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The slaying of the Jabberwock with a vorpal sword.

This article lists fictional swords. For swords originating in mythology and legend, see List of mythological swords.


In Arthurian fiction[edit]

Arthur's sword Caledfwlch (Excalibur).

The sword Excalibur is important in the Matter of Britain — Arthurian literature and myth.[1] Some examples of works which retell the tale of the sword include:

Bernard Cornwell: The Warlord Chronicles[edit]

  • Caledfwlch: The sword of Arthur ap Neb, analogous with Excalibur in most traditions.
  • Hywelbane: The sword of Derfel Cadarn, champion of Dumnonia
  • The Christ-blade (formerly Tanlladwyr, "Brightkiller"): The sword of Sir Lancelot

Stephen R. Lawhead: The Pendragon Cycle[edit]

  • The Sword of Britain (the Sword in the Stone): The sword of Magnus Maximus (Macsen Wledig), Aurelius Ambrosius, Uther, and Arthur consecutively.
  • Caledvwlch/Caliburnus, Excalibur: The sword of Avallach, forged at his daughter's behest. It later comes into the possession of Myrddin Emrys (Merlin) and eventually Arthur, after the Sword of Britain is broken in combat.

T. H. White: The Once and Future King[edit]

  • Joyeux: Lancelot Du Lac's sword, brought back to him by his Uncle Gwynbors while in self-induced exile as Le Chevalier Mal Fet. The Sword of Charlemagne, of whose bloodline Lancelot is in part.

In fantasy fiction[edit]

Lloyd Alexander: The Chronicles of Prydain[edit]

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

J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan[edit]

  • Johnny Corkscrew: Smee's cutlass, so called because he would twist it into the wound after stabbing his opponents.

Terry Brooks: The Sword of Shannara[edit]

  • 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.

Lewis Carroll: Jabberwocky[edit]

  • The Vorpal Sword: The blade made which went "snicker-Snack" when swung, it is used by the hero to battle the titular beast of the poem. Vorpal swords have later been used in many Role-Playing Games. In Dungeons & Dragons vorpal swords are known for their uncanny ability to sever heads, as compared to swords of sharpness, which merely cut off arms or legs.

Cassandra Clare: The Shadowhunter Chronicles[edit]

  • Seraph Blades: Swords wielded by shadowhunters to kill demons. They have angelic powers and operate when an angel's name is called. They are forged by the Iron Sisters.
  • Glorious: The sword of the archangel Michael, used by Joshua at Jericho.
  • Cortana: Sword passed down through the Carstairs family. It has an inscription on the blade that reads: "I am Cortana, of the same steel and temper as Joyeuse and Durendel."
  • Heosphorous: One of the Morgenstern blades. A short sword only the length of a fore arm, it is made of black steel and has an decal of stars inscribed on the blade.
  • Phaesphoros: The other Morgenstern blade, this one is a long sword and looks similar to its brother.
  • Maellartach: One of the Mortal Instruments given to the Nephilim by the Angel Raziel. It is a large and beautiful sword, its most distinguishable feature being a guard that looks like a golden pair of wings. It is said to be the blade used to drive Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. It is also known as The Mortal Sword, the Soul Sword, and the Angel blade.

David Eddings: The Belgariad[edit]

Michael Ende: The Neverending Story[edit]

  • Sikanda: Given to Bastian by Grograman. Only those who have eaten, drunk, and bathed in the flames of the Many-Colored Death, and ridden on his back, may touch the sword. Sikanda may only be used it when it leaps from its rusty sheath of its own volition. Drawing it intentionally brings great misfortune.

Steven Erikson: Malazan Book of the Fallen[edit]

  • Dragnipur: The sword Dragnipur was a long, silver-hilted bastard sword, with an inky-black blade that absorbed all light. It was wielded first by Draconus, who had forged it, then Anomander Rake.
  • Chance: Chance was the name of a sword dedicated to Oponn. It was originally wielded by Ganoes Paran who gave it to Cotillion when he deemed that any luck it provided him had turned. Later it was wielded by Crokus Younghand.
  • Vengeance / Grief: Commissioned and wielded first by Anomander Rake, who named it "Vengeance".[2] When Rake acquired Dragnipur, he passed Vengeance to his brother Andarist, who named it "Grief".

David Gemmell: Drenai Series[edit]

  • The Swords of Night and Day: These are 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 exorcised the demon from it which is later used to imbue Gorben’s sword with similar powers as the axe; causing Gorben to become insane.

Terry Goodkind: The Sword of Truth[edit]

  • The Sword of Truth: Wielded by Richard Rahl. 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.

Robert A. Heinlein: Glory Road[edit]

  • The Lady Vivamus: Described as a nearly straight saber, almost a rapier, with a bell guard, hand forged and of exquisite balance, used by Oscar Gordon in his mission to recover The Egg of the Phoenix.

