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At any given time during a SwordFight, expect the two blades to lock together, extra points for SwordSparks.

This usually works best if the swords are crossed horizontally between the combatants, who stand close together and push against the clinch, each trying to knock the other off balance. It can also be done in a knife fight, with grabbing wrists or fists instead of locking blades. If a character is DualWielding, they will usually place one blade behind the other in an attempt to use both arms for leverage.

This is the ideal moment (since TalkingIsAFreeAction) to address the combatants' mutual issues with some confrontational dialogue, or to [[YouFightLikeACow toss out taunts or threats]]. A CombatPragmatist may instead let slip with a GroinAttack or GlasgowKiss, since the other can't really defend against it. Or the two fighters may simply stand there, stare at each other menacingly, and bulge some biceps. If both combatants are super-strong, or sometimes even if they're not, the blades might [[SwordSparks grind against each other with sparks]] or even visibly glow.

Technically, this is called ''tsuba zeriai'' in kendo and ''anbinden'' or simply "bind" in the medieval German longsword tradition, where both parties try to gain a position for an attack by jockeying around so that the 'strong' (the half closer to the hilt) of one's blade is pressing against the opponent's 'weak' (the other half); the kinds of attacks that can be launched from this position vary from thrusts and snapping cuts around the opponent's blade to trapping (including the famous GroinAttack), grappling, and tripping/throwing movements. Also called "''[[GratuitousFrench corps corps]]''" ([[ConvenientlyPreciseTranslation body to body]]) in fencing/stage combat.

Compare BeamOWar and BrawlerLock.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime ]]
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' does this with the characters' staves, and any other device that could be swung around as a melee weapon.
* ''VampireHunterD'' features a blade lock between one character's sword and a vampire's ''wing'' complete with sparks and heated blades.
* Happened a few times on ''RurouniKenshin''. When this happened to Yahiko, he did the smart thing and [[GroinAttack kicked Gohei in the nuts]].
** When this happened between Kenshin and Saito, Saito shoved Kenshin against a wall and nearly managed to push the blade into Kenshin's throat.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''. Most dramatically used in the Zoro and Mihawk fight, where Zoro, who wields three swords, is completely denied a hit by a basic knife.
* Happens in the openings of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''
** It happens twice in the show too, both with Kira facing Athrun and later Shinn. Both times neither combatant is able to overpower the other. With Athrun Kira pulls a second saber and slashes him with that, while Shinn pulls back to try to surprise Kira with a rifle shot.
** ''MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'', Gp01 vs. Gp02 fights are also famous for having blade locks.
* In one of ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'''s first story arcs, Zabuza and Kakashi locked blades for a minute or so. Zabuza had a great carving knife of a sword, bigger than he is. Kakashi had a kunai, a stubby dagger about as long as your hand. If the battle had stuck to the rules of real life Kakashi would now be "the Two-Fingered Ninja".
** This also happens when Sai attacks Naruto out of nowhere. Sai takes advantage of this moment to question whether Naruto has any ''equipment''.
** Also happens in the Pain arc. Ebisu blocks Pain's chakra blade ''with the point'' of his kunai for ''several minutes.''
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' shows a decidedly pragmatic approach when Mifune locks with Black Star, grabs one of Black Star's hands, and breaks two of his fingers.
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[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* Happens several times in ''AdventChildren''. For example, in the battle [[HighSpeedBattle (on motorcycles!]]) between [[TheHero Cloud]] and [[TheQuietOne Yazoo]], they lock blades; Cloud's [[BigFancySword BFS]] against Yazoo's Velvet Nightmare.
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[[folder: Film - Live-Action]]
* There probably isn't a SwordFight ever committed to film that doesn't use this trope.
* Subverted in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' of all places. When Robin Hood and the Sheriff were in the middle of one, they talked for a bit and the Sheriff tried to use a knife.
** Probably a homage to ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', in which Robin Hood and Sir Guy of Gisbourne similarly talk at intervals throught their duel; during a BladeLock Sir Guy stealthily pulls a dagger out and tries to stab Robin with it. Robin being an honorable sort, but not LawfulStupid, when the dagger ends up missing Robin's head, Robin runs Sir Guy through with his sword.
