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->''I'm gonna make me a big sharp axe\\
Shining steel, tempered in the fire\\
I'll chop you down like an old dead tree''
-->-- '''Music/ThePogues''', "Dirty Old Town"

Useful for chopping wood and heads alike, axes are often pressed into service as weapons. An axe's wide, cleaving head is effective against armor, making it a slower and more powerful weapon than [[ILikeSwords a sword]], though not quite as massive as a [[DropTheHammer hammer]][[note]]except in RealLife where hammers designed as weapons were surprisingly small compared to their fantasy versions[[/note]]. Smaller axes, such as the tomahawk or the francisca, can be used as throwing weapons. In certain media, they may even return to the user's hand like a [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang boomerang]], though they have the tendency to stick in enemies if they score a hit.

Historically, due to being somewhat easier to manufacture, their general familiarity to the peasant population and mobility (real-life combat axes were ''small'' and rarely weighed more than one kilo), they used to be the close combat WeaponOfChoice of the common foot soldiers, as opposed to the officers and nobility, who wore swords (which were generally too expensive for commoners). While military weapons were often illegal for peasants to own, axes are tools, and avoid the prohibition. Franks used them extensively (lending their name to the francisca), and nowadays axes are associated with the following character archetypes:

* [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwarves]]
* [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]]
* [[HornyVikings Vikings]]
* [[BarbarianHero Barbarians]]
* Medieval executioners
* Woodcutters
* Firefighters
* Psychopaths (AxCrazy taken literally)

However it should be noted that axes made specifically for warfare were fundamentally different in design from the common sort of axes a commoner might have lying around, with thin and almost sword-like edges designed for slicing flesh, rather than the deep wedge typical of axes used for chopping wood, making the latter type a case of ImprovisedWeapon. A proper battle-axe would ''not'' be a good choice for menial labor, any more than would a sword.

If the BigGuy isn't using a [[DropTheHammer hammer]] or his [[BareFistedMonk bare fists]], he'll generally use a gigantic axe as a weapon. For extra comedy, the CuteBruiser may be given a head-chopper bigger than the rest of her body.

Sometimes axes are the most logical weapon simply because they're available as an escape tool in almost every public building. See DeusAxMachina.

May also include halberds and other poleaxes, which combine the chopping power of an axe with the range of a BladeOnAStick.

Not to be confused with AuthorFilibuster or AuthorTract.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'': GETTAAAAAAAA TOMAHAAAAWWWKKK!!!
** Each version of Getter 1 has this. From a fairly standard-sized tomahawk (relative to the mech itself) in the original to twin, double-bladed ones for G, a ''massive'' one for Shin Getter that's actually more of a halberd than a tomahawk and a GIANT, double-bladed, [[DoubleWeapon double-ended]] ax for Shin Dragon (which is already absolutely gigantic to begin with). And then there's the above "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a0P4bMP9So Final Getter Tomahawk]]"; it is to axes as the [[GaoGaiGar Goldion Crusher]] is to hammers.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsNEO'', GetterRobo-1 unlocks this weapon after the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rALNw2-Aa7Y final Getter Robo-related event]].
* ''Anime/GunBuster'': The titular robot was equiped with Buster Tomahawk (or, how [[ActionGirl Noriko]] [[HotBlooded Takaya]] would [[NoIndoorVoice tell]]: [[CallingYourAttacks "BUSTAAAA TOMAHAAAAWK..."]]): twin, fifty-foot-long axes folded into its shoulders. The weapon was meant to be a ''Manga/GetterRobo'' ShoutOut but it didn't make it to the anime. However it was included in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' where ''Manga/GetterRobo'''s Ryouma teaches Noriko.
* In the ''{{Mazinger}}'' series:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': A few [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] used axes. In the ''Mazinger vs Manga/{{Devilman}}'' film, the first Beast showed up used a double-headed, throwing axe.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Some [[{{Robeast}} War Beasts]] also were axe-wielders. General Juuma -one of the CoDragons of [[DragonInChief Ankoku Daishogun]]- wielded one in the ''Mazinger-Z vs Great General of Darkness'' (and nearly skewers Mazinger's head -and Kouji- with it). In the proper series, Garalya (in the episode 2) was the first War Beast in using an axe (a ''huge'' double-headed axe with no handle).
* Asuka of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', with her fondness of melee weapons, has Unit-02 equipped with a ''massive'' battle axe when the Evangelions fight Leliel. After Unit-01 is [[spoiler:absorbed into the Angel's body]], Asuka sinks her axe into the side of a building and promptly uses it as a foothold for Unit-02 to avoid being [[spoiler:absorbed by the Angel]].
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': Plenty HumongousMecha are equipped with battle axes -like General Zaba's [[AMechByAnyOtherName panzer]]-, some of them -like TheDragon- combining this trope with DualWielding.
* Bui from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. A typical BigGuy example at first blush. In fact , [[spoiler: as he's not really a BigGuy. All that armor he wears is not for protection, but rather [[PowerLimiter to keep his immense power in check]], and as you can expect the fight only ''really'' begins once he takes it off and he starts using his inherent powers instead of axes.]]
* ''[[LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'':
** Fate's [[SwissArmyWeapon Bardiche]], whose basic form is, well, a bardiche, a [[BladeOnAStick long poleaxe]].
** ''Force'' introduces Deville of Hückebein, whose Divider is a massive battleaxe.
* Flora and Schierke spend some time forging a giant axe for Guts to wield against the Trolls that are attacking their village in ''{{Berserk}}'', but Guts turns it down because he's already doing just fine with his big whacking [[{{BFS}} Dragon Slayer]], thank-you-very-much.
* Midori Sugiura from ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' uses one as her Element.
* Dinoking in ''TransformersVictory'' uses an axe.
* Zeon mobile suits (particularly those of the [[MascotMook Zaku]] bloodline) are often equipped with 'Heat Hawks,' axes with an extremely hot blade that can cut through armour, in the original ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' continuity. Presumably easier to make than [[LaserBlade beam sabers]]. Eventually they split the difference and make beam versions, too. These also are used by the Zaku Expys in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''.
* Utu from ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga'' had a regular axe that he exchanged for a beam axe in the second season.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Denmark is drawn with an axe in the trading cards. Since he hasn't officially showed up, we don't know if it's just decoration or if it ''really'' is his WeaponOfChoice.
** [[http://blog-imgs-24.fc2.com/h/i/m/himaruya/hokuo5.jpg This Denmark sketch]] [[http://himaruya.blog61.fc2.com/blog-entry-526.html#more featured in Himaruya's blog]] confirms said axe as Denmark's preferred weapon.
** [[http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/5653/200908151155598a0.jpg Another sketch]] [[http://himaruya.blog61.fc2.com/blog-entry-644.html in Himaruya's blog]] has [[NiceGuy Spain]] as the owner of a halberd, confirming the fandom theories about him being an axe user.
* Chris Armalite from ''ScrappedPrincess'' carries a large axe with a chain attached to it for extra reach.
* Manga/{{Bleach}}:
** Jidanbou uses not one, but two ''enormous'' axes. Or at least he did, until Ichigo smashed them.
** Segunda Espada Baraggan Louisenbairn, who sports a very huge axe for a weapon/Zanpakutou. After activating his Resurrección, he has an even bigger axe called Gran Caida.
** Quinto Espada Nnoitra Gilga's Zanpakuto in its sealed form can be considered as an axe, but it looks really weird for an axe if we can really call it an axe. [[http://www.mangareader.net/94-715-21/bleach/chapter-261.html Just look]]. The light parts are the blades.
** [[spoiler:Kenpachi Zaraki's]] Zanpakuto takes the form of a gigantic axe.
* Kyo Aguri in ''WeissKreuz Gluhen'' had an axe he could also shoot a chain out of. [[spoiler:[[SacrificialLamb Didn't help him much.]]]]
* ''{{Akumetsu}}'' has used axes a few times.
* [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]] of ''MiraiNikki'' often uses an axe precisely because its easy for her to get her hands on one. She has been know to use other weapons however.
