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[[caption-width-right:340:[[TheyCallHimSword They call him "Machete"]]. [[CaptainObvious I wonder]] [[MeaningfulName why]]?]]

->''"Guys, it's okay! He just wanted his machete back!"''
-->-- '''Professor Lowe''''s [[FamousLastWords/FridayThe13th famous last words]], ''Film/JasonX''

The machete. The perfect weapon. Unlike a {{chainsaw|Good}}, it doesn't need a power source, never jams, and you ''can'' actually swing it like a sword. Unlike a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]], you don't need to pay hundreds of dollars for a decent one and you don't need years of training to effectively wield it. Unlike a [[KnifeNut kitchen knife]], you can actually lop someone's head off. And unlike a {{s|inisterScythe}}cythe, [[AwesomeButImpractical you can actually kill someone with it]]. That could be why they've become so popular in pretty much any movie where people get hacked to bits.

The original application, like a lot of such [[TorchesAndPitchforks implements]] of destruction, is agricultural; they were used to clear undergrowth. Early in the Caribbean, it was a necessary tool for picking sugarcane. Particularly useful for cutting the heads off the non-venomous snakes that were apt to bite cane-pickers. And, you know, actually picking the sugarcane. Machetes are also a common household and farm tool in Indonesia, India, the Philippines, and surrounding areas. This prevalence meant they were often one of the only weapons available if the farmers were attacked, and their use as weapons eventually lead to many martial arts from such regions (such as Silat, Escrima, and Arnis) featuring various machete styles as a central part of their armed combat teachings.

See KukrisAreKool for the machete's Nepalese twin brother. Compare and contrast ChainsawGood, KnifeNut, and SinisterScythe.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Yu Lan chases Kaname with a machete in VisualNovel/FullMetalPanic
* Shows up in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', of all places: Sailor Uranus' Space Sword is a falchion, one of the European cousins of the machete.

* [[http://marvel.wikia.com/Ferdinand_Lopez_%28Earth-616%29 Machete]](who oddly enough bears a striking resemblance to Creator/DannyTrejo) is a machete-wielding foe of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.
** Probably coincidence as Machete first appeared in 1985; the same year Danny Trejo made his first movie and years before ''Film/SpyKids''.
* Wallace, the main character in the ComicBook/SinCity story ''Hell And Back'', has a machete in the climax.
* Knife, an enemy of Batwoman, uses a machete against her in issue #3 of ''ComicBook/BatwomanRebirth''.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' continuum, the [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Rimwards Howondalandian]] Assassin, Johanna Smith-Rhodes, is typical of her people in that one of her declared culturally appropriate weapons is a large jungle machete. This is typical of Rimward Howondalandians outside their own country. Even though this weapon is not thought of as all that ''cool'' or ''stylish'' by the Guild, and Swords teacher Emmanuelle les Deux-Epées views it as not so much a sword but a large metal club with a sharp edge. Johanna once defeated a [[LandDownunder Fourecksian]] in the mandatory "do-you-call-that-a-knife?" game by bringing out her machete and politely saying "No, I call ''this'' a knife." Other Rimwards Howondalandians appear in the story ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6791038/1/The-Black-Sheep The Black Sheep]]''.
* Quite a few of Scarface's goons are wielding machetes in chapter 6/5 of ''FanFic/TheDarkAngel''. Not that they actually do anything to Pinhead/Dark Angel.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* One of Clayton's weapons in Disney's version of ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' is a machete. Given that he's in a jungle, he has a very good reason to be carrying one. [[spoiler:Flailing around with it during his VillainousBreakdown while entangled in treetop vines severs all of them but one - which hangs him.]]

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* Film/{{Machete}}, Creator/DannyTrejo's character in the ''Film/SpyKids'' movies and the DarkerAndGrittier expansion of his character in a fake trailer of ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' [[{{Defictionalization}} later made into an actual movie]]. [[MeaningfulName So named]] [[CaptainObvious because he uses them]]. A lot. (The full movie reveals that's ''actually his name'' - "Machete Cortez.")
