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2nd May '16 7:34:39 PM hullflyer
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Polearms are extremely effective weapons. They are highly suitable for massed battles, much more so than the sword. This is due to their reach and the fact that they're more effective at mounted combat and penetrating armor. In medieval combat, the sword was more a sidearm, and the polearm used as the main infantry weapon on the battlefield. The reason you may not have heard of the importance of polearms is that [[HeroesPreferSwords our cultural obsession with swords]] is at least a thousand years old.

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Polearms are extremely effective weapons. They are highly suitable for massed battles, much more so than the sword. This is due to their reach and the fact that they're more effective at mounted combat and penetrating armor. In medieval combat, the sword was more a sidearm, and the polearm used as the main infantry weapon on the battlefield.battlefield (similar to how modern soldiers use a pistol as a sidearm, but generally some kind of automatic rifle as their primary weapon). The reason you may not have heard of the importance of polearms is that [[HeroesPreferSwords our cultural obsession with swords]] is at least a thousand years old.
23rd Apr '16 12:27:32 PM EDP
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* Roman legionaries carried (Maybe two at once, maybe only one. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Be24ufxNLyM ) javelin(s) (known as pilum in the singular, pila in the plural), but these were thrown to soften up the enemy before using the ''gladius'' shortsword in close combat. The spearheads were at the end of a long iron part left deliberately untempered, in the hope that it would pierce a shield [[BatmanGambit and then bend, making it near-impossible to remove from the shield which was thereby made virtually useless.]]
** It was also made this way to prevent enemies from throwing them back.
** Like the Greeks and Macedonians, the Romans at first made good use of the phalanx, which took advantage of the spear's deadliest potential: that of creating a veritable wall of sharp points that, when combined with shields, were key to pinning down an enemy while the cavalry outflanked them. The reason Romans eventually switched to the ''gladius'' as a primary weapon for infantry was that on rough terrain phalanxes (which were [[MightyGlacier slow and cumbersome]] for all their defensive capabilities) were easily overwhelmed by the more mobile skirmishers which they ended up fighting more often than not. The spear thus fell out of favor as the primary weapon for military.
** The "orb" formation did remain in their arsenal later on. The Roman legions would form a tightly-clustered round formation, with their shields on the outside, spears poking through the gaps, and perhaps a few soldiers with bows in the middle. This formation was a very useful weapon against light cavalry, so much so that it stayed in the British Army's book during the Napoleonic Wars.
** The Romans, before the Marian reforms, had triarii and hastati who both used the 6-foot hasta spear. Later on in the Roman Republic, the hasta was abandoned by hastati, and only after the Marian reforms was the spear dropped.