Brian Jacques: Redwall[edit]

  • Sword of Martin: Wielded by Martin the Warrior and numerous successors. Originally a rather ordinary blade, with a leather-bound hilt topped by a red pommel stone, it was broken by the wildcat queen Tsarmina Greeneyes when Martin was held captive. It was later reforged in the mountain fortress Salamandastron from a chunk of a meteorite, giving it an infinitely-hard blade. When Martin retired from the life of a warrior, he hid the sword within Redwall Abbey, and his spirit has since guided certain individuals he deems worthy to find it and take up his mantle. It was named "Ratdeath" by Abbot Mortimer after Matthias slew Cluny the Scourge.
  • Verminfate: A gigantic broadsword wielded by the badger lord Rawnblade Widestripe.
  • Rapscallion sword: Wielded by the Firstblade (leader) of the Rapscallion Army. One side of the blade was wavy, to convey the oceans, the other flat, to convey land—when thrown in the air, whatever side it landed on dictated how the army would travel. Gormad Tunn and his son, Damug Warfang, both rigged the hilt with a brass clip to ensure that the sword would land the way they wanted it to. It was broken in battle when Damug was slain by the badger lady Cregga Rose Eyes.

Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time[edit]

  • 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.

Fritz Leiber: Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser[edit]

  • Graywand: The name of the longsword wielded by the barbarian, Fafhrd.
  • Scalpel: The Gray Mouser's thin-bladed rapier, often wielded in conjunction with Cat's Claw, his "hooked dirk".

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

  • Rhindon: Peter Pevensie's sword, which is given him, along with a shield, by Father Christmas. He uses it to slay the wolf Maugrim and wields it in battle against The White Witch. When the Pevensie children return to Narnia centuries later they recognize the ruins of their former castle after discovering the blade, which has not tarnished. He then takes it up again to lead the revolutionary army against the Telmarines.

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

  • Blackfyre: The Valyrian steel sword of Aegon I Targaryen. Carried by all Targaryen kings till Aegon IV who gave it to his bastard Daemon Blackfyre who rose in rebellion against the Targaryens, taking the sword's name for his house. Its whereabouts are currently unknown.[3]
  • Brightroar: The ancestral Valyrian steel greatsword of House Lannister, lost when King Tommen II Lannister of the Rock sailed to Valyria and never returned.[4]
  • Dark Sister: The Valyrian steel longsword wielded by Visenya Targaryen. The last known owner was Bloodraven.[5]
  • Dawn: The ancestral greatsword of House Dayne, who bestow the title Sword of the Morning upon the sword's bearer. Forged of metal from the heart of a fallen star, it is 'pale as milkglass' and is said to be as sharp as Valyrian steel. Brought to Ashara Dayne by Eddard Stark after Ser Arthur Dayne's death.[6]
  • Hearteater: Given to Joffrey Baratheon to replace the lost Lion's Tooth. The pommel is a ruby cut in the shape of a heart between a lion's jaws.[7]
  • Heartsbane: The ancestral Valyrian steel two handed greatsword of House Tarly, currently in the possession of Lord Randyll Tarly.[8]
  • Ice: The ancestral Valyrian steel two handed greatsword of House Stark. Following Eddard Stark's execution in King's Landing, it was melted down and reforged into two longswords, Widow's Wail and Oathkeeper.[9]
  • Lady Forlorn: The ancestral Valyrian steel sword of House Corbray, it is currently in the possession of Ser Lyn Corbray.[10]
  • Lightbringer: The sword of Azor Ahai, a legendary hero who is prophesied to fight the Great Other. Lightbringer is thought to be a sword made of living fire. It is also known as the Red Sword of Heroes.[11]
  • Lion's Tooth: Joffrey Baratheon's first sword. Small and ordinary.[12]
  • Longclaw: The ancestral Valyrian steel bastard sword of House Mormont. It once had a bear's head for the pommel, but this was replaced by a snarling wolf's head of pale stone with chips of garnet for the eyes to reflect Jon Snow's Stark heritage.[13]
  • Needle: A small Braavos sword forged in Winterfell by Mikken at the request of Jon Snow for Arya Stark.[14]
  • Nightfall: The ancestral Valyrian steel blade of House Harlaw and currently wielded by Ser Harras Harlaw.[15]
  • Oathkeeper: One of two Valyrian blades reforged by Tobho Mott from Ice. The blade was made for Ser Jaime Lannister, but he has given it to Brienne of Tarth for use in her quest to locate Sansa Stark. The blade was given its name, Oathkeeper, at that time.[16]
  • Red Rain: The Valyrian steel sword of House Drumm stolen in a raid. Given the name and coloring, possibly the ancestral sword of House Reyne.[17]
  • Widow's Wail: One of two Valyrian blades reforged by Tobho Mott from Ice. The blade was made for King Joffrey Baratheon as a wedding gift by his grandfather, Lord Tywin.[18]

Michael Moorcock: Eternal Champion[edit]

Christopher Paolini: The Inheritance Cycle[edit]

