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->''"If one sword has a power of 100, then [[OvenLogic using two swords would make it 200]], right?"''
-->-- '''[[IdiotHero Lloyd Irving]]''', ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''
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This trope refers to wielding two weapons at once. After all, if one weapon is good, then two weapons must be twice as good. The tactics can vary widely. A character might be concerned [[AttackAttackAttack only with offence]], and therefore decides that he wants to kill with both hands rather than just one. More tactical characters might typically use their off-handed weapon for blocking or [[CombatPragmatist tricky counter-attacks]]. Game mechanics often grant additional attacks to characters with two weapons.

The types of weapons used can also be diverse. If the character has one hand dominant, he might wield a long weapon in one hand and a shorter weapon in his off-hand, such as a classic rapier and dagger paring. Two small weapons is also pretty common, with the idea that smaller, nimbler weapons won't get tangled up with each other. However, some characters will dual-wield long weapons, such as swords or axes, which is generally portrayed as quite a feat. MarySue and {{Munchkin}} characters stereotypically wield two [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]]. A {{Bifurcated Weapon}} might allow the character to switch between one- and two-weapon styles on the fly. On the extreme end of the scale, a character might wield a {{One Handed Zweihander}} in each hand!

Whatever the weapon, you'll probably see a lot of {{Flynning}} and SliceAndDiceSwordsmanship in the choreography. Two crossed weapons are also perfect for a BladeLock.

Dual wielding appears in various RealLife cultures and combat styles, but it tends to be over-represented in fiction because it's... well... [[RuleOfCool cool]].

A DoubleWeapon is a variation of dual-wielding in which the character wields two weapons that are attached together. For the firearms variant, see GunsAkimbo. When combined with GunsAkimbo, you get SwordAndGun. When combining CoolSword with bows and arrows, you get BowAndSwordInAccord. An easy way to up the ante even further is to be MultiArmedAndDangerous.

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* In the ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' climax, [[spoiler: Naota]] dual wields two guitars in the final fight with [[spoiler: Haruko]] after absorbing Atmosk's power. [[spoiler: Wielding Atmosk's Gibson EB-0 in one hand and his own Flying V in the other.]]
* In the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' film Dead Zone, two of Garlic Jr.'s minions, Nicky and Ginger, can pull two katanas each. Out of their. Freaking. Skin. Sansho may have been able to do that, had his fucking upper torso been blasted off by Piccolo.
* Hatsu from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' dual wields Katana. Except that one of them, the Sword That Flies Higher Than Any, really flies around and incepts attacks.
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'' chapter 57, [[spoiler: [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Elizabeth Middleford]] is revealed to be a Dual Wielder. ''Who slays Zombies'']]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Captains Shunsui Kyoraku and Jushiro Ukitake possess dual zanpakuto. Between them, Kyoraku is the only shinigami that dual-wields even when his zanpakuto is sealed due to the fact that it seals into the form of two swords. Ukitake's zanpakuto seals into the form of a single sword.
** Ggio Vega's release allows him to use three blades, one on each hand and one in his hair.
** Nnoitra Jiruga releases into a six-armed being that wields a weapon in each arm.
** In the final arc, a new dual wielder is revealed. [[spoiler: The true form of Ichigo's zanpakuto turns out to be two blades of differing lengths to accommodate his Soul Reaper power (the larger one) and his Quincy power (the smaller one).]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** Suzaku pulls off some dual-wielding in his mecha.
** Near the end of the series, Gino Weinberg's TransformingMecha Tristan is upgraded to the Tristan Divider, and its main weapons include a pair of swords [[spoiler: that used to be Bismarck Waldstein's mecha Galahad's {{BFS}}]].
** Rolo's prototype Vincent Knightmare had a pair of these that could combine into a double-bladed spear.
* Common in ''Gundam'' series.
** Amuro Ray from the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', who would use both the Gundam's beam sabers on occasion. His perhaps most famous instance of doing so is during his duel with Zeon commander M'Quve in the Texas colony.
** From ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', Haman Khan and her Quebley often did this as well, mostly because the Quebley had no other equipment that required hands as it had no shield and all its other weapons were built in (or [[AttackDrone free-floating]]) so there was no loss in doing so. Paptimus Scirocco's The O is also notable in that it uses ''four'' arms in order to wield four sabers at once (two regular arms and two smaller retractable ones in its skirt armor).
** Sandrock in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' uses a pair of heat shotels -- a pair of very massive, and very heavy blades -- as its primary melee weapons. The redesigned version in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'' has ''even bigger'' heat shotels, to the point that they're probably as heavy as Sandrock itself. It still dual-wields them.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Kira Yamato in the Freedom Gundam tends to dual wield his beam sabers when facing stronger opponents albeit at the cost of abandoning his shield. When he upgrades to the Strike Freedom -- which has beam shields built into its arms -- he can do this with no penalty. Yzak and Athrun are also prone to this.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''
*** Setsuna does this all the time in his Exia (which actually has ''seven'' swords, but with only two arms it can't use them all at once).
*** The 00 Gundam can do this as well. Like the Exia, it can dual-wield beam swords but also can dual-wield a pair of similar sized solid swords that also act as a pair of laser rifles.
*** The absolute nadir of this trope is the Seravee variant that appears in the manga. It has three Seraphim units attached to its back, all of which are capable of fighting independently. When attached to Seravee, they can each pull out two arms, meaning that Seravee can wield a total of 10 beam sabers at once.
** ''MobileSuitGundamAGE'': AGE's Asemu Asuno dual wields beam sabers as his favored combat style, against his father Flit's rifle in one hand and saber in the other, and his son Kio's using a two handed rifle. After he upgrades to the Double Bullet he gets beam sabers installed in the shoulders allowing him to quadruple wield. After the time skip as Captain Ash, his new Dark Hound dual wields a spear and saber.
* Unsurprisingly, the ''Mazinger series'' were the ones introduced this trope in HumongousMecha anime.
* Duke Fleed from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' also dual wielded using the twin scythes of his HumongousMecha, although usually he joined them to form the Double Harken, a double-edged SinisterScythe.
* ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' can deploy two "Kaiser Blades" from its shoulders. By all appearances they're broadswords.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'': Getter Robo G's Getter Dragon form dual-wields [[strike: battleaxes]]Getter Tomahawks for the Double Getter Tomahawk attack. It even ''throws'' them for the Double Tomahawk Boomerang! This goes double for Getter Robo Armageddon's Shin Dragon!
* The anime of ''MurderPrincess'' often has the titular character dual-wielding a katana and a dagger.
* And for some strange reason, the titular protagonist of ''MonsterPrincess'' does lots of this too. (Of course, she also wields chainsaws and jackhammers as befits the situation.)
* Although he does have a bow, and some ridiculously powerful {{Trick Arrow}}s, Archer from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' more often fights with two Chinese ''dao'', Kanshou and Bakuya. Later on, Shirou uses [[FunctionalMagic Projection magecraft]] to make copies for himself. (It's usually around this point that fans [[spoiler: start to wonder at the many similarities between Archer and Shiro]]...)
* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Servant Lancer initially appears dual-wielding ''spears'', although he generally fights with only one at a time (in one occasion, the shorter spear which he left on the ground was used in a surprise attack). Also, Servant Berserker ([[spoiler:TheAtoner Lancelot]]) manages to ward off Gilgamesh's "Gate of Babylon" using a spear in one hand and a sword in the other.
* El Cid from ''FateNuovoGuerra'' dual wields swords, and as a bonus, creates {{Sword Beam}}s with them. NewTransferStudent Tetsuro dual wields ''[[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter shinai]]''.
* In the second season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate's [[SwissArmyWeapon Bardiche]] was upgraded into Bardiche Assault and gained the Zamber Form, a {{BFS}}. By the third season, it has the ability to [[BifurcatedWeapon separate it into two halves]], effectively twin longswords. Other dual-wielders in the series include [[SmartGirl Teana]] with energy daggers, [[ChurchMilitant Schach]] with tonfas, and [[HollywoodCyborg Deed]] with energy swords.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''
** Nanami faces the Ohtori duels with a scimitar and curved dagger. [[spoiler: She only has the sword during her duel in the third arc, however; if you think of the sword/dagger combo as representing Touga and herself, then it makes sense as her relying purely on her own strength in that fight.]]
** Later, [[spoiler: her Stalker With A Crush Mitsuru Tsuwabuki "borrows" said sword and dagger in his Black Rose duel. And he's frighteningly good at using them.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Roronoa Zoro often ''triple-wields'' katanas, with one in each hand and one [[CutlassBetweenTheTeeth in his]] ''[[CutlassBetweenTheTeeth mouth]]''. This being anime, of course, it's always quite effective, as absurd as it would be in real life. It goes even farther, however, with Zoro eventually learning to ''nonuple-wield'' -- that is, use nine swords at once, or at least create the appearance of this.
** Not long after meeting Zoro, and long before Zoro's nontuple-wielding, Captain Kuro is seen wearing gloves with katanas ''on each finger''. Combined with his incredible speed, he attempts to defeat Luffy, killing off or severely wounding most of his own crew, in order to carry out his master plan.
** Hatchan (an octopus fishman, meaning he has two legs and six arms to match an octopus's eight tentacles) uses six swords at once.
** [=CP9=] member Kaku uses two swords, and thanks to a special technique his legs act like blades making a total of four.
** Mr. 1 is literally made of steel and can make blades appear from his body.
** Flower Sword Vista of Whitebeard's crew is notable for actually using just two swords, not three or six. He is a very strong swordfighter, able to be recognized by Mihawk, the strongest swordsman in the world, who said that among swordsmen only a idiot wouldn't be familiar with Vista.
* Killer Bee, the 8-Tailed Jinchuriki in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' prefers using ''7 swords at once'', [[http://images.wikia.com/naruto/images/4/40/Seven_Swords_Dance_Technique.PNG in a way that's so weird it's hard to describe]] (you are not seeing things; ''none'' of those swords are in either of his hands). He fights by [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning around like a buzzsaw]] and [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks juggling his swords]], in case it wasn't [[CrazyAwesome absurd enough]][[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzzLmn7ffS8 His 7-sword fighting form starts at 8:33]][[/note]].
** It's so absurd and unpredictable that even the [[MagicEye Sharingan]] can't properly predict every attack.
* Father Anderson of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Ciel of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', and Kotomine of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' fight with thin swords held ''between their knuckles'', up to a total of six. (''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'' pokes fun at this by having Yukariko do it with chalk. In both that series and ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'', she often uses a bow and arrows.) This seems to be some kind of ChurchMilitant ability, as all three characters are associated with the Catholic Church (notably, the second two are members of [[{{Nasuverse}} the same organization]], though vastly different rank).
* Sayaka Miki of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has a moment of this with her swords in episode 6.
* King Bradley does this in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', using two sabers at once. Sometimes he carries multiple extra swords, so that he can keep dual-wielding even if one or more of his swords get broken. This is also parodied in an {{omake}}, where King Bradley wields five sabers at once: one in each hand, one in each ear, and one in his ''ass''. Denied, his saber, he then dual-wields a set of trench knives.
* Akane Higurashi from ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'', wields a pair of tonfa as her personal weapon. In her case however it's totally justified; tonfa, being both offensive and defensive armaments, are one of those weapons which are ''intended'' to be dual-wielded even in real life.
* Midori from ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'' carries a pair of swords which she draws from a ''single'' sheath (which really shouldn't work [[http://shiznat.webs.com/photos/Natsuki-Kruger-from-Episode-17/natsuki%20kruger%2017%20otome%2017.jpg given how long they are]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''
** Shinomori Aoshi gets an upgrade to dual-kodachi disguised as a single nodachi [[http://cdn.sulitstatic.com/images/2011/1124/060729563_05572378579fdc8a212ae7cfe3a3d95096e67b7fb0e9fcf1e.jpg like this one]] the subterfuge befitting his onimitsu (ninja/spy) heritage.
** Aoshi's "mentor" Okina, wields a pair of tonfa (which is of course justified, see above).
* Undine of the Twin Swords from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is (of course) well known for the massive physical power that lets her use two standard issue {{BFS}}' at once. [[spoiler:Upon her demise, Deneve took up her blade and spent the TimeSkip learning to bulk herself up to pull the same trick.]]
* One of the myriad forms of the Ten Commandments in ''[[Anime/RaveMaster Groove Adventure Rave]]'' is Blue Crimson, which splits the weapon into two different swords: one of fire and one of ice. Interestingly enough, the hero finds it somewhat difficult to use because he's right-handed.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** PunchClockVillain Tsukiyomi uses a dagger along with a katana.
** Kotaro has an ImagineSpot involving Chizuru [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v29/c262/13.html dual wielding onions.]]
** Setsuna has her sword for her main hand and sixteen daggers for her off hand. Kaede often has a knife in both hands. Rakan's [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks artifact can be used in both hands]]. He'd still rather fight you [[BareFistedMonk unarmed]].
