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The tonfa is basically a heavy stick with a handle attached near one of the ends, typically a little longer than the user's forearm. This weapon is Boring, but Practical made manifest. However, boring isn't good enough for fiction, and naturally all sorts of variations (including the bladed tonfa, the energybeam tonfa, and the tonfa that doubles as a gun among others) have been envisioned by writers in order to spice up this humble handled club.

Wielded in pairs with one in each hand, a martial art based on the use of dual tonfas (Kobudo) exists in the Japanese islands of Okinawa. Archaeological evidence suggests the first tonfa were of Chinese or Indonesian origin, but they enjoyed much more widespread use in Okinawa and other Japanese islands. There it was claimed to have been developed from a modified millstone handle as a result of the restriction of conventional weapons by the rulers of the land back in the day, forcing people to make their own weapons, often out of farm tools.


They are a staple in weapon based fighters, and in any anime or manga where all kinds of weapons are already around they will often turn up somewhere down the line in the hands of a character, usually either a competent part of the hero's team or a major threat to the protagonists.

In real life, the common policeman's Lawman Baton is based upon this weapon, and in the end is just a modified version. It is preferred over regular batons because it is better for defense and looks less threatening. The main differences between them is that police use just one nightstick whereas with tonfas Dual Wielding is the norm, and that police forces usually don't train in the full use of the tonfa like martial artists do.

Might overlap with examples of bladed weapons that otherwise are tonfa shaped (along the arm). Such examples can potentially be found as type 3 of the trope Blade Below the Shoulder.


Examples are users unless stated otherwise.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Hibari of Reborn! (2004).
  • Okina of Rurouni Kenshin. Namely, steel tonfa which allowed him to counter even the previous boss' kodachi style... until Aoshi shows what a two-kodachi style can do and cut through one of them.
  • Naizer, a Chrono Number of Black Cat.
  • Soul Eater:
    • Marie Mjollnir is normally a hammer, based on her inspiration. However, as a Death Scythe, she can modify her weapon form, in this case, she extends one end of the hammer and thus becoming an impromptu tonfa.
    • Kid wields Liz and Patty upside-down so they can double as tonfa-like bludgeons in close-range combat.
  • In Code Geass, several Britannian Knightmare Frames have "stun tonfa" mounted in their forearms, including the Glasgow, Sutherland, and Vincent Ward.
  • Gin, Don Krieg's first mate in One Piece uses modified tonfas; his have weights on the striking ends.
  • J.D. from Neo Angelique.
  • Elie of Rave Master uses tonfas, using them to shoot bullets and, later, Etherion.
  • Kuu Fei's pactio in the first Negima! Magister Negi Magi anime was a pair of these. In the manga, she got a Simple Staff (that can grow and extend ala Journey to the West).
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • Akane from My-HiME. Her manga incarnation uses a standard set, while in the anime, her tonfas form a cross-shape pattern. Her My-Otome incarnation also uses them with her Meister robe.
  • The Gottorlatan, Kathejina's final mobile suit in Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, wields beam tonfas.
  • The title character of Fairy Musketeers wields a pair of bladed tonfas with small shields over the hand areas. Her fighting style is very swift as a result, often running up beside her opponents to slash at them from the sides.
  • Resident Ninja Damemon from Digimon Fusion uses a pair of tonfas.
  • Rock Lee briefly uses them in the Naruto anime, but Kisame breaks them with one swing of his BFS.
  • Rosario + Vampire has the Shadowless Sword, a tonfa forged from light that nestles in the palm of a knifehand strike. Its real purpose is to cancel out the Vibroweapon/Telefrag effect of the Dimension Sword, though Tsukune also seems to use them as proper tonfa while fighting Aqua.
  • These are Shin Acura's weapons in Coffin Princess Chaika: Avenging Battle.
  • GaoGaiGar: Enryu and Hyoryu wield tonfa as their primary melee weapons, while their combined form Choryujin dual-wields them. Because the brothers are a transforming fire truck and mobile crane (respectively), the tonfa are made from the ladder and the crane.
  • Saint Seiya: The Gold Cloth of Libra comes with twelve weapons, including two thick, golden tonfas.

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  • In Winter War, Takano Dan has dual tonfas as the shikai form of his zanpakutou.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Tonfas had to be banned in Swordcraft, because several members of the group were police in their day jobs, and were too good with them.

