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Twice the blade for double the blood.

Dual Wielding characters use a weapon in each hand, which is cool. Do you know what's even cooler? Using a single weapon with two ends. It could be a stick with sword-blades on both ends, or maybe a double-bladednote  sword with both blades coming out of the same end of the hilt (in the former case, the weapon is usually wielded like a bladed staff.) If a Double Weapon is light enough (or the wielder is strong enough), then it can be dual wielded for a total of four blades. Fighting using a Double Weapon often involves a lot of spinning attacks.

In terms of Real Life effectiveness, these weapons could actually be quite effective in combat due to their inherent speed and versatility provided someone had the skill to use one. CARRYING a double bladed sword on the other hand would be a far more difficult affair (how do you sheathe it?), but few are the writers who let such details bother them. If you're really worried about it though, just invest in a Laser Blade.

Not to be confused with Dual Wielding. If the Double Weapon can be split into two single-bladed weapons, it is also a Bifurcated Weapon. If it's a fusion of two quite different weapons, it's a Mix-and-Match Weapon. Tends to be impossibly cool.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Azumi: The main character wields a peculiar sword with a katana blade on one end and a dagger on the other.
  • Bleach: The Filler Villain Kageroza Ibana wields a Zanpakutou named "Raikou" (Thunder Lord) and it takes the form of a large, dual-headed voulge which can control time and space.
  • Code Geass:
    • Suzaku's Knightmare Frame, the Lancelot double-wields two swords. The mass-production version, the Vincent, not only dual-wields, but the swords combine into a two-way lance.
    • The Ace Custom KMF Tristan piloted by Gino Weinberg uses a foldable end-to-end weapons that look like either a two-way scythe... or anchors...
    • The Lancelot Club, an original mecha from Visual Novel Lost Colors that acts as the missing link between the Lancelot and Vincent, has the same lance-type swords.
  • Digimon Frontier: Beowulfmon's BFS called "Trinität" (which is German for "trinity") is made of the two wing blades of Garumumon. However, rather than having a sword with two ends in opposite directions, it has two large and thick blades parallel to each other that point to one direction.
  • Digimon Data Squad: ShineGreymon's GeoGrey Sword is an enormous double-bladed sword.
  • Gundam:
    • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Gelgoog, Zeon's answer to the Gundam, uses a twin Laser Blade officially called a beam naginata.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ: The Dreissen has a beam lancer, which is made by combining its tomahawk and saber weapons, letting it use either as the polearm version (or both blades at once).
    • Mobile Suit Victory Gundam: The Abigor, a one-off Zanscare design, wields a pair of beam scythes that can be combined at the butt end.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Altron's twin beam trident; notably, in the TV series Wu Fei tends to wield it like a standard spear (only using one end) while in Endless Waltz he takes advantage of both ends. The Master Grade model kit of Sandrock has the unique gimmick of being able to combine its heat shotels, which is exceptionally ludicrous since they're each as tall as Sandrock itself.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED is fairly fond of this, beginning with the Freedom and Justice Gundams' beam sabers and continuing in Gundam SEED Destiny and Gundam SEED Astray. They even have a proper name for it: Ambidextrous Halberd Mode. The Sword Impulse Gundam from Gundam SEED Destiny takes it up level with its anti-ship swords (BFSes with a beam running the length somewhat like a giant cheese slicer), which can be docked to form a truly massive double-ender, which the Impulse swings around with incredible ease.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam 00: The 00 Gundam can dock its GN Sword IIs into a single long lance; on at least one occasion, Setsuna throws it like a giant discus.
    • This trope is prominent enough in the Gundam franchise that the game Gundam Breaker 2 included Twin Blades as an entire class of usable melee weapons, featuring many of the examples listed above. Their advantages are that they hit multiple times very quickly and can Spin to Deflect Stuff.
  • Inuyasha: Sango's father wielded a spear with a large crescent-shaped blade on the other end. Another demon slayer (likely Sango's uncle or something) has a less plausible one, with a trident blade on one end of the shaft and a huge spiked ball on the other end.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Fate has Bardiche's Riot Zanber form, which is a pair of energy sabers connected by an energy thread. That's right, Fate endorses sword-chucks. They can also be combined to form an even larger version of the weapon's Zanber form. The Zanber forms have energy blades, so Riot Zanber is basically a pair of lightsaber-chucks.
    • Force introduces Riot Blade II, where Fate combines the two energy sabers to form a Darth Maul-like double-ended energy saber.
  • My-HiME:
    • Akira's one-handed sword has two curved pointy blades.
    • My-Otome: Shizuru's Whip Sword has two straight blades in its default form, as does Rad's lance.
  • Ninja Scroll: Tessai wields one with deadly proficiency that he also uses as a boomerang (of sorts). Being a giant, his double-sided blade comes across as dual claymores, rather than swords.
  • Spider Riders: Hunter Steele gets a doublesided blade.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Usui Uonuma wields a short spear with a blade on one tip and a massive ball on the other end. He's also capable of attacking with both ends in a seemingly endless stream of blows.