  • Brisingr: Eragon's Dragon Rider's sword, it was crafted specifically for him by the elf Rhunon. It is a hand and a half sword with a blade that is slightly longer than normal. The glyph for "fire" is engraved upon both the blade and the scabbard. However, whereas Zar'roc is crimson in appearance, Brisingr is blue, with its blade, guard, hilt and scabbard each being a different hue. A sapphire rests in the pommel surrounded by four ribs which give the impression of the claws of a dragon clutching it. Whenever Eragon uttered its name the blade would become engulfed in blue flames. It is capable of cutting through magical wards.
  • Zar'roc: The sword of Dragon Rider Morzan. After his death, Brom kept it for safekeeping before eventually giving it to Eragon. At the Second Battle of the Burning Plains, Murtagh takes it from Eragon, claiming it as his own. It is a crimson sword; its scabbard is the color of wine, its blade the color of blood, with a ruby the size of an egg resting in the pommel.
  • Albitr: The sword of Angela, the herbalist, which she nicknamed "Tinkledeath" for the sound which it made. It is described as "the ultimate embodiment of an incline plane" and its blade was made of an undisclosed transparent substance. Angela claimed that it was the sharpest sword in the world and it was able to easily cut through four inches of solid granite. Its scabbard was made of an unknown material which not even the sword could cut through.
  • Arvindr: The sword of a deceased dragon rider of unknown origin. It was considered as a possible replacement weapon for Eragon before Brisingr was forged. However, it lay in the city of Nädindel, which would have taken too long to travel to.
  • Naegling: Oromis' gold-bronze sword. During their time in Du Weldenvarden, he and his dragon Glaedr stored vast amounts of energy into the sword's gem, a yellow diamond. Several elves also contributed energy to the point where there was said to be enough raw power contained within the sword to shift an entire mountain. Oromis used the sword in his duel with Eragon. He later lost it during his battle with Murtagh who placed magical wards around it, which prevented Oromis from retrieving it, leading to his death.
  • Támerlein: A two-handed sword designed primarily for slashing and cutting. Its pommel contained an emerald and the inscription, "I am Támerlein, bringer of the final sleep" was engraven upon its green blade. It originally belonged to the Elven Dragon Rider Arva. He gave it to his sister, Naudra, to defend herself when Galbatorix and the Forsworn attacked their homeland. When Eragon found himself in need of a new Rider's sword he sought permission to use the blade as his own. However, he ultimately rejected it and it was eventually, the sword was reworked for Arya, the Queen of the Elves, to use.
  • Undbitr: The Rider's sword of Brom. It was aquamarine in color and was lost during The Fall of the Dragon Riders.
  • Vrangr: Originally wielded by Vrael and called Islingr, or "light bringer". Vrael was the last leader of the Dragon Riders before they fell. After Galbatorix killed him he claimed it for his own and gave the sword its new name, which translated to "Awry" in the ancient language. The blade, guard and hilt are pure white, resembling the color "of a sun-bleached bone". An unspecified gem as clear as a mountain spring rests in the pommel.

Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus[edit]

  • Anaklusmos: The sword of Perseus Jackson, it was given to Hercules by the hesperide, Zoe. Made of the mythological metal Celestial Bronze. Its name in English means Riptide.
  • Backbiter: The sword of Luke Castellan, it is made of two metals, Celestial Bronze and regular mortal steel.
  • Ivlivs: The sword of Jason Grace. It was first wielded by Julius Cesar. It was destroyed by the giants. It was made of Imperial Gold.
  • Katopris: The dagger of Piper McLean. It first belonged to Helen of Troy, a gift from Menelaus. Its name means Looking Glass. She has been able to see visions of the future in it, although they aren't always clear.

J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter[edit]

  • The Sword of Gryffindor: The Sword of Godric Gryffindor, one of the founders of Hogwarts. It 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. The sword absorbs any substance that will strengthen it; for example, if immersed in poison, it gains the ability to poison its target, and rejects any substance that would damage or tarnish it.

Fred Saberhagen: Books of the Swords[edit]

  • The Twelve Swords of Power: Each possesses 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: the Sword of Chance - Symbol: dice
  • Doomgiver: the Sword of Justice - Symbol: hollow circle
  • Dragonslicer: the Sword of Heroes - Symbol: dragon
  • Farslayer: the Sword of Vengeance - Symbol: target; that is concentric rings
  • Mindsword: the Sword of Glory - Symbol: generic banner
  • Shieldbreaker: the Sword of Force - Symbol: hammer
  • Sightblinder: the Sword of Stealth - Symbol: human eye
  • Soulcutter: the Sword of Despair - Symbol: none
  • Stonecutter: the Sword of Siege - Symbol: a wedge, splitting a block
  • Townsaver: the Sword of Fury - Symbol: crenelated wall
  • Wayfinder: the Sword of Wisdom - Symbol: small white arrow
  • Woundhealer: the Sword of Mercy - Symbol: open hand