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    Video Games 
  • Specter of Ape Escape Milion Monkeys carries dual beam tonfas as starting weapons.
  • The local Eskrima/Arnis practictioner, Talim of the Soul Series uses bladed tonfas/elbow blades. However through customization you can equip her with either the regular wooden tonfas or all sorts of tonfas as well.
  • Orchid of Killer Instinct traded her Laser Blades in the first game for a pair of these in the second.
  • Rachel and Tracy of Battle Arena Toshinden.
  • Levin of Wild AR Ms XF.
  • Melee Wanzers in Front Mission can rushdown other wanzers with tonfas, they can also stun, depending on the pilot's abilities.
  • Used by Riou, the main character of Suikoden II. And his imposter, Hoi.
  • Castlevania:
  • Lieutenant Lou, the Dark Action Girl boss from Crisis Beat, uses massive tonfas to beat up the players.
  • Some stout ones carried by Rebecca in the Neo Geo Double Dragon.
  • Selectable weapon in Ninja Gaiden II.
  • Selectable weapon in Parasite Eve 2.
  • Can be found and used in Left 4 Dead 2.
  • Strider: Strider Hiryu uses a bladed tonfa.
  • Yoko Kono and Red-Eye of Last Bronx.
  • The signature weapon of the Apharmd class of Mecha in the Virtual-ON series.
  • Maris Brood of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed uses tonfa-lightsabers.
  • Bayonetta's fighting style revolves around Pistol-Whipping, with her preferred weapons being Hand Cannons that she uses for Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs. When she gets her hands on the much heavier Lt. Col. Kilgores, a pair of rocket launchers, she wields them like tonfas with the barrels facing past her elbows.
  • The R-Blade in the Super Robot Wars series uses the appropriately-named "Blade Tonfas".
  • The Fighter class in Dungeon Fighter Online has dual tonfas as one of her weapon sets. They're quite fast, second only to gloves in combo speed.
  • Maki from Final Fight 2 and Street Fighter Alpha 3 uses one.
  • Trails Series:
    • Lloyd Bannings, the protagonist of The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero and its sequel, Trails from Azure, uses these. The game even states in Zero that since they are a weapon used for suppression and defense, rather than offense, making it a fitting weapon for a cop.
    • Trails of Cold Steel III also gives us Juna Crawford's "Gunbreakers," which are tonfas that double as guns. Not surprising, given how she idolized the Special Support Section (the special unit of the Crossbell Police that Lloyd was the team leader of).
  • Makoto Nanaya from BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.
  • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the Training Gauntlets weapon resembles tonfas with handguards.
  • Raven uses them in EOE: Eve of Extinction, where they are the most advanced Legacy prototype and give him access to energy blasts. Josh gets his hands on them for the last level, where they lose that power but can make him Immune to Bullets for their Legacy Drive.
  • Monster Hunter's PC MMO installment Monster Hunter Frontier introduced the Battle Tonfas, a large pair of pneumatic tonfas. They're intentionally a Game-Breaker; they hit fast, have exceptional mobility, and can easily KO a monster, but are only unlocked once you've done pretty much everything else in the game.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Befitting his position as a cop, Stryker fights with nightstick in his debut. Although when he returned in Armageddon he makes use of two of them.
    • Jax, a military man, had these has his melee weapon of choice from Deadly Alliance to Armageddon.
    • Tanya also uses a combo of tonfas and kamas called "Kobu Jutsu" in Deadly Alliance, Armageddon and X.
  • Vyse's cutlasses in Skies of Arcadia have extra grips on the hilts to allow one to be wielded as a tonfa in his off-hand.
  • The Recoil Rod of Mega Man Zero 3. In concept art, it's wielded in two, but in-game Zero can only be seen using one at a time. During his "1000 Slash" EX Skill, he does appear to be using two.
  • Mao from Tales of Rebirth wields these, though being a mage, he doesn't actually hit anything with them much.
  • Dynasty Warriors:
    • Sun Ce provides the page image. He wields a pair of tonfas as his Weapon of Choice in every entry but 6 and 9, as well as the crossovers.
    • Guo Huai wields a Mix-and-Match Weapon which can only be described as a large, studded tonfa with an autocannon in it, with the muzzle opening towards the grip-end and a blade below the barrel. He bashes, stabs, and shoots in about equal measure. He got rid of it in favor of two shooting bladespears in 9.
  • Gallade from Pokémon has natural tonfas that extend from the elbows when it is ready to fight.
  • Xavi of Sengoku Basara wields handheld cannons that he uses like tonfas when he's not firing them. He can also use them as a Rocket-Powered Weapon of sorts.
  • Warframe offers tonfas as one of the many categories of melee weapons available to players; in general, they feature high base damage, good status chance, and very strong slide attacks at the expense of critical stats and range. So far, we have the bladed Kronen, the spiky Boltace (and its updated Telos variant from the Arbiters of Hexis), and the electrified Ohma.
  • This was originally one of 2 DLC weapons in Nioh. It was eventually made into a base weapon for Nioh 2
  • Tonfa are a recurring weapon in the Yakuza series, starting in Yakuza 2 where Kiryu learns how to fight with them by watching a martial arts movie. Disappointingly, tonfa are mostly of the singular variety, though some variations like the bladed tonfa or the flamethrower tonfa exist.
  • In Smite, Tsukuyomi dual-wields bladed tonfa named Shingetsu and Mangetsu (Japanese for "new moon" and "full moon" respectively).


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Kung Food's tonfas

Two of his weapons, made out of sushi rolls.

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