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"If one sword has a power of 100, then using two swords would make it 200, right?"
Lloyd Irving, Tales of Symphonia

This trope refers to wielding two weapons at once. After all, if one weapon is good, then two weapons must be twice as good. The tactics can vary widely. A character might be concerned only with offence and therefore decides that he wants to kill with both hands rather than just one. More tactical characters might typically use their off-handed weapon for blocking or tricky counter-attacks.

The types of weapons used can also be diverse. If the character has one hand dominant, he might wield a long weapon in one hand and a shorter weapon in his off-hand, such as a classic rapier and dagger pairing. Two small weapons is also pretty common, with the idea that smaller, nimbler weapons won't get tangled up with each other. However, some characters will dual-wield long weapons, such as swords or axes, which is generally portrayed as quite a feat. A Bifurcated Weapon might allow the character to switch between one- and two-weapon styles on the fly. On the extreme end of the scale, a character might wield a One-Handed Zweihänder in each hand!


Game mechanics often grant additional attacks to characters with two weapons. In many games, the potential for additional damage is often balanced out by imposing penalties to damage or "to hit" chance, which may be improved by investing in skills and abilities related to two-weapon fighting. In a few games, choosing specific abilities or classes may be required to be able to equip weapons on both hands at all.

Whatever the weapon, you'll probably see a lot of Flynning and Slice-and-Dice Swordsmanship in the choreography. Two crossed weapons are also perfect for a Blade Lock.

Dual-wielding appears much more often in fiction than real life because it's... well... cool. In real life, having a single two-handed weapon or a sword and shield is simply much more practical in most situations than dual-wielding blades. Basically there are a lot of drawbacks to dual-wielding, and most of the advantages have big asterisks next to them. Where dual-wielding did happen was mostly in formalized duels, and even then not with two blades of the same length but rather with a sword and dagger. See the analysis page for more details.


A Double Weapon is a variation of dual-wielding in which the character wields two weapons that are attached together. An easy way to up the ante even further is to be Multi-Armed and Dangerous. Any fighting style with multiple weapons may be a manifestation of Heroic Ambidexterity.

Subtropes include:

  • Dual Tonfas, for use of tonfas, a specific type of weapon meant to be used in pairs (and more often than not is).
  • Guns Akimbo, for dual-wielding firearms.
  • Sword and Gun, for wielding a bladed weapon in one hand and a firearm in the other, rather than two bladed weapons or two firearms.


