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Swords of Legend

List of fictional swords

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[edit] In Arthurian fiction

Arthur's sword Caledfwlch (Excalibur).

Excalibur is featured in every tale of Arthur or Merlin ever written, in some form or another. The examples below list two of the more distinctive takes on Arthurian swords.

[edit] Bernard Cornwell: The Warlord Chronicles
  • Caledfwlch (Known as "Excalibur" in accepted Arthurian Legend)- sword of Arthur ap Neb
  • Hywelbane - sword of Derfel Cadarn, champion of Dumnonia
  • The Christ-blade (formerly Tanlladwyr, "Brightkiller") - sword of Lancelot

[edit] Stephen R. Lawhead: The Pendragon Cycle

[edit] In Chinese fiction

[edit] Romance of the Three Kingdoms

  • Heavenly Sword (倚天劍/倚天剑) : One of the two magnificent swords described in chapter 41 as being owned by the warlord Cao Cao. Cao Cao carried this sword personally.
  • Qinggang Sword (青釭劍/青釭剑) : This was bestowed by Cao Cao to his clansman, Xiahou En. During the Battle of Changban Knoll, it was claimed by Zhao Yun as a booty after killing Xiahou En in combat. Known in the book as Black Pommel. (Luo Guanzhong, Three Kingdoms p736, ch41)

[edit] Jin Yong's fiction

  • Heavenly Sword (倚天劍/倚天剑) : An extremely sharp and sturdy sword rivalled only by its counterpart, the Dragon Slaying Sabre (屠龍刀/屠龍刀). Originally, this sword and its counterpart were made from the Black Metal Sword (玄鐵重劍/玄铁重剑). In the 3rd revised edition of the novel, this sword was made by the Gentleman's Sword (君子劍/君子剑) and Lady's sword(淑女劍/淑女剑) . It was crafted by Huang Rong to hide a secret.
  • Dragon Slaying Sabre (屠龍刀/屠龍刀): An extremely heavy sword rivalled by its counterpart, the Heavenly Sword (倚天劍/倚天剑). The sword was crafted from the Black Metal Sword (玄鐵重劍/玄铁重剑). It too was crafted by Huang Rong to hide a secret.
  • Gentleman's Sword (君子劍/君子剑) : One of a pair of magnificent swords found by Yang Guo.
  • Lady's Sword (淑女劍/淑女剑) : One of a pair of magnificent swords found by Yang Guo.
  • Black Metal Sword (玄鐵重劍/玄铁重剑) : A very heavy sword without a sharp edge made of nearly indestructible black metal. It was used by the legendary Dugu Qiubai (獨孤求敗, literally Lonely (person) seeking Defeat), and found by Yang Guo. It requires great amounts of inner power (內功, power to control the qi in one's body) to wield the blade.

[edit] In Japanese mythology

Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the grass cutter, is a legendary Japanese sword as important to Japan's history as Excalibur is to Britain's, and is one of three Imperial Regalia of Japan. It is actually called Ama-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi ("Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven") but it is more popularly called Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi. It is also called Tsumugari-no-Tachi.

[edit] In Vietnamese legend

Main article: Heaven's Will

The magic sword of King Lê Lợi, a major Vietnamese national hero, is supposed to have made him very tall, gave him the strength of many men and was instrumental in his freeing Vietnam of Chinese occupation. Like Excalibur, it was the gift of beings living in a lake who eventually took it back (see Lê Lợi#Le Loi - Myth and Legend).

[edit] In fantasy fiction (Alphabetically by author)

[edit] Lloyd Alexander: The Chronicles of Prydain

  • Dyrnwyn: the sword of Prince Gwydion, made by Govannion the Lame by command of King Rhydderch Hael.

[edit] Andrei Belyanin: Sword with No Name

  • Sword with No Name: a magic sword participating in the medieval deathly role game. It independently chooses the hero from any age, entitle him as Landgrave of the Sword with No Name and obliges him to struggle against the tyrant and usurper Riezenkampff. A sword has long narrow blade made from white-bluish metal, long handle, hardly curved cross-piece and no decoration. It is heated up at approaching of the enemies, can operate independently in a hand, destroy any barrier, besides it goes on call of its owner. Sword with No Name is an arm of generosity, honour and justice: it can't hurt the innocent person.

[edit] Terry Brooks: Shannara series

  • The Sword of Leah: a sword carried by the Leah family for generations, later given the ability to cut through magic.
  • The Sword of Shannara: a magical sword with the power to reveal the truth of any being or situation. It is forged from magic and is indestructible.

[edit] Steven Brust

The Great Weapons are 17 swords and daggers created by the Serioli in order to kill the Gods for stealing their world. They absorb the souls of those they cut, though the wielder can choose to spare the souls rather than let them be destroyed. The weapons can also temporarily swallow the soul of their wielder to prevent his or her destruction. Each Great Weapon also has unique powers and properties.

  • Blackwand - a black longsword which has the ability to expel a lethal black beam. Morrolan e'Drien received it from Sethra Lavode during the events of The Lord of Castle Black. Its literal name is "Magical-Wand-for-Creating-Death-in-the-Form-of-a-Black-Sword."
  • Godslayer - a large dagger with a round, silvery pommel. It has the ability to pierce the effects of sorcery, heal its user, and change its size to suit the task. It is considered to be one of the most powerful weapons in the series. It was assembled when Vlad Taltos fused his magical chain Spellbreaker with a Morganti dagger and the soul of a dead friend during the events of Issola. Its literal name is "Remover of aspects of deity."
  • Iceflame - a pale blue dagger with a blue jewel set into it. It can create fire that burns like ice and is linked to Dzur Mountain, a place of great power. It is wielded by Sethra Lavode, the Enchantress of Dzur Mountain. Its literal name is "Dagger-Shaped-Bearer-of-Fire-That-Burns-Like-Ice."
  • Pathfinder - a shortsword with the ability to find and lead the wielder to anything and anyone. It is wielded by Aliera e'Kieron, who received it during the events of Dragon. Its literal name is "Artifact-in-Sword-Form-That-Searches-for-the-True-Path."

[edit] Jim Butcher: The Dresden Files

The Swords of the Cross: Three swords, each sword has one of the nails from Christ's crucifixion embedded inside, endowing it with a wide array of supernatural powers. Such swords can cut through almost anything, including metal. The swords can also sense evil, which causes them to glow and to let out a buzzing warning. The latter two were explained as to be reforged, and so, all three were probably similar or identical weapons.

  • Amoracchius (Love)- Broadsword
  • Fidelacchius (Faith)- Katana (hidden as a cane)
  • Esperacchius (Hope)- Saber

[edit] Lewis Carroll: Jabberwocky

  • The Vorpal Sword, which went Snicker-Snack. Vorpal swords have later been used in many Role-Playing Games. Vorpal swords are known for their uncanny ability to sever heads, as compared to Swords of Sharpness, which merely cut off arms or legs.

[edit] Jack Chalker: Dancing Gods series

  • Irving, the magic sword of Joe the Barbarian. Named after his son, Irving was unbreakable and could fly to Joe's hand when called, unless restrained in some fashion.

