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These guys make weapons of absolutely stellar quality.
"For Gods and for mighty Kings.
Uncrushable shields, power-belts and magic rings,
Swords that never miss, scepters and crowns and other things."
Falconer, "Lord of the Blacksmiths"

The Ultimate Blacksmith is the only person in the world that can turn that ingot of Phlebotinum into the Infinity +1 Sword. They often live in isolation, usually some place where they have access to the planet's natural ores like a deep cave or near a volcano. They might even be a god; one of the Stock Gods is a "god of the forge", which makes their handiwork also count as Forged by the Gods.

Sometimes they may be reluctant to make weapons for anyone, even the hero, and may have sworn never again to forge an instrument of bloodshed. In this case, they must be persuaded to do so, for which money will likely have little effect, but appealing to saving the world might. If persuaded, they will probably feature as the star of a Forging Scene.

Compare Sword of Plot Advancement and Ultimate Forge. See also The Blacksmith. The weapons they forge may be so absurdly sharp that Like Cannot Cut Like. Unrelated to Master Forger. Sacred Flames may be involved in their forging process.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Berserk: Godo, the expert blacksmith who makes Guts' weapons, lives in the middle of nowhere, although this is justified: his hut is conveniently close to an old mine that was once the home of elves. He still appears to be highly sought-after, as a merchant comes racing to him with the news that the campaign to eradicate the Hawks requires fresh supplies of arms and armor. Godo's greatest accomplishment may be the Dragonslayer sword, which he forged in response to an unidentified king's challenge to craft a sword that could slay a dragon; since dragons weren't real, he decided to make an impossible weapon for an impossible threat as protest, yet still refused to neglect his work even for a Joke Item. It hasn't killed any dragons yet, but given how many huge, overpowered demons and other creatures it has killed, there's not much question that it could, but it's so large and heavy that no one has been shown to successfully wield it but Guts.
  • In Bleach, Nimaiya Ouetsu is the blacksmith who created the Asauchi, the nameless swords issued to each Shinigami so that they can shape their own Zanpakuto through training. He also calls himself "the number one Zanpakuto creator". After Tensa Zangetsu is destroyed during the Wandenreich's first invasion of Soul Society, Nimaiya has it reforged from scratch by using an Asauchi imbued with Ichigo's Reiatsu after the latter has learned the truth of his heritage.
  • Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School has Sounosuke Izayoi, whose literal title is Ultimate Blacksmith, though, he is never seen making weapons as using them.
  • Old Man Kaseki in Dr. STONE begins the series as a Stone Age village craftsman, already accomplished in woodworking and masonry. Then Senku shows a few failed attempts at glassblowing, and Kaseki's creative spirit is so fired up that he instantly gets it right the first time. Senku keeps introducing Kaseki to new fields like metalworking, and in the span of only a couple of years, he goes from rope bridges and wooden shields to katanas, vacuum tubes, and automobiles, often working entirely by himself.
  • Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai: Lon Beruk is a famous sorcerer-blacksmith from the Demon World, whose powerful weapons are used by heroes and villains alike. He is first referenced as the creator of Hyunkel's Demon Armor Sword and its sister weapons (which can transform part of their mass into a suit of incredibly sturdy armour), and Demon Lord Vearn's Magic Staff is another of his creations. When Dai finds that he has grown too powerful for any normal weapon to withstand his strength, Lon Beruk appears in person and (once the heroes find him some Orichalcum) crafts a simple but ultra-durable blade for the hero which he christens "The Sword of Dai". It's eventually revealed that Lon Beruk sympathised with Dai because he himself suffers the same problem — he's also the best swordsman in the Demon World, and originally became a blacksmith as part of his quest for a weapon that could handle his full strength.
  • Flame of Recca: The Hokage clan had two ultimate blacksmiths, Kokuu, who believed that weapons should only be used defensively, and Kaima, who believed that weapons were made to kill. Their creations reflect their opposing philosophies.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The Rockbells are said to be the best auto-mail engineers around, but they live in rural isolation and only seem to make automail for the protagonist. Winry, however, eventually leaves to study in Rush Valley, a booming haven for automail engineers.
  • Master Michael Kohara from Ga-Rei, having forged pneumatic blades for both Kagura and Kensuke since Ga-Rei -Zero-. Said blades range from having shotguns built into the hilts to being able to cross dimensions through the Power of Love.
  • Inuyasha:
    • Toutousai is the creator of two of the four most powerful swords in the story: Inuyasha's Tessaiga, accurately reputed to be capable of killing a hundred youkai with a single swing, and Sesshoumaru's Tenseiga, just as accurately reputed to be capable of saving a hundred lives with a single swing.
    • Kaijinbou, Toutousai's evil apprentice-turned-rival, who forged the third of the four most powerful swords in the story (the fourth sword, Bakusaiga, forged itself). Though not as skilled as Toutousai, he forges Sesshoumaru's other sword Toukijin, which he forged from the teeth of Goshinki. Toukijin turns out to have such an immense evil power that it takes control of Kaijinbou, leading to his death. It's the equal of Tessaiga in strength.
    • Toshu, the swordsmith who forges the formidable Dakki. It's very noteworthy since he's just a human, yet able to forge a demonic weapon strong enough to (temporarily) steal Tessaiga's power. Dakki is eventually absorbed into Tessaiga and becomes just another power Inuyasha can use.
  • In Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, there are two examples of this. The more famous of the two is Hephaestus (who is a gender flipped hot goddess in this incarnation) who forged what would become the main character's signature weapon as a favor to her friend Hestia. The other one is Goibniu, a god on par with her whose Familia often provides the weapons for Loki's First-class adventurers. Examples of his creations include Aiz's indestructible Desperate and Tiona's extremely heavy Urga.
  • Kiki Shikizaki of Katanagatari, whose twelve Deviant Blades are all unique in some way (unique like one's actually a robot, one's actually armor and one's actually a set of handguns and a revolver). Even his non-legendary swords are capable of deciding the scale of battle just by how many one possesses. The former are also the MacGuffins of the series for the main characters. It's later revealed that the secret to his success is the fact that as a soothsayer, he could see past his own timeline. Therefore, the Deviant Blades are actually futuristic technology. His strongest, Thirteenth Deviant Blade is actually a bloodline dedicated to breeding and raising the ultimate warrior.
  • In Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Shigure Kosaka's late father was such an awesome weaponsmith that with a traditional forge and materials, he made weapons far superior to those the organization YAMI could make with state-of-the-art techniques and materials. YAMI eventually kidnaps Shigure, hoping she inherited her father's weapon-forging skills. She did, but since they're bad guys and she really doesn't want to work for them, she deliberately messes up each attempt. She forges weapons that seem perfect, but shatter like glass when hit in a certain spot, forges weapons that become soft like clay, and even trolls them by making a perfect katana that's so small you'd have to be six inches tall to wield it. When she does make real weapons, they record the process with high-tech equipment but still fail to duplicate it. She winds up inflicting Lima Syndrome on the YAMI researchers observing her technique, who are all so inspired by watching her work that they become her apprentices.
  • Presea in Magic Knight Rayearth. True, she seems to be using magic, rather than the hammer and anvil, but she is labelled as a blacksmith and she is the one who gives the knights their weapons, after their retrieval of the Phlebotinum.
  • Un'no of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray is a master swordsmith who's equally adept at making his katanas human-sized or mobile suit-sized. And crazy-skilled at wielding them, too. Shortly before his death, he teaches protagonist Lowe Guele how to make mobile suit-sized katanas, and Lowe being Lowe, he makes one with a 150-meter blade.
  • Galein Musica from Rave Master is considered to be the greatest swordsmith to have ever lived, and created the sword that the protagonist uses. Unfortunately, after his family was slain by one of his own swords, he gave up the profession until Haru spurred him back into action.
    • His grandson has also inherited the smithy techniques and forged the final sword for Haru later. Interestingly, when his grandson tries to copy his grandfather's techniques to forge Haru's sword, he fails every time. A note left behind by his grandfather made him realize that he had to do things his own way, so he simply uses his alchemy to create Haru's sword with his bare hands.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: After Kenshin breaks his sword, he tries to seek out the original swordsmith for a repair job. Unfortunately, the guy has been dead for years and his son is a regular blacksmith who's more interested in making cookware, but the daughter-in-law lets slip that the swordsmith's last work, considered to be his masterpiece, has been dedicated to the local shrine. Luckily, it turns out to be a reverse blade sword. The son is no slouch when it comes to knives, either. When Kenshin uses the man's kitchen knife to cut a turnip and then presses the bits together, they fuse again, because the cut is so perfect.