    Comic Books 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: The centaur Timoth Eyesbright uses a double sword for a while until one blade breaks off in a fight; he apparently never gets it replaced afterwards. Notable in that the comic predates D&D's third edition (see below) by about a decade.
  • Sin City: Mariah uses a collapsible, double-bladed weapon.
  • Star Wars: Unusual lightsabers were overall more common before the current era of the setting, in both Legends and Canon, and most major storylines involved at least one character using a double-bladed saber.
    • The double-bladed light saber was first seen in the Legends comic Tales of the Jedi, used by the Fallen Hero Exar Kun, apparently based on ancient sith designs (though the sith hadn't developed lightsabers yet at that point in time...). It also has a unique variation in that, while most double-bladed lightsabers has a longer shaft for greater ease of handling (but opening it up to being severed by a precise strike), Kun's saber was the length of a normal lightsaber, simply having an emitter at both ends. This, combined with the fact that it was the first double-bladed saber in recorded history, allowed him a great element of surprise in his duel with his old master, which ultimately won him the duel.
    • Exar Kun's saber became a Chekhov's Gun in Knights of the Old Republic, after Demagol stole it from a covenant warehouse, and gave it to Jarael. During the final battle, Demagol is attacked by his daughter, and tries to grab Zayne's (single-bladed) saber with the force, but grabs Exar Kun's by accident. When igniting it, he impales them both.
    • The High Republic 2021: Keeve Trennis uses a double-bladed green saber that can be detached to form two sabers.
  • The Ultimates: The Colonel wields a double-bladed laser sword that's more than a little reminiscent of Darth Maul's lightsaber in The Phantom Menace. This is even given a Shout-Out in the story itself.

    Fan Works 
  • Son of the Sannin: During the Fourth Ninja War, Edo Tensei!Fugaku Uchiha's Susanoo wields two swords that can combine together into one, a la Darth Maul (fittingly, said Susanoo is described as being red with black edges).
  • The Pirate's Soldier: Shortly after Heero receives his own Master Key, Ryoko also gets one of her own, which can project energy blades from both ends.
  • Vow of Nudity: After her dual swords get ruined by rust monsters, Kay'la forges a double-bladed scimitar that becomes her weapon of choice.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Avengers: Endgame: Thanos wields a Titan-sized, double-bladed lance in the final battle. Presumably it's perfectly balanced, as all things should be.
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Storm Shadow dual wields katanas that he can combine at the ends.
  • The Heroic Ones: Li Chun-Hsiao, the youngest of the Tartan Princes and most capable of the warriors, use a double-sided spear in combat, which he use to take names throughout the movies in multiple large-scale battle scenes. The weapon's effectiveness is proven when Li battles the Bladesman Unit - twenty Elite Mooks who use gigantic halberds - and Li easily kills all of them in three minutes.
  • Kick-Ass: Hitgirl uses a double-bladed polearm (which can also detach into two long-hilted swords) in her first battle.
  • The Princess (2022): Linh has two swords which attach at the hilts to form a single dual-bladed one.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: The Final, the movie adaptations of Otowa Hyoko and Yatsume Mumyoi have such weapons: the former has traded the hidden weapon usage for a pair of double-bladed curved scimitars he uses in an extremely unpredictable and frenetic fighting style, sometimes to attack even with his back turned at the enemy. Mumyoi, aside from his Wolverine Claws, has a curious polearm with a large set of claws on one hand and a smaller scythe blade on the other end, though he mostly uses the former.
  • Shadow Whip: The whip-swinging heroine fights a legion of Elite Mooks that wield two-sided spears.
  • Sinbad of the Seven Seas: Sinbad's viking crewmember fights using a weapon with a morningstar on one end and a hammer on the other.
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: Darth Maul uses a double-bladed lightsaber, which originally appears normal until he activates the second blade from its hilt, which became the example on which the franchise's later use of this trope was based.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990): In the climactic showdown, the Shredder uses a two-sided spear.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Sentinel Prime has a double-ended broadsword. It looks an awful lot like the blade from a utility knife, but with the blade on the opposite side.