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

  • Glamdring: (Sindarin: foe-hammer) Nicknamed "Beater" by the Goblins. First owned and wielded by Turgon, king of Gondolin, it was later wielded by Gandalf the White.
  • Narsil: (Quenya: red fire-white brilliance; refers to the Sun and Moon as the great lights of the heavens) The sword of Elendil, broken when Elendil falls on it during his battle with Sauron. The hilt-shard is used to cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand by Isildur, Elendil's second son. The broken sword is an heirloom of the House of Elendil, and eventually comes into Aragorn's possession as the latest heir to the thrones of Arnor and Gondor. It is reforged and renamed Andúril (Quenya: West-brilliance, usually rendered as the Flame of the West), fulfilling the prophecy that it shall be forged anew when the One Ring is found again. Andúril serves as Aragorn's primary weapon and as a symbol of good to all who oppose Sauron. It is the literary opposite of the One Ring.
  • Orcrist: (Sindarin: orc/goblin-cleaver) Called "Biter" by the orcs; used by Thorin Oakenshield.
  • Ringil: (Quenya: cold-star) The sword of Fingolfin, king of the Noldor elves; used during his duel with Morgoth, the Great Enemy.
  • Sting: An Elven knife used as a sword by Bilbo, and later his nephew, Frodo.
  • Anglachel (Sindarin: iron-fire-star) and Anguirel (Sindarin: iron-eternal-star): Swords forged from meteoritic iron by Eöl, the dark elf. They could cleave all earth delved iron.
  • Gurthang: (Sindarin: death-iron) The sword formerly known as Anglachel. So named by Túrin Turambar, who wielded the sword until his suicide upon Gurthang's point. The sword is notable for apparently being sentient; it appeared to mourn the death of its former owner, the elf Beleg Cúthalion, and it spoke in response to being hailed by Túrin just before his death. It was found to have broken under Túrin after his death and the shards were buried with him.
  • Herugrim: (Rohirric: very fierce, savage) The sword of Théoden, king of Rohan.
  • Aranrúth: (Sindarin: king's-ire) The sword of Thingol, King of Doriath in Beleriand.
  • Gúthwinë: (Rohirric: battle-friend) The sword of Éomer.
  • Barrow-blade: The blades wielded by Frodo Baggins (until he obtained Sting), Samwise Gamgee, Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took; given to them by Tom Bombadil from a tomb on the Barrow-downs.

Swords only appearing in the film adaptations:

  • Hadhafang: Elrond's sword from the Second Age.
  • Lhang: A variety of two-handed, curved bladed swords used by Elves.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman: Darksword[edit]

  • The Darksword: A sword wielded by Joram. It is made of darkstone/iron, which has the ability to absorb Life (magic). Weapons forged from darkstone need to be infused with Life from a catalyst and can only be effectively wielded by the Dead (devoid of magical power), who have no magic to be absorbed.

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

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn are three legendary swords key to the plot of the trilogy. Memory is also known as Minneyar, "Year of Memory".

Gene Wolfe: The Book of the New Sun[edit]

  • Terminus Est: The sword carried by Severian, the Torturer. It contains liquid metal (mercury, but referred to by its Latin name hydrargyrum) within the blade, making it hard to lift and giving more power on the downswing.

Roger Zelazny: The Chronicles of Amber[edit]

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

Various authors: Forgotten Realms[edit]

  • Clamorer: The sword of Peirgeiron Paladinson, Lord of Waterdeep.
  • Hill Cleaver: The holy avenger sword of Dragonbait.
  • Godsbane: The sword wielded by Cyric during the Time of Troubles. It actually was a disguised Avatar of Mask.
  • Icingdeath and Twinkle: The twin scimitars wielded by Drizzt Do'Urden.
  • Dark Swords: 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
  • Khazid'hea: "Cutter" in the drow language, a sentient sword taken from Dantrag Baenre and wielded briefly by Catti-Brie.
  • Charon's Claw: The sword wielded by Artemis Entreri, a netherese blade that killed anyone who touched it unless they either mentally overpowered it, or used the paired gauntlet. It could leave trails of hanging opaque ash to serve as optical barriers, and the gauntlet could catch and redirect magic.

Andrzej Sapkowski: The Witcher[edit]

  • Zirael (in Elder Speech: Swallow) is sword given to Ciri by blacksmith named Esterhazy. Leo Bonhart who enthraled Ciri, wanted to buy this sword for Ciri and make her fighting on arenas. Zirael was gwyhyr, which is a type of swords produced by gnomes. On sword's blade is elvish glyph Blathanna Caerme (in Elder Speech: Destiny Wreath).
  • Sihill was sword made by dwarves. In case of named in Witcher Saga sihill its first owner was dwarf Zoltan Chivay, who gave sword to witcher Geralt of Riva. It has dwarven glyph on it, which says: For damnation of who*esons.

Author Unknown/Anonymous: Beowolf[edit]

  • Hrunting and Nægling are the two swords given to Beowulf. According to this epic poem that is the single oldest piece of English literature in existence dating back to the 8th century A.D., both weapons had great powers but both fail the hero. Hrunting proves to be ineffective against Grendel's mother and he discards it. Nægling breaks in half in Beowulf's hands when he is fighting the dragon.

