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28th Apr '16 9:39:08 PM jormis29
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** Wizards of the amethyst order in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' often carry scythes. In this case they are purely for show, functioning like magic staffs instead of melee weapons (the wizards of the order specialize in death magic, and the scythe has the usual connotations with the grim reaper).

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** Wizards of the amethyst order in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' often carry scythes. In this case they are purely for show, functioning like magic staffs {{Magic Staff}}s instead of melee weapons (the wizards of the order specialize in death magic, and the scythe has the usual connotations with the grim reaper).
28th Apr '16 1:26:46 PM Shishkahuben
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* Scythe blades mounted on a straight pole like a spear or glaive have been used as weapons and have been made specifically for warfare as far back as 400 BC by the Thracians north of Greece under the name of Rhomphaia. Blades that curve inward were quite common in antiquity and very effective against armor of the day. They can still be found in [[KukrisAreKool Kukris]], various forms of [[MacheteMayhem machetes]], and even some [[KnifeNut knives]] such as hawkbills and karambits.
* Actual combat-training for regular scythe was invented. A fellow by the name Paulus Hector Mair preserved mysteries of this art for us in [[http://mdz10.bib-bvb.de/~db/bsb00006570/images/index.html?seite=411 his fencing manual]]. It also contains techniques for sickles (though, unfortunately, [[DirtyCommunists no hammer]]). That guide pretty much takes advantage on how a scythe can screw enemies hard simply due to its shape which makes it unpredictable. You can block a sword, an axe, and any other polearm, but since the scythe's blade is mounted perpendicular to the shaft, it can easily reach around a shield or a sword parry to strike a person anyways.

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* Scythe blades mounted on a straight pole like a spear or glaive have been used as weapons and have been made specifically for warfare as far back as 400 BC by the Thracians north of Greece under the name of Rhomphaia. Greece, called rhomphaia. Blades that curve inward were quite common in antiquity and very effective against armor of the day.day; Roman soldiers encountering Dacian warriors, who were commonly equipped with a similar weapon called a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falx falx]], soon found themselves needing to modify and reinforce their armor, virtually unheard of at the time. They can still be found in [[KukrisAreKool Kukris]], various forms of [[MacheteMayhem machetes]], and even some [[KnifeNut knives]] such as hawkbills and karambits.
* Actual combat-training for regular scythe was invented. A fellow by the name Paulus Hector Mair preserved mysteries of this art for us in [[http://mdz10.bib-bvb.de/~db/bsb00006570/images/index.html?seite=411 his fencing manual]]. It also contains techniques for sickles (though, unfortunately, [[DirtyCommunists no hammer]]). That guide pretty much takes advantage on how a scythe can screw enemies hard simply due to its shape which makes it unpredictable. You can block a sword, an axe, and any other polearm, but since the scythe's blade is mounted perpendicular to the shaft, it can easily reach around a shield or a sword parry to strike a person anyways.person.



* The Japanese scythe which is a tiny, one-handed scythe sickle, and was used to harvest rice, and later adapted by peasants during a revolt; the fighting style used with these weapons use a "hook, reap, and impale" take, using the weapon's unusual design to catch, entangle, and sweep limbs and weaponry (most fiction depict scythe fighting in much the same way). In fiction, it's often seen in the hands of {{ninja}}. ''A kusarigama'' is a scythe with a [[EpicFlail long weighted chain]] attached. It still looks quite inconspicious but the combination allows to swing the chain with both hands without taking your hand off the kama.

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* The Japanese scythe which is ''kama'', a tiny, one-handed scythe sickle, sickle-like implement, and was used to harvest rice, and later adapted by peasants during a revolt; the fighting style used with these weapons use a "hook, reap, and impale" take, using the weapon's unusual design to catch, entangle, and sweep limbs and weaponry (most fiction depict scythe fighting in much the same way). In fiction, it's often seen in the hands of {{ninja}}.{{ninja}}, as a farming implement was frequently beneath suspicion of those looking for potential assassins. ''A kusarigama'' is a scythe with a [[EpicFlail long weighted chain]] attached. It still looks quite inconspicious but the combination allows to swing the chain with both hands without taking your hand off the kama.
17th Apr '16 10:58:55 AM Alceister
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* Tsutomu Nihei (The creator of ''Manga/{{Blame}}'') made a one-shot manga called ''Digimortal''. The protagonist was a merc in a super-powered black armor with a toothy grin and skeleton-like features. Weapon of choice? A Scythe.*

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* Tsutomu Nihei (The creator of ''Manga/{{Blame}}'') made a one-shot manga called ''Digimortal''. The protagonist was a merc in a super-powered black armor with a toothy grin and skeleton-like features. Weapon of choice? A Scythe.* scythe.
17th Apr '16 10:58:07 AM Alceister
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* The museum in Dumfries, Scotland has a couple of war scythes dating from 1715. When you needed to arm a bunch of troops that were also farmers quickly it was a cheap and pretty effective away. Plus they were [[RuleOfScary scary]]. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe The Other Wiki]] for marginally more.

