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15th Mar '17 1:10:54 AM infernape612
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In spite of the popularity of double-headed battle axes in fiction (as shown by [[Film/LordOfTheRings Gimli]] here for the trope picture), there are few examples of such weapons historically - battle axes were overwhelmingly of a single bit. Actual double-headed axes tended to either be purely ceremonial or for logging [[note]]This would be advantageous for loggers by the two heads being used for different tasks - one bit kept sharp for cutting and the other blunt for hacking by roots, rocks and dirt - thus saving them from having to carry another axe.[[/note]]

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In spite of the popularity of double-headed battle axes in fiction (as shown by [[Film/LordOfTheRings Gimli]] here for the trope picture), there are few examples of such weapons historically - battle axes were overwhelmingly of a single bit. Actual double-headed axes tended to either be purely ceremonial or for logging logging.[[note]]This would be advantageous for loggers by the two heads being used for different tasks - one bit kept sharp for cutting and the other blunt for hacking by roots, rocks and dirt - thus saving them from having to carry another axe.[[/note]]
10th Mar '17 9:43:51 AM gb00393
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** Yara wields a pair of tomahawks in "The Laws of Gods and Men".

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** Yara wields a pair of tomahawks in "The Laws of Gods and Men". The Ironborn (Yara is one of them) are famous for utilizing axes in combat instead of the usual sword. This makes sense as long swords are bad options in close quarters, such as ships. But axes are not only short and sharp, but they also make good throwing weapons. Perfect weapons for raiders.
26th Feb '17 3:20:07 PM Kurogane7
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** While you can custom-tailor a character to however you like, this is apparently the WeaponOfChoice for [[PlayingWithFire Pyromancers]]. This is because in the games the class shows up, every new Pyromancer starts with a Hand Axe.
24th Feb '17 2:02:08 AM Doug86
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* In ''Webcomic/TheBrickTestament'', the tenth plague of Egypt in ''[[Literature/TheBible Exodus]]'' is portrayed as [[BadassGrampa God]] walking around in Egypt [[http://www.thebricktestament.com/exodus/the_tenth_plague/ex12_29a.html killing people with a large axe]].

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* In ''Webcomic/TheBrickTestament'', the tenth plague of Egypt in ''[[Literature/TheBible Exodus]]'' is portrayed as [[BadassGrampa [[BadassGrandpa God]] walking around in Egypt [[http://www.thebricktestament.com/exodus/the_tenth_plague/ex12_29a.html killing people with a large axe]].
24th Feb '17 2:00:32 AM Doug86
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* Viking Commando was the feature character of DCComics ''All-Out War'' comic. A Viking warrior who was transported through time to the D-Day landing, he carried an axe called Iron Fang that had been magically strengthened by his journey through time to the point where it could cleave tank armour.

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* Viking Commando was the feature character of DCComics Creator/DCComics ''All-Out War'' comic. A Viking warrior who was transported through time to the D-Day landing, he carried an axe called Iron Fang that had been magically strengthened by his journey through time to the point where it could cleave tank armour.armor.
17th Feb '17 3:28:09 PM GM_3826
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** Now a viable weapon in its own right: it's slower than a sword and lacks its knockback capability, but it's stronger and can disable the use of a shield. Unfortunately as a tool it takes twice as much damage in durability, so its best used only to disable shields and chop wood.
15th Feb '17 10:28:30 AM Aggron9988
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* ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'': Wila, the Hyperia pantheons previous Highpriestess fought with an axe.
17th Jan '17 6:40:32 PM Thorion
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* ''FanFic/TheEvabonSaga'': Gard's weapon of choice however he has used other weapons.
16th Jan '17 11:55:48 AM MiddleEighth
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*Minor character Zarrack the “viking” in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' has a Dynamo Axe that crackles with electricity. He loses it to a furious Paul, who [[SuperStrength pulps the handle and pounds the unbreakable axe blade into the ground]].
15th Jan '17 5:44:11 PM mythmonster2
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* ''VideoGame/EternalCardGame'' includes axes as weapons, both for units and the players themselves.
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