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

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

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

Technically, this is called ''tsuba zeriai'' in kendo and ''anbinden'' or simply "bind" in the medieval German longsword tradition, where both parties try to gain a position for an attack by jockeying around so that the 'strong' (the half closer to the hilt) of one's blade is pressing against the opponent's 'weak' (the other half); the kinds of attacks that can be launched from this position vary from thrusts and snapping cuts around the opponent's blade to trapping (including the famous GroinAttack), grappling, and tripping/throwing movements. Also called "''[[GratuitousFrench corps à corps]]''" ([[ConvenientlyPreciseTranslation body to body]]) in fencing/stage combat. But take notice that in RealLife, such blade locks are ideally brief moments before transitioning into the moves just mentioned, and not the ideal chances for [[TalkingIsAFreeAction extended conversations]] or pushing contests that fiction usually depicts.

Compare BeamOWar and BrawlerLock.


[[folder: Anime ]]
You'd be hard pressed to find a battle anime that ''doesn't'' feature a sword lock at some point, so below are some examples of noteworthy ones only.

* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' does this with the characters' staves, and any other device that could be swung around as a melee weapon.
* ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD Bloodlust'' features a blade lock between D's sword and the vampire Meier Link's ''cape'' complete with sparks and heated blades.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** When this happened to Yahiko, he did the smart thing and [[GroinAttack kicked Gohei in the nuts]].
** When this happened between Kenshin and Saito, Saito shoved Kenshin against a wall and nearly managed to push the blade into Kenshin's throat.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''. Most dramatically used in the Zoro and Mihawk fight, where Zoro, who wields three swords, is completely denied a hit by a basic knife.
* Happens in the openings of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''
** It happens twice in the show too, both with Kira facing Athrun and later Shinn. Both times neither combatant is able to overpower the other. With Athrun Kira pulls a second saber and slashes him with that, while Shinn pulls back to try to surprise Kira with a rifle shot.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'', [=Gp01=] vs. [=Gp02=] fights are also famous for having blade locks.
* In one of ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'''s first story arcs, Zabuza and Kakashi locked blades for a minute or so. Zabuza had a great carving knife of a sword, bigger than he is. Kakashi had a kunai, a stubby dagger about as long as your hand. If the battle had stuck to the rules of real life Kakashi would now be "the Two-Fingered Ninja".
** This also happens when Sai attacks Naruto out of nowhere. Sai takes advantage of this moment to question whether Naruto has any ''equipment''.
** Also happens in the Pain arc. Ebisu blocks Pain's chakra blade ''with the point'' of his kunai for ''several minutes.''
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' shows a decidedly pragmatic approach when Mifune locks with Black Star, grabs one of Black Star's hands, and breaks two of his fingers.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Sayaka and Kyoko get into one. To illustrate how completely outclassed Sayaka is, she holds her sword with both hands and Kyoko holds her spear with one hand. Sayaka cannot budge Kyoko, then Kyoko shifts her arm and sends her flying.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', when Kenpachi tried to get into one with Unohana, she drew a dagger with her free hand and stabbed him.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', it usually appears as an excuse during fights to keep up the TrashTalk and dialogue exchange, as exemplified by Hanzo and Saizo's second fight.

[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* Happens several times in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''. For example, in the battle [[HighSpeedBattle (on motorcycles!]]) between [[TheHero Cloud]] and [[TheQuietOne Yazoo]], they lock blades; Cloud's [[BigFancySword BFS]] against Yazoo's Velvet Nightmare.