* Lind from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' carries a halberd as her WeaponOfChoice.
* Korikkakumon from ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' wields a pair of axes.
* In ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'':
** Starmon and the yellow Pickmon can combine into one for Shoutmon X2.
** Who could forget the far superior[=SkullKnightmon=] Big Axe Mode? That's... quite the axe.
** As a homage to ''GetterRobo'', Olegmon has a pair of axes. When he tosses them he shouts '''DUAL TOMAHAWK BOOMERANG'''!
* {{Gaiking}} has an axe, simply called the "Gaiking Axe".
** In ''GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'', both Gaiking and Vulking have axes, each dubbed "Great Axe".
* Morgan from ''Manga/OnePiece.'' He has an axe ''[[RuleOfCool for a hand.]]'' A later character, [[StoutStrength Sentomaru]] uses a large Battle Axe.
* In ''LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', axes are the weapon of choice for infantry in close quarter combat.
* The ''TransformersCybertron'' incarnation of Metroplex ([[UpToEleven who is giant in comparison to the ordinary giant robots]]) has his shovel/bucket wheel assembly become an axe called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sparkdrinker]] in robot mode. He brutally smashes Megatron through two floors (in a building for giant Transformers) with it. Things get even more awesome when Optimus Prime wields it.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' one of the weapons of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist is Kabutowari, or "Helm Splitter". Called a blunt sword, it consists of an oversized axe and hammer joined together by a cord. The tactic employed by its wielder was to wedge the axe blade into an enemy and then drive it in further by hitting it with the hammer. And yet, [[NonIndicativeName is called "sword".]]
* Axes are the weapon of choice of ''{{Yaiba}}'''s Gerozaemon . Also the Rock Soldier and Ruby in the Pyramid Arc.
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', [[spoiler:the]] [[EnfanteTerrible Hansel]] [[spoiler:personality]] uses an axe as his main weapon, [[AxCrazy it fits his personality too]].
* Two assassins from ''{{Gamaran}}'' come from a Ryuu specialized in DualWielding axes. One of their opponent points out how dangerous such weapons are, as they can easily smash a katana blade and break the defense.
* Noda from ''Anime/AngelBeats'' uses a giant halberd most of the time, though he sometimes fights with guns.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The odd weapon used by Buffy (see below) originally appeared -- will appear? -- in the future, wielded by {{Fray}}.
* A double edged battleaxe is the WeaponOfChoice and insignia of the MarvelComics villain [[TheMightyThor Skurge the Executioner]].
* The "Atomic Axe", which can cut through anything (even abstracts like time itself), is the weapon of choice for the Persuader, foe of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}.
* SonicTheHedgehog makes a predictable pun when he faces the Mushroom Hill boss in the Sonic and Knuckles special of the [[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog Archie comic]].
* Part way through the first ''SinCity'' story, "The Hard Goodbye", Marv acquires a hatchet and uses it to kill a bunch of people.
* The Headsman of the ''{{Thunderbolts}}'' wields a giant axe and has a disturbing fixation with cutting heads off. This is implied to have something to do with his AloofOlderBrother using a logging axe to behead his beloved dog. Later 'Bolts member Troll wields an ancient Asgardian war axe, which can only be lifted with super-strength.
* Comicbook/{{Ares}}, the God of War in the MarvelUniverse, could use whatever weapon he pleased. He chooses to use a savage axe.
* Comicbook/IncredibleHulk:
** During Hulk's time as a gladiator and rebel leader in the "PlanetHulk" storyline, he favored axes as his main weapon. [[HeroesPreferSwords He dropped them for a sword]](that he made himself) in "WorldWarHulk", but promotional art shows him with an axe as well.
** After the Hulk left Sakaar, his son Skaar was left to contend with the aptly-named Axeman Bone.
* The title character in [[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD's]] ''{{Slaine}}'' has an impressive axe.
* Badd Axe, best known as one of TheHood's Initiative recruits during the ''Comicbook/DarkReign''. He sleeps with the damn thing! Thor has speculated that it was forged by Hephaestus himself, making it nearly as formidable as Hercules' mace or his own hammer!
* Butcher, the embodiment of the [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Red Lantern Corps]], uses an axe when he's inhabiting the body of a lifeform capable of wielding it properly. True to his name, he also has a belt full of cutlery tools, including a rather menacing cleaver.
* Calie, from Zenescope's ''Escape from Wonderland'', literally and figuratively has an axe to grind. With her daughter kidnapped, Calie takes up a woodcutting axe that mutates into a BFA in her quest to rescue her daughter and get revenge against the EldritchAbomination that cursed her family line.
* Tricerachops from ''SuperDinosaur'' has an enormous axe as her weapon of choice.
* A log-splitting handaxe is the signature weapon of ''[=Dead@17=]'' heroine Nara Kilday. She doesn't seem to keep one on her, though, so she's always picking up new ones.
* In the Franco-Belgian comic ''ComicBook/LaQueteDeLOiseauDuTemps'', an axe is the weapon of choice of legendary warriors Bragon and Le Rige.
* In the "Supergirl" arc of ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'', Batman wields a battle axe when he, Superman, and the denizens of Themyscira fight against the forces of Darkseid.
* Revolutionary War hero ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}} took his name from his skill with his namesake axe.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Samuel D. Axe, the protagonist of one of the best-known ''Manga/OnePiece'' [[OriginalCharacter OC]] fanfictions, uses a diamond axe as his main weapon, and is even named after said weapon.
* One of Stalkkus' weapons in humanoid form in the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' fanfilm ''Godzilla vs the Kaiju Killer''.
* [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash]] uses a fire axe to take down [[HeroKiller Tentagator]] in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5362357/1/Carnage_Necropolis Carnage Necropolis]]''. [[spoiler: What's impressive is that he did it with ONE arm, as the other was ripped off by Tentagator (though it loses some impact when you remember Ash is being boosted by the L-Ject he was infected with, and he dies soon after killing the thing).]]
* [[spoiler:The camp counselor]] in ''Fanfic/CampNightmare'' [[spoiler:as he attempts to [[OffWithHisHead behead]] Calvin.]]
* Ayra in ''Fanfic/{{Aska}}'' uses a 'rune axe' that [[SpontaneousWeaponCreation materialises instantly whenever she needs it]]. It's probably used because of her ties to NorseMythology and [[HornyVikings Vikings]].
* In FanFic/AGrowingAffection, Sakura's axe is her primary weapon, until about the middle of book 3. [[spoiler: Gouki Namikaze is an axe-wielder, too.]] Both learned the weapon from Tsunade (who is never seen wielding one), and the latter received his unique weapon from her.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Gimli, as shown in the trope picture, uses a few to effect in Film/TheLordOfTheRings.
* Several dwarves use it in Film/TheHobbit, including Gimli's father, Glóin, who uses [[ContinuityNod one of the same axes]].
* Many kung fu films feature an "Axe Gang" in which all the members wield axes.
** ''BoxerFromShantung'' (1972)
** ''ProjectA Part II'' (1987)
** ''TheLegendOfDrunkenMaster'' (1990)
** ''DrunkenMaster II'' (1994)
** ''FistOfFury'' (1995)
** ''ShanghaiAffairs'' (1998)
** ''KungFuHustle'' (2004)
** ''MarryingTheMafia II'' (2005)
** ''IpMan'' (2008)
* A pack of Foot Soldiers try these on the Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles in their first film, with typical results.
-->'''Donatello:''' Good thing these guys aren't lumberjacks!
-->'''Michaelangelo:''' No joke! The only thing safe in the woods...would be the trees!
** They ''do'' succeed, however, in collapsing the floor and dumping everyone down into the basement turned junk shop, where things get worse for the Turtles.
* In ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', [[BadassGrandpa Jetfire's]] cane [[BifurcatedWeapon can turn into an axe]], which he uses to slice up a hapless Decepticon or two in the final battle.
* In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', Optimus' axe finally appears, and is used to devastating effect. It winds up lodged in [[spoiler: Megatron]]'s severed head.