[edit] Joe Dever: Lone Wolf Series

  • The Sommerswerd, A powerful sword, the "sword of the sun", created by the people of Sommerlund with the help of the god Kai, and usable only by a Kai Warrior. If anyone else attempts to use the sword, many of its special powers are lost. It is a large, glowing golden sword which gives off constant light. It is sometimes described as the only weapon capable of slaying a Darklord

[edit] David Eddings

  • The Sword of the Rivan King, also known as Iron-Grip's Sword. Wielded by the King of Riva, i.e. the Heir to Riva Iron-Grip's throne. It is an enormous two-handed sword forged from meteoric metal by Riva Iron-Grip, and has the Orb of Aldur as a pommel-stone. The sword serves as a conduit of the Orb's power—almost always wreathed in blue flames when it's drawn—and the Orb carries the sword's weight so that it's almost effortless to use.
  • Cthrek Goru, the Dark Sword of Shadows wielded by Torak as the counter to The Sword of the Rivan King. It appears to be able to control the powers of Darkness and was retrieved later in the Mallorean and wielded by the Demon Lord Mordja and used to kill one of Belgarion's Companions, the Silent Man—the mute Toth.

[edit] Michael Ende: The Neverending Story

  • Sikanda, wielded and named by Bastian Balthazar Bux. It was given to him by Graograman in Chapter O. Sikanda is drawn by itself, at the sense of danger, jumping into the hand of his bearer, but it must never be forced out of its sheath.

[edit] Steven Erikson: Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen

  • Dragnipur Forged by Draconus, Now in the hands of Anomander Rake, who slew Draconus with the sword. The souls of those killed by the blade are then chained to a great wagon which may hold the Throne of High House Dark, which they are forced to pull.

[edit] David Gemmell

  • The Swords of Night and Day, wielded by Olek Skilgannon 'the Damned' in White Wolf and The Swords of Night and Day. Powerful, yet inferior, copies of the Swords of Blood and Fire.
  • The Swords of Blood and Fire, twin swords wielded by Decado in The Swords of Night and Day, and by Boranius in White Wolf. The original swords from which the Swords of Night and Day were copied.
  • Snaga, Although Druss’ "axe’s" name is Snaga, The Sender, The Blades of No Return. Druss exorcized the demon from it which is later used to imbue Gorben’s sword with similar powers as the axe; causing Gorben to become insane.

[edit] William Goldman (S. Morgenstern): The Princess Bride

[edit] Terry Goodkind: Sword of Truth series

  • Sword of Truth, wielded by Richard Rahl, a man of great inner strength who begins life as a simple forest guide. The sword has numerous powers, most notably that it rebels against being used on a target the wielder does not believe deserves to die, punishes its user after they have killed someone with it (especially someone who did not deserve to die), remembers the skills of its previous wielders, and if given to someone not worthy of the sword, will eventually transform them into a subhuman creature.

[edit] M. John Harrison: Viriconium

  • tegius Cromis's sword, "which contrary to the fashion of the time had no name" – The Pastel City et seq.

[edit] Brian Herbert: Dune series

  • Neuroblade: An electronic blade, similar in appearance to a lightsaber, which does not leave any visible marks on a victim's body. When used, causes the victim's mind to make the wounds inflicted on the body become real. Used exclusively by Hasimir Fenring.

[edit] Brian Jacques: Redwall

  • The sword of Martin the Warrior is given to the champion of Redwall Abbey. It was remade made from the metal of a falling star, after it was broken by Tsarmina and now is said to be unbreakable. It is passed down from Warrior to Warrior, and is of great importance to all the Redwall inhabitants. The sword is said to be magical, but it has been proven that its true power comes from the wielder. Although lost for a long time after Martin's death, the mouse Matthias manages to find the sword and its sheath. Its first owner was Martin's father, Luke, but it was given to Martin when Luke went to sea.

[edit] Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time series

  • Callandor — A powerful sa'angreal, also known as The Sword that is not a Sword resides in the Stone of Tear (heart of the stone)
  • Heron Mark Sword — Swords borne by blademasters. Some are Power-wrought blades of Aes Sedai make, and thus unbreakable. A majority are crafted of more mundane stuff.
  • Sword of the Malkieri Kings — Lan's sword, Aes Sedai work and unbreakable. Not heron-marked.
  • Justice — The sword of Artur Paendrag Tanreall, Artur Hawkwing.

[edit] Mercedes Lackey: Vows and Honor

  • Need — Wielded by Kethry in the Vows and Honor trilogy, then later by Kerowyn in By the Sword. Next Elspeth receives Need during the Winds series at which point the dormant sentience in the sword awakens and takes a more active role with its wielders. Nyara also receives the sword during the Winds series. This sword formed a magical bond with its wielders. The swords magical properties would only work for females or men with balanced natures. Those bonded would be driven by the sword to help women in distress while the sword's sentience was in its dormant state.

[edit] Mercedes Lackey: Winds of Fate

  • Need — In Winds of Fate, Need "awoke" and it was discovered that the blade was an ancient mage-smith who, after those she lived with were massacered by bandits, sealed her soul inside the blade, which was found shortly after by the only other survivor, a teenage girl. That girl used the sword and with the mage's assistance hunted down and killed the bandits.

[edit] Fritz Leiber: Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser

  • Graywand — The name of the longsword wielded by the barbarian, Fafhrd.
  • Heartseeker — Fafhrd's dagger, often used as a throwing weapon.
  • Cat's Claw — The Grey Mouser's Dirk.
  • Scalpel — A thin-bladed rapier that is often dual wielded along with Cat's Claw.

Note: Lieber's stories make it clear that these names are given to whatever weapons are currently in the possession of the two characters, not to a specific, unique item.

[edit] George R. R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire

  • Blackfyre — ancestral Valyrian steel sword of House Targaryen, given to his bastard Daemon Blackfyre by Aegon IV. Lost in the Blackfyre Rebellion.
  • Brightroar — Valyrian steel sword of House Lannister, lost along with King Tommen II before the time of the series.
  • Dark Sister — a Valyrian steel sword of House Targaryen, wielded by the likes of Aemon the Dragonknight and Ser Brynden Rivers, whereabouts unknown.
  • Dawn — the ancestral sword of House Dayne with a blade forged from a fallen star. Returned to Starfall by Ned Stark; current bearer unknown.
  • Heartsbane — the ancestral Valyrian steel greatsword of House Tarly. Borne by Randyll Tarly of Horn Hill.
  • Ice — the ancestral Valyrian steel greatsword of House Stark, now melted down and re-forged. Borne by Ned Stark until his execution by Ser Ilyn Payne, who used Ice to do it.
  • Lady Forlorn — ancestral sword of House Corbray, currently borne by Ser Lyn Corbray of the Vale.
  • Lightbringer - a legendary weapon created by Azor Ahai, legendary savior/hero of the faith of R'hllor. While Stannis Baratheon claims to bear it, and indeed possesses a sword which glows with the color of fire but gives off no heat, characters have doubted whether his weapon is genuine, and whether King Stannis is truly the Prince that was Promised.
  • Lion's Tooth — a child-sized longsword borne by Prince Joffrey of House Baratheon. Taken from him by Arya Stark and thrown into a river.
  • Longclaw — the ancestral Valyrian steel bastard sword of House Mormont, given now to Jon Snow. The collectibles company Valyrian Steel is producing an authorized replica of this blade, expected to ship to consumers by the end of 2008.
  • Needle — a side-sword given to Arya Stark by her half-brother Jon Snow when he left Winterfell to serve on the Wall; Arya has retained it as her last tie to House Stark, despite (willfully) discarding all other indications of her identity. Arya has been trained in its use by a water dancer of Braavos, though Jon Snow's original lesson remains most pertinent: "Stick them with the pointy end."
  • Nightfall — a Valyrian Sword owned by Ser Harras Harlaw.
  • Oathkeeper — a Valyrian steel longsword that was also forged from the remains of Ice. It was given to Jaime Lannister by his father, who then gave it to Brienne of Tarth.
  • Red Rain — Probably the ancestral sword of House Rayne, now property of House Drumm.
  • Widow's Wail — a Valyrian steel longsword forged from the remains of Ice and presented to King Joffrey by his grandfather during his wedding feast. Current whereabouts unspecified, though probably re-gifted to Joffrey's heir and younger brother King Tommen (Joffrey having been assassinated at aforementioned wedding feast).