  • Chronicles of the Kencyrath: Scythe-arms are blade pairs attached to the fore-arm, with the longer blade jutting forward and the other back. They are used in pairs, ie one main blade and one spur on each forearm. Training with them easily dissolves into chaos, with inexperienced users not being able to keep track of the spurs.
  • Diamond Sword, Wooden Sword: The two-headed light glaive is the weapon of choice for Fess. During his tenure as an assassin he uses the double glaive exclusively; when he becomes a necromancer, he picks up also Martial Arts Staff and falchion skills.
  • Inheritance Cycle: Angela the Herbalist uses a Hûthvír, a double-bladed weapon sacred to the dwarf of Dûrgrimst Quan, apparently having won it from a priest via gambling and a riddle game.
  • Lord of the Flies: Roger's spear that is sharpened on both ends (and his willingness to use it) is feared by many of the boys.
  • Redwall: The otters' javelins are double-sided, leading to Cludd's death in Mossflower. The otters spike several javelins into the ground before Cludd duels with Skipper, who then flings him into the air and causes him to land on the upward points.
  • The Starlore Legacy: LORE introduces the Talon-X, a variation of the standard Talon energy sword with two blades coming out either side of a central handle, as well as a miniature energy shield on the front.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: Most works make a point of how dangerously impractical the double-ended lightsaber is, and how it tends to require exceptional skill to wield without injuring oneself. It is generally used by the Jedi for lightsaber training exercises (basically training to swordfight multiple opponents) using scaled-down training sabers (the beam only delivers a severe shock rather than cutting). In fact the double-bladed lightsaber was originally pioneered by another Sith Lord named Exar Kun over three thousand years earlier. Though he only seems to have used it once (to murder his former Jedi Master).
    • Darth Bane: Path of Destruction: The young Bane's lightsaber instructor teaches him that exotic lighsaber types like the double saber are in most cases inferior to an ordinary single-bladed version... except that your opponent will probably be used to fighting against opponents with an ordinary saber and will be thrown by unusual types. A double-bladed saber doesn't actually give you more options in a fight, but your opponent will think that it does, which is just as good.
    • The Jedi Path makes a point that the most dangerous mistake one can make when fighting someone with a saberstaff is thinking that the blades are separate, which they are not. Unlike dualwielding, knowing the location of one blade on a saberstaff automatically means you know the other too.