* Jack Torrance from Film/TheShining used an axe as his weapon of choice on his AxCrazy rampage.
* Most of the vikings in ''Film/ErikTheViking'' use swords. Thorfinn Skullsplitter prefers his trusty battle-axe.
* Lots of SlasherMovie killers prefer axe as their weapon of choice:
** Film/{{Madman}} Marz, along with his hanging noose.
** ''Film/ThePrey'', which also provided the previous page quote.
** ''Rush Week''
** ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNight''
** ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNightPart2''
** ''Film/{{Axe}}'' Is that one too obvious?
* Many Vikings in ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'' wield axes, but Astrid is notable for carrying a large double-headed axe that she's not afraid to use.
* Blondie from ''Film/SuckerPunch'' uses a tomahawk during the WWI dream sequence.
* Michael Myers uses one in ''Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers'' and Rob Zombie's ''Film/HalloweenII2009''.
%%* The TinMan from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
* In ''Film/TheWitchesOfOz'', the Tin Woodman and the Nome King use axes.
* At the end of ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', River [[DualWielding dual-wields]] a scimitar and an axe while fighting the Reavers.
%%* The Huntsman in ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman''.
* ''Film/AViewToAKill''. During the final fight at the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, Max Zorin famously grabs a nearby axe and attacks the heroes in a last attempt to kill Bond and Stacy.
* In ''Film/ShadowsOfOurAncestors'', which takes place in a Hutsul village in the Carpathian mountains, the men are typically carrying around their traditional axes.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Gimli from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Not to mention [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame countless other dwarves]] from fantasy fiction (both [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien]] and those [[FollowTheLeader inspired by him]]). Strangely enough, all the main dwarves in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' fought with swords, and Dáin Ironfoot's army carried mattocks and short swords.
* Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** Plays with the idea of Dwarfs being commonly portrayed with axes. There, it's their cultural weapon so Dwarfish officers of Ankh Morpork can carry them around, and in Dwarfish mines carrying a huge axe strapped to one's back is perceived as more of being properly dressed rather than heavily armed. The particular axe preferred by these dwarfs is mentioned to be a multipurpose tool: It's got a pick on one side, for prospecting, and an ax on the other in case anyone tries to stop you.
** Some of the more progressive female dwarfs eschew the traditional dwarf armor in favor of dresses. They retain the axe, though, because, as one of them puts it, "I said I was ''female''. I didn't say I wasn't a ''dwarf''."
** The elite personal guard of the Low King of the Dwarfs are worthy of special mention. Each is armed with a single axe. While other warriors may bristle with weapons, they bristle with ''one'' weapon.
** ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' has a climactic moment when a reformist Dwarf priest uses a hand strike to the throat to silence a conservative Dwarf priest. He describes it as "like using an axe, but without the axe".
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Húrin (a Man) used an axe to great effect in his heroic last stand. He took down ''seventy'' trolls with it before being taken alive. Gothmog, Lord of the Balrogs, has a massive, black one made of fire.
** Also in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]] of the First Age use much-oversized axes and armos with full helmets and masks to fight Dragons at close range.
* Gotrek of ''GotrekAndFelix'' is not only a DeathSeeker but also carries a double-headed magical axe. Over the course of the series he has unsuccessfully tried to get himself killed fighting dragons, demons, hordes of undead; you get the picture.
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' has quite a few users of both axes and halberds.
* Li Kui, from ''Literature/TheWaterMargin'', was well known for his twin axes and, not surprisingly, being a little AxCrazy.
* ''JadeEmpire'' has Black Whirlwind, a SociopathicHero with twin axes who was likely inspired by the above character.
* A moon-bladed hand axe was Perrin's WeaponOfChoice for some time in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime.''
* [[HeroicBastard Fitz]] from RobinHobb's ''Literature/{{Farseer}}'' trilogy.
* Raskalnikov in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'' and Caderousse in ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' both murder people with axes.
* Several of the Church Knights from Creator/DavidEddings's ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Tamuli'' series were axe-users. Three examples: BoisterousBruiser Ulath, BadassBookworm Bevier and OnlySaneMan SideKick Berit all wield axes of varying sizes and types. Ulath uses a double-headed axe, Berit an infantry axe and Bevier a lochaber axe. Adus, a [[TheBrute brutal]] PsychoForHire also resorts to an axe during his final confrontation with the heroes, despite having used a sword in his previous appearances.
* The Valerian footsoldiers of the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series use the [[SciFiNameBuzzwords space axe]] as their WeaponOfChoice. It's functionally identical to the Medieval poleaxe, but [[RecycledInSpace in SPACE!]] As Valerians are canonically Dutch {{Heavyworlder}}s. The space axes were extremely massive, on the order of 35 pounds, so that even a slow swing was deadly. This was because the DeflectorShields in the Lensman universe provided resistive force proportional to the ''cube'' of the impacting item's velocity. As in {{Dune}}, the slow blade penetrates the shield.
* While [[ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] generally uses swords as his weapon of choice, he has used the battleaxe from time to time in Howard's stories, such as in the first Conan story, "The Phoenix on the Sword," which has King Conan taking one to the assassins trying to kill him in his bedchamber after breaking his sword.
* King {{Kull}}, another Howard creation, famously used the axe, with his catchphrase being "With This Axe I Rule!"
* Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Druss the Legend'' was also called "Druss the Axe" because his signature weapon was Snaga, a powerful axe that had a demon inside.
* An axe is the weapon of choice of the titular Green Knight in SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight is an axe with a four-foot head.
* OlderThanFeudalism: Some variations of the Trojan War have Achilles wielding an Axe just before he's killed.
* Averted in Creator/GeneWolfe's ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'' ... despite Severian being a Journeyman of the Torturer's Guild and therefore (amongst other things) a public executioner, his beheading weapon is a sword rather than the more iconic axe.
* Kaz the minotaur of ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' fame. His weapon of choice was a magic axe, Honor's Face, that could be returned to his hand at will (among other awesome abilities).
* [[GeniusBruiser Jean Tannen]] from the GentlemanBastard series is skilled with a large variety of weapons, but prefers to fight with [[DualWielding two axes]] he calls [[ICallItVera the Wicked Sisters]], and considers to be family members rather than weapons. Jean does not conform to the usual axe-fighter tropes, though, being a well-educated and well-read cat burglar and con man.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' (well, the sequel) Johanna Mason from the lumber district is quite adept with an axe.
* Captain Kotov in Literature/NightWatcher uses a huge butcher's axe (practically a BFA) as his signature vampire-hunting weapon, because it was the best weapon he could find when he first had to confront a vampire, and it turned out to be surprisingly good for the job. He's a bit AxCrazy, yeah.
* Norbert the Nutjob in ''Literature/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is one hell of an AxCrazy.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/{{Kull}}[=/=]Literature/BranMakMorn'' story "Kings of the Night", the Vikings use axes.
* ActionGirl Neeva from ''Literature/ThePrismPentad'' use a large axe made of steel as her favourite weapon.
* The Tin Woodman from Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz. Used it more extensively in the books than in the film.
* Ex-Con Keith Blackwell in ''Literature/{{Idoru}}'' uses a collapsible war axe not dissimilar to the US army tactical tomahawk.
* The Keldara from the Literature/PaladinOfShadows series are very good at using axes for throwing and melee.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the hill clans favor axes, particularly Shagga, who wields one in each hand. Tyrion uses an axe because his dwarfism makes a sword unwieldy. Loras, in spite of being a slender youth, wields an axe during Renly's tournament. In the ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'', GentleGiant Dunk carries a sword, but believes that he's virtually peerless with an axe or [[CarryABigStick mace]]. Victarion Greyjoy favors a battle axe.
* [[Literature/AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]] murders Paul Owen (Paul Allen in the film) with an axe.
* Literature/HonorHarrington and her fellow Probationary Rangers keeps a Pulaski[[note]]A fire axe with a horizontal hoe blade on the back of the head for clearing brush[[/note]] nearby whenever they travel into the woodlands of Sphinx in ''Fire Season''.