[[folder: Film - Live-Action]]
* Subverted in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' of all places. When Robin Hood and the Sheriff were in the middle of one, they talked for a bit and the Sheriff tried to use a knife.
** Probably a homage to ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', in which Robin Hood and Sir Guy of Gisbourne similarly talk at intervals throught their duel; during a BladeLock Sir Guy stealthily pulls a dagger out and tries to stab Robin with it. Robin being an honorable sort, but not LawfulStupid, when the dagger ends up missing Robin's head, Robin runs Sir Guy through with his sword.
** Or possibly to ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', when the Sheriff raises his blade for a killing blow on the prone Robin, who pulls out the Sherriff's own dagger (He had given it to Marian, who had then given it to Robin) and plunges it into his heart.
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', where Helmet and Lone Starr's Schwartz blades (akin to lightsabers) not only get locked, they twist up. "Shit! I hate it when I get my [[UnusualEuphemism Schwartz]] twisted!"
* Subverted in ''Film/KillBill Vol. 2''. When the Bride and Elle lock swords in their final battle, [[spoiler:the Bride simply takes the opportunity provided by the drop in defenses to tear out Elle's other eye.]]
* Frequently in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films. (Indeed, among writers for ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, this Trope seems to be required by law when choreographing a dramatic lightsaber duel.) Note that this is an unbelievably stupid idea, as the lack of a crossguard on most sabers would mean that if their opponent slid the blade up [[AbsurdlySharpBlade they'd probably lose half their hand]], not to mention quite possibly [[WreckedWeapon having their lightsaber destroyed.]] But then, many sources claim that a lightsaber can only be properly used by someone with Force powers and anyone who does not risks killing himself anyway.)
** Obi-Wan does exactly this to cut off two of General Grievous' arms in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. (But then, as previously stated, Obi-Wan is a Jedi, while Grievous is [[FridgeLogic one of the few non-force users to wield a lightsaber with any amount of skill]].)
** Consensus appears to be that two lightsabers stick together when locked, preventing (or at least making difficult) that kind of move. Obi-Wan appears to twist his blade, rather than simply sliding it downwards.
** [[Film/TheForceAwakens Kylo Ren's]] lightsaber also addresses the issue with a beam crossguard that he can use [[CombatPragmatist to stab opponents while locking blades with them.]]
* Done in ''Film/StreetsOfFire'' with sledgehammers rather than swords.
* Done in ''Film/ByTheSword'' as a BreakingSpeech to [[spoiler:Villard by Suba about what really happened the night Suba killed Villard's father.]]
* Thorin and Azog get into one in ''Film/TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies''. Justified in this case as Azog's blade is forked and Thorin is on the ground pushing up with both hands.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Subverted in ''Literture/TheSagaOfDarrenShan''. In one book, Darren gets in a sword fight with a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampaneze]] and tries blade locking. The vampaneze simply runs his blade down the length of Darren's and maims his hand.
* Creator/TimPowers' ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheDark''. Discussed when Aurelianus attempts to explain to the protagonist Brian Duffy, using Blade Lock as a metaphor, why epic magic is impossible when there's another powerful wizard of opposing alignment in the room. Duffy, a gritty old soldier, remarks: "I wouldn't just stand there straining. I'd knee the bastard and spit in his eyes."
* ”Literature/TheIronTeeth” web serial is set in a fairly standard fantasy universe, so it has a lot of sword fights. This trope in particular happens while Blacknail is training.
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse''
** Often used against Alanna in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'', probably because she's a head shorter than most opponents and (after giving up the SweetPollyOliver disguise) female, making her look weaker. It doesn't work, though, because she's a highly skilled swordswoman.
** Used in ''[[Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall Lady Knight]]'', though in this case it was glaive versus double-headed axe. Kel was up against one of the few opponents who ''is'' taller than her 5'11", and she was wounded, so she did a leg sweep to regain the advantage.
* Occurs during one of Princess Carline's fencing lessons in the first book of Literature/TheRiftwarCycle. Her teacher tells her quite flatly that she never wants to get in that situation in a real fight - the only people she'd be likely to end up facing in a real battle would be professional soldiers who would be much stronger than she is.
* ''Literature/TheHeroes'': Bremer dan Gorst and Whirrun of Bligh lock blades during their fight. As they strain against each other in perfect impasse, the BloodKnight Gorst wishes that the moment could go on forever.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happens in the ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' episode "Spy in the House of Love", during a sword fight between Victor and Dewitt.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''.
** In Season 1, Jaime Lannister catches Jory's sword this way, then stabs him in the eye with a dagger held in his other hand.
** In Season 4 after Jaime has his sword hand amputated, he gets a magnificent gilded-steel hand to replace it and trains with sellsword Bronn in fighting with his left hand. [[spoiler:Jaime regularly gets his ass kicked, but at one point he catches Bronn's blade in his own and grins, thinking he's finally got the advantage. Bronn reaches down, twists off Jaime's fake hand and smacks him in the face with it.]]
** Karl Tanner spits in Jon Snow's eyes and then kicks him in the shin when they lock blades.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* In ''TabletopGame/LaceAndSteel'', parrying an attack with a special Lock Hilts card allows you to make a Strength contest against the attacker, potentially seizing the initiative and stealing two cards from their deck if you succeed.