In other fiction[edit]

  • Balaraw: Also known as Espada ni Panday, literally "Meteorite Sword", it is the sword of the fictional Filipino hero Panday.
  • Hina: A cursed katana in Love Hina possessing the spirit of an enemy that once fought the entire line of Shinmei-ryu swordsmen to near extinction, and capable of possessing its wielder, human or animal. Belonging to the Urashima clan, Keitaro Urashima gives it to Motoko Aoyama after her sword Shisui breaks.
  • Falchion: The sword forged from the divine dragon, Naga's, tooth to be used in slaying dragons from the Fire Emblem series.
  • Tessaiga: A sword wielded by the half-demon Inuyasha, from the same anime. It is the opposite of Sesshōmaru's inherited sword, the Tenseiga. Out of the two, Tessaiga was "the sword of destruction", while Tenseiga was "the sword of life".
  • Kijin-marukuni-shige: A katana belonging to foreign exchange student Susan in Chapter 1, Volume 8 of High School DxD.
  • Rain Dragon: The sword owned by Judge Dee in the novels of Robert van Gulik
  • Shisui: Shisui (止水; Stopping Water) is a white-wood shirasaya (a katana without a tsuba/guard) wielded by Motoko Aoyama throughout most of Love Hina. Originally Tsuruko Aoyama’s favored sword, she passed it on to her sister as a farewell gift.
  • Singing Sword: The sword of Prince Valiant, sister sword to Excalibur. It was given to Valiant by his former rival Prince Arn. In Knighty Knight Bugs, Bugs Bunny has to recover it from Yosemite Sam.
  • St. Michael's Sword: A sword from the novel Riptide. It is said to have 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 iridium-80,[19] an isotope of iridium, one second of direct exposure equivalent to a lethal dose. (A reading of 3217.89 Rads/hr is recorded from fifty feet away).[20]
  • Yūnagi: Yūnagi (夕凪; Evening Calm) is the nodachi of Setsuna Sakurazaki of Negima, given to her by Eishun Konoe.
  • Master Sword: From "The Legend of Zelda", also referred to as "the Blade of Evil's Bane" and "the Sword that Seals the Darkness". It said that no one with evil hearts can even wield the blade. It also said that only a member or a descendant of the bloodline of the Knights of Hyrule can pull it from its pedestal. It is often wielded by the various incarnations of the hero, Link in order to defend Hyrule from Ganon and other evil forces. In some games, when at full power the blade shines with the power to repel evil and protects its wielder from certain types of harmful magic such as the Shadow Crystal from Twilight Princess. Before Skyward Sword, the sword's exact origins and when it was created where unclear leading to contradictory explanations for its existence. In Skyward Sword it is revealed that the Goddess Sword created by the Goddess Hylia to aid the chosen hero, containing the spirit of Fi, was later forged into the Master Sword through the efforts of the Link of Skyloft and was ultimately used to defeat the Demon King Demise, though it is implied that as a result Demise's hatred towards Link & Zelda would continue to be reincarnated in form of the evil, Ganon. In Breath of the Wild, the sword becomes rusted and battle worn during the Great Calamity while Link is fighting Guardians and is placed by Princess Zelda in its pedestal in Korok Forest where it is protected by the Great Deku Tree and the Korok forest spirits after Link is injured and placed in stasis. Zelda reveals the sword's spirit spoke to her and told her that her destiny is not finished, giving her the resolve to confront and seal herself with Calamity Ganon to keep him sealed while Link recovers. One hundred years later after Link awakens from stasis, he finds it in Korok Forest, but learns that the sword will test him to see if he is worthy to wield it and will sap his health as he tries to remove it forcing Link to obtain enough heart containers to remove it. The Great Deku Tree confirms it is of divine origins indicating that he is aware of its true origins. It is stated in-game that the sword's spirit Fi is delighted to be in Link's possession echoing her words about hoping to met Link again from the end of Skyward Sword. However Fi herself does not make a physical appearance and is never mentioned by name, though the game strongly implies her spirit is still present and conscious within the blade. The Master Sword cannot be dropped or removed from Link's inventory and has its own weapon inventory slot. The sword will be rendered temporarily unusable for a time if its power is used too much which is designed to fit with the breakable weapons mechanic of Breath of the Wild. When in the presence of corrupted Guardians or Ganon's incarnations it true power shines causing the blade to glow increasing its attack damage and durability. Its true power state can be unlocked permanently by completing the DLC Side Quest "EX Trial of the Sword" which appears as part of "The Master Trials Pack" DLC.
  • Biggoron Sword: From "The Legend of Zelda", is a greatsword forged by the giant Goron blacksmith, Biggoron. It is so large that Link must wield it with two hands, preventing him from using his shield. There is an identical blade called the "Giant's Knife" made by Biggoron's brother Medigoron in Goron City, though unlike the Biggoron Sword which is unbreakable, the Giant's Knife will break after a certain number of hits and Link cannot purchase it from Medigoron if he has obtained the Biggoron Sword. In Ocarina of Time, it deals twice as much damage as the Master Sword, though at the cost of being unable to use Link's shield. In Breath of the Wild, it appears as a special weapon that can be obtained randomly via using a specific amiibo with the amiibo Rune after completing one of the four Divine Beast dungeons, however like all weapons in Breath of the Wild it will eventually break, though can be reacquired through using the amiibo again.
  • Fierce Deity Sword: From "The Legend of Zelda", is a large peculiar greatsword with a unique double-helix design which has caused it to become known as the "Double-Helix Sword" among fans before it was officially named in Breath of the Wild. Like the Biggoron Sword it is wielded two-handed. The blade first appears in Majora's Mask where it is the main weapon wielded by Link in his Fierce Deity form that is the result of Link wearing the powerful Fierce Deity's Mask which is obtained from the Lunar Child that wears Majora's Mask after trading all non-transformation masks to the other Lunar Children. Majora Mask's Child claims the mask represents the True Bad Guy and is implied to possess dark power greater than Majora's Mask and transforms Link into a white-haired pupil-less god-like being that resembles his adult form from Ocarina of Time that wields the two-handed Fierce Deity Sword. Link can only use the mask and sword when fighting bosses and allows Link to fire sword beams with magic power. The sword makes another appearance in "Tri Force Heroes" where it appears when Link wears the Fierce Deity Armor outfit which makes Link look like the Fierce Deity and turns his sword into the Fierce Deity Sword when worn. in "Breath of the Wild", it was officially named the Fierce Deity Sword and for the first time in the main series appears as an equipable weapon. It appears as a special weapon that can be obtained randomly via using a specific amiibo with the amiibo Rune after completing one of the four Divine Beast dungeons, however like all weapons in Breath of the Wild it will eventually break, though can be reacquired through using the amiibo again. Link can also obtain a related armor set that makes him look like the Fierce Deity which can be obtained using the same amiibo that unlocks the Fierce Deity Sword. It is described in-game as "A peculiar greatsword allegedly used by a hero from a world in which the moon threatened to fall. It slashes wildly in battle as if possessed by a fierce deity.".
