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->''"There is no war, yet peace has not graced the land... This story is about the stage in between."''

Randel Oland is a homeless refugee, one of many displaced by the war. He sleeps under a bridge and spends what little money he gets on cat-food to feed the strays. He also carries with him a blue-light lantern, and a massive handgun that can pierce tank armor at close range.

When War Relief Section III, "Pumpkin Scissors," crosses his path, Randel finds himself drawn back into the army in the wake of the energetic Lieutenant Alice Malvin. Besides the usual trouble of hunting down war aggravators, the Pumpkin Scissors crew is soon swept up in events from Randel's [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark past.]]

With initial character and storyline debts to both ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' and ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', ''Pumpkin Scissors'' nevertheless persists in pursuing a different take on themes of war and humanity. {{Needs more love}}, seriously.
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!!''Pumpkin Scissors'' provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: One in which a number of families live in, being too poor and demoralized to live above ground. It's a European FantasyCounterpartCulture, so it makes some sense. Also, they share it with what can only be described a [[PunkPunk protopunk]] [[KillItWithFire flamethrower]] [[Franchise/BioShock Big Daddy]].
* AccidentalPervert: "Lieutenant, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny I need your]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext breasts immediately!"]]
* ActionDressRip: Alice's PimpedOutDress in the last few episodes.
* ActionGirl: Alice Malvin. Don't let her near a blade if you know what's good for you. Often verges on LadyOfWar, particularly when she casts aside her IdiotHero veneer and [[LetsGetDangerous gets down to business]].
* AnimalMotifs: Lionel is [[KingOfBeasts lion-themed]]. [[spoiler:More in terms of viciousness than regality, though he's got plenty of both.]]
* ArcWords: TÖTEN SIE. [[spoiler: roughly translates to "Kill Them". Randel apparently hears this repeatedly chanted whenever he's under the influence of the blue lantern.]]
* ArrangedMarriage: Alice.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Played straight with many of them who are at the very least unconcerned about the suffering of the common people. Alice is the notable exception.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Anything and everything having to do with the Invisible Nine. It seems the Empire's entire SuperSoldier program was a response to horrifically bad engineering. Deconstructed somewhat, as The show takes pains to point out just how impractical their equipment is, and Martis wonders about the possibility that the Invisible Nine may have been created for purposes other than winning the war.
** [[spoiler:901ATT, the Anti Tank Troopers unit. Instead of developing an antitank fieldpiece, or a antitank rocket, they make... a SuperSoldier with a 13mm pistol to fight tanks in close-quarters.]] Great for psychological warfare, but ''really''.
** Special mention really needs to go out to the "Door Knocker," which was noted as being horrifically impractical, but more likely designed to strike fear into whoever was staring down its barrel.
* BadassCreed: As soon as Randel lights that lantern, expect some enemies to start pissing themselves and madly repeating the terrifying rumors they've heard about the 901ATTs, ''all of which'' operate as badass creeds.
-->'''2nd episode mook:''' "They will be heralded by the blue light of the Will-o'-Wisp! Reload, you can't afford to play around this time! Reload! For the love of God, reload! You can burn out their eyes, even tear out their arms, but they'll never stop advancing! They will disregard their own lives, and attack at point blank range! They have marched away from life itself to pull the trigger that brings death! They are the legend of the battlefield, they are the phantom warriors of the 901st anti-tank troop! Guided by the Will-o'-Wisp! Bringers of Death! TÖTEN SIE!"
* BadassDriver: Martis, of all people.
* BadassLongcoat: Randel Oland. He also operates as a BrokenHero and GentleGiant.
* {{BFS}}[=/=]DoubleWeapon: Mahn, a double-bladed ''cavalry'' sword that Alice uses on foot.
* BerserkButton: Randel has a physical one, in form of the lamp-thingy on his hip. If you tick him off enough for him to turn it on, you're done for. It's implied that if his physical and mental states get worse, he will not even need the lamp to go on a rampage.
** It's also later to be revealed as a DangerousForbiddenTechnique as well, as Randel apparently has a limit to how much he can use it in a single day.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Randel. While he is the most sensitive and softhearted member of Section 3, he has also seen the most combat, and is a terror to behold when under the trance of the Blue lantern. He has scared the shit out of battle-hardened soldiers, and once reduced an AxCrazy PsychoForHire to a terrified, sobbing, hysterical wreck. The Armored Train arc shows this the best. [[spoiler: Those big scissors he carries around work just as well on people as on metal, and the GoryDiscretionShot just makes it worse...]]
