6 Completely Bad-Ass Swords and Sword Masters
6# Rebellion (Dante – Devil May Cry)
Rebellion is a massive broadsword with a heavy double-edged blade, notched on both sides near the tip. In its dormant form, the pommel is a single spike, but after awakening it splits open into several. The grip is plain, but the guard is skeletal, with a skull-face on each side leading to the rib cage from which the blade emerges. Dormant, the crosstree is folded in against the ribs, but extends when awakened.
This sword is bad-ass for the pure reason of how many demons it has led to the land of slumber. Dante holds on to his sword through all the DMC games including the Anime series and wallops countless demons in multiple quests. The sword has two stages (awakened and dormant) once awaked it allows Dante to use devil trigger. Goes to show its not necessarily the sword that makes the user a bad-ass.
5# Hattori Hanzo Sword (Kill Bill)
Hattori Hanzo fought his first battle at the age of 16 (a night-time attack on Udo castle) and went on to lay siege to Kakegawa Castle in 1569. He served with distinction at the battles of Anegawa (1570) and Mikatagahara (1572). His most valuable contribution came in 1582 following Oda Nobunaga’s death, when he led the future shogunTokugawa Ieyasu to safety in Mikawa Province across Iga territory with the help of remnants of the local Iga ninja clans as well as their one-time rivals in Koga. According to some sources, Hanz? also helped in rescuing the captured family of Ieyasu.
Ok hold up, at 16/17 he laid siege on a castle ( I was playing Runescape and eating nachos at 16). Distinctions of battle at 18 and by the time he was 20 this guy was working with ninja clans and rescuing villages. He is known as the man who unified Japan. Look up Hanzo in any dictionary and the definition would be one deadly, tactical, courageous bad-ass.
4# Hrunting (Beowulf)
“And another item lent by Unferthat that moment of need was of no small importance:the brehon handed him a hilted weapon,a rare and ancient sword named Hrunting. The iron blade with its ill-boding patterns had been tempered in blood. It had never failed the hand of anyone who hefted it in battle,anyone who had fought and faced the worst in the gap of danger. This was not the first time it had been called to perform heroic feats.”
BEOWULLLLLLLLF, anyone who knows the story of Beowulf knows he is a complete geriatric. See exhibit A below. The literal translation of the word Hrunting is thrusting and Beowulf is certainly no stranger to it, What makes Beowulf’s sword so bad ass you ask? he kills the troll Grendels Mother butt naked with only his long stabby thing (named the thruster) to become victorious. He returns to the castle Herot and is crowned King.
3# Gunblade (Squall Leonhart and Seifer Almasy in Final Fantasy VIII)
This iconic blade made it into our top 10 purely based on its following and bad-assery it brought to the Final Fantasy Series. There are nearly 20 variations of the weapon brought to life through out the series. Id say the turning point for this weapon from being a mediocre sword with a strange handle to completely gangster piece was in Final Fantasy VIII, in which you could finally shoot the thing whilst stabbing your opponent.
In Final Fantasy VIII, all forms of gunblade consist of a sword blade with a gun action built into the hilt, the barrel running inside the length of the blade. They are mostly used like normal swords, but triggering a round sends a shock wave through the blade as the weapon passes through an opponent to increase damage.
2# Power Sword (He-Man)
“By the power of Grey Skull…I have the power!”
Ah latent male egotistical behaviour, pull out your power sword and suddenly you are the Master of the Universe.. Anyone who fights a skeleton in a hoodie and his minions daily rarely using his super power is automatically put into the category of Bad-Ass (see guys its not to hard).
1# Andúril (Aragorn)
“The sword of Elendil was forged anew by Elvish smiths, and on its blade was traced a device of seven stars set between the crescent Moon and the rayed Sun, and about them was written many runes; for Aragorn, son of Arathorn was going to war upon the marches of Mordor. Very bright was that sword when it was made whole again; the light of the sun shone redly in it, and the light of the moon shone cold, and its edge was hard and keen. And Aragorn gave it a new name and called it Andúril, Flame of the West.“
—The Fellowship of the Ring, The Ring Goes South
Anyone who has read or watched the LOTR series will just know “one simply does not fuck with Aragorn”. Anduril is a bad-ass sword, originally belonging to Elendil (we are using the movie version of events here) we first see it in the Battle of Dagorlad as the sword is raised high to rally Elendils Army, nek minnit Sauron is in da HOUUUSE he decides to kill Elendil and stomp on the sword crushing da shiet out of it.
Isildur sprints to Elendils aid but of course Elendil is already dead (Pretty much pwned), filled with rage Isildur picks up the hilt of the sword and manages to cut Saurons ring off with only the hilt attached to some of the remaining blade. We later see the sword again when Aragorns girlfriend decides its time to give Aragorn the sword. So her dad reforges it and goes on a quick adventure to give it to him, he rallys an army of ghosts (like the one in Pirates of the Caribbean) and they have a mad war. Aragorn is now the baws and he also renames the sword to Andúril translated to Flame of the West in some hokey pokey Tolkeinien language.