* Literature/BlackCrown sees King Marion fighting with an axe in the first short story, perhaps because he knew he would be fighting the armoured King Valerius.
* In ''Literature/{{Hometown}}'', a common wood-splitting axe is the weapon of choice for [[SinisterMinister Luther Harfield]], both in life [[OurGhostsAreDifferent and beyond]].
* Novak, the [[AntiHero anti-hero]] of the zombie noir ''Literature/UndeadOnArrival'' uses a hatchet (paired with a small [[DropTheHammer sledgehammer]]) as his preferred method of dispatching the undead.
* ''Literature/FellowMan'' by Norwegian author Olav Duun has a GenderFlip version of the trope. Ragnhild, the female protagonist is out to chop some firewood, and has to look for the axe in the smithy. When she gets there, she is threatened by the antagonist of the book, a {{jerkass}} and MagnificentBastard of a father-in-law, and she is pushed so far by him that she eventually chops him down. After that, she proceeds to chopping firewood.
* A lot of characters on [[TheOathsworn The Oathsworn]] series fight with bearded axes, great axes, throwing axes, and when nothing more is available, blunt wood axes.
* In the How to Train Your Dragon Books, Norbert the Nutjob has a HUGE double headed axe, with one head black and one head gold, that he sharpens lovingly all the time.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Garrett's "Twin Timber Axes!" from ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog''.
* Axes frequently show up on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', usually in one of two forms -- In addition to fire extinguishers, Sunnydale High School is also equipped with fire axes. Joyce uses one of these when she goes MamaBear on Spike. And Giles (and later ''Series/{{Angel}}'') owns several medieval battleaxes, and they seem to be the preferred weapon for fighting demons. When Gunn joins Team Angel, he uses a home-made axe created from a hubcap.
** The Council thought to train Buffy with an axe. Blindfolded. The attacking Watcher was lucky not to be killed, the training dummy Buffy was meant to be protecting...not so much.
** The "Scythe" found near the end of Buffy is clearly an axe ([[SwissArmyWeapon though it includes a short straight blade on the head and a sharpened wooden stake for a base]]).
** Which crops up again in the comics, which shows a... extremely fit looking Buffy nursing it [[http://www.bigshinyrobot.com/reviews/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/buffy-comic-book-issue-40-cover.jpg as though it were a guitar.]]
** And now Willow's gone a little AxCrazy and stolen it, thinking it will help restore magic. She absconds to England and goes to Angel, who threatens her (he'd just fought a horde of demons and thought she was another one before answering the door,) she's broken off the end in case she needs to stake him. She later goes ahead with the ritual she had planned, ''by using the ax on Conner.''
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', [[GentleGiant Kintaros]] wields an axe, as does his version of Den-O, which is actually named Axe Form. This is because Kintaros is based on the Japanese myth of Kintaro the Golden Boy, who himself used an axe.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'', OOO's ultimate form, [[StockDinosaurs Putotyra]] specialises in the use of an axe named Medagabryu. His other forms can use it too, but only Putotyra can use it's [[BifurcatedWeapon alternate]] [[{{BFG}} mode]].
* In ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', this is Kamen Rider Tiga's WeaponOfChoice. His ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' counterpart is even ''named'' Kamen Rider Axe.
* The various iterations of the SuperSentai / Franchise/PowerRangers are also fond of axes. It's most common among Green and Black Rangers (which are generally considered 'the same,' because most teams have the primary colors, pink, and ''either'' black ''or'' green.)
* The villainous Mordred in the 1998 adaptation of ArthurianLegend, ''[[Series/{{Merlin-1998}} Merlin]]'', wields an appropriately sized axe as his main weapon.
* The Salamanca cousins in ''Series/BreakingBad'' carry a silver fire axe as their weapon of choice when preparing to kill Walter White.
* Will Scarlett in the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' fought with an axe and a hatchet, on account of him being a carpenter.
* The LizardFolk Hargrod from ''Literature/ShadowKeep''.
* The old History Channel show ''Conquest'' had the host discuss the benefits of axes in one episode. Before starting a sparring session, he gives a protracted warning to his partner that once he starts swinging his axe at the man, it can't be stopped. He then lunges forward screaming and swinging his axe wildly, causing the overwhelmed sparring partner to break and run without putting up a fight.
* Not surprisingly, the main characters of ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' often carry axes.
* ''Series/KidsInTheHall'' has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7DKHlxU2j4 recurring]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7DKHlxU2j4 character]] in which Dave Foley plays an affable axe murderer.
* On ''Series/{{Bitten}}'' the final attack by the werewolf "mutts" begins when one of them, in wolf form, rushes Jeremy from the woods. Jeremy grabs an axe that he earlier used to chop wood and tosses it at the wolf. The axe hits wolf in the head and kills him instantly.
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* Golgotha from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', who has a PsychoForHire aspect to her personality.
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* A guitarist may refer to his instrument as an "axe" and few will question him. Typically, the louder the music he plays, the more likely and more acceptable this is.
* Music/{{Gorillaz}}: Noodle, the Axe Princess.
* Music/IronMaiden's mascot Eddie uses one in the iconic cover of ''[[http://www.hessian.org/metal/music/images/iron%20maiden%20killers.jpg Killers]]'', and also on the "[[http://ironmaidencommentary.com/pictures/pictures12_bnw/single35a_rtth2002_1_a_small.jpg Run to the Hills]]" single.
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* Time-travelling caveman AlleyOop's weapon of choice is a stone axe.
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* The antagonist of Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Centaur}}'' uses a large metal axe with a pick on the back.
* The male warrior in ''Pinball/{{Gladiators}}'' is using what looks like an electric axe.
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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} (in fact, they're much more popular than the hammer of the title, which is mostly limited to Dwarfs and a few humans)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Has [[ChainsawGood chain-axes]], which are favored weapons of one of the franchise's [[GodOfEvil evil deities]].
** The SpaceMarines use power axes, an axe with a force field that desintegrates solid matter when it hits. Quite popular among the SpaceWolves.
** The [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Choppa incredibly versatile]] ork choppa.
* Hatchets were the first close-combat weapon to be used in ''{{Battletech}}''. One mech in particular, the AXM-2N [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Axeman]], was the first mech used by Adam Steiner in the animated series. The axe in this case weighs five tons, being designed for use by HumongousMecha. [[VibroWeapon Vibroaxes]] are one of many types of melee weapons available in the RPG SpinOff, ''Mechwarrior''
* Although it's not ''required'' per se, the traditional barbarian stereotype in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is waving an axe about as large as himself. They're also a popular [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarven]] weapon along with warhammers and crossbows.
* In ''TabletopGame/InNomine'', it's the favored weapon of Michael, Archangel of War, the local incarnation of badass. In fact, even though the game has rules for adding miraculous powers to angels' weapons and entities of Archangelic power levels are kept deliberately vague, Michael's axe is explicitly statted in a player supplement: its only power is to teleport in on command. He doesn't need any others.
* The TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}} card game has a whole expansion called Unnatural Axe, and the card by that name is a [[http://www.worldofmunchkin.com/unnaturalaxe/img/cover_lg.jpg very big axe indeed]]. With [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]].
* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the labrys was the signature weapon of the [[AmazonBrigade Black Furies]].
* One of the titular ''IronKingdoms'' is the [[TheEmpire Empire]] of [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong Khador]], whose gameplay is often summarized in three words : "Axe to face !" This unofficial motto is made incarnate in [[ColonelKilgore Kommander]] [[AxCrazy Orsus Zoktavir]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Butcher of Khardov]]. He calls his [[ICallItVera Lola]].
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' has Artifact Labrys, a sentient axe that can summon herself when a fellow Artifact is destroyed.
** Yu Gi Oh also has the [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Axe_of_Despair Axe of Despair]], an Equip card that boosts ATK by 1000 points, and features a horrific, ghoulish head as part of the handle in the original Japanese artwork. Notably, the rules have no provisions against equipping the aforementioned Artifact Labrys with the Axe of Despair, resulting in a situation where a futuristic space axe is wielding a demonic flesh axe.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Zombicide}}'', set after a Zombie Apocalypse, the group of 4 to 6 survivors player take charge off start with a weapon each, from the following list, distributed randomly: a [[{{Handgun}} pistol]], a [[CrowbarCombatant crowbar]], 1 [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]] per survivor beyond the 3rd, and a fire axe. The fire axe can be used to breach doors, though it makes quite some noise while doing so.