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* The museum in Dumfries, Scotland has a couple of war scythes dating from 1715. When you needed to arm a bunch of troops that were also farmers quickly it was a cheap and pretty effective away. Plus they were [[RuleOfScary scary]]. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe The Other Wiki]] for marginally more.a few more examples.
17th Apr '16 10:57:26 AM Alceister
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* Actual combat-training for regular scythe was invented. A fellow by the name Paulus Hector Mair preserved mysteries of this art for us in [[http://mdz10.bib-bvb.de/~db/bsb00006570/images/index.html?seite=411 his fencing manual]]. It also contains techniques for sickles (though, unfortunately, [[DirtyCommunists no hammer]]). That guide pretty much takes advantage on how a scythe can screw enemies hard simply due to its shape which makes it unpredictable. You can parry a sword and an axe, but since the scythe's blade is away, getting pierced and hooked by a scythe is a very real possibility.
* As for the halberd comment above, some halberd heads actually do look like shortened version of scythe blades. Then again, those blade heads look like {{Swiss Army|Weapon}} BladeOnAStick; one for any kind of battle situation on the battlefield. Very appropriate too: the halberd was popularized by the Swiss (mercenaries, mostly), and remains closely associated with the ceremonial Papal Guard. (Well, with ceremonial Papal Guards. The actual Guard is a serious military force despite the outfits.)

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* Actual combat-training for regular scythe was invented. A fellow by the name Paulus Hector Mair preserved mysteries of this art for us in [[http://mdz10.bib-bvb.de/~db/bsb00006570/images/index.html?seite=411 his fencing manual]]. It also contains techniques for sickles (though, unfortunately, [[DirtyCommunists no hammer]]). That guide pretty much takes advantage on how a scythe can screw enemies hard simply due to its shape which makes it unpredictable. You can parry block a sword and sword, an axe, and any other polearm, but since the scythe's blade is away, getting pierced and hooked by mounted perpendicular to the shaft, it can easily reach around a scythe is shield or a very real possibility.
sword parry to strike a person anyways.
* As for the halberd comment above, some halberd heads actually do look like shortened version of scythe blades. Then again, those blade heads look like {{Swiss Army|Weapon}} BladeOnAStick; one for any kind of battle situation on the battlefield. Very appropriate too: the halberd was popularized by the Swiss (mercenaries, mostly), and remains closely associated with the ceremonial Papal Guard. (Well, with ceremonial Papal Guards. The actual Guard is a serious military force bodyguard force, despite the outfits.)
17th Apr '16 10:53:23 AM Alceister
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* The Chinese ''ge'' (戈) or dagger-axe, is essentially a scythe. It consisted of a bronze blade attached to a pole at 100°, which allowed for slashing attacks and hooking moves to disarm an opponent or drag cavalrymen off their horses. National Geographic had a demonstration [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usTPupO0Ew4&feature=related here]]. Originally developed from a farming implement, the ''ge'' came to be a dedicated weapon used by all warriors, noblemen and peasants alike. As warfare in China became increasingly professionalized, the ''ge'' was eventually replaced by the ''ji'' (戟), which is essentially the same thing but with a pointy-headed tip for stabbing.

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* The Chinese ''ge'' (戈) or dagger-axe, is essentially a scythe. It consisted of a bronze blade attached to a pole at 100°, which allowed for slashing attacks and hooking moves to disarm an opponent or drag cavalrymen off their horses. National Geographic had a demonstration [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usTPupO0Ew4&feature=related here]]. Originally developed from a farming implement, the ''ge'' came to be a dedicated weapon used by all warriors, noblemen and peasants alike. As warfare in China became increasingly professionalized, the ''ge'' was eventually replaced by the ''ji'' (戟), which is essentially the same thing but with a pointy-headed tip for stabbing.thrusting.
17th Apr '16 10:52:29 AM Alceister
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* The Chinese ''ge'' (戈) or dagger-axe, is essentially a scythe. It consisted of a bronze blade attached to a pole at 100°, which allowed for slashing attacks and hooking moves to disarm an opponent or drag cavalrymen off their horses. National Geographic had a demonstration [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usTPupO0Ew4&feature=related here]]. Originally developed from a farming implement, the ''ge'' came to be a dedicated weapon used by all warriors, noblemen and peasants alike. As warfare in China became increasingly professionalized, the ''ge'' was eventually replaced by the ''ji'', which is essentially the same thing but with a pointy-headed tip for stabbing.

