a form (the Chinese equivalent of kata). Really, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero are models of understatement and restraint when compared to its predecessors.

  • In KILL KILL KILL the ninja, Yoshida Tanaka, employs exactly this technique several times, most notably while fighting a killer cyborg.
  • In Sword of Truth, wizards regularly use their will to focus the air into blades or spikes, rending their victims limb from limb with invisible weapons.
  • In The Zombie Knight Parson Miles can use Pan-Rozum to amplify his oxygen transfiguration by accessing the materialization power.
  • Omi in Kanokon has this as his main attack technique. This makes sense, as he is actually a kamaitachi in human form.
  • In Worm, this is Eligos and Stormtiger's main superpower.
  • In A Certain Magical Index, Ouma Yamisaka's main combat spell shoots an invisible wind arrow from a small bow on his arm, which then splinters into a vortex of shredding blades.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Japanese Mythology:
    • The Kamaitachi from Japanese folklore are said to resemble weasels with sharp, sickle like claws, the attacks happen instantaneously, with the weasels moving faster than the eye can see. Accounts of their attacks vary; some claim that they attack in trios, the first sickle weasel attacking with a strong gust of wind(or a whirlwind) knocking their victim to the ground; the second weasel attacking using it's sickle-like claws to cut a deep gash into the skin, and the final weasel then applies a medicine that numbs pain temporarily and stops bleeding. While others claim the monster works alone attacking with razor sharp wind that cuts the victim, and the Kamaitachi then licks the blood off the victim till the wound is dry, and continues to do this till the victim is dead.
    • The legend of the Kamaitachi was originally thought to come from the cuts on skin created by the vacuum in the center of whirlwinds. However the established theory now is that the sudden cooling, caused by the vaporization of moisture on exposed skin, in very cold, windy conditions causes the skin to split open and become chapped. Thats why the Kamaitachi legends are common in snowy regions and is why there is little to no blood, and the pain will set in later, and you’ll suffer for days as the wound heals.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Mage: The Awakening has a Space ability called "Ranged Blow", which allows you to do this with any melee weapon.
  • Dungeons & Dragons 3/3.5ed :
    • The Blood Wind spell enchants a character's natural weapons, allowing them to make melee attacks with them at range.
    • Flaywind Burst creates a blast of wind that knocks enemies back while also damaging them. However, the actual cutting is done by dust and grit that's summoned along with it (the spell has both the Air and Earth descriptors).
    • The Yari of Air spell from Oriental Adventures creates a spear out of condensed winds, which can be wielded as a normal weapon.
  • The Razor Wind spell in Iron Kingdoms is exactly this.

  • Older Than Steam: In Shakespeare's Hamlet, the Player King has a line to this effect in his fall of Ilium speech: "Pyrrhus at Priam drives; in rage strikes wide; / But with the whiff and wind of his fell sword / The unnerved father falls... (Act 2, Scene 2, lines 481 - 483)

    Video Games 
  • Pokémon has both the aforementioned Razor Wind, Air Cutter, and Air Slash moves.
    • Gust was once portrayed this way in the anime (by Ash's newly evolved Pidgeot). Like Razor Wind, it used to be a Normal attack in the first generation. Second generation onwards saw its type changed to Flying.
    • Palkia's signature move Spacial Rend is like this, but instead of wind, it weaponizes distortions in the spatial continuum. In the anime it's depicted like a Sword Beam, but in the 3D titles onwards, it acts more like Judgement Cut complete with Dramatic Shattering.
    • The Pokémon Sneasel and Weavile are based off of the yokai kamaitachi... though they ironically cannot learn Razor Wind.
    • Interestingly, the trope-naming move is borderline useless (especially in the first generation), being a two-turn move that has only 80 base power, no "semi-invulnerable" period like Fly or Dig, and being Normal type, it wasn't super effective on anything. In Gen I it had only 75% accuracy (and no increased critical hit ratio, like it would have in later generations); to put this in perspective, using Tackle twice would be more effective than this move.
  • The Wind Cutter and Air Thrust spells in Tales Series are the most recurrent examples of this.
    • A good example of this trope is made by Suzu from Tales of Phantasia who has a move that dices an opponent standing in front of her up with several quick air slashes. Heck, it's even called "Nimpo Kamaitachi".
    • Kyle Dunamis' Azure Edge and its related extensions in Tales of Destiny 2, is a wind-based projectile blasted straight from Kyle' sword. It'd later be used by Yuri and Ludger, with Yuri showing off the Final Gale arte in Tales of Vesperia, a boosted version involving firing one Azure into another for a huge energy shot.
