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Unlimited Blade Works is a copypasta parodying the incantation of the character Archer from Fate/Stay Night. Variations of it of it regularly appear on /a/ and among Fate Stay/Night topics across the internet. It is popular for being fairly easy to exploit and parodies of it cover a wide variety of subjects from corn to The Matrix. (See Copypasta)
The incantation comes from the PC eroge Visual Novel Fate Stay/Night. In the Unlimited Blade Works route of the story, the character Archer is shown to have an ability to summon a Reality Marble (a space of altered reality). In this space he is granted unlimited access to copies of famous legendary swords. To summon this, he does the following incantation-
Steel is my Body and Fire is my Blood.
I have created over a Thousand Blades,
Unknown to Death,
Nor known to Life.
Have withstood Pain to create many Weapons
Yet those Hands will never hold Anything.
So, as I Pray--
Unlimited Blade Works”
Shirou’s version is slightly different and it also has parodies, but they aren’t as common as Archer’s.
Steel is my Body and Fire is my Blood
I have created over a Thousand Blades
Unaware of Loss,
Nor aware of Gain.
Withstood Pain to create Weapons, Waiting for one’s Arrival
I have no Regrets. This is the only Path
My whole life was Unlimited Blade Works”
January 1st, 2010 Studio DEEN released a movie adaptation of Unlimited Blade Works. Though the incantation was popular to make fun of before, search interest in “Unlimited Blade Works” spiked after the movie was released. This particular clip of the Fate Stay/Night anime which aired in 2005 has over 500,000 views.
Unlimited Essay Works
Though it was previously popular on it’s own, the incantation gained a lot of notoriety on August 2nd, 2006 when an anonymous user named “Mike” posted a copy of his final essay on 4chan’s /a/ board.
It rapidly gained a ton of attention and was even stickied on 4chan that day. It was reposted on several blogs and other sites as an example of fail. Several parody images and catchphrases also spawned from it including-
- Did you mean bane?
- Hope to see you in Fall semester, Mike.
Other catchphrases relating to Unlimited Blade Works spawned from the anime movie.
- Do you have enough swords, King of Heroes?
It is also a running joke that Archer and Shirou literally have bodies made of swords. Also, it is noted as rather ironic that both Archer class Servants (Archer and Gilgamesh) use swords as their main weapons.
Though there are several images across pixiv, Danbooru, and Deviantart that parody Unlimited Blade Works, a majority of the parodies are text-based and posted on /a/ or forum topics about Fate Stay/Night. Its spread and popularity were probably due to how easy the incantation is to parody and that the parodies cover a wide variety of subjects. Here are some examples taken from TVtropes.com and 4chan’s /a/ board.
Slam is my body, and jam is my blood.
I have slammed over a thousand jams.
Unknown to slam.
Nor known to jam.
Withstood DMCA takedown notices to slam many jams.
Yet these slams will never jam anything.
So as I jam,
Unlimited Slam Works.
IMVU IS MY BODY, AND RIGHTING WRITING IS MY BLOOD
I HAVE CREATED OVER A THOUSAND ADS
UNKNOWN TO WIN, NOR KNOWN TO LOSE
HAVE WITHSTOOD FEMALE NARUTO TO CREATE MANY QUIZNO’S SUBS
YET THOSE DOUBLE-CLICKS WILL NEVER HOLD ANYTHING
SO, AS I PAY BILLS
UNLIMITED AD WORKS
Steel is my landing, and adrenaline is my blood
I have created over a thousand gates
Unknown to incineration, nor known outside apeture
I have withstood pain to solve many puzzles
Yet those hands will never hold another cube
So, as I pray…
UNLIMITED PORTAL WORKS!
Never Gonna Let You Down is my body, and Never Gonna Run Around is my blood
I have created over a thousand Internet pranks
Unknown to Never Gonna Make You Cry, nor to any other guy
Have withstood strangers to love to create many 80s hits
Yet those obvious links will never fool anyone
So, as I tell you how I’m feeling…
UNLIMITED RICKROLL WORKS!