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* The Chinese ''ge'' (戈) or dagger-axe, is essentially a scythe. It consisted of a bronze blade attached to a pole at 100°, which allowed for slashing attacks and hooking moves to disarm an opponent or drag cavalrymen off their horses. National Geographic had a demonstration [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usTPupO0Ew4&feature=related here]]. Originally developed from a farming implement, the ''ge'' came to be a dedicated weapon used by all warriors, noblemen and peasants alike. As warfare in China became increasingly professionalized, the ''ge'' was eventually replaced by the ''ji'', ''ji'' (戟), which is essentially the same thing but with a pointy-headed tip for stabbing.
17th Apr '16 10:51:44 AM Alceister
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* The Chinese used a weapon in the bronze age that was effectively a scythe for the foot soldier. It was called a ge (戈) and consisted of a bronze blade attached to a pole at 100°. It allowed for axe like slashing attacks and hooking moves to an enemy's weapon. National Geographic had a demonstration [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usTPupO0Ew4&feature=related here]]. Every dynasty in Chinese history has been overthrown by rebels recruited from among farmers; the people most oppressed. Because of the utility of the scythe, many farmers had a familiar feel for it, reducing the need for training. Early in the life of a dynasty, scythes were a symbol of strength and pride. They fell in status as a dynasty slid toward decadence and corruption, not just for their association with rural poverty, but as an implement of regime change.

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* The Chinese used a weapon in the bronze age that was effectively a scythe for the foot soldier. It was called a ge ''ge'' (戈) and or dagger-axe, is essentially a scythe. It consisted of a bronze blade attached to a pole at 100°. It 100°, which allowed for axe like slashing attacks and hooking moves to disarm an enemy's weapon.opponent or drag cavalrymen off their horses. National Geographic had a demonstration [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usTPupO0Ew4&feature=related here]]. Every dynasty in Chinese history has been overthrown by rebels recruited Originally developed from among farmers; a farming implement, the people most oppressed. Because of ''ge'' came to be a dedicated weapon used by all warriors, noblemen and peasants alike. As warfare in China became increasingly professionalized, the utility of ''ge'' was eventually replaced by the scythe, many farmers had a familiar feel for it, reducing ''ji'', which is essentially the need for training. Early in the life of a dynasty, scythes were a symbol of strength and pride. They fell in status as a dynasty slid toward decadence and corruption, not just for their association same thing but with rural poverty, but as an implement of regime change.a pointy-headed tip for stabbing.
16th Apr '16 3:34:37 PM thatother1dude
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' plays this trope entirely straight with the Great and Lifehunt Scythes, which are classified as halberds. In a good bit of the game imitating the RealityIsUnrealistic aspects of scythe combat, whether intentionally or not, they are very capable of hitting an opponent facing you from the side or back, bypassing their shield (this is called "dead angling" by the game's community). Naturally this is difficult to pull off, but holding the scythe with two hands and performing the strong attack swings it in a wide arc, and thanks to the blade's angle with the pole, it does the dead angle really well. This ties to the scythe's supposed edge of being unpredictable, if cumbersome in combat; holding it one-handed is ineffective at best and its regular attacks are situational and hard to hit enemies with. ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' expands "reapers" into a new weapon type, including several sickles and [[ImprovisedWeapon a large, inwardly curved sword chained to a pole]]. Strangely, both games have a weapon that is called "Scythe" that is clearly a bardiche and is classified in ''II'' as a halberd instead of a reaper (it's suspected this is one of several [[BlindIdiotTranslation translation errors]]).

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' plays this trope entirely straight with the Great and Lifehunt Scythes, which are classified as halberds. In a good bit of the game imitating the RealityIsUnrealistic aspects of scythe combat, whether intentionally or not, they are very capable of hitting an opponent facing you from the side or back, bypassing their shield (this is called "dead angling" by the game's community). Naturally this is difficult to pull off, but holding the scythe with two hands and performing the strong attack swings it in a wide arc, and thanks to the blade's angle with the pole, it does the dead angle really well. This ties to the scythe's supposed edge of being unpredictable, if cumbersome in combat; holding it one-handed is ineffective at best and its regular attacks are situational and hard to hit enemies with. ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' expands "reapers" into a new weapon type, including several sickles and [[ImprovisedWeapon a large, inwardly curved sword chained to a pole]]. Strangely, both games have a weapon that is called "Scythe" that is clearly [[BladeOnAStick a bardiche bardiche]] and is classified in ''II'' as a halberd instead of a reaper (it's suspected this is one of several [[BlindIdiotTranslation translation errors]]).errors]]; ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' finally made the name "Glaive").
9th Mar '16 6:38:25 PM Anorgil
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** Xul, representing the Necromancer class from Diablo II in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'', wields a Sinister Scythe. [[TheSouthpaw Literally.]]
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