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* In ''Film/SinbadOfTheSevenSeas'', Sinbad's viking crewmember fights using a weapon with a morningstar on one end and a hammer on the other.
9th Dec '16 6:18:24 AM SebastianGray
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** TabletopGame/{{Gorkamorka}} has the demilune, a two-handed power weapon that is unique to the [[{{Mutants}} Mutie raiders]] who inhabit the most desolate regions that surround the Skid. A demilune consists of central haft with a deadly powered blade at each end, allowing a skilled wielder to fight off multiple opponents with easy sweeping attacks.

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** TabletopGame/{{Gorkamorka}} ''TabletopGame/{{Gorkamorka}}'' has the demilune, a two-handed power weapon that is unique to the [[{{Mutants}} Mutie raiders]] who inhabit the most desolate regions that surround the Skid. A demilune consists of central haft with a deadly powered blade at each end, allowing a skilled wielder to fight off multiple opponents with easy sweeping attacks.
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** TabletopGame/{{Gorkamorka}} has the demilune, a two-handed power weapon that is unique to the [[{{Mutants}} Mutie raiders]] who inhabit the most desolate regions that surround the Skid. A demilune consists of central haft with a deadly powered blade at each end, allowing a skilled wielder to fight off multiple opponents with easy sweeping attacks.
8th Dec '16 8:14:06 AM Saveelich
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*** The [[ Mix And Match Weapon Kroot Rifle]] has blades incorporated into the barrel and stock in imitation of the traditional fighting staffs used by ancient Kroot warriors.

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*** The [[ Mix And Match Weapon [[MixAndMatchWeapon Kroot Rifle]] has blades incorporated into the barrel and stock in imitation of the traditional fighting staffs used by ancient Kroot warriors.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** The Champions of Nurgle often use a staff with a sword on one end and a flail on the other.
** The Eternal Guards, the standard melee infantry of the Wood Elves, wield double-ended spears.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** [[Characters/Warhammer40000Eldar Dark Eldar]] Hellions (sky-surfing gladiators/berserkers) frequently use Hellglaives, long staves with wickedly hooked and barbed blades at either end
** The [[Characters/Warhammer40000TauEmpire Tau]] Ethereal Aun'shi uses an Honour Blade that is a staff with long sword-like blades at either end.

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** *** The Champions of Nurgle often use a staff with a sword on one end and a flail on the other.
** *** The Eternal Guards, the standard melee infantry of the Wood Elves, wield double-ended spears.
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Asrai Spears that have enchanted, leaf-shaped blades at both ends.
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** [[Characters/Warhammer40000Eldar *** Dark Eldar]] Eldar Hellions (sky-surfing gladiators/berserkers) frequently use Hellglaives, long staves with wickedly hooked and barbed blades at either end
** *** The [[Characters/Warhammer40000TauEmpire Tau]] Tau Ethereal Aun'shi uses an Honour Blade that is a staff with long sword-like blades at either end.end.
*** The [[ Mix And Match Weapon Kroot Rifle]] has blades incorporated into the barrel and stock in imitation of the traditional fighting staffs used by ancient Kroot warriors.
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'', the double-bladed knife is a weapon unique to the Ash Waste Nomads. Although it isnít any more deadly than a regular knife the Nomads use the double-bladed knife as a defensive weapon, and are so skilled in its use that they are able to parry attacks as easily as a warrior armed with regular swords.
16th Sep '16 2:31:11 PM StFan
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* In DC's old ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Advanced Dungeons & Dragons]]'' comic, the centaur Timoth Eyesbright uses a double sword for a while until one blade breaks off in a fight; he apparently never gets it replaced afterwards. Notable in that the comic predates D&D's third edition (see below) by about a decade.

