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* In ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'', Prince Nuada has two weapons: a curved short sword, and a spear that can alternate between compact and full size. The spear's tip is detachable when struck at a living target and will attempt to burrow deeper if removal is attempted.

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In ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'', Prince Nuada has two weapons: a curved short sword, and a spear that can alternate between compact and full size. The spear's tip is detachable when struck at a living target and will attempt to burrow deeper if removal is attempted.attempted.
** In ''Film/Hellboy2019'', the Osiris Club wields massive, [[ShockAndAwe electrified]] spears as their WeaponOfChoice for hunting giants. [[spoiler:They also use them to literally stab Hellboy in the back, but when the actual giants crash the party, the spears don't do the humans any good and they're quickly slaughtered]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Nioh}}'' features spears as one of the starting 5 weapons of choice William can use, starting from the partisan-like "Runkah" in London and going through a veritable arsenal of plain and cross-bladed spears once in Japan, several of them belonging to assorted historical samurai of the period, such as Kuroda Nagamasa, Shima Sakon, Ii Naomasa and UsefulNotes/HondaTadakatsu. Depending on the stance, spears can either attack with wide swipes, rapid slashes and thrusts or long-ranged thrusts that keep the enemy at bay. Oddly enough, there's only one naginata user in game, and it's the boss [[AnIcePerson Yuki onna]] [[spoiler: and, her former human form Nohime]], who summons and attacks with a naginata made of ice which she can throw like a buzzsaw and briefly transform in a katana for her lunge attack.


** The name of the ''goedendag'' is interesting: some say it comes from a phrase meaning "good dagger". Others say that it literally means its literal translation from Dutch, "good day": you went down the street saying, "good day," and anyone responding in a French accent got the pointy end. (Flemish revolts against the French are innumerable; they were particularly common in Bruges, as France kept occupying it.)
* The Knight's lance, while often just a metal-tipped sharpened stick, and thus missing a "Blade" completely, is still technically this trope, knightly lances were designed not for thrusting, but simply keeping it "couched" in the armpit of the knight, put his entire weight into the blow, and through the saddle, stirrups and such, put the ''horses'' weight into it as well. Needless to say, a sharpened metal-tipped stick with that much weight and speed behind it is all but unstoppable, and the use of it and it's unstopability was the basis for medieval warfare.

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** The name of the ''goedendag'' is interesting: some say it comes from a phrase meaning "good dagger". Others say that it literally means its literal translation from Dutch, "good day": [[TrustPassword you went down the street saying, "good day," and anyone responding in a French accent got the pointy end.end]]. (Flemish revolts against the French are innumerable; they were particularly common in Bruges, as France kept occupying it.)
* The Knight's lance, while often just a metal-tipped sharpened stick, and thus missing a "Blade" completely, is still technically this trope, knightly lances were designed not for thrusting, but simply keeping it "couched" in the armpit of the knight, put his entire weight into the blow, and through the saddle, stirrups and such, put the ''horses'' ''horse's'' weight into it as well. Needless to say, a sharpened metal-tipped stick with that much weight and speed behind it is all but unstoppable, and the use of it and it's unstopability unstoppability was the basis for medieval warfare.


* In ''VideoGame/FreedomWars'', the Polearms are one of the three melee weapon classes to choose from, along with [[MachetteMayhem Light]] [[KukrisAreCool Melee]] and [[{{BFS}} Heavy]] [[CarryingABigStick Melee]]. L-6E1 and Moonshadow are designed for [[CriticalHitClass critical damage]], as the former focuses on high critical damage, while the latter focuses on high critical chance. Gration and Hyuga are [[MightyGlacier slow yet powerful]] [[ThisIsADrill drill lances]] with precise attacks. Holy Lance is a spear with the weakest damage output, but has LifeDrain to compensate. Last but not least is the swift and powerful [[InfinityPlusOneSword Exodus]], as it is the only spear that deals impact-based damage, making it ideal for most [[HumongousMecha Abductors.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FreedomWars'', the Polearms are one of the three melee weapon classes to choose from, along with [[MachetteMayhem [[MacheteMayhem Light]] [[KukrisAreCool [[KukrisAreKool Melee]] and [[{{BFS}} Heavy]] [[CarryingABigStick [[CarryABigStick Melee]]. L-6E1 and Moonshadow are designed for [[CriticalHitClass critical damage]], as the former focuses on high critical damage, while the latter focuses on high critical chance. Gration and Hyuga are [[MightyGlacier slow yet powerful]] [[ThisIsADrill drill lances]] with precise attacks. Holy Lance is a spear with the weakest damage output, but has LifeDrain to compensate. Last but not least is the swift and powerful [[InfinityPlusOneSword Exodus]], as it is the only spear that deals impact-based damage, making it ideal for most [[HumongousMecha Abductors.]]


* In ''VideoGame/FreedomWars'', the Polearm weapon class is this. L-6E1 and Moonshadow are designed for [[CriticalHitClass critical damage]], as the former focuses on high critical damage, while the latter focuses on high critical chance. Gration and Hyuga are [[MightyGlacier slow yet powerful]] [[ThisIsADrill drill lances]] with precise attacks. Holy Lance is a spear with the weakest damage output, but has LifeDrain to compensate. Last but not least is the swift and powerful [[InfinityPlusOneSword Exodus]], as it is the only spear that deals impact-based damage, making it ideal for most [[HumongousMecha Abductors.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FreedomWars'', the Polearm Polearms are one of the three melee weapon class is this.classes to choose from, along with [[MachetteMayhem Light]] [[KukrisAreCool Melee]] and [[{{BFS}} Heavy]] [[CarryingABigStick Melee]]. L-6E1 and Moonshadow are designed for [[CriticalHitClass critical damage]], as the former focuses on high critical damage, while the latter focuses on high critical chance. Gration and Hyuga are [[MightyGlacier slow yet powerful]] [[ThisIsADrill drill lances]] with precise attacks. Holy Lance is a spear with the weakest damage output, but has LifeDrain to compensate. Last but not least is the swift and powerful [[InfinityPlusOneSword Exodus]], as it is the only spear that deals impact-based damage, making it ideal for most [[HumongousMecha Abductors.]]


