Inspired by the manifesto of German Philosopher Karl Marx, Communism evolved and became a very popular social, economic and political movement in the East, most famously Russia. The masters of the country were caught and killed and the proletarian masses took back the world! In mark of their achievement, the Soviet Union's Communist party erected their flag across the country: a red flag with a hammer and sickle. The hammer and sickle were meant to represent the working class: the hammer representing the industrial worker, while the sickle represented the farmer, toiling in the fields.
In fiction, the hammer and sickle are a popular, Dual Wielding weapons-of-choice for your Token Minority Russian character, be they Dirty Communists, Chummy Commies or some other third flavor of communist. The hammer and sickle could be normal steel and wood, swung around with efficient weapon skillz, or it could be supercharged on Soviet Superscience.
- In the DC Universe, two of the members of Russian hero (to Russia, anyway) group the People's Heroes go by the names of Hammer and Sickle, wielding said weapons in combat.
- In the Marvel Universe, Vanguard (one of the Soviet Super Soldiers) carries a hammer and sickle as his weapons. As well as their conventional use as a bludgeoning and cutting weapons, he can also them as a focus to intensify his mutant powers.
- The Boys features one of the U.S.S.R.'s official supers, a half-naked man code named Purge, wielding nothing but a hammer, a sickle, and a worrying grin.
- In a famous incident in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy ends up wielding a hammer and sickle as weapons while leading a revolt of human slave workers abducted to a cruel extra-dimensional demon factory.
- Pathfinder has both sickles and hammers statted out for weaponized use, and since sickles are considered "light" weapons, it is possible to wield them in the off hand, with a (war)hammer in the primary hand. Unfortunately, beyond making you look like a Chummy Commie, the hammer-and-sickle build is hardly of any practical combat use.
- Golden Age Champions includes a trio of World War II era Soviet superheroes called the Bolshevik Boys: Red Hammer, Red Ice-Sickle and Red Streak. Red Hammer is a brick who wields a two-handed sledge hammer. Red Ice-Sickle has ice powers, but has a sickle on his costume to keep the 'hammer and sickle' theme.
- Working for the Joker and the Penguin respectively in Batman: Arkham City, Mr. "Hammer" Abramovici , along with his formerly-conjoined twin Mr. "Sickle" Abramovici, each wield their respective namesake. See the image above.
- In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, the Soviets can field a Hammer tank and a Sickle (anti-infantry Spider Tank).
- In the text adventure Shadows of Mordor, one pair of orcs are armed with a hammer and a sickle, respectively.
- In El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, there is a Russian-born supervillain named Comrade Chaos that dual wields a hammer and sickle.
- In Dexter's Laboratory short segment Justice Friends, Comrade Red is the archnemesis of Major Glory and wields the hammer and sickle as his weapons.
- Ivan Steranko (who later go on to become Rocksteady) from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) is a Russian arms-dialer that wields a hammer and sickle, both made of solid gold.