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* Several {{Bionicle}} characters use or have used axes such as Lewa in his original form, Gali as a Toa Nuva, and [[PunnyName Axonn]].
* Nerf now gives us [[http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002VEC86M foam battle axes]] and [[http://www.amazon.com/Nerf-19663-Force-Klaw-Hatchet/dp/B003774Y0A/ref=pd_sim_t_3 foam hatchets]], which, judging by their popular reception, are awesome.
* The {{Transformers}} "Power Core Combiners" toyline's first wave of releases features Smolder, a Decepticon fire engine whose weapon of choice is an axe, and Chopster, who transformes into Smolder's axe. They're both AxCrazy, to boot.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}} II'' has the Paladin use throwing axes as his green mana weapon.
* Rock and Astaroth from the SoulSeries. Their weapon sets often include [[DropTheHammer hammers]] as well.
* ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' has the Vanguard use a scythe-like axe for their default weapon. The Harbinger's default is a crude weapon with a sharp edge curved inward described as a 'hatchet'. The Guardian uses large two-handed axes.
* One of the three basic weapon types from ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' (along with swords and [[BladeOnAStick lances]]). Axe users have a tendency toward BigGuy archetypes: the pupil-class Journeymen, then the Fighters and Warriors, Brigands, Pirates and Berserkers, and certain types of Armor Knights and Generals. In a subversion, the axe is also the secondary weapon of the Hero, which is less of TheBigGuy and more like the JackOfAllStats.
** Axes also frequently show up as special weapons that only some characters (generally with S axe use rank) can handle. The below mentioned Helswath is only one of them: we have Armads and Basilikos in the Elibe continuity, Garm (Sacred Relic of [[spoiler: the Grado Empire]]) in ''Sacred Stones'', the Pugi in ''Thracia 776'' (which, in a variation, can be used only by [[HotBlooded Othin]]).
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'', Hector of Ostia is actually the first ''Lord'' who specializes in axe use. He even gets to use the aforementioned Armads after the Sacred Weapons are unlocked ([[spoiler: and it was formerly wielded by Durban the Berserker, one of the Twelve Legends]]).
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'', Ike can do the same. (And the axe became Greil's WeaponOfChoice [[spoiler: after he handicapped himself willingly so that he could not use a sword again]], and is among Titania's arsenal.)
** In VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral, the sacred WeaponOfChoice of the Crusader Neir (founder of House Dozel) was his ''BIG FRICKING AXE'' Helswath . This one is the heaviest FE weapon ''period'': it gives insane bonuses to strength and hits from two spaces away, [[MightyGlacier but is also insanely slow]] and only avaliable to people with major Neir blood.
** House Dozel in general is specialized in axe use, whether their members can use the Helswath or not. From there alone we have [[ArchnemesisDad Duke Langobalt]], [[TheCaligula King Danan]], and the princes [[BlackSheep Lex]], [[AntiVillain Burian]], [[PurpleProse Johan]] and [[JerkWithaHeartOfGold Johalvier]]: out of them, three (Lex in the first generation, Johan and/or Johalvier in the second) join your group.
** In ''[[FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'', the [[DragonRider wyvern riders]] switch from being lance users to axe users. Similarly, the War Cleric/War Monk class in ''FireEmblemAwakening'' (promoted from the Clerics/Priests) can use axes as well -- giving birth to the "NUNS WITH AXES" meme.
* The Warrior class from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' can use a few axes as weapons. However, he [[Webcomic/EightBitTheater likes swords]] better. (Technically, the Warrior ''should'' use swords instead of axes because axes have a lower inherent accuracy, reducing the possibility of multiple hits, which is the biggest source of damage multiplier in the game.)
** Both TheBeastmaster and Warrior classes in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' use axes as a WeaponOfChoice. While Warriors use giant axes to the best ability, halberds are still considered polearms, and thusly Dragoons are best at them.
** Lani from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. In her first scene in the game, when she learns that [[spoiler:she doesn't need to spare any of your party members on her mission to obtain Garnet/Dagger's pendant,]] she speaks as though her axe ''has a mind of its own''.
-->'''Lani:''' "My axe is pleased to hear that."
** Axes appear periodically in other ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, but not at the same frequency as swords, spears, and some other weapons. They tend to be used by [[HornyVikings Viking]] or [[TheBerserker Berserker]]-type classes.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption'', halberds give the most bang for the buck in early stages. The drawback is requiring a heavy investment in strength.
* The arcade game ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'', where the dwarf Gilius Thunderhead wields the titular axe (he's stuck with a boring old steel one in the home versions, though).
* In ''VideoGame/Terraria'', there are plenty of axes that make surprisingly good weapons for their ability to be automatically swung and decent damage. One of them, literally called The Axe, is actually a "Flying V" guitar that functions as an actual axe AND a hammer. It also takes "an axe to grind" even more literally, perhaps too much so, as it requires an average of 200 boss kills against Plantera, with only a .5% chance of dropping, and Plantera being a fairly difficult boss.
* ''VideoGame/MagicRampage'': There are a few of these, notable the Umbranian Cutter and the Lightning Axe.
* Axes and Polearms are both prominent, of course, in the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' series of games, with barbarian factions and units tending to be the biggest users of the former, and militia-class units the biggest user of the latter.
* The Pyro from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' uses a fire axe as his melee weapon.
** Also, the unlockable melee replacement, the Axtinguisher, is a different fire axe wrapped in barbed wire. It inflicts {{critical hit}}s on burning targets - for those times when [[KillItWithFire fire]] simply isn't enough.
** The Third Degree is an axe that copies damage against an enemy to the Medic healing them or vice versa.
** A community weapon update gave the Demoman the Scotsman's Skullcutter, a bloodstained two-bladed great ax with 20% more damage. It's so huge and heavy it actually slows the Demoman down, however. It also easily [[OffWithHisHead lops off heads]] on a killing blow.
** The Demoman may also employ the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker, a giant, haunted axe with a demonic face in the blade. It also decapitates enemies on a killing blow ''and'' powers up the Demoman at the same time with each head taken.
** The marines from ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' used Axes as their melee weapons. When the original Team Fortress was developed as a mod for that game, the [[TheMedic Medic]] used [[HealingShiv an axe]] [[WorstAid to heal.]]
* Presea from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is a prime example of the "CuteBruiser with [[{{BFS}} implausably huge axe]]". They do justify how she can even lift the thing through AppliedPhlebotinum, though.
** They aren't quite as big, but Presea is predated by [[VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia Cless Alvein]], [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Mary Argent, Loni Dunamis]], and [[VideoGame/TalesOfEternia Rid Herschel]] as far as axe-users go. She's also succeeded by [[VideoGame/TalesOfHearts Innes Lorenz]], whose weapon is described as an "axe blade" which can probably rival Presea's Gaea Cleaver for raw size and power (especially given that Presea is a TokenMiniMoe while Innes has large breasts). Cless and Rid are technically swordsmen, but they both can swing axes and halberds as well. In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', Yuri and Karol are both axe users.
* Kaeli from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'' is a [[WhiteMagic White Mage]] in nature (definitely not [[SquishyWizard squishy]]), but her standard weapon is an axe (later the mighty Giant's Axe).
* The Axe Knights from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''. There's also a fair few examples of Axes as primary weapons. They're slow and even stronger than the slow two handed swords, but often have a blind spot where enemies can be just about missed. The main example though is the Axe subweapon, present throughout the entire series. For some reason, the character just ''lobs the axe into the air in an arc''. Nonetheless, it's really useful for those flying enemies!
* The Warrior class from ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}'' uses an infinite supply of magical throwing axes.
* The Robot Master Tomahawk Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'', Mino Magnus from ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4''. King from ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass'' also wields an axe.