* In ''VideoGame/FreedomWars'', the Polearm weapon class is this. L-6E1 and Moonshadow are designed for [[CriticalHitClass critical damage]], as the former focuses on high critical damage, while the latter focuses on high critical chance. Gration and Hyuga are [[MightyGlacier slow yet powerful]] [[ThisIsADrill drill lances]] with precise attacks. Holy Lance is a spear with the weakest damage output, but has LifeDrain to compensate. Last but not least is the swift and powerful [[InfinityPlusOneSword Exodus]], as it is the only Spear that deals impact-based damage, making it ideal for most [[HumongousMecha Abductors]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FreedomWars'', the Polearm weapon class is this. L-6E1 and Moonshadow are designed for [[CriticalHitClass critical damage]], as the former focuses on high critical damage, while the latter focuses on high critical chance. Gration and Hyuga are [[MightyGlacier slow yet powerful]] [[ThisIsADrill drill lances]] with precise attacks. Holy Lance is a spear with the weakest damage output, but has LifeDrain to compensate. Last but not least is the swift and powerful [[InfinityPlusOneSword Exodus]], as it is the only Spear spear that deals impact-based damage, making it ideal for most [[HumongousMecha Abductors]]Abductors.]]


* In ''VideoGame/FreedomWars'', the Polearm weapon class is this. L-6E1 and Moonshadow are designed for critical damage. Gration and Hyuga are [[MightyGlacier slow yet powerful]] [[ThisIsADrill drill lances]] with precise attacks. Holy Lance is a spear with the weakest damage output, but has LifeDrain to compensate. Last but not least is the swift and powerful [[InfinityPlusOneSword Exodus]], as it is the only Spear that deals impact-based damage, making it ideal for most [[HumongousMecha Abductors]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FreedomWars'', the Polearm weapon class is this. L-6E1 and Moonshadow are designed for [[CriticalHitClass critical damage.damage]], as the former focuses on high critical damage, while the latter focuses on high critical chance. Gration and Hyuga are [[MightyGlacier slow yet powerful]] [[ThisIsADrill drill lances]] with precise attacks. Holy Lance is a spear with the weakest damage output, but has LifeDrain to compensate. Last but not least is the swift and powerful [[InfinityPlusOneSword Exodus]], as it is the only Spear that deals impact-based damage, making it ideal for most [[HumongousMecha Abductors]]


* ''VideoGame/DragonProject'' gives us the Spear weapon class, as it focuses on ranged melee attacks. Heat Spear allows you to pull off a [[InASingleBound Skyfall]] to deal some burst damage. Averted by Soul Spear, which goes for {{Sinister Scythe}} instead. Burst Spear has a freaking [[ThisIsADrill drill]] for Altair's sake!

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* In ''VideoGame/FreedomWars'', the Polearm weapon class is this. L-6E1 and Moonshadow are designed for critical damage. Gration and Hyuga are [[MightyGlacier slow yet powerful]] [[ThisIsADrill drill lances]] with precise attacks. Holy Lance is a spear with the weakest damage output, but has LifeDrain to compensate. Last but not least is the swift and powerful [[InfinityPlusOneSword Exodus]], as it is the only Spear that deals impact-based damage, making it ideal for most [[HumongousMecha Abductors]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonProject'' gives us the Spear weapon class, as it focuses on ranged melee attacks. Heat Spear allows you to pull off a [[InASingleBound Skyfall]] to deal some burst damage. Averted by Soul Spear, which goes for {{Sinister Scythe}} with LifeDrain instead. Burst Spear has a freaking [[ThisIsADrill drill]] for Altair's sake!

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* ''VideoGame/DragonProject'' gives us the Spear weapon class, as it focuses on ranged melee attacks. Heat Spear allows you to pull off a [[InASingleBound Skyfall]] to deal some burst damage. Averted by Soul Spear, which goes for {{Sinister Scythe}} instead. Burst Spear has a freaking [[ThisIsADrill drill]] for Altair's sake!
** Speaking of [[BigGood Altair]], the spear is his WeaponOfChoice.


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* ''Anime/{{Daitarn 3}}'': The "Daitarn Javelin" attack. Daitarn 3 pulls a four pointed spear. It can be used for jabbing or tossing at long-range foes.

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* ''Anime/{{Daitarn 3}}'': ''Anime/Daitarn3'': The "Daitarn Javelin" attack. Daitarn 3 pulls a four pointed spear. It can be used for jabbing or tossing at long-range foes.
* ''Anime/{{Digimon}}'' as a whole has a wide a sortment of Digimon who wield such weapons: Chaos Gallantmon, Gallantmon, Examon, Grey Knightsmon, and Sandiramon use Lances; Craniumon, Crescemon, Dark Knightmon, Gallantmon: Crimson Mode, Jager Dorulumon, Lowemon, Neptunemon(surprisngly doesn't wield a trident), Piximon, Shoutmon DX, and Shoutmon X 3 S D use Spears; Ice Leomon-X uses a Pike; Cres Garurumon uses a Guangdao; Ophanimon wields a Javelin; Sistermon Blanc wields the Arrow Cross (which despite the name is less of an arrow and more of a Trident) and Ancient Mermaimon and Dagomon wield Tridents.



