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Basic Trope: Bladed weapon that uses vibration to enhance its lethality.

  • Straight: Bob's sonic sword is able to buzzsaw through physical objects.
  • Exaggerated: Bob's sonic sword vibrates so fast it can fire sword beams, cut through energy, and even the physical laws of reality.
  • Downplayed: Bob's sword vibrates, adding an extra "punch" to its sharpness and Bob's strength to more easily slice through objects.
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  • Justified: Speed is one third of power, thus allowing Bob's sonic sword to hit harder.
  • Inverted: Bob's kinetic drainer siphons away the speed of those it strike, thus giving him all the time in the world to attack them.
  • Subverted: Though Bob's sword has a waiving look to it, in actuality that's because of the heat it puts off.
  • Double Subverted: ...However the actual vibrating is simply outside human perception, the heat the result of that speed instead.
  • Parodied:
    • The vibroblade obviously wasn't originally intended to be a sword, considering its bright pink colouration and phallic shape...
    • Bob's sonic sword isn't actually used to attack his enemies, it's used to distract them with a really, really good time.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's sword has a clear waiving look to it, but in actuality is a Laser Blade that's unstable... Except it isn't unstable enough to do that, thus returning to the assumption its a sonic sword. However getting close to the sword makes it apparent it gives off a lot of heat, yet that's because it vibrates so fast. Still...
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  • Averted: Whilst there may be vibrating tools and objects, vibrating weapons don't exist either because it'll be too much of a hassle or there was never any real demand for one.
  • Enforced: "This show is contractually obliged to include something suggestive. So, let's give Bob's sword vibrating capabilities."
  • Lampshaded: "Should you really be wielding that with one hand? Must be really sore or numb after a while..."
  • Invoked: Bob, nowhere near as good as the master swordsmen he knows, makes a sonic sword so he can win with overwhelming power.
  • Exploited: Drake knocks Bob's active sonic sword away, so that the continuous vibrations will further distance it and make it impossible for Bob to pick up.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to use sonic swords, deciding it isn't worth injuring his own arm just to more easily beat his foes.
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  • Discussed: "So why does Bob use a sonic sword? Just seems all kinds of impractical, what with the unsteady aim and numbing from prolonged use." "Sure, it may have downsides, but the power is undeniable."
  • Conversed: "Sure, speed may be one third of power, but anything moving fast enough without proper durability will just explode upon hitting something!" "Then I guess a sonic sword would just need sufficient durability, or at the very least only be used against objects less durable than it."
  • Implied: The "thwip" that Bob's sword should make happens too easily for the speed he's swinging it, and since nobody knows how it was made they can't come to an answer.
  • Deconstructed: Using a sonic sword means subjecting yourself to that same speed, which quickly ends up crippling the arms of anyone using them for prolonged periods. In addition, the moment they strike something more durable than them the sonic sword is going to shatter instead of merely bounce off.
  • Reconstructed: Though using a sonic sword can be dangerous, Bob and others use special equipment to safely handle the vibrations. In addition, new sonic swords are extensively tested beforehand to make them as durable as possible, and if they can't get further make it clear at what point a sonic sword will fail.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice coyly alludes to what pointy, vibrating objects are commonly used for, making Bob embarrassingly defend himself.
  • Played For Drama: The vibrations of Bob's sonic sword means his aim incredibly unsteady, thus failing to land the killing blow or even accidentally murdering the person he was trying to rescue.

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