Swordchucks


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Swords are sharp and awesome. Nunchucks are whirly and awesome. What can be more awesome than both?

Swordchucks, yo!

A swordchuck is a kind of Swiss-Army Weapon made of 'exactly two different kinds of weapons, bearing uses of both. Actually, it's Truth in Television: there is a lot of prototypes and real weapons based on this concept. So, swordchucks tend not to overlap with Impossibly Cool Weapons, but there are some hybrids that violate common sense: spear-axe is OK, hammer-bazooka is Rule of Cool.

Examples:

  • 8-Bit Theater is the Trope Namer, swordchucks are sword-nunchucks.
  • Final Fantasy VIII, gunblades are sword-revolvers.
  • Warhammer 40K: chainswords (chainsaw-swords), chainaxes (chainsaw-axes), chainfists...
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja - chainsaw-nunchucks.
  • Gears of War - the Lancer, chainsaw-machine gun.
  • Homestar Runner: Dangeresque's Nunchuck-gun.
  • Emergency Exit: Hammerchucks. Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Every weapon in Painkiller has a drastically different second firing mode, which makes the seemingly modest five-weapon arsenal much more versatile (it's even possible to combine the primary and secondary firing modes with some weapons). To wit, in Painkiller you have a weedwhacker that fires laser beams, a machine gun that shoots rockets, a grenade launcher that shoots foot-long wooden poles, and of course, a gun that shoots Shurikens and Lightning.
  • In Monty Oum's Dead Fantasy II, Rinoa has a Final Fantasy VIII-style gunblade called Vanishing Star. There's a good shot of it here, starting at 12:15.
  • Kamen Rider Kabuto has a kunai-gun. His Super Mode had a sword-gun.
  • A weird dwarven halberd-hammer hybrid in Crataegus Sanguinea. Justified: after their victory elves forbade using spears, bows and swords, so dwarves made used these "poleaxes" and crossbows.
  • Whip Swords.
  • From Things Mr. Welch can no longer do in an RPG:
958. No matter how practical, I can't have shotgunchucks.
1012. Note to self: Lightsaberchucks...BAD IDEA

Real Life Examples:

  • Technically, rifles with bayonets (Blade-on-a-gun).
  • This.
  • Halberds are spearaxes.
  • Aforementioned brass-knuckles with blades really exist and are called trench knives.
  • Morning star combines the crushing power of the mace with the reach of the flail.

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