* Kyuzo from ''[[SamuraiSeven Samurai7]]'' wields two katanas. ConservationOfNinjitsu never really comes up, but Kambei manages to defeat him (or at least hold him off) using his scabbard as an extra parrying weapon.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
** Viral has a mech that dual-wields katanas. [[spoiler:Later, he pilots a mech that ''quadruple-wields'' them, and LATER, he gives the Tengen Toppa form of Gurren Lagann the ability to create and dual-wield katanas.]]
** Gurren-Lagann is also seen dual-wielding giant sunglasses/boomerangs or drills for some of its attacks.
** Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann wields [[spoiler:''two Giga Drill Breakers'' in the final battle against the Anti-Spirals.]]
** In the second movie, ''The Lights in the Sky Are Stars'', [[spoiler:Viral's Tengen Toppa Gunmen, Tengen Toppa Enki Durga wields ''[[UpToEleven eleven swords]]'' ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and a club]])]].
* Akira of ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'' uses two katanas. [[spoiler:Later, during Akira's fight with Tokito, her sword splits into two swords.]]
* In ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' the hero Thorfinn fights with a pair of daggers. Not particularly strange, pretty reasonable. Contrast that however with his first major opponent [[spoiler: and secret great uncle.]] Thorkell the Tall, who dual-wields axes. Not just any old normal sized axes, big mo' fo' great axes almost as big as the hero.
* In the climax of the ''LightNovel/RecordOfLodossWar'' {{OAV}}, Parn dual-wields [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil the Holy Sword of Valis and the Demon Sword Soulcrusher]] to shatter Kardis' barrier, in which Deedlit was imprisoned.
* Some of the weapons provided by the Gold Cloth of Libra in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', such as the tonfas and the nunchaku, are meant to be dual-wielded. The Andromeda Cloth also wields the [[EpicFlail Andromeda Chain]] -- one type of chain on each arm, and Shun can whip them out simultaneously to attack, unless the enemy requires more thoughtful tactics. Somehow, they never become entangled with one another, and Shun can wield them easily despite being the youngest, wispiest Saint ever.
* Guitar, the [[MixAndMatchCritters dog/deer]] swordsmaster from ''ViolinistOfHameln'', wields at least four swords at once, holding a pair in a claw-like grip in each hand. He's murderously proficient with this style.
* The title mech from ''KuroganeNoLinebarrel''. This is made notably less impressive when the soon-to-be-lancer starts quad wielding (and even then it has another sixteen swords to rely on), then there's Tsubaki-hime, that can dual wield ''chainsaws''.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
** [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Daipenmon]] dual-wields ''popsicles''. It even has a special attack for each of them -- Strawberry Death for the red one, and Blue Hawaiian Death for the blue one.
** Lobomon dual wields light sabers (which can be combined to one two bladed lightsaber darth maul style) and some other sword wielding digimon like Karatenmon, Dinohumon, Yasiamon, Zanbamon and many others.
* In the ''Franchise/FireEmblem: Sword of Seals'' manga, King Zephiel dual-wields [[spoiler: the {{BFG}} Exaccus and the InfinityPlusOneSword Sword of Seals!!]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** [[ImprobableWeaponUser The Hidden Weapons Master]] Mousse keeps a rather improbable number of weapons (bladed, blunt, piercing, etc.) hidden within his clothing and all over his body. A favorite intimidation tactic consists of him whipping up both his arms and displaying a frightening amount of blades from his giant sleeves, making it look like the swords and knives are his actual hands. And he's ''good'' at using them.
** Shampoo also regularly dual-wields chúi, large Chinese maces. These demonstrate her prodigious strength, as they are known to be unbelievably heavy and unwieldy, yet she swings them around like they were nothing.
** Kodachi has been shown to use multiple clubs at one time.
** Ukyo uses both her large spatula and smaller spatulas at one time, though the smaller ones can double as projectile attacks.
* In ''Anime/GunXSword'', Dann of Thursday uses a massive katana with a detachable knife (or presumably a wakizashi) attached to the reverse side. Van uses it occasionally to take on multiple enemies, while a twin-bladed mauling (''Daitou Renzoku Kougeki'', or Greatsword Multiple Attack) is one of Dann's attacks in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK''.
* Commander Mary in ''KuroganePukapukaTai'' dual-wields a pair of (small) cutlasses.
* Haru and Lucia of ''Manga/RaveMaster'' both temporarily do this whenever they use [[MorphWeapon Blue Crimson]]
* Genkishi, the [[MasterSwordsman Phantom Knight]] of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' carries around four swords at this belt and usualy dual wields two of them. Adding on to this, Yamamoto Takeshi's box weapon is in possession of three swords, carried on it's back. What makes this more interesting is that the box weapon is, in fact, a [[CoolPet dog]].
* Somewhat avoided in the Takehiko Inoue-drawn/written manga ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'', with two exceptions where it was acknowledged: Musashi used it as a reaction to being outnumbered by four senior disciples of the Yagyuu, and then he uses it to surprise the chain and sickle wielder Shishido Baiken (Tsujikaze Kouhei, who'd killed the original Baiken) and defeat him. Apparently Musashi is the only character to dual-wield in the manga because he's so strong that dividing his strength between the two swords isn't a problem, as he proves when he uses a one-handed sword to break a katana held in both hands.
* Gintoki does this for a while against Housen in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''.
* ''Manga/HayateCrossBlade'' gives us Jun, the only student granted the right to use two swords; Shizuku, who wields her partner's sword sheath in addition to her own sword during the council battle; and Maki, who has not been shown DualWielding per se but can be inferred to have the ability to do so because of her ambidexterity.
* Kanda does this at one point in ''Manga/DGrayMan''.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' does this with pens. Just watch me L, [[MundaneMadeAwesome I'll solve equations with my right hand, and write names with my left.]]
* The titular character in ''Anime/AfroSamurai'', who wields a single [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] fights a dual wielder, and ponders briefly on the technique's worth. He decides on balance a single blade is better, but the fight is inconclusive.
* In the manhwa ''Chun Rhang Yhur Jhun'', Ha-Rhang Whur takes this UpToEleven by quad-wielding Chinese longswords ''and'' their scabbards, in an [[CrazyAwesome attack style]] that resembles a Creator/CirqueDuSoleil juggling routine as much as it does DualWielding.
* In the final episode of ''TransformersArmada'', Optimus Prime breaks off Galvatron's horns and uses them as a pair of swords.
* Used for comedic purposes once in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. After Tomo accidentally lands a tray straight onto Yukari's face, cue RedEyesTakeWarning... and Yukari ''dual-wielding'' trays ''onto Tomo's head''.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' Erza dual-wields on occasion sometimes [[CrowningMomentofAwesome quad-wielding using her feet]] as well as multi-wielding with 200 swords at once.
* Mifune from ''Manga/SoulEater'' carries multiple swords. Usually he uses one sword but he does multi-wield we he gets serious. Kid dual wields [[EquippableAlly guns]], and appears [[SuperOCD unable]] or at least ''very'' unwilling to use only one of the two.
* Tsunashi Takuto, the protagonist of ''Anime/StarDriver'', reveals that he is a dual-wielder in an IAmNotLeftHanded moment, specifically of swords. When piloting Tauburn, he dual-wields two "Star Swords" - mecha-scale swords made of pure light/energy (the anime never goes out of its way to explain the composition of the weapons) - Emeraude (green) and Saphir (blue).
* Kamika from ''ShikabaneHime'' fights with a pair of katanas.
* In ''Manga/{{Tokko}}'' Kureha wields a twin pair of daggers. In the Manga, Ranmaru gets two swords when he awakens his powers, but in the anime version he only gets one, but dual wields his and Sakura's swords in the final battle.
* Chikuma Koshirou from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' dual wields two kama scythes.
* Played surprisingly realistically in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline''. Most people can't use two swords, even though most games let you do that due to RuleOfCool. Only one player manages to earn an [[SignatureMove extra skill]] that lets him do so, the main protagonist, Kirito. He doesn't know how he earned it, though much later it's revealed later that the skill is awarded to [[spoiler:the player with the fastest reaction times in the game, and is intended to mark TheHero in the game's {{metaplot}}]].
** In later games after SAO, Kirito still retains the skills (not the actual game skill, which was removed) to dual wield effectively, but doesn't until he gets [[IAmNotLeftHanded serious in a fight]].
* ''Anime/VividredOperation'': An impromptu kendo match has Akane using twin swords against Wakaba.
* Dual wielded swords are the standard issue weapon in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''; justified by how soldiers are not fighting against other human(or [[HumanoidAliens -like]]) beings with weapons but rather toweringly-humanoid Titans with Titans' weak point being a portion of flesh that requires two blades to cut away, rendering the risk of two swords getting tangled while using them in combat irrelevant.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* All of the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' except Donatello dual-wield their respective weapons.
* ComicBook/{{Elektra}}, from Creator/MarvelComics' ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', dual-wields sais, though, as mentioned above, they are traditionally dual-wielded.
* Nightcrawler from ''ComicBook/XMen'' is known as a swashbuckler being able to dual-wield sabers. He can even ''triple'' wield, when using his tail to hold a dagger. That being said, he's literally got superhuman agility and acrobatic ability.
* The six-armed ''X-Men'' villainess Spiral. Predictably, she wields six swords, usually of varying lengths.
* The short-time X-Man Marrow also is known for her tendency to dual-wield her self-made knives or clubs.
* In ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', V's main weapons are multiple knives. He combines these with [[IKnowKarate "fancy karate gimmicks"]] and [[AppliedPhlebotinum superhuman abilities]] (thanks to a bunch of experiments performed on him by the government he now seeks to overthrow).
* {{Deadpool}} frequently wields dual blades of various sorts. He generally has [[KatanasAreJustBetter two katanas]] strapped to his back, which he can use together, but also varies it up with a katana-and-sai combination (e.g. that ''Cable & Deadpool'' cover with Deadpool and Spider-man) or pretty much anything around. Usually he's got at least three to four blades on him at any time, along with the guns, grenades, and other various weaponry. (The cover of Wolverine #88 shows him skewering Wolverine with both katanas.)
* In the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batfamily]], both {{Nightwing}} and Oracle fight with escrima sticks.
* Miho in ''SinCity'' often uses a katana in concert with a wakizashi.
* 'Shorty' the dwarf in ''Skullkickers'' wields two axes. Sometimes he uses only one, with the other as a back-up in case the first gets stuck in a guy; other times he just uses both at once. The axes in question are small hatchets, quite realistic for either purpose.
* In ''ComicBook/RatQueens'', Violet and Betty both dual-wield. Violet has twin wakizashis as a backup weapon, Betty uses daggers.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire, Luso does this sometimes
* In ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'', Emrys pulls this off and it becomes his favoured style, [[spoiler: but only after unlocking his abilities as something that is effectively part angel under extreme stress, giving him greatly enhanced physical abilities, and solving the coordination problem]]. Before, both times he uses two swords, [[CombatPragmatist he uses them sequentially]], using the first blade to wound and the second one to kill.
* In BetterLivingThroughScienceAndPonies (A crossover between WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic and VideoGame/{{Portal}}), Chell equips herself with ''four'' portal guns/long fall boots.
* ''FanFic/InnerDemons'': [[SupportingLeader Celestia]] wields a pair of swords during the FinalBattle.
* Similarly, in ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'', during her [[FinalBattle final duel]] with [[BigBad Titan]], Twilight wields both her own blade, ''Equinox'', and Rarity's, ''Vorpal'' [[spoiler: due to Rarity being incapacitated and near death]].
* ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'': Ace [[spoiler: and his predecessor Cancer]] is capable of using his telekinesis to wield ''four'' blades at the same time.
** Luna/Nightmare Moon has the twin [[{{Unobtainium}} Lunairium]] blades ''Perigee'' and ''Apogee''.
* In ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'', Gentaro gains two blades when he uses the Circinus spell (one that extends to far lengths, the other creating {{Fireball}}s), and Shun has two ''pata'' blades[[note]]a gauntlet with a blade fused to it[[/note]], [[spoiler: after making a contract and becoming a Serpent-bearer to Vasuki]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', Lady Eboshi uses a sword and a hairpin in her fight with San. And it works.
* Queen Victoria in ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'' uses two katanas during a fight scene.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/KillBill'', a member of the Crazy 88, and the Bride herself (although briefly) during the same scene.
* In ''Film/TheThirteenthWarrior'', one of the Vikings wields a sword and a short axe in the final battle.
* In the most [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome scene]] in ''Film/TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad'', the evil wizard Koura animates a statue of the goddess Kali to fight off Sinbad and his crew. Kali has ''[[MultiArmedAndDangerous six]]'' [[MultiArmedAndDangerous arms and wields a sword in every one]], against multiple simultaneous opponents.
* Haige, the hero in ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Swordsmen in Double Flag Town]]'' dispatches the bandits threatening the village with dual-wielded short-swords.
* Golden Sparrow from ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' dual-wields short-swords.
* Darius in Dragon Hunter can not only dual-wield but fight off multiple people at once with two swords.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels added this to the film series.
** Anakin fights with two lightsabers at once for a brief moment against Dooku.
** General Grievous fights with two lightsabers, and then with ''four'' lightsabers for a brief period, but quickly gets cut back down to two.
