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Top 10 – Swords

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Let’s cut to it, of all the many ways and means we’ve created to kill each other there’s not one that carries with it so much myth and legend and so many famous examples. Name a few axes for me, or more than one hammer? Oh but there are more named swords in this world than you could shake a spear at. It’s a symbol, a stick of pointy metal with a handle on one end, and so much more.

There’ll be no sitting on the fence, listed here are ten swords that we claim to be the very coolest, most legendary, most awesome, and we’re prepared to back that opinion to the hilt! Welcome to the Top 10 Swords.


Top 10

10) Katanas – Kill Bill

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So why do these make the list? These are just some very typical Katanas aren’t they? I mean what on Earth could make these specific Katanas so important? Oh I don’t know, perhaps because they were wielded by Uma Thurman in one of the most typical and easy to understand action films ever made? Perhaps because they were so good at conveying the entire plot of the film with the right weapon.

Think about it, it’s a film about a bride who is on a mission to exact her revenge against some assassins. She literally only wants to kill Bill. Only coming in at number 10 because yes, they are ordinary Katana’s, but this is possibly one of the most stylish action films you could ever watch – and it is thoroughly entertaining as well. If you’ve somehow not seen it, go do so now.

9) Greatknife – Silent Hill

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Welcome back Pyramid Head, the most iconic monster of the Silent Hill franchise. While the game offers up Pyramid Heads equipped with spears, providence has left the beast with a far more iconic weapon, the ragged blade it drags along the ground, a sound that instills fear in the players who have grown familiar with what’s coming.

In the film the modified “Red Pyramid” uses the blade to rather terrifying effect, piercing a thick steel door like butter and waving it around like it’s nothing, despite the fact that one heavy swing smashes masonry. How Sunderland can lift it and use it in game seems mind-boggling.

8) Oblivious – Goblins

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Oblivious begins life as a blade that mimics the last material it touches (under certain rules of course, no air-blades) so it turns to stone if touched against stone, wood if touched to wood, and “+2 to strength metal” if touched against a ring that grants a +2 strength bonus.

In the dungeon where it is found a Psion is attempting to bring about an end to all things, and in a semi-successful attempt opens up multiple holes in reality. If something falls in, it never existed, with only slight corrections made to adjust for paradoxes.

As it turns out if you poke a sword that clones material into pure oblivion, the sword mimics the properties of oblivion. It is no longer affected by things like gravity, force, time, space, and reason, and therefore if it is dropped, it does not exist until picked up again. Two minutes with an indestructible weapon and Minmax the Unstoppable breaks it.

7) Ragnarok – Soul Eater

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So first things first, let’s establish how Soul Eater works to those of you who don’t know about it. In Soul Eater, your weapon harvests souls (no big surprise here). It eats them and boom, it makes them bigger and better. But more importantly, the students are doing this to teach the demon weapons that they possess to not cause any carnage, as well as a way to help balance world order. Are you with me? Good…

So then when Ragnarok is revealed, it’s a little bit screwy. Ragnarok is a demon weapon which is in the possession of Crona, the sort of semi-antagonist. Crona is a very interesting character who has had quite a rich background regarding his/her past and their mother, the Gorgon Medusa. With this in mind, it’s no surprise then that Cronas demon weapon, Ragnarok, is certainly heavily influenced by Medusa. Of coruse, so is Crona, so the two of them set out to become the Kishin… But enough about that – That might be going too far into the stories plot. Heavily involved from the get go, Ragnarok is no ordinary blade.

6) Finn’s Collection – Adventure Time

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Mighty hero renowned throughout the land of Ooo, a world of adventure awaits, as does crazy loot. Let’s take a quick peruse through the main list here:

The Golden Sword of Battle (Scarlet) – Jake’s first major sword, sadly made four-dimensional and accidentally creates a black hole that destroys it.
Root Sword – A prize from a train filled with crazy magical items, used as a fallback when better blades break.
Demon Blood Sword – A demon forged this sword of his own blood in order to escape a prison forged by Finn’s adoptive father. A suitable facsimile is made of blessed grape juice.
Grass Sword – A blade that not only binds itself to Finn’s arm, but also replaces it when it’s severed. Unnervingly sharp for a cursed plant.
Other Finn Sword – Caused by a time-travel-dream-paradox, one copy of Finn turns into a sword for the maybe original to carry, which doubles all of his capabilities.

Yup, I think they’re awesome enough.

5) Gunblade – Squall Leonheart

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The Gunblade is a really simple design and I don’t know why people hadn’t made one before. It’s simple a large sword, which can be used typically to slash at opponents and inflict some serious damage. But the flipside to this blade, as well as the reason as to why we have it in this list in the first place, is what else it is: A freakin’ gun!

Yeah, this blade can be used like a gun as well. In fact, Squall might be the only character I at least can remember from the Final Fantasy series that allowed you to hit a bumper button for some extra damage output, as it fires a bullet into the enemies that you’re slashing up. It’s an outrageous design, but it’s so simple that I reckon someone could actually pull it off. Nice design, Square Enix!