    Live-Action TV 

  • Destroy the Godmodder initially featured TwinBuilder's double-edged lightsaber in the first game. Many more Double Weapons were created in the second game as a result of the Alchemiter, with the most famous being Oblivion's Guardian, an upgraded version of Twin's lightsaber wielded by Build.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Dark Eye: Twinlilies, a staff with fleur-de-lis-shaped blades at each end. It was created as a form of Loophole Abuse: The citizenry of the city of Grangor was prohibited from carrying "pole weapons with one sharp blade" by imperial edict, so they created a polearm with two. It is acknowledged as a less-than-ideal weapon, but Grangorians still carry it as a point of pride.
  • Dungeons & Dragons introduces a whole class of weapons based on the concept in its third edition Player's Handbook, which gives the trope its name:
    • The two-bladed sword, which draws direct inspiration from Darth Maul's lightsaber. If Neverwinter Nights is any indication, its combat advantage comes from how an opponent parrying one blade is bound to get slashed by the other. (Though the lack of reach means it would be inferior to Dual Wielding, and in some ways less effective than even a sword and shield, if it weren't for Exotic Weapon Supremacy.)
    • The orc double axe, which has double-bitted axe-heads on both ends of the handle.
    • The dire flail, which has flails on both ends and would look very silly if not for the company it keeps, and should be nearly impossible to use without hurting yourself.
    • The dwarven urgrosh, with an axehead on one end and a spearhead on the other.
    • The gnome hooked hammer, with a hammerhead on one end and a hook on the other.
    • The Arms & Equipment Guide introduces the double scimitar, the double mace, and the gyrspike, a weapon with a sword on one end and a flail on the other.
    • The humble quarterstaff, which was upgraded to a double weapon, and the double mace, which is basically just a quarterstaff whose ends are weighted a bit heavier.
    • Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition: The concept is justified by saving money on enhancements. There's also the fact that most double weapons have a different type of damage: most single weapons will give, say, 1d8, while a double weapon would give 2d4. While it doesn't increase the maximum, it DOES increase the minimum; add the "brutal X" enchantment which means you reroll any damage die that lands lower than X, on a class that gives multiple-weapon-damage-roll attacks, and you suddenly have a very high minimum damage range.
    • Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition: The Polearm Master feat lets you use the butt of a polearm (halberd, spear, etc.) to make another attack once per turn, though it only deals 1d4+strength damage. This is still quite advantageous since a halberd or pike deals 1d10+strength (better than any one-handed weapon), and you only need one feat to pull it off, whereas Dual Wielding needs both a feat and a fighting style to get its full potential. And with the polearm you only needed on magic weapon rather than two.
    • Eberron: The double-scimitar is the trademark weapon of the Valenar Elves. Pointing out the impracticality of it will no doubt result in a first-hand demonstration of what the weapon is capable of, with you as the target.
  • GURPS: Martial Arts managed to dredge up an obscure example of these. The Qian Kun Ri Yue Dao features a sickle blade at each end and hand guards that have another blade attached to each. A double, double weapon that's almost comically dangerous to the wielder. While the text translates it as "Heaven and Earth, Sun and Moon Sword", it actually uses the Staff skill, but since it's such a complex weapon, it comes with a -1 modifier.
  • The One Ring: High Elves have access to a unique double-ended great spear, which allows them to spend a Hope point upon scoring a Critical Hit in order to make a bonus attack.
  • Warhammer:
    • Gorkamorka has the demilune, a two-handed power weapon that is unique to the Mutie raiders who inhabit the most desolate regions that surround the Skid. A demilune consists of central haft with a deadly powered blade at each end, allowing a skilled wielder to fight off multiple opponents with easy sweeping attacks.
    • Necromunda: The double-bladed knife is a weapon unique to the Ash Waste Nomads. Although it isn’t any more deadly than a regular knife the Nomads use the double-bladed knife as a defensive weapon, and are so skilled in its use that they are able to parry attacks as easily as a warrior armed with regular swords.
    • Warhammer 40,000:
      • Drukhari Hellions (sky-surfing gladiators/berserkers) frequently use Hellglaives, long staves with wickedly hooked and barbed blades at either end.
      • The Tau Ethereal Aun'shi uses an Honour Blade that is a staff with long sword-like blades at either end.
      • The Kroot Rifle has blades incorporated into the barrel and stock in imitation of the traditional fighting staffs used by ancient Kroot warriors.
      • The voidblades wielded by Necron nobles and the elite Triarch Praetorians consist of a pair of wide blades set either side of the weapon's hilt that can destabilize the molecular bonds of any material they cut through.
    • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: Some Blood Warriors of the Bloodbound Warhordes wield a Goreglaive, a brutal polearm with a large and heavy axe blade at each end that is extremely effective at cleaving through armour.
    • Warhammer Fantasy Battle:
      • Champions of Nurgle often use a staff with a sword on one end and a flail on the other.
      • Asrai Spears are a type of polearm used by Eternal Guard and Wardancers, with leaf-shaped blades at both ends meant to be used with graceful spinning blows.