* In the first ''{{Narnia}}'' movie, Aslan's BadAss right-hand centaur fights using two longswords. Jadis, the White Witch, wields a longsword and a wand, [[TakenForGranite which turns people to stone]]. She picks up another longsword when the wand is broken. In the book, she uses a stone knife and her wand. Edmund fights with two swords during the final battle of ''Prince Caspian''.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''
** Gandalf is shown swinging his staff and his longsword against the invading enemy, including a nice twirl of the staff before smacking an unfortunate Orc with blade and blunt.
** Legolas's other weapons (besides his bow) are twin fighting knives. The actor claims he actually became more proficient with that than with his bow.
** In ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', Saruman dual-wields his own staff and Gandalf's briefly.
** Éowyn briefly uses two swords on horseback (with Merry holding the reins) to good effect against the Mûmakil outside Minas Tirith.
** Sam wields a sword and a ''[[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]]'' in Moria (at least one shot, after Frodo is hurt, seems to show him using both at once). Later, when he stormed the tower of Cirith Ungol, he wielded Sting as well as his normal sword.
** In some of the fights Gimli wields two [[AnAxeToGrind axes]] (occasionally throwing the smaller off-hand axe), in the other fights he "just" wields a double-headed battle axe.
* In ''Film/TheHobbit'', Thorin can be seen wielding both a dwarf axe and the sword Orcrist. Dwalin is also well-known for dual-wielding his prized axes "Grasper" and "Keeper".[[note]]As explained by Graham [=McTavish=], who named them, "one grasps your soul, the other keeps it."[[/note]] Fili and his twin swords.
* In Tim Burton's ''Film/SleepyHollow'', the Headless Horseman, shortly before he becomes headless, fights some American soldiers with a sword and a hatchet. He seems to parry with both weapons ''and'' use both weapons to deliver decapitating blows. Of course, he's ''just that badass''. And, later, [[spoiler:Brom]] is shown fighting the decapitated Christopher Walken using two sickles.
* Used briefly in ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' by Guy de Lusignan. Then he loses one sword and pulls a dagger...
* In a surprisingly late addition to this page, River Tam, patron goddess of WaifFu, dual-wields a sword and an axe in TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.
* During the battle scene in the later half of ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'', soldiers are seen dual-wielding axes.
* In the final battle of ''Film/ShanghaiKnights'', the villain Lord Rathbone (named for the great actor and swordsman, Basil Rathbone) dual-wields a rapier and a saber against Jackie Chan (who just has the rapier).
* In the movie adaption of ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'' Xerxes's elite, the "Immortals" dual-wield scimitars, as opposed to the comic in which they are armed primarily with shield and spear.
* In the final fight of the Sci-fi Channel original movie ''Thor: Hammer of the Gods'' the only thing NOT dual-wielding is a wolf.
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': Optimus Prime, of all people, gets to dual-wield superheated retractable blades in the sequel. (He only had one in the first movie.)
* In the thriller ''Film/BallisticEcksVsSever'', rogue agent Sever (Lucy Liu) dual-wields a pair of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baton_(law_enforcement)#Expandable_baton telescopic batons]] to great effect.
* In ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'', both Diego and Alejandro with the crappy Zorro costume do it with a sword and a knife. Later, Alejandro, this time with the official costume, does it with two swords against Montero and Love.
* Film/{{Machete}} wields a pair of machetes against [[BigBad Torrez]], who uses a katana and wakizashi.
* In ''Film/TheLastSamurai,'' there are two brief instances of dual-wielding badassery: first, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8n3544zeLw by Katsumoto against the ninja at 3:42,]] and later, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8vfcx4mRo0 by Algren against the ronin (fight begins at 1:40).]]
* In ''Film/PlanetTerror'', when denied a gun by Sheriff Hague, [[{{Badass}} El Wray]] opens up his glove compartment and takes out a pair of Balisongs. His subsequent zombie-killing rampage through the hospital is [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome one of his most awesome scenes]].
* Done semi-realistically in the 1952 ''Film/{{Ivanhoe}}''; Ivanhoe uses a dagger in his left hand whenever he fights. Also, in the 1997 miniseries, Bois-Guilbert briefly dual wields an axe and sword during the trial by combat.
* In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' Princess Nefertiri/Evy and Anck Su Namun fight with dual sai type daggers.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** When Will and Jack first meet in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' they engage in a duel. At one point during the fight, Will has two swords for a short period. Justified, as they're in the blacksmith's and there are plenty of swords about the place.
** After Blackbeard breaks his crutch during their duel in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', Barbossa starts DualWielding it's broken shaft along with his sword.
* ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1973'', famous of the realism of its sword fights, has many characters fighting with both sword and dagger.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'':
** Tron wields two Identity Discs, which fit together during the coup. [[spoiler: Turns out to be a Chekhov'sGun in identifying who's behind the Rinzler helmet]].
** Quorra fights with both a LaserBlade and her Identity Disc in the left hand.
* In ''Film/{{Alatriste}}'' there is whole bunch of dual wielding fights with rapier and parying dagger in ''La Verdadera Destreza'' style.
* In ''Film/SolomonKane'', with rapier, dagger, falchion, a pair of muskets, or one of each, Kane is fond of a weapon in each hand.
* In old ''Zatoichi'' LongRunner (1962-1989), Ichi, played by Shintaro Katsu, often used his tsue (scabbard) held in left hand, mostly to deflect and parry strikes.
* During the final fight of ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian2011'', Conan dual-wields a pair of longswords against Khalar Zym's twin scimitars.
* Seen in this Russian movie called ''Save the Emperor'' about the RussianRevolution and Civil War. The Cossack character in red in a frenzied attack against Red forces, briefly used two sabers to slash down the Reds. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6flTC-gvTo]].
* Several characters in ''Film/KingArthur'' (2004) dual wield weapons.
** Lancelot is the only one who dual wields swords. His swords are notably smaller than the broadswords used by Arthur and Dagonet.
** Bors uses two curved [[KnifeNut knives]]. Though he might also use a single battle-axe.
** Gwain uses a (small) [[CarryABigStick mace]] and hatchet.
** The various Woads also occasionally dual wield smaller weapons.
* In ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', Arthur dual-wields Excalibur and a mace while dueling Lancelot, showing that he's become rather kill-crazy.
* In ''Film/CaptainKronosVampireHunter'', Kronos uses a sabre in his right hand and a katana in his left in order to fight off an angry mob.
* Wade Wilson wields dual katanas, and as Deadpool has dual BladeBelowTheShoulder in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/SmallFavor,'' Michael dual-wields a broadsword ''and'' a katana. And they're holy swords, too! [[spoiler:It's a total cop-out that the villain beats him with a ''gun'', but at least he ends up NotQuiteDead]]. He did it in ''Literature/DeathMasks'', too. [[spoiler:Same cop-out gun victory, too, but that time it was just a handgun and there was Kevlar plating in his armour.]]
* [[TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]], the drow ranger from the ''ForgottenRealms'' books, uses twin scimitars. Using two long blades is more common for drow than other races, who don't necessarily consider it a plausible option at all. Several characters note that Drizzt risks getting his blades tangled up using his style, but he's just that good. Drizzt seems to have popularised the idea at least to some extent, to the point that when there was an open call for original ''Forgotten Realms'' novels by fans, the best of which could get published, the things forbidden in the rules included drow characters and anyone wielding two swords of any kind. Drizzt's arch-nemesis, Artemis Entreri, also dual wields, but uses a dagger in his off-hand, lacking the agility and coordination to wield two long blades.
* RA Salvatore's ''Crimson Shadow'' trilogy features the Highway Halfling Oliver DeBurrows wielding the more traditional rapier and main gauche.
* In Terry Pratchett's ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', Andy "Two Swords" Jackson is an overly enthusiastic Ankh-Morpork Auxiliary Watchman and weapon enthusiast who dual wields two non-standard issue curved swords to great effect, though occasionally causing collateral damage.
* The Balrog of Moria in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has both a FlamingSword and a [[WhipItGood fiery whip]].
* In the {{Deryni}} novels, Alaric Morgan habitually wields a sword in his right hand and a stiletto in his left. In ''Deryni Checkmate'', Duncan is depicted using both a sword and a dagger when he rescues Morgan from Warin and his men at St. Torin's shrine.
* Steven Erikson's ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has a few of these:
** Kalam Mekhar, an assassin, dual-wields long-knives.
** Silchas Ruin, a dragon-blooded immortal, dual-wields two swords. That is, when he doesn't just transform into a dragon...
** The Segulah. Their entire culture dual-wields longswords.
** Leoman of the Flails wields two flails.
* In ''CloudOfSparrows'', Shigeru's ability to fight with two swords is a sign of his unusual skill and strength.
* This is a common fighting style of Dragaerans in Steven Brusts's {{Dragaera}} books, with a dagger in the off-hand. Eastern-style fencing, on the other hand, involves using a single light rapier and turning your body sideways.
* On Barrayar, in the ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]]'' series, the Vor traditionally carry two swords, and dueling with two swords is mentioned as being specifically illegal. The two swords aren't described in detail, but one is shorter than the other (it's noted at one point that Miles finds the longer sword of the pair a particular trial (he's very short).
* ''HeraldsOfValdemar'': Weaponmaster-Herald Alberich dual-wields two daggers in one of his undercover personas. Until people wised up and quit challenging that persona to fights, he routinely beat sword-wielders with his two daggers. He also dual-wields sword and dagger in the climax of ''Take A Thief'' to beat three swordsmen, though he had help from Skif in that fight. It's also pointed out in ''Exile's Honor'' that Alberich is a combat prodigy and has been taught how to fight with nearly every weapon created and some that haven't been. Another dual-wielder in ''Exile's Honor'' (one good enough to even impress Alberich) is [=MindHealer=] Crathach. When he demonstrates his skills for Alberich, he immediately finds himself part of Sendar's battle guard.
* The Casseline Brotherhood in ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' dual-wield daggers as standard practice for defending their charges in close quarters or when they want to inflict non-lethal injuries. Their (two-handed) swords are only ever single-wielded and [[LetsGetDangerous drawn only to kill]].
* This is whole premise behind the ''hotas'' of the knife dancers in Karen Miller's ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy'', as well as acrobatics. Rhian modifies this and uses [[spoiler:broad swords]].
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has one of its major characters do this. In a more unique twist though Perrin eschews swords in favor of a battle axe and blacksmith's hammer. When one considers the weight of just one of these weapons it says a lot about how strong the character is. The choice nearly gets Perrin killed though, since even he can't swing as fast as a good swordsman.
* Alaric briefly uses both an axe and a hammer in ''[[Literature/GreyKnights Hammer of Daemons]]''. He isn't the only one running around with multiple melee weapons, though.
* In the ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse, Luke Skywalker dual-wields on special occasions. Given that it's ExpandedUniverse Luke (the Grand Master), he's by definition good at it.
* [[GeniusBruiser Jean Tannen]], GentlemanBastard, dual-wields [[ICallItVera the Wicked Sisters]], two short axes. It's briefly mentioned that his partner Locke carries two knives on his person, but he's not nearly as much of a brawler so they don't show up too often.
* The main characters of ''[[Literature/OneRoseTrilogy The Compass Rose]]'' all get [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Heldring Swords]]. Torhcay's are a matched set of short swords.
* Piers Anthony's [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] collection of novellas, Battle Circle, features dual wielding nomads with daggers and sticks. Interestingly, Piers rates each weapon (including staves, swords and morningstars) on defensive and offensive utility.
* ''Scythe-arms'' in Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath by PC Hodgell are [[DoubleWeapon blade pairs]] attached to the [[BladeBelowTheShoulder fore-arm]], with the longer blade jutting forward and the other back. They are used in [[DualWielding pairs]], ie one main blade and one spur on each forearm. Training with them easily dissolves into chaos, with inexperienced users not being able to keep track of the spurs.
* Mewick, a fairly minor character in Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Empire of the East'', at least twice used a short sword in his right hand and a "basket-hilted hatchet" in his left. He managed to swing the hatchet around the guard of one highly skilled enemy swordsman to strike the man in the spine.
* In the {{Redwall}} book ''The Bellmaker'', the otter Finnbarr Galedeep had twin swords.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Catelyn recalls seeing Bronn fight with a sword in each hand while chopping through clansmen on the Mountains of the Moon. She's reminded of Jaime Lannister, reputedly the best swordsman in the kingdom.
** Shagga fights with an axe in each hand and acquires three axes from the Lannister armory before a battle. Tyrion explains that Shagga believes that two axes are better than one, and three are better than two.
** Daario Naharis apparently dual-wields his arakh and dagger. They have matching hilts carved into the shape of naked women, and his hands frequently caress each of them when he's getting ready for a fight.
* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', this is [[ProudWarriorRaceGirl Kitai's]] preferred fighting style, usually with a shortsword and a longer sword.
* The Okar (Yellow Martians) from ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' dual wield a fairly ordinary sword and a hook-sword designed to disarm an opponent as their standard technique.