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* In DC's old ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons ''[[ComicBook/DungeonsAndDragons Advanced Dungeons & Dragons]]'' comic, the centaur Timoth Eyesbright uses a double sword for a while until one blade breaks off in a fight; he apparently never gets it replaced afterwards. Notable in that the comic predates D&D's third edition (see below) by about a decade.
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* In TheMovie of ''Film/{{Kickass}}'', [[LittleMissBadass Hitgirl]] uses a double-bladed polearm (which can also detach into two long-hilted swords) in her first battle.

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* In TheMovie of ''Film/{{Kickass}}'', ''Film/KickAss'', [[LittleMissBadass Hitgirl]] uses a double-bladed polearm (which can also detach into two long-hilted swords) in her first battle.






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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' introduced a whole class of weapons based on the concept in its third edition ''Player's Handbook'', which gives the trope its name:
** The two bladed sword, which draws direct inspiration from Darth Maul's lightsaber. If ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' is any indication, its combat advantage comes from how an opponent parrying one blade is bound to get slashed by the other. (Though the lack of reach means it would be inferior to DualWielding, and in some ways less effective than even a sword and shield, if it weren't for ExoticWeaponSupremacy.)

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' introduced introduces a whole class of weapons based on the concept in its third edition ''Player's Handbook'', which gives the trope its name:
** The two bladed two-bladed sword, which draws direct inspiration from Darth Maul's lightsaber. If ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' is any indication, its combat advantage comes from how an opponent parrying one blade is bound to get slashed by the other. (Though the lack of reach means it would be inferior to DualWielding, and in some ways less effective than even a sword and shield, if it weren't for ExoticWeaponSupremacy.)



*** The double-scimitar returned in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' as the trademark weapon of the Valenar Elves. Pointing out the impracticality of it will no doubt result in a first-hand demonstration of what the weapon is capable of, with you as the target.

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*** ** The double-scimitar returned in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' as the trademark weapon of the Valenar Elves. Pointing out the impracticality of it will no doubt result in a first-hand demonstration of what the weapon is capable of, with you as the target.



** In 4e, their stupidity is justified by saving money on enhancements.
*** There's also the fact that most double weapons have a different type of damage: most single weapons will give, say, 1d8, while a double weapon would give 2d4. While it doesn't increase the maximum, it DOES increase the minimum; add the "brutal X" enchantment which means you reroll any damage die that lands lower than X, on a class that gives multiple-weapon-damage-roll attacks, and you suddenly have a very high minimum damage range.

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** In 4e, their stupidity is justified by saving money on enhancements.
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enhancements. There's also the fact that most double weapons have a different type of damage: most single weapons will give, say, 1d8, while a double weapon would give 2d4. While it doesn't increase the maximum, it DOES increase the minimum; add the "brutal X" enchantment which means you reroll any damage die that lands lower than X, on a class that gives multiple-weapon-damage-roll attacks, and you suddenly have a very high minimum damage range.



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* ''{{Neopets}}'' has an item that takes this to an extreme - a four-headed axe.

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* ''{{Neopets}}'' ''FranchisE/{{Neopets}}'' has an item that takes this to an extreme - a four-headed axe.



* Skorge of ''GearsOfWar 2'' carries a double-ended chainsaw staff. Yes, a double-ended chainsaw staff. It can cut a tank in half in 3-4 seconds.

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* Skorge of ''GearsOfWar 2'' ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar2'' carries a double-ended chainsaw staff. Yes, a double-ended chainsaw staff. It can cut a tank in half in 3-4 seconds.



* In ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'', the [[SecretCharacter Masked Lumen]]/[[spoiler:Balder]] uses the Holy Glaive, a golden staff with large blades on either end. He can split the weapon at will, however, if he wants to DualWield the blades as separate swords. One of the demons of [[{{Hell}} Inferno]] called Hatred used a double-ended SinisterScythe, which Bayonetta can occasionally [[UnusableEnemyEquipment steal and use herself]] (until it runs out of power and disintegrates).