* ''Anime/Digimon'' as a whole has a wide a sortment of Digimon who wield such Weapons, Chaos Gallantmon, Gallantmon, Examon, Grey Knightsmon, and Sandiramon use Lances, Craniumon, Crescemon, Dark Knightmon, Gallantmon: Crimson Mode, Jager Dorulumon, Lowemon, Neptunemon(surprisngly doesn't wield a trident), Piximon, Shoutmon DX, and Shoutmon X 3 S D use Spears, Ice Leomon-X uses a Pike, Cres Garurumon uses a Guangdao, Ophanimon wields a Javelin, Sistermon Blanc wields the Arrow Cross(which despite the name is less of an arrow and more of a Trident) and Ancient Mermaimon and Dagomon wield Tridents.



* DC's {{ComicBook/Aquaman}} wields the Trident of Neptune, an ancient relic made by the first king of Atlantis. It allows him to command the sea, control weather, shoot energy blasts, and set up forcefields. The trident is also indestructible, and has even [[EyeScream wounded]] {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}, who is virtually a [[PhysicalGod god]].

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* DC's {{ComicBook/Aquaman}} ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} wields the Trident of Neptune, an ancient relic made by the first king of Atlantis. It allows him to command the sea, control weather, shoot energy blasts, and set up forcefields. The trident is also indestructible, and has even [[EyeScream wounded]] {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}, ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}, who is virtually a [[PhysicalGod god]].



* In ''{{Film/Thor}}'', Odin's spear Gungnir, which aside from being a magical weapon, is also the symbol of Asgardian kingship.

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* In ''{{Film/Thor}}'', ''Film/{{Thor}}'', Odin's spear Gungnir, which aside from being a magical weapon, is also the symbol of Asgardian kingship.



* ''{{Film/Troy}}'' shows use of spears as a very useful weapon, particularly in Achilles's duel with Hector.

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* ''{{Film/Troy}}'' ''Film/{{Troy}}'' shows use of spears as a very useful weapon, particularly in Achilles's duel with Hector.



* In Film/TheDeadLands the inexperienced teenager Hongi arms himself with a spear.

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* In Film/TheDeadLands ''Film/TheDeadLands'', the inexperienced teenager Hongi arms himself with a spear.



* In the Literature/TimeScout ''Wagers of Sin'', Skeeter wields one of these as his final weapon in the Arena.

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* In the Literature/TimeScout ''Literature/TimeScout'' novel ''Wagers of Sin'', Skeeter wields one of these as his final weapon in the Arena.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''loves'' polearms, and they feature in the game itself and related fluff no rarer than the ubiquitous [[ChainsawGood chainswords]]. Of course, the lot of those spears are chainsaw too...

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' ''loves'' polearms, and they feature in the game itself and related fluff no rarer than the ubiquitous [[ChainsawGood chainswords]]. Of course, the lot of those spears are chainsaw too...



* In Literature/WorldWarZ, Maori warriors are mentioned using their indigenous weapons, staffs with crescent blades on top, to great effect against the zombie hordes.

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* In Literature/WorldWarZ, ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', Maori warriors are mentioned using their indigenous weapons, staffs with crescent blades on top, to great effect against the zombie hordes.



* In [[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2766952/1/Elemental Elemental]], spears are the weapon of choice for Mooks, but are also wielded by the fire Elemental, who serves as the resident BigBad. Another interesting use of this trope is with Corah, who carries a scythe.

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* In [[http://www.''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2766952/1/Elemental Elemental]], Elemental]]'', spears are the weapon of choice for Mooks, but are also wielded by the fire Elemental, who serves as the resident BigBad. Another interesting use of this trope is with Corah, who carries a scythe.



* In ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', Harriet's superpower allows her telekinetic control over a crude-looking spear called Severance. She can control it to slash or ram into opponents, or she can instead inflict illusions or SensoryAbuse by having Severance cut them.
* Both Lancers from ''Roleplay/FateNuovoGuerra'', naturally. One of them is somewhere between this and a SinisterScythe, though.
* Polearms are occasionally assigned in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', and when a character needs an ImprovisedWeapon they usually either make a shiv or a spear from available materials. Examples of characters who made spears include Niniko Kishinawa and Daniel Brent.



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* TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering: A common weapon among Soldiers and creatures with First Strike. Notable examples include:

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* TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering: ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': A common weapon among Soldiers and creatures with First Strike. Notable examples include:



* Spears are one of six available weapon disciplines available in VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles. Atypically, they are used in this game for defensive purposes, as the discipline's skillset revolves around acting as a StoneWall, utilizing it in tandem with a heavy shield. There are many skills which grant defensive [[StatusBuff buffs]] to the user and nearby party members while its offensive actions are limited and not very powerful in comparison to the other disciplines.

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* Spears are one of six available weapon disciplines available in VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles.''VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles''. Atypically, they are used in this game for defensive purposes, as the discipline's skillset revolves around acting as a StoneWall, utilizing it in tandem with a heavy shield. There are many skills which grant defensive [[StatusBuff buffs]] to the user and nearby party members while its offensive actions are limited and not very powerful in comparison to the other disciplines.



