-->''"Did you see those warriors from [[ArabianNightsDays Hammer]][[FantasyCounterpartCulture fell]]? They've got curved swords. Curved. Swords."''
-->-- '''Guards''', ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''

Just as cultures might have an iconic BattleCry attached to them, often they will have a weapon that has a similar status. Sometimes it will have a religious or magical significance; it might for instance be a copy of a blade that was ForgedByTheGods. Perhaps it typically has a BadassCreed engraved on it. Or maybe it is simply hard to imagine them fighting without it, and even if it becomes obsolete it is impossible to imagine this group ''parading'' without it because it has a symbolic status that goes beyond its functionality. As Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible, this does not have to be a whole culture's weapon; it can be the weapon of any group: say, an order of {{Warrior Monk}}s, or a [[FantasticCasteSystem Caste]] or a SecretCircleOfSecrets, or a [[LadyOfWar gender.]] The point is that the weapon is so much connected with a group that it serves as a logo as well as a weapon.

Likely to be wielded by a ProudWarriorRace. If the weapon in question is a physical part of an alien race's anatomy then see NaturalWeapon.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''StarWars'', the Jedi and Sith Orders use [[LaserBlade lightsabers]].


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Based (as always) on Tolkien, the Dwarfs of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' consider their battleaxes cultural artifacts, and will not part with them even when circumstances require them to bequeath all other weapons (at a diplomatic function, for instance). In Thud we are introduced to a more liberal sect of Dwarfs who do not carry these, believing that the axe is "a state of mind". It helps that they've invented kung fu. Trolls also have clubs, to a lesser degree (a ceremonial club was a minor plot point in Thud).
* In ''{{Dune}}'', crysknives (made from the tooth of a SandWorm) are sacred to Fremen.
* On ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' a few Fantasy Counterpart Cultures have trademark weapons.
** The Wagon Peoples of Southern Gor have the quiva, a set of throwing knives. They also use the bola and lance from kaiilaback.
** Torvaldslanders (Vikings) have the battleaxe
** Tribes in Darkest Gor use the "stabbing spear."
** The Alar (kinda-sorta Roma) have the francisca, an ax different than the Torvaldslanders.
** Tribesmen in the Tahari desert (Arabs) have the scimitar.
** Red Savages (Native Americans) have the tomahawk, as well as the war lance they use from aiilaback (a different species of kaiila than the Wagon Peoples use).
** The caste of Peasants, the lowest caste on Gor, have the quarterstaff and longbow, which are looked down upon by the caste of Warriors but can be quite effective.
* Dwarves use axes in ''LordOfTheRings''.
** Also based on Tolkien is the association of Elves with bows, which is less supported by the original mythos (Tolkien's Elves are good with bows, but for the most part they prefer swords).
** Orcs use scimitars.
* The Aiel in ''WheelOfTime'' use knives and bows, but prefer the short-spears, and will not touch a sword under any circumstances. This is revealed as a plot point in the backstory, as there is a specific reason for this reluctance. Also, Two Rivers folk are known for their very effective use of the longbow.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The Minbari Denn'bok in ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The iconic Bat'leth functions as this for the Klingons.
*** The Mek'leth dagger too for Klingons though it is not quite as iconic.
** Interestingly Vulcans, though no longer a Proud Warrior Race still use Lirpas--short polearms with fan-blades at one end and bludgeons at the other, similar to the Chinese [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monk%27s_spade monk's spade]]--in ceremonies.
* The High Guard force lance in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''.
* The Goa'uld have their troops weld force staffs in [[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate]]. The System Lords themselves use Ribbon Devices that can project force fields and melt people's brains.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''DungeonsAndDragons'' has several weapons associated with non-human races, such as the orc double-axe and gnome hooked hammer. Characters from those races treat their exotic weapons as martial for weapon proficiencies. Deities grant proficiency with their preferred weapons to their clerics and are the manifestation of their ''spiritual weapon'' spell. Clerics without a patron deity manifest a ''spiritual weapon'' based on their alignment.
* Aslan in ''{{Traveller}}'' actually use claws in duels, both real and sporting. A human who is GoingNative with them, or just wants to be polite uses a pair of artificial claws called Ayloi.
** While not a ''national'' weapon as such, the [[SpaceMarine Imperial Marine]] cutlass is a symbol of the Imperial marines.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Each faction has one.
** Imperial Guard: Lasguns and Leman Russ tanks.
** Orks: Choppas and sluggas.
** Space Marines: Bolters and chainswords.
*** Their Chaos [[{{EvilCounterpart}} Evil Counterpart]]s instead use chainaxes.
*** The Emperor's Children favor sonic blasters.
*** The Death Guard have plague swords.
** Eldar: Shuriken catapults.
** Tau: Pulse rifles.
** Necrons: Gauss rifles.
* In ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', all of the main factions have their own "signature" HumongousMecha, though the ScavengerWorld nature of the setting means that other factions will use those assets if they manage to [[SnipingTheCockpit steal]] or salvage one.
** The [[TheKingdom Federated Suns]] loves their [[JackOfAllTrades Centurions]], [[MoreDakka Jagermechs]] and [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter autocannons]].
** The [[ProudMerchantRace Lyran Commonwealth]] have a fondness for [[MightyGlacier assault mechs]] - especially the [[SkeleBot9000 Atlas]] - and later begin slapping [[MagneticWeapon Gauss Rifles]] on anything they can find.
** The [[TheFederation Free Worlds League]] favors the Orion and Awesome battlemechs, and while they do not have a favorite weapon, they use ''all'' forms of armored vehicles heavily.
** The [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Draconis Combine]] relies on the [[LightningBruiser Dragon]] and Grand Dragon, and typically have either a [[LightningGun particle projector cannon]] or [[MacrossMissileMassacre medium range missiles]].
** The [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld Capellan Confederation]] uses the hodgepodge Cataphract and [[FragileSpeedster Raven]] extensively, and often rely on [[BeamSpam lots of lasers]] combined with advanced sensor suites.
** The various [[ProudWarriorRace Clans]] all share similar fighting styles and weapons, but each has their own favored mech - Jade Falcon loves the [[StoneWall Summoner]], [[HornyVikings Ghost Bear]] has a fondness for the outdated [[AnimalMecha Kodiak]], and so on. To the Clans as a whole, they like sending out Timber Wolves.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas, The tribes in the Honest Hearts DLC each have a signature weapon: The Whitelegs use .45 Submachine Guns, the Dead Horses use War Clubs, the Sorrows use Yao Guai Gauntlets, and the New Canaanites use .45 pistols.
** In the same vein, every legionnaire has a machete and a few throwing spears, every NCR trooper carries his semi-auto rifle, and the [[EliteMooks NCR veteran rangers]] all carry their own [[RevolversAreJustBetter Ranger Sequoia]].
* In [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries Command and Conquer: Red Alert]], there are two each for the Allies and Soviets: [[ActionGirl Tanya]] and the Chronosphere for the former, [[TankGoodness Apocalypse Tanks]] and the Iron Curtain for the latter.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'': GDI and Nod have theirs as well: for GDI, its the Mammoth tank, Orca, and the [[WaveMotionGun ion cannon]]. Nod have their stealth units, cyborgs, and nuclear missile.