  • The Apotheosis of Washington: Keeping in tradition with Vulcan's role as the Blacksmith God, The Apotheosis paints him leaning his hammer on an anvil while standing on top of a cannon serves to represent the pride of American mechanics.

  • In the Ashbringer series, based on the lore of Warcraft, Magni Bronzebeard is this. He forges the Ashbringer, the ultimate holy sword that literally turns undead to ashes by just touching them.
  • The titular character of the Filipino comic Panday (Blacksmith), who forges a sword from a meteorite, capable of killing demons. His descendants also carry the mantle.
  • Pictured above: the dwarves of Nidavellir are some of the most accomplished smiths in the Realms, having forged weapons like the iconic Mjolnir wielded by The Mighty Thor (the page image is the Forging Scene depicting Mjolnir's creation). In the Doctor Strange comics, the dwarf Eoffren is introduced as a master of granting magic physical form who was abducted to create a weapon that could destroy entire worlds. He later teaches Stephen how to forge magical tools, leading Stephen Strange to create the very first magical artifact to bear his own name, a dimension cutting blade he named the Scalpel of Strange.
  • In Preacher the Angel of Death wants to give up his job. When he finds a worthy soul, he melts down his Angelic Sword of Death and allows Satan to forge it into a pair of Colt revolvers. The result is a pair of pistols that never run out of ammo, never miss, and never fail to kill. The new Angel of Death, now named the Saint of Killers, immediately shoots the Devil in the head and kills him. He later shoots and kills God.
  • Hephaestus maintains this role in Wonder Woman, having made the same iconic weapons and armor from mythology as well and crafting new armor and weapons.

    Fan Works 
  • Child of the Storm:
    • Eitri as a matter of course, given that he forged Mjolnir. Far more prominent, though, is Tony Stark - aside from building a suit in a cave with a bunch of scraps, he also designed the 'Prometheus' armour that's described by a flabbergasted Peter Wisdom as a "planetary scale emergency" even incomplete, and the conventional weaponry on it is described as mere "punctuation." The later, completed version, is tough enough that the borderline omnipotent Nimue registers its "annoyingly resilient" defences and her Offhand Backhand only turns it salt rather than him along with it.
    • Uhtred has serious talent along these lines, with Tony taking notice of his abilities and mentoring him a little. As more than one person notes, Tony is not easily impressed, and his one product so far - a sabre for Harry - proves to be both utterly lethal and capable of standing up to an impromptu reforging that involved a massive magically-charged lightning bolt, Harry's blood, and a few enchantments from Doctor Strange.
    • Strange also dabbles, in that he rearranged the reforging, intentionally mimicking the forging of the original Excalibur in the process.
  • Fate Revelation Online: Shirou becomes the greatest blacksmith in the game pretty much the second he decides to put his hand to it. The first thing he does is invent steel several floors before it would have naturally become available, and after that he spends all day making swords. After he gets past his The Perfectionist phase where he'll make a beautiful sword and then immediately break it down for parts, he becomes known as someone who will make a custom weapon for anyone after brutally fighting them to figure out what they need, then sending them on a Fetch Quest for the materials. The only caveat is that he can only make weapons, and anything too far from a sword is very difficult for him. Since his element is [Sword], he can make swords as easy as breathing, and other bladed weapons with only slightly more difficulty, but maces or staffs are basically impossible. And he's never even tried to make armor.
  • Naruto in "A Growing Affection" just might be this. He forges his staff-blade Kitsune On the side of the road! With a bunch of disposable kunai! It stands up to Orochimaru's legendary artifact Kusanagi. He creates even more impressive weapons for Hinata and Sakura.
  • In Hephaestus Harry can shape metal into protective sigils and other useful items by singing while he concentrates his magic.
  • Scootamom makes Princess Luna of all ponies one of these, although she has yet to be shown making anything more impressive than a bike helmet to go with Scootaloo's Iconic Item. Still, it's a helmet that's survived everything the Cutie Mark Crusaders can throw at it, so that's pretty badass.
  • In Sword and Claw, Kalk is a dwarf blacksmith who's even more skilled than his peers. He's the one who makes new weapons for Adam and Lilith, and also maintains the equipment of Justinia, the hero who slew the previous Demon Lord.
  • Hiccup demonstrates this a few times in A Thing of Vikings, notably when he forges a flaming sword.
    Stoick: One of these days, a bunch of dwarves are going to tunnel up into the Broodery down there and say that they need help reforging Gleipnir, and ask if they can borrow Hiccup.
  • The Exalted fic Wrong introduces Dibare, who has aspired her whole life to create a living sword. She has discarded dozens of lesser prototypes, including one "generations of rulers might have fought over" simply because they don't achieve this impossible dream. Her skill is what inspires Ligier to offer her an Infernal Exaltation.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The smith in Army of Darkness. The guy helped Ash build a freakin' cyborg hand and turn a busted hunk of junk car into the Deathcoaster.
  • Eitri in Avengers: Infinity War is a dwarf master smith who created the Infinity Gauntlet and helps Thor to create his new axe in an obligatory Forging Scene.
  • Conan's dad in Conan the Barbarian (1982) was one of sorts (even opening the movie with one of the most epic Forging Scenes ever put on film). While there is nothing especially magical about the sword he crafts, it was in a time when ordinary steel was more rare and valuable than gold and mentions to young Conan the "Riddle of Steel" as having been stolen from the gods. Who or whatever forged Conan's Atlantean sword, however, might fit this trope to a far greater degree.
  • The blacksmith in Dragon Slayer makes and then hides a spear so sharp and durable that it can lop the horn off of an anvil with a single blow, and carve a slice from an iron horseshoe by pressing the shoe against the blade.
  • In Highlander, Ramirez explains that his ivory-handled katana which can cut through solid tree trunks in one swipe was forged by Masamune, a genius Japanese swordsmith, as a dowry for marrying his daughter, the princess Shakiko. This Handwaves the obvious Anachronism Stew of having a katana from the prehistoric/Iron age Yayoi period.
  • Iron Man
    • Tony Stark builds a power suit out of spare weapons parts as a prisoner in a weapons bunker. He later makes several improved versions of the suit, including one that converts into a suitcase. He also manages to create a new element using his own personal particle accelerator. In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark cements his role as the blacksmith of the MCU by replicating Eitri's (also an Ultimate Blacksmith as stated below) feat, not only building a replica Infinity Gauntlet out of nanotech but doing so without access to Uru or the heart of a neutron star.
    • Ivan Vanko is Stark's foil, building power suits of his own that stand toe-to-toe with Stark's.
  • Hattori Hanzo in Kill Bill is the greatest Japanese swordsmith in the world, to the extent that criminals and assassins would consider $1 million a reasonable price for a katana made by him. Eventually, he was tormented that his swords were used to kill people and promised God that he would stop making them. The Bride needs one of his weapons to take on Bill and the Deadly Vipers for her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, so she tracks him down in Okinawa where he's been running a restaurant and convinces him to break his vow in order to make one last sword. He spends a month making it and gives it to her in a highly formal ceremony. "I can tell you with no ego this is my finest sword. If on your journey, should you encounter God, God will be cut."
  • The serial movie Panday from the Philippines featured The Stoic protagonist Flavio played by actor Fernando Poe Jr. as the eponymous panday (blacksmith) who fashioned a mystical sword out of a meteor that crashed in his home village in order to combat the forces of darkness.