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* In ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'', ''VideoGame/Bayonetta2'', the [[SecretCharacter Masked Lumen]]/[[spoiler:Balder]] uses the Holy Glaive, a golden staff with large blades on either end. He can split the weapon at will, however, if he wants to DualWield the blades as separate swords. One of the demons of [[{{Hell}} Inferno]] called Hatred used a double-ended SinisterScythe, which Bayonetta can occasionally [[UnusableEnemyEquipment steal and use herself]] (until it runs out of power and disintegrates).
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* Webcomic/EightBitTheater: "Sword-chucks, yo!" (Throughout the series, Fighter also has a penchant for trying to [[InstantChucks make chucks out of increasingly improbable weapons]].)
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner "I had to swing by Cool Weapons Surplus for a new nunchuck-gun."

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* Webcomic/EightBitTheater: ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': "I had to swing by Cool Weapons Surplus for a new nunchuck-gun."
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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'':
"Sword-chucks, yo!" (Throughout the series, Fighter also has a penchant for trying to [[InstantChucks make chucks out of increasingly improbable weapons]].)
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner "I had to swing by Cool Weapons Surplus for a new nunchuck-gun."
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* Lampshaded, mocked, and still used straight in ''ErrantStory''. The leader of the local time-ninja-guild wields a double-ended energy-crystal blade to lethal effect, and the party's recently-recruited time-ninja does the same... however, while duelling her,[[CantArgueWithElves Sarine]] takes the time to point out just how impractical a weapon it is, combining the worst traits of sword and spear in one crappy package, and revealing that it was originally created as a show-weapon for fake duels and parades only. She also proves the truth in her statement, but despite all this, Sara continues to kick ass with her double-bladed energy-crystal-stick, against basically anyone who isn't an immortal ActionGirl.
** Mind you, Sara uses time magic to move so fast she can dodge bullets. She'd probably do just as well even if she was armed with a cardboard tube.

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* Lampshaded, mocked, and still used straight in ''ErrantStory''.''Webcomic/ErrantStory''. The leader of the local time-ninja-guild wields a double-ended energy-crystal blade to lethal effect, and the party's recently-recruited time-ninja does the same... however, while duelling her,[[CantArgueWithElves dueling her, [[CantArgueWithElves Sarine]] takes the time to point out just how impractical a weapon it is, combining the worst traits of sword and spear in one crappy package, and revealing that it was originally created as a show-weapon for fake duels and parades only. She also proves the truth in her statement, but despite all this, Sara continues to kick ass with her double-bladed energy-crystal-stick, against basically anyone who isn't an immortal ActionGirl.
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ActionGirl. Mind you, Sara uses time magic to move so fast she can dodge bullets. She'd probably do just as well even if she was armed with a cardboard tube.






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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' parodies this, when Control Freak (a cosplaying ''StarWars''-style fanboy) masters the use of the Quad Lightsaber (two lightsabers on either end of a stick) thanks to his excessive TV viewing and a magic remote.
** And plays it straight with Slade and [[{{BFS}} gigantic]] [[FlamingSword flaming]] double [[AnAxeToGrind poleaxe]] which he picks from the corpse of the previous owner [[spoiler: and applies to BiggerBad, [[VillainousRescue saving the day]].]]
* ''GaltarAndTheGoldenLance'': the titular hero wields the titular weapon as a pair of sabers, which can join together at the pommel into, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin of course, a double-bladed lance]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' parodies this, ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Parodied
when Control Freak (a cosplaying ''StarWars''-style ''Franchise/StarWars''-style fanboy) masters the use of the Quad Lightsaber (two lightsabers on either end of a stick) thanks to his excessive TV viewing and a magic remote.
** And plays it Played straight with Slade and [[{{BFS}} gigantic]] [[FlamingSword flaming]] double [[AnAxeToGrind poleaxe]] which he picks from the corpse of the previous owner [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and applies to BiggerBad, BigBad, [[VillainousRescue saving the day]].]]
* ''GaltarAndTheGoldenLance'': ''WesternAnimation/GaltarAndTheGoldenLance'': the titular title hero wields the titular eponymous weapon as a pair of sabers, which can join together at the pommel into, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin of course, a double-bladed lance]].