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  • In Absolute Duo, Julie's Blaze manifests as twin blades.
  • The titular character in Afro Samurai, who wields a single katana fights a dual wielder, and ponders briefly on the technique's worth. He decides on balance a single blade is better, but the fight is inconclusive.
  • In Akame ga Kill!, wielding two Teigus is more or less considered impossible, due to the combined physical and mental strain placed upon the user being strong enough to kill them in the process. That said, Esdeath notes that is technically possible if the Teigus in question are compatible to the user and said user can endure the strain. Only one named character has ever succeeded in doing so: Wave of the Jaegers with Grand Chariot and his dead friend Run's Mastema.
  • Yatorishino Igsem of Alderamin on the Sky, by far the most skilled swordfighter of the main cast, compliments her typical Katjvarnan saber with a shorter, straight main-gauche. Dual-wielding like this is the signature Igsem style, a privilege granted to the clan as a symbol of their invincibility.
  • Angolmois: On his second clash against Fuheng, Jinzaburou wields the fallen Onitakemaru's broken naginata along with his katana.
  • In Armed Girl's Machiavellism, pushing Mary to the limits means she grabs her scabbard to use as a second blade. While the scabbard doesn't cut, it helps her counter a much heavier sword, and being slammed in the face with a scabbard still hurts.
  • Dual wielded swords are the standard issue weapon in Attack on Titan; justified by how soldiers are not fighting against other human (or -like) beings with weapons but rather toweringly-humanoid Titans with Titans' weak point being a portion of flesh that requires two blades to cut away, rendering the risk of two swords getting tangled while using them in combat irrelevant. It has also been revealed that the newest weapons of the survey corps , nicknamed Thunder Spears , are also dual-wielded.
  • Used for comedic purposes once in Azumanga Daioh. After Tomo accidentally lands a tray straight onto Yukari's face, cue Red Eyes, Take Warning... and Yukari dual-wielding trays onto Tomo's head.
  • Chikuma Koshirou from Basilisk dual wields two kama scythes.
  • In Black Butler Chapter 57, Elizabeth Middleford is revealed to be a Dual Wielder. Who slays Zombies
  • In Black Clover Asta dual wields Anti-Magic swords on occasion. Given the size of his swords, this is no small feat.
  • Bleach:
    • Captains Shunsui Kyoraku and Jushiro Ukitake possess dual zanpakuto. Between them, Kyoraku is the only shinigami that dual-wields even when his zanpakuto is sealed due to the fact that it seals into the form of two swords. Ukitake's seals into the form of a single sword.
    • Ggio Vega's release allows him to use three blades, one on each hand and one in his hair.
    • Nnoitra Jiruga releases into a six-armed being that wields a weapon in each arm.
    • In the final arc, a new dual wielder is revealed. The true form of Ichigo's zanpakuto turns out to be two blades of differing lengths to accommodate his Soul Reaper power (the larger one) and his Quincy power (the smaller one).
  • In the manhwa Chun Rhang Yhur Jhun, Ha-Rhang Whur quad-wields Chinese longswords and their scabbards, in an attack style that resembles a Cirque du Soleil juggling routine as much as it does Dual Wielding.
  • Undine of the Twin Swords from Claymore is (of course) well known for the massive physical power that lets her use two standard issue BFS' at once. Upon her demise, Deneve took up her blade and spent the Time Skip learning to bulk herself up to pull the same trick.
  • Code Geass:
    • Suzaku pulls off some dual-wielding in his mecha.
    • Near the end of the series, Gino Weinberg's Transforming Mecha Tristan is upgraded to the Tristan Divider, and its main weapons include a pair of swords that used to be Bismarck Waldstein's mecha Galahad's BFS.
    • Rolo's prototype Vincent Knightmare had a pair of these that could combine into a double-bladed spear.
  • Not weapons, but similar: in Comic Girls, Tsubasa manages to triple-wield brushes in an attempt to increase her output when faced with a deadline.
  • Kamika from Corpse Princess fights with a pair of katanas.
  • Cyborg 009: In the 009 vs. Devilman OVA, 002 is able to wield two blasters at once.
  • Death Note does this with pens. Just watch me L, I'll solve equations with my right hand, and write names with my left.
  • Kanda does this at one point in D.Gray-Man.
  • Digimon:
    • Daipenmon dual-wields popsicles. It even has a special attack for each of them — Strawberry Death for the red one, and Blue Hawaiian Death for the blue one.
    • Lobomon dual wields light sabers (which can be combined to one two bladed lightsaber darth maul style) and some other sword wielding digimon like Karatenmon, Yasyamon, Vajramon and many others. A few like Dinohumon and Zanbamon wield two different types of blades at once.
    • Korikakumon dual-wields axes, which he uses for a Blade Spam attack.
    • Shutmon wields a pair of giant, wrist-mounted scissor-blades that cause anything they cut to stop working plus another pair that he can wield normally. The Digimon Universe: App Monsters manga even shows him multi-wielding all four at once.
  • In the Dragon Ball Z film Dead Zone, two of Garlic Jr.'s minions, Nicky and Ginger, are shown pulling two katana out of their own bodies. It's unknown whether or not Sansho had the same ability, as Piccolo killed him before he would have had the chance.
  • Shirley in Even Though I'm a Former Noble and Single Mother wields two powerful swords, Igarima and Shul Shagana.
  • In Fairy Tail Erza dual-wields on occasion sometimes quad-wielding using her feet as well as multi-wielding with 200 swords at once.
  • El Cid from Fate/Nuovo Guerra dual wields swords, and as a bonus, creates Sword Beams with them. New Transfer Student Tetsuro dual wields shinai.
  • Although he does have a bow, and some ridiculously powerful Trick Arrows, Archer from Fate/stay night more often fights with two Chinese dao, Kanshou and Bakuya. Later on, Shirou uses Projection magecraft to make copies for himself. (It's usually around this point that fans start to wonder at the many similarities between Archer and Shiro...)
  • In Fate/Zero, Servant Lancer initially appears dual-wielding spears, although he generally fights with only one at a time (in one occasion, the shorter spear which he left on the ground was used in a surprise attack). Also, Servant Berserker (The Atoner Lancelot) manages to ward off Gilgamesh's "Gate of Babylon" using a spear in one hand and a sword in the other.
  • In the Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals manga, King Zephiel dual-wields the BFG Exaccus and the Infinity +1 Sword Sword of Seals!!
  • Takumi Touya from the light novel series Fire Girl dual wields two kendo blades on both hands as his primary specialty in combat, something he's trained in, and competed in competitions with, since at least middle school.
  • In the FLCL climax, Naota dual wields two guitars in the final fight with Haruko after absorbing Atomsk's power. Wielding Atomsk's Gibson EB-0 in one hand and his own Flying V in the other.
  • King Bradley does this in Fullmetal Alchemist, using two sabers at once. Sometimes he carries multiple extra swords, so that he can keep dual-wielding even if one or more of his swords get broken. This is also parodied in an omake, where King Bradley wields five sabers at once: one in each hand, one in each ear, and one in his ass. Denied, his saber, he then dual-wields a set of trench knives.
  • In Gamaran, the Souen School led by Nikaido Misaku specializes in Dual Wielding katana and wakizashi, a fighting style which is noted for being perfect for defense and even the author thought it was "a tad too overpowered". It's shown that Shinnojo, Iori and even Gama can, occasionally, resort to Dual Wielding. Outside of swordsmen, there are also Agon and Hakuryuu (dual-wield battle axes), Tsuchiryuu (chinese duck-bill Axes), Sekiryuu and Seirin with Iron Whips and also Muraku Matsumoto's secret weapon has him dual wielding two weighted chains at once.
  • Getter Robo: Getter Robo G's Getter Dragon form dual-wields battleaxesGetter Tomahawks for the Double Getter Tomahawk attack. It even throws them for the Double Tomahawk Boomerang! This goes double for Getter Robo Armageddon's Shin Dragon!
  • Gintoki does this for a while against Housen in Gintama. He his often seen dual-wielding in flash-backs to the Joi war. Nowadays this is something he use only against opponents against which even simply switching his wooden-katana for a real blade wouldn't be enough.
  • In Goblin Slayer, once Rookie Warrior gets his Rank Up and becomes known as Club Fighter, he starts dual wielding with his club and sword.
  • Common in Gundam series.
    • Amuro Ray from the original Mobile Suit Gundam, who would use both the Gundam's beam sabers on occasion. His perhaps most famous instance of doing so is during his duel with Zeon commander M'Quve in the Texas colony.
    • From Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Haman Khan and her Quebley often did this as well, mostly because the Quebley had no other equipment that required hands as it had no shield and all its other weapons were built in (or free-floating) so there was no loss in doing so. Paptimus Scirocco's The O is also notable in that it uses four arms in order to wield four sabers at once (two regular arms and two smaller retractable ones in its skirt armor).
    • Sandrock in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing uses a pair of heat shotels — a pair of very massive, and very heavy blades — as its primary melee weapons. The redesigned version in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz has even bigger heat shotels, to the point that they're probably as heavy as Sandrock itself. It still dual-wields them.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Kira Yamato in the Freedom Gundam tends to dual wield his beam sabers when facing stronger opponents albeit at the cost of abandoning his shield. When he upgrades to the Strike Freedom — which has beam shields built into its arms — he can do this with no penalty. Yzak and Athrun are also prone to this.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam 00:
      • Setsuna does this all the time in his Exia (which actually has seven swords, but with only two arms it can't use them all at once).
      • The 00 Gundam can do this as well. Like the Exia, it can dual-wield beam swords but also can dual-wield a pair of similar sized solid swords that also act as a pair of laser rifles.
      • The absolute nadir of this trope is the Seravee variant that appears in the manga. It has three Seraphim units attached to its back, all of which are capable of fighting independently. When attached to Seravee, they can each pull out two arms, meaning that Seravee can wield a total of 10 beam sabers at once.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: AGE's Asemu Asuno dual wields beam sabers as his favored combat style, against his father Flit's rifle in one hand and saber in the other, and his son Kio's using a two handed rifle. After he upgrades to the Double Bullet he gets beam sabers installed in the shoulders allowing him to quadruple wield. After the time skip as Captain Ash, his new Dark Hound dual wields a spear and saber.
  • In GUN×SWORD, Dann of Thursday uses a massive katana with a detachable knife (or presumably a wakizashi) attached to the reverse side. Van uses it occasionally to take on multiple enemies, while a twin-bladed mauling (Daitou Renzoku Kougeki, or Greatsword Multiple Attack) is one of Dann's attacks in Super Robot Wars K.
  • Hayate × Blade gives us Jun, the only student granted the right to use two swords; Shizuku, who wields her partner's sword sheath in addition to her own sword during the council battle; and Maki, who has not been shown Dual Wielding per se but can be inferred to have the ability to do so because of her ambidexterity.
  • Father Anderson of Hellsing, Ciel of Tsukihime, and Kotomine of Fate/stay night fight with thin swords held between their knuckles, up to a total of six. (My-Otome pokes fun at this by having Yukariko do it with chalk. In both that series and My-HiME, she often uses a bow and arrows.) This seems to be some kind of Church Militant ability, as all three characters are associated with the Catholic Church (notably, the second two are members of the same organization, though vastly different rank).
  • Commander Mary in Kurogane Pukapuka Tai dual-wields a pair of (small) cutlasses.
  • The title mech from Linebarrels of Iron. This is made notably less impressive when the soon-to-be-lancer starts quad wielding (and even then it has another sixteen swords to rely on), then there's Tsubaki-hime, that can dual wield chainsaws.
  • In the second season of Lyrical Nanoha, Fate's Bardiche was upgraded into Bardiche Assault and gained the Zamber Form, a BFS. By the third season, it has the ability to separate it into two halves, effectively twin long swords. Other dual-wielders in the series include Teana with energy daggers/pistols, Schach and Chantez with tonfas, Deed with energy swords, and Quint with Power Fists (which were split between her daughters).
  • Mazinger Z: The titular mecha wielded dual arm-blades.
  • Mazinkaiser can deploy two "Kaiser Blades" from its shoulders. By all appearances they're broadswords.
  • And for some strange reason, the titular protagonist of Monster Princess does lots of this too. (Of course, she also wields chainsaws and jackhammers as befits the situation.)
  • The anime of Murder Princess often has the titular character dual-wielding a katana and a dagger.
  • Akane Higurashi from My-HiME, wields a pair of tonfa as her personal weapon. In her case however it's totally justified; tonfa, being both offensive and defensive armaments, are one of those weapons which are intended to be dual-wielded even in real life.
  • Midori from My-Otome carries a pair of swords which she draws from a single sheath (which really shouldn't work given how long they are.
  • Killer Bee, the 8-Tailed Jinchuriki in Naruto prefers using 7 swords at once, in a way that's so weird it's hard to describe (you are not seeing things; none of those swords are in either of his hands). He fights by spinning around like a buzzsaw and juggling his swords, in case it wasn't absurd enoughnote .
    • It's so absurd and unpredictable that even the Sharingan can't properly predict every attack.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
  • One Piece:
    • Roronoa Zoro often triple-wields katanas, with one in each hand and one in his mouth. This being anime, of course, it's always quite effective, as absurd as it would be in real life. It goes even farther, however, with Zoro eventually learning to nonuple-wield — that is, use nine swords at once, or at least create the appearance of this.
    • Not long after meeting Zoro, and long before Zoro's nontuple-wielding, Captain Kuro is seen wearing gloves with katanas on each finger. Combined with his incredible speed, he attempts to defeat Luffy, killing off or severely wounding most of his own crew, in order to carry out his master plan.
    • Hatchan (an octopus fishman, meaning he has two legs and six arms to match an octopus's eight tentacles) uses six swords at once.
    • CP9 member Kaku uses two swords, and thanks to a special technique his legs act like blades making a total of four.
    • Mr. 1 is literally made of steel and can make blades appear from his body.
    • Flower Sword Vista of Whitebeard's crew is notable for actually using just two swords, not three or six. He is a very strong swordfighter, able to be recognized by Mihawk, the strongest swordsman in the world, who said that among swordsmen only a idiot wouldn't be familiar with Vista.
    • Shiki the Golden Lion from the Strong World film also uses two swords. Though his are notably not katana, more resembling double edged sabers. He also uses them as makeshift legs and can cut apart lake-sized sections of water with them.
  • In Panzer World Galient, Hy Shaltat uses twin axes when he fights.
  • Sayaka Miki of Puella Magi Madoka Magica has a moment of this with her swords in episode 6.
  • Ranma ½:
    • The Hidden Weapons Master Mousse keeps a rather improbable number of weapons (bladed, blunt, piercing, etc.) hidden within his clothing and all over his body. A favorite intimidation tactic consists of him whipping up both his arms and displaying a frightening amount of blades from his giant sleeves, making it look like the swords and knives are his actual hands. And he's good at using them.
    • Shampoo also regularly dual-wields chúi, large Chinese maces. These demonstrate her prodigious strength, as they are known to be unbelievably heavy and unwieldy, yet she swings them around like they were nothing.
    • Kodachi has been shown to use multiple clubs at one time.
    • Ukyo uses both her large spatula and smaller spatulas at one time, though the smaller ones can double as projectile attacks.
  • One of the myriad forms of the Ten Commandments in Rave Master is Blue Crimson, which splits the weapon into two different swords: one of fire and one of ice. Interestingly enough, the hero finds it somewhat difficult to use because he's right-handed. Both Haru and Lucia of temporarily do this whenever they use Blue Crimson, as Lucia has the Decalogue.
  • Genkishi, the Phantom Knight of Reborn! (2004) carries around four swords at this belt and usualy dual wields two of them. Adding on to this, Yamamoto Takeshi's box weapon is in possession of three swords, carried on its back. What makes this more interesting is that the box weapon is, in fact, a dog.
  • Rebuild World: The Cyber Ninja Master Swordswoman Nelia fights using two blades, at first liquid-metal based blades held in place by force fields, and later Laser Blade ones in her Mini-Mecha.
  • In the climax of the Record of Lodoss War OAV, Parn dual-wields the Holy Sword of Valis and the Demon Sword Soulcrusher to shatter Kardis' barrier, in which Deedlit was imprisoned.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena:
    • Nanami faces the Ohtori duels with a scimitar and curved dagger. She only has the sword during her duel in the third arc, however; if you think of the sword/dagger combo as representing Touga and herself, then it makes sense as her relying purely on her own strength in that fight.
    • Later, her Stalker With A Crush Mitsuru Tsuwabuki "borrows" said sword and dagger in his Black Rose duel. And he's frighteningly good at using them.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
    • Shinomori Aoshi gets an upgrade to dual-kodachi disguised as a single nodachi like this one the subterfuge befitting his onimitsu (ninja/spy) heritage.
    • Aoshi's "mentor" Okina, wields a pair of tonfa (which is of course justified, see above).
  • Saint Seiya: Some of the weapons provided by the Gold Cloth of Libra, such as the tonfas and the nunchaku, are meant to be dual-wielded. The Andromeda Cloth also wields the Andromeda Chain — one type of chain on each arm, and Shun can whip them out simultaneously to attack, unless the enemy requires more thoughtful tactics. Somehow, they never become entangled with one another, and Shun can wield them easily despite being the youngest, wispiest Saint ever.
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo: Akira uses two katanas. Later, during Akira's fight with Tokito, her sword splits into two swords.
  • Kyuzo from Samurai 7 wields two katanas. Conservation of Ninjutsu never really comes up, but Kambei manages to defeat him (or at least hold him off) using his scabbard as an extra parrying weapon.
  • Mifune from Soul Eater carries multiple swords. Usually he uses one sword but he does multi-wield we he gets serious. Kid dual wields guns, and appears unable or at least very unwilling to use only one of the two.
  • Tsunashi Takuto, the protagonist of Star Driver, reveals that he is a dual-wielder in an I Am Not Left-Handed moment, specifically of swords. When piloting Tauburn, he dual-wields two "Star Swords" — mecha-scale swords made of pure light/energy (the anime never goes out of its way to explain the composition of the weapons) — Emeraude (green) and Saphir (blue).
    • The finale reveals another dual wielder: Big Bad Head, who is also Takuto's father and learned his art under the same teacher (his father). Unlike Takuto, however, he has to use Star Swords connected to two different marks to achieve this, and, again unlike Takuto, is is also very competent with just one sword.
  • Kirito from Sword Art Online is possibly the most famous example in the anime community. It's played surprisingly realistically in the VR game SAO, where most people can't use two swords, even though most games let you do that due to Rule of Cool. Kirito is the only player who manages to earn an extra skill that lets him do so. He doesn't know how he earned it, though much later it's revealed later that the skill is awarded to the player with the fastest reaction times in the game, and is intended to mark The Hero in the game's metaplot.
    • It's later revealed/retconned that, in SAO, normal players can dual-wield two weapons. However, unless they have Kirito's specific skill, Dual Blades, it falls squarely into Awesome, but Impractical territory, as they aren't able to utilize the Dual Wielding Sword Skills while doing so.
    • In later games after SAO, Kirito's experience with dual wielding carries over, despite there being no dual wielding feature implemented. Though he's managed to find loopholes to make it work effectively, such as activating individual singlehanded Sword Skills separately on each sword to imitate his dual wielding in SAO. Though he doesn't typically make use of this unless he gets serious in a fight.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
    • Viral has a mech that dual-wields katanas. Later, he pilots a mech that quadruple-wields them, and LATER, he gives the Tengen Toppa form of Gurren Lagann the ability to create and dual-wield katanas.
    • Gurren-Lagann is also seen dual-wielding giant sunglasses/boomerangs or drills for some of its attacks.
    • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann wields two Giga Drill Breakers in the final battle against the Anti-Spirals.
    • In the second movie, The Lights in the Sky Are Stars, Viral's Tengen Toppa Gunmen, Tengen Toppa Enki Durga wields eleven swords (and a club).
  • In Tokkô Kureha wields a twin pair of daggers. In the Manga, Ranmaru gets two swords when he awakens his powers, but in the anime version he only gets one, but dual wields his and Sakura's swords in the final battle.
  • Hatz from Tower of God dual wields Katana. Except that one of them, the Sword That Flies Higher Than Any, really flies around and incepts attacks.
  • In the final episode of Transformers: Armada, Optimus Prime breaks off Galvatron's horns and uses them as a pair of swords.
  • Duke Fleed from UFO Robo Grendizer also dual wielded using the twin scythes of his Humongous Mecha, although usually he joined them to form the Double Harken, a double-edged Sinister Scythe.
  • Somewhat avoided in the Takehiko Inoue-drawn/written manga Vagabond, with two exceptions where it was acknowledged: Musashi used it as a reaction to being outnumbered by four senior disciples of the Yagyuu, and then he uses it to surprise the chain and sickle wielder Shishido Baiken (Tsujikaze Kouhei, who'd killed the original Baiken) and defeat him. Apparently, Musashi is the only character to dual-wield in the manga because he's so strong that dividing his strength between the two swords isn't a problem, as he proves when he uses a one-handed sword to break a katana held in both hands.
  • In Vinland Saga the hero Thorfinn fights with a pair of daggers. Not particularly strange, pretty reasonable. Contrast that however with his first major opponent and secret great uncle. Thorkell the Tall, who dual-wields axes. Not just any old normal sized axes, big mo' fo' great axes almost as big as the hero.
  • Guitar, the dog/deer swordsmaster from Violinist of Hameln, wields at least four swords at once, holding a pair in a claw-like grip in each hand. He's murderously proficient with this style.
  • Vividred Operation: An impromptu kendo match has Akane using twin swords against Wakaba.