  • Hank Rearden from Atlas Shrugged is this trope, transplanted into the context of a modern industrial steel industry. His abilities with steel and the new alloys he invents are just as great as the talents of the medieval-fantasy Ultimate Blacksmith.
  • In The Balanced Sword, the Spiritsmith has practiced his craft for thousands of years, studied under masters of every form of weapon and armor making in the world, and produces work so good that even the gods themselves offer him commissions. When he's not needed elsewhere, he makes his home at the top of a tall mountain in a forbidding mountain range, and even if a person can find out which mountain, there are a bunch of rules about when you can climb it and what equipment you're allowed to use to make sure the only people who make it to his doorstep are ones who are worth his time.
  • Vulcan in the Book of Swords series, who made the twelve eponymous swords, each a perfectly made sword with incredibly powerful magical abilities. Played with, perhaps, in that he could only do it once and came to forget how he did it.
  • Daja and her teacher Frostpine from Circle of Magic. Both of them have power over metal, fire, and smithing, and can create truly amazing pieces of work. Daja in particular produces some impressive stuff out of the living brass growing on her arm.
  • Discworld has Jason Ogg, the only man with enough skill to shoe Death's horse, Binky. He can and will shoe anything in the world- he once put horseshoes on an ant just because someone dared him to. Ant-sized horseshoes.
    • In Lords and Ladies, he actually shoes a unicorn with silver horseshoes.
    • In addition, he knows the "special horseman's word" which will allow him to shoe even the most ill-tempered of beasts: Granny Weatherwax eventually persuaded him to let her in on the secret, which is: "Well, ma'am, what happens is, I gets old of 'un and smacks 'un between the eyes with the hammer before'un knows what's happening, and then I whispers in his ear, I sez, 'Cross me, you bugger, and I'll have thy goolies on t'anvil, thou knows I can'".
    • It's also described in Lords and Ladies as being a familial skill, which appears to work as follows: So long as the Smith of Lancre shoes any animal brought to him, he will have the ability to shoe any animal brought to him.
    • His little brother, Shawn, is no slouch either: in Carpe Jugulum he's apparently unable to create a turtle pendant for Mightily Oats at the royal mint after he lost his original one. However, he's more than good enough to create one of an axe.
    • Dennis, Handyman of the Gods, fulfils the same function in The Last Hero. He is seen at his forge repairing the spaceship that brought the adventurers to Dunmanifestin. It is explicitly said that every habitat of Gods gets its resident god of Making and Maintaining Things, as every house needs someone who can do basic repairs, hang doors, fix the roof, plaster a wall, shoe the horses of the Chariot of the Sun, etc.; without them it would all slump into wreckage and disrepair.
  • In Dragonlance, there's Theros, who makes the weapons that the series is named after.
  • Feral: The Story of a Half-Orc has Char. A half-Orc blacksmith who makes the sort of armor that wouldn't look out of place in most sci-fi stories, and can do some crazy things with limited materials. Over the course of the story, he is responsible for two different armors, both of which enhance physical ability, feature jumpjets that increase leaping height, and one of which increases magical power. He also makes a crude blunderbuss, a knife, and gauntlet that emits electricity, and makes chromoly steel. All in the course of a couple weeks.
  • In her time, Sister Lashan would've counted herself as merely a very good mage-smith, making very good swords with modest, lasting, useful enchantments on them. Then soldiers overran her home enclave and killed anyone they didn't abduct, and she made a Heroic Sacrifice to seal herself into one of her swords and help her apprentice. Thousands of years later, by the time any of the Heralds of Valdemar books actually take place, Need is still going strong and all memory of how to make something like her is gone.
  • His Dark Materials: Iorek Byrnison is a polar bear from a culture that believes they forge their own souls when they make their armour. His skill with metalworking is shown in the first book, but later, he's able to reforge the Subtle Knife itself — a magical, infinitely sharp Dimensional Cutter — in a cave with only improvised tools.
  • In the Inheritance Cycle, Rhunön, if she hadn't unfortunately sworn to never make another sword in the Ancient Language, making it impossible to break the oath. She later gets around this by using magic to control Eragon's body so technically he is making it, satisfying the condition that she didn't make it.
  • In The Irregular at Magic High School, spells are what is smithed. They're a bit like suits: anyone with magical talent and enough power can cast one, but spells tailored to someone's specific eidos signature will always be faster and less exhausting than the generic version. A really good spell engineer can amplify a magician's power several levels beyond what s/he could achieve on their own, which is why engineers are often kept on retainer by wealthy magicians and the ones who have built superweapons have to have their names registered with the government.
    • In accordance with trope tradition, one of the world's best magic-engineers- Tatsuya Shiba- is a cynical, war-hardened veteran who wants only to live in relative isolation with his sister. The main reason he keeps his identity secret is because it's the only way he can get a moment's peace from would-be patrons.
  • The smith Volund (see Myth and Legend) shows up in David Drake's Northworld trilogy. As with the myth, he's more a force of nature than a man, whose creative abilities border on godlike.
  • Regin, the not entirely human foster-father of Sigurd from the Poetic Edda and the Saga of the Volsungs, who forged the sword Gram with which Sigurd sliced an anvil in half and killed the dragon Fafnir.
  • Domingo Montoya in The Princess Bride, the best swordsmith in the world, who craves a project worthy of his skill, and in the meantime fills orders for his famous friend Yeste.
  • Renegades has several prodigies with the ability to forge supernatural objects. Among them is a medieval blacksmith who crafted an amulet that grants Ideal Illness Immunity, Nova's father, who could weave a strange substance into magical items, and Captain Chromium, who can summon and shape his eponymous metal, making it indestructible to all but him in the process. The Renegades have a warehouse full of artifacts made by such prodigies.
  • The Reunion With Twelve Fascinating Goddesses has Zesca, the goddess of weapons and warfare. She can make weapons that allow even the unskilled to use the power of Spirits and is also the one who forged Tooi's sword Zodiac.
  • The Sacred Blacksmith has, of course, the blacksmith himself, Luke Ainsworth, thus the title. Two things set him apart: One, he uses higher-quality iron than most smiths in the region and hand-forges rather than casting (which is weaker). Two, he has a magical ability to forge short-lived katanas with the help of his partner Lisa.
  • The dwarf Telchar of Nogrod in The Silmarillion. It was he who forged Narsil "in the depths of time", which would later become Aragorn's sword, Andúril.
    • There was also Curufinwë/Fëanor, who was "pretty good" with weapons and armor and also crafted some trinkets that got mentioned in that work once or a few hundred times.
    • And Eöl the Dark Elf, who forged two swords (Anglachel and Anguirel) out of what, from the description, must have been meteoric iron.
    • And Sauron, who forged another trinket that didn't get mentioned in The Silmarillion so much but did come up maaaybe once or twice in The Lord of the Rings.
    • Not to mention Aulë, who crafted the Dwarves. He is a Valar and his name means "The Smith". He even forged the chain that held Melkor and was previously Sauron's master.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, only the most skilled smiths such as Tobho Mott, the master armorer in King's Landing, know how to work Valyrian steel. He is the smith who reforged the Starks' Valyrian steel greatsword Ice into the swords Widow's Wail and Oathkeeper on Tywin Lannister's request. Mott also claims to be the only armorer in King's Landing who can tint armor without paint.
  • Uprox Screl, who forged The Sword of Shannara, and subsequently retires and becomes the ancestor of Panamon Creel.
  • In Ruth Frances Long's The Treachery of Beautiful Things, Wayland. Which is why Jack goes to him for a sword. He gives him one and then says the price would cover more, so gives him something for Jenny. It is a jack (as in the game).
  • The Unexplored Summon://Blood-Sign character Kyousuke, at the age of ten, created a device enabling the permanent summoning of gods into the human world. He didn't think to include an off switch, which caused a lot of problems for everyone, but in purely scientific terms it was an unsurpassed accomplishment. He would go on to overwrite the existing magic system twice, and create a new god, which is like hacking the universe's laws of physics and putting your own code in.
  • Uprooted: Alosha the Witch specializes in smithing. She forges magical blades for Polya's elite troops, but her magnum opus is a sword that she spent a full century imbuing with the power to drink life. Her name even means "The Sword" in the Language of Magic.
  • Perrin Aybara in The Wheel of Time. While his blacksmithing skills are portrayed as being good, solid craftsman work throughout the series, in Towers of Midnight he has a scene where he effectively smiths a Mjölnir clone. It's even called something like it - Mahallenir.
    • Outside the Pit of Doom are the forgers of the Mydraal's cursed weapons. Besides being this trope, they also have to bathe the blades in the tainted streams outside their forges, and then kill an innocent person with them. They're fun guys.
    • There used to be a lot of people who fit this trope; all Aes Sedai with skills in making power-wrought items. Most of the examples encountered are unbreakable blades, though any forged Angreal, Sa'angreal, or other Ter'angreal definitely counts. Perrin figures out how to do it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power:
    • Celebrimbor is the greatest of the Elven Smiths and is therefore sought out by Elrond, on instruction from High King Gil-galad, to begin work on a "special project". However, he feels his mastery of his craft is vastly inferior to that of his grandfather, Fëanor.
    • For a man from a backwater country, Halbrand is an amazing blacksmith, forging weapons better than most Numenorians, and knows of this craft even more than Celebrimbor, a thousands-of-years-old Elf. It makes sense when he is Sauron in disguise.
  • Parks and Recreation has an odd and humorous example. While Ron Swanson is something of a handyman as a whole, he's treated as the Ultimate Woodworker- his creations are generally of award-winning quality and astounding, sometimes incredible sturdiness.
    Ron: It's the crib I built, I'm giving it to [Chris] and Ann. It's perfectly safe, I tested it by hitting it with my truck. (points to heavily-damaged truck)
  • In Supernatural, Samuel Colt is depicted as the Ultimate Gunsmith. The gun he created, (simply referred to as "The Colt"), is capable of killing almost anything, including most supernatural entities. There are stated to be only five things in existence that it cannot actually kill one of which is Lucifer.
    • Taken even further in one episode where the Winchesters go back in time to the old west and meet the man himself. When we finally see him he plays the trope completely straight, living in seclusion, disillusioned and unwilling to help until Sam manages to persuade him.