    • Garr/Woodrow from Tales of Destiny makes an entire fighting style out of this with his sword Igtenos. Hisui of Tales of Hearts combines it with his arm-mounted crossbow Soma for range. Both have the above spells too.
  • Devil May Cry has Vergil's Judgement Cut, where he uses battojutsu to "create" purple spheres at a distance to cut opponents. Also seen in the fourth game, where Dante uses Vergil's sword to cut through a building in the distance. In fact, Razor Wind is the Yamato's standard form of attack, especially during cutscenes.
  • This is an ability open to two-handed sword users in Dragon Age II. Called Giant's Reach, it, predictably, increases your reach with said sword.
  • Chaz, the hero of Phantasy Star IV, has the Airslash. Gryz has a move called "Sweeping" that works in the same way.
  • The Sega Saturn game Dragon Force gave this move, called "Sonic Boom/Wave/Blast" to most basic Soldier and Knight generals, allowing them to cut a swathe through ranks of enemy soldiers.
  • In some Dragon Quest games, this trope is present in the skill called Wind Sickles.
  • In Fate/stay night:
    • Berserker (the demigod hero Hercules) is capable of a form of this. Given his excessive brawn, madness-induced strength, and his simply enormous sword, he violently displaces air with * every attack* . Dodging just the sword isn't enough — you have to dodge the shockwaves as well to avoid getting cut. These shockwaves are much shorter in range than normal for this trope, so it can't be used as a distance attack. (Ironically, he actually has a skill that might have allowed him to completely fulfill the trope and more, if he wasn't in the grip of constantly induced madness.)
    • Saber's Invisible Air: Barrier of the Wind King. This noble phantasm's main purpose is to make Saber's sword invisible by surrounding it with light distorting wind, but it also has a secondary ability where the stored wind can be discharged as a short ranged razor wind attack.
  • In Temtem, the Wind-type attacks Wind Blade and Boomerang are both depicted as blasts of air slicing the opponent.
  • Touhou Project:
    • Youmu Konpaku from the games is another noted exponent; as a player-character she can use a constant stream of rapid-fire Razor Wind, and as an opponent she has a couple of attacks which basically fill the screen with it.
    • Komachi does it too. With a scythe.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance introduces the twin legendary swords Ragnell and Alondite, both capable of creating a wave of energy that allows them to attack at range. They return in the sequel, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, and bring with them a set of blades that give this ability to the previously incapable set of generic swords. Not to be confused with the spellcasting swords in the series as a whole, which perform magic attacks when used at range.
    • More obviously, the mage class in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn uses wind as one of their three types of attack magic (most notably Soren and Bastian), the other two being fire and lightning.
    • Also in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn is the laguz king of the Raven tribe, Naesala. One of his exclusive skills, named Vortex, enables him to attack the enemy at close or long range with a wind spell.
    • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones has the sacred tome Excalibur, whose animation is a green-tinted, razor-HURRICANE. It can only be used by an S-Level mage, and it grants + 5 speed. The combat animation is slightly impractical, but incredibly fun to watch—especially when used by a sage, since they have ankle-length capes. The Wind Sword's ranged attack uses the exact same animation. There was also a B-rank tome called Alacalibur that was a lesser version of Excalibur, but it got Dummied Out.
    • Merric in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon joins with an Excalibur tome which fires blades made of air and magic that are strong against basically everything. It's a B-rank tome with an ability that lets Marik alone use it at a magic rank of E.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • The Air Render knife would occasionally do this to all enemies, and was a part of the Game-Breaker combo known as "Wind God Gau" in Final Fantasy VI.
    • Final Fantasy VI also had this as once of Sabin's Blitz techniques, except he generated razor wind with his fists.
    • Final Fantasy Tactics has "Kamaitachi" as one of the Geomancer's Geo Effects.
    • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance has Air Render, a melee class ability that damages enemies at a distance, although despite the name, the attack isn't considered as Wind. It's also in the sequel, Final Fantasy Tactics A2.
    • Final Fantasy games also have the Aero spell.
    • Final Fantasy VII spinoffs Crisis Core and Dirge of Cerberus have more specific examples. Though not necessarily wind, Sephiroth will slash the air and produce a kind of white shockwave that travels for a long distance (called "Draw Slash") in Crisis Core. In Dirge, Rosso the Crimson attacks primarily with slicing blades heavily implied to be wind, and since Weiss the Immaculate has (almost) everyone's powers, he is an example of this trope, as well.