** [[GenkiGirl Stecchin]] also shows shades of this to a lesser extent, coupled with BewareTheSillyOnes. When a soldier from Section I starts making fun of Pumpkin Scissors for being a "useless" unit, Stecchin ''boxes his ears''.
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou
* BigFriendlyDog: Merc, when he's not biting people anyway.
* BiggusDickus: Clearly, Randel Oland suffers from this. He shatters an extra-large urine collector. The fandom has expressed some concern over what would happen if/when Alice and Oland [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins tap the midnight still.]]
* BigNo:
** Randel's reaction to the nurses attempts at getting a urine sample.
** Used in a much less humerous fashion at the end of Ep. 18; Randel does this after [[spoiler: [[TragicMonster Hans]] (another member of the Invisible 9 and just as traumatized from the war as Randel) is shot and killed, just as Randel had started to get through to him.]]
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Loterian royal family. They seem to invoke [[Literature/{{Stardust}} the Stormholt Royal Family]], except it's not funny.
* BilingualBonus
* BodyHorror: The flamethrower suits feature faulty cooling systems. Instead of fixing them, the suits were filled with painkillers. As a result, the soldiers inside keep going ''until their muscles burn off''.\\\
The more horrifying part is that the substance in the fluid is not just an anesthetic, but a preservative: the wearer's body doesn't start coming apart until a few minutes after the suit is removed. By which point, it's already to late to get the suit back on, since it's a horribly complex affair that takes a long time to put on or take off. [[spoiler: Which is what saves Hans, since he was still having trouble getting his suit off when his friends started falling apart.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The entire town of Karussell has been somehow hypnotized by [[spoiler: the armored train used by the Border Patrol]] and do whatever they're ordered. Up to and including shooting [[spoiler: Randal]].
* BrokenFaceplate:
** Alice is buying time for Randel by taking on an entire division of Claymores. The captain mocks her because she's getting tired; her response is to hack right through his metal faceplate with her [[{{BFS}} double-bladed cavalry sword]], then slash through his body armour.
** The same episode has another example near the end. [[spoiler: As the body of [[TragicVillain Hans]] of the [[KillItWithFire 908th High-Temperature Troop]] is being carted away, we see the faceplate of his [[ImmuneToBullets flame and bullet resistant armour]] cracked wide open. As he can no longer survive outside his suit, this example is even more appropriate than most.]]
* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold Her Liquor]]: Alice ''passes out'' from ''one glass of wine''.
* CarryingTheAntidote: Justified in the first episode, since the soldiers in a chemical weapons company would need immediate access to an antidote in case of a spill or leak.
* TheCharmer: Oreldo.
* ChivalrousPervert: Oreldo, always willing to get the crap beat of out him for the sake of some pretty girl he just met.
* ClothingDamage: Alice during her duel in the final episodes of the anime. Randel is also frequently subject to it, with much less accompanying FanService.
* CoveredWithScars: Randel, not surprisingly for an infantryman who used to take on tanks.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Lampshaded in one of the interludes, where the MadScientist's assistant talks about reading a six-year-old report about the "protective fluid" used in the flamethrower troopers' suits, and mentions the wonderful possibilities for treating burn victims. Said scientist replies, "Throw it away, I don't need it any more." Why, you ask? [[spoiler:It doesn't work. Just look what happened to Hans' buddies.]]
* DeathGlare: Randel has an... [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/pumpkin_scissors/v04/c012/39.html interesting]] version of this whenever he's berserker mode.
* DeepCoverAgent : One of the tasks of the 2nd section.
* DeclarationOfProtection: By the end of the anime (ch. 12 of the manga), Randal has decided that the best way he can make use of his "gifts" is to act as a protector for Alice.
* {{Determinator}}: Alice, whenever her idealism is challenged. Randel when he turns on his lantern.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Lord Schulz.
* DoorstopBaby: Shows up in one of the earlier episodes, which leads to the AccidentalPervert moment above.