[edit] China Miéville: The Scar

  • Possible Sword — A relic of the probability-mining Ghosthead Empire, now owned by Uther Doul. When activated, it will exist simultaneously where it is and where it could be, allowing it to inflict hundreds of wounds simultaneously.

[edit] Michael Moorcock: Eternal Champion series

As Moorcock co-opts some characters from legend and myth as avatars of the Eternal Champion, this list might also include:

[edit] C.S. Lewis: Chronicles of Narnia series

  • Rhindon - The sword given to Peter Pevensie by Father Christmas to fight against the White Witch in battle. The sword was placed in a chamber during his joint reign as King over Narnia with his brothers and sisters. Upon his return to Narnia, he reclaimed Rhindon until Aslan told him that he would never return. He then gave King Caspian his sword.

[edit] Christopher Paolini: Inheritance cycle

The Dragon Riders' swords of the Inheritance cycle have all been made by the elf smith Rhunön, who makes them depending on the Rider's style of fighting. The swords are forged by metal from shooting stars that fall from the sky, hence the name "brightsteel". The blades and scabbards are also colored during forging, usually matching the colored scales of the Rider's dragon. Since the Riders' extinction by Galbatorix, only a few swords remain in existence:

  • Zar'roc, or Misery, as it is known in the ancient language. It is iridescent red, and about three and a half feet. Zar’roc has a long, teardrop-shaped gold pommel, with the sides cut away to reveal a ruby the size of an egg. The hilt is wrapped in silver wire and the sheath is wine red and smooth as glass. It is adorned solely by a strange black symbol etched into it. The handle fits Eragon’s hand perfectly. Zar’roc was originally owned by Morzan of the Forsworn, Eragon's father (as he assumes at the end of book two, Eldest), and it was given to Eragon by Brom. Eragon wielded it and slew the Shade Durza before it was taken from him by his brother, Murtagh, during the Battle of the Burning Plains.
  • Naegling is the sword of the elder rider Oromis. It is golden in color. The name is based after the sword used by the hero Beowulf of the Anglo-Saxon poem of the same name.
  • Brisingr is Eragon's new sword. He, with the help of Saphira and Rhunön, forged it when he returned to Ellsesméra in the third book, Brisingr. It is blue in color and bursts into flames of a similar color when Eragon speaks its name, the same name for fire in the ancient language.
  • Arvindr is a sword of unknown ownership held in the Elven city of Nädindel. The color and other features are unknown as of Brisingr.
  • Támerlein is the sword of the dragon rider Arva who parished in battle at the time of the fall of the riders. It is deep green in color and has an emerald in the pommel. It is the same length Zar'roc, with a rounder tip and wider blade, and had a heavier built hilt. It currently belongs to House Valtharos and is held by Lord Fiolr, the mate of Arva's sister, Naudra. Fiolr allowed Eragon to test the sword for himself, but Eragon felt that the sword wasn't right for him.
  • Undbitr was Brom's Rider sword. Brom lost the sword years ago, but its fate is unknown.
  • The name of Galbatorix's sword has yet to be revealed.

[edit] Tamora Pierce: Song of the Lioness

  • Lightning - A magical sword wielded by Alanna of Trebond who found it in the ruins of Barony Olau. When finding Lightning Alanna was almost killed by an unknown dark power, but Lightning saved her by burning the darkness with the crystal on its hilt. Besides having a crystal on its hilt, it was thinner and lighter than a broadsword. In the third book, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Lightning broke during a battle with deranged hillmen. But Alanna mended Lightning by combining the broken pieces with The Crystal Blade using a spell she learned from the Bazhir.
  • The Crystal Blade - This sword had a crystal on the hilt and dark powers to make its wielder love to kill. Everyone including Alanna had trouble controlling this power. The previous owner had been taken over by the sword. Alanna used this blade to mend her sword, Lightning, which broke during a battle with the hillmen. In the fourth book, Lioness Rampant, she learned that the crystal blade was made by her archenemy, Duke Roger of Conté.

[edit] Phillip Pullman: His Dark Materials Trilogy

  • The Subtle Knife - Also known as Æsahættr, or the god destroyer. The Subtle Knife is unique for being able to cut through anything, even so far as the fifth dimension. It plays an important role in the His Dark Materials trilogy, where it was first used by Giacomo Paradisi, then passed down to Will Parry shortly before his death. It has affinities with the version of Arthurian myth that claimed Excalibur could cut through any metal.

[edit] Jennifer Roberson: The Novels of Tiger and Del

  • Single-Stroke - used by Sandtiger until it broke, replaced by Samiel.
  • Boreal - jivatma used by Delilah until she broke it.
  • Samiel - jivatma used by Tiger until he broke it.

[edit] The Hero and the Crown

  • Gonturan- Aerins Sword, which helps her kill Agsded the evil wizard

[edit] J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter series

  • Godric Gryffindor's Sword - a sword in the Harry Potter series. Can only be wielded by a "True Gryffindor". In the last book, it is revealed that it is goblin-made, and therefore, goblins take ownership of it. However, when a true Gryffindor arises, it comes out of the sorting hat. It is first pulled out by Harry Potter in Chamber of Secrets and then by Neville Longbottom in the Deathly Hallows and used to kill the last horcrux - Nagini the snake.

[edit] Fred Saberhagen: Books of the Swords

The Twelve Swords of Power, each with a unique magic property, were forged by Vulcan and capriciously scattered across a world in which technology had been replaced by magic and the deities of classical antiquity returned.

  • Coinspinner - a sword which brings luck to its wielder but may desert him at any moment.
  • Doomgiver - the "sword of justice," which turns any attack back on the attacker.
  • Dragonslicer - a sword which transcends dragons' resistance to normal weapons (but does not protect the wielder in any way).
  • Farslayer - a sword which kills a named victim, regardless of distance, when it is thrown by its wielder... Who may, of course, become the next target.
  • Woundhealer - a sword which heals diseases and injuries and cannot be used as a weapon.
  • Mindsword - the "Sword of Glory" or "Skulltwister," which inspires instant and fanatic loyalty to the wielder.
  • Shieldbreaker - a sword which destroys any weapon, including other Swords... but which cannot harm any creature not bearing a weapon, nor will it allow its wielder to use any other method than itself to attempt to attack another being, even if that being is unarmed.
  • Sightblinder - a sword which causes its wielder to be perceived by observers as someone they either fear or trust, giving the power of disguise but not the power of stealth.
  • Soulcutter - the "Tyrant's Blade," which imposes instant and unbreakable depression on anyone nearby—including the wielder.
  • Stonecutter - a sword which can cut through stone.
  • Townsaver - a sword which will protect the innocent from any number of attackers... But does not protect its wielder.
  • Wayfinder - a sword which leads the wielder to whatever he seeks... But by the most dangerous way.

See also: The Song of Swords

[edit] R. A. Salvatore: Demon Wars

The elves made seven swords out of their fabulous metal silvril, and entrusted the weapons to the human rangers they trained in their distinctive straight-line fighting style.

  • Defender was a sword with its hilt set with several magical magnetite gemstones which, when activated, could make a steel weapon be powerfully drawn to the blade.
  • Flamedancer was a very thin, flexible sword with rubies set in its hilt. The blade could burst into flame. It was given to a To-Gai-Ru ranger, who was killed before he could return to his homeland, and later recovered by another To-Gai-Ru ranger.
  • Icebreaker was a massive two-handed sword crafted especially for the northern ranger Andacanavar, and was the largest single item ever forged of silvril. In fact, it was large to the point where the elves were forced to improvise a fighting style to teach Andacanavar, as the elves' b'nelle desada would not work with the weapon's massive weight and reach.
  • Tempest is perhaps the ultimate weapon for the elven b'nelle desada, a straight, slim, somewhat short one-handed sword designed to efficiently penetrate armor and skewer an opponent. Its hilt was eventually set with several magical gemstones, including graphite, which gave it the ability to fire lightning bolts.