** Or possibly to ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', when the Sheriff raises his blade for a killing blow on the prone Robin, who pulls out the Sherriff's own dagger (He had given it to Marian, who had then given it to Robin) and plunges it into his heart.
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', where Helmet and Lone Starr's Schwartz blades (akin to lightsabers) not only get locked, they twist up. "Shit! I hate it when I get my [[UnusualEuphemism Schwartz]] twisted!"
* Subverted in ''Film/KillBill Vol. 2''. When the Bride and Elle lock swords in their final battle, [[spoiler:the Bride simply takes the opportunity provided by the drop in defenses to tear out Elle's other eye.]]
* Frequently in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films. Note that this is an unbelievably stupid idea, as the lack of a crossguard on most sabers would mean that if their opponent slid the blade up [[AbsurdlySharpBlade they'd probably lose half their hand]], not to mention quite possibly [[WreckedWeapon having their lightsaber destroyed.]]
** Obi-wan does exactly this to cut off two of General Grievous' arms in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
** Consensus appears to be that two lightsabers stick together when locked, preventing (or at least making difficult) that kind of move. Obi-Wan appears to twist his blade, rather than simply sliding it downwards.
* Done in ''StreetsOfFire'' with sledgehammers rather than swords.
* Done in ''Film/ByTheSword'' as a BreakingSpeech to [[spoiler: Villard by Suba about what really happened the night Suba killed Villard's father.]]
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* Subverted in ''Literture/TheSagaOfDarrenShan''. In one book, Darren gets in a sword fight with a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampaneze]] and tries blade locking. The vampaneze simply runs his blade down the length of Darren's and maims his hand.
* Averted (hypothetically) in Creator/TimPowers' ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheDark''. Aurelianus attempts to explain to the protagonist Brian Duffy, using BladeLock as a metaphor, why epic magic is impossible when there's another powerful wizard of opposing alignment in the room. Duffy, a gritty old soldier, remarks: "I wouldn't just stand there straining. I'd knee the bastard and spit in his eyes."
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse''
** Often used against Alanna in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'', probably because she's a head shorter than most opponents and (after giving up the SweetPollyOliver disguise) female, making her look weaker. It doesn't work, though, because she's a highly skilled swordswoman.
** Used in ''[[Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall Lady Knight]]'', though in this case it was glaive versus double-headed axe. Kel was up against one of the few opponents who ''is'' taller than her 5'11", and she was wounded, so she did a leg sweep to regain the advantage.
* Occurs during one of Princess Carline's fencing lessons in the first book of the RiftwarCycle. Her teacher tells her quite flatly that she never wants to get in that situation in a real fight - the only people she'd be likely to end up facing in a real battle would be professional soldiers who would be much stronger than she is.
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* Happens in the ''{{Dollhouse}}'' episode "Spy in the House of Love", during a sword fight between Victor and Dewitt.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. In Season 4 [[spoiler:after Jaime Lannister has his sword hand amputated, he gets a magnificent gilded-steel hand to replace it and trains with sellsword Bronn in fighting with his left hand. Jaime regularly gets his ass kicked, but at one point he catches Bronn's blade in his own and grins, thinking he's finally got the advantage. Bronn reaches down, twists off Jaime's fake hand and smacks him in the face with it.]]
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* Attack at the same time as your enemy in ''NoMoreHeroes'' and you go into a blade lock, which you win by moving the Wii Remote in a circle. If you lose, you get hit; if you win, you can instantly hit the enemy with a Death Blow. Of note also is the real ending, in which Travis and Henry have a conversation while running down a whole city block with their blades locked together.
* The BladeLock is used as an actual game mechanic in the ''Franchise/StarWars [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight]]'' series of VideoGames, in which you push against a "lightsaber lock" in an attempt to shove your enemy back and/or down and gain a free shot. Losing one against the tougher ones can instantly cause death. There are ways of breaking the lock, though. Probably the flashiest move performable from the lock is when one party has two lightsabers and manages to throw one to circle around their opponent and slice them from behind.