** The ''Dead Money'' DLC for ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' introduces [[{{GasMaskMooks}} Ghost People]], whose WeaponOfChoice is the Knife Spear and the throwing knife spear, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It's a decent melee weapon for The Courier to use throughout the DLC, as ammunition is scarce and Ghost People must be dismembered to be permanently killed.

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** The ''Dead Money'' DLC for ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' introduces [[{{GasMaskMooks}} [[GasMaskMooks Ghost People]], whose WeaponOfChoice is the Knife Spear and the throwing knife spear, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It's a decent melee weapon for The Courier to use throughout the DLC, as ammunition is scarce and Ghost People must be dismembered to be permanently killed.



* Xin Zhao and Pantheon of ''VideoGame/LeagueofLegends'' both use spears. Jarvan IV also wields a mansized lance/spear combination that he swings like a hammer and can extend out to stab from far away. Not to mention it's made from the bones of the various monsters he killed south of the Great Barrier, including dragons.

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* Xin Zhao and Pantheon of ''VideoGame/LeagueofLegends'' ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' both use spears. Jarvan IV also wields a mansized lance/spear combination that he swings like a hammer and can extend out to stab from far away. Not to mention it's made from the bones of the various monsters he killed south of the Great Barrier, including dragons.



* [[LawfulStupid Hotaru]] from ''MortalKombat'' wields a naginata as his WeaponOfChoice.

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* [[LawfulStupid Hotaru]] from ''MortalKombat'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' wields a naginata as his WeaponOfChoice.



* Undyne from VideoGame/{{Undertale}} controls magic spears at will, and uses them in combat. Strangely, it's similar in style of a RhythmGame.

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* Undyne from VideoGame/{{Undertale}} ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' controls magic spears at will, and uses them in combat. Strangely, it's similar in style of a RhythmGame.



** Both Lancers (ItMakesSenseInContext) from ''Roleplay/FateNuovoGuerra'', naturally. One of them is somewhere between this and a SinisterScythe, though.



* Polearms are occasionally assigned in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', and when a character needs an ImprovisedWeapon they usually either make a shiv or a spear from available materials. Examples of characters who made spears include Niniko Kishinawa and Daniel Brent.


* A type of weapon exists in ''Literature/ChaosFighters'', but they tend to be at ''both ends'' of the stick.
* In [[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2766952/1/Elemental Elemental]], spears are the weapon of choice for Mooks, but are also wielded by the fire Elemental, who serves as the resident BigBad. Another interesting use of this trope is with Corah, who carries a scythe.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', a halberd is the signature weapon of Armsmaster.



* A type of weapon exists in ''Literature/ChaosFighters'', but they tend to be at ''both ends'' of the stick.
* In [[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2766952/1/Elemental Elemental]], spears are the weapon of choice for Mooks, but are also wielded by the fire Elemental, who serves as the resident BigBad. Another interesting use of this trope is with Corah, who carries a scythe.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', a halberd is the signature weapon of Armsmaster.



* Gregor of ''WebOriginal/ThrillingIntent'' uses a glaive as his WeaponOfChoice.

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* Gregor of ''WebOriginal/ThrillingIntent'' ''WebAnimation/ThrillingIntent'' uses a glaive as his WeaponOfChoice.

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* Walking sticks can have small blades inside, activated by a button.


** Though with the [[RuleOfCool notable exception]] of the ''Halo Wars'' cutscene, the Honor Guard never actually use their ceremonial spears in combat. When danger threatens, they drop their spears and equip [[EnergyWeapons plasma guns]] and [[LaserSword energy swords]].

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** Though with the [[RuleOfCool notable exception]] of the ''Halo Wars'' cutscene, the Honor Guard never actually use their ceremonial spears in combat. When danger threatens, they drop their spears and equip [[EnergyWeapons plasma guns]] and [[LaserSword [[LaserBlade energy swords]].


* ''Literature/TortallUniverse''
** Kel, from ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', uses a glaive [[note]]Really a naginata, since she spent several years in the fantasy version of Japan while her parents were ambassadors there[[/note]] as one of her main weapons. Kel's bigoted training master wouldn't let her use it but her more liberal knight master did; the children who looked up to her asked her to train them to use one. Interestingly enough, people's acceptance of her weapon seems to represent their acceptance of her.
** In ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' we're introduced to what is probably the most fantastical weapon in Pierce's books. As a raka freedom fighter and spy, Junai has to be more covert; therefore, Junai's "staff" sprouts foot-long blades at both ends when she twists the grip.