* Most Orcs in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''. True, there are sword users, but orcs are mostly associated with axes in the series, grunts even having a victory animation where they flip it in the air and catch it. The Tauren Chieftain (who has a poleaxe taller than himself) even says "I have an axe to grind." upon training.
** In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', orcs have a racial ability that increases their skill with axes.
*** "ARCANITE REAPER! HOOOO!"
*** And its cousin, the [[ThePowerOfRock Arcanite Ripper]].
*** And then there's the legendary Shadowmourne from ''Wrath of the Lich King''.
* In ''DefenseOfTheAncientsAllstars'', Mogul Khan is better known as Axe, and Axe uses his axe to counter-attack blows with a quick whirl of his axe or execute a low-health enemy, even through effects that can normally negate death.
* Moraxus in ''HeroesOfNewerth'' is a demon who ''loves'' axes, whether he's hitting things with one, throwing several of them at enemies, or creating a barrier that's ''made of axes''.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has a Battle Axe powerset for Tankers and [[TheBrute Brutes]], which may be ported to the other melee classes at some point (if you can get your head around the idea of a stealthy Stalker with a giant axe). As of a recent update, said axe can be customised between different colours and different models, including a fireman's axe, an [[EnergyWeapons energy axe]] and a [[ImprobableWeaponUser shovel]]. (the edge of the shovel; the blunt end is an option for the [[DropTheHammer War Mace powerset]]) Notable [=NPCs=] with Axe powers include the GreekMythology styled street gang known as [[ShoutOut the Warriors]], and the [[DarkIsNotEvil heroic yet demonic]] Infernal. (and his EvilTwin)
** Infernal takes it one step further by [[FlamingSword setting his axe on fire]].
* Gremio from ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'', among [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many others]].
* Hulk Davidson from ''ViewtifulJoe''.
* Barbatos Goetia of ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' has a mean axe, and a hidden special move called ''World Destroyer'' where he slams his axe down and kills everyone in one hit. Talk about cheap.
* The best Melee weapon in ''VideoGame/UrbanDead''. Also, the same in ''VideoGame/DeadFrontier'' - until you get your hands on a katana.
* Axes show up in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', possessing the greatest damage potential, but the worst accuracy rating. They are part of a group of weapons called Bludgeons, which also include hammers, maces, and a ''bus stop sign''. And [[spoiler:for a short while he's with your group]], Shinjiro Aragaki uses an axe.
** And in the first ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'', the axe user is Mark/Masao Inaba.
** ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' has Labrys, a RobotGirl who wields a giant axe.
* Axes are a weapon option in ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', popular with dwarves and orcs. High damage, slow, but also capable of hacking open a door or stubborn chest without being damaged.
* Axes are one of three weapons usable by Warriors in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', [=AoE=] attacks for PlayerVersusEnvironment gameplay. (Though hammers have the ability to knock foes down and swords have some really good skills like Dragon Slash, so they're fairly even.)
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders'', the dwarves use axemen as their basic melee infantry rather than the swordsmen most races have, and their berserkers and boar riders also go into battle with axes.
* The executioner miniboss from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' follows this trope. His axe is so large he has to lug it around [[SilentHill2 Pyramid Head-style]] and takes huge swings at Chris, even knocking out some of his fellow Majini in the process. It also has a spiked [[DropTheHammer hammerhead]].
* There are multiple types of axe ghosts (the kinds that charge found swinging an axe on seeing him) in ''VideoGame/WarioLand4'', with Hotel Horror especially having a freaking ton of them (about four to every door in the hotel).
* Axes are a popular weapon choice in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', partly because they're considered [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame "dwarfy"]] but mostly because there is currently only one "axe" item that's used both in battle and for felling trees. (TruthInTelevision up to a point, as touched upon in Real Life below.) Falling slightly out of favour after the massive combat mechanics overhaul that finally enabled swords to thrust as well as cut, however, whereas previously an axe and a sword were roughly equivalent in battle.
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', Dian Wei used a giant axe which was later replaced with a flail in ''6'' before returning to his axe. Same goes for Xu Huang, who gets another BladeOnAStick of sorts in ''6'' but returns to a great axe in ''7''. Jia Chong in ''8'' gets a pair of throwing axes. Zhang Liao goes for the gold in this trope, having been given [[DualWielding twin long axes]] since ''7''.
* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'': The Seperator '''"Touch not this awesome axe, or suffer the wrath of the Tainted Coil!!"'''
* Choosing the Barbarian from the character select screen in ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' will prompt him to let out a yell and start grinding an axe while you choose his name. His starting inventory includes an axe. ''Diablo II'' also introduced one-handed axes that the Barbarian can use with a shield or in each hand, while the first game only had two-handed axes. Axes have more consistent damage output, with higher minimum but lower maximum damage than swords and maces.
* Shania from ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts 3'' [[DualWielding dual wields]] them.
* Lexaeus of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series uses an over-sized weapon referred to as a tomahawk in ''Chain of Memories'' and ''Kingdom Hearts II'', and as an Axe Sword in ''358/2 Days''. Some of the Keyblade designs are rather axe-like in design, usually being a decorative pole that ends with a blade-like attachment at the end. Special mention goes to [[spoiler: Master Xehanort, the BigBad of the series]], who swings around a massive Keyblade with an axe design [[spoiler: as himself]] despite possibly being [[spoiler: the oldest known Keyblade wielder in the series, bar maybe Yen Sid.]]
* Takeda Shingen from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' carries a double-headed battle axe as big as he is (and he's pretty big). [[{{Badass}} It can also create tornadoes]].
* The [[FiveBadBand Axem]] [[ Rangers]] from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' has a fire axe as one of the melee weapons. The opening cutscene shows Rochelle using the pointy end on an infected mook. It's also the most common melee weapon in the game, with wide range but the slowest attack rate.
* Axemen feature as early melee units in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} 4'', with a bonus against other melee units (spearmen and swordsmen, mostly).
* Axes have been one of the staple weapon types in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series, with [[DropTheHammer hammers]], [[SinisterScythe scythes]] and even maces being grouped into this class as well. Though explicitly shown to be stronger than swords (and even lowering enemy defense as well), they suffer from low accuracy and a lack of multi-target skills. Both were remedied in the third game, though axes now lower speed, reducing your chance to dodge an attack.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'', an axe is the signature weapon of the Raincoat Killer.
* The [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsNEO Alsignos]] uses an axe.
* The knight enemies in ''Film/TheHauntedMansion''.
* GitarooMan plays with this with the very first stage. Since all the characters are {{Musical Assassin}}s, the first enemy is a demon wielding an axe. Not a guitar, an actual axe. He charges it up by strumming it like a guitar, but attacks you with unusually musical chopping of air.
* In ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'', this is the signature weapon of enemy General [[MightyGlacier Borankio]] [[RedBaron the Unshakable]].
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has the pure Dragon-type Haxorus who has axe blades for ''teeth''. Unsurprisingly, it has a '''''whopping''''' attack stat of 147. [[spoiler: Several Bosses use this Pokemon, including Drayden and Iris.]]
* One of the melee weapons (the best one, in fact) that can be found in ''VideoGame/{{Odium}}''.
* [[HiveMind Ermac]] and [[BadassBookworm Nightwolf]] from ''Franchise/MortalKombat''. Ermac has a plain old axe, while Nightwolf uses a tomahawk.
** Mortal Kombat III, when they brought him back in UMKIII, Scorpion was the first to use a weapon in a chain combo. Prior to that, characters only used weapons as special moves such as Kano's Knife Throw. Scorpion's weapon? A big, double-bladed battle axe. Since then Scorpion has dropped the axe and has since stuck to using swords to fit with his Japanese ninja origins.
* Axes are a usable weapon in the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series such as being the weapon of choice for Yangus in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''. It's also used by some enemies.
* In ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', an axe was [[spoiler: left beside the sedated Captain, in order to lure Ace to kill him. And, in the "Ax" ending, Clover goes AxCrazy and slaughters the other characters including the protagonist.]]