[edit] R. A Salvatore: Forgotten Realms

The two most renowned blades in the Forgotten Realms are that very same dark elf's twin scimitars: Twinkle and Icingdeath.

  • 'Twinkle was a finely crafted scimitar that was given to Drizzt Do 'Urden by Malcor Harpell the wizard when he (along with Bruenor Battlehammer, Regis, and Wulfgar) were on a journey to find Bruenors childhood home: Mithril Hall. Twinkle glows a soft blue light when Drizzt wields it that can be suppressed with a thought
  • Icingdeath was a diamond edged scimitar found in the lair of the white dragon: Icingdeath. Icingdeath (the sword) was found before Drizzt received Twinkle but wasn't named until the Paths of Darkness. For a long time it was just called "the other scimitar" which was wielded in his right hand. Icingdeath has glows an icy blue when minions of fire are nearby and was created for the sole reason of destroying them. The wielder of Icingdeath gains an immunity to fire as long as they hold it in their possession.

Another set of blades of great renown are those of his nemesis: Artemis Entreri, the assassin

  • The Jeweled Dagger was Artemis Enteri's trademark weapon. A finely crafted blade with a "particularly useful" ability: life vampirism. A living creature that is stabbed by the dagger will have the sensation of their life being sucked out of them... which is exactly what happens. The wielder of the dagger can draw the very life of a victim, which in turn, can heal and restore the strength of the wielder. The jeweled dagger is always present on Artemis Entreri's person (and is used as a secondary weapon to his sabre and eventually Charon's Claw).
  • Charon's Claw is a sentient blood-red blade that will destroy the mind of anyone of not strong enough will to suppress it. Artemis Entreri took the blade (along with a magic-absorbing glove) from Pasha Kohrin to gain a defense against the mercenary dark elf Jarlaxle's spellcasting lieutenants (Rai-guy the wizard-priest and Kimmuriel the psionicist). Besides an insatiable hunger to kill, Charons Claw's special quality is the ability to bring up a wall of black ash. Charons Claw replaced his enchanted sabre that he lost in a battle with Drizzt Do 'Urden.

Other great blades of renown in the Forgotten Realms

  • Khazid'hea also known as Cutter is wielded by the adopted daughter of Bruenor Battle Hammer, Cattie Brie. The sword is sentient and always seeks out the strongest fighter it comes across. It's special property is the ability to 'cut' through anything including armor, wood, stone and even dwarven steel. It was once infatuated with becoming Drizzt Do 'Urden's blade until Cattie Brie mastered it causing it's head to form the shape of a unicorn.

[edit] Paul Seifert: Legacy of X

  • Forsaken, a sword that is bonded to its host till death. It takes the blood of the host to increase its own strength and in turn protects its host from any danger by means of moving on its own. It can also emit a flame of hell from its tip. It is 6'2" in length (including the handle, which is 1'1" long) and weighs around 50 lbs. The full extent of its power has never been known to any mortal.

[edit] J. R. R. Tolkien: Middle-earth setting

Non-canon swords (movie only):

See also: Middle-earth swords (category)

[edit] Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman: Darksword series

  • Hawk, Prince Gerald's enchanted sword. This relic from the Iron Wars has a built in ability which would make it thrust unerringly once the command words "Hawk, strike" are spoken.
  • The Dark Sword, Fashioned by Joram from an alloy of darkstone and iron. This crude one-piece blade, hilt, and handle has the resemblance of a dark humanoid figure forever frozen in crucifixion. It has the power to negate all magics cast upon it or its wielder.

[edit] Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman: Starshield series

  • Nightsword - The enchanted sword that gives the second book in the series its name. It has the power to grant its wielder's wishes.

[edit] Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman: Dragonlance Chronicles series

  • Wyrmslayer - The sword of Qualenesti Elven king Kith-Kathan, later given by the dead king to Tanis Half-Elven. Hums when in the presence of dragons.

[edit] Tad Williams: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn

The Great Swords, which give the series its name:

  • Memory, also called Minneyar - iron sword of King Fingil Bloodfist, taken up by Seoman Snowlock (Simon)
  • Sorrow, also called Jingizu - witchwood/iron sword of Ineluki, the Storm King
  • Thorn - Sir Camaris' long sword crafted from the tailings of a fallen star.

The Great Swords require no maintenance to stay sharp. They also possess a limited sentience, and will become easier to wield when the situation warrants (e.g. when the wielder is in danger). Lesser swords also named in the series:

  • Naidel, Prince Josua's thin rapier
  • Kvalnir, Duke Isgrimnur's blade
  • Bright-Nail, Prester John's holy blade (later revealed to be Memory in disguise)
  • Indreju, Jiriki's witchwood sword

[edit] Gene Wolfe: Book of the New Sun

  • Terminus Est - Carried by the protagonist, the Torturer Severian. Has liquid metal (mercury, referred to by its Latin name hydrargyrum) within the blade, making it hard to lift and giving more power on the downswing.

[edit] Roger Zelazny: Chronicles of Amber

  • Grayswandir used by Corwin of Amber. Grayswandir is associated with the moon and the night.
  • Werewindle used by Brand of Amber. Werewindle is associated with the sun.

[edit] (Various authors): Forgotten Realms setting

  • Clamorer, sword of Peirgeiron Paladinson, Lord of Waterdeep.
  • Hill Cleaver, holy avenger sword of Dragonbait.
  • Godsbane, wielded by Cyric during the Time of Troubles. It actually was a disguised Avatar of Mask.
  • Icingdeath and Twinkle, scimitars wielded by Drizzt Do'Urden.
  • Khazid'hea, an intelligent sword wielded by the drow weapons master Dantrag Baenre and later by Catti-brie.
  • Charon's Claw, an intelligent, malevolent sword and wielded by the assassin Artemis Entreri.
  • Weaveshear, magic destroying sword wielded by Erevis Cale
  • Dark Swords were the swords made of strands of shadow essence, wielded by the warriors of Vaasa. If an improper user held the blades, the blades hilt would freeze their hands.
  • Spike Sword The Story of one fearless mans righteous conquest to ride his chivalrous steed throughout the land of doncaster and thrust his Spike Sword into willing young maidens. The sword its self is said to be herculean in size with great magnitude in girth with a formidable reach, wielded by his own hands it was a weapon that was feared throughout the villages of doncaster.

[edit] In other fiction

  • Rain Dragon, owned by Judge Dee in the novels of Robert van Gulik
  • Balaraw (also known as Espada ni Panday, Meteorite Sword, dagger) - sword of a Filipino fictional hero called Panday [1]
  • St. Michael's Sword, from the novel Riptide. It supposedly has the power to kill anyone who looks at it. In reality, it can also kill its wielder, being forged from a meteorite composed of radioactive isotope of iridium.

[edit] In movies and television

[edit] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

[edit] Robin of Sherwood

The Seven Swords of Wayland

  • Albion, the sword of Herne's Son (Robin Hood). It cannot be used to slay him.
  • Beleth
  • Morax
  • Solas
  • Orias
  • Faluros
  • Eligor

The power of the sword is neither good nor evil until used. In the episode "The Swords of Wayland" a coven gains all seven and attempts to summon Lucifer. This is thwarted by Robin Hood who reclaims his sword, Albion, and see the other six apparently destroyed. Any special abilities of the other swords were not discussed in the show, so not much is known about them beyond their names.