* ''Film/TheBookOfEli'': A rather wicked Genesis Machete is used by Eli to good effect....and is even able to parry a chainsaw.
* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th''
** Used by Jason Voorhees, probably single-handedly responsible for the popularity of machetes in modern cinema. Funnily, a lot of people forget this and think he uses [[HockeyMaskAndChainsaw chainsaws]] ([[BeamMeUpScotty he never has]]).
** Ironically, rather like Jason's reputation for OffscreenTeleportation, Jason didn't really favor the machete that much until the "undead Jason" films (''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives Part VI]]'' and onwards) -- "living Jason" tended to favor [[ImprovisedWeapon improvised weaponry]] instead.
*** Jason didn't get one machete kill [[spoiler:until his first real starring film]] (''Film/FridayThe13thPart2'') -- throwing it across a patio and into the face of the guy in a wheelchair, as appears in the [[Film/FridayThe13thPartIII next film]]'s opening sequence. In fact, his very first kill on-screen is with an ice-pick to the skull.
* KnifeNut Soap has a collection of giant knives in ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels''. When his partner sarcastically asks if he has anything bigger, Soap whips out a machete from a scabbard. "[[BringMyBrownPants Shit 'em right up!]]"
* In ''Film/GodOfCookery'', the favoured weapon of many a street thug. Also one of the most unpleasant BarehandedBladeBlock moments you'll ever see, complete with BloodyHandprint immediately after.
** Considering that it's tough to get hold of a gun in Hong Kong, these and other assorted bladed weapons are quite popular among TheTriadsAndTheTongs.
* Main weapon in the SlasherMovie ''Film/JustBeforeDawn'' is a machete. For extra pain, it also has a saw-bladed edge on the blunt side (saw-backed machetes are TruthInTelevision for certain manufacturers; the style used in the movie is irregular, apparently hand-made).
* One is briefly used by Michael to massacre the Cult of Thorn in ''Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers''.
* The worst of the villains in ''Film/BigJake'' is fond of the machete as a weapon.
* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''
** Billy uses a machete (well, more of a really big knife) in when he decides to HoldTheLine in the original ''Film/{{Predator}}'' film. [[spoiler:He gets his spine ripped out]].
** In ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'', Bill Paxton's character also uses a machete he finds on the subway after his gun runs out of ammo. [[spoiler:He gets his spine ripped out]].
** In ''Film/{{Predators}}'' Royce uses a machete(actually the same really large knife as Billy) to clear a path, rather than fight a giant alien big game hunter. [[spoiler:He doesn't get his spine ripped out. Coincidence?]]. He does behead an an alien hunting dog with it, though.
* Selena has one in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' and she uses it to hack [[spoiler:Mark]] to death.
* Franchise/{{Rambo}} uses a golok (an Indonesian machete) instead of his usual Bowie knife in his [[Film/RamboIV fourth movie]], one that he hand-forged the night before from a broken truck leaf-spring.
* The killer's main weapon in [[SlasherMovie slasher movies]] like ''Film/DeathScreams'', ''Film/BloodRage'', ''Film/ThePool'' and ''Film/MotorHomeMassacre''.
* A drunken Santa gets a machete slammed into his face in ''Film/DontOpenTillChristmas''.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** As he is rescuing Solitaire in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', Bond shoots a guy who is about hit him with a machete, and later uses it against Baron Samedi in a very brief SwordFight.
** ''Film/LicenceToKill'' ends with Sanchez suffering a VillainousBreakdown and attempting to hack Bond to death with a machete. He comes damn close to succeeding too.
** Steven Obanno theatens to cut Le Chiffre's girlfriend's hand with a machete in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''. He later uses it against Bond.
* ''Film/TheRaid: Redemption'' features a gang of machete wielding EliteMooks hunting for and eventually battling with the protagonist.
* A few of the characters in ''Film/ProWrestlersVsZombies'' wield machetes from the prison's lockers against the zombies, but it becomes Sarah Schuman's primary weapon throughout the film, wielded to deadly effect.
* In ''Film/KickAss2'', Mother Russia wields a machete with the words "God give, God take" inscribed on the blade in Russian.
