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Basic Trope: A sword designed for two hands is wielded in one.

  • Straight: Alex regularly wields his Big Fancy Sword with only one hand, even though it's too heavy for most normal people to lift.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alex dual wields two BFSes, each larger than a house and twice as heavy.
    • Alex holds two BFSes in one hand, one facing forwards and one facing backwards, making an improvised Double Weapon.
  • Downplayed:
    • The zweihander in question is only large by normal sword standards, and Alex is notably made slower and less precise with it in one hand.
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    • Alex wields his bastard sword exclusively with a single hand.
    • Alex wields his zweihander in both hands when actually fighting, but out of combat carries it in one hand.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alex is unusually sickly and weak and can only wield a dagger using both hands.
  • Subverted:
    • Alex draws and gestures with his sword one-handed, but clamps both of his hands on it when attacking with it.
    • Alex carries a sword about with him one-handed, but it's an act: he's actually a Bare-Fisted Monk.
  • Double Subverted:
    • When pressed, it turns out he can swing one-handed fairly effectively.
    • When Alex needs to get dangerous, he uses the Sword and Fist in tandem.
  • Parodied:
    • Alex is confused about the entire idea of wielding weapons two-handed, and complains that if he used both hands on one sword, he'd have to drop the other one.
    • Alex's sword-wielding hand is much more muscular than his other hand. Obvious masturbation jokes are promptly made.
    • Alex effortlessly wields his BFS with one hand, but it turns out to be a very convincing fake he made in order to try and intimidate people into not wanting to fight him, and is actually useless as a weapon.
    • Alex is extremely stupid and is only able to wield the sword through Achievements in Ignorance. When someone points out, "There's no way anyone could wield a sword that huge with one hand!", it immediately crashes to the ground and Alex finds himself struggling to lift it.
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    • Alex carries two BFSes in each hand, dual-wielding improvised double weapons. Complete with sick twirling action and acrobatics.
  • Zig Zagged: Alex regularly loses both swords and arms over the course of his adventures, and thus regularly switches both the arms used and the types of swords.
    • Alex alternates between wielding his BFS with either one or two hands, switching fighting styles as he sees fit.
  • Averted: All swords are used with the proper number of hands at all times.
  • Enforced: The show is Merchandise-Driven and Alex's action figure can't hold its weapon with both hands, so he is shown using his sword with one hand.
  • Lampshaded: "A normal man would be mad to try and hold this one handed. Fortunately, I'm not normal."
  • Invoked: Alex leans to wield his sword one-handed in order to be more flexible in battle.
  • Exploited:
    • Alex uses his free hand to carry things, such as shields, torches, or a Damsel in Distress.
    • Bob exploits the holes in Alex's fighting style caused by his insistence on using it one-handed.
  • Defied: "It's called a zweihander for a REASON, dumbass!"
  • Discussed: "What kind of monster could use that sword like that?! I mean, using that sword one handed, let alone at all!"
  • Conversed: "Well, this show never pays attention to sword physics anyway, so using that one-handed is practically normal by its standards."
  • Implied: we never see Alex hold it, but one of his arms is always hidden, and his sword is bigger than he is, so…
  • Deconstructed: While it's impressive, Alex' sword skills are crippled by his insistence on wielding his weapon like this. One hand just does not give enough leverage or strength for the sword to be used properly, and it cannot be swung with any force or finesse. He is eventually defeat by Bob, who wields a similar sword in the proper manner.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Alex learned to fight like this so he could hold his drink in his other hand.
    • A running gag is made of how gobsmacked everyone is that Alex can actually hold his sword one-handed.
  • Played For Drama: The loss of his hand and training to get by without it are a major part of Alex' character arc.

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