[[folder: Theme Parks ]]
* In the finale of ''Theatre/PoseidonsFury'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]], this happens during Poseidon's sword fight with Lord Darkenon, with the locking of their weapons creating a noticeable glowing effect. The two briefly exchange words between each other before breaking it off.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Attack at the same time as your enemy in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' and you go into a blade lock, which you win by moving the Wii Remote in a circle. If you lose, you get hit; if you win, you can instantly hit the enemy with a Death Blow. Of note also is the real ending, in which Travis and Henry have a conversation while running down a whole city block with their blades locked together.
* The BladeLock is used as an actual game mechanic in the ''Franchise/StarWars [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight]]'' series of VideoGames, in which you push against a "lightsaber lock" in an attempt to shove your enemy back and/or down and gain a free shot. Losing one against the tougher ones can instantly cause death. There are ways of breaking the lock, though. Probably the flashiest move performable from the lock is when one party has two lightsabers and manages to throw one to circle around their opponent and slice them from behind.
* In ''VideoGame/GunGrave'', the three playable characters get in a three way weapon lock, that being Grave's guns locking with Jujy's Blades and Billy's Guitar, and they all spark.
* Similarly, there is a move in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' called "chance" that basically initiates this. It's [[spoiler:the easiest way to beat the final boss]].
** It's also used in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass''. Here the lock is won by scrabbling the stylus over the screen rapidly. Against a recurring MiniBoss, it's the best way to win, and it's also needed to stun the final boss.
* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' (and probably earlier ones in the [[VideoGame/{{Suikoden}} series]] too) during a one-on-one "[[DuelBoss duel]]" battle, your protagonist almost always gets in at least one of these, requiring you to mash buttons as fast as you can to push the opponent back until the lock is over. Note that at least in this particular iteration, the protagonist doesn't actually use a blade, nor do many of his opponents, and yet you still get the "weapon lock" showing up.
* Your battle against CowardlyBoss Koji Shindo in ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}} 2'' has you doing this during the final phase of the battle, which takes place in a Japanese courtyard, when Yayoi throws you a sword to use against him.
* Happens all the time in the ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' series. It's (probably) the only way to disarm your opponent too; though it's a little silly when the claws disarm the giant beads.
* Done with every possible weapon and a few impossible ones in the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series.
** In the ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' series, winning one of these results in the character pulling off a special combo against the enemy.
** Also used in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam'', where they are resolved with ActionCommands.
* Happens at the end of a "boss" minigame in ''VideoGame/WarioWare: Smooth Moves''.
* This is an ''ability'' in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. A pilot with this ability in a machine with a bladed weapon has a chance to block another robot's blade attack. With the BladeLock animation and everything.
** ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode'' had this in games 2 and 3 when two machines with melee weapons tried to melee each other at the same time; the player has to [[ButtonMashing mash the Melee button]] to break the lock and stun the enemy, or he himself will be stunned instead.
* This tactic features prominently in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. A notable instance occurs in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII the second game]], where [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud and Sephiroth]] blade lock while Cloud is on the receiving end of a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* Even though he uses knives, [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 Leon]] locks blades quite often when facing up against Krauser.
* You can lock chainsaw bayonets with an enemy in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar2''. Mash B to win.
* Commonly seen in cutscene fights between Dante & Vergil in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 3''.
** During the first encounter, they were pushing against each other with so much force that the blades visibly heated at the contact point from the friction.
* Happens almost every single battle in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', particularly if the two characters are rivals like Masamune and Yukimura or Motochika and Motonari. SwordSparks are always present.
** The third game introduces something like this combined with {{Flynning}} where characters start clashing their weapons against each other until one of them wins the duels.
* ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'' has a variation. [[spoiler:When Kirby delivers the final blow with his Ultra Sword to Magolor in his first form, Magolor tries to defend himself by conjuring a shield that results in one final struggle before Kirby manages to overpower him.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', this happens during the cutscene for the mission "Bleed Out". It also occurs in the ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' mission "deckers.die".
* Used in the game ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah'', though there it's referred to as a "contest of might."
* Beautifully subverted in the Deception trailer for ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the main villain of the trailer momentarily locked his blade with the leading Jedi he was facing off with, whom immediately breaks the lock by turning slightly to one side, [[JustShootHim loosing his blade and smashing]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Darth Malgus]] in the face with the pommel of his saber hilt. Ala the counterattack described below in the Real Life section.
* You can end up locking your gun to Kai Leng's blade in your final boss fight with him in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. The final boss of the ''Citadel'' DLC can involve an omni-blade lock, depending on your class.
* ''Videogame/WarhammerOnline''. The announcement trailer featured a Chaos Champion and a Sigmarite Warrior-Priest doing this with maces. At a certain point they lock their weapons and it seems as if the Warrior-Priest will win. In true Warhammer fashion, the Champion then knees him in the side while he's distracted, sending him down to the ground and then crushes his skull with his mace.
* Occurs in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'' during battle, particularly when fighting against the Mourning King, which requires mashing a button to defeat him.
* In ''Videogame/DarkSiders'', War can lock blades with one of the enemy angels. It's also necessary to win the final fight [[spoiler:against Abaddon.]]
* In the original game from the VideoGame/SoulSeries, ''[[{{Prequel}} Soul Blade]]'', when you clashed swords it'd happen two things, a clash in which both weapons [[{{Flynning}} repelled]] each other, but on the other hand is the attack was fierce enough, usually while doing a heavy slash. The swords'd lock and then red lightning'd appear while both combatants pressed againt each other, and finally one has to be quick enough deliver the finishing blow. It's as awesome as it sounds.
* In the final boss fight of ''Videogame/GodOfWar'', Kratos and Ares end up doing this several times during the third round. Winning the confrontation [[LifeDrain gives the winner a big chunk of the loser´s life bar]].
* In ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'', Nemesis Orc Captains will do this if they're introduced during a fight.
* ''Videogame/SonicRush'' has [[spoiler:Sonic and Blaze]] doing a variation of this with their heads towards the end of the boss fight at Dead Line, aiming to push each other off the platform.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' this happens between [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=041203 Torg and the Demon King.]]
* ''Webcomic/ZokushoComics'': Shows up all throughout [[http://www.waywardcross.com/?p=109 Clash.]]
* Occurs in ''Webcomic/BitsFair'' during [[http://bitsfair.com/comic/3-27-32/ the fight between Irya are Reba.]]