* In ''TheWarGods'' series, Champion Kaeritha dual-wields custom-designed short-swords, a feat aided by the fact that she is fully ambidextrous. Just how good she is can be seen by the fact that when she practiced against a group of Hradani (the smallest of whom was twice her size and far stronger), she trounced all but one of them. Her style is notably different from the [[AmazonBrigade War Maids]] who use a sword-and-dagger combo.
* In ''Literature/DarthBane'', Bane's lightsaber instructor in the Brotherhood of Darkness mentions all of the downsides of Dual Wielding to discourage his students from learning it. Said instructor is a master of dual wielding himself. This isn't hypocrisy; he just wants to have an advantage in case he ever has to fight his students to the death. [[ProperlyParanoid A reasonable concern]] given that they are all [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Sith]]. Bane is quickly overwhelmed during their duel because he doesn't know how to handle a dual wielding opponent [[spoiler:so he uses the Force to bring the ceiling down on his former instructor.]]
* In ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms One Good Knight]]'', Adam and Gina specifically teach the Sworn Sisterhood to fight sword-and-dagger, rather than sword and shield.
* In ''Literature/MotherOfDemons'' the standard weapon of a battle-mother is a mace and shield. However, Guo fights with two maces.
* Tobimar in ''Literature/PhoenixRising'' fights with two swords. When he meets another character that also fight with two swords and in the same style, they immediately explore their respective training backgrounds.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': It is apparently possible to dual-wield Shardblades, assuming you could acquire two Shardblades in the first place.
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': Aegis dual wields buckler shields and Raki dual wields short swords. They regularly duel.

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Rory Williams shows us how much of a [[TookALevelInBadass Badass he took levels in]] to protect his wife and daughter by wielding a sword and a gun in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]].
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' has had a few instances of Immortals fighting with a sword in one hand and a knife in the other. Most notably in the fifth season episode "Duende".
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'': Dragon Ranger dual wields his Zyusouken (Dragon Dagger in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'') and Sword of Hellfriede (Sword of Darkness in MMPR) against Tyranno Ranger, who counters with his Ryugekiken (Power Sword) and Ranger Stick (Blade Blaster). Later, after inheriting his brother's powers, Armed Tyranno Ranger uses the Ryugekiken and Zyusouken together. This carries over to the U.S. version in both cases.
** ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'': Ryuu Ranger dual wields the Double Dragon Swords.
** ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'': [=OhBlocker=], the team's second five-piece mecha, has two swords that combine into a BFS made of energy that is as long as it needs to be... but is so heavy that it's not wielded so much as formed above the monster and allowed to simply fall, slicing through.
** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'': Wolzard has a sword in monster and Ranger form. He can use both at once, and has one attack that requires it (which he teaches his son TheHero, who does it with his standard Ranger form's sword and his SuperMode's staff.)
** ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'': The Gokaigers dual wield a gun and sword by default and are known to swap weapons in the middle of combat. Blue and Yellow often end up Dual Wielding the swords. This was taken to an extreme when Gokai Blue ended up wielding ''all five swords at the same time'', very effectively at that.
*** Their HumongousMecha, [=GokaiOh=], also has two swords. As Goren [=GokaiOh=] (its alternate form using the ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'' 's Greater Power), it uses a similar finisher to [=OhBlocker=].
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' dual wields his swords in is Rising Titan form.
** ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' uses both a javelin and sword in Trinity form and two swords in Shining form
** Multiple Riders in ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' dual wield several kinds of weapons.
** ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' does this in one occasion with his BFG and normal sword. Chalice settles for two smaller blades in his Wild Form.
** ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' dual wields two Taiko drum sticks. ItMakesSenseInContext...
** Kamen Rider Gatack, from ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' wields two swords shaped like stag beetle mandibles.
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' has standard wrist mounted weapons in multiple of his torso parts. He also dual wields an axe and a sword during the finale.
** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' is able to copy his sword in one of his upgraded forms.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' often dual wields his Musou Saber and whatever Arms Weapon he has access to. Several other Riders also dual-wield, including Kamen Rider Bravo, who has the twin [[SerratedBladeOfPain Duri Noko]].
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': In the British TV show, some mooks are seen using dual scimitars (and one knight who wanted to join the knights of the round table used two longswords).
** In [[Recap/MerlinS03E11TheSorcerersShadow S3E11]], whose premise is a tournament which anyone can enter, we see a dual wielding ninja-like warrior going up against Arthur briefly. Deconstructed: after a brief but impressive display of spinning swords by the ninja, Arthur punches him in his (undefended) face and knocks him down, winning the fight.
* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'': Has the Senshi with swords (or an axe in Jupiter's case) but Venus and Mars have identical short swords which get dual-wielded since Venus is absent from the fight in the TV series and Mars is absent in the special. [[SubText Some consider it symbolic]] [[LesYay of their relationship]].
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': General Sebastian Monroe wields dual swords in his fight with Miles Matheson in the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E10NobodysFaultButMine mid-season finale]].
* ''RobinOfSherwood'': Nasir the Saracen dual-wields scimitars, but these are weapons with thin, relatively short blades. In the pilot he manages to fight Robin, only using one sword, to a stand-still.
* ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'': Theokoles, TheDreaded EvilAlbino gladiator, wields two swords as part of his fearsome persona. Later, Spartacus is explicitly trained to wield two swords to mimic Theokeles and [[RuleOfCool excite the crowd]]. This is also Gannicus' preferred fighting style, which helps portray him as the hottest hot-shot of his era.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In the first episode with Lt. Barclay. In one of his holodeck fantasies, he is fighting with a sword in each hand against holodeck versions of Riker, Data and Geordi - at the same time!
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': When Gowron's bat'leth breaks, he dual-wields the shards, but it's more ImprovisedWeapon at that point than a deliberate dual wielding tactic.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' features specific and explicit rules on dual-wielding that vary depending on the edition.
** AD&D's first and second editions allowed you to dual-wield melee weapons and make two attacks per round, provided your off-hand weapon was smaller than your main weapon, and your attack rolls with both were made at penalties of -2 and -4 respectively. This could be offset with a good Dexterity score, which lowered your penalties based on your ranged attack modifier. Second Edition's Player's Options (''Combat and Tactics'' and ''Skills and Powers'', as well as the ''Complete Fighter's Handbook'') added Weapon Style specializations and Ambidexterity, which when put together could eliminate all penalties for dual-wielding and even allow you to wield two same-length weapons at once with a second specialization, provided you could wield them with one hand. Rangers also receive bonuses for dual-wielding.
** In the 3.0 and 3.5 editions, characters receive heavy penalties when attacking with two weapons. You can receive lower penalties by using a light weapon in your off-hand or by using a single double-headed weapon. Several feats can be taken to lower your penalties further. There are specialized weapons for certain tailed races that can act as a second or third equipped weapon with special training.
** As of 4th Edition, holding a weapon in each hand doesn't allow you to make two attacks by default, but certain feats give you benefits for dual-wielding, and quite a few Ranger powers ''require'' you to dual-wield. And Fighters have gotten into the act as well with the Tempest build from "Martial Power", which gives dual-wielding powers to the Fighter, and which, with a Ranger multiclass feat, can even wield two one-handed weapons like the Ranger can (since Fighters are usually limited to two light weapons or a one-handed weapon and a light weapon).
* Done with swords, axes, chainsaw swords, chainsaw axes, powerswords, giant hammers and enormous bladed claws that shoot lightning in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Either this or SwordAndGun, with a pistol in one hand and a blade in the other, is used by virtually all close combat troops in the game. A few even use GunsAkimbo (including a pair of [[IncendiaryExponent flamethrower]] [[KillItWithFire pistols]].
* Both the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' roleplaying games ([[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} WFRP]] and [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Dark Heresy]]) permit this as well; however, this does not give you any extra attacks -- the off-hand weapon is mainly used for parrying (much like in real life). [[PettingZooPeople Skaven]] characters in Warhammer fantasy can even ''triple-wield'' by holding certain specialized weapons in their tails, but they must be trained.
** Dual-wielding in Dark Heresy does give extra attacks if the character has the right mix of Talents, for a maximum of four every turn.
** In warhammer fantasy battles extra weapons gives extra attacks though. Special mention to warriorpriests that dualwields hammers rather than the normal axe or sword combos and ogres who dualwields clubs.
* You can do this in ''{{GURPS}}'' for a large penalty (which can be bought off in cinematic games). You can hold a weapon in each hand and attack with them one at a time for no special penalty.
* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'', in contrast, does not give you any penalties at all for DualWielding any kind of weapon due to the game running largely on the RuleOfCool and the fact that many heroes in both kung fu movies and HeroicBloodshed liked to dual-wield weapons. ''Golden Comeback'', the Dragon supplement for the game, allows you to use many of the gun schticks in the original book for melee weapons if you're not a guy who uses KiAttacks like the regular martial artist, meaning that you can use the schtick normally reserved for GunsAkimbo against named characters, Both Guns Blazing, to lay on the hurt using two swords or other melee weapons.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' typically averts this, which is slightly odd given its strong anime influences. Wielding two weapons doesn't give you an extra attack unless you use a flurry, which you can do just as easily with one weapon. Those trained in the Fire Dragon style of Immaculate Martial Arts are the exception, who wield two (relatively, in comparison to the BFS most Exalted wield) short blades.
** Short and hook daiklaves, which Fire Dragon stylists use, are designed explicitly to be dual-wielded, and are usually found in matched pairs. Possibly in someone's ribcage.
* ''[[IronKingdoms Warmachime]]'': Vladimir Tzpeski, the dark prince of Umbray, in ]] dualwields a sword and a twin-bladed dagger. As do Supreme Archdomina Makeda, Tyrant Xerxis and all the skorne Praetorian swordsmen.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Oddly enough, Mufasa and later Simba in the [[ScreenToStageAdaptation theatrical version]] of ''Theatre/TheLionKing'' use double swords during fights.
* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'':
-->'''Hamlet:''' What's his weapon?\\
'''Osric:''' Rapier and dagger.\\
'''Hamlet:''' That's two of his weapons.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* The [[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers Revenge of the Fallen]] Voyager Bludgeon gets this right on the "one large one small" weapon front: he's a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot skeleton samurai robot]] who has a [[{{BFS}} huge freaking katana]] ''and'' a smaller wakizashi. He also has a sheathe for each. Yes, this toy is SoCoolItsAwesome.
* ''{{BIONICLE}}'' has many examples. The original six Toa had one weapon each, but with their Nuva upgrade all of them suddenly wielded one weapon in each hand. [[AnIcePerson Kopaka]] takes the price here: because his original form already carried a shield as well, his new weapon form thus meant that he had a DoubleWeapon in one hand and the upgraded shield in his other! The focus on Dual Wielding and DoubleWeapon continued into the Metru line of Toa, where Vakama was the only one to carry a single weapon (though it was a projectile launcher to make up for it). In ''their'' mutated forms, they were all Dual Wielding again. The next few years began putting more focus on projectile weapons, thus having everyone start using the SwordAndGun setup instead, with at least some of the villains taking this trope [[MultiWielding to its logical conclusion]] and carrying two blades ''plus'' a gun. Kongu, however, took a slightly more realistic route and at least threw away his newly transformed melee weapon so he could carry [[MoreDakka two Cordak missile launchers]] instead.
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* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and its sequel, any character [[spoiler: except Kreia after she gets her hand chopped off]] can dual wield one-handed weapons. While the game doesn't allow for SwordAndGun, you can bring GunsAkimbo (even T3-M4, the game's ShoutOut to R2-D2, can do this) with dual pistols or dual wield 2 full-sized melee weapons. However, you take a penalty unless you invest in character perks, and an additional penalty unless you use a "balanced weapon" (generally a "short" variant of the lightsaber or vibroblade, or a smaller pistol) in your off-hand.
** A bug will occur if you equip a lightsaber and a vibroblade dual-wielded. While it has no impact on game mechanics, the vibroblade will make the iconic lightsaber sounds instead of the sword sounds.
* The ''Tales'' Series
** Lloyd in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], as Kratos mentions how using two longswords goes against what the art of the sword is about, and Lloyd reveals that he's using them simply because of the RuleOfCool -- as the opening quote makes apparent, he thinks more swords means more power.
*** In the sequel, ''Dawn of the New World'', Richter uses a single-edged sword and an axe.
** Judas in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' dual-wields a sword and a slightly long dagger. Later, in the prequel remake, Leon Magnus follows the suit, [[spoiler:because he technically ''is'' Judas]].
** Spada Belforma, ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence'''s [[TheLancer lancer]], dual-wields the same way Lloyd does, but is more serious about it than his predecessor.
** Kunzite of ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' wields two katars. And has two ''additional'' blades mounted on flexible arms sprouting from his back. Chlorseraph, an early boss in the second half, also dual-wields giant green cleavers, and later teams up with his twin brother Clinoseraph, who [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe dual-wields shields]]. [[SixthRanger Chalcedny]], near the end, gets away with wielding a shortsword in one hand and, somehow, his trademark {{BFS}} in the other.
** Ludger from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' starts off wielding a pair of swords before he gains the ability to switch to other weapons. His older brother Julius does the same, and is the one who taught him his fighting style.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series, all the prinnies dual-wield daggers for their basic melee attacks.
** ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'' allows the dual-wielding of [[EquippableAlly Magichange weapons]]. Any combination of sword, spear, staff, axe, fist, gun or ''bow'' can be used together, and it tends to look even sillier with giant magichange weapons, which are ''much'' larger then the wielder.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'''s Yosuke uses small weapons in each hand.
** We say "weapons" here, because they can include everything from machetes, to kitchen knives, to ''[[ImprovisedWeapon pipe wrenches.]]'' (The last of which are actually are a good choice early on in the game, thanks to a nice critical-hit bonus.)
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Eternal Punishment'', Baofu technically dual-wields coins. (Which may sound improbable, but when you consider that they're thrown with the force of a bullet...) In both versions of ''{{Persona 2}}''.
* Vyse in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' uses dual cutlasses. Because he's a ''{{pirate}}''. The second sword, however, is a tonfa-like weapon that isn't used in normal attacks.
* The Hero in ''SuikodenIV''.
** And the Hero in ''Suikoden II'', though here he dual-wields tonfa. It's still pretty BadAss.
** Most characters in ''SuikodenTierkreis'' who can use swords can do this, with game-breaking results considering that most swords are only slightly less powerful than two-handed weapons.
** Yuber apparently wasn't content with just his {{BFS}} King Crimson and apparently split it into two katana-like weapons between the second and third titles.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** The Genji Glove item sometimes gives the equipped character the ability to do this. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', the character could also equip the Offering (otherwise known as the Master's Scroll) for quadrupling the number of hits, yielding a total of eight strikes per turn. Each hit only deals half the regular damage...except there are 4 weapons immune to this: The Fixed Dice, the Dice (which you can buy freely,) the Valiant Knife, and the Ultima Weapon. Toss in the spell Quick, which gives a character two actions in one turn, and you get ''sixteen'' full-power hits at once, and can say goodbye to the FinalBoss pretty quickly.
** {{Ninja}}s usually possess or can learn this ability.
** A similar trick to the ''FFVI'' example existed earlier in the series; in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', the Ranger's "Rapid Fire" skill, which attacks four times, allows for eight hits (again at half power) when paired with the Ninja's ability to dual-wield.
** There are even some ''FF'' games where ''everyone'' can dual-wield. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', dual-wielding is very powerful but not advisable long-term, as you'll be leveling up only attack and not defense. Conversely, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' for NES has no penalties for dual-wielding, and shields are weak anyway, so it's always advisable. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' goes nuts with this, having players not only get DualWielding, but also one of the best defensive spells in the game through the Ninja job. And with DualWielding being more effective than 2-handed weapons by a large margin, until a certain patch...
** It's also inverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', as a pure caster is advised to dualwield ''shields''.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'', it's utterly ''broken''...and probably explains why usually only Ninjas or certain characters can Dual-Wield in future games. (With a few exceptions). Just about ''every single weapon'' in the game can be dual-weld...sure fists it makes sense, and knifes and swords, but characters will eventually start getting ''insane'' amounts of hits with bells, books, staves, and even Spears. Yes, even ''staves and spears'' can be dual-wielded.
** Zidane from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' equips knives and swallows. Whenever he equips a knife, he wields the equipped weapon in one hand and pulls out another basic knife to wield in his other, sort of hitting with both daggers at once. (It's just for show -- you can't actually dual-wield two different knives.)
** Judge Gabranth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' dual-wields a sword and dagger that combine into a sweet bladed staff. In fact, dual-wielding seems to be the de facto Archadian Elite fighting style. All of the Judges Magister, as well as Larsa Solidor, never go into battle without an ornate sword/mace/measure in each hand.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', the ability to dual-wield is unlockable as a passive skill.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' has a passive skill for dual-wielding, but only Humes can learn it, and it's the most expensive one in terms of AP. On the other hand, it also allows you to learn two skills from weapons at once. For some reason, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2 the sequel]] also allows all characters to dual-wield shields (if they could use shields at all). This can be surprisingly useful for mages.
** Dual-wielding while using the opportunity command, Flurry!, can make your unit hit the enemy ''four'' times since the action is two hits and the other two hits are from your dual weapons.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', ninjas can naturally dual-wield, and have an ability that can be learned so a character can do it even in other classes.
** The Thief Dressphere in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''. While not the strongest, she can chain two attacks together.
** Gilgamesh from ''FFV'' and ''FFXII'' septa- and octa-wields weapons. Its effectiveness is... unsurprising.
** In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', Bartz dual-wields his allies' weapons in certain normal attacks as well as in his [[LimitBreak Ex Burst]]. The most memorable case, though, is his CrowningMomentOfAwesome right before his fight with Exdeath, wherein [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/SeriousBartz.jpg he is serious]].
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII AdventChildren'', Cloud owns six swords (none of which could exactly be described as small) which are stored in his motorcycle. These Fusion Swords are variously used singly, dual wielded in pairs, or locked together to form [[BifurcatedWeapon even bigger swords]].
** Yazoo from the same movie gets bonus points for dual wielding a pair of ''gunblades. [[GunsAkimbo That possess firearm capabilities]].'' He may have quite the feminine face, but ''damn'' if he doesn't play WhiteHairBlackHeart almost as well as [[ImageSource Kadaj]].
** In ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', all characters can dual-wield weapons, but only the {{Ninja}} job can do so naturally without suffering an attack penalty.
* Example of sword and dagger: the Prince in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime''. The dagger in this case is the Dagger of Time and is the ''only'' one to off enemies for about 90% of the way.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin''. Here the Prince wields a permanent sword in one hand and can pick up a variety of swords, axes, and knives from defeated enemies to use in his other hand. He can also ditch the off-hand weapon by throwing it at someone (often for a one-hit kill), and use his now free hand for grappling moves.
* In the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' games, Zero always seems to have two Z-Sabers in the official art, but never in actual play. Same goes for the Recoil Rod in ''Zero 3''. The recurring villain Harpuia also wields two blades. When you get the Biometal based on him in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', you have them too; you get a combo attack if you swing them alternately.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', three of Sora's four [[SuperMode Drive Forms]] allow him to wield two Keyblades at once. Interestingly, he goes from having one in each hand, to magically controlling one while manually using the other, to magically controlling both. [[spoiler:His Nobody,]] Roxas, dual-wields Keyblades as well; before we knew his name, some people [[FanNickname called him]] "Dual Wielder". And in the Roxas fight in Final Mix, Sora can steal both of Roxas's Keyblades, allowing him to Tri Wield. And while it doesn't seem possible for Sora to DualWield at all without an explosive clothing transformation first, since Roxas can do it naturally, more or less, Sora also has the potential, according to [[WordOfGod Nomura]], who thought it would have been cooler as a special treat. The reason that Sora and Roxas can dual wield is because Roxas's anger during endgame [[spoiler: because of Xion's death]] allowed him to [[spoiler: wield Ventus's Keyblade along with Sora]]'s and this power was transfered to Sora. They are not the only ones who dual wield:
** [[ThatOneBoss Xaldin]] wields ''six'' lances.
** Xemnas has a pair of "ethereal blades"
** Larxene has 4 knives per hand.
** Ventus in Birth By Sleep splits his keyblade into ''six'' swords of light in his Wingblade Attack Style, although since he only has two hands he only swing two at a time (aside from his combo finisher, wherein they spin around him like some kind of deadly wheel). His final move stabs all six swords forward at once before self destructing them in an explosion of Holy energy.
** The [[BonusBoss Mysterious Figure]] in BirthBySleep uses a pair of ethereal blades in a ReverseGrip
* In the online game ''KingdomOfLoathing'', the Seal Clubber ability "Double Fisted Skull Smashing" allows one to do this; provided it is with one-handed weapons of the same type (melee, ranged, etc.). Damage bonuses only apply to the mainhand weapon so the damage increase isn't that significant, but having another weapon's enchantments can be quite useful. An [[BribingYourWayToVictory Item Of The Month]] is a "Disembodied Hand" that acts as your Familiar which can wield a ''third'' weapon for you.
* ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}} 2''
** The barbarian is noted for his ability to dual-wield (and throw) all kinds of things, included weapons that normally require ''both'' hands to use at all.
** Also the expansion pack character class of the Assassin could dual-wield claw class weapons and wrist blades, and had a specific skill to enable her to use them defensively too, comparable to a decent shield.
* ''Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2'' was notable for overlapping with GunsAkimbo through Julie's ability to dual-wield almost any combination of several different guns, swords and shields at the same time.
* Lucia of the [[FanonDiscontinuity unmentionable]] ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' title dual-wields daggers, while Dante does this in the third game with the Agni & Rudra [[ElementalRockPaperScissors fire and wind]] scimitars. Vergil takes it a step further with his Yamato katana and Force Edge broadsword, although quasi-realistically enough he doesn't try to strike with both at the same time.
* Various characters in ''SamuraiWarriors'' and ''DynastyWarriors'' dual-wield. On the ''DynastyWarriors'' side, Lu Xun in previous installments fought with two short swords and Liu Bei's revamped moveset in ''6'' gives him two long swords. After Cao Pi [[TookALevelInBadass got his own moveset and character design]] he used a "dual blade" which split into two long swords that he dual wields for some of his special attacks. Probably the most over the top is Pang De who dual-wields [[UpToEleven pair of halberds.]]
* Karim from ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' can wield two talwars at the same time. Not surprising, considering he's strong enough to wield a ''[[{{BFS}} zhanmadao]]''.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' (or the localized version ''Devil Kings'') had several of these. Most notable are Sanada Yukimura (Scorpio) and Date Masamune (Azure Dragon). Yukimura dual-wields spears as tall as he is. Masamune typically fights with a single katana, but carries five more. His limit break lets him temporarily use "Dragon Claw" stance, where he wields all six swords, by holding them in between his knuckles. His special moves also allow him to wield three or six at a time.
* In ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'', dual wielding is one of the skills of the Blademaster. Unusually for this trope, this is actually much slower and clumsier than fighting with one weapon, or even a sword and an off-hand pistol - the advantage is that you're hitting them with two weapons, which, unsurprisingly, does a lot more damage than just one, as well as being able to hit with two different damage types and stack mod effects.
* The ''[[SoulSeries Soul Calibur]]'' games have numerous examples, including Voldo, Talim, Taki, Cervantes, Hilde, Algol and Li Long. Yoshimitsu also uses multiple swords for some moves.
* Tracy from ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden 2'' uses a pair of tonfa to good effect. Rachael, her EvilCounterpart from ''Toshinden 3'' uses a much larger set.
** Sun Ce from ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' has them, too.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' introduced the Dual Blades powerset in Issue 11. It features a combo system where using attacks in the proper sequences will cause various effects. The player can also choose what type of sword they want in each hand the same way they design their costume.
* In ''FireEmblem'', assassins wield dual daggers in combat (they are swords in the item menu in the Game Boy Advance games (replaced with actual knives starting with ''Path of Radiance''), but when you see the battle animations, they are clearly daggers). They are used to great effect in the games the assassins appear in, where each time an assassin attacks, there is a chance the unit will instantly kill the target. This skill is unnamed in ''FireEmblem'' for the Game Boy Advance (the first game to have the assassin class), but is called Silencer in ''The Sacred Stones'' and Lethality in ''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn''. The Pirate class also dual-wields ''axes''.
** And in the Tellius saga (''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn''), there was [[ActionGirl Altina]], one of the Three Heroes and first Queen of Begnion, who [[DualWielding Dual Wielded]] ''two'' ''[[{{BFS}} BFSs]]'' (Ragnell and Alondite).
* Black Whirlwind, the AxCrazy brute from ''JadeEmpire'', wields two axes about half your size. Naturally, he is BadAss.
** This [[OlderThanTheyThink Older Than Most People Think]]: He is based on and named after a character from the novel ''Literature/WaterMargin'' (known in Japanese as ''{{Suikoden}}''). Another version of the character shows up in the anime ''GiantRobo''.
* Quite a few of the classes in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' can dual-wield various weapon types. In some cases, it's the best way to go, especially for Rogues, who can apply Poison to both weapons and can't use shields or two-handed weapons. They could use [[MagicWand offhand items]] instead, but those hardly provide better stats and don't deal any damage. There is a certain amount of realism here, however; the offhand weapon is penalized to do half of its normal damage and the chance to hit on both weapons is lowered severely.
** Warriors, Rogues, Shamans, Hunters, and Death Knights are the dual-wield classes, and with the exception of Hunters they have talents or spec bonuses that increase their hit chance (ranging from 3% to 6%) and reduce the damage penalty of their off-weapon. Considering that the chance to miss while dual-wielding is ''24%'' (only 5% for single weapons, ranged weapons and special attacks) against targets your level (increasing by 1% for each level above you to 27%/8% against 3-level higher enemies and raid bosses), those skills/bonuses are very helpful, as it is nearly impossible get enough to never miss at all.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'', Rexxar and his brethren Beastmasters fight with twin axes, as do most of the untamed Troll creeps (though trolls usually throw them).
** Not to mention Illidan Stormrage dual-wielding his so-called warglaives, which are also examples of DoubleWeapon, which means Illidan uses four blades at once. ''Yeah''.