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* A favoured weapon of the [[TheGloryThatWasRome Roman legionaries carried (Maybe two at once, maybe only one. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Be24ufxNLyM ) javelin(s) (known as pilum in Army]], with the singular, pila in preferred model changing with time:
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the plural), but these were thrown to soften up the enemy before using the ''gladius'' shortsword in close combat. The spearheads were at the end of a long iron part left deliberately untempered, in the hope that it would pierce a shield [[BatmanGambit and then bend, making it near-impossible to remove from the shield which was thereby made virtually useless.]]
** It was also made this way to prevent enemies from throwing them back.
** Like the Greeks and Macedonians,
start the Romans at first made good use of fought with the phalanx, which phalanx (introduced in Italy by the Greek colonies in the south), and in that time the preferred model was the ''hasta'', a normal spear. This took advantage of the spear's deadliest potential: that of potential, creating a veritable wall of sharp points that, when combined with shields, were key to pinning down an enemy while the cavalry outflanked them. The reason Romans eventually switched them, and, to increase said potential, slowly lenghtened the ''gladius'' as a primary weapon for infantry was that on rough terrain phalanxes (which ''hasta'' until it reached two meters of length.
** After encounters with the Gauls and the Samnites showed them the main weakness of the phalanx (they
were [[MightyGlacier slow and cumbersome]] for all their defensive capabilities) were easily overwhelmed and, on the rugged terrains typical of most of Italy, would lose cohesion), the Romans switched to the shortsword (and eventually the gladius) as the main weapon. In this period the ''hasta'' was initially kept by the more mobile skirmishers which they ended up fighting more often than not. The spear thus fell out of favor as ''hastati'' (the youngest soldiers) and the primary weapon for military.
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''triarii'' (the veterans), but eventually restricted to the latters.
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The "orb" formation did remain in their arsenal later on. The Roman legions would form a tightly-clustered round formation, with their shields on the outside, spears poking through the gaps, and perhaps a few soldiers with bows in the middle. This formation was a very useful weapon against light cavalry, so much so that it stayed in the British Army's book during the Napoleonic Wars.
** In the Republican period the favoured blade on a stick became the ''pilum'' (''pila'' in the plural''), a distinctive javelin of Etruscan origin with the spearhead being at the end of a long iron. Each legionary carried two of them [[https://youtube.com/watch?v=Be24ufxNLyM or maybe one) javelin(s) (known as pilum in the singular, pila in the plural), and [[RainOfArrows they would unleash a short but intense barrage on the enemy right before melee]] to soften them up while disarraying their lines, with one additional surprise: the distinctive construction gave them a formidable piercing power, while at the same time (either due the long iron behind the spearhead being untempered or one of the nails connecting it to the shaft being replaced by a fragile wooden pin, depending on the model) [[BatmanGambit the javelin would bend, making it near-impossible to remove from the shield which was thereby made virtually useless]] and prevent them from throwing them back.
** Before the Marian Reform (that unified all types of Roman infantry), the ''velites'' skirmishers carried multiple ''veruta'', essentially lighter ''pila''. They were extremely effective, to the point that, at [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Zama]], they were used successfully against ''[[BeastOfBattle elephants]]''.
** Roman citizen cavalry (decimated in the [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Second Punic War]] and abolished by the Marian Reforms]] would also use a spear, either the short ''doru'' (used in combination with a shield) or a longer thrusting lance, depending on the individual cavalryman's preference (they had to buy their own equipment).
** During the early Imperial period the ''auxilia'' (troops raised from non-citizen subjects integrated in the regular army) would have skirmishers equipped with ''lancee'', normal javelins, and cavalry equipped with both javelins and short spears.
** In the late Roman army the ''pilum'' ended up being replaced with the ''spiculum'', a hybrid between the old javelin and a spear of Germanic origin that was a much better thusting weapon (for better use with the resurrected phalanx-like formations) while still keeping some of the ''pilum''[='=]s potential as armour-piercing javelin.
** The Romans, ''equites cataphractarii'' (lit. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin “completely armoured horsemen”]]), originating in the early Imperial period as an ''auxilia'' unit and later integrated as citizens, was a type of heavy cavalry copied from the Parthians, and would carry the ''contus'', a long thrusting lance. They were effectively the predecessors of the medieval knights, with specialized saddles allowing them to replicate the same devastating effect (see below) before the Marian reforms, had triarii and hastati who both used invention of the 6-foot hasta spear. Later on in the Roman Republic, the hasta was abandoned by hastati, and only after the Marian reforms was the spear dropped.stirrups.
23rd Apr '16 11:37:13 AM EDP
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* The Swiss mercenaries of the 15th century deserve an entry of their own. For a long time, it was an established truth that the only force capable of beating Swiss pikemen was an equal or greater number of Swiss pikemen. The first national army to ever beat a force consisting only of Swiss mercenaries was a French army that outnumbered the Swiss force 15 to 1.

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* The Swiss mercenaries of the 15th century deserve an entry of their own. For a long time, it was an established truth that the only force capable of beating Swiss pikemen was an equal or greater number of Swiss pikemen. The first national army to ever beat a force consisting only of Swiss mercenaries was a French army that outnumbered the Swiss force 15 to 1.1... And had [[MoreDakka a formidable (for the time) artillery support]].
18th Apr '16 7:40:38 PM tommythegun
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* ''GameOfThrones'' The climax of Season 4's "The Mountain and the Viper" has [[FragileSpeedster Oberyn Martell]] armed with a [[spoiler: poisoned]] spear taking on [[TheBrute Gregor Clegane]] armed with a {{BFS}}. He gets the better of the fight... [[spoiler: [[BullyingADragon until he gets overconfident]]]].