  • Invoked by more Power Metal songs than it is feasible to list.
  • In the song "Arizona Sword" by Leslie Fish, an unnamed smith forges the eponymous Arizona Sword for a lord who wishes to rule the land. As the lord specifically requested that the sword be hailed by all as salvation from their crimes, the smith takes the opportunity to give him exactly what he wants. As he smiths the blade, he fixes the sword's purpose as natural law and freedom, engraving it with the charge to serve only life and liberty. When the lord attempts to use the sword for conquest, the blade instantly turns in his hand and stabs him.

    Myth and Legend 
  • Older Than Feudalism: Hephaestus is the Greek god of, amongst other things, blacksmithing. When the Romans assimilated their volcano god Vulcan to Hephaestus, he became this as well.
  • Ilmarinen, from the Finnish Kalevala. Not only is he a badass blacksmith in general, he also made the sky itself.
    • He also has a cameo in the Estonian epic Kalevipoeg where he makes the eponymous hero his legendary sword.
  • From Norse legends:
    • The dwarfs (or dark elves) Sindri (or Eitri) and Brokkr. To win a bet with Loki, they forge three magical treasures, a living, golden boar for Freyr, a gold ring that duplicates itself every nine nights for Odin, and for Thor, his hammer Mjölnir. And this is despite Loki sabotaging every attempt. Two of the treasures turned out fine, but Mjölnir's handle was too short, thanks to Loki. Sindri crafted Thor's iron gloves so he could safely wield the hammer anyway.
    • The sons of Ivaldi were also very talented smiths. In fact, the bet Loki made with Sindri and Brokkr was over whether or not they could create anything as good as the sons of Ivaldi's work. The sons of Ivaldi created Sif's replacement golden hair (which was why Loki was there in the first place since he had to replace the hair he cut off as a prank) and threw in Skidbladnir, the greatest of all ships which could be folded up like a cloth to fit in one's pocket for Freyr, and Gungnir, the deadliest of all spears which always hit its target for Odin.
  • Völundr, Wayland, or Wieland, the mythic master smith of Germanic mythology. Probably his most remarkable creation was a pair of artificial wings, with which he could fly.
  • The god Goibniu of Celtic Mythology was said to be a masterful smith. Many of his creations became the signature weapons of Lugh, God of Light and chief god of the pantheon, as well as Lugh's many descendants.
  • The Caucasian Nart Sagas have Tlepsh, the god of the forge, known as Kurdalægon in the Ossetian epics.
    • The Vainakh (Chechen-Ingush) tradition features Pkharmat, an analogue to Prometheus, who steals fire from the gods for the benefit of humankind. Like Prometheus, he is chained to a mountain as punishment, where his liver is devoured by a falcon.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Eberron: A high-level Artificer will eventually fall into this. As well, House Cannith which possesses the Mark of Making generally has the appropriate reputation — the most famously skilled craftsman alive is Merrix d'Cannith, one of the heads of the house, who spends most of his time furthering his ancestor's research into developing the warforged, a race of intelligent constructs they invented. Though actually it was more like a race they cribbed from bits and pieces left behind in the ancient giants' ruins.
    • Salamanders are usually this — not only do they have a strong warrior culture, meaning weapons are in high demand but being fire elementals means that they can heat their forges to absurd temperatures and sculpt molten metal with their bare hands.
    • Dwarves, in all versions of the game, will have a culture that revolves around smithing and mining. In most campaign settings, the head of the dwarven pantheon is Moradin, god of the forge.
  • Autochthon the Great Maker of Exalted has been implied to embody this concept as part of his conceptual nature; among his more impressive accomplishments, he invented the titular Exalted, plus a whole mess of other artifacts which allowed them to take down his fellow Primordials. Among one of the most legendary is the plot-changing level artifact called the Eye of Autochthon (which may be literally what it says) which can pretty much do anything imaginable provided it's on the scale of a castle or bigger.
    • Many Solar Exalted also fit this trope, since they can (in theory) make artifacts every bit a match for the Eye of Autochthon.
      • This is the other hat of the Twilight Caste, alongside being the sorcerers.
    • The forging process for some of the magical materials requires this as well. Oricalchum, for instance, can only be forged by reflecting pure sunlight onto gold while it's being forged in the caldera of a volcano. And moonsilver can only be made by exposing silver to the energies of the Wyld, a chaotic land where reality goes right out the window.
    • The fetich soul of Malfeas the Demon City, Ligier the Green Sun, also has this as a fundamental expression of his overall goal to basically out-awesome everyone else in existence with how awesome he is and creating beautiful things in his likeness. Among other accomplishments that have made him the most well-known example of this trope in Creation (as Autochthon has exiled himself for such a long time that most people have totally forgotten about him) is a brass daiklaive that fights in his name when he feels his opponents aren't good enough for him to face directly but they insist on challenging him sufficiently for him to consider them Worthy Opponents.
      • Malfeas, or rather Theion as he was known then, also made the Daystar - the cosmic strategic deterrent that serves as Creation's sun. Though he stole the critical components from devices made by Autochthon, so credit where credit is due.
  • Magic: The Gathering: Purphoros, Theros' god of the forge and an Expy of the Greek Hephaestus, is this by default. He even forged the Godsend. Like his inspiration, his primary forge is in a volcano, but as an Anthropomorphic Personification of Red mana, he's much more prone to following his whims, forging masterpieces in a fit of passionate inspiration only to dash them to pieces and reforge them into something else.
  • In Pathfinder, the Dwarven racial archetype for the Cleric class, the Forgemaster, is essentially this. Instead of having some of the usual Cleric abilities, they have abilities relating to craftsmanship and metal. It becomes this trope, rather than merely The Blacksmith, because it gains the "Craft Magic Arms and Armor" feat at Level 3, while the feat usually is locked until Caster Level 5. Torag, the Top God of the dwarven pantheon, is himself a blacksmith of truly cosmic skill (and a clear expy for Dungeons & Dragons' Moradin, mentioned above).
    • Before the Forgemaster, there was the non-racial Soul Forger archetype for the Magus. While it doesn't receive the "Craft Magic Arms and Armor" feat automatically and can't select it early, Soul Forgers get a large bonus to their skill checks when crafting items and can repair damaged or destroyed magic items much more easily than most craftsmen.
    • The Warpriest class has the Forgepriest archetype, which also gets "Craft Magic Arms and Armor" at level 3 and gains a bonus to crafting checks, albeit a smaller one than what a Soul Forger gets. They also can give their weapons and armor a greater enhancement than most Warpriests can, provided they crafted the items themselves.
  • In Reign, the Dindavarans have this reputation due to their secret school of magic, which allows them to produce magical swords. They guard their secrets jealously and with good reason since the greatest of weapons require a Human Sacrifice.
  • Warhammer:
    • The oldest and most experienced of the dwarven runesmiths can occasionally get this sort of reputation. The most famous of them is Alaric the Mad, who created a number of famous artifacts that all outlived him. He was known as "the Mad" because he created twelve identical weapons with the same enchantments on them (the runefangs of the Empire's elector counts), which is against the runesmiths' union rules.
    • Vaul, the elven god of smiths and craft, is characterized as the greatest smith in existence and credited with the crafting of many legendary artifacts. His worshippers are themselves this trope, with a particularly notable example being Daith, the chief smith of the Wood Elves, who has ruled the realm of Torgovann for far longer than even Elves usually live and whose creations include the immense sword wielded by the Treeman Durthu.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Three of the Primarchs (basically living gods that were the super-templates for the Space Marines) were definitive Ultimate Blacksmiths. Vulkan was raised in a community where blacksmithing was everything, and he made his mark by fighting off an entire horde of Dark Eldar raiders with nothing but a pair of smithing hammers; he was only ever equaled by Fulgrim, a fellow Primarch, whose quirk of choice was being absolutely perfect at everything. Ferrus Manus (there are a lot of Meaningful Names in Warhammer 40k), meanwhile, once fought a silver dragon and beat it by dunking it into a volcanic lava flow. When he lifted out, his hands were coated in living metal (hence, while never outright stated, the "dragon" is assumed to have actually been a cybernetic god known as a C'tan) that let him forge objects by hammering the materials with his sort-of-bare hands. Ferrus Manus and Fulgrim once actually competed to see who was the Ultimate Blacksmith. Fulgrim made an awesome warhammer and Ferrus Manus made an awesome sword; upon seeing each others' creations, they both declared the other was the superior smith and swapped weapons.

