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Basic Trope: Weapons, commonly swords, that are made of energy such as light.

  • Straight: The Sealed Starlight is a two foot sword with a pure laser blade.
  • Exaggerated: The Sealed Starlight is a BFS made purely of light.
  • Downplayed: The Sealed Starlight uses a laser coating to cover the metal blade.
  • Justified: Sealed Starlight's blade is electromagnetically contained plasma.
  • Inverted: Holy Gaia is a handle made of pure light, with a physical blade extending forth.
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  • Subverted: The Sealed Starlight is actually a heated monomolecular Vibrosword with a disguise field.
  • Double Subverted: ...Which is what Bob wants you to think, so you waste your time with the wrong countermeasures.
  • Parodied: Sealed Starlight turns out to be an oversized laser pointer.
  • Zig Zagged: Sealed Starlight is actually just a metal blade with a disguise field... A disguise field that's so hyper-lethal the Sealed Starlight is effectively a laser blade nonetheless. However to save power the disguise field automatically shuts down as the sword's movements become more erratic, making it useless in a fight... Unless delivering only quick, precise strikes. Even then...
  • Averted: There are no melee weapons made of energy, either because the tech is impossible or because melee warfare is completely obsolete.
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  • Enforced: "We need a light up, but accurate toy to sell for Bob's weapon. Let's make it a laser blade!"
  • Lampshaded: "A laser sword? How many times you nearly kill yourself mastering that?"
  • Invoked: Bob studies plasma technology precisely so he can one day make the "Sealed Starlight", having always wanted a laser blade.
  • Exploited: Drake sabotages Bob's Sealed Starlight, so it'll activate and skewer Bob.
  • Defied: "Laser blade? That's a horribly inefficient use of the technology required, plus by that point making a gun would be the smarter idea. So, goodbye."
  • Discussed: "So Bob's weapon the Sealed Starlight is apparently a laser blade? Seems horribly impractical though." "Well, depends on what he's using it for. Laser blades would be very sharp, so the mundane and rescue applications are certainly useful."
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  • Conversed: "Sure, a laser blade looks pretty cool, but realistically that kind of weapon is more likely to kill anyone who tries using it!" "All the better really, given such a deadly weapon shouldn't be in the hands of irresponsible people."
  • Implied: The red glow given off by the Sealed Starlight ends up causing injuries to anyone who touches it, though whether the glow is an actual laser or just a byproduct of heat nobody knows.
  • Deconstructed: The technology used to make just one Sealed Starlight is insanely expensive, let alone the fact the sheer power makes it better as a bomb. Preexisting swordsmanship also won't help much, given the radically different nature. Thus, the extreme difficulty in replacing it, mastering it, and keeping it maintained makes the Sealed Starlight completely impractical as a weapon.
  • Reconstructed: Whilst the Sealed Starlight may be an extremely dangerous and normally impractical weapon, that also means nobody has real countermeasures. Thus, by exercising caution and armoring the handle, users of the Sealed Starlight are able to go unopposed.
  • Played For Laughs: The Sealed Starlight's blade is practically psychedelic, causing Bob to occasionally freak out thinking he's high.
  • Played For Drama: The Sealed Starlight is a very difficult weapon to master, and in the process of doing so Bob ends up crippling himself trying to sheath it.

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