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"The stars and stripes meets the hammer and sickle"
ABC, Between You and Me

Drop the Hammer for smashing. A Sinister Scythe for slashing. Put 'em together and what do you got?

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 characters, be they Dirty Communists, Chummy Commies, Captain Patriotic or some other characters with Patriotic Fervor towards Glorious Mother Russia or the Communist philosophy. The hammer and sickle could be normal steel and wood, swung around with efficient weapon skillz, or it could be supercharged on Soviet Superscience.



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    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • Parodied in Alan Ford in volume 10 Formule: the Brusky agent sent from homeland carries a hammer and sickle in his hands and actually uses them to threaten Alan (by pulling the sickle around his neck and waving the hammer at him).
  • The Ultimates: Those are Perun's weapons. As you could have guessed, he's from Glorious Mother Russia. He had to drop the Sickle for the Ultimate Avengers, who were not interested in the Soviet imagery.

    Film - Live Action 

    Live Action Television 
  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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 Dark Souls I, you can invoke this trope by dual wielding any of the three Blacksmith Hammers with a Shotel. The Shotel itself can also be used for parrying when equipped on your left hand.

  • In Homestuck, John, the primary human character, wields a hammer, while Karkat, the primary troll character, wields a sickle. Their friend Dave eventually points out the implications.

    Western Animation 

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