    Asian Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy: BoBoiBoy Lightning often wields two lightning swords at once, same goes for his Next Tier Power Ups. In the sequel series, BoBoiBoy Thunderstorm gets a double-bladed lightning sword which can split in the middle for him to interchangeably wield them as two swords or as one.
  • In Happy Heroes, Careful S. typically wields two swords, both his friend Kalo morphed into them, when battling villains.
  • Mechamato: The vicious cleaner robot Janitoor can wield two sizeable toilet brushes simultaneously. Talk about fighting dirty.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • Both Nightwing and Batgirl (back when she was wheelchair-bound) fight with escrima sticks.
    • Villain Two-Face is usually depicted wielding two guns at once, fitting his image of duality.
  • Bill & Ted Go To Hell: When he finds that Napoleon has Missy, De Nomolos immediately grabs a sword and a flaming spear.
  • Deadpool frequently wields dual blades of various sorts. He generally has two katanas strapped to his back, which he can use together, but also varies it up with a katana-and-sai combination (e.g. that Cable & Deadpool cover with Deadpool and Spider-man) or pretty much anything around. Usually he's got at least three to four blades on him at any time, along with the guns, grenades, and other various weaponry. (The cover of Wolverine #88 shows him skewering Wolverine with both katanas.)
    • In his self-titled video game, Deadpool dual-wields katanas, sai, and even ''sledgehammers''.
  • Die: Matt eventually grabs the Maul of Rage to wield in addition to the Sword of Grief. The weapons point out that this has never happened before — no Emotion Knight has ever tried to wield multiple weapons at once, in the entire history of Die.
  • Johan De Rode Ridder is capable of doing this (and at one point remarks that he is ambidexterous), but he tends to prefer sword and shield, as is befitting his Knight in Shining Armor personality. His squire Chuk and some of his enemies have also done this on occasion, and Johan once remarked that such people must be very skilled to pull it off.
  • Elektra, from Marvel Comics' Daredevil, dual-wields sais, though, as mentioned above, they are traditionally dual-wielded.
  • In G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (Marvel), Rock n' Roll dual-wields twin gatlings. How the recoil doesn't knock him over is anyone's guess.
  • Groo the Wanderer: The titular character fights with two katanas, one in each hand.
  • In the Shadow of Dragons: Evina wields twin royal rapiers.
  • In Rat Queens, Violet and Betty both dual-wield. Violet has twin wakizashis as a backup weapon, Betty uses daggers.
  • Miho in Sin City often uses a katana in concert with a wakizashi.
  • 'Shorty' the dwarf in Skullkickers wields two axes. Sometimes he uses only one, with the other as a back-up in case the first gets stuck in a guy; other times he just uses both at once. The axes in question are small hatchets, quite realistic for either purpose.
  • Superman:
  • All of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles except Donatello dual-wield their respective weapons.
  • The titular character of Usagi Yojimbo carries both a katana and a wakizashi, though he frequently just wields the longer sword two-handed.
  • In V for Vendetta, V's main weapons are multiple knives. He combines these with "fancy karate gimmicks" and superhuman abilities (thanks to a bunch of experiments performed on him by the government he now seeks to overthrow).
  • Aarik of White Sand wields two sabres.
  • Nightcrawler from X-Men is known as a swashbuckler being able to dual-wield sabers. He can even triple wield when using his tail to hold a dagger or even a rapier. That being said, he's literally got superhuman agility and acrobatic ability. The unique shape of his feet (with prehensile toes) means he has, on occasion, quadruple wielded, using his superhuman agility for all it's worth.
  • The six-armed X-Men villainess Spiral. Predictably, she wields six swords, usually of varying lengths.
  • The short-time X-Man Marrow also is known for her tendency to dual-wield her self-made knives or clubs.

    Fan Works 
  • Blood and Honor: Sanguis starts out with one lightsaber, but upon defeating her first Jedi, picks up the lightsaber of her opponent. She is shown practicing dual saber techniques afterwards and fights with both weapons from then on.
  • Children of an Elder God: Asuka wields two swords when she fights: one of them is covered with fire and the other irradiates light. She used them during her battle against Nyarlathotep, but they were of no use.
    Two swords came out. One was covered with orange-red flame, the other shone with pale moonlight. They rose, dispelling the gloom that had fallen upon the balcony, then sliced down in unison. The Regent caught one with each hand, and the fire and light were snuffed. "Fire dies and light fades." His hands twisted and the flaming sword was wrenched from Asuka's hands, falling at Cassilda's amber-frozen feet. The moon sword simply snapped in his hands, then crumbled away to dust.
  • The Heroes of the Storm fanfic Heroes of the Desk features Valla with two crossbows. Then it ups the ante with two railgun sniper rifles (at least in theory — they haven't been shown in action thus far).
  • Several characters in The Night Unfurls do this, but only one out of all of them fights with two blades.
    • The Good Hunter, of course, in true Bloodborne hunter fashion — melee weapon on the right, firearm on the left.
    • For Hugh, it's either the Threaded Cane-Evelyn setup, or the Chikage-Evelyn setup.
    • Occasionally, Lily wields her Church Pick (normal mode) on one hand, and her Flamesprayer on the other.
    • Maia duel-wields shortswords in combat.
    • While this is not Sanakan's typical style of combat, she uses a Saw Cleaver along with a torch on one occasion in Chapter 22 of the original.
  • In The Tainted Grimoire, Luso does this sometimes.
  • There's No Rule That Says A Wolf Can't Be A Jedi: Swift finds three khyber crystals, and turns each of them into a different lightsaber-based weapon, wielding either a regular lightsaber or greatsaber in his mouth and a lightwhip with his tail. This gives him the edge against a Force vision of a Sith version of himself, who is stronger but has only a single blade.
  • In The Wizard in the Shadows, Emrys pulls this off and it becomes his favoured style, but only after unlocking his abilities as something that is effectively part angel under extreme stress, giving him greatly enhanced physical abilities, and solving the coordination problem. Before, both times he uses two swords, he uses them sequentially, using the first blade to wound and the second one to kill.
  • In Better Living Through Science and Ponies (A crossover between My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Portal), Chell equips herself with four portal guns/long fall boots.
  • Inner Demons: Celestia wields a pair of swords during the Final Battle.
  • Similarly, in The Immortal Game, during her final duel with Titan, Twilight wields both her own blade, Equinox, and Rarity's, Vorpal due to Rarity being incapacitated and near death.
  • The Powers of Harmony: Ace and his predecessor Cancer is capable of using his telekinesis to wield four blades at the same time.
    • Luna/Nightmare Moon has the twin Lunairium blades Perigee and Apogee.
  • In Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Gentaro gains two blades when he uses the Circinus spell (one that extends to far lengths, the other creating Fireballs), and Shun has two pata bladesnote , after making a contract and becoming a Serpent-bearer to Vasuki.
  • In Thousand Shinji, Asuka often fights using two weapons simultaneously. She likes to use twin hatches, but in the Final Battle her Humongous Mecha was equipped with a battle-axe and a barbed whip.
    Reaching a hand out into nothingness, Asuka grabbed onto something with each hand and began to pull out. Twin ragged streaks appeared in the sky, blood raining from holes in reality as Unit 02 extracted its new weapons. In the right hand it held a titanic bronze battle axe dripping with blood on its adamantine blade, while in the left it bore a long, snaking whip covered in barbs.
  • Quicken: Super-villain Cricket — and later main character and Anti-Hero Emma — used two kamas simultaneously.
  • In Son of the Sannin, Sasuke does this with a katana and a kunai, even combining them with lightning and fire chakra. He swaps out the kunai for a proper sword (specifically a shoto) during the timeskip.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: During the battle in chapter 44, Night Blade begins using both his sword and sheath as weapons.
  • In Son of the Seven Kingdoms, Arya eventually pairs her canonical rapier Needle with a katana called Ice Fang, which is gifted to her by William.
  • In the Discworld, the canonical character of Madame Deux-Epées, the Assassins' Guild School's mistress-at-arms, is developed from her minimal description in canon as a Quirmian sword-for-hire-for-a-great-deal-of-money, a woman who is lethal with a long sabre and a shorter poignard, weapons to run away from very fast if they come in your direction.
    • Elsewhere in the A.A. Pessimal Discworld, Rus characters from Far Überwald are introduced. Rus Witches tend to carry Cossack sabres. Olga and Irena of the Air Police need to carry swords for their main day job. A witch who tends to the horse people of the Steppe goes one better: Xenia Galena carries two. And she can use them both, simultaneously, as a good Cossack daughter should. And not just for dancing the shaksha with.
  • In Heroic Myth, Bell, Archer, Jack, and Sigurd all wield weapons with both hands: Bell and Jack use knives, Archer wields Kanshou and Bakuya, and Sigurd has the many parts of Gram.
  • Fire Emblem Heroes: Kiran's Story: The protagonist attempts to learn this combat style, his desire is to do this with two replicas of the Master Sword. Some other characters like Lyn and Roy also display this skill with both Sol Katti and Mani Katti.
  • Darth Vader: Hero of Naboo: Both Plagueis and Sidious engage in dual-blade fencing during their fight with each other.

