That's why I like the Suikoden series. Most MCs have weapons outside the norm. Tir (Suikoden 1) had a staff, or something similar (been a loooong while). Riou (S2) had a pair of Tonfa. S3 was special in that it had 3 MCs sort of. I remember one using a dagger, can't remember the others (S3 wasn't really to my taste, so I kinda blurred it from my mind). Never played S4. XD The Hero of S5 had a three-section staff (one of my favorites).
Senel Coolidge from Tales of Legendia also fought with his fists. Not the first Tales I would recommend by a long shot, but it's there.
I got nothing against swords in general, but they have become too much of a staple... I really liked the Naginata of FeMC in P3P, though what we really need are more Katar/Katara/PunchingDagger. --- Contributor Name: Gray Fox
A spear, best melee war weapon in anicient history. read it most of the time people with swords got owned by spears. --- AKA as Zoelius / PSN: Celis777 [ working on P4G Faq] P4A Main = Aegis / BB Main = Carl