  • Four Swords: From "The Legend of Zelda", another sword wielded by Link that has the power to split its wielder into four copies. In Minish Cap, it is revealed to have been forged by the Minish.
  • Sword of the Six Sages: From "The Legend of Zelda", is a holy sword created by the Six Ancient Sage to execute and seal away the Dark Lord Ganondorf. It first appeared in "Twilight Princess" during a flashback of Ganondorf's failed execution. The ancient sages used the sword in an attempt to execute Ganondorf, though as if by some divine prank Ganondorf chosen by destiny to wield the power of the gods (implied to be the Triforce of Power) and Ganondorf survives his execution and removes the blade which leaves a glowing wound that never heals. However unlike the Master Sword, the blade can be wielded by evil beings as Ganondorf uses it to kill the Ancient Sage of Water after his failed execution forcing the remain five sages to banish Ganondorf in the Twilight Realm using the Mirror of Twilight where Ganondorf encounters Zant who worships him as a god and helps him overthrow Twilight Princess Midna and take over the Twilight Realm, then invade Hyrule. Ganondorf keeps the blade with him when he returns to Hyrule despite considering it "foul" due to its holy power and use in his attempted execution, though poetically states he plans to use to blot out the light from Hyrule. It is used by Ganondorf to counter the Master Sword during his and Link's final battle as its holy nature means it is not effected by the Master Sword's power to repel evil. However the wound it caused to Ganondorf remains a weak point and afflicts Ganondorf for the remainder of his life until he is killed by Link at which time it stops glowing as Ganondorf dies. The sword's fate after his defeat is unclear. In Breath of the Wild, it is named the Sword of the Six Sages and for the first time appears as a sword that can be wielded by Link, though as a two-handed weapon implying that it is quite heavy (presumably Ganondorf could wield it one-handed due to his unnatural strength and power). It appears as a special weapon that can be obtained randomly via using a specific amiibo with the amiibo Rune after completing one of the four Divine Beast dungeons, however like all weapons in Breath of the Wild it will eventually break, though can be reacquired through using the amiibo again.
  • Z Sword: From "Dragon Ball Z" is a large broadsword in which the Kaioshin, Old Kai was sealed within by God of Destruction Beerus after an argument between the two during a meeting between the Kaioshin & the Gods of Destruction that occurred 75 million years ago. However eventually its origins where forgotten among the Kaioshin, as the Supreme Kai Shin was completely unaware that Elder Kai was sealed in it and it was stuck inside a pillar shaped rock where many such have Kibito have tried to remove it without success. During the Majin Buu Saga, Supreme Kai brings Son Gohan to the Sacred World of the Kais believing Gohan can remove it and that wielding it will allow Gohan to awaken his true power. It is implied that a sword in the Stone-like myth has grown among the Kaioshin and Gohan even mentions reading a similar legendary sword in a stone that supposedly exists on Earth (presumably refer Excalibur or the Sword in the Stone). Gohan removes the sword but both he and initially skeptical Kibito finds it is extremely heavy. Eventually Gohan manages to get the hang of wielding while training with it and is eventually joined on the Sacred World of the Kais by his father, the series main protagonist Son Goku who after learning of his son's survive tracks him down using Instant Transmission. Goku later decides to help out with Gohan's sword training. It was later broken by the Goku and Gohan, while Gohan was training with the sword, freeing the Elder Kaioshin who aids the Z-Fighters providing his ability to unlock Gohan's hidden potential and knowledge of Potara Fusion to Goku, as well as transferring his own life force to the deceased Goku so he could fight against the evil Majin Buu. The Z Sword appears as both an item and a weapon in various Dragon Ball video games. In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Old Kai is shown to hold a grudge against Beerus for sealing him in the Z-Sword and even complains about all that he has missed while trapped in it to the game's protagonist. At one point during the game's story, Whis even suggests to Beerus about sealing Old Kai in the Z Sword again to relieve his anger and frustration over Towa manipulating him during the battle against Golden Frieza.
  • Brave Sword: From "Dragon Ball Z" is a longsword used by Tapion and Kid Trunks in the DBZ film "Wrath of the Dragon" and is depicted as a mystical weapon forged by a Konatsian Wizard to combat Hirudegarn who was cut in two by the blade and sealed with Tapion and his brother. The sword was sealed with Tapion who uses it when he is freed by Goku and his friends at the request of Hoi, who is in reality an evil Kashvar a rare of wizards who wish to exterminate all other lifeforms and created Hirudegarn for that purpose. After Hirudegarn escapes, Tapion manages to seal the entire beast in himself and requests that Trunks use the sword to kill him and Hirudegarn, though Trunks hesitates and the monster escapes only to be defeated by Super Saiyan 3 Goku's Dragon Fist technique. Afterwards Tapion gives the sword to Trunks whom he had formed a brother-like bond. It is implied that Trunks later uses this sword as an adult in Dragon Ball GT. It resembles the sword used by Future Trunks in DBZ, though it is unlikely that they are the same weapon. It has been referred to as the "Tapion's Sword" or the Brave Sword in
  • Sword of Chaos: The sword wielded by Sarevok during the events of Baldur's Gate, and acquired by the protagonist in Baldur's Gate: Shadows of Amn (Forgotten Realms).
  • Keyblade: The weapon Sora wields in "Kingdom Hearts". Like the name suggests, the Keyblade is a sword used as the key to lock and unlock the paths between other worlds. Its appearance and abilities change depending on what key chain Sora equips to the blade. Along with Sora, many other characters have been seen with their own variations of the Keyblade, such as King Mickey and Riku.
  • Most important swords in The Witcher (game series) are: Aerondight - sword referring to Lancelot's blade Arondight; Zirael - name of each of two swords used by Cirilla, its name means Swallow in Elder Speech.

