"Oh Good. I so much prefer blades to bows. There's always so much more blood."
― Constantine Drakon (DC Comics)
"You see, it's the slow knife... the knife that takes its time, the knife that waits years without forgetting, then slips quietly between the bones... that's the knife that cuts deepest."
― Talia al Ghul (The Dark Knight Rises)
"You hold him down while we knife him, and then we'll all go out for ice cream and strippers."
― Dean Winchester to Kevin Tran (Supernatural)

The power to possess great proficiency, capabilities and knowledge in knives. Technique of Knife Manipulation. Variation of Weapon Proficiency.

Also Called

  • Dagger Proficiency
  • Enhanced Dagger Fighting/Proficiency/Throwing
  • Enhanced Daggermanship
  • Enhanced Knifemanship
  • Enhanced Knifeplay
  • Enhanced Knife Fighting/Proficiency/Throwing
  • Enhanced Trench Knife Skill
  • Tantōjutsu


Users possess great proficiency, capabilities and knowledge in knives, a tool or weapon with a cutting edge or blade, often attached to a handle or hilt. They are able to wield small blades with great proficiency and cunning as well as stealth; concealing multiple knives on their person flawlessly, to be retrieved at will in combat.


  • Extreme skill with all forms of a knife, paired with the ease with which such weapons may be hidden on the body, allows the user to employ a richly varied fighting style: switching between any number of exotic types of knife mid-battle to hack, jab, hook or otherwise harm a target. More powerful users of this ability may even use some specialized varieties of a knife in ways they were not designed for, such as throwing a stiletto accurately or impaling with a curved blade.
  • Trick moves, misdirection, and feints to add to the user's abilities in combat as well as for the purposes of display.
  • The ability to target and exploit an opponent's vital points with flawless accuracy, often in order to make a swift, silent kill, or disable without inflicting lethal wounds.
  • Some varieties of knives lend themselves to throwing, in which case the user's aim can be expected to be nigh perfect, even in the middle of combat or when throwing multiple weapons. In addition, this may allow the user to pin targets down through their opponent's clothing or flesh, preventing them from moving without actually killing them.
  • The shortness of a knife offers a smaller blind-spot than long swords, while at the same time allowing them to take advantage of such spots in the face of swordsmen.




  • User may not be able to handle a larger blade with similar skills.
  • Aside from the actual act of eliminating a target, this ability does not enhance a user's stealth.

Known Users


  • Kenny Ackerman (Attack On Titan)
  • Levi Ackerman (Attack On Titan)
  • Tokaku Azuma (Akuma no Riddle)
  • Isuke Inukai (Akuma no Riddle)
  • Judeau (Berserk)
  • Guts (Berserk)
  • Kranz Maduke (Black Cat)
  • Kensei Mugurama (Bleach)
  • Shaz Domino (Bleach)
  • Neutrophils/White Blood Cells (Cells at Work!)
  • Kid (Chrono Cross)
  • Maes Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • King Bradley (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Jacob Lessio (Fairy Tail)
  • Various Characters (Naruto)
  • Sid Barrett (Soul Eater)
  • Dracule Mihawk (One Piece)
  • Sanji (One Piece)
  • Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)
  • Nobume Imai (Gintama)
  • Goblin Slayer (Goblin Slayer)
  • Dao Ma (Blades of the Guardian)
  • DIO Brando (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Bruno Bucciarati (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part V5: Golden Wind/Vento Aureo)
  • Enrico Pucci (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean)
  • AU Diego Brando (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7: Steel Ball Run)
  • Various Characters (Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • A Ka Kin (Kingdom)
  • San (Princess Mononoke)
  • Juuzou Suzuya (Tokyo Ghoul)
  • Tooru Mutsuki (Tokyo Ghoul:re)
  • Izaya Orihara (Durarara!!)
  • Kyoma Mabuchi (Dimension W)
  • Dorothy (Marchen Awakens Romance)
  • Babbo Version 6 - Puss in Boots (Marchen Awakens Romance)
  • Guardian ÄRM, X (Zehn) (Marchen Awakens Romance)
  • Hati (Saint Seiya Ω)
  • Favaro Leone (Shingeki no Bahamut)
  • Jack the Ripper (Shuumatsu no Valkyrie)
  • Sung Jin-Woo (Solo Leveling)
  • Kang Tae-Shik (Solo Leveling)
  • Baruka (Solo Leveling)
  • Baran (Solo Leveling)
  • Maria Cadenzavna Eve (Senki Zesshou Symphogear)
  • Shiki Tohno (Tsukihime)
  • Shiki Ryougi (Kara no Kyoukai)
  • Silica / Ayano Keiko (Sword Art Online)
  • Shizuku Sangou (Kampfer)
  • Belphegor (Katekyō Hitman Reborn)
  • Rasiel (Katekyō Hitman Reborn)
  • Himiko Toga (My Hero Academia)
  • Thorfinn (Vinland Saga)
  • Jirou Sorashima (Wallman)
  • Alibaba Saluja (Magi Series)
  • Hans Humpty (Rokka no Yuusha)


