A Naginata can be used to batter, stab or hook an opponent, but due to their relatively balanced center of mass, are often spun and turned to proscribe a large radius of reach. The curved blade makes for an effective tool for cutting due to the increased length of cutting surface.
In Mortal Kombat
- Shinnok is equipped with a Naginata in Mortal Kombat 4 along with its updated port Mortal Kombat Gold.
- Hotaru uses a Naginata as his weapon in Mortal Kombat: Deception and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.
- Masked Guards were shown wielding Naginatas in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks and Mortal Kombat (2011).
- Tanya is equipped with a Naginata in her Dragon Naginata variation in Mortal Kombat X.