[edit] Heroes

[edit] Hook

  • Pan Sword - In the 1991 movie Hook, Peter Pan had a sword made of a gold blade and the handle made from a coconut. After Peter left Neverland and grew up, Rufio, a Lost Boy, took the sword and became the new Pan. When Peter came back to rescue his children and reawakened his past, Rufio gave the sword back to him. The sword has no powers but, sometimes, the blade seems to sing when a new owner, or an original owner holds it.

[edit] Star Wars

[edit] The Golden Blade

  • The Sword of Damaskus, a golden sword that can cut anything and makes its wielder invincible is used by Harun Al-Rashid (Rock Hudson) to free a fairy-tale Bagdad from Jafar, the evil usurper of the throne.

[edit] Star Trek New Frontier

  • Captain M'k'n'zy of Calhoun Mackenzie Calhoun has a sword which he took from a Dantari on the walls of his ready room.

[edit] Bionicle

  • The Fire Sword was Tahu Mata's Toa Tool. It could be used to channel Tahu's Fire powers. This tool was also used by Akamai, a being resulting in the fusion of Tahu, Onua, and Pohatu The Firesword was changed into twin Magma Swords when Tahu was transformed into a Toa Nuva by Energized Protodermis.
  • Kopaka's Ice Sword was his Toa Tool as a Toa Mata, along with his Ice Shield. It could have been used to channel his Ice powers. Before he became a Toa Nuva, Kopaka had only one blade, but it was less powerful and could not have been used as a mode of transportation.
  • Magma Swords, are Tahu Nuva's Swords that turn into a surfboard. A similar set of swords, the Fire great Swords are used by toa Lhikan.
  • Ice swords, used by Kopaka that can double as ice skates.
  • The Air Sword is Toa Lesovikk's Toa Tool. It can be used to channel his Elemental Power of Air.
  • Toa Lewa Nuva's Toa Tools are called Air Katana. He can hold them up to his sides as glider wings, or spin them as seen in BIONICLE: Mask of Light.

Reidak snapped one of Lewa Nuva's Air Katana in half over his knee in BIONICLE Legends 1: Island of Doom. The other was confiscated after he was knocked unconscious and put in the Piraka Stronghold. Lewa was later able to retrieve it when they raided it. After the Voya Nui Resistance Team had rescued the Toa Nuva, one of them had offered to make Lewa a new Katana.

  • Energized Ice/Lightning sword used by Matoro Inika. It shot ice beams intwertwined with lightning.
  • Energized Fire/Lightning Sword used by Jaller Inika. It shot fire beams intertwined with lightning.
  • A power sword used by Jaller Mahri.
  • The Aqua Warblade is Hewkii Mahri's Toa Tool and is one of the finest weapons in existence. It is said to be one of the finest swords ever made, designed to be used only by a master warrior. While Hewkii has had this weapon ever since he became a Toa Mahri, he seems to channel his Stone powers through his hands instead.
  • Aero Slicers, Matau's toa tools. Used to channel his elemental power of air. He was also able to attach them to his back and use them as glider wings and rotors. They were strong enough to cut through energy fields.
  • The Fire Great Swords, are two enormous blades owned by toa lihkan and seen in Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui released in October 2004. They connect along the toothed blade to make a shield that also works as a lava surf board.

[edit] Zatoichi

A Shikomizue is sword hidden in a cane , with a dagger hidden in the hilt, is the blind swordsman Zatoichi's potent weapon in the Japanese series of movies.

[edit] Power Rangers

  • Power Sword: Was the default weapon of the Red Rangers Jason Lee Scott and Rocky DeSantos in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It had a razor-sharp blade and could be energized with red energy, for instance, when Jason was battling the evil Green Ranger, and energized the blade before throwing it towards the Green Ranger, knocking the Sword of Darkness out of his hands.
  • Sword of Darkness: Sword that the evil Green Ranger, Tommy, used. It also allowed Rita to maintain her evil spell on Tommy and gave Tommy extraordinary power. Jason destroyed it, and Tommy was able to break free and join the Power Rangers.
  • Sword of Power: A powerful sword that could give extra power to a Ranger that holds it. It could only be summoned when all six Rangers were present and combined their powers. In the episode "The Green Dream", Lord Zedd put Tommy in a trance to steal the sword for his monster, RoboGoat, which made it extra powerful. Tommy was released from the trance upon giving up the sword and tried to get it back, but RoboGoat weakened his Green Ranger power by a lot. Jason, the Red Ranger, faced RoboGoat one-on-one, and got the sword back for Zordon.
  • Sword of Light: A sword that allowed Zordon to transfer the powers of Rangers to new chosen Rangers. Zordon used it only once on Jason Lee Scott, Zack Taylor, and Trini Kwan in order make Rocky DeSantos, Adam Park, and Aisha Campbell the new Red, Black, and Yellow Rangers.
  • Saba. This was a talking saber which granted Tommy Oliver, as the White Ranger, control of the Tigerzord. It also assisted Tommy in piloting the Zord. Saba was able to levitate and shoot energy out of his eyes. Though Saba was created by the power of Thunder, he was restored after Tommy gained the White Ninja Ranger powers.
  • The Alien Rangers each had a sword of their own.
  • The Zeo Rangers each had a small sword as their sidearm, along with their blasters.
  • Zeo Sword. Was the personal weapon of Zeo Ranger V, Tommy Oliver, in Power Rangers: Zeo.
  • Turbo Sword. A sword carried by each Turbo Ranger. The handle could be pulled back for an extra power boost. Appears in Power Rangers Turbo.
  • Turbo Lightning Sword: Red Turbo Ranger's personal weapon.
  • Spiral Saber: Red Ranger's personal weapon in Power Rangers in Space. It featured a distinct drill-like blade, and could be combined with an Astro Blaster and equipped with a "Booster" attachment at the blade's tip to increase its firepower.
  • Super Silverizer: The Silver Ranger's personal weapon doubles as a blaster and a sword in Power Rangers in Space.
  • Quasar Sabers: A quintet of legendary swords that rested on the Planet Mirinoi for over 3,000 years awaiting the chosen ones of legend in Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy. Once released from the stone, the Sabers granted each of their wielders Ranger powers. They can charge up for elemental slashes and can slice through chain.
  • Magna Blaster: Magna Defender's signature rifle can also transform into a sword when the gun's handle is bent back and pulled out.
  • Savage Sword: A sword that was said to be more powerful than the Quasar Sabers combined. It grew more powerful after each successful hit. The Pink Psycho Ranger managed to retrieve it to fight the Space and Galaxy Rangers, even destroying the Pink Space Ranger's Astro Morpher. The Pink Galaxy Ranger sacrificed her life to restore the Morpher and destroy the sword.
  • Chrono Sabers: Each Ranger, in Power Rangers: Time Force, carries two Chrono Sabers, which can also double as a lance. In battle, the Chrono Sabers can fire energy projectiles and are used to deliver a Time Strike. The Rangers can also spin around like a tornado and strike an opponent.
  • Quantum Defender: Wes, the Quantum Ranger's, personal firearm can change into a sword. Can deliver its own "Blizzard Slash" where it charges with blue energy and slashes the enemy two times. It can be used to give the Q-Rex more power to destroy Doomtron in the final battle.
  • Golden Eagle Sword: Yellow Ranger's primary weapon, in Power Rangers: Wild Force.
  • Ninja Swords: The Ninja Storm basic sword. This weapon can transform in lasers
  • Golden Ninja Swords: A powered version of the Ninja Swords; with this weapon, each Ranger can make a special element slash
  • Samurai Saber: The personal weapon of green samurai ranger; with this weapon, Cam can produce a Power Slash
  • Thundermax Saber: The basic sword of Dino Thunder
  • SPD practice Katana: A basic katana for practice. Jack uses this weapon but was useless against the Shadow Saber.
  • Shadow Saber: This is the personal blade of the Shadow Ranger. With this sword, Crugger can deflect bullets and slice the enemy like butter
  • Excelsior. A sword sought by Thrax, it was held by a female statue that eventually came to life after seeing the determination of the then-powerless Operation Overdrive Rangers and deemed them worthy of wielding the sword.
  • Sentinel Sword: Sentinel Knight merged with Excelsior, giving him the ability to transform into a sword, which the rangers could carry and wield. By turning the knob on its hilt, it transforms him back into the Sentinel Knight. He can also enlarge and wielded in battle by the DriveMax Megazord.