4) Tetsusaiga – Inuyasha

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Whilst there’s common debate about the actual correct spelling of this sword’s name, there’s no debating that this is a seriously kick ass sword. When wielded by the dog demon Inuyasha, this humble looking blade has the ability to kick it up a notch by turning into an absolutely massive blade! Honestly, who the heck could seriously use a thing like that, if not a demon who has a lot of pent up rage after being pinned to a tree and sealed there.

Still, all joking aside, the Tetsusaiga is Inuyashas most versatile weapon, even if it sometimes seems like it should be a hinderance. It just goes to show, that some people certainly do carry around growers, rather than showers. Hah, that was a human anatomy joke. The sword is actually a fang from Inuyasha and primary antagonist Sesshomaru’s father. Whilst Inuyasha got Tessaiga, the sword of destruction, Sesshomaru got the sword of life, the Tensaiga. So we’re here to root for the… Destructive one and not the preservative one..? Well, okay then Inuyasha, whatever you say. The Tetsusaiga is not only capable of transforming into the massive blade seen above, but it’s also good at guiding Inuyasha too, almost as if his dad is still looking out for him. Bless.

3) Zangetsu – Bleach

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Ok, I won’t lie, there are plenty of better anime, and Bleach is a guilty pleasure of mine because of all of the yelling and some pretty awesome music. But Zangetsu is one hell of a sword. Every shinigami conjures a sword from their soul, a Zanpakuto, and Ichigo’s is ridiculously oversized because of his raw power and his inability to control it.

Zanpakutos have three forms, released by getting to know the spirit within the blade, and Ichigo and Zangetsu have one hell of a relationship. His first form is impossibly large and loses its guard, being a shameless representation of Ichigo’s power, and never reverts to its original form because it simply can’t be contained. The final “Bankai” form is a plain, black katana, normal sized, where everyone else has insanely large and mystical powers.

Old man Zangetsu and Ichigo cooperate so well, that they wield each other as a weapon, and the small weapon belies the impossible speed, skill and strength that Ichigo suddenly possesses. Cliche? Overly dramatic? Maybe! I don’t care, it’s awesome.

2) Excalibur

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Of course, the guy who put the sword in the stone, that’s your king right there.

Alright fair enough, Excalibur must be the name most people think of when the topic of “famous swords” is raised. Best known for appointing a young Arthur as King of England when he plucked it from the stone that had held it fast for years against boorish fools who thought the job all too easy, but the name has been used so often there must be hundreds of pretenders to the throne.

A Canadian TV series, a Crusader class battleship in Babylon 5, a ridiculous top-hatted character in Soul Eater, two Marvel Teams (X-Calibur for mutants, eXcalibur for British supers) and an ichthyosaur. The name gets around a bit, it’s a myth, it’s a legend, and it pretty much ticks all the boxes and cuts those boxes to unrighteous ribbons.

So what could claim the number 1 slot? Ah, who am I kidding you can see from here.

1) Vorpal Sword – Jabberwocky

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A legend born of nonsense. Is there anything quite so glorious?

Oh any old knife can slay a dragon or cut down a thousand men, you can slap a name on your pigsticker and call it unique but I can guarantee your blacksmith round the corner has got a dozen he made this morning. What other blade, which tongue of steel and hatred can claim the blood of the Jabberwock?

These days if you’ve played a few fantasy RPGs this public domain property will have popped up in your inventory, often as a unique weapon or some super-sharp blade. It’s a classic of Alice’s armoury from American McGee’s franchise, and even found its way into the Disney film so Alice could take down the monster on the Frabjous day. As it’s from a nonsense fantasy ballad the designs vary wildly, but the name remains.

See also Vorpal Bunny

What the hell Final Fantasy?


Honourable mentions

Ah yes, we do have the sharpest of wits, as well as the most versatile of blades at our arsenal. Never fear though, we do have two more blades for you to consider, two more easily recognisable swords that should we should cut through.

Lightsaber – Star Wars

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Lightsabers are not exactly unheard of, now are they? They don’t quite make it into our list, because they do feel a little bit like a “Mary Sue” of the sword world. I mean they are lasers and they are also swords… Which is pretty cool, but at the same time, when they’re so damn powerful that they can go through walls, you know you’re talking some major nonsense. Still, they look awesome.

They come in a few varieties, such as a normal blue lightsaber, a normal red lightsaber, a two-ended lightsaber, some other variation of a — The point is, they all look pretty similar, although there are minor cosmetic changes here and there. Usually looking cooler for the bad guys than the good guys, there’s one more reason to give in to the dark side. Other than all the cookies they have!

Farfetch’d Leek – Pokemon

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To the untrained eye, Farfetch’d may be holding onto a very common leek, the kind you would find growing in your garden. Yes, indeed, this strange little bird appears to be holding a vegetable of some kind, how painful could this really be? How could such a tiny, harmless looking bird cause so much carnage with greens, which people always say are really healthy for you?