*** Players can get those. It's crazy to see a rogue with them, and then he whips out Thori'dal.
** The ''Wrath of the Lich King'' expansion pack allows Warriors to dual-wield ''two-handed weapons''. It really has to be seen to be believed. They can still use all of their skills, which include a whirlwind. That's right, some Warriors kill things by flailing about with weapons bigger than they are. ''Hilarious'' when it's a ''gnome'' doing it.
**** Is this not a warrior's job? Where I come from, the entire point of playing Warrior is to get the biggest weapon you can find, put on the thickest plate armour you can get your greedy little hands on, and go whack the ''holy fuck'' out of people, monsters, the nearest living tree, your grandma...
*** This particular ability comes from the Fury talent tree, which is essentially TheBerserker.
*** Also worth mentioning is the Death Knight class as they have the option to Dual Wield as well. There were also some builds that allow you to tank with two one-handed weapons instead of a single two-hander given how Death Knights can't use shields.
** As a note, Hunters bring out the "Lloyd Irving Postulate" (see quote above). As Hunters don't actually Melee... ever (instead they shoot you. Sadly no GunsAkimbo.), only the stats of their melee weapons matter- and if one battle axe has 100 Attack Power and 50 critical strike rating, 2 of that battle axe does indeed have 200 Attack Power and 100 crit.
** And then, there are [[MultiArmedAndDangerous shivarra]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]], who take it UpToEleven.
** Edwin Vancleef, leader of the Defias Brotherhood, dual wields scimitars.
* The R-Blade in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2'' has dual-bladed tonfas. The ART-1 in ''Original Generations''/''Original Generation Gaiden'' upgrades to ''[[ChainsawGood chainsaw]]'' tonfas (''and'' carries two knives for good measure). Both also use [[GunsAkimbo dual pistols]]. Not surprisingly, their initial pilot is one of the biggest {{Ascended Fanboy}}s ever.
* Dual Wielding is a skill in ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} 8'', with several different daggers, swords, axes, sticks, and maces being usable in the off-hand (though these are all smaller weapons). Notably, however, without the skill, off-hand weapons take a huge hit in accuracy, making a two-handed weapon or a shield a generally better idea. Those skilled in dual-wielding, however, gain the usual benefits (extra attacks, and possibly extra status effects).
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' has characters do this with certain items, if they already use a weapon normally (such as Link or Marth). One of the more hilarious versions has King Dedede swinging two hammers around like a kid hopped up on 50 tons of sugar, all while a tinny 8-bit song is playing.
** Pit also dual-wields normally, using two blades that can be [[BifurcatedWeapon combined into a bow]].
** And subverting the spirit of the trope while following the letter, the player actually can use two weapons at once if they're playing as the Ice Climbers. Having a Beam Sword and a Star Rod at the same time is amazingly awesome.
* The metal defenders in ''VideoGame/{{RuneScape}}'' are a pseudo version of this Trope. They are knifes that go in the shield slot, but aren't actually used in the fight, they just give strength bonuses instead of defense.
** The Barrows weapon "Torag's Hammers" are a straight example, though.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'', the Valhawk uses its Laser Blade to effectively maul the enemy. Then it finishes by pulling out a second sword and slashing through the stunned target before flying off.
* The Emperor from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' dual-wields ''broadswords''.
* Hawkeye from ''SeikenDensetsu3'' dual-wields a pair of daggers. Since they each count as a separate hit each time he swings, he tends to build up hits for his tech bar faster than most characters.
** Kevin "dual-wields" his fists (!?) to the same effect.
* [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] usually stays clear of this trope, but in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', he can dual-wield clawshots. Not for fighting, but for puzzles. And for playing Spider-Man. Wheeeeeeeeeeeee! Too bad it can only latch onto metal grating. It would be awesome to use them anywhere like that.
** The elite Gerudo, including Ganondorf, can also wield dual sabres.
** And in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' there is Stalfos and Ghirahim in his second battle. Koloktos, however, gives [[RevengeOfTheSith General Grievous]] a run for his money with ''Hex Wielding'', six scimitars with six arms.
* The ''Sigma'' UpdatedRerelease of the Xbox ''NinjaGaiden'' remake introduced the paired katana set known as the Dragon's Fang and Tiger's Claw. The proper sequel added twin tonfa and the wrist-and-foot-claws Falcon's Talon. Near the end, Ryu also [[spoiler:uses the True Dragon Sword and the Blade of the Archfiend together the same way he does the Dragon's Fang and Tiger's Claw.]]
* Lao from ''VideoGame/{{Bujingai}}'' dual wields swords: a large, yellow saber made for physical attacks and a longsword used for channelling magic, which can also [[BifurcatedWeapon turn into a bow.]]
* NetHack is another game where your character can "train up" in dual-wielding skill (wearing a shield or wielding a two-handed weapon is also an option.) The best weapons to combine, if any, depends on which character-class you've chosen. In homage to the historical fact noted above, Samurais start the game with two swords.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' character Youmu Konpaku wields two swords in the Musashi style.
** Notably, one of the swords, the Roukanken, is a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] and the shorter one, the Hakurouken, is a wakizashi.
* Captain Homard of ''[[LaPucelle La Pucelle Tactics]]'' wields twin rapiers.
* The protagonist Byuu and his rival in ''VideoGame/BahamutLagoon'' are both Cross Knights, whose job title seems to include wielding two swords at once.
* In ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct 1'', Black Orchid fought with twin laser swords, each capable of producing two "blades". When ''KI 2'' rolled around, she'd swapped to a pair of glowing tonfa. One of her opponents in the second game, Maya, was an Amazon warrior with a pair of [[KnifeNut broad-bladed knives]].
* Glenn can do this in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', the reason why many players opt for Razzly to be LostForever (until the NewGamePlus anyway) instead of him; presumably, he picked the trick up from his ThatOneBoss father, Garai.
** Considering the fact that getting Glenn to join the party requires Serge to be a JerkAss to the one person who's shown him any decency in the alternate dimension, this can be a bit of a GuideDangIt. However, the ability to wield two alternate-reality copies of the ''ultimate weapons'' at the same time results in Glenn going from Awesome to God Of Destruction. And he ''still'' uses a shield while dual-wielding!
* In the MMMORPG ''Tales of Pirates'', the Crusader class can Dual-Wield. The result of this is that 75% of all [=PCs=] are Crusaders...
* Mr. Big and Rody Birts from the ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' series both represent this trope. Mr. Big uses two rattan sticks while Rody wilds dual tonfa.
* Daggers in ''GuildWars'' are always wielded paired.
** In ''GuildWars2'' every one-handed weapon can be dual-wielded, with some restrictions (for instance, Elementalists, Necromancers and Thieves can dual-wield daggers, but Rangers can only use them in their off-hand). This is especially important for the Thief class, who get a unique attack for every [[SwordAndGun combination]] [[KnifeNut of]] [[GunsAkimbo weapons]].
* In the original ''Franchise/DotHack'' games, the character class "Twin Blade" is known for equipping two daggers at the same time. In the second ''.hack//GU'' series of games, the class "Twin Blade" still exists, but other classes also dual-wield weapons. "Tribal Grapplers" can equip certain gauntlets, so they come with paired weapons by default; "Macabre Dancers" wield dual ''fans''.
* YagyuJubei in the ''SamuraiShodown''/''Samurai Spirits'' games wields a ''daisho'', the proper {{Samurai}}'s armaments consisting of a katana and a wakizashi. The shorter wakizashi is held in his left hand and is generally used for quicker attacks while the katana is held in his right and delivers the stronger attacks, including many of the special moves. However, Jubei uses the wakizashi to set up the ''[[CounterAttack Yagyu Shingan-to]]'' from the second game onwards.
** Yoshitora from ''Samurai Shodown 5'' easily outshadows him: he carries 7 katanas with him, each of them used with a different special move with the seventh being a nodachi which he can only use after connecting with every other special move at least once. He uses all of them in sequence in his [[FinishingMove Zetsumei Ougi]]. On the other hand, he rarely actually uses more than one at a time.
* ''RohanOnline'' has this as a feature of the Human Knight, Dhan Assassin and Dekan Dragon Fighter classes. Human knights can use a one-handed weapon in one hand and a dagger in the other (they have to be moved into the shield slot), but the dagger loses about 80% of its power this way. Dekans can do this with their Zhens, as one of their skills allows them to split the DoubleWeapon into two swordlike halves for dual-wielding, losing a bit of attack power but increasing attack speed. And the Dhans have a special two-handed weapon which is basically a brace of katars, one in each hand. And the upcoming Giant race is going to have true dual-wielding (a one-handed weapon in each hand) as a feature.
* A feature that can be used in ''BaldursGate II'' and many other games based on ''Dungeons & Dragons'' (see above.) Predominately done by the Ranger or Kensai classes.
* The mad Twi'lek Dark Jedi Boc, from ''VideoGame/JediKnightDarkForcesII'', used a single unusually thick lightsaber--which, when he felt particularly threatened, he would split into two slender ones. (See also ''StarWars'', in Film, above.) He was a very difficult boss, but more because of his mobility.
* ''VideoGame/JediAcademy'',
** Your character has the option of using the two-saber style (with which you can also quench one saber to single-wield if you wish.) You can even make each one a different color. Hypnotic?
** [[TheDragon Alora]] with her two lightsabers.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' helped popularize dual wielding in first person shooters, going so far as to replace the original's assault rifle with a dual wield-able SMG. The game featured a system to instantly pick up any one-handed weapon with either hand, allowing for some interesting weapon combinations. While dual wielding was back for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', it wasn't as useful as it was in ''Halo 2'' because of the return of the assault rifle as the main starting weapon, and both ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' and ''HaloReach'' cut out the feature entirely.
** In ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', the Arbiter dual-wields energy swords. However, [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} the first person games]], while allowing GunsAkimbo, prevent Dual Wielding energy swords mainly because it would either be redundant or drastically overpowered. Same goes for the Gravity Hammer.
** Rtas Vadam or Half-Jaw dual wields energy swords.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' main character Kratos dual wields his Blades of Athena. Two small swords attached to his forearms with chains.
* The ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' games sometimes featured this trope.
** Several player characters from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', for example, can dual-wield knives. Rune, a magic-user, can dual-wield shields--and still has enough attack techniques and skills to make him a strong fighter.
** In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'', all Daggers are dual-wielded. The game also has twin Sabers as well.
** ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' finally allows the character to wield one dagger, and introduces Twin Claws as well.
* During the FinalBattle with Dark Emperor Griffon, in ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'', he rips off [[OneWingedAngel his own wings]] and transforms them into swords, wielding one in each hand. Since he's the size of a bear to begin with, these scimitar-shaped swords are as big as oars.
* Aya from the ''{{Onechanbara}}'' games can [[StanceSystem switch between single- and dual-sword styles]] almost instantly.
* Death's Hand in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' wields two swords. The off-hand weapon is the size of a reasonable sword and the main-hand one is even larger. It is possible for the player character to use these as well, though if memory serves it needs to be modded in.
** Although there are still at least two other styles in which you dual-wield weapons. Namely, Crimson Tears, in which you dual-wield swords, and Tang's Vengeance, in which you dual-wield axes.
* In ''TheLastRemnant'', the hero can be equipped to dual-wield full-sized weapons.
** Sovani, a reclusive race of four-armed humanoid felines, are able to dual-wield, quad-wield, or dual-wield with two-handed weapons (a pair of great swords, or polearms, etc.).
* Villainous variety: Ubermutant, the boss of Level 16 in ''[[VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D Spear of Destiny]]'', wields a knife in each of its four hands--or perhaps, has a knife instead of a hand for each of its four arms; the ancient graphics make this a little unclear. Yes, this is a game where the main weapons are guns. [[ChestBlaster He has one of those, too.]]
* Fear Mell/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Phia Melle]] in ''[[StarOcean1 Star Ocean]]'' fights with dual daggers. Which she throws simultaneously. And then directs with telekinesis. And then pulls back to her hands. In other words, she gets ''four'' attacks when everyone else gets ''one''.
** In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' Ashton fights with two swords. It's also worth noting that he has two dragons grafted to his back which actually perform one of his most powerful moves so technically he's [[CrazyAwesome dual wielding dragons as well.]]
* ''Star Wars: EmpireAtWar: Forces of Corruption'' example: Urai Fen, Zann Consortium HeroUnit, who dual-wields two BFS's. That can kill a light vehicle in one hit.
* In the MMO shooter ''{{Gunz}} The Duel'', in addition to blasting off with GunsAkimbo, characters can choose to Dual Wield using Kodachis, shorter versions of the regular katana sword that most melee players use.
* The Hashishin in ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}} 3'' are fond of dual-wielding a pair of long, thin curved swords. The nameless hero can also learn to dual wield any two swords of any length, including a flaming sword in one hand and a frost sword in the other. How useful dual-wielding is in combat is somewhat debatable, but it looks very cool.
* Unfortunately averted in MitadakeHigh, you can only hold one weapon at a time. (though there is a glitch involving the axe...)
* ''{{Shaiya}}'''s Fighters and Warriors can dual-wield swords and axes as one of their primary styles (the others being weapon-and-shield, two-handed weapon, or spear).