    • Sephiroth retains this shockwave attack in Dissidia Final Fantasy as well. He also has three Brave attacks which involves swings that produce slashing currents to deal consecutive damage.
    • The Geomancer job in Final Fantasy V will sometimes use "Wind Slash," one of the job's more powerful attacks, and there is a samurai sword that will randomly trigger it too.
  • There is a spell in the game Ninja Gaiden 2 called Art of the Wind Blades. The in-game description refers to razor-sharp areas of vacuum created by incredibly fast movements of the caster's hands. Usually ends up taking off enemy arms and creating a huge mess. The Fiend Spider Ninjas can do it too, though to a much lesser extent.
  • All the sword-wielding characters in Skies of Arcadia use variations of the trope as a standard long-range attack in battle. Vyse's is relatively orthodox, but Enrique, being aligned with the Moon that governs electricity, shoots out a glowing energy ball from the tip of his sword with a single well-aimed thrust.
  • Misaki Kawana of Eternal Fighter Zero has the wind-based powers variant for her "Half Gush" special.
  • Jack's Sonic Buster from Wild ARMs, a Fast Draw technique he created based on the strong mountain winds. And from the same game, Zed's Garyu Ichimongiri/whatever it might be called in the remake Wild ARMs: Alter Code F.
  • In Rocket Knight Adventures, and in its Alternate Continuity SNES counterpart, Sparkster, Razor Wind is Sparkster's basic attack. However, in Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, this attack was removed and ordinary swordplay is the primary attack.
  • In the Shining Series, the Blast spell (renamed to Tornado in Shining Force 3) does exactly this.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog's signature Sonic Wind.
  • In Gotcha Force, this is the only way for the Musha Borgs (and Vampire Knight) to attack from a distance.
  • The Mystic Art Wind Shear in The Last Remnant.
  • One can only assume this is what Wolverine does in his projectile attacks in the older X-Men video games, even though he never displayed such abilities in the comic.
  • In The King of Fighters:
    • Krizalid can do a kick that creates a circular razor wind attack that almost fills the whole screen.
    • Goenitz. His main attack, the Yonokaze, was a tornado that drew blood like any other blade attack, but he also had the Wanpyou, where actual wind blades would appear from his hand.
  • Kirby has a few abilities that do this. When using the "Cutter" ability at close range, the final attack in the combo is a wave like one of these. This is also his Up-B in Smash Bros.
  • Princesses in Miitopia use their elegant hand fan to unleash powerful wind cutters to their foes.
  • One of Crono's skills in Chrono Trigger is Kamaitachi, confusingly retitled into "Slash" and properly retranslated into "Wind Slash" for the DS version. Perhaps if it was that way from the start, Masamune would have been easier for a certain generation of gamers.
  • Tempestas, the Arcana of Wind from Arcana Heart, uses circular razor wind attacks for its projectiles.
  • Disgaea:
    • The sword technique "Wind Cutter". It's explosive razor wind.
    • Some levels of the Wind spells, as well as some of the unique wind attacks possessed by the Mystic Beast, Cockatrice, and Alaraune monsters slice the target, as well.
  • Both of your swordsmen in Star Ocean: The Second Story can learn an ability like this, fittingly known as Air Slash. So can Roddick in Star Ocean, and Albel in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.
  • Cornell the werewolf in the Castlevania series has this as his primary attack, using nothing but his bare hands and claws. He can rapid-fire it as well, basically using it as a wind-based machinegun. AND he can use it in human form as well (though he does have small claws as a human). Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia has the Pneuma Glyph, which grants Shanoa the ability to throw around wind attacks and is listed as dealing Slash damage.
  • Amusingly enough, Turok's "Razor Wind" weapon is anything but.
  • Golden Sun does this, both with the Slash/Wind Slash/Sonic Slash line of wind psynergy, as well as with the item Weasel Claw, which creates a Wind Slash, not making sense to players who know nothing of aformentioned Kamaitachi youkai-weasels that do this with their claws.
  • Leonardo's "Shining Cutter" in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters.
  • Zanetsu Swords from Metal Slug six and seven.
  • Onimusha series:
    • In Onimusha 3: Demon Siege, this was the magic ability of Samanosuke's Kuuga long sword. Bonus point if you turn the violence level to high.
    • In Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams, this is an ability of several weapons if they are upgraded enough.
  • Several series of sword skills in Muramasa: The Demon Blade can do this. Special mention goes to the final sword's secret art, Disturbance, which uses a Doppelgänger Attack that would make Naruto proud in order to shoot razor wind and other sword beams practically everywhere, ending with a massive yellow wave.