    Video Games 
  • ANNO: Mutationem has Ann's Dual Blades combined into its glaive form with blades on either side of the handle.
  • Azurik: Rise of Perathia: The protagonist's main weapon is a double halberd referred to as the "Axion." subsequent upgrades add spikes to the weapon where the blade meets the staff, and even extra blades fanning out from the original pair.
  • Bayonetta 2: The Masked Lumen/Balder uses the Holy Glaive, a golden staff with large blades on either end. He can split the weapon at will, however, if he wants to Dual Wield the blades as separate swords. One of the demons of Inferno called Hatred used a double-ended Sinister Scythe, which Bayonetta can occasionally steal and use herself (until it runs out of power and disintegrates).
  • Bloody Spell has a pair of lightweight swords you can collect to Dual Wield, or alternatively, combine them from the handle.
  • Castlevania
  • Chain Dive have you playing as an assassin armed with a two-sided spear as your default weapon. It looks damn cool in action too.
  • Dark Souls II introduces Twinblades as a class of weapons. Most of them require high Dexterity and some Strength to wield. While you can swing them one-handed, they have a much better moveset when wielded with both hands.
  • Dawn of the Dragons: The Sword of Conquered Kingdoms was originally a pair of magical swords owned by the rulers of two allied kingdoms. When Carnus the War-Walker conquered these kingdoms, he took the swords from his defeated foes and used the blades to craft a single weapon.
  • Dead Rising 2: With the simple application of duct tape, Chuck Greene can create the Paddlesaw, a kayak paddle with a chainsaw attached to each end. Since there are two heavy chainsaws attached to the thing, a drawback of the weapon is that it can't be carried in the inventory.
  • Dread Templar gives you dual blades as your first weapon, and you can attach them together by the hilt to create a long, two-sided weapon.
  • Dynasty Warriors:
    • Wei Yan uses a doubled-headed voulge.
    • Dynasty Warriors 5 (and, as a result, the Warriors Orochi series): Cao Pi also wields a double-ended sword, which literally looks like two conventional, western broadswords attached end-to-end. During some attacks, he'll also split them up Dual Wielding combos. Sadly, he got downgraded to a boring ol' sword in 6, while his wife switched from an elegant flute to a whip. However, he gains his double sword back in 8.
    • Dynasty Warriors 6: Lu Bu dual-wields a double-ended naginata, sometimes singularly, sometimes combining them into a Swastika of Doom. It's later on used by his daughter Lu Lingqi after Lu Bu gets his halberd back.
  • Eastern Exorcist have the second-to-last boss of Lu Yun-chuan's campaign, and the first boss of Xiahou-xue's, using two-sided weapons. The former, Mandrill King, carries a hefty staff with a pointed stip and blades at the bottom, while the latter, Snake Yaksha, carries a dual-sided glaive.
  • Elden Ring brings back the Twinblade weapons from its Dark Souls predecessors. Of course, now you can dual-wield them, allowing you to sling around four blades for massive damage. It's particularly effective when combined with bleeding.
  • Endless Frontier: Haken Browning's Night Fowler is not only an assault rifle with a pile bunker for a bayonet, it also contains a folding blade in the stock.
  • Evil Genome has a Recurring Boss, Joseph, who carried a two-sided laser-powered BFS that he uses to rough you up in all three of his boss encounters.
  • Final Fantasy has a few examples of these, most of which double as Bifurcated Weapons.
    • Final Fantasy IX: Zidane can go from single daggers to double-ended swords (referred to in-game as "thief swords"). In Dissidia Final Fantasy, this becomes a Bifurcated Weapon, with two Mage Mashers combining into The Ogre and separating again as needed.
    • Final Fantasy XII: Judge Magister Gabranth wields a dual-bladed weapon that he can pull apart into its component blades - the larger Chaos Blade, and the smaller Highway Star. Most of the time, though, he joins them at the hilt into a lance-type weapon.
    • Final Fantasy XIII: Odin carries the Gagnrad, a pair of curved blades emerging in opposite directions from the same handle; they're almost as tall as he is when combined. Lightning uses it during Gestalt Mode, and for her HP attacks in Dissidia Final Fantasy. Lightning Returns gives her a whole weapon type of the same function, universally dealing half-damage per hit but landing twice as many hits in a given amount of time. The Final Boss, Bhunivelze, also uses a massive double-bladed scythe-looking thing formed from the gods Pulse and Lindzei.
    • Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail: The Viper job uses a pair of swords that can be linked together into a double-sword configuration for increased damage.
  • Fire Emblem Fates: The Dual Katana, Club, Naginata, and Shuriken have this design. They also reverse the game's weapon triangle system and double the strength of its effects.
  • Gears of War 2: Skorge carries a double-ended chainsaw staff. It can cut a tank in half in three to four seconds.
  • Genji: Kagekiyo normally wields a longsword, but during the opening movie and the second boss battle he combines his swords in a double-bladed spear.
  • Golden Force: Tacos, the second-to-last boss, uses a two-sided BFS to rough you up. And it can be thrown as a Precision-Guided Boomerang to home in on you from a distance.
  • Grand Chase: Ryan can merge his Storm Blades to become a Double Weapon.
  • Hero of Sparta has the Lightning Spear, a powerful two-sided weapon where each side can electrocute enemies on contact.
  • Kâbus 22: One of the enemies wields a staff with a blade on each end.
  • Kingdom Hearts: In the final battle, Ansem wields a weapon that is basically two copies of Riku's Soul Eater (a sword in the shape of a demonic wing), joined at the pommel.
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards: Kirby wields a yellow double lightsaber with the Electric + Blade powers.
  • Samurai: Way of the Warrior have Giant Mook enemy brutes who use two-sided BFS weapons on you, as a rather blatant reference to Tessai from Ninja Scroll.
  • Knights of the Old Republic: Bastila Shan wields a dual-bladed lightsaber. In Star Wars: The Old Republic they're wielded by her descendant Satele Shan, the Jedi Shadow and Sith Assassin classes, and various NPCs.
  • MadWorld: The Shogun boss wields what can only be described as a double-ended circular saw. A stick with a huge saw-blade at either end. Or maybe it's more like a chainsaw... either way, you don't want to get hit by it.
  • MARDEK: The mercenary Zach uses a doublesword, although he only ever seems to use one of the blades.
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: Mistral wields a polearm... made out of interconnected robot arms that also allow it to be used as a whip.
  • Neopets has an item that takes this to an extreme — a four-headed axe.
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle: Kimmy Howell has the double lightsaber, partly to differentiate herself from her idol, Travis Touchdown.
  • Onimusha has Shippu and Senpumaru, double naginata which grows thicker (the former) or add blades (the latter) as they're powered up. They also have Wind powers.
  • R.O.H.A.N. Online: The Zhen is a dual-bladed sword wielded by the dragonlike Dekan warriors. One of the Dekan's skills is to split the Zhen in two for Dual Wielding.
  • Rise of the Kasai: Each playable character uses one as their medium range melee weapon. Rau uses a taiaha, which has a blunt end for bludgeoning and a bladed tip for slashing. Tati has a batton type weapon with retractable blades on either end that further separate into three blades each. Baumusu uses a staff with spiked mace heads on either end, and Grizz uses a polearms with two long blades on either end.
  • Samurai Warriors 4: Nobuyuki Sanada's weapon of choice is a double-bladed katana. It's default mode is a single large sword, with the second blade being a retractable blade hidden in the hilt.
  • Sengoku Basara: Shibata Katsuie uses a double voulge as his weapon. Most of his moveset involves a lot of Weapon Twirling and a major part of his gameplay is to keep up the momentum of his weapon to maximise damage output and speed.
  • Skylanders: Giants: Chill's signature weapon is a double "javelin" made from ice. Then again, she throws said weapon like a boomerang, rather than using it for close combat, so one could say that the double-bladed weapon gives it proper balance for throwing.
  • Soul Series:
    • Cervantes' secondary weapon is a short sword with a pistol built into its hilt.
    • Soulcalibur VI: Grøh uses two swords that fuse at the hilt, allowing him to fight with the weapon as a single, two-bladed weapon or split for Dual Wielding. His gameplay makes use of this as a Stance System.
  • Splatoon: The Dual Squelcher from is a very unorthodox type of double-barreled gun, with the second barrel being attached to the bottom of the gun. Splatoon 2 onwards splits this weapon into the Dualie Squelchers, a Bifurcated Weapon that uses each of the barrels as its own separate gun.
  • Starcraft II: The Dark Templar trade in their wrist-mounted warp blades for two-headed warp scythes, with blades on opposite sides. One wonders how they avoid stabbing themselves in the back.
  • Suikoden Tactics: The main character Kyril has a double bladed weapon like Serge from Chrono Cross.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Pit can turn his bow into a double-bladed stick that he can rapidly spin and slice targets with.
  • Tales Series:
    • Tales of Symphonia: Yuan has an especially impractical double-ended greatsword when you fight him. Although to be entirely fair, he does have Super-Strength due to being one of the Four Seraphim, and if you look closely you'll see that each blade has an additional grip in the middle, making it wield more like a bladed staff than a sword.
    • Tales of Graces: Hubert's dualblade is two swords, connected at the handle. He can separate them into two one-handed swords, as well as turn it into two pistols.
  • Vindictus: Some of Lann's attacks combines his Twin Spears to a Double Weapon. Also, Warlord Black Hammer has a double-sided hammer.
  • Wallachia: Reign of Dracula: Barbaros, the first Boss Fight of the game, wields a double-ended blade.
  • Warcraft:
    • Illidan Stormrage uses two double ended weapons, basically double-bladed scimitars in either hand. In fact this is the weapon set most demon hunters use. They also bind a demon into their body that will try to take control of them. And they're all blind (although they do have a magical sight to compensate). It's mentioned that the fatality rate for demon hunters in training is very high, and no wonder.
    • Pit Lords also favour double ended weapons. They usually wield two-handed warglaives that resemble shortened spears with a huge blade on each end.
    • In both of the cases, the double bladed weapon could be considered to be symbolic. Demon hunter's power is very much a double-ended sword: they use demonic magic to become very effective at fighting demons, but must risk being consumed by the powers they sought to use. Pit Lords on the other hand don't care whose blood flows, as long as there is battle and somebody dies, be it them or their enemy.
    • Troll Shadow Hunters also tend to use double swords because, uhm, Voodoo?
      • Vol'jin especially makes a great use of one in Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, parrying with one side of the sword and using the momentum to spin the other side past the enemy's defense
    • The Frozen Throne expansion also gave us the Blood Elf "Spellbreakers", who carried a tower shield in one hand and a dual-bladed sword in the other. It looked kind of like someone took the blade out of a lawnmower and made it 6 feet long with a handle in the middle, then made it fancy in the elvish tradition. It was wielded the same way. Despite that being the only significant appearance of the unit, the weapons apparently were iconic enough that the tall shield and double-bladed sword would be utilized for the appearance of the generic city guards of the Blood Elves in World of Warcraft.
  • Warriors of Might and Magic: At least two weapons are this: the Chien's Halbeard, which is a sort of double-naginata like weapon and the "Clapper" a double ''Morning Star''.
  • Wynncraft: Tier III Thunder spears have a blade at each end.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Ashera, the leader of Colony 11, uses an appropriately named "Twinsaber" - a double-ended sword. She is an evasion tank character with a strong damage potential, referencing both the deftness necessary to wield it, and the obvious aggressive nature of such a weapon. The main party can use it through the game's Job System.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner: "I had to swing by Cool Weapons Surplus for a new nunchuck-gun."