* Skarin from ''VideoGame/VikingBattleForAsgard'' dual-wields an axe and a sword. Rather plausible when you consider he usually uses the sword to deflect an enemy attack and use his axe to beheard them before they can recover.
* Ichiro Ogami from ''VideoGame/SakuraWars''. This, of course, means to his HumongousMecha dual-wields as well.
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' mostly averts this by having everyone wield one weapon, regardless of how many hands it needs to be held. Any off-hand items are shields. However, there are a couple of Bandit shields that are appear to be second daggers. They increase attack power and look like they're also striking the enemy along with the user's main dagger.
** Now played straight with the Dual Blade subset of thieves.
* In ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic 6'' and 7, dual-wielding is available to anyone who can become Dagger Expert (anyone but a Cleric) or Sword Master (varies), either of which skills allows the named weapon to be wielded in the left hand while any one-handed weapon is used in the right. In MM9, a Gladiator can become a Grandmaster of Spear and so dual-wield ''spears'' or even ''halberds''.
* In ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'', one of the Eight Generals of the enemy [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenary brigade]] Valpha-Valaharian, [[ActionGirl Rinanore of]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Ice]] [[MeaningfulName and Fire]], wields two swords, and she even embues one of them with [[AnIcePerson ice magic]], and the [[FlamingSword other with]] [[PlayingWithFire fire magic]], [[InstantIceJustAddCold when us]][[KillItWithFire ing her]] LimitBreak.
* Warriors and Rogues in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' have the option of following a DualWielding path. Both will eventually be able to Dual Wield longswords, axes, and maces. Additionally, this allows rogues to still deal effective damage when [[BackStab Back Stabbing]] isn't an option. Zevran already has a few DualWielding talents if/when he joins you.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' only makes DualWielding available to a rogue using a pair of daggers.
* Knuckles, in the role of Sir Gawain, in SonicAndTheBlackKnight wields a pair of butterfly swords called Galatine.
* Shania dual wields a pair of hatchets/axes in ''ShadowHearts: From The New World''.
* ''RiseOfTheKasai'' features Tati and [[BadassGrandpa Grizz]], who dual wield knives as their primary weapons.
* While the "left hand" equipment slot in ''{{Albion}}'' can only be used for a shield, two aliens get a "[[PrehensileTail tail]]" slot, which can equip either a one-handed weapon or a shield. The numbers on the equipment screen treat the power of both weapons and shields as additive, although in actual combat the animations indicate that each weapon makes a separate attack.
* In DemonsSouls you can dual wield two shields. I'm not kidding.
* VideoGame/{{Lunia}} features Asuka, a girl in a school-girl themed outfit who dual-wields two katanas and looks completely {{Badass}} when you're playing her. Unfortunately, you have to pay to play as her.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsL'' has the Straybird's Pheasant Cutter attack.
* Lann, one of the main characters of ''{{Vindictus}}'', is a dual-wielder who focuses on dodges and lightning-fast combos to deliver serious damage and clear out rooms of mooks. Though he starts out with twin swords, he can upgrade to a [[BifurcatedWeapon twin spear]] which can be separated for even deadlier attacks.
* In NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle, Travis gets a beam katana two-set called the Rose Nasty. The one he holds in his left hand is shorter than the right hand one. It's also the fastest beam katana in the game, although it's also the weakest.
* One of the weapon options in ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'' is Dual Blades. Seriously awesome. Especially since you can dual wield [[{{Vocaloid}} a pair of leeks]]. Though its effectiveness is called into question by the fact that it completely negates all defense gained from a shield. On the other hand, it's also the fastest weapon.
** Returns in ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryOceans'' as Azel's default weapons skill. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du_w2tsPYEw&feature=related One cutscene]] has Azel hold off a monster with the dual blades and then [[{{Badass}} kick it in the chest]] [[ThreeHundred Leonidas-style]]. [[CutscenePowerToTheMax Shame you can't do it in-game, of course.]]
* Considering that every fighting character uses swords in EienNoAselia, you'd expect more people to dual wield. But due to how Eternity Swords work, there's only one minor character that you actually see use two of them. [[spoiler:Tokimi does have two, but she fights using a fan and sword instead.]]
* This is the style of the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin appropriately-named]] Dual Swords class in the VideoGame/MonsterHunter franchise.
* In ''{{Rift}}'', all warriors technically ''can'' dual-wield, but it's [[http://www.riftgame.com/en/classes/warrior/paragon.php paragons]] who are the masters of the art. And as rogues can ''only'' use one-handed weapons, dual-wielding is also their basic set-up.
** This distinction has been lost in recent updates. Now any warrior can use any combination of dual-wielding, wielding two-handed weapons, or using a single-handed weapon and shield to varying degrees of effectiveness. Also, contrary to the information provided on the class page, the Paragon's weakness is not fighting a healer (who can be stunned or interrupted) but fighting more than two enemies, as their area of effect power is almost nonexistent. A Warlord talent allowing them to Block without a shield puts them in a slightly better position as dual-wielders than Paragons.
* ''StarWarsTheForceUnleashed 2'' lets you dual wield [[LaserBlade lightsabers]] in ReverseGrip.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' 's Alucard can equip any weapon in either hand (save two handed weapons, obviously). Though his swing speed doesn't pick up any, it can be convenient to not have to go into the sub menu if you're using elementally aligned weapons.
** The series Prequel, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'' had the bonus character, vampire Joachim Armster, who wielded five broadswords using his telekinesis.
* Pit in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' does this. He has a bow that can be split into two swords, and claws equipped on both hands.
* SepterraCore. Marduk does this with his Daemon Swords in the game's lore [[spoiler: (but Corgan and Selina don't when they get them in the endgame)]], and Badu does this with his giant knives as well.
* [[FieryRedhead Annah]] from ''PlanescapeTorment'' dual-wields punching daggers (and, judging by the combat animations, her feet, though the game rules don't cover that).
* ''Blood Omen: LegacyOfKain'': Kain can wield the axes [[NamedWeapons Havoc&Malice]] at the same time, but he needs a free hand to use spells or other items.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is the first game in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series to feature Dual Wielding (previous games only allowed you to hold a torch or shield in your off-hand). This can either be dual-wielding two melee weapons, dual wielding magic spells (or staves/scrolls), or one of each. The programmers initially did not plan the dual-wielding of melee weapons, but when [[GoodBadBugs a mistake in the programming allowed this to happen]], they [[ThrowItIn liked the idea]], so expanded on it -- there are [[SpinAttack unique animations]] for [[ChargedAttack power attacks]], and special perks that affect the efficacy of the tactic. There's also "Dual Casting" -- casting the same spell in both hands at the same time will, with the appropriate perk, cast a more powerful version of it.
* Some heroes in ''VideoGame/{{Dungeons}}'' dual wield weapons, usually daggers, swords or even mallets.
* Fiora from ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', these are the only weapons she can carry: she always uses twin daggers, bonus points for employing an ''inverse grip''.
* Ezio Auditore in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' and its sequels uses two hidden blades very efficiently.
--> '''Ezio:''' ''Now I can kill double the guards.''
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' Connor, the new Assassin, can dual-wield ''anything''. And I mean anything. Tomahawk/hidden blade? Tomahawk/pistol? Two pistols? You name it.
* Edward, as seen in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', specialises in dual-wielding cutlasses.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' allows you to wield any weapons (including shields) in either hand, although dual wielding sacrifices your ability to parry for extra attacks, unless that weapon is something like the Parry Dagger.
** The [[{{DLC}} Artorias of The Abyss]] content comes with two weapons meant specifically to be used together: the dark silver tracer, which can toxify enemies if used in the right hand, and the gold tracer, which is the only weapon in the game that has two attacks when held in the left hand.
* ''DarkSoulsII'' greatly expands on dual wielding compared to the previous two games, allowing you to go into a special stance that incorporates swinging both weapons while dual wielding.
* ''VideoGame/InfinityBlade'' ''II'' introduces dual wielding. While it disables blocking, you gain 2 extra Stamina to compensate and you can continuously chain combos for a greater damage potential.
* ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'': Reiji Arisu. As of ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' he wields, in concert, three [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]], a [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]], and a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotgun]], all in what's best described as [[IaijutsuPractitioner iaijutsu style]]. What he carries in his off-hand is best described as a man-portable weapon rack.
* Some of the classes in ''StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' can specialize in this if they take the right advanced class. For example, Jedi Knights can choose Jedi Sentinel as their advanced class, which bases their entire combat style around using two lightsabres.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' introduced the omni-blade, an upgrade to your standard omni-tool that can be used to stab people. Most Sentinel variants in multiplayer wield two of these.
* Artio [[spoiler: the Suebi princess]] from ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'' dual wields swords, with a lot of double slashes and [[EverythingsBetterwithSpinning many different spin attacks.]]
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Madeleine in ''VisualNovel/TheRoyalTrap'' dual-wields daggers and apparently knows some tricks to disarm people with them.
* The most natural style of [[{{FateStayNight}} Emiya Shirou]], so natural that he was able to become proficient at it by simply watching Archer use it in battle.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the web animation ''UnforgottenRealms'', Rob is fond of having his character "Sir Schmoopy of Awesometon" dual-wield nunchacku. As the game he's playing is a parody of ''Dungeons & Dragons'' this means, of course, he takes fairly serious penalties (his character isn't even specced to use nunchacku, much less dual-wield them). [[RuleOfFunny To his DM's chagrin, however, he often rolls 20s.]]
* Highly prevalent across the ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' series, but the only one who's ever seen doing it with any degree of effectiveness is Hank. Some mooks try, but they usually still get mowed down before they can fire.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Belkar uses twin daggers. This is because he's a Ranger, and gets the ability for free. He uses daggers instead of swords because of his size, although possibly also because, as a Halfling, he has a penchant for thrown weapons.
** Miko Miyazaki wields the standard Japanese Katana/Wakizashi pair.
** Zz'dtri, an obvious parody of Drizzt, wields two scimitars. This gives him an advantage over V because they give him an alternative to spell casting, which the other elf lacks. They also channel his magic when he's blasting V.
* ''Webcomic/PlanescapeSurvivalGuide''
** Milny initially dual-wields curves short swords, later switching to a double-sword (with a handgun in the holster for good measure)
** Meleras dual-wields a longsword and dagger.
** Railah/Jergal dual-wields a double axe AND a sword in her off-hand. (Triple wield!)
** Also, when Torin is stuck carrying two chests of gold around, he opts to dual-wield those rather than his sword.
* ''Webcomic/HarryPotterComics''
** Several characters have opted for wand/gun combos.
** More "traditional" wizards (including Ron) have occasionally also used double wands, or even wands transfigured into swords. (They can still cast that way!)
* The title character of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' dual-wields katanas when assaulting a ninja-laden stronghold to save his sidekick. Yeah. [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=30&issue=5 It's awesome.]]
** Then there's the Uber-ninja, whose custom-made nunchaku basically mean he's dual-wielding two roped-together [[spoiler: chainsaws]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''
** Fighter has ''four'' swords and wields a pair of them on a regular basis. On one occasion he even used ''all four at once'' [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/10/23/episode-474-second-attack/ when sufficiently pissed off]] (He is the only person in history to have mastered the sword-chucks, let alone dual-wielding them). Black Mage and Thief have also been known to use paired daggers to deadly effect (although Thief seems to really more on his ninja skills later on), leaving Red Mage as the only main protagonist to simply resort to a single sword.
** Not to be outdone, Ranger dual-wields ''bows''. And then he attempts 'the mythical art of quad wielding and its ''dodeca''rrow storm!' which is [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/01/27/episode-1087-exalted-feat/ dual-wielding the dual-wield]]... ultimately somehow aiming four bows and twelve arrows with two hands. He does note that "Its' not easy. Really hurts the neck."
* Bernadette of ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'' fights with two swords in a style called "split rose". One sword parries and the other counter-attacks.
* Both Oasis and Kusari from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' dual-wield their bladed weapons (large knives for Oasis, small scythes for Kusari).
* Kei of ''CircumstancesOfTheRevenantBraves'' wields two swords.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
** Zeetha uses dual katars.
** When called upon to fight Boris, the Baron's secretary, wields ''four'' swords, one in each arm.
* Cale An'non, from the webcomic ''LookingForGroup'' dual-wields curved elven swords... with varying effectiveness.
* Kit from ''FeyWinds''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOverture'' Duel wielding wakizashi blades has become fashionable with younger nobles. Richard Olsen only fight in this manner and does not carry the traditional katana of his forefathers.
* ''In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', Thaco fights with a sword-cane which consists of 2 swords. The dwarf paladin Kore dual-wields chain-firing crossbows, as well as a pair of axes for close-quarters combat.
* In ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill, [[http://yafgc.net/?id=251 apparently]].
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has fun with Susan [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-05-17 dual wielding]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome cleaner bottles]]. She used to ''triple''-wield [[HyperspaceMallet Hammers]]. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-06-26 Well, almost]].