[edit] In computer games and video games

[edit] Monster Hunter

Many other weapons exist in the Monster Hunter game, but only the Sword Types are listed here.

Final forms of Great Swords(GS)

  • Chrome Razor
  • GMR Chrome Heart
  • Frozen Tuna
  • Eager Cleaver
  • Sentinel
  • Lacerator Blade+
  • Tactical Blade
  • Sieglinde
  • Seigmund
  • Great Serpentblade
  • Rathalos Firesword
  • Tormentor
  • Plesioth Water Sword
  • Eternal Annihilator
  • Black Katana MKII
  • Divine Slasher
  • Ancient Blade
  • Red Dragonsword
  • Large Bone

Final forms of Sword and Shields (SnS)

  • Poison Battleaxe
  • Deathprize
  • Deadly Poison
  • Monoblos Club
  • Blazing Falchion
  • Corona
  • Sandman Finsword
  • Master's Blade
  • Eternal Strife
  • Spiked Bat
  • Thundertip
  • Black Dragon Sword
  • Iron Chefblade
  • Kirin Bolt Ultimus
  • Catburglar
  • Ninja Sword
  • Odyssey

Final forms of Dual Swords (DS)

  • Cutlass+
  • Cyclone
  • Dual Diablo+
  • Dual Dragon Ultimus
  • Dual Tomahawk+
  • Gradios Ultimus
  • Guild Saber
  • Guillotine
  • Insector+

[edit] Devil May Cry series

[edit] Final Fantasy series

For more, see List of Final Fantasy weapons.

[edit] Fire Emblem series

[edit] Kingdom Hearts series

The Kingdom Hearts series of video games prominently features a weapon known as the Keyblade, a combination of sword and oversized key with powers mostly related to the opening or sealing of locks. The Keyblade carried by Sora, the series' protagonist, can be changed to different forms by attaching different keychains. The various keychains are mostly patterned after the worlds or characters from which they were obtained.

This is a list of keyblades by name.[1]

  • Kingdom Key
  • Oathkeeper
  • Oblivion
  • Star Seeker
  • Hidden Dragon
  • Hero's Crest
  • Monochrome
  • Follow The Wind
  • Circle Of Life
  • Photon Debugger
  • Gull Wing
  • Rumbling Rose
  • Guardian Soul
  • Wishing Lamp
  • Decisive Pumpkin
  • Sweet Memories
  • Mysterious Abyss
  • Sleeping Lion
  • Bond Of Flame
  • Fatal Crest
  • Fenrir
  • Ultima Weapon
  • Jungle King
  • Three Wishes
  • Crabclaw
  • Pumpkinhead
  • Fairy Harp
  • Wishing Star
  • Spellbinder
  • Metal Chocobo
  • Olympia
  • Lionheart
  • Divine Rose
  • Lady Luck
  • Destined Encounter[2]
  • Winner's Proof[3]
  • Diamond Dust
  • One-Winged Angel
  • Inverted Kingdom Key
  • Anti-Key
  • Lost Heart
  • Way To the Dawn

[edit] The Legend of Zelda series

[edit] Lineage II

  • Caliburs
  • Dual Artisan Swords
  • Dual Crimson Swords
  • Dual Elven Long Sword
  • Dual Keshanberks
  • Dual Knight's Sword
  • Dual Raid Swords
  • Dual Stormbringer
  • Dual Sword of Limit
  • Dual Sword of Nightmare
  • Dual Tsurugi
  • Deathbringer Sword
  • Dragon Slayer
  • Elemental Sword
  • Keshanberk/Damascus
  • Keshanberk/Keshanberk
  • Spirits Sword
  • Sword of Delusion
  • Sword of Miracles
  • Sword of Nightmare
  • Sword of Valhalla

[edit] Namco's Tales series

[edit] Onimusha series

  • Raizan used by Samanosuke Akechi in Onimusha and Onimusha 3
  • Enryuu used by Samanosuke Akechi in Onimusha and Onimusha 3
  • Shippuu used by Samanosuke Akechi in Onimusha and Onimusha 3
  • Bishamon Sword used by Samanosuke Akechi in Onimusha and Onimusha 3
  • Buraitou -Thunder Sword- used by Yagyū Jubei in Onimusha 2
  • Senpumaru -Wind Lance- used by Yagyū Jubei in Onimusha 2
  • Rekka-ken -Fire Sword- used by Yagyū Jubei in Onimusha 2
  • Tensoujin used by Samanosuke Akechi in Onimusha 3
  • Kuugatou used by Samanosuke Akechi in Onimusha 3
  • Onimusha Sword used by Samanosuke Akechi in Onimusha 3
  • Genma Samonji used by Samanosuke Akechi in Onimusha 3

[edit] Heroes of Might and Magic

  • The Sword of Frost - a sword that is at the center of the plot of the "The Sword of Frost" chapter of the Heroes Chronicles saga. In the storyline there is a legend that foretells the destruction if the sword is used by anyone. The half-human half-elf ranger Gelu decides to find and destroy it, and Tarnum who is the main character, starts a mission in order to stop Gelu from finding the sword, knowing that even only finding it will bring the world to an end. Gelu has the Aemageddons Blade (see under), and Tarnum must first gather enough Black Dragons (immune to spells) in order to defeat Gelu.
  • Armageddon's Blade - it is a relic class, right-handed artifact that boosts the primary skills of the hero who wields it. It also gives the hero the ability to cast the 'Armageddon' spell during combat at an expert level, inflicting massive damage to all enemy creatures by simultaneously protecting the hero's own from the Armageddon spell. It's one of the most powerful non-composite right-handed (i.e. swords and similar) artifacts, and arguably one of the most powerful artifacts overall, that gives a tremendous advantage in combat granted that only a few creatures are protected against that spell (such as Gold and Black Dragons and Phoenixes and Firebirds).
  • Titan's Thunder - is a relic class composite artifact, meaning it can be found as a single artifact or by acquiring and assembling all of the components. When equipped to a hero, it puts the 'Titan's Lightning' spell into the hero's spellbook, a combat spell that inflicts massive damage to a single creature at cost zero mana.
  • Angelic Alliance is a relic class composite artifact (see above). It allows the hero to put creatures different good and neutaral allignements together without any moral penalty. It also automatically casts the 'Prayer Spell' at the beginning of every combat on all of the hero's creatures, boosting their speed and attack and defence strength.
  • Blackshard of the Dead Knight is a sword that increases the attack primary skill of the hero, thus increasing the attack of all of his creatures. It is one of the components needed to assemble the 'Armor of the Damned'.
  • Sword of Hellfire is an artifact that increases the attack strength (see above).
  • Titan's Gladius is a massive sword artifact. It increases greatly the attack strength of a hero, but reduces the defence strength. It is one of the components needed to assemble the 'Titan's Thunder' (see above).
  • Red Dragon Flame Tongue is a swort whose blade is covered with flames. It increases both the attack and defence of a hero and his or her creatures. It is one of the components needed to assemble the 'Power of the Dragon Father'.
  • Sword of Judgement is a right-handed artifact. When equipped, significantly increases all af the primary skills of the hero, giving his or her army a great advantage in combat. In the storyline, it's a sword like the one used by Archangels. It is also one of the components needed to assemble the 'Angelic Alliance', and is one of the most powerful right-handed single artifacts, and arguably one of the most powerful non-composite artifacts overall.