Well of course that’s because you’re untrained. You haven’t realised that this isn’t just any old leek, it’s literally a weapon of destruction! It’s a leek, yes, but it’s a powerful leek that can be used to slice through trees in the original Pokemon games. It’s a powerful leek that can be used to not only slice through things, but to slap someone upside the head with. You wanna mess with Farfetch’d, bring it on… But bring your A-Game, as this duck is really going to come at you.


We’re done cutting down our opposition with the best blades man can buy and no, we’re not on about Gillette. It’s true that a pen is much mightier than a sword – Ah who are we trying to fool here? Anyone with a brain can see that a sword could easily slice apart any old pen, no matter how mighty it may claim to be! As always though, take your pick for our next Top 10 list.

Hilt yourself fools, we’ve had enough slashing away at the air now. It’s time to remember what really matters in life: Really big swords (or sometimes really little ones). We’re done and it’s all thanks to you that we wrote this list, but that’s it for this Top 10. As always please remember to leave your comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.

8 responses

  1. Hmm, I would’ve added a couple of classics:
    The Soul Reaver from the Legacy of Kain series, its serpentine design and skull crossguard instantly recognisable
    And of course, The Master Sword, the Blade of Evil’s Bane. Arguably the most famous video game sword
    And that’s without even bringing in the ever hungry Frostmourne into the list.

    In the world of Anime, there are way too many to list, but I’ve always had a thing for what is perhaps an obscure pick: The Sword of Baltanders from the Manga/Anime “Orphen.” Not only does it have a beautiful design with a dragon-wing guard but it can turn someone into a freaking dragon hahaha

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    August 6, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    • I mean the Master Sword not getting in seems like a stupid decision, right? What kind of self-respecting geek would NOT let it in?

      Well.. Other than it being -the master sword-, what’s special about it? I know a fair bit about it, I know it defeats -evil-… But… So do many other swords. Sadly, there wasn’t enough that made it, y’know, “cool”.

      Regarding Orphen, never heard of it, time for me to get watching! :D

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      August 7, 2016 at 11:06 pm

  2. Murray

    No love for the Honedge line from Pokemon Gen 6? :c
    Aegislash is not only a cool looking Pokemon with one of the more unique abilities to date in the series, it’s a complete competitive beast able to specialise in either sweeping or defensive harassment, along with earning the honour of being in the “Uber” tier, standing side-by-side with legendaries that it can quite happily counter.

    Other honourable mentions for me could include: Frostmourne (Warcraft/WoW) The Power of Love/The Power of Self Respect (Scott Pilgrim VS The World-Film version) and the Meowmere (Terraria)

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    August 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    • Aegislash is a horrible Pokemon how dare he exist this world was not meant for him and he should be sorry he ever existed.

      With that out of the way, can you really rate him over some of what we had? The only thing I could think would be to knock off the Kill Bill katanas (Which is one of the most prominent parts of the series)… However, think about it. Aegislash is actually not just a sword. He’s also a shield. In fact, half the time, he’s more shield than he is sword.

      Couple this with the fact that we’ve got Farfetch’d in there, who is a genwunners dream, with his adorable little leek sword, you’re going against some very healthy competition (HAH! It’s a health pun because vegetable… :( )

      The fact I –didn’t– even think of Frostmourne feels stupid and I might need to re-think that one… And THAT would likely knock out those katanas, at the very least, if not rejig the numbers.

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      August 7, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      • Murray

        The shield is only an attachment to himself, his actual body is a sword which would comprise his main qualifying attribute of being a sword. And before Aegislash you had Honedge and Doublade, both Pokemon which qualify for the factor of being swords without any addition of a shield.
        Plus Farfetch’d’s (apostrophe nightmare :P) leek wasn’t actually an in game item until Gold/Silver/Crystal and it’s main ability of raising his critical hit ratio by two stages wasn’t implemented until FireRed and LeafGreen.

        I know I’m clutching at leeks here, and I’m not denying that the leek has a cool effect and is well known/adorable…
        But Aegislash does hold a special place in my heart, not just for style, finesse and power, but also the fact you can give it a ridiculously wide selection of nicknames.

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        August 8, 2016 at 9:48 am

      • Absolutely and in terms of in game practicality, you are certainly correct in liking that monstrosity!

        Hoooowever, time to throw your argument back on you. If you are going by Farfetch’d’s leek not being an in game item til later, then Aegislash(+ line) cannot get in: because they are NOT an item in game :P

        I put Farfetch’d in not based on if it can be held by others, but instead by “Is it memorable?” and whilst Aegislash is cool, the little duck who doesn’t give a… Quack… Is a Pokémon staple. If Aegislash gets seriously viable counters, I bet people will forget about it.

        Gimmicky Pokémon struggle… But design and attitude is timeless. Why does Squirtle and Charmander get more picks than Bulbasaur? Design and personality. That’s just my opinion on it :)

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        August 8, 2016 at 9:54 am

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