* ''Film/IndependenceDayResurgence''. Congo warlord Dikembe Umbutu loads up with a pair of machetes (that he keeps in a case like a CoolSword) when he realises the aliens are coming back. He puts them to good use.

* In S. M. Stirling's ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}'' novels, a modified version of a machete becomes a popular weapon all across post-Change America. The main villains of the second and third trilogy are called [=CUTters=] for a reason..
* [[YouAreNumberSix Septimus]], slave of the Literature/NightLords legion, combines this with a pair of salvaged imperial [[FrickinLaserBeams laspistols]] to serve as a credible [[TheMusketeer Musketeer]]. He does a [[BadassNormal pretty good job]] of it, given he's fighting alongside ten thousand year old posthuman {{Super Soldier}}s.
* In ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'', Max Brooks names the machete as the best edged weapon to use against zombies, due to its size, weight, and availability.
* The castaways in ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'' find a machete that had been given to a less fortunate passenger on their doomed plane. Semi once uses it to cut a snake in half, almost on accident. Otherwise its uses are strictly utilitarian, slicing poles and such, and at some point it proves to Miranda and Semi that Arnie passed through a hidden area.
* Mack Bolan from ''Literature/TheExecutioner'' often operates against terrorists, pirates, drug runners, and other disreputable sorts in Southeast Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world where machete usage is common. In the process, he sometimes encounters machete wielding {{Mook}}s. Occasionally, he will use the mook's own weapons against them, or will be carrying a machete of his own for use both as a jungle tool and a weapon.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/TopGear'' Bolivia Special, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXLxszv9eCM James May threatens to cut the head off his fellow presenters]] if they [[RunningGag ram the back of his Suzuki]] on the Yungas Road[[labelnote:Note]][[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yungas_Road Billed as the most dangerous road in the world given the road is built into a cliffside and is lacking protective.....anything.]][[/labelnote]]. When May allows another driver to pass him, Clarkson rams him [[NotWhatItLooksLike (probably not on purpose)]] as he was following closely behind him. This enrages May, and he stops to shove a machete into Clarkson's face.
-->'''Richard Hammond:''' ''James is killing Jeremy....things are going well."''
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Dean and Benny get pretty good at beheading monsters in purgatory using machetes, and the preferred tool for hunters taking on vampires is a machete.
* ''Series/{{Rawhide}}'': Luke Storm, the outlaw leader in "Incident of the Tumbleweed", carries a machete and is only too keen to use it.
* The machete is the short-range weapon of the Medellin Cartel in the "Somali Pirate vs. Medellin Cartel" episode of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''.
* Rick Grimes has a machete on ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. It's among a gun stash he hides before entering Terminus, which he describes in a bit of GunPorn after being captured: "...AK-47, .44 magnum, automatic weapons, night scope, there's a compound bow aaaand a machete with a red handle.... That's what I'm gonna use to kill you." [[spoiler:He does!]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Silver Potato is known for wielding a machete in Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel and went so far as to ''kill'' Pablo Plantain with it. He then tried to go for a clean sweep and kill Pedro Plantain with it too, but failed.
* Jessicka Havok tried to kill Wrestling/MercedesMartinez with a machete after she was rendered immobile at Wrestling/{{WSU}}'s first War Games ([[UnnecessaryRoughness causin Brittney Savage to forfeit]]). Havok would later mock Midwest Militia teammate Allysin Kay for carrying a machete without intent to use it.
* Wrestling/SamoaJoe tortured Sheik Abdul Bashir for getting in the way of his nation of violence by suspending him by his legs, sticking a machete in his mouth and beating him with a kendo stick. Joe would go on to try and kill members of Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s main event mafia with the machete for breaking his arm...so they bought him off.
* Leva, as part of her [[CosPlay imitation]] [[TheGimmick gimmick]], has incorporated machetes into her entrance attire...and had one turned on her by Nevaeh.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Creator/WhiteWolf, makers of ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' gamelines and ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', seem to like machetes. They're practically the only non-weapon weapon that never carries "ImprovisedWeapon penalties"... in ''any'' gameline. In the latter, they're particularly favored by Scions of the Loa (because they were commonly used in the Haitian Revolution). They're also one of the two most accessible, reliable and effective melee weapons, the other being the fire axe. Both are absolutely lethal, loosely controlled and available at any gardening/utility store at prices any character can meet.