  • In the Street Fighter series:
    • Early localizations implied this to be the source of Guile's Sonic Boom and Somersault/Flash Kick special attacks, as a result of him swinging his arms/legs at super sonic speeds. Nowadays they appear to just be regular Ki Manipulation like everyone else's moves.
  • In the 1992 Macintosh beat-em-up Kung Fu Chivalry, the first character has a special move ripped straight from Guile's Flash Kick, as well as a projectile version. The second character has a razor wind uppercut as a Charged Attack, and a ranged attack that consists of conjuring up basically flying lawnmower blades.
  • In Lunar: Silver Star Story, Kyle has a ranged sword move called "Sonic Riser" that is this trope. The description of the move is "release weasel" in case you had any doubt as to its nature.
  • The blast spell in Shining in the Darkness.
  • The "HowlSlash" attack in Grandia II.
  • Dark Souls: The Iron Golem boss does this when it can't find a target in range of its melee attacks. You can do it yourself if you use the Core of an Iron Golem that the boss drops to create a duplicate of its axe. It's also possible using the Drake Sword and Dragon Greatsword.
  • The Storm Ruler sword in Demon's Souls has this power as long as it's wielded in the area it's found. This gives melee-oriented characters a fighting chance against the boss and his flunkies who spend all their time in the air out of melee range.
  • LostMagic features "wind blades" as a basic spell.
  • Dynasty Warriors had this for some time in the form of the Wind Scroll item, which causes an invisible blade to extend out from your weapon, allowing the character to hit enemies from roughly 25% further away. Given the name, it is meant to invoke this trope—weapons so sharp that the air they cut can harm enemies. This became the skill "Havoc" in the eighth Western iteration, the same release that saw several weapons that did damage with slashes of air instead of a blade of some kind (most notably, Sima Zhao's Striking Sword moveset).
  • Simon Blackquill from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is able to cast this with his fingers, and with enough range and precision to slice a feather in front of someone's face from across the other side of the courtroom without hurting them.
  • World of Warcraft's Shaman have this in Windfury (formerly a weapon enhancement before being made passive), which would randomly cause tornadoes to appear, in gameplay this translated to the shaman basically hitting the enemy three times with a basic attack. In the game's infancy, the attack could proc off of itself, resulting in 40 man raid bosses being one-shot. Monks also have a version in Rushing Jade Wind, an upgrade to the channeled Spinning Crane Kick that removes the kick, allowing the Monk to continue attacking while still doing Ao E damage.
  • The minotaurs in Capcom's arcade The King of Dragons, with their axes.
  • This is precisely what "Fuuhazan"/"Wind Slash" attack does in Harukanaru Toki no Naka de (also counts as a Sword Beam). In the TV anime, Yorihisa performs the move the very moment he receives the Dragon Gem (albeit without the associated incantation the first time around).
  • The Yiga Blademasters in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild wield large katanas called Windcleavers which can launch shockwaves of sharp wind at enemies.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest III: The only direct-damage spell the Cleric gets takes the form of a line of wind-based spells, the Woosh/Swoosh/Kaswoosh type.
    • Dragon Quest VIII: The Hero's fists can produce extremely sharp cutting wind if leveled properly.

  • In Kill Six Billion Demons, Juggernaut Star's favorite martial arts style, Pattram Sword Hand, includes a technique called Winds of Obliteration. Using it, a few hand movements can create a maelstrom of cutting winds that can shear a solid granite plateau into fragments.

    Web Original 
  • Slash from Darwin's Soldiers has the power to turn air into invisible blades.
  • Rayte from Trinton Chronicles could create sharp-as-knives air blades.
  • Qrow Branwen from RWBY seems to be able to launch a sonic wave from his broadsword.
  • Dreamscape: Jasmine can send out slashes of wind, and its her preferred method of attack.
    • Liz can start a storm of razor wind by flapping his wings.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Akson Engineering Co. manufactures a knife that uses hot pressurized air to cut synthetic yarn.
  • High pressure gas is capable of cutting skin and even clothing.
  • The Pistol Shrimp, which uses a pressure blast from its claws with enough force and friction to superheat the water.
  • Pinhole leaks in pipes under sufficient pressure, such as found in some heavy industry, oilfield, etc, become a terrifying version of this. An invisible gap smaller than a tissue paper in a pipe under 10,000 PSI will slice body parts off like a laser if they come close.