* In ''GunGrave'' the three playable characters get in a three way weapon lock, that being Grave's guns locking with Jujy's Blades and Billy's Guitar, and they all spark.
* Similarly, there is a move in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' called "chance" that basically initiates this. It's [[spoiler: the easiest way to beat the final boss]].
** It's also used in ''PhantomHourglass''. Here the lock is won by scrabbling the stylus over the screen rapidly. Against a recurring miniboss, it's the best way to win, and it's also needed to stun the final boss.
* ''{{Halo}} 3'' has the "sword clash"; two people use the sword-lunge (usually a one-hit kill) at each other simultaneously, the swords will glance off each other, knock the players back from each other a bit, zap their shields, and (barring [[BigDamnHeroes assistance from a teammate]]) they try it again; it usually turns into a contest of timing at this point, to see who can get their next attack off quicker and actually manage to beat their opponent. I suppose, if you mentally squint a bit, this ''could'' be considered blade-lock, as it ''does'' result in a temporary stalemate, but it doesn't fit the literal definition of the trope.
* In the game ''SuikodenV'' (and probably earlier ones in the [[{{Suikoden}} series]] too) during a one-on-one "[[DuelBoss duel]]" battle, your protagonist almost always gets in at least one of these, requiring you to mash buttons as fast as you can to push the opponent back until the lock is over. Note that at least in this particular iteration, the protagonist doesn't actually use a blade, nor do many of his opponents, and yet you still get the "weapon lock" showing up.
** Your battle against CowardlyBoss Koji Shindo in ''Yakuza 2'' has you doing this during the final phase of the battle, which takes place in a Japanese courtyard, when Yayoi throws you a sword to use against him.
* Happens all the time in the ''SamuraiShodown'' series. It's (probably) the only way to disarm your opponent too; though it's a little silly when the claws disarm the giant beads.
* Done with every possible weapon and a few impossible ones in the ''DynastyWarriors'' series.
** In the ''SamuraiWarriors'' series, winning one of these results in the character pulling off a special combo against the enemy.
** Also used in ''DynastyWarriorsGundam'', where they are resolved with ActionCommands.
* Happens at the end of a "boss" minigame in ''VideoGame/WarioWare: Smooth Moves''.
* This is an ''ability'' in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. A pilot with this ability in a machine with a bladed weapon has a chance to block another robot's blade attack. With the BladeLock animation and everything.
** ''AnotherCenturysEpisode'' had this in games 2 and 3 when two machines with melee weapons tried to melee each other at the same time; the player has to [[ButtonMashing mash the Melee button]] to break the lock and stun the enemy, or he himself will be stunned instead.
* This tactic features prominently in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''.
* Even though he uses knives, [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 Leon]] locks blades quite often when facing up against Krauser.
* You can lock chainsaw bayonets with an enemy in ''GearsOfWar 2''. Mash B to win.
* Commonly seen in cutscene fights between Dante & Vergil in ''DevilMayCry 3''.
** At one point they were pushing against eachother so much the blades visibly heated against eachother from the friction.
* Happens almost every single battle in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', particularly if the two characters are rivals like Masamune and Yukimura or Motochika and Motonari. SwordSparks are always present.
** The third game introduces something like this combined with {{Flynning}} where characters start clashing their weapons against each other until one of them wins the duels.
* ''KirbysReturnToDreamLand'' has a variation. [[spoiler:When Kirby delivers the final blow with his Ultra Sword to Magolor in his first form, Magolor tries to defend himself by conjuring a shield that results in one final struggle before Kirby manages to overpower him.]]
* In ''SaintsRow'' 2, this happens during the cutscene for the mission "Bleed Out". It also occurs in the ''Saints Row the Third'' mission "deckers.die".
* Used in the game ''DarkMessiah'', though there it's referred to as a "contest of might."
* Beautifully subverted in the Deception trailer for ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the main villain of the trailer momentarily locked his blade with the leading Jedi he was facing off with, whom immediately breaks the lock by turning slightly to one side, [[JustShootHim loosing his blade and smashing]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Darth Malgus]] in the face with the pommel of his saber hilt. Ala the counterattack described below in the Real Life section.