  • Alberich, the dwarf from The Ring of the Nibelung, stole the magic Rhinegold and forged the ring that spawned the 16-hour Opera and eventually caused the whole world to burn down. Now THAT's an ultimate blacksmith.
    • His wimpy brother Mime, Siegfried's foster father, is implied to be an even better blacksmith, considering that Alberich leaves the forging of the intricate helmet of invisibility to him even though the blueprints are Alberich's. Nevertheless, he is unable to reforge the sword Notung (which, in turn, was probably created by Wotan, the king of the gods) after Wotan's spear shattered it. The one who can do so is Mime's good-for-nothing disciple Siegfried, for the sole reason that he does not know fear.

  • Artahka in BIONICLE. Creator of the most advanced technology in the Matoran World, even wearing a mask that tells him how to create his cool stuff. Too bad he hides his island from everyone because the Brotherhood of Makuta ransacked the island and stole an important artifact from there...

    Video Games 
  • As long as you have the items, Gordon in Agarest Senki 2 can forge you the ultimate weapon whatsoever.
  • Black Gnarl from Anvil of Dawn is basically Ultimate Blacksmith The Videogame. Most of the game consist of gathering items for forging of final Macguffin. Forging scene even have some catchy singing as seen here
  • In Arx Fatalis, the book theorizing on creating an Ultimate Weapon deems dwarves as these, as they possess the best equipment and skills. However, upon arriving to dwarven settlement, Am Shaegar finds them all mauled and eaten by the Black Beast they accidentally unearthed. Luckily, what he also finds is a fully automated smelter and forge, so he can just mine a chunk of mithril in the Beast's lair and make the sword himself.
  • Boutell in Avernum 1. He's one of the best blacksmiths around, and he knows it.
  • Cromwell in Baldur's Gate II, Cespenar in Throne of Bhaal. They're both quite accessible, to the player's party, that is. Anybody else that wants to make use of Cespenar's services had better learn how to travel to a demonic pocket dimension constructed and held together solely by the main character's will. Furthermore, Cespenar answers to nobody but the protagonist of the story. But the actual Ultimate Blacksmith of the game is probably Kerrick the Smith.
  • Along with being an accomplished swordsman, Rath from Battleborn is an accomplished bladesmith.
    • According to various lore challenges of his, he crafted the phasic blades he and his order Keepers of the Blade use, including Rath's Axiom and Praxis. After his confrontation with Rendain, Rath sought out and killed the other twenty Keepers as they decided to remain in Rendain's service rather than honor their vow to the Empress. Having defeated the Keepers, Rath used their blades and Rendain's own dagger which Rath tried to kill Rendain with to forge his massive BFS which Rath named "Precept".
    • In addition to his own blades and the blades he once forged for his former fellow Keepers, Rath also forged Caldarius' phasic blade according to another one of Rath's lore challenges.
    • It's also speculated in one of Galilea's lore that Rath may have had a hand in crafting Galilea's BFS Shadowcry as her sword uses the hilt of a standard-issue Arbiter energy weapon, but its blade appears to have been modified after its initial fabrication with informed speculation suggesting Jennerit influence in the blade's design.
  • Thursagan in Battle for Wesnoth's Scepter of Fire campaign. He is considerd the greatest Runesmith ever and the only person able to forge the titular scepter.
  • Ulgrim in Brawlhalla is a blacksmith from Asgard, so he has designed many weapons and armors (including Orion's armor and many of the gadgets used in-game. As a playable character, he participates in the Valhalla tournament to both test and show off his creations.
  • The player character in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. You get to buy some majorly weaksauce weapons and get one or two handed out to you early on. Then you make the rest, of your ENTIRE ARSENAL, by using a crafting system involving some rather rare materials.
  • Cave Story had the Hermit Gunsmith, from whom you steal the first weapon, and if you hang on to it through some of the toughest fights in the game, he'll turn it into an Infinity Plus One Pistol for you.
  • Chrono Cross had two alternate universe versions of their ultimate blacksmith, Zappa, one of whom can join your party. If you bring playable-Zappa to talk with NPC-Zappa, they'll combine forces and figure out how to forge the rainbow shell into powerful weapons, most of which are infinity-plus-one swords.
  • Melchior from Chrono Trigger is one of the earliest video game examples.
  • High levels of the Forge aspect in Cultist Simulator come with this benefit. Repairing broken magical artifacts is just the beginning, for the masters of Forge work with materials far more subtle than mere steel. The true Forge aspirant can reforge their very selves into something altogether greater and more terrible.
  • Dark Souls:
    • In Dark Souls, each blacksmith you come across specializes in a particular weapon ascension path, so whomever you decide is the "ultimate" one depends on your playstyle. Usually though, it's a toss-up between Andre of Astora and the Giant Blacksmith in Anor Londo.
      • Andre is the first blacksmith you'll meet if you play the game along the expected path and specializes in the Boring, but Practical Normal ascension path, as well as Divine and Occult weapons useful for Faith specialists and to counter necromancy.
      • The Giant Blacksmith, on the other hand, is relatively difficult to reach compared to the other three blacksmiths and he is the only smith able to forge unique weapons with boss souls. He can also infuse normal weapons with lightning, the element associated with the God-Emperor Gwyn himself.
      • Rickert describes himself as the "best blacksmith in all of Vinheim" and can ascend Magic weapons that scale with Intelligence, fittingly useful for sorcerers.
      • Vamos is the only smith who can create Fire and Chaos weapons, the latter of which scales with liquid humanity instead of levelled stats, making it a favorite of the Giantdad build and other players who want to avoid levelling Strength or Dexterity beyond the minimum needed to wield their weapons.
    • Dark Souls II splits it up. Lenigrast will say, if asked, that no modern blacksmith knows how to use an Ember to ascend weapons anymore, but some searching will reveal McDuff, who does remember that ancient art and can infuse weapons with any element provided he has the proper materials. Unfortunately, he's also completely insane. Ornifex, meanwhile, is the only blacksmith that knows how to forge unique weapons out of boss souls (Straid can also trade unique weapons for boss souls, but he's a sorcerer, not a blacksmith).
    • In Dark Souls III, Andre returns and becomes this trope by virtue of being the only blacksmith in the game, giving him not only his old ascension paths but those once used by his peers from the first game as well, including the Giant Blacksmith.
  • Grischa in Divine Divinity, though he lives in a major dwarf city.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Dragon Age: Origins has Wade of Wade's Emporium. He considers himself to be more of an artist than a businessman (his partner is the one stuck worrying about money) and jumps at the chance to forge powerful armor with Drake and Dragon Scales. Although he will forge the armor sets free of charge, paying him enough extra gold nets you superior armor.
      • The Warden's Keep DLC has Mikhael Dryden, who will appear at the Soldier's Peak after you beat the associated quest. Given a lump of Meteor Metal, he'll forge Starfang, a Longsword, or a Greatsword that is superior to pretty much every other weapon in its class in the unmodded original game.
      • Wade and Herren return in Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening and have apparently expanded into forging weapons, too. Give Wade the materials he needs and he will forge Vigilance, a sword so powerful it even merits a mention in the epilogue.
      • Branka of House Branka was such an extraordinary smith that she was made a noble and elevated to a Paragon, the divine ancestors of the dwarves, during her lifetime. The actual achievement that got her the honor wasn't smithing directly, it was developing a form of "smokeless coal" which increased city-wide production and ended the scourge of Black Lung. However, even she is by far surpassed by the Paragon Caradin, who created a magical forge to craft the Golems used by the Ancient Dwarven Empire to combat the Darkspawn, but his Thaig and his secrets were lost during the First Blight. Two years before the start of the game, Branka led her entire house (except for her husband Oghren) into the Deep Roads on an expedition to find it and is ultimately revealed to have sacrificed them all either to the Darkspawn or to test the Thaig's defenses, overwhelmed by her desire to claim the forge.
    • Dagna in Dragon Age: Inquisition may have chosen to study magic as an artificer and rune crafter, but she's still a former member of the Dwarven Smith Caste. Smithing is in her blood and it shows; she is able to forge Masterwork equipment and craft runes for you. Much to the chagrin of Haven's former blacksmith Herritt, who finds himself Overshadowed by Awesome. And while she isn't able to reforge a Legendary Weapon like a typical Ultimate Blacksmith when given the pieces, she is able to use them as inspiration to forge a new sword. Played with in that she isn't the best master smith or best master enchanter, but she is the world's only expert on the interactions between the two fields and the scientific examination of magic in general.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • In Dragon Quest III, the Tool Shop owner in Kol serves this function in an unadvertised capacity: he doesn't say anything about his past as a blacksmith, you only hear about it from other NPCs. And he makes the Sword of Kings with zero fanfare: you have to sell the Orichalcum to him, leave town and come back some time later, only to find that he's now selling the Sword of Kings for slightly more than he bought that Orichalcum. One Legendary Sword, made to order!
    • In Dragon Quest VI after acquiring the legendary sword, you need to find the blacksmith in Turnscote capable of repairing the sword.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Morrowind:
      • Yagrum Bagarn, the last living Dwemer. He was formerly a Master Crafter (combining this trope with the Magitek of the Dwemer) in service to Lord Kagrenac (the legendary Dwemer Mad Scientist). He was an in an undescribed "outer realm" when whatever calamity occurred that wiped out his people. He caught the Corprus Disease at some point afternote  and now lives in the Corprusarium. If completing the main quest via the "Backpath" method, he is the only person capable of "jury-rigging" the Wraithguard for you to use.
      • Sirollus Saccus is the Master Trainer in the Armorer skill, able to train the player all the way up to the cap of 100. (A bug in the vanilla game causes him to not offer the Training service, but it has been patched.)
      • Garothmuk gro-Muzgub is zig-zagged. If you talk to blacksmiths, they will often tell you to visit Garkthmuk in Suran. The NPCs specifically say he is "not a master smith", but that he is the most knowledgeable blacksmith in the land and happy to share his knowledge. Should you swing by his smithy for a chat, you'll find he has various unique dialogue options about a vast breadth of topics, including armor styles, weapon types, and smithing materials and techniques.