* Even ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' gets in on the action in Zendikar block, with [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/details.aspx?name=Trusty%20Machete Trusty Machete]] being the most visible example.
* ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' has the Bolo Knife from Malfi, which is the 40K equivalent of a machete. One of the few knives in the game that punches through flak armour.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40k'': Orks, especially Slugga Boyz, carry choppas (crudely made melee weapons) and can be made in the shape of jagged machettes (though [[AnAxeToGrind axes]] seem more "Orky").

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In ''Ride/SkullIslandReignOfKong'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]], one of the Eighth Wonder Expedition members uses a machete to break free from the grip of a flying reptile by slicing its leg off, and later uses the machete to decapitate several Carnictus worms.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', Link can obtain machetes by disarming or defeating Bokoblins. Besides their use in smashing through wooden barriers, they can serve a stronger alternative to the Hero's Sword (until the player obtains the Master Sword).
* This is the weapon used by the Trapper (an expy of [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]]) in ''VideoGame/DeadByDaylight''.
* A machete is Cliff's WeaponOfChoice in ''VideoGame/DeadRising''.
* Dylan from ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis2'' had a machete as a side weapon at the start of the game and enabled him to hack away at doors that was covered in heavy vegetation.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has machetes that are quite obviously made from broken lawn mower blades. There is also an option to do a ReverseGrip attack in VATS. Coincidentally Creator/DannyTrejo, the actor who plays Machete, is also in the game, though his character is TheGunslinger. Caesar's Legion uses them extensively, in lieu of the historical ''gladius'', because there's no readily-available stock of period Roman swords in the post-apocalyptic American West. There is a weapon ''called'' the "Machete Gladius" used by high-ranking Legionaries, but it's not a machete ''or'' a gladius, [[KukrisAreKool it's a kukri]].
** A downloadable content bundle includes a more traditionally designed 'broad machete' as a starting melee weapon, notable for being a properly forged and assembled knife rather than a lawnmower blade with a handle. Very useful as an early melee weapon, as it is more powerful, more durable, lighter, and faster than its common counterpart.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'''s prologue/tutorial, your weapon is a machete. It's only usable during the prologue, and unobtainable later on.
* It's the favorite melee weapon of the Sons of Samedi in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2''
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' includes a machete as a melee weapon for clearing away troublesome patches of zombies.
** Trope is in full effect. The machete is the fastest-swinging bladed melee weapon, with the nightstick as its blunt counterpart. Both pale in comparison to the {{chainsaw|Good}}, but using that tends to have [[AwesomeButImpractical other problems.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}'' has a machete skin for the player's melee weapon in multiplayer.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry'' and the various expansions and [[VideoGame/FarCry2 two]] [[VideoGame/FarCry3 sequels]] have the machete as the primary melee weapon. ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' in particular also shows off a lot of [[SwissArmyWeapon non-combat applications]]; the player character uses it to forage for materials, skin animal carcasses, and remove the padlocks from radio towers.
* Chris from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' uses a machete as his default melee weapon. His partner [[KnifeNut uses a knife]]. Some Majini also wield them, as do Ganados in [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 the previous game]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Postal 2}}: Apocalypse Weekend'' added three [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throwable melee weapons]] to the arsenal; the first among them is a machete that [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang comes back to you]]... and that the local Pitbull population can [[PetTheDog play fetch with]].
* In ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'', machete wielding mooks are all over the place. At one point survival depends on punching out one of them, taking his blade and hacking up a gunman. Ambushes help.
* One of Sakon Shima's [[{{BFS}} huge swords]] in ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors 2'' is an oversized machete.
** Likewise, Guan Ping from ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' also has a giant machete as one of his weapons.
* The first additional weapon you pick up in ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheEmperorsTomb'' is a machete. It's okay in combat, but its main use is clearing thick walls of vines out of your way.