    Film — Animation 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • 300: Xerxes's elite, the "Immortals" dual-wield scimitars, as opposed to the comic in which they are armed primarily with shield and spear.
  • Alatriste: There is whole bunch of dual-wielding fights with rapier and parrying dagger in La Verdadera Destreza style.
  • An Empress and Her Warriors: This historical epic starring Donnie Yen as a badass Frontline General have Yen pulling a Last Stand where he dual-wields BFSes against an entire army, killing mooks left and right as he does. During battle he briefly drops one of his swords and got a spear from a slain enemy as replacement, but soon after discards the spear and gains another sword.
  • Army of Darkness: Ash briefly wields two swords while fighting on the castle wall's stairs.
  • Assassin's Creed (2016): In the fight to escape Abstergo, Callum Lynch uses Aguilar's Hidden Blades in tandem, a skill he picked up from the man himself. Cal even kills a Templar in the same way Aguilar executes Ojeda. (Two blades to the throat while the enemy is injured and on their knees.)
  • Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever: Rogue agent Sever (Lucy Liu) dual-wields a pair of telescopic batons to great effect.
  • Barbarella: Our introduction to the villainous Black Queen has her stabbing two men In the Back simultaneously, as they leer at our hapless heroine with sinister intent.
    Queen: Hello, pretty-pretty... (dual knife twirling)
  • Blindsided: the Game: The protagonist, Walter, frequently wields a blade in one hand and a blunt weapon in the other, using one side to cut and one to block and bludgeon. First, it's a knife and a cane. Then, it's his sword and its wooden sheath. Later, he faces a gangster who dual-wields knifes, with one held in Reverse Grip.
  • Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter: Kronos uses a sabre in his right hand and a katana in his left in order to fight off an angry mob.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Conan the Barbarian (2011): During the final fight, Conan dual-wields a pair of longswords against Khalar Zym's twin scimitars.
  • Deadpool: Wade Wilson wields dual katanas.
  • Film/Dragonheart: Kara is shown wielding a pair of axes in battle.
  • Dragon Hunter: Darius can not only dual-wield but fight off multiple people at once with two swords.
  • Excalibur: Arthur dual-wields Excalibur and a mace while dueling Lancelot, showing that he's become rather kill-crazy.
  • The Forbidden Kingdom: Golden Sparrow dual-wields short-swords.
  • Freddy vs. Jason: At one point, Freddy steals Jason's machete and wields it along with his own razor glove.
  • Freebie and the Bean: The protagonists follow a criminal into the men's room and order him to come out of the stall. When they see him reaching for the gun on the floor, they both start blasting away with two guns each.
  • Ghost Rock: The outlaw known as the Barber wields twin cutthroat razors in combat.
  • The Golden Voyage of Sinbad: In the most awesome scene, the evil wizard Koura animates a statue of the goddess Kali to fight off Sinbad and his crew. Kali has six arms and wields a sword in every one, against multiple simultaneous opponents.
  • The Grey: For his final showdown with the alpha wolf, John Ottway wields a hunting knife in one hand and shattered miniature liquor bottles between the fingers of the other (like razor-sharp brass knuckles).
  • The Hobbit
    • Thorin can be seen wielding both a dwarf axe and the sword Orcrist.
    • Dwalin is also well-known for dual-wielding his prized axes "Grasper" and "Keeper". note 
    • Fíli and his twin swords.
    • During the fight inside Dale, Thranduil wields two elven blades against a horde of orcs.
  • Ivanhoe: Done semi-realistically in the 1952 version; Ivanhoe uses a dagger in his left hand whenever he fights. Also, in the 1997 miniseries, Bois-Guilbert briefly dual wields an axe and sword during the trial by combat.
  • Kill Bill: A member of the Crazy 88, and the Bride herself (although briefly) during the same scene.
  • King Arthur (2004): Several characters dual-wield weapons
    • Lancelot is the only one who dual-wields swords. His swords are notably smaller than the broadswords used by Arthur and Dagonet.
    • Bors uses two curved knives. Though he might also use a single battle-axe.
    • Gwain uses a (small) mace and hatchet.
    • The various Woads also occasionally dual wield smaller weapons.
  • Kingdom of Heaven: Used briefly by Guy de Lusignan. Then he loses one sword and pulls a dagger...
    • Also used by Odo, the German knight following Godfrey of Ibelin, during the battle with the Sheriff's forces, packing a sword in one hand and an axe in the other. Unlike Guy as mentioned above, he kicks fairly judicious amounts of ass with the combination. With an arrow through his neck, at that.
  • The Last Samurai: There are two brief instances of dual-wielding badassery: first, by Katsumoto against the ninja at 3:42, and later, by Algren against the ronin (fight begins at 1:40).
  • The Lord of the Rings
    • Gandalf is shown swinging his staff and his longsword against the invading enemy, including a nice twirl of the staff before smacking an unfortunate Orc with blade and blunt.
    • Legolas' other weapons (besides his bow) are twin fighting knives. The actor claims he actually became more proficient with that than with his bow.
    • In The Fellowship of the Ring, Saruman dual-wields his own staff and Gandalf's briefly.
    • Éowyn in The Return of the King briefly uses two swords on horseback (with Merry holding the reins) to good effect against the Mûmakil outside Minas Tirith.
    • Sam wields a sword and a frying pan in Moria (at least one shot, after Frodo is hurt, seems to show him using both at once). When facing down the monstrous spider Shelob, he wields the Elvish blade Sting in one hand and the phial containing the Light of Earendil in the other. Later, when he storms the tower of Cirith Ungol, he wields Sting as well as his normal sword.
    • In some of the fights Gimli wields two axes (occasionally throwing the smaller off-hand axe), in the other fights he "just" wields a double-headed battle axe.
  • Machete: The title character wields a pair of machetes against Torrez, who uses a katana and wakizashi.
  • The Magic Blade: The protagonist, Fu Hung-hsueh, uses twin bladed tonfas in combat, to great effect too, especially in the climax of the second movie.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • The Avengers (2012): During the battle against the Chitauri, Black Widow fires off two handguns at once.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron: In the battle against Ultron’s robots, Black Widow wields a pair of collapsible electrified batons.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy: Nebula's dual blades, Drax's long curved knives, and Star-Lord's energy guns.
    • Black Panther: When attacking Killmonger and his defenses from behind, Shuri is armed with a vibranium strike gauntlet on each arm, and Nakia wields a pair of energized ring blades. Killmonger himself wields a vibranium sword and spearhead broken off its shaft.
    • Avengers: Endgame: Thor kicks off the Final Battle by wielding both Mjolnir and Stormbreaker and later in the fight, Captain America wields both Mjolnir and his shield.
  • The Mask of Zorro: Both Diego and Alejandro with the crappy Zorro costume do it with a sword and a knife. Later, Alejandro, this time with the official costume, does it with two swords against Montero and Love.
  • The Mummy Returns: Princess Nefertiri/Evy and Anck Su Namun fight with dual sai type daggers.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • When Will and Jack first meet in Curse of the Black Pearl they engage in a duel. At one point, Will briefly uses two swords. Justified, as they're in a blacksmith's and so there are plenty of fresh swords available.
    • After Blackbeard breaks his crutch during their duel in On Stranger Tides, Barbossa starts Dual Wielding its broken shaft along with his sword.
  • Pixels
    • Lady Lisa fights using two katanas.
    • In the final battles, main characters are armed with photon pistol and photon gun and use both — in Violet's case, at once.
  • Planet Terror: When denied a gun by Sheriff Hague, El Wray opens up his glove compartment and takes out a pair of Balisongs. His subsequent zombie-killing rampage through the hospital is one of his most awesome scenes.
  • The Princess: The princess and Linh both wield two swords at once with great skill.
  • Save the Emperor: Seen in this Russian movie about the Russian Revolution and Civil War. The Cossack character in red in a frenzied attack against Red forces, briefly used two sabers to slash down the Reds. [1].
  • Serenity: River Tam dual-wields a sword and an axe in the climax.
  • Shanghai Knights: In the final battle, the villain Lord Rathbone (named for the great actor and swordsman, Basil Rathbone) dual-wields a rapier and a saber against Jackie Chan (who just has the rapier).
  • Shaw Brothers: Numerous wuxia flicks made by them will have the heroes using two weapons at once, allowing them to kill twice the amount of mooks, twice at fast. Notably in Come Drink With Me, Golden Swallow, The New One-Armed Swordsman (at least, until the hero lose his arm and lives up to the film's title), The Water Margin, Killer Clans, Killer Darts'', and several others.
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999): The Headless Horseman, shortly before he becomes headless, fights some American soldiers with a sword and a hatchet. He seems to parry with both weapons and use both weapons to deliver decapitating blows. Of course, he's just that badass. And, later, Brom is shown fighting the decapitated Christopher Walken using two sickles.
  • Solomon Kane: With rapier, dagger, falchion, a pair of muskets, or one of each, Kane is fond of a weapon in each hand.
  • Spawn (1997): Priest saves Wynn from Spawn at the last second by opening fire on him with two automatic rifles.
  • Swordsmen in Double Flag Town: The hero Haige dispatches the bandits threatening the village with dual-wielded short-swords.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
    • Leonardo wields twin katanas, as per usual.
    • Ralphael wields twin sai.
  • The 13th Warrior: One of the Vikings wields a sword and a short axe in the final battle.
  • The Three Musketeers (1973): Famous of the realism of its sword fights, has many characters fighting with both sword and dagger.
  • Thor: Hammer of the Gods: In the final fight of this Sci-fi Channel original movie, the only thing NOT dual-wielding is a wolf.
  • Transformers: Optimus Prime, of all people, gets to dual-wield superheated retractable blades in the sequel. (He only had one in the first movie.)
  • TRON: Legacy
    • Tron wields two Identity Discs, which fit together during the coup. Turns out to be a Chekhov'sGun in identifying who's behind the Rinzler helmet.
    • Quorra fights with both a Laser Blade and her Identity Disc in the left hand.
  • When the Last Sword Is Drawn: Saitou Hajime's last memory of Yoshimura Kanichiro is seeing him charge into a musket platoon of the Imperial Army with his katana and wakizashi. He disappears into a cloud of smoke and we're only shown the aftermath of the fight: Yoshimura making it back to his home clan badly wounded, with his katana a Wrecked Weapon.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse has Psylocke wielding both a regular katana and her psyonic sword.
  • Zatoichi: In the 1962-1989 series, Ichi, played by Shintaro Katsu, often used his tsue (scabbard) held in the left hand, mostly to deflect and parry strikes.