  • 8-Bit Theater: "Sword-chucks, yo!" (Throughout the series, Fighter also has a penchant for trying to make chucks out of increasingly improbable weapons.)
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Oh how stupid of me. That was the sound of chainsaw nunchucks.
  • Errant Story: Lampshaded, mocked, and still used straight. The leader of the local time-ninja-guild wields a double-ended energy-crystal blade to lethal effect, and the party's recently-recruited time-ninja does the same... however, while dueling her, Sarine takes the time to point out just how impractical a weapon it is, combining the worst traits of sword and spear in one crappy package, and revealing that it was originally created as a show-weapon for fake duels and parades only. She also proves the truth in her statement, but despite all this, Sara continues to kick ass with her double-bladed energy-crystal-stick, against basically anyone who isn't an immortal Action Girl. Mind you, Sara uses time magic to move so fast she can dodge bullets. She'd probably do just as well even if she was armed with a cardboard tube.
  • The Mansion of E: Rosemary has the "Can Opener," which is an open homage to Star Trek's Lirpa, listed above.
  • Homestuck: Feferi Peixes uses two-headed tridents as her weapon specialization. Later it's shown that her ancestor the Condesce and said ancestor's Alternate Self Meenah both use the same type of gilded double ended trident in battle.
  • Legostar Galactica: Dr. Belinda Reines's weapon of choice is a double-bladed lightsaber that she wields to great effect.