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* ''Literature/TortallUniverse''
** Kel,
In Creator/BernardCornwell's novel ''Agincourt'' the hero is an archer, but the knight whose company he joins to go off to the war cross-trains every one of his archers to use the poleaxe.
* From ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'':
-->''Lo,[[FamedInStory praise]] of the prowess of [[RoyalBlood people-kings]]\\
of spear-armed Danes, in days long sped,\\
we have heard, and what honor the [[BlueBlood athelings]] won!''
* The Grey Angels of ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' have as their signature weapon the soul reaper, which looks like a metre-and-a-half-long glaive blade on a metre-long stick.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novel ''Sellsword'', the [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnome]] Theodenes has a [[SwissArmyWeapon multi-purpose polearm]]... [[AwesomeButImpractical that can switch
from ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', one polearm to another and another and another]].
* In David Eddings's series ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/TheTamuli'', the character Bevier
uses a glaive [[note]]Really [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lochaber_axe lochaber axe]], which is constantly commented on as being a naginata, since she spent several years in particularly nasty weapon. The fact that Bevier is the fantasy version most pious and good-hearted of Japan while her parents were ambassadors there[[/note]] as one of her main weapons. Kel's bigoted training master wouldn't let her use it but her more liberal knight master did; all the children who looked up to her asked her to train them to use one. Interestingly enough, people's acceptance of her knights isn't lost on anyone either.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Marvel's preferred
weapon is a spear.
* ''Literature/TheIcelandicSagas'' contain many references to warriors fighting with the ''atgeir'', which definitely
seems to represent their acceptance have been some kind of her.
** In ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' we're introduced to what
polearm. Its precise nature is probably the most fantastical weapon in Pierce's books. As a raka freedom fighter and spy, Junai has to be more covert; therefore, Junai's "staff" sprouts foot-long blades at both ends when she twists the grip.uncertain, although many English translations traditionally render it as "halberd".



* Literature/TheIcelandicSagas contain many references to warriors fighting with the ''atgeir'', which definitely seems to have been some kind of polearm. Its precise nature is uncertain, although many English translations traditionally render it as "halberd".
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' gave mention to Aeglos/Aiglos, the spear of King Gil-galad. He fared about as well as the sword-wielding Elendil when they faced off against Sauron, which is quite well actually. It's only in the movie that they get rather unceremoniously killed. In the book, Gil-Galad and Elendil overthrew Sauron before dying themselves in a HeroicSacrifice -- Isildur just [[NinjaLooting looted the body.]]
* Ronan got a huge, glowing, magical, ''elemental'' spear forged by the Irish gods, from iron drawn directly from the heart of the sun, in Diane Diane's fourth Literature/YoungWizards book. Granted, it almost cost him his sanity to decide to finally use it.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Mat Cauthon of Robert Jordan's series, as part of his role as the inspiration for our tales of Odin, has his [[TheManTheyCouldntHang interestingly acquired]] [[http://bp3.blogger.com/_tAGiUyc7Zrs/R5exIWodT3I/AAAAAAAAAqU/8q2JpKYU8m8/s1600-h/mywnat.jpg ''ashandarei'']] which he naturally uses to [[BadassNormal kick ass and take names.]] Also, the Aiel from the same book wield spears with deadly skill.
** Short spears, which are a bit too short for this trope, but still of a length with most swords and balanced for throwing.
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'': Spears and polearms of every sort were used by quite a number of characters. Perhaps the most iconic would be Guan Yu's (possibly anachronistic) ''guandao,'' a huge glaive-like polearm.

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* Literature/TheIcelandicSagas contain In ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', many references to warriors fighting demons use spears or polearms as their weapon. Justified since it's set in ancient China, where polearms where used in martial arts. Most notable users include Erlang with his trident (who actually managed to defeat Sun Wukong), the ''atgeir'', which definitely seems to have been Black Wind Demon (a black tasseled spear) and the Nine-Headed monster (either some kind sort of polearm. Its precise nature is uncertain, although many English translations traditionally render it as "halberd".
ankus or a guan dao).
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'': The halberds used by the Swiss Guard, in ''The Tuloriad''.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' gave mention to Aeglos/Aiglos, the spear of King Gil-galad. He fared about as well as the sword-wielding Elendil when they faced off against Sauron, which is quite well actually. It's only in the movie that they get rather unceremoniously killed. In the book, Gil-Galad and Elendil overthrew Sauron before dying themselves in a HeroicSacrifice -- Isildur just [[NinjaLooting looted the body.]]
body]].
* Ronan got ''Literature/MartinFierro'': This is a huge, glowing, magical, ''elemental'' spear forged by NarrativePoem that narrates the Irish gods, from iron drawn directly from war between Argentian Indians and {{Gaucho}}s trying to SettlingTheFrontier.
** At Song III, Martin Fierro declares that
the heart of the sun, in Diane Diane's fourth Literature/YoungWizards book. Granted, it almost cost him his sanity to decide to finally use it.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Mat Cauthon of Robert Jordan's series, as part of his role as the inspiration for our tales of Odin, has his [[TheManTheyCouldntHang interestingly acquired]] [[http://bp3.blogger.com/_tAGiUyc7Zrs/R5exIWodT3I/AAAAAAAAAqU/8q2JpKYU8m8/s1600-h/mywnat.jpg ''ashandarei'']] which he naturally uses to [[BadassNormal kick ass and take names.]] Also, the Aiel from
Indians dominate this weapon so well, they have ImprobableAimingSkills.
** In
the same book wield spears song, Martin Fierro denounces that the {{Gaucho}}s have [[TheGunslinger guns]], and [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight so they should have the advantage against the Indians]], but GunsAreWorthless without ammunition so they have to fight with deadly skill.
** Short spears, which are a bit too short for this trope, but still of a length
[[BladeOnAStick polearms]] too. The last part is because the Argentinian Army [[spoiler: invokes CannonFodder with most swords and balanced for throwing.
The {{Gaucho}}s]].
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'': Spears and polearms In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', Ithuriel is armed with a spear when he finds {{Satan}}. Being of every sort were used by quite a number of characters. Perhaps the most iconic would be Guan Yu's (possibly anachronistic) ''guandao,'' a huge glaive-like polearm."Celestial temper", its touch is enough to return him to his own shape.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''loves'' polearms, and they feature in the game itself and related fluff no rarer than the ubiquitous [[ChainsawGood chainswords]]. Of course, the lot of those spears are chainsaw too...
** In William King's ''Literature/SpaceWolf'' novels, the Spear of Russ, the ancient weapon of the Space Wolves' primarch. Prophecy says that when he returns, he will take it up to fight. [[spoiler:Which causes real problems when Ragnor loses it, fighting against a [[BackFromTheDead revived]] Magnus the Red, their ancient enemy.]]
** The funny thing is that, according to the Thirteenth Company, whom "modern" Wolves encountered during the recent Dark Crusade, Russ (who is, apparently, still alive and kicking ass in the Eye of Terror) doesn't put any real significance to the spear in question, and is greatly amused by the reverence Wolves gives to this ordinary (to him, at least) weapon. He only kept it around at all because it was a present from his father; he actually lost the thing several times himself, mostly when drunk.
** In Creator/JamesSwallow's Literature/BloodAngels novel ''Deus Encarmine'', the Spear of Telesto. Touching it briefly gives Arkio the appearance of their primarch Sanguinius, and he slowly develops with it into a [[PowerGlows glowing]] manifestation. One of its virtues is that it unleashes fire that does not harm Blood Angels, [[spoiler:which is handy for the other side, when Arkio is fighting one in single combat]].
** Characters in the ''Literature/GreyKnights'' series have the halberd-shaped Nemesis force weapons as their standard issue melee implement. There are customised Nemeses, like force swords and [[DropTheHammer force hammers]] both in the game and in the fluff like Creator/BenCounter's novels, but it was the force halberd that is usually associated with them.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novel ''Sellsword'', the [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnome]] Theodenes has a [[SwissArmyWeapon multi-purpose polearm]]... [[AwesomeButImpractical that can switch from one polearm to another and another and another]].
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Prince Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper of Dorne, uses a poisoned 8-foot spear during his duel with Gregor Clegane, [[RedBaron 'The Mountain that Rides,']] primarily as a way to counter The Mountain's long reach (Gregor uses a [[{{BFS}} 6-foot long greatsword]] in one hand) and also because it's the WeaponOfChoice of Dornish warriors.
* In David Eddings's series ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/TheTamuli'', the character Bevier uses a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lochaber_axe lochaber axe]], which is constantly commented on as being a particularly nasty weapon. The fact that Bevier is the most pious and good-hearted of all the knights isn't lost on anyone either.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'': The halberds used by the Swiss Guard, in ''The Tuloriad''.