* DoubleEntendre: Stecchin once says that Martis is good at playing with himself. She means, of course, that he's good at playing whatever part is expected of him-- being a "jack of all trades", essentially-- but due to her penchant for awkward phrasing it [[ThatCameOutWrong comes out the wrong way.]] It doesn't help that as she makes this declaration, Martis is [[VisualInnuendo vigorously shaking a canister.]]
* TheEvilArmy: Corruption exists at all levels.
* EpicFlail: One of the Loterian Royal Guard's weapon of choice.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Alice
* FacelessGoons: The flamethrower troopers' armor is built like this, as is the armor for the Claymore-1 unit.
* Fanservice: Surprisingly averted when Randal is being examined by Kauplan.
* FeelNoPain: Randel. When under the trance of the Blue Lantern, he becomes so focused on whatever he's trying to kill that pain can not register in his mind. This is also where his MadeOfIron qualities come from (partially). He's so used to coming out of the trance with bad injuries (bad meaning bullet wounds, burns, broken bones, cuts, etc. usually multiple at the same time) that they simply don't bother him anymore.
--->'''Alice''': Those burns look pretty bad. Are you going to be OK?
--->'''Randel''': Yeah. Used to happen to me a lot.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero - Alice
** TheLancer - Oreldo
** TheSmartGuy - Martis
** TheBigGuy - Randel (Oreldo even calls him "Big Guy" in the subtitles)
** TheChick - Stecchin
* FourEyesZeroSoul - Muse. Subverted with Abel, who despite being an accountant for TheMafia cares about his friends from the gang he grew up in.
* FreezeFrameBonus When Oland reloads in Season 1 Episode 7, the Door Knocker's bullets seem to have garbled letters that read like "Door Knocker" imprinted on them. "B M (blocked by thumb) OP KNOCKTR" Which makes sense because there is little chance that any other handgun would take that caliber.
* GagPenis: Used in a running gag with a nurse trying to get a urine sample from Randel whenever he's hospitalized.
* GenkiGirl:
** Alice Malvin could be considered a Genki Girl in the tradition of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', dragging her hapless subordinates along in her energetic wake. (She's also something of an IdiotHero.)
** Also Stecchin.
* GentleGiant: Randel. He's soft-spoken and a little shy, he feeds stray cats, and he is ''huge''.
* GloveSlap: Alice uses this one in the traditional manner
* GratuitousEnglish: "Anti-Tank Trooper," "Door Knocker," and "Invisible Nine."
* GratuitousGerman:
** "Töten Sie."
** We also have the sobriquets of the Invisible Nine; 901-ATT, "Gespenstjäger,"[[note]]"Ghost Hunter"[[/note]] 903-CTT, "Krankheitsjäger,"[[note]]"Disease Hunter"[[/note]] and 908-HTT "Aldschmiedjäger."[[note]]"Old Smith Hunter"[[/note]]
*** Not really, because the German that's used is actually pretty accurate. The phrase "Töten Sie!" is actually meant to be "Töte sie!", which means "kill them!". Even more so for "Gespenst-, Krankheit- and Aldschmied-jäger", those are correct. [[note]]But the prefix "Ald-" is old German, the modern equivalent would be "Altschmied"[[/note]] The English dub suffers a bit from "Inexperienced German speaker syndrome",[[note]]See episode 11: The reporter pronounces "Die Welt" ("The World", a real newspaper) as "die welt" would be pronounced in English, as opposed to the correct pronunciation "Dee Welt".[[/note]] otherwise it's practically flawless. Especially the written German is impressively well done.
* HandCannon: Randel's anti-tank handgun, the "Door Knocker." It is a 13 mm (.51 Cal). Randel wields it with one hand.
** For those curious, that's a little bigger than the ammunition used in anti-tank rifles, which have a recoil strong enough to pop an average person's shoulder out of their socket.
* HandsomeLech: Oreldo.
* HappilyMarried: Both of Alice's older sisters.
* HeroicBSOD: Randel has a nearly terminal case thanks to his experiences in the 901 ATT.
* HeroicRROD: Randel, again. As he uses his lantern more often, he starts bleeding from the stress.
* HollywoodHealing: Fans suspect Oland's rapid recovery is a result of being [[SuperSoldier Invisible 9]].