    Web Original 
  • Chaos Fighters: A common weapon type. The most common among them are double sword lances, but double spears, double lances, double wands and double axes (on sides rather ends) appears occasionally. A double scythe was also appeared with two variants.
  • Counter Monkey: "The Age of Manure" has Bennett the Sage visit with some documents from his friend's old Dungeons & Dragons games. One thing he shows off is some weapons the friend designed, which include the double club, the double spiked club, the double knife, and double serrated swordnote . They actually note that the guy went out of his way to try to make a double-version of almost any weapon, then try to think of the ones he missed (double crossbow, double flintlock...).

    Western Animation 
  • Detentionaire: The Serpent uses a double bladed Telescoping Staff.
  • Galtar and the Golden Lance: the title hero wields the eponymous weapon as a pair of sabers, which can join together at the pommel into, of course, a double-bladed lance.
  • Star Wars:
    • Star Wars Rebels: The Inquisitors use double-bladed lightsabers as a standard weapon. These are equipped to spin as well, useful for intimidating inexperienced Jedi.
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Bonus points to Jedi general Pong Krell for using 2 of them. Justified because he has 4 arms.
    • The Jedi temple guards also favor this type of weapon, with rather distinctive yellow blades.
      • Savage Opress takes after his brother with a red double bladed saber.
      • Ironically, Darth Maul spends the vast majority of the series with only a single blade. It's the same weapon as the one from Episode I, it's just that he doesn't have a good chance to repair it from when Obi-Wan sliced it in two. At one point, he even opts to dual wield. He finally repairs his original blade in the last arc of the series.
  • Teen Titans (2003):
    • Parodied when Control Freak (a cosplaying Star Wars-style fanboy) masters the use of the Quad Lightsaber (two lightsabers on either end of a stick) thanks to his excessive TV viewing and a magic remote.
    • Played straight with Slade and gigantic flaming double poleaxe which he picks from the corpse of the previous owner and applies to Big Bad, saving the day.