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  • The Fire Sword: 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.
  • The Ice Sword: Kopaka's Toa Tool as a Toa Mata, along with his Ice Shield. It is used to channel his Ice powers. Before he became a Toa Nuva, Kopaka had only one blade, but it was less powerful. Afterwards, he had two and they could be transformed into ice skates.
  • The Magma Swords: Used by Tahu Nuva, they are able to turn into a surfboard. A similar set of swords, the Fire great Swords are used by toa Lhikan.
  • The Air Sword: Toa Lesovikk's Toa Tool. It can be used to channel his Elemental Power of Air.
  • The Air Katanas: Toa Lewa Nuva's Toa Tools. 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.
  • The Aqua Warblade: 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: 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.


  • The Starsword, the Powersword & the PowerStar: Blackstar's weapon, the Starsword and the Overlord's Powersword, are able to absorb, store, and reflect any external form of energy, and is virtually indestructible. They can also produce blasts of pure energy capable of destroying a target. Each weapon generates an invisible "aura" which imbues its wielder with superhuman senses, strength, endurance, reflexes, speed, agility, and a limited invulnerability to harm and extreme temperatures. The Starsword and the Powersword are each two halves of the PowerStar.

Lighting Swords[edit]

  • Lightning swords are used for lightning only.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon[edit]

The Golden Blade[edit]

  • 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.



  • Pan Sword: The sword of Peter Pan, it consists of a gold blade and a hilt made from a coconut. After Peter left Neverland and grew up, the lost boy Rufio, took the sword and became the new Pan. When Peter came back to rescue his children, Rufio returned the sword to him. After defeating Captain Hook in a final duel, Peter gives the sword to Thud Butt, the largest of the Lost Boys, telling him to watch over all who are smaller than him. The sword has no magical powers, however, it sometimes seems to sing when a new owner, or an original owner, holds it.

Kill Bill[edit]

Masters of the Universe[edit]

  • Sword of Power: Also known as The Power Sword, the sword was given to Prince Adam by the Sorceress of Grayskull as the key to transforming into He-Man, "the Most Powerful Man in the Universe", and transforming his cowardly pet tiger, Cringer, into the fierce and brave Battle Cat.
  • Sword of Protection: The Sword of Protection is the weapon wielded by Adora. Prince Adam's twin sister, and is used in her transformation into the heroic She-Ra. It also changes her horse, Spirit, into the winged unicorn, Swift Wind.

Power Rangers[edit]

  • Power Sword: The default weapon of the original Red Ranger, Jason Lee Scott and later his successor, Rocky DeSantos. Its blade 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: The sword that the then evil Green Ranger, Tommy, used. It 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: A talking saber with the head of a tiger 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.
  • Zeo Sword: 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.
  • Turbo Lightning Sword: The Red Turbo Ranger's personal weapon.
  • Spiral Saber: The 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 in Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy. Once released from the stone, the Sabers granted each of their wielders Ranger powers. They can be charged up to unleash their elemental powers.
  • 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.

Star Trek[edit]

  • Bat'leth: Ceremonial swords used by members of the Klingon race.
  • Kar'takin:These straight-bladed polearms are used by the Jem'Hadar in close combat. They were used by both Starfleet officers and Jem'Hadar in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "To the Death". The Kar'takin bear a resemblance to the Bardiche axe.