  • The Balanced Sword: Dual-wielding a matching pair of curved swords is one of the hallmarks of Tor, a rare and mystical martial art dating back to Atlantaea which is the basis of Tobimar's fighting style. When he meets an opponent who fights with two similar swords and in the same style, they immediately stop fighting to explore their respective training backgrounds.
  • Battle Circle: Piers Anthony's post-apocalyptic collection of novellas features dual-wielding nomads with daggers and sticks. Interestingly, Piers rates each weapon (including staves, swords, and morningstars) on defensive and offensive utility.
  • Blood Meridian: Judge Holden dual-wields Colt Walkers, and has near-perfect aim with both. The fact that he has the borderline Super Strength needed to pull this off is yet one more thing that makes him Ambiguously Human.
  • 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.
  • Chrysalis (RinoZ): Morrelia's class is The Berserker, and while in her rage, she has greatly enhanced strength but doesn't care about self-defence nor about finesse — so she carries a second sword, for maximum carnage.
  • Cloud of Sparrows: Shigeru's ability to fight with two swords is a sign of his unusual skill and strength.
  • Codex Alera: This is Kitai's preferred fighting style, usually with a shortsword and a longer sword.
  • Crimson Shadow: RA Salvatore's trilogy features the Highway Halfling Oliver DeBurrows wielding the more traditional rapier and main gauche.
  • The Dark Tower: Roland Deschain carries two ancient sandalwood revolvers, is described as being just about as good a shot with either hand and, most impressively, can dual wield both weapons for an extended period of rapid shooting and reloading, despite them being single-action guns. He even manages to wipe-out an entire town of 58 residents in this manner when they're driven into a murderous frenzy against him. A lobstrosity attack at the beginning of the second book sees him lose two fingers on one hand, freeing up one of his guns for the other members of his eventual ka-tet.
  • Deryni: Alaric Morgan habitually wields a sword in his right hand and a stiletto in his left. In Deryni Checkmate, Duncan is depicted using both a sword and a dagger when he rescues Morgan from Warin and his men at St. Torin's shrine.
  • Discworld:
    • In Thud!, Andy "Two Swords" Jackson is an overly enthusiastic Ankh-Morpork Auxiliary Watchman and weapon enthusiast who dual wields two non-standard issue curved swords to great effect, though occasionally causing collateral damage. however, his presence is considered a saving, since he brings his own weapons.
    • Madame Deux-Epées, the Assassins' Guild's Mistress-At-Arms, did not get that name by accident. Her portrait, in the Assassins' Guild Yearbook, depicts a woman wearing one sword, conventionally scabbarded on the hip, and another at her back with the hilt above one shoulder, no doubt for an even quicker draw of a second weapon.
    • Given a pacifistic twist in Night Watch; Vimes meets an angry mob marching on his Watch-house with a mug of cocoa in one hand and a cigar in the other, to deprive the mob of the 'he was armed' excuse for starting violence.
  • Dragaera: This is a common fighting style of Dragaerans, with a dagger in the off-hand. Eastern-style fencing, on the other hand, involves using a single light rapier and turning your body sideways.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Small Favor: Michael dual-wields a broadsword and a katana. And they're holy swords, too! It's a total cop-out that the villain beats him with a gun, but at least he ends up Not Quite Dead. He did it in Death Masks, too. Same cop-out gun victory, too, but that time it was just a handgun and there was Kevlar plating in his armour.
    • Skin Game: He's back and dual-wielding. No cop-out this time.
  • Dune: Paul is shown training with a sword and knife, but most of his actual battles are with a single crysknife. While Feyd-Rautha kills gladiator-slaves with a long and short knife, one of which is poisoned.
  • Empire of the East: Mewick, a fairly minor character, at least twice used a short sword in his right hand and a "basket-hilted hatchet" in his left. He managed to swing the hatchet around the guard of one highly skilled enemy swordsman to strike the man in the spine.
  • Forgotten Realms: Drizzt Do'Urden, the drow ranger, uses twin scimitars. Using two long blades is more common for drow than other races, who don't necessarily consider it a plausible option at all. Several characters note that Drizzt risks getting his blades tangled up using his style, but he's just that good. Drizzt seems to have popularised the idea at least to some extent, to the point that when there was an open call for original Forgotten Realms novels by fans, the best of which could get published, the things forbidden in the rules included drow characters and anyone wielding two swords of any kind. Drizzt's arch-nemesis, Artemis Entreri, also dual-wields, but uses a dagger in his off-hand, lacking the agility and coordination to wield two long blades. Another character in the series, the dwarf, Arthogate, dual-wields magically enhanced flails. He also wears a belt of giant strength which makes it more feasible for him to do so.
  • Gentleman Bastard:
    • Jean Tannen dual-wields the Wicked Sisters, twin hatchets.
    • When Locke duels the Grey King, he pulls out a dagger to use on his off-hand alongside his rapier. The Grey King, a vastly superior fencer, makes a sardonic comment about finding the sword-and-dagger style very prosaic but pulls out a dagger to match Locke nonetheless.
  • Godspeaker Trilogy: This is the whole premise behind the hotas of the knife dancers, as well as acrobatics. Rhian modifies this and uses broadswords.
  • Grent's Fall: King Osbert Grent wields two swords, as he is one of the few people who mastered the Whaddon Bypass.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Morfin Gaunt is shown wielding his wand in one hand and a short, bloody knife in the other when he attempts to frighten Bob Ogen away from his house.
  • Heralds of Valdemar: Weaponmaster-Herald Alberich dual-wields two daggers in one of his undercover personas. Until people wised up and quit challenging that persona to fights, he routinely beat sword-wielders with his two daggers. He also dual-wields sword and dagger in the climax of Take a Thief to beat three swordsmen, though he had help from Skif in that fight. It's also pointed out in Exile's Honor that Alberich is a combat prodigy and has been taught how to fight with nearly every weapon created and some that haven't been. Another dual-wielder in Exile's Honor (one good enough to even impress Alberich) is MindHealer Crathach. When he demonstrates his skills for Alberich, he immediately finds himself part of Sendar's battle guard.
  • John Carter of Mars: The Okar (Yellow Martians) dual wield a fairly ordinary sword and a hook-sword designed to disarm an opponent as their standard technique.
  • Journey to Chaos:
    • Aegis dual-wields buckler shields and Raki dual-wields short swords. They regularly duel. Another mercenary, Retina Corison, also uses a pair of swords.
    • After Nolien mana mutates into a unicorn, he realizes that he can do the magical version of dual-wielding by casting spells from his horn in addition to his staff.
  • Kushiel's Legacy: The Casseline Brotherhood dual-wield daggers as standard practice for defending their charges in close quarters or when they want to inflict non-lethal injuries. Their (two-handed) swords are only ever single-wielded and drawn only to kill.
  • The Locked Tomb: The traditional cavalier style of fighting is a rapier and and offhand weapon, usually used for blocking. The popular option for offhand is a dagger.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Balrog of Moria has both a Flaming Sword and a fiery whip.
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen:
    • Kalam Mekhar, an assassin, dual-wields long-knives.
    • Silchas Ruin, a dragon-blooded immortal, dual-wields two swords. That is when he doesn't just transform into a dragon...
    • The Segulah. Their entire culture dual-wields longswords.
    • Leoman of the Flails wields two flails.
  • Mother of Demons: The standard weapon of a battle-mother is a mace and shield. However, Guo fights with two maces.
  • Murderworld: Mari Night uses two matched kodachi, traditional Japanese short swords, as her in-game avatar is small and wiry.
  • Old Kingdom: After being released from Human Popsicle status, Touchstone acquires a pair of Charter-spelled swords that used to belong to a Royal Champion. He gets well enough known for that fighting style that in the second book, the two swords are partly how Lirael realizes who he is at a distance.
  • One Rose Trilogy: The main characters of The Compass Rose all get Heldring Swords. Torhcay's are a matched set of short swords.
  • Princesses of the Pizza Parlor: The Stalker in Silence, who dual-wields "concentrated bar[s] of kinetic force", against two fighters at once Curbstomp Battling the party.
  • Princess Holy Aura:
    • Radiance Blaze fights with two fiery chains.
    • Tsunami Reflection uses twin swords.
  • Redwall: IN The Bellmaker, the otter Finnbarr Galedeep had twin swords.
  • The Silerian Trilogy: Tansen wields two swords, and the difficulties with this are explicitly stated. Those who do it need special training-he recounts seeing a Valdan noble cutting himself apart trying to once.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Catelyn recalls seeing Bronn fight with a sword in each hand while chopping through clansmen on the Mountains of the Moon. She's reminded of Jaime Lannister, reputedly the best swordsman in the kingdom.
    • Shagga fights with an axe in each hand and acquires three axes from the Lannister armory before a battle. Tyrion explains that Shagga believes that two axes are better than one, and three are better than two.
    • Daario Naharis apparently dual-wields his arakh and dagger. They have matching hilts carved into the shape of naked women, and his hands frequently caress each of them when he's getting ready for a fight.
  • The Stormlight Archive: It is apparently possible to dual-wield Shardblades, assuming you could acquire two Shardblades in the first place. In the final battle of Oathbringer, Amaram does it.
  • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms: In One Good Knight, Adam and Gina specifically teach the Sworn Sisterhood to fight sword-and-dagger, rather than sword and shield.
  • Vorkosigan Saga: On Barrayar, the Vor traditionally carry two swords, and dueling with two swords is mentioned as being specifically illegal. The two swords aren't described in detail, but one is shorter than the other (it's noted at one point that Miles finds the longer sword of the pair a particular trial (he's very short).)
  • The War Gods: Champion Kaeritha dual-wields custom-designed short-swords, a feat aided by the fact that she is fully ambidextrous. Just how good she is can be seen by the fact that when she practiced against a group of Hradani (the smallest of whom was twice her size and far stronger), she trounced all but one of them. Her style is notably different from the War Maids who use a sword-and-dagger combo.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Telemachon in Black Legion wields two chainswords, adding to his Master Swordsman reputation. Khayon muses that the man has probably decided on this style because of how cool it looks, but with his mastery over blades, he makes it work.
    • Grey Knights : In Hammer of Daemons Alaric briefly uses both an axe and a hammer. He isn't the only one running around with multiple melee weapons, though.
  • The Wheel of Time: Has one of its major characters do this. In a more unique twist though Perrin eschews swords in favor of a battle axe and blacksmith's hammer. When one considers the weight of just one of these weapons it says a lot about how strong the character is. The choice nearly gets Perrin killed though since even he can't swing as fast as a good swordsman.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrow: For his Trial by Combat in "The Climb", Oliver Queen is told to choose his weapons and selects a couple of kris swords. His opponent Ra's al Ghul is unarmed, saying he will just take one of Oliver's swords which he quickly does.
  • Danger 5: In "Johnny Hitler", Adolf Hitler runs rampant in a school with two-linked chainsaws in either hand. Spouting flame. It's that kind of series.
  • Deadliest Warrior:
    • Apache vs. Gladiator: Chris Torres (Gladiator) demonstrated how a trident could be wielded with a net as an offensive/defensive combo.
    • Viking vs. Samurai: Casey Hendershot (Viking) demonstrated throwing two spears at once, with both piercing 8-inch thick wooden targets.
    • Shaolin Monk vs. Maori Warrior:
      • Eric Chen and Alfred Hsing (Shaolin) demonstrate the extreme killing potential of the twin hook swords and emei piercers, respectively.
      • In one historical reenactment scene, as well as the final battle sequence, the Maori warrior is shown wielding a meré (short club made of greenstone jade) in one hand and a shark-tooth club (wooden paddle with shark’s teeth as cutting edges) in the other.
    • William Wallace vs. Shaka Zulu: Kieron Elliot (Wallace) demonstrated simultaneous use of the targe (circular shield with a long protruding spike meant for offense) and dirk (traditional Scottish dagger).
    • Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer: Luke Lafontaine (Musketeer) demonstrated the simultaneous wielding of the rapier (fencing sword) and main gauche (parrying dagger).
  • Doctor Who: Rory Williams shows us how much of a Badass he took levels in to protect his wife and daughter by wielding a sword and a gun in "A Good Man Goes to War".
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Ser Arthur Dayne dual-wields two longswords to establish him as a Master Swordsman with no equal.
    • Shagga is described as insisting on two double-bladed battleaxes from the Lannister armory.
    • Karl Tanner, a cutthroat from King's Landing, wields two knives rather than a sword.
    • Ramsay carries a mace in one hand and a dagger in the other during the raid in "The Laws of Gods and Men".
    • Tyene Sand uses dual daggers coated in poison as her primary weapons.
    • Bronn wields both his longsword and kukri-like dagger when he and Tyrion are accosted by the mountain clans.
  • GARO: The Silver Fang Knight Zero dual wields short katanas that become scimitars when he puts on his armor.
  • Highlander: Has had a few instances of Immortals fighting with a sword in one hand and a knife in the other. Most notably in the fifth season episode "Duende".
  • Kamen Rider: Has its own page.
  • Legend of the Seeker:
    • Kahlan typically fights using two daggers, which she's quite skilled at.
    • Cara has been seen wielding two Agiels.
  • Legends of Tomorrow: In the episode "Outlaw Country", Mick dual-wields two Winchester rifles during a saloon shootout.
  • The Longest Day in Chang'an: Yu Chang wields two swords at once. Long Bo does the same just before his death.
  • Magnificent Century: Atmaca is usually seen wielding two axes — sometimes he throws one of them and fights with the other. When he is on his way to kill Rüstem Pasha, he kills several of his Mooks while wielding an axe and a dagger. However, he goes on to kill Rüstem Pasha by strangling him...
  • Merlin: In the British TV show, some mooks are seen using dual scimitars (and one knight who wanted to join the knights of the round table used two longswords).
    • In "The Sorcerer's Shadow", whose premise is a tournament which anyone can enter, we see a dual-wielding ninja-like warrior going up against Arthur briefly. Deconstructed: after a brief but impressive display of spinning swords by the ninja, Arthur punches him in his (undefended) face and knocks him down, winning the fight.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:
    • Trini Kwan and her successor Aisha Campbell wielded the twin Power Daggers.
    • Following Tommy Oliver’s resignation as the green ranger, Jason Lee Scott occasionally wielded his own Power Sword in concert with Tommy’s Dragon Dagger.
  • The Musketeers (BBC 2014 version): These guys seem to particularly love this trope in many and varied forms. Sword and Gun is very common, as is the historically believable rapier and dagger combo. They also branch out into two pistols, musket and pistol, and two rapiers on occasion.
  • The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg: Garett, the Knight of Forest, wields the Twin Timber Axes. Normally seen as a single ax, the second one can be summoned at will when necessary.
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Has the Senshi with swords (or an axe in Jupiter's case) but Venus and Mars have identical short swords which get dual-wielded since Venus is absent from the fight in the TV series and Mars is absent in the special. Some consider it symbolic of their relationship.
  • Revolution: General Sebastian Monroe wields dual swords in his fight with Miles Matheson in the mid-season finale.
  • Robin of Sherwood: Nasir the Saracen dual-wields scimitars, but these are weapons with thin, relatively short blades. In the pilot, he manages to fight Robin, only using one sword, to a stand-still.
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Theokoles, The Dreaded gladiator, wields two swords as part of his fearsome persona. Later, Spartacus is explicitly trained to wield two swords to mimic Theokeles and excite the crowd. This is also Gannicus' preferred fighting style, which helps portray him as the hottest hot-shot of his era.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: In the first episode with Lt. Barclay. In one of his holodeck fantasies, he is fighting with a sword in each hand against holodeck versions of Riker, Data and Geordi — at the same time!
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Worf is consistently depicted preferring to dual-wield a pair of Klingon shortswords instead of the more iconic, two-handed bat'leth (ironic since he helped make it iconic on TNG). He advocates for this style in a debate with a sparring partner, saying that the larger weapon leads many warriors to over-confidence. In an episode near the end of the series, he's engaged in a duel of honor which requires him to use a bat'leth. His actually breaks; but as his opponent closes in, raising his weapon overhead for a finishing blow, Worf dual-wields the shards as a desperate Improvised Weapon, lethally piercing his enemy's exposed gut and winning the duel.
  • Super Sentai (and thus Power Rangers):
    • Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger: Dragon Ranger dual-wields his Zyusouken (Dragon Dagger in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers) and Sword of Hellfriede (Sword of Darkness in MMPR) against Tyranno Ranger, who counters with his Ryugekiken (Power Sword) and Ranger Stick (Blade Blaster). Later, after inheriting his brother's powers, Armed Tyranno Ranger uses the Ryugekiken and Zyusouken together. This carries over to the U.S. version in both cases. Also, the Tiger Ranger dual-wields his Saber Daggers (her Power Daggers).
    • Gosei Sentai Dairanger: Ryuu Ranger dual-wields the Double Dragon Swords.
    • Ninja Sentai Kakuranger: Ninja Red dual-wields his standard Kakuremaru sidearm with the Thunder Sword Hikarimaru, which he receives for the first time during the final battle with Gashadukuro. His Super Stealth Beast God Saruder (Ape Ninjazord in Power Rangers) also wields two swords.
    • Chouriki Sentai Ohranger: OhBlocker, the team's second five-piece mecha, has two swords that combine into a BFS made of energy that is as long as it needs to be... but is so heavy that it's not wielded so much as formed above the monster and allowed to simply fall, slicing through.
    • Mahou Sentai Magiranger: Wolzard Fire has a sword in both Heavenly Saint and Ranger forms. He can use both at once and has one attack that requires it (which he teaches his son, who does it with his standard Ranger form's sword and his Super Mode's staff.)
    • In the finale of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger / Power Rangers Samurai, the Red Ranger dual-wields two eight-foot BFSs — his own, and Kaoru's / Lauren's.
    • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Gokaigers dual wield a gun and sword by default and are known to swap weapons in the middle of combat. Blue and Yellow often end up Dual Wielding the swords. This was taken to an extreme when Gokai Blue ended up wielding all five swords at the same time, very effectively at that. Their Humongous Mecha, GokaiOh, also has two swords. As Goren GokaiOh (its alternate form using the Himitsu Sentai Gorenger 's Greater Power), it uses a similar finisher to OhBlocker.
  • Ultra Series:
    • Ultraman Zero, in more than one occasion, would hold his Zero Twin Sluggers like daggers and use them in close combat to slice and dice his opponents.
    • The final battle of Ultra Fight Victory has Ultraman Victory fighting Juda with his Knight Timbre. Despite having an empowered weapon, Victory is hardly a match for the all-powerful demon lord, but remembering he still have the monster Shepherdon as an Equippable Ally, Victory then summons the Shepherdon Sabre in conjunction with the Knight Timbre. Using two powerful swords simultaneously finally allows Ultraman Victory to turn the tide of battle, blocking Juda's weapon with the Shepherdon Sabre and landing a powerful slash with the Knight Timbre.
    • Ultraman R/B have Ultraman Rosso's weapons being his Rosso Sluggers, which are a pair of tonfa-like weapons attached to both hands.
    • Late into Ultraman Trigger: New Generation Tiga, when Ultraman Trigger unleashed his Glitter Trigger form, he would wield his trusty Circle Arms in conjunction with his new weapon, the Glitter Sword, using both weapons to slice up enemies.
  • Vikings: If a Northman isn't wielding a shield or two-handed axe, he's almost certainly dual-wielding weapons. Floki in particular is unique in that an axe and dagger are his primary weapons.
  • The Wheel of Time: The Aiel warrior woman Tigraine used two spears to fight (and kill) multiple male opponents with great skill.
  • Word of Honor: Gu Xiang wields two swords when she attacks Mo Huaiyang.