    • Skyrim
      • Eorlund Gray-mane, the Companions' smith and the man in charge of running the legendary Sky-forge, is one. During the Companions' quest line, he will eventually forge you a brand new Skyforge Steel weapon (a Disc-One Nuke). Later, he will reforge the legendary Wuuthrad once the fragments of the ancient axe are gathered. He is also the Master Smithing trainer, meaning he can help you become an Ultimate Blacksmith in your own right. In-universe, he is quite rightly regarded as the best smith in all of Skyrim, although the smiths at the entrance to Whiterun get more business because Eorlund does his work mostly for the pleasure of smithing, particularly for the Companions.
      • His Unknown Rival in Windhelm however claims that Eorlund's craftsmanship is less because of his skill and more because of the powers of the Skyforge, although it's unclear whether this is just envy talking or actually holds a grain of truth. Balimund of Riften is another rival smith, who admits that he's taken to stoking his forge with fire salts to give him an edge and allow him to compete with Eorlund's Skyforge Steel.
      • With Skyrim being the first game in the series that allows for crafting weapons and armor directly from source materials, the Dragonborn can become an ultimate blacksmith by advancing the Smithing skill enough, to the point where you can forge Daedric armour and weaponry and rediscover how to create Dragonscale or Dragonplate armours. With the Dawnguard and Dragonborn DLC installed, the Dragonborn is also able to craft Dragonbone weaponry as well as expand their repertoire to become the Ultimate Blacksmith of Solstheim as well.
  • Nikolai, the amnesiac blacksmith in Exit Fate. If you introduce him to every other blacksmith in the game, he can, unlike any NPC blacksmith, upgrade any weapon to its highest level (each character has a signature weapon you improve, rather than replace with better versions). Since your 75-man army carry some really mixed weaponry, this means Nikolai is immensely versatile, at least - any regular blacksmith can improve a sword or an axe, but a harp? A pen? A Handbag? A set of teeth, still attached to the dog wielding them?
  • Fallout:
    • Smitty from the very first Fallout is found late in the game in Adytum. If you help fix the hydroponic farm he'll be able to hotwire your Plasma Rifle into a ''Turbo'' Plasma Rifle. The Gun Runners Arsenal DLC for Fallout: New Vegas (lorewise 120 years in the future) has a unique, fully automatic Plasma Caster you can buy called the "Smitty Special".
    • Algernon from Fallout 2 blows every other tinkerer in the game out of the water. He'll perform just about any upgrade in the game—Mega Power Fists, Turbo Plasma Rifles, improved flamer fuel, and more—for zero cost, and he's available in one of the biggest towns in the game, guarded by two dogs who won't attack. Even better, a bug in his scripting automatically fills the magazine of any gun you give him to upgrade.
    • Downplayed in Fallout 3; there are no blacksmiths, but some merchants will offer to repair your weapons and armor in exchange for bottle caps. But no merchant has a perfect 100 Repair skill. Only you, the player, can have that through leveling, making you the best repairman in the state.
    • Fallout: New Vegas, specifically Honest Hearts, introduces the New Canaanites, Mormons who are known for their high quality .45 caliber weapons, especially their .45 Auto Pistols (M1911A). This is actually a Truth in Television as Browning basically created most modern firearms for the Mormon community to defend themselves. They just take it to Planet of Hats levels in New Vegas.
    • With the expanded crafting system in Fallout 4 you'll most likely once again end up one of these. The Shop Fodder and junk you scavenge can be broken down in raw components like steel or wood that you can use to build upgrades to armor and weapons. With a high enough Strength and Intelligence you can pick up perks that allow you to craft even better weapon and armor mods or settlement objects. The perk for Melee Weapon upgrades is even called Blacksmith. With all the perks you can easily build advanced mods for Power Armor or Energy Weapons.
  • Final Fantasy
    • A dwarf makes a powerful sword in some of the games.
    • Final Fantasy III got one in the DS remake - she's the one who makes the Ultima Sword. She also makes the ultimate gear for each job class once they reach job level 99.
    • Final Fantasy IV has two for the Pink Tails / Adamantine equipment: the nameless Tail Guy, who gives you trinkets for bringing him tails (which drop from monsters at an absolutely disgusting rate), including Adamant Armor and Onion Swords, and the nugget of adamantite he gives you for bringing him the Rat Tail. You take the adamantite to Kokkol (who lives at the edge of the underworld, and yes, there are dragons where he hangs around), and a few plot events later, your dear old Sword of Plot Advancement has become the Excalibur.
    • Final Fantasy IX has one, in the form of Hades, situated in the Final Dungeon, and he's actually a GOD, and you have to beat him up. And he is also hidden somewhat offscreen nicely, so you could easily skip him without a guide if you're not rummaging every single corner.
    • A Goblin fulfills this task in Final Fantasy XI for the Relic Weapons, the most powerful weapons that exist... except for the very last upgrade, which is done by the weapon itself(oddly enough, the weapon charges more than the ripoff artist).
    • Gerolt from Final Fantasy XIV takes up the mantle of the Relic Weapon maker. He's, simply put, a lazy drunkard who swears like a sailor and sends you run errands in every single corner of the world just to get you off his back for a couple of minutes, but he's also the best craftsman the world has ever known, no joke. Have some ancient worn-out armor that was the cream of the crop back then? Just toss it in his furnace with some items and the armor will travel back in time until when it was pristine. Need to restore a very powerful and ancient weapon? Go do an enormous Fetch Quest and come back to him, just to hear him say he made up the quest so you'll leave him alone, but since you went through it, might as well take a couple minutes off his "drink and snooze" agenda to restore your weapon. Need to fix some ancient technology that makes the current one look like wind-up toys and puzzles even the greatest scholars? No problem as long as you piss off and leave him alone after that.
  • God of War:
    • In God of War (PS4), Sindri and Brok show up in this game and are just as skilled as their mythological counterparts. They were the ones who forged the Leviathan Axe as a gift for Faye to make up for their creation Mjolnir being used to slaughter her people the Giants. Throughout the game they can further upgrade the Leviathan Axe, making into a truly formidable weapon. Their skill is such that they can even improve upon the Blades of Chaos despite them being weapons imbued with magic that is foreign to Midgard.
    • The sequel, God of War Ragnarök, introduces the Lady of the Forge; she's such a masterful blacksmith that even Brok is humbled by her presence. He pays her a visit along with Kratos so that she can forge him a weapon capable of killing Heimdall, who is otherwise able to use Combat Clairvoyance to dodge all attacks. Following the revelation that she is a mermaid, Mimir comments that he once met a lake nymph named Nimue who was also a talented swordsmith.
  • Golden Sun has Sunshine/Sunpawa, who is depressed and refuses to forge anything unless you hand him interesting material. Sadly, the best he can forge is still worse than the game's real ultimate weapon (although you get only one of those, and can technically forge as many Excaliburs as you want for the other sword-wielding characters)
    • However, he does create the best shield (Cosmos Shield), best clothes (Mythril Clothes, rated higher than just about everything except the only-one-available Valkyrie Mail, which can only be worn by four of the eight characters anyway), etc...The Golden Boots is another only-one-available, and the second-best boots are yet another forgeable item. Also, if you have the Cleric's Ring, the Darksword is actually stronger than the Sol Blade, except for the unleash.
    • Obaba is said to be the only person in the world capable of working the ancient forge to repair the Trident of Ankohl. She can also use it to summon salamanders. Thirty years later, she still has enough in her to forge any equipment you need from whatever you bring her, and many of the options are very powerful, second only to cursed equipment, the Sol Blade, and Sveta's Umbra Gear.
  • In Granblue Fantasy, Sierokarte is the one who forges and upgrades your Bahamut, Revenant, Xeno, Seraphic, Atma/Ultima, and Class Champion weapons.
  • In Heroes of Might and Magic III: Armageddon's blade, one of these makes the eponymous weapon for Xeron.
  • The Worker of Secrets in the Infinity Blade series is the one who forged the eponymous sword. In the third game after his role as the true Big Bad of the series is revealed he forges a bunch of Infinity Weapons that are weaker than the original Blade but still just as capable of permanently killing Deathless via disrupting their Quantum Identity Patterns (i.e. souls). The opening of the third game has a Forging Scene of the Worker forging the Infinity Blade.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising has Dyntos, the god of the forge. He has created nearly every weapon that Pit uses in-game, including the Three Sacred Treasures and the new Great Sacred Treasure. He can create armies and even entire landscapes indistinguishable from the originals in the blink of an eye. With his powers, he is said to be able to conquer anyone he wishes. Fortunately for everyone, he's not interested in war.
  • The Moogles in Kingdom Hearts, capable of turning raw material into the Ultima Weapons in both games.
  • Doran used to be this in League of Legends until he tried to move out of his secluded retreat. He got kicked in the head by his horse when he was changing the wheel on his cart and suffered severe brain damage. Now he can only make weak, high-quality equipment. One of the few pieces of his ultimate weaponry still in use is the staff Wukong uses.
    • Ornn is one, as well, and it translates into the game as him being the only champion in the game able to buy (forge) items out of base, and also being able to create Infinity Plus One versions of select items both for himself and his teammates, such as Infinity Edge becoming the Molten Edge (Giving 100 AD instead of 80), Rabadon's Deathcap becoming Rabadon's Deathcrown (Giving 175 AP instead of 135), and so on. One of his lines has him claim to be Doran's mentor.
  • Subverted in Legaia II: Duel Saga. Near the end of the game, the party can access The Supreme Weapon Shop and The Ultimate Armor Shop, home of world-class forgers that will sell you powerful weapons. It is subverted in that said smiths only produces Infinity -1 class weapons and armors; to get the true best equipment, the party must take these weapons and forge them one step further using an extremely rare Heaven's Secret.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Biggoron, who made the Biggoron Sword from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, the strongest weapon in the games. In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, you get the Mirror Shield from him, instead.