* In Creator/BernardCornwell's novel ''Agincourt'' the hero is an archer, but the knight whose company he joins to go off to the war cross-trains every one of his archers to use the pole-ax.
* From ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'':
-->''Lo,[[FamedInStory praise]] of the prowess of [[RoyalBlood people-kings]]\\
of spear-armed Danes, in days long sped,\\
we have heard, and what honor the [[BlueBlood athelings]] won!''
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': The spear is the standard weapon of common darkeyed soldiers; swords are reserved for the lighteyed upper class. Particularly of note is [[TheHero Kaladin]], who is so incredibly skilled with a spear that [[spoiler: he managed to kill a guy who had one of the settings resident [[{{BFS}} big]] [[AbsurdlySharpBlade insanely sharp]] instant death blades, and {{Magitek}} PoweredArmor.]]

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* In Creator/BernardCornwell's novel ''Agincourt'' the hero is an archer, but the knight whose company he joins to go off to the war cross-trains ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'': Spears and polearms of every sort were used by quite a number of characters. Perhaps the most iconic would be Guan Yu's (possibly anachronistic) ''guandao,'' a huge glaive-like polearm.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Prince Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper of Dorne, uses a poisoned 8-foot spear during his duel with Gregor Clegane, [[RedBaron "The Mountain that Rides"]], primarily as a way to counter The Mountain's long reach (Gregor uses a [[{{BFS}} 6-foot long greatsword]] in
one hand) and also because it's the WeaponOfChoice of his archers Dornish warriors.
* Jon-Tom's ramwood staff in ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' has a long concealed blade in one end that turns it into a spear he learns
to use the pole-ax.
quite effectively.
* From ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'':
-->''Lo,[[FamedInStory praise]] of the prowess of [[RoyalBlood people-kings]]\\
of spear-armed Danes, in days long sped,\\
we have heard, and what honor the [[BlueBlood athelings]] won!''
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
**
The spear is the standard weapon of common darkeyed soldiers; swords are reserved for the lighteyed upper class. Particularly of note is [[TheHero Kaladin]], who is so incredibly skilled with a spear that [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he managed to kill a guy who had one of the settings setting's resident [[{{BFS}} big]] [[AbsurdlySharpBlade insanely sharp]] instant death blades, and {{Magitek}} PoweredArmor.]]



* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: Kalak [[spoiler: and the other leondians]] wields halbreds because he's from [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy a nation of infantry.]]

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* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: ''Literature/TortallUniverse'':
** Kel, from ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', uses a glaive [[note]]Really a naginata, since she spent several years in the fantasy version of Japan while her parents were ambassadors there[[/note]] as one of her main weapons. Kel's bigoted training master wouldn't let her use it but her more liberal knight master did; the children who looked up to her asked her to train them to use one. Interestingly enough, people's acceptance of her weapon seems to represent their acceptance of her.
** In the ''Literature/TrickstersDuet'' we're introduced to what is probably the most fantastical weapon in Pierce's books. As a raka freedom fighter and spy, Junai has to be more covert; therefore, Junai's "staff" sprouts foot-long blades at both ends when she twists the grip.
* The Red Knight of ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' is gifted a ''ghiavarina'' (heavy spear) with an AbsurdlySharpBlade at the end of the first book, and it becomes his main weapon for the rest of the series.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'':
Kalak [[spoiler: and the other leondians]] wields halbreds halberds because he's from [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy a nation of infantry.]]



