The 18 best bladed weapons from sci-fi movies and TV

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Are you interested in taking down some mustache-twirling bad guys? Or are you the bad guy (read: misunderstood antagonist) and want to bring the pain game to those sanctimonious white-hat-wearing do-gooders? Great! But ... not just any old weapon will do.

It's just too easy (and messy) to unload your M41A pulse rifle (Aliens), phaser (set to kill, natch: Star Trek), proton pack (Ghostbusters), Samaritan (Hellboy), boomstick (Army of Darkness) or phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range (Terminator). Tech is great, but gun tech tends to have the nasty habit of running out of ammo/energy/charges. No good.

You're a class act, and you'd prefer that the bloodletting have some panache, some style. And for that, ain't nothing beats a finely honed blade. It makes the confrontation up-close and personal. Below you'll find 18 of the coolest bladed weapons that science fiction and fantasy have to offer.