* HollywoodTactics:
** Actively encouraged by Alice, unless she's convinced to go about attacking smartly. Oland does this whenever the blue lantern is on, as he's in no state to reason with while in that hypnotic trance that really was meant to make the Imperial Anti-Tank Troopers ZergRush tanks.
** Randel is a rather unnerving take on this trope. Several times, when he is in said state, he ''has'' used tactics and quick thinking to win a fight (examples: using his gun to take out roof supports above a nest of snipers, whipping his coat in front of him to absorb an acid splash, holding a man down in front of a runaway carriage) instead of just blindly advancing. Not only does this show that he is ''not'' mindless in that state, it also shows that he ''knows'' the full extent of what he and his equipment can do. The implications of that are scary as hell. The armored train arc shows just exactly what he's capable of when he's fully equipped, and it's not pretty...
* HonorBeforeReason: Alice will take on ''anyone'' she sees perpetrating or enabling injustice, from common criminals all the way up to the Emperor himself. Highlighted within the first five minutes of the first episode, when she, two soldiers, and a dog are scouting a dam-turned-merc fortress.
--->'''Alice:''' [[LeeroyJenkins Now, ATTACK!]]
--->'''Martis:''' Lieutenant, I just finished telling you that they have a ''tank''!
--->'''Alice:''' They're nothing but a bunch of anarchists! Destroy the evil-doers!
* HotBlooded: Alice in an non-Super Robot, female example.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Alice is of average height, and shorter than most of her subordinates. Randel, who already towers over the entire cast, makes her look like a child. He's still taller than her even when he ''kneels''. Frankly, he fulfills the 'Huge Guy' role for ''anyone''. He's tall enough that he has to ''duck'' in order to get through most door frames (He also is huge [[BiggusDickus down there]]).
* IdiotHero: Alice. CharacterDevelopment helps her avoid this as time goes on but she never loses her idealism.
* IAmAMonster: Randel struggles with this:
-->'''Randel''': It's bothered me... when I turn on the lantern, I just kill everything. But then I worry about being useless without it.
* ImplacableMan: See MadeOfIron below.
* ImprobableAge: Alice is justified, as she's a noble out of officer school (in the prologue). She's still in her teens in the series proper, but younger people have fought in WorldWarOne (see below).
** She's at least 18 in the earlier chapters, and probably a bit older in the more recent ones, assuming the story happens over the period of several months.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Randel uses a pair of giant scissors that are capable of ''cutting through a tank's armour''. Possible reference to meaning of the series title?
** In case you're thinking they're actual scissors, they're more like glorified [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolt_cutter bolt-cutters]] with pointed jaws. You'd have to be suicidally brave to attack a tank with them - which is what the lantern does. As a weapon they're impractical[[spoiler: - a flashback shows a tank covered with 901 troops ''slowly'' gnawing away at its armour with their 'can-openers'.]] Presumably, they use them to open a hole they can shoot through... and human wave tactics to ensure there's enough left to shoot. It's proven to be quite effective in CQC combat situations with infantry, however, [[spoiler: when Randel used it to great effect during the armored train mission. They're pretty effective at cutting up homan bodies too...]]
* IncompetenceInc: As of the Karrussell story arc, the Empire's various military departments are quickly shaping up to be as such.
* JabbaTableManners: After hearing of commoner children dying by the hundreds of starvation, YOU would want to kill the nobles too when you watch them waste food that could have been used to save their lives.
* {{Kaiserreich}}: This is very much Germany, especially in the dub, where German accents abound and the occasional German word sneaks into the dialogue...which, if history is to be followed, [[WorldWar2 means things are about get a lot worse]].
* KindheartedCatLover: Randel... again.
* LargeHam: Alice
* LeftHanging: The anime ended with [[strike:some]] most questions left unanswered.
* LowerDeckEpisode: Sorta, Steccin replaces Alice in screentime for a {{breather episode}}.
* MadeASlave: Randel alludes to a childhood episode of this kind, in a recent chapter of the manga.
* MadeOfIron: When his lantern is on, Randel seems practically invincible. Even without. Most people can't hurt him without some kind of weapon (A big one; for example a ''sledgehammer''). Understandable, as he's apparently ''95% scar tissue''. Highlighted in episode 4; he wakes up with a cat on his face and sits up. The cat hangs from his cheeks, then ''drags its claws down the side of his face'' while it slides off. He doesn't even flinch. A strike to the back of the head can still knock him out, however.