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: The Dwarves Swordsmiths are uniquely able to temper Link's Master Sword into a more powerful blade. Making the sword even better requires no less than the magic of the Pyramid's Great Fairy.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games: The Subrosan Smithies are the only ones who can prepare certain items for Link, including the Pirate's Bell and higher-level shields.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: Zauz, who lives on a secret island. He makes the Phantom Sword, which is the only way you can defeat the Phantoms, as opposed to merely avoiding them.
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: The Blacksmith in Kakariko Village claims to be the greatest smith in the world, and is the only one who can temper the Master Sword into the stronger Red Sword. Having done that, he remarks that he will likely never make another weapon so fine in his life, and that it could only be improved by someone even better at smithing than he — but, again, he's the best smith in the world. He's in fact correct, since Link needs to go to another world to find someone who can further temper his blade into the Golden Sword — the Smith's own Lorulean counterpart, who won't spare more than a contemptuous glance at the Master Sword until it's improved by his alternate self, whose work is the only one fine enough to get him excited at the prospect of smithing again.
      "That sword is my masterpiece! That blade couldn't get any sharper. No way, no how. Well, maybe if there was someone better at this than me. But I'm the best blacksmith in the world. So that's that."
  • Littlewood: Corvus, the sole resident of the Master Forge, turns out to be the one who made the Magic Sword the Player Character used to defeat the Big Bad prior to the beginning of the game. In the game proper, his location is the only place where some rare resources can be made into crafting materials.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga has the Hammerhead Bros., who can turn Hoohoo Blocks into hammers.
  • While exaggerated, Carl from MechWarrior 4 is affectionately described as one of these. Give Carl a hundred tons of steel wool and he'll knit you an Atlas.
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade has, well, Muramasa. In a departure from the norm, you meet him in chapter two and can call upon him to craft you new weapons whenever you have the necessary souls, life-force, and level (as well as the prerequisite swords) for them: He lives in an alternate dimension any wielder of a Muramasa blade can access. His best weapons are only accessible after you've cleared both stories, however, and the Infinity +1 Sword, one so powerful it cuts fate, only at level 90 and above.
  • Odin Sphere has Brom. Even Queen Odette and King Valentine themselves praised his skills, and he's one of the few people able to create a Psypher. Documents in the Updated Re Release reveal whole teams of Ragnanival dwarves armed with superior technology are needed just to match his prowess... and that's after the fairies had him swear off his forge for years. Still, even he admitted he couldn't create a Psypher as powerful as Odin's Balor...but one able to destroy it, on the other hand...Brom was also the one who forged the Belderiver which Odette infused with her power. Brom's guilt over what the cursed Belderiver did to its wielders is why he swore off the forge.
  • The Outer Worlds has Celeste Jolicoeur, a fashion designer whom after completing a tedious questline for will end up making a fancy new suit for you that happens to be one of the best pieces of unique armor in-game, complete with a substantial bonus to dialog skills. Sadly, this gets her killed by the Board for thoughtcrimes but at least she finishes the suit before that.
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker: Inverted with your dwarf companion Harrim, who ran away from his clan because everything he tried to forge crumbled. During his companion questline it turns out he has a rare gift from the dwarf god Torag called the Touch of Unmaking, able to dismantle dwarven constructions that have outlived their usefulness.
  • Coaxmetal from Planescape: Torment - somewhat hard to get to, but turns out some of the best weapons in the game (including some of the very few swords and the only weapon in the planes capable of killing you). In his words, he forges the weapons with which the multiverse will be eventually unmade, and he's constantly coming up with new implements of destruction because he sees it as necessary and inevitable.
  • RuneScape allows you to become this with a high enough smithing level, allowing the player to forge anything from weapons made of the chitin of gigantic scarabs, through armor made of an ancient metal invented by Blood Knight Precursors, and even reforging a sword made to kill gods.
  • Shining Series:
    • The Dwarven Blacksmith in Shining Force II was the only one who could turn pieces of mithril into the ultimate weapons for each character. Of course, the fact that he randomly decided which weapon to make also meant that he was also classified as a Scrappy Mechanic.
    • Happens in Shining Force III where (in Part 1 at any rate) there are only two blacksmiths that could work with Mithril. One hidden at around 3/4 of the way through the game and another right at the end of the game. The player is expected to find and keep all the mithril they've throughout the game to get the best weapons in the game. Once again the weapons you get were randomised.
  • The Master of the Cathedral of Shadows and Dr. Victor fill the role for the Shin Megami Tensei series. A bit unusual in that they hardly bother directly working on the blade themselves - they just let their expertise with the Merging Machine fuse demons or materials into the weapons themselves. The amount of Named Weapons they can provide gives them some major props, though.
    • The dwarf you find in Sector Carina in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey wants to be one, but needs materials to practice. Get him his orders and you will end with the friggin' Amenomurakumo.
  • Your blacksmith character in The Sims Medieval can undertake a quest to become one.
  • Ryu-kan from Skies of Arcadia. He even lives on a tiny remote island up until you recruit him.
  • In the Suikoden series:
    • There's always an Ultimate Blacksmith for you to recruit. He's always the only one capable of upgrading weapons to the max level. For the most part, he starts out somewhat worse, but gets better as you bring him better hammers... and of course, the Golden Hammer is the best one. Somehow.
    • The first, original, Suikoden, however, did things differently - you recruited a whole bunch of smiths, each better than the last, and finally had to go find the Ultimate Smith (who was, indeed, hidden in a hut at the end of forever) - and bring all of the other smiths with you since they're all students of his. Together, they persuade him to join you!
  • Tales of Symphonia featured Altessa. He is notable for not forging any impossible weapons during the span of game's events, but was the last blacksmith possessing special dwarven smithing arts (Lloyd's stepfather aside, he wasn't noted for such a level of mastery). Said Altessa did something great and horrible in the past though and still retains the knowledge of forging key-crests for exspheres.
  • Touhou Project:
    • Strongly implied with Suwako: she is a goddess of the earth and can/could create new soil as she please. She used to own an impressive arsenal of metal weaponry, which she used to pacify the curse-gods of her kingdom. Unfortunately, it meant little when she fought Kanako, who, being the goddess of rain, rusted all of Suwako's weapons.
    • Also, to absolutely everyone's surprise, Kogasa became one via syncretism with Karakasa and the Ippon-Datara.
  • Oddly enough, the Temmie shopkeeper in the hidden Temmie village is Undertale's ultimate blacksmith, able to create and sell the strongest armor in the game if the player pays for her to go to college.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: Yoana at the Crow's Perch is the only person in the entire game capable of crafting master-level armor such as the Witcher armors. Hattori of Novigrad is the only person that forges master-level weaponry such as the Witcher blades. Both forges are only available after you complete their associated quests.
    • Blood and Wine adds Lazare Lafargue, the only Grandmaster blacksmith in the game and the only one capable of making Grandmaster-tier Witcher gears, his services are available as soon as you meet him and the only "quest" needed to unlock him only requires you to find his workshop.
  • World of Mana:
  • World of Warcraft:
    • In In the "vanilla" era of the game, it was so that one of the best Blacksmithing sets was made entirely of Dark Iron. Thing is, you had to get the recipes by sucking up to the Thorium Brotherhood Dwarves by collecting iron scraps and iron dust for them. And it took eight pieces of Dark Iron Ore to make one bar of Dark Iron. And you had to go into a fucking dungeon so that you could smelt the stuff in a furnace hooked up to the freaking lava flow.
    • Similarly, when there was only one expansion out, the point of becoming a specialised weaponsmith was that you could forge a special weapon of your chosen type at maximum level. It would start out as a maximum-level practically maximum-quality (ie. "epic") weapon, and then could be upgraded twice after that to make it an even better maximum-level epic, requiring very expensive components but making it pretty penultimate as far as weapons went. That they didn't automatically add level 80 counterparts in the second expansion must have represented a huge nerfing of the whole specialisation thing.
    • There's also a lonely blacksmith at the literal edge of the world in Terokkar forest, who will forge you a nifty demon-slaying sword after you've jumped through enough hoops and supplied copious amounts of Phlebotinum. While the sword itself isn't all that powerful, he definitely fits the trope.
    • The last content patch of Wrath of the Lich King introduces the Ashen Verdict, which, according to Blizzard, is an entire faction of Ultimate Blacksmiths. In addition to some of the best armor and ammo, you can complete a long-winded quest chain to obtain Shadowmourne, the best two-handed axe so far. It actually starts as a slightly weaker axe, which itself requires more time and money than the entire leveling experience it took to get that far.
    • The true Ultimate Blacksmith in the Warcraft story is Khaz'goroth, a member of the Pantheon, the ruling body of the Titans; while he hasn't been involved in the creations of any ultimate weapons(though his smithing hammer is more powerful than any known weapon on the planet), what he has crafted are the earthen(protodwarves), the mountain giants, and, oh yea, the mountains themselves.
    • Another important figure who fits into this trope would be none other than King Magni Bronzebeard, who lead the dwarves of Ironforge until World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. It was by his hand that the Ashbringer- a holy blade which shattered Frostmourne in the final confrontation with the Lich King- had been created. He also created a weapon for Prince Anduin Wrynn called Fearbreaker. It was the only object that remained within the blast radius of the mana bomb dropped on Theramore.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Dies Irae, the grandfather of Kei Sakurai, Musashi, was commissioned by the L.D.O. to create a replica of the holy lance Longinuslanze Testament. This was due to the lance being a case of Only the Chosen May Wield, and as such, they sought to make something with a similar amount of power but that could be wielded by anyone. They however ended up underestimating his talent, and he managed to create an unholy version of the lance that is just picky with its wielders as the original.