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsOfMightAndMagic'' includes several powerful axes of magical nature, including the, [[ThatOneSidequest hard-to-build]] [[BlowYouAway Meteoric Axe]] and the [[InfinityMinusOneSword Axe of Vim.]]
* The Rusty Axe is overall the best weapon in ''VideoGame/SilentHill4: The Room'', as it's comparatively fast, hits pretty hard, has a good range, and its charge attack, a vicious overhead swing that Henry performs with his whole body, is the most damaging attack in the game (save for the swings of the [[PowerfulPick Pickaxe Of Despair]] and revolver shots, both AwesomeButImpractical either because of slowness or little ammo), and the one that keeps you invulnerable the longest. Subverted in that it's a relatively small one-handed model (a better term for it would be a hatchet, actually).
* Firefighters in ''LiberalCrimeSquad'' come equipped with fire axes (except at C+ Free Speech law, when [[{{Fahrenheit451}} they come equipped with]] [[FireBreathingWeapon M-2 flamthrowers]] and torch to the ground any building publishing the Liberal Guardian).
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', the fire axe (available in Los Angeles, the second city) is the first weapon that does more damage than an [[GoodOldFisticuffs ordinary punch]]. Although weaker than the [[DropTheHammer sledgehammer]] (from Hollywood, the third area), it's also faster, making it a good choice until you pick up a katana in Chinatown (the fourth area).
* Axes of the single handed, two handed, polearm, and throwing variety are available as weapons in ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade''. Most notably, the expansion, ''Warband,'' included the powerful and extremely rare (and not on merchant sale lists) Two Handed Sarranid Battle Axe, an all-metal weapon which could only be acquired by attacking high level Sarranid units and hoping it RandomlyDrops from the ''one'' unit class that has a chance of carrying it.
* One of the weapon types in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', and the larger ones, the Great Axes, are some of the strongest weapons in the game.
* The Chigo great axe in ''{{Onimusha}} 3''. It can also summon magma bursts within quake range.
* Frantz from ''VideoGame/RustyHearts'' has axes as his secondary weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', axes come in single-handed and dual-handed ("great axe") varieties.
* The new protagonist in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' uses a tomahawk as his signature weapon.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has a few axe weapons, such as the wooden axe, the denim axe, and the drywall axe. Also, players under the [[NewGamePlus Avatar of Boris challenge path]] are restricted to using Boris's trusty axe, [[ICallItVera Tru]][[MeaningfulName sty]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' axe, though primarily a tool for chopping wood, can be used as a weapon. It deals more damage than a pickaxe or shovel, but less than a sword.
* Most of the Psychos in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' wield axes. In the first game, they're made of scrap metal. In the second game, they've been upgraded to Buzz Axes, which have [[CrazyAwesome buzz saws for blades.]] Krieg, a playable(though DLC) character who is also a Psycho, uses one for his melee attack and action skill.
* White Heart's weapon of choice in the ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia'' series.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia''
** In the first game, Gala uses axes as one of his primary weapon types, along with clubs and maces.
** In ''Duel Saga'', Ayne wields a massive axe as big as the other party members. As his [[CombinationAttack Variable Art]] finisher, he [[SpinAttack spins and throws]] the massive axe at the target.[[note]]As he is 9-10 feet tall and extremely muscular even for his height, it's more reasonable than it sounds[[/note]]
* In the SNES game ''Videogame/TheFiremen'' Your AI-controlled partner Danny not only puts out fires with his axe but also uses it to destroy killer robots.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has the Auto Axe(a modified concrete saw) from The Pitt, the standard Axe from Point Lookout, and the unique Dismemberer.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has, in addition to standard fire axes, a unique [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity +1 Axe]] [[ICallItVera named Knock-Knock]].
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has these as part of the generous selection of weapons on offer.
* Michael Edwards of ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' is a fireman, and he starts his chapter carrying his trusty fire axe. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, he finds an [[{{BFG}} OICW]], effectively limiting how much use the axe will see in practice.
* The Ravager class in ''VideoGame/AuraKingdom'' is restricted to greataxes as weapons. Predictably they're slow, but because they're so long they deal powerful damage to both the target and enemies within their range.
* In ''Videogame/SurgeonSimulator2013'', among your surgical tools is, inexplicably, a ''hatchet''. Said hatchet's intended use? ''Slicing the brain stem.''
** Though it works pretty well for getting through that pesky skull, too.
** The ''Meet the Medic'' level has the Pyro's axe.
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* Red from the webcomic ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'' has a woodsman's axe, and she's made a hobby of hunting wolves with it.
* '''thog''' in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
* In ''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]].
* ''WebComic/AxeCop.'' He has a whole school of martial arts devoted to its use; it can also be used as a skateboard and an electric guitar, and I think it can sometimes shoot fire, lasers, other axes, etc...the comic was written by a six-year-old, after all.
* In ''Webcomic/TheKamics'' it is Nikki the Red's [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4815949/ weapon]] [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4889116/ of]] [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5281093/ choice]].
* Hogan of the [[http://www.dragoneers.com/crossovers/ Webcomic Crossover & Cameo Archive]] has appeared in many webcomics, with his trademark axe, chasing after authors who use too many cameos.
* In ''WayfarersMoon'' the axe is Lily's weapon of choice.
* In OurLittleAdventure, Pauline's weapon of choice is a greataxe, though she used a Dwarven waraxe for awhile.
* In ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'', Byron dual-wields a pair of axes.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Abraham uses one to kill abominations.
* In ''{{Roza}}'', [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2007-05-07 what they meet on the escape]]
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'',
** The AncestralWeapon [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/2/ they are searching for]].
** Cleave-Hand. This also doubles as HookHand.
** Handsome D'an the illithid, who's carrying a huge axe with him.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
** Mamma Gkika's weapon of choice is a large-headed battle axe called [[ICallItVera Dollink]] (Darling).
** Ognian's weapon is a long-hafted one with three normal-sized heads.
** Zeetha tells Agatha [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120420 you are in serious need of some princess lesson]], and "First lesson. Every [[BadassPrincess princess]] needs a battle axe."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the Alpha-session incarnation of the Hegemonic Brute wields one against Dirk that is appropriately called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "AXE]] [[MeaningfulName TO GRIND"]] due to the times he's been killed off before in previous incarnations. Needless to say, he gets killed off again.
* Shorty from ''Webcomic/{{Skullkickers}}'' uses [[DualWielding Dual Wields]] them. Notably, his axes ''aren't'' cartoonishly oversized; in fact, they aren't much bigger than hatchets.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-05-13 the executioner in the dungeon Squigly falls to.]] [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-06-17 He uses it on Slick's heart, too.]]
* KarateBears LOVE [[http://www.karatebears.com/search/label/axe axes]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'': [[http://mspfanventures.com/?adv=43&id=150 One of the weapons that the protagonist uses]]. Per a RunningGag, she acquires it from picking up a can of "Axe" deodorant.
* In ''Webcomic/MyLifeAtWar'' Dhuvalian [[AMechByAnyOtherName LIMBs]] wield giant axes with welding torch nozzles along the blade.
* Before his name was revealed, Aetius of ''Webcomic/TheSilverEye'' was lovingly known as "Axe-Man"
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* Axes are commonly used by [[WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum PPC agents]], though not quite as much as [[HeroesPreferSwords swords]].
* Torq from the ''Podcast/CriticalHit'' Podcast seems to believe that axes are the only weapon worth wielding. Then he gets a [[ChainsawGood Rotating Blade Axe]] from Thony.
* Byelobog, a superhero from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is the [[PhysicalGod Russian God of the Sun and Daylight]]. In addition to SuperStrength and NighInvulnerability, he wields a big battleaxe that returns to him when he throws it.
* Ranger has the same axe he used in [[VideoGame/{{Quake}} his universe]] in ''WebVideo/{{Arenas}}''. He uses it to finish [[VideoGame/QuakeII Grunt]].
* [[http://yamara.com/axe/ "Oh my God! There's an axe in my head."]]