    Pro Wrestling 
  • Sable, seen in promotions such as CMLL, had a gimmick revolving around swords(no, his enthusiasm does not extend to the ring, his bare hands are enough for that) and would swing around two different kinds.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons features specific and explicit rules on dual-wielding that vary depending on the edition.
    • AD&D's first and second editions allowed you to dual-wield melee weapons and make two attacks per round, provided your off-hand weapon was smaller than your main weapon, and your attack rolls with both were made at penalties of -2 and -4 respectively. This could be offset with a good Dexterity score, which lowered your penalties based on your ranged attack modifier. Second Edition's Player's Options (Combat and Tactics and Skills and Powers, as well as the Complete Fighter's Handbook) added Weapon Style specializations and Ambidexterity, which when put together could eliminate all penalties for dual-wielding and even allow you to wield two same-length weapons at once with a second specialization, provided you could wield them with one hand. Rangers also receive bonuses for dual-wielding.
    • In the 3.0 and 3.5 editions, characters receive heavy penalties when attacking with two weapons. You can receive lower penalties by using a light weapon in your off-hand or by using a single double-headed weapon. Several feats can be taken to lower your penalties further. There are specialized weapons for certain tailed races that can act as a second or third equipped weapon with special training.
    • As of 4th Edition, holding a weapon in each hand doesn't allow you to make two attacks by default, but certain feats give you benefits for dual-wielding, and quite a few Ranger powers require you to dual-wield. And Fighters have gotten into the act as well with the Tempest build from "Martial Power", which gives dual-wielding powers to the Fighter, and which, with a Ranger multiclass feat, can even wield two one-handed weapons like the Ranger can (since Fighters are usually limited to two light weapons or a one-handed weapon and a light weapon).
    • As of 5th Edition, hearkening back towards some of 3.x' sensibilities, characters may wield a second weapon in their other hand (no mention of off-hands this edition) and attack with it at the cost of a Bonus action. This limits the feasibility of dual-wielding somewhat: you only have 'one' Bonus action a turn — there is no switching in or altering other actions to allow for multiple Bonus actions, and you generally have better uses for such limited but important actions in your game turns; additionally, without feats of training, the extra attack cannot gain benefits from your offensive statistics with regards to damage dealt.
  • Exalted typically averts this, which is slightly odd given its strong anime influences. Wielding two weapons doesn't give you an extra attack unless you use a flurry, which you can do just as easily with one weapon. Those trained in the Fire Dragon style of Immaculate Martial Arts are the exception, who wield two (relatively, in comparison to the BFS most Exalted wield) short blades. Short and hook daiklaves, which Fire Dragon stylists use, are designed explicitly to be dual-wielded, and are usually found in matched pairs. Possibly in someone's ribcage.
  • Feng Shui, in contrast, does not give you any penalties at all for Dual Wielding any kind of weapon due to the game running largely on the Rule of Cool and the fact that many heroes in both kung fu movies and Heroic Bloodshed liked to dual-wield weapons. Golden Comeback, the Dragon supplement for the game, allows you to use many of the gun schticks in the original book for melee weapons if you're not a guy who uses Ki Manipulation like the regular martial artist, meaning that you can use the schtick normally reserved for Guns Akimbo against named characters, Both Guns Blazing, to lay on the hurt using two swords or other melee weapons.
  • Games Workshop games:
    • Many combat orientated troops from Warhammer and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar dual wield weapons in close combat. Typically using a weapon in each had in these games gives bonuses to combat, such as additional attacks.
    • Warhammer examples:
      • The Chaos Lord Vardek Crom has a special rule that enables him to switch between a sword-and-shield and a sword-and-axe stance so that he can tailor his attacks to his opponent.
      • Some Skaven are able to triple-wield by holding certain specialized weapons in their tails, but they must be specially trained to do so.
    • In Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, the Curselings of the Arcanite Cults are able to triple wield during battle with the main body fighting with a burning blade and a threshing flail, while the parasitic homunculus that grows out of them wields a mystical Staff of Tzeentch.
    • In Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay characters are able to use a weapon in both hands. Unlike in the core game however, this does not grant any extra attacks as the off-hand weapon is mainly used for parrying (much like in real life).
    • Warhammer 40,000 examples:
      • Although Sword and Gun is the most common armament for combat specialists, many of the more attack focused troops and characters wield a pair of close combat weapons such as Lightning Claws.
      • The cyborg assassins of the Adeptus Mechanicus known as Sicarian Ruststalker forgo ranged weapons in favour of wielding a pair of deadly transonic weapons. Their standard armament is a chordclaw and the knifelike transonic razor but they can upgrade these to a pair of transonic blades, longswords that, in both 7th and 8th Edition, allow the Ruststalkers to hit harder in combat.
      • The Tyranid Hive Tyrant known as the Swarmlord quad-wields, carrying a Bone Sabres in each of its four hands, granting it extra attacks and allowing it to parry its opponent’s blows.
    • In Dark Heresy wielding a pair of weapons gives a character extra attacks if they have the right mix of Talents, for a maximum of four every turn.
  • Ironclaw has a set of Gifts for wielding two weapons at once, mostly it gives a bonus to parries, especially if using a main gauche in the off-hand.
  • Warmachime: Vladimir Tzpeski, the dark prince of Umbray, dual-wields a sword and a twin-bladed dagger. As do Supreme Archdomina Makeda, Tyrant Xerxis and all the skorne Praetorian swordsmen.
  • Often appears in Magic: The Gathering art. It's sometimes associated with the ability Double Strike, which enables a creature to deal damage twice, but is often simply a visual. The weapons being used can be a bit unorthodox.
    • The Fabled Hero is dual-wielding spiked whips.
    • The Silverblade Paladin has made the dubious decision to simultaneously use a rapier and a scythe while also riding a horse.
    • The Deft Duelist is more realistic, following the classic "rapier and dagger" mold and strikes first instead of hitting twice.
    • The artwork for Kinsbaile Cavalier is a knight holding two shortswords/daggers, its ability gives knights you control Double Strike, and the flavor text provides a bit of interesting trivia concerning the Kithkin that hints at the whole race being able to duel-wield.
    • The Hearthfire Hobgoblin has a pitchfork and a trowel.
    Hobgoblins are best left alone. They sharpen their farm implements far more than is necessary for their work in the fields.
  • In Psionics: The Next Stage in Human Evolution the Ambidexterity technique allows you to do this if you have the blades or clubs skill at expert or higher.
  • In The Witcher: Game of Imagination it is penalized and the weaker hand can only hold knives and lighter weapons. With proper set of perks, the penalty can be decreased and additional attacks are allowed, but in general it follows rules of rapier fencing, where the knive-hand is used to parry and sudden stabbing.