  • Razor the Shark (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Mai (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Empress She-Wolf (Danny Phantom)
  • Skulker (Danny Phantom)
  • Black Manta (DC Comics)
  • Constantine Drakon (DC Comics)
  • Roy Harper (DC Comics)
  • Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (DC Comics)
  • Morgan Ducard/Nobody (DC Comics)
  • Talons (DC Comics)
  • Samukai (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Drax the Destroyer (Marvel Comics)
  • James "Bucky" Barnes/Winter Soldier (Marvel Comics)
  • T'Challa/Black Panther (Marvel Comics)
  • Tandy Bowen/Dagger (Marvel Comics)
  • Elektra Natchios (Marvel Comics)
  • Ororo Munroe/Storm (Marvel Comics)
  • James "Logan" Howlett/Wolverine (Marvel Comics)
  • James Proudstar/Warpath (Marvel Comics)
  • Sarah/Marrow (Marvel Comics)
  • Sergei Kravinoff/Kraven the Hunter (Marvel Comics)
  • Anastasia Kravinoff (Marvel Comics)
  • Diego Hargreeves/Number Two/The Kraken (The Umbrella Academy/Dark Horse Comics)
  • Eyeball Ruby (Steven Universe)
  • Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 TV series)
  • Raphael (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Brock Samson (The Venture Bros.)
  • Knives Chau (Scott Pilgrim)
  • Aerrow (Storm Hawk)
  • Angor Rot (Tales of Arcadia)
  • Walter Stricklander (Tales of Arcadia)
  • Jim Lake Jr. (Tales of Arcadia)
  • Miyamoto Usagi (Usagi Yojimbo)
  • Peter Pan (Disney's Peter Pan)
  • Xiao (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny)


  • Alex (A Clockwork Orange)
  • Konrad (All Tomorrow's Parties)
  • Briar Moss (Circleverse)
  • Bell Cranel (Danmachi)
  • Osprey (Devils Cape)
  • Amy (Dorothy Must Die)
  • The Fremen of Arrakis (Dune)
  • Laura Bodewig (Infinite Stratos)
  • Connovan (King's Dark Tidings)
  • Rezkin (King's Dark Tidings)
  • Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus)
  • King's Rangers (Ranger's Apprentice Series/Royal Ranger Series
  • Shadowhunters (Shadowhunter Chronicles)
  • Black Knights (The Apprentice Rogue)
  • Declan (The Edge)
  • Toothiana/The Tooth Fairy (The Guardians of Childhood)
  • Elmindreda "Min" Farshaw (The Wheel of Time)
  • Thomdril "Thom" Merrilin (The Wheel of Time)

Video Games

  • Alice Liddell (American McGee's Alice)
  • Imposter (Among Us)
  • Knife-Wielding Operators (Arknights)
    • Projekt Red
    • Gravel
    • Jaye
    • Phantom
  • Assassins (Assassin's Creed series)
  • Hazama (Blazblue)
  • Yuuki Terumi (BlazeBlue)
  • Lord's Blade Ciaran (Dark Souls)
  • Rogues (Dragonfable)
  • Cidd (Epic Seven)
  • Coil (Epic Seven)
  • Judith (Epic Seven)
  • Roozid (Epic Seven)
  • Various Characters (Far Cry series)
  • Rem Tomikiya (Final Fantasy series)
  • Zidane (Final Fantasy series)
  • Heather (Fire Emblem)
  • Sothe (Fire Emblem)
  • Feower/Quatre (Granblue Fantasy)
  • Eleanor Schariac (Honkai Impact 3rd)
  • Maya (Killer Instinct)
  • Larxene (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Dr. Mundo (League of Legends)
  • Lincoln Clay (Mafia III)
  • Bandit (MapleStory)
  • Dual Blade (MapleStory)
  • Kanna Totomi (My Harem Heaven is Yandere Hell)
  • Ren Amamiya/Akira Kurusu/Joker (Persona series)
  • Echidna (Queen's Blade)
  • Irma (Queen's Blade)
  • Shizuka (Queen's Blade)
  • The Marstons (Red Dead Redemption series)
    • John Marston
    • Jack Marston
  • Jack Krauser (Resident Evil)
  • Leon S. Kennedy (Resident Evil)
  • Robloxians (Roblox); via /catalog/121946387/Bombos-Survival-Knife Bombo's Survival Knife
  • Player Character (Runescape)
  • Hawkeye (Seiken Densetsu 3)
  • Hikage (Senran Kagura)
  • Valentine (Skullgirls)
  • Dampierre (Soulcaliber)
  • Greed (Soulcaliber)
  • Spy (Team Fortress 2)
  • Sakuya Izayoi (Touhou Project)
  • Multiple Assassin Servants (TYPE-MOON)
  • Shiki Ryougi (TYPE-MOON)
  • Shiki Tohno (TYPE-MOON)
  • Frisk (Undertale)
  • Jack the Ripper (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Rogues (Warcraft)
  • Warlocks (Warcraft)
  • William "B.J." Blazkowicz (Wolfenstein series)
  • Goro Majima (Yakuza Series)
  • Kiryuu Kazuma (Yakuza Series)

Live Television/Movies

  • Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
  • Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
  • Angels (Supernatural)
  • Ghostface (Scream)
  • Clove (The Hunger Games)
  • Enobaria (The Hunger Games)
  • Richard B. Riddick (The Chronicles of Riddick)
  • Yeong-Shin (Netflix's Kingdom)
  • Fuu Houhou (The Outcast)
  • V (V for Vendetta)
  • Oishi Kawaii (Oishi High School Battle)
  • Trini Kwan/Yellow Ranger (Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers)
  • Sakuya Izayoi (Touhou Project)
  • William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting (Gangs of New York)
  • Michael Myers (Halloween Series)
  • Cicada (Arrowverse)
  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal)
  • Black Noir (The Boys)
  • Diego Hargreeves/Number Two (The Umbrella Academy)
  • Navajo code talkers (Windtalkers)
    • Pvt. Ben Yahzee
    • Pvt. Charlie Whitehorse

Web Animation/Comics/Original


  • Jeff The Killer (Creepypasta)
  • Colet (Jeanne D'Arc)
  • Tarzan (Tarzan Series)

See Also

For fan-fictional to non-canon characters, see here.




Video Games

Live Television/Movies



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