* MadScientist: Muse, who also overlaps with FourEyesZeroSoul.
* {{Malaproper}}: Lili pulls this off at one point while accosting Oreldo.
---> '''Lili''': Good grief, you're nothing but a leecher, Oreldo!
---> '''Oreldo''': If you're going to insult me, at least get your terminology straight.
---> '''Lili''': It's sensual harassment!
* MeaningfulName and ThemeNaming: Imperial units tend to name themselves after bladed implements, and choose those implements based on a metaphor they hold in relation to the unit's purpose.
** Pumpkin Scissors: As Alice so eloquently puts it, scissors used to cut through the thick pumpkin-like skin of corruption.
** [[{{BFS}} Claymore One]]: The Empire's sword. The first unit to deploy in serious crises, also hailed as their most elite strike force, operating with ruthless efficiency.
** [[AnAxeToGrind Axe Force]]: Axes have mundane uses outside of war. Serves as the Empire's special police force for domestic affairs.
** A Section II unit is named after the shotel, a curved, semi-circular blade which somewhat resembles a sickle, which reflects their indirect stealthy spy approach.
** On another note, Randal's HandCannon, the "''Doorknocker''", is named such because the only way to make effective use of it is to "[[NoRangeLikePointBlankRange blast away at point blank range]], Knocking on the door (to the afterlife)", so to speak.
* [[{{Meganekko}} Megane]]: Martis.
* MildlyMilitary: Played with throughout the series, as the Pumpkin Scissors are often derided by the public and other military bodies for being this way, and it was because of this reputation that Oreldo joined. Given their dangerous missions during the series, this label doesn't really hold up, although the relationships among the protagonists does kind of fit the MildlyMilitary idea.
* MoodWhiplash: The show combines light situational comedy and deadly serious drama, often switching between the two without warning.
** Also, the cheery ending music after many of the more serious episodes. This can create a rather inappropriate CrossesTheLineTwice effect...
--->'''Randel Oland:''' What's wrong? You're usually eating like wildcats now.
--->''Cats stare blankly at him, refusing to move.''
--->'''Randel Oland:''' Oh... I get it. I smell like blood... I guess I just got used to it...
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*** This is particularly bad at moments such as the end of episode 19, where the last thing we see before said upbeat harmonica solo is Corporal Oland getting hit in the head with a sledgehammer.
* MookHorrorShow: In the Armored Train arc, [[spoiler: the way Randel takes on the operators of said vehicle is very much like a slasher movie villain, where he used his giant scissors to snip up people when they're not behind armor. Alice may be good at swordplay, but Randel is simply ''merciless''.]]
* MoralityPet:
** Stecchin, many times, can come off as this with her GenkiGirl attitude.
** To some extent, Alice is this to Randel.
* TheMostDangerousGame: A noble in the second episode of the anime (as well as in the manga) does this. ''With a [[TankGoodness tank]].'' Against unarmed peasants who are chained together at the wrists.
* MysteriousPast: Randal, for now.
* NoodleIncident: Used in episode 5 by Oreldo against Martis when he's given the cold shoulder, using a paper roll loudspeaker.
--->'''Oreldo:''' My childhood friend here, Sub-lieutenant Martis, is one HELL of a soldier. Why we've done nearly EVERYTHING together. Matter of fact, that reminds me of a story when we were seven years old, and went out to the woods for the old number one. That Earthworm? Didn't. Stand. A chance. So then-
--->'''Martis:''' HEY! TOO MUCH INFORMATION!
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Stecchin says the trope name verbatim after Oland walks in on her practicing a silly and embarrassing song and dance she came up with in an attempt to improve morale. Being [[NiceGuy Oland]], he mistakes it for some sort of religious practice and shyly offers his support before [[CrowningMomentofFunny politely closing the door in her mortified face.]]
* [[OfficerAndAGentleman Officer And A Lady]]: Alice
* PeelingPotatoes: Oreldo is an ''expert'' potato-peeler.
* PhotoOpWithTheDog: The reason Section 3 exists, and assumed by many to be the motivation of its actual ''members''. [[WideEyedIdealist It's not.]]