[edit] Ragnarok Online

  • Caesar Sword
  • Executioner
  • Holy Avenger
  • Immaterial Sword
  • Katzbalger
  • Mysteltain
  • Naght Seiger Twin Edge
  • Sashimi
  • Schweizersabel
  • Silver Shotel
  • Tirfing
  • Violet Fear

[edit] Super Robot Wars

  • Keitouragouken (計都羅喉剣), wielded by the Super Robot Grungust
  • Keitoushungokuken (計都瞬獄剣), wielded by the Super Robot Grungust Nishiki
  • Zankantou (斬艦刀), any one of the similar giant swords wielded by Grungust Reishiki, Grungust Sanshiki, Daizengar and Thrudgelmir
  • Ryuou Hazanken (龍王破山剣), a magical sword used by RyuKoOu
  • Koou Zanshin Rikouken (虎王斬神陸甲剣), a giant magical katana used by Shin KoRyuOu
  • Shishiou Blade, a katana-like weapon that Personal Troopers can wield

[edit] Warcraft series

Due to live updates (patches), World of Warcraft has a growing number of named swords wieldable by players.

[edit] Fate/Stay Night

Note that the a number of the swords used can have up to 3 users, the current owner of the Noble Phantasm, Servant Archer (Gilgamesh) who owns the original, and Servant Archer (Emiya) who can project a copy of it.

  • Caliburn.
  • Kanshou/Bakuya.
  • Kaladbolg II.
  • Gram.
  • Durandal.
  • Dainsleif.
  • Monohoshizao.
  • Unidentified Axe-Sword.
  • Unidentified Dagger.
  • Black Keys.
  • Tora-Shinai.
  • Kanshou/Bakuya.
  • Enuma Elish(Ea).
  • Herpe.
  • Vajra.
  • Azoth Sword.
  • Houtengeki.

[edit] Other

  • In Fable, there exists a powerful sword known as the Sword of Aeons, which once brought ruin to an empire and is sought by the villain known as Jack of Blades. Later in the game, the player is given the choice of wielding the blade, though at the cost of murdering his own sister. In The Lost Chapters version of Fable, there exists another sword called Avo's Tear. Said to rival the power of the Sword of Aeons it was hidden in such a way that it would only reveal itself to a hero that walked the path of light.
  • Ninja Gaiden series of video games
    • Dark Dragon Blade - Evil Sword carved out of the bones of a Black Dragon and has extremely powerful and evil abilities.
    • True Dragon Sword - The true form of the Dragon Sword, Made by putting the Dragon's Eye on the end of the Dragon Sword.
  • Red Steel Wii video game
    • Katana Giri
  • God of War series of video games
    • Blades of Chaos - Two swords attached to chains that are fused to Kratos' arms. They are his primary weapons bestowed to him by Ares until the God of War takes them back.
    • Athena's Blades - Similar to the Blades of Chaos, and are a replacement to them after Kratos defeats Ares.
    • Blade of Artemis - A large blade given to Kratos by the Goddess Artemis that was used by her to slay a Titan.
    • Blade of the Gods - a giant sword held by a giant statue of Athena; Kratos takes it to kill Ares after the Blades of Chaos are taken from him.
    • Blade of Olympus - A massive sword created by Zeus to banish the Titans. Kratos also uses the sword in the beginning of God of War 2 to destroy the Colossus of Rhodes, but it took his god powers away from him in the process.
  • Elder Scrolls
    • Mehrunes Razor - An enchanted dagger that has a chance to kill instantly, the creator is mehrunes dagon.. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.
    • Duskfang/Dawnfang -A magical sword that transforms at dusk and dawn. If the player kills 12 enemies while it's in one form it will become stronger once it transforms. The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion: Shivering Isles expansion
    • Goldbrand - A katana-like sword that does 22 fire damage for every enchanted strike. Found in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
  • Holy Sword - Alundra Forged by Jess in Alundra's dream where Lutas dies, forged from the dreams of the village folk before Alundra's final Battle.
  • Lumina & FusionBrave Fencer Musashi
  • Twin Daemon Swords - needed for final boss fight in Septerra Core.
  • Castlevania series
    • Valmanway from Castlevania games (though it was called Crissaegrim once), a sword which, when used, emit razorwind around itself doing multiple hits. Valmanway is also extraordinarily light, capable of very quick attack as well as giving its wielder more freedom to his movements. It is the most powerful of all the "short sword" weapons in Dawn of Sorrow.
    • Various swords from mythology or legend (at least in name): Claíomh Solais, Caladbolg, Joyeuse, Balmung, Hrunting, Osafune, Kunitsuna, Yasutsuna and more.
  • Einlanzer – Used by Glenn in Chrono Cross
  • Akujiki - A soul-devouring sword in Shinobi
  • Phantasy Star series
    • Elsydeon – Appearing first as an ordinary anonymous laconinan sword used by Alisa in Phantasy Star and later appearing with the formal name Elsydeon used by Chaz (Rudy in Japan) in Phantasy Star 4, earned in the basement of the Esper Mansion. The sword holds the spirits of the heroes from Phantasy Star and Phantasy Star 2, as well as Alys (Lyla in Japan) from the same game.
    • Nei Sword – Unique sword given to Rolf character in Phantasy Star 2 by Lutz, a long-living esper sage somewhere hidden in the cold planet of Dezoris
    • Sealed J-Sword'- Rarest sword type weapon in Phantasy Star Online. Found at a drop rate of 1/12,604 by killing Gi Gues, giant bee like enemies found in the Seaside and Tower areas.
  • Dragon's Tooth SwordDeus Ex
  • The Fury, Inquisitor, Dragonfang – some of the strongest weapons in Dungeon Master and Chaos Strikes Back
  • Granasaber – Used by Ryudo in Grandia II
  • Maken Valborg – Used by Melfice in Grandia II
  • Invictus Gladius-Sword of Vengeance - Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance
  • The Blade of Darkness - Blade of Darkness