* The aptly-named Hatchet Face of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' uses an axe, along with his [[PowerNullifier powers]], to stalk and kill [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual capes]].
* Cindy Trueman and her ''little'' sister Gladys in ''Series/FlandersCompany'' use them. Cindy's is made of Adamantium.
* Jason, from ''Literature/TheSaints'', is thrilled to add an axe to his arsenal.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' Optimus Prime has the "[[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang Boomerang]] Tomahawk" version with an energon axe with an extendable handle and ''a rocket attached''. It also fits in with the firetruck theme (his other weapons are grapples and fire-retardant foam).
* This is based on an [[LaserBlade axe made of energon]] that ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]]'' Optimus could turn his hand into. It became somewhat of an iconic weapon for the character (thus why the Prime above carries one), despite the fact that it only appeared in one episode.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Vicky, as well as a few other characters, have used axes. One of Vicky's more common gags is preparing various horrors when Timmy's parents aren't looking, including grinding her executioner's axe. (When they look over, she promptly ''kicks the grindstone aside'', holds the axe behind her back, and whistles innocently.)
* [[ButtMonkey Harry]], King Hugo's right-hand man in ''WesternAnimation/PotatoesAndDragons'', wields one.
* Chronozoid carries a a curved axe blade attached to an EpicFlail on ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Headhunters", Dipper and Mabel find someone has vandalized a wax dummy of their Grunkle Stan by [[OffWithHisHead chopping off its head]] with an ax. The culprit turns out to be [[spoiler: a bunch of vindictive living wax sculptures who were after the ''real'' Stan.]]
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* Axes symbolized power among the ancient Mediterranean peoples.
** The ''labrys'' was a double-headed axe which served as a religious symbol of power for the Minoans and Etruscans. Today it is also a symbol of female empowerment and lesbianism due to its association with the Amazons.
** The [[AncientRome Romans]] had the ''fasces''. The ''fasces'' was a bundle of reeds, symbolizing the republican principle of strength through unity (a single reed breaks easily; a bundle does not) and thus the ''imperium'' (civil and military power) of the officials whose ''lictors'' (bodyguard/policemen) carried them. Outside the ''Pomerium'' (the sacred inner precincts of Rome), the ''fasces'' contained an axe blade, possibly derived from the ''labrys''; the blade represented the ''imperium''-holding official's power to impose the death penalty (which power he did not have in the ''Pomerium''; only a dictator had such powers).
* The ''fasces'' later became a popular symbol of republics that saw themselves as successors in spirit to the Roman Republic, such as the United States of America (e. g. in the Capitol in Washington and on old coinage) and the French Republic. Later also of the Fascist movement in Italy (which actually took its name from ''fasces''). The [[LesCollaborateurs Vichy régime]] in France instead of the republican ''fasces'' used a ''francisca'' as its symbol: a double-headed axe with red-white-and-blue blades and a marshal's baton as its handle.
* Norsemen wielded their axes in battle and in personal quarrels all the way up to the 19th century (mentioned in folk songs, local legend, and even in the national anthem: "''Farmers honed their axes where an army advanced''..."). The axe is present in the Norwegian coat of arms, and Telemark county weapon shows a battle axe.
* The Anglo-Saxon Huscarls at the Battle of Hastings were reputed to be carrying two-handed daneaxes, whirling them around above their heads in a show of strength. This terrified the Normans, who didn't use axes. Earlier that year, at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, it is said that a single Viking warrior with a similar weapon stood on the titular bridge and held off the entire Saxon ''fyrd'' (army) on his own for some time. Never mess with a daneaxe!
* The axes of the Gauls were well known to the Romans--they would throw them at the enemy like javelins with the intent of splitting some shields, then charge in with melee weapons. The Fransisca got its name from its popularitiy among the Franks in particular.
* The Varangian Guard, Rus' Vikings permanently hired to guard the throne of the Byzantine Empire, were noted by multiple sources firstly for their height and secondly for the very large Danish axes which served as their primary weapons. To the Greek-speaking Byzantines, they were known as ''pelekyphoros phroura''--literally, the axe-bearing guard.
* The [[http://www.amazon.com/SOG-Specialty-Knives-Tactical-Hardcased/dp/B000PICTYC Tactical Tomahawk]] has become popular among American military since the war in Vietnam. Much more versatile than the standard combat knife, it can be used in close quarters as a weapon or thrown in desperate situations. It can of course chop through wood if needed, or even be used as a hammer, as well as for any of the number of things--opening a can, breaking through something, excavation, or just nudging something difficult out of the way--that fall in-between.
* [[http://www.americanknifeandsword.com/catalog/product/view/id/1720/s/m48-tactical-survival-walking-axe/category/211/ The]] [[http://media.americanknifeandsword.com/catalog/product/cache/1/image/1200x1200/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/u/c/uc2905combo.jpg Walking Axe]] is the closest thing to a modern polearm. [[OlderThanRadio Designed centuries ago]] by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepherd%27s_axe shepherds]] [[MundaneUtility for defense, forestry work and mountaineering]], it combines the tomahawk's light weight, the halberd's reach and back spike, the swinging power of a long splitting axe [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot in one tool]].
* Rukhsana Kauser in a [[MamaBear daughter bear]] moment used this to kill a terrorist who was threating her parents.
* Lizzy Borden was a suspect in the axe murders of [[SelfMadeOrphan her parents]] in the 1800s. She was never found guilty, but most people think she was the one that did it; many people today think she had a form of schizophrenia. (Note that the murder weapon was never found. Whether it was actually an axe or a hatchet is unclear.)
-->Lizzy Borden took an axe
-->and gave her father forty wacks
-->and when she saw what she had done
-->she gave her mother forty-one
* The last criminal to be executed in Finland from civilian crimes was Toivo "Kirves" Koljonen, a fugitive prisoner who killed a family of six with an axe - the father of the family had been conscripted in the army. He was [[ShotAtDawn executed by firing squad]] along with Soviet infiltrators in 1943. The word ''kirves'' means "axe" in Finnish.
* For a different kind of "fighting", the ax is an essential tool of firefighters: used to hack through doors and debris, break padlocks, etc. Also, in most civilized countries, authorities will always frown when people use or carry in public implements like the [[MacheteMayhem machete]], [[KukrisAreKool kukri or Bowie knife]] and other stuff which looks too martial, even for mundane woodcutting purposes. Axes and hatchets on the other side are regarded as just tools.
* Symbolic in ancient imperial China. An axe is given to a general and used to perform rites signaling that a fight is about to start.
* Wanderlai "The Axe Murderer" Silva is a MixedMartialArts fighter so named because his ferocious attacking style reminds fans of a frothing axe murderer. He's apparently a nice guy outside of the cage.
* On [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII July 13, 1941]], Red Army soldier Dmitriy Ovcharenko was hurrying back to his unit with a cart full of ammo and supplies, when he was intercepted by two German trucks containing about 50 soldiers and three officers. One officer knocked his rifle out of his hands and began to interrogate him. Suddenly, Ovcharenko grabbed an axe he had in the cart and [[OffWithHisHead decapitated the officer in a single blow]]. As Germans froze in shock and horror, he immediately produced three grenades from the cart and tossed them at the trucks, [[OneManArmy killing 21 more]] and making the survivours, including both officers, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere scatter and flee]]. Ovcharenko then pursued a fleeing officer, lopped his head off as well (the third officer escaped), took all their documents, plans and maps and delivered them to his commander along with supplies. He was made [[http://statehistory.ru/img_lib/blog/ww2/ovcharenko-prikaz.jpg the Hero of Soviet Union]] for that.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutsuls Hutsul]] culture of Ukraine is strongly identified by the type of axe that men traditionally carried everywhere, called a ''bartok''. It has a small double-head and a long handle.
* When Sweden entered the 30 Years War, all Soldiers were required to have a sword. However, since the equipment was paid for by the village in wich the Soldier lived, many skipped the sword for economical reasons and rocked a Musket/Axe combo instead. Since most of the Soldiers were peasants, axes where cheap and easy to come by.
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