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* ''GameOfThrones'' ''Series/GameOfThrones'' The climax of Season 4's "The Mountain and the Viper" has [[FragileSpeedster Oberyn Martell]] armed with a [[spoiler: poisoned]] spear taking on [[TheBrute Gregor Clegane]] armed with a {{BFS}}. He gets the better of the fight... [[spoiler: [[BullyingADragon until he gets overconfident]]]].
18th Apr '16 7:38:22 PM tommythegun
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* ''GameOfThrones'' The climax of Season 4's "The Mountain and the Viper" has [[FragileSpeedster Oberyn Martell]] armed with a [[spoiler: poisoned]] spear taking on [[TheBrute Gregor Clegane]] armed with a {{BFS}}. He gets the better of the fight... [[spoiler: [[BullyingADragon until he gets overconfident]]]].
29th Mar '16 1:15:48 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Sumire Kanzaki from ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' wields a naginata, both in and out of her PoweredArmor.


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* Sumire Kanzaki from ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' wields a naginata, both in and out of her MiniMecha.
22nd Mar '16 2:15:12 PM Geodude6
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* Roman legionaries are carried (Maybe two at once, maybe only one. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Be24ufxNLyM ) javelin(s) (known as pilum in the singular, pila in the plural), but these were thrown to soften up the enemy before using the ''gladius'' shortsword in close combat. The spearheads were at the end of a long iron part left deliberately untempered, in the hope that it would pierce a shield [[BatmanGambit and then bend, making it near-impossible to remove from the shield which was thereby made virtually useless.]]

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* Roman legionaries are carried (Maybe two at once, maybe only one. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Be24ufxNLyM ) javelin(s) (known as pilum in the singular, pila in the plural), but these were thrown to soften up the enemy before using the ''gladius'' shortsword in close combat. The spearheads were at the end of a long iron part left deliberately untempered, in the hope that it would pierce a shield [[BatmanGambit and then bend, making it near-impossible to remove from the shield which was thereby made virtually useless.]]
18th Mar '16 9:23:18 AM Captain_Barbarossa
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* ''VideoGame/PiratesVikingsAndKnights'' has the [[BadassGrandpa Viking Gestir]], whose WeaponOfChoice is a spear, and the Knight teams' [[FrenchJerk Man-at-Arms]], who carries a halberd.
16th Mar '16 10:18:02 AM Willbyr
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* Kan'u Unchou from ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' wields Guan Yu's trademark polearm: the Blue Dragon Saber. She doesn't fight with it during the tournament, though, since it would be against the rules; only in ''Dragon Destiny'' do we get to see her use it. [[note]]So does his {{Expy}} with the same name (Aisha) in ''KoihimeMusou''.[[/note]]

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* Kan'u Unchou from ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' wields Guan Yu's trademark polearm: the Blue Dragon Saber. She doesn't fight with it during the tournament, though, since it would be against the rules; only in ''Dragon Destiny'' do we get to see her use it. [[note]]So does his {{Expy}} with the same name (Aisha) in ''KoihimeMusou''.''VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou''.[[/note]]



* Erio Mondial of ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]''. His Intelligent Device, Strada, takes the form of a spear. Other polearm users include Zest and his Armed Device, and Nanoha and her Raising Heart's [[SwissArmyWeapon Excelion Mode]]. A Bardiche is a type of polearm too, and Fate's Device of the same name has this form in its basic combat form.

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* Erio Mondial of ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]''.''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. His Intelligent Device, Strada, takes the form of a spear. Other polearm users include Zest and his Armed Device, and Nanoha and her Raising Heart's [[SwissArmyWeapon Excelion Mode]]. A Bardiche is a type of polearm too, and Fate's Device of the same name has this form in its basic combat form.
11th Mar '16 10:42:37 AM erforce
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* The Shredder in the first ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' live action movie wields one with devastating efficiency.

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* The Shredder in the first ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' live action movie ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'' wields one in the final showdown with devastating efficiency.
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