[[folder: Other ]]

* Boomerangs for Australian Aborigines.
* Claymores for [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Bonnie Scotland]]
* [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katanas]] for Japan at least for {{samurai}}, along with a smaller blade like a wakizashi or tantō. This association is actually NewerThanTheyThink: traditionally, samurai were associated with bows (either on horseback or from behind a tate[[note]]A type of mobile shield.[[/note]]) with their swords being more of a a sidearm. The association with swords was played up after firearms made bows obsolete.
** The naginata started as a samurai weapon, but when they were obsolete, they were kept as home defense weapons [[NaginatasAreFeminine and became associated with samurais' wives]].
** Shuriken for ninjas; sometimes katanas, too.
* [[KukrisAreKool Kukris]] for Nepal, famously with the [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkha soldiers]].
* Longbows were once this for the English and the Welsh (they even continued to use them while other nations adopted early firearms), to the point that the longbow design which all of Europe used is known as the English or Welsh Longbow (despite it not being the native bow of either nation).
* Bow and arrows for Koreans. Preferring long-distance attacks over hand-to-hand battles, Koreans were famed for their archery from the ancient to modern times (even today, SouthKorea always excels in Olympic archery). Later, when gunpowder was invented in China, Koreans used it to develop cannons, [[MacrossMissileMassacre hwacha]], and other firearms. These proved ''very'' effective during the Japanese invasion of 1592.
** Also during that war, common Korean people fought against the invaders using Joseonnat (Korean sickles), very hard sickles that can cut grass and trees machete-style. Oh, and like the kukris, they proved very effective at cutting enemy throats.
* Composite bows for Mongols.
* The Pilum and Gladius for [[TheGloryThatWasRome Rome]].
* Ancient Dacians used the ''sica'' (literally "sickle") which the Romans named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falx falx]] as their sword of choice. It had been originally [[MundaneUtility an agricultural tool]] like [[KukrisAreKool the Kukri]] and therefore most adult Dacians were familiar with it and most Dacian household were expected to have at least one on hand. The shape made for swinging also [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome allowed devastating cutting blows on the unarmored limbs]] of the opponent.
* The Greek hoplite shield was not primarily offensive, so was possibly "armor" rather then a weapon. However, hoplites regarded their spears as expendable but treasured their shields; in fact, the word "hoplite" comes from the Greek ''hoplon'', which means "shield." Proverbially, a soldier was expected to come back with his shield or else on top of it (i.e. how his comrades would carry his body home). The key point was that, when standing in the battle line, the shield on your left arm protected your comrade, not you personally, so [[DirtyCoward dropping it and running away was directly endangering the lives of your fellow soldiers and citizens]].
* Short spear (Assegai) and leaf-shaped oxhide shield for Zulus.
* The [[{{Sikhism}} Sikh]] Kirpan dagger is one of the best examples of this for it a symbol of Sikhism representing their obligation to defend one another. Also the curious Chakram ring-knives, often worn in their turbans.
* The Kris of Indonesia and Malaysia.
* The rapier and left-hand dagger for Spain.
** As well as, later on, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navaja flip knife]].
* The bolo of the Philippines.
* The Irish shillelagh.
* The Finns have their puukko knives - quite unremarkable 4- to 6-inch, plain, single-edged, usually wooden-handled utility knives. These knives have over the past 500 years or so proven to be [[BoringButPractical the ultimate appliance for crafting, cooking, eating, all kinds of outdoorsy activities, and shanking irritating neighbors]]. [[KnifeNut And running]].
** So much that Russians have a name for that type of knife: Финка (''Feenka'', meaning Finnish).
* The tomahawk and the gunstock war club among Native American/First Nations peoples of the Northeast and the Great Plains.