* You can end up locking your gun to Kai Leng's blade in your final boss fight with him in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. The final boss of the ''Citadel'' DLC can involve an omni-blade lock, depending on your class.
* ''Videogame/WarhammerOnline''. The announcement trailer featured a Chaos Champion and a Sigmarite Warrior-Priest doing this with maces. At a certain point they lock their weapons and it seems as if the Warrior-Priest will win. In true Warhammer fashion, the Champion then knees him in the side while he's distracted, sending him down to the ground and then crushes his skull with his mace.
* Occurs in PrinceOfPersia2008 during battle, particularly when fighting against the Mourning King, which requires mashing a button to defeat him.
* In ''Videogame/DarkSiders'', War can lock blades with one of the enemy angels. It's also necessary to win the final fight [[spoiler: against Abaddon.]]
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[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* In ''SluggyFreelance'' this happens between [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=041203 Torg and the Demon King]].
* ZokushoComics: Shows up all throughout [[http://www.waywardcross.com/?p=109 Clash]].

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[[folder: Web Original ]]
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' has one of these between Yami Bakura and Yami Marik in a parody of ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* This awesome video of a short ''Samurai Showdown'' [[http://topentertainmentblog.com/the-last-samurai-3d-animation/#more-1081]]
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' where Danny and Vlad did this in one episode with [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The dual wielding Jet and Zuko have one during their SwordFight in an EvasiveFightThreadEpisode.
* OlderThanTelevision: FelixTheCat in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k0Z0tRCmvA The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg]]''. In sword-fighting, Felix and Captain Kid's swords lock together due to the blades actually ''fusing together due to the heat from the friction of the fast fight''.
* [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Optimus]] and Megatron do this on occasion with blades from their [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/images2/b/b8/PrimeEp23-PrimeMegatron.jpg hands]].
* The [[WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks animated ''Mighty Ducks'']] from Disney had Duke and Falcone do the lock during a sword combat. Duke knocks Falcone off balance, and then knocks him flat on his back. Conclude with snarky comment on the theme of Falcone always talking a bigger fight then he could deliver.
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[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Conversely, in Olympic fencing, this sort of overdramatic parry sometimes referred to as a Hollywood parry or Star Wars parry. Students are reminded to [[BoringButPractical stop looking cool]], [[MundaneSolution disengage]], and [[JustShootHim stab him already]].
** The angle needed to parry an attack varies between weapons, but is almost always much less than the average person suspects. Fencing is a fast enough sport that even a hint of movement in the wrong direction can mean a touch against you; exaggerated movements ''will'' get you hit.
* This is not something that one would aim to do in real fencing, however. One parries with the flat of the blade, since the sharp edge would get damaged from the strike, and there's no chance that either side will try to lean one another down; instant counterattack is the only rational response. One of the most common ones is to strike back with the sword's pommel, while still holding the parry with the blade, but there are numerous variations.
** Use of the edge or flat in a parry is a matter of some ongoing debate, as most fechtbuchen specify when to parry with the flat suggesting this is ''not'' the standard approach. Further, practical testing shows parrying with your flat actually makes you WEAKER in the bind. Now, parrying to your ''opponent's'' flat with your edge provides quite an advantage of leverage in the bind...
* Contrary to most sport fencing today, longsword fencing in the German styles practically required this. Combined with other techniques like using the pommel and guard as blunt instruments and surprisingly advanced grappling, this was practically the only way to effectively fight an opponent in full armor. The general strategy was to bind, smash or throw your opponent to the ground, and then make a thrust at the now (slightly more) exposed gaps in your opponent's armor. Several techniques involved putting one or both hands on the blade of the sword, for extra leverage.
* To a lesser degree, this is also a valid tactic in kenjutsu (not so much in kendo). As a matter of fact, the blunt side of the katana's blade usually plays a major role. Like in German style, putting one hand on the blade for extra leverage is a very common technique. However, since it's safe to slide the hand through it, there is a bigger variety of techniques for both winning or breaking free from these situations.
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