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': The four-armed Andy attempts to impress Thurl by quad-wielding pistols. Thurl promptly puts him in his place by saying that he still has a humanlike eye arrangement, so he can't possibly be getting good sight pictures on those pistols-the result would be ammo-wasting, collateral-damage-causing ATeamFiring. Later he [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-06-23 practices this]] anyway, when local fauna volunteers to turn a beach-volleyball match into an impromptu skeet session.
--> "That's all right, I'll put you down as 'very enthusiastic' and 'seen too many JohnWoo movies. You're in."
** Schlock, with his [[BlobMonster arbitrary anatomy]], successfully dual and [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-03-14 triple wields]] things like plasmacannons and antitank rifles. Or [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-03-07 everything he can carry at once]].
* ZokushoComics: Raziel of the Wayward Cross uses a pair of short swords.
* In ''WebComic/IrregularWebcomic'', during the Space theme's first cyberspace story arc, the characters [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/82.html run into]] a [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]] avatar wielding his signature dual-ended lightsaber. Paris attempts to face off against him with dual-wielded lightsabers, before her teammates charge into battle with their own multibladed lightsabers.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': John has been seen charging around wielding the Pogo Hammer in one hand and the Wrinklefucker in the other. He later stopped dual-wielding and settled on using just the Warhammer of Zillyhoo.
* ''Webcomic/UseSwordOnMonster'': Humphrey [[http://www.useswordonmonster.com/?comic=2013-04-24 dual-wields]] [[ChainsawGood two chainsaws]] in a fortunately off-panel hack-n-slash of a trollkir.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Ismail]], [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Khalid]] and [[FieryRedhead Vaetris]] all dual wield swords.
* Post-Mission ThatDudeInTheSuede with his katana in one hand, and the sheath in the other.
* IronLiz has herself a nice pair of [[FreudianSlip breasts, I mean swords!]]
* Done briefly in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', where after the machete-wielding Andrew Klock is wounded with a corkscrew in his fight with Cole Hudson he pulls it out of himself and attacks Cole with both weapons, eventually lodging the corkscrew in an artery.
* Enriqueta-2856's fighting style takes a hint from King Bradley in the v4 of ''OpenBlue''. From v2, Janice Cervantes.
* Artist [[http://johnsu.deviantart.com/art/Dual-Wielder-157291720 John Su]] has created a Dual Dual Wielder Wielder [[spoiler:A guy that dual wields his sisters who in turn dual wield swords and [[GunsAkimbo guns]].]]
* Ktk, the titular [[StarfishAliens bug]] in ''Literature/PayMeBug'', has [[MultiArmedAndDangerous three prehensile tails]] that are each strong enough to pick up a full-grown human. [[ItIsDehumanizing Its]] favorite tactic during a melee is to triple-wield [[GrievousHarmWithABody its enemies]].
* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'':
** Arthéon uses two swords between the guild's termination of the second floor of the Galamadribyak tower and [[spoiler:finding Sourcelame]].
** Omega Zell goes through a pair of katars, two different-sized blades (a shortsword and a dagger) and a pair of katanas.
** Early appearances of Decklan had him use a pair of katars (he's currently using a single katana).
** NonPlayerCharacter Saly Asigar from the novels uses a pair of high-tech whip-like weapons.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Ulrich of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' upgrades to two Samurai swords in his Lyoko form in Season 4.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Zuko and Jet -- the EvasiveFightThreadEpisode was inevitable.
** Suki and the other Kyoshi Warriors with twin fans.
** In one episode, Aang has a sleep-deprived hallucination that Appa (a six legged flying bison) stands up on his back legs and wields no less than four swords, one in each of his other "legs". (And has a samurai fight with Momo the flying lemur, who only has one.)
** Furthermore, in the episode "Zuko Alone," Zuko and his [[BifurcatedWeapon dual swords]] faces off against an Earthbender who wields dual hammers.
* Quite a few {{Transformers}} do this when combat gets up close and personal.
** ''Beast Machines'' gave Cheetor a pair of yellow scimitars that looked like nothing so much as Ginsu bananas. Optimus Primal did this with ''two'' of his bodies in ''Beast Wars'': swords for his first body and maces as a Transmetal.
** Wing Saber, in ''Cybertron'', does it a litle differently: his swords ''attach to his forearms'' rather than being held, though his combined form with Optimus Prime follows the trope normally.
** Starscream from ''[[TransformersArmada Armada]]'' can turn one of his wings into a sword, but sadly only one. Fortunately, after the Star Saber is constructed, he gets a chance to wield it alongside his normal weapon. His fellow ''Armada'' Decepticon, Wheeljack, follows the trope with a pair of, um, sticks (which the anime reinterpreted as really unergonomic [[GunsAkimbo guns]]).
** ''TransformersAnimated'' has Jazz using a pair of nunchaku, and [[spoiler:post-resurrection]] Megatron turns each of his helicopter blades into swords. Cyclonus is seen using a pair of swords. Though never seen in the show, Arcee wields them in the packaging art. [[spoiler:Post-upgrade]] Sari is first seen wielding dual blades, but never again.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime,'' whose designs are very movie-based, Prime retains his pop-out swords and cannons, and typically dual-wields, to a greater degree than the movie version. Wheeljack has two swords as his weapon of choice.
* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', episode "Dark Heart": Batman fends off a bunch of robot tigers and spiders by using ''a pair of giant batarangs''. Yes, they were batarangs the size of ''swords'', and he [[HammerSpace still pulled them out of his]] [[HyperspaceArsenal utility belt]]. Even collapsibility will only take you so far, folks. But RuleOfCool was all over the place in that episode, anyway.
** Possibly inspired by a Batman / Planetary crossover where Batman does the same thing. The connection? Both were written by Warren Ellis. (Ellis is also fond of nanotech, which showed up heavily in his ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'' series and was the BigBad in ''Dark Heart''.)
** Reused in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman vs. Dracula''. Except those were actually his normal 'rangs.
** Then in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' he dual-wields a [[LaserBlade Light-Sabre]] and a stolen Demon Blade against some summoned fire demons.
* At least once in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Robin traded in his usual staff for a pair of smaller sticks and wielded them using the Filipino martial art of escrima.
** That was a hint regarding the "Which Robin?" controversy -- Dick Grayson eventually adopts escrima sticks as his weapons of choice when he nails down the {{Nightwing}} costume. So Robin in TT using them = hint as to where it was all going.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'' has Skeletor using a broadsword that can separate into two longswords when needed.
* Done by every one of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] except for Donatello, who wields a SimpleStaff. Even still, Donatello's original toy ''does'' come with two staffs.
* Used in ''StarWarsCloneWars'' with General Grievous, who in his introduction fought with two lightsabers, one in each hand, then added a third partway through the fight, wielding it with his foot, then in the series finisher, dividing his arms into a total of four to fight with four sabers, one in each hand. Asajj Ventress also fights exclusively with a pair of lightsabers. They can also attach at the hilt to form a double-bladed saber with a curvy handle.
* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars''
** Asajj Ventress specializes in this style of fighting.
** As of "Heroes on Both Sides," Ahsoka Tano now wields [[http://www.ign.com/videos/2010/11/17/star-wars-the-clone-wars-new-character-designs?objectid=826173 another lightsaber with a shorter blade]] alongside her normal one.
** Jedi GeneralRipper Pong Krell takes this UpToEleven, using not one but ''two double-ended lightsabers in battle.'' Being MultiArmedAndDangerous as well as a legitimate brute in combat makes him a nightmare to fight, [[spoiler: as Captain Rex and his men found out the hard way when Pong turns out to be a traitor aiming to join Dooku as his apprentice.]]
** In Season 5, [[spoiler: Darth Maul]] dual-wields his ordinary lightsaber and the Darksaber against [[spoiler: Darth Sidious after his brother is killed]].
* The ''MickeyMouse'' short ''Through the looking glass'' saw Mickey duel ''a card'', the King of Hearts, after being spotted dancing with the queen of hearts. The torso's at each end of the card grab a sword to might Mickey with, who parrys with a needle.
* Skips from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' in "But I Have a Receipt".
* Shane Gooseman from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' usually dual-wields his blasters.
* Similar to his counterparts above, Dick Grayson in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' is seen fighting with escrima sticks once or twice as Robin, but begins relying on them more heavily as Nightwing.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Samurai would occasionally use the two blades of their daisho, the [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] and the smaller wakizashi at the same time. Sixteenth century samurai MiyamotoMusashi developed and employed the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyoho_Niten_Ichi-ryu fighting style]] around this tactic after watching a Portuguese soldier fighting with sword and dagger.
* {{Kendo}} has a style, ''nito-waza'', of fighting with two shinai, one long and one short. It's not particularly popular, however, due to its difficulty.
* Western fencing: Dual-wielding is the entire basis for fencing in "double-time", which is defending and attacking simultaneously (rather than in "single-time", where only one action is taken in any exchange; an attack or a defense.)
** For an era, fencers would often wield a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_gauche main-gauche]] in their off-hand. In fact, the word main-gauche ''means'' "left hand." It was primarily used for parrying. Dual-wielding lost popularity among fencers in favor of a single lighter, faster sword.
** The "Florentine" style of fencing calls for two swords.
** German dagger style that uses a pair of cleaver-like weapons, the use of a variety of daggers (not just the main-gauche) in fencing from the decline of shields down to the smallsword. (it truly became useless with the foil, as the foil was too small and light to effectively parry with a dagger. Most modern knives are heavier than a foil would be anyway), and whole schools of combat around sword and buckler (or sword and cape) that utilize the normally defensive weapon as an offensive weapon in specific cases.
** In terms of using two actual swords at once, there is an master named [=DiGrassi=] who wrote on the subject, using rapiers. His conclusions were the following: Teach only to the most experienced, who have to be practically ambidextrous. Don't use in war or against armored opponents. In general, defend with one and strike with the other. It's often argued that he only put this in as a curiosity for the rich.
* Korean styles
** The army used dual-wielding quite a lot. Their sword Hwando were shorter than Japanese Katanas, but it meant they were easy to wield with one hand. One popular technique was dual-wielding swords that varied slightly in length, first striking with the shorter sword, than finishing the attack with longer one. Even if the first strike missed, the enemy would not expect the other sword to be much longer and be caught in surprise. They even went as far as to employ ''dual-wielding cavalrymen''.
** Haedong Kumdo, the modern Korean sword art, has the "ssangsu kumbup," the "two-hand sword technique."
* Filipino eskrima (also known as arnis, kali, or escrima) systems teach users how to fight with ''two'' sticks first and then work their way down to empty hands, unlike most martial arts that teach empty hands first and then work their way up to weapons. Eskrima users don't just use sticks either. Many eskrima systems teach the users how to use stick and dagger, whip and dagger, twin knives, and many other weapon combinations. In all combinations, both weapons are used to attack.
* Thailand's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krabi_Krabong Krabri Krabong]] has a form called Daab Song Mue that uses two swords. It appeared briefly in ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''.
* Ancient China had plenty of paired weapons.
** Perhaps most famous, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_swords Butterfly Swords.]]
** Also including the "Shaolin Pens" (a pair of needle-like weapons, usually attached to rings worn on the middle finger of both hands), fans (also used singular), dao (also used singular), axes (also used singular), maces (also used singular), and on rare occasions (mainly demos by Northern Shaolin) dual spears, staves, or chains.
** The most versatile and deadly dual wielded Chinese weapons were the twin hook swords and the chicken sickles. While they're often thought of as AwesomeButImpractical, they have several advantages that many European and Chinese weapons have. The hooked ends are used to hook and trap the opponent's weapon, and effectively counter shields and slashing weapons such as dao, the tail ends are used as daggers, the crescent knuckle guards predate most European knuckle guards and are sharpened, meaning you could slash with them as well. And of course the rest of the weapons are used like a normal swords or sickles to great effect. The hooks can be used to link the two weapons and then swung, making them a mid-range soft weapon (soft meaning flexible in this case, such as a rope dart or meteor hammer). Though the last application, like most soft weapon styles, is extremely dangerous to the wielder, who is more likely to cut themselves than their opponent, and shouldn't be used without extensive training.
* The Sikh martial art, Gatka, teaches the dual wielding of staffs for the purpose of fending off large crowds.
* A modern branch of Japanese swordsmanship called Shinkendo apparently has techniques for dual-wielding katana, reserved for advanced students only.
* Kobujutsu includes dual sai, dual jitte, and sai/jitte styles. This makes quite a bit of sense, since an important quality of these weapons is to be able to trap swords in their tines. Once you've trapped the sword, you stab or bludgeon the enemy with the other weapon.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimachaeri Dimachaeri]], a type of Roman gladiator that wielded two knives or gladius. Given they, like all gladiators, were entertainers, this trope's RuleOfCool stats can be inferred to date back to at least ~200-300 AD.
* Some Mamluk warriors were trained to fight with two swords.
* Pal Kinizsi, a legendary captain of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary's army was often described by chronicles as always riding into battle wielding two long swords, however the few portraits remaining of him always depicted him with broad swords, which would be a bit more believable.
* The [[{{NERFBrand}} NERF]] N-Force Vendetta, which falls into the realm of DoubleWeapon when the two blades are attached.
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