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* Going even farther back, the Greek Hoplite's spears had a big, foot long bronze spearhead on one end, and a pointy bottom for dispatching wounded enemies as you walked over them.
** [[BadassIsraeli Hebrew]] spears in Literature/TheBible seem to have had a similar concept. At least at one time King Saul is recorded as planting his spear in the ground like a tent peg. And Saul's warleader Abner is recorded as slaying a pursuing enemy by turning around quickly and impaling him through the abdomen with the butt end. Possibly these were imports or copies of Philistine manufacture, Philistines being suspected by archeologists to have been cousins of Greeks.

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* Going even farther back, the Greek Hoplite's spears had a big, foot long foot-long bronze spearhead on one end, and a pointy bottom for dispatching wounded enemies as you walked over them.
** [[BadassIsraeli Hebrew]]
them. Hebrew spears in Literature/TheBible seem to have had a similar concept. At least at one time King Saul is recorded as planting his spear in the ground like a tent peg. And Saul's warleader Abner is recorded as slaying a pursuing enemy by turning around quickly and impaling him through the abdomen with the butt end. Possibly these were imports or copies of Philistine manufacture, Philistines being suspected by archeologists to have been cousins of Greeks.



** Also from the arsenal of the Shaolin Monks are the "twin hook" swords, made famous by Spike's ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' (where they scored more kills for the monk than a Maori warrior's ''[[CurbStompBattle entire arsenal put together]]'''). Aside from the handle, every inch of these weapons is designed to be lethal, and it can even be taken to the logical extreme of the trope: by locking the hooks at the end of two swords together, they become a single weapon capable of delivering death at a bigger distance than most ''polearms.''

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** * Also from the arsenal of the Shaolin Monks are the "twin hook" swords, made famous by Spike's ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' (where they scored more kills for the monk than a Maori warrior's ''[[CurbStompBattle entire arsenal put together]]'''). Aside from the handle, every inch of these weapons is designed to be lethal, and it can even be taken to the logical extreme of the trope: by locking the hooks at the end of two swords together, they become a single weapon capable of delivering death at a bigger distance than most ''polearms.''



** On the less practical side, there is another Indian weapon (18th century Gujurat, India, specifically) called the "cumberjung." It is a double-ended flail with spinning quoits or chakrams on the weighted ends. Picture wielding the Chinese three-section staff, but with flying buzzsaws in place of the sticks.

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** * On the less practical side, there is another Indian weapon (18th century Gujurat, India, specifically) called the "cumberjung." It is a double-ended flail with spinning quoits or chakrams on the weighted ends. Picture wielding the Chinese three-section staff, but with flying buzzsaws in place of the sticks.



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* Haken Browning's Night Fowler in ''EndlessFrontier'' is not only an assault rifle with a pile bunker for a bayonet, it also contains a folding blade in the stock.

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* Haken Browning's Night Fowler in ''EndlessFrontier'' ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' is not only an assault rifle with a pile bunker for a bayonet, it also contains a folding blade in the stock.
22nd Jul '16 2:29:03 PM VutherA
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** The Frozen Throne expansion also gave us the Blood Elf "Spellbreakers", who carried a tower shield in one hand and a dual-bladed sword in the other. It looked kind of like someone took the blade out of a lawnmower and made it 6 feet long with a handle in the middle, then made it fancy in the elvish tradition. [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning It was wielded the same way.]]

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** The Frozen Throne expansion also gave us the Blood Elf "Spellbreakers", who carried a tower shield in one hand and a dual-bladed sword in the other. It looked kind of like someone took the blade out of a lawnmower and made it 6 feet long with a handle in the middle, then made it fancy in the elvish tradition. [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning It was wielded the same way.]]]] Despite that being the only significant appearance of the unit, the weapons apparently were iconic enough that the tall shield and double-bladed sword would be utilized for the appearance of the generic city guards of the Blood Elves in WorldOfWarcraft.
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