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''loves'' polearms, and they feature in the game itself and related fluff no rarer than the ubiquitous [[ChainsawGood chainswords]]. Of course, the lot of those spears are chainsaw too...
** In William King's ''Literature/SpaceWolf'' novels, the Spear of Russ, the ancient weapon of the Space Wolves' primarch. Prophecy says that when he returns, he will take it up to fight. [[spoiler:Which causes real problems when Ragnor loses it, fighting against a [[BackFromTheDead revived]] Magnus the Red, their ancient enemy.]]
** The funny thing is that, according to the Thirteenth Company, whom "modern" Wolves encountered during the recent Dark Crusade, Russ (who is, apparently, still alive and kicking ass in the Eye of Terror) doesn't put any real significance to the spear in question, and is greatly amused by the reverence Wolves gives to this ordinary (to him, at least) weapon. He only kept it around at all because it was a present from his father; he actually lost the thing several times himself, mostly when drunk.
** In Creator/JamesSwallow's Literature/BloodAngels novel ''Deus Encarmine'', the Spear of Telesto. Touching it briefly gives Arkio the appearance of their primarch Sanguinius, and he slowly develops with it into a [[PowerGlows glowing]] manifestation. One of its virtues is that it unleashes fire that does not harm Blood Angels, [[spoiler:which is handy for the other side, when Arkio is fighting one in single combat]].
** Characters in the ''Literature/GreyKnights'' series have the halberd-shaped Nemesis force weapons as their standard issue melee implement. There are customised Nemeses, like force swords and [[DropTheHammer force hammers]] both in the game and in the fluff like Creator/BenCounter's novels, but it was the force halberd that is usually associated with them.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Mat Cauthon, as part of his role as the inspiration for our tales of Odin, has his [[TheManTheyCouldntHang interestingly acquired]] ''[[http://bp3.blogger.com/_tAGiUyc7Zrs/R5exIWodT3I/AAAAAAAAAqU/8q2JpKYU8m8/s1600-h/mywnat.jpg ashandarei]]'', which he naturally uses to [[BadassNormal kick ass and take names.]]
** The Aiel from the same book wield spears with deadly skill... short spears, which are a bit too short for this trope, but still of a length with most swords and balanced for throwing.



* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', Ithuriel is armed with a spear when he finds {{Satan}}. Being of "Celestial temper", its touch is enough to return him to his own shape.
* In ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', many demons use spears or polearms as their weapon. Justified since it's set in ancient China, where polearms where used in martial arts. Most notable users include Erlang with his trident (who actually managed to defeat Sun Wukong), the Black Wind Demon (a black tasseled spear) and the Nine-Headed monster (either some sort of ankus or a guan dao).
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Marvel's preferred weapon is a spear.
* The Grey Angels of ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' have as their signature weapon the soul reaper, which looks like a metre-and-a-half-long glaive blade on a metre-long stick.
* The Red Knight of ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' is gifted a ''ghiavarina'' (heavy spear) with an AbsurdlySharpBlade at the end of the first book, and it becomes his main weapon for the rest of the series.
* Jon-Tom's ramwood staff in ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' has a long concealed blade in one end that turns it into a spear he learns to use quite effectively.
* ''Literature/MartinFierro'': This is a NarrativePoem that narrates the war between Argentian Indians and {{Gaucho}}s trying to SettlingTheFrontier.
** At Song III, Martin Fierro declares that the Indians dominate this weapon so well, they have ImprobableAimingSkills.
** In the same song, Martin Fierro denounces that the {{Gaucho}}s have [[TheGunslinger guns]], and [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight so they should have the advantage against the Indians]], but GunsAreWorthless without ammunition so they have to fight with [[BladeOnAStick polearms]] too. The last part is because the Argentinian Army [[spoiler: invokes CannonFodder with The {{Gaucho}}s]].


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* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', Ithuriel is armed with ''Literature/YoungWizards'': Ronan got a huge, glowing, magical, ''elemental'' spear when he finds {{Satan}}. Being of "Celestial temper", its touch is enough to return him to his own shape.
* In ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', many demons use spears or polearms as their weapon. Justified since it's set in ancient China, where polearms where used in martial arts. Most notable users include Erlang with his trident (who actually managed to defeat Sun Wukong),
forged by the Black Wind Demon (a black tasseled spear) and Irish gods, from iron drawn directly from the Nine-Headed monster (either some sort of ankus or a guan dao).
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Marvel's preferred weapon is a spear.
* The Grey Angels of ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' have as their signature weapon the soul reaper, which looks like a metre-and-a-half-long glaive blade on a metre-long stick.
* The Red Knight of ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' is gifted a ''ghiavarina'' (heavy spear) with an AbsurdlySharpBlade at the end
heart of the first book, and sun, in ''A Wizard Abroad''. Granted, it becomes almost cost him his main weapon for the rest of the series.
* Jon-Tom's ramwood staff in ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' has a long concealed blade in one end that turns it into a spear he learns
sanity to decide to finally use quite effectively.
* ''Literature/MartinFierro'': This is a NarrativePoem that narrates the war between Argentian Indians and {{Gaucho}}s trying to SettlingTheFrontier.
** At Song III, Martin Fierro declares that the Indians dominate this weapon so well, they have ImprobableAimingSkills.
** In the same song, Martin Fierro denounces that the {{Gaucho}}s have [[TheGunslinger guns]], and [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight so they should have the advantage against the Indians]], but GunsAreWorthless without ammunition so they have to fight with [[BladeOnAStick polearms]] too. The last part is because the Argentinian Army [[spoiler: invokes CannonFodder with The {{Gaucho}}s]].

it.