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' has one of these between Yami Bakura and Yami Marik in a parody of ''Franchise/StarWars''.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' where Danny and Vlad did this in one episode with [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The dual wielding Jet and Zuko have one during their SwordFight in an EvasiveFightThreadEpisode.
* OlderThanTelevision: In the Creator/VanBeurenStudios era WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat cartoon ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k0Z0tRCmvA The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg]]'', Felix and Captain Kid are sword fighting, and their swords end up locking together due to the blades actually ''fusing together due to the heat from the friction of the fast fight''.
* [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Optimus]] and Megatron do this on occasion with blades from their [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/images2/b/b8/PrimeEp23-PrimeMegatron.jpg arm blades.]]
* The [[WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks animated ''Mighty Ducks'']] from Disney had Duke and Falcone do the lock during a sword combat. Duke knocks Falcone off balance, and then knocks him flat on his back. Conclude with snarky comment on the theme of Falcone always talking a bigger fight then he could deliver.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Conversely, in Olympic fencing, this sort of overdramatic parry is sometimes referred to as a Hollywood parry or Star Wars parry. Students are reminded to [[BoringButPractical stop looking cool]], [[MundaneSolution disengage]], and [[JustShootHim stab him already]].
** The angle needed to parry an attack varies between weapons, but is almost always much less than the average person suspects. Fencing is a fast enough sport that even a hint of movement in the wrong direction can mean a touch against you; exaggerated movements ''will'' get you hit.
* Contrary to most sport fencing today, longsword fencing in the German styles practically required this. Combined with other techniques like using the pommel and guard as blunt instruments and surprisingly advanced grappling, this was practically the only way to effectively fight an opponent in full armor. The general strategy was to bind, smash or throw your opponent to the ground, and then make a thrust at the now (slightly more) exposed gaps in your opponent's armor. Several techniques involved putting one or both hands on the blade of the sword, for extra leverage. However, this sort of blade contact was transient, usually with one fighter either disengaging or winning the bind, most often though superior technique, as opposed to the face-to-face brute-force contest of strength that is often portrayed in cinema and video games.
** The main reason that this technique (called "binding") works is due to the edges in both swords ever so slightly "biting" into one-another, allowing leverage in directions other than forwards.
** There are some times where the historical sources advocate parrying with the flat (rather than the edge), however these are usually more deflecting than stopping actions, and don't involve much bind-work
* To a lesser degree, this is also a valid tactic in kenjutsu (not so much in kendo). As a matter of fact, the blunt side of the katana's blade usually plays a major role. Like in German style, putting one hand on the blade for extra leverage is a very common technique. However, since it's safe to slide the hand through it, there is a bigger variety of techniques for both winning or breaking free from these situations.