    Real Life 
  • Italian gun manufacturer Arsenal Firearms has developed a Awesome, but Impractical double-barreled 1911 pistol.
  • Truth in Television since most Medieval weapons were actually made so that either end could be used offensively. A poleaxe was a medieval staff weapon with a hammerhead, an axe blade and a spear point on one end (some versions replace either the axe blade or the hammerhead with a sharp metal beak), and another spear point on the other end, making it a quadruple weapon (quintuple if you count the staff itself!). In a swordfight, a sword could be turned around and the pommel (the metal ball on the end of the hilt) used as a bludgeoning weapon. The word to "pummel" someone literally means to hit them with your pommel. A sword's cross-guard could be used as a hook to trip your opponent up or to capture his arms or weapon. Medieval combat manuals describe numerous such creative uses of weapons, all of which were probably common practice.
  • Going even farther back, the Greek Hoplite's spears had a big, foot-long bronze spearhead on one end, and a pointy bottom for dispatching wounded enemies as you walked over them, or incase the spearhead broke off, so you'd still have something to shank people with. Hebrew spears in The Bible seem to have had a similar concept. At least at one time King Saul is recorded as planting his spear in the ground like a tent peg. And Saul's warleader Abner is recorded as slaying a pursuing enemy by turning around quickly and impaling him through the abdomen with the butt end. Possibly these were imports or copies of Philistine manufacture, Philistines being suspected by archeologists to have been cousins of Greeks.
  • Jump ahead a few years and the hand guards on Renaissance rapiers and cutlasses could be used for effective grapple counters and when you didn't feel like stabbing someone.
  • And in the modern day, if you're out of ammo, you can always fix bayonets to turn your rifle into a double-ended weapon. One of the standard uses is to hit your opponent in the face with the butt of the rifle to momentarily daze him, so he can't stop you from using the sharp pointy end to open him up.
  • The "shaolin spade" is another example. It's also one of the most effective anti-zombie weapons ever devised.
  • Also from the arsenal of the Shaolin Monks are the "twin hook" swords, made famous by Spike's Deadliest Warrior (where they scored more kills for the monk than a Maori warrior's entire arsenal put together'). Aside from the handle, every inch of these weapons is designed to be lethal, and it can even be taken to the logical extreme of the trope: by locking the hooks at the end of two swords together, they become a single weapon capable of delivering death at a bigger distance than most polearms.
  • The lajatang is a pole weapon with concave, crescent shaped blades at both ends. A number of other Chinese weapons such as the "cicada wing sword" or "heaven and earth, wind and fire sword" are all permutations on a short haft with blades on both ends, and bladed handguards evenly spaced on the haft. The tiger hook sword traditionally has a blade the size of a long knife at the pommel - likewise, many variations like the "nine teeth hook sword" exist. "Sun and moon spear swords," "snake rings" and many others are all variations on a one-handed weapon gripped in the center, with a bladed handguard and slashing or thrusting knives both above and below the hand. These weapons can all be confirmed to have actually existed, but the actual practicality of some may be questionable.note 
  • The Indian madu is a slightly more practical example, consisting of a metal plate to shield the hand in the center with sharp thrusting points extending above and below the grip. It is intended principally as a defensive weapon for the off hand.
  • On the less practical side, there is another Indian weapon (18th century Gujurat, India, specifically) called the "cumberjung." It is a double-ended flail with spinning quoits or chakrams on the weighted ends. Picture wielding the Chinese three-section staff, but with flying buzzsaws in place of the sticks.
  • Japan also provides us with the Kusarigama. A long chain with a sharp sickle on one end and a heavy weight on the other. True masters can get both sides spinning at once, making a nasty whirlwind of death.
  • In a rather unusual example, Rifle stocks are basically flat triangular clubs when the weapon is used in hand-to-hand combat in Modern martial arts implements.
  • The Maori of Aotearoa (aka New Zealand) have the Taiaha, essentially 5 foot spear-like weapon with a club at the other end which, although not used like a spear, reportedly can break spines, and be fearsome in the right hands.
  • And similar to the above, the Russian Tarch.
  • The Haladie is a double bladed dagger, and possibly the earliest known triple edged blade, believed to have originated in India or Syria. It was used by Rajput clan warriors, and is probably the closest historical weapon to Darth Maul's sword staff, minus the difference in size of course.
  • The NERF N-Force Vendetta, which falls into the realm of Dual Wielding when the two blades are detached.
  • Forget double weapons, some people have taken it even further. For example, a man created a seven barreled shotgun using pipes and scrap metal. It delivered a heavy payload but took a while to load and had very powerful recoil. Seen here.


Wolf double-sickle

The Wolf combines his twin sickles.

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