Star Wars[edit]

Sword Art Online[edit]

  • Anneal Blade: A simple one-handed sword viable up to floor 3 of Aincrad. Kirito obtained this sword the first day of SAO's launch.
  • Elucidator: A pitch black sword, evenly balanced and quite powerful. It has a black handle connected to a hand guard that is longer on the right side. Attached to this elongated area of the hand-guard is part of Elucidator's obsidian blade so as to better aid the user in retaining their grip on the sword when it is being used. The blade is completely black like the rest of the sword and said blade is outlined in a light gray. A small cross is embroided on the flat of the blade, just beneath the tip.
  • Lambent Light: The rapier used by Asuna. Has a blue handle and a circular guard.
  • Guilty Thorn: A custom-made barbed blade created by the player Grimlock. It is red with white outline and alternating teeth on both sides of the blade.
  • Dark Repulser: Another sword used by Kirito. It was forged by Lisbeth in the side story "Warmth of Heart" using a Crystallite Ingot. The stats indicate that it can rival even the Elucidator. It is destroyed in the fight with Kayaba Akihiko.


  • Sword of Light: Wielded by Gourry Gabriev. The metal blade could be removed from the hilt, allowing Gourry to summon a blade of coherent magical energy that could affect creatures immune to normal weapons or to most magic. The energy blade could also serve as a spell focus, and was used as such by Lina Inverse. In the anime, it was one of the five Dark Star weapons and also given the name "Gorun Nova".
  • Howling Sword: The weapon of the mercenary swordsman Zangalus. Crafted by the corrupted "great priest" Rezo, the Howling Sword could generate great gusts of wind.


  • Sword of Omens: Wielded by Lion-O, "Lord Of The ThunderCats"; used in battle to achieve "sight beyond sight" and to project a visual signal into the sky, accompanied by an audible roar, to alert and summon the other ThunderCats.


  • "Blazing Swords" were wielded by each of the unified Voltrons in the anime cartoons syndicated to the United States. Usually employed in battle against "robeasts", they were capable of cutting through virtually any solid substance known and/or piercing almost any strength of force-field.


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


  • Caliburn: The sword that Arthur took out of the stone, engraved with the words "Whosoe'er pulleth out this sword of this stone is rightwise king born of England". Its appearance is similar to Excalibur, which was given to Arthur by the Lady of the Lake.
  • Arondight: A holy sword wielded by Lancelot that is the counterpart of King Arthur's Excalibur. It was given only to someone who could be exalted as the "perfect knight", the strongest, bravest and truest knight of an era, which signifies the unrivaled Lancelot out of all those who sat at the Round Table of Camelot.
  • Excalibur Galantine: The shining sword that Sir Gawain possesses. It is the sister-sword of Excalibur also originally owned by the Lady of the Lake, but it is not as well known as a holy sword and rarely mentioned due to having its legend hidden in the shadow of King Arthur's holy sword. While Excalibur collects the lights from the planet, Sir Gawain's holy sword is said to represent the rays of heat from the sun with a Pseudo-Sun contained in the hilt
  • Caladbolg: The sword wielded by Fergus mac Róich, with which he redirected his anger at not being able to kill the one who tricked him out of kingship by cleaninly blasting the top of three hills like a long rainbow.
  • Kanshou and Bakuya: "Married" twin swords forged by Gan Jiang and Mo Ye, they represent Ying and Yang. The main ability of the swords is their strong bond with each other, which not only allows them to attract each other, but it is also said they will return their owner even if events cause them to be lost. If one is thrown while the other is held, the thrown sword will return to the wielder much like a boomerang.
  • Ea: The single most powerful weapon in existence, Ea can – at full power – destroy the entire world. It is something that was born before the appearance of the concept that the world calls a "sword", so it is not something that can truly be called a sword or have the shape of any known blade and it is the only sword that does not exist in the current world. It is something that does not appear in any modern legends, crystallized during the Age of Gods at the beginning of the world.
  • Merodach:The Original Sin ( 原罪メロダック, GenzaiMerodakku) is the original model of the "legends of swords of selection in the various lands of the world" and "the foundation of the sacred right to select the king", including Gram and the sword modeled on Gram, Caliburn. It is possessed by Gilgamesh in the Gate of Babylon. It utilizes the same power as Caliburn, a "light that can burn away everything it touches"
  • Durandal: The Peerless Sword is the holy sword favored by Roland and one of the many Noble Phantasms stored in Gilgamesh's Gate of Babylon. The sword is a splendidly forged "symbol of power" much like King Arthur's Caliburn, and it is said to hold three miracles within it. It will not lose its sharpness even should its user's magical energy be depleted, proving indestructible even when Roland tried to destroy it.
  • Harpe : Immortal Slaying Scythe is a divine sword from Greek mythology used by Perseus to kill the Gorgon Medusa. It was given by Hermes, and as it was returned to him once the task was completed, it can be called an "Anti-Medusa" weapon.
  • Crocea Mors: Yellow Death is the golden sword of Gaius Julius Caesar, endowed with an ability in close-range combat that makes victory assured from the moment he sees the enemy.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Nick Evangelista (1995), The Encyclopedia of the Sword, Greenwood Publishing Group, ISBN 978-0-313-27896-9 

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