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* Practically too many ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' members and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' to mention.
** ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger''/''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': The Blue Ranger's personal weapon is the Tricera Lance which, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the name implies]], is a [[ProngsOfPoseidon trident]]. It can split into a pair of maces (occasionally called Mighty Maces). The Goryujin[=/=]Dragonzord Fighting Mode's main weapon is its a [[ThisIsADrill drill staff]], made from its tail.
** ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'': All five main Dairangers have their own SimpleStaff (Dai Rod), to which they can attach a unique blade: Red gets a halberd, Green a fork, Yellow gets a spear, Blue a sideways axe (called a plane), Pink a round blade (just called a weight).
** ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger''/''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'': The Red Ranger's main weapon is a javelin with a pair of pincer claws on either side of the blade; the blade can retract, allowing the pincers to close on an object.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'': Duncan beheads Kern using what the CCG calls a broad-bladed spear, using the weapon for sentimental reasons. It appears to have a heavier and longer blade than a normal spear, and he has to do a complicated wind-up and spinning swing to decapitate Kern with it.

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* Practically too many ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' members and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' to mention.
** ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger''/''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': The Blue Ranger's personal weapon is the Tricera Lance which, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the name implies]], is a [[ProngsOfPoseidon trident]]. It can split into a pair of maces (occasionally called Mighty Maces). The Goryujin[=/=]Dragonzord Fighting Mode's main weapon is its a [[ThisIsADrill drill staff]], made from its tail.
** ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'': All five main Dairangers have their own SimpleStaff (Dai Rod), to which they can attach a unique blade: Red gets a halberd, Green a fork, Yellow gets a spear, Blue a sideways axe (called a plane), Pink a round blade (just called a weight).
** ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger''/''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'': The Red Ranger's main weapon is a javelin with a pair of pincer claws on either side of the blade; the blade can retract, allowing the pincers to close on an object.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'': Duncan beheads Kern using what the CCG calls a broad-bladed spear, using the weapon for sentimental reasons. It appears to have a heavier and longer blade than a normal spear, and he has to do a complicated wind-up and spinning swing to decapitate Kern with it.
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* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' The gladiator fighting style hoplomachus included a spear and a dagger. The length of the spear gave them a great advantage at a distance, but was obviously unwieldy in close quarters (hence the dagger). Barca and Auctus fought in this style to great effect. Nasir, though not a gladiator, also wielded a spear when he joined the rebellion.

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* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' The gladiator fighting style hoplomachus included a spear and a dagger. The length ''Series/DoctorWho'': Some of the spear gave them a great advantage at a distance, but was obviously unwieldy in close quarters (hence members of the dagger). Barca and Auctus fought in this style to great effect. Nasir, though not a gladiator, also wielded a spear when he joined the rebellion.[[NunTooHoly Sisterhood of Karn]] carry what look like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naginata naginata]].



* Some of the members of the [[NunTooHoly Sisterhood Of Karn]] in Series/DoctorWho carry what look like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naginata naginata]].

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* Some of the members of the [[NunTooHoly Sisterhood Of Karn]] in Series/DoctorWho carry ''Series/{{Highlander}}'': Duncan beheads Kern using what look like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naginata naginata]].the CCG calls a broad-bladed spear, using the weapon for sentimental reasons. It appears to have a heavier and longer blade than a normal spear, and he has to do a complicated wind-up and spinning swing to decapitate Kern with it.



* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' The gladiator fighting style hoplomachus included a spear and a dagger. The length of the spear gave them a great advantage at a distance, but was obviously unwieldy in close quarters (hence the dagger). Barca and Auctus fought in this style to great effect. Nasir, though not a gladiator, also wielded a spear when he joined the rebellion.



* Practically too many ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' members and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' to mention.
** ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger''/''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': The Blue Ranger's personal weapon is the Tricera Lance which, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the name implies]], is a [[ProngsOfPoseidon trident]]. It can split into a pair of maces (occasionally called Mighty Maces). The Goryujin[=/=]Dragonzord Fighting Mode's main weapon is its a [[ThisIsADrill drill staff]], made from its tail.
** ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'': All five main Dairangers have their own SimpleStaff (Dai Rod), to which they can attach a unique blade: Red gets a halberd, Green a fork, Yellow gets a spear, Blue a sideways axe (called a plane), Pink a round blade (just called a weight).
** ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger''/''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'': The Red Ranger's main weapon is a javelin with a pair of pincer claws on either side of the blade; the blade can retract, allowing the pincers to close on an object.



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* It's a common joke nowadays to have a setup with two people talking. One discusses his ultimate weapon: a knife taped to a stick, which he calls a "knifestick."
-->'''Other Friend:''' You know that's a spear, right?
-->'''First Friend:''' DENIED!!

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* It's a common joke nowadays to have a setup with two people talking. One discusses his ultimate weapon: a knife taped to a stick, which he calls a "knifestick."
"knifestick".
-->'''Other Friend:''' You know that's a spear, right?
-->'''First
right?\\
'''First
Friend:''' DENIED!!

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