  • Hamlet:
    Hamlet: What's his weapon?
    Osric: Rapier and dagger.
    Hamlet: That's two of his weapons.
  • Remarkably enough, Mufasa and later Simba in the theatrical version of The Lion King use double swords during fights, a stylized representation of their claws.
  • Tsukiuta
    • In the second play, Yumemigusa, Rui and Kakeru dual-wielded tantou (short katana).
    • In the fifth play, Rabbits Kingdom, Arata, as Prince Aoi's knight, dual-wielded scimitars.
    • In the sixth play, Kurenai Enishi, Iku and You dual wielded katana.

    Theme Parks 

  • BIONICLE: Present on many characters, mostly Toa.
    • The original six Toa had one weapon each, but with their Nuva upgrade all of them suddenly wielded one weapon in each hand. Kopaka takes the prize here: because his original form already carried a shield as well, his new weapon form thus meant that he had a Double Weapon in one hand and the upgraded shield in his other!
    • The focus on Dual Wielding and Double Weapon continued into the Metru line of Toa, where Vakama was the only one to carry a single weapon (though it was a projectile launcher to make up for it). In their mutated forms, they were all Dual Wielding again.
    • The next few years began putting more focus on projectile weapons, thus having everyone start using the Sword and Gun setup instead, with at least some of the villains taking this trope to its logical conclusion and carrying two blades plus a gun. Kongu, however, took a slightly more realistic route and at least threw away his newly transformed melee weapon so he could carry two Cordak missile launchers instead.
“Two hands.”
Kongu's explanation on his choice of weapons

    Visual Novels 
  • Madeleine in The Confines of the Crown dual-wields daggers and apparently knows some tricks to disarm people with them.
  • Demonbane often dual-wields its magic guns, Cthugha and Ithaqua. Kuzaku from the sequel has dual-wielding as his primary gimmick: he's either dual-wielding Cthugha and Ithaqua or the twin magic blades Lloigar and Zhar. His Badass Nickname further references it: Two-Swords/Two-Guns.
  • Fate/stay night: The most natural style of Emiya Shirou, so natural that he was able to become proficient at it by simply watching Archer use it in battle.

    Web Animation 
  • Highly prevalent across the Madness Combat series, but the only one who's ever seen doing it with any degree of effectiveness is Hank. Some mooks try, but they usually still get mowed down before they can fire.
  • Many characters in RWBY wield two weapons:
    • Ren's weapon Storm flower is always dual-wielded.
    • Cinder's bow can turn into two swords.
    • Sun's staff transforms into nunchucks and dual guns.
    • Emerald uses a pair of convertible revolver-sickles
    • And many more...
  • In Unforgotten Realms, Rob is fond of having his character "Sir Schmoopy of Awesometon" dual-wield nunchacku. As the game he's playing is a parody of Dungeons & Dragons this means, of course, he takes fairly serious penalties (his character isn't even specced to use nunchacku, much less dual-wield them). To his DM's chagrin, however, he often rolls 20s.

  • 8-Bit Theater
    • Fighter has four swords and wields a pair of them on a regular basis. On one occasion he even used all four at once when sufficiently pissed off (He is the only person in history to have mastered the sword-chucks, let alone dual-wielding them). Black Mage and Thief have also been known to use paired daggers to deadly effect (although Thief seems to really more on his ninja skills later on), leaving Red Mage as the only main protagonist to simply resort to a single sword.
    • Not to be outdone, Ranger dual-wields bows. And then, as a dual-class Ranger/Ranger he dual-wields his dual-wield to perform "the mythical art of quad wielding and its dodecarrow storm!" When Sarda asks how he's holding four bows in two hands, Ranger admits it's not easy and really hurts his neck.
  • The title character of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja dual-wields katanas when assaulting a ninja-laden stronghold to save his sidekick. Yeah. It's awesome.
    • Then there's the Uber-ninja, whose custom-made nunchaku basically mean he's dual-wielding two roped-together chainsaws
  • AntiBunny has two dual wielders. One wields two guns, the other wields two bats. They end up getting married to each other.
  • Aurora: The storm god Tynan uses twin swords.
  • At the end of chapter three in Bits Fair, Ananda's opponent dual-wields daggers.
  • Kei of Circumstances of the Revenant Braves wields two swords.
  • El Goonish Shive has fun with Susan dual wielding cleaner bottles. She used to triple-wield Hammers. Well, almost.
  • Kit from Fey Winds.
  • Bernadette of Flipside fights with two swords in a style called "split rose". One sword parries and the other counter-attacks.
  • Girl Genius
    • Zeetha uses dual katars.
    • When called upon to fight Boris, the Baron's secretary, wields four swords, one in each arm.
  • In Goblins, Thaco fights with a sword-cane which consists of 2 swords. The dwarf paladin Kore dual-wields chain-firing crossbows, as well as a pair of axes for close-quarters combat.
  • Harry Potter Comics
    • Several characters have opted for wand/gun combos.
    • More "traditional" wizards (including Ron) have occasionally also used double wands, or even wands transfigured into swords. (They can still cast that way!)
  • Homestuck: John has been seen charging around wielding the Pogo Hammer in one hand and the Wrinklefucker in the other. He later stopped dual-wielding and settled on using just the Warhammer of Zillyhoo.
  • In Irregular Webcomic!, during the Space theme's first cyberspace story arc, the characters run into a Darth Maul avatar wielding his signature dual-ended lightsaber. Paris attempts to face off against him with dual-wielded lightsabers, before her teammates charge into battle with their own multibladed lightsabers.
  • Cale An'non from Looking for Group dual-wields curved elven swords... with varying effectiveness.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Belkar uses twin daggers. This is because he's a Ranger, and gets the ability for free. He uses daggers instead of swords because of his size, although possibly also because, as a Halfling, he has a penchant for thrown weapons.
    • Miko Miyazaki wields the standard Japanese Katana/Wakizashi pair.
    • Zz'dtri, an obvious parody of Drizzt, wields two scimitars. This gives him an advantage over V because they give him an alternative to spell casting, which the other elf lacks. They also channel his magic when he's blasting V.
  • In The Overture Duel wielding wakizashi blades has become fashionable with younger nobles. Richard Olsen only fights in this manner and does not carry the traditional katana of his forefathers.
  • Planescape Survival Guide
    • Milny initially dual-wields curves short swords, later switching to a double-sword (with a handgun in the holster for good measure)
    • Meleras dual-wields a longsword and dagger.
    • Railah/Jergal dual-wields a double axe AND a sword in her off-hand. (Triple wield!)
    • Also, when Torin is stuck carrying two chests of gold around, he opts to dual-wield those rather than his sword.
  • Schlock Mercenary:
    • The four-armed Andy attempts to impress Thurl by quad-wielding pistols. Thurl promptly puts him in his place by saying that he still has a humanlike eye arrangement, so he can't possibly be getting good sight pictures on those pistols-the result would be ammo-wasting, collateral-damage-causing A-Team Firing. Later he practices this anyway when local fauna volunteers to turn a beach-volleyball match into an impromptu skeet session.
      Thurl: That's all right, I'll put you down as 'very enthusiastic' and 'seen too many John Woo movies'. You're in.
    • Schlock, with his arbitrary anatomy, successfully dual and triple wields things like plasmacannons and antitank rifles. Or everything he can carry at once.
  • Both Oasis and Kusari from Sluggy Freelance dual-wield their bladed weapons (large knives for Oasis, small scythes for Kusari).
  • Use Sword on Monster: Humphrey dual-wields two chainsaws in a fortunately off-panel hack-n-slash of a trollkir.
  • In Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, There Is No Kill Like Overkill, apparently.
  • Zokusho Comics: Raziel of the Wayward Cross uses a pair of short swords.