* Machete users are smattered through ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', but special mention goes to the [[SkyPirate Sky Raiders]], who explicitly use machetes as part of a martial style that favors fast, maneuverable close-quarters weaponry that includes submachine guns and flamethrowers.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', the machete is one of your options for melee weapon. You're able to both perform a one hit kill and run with it, meaning it's nearly as good as the {{katana|sAreJustBetter}}.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' you can get a machete from a slain Wardog. It's one of only three weapons that can be used to decapitate an enemy during an execution, along with the wire and the cleaver. The machete and the cleaver will decapitate an enemy with any level of execution.
* In yet another title from Creator/RockstarGames, ''VideoGame/TheWarriors'', the machete is one of the most powerful weapons in the game. Unfortunately you'll only get to use it three or four times over the course of the main story.
* Machetes appear as an equippable weapon in ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'' which asides from having better upside range (and worser range straight ahead) can also get rid of spider webs.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'', the Machete is one of the first alternate weapons you pick up. It's relatively weak at first, but has an incredibly fast attack speed even without upgrades, and [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks can be thrown]] for a decent amount of damage. Upgrades allow it to [[StandardStatusEffects damage over time]] on any strike and throw multiple blades at once, or massively increased CriticalHit damage. The latter upgrades combined with the ludicrous swing speed make it ''devastating'' when under the effects of the [[CriticalStatusBuff Werewhisky tonic]].
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
** Kobra, the [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty]] Black Dragon neophyte, wields a machete as his WeaponOfChoice in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon''.
** As a GuestFighter in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', Jason Voorhees uses a machete too. He even has the Slasher variation dedicated to it.
* Machetes are one of the most commonly used melee weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Dead Island}}'. They are the rewards for a lot of quests, especially in the main quest line. They deal a lot of damage, have decent handling, and have good force and durability for an edged weapon, making them the WeaponOfChoice of a lot of players. The [[AntiClimaxBoss Butcher]] [[ImAHumanitarian of Banoi]] also wields a machete and he killed his family with one when he was 9.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' features a machete as an optional melee weapon in some missions.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear''
** Null carries one in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps''. When you complete the game, you can use him in your NewGamePlus, complete with his machete.
** Sundowner of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' uses two [[{{Vibroweapon}} High Frequency]] machetes dubbed "Bloodlust". He can either wield one in each hand or attach them together to become a ShearMenace. Once he's defeated Raiden can use them, though he only uses them in the second form as a {{BFS}}. Some of the {{Mook}}s also carry around more traditional looking HF Machetes. Raiden can unlock this weapon, which sacrifices range for speed.
* In ''VideoGame/IAmAlive'' the machete is your best friend. You can use it as a tool to break open things, or as a weapon to break open enemies. If you don't catch enemies by surprise, however, their allies will usually end up shooting you in the back before you can take them down.
* The Grineer in ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}'' manufacture a high-tech machete with a glowing blade, used by their Scorpion troops. It's a [[ScrappyWeapon pretty terrible weapon]] in player hands ([[FanNickname sometimes being called a "mashitty"]]), though the limited edition Machete Vandal is a great weapon.
* The Ranger class from ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' has a machete as the basic melee weapon. Fitting for soldiers that are part of LaResistance.
* Being a LawyerFriendlyCameo of Film/{{Machete}}, this is the weapon of choice of Brochete in ''VideoGame/{{Broforce}}''. His primary attack has him throw a machete straight ahead, impaling mooks, while his secondary attack has him throw a barrage of them and can be aimed.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': the Ork builder units, Gretchin Squads, have Choppas that look like big machetes. Being grots their bodies are too small and weak to make good on it and their low morale points means they flee more easily than Orks.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Machetes are used quite often in ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'', most notably in the sixth installment, Antipathy, where [[OneManArmy Hank]] has one from the beginning and kills several mooks with it. [[RuleOfCool And it's awesome]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Vadiir and the Laughing Clown in ''ARG/DarkDreamChronicle'' each own a Black Iron kuri machete. Hanna has mentioned that she has several [[ShoutOut emergency]] [[WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID machetes]], as well.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Machetes were used as weapons in a slew of uprisings and rebellions throughout the Third World, especially in Cuba. Check Wiki/TheOtherWiki on guys like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Years%27_War Carlos Manuel de Cespedes]] for example.