  • Adventurers! provided the Trope Namer. The Ultimate Blacksmith lives in a well hidden cave atop a mountain. The party missed the single excessively cryptic clue he left at the beginning of the game and missed him, his sidequests and his ultimate weapon(s) entirely. The strip is about 3/4ths of the way down the page.
  • Aurora (2019) has Tahraim the smith god, who creates unique magical weapons for other deities. His creative process often involves "forging" the would-be wielders of his handiwork, pushing them to earn power through personal growth.
  • The Oswald Chronicles features the god Kalvaitis, who forges the sun every night.
  • Yehuda Moon & the Kickstand Cyclery: Only Joe and Brother Pilot seem to know the exact composition of Arboritum, an extremely light metal used to make bicycle frames.

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    Western Animation 
  • Final Space: The Titans forged the entire universe. In season 3, the Titan Bolo demonstrates this by forging a massive Titan-sized sword by crushing a red dwarf star in his bare hands and having Mooncake blast it.
  • In Samurai Jack, Jack's sword, the only weapon capable of harming Aku, is created by such smiths.
  • Bismuth of Steven Universe is a blacksmith who produced equipment for all of the Crystal Gems (a group ranging in the hundreds if not a few thousand), including Rose's sword, made in her forge located within an active volcano. Being able to swim through molten metal and shapeshift your limbs into hammers certainly doesn't hurt in that line of work.
  • A later addition to the cast of ThunderCats was super-blacksmith Ben-Gali. Of course, the moment he turned up was also the moment the Sword of Omens got snapped in two.
  • In Transformers: Prime, Solus Prime, one of the Original Thirteen Primes, was the greatest smith/inventor in Transformer history. Her trademark tool, the Forge of Solus Prime, was a massive Magitek hammer capable of forging just about anything. Simply wielding it will turn a Prime into an Ultimate Blacksmith. Megatron, after transplanting the arm of a dead Prime onto his own, used it to forge the Dark Star Saber, which was powerful enough to shatter the original Star Saber. Optimus later uses the Forge to upgrade the Autobots' Ground Bridge into a Space Bridge and reforge the Star Saber. However, it is limited by the individual's skill level. When asked if he simply forge a new copy of the Macguffin the Decepticons had stolen, Optimus laments that he doesn't possess the skill to do so, despite having just upgraded the bridge and repaired the saber, implying that the Macguffin in question was unimaginably complex. The hammer also has a limited amount of power, and it's eventually used up, after which point it just becomes a regular (if huge) hammer.
  • In Wakfu, the Original Eliatrope Chibi and his Dragon brother Grougaloragran were the greatest smiths and inventors of the Eliatrope people.


Alternative Title(s): The Ultimate Blacksmith


TWA god of the forge

The stock forge god TWA uses in his pantheon.

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