[edit] In manga, anime and cartoons

  • Nanatsusaya-Mitama-no-Tsurugi, a dark sword used by Organic Angel Alexiel and her human re-incarnation, Setsuna Mudou, in Angel Sanctuary series. The sword has the spirit of Lord of Demons, Lucifer.
  • Dragonslayer - Berserk (Wielded by Guts, a.k.a. "The Black Swordsman")
  • Zanpakutō (soul cutting sword) - Bleach
  • Z Sword - Dragon Ball Z, contained Rou Dai Kaiôshin
  • From Flame of Recca
    • Ensui - (Wielded by Tokiya Mikagami)
    • Hyoumaen - (Wielded by Kai and Meguri Kyouza)
    • Jisoutou - (Wielded by Jisho, and in the latter part of the manga series by Neon)
  • From InuYasha
  • From Lupin III
  • The Power Sword (aka The Sword of Power) - wielded by He-Man in Masters of the Universe
  • Sword of Protection - wielded by She-Ra in She-Ra: Princess of Power
  • From BlackStar
    • The Starsword - one half of the PowerStar, wielded by John Blackstar
    • The Powersword - one half of the PowerStar, wielded by the Overlord
    • The PowerStar - the combined weapon formed from the Starsword and the Powersword, wielded briefly by the Overlord
  • Gerbera Straight - Powerful anti-beam katana wielded by the MBF-P02 Gundam Astray Red Frame in the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
  • Wadō Ichimonji, Sandai Kitetsu, Yubashiri, Shuusui - One Piece (Wielded by Roronoa Zoro)
  • Ten Powers (a.k.a. Ten Commandments or Decaforce Sword) - Rave Master (Wielded by Haru)
  • Soul Crusher - Record of Lodoss War (Wielded by Emperor Beld and then by Ashram)
  • Soul Sword - Devil Hunter Yohko (Wielded by the demon slaying devil hunter Yohko)
  • Heaven's Saviour - Record of Lodoss War More commonly known as the Holy Sword of Valis, and sometimes as Soulbreaker. (Wielded by King Fahn and then by Parn - seen in the both the OVA Anime and the TV Series)
  • Sakabatō - Rurouni Kenshin (Wielded by Himura Kenshin)
  • Mugenjin - Rurouni Kenshin (Wielded by Shishio Makoto)
  • Kikuichimonji Norimune wielded by Sojiro Seta
  • Space Sword - Sailor Moon (Wielded by Sailor Uranus)
  • Muramasa Tenrou - One of many Muramasa swords wielded by various characters in Samurai Deeper Kyo. (Wielded by Demon Eyes Kyo)
  • The Magical Ginzu Sword - wielded by Speedy Cerviche in Samurai Pizza Cats
  • Harusame (renamed the Sword of Light in the dub) - Shaman King (Wielded by Yoh Asakura and Amidamaru)
  • From Silent Mobius
    • Grospoliner, sentient sword wielded by Katsumi Liqueur, previously belonged to her father Gigelf
    • Medium, sentient evil sword briefly wielded by Katsumi Liqueur
    • Jesso, semi-sentient sword wielded by Lum Cheng, previously wielded by Genvara Cheng
  • From Slayers
    • Sword of Light (Hikari no Ken - 光の剣) - (Wielded by Gourry Gabriev. Also known as Gorun Nova.)
    • Howling Sword - (Wielded by Zengulus)
  • Ouma - Star Ocean EX (Wielded by Dias Flac)
  • Kouma - Star Ocean EX (Wielded by Claude C. Kenni)
  • From Naruto
    • Guillotine Sword- A huge, monstrous blade used by Zabuza Momochi, one of the seven great swordsmen of the mist from Naruto. Aptly named for its ability to slice completely through anything. Length is over 10 feet.
    • Samehada (鮫肌-shark skin) a sword wielded by Kisame Hoshigaki from Naruto. The sword can absorb amounts of chakra (spiritual energy) and only allows him to use it. If someone else holds it, spikes shoot out from the handle.
    • 2th Hokages' Thunder Blade A sword that made a short appearance in the anime. The sword's blade appears to be made of lightning, yet the blade can be cracked. The sword was wielded by Aoi, who injured Sasuke with it, but Naruto and Sasuke destroyed the blade through combined efforts.
  • Sword Tenchi (a.k.a. The Master Key) a laser sword which can only be wielded by a descendant of the Jurian Royal Family in the Tenchi Muyo Series
  • Sword of Omens - wielded by Lion-o in Thundercats; holds the 'Eye-of-Thundera'
  • The Star Saber - Weapon comprised of three Mini-Cons in Transformers: Armada. It could cut through any armor or weapon except the Skyboom Shield
  • The Blazing Sword (a.k.a. Juuouken/Beast King Sword) - Formed by the super robot Voltron (a.k.a. Hyakujuu-Ou (King of All Beasts) Golion) in Voltron. The vehicle Voltron (Dairugger XV in the original Japanese version) also had this weapon, though the two swords were radically different in appearance, both were essentially invincible. When this weapon was summoned, the battle typically ended.
  • From Ronin warriors
    • Ronin Warriors sword of dala wielded by dala in episode 31 legend of the white armor made from the powers of the halo, torrent and hardrock armors
    • Wildfire Swords - wielded by Ryo of Wildfire
    • Soul Swords of Fervor - wielded by Ryo of Wildfire (Inferno Armor)
    • The Sword of Darkness - wielded by The Dark Warlord of Corruption Cale(Anubis)
  • The Sword of halo - wielded by Sage(Seiji) of Halo(Korin)
  • Kanshō and Bakuya, twin Chinese swords wielded by the Servant Archer and Emiya Shiro in Fate/Stay Night
  • Laevateinn, magic-focusing 'armed device' in the shape of a burning sword. Wielded by the Wolkenritter leader Signum in Nanoha A's
  • Nietono no Shana - wielded by Shana in Shakugan no Shana
  • Morgif - Demon sword wielded by Yuuri Shibuya in Kyou Kara Maou!
  • From Metalixir Series
    • Illumina Schneider - one of the 13 Sacred Weapons, a gold and silver zanbato that contains the Power of Light. Hayato used this sword to become Lumiere, The Angel of Light.
    • Kage Schneider - one of the 13 Sacred Weapons, a black and purple zanbato that contains the Power of Darkness. Hikaru used this sword to become Chaos, the Angel of Darkness
    • Ultima Schneider - this sword is the result of the combination of Kage Schneider and Illumina Schneider. The rightful user of this sword has the power to become Omega, The Ultimate Angel.Hayato used this sword to defeat one of the Virionic Five , Apocyllus Noir.
  • In Dragonball Z Trunks has an enchanted sword.
  • Sword Tenchi (Tenchi Muyo), a mix of Katana and lightsaber. in Tenchi Universe, Kagato Jurai has a dark Bastard Sword version of the sword as well.
  • Magoroku-Exterminate Sword(s) (Neon Genesis Evangelion)- two katana-style Progressive-type blade weapons wielded by the giant Evangelion Units. The smaller of the two swords could be considered a gunblade due to its pistol-like grip and trigger, but this would be a contradictory term since the built-in purpose of all Progressive-type weapons is to vibrate in order to inflict damage on the target. Though they do not appear in the original 1995-96 TV series, they make their debut in the visual novel Girlfriend of Steel, and are a common accessory for many of the models, figures and other video games featuring the EVA Units, particularly Unit-01. The term can be shortened to Magoroku-E Sword(s); though in the fan communities they are more-frequently referred to as just 'Progressive Swords'. Both swords are held together in a paired scabbard harness which is attached to the utility wings on the EVA Units before they are launched into combat.
  • Holy Sword - a sword that was given to Hotohori in the anime and manga Fushigi Yūgi by Taiitsukun at the end of the first season, later used by Miaka, Tamahome and Tasuki.
  • From Ranma ½
    • The Zen du dao, or Poison-Killing Sword, from Ranma ½ . Semi-sentient Chinese Dao with a flower at the tip. The flower itself has a human mouth instead of a pistil, which warns the wielder of the proximity of poison or venom. Although it can cut through any poison, it will die afterwards.
    • The Manganmaru, or Wishbringer, also from Ranma ½ . He who draws this katana from the stone can ask for three wishes, which the sword will grant. It will only recognize the voice of its true owner.
  • Jack's katana-following the trope of magic katanas. Samurai Jack possesses a magic blade that seems to effortlessly cut through solid objects from trees to robotic beetles and is the only thing that can diminish the body of the evil demon Aku.
  • Sun Sword- Thundarr's weapon of choice, the "Sun Sword", which projects a blade-like beam of energy when activated, and can be deactivated so that it is only a hilt. The Sun Sword is magically linked to Thundarr and as such, only he can use it.
  • Ragnarok - Sword wielded by Leroy Schwartz in Japanese/English version of Sword of the Dark Ones

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[edit] See also


Source:
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