** [[http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=90038&page=1#.UZApE-DJj_E The tomahawk may be experiencing a comeback for the US military.]] It's only seen limited use but some troops swear by it, claiming it offers greater power and versatility than a standard combat knife, as well as more [[MundaneUtility non-combat applications]].
*** The tomahawk was also adopted by colonial militia and [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution the Continental Army]] for the natural reason that they found themselves [[ForeverWar opposite Indians]] enough times for ideas to creep through. The colonials, having more access to ironmongery, made metal heads rather then flint, which incidentally made them a useful trade good in peacetime. During the beginning of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, the Americans were short of bayonets and tomahawks were often used as a substitute.
* The flag of Mozambique sports an AK-47 with bayonet attached.
* The pike and, to a lesser extent, the halberd for the Swiss.
* The cannon and the warship (in their various incarnations) can be thought of as the ''occupational'' weapons of the IntrepidMerchant. They play up the need for organizational skill and technological mastery, and don't require the training in [[IKnowKungFu individual prowess]] that hand weapons do. A given IntrepidMerchant is likely to learn how to handle a ship in his ordinary occupation; he might even learn to fight by dealing with pirates. If you find a [[ProudMerchantRace mercantile people]] with [[ProudWarriorRace warlike pretensions]] (as a number had, particularly the English and the Dutch), you will likely find that they had a [[BadassArmy Badass Navy]] and/or Badass Artillery.
* The Franks used the francisca throwing axe at the beginning of each battle, a weapon so ubiquitous to them that there's speculation if the weapon was named after them, or vice versa.
** Similarly, the Saxons may have been named for their signature weapon, the ''seax'' knife or sword. Three of them still appear in the coat of arms of Essex (land of the East Saxons) in England.
* The United States has a few national weapons, but it's safe to say that the handgun is currently the foremost among them. A lot of this has to do with two things: the first being that the United States is virtually the only country in the world with no specific restrictions on the ownership of handguns and its status as a celebrated icon in American cinema.
** The Pennsylvania Long Rifle was this for Appalachian frontiersmen and Revolutionary irregulars.
** The revolver (six-shooters) and/or Winchester rifle for American {{Cowboy}}s.
** The distinctive black polymer furniture on the AR family of rifles (M16/M4/AR-15) has labeled the United States "The Black Rifle Nation."
** The Bowie and Ka-Bar [[KnifeNut knives]].
** The [[BatterUp baseball bat]]. Then again, the United States is one of the few places where someone might own one [[MundaneUtility just to play]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} baseball]].
** And if you want to go ''big'', there's always PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower.
* The counterpart to the US Army's signature M16 rifle during the Cold War was the AK family of rifles used by the Eastern Bloc, to the extent that there are still debates over which is the better gun. To sum up, the M16 is more accurate and has a longer range, but the AK is much more durable and reliable, being designed to be simple to produce and to fire under any conditions.
* The Brown Bess musket and later the Lee-Enfield rifle were once almost as much emblems of the British army as the red coat.
* The jezail used to be a favorite among Pashtuns. It is an unusually long smoothbore musket once used for [[SniperRifle sniping]]. It went out of style when local tribes first took to the Lee-Enfield and later to the AK-47 and modern sniper rifles.
* More like National Armor than weapon, the unofficial emblem of the Romanian Army since 1938 has been [[http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j170/peter_suciu/romanian_m34_big1.jpg the Dutch Helmet]], based on the Dutch M28 and M34 steel helmets. It was adopted back in [[TheThirties the late 1930s]] for some reason, and due to local production and German shipments of captured Dutch equipment during WorldWarTwo, became ubiquitous enough to remain in production during the Communist years and saw regular use until [[TheNineties the mid-1990s]].
* For most Arabs, the curved sword.
* The Pulaski axe is the subcultural "weapon" of US wildland firefighters.
* There's [[KnifeNut a damned good reason]] that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicarii Sicarii]] means "dagger-men".
* The ancient Chinese had their own unique weapon, the ''ge'' or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagger-axe "dagger-axe"]], that looks somewhat like a halberd but is quite different in origin.
* Daneaxe, as you might suspect, have been associated with Danish vikings.