    Web Original 
  • Blood and the Stars has Krieger Martel, who dual wields two swords.
  • Dice Funk: Rinaldo dual-wields morningstars. While this would normally be illegal in 5th Edition D&D without the Dual Wielding Feat, Leon uses the stats of a weaker weapon to allow for it.
  • In The Gamer's Alliance, Ismail, Khalid and Vaetris all dual-wield swords.
  • Iron Liz has herself a nice pair of breasts, I mean swords!
  • Artist John Su has created a Dual Dual Wielder Wielder A guy that dual-wields his sisters who in turn dual-wield swords and guns.
  • Lindybeige, meanwhile, makes some points regarding the practical issues with dual wielding (and why it doesn't actually simply let you hit twice as often) in real life here.
  • Noob:
    • Arthéon uses two swords between the guild's termination of the second floor of the Galamadribyak tower and finding Sourcelame.
    • Omega Zell goes through a pair of katars, two different-sized blades (a shortsword and a dagger) and a pair of katanas.
    • Early appearances of Decklan had him use a pair of katars (he's currently using a single katana).
    • Non-Player Character Saly Asigar from the novels uses a pair of high-tech whip-like weapons.
    • Non-Player Character General Helkazard from the novels uses a couple of large swords, which, according to their description, would each probably have to be used with two hands by anyone else.
  • Enriqueta-2856's fighting style takes a hint from King Bradley in the v4 of Open Blue. From v2, Janice Cervantes.
  • Ktk, the titular bug in Pay Me, Bug!, has three prehensile tails that are each strong enough to pick up a full-grown human. Its favorite tactic during a melee is to triple-wield its enemies.
  • Done briefly in Survival of the Fittest, where after the machete-wielding Andrew Klock is wounded with a corkscrew in his fight with Cole Hudson he pulls it out of himself and attacks Cole with both weapons, eventually lodging the corkscrew in an artery.
  • Post-Mission That Dude in the Suede with his katana in one hand, and the sheath in the other.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Zuko and Jet — the former uses dao, while the wields latter hook swords. The Evasive Fight-Thread Episode was inevitable.
    • Suki and the other Kyoshi Warriors with twin fans.
    • In one episode, Aang has a sleep-deprived hallucination that Appa (a six-legged flying bison) stands up on his back legs and wields no less than four swords, one in each of his other "legs". (And has a samurai fight with Momo the flying lemur, who only has one.)
    • Furthermore, in "Zuko Alone", Zuko and his dual daos face off against an Earthbender who wields dual hammers.
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, Baron Zemo usually wields a sword, which he sometimes dual-wields in conjunction with either a dagger or a pistol.
  • Ulrich of Code Lyoko upgrades to two Samurai swords in his Lyoko form in Season 4. Yumi, on the other hand, had upgraded to two fans in Season 2, rather than just the one.
  • This is exactly the fighting style of Rayla from The Dragon Prince. She has two retractable combat knives, which she guides in combat.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002) has Skeletor using a broadsword that can separate into two longswords when needed.
  • Justice League Unlimited, episode "Dark Heart": Batman fends off a bunch of robot tigers and spiders by using a pair of giant batarangs. Yes, they were batarangs the size of swords, and he still pulled them out of his utility belt. Even collapsibility will only take you so far, folks. But Rule of Cool was all over the place in that episode, anyway.
    • Possibly inspired by a Planetary/Batman crossover where Batman does the same thing. The connection? Both were written by Warren Ellis. (Ellis is also fond of nanotech, which showed up heavily in his Transmetropolitan series and was the Big Bad in Dark Heart.)
    • Reused in The Batman vs. Dracula. Except those were actually his normal 'rangs.
    • Then in Batman: The Brave and the Bold he dual-wields a Light-Sabre and a stolen Demon Blade against some summoned fire demons.
  • The Mickey Mouse short Thru the Mirror saw Mickey duel a card, the King of Hearts, after being spotted dancing with the Queen of Hearts. The torso's at each end of the card grab a sword to might Mickey with, who parries with a needle.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Garnet's Weapon of Choice is two Hard Light gauntlets, summoned through her Gems.
    • In "Ocean Gem", Pearl duel-wields spears while fighting against water clones of herself created by Lapis Lazuli. Flashbacks to the Gem War show her wielding two swords.
    • Amethyst fights using two whips rather than her usual one throughout the series when faced with an enemy stronger than herself.
    • In "Earthlings", Smoky Quartz, a Multi-Armed and Dangerous fusion of Amethyst and Steven, is able to use two and then three Killer Yo-Yos to fight a fusion of Jasper and a captured corrupted Gem.
  • Done by every one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles except for Donatello, who wields a Simple Staff. Even still, Donatello's original toy does come with two staffs (maybe the second is a spare since his bo-staff often breaks).
  • At least once in Teen Titans, Robin traded in his usual staff for a pair of smaller sticks and wielded them using the Filipino martial art of escrima.
    • That was a hint regarding the "Which Robin?" controversy — Dick Grayson eventually adopts escrima sticks as his weapons of choice when he nails down the Nightwing costume. So Robin in TT using them = hint as to where it was all going.
  • Quite a few Transformers do this when combat gets up close and personal.
    • Beast Machines gave Cheetor a pair of yellow scimitars that looked like nothing so much as Ginsu bananas. Optimus Primal did this with two of his bodies in Beast Wars: swords for his first body and maces as a Transmetal.
    • Wing Saber, in Cybertron, does it a little differently: his swords attach to his forearms rather than being held, though his combined form with Optimus Prime follows the trope normally.
    • Starscream from Armada can turn one of his wings into a sword, but sadly only one. Fortunately, after the Star Saber is constructed, he gets a chance to wield it alongside his normal weapon. His fellow Armada Decepticon, Wheeljack, follows the trope with a pair of, um, sticks (which the anime reinterpreted as really unergonomic guns).
    • Transformers: Animated has Jazz using a pair of nunchaku, and post-resurrection Megatron turns each of his helicopter blades into swords. Cyclonus is seen using a pair of swords. Though never seen in the show, Arcee wields them in the packaging art. Post-upgrade Sari is first seen wielding dual blades, but never again.
    • In Transformers: Prime, whose designs are very movie-based, virtually all the characters fight by turning their hands into paired blades or blasters. Ultra Magnus is the primary exception to this, as he prefers a giant warhammer that he wields with both hands.
  • Similar to his counterparts above, Dick Grayson in Young Justice is seen fighting with escrima sticks once or twice as Robin, but begins relying on them more heavily as Nightwing.
  • In The ZhuZhus episode "Zhu Year's Eve", Ellen dual-wields forks to threaten her husband's life.

    Real Life 
  • Japanese martial arts
    • A modern branch of Japanese swordsmanship called Shinkendo apparently has techniques for dual-wielding katana, reserved for advanced students only.
    • The traditional Okinawan weapon Kama (single handed short sickles) have forms with one in each hand. Both weapons are used for both striking and trapping the opponents weapon (the expectation was a kama weilder would be facing an opponent with a more traditional weapon such as a katana or bo).
    • Kobujutsu includes dual sai, dual jitte, and sai/jitte styles. This makes quite a bit of sense since an important quality of these weapons is to be able to trap swords in their tines. Once you've trapped the sword, you stab or bludgeon the enemy with the other weapon.
    • Kendo has a style, nito-waza, of fighting with a long and a short sword. It's not particularly popular, however, due to its difficulty.
    • Samurai would occasionally use the two blades of their daisho, the katana and the smaller wakizashi at the same time. Sixteenth-century samurai Miyamoto Musashi developed and employed the fighting style around this tactic.
  • Western martial arts:
    • For an era, fencers would often wield a main-gauche in their off-hand. In fact, the word main-gauche means "left hand." It was primarily used for parrying. The most popular version of this would be from the Spanish "Verdadera Destreza" ("True Dexterity", or "True Skill"), which made Spanish swordsmen be largely feared and respected during the 16th and 17th centuries. However, the dagger was used mostly for parrying, as well as for trapping the opponent's blade in combination with the main sword, usually using lever motions. Dual-wielding eventually lost popularity among fencers in favor of a single lighter, faster sword.
    • Several Italian schools of the late-medieval/early-Renaissance teach dual-wielding sideswords. Florentinian schools were particularly famous for it, though the style shows up in Bologna and Milan as well.
    • German dagger style that uses a pair of cleaver-like weapons, the use of a variety of daggers (not just the main-gauche) in fencing from the decline of shields down to the smallsword. (it truly became useless with the foil, as the foil was too small and light to effectively parry with a dagger. Most modern knives are heavier than a foil would be anyway), and whole schools of combat around sword and buckler (or sword and cape) that utilize the normally defensive weapon as an offensive weapon in specific cases.
    • In terms of using two actual swords at once, there is a master named Giacomo di Grassi who wrote on the subject, using rapiers. His conclusions were the following: Teach only to the most experienced, who have to be practically ambidextrous. Don't use in war or against armored opponents. In general, defend with one and strike with the other. It's often argued that he only put this in as a curiosity for the rich.
  • Korean swordsmanship
    • The army used dual-wielding quite a lot. Their sword Hwando were shorter than Japanese Katanas, but it meant they were easy to wield with one hand. One popular technique was dual-wielding swords that varied slightly in length, first striking with the shorter sword, than finishing the attack with longer one. Even if the first strike missed, the enemy would not expect the other sword to be much longer and be caught in surprise. They even went as far as to employ dual-wielding cavalrymen.
    • Haedong Kumdo, the modern Korean sword art, has the "ssangsu kumbup," the "two-hand sword technique."
  • Filipino Eskrima (also known as arnis, kali, or escrima) systems teach users how to fight with a variety of two-weapon combinations, including twin sticks, stick and dagger, whip and dagger, and twin knives. In all combinations, both weapons are used to attack. The style is also noted for its use of a "live hand", wherein a fighter applies dual-wielding techniques to the combination of a weapon and a bare hand.
  • Thailand's Krabri Krabong has a form called Daab Song Mue that uses two swords. It appeared briefly in The Man with the Golden Gun.
  • Ancient China had plenty of paired weapons.
    • Perhaps most famous, Butterfly Swords.
    • Also including the "Shaolin Pens" (a pair of needle-like weapons, usually attached to rings worn on the middle finger of both hands), fans (also used singular), dao (also used singular), axes (also used singular), maces (also used singular), and on rare occasions (mainly demos by Northern Shaolin) dual spears, staves, or chains.
    • Twin hook swords and the chicken sickles. The hooked ends are used to hook and trap the opponent's weapon as well as counter shields and slashing weapons such as dao. The tail ends are used as daggers. The crescent knuckle guards are sharpened, meaning you could slash with them as well. And of course the rest of the weapons are used like normal swords or sickles. The hooks can be used to link the two weapons and then swung.
    • There are many Chinese straight sword forms where you have a long straight sword in your right hand and your left hand clenches with index and middle finger pointed outwards. Those who are true enthusiasts of traditional Chinese martial arts know the real meaning of this hand sign. The left hand contains a hidden dagger that can be used to stab the opponent when his weapon and concentration are distracted by a feint attack from your long sword.
  • The Sikh martial art, Gatka, teaches the dual-wielding of staffs for the purpose of fending off large crowds.
  • The Dimachaeri, a type of Roman gladiator that wielded two knives or gladius. Given they, like all gladiators, were entertainers, this trope's Rule of Cool stats can be inferred to date back to at least ~200-300 AD.
  • Some Mamluk warriors were trained to fight with two swords.
  • Pal Kinizsi, a legendary captain of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary's army was often described by chronicles as always riding into battle wielding two long swords, however the few portraits remaining of him always depicted him with arming swords, which would be a bit more believable.
  • Pirates did this back in the day. The key was that the second sword was very light and designed specifically for quick and safe sheathing, allowing them to be put away instantly if they needed to use their other hand.
  • Portuguese sailors carried a small dagger in place of a shield.
  • Flankirovka is a Russian Cossack dance style involving the impressive control of two swords (usually the Shashka swords from which the style gets its alternate name). Whether it would work in combat is a moot point; swordmasters look upon it, rather sniffily, as show-off windmilling. A mistress of the art is Russian performer Kseira Rogers, who performs under the name of Rang. Watch her here''
  • Many cultures: shields. Shields are not usually passive defensive items and can be used to deliver vicious blows. Additionally, a shield is an active defense; the user actively maneuvers it to trap the opponent's weapons. Small and medium shields are often used to batter foes, such as punching with a buckler or smashing with a hoplon. Shields too big for this are still used actively, not merely passive held in the arm. Larger shields could be used to shove, bash (like driving the Roman scutum into the feet of a foe), or trap a weapon. From the Zulu nguni to the Norman kite shield to the buffalo hide shields made by the Comanche, they were almost never just held without being actively used.
    • There are a few exceptions that zig-zagged this trope, such as the pavise. Sometimes it would be planted down in front of a crossbowman or worn on the back to provide defense as they reloaded. However, it was often actively used if the crossbowman was charged or if other soldiers happened to be in hand-to-hand combat holding one.


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Alternative Title(s): Dual Wield, Swords Akimbo, Multi Wielding, Multi Wield


Dual Fencing

Zorro manages to fence two opponents at the same time by dual wielding.

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