* PlayingWithSyringes
* PreMortemOneLiner: Randal throws out a pretty scary one right before he begins his one-man assault on the armored train.[[note]]Normally this would be classified as a PreAssKickingOneLiner, but given what happens next...[[/note]]
--> '''Randal''': (switches on lantern) ''Why don't you guys come and join me in my nightmares....!!''
* TheRemnant
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Alice
* RunningGag: The hospital nurse's obsession.
* ScarsAreForever: There's no GoodScarsEvilScars for Randel -- his entire body is a mesh of scars, often as a result of the injuries sustained while [[ImplacableMan under the trance of the blue lantern]].
* ShellShockedVeteran: Subverted: Randel was all but broken by the war, his mind is a complete mess, and the innumerable people he killed continue to haunt him in his dreams (and, sometimes, his waking hours). But instead of numbing his emotions, this left him unbelievably sensitive and very reluctant to harm other people.
* ShelteredAristocrat:
** Septieme of [[{{Ruritania}} Loteria]].
** Alice has some of this to her. "Do commoners drink water?"
* ShirtlessScene: Has a tendency to happen to Randel, [[ScarsAreForever though it's not really meant to be fanservice.]]
* ShooOutTheClowns: Lord Shulz leaves the party in the final episodes just before the band of angry peasants shows up.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The main characters fall various places on and to the side of this.
* SmugSnake: In the manga, the viscount who amuses himself by hunting TheMostDangerousGame is most certainly one. Along with his little hobby, he also treats his household staff like crap and is supremely confident in his own [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections untouchable status]] (and possession of a tank) when the Pumpkin Scissors confront him. He tries his little hunting schtick on [[MuggingTheMonster Randel]]. [[spoiler:It's rather satisfying to see how badly this goes for him; his overconfidence rapidly disintegrates into weeping, begging for his life, and wetting himself.]]
* SociopathicSoldier: Subverted with Randel Oland. Played straight with most antagonists, especially those from the Invisible Nine.
* SpiderSense: Alice gets a chill at the back of her neck when something important is about to happen.
* SuperSoldier
* StevenUlyssesPerhero:
** R. Oland = "Roland", a heroic knight from the Charlemagne saga.
** Of course, his first name probably also comes from Roland's sword, Durandal.
* TheSyndicate: The Silver Wheel.
* TanksForNothing:
** The series has quite a few tanks, [[spoiler:none of which can stand up to Oland and his "Doorknocker".]]
** {{Lampshaded}} in episode 10, when the heroes are once again pinned down under fire, when they hear the sound of tank treads.
--->'''Oreldo''': Oh come on, are we the only outfit in the empire that ''doesn't'' have a tank?!
* TeamPet: Mercury, Private First Class, Section III's messenger dog. Also an example of a MeaningfulName, since said dog is both a messenger and a trouble-maker.
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: Averted. While there is a conspiracy afoot, it really was just a coincidence that Randal and Alice bumped into each other during the events of the first episode.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Alice and her older sisters.
* TragicMonster: Hans, the last of the flamethrower troopers.
* TranquilFury: When switching on his blue lantern, Randel enters a trance that focuses him single-mindedly on his goal, making him impervious to pain and turning him into a fearless, heartless, ''lethal'' automaton. He only retains enough humanity to know when to switch it off, and then he returns to normal.
* WaifFu: Alice
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: The peasants finally figure it out.
--->'''Peasant 1: You think we're just going to stand around while you have a duel?''
--->'''Peasant 2: Kill um all!''
** Which is [[WhatAnIdiot a bonehead move]] since if any nobles get hurt, the peasants AND their families will be exterminated by Section I.
* WideEyedIdealist: Alice, of the most admirable sort.
* WordSaladTitle: Subverted, surprisingly. "Pumpkin Scissors" isn't a nonsense phrase -- it's the nickname of the squad, and thus very significant to the story. It even has a meaning behind it!
* WorldWarOne: It's blatantly a fantasy analogue of post-WWI.
* YouShallNotPass: A minor one occurs in episode 23. After the first WhyDontYouJustShootHim moment mentioned above, one of the more vengeful peasants tries to do it again. Randal (who, keep in mind, is over seven feet tall, heavily muscled, and covered in scars) loudly clears his throat, steps in front of him, and looms over him with a DeathGlare. The peasant looks at him, then nervously glances at a guy that had earlier fought with Randal (who is currently curled up on the ground, covering his head, and sobbing hysterically).
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