** In the rural areas of Venezuela, people used it for dueling instead of swords. And there were those hardcore farmers that [[CrazyPrepared hid them under their pillows and/or matresses]], but that was before the robbers met the firearms.
* On a far more depressing note, the Rwandan Genocide was chiefly conducted by men wielding machetes. See Film/HotelRwanda for details.
* The machete on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Angola Angolan flag?]] It actually stands for ''[[HarsherInHindsight agriculture.]]''
* The Fascine or Gabon knife issued to engineers and light infantry served that purpose in many armies which were too unconnected to Caribbean culture to know about machetes per se. Its similarity is more in its function as a medium sized utility blade rather then its shape. Some for instance were two-edged and the French army favored a fascine knife shaped rather like a [[UsefulNotes/TheGloryThatWasRome gladius]].
* A Malay-Indonesian weapon known as the parang is essentially a machete with a curved handle to prevent slips; similar knives include the bolo and the golok, both of which have similar blade shapes. The barong is a Filipino version, and Thais have their daos and e-neps. They also proved to be as useful cutting up people as clearing underbrush during the various wars, rebellions, and occupations of the area.
** Though a parang is much more multi-purpose than a machete, and as such is a favourite hunting knife for survivalists. Curved parangs can be used to chop wood or bone (the middle of the blade) skin (the slightly flattened tip) or carve (the blade edge near the handle, which is very keen but delicate).
** As an agricultural / forestry tool, the machete (or parang, or bolo, or [[KukrisAreKool kukri]]) are specifically [[TheSavageSouth tropical]], made for the jungle and forest vegetation: vines, canes and lianas. In European or North American forests, where only hardwood is found, they are not efficient - for this reason, Northern cultures never developed sword-like blades for woodcutting purpose and relied on [[AnAxeToGrind the hatchet or axe]].
** European cultures used the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billhook billhook]] - which is [[BoringButPractical adequate for clearing European shrubs, but nowhere near as cool]] as the machete.
* The name for machete in Portuguese is ''catana''. For. Apparent. Reasons.
* The seax was the Northern European version. It was favored by Norse and of course by [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons SAXons]]. Later during the High Middle Ages there were the falchion and the messer. Basically it is a heavy chopping blade coming in various shapes. Like other models it was a medium utility blade useful for work or for war. While it is mostly a peasants tool some stylized models indicate that nobles were often fond of them too. In German-speaking countries [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunting_sword the utilitarian short sword]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunting_dagger is still part of the traditional big-game hunter's attire]].
* The Romans were defeated badly in their first invasion of Dacia (modern Romania) by a local weapon called the ''rhompaeii'' - essentially a European parang, capable of lopping a legionary's arm off at the shoulder. They had to develop body armour capable of withstanding this weapon before trying again.
* The Dominican American Street Gang is infamous for the fact they use machetes rather than guns or knives as their main weapon.
* On a similar note, the naval cutlass is as close as one can get to a machete during the Age of the Sail. The cutlass was primarily intended for cutting rope, but it also served quite well as a machete whenever sailors were on shore. It was also short, which made it ideal for the close confines of a ship. Nowadays, a machete is now referred to as a 'cutlass' in the English-speaking Caribbean.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74ofk_T_Vds El Baile del Machete]] is a traditional mexican dance where the participants dual wield machetes and frequently clash them against the floor, agaisnt the other machete or, in some variants, with the machetes of the other dancers. Safe versions have the dancers only use dull metal in order to keep the sound. Done with actual machetes, the objective is to make sparks fly out of them.
* Quite possibly the forerunner of the modern machete would have to be the Medieval falchion. It's got a large, single-edged, often straight and thick blade that could be used in one hand, and simple enough to use that it's become the European equivalent of the SinisterScimitar. It also comes in a variety of shapes and sizes for different utilities, such as cleaver-falchions which are used to butcher meat on hunts.