Inspired by work from German philosopher Karl Marx, Communism evolved and became a very popular social, economic and political movement in the East, most famously Russia.note After the Revolution, 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.
- 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.
- In La Cité de la peur, the slasher Boris from the Stylistic Suck Show Within a Show "Red is Dead" (and his copycat outside of it) wield a hammer and sickle.
- In The Gamers, one of the bandits is armed with these. She holds them like the old Soviet symbol, too, as a sight gag.
- In Dead Snow, Roy crosses a hammer and a sickle before proceeding to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to a Nazi Zombie. The zombie in question doesn't look happy about the turnabout.
- 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 Dark Souls, 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 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.